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    whenever i go into gap the stuff i like is more than i'd want to pay for it =(

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    Quote Originally Posted by mystic_guard_sinoel View Post
    whenever i go into gap the stuff i like is more than i'd want to pay for it =(
    ya I hear ye.

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    Silverwmoon here, things have definitely changed.

    Before:
    • Last year of high school/ first few years of University.
    • Loved school.
    • Lacked confidence in myself and my abilities.
    • Depressed, had just gotten kicked out of my parents place and was struggling with the change from a house of 6 to not talking to a person beyond classmates for weeks at a time.
    • Tried to be nice to everyone.
    • Didn't know what a real relationship was, between friends, family or lovers.
    • Read manga all the time.
    • Hid any feminine charms I may have had.

    Now:
    • 6 classes left!!!! So f***ing sick of school.
    • More confident, training martial art, working at a rather technical helpdesk.
    • Found and am living with the man I think I might marry someday.
    • Deeper relationships with friends and family.
    • Too busy to pick up a book or manga.
    • Finally stopped shopping at second-hand stores and wear decent clothes .


    So yeah, it's been kinda neat to see the changes in people, especially when I don't stop by often. I met martyr in person, we dated for a few years... I still remember a lot of you very fondly and sometimes I think I should go meet up with Vol (and others who'd like) and go drinking.

    Nice to see you're a bit happier Chuu, never a slut luv. Canadians still rock eh Coolpups? Hope life's treating you well Steal. Miss your physics posts Aikido. and Miss the general vivacity of Vphamv, 98 Dante and mgs. Wish I'd been around more when Sharko and oldmanhobo were around.

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    Yo Silver.
    You still keepin' up with 12.3?
    Cause I certainly haven't been. >_>
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverwmoon View Post
    Silverwmoon here, things have definitely changed.

    Before:
    • Last year of high school/ first few years of University.
    • Loved school.
    • Lacked confidence in myself and my abilities.
    • Depressed, had just gotten kicked out of my parents place and was struggling with the change from a house of 6 to not talking to a person beyond classmates for weeks at a time.
    • Tried to be nice to everyone.
    • Didn't know what a real relationship was, between friends, family or lovers.
    • Read manga all the time.
    • Hid any feminine charms I may have had.

    Now:
    • 6 classes left!!!! So f***ing sick of school.
    • More confident, training martial art, working at a rather technical helpdesk.
    • Found and am living with the man I think I might marry someday.
    • Deeper relationships with friends and family.
    • Too busy to pick up a book or manga.
    • Finally stopped shopping at second-hand stores and wear decent clothes ;).


    So yeah, it's been kinda neat to see the changes in people, especially when I don't stop by often. I met martyr in person, we dated for a few years... I still remember a lot of you very fondly and sometimes I think I should go meet up with Vol (and others who'd like) and go drinking.

    Nice to see you're a bit happier Chuu, never a slut luv. Canadians still rock eh Coolpups? Hope life's treating you well Steal. Miss your physics posts Aikido. and Miss the general vivacity of Vphamv, 98 Dante and mgs. Wish I'd been around more when Sharko and oldmanhobo were around.
    SILVER!!! :D :D :D Hiiii luv <3
    Wow I haven't seen YOU in ages. Awww this place just got one step more nostalgic.
    Tell us about your man plox!! :D

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    You dated Martyr irl... i feel surprised but also like I already knew that... Im fine btw, nice to see you again tho :]


    I'd like to die with the songs I love stuck in my head. I hope to make the most of these hollow bones we become.
    I raise a toast to the the souls that sang all along. I've been gathering friends to just to make some sounds,
    before the ship goes down, I've been making amends by making the rounds before the whole world ends


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    I always feel warm and fuzzy when I get mentioned in a reminiscence.

    Hey Silver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverwmoon View Post
    and Miss the general vivacity of Vphamv, 98 Dante and mgs. Wish I'd been around more when Sharko and oldmanhobo were around.
    I miss the good'ol days too. We should all hop on IRC for old times sake one day. =D
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    Wow, time flies. And these threads always leave me feeling empty, depressed, and yearning for the hallowed days of my youth. My psychiatrist will probably interpret this as me being unsatisfied with life, but that would be a complete lie. Or would it? I don't know, I don't have a psychiatrist.

