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I charged and updated my old iPhone 5S today and am trying it out to see if a downgrade is viable. So far? Into it!

Do you think anyone has ever used the word “zilch” in any way other than a series of synonyms for “nothing” to emphasize an absence

Todaybor Day is Labor Day.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - It’s been a while and Indiana Jones is even less of a sympathetic character than I recalled. I’m still enthralled by that final shot though. #movies

Just heard a child walking into Washington Square Park say “I wish this was a cemetery.” Happy Halloween!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951) - What a strange romp! I find it interesting to compare this to its anthology contemporaries, like MAKE MINE MUSIC, which were series of unrelated shorts compiled to feature length. This is basically that, but with a framing narrative. Good job! #movies

GOOD BOYS - This movie is made of infinite layers of sincerity and I couldn’t stop scream-laughing. Thank you. #movies

BRAVE - Wait this is so good and it’s an original fairy tale, why didn’t anyone tell me this #movies

SPRING BREAKERS - I hated the content from the jump, so intensely that it kind of disappeared and I got to just enjoy the medium. And I think that’s a good way to ingest this one. #movies

Haha my ActivityPub inbox has silently rejected everything it received since Friday night. I should add alerts?

ZOMBIELAND - All I remembered from seeing this ages ago was the big cameo. My first reaction at the end was to be disappointed by how bare the plot was, but thinking some more it was maybe just right. The amusement park sequence was great also, thank you. #movies

THE LION KING (2019) - I cried, but only because this movie retreads such deep footprints. I was impressed, actually, by how heartless the whole thing was. #movies

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - I was ready for a whimsical personification of the web. I wasn’t ready for such a dull script. Oh well! #movies

@topghost Mmm… its indistinguishable… I just invented it.

I wonder how often I order cold brew at Dunkin and receive iced coffee instead. Half the time?

Oh hm I might have done it.

I am trying to get my IndieWeb-ActivityPub tool working, Mastodon is accepting my posts but they are not actually showing up and to figure out why feels utterly impossible!

Zerp zerp

“Coin-operated Boy” is playing at the JetBlue terminal at JFK and it’s very unsettling!

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME - It kinda lagged in the middle but I’m suddenly excited to see where Marvel movies are going again! Everybody in this slice of the universe is so cute!! #movies

Cows: nature’s dogs

THE DEAD DON’T DIE - Is there anything I enjoy more than a meta genre send-up? Is there‽ #movies

This is my first summer in an apartment without built-in A/C and I’m trying go without, but today I discovered that it’s too hot to eat M&Ms and I’m feeling so torn

It seems like I’m not alone this year in choosing to not celebrate the Fourth of July. That brings me just a little comfort.

I built a service that translates Mastodon Atom feeds into JSON feeds that are formatted more like micro.blog’s feeds. I’ve been reading all my social follows in my feed reader for a few weeks and it’s really quite pleasant. Try it!

I’m going to be in Portland July 19–21! I’ve never been there and I’m excited to experience it.

I’ve had a cold for a week and I think it’s mostly from the twice-daily arctic blast of the subway cars

@manton I didn’t know he worked for Disney until I explored his website! I also didn’t realize he had so many books. Time to dive in.

I loved No Such Things by Bill Peet as a kid and forgot about it completely for many years. I’d really love to find that old copy for my bookshelf now. (Bill Peet’s website is a 90s treasure.)

Walking around Red Hook and Gowanus today, I think I must have seen every scooter in Revel’s fleet.

An installation in Otherworld

Last weekend I visited Otherworld in Columbus, Ohio. It was a lot of fun! It’s a sort of immersive art experience in the vein in the vein of Meow Wolf. But whereas House of Eternal Return was a bunch of artists coming together to create a single thing, Otherworld seems to have a much more singular focus. As I explored with my friends, we slowly began to realize that there was a puzzle to solve here. The clues were sparse and didn’t perfectly fit together, which we suspected was because the show isn’t finished yet—it’s only been open about a month. I’m excited to visit again in a year and see how things have evolved.

I think my favorite part of the design was how gracious it was to the guests. The world-building preamble is in a side room off the main entrance that’s easy to miss and—more importantly—easy to skip. There’s a loose framing narrative around the idea that we are test subjects for some sort of experiement, and a mystery to uncover around how and why things started going wrong, but ignoring all of that does not at all detract from the main experience. It would be easy as a designer to force the audience through some sort of expository preshow and, like the old Hydrolators at EPCOT, that preshow would probably be forcefully disabled very quickly. Well done, Otherworld!

