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Practice Time with Fatal1ty

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged 2000s, screenshot, video, video games.

Image of professional gamer Fatal1ty telling you to practice Image of professional gamer Fatal1ty practicing

How to be PRO? Tutorial by Fatal1ty at youtube.com. (Previously uploaded with the title "Practice Time by Mr. Positivity"). The clip linked above is from Fatal1ty's segment of the I'm A Gamer episode of MTV's True Life.

You gotta practice. Practice. Practice practice practice practice. Practice. And if you're not practicing you should be practicing. So keep practicing. It's the only way you're gonna get better. It's the only way you're gonna be number 1. Number 1 in anything. You need practice practice practice.

I keep a copy of this on my hard drive and watch it whenever I need motivation. I like the part where he tells me to practice.


Shio And Five Rooms Of True Torture

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged 2010s, breaks, q3df, quake 3, screenshot, video, video games.

Final torture [Quake3 DeFRaG movie] Final torture [Quake3 DeFRaG movie]

Final torture [Quake3 DeFRaG movie] at youtube.com.

Quake 3 Defrag map gnj-finaltorture performed by Shio. VQ3 physics. Video by xajjA, map of course by gnj. Run and video both from 2013. Content warning for flashing lights and first-person gameplay that may cause motion sickness.

Incredible run of a punishing Q3 defrag map. Fall at any point and you start over from the beginning. One of the great Quake videos of the last decade. Even ESReality likes it.

Posting because this is where I first heard Running Away by DJ Infiniti. (It's the second music track, starts at 01:52.) That's the same Infiniti whose mix of Move Over was just played in MTT 228. Every time I hear Running Away I think of Shio and gnj-finaltorture.


Website Refactoring: Articles and Notes

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged meta, website.

I've made a significant change which will hopefully make it easier for me to update this site more often. I've re-implemented traditional blog categories and grouped most existing posts into long-form "articles" and short-form "notes". This gives me a category where I can publish short pieces like photos, recommendations, links to albums, links to videos, and so on without feeling like I need to write a thousand words or whatever. (That's a pretty low bar for "long-form" writing, I know, but writing scares me.)

This matters because there are new browsing and RSS feed options available. Articles (RSS) and notes (RSS) both have their own chronological pages and feeds. The main page and main RSS feed will continue to display all posts as normal. If you're currently subscribed to the main RSS feed of this blog and still want to receive all posts then you don't have to change anything. There's also a unique (and hopefully podcatcher compatible) RSS feed of just the Movement Through Thought mixes. These different feeds and views are available so you can choose how much of my nonsense you want to read.

Think of the short-form "notes" as something like a microblog in the style of tumblr, a place where I can link videos and do other lazy posts.


2017 and 2018 Demoscene Mixes Available Again

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged demoscene, meta, movement through thought, music, website.

Hey all, just a quick note to say that I've re-uploaded the 2017 and 2018 demoscene / tracker music mixes I performed for MTT on aNONradio. As of this post five such mixes are now available for download on this website:

  1. MTT 043 / Demosong 2017/12/22
  2. MTT 095 / Beyond Reality 2018/12/21
  3. MTT 147 / Pattern Repeat 2019/12/23
  4. MTT 148 / Backwards & Forwards 2019/12/27
  5. MTT 200 / New Note Action 2020/12/24

These particular mixes are important to me so I'll keep them up as long as I can. Please forgive the many mixing mistakes in them and enjoy.


Mix Availability & Downloads On This Website

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged anonradio, meta, movement through thought, music, website.

A couple of things have prompted me to re-evaluate how I distribute recorded mixes on this website.

First, I stopped broadcasting on aNONradio a few weeks ago. Since I'm no longer a contributing member there, I believe it's unfair for me to link to files in aNONradio's archives. (And those files could disappear at any time - whenever the admins decide they need the disk space, basically). I'm going to have to host my own files from now on.

Second, 189 mixes (200 soon) is too many to keep available all at once, in my opinion. Right now it's 15 gigs of mp3 data. That's not an amount of data I can afford to serve, given my current hosting and money situation.

So here's my plan: each new episode of Movement Through Thought will be available as a downloadable file hosted on this website for one year. I'll remove old files as I add new ones. The tracklist blog posts will remain up. Old mixes that I think are significant I'll keep available as downloads indefinitely, no more than a couple for each broadcast year. I'll tag posts with audio download to hopefully make them easier to find. Recordings uploaded to mixcloud will remain there for as long as mixcloud keeps them.

I do still have all these files, so if there's a specific mix you want that isn't available on this website send me an e-mail and I'll try to get it to you.

That's where I'm at. This seems like a reasonable system to me, a good middle ground. I hope it works out.


Notebook 4

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged meta, music, photo.

Notebook 4 full and ready for storage. Show notes for MTT and Logical Aggression plus some personal notes covering 2018/06 thru 2020/08.

Photo of a closed composition notebook with an orange cover Photo of the inside of the same notebook

Notebook 3

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged meta, music, photo.

Notebook 3, completed & filed June 7th 2018.

Photo of a closed composition notebook Photo of the inside of the same notebook

Reach Frog

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged 2010s, comedy, music, news, screenshot, video, website.

Picture of four Reach Frogs

Reach Frog news magazine. Probably not safe for work (NSFW). Come for the articles, stay for the secrets.


Necrotech, Nanoshock

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged 2010s, books, collection, cyberpunk, paperback, photo, scifi.

Necrotech, Nanoshock books

Necrotech by K.C. Alexander. Angry Robot Books, 2016.
Nanoshock by K.C. Alexander. Angry Robot Books, 2017.

Filthy, angry, and a lot of fun. "Profane & Proud" is written on the back of Nanoshock, and they mean it. Reads like a great Cyberpunk 2020 campaign. That's maybe unfair - there's a lot more going on in these books than in your average game of CP2020 - but it's the comparison that immediately comes to mind.

I'm a fan.

Posting because I've just started Nanoshock.


Tron (1982)

Posted by Cameron Vanderzanden on . Tagged 1980s, collection, scifi, screenshot, vhs, video.

The TV announcer voice says: And now: Tron. Starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner.

Tron Title Title card indicating the film has been edited.
Fox49 KPDX notice at bottom of screen

Taped off TV - Fox 49 KPDX - some time in 1995. (There's an advertisement for the Jerky Boys movie during one of the commercial breaks, which conveniently dates the broadcast). The screenshots you see here are of an x264 (CRF 23) digital recording of an EP Mode VHS tape. I wonder how many generations down the line this is.

This is how I've always watched Tron. Low-res, 4:3 pan & scan, edited, with commercials.

Clu in tank Light glider Tron presents an identity disc