(Intelligent) Live Video Streaming for Protesting

It’s not always the best idea to livestream from a protest directly to social media. There’s good reason to redact the faces of fellow protesters. This guide steps you through setting up a stream to a private location, where a friend can grab the video and redact faces in near-real-time.

Diving Into the Origins of “Peanut Butter” [Updated]

No, not the creamy or crunchy sandwich spread that rhymes with “gif.” I’m talking about a more obscure usage of the term that you won’t find in your Merriam-Webster. You see, there’s a podcast I listen to, Do By Friday. They “challenge yourself, challenge your friends” every week. The hosts perform a task, watch some … Continue reading Diving Into the Origins of “Peanut Butter” [Updated]

Introducing Puzzle Sidekick

When I last updated ARG Tools back in August, I alluded to an upcoming new version of the app called Puzzle Sidekick. I am pleased to announce that it is now available. If you are familiar with ARG Tools, you already know what it does and I suspect you will be quite happy with the … Continue reading Introducing Puzzle Sidekick

ssh for Programmers

Overview Way back when, just after the dot-com-bomb, I found myself working for a media company named Metapa. We made mp3s and 30 second preview clips from boxes of CDs that tech-clueless record companies snail-mailed us. Metapa was staffed with a ton of Unix-heads and I received a great schooling in the ways of the … Continue reading ssh for Programmers

A farewell to Everpix and a search for image backup and viewing

A few months ago I signed up for Everpix. In case you have not heard of it, Everpix is (or rather, was) a photo backup website. It had some pretty awesome things going for it, namely: A desktop client that integrates with iPhoto, Aperture, and disk folders that uploads your pictures to the cloud An … Continue reading A farewell to Everpix and a search for image backup and viewing

ARG Tools 2.0, now with more dictionary

ARG Tools, the iPhone app that gives you puzzle-solving tools and reference in your pocket just got a dictionary.  You may already know of ARG Tools, but in case you haven’t, it’s an iPhone app that provides a set of tools, reference material, and links for anyone who plays Alternate Reality Games, participates in transmedia storytelling, … Continue reading ARG Tools 2.0, now with more dictionary

How I got screwed by Photo Stream and Aperture

When Apple introduced Photo Stream as part of its iCloud offering a year ago, I jumped on board.  By that time, my iPhone was already my primary camera.  The old Canon point-and-shoot was collecting dust in a corner.  And Photo Stream solved a real problem for me.  My phone syncs with my laptop, but I … Continue reading How I got screwed by Photo Stream and Aperture