My side projects include original studio albums, programming languages and UI frameworks, web apps, artwork, writing, research projects, and a smattering of personal workflow software.
People have visited or installed these projects over 1.5 million times.
Since the full list is quite long, these projects are a hand-picked sample of projects I’m most proud of. Some are here for technical merit, and others for impact.
Polyx Personal productivity suite written in Ink and Torus, including a CRM, task manager, file syncing utility, notes app, etc.
Torus Minimal JS model-view UI framework focused on being tiny, efficient, and free of dependencies
Memory Palace An original album of New Age style improvisations on the piano
Atypical Press An experimental magazine about people and communities building a more creative, more inspiring, more just future
Unim.press A Reddit reader in the style of The New York Times, built with Torus, visited by over 200k and counting
1989.style A simple online game for guessing Taylor Swift songs based on snippets of lyrics, built with Torus and blocks.css
linus.coffee A second blog for the less polished, less verbose, or more impressionistic writing from me, and other creative work
Codeframe The fastest, easiest way to build and deploy quick static webpages, in a lightweight, fast online editor
blocks.css A lightweight CSS library to add a dimension to core UI web elements, used in many of my projects as a design base
lyrics.rip A Markov chain based fake lyrics generator for pop artists, built on Repl.it, 700k hits and counting
Sounds from Places A collection of ambient sounds collected from around the world in my travels
Lin’tlil A new kind of language founded on the concepts of relational semantics and the absence of verbs
Apogee Citation Maker (acq. 2017) Automatic MLA / APA citation generator from website metadata, Chrome extension with over 130k peak weekly users and a 4.5 star rating
These projects have launched and are in active use, whether that means deployed in production, available to download, or ready for new users. This is the best record of what kind of projects I’m working on today.
Mira Personal contacts manager, built for my workflow. A place for notes, but for the people I keep in touch with, built with Torus
Frieden Personal, read-only public availability calendar, to reduce the back-and-forth in scheduling one-on-one meetings
Lovecroft Minimal mailing list manager for static sites, with a simple JSON API, UI with paper.css
Pico Lightweight notepad for ephemeral memos, todos, meeting notes, and more, built with Torus
inkfmt Self-hosting, tokenizing code formatter for the Ink programming language
traceur Experimental path tracing renderer written in Ink, supports reflective and dielectric materials, focus blur
Xin Flexible functional programming language with a tiny extensible core, inspired by Lisp and CSP
Codeliner Ink program to generate “codelines”: like silhouette outlines, but for source code
Wintermute Generates fake blog posts from my blog based on a Markov chain, with Torus + paper.css UI
Litterate CLI tool to generate beautiful literate programming-style description of your code from comment annotations
I Hope You Find It Original song, written by me and performance by me on acoustic guitar, piano, vocals
draw Minimalistic real-time collaborative whiteboard on the web with WebSockets, Torus, blocks.css
Codesynth Generate music from lines of source code, built on Torus, paper.css, and the Web Audio API
paper.css Lightweight CSS library with a paper aesthetic, spiritual successor to blocks.css used in my projects
Animated-Value Imperative animation API for declarative UI renderers, like React, Preact, and Torus
dotink Blog and website dedicated to the Ink programming language and my technical writing
Carlisle A minimal blog and website theme for Hugo with a focus on tasteful design, responsiveness, and flexibility
entr A searchable repository of my personal notes from past readings, events, videos, talks around topics in startup, business, community, life
Torus HN Reader Hacker News reader web app optimized for performance, built with Torus and Looking Glass
Plume.chat Small, lightweight real-time chat server on the web with WebSockets and Go
COVID Hacks Global virtual hackathon designed to bring high school and university students together in a fight against the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic
Looking Glass A simple screenshot generator API, using Chromium’s Puppeteer
Graph-Calc A fast, minimal web-based 2D graphing calculator, built with Torus, a web UI framework I wrote
Markus Writer A fast live HTML renderer for a custom flavor of markdown, built with Torus, a web UI framework I wrote
thingboard A board for text notes in the browser, movable and scalable anywhere you want on the screen
Torus Gravity An approximate many-body simulation of Newtonian gravity built with Torus and HTML Canvas
Blocky logos An exploratory creative art project distilling some common Western brands and logos into rects
Hurricane Zero-configuration, read-only JSON API proxy in front of an Airtable base
Pyro CLI and CI/CD tool to check availability of specific routes in a web application
send-tweet.ink Small Ink program to send tweets using the Twitter JSON API, including libraries for HMAC-SHA1, base-64, and percent-encoding
Goblin Bot for the Hack Club Slack community that integrates with Hack Club Bank
rational-arithmetic.js A no-dependency, lightweight JS library for arithmetic with rational numbers
Markovify A auto-suggest sentence generator based on simple Markov chains from source texts
Dessi A quick, simple server-side-includes expander
linus.zone A personal URL shortener / note sharing service backed by a dumb filesystem-based database
Papyrus Small, static-site for hosting read-optimized content, like stories or e-books
YT tools Useful bits of code for manipulating YouTube to work better, like repeats and player affixers
These projects have launched, and are now sun-set either because I didn’t have time to maintain them, or because I wanted to move onto other projects. Many, but not all, of them are still usable.
