Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:38:47 GMTThis is a (longish) short story about brand strategy and revolution, published by Fireside. Deeply informed by being nose-deep in the never-ending election/political threads since, what, July? ...Content warning for contemporary politics.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:42:20 GMTThis is the first volume in a projected three volume set. All letters are taken from the back catalog of jackassletters.com and are published by Run Amok Books. Previously. And previously.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:49:05 GMTA dark fantasy YA serial fiction and game design website. I'm writing a story about teenagers who fight monsters on an alternate Earth where the existence of magic and monsters is an everyday fact of life. The most basic elevator pitch is "What if, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, everyone knew Buffy was the Slayer? And also there were many Slayers, and everyone knew about all of them?" There's a lot more to it than that, of course, but that's the basic idea. I'm also working on a game based on the 5th Edition Open Gaming License of Dungeons and Dragons set in the same world. I hope it proves to be a fun distraction from what ails you.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:51:47 GMTThis map shows the flow of asylum seekers into industrialized countries between 2013 and 2016. The vertical bars represent a cumulative count of the total asylum applications. Germany leads with way with 1.4 million, followed by the U.S. with 460k.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:47:45 GMTI covered "Unsteady" for a contest the band X Ambassadors are running. If I win, the band could feature my cover on their social media. Please vote for my video. Thanks!
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:29:38 GMTI don't have much of a background in programming, but I do have a bit of one in libraries. This was my final paper for a graduate course from last semester. I'm curious to hear from other people in the library and programming fields about the viability of the idea. Is it useful, feasible, doable? The basic idea is to automatically attach search terms to library items that end up being used because of those search terms. I'd love to hear what you think!
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:59:49 GMTEclipse Phase is a cool (if crunchy) tabletop RPG that mashes up post-singularity science fiction, survival horror, and enthusiastic transhumanism. The folks at Posthuman Studios have released it under a generous Creative Commons license that allows the community to expand, remix, and experiment with even the "canon" materials in the books. To that end, I've built a giant online compendium of every skill, power, character trait, creature, piece of gear, weapon, location, faction, NPC, and pregen character in all of Eclipse Phase's published books. Nerrrrrrrrrrrd.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:59:34 GMTI have used a TV holography system equipped with a high-speed camera to capture the motion of waves on a Caribbean steelpan (also called a steel drum) at over 10,000 frames per second. The movies that come out of the measurements are really interesting to watch, because they show the build up of energy in the different notes of the steelpan. What we need is help in classifying the images, because this is something that cannot easily be done algorithmically right now. We would love to have people who are interested in science, music, or especially the science of music come help us out!
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 04:01:57 GMTA short, illustrated guide to things you can do to make the world better and take care of yourself now that Everything Is Terrible. I created it as a way to get myself out of a deep politics-related funk earlier this month.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:33:21 GMTUruk is an open-source Clojure wrapper for MarkLogic's XCC (XML Content Connector) API for Java.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:47:55 GMTAfter fifteen years of postsecondary education and impostor syndrome, I'm finally starting to share things I write. I did not set out to write a piece of total clickbait for my records management class, but apparently did when I elected to write my midterm paper on the role of trustworthy records on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 03:05:48 GMTStairs that keep going down that you can follow forever (or perhaps more realistically, until your browser crashes), if you want.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:18:03 GMTThe culmination of a lot of conversation I've had with fellow artists, designers, and writers. How do we effectively sell Leftist ideology ? How did we get here? What does a new left art look like? What should it's goals be? What's the best way to achieve them?
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:03:35 GMTI found out about the Town Hall Project from this question on ask. The data in the spreadsheet are amazing, but it can be pretty hard to get the most relevant data out of a spreadsheet. I made a couple hacked together maps to help with that question, but then decided to actually make a real thing as a learning exercise and to hopefully help other people out.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 01:19:53 GMTThe current political cycle is terrible! But I am terrible at not being a news and politics junkie! Since I'm not going to get a break from it, I thought I'd put together this newsletter digest so you don't have to drown in it, too.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:30:47 GMTThe band I'm in - Cultural Amnesia - have just released an album of instrumentals called Super Whippy. Stylistically all over the place - from pseudo-movie-music to progtronica to electronica with all sorts of peculiar stop-offs on the way. There's also a video for one of the tracks: Prod Butt Prod.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:07:10 GMTWe think the past is immutable and the future is yet to be written. But is that an illusion? Einstein's special relativity suggests that it is, as I explain in this short animated video produced in collaboration with BBC Earth.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:33:52 GMTI made a little chatbot that tries to help people through a panic attack. I'm looking for feedback.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:36:25 GMT23 years ago I was in a band in North Texas named Transona Five.
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 18:40:58 GMTJust a short and sweet Medium post (my first). My family was briefly stuck in the Seatac airport terminal during last weekend's protests over Trump's Muslim ban. I put together some thoughts about crowd dynamics, and what you can do to support a protest action you didn't necessarily intend to be swept up in.