51. I Don't Want To Eat This Bug, Obviously
- Ben is not on the Internet but is just happy to be here. He recommends Lindsay Ellis, an excellent film critic:
- Ryan is The Man Who Messed Up Walking His Dog So Badly It Made The News.
- 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?
- The Ice Magic jingle in Ben’s head for the rest of his life: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0rfL9d4MDJY
- 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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_message
- What's the worst thing you've ever put in your mouth?
- Nintendo Labo is an industrial design marvel.
- Watch someone transform a Nintendo Labo keyboard into an actual synth! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CjLOElL0rY
- 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 gmail.com.
- Holding onto the last vapors of 2012 Twitter.
- Like finally talking to T-Rex.
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