"The Fyre's Still Burning: Was Billy McFarland Secretly Involved In The Fyre Fest Merch Sale?"
[Investigation] After writing about a sale claiming to have real Fyre Fest merchandise but no ties to the event's organizers (also reported on by Buzzfeed, Gothamist, and The New Yorker), I received an anonymous tip about the guy behind the sale. This exclusive uncovered the sale organizer's long history with Billy McFarland's pre-Fyre Fest venture, Magnises.
"I Went To XOXO Fest, Logged Off And Found The Good Internet Still Exists"
[Feature] I went to XOXO to see if it serves as more than a fun getaway for extremely online creators (I think it does!) — in addition to my on-location reporting, I did a follow-up interview with XOXO co-founder Andy Baio.
"17 Years Ago, Gorillaz Released A Legendary Web Game — But Who Actually Made It?"
[Report] When I started writing this piece, I didn't think I had any real chance of finding the people behind "Final Drive," the rad-as-hell Gorillaz 3D driving game. If I had failed, I would've written about how difficult it is to preserve web history, even when the story involves a hugely popular band. Instead, I actually found the guys and added a little bit to web history myself.
"The Best Way To Watch All Of 'Twin Peaks,' Now That It's Over"
[Guide] I love "Twin Peaks." I want other people to love "Twin Peaks," too. I wrote about 3,500 words to help those people.
"What It Was Like To Pretend To Be An Astronaut On The Day Stephen Hawking Died"
[Report] I was prepared to use my one-on-one time with Chris Hadfield to talk about space exploration, but no one present knew we'd have the loss of Hawking on our minds that morning. Sometimes PR emails do lead to good stories.
"The New 'Tetris' Game Has Already Invaded My Mind, And It Isn't Even Out Yet"
[Blog] I want to live inside of Tetsuya Mizuguchi's brain, plain and simple.
"'Rick & Morty' 2028?"
[Report] When "Rick & Morty" received an unprecedented 70-episode renewal, my first question was "who is going benefit?" "Not the animators" is a likely answer if you look at Justin Roiland's past comments on unionization and the state of labor in the industry at-large.
"This Kitschy Plaque Belongs In The Garbage, And So Does Anyone Who Sincerely Relates"
[Blog] I still can't believe this fucking thing exists — the plaque, that is, not my angry blog about it. It really is that galling. When the revolution comes, the boss who put this plaque up in a Dairy Queen will be first against the wall. Just kidding, it'll be someone much worse.
"The Creator Of Dinosaur Comics On How To Browse The Web Good"
[Interview] A lengthy, lightly-edited interview with Ryan North about the early internet, the rise of webcomics, and how platforms like Facebook have (occasionally) helped and (mostly) hindered independent creators online.
"Let Your Imagination Run Wild With This AI-Powered Text-To-Image Generator"
[Blog] As far as bread-and-butter blog prompts go, "here's a neural network that turns whatever you type into eerily evocative images" is perfect.
"Mark Zuckerberg Is Never Going To Fire Himself"
[Blog] I take that back. "Mark Zuckerberg told on himself in another interview" is actually the perfect blog prompt.
"Could There Be Another Oscars Upset? Here's What Our Data Says"
[Feature] When Digg Reader was still around (RIP), I worked with our developers to make some cool interactive visualizations for the 2017 and 2018 Best Picture races. "Get Out" was still robbed in the end (also, pour one out for "I, Tonya), but our analysis showed that Jordan Peele's instant classic received the most online coverage of any nominee that year.
"We All Live In Parasocial Hell"
[Interview] I spoke with video essayist Shannon Strucci about her must-watch series "Fake Friends," which addresses how online media thrives off of encouraging parasocial interaction. IF you work online and aren't familiar with the concept of parasocial interaction, stop reading this and watch Shannon's videos right now.