|october microblog digest|
Posted 2009-11-02 18:02:03 by
Archived from http://twitter.com/mogwai_poet:
- http://bit.ly/103BDd -- It's like Wario Ware, except after each microgame all of civilization is obliterated.
- This just sounds like asking for trouble, when your line of code gets optimized away or factored out somewhere: http://bit.ly/X9m3b
- I think for "House of Leaves" I may have to find another occasion to read than in bed right before I go to sleep.
- How do you play Rachmaninoff if your hands aren't big enough? You invent. http://bit.ly/qMiXt
- More by the "I Will Survive" and the "Rachmaninoff Had Big Hands" guys. Consistently brilliant musical comedy: http://bit.ly/2IyAd
- As we improve, as a race, at manipulating emotions and senses, it becomes our responsibility, as a race, to not manipulate in harmful ways.
- One day I hope we start to address how video games produce infantilized adults, instead of how they [don't actually] produce violent kids.
- (And I do mean specifically "how" -- you can't make a new medium go away. Wasteful if you succeed, and stupid because you won't succeed.)
- Starting point: the most fun games are the worst offenders. Something "the most" of anything got there at the expense of every other virtue.
- "[In the midst of the Mexican drug war] over a dozen prominent Mexican musicians connected to the narcocorrido genre were murdered."
- Narco-corrido is for serious: http://bit.ly/2z2PE -- Looking at this history, I'm surprised it took so long for gangsta rap to emerge.
- Gonna be in San Diego from Friday the 23rd to Sunday the 1st. Plan accordingly!
- Pov cam of skier buried in avalanche, then rescued: http://bit.ly/2T7n7F
- Hm, after discovering how to set and restore the undo point, the Kaossilator loop function is suddenly a lot more functional.
- Hm. The math allows for *subtracting* the undo buffer from the loop buffer, which would allow evolution instead of just endless layering.
- This feature is so obvious that I'm certain it must exist, and yet I can't find evidence of it anywhere.
- Tim Schafer was on Tonight With Jimmy Fallon to promote Brutal Legend, paving the way for other game designers: http://bit.ly/wg8fw
- http://bit.ly/MHDge -- Wait, so the Disney game Warren Spector is working on is *called* "Epic Mickey"? That's not just a working title?
- If there's only one dish I like at a particular restaurant, sometimes I order something else just so they don't start to guess what I want.
- http://bit.ly/OUNne -- Even if I didn't enjoy this, there'd still be something majestic about each band member hitting their marks properly.
- http://bit.ly/AmpFG -- "Soderbergh?s commentary with Lem Dobbs on The Limey is something special, a heated feature-length argument."
- On my jog I developed a craving for Del Taco a hamburger. Del Taco specifically. What is happening? Could it be a bovine hormone deficiency?
- @westquote They're actually the best thing on the menu. Better than the microwave quesadillas and gravel-filled tacos, anyways.
- Chimerism in apples: http://bit.ly/o8AqS
- In Mike Uyama's commentary track for his Castle Crashers speed run, he sings the entirety of "Ol' Man River" during the river level.
- "Emergence" is simple rules leading to interesting behavior. "Interesting" means extending the human mind's internal model of the universe.
- Emergent rule sets are then similar to the rules of reality -- as judged by unconscious pattern matching that the human brain has evolved.
- Classic Doom maps in the Doom 3 engine: http://bit.ly/HXJup
- @westquote Compelling. So long as you don't end up trying to sell a game that people can effectively play on MAME for free.
- Randall Munroe knows what true horror is: http://bit.ly/2uwBqk
- OkCupid's data mining blog is pretty fascinating: http://bit.ly/OURUh
- http://bit.ly/4lzKKU -- "This is not that Jack Black. This is the Jack Black you remember wanting to see more of in High Fidelity."
- @pnewnan !
- Some information is expressed in dilation of the pupil, but when people say "the eyes are the window to the soul," they mean the eye-*lids*.
- If one of the symptoms of Korsakoff's syndrome is wanting to write an angry email to the level designer, Korsakovia totally nailed it.
- http://bit.ly/kZL09 -- If you don't have control of your data, you have no idea how susceptible it is to single point of failure.
- Found the unprocessed classical guitar part from "wud" lying around on my drive. That's going on the next album for sure. "Smush Unplugged!"
- http://bit.ly/1P4MDM -- "Which is easier to understand: Google Wave or The Health Care Reform Bill?" "Wave or Combinatorial Game Theory?"
- Pathologic developer Icepick Lodge's follow-up might be good as well as important! That would be nice. http://bit.ly/3MrXP
- http://bit.ly/dRkgC -- "Weather Geeks Champion New Armageddon-Worthy Cloud"
- @westquote Google already has an IM client.
- http://j.mp/Ysc2V "Wargamers strive to capture the experience of commanding a real, historical army while wearing a T-shirt printed in 1982"
- Oh mans, Borland made a Turbo C#. The name itself is almost enough to get me to use it.
- Talking with Elena about forming a book club of sorts to re-read "A Fire Upon the Deep." Any takers? (Still gathering data, no promises.)
- @chrisjhampton I'd hit it.
