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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:34 pm 
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Jed-i! Jed-i! Jed-i!

The good news keeps rolling today. This is a good end to the week.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:41 pm 
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So right now as far as active M:EMbers goes we've got

Me
Barinellos
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Raven
Ruwin
Szat
Yxoque
Aaarrrgh
Luna (although he hasn't been around so much lately)
and now Jedi

And both Helio and Ragrio have posted stories recently.

That's... actually a pretty solid userbase. Granted, not everyone posts comments all the time, and not everyone votes, but that's quite a lot of active people, certainly comparable to higher activity level times in the past.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:29 pm 
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I'll post something more substantial when I'm back from the con. Just gonna apologize shortly for my absence. Will be back in business monday.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:12 pm 
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I'll post something more substantial when I'm back from the con. Just gonna apologize shortly for my absence. Will be back in business monday.

You are excused!
Though we need to talk when you get back. There are things to discuss.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:15 pm 
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I know this isn't supposed to be a discussion thread but can I just say that I just spent probably at least an hour all told reinstalling and uninstalling drivers in a desperate attempt to get my touchpad working again. Again. I just really, really want to stress that Windows 8 is the single worst operating system I've ever had to deal with.

Hey on another note I should probably introduce myself huh?

I'm Sam Keeper! I kinda started this whole project and it's been my baby for several years now, although I haven't always been the one holding the reigns of power. Most of what I do involves helping other people along. Sometimes I do graphic design, I've written a few stories (most notably Dominian Nightmares), and I've added some supplementary information to other people's planes (the biggest of which are probably Ikass, which I added part of a continent to, and Jakkard, which I added some of the finer details to), and I've compiled some of Wizards' older materials into two collections (a guide to Ulgrotha and a guide to Jamuraa). That's... yeah, pretty much it. I'm pretty bad at talking about myself, to be honest. It's the one area where I just tend to sort of clam up.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:20 pm 
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I know this isn't supposed to be a discussion thread but can I just say that I just spent probably at least an hour all told reinstalling and uninstalling drivers in a desperate attempt to get my touchpad working again. Again. I just really, really want to stress that Windows 8 is the single worst operating system I've ever had to deal with.

That sucks, man. Sorry to hear that.

I'm pretty bad at talking about myself, to be honest. It's the one area where I just tend to sort of clam up.

I always feel weird about talking about myself, too. Maybe we should have a thread where we introduce one another, instead of ourselves...


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:55 pm 
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So introducing myself some:

I was a founding member, and have contributed no stories but a bunch of ideas. I actually consider myself a horrible writer and everything I start I never publish (save a few things) because I'm never happy enough to show them. I am however rather proud of my characters and planes, many of which have proven fairly popular. As Keeper said I was the originator of, and an early heavy contributor to, Jakkard. Other contributions include Agmund and his prison Penance, Asher, Ren, and the Coven.

I have a lot going on and am looking to try and distract my self through writing again, and see if I can't make something I'm proud of.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:36 pm 
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I'll post something more substantial when I'm back from the con. Just gonna apologize shortly for my absence. Will be back in business monday.


Which con, if I might ask?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:30 am 
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Hello, all you happy people.

I go by many names, many masks, and many handles -- and that was not repeating myself. You may or may not know me by Luis, Louis (or Lewis), Luigi, weegee, or even Ouija board; or perhaps my self-loathing, my aloofness, my dodginess, my melancholy, my curiosity, or my love of science. Whether you do or not, I also answer to Lord Luna, Luna, 42, Delusional Requiem, and Kraigonus.

As for who I am, well, I am an old M:EMber. I witnessed its founding and helped to lay the foundations. I was hired on under the old regime and was grandfathered in when the council fell. I have served under several M:EMperors, all seeing my skills as a member of the Archivist gestalt as too useful to discard. You can be the judge of whether they were wise or not.

Outside of this shady guildhall, I am a geek (as defined by myself: "someone who enjoys media more than social interactions"), and a nerd (as I will borrow a definition: "someone who is captivated/driven to explore a small subset of topics") mostly of the ponyfan variety (which you may call brony but I will often not), though I am a near-whovian, -homestuck, -trekkie, -animefan, and I'm sure a number of other things as well (including the usual stuff like Monty Python and H2G2). I love reviews -especially of movies and TV shows, but of media in general- and often spend more time watching or reading reviews than I do on the media they cover. Of course, I am a small Vorthos, which is why I'm still here in a Magic fanfiction community despite not having played a game in several years and not having cared for a set in over a year; though the latter is subject to change depending on the world presented and the cards created.

Now that the newcomer intro is out of the way, I can answer a few things:

So right now as far as active M:EMbers goes we've got
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Luna (although he hasn't been around so much lately)[...]

