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What The $!#&@! Do They Need Now?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:55:06 GMT

A point-and-click game about the recent US Travel/Muslim Bans, made as part of Indie Train Jam 2017.

Sort of an unofficial sequel to Here's Your Fuckin' Papers in that they're both pseudo-Papers, Please parodies from the applicant's point of view (and also both made partially by me at game jams), but the latter's more puzzle-based. HYFP is also raising funds for groups assisting with passports.

Both games, as well as my take on immigration & the games industry, were written up for Paste Magazine.


Vermont Fall Fiber Tour

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:06:00 GMT

This package vacation takes participants on a week-long excursion around Vermont during peak foliage season, exploring farms, spinning mills, and artist studios. Hands-on workshops in spinning , knitting and felting will be taught by Vermont-based professionals, and materials sourced from in-state.

If you or anyone you know is interested in participating there is a subscription form on the website and we'll send out details when early registration opens. Please share.


Themes for a Lost City

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:51:53 GMT

a 25-minute EP of harsh, occasionally listenable ambient drone.

The catch is that other than a bit on IV that uses a software synth almost all of it are layers of ultraprocessed drum samples. The final track is the full EP, seamless.

For some reason, I also decided to do a website in preformatted text. Album covers included.


LinkedIn Thought Leadership Generator

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:02:19 GMT

I was interested in learning jquery at the same time I was feeling kind of irritated with all the 'thought leadership' articles flooding LinkedIn. So I made a generator that gives anyone industry influencer-level article ideas.


The Throwin' Rocks at Fish Roleplayin' Game

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:03:26 GMT

A role playing game like no other.

The Throwin' Rocks at Fish Roleplayin' Game is a game unlike anything you've ever encountered. You will experience the wacky exploits of your zany friends first hand as the social order that controls the world bares it's claws and looms down upon its victims. What follows is not the gallant self-sacrifice of doomed heroes that though they may fall, still somehow achieve their victory in defeat, but merely a pathetic capitulation of someone who knows there's no winning so hasn't bothered to try. This is the demented tale of the slacker. Slackers were cool once. They'll be cool again. If you don't think that slacking is cool then you're in a mid-range period and soon both people who are older than you and younger than you will hate you and everything you did during your life to fuck up the world. Although The Throwin' Rocks at Fish Roleplayin' Game will teach you many things, we must always remember that they will be negative and depressing things. Life however is both negative and depressing so while you may think this is not a great educational experience it'll all become clear how important this all was a second before you die and think, 'ah whatever. fuck it.' BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: Don't throw rocks at fish. Don't throw fish. Leave everyone the fuck alone. The Throwin' Rocks at Fish Roleplayin' Game does not encourage or condone violence or animal cruelty in any way. We repeat: Don't throw rocks at anything! This game is for (im)mature adults only. There's already some swearing in this description so you should have guessed that, but there's more in the book and there's a drawing of a severed penis. So be warned.


The Filthy Dozen

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:53:13 GMT

A darkly amusing roleplaying game of goblin commandos in the armies of The Twilight Lord. Inspired by WW2 movies, Pratchett and Cornwell. Featuring goblin mayhem, satire and grotesquery.


We [might] fix you

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:22:02 GMT

We Will Fix You is a semi-serious/semi-surreal/broadly dreadful advice podcast brought to you by the same team of idiots who talk about comics over at ConSequential.

On the serious side, we've been covering how to keep eating and how to keep your brain entertained when you're very depressed, as well as things that might help if your friend is in an abusive relationship.

On the less serious side, we offer creative suggestions for getting around a no-pets rule in rented accommodation and contemplate options for onanism when you're living in an iron lung.

[Link] | An unordered list of every name

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:49:01 GMT

I don't know why it's never occurred to me to post to Projects before, so here is the latest and dumbest: an unordered, endless list of names. All the names there are.


ketchupReader - a webclient for Pocket

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:41:07 GMT

I just built a web-client for Pocket ( - an online bookmarking/read-it-later service) with extra features the current Pocket web-client doesn't have (and I have more planned). Uses the power and ubiquity of Pocket, but adds features the current interface lacks.

