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july 2012 microblog digest
minutiae Posted 2012-08-01 05:42:07 by Jim Crawford
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Jul 02

  • OS X just notified me that my terminal scrollback will be trimmed to save disk space since I'm low. That must be a good 40k, thanks a bunch!
  • Ghosts With Shit Jobs is out. Near-future SF about the imminent economic collapse of the United States. ghostswithshitjob...
  • @KateSherrod Yeah, I haven't seen it yet either, but it looks very promising.
  • So after all my hand-wringing about possible Obj-C memory leaks, it turns out the only thing leaking memory is the GLKit library itself.
  • Did you need just one more reason to hate Activision Blizzard? You did? Awesome.

Jul 03

  • Nigerian scammers say they're from Nigeria because it helps them weed out all but the most gullible.
  • 30 seconds of the Tangled soundtrack in 38 languages.
  • @mrasmus But it has all the necessary Ps and more!
  • @mrasmus So more like Os then
  • RT @ShawnElliott Send this pic into space a second before a meteor obliterates Earth:

Jul 04

  • "There?s a shortage of promotional screenshots for Rome 2, I?ve had to get a little inventive with the illustration." rockpapershotgun....
  • Took me forever to find the Mario Marathon 5 torrent. I don't know why, because it's in the same place as last year.
  • Spelunky XBLA is out. First time I've really put any time into it. It's pretty great.

Jul 05

  • Tunnel Man: "Bring me the gold key from the mines." Derek Yu: "PROBLEM?"
  • Putting out the call: who's coming to California Extreme with me this year? June 28th and 29th, in Santa Clara.
  • @icecreamjonsey People are paying attention? Shit, now I have to worry about performance anxiety.
  • @Eliot_L We should grab lunch or something. I'm probably only going Saturday.
  • "Multilanguage" is my new favorite Youtube search term.

Jul 06

Jul 07

  • jwz un-breaks backwards compatibility in OpenGL ES in order to port XScreenSaver to the iPhone.
  • Ben Kuchera discovers social games: "The entire game is one long attempt to shake you down for friends and cash." What!
  • Synth is working on Brian's iPad. Now I guess I have to start learning Cocoa to give it an interface. Couldn't I just debug more audio code?
  • Oh, there's an actual Kaossilator app out. I guess I can stop working on this now.
  • Can't-fail startup idea of the day: wasabi peanut butter.
  • RT @auntiepixelante labia majora's mask

Jul 08

  • Until he took down Fred Flintstone like it was nothing, I was all "enh, this parrot isn't *that* stone cold."
  • RT @DBagChopra The masses see a caterpillar, the Enlightened a butterfly flitting in the sun. But only the Guru sees the tramp stamp yearning to be etched.

Jul 09

  • Bringing out the jawline in portrait photography:
  • "The Iranian government is helping to make a game about the life and, most probably, violent death of Salman Rushdie."
  • "At the order of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei we developed around 140 games with Islamic contents which can compete with foreign products."
  • Tom Francis on the appeal of Spelunky. It's about the older PC version, but still applies to the XBLA remake.

Jul 10

  • I was surprised I hadn't heard of this until I realized $750k funded didn't actually mean it was a month old.
  • Re the OUYA Kickstarter: "The risk is that the pleasure of participating in hypothetical disruption is sufficient."
  • Lots of the backers seem to be devs. Wouldn't surprise me if OUYA ends up like the IF scene: maybe 50 people making games for each other.
  • @Triplefox Having a fixed platform to develop for seems like a big deal. Maintaining compatibility between various Android devices is tough.
  • @Triplefox But it'll *eventually* be a fixed platform, right? I mean. I assume.
  • Can't-fail startup idea of the day: faithful companion spider genetically engineered to subsist on body hair. No more unsightly razor burn!
  • Cloudboat Armada -- the IGG folks -- are doing a mini-marathon of board and card games for Child's Play this Saturday. cloudboatarmada.c...
  • Choosing your opponent's score in Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma.

