You know how you’ll be straightening up your abode and at first
it’s pretty easy?
I know where this goes!
I know where this goes too!
And then you get down to the stuff that you can’t find a good place
for, so you just shove it in the closet?
Welcome to the closet.
If you’re looking for any rhyme or reason to what follows, I’m
The Lyttle Lytton Contest
Quite possibly the most popular thing on this site, the
Lyttle Lytton Contest has run annually since
The basic idea is this: the annual Bulwer‑Lytton Fiction
Contest challenges entrants to pen the world’s most
atrocious first line to a novel.
The problem is that most entries are so long that they’re
not amusingly bad—they’re just flat‑out
So the Lyttle Lytton Contest forces entrants to keep their
masterpieces down to 200 characters or
It runs year‑round, so
check it out!
A few years ago I coded up a little PHP toy that would pull up a
random spot on Earth.
Now imagine running that script every day and archiving the
nearest photo on a Tumblr blog.
Except you don’t have to imagine it, because Stochastic
Planet did it for six years.
Check it out—once you’ve seen a few dozen of
these you might have a different sense of what the land mass of
the Earth is actually like.
|Paintings of rectangles|
When I was a toddler, these were the only colors that things were
allowed to be.
I ripped off this idea pretty blatantly—I once
commissioned video game art from clearfour.com, but thought I
ought to do this one myself since it was for my
CGA 1 (fake Jo Baer polyptych)
Jo Baer is an artist who painted a number of “black band”
paintings that I like a lot.
Here’s an homage using the palettes offered by IBM’s
Color Graphics Adapter of 1981, on which
I deeply imprinted as a child.
And then, for the stuff that doesn’t even belong on any of the
closet shelves, there’s that box on the floor way in the back.
In real life, mine has, among other stuff, a raccoon hand puppet, a bunch
of old license plates, an empty box that once held some crêpes
dentelles, and my psychological evaluation from when I was five.
Online, it has this stuff.
annotated list of my favorite songs.
Listen to the music, learn about the bands, look at some album
covers reduced to the size of postage stamps.
I made a Youtube movie about date formats.
(When I told my then‑gf about this, her reply was a
resigned sigh of “You and your date formats.”)
The end of Daylight Saving Time on 2009.1101
got me thinking… you know how most of the world cheats a
little where time zones are concerned, so that even during
standard time the sun rises and sets later than it technically
What would a map of time zone deviance look like?
(Or this, if
Gull is a
guide to Glulx Inform, which is used to create interactive
It’s also mentioned on my
IF page, but I figure it couldn’t hurt to mention it
here as well.
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