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Postby GrifMoNeY » Thu May 03, 2007 3:28 pm UTC

my ex-girlfriend was good enough to save my story on her webspace, as told to /b/. It took me an hour to write ;P

Basically I looked at the map and thought back to how I started out on the internet, where my friend made me sign up for Yahoo Games. Then I discovered chat rooms. The rest of it is somewhat out of sequence in regards to my actual travels across the web, but those are all the stops I made.

http://toadlick.20fr.com/grif4chanbstory.html

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Postby kirkjerk » Thu May 03, 2007 4:41 pm UTC

dumb question, where is the merchandise? is it theoretical or here already? I know someone was mentioning international shipping...
Last edited by kirkjerk on Thu May 03, 2007 4:58 pm UTC, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby Nyarlathotep » Thu May 03, 2007 4:53 pm UTC

Wow, I'm sad, becuase atm I am too poor to afford this poster. Must get job.
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þā heregeatu þe ēow æt hilde ne dēah.

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Postby Arkohn » Thu May 03, 2007 6:33 pm UTC

To answer the question, "Where are you from?"

My home town was up in the north in AOL, once I started school I decided to go to Wikipedia U. After graduation, I explored the world a little bit, I spent a lot of time on the islands between the Sea of Memes and the Ocean of Subcultures. I finally settled a little bit north of there in WoW, but I have a country house on the western continent in Facebook.

How about you guys?

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Postby kirkjerk » Thu May 03, 2007 7:02 pm UTC

Arkohn wrote:To answer the question, "Where are you from?"

My home town was up in the north in AOL, once I started school I decided to go to Wikipedia U. After graduation, I explored the world a little bit, I spent a lot of time on the islands between the Sea of Memes and the Ocean of Subcultures. I finally settled a little bit north of there in WoW, but I have a country house on the western continent in Facebook.

How about you guys?

I'm one of the Older Souls of the land, a refuge from the fabled lost lands of Usenet.
Then, Slashdot was more of my home.

if it's not breaking the metaphor too much, or sounding too arrogant, now I'm more or less in my own tiny stone canoe, kisrael.com , carved from stone taken from the Mountains of Web 1.0, usually hanging around the BoingBoing in the Blogipeligo, with frequent minibreaks at slashdot, LJ, and most recently OKCupid
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Postby 6453893 » Thu May 03, 2007 9:31 pm UTC

I started with those angelfire/homestead/geocities websites that were everywhere in 1994, most of which were devoted to anime characters or the likes. On the map, they wouldn't be an island assuch. Rather, each of those sites would be a tiny, putrid flying insect, and the combined millions of insects would destroy every other island. I come from the swarm.


Nowadays I mostly hang in the Isle of Webcomics, with some Wikimedia Island hopping, and some 4chan when the mood takes me.

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Postby ReptilianSamurai » Thu May 03, 2007 11:01 pm UTC

The principal form of travel is, curiously enough, surfing.

(need hi-res version so I can read more stuff!)

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Postby Scheod » Fri May 04, 2007 12:03 am UTC

kirkjerk wrote:dumb question, where is the merchandise? is it theoretical or here already? I know someone was mentioning international shipping...


Tee shirts on the main page you can preorder one

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Postby EvanED » Fri May 04, 2007 12:48 am UTC

Scheod wrote:
kirkjerk wrote:dumb question, where is the merchandise? is it theoretical or here already? I know someone was mentioning international shipping...


Tee shirts on the main page you can preorder one


Ach, merchandising.

We need an XKCD flamethrower.

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Postby Syphon » Fri May 04, 2007 2:09 am UTC

The LuigiManiac wrote:What happened to the word filter there? Hmm... "Saladin's Mom" *previews*. It still works for me. How come it didn't work when you said it?


Because evading filters is easy.

