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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 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) (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
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)