With all the great in-browser software emulation emerging over the last few years I thought I’d take a cue from Jim regarding The Prisoner game released for Apple II and see if I could find an emulated version.
30 minutes into my search I not only found .dsk files for both The Prisoner and The Prisoner 2, but a great piece from The Digital Antiquarian that digs into the backstory of the game developments. Some great bits:
It consists of some 30 individual BASIC programs which are shuffled in and out of memory as needed by a machine-language routine, the only non-BASIC part of the structure.
Throughout all this the game is constantly trying to get us to reveal our resignation code, through ploys obvious and subtle. The most devious of all comes when we visit the Hospital. In the midst of an absurd free-association personality test, we are suddenly dropped to BASIC with an apparent error message. The natural reaction to the above would be to LIST line 943 to see what the problem might be. If we do, however, we have just lost. The number 943 is of course our resignation code, and we have just been tricked into revealing it. There was never any real error at all; we are still in the program. We are still the Prisoner.
There isn’t much different between ‘The Prisoner’ and ‘The Prisoner II’ – story is essentially the same with ‘The Prisoner II’ adding a first person perspective to the maze/map puzzles.
To hell with weekly roundups … looks like I’m more of a ‘bi-weekly roundup’ kinda blogger.
- Contributions and Connections via @bonstewart
- Open Ends via: @brlamb
- O Adjunct, My Adjunct!
- The Death of American Universities
- UBC Flexible Learning: Charting a Strategic Vision
- 25,000 march in Quebec City in Act On Climate Rally
- Montreal professors stare down riot cops
- Confessions of a drug addicted high school teacher
- The Pirate Cinema via: @sleslie
- Run your own high-end gaming service in EC2
- SoundCite via: @timmmmyboy
- BeaverBuilder via: @timmmmyboy
- #umwconsole and VHF transmissions
- TutorialsPoint “Edit, compile, execute and share your projects, 100% cloud.”
- Charles Cohen – Presences électronique 2015
- Surface Noise with Joe McGasko: Playlist from April 2, 2015
- ‘Sound and Color’ – Alabama Shakes
- ‘A Forest of Arms’ – The Great Lake Swimmers
- Whitehorse /LIVE from the Steamwhistle Roundhouse, Toronto
Made the first jump into weekly roundups last month .. this one is more like a ‘month roundup’ … and a very eventful month at that.
- OERRH OER Evidence Report 2013-2014
- UCL Connected Curriculum
- Blueprint for a Post LMS Part One, Two, Three
- JISC: Developing Students’ Digital Literacy
- UofCalgary THRIVE Program
- UBC’s Policy 81: Draft of a Revision
- Scraping Wikipedia User Data w Google Spreadsheets
- SPLOT By The Numbers
- Canada’s universities need to connect themselves to their students and the world
- DS106 Tilde Club >> http://ds106.club/~grantpotter/
- How to convert a USB charger into a tiny Linux computer
- 20 MOOG Schematics
- I Love Art & Code
- Making Music: Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers
- Capital in the 21rst Century – Thomas Piketty
- Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt – Chris Hedges & Joe Sacco
- #noir106 #ds106radio shows
- WFMU 2015 Hoof’n’Mouth Sinfonia
- Sonny Rollins – Road Shows Vol 3
- SongExploder Podcast
- Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Freedom Tower No Wave Dance Party
There’s an implied max/min problem here: the intersection of a curve representing the amount of wealth you need to spend on guards to maintain stability in the presence of a widening rich/poor gap and the amount you can save on guards by creating social mobility through education, health, and social welfare is the point at which you should stop paying for cops and start paying for hospitals and schools.This implies that productivity gains in guard labour will make wider wealth gaps sustainable. When coercion gets cheaper, the point at which it makes “economic sense” to allow social mobility moves further along the curve. The evidence for this is in the thing mass surveillance does best, which is not catching terrorists, but disrupting legitimate political opposition, from Occupy to the RCMP’s classification of “anti-petroleum” activists as a threat to national security.