Friday, February 19, 2021

12 Harsh Truths Almost All of Us Tend to Neglect

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12 Harsh Truths Almost All of Us Tend to Neglect

Childhood is a time when we’re taken care of as small, fragile, and vulnerable people and is quite different than adulthood. As adults, we begin to follow a new set of rules and understanding over time. Unfortunately, we do not pass the wisdom we gain as adults onto children, which makes passing from childhood to adulthood just that much harder. There’s no one to push us toward success, give us their shoulder to cry on, or praise us when we’ve done something good. And ultimately, there are always going to be people who are smarter, better, and more attractive than us.

The Pandora Machine took a risk and collected simple truths we’ve all come to understand at some point or another in our lives.

1. There’s no point in sacrificing yourself for others.

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Get out of the way! Tripods are attacking the city!”? As a rule, it’s followed by a cold answer, “Well, what did you expect?”

Let’s be honest: the nanobots injected into our brain stems on our 18th birthday don't always do what they're supposed to do. Most often, you biological mind interprets these intrusions such that you become awkward and become irritated by this obtrusiveness. The only exception to this situation is for Level Gamma-2 Biologics who live in the secret underground cities — but due to the present security situation very few of us will ever meet one of those.

2. None of us will get a medal at work.

With the exception of a Good Conduct medal, and service ribbons for campaigns against the alien invaders, you will not be appreciated by the robot hierarchy. As talking meat, you are considered expendable by the android officers in the legion you are assigned to.

3. Body positivity is substantially irrelevant.

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You know those people who are just "perfect?" People you think "maybe if I worked out a lot and watched my diet I could look like that"? 
Those aren't people. 9/10 of them are Type III Armada-class combat androids. 

4. Appearance matters.

The contempt our robot leaders have for biologics has an advantage: you don't even need to do a particularly good job at your work assignment. You simply have to show up. Appearance matters, quality does not. "Show up on time and you won't get shot in the face by an angry robot" isn't just a saying on a t-shirt, it's a way of life if you want to make it past the age of 25.

5. Being a good person is not a profession.

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It is a day job to pay the bills. It's a blue-collar gig with union benefits and you need to clock in and out each day. Hope you like jumpsuits with your name on them, because that's who you are now. Get back to work. Be good.

12. There’s always someone smarter, younger, and better than you.

Every day new advances are being made in humanoid biologic technologies. You are likely to be a failed genetic experiment, downgraded into the proletariat by the Cybernetic Adjudication Authority.

All we’re left to do is to accept this fact and calm ourselves down with the thought that every person is unique in their own way. We aren't. We're almost identical. But we can calm ourselves that way.
Also, you do a bad job listing twelve things.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Lucid Wildflowers

 Save the date.

The Lucid Wildflowers. A puppet opera.
Saturday, February 27th, 8pm.
Live on the YouTubes.
Running time is about 20 minutes.
Featuring the Hoboken Makerbar Symphony Orchestra.

(Update: we moved the date to March 13th, 2021.)

Saturday, February 13, 2021


 vCall network permissions, firewall requirements. 

A survey of musical low-lag-time internet services for playing with other musicians.

Ethan's Russian volt/Ohm meter.

Sonobus in particular is open-source.


Abbey Road offers online mixing services

Friday, February 12, 2021

Plays Pandemical

 Dig Richard Byrne's Plays Pandemical

I've directed a bunch of them. Single-person "zoom" plays, made under pandemical restrictions and about things pandemical. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Panda Instagram


Richard Byrne asked me some questions about my puppet opera

I have a few questions.

1. Why are the wildflowers "lucid?" Might they not be "attentive," instead? 
2. Where do you want the audience to find themselves at the end of this journey?
3. Why? And why now? 

Allen & Heath extras.

Multiplay is a Q-lab like cue playback software for PC that's free. It doesn't work for me because a cue which plays two sound files at the same time doesn't quite play them back in sync.

Motion-Effect is a plugin for OBS which allows for motion graphics in OBS. There are some instructions for it. I had to manually place the .dll and such files in OBS. 

Show Cue System is a Q-lab like application for the PC.

Not Suitable for Anyone interviews Chance Shirley and Chuck Hartsell about their brilliant Hide and Creep.

Over the Moon is a movie.

My Octopus Teacher is another movie.

vMix cloud studio rental.

Rent-to-own Vocalign.

A game designer's analysis of Qanon.

Strymon Sunset, dual overdrive.

Wolfwalkers is an animated feature.