I’m glad Jeremy Keith shared a link to Remy Sharp’s webmention.app—together with Aaron Parecki’s webmention.io, it’s now so easy to configure incoming and outgoing webmentions!

I, TONYA - I like how this one seemed to switch genres halfway through. I also really liked how it treated the fourth wall. A good movie. #movies

Last night in Ohio was an extremely Ohio night. We all rushed to the basement because there was a tornado nearby, then later we were stuck at a train crossing while the world’s longest train barreled along. And today? Today I expect to see some cows.

Spirit released their first video of the season, happy Halloween

I spent the last couple days at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. It was extremely nice.

MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY - I didn’t know what I didn’t know about this group. They’re such an inspiration! And the documentary is so well-made! #movies

I fixed my micropub endpoint! I can publish on my website without sshing now! Feels good!

Hello world

A performer named Eric Koller was the lead in LUZIA and I can’t stop thinking about his performance. He makes me want to be a clown.

MONSTERS, INC. - I couldn’t remember the Nefarious Plot in this movie. I think it’s really undersold in the script. Still a really fun and unusual concept though! #movies

The people boarding this plane ahead of me have a whole-ass box of pizza

For those of you who chart the weather by my watch band: I switched from leather to nylon today so now it is warm

I’ve seen a lot of Cirque du Soleil productions, but tonight I saw LUZIA and it had some of my favorite moments of all of them. Also, the best crowd I’ve ever shared a Cirque show with.

Darius wrote a great guide to understanding ActivityPub. It’s in the form of an explanation of the explanation—clever!

Super Mario World extreme-difficulty ROM hacks are great, but where are our extreme-difficulty ROM hacks of Aladdin for SNES?

ALADDIN (2019) - Will Smith (and Nasim Pedrad!) brought something special to what was otherwise a pretty dull remake. It exceeded my expectations but my expectations were quite low. #movies

JASON BOURNE - It must be impossible to write a screenplay for a mass audience that coherently references modern technology. Glad I’m caught up on the series though. #movies

THE BOURNE LEGACY - Oh Jeremy I think maybe you’re okay. This movie could have used like 60 fewer minutes but I still enjoyed the worldbuilding. #movies

Every time I listen to the last track on Astroworld, I envy an alternate universe where Kanye kept his ego a little more in check and kept making music that sounded like MBDTF

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM - Huh, this series keeps getting better. I think maybe the next one is the Jeremy Renner one, so. #movies

I would probably pay a couple bucks a month for a device that would allow me to secure my own bike in a Citi Bike dock. This would probably be a disaster for Citi Bike.

It only took a few years to realize my homespun CMS was just a poor reimplementation of Jekyll. Spent the night porting my website…to Jekyll…and now we’re here!

THE HANGOVER - Fart noise #movies

WIND RIVER - Probably my favorite Jeremy Renner performance. I think this is the most benevolent possible usage of the White Savior? #movies

Themed Attraction Longevity

Themed Attraction Longevity

When is a theme park not a museum?

May 4th, 2019

AVENGERS: ENDGAME - This movie I think succeeded at doing what it wanted to do! I didn’t enjoy it per se but I feel satisfied having seen it. #movies

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - I read the book a long time ago and saw the new Broadway production recently; this adaptation was new to me. I prefer Sorkin’s stageplay but there are some excellent performances here too. I blubbered! #movies

US - It’s difficult not to compare this to GET OUT, and I think it’s not as successful, but I also think I’ll be thinking about it for a long time. #movies

COLLATERAL - This is a movie about the virtues of public transportation. I wish they committed more to the fate/coincidence thing; as it was it felt a little too Deus Ex Machina-y for me. #movies

MOON - Hmmm. I liked this but also I wanted it to be more. More of what? I’m not sure. Felt like all the tension was in the first act and the rest just sort of unfurled gradually. Sam Rockwell was really great though! #movies

ARRIVAL - I’m floored. This is now among my very favorite movies. The culminating emotions here are some that I’ve often thought impossible to capture. Wow. #movies

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI - Hey I still like this one! A fun exercise in killing your darlings. #movies

CAPTAIN MARVEL - Couldn’t have cared less about the first 20ish minutes but got into it eventually! I liked the twisty plot but more than that I enjoyed how radical this film was (for a billion-dollar blockbuster anyway) #movies

THE FOREIGNER - This movie lived up to the hype of its trailer perfectly. I wouldn’t change a thing! #movies

SIDEWAYS - This was not at all the movie I thought it was going to be—all I knew was that it was sort of stuffy about wine. I liked it! I haven’t seen this sort of smallish quirky indie movie in a while. #movies

What Is ActivityPub?

