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  1. 7 points
    So this is it. The end. I first found the FPL in 2001. Actually, it may have been 2000. The details are sketchy. I don’t even remember how I came to find it. The point is, it was a long time ago. The FPL was, to me, a revelation. The people were comic book geeks – just like me – but they came from all walks of life, all ages and even spanned a few continents. Almost everyone was friendly and accepting, and even those few who weren’t were at least entertainingly mean. The conversations were lively, the laughs were consistent and the headaches were few. Sure, I butted heads with many over my hatred of anime and penchant for ... well ... let’s just call it outspokenness ... but it was a place I enjoyed greatly and looked forward to visiting. When I started, I was a terrible, terrible writer with terrible, terrible ideas. I mean, some have found hidden brilliance in The Facts of Life Hydra but really people, it was terrible. It took me a while to accept my terribleness, but once I did there were plenty of people ready and willing to help me improve. This was the Golden Age of Poe and Abdeil, I would remind you. There were plenty of inspirational sources to draw from and aspire to. In 2001, I finally had my first Hall of Fame character (Clockwork Knight, for you trivia buffs) and I pretty much found my stride after that. My writing got better. My ideas got better. I wrote match set-ups and fiction. I tried to help newbies find the same path. Good times. As fun as all this writing was, the real allure of the FPL was the people. It’s always been the people. Through rule changes and site implosions and coding glitches and multi-account scandals the one thing which kept me around was the chance to interact with you guys on a daily basis. The FPL (oh fine... and CBUB) is a community. More than that – a family. That’s why my decision to leave is so disheartening. So here we are at the heart of the matter then – the recent Second Coming of Serge. I make that comment in jest, but it’s not a bad analogy. Serge was always this mysterious, otherworldly entity to most of us. He was the Creator. He was the Great Coder in the Sky who provided for our flock. Still, you seldom saw him. In times of great tribulation, he would descend from the firmament and fix site errors or purge spam bots or bestow upon us upgrades. He was out there, feared and revered but not known. Not directly. Not by most. Unlike God, we didn’t know Serge in our heart. We didn’t know him personally and he us. Also unlike God, Serge was a real person. As a result, a more apt analogy is that of an absentee landlord. He owned the building, and made repairs as needed. He was hard to get ahold of though. Unless there was a serious problem, he pretty much left us to our tenancy and as long as we paid the rent (admittedly, and to his credit, zero in this case) he didn’t much care what we were doing. To tie this analogy to the recent hullaballoo, I’d like you to imagine living in an apartment owned by such a landlord. You and your family are enjoying dinner one evening when the landlord walks into the apartment unannounced and starts freaking out. “You painted the walls?!?”, he wails. “10 years ago they were beige! And this sofa – that wasn’t there before! And I never intended those windows to covered with blinds – where are the curtains? And what’s the deal with this dog? I had a no pet policy!” “This has been like this from the start,” you reply meekly, “how were we supposed to know what you intended this apartment to be? You could have dropped in at any point in the last decade and done an inspection.” “I was busy,” says the landlord, “but now that I see the state of this apartment, there are going to be some changes. First, that dog has got to go – then the blinds and the paint and the sofa.” “Well hang on a second,” you interject, “you own the building, but we’ve lived here for 10 years. This is our home. Don’t we have any say in this?” “No,” comes the curt reply, “and quite frankly, anyone who would live with olive walls and vertical blinds must be a real douchebag. I’m of half a mind to kick you out for the good of the community.” “The community?” you reply, “you don’t know the first thing about the community.” “Sure I do,” comes the confident response, “everyone loves Linkin Park and NSync and is excited about these new iPod things which are coming out soon!” “Yeah that was true 10 years ago, but things have changed...” And you know, things have changed. A lot. It’s a shame that it took Serge 10 years to figure that out, and a bigger shame that instead of accepting what we’ve become and embracing it, he is dialling it all back so that it matches his original vision. To continue to analogy above, it’s like deleting your Facebook account and replacing it with a Linkin Park fansite on Geocities. I think the biggest problem is that – like the landlord above – Serge has been absentee for too long. He’s not a part of our community any more than your landlord is a part of your family. He doesn’t have any idea who we are and what we’ve been doing and – more distressingly – doesn’t seem to particularly care. Had he bothered to find out anything about the guys