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Hyperzine - Hypercard Zine now accepting submissions

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DXzLwTPVMAAxpiL.png There’s a new zine accepting sumbissions now. It’s all about, and built with Hypercard. I’ve mentioned my love of hypercard in the past, but I’ve never talked about it at length. So let’s talk about the hyperzine, and hypercard in general.

The zine desctiption:

2018 is the year of HyperCard.

The last version of HyperCard, 2.4.1, was released 20 years ago in 1998. In that time, it’s maintained small communities of hobbyists maintaining their stacks and creating new art on old computers. HyperCard has been used by LGBT and other marginalized people to make interactive art representing their experiences.

On the 20th anniversary of HyperCard’s discontinuation, I want to pay tribute to the programming tool that started it all.

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So, what’s a hypercard?

Hypercard was essentially the fastest and easiest way for non-technical users to create applications.

Think Powerpoint plus some of the least bad features of the internet plus a really simple and easy to understand method of responding to user inputs and you’ll land somewhere in the neighborhood. Hypercard is worth the price of admission. I want to keep a compact macintosh in my home specifically for exploring hypercard.

Hypercard is the best. It works as a rapid application prototyping tool, or even as a final destination for your application. It’s a pain to get hypercard stacks running on modern computers, but if you’re already set up for it, and you’re building something for internal use, I can’t think of a better platform in terms of speed or ease of use.

That sounds like a lot of Hype(rcard)

Yep! I’m really enthusiastic about it. Hypercard is among my favorite technologies of the past, and the only one that I can think of that doesn’t have a modern analog or replacement. To be frank, we need hypercard now more than ever, and I think this zine is a great idea.

I wanna hypercard.

Neat! Short of owning an old mac, the best route is emulation. The hypercard zine site sez:

Your best bet is going to be using SheepShaver running Mac OS 9 and HyperCard 2.4. I’ll be posting an in-depth tutorial on getting started soon, but for now there’s a good SheepShaver tutorial at E-Maculation.

And then provides this additional link to some hypercard resources.

If you don’t want to emulate, your best bet might be Vipercard. Vipercard is not (yet) hypercard compatible, but it gets the look and feel right, and it’s a new project that is undergoing some serious growth. I don’t know much about the developer, but I’m watching the project closely, and if I am able to support them financially, I will.

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The velvet and gold braid

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The thing I like about magic is that it’s connected with circus, and with a kind of corny velvet-and-gold-braid sort of world that’s gone and that fascinates me and that I like. That’s really it. It’s not the skillful wonder-worker part of it but the ambience, the atmosphere of a magic show that delights me. I never saw anything in the theatre that entranced me so much as magic—and not the wonder of it: it’s the kind of slightly seedy, slightly carnival side of it. I’m a terrible pushover for all forms of small-time show business anyway. Small theaters, small circuses, magic, and all that. It isn’t the facility—that’s not a conscious part of it to me…But magic to me is a very special kind of thing. It’s just what Robert-Houdin, who was the greatest magician of all time, defined a magician as being: “A great actor playing the part of a magician.”

Orson Welles, to Peter Bogdanovich in This Is Orson Welles





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Dan McComas, Reddit Product SVP and Imzy Founder Interview

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tl;dr: top-down growth push is destroying the internet. Not really news for anyone working on the internet, but needs to be said publicly more often.
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The Church of James Dobson?

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Is Focus on the Family a church? It depends who you ask. And it depends when you ask, apparently. Back in 2016, Focus on the Family reportedly asked the IRS to classify the organization as a church, in order to dodge the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate and secure other regulatory exemptions. Understandably, the IRS […]
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Despite living in Colorado, and routinely visiting the Colorado Springs metro that is their seat of power (locals of my acquaintance sometimes refer to the area as "the hellmouth"), I've kind of lost track of Focus on the Family in the years since Dobson withdrew from his figurehead role there. They feel less powerful these days, but I'm sure they're still just pure poison.
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Xiangtan

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Every once in a while something happens to remind me of the immense bigness of the world, and I feel sad to think of how much of it I will never get to see. Today it happened when I was looking up Xiangtan, a city in China of a couple million people, around the size of the city in which I live, that I had never even heard of before. And not only is this not the first time this has happened to me, it's not even the first city in China that it has happened to me with! Last time it was Jinan which has 6.8 million people. How is it possible to be this ignorant?

Will I ever get to see Jinan? Probably not, but maybe a little. But will I ever get to know it? Or to know even a small part of it, well enough to see how it has changed since twenty years ago? No, it's too late for that. And there are more than a hundred cities just in China with populations over a million, with hundreds of neighborhoods each, all changing, all the time. And then there are cities not in China. And places that are not even in cities at all. And I will completely miss almost all of it. It makes me want to cry.

Writing on this a few years ago, I said:

It's one thing to want to visit Shanghai and never make it there. But it's a whole new level of sadness to realize that I should have wanted to visit Jinan but I didn't because I had never heard of the place.

I should probably try to maintain a more positive focus. Sometimes I get lucky. I was fortunate enough to accidentally witness the first East Belfast Lantern Parade in 2003. That was pretty excellent.

Xiangtan, by the way, turns out to be only about 55 km from the town where Mao was born.

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