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Nate Cull boosted

it's weird that you're only a kid for about 15 years at most, and for at least 5 of those years you barely realize that you're a kid, and for another 5 you wish you weren't a kid

@djr you gotta roll with hot dice, man, you can't roll with cold dice, everyone knows that. Never bet on 13. And if you have a loser at your table that's just bad luck for everyone.

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@hansbauer It has been super fun actually!

I think the whole thing probably spiralled out of these two songs:

Danseparc (Every Day It's Tomorrow) by Martha and the Muffins.

"In a crowd, in a city I call my home
Undercover, on the edge I move alone..."

and City of Night by Rational Youth

Canadian New Wave was like the zeitgeist of cyberpunk.

@hansbauer It's been a fascinating little musical journey.

Some of these are songs I heard when I was a teen, and I guess must have made up stories in my head about the people in them... so finding them again has been a real blast.

I have one rule, pretty much: I don't reuse a song. Once it's in a playlist, that's it.

I also try to balance male and female voices but that's hard; there's about 3x as much male-led sci-fi pop as there is female-led.


Novas 0 is the atmospheric one.

Novas 1 is AIs escaping from a military World War 3 simulation.

Novas 2, the AIs download themselves into robot bodies and start a rebellion as punk rockers.

Novas 3, the protagonist rescues her lover from the simulation and they steal a corporate spaceship to find an alien satellite.

Novas 4 is in-world music about computers and nuclear war.

Novas 5 parts A, B and C is... I'm not sure. Side stories, I think. 5C is a prequel.

@hansbauer Sure!

Since about 2016 I've been doing this weird... cyberpunk art project on Youtube, since there's all this neat 70s/80s music there.

It started out as just a sort of atmospheric 'Space Disco' thing and then it turned into a more specific sci-fi landscape. I have a clear idea of some of the characters involved, but not quite how all the parts fit together.

The ones marked 'Novas' are the sci-fi ones ('Angels' are a separate, esoteric track).

I don't do Tarot cards but making playlists feels maybe similar. Part random process, part mining my subconscious for aesthetics. Given these inputs, trying to construct a narrative.

My story needs an alternate-feeling 1982, I think, with tech from the 2020s and beyond, but I'm still torn on if it's a simulation or real. Or can I have both?

The heart of it is that feeling, as an 80s kid, that New Wave rockers were literally Other, tuning into some occult science frequency of the future.

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Why yes, my Parliament tribute band consisting entirely of Common Lisp developers *is* called (defun defunk), how did you know?

Not a bad analogy.

<< Saying "I hate burned cheeseburgers" doesn't mean you hate all cheeseburgers, or all cheeseburgers are burned.

Saying "I hate toxic masculinity" doesn't mean you hate masculinity, or that all masculinity is toxic. >>

<<The fact that I cannot remember the last time the internet made me feel, on balance, less anxious and better about other people tells you something about how much has changed online since 1999, 2001, and even 2007. >>

@craigmaloney @DialMforMara

I'm just telling you the story as we, the hackers, experienced it.

Nobody with a home computer in 1982 was trying to clone Magnavox games.

Everyone with a home computer in 1982 was trying to clone Pac-Man, because it was about the simplest game possible - five moving objects and a bunch of static walls and dots. You could do it in BASIC, didn't even need machine code.

Atari in 1982 had no clue how they came across to their customers.

@DialMforMara like I was about 10 then and just getting into BASIC and of course the first thing every kid wanted to write was a Pac-Man and here was this HUGE lawsuit saying 'you might get sued if you make a game!!!!!'

Especially since almost all microcomputer games were ripoffs of D&D or Tolkien or Star Trek anyway.

Yeah. So, haha, fan fiction and copyright, fun times. Corporations sure are our shiny happy friends. Yum, Disney.

We have long memories.

@DialMforMara Yeah, it would probably be more people over 40 who know this story...

It would be this one. The Pac-Man lawsuit, 1982.

It was a HUGE deal in the 8-bit / hacker community at the time because EVERYONE was coding their own home computer games inspired by arcade games (not direct copies of the bits, just a roughly similar gameplay experience).

Atari tried to grab the whole concept of 'anything remotely similar to a game' and boy, that did not endear them.

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