Back in August of 1995, Concrete ran together in a collision of ideas. Coyote makes typical sense (or something else at least) of the first meeting. Enthusiasm overflowed from our tea, and on to the bagels at Benny's. Concrete was going to do everything, all the time, for everybody. Hey, it was summer okay? No guff. It was an inspiring start.
date: 3:46 am Thu Aug 17, 1995 number : 152 of 154 from: Coyote base : [TST] Concrete PRIVATE to : Konkers refer #: None subj: grargle-blark snoff replies: None stat: Normal origin : Local
well, the first official conk meet was bizarre... intellectual, amusing, convective, and utterly prehensile. List of players: Coyote - alternately silent\spewing stupidities Doctor Strange - official Coyote counterpart, swapped ideas with J* a lot Cthulu - wouldn't let me wear his jacket Nitty - brooding and evil-looking, I could hear Queen songs playing the whole time (in his MIND) J* - very amusing hacker, said something about ketchup Others who flashed out of reality suddenly and without warning: Zamfir Worshipper Aphrael - "You don't look like you're easily intimidated" two other guys whose faces i find it very easy to forget really great ideas that the concrete gnomes came up with after much wracking of collective minds and storming of collective brains: cigarette warning at beginning - "THIS MAGAZINE WILL CAUSE FETAL DEATH SYNDROME IN UNDERWEIGHT PREGNANT ZULU BUSINESSMEN ON JULY 22ND, 1987", etc - randomized (ideally maybe 1/2 dozen) mouse in car - scrap this one... too hard to do in ansi endless screen - continuous scroll - top is designed to match up seamlessly with bottom creating an infinite loop - "What's that word, uhm, wait... uh... collage." moebius strip mode - everything goes backwards - just one of many useful and fascinating modes chase dog\supergerbil to quit - ie neko the cat in reverse - dog runs away from mouse until cornered BARNEY = KILL flags config file - certain things are only acheivable by c hanging said config file no windows mode - will crash if run under win\win95\nt VR Mode - whoa this virtual reality stuff is just whoa yeah whoa random blahblahblah - i don't know, rowan wrote it - piditurditulenence? schroedinger's cat - "BANG!" "is it alive?" "dunno, let's check" <hinges squeak> "ARGH! ARGH! ARGH!" guess we'll never know. zen mode - something about have patience, my son, your computer is now in zen mode. I was in the bathroom at the time keyboard sections - "press any key on the left side of the keyboard to get a funny noise and an amazing story randomly created by greek monkeys locked inside typewriters", etc queen background music contest - send us a pan galactic gargleblaster, win 500$. gov't addresses\numbers - 666-XXXX - whatever... "J*?" recipes - cannibal recipes - mouse recipes - tea recipes changes volume label - "Volume in C:\ drive is D:\ drive. Pisses my dad right off." note that in places where I couldn't really think of a description, I just used a little blurb that should oughta spur everyone's memory who was there to be spurred, and amuse anyone else (or at least attempt feebly to confuse the gertrude st. binkleboffer out of them). note also that the new whq of concrete is now OFFICIALLY benny's bagels on broadway. in a pinch, TST will do, but sunday afternoons\evenings constitute the times that concrete members will arrive and hostilely overthrow the outside tables - except in the dead of winter, where we will hire out of work siberians to do it for us. i have nothing more to say at the moment. if you'd r eally like me to, i could bark like a sea lion until i think of something.
date: 1:21 am Wed Aug 23, 1995 number : 121 of 151 from: Cthulu base : [TST] Concrete PRIVATE to : All refer #: None subj: sheet of doom DOOM number 2 replies: 2 stat: Normal origin : Local
Firstly, I think that the reality-based articles should be given another chance with the entrance of j* (now known not as paul atreides but as the laughing fool) who will be contributing almost nothing BUT reality articles such as:
never cry wolf mouse recipies.. -note... when we get to the library, we also look up the book with recipies for oreos and twinkies... what win '95 REALLY does to your system... 'little nasty secrets'... like that when you subscribe to the Sun, your name gets put on 250 mailing lists, and each of those can expectedly put you on another 50 each. descriptions of our VR modes...
so as such I made a couple of comments regarding coyote's old The Crow article.
so... The Crow... in number one, all the symbols from White Wolf's MAge: The Ascention were found, on graves, graffiti, etc... that's the symbols of the various spheres of sorcery: time, mind, matter, correspondance, prime, and entropy. (i think that's it). In any event, i'll get the whole information from an issue of Imphobia, white wolf's magazine.
