Link Archives
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April 17, 2014
To Be (GIF collage community, buying prints/shirts pays the artists)
Gorogoa (demo of a brilliant, beautiful hand-drawn exploration game for Mac/PC)
April 15, 2014
The Office Stare Machine (previously: The Office Time Machine)
Responsive Man (resize your browser window)
The Hole Near the Center of the World (The Awl goes deep on Adventure Time, giving it its own single-serving site)
April 14, 2014
Transcribing piano rolls with Python (previously: making animated GIFs with Python)
A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross (so many happy little trees)
An & Ria's First Flight (I don't even care it's a Vodafone ad, this is the sweetest thing)
Bears on Stairs (a 3D-printed animated GIF) [via]
April 11, 2014
Daily Dot on GFYcat (though unlike HTML5 video, inline GIFs autoplay on mobile)
April 10, 2014
FreeIndieGam.es closes down (my favorite source for quirky experimental games, created by Terry Cavanagh)
April 9, 2014
Vi Hart's microwave countdown series (she's up to 13 videos)
April 8, 2014
Untrusted (clever game where you modify Javascript to advance)
Chris Dixon on the decline of the mobile web (Fred Wilson's response is worth reading)
Rise of the Patent Troll (Kirby Ferguson takes on fixing patent law; we need your help)
April 7, 2014
Kate Beaton's Ducks (her story of working at the Athabasca oil sands in Alberta; some context)
Heartbleed, major bug in OpenSSL (patch OpenSSL immediately, then renew your certificates)
Five Reasons Not To Raise Venture Capital (from the fantastic Model View Culture)
Pando on Stewart Butterfield and Slack (the parallels to Game Neverending are so fascinating)
Mike Judge's Silicon Valley, first episode on YouTube (a simulacrum of startup culture, dead-on with many small details but lacks depth)
Comic Neue (now do Papyrus)
April 4, 2014
"Political Views" (Marco Arment on Brendan Eich and our rapidly shifting human decency)
My first post on Medium (hope I'm doing this right)
imitone, app that converts voice to synth instruments (currently funding on Kickstarter)
Monument Valley (gorgeous Escher-inspired game for iOS)
The Truth (Eric Meyer shares an unthinkably painful moment, as he's done since his daughter got sick)
Robot plays Threes in real-time (the robot arm sounds are strangely comforting)
April 3, 2014
Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO (as Rarebit says, a sad victory)
April 2, 2014
Musician Kim Boekbinder on the myth of DIY for indie artists ("Do-It-Yourself. With lots and lots of help.")
FiveThirtyEight applies the Bechdel Test (analyzing 1,615 films released from 1990 to 2013, looks at effects on budget and revenue)
April 1, 2014
Stripped: The Comics Documentary (80 comics legends interviewed, including Bill Watterson; out now on iTunes, VHX tomorrow)
Slate on standup comedy's joke protection system (community-policed with escalating repercussions) [via]
Homestar Runner returns (first update in four years)
Jason Shiga's Demon (the creator of Meanwhile and Fleep's dark new webcomic; subscribe on Patreon)
March 31, 2014
OKCupid asks Firefox users to boycott Mozilla (I'm floored that Brendan Eich hasn't explained or apologized for his Prop 8 donation by now)
Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge (Google kicks off Internet Jackass Day with style)
Supreme Court revisits software patents (more information on SCOTUSblog)
Down Beat Touhou (shot-for-shot remake of a 1955 Tom & Jerry cartoon using Touhou game characters) [via]
Music Object, Substance, Organism (composer David Kanaga's GDC talk on music and games) [via]
Zelda in 16x16 (Ben Purdy explains how he made it in 48 hours)
Ben Sack's hand-drawn maps (the timelapse gives you a sense of how insane this is)
March 28, 2014
sql.js (try the demo)
Action Movie Kid (when your dad works at Dreamworks) [via]
Penguin Books targets UK artist for children's book parody (in most cases, parody still requires permission in the UK)
danah boyd's research on gender differences and VR (the subject of her 2000 bachelor's thesis)
March 27, 2014
Whatever goes up, that's what we do (Facebook's Julie Zhuo responds)
The Threes Mails (incredibly deep look into the development of Threes, and the clones spawned from it)
Choice Chamber (crowdsourced Twitch play as a new game mechanic)
One Human Heartbeat (artist Jen Lowe put her heartbeat on the Internet, with a 24 hour lag) [via]
FaceRift (browse Facebook on your Rift, today)
Marco Arment on the value of understanding web hosting for app developers (Linux administration is so unsexy, but I'm incredibly glad I taught myself what little I know)
Craig Mod launches Hi (a new writing platform)
March 26, 2014
DJ Nick Thayer's breaks down sales and expenses of his last EP (Zoe Keating also updated her revenue stats)
March 25, 2014
Notch on the Oculus acquisition ("I definitely want to be a part of VR, but I will not work with Facebook.")
