I’ve worn glasses my whole life and been OK with it, but yesterday the optometrist told me I need bifocals.

Hold on a sec…


So, yeah, I’m getting older. On the bright side, it’ll be nice to see what I’m drawing again.

(BTW, as much as I’d like to say this is a really lame April Fool’s joke, it’s not.)

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Portrait of the Artist as a 37 Year Old Piano Recital Program

My mom’s a piano teacher.  And for years she’d put on a recital complete with snacks and handmade programs.

In 1982 she had a contest in which her students could draw pictures to appear on the cover.  The art teacher at the local high school served as judge.

Here’s the winner:


Here’s 3rd place:


And here’s second place, an 11-year old me:


Im pretty sure I should’ve won first place, but being the teacher’s kid and all…

It’s OK, I’m not bitter…  not bit *sob* ter…

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I Remember the TI-99/4A

I’ve been interested in tech for a long looooong time.  One of my favorite memories from my childhood was my TI-99/4A computer.  I think I got it for Christmas in 1983.  16K of memory, a cassette recorder for storage, that goofy keyboard layout, and I loved it.

I spent untold hours of my youth programming that thing.  What a great time.  I found some video of the computer in action recently on YouTube.  Join me for a trip down 16K memory lane… 

Video Demo

Commercial 1 – Smart Kid

Commercial 2 – Dumb Kid

Commercial 3 (Bill Cosby!)

Of course, in between programs I also played my fair share of games.  Here’s some of my faves:

Munchman – My mom and I played this for hours!  We had a pattern that never failed.

Car Wars – I liked my games hard, fast, and noisy!

Alpiner – This game still looks like fun!

Parsec – It took me forever to learn how to refuel.

Anyway, it’s this little computer that really got me interested in tech, and I still remember it fondly.  Sigh…

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