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Malex Minute 123

Malex is excited about going to SIGGRAPH, but Snufflefungus has other things on his mind. And you know Linus only wants to cause trouble. Give this episode a listen and let us know what you think!

Episode Audio

Malex's Thoughts

Ah, the nature of fiction. How else could a house be burned down one week and ‘un-burned’ the next?

Most fictional characters have the benefit of not realizing that they are, in fact, fictional. For them, one might imagine, such knowledge would be unsettling, if not downright disturbing. For Malex and his friends, however, being aware of their own fictional nature is something of a defense mechanism against all the horrifying and bizarre things that happen around them.

In a strange and counter-intuitive sort of way, it might be kind of nice.

As for SIGGRAPH, Peter and I are definitely going. (And we’ll be enjoying every minute of it.)

I downloaded the SIGGRAPH program while writing this episode so I’d have some actual facts about the conference to write about. Little did I know, that PDF is fifty pages long… It took over an hour for Peter and myself to go over just the titles of each event, skipping the descriptions entirely. As much as I’d like to, I don’t see myself reading the whole program any time soon.

This episode has a slightly surreal, stream-of-consciousness feel to it. Possibly even more than usual. This would be due to the fact that I wrote it while desperately exhausted at 2:30 in the morning about two and a half weeks ago.

I don’t remember much about that process, but (tellingly) my draft commit message reads, “I really hope this thing is still funny in the morning.” In my opinion it is still funny. Quite funny. I enjoy it very much, and I hope you do too.

ttyl!

——Alex Markley

“A note to future me.”

Transcript

~~ Introduction

Malex: Hey everybody, welcome to Malex Minute 123!

Linus: Heh, one two three…

Malex: (Mild disdain.) Yes, Linus.

Linus: Just sayin’.

Malex: So you were.

Snufflefungus: (Extremely excited.) Malex! Malex! We have a house!

Linus: (Disdain.) When did you first become aware of this fact?

Snufflefungus: I just checked! I checked the kitchen, the living room, the studio, the garage, the server room, my lab, your room, and my room, and my toys, and my bed, and my blankie–

Malex: I’m going to have to stop ya’ there, Snuffy. I’m glad you know not to take things for granted, but I am trying to do a show here.

Snufflefungus: But how is it that nothing’s burned up? It’s like the Riding Squirrels were never here!

Linus: Oh, that. You’re talking about when Little Red Riding Squirrel burned our house down on the Fourth of July.

Snufflefungus: Yeah!

Malex: Ah. See, Snuffy, this is a somewhat complicated concept, but– Eh, how do I put this…? Such is the nature of fiction.

~~ Silence.

Linus: He’s cocking his eyebrow at you.

Malex: It’s like this: The episodes we do are fictional.

Snufflefungus: Right.

Malex: The places we go are generally fictional.

Snufflefungus: Right…

Malex: The characters we meet are generally fictional.

Snufflefungus: (Drawn out.) Right…

Malex: (Uncomfortable.) But, see, this house is fictional too. Even we – the three of us – are fictional.

Snufflefungus: I knew that.

Malex: (Genuinely relieved.) What a relief. I didn’t want to disappoint you or anything.

Snufflefungus: So, back to my original question, the house has a tenuous relationship with reality anyway, so if the writers want to burn it down in one episode, it can still be back to normal next episode?

Malex: Uh, yeah. Exactly correct.

Linus: Do we have any plaster? ’Cause you guys just knocked a hole the size of a beach ball in the fourth wall.

Malex: Yeah… Sorry about the diversion, Ladies and Gentlemen… So anyway, I’m actually quite excited today!

Linus: I’m betting, from your stupid face, that you’re going to tell us why.

Malex: I thought you’d never ask! I’m going to SIGGRAPH again this year!

Snufflefungus: What? How many are you going to this year?!

Malex: Uh, just the one.

Snufflefungus: Then why did you say you were going again this year?

Linus: The sneaky devil, I don’t even remember him going anywhere the past six months.

Malex: I didn’t! At least, not to another SIGGRAPH conference.

Linus: You sly dog, don’t deny it. We all know you like your SIGGRAPH. You couldn’t resist taking a quick sample.

Malex: I haven’t been to a SIGGRAPH conference since 2006!

Linus: And you’ve been all SIGGRAPH’d up, too. I should have known.

Malex: Now you’re just making fun of me.

Snufflefungus: This is more confusing than the fiction thing!

Malex: (Calming breath.) Maybe I should have said, “This year I am going to SIGGRAPH again.” Does that help?

Snufflefungus: Oh! That explains it! See, Linus? Malex doesn’t always lie, sometimes he’s just wrong!

Linus: Wonders never cease.

Malex: As much as I appreciate the positive reinforcement, can I get on with the show?

Linus: You’re a bright lad, you’ll find a way.

Malex: So this year’s SIGGRAPH will be held in Los Angeles, in the heart of the American film industry! The last time I was at SIGGRAPH it was in Boston, which was a lot of fun, but nothing like LA!

Linus: What’s so special about LA?

Malex: Didn’t I just say? It’s at the heart of the American film industry.

Linus: Yeah, but haven’t you been there already?

Malex: Uh, no.

Linus: What?! You spent all that time up in space with Icepunk roaming around, frightening people, and ‘self-defensing’ entire species to death, I just assumed you visited all the interesting places on your own planet first.

Malex: Not really.

Linus: Well that’s humorous.

