|may 2010 microblog digest|
Posted 2010-06-01 18:50:54 by
Archived from http://twitter.com/mogwai_poet:
- http://j.mp/b1uvyB -- Game devs are
finally paying attention to player behavior, and their conclusion: games are
too long and too difficult.
- If storytelling in game form is going to go mainstream, it'll be in the
form of movie-length games that never make you repeat *anything*.
- http://j.mp/9ZJ8Fq "The real reason why
Steve Jobs hates Flash." (Right, to discourage cross-platform apps. But a bit
- 360-degree pannable video from inside stadium implosion: http://bit.ly/djMvPU
- "Later on, you beat the living shit out of a black politician in front of
the Lincoln Memorial. I guess I pressed a button to do that."
- For serious, if you didn't want to push the "I'm a racist" button you
should've popped the disc out and returned it to the place of purchase
- Take note: I'm not making a fashion statement; the symmetrical medical
tape is because I have symmetrical injuries.
- Android API guys are planning ahead, so that games using the accelerometer
to find tilt still work on the sun's surface: http://j.mp/aZrYDG
- For those who live at a Lagrange point, Google has agreed to provide a
centrifuge so that you may enjoy their product in comfort and safety.
- @westquote Yeah, but tilting on the sun is more amusing to me because it's
even more fantastical. :)
- http://bit.ly/9wBkPF -- Verse: G:I V/V
IV V; bridge: G:IV iv iii vii^o ii V I. ... I should give that Super Mario
World tune a go-round too.
- It's not just Facebook; any ad-supported business faces the same conflict
of interest between users and advertisers.
- List of inventors killed by their own inventions: http://bit.ly/56cR
- http://j.mp/a9KdjM "If you build games
that foster tribalism and hatred, you are doing evil. There is no such thing
as artificial hatred."
- Speaking of artificial hatred, "Bow, Nigger" by always_black: http://bit.ly/tjRnF -- Still an awesome story.
- http://bit.ly/aU7HkY -- "Amazing
photos of the Gulf Coast oil rig exploding, sinking."
- http://j.mp/9BDnHZ -- "Comics Igudesman
& Joo Explain Their Take on Classical Music" I've already linked the fuck out
of these guys, right?
- "He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric
system." -- Oh great, another Mary Sue lead.
- Learning Dvorak was my excuse to learn proper typing. To this day, when
faced with QWERTY I revert to my old hand-cramping 3-finger style.
- @Laroquod @JmacDotOrg Doesn't solve it for anyone else, but I've been
snapping pointers with this when archiving my twits: http://j.mp/GitV
- http://bit.ly/8ZkzJH "At the end of
March 2010, I found out that I was apparently a central figure in a conspiracy
theory regarding aliens."
- @ibogost It's interesting that you're painting Apple's move as
pro-diversity when it's explicitly about limiting what languages you may use.
- http://j.mp/4LSyfR The best reason yet
to quit Facebook. But do so for your own benefit. Don't tell yourself that
you're sending a message.
- If everyone savvy about privacy quits Facebook, that leaves 350 million
people who aren't, and no vocal minority left to complain.
- @Laroquod Fair enough. My take on it is that Facebook is itself the best,
most targeted way for me to get the message out about Facebook.
- @Laroquod ... and if I *just* post about Facebook, I'm a crank. Must first
establish a valid stream. Also I like interacting with friends.
- @ibogost It's not obvious where you stop talking about Apple, because I'm
sure *thinking* about Apple the whole essay. Maybe that's just me.
- http://bit.ly/9lF7SS -- "Lego Harry
Potter Cuts Back On Collectibles" might have been an even more eye-catching
write DHTML apps for a decade. Have you ever tried to maintain one?
- Oh no, Replay gave up on games and is after the Java EE market. After
consoles went multi-core, I guess the alternative was targeting Lua.
- http://bit.ly/afJiNp -- "These are men
and women who saved millions of lives and whose names likely never came up in
your history class."
- http://bit.ly/bMfsaD -- "Many people
alive today possess some Neanderthal ancestry, according to a landmark
- The Cognitive Bias Song: http://bit.ly/aaTpvD
- Needs N more verses: http://bit.ly/8QuUf6 -- Also: "Remember that
you [aren't] immune to a bias because you have a nice word for it."
- Thank Goodness it's Scary Sextoy Friday: http://bit.ly/dyq1G9 -- "Yes, they really
call them 'insertable art.'"
- Another for the Facebook privacy violation bin: post notification emails
contain the poster's IP address. http://bit.ly/94nsR3
- So-called "disfluencies" (e.g. "um," "uh") aren't just noise; they seem to
provide meaningful information to listeners: http://j.mp/dclPQ4
- Clicking "like" on a status update is the online analogue of smiling and
making small talk. Reaching out when you have no content to offer.
