Back in the early 1980’s when I was working in the Computer Center at Whittier College, we had a multi-user computer system with terminals all over campus. It was a Digital Equipment Co. PDP-11, so of course we gave it the name of Peedy P. Eleven, or “Peedy” to its closer, more intimate friends.

In those days, computers had no graphics. You told the computer what to do by typing a command, and the computer’s response came in the form of text. The computer games that we played had the same friendly user interface. We played a game called “Adventure” (clever name, eh?) that would print a description of your location, and then you would give commands like “go left” or “go right.” 

(Yes, I am getting to a point here.)

 

"A maze of twisty passages, all alike"
“A maze of twisty passages, all alike”

At one stage of the game you had to get through a maze. You could tell that it was a maze, because the computer described your location thusly: “You are in a maze of twisty passages, all alike.” You had to figure out the sequence of lefts, rights, and straight aheads that would get you through the maze, because until you did, every place had that same description.

So – and here we are at the point, if you’re keeping score – that’s the phrase that kept coming to mind as I wandered through the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Split. The twisty passages were not exactly alike, since there were stores everywhere. But the alleys were so narrow and the walls so high I that I really felt like I was in a maze.

I decided to take a video and show you what it was like. I don’t know if the upload will work, but I’ll give it a try. I’ll upload some still photos too.

The video (if it works) will show you how to get to the front door of our apartment in Split.

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