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Trash Talk / Tab For A Cause
« on: June 05, 2015, 08:04:08 PM »
You love the internet. I love the internet. Tab For A Cause is an ingenious idea that turns the simple action of opening a new tab on Chrome into money for charity. Basically, it's a page with ads on it that opens whenever you open a new tab. The ad revenue goes towards charities of your choosing. I'm just putting this out here if you think it's a brilliant idea like I do, and I encourage you all to install the Chrome extension.

http://www.tabforacause.org/?r=11232358

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Trash Talk / Unity 5, New Unreal Engine, and Source 2
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:01:10 PM »
If y'all are looking into free to use game making software, 2015's looking like a good year. I've been working in Unity 5 a bit which just launched. Also, Source 2 has been announced and is going to be completely free. And the next Unreal Engine. Any thoughts on these?

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Trash Talk / Dial-A-Song
« on: January 20, 2015, 03:02:17 PM »
http://dialasong.com/

NEW TMBG SONG A WEEK Y'ALL

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How Can I Be Sure That Wales Exists?
Existential Crisis for Kids

One time in second grade geography, my teacher told the class that there was a country near England called Wales.

I wasnít so convinced.

How can I be sure that Wales exists?

Iíve never been there. What reason do I have to believe that there is a country called Wales?

Whales definitely exist. My mom took me whale watching once. We went out on a boat, and saw real, actual, living whales.

But how can I be sure that Wales exists?

Iím fairly certain that the rest of the United Kingdom exists. My great aunt lives in Scotland. We donít talk very often, because sheís hard to understand. My dad says sheís going ďsenileĒ (whatever that means), but my mom says that all Scots are like that.

Quite a lot of television comes from Britain.

And Ireland must exist, because my dad is always grouchy after Saint Patrickís day.

But how can I be sure that Wales exists?

Frankly, Iím not entirely sure of my own existence, or at least the existence of other people. Sometimes Iím awake all night wondering whether Iím the only sentient being, and whether everything else was created just for me. I also wonder whether life is just a dream, and whether Iíll wake up the next morning with no recollection of previous events and ponderings over the corporeality of a small European nation by the sea.

But I know that in the end, I must exist. My parents have a piece of paper that says so.

Wales does not have a piece of paper.

How can I be sure wales exists?

To this day, I have not been to Wales, and Iím still not entirely sure whether itís real. But I know that most of the other things I learned in second grade turned out to be true (except for the five senses. I learned that was wrong on the day I smelled ghosts in a haunted house).

But I guess the moral of the story is that you canít always trust adults, and that sometimes itís better to discover things for yourself. Except whether you should stick a fork in an outlet, or whether you should microwave the fish, or whether you should eat grass in the park. You should probably trust your parents on those things.

I don't know if any of you have the artistic ability/know anyone interested, but I'm just looking around. I can't draw at all, but I have a distinct creative vision.

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Trash Talk / TBMSBC Merch is Technically Available.
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:53:08 PM »
http://www.redbubble.com/people/tbmsbc/portfolio

Check it out, yo, I made a RedBubble so that people can buy cool stuff with the name of my thing on it. Just sharing this accomplishment.

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Trash Talk / A slightly weird request:
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:36:06 PM »
So, I was thinking of weird audio clips I could put in another Testing the Airwaves, when I remembered this:

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Verse 1
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G7
How many codes must a man note down, before you can call him a man?
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G7
How many C's must a programmer learn, before he can truly program?
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G
How many times must a group project fail, before we stick to the plan?

Verse 2
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G7
How many years must a Mac fan exist, before he converts to PC?
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G7
How many tears must that man then resist, before he goes crazy?
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G
How many times can we just turn our heads, and pretend that we're fair referees?

Verse 3
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G7
How many times must a man look it up, before the command's memorized?
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G7
How many fears must that one man have, before he can see through the lies?
C / F      C / Am      C / F      G / G
How many times must the Mac win out, before we accept that they're right?

Chorus
F / G      C / E7 / Am
The answer my friend, is don't ask Silverwind.
F / G      C
The answer is don't ask Silverwind.

The Mediafire link is, of course, useless, so I was wondering if anyone still had Silverwind's original recording on some sort of ancient monolith on the moon or something.

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Quote of the Month / September 2014
« on: September 01, 2014, 04:04:31 PM »
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Viking funerals just haven't been the same since we found out that Valhalla is just an IHOP in Toronto.

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My evil plan is to make all the VHS players in the world play just a little too fast, so the running time on the movie's box will be off.

I don't know if these count, because I didn't actually say them to any of you, but to be fair, I said them at some point. Otherwise, if you guys don't like them, you might find something good in this post from me.

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I'm pretty sure it's just a computer gremlin corrupting the files. A simple solution would be to spray some sort of repellent into any intake fans on your Mac. If there are no intake fans, then you could try making a program to constantly create empty text files in a certain directory in hopes of keeping the computer gremlin busy. In a worst case scenario, however, you'd want to format your hard drive and light your computer on fire and put it out with holy water, chanting "Begone demons of the virtual realm, I banish thee!"

You can find holy water at any local drugstore, but if you don't have a local supplier, Walmart has an off-brand "Good" Water, which is almost the same thing.

