Prince of Persia

The beginning of the first level of the classic Prince of Persia.

I first played the jumping and parrying to avoid death video game Prince of Persia on an IBM 386 at a friend’s house. I never saved the princess, though I did wall-run to the end of a later version called The Sands of Time.

Needing games that I can play from any computer while traveling, I’m going to play both the original using SDL (source code) or JS versions, and also the latest Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, which has been compared to Hollow Knight and Ori, and see if I can reach their finales.

Jordan Mechner, the original game’s creator, has made an illustrated book about the making of the game, which should be arriving soon at HyperTextHero World Headquarters, and in the spirit of the creative process I’ll be keeping Prince of Persia gameplay notes and links to streams here, once they begin again (early March).

Peace out for now.

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Pixel Heart

A heart made of little squares called picture elements, or pixels, many of which are forming the image that you are looking at right now. In the merch shop just in time for Valentine’s day.

Apple /// Horses Demo

Andy Hertzfeld, one of the creators of the Macintosh computer:

Someone disassembled and recreated an Apple /// demo that I wrote in early 1980, the colorful “Running Horses” demo that was used as part of the launch. It used images originally created by Eadweard Muybridge in 1878.

See also: The Horse in Motion.

Observer Eye and 10 Print Code

Two new computer-related designs in the merch shop:

  1. Observer Eye Symbol in the Miscellaneous Technical Unicode block, made in 2015. It is a profile view of an eye representing the act of observation. The pupil also looks a bit like a radio antenna.

  2. 10 Print Code, a classic one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program that generates random labyrinths. Read a lot more about it in this book. 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10

Quick Alphabet

Letters moving quickly are now available in the merch shop:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Flying Paper Lips

The imgtlk logo is now available in the merch shop 💋

Aviation Maps of the Federal Aviation Administration

John Keegan, writing on his site, Beautiful Public Data:

Among all of the visual information published by the U.S. government, there may be no product with a higher information density than the Federal Aviation Administration’s aviation maps.

♫ ÜBerlin

I first heard this beautiful song on the radio while driving yesterday. From R.E.M.’s fifteenth and final studio album, 2011’s Collapse Into Now.

Thales of Melitus

Thales was one of the Seven Sages, founding figures of Ancient Greece, and credited with the saying “know thyself” which was inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

Many regard him as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition, breaking from the prior use of mythology to explain the world and instead using natural philosophy. He is thus otherwise credited as the first to have engaged in mathematics, science, and deductive reasoning.

Squiggle Golf

Found while looking for web games. Nota bene: The web games link in terra cotta color at the end of the last sentence is a wiki link to a page I plan to make, but have not created yet.

Daggerfall Unity 1.0 Released

An open source recreation of Daggerfall in the Unity engine, playable in Mac, PC, or Linux. A copy of the original Daggerfall is needed to play, and you can get it for free on Steam.

The game is moddable, and the following mods are highlighted:

Via Edwin Evans-Thirlwell at RPS.

Poor Charlie’s Almanack

Lively website version of the book about the wit and wisdom of Charles T. Munger.

I’d set the text ragged right instead of justified, and engineer the publishing system so the site is viewable without JavaScript. Other than that, the most beautifully-designed website I’ve seen in 2023.

Focus:
Keep things simple and remember what you set out to do.

  • Remember that reputation and integrity are your most valuable assets—and can be lost in a heartbeat.
  • Guard against the effects of hubris and boredom.
  • Don’t overlook the obvious by drowning in minutiae.
  • Be careful to exclude unneeded information or slop: “A small leak can sink a great ship.”
  • Face your big troubles, don’t sweep them under the rug.

I wish Munger and Thomas Picketty would have had some debates. Maybe I’ll ask an A.I. to simulate the two talking about an universal basic income.

Via John Gruber.

Jordan Mechner’s 20 Tips on Making Games (PDF)

My three favorites, especially the paper one:

  1. Draw inspiration from life and primary sources, not just other games and fiction.
  2. Develop personal practices that remind you to step back and see the big picture (engage the right side of your brain).
  3. Work on paper, not just on screens.

I bought Jordan’s English edition of his new book, Replay, which is out in March of 2024. Can’t wait!

Two Thousand and Twenty-Three

2023, you toughie.

Here are my favorite things I found while we spun around the sun, making progress.

Books

Films

Songs

Video Games

Visual Art

Impressionist painting by Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot, Young woman sitting in front of a window, called Summer, oil on canvas, 1879. Via Jordan Mechner.

Websites

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Thanks to everyone who helped me, especially in my time helping my mom, an ongoing thing, and to everyone who spent time with me in my streams. It was very helpful. Thank you An drawing of a flying heart balloon.

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Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monks’ Revenge

Fan made cross-platform clone of Lode Runner Online: The Mad Monks’ Revenge, available for Mac, Linux, and Windows.

Leave The World Behind

Excellent apocalyptic film about the importance of friends. My favorite movie of 2023.

New Cheer Bit Numbers

There are three new custom bit cheering numbers to make things appear on the stream: 65 - Aeronca Thunder Kiss, 21 - Met Office Solstice, and 93 - The truth is out there, thanks to Futura_Light, RazWasabi, and Sokolas’ choices in the Fall Landing Guesstimator.

Between Rock and Hard Place

Fun GTA Online holiday outing today! Thanks for stopping by the stream!

♫ My Favorite Things

From Kenny Burrell’s album, Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas.


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