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We've preserved a prototype of Primal Rage for the Sega Genesis, developed by Atari Games Corporation. Within this build the header incorrectly identifies the game as Mortal Kombat. Many thanks to Rezrospect for sending this in!


What's the strangest thing you've ever found in a book?

Here's my story...

About 20 years ago or so, I was at a Salvation Army auction one morning. They were selling of tons (literally) of junk they'd had donated to them over the last few years or so; stuff that wasn't easily sold in their actual stores. A lot of it was good stuff, too.

One thing that immediately caught my eye was a pallet (6' high, 4' wide X 4' wide) of nothing but boxed up hardcover books. I looked through some of the books in the top boxes and realized that there were some very old, and often valuable, books in this boxes. I decided I'd bid on it a bit and see where it goes.

The auctioneer kept bringing up lot after lot, but not the pallet of books. I was getting impatient by the time the morning wore on. Finally, when he'd pretty much sold everything that was in the yard back there that morning, he brought up the pallet of books. There was only a small crowd of folks left by then (about 20 or so). He described the contents of the pallet briefly by saying, "Here you go, folks... a bunch of books".

He looked around at the faces in the crowd and said, "I'm opening the bidding at one dollar." I about shit myself. I bid the $1 immediately to get things rolling. Well, after I bid, he looked around and said, "Once, twice, sold that man there for $1." I just laughed... and wondered how the Hell I was going to get this pallet home and what I was going to do with all those books.

When I asked the auctioneer afterwards why he'd let it go so cheaply, he said, "Did you see anyone trampling you to get in a bid?" I said no, I didn't. His reply, with a smirk on his face, was, "Gotta' know your audience in this job."

Well, needless to say, I got the books home and spent a few years going through them and selling some, giving some away, etc. However, that's not the point of this story. The point was finding things in books. So, with that in mind...

There were quite a few books in this collection that had the name of a fellow in them. His name was Charles Lounsbury. He was evidently a well-educated man; many of his books were text books from Cornell University. Anyway, whilst thumbing through one of them one day, a small business card fell out into my lap. It was a dentist's appointment card for Mr. Lounsbury. It also had his address and phone number on it.

Just for grins and giggles, I called the number on the card. An older-sounding man answered on the first ring. I said "Hello" and gave my name. I then asked the fellow if he was Charles Lounsbury. He said he was indeed. I told him about all the books I'd bought and how I had found this dentist appointment card in one of them. He was BLOWN AWAY immediately upon hearing about the books.

He told me that his sister had possession of his personal library at the time of her death, but he had not spoken with her in many years. When she died, it seems that someone cleaning out her house had donated all her possessions, including Charles' books, to the Salvation Army. Mr Lounsbury was very interested in possibly seeing his books again. He was wanting to leave some of them to his grandchildren upon his demise.

I made a date for him to drive from Sarasota, FL up to my home in Tampa and take whichever of his books he wanted back. The following Saturday he showed up. He was absolutely amazed to find all his books in the middle of my living room (huge stack of books, here's a sampling):

Anyway, he picked out 10 of 15 of his prized books and asked if he could take them. I, of course, said yes... for sure. After that we sat and had some coffee and he told me his life story. It was a wonderful afternoon! Charles and I became pretty good friends after that for about 10 or so years, until his death at age 88.

It's amazing, sometimes, the things you find in books. :)

*This posting previously published on my blog:

Nocturnal Slacker v2.0 | Letters to the void…

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why is the D-A-CH abbreviation so weird? D is from german (Deutschland), A is from latin or english (Austria) and CH is from latin (Confoederatio Helvetica).

if it's supposed to represent nations united by the german language, shouldn't it be D-Ö-SCH (Deutschland / Österreich / Schweiz)?

this whole idea of ".onion hidden services" sounds pretty cool

Hey #gitea instance admins. Do you have SSH for your Gitea instance enabled via OpenSSH? Then be aware that you should add `AcceptEnv GIT_PROTOCOL` to your `/etc/ssh/sshd_config` file! This enables Git Wire Protocol v2 for Git over SSH.

If you're using Gitea's Internal SSH Server, this behavior will be enabled in v1.17.1

Boost are are welcome for awareness.

i like tor's idea of preventing bridge bans by ranking clients and punishing clients if the bridges they get recommended keep getting banned

why do so many usb hard drives support usb 3, yet not have usb type-c connectors?

apartment for rent, looking for a next tenant in Berlin :boost_ok:​ 

We're moving out and are looking or a next tenant.
It's a 3-room apartment (62 sq.m.), in a relatively old building (1925), with central heating and central warm water, on raised ground floor, in front of a tram stop (trams go at 3-minute intervals, 10 minutes ride time to S-Bahn Ring and 20 minutes to Alexanderplatz), just for 630 euro cold / 820 euro warm.

Is anybody interested? :)

sex toy manufacture and safety 

if you super want to use your 3d printer to make toys to stick inside yourself, print master models that you can then cast and duplicate in silicone. do not try to print a toy. don't do it. please.

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sex toy manufacture and safety 

made the mistake of looking at the diy toymaking section of qdot's discord and once again saw someone asking about how to make a 3d printed buttplug safe to put in their anus, who would then not be persuaded that under no circumstances is a 3d printed toy ever safe to put in your anus

if you are ever curious to know if a buttplug you have 3d printed is safe to put up your ass: it is not. no amount of coating it in rubber will mitigate the possibility of breakage.

the perfect pair of pants is all pockets

the perfect computer has all surfaces completely covered in ports

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it is obvious that cops want to partner with makers of video doorbells because that gives them more ways to surveil the neighborhoods. but what do the manufacturers get from the cops in response? money? preferential police treatment? political favors?

ooh, so german uses the same "half" system as russian (where "пол-первого", "half of first", also means 12:30)

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