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01:09 pm - Nostalgia error. A)bort, R)etry, F)ail? f_
What you see in the photograph below is my coming of age in 5¼" floppies and 3½" stiffies. 720 disks in all.

It's all there. Everything. School work. Games. My first attempts at programming. Book reports from middle school. My resumé.

Four versions of Microsoft Windows. At least eight versions of MS-DOS (most of them 6.x). GeoWorks, which nobody else on the planet even used. OS/2 Warp. Three copies of Commander Keen 4, Monkey Islands I and II, Leisure Suit Larrys, King's Quests, Space Quests, remakes of King's and Space Quests, Doom and its older brothers Wolfenstein 3D and Catacomb Abyss. Lemmings. Alone in the Dark I, Warcraft and Spectre VR. More than twenty different programming languages.

Stacker 3 which was notorious for accidentally wiping hard disks. The very first versions of Netscape Navigator and AOL Instant Messenger. A pornographic haiku generator which never generated anything but properly-formatted nonsense. Oregon Trail. The Junior High Anatomy Preparedness Kit. Physics projects from my senior year. Essays I wrote for Junior Lit. Shareware knockoffs of Tetris, Arkanoid, Joust and Mario Brothers. Where In The Hell America's Past is Carmen Sandiego? Rescue Rover 2. Biodomes. Three versions of The Uncle Meat Utilities. Hours of wave files. Something called Barney vs Star Trek. Map editors for SimCity, the original issues of Phrack, and credit card number generators I was afraid to use but which my friend Aaron assured me didn't work. At least ten disks labeled simply, "pictures" or "utilities."

IBM Linkway. MOD files that still impress me. The Secret Island of Doctor Quandary. Primary Editor Plus. An IRC bot into which I poured most of the summer of 1997. A joke IQ test which overinflates your score, but which I never used on anybody because it was full of misspellings. Games I wrote in high school ranging from Captain Spleens I & ][ to Schmootris to Weenie Golf to unfinished versions of Homicide, Mr. Pointy Thinks He Should Star In A Game, The Q-Files, Mole, and Captain Spleen 3D. The DOS-based proto-version of The Tale of Rhubarb Bunnywing.

This pile represents approximately nine years of my life -- 1992 to 2001 -- in a very literal sense. The games I played, the things I learned, the ideas I had and the tools I used to record them. And I spent enough time in front of that glowing screen that these really are the best record of who I was, and how I got to be who I am.

It's almost a pity that half of them are full of bad sectors, and none of them contain anything I really want to save (not strictly true, but I've backed up what I want to keep). They're all going to get tossed (once they've enjoyed the company of a nice, strong magnet).
Current Mood: productiveproductive
Current Music: Sexy Ned's Saxy Combo -- Stormy Pinkness (feat. Pastor Rob Edison)

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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 2nd, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
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...I am not worthy.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 2nd, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
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...of what, the scorn and ridicule that I know I deserve?

Incidentally, I knew that if anybody commented on this post, it'd be you.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 2nd, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
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As far as I'm concerned, you just got a +3 in awesome.

Have you watched BoBoBo yet? I want to give those disks to Jimi.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Awww yeah.

Yes, I've seen and loved the horror that is BoBoBo. I'll bring it to the next show. Do you want me to give it to Jimi in the (unlikely) event that I see him in the interim?
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, I was going to look into BoBoBo. Could you give me the full title so I can research it?
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Colin has my copies of the first 5 eps until April 16th - make him copy them for you or borrow them or something. Oh, and I think the title is actually just BoBoBo? At least, that's all I've ever heard it called.

Apparently Tim has the 6th and 7th eps now, too.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 2nd, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Nah, just bring them to the show.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 2nd, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Will do.
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From:evil_jim
Date:April 4th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC)
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Hey, I just noticed this: how long has your friends' page been "The Million *Flavored* Ones"? Up until tonite I've been reading it as "Favored" all this time. I wouldn't be surprised if it's been that way all along considering the whole "Homstar" fiasco a little while back.
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From:sacredspud
Date:April 4th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on being the first person to point out the change! I wasn't expecting anybody to point it out, but I wouldn't be surprised if nobody else noticed. It's been that way since mid-January. I'd shown my livejournal to my friend Jimi, and he'd misread it as "The Million Flavored Ones." I thought it sounded pretty good, so I changed it.
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From:tlhinganhom
Date:April 5th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
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I noticed that not too long ago, but just sort of assumed it'd always been like that.
Nostalgia error. A)bort, R)etry, F)ail? f_ - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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