Thinking back to simpler times...

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Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby AdmiralMemo » 04 Nov 2020, 15:12

When we were just this group of people who liked some funny Canadians
When things were manageable and life wasn't as difficult
Without all these Discords and other confusing stuff
When we weren't worried about the world ending (in various ways)

Would like to recapture that feeling, but I fear it's just fleeting memories at this point.
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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby King Kool » 08 Nov 2020, 12:13

Hey, I remembered my password.

Boy, howdy, do I get it, Memo.

I took a break from social media from Election Day to yesterday. I just couldn't deal with the stress of not knowing, so long as the 'game' wasn't over. (I often don't watch the Super Bowl for the same reasons, but I also normally work the Super Bowl, especially if the Pats are in it, but that's another story.)

It was actually really nice, not focusing on the chaos of the outside world and just doing the things I wanted to do. (I didn't do any online gaming or watching of modern programming, since they might have given the game away.) But it was so even more isolating than normal.

I so much prefer a forum setting like this to the entirely intangible and fleeting format of Discord. It's a great alternative to Skype, and we badly needed one of those, but otherwise, I'm not huge on it. I prefer something more permanent, even if there's surely a record of me behaving in a way that would chagrin me now somewhere in these blue walls.

This year has been the most deeply exhausting of any in my life, and not just because I've had to deal directly with the public AND get paid less than normal. The people I've worked with for eight months... it feels like I've known them for ten years. I am so weary of all this nonsense, of the bad behavior of my alleged countrymen, all the armchair idiots who think they know the world because someone determined that the best place to dump toxic waste was in the heads of men and women over sixty.

I've been trying to maximize the things that I like to do and limit the 'doomscrolling,' as I've heard it so adroitly named. I have Twitter blocked on my PC and my phone now, and I really hope I can avoid ever returning there. (Facebook is probably more destructive than Twitter, but at least I KNOW everyone on my Facebook and GENERALLY don't get accosted by dipshits.)

I don't have any answers. I don't even know if I have any words anyone would find the least bit comforting. I just have to push on. But maybe a familiar face popping back in, maybe for the last time on this forum... maybe there can be some comfort in that.
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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby Jamfalcon » 16 Nov 2020, 00:24

Oh hey, I'm only a week late to this.

I miss the old days too, and watching Desert Bus always takes me back to them. I don't think the forum will ever come back to life like it was — it was such a certain point in time on the internet, and a certain point in LRR's growth where they were big enough to draw us all in and not as big as they are now (though of course I'm thrilled to see them continue to grow and evolve). It was a great size for a community, just big enough to stay active, but small enough to know everybody.

I still enjoy keeping up with all of the forum-folk who are on Twitter, but I'm not good at inserting myself into conversations there, so I definitely feel like I'm more of a lurker than I was on here. And like you two, I find Discord to just be a lot and as someone with a brain that needs to see all the posts or none of the posts, it just doesn't work for me with the amount of people there. Same with Twitch streams, by and large.

But this was a great place for me at a formative time in my life, and helped me examine a lot of my world views with the great conversations here, and I made some great internet friends, and even if we don't talk much anymore I still remember tons of conversations with so many of you. Honestly, my one regret is that I didn't take big enough advantage of LRRcon when it happened. I had a blast, but I was just discovering that I had pretty bad anxiety and was feeling really sick from that and didn't make as much of an effort to meet everyone and introduce myself as I should have. But I still had an awesome time, met lots of you, and it indirectly led to me meeting my now-wife, so can't be too upset about that.

Maybe what we need to do is have some kind of LRR forum virtual reuinion. I don't know what format that would take, but I'd be super down for that.

Anyway, hope you're all doing okay and staying as safe as you can with everything going on!
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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby Phailhammer » 02 Jan 2021, 17:11

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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby basscomm » 17 Mar 2021, 08:39

Oh, hey, I guess I still have an account here.

I recently moved and while I was unpacking I came across my collection of LRR DVDs. One thing led to another and here I rode the Nostalgia Train(tm) to a forum that I haven't looked at in way too long. For context: I stopped checking in regularly around the time of the first Desert Bus, but I couldn't tell you why. I've slept since then. This isn't some indictment or condemnation of the direction that the site or the community went in or anything like that, but just another entry under the heading of Things Change(tm).

I don't think that there's anything wrong with nostalgia. Nostalgia can be great! It's fun to think about the good times and reminisce about what we were doing the first time we saw Hagiography Today or we listened to the LRRcast or whatever. And it's fun to know that as a result there are some in-jokes that are still kicking around in the back of my head that nobody will understand but me.

