Personal info and miscellaneous stuff
Welcome to the traditional page that gives personal information on the
person that created the web page. Sometimes it's right on the main page where
you have to see it. But, what I wanted to put in isn't that important, so
it's on it's own page, out of the way.
- Computers. Various C64s, C128s and Amigas can be found scattered about or in use. I was the editor for the local C64 and Amiga clubs where I used to live, but recently moved. I probably should look into putting the newsletters on-line. (Finally got the recent Amiga newsletters on-line, and one of the C64 newsletters on-line, but still need to work on more of both.)
- Infocom's text adventures. Infocom was the company that moved adventure gaming out of the stone age of two-word commands ("Go Door", "Get rock", etc.) into the realm of understanding full sentences ("Take the shiny key and the newspaper, then read the newspaper."). Infocom put a lot of attention and care into the game packaging and manuals as well as the game, and had some very unique packaging early on. They kept in touch with their fans and customers via a quarterly newsletter. Very few companies, then or now, do either of these things.
Infocom's game packaging lives on at the Infocom Documentation Project, and I've written a few articles about Infocom that you can read in my Master Storytellers area.
- Babylon 5. First TV show to have
definite beginning, middle and ending planned out BEFORE it went on the air.
In fact, when the show was being pitched, the LAST scene of the
LAST episode was determined before the pilot show was written.
And, not all of the story will be told on TV. Parts of it are in the DC comics
and in the novels. The series is being filmed in wide-screen (35mm-style) format
so when/if it is released on videotape, it will be even more visually stunning
than it is now.
Other good B5 info: The Lurker's
Guide to Babylon 5. Newest address.
- The Official Red Dwarf Website.
One of the BBC's top-rated comedies. Eight seasons and an upcoming movie.
- Cartoons. Some of them are funnier and more intelligent than prime time
TV shows. "Reboot" was especially interesting in its last season due to the
homages they were been doing to "Mad Max", "The X-Files", etc.
- The Dr. Demento Show. "Two hours of mad music and crazy comedy, from
out of the archives and off the wall." I like the parodies I hear on there
better than the original songs. If only the local radio station playing it
had a stronger signal so it could penetrate my apartment. As it is, I can
only hear it if I happen to be driving in my truck at the time.
- Women. Research into this subject has been on hold due to extensive use
of computers, but I do plan on working this into my schedule by the end of
1996 1997 1998 2001 2002. Do they come with a manual?
- Politcal correctness. Being polite is okay, but when you put so much time
and effort into dancing around words that might be offensive to someone,
it gets ridiculous. Example: You aren't dead, you're "metabolically challenged".
To me, a challenge is something you can affect. Being dead doesn't give you
that luxury. (Stan Freeberg recorded "Elderly
Man River" over 20 years ago, and it's even more true today.)
- False excitement in "new" features. Some of the most-hyped aspects of
Windows 95 were long filenames, Plug and Play, and multitasking. People
jumped up and down saying weren't these just the neatest thing since sliced
bread? If the Amiga and the Macintosh hadn't already had these features
since 1985, I might agree.
- Loud "coolness". Quite a few of the people, BBSes, and web sites I see
practically scream at you "I'm cool. Did you know I'm cool? Oh, by the way,
I'm cool. Did I mention I'm cool?". If you truly are cool, hip, with it, or
whatever, you wouldn't have to draw attention to yourself. It would be
evident by itself.
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