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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:47 am 
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Folks...

Not that I'm at work, and want to do anything BUT work... But I saw something a little worrying and wanted to check. I've taken the 16 most 'active' members of the board, and had a look.

In the last year, only eleven members have visited the board, and one of those hasn't for 314 days! Out of those eleven, only 9 have posted in the last 100 days, and only 7 in the last month!

Anyone else a little worried that RS is slowly drifting away/apart?


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Have been for a while - I know its the ebb and flow of life, especially now that all/most of us are well out of college and the freedom to just be on the computer. But I agree, kinda sad/scary!

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I still lurk. I've had some health problems this year, nothing serious just constant aches and pains and minor colds/flus from the whole kidney situation. Also I'm in grad school now and studying for a whole bunch of license exams which eats up a lot of time. I guess that's no excuse though given how many "married with children plus jobs and in grad school" folks there are on this board!

I've found myself drifting away from SW though as I've grown up. It's a lot harder to immerse myself in fantasyland these days as I'm working to enrich my Real Life. Anyone else?


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I agree with the ebbs and flows of life; sometimes the nuts of bolts of life require more attention then we'd like. New phases of life require rearranging of priorities. We had a period a few years ago where it got really quiet and looked like things were falling apart-- fortunately, it was just a dry spell.

I guess it all depends if people want to be involved or not. I imagine the core-group will stay (*cough* Where are you Corran?? *cough*) while others come and go.

Moar fresh blood! :mrgreen:


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Myn - I do agree that enriching real life is good and does take time away from fantasy worlds and recreational online activities.

For me, the board is itself one of my enrichment - I can work on writing, editing, challenging myself to create narratives and convey ideas in a fiction-writing manner.

And you don't have to feel guilty - health things and real life combined = busy and tiring, so if lurking is all you have time for or enjoy anymore, its understandable. PS - I hope the health things are resolved/you feel better!

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Ditto, ditto and ditto,

Though specifically I blame my crappy home internet for keeping me away.
It's a rare eve such as tonight when I have a lot of bandwidth to play with. As has been the case when I first joined up the functioning of Skype continues to elude me (Hughes.net simply refuses to play nice with anything that smacks of VOIP) so I've never really been able to participate in real time conversations.

I wish I could get an email ping whenever someone posted anything to the board.

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Piggy - if you select the option to "Subscribe to forum" (found at the top bar just under the "new topic" button when you open, for example, Writers Guild) you should get emails when people update. You can also subscribe to watch the specific topics, if you like.

Controls to verify you have subscriptions can be found under the "User Control Panel" > "Overview" > " Manage Subscriptions"

That way, you CAN get emailed when people post :)

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Even in new topics?
Don't I have to post in the topic to receive subsequent updates?
My primary contact with cyber-persons is via an email based forum on yahoo groups.
I'm not only notified of new posts, the content is emailed to me in full.

[Self Edit] Been fiddling with the buttons. Let's see how it goes.[/Self Edit]

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Piggy - if you select the option to "Subscribe to forum" (found at the top bar just under the "new topic" button when you open, for example, Writers Guild) you should get emails when people update. You can also subscribe to watch the specific topics, if you like.

Controls to verify you have subscriptions can be found under the "User Control Panel" > "Overview" > " Manage Subscriptions"

That way, you CAN get emailed when people post :)

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Hehe, I'm here, Gav. Just been lurking lately, too. It's summer, so I've been spending as much time as possible outdoors and with friends and training for climbing mountains and such. Just got back from 6 days backpacking and fishing in the rugged wilderness, completely detached from any electronic connections, which is always a good thing. And I'll be gone again next week.

But as Myn said, it seems like we're all working to enrich our real lives and find it harder to spend time in fantasyland. And that's a good thing. For being a group of nerds/geeks who used to spend a lot of our free time immersed in the SW universe, we've ended up doing a lot with our lives, getting higher education, picking up activities that mold and shape us, fostering offline friendships/relationships, and traveling the world (Janson and I are looking at a two-week trip to South Africa in the next 6 months).

If we were spending most of our free time sacked out on the couch in front of a TV, playing computer/video games all weekend, or drinking ourselves into a stupor as often as possible instead of engaging in RS and plotting, then I'd say we were wasting our lives and would be spending our time much better by getting a life and/or participating in RS. I don't know that to be the case for any of us.

But on the other hand, for me at least, plotting in RS is a very beneficial activity I should partake in more (especially once the mountains get cold again), because it forces me to think more and be more creative (both things that are and have been helpful to me in life and career). And I've got plenty of plot ideas that will drive me crazy if I don't get them written down soon.

