If Monks Had Macs (Ludiphilia re-release)
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To wrap up the year I wanted to revisit one of my old favourites: a story I made for my other (currently-inactive) podcast about one of the strangest and most thought-provoking programs ever created. This is the story of If Monks Had Macs.
It all started with a Macintosh ad: 'You too can be a knowledge worker.' This is the story of Brian Thomas' 15-year odyssey at the helm of one of the strangest pieces of multimedia software ever created — If Monks Had Macs.
- You can learn more about Brian, and about Monks, at his website: http://www.rivertext.com/monks.html
- The original HyperCard stack is downloadable from http://www.rivertext.com/classic.html and also playable at the Internet Archive
- Ludiphilia Episode 10, Life After If Monks Had Macs
All music and sound effects from If Monks Had Macs (with some touch-up by me), except:
- I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie
- Oneiri by Kai Engel
- Comatose by Kai Engel
- And some bits I composed myself
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