But as fun as reminiscing about the simpler times of the Good Old Days(tm) is, it's important to me that I don't live there. I have to live in the here and now because that's what's most important (second most important is the future because it will be the future will be now soon). And I don't want to throw away the past, either, because the past made me who I am today. Even though a lot of stuff about The Internet in general is almost completely unrecognizable from what it was in the early 2000's (some of it is better, yeah, but a lot of it is definitely worse) and I wouldn't trade my experiences back then for the world. I'll be carrying around some bits of LRR in the back of my head for the rest of my life, which is pretty amazing, to be honest.
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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby AlexanderDitto » 27 Mar 2021, 19:49

basscomm wrote:Oh, hey, I guess I still have an account here.

I recently moved and while I was unpacking I came across my collection of LRR DVDs. One thing led to another and here I rode the Nostalgia Train(tm) to a forum that I haven't looked at in way too long. For context: I stopped checking in regularly around the time of the first Desert Bus, but I couldn't tell you why. I've slept since then. This isn't some indictment or condemnation of the direction that the site or the community went in or anything like that, but just another entry under the heading of Things Change(tm).

I don't think that there's anything wrong with nostalgia. Nostalgia can be great! It's fun to think about the good times and reminisce about what we were doing the first time we saw Hagiography Today or we listened to the LRRcast or whatever. And it's fun to know that as a result there are some in-jokes that are still kicking around in the back of my head that nobody will understand but me.

But as fun as reminiscing about the simpler times of the Good Old Days(tm) is, it's important to me that I don't live there. I have to live in the here and now because that's what's most important (second most important is the future because it will be the future will be now soon). And I don't want to throw away the past, either, because the past made me who I am today. Even though a lot of stuff about The Internet in general is almost completely unrecognizable from what it was in the early 2000's (some of it is better, yeah, but a lot of it is definitely worse) and I wouldn't trade my experiences back then for the world. I'll be carrying around some bits of LRR in the back of my head for the rest of my life, which is pretty amazing, to be honest.


Whoa dang, you _stopped_ checking in around the first Desert Bus?! :O Old school.

But yeah. Good points. Things have changed, which is OK, even if a lot of stuff is worse now. Remembering the previous times is OK and not living in them is probably good too.

(Also there's certainly probably a handful of people who share those in-jokes with you who are still around! Mostly on Discord probably, which is certainly bigger and different and maybe more overwhelming. But it is a step at least toward more of a forum-like thing, away from the very big/public twitter/facebook. I still wonder if/when Discord-type things will evolve further and end up re-inventing forums. I feel like it's only a matter of time.
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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby ecocd » 29 Mar 2021, 08:58

I'm here, too and I still have a password.

I agree that this was a great time and place for me. I remember it fondly, but I also don't think it's practical for the time and place, anymore. LRR is different than it was and so is the community.

I also agree with AlexanderDitto that discord will probably eventually roll out a forum of some kind. People are starting to get a little sick of permanent ephemera. The FGC community is getting pretty sick of having people rediscover tech over and over again, because there's no sticky thread that keeps a running record of everything.

I miss this place, but I'm not sure I'd want to live here again.

Edit: I am sad my forum badge is gone. lol.
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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby Spatial Coffee » 01 Apr 2021, 05:35

Can't say I was ever an active member of the community, but I still pop in here every once in a while to drink from the bitter sweet chalice of nostalgia. ;)

It's been a long time since I first heard of LRR back in '07, sitting in my high school cafeteria listening to my friend giving an enthusiastic description of Installation Anxiety. Every time I move or clean out my closet I find my old Loading Ready Runners t-shirt. Every time I smile, refold it and put it back to be found again some day, because that's what you do with memories.

Time went on and the community evolved and that's not a bad thing. After all, the Crew has found new ways to do their thing and the community is still kicking, even if I'm not really a part of it anymore.
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Re: Thinking back to simpler times...

Postby AdmiralMemo » 06 Jun 2021, 16:55

ecocd wrote:People are starting to get a little sick of permanent ephemera.
See, part of my problem is that I never liked it in the first place. Asynchronous communication is my jam for most things. I love Twitch chat, of course, but that's like an "event" while Discord is just... there. It's like an old-school chat room, which is good for that purpose, but not for others. Forums are basically gone, with nothing to replace them.
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