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Aurian

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Growing up
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:23:07 AM »

I was just looking through my old posts on my profile and noticed how much things have changed over the years.
I think it's really cool having this record of who I was without having a traditional journal or diary.
Anyone have any thoughts?
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2016, 03:18:20 AM »

I've never consistently kept a diary or a journal, so this place happens to be the closest thing I have to a written account of my life. Mad to think I joined here just after I turned 17...and here I am over a decade later, still doing the usual. Some of the old posts from the beginning are proper cringe. I went looking through my first posts a while back and wasn't sure what to make of them!

All part of the growing up process, of course...I'm a very different person, with some of the old flaws, but a fair few tricks now to help. :)
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016, 03:33:50 AM »

I was 14 when I joined. Over half my life ago.
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2016, 06:06:14 AM »

I want another forum apocalypse so that no one can ever see my first posts. Good thing I have the excuse that I was literally a child.
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2016, 06:12:57 AM »

That's horrible! I already suffered 2 and a death
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2016, 10:12:42 AM »

All regulars aged a decade, so I would not be surprised if there's a collective 'Oh God No! Did I Post THAT?!' kind of feeling of shame for the majority of them. Myself included. Although I got lucky that the early ones (2003-2004 and 2004-2006) were wiped out by the 2004 and 2006 apocalypses respectively. Refresh my memory, what else did we have?

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I'm a very different person, with some of the old flaws, but a fair few tricks now to help.

I feel this applies to me as well.

As for forum apocalypses, I really don't want to see another one ever again if we can avoid it. Hopefully the increased activity will allow us to archive more older threads.
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2016, 08:54:39 AM »

Pretty sure I still have an awkward irc transcription of Darkon's floating around in my email somewhere, but we don't need to bring these things out. I rarely regret thing I did when I was young, its more the things I did not do that I regret.
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2016, 09:49:12 PM »

I just read through my old posts and most of the time I have no idea what I was talking about.  Nothing much has changed.  :elf_gloop:
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2016, 10:06:28 PM »

I was going to post something sentimental, but yeah.

The HoW was always here in my formative years, and you could probably reconstruct my whereabouts by reading my old posts.
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2016, 09:42:44 AM »

All regulars aged a decade, so I would not be surprised if there's a collective 'Oh God No! Did I Post THAT?!' kind of feeling of shame for the majority of them.

Oh, yes... I think I joined when I was... 13? I was still posting on the forum Council of Elrond and Vorzheva linked me to the Hall as a fellow Tad Williams fan. Christ. Having a LiveJournal still out there is bad enough (but I hesitate to take it down, for some reason).

Thought: This kind of digital record is now the norm. I mean, hell, kids born since 2010 or so will have immortalized baby pictures in the caches of Google and FB. Someone with the know-how could probably dredge up everything almost anyone in most internet-connected cultures has done in the last fifteen years, give or take (measuring to the advent of personal computers becoming ubiquitous). Sometimes we make fun of it. Recently, some celeb mag re-posted Taylor Swift's myspace photos and conversations with her friends. All inside jokes and cute t-shirts. Sometimes it's more serious -- note "the Fappening"/#FapGate of 2014 and the associated legal cases and costs, as well as conversation about what it means that sexy selfies are a common part of being a sexual adult nowadays. We still tell kids to be careful what they put online, but it's normal to have your real name, your real pictures and videos attached to accounts, daisychained across platforms, in a way that it just wasn't back when forums like the Hall were a primary mode of group communication. Sock puppets, multiple e-mail accounts for anonymity... some corners of the web still do that, but not many.

I'm just curious how long it'll take until, as part of a major political cycle, nudes of all the candidates are released as part of the campaign. I mean, I don't want to see Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton or (*shudder*) Donald Trump naked. But I -- half jokingly -- reckon that sooner or later it'll be just a matter of getting it out of the way before they can get down to the real business of corruption, backstabbing, and mudslinging.

Wanna take bets? I figure that if it happens in the US (I mean, I can see Australia getting down to business, but don't know enough to make predictions) it'll be somewhere around... 2036. Basically the age group of people posting so far in this thread -- we'll be in our late forties, most of us. I would be surprised if there's not something of a backlash against the increasingly aged fields of candidates, so we'll see slightly younger politicians. That means folks who got their first camera phones in their teens and 20s. So. Yup.


Do I have a dirty mind to take this thread about "growing up" to "naked selfies of politicians"? Mayyyyybe....

ETA: As per mod request, moved to independent thread. :)
« Last Edit: March 15, 2016, 09:00:16 AM by Edhelur »
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Re: Growing up
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2016, 09:56:18 AM »

Ah Vorzheva and her men in tights. :) Whatever happened to her?

Edh: perhaps an idea to cut that thought paragraph out of your post and open a new thread with it, so people can reply to it without hijacking the current thread? :) It could be an interesting JC topic of conversation.
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