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Namco composer Nobuyuki Ohnogi has passed away. his legendary body of work includes Galaga, Pole Position, Mappy, Bosconian, and other Namco arcade/NES hits

whenever i'm reminded Smash Ultimate (Switch) shipped with(?) 28 hrs of music and 850+ songs, many remixes of classics, i'm absolutely boggled. (world record, surely?) nintendo's nonpartisan, joyful celebration of 40+ years of game history there is really lovely

and turns out it has an A+ Galaga Medley:

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Naoya Matsuoka (1937-2014) is the outrun jazz fusion you've been looking for:

according to an incredibly comprehensive Outrun/Sega AM2 blog Matsuoka's oeuvre literally inspired Outrun's music:
(seriously, click around this blog, a decade+ of fantastic research awaits)

got there via the blogger commenting on this also-interesting Eurogamer article about artifacts discovered while moving Sega's longtime HQ:

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still periodically think about Sony clip “one-station radios” from the late 1980s, where you had one earphone/battery unit and tuned to different stations by *swapping physical cards* with art representing each station, and naturally the art is sick as hell

some surprisingly cool visuals from the very first 1983 g.i. joe episode (hasbro posted some on YT)

the sign in the first one (a really attractive bg painting imo) charmingly says US MILITALY. bet that was never remotely decipherable back during the original broadcasts

the last is a decently executed 3D terrain flyover. the episode starts with similar runway landing shots, much simpler, where it looks like the runway could be CG. if i had to bet i'd say it's not tho since my understanding is that the first anime to use CG was 1983's Golgo 13 movie

(golgo trailer has boobs)

the reason I pulled it out is someone on fb just reminded me that The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran exists and is by most accounts wonderful.

in ebook:
(if the link gives a DB error removing the http:// seems to work fsr)

it's also extremely succinct. all plusses.

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seems i let the battery drain on my forever-offline Kindle, so upon getting some juice it just rebooted for the first time in years

i've got some real bad news for it about the state of the world in April 2020

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The Olympics being postponed knocks us severely off track from the Akira timeline.

tomorrow is 2 weeks at home. i've trained my whole life for this, etc.

over last few weeks i keep wanting to share shit: sudden thoughts, views on current happenings, etc. but this doesn't feel like the place (as you may have noticed). i wondered why.

perhaps part of it is i'm in a mood just to throw shit out there as fast as i think it and maybe have a few cathartic interactions with randos. that doesn't feel super compatible with the slower pace and CW culture we have on masto

i guess i want a more no-holds-barred twitter xp right now. the thought of holding back even a little doesn't appeal. that's not everything but it's part of it. i find myself wanting a different venue.

(this is not any kind of attack on CWs or the culture we have here, btw.)

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revolution so we can all have groceries and healthcare instead of not having groceries and healthcare

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question for the stuck-at-home crowd: what are your preferred video-chat apps? web, desktop, whatever is fine. i know skype and discord. what else is good?

bonus Q: what's your preferred app/website/etc. for co-watching a movie (streamed from one of your PCs) with distant pals?

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i've been on full "stay the fuck home" mode for a couple days now, but i chatted with a handful of neighbors today and i think i can now say with some confidence that mostly the part of the population that takes this seriously is the part that lives on the internet.

i'd like to experience the future where i'm kinda embarrassed about how seriously i took this, to be clear. it beats hell out of the one where the internet is right.

checking in (current events, don't read if anxious) 

hope you've all been OK given what's been going on!

i've been following this thing intensely for the past month, did my prep end of feb. (absolutely confirmed that when the govt says "there is no need to stock up on extra supplies" that is *exactly* when you should be.)

it still feels surreal, a slow-motion train crash quality. most indications are we're only in the beginning of the crisis.

there is so much ignorance out there impeding efforts to control the outbreak. and holy shit, it's clear to all that the u.s. govt has no clothes. its crisis response is barely functional! books will be written.

i am very lucky to feel relatively safe and secure right now, holed up with material needs, but i worry about my older and immunocompromised friends, and everyone across the country (world) who wasn't so able to prepare...

we're in the early phases of some real shit. let's try and take care of each other as much as we're able. that's what's most important.

this week i suddenly gained the gumption to redo and update my aged 1609 win10 LTSB install. haven't done anything yet but it no longer feels completely offputting fsr. running with it :P

i thought hmm, better check in on masto but it seems my windows client Mstdn, last updated 2.5 years ago, has finally lost the ability to, err, display mastodon

which is a drawback

so here i am in my browser feeling like a pheasant

that's right, the bird

BCAAAW!!!! 🐦

rm just left for 5 days, you know what that means... 

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mercy reboot: when you reboot windows because it's starting to act way too weird

stangely satisfying to (re-) assign all my current game devices sensible DHCP IP addresses in the router

we organized now

MusicBee, wow 

holy crap, this is brilliant.
(80% of my lib isn't tag-vetted yet)

"What is the Inbox?
The Inbox node is a feature unique to MusicBee. It is a separate section of your library designed to hold newly added files until they're "ready" for your library, whatever that may mean to you.

The most common use of the inbox is to make sure files are tagged to your liking before adding them to the main library. This ensures that an Auto-Organize template will organize them correctly, among other things."

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finally listened to the ongoing, crazy-positive buzz (NPI) and checked out MusicBee. looks super promising! 

my testing was brief but UI seemed great, no problems yet. also seems light and snappy. good dark skins.

but as a chiptune fan my main question for music apps is "can it support Winamp plugins?" and MusicBee's answer seems to be (a qualified) yes!

gotta test 20+ plugins, but seems v. promising so far. Winamp's a zombie; be great to adopt an app in active dev.

neg: win only (officially), closed src

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