Interview with (Simon Collis) Trireme of Entropy
What is your alias? If you find the story interesting, then let us know how you came up with it?
My current handle is Trireme. It's a slave galleon with three rows of oars from the Roman Empire. Inspired by a Dr.Fun cartoon.
Have you changed handles? If so, give us the reason(s) and your previous nickname(s)!
I changed handle because when I came back, someone was using my previous handle already. I used to be known as Uzzy, which is an abbreviation of an old Yorkshire name, Uzziel, which is the angel Gabriel's right-hand man. I just thought it was a cool name, but everyone thought it was mean to be "Fuzzy" or "Uzi" or something...
When and where were you born and where do you live now?
10-Jul-1972, York, England... which is where I live now.
When did you get your first computer and which computers do/did you own? When did you get your C64?
First computer was a ZX81 in 1981. Then in 1984 I got a Sharp MZ-700 (still got that somewhere), and in 1986 I got a C64.
How did you get to know the scene? Who was your first contact (person you knew) on the scene?
My first contact was a guy called "Riot", who joined Entropy for a short while, up until the point where he left the scene.
Describe your scene career, including all groups you have been a member of! Keep chronological order please!
I was first in a group called "Logik", round about 1991. As this was the time when "Logic" was going strongly, we decided to change it to "Entropy". Then about 1994 I'd had enough and quit the scene, to come back and reform Entropy.
Which scene do/did you consider best and why? If you have been only on the C64, then give us the reason(s)!
Never been on another scene because I never had the taste for it. Amigas work, but the O/S is diabolical... There isn't really a Unix scene in that way, it's all GNU, and the PC is a just such a bith with all the incompatible hardware... I guess I like the idea of pushing the hardware as far as I can go.
What do you think you gained by being a member of the scene?
What do you consider lost, wasted or meaningless during the years you have spent on the scene?
My social life.
What is/are/was/were your main interest(s)/function(s)?
Coding, primarily. Right now I'm writing my own cross assembler, debugging it, refining it, fine-tuning it, and, of course, using it to start writing C64 programs.
What made you start doing graphics/composing/swapping/modem trading organising or whatever you did?
Just wanting to do cool things with the C64... make it jump through hoops. I might take up composing again, but I'm so utterly tuneless. Actually, it has been said (by people who are far better musicians than me) that I get better when I compose spooky stuff, so I just might have another go yet...
What are/were your greatest successes/fiascos?
Postmortem magazine appeared to be ridiculously successful, though I guess that that's kitsch value... Most of the demos I did turned out to be pretty lame, and there's one part I did as a joke that just *nobody* got. Pity, really, because I thought it was quite amusing...
Was there any special connection between you/your group and some other people/groups on the scene (co-operation, war, friendship etc.)? If so, what made it start and stop?
There's a lot of co-operation between Entropy and WOW right now, because two Entropy members are in WOW. That just seemed to happen, and I chat with Einstein, Sorex, DMC and Lax a lot on IRC.
Have you attended parties? Tell us about your favourite conferences? You can even mention some fiascos.
Never attended one.
Is/was there any special feeling in your crew, something more than just being in a group?
There is... most of us were in the "old" Entropy, and everyone in the "new" version was there in the old one.
What were your favourite groups/artists/coders/productions? Why do/did you like their work/these programs?
I used to like Crossbow of Crest's productions, when Goldrush wrote all the scrollers you used to get great code and something interesting to read. But Crossbow is far too technical these days, and Crest stuff has lost the feeling for me.
What is your profession? What do you do for a living? Does it have to do anything with computers? Is there anything you do in real-life that is similar to what you have been doing on the scene?
Computer programmer. But not on the C64 unfortunately... Wish someone would pay me to write demos!
How did your attitude towards computers change during the years?
They earn me money now, so I have to keep up with the PC rat race...
What do you like doing in your spare-time when not computing? What is/are your hobby(ies)?
Drinking Guinness, drinking more Guinness, and drinking even more Guinness. Usually in that order. Sometimes I read books... currently reading a good book on the downfall of BCCI...
What are your plans for the near/far future?
For the scene, finish some Entropy products and breathe some life into the old chaos dragons again...
What is your goal in life? What would you like to achieve?
Evil the cat mode
Why, destroy the universe, of course! *grin*
/Evil the cat mode