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May 30, 2012
Politwoops, deleted tweets from politicians (now there just needs to be a commenting section for speculation on why)
Meshu (turn your location data into jewelry; brilliant use of the Foursquare API)
Make Good Art (Neil Gaiman's commencement speech turned into a comic)
May 29, 2012
Jason Scott restores Internet Underground Music Archive (from EFF cofounder John Gilmore's forward-thinking tape backup) [via]
May 28, 2012
Open Goldberg Variations released (new recording funded on Kickstarter last year, now released to the public domain)
InstaCRT, fake camera filters turned analog (sends your photo to a monitor in Sweden, shoots a picture, and sends it back to you)
May 26, 2012
NTK, 15 years later (you can subscribe to the retro newsletter that sends you a 15-year-old issue every week)
May 25, 2012
Isaac's lip-dub proposal (if this doesn't make you get misty, see a doctor; you might be dead inside)
Reggie Watts at TED (he's like a human Markov chain)
Star Wars recreated by legendary voice actors (doing famous characters in every single scene; this is ridiculously fun to listen to) [via]
Serendipitor, an app that creates serendipitous routes (like oblique strategies for walking directions)
Ill Doctrine on why trolling needs to be legal (inserting some sanity in a brain-dead proposed bill in NYC)
Linespace (a fun little 1-D game), a community of kids who make (love everything about this, don't miss the adorable projects)
Soul Searchin' (fun, quick shrink-and-grow gamejam entry)
BlindSide, a 3D audio-only adventure game for iOS (reminds me of Solitary Sand)
Robot arm grabs SpaceX Dragon (I love living in the future)
The Depth Jam (indie game devs camp out in a beach house for several days to make their current projects better)
19-year-old entrepreneur secretly lives in AOL's offices for two month (living for $30/month on a couch, free ramen, and Internet access) [via]
May 24, 2012
Indie Game: The Movie, releasing worldwide on June 12 (the first feature film sold on Steam, and is powering the DRM-free downloads and streams!)
Adam Savage's "Why We Make" ("we are creatures of creation")
Because We May (XOXO speaker Ron Carmel's new campaign supporting stores that give artists control over pricing)
SF Weekly profile on Tim Schafer and Double Fine (I tried so hard to get him for XOXO, but he's a very busy guy)
Leno airs YouTube video without permission, Content ID takes down the original (fascinating how people naturally assume it's all human, and not machines)
Double Fine announces The Cave, Ron Gilbert's new adventure game (just like his Maniac Mansion, a cast of multiple characters, but with co-op)
Neil Gaiman's commencement speech (love the part starting at the 17:20 mark; "the gatekeepers are leaving their gates")
May 22, 2012
Metafilter user's "suicide" was a hoax (great that he's alive, and great that he's banned; the note from his "wife" never smelled right to me)
Google Japan's HTML5 Moog synth (amazing use of the Web Audio API)
XOXO Festival is live! (I'm organizing a huge conference/festival in Portland this September with Andy McMillan; get your tickets quick!)
SIGGRAPH 2012 technical papers preview (I look forward to this video every year)
Full album 8-bit tributes to Radiohead's Kid A and OK Computer (similar chunky sound to MOON8)
E. chromi (color-coded poop and Google-stained clouds)
May 21, 2012
Jeri Ellsworth's C64 Keytar (she's working in Valve's new hardware R&D lab on top-secret awesomeness)
Makies (customizable 3D printed doll creator, founded by Alice Taylor)
May 20, 2012
Euphony (piano visualization built on three.js and MIDI.js, source is on Github)
Paul Lamere calculates the most musical American cities, per capita (using the Echonest API and the top 50,000 artists)
Endless, Nameless (Adam Cadre's new interactive fiction inspired by BBSes and old-school text adventures)
Community's 8-bit episode on Hulu (chock full of retro references, from Mega Man to Minecraft)
May 19, 2012
Dan Harmon on getting fired from Community (a damn shame, this guy's the soul of the show; I can't believe he only owns 10%)
Benjamin Valentine's PERFECTION (submit your own to see our collective attempts) [via]
Super Chemical Bros. (the classic Star Guitar video remade in Mario) [via]
May 18, 2012
What Love Looks Like (the physics of relationships)
io9 charts how visions of the future changed over time (tracking how near- or distant-future science fiction is, decade by decade)
How Facebook hacked the NASDAQ button to push an Open Graph action ("Mark listed a company on NASDAQ")
