|april microblog digest|
Posted 2009-05-01 17:36:29 by
Had to recover four days worth of posts from the partial-mirror of this log on Facebook, because Twitter is run by incompetents.
- Our culture has marked today a day of celebration for assholes everywhere. I'm starting the backlash: if you're an asshole, stop being one.
- I was considering not posting anything at all today, but maybe I can just use a tag to indicate I'm not fucking with you. [Not April Fools]
- Nice feature of being past winter: the squirrels that used to scamper by on the fence outside my window are back. [Not April Fools]
- Off to Ultimate Frisbee again. Shoulder is still a bit sore. Should be okay, but we'll see how it goes. [Not April Fools]
- Inflamed shoulder reaching for catch! Also noticed that mosquitos show up en masse around dark. Otherwise awesome. [Not April Fools]
- You know what would've been almost tasteful? If 8bitcollective only replaced the song you were listening to with "Girl From Ipanema" once.
- People were attempting to play tennis with baseball bats this time, too. Have yet to see them get even one rally going. [Not April Fools]
- http://bit.ly/FxtQ -- Is one wearing the eye-bandage out of solidarity? If they'd banged their heads together it would be the opposite eye.
- If you're trying to figure out how to say "You do know X, don't you?" without sounding like a condescending prick, try just "X."
- I'm fascinated by Erlang: http://bit.ly/NwajN I wish I could think of a project I want to do that it would be an appropriate solution for.
- http://bit.ly/67If -- New RMS video, this time with editing.
- http://bit.ly/Cta3w -- "Iowa Court Voids Gay Marriage Ban"
- http://bit.ly/fNxml -- "She asserts a direct relationship between $1 trillion of aid and the rise in African poverty rates from 11% to 66%."
- @fiskmeshi I believe the term for that is "tweet leech"
- http://bit.ly/rdx2M -- "[Medical practice] contains countless examples of elegant medical theories that belie the best available evidence."
- Just got the footage I've been practicing editing in preparation for. PART_1.mov: 3.5gb. PART_2.mov: donno, I haven't put that disk in yet.
- CRC errors on disc 1. Pretty sure this is the only copy! Disc looks dirty. Shirt, don't fail me now!
- Shirt did not fail. It never has. Now I'm skimming through the raw footage, which is just as amazing as I remembered.
- Look, I *know* you're engaging in satire when you post to Twitter about what you're eating. I get it. It's *still* boring.
- Does iTunes still do irreversible damage to your music collection when you install it? That part was always a deterrent to my trying it.
- http://bit.ly/11fAfX -- As a highlight reel of weird imagery this trailer is amazing. Can't help but think the movie itself will disappoint.
- http://bit.ly/Uoqt8 -- "The benefit of crunch has more to do with the excitement and attitude of the team and less to do with work hours."
- http://bit.ly/1a50mF -- 60+ hour work weeks are counterproductive. Who would've guessed?
- http://bit.ly/E6y0u -- Documenting Disney's copypasta tendencies.
- http://bit.ly/Par3k -- Turns out you can identify individuals using the "anonymized" data social networking sites sell to marketers.
- The designers of Henry Hatsworth need some serious remedial training re difficulty curves. Let's start with: a right angle is not a curve.
- Spent ~8 hours over the past few days trying to transcode video. Analysis: unlike all other software, ffmpeg and virtualdub mostly work.
- http://bit.ly/vpHql -- "Your web developers will overflow their box model when they see you sporting this hilarious new t-shirt!"
- http://bit.ly/QyA5 -- id software offices circa 1993. Highlight is probably Bobby Prince singing along to music he wrote for Commander Keen.
- http://bit.ly/1TNMZp -- No matter how good a story you fit in the cracks, you still spend the vast majority of an FPS killing people.
- @phetus Sometimes they come back. But yeah, Twitter has ongoing serious technical issues.
- Okay, it's bad enough that you lose my posts, Twitter. You don't deprive me of Ron Gilbert's too.
- http://bit.ly/18sluS -- Dole(tm) Man saves the day yet again.
- http://bit.ly/3HHKY2 -- Will Wright quits EA. I'm more than willing to blame EA for how Spore ended up, so tentatively call this good news.
- http://bit.ly/KSmJK -- Memo to gaming enthusiast press: if the study involves Solitaire and Minesweeper, it's *not about us*.
- "Death Proof" plays like a barely-fictionalized celebrity gossip magazine with a vehicular murder subplot thrown in at the eleventh hour.
- Figured out why Steam was broken for me: had cookies disabled in IE. How does a normal person make that connection?
- (Yeah, I know, they don't disable cookies in the first place)
- "New York is considering an 'Obesity Tax' on non-diet sodas." -- *Every* food product should be priced in inverse proportion to healthiness.
- Just added eleven story nodes to Celebrities in Prison. http://bit.ly/TBgj
- http://bit.ly/17uPJB -- "What they found, in short, is that the worst team member is the best predictor of how any team performs."
- Object lesson from Twitter: complain about your life too much and people (speaking for myself) become less sympathetic and more annoyed.
