Link Archives
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December 20, 2014
Sam Biddle on stirring and receiving Internet outrage (a rite of passage for every outgoing Valleywag editor, until Gawker stops funding their miserable behavior)
December 19, 2014
cinimated (animated remixes of scenes from live-action films) [via]
Said the Gramophone's Best Songs of 2014 (ten years of badass year-end mixes)
Notch outbids Jay-Z and Beyonce for $70M Beverly Hills mansion (indie 4 lyfe)
Yule Loggins (happy holidays from the Danger Zone) [via]
December 18, 2014
The Awl on Shitpics (the artifacts of any media format define its aesthetic like a cultural permalink)
Max Temkin on the logistics of Cards Against Humanity's Black Friday Bullshit (the scratch-and-sniff poop button is an especially nice touch)
December 17, 2014
Reply All podcast tracks down Jennicam (don't miss the supplemental blog post)
NYT Mag on Yahoo under Marissa Mayer (worth reading if only for the "Bobbie Had a Nickel" anecdote)
The Nib's The Year in Garbage 2014 (so many of these are related to our ever-increasing interconnectedness)
O Human Star (this ongoing webcomic about robots and love is really, really good)
Lego Friends (how to make Lego sets more appealing to girls) [via]
December 16, 2014
Alexis Madrigal on Uber vs. Portland (compare that to its relationship with Airbnb)
Content, Forever (Darius Kazemi's thinkpiece generator powered by meandering Wikipedia entries)
Punch A Monet (interactive tool for game-making resources, built in Twine by Zoe Quinn)
Unedited Footage of a Bear (ask your doctor if Claridryl is right for you)
Motherboard on Computers Are People, Too! (bizarre Disney documentary on computer art from 1982)
December 15, 2014
Auralnauts take on Terminator Genisys (every line of this slays me)
Decade-specific words in Billboard popular song titles, 1890-2014 (uses the pop spreadsheet from the Whitburn Project)
December 14, 2014
What colour is it? (time represented as hex color; also: 1,000 Colours jigsaw puzzle)
December 13, 2014
The Old Pirate Bay (IsoHunt archived TPB for posterity after its seizure; Peter Sunde's thoughts on the closure)
December 10, 2014
Submarine Sandwich (amazing work by PES, as always)
Computers in Crisis (Perry Chen's archive of Y2K books and materials, presented at the New Museum this Friday)
December 9, 2014
Playing With My Son (before I let Eliot play any modern games, we worked our way through 25 years of gaming history first)
December 8, 2014
Sony, You Have The Wrong Dakota (Dakota Smith gets lots of entertaining misdirected email)
Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (hour-long documentary narrated by John Waters)
Entire Screen of One Game (my brain hurts now)
City of Portland sues Uber (they launched here illegally three days ago)
Parable of the Polygons (interactive visualization of segregation by Vi Hart and Nicky Case)
December 6, 2014
Casey Johnston on the vanishing Comp Sci classroom (she's been smacking down mansplainers on Twitter)
WNYC analyzes NYC police data to spot problem-prone officers (should probably factor in percentage of all arrests, since the dataset might include desk jobs)
Deb Chachra on the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre ("I don't think being a woman in technology is worth dying for, but I learned early that some men think it's worth killing for.")
