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Square Brushes in Photoshop

Today I learned how to find hidden square brushes in later versions of Photoshop:

  1. Click WindowBrushes on the top menu.
  2. Click on the ≣ icon on the top-right of the Brushes window and select Legacy Brushes, then click Ok.
  3. A Legacy Brushes folder will be appended to the list of brushes, and inside you will find a Square Brushes folder.

Now we can more easily experiment with pixel art to make more emotes for the stream!

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The Ground Itself #

I’m looking through games that came in an indie bundle I bought at itch.io some years ago and found The Ground Itself:

…a one-session storytelling game for 2-5 players, played with household materials (a coin, a six-sided die, and a deck of cards).

Will Wright: Games and Simulation #

There is so much to learn from listening to The Sims and SimCity creator Will Wright speaking about video games.

I have never played The Sims, and probably should. I love that one of its working titles was Tactical Domestic Simulator.

SimCity 2000 will always be special for me, with fond memories of attempts to make cities with lots of trees during a difficult time of transit in my life.

Via Don Hopkins.

Radio Silence #

Somewhat expected and unexpected things have happened that have interrupted my regular streaming schedule. I hope to return to a regular schedule in February or March. My apologies.

4-Player Chess #

Today I learned that Bughouse chess exists.

Via Hayk Martiros.

The Best Description of Quantum Entanglement I’ve Read So Far #

Stephen Witt, writing in The New Yorker:

At the root of quantum-computing research is a scientific concept known as “quantum entanglement.” ​​Entanglement is to computing what nuclear fission was to explosives: a strange property of the subatomic world that could be harnessed to create technology of unprecedented power. If entanglement could be enacted at the scale of everyday objects, it would seem like a magic trick. Imagine that you and a friend flip two entangled quarters, without looking at the results. The outcome of the coin flips will be determined only when you peek at the coins. If you inspect your quarter, and see that it came up heads, your friend’s quarter will automatically come up tails. If your friend looks and sees that her quarter shows heads, your quarter will now show tails. This property holds true no matter how far you and your friend travel from each other. If you were to travel to Germany—or to Jupiter—and look at your quarter, your friend’s quarter would instantaneously reveal the opposite result.

A10 Short Runway Takekoff in Arma Antistasi #

Fire-bally drama in an action-packed stream powered by Artwo, Futura_Light, FOG, and Vinonam.

Cessna Rolls Off Devil’s Tower in MSFS #

Catching a glimpse of Mattrogg’s general aviation adventuring.

Landing Velocity in Logs in Elite Dangerous #

I posted the following in the Suggestions area of the Elite forums (updated with correct URL 🤦):

I love flying space ships in Elite and would be delighted if there was a “Landing Rate Log” that showed you how gentle or rough your last landing was in meters per second.

This could be toggled on and off in a text settings file, and ideally the information would be written to a text file like the Player’s Journal.

Native Audio Capture in OBS v29 macOS Screen Capture #

I am delighted to finally have native Mac audio capture working in OBS v29.0.0 running in macOS 13.1 Ventura!

I’m not sure if this is something that was added in OBS v29, or whether it was upgrading to macOS Ventura recently, but native audio capture now works in OBS using the macOS Screen Capture source, without needing third-party Mac audio plugins.

Thank you so much, OBS dev team! 💗 Streams from the Mac will be easier to manage now.

Wacom Intuos Mapping Screen Area Empty in macOS 13.1 Ventura #

Update: 2023-01-14 I restarted the system a couple of times and everything works normally again.

I’m using an Intuos Pro S (PTH-451) with tablet driver 6.4.1-1 and the Screen Area drop down menu of the Wacom Tablet Mapping settings is empty in macOS 13.1 Ventura, so I cannot restrict the tablet area to only one monitor.

Also, the Tablet Area drop down menu below has all its labels appearing simultaneously.

If you know of a solution or workaround for this apparent bug please let me know or comment in the Reddit thread.

Thank you!

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CSS Text Shadow Effects

I’m experimenting with CSS text shadow effects for the overlay labels of my livestream. I have also tried animating them but the overlay animation performance is slow so they remain still for now.