from the “whitey” thread, he’d know they were all stand up guys and not a racist among them. But he’s made up his mind: about the thread, about the posters, about the whole damned site. So now, Electric Ferret is going to be a super happy funtime place for kids! Hooray! Finally, a safe place for kids to discuss comics and cartoons and not have to be exposed to the sex, violence, racism and religious persecution of the real world. A place where they will be spared from having to understand controversial topics like sexual assault, drug abuse, homosexuality, war, politics, domestic violence, child abuse, fascism and terrorism. It pains me to leave, but I just don't want to be a part of this new Electric Ferret. I don't want to be censored from discussing relevant issues or banned for trying to argue a point or have my characters edited to make them child-friendly. More importantly, I resent being told that after a decade of positive contribution that I'm no longer wanted here. I'm too old. I'm missing the point. I'm inappropriate. F*ck that. I'm taking the first lifeboat off this Titanic, and I suspect a number of others will do so as well. It's been fun, kids. Take care. EXCELSIOR!
  2. 6 points
    So my history here at EF has always been very singular. I started out in the CBUB. I stayed there, with no mind to any other part. Then I went to the FPL and only really cared about that. Then, for the past 5 years, I only really cared about the forums. My oh my, how the forums have changed. The EF was completely redone, with a new beta and everything. Nostalgia has rarely hit me as hard as it has here on the EF. Even with Pokemon and whatever else nostalgia is supposed to work with, EF is up top. Now, with the most recent change to the forum, Off-Topic being destroyed and Soberguy leaving, I see my time in the forums are now up. It has nothing for me there anymore except a place to put shallow movie opinions and read bigballerju's even shallower opinion. So I've decided to start a blog. Obviously enough, they have running related names. Not entirely undeserved, however, as these blogs will be trials. I'll actually have to post in them and whatnot. That brings me to the name of this one. Everyone feels good the first mile. The first blog is the easiest. All I have to do is hit publish and I'm already done with my first one. The second one will be alright too probably. It'll get tougher and tougher after that, establish a schedule for them or something. Who knows? But I'm posting this one, enjoy it. I'm sad with the new changes. Serge is right in everything he has said. F it, I'm too lazy to retype all my thoughts so I'm going to copy and paste what I sent Serge in a PM. "You asked that question in your recent crackdown on the Off Topic boards. You say some of us are too old for this site. I agree, some of us are too old for the site that you envisioned. It's your site, you do what you want with it, I respect that completely. However, this is why I'm still here, despite not reading a new comic book in a good 3 or 4 years probably. I'm here because I grew up here. I've learned a lot here and it isn't from the debating of comics. It's from the political, social, cultural debates. Between having Ivan come in here and talk his educated talk to Rhekarid beating understanding and acceptance into me to having Soberguy smear his bleeding heart liberalness over the site, I've learned a lot. From who I am, my views, how to express them, and so on and so forth. I have outgrown the point, or rather, your point of this site. But I don't think I can ever really outgrow something that has influenced me as much as this site. This message is not some farewell letter for me to get banned. I respect and agree with what you are doing with the Off Topic board. It's your site, do what you want with it. That is not to say that I like it. That said, I'm not defending the thread that started it. LoneWolf is a bit of an idiot who has envisioned a perfect person and demands everyone to be that way. I am, however, attempting to defend the right to continue these adult topics. Your target audience, I'm afraid to say, is completely different than your actual audience. This is of no concern to you as membership does not affect you in any sort of way. However, I just don't think that you can ban everyone who does want a bit more adult topics here. I don't know you and you don't know me, so maybe this is the humanist in me, but I don't think you can be that, well, bad of a person. I don't think you can banish people from a community that means something to them. I could be wrong, but I hope I'm not. You haven't banned Soberguy yet, and it seems like he's making posts that are similar to sirmethos, darkender, and Mr. Green, all of who were banned, so something is going on in that brain of yours that shows that you aren't banning everyone who speaks up. Again, this isn't me asking to be banned or defending racist statements. This is me saying it is your site, do what you like with it, but know that it has changed and evolved from what you wanted it to be, better or worse. It evolved from a desired 13-16 year old comic haven to a community of people ranging from 12 years old to Soberguy's 40. They've found a