- It took 10 years of hearing "the air is off" for me to realize the
dashboard vent control is for something. I just like fiddling with stuff!
- Illicit iPhone app idea: Arkham Horror card dealer. Would probably save
half an hour of setup/breakdown per game.
- Hunh, the Arkham Horror wiki has images of every card, but some have the
text blanked out. Probably to discourage illicit card dealer apps.
- People sometimes act out-of-character when I first meet them. Stop that
you guys, how am I supposed to trust my snap judgements?
- http://bit.ly/95hJNk -- "If the edit
is cinema's core feature, then Heavy Rain does the opposite: it lengthens
rather than abridges."
- I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea that Ubisoft got a
do-over attempt to follow up on Sands of Time.
- http://j.mp/aXhQUs -- The musical
vocabulary of Cardiacs. Tim Smith is all about the whole tones. And rhythmic
confusion, but you knew that.
- @Laroquod Is there a justification for "quoth" besides "RT" being ugly?
- Just realized why my Arkham Horror time-saving scheme won't work:
sometimes the players keep the cards. Is there a printer for the iPhone?
- @Laroquod Yeah, that's pretty much what I meant by "ugly." It's as good a
reason as any.
- @westquote I was thinking about serving up cards on a phone app, probably
a web app, to save time shuffling.
- Synth update: support for modules running at lower sample rates. Rewrote
envelope generator to work consistently at any sample rate.
- It's slower than the one that only works properly at 44.1khz, but should
be net faster at e.g. 200hz. But it steps audibly at 200hz. Mrgle.
- Trent Reznor's new project sounds really good: http://bit.ly/dv7XQO Reminds me of "Ghosts."
- Brains aren't that fast. Conversation would be impossible if we had to
form every individual sentence from raw vocabulary and thought-stuff.
- We take shortcuts, thoughts we've thought before and stored. It's
necessary, but it takes effort to not just mindlessly pull from the cache.
- @Laroquod Twitter is a little tight for this conversation, but: why prefer
sentences over tags? Aesthetics, I'd argue.
- @Laroquod I also don't think you're impinging on anyone else's sense of
aesthetics merely by adhering to, or even advocating, your own.
- Billion dollar idea: machinima sitcom a la Red vs. Blue, starring Shinra
and Kagari of Ikaruga. Each boss is a different marriage counselor.
- @Laroquod Yeah, that's actually the exact reason I don't RT; my own twits
are being mirrored on Facebook, Buzz, and (periodically) my blog.
- http://j.mp/csSCbR -- Diaspora:
distributed, in-development alternative to Facebook. Lots of ways to screw
this up. Need more competition.
- Whoa, hey, Chris is attending Assembly 2010 in August. Time for us to
start cranking on Foolish 2, for serious.
- Oh no: "64k intro competition: Intro may not last longer than 5 min." If
I'm following guidelines correctly, this script is 20 minutes long.
- Maybe we can submit multiple intros, Foolishes 2 through 5, and say "Make
sure you play these back to back."
- Or put a timer in the corner. Y'know, to make it easier on the judges!
It'd start normally but slow down, reaching 5 minutes just at the end
- http://j.mp/czi9OF It's all wacky
silliness over here, but in Japan, Phoenix Wright is recognizable satire of
the legal system. Scared yet?
- @Johnicholas That only gives us 3 more minutes, and with 64 megs I'd feel
obligated to get legit voice acting in there rather than just TTS.
- So, um, is it me, or is Firefox maintaining session cookies between
- http://j.mp/b64fpX Portal is free for
the next 12 days. It is a masterwork. If money was the obstacle between you
and it, now is your time.
- http://bit.ly/19qg9R -- "Alternate
Duck Tales Intro." Not safe for, uh, duck-work.
- Hal's wedding cake topper: http://j.mp/c4fDxH I can't afford another PA
trip. Asked him to get married in Berkeley, but he was all "no way."
- http://bit.ly/cFELJI -- "Magnetically
Induced Hallucinations Explain Ball Lightning, Say Physicists."
- http://bit.ly/dv3tWk -- Once robot
drivers are robust enough, it would be extremely irresponsible to permit
humans to continue driving.
- Once the utility of driving isn't a factor, only fun is left. How much fun
to offset an automotive death? There *is* a crossover point.
- Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters: http://j.mp/VTssj Should be part of every kid's
education, like sex-ed or learning to read.
- Replaying Max Payne 2 in anticipation of Alan Wake. Even the story isn't
all that great; I love Max Payne 2 for the individual sentences.
- http://bit.ly/bYpDJe -- "I am the most
powerful practitioner of psychokinesis and telepathy in the world! Put your
controller on the floor."