So I'm definitely here and have no plans to drift away, unless, of course, for unforeseen events like going on some crazy long-term world adventure, becoming a published author, entering the world of crime, or getting married to some high-maintenance gal who takes up all my time with Costco runs and choosing between beige and tan window drapery ;-)

But, on the other hand, I don't see my RS activity level increasing greatly anytime soon unless I fall off a mountain and break both legs (don't arrange anything). I'm just glad to still have RS here to dabble in now and again, but as long as I (and everyone else) am still working hard in life, I won't ever be as active in RS as I once was. And that's ultimately a good thing.

And that's my typical long-winded reply.

Hope you feel better soon, Myn. And good suggestion about subscribing to topics, Red. Haven't tried it myself yet.


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break both legs you say... 8)


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Piggy - I think if you subscribe to a forum, In Theory, you should get updates on New topics as well - this is an untested theory mind you.

Hope it works/helps!

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Speaking of us doing a lot with our lives, what has everyone been up to lately? I've been neglecting the online social world.


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General Corran Horn wrote:
Speaking of us doing a lot with our lives, what has everyone been up to lately?

Uhhh.... mostly this, actually.

General Corran Horn pontificated and Piggy Re- wrote:
[S]pending most of [my] free time sacked out on the couch in front of a TV, playing computer/video games all weekend, [and] drinking [myself] into a stupor as often as possible

'cept the drinking part involves the fizzy caffinated wonderfulness known as Coca-Cola, and there has been a fair bit of...

General Corran Horn pontificated and Piggy Re- wrote:
married to some high-maintenance gal who takes up all my time with [Lowes] runs and choosing between [doing things her way] and [doing them right].

I take a weekend here and there to hop around the NY/NJ/PA area so my R2-D2 can attend various 501st gigs.
VW kid Middeltown NJ library Event
Snubfighter Cradle of Aviation Long Island NY

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This one time, I sat down for five minutes, and just did nothing for a while.

That was like three years ago...


Seriously though, I'm just busy, and my creative juices are largely being spent on some new web development work I do on the side, and designing a game world for an RPG I hope to run soon. I'll make an effort to be around more, though, especially with the Plot hitting a new chapter!

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My R2 has now been on stage with Weird Al Yankovic... Twice!

University of Buffalo (NY) July 13 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JORR_zEFsUY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZN3udoECKg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS6Dtms4zWY
Warning VERY LOUD !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTQlfZ3PpaY My POV backstage

Turning Stone Casino (Vernon NY) May 24 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8okyJeGdQA

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Hahaha, nice! I think your lil' R2 has become the most famous non-movie-prop astromech out there.


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I say we break his legs.


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Yeah? YOU and what army of Battle Droids :?:

Bring it on 'spooky dude'! :roll:

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no no no, Horn's legs.


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Oh... My bad. 'Ja need 'enny help wi' dat?

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<runs away with his legs while he still has them>


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Hey,
Anybody here care about baseball?
What's better, Star Wars, or baseball?
How about Star Wars AND baseball (and Bluray DVDs)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US-Rwvff99o

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Hehe, is that R2 unit yours?


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Yup.

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Paid LFL gig in NYC.
Got per diem and a free set of SW Blu-rays on the day of release.
Plus I was done in time to get to NJ to
have dinner with my mom, as it was her birthday.

There should be another spot released in a week or two.


Decided to make a facebook page for R2
http://www.facebook.com/154240427996472

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A week ago today I was at New York Comic Con.

A day or so later I found this at geeksaresexy.net
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/10/16/feature-new-york-comic-con-2011-in-pictures-gallery/nycc35

Apparently this is some new definition for the word 'sexy' of which I was not previously aware. I don't think R2 qualifies as a geek and they can't be implying...

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My ongoing hijack of this thread for all things R2 related continues.
First my R2 now has a twitter feed @R2D2CNY.
I try to get at least one post a week.

This past weekend I attended Steel City Con in the vicinity of Pittsburg PA,
http://astromechbuilder.com/mechloader/v/jonny5/R2appears/steelcity/2012/

where I re-met Anthony Daniels and asked him to sign this pic taken at SCC 2010.
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Then AD says 'we need to take another pic', of me holding the pic he just signed.
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"Now next time" he says he will "sign this 2nd pic".

Heavy meta.

That would all be cool enough for me but then we run into AD at the same restaurant just as we are all leaving the 501st dinner. AD joins us and sits down in teh hotel bar for a 2 hour chat.

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Hahaha, that's awesome. What'd you chat about? And how'd you originally approach him with photo idea?


