Douglas Rice Winslow III

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Navigating more of the Maryland Maze: Affordable Housing

February 11, 2021 at 11 A.M. Eastern Time

Just a quick update. Because of a sudden move at the end of January, I'm again trying to find an affordable living arrangement. Governor Larry Hogan signed an order preventing evictions during the Coronavirus pandemic, yet this did not stop my landlord from turning off heating, water, and electricity at the house I was renting a room at. Airbnb found in my favor and partially processed a refund.

To provide some background: I was billed out of my family's home in Baltimore City starting in 2016-2017. After moving and then renting in the county, I was left without options when the home became abusive and a Baltimore County court officer wouldn't let me with my diabetic supplies and water into my eviction hearing.

As that Baltimore County courthouse was inaccessible, I went homeless with my belongings into B.W.I. Airport near Christmas of 2018. Following more than one month of being a customer of that airport, I was improperly charged on February 18, 2019 (Presidents' Day) with "using BWI Airport in lieu of a hotel/motel", and I was issued a notice to appear in Anne Arundel County court. I asked for and received a public defender so I could defend my point-of-view, however the State of Maryland defense lost this case because their attorney did not appear and the trial did not happen. The state court record hides this result behind a suspicious-sounding Latin term "nolle prosequi", which amounts to "prosecution failed".

(Note: I was provided with an option to expunge my record of the B.W.I. case and I declined the request. After the incident, it is my note that subsequent one-hour visits over the course of the next year showed much less homeless people. It may indicate that problems are being solved around the autistic while not directly benefitting those with autism who find the problems. I do not have access to whatever MdTA's police statistics would be. Disclaimer: I was a job applicant at some of B.W.I. Airport's employers during the period of homelessness stated, and I have a clean record.)

I was placed into the State of Maryland's assisted living housing, and the provider did not staff medical professionals to help with health troubles I was experiencing. I had to wait about a year there after applying for disability benefits, until approval for Social Security in May of 2020 empowered me to manage my own housing situation as I always have done.

Now that I am attempting to get housing via the State and the City, it is disheartening to see how the Maryland State and Baltimore City governments are still, today, in 2021, failing to address the problems facing those facing homelessness. Coronavirus protocol is no excuse for Housing Authorities to close. As for my experience with H.U.D. under superstar surgeon Ben Carson, it was a disgraceful maze of bureaucracy, acronyms, phone numbers, dead-end calls, and web links. (At what point does it count as additional mental trauma?)

My position on this problem has been clear since the beginning. I should not need to earn a degree from Johns Hopkins to find affordable housing with my disability, and the U.S. Government has no right to deepen a medical crisis by underserving its citizens to the point that they are overburdened into dependence. Those with autism such as myself should not be used as chess pieces on a calendar of broken promises. After two weeks of trying to get rent subsidized housing with over 40 telephone calls and pages of non-responsive or confusing referral service phone numbers provided to me, I cannot afford all of these dead-ends.

Douglas visiting B.W.I. Airport while homeless in early 2019 Douglas Winslow's employment applications to the State of Maryland from 2013-2020 Douglas in September 2019 next to a 'Wings for Autism' sign near a BWI security office Maryland M.T.A. Light Rail tracks leading northbound from BWI Airport to Baltimore City Web Site Operator and Governor Lawrence Hogan

Keeping media stimulus in line if you have autism, from a professional media critic

January 21, 2021 at 4 A.M. Eastern Time

Having the title of media savant (not servant) does not give me much special privileges in life, but people should not need to get a degree from a college or even claim a title to understand how multimedia affects them. People who have autism have individual reputations of being open while being analytical, so we deserve the privilege of understanding why audio and visual media is sometimes a scary thing to experience.

My background in self-help spans 35 years. I lost a parent early in life, and I became more shy and nonverbal. As I proceeded to shut out the ability of the psychiatry industry to negatively affect me at age 7, I started to allow real life to show me what it considered to be more important. I advocate for the disabled as a function of my existence, and there are many disabilities, often unnoticed or unacknowledged, that affect people.

