68 minutes | Apr 12, 2021

77. A Vocal Quirk Of Your Mind (For Other People)

Support Topic Lords on Patreon and get episodes a week early! Lords: Tyriq https://twitter.com/FourbitFriday Chris https://twitter.com/MrChrisLHall Topics: Revisiting Game Maker after 10 years, and getting right back into it What's your jrpg/anime vocal quirk? Electric showers Weval - Someday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-wEvzqdDZg UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNESCO_Intangible_Cultural_Heritage_Lists Microtopics: A game that has been in early access for 7,000 years. Coming back to software you last used a decade ago and finding that it has a night theme now. Old vs. new Game Maker. Knowing the context a word is borrowed from and assuming more meaning carried over than actually did. Terms that programming borrowed from philosophy, like "monad" and "blockchain." Function-shaped functions. Seeing people misuse a tool and trying to decide whether it'd be better to teach them how to use the tool, or make a new tool that works how they expect. That time someone tried to port Catacomb Kids to C++ before realizing that someone had been adding features to this game for ten years. The Dark Theme era. Jim just happening to know how many lines of code the Frog Fractions remaster is. How many lines of code is reasonable for an action roguelike that one person has worked on for ten years. Measuring code complexity by zipping it and looking at the file size. Designing the rules of a game to stop people from ruining it for themselves. How your laugh maps to your blood type. Deciding that when a character says "..." that means that they farted, and suddenly being able to enjoy Visual Novels. Whether Jay Gatsby saying "old sport" all the time is the same phenomenon as Moogles always saying "kupo." Typing in a swear word when an Animal Crossing character asks you for a new catchphrase and returning the cartridge to GameStop who will sell it to a small child and it'll end up on the local news. Incorporating goat noises into your speech in a subtle enough way that people aren't sure if you just made a goat noise. Everybody having their own weird noise that they made repeatedly instead of just having a face. Deciding that your signature isn't cool enough and hiring a signature designer to help you out. Whether "signature designer" is a real job you can make a living doing. Designing a different unique fart for every character in your JRPG so they each have a fart that fits your personality. Why making a fart noise with your tongue is called a "raspberry." How nobody can tell you've got a duck call under your COVID mask until it's too late. A showerhead plugged into a wall outlet. Heating water as it passes through the showerhead. Reassuring onlookers that you've been showering in an electric shower for decades and you've only been shocked a few times and you just have to not touch the metal plumbing. Wearing rubber shoes in the shower so the electric showerhead doesn't electrocute you. How nobody posting in the thread about electric showers has died. Electric showers waking you up even more effectively than regular showers. Not knowing what people want from things. Nuclear pacemakers. The number of nuclear pacemakers still in use today. Your nuclear pacemaker keeping your heart beating long after the rest of you has died. The Council of the Nuclear Hearts. Plugging your electric shower right into your nuclear heart. Electric flamethrowers. Lighting your cigarette with a tiny taser. 24 seconds of zooming in on the forest canopy. A video which is very dense with frames. A video which is exactly the kind of video that video codecs are be bad at encoding. Star Turns. A web site where people can repost your content uncredited and go viral. A guest accidentally unplugging their headphones followed by thirty seconds of "can you hear me? I can hear you." Standing on a floor that is painted to give you vertigo. Buildings that are cool in this video. Getting really excited every time you see aerial photography. Freeways. Starting with macro shots of urban environments and transitioning to wider shots of rural environments. Canopy shyness. Voronoi diagrams. Preserving aspects of human culture that don't take the form of a physical object. Intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding. Intangible culture lost in the natural process of human becomingness. Whether history is worth knowing. A series of Duke Nukem strategy guides collected in the Library of Congress, rebound to look like a hardcover from the 1950s. What it takes to preserve a skill that a community of people practices over the course of their lives. Dance notation for very constrained types of dance. Tugging rituals. Avalanche risk management. Notation for bee dances. Dance notation which is just a list of where all the ping pong balls were. How every culture agrees that Kiki is the spiky one and Bouba is the round one. Wine horses. A very Western centric view of how many instruments have ever existed. How to make the number four out of only letters. Support Topic Lords
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