Today I went on a bit of a nostalgia trip through my old usenet / newsgroup posts. It was a bittersweet feeling seeing who I used to be...
...but, what's more important is that I discovered an internet fossil!
I recommended a small rpg fansite to someone on usenet in early 2003. To my surprise, the thing is still online & pretty much unchanged! https://www.byenighte.com
Love finding those *vintage* sites in the wild :)
Today I spent couple hours making a little April Fools joke in a form of an RPG(?)... it's all very hermetic & "inside baseball," catering to a niche within a niche.
Needless to say, it didn't really reached many people as a joke, but I still enjoyed designing an obnoxiously *de-luxe* flyer.
I really need to make time for creative activities, because it really makes me feel better (and I kinda need that right now).
I'vejust been reminded of this bit of urban dendrology trivia:
If you (like me) suffer from seasonal allergies while in US cities, blame the pa-TREE-archy! https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/seasonal-allergies-blame-male-trees
...I mean, you really should blame capitalism, as it is the true *root* of the problem, but I couldn't pass that pun 😉
I got my hands on a late XIX century mimeograph to help with back-engineering the forgotten printing/duplicating method.
There is very little information about pre-electric mimeography, & I was struggling to recreate it with the small, mid century machine I have - simply too many variables & unknowns.
This kit is all manual, but what's more important, it comes with stencil paper and a writing plate. Now I can experiment with using materials that I know to work!
I tried to make it work in tabletop games with proc-gen, but it's hard to do when you, as a player, can see exactly how the underlying system works.
I think a level of obfuscation is needed for it to work. You need to have hope that there's some meaning to uncover - an author's intent. You can create similar narratives with rolling bunch of times on random tables, but you know it was just chance - the experience is not the same.
I hope to find a way to make it work on tabletop one day :)
Also, this video is a cool example of humans being able to create meanings / patterns if given enough "data."
This is something I am constantly interested in, especially how it relates to game design. It is really cool to see someone find meaning where (from point of view of the creator) there wasn't any!
Dark Souls games do that masterfully - at least I think they do, there is no definitive Lore and plenty of people have their own interpretation of the story - I find it really cool.
"#Zine Machine is a compact 3D-printed block printing press. Convert images into blocks, try friends' blocks, or use the supplied type to set a page.
All files and instructions necessary to print and use a zine machine are open to the public ...Designed and released by Gestalte Design, Zine Machine is an experiment in guerilla digital fabrication." https://hibred.pmvabf.org/zine-machine
This post resonates with me so strongly I was practically laughing while reading it. Absolutely love the concepts and I think about this super frequently. Great ideas! https://ploum.net/the-computer-built-to-last-50-years/
Beautiful that these random graveyards become areas of great biodiversity just by their nature of being undisturbed areas of reflection or solitude. Some even provide conditions for endangered plant species to thrive. Lovely to think of these quiet places dedicated to past lives blooming with wonderful and rare new ones.
Today I stumbled upon a "No CSS manifesto" which proposes the idea that writing css is wasteful, so we should instead...
USE THEIR CSS LIBRARY
...mainstream web development is a joke.
https://blog.lidskialf.net/2021/02/08/turning-an-old-kindle-into-a-eink-development-platform/ fun hardware hacking revitalizing old kindles!
¶ Perpetual Foreigner | Interdisciplinary Designer | Journeyman Maker
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