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  1. R.I.P. Ryan Davis

    Man, the ending of that last podcast killed me.
  2. R.I.P. Ryan Davis

    I listened to the giant bombcast every week throughout high school. Man this is really horrible....RIP. While I don't know him personally, I believe the world has lost a very rare and exceptional individual.
  3. The Walking Dead 400 Days - Open spoiler thread

    I actually really liked the length for all of them, and the lack of typical character arcs. I'm actually kinda dissipointed with the ending, in that I really almost wish it was a bunch of small, one-off stories about people in a situation, without hints of more things to come. The small scope really allowed me to make my own assumptions about characters and relationships, that was really satisfying.
  4. The Walking Dead 400 Days - Open spoiler thread

    I just finished and really like it a lot. I love short stories so this was right up my alley...I really wish more games would try to do something like this. The thumbs harp on this point all the time on the cast, about how games feel the need to be these hugely scoped projects, but this felt perfect for me. I sat down for about 1-2 hours, and had a very meaningful experience, where in a lot of games, I can sit for 1-2 hours and just go through a mindless slog of repetitive action. Good job Nick, Sean, Jake, and the rest of the Telltale guys!
  5. God Sean asking if Kevin Bacon read the Zodiac on audible reminds me of when I was a little kid and would ask my parents "What If?" for some of the most ridiculous things. It drove them insane... This doesn't really have to do much with anything, but my brain immediately jumped there when Sean said that.
  6. The Last of Us

    Jesus what an article.
  7. Great cast. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts about the writing in The Swapper as you get further into it. I got to the part where the other character reveals and let out a groan. I think they took it in a direction that's kind of lame, rather than one that I would have liked more. Not a huge deal to me though because the puzzles and atmosphere are so fantastic I really don't care.
  8. Last summer, when I first started listening to Idle Thumbs, I had an internship where a lot of my work was filling out excel spreadsheets their developers were too busy to do. I also had cut ties with most of my high school friends already but was interning where I grew up, and was living with my parents for the summer (I had just finished my freshmen year). I didn't really have an exciting social life that summer, and as a result of that, and some of the mindless work I was doing, I ended up listening to the whole back catalog of Idle Thumbs in a few weeks. I remember one weekend I was with a few of my friends I had kept in contact with and dropped a hot scoops joke, and some other dumb idle thumbs joke, (probably horse bag or something) assuming they would get it. I was also drunk which probably helped....but it was a weird phenomena. Not the greatest summer of my life but there you go.
  9. Why did this discussion get so weird??? In the words of Jake, "Ugh, gross"
  10. Books, books, books...

    I'm about halfway through The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Absolutely loving the book so far. I came to this book right after Cloud Atlas, and I am really impressed with the way Mitchell can write such vastly different novels with such skill. His ability to write a charcter's voice is incredibly remarkable. I'm not as good as putting my thoughts into words as some of you are here, but I find it a gorgeous novel, and a great read so far.
  11. What's the other event in San Francisco Chris was talking about where they explored the city?
  12. I think the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, would be a pretty good book for the cast.
  13. Literature Class

    As i'm going through the process of registering for classes next semester, and this description caught my eye. In a 1965 white paper entitled "Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits," Intel founder George Moore predicted that computer processing power would double every eighteen to twenty-four months. Technological advances in the half-century since ´Moore´s Law´ was expounded have proven its accuracy, such that information is now practically ubiquitous and instantly accessible. This course explores how contemporary writers have approached the problems and opportunities associated with ´data overload.´ We will encounter Faustian characters who seek comprehensive knowledge, obsessive narrators who wish to approximate experience as closely as possible, stories that take infinity as their theme, and encyclopedic narratives that gather together massive amounts of information from multiple fields of inquiry. Concentrating on late 20th / early 21st century America, we will study texts by Kenneth Goldsmith (Fidget), Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian), and David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest) as well as films by Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York) and Ross McElwee (Sherman´s March). Texts from other periods and national literatures - including Jorge Luis Borges´ Ficciones and David Mitchell´s Cloud Atlas - will help us contextualize our contemporary moment´s approach to ´total fictions.´ Supplemental readings from narrative theory and philosophy will be included. Satisfies the American (old major) or Twentieth Century (new major) requirement. I want Boost Remo as my professor.
  14. Literature Class

    I'm actually studying computer science, but the school I'm at makes it really easy to take classes outside your major. While my strengths lie in the Math and Science courses, I have always held a passion for reading and literature, and, since I plan on going somewhere into the tech world, college is really my only opportunity to take a class like this, and have discussions about the works in an intellectual setting.
  15. Just finished listening. Man this book, and podcast were EXTREMELY affecting to me, especially when Chris related his past relationship in college. I just started my second year of college and last semester got involved in, and ended my first serious relationship. While I didn't write a letter, the manner in which I ended the relationship is currently what I consider to be the worst thing I have ever done, for reasons I don't really feel comfortable speaking about on a public internet forum. All these thoughts of Who I aspire to be vs. who I actually am have been at the forefront of my mind for the past several months, and this story had a staggering impact on me. I honestly had to put the book down and cried for about 30 minutes while reading his letter, and similarly had to stop listening to the podcast after listening to Chris impart his past story to the audience. This book resonated with me in a profound way, considering the time I read it in my own life, and although I've certainly read novels that have had some impact on me, none come close to the impact this one had on me at this current time. Although this may be a bit of a strange thing to say, I am incredibly grateful to Chris, Jake, and Sean for selecting this book when they did. Thanks thumbs
  16. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Also Sean, playing Space Engine the other night reduced me to a puddle of tears.
  17. The Dancing Thumb (aka: music recommendations)

    I've recently started to enjoy Nick Waterhouse a lot. I know some people that say all his stuff sounds the same, but I'm loving this stuff
  18. New people: Read this, say hi.

    Hello all! I am Andy Gorman from Ohio. I currently am going into my sophomore year of college, and have discovered Idle thumbs this summer as an answer to doing data entry during my internship. Like a bazillion other people have said I love the podcast, and has resparked a dwindling interest in video games! This podcast has turned me onto some awesome things, and makes my interest in gaming feel less dumb.