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May 29, 2015
The Mind of a Teen Bot (Olivia Taters, still suspended from Twitter, now in comic form)
An incomplete list of words that are now startups
May 28, 2015
Jeremy Keith on the messy, beautiful web ("The web has no gatekeepers. The web has no quality control. The web is a mess. The web is for everyone.")
Kung Fury (the insanely ridiculous Kickstarter-funded short film is finished)
May 27, 2015
Cheap Bots, Done Quick! (free tool for making Twitter bots using Tracery)
Space Weird Thing (remaking Space Oddity using only the thousand most-common words in the English language)
Extra Credit on Rust's representation of race (the game devs randomly and permanently assign skin color to players with interesting results)
May 26, 2015
Analysis of Twitter's 133k verified accounts (25% are journalists; collected by scraping who @Verified follows)
Screentendo (turn a selection of your OS X screen into a playable Super Mario level)
Hot Topic buys ThinkGeek (this will only surprise someone who hasn't been in a Hot Topic in a decade)
Volvo responds to self-parking car accident video (sorry, pedestrian detection costs extra)
Millennials to Snake People ("Who are they? What do they want?")
The Counselor (Robin Sloan's near-future scifi short story of persuasive AI in medicine)
May 22, 2015
TNG Edits, "Riker" (a new TNG Edit after five years! the original series of remixes were instant classics)
Mystery Show's debut episode (new podcast from Gimlet and This American Life's Starlee Kine)
On A Plate (short comic nicely articulates privilege)
May 21, 2015
Deep learning robots use trial and error for motor tasks (we need a word for the feeling when something is equally exciting and terrifying)
Redrawing Shake It Off (49 animation students each rotoscoped 52 out of 2,767 total frames)
May 20, 2015
Ta'izz (third part of Maciej Ceglowski's incredible travelogue series)
Flickr faces complaints over offensive auto-tagging in photos (completely predictable outcome for a frustratingly unnecessary feature) (long horse is long)
Sony's secret contract with Spotify (streaming's a good deal if you're a major label, but indies are stuck with paltry royalties only)
May 19, 2015
Paul Ford on the No Manifesto (the whole Chicago Review PDF is worth reading)
Christina Xu on killing projects with dignity (ending something in a deliberate way is a time for celebration and closure)
May 18, 2015
Other People's Playlist (Paul Ford on Spotify's social network of related artists)
Timelapse Mining from Internet Photos (clustering 86 million photos found online)
May 17, 2015
Bizarre easter egg in Kanye Quest JRPG (ASCEND) [via]
May 15, 2015
Drunk Shopping (get texted something stupid every Saturday at 2am)
May 14, 2015
A Millennial Revenge Fantasy ("You refused to buy us Lunchables, and now you must pay.")
Roman Mars on the design of city flags (the lovely PDX flag gets a shout-out at the end)
Facebook launches Instant Articles (The Awl's John Herrman had the best thoughts on the implications I've seen)
May 12, 2015
A Pixel Artist Renounces Pixel Art (part of the reason why I ran my experiment)
May 11, 2015
It's Not About You ("Sometimes a conversation just doesn't need your input.")
