Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:40:06 GMTOn Monday, November 28, 2016, at 9:45 PM, I lost my best friend and lifelong companion, Ryko, to complications from alimentary feline lymphoma. She was 18 and a half years old. In order to keep myself somewhat sane as I learn to process the loss of my girl, I'm writing her biography in serial form, from her manic kittenhood in Boston, MA, to her final peaceful days on the Westside of L.A.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:11:02 GMTDomains can be more than just letters and numbers. Most people have no idea they can just type a bunch of hearts in their address bar and go to a domain... and yet, it works!
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:01:24 GMTIt's me - the Internet. You know, the place with all the cat videos and pornography? Well, now you can ask me questions and I'll try to answer them! As best as I can, anyhow. Sorry in advance for all the typos.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:18:22 GMTHocus Growcus is a puzzle bullet hell game about a witch trying to switch majors in college. When you are forced to take the entrance exam to your new major, you have no time to study, so you go in blind -- all you have is your wits, a minor magical plant-growing talent, and the ability to change the flow of time. In order to succeed, you must face down twenty waves of enemies, but without a direct means of attack, each encounter becomes its own puzzle. Can you pass the test?
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:59 GMTDingwings is a font you can only type with an emoji keyboard.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:01:48 GMTI wrote a book for non- and less-technical users about how to use desktop Linux. It walks new users through everything they'll need to do to get Linux up and running at home. The publisher site has two free chapters. I'm proud of this book because of its focus on making Linux accessible to an audience beyond sysadmins. My hope is it will be popular with knowledge workers, like academics and journalists, looking to take control of their electronic work environments.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:02:04 GMTMy brother has been rebuilding a 1958 AMC Rambler Super Station Wagon (4 door) for me. The original vehicle was in rough enough condition that he "transplanted" the body onto the chassis of an 1986 Oldsmobile, and then he just went from there.
Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:09:05 GMTSo I decided to make a list of Advent Calendar of Holiday Songs on Tumblr but then I found a silly web app where I could create my own and now I'm sharing it to give a little joy to 2016 maybe.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:24:55 GMTAutumnal, melancholic E.P. from Cultural Amnesia, at Bleak, Bandcamp and all four tracks on YouTube - I, II, III and IV
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:20:11 GMTI designed a 3D-printable 2016 Commemorative Christmas ornament that I feel will match the feelings of much of MeFi. Share and enjoy.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:43:40 GMTWOOF! Gift hampers filled with tough toys and yummy treats for big dogs, small dogs, and puppies too, just in time for the holiday season. They make great gifts for your pooches, or deliver dog joy to a canine friend.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:17:18 GMTMusicMessages! is a collaborative step sequencer for the iMessage App Store (iPhone, iPad). Using the simple and (hopefully) intuitive interface, you can punch in a few chords or a percussion line and send the message off to your friends, who can then make their own changes and send it back. Five instrument layers and over 40 MIDI instruments are available to use. Bonus: if you have an iPhone 7, the note buttons respond to pressure and "pop" like bubble wrap with the help of the Taptic engine!
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:20:26 GMTFree, temporary (1 hour) email addresses. That's it. Ok, technically there are paid options to extend the life of a mailbox, download the emails, or password protect them. But it's really just temporary email addresses that anyone can use.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:18:04 GMTMy very first built-from-scratch puppet, Sullivan Spaniel, has his own YouTube series. He's desperately trying to become famous, but he doesn't ever get it right.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:08:43 GMTCallGov.us is a simple tool for calling your senators and representatives in Congress -- you can create scripts and calls-to-action, track your calls, and share with friends.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:55:15 GMTMy first book of poetry is being published by a small press. I drew the cover art, and then decided that I should also record myself reading every single poem. (Remember this AskMe?) But I didn't want a simple audiobook. So I composed and recorded original music for every single poem in the book and posted the resulting mega-album to Bandcamp. Then I made a little microsite for the entire project.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:05:46 GMTI wrote about 90s/00s references in today's hottest hip hop (from Lil Uzi Vert's Spirited Away t-shirt to Offset's diamond choker) and what they say about rap's obsession with youth as a status symbol.
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:37:36 GMTA film criticism and review site I recently launched with a number of my film nerd buddies.
Seventy-four years ago, producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur scared the pants off of audiences with the sound of a bus pulling into frame. After the release of Cat People, the technique of dissipating tension with an innocuous jump scare came to be known as the "Lewton Bus." If you've ever watched a slasher film and been startled by a cat jumping out of a cupboard, you've been a victim of it.
We don't mean to scare you, but we don't mean to be innocuous either. We're just a bunch of people who are passionate about movies and have chosen that somewhat obscure bit of film lore as the name for a new film criticism site. We look forward to clogging up your RSS reader and Facebook feed.
Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:52:59 GMTMagically translate AskMe song recommendations into Spotify playlists (it takes a minute or two).
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:35:42 GMTHave a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar? Wish it had a really tiny fiddly two-octave keyboard? Then this is the program for you! Fully polyphonic, choice of all 128 sounds from the General Midi orchestra. Here's a demo video.