Archive for January, 2017

dunceCast Episode 69 – Get it?

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2017 by Matthew VanDevander

Once upon a time, in a land where chaos and insanity reigned supreme above all other human values, three dunces set out across a deserted plain following the star which signified the birth of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. When they arrived at the town of Cleveland, they were dismayed to find that it was not a star at all, but was, in fact, the flickering sign of the downtown Denny’s breakfast all-day restaurant, and the dunces saw it, and said, “aw, what the heck!” And the hash browns were “pretty good.”

In this epistle, the dunces recount their journey from awkward childhood, through awkward adolescence, and onward into awkward adulthood. Please enjoy, and like comment subscribe to my channel, and back the patreon.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Back in Time” by MattyBRaps
“Bustin'” by Neil Cicierega


dunceCast Episode 68 – Alternative dunceFacts

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2017 by Matthew VanDevander

We’re back, and we’re here to berate you about those current events in the world that you’ve so desperately tried to ignore. But perhaps we bring lightheartedness to the doom and gloom of your everyday existence!

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“American Idiot” (Green Day) by Robyn Adele Anderson
“Imperial March Theme” by John Williams

dunceCast Episode 67 – Inside or Outside, Underwater or Above?

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2017 by Matthew VanDevander

This week, we discuss some more video games, INSIDE, ABZÜ

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Shockwave” from the INSIDE Soundtrack, by Martin Stig Andersen and SØS Gunver Ryberg

“And the Earth Did Not Yet Bear a Name” from the ABZU Soundtrack, by Austin Wintory

Witness Essay Status Update

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2017 by Matthew VanDevander


(Cross-posted from Patreon)

Since I’ve been working on this Witness video essay for so long, I figured I should probably give a bit of a status update to all my backers. At the very least so nobody worries that I’m not actually working on this thing.

Thus far, the hardest and most time consuming thing has been writing and finalizing a script. I initially thought this whole video was going to be a short month-long project, and that one month has turned into 6. There have been a lot of factors leading to this essay taking so long to get done, but certainly one of them is just that it’s difficult try to properly communicate in words what The Witness does so effectively without them. Much as Richard Feynman said of attempting to lecture about physics to the layman: I more or less have to accept failure before I even begin, but proceed anyway.

Still, the video is coming along pretty well. I have 4 and a half minutes of more-or-less final video cut together already, 5 and a half minutes of finished and recorded VO that needs to have video edited to go alongside it, and also there are around 10 minutes left of words (2108 words) that are sitting in a text file that need to be polished up before they can become the rest of the VO for the video.

I have been working on the video in sections: writing the script for each section, recording the VO, and polishing the video before moving on to the next. I have around 3 of 6 sections done.

So, the progress is pretty good, and although it may seem from the numbers like I’m at the halfway mark, I feel like I’m a bit further along than that, as most of the core ideas that I want to cover are already in the script. That means rather than wracking my brain for days, it really is just a matter of polishing up what I have.

Anyway, thanks for backing, and I hope everyone enjoys the final video when it is done.

dunceCast Episode 66 -Bringing The Witness in for Questioning

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , on January 10, 2017 by Matthew VanDevander

This week, in our most devilish episode yet (haha, numerical puns), the VanDevander brothers have a few questions for Jamie after she has spent some time immersed in The Witness.

I would suggest not listening to this podcast until you have played a significant portion of The Witness, however there is a spoiler warning before we really dive in.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Tetrishead” by Zoë Keating