Hey all, popping out of the ether to pay my respects to Desbreko.
Desbreko was the moderator who asked me to become part of the staff long ago. I was so honored back then because it was Desbreko that was asking. Even back in '07 his name had weight and somewhat of a legend behind it. I remember Boo trying for the longest to get him on the OB Podcast and when he finally did I was on vacation, heh.
My experience with Des is that he was always willing to lend a hand, or a screencap (or both) and was the silent observer in the chat. If I ever had a question on moderation or tech, Desbreko was the man I ran to. Desbreko also made a few of my Avatar/Banner sets! He was a kind heart and a keen mind.
Man, I feel bad sometimes that it'll be like.... 3-4 days and I don't log in. But anyways, since Shy is still here....
I'm still over in Germany for at least another year. Currently I'm in the middle of changing jobs (again) because the place where I was employed closed down (again). I sliced my finger up pretty bad recently:
I was opening packages of meat and hacked my finger something nasty. Got a little bit of tendon. Two stitches later, I learned a valuable lesson: knives are sharp.
My girlfriend and I just celebrated our 1 year anniversary at the end of last month and we have a vacation planned to Edinburgh, Scotland next month.
I finished up my BA in Journalism and as soon as I get back to the US I'm gonna be looking for employment in my field. I'm not having too many high hopes for it, because I'm primarily interested in printed works and the industry is definitely trending towards digital content. While I'm being a more realistic about my job prospects, I'm not completely losing faith in getting a job in the industry.
A new hobby I'm trying to pick up is Free-running. For the longest time, I've been completely out of shape and not working due to BS excuses (work). As such I've balooned up quite a bit. But I'm kinda nervous about Free-Running because I'm hilariously uncoordinated and clumsy. I'm not too flexible and I can't jump too high. But I saw a video of some guys doing free-running in their neighborhood and I felt compelled to at least try. I'm trying to grab a few other crazies to come run with me and hopefully we can all grow together as a free-running group. So wish me luck on that, guys!
But it's good to hear from people. Feel free to add me on zee FB : /KoreyKore as I'm wayyyy more active on there.
Glad you enjoyed the show! Boo and I had an amazing time recording the show during it's heyday and we still joke every now and again about just pumping out new shows. Unfortunately the site isn't as active as it was back then and we have both kinda moved on in our personal lives.
BUT, we'd be more than happy to be guests on your show or lend our help in any way. I'll forward this to Boo and we'll be in contact soon! :)
Congrats Chibs! Now I look for you to truly make your mark on the world. Few things about college:
1) Be open to trying new things, but don't be afraid to stand up for your own personal beliefs
2) Weird things are going to happen on campus. Sidewalk preachers, free hug groups, protests.
3) It's easy if you pay attention and show up to class. All those horror stories your teachers told you about college aren't true haha
Corgis are the most adorable little dogs ever. I have a couple of friends who have them and they're very intelligent and super easy to train. I assume since this little guy is 9 months old he's already housebroken. Don't be surprised if he goes in your place though.
One thing about Corgis (and most herding dogs) is that you have to give them a lot of exercise and open spaces. If there's a dog park nearby, I'd suggest taking him to one. Or at least on a daily walk. I know you're pretty active, so maybe taking him on a job will keep him from getting fat haha.
Actually [url="http://www.examiner.com/article/westboro-baptist-church-thwarted-newtown-conn-by-peaceful-supporters"]they have attempted to picket some of the funerals[/url], most notably the principal from Sandy Hook and were met with resistance by those who were supporting the families of this shooting. From what is said and what actually happened, there wasn't any actual protesting going on, but the group had announced they were going to attend the funeral. WBC has a habit of protesting at high-profile people's services such as Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Edwards.
Also, if you follow any tech news at all, famous (and recently convicted) hacker "Cosmo the God" broke his parole to [url="http://sourcefednews.com/westboro-hacker-broke-probation/"]hack the Twitter accounts[/url] of two spokespeople for the WBC and allegedly remote recorded gay porn on one of their DVR's. Unfortunately he'll be getting jail time for that, but he definitely did a lot of good (in his own way) to help the people who are still grieving.
Now, I agree 100% that their actions are heinous and very very insensitive and shouldn't be labeled under free speech. However, and this is the kicker in America, you have to prove that the speech incites immenent violence or retaliation against a group or individual. What makes this even worse is that the definitions of Hate Speech can vary greatly from state to state. While the WBC is very hateful in their protests, they are not telling people to gun down soldiers and homosexuals and whoever else they are protesting for. They are saying "God hates ____" and "Good, another dead ___. " Since God can't imminently strike down a person or harm them, then the speech has to be left alone. You see it all the time at college campuses. Sidewalk preacher told me once I was a fornicator for kissing my girlfriend in public and I wasn't married and I was going straight to hell. Did it fire me up? Yeah, but she had the right to say it and I had the right to walk away and get away from this horrible, hateful person.
What happens though is that groups like this get media attention and it spreads their message involuntarily by simply acknowledging their existence Instead of forced goverment action, why not just simply ignore them until they go away on their own? Make the flame die out on it's own by not giving it any oxygen.
My friends and I went to the midnight opening for Skyfall. First time I've done that for a movie in a while. But I love James Bond movies and I've seen every one. But I was a lamer and didn't dress up. I'm not too big on dressing up for Halloween.
[color=#008080][font=tahoma, geneva, sans-serif]Hmm my first lonnnggg message I had was from Stephanie, back in the day. To give it a piece of perspective, it was when I was Sesshomarufan and she was callmegoddess09 (-_-). She had just missed the signups on one of my old 1v1 arena fights and I responded to her with a nice PM. And that turned into a multiple month, multiple message conversation that was the beginning of a friendship that's lasted over five years now. She's one of the first internet friends I've made and it's been awesome to watch her grow up and become the awesome woman she's become. I still haven't met her in person, but I hope to change that soon :)
Some of my fondest OB memories include causing a bit of mischief with the various topics that would spring up in the Lounge that would be a bit of the "touchy stuff" kind of topics. It was nice seeing people get in a huff or people post just incoherent jibberish and hiding it behind five-star vocabulary. I'd love to break apart people's oh-so-carefully concocted posts with a bit of the ol' common sense. :)
I only participated in a few RP's in the day, but I did always enjoyed anything done with Raiha or with Stephanie. I always felt I was the worst writer ever when I saw people's tomes of text they'd write haha.
Nifty Fifty didn't go on this year because we simply haven't had the traffic to have that. But as far as I know, nothing was posted this year. Sad times, indeed.[/font][/color]