- In Turbo C, uninitialized static arrays would take space in the binary. And often have your source in them. Don't mind me; just reminiscing.
- I've always needed a project in order to learn a new tool. But now the project needs to have a practical end result, too. No toy compilers.
- (Entertaining-to-other-people counts as practical. But for contrast, a toy compiler would be entertaining only to me.)
- You know. My brain has been trained to instantly derail any line of thought it's on when my instant messager beeps. This is... a problem.
- Never trust anyone over thirty.
- http://bit.ly/16Vd6n -- This site appears to be the current easiest way to share music. Should last about a week, then it's back to YouTube.
- "These results do not include the word 'python'. Show results that include 'python'" — Is half the dictionary on Google's stopword list now?
- http://bit.ly/yoX63 -- Exciting new Roy Orbison in Clingfilm development: Roy Orbison in Clingfilm Adventure Game!
- One thing that bugs me about nutrition label percentages: sometimes the percentage is of a daily minimum and sometimes it's of a daily maximum. Am I just supposed to know?
- Okay, about to fly out to San Diego. It's my mom's birthday shortly, too, so we'll party together. We'll co-party.
- http://bit.ly/3iGN6U -- If it's just code, no new assets, 1.8 megabytes is huge. All of RE5's game logic probably fits in 1.8 megabytes.
- Not to disparage the view from Albany Hill at sunset, but jogging tiem in La Jolla is superior to jogging tiem in El Cerrito. (Shower tiem.)
- I always get Mexican coke when available because I like my liver, but I never noticed a taste difference. Danny says it's the aftertaste!
- http://bit.ly/l65V -- Yes, the software synthesizer is part of the 4k executable size limit.
- Now that I'm an old man it's time to start working on my Murtaugh List. Too old to build toy compilers. Too old to remember my PC's specs.
- http://bit.ly/13ewrF -- I think Smush may have found its lead singer.
- http://bit.ly/wG55Y -- Chris Hecker writes about the development of the creature editor for Spore. Metaballs ahoy!
- Early 90s-era racing games really did some interesting tricks to fake 3D: http://bit.ly/1sgA0 http://bit.ly/6kwPn
- Oh good, now Twitter appears to have lost four days worth of my posts.
- Invisible people can't see. The photons pass right through their photoreceptors.
- http://bit.ly/TBgj -- 15 new Celebrities in Prison story nodes.
- When quoting the Gauntlet announcer to indicate that you're hungry, I wonder if your choice of character class says something about you.
- "Mandelbrot" translates literally as "almond bread." I wonder if every German surname means something stupid.
- http://bit.ly/16vj9p -- Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz. Waltz, bad nymph, for quick jigs vex!
- http://bit.ly/nshYc -- Play some Chopin!
- http://bit.ly/67Eek -- The most heartwearming earlobe cyst story yet!
- http://bit.ly/15BR4s -- "The Elements of Style's enormous influence has significantly degraded American students' grasp of English grammar."
- http://bit.ly/Aa9aE -- Sometimes failure is a relief.
- Disabling embedded Java applets clears up 90% of the pain, but I still feel like a new man whenever I uninstall the JVM.
- Back from San Diego. Enjoying newfound me-time until socialization withdrawal kicks in.
- I've been shopping around my ad-ignoring services to other search engines, and despite growing annoyances, Google still seems to be the best
- Dead Space: Downfall shares the awkwardness of conversational pacing with anime translated from Japanese. I guess that's the new pixel art.
- @fistfulofsand I'm with descriptivists except re "beg the question" and "alot" and "everyone doesn't" replacing "not everyone does" and...
- My shoulder *still* complains if I move too fast, despite two weeks off of frisbee. I'm going this week anyways. Walk it off, shoulder!
- http://bit.ly/sN48c -- You kids today scare me.
- http://bit.ly/GQ2G0 -- Will Wright discusses game design.
- SFO had a sign: "Do not feed the birds as they are a hazard to aircraft." Birds on the ground aren't a hazard. SFO is just birdist!
- Another one for the Murtaugh list: I'm too old for "awesomeness" to trump practicality in my technical decisions. :'(
- http://www.iccm-1.org/ -- Inappropriate future-retro Flash intro way more intense than anything we saw in the 90s.
- http://bit.ly/3YsCw -- "Less than 10% of the world's land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city."
- Every jog should be a heat wave jog.
- @sugigrl I totally did! It was great.
- Braid soundtrack album released: http://bit.ly/yndK
- FLAC annoys me. I bet a 320kbps mp3 would sound way better than 44.1khz 16-bit stereo... if 44.1khz 16-bit stereo weren't the source format.
- (When I say "FLAC annoys me," I actually mean something much more subtle about specific facets of FLAC, that I can't fit in the margin.)
- I think I successfully avoided shoulder injuries and mosquito bites today at frisbee. First on both counts!
- Next thing I'm too old for: caring about your pet C++ reflection system. You're solving a problem that *doesn't exist* in any sane language.
- http://bit.ly/noN0e -- "Necros tracked in my car, and Trixter coded in my car. You have no idea how close I came to swerving off the road."
- Orange Box is $10 on Steam this weekend. Too bad I don't know anyone who doesn't already own it.
