• Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #9 (part 8)

    Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #9 (part 8)




    A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:

    I found a number of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store several years ago. I finally got around to acquiring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.

    Based on the contents, at least some of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.

    A specific definition of this SIG was found in a document on one of the disks: “This SIG, known as ‘Close Encounters’, is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.”

    This service was text based and was accessed via whatever terminal program you used on your computer to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and probably wouldn’t exist in such archives even if they existed.




    This post includes the contents of OCTDA.DOC and OCTPOL.DOC. These are announcements about various polls that can be voted on from October and November 1985. There is significant overlap but unique stuff in both.

    See the previous post here.

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    OCTDA.DOC
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    30-OCT  BRIEF POLLS & DATABASE
    
    New in the Fantasies Database:  Party Time by Crosscuts
    
    The Woman's Day polls have been submitted to the Database in the General
    Information area.
    
    New polls have been added by Rodm.  Please vote!
    
    
    26-OCT  BRIEF TRANSCRIPTS
    
    The transcripts of the Conference on Sex Magazines is now in the Open Forum
    database.
    
    The Conference on "Why Marry?" is now in the Open Forum database.
    
    3-NOV  BRIEF TWO POLLS MOVED
    
    The polls on the number of Sig Members and Teenagers Within The Sig have been
    moved to the General Information Database.
     
    

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    OCTPOL.DOC
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    30-OCT  BRIEF POLLS & DATABASE
    
    New in the Fantasies Database:  Party Time by Crosscuts
    
    The Woman's Day polls have been submitted to the Database in the General
    Information area.
    
    New polls have been added by Rodm.  Please vote!
    
    
    23-OCT  BRIEF SIG MEMBERS POLL
    
    Be sure to cast your vote in the new poll titled "SIG MEMBERS."
    
    
    19-OCT  BRIEF CO TIME POLL
    
    Check out the new poll on conference time.  Let me know what time is best for 
    you to be able to attend (without being late).  Thank you.
    
    5-OCT  BRIEF WD POLLS
    
    Please vote on the Woman's Day Polls #1 thru #7!
    
    3-NOV  BRIEF TWO POLLS MOVED
    
    The polls on the number of Sig Members and Teenagers Within The Sig have been
    moved to the General Information Database.
    
    

  • “Let Them Eat Whole Foods”: The Appalling Elitism of Dollar Store Bans

    Should city governments dictate where you can shop for food? If your neighbors see a need for a store, and happily patronize it, should outsiders shut down that option?

    These are the battle lines of the emerging movement against dollar stores. Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mesquite, Texas, Dekalb County, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana, and other municipalities nationwide are trying to limit the number of dollar stores that can serve their population.

    The people who actually shop at dollar stores love them. The most frequent customers are seniors on fixed incomes, cash-strapped students, and busy parents. If you don’t have a car or access to public transit, there’s probably one within five miles of your house. If you drive, there’s a dollar store on your way to just about anywhere.

    Only Dollar Tree still prices all its goods at $1, but Family Dollar and Dollar General might have 10,000 products for that price, and reasonable deals on $2-$10 goods. It’s a place where almost anyone on any budget can splurge a little on treating themselves.

    Sixty-two percent of adults surveyed by brand intelligence firm Morning Consult say Dollar Tree “has a positive effect on my community” (compared to 51 percent for Starbucks and 59 percent for Target).

    People who can afford more choices—driving out to a big-box store, buying in bulk, ordering online, patronizing a farmer’s market—simply can’t see the perspective of someone for whom the dollar store is the most practical option.

    Relatively wealthy dollar store detractors exhibit the obliviousness of an out-of-touch aristocracy. According to legend, Marie Antoinette, queen of France, when told that her subjects were going hungry for want of bread, responded blithely, “Let them eat cake.”

    Now, politicians and middle-class activists seek to ban sources of $1 bread with an unspoken, “Let them eat Whole Foods.”

    Opponents of dollar stores often contradict each other or even themselves.

    Critics objected when suburban growth sent stores running for whiter, more affluent suburbs. But d