Facebook buys Oculus for $2B (aw, nuts)
This Is A Generic Brand Video (a remake of the McSweeney's piece using stock footage, created as an ad for stock footage)
Microsoft releases early source to DOS and Word (a very restrictive license, but an interesting historical artifact)
BASE jumping the NYC Freedom Tower (it happened on September 30, but they were charged yesterday)
Callie goes to space (a three-year-old tries the Oculus Rift)
Goodbye, Firefox Marketplace (Mozilla's new CEO invented Javascript, but also helped fund anti-gay marriage legislation; his statement was pretty bad)
Patatap (try it on a touchscreen; by Lullatone and Jono Brandel)
Idea Channel on archiving the Internet (the Internet is perceived as both an archive and ephemera) [via]
March 24, 2014
Iconic History (Chrome extension visualizes your browser history as favicons)
Disney buys Maker Studios (the leaked details of their Ray William Johnson deal sounded pretty exploitative)
NYT feature on Wattpad (VC-funded fanfic platform, would be great if they let fans pay writers directly)
Fast Company on The Gig Economy (related: Ghosts with Shit Jobs)
Visualizing street grids (distribution of road orientations by city)
Greg Wohlwend on indie marketing for those who hate marketing (Max Temkin elaborates, "how people find out about your art is inseparable from the art itself")
Basecamp under DDOS extortion attack (the same group that tried to blackmail Meetup)
How to break news while you sleep (the L.A. Times' Ken Schwencke on his bot that writes articles based on USGS earthquake reports)
The Machine To Be Another (The Verge on the Oculus Rift-based art project to swap perspectives)
The Office Time Machine (Joe Sabia indexed 1,300 cultural references from all nine seasons of The Office by creation date)
March 21, 2014
Teens Migrating From Facebook To Comments Section Of Slow-Motion Deer Video (deer me later, 'kay?)
Graph TV (graph IMDB ratings of the full lifetime of a TV series; Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The Brady Bunch)
2048 Numberwang (you might need a refresher on the rules)
DNS graffiti in Turkey (spreading Google's DNS servers to bypass the Twitter ban)
March 20, 2014
Pietro Grossi's Computer Concerto from 1967 (reminiscent of a 1980s videogame arcade 13 years before Pac-Man) [via]
Vice's 20 Best TED Talks (by Crap Hound creator Sean Tejaratchi, who's pretty great at Twitter)
March 19, 2014
Flappy Arms (open-source experimentation with WebRTC and PeerJS)
Crafting link underlines in Medium (it's the small things)
Cards Against Humanity opens to indie game stores, bans big box retailers (the video is a nice encapsulation of their values)
Github Selfies (Chrome add-on takes a webcam snapshot with every pull request; earlier: lolcommits)
March 18, 2014
Edward Snowden speaks at TED (using a Beam robot)
March 17, 2014
After Dark in CSS (flying toasters for the modern age)
Return to Nib's Knoll (Robin Sloan reminisces about Micro MUSE)
Urban Jungle (turn street view into post-apocalyptic overgrowth using undocumented 3D depth data)
Feminist Frequency responds to fan artist's copyright complaint (even if it's commercial, the Dragon's Lair fan art was being used for commentary and criticism)
SoundSlice adds sheet music support (I'm stunned how well this works on mobile browsers)
What the Fox Knows (Nate Silver relaunched FiveThirtyEight as a dedicated site)
Dorian Sakamoto issues final statement denying Bitcoin involvement (sounds like he's gearing up to sue Newsweek)
Julie Ann Horvath on why she left Github (Github's response confirms much of her story, putting their founder on leave)
My Husband's Stupid Record Collection (a casual music fan reviews a library of obscure vinyl in alphabetical order)
DOGE2048 (now it just needs auto-play)