- Shifting landscapes: http://bit.ly/9mcKOU
- http://bit.ly/aVDMTo -- Improper
spelling and punctuation getting you down? The Alot is here to help!
- Hm, midnight launch for Alan Wake on Tuesday. I plan to sleep that night,
but maybe I'll drop by to meet local Remedy fans in line outside.
- Stupid Linear Interpolation Tricks: http://bit.ly/9nSZYH
- @Johnicholas In my case at least, I'm probably too quick to refactor;
reluctance to do so would come from the amount of work involved.
- @Johnicholas I tend to refactor as soon as I've noticed an interface
issue, often before I have enough data to do a good job.
- @Johnicholas Iterated early refactoring is basically what I do instead of
- Iterated early refactoring is probably not as diligent as doing actual
up-front design, but it's way more fun.
- @westquote Yeah. I'm for it.
- http://bit.ly/95aLOI -- "60 Minutes:
Deepwater Horizon survivor Mike Williams"
- Is Woodtick in Monkey Island 2 still the high water mark for interactive
musical scores in games?
- http://j.mp/9AMToU -- Am I reading this
right? Sex offenders no longer need be determined mentally ill before being
- ... the Supreme Court "upheld" the law, but didn't rule on "whether the
law violated any rights guaranteed by the Constitution." Great jorb!
- Is the new Trauma Center game still way too difficult? That series could
go mainstream so hard if they tuned it to within human capability.
- http://bit.ly/drbGnX -- "Show us your
- Goombas.org post, "A Practical Guide to Electronic Music": http://j.mp/dCWEWt [Not actually a guide to
electronic music. -ed]
- Alan Wake: moodier fog than in Silent Hill 2. That's a feat.
- Alan Wake: QTE to whack a jukebox to get it play Harry Nilsson's
"Coconut." Writing does not disappoint so far.
- Alan Wake: exact same "locked door" sound as Max Payne. I bet every door
in Finland sounds like that.
- Alan Wake: In-game TV is back! "Night Springs," a Twilight Zone-esque
show. First episode uses a quantum suicide conceit: http://j.mp/85yBL
- I used to buy any old brand of conditioner until Tim expressed surprise
that I didn't have a preferred brand, and I realized I totally did.
- How to bake cookies on your dashboard: http://bit.ly/7znej
- http://bit.ly/9KSapu -- "Police Say
Anti-Piracy Law Makes Catching Criminals Harder"
- http://bit.ly/cYI1hV -- Man, could
someone who knows Japanese tell her those aren't drumming shoes?
- @grumpygamer I was actually wondering whether this zip quine would crash
Gmail's virus scanner: http://bit.ly/bsZ44l
- Alan Wake: interesting combat system. Very tactical, as opposed to
twitch-aim centric. Good match for console controller.
- Aiming dominates the skill-space so heavily in mouse-controlled shooters
that they can never be about anything other than aiming.
- http://bit.ly/cG0lfB -- Tom Francis on
implementing collision detection for the first time.
- "Freedom" isn't good per se. The far end of freedom is chaos. Life (i.e.
the physical phenomenon) is a compromise between order and chaos.
- Australia customs officials cracking down on porn imported on tourist's
laptops: http://bit.ly/aPcgfv -- Remember,
A-cups are illegal there.
- Here's a good sample of the interactive musical scoring in Monkey Island 2
I was talking about: http://bit.ly/aVuzIg
- Alan Wake: amazing real-time lighting code. Great volumetric light, and
great implementation of dithering to smooth the shadow maps.
- Alan Wake: collectibles kill the pacing. Can't help but scan the vicinity
for them when I should be forging ahead. (Or running for my life.)
- Alan Wake: found the equivalent of May Payne 2's trapped-costume level.
Remedy do love to go for the nearly-mood-breaking bravura moments.
- (In Max Payne they *did* break the mood. Hard for me to fault a creator
for aiming high, but "good try" is the best I can say for it.)
- I get why they closed off the open world and went linear: horror needs
tight control over pacing and timing. But I do wish I could explore.
- http://j.mp/9QjfvZ "Messages about
environmental change are delivered in a manner guaranteed to encourage
- http://j.mp/aAarHX -- RPG Minesweeper!
The number is the sum of the levels of surrounding enemies. Uncover lower
level enemies to level up.
- I know what you're thinking: "Jim, that's not an RPG, it doesn't have
- Click twice on "insert coin" in Google Pac-Man and there's a co-op mode.
- @xobs What's the deal with United, then? Does this affect Maker Faire
- Adding a swing beat to pop songs in post-processing: http://bit.ly/9iuRiA
- Ugh, Forgotten Sands' protagonist has the same selective ability to fly
for certain moves that made me hate Prince of Persia (2008) so hard.
