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November 30, 2015
Annalee Newitz leaves io9 after eight year run (the site she founded and defined its voice; excited to see what she does at Ars Technica)
November 29, 2015
Extra Ordinary's The Case of the Marked Man (Li Chen celebrates comic #400 with a special full-color detective story)
November 28, 2015
The Serial Swatter (the NYT goes deep on how armchair terrorists exploit America's over-militarized police)
Inside China's "memeufacturing" factories (massive, chaotic infrastructure for producing this year's cultural fads)
November 24, 2015
xkcd's Hoverboard (it's bigger than it looks)
Bret Victor goes deep on what technologists can do about climate change ("despair is not useful. Despair is paralysis, and there's work to be done")
Donald Trump's skid towards outright fascism (I hope Nate Silver's right, but Trump's gone from mildly amusing to scary pretty quickly)
November 23, 2015
Jason Scott on the Infocom Cabinet (staggering collection of Infocom history, now on
November 22, 2015
NeuralTalk and Walk (Kyle McDonald walks around Amsterdam with a neural net trying to describe what it sees)
November 21, 2015
How Reddit Talks (n-gram analysis of Reddit comments from 2007-2015)
November 20, 2015
Operation Wonderland (re-enacting reference footage for Alice in Wonderland; actual reference shots here)
Line of Sight (live visualization of satellites in the line of sight above us; more info here) [via]
Gay Island (homophobic Tumblr post turns into dystopian young adult sci-fi)
November 19, 2015
Behind-the-scenes story of Google Pac-Man background audio bug in 2010 (bizarre confluence of browser plugin and bad design choices)
Paint Drying (force the British film board to watch paint drying; currently at six hours, six minutes long)
November 17, 2015
Valleywag "permanently shuttered" in Gawker refocusing (I fully expect someone else to fill this niche soon)
November 16, 2015
Unfollow (Adrian Chen on Megan Phelps-Roper, a former Westboro Baptist member that found empathy online)
Rdio to shut down in wake of Pandora acquisition (I always preferred Spotify's listening model, but the loss of a good competitor is a bummer)
Maciej Ceglowski live-tweets the Next:Economy conference (if the whole bookmarking thing doesn't work out, he has a great future in conference coverage)
November 15, 2015
VR Guitar (the race is on for the first full VR band)
mirror lake (stunning generative art by Katie Rose Pipkin)
November 12, 2015
Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah (always fun to receive little surprises in the mail from a bunch of weirdos)
Emoji Party (make your own, click to party)
November 11, 2015
Photojojo's Amit Gupta at XOXO (one of the most moving talks we've ever had)
Vox Product's employee Code of Conduct (on Github, too) [via]
#ALLMYMOVIES (watch Shia LaBeouf watch every Shia Labeouf movie in reverse-chronological order, 24 hours a day)
November 9, 2015
Max Temkin on why Hello from the Magic Tavern is amazing (they performed live at XOXO this year, and it was glorious)
12 Weird, Excellent Twitter Bots Chosen by Twitter's Best Bot-Makers (several of my favorites are in here)
November 6, 2015
Dumb Cuneiform (convert tweets to actual clay tablets; yes, this is real)
Robin Sloan on the dystopian vibes of Uber-for-food startups (there are alternatives, empowering indie cooks and bringing neighborhoods together)
Keynote Motion Graphic Experiment (Linda Dong shows off animation tools in Keynote, and the file for download)
November 5, 2015
Reconsider (DHH's epic rant against disruption culture; related: Jennifer Daniel's Design Is Capitalism)
Suck, Again (fan-made newsletter reissuing columns, 20 years later to the day)
November 4, 2015
iTunes Terms and Conditions: The Graphic Novel (the complete legal agreement, drawn in the style of famous cartoonists)
November 2, 2015
Daily Dot on @1995regi, a webcomic told on Instagram (related: the newly-launched Glitched, a comic told entirely through Twitter)
October 30, 2015
C. Spike Trotman at XOXO (one of the best talks we've ever had; also, Dooce and The Toast's Mallory Ortberg)
