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Archive for August, 2009

Infocom Advertising —

While I’m at it, here’s a collection of Infocom Advertisements from the 1980s.  It was scanned in by Infocom Alumni to recall the many appearances that Infocom made in periodicals and other print locations. Each one had its charm, and some of them have stuck with myself and others for decades beyond seeing them. This […]

Infocom Scanned —

I finished scanning Steve Meretzky’s design binders. This was a side project and took something like nine months. I have scanned the design binders for Planetfall, Sorcerer, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Stationfall, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz, and of course Leather Goddesses of Phobos. In total, this is […]

Cutting Out Friends —

It all starts out pleasant enough – we were together at the beginning, long before outsiders would even get a glimpse of what we’re up to. Our friendship was forged when it was just the interviewee speaking, having a conversation that would stretch out to an hour or two. 60-120 minutes of footage of someone […]

SXSW 2010 Panel Proposals —

I’ll take a moment out of the keeping-me-from-updating-this-weblog project matrix to let you know that I have proposed two talks for the SXSW 2010 Conference. One of them is about geek documentaries, and the other is the production of GET LAMP. My intention is to have GET LAMP done this year, and therefore at SXSW […]

A Collection Loses Energy —

As one might spend a lot of time making a collection as good and complete as it can be, I’ve decided to take one of mine apart. But I thought there might be some education or smirking memories as to how this collection occurred in the first place, so let’s just cover that a bit. […]

Scanning Even More Infocom —

I’ve been a little busy this summer with a lot of projects, to say the least. One of them involved going to Steve Meretzky’s basement to scan things. Some time later, I asked of Steve if it would be possible to, well, you know.. scan every scrap of paper related to Infocom he had.  Nicely, […]

Why We Correct —

In Sandman #20, “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”, a performance of the Shakespeare play of that name is performed in front of the characters it was based on. Afterwards, the King of Fairie comments “..this diversion, although pleasant, is not true. Things never happened thus.” The Sandman, who has comissioned the creation of the play, responds “Oh, […]

Game Over (A Moment of Silence) —

A moment of silence, please, for an arcade you didn’t play at. There are, as I’m sure you might guess, lots of private arcades out there, ranging from just a few games in the basement up to full-blown professional-level places that could rival anything anybody has played in. Some of them open for friends, or […]

A Very Successful DENCON —

As mentioned previously, the plan was set into motion many months ago to bring a little retrocomputing spirit to DEFCON. That plan was successful. Load-in was intense and a little late in the day on Thursday. I think my favorite moment of that was when we realized we needed a few more people to handle […]

In Which You Make Good With the Cash —

Well, holy moly, people. I put out a call to help with the bandwidth bill to keep going while I do some life transitionary work, and didn’t you all come in droves. Donations ranged wildly, from a few bucks (thanks) to hundreds of bucks (thanks). And because of that, I am paid up for […]