Rod Douglas

My father died recently, I wrote a eulogy, this is it

Rod Douglas was born in 1947, suspiciously about one week after Aleister Crowley, famous British occultist and believer in reincarnation, died. I’m not linking the two but it’s worth remembering.

He died in August this year, so I wrote a eulogy, you’re welcome to read it…

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Bill Hicks: Legend

What would he be saying were he still alive

Virtually unknown in the states and only ever really moderately famous in the UK, Bill Hicks was a fearless genius who’s comedy, even now, resonates.

What he said about the human condition and the way in which it affects and corrupts those that achieve was particularly enlightening to me.

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Why Are We Still Printing Books?

Loving the smell and feel is all well and good but it's so damn wasteful

Printing books is wasteful, yet most of the eco-lunatics I know insist on real books for their feel and smell. Hmm, somewhat hypocritical perhaps?

There’s more to it than that though isn’t there?

Actually to answer that question for you ahead of time, yes, yes there is.

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Jeff Minter: Futurist

The man that predicted my future

Jeff Minter wrote an article for Commodore Computing International back in 1988 that predicted Google Earth, touch interfaces, the Microsoft Surface and that Atari would be the company that would do it all.

If it wasn’t for that last bit, I’d be hailing him as a modern day Nostradamus. Oh well…

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Do You Know SID?

The world's best selling computer had the best audio chip too

The Commodore 64 was an outstanding machine, its glorious 16 colour palette and 1 MHz processor kept me entertained for hours. Its biggest asset though was its custom sound chip, the SID.

Without doubt the sound of the SID is the real sound of my youth, read this post if you enjoy moist eyed reminiscing and awesome chiptunes.

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