A Second Look at TempleOS

Several years ago, MetaFilter had a famous thread where MeFites interacted with the creator of a unique operating system called LoseThos (previously). The creator, Terry Davis, now calls his work TempleOS, and released version 5.03 last year.

A coder/blogger from the UK has written an overview of the operating system. It’s still 640×480, 16 colors display and a single audio voice, and now you can use the programming language, HolyC on Linux. The OS has it’s own file system, RedSea, but it also can use FAT32. Some people are using TempleOS as an an educational tool for programming experiments, and since the work is open source, one can only hope that others will pitch in and keep making it ever more useful.

1. Don’t pick up the phone

On July 7, British pop singer Dua Lipa released a video for New Rules. In a recent Vice essay, author Emily Bootle argues the song distinguishes itself from other empowerment anthems: “From Christina Aguilera’s Stronger to Little Mix’s Shout Out To My Ex, there is a whole world of music that celebrates the failed relationship as a character-building experience, and interprets heartbreak with unbridled optimism… But New Rules is different: it’s a song about what we can provide for ourselves. It maintains a neutral perspective, finding empowerment not in optimism, but pragmatism.”

In an interview about the video, Lipa was clear about her intentions: “I had saved pictures on my phone to use as reference points for the video. There was an image I’d saved of Naomi Campbell in the ’80s – I think it was a Versace campaign – where she is basically holding another girl on her back. I loved the idea of girls looking after each other like that, holding each other, that sense of humility, that sense of strength.”

Emily Bootle discusses the track and video on the Switched on Pop podcast.

MeFi: studied the natural world and able to replicate the aesthetic somehow

Their work would gain a small, dedicated following during the ’80s and ’90s but little else. Set against a backdrop of unprecedented economic growth in Japan, the music that emerged from the country during this period would benefit from this burgeoning wealth while also rallying against some of its consequences.

On the resurgence of Japanese ambient composers from the ’80s. Many listens inside.

Some selections:


Hiroshi Yoshimura, Music For Nine Postcards (available in a new (back-ordered) US release)


Hiroshi Yoshimura, Pier and Loft

Midori Takada, Through the Looking Glass (recently reissued stateside, see the previously)


Satsuki Shibano, Erik Satie (France 1866-1925) †


Hiroshi Yoshimura, Green

“relax, fam”: a Twitter thread with dozens of selections like these (not all but mostly older Japanese ambient).

Previously: Watering a Flower, Through the Looking Glass