I am working up to my first public speaking appearances in media and elsewhere, so I have some time to be productive writing something other than a book. Here is some advice I have if you find yourself in a similar situation versus media stimulus as I described in my other post today.

Pointers for navigating a media maze:

(Hint: Please read the bold text first. The rest is details. Or, you don't have to read this. You can, though.)

I'll talk more about this presentation later. It's convinced me to re-design my website, so I'll try to make sure this post is available if that ever happens. If you have any comments or questions, you can try to e-mail me at the bottom of this web page if you want to.

Dawn of the Video Meme, or, Surprised by 'The Simpsons'

January 20, 2021 at 8 P.M. Eastern Time

I'm updating this to let you know I'm still waiting to publish my first book, where I introduce it with some talk about how forty years of watching television and movies led to my ability to use media's effects upon me to solve everyday problems. I am a traditionally nonverbal autistic man who has many memorable minutes, hours, days, months, and years of experience in media and social situations, dating back to the 1980s.

To prepare for my book's release in 2018, I branched out into producing my first short-form entertainment series, which I have titled "Video Memes". If you are familiar with my work as a user and then moderation volunteer of the popular 4chan BBS, you'll understand why my smart yet simple form still works. The final entry in this first series was something that I was trying to get underway to release on Thanksgiving 2020, but it actually got delayed until Christmas. In the coming weeks and months, I may be posting more of these that I put up on Twitter, because they just don't have an encoding quality standard that I'm happy with.

If you don't know who John Swartzwelder is, he's an author and writer for The Simpsons who reportedly has a knack for having things burst into flames or blow up on-screen for no discernable reason. I took interest when they were trying to put him up as the SCTVish alternative that outflanked the mere Groundlings-based SNL, or whatever the bullshit story was to pump up the Simpsons DVD of the year. I don't have a cool-sounding John Nash math phrase for this, but "the Swartzwelder difference" seems to be that if Hollywood put it up as a puncher point or a cliche in a movie, it got torn down into a Johnny joke that made viewers laugh.

I watched some of WKRP in syndication re-runs in the early 1990s. It just didn't seem interesting since I'd already been to radio station DC-101 to see Doug Tracht's Greaseman morning show live. (You won't find a radio station named WKRP if you go to Cincinnati; it is a radio callsign abbreviation that evaluates in shorthand to 'Work Reputation'.)

Technically I got into the advertising industry earlier in life than John, but that's just because I didn't like having to put up with most of it.

Title: "WKRP topples John Swartzwelder"
Run time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds
Production start date: November 23, 2020
Broadcast date: December 23, 2020 on Twitter Video

Wow.. what a find!

Television is a wasteland today. Stupid and somewhere is outranking serious and smart. It's got to be smarter. Come on, guys. I shouldn't have to reel this stuff in. I've got to blow the whistle and throw an Oriole Bird flag on this, and I'm not aspiring to be Farrah Fawcett in the 1983 NBC 'Be There' promo..

I hit on the "WKRP in Cincinnati" reference above using my old 2018 IRC chat log notes. Today, I went to start watching broadcasts of The Simpsons again after a 25 year hiatus, and I found that just about a week after I made my screener on November 23rd, Fox aired a Simpsons episode on November 29th titled "The Road to Cincinnati" (S32E8). What a letdown.

That episode even has a character named 'Principal Duggans'. Other episode titles from Fox's Simpsons lineup: "Three Dreams Denied" (S32E7), "Sorry Not Sorry" (S32E9).. I didn't have the episode list. Not joking. Today I found the season 32 episode list on-line. Since season 9 and the movie in 2007, I'd been completely away from reading about or watching The Simpsons aside from the few loose ends below, because the reviews were so bad and I didn't want to invest in low quality capacity. Time out. I'm gonna have to add this one to the creepy coincedence file. There will be another post today about how to avoid stimulus runs if you are the target of something in media.

What I know: I consider myself well versed, having viewed every episode of The Simpsons seasons 1 through 7, with only a few episodes viewed in seasons 8 and 9. Outside of this, I have viewed S13E6, S17E11, and also later last year S20E7. Also there is a Smithers-themed episode that I remember viewing. I'll look for it.