Bob Ross marathon on Twitch (currently at 60,000 viewers, promoting the launch of Twitch Creative)
Twitch Installs Arch Linux (a cooperative text-based horror game)
October 27, 2015
Inside story of SXSW's Gamergate debacle (worse than I could have imagined)
Celery Man Simulator (add sequence: OYSTER)
October 26, 2015
Medium's stack (in a footnote, nice to hear they're working on tools for writers to make money next)
Remembering XOXO 2015 (our yearly recap; also, just posted the first XOXO talk, Heather Armstrong on sharing her life online)
October 20, 2015
Designing quotation marks on Medium (commitment is patching Chrome for Windows to fix typography issues on your site)
50 Best Non-Fiction Podcasts (a solid list that naturally skews geeky, coming from Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder's audience) [via]
Just a Brown Hand (story of a small, empathetic design decision at Slack)
Swing Dancers vs. Street Dancers (if this doesn't make you want to dance, well, see a doctor) [via]
October 19, 2015
Blake Ross finds the makers of Reload, a dangerous herbal Viagra (using historical whois records, Internet Archive, and searching Facebook by email address)
October 15, 2015
Ermahgerddon (Vanity Fair interviews the woman from the "Ermahgerd" meme)
Haunted by Data (Maciej Ceglowski compares big data to radioactive underpants; transcript here)
October 14, 2015
Restoring Wander, a lost adventure game for mainframes from 1974 (predates ADVENT/Colossal Cave; more on lost mainframe games)
Computer Show (Sandwich Video's pitch-perfect 1980s tech show interviews modern startups)
October 13, 2015
Conde Nast buys Pitchfork (apparently for its "millennial males")
PCKWCK (serialized novel written in real-time with live comments and webcam of the author)
October 9, 2015
How WeWork convinced investors it's worth $10B (absolutely ridiculous projections, it's like a bubble inside a bubble; related: The Awl on WeLive)
The Chinese Room co-founder on why she's leaving (the developer of Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on illness, working with publishers, and the games industry)
October 7, 2015
horse chat (watch me neigh neigh)
Erica Joy on colorless diversity in tech (intersectionality matters)
USGS using Twitter to track earthquakes (tweets mentioning "earthquake" with less than eight words, no links, and no numbers)
Typatone (the video intro is adorable; from the creators of Patatap)
October 6, 2015
Network Effect (new Jonathan Harris project visualizing human behavior online with YouTube, Twitter, MTurk, Google Ngrams)
October 5, 2015
Mike Alger's research into VR interface design and usability (followup on his VR interface design manifesto)
karaoke_ebooks (turn a user's tweets into algorithmically-generated rhyming lyrics with music)
I'm Google (Dina Kelberman's ongoing project to manually find chains of visually similar images and videos in Google)
October 2, 2015
The Beginner's Guide (Davey Wreden's very meta followup to the Stanley Parable, highly recommended)
September 29, 2015
Unmasking a pseudonymous Twitter user with machine learning (interesting approach, and thoughtful decision not to reveal the name after confirmation)
September 25, 2015
Weird Simpsons VHS [via]
Happy "Happy Birthday" Day! (Vi Hart on the oddities of Happy Birthday to You beyond its copyright status)
September 24, 2015
Tested's preview of the Glowforge laser printer (uses a camera for positioning and tracing imagery, looks so much easier)
else Heart.Break() (gorgeous new cyberpunk adventure game)
Bloomberg Business on clickfraud (related: Maciej Ceglowski's What Happens Next Will Amaze You)
What Shape Is The Internet? (illustrations of the internet from patent applications)
September 23, 2015
Why Julia Nunes made her older YouTube videos private (she felt her past life online was holding back her changing voice)
Judge rules Warner doesn't hold copyright over "Happy Birthday" (but it's not technically in the public domain, it's an orphan work)
cloud ocr (pick a street, look up, and try to OCR the sky)
CableRobot Simulator (that should help motion sickness from VR, right?)