May 8, 2015
Typedrummer (use parentheses for triplets like this)
Windows 95 emulated in the browser (47MB download and slow as hell, but crazy impressive)
The Verge feature on startups drawing inspiration from casinos (which, in turn, exploits behavioral psychology to take player's money)
Video game execution watched by 325,000 players (the security lead took over the character in-game, stripped, killed, and deleted him)
Things To Have Named After You, In Order Of Difficulty
May 7, 2015
Seb Lester's hand-drawn versions of famous logos (much more hand-lettering work on his Instagram)
Offworld on Lifeline, iOS game where you text an astronaut in real-time (finished this unusual iOS game this morning, highly recommended)
May 6, 2015
Super Dino Boys (Paul Robertson's gorgeous series of pixel art shorts for Adult Swim)
VHX announces subscription video sales (a new option for indies to make money from serialized video beyond ads)
Oculus announces Rift's shipping Q1 2016 (you bet I'm preordering one)
Medium adds Creative Commons and public domain licensing (Lessig's excited)
May 5, 2015 (like multiplayer Osmos; see also: Curvytron, addictive multiplayer Tron-like game)
May 4, 2015
Ryan Gosling finally ate his cereal (Ryan McHenry compiled his Vine videos in a single video on YouTube)
Computer Evolution on "Law and Order" (the epic indexing project ended last week)
Firefox deprecating HTTP (wut) [via]
Bridgy (pull comments, likes, and reshares from social networks to your own site) [via]
NYT Mag on the new generation of civil rights activists (using social media to draw attention to systemic oppression)
Makerbase (Gina Trapani's IMDB-like database for people who make stuff, here's me)
Flickgame (tiny game engine for making simple games constrained to 16 drawings linked by color)
Amit Gupta on quietly selling Photojojo (he sold it nearly a year ago, but was worried about telling anyone) [via]
April 30, 2015
The Age of Drone Graffiti (just wait until someone combines this with automated drawing)
Let's Play: The Shining (in Pippin Barr's signature style)
Great Moments in Peaceful Protest History (the appropriate way to get what you want)
How Old? (age/gender detection from Microsoft, with some silly results)
Mountains of Mouthness (occasionally NSFW audio) [via]
Classic films summarized by someone who has never seen them (another Mallory Ortberg gem)
April 29, 2015
Game of Fear (Boston Magazine profile on the horrific origins of Gamergate)
April 28, 2015
Nonviolence as Compliance (related: Baltimore Sun investigates police brutality settlements)
April 27, 2015
Anil Dash on fame without being famous (life online with 550k Twitter followers, a very particular type of celebrity)
Dooce is retiring from professional blogging (curious to see if subscription funding like Patreon can fill the gap left by advertisers)
Infocom legend Michael Berlyn needs help fighting cancer (Leigh Alexander has more on his lesser-known work)
The Words The Media Industry Prefers (like everything Paul Ford writes, only partly about what it pretends to be about)
April 20, 2015
Run your own high-end cloud gaming service on EC2 (renting GPU instances with Steam's streaming features)
April 17, 2015
Rhizome resurrected Theresa Duncan's groundbreaking CD-ROM games (playable in the browser in emulated System 7.5.5, try quitting to the desktop when you're done)
The First Apple Homepage (Kevin Fox digs up pre-Wayback screenshots)
April 16, 2015
Leigh Alexander on simultaneous invention in games (this happens constantly across art and tech)
Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows (a "crash discourse" on cultural appropriation from 16-year-old actress Amandla Stenberg)
David Hasselhoff performs the Kung Fury theme (oh yeah, I guess the new Star Wars trailer came out too)
April 15, 2015
Maxo's Chordslayer (reminds me of George & Jonathan III)
Reverse engineering WipEout PSX (or just skip to the amazing Three.js model viewer)
April 14, 2015
The Emularity (open-sourcing the browser-based emulation loader used by the Internet Archive)
Darius Kazemi on automating rhyming quatrains for @SortingBot (follow it to find out your house)
April 12, 2015
Jesse England's Universal Record (a vinyl disc that vibrates to play any audio on a turntable)
April 10, 2015
Motherboard on Flash archival efforts (unsurprisingly, Jason Scott's been working on this for years)
Wired profile on and (the story behind my weird little aggregator)
April 8, 2015
Jay Smooth on the murder of Walter Scott (our phones are the closest we have to an airplane's black box)
Fight 215 (Kirby Ferguson video to end mass surveillance under the Patriot Act)
April 7, 2015
8088 MPH (Jim Leonard explains all the technical firsts in their mind-blowing CGA demo)
OUTSLIDE (gems from SlideShare, a new Tumblr by Neil Cicierega)
April 3, 2015
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4 ("But you're not you. You're your digital you. Virtually real, controlled by real you.")
