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january 2011 microblog digest|
Archived from http://twitter.com/mogwai_poet:
- Over 11 years in the making for a 54 second improvement, "Quake Done Quickest" is now out. http://t.co/RG4dRN4X
- I think what I like most about Speed Running is that it turns every game into a platformer.
- @textfiles @Eliot_L I'm trying to read a friend's backup tapes from 1996. Mostly personal stuff, our music, but his old BBS might be there.
- @textfiles @Eliot_L I have a drive with an apparent FDD connector. Worried I'll need crazy drivers since it's not a random-access device.
- @textfiles @Eliot_L Yep, they go together.
- @textfiles @Eliot_L That'd be amazing! I guess we should take this to DM.
- @textfiles @Eliot_L I've following your work since the 90s, so I'm pretty confident re legitimacy :) Sent an email from email@example.com.
- Too smart to be a cop. http://t.co/KDftVClX
- On how voice acting is killing immersion in RPGs by precluding good AI. http://t.co/MPZStZix
- "2011's biggest science stories, and why they'll be back in 2012" http://t.co/dWOsci9l
- "The coming war on general computation" http://t.co/nI5vfrJ4
- Psychopaths deliberately recruited by investment banks, because they're perfect for the job. http://t.co/q2Ub1r64
- "We used psychometric testing to recruit psychopaths because their characteristics exactly suited them to senior corporate finance roles."
- Inverted ice-fishing with wheelbarrows full of air. http://t.co/na2lVEpL
- "Sony Electronics, Nintendo And EA Have NOT Publicly Changed Their Position On SOPA" http://t.co/rjPHUn7B
- Identify these road signs. Now these toad spot patterns. Oh NO! The ones explicitly designed to be recognizable are more recognizable!
- "Rather than have the violin returned to me, PayPal made the buyer destroy the violin in order to get his money back." http://t.co/ucOyGVwq
- Rocksmith is really good. I'm shocked at how well they can extract what you're playing from a raw guitar signal.
- Rocksmith takes latency seriously. Instead of lag calibration, there's a screen saying "No, seriously, don't run the audio through an HDTV."
- @mrasmus Yeah, my experience trying to play through an HDTV was something like 400ms from when I played a note to when I heard it. Nasty.
- @mrasmus How effective is "game mode," generally?
- "Forgetting is Key to a Healthy Mind" http://t.co/FMoozhoJ
- So weird to see this level of video production attached to someone's fuck-around-for-an-evening FL Studio session. http://t.co/uFgm0dJM
- (That's not a diss. Some of my favorite music sounds like it was made fucking around for an evening in FL Studio. Just weird is all.)
- (Though I *don't* particularly like this song. That's incidental.)
- @Satchamobob He's competent, but I'm not a fan either. (In general the appeal of dubstep as a "pop" genre is the sound design in the bass.)
- Oh, good. @DuckDuckGo now silently autocorrects non-normative words. Overcorrection was 90% of the reason I switched away from Google.
- Here I am, thinking of witty retorts left and right, but with no Sharpie handy. They should really stock them next to the toilet paper.
- RT @holman I think programming riddles, games, and brain teasers are a great way to hire. First one to say "fuck this" and walk out gets the job.
- "Adjusted for inflation, the price of gas dropped 30% between 1980 and 2004." http://t.co/MBdsobDR
- Can't-fail startup idea of the day: tethers to attach game controllers to their consoles, so they're harder to lose.
- Hm, maybe they can provide power too, so you don't have to keep replacing the batteries!
- @Vanther Man, it's either that or sending power wirelessly, and I think that's been established as a hard problem!
- RT @waxpancake The first jazz recording ever was sued over copyright twice, for both songs on the album: http://t.co/RySvrqnP
- RT @idontlikewords "You have 30 minutes to move your car" "You have 10 minutes" "Your car has been impounded" "Your car has been crushed into a cube" #paypal
- So, what, six Zelda, five Mario, five Metroid games in the past *two decades* is too many for you snarky motherfuckers? http://t.co/ItqbRK3f
- Multimedia! Andrew Plotkin's newest text adventure features printable 3D feelies. Presuming you have a 3D printer. http://t.co/o7KXWmas
- South Bay Game Jam at Daniel's place. Been a while since I properly worked on a game.
- Skyrim modder replaces dragons with Macho Man Randy Savage. http://t.co/TJ8N7sVr
- I'm reluctant to attribute bad visual design to the uncanny valley, but "The Adventures of Tintin" falls right in the eye-stabbing valley.