September 22, 2015
Scouting NY writes its last post (after seven years of blogging interesting NYC locations, the scout is making his own movie)
Hacker News Simulator (Markov-generated community; see also: Subreddit Simulator)
Moot sells 4chan to 2channel creator (going full circle, now owned by the board that inspired it)
Neurotic Neurons (Nicky Case's explorable explanation of exposure therapy, and how we learn and unlearn)
Ethical Ad Blocker (Darius Kazemi found a unique solution to the ad blocking debate)
Spending Time (an interview/portrait project at XOXO 2015, a sequel to last year's For Yourself)
September 21, 2015
Kickstarter reincorporates as a public benefit corporation (they don't think or act like other startups)
September 18, 2015
Marco pulls his iOS ad blocker, two days after going on sale (I'm torn, I think it just delays the inevitable shift to unblockable alternatives to traditional ads)
The Verge on Slack's impact on XOXO (not sure how well it would work outside of XOXO, but it was huge for us)
September 8, 2015
The Echonest is behind Spotify's new Discover Weekly playlists (this is the first music recommendation algorithm that actually seems to work for me)
frankenSim (from Milo Targett, the creator of Lido Sim)
September 7, 2015
Using tweets to predict the death of social apps (I'm kind of surprised more journalists don't do this kind of analysis, the Twitter API's great for it)
September 3, 2015
Byte (like Hypercard meets Mixel, odd and interesting; the API is shockingly robust for a brand new iOS app)
The Atlantic on Archive Corps' intense manual rescue project (the new offshoot of Jason Scott's Archive Team, saving physical materials)
Rachel Nabors on demanding conference codes of conduct (remarkable cluelessness from an established event organizer; also: worthless manfeelings)
Kill Screen on Adam Mathes' Sierra adventure Twitter bots (@quest_glitches is just beautiful)
1 Hour of Binaural Nut Sack ASMR (oh, internet)
XOXO 2015 schedule goes live (pretty proud of this)
Star Wars Ep 4: Laser Moon Awakens (The Auralnauts reimagine the Death Star as a laser tag arena complex)
McSweeney's Interactive Guide to Ambiguous Grammar (how to turn a clear statement into vague and distant nonsense)
September 1, 2015
Dictionary Stories (very short stories composed entirely of dictionary example sentences)
August 30, 2015
Donald Trump says "China" (beautifully edited supercut, love the cadence)
August 29, 2015
Jim Jarmo's Puntastic (lyrics replaced with social media profile pics; Anarchy in the FB, Tweeted Love)
August 26, 2015
Amanda Palmer is not crowdfunding her baby (spirited defense of motherhood for independent artists)
Leaving Everywhere (Darius Kazemi made a rant generator about moving away from cities using real census data)
Annalee Newitz's analysis of the Ashley Madison leaked database (Only 0.04% of women ever checked their messages, compared to 64.7% of men)
August 23, 2015
Wired on the Hugo Awards and sci-fi's culture war ("Some nerds just want to watch the world burn.")