March 14, 2014
Edge on the decline of the iOS gaming revolution (I put much of the blame on the App Store's miserable discovery tools)
Build a Bird (make your own Flappy Bird clone; fun use of Tumblr)
Kickstarter's fan history of the Veronica Mars movie (it was released in theaters and on iTunes today)
March 13, 2014
The Verge interviews danah boyd about teen identity online (her new book is available for purchase or free download on her site)
Ballad of a WiFi Hero (animated adaptation of Mike Lacher's classic McSweeney's epic)
Interviewly (Reddit AMAs organized and reformatted as interviews)
March 12, 2014
Tim Berners-Lee's Reddit AMA (the creator of The Mesh looks back on the 25th anniversary of its proposal)
Is My Shift Key On or Not? (for confused iOS 7 users)
The Verge on SXSW 2014 ("Get high on hashtags and enjoy your digital cronut.")
Your Name in Life (turn any word into a Game of Life field) [via]
March 11, 2014
Mini Metro (design your own subway; early alpha, but still fun)
Nothing (Seinfeld without people; it gets great at 3:30, when the music stops)
2048 (addictive variation of the Threes mechanic)
Sight & Light (interactive demo on building 2D visibility in a game, here's another variation) [via]
Popcorn Time (you'd be crazy to use this, but I think it's fascinating)
Between Two Ferns with President Barack Obama (Funny or Die is currently the top referer to Healthcare.gov)
This One's for Me (Frank Chimero's reflections on resuming life online after losing both his parents)
First Kiss (20 strangers are asked to kiss, magic ensues)
Rolling Stone interviews Flappy Bird creator in Hanoi ("Nguyen refuses to compromise his independence.")
March 10, 2014
VHX opens to the public (dropped their fees and a new homepage)
March 7, 2014
CV Dazzle (like CAPTCHAs for your face)
PBS Idea Channel on Twitch Plays Pokemon (surprised to see myself pop up in the video)
The Satoshi Paradox (Newsweek's big mistake was saying they were certain)
March 6, 2014
KING OF BEES IN FANTASY LAND (so much good stuff coming out of the Twine community)
Help Brandon Boyer recover from getting screwed by his bastard insurance company (while Obamacare covers anything from 2014 on, he "had the misfortune of being self-employed & sick in America in 2013")
Newsweek tracks down Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto (or have they? he denied it to the AP)
March 5, 2014
Manhattancraft (porting NYC to Minecraft with Python; check out the map)
March 4, 2014
Nothing to Hide (open-source indie game with interesting funding mechanism with milestones)
Beyonce's Drunk in Love unofficial emoji video (previously: Oneohtrix Point Never and Katy Perry) [via]
March 3, 2014
Jerry Seinfeld's apartment for the Oculus Rift (we need a Seinfeld MMO, a VR recreation of Jerry's New York circa 1992)
Kickstarter passes $1 billion pledged (celebrating the milestone with some fun stats)
XOXO 2014 (it's official, we're bringing XOXO back to Portland this September)
February 27, 2014
Flappy Jam (800 games in support of Dong Nguyen; highlights: Maverick Bird, Hey You: A Flappy Bird Lament, and Flappy Space Program)
Zoe Keating's music revenue spreadsheet 2014 (full Google Doc here; I wish more artists did this, she's the only one I know of)
British spy agency and NSA hacked over 1.8M Yahoo users' webcams (stored images every five seconds, around 7% with nudity)
February 26, 2014
Fast Company's oral history of SXSW Interactive (nice to see Brad Graham get recognized)
Paul Lamere finds each state's most distinctive band (try the app he made to compare two regions)
Today is the Day Marty McFly Went to the Future (or make your own)
February 25, 2014
Berg's Cloudwash prototype (a network-enabled washing machine sounds ridiculous, until you see one well-designed)
