Thursday, March 25, 2004
Ernie has been on a roll lately. First, check out this post about computer games encoded in 1980's vinyl computer records. Really. It's a very interesting article, not least because it highlights by example how remarkably primitive computers were twenty years ago and how far we have come. The process for playing said games was quite cumbersome. First, you had to tape the encoded information off the record and then insert the tape into a home computer - the Sinclair Spectrum system, which used the TV screen as a monitor. Most of these games were the old-fashioned text adventure type of game. You know, where you had to keep a map on graph paper to keep track of where you were going and if you didn't get the verbs right the program would merely say, "I don't understand that command." Instead of "go" or "walk," it might be "march" or "saunter" or "crawl"... whatever the cackling little geek writing the game could come up with. Sadistic bastards.
Next, a neat little website about bento lunches with mouthwatering pictures. Sushi isn't my thing, but the food is arranged so beautifully... and these are school lunches, packed by a mom!
Lastly, the world's silliest NASA promotional tie-in: "One small step for man, one giant leap for Giant Shrimp."
That is all. Carry on as you were.