That depends on who’s asking.

March 5th, 2019

IRON MAN 2 - Such fun! The MCU isn’t really fun like this anymore. Also I will watch anything that invokes the 1964 World’s Fair. #movies

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY - A good movie to eat popcorn to! #movies

LAYER CAKE - I enjoyed this one a lot but have little to no idea what happened or who any of those people are. Also still don’t really understand Daniel Craig’s appeal but he’s fun. #movies

THE BOURNE IDENTITY - I think I’ve seen this but I didn’t remember hardly any of it. It’s fun! This is apparently the year of Matt Damon for me. #movies

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART - The funny stuff didn’t work as well as in the first one but the sweet stuff was right on point. I really liked Whatevra’s character design! #movies

THE DEPARTED - Leo’s performance was particularly great, what a thrilling plot, I hated everyone #movies

QUANTUM OF SOLACE - Oh I see, James Bond movies are Mission: Impossible movies but less fun. #movies

CASINO ROYALE - I believe this is the first James Bond movie I’ve seen. It was fine? A lot of details were confusing until I realized this movie is older than iPhone. #movies

ADVENTURELAND - I think I’m too old for this one? But I appreciated the copious amusement park scenes! #movies

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT - The first movie knew it wasn’t really about driving cars; the sequels haven’t figured that out so far. Still, Chekhov would have loved the third act and John loved the last 90 seconds. #movies

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS - Haha oh no every part of this movie was terrible except Tyrese #movies

REBECCA - Came for the Sleep No More references; stayed for the weird quickly-delivered sass #movies

GAME NIGHT - Whoa this is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Everybody is so fun and smart and good!! #movies

THE INFORMANT! - Thought this was going a particular direction a few different times and it curved me every time. I love how schlubby every detail of this movie is. #movies

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS - I was thrilled for the last 30 minutes but what a painful time capsule of the early 2000s! I probably would have thought everyone in this movie was so cool if I had seen it then. #movies

SOLO - Seems like they got lost on the way to a compelling story while trying to string together every single little canonical detail of Han’s character. I liked Donald Glover though! #movies

LA CONFIDENTIAL - Guy Pearce is so good. #movies

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY - Such a delightful first half! Such a stressful remainder! This movie wouldn’t work at all today but I appreciate it as a crime capsule. #movies

Les Triplettes de Belleville: An Unauthorized Dark Ride

Les Triplettes de Belleville: An Unauthorized Dark Ride

A little tribute to one of my favorite films. Just exercising!

May 11th, 2018

Where is everybody?

Starting to design a location system for walkthroughs

April 2nd, 2018

Planning for Spring Again

Planning for Spring Again

Bobby’s Birthday is on the horizon. Let’s get ready!

November 28th, 2017

Virtual Box Office

Let’s talk about software.

September 20th, 2017

My website is still powered by a PHP script but it’s now entirely static, TGIF 👌

Ahh! I can post to my microblog from the micro.blog iOS app now! This is so cool.

Planning for Halloween Again

Planning for Halloween Again

June 24th, 2017

Listening to The-Dream at a standing desk is a recipe for guaranteed hip sway

Congratulations to E•MO•TION for being awarded Only Album of the Year, two years running

Apparently Redbone is something I can juuuust barely pull off at karaoke

I wonder if they thought I was fixing to make some fidget spinners 😂

Just walked into a skate shop to buy bearings for an animation rig for the show; felt like such a poser!!

Spent the night and early morning in bed, in the dark, thinking about Halloween. About three hours of sleep though!

I adore this little haunted house treatment by Ian Kay: The Maze of the Zombie Couch Potato!

Every time I eat a Cubano I just wish to be in Miami

Just spent an hour scrolling through my entire Instagram history for some reason. I used to be much more (outwardly?) interesting!

