I thought it was a shame that Facebook and Twitter and blogging have all but killed the practice of keeping a diary for oneself. This site invites you to start a diary by beginning an email correspondence with “Your Future Self”. Each week you receive a new question via email. Just hit ‘reply’ to add a new entry to your diary. Social sharing is specifically disallowed, making a place for private journals once again.
SampleSwap.org is a place for electronic musicians to share sounds (“samples”) and their original music. The site has over 390,000 registered users, and grows by about 150 members every day. It’s also home to an extraordinary collection of creative-commons licensed music for use in films, games, etc.
In 2011, I became totally obsessed with Bitcoin, a nation-less cryptocurrency that lets you send money over the Internet without banks or any other intermediary. I designed a physical certificate (“paper wallet”) that Bitcoin enthusiasts keep their Bitcoins safe from hackers offline. My software is free, but I sell hologram stickers that make the paper wallets tamper-evident.
Growing up under New Mexico’s dark skies, I learned to love star watching and all things astronomical. To help me remember to look up during special events like meteor showers, I published a calendar that you can subscribe to with your iPhone, Google calendar, or any ICS compatible calendar. Every year I update it to account for whatever astronomical pleasures are headed our way. Today it has over 110,000 subscribers.
When my son was a newborn, we wanted to play white noise overnight to help him sleep. I couldn’t find anything I liked online, so I composed some in my music studio. I figured other parent’s might want these MP3s as well, so I threw together a quick web page to share them for free. Imagine my surprise when this became the single most popular page of my website, with 135,000 unique visitors per year.