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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)
Redacted FBI photos (indistinguishable from art)
Yo used to alert Israelis of incoming rocket attacks (Red Alert gives 15 seconds notice before bombs hit)
July 7, 2014
A Better Place (only show happy tweets, a riff on Facebook's mood-altering sentiment study)
But What Can Be Done (Leigh Alexander's handy guide to combating online sexism )
GifLinks
Super Pixel Quest (delightfully minimalist 1-bit webcomic)
Maciej Ceglowski in Yemen (incredibly gripping writing; more on Sana'a water crisis)
July 4, 2014
BOOTSTRA.386 (my new favorite Bootstrap theme, here it is in the real world)
July 3, 2014
AMC's new port of Colossal Cave Adventure (to promote Halt and Catch Fire, which is worth checking out)
July 2, 2014
Emoji Daydream (did you sign up for Emojli yet?)
June 30, 2014
Yahoo greenlights Community's sixth season (full budget, full cast, and Dan Harmon)
Mike Bostock's Visualizing Algorithms (I'd seen several of these on Mike's bl.ocks, but this ties it all together) [via]
New York City after global warming (speculative near-future journalism from Paul Ford)
June 28, 2014
Yo Server Is Down (yes, there's a Yo API and it's beautiful)
Slack plays Pokemon (I've fallen in love with Slack, but that shouldn't be too surprising)
The Internet's Own Boy (the Aaron Swartz documentary is now available)
Facebook's emotional contagion experiment on 600,000 users (changes to emotional content in news feeds affected mood and behavior, raising ethical issues)
June 27, 2014
The Gunfighter (the interactive narrator in action) [via]
June 26, 2014
Buzzfeed tracks down the sex offender that started DEN.net (inside baseball for anyone who was around for the dot-com boom)
An Eagle Named MeFi (name collisions between MetaFilter and a French sports mascot)
Courtney Klossner on Prodigy's early '90s fan community (great details about cheating per-minute fees)
June 25, 2014
8088 Domination (Trixter did the impossible: full-motion video in CGA graphics mode on a 1981 IBM PC) [via]
NYT to close or merge half its blogs (death of the blog, or just part of the ongoing death of the homepage?)
Google's Material Design style guide (interesting read, once I discovered the navigation hidden in a hamburger button)
Cardboard (clever DIY VR with an Android phone)
A comparison of diversity at Google, Facebook, and Yahoo (technical employees average 84% male; here's the data)
The story behind Woot.com's sale to Amazon (the Meh project video is much better than it should be)
June 24, 2014
Internet of Newsletters (I totally think webrings are due for a comeback)
Houston, We Have A Public Domain Problem (Parker Higgins gets a bogus copyright claim)
XOXO 2014 Is Live! (our initial launch lineup, open registration, and more surprises to come)
June 23, 2014
2000 Songs in 2000 Days ("Make something every day. Just start.")
June 20, 2014
Analysis of hardware/software from 373 interviews on The Setup (a year old, but new to me; since then, The Setup added a lightweight API)
Jeff Covey on the end of Freshmeat (the Slashdot/Andover acquisition was all Eric Raymond's fault)
Timesify (disguise trashy listicles and gossip as NYT articles)
XOXO 2014 registration starts Tuesday (so excited and nervous, it makes my jaw ache)
Paul Ford tests the limits of the Kinja CMS (can we pay Paul to do this for every major writing platform please?)
June 19, 2014
The Sun and Moon (elegant game mechanic)
Supreme Court strikes down abstract software patents (hallelujah)
The Object, Offline (Yancey Strickler on the bleeding of objects between the digital and physical worlds)
Videogrep, automatic supercuts with Python (incredible work by Sam Lavigne) [via]
Friending the App Store (I wrote a thing on Medium about what the App Store could learn from the social web)
June 18, 2014
TLDR on Olivia Taters, robot teenager (Rob Dubbin is the best)
The Game That Time Forgot (an indie game 13 years in the making)
June 17, 2014
This is Phil Fish (brilliant examination of microcelebrity, the audience, and fame online)
YouTube to block indie labels (this seems so wrongheaded, it's hard to imagine it actually happening) [via]
Wavepot (algorave in your browser; related: Yaxu livecodes music)
OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall (this video explains one small section, a glimpse at the mad logistics of a production like this)
Poetica opens to the public (lovely app for collaborative writing and editing)
June 16, 2014
#Grieving (if you haven't, spend some time reading Rebecca's story)
Feminist Frequency's Women as Background Decoration (love this series; a neverending parade of shameful examples)
ArnoldC (Arnold Schwarzenegger quote-based programming language)
June 13, 2014
Modern Love (animation from Freddy Arenas for the NYT)
Matter vs. Shanley Kane (I'm a huge fan of Shanley's work on Model View Culture, curious to see how this plays out)
VVVVVV on iOS, Android, and Ouya (plus a free level editor and the brutally hard/good Super Gravitron minigame)
Clickhole (The Onion takes on Buzzfeed and Upworthy)
June 12, 2014
Metaphorgy ("My love is an inlaid fear.")
