Gravis is creating Vintage Electronics Content
8
patrons
$24
per month

What Am I Making

I have two primary projects: Writing about culture, society and personal struggles, and producing videos and articles about my interests.

Right now, most of my writing is in a lot of disjointed Twitter threads. You can see some of my finished articles  here on my website though.

I've also written about ADHD, human sexuality, masculinity and the agony of living under capitalism. I want to get all those tweet threads into articles, and write further articles about all those topics and more.

In addition to the website I have a YouTube channel which I hope to pack with an obscene amount of videos, though those will be less socially conscious and more about my interests. I like old computers, electronics and videogames. There's weird stuff out there, and I want to document it.

I'm good at explaining things and people tend to like how I dig into a game or a device and find elements to be fascinated by. One of the more complete projects I have is a detailed narrative of obtaining a vintage IBM PC and learning how to capture video from it, along with reviews of several types and methods of video capture.

I am also into woodworking, particularly hand tools, and while I'm still a beginner I hope to put up some content about that eventually. 

Things I've Made Or Intend To

In addition to the couple articles linked above,

I've already uploaded several Youtube videos, including:
  • I painstakingly restored an antique hand drill
  • I browsed antique radios on eBay with my friends and commented on their aesthetics and design
  • Bought and disassembled a weird game controller and I want to do more of that
  • Bought, disassembled and demoed a Japanese computer and I want to do more of that
  • I bought a broken keyboard, opened it up and figured out how it was built and how it was broken. I don't want to do more of that - I want to buy instruments that work!

I have a substantial collection of 80s computers - MSX, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST - and I want to do a lot with those:
  • Demo games with analysis and commentary. There's plenty of let's plays and clips on youtube, but I'd like to talk about the experimental nature of a lot of older games, in particular
  • Demo utility software. This is a huge thing for me - I don't just want to do games, I want to find old spreadsheets, databases, word processors, recipe catalogues, and see how they worked 

I also want to:
  • Get older IBM PCs and explore 80s and 90s software - particularly utility programs, but games as well
  • Acquire a Colecovision and ROMcart. Those games were fascinating!
  • Acquire an NEC PC-98 and play the first three Touhou games (:P)
  • Assemble a complete red Sharp X1 (they're beautiful machines)
  • Do teardowns and repair on vintage electronics

Why Pay Me


I can't promise anything. I have a lot of anxiety and depression and a busy life and sometimes I go months without putting anything out. But I will definitely put out more if I have money coming in, for several reasons.

First, donations would convince my animal brain that people appreciate what I'm doing.
Second, they would make me feel more compelled to put stuff out, because I would feel a little guiltier. :)

I want to put up static webpages, not just videos, for whatever I can. Also, any software I acquire should get imaged and go up on Internet Archive so I can provide downloads in my video descriptions. That requires more effort and time, and it's very hard to stay motivated. Income would help me keep on track.

For my vintage electronics stuff, I need to buy old equipment at surplus stores and eBay. That means I need extra cash - I am in substantial debt just from the first month of semi-casually collecting for my own interests.

In other words, if you like what I'm doing, send me some money and I'll almost certainly do more of it, I just can't promise quid-pro-quo. If there are specific things that would convince you to contribute, let me know and I'll see what I can do!

What Am I Making

I have two primary projects: Writing about culture, society and personal struggles, and producing videos and articles about my interests.

Right now, most of my writing is in a lot of disjointed Twitter threads. You can see some of my finished articles  here on my website though.

I've also written about ADHD, human sexuality, masculinity and the agony of living under capitalism. I want to get all those tweet threads into articles, and write further articles about all those topics and more.

In addition to the website I have a YouTube channel which I hope to pack with an obscene amount of videos, though those will be less socially conscious and more about my interests. I like old computers, electronics and videogames. There's weird stuff out there, and I want to document it.

I'm good at explaining things and people tend to like how I dig into a game or a device and find elements to be fascinated by. One of the more complete projects I have is a detailed narrative of obtaining a vintage IBM PC and learning how to capture video from it, along with reviews of several types and methods of video capture.

I am also into woodworking, particularly hand tools, and while I'm still a beginner I hope to put up some content about that eventually. 

Things I've Made Or Intend To

In addition to the couple articles linked above,

I've already uploaded several Youtube videos, including:
  • I painstakingly restored an antique hand drill
  • I browsed antique radios on eBay with my friends and commented on their aesthetics and design
  • Bought and disassembled a weird game controller and I want to do more of that
  • Bought, disassembled and demoed a Japanese computer and I want to do more of that
  • I bought a broken keyboard, opened it up and figured out how it was built and how it was broken. I don't want to do more of that - I want to buy instruments that work!

I have a substantial collection of 80s computers - MSX, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST - and I want to do a lot with those:
  • Demo games with analysis and commentary. There's plenty of let's plays and clips on youtube, but I'd like to talk about the experimental nature of a lot of older games, in particular
  • Demo utility software. This is a huge thing for me - I don't just want to do games, I want to find old spreadsheets, databases, word processors, recipe catalogues, and see how they worked 

I also want to:
  • Get older IBM PCs and explore 80s and 90s software - particularly utility programs, but games as well
  • Acquire a Colecovision and ROMcart. Those games were fascinating!
  • Acquire an NEC PC-98 and play the first three Touhou games (:P)
  • Assemble a complete red Sharp X1 (they're beautiful machines)
  • Do teardowns and repair on vintage electronics

Why Pay Me


I can't promise anything. I have a lot of anxiety and depression and a busy life and sometimes I go months without putting anything out. But I will definitely put out more if I have money coming in, for several reasons.

First, donations would convince my animal brain that people appreciate what I'm doing.
Second, they would make me feel more compelled to put stuff out, because I would feel a little guiltier. :)

I want to put up static webpages, not just videos, for whatever I can. Also, any software I acquire should get imaged and go up on Internet Archive so I can provide downloads in my video descriptions. That requires more effort and time, and it's very hard to stay motivated. Income would help me keep on track.

For my vintage electronics stuff, I need to buy old equipment at surplus stores and eBay. That means I need extra cash - I am in substantial debt just from the first month of semi-casually collecting for my own interests.

In other words, if you like what I'm doing, send me some money and I'll almost certainly do more of it, I just can't promise quid-pro-quo. If there are specific things that would convince you to contribute, let me know and I'll see what I can do!

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