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Two-Grass Of The Face

Two-Grass Of The Face

Update: 2020-06-08


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Lords this week:



  • Getting some emails in six weeks.

  • Tweeting about a book about olives and getting in touch with the author and starting a podcast about olives.

  • A dumb joke that you are taking very seriously.

  • Creating one podcast episode per olive cultivar.

  • Deciding that you'd rather work with people you like than talented people.

  • The hypothetical coworker who is sufficiently good at their job that you put up with the death of everyone who enters the room with them.

  • The origin of the 10x programmer myth.

  • Never having met a 10x programmer, but having met a 10x QA tester.

  • The 10x singer who sings at 10x the pitch of regular singers.

  • Noodling vs. deliberate, thoughtful creation.

  • Whether having rock stars in your rock band is worth all the trashed hotel rooms.

  • A language derived from Australian sailor slang.

  • Mouth grass.

  • Trying to express a technical idea without using technical vocabulary.

  • The correspondence between the simplicity of vocabulary and the speed of spoken language.

  • Leaving space for audience participation.

  • A language that isn't a big compost heap like English.

  • English 2, where every single word is a swear word.

  • Making an operating system because God told you to.

  • Making a new operating system to talk to God because you don't trust MS-DOS.

  • Whether talking to God has more or less stringent security requirements than a voting machine.

  • Which mental illnesses make you a better programmer.

  • Implementing Minesweeper in your new OS in case you get bored talking to God.

  • The TempleOS indie game scene.

  • The music video generator Jim is never going to make.

  • Reconciling how you feel about a mentally ill asshole.

  • Being very online and really into the N-word.

  • Everyone loving your forum posts about weird bespoke operating system but being less into your race war posts.

  • Art and technology paradropped in from an alternate timeline.

  • Outsider art suspension bridges.

  • A trash peninsula that no longer has any homeless encampments on it.

  • Building a castle out of shopping carts and reclaimed concrete.

  • The text adventure that they named the genre after.

  • Dad bringing home an Amiga 500 and playing Marble Madness with you.

  • Accidentally flood-filling the wrong place and getting really upset because you don't know about the undo button.

  • The cool kid with the advanced Amiga 500 who becomes progressively less cool over time because his dad refuses to get a new computer.

  • Seeing Doom and realizing that your beloved Amiga is done for, and Commodore going out of business later that year.

  • Telling journalists that you don't exist when they approach you for an interview.

  • Backing away from the ARG puzzle you're designing when you realize solving it would involve doxxing yourself.

  • Building rapport with games journalists, but taking so long to make your next game that they've left the industry.

  • The impossibility of building a fan following in video games after 2013.

  • Wearing a ratty fake mustache for your Problematic Jim alter ego.

  • Lying about how you made the horse talk.

  • Trying and failing to preserve the mystery by giving a fake mundane answer.

  • Finding value in a work while still being critical of it.

  • Becoming the avatar of embarrassing pop music.

  • Reclaiming "guilty pleasure" to mean something you enjoy by a problematic creator.

  • Society shaming you more for liking Fall Out Buy than liking a Polanski film.

  • What it would take to turn the average band into sex pests.

  • Soap opera production schedules.

  • Actors playing the same role for sixty years.

  • Not watching The Simpsons or South Park any more, but figuring that South Park must be holding up better because nobody is posting embarrassing clips of it on Twitter.

  • Your creative voice ossifying in the 90s and having to write in that voice for the rest of your life.

  • Remaining in the Garfield mines for the rest of your life when Garfield's legacy of shitposts is already secure.

  • Hoping that "goodbye" in Tok Pisin is a transliteration of "see you in hell."

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Two-Grass Of The Face

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