I purchased the 'rumored Coronavirus episode' S5E11 from Google Play late last year and it had a mis-encoded aspect ratio, so I got a refund and stayed with the DVD version. (Note: A joke that is circulating is that at 5m:19s into episode S5E11, the high-tech security system creates a cloud of something when Bart threw a rock at it. The red-and-yellow-colored house then ran away to get away from it. Hmm..)

At any rate, I can only recommend season 1 of The Simpsons at this point. I do have to say that it had a more respected storytelling style when I got interested in it at age 11 because it had a Game Boy commercial attached to it.

This needs to be said: Big media should not be smashing references to harm people. We get to do this to media; media doesn't get to do this to us. I already know a portion of my 2018 promotional output made it into Fox or Disney: the two companies merged after I tied them in a reference in an internal video meme. Aside from that observation, I hope somebody at Comcast or elsewhere isn't spying on my internet connection, since that action is illegal. * See what a simple stupid reference smash leads to? Chase those guys out of a meeting for a day or two; that's how long your 5-10 minute productivity hit affects us in autism. I'll throw a tree full of corrector references around the stupid side of this to get you guys out of the industry.

Media doesn't get to stay silent and hold people under while cross-linking a bunch of titles and names at random and blowing out all the industry opportunities to bankrupt people at the bottom. Some in the experimental side of the entertainment industry have been getting away with doing 'Non-Invasive Neurosurgery' on people that way for years. It adds up. Think of that if you dare. It's always been salvageable for me, but for Christ's sake, please think of a proverbial earthquake scale needle or something and stop the stupid shit before I start writing to the FCC and corporate sponsors.

I'm in this to make sure you have something from me to like. My book has been completed since August 2020. It's ready. It's a primary source of income for me if I want to publish it, and I have to think of me in 1989. Your industry is pushing a net-negative balance into an impressionable life if you people can't write fair. You picked commercial entertainment. The fans' side is better because we get to make fun of you and we get to play the name-brand Tetris games we paid for.

I do not know of any contacts of mine working for the media industry or the entertainment industry. If you have heard from anyone who says they represent me or have special access to me, please know that I am the person you deal with, not them. Nobody else has the right to speak for me in any kind of business deal. I have never authorized anyone to gain funding for me. I have not agreed to pursue any crowdfunding. I have not licensed my name or likeness. I have been open to private talks to explore opportunities in media since 2018 if well-placed professionals in that field want to approach me. That's what I can say pending further advice from my attorney.

DVD DeCSS and how we solved the Twitter censorship problem

January 19, 2021 at 5 A.M. Eastern Time

The Digital Versatile Disc, known in some popular forms as DVD-Video, is a high-capacity data storage system that can hold gigabytes of multimedia, including text and HTML. Do you remember stores full of DVD movies? Many people do.

In 1999, DVD C.C.A., the entity that provided the encryption system for the aforementioned DVD-Video standard, sued a bunch of named internet users (including myself) and they also sued a long list of anonymous 'John Doe' users. We were providing network mirrors, or redundant distributed copies, of a source code decoder for DVD-Video discs that a developer had created known as DeCSS. His software enabled DVD movies to be played on Linux computers. Before this, if you wanted to view a DVD movie on your PC, you needed to purchase Microsoft Windows and DVD Player software to view the movies on these discs, even if you already paid for and installed a DVD-ROM reader.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, then under the direction of John Perry Barlow, provided free legal defense for us because, at that time, many of us were just starting work in technology or education. (I was then 21 years old. I'm typing this now at age 42. Barlow passed away aged 70 a few years ago, so given that I started learning internet activism at age 17, I'm looking forward to a future full of old code and data to support.)

