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Jul 13, 2004 03:49 # 24361

Bunk *** tells about...

White Stars, NAO & Me

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I just logged in one morning and bam, there they were. Three white stars following my name. The top rank on Netalive.

I was a bit surprised actually. There are other people here with lower rank who have written tons of great posts. It felt like something of an accomplishment I suppose. I think I'm allowed to have at least a little ego boost, aren't I? It sure looks nice.

Anyway, I thought it was about time I said a little about myself and Netalive. (this is something of a ramble, be warned)

For starters, I'm kind of a lazy person, but in an odd kind of way. I can have a hard time getting myself to do things, but if I decide to do something, I make sure try and put my all into it, and be the best that I can. I guess you could say I have a pretty competitive nature that way, I want to be the best. But not in a mean kind of way. I like people. I often manage to see things from other peoples perspectives. I try to understand why people say the things they say, find out what their reasoning is.

I'm a huge believer in the power of communication. If there's one thing reading Victorian novels has taught me, it's that open communication would make a world of difference. Language, if properly wielded, can be a thing of immense beauty, and can make us think in ways we had never previously considered.

Getting back to myself and Netalive, I have for most of my life felt that I had some pretty cool ideas inside me. Throughout the more recent years, increased exposure to other peoples intelligence deposited me with a much needed dose of humility (... a high enough dosage, well that's debatable :p). But I also began writing for really the first time in my life. I enjoyed it, the satisfaction of creating, so I continued.

I was also, on a completely different subject, getting bored with what I had been doing on the internet, which was basically not much. I figured their had to be something more out there, so I did some searching, and I found Netalive. Previous to that, I had thought a bit about joining an online forum, but I really didn't know anything about what that would entail. So I tried it out, and needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

I have since visited a number of other forums on the net, to see if this one was really standard, but I found that a lot of others are rife with the kind of things this place tries to avoid; vulgarity, flaming, spam, and brainless nonsense. On top of that, I must hand it to Jaz, this is an excellently designed site. The interface is smooth and easy, simple yet totally functional. The look and feel are refined and relaxing.

All this is made alive by the core group of great people who have been interacting here for a while, mixed with an eclectic and interesting selection of one timers, occasional guests, and newbies. I try to give as much of myself as I can in terms of content and personality, and I feel I get a lot in return. In the time that I've been here, this place has helped me by exposing me to new things and ideas. Also, my writing has aquired during my time here a never before had sense of clarity and purpose.

Anyway, I'm going on a bit here. To anyone still reading, you rock! ;p I've spent a lot of time here. But there is no better place to be online. (with the possible exception of Javanoid ;))

In here I am Bunk, and that is my name. But I have my real name as well, and this will be the first time I use it here.

Thanks for reading. -Phil

But I can't find no place or nothin', where thrills are cheap, and love is divine

This post was edited by Bunk on Jul 13, 2004.

Jul 13, 2004 17:15 # 24390

mace *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

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Congrats on your white stars. You are worthy.

Personally, I'm satisfied with my single white star. It indicates that, while I'm somewhat respected, my posts are sometimes ill-recieved.

It makes me feel like I've spiced this place up a bit with some controversy. And probably some rude, uncalled-for behaviour.

...

*moons everyone*

Jul 13, 2004 21:22 # 24397

wizz *** laughs about...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

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Careful! A post that funny could earn you a good rating, and before you know it, you got that dreaded second white star.

Lucky for you, apparently not everyone laughed as hard as me, so you should be safe. :-)

'Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman. 'Get stuffed!' the Harlequin replied, sneering.

Jul 15, 2004 04:01 # 24483

Bunk *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

not everyone laughed as hard as me

I did. :D It was a good demonstration of the other use for star like symbols...

*nodding affirmatively*

But I can't find no place or nothin', where thrills are cheap, and love is divine

Jul 14, 2004 21:55 # 24474

eljefe *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

Welcome to the cadre of the white stars :D

Mine came quite quickly too, though it was more of a jump from red to 2 yellows over the course of a weekend, then slowly I got to 3 white stars. I havn't been as active or written as good of posts as I have in the past and hopefully I can fix that, but this isn't about me :D.

Congrats! I count the ...minutes... until r_pendragon get's 3 white stars and knocks null out of the highest ranked user in all of NAO.

Pistol Grip Pump In My Lap At All Times

Jul 15, 2004 00:34 # 24475

null *** replies...

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and knocks null out of the highest ranked user in all of NAO.

Never! :-P

(Seriously, I'm still #1? Wow... well, who cares. :-) As long as it means more good posts I don't mind giving up that position.)

"*sigh* Some men are really hard to manipulate!" - Orchid

This post was edited by null on Jul 15, 2004.

Jul 15, 2004 04:19 # 24485

Bunk *** replies...

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Congrats!

*doing Elvis impression* thankyou, thankyouverymuch.

I count the ...minutes... until r_pendragon gets 3 white stars and knocks null out of the highest ranked user in all of NAO.

Yeah, pendragon is writing possesed... It's pretty scary, the list of all her posts is like a forest in springtime. :p

null appears to be taking it in stride, but I'm sure he's secretly planning some diabolical defensive scheme...

But I can't find no place or nothin', where thrills are cheap, and love is divine

Jul 15, 2004 07:25 # 24503

null *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

but I'm sure he's secretly planning some diabolical defensive scheme...

