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Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.

Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
* etc

Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!

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Maybe it's just because this is where my interest lies, but reading a few takes on how to Fix The Web yesterday I really think a major issue are the discovery hueristics we use. Their incomprehensibility and shallowness promotes the bad and buries the good.

There's PLENTY of good links! Otherwise I'd be wanting to tear The Web down rather than just JS...

I created Odysseus to explore some partial solutions, but I'm keen to see others address the problem from a different angle! Links? Advice?

Public clouds have serious risks - here's an analysis of such risks and how to avoid them.

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Hackers appears to use an off the shelf video title generator, and frankly a pretty low end one.

The Computer Chronicles also uses a cheap video title generator, probably, throughout the episode.

That is the first real differentiation between 70s style Shot on Film stuff and 80s style Shot on Video stuff.

Of course, the line is fuzzy. Especially once you get in to the late 80s and you end up with systems like the Amiga (with or without Video Toaster)

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There's this real Letterpress-y element to The Life Aquatic documentaries. Limited to bold colors and simple shapes are all we're dealing with, but they feel Intentional.

The Computer Chronicles uses Westminster font (a wonderful choice, IMO) for it's main title, and then does a bunch of typical evening news things towards the end. They use a more traditional font and a more traditional evening news overlay throughout the episode, too.

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@alcinnz Here's an article from today providing even more evidence that indigenous genocide is still the white approach to problem solving, whether the problem be the pursuit of profit or the repair of our ecology.

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Anyway, after The Sound (which, for most of these vintage programs is limited to intros and occasional heavily produced special segments, and is entirely absent from the general episode content until the outro, but is still important for setting The Mood)

the next thing that struck me about The Life Aquatic stuff was the Design of the overlays and titles and stuff.

It seems silly to say, it's just some yellow text on the screen with some lines occasionally, but

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On a side not, that episode of the Computer Chronicles says that AI and Expert systems were the hot topic in 1985!

They also mention early card based memory.

The computer chronicles is The Best.

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(CC does a thing in the intro where they use real instruments before the synths to show the evolution of computing. I think it's neat! But then they *really* go hard on the synths in a way that is exactly what I want.)

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Of course, a lot of programs from the era that these programs are emulating do similar stuff musically, sometimes even . Here's some examples:

Hackers: Wizards of the Electronic Age -

(starts with some frankly sinister synths that I think no modern program would dare to do for fear of being accused of being ahistorical.)

The Computer Chronicles:

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Alright, so there are a few things that stand out to me as I watch these clips on a loop:

The first is what they sound like:

- The music is designed to place them in a specific time and place.

A lot of the music used in The Life Aquatic was taken from Inner Space with Ron Taylor (a TV documentary about diving), so that makes a lot of sense.

Look Around You (especially in season two) also cements itself in a time and place with Music.

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It's also, in a lot of ways, the look of The News or at least Special Reports that they did on the news in that time period.

It's not exactly the style you expect from a modern documentary, but it isn't far off.

Let me talk about the bits that I notice, what speaks to me in how these scenes are structured, and what I want to bring to the videos I make.

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I have a meeting now, and I'm in meetings for the next several hours.

I'll talk about this when I have time.

Basically, there is the late 70s/early 80s educational film aesthetic, as demonstrated by the documentaries within The Life Aquatic, and by shows like Look Around You and actual educational shows like The Computer Chronicles and countless real after school specials.

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Mental health (video production.) 

So, brute force, let's talk about the thing even though I don't want to.


Yesterday I shared a link to the same clips. This is a different video. I've cropped the clips tightly to remove the set dressing that establishes them as part of the Film within the Film, and removed some of the extra bits that were left in before.

Took like three minutes, I'm getting better at this.

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Hey all,


I do UNIX, BSD, Linux, assembler, C, D, Perl, PHP, Python, and tech writing.

Currently, I work as a Laravel-developer with lot's of views and models 😄

I host my repos on, and I use for searching.

I practice stoicism and mindfulness, and I believe in the UNIX philosophy.

I'm almost done with my first-draft of a blogpost discussing why I'm implementing mostly-standard (X)HTML/HTTP/optional CSS.

I've read plenty of you opine that I'm going too far or not far enough. I've heard people opine IRL.

I can't satisfy everyone, I can merely communicate my reasons for where I've put my foot down.

I'll estimate I'll have this blogpost finished Saturday...

A quick #intro:
~ #Christian, #husband, #father, #geek
~ I <3 #gadgets & #tech
~ Concerned about #privacy & #security
~ #Sustainability and #RightToRepair
~ Trying to use #FOSS more every day
~ Enjoy the #outdoors, #hiking & visiting #NationalParks
~ Fav TV show is #StarTrek #DS9 & also love #TNG & #Voyager
~ #Retro things, especially from the #80s & #90s
~ I <3 #books
~ In #politics, I err on the side of #liberty
~ #BusinessIntelligence guy
~ Occasional attempts at #writing and making #videos

Strong language from 1st draft of Rhapsode's next blogpost 

Expecting JavaScript to be fast yet secure so you can reshape a beautiful document publishing system into the application distribution platform you're upset your proprietary OS doesn't deliver *is* a massive source of (intellectually-stimulating) complexity. The 1990's-era overengineered Object-Oriented representation of parsed HTML which leaves nobody (including JavaScript optimizers) happy is almost 200,000 lines of code.

For anyone interested in opsec and the techniques state & corporate actors can use to manipulate you into making decisions and thinking they were your idea, I highly recommend you listen to episode 80 of DarkNet Diaries podcast. It tells the story of a professional social engineer who targeted an employee of a company known to be conducting unprovable illegal activities, and conned them into being the whistleblower they needed to be able to profit off a successful court case (not for the public good, obviously).

@zens @mray

I'm not sure if you've seen the tutorials by this guy but he's got super powers!

TBH it was the only way I was able to figure out my way around the program. It's powerful and really the best replacement for AE that I've seen, but it has little to no documentation and some of the design decisions are very unusual.

Deadline already Wednesday for possibility for funding ~100.000€ for solutions which make it

"easier for citizens to have any data which is stored with one service provider transmitted directly to another provider."

Maybe something for #mastodon #peertube #activitypub #xmpp #matrix and others here? #nt

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