And now, we are five!
We're getting good at anniversaries now. It must be all the practice
I've been getting in. This is the third half-decade celebration of
continued activity on the Atari and diskmag scene that I've taken part
I'm not quite sure why I've been active for fifteen years on the Atari
scene (not counting the lurking period of a couple of years before).
I think the passage of time just crept up on us all without anyone
quite realising it?
For most people, the demo scene would be just a short phase they went
through for a couple of years before the demands of mundane daily life
claimed their full attention. For a small minority of the specially
afflicted, including the writer and most of the readers of this
editorial, the Atari scene is a little bit special to them, and worth
staying with for the longer term.
Maybe this is just my way of avoiding becoming a totally boring and
mentally fossilised wage slave. I'm a little bit of a rebel,
but not enough of one to start throwing sticks and bottles at lines
of riot police, so perhaps diskmag writing and editing is a good
outlet for this?
We've also had the good fortune to be around when the Atari scene has
stabilised, in contrast to the huge turmoil and dying-off of the
decade before. We can all be quietly pleased that the Atari scene
has managed to maintain some forward movement in the past five years,
even if it is not as much as we would like, or as quickly as desired.
So, the good news is that Alive! looks very much like going
on. The method of taking things one issue at a time is still a winner,
and I think we could be around for a while yet. At least as long as
the people at large remain interested and want to do things on Atari.
I'd like to thank everyone concerned with making Alive! what it is,
whether they are contributors, readers, or the makers of those really
kewl prods and hardware which we like to write about. The last five
years have been a lot of fun, and I'll see you again next time!
CiH for Alive, 2005-11-05