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  1. Boo liked a post in a topic by John in Anime names for half human half animals (neko=cat/human)   
    Honestly anyone who signs up here in 2018 and starts posting in earnest is some kind of superhuman in my eyes, but yeah, necro-ing a thread that might be as old as the poster themselves is a truly next-level move. I couldn't even attempt it.
  2. Boo liked a post in a topic by John in Anime names for half human half animals (neko=cat/human)   
    Honestly anyone who signs up here in 2018 and starts posting in earnest is some kind of superhuman in my eyes, but yeah, necro-ing a thread that might be as old as the poster themselves is a truly next-level move. I couldn't even attempt it.
  3. John liked a post in a topic by SaiyanPrincessX in Expecting   
    Haha, yeah I agree. I never would've imagined that either. I've had to do lunges while holding one, just to finish a workout. Never thought that would happen, lol.
    Currently they have their first cold.
    Here's two, a few weeks ago. Jun is wearing the shirt I was brought home from the hospital in, 31 years ago. The other is one of the few pics of me and them.


  4. John liked a post in a topic by Baron Samedi in RIP Desbreko 1988-2016   
    I was deeply saddened to hear about Des' passing. It feels even worse to realise how long ago it happened. You just don't expect someone so young to go that way. He must've only been about the age I am now, and it seems devastatingly unfair for him to have suffered how he did. It was almost unreal to read his series of tweets and realise that this was the last people heard of him.
     
    It's been a very long time since I (or I guess, many of us) had much to do with this forum. Des was a fixture though, and a fantastic member of the community, who helped make it the welcoming, friendly and active community it was. He was the epitome of what this board represented. For someone who lived half a world away and who I haven't spoken to in probably ten years, I think he might be the closest person I know to have passed away.
     
    I think everyone's comments and memories here show how well loved he was, and I'm sure that he continued to make a positive impact in his life post-OB.
     
    Vale Desbreko.
  5. SaiyanPrincessX liked a post in a topic by John in Expecting   
    If someone in like 2008 had told me that ten years later, 100% of OB's activity would be updates about a member's adorable babies, I'd be confused but very happy.
  6. John liked a post in a topic by SaiyanPrincessX in Expecting   
    First one is Jin, he's all sprawled out. The rest are Jun.




  7. John liked a post in a topic by Desbreko's Mom in RIP Desbreko 1988-2016   
    This is a little late but I want to thank Ginger and SunfallE for beautiful flowers you sent in memory of our son Jonathan (Desbreko).
    I has been really heart warming to see how many friends Jon had and how well liked and respected he was.
    I want to thank all of you for your expressions of sympathy.
    Desbreko's Dad
  8. John liked a post in a topic by Japan in RIP Desbreko 1988-2016   
    Greetings. 
    So I reached out to the family and they told me that everything has been paid for. However if you would like to, they would rather you donate whatever you are willing to the places that helped Desbreko with his treatments to further the cause of finding a cure for cancer. I have found them for you guys and the links are below: 
    City of Hope
    American Cancer Society
    Stanford Medicine
    Thanks for the willingness to help guys.
    Laura/Japan
  9. TheShinje liked a post in a topic by John in You Laugh You Lose   
    Starting things off with a classic:
  10. John liked a post in a topic by Charles in RIP Desbreko 1988-2016   
    I was thinking...cancer treatments and funeral costs are expensive even with insurance. If Desbreko's Mom (or even Laura on her behalf) want to set up a gofundme page I'm sure that we could all pull together and help a bit. I know that there aren't a lot of us left around here and the total raised won't be a huge amount, but if we can help the family of a young man that meant so much to this community, then I say that we show why we are a special place and pull together! 
  11. John liked a post in a topic by Desbreko's Mom in RIP Desbreko 1988-2016   
    Thank you to Laura for the beautiful flowers that were delivered this evening,  and to all of you for your memories of Jonathon, or rather Desbreko.   We miss him so much, and my husband and I sat here in tears ( good tears)  reading all the kind things that were said about our son. We knew only a little of his activities online, but we did know that he considered so many of you his friends.  A few weeks after Jon passed away I wondered how I could let you all know, but we were in such a daze that trying to get on the Otaku site never occurred to us.  Laura's note made me realize that maybe we could reach her and all of his friends here. We're both in our 60's and not tech savvy at all, so I hope you all will forgive us.  It's still hard to imagine our life without Jon in it, but hearing about him from you all has made it a little easier to bear.  Thank you so much for sharing.
  12. SaiyanPrincessX liked a post in a topic by John in What are You Watching/Reading Now?   
    THANK YOU.
  13. James liked a post in a topic by John in Career path   
    Career path update: I got that agency job! I'm a designer at a small studio in Madison, Wisconsin now.
    Dessert situation: apparently on Wednesdays everyone goes and gets really good malts, so I'd peg it at "agreeable".
  14. James liked a post in a topic by John in Career path   
    Career path update: I got that agency job! I'm a designer at a small studio in Madison, Wisconsin now.
    Dessert situation: apparently on Wednesdays everyone goes and gets really good malts, so I'd peg it at "agreeable".
  15. TheShinje liked a post in a topic by John in You Laugh You Lose   
    Starting things off with a classic:
  16. John liked a post in a topic by Allamorph in Happy OtakuBoards Day!   
    Can we make that word into the banner for the top of the site page?
  17. Axel liked a post in a topic by John in So, i have an idea....(OtakuBoards Day)   
    Whoa, whoa, ok guys stop blowing up my Facebook with hundreds of messages, I get it, everyone misses John. I'll do the thing, but really, the begging and the nudes are unnecessary.
    EDIT: #thriving
  18. James liked a post in a topic by John in New Version   
    Thriving.
  19. James liked a post in a topic by John in New Version   
    Thriving.
  20. CaNz liked a post in a topic by John in I Forgot What You People's Cats Look Like (Cat Heavy)   
    Alright guys, enough talking, postulating and theorizing. I'm calling an audible: OB is officially alive again because why the hell not. Post frequency and membership numbers are no longer relevant metrics; this is a new, slimmed-down model where OB's life force is measured only by whether or not this thread still exists. Since it exists now, OB is thriving. It will continue to thrive until this thread no longer exists.
     