Demo of the Wolfram Language (crazy ambitious, brain-aching goodness)
February 23, 2014
Tokyo Train (load up any song as a musical train, remixing it as you drive to your goal)
February 20, 2014
Tainted Love performed by hard drives (with vocals added by Soft Cell's Marc Almond himself)
Project Tango (Johnny Chung Lee's new project at Google, a computer vision-focused phone)
Typeset in the Future (Dave Addey breaks down typography in sci-fi films and TV shows)
Pomplamoose mashes up Pharrell's Happy and Daft Punk's Get Lucky (live in one take with projection mapping from a single projector)
February 19, 2014
xkcd's Frequency (visualizing average frequencies using animated GIFs)
Theremin with Web Audio API (or use this one with your hands if you have a Leap Motion) [via]
555 µHz, tweeting Top Gun in its entirely every half hour (a fan is animating the screengrabs)
Selfiexploratory (visualization of 3,200 selfies across five cities)
GIFFFFR (turn YouTube videos into animated GIFs)
Twitch Plays Pokemon Plays Tetris (using the commands from 70k+ Pokemon players to simultaneously control a game of Tetris)
Our Robocop Remake (in the spirit of Star Wars Uncut, 50 filmmakers remake Robocop into a wonderfully NSFW mess)
February 18, 2014
3D printer modded to play air hockey (related: the upcoming man vs. machine ping-pong match against the KUKA Agilis)
TwitchPlaysPokemon (the madness that arises when 90,000 people play a single game using a chatroom)
February 14, 2014
FlapMMO (massively multiplayer Flappy Bird)
Crowdpilot (like Romantimatic, people are reacting badly to the idea of augmenting relationships) [via]
February 12, 2014
Mashable traces the rapid rise and demise of Flappy Bird (current high score: 52)
February 11, 2014
softwet (use the keyboard to interact with Caden Lovelace's snapshots from the DOS era, playable with PCjs)
Avery Edison held in Toronto men's prison for visa issues (officials told her partner that "male genitals equals male prison")
February 7, 2014
Forcecraft, visualize Salesforce data in Minecraft (soon: LinkedIn endorsements in DayZ)
February 5, 2014
Siebe de Boer's 3D recreations of famous movie sets (this would be huge on the Oculus Rift)
John Gruber on Microsoft's past and future (lots of people in Redmond should be reading this today)
37signals rebrands as Basecamp, drops all other projects (I really love this approach, even the closures are being handled with love and care)
February 4, 2014
Mystery signal from a helicopter (parsing data from audio in a YouTube video) [via]
Attending.io (elegantly-designed service for listing free events)
February 3, 2014
Academic Torrents (community maintained, completely legal reuse)
January 31, 2014
The Machine Is Bleeding to Death (I wish the Super Bowl were more like this) [via]
January 30, 2014
Dictionary Domains (Portland's own Justin Thiele reboots a project I started 13 years ago)
Forgotify (listen to the 4 million songs on Spotify that haven't been played once)
Flagsmith (creative use of OpenType for flag creation, from the creators of Chartwell)
January 28, 2014
Adrian Holovaty on Chicago and bootstrapping (this could easily apply to Portland, or countless other nascent tech scenes)
hey are you cool (one player's encounters in DayZ)
January 27, 2014
Idle Game Maker (from the creator of Cookie Clicker) [via]
Alexis Madrigal tracks down the teen creators of @HistoryInPics (the only thing saving them from lawsuits, for now, is that it's non-commercial and poorly-indexed)
January 26, 2014
Candy Quest 3: Edge of Sweetness (Michael Brough takes on Twine; made for The Candy Jam, a statement against trademark trolls)
PBS Idea Channel on the experience of being trolled (Mike Rugnetta's epiphany makes for a very interesting episode) [via]
