Futurama   Planet Express Employee Lounge
The Futurama Message Board

Design and Support by Can't get enough Futurama
Help Search Futurama chat Login Register

PEEL - The Futurama Message Board    General Disscussion    Futurama Le Mans « previous next »
Author Topic: Futurama Le Mans  (Read 749 times)
Pages: [1] Print
Svip

DOOP Secretary
*
« on: 11-03-2009 05:29 »

This game requires mental strength and it will be physical requiring as well!  But if you want to put yourself to a challenge, here is a suggestion.

Futurama Le Mans is based on a combination of Futurama marathons and the annual racing event, Le Mans.

Here is how it works:

Pick a range of episodes you wish to watch (I recommend currently 1 - 72, i.e. original run).  Then you meet up with your friends, and then watch these episodes in one go.  No pauses, no breaks, just non-stop watching.

I realise your calculations with soon score up to 25-26 hours rather than 24 of racing.

But this is where the concept of Le Mans comes in; teams.

A team consists of 2 to 3 persons (you may make house rules to change this limit).

As such, the rules (yeah, it's Le Mans, IT'S NOT JUST FOR FUN, IT'S A COMPETITION!):

  • If at even given point, all members of a team is not watching Futurama, the team is disqualified.
  • Only one person is required to be watching Futurama at any given time.
  • The transition between being in pit and watching Futurama should be written down, i.e. note when you left to go to the toilet, etc. and when you came back.
  • At the end of the game, the total 'uptime' for each member is calculated, and the average uptime for each team is calculated against each other, and a winner is thus found.

Some technical recommendations:

Don't use DVDs, get all the episodes as files on your computer (you can rip them yourself). DVDs will take too long to switch between and requires one to be at least 'sanely' awake at any given point.

Once you have the files, you wish to avoid certain issues; such as having to start them yourself and having to watch the credit for each episode.

If you are using a Unix based operating system, I can present you with the following Bash script:

Code:
#!/bin/bash
MPLAYER_ARGS=$@

E=( "20:50" "20:57" "20:58" "20:56" "20:57" "20:56" "20:56" "20:58" "20:55"\
"20:55" "20:56" "20:56" "20:55" "20:58" "20:57" "20:58" "21:22" "20:56"\
"20:58" "20:57" "20:58" "20:56" "21:00" "21:00" "21:00" "21:00" "21:02"\
"21:00" "20:59" "21:02" "21:00" "20:52" "21:00" "21:00" "21:01" "21:02"\
"21:01" "20:59" "20:58" "20:59" "20:59" "21:00" "21:01" "20:57" "21:02"\
"21:02" "20:58" "20:50" "21:02" "21:01" "21:02" "20:59" "20:59" "21:02"\
"21:00" "21:01" "21:02" "21:32" "21:00" "21:02" "21:01" "21:02" "21:02"\
"21:02" "21:32" "21:02" "20:59" "21:02" "20:59" "21:02" "21:33" "21:39" )
I=0

for FILE in *.avi;
do /usr/bin/mplayer -fs $FILE $MPLAYER_ARGS -endpos ${E[$I]} || exit;
   I=$(($I+1));
done

For the purpose of this script, assume you have all your episode files stored in the same directory and in the correct order.  This script will cut off the credits, measured individually for each episode.  This script, as you can see, uses mplayer.

For other operating systems; maybe your application has a playlist or something?  Maybe you could edit out the credits manually?

And last suggestion; remember to sleep before hand.  This is biting back at me right now, because I only slept 3-4 hours before this Le Mans!  As of writing, we are into our 20th hour.

Oh and, FistfulOAwesome, if you are reading this, NO SKIPPING UNPOPULAR EPISODES.  This is a challenge, not a walk in the park!

I'll let you know if my team won when we get to that.  At last tracking (14 hours in) we were number 3rd (out of 4).

Our setup (for inspiration)

Stereo.  Projector.  Desktop computer.  It's that simple.  The desktop computer runs Ubuntu and runs the script mentioned above.  We also had a board where we wrote down our times.

And for the record, even when I feel like I am killing myself, I am still laughing at Futurama.  THIS IS THE BEST FORM OF TORTURE.
FistfulOAwesome

Starship Captain
****
« Reply #1 on: 11-03-2009 08:38 »

Thanks for the shout-out (now Fist is the popular one! (referencing an unpopular episode in reply to telling me to not skip unpopular episodes. Brilliant.)), but I tried marathons years ago and went into caffeine induced insanities. Good luck to you brave fools who attempt this!
hobbitboy

Sir Rank-a-Lot
Urban Legend
***
« Reply #2 on: 11-03-2009 10:24 »


   Pick a range of episodes you wish to watch (I recommend currently 1 - 72, i.e. original run).  Then you meet up with your friends, and then watch these episodes in one go.  No pauses, no breaks, just non-stop watching.


Hmmm, there's something wrong with your plan but I can't put my finger on it.

Of course! We don't have friends! (At least, none who live close enough to get together for this sort of thing.)

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
Freako

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #3 on: 11-03-2009 10:30 »

26.4 hours of non stop Futurama?

Even I have my limits.
any1else

Space Pope
****
« Reply #4 on: 11-03-2009 10:36 »

I'd fall asleep after it got past midnight even if it was started at midnight.
Svip

DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #5 on: 11-03-2009 10:41 »

25.2 hours, actually.  When you cut out the credits, each episode is 21 minutes.  Saves a little over an hour in the end.

We started 9:10 Monday morning, and ended 10:23 Tuesday morning.  Only four survivors.

But fuck me, am I tired now.  I feel like a wreck.
Freako

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #6 on: 11-03-2009 10:47 »

Only four survivors.

Out of how many?
Jezzem

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #7 on: 11-03-2009 11:00 »

I'd attempt it but there's only one person I know who'd be up for that and I don't think we'd be able to survive with just two of us... Unless we took turns sleeping... But that still wouldn't work because I don't like sleeping through Futurama on DVD, I just pause it and turn the tv off until I can get some more free time for Futurama watching.

Missing episodes makes me feel... dirty.
any1else

Space Pope
****
« Reply #8 on: 11-03-2009 11:04 »

Yes. Rolling around in the dirt all day has nothing to do with it.
Jezzem

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #9 on: 11-03-2009 11:05 »

Not that kind of dirty. The bad kind of dirty.
any1else

Space Pope
****
« Reply #10 on: 11-03-2009 11:06 »

Aw.
Svip

DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #11 on: 11-03-2009 19:45 »

Only four survivors.

Out of how many?

Out of 10.

As for Jezzem, I see your issue.  We did the right thing, and arranged it at uni.  Luckily, most at the Department of Computer Science (as well as elsewhere) are Futurama fans.  And they all keen on a challenge.

Ironically, only three girls participated, and none of them were computer scientists.  Tsk tsk.
hobbitboy

Sir Rank-a-Lot
Urban Legend
***
« Reply #12 on: 11-04-2009 13:42 »


   Not that kind of dirty. The bad kind of dirty.


Wait, there's a bad kind?

Don't hate me, Trinity.  I'm just the messenger.
Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2006, Simple Machines | some icons from famfamfam
Legal Notice & Disclaimer: "Futurama" TM and copyright FOX, its related entities and the Curiosity Company. All rights reserved. Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is expressly prohibited. As a fan site, this Futurama forum, its operators, and any content on the site relating to "Futurama" are not explicitely authorized by Fox or the Curiosity Company.
Page created in 0.18 seconds with 17 queries.