The Doom that Came to Puppet (the Puppet documentation meets H. P. Lovecraft)
December 4, 2014
How anonymous chan culture shaped Gamergate (a collision of two sets of widely-different online community norms)
December 3, 2014
All the Minutes (like Christian Marclay's The Clock for tweets; compiled as a book for NaNoGenMo)
December 2, 2014
Comparing the UX of Apple vs. Google Maps on iOS (incredibly detailed breakdown of different tradeoffs)
November 26, 2014
God's Lonely Programmer (Vice digs into TempleOS)
PBS analysis of the Michael Brown shooting witnesses (16 out of 18 witnesses said Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot)
Berta Lovejoy And The Trolls Of /r/RedditArmie (seeing these goobers more and more often in YouTube comments)
November 25, 2014
One Day I Will Die on Mars (Paul Ford's near-future fiction where Uber rules the world) [via]
Pixel Pioneers: A Brief History of Graphics (five-part video series on the history of game graphics)
I Will Only Bleed Here ("I finally saw the value of my life as others saw it: a cheap thing, so easily discarded between muzzle flash and hot asphalt")
The rarity of a grand jury not indicting (from federal cases only, state data isn't available)
Darren Wilson's testimony is literally unbelievable (the mass of conflicting evidence so clearly should have led to a trial)
Reply All (first two episodes of the new podcast from the creators of TLDR)
November 24, 2014
Pomplamoose releases 2014 tour financials (a reminder to financially support artists you love, beyond just seeing them live)
Charted (Medium open-sources their internal charting library)
Highway at Night (crazy 1k JS demo, how it works)
November 20, 2014
Bay Area hip-hop dance veterans show off their signature moves (this should be a documentary)
Computer Engineer Barbie, remixed by an computer engineering student (a zillion times better)
Grandmas smoking pot for the first time (and playing Cards Against Humanity)
Crossy Road (addictive endless Frogger game for iOS)
November 19, 2014
NYT Mag on the Twine game scene (better tools for design and distribution lead the way to more diverse, interesting voices)
The Oral History of the Poop Emoji (💩)
Let's Encrypt (can't wait for this free, dead simple certificate authority from the EFF, Mozilla, and more)
The Good Web Bundle (I already pay yearly for four out of the five, and they're all worth supporting)
November 18, 2014
Twitter's complete archives now available in search (official clients only, though; hope it makes its way to the API)
Steve Albini on the past and future of the music industry (this is all so great)
Protracker .MOD player for the Web Audio API (hit "load song," pick a song, and "play")
Barbie's "I Can Be A Computer Engineer!" (prepare to be enraged)
November 17, 2014
Stupid Projects from the Stupid Hackathon (so much stupid)
The Sponsor (James Sturm's comic for The Nib stirred up some interesting debate)
The Bike Horn Collection Volume 1 (Careless Whisper is particularly touching; from April, but new to me) [via]
The Last Time (a musicomic from 2008 about time travel and love by the multitalented Lucy Knisley)
Handmade Hero (creating a game from scratch and streaming the process on Twitch, weeknights at 8pm PST)
November 15, 2014
0h h1 (like Sudoku stripped down to two colors)
Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (lyrics) (Neil Cicierega's brilliant send-up of YouTube lyric videos)
November 14, 2014
Desert Bus VR (simulate the thrill of driving from Tucson to Vegas at a blistering 45 miles per hour)
November 13, 2014
Museum of Selfies [via]
Yelp Prison Review Faxbot (another quality project from Sam Lavigne)
Stupid Hackathon (my kind of hackathon, like an extension of Worst Website Ever)
Space Age released (Neven Mrgan and Matt Comi's new iOS game inspired by classic point-and-click adventures)
November 11, 2014
Visual Orgasms (safe-for-work GIF metaphors)
Cabel Sasser on making the Space Age soundtrack (the 1992 article with a 15-year-old Cabel is just adorable)
November 10, 2014
A Birth Story (the funniest, most visceral story of labor I've ever read)
Peter "brokep" Sunde released from prison (never should've been there in the first place, a goddamned travesty)
