Not sure exactly who reads this digital garden, if anybody, but if you’re not into coding geekery, this is your trigger warning. When I get all excited about geeky stuff and wax poetic, people either join me or stare at me and back away slowly. It’s always a reminder to me that not everyone talks that language! So be forewarned.

My latest rabbit hole is retro/vintage computing and coding. My first computer love was the Commodore 64. Since I was in my late 20’s and 30’s when I got one, my nostalgia isn’t connected so much to the games as lots of other people. I’m just that old! And now that I’m almost retired and I still love coding and geeky stuff AND I can investigate stuff that I like, I’m all about the C64! Will I buy one? Probably not at this point. They’re crazy expensive in 40 year old computer shape, and I’m much more of a software guy than a hardware guy. Some people love restoring those machines, chasing down chips and power supplies, re-soldering connections, etc., but that’s not my first love. What I love is dinking around with programming, learning about the memory map, PEEKing and POKEing values, making and moving sprites around…. It’s a real charge getting that close to how the machine actually does what it does, and the 64 is just confined enough to allow people to do that.

Where from here? I know myself well enough to know that I get super excited about stuff and then drift into another interest, but I usually get back to things eventually. And with actual retirement looming in the next few months, this particular rabbit hole is beckoning.