Boston Globe profiles Darius Kazemi (the prolific bot creator and one of my favoritest people on the Internet right now) [via]
Steve Jobs' first public demo of the Mac in 1984 (unreleased until now, similar to the famous shareholders' meeting) [via]
January 25, 2014
Backer, crowdfunding for features (originally built to gauge whether App.net should add Bitcoin, they extended it to everyone)
January 24, 2014
Polygon on the rise of "Early Access" in gaming (a trend that's leaking outside of games)
Greg Knauss on the reactions to Romantimatic (the iOS app sends periodic reminders to express your love, an idea that's proven divisive)
This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory (the first installment of Kirby Ferguson's followup to Everything Is A Remix)
ConferenceCall.biz (can someone recap what's been covered so far, thanks)
January 23, 2014
Downworthy (a browser plugin to take hyperbolic headlines down a notch or two)
Tracking 20 years of computer history using Law & Order (a preview on Jeffrey Thompson's blog, including every URL ever mentioned on the show)
January 22, 2014
Squarespace Logo (play with simple logo ideas using Noun Project icons and free typefaces)
Chris Poole shutters DrawQuest and Canvas (both found audiences, but not large enough for VCs)
Moving the Race Conversation Forward (Jay Smooth breaks down a new report on media coverage of race)
Real-time face substitution in the browser (be Bieber, Kim, or Cage)
January 21, 2014
Ask Metafilter decrypts a 20-year family mystery (pop in if you can help decode the rest)
Mathematician hacks OKCupid to find the perfect mate (scraping survey data with multiple accounts to cluster results himself)
Behind the GIFs (comic backstories for animated GIFs)
The Verge on angry smartphone fanboys ("But it isn't necessarily about loving the phone... It's about what the phone represents.")
January 20, 2014
craigslistmirrors
What Grantland Got Wrong (ESPN's Christina Kahrl on the disastrous article that resulted in the suicide of a trans woman; Bill Simmons' apology)
January 17, 2014
Frere-Jones sues Hoefler over ownership (the respected type foundry breaks up)
January 11, 2014
Losing Aaron (Aaron Swartz's father on his prosecution and tragic death, one year later) [via]
Coding Math (Keith Peters' free video lessons teach the math useful in coding; support his work) [via]
New Republic on the evolving usage of the period (ending sentences with a period can feel abrupt and harsh in text messages)
Everpix releases internal metrics, financials, VC feedback (after its recent closure, the ultimate postmortem; fun to see the rejections)
EMOJI IRL.LOL. (photo recreations of emoji)
January 10, 2014
Classroom Aquatic (finally, a free dolphin school test cheating simulator for the Oculus Rift)
January 9, 2014
The Museum of Simulation Technology (clever game mechanic that plays with forced perspective)
January 8, 2014
CAPTCHA Tweet (post tweets that the evil machines can't read)
The Year in Kickstarter 2013 (Oscars, helicopters, space, VR, and nearly 20,000 more funded projects in the world)
January 7, 2014
Steven Levy's How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet (the story of the Snowden leaks from inside tech giants)
OpenEmu (emulator framework for OS X)
lol my thesis (summing up years of work in a sentence; also on Twitter)
Content-Aware Typography (using Photoshop for algorithmic art)
January 6, 2014
HitRecord first episode debuts online (Joseph Gordon-Leavitt takes his community media project to TV) [via]
January 3, 2014
Movie Code (on-screen source code in movies, and what it actually does)
January 2, 2014
The NYT editorial board argues clemency for Edward Snowden ("He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service.")