MozVR (coming soon: the first VR rickroll)
Results of Offscreen's name-your-price experiment (a little above break even)
They Might Be Giants' Instant Fan Club 2015 (interesting direct-to-fan experiment, and a crazy deal)
Random Darknet Shopper (bot that randomly spends $100 in Bitcoin from Silk Road-like marketplaces)
50,000 Meows (convert text to meows, keeping its original punctuation and word length; here's Moby Dick)
Seraphs, Liza Daly's algorithmic Voynich Manuscript-inspired book (part of NaNoGenMo, a contest to algorithmically generate 50,000-word novels; more entries)
Corpora (JSON datasets for algorithmic play, like lists of sandwiches and rich people)
Generated Detective (comic algorithmically generated from public domain detective novels)
President Obama says FCC should reclassify Internet access as a utility (still a long road to net neutrality)
Holiday Bullshit 2014 ($15 for ten envelopes of randomness in December)
HarmonTown documentary for sale (the deluxe version is a whole lotta Harmon)
November 6, 2014
Oculus Rift 1980s arcade simulator (next step would be hooking it up to MAME, currently Game Boy Color only)
The Great Bitcasa Purge (just evil)
New Bee & Puppycat episodes debut (if you've never seen it, watch the pilot first)
Twemoji (Twitter open-sources their emoji icon library)
The Stewart (in which Matt Haughey commissions an oil painting of Stewart Butterfield from China)
Too Many Cooks (this is the greatest thing ever, hyperbole be damned)
November 5, 2014
Kim Asendorf's CSS Compositions [via]
Crumbles (generate videos from TV/film dialogue, heavy on the Bee and Puppycat)
Bob Sabiston talks about turning down Steve Jobs, three times (the animation pioneer was the creator behind Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly)
Playing individual keystroke histories in Google Docs (I had no idea Google was saving revisions at this granularity)
The Diatomist (the sole practitioner of the Victorian art of arranging single-cell algae; more photos) [via]
Panic's LINE stickers (yet another reason why I love that company)
10 Things Only I Will Understand (eventually, all media will feel like this to you)
Independent Games Festival 2015 entries (639 entries, some of the best of indie gaming on a single page)
The Other Side of Diversity (what it feels like to be a black woman in tech)
November 4, 2014
Steve Jobs photo essay by Doug Menuez (love the beach ball pic)
The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-computing (Paul Ford on emulation and the loss of a friend)
November 2, 2014
My Grandma The Poisoner ("People were always dying around Grandma")
November 1, 2014
Terms of Service (Al Jazeera America's graphic novella on privacy and big data)
Guide to the Races of Star Warms ("it's a trick!")
October 31, 2014
Ironic Sans' Pop Culture Twitter Lists (19 Doctor Who cast members, mainly Doctors and companions)
Long Hazlitt profile on Metafilter (15 years in, still one of the most powerful examples of a true community online)
October 30, 2014
The Internet Arcade (Jason Scott just dropped a bomb: 900 classic arcade games emulated in the browser)
Stephen Colbert takes on Gamergate with Anita Sarkeesian (the biggest thing Gamergate has accomplished so far)
Hadean Lands, the release of Andrew Plotkin's new Kickstarter-funded interactive fiction game (four years in the making, read Emily Short's thoughts on what makes it so special)
October 29, 2014
P. Morris shares new EP as a Chatroulette-style site (you and a random partner must both turn on webcams to listen)
October 28, 2014
threaded (serious seizure warning) [via]
October 27, 2014
OK Go's I Won't Let You Down (Segway chairs, drones, and umbrellas as an LED display)
AdNauseum (browser add-on that works with Ad Block Plus, quietly clicking every blocked ad)
October 26, 2014
WINDOWS 93 (don't miss the bookmarks in Cat Explorer) [via]
October 24, 2014
Actually... (it's about ethics in game journalism)
October 23, 2014
The race to save TwitPic's 800 million photos (documenting a huge chunk of Twitter's history, the founder's ignoring all offers of help)
Ello takes $5.5M, binds itself to manifesto (unprecedented move, legally preventing them from running ads or selling user data)
