I am Dona Bailey, former Atari programmer of arcade Centipede, Unix programmer, Linux teacher, Adobe CS teacher, Rhetoric and Writing university professor, lifelong learner, big reader. I'm here to answer any questions. AMA!
I'll be happy to answer your questions about the long ago old days at Atari in the coin-op division, as well as my more recent experiences programming using Unix and then teaching an array of subjects. I always like to answer questions on reading and writing, too. I earned two master's degrees starting when I was 48 years old, so I also understand being an older, nontraditional student. Ask me anything!
Just to get things started...
I did a nice little video with VICE last year that you can check out here for more info on my background: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-dona-bailey-the-unsung-programmer-behind-centipede
Links illustrating some of my more recent work:
My short video titled "Navy Blue Tautology," which defines a rhetorical term: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NYptcqF-LM
My short video on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Rhetoric and Writing department: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQmZWmlntPg
Current writing projects:
I'm working on three film scripts --
1) A movie inspired by the original 1966 Beaker Street program on KAAY.
2) A movie inspired by the life and work of Dr. Andrea Lunsford, a giant in the field of composition and writing. 3) A movie inspired by the work of Dr. Lori Baker, forensic anthropologist, and Jen Reel, producer of the digital project titled "I Have a Name."
Some of my favorite fiction: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton
Best science book I read last year: The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Favorite photography collection in a book: The Imaginary Photo Museum by Renate Gruber, L. Fritz Gruber, Michael Rollof
I'm excited to be here, and thanks for having me! Oh, and I'm always open to hearing about your video game ideas. :-)
Thursday afternoon--I'm stepping away for a bit, but I want to keep answering your great questions later this evening and into the weekend. Back soon!
Thursday night--I've had a great time talking with everyone today, and I'll come back to answer more questions running through the weekend. I see some fun ones I didn't get to yet! More soon...
Sunday afternoon--I'm still answering questions as I have time, and I intend to come back later tonight. Thanks for all your questions and interest! I've had fun and I love to hear what's on your minds.
Late Sunday night--Thank you to everyone who asked me questions and read my answers! I appreciate so much that people are still interested in Centipede after all these years. Thank you to everyone who has fun playing it, too! I love hearing from each person who has good memories of fun times playing arcade video games.