Tesla opens up patent library, promises not to sue ("good faith" feels vague in this context, but this is a great move)
June 11, 2014
Visualizing MBTA Data (for fans of Mini Metro)
Felix Salmon interviews Jonah Peretti ("Would you rather work for someone who's cynical, or someone who earnestly believes in what they're doing?")
June 10, 2014
2 Player Productions' Grim Fandango retrospective (they're remastering it for the PS4; amazing internal design doc from 2.5 years before release)
Rex Sorgatz on the concept of "rare" in the Internet age (including the evolution of Comic Book Guy from artifact collector to Internet commenter)
Tim's Vermeer (see also: the NeoLucida)
June 9, 2014
Secret launching private version for workplaces and schools (contestant for the worst startup idea ever)
PaperLater (UK-only for now, Newspaper Club takes Instapaper to print)
June 8, 2014
Compyx, creating a multicolor 8-bit font for browsers (the font format is only supported by Firefox for now)
June 7, 2014
Calvin and Hobbes' Bill Watterson secretly returns to the comics page (start here)
June 6, 2014
Tom Francis releases Floating Point for free (the followup to Gunpoint couldn't be more different)
Deep dive into Alinea's ticketing system for restaurants (I fully expect this to idea to spread to other new, popular restaurants)
June 5, 2014
Reset the Net (and upgrade OpenSSL while you're at it)
TLDR on @SavedYouAClick (Twitter account summarizes the articles behind linkbait headlines)
11,000 word Q&A with Louis CK (I never thought I'd read a 43-minute long article on Medium, but here we are)
Chad Whitacre on Gittip's second year (surprised some people are making that much through the platform)
Internetopia (220 people paid $1 each for 3,012 cubes, deciding what was drawn in each)
The Artist Survival Simulator (if only there was a funding alternative to artist grants...)
Xanadu releases transclusion prototype, 54 years later (a nice visualization, though links aren't supported yet) [via]
June 4, 2014
John Oliver on Network Neutrality (the FCC's site subsequently imploded)
ARST ARSW (all 11,684 words of English dialogue from Star Wars, isolated and alphabetized)
Flappy Swift (Flappy Bird clone in Swift)
SHRTURL (alter any webpage, designed for trolling but has big potential for satire)
Kickstarter simplifies rules, switches to algorithmic project approval (I agree with Fred Wilson's take, heavy curation makes sense until a community finds its legs)
June 1, 2014
One Tap Quest (Zelda meets Pachinko) [via]
@worrydream follows you
The Unearthing (Leigh Alexander digs up more truth in her fiction than in the Alamagordo landfill)
May 29, 2014
The Verge on Upcoming.org (it was the top story this morning)
May 28, 2014
emoji.zone (your new screensaver) [via]
Video Game Tumbleweeds (from Duncan Robson, who knows something about the subject)
Switching your dictionary to Webster's 1913 edition (sold)
Diary of a Corporate Sellout (my post on "selling out" online communities, and the rise and fall and rise of Upcoming.org)
How to Do Visual Comedy (the rest of his videos are fantastic too) [via]
May 27, 2014
Google reveals prototype self-driving car (no steering wheel, pedals, mirrors, backseat, or animatronic robot driver)
May 26, 2014
The Internet With A Human Face (Maciej Cegłowski on privacy, "Investor Storytime" and the grim state of the modern Internet)
Neil Cicierega's Mouth Sounds (I hope you really like Smash Mouth)
May 25, 2014
Know Your Double (a doppelgänger field guide by John Martz)
May 24, 2014
What happens when @everyword ends? (nice profile of programmer/poet Adam Parrish, with a cameo by Darius Kazemi)
May 23, 2014
Aug(De)Mented Reality (drawing on the world with animation cels and an iPhone) [via]
May 22, 2014
Cycles Per Instruction (ambient album released as a Linux kernel module)
About Feminism (found on Model View Culture, which quickly became an essential read for me this year)
#RAPSHIRTSFORWHITEPEOPLE (FUND THE POLICE)
May 21, 2014
Arcade Story (this sounds so much like me as a kid, it hurts)
Ladar Levison explains why he was forced to shut down Lavabit (the FBI and legal system ruined his life and business to get access to Snowden and 410,000 others)
Matt Haughey on the future of MetaFilter (going deep on the beloved 15-year-old community's Google problems; help keep it going)
May 20, 2014
Hipster Bait (algorithmic generation of trolling shirts you can actually buy)
How the Internet Destroyed Tom Cruise (2005 was a pivotal year for online video and celebrity culture)
May 19, 2014
Rumor: Google to acquire Twitch for $1B (because who really needs more than four big tech companies?)
