Out of the Blue

The calendar says it's December 30, but the thermometer reads 50° Fahrenheit. Trying to correlate these contradictory facts is making me feel like the AI at the end of the Mudd's Women episode of Star Trek trying to correlate the "I am lying" lie. Bzzzt! Bzzzt!

R.I.P.: 'Home Improvement' actor dies.

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No subject
Dec 30, 2003, 11:30
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No subject Dec 30, 2003, 11:30
Dec 30, 2003, 11:30
 
... ?

We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?
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sledding
Dec 30, 2003, 12:01
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sledding Dec 30, 2003, 12:01
Dec 30, 2003, 12:01
 
in the spirit of winter, here's a fun little sledding game that insults you for doing well... my best score is 137,132. enjoy!

http://www.bonus.com/msite/hpc/lemonysnicket/game.html

- tron -

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"tron is big and tron is full of action"
-from the Tron 2.0 box
- tron -
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"tron is big and tron is full of action... it's a hell of a ride!"
-from the Tron 2.0 box
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Re: sledding
Dec 30, 2003, 12:03
nin
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Re: sledding Dec 30, 2003, 12:03
Dec 30, 2003, 12:03
nin
 
Blue, if it makes you feel any better, it snowed this morning...in Las Vegas!

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hmm...
Dec 30, 2003, 12:50
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hmm... Dec 30, 2003, 12:50
Dec 30, 2003, 12:50
 
What's sadder?

Blue managing to use a Star Trek analogy that even included
the episode name...

...or that I understood it?

O.O

-Hyatus
"da da da"

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Re: No subject
Dec 30, 2003, 13:11
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Re: No subject Dec 30, 2003, 13:11
Dec 30, 2003, 13:11
 
"home improvement actor dies"

great... poor guy apparently didn't have a name! he'll forever be known as "you know, that guy on home improvement". the cnn link doesn't even have a picture of him other than looking from behind the fence!

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Re: No subject
Dec 30, 2003, 13:17
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Re: No subject Dec 30, 2003, 13:17
Dec 30, 2003, 13:17
 
No pic on IMDB.COM either for Earl Hindman. Apparently, he married a youngin'

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0385561/
-Sphinx
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OH CRAP!
Dec 30, 2003, 14:00
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OH CRAP! Dec 30, 2003, 14:00
Dec 30, 2003, 14:00
 
I got an Almanac for Christmas! At first I thought it was a crappy gift (sort of) but now that I know I can plan wars with this thing I feel a bit better about it. It's not like the FBI is going after people with cel phones or laptops that connect to the internet with it's wealth of information. Yep, all I need is my almanac to survive.

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Re: hmm...
Dec 30, 2003, 14:16
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Re: hmm... Dec 30, 2003, 14:16
Dec 30, 2003, 14:16
 
...or that I understood it?
Same here.

/Star Trek nerd in denial

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Re: OH CRAP!
Dec 30, 2003, 14:20
nin
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Re: OH CRAP! Dec 30, 2003, 14:20
Dec 30, 2003, 14:20
nin
 
I got an Almanac for Christmas!

Well, then you MUST be a terrorist! Please call your local law enforcement office and surrender immediately. And if you're in the U.S., they'll try and hold you indefinitely w/o access to a lawyer. So bring a few extra sets of clothes (and don't drop the soap)...

Hey! Where'd this soapbox I'm standing on come from?

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annoying pop-up
Dec 30, 2003, 14:32
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annoying pop-up Dec 30, 2003, 14:32
Dec 30, 2003, 14:32
 
I know this won't be very useful as I have images turned off. But the pop up I got coming in to the site today was VERY annoying and spawned several full screen windows and one tried to install something. Luckily I had ActiveX disabled/prompting for all things.

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Re: annoying pop-up
Dec 30, 2003, 15:03
nin
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Re: annoying pop-up Dec 30, 2003, 15:03
Dec 30, 2003, 15:03
nin
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Re: annoying pop-up
Dec 30, 2003, 15:44
nin
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Re: annoying pop-up Dec 30, 2003, 15:44
Dec 30, 2003, 15:44
nin
 
I've just been informed I'm going to be a uncle...

I need a drink. NOW.

http://www.petergabriel.com/
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Re: annoying pop-up
Dec 30, 2003, 15:50
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Re: annoying pop-up Dec 30, 2003, 15:50
Dec 30, 2003, 15:50
 
I've just been informed I'm going to be a uncle...

I need a drink. NOW.

I can understand drinking when you find out you are going to be a parent but an uncle?



