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Technological Surrealism / Alec Nerds Out


Crotch Rocket
Welcome to the new Cassettepunk. I’ve reluctantly replaced an earlier version of it that was conceptually beautiful — it was written in C for the 6502 processor and ran using a Javascript-based Commodore 64 emulator, thus making it the only web site ever to believe that it’s a C64 — but was just too awkward. This is one of the few times I’ll make a concession to practicality.

In addition to hosting a virtual portfolio of my projects, this website will inherit some of the energies I’ve been putting into the Free Geek Vancouver Volunteer Blog. I’ve had a lot of fun running that and will do my best to continue contributing, but I’m no longer able to volunteer at Free Geek on a weekly basis (I have a 7-month old daughter who also has claim to my time). I wish the days were longer but short of some potentially catastrophic celestial engineering that is not possible. Nevertheless I hope to stop in at Free Geek frequently… not least when my daughter is volunteering age.

My recent experiences participating in the East Side Culture Crawl have made clear to me the importance of carving out a clear identity for myself and the Free Geek Volunteer Blog is fairly muddied with my own projects. This one will have the same obsessions but more focused.

I have several projects on the go — a mixture of vehicular, audio/visual, nerdy, funny, impractical and potentially illegal — often using unloved old technology — so please drop this website into your feed reader and watch for more updates in the near future.

Best regards,
Alec Smecher

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  1. zhuowei says:

    I like the new blog layout, but the C64 font may not be easily readable.

    • admin says:

      Zhuowei, I’m too attached to the esthetic to get rid of the font, but let me see if I can add a toggle for it sometime soon. Thanks for the note!

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