another gif from old bbs shareware cd (i think).
i'd love to know what's going on here. fractal? some kind of tessellation? all over my head.
imagine how long it took to make this. how long it took to conceive of this. or maybe it just comes naturally to the person who did this.
no good search results for gemetrica design in berkeley ca, so the artist is a mystery
cleaning out an old HD and found a bunch of gifs with ancient timestamps. i must have downloaded an old bbs shovelware cd. i'll post some of the best. this one says its from 1988.
i like the style. not pixel-perfect like a video game; not realistic like photoshop. feels like a painter's attempt to transfer their brush skills to the mouse. probably deluxe paint.
not the phone book in question.
and before that, Elizabeth Feinler of SRINIC maintained a printed directory of nodes. like a phone book.
neat thing i found: hosts.txt files as old as 1983. hosts files mapped the entire internet (well arpanet) before DNS. snapshots of earlier internets.
years ago, when the only things you could watch were sitcoms and gameshows, i'd say to myself "i wish tv was just a guy installing OS/2 for several hours" and god damn i love living in the future
good thing on the internet: you can listen to 20 years worth of 'this is the modern world' episodes for free, and she tags title/artist/album/ for every song on the playlist https://www.wfmu.org/playlists/LM
Selling my soul for the price of 1 poem. For more info, visit town and enter /home/malvarma/tilde_art_exchange.sh or visit this link: http://tilde.town/~malvarma/tilde-art-exchange/index.html
learned a lot more too. started reading old news articles about videotex services long gone. discovered a NAPLPS decoder for p5.js. went down the rabbithole of different vector graphics standards used in BBS doors. too much to list here.
ok i'll share this one thing. did you guys read the tedium.co article about the silent Genesis StoryTime cable channel? the graphics were all NAPLPS being sent to old telidion decoders installed at cable tv headends.
so NAPLPS is vector graphics + text, with palette cycling options, and apparently some escape characters for making presentations out of different screens. there are no bezier splines, so you have to make all the curves out of little straight lines.
it feels like im designing graphics for public access or the weather channel.
like, if you want to delete something, you cant just hit the delete key. you gotta select the shape, go through some menu, and pick "delete."
oh and "send to front / send to back" is weird to. you can only select two shapes and swap orders. and to confirm, you right click. wtf
simtel is still around on archive.org and other places. i found the software, which is called microstar graphics editor. got it running in freeDOS. now i can make my own telidon style art. except the interface suuuuuuucks.