Jul 11

  • "Clam eating salt on floor"
  • "Indifferent Cats in Amateur Porn" -- NSFW, obv. indifferent-cats-...
  • All fireworks go off at once.
  • Penny Arcade is taking your collective money to remove advertising from their site.
  • I for one am really happy to see people moving towards the "give the artists money" model over the ad model. (Which can go fuck itself.)
  • Protip for four-player Super Mario Bros with portals: never use portals.
  • Literally every time there's a petition I want to sign, the site is "undergoing maintenance."

Jul 12

  • Bennett Foddy on griefing the player as a designer lifestyle.
  • So I just watched "Drive" and i'm pretty sure it was Kubrick's intended ending for A.I.

Jul 13

  • "40 Noises That Built Pop"
  • A highlight from Mario Marathon '10: the last guy who knows how to play goes to sleep and gives the controller to Jed.
  • Rape jokes, ladies and gentlemen.
  • The guy who invented AutoRun? He also invented a prosthetic arm that automatically picks up and fires nearby guns.
  • It's cool, though, you can disable that feature in the registry.
  • @vogon That's good as far as it goes. I did think it was still on by default. It still leaves the question of when it was ever a good idea.
  • RT @daphaknee i was just thinking the same thing, nancy
  • Have you ever thought to yourself, "man, my accent sure is exotic and awesome"? If so, I've got some paragraphs for you to read into a mic.
  • @Laroquod Yeah, that's why I phrased it that way :)
  • @Vanther @bengrue I think Kumar wins for the accent, but Ben, you make a good point about your visage. Perhaps you could donate a headshot?
  • @bengrue I will bear that in mind as I decide how to handle certain aspects of Frog Fractions.
  • Rape jokes, as broken down into "jokes about rape victims" vs. "jokes about rape culture."
  • @westquote Trying to talk them into playing Sentinels of the Multiverse. Not sure if there's enough time for them to find a copy, though.
  • Game jam tomorrow at the MADE.
  • Texts from Xcode: preprocessor include "vector.h" not found, *and* a #warning directive generated by vector.h that vector.h is deprecated.
  • Trying to restart Xcode, texts from Spotlight: "You mean this dictionary entry for Xcode, right? Cause that's all I got."
  • @Eliot_L Maybe this is foolish, but all I have in the dock is running programs. I want to task-switch way more often than I start a new app.

Jul 14

  • @Eliot_L On average, we're a reasonable human being.
  • Jenn Frank: "I was a Teenage Sexist"
  • @bengrue Have you stopped beating your wife yet
  • Before Spelunky, Nethack was the gold standard for asshole shopkeepers. YAFM: (With minor spoilers.)
  • Cloudboat Armada "Board & Card Game Minithon" starts in half an hour. cloudboatarmada.c...
  • They fixed the audio issues on the board and card game stream, in case you wanted to hear what they were saying. cloudboatarmada.c...

Jul 15

  • Googling for "latency issues" re Payday: The Heist, the first three results are articles about how the game's release was delayed a month.
  • Someone needs to triumphantly update this guy's conservation status on Wikipedia. scientificamerica...
  • "Explain Like I'm 5. What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change?"

Jul 16

  • "Things to Optimize Besides Speed and Memory"
  • Practicing buzz rolls serves you well on the chalkboard.
  • Interview with a safe cracker:
  • RT @ID_AA_Carmack On code readability ? When I read Knuth?s Literate Programming paper, I was very disappointed with his single character variable names.
  • I feel the same way about every math paper ever.
  • RT @xutraa You are watching Prometheus. A girl sitting behind you in the cinema calls her boyfriend to ask what the movie is about. #voightkampff
  • Party affiliations aside, this peek into the sausage factory is utterly fascinating.