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Postby Iluvatar » Fri May 04, 2007 3:00 am UTC

I used to run with the various merchant vessels that traveled throughout the seas. Then one day, in a fierce broadcast storm, my ship went asunder, and I washed up on the shores of a desert island. I later found out that said island was just a little ?.com of the Compass Rose Shaped Island. I met with the locals and helped found a village devoted to online debating. I stayed there and helped it grow for about 3 years, before I decided it was time to leave. I built a raft, and set my sails for the ocean of por- I mean the rising sun!
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Postby Tryforceful » Fri May 04, 2007 5:37 am UTC

I don't mean to ever doubt the omniscience of RM, or to be another complainer on the forum as to "why this island should be bigger or smaller due to official statistics" blah blah. But...

Idk if RM knows ancient Greek or not. "Blogipeligo" is obviously a play on "archipelago", with an a. Since the "blog" is really the only change, should the "a" stay the same? If RM's anything of a perfectionist like I am, I thought someone should bring it to his attention if he wanted to change it before publishing posters irrevocably.

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Postby Belial » Fri May 04, 2007 6:45 am UTC

Of *all* the suggested changes, that's probably the only one he's likely to care about. I will bring it to his attention when he returns home.

Or rather, next time he's home and I'm awake, because I fully intend to be asleep when he gets back. Hell, I intend to be asleep in the next ten minutes.
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Ronfar
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Postby Ronfar » Fri May 04, 2007 8:28 am UTC

Is fanfiction only found on the Isle of Slash?
- Doug

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Postby Nyarlathotep » Fri May 04, 2007 5:24 pm UTC

Ronfar wrote:Is fanfiction only found on the Isle of Slash?


There's non-slash fanfic. Indeed, I have written some (... am in the process of writing some?)

In fact, if you consider the Cthulhu Mythos to be "Fanfiction", which by some definitions it is, the majority of fanfiction would not be on slash island.

HOWEVER, if we are talking about only fanfiction found on the Internet, then sadly a high percentage of fanfiction is to be found there. An equally high if not greater percentage is horrifically bad mary-sue self-insertion fanfiction.

Then there's the miniscule amount which is neither slash nor bad mary-sue.

... why do I know this? I don't even READ This stuff and I only have ONE unfinished draft of a fanfic. The closest I usually get are the 5+ Livejournal RP's that I'm a part of.

... oh god, I've just proved that I'm a horrible person.
'Gehȳrst þū, sǣlida, hwæt þis folc segeð?
hī willað ēow tō gafole gāras syllan,
ǣttrynne ord and ealde swurd,
þā heregeatu þe ēow æt hilde ne dēah.

Comrade_Smack
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Postby Comrade_Smack » Fri May 04, 2007 9:28 pm UTC

I really wish that there was an xkcd stamp on the images.

I'm really sick of seeing people link to it or rehost it without giving credit where credit is due.

http://www.socialham.com/images/communitymaplarge.png

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Postby cmacis » Fri May 04, 2007 10:42 pm UTC

That's on the CC if I remember correctly. If this is happening point it out to them, they probably will rectify their mistake.
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Postby Colone Goth » Fri May 04, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

GrifMoNeY wrote:my ex-girlfriend was good enough to save my story on her webspace, as told to /b/. It took me an hour to write ;P

Basically I looked at the map and thought back to how I started out on the internet, where my friend made me sign up for Yahoo Games. Then I discovered chat rooms. The rest of it is somewhat out of sequence in regards to my actual travels across the web, but those are all the stops I made.

http://toadlick.20fr.com/grif4chanbstory.html


I quite liked that =] A well spent 5 minutes =]

Like most latecomers I was born in the Icy North (still have a cabin up there) then I mostly followed the trail of my girlfriend across the Web. we moved to the Myspace kingdom while studying at Wikipedia U. Altough now we've recently got a house in Wow and are considering moving there permanently.

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Postby APL » Fri May 04, 2007 11:48 pm UTC

Comrade_Smack wrote:I really wish that there was an xkcd stamp on the images.

Yea, but then we'd have To Photoshop it out before setting it as desktop wallpaper.

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Postby cmacis » Fri May 04, 2007 11:50 pm UTC

And the reason you don't want "XKCD" writing on your wallpaper is?
li te'o te'a vei pai pi'i ka'o ve'o su'i pa du li no

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QED is Latin for small empty box.