I wrote a Ruby script that writes to the DMX stream which turns the lights and motors on and off! ALSA is trickier than I have patience for tonight so no programmed sound yet, but this was a VERY PRODUCTIVE DAY. I’ll write all this stuff up at some point 👌

The RasPi can now control the lights, motors, and speakers! I am thrilled! Now to write code to coordinate all those things 🤔

Adventures in theatre tech: Raspberry Pi operational! 6-channel audio interface playing music! Trying to remember how my old DMX interface works!

Another new disco-ass Calvin Harris song, this time featuring Khalid‽ What did we do to deserve all this

I decided, sort of on a whim, to quit smoking yesterday. Going alright so far?

Papier-mâché is satisfying and powerful but my apartment constantly smells like terrible bread

Oops I’m crying at lunch: My Father Spent 30 Years in Prison, And I Don’t Want Him to Text Me

Okay I’m doubling down on this: the new Calvin Harris songs are way more disco than any of his previous works! 2017 is the year!

The DJ at the McDonald’s on Broadway in the Financial District is EXTREMELY on point today

Hey bub, this is Hollywood! Scratch my back, I’ll scratch these geese!

Chance and Jeremih’s Christmas album is still really good and you can listen to it any time of year if you want to

I should just start introducing myself as a themed attraction creator? My idle party conversation gets so much more interesting!

By my very rough estimate, the micro.blog demographic seems to be about…um…the opposite of the Mastodon demographic

Every personal web-art project I’ve ever pursued has just been an attempt to make something that feels like any of Radiohead’s late-90s/early-2000s sites. I think the closest I’ve gotten is my tilde.club installation.

I have received exponentially more LinkedIn friend requests from coworkers at this job than any other I’ve ever had.

James Bruton makes really slick robotics and lately he’s been exploring VR. This physical-virtual-physical proof of concept with giant LEGO bricks and minifigs is so inspiring and whimsical!

Love this Rivers of Light review. I missed it when I was at Animal Kingdom a few months ago—for good reason, but still a shame. Just gotta go back soon, I guess!

Time to make to whole bunch of papier-mâché paste.

It’s working! Quill is also delightful!

I’m micropubbing a lot right now because I want to make sure this whole deal works :’)

It took me a while to figure out exactly what Micropub’s whole deal is but I’m a big fan.

Micropub is DELIGHTFUL.

I’m on micro.blog now! Someday I’ll make my personal microblog compatible with OStatus and then I may finally rest

Oh no! Sorry microblog, I’ve been playing with Mastodon. I really want to POSSE this thing though and have been cooking up a plan.

Rolling Walkthrough Flow Control

Rolling Walkthrough Flow Control

April 5th, 2017

I was trying to remember which TV show my dentist recommended; Googled “the main terrorist show” and yep it was Homeland, thanks Google

The SoHo UNIQLO has a big Beauty and the Beast graphic on their window and I almost broke my ankles switching course to get in there

Spent the weekend watching Westworld, building a character, and extending my manuscript. It was good. I’d like more weekend.

Hey, it’s more than a year since I wrote this essay about gags in dark rides. Now I’m gonna write about 40 more and call it a book!

In New York again. The lights turned off on the 4 for some reason while I was listening to the Splash Mountain soundtrack and I felt like I was back!

Notes on the Orlando Theme Parks

Notes on the Orlando Theme Parks

March 1st, 2017

Oh gosh. The “I Created Disco” Calvin Harris is utterly distinct from the modern-day Calvin Harris in my mind which is why I was surprised to hear him writing…disco…and I regret the error!

Today is, I think, the first time I’ll spend a whole day solo at a Disney park. I am bracing myself for the impending academia!

I know I’ll be sick of the humidity within 24 hours but for now I’m so excited to be in Florida

We’ll remember 2017 as the year Calvin Harris started making disco music

I’m going to be at Universal Studios on Saturday; Fifth Harmony will also be there 😬

Lately I’ve been feeling unusually inspired and productive but also restless for not being more productive at the same damn time

It’s 8:30, have you listened to Yeah Yeah by Travis Scott and Young Thug yet today

Every time a clipboard person asks me for a donation to their org, my answer is roughly “I don’t give my CC info out on the street” but there’s never a contingency for this

Using Workflows, I was able to put an icon on my home screen that pops up a dialog and posts to my microblog, it’s rather lovely :’)

If you’re reading this then I tried a thing and it worked

solemnly every day is the fourteenth

It works! I’m now syndicating a rolling 24 hours of microblogs to Twitter with this

Huh. I’ve walked back on my “cross-posting is bad” stance a little.