-TPFKAS2S
http://www.braglio.org

-TPFKAS2S
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Re: annoying pop-up
Dec 30, 2003, 15:55
nin
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Re: annoying pop-up Dec 30, 2003, 15:55
Dec 30, 2003, 15:55
nin
 
Well, the irony is, after my sister and her husband trying for a few years, they looked into international adoption. They've already filed all the paperwork, paid a ton of money, and the paperwork is in China RIGHT NOW.

Did I ever mention I firmly believe God has a sense of humor?


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Re: annoying pop-up
Dec 30, 2003, 15:58
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Re: annoying pop-up Dec 30, 2003, 15:58
Dec 30, 2003, 15:58
 
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHHHH! SARS!

Just kidding

RIP Wilson

We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?
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A day early...
Dec 30, 2003, 16:10
16.
A day early... Dec 30, 2003, 16:10
Dec 30, 2003, 16:10
 
It’s the end of the year and like last year I want to take a post to reflect on the events of the year here at Blue’s News. I’m posting this today as I’m off from work between now and Friday and my computer time will be spotty at best.

As for the site itself:
This year marked the end of anonymous posting. We have moved through the multi-month roll out of the new design. Retro Colors were retained to the joy of many and the consternation of a few. A new round of advertising was unleashed in order to return the site to profitability. Multiple requests for other ways to support this site remain ‘under official review’.

On the lighter side:

I explained what TPFKAS2S means twice this year.

Dantastic promoted himself to Mayor with no major complaints from the masses. Does that make us his willing constituents?

fred/fiddlestix/whatever finally managed to cross the point of no return with Blue firmly wielding the banning stick with +3 proficiency.

The AntiElvis mad a quiet return to the board with no real explanation for his absence.

Halsy, for no apparent reason dropped his nick of ‘Weas’ and set up a new account.

People that seem to have disapeared over the past year(s):

anon@127.0.0.1

the mane mahn

LordSteev

Morn

There are others I am sure. They have not posted in a while so I forget who they are.

Flame wars burned at a lower temperature this year with a few exceptions. One being the Halsy vs just about everybody else threads. Also, the dude vs. JediLuke ‘discussions’. While not really a flame war per se, the exchanges between these two were always entertaining. Why did the flames die off? I think it is a combination of banning anonymous posts and maybe the rest of us have grown up a little bit (just a little).

I wanted to list some of the memorable threads of this year but I did not have time to go back through 12 months of comments. Off the top of my head, the debate around banning anonymous posting, user account abuse (including nin’s aria) and the Valve HL2 leak rank among the best of the best. For an idea of just how tight a community we are I would look to the threads regarding both Ray and Blue’s loss(es) this year. There are many more, if I just had a way to search them easily...

This ties into my wish list for 2004:

  • A method of supporting this site.

  • The implementation of a more robust comment system. This system would include:

    Searchable comments.

    Links within comments would launch into a new window.

    More emoticons.

    When viewing a users comments, it would be nice to display more than 5 at a time. It would also be nice to specify a date range and see those comments.

    Possibly a user rating/karma system (maybe).

  • That everyone with a fredrickson .sig would change it to something else. This issue appears to be settled, we should move on at this point.

  • Return of the mailbag whether answered by Blue or a regular with a sense of humor.

  • A system for users to rate current games. I trust the opinions of the people here more than any game magazine.

  • The possibility of a monthly tech/gaming article written by some of the more knowledgable people that frequent the boards.

  • That everyone here would treat the few developers that do post here with a small amount of respect. I am certain that they would post here with greater frequency if we cut them some slack with the WTF? Where is game X?

The Supreme Commander would be the exception to the above rule.

Looking back, it is hard to believe that so many events big and small have come and gone. While this was a year of loss for some, for me it was not. Words can not express the happiness I feel when I look back to this time last year. The period between November 02 and March of 03 was the bleakest in my life..

It was at my lowest point in dealing with this that Ray posted a message that reflected him perfectly. Despite the long odds facing his mother, he was positive and upbeat. I sent him an email, one reader of this page to another, thanking him for the inspiration. It was during that time, despite his own family problems, Ray took the time to try to encourage me to look for some positives.

Since this time my situation has changed dramatically. If someone told me then what I know now I would never have believed them. Miracles do happen.

So, if you spend time here trying to spoil the positive nature of this place, you are wasting your time. There are far too many fine people here, they outnumber you significantly. I’ve enjoyed interacting with everyone here on the board. To those of you that I have exchanged emails with whether it merely to tell a joke or help me with an IT issue I could not manage to figure out myself, thank you. I’ve met some fine people here from all over the world. I truly appreciate your friendship.

Good luck to everyone next year. Be careful over New Years Eve.