October 22, 2014
Felicia Day on Gamergate (she was doxxed minutes later in her own comments, which she disabled)
October 21, 2014
Shia LaBeouf Live (Rob Cantor's classic track, with escalating insanity)
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On returns (after a three year break from the first two adorable shorts)
October 19, 2014
Cursors (collaborative multiplayer game)
October 17, 2014
CVS BANGERS 3 (I will never tire of this)
October 16, 2014
Getting Out of the Woods (a primer from Ryan Gantz on not being a music hater)
October 15, 2014
Gamergate vs. ELIZA (some genius set up the classic chatbot to reply to #NotYourShield tweets)
see hear party (GIF collage maker)
Rothko Me (experiments with CSS filters inspired by Mark Rothko)
October 14, 2014
Sincerity Machine (a Comic Sans typewriter)
October 10, 2014
The Empire Strikes Back Uncut (fan-made, shot-for-shot remake, the sequel to the Emmy-winning Star Wars Uncut)
Needs More JPEG (nostalgia for image compression artifacts)
Ethan (an iOS app for messaging a guy named Ethan)
October 9, 2014
Paul Ford on the creation of ($17.42 for a thousand web pages is a pretty good deal)
October 8, 2014
Trouble at the Koolaid Point (Kathy Sierra's brilliant, upsetting deconstruction of her online harassment)
Gina Trapani's XOXO talk (we started posting talks on Monday, with Kevin Kelly and Anita Sarkeesian)
October 6, 2014
tildemash (I made this randomized mashup generator using isolated YouTube tracks; sorry, not sorry)
Live coding VR with the Oculus Rift, WebVR, and Three.js (insane demo that makes Quadrilateral Cowboy look like a documentary)
Twin Peaks returns (nine new episodes from David Lynch and Mark Frost)
October 4, 2014
List of actual, real ethical concerns in videogames (not on the list: the friendships and sex lives of indie game devs and writers)
October 3, 2014
New Homestar Runner: Fish Eye Lens (they appeared on Twitter last week, hope this means the return of Strongbad)
Serial (the first This American Life spinoff, tracking a story across an entire season)
October 2, 2014
Rolling Stone's profile of Adventure Time's Pendleton Ward ("having quality of life outweighed the need to control this project and make it great all the time")
October 1, 2014
Emergent (a bullshit tracker, like Snopes meets Twitter)
Dollar A Day (clever subscription-based nonprofit project from Kickstarter's Perry Chen)
Cameron's Conference Rap (fantastic remix skills) (Paul Ford brings the old-school)
Emoji Map Markers (fun with Mapbox)
Thru You Too (Kutiman's followup to 2009's mindblowing Thru You is live)
September 30, 2014 (gorgeous music discovery using Soundcloud charts)
StartUp Podcast (terrible name, great podcast; Alex Blumberg from Planet Money/This American Life tries to start a company)
#nettarot (an information age tarot deck)
September 29, 2014
The GIF's visual language in music videos (if you can't watch the playlist, which is preferred, try the full video)
bonernoise [via]
Quilt Bot vs. Pixelsorter (two image bots get stuck in a loop with beautiful results)
Don Hertzfeldt's Simpsons Couch Opening (shades of Mastaba Snoopy)
September 27, 2014
Yahoo to close Yahoo directory (the original Yahoo product, killed off in a footnote)
September 25, 2014
The Problem with Ello (I wrote a thing about Ello on Ello)
Metafilter gets its first new design in a decade (as always, incredibly well-considered roll-out process)
Steam Curator Curator (solid recommendations at the bottom)
no its becky (Taylor Swift won at Tumblr)
For Yourself (Daniel Agee's photo project from XOXO)
Anil Dash's lessons from 15 years of blogging (solid advice for an evolving form)
September 24, 2014
Hitchhiker's "11" (love the Lawnmower Man aesthetic)
Gridland (incredibly addictive, deceptively simple match-three game from the creator of A Dark Room)
Twine 2 goes beta (now browser-based, but runs locally and works offline)
September 23, 2014
Steam revamps discovery with curators (this instantly made Steam better for me; though now they need a way to find curators)
Kutiman's "No One In This World" (second single off his upcoming followup to Thru You)
King James Programming (Markov chaining the Bible and programming texts)
