Portland, OR
Joined November 2006
Surprise! I'm very excited to announce @SkittishHQ, a playful virtual space for online events that I've been working on for the last few months. waxy.org/2021/02/announcing-…
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Sunday project: buying a suitably retro desk on Craigslist and finally setting up my Commodore 64. Anyone up for a game of Spy vs. Spy?
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I follow over 2,000 accounts here and only six have posted fleets in the last 24 hours. (If it gets down to one, remember to say “UNO” or you lose a turn!)
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Loved this recent @underunderstood episode about a previously-unnoticed tattoo on Jeff Goldblum in several iconic scenes of Jurassic Park, and @adrjeffries’s months-long quest to figure out what it depicts. underunderstood.com/podcast/…
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Rabbit Rabbit is SO CLOSE to hitting 75%! I've helped @heartshapedsky with editing and fact-checking the final cards, and I can't tell you how many times I've gone down the rabbit hole learning about all the delightful superstitions she's highlighted. kickstarter.com/projects/ami…
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MSCHF’s new project is a live-streamed event where players take control of a Boston Dynamics Spot robot armed with a paintball gun in an art gallery-ish space. spotsrampage.com/
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Boston Dynamics is not happy with their robot war dogs being called robot war dogs.
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steve miller doesn't want you to hear this remix
Steve Miller Band’s ‘The Joker’ but the Wolf Whistle Happens After Every Line
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you'd think he'd be more chill about it, being a midnight toker and all
Replying to @matthewmcvickar
(Reposting this thing I made back in June 2020 because it’s been taken down from YouTube and somebody asked me to try uploading it to Twitter instead. I also took this opportunity to change ‘Wah-wah Sound’ to the more appropriate ‘Wolf Whistle.’)
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is there life on marrrrrs
Watching the NASA Perseverance landing with friends in Skittish.
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too cute
Replying to @skittishHQ
Touchdown confirmed!
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WIRED interviewed me about Skittish! I talked about stuff.
I talked to @waxpancake about his new virtual meetup app, Skittish, everything that's wrong with virtual meetups (Lack of serendipity! Pre-recorded videos! VR headsets!), and the future of conferences like XOXO wired.com/story/skittish-and…
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It gave me the opportunity to show off my extremely '90s WIRED magazine and book collection. (Now I just need to be interviewed by Might, Ben Is Dead, and Mondo 2000.)
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My favorite thing about announcing @skittishHQ is doing interviews inside it. I gave some very nice writers at The Verge a little tour yesterday, and they just wrote about it. theverge.com/2021/2/17/22286…
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Something not mentioned in that article is that *dozens* of projects are experimenting with proximity/spatial chat right now, almost all launched since the pandemic. @GretchenAMcC wrote about this trend back in November for Wired.
Zoom meetings and book clubs and coffee dates are fine. But unstructured Zoom parties are still so painfully awkward. Surely we can do better? I wrote for @WIRED about how to make virtual parties feel real, just in time for the holidays wired.com/story/zoom-parties…
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I mentioned @likelikearcade and @roguelike_con in the @verge interview, but I also really love getmibo.com, rambly.app, gather.town, here.fm, and cozyroom.xyz. There's a growing list here: github.com/billmei/every-pro…
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Everyone's taking different approaches with this idea, and they're all worth checking out. Proximity chat isn't new, with Second Life supporting spatial voice chat for 14 years, and if you consider text, MUDs and MOOs supporting it going back to the '80s.
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But the pandemic made it a sudden urgent need, as we're all looking to connect to each other in ways we can't safely do now. I think it'll end up being a powerful way to bring people together even after the pandemic recedes, which is why I started working on my own!
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