- @chrisjhampton That only works if nobody already knew your neighbor's crib existed.
- This is what the future was like: http://bit.ly/bFxl
- Awesome birthday gift idea: "I wrote this song to play at your funeral." That should work for everybody, right?
- At first I was thinking "wedding," but that's not as good because the recipient might not ever get married.
- Brutal Legend is out today: http://bit.ly/4siKtB I can't play it, due to a busted 360, but *you* can. For me? For your old buddy Jim?
- http://j.mp/ugRb4 -- How'd we get from "possible perception [e.g. photon bouncing off] alters state" to "perception per se alters state"?
- Sometimes additional difference in degree is how you *get* a difference in kind. Sometimes there are fuzzy in-between states. Sorry!
- Oh frabjous day, Twitter finally has a button for marking one of your followers as a spammer.
- http://bit.ly/nWF88 -- Can you really call this "rape" when you have to click through a 22-foot EULA to consent to it?
- "Yes" means "yes." People are complicated, but the rules have to be simple, or we can't expect anybody to understand enough to follow them.
- http://bit.ly/Avjse -- I've heard higher, from an adult male even, but never with enough control to be usable in a musical context.
- http://bit.ly/grGeD -- This explains everything!
- http://j.mp/3XbGP -- "Futurist composer Luigi Russolo constructed special hand-cranked instruments ..." This is tonight. Anybody want to go?
- Aw man, I thought I had something, but Googling for "MC Wren" gets 2400 hits. "W-R-E-N spells Wren but I'm raw"
- I love Jon Stewart as much as the next post-libertarian, but when the audience cheers at a joke instead of laughing, I die a little inside.
- Just found a ridiculous glitch in Schism Tracker: when your sample is tuned to 7033hz, J07 plays an augmented 5th for some root notes.
- http://bit.ly/2Yg1XC -- *Five days* to learn how to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"? That's like 1.6 days per note!
- Milestone hit: by certain standards, the new Smush album is ready. By mine, I'm going to sit on it and polish for another few months.
- Everyone knows Elvis was killed by fan blades. Facts are emerging, however, suggesting a more complicated cause of death: http://j.mp/XYbP
- New old Smush tune; second completed VI.ONE project: http://bit.ly/2CcoU
- http://j.mp/1hkXAl -- Yeah? Looked more like a B-movie-caliber excuse to imply rape, to me. (Because literal rape isn't permitted under M.)
- "An honorable attempt, nub McCarthy is daunting got film." Halp, Roger Ebert has been replaced by MegaHal.
- Nobody really loves golf, right? If they did, they'd run excitedly after the ball instead of just ambling.
- Huh, I thought Homestar Runner was dead, but it turns out only the RSS feed was dead!
- Taking pretty much every combat mechanic but movement from Dead Space, DS: Extraction is the most tactically-involved rail shooter I've met.
- If you watch TV, I blame you personally for this: http://bit.ly/1JfQh
- The rise of the animated gif: http://bit.ly/ogsxB
- Schism Tracker still hasn't fixed the bug that swaps the meaning of "vibrato speed" and "vibrato rate." (Yes, I reported this bug. In 2007.)
- http://bit.ly/qesjd -- The tables are turned!
- http://bit.ly/JAoaA -- "Fugitive caught after updating his status on Facebook." Nothing you put on the Internet is private or temporary.
- http://bit.ly/4wTT6Y -- Hrm. Maybe I won't bother with Superfreakonomics after all.
- Remember when Activision reps were claiming Guitar Hero 5 was outselling The Beatles Rock Band two to one? Not so much: http://bit.ly/3sswyB
- I wonder whether my phone was deliberately designed to dissipate the shock of impact by letting the battery pop loose.
- Being short is now a medical condition: http://bit.ly/33rO
- Easily-scannable list of of TED talks: http://bit.ly/2fm7C
- Photographs of very small things: http://bit.ly/RVgcB
- http://bit.ly/cqBNx -- Ten years from now I bet the Korg DS-10 will have a full symphony orchestra and still just a 16-step loop sequencer.
- Question for those of you who remember being cognizant of music in 1969: what would you have thought of this? http://bit.ly/2eKqh
- Context: Switched-On Bach was released in 1968; The Chipmunk Song (possibly the first instance of Musique Concrete on the Hot 100) in 1958.
- Synesthesia: http://bit.ly/myYmu
- If I send you links, I've likely sent you awesome Jason Scott links. Help Jason Scott make more awesome Jason Scott links: http://j.mp/4UdfU
- Election night testosterone infographic: http://bit.ly/1jUezT
- On a regular basis now, Google asks me if I meant X, gives me a full page of results for X, and doesn't even mention my actual request.
- 360 is back. Time from breakage to fixed and back in my hands: three weeks. Minus three or four days I was too lazy to ship it out.
- Alice Cooper's guitarist got his tuning pegs caught on onstage netting, couldn't work it loose. Finished the song playing like that.
- Rock Band and Rock Band 2 with all instruments for $80, shipping included: http://bit.ly/DfHB
- I wonder if there are old school telecom employees still designing modem handshake tones in their free time. They'd be pretty epic by now.
