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september 2011 microblog digest
minutiae Posted 2011-10-05 02:33:23 by Jim Crawford
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Sep 01

  • Someone should tell this guy that after a certain level of overdrive the signal doesn't become any more a square wave.
  • "The zombie metaphor usually keys into xenophobic fears. What can we do with zombies that is different?"
  • @Satchamobob I'm pretty sure Gawker writers get paid by the angry comment.
  • "Cardinal Brady stressed [the cover-up of child rape] was a 'sacred and treasured' rite."
  • "DIY Wrist Cuff Equips Blind People With Sonar"
  • "The first lab-grown sausage might be just six months away."
  • (Really, do you think this is scarier or more disgusting than our current meat production practices? Even "more unnatural" is a stretch.)
  • @jonbeilin If you're a vegan because you think meat is gross, that totally makes sense.
  • It's the gameplay programmer who actually makes the design decisions. If designers aren't also programmers, they're just gesturing vaguely.
  • Portishead, "Roads"

Sep 02

  • Doing some foley recording for my latest project. I don't know why anyone would use sfxr when they could have this fun instead.
  • RT @petermolydeux Imagine a game where 3 pauses and it's game over. The game plays door bells, ringtones etc trying to make you accidently pause the game
  • @xobs Make a habit of trolling Wikipedia, and the lack of static IP becomes a feature.
  • The wax-sealed Steam vouchers Final Form printed up to sell Jamestown at PAX: was
  • Photo set: Toronto lightning storm.
  • I have a whole frozen chicken I bought basically as a challenge for myself. Every so often I look into the freezer apprehensively.
  • "Top 10 Unethical Psychological Experiments" -- Grim reading.
  • Miki Higashino, "Tactile Freefall," arranged by Midee and Prozax.

Sep 03

  • @christinelove First-world problems.
  • At Super Happy Dev House. Want to do audio work but I forgot my headphones.
  • Plugged in some earbuds, but Audition won't recognize the device. Remember when audio hardware just worked?
  • Shown the game to three people so far; nobody can figure out what the grey arcing urine stream indicates. Playtesting!
  • Also, even after I explain double jumps to players, nobody does it. This game may turn out to be for Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts veterans only.
  • Got a decent asset pipeline built -- I think -- but I can't test it for audio because I can't create the assets. Works for pngs!

Sep 04

  • The atrocious boss fights guarantee I won't replay Deus Ex 3. I'm having trouble convincing myself to even play the second half of the game.
  • It's not exactly Screenshot Saturday any more, but this isn't exactly a screenshot:
  • I hereby declare this to be Soundshot Sunday.
  • If "drinking soup out of one's wallet" were an idiom, what would it mean?
  • Best use of nature hike: as a foil for awesome chiptunes. Or vice versa; works either way.

Sep 05

  • @bengrue It's silly, but pure Javascript games get a lot of credit for working at all, so that looks pretty impressive to me.
  • Department stores should have Back to Prison sales during the back to prison time of the year, for your prison supply needs.

Sep 06

  • "Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers face death threats from militants"
  • Context sensitivity:
  • Jamestown double play -- i.e. one dude, two controllers -- gauntlet high score.
  • Antibiotics killing off friendly gut bacteria; less of such bacteria passed from mother to child.
  • Distancing yourself from what is natural sometimes takes you closer to what is real.
  • What you perceive is not reality. This is just an engineering problem.
  • No wonder the Deus Ex 3 boss fights were so different from the rest of the game: they were built by another studio.
  • Arcade games in the news, circa 1982.
  • The Divine Comedy, "Lost Property"
  • RT @ChrisDeLeon Sometimes we say things just to see if they sound crazy out loud. Most of the videogames I've made since 2006 are like that.

