100 episodes

Historian and loudmouth Jason Scott shares stories of technology, retrocomputing, documentary filmmaking, and general schennanigans from his decades of travels and research. From experiences on the road while shooting documentaries to often-obscure points of order, Jason keeps a fast-moving pace and even he doesn't know where we're ending up at the end.

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    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

Historian and loudmouth Jason Scott shares stories of technology, retrocomputing, documentary filmmaking, and general schennanigans from his decades of travels and research. From experiences on the road while shooting documentaries to often-obscure points of order, Jason keeps a fast-moving pace and even he doesn't know where we're ending up at the end.

    The Myst Episode

    The Myst Episode

    The Myst Episode: Rent Control, Harvard Square, An Educational Store, A Clickable Image, Lost Hours, Never at Home, An Impossible Depth, A Fake Impossible Depth, A Special Moment, Another Game I Like, Cyan's Headquarters, Craft of the Millers.

    Thoughts on how hard Myst hit me at the time, along with what made it so special.
    I mention an AI for playing text adventures made up on the spot. It's located here:
    https://play.aidungeon.io/main/landing
    It's... something to experience. Definitely try it out.

    • 12 min
    The Non-Programmer Episode

    The Non-Programmer Episode

    The Non-Programmer Episode:  A Clear Declaration, No Programming Training, How Programmers Think, What I Think, What Filmmaking Makes You Think, Thrust Into a Programming Environment, WAFFLEIRON, We Each Have Something.
    Some thoughts on what a terrible programmer I am. Absolutely the worst. Hire me for nothing. Don't let me near your code, and certainly don't let me name it.

    • 16 min
    The Photon Episode

    The Photon Episode

    The Photon Episode: An Invitation and A Drive, A Strip Mall, A Building. Space Depot, Recruitment, Initiation, The Wonder. Black Carpet and Smoke Machines. Overbuilding For Thousands, A Short Photon Existence, No Adult Perspective, A Shadow of Photon, An Inspiring Documentary, Real Fake Guns.
    There's a lot of information about Photon when you know to look for it. Some good sites:
    http://www.lasertagmuseum.com/collections/the-curators-of-photon-photon-collection
    http://www.lasertagmuseum.com/indoor-laser-tag/indoor-company/n-u/photon
    http://futurewarstories.blogspot.com/2017/06/fws-military-sci-fi-toys-great-laser.html
    Vince's website for his Laser Tag/Photon documentary is here:
    http://www.lasertagvideo.com/

    • 14 min
    The Unending Projects Episode

    The Unending Projects Episode

    The Unending Projects Episode: Perspective On Many Projects, Believing There's No End Where There Are, Ends I've Witnessed, Ends I've Been, Lessons Learned and Projects Beyond.
    A rumination on the nature of large scale projects and projects without end, and how I've managed with them. Special Information Cube appearance, as well as thoughts on my other long-term messes.

    • 14 min
    The Great Cacophony of Scanning Episode

    The Great Cacophony of Scanning Episode

    The Great Cacophony of Scanning Episode: An Influx Valve, Mucking The Stables, Infinite Discords, The Cover Problem, NASA Launch and Photos On A Carpet, A Trickle Versus a Flood, The Inevitable Future, A Moment of Joy.

    Some thoughts on the incoming mass of material coming into the Archive right now.
    I mention the Pulp Magazine Archive, which is here:
    https://archive.org/details/pulpmagazinearchive

    • 17 min
    The Oculus Episode

    The Oculus Episode

    The Oculus Episode: An Unexpected Gift, A Long Life with VR,  A Dingy Hotel Room, Features, Magic, Favorite Apps, An Unlikely Constant Place.
    I was handed an Oculus Quest 2. Nobody asked me to do a review, but I figured it'd be fun to do one anyway. There's actually all sorts of rules towards people saying they "just happen to have" something and then doing a review of it, so I'll just say that I wasn't going to buy one and I got one for free, and I've enjoyed it.
    My Oculus "Name" is BoVRine; feel free to link up if you have one of these things. 

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

therealdanem ,

Great stories

The reason for this podcast alone is inspiring...use your talent in creative ways to get out of debt. But also hearing these stories is great fun and I check back often for new installments, and whether it’s about radio DJ’ing from a campus to interviewing with hackers, I always learn something new.

JYC456 ,

Loving this podcast

A friend of mine suggested this podcast and I’m hooked! Planned on listening to one and have already binge listened to six. Looking forward to listening to the rest!

Dwax413 ,

Really enjoy it!

Totally miss the bbs days and this podcast is great to bring back all those memories!

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