-TPFKAS2S
http://www.braglio.org

-TPFKAS2S
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Re: A day early...
Dec 30, 2003, 16:16
nin
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Re: A day early... Dec 30, 2003, 16:16
Dec 30, 2003, 16:16
nin
 
You forgot that whole "Hitman2" incident...although it's just as well that that one stays buried.

The Supreme Commander would be the exception to the above rule.

AH-HAHAHA!


Good luck to everyone next year. Be careful over New Years Eve.

I second this. Drink responsibly, and look out for the f$%*heads that don't...


Thinking "Blue's LART of Muting +5" works great...

http://www.petergabriel.com/
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Re: A day early...
Dec 30, 2003, 17:49
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Re: A day early... Dec 30, 2003, 17:49
Dec 30, 2003, 17:49
 
Halsy, for no apparent reason dropped his nick of ‘Weas’ and set up a new account.

It was just time for a change. I change my nick every few years (generally 2-3 years on average), otherwise it just feels stagnant. I've gone through about half a dozen nicks starting from when I was co-sysop of a BBS back in the day (Wolfen was my first nick ever).

I think my original nick I was using when Blues came online was Zoss (char I used to mainly MUD with).

Weas was just short for El Weasel Muerte!!! which was the first time I started using a regular nick in online shooters when I was hanging out on the Short Yellow Bus (wicked good clan). Although I still generally pick a new name everytime I play a shooter online.

Halsy is from the Robert Redford film, Little Fauss and Big Halsy (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0065989/), an under rated, classic 70's flick which I desperately wish they'd release on DVD. I'll probably keep this one a little while longer, but we'll see.

Anyway, that's the story of Halsy and his ever changing nick.

Halsy vs just about everybody else threads

Only as pertains to politics. I think I've sorted most of that out. Bo knows shoes. Halsy knows politics.

Dantastic promoted himself to Mayor with no major complaints from the masses. Does that make us his willing constituents?

He can promote himself Supreme Commander of The Universe for what it's worth. The only Mayor I officially recognize is Mayor McCheese.

Return of the mailbag whether answered by Blue or a regular with a sense of humor.

That would be fun.

A system for users to rate current games. I trust the opinions of the people here more than any game magazine.

Damn straight! Great idea!

The period between November 02 and March of 03 was the bleakest in my life

This past year has been up there for one of my worst as well. One long miserable fucking year every inch of the way and it can't come to an end too soon.

There seemed to be a fair amount of loss all around as well. Lots of people losing friends and family. A few people around here besides Steve and Ray too (though that certainly had the deepest impact). I almost lost my mother this year which was just another notch in the belt of why this was a bad year. Nothing quite like getting that phone call from your parents work-when you've never ever heard from them before in your life-and telling you that said parent has been rushed to the hospital with a heart attack. That certainly gives reality a pretty definitive edge. Thankfully she came through ok. Add to which my best friend's dad just had a massive stroke a few weeks back. When it rains it pours and it seems like it's been raining most of this year.

Whilst the New Year is entirely arbitrary, perhaps we need that sort of clean slate psychology that comes with it. New year, new leaf, new opportunities. I sure goddamn hope so, because a repeat of last year would just be too brutal to bear. The only major problem getting me down, which is really outside of my control, is what's going on on the world stage right now. I have a feeling this could be a very heavy year in that regard. Conversely the FBI-Almanac story yesterday had me laughing my ass off. Ahh, I guess it's not all bad.

I'm going to get tanked tomorrow to blow out this goddamned year, so I wish all of you and yours a safe and happy new year (no drinking and driving please!). May the coming year grant you all the good things this one did not. Keep on rockin' in the free world! And if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with!

Cheers

Sean
aka
Halsy


"The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
- W. Somerset Maugham
"And then, suddenly and without warning, it turned into a real-life case of hungry, hungry hippos."
- Stephen Colbert
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Re: A day early...
Dec 30, 2003, 17:58
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Re: A day early... Dec 30, 2003, 17:58
Dec 30, 2003, 17:58
 
Halsy is from the Robert Redford film, Little Fauss and Big Halsy

Which begs the question. What ever happened to everyone's favourite garden gnome\actor Michael J. Pollard?


And on another note. Where the hell's muh gawdamn CoD patch???

This comment was edited on Dec 30, 18:01.
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Heat
Dec 30, 2003, 18:18
20.
Heat Dec 30, 2003, 18:18
Dec 30, 2003, 18:18
 
50 degrees F? Oh boohoo, it's 37 degrees C in Sydney today - that's 98.6 F. I hate summer, and I particularly hate December.

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