August 22, 2015
Living with Jigsaw (over a year old, but new to me; part of the short film lineup at Dismaland)
BigRingLover's guide to the J.R.P.G. Torkelson's Lorne of the Rings trilogy (more genius from Neil Cicierega; related: guide to the races of Star Warms)
August 21, 2015
How Jason Scott and 60 volunteers saved 50,000+ rare tech manuals from destruction (see the before and in-progress photos to get a better sense of the undertaking)
Evan Ratliff's wife found his email in the Ashley Madison database (also: The Awl's John Herrman on the hack)
Real-Life FPS on Chatroulette (surprised they were able to find that many non-nude players)
August 20, 2015
New trailer for The Martian (finally read the book last month, I'm very excited about this)
The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn't (Steven Johnson on the steady increase of indie artists making a living)
Rex Sorgatz's TV Channel Guide from the Future ("A whole lotta cash is flowing from old television networks to new internet properties")
Ashley Madison DMCAs journalist for posting spreadsheet column names (also: Sarah Jeong's followup on the copyright status of hacked user info)
vnc-roulette (crawls Shodan for insecure VNC servers and connects you to one)
Burning Man's massive bug infestation (multiple species, some that bite and cause rashes)
Banksy opens Dismaland, large-scale Disneyland satire (the most mediocre place on Earth; love the Cinderella pumpkin crash)
Untold history of the Space Jam website (with original notes and site map) [via]
August 19, 2015
Ryan North live-tweeted his way out of a hole (like a real-life text adventure game puzzle)
Emoji Mosaic (entirely in JS)
August 18, 2015
A tour of abandoned college campuses in Second Life (all these polygons will be lost like tears in rain)
Cameron's World (incredible collage of text and images from archived GeoCities pages)
August 14, 2015
100 Days of Pleasantries (NSFW) (illustrated diary of a stripper's memorable encounters with customers and co-workers)
August 13, 2015
Cycloid Drawing Machine (digital version of this real-world toy)
Ferrolic (computer-controlled ferrofluid makes a pretty interesting analog display)
August 11, 2015
Madventure Time (Doof Warrior Marceline is a nice touch)
Overshare: The Story (the documentary Justin Hall talked about in his XOXO talk is out) (new art project by YACHT, co-built by Daniel Bogan of The Setup fame)
August 9, 2015
This Is My Jam shuts down with class (going read-only with a permanent archive and API, open-sourcing the data, export with opt-out)
August 7, 2015
Glenn Fleishman on the happy birthday copyright lawsuit (he got a copy of the 1922 book that firmly puts the song in the public domain)
SubredditSimulator (fully-automated Markov-generated subreddit, human comments are removed)
August 6, 2015
Pokemon Palettes (reload for a new one)
Adam Saltsman on bootstrapping his indie dream game (the reality of indie game development: it's really fucking hard)
Rolling Stone on the point of no return for climate change (let's see what the GOP candidates have to say about it...)
August 5, 2015
Ennuigi (follow a depressed Luigi as he chain smokes and wanders over a crumbling Mushroom Kingdom) (creative coding experiments with web technologies)
FBI subpoenas Boing Boing for nonexistent Tor logs (how awesome is it that they run a Tor exit node? answer: very awesome)
The New Devil's Dictionary (Greg Knauss was there first)
August 4, 2015
Workin' In A Cocktail Bar (see also: Neil Cicierega's "Wndrwll")
mojibar (emoji searcher in your menubar)
Makerbase opens to the public (Gina Trapani and Anil Dash's IMDb for projects; here's me)
August 3, 2015
Showgoers (sync Netfix movies with friends)
EDGE (The Onion's answer to VICE)
F.A.T. Lab closes its doors (they seem torn up about it, but they made so much great stuff and should be proud)
The Data Drive (cut-and-paste Facebook from a parallel world where Zuck ran off with all of Facebook's data)
Soylent founder on "how I gave up alternating current" (I can't decide if this is real, satire, or just cynical trolling to promote Soylent 2.0)
Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video (Hank Green on Facebook's deception and lack of accountability)
July 30, 2015
Rhythmic gymnastics ribbon with a robotic arm (first robots take over manufacturing, and now they're going after our gymnasts)
