The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: How To Test Popcorn Ceiling For Asbestos

Your Austin game writer just dugHow To Test Popcorn Ceiling For Asbestos.
In this video I show how I used a lab service to test some popcorn ceiling material for asbestos. You just scrape off some samples and mail them in for testing. The service I decided to go with is Western Analytical. Their site is here: https://ift.tt/1Pr9XCe

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Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About This Scene in Alita?

Alita: Battle Angel isn’t exactly a classic. Despite (or perhaps because of) its long history as a manga, a pet project of James Cameron, and a movie in development hell, the characters felt a little generic, some of the action was inexplicable, and the plot felt a little unbaked and unconvincing. Still, there was one standout scene that I’m still thinking about.

Mahershala Ali turned in one of the best acted scenes I’ve seen in the last decade in Alita. Pure genius. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. (I don’t want to spoil it; that scene is a late-game plot development.) Too bad his part as Vector, a typical bad guy lieutenant, was otherwise fairly rote.

Ali is a talent to watch, and I need to track down more of his performances, like his runs in The 4400 and Moonlight. Hopefully he gets some better roles in future than this one.

Note: Ali is the first black actor to win two Oscars in the same category (best supporting actor, in his case). Hard to believe that’s never happened before.

Here’s Ali in costume talking about the movie.

The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: Pumped Up Kicks Radiohead Mashup – Pomplamoose

Your Austin game writer just dugPumped Up Kicks Radiohead Mashup – Pomplamoose.
Not totally sure WHY this happened, but I dig it.
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Lead Vocals: Nataly Dawn
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Engineer: Pete Min
Drums: Sarab Singh
Guit: Brian Green
Bass: Nick Campbell
Background Vocals (left): Loren Battley
Background Vocals (right): Sarah Dugas
Cinematography: Ricky Chavez
Recorded and Filmed at Lucy’s Meat Market in Los Angeles

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The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: The Saturday Boy (Billy Bragg cover) – Alice and Jamie

Your Austin game writer just dugThe Saturday Boy (Billy Bragg cover) – Alice and Jamie.
A very serious song. Mandolin debut on a cheeky Billy Bragg cover wit’ ma main man, Jamie Warnes.
Check ‘im out, do so at your own peril…
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Fake Videogame Companies

Fake videogame companies are now a thing, and it’s no real surprise to anyone who’s been watching the industry for a minute. Like many other crazy videogame wannabes, this Mahal guy got too greedy, pulled a Theranos (aka his lies and ego were the only thing of value that he was peddling), and screwed all of the people who tried to help him. That could be you, aspiring videogame designer… either the screwer or the screwee. The full story is up at Kotaku.

I don’t think Mahal did this maliciously. In his original plan, he probably saw them delivering a hit videogame. People don’t get into videogame development to make money; greedy people go to Wall Street. But at some point I’m guessing Mahal realized that the project would never reach completion, and he kept his group slaving on in hopes of… well, your guess is as good as mine. And that’s where the Theranos comparison starts to click in. If you don’t know Theranos, google it.

The funny thing is that the story isn’t too different from how Bill Gates founded Microsoft. In this article from IEEE Spectrum, Bob Zeidman details how Gates found out that IBM needed an operating system, bought the rights to SCP’s QDOS, and hired the creator to update it for IBM’s needs. The IBM PC went on to make computing history, and Microsoft rode that wave to become Microsoft. (Zeidman also goes on to investigate allegations that Gates’ code illegally stole from another company’s.)

Gates was like Mahal in that he didn’t have what people wanted, but smelling opportunity, he told them he did and then put all his energy into getting the desired product. Unlike Mahal, though, Gates had some resources (3x Mahal’s, and in 1970s money) and acumen, and he was successful in getting the product and turning it into something commercially viable.

Lesson? Well, it boils down to acumen. Knowing what you can do, sensing opportunity, and delivering. It doesn’t have much to do with videogames per se. Your parents would probably call it “horse sense.”

In other news, my pals Florence and Logan hooked me up with tickets to another ACL taping last night. I like to document these shows on the blog; the headliner was Lucy Dacus, who was originally supposed to play with Julien Baker, but Baker was ill. Despite her age (24) Dacus held the stage capably and showed the capacity to drive propulsively the show whether backed by guitar, bass, and drums or just with her voice and a single guitar. “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” and the capper “Fool’s Gold” were highlights.

The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: Superman Auditions – SNL

Your Austin game writer just dugSuperman Auditions – SNL.
Three actors (Christopher Reeve, Gary Kroeger, Rich Hall) audition for the role of Superman and the director (Jim Belushi) has them do some very dangerous stunts. [Season 8, 1984]

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The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx

Your Austin game writer just dugWheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx.
Jimmy challenges Jamie to a game of random musical impressions, such as John Legend singing the Toys “R” Us jingle.

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The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: Simpsons Couch Gag | Rick and Morty | Adult Swim

Your Austin game writer just dugSimpsons Couch Gag | Rick and Morty | Adult Swim.
Two great worlds collide . . . violently. Do not miss the Rick and Morty Season Premiere, July 26th!

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Viral Video Shows Soccer Kid Shining for Playstation 5

This viral video charms you pretty good. The kid’s excitement is palpable yet he goes about the task like a craftsman.

I’m not sure what the father’s saying at the beginning about “just once.” The whole feat is three a row. Apparently the kid did it in one go, too. There are only three balls out there and he seems fresh to the work. Good job, kid!

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Real Telepathy: Telepathy Is Here Now… With A Little Help

Real telepathy? Believe it, baby. NPR is reporting that telepathy is actually a reality, thanks to computers and some researchers at the UW Seattle Center for Neurotechnology.

That’s correct: people are communicating brain-to-brain right now. They’re not even in the same room, and they’re telling each other how to play Tetris blind. It’s slow, it’s a little clunky, and it requires a fair amount of computer-aided hardware, but it’s telepathy all right.

Don’t believe me? It might look a little like playing Pong in a disco, but it’s REAL TELEPATHY with video evidence. Check it out below.

Did you see the strong magnets they’re holding near the head of the receiver guy? That’s what creates the golden glow in his visual field, and that’s what you should keep away from your reproductive organs at all costs.

You can imagine how a little miniaturization and faster processing speeds could make this magical pretty quickly. Coming soon to a blackjack table near you: real telepathy! If the weird hairpiece on the girl in the next seat starts to buzz, fold ’em like they’re hot!