As I reload more of my old website information that was censored by the passage of time and surely all of those other unnamed yet politicized forces in life, I'd like to present to you a look at my old DeCSS web page at the link below. Keep in mind that other than some re-linking and titling to fit this web server, the linked page has not been changed from its final revision while the trial was in progress. I consider this a belated victory in Hollywood vs. Winslow:

Not to interrupt, if you're busy reading, but it seems that the problem of censorship vs. centralization doesn't have an easy answer if everyone is trying to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. After the profoundly offensive "Twitter vs. Government" censorship problems, followed by all of the usual microservice-as-a-microservice services again popping up for investors to bet micromoney on, I do need to note that this is an age-old problem.

If I could just convince you to hold on for quite a while..

(Disclosure: Mr. Zuckerberg, myself, and many others were on a 2010 donation list supporting a decentralized open source social networking system named Diaspora. I also supported Eben Moglen's FreedomBox Foundation in 2011. It helps to support software and services with real money. Whoever's running Twitter probably won't learn this before they decentralize into the post-Valenti-industry's bankruptcy-fueled paradise.)

Please understand that I've been holding firm and steady on my technology stances for the past 25+ years to make sure you can eat. We did push this internet thing up for a reason; it's not theft. Another piracy-behind-an-icon startup such as Google isn't going to solve things, whoever the new Mark is going to be this time.

An observation about color serif

June 5, 2019

I haven't updated you on my development tasks in a while, so I thought I'd show you some very old alpha screenshots of apps running on my system. You may know that I suspended development a while back, so here's what's old.

Recently, many have been talking about a new 'dark mode' added into the Apple iOS at their developer conference a few days ago, so I'll show you a screenshot of an organizational method I call 'color serif'. The initial version of the "dayplan" app used this, and it was first checked in on 6/29/2018. (The reader app with its markup parser was a separate codebase which was only rendering monochrome at that time, so I had an excuse to try innovative freeform layout models with the day planner.)

I will not go into further details of color serif other than to say that other elements of the 'reminders' service exhibited by Apple in their iOS 13 demo appear to be infringing.

From the many duties of a developer, there is one to start with: to know when to use restraint instead of abundance in adding important design elements. But if your creation looks and acts like everything else on the market, it's not very fun or original. I hope you understand why this is taking so long, and why I am waiting to decide whether or not to rewrite what was demonstrated in private situations to very few others under non-disclosure guidelines.

Every version of my code is still under a proprietary license for specifically this reason; it has not yet been released because I need to make it more enjoyable. This is not without a financial burden.


Apple intellectual property infringement

iOS 13 will be the first upgrade not compatible with my iPhone, and I can't afford a newer one. While you decide whether or not I am a better practicioner of color usage in operating system design than the oil slick graphics company, please enjoy not playing Tic-Tac-Toe.

Opinion: Apple Computers Corporation vs. Steve Jobs

May 24, 2019

Google News showed me a quote from Tim Cook yesterday, which I will link the story of for your convenience.

Here is a link to the full story. A lot of people link things like this and don't realize that links should be set to use the specific words which refer to what the link is. (If you have had to watch someone try to cycle through links using a verbal screen reader, then you will know why.)

The quote was shown as a full news story, and it said "We don't build monuments to trolls, and we're not going to start now".

Studying the Apple Company as I have, I know that many of its moves can be seen as "troll-ish". My iPhone battery was broken for months while Apple mismanaged every painful store visit that I made. Calendar appointments were sent to my email which linked to concierge which threw a 404 error while I was standing next to a store employee who said that I should try another device. It still did it, and he said I should reload it later. Stores would be full of potential customers with the worst queueing strategy for support appointments imaginable, and no discernable place to stand. It was to the point that after investing health and money in traveling to Apple needlessly, I challenged the manager on how his store was run, and his representative forcibly attempted to remove my iPhone when I stopped to make a picture. (Note: I will not post the blank photographs. I was within my rights to punch the guard as self-defense, which I have not done yet. I called the store for clarification when I got home and nobody answered.)

Steve Jobs couldn't have turned a second-tier 8-bit computer maker into a wildcard-tier first-rate GUI hardware maker without the operational advantages of trolling. (Google: Please ask your AI news program to use this as the scare quote.)