- @prodigious Is that tongue at the end of your sentence pulling double duty as a pointing device aimed at yourself? If so, get on it then!
- @fistfulofsand Crocheting at a deathcore concert: priceless.
- http://bit.ly/3XOL5 -- Man, Virt's using Vocaloid now. Now I have that to live up to, rather than the mediocre Vocaloid videos on YouTube.
- http://bit.ly/HYVQV -- Medical breathrough: disembodied lungs breathing in a glass bubble. Video just as creepy as you're imagining!
- http://bit.ly/74sGo -- "Twitter is an ideal medium to inject fake facts into society"
- Watching Jason Scott's documentary on BBSes. Pretty amazing so far. http://bit.ly/RRNFK It's Creative Commons, so go find a torrent.
- http://bit.ly/yzFOw -- Procrastination and cached responses: "What next? Fortunately, my brain has a cached response ready: Solitaire!"
- http://bit.ly/q6G8i -- Twice I've seen reference to this TV-simulation filter for game emulators, but nobody's produced video or binary yet.
- There's this whole subset of the publishing industry dedicated to producing what amounts to authorized fan-fiction. Why no Firefly novels?
- Hm. Starting to get dull aches mid-shin while and after jogging. I wonder if I need to get shoes with springs on the bottom or something.
- Cameron dragged his feet on sending me the Troboclops song til I reminded him I needed it to cut together the video. Started editing today.
- In a fit of procrastination, finished the making-of for the Troboclops music video. Is it weird to release the supplementary material first?
- http://bit.ly/YDsvX -- Here is it, the real Troboclops music video behind-the-scenes from real Troboclops! And also me and Matt.
- http://bit.ly/rWV3 -- "PolitiFact is tracking the progress of more than 500 campaign promises that Barack Obama made on our Obameter."
- http://bit.ly/dLcz -- Interesting presentation on the history of the copyright. Further reading: http://bit.ly/18QJkC
- @prodigious I totally take back what I said about food-related twitter posts.
- Craig suggested that I use the beige walls in the video as a key for bad bluescreen effects... I think he just delayed the release by weeks.
- http://bit.ly/kLZXk -- Archive Team saves the day yet again!
- http://bit.ly/c5ri6 -- Data on the results of drug decriminalization in Portugal.
- http://bit.ly/eflmb -- I need to get this guy to do the next Smush album cover. Hell, to redo all previous Smush album covers too.
- ROM CHECK FAIL guy: "Want to know if I quit my job? Play this game, which I sent around my office earlier today." http://bit.ly/KNI
- http://bit.ly/QWDvv -- The 1963 Dr. Who opening was something of a showcase for video feedback effects. (http://bit.ly/Rwre5)
- While I'm at it, the story behind the Dr. Who theme music is also astonishing: http://bit.ly/uARlD
- http://bit.ly/GQvkH -- Playing instruments is hard!
- Playing Doom (1993) on XBLA. Holds up really well! Great level design, at least in terms of building interesting tactical spaces for combat.
- Oh man, we only got POV shots of Cameron singing section B. Nothing to cut between!
- Jason offers the solution: morph Cameron into a stealth fighter (~0:50 http://bit.ly/dQlfU)
- We also didn't get any two-shots of me and Matt looking scared. (Morph is comin' along *great*)
- http://bit.ly/qQXFt -- Protip: "There are many other molecules that are needed to make space raspberries."
- http://bit.ly/QApYn -- "Beakers of deionized water exposed to high voltages form an unsupported bridge between them."
- @fistfulofsand Give her the ol' Lecter impression. I'm sure she's never heard it before, especially that night!
- @fistfulofsand Better: get two dozen people in a row to do the Lecter routine, then put her reaction to the last on YouTube with no context.
- http://bit.ly/TVkAv -- "Chemical gel moves like a caterpillar. It could lead to electronics-free robots."
- Rough cut of Hateedge video: http://bit.ly/YdS4g Let me know if you can't see and/or hear it; this codec thing is still nebulous to me.
- http://bit.ly/4GbYW -- Video of prototype brain-computer interface for locked-in patients.
- People were having codec issues after all, so I put the Troboclops video on Youtube in spite of its unpolished state: http://bit.ly/V0ewu
- Ultimate Frisbee was amazing today. Four-on-four game, 90 minutes. Finally feel like I'm playing competently. *Exhausted*.
- @fistfulofsand To Madagascar, stat!
- http://bit.ly/zsR57 -- Not as technically impressive as the description sounded, but still like nothing I've seen on a 16 bit console.
- I find it infuriating that A. Google doesn't index blog hosts, and B. blog hosts consistently refuse to provide their own search.
- http://bit.ly/VrrAd -- I like where the latest Sean and Wormwood is going.
- Just noticed bruising on the my thumb from Frisbee yesterday. Hm. Where do you start counting the thumb's knuckles when you want to specify?
- @phetus Yeah, I was wondering if it would be clear what was going on without any provided context. I guess not!
- http://bit.ly/1691Wd -- Randall Munroe's fans tend to make his ideas happen. Looking forward to somebody implementing this.