Classic Gaming Inspirations, Part Deux

Posted Sat, Aug. 18th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

The Apple II was a fantastic gaming machine. You may not have daily access to this vintage hardware, but many of its best entertainment titles have been remade for the Macintosh. Ken Gagne revisits classics like Arkanoid, Ultima, and Dark Castle in this session that showcases the best of new and old. Find links to the games and YouTube videos shown here at http://wp.me/pBeOH-1x

Recorded on 7/23/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Know Your Meme

Posted Fri, Aug. 17th 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Thanks to the Internet and social media, cultural artifacts can be disseminated in a distributed fashion faster than ever before. When something attains phenomenon status via viral means, it becomes a meme. But, just like a real virus, memes can quickly die off. What’s everyone talking about today that will be gone tomorrow? Ken Gagne demonstrates what a double rainbow means and who your man could smell like. Find these YouTube videos at http://www.showbits.net/2010/08/18/know-your-meme/

Recorded on 7/24/2010 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Behind the scenes at Open Apple

Posted Fri, Aug. 3rd 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

Open Apple, the Apple II community’s only co-hosted podcast, is the product of endless hours slaving over a mixing board and audio editing software. Watch and learn what goes into recording an episode of the show. What would an episode sound like without this extensive post-production process? Come hear the bloopers that should’ve been left on the cutting room floor.

Recorded on 7/23/2011 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Know Your Meme, or the Return of the King

Posted Thu, Aug. 2nd 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video)

For your amusement, Ken Gagne entertains with some of the latest Internet memes, demonstrating and tying together variations on three different cat themes: Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat, and Debbie from eHarmony. Guaranteed to bring out the laughs.

Recorded on 7/23/2011 by Ken Gagne and made available under a ,Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) Creative Commons license.

Spreading the word in NYC & Denver

Posted Fri, Aug. 26th 2011 in News

Many KansasFest attendees are, unsurprisingly, IT professionals: they make their livings as educators, sysadmins, tech writers, and software engineers. Their passion for the Apple II often inspires their professional work and vice versa, especially when it comes to evangelizing how they spent their summer vacation.

Ivan Drucker, a three-time KansasFest attendee and former Apple employee, is the founder of IvanExpert, a New York City-based Macintosh consulting firm. On the company’s YouTube channel, Ivan has recently presented a series of videos discussing emerging trends and IT solutions he has encountered. Not only does the background of every video feature an Apple II Plus, but Ivan’s latest video focuses on the highlight of his year, KansasFest.

A favorite quote: "It’s not the kind of thing ordinary people like."

Likewise, Ken Gagne, an online editor for Computerworld.com, recently had the opportunity to preach the wonders of the Apple II to the Denver Apple Pi users’ group. The group’s members, many of whom founded the club with their Apple II computers more than thirty years ago, enjoyed the nostalgic look at the machine and were surprised to hear of its supportive and modern community. The entire presentation was recorded, with additional notes and resources on Ken’s blog.

Both Ken and Ivan mentioned Vince Briel’s A2MP3 card as an example of the wonders still possible with an Apple II. That device was the star of some mainstream coverage when another KansasFest alumnus, Andy Molloy, had his assembly of the A2MP3 documented at KansasFest. That photo gallery is now available on Computerworld.com, showing how easy it is to put together the best way to listen to tunes on your Apple II.

How have you helped spread the word of KansasFest to ensure the event is even bigger and better next year? Let us know!

Know Your Meme, or the Return of the King

Posted Sat, Jul. 23rd 2011 in

For your amusement, Ken entertains us with some of the latest Internet memes. Guaranteed to bring out the laughs.

Behind the scenes at Open Apple

Posted Sat, Jul. 23rd 2011 in

Open Apple, the Apple II community’s only co-hosted podcast, is the product of endless hours slaving over a mixing board and audio editing software. Watch and learn what goes into recording an episode of the show. What would an episode sound like without this extensive post-production process? Come hear the bloopers that should’ve been left on the cutting room floor, courtesy Mike Maginnis and Ken Gagne.

Juiced.GS Staff Photo

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2011 in

Anyone who has contributed to Juiced.GS since our last staff photo is invited to the Rockhurst bleachers for a group picture.