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3x Noobilator edited one of his pieces specifically for floppy drive for this video.

Up next: some more requested music and hopefully something a little bit classical.
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classical you say.... chromatic fantasia?
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Hey there musical floppy aficionados!  Over the last couple days, I've committed a bunch of minor changes to the Moppy software codebase.  Most notably:
- No more RXTX library (switched to NRJavaSerial)
- No more "Swing Application Framework"
- Performance and pooling improvements
- Some new features to make it easier to (hopefully) play unedited MIDI files

I've also created a better floppy drive simulator so that it's easier for me to test out code changes without needing to have the drives assembled.  Which means it'll be much easier to add new features and accept pull requests.  Give it a try and let me know how things go!
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I predict you run out of fuel before you can get too far... it looks rather heavy... let's see what happens-- ah, no engines at all then.  Okay.  =P  But wow, impressive!  I kinda want to try this someday now...
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Oh man!  F/A-18 Hornet was my first flight sim back in the day.  GREAT game.
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It's top of the line if you ask me, I love this shit.
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What'd'ya know, 3 days ago a suggestion for this video shows up on +Minecraft SethBling's video suggestion reddit ( http://www.reddit.com/r/SethBlingSuggestions/ ), and today it's an actual video!  The system works!

(Thanks, SethBling)
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0:15 Is the quietest door slam I've ever seen. ;P
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I'm of the opinion that imperfections are an important part of life.  Challenges and hardship teach us new things and make us stronger (ice cream making us fat teaches us discipline).  Which means that peoples' described "perfect worlds" would probably be sub-perfect, and an actual perfect world would include some seemingly undesirable aspects.  But then who's to say that this current reality I'm experiencing isn't my perfect world already (as some other people have mentioned in the comments).

But then if we're living in a "perfect" world, maybe we don't need to learn new things or become stronger-- wouldn't the highest attainable goal in a virtual world be happiness?

I think given the choice, I'd take the real world over a virtual one only because I have to know how things work; I love learning new truths.  That said, I don't think I'd be against hanging out in the matrix from time to time.
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I agree that people starving to death isn't cool, but what if those "people" (this is just a simulation after-all) need to starve to death to motivate you to be more charitable?  I guess there's a big difference between "this world is a simulation but we're all individuals living in it" and "everything (people included) in this world is a simulation for me".

And learning stuff in the matrix would definitely be a lot of fun-- maybe even more fun sometimes because of all the potential for crazy physics and stuff.  But there's a difference, for me at least, between learning how playing a computer game works, and learning about how computers work.  The former is a lot more fun, but I find the latter to be more rewarding.

But yes.  Ice cream.  =D

Edit: Just missed +northmetalguy 's post: Like I said, I think the distinction between one shared virtual world for everyone versus one virtual world per person makes a big difference in what would be considered an "ideal" world.
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For the first time in quite some time, a new floppy drive video! (I'm going to try to post a few more in the upcoming weeks, but no promises)
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I've seen some people complain about adding backing tracks to floppy music, but when the result sounds this good, I don't see how they could complain!
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You'll just need some sort of MIDI editing software.  Each MIDI channel corresponds to one drive, and each drive can only play one note at a time.
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If you haven't seen this yet, you should:
The Lego HISHE
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It's still weird seeing your face and hearing your voice at the same time.... I somehow just associate that voice with blocky Minecraft people or Gary's Mod players and it doesn't seem right coming out of a human.
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+khaiz xchooi Same here!
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I'm 100% okay with you doing sponsorships, but I want to hear about products that I'd actually want (or that your typical audience would actually want); computer-gaming related things, or electronics, etc.  I don't want to hear about life insurance, or pharmaceuticals.

The survey thing from today was okay since it could potentially apply to a lot of your audience, but have YOU actually tried it?  I'd be a lot more willing to check out a link if it's a "Bling-tested, Bling-approved" product.  =)
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I think it's fine too because we have the option to simply click away if we don't want to hear it
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So YouTube made my YouTube account into a Google+ page.  It's a little weird, but I guess it'll be a neat place to put project-related posts and such.