Digital Archaeology: Codex (Floppy Disk) #8 (part 16)

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

I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of 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 A. Buys 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 previous 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.”

Everything was text based from whatever terminal program you used 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 some of it is quite personal.

I’ve been splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. A 5.25″ floppy disk can still hold an impressive amount of info when it is just text. (see the previous parts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).

The contents of this post is from a document called RONPOEM.DOC. Apparently the Close Encounters SIG had a poetry section and this is one example…



Intimations of Intimacy
     by Ron Mazur

is an exquisite event of Being in touch.

is crying together with shared feelings
of joy or suffering.

is the liquid communion of mutual sucking.

is hate defending dashed dreams
and ruined hopes
yet seeing the other's value
in spite of emotional disasters.

is freedom and commitment in creative tension.

is the agony of apology
and the grace of forgiveness.

is acceptance of each other
with humor and warmth
when the masks, postures, and roles
have been stripped away.

is a massage by loving hands.

is what we neglect when we have it
and become desparate for when we lose it.

is a sudden smile and open eyes
which say, "Yes, I know."

is a myriad of delights
which bodies together can share
under the multitudinous
sensual benedictions of Nature.

is an exquisite event of Being in touch.