Jul 17

  • I just figured out that "Squidward" is probably a modification of "Edward," and not intended to mean "in the direction of squid."
  • Coping with YouTube comments.
  • Spelunky stories: I beat Olmec the first time I met him, but then I was stuck in a vertical pit with no ropes left.
  • Diablo 3 and the alienation of labor.
  • Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek on making a sequel to a game that didn't need one.
  • Women in technology.

Jul 19

Jul 20

  • Rando Cardrissian is a savage competitor.
  • "In the days following its release, cats everywhere were purchasing the DLC level without their owners' permission."

Jul 21

  • RT @dogbomb RT this if you have armpits
  • RT @sivers So reassuring to watch a master at their craft - any craft: Imagine if everyone put this attention into their work.
  • RT @IcarusTyler Turns out pixelated skyboxes don't work because you can immediately spot the "box"
  • Views from low Earth orbit. This is apparently just what life on the International Space Station is like.
  • Pooping tips for those of you bulking up on a high-calorie diet. "The poop is the body and my anus is the mind."

Jul 22

  • RT @buttclouds fact: you eat 28 spiders in your lifetime. always 28. if you are about to die and you have only eaten 3 then 25 spiders arrive at once
  • Critica lPath Project Dot Com interviews everybody: criticalpathproje...

Jul 23

  • "Rich, beautiful, white girls gargle your milk to absolute perfection. It's her touch that sets us far above the rest."
  • "Morphologically, we?ve built a jellyfish. Functionally, we?ve built a jellyfish. Genetically, this thing is a rat."
  • "Anti-vaccine movement causes the worst whooping cough epidemic in 70 years"
  • @mrfb Draconian Russian Calculus is the course that made me drop out of community college.
  • The Idle Thumbs podcast is back, even if you didn't back the Kickstarter. Jerk. blog.idlethumbs.n...

Jul 24

  • Fascinating Radiolab about a neurological condition that turns people into obsessive artists on the way to vegetables.
  • "Sony lost Limbo deal because it wanted IP rights"
  • "There never was a period of 'flat earth darkness' among scholars. Greek knowledge of sphericity never faded."
  • "At Halloween, each house gives the exact same candy willy-nilly to everyone who shows up. It's an economic nightmare."

Jul 25

Jul 26

  • Rod Humble on the "clown nose act" that people speaking about the games industry pull. criticalpathproje...
  • Solder flux in orbit. "This is called Thermocapillary Convection. Can't be reproduced in 1G environment."
  • Jon Blow on how console certification processes makes games actively worse.

Jul 27

  • Getting proper Tony Hawk thumb from THPS HD. It's been a long time.
  • Pop music really is louder and blander than it used to be. Science!
  • Can't fail startup idea of the day: OnLive clone specializing in Flash games, so you can finally run Futilitris on your iPhone.
  • Russian govt passes SOPA-like censorship law, promptly IP-blocks all of Livejournal.
  • Hey, Bill Nye has an AMA going over on Reddit.
  • RT @BenKuchera "America is represented by a chicken nugget keeping two men from kissing." #olympics

