1. Project of the Day—Two days ago, Bellingcat, an open source citizen investigative journalism project designed to cover issues that are being ignored, posted an important project update. Using “open source investigative techniques,” users managed to pinpoint the precise location of the missile launcher that tragically downed flight MH17, sending a stream of photos and video of the launcher being transported. It was an important example of what Bellingcat hopes to do.

    Project of the Day—Two days ago, Bellingcat, an open source citizen investigative journalism project designed to cover issues that are being ignored, posted an important project update. Using “open source investigative techniques,” users managed to pinpoint the precise location of the missile launcher that tragically downed flight MH17, sending a stream of photos and video of the launcher being transported. It was an important example of what Bellingcat hopes to do.

  2. Project of the Day—Bitters! Such a key component to a good cocktail. Such a mysterious element for those of us not well-versed in the world of fancy cocktails. The Craft Your Own Bitters Kit hopes to change that. Soon you’ll be able to make your own bitters at home, from there, you’ll be hosting fancy cocktail parties in your basement or garage or kitchen sink or bathtub or whatever in no time.

    Project of the Day—Bitters! Such a key component to a good cocktail. Such a mysterious element for those of us not well-versed in the world of fancy cocktails. The Craft Your Own Bitters Kit hopes to change that. Soon you’ll be able to make your own bitters at home, from there, you’ll be hosting fancy cocktail parties in your basement or garage or kitchen sink or bathtub or whatever in no time.

  3. Project of the Day—The Ballad of Shirley Collins is a documentary about Shirley Collins, the legendary folk singer that became a cult figure after removing herself from the public eye. Rather than focusing on her entire career, it delves into a trip she took with her then-boyfriend Alan Lomax across the American South, documenting the music they came across along the way.

    Project of the Day—The Ballad of Shirley Collins is a documentary about Shirley Collins, the legendary folk singer that became a cult figure after removing herself from the public eye. Rather than focusing on her entire career, it delves into a trip she took with her then-boyfriend Alan Lomax across the American South, documenting the music they came across along the way.

  4. Project of the Day—The Great Kingdom is a documentary about Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, the creators behind Dungeons & Dragons. The film tracks the game’s humble beginnings through its eventual rise to multi-million dollar industry, focusing on the lives of Gygax, Arneson, the hundreds of others that helped shape the legendary RPG, and their families. 

    Project of the Day—The Great Kingdom is a documentary about Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, the creators behind Dungeons & Dragons. The film tracks the game’s humble beginnings through its eventual rise to multi-million dollar industry, focusing on the lives of Gygax, Arneson, the hundreds of others that helped shape the legendary RPG, and their families. 

  5. Project of the Day—You may recognize Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince, but in real life she is completely not that character. Parsons is the founder of Sweet Blackberry, an organization dedicated to telling stories of little-known African American achievement to children. This time around, she’s making an animated short about Janet Collins, the first black Prima Ballerina. It’s narrated by Chris Rock. No big deal.

    Project of the Day—You may recognize Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince, but in real life she is completely not that character. Parsons is the founder of Sweet Blackberry, an organization dedicated to telling stories of little-known African American achievement to children. This time around, she’s making an animated short about Janet Collins, the first black Prima Ballerina. It’s narrated by Chris Rock. No big deal.

  6. Project of the Day—Journalist Paul Salopek is walking 3,700 miles. He’s been going for a year, and is getting started on his second year (out of seven!), which will take him from the Middle East, through Turkey and then, via the Silk Road, to Central Asia. Salopek’s journey is a difficult one, but it’s not new. He’s retracing the steps of our ancestors, who walked out of Africa somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 years ago. He will be documenting his journey through photo, interview, and field recording.

    Project of the Day—Journalist Paul Salopek is walking 3,700 miles. He’s been going for a year, and is getting started on his second year (out of seven!), which will take him from the Middle East, through Turkey and then, via the Silk Road, to Central Asia. Salopek’s journey is a difficult one, but it’s not new. He’s retracing the steps of our ancestors, who walked out of Africa somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 years ago. He will be documenting his journey through photo, interview, and field recording.

  7. Project of the Day—How come no one told us that so much of adult life would be all about crosswords? There are people in the world that don’t leave the house until they finish their morning crossword. There are people in the world that won’t go to bed until they get that last word in there. There was even an entire Friends plotline about them. Crosswords: ubiquitous. Classic. There can never be enough. Fireball Newsflash Crosswords puts a unique spin on them though: they’re sent over email weekly, which means the puzzles reflect very recent news. It’s basically a hybrid of Twitter and classic word based strategy.

    Project of the Day—How come no one told us that so much of adult life would be all about crosswords? There are people in the world that don’t leave the house until they finish their morning crossword. There are people in the world that won’t go to bed until they get that last word in there. There was even an entire Friends plotline about them. Crosswords: ubiquitous. Classic. There can never be enough. Fireball Newsflash Crosswords puts a unique spin on them though: they’re sent over email weekly, which means the puzzles reflect very recent news. It’s basically a hybrid of Twitter and classic word based strategy.

  8. Project of the Day—Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington is a pretty notable guy, and the David Harrington Research and Development Fund is just another iteration of some of the amazing music he’s brought into the world, both directly and indirectly.
The idea is that the fund helps “fully realize projects that might not otherwise be possible. When it is your mission to create and perform groundbreaking work, sometimes you need to act quickly to make projects happen now, rather than lose an opportunity.” In the last eight years alone, the fund has commissioned nearly 50 new works — this project will focus on four of them. 

    Project of the Day—Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington is a pretty notable guy, and the David Harrington Research and Development Fund is just another iteration of some of the amazing music he’s brought into the world, both directly and indirectly.

    The idea is that the fund helps “fully realize projects that might not otherwise be possible. When it is your mission to create and perform groundbreaking work, sometimes you need to act quickly to make projects happen now, rather than lose an opportunity.” In the last eight years alone, the fund has commissioned nearly 50 new works — this project will focus on four of them.