Paul Smith

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  1. You & I need to pester 3MA to cover this series I never played the last one, The Ancient Art of War In The Skies. Such a phenomenally contradictory title.
  2. This is an incredible episode, like real next-level shit The only thing that could have possibly made it better is if Chris had instead endorsed the 1812 Overture.
  3. Episode 232: Sid Meier's Gettysburg!

    Since I already bumped this: Am I correct that there's no way to (legally) download this right now? There is a GOG request: Secondhand copies are reasonably expensive and I'm not sure it will run anyway. It unfortunately falls into the early Windows dark ages where DOSbox doesn't apply and compatibility with W7/10 is likely long broken.
  4. Episode 232: Sid Meier's Gettysburg!

    Hi, this episode (and also ep. 233) is still messed up. I did manage to find the correct files here:
  5. Oh, is this the episode where Jake geeks out about 80s-mid90s business software packaging? Because at the time I made a mental note that when the thread came up I had to share this shit: The jewel of my 80s PC software collection*: a pristine copy of IBM DOS 3.30. I would like to get the Technical Reference 3.30 to match (that's the one documenting the low-level workings of every single DOS command) but mint copies are very expensive. On the screen is Voyetra Sequencer 4, I wish I had hard copy of that too. The rest of my collection is mostly games. *(Jewel of the hardware collection is the IBM PS/2 30 286 underneath, also pristine and purchased new in box. Guy I bought it from told me they had several boxed in storage as instant backups for mission-critical machines; those machines ran rock-solid for decades so the backups never left their boxes)
  6. Opus Magnum, Or: Zachtronics For The Rest Of Us

    Scott, of the GeekNights podcast streamed this if anyone wants an extended preview:
  7. When I saw that photo on #31 I thought it was a Photoshop of a young Breckon next to himself on the same ride years later (the yellow tint helped)
  8. I know this isn't the video games podcast but all I could think about during the centipede Dad discussion was a sequel to Octodad - Centidad - and how awesome that would be. Then I thought about a version of QWOP but with centipedes titled QWERTYUIOP[]\ASDFGHJKL;'ZXCVBNM,./ Then I thought about a question@IdleThumbs (Patreoners feel free to steal this if you're stuck for this month's question): How hard is it to avoid video game references when recording IIT or other non-video game podcasts, given how ubiquitous video games have been in your professional and personal lives, and the basis of your friendships?
  9. Masculinity

    Just dropping by to promote the latest Waypoint episode which talks about this, featuring our own @Danielle. It's a really good summary and analysis without veering into speculation.
  10. That's fair enough feedback, and the Idle crew may want to take it into account. The problem *might* be - I'm by no means an expert - that iTunes makes it difficult to have a successful podcast that isn't categorised as games only (or one thing only). I expect it is very much like every other big, shitty platform like Youtube or Facebook in that they are constantly tweaking algorithms to target the 'right' content to the right people, and content creators have to cater to those algorithms or sink. This is only a guess. The Idles should also be grateful you left feedback directly here rather than leave a low-star review on iTunes because that would also help lower their visibility. Somewhat related: The Facebook Mom Problem Is Real
  11. fellintooblivion is that you
  12. Yeah I noticed Ed's reflection also
  13. I interpreted the Bobby scene as him and the sheriffs dept. having already visited the location directed in the capsule as scheduled that day and finding a bunch of other material his father had left for them. I figured nothing supernatural happened apart from finding the stuff, and that later episodes would have them digging through it. Not the most exciting interpretation I'll grant you.
  14. According to the credits - in case anyone had any doubt - the song was written by Badalamenti and Lynch and performed by James Marshall (Hurley). Wiki says he's a musician. The reveal of the two backup singers was pretty funny to me because I'm sure it's meant to duplicate Donna & Maddie from the original series. I thought their clothing a bit odd and wondered if it's the same as what the actors wore in the original scene but it's not: The scene this episode seemed to make that much more explicit, or at least that she's living in some sort of dream state.
  15. I guess if you became a patron and asked it as a ruination question he would be forced to answer, but I think part of it is he didn't like the streaming set-up via PS4. There seemed to be a lot of frustrations particularly with audio quality.
  16. I just spent a half hour trying to find a review of a live show I wrote around that time on but I think now I must've written it on the Caca Volante fan page's mailing list, long dead.
  17. Mr. Bungle - None Of Them Knew They Were Robots
  18. Here is my Dougie / Mitchum brothers fanfiction, though Chris' theory it comes from the name Sonny-Jim is clearly superior: [[[[ M: Dougie, are you a family man? Do you have a kid? D: A kid. M: I got this boy, he's great. This last weekend I spent hours playing with him, on his gym set. D (sounding lost): Gym set? ]]]] M: You mean to say your kid doesn't have one? No gym set? D: No gym set. M1: Even our fucking' orphanage had a gym set. M2: Every kid should have a gym set.
  19. I dont't know how oftern you check Youtube comments, but this one relates to discussion above, and the link is worth reading:
  20. I was surprised that Chris and Jake, and others here, interpreted the Candie on camera scene completely differently to me. If you look at the casino employee and the insurance guy while she's talking, they appear (I think) as baffled as the brothers watching via camera. Then when the brothers ask Insurance Guy what she'd said, he shrugs and says "ask her." I didn't see that as the response of someone who'd just been given vital information, and I believed her explanation to the brothers. She totally could have been talking about the weather. To me this was David Lynch reveling in a person's absurd and awkward behaviour during what should be a tense situation - see also old man shuffling slowly while Cooper lay shot. I would not be surprised if it never comes up again. Later, when the brothers are talking about having to kill Dougie, I got the impression that while they are criminals they might not have had to kill many people before. Belushi is getting drunk, and the other guy is staring ahead seething over the supposed betrayal. I saw them as psyching themselves up to give the order. When they mangled the 'fool us' quote, to me that was them clumsily coming to the decision together, reassuring themselves they were doing the right thing according to their twisted morality. Regardless of the interpretation, both scenes were amazing. I never expected a couple of Casino scenes to give me as much joy as these did this episode.
  21. I'm sure the Thumbs are aware, but for anyone who's not, former Thumbs Sean and Steve have been streaming PUBG: Also the Polygons including McElroys have a series, THE AWFUL SQUAD: EDIT: Also hbomberguy who should be well-known on these forums is streaming it RIGHT NOW: Speaking of McElroys, there was a video where Justin and Griffin play a similar game to PUBG (televised deathmatch) set on an island, but now I can't find it. It was more jungle-y and there were health dispensers dotted around. EDIT: Found it. The Culling: Speaking of games similar to other games Friday the 13th seems a lot like Dead by Daylight, which I never played but my brother did: I remember that game had a DLC with a famous slasher villain, like Michael Myers or something?
  22. Can we really say that for sure, I mean has anyone researched Lincoln's poetry
  23. On the podcast you have talked about deliberate use of "crappy" effects. It stood out to me in this episode with the huge contrast between the effects used in Bad Cooper's resurrection sequence (with the men superimposed over him) and the much more expensive rest of the episode. I wonder if this was intentionally contrasting the powers of the Black Lodge when manifesting in the "real" world versus the more spectacular manifestation in unreality. Put another way, in the "real" world, special effects are a poor imitation of the platonic ideal. I imagine they'll need a little more time than usual to gather their thoughts together but also to figure out how to describe what was happening on the screen so they can even comprehensibly talk about it.