- Hypercritical #49 podcast includes a great discussion of the history of game controller design. http://t.co/rKpCZ5y8
- I mentioned this over the holidays, but I'll say it again now that people are actually online and paying attention:
- Our retrospective album, "Songs in the Key of S: 10 Years of Smush" is out, for pay-what-you-want. http://t.co/n79aniBC
- We'll also accept "barter what you want," e.g. put "$0" in the price field and then email me an epic poem.
- Audience member spontaneously joins Dave Brubeck's improvisational performance. http://t.co/pjhL6iND
- Sampling vinyl with a laser-cutter. http://t.co/vtHV0fJn
- Hourglass adds time-manipulation controls to arbitrary PC games. http://t.co/bT8nWTrm
- @Eliot_L Becoming more forgiving is exactly what a lot of NES games need to be playable in this day and age, so that works out.
- RT @Switchbreak I've never understood the IGF and I never will. Judging non-existant games against real ones feels like an exercise in applied absurdity.
- Everyone's favorite optical illusions. http://t.co/BR55yklg
- My quality of life would improve so fucking much if my MP3 player and my ears weren't stored on opposite sides of doorknob-height.
- "For seven years, I was held in America’s detention camp at Guantánamo Bay without explanation or charge." http://t.co/UYgzkWHw
- John Carpenter's "The Thing" as short-form claymation. http://t.co/bLv2lJ6C
- The price people you'll never meet pay for your iPhone and Xbox 360. http://t.co/nP9zjb9z
- @EdmundMcMillen I don't have either, but I'd be all over a 3DS version. (And I'm for any ports that make a native code PC build likelier.)
- Mega Man 3 speed-run plus live soundtrack, on stage at Magfest X. http://t.co/51y0Joya
- Hey, Souleye's new album is out. http://t.co/LuNRUs0F
- I'm pretty sure if I were as stupid as the Pushmo tutorial thinks I am, I wouldn't know how to read.
- Throwable panoramic camera hovers you in the air above the camera operator. http://t.co/kgsrGCxE
- Fast food advertising vs. reality. http://t.co/yYjj1bWk
- Pushmo actually is based around a pretty great puzzle mechanic. Certainly one of the best games available on the 3DS.
- I'd link you to a gameplay video but you'd "get it" in 30 seconds and the tutorial would be even more excruciating.
- Bike chain art: http://t.co/JUzcD6mJ
- "A potentially expensive panic based on a wild aspirational scheme? That sounds a lot like al-Qaida. And the TSA." http://t.co/SxOS2xaY
- "Wikipedia is considering 'going black' to protest Internet censorship legislation pending." Help make it happen. http://t.co/W3MCgNXN
- "The Restart Page - Free unlimited rebooting experience from vintage operating systems" http://t.co/A2jRTciq
- Book publishers lament the antitrust laws preventing them from meeting to discuss how to shut down the library system. http://t.co/7Rb6Gm63
- "Overheard on the Goldman Sachs Elevator" http://t.co/md0NTdZi
- Saints Row 3 just keeps getting better.
- It's okay to eat peppermint-flavored things after brushing your teeth, right? My mouth tastes the same.
- @mrasmus That was in immediate response to the player-character's reaction to meeting the mayor.
- @Eliot_L I can't tell you how reassuring it is to hear that confirmed by an evident scientist!
- Corvids love going sledding. http://t.co/CpWiR4Tc
- Google Native Client seems about as good an idea now as it was 15 years ago, when it was called ActiveX.
- The smarter your compiler/language is, the harder it is to learn to deal with the cases it fails at. http://t.co/7MW8ukd4
- Finally, incontrovertible proof that piracy is a net win for humanity: http://t.co/1DGaD76E
- @Laroquod Even "until people stop asking about it" probably won't happen.
- "The green movement tends to employ guilt as its primary tactic. That shit doesn’t work." http://t.co/zB1lf8CN
- This is what dubstep used to sound like; the shift was inevitable since FL Studio's default tempo is 130. http://t.co/D9tlLPzB
- RT @textfiles I just helped rescue a text adventure from 20 years ago. http://t.co/GmVtI3xy
- Spent much of today at the Internet Archive with @textfiles. Brought some Commodore 128 disks with my old code on. https://t.co/80uOd4HT
- @Satchamobob Evidently if you hit stop before the page fully loads, you don't get the blackout page.