    Now post your cats. (Other animals are acceptable in a pinch, but you gotta promise that they're cool.)
     
    This is Angus. He contributes nothing to the world.
  21. Petie liked a post in a topic by John in OtakuBoards: What Next?   
    OB was the last forum-based internet community I was a part of, I think; since then, I've been involved with a small, close-knit game streaming community for several years now. And although there's something about message boards that I miss, an itch that remains unscratched, every time I find a new one that I think I might like to take part in, I'll sign up, browse the boards, look for a thread I might like to participate in, and... eh. I just kinda lose the motivation to participate. Is it because message boards used to be more or less the only way to be social online, and now that need is filled by a newer generation of shallower, more immediate social networking services? Is it because I found OB in my more vulnerable teenage years and I just don't need that kind of community in my life anymore? Is it because OB back in the day really was just a lot more lively and special than these other places I've tried out since then? I dunno.
     
    Maybe we don't come back because observation has taught us that nostalgia is a siren song, and if we try to rebuild the special thing we once had we'll only find that we can't just reach into the ether, grab the spark of meaning that once imbued it, and shove it back in again. I'm different, you're different, the world's different, and they can't ever be the same again.
     
    But that's just what observation has taught us, and sometimes observation is wrong. Like AmbyCakes referred to (excuse me, AmbyCakes. Almost forgot all the old post styling conventions!), the magic of forums is asynchronous communication. It's actually not a big deal for us to get back togetherâ??no commitment, no co-ordination, no planning. Just gotta hop on, make a post, and hop back off until someone else replies. We like to think that "life got in the way", but you know what? Most of us are probably twenty-somethings with ten or a hundred times better internet connections than we had back in the day, and desk jobs with plenty of hours to slack off during. And yeah, we've all changed, but guess what else: most of us have probably become way cooler and more interesting than we used to be. Because guys, I love you, but have you gone back through any old threads lately? A lot of that **** we posted back then was pretty cringe-worthy. I don't really want to be an anxious teenager talking about the Matrix again. I'd rather be an adult talking about the Matrix.
     
    And I'd rather hear about the new things you guys are into, too, and the interesting lives you led when you were away from OB. Did you guys know Sara got married? Ok a lot of you probably did because of Facebook, but isn't that cool?! We should talk about stuff like that.
     
    I think forums probably ended because they stopped being what we thought they had to be: our online homes. Maybe this one can live again as something else: our online neighborhood bar (yeah, you know what that is before you even click). A place that doesn't fill our deep emotional needs, it just greets us with warmth, familiar faces and good conversation whenever we feel like popping in.
     
    And if, like Boo expressed, we wanted to do this somewhere without the ostensible focus on anime, maybe we could goad Tony into re-establishing Orange Lazarus; that was the real cool kids' club anyway.
  22. Petie liked a post in a topic by John in OtakuBoards: What Next?   
    OB was the last forum-based internet community I was a part of, I think; since then, I've been involved with a small, close-knit game streaming community for several years now. And although there's something about message boards that I miss, an itch that remains unscratched, every time I find a new one that I think I might like to take part in, I'll sign up, browse the boards, look for a thread I might like to participate in, and... eh. I just kinda lose the motivation to participate. Is it because message boards used to be more or less the only way to be social online, and now that need is filled by a newer generation of shallower, more immediate social networking services? Is it because I found OB in my more vulnerable teenage years and I just don't need that kind of community in my life anymore? Is it because OB back in the day really was just a lot more lively and special than these other places I've tried out since then? I dunno.
     