No one will ever read this but (audio readings of found online writing that each author thought would never be read) [via]
Projection mapping on a moving surface at 1,000 fps (some interesting applications for gaming)
Gamifying Sisyphus (just have him play clicker games instead)
eyeballs.js (JS version of the classic Mac extension)
Bobbie Johnson on people with liberal arts degrees in tech (most of the people I know doing interesting work in tech don't have engineering degrees, or a degree at all)
Blackbox (new startup from the Cards Against Humanity team helping others sell and ship stuff, like Exploding Kittens today)
Citizen Ex's TLD stories (James Bridle explores the origins of .io, .ly, and more)
July 28, 2015
New evidence appears in Happy Birthday copyright case (nail in the coffin for Warner/Chappell's case)
What do machines sing of? (machine that endlessly sings '90s pop ballads with intonation)
July 24, 2015
State of Georgia sues Carl Malamud for copyright infringement (for republishing annotations of their legal code, not the code itself)
Les Orchard on the Verge's web tracking (7MB of Javascript)
PICO-8 ("a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs")
July 23, 2015
Boing Boing on Manyland, the pixel MMO (amazing to see how it's evolved, the timelapse is beautiful chaos)
NYT on the legality of Sandra Bland's arrest (straightforward explanation of everything they screwed up)
July 22, 2015
Is This a Selfie? (related: the NYT follows up on the author's question about planetary selfies)
British Movietone posts video archive to YouTube (a followup to my 2008 post about their formerly-inaccessible darkweb)
Deep Dreamer (Mac app to easily make deepdream images; Yosemite or newer only)
July 21, 2015
@StayWokeBot (a bot intended to help clue people into issues of social inequality)
Study finds poorly-performing men more likely to harass women in online gaming (I'd love to see this repeated in other competitive online communities)
Out of the Blue (Metafilter's new podcast going deeper on stories surfaced by the community)
Why Are You So Angry? (six-part series on Internet aggression, focused on Gamergate as a case study; good followup)
Final episode of the Double Fine Adventure documentary (one of the best explorations of the challenges of making something, at a particularly interesting time for indie games)
Erica Joy's salary transparency experiment at Google ("People asked for and got equitable pay based on data in the sheet")
Trolling the KKK with a sousaphone (music request: Yakety Sax at Westboro Baptist Church)
The Mobile Web Sucks (related: analysis of trackers on 20 homepages)
Paul Ford on the Ashley Madison hack (touches on other major hacks and the ethics of outing personal information)
Gawker reports on Gawker resignations (super inside baseball, an existential crisis over whether the site is "too mean")
Zero-day exploit remotely controls Jeep Cherokees (an estimated 471,000 vehicles are vulnerable, including brakes, transmission, and GPS)
July 14, 2015
Echochamber.js (from multiplayer to single-player)
The Web We Have to Save ("What are we exchanging for efficiency?") (terrestrial radio can't make it past a few light years, but who's counting)
July 13, 2015
mothgenerator (beautiful algorithmic insects)
What happens when you give email addresses to 70,000 trees? (oh, and the trees like to reply)
Patent troll lawsuits hit all-time high (90% of high-tech patent lawsuits are filed by trolls)
New Yorker on the impending earthquake that will devastate the Pacific Northwest (some light Monday morning reading for all my Portland friends)
July 9, 2015
Public dataset of every Reddit comment (1.7 billion comments, also on the Internet Archive)
Linkmoji (emoji short URLs, like so)
The Verge's profile on The Awl (deliberately staying small and focused, excluding an audience they don't care about)
Slack launches emoji reactions and voting (so much more expressive than a fav alone)
July 8, 2015
Loop Ring Chop Drink (stylish short animation about four dysfunctional strangers in an apartment building)
Nick Douglas on the Facebook "post-memes," a cousin of advice meme (like using cartoon mascots as emoji; related: The Awl on minions)
July 6, 2015
My GEL talk about videogames and my son (this was a fun one to do, Eliot was in the audience)
Calvin and Markov (Markov-generated comics from Josh Millard, creator of Garkov)
July 5, 2015
