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erikschmidt
    Any Tinderbox users in the house? It looks (in its uniqueness) like HyperCard did back in the day – a tool that can do many things once you dive into it. But I'm not sure I want to immerse myself in a desktop-only app unless it delivers serious mojo.
    patrickrhone
      @erikschmidt I'm not one but know it has a small but very, very, dedicated can base. They are practically cult like.
      erikschmidt
        @patrickrhone You wrote what I was thinking. The Atlantic's James Fallows is a big fan, and he's written about it repeatedly. Every time he does, I wonder about the app anew. I think it's time to give it a spin.
        charlesg
          @erikschmidt Wow. That takes me back. I took a HyperCard class in what? '87-'88?
          erikschmidt
            @charlesg I loved it, warts and all. It really was way, way ahead of its time.
            charlesg
              @erikschmidt I did too. Our final was to create a functional 'Hunt the Wumpus' game.
              erikschmidt
                @charlesg I used it for everything from a RuneQuest character generator to the glue that held a large and whacky AppleScript for normalizing data from 4 different databases. It was magical to someone like me who had until then been scared of programming.
                charlesg
                  @erikschmidt I am still afraid of programming!
                  patrickrhone
                    @erikschmidt If they ask you about Kool Aid or tell you to wear a track suit and Nikes to bed, the correct answer is "No".
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                      bryanalexander
                        @ekistomancer @erikschmidt I looked at Tinderbox years ago. It seemed fascinating, but badly documented. Haven't looked into it or the cult since.
                        erikschmidt
                          @bryanalexander I downloaded it a few days ago and poked around for a bit. It looks like with enough up-front learning it can be very powerful, but I can't justify spending that time on a desktop-only app, so I'm going to pass. // @ekistomancer
                          bryanalexander
                            @erikschmidt @ekistomancer sounds right. I wonder if they'll migrate a Web version.
                            erikschmidt
                              @bryanalexander I'm doubtful. It appears the developer has a well-defined software development ethos. I believe software should have a point of view. That said, I sense the Tinderbox point of view isn't headed where I'm headed. Nothing but respect for him.