Sep 07

Sep 08

  • Okay, so how do you clean a cheese shredder? This is almost a philosophical question: its very nature is to shred soft things. Like sponges.
  • Honk at patrol car; get tased to death.
  • "Would I rather buy one $59 game or 20 mobile games?" Your answer says something about *you*, not about the universe.
  • The $60 game isn't going away; it's always been a niche market, it just *felt* like the big fish because there was no frame of reference.
  • Huge power outage in San Diego? Seems like it stretches to Tijuana, Orange County, and Phoenix.
  • Nothing on Google News yet, I'm just seeing forum threads and Twitter posts.
  • Nothing on Union Tribune web site. not responding -- probably overloaded.
  • Your San Diego power outage news source:
  • RT @SDGE If you have a personal family emergency plan, please activate it now.
  • @Satchamobob Then you might have the best perspective on it, actually. Do you know what other areas still have power, or when it comes back?
  • The enormous list of Newscorp's voicemail hacking victims.
  • "A professional, targeted intelligence-gathering operation. The national-security and business implications have barely been addressed."
  • Starting to get news coverage about the Southern California power outage:
  • @twofoldsecret Often followed by an attempt to fix it, then the realization: "Oh, I guess that's why I did it that way."
  • The Coup, "Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night"
  • Brace yourself; it's only a matter of time before I start linking to all my favorite J-pop from the Dance Dance Revolution series.

Sep 09

  • "New Social Network Connects People Based on Gastrointestinal Bacteria"
  • Hooray! After 17 years, it's finally legal to play Doom and Doom 2 in Germany.
  • "TSA Agent Threatens Woman With Defamation, Demands $500k For Calling Intrusive Search 'Rape'"
  • @directionalpad
  • Unity to support targeting the Flash 11 platform:
  • "Atala's team has shown that stem cells can be collected, without harming embryos, from amniotic fluid in the womb."
  • RT @dan_schmidt Little known fact: the "add 30 seconds" button on your microwave was invented in 1968, and was first used during the making of "Hey Jude".
  • "Ayusman Sen and colleagues have created the self-propelling microspiders using spheres less than a micrometre wide."
  • T-Mobile: helping you get ahead in life
  • Soundgarden, "Pretty Noose"
  • Isolated vocals for "Pretty Noose." (You'll just have to imagine the bad-ass quintuplet riff leading up to the chorus.)

Sep 10

  • Can't-fail startup idea of the day: electroplaiting.
  • I have mail sent from France to a "Grosjean Stanislab," with three other house numbers on my street written on the envelope and crossed off.
  • If you happen to know this Grosjean Stanislab, please let him or her know that his or her name is amazing.

Sep 11

  • "In the decade since 9/11 over half a billion people have died worldwide."

Sep 12

  • We don't know for sure which cat is pooping on the floor next to the litterbox, but it's gotta be Danu, right? I mean just look at her.
  • "The Cantonese slang for North Americans is 'ghosts,' and they are more in danger of being invisible to us than ever."
  • Remember, always wear a condom. Fetuses pee in there.
  • "Mike said his [GSR] spike was the result of relief, meaning all the while the cutscene was playing he would be safe."
  • post: "How to embed SWF animations into your Flex project," a tragedy in one act.
  • Okay, I really need to start taking mobile seriously as a gaming platform, for research purposes if nothing else.
  • RT @dresdencodak I have now been told that Shredder was voiced by Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince. This can't get any better.
  • I'd go iPod Touch, but why would I buy a device I'm not allowed to code for? Is there an Android equivalent? In the $200 range, no contract?
  • If you're reading this, it means I decided the video encoding quality doesn't quite ruin this song: Scarling, "Can't"

Sep 13

  • @coder_j Yeah, it is very those.
  • Jason Scott's next three documentaries: "Tape," "6502," "Arcade." He needs your funding to make them:
  • Not gonna lie, I think his chances of successfully funding this thing are slim. This is me pushing for your help more than I usually would.
  • "In this happentrack, there are no napkin dispensers in fast-food restaurants. 'Do you want a Towelora with that?'"
  • "The Five Stages of Finding Out Your Dad Is Into Planking"
  • No gameplay information whatsoever in the Game of Thrones: Genesis trailer. So it's a single-player Mafia Wars clone, right?
  • Cibo Matto, "King of Silence"