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\oo|- [-_-] -|oo/
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A little help, please?

Postby \oo|- [-_-] -|oo/ » Sat May 05, 2007 2:04 am UTC

Could someone give me the link for Spring 2007?

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Postby Dylan » Sat May 05, 2007 6:08 am UTC

The noob sea is much too small.

I registered to say that. Irony abounds.

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Re: A little help, please?

Postby The LuigiManiac » Sat May 05, 2007 6:09 am UTC

\oo|- [-_-] -|oo/ wrote:Could someone give me the link for Spring 2007?


Um...what? I don't quite get what you're asking for.
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TheShadowZero
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Postby TheShadowZero » Sat May 05, 2007 6:57 am UTC

oh man i want a poster
and /. is a part of sourceforge, isnt it?

Kiirani
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Postby Kiirani » Sat May 05, 2007 7:14 am UTC

*orders poster* Yay! I'm putting this on the wall right next to me ^_^

... 5-7 weeks after it ships. Blah for living in New Zealand. Can't wait.

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Postby Foone » Sat May 05, 2007 7:26 am UTC

From the store description:
"you'll be able to read all the little city labels (and a few other other tiny points of interest mapped exclusively for the poster.)"

So how much extra do we have to pay to ensure our/our favorite sites are mapped? :)

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat May 05, 2007 10:08 am UTC

Foone wrote:From the store description:
"you'll be able to read all the little city labels (and a few other other tiny points of interest mapped exclusively for the poster.)"

So how much extra do we have to pay to ensure our/our favorite sites are mapped? :)


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Postby WhiteWizard42 » Sat May 05, 2007 10:42 am UTC

TheShadowZero wrote:oh man i want a poster
and /. is a part of sourceforge, isnt it?

/. is near the viral straits and the bay of trolls, just north of Soviet Russia.
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but how would we make it different from all the other flamethrowers on the market?
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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat May 05, 2007 11:01 am UTC

WhiteWizard42 wrote:but how would we make it different from all the other flamethrowers on the market?


Raptor-sized spread.

Also, instead of petrol and a flame source, use phosphorous (which can ignite in regular air) and, if you *really* want, a little oxygen canister so that it will work in a non-oxygen environment.
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Postby SecondTalon » Sat May 05, 2007 2:12 pm UTC

Comrade_Smack wrote:I really wish that there was an xkcd stamp on the images.

I'm really sick of seeing people link to it or rehost it without giving credit where credit is due.

http://www.socialham.com/images/communitymaplarge.png


I'm not sure where you saw the link to that image, but on the parent page (socialham.com) there's an entry that reads..

"Funny image circulating today from Randall Munroe of XKCD.com (down for the moment)."

So, the host properly sources the image and rehosts it so as to not destroy xkcd's bandwidth.

/just sayin'

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Postby LE4dGOLEM » Sat May 05, 2007 2:39 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:/just sayin'


Good boy; get over to the introductions thread.
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Postby SecondTalon » Sat May 05, 2007 3:04 pm UTC

Aww, but I hate introductions!

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Postby Belial » Sat May 05, 2007 4:21 pm UTC

LE4dGOLEM wrote:
Foone wrote:From the store description:
"you'll be able to read all the little city labels (and a few other other tiny points of interest mapped exclusively for the poster.)"

So how much extra do we have to pay to ensure our/our favorite sites are mapped? :)


Your soul. To Belial. Attach a note explaining why, or he'll just eat it and "forget" you wrote anything. Also, if you can write raptor, it'll make his job easier.


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Re: A little help, please?

Postby \oo|- [-_-] -|oo/ » Sat May 05, 2007 5:11 pm UTC

The LuigiManiac wrote:
\oo|- [-_-] -|oo/ wrote:Could someone give me the link for Spring 2007?


Um...what? I don't quite get what you're asking for.


Is joke. Look at bottom of poster, central area.

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Postby SpitValve » Sat May 05, 2007 9:46 pm UTC

LE4dGOLEM wrote:Your soul. To Belial. Attach a note explaining why, or he'll just eat it and "forget" you wrote anything. Also, if you can write raptor, it'll make his job easier.


