Remembering Mom- Part 2 (Family Photos)

I didn’t wind up with all of the family photo albums, but I apparently grabbed the ones pertaining to my baby photos at some point.  So, I figured I would scan in a selection of photos featuring mom and the family from back in the early 70’s.

I did my best to color correct the photos.. but they were shot on the very low quality Polaroid film that my dad was partial to back in the day.  So expect whites to be blown out, pitting on the photo substrate and the general soft focus that defined the film of that generation…

Oh, and it’s the 70’s… so expect a lot of brown. 🙂

Remembering Mom

Ok.  I don’t normally post very personal things online.  Those people close to me tend to know whats going on, and I’m fine with that.  Still, I figured I’d post this on my personal site so as not to clog Facebook with more “In Memoriam” stuff that nobody but close family wants to see anyway.  I will, however, leave a link to this post on Facebook for those family members and friends that are interested.

So, my mother passed away yesterday 8.28.2016 and I felt a need to post a few photos of her… We recently cleared out my parents house and I became the custodian for most of the photos, slides, movies and negatives belonging to the family.  I figured I’d leave a few select photos from her youth… mainly for family and friends to enjoy, but also for myself.

So here’s to you Mom.

Birthday dinner for Lisa and Joyce at the Lake House Restaurant in Newfield NJ on August 6th, 2016

Commodore Free Issue 78 Released

Commodore Free

Issue 78 of Commodore Free magazine has been released in all of it’s varied formats.
In this issue you will find:

  • The monthly editorial.
  • E-Cover Tape #11.
  • Commodore News
    • Vince Clarke Video Interview In ‘Electronic Sound’ Magazine.
    • Arcade Evolution Amiga/C64 Joystick (2 versions).
    • Borderline BBS guided tour. (Last C64 Dial-up BBS)
    • Revival Studios sales.
    • SidChips USB Joystick Adapter Project.
    • Commodore LCD Emulator.
    • Game Announcement: Phase Out by Ernst Neubeck.
    • Videos: Demo Coding On The C64.
    • 8 Bit Chord Tables Tutorial.
    • Utility Announcement: PETSCII Editor V4 by fieserWolf.
    • Reset Issue 2 Released.
    • C&A Games Issue 08 Released. [Polish]
    • SID-Wizard PDF Files Released.
    • SID-Wizard 1.6 Released With HerMIDI-1.0b.
    • GPS on the C64 with GPS View by Timo Voutilainen.
    • Game Announcement: Crazy Dog Racing.
    • Game Announcement: Realms of Quest IV (Official Release). (VIC-20)
    • Petri Häkkinen Flash Memory Expansion project for the VIC-20.
    • List of C16 and Plus/4 demos released.
    • Text Resizer for the C16 and Plus/4.
    • Game Announcement: Paddle Shooter for the PET.
    • X500+ Special Promotion – Amedia Computer.
    • 20 Years Of Morgue Soft Ltd. (ISO-CD)
  • Review: Micro Hexagon. [C64]
  • Review: ViColumn. [VIC-20]
  • Review: Android 2. [C16]
  • Review: Double Or Nothing. [C64]
  • Review: The Frog. [C16]
  • The Assembly Line: $01: 65x Processor Architecture – The Registers (Tutorial Pt.2)

Read the magazine online here or download it in it’s various formats here.

Luftrausers by Vlambeer


I’ve recently been playing a bit of Luftrausers which is the new game from the two man team over at Vlambeer.  The game plays as a frenetic shooter and is very similar to the old DOS game Sopwith. Just fly around and blow stuff up- but pay attention to mission objectives and make sure you’re blowing the right stuff up to advance in levels.

This game has really been a joy to play.  Controls feel spot-on and you never get the feeling you’ve been handed a cheap death.  Each plane has its own weight and characteristics.  You must keep your thrust up to stay in the air..  If your plane takes some damage, just stop shooting for a few seconds and you’re plane will repair itself… just watch out for the barrage of enemy fire.

Overall the game has a very organic feel to it, as well as a very minimalistic look.. these are both trademarks of Vlambeer games.  And personally, I think they have a winner on their hands.

Highly recommended!

Only surviving talk given by Seymour Cray

Here is the only surviving talk from Seymour Cray. An interesting video taken back in 1976 where he describes the design philosophy of his upcoming super computer; the Cray-1.

Eben Upton speaks at PopTech about the Raspberry Pi

Eben Upton was in Iceland a couple of months back and spoke at the PopTech conference about some of the goals, motivations and challenges associated with the Raspberry Pi project.

Chat about the RPi in our forum here.

Freeware Game: Cavenaut.

Cavenaut © 2012 Bruno R. Marcos.

You play as a spelunker, searching for the mystery behind the strange signs that have appeared in the misty mountains of Peru. Caves, mazes, underground rivers… unexplored areas full of challenges awaits you.

Download the game here:

Derecho storm of 06.30.2012.

Here are a few images I took of the aftermath of Saturdays storm.  Not nearly as bad as most of the surrounding area.  There were quite a few uprooted trees and downed lines.. still, a respectable amount of damage for such a short lived storm.

Downed branches.Downed branches on a roof.














We lost power for five days.. through blistering heat, Debby always found time to catch up on her beauty sleep.

NASA SDO’s Ultra-High Definition View of the transit of Venus

This is just spectacular..  NASA shows the transit of the planet Venus across the Sun shot through a variety of filters.

Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate.  SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.

On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event–the transit of Venus across the face of the sun.  This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years.  The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum.  The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light.  304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.

This video is public domain and can be downloaded here.