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@zatnosk @ajroach42 This is probably not what you are looking for but I find Project Oberon very interesting as ties together Operating System, Programming Language/Compiler and CPU (via FPGA). The intention of Wirth was to build a system from scratch that he could use for educational purposes:

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@TheGibson I don't think we'll ever see the same kind of rebellious rock that was around in the 70's, 80's or 90's anymore. We're oversaturated with music and news: there's just no space anymore for the message of rebellion to get through.

That's not to say it's not still there in our local scenes, but it will be drowned out by the dross.

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@vfrmedia @Reinderdijkhuis see, in the US, real estate speculation and mortgage fraud used to be one of the major tools of money launderers and a way for people to scam the system.

It’s so common, even our president could do it.

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Okay, I've been talking a lot about how Computers Are Bad and a little bit about How To Fix It Maybe.

I work in tech support. I'm pretty qualified to talk about these things.

But that gets boring! And so many mastonauts aren't software people!

And I don't want you to be alienated. And I don't want to talk about software anymore for a long while (Possibly many days?)

So I'm going to talk about the other thing I care a lot about:

Media and culture (and specifically Public Domain Media)

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So, for the next few hours, I'll be posted the occasional Open Culture recs.

If you see something that interests you, please let me know!

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Let's kick things off with Cops!

This is an early silent short film (~20 minutes) from Buster Keaton.

It's slapstick comedy from the man who, in my opinion, was the master.

Keaton wrote and directed. He also does all his own stunt work.

The film is in the public domain, and is available for free from The Internet Archive:

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Wikipedia says
"Cops is a 1922 comedy short silent film about a young man (Buster Keaton) who accidentally gets on the bad side of the entire Los Angeles Police Department during a parade, and is chased all over town."

And later:

"One of Keaton's most iconic and brilliantly-constructed short films, Cops was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry in 1997."

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Space 1999 Season One

One of my absolute favorite TV shows.

I have no idea how they are getting away with having this one on the archive, because I do not believe it is in the public domain in the US, but I am glad it is in the archive, because it's a Killer show.

IT's Star Trek meets the first space section of 2001 A Space Oddesey. A serious scifi show, but very 70s.

It's beautiful, and it takes itself just a touch too seriously so it comes off a little campy.

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After I love Lucy, Lucy did some other stuff including The Lucy Show.

The early episodes of the Lucy Show are boring and derivative, and they are under copyright, so we don't care about them right now.

The Later episodes, though, are in color. Lucy lives on her own, without kids or a husband, in a move clearly influenced by Marry Tyler Moore.

Lots of the later episodes are in the public domain.

(There are dozens)

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And now! Space Patrol!

Another Public Domain Space Show.

This one debuted in 1950, and aired 1100 episodes over the next 5 years.

Of those 1100 episodes, ~100 are still around, and those are mostly in low quality.

It was a Live! Daily! broadcast, often done with little rehearsal.

Here is one of several episodes in the archive (dozens more are on youtube, and available via various bootleg DVDs, which I'll upload to the archive eventually.)

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Space Patrol was one of several shows that followed the same basic theme.

If you enjoy that, also take a look at Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

Or Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (be sure to start with part one.)

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There was also Captain Video, of which five or six episodes survive. Captain video originally ran for nearly 1500 episodes, but We Suck (

Rod Brown of the Rocket Ranger is another lost show along the same lines
(Here it's theme song:

There are a few more surviving episodes of Captain Z-Ro.



(Unfortunately, episodes of these largely lost shows tend to be pretty mediocre.)

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There was also a 1950s Flash Gordon TV show:

(Of course, there was another in the 70s. It's not in the public domain that I'm aware of, but this one is.)

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Radar Men from the Moon:

The Adventures of Captain Marvel: (Shazam!)

Film serials are neat, because they were cheap and experimental and largely made for kids.

So there's a lot of experimentation, and a weird amount of variety, and a ton of cliches.

Many of them are just okay, but they are also frequently beautiful.

The Rocket Man in Radar Men from the Moon specifically is Beautiful, and iconic.

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mastodon could be better for displaying art, but I'm in a get-my-art-onto-all-the-social-medias mood so whatev

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The universe is hard-deterministic and there's NOTHING you can do about it.
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