Amiga Computers and the Past Made Present

Posted by len on February 3rd, 2007

DISCLAIMER: Sorry to all you non-nerds out there for the very nerdy computer-centric finish of this post.
As we were leaving the Egyptian museum yesterday, our legs sore from hours of standing and gawking, we noticed a map of the museum near the exit we had not seen before that included a summary of what you could find in each room. There were a couple of small things we noticed we missed: the Rosetta Stone and King Tut’s golden coffin! Oh yeah, just two of the most famous things ever discovered on earth. Woops! Well, we forced ourselves back in and saw the Rosetta Stone, a smallish black stone tablet on the wall (like one of the 10 commandments as portrayed by C. Heston!), completely under-promoted. It was easy to miss, if you can believe it. Then on to King Tut. I already had an inkling of what to expect from the map. This image was among the handful that sucked me into the world of computer graphics many, many years ago (I think this one was from 1987 or so). A rendition of it was used as the cover art for a paint program (like Photoshop) called Deluxe Paint II for the Amiga computer. The third computer I ever owned and the first with real, modern graphics capabilities. My parents bought it for me as a bribe to make sure I didn’t go to an expensive private college! I remember seeing the image and being in awe of what a computer could do. Looking around the web it seems clear that many other people had a similar response when they saw it. Similar to Star Wars. 9 out of 10 computer graphics nerds say that that movie marked the beginning of choosing their lifelong career. So seeing the true, real King Tut’s golden coffin was pretty cool.
It looked just like the computer image here but without quite so many ‘jaggies’. : )
Egyptian museum info on the king tut mask

6 Responses to “Amiga Computers and the Past Made Present”

  1. Chris Says:

    Hey guys!
    I got to see Tut mask when he was on his North American tour 1979. Same year as the KISS Dynasty tour. Rock! Sadly he didn’t bring the mask along on last years tour stop in L.A. but it really is a wonder of beauty.

    Annie Hall is what got me into visual effects so I guess I’m in that 1 of 10.

  2. alberto Says:

    Hey Len,

    do you remember the color cycle option in Deluxe III ? : )


  3. len Says:

    Hell yeah! Deluxe II had color cycling. It rocked! I think it was my first psychedelic experience when coupled with 2 liters of Coca Cola.

  4. Ken Says:

    can i confess something? i tell you this because as an artist, i think
    you’ll understand. sometimes when i’m driving on the road at night,
    i see two headlights coming toward me. fast. i have this sudden impulse
    to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. i can
    anticipate the explosion. the sound of shattering glass. the flames
    rising out of the flowing gasoline.

    i’m sure someday there will be some up and coming digital artist
    who was inspired by the vfx work in ghost rider. or annie hall.

  5. Dawn Says:

    I remember DeluxePaint!! My introduction into computer art and painting. I loved the perspective tool and being able to stamp your brush around all over the frame. You could animate the paint if you wanted, that was a cool feature.

    I also remember seeing the King Tut exhibit at LACMA when it did the U.S. tour (in the late 70’s I think?) when I was a kid. We waited for hours to see that famous golden sarcophagus, but well worth it.

    That’s awesome that you both can go visit King Tut and the Rosetta stone pretty much whenever you want to. Or the pyramids!

  6. troy Says:

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