- http://bit.ly/3L8s0r -- "Kids never sell enough seeds to win guns. So we still have them all. Think about that."
- I'm looking at Google Wave. Who are all these people I don't know in my contact list, and how do I tell them to go away? Wave is confusing.
- "Settings" is a conversation? Do I set individual options by replying to it, like it's a command line? Wave is confusing.
- I have an unread message I can't find anywhere, even in the "all" folder. Maybe there's a "really all" folder somewhere? Wave is confusing.
- Once upon a time there was a setting to not send text as I type. Now the settings are "under construction." And that's how legends are born!
- Dog restrainer, 1940: http://bit.ly/aj4wJ
- Atari 2600 demo by Trilobit: http://bit.ly/2ObiwH
- "Certified Pre-Owned!" That's a relief. You know, half of these places, the stuff they sell you was never owned by *anyone*.
- http://bit.ly/3BuaER -- What's the worst-case outcome for the future of humanity? (Hint: not death.) What costs must we pay to prevent it?
- I'm especially fascinated by this idea: "Indifferent AIs could create enormous suffering by simulating all possible universes, for example."
- If I wrote a program to iterate through all possible images (or videos), could I be prosecuted under child pornography laws?
- More generally, if you do all possible things, then you haven't made any decisions. So can your actions truly be judged as moral or immoral?
- The new Facebook news feed has the stench of elegantly adhering to data models that nobody but the developers understands.
- Found my flosser; it was wrapped up inside my twisted headphone cord.
- Programming is much less like math and much more like science than it was 20 years ago: http://bit.ly/13YeO
- Girls Only: http://bit.ly/7Z3xH
- I just realized, I'm grabbing this PC remake of Pitfall 2 off of a Geocities site. Geocities shuts down in six minutes PST.
- The secret truth about the dungeons in The Legend of Zelda: http://bit.ly/2hUm
- "I got a perfect score, took a picture, and the photo only shoed the sun reflection on the screen" -- I think that's how King Lear ended :(
- @fistfulofsand You can't afford NOT TO!
- http://bit.ly/MyAK7 -- I'd love to talk to a Facebook app developer to determine exactly what sort of privacy violations the API allows.
- You need two free hands to put trash in a trash can with a lid, but only one free hand to drop trash on the floor next to it.
- This almost certainly qualifies as NSFW: http://bit.ly/2zRVbr
- David Shute's "Small Worlds" has to be the distilled essence of the exploration/mystery reward cycle: http://bit.ly/2AKQA
- A Boy And His Blob (2009) is a charming puzzle platformer. It's no A Boy And His Blob (1989), which is both good and bad.
- The original evoked a childlike sense of wonder and exploration, starting by revealing a network of treasure-filled caverns below your home.
- The new A Boy And His Blob has a level-based metastructure, with minimal exploration and world-building. But it's still the better *game*.
- Can the US media report responsibly on game narrative involving soldiers massacring civilians? We'll soon find out: http://bit.ly/7xCsI
- I hate to break it to you, but your game would probably be way better without boss fights.
- Yes, you, the one making a shmup or old-school platformer, I *do* mean you. If you're making a boss rush game, I'm open to negotiation.
- Had my new phone for a couple days and it hasn't fucked me over yet, which is more than I can say for most new tech I try.
- [Insert lazy meta-joke here.]
- I think someone dipped my beard in sugar water while I was sleeping.
- Making a list of smart-hacker-kid keywords for Michael-Ann to scan resumes for. (Yes, that's her real name.) BSD, Haskell, Scheme, GDB...
- So far the candidate resumes she's sent me have been corporate types with military backgrounds and keywords like CORBA, SOAP and Enterprise.
- I dropped a plastic sword in a costume shop and tried to catch it with my foot. I would make a terrible medieval infantryman.
- I'm surprised, with the mainstreaming of WoW and Lord of the Rings, at the lack of high-fantasy-themed costumes available. No elves or orcs.
- They were also selling bags of rubber "broken glass." Now I want some gummi broken glass.
- Dog pirate costume: "Yo ho ho and a bottle of aspirin." Amusing, but is there something I don't know about dogs and painkillers?
- Huh, milk glands are specialized sweat glands. I wonder how unlikely a mutation it would take for one to sweat milk all over one's body.
- Disappointing dearth of vampire imagery at the blood bank today.
- Jesus, did I just see Dr. Dre in a soda commercial? I stop watching TV for a few years and the whole world goes to hell in a handbasket.
- Booting up "Ju-on: Haunted House Simulator." Hoping beyond hope that the subtitle is literal and it's not just another survival horror game.
- Unfortunately, it has a mechanic where your flashlight batteries run out and you have to replace them or, presumably, you die in the dark.
- Then you have to go replay all the scary surprises that were only surprising once. On a scale from one to fruit, I give it an artichoke.
- Never saw the movie, but do people keep re-opening doors that the anemic kids pop from behind? Because that's what I keep having to do here.
- I think I'm losing my conviction that knowing any given fact is good per se.
- It always bugged me that drugs on Wikipedia have whole sections with respect to human biology. As if the entire site were secretly about us.