A-ha’s “Take On Me” is playing in the coffeehouse here in Bergen, Noway

In this "8-bit Show and Tell" episode, Robin explains the minimalistic #C64 demo NONMONOCHROME, which is only 6-bytes long.
#retrocomputing #demoscene @nickmofo

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MARK OF HELP is a set of broadsides and also a free software program. I generated 50 unique printouts using a 256-character stand-alone Python program. The broadsides (and recorded readings of them) are for sale; the program is free as in speech, free as in beer, free as in mattress (*)


(*) May contain bugs

Reading a COMPUTE Gazette from 1988, and they had just done a survey of their readers. This was a publication aimed at C64/128 users.

9 out of 10 respondents reported programing their computer (20% in assembly). That is a startlingly different user base from now. No wonder people thought everyone was going to want to program their computers.

8+ hour flight delay on JetBlue.

Puts me in mind of Dead Rising: "This, my friend, is hell"

Mastodon friends/artists! Clara Fernández-Vara and I are curing an in-person exhibit in Santa Cruz in December, HOPS AHEAD, and calling for work related to alternate and speculative words and interactive narrative. Deadline is JULY 31. Please see the full call & link to the submission form:


Pixel Phone Fail 

Now I can buy another phone (the 5a) that may also be deactivated in 3 years, and similarly become a small wifi tablet, or get a phone good for 6 years that lacks a headphone jack, or get a phone that doesn’t run GrapheneOS

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Pixel Phone Fail 

My Pixel 3a XL is truly EOL, I’d say, even SOL.

Yes, I know the final updates have been issued for this phone, but I don’t understand why it has to be remotely deactivated. It now won’t connect to T-Mobile’s or AT&T’s mobile network. I took my SIM card out of it and put it in a Android 7 phone from 2015, and that works just fine.

This ALT text sends a clear message: The MIT Media Lab is a spaceship hovering over, and completely detached from, not only the rest of MIT but also the Earth

The French are being painfully accurate when they extend a submission deadline and send an email saying PROLONGATION

Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read, and inside of this coffeehouse/bookstore it is, ironically, also too dark to read

Also I love that the play was just panned in the New York Times

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“God’s Fool” at La Mama here in NYC was amazing last night. Martha Clarke and her company w/ text by Fanny Howe. A fragmentary life of St. Francis that is an almost all-singing, all-dancing production with a capella music in several languages spanning 800 years lamama.org/shows/gods-fool-202

Paul Slocum, software developer who has been curating, conserving, and selling digital art since 2006 wrote an excellent and extensive survey of the effects and problems in the takeover of networked culture by creepto-capital.

He couldn't find a suitable publication for his critical perspective which speaks volumes about the state of media institutions which made a name and raise funding precisely promoting the opposite values to those of blockchain culture and now are totally integrated and participating in the cultural and economic distortion described by Paul.

Do read and share widely.

Is FOMO so highly developed these days that you worry about whether you’re on the right Mastodon instance?

Yesterday: took a 3.75-hour train trip, walked 15k steps, saw a 3.75-hour Hamlet

Had to stay late after software engineering class one day to write “Don’t repeat yourself“ on the whiteboard 100 times

Excuse my DRY sense of humor

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