place here and they've been here for years, decades even. Don't take it from them now." Now, Serge said it's time for some of us to grow up and move on. Soberguy has done that. i fear that M Bison will do it very soon (if I know him at all) and I think Nova will do so as well. When they leave, who else do I come here for? Treach doesn't troll non-FPL topics enough and I'm too lazy to get back into the FPL to see all those people post. So this is me growing up and moving on. When I stop posting these blogs, that'll probably be the last I post here on the EF. After 6 years here, which doesn't even compare to some other people's tenure here, it's been a great time. As said in my PM to Serge, the EF has had a huge impact on my life. I won't forget it and I'll always remember some of the people I met here. Until Alzheimer's kicks my ass, of course.
  3. 1 point
    Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (non-spoilery) Season Aired: Spring 2020 MAL Link: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Watch The Show Link: kawaiifu Review: This show adds to the ever growing list of "Isekai" Anime that have been released over the last few years. Isekai is a genre that revolves around a normal person from Earth being transported to, reborn or otherwise trapped in a parallel universe or fantasy world. Usually, the fantasy world that the protagonist is transported to is based on a video game that they are playing at the time. That is, they become their game character in a reality that is based on that game. Now, I have a soft spot for Isekai shows because I get all the game references. It turns out that all those years I spent playing World of Warcraft come in handy when viewing Isekai Anime shows. This one, however, was a curve-ball for me because it revolves around a genre of games I don't ever play: Romance and Dating Simulations. Further, the protagonist is put into the role of the villain of the game. That is quite unusual. Typically, the main character enters the fantasy world as a hero. I was intrigued by the concept from the start. The Plot in a Nutshell: The female protagonist is transported to a world based on a romance game she is playing. There, she assumes the role of the games villainess, Katarina Claes. She quickly figures out what is going on and realizes that she's in deep trouble. She is the main villain in the story and every ending for Katarina Claes in these romance stories is bad. Some endings are simply terrible while others are very fatal. The show then deals with her gambits to avoid each bad ending and her interactions with the cast of characters inhabiting the romance story - including the actual game heroine. To her advantage, she appears in-world as the child Katarina Claes. So she has some years to put events in motion that will derail the natural arc of her villainess trajectory. My Verdict: This take on the Isekai genre is novel and I was on board to see how she was going to avoid her bad endings. The cast of characters is colorful and, while each does inhabit a certain romance character archetype, they are well presented with good personalities and motivations. Katarina Claes must navigate the traps each romantic archetype presents, so it's fine that we understand that the characters will not stray too far outside their archetype box. The art was colorful, well animated and provided some sumptuous costuming and locations, as one might expect from romance fantasy. The series started strong, however it did not finish quite as strong. It could have benefited by having more intrigue and by having escape from the bad endings a bit more challenging overall. The show does throw in a surprise at the end which helps make things a little more harrowing for Katarina Claes, and therefore more satisfying. I was engaged start to finish, though. I did not consider dropping the show. SCORE: 3.5 out of 5
  4. 1 point
    It shouldn't end... I've seen plenty of things come and go. Bleach is ending Kiruko-san ended with a short 3 volume run The resting of the Ferret... I was hoping this day never came but... I'm afraid it did. I arrived long ago; I think in 2000. No account, just found a site talking about who'd win between Naruto and the New Teen Titans. I didn't think I'd ever join a site where votes determined the winner but hell, I like talking. Picking my name from a couple I liked (and I really wish I can change it but hey, it grew on me), making enemies, studying and learning new characters, and even provding an opinion and improving my writing. I don't want this site to go. I don't want it to end at all... But sadly, everything ends... Its a cruel fact of life. There are talks of people continuing the legacy. I really hope so. I want to continue my stories, I want to talk to familar faces, and hopefully more people who know manga, games, and other things so its easier for me to not be left out. Now, as I listen to 'Roundabout' by Yes. I fair my friends a fond fairwell. If you need me, my Deviantart is open as hakuxtemari, or my Youtube account as DonPatch, my XBL as Aka Yomi... Ah hell, I'm rambling on now. You can find me, and hopefully we take these happy memories along. Requiescat in pace CBUB. And with that, KibaxHinata withdraws cooly.