Sep 14

Sep 15

Sep 16

  • By installing the new PS3 update, you agree not to join in class action lawsuits. Why did no one think of this before!
  • RT @MaxGeiger Corrolary to "If you don't pay for it, you are the product". "If you won't pay for it, you will become the product."
  • Portal is a free download until Tuesday. Who do I know who hasn't played this? It's part of the pantheon, short, and accessible.
  • "Ursus Wehrli may or may not have an OCD problem. Here, for example, is a bowl of alphabet soup he tidied up."
  • Apple removes game about Foxconn working conditions from App Store.
  • "Comparing Image and Interaction" in the game "Quit Smoking."
  • Wilco, "Heavy Metal Drummer"

Sep 17

  • What does it mean when you hear hissing that sounds like running water, then popping that doesn't, from the morass of wires under your desk?
  • The Rolling Stones's "Ruby Tuesday" might have the worst drum fill *and* drum sound in rock. Did they find that snare drum head in garbage?
  • The homeless guy's name is Jeff.

Sep 19

Sep 20

  • Jim Emerson: "Shots in the Dark (Knight): A detailed look at the first part of a famous TDK car/truck chase sequence."
  • C.f. a similar sequence from "Salt."
  • @jonbeilin Makes the ones that are still alive and doing good work even more special. I ought to make a list. David Bowie, Bad Religion...
  • @jonbeilin Speaking of dead and lame, though, when were we going to get together and play shmups? And/or other games, perhaps.
  • @jonbeilin Huh, I hadn't heard about the Au Coquelet meetup. Do you have a link for that?
  • Podcast excerpt: how Checkers was effectively solved in 1863, and the extent to which Chess also is: (Radiolab 8/23/11)
  • "In 1863, the two best Checkers players in the world played a 40 game series. All were draws, and 21 were exactly the same, move for move."
  • "Study: patent trolls have cost innovators half a trillion dollars"
  • "Funky Forest: After School Club" -- I guess NSFW?
  • Watched the "Breaking Bad" pilot. Four seasons of this and he hasn't died of cancer *or* struck it rich yet? Series TV in a nutshell.

Sep 21

  • Photo set: North Korea.
  • All Facebook needs to do is link to that Louis CK video about how everything's amazing, and you'll all look like jackasses.
  • (Wait-staff protip: that trick works when a customer finds a fly in the coffee, too.)
  • The Thief/System Shock 2 rendering engine, in detail:
  • RT @SorenJohnson The next console generation will be won by whoever understands why the Xbox Indie Games Channel did not become the iOS App Store.
  • Michiru Oshima, "Castle in the Mist," from the Ico soundtrack.

Sep 22

  • I wonder if you could patch the Scaleform library to skip past animations that don't accept input, and fix UI bloat in every game at once.
  • You are much more likely to be paroled immediately after lunch:
  • Berkeley researchers reconstruct viewed images from brain activity data.
  • It smells like stew from across the house but I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to be ready for another three hours. Fuckin' stews.
  • But it's making me hungry now! Yeah, these potatoes and onions are way underdone. Maybe I should have another bite just to make sure...
  • Nine Inch Nails, "Ghosts III"

Sep 23

  • I contend that there is no such thing as sleep-farting. A side-effect of toilet training. Your girlfriend totally did that while awake.
  • (So if everyone has to fart sometime no matter how tightly they clench, when does it happen? On the toilet, duh.)
  • So on reflection after finishing Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I'm pretty convinced that Deus Ex: Invisible War is the better game.
  • Invisible War *certainly* wins from a storytelling/worldbuilding standpoint. But it has unified ammo so it loses automatically, amirite?
  • "Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos? Probably not. But maybe! Or in other words: science as usual."
  • Handkerchiefs, those are a great idea. That enormous handful of mucus? Just shove it in your pocket.
  • "Between a high, solid wall and an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg."
  • "If there were a novelist who, for whatever reason, wrote works standing with the wall, of what value would such works be?"
  • Am I reading this right, that Radiant Silvergun was 3-player in the arcade? Because the chaining system really seems tuned for 3p co-op.
  • Britney Spears, "Toxic"

Sep 24

  • "Quest for the Crown" is the sort of game you spend a lazy afternoon mostly not-playing, until the mind-melting twist.
  • You just keep pretending that wearing that hairstyle into battle isn't just as retarded as cleavage-exposing armor, Epic.
  • Classics of Game is back, and in fine form.

