Editing memories:Airbrushing

note from the author: Yep didn’t post in a while, but yay finally thought of something to write.

Okay, so going a bit out of regular topic here, and into art and history, starting with a specific photo.

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In the photo: taken by the Moscow Canal: the water commissioner Nikolai Yezhov is seen standing beside Joseph Stalin, leader of Soviet Union.
Nice photo isn’t it? Everyone looks so happy… sorta. Continue reading

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QWERTY and writing

The blog hasn’t been updated for a while, due to lack of time and energy by the author to use her laptop.

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That shouldn’t be an excuse though right? The author could always use her phone, and right she could. So this blog has been written here. Where the author shows her the different feelings she has had while writing these few lines.


Advantages:
Auto fill: a touch screen makes autofil an asset, the author here frequently doesn’t type the whole word she has inserted in this document..
The small keyboard means the author can type with her thumbs, requiring less space.
Can hide under her desk in class to type this.

Disadvantages:
Hard to go in between lines to edit a line.
Copy paste is a headache.
Can’t navigate between pages as easily.
So that seems to be it, now the author shall consider using her phone more often for typing outside texting.


Leaving that aside, here is some trivia:
A cell phone novel is literally a term for a novel written originally on text. A style originally created in Japan, even becoming popular.
“Love sky” by an author named “Mika” has had 12 million views online and has been published and turned into a movie.


It’d be interesting to know how far smartphones can replace laptops or desktops wouldn’t it?


 

Thought: Internet translators are awesome.

As stated plenty of times on this blog, the internet is a world in itself. This contains communities where people are from all around the globe, different states and speaking different languages.

So it’s awesome when the author can research on any topic she likes on the internet by using a simple translator and view any page she wishes.


So let’s look at the most famous and most widely used translators: Google Translate

Google Translate is a free multilingual translator created by, you guessed it: Google.
The translator supports over 100 languages. Continue reading

PLEASE DO PLAY IN THE MUD:Multi-User Dungeons

Before World of Warcraft, League of Legends and Runescape there was MUD.
MUD or Multi-User Dungeons is a multiplayer real-time virtual world and probably the origin of the MMORPG’s AKA Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games’ we know now.
Like a lot of MMORPGs’ now, original MUDs implement a role playing game set in a fantasy world populated by fictional races and monsters, player vs player, have ‘non playing characters’ aka NPC and have interactive stories. Only unlike the good or bad graphics of today, MUD is entirely in text.
Many MUD’s were fashioned around the famous Dungeon and Dragons series of games.

Dungeon and Dragons is originally a role playing table top (or board) game. It allows you to take the role of a character and experience adventures in a fantasy world. The rules are set in written and each action of players decides how the story continues. There is a Dungeon master who plays as a god like character and ensures that the game progresses as the rules decide.

Find out more at the official D&D website

Many MUD’s hence also function this way.
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Before the term MMORPG was coined MMORPG’s were just called graphic MUDs.
The first widely used adventure game MUD would be Will Crowther’s ‘Colossal Cave Adventure’ AKA just ‘Adventure’. Created in 1975 for the PDP-10 mainframe, this came comprised many of Dungeon and Dragon’s game play features including a computer controlled Dungeon master. Adventure has the player’s character explore a mysterious cave that is rumoured to be filled with treasure and gold. To explore the cave, the player has to type in one- or two-word commands to move their character through the cave, interact with objects in the cave and other actions. Continue reading

The history of Emoticons

History of the Emoticon

🙂 The emoticon as we know today is much further than the basic symbols created by text.

These symbols, which seem to be just what we need to make up for the lack of facial expression in text for many people, have a long but quite fun history.

The first recorded use of the emoticon : – ) and : – ( online is in a text posted on the Carnegie Mellon University computer science general board on 19 September 1982 by computer scientist Scott E Fahlman.

19-Sep-82 11:44    Scott E  Fahlman             🙂

From: Scott E  Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c>

 

I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:

 

: – )

 

Read it sideways.  Actually, it is probably more economical to mark

things that are NOT jokes, given current trends.  For this, use

 

: – (

 

However things go further back much before online communication

The original form on quick texting Morse code, had its own version of emoticons if you could call it that.

In the “The National Telegraphic Review and Operators’ Guide”, first published in 1857; the number 73 meant “my love to you”

In 1859, the Western Union Company set up the standard “92 Code.” Continue reading