Files and docs are now or soon will be up here https://archive.org/details/CardiacCardboardIllustrat…

Files and docs are now or soon will be up here https://archive.org/details/CardiacCardboardIllustrativeAidToComputation

Archive.org has an amazing track record for keeping projects from disappearing into the background dust of our modern worlds. If there is anything that needs placing on that page just let me know.

A collection of documents and images to help build and use a CardIAC for education of computer sciences. Created at Bell Labs

Two Bits Of Ellison

Two Bits Of Ellison

My two bits to add to the Ellison remembrances… I read a metric ton of science fiction as a kid and tended to gravitate to the character/social edged writers. The ones that got beyond device as plot and hooked up a good character set into the mix.

In my early twenties I spent some time in the midst of a big telemarketing house in NYC. If you were scrapping for dollars back in the early 80's you too might have done your time at Ed Blank Associates. Yea, you know the place. The downside to phone sales was I was mostly horrible to slightly amusing at the gig, the upside was I made a good number cruncher/admin. So I moved from the phones to the office.

At night I had use of a few dozens of phone lines, dozens. I mapped the operator network around NYC, I played with odd ball numbers that were floating around in zines and bbs's. Late one night I decided I wanted to talk to Harlan Ellison.
I had found the number somewhere or another some time back. I was in the midst of reading thru Dangerous Visions and rereading some older works. So add a bit of fanboism , some late night boredom, and a what-the-fuck moment and there I was dialing this I dialed the number.

For the next 20 mins I chatted with Harlan Ellison. I do not remember much of what we talked about, I asked about some characters and editing Dangerous Visions He asked me what I wanted to do with my life, what I was doing to grow a skill. I must have babbled on about bbs's and tech because he asked why I was into computers. It was not dismissive but he seemed more amused. We wound down,, I fumbled a good bye and like that…I had chatted with Harlan Ellison.

Years latter I recounted this to another author I had fallen in with for a time. He let me know about the evils of Ellison, that there was a group called the Enemies of Ellison. Over the years the tales of Ellison's barbs became the stuff of legends and the legends spawned a feud and the feud spawned a possible punch or a swing or something of that sort…and yeah there was/is The Enemies of Ellison. The things you find out during the late early hours in an old NYC office building while a few dozen 14.4 modems lights blink merrily along.

Which makes an Ellisonian sort of sense. He was not a simple human, had spikes and spit and vinegar in him. He also was able to conjure up stories and characters that still have a place in my thought space.

So here is to Harlan Ellison. The beautiful bastard who created some great works, pissed off a fair amount of humans, and one night had 20 mins to chat with me.

Not soon forgotten

Has anyone read this yet? Reviews would be great.

Has anyone read this yet? Reviews would be great.

The Paper Computer Unfolded: A Twenty-First Century Guide to the Bell Labs CARDIAC (CARDboard Illustrative Aid to Computation), the LMC (Little Man Computer), and the IPC (Instructo Paper Computer) [Mark Jones Lorenzo] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Paper Computer Unfolded reveals the untold true story of three fully programmable computers that were made of nothing more than paper

Our Show Of Shows Podcast

The amazing podcast that is all about old time radio is going strong. With 6 episodes out and many more planned we are now aiming to get a more regular schedule of releases. Stay tuned and do not forget to subscribe to the Podcast Feed.


https://www.ourshowofshows.com/

This Is The BBC Bit Service….

This Is The BBC Bit Service….

I picked a pair of these up for the family hackspace. From the packaging to the setup to the online resource the BBC MicroBit is all killer and no filler. At 16 us bucks it is a bargain you can not pass up.

Progress

Progress

The Summer of CardIAC Code is producing some great things. One participant has lovingly cleaned up and hand typed the scan of the original manual into a crisp thing of beauty. My draft of an revised Print Your Own CardIAC is also ready for testing.
All of these things and the original scans can all be found up at our new Archive.org collections page ( https://archive.org/details/CardiacCardboardIllustrativeAidToComputation )

Moving ahead all additions and items will wind up in this archive.org collection. We have groups here on G+, on FB, and several other sources such that keeping each of those places updated with the newest versions is a pita. The archive.org collection will be our one stop for all the things.

Keep the input coming folks. I am looking forward to having enough new code to make a supplement to the manual as well as translations.

Thanks to all who are part of this and Onward. 

A collection of documents and images to help build and use a CardIAC for education of computer sciences.Created at Bell Labs

Summer of CardIAC

Summer of CardIAC

While we here all love the CardIAC it may not be something others will take to. The skills it teaches though can be found here and there in other games and website. Yes the world has moved in some interesting ways to learn since the early days of the CardIAC. Here then are some of those resources you might find useful/fun/educational.

The Human Resource Machine.-
From the makers of the family favorite Little Inferno comes the programming puzzle game fun for all ages. It starts off easy and works up to some of the core ideas of computing. It is also presented in an fun manner.
https://tomorrowcorporation.com/humanresourcemachine

TIS-100
You find an old computer at a yard sale. It has the thinnest of manuals. It is your task to work through the problems and in the process uncover the secrets behind it. The instruction set is a bit more than the CardIAC and being able to code multiple threads is hellafun. As a bonus you can run this in sandbox mode and code up amazing things. One fella made a full rogue like game with it.
http://www.zachtronics.com/tis-100/

ShenZhenIO
This picks up where TIS100 leaves off. Here you are building components and the code that runs them in order to build ever more complex devices.
The game sets you as an employee in a Shenzhen based electronics company.
http://www.zachtronics.com/shenzhen-io/

Summer of CardIAC

Summer of CardIAC

While we here all love the CardIAC it may not be something others will take to. The skills it teaches though can be found here and there in other games and website. Yes the world has moved in some interesting ways to learn since the early days of the CardIAC. Here then are some of those resources you might find useful/fun/educational.

The Human Resource Machine.-
From the makers of the family favorite Little Inferno comes the programming puzzle game fun for all ages. It starts off easy and works up to some of the core ideas of computing. It is also presented in an fun manner.
https://tomorrowcorporation.com/humanresourcemachine

TIS-100
You find an old computer at a yard sale. It has the thinnest of manuals. It is your task to work through the problems and in the process uncover the secrets behind it. The instruction set is a bit more than the CardIAC and being able to code multiple threads is hellafun. As a bonus you can run this in sandbox mode and code up amazing things. One fella made a full rogue like game with it.
http://www.zachtronics.com/tis-100/

ShenZhenIO
This picks up where TIS100 leaves off. Here you are building components and the code that runs them in order to build ever more complex devices.
The game sets you as an employee in a Shenzhen based electronics company.
http://www.zachtronics.com/shenzhen-io/