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ashby brewery + indie game studio
life Posted 2012-02-29 22:00:43 by Jim Crawford
My flatmate John just made a batch of this:

Makes me almost wish I didn't already have the Twinbeard branding.
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the dead and the jews
life Posted 2011-11-30 21:20:52 by Jim Crawford
is this skeleton drinking lead? no wonder he went to a hospital to get x-rayed
<Alex> hey, i did that one time
<Jim> are you still alive?
<Alex> there's this pretty gross fairly viscous drink they make you drink that shows up well on xrays
<Alex> iirc sort of medicinal vanilla flavor
<Chris> I notice he never directly answered if he was still alive or not.
<Chris> just say'n.
<Jim> it's impolite for me to repeat the question
<Chris> he's counting on that, I imagine.
<Jim> maybe i can sneak a look at his driver's license
<Chris> next time you see him, let him walk first if you go into a supermarket
<Chris> dead people can't open automatic doors, I think.
<Louis> no, that's Jewish people, and that's only on Saturdays!
<Jim> ohhh
<Elena> man i remember shannon telling me a story of some strict jews who lived near her
<Elena> they like, forgot to turn off the stove or maybe turn on the heater? or something like that
<Elena> and had to get a neighbor to do it
<Elena> because it was saturday
<Jim> they don't even believe in hell
<Jim> what's the point of doing anything your religion says
<Elena> shit, i learned this
<Elena> there was a big paradigmatic shift from the judaic god in the old testament to the christian god in the new testament, in terms of what a god was for and the nature of man's relationship to god
<Elena> the god in the old testament, you essentially made a pact with him for the exchange of services. like, you cut off your foreskin and those of your family, abstain from pork, etc, and he'll look out for you (during life) and your family (even after you die). you do actions that show you worship/respect him, and he will take care of your people.
the christian, new testament god is all about beliefs and faith and those were the basis of your relationship to him. and in return, rather than smiting your enemies or protecting your tribe, god gives you personal salvation and reward in the afterlife.
<Jim> all this meta conversation where i'm mediating the larger conversation through pasted IM snippets is really making me miss #weightedsixes
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hair care stories
life Posted 2011-03-27 19:20:07 by Jim Crawford
When Tim, Mike and I moved to Truckee for three months at the end of 2004 to make video games together, one of the first tasks we took care of was some serious grocery shopping. When I was picking out hair care products, Tim noticed that I was more or less choosing at random and mentioned that he was surprised that someone with hair like mine didn't have a preferred brand.

It took me a moment to absorb this. It had never occurred to me that I could have a hair care brand preference, but I almost immediately realized that I did, a brand I liked significantly more than the crap I kept trying. I just hadn't realized it at a conscious enough level for it to affect my purchasing decisions.

One of many ways working with Tim improved my life. Thanks, Tim!
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life Posted 2010-10-17 23:23:58 by Jim Crawford
<Jim> i should try it again
<Chris*> well, if you don't like it, you don't like it
<Jim> well, if only to distill what i don't like about it
<Chris> haha
<Chris> "I HATE this!"
"Why do you keep doing it?"
"Because I want to know what I HATE SO MUCH!!!"
<Jim> is that a quote? because i'm always doing that shit :)
<Chris> only in that I said it
<Jim> i was just hoping someone had distilled my life into a web comic or something so i could go there to understand myself

* Totally different Chris from the one who talked about the adrenaline rush of using a pressure cooker.

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destroying patterns
life Posted 2010-07-20 14:41:32 by Jim Crawford
Hey, more of me on value systems and the nature of being human. I'm still trying to figure this shit out, alright?

If people are patterns, what kind of pattern alteration does it take before you've effectively destroyed the old person and fashioned a new one in his or her place? Is murder distinct from convincing somebody to change their fundamental values? You may or may not have an obvious answer in mind, but no, really, think about it. Not because your obvious answer is wrong, but because it's complicated.

. . .

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the best way to eat beans
life Posted 2010-02-23 23:20:25 by Jim Crawford
<Chris> i got a pressure cooker
<Chris> did i tell you?
<Chris> i cooked beans in fucking 15 minutes!
<Me> wow :)
<Chris> it's like i just had my own personal bean revolution
<Me> that's pretty crazy. i don't know if i'd feel safe with something that powerful in my home
<Me> it'd be like owning an assault rifle
<Chris> yeah, i mean, the thing has the potential to explode, blasting 400 degree steam every what way, along with any other food matter inside and bits of metal!
<Chris> have you used one? you like bring it up to pressure (15psi or so) and it starts like spouting steam violently out of a little spout, off and on.. then you know it's good, you turn down the heat.. cook for however many minutes, then to release steam fast you put a fork under the valve to lever it up.. and then the steam shoots out for like 2 minutes. you have to step away.
<Me> that sounds scary as fuck :)
<Chris> it sort of is, but once the adrenaline's flowing, you're like in for the ride of your life
<Chris> especially when it leads to eating
<Chris> it's like that guy who pushed that car off the tracks.. he was all amped after that.. mad adrenals
<Chris> if only someone had run up and handed him a taco, he could feel like i did after having cooked these beans two nights ago
<Me> okay, you've sold me!
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life Posted 2010-01-20 23:06:20 by Jim Crawford
Elena pointed out to me one way in which American Sign Language is awesome:

<Elena> i'd especially like to bring your attention to the line "we met all kinds of people and we, we fucked everyone"
<Elena> in ASL, the sign for "meet" is two fists with the index fingers extended, brought into contact at the base of the hand
<Elena> and ASL allows a type of syntactic marker that oral languages can't
<Elena> ie, you can set an object or person in a location in space, and then refer to them by signing in/at that location
<Elena> (very useful when you're talking about a number of people)
<Elena> so, the line for "we met all kinds of people" is expressed by signing "meet" in multiple locations
<Elena> excellently, the sign for "fuck" is the same as the sign for "meet" but with the middle finger raised as well
<Elena> so "we fucked everyone" is expressed by signing "fuck" at each of the locations where "meet" was just signed
<Elena> to me, that seems really poetically done

(Elena has a more thorough writeup of this over on her Livejournal.)

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life Posted 2009-12-07 21:24:58 by Jim Crawford
Alan died on November 14th.

Alan's relationship to me was complicated. He was my mom's boyfriend of 20 years and my half-sister's uncle. That counts as complicated, right? He was a long-time mentor of mine. He taught me to code, how to communicate, how to fucking think. He shaped my life to an incredible degree. But I didn't really consider him a father figure, probably because his relationship with my mom was rocky enough that I didn't feel emotionally close to him.

. . .

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life Posted 2009-08-29 21:51:51 by Jim Crawford
I went to Italy. Was there for 10 days. Maybe you saw the travelogue on Twitter; if so, you're going to read about a lot of stuff here that you already read about there. I'm going to probably do a more thorough writeup later, but for now you get some general thoughts:

. . .

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life Posted 2009-07-30 22:46:29 by Jim Crawford
Flew back from a trip to San Diego a few days ago. SFO was fogged in, so the plane detoured to San Jose. After about half an hour on the ground, we took off for a 19-minute flight back to San Francisco. I must be one of the few people in the world who's been on a flight that spent more time taxiing than in the air.

Waiting at the baggage carousel, the kid next to me reached out and spun a wheel on some random passing luggage. Sometimes you just have to fiddle with something, you know?

Caught the last BART with a couple minutes to spare. I was the last one out at my stop, and BART employees were shutting components down behind me as I left, like when you fly out of a space station just as it explodes.
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