Event/Ominous organization: Black Magic Insurance Agency – which puts on the Alternate Reality Game / one-night performance piece called ‘Operation Peachblow’. Co-conspirators: David Cain, Prashant Gandhi, Thane Stumbaugh, Andy Hockersmith,Laura Moulton)
Short film: Levin’s Bicycle (a strange little bicycle film that showed at Filmed by Bike and won the audience award at Toronto’s Bicycle Film Festival – along with my occasional co-conspirator, Levin Schersvanaskitty and James Moulton)
Activist Project: Project Hamad (no longer actively maintained) (along with David Naimon, Laura Moulton) – we set out to create a narrative around a single Guantanamo inmate, in order to shed light on imprisonment without trials and the stupidity of Guantanamo. I am happy to say that Adel Hamad, the prisoner (former medical clerk and ping pong player, captured in Pakistan but with no link to any terrorist organization, is now free). I am unhappy to report that Guantanamo is still open.
Literary Journal: Gumball Poetry (no longer actively maintained) link to Wayback machine archive (along with Laura Moulton)
Web thing: The Psychic Book Project (no longer active) (along with Laura Moulton). First, a book divination service run by humans. And later a book divination service run by robots. Fun times.
Web thing: Message in a bottle (no longer active) (along with Noah Magram) – a virtual ‘message in a bottle’ service. First messages were taken on the internet and then distributed through Gumball Poetry capsules. Later, it was the slowest bulletin board of all time, where you could meet random people or leave messages for others that might not get discovered for years.
Web thing: Datablob – the world’s nonsense exchange (defunct) link to Wayback machine archive – Datablob was a sort of ebay for nonsensical items.
Web thing: I founded Walker Tracker, and work there still.
In case you’re curious, there’s a Wikipedia page on me at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Parzybok (though not very updated at the moment, it seems)
Along with these projects, I contribute technical know-how for a couple of other projects, namely:
Street Books – a bicycle-powered library for people living outside, and winner of the National Book Foundation’s ‘Innovations in Reading’ award.
Between The Covers – an incredibly insightful author-interview radio show and podcast by David Naimon