Yuichi Ikehata

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Okay. I'm drinking coffee and should be mobile soon
Autocorrect wants me to be mobile doom, so that too
Be the doom you want to see in the world

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jwz mixtape 164

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 164.

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Devo: What We Do

Interactive 360° music video:

On mobile, you need to use the YouTube app for the jiggery-pokery. Pre-flattened, noninteractive version:

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Lego Fluid

The pixels are literally leaking.

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Here we see the giant gummy worm on the desert planet of Arrakis. Ridden by the powerful gummy bear Paul Atreides as he seeks to control the prescious "spice" melange.

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Today in Numbers Stations news

Unfavorable Semicircle:

Until early February, unfavorable semicircle was uploading videos at a rate of just over one every 10 minutes. But since February 5, that rate has skyrocketed, increasing to something like three videos each minute -- meaning that the channel will surpass 200,000 total videos by the end of March. [...]

Encoded in thousands of unfavorable semicircle's videos is The Voice: unmistakably that of a man, usually speaking a single letter or number, or speaking a string of letters and numbers, each with no apparent connection to each other. [...]

The average length of each of the videos is five seconds, and they adhere to a few naming conventions. The names of the first several thousand, for example, begin with a symbol (♐) followed by a seemingly random series of digits. Others have purely random names. The last 28,000 videos have started with "BRILL" and are numbered in ascending fashion.

Many Redditors think the key to decrypting the videos lies in two of them, titled ♐LOCK and ♐DELOCK. The first, ♐LOCK, was posted in July, while ♐DELOCK followed in December. They are of different lengths and feature different soundtracks, though, of the two, ♐DELOCK is probably the most intriguing, appearing first in a series of brief snippets in late December, before the full version was uploaded on December 28. The channel then went silent for a week. One Redditor compared the voice on ♐DELOCK to a "distant, echoed scream."

Sadly, I posted this a day late. Yesterday the account existed, but today "This account has been suspended due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy against spam, gaming, misleading content, or other Terms of Service violations."

"Policy against gaming" is one I haven't heard before.

Update, Apr 2017: They are back, and posting the same madness on a new channel.

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Scene missing! Some videos in this post have disappeared. If you know of an accessible version of this video (search) or this video, please mail me so that I can update this post.
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Call of Cthulhu 1990s Handbook

The Invisible Pattern (Part 1)

Steve: I am pretty pumped to be running Call of Cthulhu. I wanted the 1890's version, but you insisted on the 1990's for some reason. [...]

Zack: At the height of his power, Kurt Cobain turns from grunge music to cosmic mysteries. He has some additional skills that will help him research the occult and use magic.

Steve: What about your other party members?

Zack: They are Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Eric Lynn Wright AKA Eazy-E.

Steve: Are they mercenaries?

Zack: No, they are amazing performers, but also a demolitions expert and a linguist specializing in ancient languages respectively.

Steve: How did they meet and form a group?

Zack: The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. When Krist Novoselic threw his bass into the air and died on stage performing Lithium and they all joined forces to turn him into salt and resurrect him.

Steve: Did it work?

Zack: Not really. He's alive, but he came back changed. He's pretty much phoning in his performances and he eats mice.

It goes on like this for days:

Zack: You aren't planning to do anything [about Morton Downey Jr.'s Presidential run] until Left Eye receives an email message that can't be ignored. It comes from a guy named Remo Harris. Before Chili joined TLC, the C in the name stood for Crystal Jones, but it turned out Crystal Jones was a servant of the Mi-Go. While her brain was being transported to Pluto, Left Eye and T-Boz hired a specialist to deal with her. Former SAS Leftenant Remo Harris

Steve: Okay, wait a second, Crystal Jones was working for the Mi-Go? What about Chili?

Zack: She is an ancient wizard reconstituted from her salts in a ritual conducted by T-Boz. But that's not relevant to the plot here, the important thing is Left Eye knows and trusts Remo Harris.

Rough index here.

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BART night-work timelapse

Stick around until 2:00 to witness the ritual Sharpening of the Toecutters.

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Bill Gates: Microsoft would backdoor its products in a heartbeat

In other news, water is still wet.

Bill Gates has joined Donald Trump in condemning Apple for refusing to backdoor its products at the behest of the FBI, promising that the company that he founded, a waning firm called Microsoft, would happily compromise its security on demand for the US government.

Though Microsoft's Bitlocker full-disk encryption was considered very secure at its launch, questions have since been raised about its integrity. The company was an early participant in the NSA's Prism program.

Update: Gates has issued a non-denial nonpology insisting that he stands behind his words, but he's still a good guy, so cut him some slack.


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