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The EuroWhat?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:25:21 GMT

A Eurovision Song Contest podcast made by and for Americans. We dive deep into the selection processes, songs, artists, and pageantry of Eurovision in the hopes of making our friends and listeners less baffled by what they are witnessing. Available via iTunes, for Android, on Google Play, or direct via RSS.


The Only Ethical Consumption Under Capitalism

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:18:32 GMT

John Leavitt talks at Drunk Education about ethical consumption under capitalism and a possible way forward.


The Microphone Never Blinks

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:14:42 GMT

Metafilter elder statesman griphus and I discuss beloved 1990s sitcom Newsradio.

We do so despite the fact that at least one of us cannot remember anything else besides this TV show that happened in the 1990s. Complaints about the podcast go in the Complaint Box. (Yes, we know we're not the first to make a Newsradio podcast, but as griph put it, "Have you ever searched Westworld on any podcast app?")


Hawkins Bay Dispatch

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:50:12 GMT

A daily list of news and views you can use.

Never mind the concerns about fake news. How about the lack of real news.

Hawkins Bay Dispatch is a daily list of news stories that fall well below the radar.

Whether it is politics, world events, music, film or anything else that you won't likely see anywhere else.

Recent posts have included:
- Not a World War: The nineteen nations 'involved' in Syrian war,
- High Heels Get A Feminist Makeover,
- Reining In The Surveillance Capitalists,
- Russia: 'Assad is not our guy, he's your guy',
- NextGen HighDef vinyl expected by summer 2019,
- Yulia Skripal is free... sort of,
- Music Review: Hannah Read – "Way Out I'll Wander"
- How to break your 'addiction' to Trump


Lost Notes

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:51:53 GMT

My brand-new podcast for KCRW! Wheee! Over a year in the making, it's a brand-new series devoted to "the greatest music stories never truly told."

Over eight episodes, our intrepid host (comedian Solomon Georgio) will take you deep into the memory-stained musical past for stories both strange and familiar, popular and obscure. Whether your tastes run to '60s country, '80s bubblegum, or '90s hip-hop, Lost Notes has a story for you.

The first two episodes are live now:

ep1: Louie, Louie: The Strange Journey of the Dirtiest Song Never Written. An FBI Investigation, an engagement ring, wine coolers... the surprising story behind the ubiquitous anthem that every teenager bangs out on their first guitar. Produced by David Weinberg.

ep2: Outlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD. Pirate radio station WBAD in New York was a beloved source for fans of underground, unsanitized hip-hop in the 1990s, but how high could this illegal operation fly while also staying under the radar? Produced by David Goren.

Future episodes include stories about the private recordings of Captain Beefheart, the whereabouts of the Shaggs, the basketball connections of New Edition, the strange redemption story of country singer Glen Sherley, a million-dollar McDonald's flexi disc, and the North African field recordings of Aisha Ali.


Meme 45

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 01:41:31 GMT

Some quirky templates in case you need to channel your rage about the current inhabitant of the Oval Office into meme form. Starting off with one basic pose, but more to come! Suggestions welcome in comments.


Dan Fuehring Lives On

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 01:18:36 GMT

In October 2015, my father and frequent Metafilter contributor Dan Fuehring (better known as Danf) died of cancer. One of his (many) great loves in life was music. You may remember him posting some of his compositions on Mefi Music. I have finally finished cataloguing, publishing and creating an online archive of his music recordings.

From four-track cassette recordings he made in the seventies when he was my age (28) to more "polished" tracks he made post retirement when he converted my old room into his own personal music studio, they are now all public, listenable, and free to download and distribute for anyone.

Hope you enjoy! My dad was one of a kind and I miss him everyday. Strangely, working on this project made me happier to have known him, not sadder to have lost him.


What Orbán Knows and His Enemies Don't

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:23:57 GMT

Victor Orbán just won again the elections in Hungary, I explain why in this article for Jacobin: What Orbán Knows and His Enemies Don't.


The Sam and Ross Like Things Podcast

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 22:12:09 GMT

Sam and Ross Like Things is a fortnightlyish podcast where two friends, Sam and Ross, each describe a thing that they like. The one rule is "no hedging"—you just have to unabashedly like your thing. As of today, we've done 50 episodes which is 49 more than we initially predicted.


I Will Dance Among The Stars

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:46:07 GMT

"Pampa (Dansa Ere Da Setara)" is a song I wrote in Lang Belta, the Creole language spoken by the humans who live in and beyond the Asteroid Belt on the TV show The Expanse. Its a story of tough lives and hard choices in a harsh environment. The lyrics in both Belter & English.