- E.g.: you can jump towards a wall, clearly be arcing down when you hit it,
and somehow start a wall-run straight up the wall anyways.
- Realism is not the issue. The 3D Prince of Persia games have always had
exaggerated physics, but they've also always been *self-consistent*.
- Echo Nest Remix (the API that Swinger used) looks pretty amazing. Supports
video, too: http://bit.ly/US6G
- Mario Marathon 2010 is in a month. They're playing Galaxy 2 right now in
some sort of pre-marathon event: http://bit.ly/CIXMb
- Singing arc light / automated drum kit duet at Maker Faire.
- "Engineering help: 5 cents." I should ask him about IIR filter design.
- Remote-controlled neon-wireframe shark rushing through the crowd.
- No surprise, people are giving the enormous spidermech wide berth.
- Just occurred to me to be surprised that the spidermech doesn't sound like
a motorcycle. Must be electric.
- Life-sized R2D2 bots are freakin' me out. I must have seen them next to
actors for scale, but they're still unexpectedly large.
- The dude playing drums and digeridoo simultaneously has played 3 songs but
hasn't touched the fretless bass mounted to his kit. No sale!
- Too many awesome music toys in the same place; can't hear a goddamn thing.
- Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" looks like the perfect book to turn a
surly teenager into a surly linux geek: http://j.mp/xraz
- Related: I'm convinced Charles Petzold's "Code" is the best book to
discover/ignite a latent interest in programming: http://j.mp/3dC3OL
- (Yeah, I'm making a list of teenage relatives.)
- "The Brevard County doctor arrested for groping a woman while dressed as
Captain America with a burrito in his pants will not go to jail."
- Details on the Brevard County Captain America Burrito-in-Pants Gropist: http://bit.ly/9PkHMV
- Insomniac wises up and goes multiplatform. Don't get excited; Sony still
owns Ratchet and Clank.
- Super Columbine Massacre RPG creator Danny Ledonne's documentary about his
game and the role of games in culture: http://bit.ly/9EyNk9
- The story of the scientist hired in 1996 by a class-action lawyer to
create the vaccine-autism-link scare from thin air: http://j.mp/94yBBg
- Benjamin Moore Paint is right across the street from Kelly Moore Paint.
Must be a divorced couple.
- The move is done! To a first approximation, anyways. Thanks to Doyle for
owning a truck!
- Hope I figure out what box I packed my phone charger in soon.
- @Laroquod Move yourself, one neuron at a time, keeping the whole
simulation running, to maintain a single consciousness through the process.
- @Laroquod (They call it "The Moravec Transfer.")
- "Creepy Child Robot" might be understating it: http://bit.ly/cyhMW2
- http://bit.ly/b9XPi2 -- No one will be
admitted during the chilling final minute of "Tiny Russian Sailor Dances on
- http://bit.ly/9loJI3 -- The
non-euclidean portal to R'lyeh, awoken from its slumber. The stars are right
- "Parker was swallowed up by an angle of masonry which shouldn't have been
there; an angle which was acute but behaved as if it were obtuse."
- New series of the Penny Arcade D&D podcast is happening: http://bit.ly/cxgXaI
- http://j.mp/3On6HK -- Written for *two*
player pianos. I wonder if that's because with so many holes in one sheet of
paper it'd tear apart.
- "Some aspiring sumo athletes have silicone implants added to the tops of
their heads to reach the minimum required height" http://j.mp/6d1pB
- Love when the climbing gym has fresh routes up on the wall. I do all the
easy ones immediately and feel like I've made a lot of progress.
- The warning sign is nice and all, but even better would be an automatic
gate that doesn't kill people.
- Street vagrant to passer-by: "I like your shirt. I know where you got it.
On your torso. You got it on your torso! On your torso!"
- @Johnicholas Only if you can prove the tests are bug-free
- Even when I'm only using one machine, I'm annoyed it doesn't know what app
I'm looking at. Obviously that's the one keystrokes should go to!
- http://bit.ly/dcsUc1 -- "Innsmouse no
Yakata," first-person shooter for the Virtual Boy based on H.P. Lovecraft's
"Shadow Over Innsmouth."
- Latest Retronauts is about the history of fake 3D. Fascinating as usual,
but it would've been a lot better if they'd had a coder as a guest.
- @Johnicholas I find that autocomplete and Intellisense and lint-style
warnings eliminate the dumbest. What alternatives do you see, though?
- Reading about the green stars in Mario Galaxy 2, my heart started racing
with anticipation. Evidently I'm still not too old for video games.
- The better your black levels are, the more likely it is that a portal to
Hell just opened under Guatemala: http://j.mp/d9mcqJ