Past Pursuits

[Editor’s note: For purposes of contextual coherence, it may be useful to know that this post originally appeared on the manually-edited homepage of before being folded into this blog. -KM]

As the end of 2002 draws startlingly closer, several remnants of the past have surfaced as of late. It almost feels as though time has rewound five years. Let me elaborate.nostalgia

Back in high school, I used to play an immensely popular card game (among us geeks, anyway) called “Magic: The Gathering.” This week I blew the dust off my old cards and handed a deck of them to Tabitha. We’ve played several rounds already and she’s beaten me more times than I want to admit.

My long-time friend Barry helped fuel this rush of nostalgia when he dug up a disk full of games that he and I programmed a few years ago in QBasic, an ancient language by today’s standards. I will never again says it’s not versatile because I once saw an entire role-playing game programmed strictly in QBasic. Yes, some of you may scoff, but at the time it was the only language we had access to, and looking back now I think we did some extraordinary stuff with it. I’m not sure about Barry, but I know I personally haven’t worked with QBasic since my freshman year of high school (back in the days when I still used my modem to call up local BBS’s*).

Anyway, as for real news, Kristopher’s cold is starting to fade, though he still has a few sniffles here and there. Tabitha is still diligently going to class, through rain and cold, thick and thin. As for me, well you’re pretty much looking at what I do when I’m not working.

Hope you are all staying warm.

*BBS’s – Bulletin Board Systems. These were single computers with modems hooked into a phone line so that other people with computers could dial in and access them. The internet has rendered them mostly extinct partly because BBS’s can usually only handle one user at a time and the second phone line required to maintain them can get expensive.