Neon Glow

/* Neon Glow 〰〰〰 */
h2 {
  padding: 60px;
  background: transparent;
  color: #fff;
  text-shadow:
    0 0 7px #fff,
    0 0 11px #fff,
    0 0 23px #fff,
    0 0 43px #00ffbb,
    0 0 83px #00ffbb,
    0 0 89px #00ffbb,
    0 0 101px #00ffbb,
    0 0 151px #00ffbb;
  }

Delicate Shine

/* Delicate Shine 〰 */
h2 {
  padding: 60px;
  font-weight: normal;
  letter-spacing: 1px;
  background: transparent;
  color: #fff;
  text-shadow: 
    0 0 1px #e9e9dd,
    0 0 3px #ff80ab,
    0 0 6px #fff;
  }

Fire Power

/* Fire Power ⽕ */
h2 {
  padding: 60px;
  background: transparent;
  color: #fff;
  text-shadow: 
    0 -1px 4px #fff, 
    0 -2px 10px #ff0, 
    0 -10px 20px #ff8000, 
    0 -18px 40px  #f00, 
    2px 2px 3px rgba(233,101,62,0);
  }

Blue Flame

/* Blue Flame 🜂 */
h2 {
  padding: 60px;
  background: transparent;
  color: #fff;
  text-shadow: 
    0 -1px 4px #00ffbb, 
    0 -2px 10px #18ffff, 
    0 -10px 20px #00e5ff, 
    0 -18px 40px #00ffbb;
  }

Toned Down

/* Toned Down ~ */
h2 {
  padding: 60px;
  background: transparent;
  color: #fff;
  color: #ddd;
  text-shadow: 
    -1px -1px 1px rgba(255,255,255,.1), 
    1px 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,.5);
  }

More will be added in time, and in the meantime come by to see them live at https://www.twitch.tv/hypertexthero!

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One Aborted Landing, One Successful Landing #

👆 Uh oh!
👉 Oh yeah!
🙌 Piloted by King Air Futura_Light with ground guidance from Artwo and in-vehicle guidance from yours sincerely, we now have a new hellocopter in the AntiStasi Altis rebellion against AFRF and BAF Earth invaders.

Post-Zombie Trauma Laugh Attack Syndrome #

Laughter is good for you, especially after zombie-induced trauma.

Diffusion Bee #

The newest addition to my design toolbox is a text-to-image creation robot capable of learning that buzzes about inside my computer.

Exciting times, especially in the world of indie video games asset creation!

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Chat Quotes

Selected quotations from my stream chat that made me laugh at one time or another, currently ordered by chatter responsible for the greatest number of LOLs.

Schippah

What a lawnmower. It’s still a lawnmower or a fart of the gods. Kinda detailed. But sure. Oddly specific.

There is no impossible. There is only the unimagined.

Look alive, function check on the jumpdrive. Make sure she’s purring nicely. Commander on deck, look like you’re getting paid people.

Incompetence of the highest level.

This is the tower, whatever man, taking a break, over.

What it lacks in stability, finesse, controllability and airtime it makes up for in a sturdy frame.

!predict welcoming dutch barista not giving 2 shits a plane landed on his terrace.

Where is the American spirit here? AK’s and alcohol. I hear certain US regions consider that the meaning of life.

It’s the internet. You click links on links on links. Next thing it says you are dying. 2 minutes later you’re buying shoes.

It’s no bug. It’s Canada’s wall to keep Americans out.

I cut coffee. I do cocaine now.

Last time I flirted by blinking they asked if I had something in my eye.

Us, the RAF, hereby award you the 500 ton iron cross. Please wear at all times.

Icebird is made of raw steel. He just sat there like a champ.

The content is doubtful, the flight is fail, the crashed abundant, the comments out of line, SHUT UP and take my bits!

Schippah


Futura_Light

Unfollow, unsub, refunding bits. Reason: The use of Comic Sans.

Landing challenges, featuring Tokyo Drift and GTA San Andreas lowrider dances.

“Pelé and The International House of Pancakes thank you for your lurk.

Instead of magic, spells & mages, we got gunpowder, lead, and freedom.

Brb powering down my gear.

Joan Rambo, the most violent Adult Mutant Ninja Turtle.

HAHA I recognise that you value aesthetic more than utility in games, i.e. light armor & football jersey in Antistasi.

