Strata: 1984 - 1989: Macintosh: Black & White
The images in this part of the gallery were all done on a 128K Mac or
an SE30 in
the early to late 80's. The tiny screen, the jaggies, but it was all
bright and shiny and new and state of the art. I loved it instantly--
sure, you could do some of this stuff on a CADR, but it was annoying.
Here's a bunch of stuff from a recently exhumed Stuffit archive.
M. Strata Rose
Establishing Context: Room for Rent
Here's an ad for the old house in Brookline
where I lived with HGA & Devon. Yes, it's ancient-- note my email
Story Reading: The Invites
The Boston Story-Reading group is still meeting on Monday nights and
still going strong. A first-generation offshoot of the Yale group,
sibling of the Palo Alto group, cousin to the Berkeley group. Way to
go, Leon & friends-- an enduring institution you've started!
This group of invites are the only ones I can find of the many I did;
somewhere there's the infamous "4 axis of story reading" photocopy art
out in a box somewhere; maybe I can find it and add it to the "scan
Space opera, ho! Once an Edmond Hamilton fan, always ...
Scooters vs. Smilies
The inestimable Devon McCullough (email@example.com) creates Art par Ex in
the days of the early Mac; while not created by yours truly, such a
classic that it deserves a place here.
Andy's Thesis Problem
Andy's hotdog cart was a fixture under Bldg 36 from at least 1981
(when I arrived as a frosh) until 1988 when I left town for the first
time. While ill health forced him to delegate the cart much of the
late 80's, his presence was still very much felt. I brought him a
copy of this, which he posted on his cart on the spot. It persisted to
a ripe yellow old age, with perhaps a chili stain or two.
Texture fill freehand. Silly bird picture.
Contemplate the Carrot
A bit of a departure from my usual style; in fact, sometimes I wonder
if someone else did this, but too many details match-- sketching
style, some of the title letters, etc. Wish I'd done more like this.
Mouse resolution test via cute sketching. I wanted to see how the mouse
tracked for sketching and wondered out loud what I should draw. "A
dinosaur!" and "A raccoon!" came simultaneously from different parts
of the room. No problemo...you really can please all of the people
some of the time...
Texture fill, back when it was new and shiny. Once in the mid 80's I
was walking from Central to Senior House the back way and cut through
Draper/Tech Square. There was a late model grey sedan with 4
dark-blue suited passengers, and a 6 foot antenna coming out of the
trunk. It kept coming. By the time it was 12 feet up in the air and
still going, I had successfully done an emergency detour around the
building, deciding I didn't want to be anywhere near whatever was
going on. I hope things there are tamer these days.
Yeah, the eye should be more toward the top. Eh.
Rose Garden Translations
Some fun little early Mac shareware called (I think) CrystalPaint, one
of the first ones to offer "fun with virtual mirrors", was used to
author a basic garden motif, which was then put through several
transforms to create a more complex image.
Bit rot-- or is that, "bit splat"? As we all know by now, at least
one person (and probably more) actually have been fired for buying
IBM. This graphically stimulating prediction should have been featured
in fine supermarket checkstand news publications as a genuine example
of clairvoyant prognostication, but alas, a passing space alien
abducted my inside copywriter.
...is fair play, especially in video games, where the average player
suffers more frequent and dramatic reversals of fortune than the
average protagonist of epic Greek poetry.
"I'd like that cuppaverse with cream, please." Another piece which I
don't remember authoring but which is made out of at least one element
from my catchall clip art folder, which is suspicious at best. The
80's were a loooonnngg way back there for me, it seems. I need to do
a nice color Photoshop version of this one sometime.
Another day in the intergalactic void. Recorded by an observer vessel
in an unsophisticated part of the galaxy with 9-inch screens and
insufficient memory to have full-page displays...