244. Get Gimbal Locked, Dean!


June 24th, 2024

1 hr 8 mins 11 secs

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About this Episode


  • Daniel
  • Andrew


  • Hyperthymesia
  • Animal Well
  • Bad news for my google alerts: "Twinbeard" is the name of the Helldivers 2 community manager
  • Dean asks "I know there are many seniors who are looking to start a business during retirement. For those who haven't settled on an idea yet, I'd love to suggest house flipping as a good way to earn income. May I write about this topic in a free article for your website -- specifically, how seniors can get into the house flipping business and become successful at it? I'll be sure to cover all the basics, including how to find the perfect property, how to finance the expenses, how to manage payroll for employees and contractors, etc. I'll also feature a link back to your website."
  • Should game developers "soak themselves" in games. Referring to this clip of Orson Welles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg-qaeIcuyI


  • Doom Guy: Life in First Person
  • A well full of animals.
  • A game that you keep hearing is great from people that you trust.
  • Remembering every detail of your life even though that's a terrible idea.
  • A cop asking you what you were doing on the night of November 3rd, 2021.
  • Fnords.
  • Eidetic memory vs. photographic memory vs. hyperthymesic memory.
  • Checking your memory of a time against your written records of that time.
  • Remembering that you're going to have a conversation about your day tonight so you had better do something interesting.
  • Data mining electronic records to figure out how you met somebody.
  • Playing a Sam Barlow game with your bank records.
  • Navier-Stokes fluid dynamics.
  • Spending a lot of time frowning.
  • Dark Forest.
  • A game providing you with a spoiler-free mechanism of conveying where you are in the game.
  • Shooting people vs. swording people.
  • The tools and verbs of just being a little guy.
  • Seeing a dog doing something you didn't expect to see a dog do.
  • Being unable to turn a crank because there's a blue ghost.
  • Choosing not to be a video game.
  • Setting up Google alerts for your game's working title.
  • Famous racehorse Secret Legend.
  • Liking some parts but not liking other parts.
  • How to construct a Google alert for t the video game Tunic.
  • Computer vision algorithms to increase yield and profitablity of insect farms.
  • How seniors can get into the house flipping business.
  • Collaborating with a spammer to write a poem about house flipping.
  • Exhorting a spammer to join the discord and post their dreams in the announcements channel.
  • A think tank dedicated to increasing house flipping around the world, measured by total rotation.
  • House flipping vs. house spinning.
  • A skateboard with the word "quaternion" written on it in a sick font.
  • Trying to flip a house but it gets gimbal locked and you lose everything.
  • Soaking in films. Just marinating in them.
  • Having virgin eyes in order to make great things.
  • Inventing video games from first principles.
  • The value of outsider art.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto inventing jumping.
  • Trying to remember the last time you jumped in real life.
  • Whether a historian has discovered the cave that inspired the Legend of Zelda.
  • What Stories Untold says about the Orson Welles quote about having virgin eyes.
  • Trying to prove yourself to a piece of software.
  • Trying to tell a story about a spaceship that doesn't involve combat.
  • 50 Years of Text Games.
  • Having read a book back when it was a blog.
  • Whether we have time for another topic.
  • Mixing a Red Bull with a Caffeine Free Coca Cola.
  • Sunlight patterns that remind you of wandering in the forest as a child
  • The disco ball as an extrapolation of dappled sunlight in the forest.
  • Out of focus motes of light.
  • Figuring out how to make a desert beautiful.
  • Living that home assistant life.
  • Going to a thrift store to buy a lamp to fix the terrible lighting in your hotel room.
  • A motor that's constantly jiggling a pot of water.
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