21. Strip Laser Tag
March 16th, 2020
1 hr 7 mins 53 secs
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- Josh makes Thunk. https://www.youtube.com/user/THUNKShow
- Elena is on the Topic Lords discord.
- 2:29 Procrastination, or, avoidance as a protective coping mechanism
- 13:08 Newcomb's Problem
- 19:46 Celebrating Christmas by saying you have a machine gun
- 26:16 Kevin asks: "The fear that other podcasts will steal your idea to discuss topics."
- 32:09 McMaster-Carr
- "Satisfying Spiral Liquid Bubbler Timer" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFLNpSqzn7o
- 41:34 Conlanging with toddlers
- 50:26 Preserving old software
- THUG Pro. http://www.thugpro.com/
- "Ozimals did give rabbit owners a brief chance to save their rabbits. Before shutting down, they gave away items which make rabbits not need food – and leaves them sterile. Some rabbits will live on forever, the last of their kind." https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/05/19/second-life-ozimals-pet-rabbits-dying/
- The Lifecycle of Software Objects. https://cpb-us-w2.wpmucdn.com/voices.uchicago.edu/dist/8/644/files/2017/08/Chiang-Lifecycle-of-Software-Objects-q3tsuw.pdf
- Rolled Out, the Super Monkey Ball clone. https://blog.rolledoutgame.com/
- Being old and knowing nothing.
- Finding out that you can buy citric acid and put it in your drinking water.
- Finding out that you can buy concrete and put it in your toilet.
- The refreshing concrete toilet.
- Regretting agreeing to do a thing you really enjoy.
- Defeating procrastinating by discovering what you're afraid of and reframing it or interceding.
- Worrying that you're incapable of surviving in a capitalist system.
- Tracing every fear back to a fear of dying alone, like how every page on Wikipedia leads to Philosophy.
- Wanting to do a thing but having no effective mechanism to prefer any given thing over any other and doing nothing.
- Hearing syllables and then "ass" and pretending you understand.
- Learning a word that you didn't know and then explaining it to other people.
- Breaking your task into small steps and doing the first step.
- Listening to your emotion and being like "what's your deal"
- Self-acceptance helping when beating yourself up doesn't.
- Instead of writing, taking copious notes and then skipping right to editing the notes into a completed text.
- Laying out an outline and then finishing the essay by removing the bullet points.
- Having an idea in each hand and holding two more in your left foot and trying to squinch them together into a linear series of thoughts.
- Everything being related to everything else.
- Giving people the tools they need to engage with topics.
- A future-knowing genie who knows you're going to have pizza tonight.
- Someone having done this topic already on a different podcast.
- Being the genie you want to see in the world.
- Causality seeming to flow in reverse.
- Reassuring the genie that you're not the kind of person who takes two boxes.
- The genie turning out to just be a guy with a rubber duck.
- An odd Christmas greeting that you are here for.
- Living next to people who think it's festive to announce how armed they are.
- Knocking on your neighbor's door and asking for a cup of machine gun.
- A corpse wearing a santa hat.
- Trying to think of any movie that doesn't depict a corpse that could've worn a santa hat.
- Some of your best friends having machine guns.
- Being charmed by the utilitarian and efficient design of firearms.
- Crying in a VR game and the tears filling up the mask until you drown.
- Strip laser tag.
- A topic peasant just waltzing in and talking about topics.
- Editing out the guy hiding with a gun in post.
- Having an unconscionable amount of bash.org memorized.
- Waking up from your drugged haze to a flaming burnt cake in the oven and your house is burning down.
- Being sad because the folks at Chipotle forgot your burrito but then your wife reminds you that you've eaten it already and you just forgot.
- Everything that you could possibly need to build a thing.
- Spinning around in an enormous magical hardware store with arms outstretched and an inventory robot fluttering around your skirt and landing on your finger.
- Metal boxy objects of mysterious provenance.
- The reaction speed of your transition lenses.
- Welding masks transitioning to near-opaque in less than a millisecond because at any moment you might use a plasma beam that is brighter than the surface of the sun.
- Installing permanent earplugs powered by your greasy earwax.
- Not needing McMaster-Carr after Josh just tells you the answer.
- An oil timer forcing a door to open or close slowly.
- Having an idea for a cool Youtube video and assuming there's probably a cool Youtube guy who's already done it.
- A toddler teaching you how to teach dragon language and the dragons being annoyed you didn't ask them.
- Asking one of the indigineous people what the name of the hated rival tribe is named and them saying a slur and then being like "okay you're all that now."
- Circumlocuting around the concept of the color green.
- Summing up your engineering degree as "f=ma" and "you can't push a rope" and saving your listeners five years.
- A fairly ingenious use of math that we've had sitting around forever.
- Sliding rules getting us to the moon because we hadn't invented calculators yet.
- The content being the same but the context changing.
- The NES being the game dev platform that is most likely to survive the next thousand years.
- Trolling through aerospace source code looking for funny comments.
- Deleting your source code to free up space because nobody is ever going to need to port or revise Final Fantasy 7.
- Planning a heist to retrieve the floppy disks stashed above the acoustic ceiling tiles of a dry cleaning service.
- Games being reasonably well-preserved but other kinds of software being mostly lost because teenaged nerds don't care about it.
- AI pets dying because the company that manufactured them went out of business.
- Your GMO dog dying because the manufacturer's SSL certificate expired.