When I was growing up my mother worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Around 1976 during summber break from school she took me to work to attend MIT Summer Camp.  During that summer camp experince I learned about the two technologies that are very relevant in my life today.

Today, I’m a professional photographer and use flash technology daily in my photography work.  Little did I know that day when I met Doc Edgerton at summer camp that I would one day be using his technology as a photographer. Doc Edgerton is one of the main people resposible for bringing flash to the world of photograpy.

Maybe you’ve probably see some of his work and didn’t even know it.

The Milk Drop

Milk Drop Photo by Doc Edgerton

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/265359

Bullet Through An Apple

Bullet Through Apple - Doc Edgerton

https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/bullet-through-apple-32694

Another technology I was introduced to duing that summer camp was one of the first Artificial Intellegence games called Colossal Cave Adventure.  I learn that the same game I played back at MIT is still available and you can play it today.

“One of the first efforts to port the code was by Jim Gillogly of the
RAND Corporation in 1977. Gillogly, with agreement from Crowther and Woods,
spent several weeks porting the code to C to run on the more generic Unix
architecture. It can be found as part of the BSD Operating Systems distributions,
or as part of the “bsdgames” package under most Linux distributions, under the
command name “adventure”.”

I’ve installed it on my GNU/Linux machine and I’ll be playing it again.

Colossal Cave Adventure Game Screenshot running on my GNU/Linux laptop

Today I consider myself a Free Software Hacktivit and the MIT AI Lab
is where it all started. If you haven’t read Richard Stallman’s
story about why he created the GNU Project you should.