Extra Future 2010 Retrospective: Kreskin

I made a bunch of weird stuff in 2010, and I’m going to spend the new few days or weeks telling you about them with short posts about each one. Up first is [Kreskin][kreskin], a project it took about 12 hours to spit out and another 12 to make usable.

[kreskin]: “Kreskin”

##Kreskin (Cat. No. EF-027)

[Kreskin][kreskin] plays the [Wikipedia Band Name Game][game] for you, rolling up a band name, album title, and cover art, and showing it to you. Every album it generates is persistent, meaning you can pass it around to your friends. It’s really fun, and I find once you [generate one][kresgen], you tend to stick around for at least a few more. Recent favorites include: [GAMA ENERGY, INC. – in his own][kres1], and [Brain Sponge – more of it][kres2].

Kreskin was [featured on Buzzfeed][buzzfeed] which got it a pretty good amount of traffic which, sadly, didn’t last. There is a track listing for each album, but it is experimental and generally not super good. To date Kreskin date has created 6,867 albums by request. It is available, day or night, via the URL [][kreskin].

[buzzfeed]: “Buzzfeed: Kreskin Automates the Wikipedia Band Name Game”
[game]: “Wikipedia Names Your Band”
[kresgen]: “Generate a new album on Kreskin”
[kres1]: “Gama Energy, Inc. on Kreskin”
[kres2]: “Brain Sponge – more of it”


Kove, A Community-Created Choose Your Own Adventure Game

[This of it as a wiki-style take on the classic book genre][link]. Just sign in via Twitter OAuth and start adding and editing pages. All content is published under a CC-BY license. There is also [an atom feed of new pages][feed].


[feed]: “Kove New Pages Feed”

Kove is an [Extra Future 6-Hour Project][6].

[6]: “6-Hour Projects”


Extra Future Shirt HAPPENS

[Look at this sexy motherfucker][link], and be sad that you didn’t get an Extra Future Shirt.

[link]: “Trying on my hot new @philnelson shirt. Love. on Twitpic”


EXCLUSIVE First Extra Future Shirt Pictures

[Do you believe in miracles?][link] Extra Future’s first product is out in the wild, and being shipped to those who purchased one starting Monday.

[link]: “Extra Future Shirts”


The Extra Future T-Shirt

[Buy one today.][link] Available in light blue or asphalt for a limited time only: One amazingly comfy t-shirt, one awesome logo, at the cost of $22.

[link]: “Shirts by Extra Future”


la petite url 1.6

[My personal URL shortener][la] hits version 1.6. Current users will be able to upgrade by way of WordPress’ automatic update mechanism. The rest of you: [Download it from][wp].

*Fun fact*: House style is to always type “la petite url” in all lowercase.

[la]: “la petite url”
[wp]: “la petite url on”


Mole-Man Name Generator

[Created by yours truly over the last 24 hours][link], in honor of [John Hodgman’s live recitation of 700 Mole-Man names][hodg]. I hope you enjoy it. My own Mole-Manic name is “Ernest Silverjaw”.

[link]: “Mole-Man Name Generator”
[hodg]: “Hodg-man”


Introducing PNGPress, a PNG Optimizer for Mac OS X

[You can download and read all about PNGPress at it’s homepage][link]. It’s essentially a Applescript front-end for [OptiPNG][opti], the command line application.

*Update:* The download link for PNGPress is now fixed. Whoops.

[link]: “PNGPress”
[opti]: “OptiPNG”