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51. I Don't Want To Eat This Bug, Obviously

51. I Don't Want To Eat This Bug, Obviously

Update: 2020-10-12


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  • Being able to cook a recipe from your mind without being able to explain how.

    • Every recipe has a step called "to taste" that is a mini version of this. How much salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin do I add to these chilaquiles? I donno, it's just muscle memory. But the muscle memory only works for three eggs. More or fewer, I screw it up.

  • How many times a day do you remember something stupid you've done in the past? Am I normal and developing as I should?

  • I miss making a game that was immune to bug reports.

  • Dan asks: "What would we have in common with intelligent aliens? It seems common for analytical-minded people to claim that mathematical theories are discovered rather than invented. There's a programming theory personality named Phillip Wadler who's claimed that if we met aliens, they would have Lambda Calculus. Another programming personality (on the 'math is invented' side) posted a hypothetical conversation between a human programmer and an alien programmer that went like this:

    • Human: How do you avoid race conditions?

    • Alien: We just look at the different futures and pick one without data races.

    • Alien: How do you calm arithmetic when it's angry?

    • Human: Our math is not sentient."

    • The Atari 2600 screenshot Jim was thinking of:

  • What's the worst thing you've ever put in your mouth?

  • Nintendo Labo is an industrial design marvel.

  • Has anyone else noticed that long-anticipated events eventually "happen" and are thereafter "in the past"?

  • For years my personal blog was the top internet resource for earlobe cysts.


  • Traveling to E3 from Australia.

  • Making games for the Nokia N-Gage.

  • Just now realizing that "Squirrel Girl" rhymes.

  • Bluffing your way through a title pun because there's limited time in a game jam.

  • A pun that you need to be both from England and New Zealand to get.

  • Procedures for recreating an unknown recipe when the recipe changes as it's observed.

  • A discrete series of steps that can be reproduced

  • A bottomless measuring cup that keeps track of how much a substance that passed through it.

  • A measuring cup that tells an anonymous third party you how much of a thing it holds, but doesn't tell the user.

  • Whether or not anything comes up if you search the internet for minestrone soup recipes.

  • Getting owned on Twitter after posting about the Ship of Theseus.

  • Feeling dumb and then later feeling dumb about how you felt dumb.

  • The mortifying ordeal of being known.

  • Dismissing intrusive thoughts with a vocal tic or a spasm.

  • Remembering advertising jingles from the 1980s all the goddamned time.

  • Whether or not the Zest jingle invented the word "zestfully"

  • Corporations owing serious back rent on the space in your brain taken up by advertising jingles.

  • Crackly choc-ice.

  • Going into a deep existential dread about a forty-year-old t-shirt.

  • Calling it the "WC" when it takes way longer to say "WC" than "water closet"

  • Asking the waitress where the toilet is and she gives you a weird look and says "in the bathroom, sir."

  • Offering your top hat for the nobleman to micturate into.

  • Having an audience who sees cool literary references in your work and assumes you did them on purpose.

  • Writing an impossible season cliffhanger believe that you're quiting the show, but then not quitting the show and having to somehow resolve the cliffhanger.

  • The biggest spoiler being whether or not a work is good or not.

  • Living vicariously through someone watching your favorite TV series for the first time.

  • Meeting an alien race with sentient math.

  • Having just the one math but being certain that it's the only math.

  • Doing your best to communicate with intelligent aliens but you can't think of anything to talk about.

  • Only trying to contact alien races that you have enough in common with to meaningfully communicate.

  • What kind of math a salt-leech would invent.

  • Coherent systems of mathematics that don't reflect reality.

  • Maths that would hypothetically reflect reality better than ours, and how ours could do better.

  • The guy waking you up from your cryogenic sleep explaining to you that we know how to divide by zero now.

  • Knowing that if the laws of physics change, your program will break.

  • Recompiling once a year to make sure your program breaks when mathematical laws are updated.

  • Realizing that the anecdote you're about to tell actually happened to your brother, not you.

  • Discovering that ants are extremely sour.

  • Ordering a shark kebab and the guy asks if you want crickets on it and you're certain you misheard him so you ask "what are those?" and he says "they're tiny bugs!"

  • Crickets just being crunchy until you look at them and realize that you're definitely eating an entire being right now.

  • Being stuck with your lame fish and chips when Australians have badass shark and chips.

  • Things you learned as a kid and never critically examined as an adult.

  • Razor clams: the meal that bites back.

  • Building a fully functional steering wheel, with levers and adjustable dials that click, out of cardboard and rubber bands.

  • The visual programming environment that comes with Nintendo Labo.

  • Buying toys for an eight year old when your son is born because one day he'll be eight.

  • Artisanal reprinted Nintendo Labo cardboard components on Etsy.

  • Taking your cardboard Nintendo Labo synth on tour and seeing how many gigs it lasts for.

  • Everybody really wanting to hear Jim's earlobe cyst story.

  • Jim's primary claim to fame before Frog Fractions.

  • Jim's top 3 earlobe cyst tips.

  • Just how deceptively close to the jugular the earlobe is.

  • Getting to watch a stranger's kid grow up because they don't believe you when you say they've got the wrong email address.

  • The kind of person who just assumes their email address is their name at

  • Holding onto the last vapors of 2012 Twitter.

  • Like finally talking to T-Rex.

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51. I Don't Want To Eat This Bug, Obviously

51. I Don't Want To Eat This Bug, Obviously

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