Extra Features I added so far:
* Being able to browse by URL and it's subpath ( is a great use case for that)
* Being able to see number of items in a tag
* Sorting by Title or by URL
* Lots of keyboard shortcuts

Features Planned:
* Autotag Rules
* Advanced Search
* Pin Tags/URLs
* Pocket By Email
* Mobile Clients
and more...

Let me know what ya'll think =c)


Liberation Circuit - Rogue AI Simulator

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 02:52:12 GMT

A free (GPL) real-time-strategy/programming game where you must escape from a hostile computer system. A screenshot; the trailer (youtube); some more gameplay (also youtube). For Windows (the executable is available from the github release page at the main link) and can also be built on any system supported by Allegro (Linux etc.).

Basically, it's an RTS game, influenced by Starcraft. It can be played just like an RTS but you can also (optionally!) use the game's built-in IDE and compiler to write your own unit AI. There's a devlog on Tigsource here.


A Story-Driven Philosophy Podcast

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:27:55 GMT

Hi-Phi Nation is the first story-driven, narrative podcast on contemporary philosophy. Every week we begin with compelling stories of ordinary and extraordinary human experiences, and transform them into an examination of philosophical ideas. We profile stories from war, crime, politics, religion, public health and policy, science, and history that raise philosophical questions, and we answer them with the help of contemporary academic philosophers. The aim of the show is to bring fans of the best narrative, story-driven podcasts like Invisibilia, Radiolab, 99% Invisible, and This American Life into philosophy. We're halfway through the first season, so subscribe and binge now!


Demon in a Bottle: The Dukes/Nutt Affair

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:01:44 GMT

Uniontown's Dukes/Nutt affair has all the elements of a lurid daytime soap: the sexually explicit letter calling a beloved daughter's honour into question; the outraged father gunned down while challenging his daughter's despoiler; his killer walking free from court; lynch mobs baying in the streets; riots and a fleeing jury; the dead man's son taking deadly revenge; high rhetoric at the boy's trial and a determined bending of the law to ensure he escaped punishment; an innocent woman shot in the violent aftermath; and a prison sentence cut short by friends in the governor's mansion. All this played out in Pennsylvania and Kansas between 1882 and 1903. It's the subject of PlanetSlade's first major essay for over two years, and you can read the full story here.

I began researching this story after stumbling on an 1883 bottle sculpture commemorating the case. Items like this are known as whimsy bottles, and were created by craftmen to show off their skills – rather in the same way that ships in a bottle were made. This strand of the tale led me to a hobo called Carl Worner, who roamed round the saloons of Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey in the early years of the 20th century, trading his own bottle sculptures for a hot meal and few free drinks. Worner's sculptures often depict the interior of the saloons where he plied his trade, and you can read about his work in my essay too.


Shakespearean Insult Bot

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:11:52 GMT

@BardVs45 uses the 1990s era Shakespearean insult generator to respond to tweets from Trump.

My first twitterbot! My husband and I decided to make a bot as a python learning project. We may add some more functionality and vocabulary over time, but we wanted something simple to start with. Right now he's checking every half hour to see if Trump's most recent tweet is new, and if so he replies to it with an insult. Github repo.