- RT @jef_poskanzer Looks like the Wikipedia Deletionists won - the whole thing is gone!
- Self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac" travels to China to meet the workers who assemble iPhones and iPads. http://t.co/VgZUUW0E
- RT @tabacco Oh no, even Zombo.com is censored in protest of SOPA.
- 1983: Urologist invents the first erectile dysfunction drug; demonstrates findings in the most direct, compelling way. http://t.co/FkiAkmm2
- The difference isn't that romance movies are dumber than action movies. It's that nobody drags his girlfriend to see Noose Hanger 4.
- But going to see a romance movie together is supposed to be a romantic activity. Unfortunately, the receptors don't exist in his brain.
- RT @UtilityLimb Review: Doritos (Tunnel Flavor): 200 FEET INTO BAG AND STILL NO CHIPS JUST FUNGUS + ROOT SYSTEMS OF WHAT TASTES LIKE A COOL RANCH TREE GROVE
- Visual Studio is jumping on the gamification bandwagon, but it's futile; all the cool kids are into "ludification" now. http://t.co/nmi10q6f
- What's the best modern example of the Thrust+Deathmatch idea? (Thrust being Asteroids+Platforming.)
- @Satchamobob How is thing coming?
- @Satchamobob Yeah, ideally in some other way than in 140 character chunks.
- Man, I'd forgotten just how goddamn good "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is.
- Supreme court: "Congress may take works out of the public domain." How is this different from an ex post facto law? http://t.co/bUgo8FE4
- RT @neiltyson In 5-billion yrs the Sun will expand & engulf our orbit as the charred ember that was once Earth vaporizes. Have a nice day.
- RT @ZenPsycho Copying is not only ok, it is the ethical thing to do to preserve culture. Promiscuous copying is why we know about Shakespeare
- Bioshock Infinite's "1999 mode" as difficult and cruel as System Shock 2. http://t.co/EH7omr3h
- RT @psychicparrot Buy a kid a game & he's entertained for hours. Teach a kid to make games and he's in your basement until he's 35.
- To all the kids waiting for the "drop" in Aphex Twin's "Flim," it's in the previous track on the album: http://t.co/4USJkxrO
- Game screenshots as an art form. http://t.co/TJ0xFFXr
- RT @dave_revell «@ketralnis «@icculus The more I push code through static analysis, the more I'm amazed that computers boot at all.»»
- I think I've finally found the way to get the Smush name out there to today's youth. Billboard Hot 100 here we come!
- In case Super Mario Bros. Crossover didn't have enough playable characters for you: https://t.co/qQN9NcaD
- RT @UtilityLimb a genie trying to explain to jay-z why he can't use his 99th problem to wish for infinite problems
- HBO buys Indie Game: The Movie at Sundance; plans to turn it into a half-hour sitcom. http://t.co/Dg5cRjwx
- Parkour in the Toribash engine. http://t.co/DKcIG1Pc
- Star Wars, remade by fans in 15-second chunks. Just skip around in this for a while to get a sense of it. http://t.co/K7KytVHU
- There are too many highlights to link to individually, so I'll just leave this here. http://t.co/tYkOrZT5
- I'm pretty sure that at least one of @WomensHumor and @HumorForWomens is a satire, but possibly both are. It's hard to tell.
- "Apple is sabotaging an open standard for digital books." Home-cooked embrace-and-extend, like Microsoft used to make. http://t.co/61N5qAYl
- @KayinNasaki Apple's bigger than Microsoft now, and arguably more evil than Microsoft ever was.
- @KayinNasaki And also far more entrenched in people's lives -- it's hard to expect those people to just sit up and recognize the change.
- @KayinNasaki Yeah, Google's a good example. They're not exactly "entrenched" in my life, but I'd never have jumped on *this* Google's Gmail.
- @KayinNasaki I didn't even notice the typo. The whole "autocorrect" thing is training my eyes in a way that ruins me for puns, too.
- @KayinNasaki Good question! Trying to think of comparable examples, e.g. The Beatles, but none quite apply. We'll find out soon enough.
- "MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought" http://t.co/KC60QuET
- RT @fullbright "Hey, wanna skip through this text while I go get a drink?" -- co-op Zelda
- Working with legacy Perl code today. Remember when it was the only language on its abstraction level, so nobody noticed it was garbage?
- RT @ZenPsycho The greatest irony is that google is so bad at SEO directed at their own search engine that they resort to insider black hat practices.
