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So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

Steven Meretzky game design scans available in Green Library reading room

Steven Meretzky is a pioneer in the computer games industry. His decades-long career includes experience working as a quality assurance analyst, game designer, product designer, and writer. Most of his signature contributions to the industry occurred while he was employed at Infocom, Inc., which was a prolific and highly-acclaimed publisher of text adventure games back in the 1980s. His most famous collaboration was with Douglas Adams on the computer game version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – a text adventure game that is notorious for its arcane and difficult puzzles. 

Text adventures are also known as interactive fiction and are played completely through simple instructions that the player types into a computer program. The computer translates these instructions (ex. “go north,” “get lamp,” etc.) and responds with prepared text, unfolding a story on screen for the player. Meretzky’s skills for creating these type of narrative games led to his inclusion as one of only two game writers in the Science Fiction Writers of America (the other being Dave Lebling, one of his colleagues at Infocom.)

NYT Now for seniors

June 2, 2014

Stanford's graduating seniors are now eligible for a free month of NYT Now, including full text of top stories (marked by a green diamond on the NYT homepage), as well as an app for iPhone and iPod touch.

Ginsberg-Corso Cassette

Friends on tape: A time capsule of Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, David Amram, and Gregory Corso

One of the remarkable things about large digitization projects is that not just formal events are preserved but also informal events are preserved for future access. As a matter of process the Stanford Media Preservation Lab takes part in the preservation of media that captures these special informal events.  Recently while working on a portion of the Allen Ginsberg papers many recordings were digitized but (at least) two recordings were re-formatted that informally capture his friendships with other important 20th century figures.

French Opera and Ballet Libretti

The Stanford Libraries recently acquired a collection of 214 libretti of French opera and ballets in first and early editions, from the 17th-19th centuries. The major concentration is in 18th-century material, with significant representation of the works of major composers of the period, Dalayrac, Duni, Grétry, Lully, Monsigny, Philidor, Alexandre Piccinni and Nicolas Piccinni. The inclusion of first and early editions provides the opportunity for comparison of first performances and revivals. Libretti are important records of performance history, often including details such as names of the cast, choreographers, set designers, dancers, and other musicians involved in the production.

Cover Image of People's Computer Company

People's Computer Company/Homebrew Computer Club

May 28, 2014

If you were a student in Professor Fred Turner’s recent communications class, you’ve already seen a few issues of newsletters of the People's Computer Company.  If not, check out these publications documenting the progress of early computing in the 1970’s, available for the first time in digital form.

Green Library with Shumway Fountain

Green Library special hours for Memorial Day and finals

May 21, 2014
by Christopher Matson

Green Library will have some special hours over the next couple of weeks:

Memorial Day Weekend:

  • Saturday, May 24, 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (normal hours)
  • Sunday, May 25, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (early closure)
  • Monday, May 26, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (University holiday, early closure)

Extended hours for finals:

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