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This year's sacrifice to Cthulhu is sponsored by...

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:47:29 GMT

In my story "Who Weeps for Cthulhu?", the old gods have returned, but perhaps there is a greater horror. Featuring Trader Joe's tequila and turkey kielbasa, plus mariachi music.


Astrology Bitch

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:49:41 GMT

Bitching about life and bad astrology. Very sweary.


Ibadan's Tailors, Traders, and Textiles: A Narrative Photodocumentary

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:04:43 GMT

Proud to announce my first collaboration with fellow Mefite glasseyes - we met in an AskMe about textiles and ethnic fashions a few years ago, and this is teh culmination of months of work. Join us in this journey through fabric shops and fashion magazines to see how brands are built through word of mouth and hard work in the informal economy.


Progressive Massachusetts Legislator Scorecard

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:48:51 GMT

I created an interface to help you learn more about your Massachusetts state senator and house rep based on their past votes and bill cosponsorships. The app uses data collected by the organization Progressive Massachusetts and was developed in cooperation with them. I'm hoping it helps MA residents assess their state reps based on their legislative records, rather than their rhetoric.

This was a volunteer project --it was very fun to make, and helped me learn about MA state politics. If you are a tech-savvy person I strongly recommend finding an organization that does interesting work and trying to find ways that you can use your skills to help them out.


Jerk in Progress - a daily sobriety/accountability podcast

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:10:21 GMT

100 days in, I think this is "real" enough to share now -- starting on January 1, I thought I'd reinforce my good intentions with a daily podcast about sobriety, exercise, diet and generally trying to do better. Each daily podcast is at or under 3 minutes, including a 10-second "check-in" at the end.

It is all tremendously personal -- first-person, generally just me talking about me and observations/struggles/triumphs as I try to navigate not drinking, regular exercise, and not eating like a complete idiot for a sustained period of time.

I don't know if this will be of any use to anyone at all (but me). It's not a well-researched, comprehensive, well-produced or deeply insightful thing. It's just some jerk checking in every day and talking about how it's hard (or easy, sometimes) to stay on track with this stuff.


Burning the Days

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:25:40 GMT

Dual-function site: New mailing list of my creative writing and limited archive of my past writing projects (Victory Shag, Wrestle the Future to the Fucking Ground, etc.) -- fiction, poetry, love letters, what have you.

1. I've started a new mailing list to which I'll send fiction / love letters / poems / what have you, similar to my mailing lists of the past. Easy sign-up on the front page and unsubscribe link in every issue (I'm using Mailchimp).

2. You can see the kinds of things I send out by browsing through the Archives of Past Projects such as Wrestle the Future to the Fucking Ground, Victory Shag (archived as Ghosts & Lovers), or The January Project (poems).


Explore Parts Unknown

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:35:36 GMT

New site for Anthony Bourdain, taking a deep dive into the destinations visited in Parts Unknown. His goal for the project: "go as far as we can, go as weird as we can, as deep as we can and as smart as we can."

Created by Roads & Kingdoms, an online food/travel/culture publication where Bourdain is an investor and editor-at-large. Roads & Kingdoms has made its way on MetaFilter a few times, hopefully you dig their work on the new Parts Unknown site, too!


Find out what's #TRENTing from a brash cartoon character

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:42:01 GMT

Short comedy video series: Trent is a sort of Max Headroom for the social media era — but only sort of. He lives inside the matrix, telling you what's #TRENTing, in a brash style — mixing a Scandinavian accent with a Brooklyn attitude. In this episode, Trent weighs in on the Ghost in the Shell controversy, the Vice President's rule about dining alone with women, and your search history being up for sale. WARNING: "Mature" language.

This is my second episode. You can check out the first episode here. Would love to hear if anyone enjoys this, in which case I just might make more. Oh, and if you do enjoy it, sharing it with others and Liking it and all that good stuff wouldn't hurt my chances of having another half-dozen people see it! Thanks for having a look.


Like ships passing in the night

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:04:49 GMT

I wrote an article on my Gamasutra blog about how Pac-Man can move through the ghosts without getting caught. It's an excerpt from my book Bug Voyage, in the current Storybundle, which tells about glitches in classic games while offering a smattering of computer science ideas along the way. It's kind of a change of pace for me, it has little to do with roguelikes, but it does explain how you can crash any Galaga machine without putting money into it.

The book itself is currently a bundle exclusive so there's no dedicated purchase link yet, that will go up shortly after it concludes.


Front page of Animation World Network! Check out my recent article on four recent animated features.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:24:05 GMT

Not All Animators Yearn to Direct Big Studio Films: Small budget auteur-driven animated feature films offer inspiring and compelling stories rarely found at the local multiplex.


Red Flags "Read-In"

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:23:40 GMT

Reading for Change! April 2nd event will be online, everywhere.

I've posted about my Read-Ins on the blue and the green. Well, I'm committed to the idea and now looking for ways to publicize and gain support. THIS IS A MONTHLY EVENT on the second day of every month. The above currently links to a facebook event page (hi, I'm an urban farmer!), but I am considering making a website or dedicated facebook page.

Because rain is in the forecast for NOLA, I decided to make the April 2 Read-in an ONLINE PROTEST. It occurred to me that this is much more inclusive, and that people all over the world can participate. All you have to do is read a book and post about it on social media. Have some friends over and do it book club style, or take the kids to the library and post from there, or just snuggle up on the couch with your tablet.

My only real goal is to get the hashtag #readingisresistance trending on that day -- but I'm also hoping to eventually raise money for charity with these protests. (I'm particularly interested in helping refugee children, but I'm open to other ideas.)

I'm also making mini red flag pins out of felt that I'd like to give away. Like the pink pussy hats I think it's a super-easy, recognizable icon that really anyone can make. "Red Flag Swag" came to me so I'm running with that -- I love to sew so I'm going to put some patches on my clothes/backpack/etc.

Thanks for everything, MeFi! This place keeps me sane :)


Will It Skillet?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Cast-Iron Skillet

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:46:11 GMT

I'm happy to announce that my first book — "Will It Waffle?" — has a follow-up: "Will It Skillet?" I've gone from waffle iron to cast iron. MeFites have been supportive of my first book since well before it was even a book. What can I say? I hope that people like the second book, too.

"Will It Skillet?" includes recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that span a whole range of cooking genres. It also includes information on buying, seasoning, and caring for your cast-iron skillet.



Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:38:34 GMT

I mentioned this idea in a politics thread and decided to throw it together. This replaces "falsehood(s)" with "bullshit" on any web page. As a bonus, it replaces "false" with "full-of-shit." It makes the news a bit more readable. Screenshot


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.