127. Let's e e cummings This Up
March 28th, 2022
1 hr 13 mins 50 secs
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- Black Square Day (inventing holidays and subsequently forgetting everything about them)
- Nostalgia for old computers isn't because they were good, but because they sucked in ways that were simple to understand
- The Dirtywave M8 tracker
- Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost
- The music videos of Max Cooper.
- Styptic pencils.
- Doing archaeology on your own Google calendar.
- A stable time loop where your future self adds "Black Square Day" to your calendar.
- Bringing a palindrome to the palindrome party.
- Telling your visitors "it's Black Square Day; dress appropriately."
- Celebrating the day you really burned the casserole.
- Black Squaroling.
- A way that your community organizes itself.
- Getting in a pissing contest with your neighbors about whose house has the most black squares.
- Booting up to a BASIC prompt so you need to write a short BASIC program to load the program you want to run (probably another BASIC program)
- How the Commodore 64 BASIC determined where the line you were editing started and ended.
- How Commodore 64 BASIC stored lines of code internally.
- Survivorship bias among early microcomputer users.
- Accepting a certain level of brokenness because fixing the problem will take an unbounded amount of time.
- Machines that are simple enough for a single human to understand vs. those that are not.
- What percentage of the Commodore 64's ROM is dedicated to implementing floating point math.
- Varying levels of nostalgia for developing for the Playstation 3.
- The room in London that the Playstation 2 had instead of a debugger.
- The Tool PS2.
- Fetishization of the mid-2010s tower PC
- Second order nostalgia, for what 90s emulation of 80s games looked like.
- Nostalgia for objectively terrible art style.
- All the walls swimming all the time.
- The 15 year nostalgia gap where nobody wants to remember the early 3D console games.
- Making music on the toilet every day.
- What Trackers are better at vs. traditional DAWs.
- Music that ships with its own source code.
- Technical limitations transforming into a unique aesthetic.
- How to hide a second song in the same tracker module.
- Doing a thing on the screen while music loops.
- A portable device to edit spreadsheets that only has a trackball.
- Looking at your song through a straw.
- Loading a ProTracker module in FastTracker.
- Trying to identify which tracker created the MOD you're reading by looking for file format bugs unique to that tracker.
- Fixing bugs by hex editing an executable and that becomes the version everybody uses now.
- What you call it when an archaeologist writes the file spec.
- Unknown sources of dubious quality.
- Lore of unknown provenance about how to play a mod file.
- Watching dense notation scrolling by.
- Loading tracker music into various players to see how their performances of the same material vary.
- Trying to load up music you wrote fifteen years ago and needing to source old versions of all the plugins you used.
- Watching the woods fill up with snow.
- A very evocative one of those.
- Whether sleep represents death in this poem or if it's just sleep this time.
- Why write a poem.
- Interviewing the author of a poem and then interviewing everyone who ever read the poem before writing the authoritative interpretation of that poem.
- A joke that doesn't really seem like a joke at all.
- Rating a poem on a five star scale and then deciding how many of those stars belong to each of the stanzas.
- The Three Musketeers sequels that nobody has read.
- Getting paid by the line and adding a character to your story that speaks only one word at a time.
- How to write 300 books a year.
- Taking out the but because there's nothing for it to but.
- Ceramic clown statues.