D'ya...d'ya hear that? Something coming from the mountains, I think. I mean, it's not like dragons are real or anything, don't be ridiculous. It's just...if you see a shadow over Whalecrest tonight, and I'm gone tomorrow, you'll know why...
Other places I roam
Every time I think I have no need for this section, I do. Here's some other places to catch me.
- mariteaux#1020 on Discord
- I'm always online on here if I'm not sleeping. (If I decline your friend request, take a hint.)
- Took over a spare account and now some of the characters I've been playing with are up here. This will be used at some point as proof that I'm a massive goddamn furry.
- Somnolescent Gopher (Currently down!)
- I keep most of my writing stuff around on Gopher, including ruminations on Calelira, Pennyverse stories, and some album reviews. The link is through dcb's Pituophis proxy, but if you're using a client that natively supports it (like a chad), here's a direct link.
- One of my favorite sites to browse and stare at stuff on. Here's a link to my entire physical music collection, if you're curious about that.
- I swear I play video games. It just takes me a bit to actually play them.
- Streaming twice a week over here, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6pm EST. Mostly PS1 games and goofing around with chat, potentially more on the way.
I'm not involved in any of these sites, but I like hovering them.
- A wealth of early and unreleased versions of games for Atari's early consoles and computers. It doesn't update often, but when it does, it's always worth the read.
- The Cutting Room Floor
- I occasionally write and browse this. Good binge-reading about cut content in vidya.
- As long as they know how degenerate they are, all is well. I enjoy the spectacle of watching a grown man glitch through Caverns a lot.
- Neocities was a shithole and I don't miss it, but sometimes, people there do some pretty fascinating work. A lot of good reading material here on hacking and programming old consoles.
- The Video Game Critic
- Longtime reader of Dave's site, and boy is there a lot to read. Seriously, name a console, he's covered it. And likely every game ever released for it. And the controllers.
- Vimm's Lair
- Nintendo's greatest enemy. If you're not big on ROM torrents, this is absolutely the place to get your shit. Manuals, too.
Retrocomputing (mostly Macintosh)
- Big Mess o' Wires
- I was surprised to learn Steve Chamberlin, the guy who wrote Tetris Max, is still poking at those old Macs and designing circuits and tools to keep them useful. Good reads, good man.
- Floodgap Systems
- I best know Cameron Kaiser for his work on Gopher (and I use Bucktooth to run Somnolescent's own server), but man, does he do a ton else. Archiving, coding, medicine, tenfourfox, fucking sign collection??? Dunno, but I want a site as big and mazey as this man's.
- I suppose any woke computer kid already has this and WinWorld in their back pocket, but still plenty handy nonetheless. I used it as a reference for designing this site.
- Low End Mac
- Sometimes I read this and drool. Old Macs are still great fun to use, and this has a ton of information on them, plus recommendations for older models if you're looking to do retrocomputing.
- Mac 512k Blog
- The Fat Mac isn't a machine I pay much attention to (got my eyes set on a Classic II instead) but it turns out, it's still pretty damn capable, especially when you start doing things you weren't supposed to with it.
- Mac OS 9 for Windows
- Mac OS 9 for MacOS
- These are plug-n-play versions of SheepShaver, a PowerPC Mac emulator that's a bit of a pain in the ass to get running. Comes with OS 9.0.4, a bunch of software already on it, plus stuff to get files on and off the virtual machine. Probably not legal, but very convenient.
- Macintosh Garden
- Been using this site to gather games and tools for Mini vMac. Most of it won't run at all on that, which is sad, but it's still an incredibly fun site to look through.
- Mini vMac
- The cutest 68k Mac emulator. I actually get a lot of use out of this to play games and run Mac Word 5.1, which is what I do all my writing in.
- Actually pretty useful for research purposes. (They have Netscape...)
- System 6 Hell
- Emaculation in general is a great site, but this is a giant System 6-compatible game and software library akin to Macintosh Garden up there. Some neat and rare stuff in here, worth a look if you've got a vMac.
- System 7 Today
- Who would've thought Mac OS 7 would still be as useful today as ever?
- Urban Renewal
- Look! Someone remade all the old Mac System fonts!
- Brad Sucks
- The first musician I found on my own and got obsessed with. Inspired me to do my own bedroom recording and Creative Commons releasing.
- Horribly underrated psych noise pop bedroom recorder. He gave me four unreleased albums because I asked for them. Cool fucking dude.
- Droney ambient electronic downtempo coldwarcore. Been a major influence on my aphrodisiac project as of late. (Check out conelcast too, it's his biweekly ambient podcast. Good for focusing or zoning out.)
- Indie kids wish they were as cool as Lou Barlow. Tons of unreleased recordings and stuff to gawk at from the man who brought you the Folk Implosion.
- Oh yeah, and the other half of the Folk Implosion. Who would've thought a man named "John Davis" would be so well hidden in plain sight?
- Midwestern Dirt
- Good-ass mope music. Very indie, very rootsy, very lonely. Down the Stairs and to the Left is utter brilliance.
- State Shirt
- Swirly, loopy indie rock and synthpop, also Creative Commons. He makes me wanna play with live looping.
- Albums That Never Were
- I might be cheating calling this a "fansite", but this guy does some crazy detailed recreations of albums that never existed for one reason or another. Love his writeups, love his attention to pressings and dynamics, and I love how he gives this shit away in lossless, even if I'm not into a lot of the classic rock he focuses on.
- Citizen Insane
- My preferred Radiohead fansite, especially for their early material, demos, interviews, and live recordings.
- Foo Fighters Live
- Comprehensive live show and sessions history for Foo Fighters. Not as comprehensive as LiveNIRVANA below, but more modern and functional, and this one even lets you download some of the sessions.
- Very detailed history of every Nirvana studio and demo session, live shows and recordings, bootlegs, interviews, memorabilia, and even some really awful fake Nirvana songs fresh from KaZaa. This site's been in a weird state of disarray for a long time, but it's all still kinda functional.
- sebadoh and suchlike
- It's a little out-of-date, but covering everything Lou Barlow and friends (and friends of their friends) have been involved with is no easy task. "Maybe Lou is pissed off because of the way that the band ditched him." Maybe.
- Another gold standard of fansites, this one for Beck. I love the song and lyric dissections; if you're gonna pick apart someone's lyrics, Beck's are a pretty worthwhile choice.
Close friends. These people share my hosting, here on somnolescent.net. (The ones at the bottom are working on sites and will be here eventually, all good~)
- My soft bastard. Literally never get bored of talking to her. (She's the one who did the badgers you see scattered around the site!)
- Eternally festive snake lad. He's been helping me with my Gopher Information Repository, trying out old clients and suchlike.
- Peppermint alien who draws a lot. IRL friend and one of the original Somnolians in my eyes (yes, she's been around that long).
- Another longtime IRL friend. Sci-fi writer who listens to a lot of the same music I do. Good dude.
- Rescued from certain death at the hands of Neocities kids. Kind of a mixture of all of us, but still uses Firefox like a fucking degenerate umu