April 2, 2015
Gluten-Free Museum (art without bread)
April 1, 2015
the button (Reddit experiment in crowdsourced play; any user can push the button, exactly once, to reset the timer)
Matt Stopera's story of becoming a Chinese meme (continuing part one of the Bro Orange story)
Paperholm (a growing papercraft city, one new building per day) [via] (a $185,000 prank)
March 31, 2015
Freshman Year (a new vignette game from Nina Freeman)
Feminist Frequency on the Scythian from Sword & Sworcery (first episode from Anita's new series on positive female characters in games)
Pac-Man in Google Maps (I think I love functional April Fools' hacks as much as I hate April Fools' hoaxes)
World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt's first foray into digital animation is now available for streaming on demand)
Paul Ford's failed quantified self email experiment ("counting things doesn't change them")
Lost Boys (is it legal to not hire someone based on their garbage views?)
Amazon Dash Button (I hope they extend this to their most popular products)
Exploit Exercises (virtual machines for practicing security exploits)
March 30, 2015
The Demo (musical theater performance based on The Mother of All Demos) [via] (when in doubt, hit the "New Friend" button)
Flickr adds support for public domain and CC0 licenses (huzzah)
Easy Cheese 3D Printer testing (from Andrew Maxwell-Parish)
March 28, 2015
Dan Deacon's "When I Was Done Dying" (nine animators take on the afterlife) [via]
March 27, 2015
Cassetteboy's Emperor New Clothes rap (this duo's remix work is absolutely next-level)
March 26, 2015
Pitchfork on the unbearable whiteness of indie (if you don't agree there's a problem, check out the responses on Twitter)
Twitch Plays Pokémon captures all 151 monsters (completed the Pokedex after 39 days)
Dashcam video of teen drivers crashing while distracted ("Self-driving cars can't arrive fast enough.")
Offworld on Jason Shiga's comics (one of my favorite comic artists, I've backed his Patreon since day 1)
Seven on Seven 2015 (incredible lineup; I participated with Michael Bell-Smith in 2012 and it was a blast)
The User Is Drunk (pay a drunk guy to test your UX)
Tinder API prank connected bros with bros (this is kind of cruel, but the screenshots are hilarious)
Twitter launches Periscope app for live streaming (unlike Meerkat, it supports archiving, but only for 24 hours and not available on the web)
Kickstarter Spotlight (huge redesign for successful projects, shifting focus to the work that happens after funding ends)
Spielberg to direct Ready Player One (Ernie Cline is pretty excited)
Matter on the Shut-In Economy (replacing disappearing manufacturing jobs could be a good thing, but needs to be done responsibly)
March 23, 2015
AV Club's oral history of UHF (I had no idea it was a box office failure, but then again, I was 12 years old at the time)
Making Care of Business (interviews with small business owners weekly; see also: The Distance)
Little Party (weird and beautiful game about your daughter's all-nighter art party)
Warp Door (great blog of experimental games)
March 21, 2015
Explorable Explanations (also worth checking out: literally everything else Nicky Case has ever done)
March 20, 2015
PDX carpet named as Grand Marshal in Starlight Parade (god, I love this city)
National Corndog Day (but, but, *every* day is corndog day!)
March 18, 2015
The Last Mile (Ondi Timoner's short doc on a tech incubator in San Quentin) [via]
No Small Parts (a documentary series on character actors by Brandon Hardesty)
Sext Machine (see also: Sext Adventure)
Stop Robot Abuse (these guys will be first against the wall when the robot revolution comes)
Model View Culture on cultural bias in the Unicode standard (voting rights costs $18,000 per year)
Atari blocks gaming legend Jeff Minter from releasing new game (continuing to dismantle their legacy)
March 17, 2015
The Worst Internet Things bracket (the March Madness of garb)
March 16, 2015
Punk Games (Zoe Quinn's manifesto for altgames as punk rock: anyone can do it, and that's great)
Vulture on the mystery of The Immortal (ostensibly the worst fanfic ever made, but seems like a deliberate parody to me)
The Book of Shaders (in-progress project to explain the dark art of shader programming)
A Poem Composed Entirely of SXSW Panel Titles (Driving to Retention: a Simple Roadmap; Is Social Good the Next Killer App?)
