Weekend 558.1

All these drove my interest in [computers] [technology] [futurism_].

(IOI-643118) WarGames
(IOI-645119) Tron (and later Tron: Legacy)
(IOI-675123) Atari <<< Rick Guidice and John Enright
(IOI-675129) Origin Systems (2400 AD)
(IOI-678999) Walt Disney World: Tomorrowland, EPCOT, and Monorail
(IOI-681999) Apple: IIe and Mac Classic
(IOI-721972) 1984
(IOI-774444) Robotech
(IOI-791211) Geocities
(IOI-811303) Steven Levy: Hackers and Insanely Great

Weekend 517.0

Early start; I got my reasons.

(1) Fringe Intro [1985] [HD]

(2) Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse Of Reason – Remixed & Updated will be released on 29 October 2021

(3) Two books from Steven Levy that should be on every shelf:

(3a) Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

(3b) Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything

(4) Slim titles with a BIG punch:

(4a) John Betjeman: Poems Selected by Hugo Williams (published by Faber and Faber Ltd.)

(4b) Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

(4c) The Book in the Cathedral by Christopher de Hamel

Weekend 487.1

(1) Viacom/CBS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAC), a publicly traded company, goes full commie. Does anyone remember MomCorp from Futurama?

>>> The Star Trek Communist Hopes Star Trek Can Inspire A Real Revolution

(1a) ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish’s Pay Rises to $39 Million in 2020 (Hollywood Reporter)

(1b) Viacom Stock Is A Bargain Pullback Opportunity (Investing.com)

Weekend 486.2 (LETSGO)

(1) I’m replaying 2400 AD by Chuck “Chuckles” Bueche. I’m using a IIe emulator called AppleWin (1.29.16.0). You can find the ROM Images on sites like ftp.apple.asimov.net.

(1a) Matt Chat 241: Chuck “Chuckles” Bueche on 2400 AD (YouTube)

Archived Content
(569A) Robots, robots, robots… (11.27.07)
(4E6B) That’s not Bender (11.29.07)
(6CA5) Robot Mugshot (12.30.07)

That great fiction…

(1) We Live In The Dystopia Young Adult Fiction Warns Us About: Young adult fiction is awash in projections of a dystopian future, yet we’re still sliding into that future, and young adults are going along with it. (The Federalist)

“Complain about any of this, and where will it get you? Anyone who expresses dissent from the system has to be ejected from the system, have his or her work permit revoked, or be denied any possibility of advancing within the system. How else do you think a dystopia enforces itself?
So there has to be an employment blacklist where someone who expressed wrongthink will never be allowed to work again. In other words, just like today’s Silicon Valley.”

(2) English Vigilantes Use Ladders, Sticky Letters to Exterminate the Metric System: Members of The Active Resistance to Metrication launch ‘raids,’ brave arrest to convert signs to imperial measures (Wall Street Journal)

Weekend 374.0 (XR-1)

“In a series of remarkable episodes that began airing in 1995, Disney tapped the best experts he could find to sketch humanity’s space future – literally “sketch” as animator Ward Kimball brought the dry explanations of scientists to squiggly-lined life.”

– Brian Fies, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Images are from Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland – Man in Space

Pacific Atoll Launch Site I
Pacific Atoll Launch Site II
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