The Atlantic reverse-engineers Netflix's subgenre categories (awesome data journalism by Alexis Madrigal with a genre generator by Ian Bogost)
Levitating with sound waves in 3D space (the video is nuts) [via]
Lessons from DayZ's early access (the biggest innovation from Minecraft, and a growing model for all media)
Year in Metafilter 2013 (part of Metafilter Labs, data experiments from the 15-year-old community)
January 1, 2014
Ernesto, a quick RPG (a tiny game by Daniel Benmergui)
Song Exploder (new Maximum Fun podcast asks artists to break apart one of their songs with isolated audio)
December 31, 2013
Mat Honan on his year wearing Google Glass (glasshats, glasswipes, and glassholes)
December 27, 2013
Extracting reflected hidden faces from pupils in photographs (combine this with deblurring, and we're in "let's enhance" territory)
A Second Christmas Morning (Jason Scott announces the Internet Archive's Console Living Room project)
Voxel Mars (global-scale reproduction of Mars using voxel.js)
Kung Fury (one of the best movie trailers I've ever seen)
December 23, 2013
Anatomy of a Spelunky miracle (Doug Wilson's approachable breakdown of one of gaming's most insane feats)
Creative Applications' top 10 projects of 2013 (several new to me) [via]
Alexis Madrigal on soundboard telemarketers (reminds me of the celebrity soundboard pranks of the early 2000s)
December 21, 2013
Spotiamp (Spotify's Ludde pays a tribute to Winamp)
December 19, 2013
Zeno of Elea (I can't wait to play)
PKPKT (a social iOS game of pickpocketing)
The blog is dead, long live the blog (Kottke on blogging, with more on his blog)
December 18, 2013
Myulezak (Chrome add-on adds holiday mall sounds to e-commerce sites) [via]
Hatching Twitter optioned for TV show (start your fantasy casting now)
December 17, 2013
Traffic reorganized by car color (more details about how it was made) [via]
The Gold Factory (another frustratingly addictive incremental game like Candy Box)
Space Jam in three.js (the original is still frozen in time)
Shia LaBeouf plagiarizes Dan Clowes for short film (then plagiarized his apology from Yahoo Answers)
December 16, 2013
Switched On Road Runner (classic cartoons rescored with a modular synthesizer) [via]
December 13, 2013
The Awl on the blog comment spam freakout (a direct result of Google's Penguin 2.1 changes) [via]
Inscrutable (the perfect webfont) [via]
All Rappers Love Connect Four (who doesn't?)
December 12, 2013
A Year of the New Disruptors (one of my favorite new podcasts revisits its first four interviewees, one year later)
On Susan's fate after Narnia (the author's followup is worth reading) [via]
December 11, 2013
Annalee Newitz on the linguistics of the doge meme ("Doges bring a subversive plurality to the LOLcat's stark, single statements.")
Anitype (animate letters with Javascript; browse the entries)
Glitch in the Afterlife (Stewart Butterfield writes about the decision to put Glitch's art assets into the public domain)
December 10, 2013
Samantha West, the robot telemarketer who denies she's a robot (that laugh creeps me out)
December 9, 2013
Matthew Rothenberg's behind-the-scenes of making Emojitracker (kind of intense how much went into creating it)
December 7, 2013
John Roderick on the Long Winters and his unlikely career ("An indie-rock label really did save my life.")
December 6, 2013
OriDomi (fold the DOM like paper)
December 5, 2013
WikiGIFs (every animated GIF on Wikipedia) [via]
Download all your Gmail and Google Calendar data (IMAP was an option for backups, but very cumbersome) [via]
December 4, 2013
Henry Smith on the success of Spaceteam (success is not always measured in dollars)
Ev Williams on Medium 1.0 (beautiful publishing platform; nice to see export already built in)
Meatspace (keep forgetting to link to this playful animated GIF-driven chatroom)
Moonjs (simulating the Apollo Guidance Computer in the browser) [via]
gifpop (turn animated GIFs into lenticular-printed cards)
Yule Log 2.0 (infinite loop of lovely fireplace animations)
December 3, 2013
Boys' Night, a comic about Mickey Mouse's mid-life crisis (written by Max Landis) [via]
Polygon's history of the boys-only stereotype for videogames (tracking the shift to heavily gendered marketing in the '90s) [via]
Buzzfeed report on ad licensing for indie musicians ("These big companies are the last people paying musicians what they are worth.") [via]
Rookie's Tavi Gevinson on teenagers and forever ("One way to avoid killing your heart is to decide that you will spend your whole life growing up.") [via]