The Lifelong Traveler Linus’s previous website and home online: blog, website, portfolio
Cafe Avant-Garde Community editorial online magazine: a group of individuals with words to be written and voices to be heard
Ligature My main work/personal notes application and my first web app, using Backbone.js, Node, and MySQL
Pantheon A long-running social network simulation project to look for self-organizing government in complex social networks
Studybuddy Web app to help students easily find study buddies from their classmates taking the same courses
Webb Simple social network evolution simulation in Ruby
The Anvil Blog The Anvil’s blog on entrepreneurship, startups, and technology
DataChain Capital Website / design: cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund and financial consultancy
Starter A personal project starter boilerplate
Vanilla Yeoman Boilerplate A lightweight project starter boilerplate
Extension Yeoman Boilerplate A lightweight chrome extension boilerplate based on Mute! extension
Backbone Yeoman Boilerplate A lightweight single-page app starter boilerplate based on Backbone
Mirage An attempt at real-time mapping my happiness level across long periods of time to find trends in my happiness levels over time
Day Clock A beautiful, minimalist clock web application with the color of the skies and the time of the day in full screen, analog glory.
Ambrosia A simple NodeJS- and BackboneJS-powered key-value short note storage that looks pretty cool
Elixir Time is our most important asset. How much of it do you have? - A Visualization
Mute! A Chrome extension to prevent autoplay videos from playing or making sound
Kiosk A small, lightweight web application for taking survey data in TEDxPurdueU events at the door
Magic Search Browser extension: enhances Google Search’s UI/UX to make it faster, easier to use, and far more extensible / efficient
Kasette Effortlessly take YouTube videos in and out of auto-rewind/replay loops
CoderDojo Attendance App Attendance-tracking app for regular events, originally built for Lafayette CoderDojo
Namehog Minimal command-line tool to check if a username is available on Twitter
FinalScore Simple web application for parsing and calculating quarter / final grades in WLCSC schools (that’s mine)
Countdowner Simple: count downs to a certain date, in both DD/HH/MM/SS and in %’s
Persephone A simple poetry recommendation engine, a predecessor to PoetryMe
Voyage Symmetric-key encryption scheme that dynamically generate the algorithm from the key
TEDxPurdueU TEDxPurdueU’s website for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons
Voyage whitepaper A proof-of-concept encryption algorithm based on a novel method of encryption
Voyage Console REPL for my Voyage encryption algorithm
Trubadour Landing Page Building a new way to read, discover, and share poetry: Trubadour
Bash Notepad Simple system-wide notepad for Bash (shell) users on UNIX systems, vim/emacs/nano/atom and bash only dependencies
Pandora A small, HTML5 quiz single-page application
Timescape Simple timer to let people know when I’ll be done with things outside of my room so they don’t have to knock
The Insult Machine It’s an insult machine, just like your face
Daily Quote Greeter Uses a Quote of the Day API to make a new terminal login prompt as the day’s quote and refresh the GNOME desktop background
Centr Triage your online news articles faster
Almnc A ‘finsta’ blog, where all my writing goes if it’s too rough to share formally
Reflow Make raw HTML pages online not look like trash
Rail Runner A simple HTML5 (non-canvas) game I wrote when I was a sophomore
Java Image Filters A set of simple but conceptually interesting applications written in Java for instructional / tutoring purposes.
Compass A novel-in-progress about humanity, intelligence, vulnerability, and mortality
These projects are currently in active development. They can be considered pre-alpha or alpha-stage in development, will have tons of bugs or errors, or may not be fully executed at all. A lot of these projects are just napkin-drawing ideas I had in the shower, where I’ve sketched out some ideas and notes.
Ky Scriptable, modal terminal text editor with the best of Vim and Emacs, written in Go
Synaptic 2 Event-driven simulation of a self-organizing learning neural network
Talaria A gesture- and nonverbal-communication-based HCI experiment and exoskeleton
Zero to Code The best place on the web to learn to make stuff with code, a free-forever introductory web development course for everyone
These projects were started and worked on for anywhere from weeks to years, but ultimately were never seen to completion or release, for one reason or another. Still, they serve as a good background for what kinds of ideas interest me.
20 Hour Da Vinci A natural extension of my love of learning, a fresh attempt to learn 20 new skills in 2016
Otherworld A text-based game exploring the bounds of consciousness and metaphysics
Orion An exploration of mathematical modeling, analyzing movement of crowds through an area.
PoetryMe Great poems, algorithmically recommended and delivered to your inbox (with founder Rebecca Roach).
Ambiance An AI-based personal assistant taking proactive action and responding to voice actions. Think Jarvis, except IRL.