I told you last week that my free time was limited, and from last Thursday through today my brother, sister-in-law, and two neices have been visiting from out of town, so I had little-to-no time to come here and read and post. I'm actually fairly up-to-date on the AF&S off-topic thread, though I haven't felt the need to comment on much of anything yet.

Also I'd like to give you all a head-up: in about a month I'll be starting clinicals and I'll be going from 8 to like 4 four days a week (Mon-Thur), so voting duties will either have to be late Mon/Tue after I'm done, or perhaps over the weekend? I can let you guys decide what sounds best.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:40 am 
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We just want you around, Luna! Seriously, the voting days can be whatever works best for you.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:18 am 
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Whoops, sorry Luna, I forgot all about you saying that. Also now that I actually have free time my sense of temporality has gotten very distorted, so apparently if I don't see someone for a couple days I get worried :P

But yeah, run things however you need to. You have one of the only regular responsibilities around here; it seems reasonable for you to dictate the terms of those responsibilities.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:05 pm 
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So if anything good comes of my stupid Windows 8 adventures it'll be that I've been forced to experiment with open source image software. So far I'm really, really liking Krita. I still don't understand it at all but it's pretty flipping sweet.

One of these days I need to go through and list the software I use to create the Anthologies. While I use(d?) Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop for some stuff, and Barinellos uses Photoshop for his graphic design, the layout work was all done in LibreOffice (open source freeware) and the ebook was generated as an epub file with Sigil (also open source freeware). It's amazing how powerful those tools are. For the record, though, Sigil requires knowledge of HTML and CSS to get it working, whereas LibreOffice is basically a divergent evolution of Microsoft Office. It's like if instead of Office 2007 Microsoft produced software that wasn't crap. And maybe this is just because I'm becoming more savvy but the functionality seems to be more powerful than I remember Office being.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:13 pm 
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Shop: So, the few people who noted my costuming notes seemed to enjoy it. I also have old (Not MEM focused) Worldbuilding and Sapient Creature Design articles. Anyone interested?

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:19 pm 
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Shop: So, the few people who noted my costuming notes seemed to enjoy it. I also have old (Not MEM focused) Worldbuilding and Sapient Creature Design articles. Anyone interested?

I would be. I always find that kind of stuff pretty interesting.


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I'd absolutely love to see more of your writing notes! The costuming one was very useful, and I'd love to do more shop talk here.


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Tevish basically just needs to upload all his worldbuilding blogs from the mothership. Sorry I haven't dropped my opinion around, you know I don't do that much anyway, but I feel those would be excellent contenders for front page articles.

I would just like to say, though, that I tend to remember (or occasionally bookmark) full-on articles like those for future reference, then read them when I have need of them (such as: debating how to describe a scene in what I'm writing; or when I'm building a world).

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:36 pm 
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These are the ones from the Mothership. They aren't great, really, but even looking back on them so much later I think they have good ideas in there.

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I might try to make a few more of these notes pages, but I make no promises.

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Tevish, I think you should post your worldbuilding articles over in the RPG section too. It seems equally applicable there, and that part of the forums needs more content.

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Well, hello.

I am currently sitting in a low-back chair, made of metal, the silver sheen of which is periodically exposed beneath the thin white paint that attempts to make this otherwise spartan form of creature comfort appear more welcoming than my aching backside would suggest.

I am wearing a black shirt, black pants, and an unenviable air of malaise as I contemplate refilling my plastic Denny's To-Go cup with water for the second time today or if I'd prefer lemonade, which I am not supposed to drink after leaving the food court area but is certainly a small enough act of rebellion against the powers-that-be that I would feel both confident in pulling it off and satisfied with my meaningless act of defiance.

I like lemonade.

Tonight, I plan on listening to the sonorous sounds of music I will likely forget about in a month while staring vacantly at the ceiling, wondering what the workers who built my house were thinking, if anything, when they painted it.

My name is Ruwinreborn but most people in meatspace insist on calling me Winston, which is pretty stupid.

I am not a juggalo.

(I have tried Faygo before. I do not suggest it. It tastes almost exactly how it looks.)

I am the proud owner of a Dr. Whooves Vinyl Figurine, an entire army of Warhammer 40k Necrons, no less than three separate copies of Final Fantasy 7, an Acura, maybe, like, six unused rolls of floss, a headache, the Eagle Scout Award, Fisco Vane, and Aloise Hartley.

I don't write half as much as I would like, and don't like half as much of my writing as I think I probably should. But stories are fun, and so I write them anyway. That's sort of why I am here, after all.

I guess everyone here is pretty cool or something. (<3) Not that I like you guys are anything. (<3 <3)

Well, ta-ta.

@OL: I was at Salt Lake Comic Con, and I don't mind you asking at all. It was pretty fun. A lot of walking. I'm not really built for that much walking. T_T

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:32 pm 
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Lemonade is truly one of the greatest creations of our species.


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