Raptors don't need to read.

They Know.

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Postby Ronfar » Sun May 06, 2007 4:14 am UTC

Nyarlathotep wrote:
Ronfar wrote:Is fanfiction only found on the Isle of Slash?


There's non-slash fanfic. Indeed, I have written some (... am in the process of writing some?)

In fact, if you consider the Cthulhu Mythos to be "Fanfiction", which by some definitions it is, the majority of fanfiction would not be on slash island.

HOWEVER, if we are talking about only fanfiction found on the Internet, then sadly a high percentage of fanfiction is to be found there. An equally high if not greater percentage is horrifically bad mary-sue self-insertion fanfiction.

Then there's the miniscule amount which is neither slash nor bad mary-sue.

... why do I know this? I don't even READ This stuff and I only have ONE unfinished draft of a fanfic. The closest I usually get are the 5+ Livejournal RP's that I'm a part of.

... oh god, I've just proved that I'm a horrible person.


There's one guy on fanfiction.net that I read that's actually an amazing writer - better than many published authors I've read. Whatever his real job is, he should quit and write full time. His unfinished Discworld fanfic is every bit as amazing as the works of the original author.

Anyway, I was simply wondering if all online fanfiction communities were on the Isle of Slash, as I don't see a specific other location for them.

I just had a disturbing thought. Are /. and the "Isle of Slash" connected? I sincerely hope not...
- Doug

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Postby TheShadowZero » Sun May 06, 2007 3:17 pm UTC

WhiteWizard42 wrote:
TheShadowZero wrote:oh man i want a poster
and /. is a part of sourceforge, isnt it?

/. is near the viral straits and the bay of trolls, just north of Soviet Russia.


well i know that, but slashdot is a part of sourceforge. shouldnt it be included there instead of being separate?

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Postby bigglesworth » Sun May 06, 2007 5:03 pm UTC

The area called /. is a colony of Sourceforge. Before their settlers arrived, it was an empty area of land (apart from a few native adress-campers, but they don't really matter).

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Postby Nyarlathotep » Sun May 06, 2007 6:03 pm UTC

Ronfar wrote:There's one guy on fanfiction.net that I read that's actually an amazing writer - better than many published authors I've read. Whatever his real job is, he should quit and write full time. His unfinished Discworld fanfic is every bit as amazing as the works of the original author.

Anyway, I was simply wondering if all online fanfiction communities were on the Isle of Slash, as I don't see a specific other location for them.

I just had a disturbing thought. Are /. and the "Isle of Slash" connected? I sincerely hope not...



Good point. :D

[And now Nyarlathotep does the usual topic derail. You've been warned.]

My friends constantly ask me why I don't write more fanfic (I roleplay voraciously - 11 characters and counting) The reason is that someday I want to publish summat, and while I consider fanfiction good practice, I don't want to devote my entire time to it. Also I'm deathly afraid that using fanfic as a crutch will kill my ability to ACTUALLY write. I've never been able to generate plot and I wonder if it's worse... [/endderail]

I do hope /. and isle of slash are not. that'd be bad. Concerning wether fanfic is on there... You know, I don't think so. Given that my primary venue for fanfic is Livejournal I'd say it's more of a diffuse thing. Particularly since some fandoms just don't get along and will kill each other on sight.

*e* You know you could probably make a fandom map. And then create those funny little tactical maps of battles that you see in all those history texts.
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Postby EvanED » Sun May 06, 2007 7:21 pm UTC

TheShadowZero wrote:
WhiteWizard42 wrote:
TheShadowZero wrote:oh man i want a poster
and /. is a part of sourceforge, isnt it?

/. is near the viral straits and the bay of trolls, just north of Soviet Russia.


well i know that, but slashdot is a part of sourceforge. shouldnt it be included there instead of being separate?


To be precise, both have the same parent company.

If you still think they should be together, at various points in history there have been a lot of nations that have had lands in different parts of the world. Think of one as a colony of the other.


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