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Right out of the gate here I want to / _/ / /
highlight Alex Schroeder's post and \_______/_\___/____/\___/____/_
exhaustive list of tools around procedurally / \/ \/ / \
generated music/soundscapes, it's really / _/ /_ _/
fantastic and gets gears turning. /- / _/ /
Procedurally generated drone was
something I fooled around with a little bit a while back, that resulted in the
K6MWT recordings - I wish I could remember what tool I used for that but
it's been some time, I'll have to have a dig through my notes when I'm back in
front of my laptop.
I missed a whole bunch of topics that rippled through the phlogosphere,
perpetually late to the party, but one I did want to touch on because it's
near and dear to me was the discussion around what makes gopher special to
you, kicked off by ckeen.
I did kind of touch on this in my very first post and those comments
pretty much still hold true. A lot of people seem to find the simplicity of
the protocol a draw but for me, the appeal of gopher is in how it really
recaptures that feeling of family from the late BBS/early internet era, that
glorious period when the online experience was driven by enthusiasts and
community and not advertising-fed superficiality. It's an era I miss terribly.
Like that BBS era, everyone in a gopher space seems to know, or at the very
least is only a few degrees of separated from everyone else and although we're
spread out all over the world each gopher space feels "local", when I browse
the network of spaces and gopher holes I feel like I'm visiting my neighbors,
when I browse the wider Web I feel like I'm visiting the duty free mall at an
Grandmaster Ratte' of the cDc once said that the modern Web "feels more
one-sided, like somebody put [it] together to serve to you," and I
wholeheartedly agree, even in wake of the rise of social media the community
comes second to the content, even though supposedly the "community" are the
content creators. The activity springing up around gopher really feels like
the antithesis to that, a return to community and community-inspired content.
So what else has been happening with me?
I blew away my existing gopher space and rebuilt most of it, as you may
have noticed. Kind of a little proud of it haha. Aside from that life carries
on with its usual ups and downs, I'm probably long overdue for a life update,
I might try and tackle that separately rather than cram it in the end here.
Stay tuned for that, sports fans.
Oh and I'm back on Mastodon again I guess? Have I really not phlogged
properly since then? Hahahaha.