What I try to practice in the few marketing things which I have done is something I call "micro-trolling". Think of a certain punctuation mark labeled on a block. This is yours to fill in. What do you want to happen when someone comes in contact with the block? Hint: You know this if you've played a certain video game that was released a year after the Mac. (Disclaimer: I'm not old enough to make Channel 13 jokes yet.)

I went to the Apple Corporation today to get some exercise, and to deliver a video which I started before the Cook quote. I made it on my Ubuntu Linux computer, which is a ThinkPad. In years past, I had the ability to use my MacBook Pro. My Mac's battery ran dry long ago, and I can't afford a replacement. Sound familiar?

If you remember the history of the Macintosh (before it got unbranded as mac), you'll know that Apple of the 1980s was an exceptionally high-quality literature distributor. Steve, or someone there, produced a beautiful brochure which showed a hand-drawn painting of the internals of the Mac. That brochure showed me that the Apple company was an international concern. Print literature from no other company showed me a computer in the context of people I'd never met from places I'd never been possibly using it, and it had the same logo as the Apple IIe computers locked behind a door with a pane of glass in my grade school. I didn't give a crap about the System Software, I liked the productivity output shown.

Made in California, the Mac had different design aesthetics than the Commodore the Maryland half of our family owned. A local distributor in a mall let me point-and-click while Dad walked away and surely pretended to care about whatever else the store had on display. I don't remember which mall, but the store with the Mac was on the right hand side as we walked past. (It was not a very popular computer at that time.) Do you remember this Mac? Please let me know; I can draw what the store looked like. This mall also had a kids' quiz show, and our team came in second place, but her and I each got our choice of some really cool wristwatches.

Overcoming my 'Reginald Barclay' fears after Mom died is what gave me the courage to ask Dad to let me enter the show. With recent happenings, I wanted to provide some backstory before I show you my video message to Apple. As a Baltimore City high school dropout who had to fight through grades 9 and up to earn his GED in 2002, which had a creative writing segment about a trip he wanted to take to Japan, it was not academic. I earned the good things in life.

If you want to find some of Apple's monuments to trolls, look on the iTunes Store, where they sell music and movies which make you think instead of not think. I'm busy walking the long hallway of the original Macintosh, discovering what surprises Steve's people hid in, what to me, is functionally akin to Martin Scorsese's famous long tracking 'GoodFellas' scene at the Copacabana. I don't wear Burberry Prada, yet..

I consider myself a professional video editor, and I remember when Linux couldn't even open a PDF file. At or near the debut of Mac OS X in 2000, Steve Jobs told developers that it would be "very Linux-like, very much so". The macs at the Apple Store today could not open my Windows-formatted USB flash drive so I could verify the video in OS X, so I synced it to iPhone with my Linux laptop. I decided not to AirPlay it in the store from there.

What would Steve do? (Pay me and I'll tell you which Steve. Disclaimer: That's humor to some, humour to others, and humoreske to Baltimore Orioles logo fans. Anyone with a pulse can joke about the Orioles logo. I wear the anime Oriole to remind people how to pose when something silly happens.)

Polling is the question mark. Trolling is the exclamation point that causes it; you'll find that only if you purchase the 1991 video game system upgrade. That's a lot of things in life. I think of the term iOS as 'I owe Steve'. What else do you think I should do if Apple won't answer my job applications from the past few years? Hmmm.. or.. Let me think.

| Chicago | Monaco | Geneva | Los Angeles | New York | San Francisco | Toronto | Venice

Nice pivot, Excel. Surely with the addition of Comic Sans the days of Lotus 1-2-3 are numbered. (Tim probably watches PBS and not Wayne's World.)

I found an old Linux writeup

May 9, 2019

"Linux is only free if your time has no value." - Jamie Zawinski

A long time ago, before the internet broke the print publication business, people used to buy or subscribe to magazines which were delivered to their home or work mailbox.

Magazines and software were two different types of publishing. Whereas a print magazine can write a patch to a previous issue in their next issue, software developers had to issue an errata bulletin while preparing for the next release, which was usually sold at an upgrade price, if you were lucky.

