Spot_The_Bot and cells.

With the addition of a snazzy new bot, Spot_The_Bot, in my stream, I’ve started setting up a few of the neat new features that come with the program. The first of which is a currency system.

Earning Cells

The currency you can earn while watching my stream is known as cells. Cells can only be earned while the stream is live and you are viewing.

Every new follower gets a one-time bonus of 5 cells, but you don’t need to follow the stream to earn cells.

You earn 1 cell every twelve minutes just by watching and an additional 1 cell for each twelve minute interval in which you also interact in chat. That comes to 5 cells per hour just watching, or 10 cells per hour if you’re chatting the entire hour.

Once you reach the first rank (more on that below) you become a regular and you earn an additional cell per twelve minute interval. Moderators also earn at this rate.


  • First time viewer: 1 cell every twelve minutes.
  • First time viewer active in chat: 1 additional cell every twelve minutes while active in chat.
  • Regulars and mods: 2 cells every twelve minutes.
  • Regulars and mods active in chat: 1 additional cell every twelve minutes while active in chat.

Special One-time Bonuses:

  • Follow bonus: 5 cells
  • Raider bonus: 10 cells

Raiders are special cases in that if another streamer raids my stream and the viewers that come along in the raid want to have some currency to use during their visit, they get a little spending cash right off. Of course if they follow and stick around they earn those additional cells as well.


There are five basic ranks to start with. I may add more ranks in the future, or adjust the cell requirements depending on how things work out.

  1. J.A.F.O. (10 cells)
  2. Kibitzer (301 cells)
  3. Witness (901 cells)
  4. Guide (1201 cells)
  5. Proof (2401 cells)

At the base rate, someone who simply watches and doesn’t interact in chat can become a regular viewer, J.A.F.O., in a matter of minutes. Interacting in chat and investing cells can easily speed that up.

Spending Cells

Moving forward, as I get used to working with this new bot and all its features, I’ll be implementing a few of the other features that Spot_The_Bot is capable of. Some of which include the ability to spend cells on little interactive chat games, betting, polls and raffles. As I get these other features setup and running, I’ll post more on their use, so stay tuned.


Right now, users are only able to see the number of cells they’ve earned, the number of hours they’ve viewed my channel, and their current rank. This can be done by typing the !cells command in chat.

Witness: 28 December 2015

Dropping beats is primal, yo.

More from Noam Chomsky, this time on whether submarines can swim.

Reminding us of the false promise of everybody in flying cars, this rather lengthy article at Ars Technica goes poo poo on the hopes and dreams of AI and the singularity.

So if a wolf can have a consciousness and feelings, but doesn’t feel bad for scarfing down that caribou, should I feel bad for having a steak?

From the pre-meditated murder of self-driving cars, to robot murder, who gets punished? Asimov’s Three Laws are going to end up with really complex sub-points.

“Zoom in far enough and you get seventeen particles emerging from underlying fields playing a game with four rules.” What things are.

Or are they?

Witness: 21 December 2015

Turns out maybe we do have an internal grammar mechanism in our brains.

Also all that other goo that makes up your brain, not the synapses and pathways, but the stuff scientists have shrugged off as useless slop holding the important bits in place actually has some function.

Someone in Seattle should start the Blue Rain Project to prove that you can still get wet with simulated rain. A sharp consideration of simulating the human brain, and particularly the Blue Brain Project.

Fantastic short film on confusing the virtual and the real.

Examining the ethics of self-driving cars. I wonder if programmers will give consideration to bicyclists, too.

Interesting thoughts on how to deal with punctuation anxiety by understanding some of its history as we move into an internet dominated future where language and usage continues to shift.

Tell P to stop being so horny? I wish I could convince my P.

Witness: 7 December 2015

I’m all for the increasingly blurry line between good writing and games. The Economist looks at several of the recent forays into electronic literature, a creative space that has, I believe, tons of potential.

Interesting research into how our immune system is affected by loneliness.  Damn, I was hoping I’d live a long, happy life being left the fuck alone.

Hope for hope’s sake, hope as tautology, hope because hope, hope because ‘I said so,’ is the enemy of intelligence. One can say the same about the opposing pole of despair. Neither of these—hope or despair—are ‘wrong.’ They each reflect human sentiment, much like anger, sadness, love, and joy. Art that uses any of these to say something larger interests me. Art that takes any of these as its aim does not.” —Ta-Nahesi Coates

Although the title of this article really sums it up, the whole read is definitely worth it.

New study reinforces non-binary gender in brains. Turns out we have a mix of male and female features, varied by individual, with most people somewhere in the middle.

More discoveries in how our brains do language, even if it’s a language we learned as a young child and have since forgotten.

A nice TEDx talk on the state of brain imaging and some possibilities for the future.

After everything, wind and rain down.