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CD-ROM's (and i'm sure other types of CD's) could be in any shape, not just circles

the only limitation is that you couldn't use all of the surface, only a continuous circle from the center

@mdszy the other limitation is that these will destroy the inside of your optical drive

@mdszy yep, although I'm pretty sure that if it wasn't symmetrical the weight imbalance would destroy the spindle in the CD drive

@robotcarsley @mdszy also I'd be terrified to put it in a modern 64x speed drive, round is good at higher rpm, dunno about these shapes

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@robotcarsley @mdszy also how does Wii slot load GameCube discs? It's pure magic afaik

@mdszy yep, there were some really cool metal (music genre, not material) cd shapes back in the day

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Couldn’t that make the CD vibrate too much while spinning, if not balanced correctly?

Seems like the worst idea ever but having a Fox-shaped CD has its advantages

@mdszy I don't remember which one I had, and all these years when I've described this to people I swore it was a kid's meal of some kind, but Pokemon had a series of CDs: bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wik

@mdszy really? I always assumed this used some magic about making the missing areas as bad sectors or something. But I guess aligning your disk image/rotating it correctly would be super hard, now that I think about it.

@unlofl @mdszy CDs/DVDs store data the opposite of a record. Instead of starting at the outside, and going in, the data starts at the middle, and go out!

@mdszy related idea: I want an app that takes a disk image of a 3.5in floppy, and generates a visualization of all the bits and physical arrangement (% set to 1, or entropy, or something)

Then, slap magnets on floppies, use this to try and visualize magnetic fields. Maybe zero the whole thing before you start.

@mdszy also if you put one of these CDs in a modern high-speed CD drive it will explode

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