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A Mai Tai (was) my code co-pilot. | by Schill
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A Mai Tai (was) my code co-pilot.

Somewhere 32,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean (during a 5.5-hour flight to Hawai'i), my laptop battery finally gave out while I was prototyping a browser-based tribute to an old Commodore 64 space-themed shoot-'em-up I used to enjoy.


(There was no in-flight wifi available, so boredom lead to clicking around idly, running the old VICE C64 emulator with some games, and an "ah-ha, I've been meaning to do this project at some point" moment.)


I didn't have a pad of paper handy, so I carefully-unfolded the paper of a pack of gum and got to writing basic routines, object, method and property lists.


Back in the 80s, I used to write and edit code like this when on vacation, family road trips and the like, and then I'd enter it all on the computer when I got back home. Laptops have largely changed this these days, but I'll admit it was fun to revert to old habits.


I have a sort-of working prototype now, and will eventually post some screenshots or something.

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Taken on December 21, 2011