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And Then I Realize

July 21st, 2023 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Sometimes it feels like I spend all day just to get somewhere.  I can't help but wonder - where are all the people on this train? And then I realize-


Dreamt of finding this note left on a train, but woke up before I finished reading it. :O
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Center of Mass and Gravity After Quantum Entanglement

July 2nd, 2023 | Posted by pftq in Ideas | #
This is more of an open question we're curious about and not something we're claiming should work or is accurate, so apologies in advance if we butcher any terminology or concepts.  Credits to Waterflame for posing the initial question that gave way to the rest of the idea - if quantum entanglement is actually the result of a hidden variable (4th spatial dimension), we wonder if a shift in center of mass/gravity might be a way to test it.

The implication is that if the center of gravity or mass shifts, then there may be something physical connecting the two particles but through space we are not aware of (ie 4th spatial dimension).  A 2D analogy would be to have two seemingly separate dots on a sheet of paper moving in synchronization, but zooming out in 3D, you would see the dots are connected by a compass or other tool.  What we are asking then is whether we can detect the existence of that connection from the point of the view of the 2D paper by measuring the...[More]
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Undo New Folder Permanently Deletes Files

June 24th, 2023 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
I created a new folder to paste files from an external drive, but accidentally hit Ctrl+Z in explorer view instead of a doc I was editing.  Apparently this permanently deletes all the files that got pasted into the new folder? They are not in recycle bin, and redoing the folder creation does not bring them back.  Not even file recovery software finds the files.  This Microsoft support thread on the issue just hand-waves it as unanticipated use of undo:
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Acceptance by Wisp X

June 18th, 2023 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Acceptance by @WispX
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February 26th, 2023 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
A black screen, soft nature ambience, and a sudden ominous thump against the wall.

Unfade to a person waking up pinned against the ceiling of a house.   The camera is close up and upside down initially before rotating to instill a sense of disorientation.  Heavy panicked breathing.  Throbbing low ambience.  White light from the cloudiness outside.

The person struggles to stand or move.  They call out for help, but there's no one around.  Cut to a distant shot looking up to the person from the ground.  Nothing else is upside down, and things fall to the ground from the person.  The person fidgets with a cell phone only to drop it.

The person...[More]
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Still Here by DM Dokuro

January 24th, 2023 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Still Here by DM Dokuro
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Invisible Body Snatchers

December 17th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Another dream that played out like a movie...

We start at a conference where everyone wears UV filtering glasses because the world's been infested with giant invisible insects that either eat you or bite into the back of your head to control you.  There are also smaller hand-sized ones more everywhere, but only the big ones kill and mind-control. People are actively gathering again, such as at this conference conference, because the buildings are flooded with UV light which, in conjunction with the glasses, lets you see the creatures on the walls and ceilings.  

Security is constantly killing any of the larger creatures that get close enough to the floor or crowds, keeping the creatures at bay at the upper edges of the walls.  However, people seem to not make an effort to avoid the creatures themselves, grouping up near the walls when there's a creature right above them and occasionally getting swiped.  One of the organizers we're talking to lament this,...[More]
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TuneCore Falsely Advertises Royalties

December 15th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Didn't plan to post this, but it really irked me. @TuneCore advertises 100% royalties but in actuality takes a 20% cut on anything YouTube, even when others (ie @Distrokid) only take from Content-ID. This means YouTube Music as well, which is supposed to be YouTube's answer to Spotify.

TuneCore seems...[More]
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YouTube Music Algo Updated?

December 15th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Looks like something changed w/ the algo recently. Topic videos seemed to get a sudden jump in suggested views. This is good because @YouTubeMusic pays almost 2x Spotify does (unless you're @WaterflameMusic on @Tunecore, which takes a 20% cut for YT).

For Autodidactic, it was extremely noticeable since the channel is smaller and its topic videos generally had zero view count before a sudden jump:

But even Waterflame noticed it because his top 10 videos suddenly included a YT-Music topic video that was never there before.

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Google Bot Mobile Test Ignores Javascript

November 26th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Spent the last few hours trying to figure out what Google Bot was complaining about in Webmaster Tools mobile test only to realize the bot takes a snapshot of your webpage sometimes without letting any javascript load first.  Solution then is to have the page by default suitable for mobile first and adjust backwards for desktop users.  Lot of lost time adjusting things that ended up not having no effect on Google's snapshot of the page, so hopefully this note helps someone save time later (or myself if I forget).
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Compiling GooEngine Blender for Windows

November 12th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Just my own notes for building/compiling @dillongoo's GooEngine version of Blender for Windows, as it's not super straight forward and instructions are kind of scattered all over.  This is for version 3.3 of GooEngine (the latest at the time of this post).

1. Install Git for Windows (note, it's not the same as Github Desktop, which won't work!).  Make sure to check add Git to PATH option during install.
2. Install Visual Studio Community 2019 (2022 not yet compatible with GooEngine 3.3 based on this post).  Make sure to check the C++ desktop option.  I also checked C++ for Unreal just in case and because I use Unreal regularly for gamedev.
3. Install Subversion.
4. Install...[More]
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Artificial Imaginary

November 6th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
"Imaginary friends made real through AI."  

A new AI tech company sells robots for those wanting their imaginary friends made real.  The tech breaks all limits for how human and intelligent it is with no other tech coming close, and no one can understand how it came to be.  All this comes to a halt when one user ends up dead in the most gruesome circumstance.  

The scene starts with an android child befriending a human kid until it turns sociopathic and murders the family.  The android ends up missing and continuing to kill in new murder cases across the city.  

The tech firm...[More]
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Dusk's Flight OST

November 5th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Dusk's Flight OST by Denny Schneidemesser (@FilmComposer87)
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The Anonymous Ones by Amandla Stenberg

October 30th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
The Anonymous Ones by Amandla Stenberg
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Where We're Going By Kevin Graham

October 27th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Where We're Going by Kevin Graham
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Redemption by Eternal Eclipse

September 20th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Redemption by Eternal Eclipse
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Kesshi by Artisan

September 3rd, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Kesshi by Artisan (@artisan1233)
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GS65 Laptop Speakers Blowing Out Fix

August 25th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
The speakers on my MSI GS65 Laptop suddenly started being extremely loud and blown out after a Windows update.  Nothing fixed it (drivers reset, etc) until I flipped the laptop over and pushed the BIOS reset pinhole with a needle.  Was so close to having to send the laptop in for repair.  Curses Windows Updates! (the one time I forget to disable it on a computer)
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Arkham Knight After The Batman

May 7th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Hilarious clip - was exactly what my friends and I were making fun of after watching The Batman.
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The First Few Waves

April 16th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Oceans by Marcus Warner (@MWarnerMusic)
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