Every time a tutorial circulates Tumblr about creating a gender neutral option on Facebook, I try for half an hour but can’t figure it out and give up in frustrated tears. Will someone who’s capable of doing it please just log into my account and fix it for me? Please? This would have to be a Tumblr friend, not a total stranger; I’ll give out my passwords, but not quite THAT freely.
Since the comments seem to indicate that a bunch of folks want this, I’ve put it on my mental to-do list to make a tutorial video on it. I tried it and it’s real easy — I was briefly gender neutral on Facebook and you can be too!
Warren Andrews had just finished putting up balloons for his stepdaughter’s 18th birthday party at their suburban home in Mayflower, Arkansas, when his wife came inside and said something was wrong. After stepping out of his house, and taking one glance, he immediately dialed 911.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve got a river of oil coming down the street at me,” Andrews told the operator. Five minutes later, the slick of noxious black crude spewing from a ruptured Exxon Mobil pipeline was eight feet wide, six inches deep and growing fast.
In this photo, spilled oil from Exxon pipeline runs through a neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas on March 29, 2013. Reuters was recently given access to the photo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Exxon is refusing to let reporters anywhere near the accident. They’re also controlling the airspace above the spill. They don’t want you to see what’s happening. TOO BAD, EXXON.
Signal boost the shit outta this, y’all.
Chris Novello introduces the glorious Super Mario Spacetime Organ:
In this video, I directly manipulate the RAM state of Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers to transform it from a game into a strange instrument.
First, I play the game as it is traditionally played.. but I have access to the game’s memory, so I change Mario’s Y position using the Madrona Labs Soundplane (a surface that sends data to the computer about where it is being touched). This is how I hover Mario during the playthrough.
Also, before I start playing, I flip a switch on illucia (a patchbay instrument that I designed) to trigger recording — not video, but actually recording the entire memory state of the NES for each game frame.
Think about it - Mario’s universe is held in RAM, which the NES uses to draw his world for each frame of the game. By saving the entire state of NES memory for every frame, I’m able to go back to any moment in Mario’s life.
So then I use the X-axis of the Soundplane to sweep through the timeline of Mario’s universe.
Not only that, but the Soundplane is multitouch, so I use a second finger to specify start and endpoints in a playback loop. Technically, this is similar to the way samplers and granular synths work in audio.. but with the entire memory state of the NES. Conceptually, it is like Super Mario meets Groundhog Day. Mario’s universe computer/time machine gets caught in hellish loops.
Then I start using illucia to send alien data into various other places in Mario’s universe, which makes for all sorts of audiovisual insanity amidst the spacetime loops. This is sort of like circuit bending, but in a protected sandbox - at any point I can revert back to the clean recording of RAM states (aka moments in Mario’s universe).
I then try to go back to “playing” the game, watching Mario navigate a melting world of glitched-out ephemera. I then push things into full on glitch insanity. I use a pair of rubberband mallets on the Soundplane to jump around in Mario’s universe while leaving illucia to send a heavy stream of alien data into Mario’s RAM state. I eventually (accidentally/luckily) land at a place that triggers the game over music, and end the take.
My mom said if this post gets 500,000 notes nothing will happen.
But if this petition gets 500,000 signatures we can get federal laws preventing rapists from suing for custody/visitation of their victim’s children.
You guys accomplished Operation Fluffy Chicken
How about putting in an effort to Operation We’re Finally Taking Rape Seriously?
3,175 notes and only 1, 232 signatures. Fucking hell, tumblr.
Go go go!