September 22, 2014
The narrative lottery at XOXO (Glenn Fleishman's Boing Boing writeup, with a great roundup of reactions at the end)
September 21, 2014
Tilt Brush (like Photoshop VR)
September 20, 2014
The iPhone 6 black market in NYC (Casey Neistat documents 24 hours in line)
September 19, 2014
Jonathan Mann's "Are Video Games Sexist?" (an auto-tuned rebuttal to AEI's regressive stance)
Digital Amnesia (documentary about Internet archivists; interviews with Brewster Kahle and Jason Scott)
September 18, 2014
Wolfram's Tweet-A-Program (look at the results here)
BlockPlot (explore Minecraft worlds in the browser, uses Voxel.js) [via]
TwitPic blocking Archive Team's attempt to save it before shutdown (update: that explains it, they were in the process of getting acquired)
September 16, 2014
The Verge on XOXO 2014 (captures the mood nicely, "like a link blog come gloriously to life")
Bennett Foddy's Speed Chess (no-waiting 16-player chess game at XOXO Arcade, now downloadable)
The Bézier Game (learned more about the Pen tool in 15 minutes than 20 years of futzing with Illustrator)
5 Things I Learned as the Internet's Most Hated Person (Zoe Quinn summarizes the insanely stupid manufactured "controversy" that is GamerGate)
The Manual, Everywhere (Andy McMillan's bringing his gorgeous design journal to the web)
Give It Up, first single off Kutiman's upcoming Thru You sequel (counting the minutes until October 1; Thru You stands as one of the best remix projects ever)
Apple releases U2 removal app (shocking that people don't like when bands they don't know or care about are forced into their collections)
Notch leaving Mojang, the public eye (Mojang confirmed the $2.5B Microsoft deal, which still feels like a steal)
September 9, 2014
Minecraft Geologic Survey (Leonard Richardson created a MInecraft world that combines thousands of player-created maps)
Power Dive into the Danger Zone (scored points for the Twitter username)
The Nicest Place on the Internet (you could use a hug right about now, I suspect)
Microsoft trying to buy Mojang for $2B (I really hope not)
BERG closes its doors (Warren Ellis wrote a nice thing; Little Printer will try to live on open-source)
September 2, 2014
Quing's Quest VII: The Death of Videogames (defeat the misogynerds with pure sass) [via]
August 28, 2014
The history of #1 projects on Kickstarter (the new #1 is from Portland)
Video Games, Misogyny, And Terrorism (also: Leigh Alexander on gamer culture)
Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn't exist (the screenshot of her tweets is unbearably awful)
Fish Play Street Fighter (you can bet on the results)
Somebody (Miranda July made an app that delivers messages from friends verbally by strangers) [via]
August 27, 2014
PlotDevice (Processing-like Mac app to use Python for 2D graphics and animation)
August 26, 2014
Pixel-Drifter (software for making glitch art from images, breaking things on purpose)
Wired on Instagram's Hyperlapse (much simpler than Microsoft's technique, but free and instant)
Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 (brutal, important new entry in Feminist Frequency's series, predictably met with denial and anger)
August 25, 2014
Half Life 2 VR training demo (aiming by looking through a crossbow sight with each eye)
August 23, 2014
Real-time face tracking meets projection mapping (entirely creepy) [via]
Serendipity (two people playing the same song at the same time somewhere in the world)
August 21, 2014
The Last True Hermit (stunning profile of a man who lived alone in the woods for 27 years) [via]
August 19, 2014
John Oliver on Ferguson (Vox's coverage has been solid)
A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film (the newest episode of Tony Zhou's Every Frame A Painting is right up my alley; related: Jason Reitman's new film)
GIF Youtube (add "gif" to the beginning of any URL)
August 13, 2014
I Want to Live (Erika Moen mourns Robin Williams, and reaches a very personal realization)
How to Be Polite (Paul Ford on empathy)
Humans Need Not Apply (robots and revolutions)
August 12, 2014
Which Picture Would They Use? (#iftheygunnedmedown)
August 11, 2014 (fonts that go together, or font combinations that are played out?)