A Holacracy of Dunces (Paul Carr on Zappos' shift to a flat organization)
July 3, 2015
Reddit mutiny after AMA employee fired (many of the most popular subreddits went private, all the top posts are about it)
July 2, 2015
Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color (minority representation in mainstream films, like Her, Fault in Our Stars, and Noah)
Google's DeepDream open-sourced (incredible nightmare fodder on Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter, and more)
Sarah Jeong on the ICANN's disastrous proposal to kill domain privacy (a number of women's rights and digital rights groups wrote a letter to ICANN)
Augmented reality desktop with Oculus DK2 and prototype color Leap Motion (totally into this, though I'd guess the mouse/keyboard would be more convenient) [via]
On the road with DigiTour, one of several Vine celeb tours (boy bands without the bands, an audience almost entirely composed of young girls)
June 30, 2015
Hello, From the Magic Tavern (podcast from the magical land of Foom)
June 29, 2015
John Oliver on transgender rights (upsetting examples of how badly the media and government gets it wrong, and how easy it is to get it right)
GTA: Full House (the side by side cracked me up)
June 26, 2015
Gay marriage upheld by the Supreme Court (the entire ruling is worth reading, especially the hilariously awful Scalia dissent)
June 25, 2015
Emotica Online (an editable world made of emoji)
Her Story (the first full-motion video game I've ever enjoyed, highly recommended)
June 24, 2015
Hallucinating neural network on Twitch (give it something to dream about in the chat; here's how it works)
June 23, 2015
Transphobic joke detection (bots should punch up)
Building a primitive hut from scratch (Minecraft on extra-hard mode)
June 22, 2015
Rhyming Keyboard (built with pronouncing-js)
Tinsel (a tool for making phone tree-based games like, say, an audio Flappy Bird)
June 20, 2015
Who designed the Solo Jazz cup? (fun detective story spawned by a Reddit thread and cult following)
June 19, 2015
Google Sheep View
June 16, 2015
Fund on Etsy pilot (Etsy gets into crowdfunding)
Aaron Meyer's new homepage (try clicking his laptop on the right)
Reddit's former CEO explains the recent subreddit bans ("You are free to be an asshole on Reddit... but keep it on Reddit.")
Minecraft Hololens demo at E3 (won't be nearly as clear as that implies, but makes for an amazing demo)
All six Star Wars films at once (I like the technique they're using for blending, better than averaged)
The Last Guardian re-revealed (incredibly excited for this long-awaited sequel to ICO and Shadow of the Colossus)
June 14, 2015
MarI/O (machine learning Super Mario World)
June 11, 2015
XOXO 2015 is live, registrations now open (Zoe Quinn, Kathy Sierra, Talib Kweli, a Suck reunion, and much, much more)
Paul Ford's What Is Code? (a special 38,000 word essay, the bulk of the new double-issue of Businessweek; oh, and it's open-source)
June 10, 2015
Blade Runner: The B-Roll Cut (45-minute version of the film made almost entirely from unused footage)
Twitter adds support for importing/exporting blocklists (a nice step)
June 8, 2015
the button has ended (more than two months and a million presses later)
June 7, 2015
favicon poetry (write using favicons from around the web)
June 4, 2015
Let's Consider (navigating phone trees as collective art)
Yahoo closes Pipes (sunsetting the long-neglected service that Tim O'Reilly once called "a milestone in the history of the internet")
Laughing and crying my way through the new Google Photos ("My grandfather is dying. The cloud is alive. Our future is bizarre")
XOXO expanding into permanent, year-round workspace (coming this fall, 13,000 square feet of raw potential in Portland)
June 3, 2015
After Water (Susie Cagle's story of the California drought is terrifying)
Scroll-O-Meter (Sarah Rothenberg makes neat stuff)
DENNIS (interactive, audio-responsive music video; see also:
June 2, 2015
Exhausting a Crowd (creepy surveillance art by Kyle McDonald) [via]
May 31, 2015
LEGO Universe's dong detection problem (until recently, Minecraft never hosted servers, so it wasn't an issue for them)
Mystery Show #2, "Britney" (Starlee Kine's endless curiosity about other people is the best part of her new podcast)
Here Comes the Airplane (hot on the heels of TrashDay)
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)