Joan Rambo becomes Joan of Arc.

Man, your character is built like a tank.

Futura_Light


Talkittynora

I think you are the only person I know and watched play, who is enjoying this game.

I can’t yell at this hour.

Bug reports via onlyfans, gotcha.

Beat them with culture and high fashion.

Ocean-themed fart, I took fire. (Google closed captions).

Mechanized Alpaca Neuronetwork.. aka man.

Talkittynora


WildCraze

Too much John, not enough Rambo. (Rambo 5 review).

Hyperlinkhero

Fly with Hypertexthero and you’ll never fly with anybody else again =)

One of my favorite things is to use words with their real meaning and confuse people.

Coffee isn’t my cup of tea.

Top-shelf incompetence

Wildcraze


CmdrSpaceDog

Napolean Blownapart.

I dunno what they stand for really, but I’ve decided he’s Charles Delongfort Longbottom.

Well Halo there.

CmdrSpaceDog


EliasSpeaks

Imagine opening your kitchen cupboard and that falls out!

I thought it was a lady. LUL. At one point I thought you were saying Consuela.

Is that a portable eclipse?

EliasSpeaks


Icebird4All

The old Romans were smarter…. They knew…. Variatio delectat….

My whole immersion is broken now.

You know — I Follow Roads (IFR).

Icebird4All


Mattrogg

Medal of Duty. Or is it Call of Honor.

Work harder you lazy bastard.

If you really want to look like you’re at work you should wear a look of exhausted despair.

Mattrogg


TimmyThumb

I’ll just drive around and blast your stream over my speakers.

Did you just say that the best thing you saw at the British Museum was the bathroom?

You can use all of them at once? Does that require using your feet? Feet for your keyboard, right hand for stick and left hand for controller? Nose for mouse?

TimmyThumb


Tim_Pickle

The pie to the face protocol. PTTFP in avation acronym terms.

It looks like a wooden shoe from the Netherlands.

The music makes me feel we are supposed to think really hard about some one-million-dollar question.

Tim_Pickle


Grantalf

This is a combined arms wet dream.

What is a cannon but someone who refuses to use a sword.

—Grantalf


8BitofFun

Text! The Sky Captain! Easy, breezy, beautiful!

8BitofFun


BatGaz70

Be upstanding for the honourable Lord Hypertext of Hero esq, Earl of New York, Count of cool. Coming to you by Royal appointment.

BatGaz70


dante_accah

cm’on call schippa and say.. Hey you goldie space man whit sexy voice! Come and play that dante want to see some space buggie jump

dante_accah


FoxyGingerPants

Hope he shaved. we need a good landing strip.

FoxyGingerPants


GalaxiaCat

What timing to fall in, “Sell used underwear”.

GalaxiaCat


KirerWT

Ma quelli non pagano la bolletta da trent’anni.

KirerWT


M0RT75

Just buttons in a plastic box.

M0RT75


NickBorsellino

Holy ship!

NickBorsellino


RazWasabi

OUCH! Dang I felt that one like hitting toe neails on the edge of the sofa.

RazWasabi


seaplanesarenotaphase

So you can perform old Far Cry healing animations on yourself?

seaplanesarenotaphase


SewerBat

Mom: Hits a slapping damage of 1 and a critical emotional damage of over 9000.

SewerBat

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Come chat during one of my streams for a chance to be added here along with a link to your own stream or website.

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Flyby View Almost Causes Cramp on Solar Plexus #

Dear Asobo Studios,

Please make a one-button-press fly-by view in Microsoft Flight Simulator for us aeroplane aficionados.

I suggest using the F3 key for the control binding.

Yours Sincerely,
HyperTextHero

Thermoacoustics Demonstration Video #

An amazing physical demonstration of sound waves and how they can be used to create thermoacoustic devices like fridges or heat pumps.

Happy New Year 2023 #

I’m back and happy to have begun streaming again!

The link above takes you to my Twitch page showing highlights and I also post these on YouTube. Here are some from the first days of this new year:

I wish you a better spin around the sun in 2023, wherever you may be on planet Earth.

Peace.

Riffusion #

The AI generation is at it again with text prompts that generate spectrograms that can be converted to audio clips.



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