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  • Antic (July 1983)

    Source: Antic – July 1983



    Antic, subtitled “The Atari Resource”, was one of the two most popular magazines to primarily cover Atari 8-bit computers in the U.S. (the other being ANALOG). The July 1983 issue would have been published a few months before the XL line of computers was widely available. It includes:

    Features

    • 400 Upgrade – Keyed up and RAMing to go
    • Adventuring – Participate in fantasy
    • Unfazed by the Fazer – Data buffer speeds printing
    • Conserve RAM – With BASIC’s USR function
    • Talk is Cheap – Voice I/O for the Atari
    • Antic Pix Adventure – Seven adventure games

    Departments

    • Profiles – Scott Adams
    • Starting Line – I/O and You
    • Inside Atari – E.T. Game for ComputersXL Line Debuts
    • Pilot Your Atari – Lines Away!
    • Systems Guide – List Assister
    • Dragonsmoke – Nice Dice
    • Education – Shoot ‘Em Up Math
    • In the Public Domain – Stunt Clown
    • Games Department – Star Raiders AcademyPacmanDial-A-Game
    • Tape Topics – Ten Ten
    • Forth Factory – Why Go Forth
    • Assembly Language – Hokey Pokey Interrupts
    • I/O Board
    • Help!
    • New Products
    • Microscreens
    • Product Reviews
    • Atari Clinic
    • Computer Quiz
    • Looking At Books
    • Goto Directory
    • Public Domain Software
    • Listing Conventions
    • Advertisers’ List

    …and more!


  • Beware the Incentives of “Forgiving” Student Loan Debt

    Reality has a habit of interrupting the stories people tell themselves.

    The 18th-century philosopher George Berkeley constructed complex arguments to prove that matter doesn’t really exist. In response, Samuel Johnson famously kicked a rock and said, “I refute (him) thus.”

    Like Berkeley, our politicians spend too much time imagining how they might shape society to achieve their preferred outcomes. But they don’t live in the real world. When you earn enough that you don’t have to ask how much things cost, and you’re surrounded by people who are afraid to tell you when you’re full of it, you won’t often know when you’re thinking stupid thoughts.

    But once in a while, someone like Samuel Johnson comes along, and with a few words brings reality back into sharp focus. We received two such welcome doses of reality this month. January opened with Ricky Gervais reminding the Hollywood glitterati who pontificate on economics and politics that they have no idea what they’re talking about. And now it closes with an angry fath