    Maybe we don't come back because observation has taught us that nostalgia is a siren song, and if we try to rebuild the special thing we once had we'll only find that we can't just reach into the ether, grab the spark of meaning that once imbued it, and shove it back in again. I'm different, you're different, the world's different, and they can't ever be the same again.
     
    But that's just what observation has taught us, and sometimes observation is wrong. Like AmbyCakes referred to (excuse me, AmbyCakes. Almost forgot all the old post styling conventions!), the magic of forums is asynchronous communication. It's actually not a big deal for us to get back togetherâ??no commitment, no co-ordination, no planning. Just gotta hop on, make a post, and hop back off until someone else replies. We like to think that "life got in the way", but you know what? Most of us are probably twenty-somethings with ten or a hundred times better internet connections than we had back in the day, and desk jobs with plenty of hours to slack off during. And yeah, we've all changed, but guess what else: most of us have probably become way cooler and more interesting than we used to be. Because guys, I love you, but have you gone back through any old threads lately? A lot of that **** we posted back then was pretty cringe-worthy. I don't really want to be an anxious teenager talking about the Matrix again. I'd rather be an adult talking about the Matrix.
     
    And I'd rather hear about the new things you guys are into, too, and the interesting lives you led when you were away from OB. Did you guys know Sara got married? Ok a lot of you probably did because of Facebook, but isn't that cool?! We should talk about stuff like that.
     
    I think forums probably ended because they stopped being what we thought they had to be: our online homes. Maybe this one can live again as something else: our online neighborhood bar (yeah, you know what that is before you even click). A place that doesn't fill our deep emotional needs, it just greets us with warmth, familiar faces and good conversation whenever we feel like popping in.
     
    And if, like Boo expressed, we wanted to do this somewhere without the ostensible focus on anime, maybe we could goad Tony into re-establishing Orange Lazarus; that was the real cool kids' club anyway.
  23. Petie liked a post in a topic by John in OtakuBoards: What Next?   
    OB was the last forum-based internet community I was a part of, I think; since then, I've been involved with a small, close-knit game streaming community for several years now. And although there's something about message boards that I miss, an itch that remains unscratched, every time I find a new one that I think I might like to take part in, I'll sign up, browse the boards, look for a thread I might like to participate in, and... eh. I just kinda lose the motivation to participate. Is it because message boards used to be more or less the only way to be social online, and now that need is filled by a newer generation of shallower, more immediate social networking services? Is it because I found OB in my more vulnerable teenage years and I just don't need that kind of community in my life anymore? Is it because OB back in the day really was just a lot more lively and special than these other places I've tried out since then? I dunno.
     
    Maybe we don't come back because observation has taught us that nostalgia is a siren song, and if we try to rebuild the special thing we once had we'll only find that we can't just reach into the ether, grab the spark of meaning that once imbued it, and shove it back in again. I'm different, you're different, the world's different, and they can't ever be the same again.
     
    But that's just what observation has taught us, and sometimes observation is wrong. Like AmbyCakes referred to (excuse me, AmbyCakes. Almost forgot all the old post styling conventions!), the magic of forums is asynchronous communication. It's actually not a big deal for us to get back togetherâ??no commitment, no co-ordination, no planning. Just gotta hop on, make a post, and hop back off until someone else replies. We like to think that "life got in the way", but you know what? Most of us are probably twenty-somethings with ten or a hundred times better internet connections than we had back in the day, and desk jobs with plenty of hours to slack off during. And yeah, we've all changed, but guess what else: most of us have probably become way cooler and more interesting than we used to be. Because guys, I love you, but have you gone back through any old threads lately? A lot of that **** we posted back then was pretty cringe-worthy. I don't really want to be an anxious teenager talking about the Matrix again. I'd rather be an adult talking about the Matrix.
     
    And I'd rather hear about the new things you guys are into, too, and the interesting lives you led when you were away from OB. Did you guys know Sara got married? Ok a lot of you probably did because of Facebook, but isn't that cool?! We should talk about stuff like that.
     
    I think forums probably ended because they stopped being what we thought they had to be: our online homes. Maybe this one can live again as something else: our online neighborhood bar (yeah, you know what that is before you even click). A place that doesn't fill our deep emotional needs, it just greets us with warmth, familiar faces and good conversation whenever we feel like popping in.
     
    And if, like Boo expressed, we wanted to do this somewhere without the ostensible focus on anime, maybe we could goad Tony into re-establishing Orange Lazarus; that was the real cool kids' club anyway.