A couple of perfectly wacky Portland projects for your weekend

One of the things that inspired me to start writing this blog, long long ago, was each interesting little side project that folks would dream up. They weren’t businesses. They weren’t commercialized. They were little experiments. Driven by Portland’s culture of curiosity and a hobbyist like imagination. So I thought I’d share a couple of contemporary experiments that reminded me of those days.


A Google Chrome extension that lets you spread mayonnaise all over the web.

Mayonnaizer is the world’s first condiment for the Internet. It lets you spread the deliciousness of mayonnaise onto your favorite websites.

Version 0.1 of Mayonnaizer is just the first step in an Internet condiment revolution it includes two delicious mayonnaise textures you can slather onto your favorite sites. More ‘nnaises and application techniques are on the way!

To try it out, launch Google Chrome and add the extension.


Built to demonstrate how easy it is to use Portland startup Brightwork‘s infrastructure to build apps, TweetFace rapidly analyzes your Twitter stream and selects an emoji that best represents your mood.

Once we’ve pushed up our BrightBots we can write them into our client application. Using some Emoji Sentiment Research, the BrightWork Angular SDK, and a quick matching algorithm, we can build TweetFace. Which returns an emoji based on your mood.

Interested to try it? Visit TweetFace. Want to see how it’s built? Read the Tweetface tutorial.

[Full disclosure: I am the cofounder and general manager of PIE. PIE is a partnership with Wieden+Kennedy, creators of the Mayonnaizer. And I am an advisor to Brightwork.]