#Whodice writing prompt for Doctor Who stories

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:56:15 GMT

I posted a picture of Nine Doctor Who StoryCubes (icon dice) to my Dreamwidth journal and encourage as many people as possible to write stories by the end of March 2017 that include those nine elements. Entirely for fun. How to take part: 1: Look at the picture of the story cubes/ Images are here 2: Create some text that tells a Doctor Who story that includes all nine elements in any combination you wish 3: Share the result by March 31st 2017 4: You're done! - - - Rules: 1. You must include all nine elements presented by the icons on the story cubes (aka dice) 2. Have fun 3. There is no wrong way to engage in this, as long as it's words 4. Please share your output 5. Please share your output by March 31st 2017 - Apologies I have to have an endpoint. Please comment here or on my Twitter account @faintdreams with the hashtag #Whodice so I can add a link to the results post here, and also let other people see what you wrote. Sharing is part of the fun. 6. Have fun. Yes this is rules 2 and 6, because it is the most important rule. - - - Potential Questions: Q: Why? A: I was gifted some Doctor Who Story cubes, and needed a reason to not only use them, but put the results online for others to see. [ I am in no way associated with Story Cubes, nor BBC, nor Doctor Who, nor any of the copyright nor intellectual property holders of any of the aforementioned trademarks/copyright/properties ] Q: Is this a competition? Is there a prize? A: No and No. This is not a competition, this is just a writing exercise, inspiration pot, piece of fun. There are no prizes other than having the joy of having written something your very own, based on Doctor Who. Q: Can I take part? A: Definitely. Just please leave a comment, with a link to your words, here or on my Twitter account @faintdreams with the hashtag #DrCube so I can add a link to the results blog here, and also let other people see what you wrote. Q: What do the individual icons mean? A: Each dice icon is entirely up to interpretation. The game creators did this deliberately. From The Story Cubes Website:* "We get asked for definitions of icons every day - but their meanings are intentionally open, in order to trigger multiple associations. For example the castle can be (literal) castle, or it can refer to a princess, or to someone who is behaving in a guarded way" "The 'Master' could be an evil mastermind or a (maniacal) scientist, the 'Dalek' might become a robot servant! The 'laurel wreath' icon could be a crown worn by a Roman (or Galactic) Emperor: it could also represent a wreath for the dead, or a reward for heroism. You don't find a Doctor or Companion icon in the set. It is assumed they will appear in your story - " But they don't have to! Q: What format should my participation be in? A: Anything that involves words. This includes - but is not limited to: A drabble, a poem, a haiku, a screenplay, a brief synopsis, a short story, a long story, a picture of something you've written, a tweet, a tumblr post, an AO3 (Archive of Our Own) post, A Dream Width post, An [insert your social media of choice] post, your own blog site. Just make sure it's words. No art, video, puppetry, audio, or anything that isn't words. Just words. Also if you do create an post in a language other than English (please do) please also provide an English translation. Unfortunately I only speak /write/understand English Q: Why Just Words? A: This is a writing prompt thang, for fun. Keyword- Writing Q: Are there any other rules I should be aware of? A: Nope. The only limits on your story are the cube icons, and your imagination. Any Doctor, Any Time, Any Space, Any companion, any combination thereof. Have fun. [ Please no[...]

Hit On Me - love, murder, masturbation. A comedy.

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:37:21 GMT

This is a teaser for a new show I'm producing. We're in the funding stage, so more views = better chance of money to make an 8-episode series. I would love to hear your thoughts...would you watch this show?


Civic Games Contest

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:36:17 GMT

Announcing the 2017 Civic Games contest, a design competition for analog games that seek to promote the understanding and/or practice of good citizenship!

Read the link! We're looking for games to make democracy work like it should. If that's confusing, read "Civics, Gaming, and the Commons," or "What is a Civic Game?"

Deadline: Submissions are due by midnight on 15 April 2017. Please send all submissions to Don't forget to include your name(s) as you'd like them to appear in any mention of your game.

Winners in the three categories will be invited to present their game at Frontiers of Democracy and publish it in a special section of The Good Society.

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Double exposure twitter bot

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 03:50:07 GMT

Eeeeeeey it's a twitter bot that takes two of my photos (selected from twitter, instagram, and the dark cave of my hard drive) and mashes them together. Want to do it yourself? Here's the source code.


Amen break for half an hour at 99.9% 100 %, and 100.1% speed

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:24:25 GMT

In The Air Tonight drum fill for 1 hour 10 minutes except it's tripled and one is played .1% faster and one is played .1% slower got a good reception when it got posted to the Blue a few days back, so I did the same thing with the Amen Break. I think it works.


Stock Wall Live for Apple TV

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:59:46 GMT

An app that allows you to easily view quotes for over 25,000 stocks, ETFs, indices and traded commodities.
It's the perfect screensaver for your office lobby or conference room, and works just as well for scanning your stock portfolio at home.


Ten years of instrument-a-day

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:37:43 GMT

Every February, I try to make a new musical instrument (in the loosest-possible sense) every day of the month. Nearly all of them are documented in photos and/or video. I just finished the tenth year of instrument-a-day.

I gave a talk about this and other projects at the Eyeo Festival last year. [45 minute vimeo]

Instrument-a-day was inspired by the now-defunct thing-a-day project. I posted about i-a-d in 2012, but now there's twice as many instruments!

The flickr collection offers an alternate way to browse through all the projects.

Today's video shows every single one of the instruments* in order, five per second.

* except the ones that I somehow lost the documentation of