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This page is dedicated to the unexplained, mysterious and paraphenomenal world of the SID, the 6581 chip, the HVSC, Commodore machines and anything related to them. What you will read about here may shock you, surprise you, but I definitely hope that it'll make you laugh.
From time to time I do some drag racing with the local Las Vegas Corvette club. The same happened today: we went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where every car that entered the race received a racing number. The numbers for the Corvettes always start with a "C" and numbers are assigned in ascending order. For some reason, today the organizers decided to start the numbering from a point other than 01...
So, this is where
DRAX gets all his energy from to compose such great tunes?
Here is a screen grab of the above article. And here is a link to Drax Power Ltd.
Commodore Kitchens. Nothing more needs to be said, except that the eagle on the front of the site reminds me of Eaglesoft's cracks...
The latest computer gadget to get the C64 designation is a - new printer from Epson?
See the details here.
A new TV channel appears in the lineup in England. Let's hope it will stay true to its name and it will be dedicated to everything Commodore related! See also the article at Digital Spy.
Yet another company with a SID in its name: SID-Group, an Italian company (Societŕ Italiana Distribuzione (Italian Society Distribution)) that makes - cash registers??? (They also have "SID News" on the main page!)
Apparently, this AccessCheck guy can't stand our beloved integrated chip
(promoted to an Administrator!) in Windows XP - attaboy!
Here are some sample questions from the Hunt Valley Swim Club (HVSC) FAQ:
Q Does HVSC have any Life Guard positions for the summer?
Q Does HVSC have any Full-Season memberships left for this summer?
Q How do I become a member of HVSC?
A The single most important step is to register for the Club's Membership Waiting List. The Waiting List Registration Form can be printed, completed, and forwarded with a $25 check. The typical membership process is outlined on the membership pages.
The Machinae Supremacy SID cover band found an ancient SID burial ground on the streets of London! (Thanks to Michael Schwendt for reporting this most peculiar archeological discovery!)
Multiple fans, including the Press Play On Tape cover band and the HVSC Crew have seen the likeness of the familiar blue-red Commodore logo periodically reappear on the facade of a shop in London. Witnesses reported SID fans revering the site as sacred ground and going on a pilgrimage to London just to be able to touch the logo for good luck in hope of better game tunes.
By the Press Play On Tape SID cover band
(Picture courtesy of Warren Pilkington)
|By the HVSC Crew|
Commodore Business Machines has transformed into a worldwide franchise of souvenir shops! Here's an example of it in the Montmartre district of Paris. (The Shark appears on the picture courtesy of HVSC).
Seen in Barcelona, Spain, near the construction site of the famous cathedral
This is no April's fool joke: the HVSC site suffered a hostile takeover! Check it out yourself: http://www.hvsc.org
Below is a screenshot from the game "Turbo Charge" (© 1991 System 3).
"The Villain" sure looks a lot like Mark Cooksey! (Picture on the right is an
actual picture of Mark Cooksey from the Back In Time Live event.)
Get this: SID Sports News Agency in Germany! Located at http://www.sid.de.
I saw this ad on the outside of the daily bag-o'-coupons-and-junk and felt... awed! "CBM Carpet Cleaning - No exception, only perfection" - sounds about right to me! (See picture to the right.)
Another weird SID link, this time, from Italy: www.sid.it.
So, there we were, Adam, Warren and I at Warren's place in Manchester a day after Back In Time Live and as we turned on the TV, The Simpsons were on. And what episode they managed to show at that exact moment? The one called "Insane Clow Poppy", where the maffia dude wins Krusty the Clown's violin in a poker match and starts playing - the theme of One Man and his Droid on it!...
Another C64 spotted in Futurama! In the episode "The Honking", Bender the robot inherits an old gothic castle. On the wall in the dining room there is a picture of one of his ancestors, labeled "Commodore LXIV"... (See pic on the side.)
More totally not SID-related SID pages:
SIDPLAY pictures? I think not! (WARNING: graphic content!)   
Red Hat announces - SID.
Sun Information Development (SID) - all in Japanese.
School of Interior Design (SID)
RESID' - a naturalist hotel???
RESID Database Text Search - looks highly chemical to me.
One finds SIDs doing the most unexpected things at the most unexpected times in the most unexpected places...
Original article was found on ESPN's website. Click on the image above for a larger screen grab.
Maybrook 1.0 Urinal Model 6581
Now, I could start making cheap jokes like "Finally, a musical urinal that has taste and a sense of style!", or "Disgruntled SID fans now can piss on the chip they used to like", or "Press release: high-tech finally reaches the urinal business in the form of a low-tech sound chip", but I won't, since we all know that this is purely a coincidence, right? Yeah, right...
So, there we were, strolling the streets of Vienna with Andreas Varga, marking the first time ever that I met another fellow HVSC Crew member in person. After a nice dinner at a cool restaurant, we were on a short walk to a movie theatre to watch Gladiator, when we saw this... The guy pointing at the café is Andreas himself.
Looking back, I should've asked Andreas to take a picture of this café with me, as it was me who was the first administrator of STIL (The SID Tune Information List found within the HVSC), but it's still pretty funny that after traveling across the Atlantic ocean to meet Andreas we bumped into this, isn't it?...
(Click on the pic for a larger picture.)
Who do they think they're follin' ?! Er...foolin' ?
LaLa: "I especially like the 'This week in Galway...' line at the top. I know there
are some hardcore SID fans out there, but to get INSIDE information about one
of the composers is going too far for me..."
If you know what Futurama is, skip this paragraph. Otherwise, I need to explain to you that Futurama is a relatively new cartoon series here in the US created by the same Matt Groening who makes the now well-known "The Simpsons". It has the same (if not better!) sense of humor, but the cartoon takes place in the future (duhh!) and one of the characters in it is Bender, a robot with two legs, two arms, a head, and a twisted personality (he is actually very similar to Marvin from Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
In the brand new part that was aired just tonight, Bender's inner workings were shown with the new invention of the Professor, the handheld "F-ray lamp". When his head was illuminated with this device, I could clearly see Bender's "brain", which was a processor with the number "6502" on it. That's right!!! A 6502 - the C64's main processor!
Needless to say, I don't remember what happened next, because I was laughing my ass off... ;)
If you also happen to engage in such close encounters of the SID/HVSC kind, let me know. But if you can, please, support your story with some hard evidence that is undoctored and original, otherwise, I have to file it as marginal evidence and it may be lost in the archives forever...