I hadn't made the connection when I relayed this PC Magazine article to friends and visitors via my web page in 1997, but the emergence of Linux as a viable alternative to Microsoft Windows was a critical moment in computing history that many overlook or don't understand. Many things are possible with the open architecture that Linux provides, but the same things are possible with closed architectures given the proper dynamics.

Free things are necessary for the functioning of society, however, there is no motive in a money driven society if everything is free. Computer people know this as bootstrapping. Nothing happens without memory, and a CPU can't operate without a program counter and special memory called registers. If you know the history of computing, disk space is an optional premium that we happen to have a lot of, but the invisible tollbooths are always cause for concern.

Because modern Linux is 'proprietary to freedom', you need months or years of learning and training to start doing the basic tasks to modify the system; this used to take hours or days. It's not a Wrath of Khan flashback; I've been using this term for the past decade. If you are a Linux developer, I hope you see how the increasing number of standards that underpin today's Linux-based systems are not sustainable moving forward. What led Google to make Linux proprietary in this way by creating the complex Android system? Proponents of 'make it faster, better, cheaper' usually find they can do two out of three at most. I ask you to think of the state of computing today within the constraint of this observation. (Have you tried to obtain the dependencies to attempt to start to understand how to compile AOSP lately?)

There is a buzzword I use with myself to verify that I'm doing the correct thing, and it's that I attempt to practice "aspirational computing". If you remember a harshly misinterpreted quote from SCE's Ken Kutaragi explaining the unexpected USD$599 launch burden of his PlayStation 3 system, what you may notice is that there is always room in a market for a premium product that people will strive to earn, even if it's in a dollar store. There is very little room for compromise when a customer who has something on the line thinks they haven't or aren't getting their best deal. (If you're rich, look in a dollar store some time. If you're poor, look at the rich person in your dollar store and hand them the $1 calculator. Note that currency is published for a reason.)

If you aspire towards more complexity, then maybe you are happy with the irreparable status of many systems upon which we are asked to depend. If what you're depending on isn't working for you, work for yourself to earn your upgrade. That's what the Linux spirit used to be. If you're into GNU, capitalism, or whatever, what you'll find is that what works for you usually works for others; this is a compatibility thing. Because HCI is what excites people, consider it from that perspective. Don't aspire for infinite (free) simplicity, just aim for affirming every 'yes' in your assessment. Be cumulative, but know your place. Linux is an ecosystem, not an operating system.

Yes, I'm overweight and tall, and I won't try and explain yin and yang, but I will note that it is the most convenient and efficient elements of a design that bring me the most joy, and they are usually found in the smallest details. If you can find how to subscribe to PC Magazine today, please let me know. MS-DOS starts itself and Windows 3.1 in 1 second, so some might say I have some work to do.

I changed my internet domain name

May 5, 2019

I'm not homeless anymore, so here's a chance for you to update your bookmarks. If you have one of my business cards, let's meet and I can scribble a hotfix for you.

Also, it's Cinco de Mayo today. I'm sure this is relevant for whatever reason, but I want an explanation of why generic mayonnaise tastes better than the expensive stuff.

Good for you if you enjoy the tangy zip of Miracle Whip.

More about my new software development

December 2, 2018

Do you remember when computers were a joy to use? A new system is being made, and I want you to know my progress.

More information for developers will be written as the system's services evolve. As of this writing, this is a very usable and interconnected software development platform which I am using for various tasks.

The user interface is being made to ensure that developers aren't the only ones who will enjoy this platform.

How to create audiovisual dubs using FFmpeg

October 22, 2018

Handling multimedia with a computer has never been as easy as it should be, but some easy-to-use software can help.

If you don't think of Linux as something that can make you laugh, maybe this can help.

My re-designs of some popular logos

September 30, 2018

We live in a time where communications used to be easy. Now we have a bunch of smartphones and computers to help us to communicate.

Here are some simply deep branding re-designs, is what they'd want to hear at that place with the stupid logo.