I’m still surprised that The-Dream never covered “I Would Die 4 U.” (His whole career is basically a cover of “I Would Die 4 U”, but I mean explicitly. Also this isn’t a bad thing.)

These headphones are fantastic so far, I’m not used to earbuds not falling out of my ears but it’s a nice phenomenon

“I wonder how I can adjust my spending to increase my rate of savings” buys expensive headphones “it’s probably impossible”

I let my newest app dress me this morning and actually I look pretty good

Bought a one-day ticket to Governor’s Ball! My plan is to just stand directly in front of whatever stage Chance the Rapper will perform on for the entire day.

I started another project last night. The outfit-planning app I wanted to create for iOS many years ago has become something I’d actually use a lot so I’m putting it on the web.

Took a few minutes to investigate something a coworker casually asked about; suddenly it’s the afternoon and I have not had breakfast yet

It’s difficult to keep this microblog mundane when all I can think about is the unraveling US government. That said, I’ve grown fond of standing desks over the last few months.

Six pounds of hot glue arrived yesterday, a hundred sheets of posterboard arrived today. I feel professional!

My apartment is more of a mess six weeks into show two than it was six months into show one. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

I’ve been really enjoying being a part of my company’s soccer team. I scored a goal tonight! It was the wrong goal but that’s not important I think!

Well, I’ve done it, I’ve poured probably a dozen hours into this silly PHP flat-file static CMS

I’m trying really hard to not pour a huge amount of work into tweaking this silly side project 🙃

I love late night talking-to-myself walks; just developed a new method for building Variable Stage figures like paper dolls to go from concept to sculpture so elegantly

This automaton by Keith Newstead is stunning. If I can get even a fraction of this liveliness next Halloween I’ll just retire early.

The popular usage of an indie microblog is to syndicate to Twitter (cf. POSSE) but remember when we syndicated Twitter and Facebook back and forth and how annoying that was? Maybe silos are cool.

I resisted La Croix for a long time, I guess because I thought it was cliche, but this weekend I drank like four cans of the coconut stuff so I guess the joke is on me

We’ll know Chance has really made it when he starts showing up in Karaoke songbooks. Features don’t count!

Year-End Inspiration

Year-End Inspiration

December 30th, 2016

Selling Tickets

December 8th, 2016

Notes on a Variable Stage

November 23rd, 2016

Planning for Spring

November 17th, 2016

What’s a Theme Park? What’s a Dark Ride?

April 27th, 2016

Planning for Halloween

April 20th, 2016

Excuse Me

At last, I’ve set free the hip hop mixtape I didn’t finish in 2012.

February 14th, 2016

On Gags

February 10th, 2016

Got my Twitters in pairs and they’re playing Gorillas

Introducing @LeftGorilla and @RightGorilla

September 9th, 2014

Walking Through a Land

Walking Through a Land

December 3rd, 2012

The Idea of Piracy

November 18th, 2012

A Walk Through the History of Themed Attractions

A Walk Through the History of Themed Attractions

November 12th, 2012

Show, Don’t Tell

Show, Don’t Tell

November 9th, 2012

All of the Lights in the Magic Kingdom

All of the Lights in the Magic Kingdom

November 7th, 2012

La Caravelle, a French Legend, Is Closing After 43 Years

There used to be a restaurant in New York.

July 24th, 2012

Fun for the whole family

To all who come to this happy place: Welcome.

June 19th, 2011

Moved

June 17th, 2010

Alright—Yeah… Uh Huh

April 17th, 2010

Sugar Headaches

April 14th, 2010

Re-Reader

A stripped-down re-style of Google Reader

April 6th, 2010

I Will Die

I Will Die

March 30th, 2010

Things Keep Happening

February 12th, 2010

Admittance

I spent my last few hours in New York on a hospital bed with a needle in my arm. Also, airport musings.

November 10th, 2009

Kirby’s Dream Land

Kirby’s Dream Land

I forgot all about this game!

August 14th, 2009