ALSO... the new movie coming out, The Prophecy... is supposed to be a sequel to The Crow.
instantaneously activatable/deactivatable features imitating glow3, ao, and certain fonts
manifesto of Cart Art, a phenomena which I have been priveliged to witness with J*, the king.
some sort of ET/Sistine chapel introduction to the mag, after the cigarette warnings.
SOMETHING about the skytrain. Perhaps an article about it, things you can do with it... and some samples of trains coming in/out to add atmosphere. Actually, with all this real world info (I started thinking of Concrete as the TV Nation of cyberspace), it might get more of a h/p/a air to it.
But that's not neccessarily bad.
Interview William Gibson somehow. Maybe SPider Robinson.
Interview people at the airport about the airline food.
Start archive of articles TOO FACIST TO BE TRUE: starting snippet: kid in surrey (gay boy) who was expelled for wearing a skirt. Find in archives at the library.
The White Spot was flying a BC flag, a canadian one, and an american one. Even McDonalds doesn't fly a US of A flag, but a big happy M. We asked why... "The americans are our friends. It's a free counrty, and we feel that it's our right to fly their flag. They're our neighbors." "What about Greenland? Why don't we fly a Denmark flag?" So at the big central library we're going to find a bellingham or sumas phone book... look up the white spot address, and write them. find out if they fly a CANADIAN flag. If not... we ask why. I think this sort of thing will generate interest, especially if it goes on over an extended period of issues.
Writing to politicians? SH.A.M.T.A... (Sheep are mammals too association)
Colours filters... colour schemes instantly changable like in goldview...
base the menu on the house of concrete itself...
reality articles from j* -> human replacements? little nasty secrets, WIN '95.
HIDDEN GAMES - pong, breakout, arkanoid, sopwith.. what have you.
recipies... see above mice in never cry wolf, twinkies, etc. then I wrote it again... I said twinkie, oreo, gummie bears, and something that looks like TEA.
computer mood ring mode.
Languages: semaphore? -not ansi flags (probably not) but remapped fonts morse, closed captioning. (replacements fonts) op-talk, pig latin... instantly changing strings and back. BUFFERS french? we ARE in canada here.
a dial-in simulation? getting the modem to make noise without actually calling out?
BENNYS... how to get here... from the airport. (can be done after the airline food interviews) galactic coordinate? longitude, latitude.. position in solar system. GPS- global positioning sattelites
|\| | |/| mode (a remapped backwards "N" playing white noise to irritate one and sprews bitter mantras.
OH! new flash.. keep the bottom line clear all the time to scroll across periodic mantras and subliminal messages. A stock report-style line.
what the system config really detects while filling out a questionnaire... hardware-wise... monitor (if CGA or under, say "sheeah right" and dump to a game) RAM, chip, sound card INCLUDING PC SQUEAKER, mouse, joystick, CD-ROMs, KEYBOARDS: if ergonomic, scramble keys to be annoying. and make the windows startup key do something nasty. software-wise: OSes: win, '95, MS DOS, PC DOS, 4DOS, OS/2... unix, linux virus protectors (to DISABLE HAHAHAHHA) desqview/multitaskers? dunno why yet though..
KOSHER MODE! censors all occurances of pork and prints some text in yiddish with remapped hebrew font.
THE TARDIS! WOO! Ahem. DIgitized .MPEG clips from the beginning of Dr. Who and HHGTTG of the introduction, like with the astronaut coming through the "O"... complete with sound to match.
Help for help... f1 for help, then f1 to a secret screen (help for help?) then f1 for a list of psychiatrists, then f1 for the doctors in this area who can prescribe Rogaine with minoxodyl 2%.
And THAT'S IT.
[TST] Concrete PRIVATE [121 of 151] date: 6:17 pm Wed Aug 23, 1995 number : 125 of 151 from: Coyote base : [TST] Concrete PRIVATE to : Cthulu refer #: 121 subj: Re: sheet of doom DOOM number 2 replies: 1 stat: Normal origin : Local
C> Firstly, I think that the reality-based articles should be given another C> chance with the entrance of j* (now known not as paul atreides but as the C> laughing fool) who will be contributing almost nothing BUT reality articles C> such as:
we needed one, to be honest.
C> so as such I made a couple of comments regarding coyote's old The Crow C> article.
i, too, have a cunning plan.
i will make my way through the most harrowing of websites and gather whatever sorts of manic and cultic information i can...
we shall do this, each issue, with a different movie or whatever.
