Blog Profile / Waxy

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Archived Since:May 15, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Pirating the Oscars 2016

7 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Every year since 2003, I've tracked the illicit distribution of Oscar-nominated films online in the ongoing war between Hollywood, the MPAA, and a bunch of scrappy kids on IRC. I just updated all the data in my spreadsheet, now encompassing 445 nominated films from the last 14 years. Show More Summary

The First Round Capital Holiday Train Wreck

8 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Your annual reminder of the hidden costs of taking venture capital is here — it's the First Round Capital Holiday Video, a yearly cringe-fest of startups parodying the year's biggest pop hits, with lyrics tweaked to reflect the worst of startup culture. Show More Summary

If Drake Was Born A Piano

8 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

This morning, my friend Charles pointed me to a song on Tumblr that blew up, a remix of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." The original poster deleted it, so I'm mirroring it here. It's a terrible and amazing thing to listen to — a conversion of the original MP3 to MIDI, and back again to MP3. Show More Summary

Lying With a Zero Axis

8 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

In June, data journalist David Yanofsky wrote a Quartz article about chart design, "It's OK not to start your y-axis at zero." Last month, Vox followed with a more spirited defense of the practice, "Shut up about the y-axis. It shouldn't...Show More Summary

Tracking the "Trump Is A Comment Section Running for President" Joke

8 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Donald Trump joined Twitter in March 2009, and announced his presidential campaign on June 16. Since then, if you've spent any time on Twitter, you've probably seen some variation of this joke: Donald Trump is basically a YouTube comment...Show More Summary

Psychonauts and Double Fine's Relentless Experimentation

8 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Psychonauts is one of my favorite games of all time, the story of a psychic summer camp for kids, a government conspiracy, and love story rolled into one. The writing is funny and sweet, the characters and world wildly memorable, with...Show More Summary

Poker, Wikipedia, and the Singular They

8 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Back in October, NPR's Hidden Brain podcast covered the story of professional poker player Annie Duke, the only woman to compete in the World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions in 2004. It's a fascinating story about her own impostor...Show More Summary

The Joy of Getting Hacked

8 months agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Two weeks ago, the server I host all my personal projects on was hacked by some guy in the Ukraine. It really sucked. I was overdue for a redesign anyway. I first noticed something was amiss while trying to post a link here and the server was unusually slow. Show More Summary

Embedding Software History

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

I'm so excited about this, I had to try it myself—Jason Scott announced that the Internet Archive now supports embedding playable games and other software from their collections in web pages. (Look for the share icon on any softwareShow More Summary

Block With Abandon

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Last week, my friend Jessamyn rounded up a list of Internet Resolutions from the writers of The Message, the blog/zine/thing I contribute to on Medium. I don't normally make New Year's Resolutions, online or off, but I made an exception this year. Show More Summary

Black Lives Matter

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Jay Smooth's new video for Fusion on rioting in Ferguson was so powerful a debunking of a common racist trope, I felt compelled to transcribe it in the hopes more people would read it, quote it, and pass it on. Take it away, Jay. So,...Show More Summary

Too Many Cooks

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Every night this week, tucked quietly into the 4am slot, Adult Swim is broadcasting a segment simply listed as "Infomercial." Most of these have been parodies of late-night infomercials, but last night, they aired something different. Have...Show More Summary

Analyzing 72 Hours of #Gamergate

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Over the last week, I've been scraping every single #Gamergate tweet to do some network analysis. I ended up writing the whole thing up on Medium, I hope you like it. One interesting bit: I discovered Newsweek made a major mistake reporting the sentiment analysis on their Gamergate feature, confirmed by the analytics company that collected it. I updated my post with the details.

Runnin' On Empty

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Dave Fothergill's Maya crowd simulation is hilarious and hypnotic: But it's missing a soundtrack, don't you think? Here, I made one for it over on

Justin Hall at XOXO

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

We're posting every XOXO talk on YouTube, one every weekday in speaker order, and we're a little over halfway through. There's some really amazing stuff in there already, it's hard for me to even pick favorites. Jonathan Mann and Gina...Show More Summary

Gamergate Is Running Out of Heroes

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably gleaned how I feel about Gamergate. I'm not even going to attempt to summarize it—this covers it pretty well. When 4chan started banning every Gamergate-related thread from its videogame forum, the infuriated gamers fled to 8chan (aka ?chan), a year-old spinoff with its own unique origin story. Show More Summary


2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Twitter's for 140-character short-form writing and Medium's for long-form. Weirdly, there really isn't a great platform for everything in the middle — what previously would've just been called "blogging." Mid-length blogging. Middling. I...Show More Summary


2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

For the second time in 18 months, I've lost a friend to depression—a unique, young talent with their greatest years ahead of them. Chloe Weil tasted words. She was vulnerable to rich emotional experiences in the summertime. She hated her birthday, and she hated surprises. Show More Summary

Every Lonely Sandwich Video At The Same Time

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

Adam Lisagor's pioneered a style of promotional video that's changed how startups market themselves. They exude a nerdy cool, clearly showing the product or service, explaining why it matters and why you should use it with a deadpanShow More Summary

The Return of

2 years agoTechnology / Internet : Waxy

I don't even know where to start, so I'll just start with the news: In a surprising move, Yahoo sold the domain back to me. I want to build a new Upcoming. I launched a Kickstarter project to make it happen. I wrote much, much more on the project. Yes, this is insane. More thoughts soon.

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