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How Crash Bandicoot hacked the original PlayStation [YouTube] “Memory was so short in Crash Bandicoot that I took to stealing little bits and pieces of extra memory from the Sony libraries. I would like just try erasing parts of them that I thought I wasn't using and see if things still worked. If they did, I would mark them as available and I just hacked their code by just changing the byte codes. I'm like, you can do this. Look, I fixed it. If they wouldn't fix it for me, I was just gonna like edit their code. It was free memory. The memory was finite. But you were definitely not supposed to do that.” [via: Ars Technica][Full Transcript]
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When up means down: why do so many video game players invert their controls? [The Guardian] “Imagine you are playing a video game where you’re looking out over an explorable world. You have a controller in your hand and you want your character to look or move upwards: in what direction do you push the joystick? If the answer is “up”, you’re in the majority – most players push up on a stick, or slide a mouse upwards, to instigate upward motion in a game. Most, but not all. A significant minority of players start every new game they play by going into the options and selecting “Invert Y axis”, which means when they push up on the stick, their onscreen avatar looks or moves downwards. To both sets of players, their own choice is logical and natural, and discussions about the subject can get quite fraught – as I found when I tweeted about it a few weeks ago. But why the perceptual difference? Is there anything definite that neuroscientists or psychologists can tell us about this schism?”
comment posted at 11:06 AM on Feb-29-20

Giggle is a "girls only social network" for Android and IOS. It uses "bio-metric gender verification software" to make sure the site is free of men. (Not boys. The site is "for girls" and "not for men.") Since it recognizes "gender" by bone structure, it admits it may have some problems identifying trans girls. But don't worry! "If you are at all concerned with the possibility of being misgendered, you are welcome to contact giggle HQ for manual onboarding."
comment posted at 11:35 AM on Feb-16-20

So many comics get away with this that when I initially released the video, I got dozens of messages from people who knew “exactly who it was about,” and they all said someone different.
24 Comedians on the Comedy Clichés They’d Like to Kill Forever
comment posted at 12:50 PM on Feb-1-20

The western mystery traditions are becoming more and more enticing to millennials. An interview with a DePaul university PhD philosophy candidate on esotericism.
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OKAY. The Princess Bride. Super well known and beloved film, and I have absolutely no idea what it's about. Now I did initially think it was the one (also not seen) where the lady comes down on a meteor or something but apparently not so, and I think I also got it mixed up with Zorro? Idk i've not seen that one either. So my best guess is 1) there's a princess and 2) she's a bride. Now this seems, to me, pretty standard so idk why this movie is so beloved. […]

So... let's dive in?
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comment posted at 9:54 AM on Jan-20-20

"People are not interested in any scientific result of the experiments I performed (NM Space Museum), what fills them with emotion is that something Mexican came into space." The most popular food in the country left Earth 30 years ago to stay. NASA now uses it as one of the basic meals for its missions. “This is one of Mexico's great contributions to the conquest of space,” [Rodolfo Neri Vela] mentions with laughter. (Google auto-translation of article in El Pais) In 2013, Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Chef Traci Des Jardins made a Space Burrito (YouTube), and four years earlier, José Hernández and Danny Olivas made their own burritos in space. "Their feast made the news; a video soon went viral across the Internet, the astronauts’ beaming, proud smiles as they hoisted their fast food for humanity to see. So high in the heavens, up above the world, the burrito not only had become universal—it was now, finally, truly, cosmic." (Latino Magazine)
comment posted at 9:52 PM on Jan-16-20

It turns out that the MEMS microphones used in most always-listening voice-activated home assistants are sensitive not only to sound but to modulated light as well. Smarter Every Day explores some of the consequences.
comment posted at 11:04 AM on Jan-16-20

It was still dark when Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 took off on Wednesday from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport. Onboard were 176 people. Most were returning home after holidays spent with families and friends in Iran. They were couples, newlyweds, students.
comment posted at 4:56 AM on Jan-11-20

Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart has died. Neil Peart, long time drummer and lyricist for Rush died from brain cancer on January 7th.
comment posted at 5:11 AM on Jan-11-20

"I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter" is a short story by Isabel Fall, published in the January 2020 issue of Clarkesworld (with an audio version also available). And yes, she knows what she's doing.
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Do you know what your produce looks like before you buy it? Well, Do you?
comment posted at 8:19 PM on Jan-9-20

The big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats (previously) has been a box office trainwreck, with critics and audiences panning it, resulting in an estimated loss of $100M. Given the bad press on the film, the Washington Post asks a simple question - does the film play better while under the influence? (SLWaPo)
comment posted at 11:04 AM on Jan-7-20

If You've Eaten 38/54 Of These Foods, You're An Adventurous Eater It's just some light relief, we all love food and food fights, don't we? The post title is the whole text of one of the comments
comment posted at 7:01 PM on Jan-5-20

