The reach of the century: “The countries have one factor in common: they have either been directly subjected to aggression and domination by imperialist powers interested in establishing themselves in the region, or indirectly manipulated into serving the interests of imperialism. While India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines became part of colonial empires, Egypt and Iran were reduced to semi-colonial status, the Turkish Empire was progressively dismembered, Japan was put under pressure from Western countries to open up the country to trade, and China became prey to the encroachments of foreign trading powers who wanted to exploit Chinese resources.” 

I don’t know nearly enough about Japanese history to say anything particularly coherent about its imperialism, but I don’t think its subjugation (I think the author is talking about Commodore Perry’s mission to Japan specifically, but I’m not sure if she has some greater trend in mind) is anywhere near comparable to that of, say, India. (In fact, Japan has an impressive track record of imperial violence). What I will say is that I am shocked and/or appalled that in this discussion of imperialism the author without a trace of irony references the Turkish [Ottoman] Empire—even using the word empire—and its “dismemberment,” as though it were a legitimate geopolitical entity in the first place, with the right to extend its often ethnocentric rule across continents and to control the people that inhabited those continents. Like. On what plane of existence am I right now.

lt-theodoregroves asked:

"Commodore, about the mutt who has been around the docks..."

                   “Ah yes, Lieutenant Groves.
                I meant to talk to you about that.
                I’d like the creature
                               removed and relocated
                         as soon as possible.”

Without the Commodore Amiga you can wave goodbye to countless franchises, key developers, monumental gaming moments, and of course a plethora of good memories we’ve all had with the home computer powerhouse. With countless avenues to explore, the team behind the fantastic Bedroom To Billions documentary are back and have turned to Kickstarter to fund their newest venture, From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years - a 90 minute feature film covering the influence of the Amiga and how it pushed the games industry to new heights.

As the 30th anniversary of the Amiga draws ever near, there’s never been a better time to talk about the good Commodore’s computer has brought over the years. Following a similar format to their last project, Anthony and Nicola Caulfield are gearing up to interview a wide range of important figures from the computer’s heyday all with the aim of documenting the Amiga’s history as best as possible. Understanding the global impact the Amiga had, the Bedrooms To Billions team already have plans underway to go further afield to meet with key US and other European developers, musicians, demosceners, publishers and journalists. Needless to say we’re expecting something big at the end of all this.

With just over 60 hours remaining on their Kickstarter campaign, the film-making duo have already exceeded their goal of £50,000 and are currently luring in more support through their expansive list of stretch goals. For those interested in this project overall, pledges of £10 and upwards will secure yourself a viewing of the documentary, while more generous donations will be met with signed merchandise and other gaming trinkets.

This Cute Computer Could Cultivate Children's Coding Capabilities

This Cute Computer Could Cultivate Children’s Coding Capabilities

In the early ’80s, the state-sponsored British Broadcasting Corporation decided that computers were going to be kind of a big deal, and created the BBC Micro desktop PC to promote computer literacy. Now, they’re doing it again—this fall, one million UK schoolkids will receive a free Micro Bit.

This time, we’re not talking about a Commodore 64-style keyboard PC, though. The Micro Bit is more…

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