Going through some junk from my attic, I was excited to discover a back issue box marked “Cyberpunk Zines.” Eureka! These were zines that I subscribed to (or traded with my own zine, Going Gaga) in the 1990s. This is not my entire stash. I have at least one other box. Somewhere. And a collection of 2600 magazines and other hacker zines. And another box of industrial music zines. I have thousands of zines in my collection.
It was sad to happen upon Intertek, my friend Steve Steinberg’s cyberculture zine from the early 90s. Steve tragically died in a bike accident a few weeks ago. A huge loss. He and I exchanged zines and carried on a vigorous mail correspondence (on ancient papyrus) about cyberpunk, cyberculture, and postmodernism. He was a brilliant thinker and equally brilliant hacker. He was Frank Drake in the infamous Legion of Doom, for those familiar with hacker history. You can read about Steve/Frank in Bruce Sterling’s book, The Hacker Crackdowm.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.