Blog Bits 001

Happy New Year, dudes and dude-ladies. A few followup Blog Bits™ and pieces to clear out of the brain.

Buggy Saints Row

For those of you who enjoyed my questionable buggy musical tour de force — or is that tour de farce! (hilarious) — I thought I'd pass along the songs in MP3 format, for your portable musical game bug comedy pleasure.

Here they are: Where's My Car.mp3, Stuck Again.mp3, What Is This Place.mp3, and Lost In The World (Bonus Track).mp3.

Or, if you prefer, all in one archive: Buggy Saints Row - The (6.3 MB).

Buggy Saints Lawrence

Last night I had the opportunity to be a guest on David Lawrence's The David Lawrence Show. We talked about two things: Buggy Saints Row and Panic's very own Transmit! "Whoah", you're saying. How do a corny musical and the world's most totally radical FTP client (full disclosure for journalistic clarity: TRANSMIT R GRATE) possibly relate to each other? You might be surprised by the results!

Turns out that David was deeply involved in Saints Row. He was heavily responsible for the game script, was responsible for all of the in-game radio matieral, and even performed many of the voices (including Stefan!). And, as it doubly turns out, David used Transmit to send, via SFTP, over 11,000 (!) individual audio assets over to Volition, Saints Row's developer. He uses Transmit's "Save As Droplet..." feature to create a series of cute little Favorites droplets that live in his dock, so that he simply drags his various files into his dock and they go where they need to go. How cool is that? It's the circle of life!

Listen to David talking about it (277 KB). Or, if you're curious and crazy, you can download the whole segment for a mere $0.25. Hearing my voice on the radio is even worse than over the Internet!

Wii + PS3 = FIGHT

Have you noticed? PS3's are basically everywhere right now. Here's photographic proof: both Best Buy and GameStop were advertising ample supplies of 60GB PS3's. Les tells me he visited Circuit City, and, after inquiring about the Wii, had them steer him rapidly towards a stack of unsold PS3's. Hooray bottoming eBay market?

Wii's impossible to find, PS3's easy to find: can this last? Is it all about the high PS3 price? Is it Wii buzz? Is it kids and Christmas? What will happen when both consoles are in ample supply and there's no major holiday around the corner? This will be interesting to watch. Here's my 6-month prediction: the X360 will be #2, the Wii #3, the PS3 #4, and of course, the PS2 will remain a mind-bogglingly, incomprehensibly, time-to-make-the-dumb-nuts #1.

Subway Sign

My favorite of all applied Subway Sign Pranks submissions, of which there was one, came from someone very near and dear to me: my dad. Dad is awesome! His "Dr. Who Stew" sign may have slipped down a little due to poor Cabel measuring, but the joke is still fantastic, thanks to a liberal sprinkling of Daleks. And you know — loosens tie — it's pretty ironic too, because every time I eat at Subway, I feel like they've EXTERMINATE-d the taste! WING WANG KA-ZING POW!!

Wii Help Cat In Depth

"Dan C" of Lost Garden uses my Help Cat video as a launching point for an extremely interesting and very deep interaction design analysis. Check it out: it's dense, but insightful, especially for us UI nerds.

My New Years Resolution?

Two words. Learn Forth.


Thank you so much for uploading the Buggy Saint's Row songs! I had been looking all over for them, and after returning to your blog one last time before giving up, here they are! Thanks again!

I was at Target today in Delaware and they had a few PS3s in stock. But guess what all the customers were asking about? The Wii (which they had none in stock, by the way).

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Keep on dominating this crazy series of tubes, Cabel.

Anonymous Ryan 1/04/2007 4:40 PM  
I'd learn Forth as well if it meant having access to a neo-barbarian woman from the future with a problem selecting tops that fit.

I'm anxiously awaiting your first solo album, cabel...
Anonymous gb 1/04/2007 6:08 PM  
And Wii remotes! Those are pretty hard to get, too!
Anonymous Curlynose 1/04/2007 6:13 PM  
Actual bumper sticker I saw, circa 1981:

Anonymous Jens Alfke 1/04/2007 6:26 PM  
Come on Cabel, as an owner and player of both Xbox 360 and Wii, you KNOW the Wii is going to end up as the #1 console. Anyone who has played it just can't get enough. Creativity wins!

Game over, MS and Sony. Game over.
Anonymous Anonymous 1/04/2007 7:25 PM  
I was going to make a "Cream of Ice" soup sign, with a photo of vanilla icecream in the background. Alas, Subway Australia doesn't serve soup. Probably for the better.
Anonymous Zouden 1/05/2007 12:12 AM  

Anonymous Matt 1/05/2007 6:43 AM  
Thanks for the mp3s!

And just for your information I have been repeating the line, "Where's my f*****g car??" over and over the past week. :p
Anonymous Soyner 1/05/2007 11:55 AM  
Good thing you uploaded those songs -- I've been having to play the video repeatedly to get my daily fix of Buggy Saints Row, and that can provide for some kind of awkward supervisor situations. MP3s are MUCH lower-profile.
Blogger Jessica 1/05/2007 12:42 PM  
Nice and thanks for the mp3s, I was just thinking about how great it would be to have your songs in my iTunes library. Seriously Cabel, I've had "What is This Place" stuck in my head ever since the first play. You absolutely must give yourself more credit for an impressive cache of musical talent.

As far as the Wii/PS3 showdown, I just saw four PS3s sitting on the shelf at my local Target this evening but not a single Wii, Wiimote, Nunchuck, or Classic Controller to be found. I must admit, as an extreme gadget geek it was tough for me not to purchase one, if only for the novelty of getting Linux up and running. But I must stay the course and maintain my vow not to support Sony on this one.
Blogger Ava's Dad 1/05/2007 8:33 PM  
soyner already made the point I wanted to add. You really made some kind of mantra medley there.
Although I am an all-time fan of Panic products, I sincerely adore your blog entries! Plus, there free ;-)

So, please, do go on.
Blogger Younghart 5/28/2007 2:08 AM  
I'm just going to add another voice to the "Buggy Saints Row is epic and win" crowd.

You've got a great voice, great comedic timing and the musical accompaniment is so well rendered that it could easily compete with if not surpass the giants of Broadway themselves.

High praise, I know; but you deserve it. :)

Now, to divine the geographical location of my auto-vehicular transportation...
Anonymous Anonymous 11/03/2008 2:46 PM  
film izle meden once şişman bayanlara önerim biber hapı almaları ve lida kullanmaları lida oldukça faydalı ve biber hapı her derde deva :p
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Name:Cabel Maxfield Sasser
Job:Co-Founder, Panic Inc.
Location:Portland, OR