- Roger Ebert: "Who would have dreamed film would die so quickly? The victory of video was quick and merciless." http://t.co/vVObKpo3
- Unexpectedly out of butter. Berkeley Bowl is closed by now. Vision quest tiem!
- Just wrote latency calibration code for a Flash rhythm game. Zero visual and zero audial lag on my machine. Well within user-error, anyway.
- Does that hold true for other machines? It would've been less work to just do the work than to do the work to see if i have to do the work.
- Everyone else has on the order of 50ms audio latency. Duh -- I'm listening through a USB sound box intended for guitar signal processing.
- "Why Hypercard Had to Die." The bicycle metaphor was a lie. http://t.co/GH0dI0dU
- "50 Cent is granted a tangible symbol of his humanity. He recognizes it as worth ending untold numbers of lives over." http://t.co/B4rs8Bek
- Quite frankly, if your game is Zynga-like enough for Zynga to rip you off, you don't have a moral leg to stand on. https://t.co/vGFO72ZW
- "Next Xbox's 32nm CPU enters production" http://t.co/uSvebXtV
- I've just written five measures of rhythm game level data directly in JSON, and, yep, time to code up that MIDI importer.
- RT @dwineman Google, 1998: We don't brea
- Maurice Sendak on the Colbert Report. http://t.co/cAyRLNQN
- @Johnicholas I've thought about it. This particular use case is so simple that MIDI actually is easier to work with than MOD data.
- The Reverse Bucket List. "Look Back Before Looking Forward." http://t.co/h00nsY1W
- Google figures out how to support nicknames but still sell your identity to advertisers and authoritarian regimes. https://t.co/DG8q6jGh
- Dogs in cars: http://t.co/6
- RT @wheelyapple ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ஜ۩۞۩ஜ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
- Who do I know who's going to the Global Game Jam in SF this weekend?
- @Triplefox The way they were talking about it they have limited space. Hopefully you can still stop by.
- @aeroThopter Pretty much all weekend. There's limited space, so you might not fit, but show up and we can grab dinner or something.
- Professor Genki's Super-Ethical Reality Climax really just reminded me of how much I loved The Club.
- So I just picked up The Club for like $4, popped it in, and it's like my pleasure center is rubbing up directly against the scoring system.
- (My pleasure center is a cat in this metaphor.)
- @samuelcole I'd say so. Do you like combo-based scoring systems? How did you feel about Tony Hawk's Pro Skater?
- @samuelcole Very different. I liked it better. You're doing timed score-attack runs, pacing your kills to maintain a streak. Very gamey.
- One of the earliest and still one of the best examples of one-shot web-comics, "The Guy I Almost Was." http://t.co/cxXwN20q
- RT @nothings If your text edit will only accept as input the characters "l", "n", and "u", perhaps TextField.restrict is promoting null to string "null".
- Was worried about the nebulous state of my GGJ team's project until I looked around at what everyone else was doing.
- Less than a day left in Global Game Jam, and I've finally got Git almost working on this machine.
- RT @petermolydeux You are a small girl flying a talking kite. The kite seems to know about a upcoming major terrorist attack and floats towards clues.
- #ggj12 postmortem: don't target a platform none of your programmers are really familiar with or excited about.
- When I purged my G+ account on principle, I forgot that Hangouts are arbitrarily placed under the G+ umbrella. So that's inconvenient.
- @mrasmus Yes, I'm *sure* that's why they put it there.
- Sweat bees sound awesome. I should get a roomful of angry ones and charge admission. http://t.co/nxVGIAs9
- Ice Cube's "Good Day" narrowed down to to January 20th, 1992. http://t.co/gxu1jAfp
- "AT&T claimed copyright on 3 blank lines. If you use blank lines in any of your files, you are in blatant violation." http://t.co/yyaFzXLx
- So I've gone through my old Commodore 128 disks and have written about the most interesting programs. Now: how do I turn this into a story?
- Do I just sort them from most to least interesting? Group by a category system? Should I try to find a 1991-Jim character development arc?
- "Judge Orders Defendant to Decrypt Laptop" How many of the Bill of Rights amendments are left, now? Three, four? http://t.co/0SOHmR2J
- "Iran's nuclear scientists are not being 'assassinated.' They are being murdered." http://t.co/OEBy455r
- "'On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead,' bragged Rick Santorum. 'I think that's a wonderful thing.'"