🖌️ Not only did we rescue the curiosities of cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen, but I spent years researching its fascinating . I have much more to share in the future!

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How did I celebrate? By publishing 10 once-lost games and software, now rescued for the Apple II, Atari ST, and IBM PC! 🕹️

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If you're a fan of those platforms, check out this new (old) software! 🖥️

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🎂 ICYMI: Break Into Chat, my website, turned 10 on Monday.

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💾 Ten years of interviewing door game authors, unearthing lost , writing about history, and much more!

Wow! The MAME folks have _already_ added four of the Apple II programs I rescued to their emulator: Nosh Kosh, Borders, Aleph Baiters, and The Georgia Variations.
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5/ Finally -- Decades before DALL-E, Yaakov Kirschen coaxed Amiga computers into composing their own music. His process was to find the "DNA" of existing songs, then and recombine those elements. His system was used in 1988 to score a BBC TV documentary.

Download the disk images of the end PC product and read the bonkers history here:
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4/ Then, we shared the biotoons "Murray and Me" and "Mom and Me", two of the earliest entertainment programs for the Atari ST. These artificial personalities were originally intended to serve as the interface for an Atari-powered computer greeting card kiosk system.

Download the disk images and read the crazy history with Jack Tramiel here:
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3/ Next we shared Yaakov Kirschen's independent Apple II software, including "You and Doc Possum", which appears to be a lost Learning Company game.

Download the disk images and read the histories here:
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2/ First, we recovered four Jewish educational games for the Apple II, including "Nosh Kosh," a creative take on Pac-Man that teaches kashrut (Jewish dietary law). Yaakov Kirschen made these with Gesher Educational Affiliates.

Download the disk images and read the histories here: breakintochat.com/blog/2022/11

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🕹️ ICYMI: helped rescue 10 previously lost games and programs for the Apple II, Atari ST, and IBM PC by Israeli cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen.

💾 Download the disk images, and get the fascinating histories behind them all:
breakintochat.com/blog/2022/11

5/ Finally -- Decades before DALL-E, Yaakov Kirschen coaxed Amiga computers into composing their own music. His process was to find the "DNA" of existing songs, then and recombine those elements. His system was used in 1988 to score a BBC TV documentary.

Download the disk images of the end PC product and read the bonkers history here:
breakintochat.com/blog/2022/11

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4/ Then, we shared the biotoons "Murray and Me" and "Mom and Me", two of the earliest entertainment programs for the Atari ST. These artificial personalities were originally intended to serve as the interface for an Atari-powered computer greeting card kiosk system.

Download the disk images and read the crazy history with Jack Tramiel here:
breakintochat.com/blog/2022/11

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3/ Next we shared Yaakov Kirschen's independent Apple II software, including "You and Doc Possum", which appears to be a lost Learning Company game.

Download the disk images and read the histories here:
breakintochat.com/blog/2022/11

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2/ First, we recovered four Jewish educational games for the Apple II, including "Nosh Kosh," a creative take on Pac-Man that teaches kashrut (Jewish dietary law). Yaakov Kirschen made these with Gesher Educational Affiliates.

Download the disk images and read the histories here: breakintochat.com/blog/2022/11

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🕹️ ICYMI: helped rescue 10 previously lost games and programs for the Apple II, Atari ST, and IBM PC by Israeli cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen.

💾 Download the disk images, and get the fascinating histories behind them all:
breakintochat.com/blog/2022/11

END/ If you've read this far, I hope you'll check out the blog post, and maybe boost this thread!

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Kirschen's story is one of crazy persistence to realize his big ideas. I'm proud to have helped bring some of his old "dry bones" back to life.

I've already heard from some folks who were so excited to see the Apple II games and "Murray" and "Mom".

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9/ Kirschen and Ariel made ends meet by designing TV graphics on the Amiga for Israeli news stations and others.

Kirschen has kept cartooning to this day (drybones.com) and has written books. Ariel is an internationally-known oil painter (saliariel.com).

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8/ After their failure to find a market for their innovation, Kirschen and Ariel were in deep financial trouble. They tried to use bankruptcy as a protection, but the Israeli bank just transferred the debt to them personally. “We even failed at bankruptcy,” Kirschen jokes today.

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7/ It didn't sell well, and with no commercial prospects, Kirschen appears to have abandoned his patent application.

Still, some pioneers of algorithmic composing at least took notice. David Cope reviewed TMC briefly in his book "Computers and Musical Style", saying in part:

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