Patreon acquires Subbable (Jack Conte joining forces with Hank and John Green seems like a solid move)
March 15, 2015
Ami Yamato (cheeky vlogger that rarely acknowledges she's digital) [via]
March 13, 2015
Twitter cuts off Meerkat's access to their social graph (gross and disappointing)
Rolling Stone interviews Chris Poole on why he left 4chan (Gamergate and the Fappening in the same week)
March 12, 2015
Fusion on VCs investing in their partner's startups (the invective from pointing out a potential conflict-of-interest is curious)
Google Code to close (remind me why it isn't standard practice to send archives to the Internet Archive on shutdown?)
Medium launches custom domains for publications (the experimental student magazine that my mom runs is in the beta test)
March 11, 2015
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (epic fanfic novel written by an AI researcher, half the length of the whole Potter series, ending this Saturday)
Danny Sullivan on growing a media business without outside funding (sad to see GigaOm shut down this week, but that's lot of VC)
Reply All on swatting (it's amazing nobody's been killed yet)
March 10, 2015
Jury find Blurred Lines infringed Marvin Gaye's copyright (garbage ruling with a dangerous precedent)
Motion sensing with the doppler effect (using your microphone to detect motion in the browser)
The Intercept on the CIA's attempts to hack Apple products and developers (disgusting new revelations courtesy of Edward Snowden)
March 9, 2015
Offworld relaunches (headed by Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson, with a focus on diverse games writing)
Facemoji (emoji on your face, a side project from cacheflowe)
March 7, 2015
unindexed (a small online community that deletes itself once it's indexed by Google)
March 6, 2015
Unboxing a tortoise after four months in a fridge (so adorable)
The Dancing Man (I secretly hoped this was how the Star Wars Kid story would end, but no such luck)
March 5, 2015
#Gamergate is now literally an industry joke (Tim Schafer's been trending on Twitter all day because of this)
Will Hall on Pinterest (spelling bee eliminations, movie theater carpets, and sexy Chewbaccas)
ASCII fluid dynamics (from 2013, but new to me) [via]
March 4, 2015
Matt Haughey retires from Metafilter (16 years is a long time, and he's handling the transition in the best way possible)
The Web's Grain (it is what it is)
Double Fine Adventure documentary goes public (I've seen every episode, and it's a supremely watchable journey of making a game)
The Cartoonist Has No Idea How Net Neutrality Works (tortured right-wing metaphors for making people angry at the FCC)
March 3, 2015
Forbes profile on Notch after Minecraft (you know what they say)
XOXO 2015 (announcing the fourth festival this September)
March 2, 2015
#HYPERREALCG (David OReilly's Tumblr of photorealistic CG art, with one small caveat)
March 1, 2015
Wired redesigns for the first time in eight years (the tech notes are worth reading)
Super Hexagon Bot (OpenCV image processing to play a brutally hard game)
February 28, 2015
User Onboarding (breaking down the UX of first-time users, and archiving site/app history in the process)
Omni Verse's insane movie/TV collages (every couch gag at the same time, Star Wars in 60-second clips, and many more; Fusion dubbed them "superfuses") [via]
February 27, 2015
How BuzzFeed handled #TheDress (worth it for the GIF alone)
Nightline on VR from 1993 (with the requisite Jaron Lanier appearance, I love how he pronounces "2007")
February 26, 2015
What Color Is This Dress? (bizarre illusion that's split my Twitter stream in two)
Blogging on Medium ("The fundamental unit of the blog is not the blog post. The fundamental unit of the blog is the stream.")