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The original photo was taken at Anthony's previous appearence at Steel City Con in April 2010. AD was there signing for all three days and Sunday was really dead. (This year he only signed Saturday) At one point that previous Sunday there was no line at all and I just walked up to his table, with R2, and made small chat. While my friends were buying a copy of his wonder column on CD I showed him a small pic of a 501st costumer named Ruby Riensko in the 3PO costume strangling me at a museum gig earlier that year, which I had been using as my online avatar. "So many people want pics of Vader strangling them", I said "we just thought it'd be funny to spoof that. I mean seriously how annoying do you have to be before 3PO snaps and goes for your throat, right?" Then all meek & humble like I asked if he would recreate the pose. My buddy Arnold added "If it's any incentive, no one is saying you have to STOP strangling him once the picture is taken."

Ahhh... with friends like that who need lymes disease, huh?

So this year I got in line early and was maybe 50th. He is amazing in person he walked out form his booth to the point where the zig zag 'cattle ropes' ended and the real line began to snake down the aisle around the room and out the front door. He gave the crowd apep talk before he started signing assuring us he will get to all of us in turn, but to have cameras at the ready and such things so that it all goes as smoothly as possible.
I showed him the image and he immediately remembered me. (or so he convincingly claimed) I suppose my wearing the same shirt, helped. I'd planned to get video of the meet but it was his idea to take the 2nd picture.

After dinner he talked about everything and nothing answered a few dumb fanboy questions, gave a short masters class on physicality in acting, asked us each what we did for a living. There were maybe 20 people.

Please understand that anything I relate to you is heavilly paraphrased from memory and if I retell a story in my ham fisted way (pun intended) I worry that the filter of my american phraseology might make AD come off like a jerk. Nothing could be further from the truth. You just have to hear that lovely british accent of his when you read this and know that Anthony was nothing but charming.

The whole thing was very casual, like sitting front row for a taping of Inside the Actor's Studio.

He said until recently he had never quite understood why people wanted to meet actors. Why they would stand in line for so long just to have the autograph and a brief memory of meeting celebrity. Why when they do meet him they can't seem to remember the answer to simple questions like 'and what is your name?' Then not long ago, he did one of those morning chat shows to promote the SW in concert series. When he learned that the other celebrity being interviewed hawking thier latest movie was Julie Andrews and upon seeing her in the hallway he immidiately turned into the self same type of babbling idiot.

At that moment he began to understand the power our heroes have over us and he has taken pains to make sure his fans get their money's worth out of the time he spends with them. He takes shorter breaks, and several times during a signing will leave the table to walk the line and greet people who are further back to assure them he is in fact at the front of it.

On a side note AD was getting $35 for his auto' and would take pics with fans next to next to a C-3PO standee for no extra charge. Billy Dee Williams was also there and wanted $40 for an auto. No pics with BDW without a additional fee.

BDW's son Cory Williams, who played Klaatu in Jedi, walked up to R2 out on the con floor and asked if someone would take a pic of Cory & R2 http://astromechbuilder.com/mechloader/d/43965-2/aSANY0028.jpg w/ his camera, as did Baywatch babe Gene Lee Nolan. http://astromechbuilder.com/mechloader/d/43970-2/aSANY0040.jpg

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Here is the shot that my camera didn't take.
Sunday morning befere the Con opened for the day, AD stopped in for a qiuick group photo.

I'm kneeling to R2's right in my pseudo-official Wraith Squadron 'pleather' jacket.
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larger image http://astromechbuilder.com/mechloader/d/44040-1/SCC2012group501stAnthonyDaniels.jpg

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Hey!
Here's an old shot from SCC in 2010.
R2 and a rather handsome gent.
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That's quite the account. It's always nice to hear about an actor that's actually human.


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I can certainly understand the desire many 'face' celebrities have to regain their lost anonymity. Having rabid fans constantly pestering you as if you are their best friend can only get tiresome, though I suppose, it is better than the alternative of no longer having them pester you.

Of course, mine is a unique perspective into this problem, traveling around as I do with R2. I recal when I accompanied my buddy's R2 into NYC for the LFL Wall Street Opening Bell Ringing ceremony. That was the day we realized R2 is a MAJOR ROCKSTAR. Like an 'opens-doors-to-the-secret-VIP-room-in-the-club' rockstar.

If you haven't ever been to Wall St. it is a lot of very tall, very secure, buildings in NYC. Since Sept 11th, they have altered the streets in that area by installing this byzantine gauntlet of barricades to prevent anyone from rolling up to some bank's HQ with a fertilizer truck bomb.