December 2, 2013
Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt (tracking the creation of a shirt from funding to distribution)
explainshell (instant documentation for complex shell commands)
Amazon Prime Air (speculative corporate scifi; the 60 Minutes piece is fluffy but interesting)
November 27, 2013
Bringing back the beauty of Glitch locations (Rev. Dan Catt built a Glitch world viewer from the open-source release) [via]
Steven Wittens on Asm.js ("We really should aim higher than a language frozen after 10 days, thawing slowly over 20 years.") [via]
Hello Processing! (Daniel Shiffman's interactive video tutorial to learn Processing basics in an hour)
November 25, 2013
The Death and Life of Great Internet Cities (Geocities and Facebook through the lens of Jane Jacobs)
November 22, 2013
Beastie Boys threaten Goldieblox over "Girls" parody (Goldieblox sued for a declaratory judgement, so we'll actually get a ruling on this one)
Information is Beautiful 2013 Award Winners (the best of data visualization, the nominees are all great)
November 21, 2013
Feeling Cagey (a stream of Instagram selfies with a twist) [via]
Textual analysis of Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Twilight series (popular sentences, adjectives, adverbs distinct to each book)
November 20, 2013
GIF Dance Party (related: draw a character to appear in Major Bueno's party game)
Minecraft: The Story of Mojang (official free release of the full-length documentary about the most popular indie game ever)
AOL shuts down Winamp (Ars wrote the definitive feature on the decline of the MP3 player)
What Screens Want (Frank Chimero's thoughts on digital canvases from Build)
November 19, 2013
Upworthy Generator (when everything is upworthy, nothing will be)
Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" interactive video (genius, use your arrow keys to flip channels)
Incidental Comics (I'm an instant fan)
Alex Trebek Has Gone Insane, Vol. 9 (latest in a series of amazing remixes by Nick denBoer; he recently teamed with Cyriak for a Conan supercut) [via]
Alex Goldman revisits a BBS from his adolescence (still running, but in a state of quiet disrepair) [via]
Coloratura (haunting game played from an alien's perspective, winner of this year's IFComp)
Teehan+Lax's D.I.G.I.T. (seven-segment LED displays as a real-time mirror)
You Must Be (more random goodness from Darius Kazemi using the Wordnik API)
November 18, 2013
Chris Poole on Facebook and Snapchat ("ephemerality goes mainstream")
Googlyify (add googly eyes to any animated GIF) [via]
Tiny Speck releases Glitch art and code to public domain (a massive dump of incredible work, over 10,000 assets from the pioneering game)
Anita Sarkeesian on the Ms. Male Character and Smurfette Principle in gaming (put a bow on it)
November 15, 2013
Tom Armitage's Driftwood talk ("toys and games for the Situationist beach")
The New Yorker on Twitter bots (written by Rob Dubbin, the creator of several, including @exosaurs)
November 14, 2013
Fractal Orgy (can an equation be NSFW? apparently so)
With Great Power (even flying superheroes can hit glass ceilings)
Best Drops Ever (wait for it)
November 13, 2013
cachemonet (seizure warning)
Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity ("To share a story is in part to take ownership of it")
Cards Against Humanity's Holiday Bullshit (12 mystery gifts sent by mail over 12 days for $12; this will likely sell out in the next hour)
November 12, 2013
inFORM (MIT Media Lab's physical 3D interface manipulating raised pegs)
Vi Hart on YouTube's Google+ comments integration (among other problems, it favors Google+ trolls over actual fans; some lessons from Hank Green)
Twitter adds custom timelines (with a beta API, though you have to apply)
Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective (light installations, redemption, and Applebee's; Unity plugin required)
November 8, 2013
Kevin Kelly on self-publishing Cool Tools (he made a wonderful video introduction; buy it now on Amazon)
November 7, 2013
Full Movie GIFs (films condensed into 40-second animated GIFs) [via]
Real Life Instagram (all it's missing is an ad underneath)
Paul Ford on Twitter (oh yeah, and a bunch of people I know made a lot of money today)
November 6, 2013
Tom Comitta's ◯ (every rounded character in Unicode)
Knock (magical app, crossing my fingers for 1Password integration)
Alex Buono's behind-the-scenes of SNL's Wes Anderson parody (a glimpse at how impossible their production schedule is)