Category Archives: Culture

808 A Documentary

RolandImage

Sometime near the beginning of August the surprisingly versatile culture blog, Loose Lips, hooked me up with a screener of 808, the documentary from Arthur Baker, looking at the Roland TR-808. Full of unexpected talking heads and computer love, it is definitely worth checking out if you have the chance.

Here is a little steganographic review of 808 extracted from my neural noise.

Antikythera Mechanism Article at the Smithsonian

Antikythera Mechanism
NAMA Machine d’Anticythère 1“. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

I loved reading about the Antikythera Mechanism years ago in the flawed but interesting Fingerprints Of The Gods written by Graham Hancock. A recent post from the Smithsonian piqued my interest and suggests that the clock had gears which represented all the visible planets. Check out the article over at the Smithsonian Online.

Sega Mega-Drive/Genesis Collected Works

Image of a Mega Drive on a blue background in a coffee table book
SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis Collected Works panel

The last thirty years have seen computer games move from pixellated bats intercepting juddering phosphorescent squares to the hyper-realistic GPU powered content found on the current generation Xbox or Playstation. Somewhere near the beginning of this timeline, a young gamer, used to the garishly coloured sprites of the Spectrum and creme coloured chassis of the BBC Micro was walking through an anonymous Red Brick Council Estate. His destination, an erstwhile peer’s bungalow and onwards onto a pub that they were both way too young to actually be allowed into. Invited into the friend’s room, the gamer saw a smooth black square attached to a tiny TV on a desk. The occupier of the room had been lucky enough to be an early adopter of the Sega Mega Drive.

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