Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
Sound is sort of a menace on the internet – we browse at work, we browse when we’re tired, we browse when other people in the house are asleep, and sometimes we browse shortly after watching a video whose sound was really really quiet, so we’ve turned up the volume really, really loud. And there are some sites, people and link-sources that you can’t trust not to point you to something loud, obscene, offensive, terrifying or Rick Astley. Even the venerable Waxy.org is guilty: Andy once posted one of those links where everything seems normal, then a giant zombie face appears and screams at the top of your speaker’s volume.
I would like James to be trustworthy. I hope that it already is for a small portion of the people reading this. So I’d like to leverage, possibly confirm, and possibly expand such a trust by occasionally posting sound files with absolutely no explanation. I think it would be nice to sometimes hear something without any clue what it’s going to be, only that someone thought it was worth sharing, and do so knowing that it’s not going to be a nasty shock.
They will sometimes be speech, sometimes just sound, sometimes music, but when they’re music, the music itself won’t be why I’m posting it. Music is too divisive, I want these things to be interesting or entertaining independent of your tastes. Sometimes you’ll find out what they are when you listen, sometimes they’ll leave you with no clue. I’ll wait a few days then explain what they were in the comments, so don’t read the comments before listening.
I hope you’ll also trust that I would not find embedding a Rick Roll at the end of this post even vaguely amusing.
Iain "DDude" Dawson: That was awesome! Definetly giving you plus trust points.
spuzman00: Cool clip!
Was that from This American Life? Because it definitely sounded like it.
roburky: I think I've heard that before. Or maybe an identical story from another famous person. I imagine it's pretty common.
Tom Francis: If anyone can name the actor, I'll be impressed.
Jason L: You mean off the top of their head, right? The clip tells you one of his roles, and IMDB tells you who that is.
Newt Pulsifer: wow! that's sweet :D
definitely sounds like 'This American Life'. I couldn't name the episode, tough...
Andy Baio: Ahh, good ol' ZombieURL. No lawsuits yet!
Liam C.: that sounds like that guy from the O.C. Tate........donoven?
Punjab: Yeah, Tate Donovan.
Lack_26: Darn, I'm too British. I got embarrassed by just listening to this.
Liam C.: Ahh, donovAn, that's how you spell it XD
Chijts: Does that mean I'm not British enough? :(
If you can find more amusing bits like this last one it's by no means a problem.
Tom Francis: I'm going to trust that you didn't look it up then intentionally mis-spell his surname to make it seem like you didn't, Liam, and be impressed. He was ace in Damages.
J-man: James: Paragon+2
Ten-High Charlie: This sounds like it was on NPR. Was it on NPR?
Dan: It's from a This American Life episode. A one where they do 20 stories in 60 minutes.
Funnily enough I only ever listened to this episode of TAL because I was linked to it on this site.
Tom Francis: Hurrah, our first full correct identification! You get the points because you've virtually got the episode title - it was Twenty Acts In 60 Minutes.
I didn't link this specific episode before, did I? That would be awfully repetitious of me.
The points do nothing.
Dan: No, you didn't. I meant, you linked to TAL on this site. I then looked on the "favourite shows" bit then went straight for the 20 stories one as I thought that at least some of it would be entertaining. I kind of just thought of that episode of The Simpsons where there's a ton of tales from Springfield.
Another episode that is fantastic to listen to is the cruelty of children one, there's this great story about a man trapped down a well.
LaZodiac: The problem with Rick Rolls is not that they are annoying. Its that some people like that song. My two cents I guess.
Liam C.: Nah i wouldn't of spelt his name wrong if i actually knew it cause that would be over acting and seem rather obvious that i searched it. But now im in a tad of a pickle cause now i have said that it seems like i really searched it and over acted. But if im aware of the whole over acting thing then i probly woulda just said "dude its tate donovan". plus the way it's said makes it sound like an e and not an a so yar. now your gonna think i over explained myself and i'm lying XD
Tom Francis: Man, I was saying I believed you. Now I'm not so sure.
Liam C.: lmao. now no matter what i say it'll seem like i'm lying still. i suck with this explaning shit i'm just gonna give up.
Newt Pulsifer: Never gonna give up
Never gonna let down
Never gonna run around and desert
Never gonna cry
Tom Francis: I love this place sometimes.
Andrew: Awesome, totally embarrassing clip (embarrassing comedy is one I cringe at...egad, like The Office). Wow :D Didn't know who it was though. Thanks for sharing it Pentadact!
SenatorPalpatine: I love forward to more of these. It's a good idea.
Pod: I finally listened to this anecdote. The ending is fab.