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Random Culture Ship Name Picker

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:19:34 GMT

You know that thing that happens three or four times a day when you need a random name for something, say a new soft drink or a recently discovered virus strain, so you say "I know, I'll use a ship name from Iain Banks' brilliant Culture novels!", and you have to google it, and eventually find the list on wikipedia which is fine, but you really just want a name, or maybe 2 or 3 names so you can pick, and not to have to read through a whole wikipedia page?

Picks 1 or more random Culture ship names, like so:

~: python 3

Cargo Cult
Nervous Energy

"-s" makes it slugify the names:

~: python 5 -s


"-l" lowercases them, "-a" prints put all them names in alphabetical order.

Do pip install -r requirements.txt in the 'shipnames' directory so it installs all the dependencies.


Fake app review detector

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:28:25 GMT

I've spent the past 18 months or so slogging away at, an app search engine that can detect review manipulation. You can see the worst offenders here. I posted this back when this was iOS-only, and I'd like to share some major new features I've added.

Here are some of the things it does:
  • Detects review manipulation and excludes such reviews from the each app's star rating.
  • Shows stats on each reviewer (e.g., "this reviewer has left 20 reviews, all of them very negative").
  • Provides really powerful Search for iOS and Android. Filter by many criteria such as category, price, in-app purchases, how recently updated, and user demographics.
  • Constantly checks for price drops, and can send you a notification about apps in your watchlist or a daily price drops digest.
  • Gives you recommendations for alternatives based on analysis of the app you're looking at.
  • If you create or view a list of apps, it calculates recommendations of other apps based on that list.
  • If you're looking at an iOS app, it finds the matching Android app if one exists, and vice versa.
  • Scans any webpage for apps mentioned on that page and creates a list from it.
  • Has no ads or paid content of any kind. It just participates in Apple's affiliate program, which has no impact on the user.
So... now that I've built it, is there anything I could change/add so you'd use it at least sometimes vs. always go to the iOS or Android app stores directly?



Sun, 16 Oct 2016 14:10:12 GMT

I've been exploring and creating a lot of flame fractals recently - they seem to provide an endless universe of fantastic shapes and patterns. So I've started putting them all on a Tumblr. They make great desktop backgrounds, anyway.


Lost In Shinjuku

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:36:12 GMT

A series of double, triple, quadruple, and quintuple exposures taken over one night in October in the Shinjuku area.


Vapor Lanes - Hieratic Teen

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:57:43 GMT

I've just released a full-length album with the label Usonian Records, digitally and on limited edition 12" vinyl. Here's what they have to say: "To our ears, Hieratic Teen sounds something like the record you'd get if you locked someone in a boiler room for 10 years with only My Bloody Valentine's Loveless to listen to, then let them out, gave them an assortment of synthesizers, and told them to score Logan's Run. But far from being a purely aesthetic exercise, within the fuzzy, sonic beauty of the record's half-broken, warbling synth melodies, distortions, hissing, and undulating, analog depths; an unmistakable human feeling is being communicated. And it keeps pulling us back in."

As you might guess from the description, this album fits into that nebulous realm of ambient, drone, noise, and experimental electronics. Give it a listen in full on bandcamp, and if you enjoy the record, consider picking it up digitally or on vinyl. And spread the word if you feel so inclined. Thanks! A few more links: bandcamp page with some of my past releases, soundcloud page for newest uploads and random things, twitter, and a mixcloud page where I'm starting to put out a new mix every month or so.


A Story of Us: Monkeys and Pastoralists

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 14:20:29 GMT

Professor Mark Moritz and I had a conversation about our research on Cameroonian pastoralists and Diana monkeys in Cote d'Ivoire.

A Story of Us is focusing on migration for its first season. In this episode, Mark Moritz and I talk about seasonality and its impact on our study populations. Previous episodes have introduced concepts relating to migration, and immigration and refugees, from an anthropological perspective.


Twitter Moment: Desafinados

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 01:14:57 GMT

I just found out Twitter now lets you create Moments, not just consume them. I made one about Martin of Chicago Latino punk band Los Crudos' exhibit, Desafinados: 25 years of Punk in Pilsen and Little Village.


dopewars bot for Slack

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:06:19 GMT

I built a dopewars bot so that you can play dopewars on Slack, because of course that's a good idea.


