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In the 1980s, American NES players got everything three years after Japanese Famicom players. When the Soviet Union fell, Russians finally got their NES equivalent, the Dendy, from a company named Steepler. And they had no idea just how many of their beloved games were Chinese pirate cartridges.

The story can finally be told to the world by Dendy Chronicles. It starts with the Mario "franchise", over the course of three half-hour episodes. If your time is valuable, just watch #3 because your time is valuable and this one dives right into surreal Twilight Zone territory. #1 covers the original Mario trilogy, and how it was presented in Russia. Remember to click the CC button to turn on English subtitles.
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Internet legend Kibo once reviewed a movie called Mr. Magoo, in which Leslie Nielsen forgets what made him funny in Airplane!.

Years later, when he was in full-on clown mode, but too old to insure for a feature film, he made these commercials for Arizona Federal Credit Union.
  1. 1. I don't remember the cheerleaders being this hot when I went to Computer U.
  2. How many more ways could the director have underlined the "uh-oh" moment?
OK those were the only two I found online.
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So I got home intending to start making my own literature translations in a wiki dedicated to English without French/Latin/Greek loanwords, so that my favorite Python sketches and 4chan copypasta could exist in the same weird parallel universe as the Banded Folkdoms of Americksland.

Thanks to some discussion I had on #xkcd, I was inspired to run across the street to Whole Foods and try some raw milk cheese for the first time. I bought two such cheeses: one raw milk swiss, and one "naked goat", and bought a third pasteurized cheese because I couldn't pass up "Pepper Garlic Feta from Black Mesa".

By the time I was done with that, the novelty of Anglish had started to wear off a bit.
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When was the last time you looked up, and read a presidential candidate's speech from months ago before bed?

Not since Perot, I'd think. If we had YouTube, he and his charts would have been all over that.

Incidentally, Perot is still around, and still trying to save the country with charts. Thanks for not giving up, Ross.

But I felt compelled to look up Obama's speech on religion's place in politics, trying to figure out whether there's anything there pointing to him being a secret atheist. He does use the same examples that atheists like to use to "zing" the Bible, but his tone is much more supportive in religion in one's personal life.

I'd be sad to see the whole election go by, without hearing McCain deliver something that approaches that level of rhetoric. I think that, like Al Gore, he will experience a great unclenching once the other guy gets inaugurated. And I'm sure he'll be invited to the TED conference. But Gore's pet issues involved things that happen all over the planet, and McCain's seem to be about things that happen in Washington. Maybe that's the real reason he's not connecting with people as deeply.
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Finally, someone with a crazier theory than chemtrails: rainbow sprinkler is proof that we're all DOOMED!

I wonder what force could have stopped someone from noticing rainbows in sprinkler spray 20 years ago. In Phoenix, playing in the sprinklers is how we survive our childhood; maybe this isn't so in NoCal. And maybe it's harder to bring out in wetter climates. In any case, it's apparent that she doesn't get out much.

Oh, and also, if you run your sprinklers at night, less of the water will evaporate, and more will make it into the ground.

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Jul. 19th, 2008 07:50 pm
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Nico Nico Douga reminds me of dotsub.

Both are for user-contributed video, with other-user-contributed subtitles.

But NND has an ignorable EULA and a hands-off approach to copyright enfortcement and quality control alike. So there's lots of content, and lots of comment. There are two full-length South Park episodes in English, with a complete set of user-contributed subtitles.

Dotsub makes you qualify to become a translator, and makes you declare the copyright status of everything you upload. As a result, there's nothing there, or there was last time I checked, which was ages ago.
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Lore does it again, coining the phrase "mandatory pants."
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There's a website out there that's collecting Obama campaign bumper stickers specific to each state, starting with about 14.

I bring this up only because Arizona's is clever, in a sort of left-handed way that's probably too clever for a bumper sticker.

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Today's sentence I love from a web article:
One militantly gender-neutral friend who had withheld dolls from her daughter says she once walked in on her daughter cooing to a toy truck she'd swaddled in a pink blankie.
I've got to practice saying a fourth-person version of this sentence aloud, so I can bring it up whenever someone tries to claim that men and women are alike.
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Once again, the best news source: the Doo-Dah News Ticker. Now more than ever during election seasno.

