Homagic

Oct 26 2021

Homagic

... | 640 minted

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At the dawn of the personal computer revolution in the 1980's, almost every computer screen in the world was regularly adorned with a kaleidoscope of swirling multicolored lines courtesy of a brand new invention called the Magic screensaver. This product sold millions of copies, actually outselling every single piece of software in the world, including Microsoft Windows. As such, it is arguably the most commercially successful generative art software application ever created. With generative art finally coming into its own as an art form due to the NFT revolution, it seems fitting to honor this generative art legend with an NFT homage to Magic.

Like many great inventions, the screensaver was first conceived in the realm of science fiction. In 1961, almost two decades before the first screensaver was created, science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein described how they could be used in his classic novel Stranger In A Strange Land:

"Opposite his chair was a stereovision tank disguised as an aquarium; he switched it on, guppies and tetras gave way to the face of the well-known Winchell Augustus Greaves."

The first screensavers had a job to do to avoid the burn-in that CRT screens of the 1980's were prone to. They turned the screen black when it wasn't being used. Fake aquariums would come soon enough, but first came the hypnotic designs of the original Magic screensaver. Here is a video about the evolution of Magic narrated by its creator William Stewart.

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@Inversioneer learned his first programming language in 1986 while in 10th grade when Magic screensavers were ubiquitous. The first PC he bought in 1994 devoted many hours of its life to churning out flying toasters with After Dark.

@Inversioneer finds much grace and elegance in mathematics and, as a mechanical engineer, has spent much of his life translating mathematical formulas into beautiful products like this collection of NFT’s.