Making a PBJ in 2016

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:06:06 GMT

After having read enough articles about exasperation about there being just too much stuff in JavaScript, I decided to write one as well – about my trip to the grocery store!


I built a multi-plane animation stand

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:10:47 GMT

I'm really happy to finally finish a new multi-plane animation stand set up after two weeks of building, visiting hard ware stores, hunting for fabric and transporting heavy glass in a suitcase by bus. Link includes a time lapse video showing the building process, followed by detail shots with more information and a test shot inspired by Blade Runner.


Unknown Pleasures Album Cover Gif Generator

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:38:01 GMT

I just whipped up a little website where you can draw something in the style of the Unknown Pleasures album cover and then export it as a gif.


Gramma' Ma English Grammar

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 14:23:21 GMT

I recently became interested in coding and wanted to provide my students with a way to study on the go, so I made this Android app. It is four hundred grammar questions in sixteen different categories and five exams of forty questions each. All the questions are modeled after the TOEFL PBT or ITP exams, which almost no one takes anymore so the study materials are limited and this will hopefully help them.

And since I can be a decent dude at times, I made it totally free. No ads, no purchases, no permissions.


Make Ugly Food

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:24:25 GMT

We need to embrace ugly food, whether it's food that starts out ugly or a meal that collects ugly along the way. This blog celebrates ugly food. The food is delicious, but not always photogenic.

The notion that cookbooks contain only camera-ready food has bothered me for a while. I grew up on ugly food (sorry, Mom); I know a lot of other people did, too.

I love making things that look good, too, don't get me wrong. But ugly is such a neglected food category. And it shouldn't be that way.

"Make Ugly Food" is a call to recognize that the dishes shown online and in cookbooks do not reflect the way we make and enjoy food in our day-to-day lives.


Trailer for my electric cello show, The Gaps Between

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:24:05 GMT

This is a 1 minute trailer for my short story/cello/electronica show. I'd be interested if people wanted to know more after seeing it.


Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:36:09 GMT

The Lit (dot) cat / is a reading format / where you scroll your screen / for under 30 minutes, flat / Whether your feet are up at bat / or on the toilet mat / flash fiction, poetry, any other writ / can go into the weekly

The is an online literary zine that keeps each issue within a single, scrollable page at a reading length under half an hour. Submissions under 2000 words are accepted and paired with photography, illustration, and web design to give you something to read while on the litter box. New issues every Tuesday.

Issue 0 (the test issue) clocks in at 17 minutes and 33 seconds which is plenty enough time to fill your lunch break as you avoid your coworkers while eating an individual-sized microwave pizza. It features a song sung to cats, Good 'Ol Dad, and a fight club.

Issue 1 clocks in at 25 minutes and 18 seconds, which is conveniently the amount of time it will actually take for your roommate to be ready to leave after he says he'll be ready in two minutes. It features two dreams to wake up from, six year old boogers, and an argument over Scrabble.

Submissions of a wide variety of types are accepted, from word avalanches, short stories, diatribes, conversations, and poems. Just keep it under 2000 words and believe in it.


Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:51:42 GMT

A quick single-serving site encouraging people to register to help keep a certain small-handed politician out of the White House.


May Your Fave Be Unproblematic

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:09:12 GMT

I wrote about Chicago rapper Famous Dex, fandom, and how we react when it turns out artists we've supported have perpetrated abuse.

There are no graphic descriptions of abuse in the piece, but the piece does discuss sexual assault and link (with warning) to disturbing material.

Thought this might fit in well with the conversations we have here on Metafilter. Other articles I've written live here.


The Corey Press

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:41:14 GMT

I've just completed a major revamp of my website, The Corey Press, where I keep all my weird wooden blockprints. Need some medieval alien abductions? Done! Old school Pokemon battles? Sure! More Cthulhu Mythos than you can shake a stick at? You betcha. I'm really proud of my newest piece, a Mothman-inspired ouija board.


The Wire: Season 13

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:33:56 GMT

Man, The Wire really went downhill after season 5. Plot points from season 13 of HBO's award winning drama The Wire.


Endless Waves: Colorado Surfing

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:34:21 GMT

River surfing is a relatively new sport, and information about it is pretty scattered, particularly when it comes to where and when you can surf. So I've put together a guidebook for Colorado (hopefully expanding to the surrounding area), as well as articles and guides for river surfing newbies. We even have swag.