😱 They are onto us: thedebrief.org/tech-workers-re

"Tech Workers Rebel Against a Lame-Ass Internet by Bringing Back ‘GeoCities-style’ WebRings"

Sadly it seems the article (and the discussion where I found it) kinda missed the big picture behind smol web, but at least it was nice to see @neauoire mentioned and a way to let a bit of mainstream crowd know that there is a web outside of corporate ecosystem :)

macintosh 1986 Portal 

I have decided to wait for the mac version to play it because I love the aesthetic... and well, waiting paid off!

I have started playing it, and it is a good enough story/experience so far. Will probably do a proper write-up once I am done with it.

Also - the two screenshots above are the first proper screenshots of this version ever! My plan is to take more and upload them to sites dealing with archiving video games (mobygames, videogamegeek, etc.)

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Over a year ago I discovered the 1986 Portal "game", and the fact that there was a lost macintosh 512k version of it (see thread).

Now it has been found and archived by a generous macintosh garden user!

You can download it from here: macintoshgarden.org/games/port

...although you might want to wait few days (or reach out to me) as this "dump" does not allow you to save your game. I made a fixed version and will post on garden once the original uploader will give me a go-ahead.

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Recently, I've been watching an antique dealer on yt go through people's collections & garages to find stuff for resale.

I enjoy the treasure hunt aspect, but the more I watch it, the more I notice how far we, as a society, have decoupled items' value and function: this metal can is worth $5, but it'd be $50 if it had a defunct gas station logo on it.

Same function, same quality, but people would value it 10x more because of a logo.

Such a perfect example of Baudrillard's Simulacra.

Today in I am sharing one of my favorite dishes - Roasted Red Pepper Pasta: fdisk.space/roastedredpepperpa

It's has a bit of a kick, but it's mainly smokey & cheesy...and all vegan!

@rek I just discovered your quick sunflower seed parmesan (grimgrains.com/site/quick_sunf) and I am hoping to make some for the meal this week.

Does the mix keep well? I wouldn't mind making a larger batch and storing it for few weeks, but want to make sure it won't spoil (as never kept blended sunflower seeds before and I am concerned about oil from them affecting the other ingredients).

Because my wife made it today, I am sharing one of my favorite meals in : Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce Tofu Bowl!

Recipe: fdisk.space/peanutsaucetofu

This year's Eurovison (watching it is a tradition with my wife) introduced me to an amazing electro folk band from Ukraine: Go_A.

Their song, Шум (Shum) is the Slavic techno ritual you didn't know you needed in your life: youtube.com/watch?v=U7-dxzp6Jv

Now it's time to dig into their discography!

Today I stumbled upon a cool tool for generating static websites - zoner: ryantrawick.itch.io/zoner

It doesn't do anything really groundbreaking, but it comes as an executable!

So you put your markdown files in a folder, run the executable and you have a site ready to be uploaded. I think it would be great for people who just want to make a simple site and don't want to worry about setting a whole environment to run whatever the framework requires.

Help! I fell into MSX rabbit hole and can't get out :glenda:

I still can't get over the fact that we embraced the boring beige boxes for our computing needs over the industrial design that was happening with the MSX platform. Even the cheaper models had STYLE that still looks sleek today.

It's a shame the platform never really took off much outside of Japan.

I keep running into some real *fossil* websites during my research into early nerd games.

Today's find is a web1.0 site from a military major about (matrix) games he uses for training: mapsymbs.com/wdmatrix1.html

From the looks of it, it's all hand-coded, and because how simple it is, it kinda has a responsive layout!

Also, love the bit that tells you how big each file is - it reminds me of all the home sites I used to visit in the late 90s.

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! byenighte.com

Love finding those *vintage* sites in the wild :)

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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! atlasobscura.com/articles/seas

...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 :)

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