Or, you know, you could use a quote from somebody else.

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Trash Talk / Rapping Robot???
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:11:15 PM »
So, like, I've been thinking maybe I should invent a robot that freestyles. Like, it uses a complex, but ultimately mad-libs-like process to procedurally  generate raps, then rap them with some sort of computer voice. And its face could be an audio visualizer and two eyes, and it could be on a CRT on a cart, that gets wheeled into various musical establishments.

It's basically the best idea ever.

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Trash Talk / Risk of Rain update coming to Mac
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:08:36 AM »
The people over at Hopoo games are porting Risk of Rain, one of the greatest roguelikes of all time IMO to Game Maker: Studio (from Game Maker 8),  meaning they'll be able to make a Mac version, as well as optimizing it for modern machines. As a result, it should run incredibly well (it had frame rate issues before, even on high end PCs), and there will be all sorts of new content (2 new classes).

But the most important thing is that it's coming to Mac, and I totally recommend checking it out.

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Quote of the Month / July 2014
« on: July 10, 2014, 08:55:58 PM »
A free verse poem:
"Pringles
I binge
Thoughtlessly"

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Trash Talk / In Place of an Absent Mind
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:33:29 PM »
Insomnia has driven me to create this, a blog devoted to random thoughts I have. I made some posts already. One of them, which I found particularly fascinating, concerns the most average English word, which is, by my calculation, "Antes."

http://inplaceofamind.wordpress.com/

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Trash Talk / My terrible They Might Be Giants Music Video
« on: June 16, 2014, 01:00:10 PM »
I made this terrible music video for the They Might Be Giants song "Stand On Your Own Head" to practice animation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwPafUwuu10

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Trash Talk / TBMSBC Radio Trailer
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:18:28 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8SMSM-Ptrk

I made this in blender. I thought you guys might want to see it. Turning the TBMSBC into a comedy podcast is one of my summer projects. Another is an album I'm going to record.

Speaking of, I have thought of a great song to put on said album: 2 Legit 2 Twist: a mash-up of MC Hammer's 2 Legit 2 Quit, and They Might Be Giants' Twisting. It's gonna be great. I'll probably have that recorded sometime this week.

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Trash Talk / What instruments do you guys play?
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:15:40 PM »
I've been teaching myself how to play the Anglo Concertina, because I found one. I also play clarinet and guitar. What do you guys play?

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Trash Talk / Favorite Science Fiction?
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:44:40 PM »
Based on what I write, one might assume I'm a fan of the stereotypical spaceships and big ugly aliens science fiction, like Star Wars or Star Trek, but I have a confession to make: I don't really like either of the sci-fi giants that much. In fact, some of my favorite works are what I classify as pseudo-scientific. These are the ones that try to have as much realism as possible. The ones that use actual science to explain things. I've always been a fan of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books (the first movie is a classic as well, but when you get right down to it, the books are better, in my opinion) and Jules Verne. I love Jules Verne's work because of the historical aspect of them: they use legitimate scientific theories of the late 1800s. So while Journey to the Centre of the Earth may seem silly by today's standards, it's always interesting to read science fiction written before we fully understood the things they were written about. From the Earth to the Moon is also quite good. 20,000 leagues under the Sea is... Well, honestly not that great. I really loved the beginning, but it didn't hold my interest.

As for more modern science fiction, the original two Alien films are great. They have all the necessary elements for a great, tense horror movie, with the added bonus of wonderfully designed aliens. Just never watch the third or fourth ones. I also quite liked The Matrix.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is and forever will be my favorite thing. As with many a good book (see Journey to the Centre of the Earth) they failed to make a good movie out of it, but the original radio series and trilogy in five parts are some of the best comedy ever written. They're great from a pure comedic standpoint, but the science fiction writing is quite good as well. Douglas Adams is my hero.

And of course, there is Doctor Who. Which I love dearly, but not as much as some people. David Tennant was awesome, and Matt Smith was great in season five of the reboot, BUT: season six was a poorly thought out mess and River Song was a bad idea. Season seven, on the other hand, was quite good. Clara is a good companion. I can't say much about the new doctor, as he is quite new, and I'm not caught up yet. I still have to see the Christmas special.

Firefly. Just... Just... Wow. Firefly. It's... Something else entirely. I can't begin to describe the wonderfully varied and well-developed characters of Firefly. Joss Whedon knows how to make a good space western. All the characters in firefly have such memorable personalities. Wash, of course, is the best out of all of them, with Jayne coming in at a close second.

Futurama. I'm a fan of science fiction comedy. It's just that one quirky genre that isn't abundantly produced, but manages to mix two of my favorite things: comedy, and space.

Anyway, that was a rather extensive list of some of the greatest works of science fiction in the last two hundred years. And that barely scratches the surface of what's out there. I just love it as a genre because of how loosely defined it is. Any category that can contain both Journey to the Centre of the Earth, a book about a German scientist discovering a passageway to the core of the globe in Iceland, and Futurama, a cartoon about an alcoholic robot, a delivery boy, and a one-eyed mutant with purple hair, is a category that you can appreciate.

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