Sep 26

  • Warco: "The player must capture battle footage and edit together a news story, while trying to make it out alive."
  • post: all podcast excerpts from the past couple of years, gathered in once place.
  • "OKITE is an alarm clock app. It sends embarrassing messages to the user's Twitter account every time they hit snooze."
  • Added a production logo to Futilitris and Futility Pong. Quite pleased with this:
  • Bruce Sterling's address to the 1991 GDC attendees:
  • "To hell with them; they put you here. You should fully realize what society has made of you and take a terrible revenge."
  • The Protomen, "Father of Death"

Sep 27

  • RT @halsted "You can play 4 people but we only have 3. Someone should come and play so we can have 4. It?s a really fun game."
  • Tim Rogers on the soul-draining experience of working on so-called "social" games:
  • "American Juggalo," short-form documentary, streaming in its entirety.
  • I just got a disc read error playing an XBLA game. This is one of those zen koans, right?
  • "David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve"
  • In film, teal and orange is the new ROY G BIV.
  • Put up mattress on Craigslist. This morning, dude shows up, excited to take it. Right now I see it on the sidewalk not 50 feet from my door.
  • Burnout Crash's first-time user experience is *abysmal*. Criterion needs to either hire some UX people or fire their existing UX people.
  • I put up with the interminable title screen, EULA, and radio ad for the game itself before I could press start, but gave up on "Crash DMV."
  • Pendulum, "Voyager"

Sep 28

  • Picked up the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus collection. Okay, so who do I know who owns a PS3 and wants to play these games with me?
  • @mittense @antumbral The answer to "what" is in the second paragraph of the article. Maybe try reading it.
  • Kindle Fire looks promising. What's the developer experience like for Kindle apps? Is it just Android?
  • @Satchamobob @mrasmus @karamisaurus I really appreciate it guys but I was kind of hoping for someone who lives in the same city :)
  • Pretty much every animal you think you've seen, that's actually just the work of taxidermist Chuck Testa.
  • @karamisaurus @geardrops Probably.
  • Necros's "Progression" and "System" disks, two of the best albums of the 90s, in their entirety:

Sep 29

  • Teen pregnant? Practical application of Brooks's Law: adding more pregnant women to the project makes the baby later.
  • Portals link places. "Screenshots" link places and times.
  • Say what you will about Apple locking down their phone hardware, the practice ensures a high standard of app quality.
  • @brantsteen Let me know if you post a review somewhere!
  • Upcoming "Indie Games for Good" marathon to live-stream indie games for your pleasure and also for charity.
  • Casting notes for Ender's Game movie, huh? I remember, around 10 years ago, Orson Scott Card was excited about casting Jake Lloyd as Ender.
  • He also blogged some of the script-in-progress. An excerpt: Graff: "EXPOSITION EXPOSITION." Theresa Wiggin: "But, EXPOSITION EXPOSITION."
  • "We reviewed 100 Chrome extensions and found that 27 leak all of their privileges to a web or WiFi attacker."
  • Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis"

Sep 30

  • "Warhammer 40k: Space Marines" might be more aptly named "Space Romans." And like all the ancient peoples, they speak in a British accent.
  • The orks are always yelling "Space Marines!" when they see you. Why all the syllables? There aren't any other kinds of marines around.
  • (Not even Water Marines, which you'd think would be a no brainer.)
  • @Vanther I haven't been paying close attention to the dialog, but I think the protagonist is actually an Ultra Marine *and* a Space Marine.
  • @Vanther Man, the Warhammer fiction is way more elaborate than I expected.
  • "The numbers show that over the course of our history, humankind has been blessed with six major declines of violence."
  • I don't know why I'm taking cooking advice from somebody with no lower jaw, but honestly this looks pretty solid.
  • "Postmortem: Smudged Cat Games' The Adventures Of Shuggy"
  • The Police, "Synchronicity II"
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