(I'd like to take this momment to offer big friendly "Hi There!" to my pals at Homeland Security who sniff internet posts for certain keywords)

So we roll into Manhattan following the guidance of his GPS which keeps saying: 'Turn Left Here', except every side street is blocked by something that looks like the rampart set piece from 'Les Miserables'. Finally we find an open street to turn down, and before we get half a block jumping out in front of the truck is an honest, to goodness, no foolin', Machine gun totin', olive green camo wearing, U.S. soilder, waving at us to go back and shouting: "You can't be here! Turn around". We roll down the windows and say: "Maybe you could help us. We need to get to... [building address]. We have R2D2 for the bell ring...."

That stops him. "R2-d- !?! justa sec."
His eyes jump to the bed or our pickup truck where there is a large crate covered with SW logos that my friend has built for his R2.

G.I Joe ducks back into the small prefab shelter on the curb and gibbers into his radio.
The collosal and very solid looking pile of steel in front of us begins to neatly fold itself into the street like some aquatic Decepticon submerging into a smooth black lake. Joe leans out and shouts; "O.K. guys here's what you do." He then tells us to make one turn and stop at the next gate.

Next gate, different soilder, same 'you can't be here' attitude.

Us: "We have R2-D2."

Joe #2: "R2-D2!?! Really? Kewl!!!"

Two security check points with armed soilders and neither did anything like inspect the car or ask for ID. (We did see the cutest german sheperd)

Somehow it felt very familiar.....
"Oh yeah, we're with R2-D2. You don't need to see out identification."

"Move along. Move along."

Joe #2 tells us to drive a block and a half to our destination: "See that brown awning up ahead? Stop there." We are met by building security who look more like rent-a-cops, but still 100% business. We pop the crate, and roll out R2 onto the sidewalk. They tells us "Just leave the car where it is. It'll be fine." We believe him.

After the gig the street is thronged with people behind a jersey barrier on the opposite side of the road all of whom are simply elated to see the truck with the SW logos on it. They had presumably seen R2 on Fox Business Netowrk and poured into the streets to catch a glimpse. They break into actual 'Huzzahs!' when R2 rolls out of the building. Sadly, the street is paved with deeply grooved cobble stones, or we might have had him roll over to his fans.

Driving home we stop at a rest area for lunch, and over hear some guys geeking out over the TV coverage of the SW characters on Wall St. I look at my buddy and I'm like: "Should we tell them R2 is 50 yards away in a crate in the parking lot?"

He goes: "Naah! Let 'em build their own."

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Hahahaha, that's an awesome story. R2 really is a popular dude. You could probably get into just about anywhere with him alongside. Great punchline at the end, too.


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Anywhere it seems, but Disney.
On at least two occaisions R2 builders have been refused entrance to Disney theme parks.
Some shopping malls also resist R2s appeal for reasons of insurance liability.

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General Corran Horn wrote:
Speaking of us doing a lot with our lives, what has everyone been up to lately? I've been neglecting the online social world.


On Summer break. In August I'll start what will hopefully be my final year of grad school to get a Masters degree in Music Therapy.

I also work 3 jobs. I sell CDs and DVDs at Barnes & Noble, work on campus in the music department as an usher for concerts, and see a few music therapy clients each week.

I've also gained a life size Yoda for my Star Wars collection courtesy of my uncle :D

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Halley Kadorto wrote:
I've also gained a life size Yoda for my Star Wars collection courtesy of my uncle :D


Cool! Good to keep busy.
What is the provenace of your Yoda Pepsi display, Blockbuster?

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What is the provenace of your Yoda Pepsi display, Blockbuster?


My uncle used to work for Pepsi and took it from a store that had one. I thought he told me it was at a grocery store, but it could have been a Blockbuster. He had it on display until my aunt made him put it in the garage for a number of years. Then he gave it to me last December knowing I'd appreciate it. The girlfriend hates it but my roommate and I are quite fond of it.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 8:13 pm 
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Always wise it is, with appearance of the home, to give great consideration, to the opinions of women.

I am wondering... of the two, the one harder to replace, would be which?
You must ask yourself: 'When 900 years old she reaches... as good, will she look?'

What I'm saying is; can you store Yoda at your parents house for a while, or something?

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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:18 pm 
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Haha, well she tolerates it with the agreement that if things continue to work out between us and we move in together, Yoda gets banished to a closet. Until then, he makes a great conversation piece.

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Many moons ago I promised a second video of my R2 at the MLB Fancave in 2010.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lUVW_2b3I0

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<snerk> Nice.


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That is SO cool! :D

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