Internet slang in American Sign Language (the difference between a student and teacher of an evolving language) [via]
New Yorker on Google DeepMind and games (the Breakout demo mentioned in the article) [via]
Killing Time at Lightspeed (reading Twitter on a journey where years pass every time you refresh your feed) [via]
Net neutrality wins (go, Team Internet! also: what the rules mean in plain English)
Sans Bullshit Sans (using OpenType ligatures to replace buzzwords with censor bars)
February 25, 2015
1,000 Chrome Experiments (love the timeline view)
February 24, 2015
Vicemo (see who's buying drugs on Venmo)
"Stranger danger" is vastly overstated (irrational fears over child safety are skewed by media and bad stats)
Jay Smooth on the craft of being good (assuming you're good and fair and make good, fair decisions can perpetuate the status quo)
"FYI I'M A GRAPHIC DESIGNER" (the portrayal of graphic designers in film and TV) [via]
Craig Hockenberry on Chinese DNS poisoning (well, that explains the DDoS I've been dealing with for the last 12 days)
Ev Williams on Medium's new support for shorter-form articles (a hybrid of Twitter and blogging)
February 23, 2015
Audiogrep (automatic audio supercuts from the creator of videogrep)
February 22, 2015
Andrew B. Myers's surreal wallpaper-esque photography (photos that look like vector illustrations; more on his portfolio)
February 19, 2015
Fusion on tweet deleters (adding automated ephemerality to Twitter)
Lenovo's installing adware, MITM SSL proxy on new laptops (don't miss this fun breakdown of extracting and cracking the SuperFish certificate)
Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer ("I have to live in the richest, deepest, most productive way I can.") [via]
Unhappy Hacking Keyboard ("Real programmers only need a 1 and 0 key.")
February 18, 2015
Googlifier (Chrome add-on adds googly eyes to photos, or tries anyway)
I Know This (game inspired by Jurassic Park's Unix GUI, hold onto your butts)
February 17, 2015
Parker Higgins on how the Blurred Lines lawsuit could impact music copyright (musical influence is not infringement)
Places I've Never Been (John Green realizes he's selling posters with a quote he never said, and makes it right)
February 16, 2015
The Ghost in the MP3 (the Tom's Diner video and audio with only artifacts remaining)
February 15, 2015
HeartForth (emoji-based stack programming language; see also: Emojinal)
InstaDoom (Doom mod adds Instagram filters and a selfie stick)
February 13, 2015
Vice on Casanova, the 1980s Hollywood party robot (related: Two Panda's robot waiters)
February 11, 2015
February 10, 2015
Automating Tinder with Eigenfaces ("Admittedly, it worked too well and started to conflict with work.")
The Citizen Kane of Supercuts (finally)
Amelia Greenhall's resources for starting a collaborative publication (tons of great advice in here that goes far beyond feminist/tech pubs)
February 9, 2015
Watch People Code (pulled from the subreddit)
Backchannel tracks down a DARPA challenge troll (from the 2011 un-shredding competition) [via]
February 7, 2015
I'm an Anti-Braker (I'm so sick of Big Automotive hiding the truth)
February 6, 2015
Kashmir Hill's CAPS LOCK EXPERIMENT (HACK MAN, the SYSOP of my favorite BBS, used all-caps well into the mid-'90s)
Two Trains (auralization of income equality along NYC subway stops)
Sarah Jeong on the Silk Road verdict (Today In Tabs explainer on the Dread Pirate Roberts)
Make on Katy Perry's Left Shark takedown order against Shapeways (points out that it's a C&D, not a DMCA request, and why that matters)
Jay-Z and Alan Lomax (bizarre copyright story from 2011, new to me)
February 5, 2015
Way to Go (beautiful web-based art/game pairing video with animation)
Mein Coke (Adam Pash wrote a script to convince Coke's automated campaign to tweet Hitler)
February 4, 2015
The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence (eminently readable discussion of artificial superintelligence) [via]
How Cards Against Humanity bought, and gave away, a private island (complete with its own secret treasure)
Mallory Ortberg on the Harper Lee interview (the To Kill A Mockingbird prequel is being released under very shady circumstances)
