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Episode three of webshow ValveTime Database covered Prospero, a cancelled game from the ’90s that was one of the initial projects of Valve. They’ve managed to get some exclusive development screenshots and quotes from the game’s writer, Marc Laidlaw. The plan was for Prospero to be a third-person adventure game in a sci-fi/fantasyish setting “drawing on sources ranging from Myst to Borges,” which could’ve been cool.

Colin, however, had a different takeaway:

Colin: “pruh-SPER-oh”

Colin: uhhhh

'Ili: 😎

Colin: Read Shakespeare

Colin: “Ayyy-lif” oh god

'Ili: Ahahahaha SUFFER

'Ili: SEE WHAT YOUR LITERACY BRINGS YOU, BARRETT

Colin: I’m dying here

Colin: I’m so mad

Colin: oh god “theoretical mathematics”

Colin: oh no

Colin: NO

Colin: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

'Ili: AHAHAHAHAHA

Colin: “given the lambda’s connection to the half life universe”

Colin: Why did you make me watch this

Colin: Gamers are the leeches of creativity. I’m so mad

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Baseball’s craziest game?

Shane Tourtellotte writing for The Hardball Times about the July 22, 1986, baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets:

What did this game have that was so bonkers? All will be revealed in good time, but I can offer a few teasers. It had one of the most serious brawls baseball has seen in the last half-century, one that spelled the beginning of the end of the career of a well-known player … who wasn’t even in it! It had two ejections in two separate incidents even before the brawl. It boasted protests lodged by both managers. And most notably, it had a lineup manipulation so astonishing, it got several paragraphs of analysis in The Book.

This is incredibly long, but it’s also one of the best baseball stories I’ve ever read in my life.

Here are Colin’s live reactions as he was reading it:

Colin: what

'Ili: KEEP GOING

Colin: what

'Ili: KEEP GOING

Colin: oh boy

'Ili: IT GETS BETTER

Colin: Oh god putting pitcher in the outfield

'Ili: ALMOST THERE

Colin: LMAO

Colin: OMG

Colin: I CANT BELIEVE IT

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I just cleared Shovel Night last night. It’s a pretty neat modern Mega Man, check it out.

Music’s mostly by virt (Jake Kaufman), who’s one of the best in the business, so the soundtrack’s pretty great. My favorite from the game is probably the Treasure Knight boss theme, which is based on the stage theme “A Thousand Leagues Below (Iron Whale)” by legend Manami Matsumae.

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Reconsidering Earliest-Known Recording

From a 2009 episode of All Things Considered, wherein two audio historians re-evaluate a phonautograph recording dated to 1860:

We’ve decided that instead of playing back the voice of a young girl, possibly the daughter of the inventor, that now we’re actually hearing the voice of the inventor himself. We played it back at the wrong speed.

Science: it’s really hard sometimes.

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Casey Kasem's body missing from funeral home, daughter's rep says

Christie D’Zurilla writing for the Los Angeles Times's Ministry of Gossip blog:

Casey Kasem’s body is no longer at the Washington state funeral home that had been keeping it, a rep for the radio icon’s eldest daughter said Friday.

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A judge awarded daughter Kerri Kasem a temporary restraining order Wednesday preventing her dad’s second wife, Jean Kasem, from cremating or removing the remains from the funeral home pending a decision about who could conduct a possible autopsy, the Associated Press reported Friday.

However, Jean Kasem had already filled out a death certificate indicating that the body should be transferred to a funeral home in Montreal, the AP reported, noting that on Friday the Canadian funeral home said the radio host’s body was not there, nor was his name in its system.

This story is getting weirder and weirder.

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Tesla Model 3 to challenge BMW 3 Series

Steve Fowler quoting Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on the naming of the model of their next car for Auto Express:

"We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car," Musk told us. "So I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.

"We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.

"The new model is going to be called Model 3, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!"

This just in: Elon Musk is ten years old.

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Scientists use MRI to measure precisely how your butt deforms when you sit down

Discover magazine’s Seriously, Science? blog has discovered a study from 2013 about, well, uh:

AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study was to describe an individual’s 3-dimensional buttocks response to sitting. Within that exploration, we specifically considered tissue (i.e., fat and muscle) deformations, including tissue displacements that have not been identified by research published to date.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The buttocks anatomy of an able-bodied female during sitting was collected in a FONAR Upright MRI.

Another mystery of the universe solved. Presumably.

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As part of his Every Frame a Painting show, Tony Zhou has analyzed Michael Bay’s filmmaking style in “Michael Bay - What is Bayhem?”

Yes, this is really happening.

No, it’s not a fluff piece. And it’s actually fascinating.

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Alice Coachman, 90, Dies; First Black Woman to Win Olympic Gold

Richard Goldstein reporting for The New York Times:

Alice Coachman, who became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she captured the high jump for the United States at the 1948 London Games, died on Monday in Albany, Ga. She was 90.

Her daughter, Evelyn Jones, said she had been treated at a nursing home for a stroke in recent months and went into cardiac arrest after being transferred to a hospital on Monday with breathing difficulties.

Wonder if I should make an “I’m sad because I never heard of this person until they died” tag.