Gameboy Kellan Mebane

When I was four years old my big brother had a transparent purple Game Boy Color. He wasn’t always nice, but he did let me have turns at playing the games. The game I remember the most was Pokémon Blue Version, which I didn’t get to play until he got the new Pokémon Gold Version, because the old games could only have one save at a time.

Purple Game Boy Color. This is exactly like the one my brother had. I remember when he accidentally had it in his swimming shorts pocket and it only lost the speaker. I loved this specific model because it was transparent. I could see the circuits. I could see the buttons' levers. I could see the battery system, volume roller, power button. Most people like to have a shiny cover over their electronics, but I think circuitry is beautiful.

I remember looking up on the internet for glitches, my favorite was the MissingNo Pokémon. This particular glitch broke the game so much that an unregistered Pokémon with an image so distorted that it looked like a bar code. I learned from reading forums (pre-YouTube) how to find it. My first years of school I got most of my diction from my classmates and strangers on video game forums. I never really used computers in school besides learning Word and playing Flash games. I had 99% of my PC use at home. It’s crazy to think that all of the square game cartridges and the bulky game console of my childhood can fit on a single mobile app today.

MissingNo. Pokémon. Many believe it is a deleted character, but many parts of it are definitely overflow errors. This was my favorite glitch because it felt so out of place in the game. The same glitch could land you infinite items and Pokémon over level 100. This piqued my first interest in the actual "code" of games.

My dad has a huge pride and this causes most of the things he does to be DIY. One of the things he did was build our home computers himself. You can’t really “see” Google, Microsoft Paint, or the STAR Reading Test, but you can see the things inside of your computer. When my dad took apart and added new components I loved to just look inside. I always remembered thinking that computers were just little cities of people that carried messages to each other and that’s how computers worked.

London, England looking similar to a motherboard. Easy mistake for an eight-year-old. Two of my favorite things are busy, illuminated cities and digital electronics. My goal is to visit Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Dubai, and Shanghai. The motherboard is a lot more advanced than what I was seeing as a kid, this one has either post-production glow or LEDs ingrained (not likely as that's a waste of energy). I still get instantly reminded of cities upon seeing a digital circuit board.

The average day after school from ages 10-19 (now) was sifting through Wikipedia articles on things ranging from Pokémon to Nuclear Physics. Yesterday I spent hours looking at the overview schematics for an upcoming processor. The internet makes getting things to read easier. Of course, being around technology so much influenced my life so much that I went to college for Computer Engineering. Building computers and installing apps on my phone is so much more low level than what I want to do with technology. I want to be the designer, the inventor myself. Going to school for my hobbies will probably be the biggest life factor of the three moments in this blog. The uncanny amount of reading and research I have to do is greater each day than a quarter in primary school. I still play a lot of games, watch new movies and shows on Netflix (and using my parent's Comcast account...). Following the fun side of technology is what keeps me going.

My college lifestyle. Gaming PC and peripherals, work laptop, both PCs have code showing, Patrick Starboy, RGB lamp. Most of my time is using one of these. I try to keep work/school to my laptop and games/movies on my desktop to limit distractions.

Today technology is about exchanging help with strangers and peers, reading up on new ideas and tools, seeing how your friend who moved away in fourth grade is doing, sharing a video of your cat sneezing. Technology is any part of us that didn't come in our DNA. In the case of digital technology, the willingness and drive to learn about what's new makes me a Digital Native. My niece who is learning her ABCs on an iPad will still have trouble keeping up with new technology when she's older because technology, especially digital, grows exponentially and nobody can keep up. I don't think Digital Natives or Immigrants really exist. Just like for becoming literate in a language, you can learn to use technology.

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