Shit, how do you know? Well, just don't tell anybody, okay?

"*sigh* Some men are really hard to manipulate!" - Orchid

This post was edited by null on Jul 15, 2004.

Jul 15, 2004 15:14 # 24533

Bunk *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

Shit, how do you know? Well, just don't tell anybody, okay?

Oops... I'll call CNN, get them to stop running the story...

But I can't find no place or nothin', where thrills are cheap, and love is divine

Jul 16, 2004 09:59 # 24555

null *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

Oops... I'll call CNN, get them to stop running the story...

On the other hand... how much would they pay??

"*sigh* Some men are really hard to manipulate!" - Orchid

Jul 16, 2004 12:36 # 24560

Bunk *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

On the other hand... how much would they pay??

That depends... does your plan include any car chases, terror threats, or whirlwind relationships with famous people?

But I can't find no place or nothin', where thrills are cheap, and love is divine

Jul 16, 2004 13:59 # 24564

null *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

does your plan include any car chases, terror threats, or whirlwind relationships with famous people?

All of those, plus the relationship you mentioned will end in a gay wedding. And mountains of WMDs!

"*sigh* Some men are really hard to manipulate!" - Orchid

Jul 23, 2004 17:18 # 24721

eljefe *** replies...

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All of those, plus the relationship you mentioned will end in a gay wedding. And mountains of WMDs!

Damn, the conservatives and liberals will shit all over this one. The conservatives for the homosexual happenings, and the liberals for gun/weapon control.

Pistol Grip Pump In My Lap At All Times

Jul 16, 2004 13:16 # 24561

r_pendragon *** laughs about...

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Oops... I'll call CNN, get them to stop running the story...

Too late, I saw the broadcast-- even Japan gets CNN. In self-defense, I've wrapped my head in steel and put tinfoil around my kneecaps. Wait, I've gotten that backwards, haven't I? :) null, I don't suppose I could tempt you to call off your horde of, er, highly-trained monkeys with a peace offering of shrink-wrapped squid? It's my local specialty.

Alas, and here I thought my plans for NAO domination weren't quite so transparent... ;)

Anyway, the real reason I wandered over to this thread was to give you, Bunk, your much-deserved props. I know I'm not much of a replier (mostly, I'm trying to get used to the site and things), but I do read your posts and I find them to be very insightful and interesting, often thought-provoking. Having said that...

Omedetou gozaimasu! (Congratulations!)

-Rachel

My stepdad isn't mean, he's just adjusting. -Death to Smoochy

Jul 16, 2004 13:33 # 24563

Bunk *** replies...

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I do read your posts and I find them to be very insightful and interesting, often thought-provoking. Having said that...

Omedetou gozaimasu! (Congratulations!)

uh oh... I think I'm switching sides. :D

But I can't find no place or nothin', where thrills are cheap, and love is divine

Jul 16, 2004 14:04 # 24565

null *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

null, I don't suppose I could tempt you to call off your horde of, er, highly-trained monkeys with a peace offering of shrink-wrapped squid?

I don't think so. But you could always use the squid to scare them away! :-D

(Seriously... is squid a common food and do people actually eat it, or is it just used to scare children? I suspect the latter, but with Japanese people you never know! *makes suspicious face*)

"*sigh* Some men are really hard to manipulate!" - Orchid

Jul 16, 2004 14:10 # 24566

r_pendragon *** replies...

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Seriously... is squid a common food and do people actually eat it, or is it just used to scare children? I suspect the latter, but with Japanese people you never know! *makes suspicious face*

I wish I could tell you it's the latter, but unfortunately, it really is a common food, and people really do eat it. It shows up in the box lunches my company orders oh, at least once every two weeks. Nice little tubes of chewy white nastiness that I push around with my chopsticks, eventually giving them a decent burial under the plastic grass.

I long for chicken...

The whole squid, dried and neatly sealed in its infamous plastic wrap is, as far as I've been able to ascertain, only available around the New Year holidays. But you can get all sorts of pre-packaged squirmies and wigglies-- take your choice of octopus tentacles, squid bits, fish heads with the eyes still in, dried shrimp (including the heads), the list goes on and on...

I love Japan, but it is genuine culinary torment.

My stepdad isn't mean, he's just adjusting. -Death to Smoochy

Jul 16, 2004 15:05 # 24568

Orchid *** throws in her two cents...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

Yes, squid is a common food, and I'm afraid not even in Japan. ;) They sell them here, too...

"Sie wollen nichts anderes. Sie wollen kämpfen! Sie sind Soldaten! Fucking Wahnsinnige!" - Noel G.

Jul 23, 2004 17:21 # 24722

eljefe *** replies...

Re: White Stars, NAO & Me

Alas, and here I thought my plans for NAO domination weren't quite so transparent... ;)

You've gotten along far enough noone could stop you now :P

And sadly I couldn't contribute enough to the battle against...good... for I have lost my will to post like I used too :(

I'll call it NAO block, but... SOMEDAY I WILL THWART YOUR PLANS (well, maybe not me, probably Null or Bunk)!!!! After I have some donuts... ;)

Pistol Grip Pump In My Lap At All Times

This post was edited by eljefe on Jul 23, 2004.


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