60. Pachinko Lava Lamp
- An adopted microwave which is too small for popcorn, begging the question: what is it for?
- What happened to Galapagos? (And recreating pinball in software.)
- The trade-off between customer satisfaction and worker safety
- John asks "Skipping over links to music when your friends post them, and in turn posting links to music without a shred of self-awareness/the mental barrier to recommending or sharing music."
- Relearning how to run
- A shoelace knot that you are amazed by.
- Whether somebody knows good ways of tying knots.
- Not having any ads on the show but the same shoelace knot being independently plugged by three separate guests.
- Looking outside and seeing someone furtively deposit the world's smallest microwave on the sidewalk.
- A microwave that is awesome until you try to put popcorn in it.
- A dollhouse microwave that can microwave popcorn one kernel at a time.
- The Easy Bake Microwave.
- That one kid you knew whose family was rich enough that he had a microwave in his bedroom.
- The Easy Bake TV which is just a light bulb that you stare into.
- Downsizing your lifestyle.
- Ultra-miniaturized microwaves that are just big enough for a can of Coca Cola.
- Hot Coke.
- Deciding to try Hot Coke after the show because your microwave is too small to fit anything bigger than a mug of Coca Cola.
- A hot tub with a volume of half a cubic foot.
- Whether the Whirlpool hot tub actually spins.
- Recording an entire additional episode of Topic Lords after this, that only we get to hear.
- Deciding that your fantasy console should be linear without knowing what linear means.
- Making software last a long time by targeting an emulator.
- Deciding that your entire approach to your current project is wrong and inverting its structure and then deciding to make a pinball game instead.
- Having to fake the physical pinball interactions because physics engines still aren't precise enough.
- Not having a ball bearing bouncing around inside of your phone.
- Applying an impulse when the ball hits a collision volume.
- The actual electromechanical mechanism of those triangles near the flippers that push the ball back.
- A physics solver that does mixed rigid and soft body deformation.
- Ordering pinball flippers online so you can measure them because you can't find specs describing their exact shape and size anywhere.
- How pop bumpers work.
- The ball rolling over the skirt and triggering the thrusters.
- Modeling an invisible cone that drives itself down.
- Buying a nice plastic skirt and an extremely high-current solenoid.
- Making a functional pinball table out of cardboard.
- A pinball table inside of a wine bottle.
- Pinball tables all having the common constraint that they need to fit through the door.
- "Hercules," the pinball table where the gimmick is that it's too big to fit through the door.
- How to draw the rest of the owl.
- Pinball except instead of a ball it's water.
- A PSP except instead of a portable video game system it's one of those games where you squeeze water to get rings onto posts.
- Christmas except every present is just a box of avocados.
- Pachinko except it's an oil timer.
- Physically impossible but physically accurate pinball machines.
- Pachinko except there's fire everywhere and what's falling through the pins is your dead body and all your individual bones.
- Getting licensed to make scrambled eggs with an espresso machine.
- A Big Black Egg Gauntlet.
- A big black glove that smells but doesn't look like rotten eggs.
- The pressure of an egg.
- Whether an egg could be held aloft by a shop vac.
- The video of an egg being sucked into a bottle that google shows you when it doesn't have any good results, because you can't stay mad when you get to see an egg sucked into a bottle.
- The ethics of asking your wife to take a video of cafe workers making scrambled eggs.
- The violence of recommendations.
- Whether or not you can get mad about your time being wasted for twenty seconds.
- Doing everything in your power to like your favorite band's new album.
- Your first "Hero's Journey" vs. your hundredth.
- The kind of media you consume while doing other things vs. the kind you actively study.
- Mentoring teenagers and exhorting that they listen to as much music as possible before they get old like you, and handing them some Linkin Park CDs.
- Getting better at stuff.
- Each sport having a different set of recommended vitamin supplements.
- Lurching forward on your ankles.
- Looking up how runners run on Youtube and immediately realizing how you can run way faster.
- Getting running shoes that force you to spring around on your toes rather than landing on your heel.
- Getting it but not liking it.
- Studying Full Tilt.
- Taking your kick scooter on the freeway.
- Pre-Stormdancer problems.
- Googling your own name and finding erotic short fiction starring a gay lumberjack with your name.
- The sound of probably not being able to hear anything
- Whether a beverage can be both hot and carbonated.
- Sadness when you can't carbonate soup.
- The audio signature of Coke being microwaved.
- A microwave% run of Super Mario 64 where you need to turn on the microwave next to the Nintendo 64 at the exact right frame.
- Honey refusing to dissolve in tea no matter how much you stir.
- Putting your mug of flat microwaved Coke in the Sodastream to recarbonate it.
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