C> instantaneously activatable/deactivatable features imitating glow3, ao, and C> certain fonts
woo! let's rip off- er, pay tribute to EVERYBODY!
C> some sort of ET/Sistine chapel introduction to the mag, after the cigarette C> warnings.
good... who draws\animates? I can get ahold of the sistine chapel painting and giv'er a go...
C> SOMETHING about the skytrain. Perhaps an article about it, things you can do C> with it... and some samples of trains coming in/out to add atmosphere. C> Actually, with all this real world info (I started thinking of Concrete as t C> TV Nation of cyberspace), it might get more of a h/p/a air to it.
let's ride the skytrain from one end to the other and get off at each station, making note of the most interesting\bizarre\tempting parts of each - plus a generous rundown of the wackies that you find sitting next to you on public transit - "Mommy! That man has a fish on his-" oh, wait. never mind.
C> Interview William Gibson somehow.
we shall do this.
i've read all his books, i'm a big gibson junkie... we could always stalk him, but i don't think he'd be all that willing to talk to us under those circumstances.
C> Maybe SPider Robinson.
i've read like one or two of his comics - Terminator comes to mind - and none of his books... i shall brush up, therefore.
C> Interview people at the airport about the airline food.
i like. "excuse me, ma'am, would you please rate the food you were served on your flight, on a scale from 1 to 738."
C> Start archive of articles TOO FACIST TO BE TRUE: starting snippet: kid in C> surrey (gay boy) who was expelled for wearing a skirt. Find in archives at t C> library.
THINGS TO DO IN LIBRARY:
find 'too fascist to be true' articles post messages asking students with a 'tftbt' story to contact us look for cookbook look up denny's restaurant and mail\call them
C> library we're going to find a bellingham or sumas phone book... look up the C> white spot address, and write them. find out if they fly a CANADIAN flag. If C> not... we ask why. I think this sort of thing will generate interest, C> especially if it goes on over an extended period of issues.
call them... but let's get a little tape recorder first.
C> Colours filters... colour schemes instantly changable like in goldview...
hmmm... we can have predefined schemes as well... "Spam", "Alien Terrarium", "Alaskan Meat Shop", etc...
C> base the menu on the house of concrete itself...
unless we get some artists... i can't see it happening.
C> HIDDEN GAMES - pong, breakout, arkanoid, sopwith.. what have you.
who programs these?
pong would be easy, i'd think... breakout and arkanoid are the same thing. sopwith could be done, in classic concrete style of course - "supergerbil vs the evil spork demons"... how about space invaders? hm... we should release these all seperately as well...
heheh... "The Concrete Classics". we could upload them to all the pirate boards.
C> computer mood ring mode.
didn't this involve hooking up jumpers to both the serial port and the tongue?
C> Languages: semaphore? -not ansi flags (probably not) but remapped fonts C> morse, closed captioning. (replacements fonts) C> op-talk, pig latin... instantly changing strings and back. BUFFER C> french? we ARE in canada here.
remapped fonts are not easy to do.
french-canadian is a must.
but do you realize how hard this would all be? we'd be interchanging words and phrases, not just letters... in the end, we'd just end up re-writing the articles in french, though i'm NO FRENCHMAN.
C> a dial-in simulation? getting the modem to make noise without actually calli C> out?
pretend it's a hacker logging in and downloading all their personal files.
or ab fbi agent, cyberarresting them for having pirated warez on their computer.
C> |\| | |/| mode (a remapped backwards "N" playing white noise to irritate one C> and sprews bitter mantras.
"life is generally futile" "why bother? you're going to die" "eating, sleeping , and breathing is a big waste of time"
C> KOSHER MODE! censors all occurances of pork and prints some text in yiddish C> with remapped hebrew font.
as i've said.
remapping is one thing... actual translation is another. perhaps we should just use a hebrewesque font in place of actual yiddish.
C> THE TARDIS! WOO! Ahem. DIgitized .MPEG clips from the beginning of Dr. Who a C> HHGTTG of the introduction, like with the astronaut coming through the "O".. C> complete with sound to match.
oooo "the first issue of concrete - replete with video and sound. under 50 megs."
how many people do you think are going to download THAT?
C> Help for help... f1 for help, then f1 to a secret screen (help for help?) th C> f1 for a list of psychiatrists, then f1 for the doctors in this area who can C> prescribe Rogaine with minoxodyl 2%.
C> And THAT'S IT.
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