Nick Farmer created Lang Belta (referred to in the books as "Belter Creole") for the TV when the authors realized that they could throw a few gibberish words onto the page and then switch to English, but that they'd get crucified if they put gibberish up on the TV show.

Lang Belta is an English-based Creole with ~30 "substrate" languages contributing. Similar to Hatian Creole, Afrikaans, Jamaican Patois, and other extant Earth Creoles, LB an imagined result of taking all these languages groups, isolating them far out in space, and letting the process of language development run wild in that pressure cooker.

Unfortunately, There Is not (yet) a published book on Lang Belta. The Expanse Is lacking in merch in general. There are resources online that some of my fellow students have put together, but a lot of it is just scouring twitting for everything Nick posts, and buying him drinks whenever I get a chance to see him.


Playing at editing films to music

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:02:32 GMT

I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try and make films using only creative commons and public domain footage. I started by making a series of films to accompany the music of a friend and am now branching out to visually accompanying classical music. I'm trying to work out if I'm wasting my time here and would supremely love some feedback on the films I've been making.


This Is A Boring Shark Attack: 8 Rules for Fascinating Storytelling

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:34:22 GMT

I've been doing standup and storytelling in NYC for ten years this month. Now I'm convinced that the big money comes from telling stories that are built out of jokes, but I'm still waiting for the data to come in.

This Is A Boring Shark Attack: 8 Rules for Fascinating Storytelling

I pulled together this essay of storytelling tips I've learned along the way - considering how much storytelling has caught on in advertising, entertainment, and just in people's hometowns, I thought this might be useful. And naturally, it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all if it turned into an FPP.

I'm not sure you can learn anything in comedy and storytelling unless you learn it the hard way, but this may empower you to make fresh mistakes that nobody thought to tell you about.


Information Jones Database Detective - Short Stories

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:14:56 GMT

Information Jones is the world's greatest database detective and one of its least successful IT professionals. Technology managers knock on his door when they have nowhere else to turn. Follow Information Jones' adventures as he cracks the case contrary to all expectations. His expertise is Oracle. His specialty is unreason. Two collections of short stories, free on the web as HTML or an epub.


Android Game - Clear Synthesis: Bumbaroo and the Yellow Ghost

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 15:11:01 GMT

I made a phone game for Android! It is a casual/puzzle type game where the objective is to match blocks and empty the board.

Try it out. You can play through the whole game for free, so you really don't have anything to lose.


Haunted Floating Eye - A Lair Defense Game

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:27:16 GMT

Haunted Floating Eye is my newest pay-what-you-can ($0 is fine!) game, in active development. You play a magical floating eye monster who has decided to take up residence in a naturally occurring cliff face, as your kind often do.

Of course, your presence has been noted by the locals, and they'll be coming for you. Nobody wants a Haunted Floating Eye hanging around, secretly controller their lives from its evil lair. Your weapons are simple: 1) The DESTROY-O RAY, which emanates from your central eye and disintegrates anything it's pointed at. 2) The MEDUSA BEAM, a beam that petrifies any organic material it gazes upon.

Take out a steady stream of interlopers, use their petrified husks and skulls to decorate your lair, collect their treasure and add it to your own. You are, after all, a Haunted Floating Eye.


Sprinkles: a javascript repeating pattern creator

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 23:53:45 GMT

A pattern generator to create repeating sprinkly designs. Sprinkle colours, width, density, and length are adjustable. Comes with included theme presets.


I Love You Like a Cover

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:33:52 GMT

I was going to record an album of original music, but depression and a creative block waylaid that goal. Since Alex Lahey's debut album inspired me to reconsider some of my approach to songwriting, I decided instead to teach myself GarageBand and cover her album front to back. So here it is.


Melbourne Women's History Map

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 03:45:26 GMT

In honour of Women's History Month, here's a map to help you explore locations in Melbourne related to women's history. Each location has some information about the site and links to more information (if available). Use the map to plan a walking tour of Melbourne or to explore the city from the comfort of your living room.


Open Door Policy Guides

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 05:31:26 GMT

This Ask reminded me of something I did for work a few years ago, have given talks about a few times, and recently turned into open source documents. They're meant help create a better workplace by helping people understand how to escalate problems. Prerequisite: A company that wants a better workplace.

I'll curate any changes people care to submit, but I hope these just get forked and used either by companies that are trying to do the right thing by their employees and need help to get past their boilerplate policy docs, or by people who have management's ear and could use an example of how to make things better at work.


100 Doodles

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:01:10 GMT

100 Doodles is an art newsletter project where I (try) to draw and write one newsletter per week. Each newsletter contains a small painting and some written notes about the subject. It's sort of a slow, handwritten blog, but in your email.

I paint all images in Procreate and GoodNotes to write each newsletter.

You can see the first few issues here..