FCC will seek to reclassify the Internet as a utility (this is huge, but I don't expect Congress to swallow it lightly)
Stupid Tricks with Promoted Tweets (I was surprised to learn about "nullcasted" tweets, a way to post semi-private messages on Twitter)
February 3, 2015
The Creepiest Things You Can Do on Facebook (these are more playful; the creepiest things happen there when people speak their minds)
How to Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps (you may know the author from the Clueless Gamer series on Conan)
White House's 2016 budget data on Github (not a Python script? try reading it on Medium instead)
You Are Not A Content Creator (Jonathan Mann rants on a term that's always bugged me)
Amelia Greenhall on Vivek Wadhwa (or: how to be a fake ally to women in tech)
February 2, 2015
The curious case of the disappearing Polish S (story of a crazy internationalization bug on Medium)
Ian Padgham's stop-motion films (not clear from the headline, but he made all ten of these)
Plug & Play (surreal iOS game/film about sex and love)
All My Blogs Are Dead (The Awl's Carter Maness on ephemerality in corporate blogs)
SIMPSONS PIXELS (gorgeous pixel-art/chiptune work from Paul Robertson, Ivan Dixon, and Jeremy Dower) [via]
January 30, 2015
saved by the bell hooks
The Gap Between What the Public Thinks and Scientists Know (progress is slow, but the rest of the country will catch up eventually)
Spotify announces Chloe Weil Scholarship (in honor of my friend, Chloe)
Song Exploder examines The Long Winters' "The Commander Thinks Aloud" (from a list of very good episodes, maybe my favorite episode so far)
The Kinspiracy (my little sister spotted a trend on Instagram)
Kill Screen on the return of Grim Fandango (considering its complex history, it's astounding the remastered release happened at all)
January 29, 2015
MTV wants to go seapunk (leaked design brief from David OReilly)
The Queen of Code (FiveThirtyEight short doc on Grace Hopper, directed by Community's Gillian Jacobs) [via]
Andrew Sullivan to quit blogging (after 15 years and a successful switch to subscription)
January 28, 2015
Never trust a corporation to do a library's job (my ranting about Google and the Internet Archive for the Message)
January 27, 2015
Erik Helwig's alternate TV themes (I'm partial to the Friends and Simpsons themes myself)
The Horse Raised by Spheres (finally online, the short films by David OReilly that debuted at XOXO)
Predominantly (color picker meets album finder; try hacking the URL for a cute 404)
This American Life on Internet rage (Lindy West's interview with a troll is remarkable)
January 26, 2015
Vine Is A Window (the Vine Year 2 roundup is excellent, just like last year)
Elevator Saga (the elevator programming game)
Beastie Boys musicless party (also great: his MacGyver remix)
January 25, 2015
Hank Green on interviewing the President (the legacy media reacted with widespread disdain)
January 23, 2015
BusinessTown (gorgeously-illustrated, worth it for the Nathan Myhrvold parody alone) [via]
Buzzfeed answers a reader question about feminism (refreshing)
Zoe Keating on YouTube strong-arming musicians to join their streaming service (put your full catalog on Music Key for free, or you can no longer monetize your own channel)
The Emularity (surfing the web with Netscape 1.0 on Windows 3.11 and Trumpet Winsock, all from a browser window)
Hacking Super Mario World from inside the game (first time running the insane credits warp glitch on an actual console)
January 22, 2015
The return of Kottke's remaindered links (it's long past time for me to redesign my site for very similar reasons)
Pirating the Oscars 2015: HD Edition (pirates are now regularly releasing films in higher quality than screeners sent to Oscar voters)
January 21, 2015
Gizmodo on Oregon's dark, racist past (and, sadly, it's homogenous present)
Next on Black Mirror... ("what if phones, but too much")
Alex Leavitt's GDC talk on Twitch Plays Pokemon (accessible analysis of the crowd-based gameplay phenomenon)
Pitchfork's conversation with Bjork (don't miss the last part on female authorship and credit)
Moot retires from 4chan (he did it for free)
Paul Ford on the infrastructure behind PAPER's Kim Kardashian stunt (the untold story: Greg Knauss built the whole thing)