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You know that Mario clone video where the level looks like World 1-1 but everything's a trap?

On this 4-ch post about the game, there's a link to the video, a link to the downloadable version of the game, and a complete list of all the Japanese text in the game, i.e. the taunts that appear next to an enemy when it kills you.

It's only a matter of time before someone translates it all. Maybe they'll submit subtitled versions to dotsub.

Oh, also: there's still time to vote for 4-ch's game of the year 2007.
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DOUGLAS ADAMS!  Now that I have your attention:

First of all, the Royal Institute Christmas Lecture for Children, in 1991, was delivered by Richard Dawkins, at the point where people were over the controversy of "The Selfish Gene", and he hadn't become cranky enough to write "The God Delusion" yet.
Oxford professor Richard Dawkins presents a series of lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. With brilliance and clarity, Dawkins unravels an educational gem that will mesmerize young and old alike.  Illuminating demonstrations, wildlife, virtual reality, and special guests (including Douglas Adams) all combine to make this collection atimeless classic.
  You can watch it here, and Episode 4 fis where Adams appears, in case you don't notice his giant face dominating the thumbnail for that episode.  I find the title of that segment even more tempting: "The Ultraviolet Garden".

BTW, I also just sent "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" back to Netflix today.  When I saw it in theaters, I called it a three-star movie.  The commentaries make it clear that I just didn't catch enough of the Douglas Adams spirit that was infused throughout the film.  I still think the love story was stapled on.

Also, I had no idea the "radio theme" was an Eagles song.
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If you're watching James Van Praagh and John Edward on their upcoming Larry King Live appearance, be sure to print out this Cold Reading Bingo card beforehand.

Swear!

Nov. 12th, 2007 01:53 pm
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It turns out that Super Mario Galaxy probably won't arrive at EB Games until tomorrow. So instead, I'm going to trot out this old gem: Swear, the classic Snake game, played out in non-Euclidean space. Play on a sphere, a torus, and all manner of strange manifolds.

Excellent. In fact, if I'd thought of this earlier and submitted it, it might have been on Attack of the Show, as the best thing since that drunken sumo game.
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BoingBoing gives us the Ten Commandments of Mafiosi and Cowboys, respectively.

Has anyone here ever belonged to an organization that had a code of conduct spelled out in this way? Apart from the original Ten Commandments, of course.

memeage

Nov. 4th, 2007 10:24 pm
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So last night I was at [livejournal.com profile] daemonx's house and we were all in his room watching internet videos, and we came across some misheard lyric videos.

This was the first time I think I've heard "Dragostea Din Tei" in its entirely, aka the Numa Numa song.

So today I hit Wikipedia and Yotube, found the original Numa Numa Dance video, whatever. It's a catchy song, but it takes more than a goofy lip sync to get my respect.

Then: the Japanese Numa Numa video. Where have you been all my life?

Things I love about this video:
  • Has both misheard lyrics, and real Romanian lyrics in the captions.
  • A handful of the misheard lyrics are in English, just to throw a bone to the West.
  • The underlying plot of the animation seemed to vaguely coincide with the lyrics, though I'm more likely to be misunderstanding the animation than the lyrics, having read this translation.
  • Pretty slick animation, compared against the photograph-and-captions slideshows I saw on the English ones last night.
  • 2ch cats! I recognize then, though the only other places I've seen them were on that NSFW Chinko Anesan animation, and at an electronics store in Akihabara.
...and many more. Hey, are there any other Flash animations with those 2ch cats?
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An oddly appropriate bash.org quote:
<Kury^> the other day i found out that my Uni's fire evacuation policy for ppl with wheelchairs is to 'push them into a room, close the door, escape and then give the room number to the firemen'
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Fold your own Pigasus, the flying pig.

I had a glass Pigasus I bought at one of Tempe's street festivals. I wonder where it is, and whether it survived the move. (Ed: It was still attached to the hanging backsets, which are hanging once again.)


If you can be trusted with scissors, you can also make Portal papercraft.

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