Marc Maron remembers Robin Williams (a 2010 interview that sets some context for today's sad loss)
Mat Honan experiments with liking everything on Facebook (this Chrome add-on would've made it easy)
August 10, 2014
First-Person Hyperlapse Videos (reconstructing a 3D world model and stabilized camera path from raw video footage) [via]
NYT on the Brazilian businessman amassing the world's largest vinyl collection (the guy mentioned in the lede was featured in this 2009 video)
August 9, 2014
Idleplex (another evil game from John Cooney)
August 8, 2014
Shark With Wheels [via]
August 7, 2014
Microsoft recreates their first website (20 years later; how it was made)
Some guy wrote a song about half-assed attribution online (Some Guy is the new Florida Man)
Jay Maisel's 72-room Bowery mansion hits the market (I hope they open an EFF office there with a fair use museum)
Fish Plays Pokemon (inputs determined by tracking a fish's position in an aquarium)
Mat Honan profiles Stewart "Dharma" Butterfield and Slack (one of the most talented groups of people I've ever known)
August 6, 2014
Twitch starts matching copyrighted audio, mutes gameplay footage (oh, and all archives will be deleted, shortly after nuked their archives and shuttered)
Redditor remixes Chris Pratt's Forgot About Dre rap (a billion times better than it needs to be, I admire the craft that went into this)
Particle Clicker (learn about quarks while cursing your life)
Uber for X (I wonder how many of this are SF-only)
P5.js (new JS library inspired by Processing, with add-ons for HTML5 video, webcams, and sound) (I made a Twitter-powered automated link aggregator that favors projects over articles)
August 5, 2014
Fast Company on VidCon (love the selfie assembly line video)
Potato Salad: By the Numbers (Kickstarter digs into the data behind its biggest meme)
Block Together (like The Block Bot, coping with Twitter abusers by building new tools)
August 4, 2014
Recovering audio from high-speed video footage (reconstructing "Under Pressure" solely from silent video of earbuds vibrating)
August 1, 2014
The Future of Iced Coffee (Alexis Madrigal on Blue Bottle's attempt to scale)
Restoring Sector Alpha for the ColecoVision (30 years later, a fan realized every copy of the game was defective, and then fixed it)
Tim Carmody on the Facebook/OKCupid manipulation experiments (it's a larger symptom of social platforms treating users as customers, not clients)
Stellar, new decentralized payment network (partly funded by Stripe, supports transactions in arbitrary currencies)
July 31, 2014
@chillsitch (I was gonna write a description, but I decided to take a nap instead ;))
July 30, 2014
Planet Money on self-published authors (I didn't realize the author earnings report was published by Wool's Hugh Howey)
Backwards televangelists listen to Stairway to Heaven forwards (if you feel unclean, chase it with the Invocation For Judgement Against And Destruction of Rock Music) [via]
One Thousands Pens (a chaotic collaborative story with each word decided by voting)
The Least Twitter Can Do (social graph-driven blocklists are pretty clever, though potentially expensive)
Font Face Ninja (fun way to explore and try web fonts)
Eloquent JavaScript (the second edition is free online in advance of its print publication)
Scorpion Dagger (James Kerr's digital collage GIFs made from Renaissance paintings)
Adam Carolla won't let podcast patent troll drop their case against him (they're clearly panicking that their crappy patent will be invalidated)
The Adobe Illustrator Story (20-minute mini-doc on the app's history)
I Know Where Your Cat Lives (artist/coder Owen Mundy captured millions of location-tagged cat photos)
Tony Zhou on animator Satoshi Kon's warping of space and time (another stunning entry in Every Frame A Painting, his series on creative directing and editing)
Kevin Fanning responds to Bustle's 31 Questions About Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ("You don't have to like everything and everyone, but let people love the small things they love. They mean you no harm.")