January 20, 2015
Slackbot Bot (every office needs one)
pplkpr (Black Mirror-style art/tech project uses your physical responses to change your social activity)
Matter on the Chaturbate community (mildly NSFW photos; a community with its own currency and cultural norms)
January 19, 2015
Darius Kazemi on aphorism detection (a momentary glimpse into how he thinks)
Estimating Google+ activity (reading the tea leaves from Google Profiles sitemaps)
Commodore Clicker (deceptively simple incremental game hides a functional C64 emulator)
January 16, 2015
Tetrageddon Games (the last, best reason to install Flash) [via]
January 15, 2015
Yo dawg, I heard you liked web browsers (Arachne running in EM-DOSBOX)
Be My Eyes (Jeffery Bennett's dream realized)
What They See (side-by-side shots of figures in artworks and their sightlines) [via]
January 14, 2015
Backchannel on the future of the blockchain (don't make the mistake of conflating the blockchain and Bitcoin)
Dillon Markey's stop-motion animation with the Nintendo Power Glove (rewired as a Bluetooth keyboard) [via]
Twitter Sort (the latest entry in a long line of terrible sorting methods)
Chris Poole on shuttering DrawQuest (donated remaining capital to charity, gave user archives to
January 13, 2015
Choose Your Own Adventure game on Twitter (how it was made)
January 12, 2015
Forgotten MS-DOS Games (a spoof, but I'd totally play any of these: see also: Viscera Cleanup Detail)
Novice Art Blogger (a bot tries its best to describe art)
January 9, 2015
Talib Kweli on how and why he left the major label system (brilliant writeup of the benefits and compromises of going indie)
Scroll Slow → Have Fun [via]
January 8, 2015
Warby Parker's Make Your Own Annual Report (surprisingly light on glasses-related information)
Anxiety Box (Paul Ford on the new episode of Reply All, my favorite podcast)
January 7, 2015
TASBot runs IRC on an unmodified Super Game Boy (batshit insane hacks; turning Super Mario World into Super Mario Bros)
inflorescence city (I don't know what it is, but I like it)
Attack on Charlie Hebdo (12 journalists murdered by deluded assholes over some goddamned comics)
Big Boring System (the BBS is Edna Piranha's new project after Meatspace)
They Might Be Giants' Dial-A-Song (a song a week all year, or get it direct from
IGF 2015 finalists announced (a bright and beautiful snapshot of modern indie gaming)
January 6, 2015
We Used to be Friends (every episode of the first season of Friends, averaged together) (emoji drawing tool) [via]
Augmented Hand Series (deform a hand in a box with machine vision)
Excuse-A-Day (great story of a guy who parodied Jonathan Mann, with a surprising ending)
Ev Williams on metrics (measuring views, users, and time are all proxies for value)
January 5, 2015
The Internet Archive adds 2,300+ MS-DOS games (stunning work, all playable in the browser; Jason Scott wrote about the project)
On Optimism (I consider myself less an optimist and more a magical realist) (very interesting, O'Reilly is experimenting with alternative funding models)
Zoe Quinn wraps up her weird year (the initial focus of #Gamergate's wrath looks forward)
"Choose Your Own Adventure" as live poetry (reminds me of ACTION CASTLE!)
The 2014 Panic Report (great post, but my favorite part is the second-to-last sentence)
AdVenture Capitalist (got hooked on this minimalist incremental game thanks to Notch) [via]
The Year in Kickstarter 2014 (in its fifth year, continuing to seriously impact culture; dig into the numbers)
December 31, 2014
The First Bad Man Store (Miranda July promotes her debut novel by auctioning items mentioned in it)
If Only Once, If Only For A Little While ("a comic about loss, coping, and the ways we deal with grief")
December 30, 2014
Yahoo directory shuttered five days early (sad end to the index that opened my eyes to the wonder of the web)
Laurie Penny on nerd entitlement (the difference between nerd bullying and structural oppression) [via]
Solving the Holiday Bullshit 2014 puzzle (massive group effort to open a safe located on a Hawaii 2)
December 25, 2014
Reply All on Keith Calder and One Direction shippers (consistently my favorite podcast)