Malex: I’m glad I amuse you.

Snufflefungus: Malex, why do you like SIGGRAPH?

Malex: Oh, it’s so amazing! It’s all about the cutting edge of computer animation and special effects, as well as all sorts of new ideas about how computers and humans can interact with one another. There’s an art show, a computer animation film festival, a never ending series of talks and lectures about all the latest advances in computer graphics, simulation, and special effects. Every year the conference attracts tens of thousands of attendees, many of whom hail from the most influential corners of every relevant industry! Companies like Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, Rhythm and Hues, and the list goes on!

Linus: Malex, geeking out is one thing, but seriously, come up for air.

Malex: And besides, one of the featured speakers this year is Ed Catmull!

Snufflefungus: Kitty?!

Malex: (Stops abruptly.) What? Not ‘cat,’ it’s ‘Catmull.’

Snufflefungus: Oh, I thought you said ‘cat mall.’

Malex: Ed Catmull co-founded Pixar Animation Studios and was a pioneer in Computer Graphics before the field existed.

Snufflefungus: Oh. So, he’s not a kitty.

Malex: Not by my reasoning, no. Are you okay Snufflefungus? You seem a bit more giddy than usual today.

Snufflefungus: I’m just happy we got the house back, that’s all.

Malex: Okay, well, I guess that’s all we have time for Ladies and Gentlemen. Thanks so much for listening, and we hope you’ll join us again next week for the next Malex Minute!

~~ End

Credits

Producer and Director: Alex Markley

Writer: Alex Markley

Voices: Markley Brothers

Post-processing director: Gabriel Markley

Illustration: Peter Markley

Release manager: Peter Markley

Recording assistance: Leela

Thanks to everyone for their help and support. :)

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Comments

Great!!

Great job, guys! This was a very funny episode. Seriously, I really like odd episodes like this one that don't seem to have much plot. I loved the way Malex delivered this line:

Malex: (Stops abruptly.) What? Not “cat,” it’s “Catmull.” I just love it when Snuffy's "giddiness" draws Malex up short like that.

I love the illustration, Quartz. Snuffy's rubbing the wall with his cheek!! It's so cute!

Linus: Do we have any plaster? ’Cause you guys just knocked a hole the size of a beach ball in the fourth wall.

This is a great line, Linus!

Thanks for another wonderful episode, guys.

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I get up, I walk, I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing. - Hillel

We should take our comfort from God's word, not from the circumstances of our lives.

Peter's picture

Oh

Thank you, it’s our pleasure! XD

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“… But as for me, I trust in [God.]” –Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

Fictionality

Linus: Do we have any plaster? ’Cause you guys just knocked a hole the size of a beach ball in the fourth wall.

Good thing I explained to Lilly, just a few days ago, what the "fourth wall" is. If she remembers ...

Snuffy's so cute, cuddling the wall. And him being so happy that the house is "un-burned"! I love Snuffy!

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"He speaks of Meow."

"Just feed the cat."

Everything looks perfect from far away.

Peter's picture

Hehehe

Yep!

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“… But as for me, I trust in [God.]” –Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

Susie Markley's picture

SNUFFY!!!

I LOVE THE PICTURE OF SNUFFY!!!!! <3 <3 <3 :-* <3 <3 <3

HE'S SO ADORABLE, CUDDLING THE WALL!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!<3 :-* <3

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Call 1-800-555-1234 for questions, comments, or snotty remarks.

#HowManyLicksDoesItTake to change a lightbulb?

Heheheh... Kitty...

Malex: Ed Catmull co-founded Pixar Animation Studios and was a pioneer in Computer Graphics before the field existed.

Snufflefungus: Oh. So, he’s not a kitty.

XD

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When forming a band, be sure to have a mini-fridge in your practice space. It's more important than a bassist.

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.

Lilly's picture

hmm...

I know you're excited about Siggraph but it was kinda a boring episode...

The picture is really sweet though, Snuffy is adorable!!!!! <3

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Fopsworth doesn't exist, he's really Aisling.

I'd rather waltz than just walk through the forest- Owl City

Peter's picture

Hmm

Sorry about that. I’m glad you like the illustration though, thanks! :)

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“… But as for me, I trust in [God.]” –Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

Mariel 7's picture

Wow. Great episode guys!!!!

That was so cuteamazing! I especially love the image with Snuffy rubbing his cheek on the house <3 . Well done all, have fun at SIGGRAPH Malex!

Oh wow. I love your sig Dragon! It's so true X-D X-D X-D X-D

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Learn to laugh at yourself, and you shall never cease to be entertained.

~An Irish comedian whose name escapes me~

SCI-EENNNNCE!!!! @_@ - Dr. Insano

now lilly...

I didn't think it was boring. There was reference to Kitties! XD

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When forming a band, be sure to have a mini-fridge in your practice space. It's more important than a bassist.

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.

Peter's picture

Thanks!

I’m glad you liked the episode! XD

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“… But as for me, I trust in [God.]” –Psalm 55:23

“Timby, I know you’re awake! Don’t lie!” –Nixy (Contradictionary - Party)

Alex's picture

:-D

Thanks for the encouragement guys. It's nice to have the freedom to do a "talking" episode instead of always doing "event" episodes.

--Alex Markley

“Suddenly, the world was a bit more orange than usual. And the bunny didn't like it.”

Alex Markley

“Arrogance is bliss! Or is that ignorance? Either way, I win!”

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