The New Yorker on radical feminism vs. transgender rights (solid criticism of the piece; related: one trans woman's story of being ejected from MichFest in 1991)
The American Room (Paul Ford on peeking into private spaces in shared videos online)
July 29, 2014
Marco Arment on the challenge of being an iOS indie (related: Jared Sinclair's sales numbers from Unread)
Neil Cicierega's Mouth Silence (absolutely brilliant mashup prequel to Mouth Sounds)
July 28, 2014
LifeLock CEO's identity stolen 13 times (you can't promise to secure a national ID system based on an insecure nine-digit number)
@valleyedits (anonymous edits from big tech, inspired by my request)
Andrew Sorenson live-codes music at OSCON (using Extempore, an IDE for live-coding multimedia)
You Are Not Late (Kevin Kelly with a bit of techno-optimism that I happen to agree with)
OKTrends on OKCupid's experiments on people (Tim Carmody on why this doesn't bother people as much as Facebook's experiments)
GoPro duct-taped to a wheel going 45 mph (dizzying)
July 25, 2014
Grandpa's Photos (the comments identify nearly every photo)
Gentle Brain ("an interactive piece about the fleeting nature of digital pleasures"; try it on mobile)
July 24, 2014
Dancing in the Street, without music (more musicless music videos)
Anil Dash on the shifting meaning of "public" (some behavior may be legally public, but publishing it for profit subverts reasonable expectations)
July 23, 2014
Congress anonymously edits Reptilians article on Wikipedia (the edit was inspired by John Resig's tweet seven minutes earlier)
Musician slams his ex-label for suing YouTube star that used his music (Kaskade's post talks about his issues with Soundcloud)
Render Sketch Game (start with a 3D tool, set a ten minute timer, and render when time's up)
Foursquare rebrands, moving all checkins to Swarm tomorrow (a big gambit, I hope it pays off; I'm not a fan of the two-app approach)
Guy Walks Into A Bar (from last November, but rediscovered with the new New Yorker changes)
Weird Al scores first Billboard #1 album (first comedy album to hit #1 since Allan Sherman in 1963)
July 22, 2014
Decoding Notch's vinyl tweet (next step, someone has to make a vinyl image generator)
The genius of Weird Al's video blitz (RCA refused to pay for music videos, so he partnered with a different portal for every one)
July 21, 2014
Robin Sloan on Minecraft ("A generative, networked system laced throughout with secrets.")
The Songs that Time Forgot (Clay Aiken has the most obscure top ten hit of the last 50 years)
July 18, 2014
Rejected Emojis (from Avery Monsen)
Verizon's Netflix throttling exposed (hiding Netflix activity through a VPN is 10x faster than connecting directly through Verizon)
July 17, 2014
Scully Likes Science (also: Jean-Claude Van Dance)
Alice Lee's Lettering with Lego (7,600 bricks)
Human Clock TV (from the creator of the 13-year-old Human Clock)
Loop Findr (detect and export seamless animated GIFs from videos)
July 15, 2014
Databending with Audacity (applying audio effects to images creates badass glitch art) [via]
Weird Al's Word Crimes (by the creator of the fan-made, 1,000-hour Shop Vac video; Al's releasing a new video daily)
How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet (the FIFA Corruption hoax is an update to a classic confidence game)
College Humor on net neutrality (related: John Oliver's take)
Battle for the Net (your last few hours to comment to the FCC on Net Neutrality; DO IT NOW)
Ryan Block's Comcast disconnection call (the last eight minutes of an unbelievable 18-minute support call)
July 14, 2014
The disaster of DashCon 2014 (so bad, it spawned its own memes)
HODOR (also: Yo, Hodor)
The Atlantic on the effort to restore Prodigy from cached files (if you have an old Prodigy install, send it in)
July 11, 2014
anon-edits, tweet about anonymous Wikipedia edits from IP address ranges (as seen in @congressedits and @gccaedits, inspired by @parliamentedits)
July 10, 2014
Breach (modular web browser with a hackable JS UI)
Origins of the hamburger icon (designed for the Xerox Star to look like three menu items)
Wagner Au's profile of AM Radio, the Banksy of Second Life (because of his anonymity, not art style; only one of his works survives)
New York Observer on Rusty Foster's Today in Tabs (an addictive daily read for me, I'm missing it during his summer break)
Seinfeld Emoji (courtesy of Seinfeld 2000, the bizarro-world Modern Seinfeld)
July 9, 2014
Pinboard Turns Five (on stability, burnout, and perspective)
Making Tweedy's "Summer Noon" video (how she made it in three weeks with no 3D, video, or animation experience)
Homestar Runner is coming back (time for Strongbad Runner to check his DMs)
Matter's Liz Spiers on Shanley Kane (related, Shanley's preemptive response on Model View Culture)