Candidates saying cyber, now with more music

Building on the previous cyber-supercut, here’s a new video that incorporates all the cybers from all of the general election debates, both Presidential and Vice-Presidential, set to music from Mr. Robot. By popular demand: here's the presidential and VP candidates saying "cyber" with Mr Robot music in the background pic.twitter.com/wL3XbAp4HG — Parker Higgins (@xor) October […]

Rhyming “who phrases” from New York Times obituary headlines

Many obituary headlines follow a standard formula: “Firstname Lastname, Who You Know From That One Thing, Dies at Age.” It’s a tendency I’ve counted on before when extracting names from obituaries for FOIA The Dead, but tonight it also got me thinking about the “who phrase”: the relative clause that condenses a lifetime of context […]

Every “cyber” in the first Clinton/Trump debate

The first debate between Clinton and Trump featured the word “cyber” 11 times. With any luck, the next one will have even more. Here they all are: Every mention of "cyber" in the presidential debate pic.twitter.com/V2yxVfJpdE — Parker Higgins (@xor) September 29, 2016 I edited this together with Openshot, which was a surprisingly tolerable experience.

Trigger warnings and movie ratings

In an effort to explain trigger warnings and safe spaces to people who clearly don’t understand them—like the University of Chicago’s dean of students—a few folks have compared them to the movie ratings and trailer cards that list potentially offensive material. It’s a useful analogy, but not likely to be much comfort for people concerned […]

New Unsplash account for photography

I’m trying to take more pictures with my mirrorless camera, especially when I travel or walk around the city. I’ve always been a big fan of Unsplash, which curates high-res user-submitted photography and releases “packs” of images completely free to the public domain. So for now, I’ll be releasing some of my favorite shots to […]