How to simulate a virtual Raspberry Pi

August 24, 2018

Follow this easy tutorial to get Raspbian running in a virtual machine on your computer within minutes.

I'll also show you how to compile the Linux kernel.

This is a skill many Linux users acquired in the 1990s as a necessity.

Technology sites

Here are some links I've accumulated over the years, ever since before blogging was a thing. Feel free to enjoy, and if you have anything you'd like to see here, I'm always open to new suggestions via e-mail or otherwise. I don't always agree with whatever is on these sites, but I like checking them out.

Computer Electronics companies

While computing in its most creative days used to be a very full field, many technologies have been phased out in favor of new standards, and a lot of innovative companies couldn't keep up. Here are some of the companies that survived.

Note: I do not refer to this field as "consumer electronics", since I am unsure whether the computer or its operator is the one who is consumed. A job of a designer and a repairperson is to consider how to add longevity to what was previously regarded as a consumable.

Legacy companies

There are a lot of great things I grew up with. I hope you enjoy reading about some of them.

Game Design interests

Computing is fun, but I am also a game designer. If you choose to pursue this career path as I did in 2001, you may find that a lot of things in real life have parallels with the design process. This is because video games were created without the detail that real life has, so designers had to use familiar topics for game players to understand.

Where are the links?

In a previous revision of this page, I asked that "if you are an aspiring game designer with knowledge of a certain popular game, I invite you to try and guess why it wouldn't be a sharp idea to link all of these titles for your convenience".

I was referring to The Legend of Zelda, in which the game designer removed the player's sword at the beginning of the game. While designer Shigeru Miyamoto's intent was for players to communicate to solve puzzles in the game, my primary intent was so you would be intrigued to learn about the games listed as if you were to see them on a store shelf, so with enough research the people referenced would seem like you'd known about them for years. You would probably remember and communicate about them more than if you just followed some web link.

A lot of thought went into this list. If you have any input on my selections, you can e-mail me.

Any title with a star accompanying it denotes that it was influential in my decision to design and create games. You may ask yourself, did you skip to this section to see what the star is for? If you did or didn't, your answer will tell you what kind of player you are. If you anticipated this question, perhaps you should be writing a web page teaching game design. *

A beautiful kind

Recent talk has made me interested in the life of John Forbes Nash, the accomplished mathmetician who made many contributions to the field of game theory, but it is not easy to find mainstream representations of his work which are not compromised by continuous mention of surrounding concerns in his life. Seeing Nash speaking on video reminds me of Professor Falken trying to explain futility to all the Joshuas which dialed themselves into attendance.

My father had a video cassette of the motion picture WarGames (1983), which I watched over a hundred times. I'm pretty sure I got smarter each time, perhaps due to the movie, so if you like roaring lions, creative uses of corn, arcade games which aren't as fun as Gyruss, and Dabney Coleman, then I would recommend this movie to you as well. (Note: Please follow the MPAA rating on this movie, as some may not understand what the topic represents.)

Probability combined with logic, no matter how fancy, does not define success unless you can identify all the variables. Game theory is only theory. Game design is applied theory, yet not necessarily game theory. As I had a conversation recently about Professor Nash, I want to differentiate what I do from mathematical theory.

However, utility versus futility should not be gauged by a simple depth calculation. So, if you have enough time to analyze video games, please try the list above. I might understand game theory some day.

Do you know of a casual depiction of John Nash that doesn't treat his life as a game? Please let me know.

(WarGames has a 2 hour runtime and a PG rating, and is distributed by MGM.)

Music and Artistic pursuits

Do you enjoy art? Most people do, however, by volume, most art is for everyone else from the perspective of the individual.

Noteworthy Artists

Interesting Musicians

Music is an old method of entertainment. You don't need an instrument to make it, and one of the most simple instruments is a drum. Your wristwatch probably already keeps good time. Lyrics aren't music, but some artists have a statement to make by adding lyrics to their songs.

Community Interests

Many think that they can't make a difference in the world they live in, and they're usually correct. That's why they don't try.

Did you know the internet has a physical counterpart called "real life"? Good luck, voyager.

Ways of life


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