NYT visualization of the Facebook IPO vs. historical IPOs (60% of IPOs since 2010 have had negative returns so far) [via]
May 17, 2012
Nekogames' Parameters (abstract, but shockingly good, casual RPG; figuring out the rules is part of the fun)
Law & Order & Food ("you have the right to remain delicious")
Ill Doctrine on hip hop conspiracy theories (and, more critically, the rise of gangsta rap and incarceration rates)
May 16, 2012
Ze Frank on finishing (unblinking inspiration)
Trailer for Ed Piskor's WIZZYWIG (awesome graphic novel inspired by real-life hackers, I highly recommend buying it)
May 15, 2012
Ignore Hitler (Draw Something spawns a meme; I like the meta one) [via]
Austin Seraphin on learning echolocation (he's a real-life Daredevil)
Mat Honan's feature on Yahoo's mismanagement of Flickr (a depressing read, especially while seeing the team release great new features)
May 14, 2012
Make interviews Bunnie Huang on the end of Chumby (sad end to a promising product, I received one of the prototypes at Foo Camp in 2006)
Rebecca Sugar's Singles (file under: scenarios I'd like to play in a videogame)
SMBC on hell (sounds about right)
GameBoy Color emulator in JS (the source is on Github) [via]
60,000 Dominoes (65 hours over eight days; the blooper reel was hypnotic) [via]
OAuth Is Your Future (Dan Hon snaps some screenshots from the near future)
May 13, 2012
Fracuum (winner of Ludum Dare 23; every winner is worth playing)
May 11, 2012
Welcome to Life ("the Singularity, ruined by lawyers") [via]
BusinessWeek on the post-Kickstarter life of Diaspora (the founders talk about the Ilya's tragic suicide for the first time)
Anachronism detection in Mad Men episodes (language studies from the person who did the frequency analysis for Downtown Abbey) [via]
Verge feature on Scamworld, the inside look at Internet scams (incredibly deep investigation and short film, brilliantly made) [via]
Hartverdrahtet (amazing 4k intro from the PC demoscene) [via]
Mike Birbiglia's short film from This American Life (starring Fresh Air's Terry Gross)
Chris Poole's talk on the shifting meme landscape at ROFLCon (the shift away from interest-based web communities towards social networks)
Robot butt that represents emotions (I'm hoping someone turns this into a drone)
May 10, 2012
Gina Trapani on the failings of "brogrammer" culture (holy hell, the comments are awful)
Dustin Curtis on pixel fitting rasterized vector images (best explanation of a long-standing issue I've seen)
Mitt Romney bullied gay students in high school (people change, just so long as he takes ownership of his actions; oh, wait)
Walt Disney's Taxi Driver (the scene starting at 3:45 is like a parallel universe remake of Roger Rabbit) [via]
Ben Jackson on memes, the Internet, and the divine ("The memes we choose to elevate to Internet fame are the product of the purest form of democracy ever invented")
May 9, 2012
Recursive Drawing (watch the video or it won't make any sense)
The Forger (for fans of Kutiman's ThruYOU, found footage beat mashups from Meat Beat Manifesto's Jack Dangers)
May 8, 2012
Steve Albini AMA on Reddit ("There won't ever be a mass-market record industry again, and that's fine with me")
Maurice Sendak, rest in peace (goodnight, Max)
May 7, 2012
Tinkercad (amazing WebGL CAD designer that prints to Makerbot, Shapeways, and Ponoko)
Mechanizing a miniature Main Street Electrical Parade (wonderful attention to detail; watch the finished parade) [via]
LA Times on American Airlines' attempt to revoke its all-you-can-fly passes (the company regretted its short-sighted decision to offer lifetime first-class travel) [via]
Daniel Hooper's proposal for text editing on iPad (if you're jailbroken, Kyle Howells made it real) [via]
May 6, 2012
Mineception (Minecraft minigame implemented in Minecraft) [via]
May 4, 2012
Scumbag Steve's Advice for Annoying Facebook Girl (honest advice from an unwilling advice meme star)
May 2, 2012
Anil Dash on Popchips' racist promo with Ashton Kutcher (a reasoned, thoughtful post with actions that help prevent it from happening again elsewhere)
Reddit users share their deepest, darkest secrets (with anonymous throwaway accounts, some very upsetting stuff in here)
Doodle Music (another gem from Vi Hart)
Deadspin investigates an ESPN freelancer's Internet scams (in a bizarre twist, she also recently stole @OhWonka)
May 1, 2012
Million Short (experimental search engine removes the top million popular sites from results) [via]
Inc. profile on the team's struggle to grow (weirdly personal, I imagine neither of the founders are happy about this piece)