  5. 1 point
    Yeah, I'm back, more or less. Hopefully a good chunk of you remember me. For those of you who don't... Hi. I'm Canis. There's virtually nothing to like about me. Anyhow, I have now returned. I'll leave you to decide whether or not it's a triumphant return. Meh. Sooooo.... yeah. I've noticed the site's gone through a complete overhaul, so can somebody please 'splain to me if there's anything I need to know? That'd be greatly appreciated.
  6. 1 point
    I should preface this by saying I don't think the title will have much to do with this blog post whatsoever. Anywho, it's almost midnight and I'm listening to Cat Stevens and attempting to write a paper about the difference between current day Chicago and 1950's Chicago's sense of community. Cool story bro. Ran 83 miles this week (I'm including my 3 mile run tomorrow). That's pretty cool. Except I farted blood today, my testicles hurt when I walk, much less run, and my hip is tighter than a 2 year old. Disgusting language, but I did my best to use scientific terms. Me and my friend (because F grammar, amirite?) just finished watching No Strings Attached. To quote a character from that movie, "I'm single as *vulgarity*". But Natalie Portman IS SO GOD DAMN ATTRACTIVE. It fills my heart with a whirlwind of emotions. I'm happy that there is such beauty in this world. Then I'm like "*vulgarity*, I'll never get that shit" and so I hate Natalie Portman for it. Got me a haircut today around 5. 7 hours later, I'm still digging hair out of my ear. DOUBLE YOU TEE EFF MATE? I'm in a bit of a pickle. I told one guy I'd room with him and now he's pretty set on rooming with me, but my #2 choice of rooming just opened up and I'd really rather room with him. The other guy isn't really getting the hint that I don't want to room with him. However, I do actually flip flop between who I want to room with. Let me begin this with a list of things I want in a roommate. THINGS I WANT: 1. Someone who stays up late on Saturday nights. Someone who hangs out, ya know? #2 choice went to bed at 11:30ish. The other guy went to bed probably around 10 or 10:30. *vulgarity* me, amirite? 2. Someone who has brotalks, pillow talk, whatever you want to call it. When it's 10:00 on a weekday, time for bed, I want to be able to say "Hey man, this guy was a real douchebag today". #2 choice is perfect for that. Other guy is way too quiet. Great listener, but not sure about talker. If I wanted a great listener, I'd talk to myself as I jack off. Or pray to God. As it happens, I went with the latter. Sorry, penis. On one hand, you got the guy who I've taken upon myself to take care of him as if he was a 2 year old. He's my #2 choice. On the other hand, you got a guy who just kinda keeps to himself, really quiet, blah blah blah. Ha, I thought of Hunger Games. I don't care for spoiler alerts so *vulgarity* you guys. At the end of Mockingjay, when she ends up with Peeta, because she didn't need Gale's fire. She needed Peeta's peace. It would be nice to come back to a room and know that it will be completely quiet. Nothing but peaceful. Either way, this blog has turned into myspace. A look into the deeper thoughts of me. Maybe Nova can use it as a case study for his psych major or what have you. I'm tired but I want to get somewhere on this paper before I go to bed. So there's that.
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