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A Short Documentary About 81-Year-Old Commodore Amiga Artist, Programmer Samia Halaby ( 58

erickhill shares a short documentary about Samia Halaby, an 81-year-old Commodore Amiga artist and programmer: Samia Halaby is a world renowned painter who purchased a Commodore Amiga 1000 in 1985 at the tender age of 50 years old. She taught herself the BASIC and C programming languages to create "kinetic paintings" with the Amiga and has been using the Amiga ever since. Samia has exhibited in prestigious venues such as The Guggenheim Museum, The British Museum, Lincoln Center, The Chicago Institute of Art, Arab World Institute, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Sakakini Art Center, and Ayyam Gallery just to name a few.

A Short Documentary About 81-Year-Old Commodore Amiga Artist, Programmer Samia Halaby

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  • Subject says it all.
    • by AvitarX ( 172628 )

      So much meditating.

    • Re:Amiga Forever (Score:4, Informative)

      by Wizardess ( 888790 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @05:20AM (#56220793)

      I second the notion. Amiga Forever is based on WinUAE. But it has enough added content that it's well worth the price. Fortunately for her Amiga Forever includes at least one environment which gives very accurate emulation of the A1000 with the same timing, video limitations and features, and even sounds. I suspect she'd feel right at home with it unless she wants the interlace flicker as part of her environment. (And I bet even that could be at least partially emulated on a good enough base Windows machine.) Mike and his company Cloanto have done a wonderful job. (So says the former head moderator of the BIX Amiga Exchange.)

  • If she was 50 in 1985, as stated in TFS, then she is not an 81 year old artist.

  • Isn't it amazing ... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Qbertino ( 265505 ) <> on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @06:34AM (#56220903)

    ... how this so very well and elegantly puts into perspective all those todays whiny girlie brats who cry about "gender discrimination" and "equal pay" but couldn't code their way out of a wet paper bag?

    This lady has a working brain and used it when the Amiga came about and saw the future. She is way more a digital native than most teens today. Cudos to you, ma'am.

    My 2 cents.

    • by CODiNE ( 27417 )

      I'm trying not to dislike this video, but do a search for mid or late 80s Amiga demo scene to see some real art. This is bad screensaver quality. Hackers are artists as much as those who put squares on canvas.

      • You're right. I also wondered why she didn't move beyond the Amiga, since she does her stuff in C. But I figure there is a solid amount of Amiga love involved as well. When she talks about the Amiga it clearly shows.

        • At the time, the Amiga was state of the art for this sort of stuff. The PC was a joke, graphics cards for them were overpriced and not very good. Around the same time in 85/86 there were a few PC competitors making the rounds: Amiga, Atari ST, and Apple IIGS. All had much better graphical and audio capabilities than the PC.

          Doing stuff in C was very common on Amiga. The basic was good enough to do much of what the artist did, but doing it in C you could make things smoother and use more capabilities. Wh

    • She is way more a digital native...

      Well said. I'm constantly hearing older folk remark about how "computer savvy" the youngest generations seem. In reality, they're the least likely to grasp how the shit actually works.

    • you managed to take a clever and talented woman's story and twist it into a screed against equal pay for equal work.

      The takeaway isn't "girls should stop complaining because they can write code too" it's "girls should complain because they can write code too and multiple studies show they're paid less for it".

      And it's not "men are paid more" it's "Women are paid less". That's the important distinction everybody misses. The point is _always_ to pay workers less.
  • by Viol8 ( 599362 ) on Wednesday March 07, 2018 @06:35AM (#56220905) Homepage

    ... probably knows more about computers than the supposed "digital natives" generation, whose IT abilities consist mainly of knowing how to prod a touchscreen to update the latest trivia about their tedious lives on social meeja.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You don't understand because you aren't a digital native. Your point is irrelevant.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The computer that never dies. There will be Amiga users still alive and kicking after nobody uses PCs anymore.

  • at the bouncing ball.

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