Jul 28

  • California Extreme is sharing the hotel with a Jehova's Witness convention again this year. Even more retro than expected!
  • Aw, I'd be great at Nightmare if it used the Geometry Wars control scheme, or even just put the aiming dial in my right hand.
  • Some dude parked his walker in front of Boxing Bugs, just *assuming* nobody wants to play it. (He's right.)
  • *Two* working Major Havoc machines this year. That almost makes up for it being busted last year.
  • I love how Gravitar has wandering monster encounters on the level select screen.
  • This Thrill Drive's monitor must be calibrated to show you what it's like to drive legally blind. Serious games!
  • Nobody's playing Tank 8. No Sprint 8 this year. I wonder whether it's the same cabinet being modded back and forth.
  • Smokey Joe, monochrome firetruck simulator circa 1978. I'm pretty sure the horn button's only function is to play a square wave.
  • The hand-drawn trailer physics in Smokey Joe really drives home that this game belongs in the Box2D era.
  • Arcade Ghouls n Ghosts is the one without the double jump, right? Fuck that noise.
  • Similar to Thrill Drive, playing this muted Beatmania cabinet must be what it's like to play in a band while deaf.
  • Shirt: "Master using it and you can have this," with pixelated wooden sword. A little on the nose, don't you think?
  • Better idea: "Master using it and you can have this," with an arrow pointing at the wearer's crotch.
  • "Wacko" cabinet is totally crooked. American McGee's Wacko, amirite?
  • Blackwater pinball! Oh wait, it's motocross themed, not about massacring swarthy civilians.
  • "Shuffle in progress."
  • Hm, I bet I'm really racking up the Streetpass tags here.
  • Still a crowd around "The Act." I was hoping it'd be less sought-after since they just released it for iOS.
  • Most of Inter Stellar's budget must've been the trippy rave background video played from a laser disc, that has nothing to do with the game.
  • Punch-Out!! arcade has a visible KO meter in addition to the life meter. I wonder if that's how the NES version worked internally.
  • I wonder if I need one of these $10 Donkey Kong marquees.
  • Sea Wolf requires adults to bend way over to use the periscope. They should dig a hole in the floor in front for the sake of my vertebrae.
  • Amusing Educational Telequiz! Fuck yes. I know where I'll be for the rest of the day.
  • This thing is amazing. Looks like 40s tech, a modified slide projector. Horribly racist questions.
  • The left handle in Magical Truck Adventure is nonfunctional this year. Tragic.
  • Prototype cocktail of a competitive missile command. Pretty amazing.
  • Depressing conversation with Telequiz's owner about how the film containing the quiz is degrading, but you can't get 16mm stock anymore.
  • Yep, 35 Streetpass tags so far today. Would probably be more if I'd checked more diligently; in only queues up 10.
  • Best use of Superman character in a video game: a brawler in which he can take all of five punches before dying.
  • Aw man, the Donkey Kong marquees are all gone. Should've grabbed one when I had the chance.
  • Heading home. Finally I can take this wristband off -- the guy who applied it didn't know that adhesive and arm hair don't get along.
  • Shit! I only got one pinball, and the bust of Duke Nukem needs two on his chin.

Jul 29

  • RT @GameDesignDan I say we do a game jam where we all chip in some money, buy a really bad IP, and see who can make the best game out of it.
  • @Eliot_L Yeah, that'd be great. Thanks!
  • @_peterdn Is "racewalking" not an Olympic event? It's totally a thing people do, anyways.
  • The Stanley Parable narrator answers a critic. Much like the game, his intent is unclear yet still vaguely insulting.
  • @Eliot_L No worries, there has to be another source of appropriately-sized ball-bearings.
  • "When the system encountered a document it could not read, it recorded the tax payer's income as ?99,999,999.99."

Jul 30

  • CRTs no longer manufactured by anyone, anywhere. "You have to wind the CRT bulbs by hand. It?s almost an art form."
  • Ubisoft's latest game DRM "installs a backdoor that allows any website to take over your computer." news.ycombinator....
  • "Spec Ops: The Line wonders what kind of person likes virtual killing enough to spend hours engaged in it."
  • "That this is a genuinely provocative thing for a shooter to do probably says more about shooters than it does about Spec Ops: The Line."
  • @Eliot_L Surgeon's knot was what I learned as a kid. It's the easiest to learn of the secure knots *if* you already know the standard knot.
  • @Satchamobob *Pink* doesn't look pink to you.
  • RT @Satchamobob @Azralorne The picture on the right is how I see MLP:
  • @Satchamobob Oh man, I sent that jab before seeing the comparison shot. Now I feel guilty as all hell. You poor thing :'(
  • @geardrops

Jul 31

  • Hey video games, I've already satirized you once, why do you keep being dumb in the same ways? twinbeardstudios....
  • As a resident of California I was always jealous of how few vector balls it took to represent the various national flags of Northern Europe.
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