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Snipes screenshot

Entertainment > Games >

(on Wikipedia)
https://github.com/Davidebyzero/Snipes

A multiplayer, text, third-person shooter originally made for DOS, but I know it from Novell Netware.

I had a hell of a lot of fun with it. Perhaps it's nostalgia which makes me stay so fond of it, but I think the fundamental gameplay still holds up today. I could easily imagine a great updated version of this but I have and still do see this same gameplay in all sorts of other top-down games.

nightwork-2003-book-by-t-f-peterson-cover

Entertainment > Reading >

(on Wikipedia)
hacks.mit.edu

A book on a particular aspect of culture and events in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

It glimpses into one aspect of "playful hacking", pranks and practical jokes.

  • Properly titled Nightwork - A history of hacks and pranks at MIT
  • ISBN 9 780262 661379
  • "Institute Historian T. F. Peterson" is likely a play on the MIT cultural acronym "IHTFP".

TODO - import more of its archived text

This is on my list of books to re-read.

freax-volume-1-2005-by-tamas-polgar-cover

Entertainment > Reading >

http://www.maz-sound.com/FREAX/en/Intro/

A book on the history of the demoscene.

This is on history and itself has become a collectable piece of it. I bought and read this years ago.. probably in 2007 or thereabouts.

  • aka Freax volume 1. - A brief history of the computer demoscene
  • by by Tamas Polgar, aka Tomkatz / Madwizards
  • Copyright and published by CWS Verlag
  • ISBN (blank)
  • Available as an e-book.



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Pixels (2015) poster 1

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
http://pixels-movie.com/

A time capsule shot into space back in 1982 is received as a declaration of war by aliens, who respond with multiple waves of 1980s video games-made-real, which only lifetime-loser video game nerds can face.

Uh. From the ground up, this movie cannot work. It's a kids movie which relies upon the nostalgia only a handful of middle-aged men might have but hopefully won't.



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Kung Fury (2015) picture

Entertainment > Movies >

(on Wikipedia)
https://youtu.be/bS5P_LAqiVg
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kungfury/kung-fury

Kung Fury travels through time to fight the forces of Kung Führer.

A fantastic action-comedy, most especially for people who grew up in the 1980s.



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World of Warcraft >

I was never a "Vanilla WoW" player, and so I never got to see the vast majority of the raiding at that level.  I sortof saw patches of stuff, and I even got to wipe on a world dragon a few times.  Having not seen all this content, and having gone through most of the quests and very thoroughly through all of the instances I've come to appreciate the stark contrast between Vanilla and everything since.

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Followup YouTube+RSS-related stuff is in Atheist YouTube channels, now gone

Warning: This post contains everyday language. It's one thing to be polite, but I need to stress the importance of the destruction of usability-apathy. There's no room to be nice here.


I was intending to do a decent post every day, but I got really burned out. Why? I've been struggling with several different programs over the last couple of weeks. I've been sick and tired of the clumsiness that my apathy has allowed.

I think everyone has a sort of apathy towards usability issues. We take them as excusable or as some sort of status quo "that's just the way it is". I'm sick and fucking tired of that. Seriously.

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