Re: Punk Rock - The "old" internet and PC days

Just had something yesterday jog a memory of one of the first examples I can remember of trolling on the internet.  Of course then we (or at least I) didn't call it trolling -- it was in fact an April Fool's Day prank -- but it's still one of my favorites.

It was about 1990 or 1991 I think, just after I started grad school.  I didn't even have a dial-up modem then (you know, tying up the phone line.  Plus even local phone calls were hideously expensive, relatively speaking), so for me getting on the internet meant going in to campus, down to the basement of the Science Center and getting on a terminal to look at Usenet newsgroups (plus the occasional e-mail list).  No graphics, and if you wanted to search FTP sites, you could use Archie. 

This of course was still the era of the 'mixtape', a concept that you youngins might actually know about courtesy of Guardians of the Galaxy, and you'd commonly see posts on the various rec.music.* groups along the lines of "I wanna do a mixtape for my girlfriend [Name].  Can people suggest songs that have [Name] in the title?"

Anyway, one day I saw the following post in rec.music.misc, cross-posted to like 30 other newsgroups as well, which was just about the ultimate sin: "I'm putting together a mixtape for my girlfriend, and I'm looking for pop or rock songs that have 'love' in the title, or are just about love generally.  Can people help me with suggestions?"

Needless to say, the nascent internet went completely apeshit.  Eventually though, someone pointed out the time/date stamp on the post -- midnight on April 1. 

Like I say, still love that one.

For the next hour, everything in this post is strictly based on the available facts.

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I'm glad that anecdote has made it out of your brain and into mine. Thank you for writing that.

Teague Chrystie

I have a tendency to fix your typos.

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I forgot about this.


Now I'm nostalgic again.

Thanks Teague, and, incidentally: me.

Tomahawk Ellingsen

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You're welcome, and, incidentally: thanks.

Teague Chrystie

I have a tendency to fix your typos.

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One more facet of the early internet: at least one community I was on used straight HTML formatting for its forum posts. Which was great for learning HTML. And not so great for, "Someone forgot to close a tag and now the thread is broken."

Boter, formerly of TF.N as Boter and DarthArjuna. I like making movies and playing games, in one order or another.

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I remember the first time I noticed that programming in different languages was similiar.
I had to some basic coding whilst setting up a forum way back when, to enable god knows what, but it was only in 2003-ish, when I started modding Max Payne, I realised that I understood the code. It struck me as something that was pretty close to PHP. Of course; it wasn't, it was just a programming language, and they're all fairly logically set up.

This is post 1337. Remember when leetspeak was a thing?

Tomahawk Ellingsen

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Of course d00d.

Boter, formerly of TF.N as Boter and DarthArjuna. I like making movies and playing games, in one order or another.

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At some point during my Counter-Strike days my nickname looked something like ~D4C|< 54|\|155~ (before I lost the Dack).

I don't know which is worse, the fact that I used to do this, or the fact that people on CS:GO still do it.

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Stumbling into one language from another is pretty much how I learned every language I know, except for HTML. I sat down with an HTML book and Notepad in 1997 or so, started fuckin' with it; this lead to comfort with 'forum code' type A and 'forum code' types B-through-J, comfort fiddling with CSS, comfort fiddling with PHP, comfort diving into Arduino [Javascript, basically], which lead to comfort diving into AE expressions [Javascript, basically] and also Google Sheets programming.

Amusingly, it's also how I discovered I could 'read music' from chord sheets. One day I simply noticed the "D" over a certain bar in my sister's sheet music book, and then there was an "A," and then I realized those were chords, and then I realized I knew how to play them, and then... *plays D, plays A* ...holy shit I'm following musical instructions in real-time.

...still haven't learned sheet music, of course, despite being fairly deep into 'music theory' territory by now. Can't bring myself to trust that system for some reason. Seems shifty. HTML, on the other hand...

Teague Chrystie

I have a tendency to fix your typos.

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