Synthcu.be (also: 808Cube)
Gary Chou's Orbital Boot Camp (love the idea of a boot camp for independent side projects)
Metafilter downsizes because of Google penalties (an unfortunate casualty of Google's war against content farms)
May 16, 2014
Nieman Lab on the NYT's leaked innovation report (essential reading for every news organization)
May 14, 2014
Maze Tree (beautiful d3.js experiment by Mike Bostock; many more)
Emoji Fortunes (this doubles as a band name generator)
iMessage purgatory (switching from iPhone sends your texts from iOS users to a black hole)
SIGGRAPH 2014's technical papers preview (links to the papers, videos, and code)
Paul Ford on amazing military infographics ("everything has parts, everything has subtypes, anything can have measures")
May 13, 2014
Transform any text into a patent application (here's one I just generated for Alice in Wonderland)
Don ZanFagna's collage art (linkbait headline aside, this guy's work is just fantastic) [via]
Historical Maps in Minecraft (converting an 1860 map of Fort Washington in Manhattan)
Mike Merrill rewrites Monopoly for the modern economy (the banker as a playable character, convertible notes, and Series A financing)
How the Father of Claymation Lost His Company (frustratingly familiar story of a talented creator losing control)
May 11, 2014
DUMB.domains (so many options for Dillon-Edwards Investments)
May 10, 2014
Spurious Correlations (make your own!)
May 9, 2014
NeoCities rate-limits the FCC to dialup speeds (that's okay, they can pay to use the "fast lane")
WhatsApplebee's?
May 6, 2014
App.net stops full-time development, will continue running indefinitely (I actually prefer this approach to nuking or selling it)
Justin Bimmer's Twitter account (doing it right)
Chicago's Last Tannery (from The Distance, a new publication from Basecamp celebrating 25+ year indie businesses)
May 5, 2014
MLKSHK shutting down in September (always sad to see indie communities I love go away)
May One (Lawrence Lessig's Super PAC to end all Super PACs)
Ramsey Nasser's Arabic programming language artwork (classic computer science algorithms as Arabic tile calligraphy)
May 4, 2014
The Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop (I wish more visualizations included a "Just Wu-Tang" mode)
Heiankyo Parameters (English-translated followup to the minimalist browser game)
May 2, 2014
Drowning in Problems (Ludum Dare entry by Notch)
Privacy Badger (the EFF's browser add-on to block spying ads and invisible trackers)
May 1, 2014
Chrome hides the URL (not. okay.)
April 30, 2014
The Great Works of Software (Paul Ford on Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Pac-Man, Unix, and Emacs)
Facebook introduces anonymous login for apps (one auth to rule the world)
April 29, 2014
Behind the scenes of Cards Against Humanity's PWNMEAL prank at PAX (I love this so much, a group of people dedicated to spreading chaotic delight)
Making Games in a Fucked Up World (provocative thoughts from Molleindustria)
What is a photocopier? (the NYT Opinion section started staging courtroom dramatizations)
Darius Kazemi's interactive essay on J. Dilla's "Don't Cry" (the last button on the page is my new jam)
'JIF' Is the Format. 'GIF' Is the Culture. (my first post on The Message)
April 28, 2014
Hiding your pregnancy from Big Data (cash, Tor, a separate Amazon account, and unfriending loudmouth relatives)
Excavating the Atari landfill (Ars digs up meaning from the rubble)
Kickstarter Block Party (free event this Saturday; Kickstarter turned five years old today)
A Brief History of the "Not All Men" meme (its usage possibly represents a broader shift in male acceptance that sexism exist)
April 25, 2014
Google rumored to end forced Google+ integration (good riddance, I can't wait to read the tell-all case study in a year)
April 24, 2014
Maciej Ceglowski's Our Comrade The Electron (my favorite talk from this year's Webstock; here's the transcript)
Previously-unknown Warhol artwork discovered on Amiga floppies from 1985 (artist Cory Arcangel, on a hunch, digs up digital history)
April 23, 2014
Playing with privilege (thoughtful checklist on the benefits gamers get simply by being male)
FCC plans to gut net neutrality (commercial discrimination)
Project Naptha (Chrome add-on does client-side OCR, allowing you to copy text in images)
April 22, 2014
Tether (interactive manipulation of a Plaid song by Jono Brandel of Patatap)
Gaming in Color (full-length documentary about gaymer culture, pay what you like)
Introducing The Message (a new group blog collaborative writing experiment with some of my favorite people)
George & Jonathan III (the new album with a note-by-note WebGL visualization)
April 21, 2014
Leadership lessons from D&D (from Chaos Elf/Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler)
April 19, 2014
Magnetic Micro-Robots (I, for one, welcome our new tiny robot overlords) [via]
April 18, 2014
HIGH END CUSTOMIZABLE SAUNA EXPERIENCE (another gem by Porpentine)
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)