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 [Announcement Trailer] [Gameplay Trailer][Seasons/Dynamic Weather Trailer][Tour of Cockpit Trailer]“Releasing in 2020, the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator looks greater than fiction. Apparently, its hyper-realistic graphics are a product of AI technology and satellite data. “From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and stunning aircraft in an incredibly realistic world,” the trailer’s description reads. “Create your flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet. Enjoy flying day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.”” [via: Kotaku]
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The story of Bernal Cutlery started many years ago in a small kitchen. Josh Donald had recently been laid off. Kelly Kozak was adding up the bills. They didn’t have enough for groceries. Josh was sharpening a knife at the table. Why not offer a sharpening service in the neighborhood to make ends meet? “The Story of Knives” is an illustrated tale about love, overcoming addiction and the resilience it takes to stay together. From San Franciso's Mission Local news site.
comment posted at 8:05 AM on Jan-2-20


DreamWorks "Screwed Up" Galaxy Quest (Never Give Up! Never Surrender!) was released 20 years ago on Dec. 25, 1999, but it did not make an immediate splash. “Most films fall off during the second weekend and we were seeing Galaxy Quest climb in its second weekend and climb again during its third weekend,” Parisot says. “Jeffrey (Katzenberg) called me during the second weekend and said, ‘I think we screwed up the advertising for this. I’m sorry.’”
comment posted at 10:11 PM on Dec-29-19

What Did We Get Stuck in Our Rectums Last Year? The only essential end of year round-up, courtesy Barry Petchetsky, has moved from Deadspin (RIP) to Vice.
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42 years after beginning as a DIY fanzine created by San Jose State students, Lowrider Magazine will cease printing "One of the most important contributions of Lowrider Magazine is the creation of a medium/tool that not only spread lowrider culture globally, but also created an intimate, cross-generational, and multicultural community for all lowrider lovers. The early issues of the magazine in the late 1970s and 1980s were also an important Chicana/o history book of events, people, and community." - Denise M. Sandoval (note, link has mildly NSFW images) Lowrider culture previously on metafilter: Lowrider influenced music, Japanese Lowriders
comment posted at 10:05 AM on Dec-21-19

Cleaning up the dishes. It is/is not complicated. But Dawn dish soap says you're doing it wrong....
comment posted at 10:03 AM on Dec-21-19

JK Rowling's Transphobia Wasn't Hard to Find, She Wrote a Book About It [Vice] “Fans and critics alike have been calling out Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling for years for her history of playing online footsie with noted transphobes. This week, she finally made explicit what a lot of those fans and critics have argued: She's an aggressive biological essentialist, and vocally supports known transphobes and their beliefs. It's the latest stage of the slow-burning, deepening estrangement between Harry Potter readers and a woman who has often been as ill-suited to the role of pop culture celebrity as she is eager to play it. But this latest turn in the conversation also underscores the degree to which Rowling has been successful in downplaying the peevish condescension and personal conservatism that she has flaunted in her writing outside the saga of the Boy Who Lived.”
comment posted at 3:07 PM on Dec-20-19


The original author of "popcorn" and one of the very first electronica mainstream artists, 1966 with Jean-Jacques Perrey (which was ripped of by Smashmouth). He was 97.
comment posted at 5:26 PM on Dec-16-19

Ten years ago, Folgers coffee first aired their now-infamous “Coming Home” ad. Little did they know, it would go on to inspire everything from parody videos to severely NSFW fan fiction.
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"The great trick of online retail has been to get us to do more shopping while thinking less about it – thinking less, in particular, about how our purchases reach our homes...It is as if we have forgotten that a product is an object moving through space, fighting gravity, air resistance and other forces of nature. Companies, though, are only too aware of it. While we choose and buy our purchases with mere inch-wide movements of our thumbs, they are busy rearranging the physical world so that our deliveries pelt towards us in ever-quicker time." How our home delivery habit reshaped the world, by Samanth Subramanian (Guardian longread).
comment posted at 9:12 PM on Dec-15-19

Also known as "fat innkeeper worms," this burrowing creature is found from southern Oregon to Baja but mostly around Monterey. This time, they landed on Drake's Beach.
comment posted at 3:46 PM on Dec-12-19

The great Christmas tree debate: Are real or fake firs better for the environment? [The Independent] “For many of us, the first shivers of that festive feeling come as we meander through the pines and firs at the local Christmas tree stall. Yet, while we become evermore conscious of the environmental impact of our spending, the question of whether artificial or real Christmas trees have a lower carbon footprint has become top of the eco-friendly Yuletide agenda. Do we opt for a lifelong plastic tree we can dust off and reuse every year, or do we embrace the urge for that real Christmas tree smell, buying one freshly felled and dumping it in a landfill come January? The obvious answer may be to shirk buying any tree at all – but bah humbug!”
comment posted at 11:36 AM on Dec-10-19

In 1965, [Gordon] Moore wrote that the number of components in a dense integrated circuit (i.e., transistors, resistors, diodes, or capacitors) had been doubling with every year of research, and he predicted that this would continue for another decade. Later on in 1975, he revised his prediction to the doubling occurring every two years. Today’s animation comes to us from DataGrapha, and it compares the predictions of Moore’s Law with data from actual computer chip innovations occurring between 1971 to 2019. Visualizing Moore’s Law in Action (1971-2019)
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