@neauoire this is beautiful! I know it's running on uxn but the look is "Mac-like" in the best/highest sense.

last night I learned you can actually have a panic attack while sleeping and wake up in the middle of it! so that's cool.

@publius Yes, I think that's at least part of it for me. Not everybody actually needs a car.

My main hangups with battery EV's are (1) the resources, labor, and waste/pollution associated with making them can't be much better than your average Chevy or Toyota and (2) what happens to all these massive battery packs in these things when they don't hold a charge?

Not to mention, where's the electricity coming from? Not nuclear or hydroelectric, probably fossil fuels.

I get that internal combustion engines are bad and their days are numbered, but I remain unconvinced that everyone driving around on top of giant lithium batteries disguised as car underbodies is a better outcome environmentally.

I feel like that makes me a bit of a Luddite, which is a new place for me to be. Pynchon told me it's OK to be one. archive.nytimes.com/www.nytime

Went down a Mac programming reading rabbithole that ended up with me installing Free Pascal and Lazarus on my laptop.

The obvious response here is “well, write one, then,” and if I weren’t so wrapped up in this manuscript right now maybe I’d try.

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I wish there were a version of MORE 3.1 that ran on modern platforms. I feel like people, especially writers, who haven’t used old Mac outliners don’t know what they’re missing.

I’ve done a LOT of writing since I hit on my Mac Word 5 setup a few weeks ago. Only problem now is the carpal tunnel issues that have been slowly gaining on me for years are finally too obvious to ignore, I guess because of all the extra time I’m spending typing on top of my work days, and my crappy work from home desk setup.

On the bright side maybe I’ll get to buy another fancy ergo keyboard?

I misplaced the flash drive with my System 7 writing environment on it before I could back up yesterday's work and so I've lost about 900 words. Feel like scrapping the whole project instead of trying to re-trace my steps. The perils of working in emulators across work and personal machines.

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US gun purchasing abilities 

Every couple months something comes over me and I think, “I should really buy an AK-47.” It passes quickly.

@djsundog (this was a dumb joke but I have no shame so I’m not deleting it)

@djsundog (to the tune of the first lines of “penny lane”) 🎶 with Denny Laine/McCartney plays another instrument… 🎶

@tbn97 one of my problems is that, even though I’ve been writing since I was a teenager and I know better, somewhere subconsciously I expect first drafts to be good, and no one’s first drafts are ever good. My first instinct is usually “this is bad and I’m a bad person for writing it” lol

There is nothing so terrible for my self-esteem as reading fiction I'm in the middle of writing.

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Computer Litaracy:

1980s: Ensure that the floppy disk was inserted properly, learned a few BASIC programs, able to type in letters into a word processor

1990s: Able to use several Office-style programs, use a mouse, send email, use a shell account, possibly program in C.

2000s: Able to connect to the internet and send email, browse the web, and order things online.

2010s: Type things into Google get answers, understand that there's incognito mode

2020s: be able to unmute your microphone

The Classic Mac is very welcoming in its way. Even MacOS 8/9 still retains it but not to the same degree.

I don’t know if it’s the familiarity of the environment from growing up in a Mac household, or the scaled back simplicity of the writing tools (compared to O365 and Emacs and whatever else I’ve been writing in), but I find myself really enjoying working this way.

I’ve got WordPerfect, MacWrite Pro, and Nisus Writer here as well, but they haven’t tempted me away from Word 5.1 yet.

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Roughly a week into working on a big writing project in Word 5 on System 7.

It’s definitely not perfect, but all of the landmines I’ve stepped on so far were the same ones I remember from being a kid on our family Performa.

The nice thing about using Mac System 7 for writing is that eventually you get a “This application cannot launch. Error -192” just like in The Good Old Days and have to reinstall stuff.

old mac screenshot 

If you're feeling a bit masochistic and really looking for a minimalist writing environment, Word 4 has been right there since 1989

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