    -Part I-

    I first joined this forum in June of 2006, due mostly to boredom and a growing interest in Modern Japanese visual culture (insert half-hearted reference to Haruhi and Endless Eight). At the time, I was but a young lad of sixteen years, entering the summer before my final year of high school. I'd never kissed a girl, never held a girl's hand...hell, I didn't even have any close female friends. I had no computer to call my own; there was the family computer, a slow lumbering behemoth of a machine that would struggle to load more than 5 tabs at a time (and in retrospect, probably chock full of viruses). I had been introduced to manga and anime by a friend of mine. Gantz, I believe, was my first encounter with the artistic medium that we all know and love.

    Bear in mind, at this time scanlation was still by and large considered underground. To download chapters of your favourite manga, you'd have to either download from the group's website, or learn to use IRC. And of course, there was a smattering of smaller websites that offered either forum downloads or direct downloads, but the selections were few and most of these websites tended to shut down after awhile.

    The same friend who'd introduced me to the adventures of Kei Kurono and his slick-haired friend (and Tits McGee) also introduced me to StopTazmo. I recall being a “leecher” at first: downloading chapters and not contributing to the community in any way. And thus, my addiction grew. The next series that got me hooked was Battle Royale, a story of a group of 40 kids stranded on an island, forced by the government of Japan to kill each other to death. I remember awaiting lunch period eagerly every day, so that I could meet with my two other manga-reading friends and discuss the latest plot developments. The death of Shuya's best friend; the cold-hearted Kiriyama betraying his friends; Takako Chigusa and DAT ASS; the demise of the lighthouse girls...our discussions went on and on. Eventually, I began to notice a strange feeling, deep inside. A feeling that my heart was two sizes too sm-I mean, a feeling that I needed to expand the discussions of my favourite manga to outside my immediate (and quite tiny) social circle. I recalled that the site where I downloaded all of my manga had a discussion forum of some sort, so that was where I headed. And thus the seeds of my destiny were sown...or something like that.

    -Interlude-

    From what I remember, grade-11-me was, essentially, a pure-as-driven-snow lawful-good moralfag virgin of the Internets. I'd heard of 4chan (not yet of reddit), but had never actually visited the place in any great detail. I was addicted to an online text-based rpg called Kingdom of Loathing. In fact, I'd nearly failed grade 11 because of that game. I was also hugely into Yu-Gi-Oh!, with most of my disposable income being sunk into that hobby. I mostly read horror novels; the more gruesome, the better. I had a core group of 5-6 friends, but nobody that I would have confessed my deepest, darkest secrets to (like that huge crush I had on...whatsername). I generally kept to myself in class, and quite honestly, would have been completely out of my depth if placed in a room full of strangers. I volunteered at an organization called S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Sino United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society) and awful lot, partly because I enjoyed it, and partly because it was the only place I could really be myself in. I listened to bands like My Chemical Romance (favourite band in high school), blink-182, Sum 41, and Fall Out Boy, partly because they were stupidly catchy and partly because I didn't know any better. I played the violin, although I hated the instruction (but loved the music). I was completely unconcerned with fashion, and my dad bought all of my clothes. At the time, I owned exactly one pair of jeans. I had no idea what to do with my life, and had anyone asked, would have answered with one of the traditional Asian holy trinity of careers: doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Life, for me, was just something that happened while I basked in the company of my manga and 2D heroines. And as stated in the opening of my monologue, I had never known the touch of a woman.

    -Part II-

    When I first joined StopTazmo, I posted exclusively in the Gantz, Suzuka, and Misc. Series subforums. Chit-Chat, at the time, was a complete unknown to me. I knew some of the more prolific posters (StealDragon, Digital_Eon, CPR) by name only, and couldn't have told you about their personal lives if my life depended on it. The only poster I felt some sort of kinship with was Mojo, because we'd troll the Suzuka subforum after each chapter release (and each pregnancy scare, as the series progressed).

    Coolerimmortal was another poster who I still remember distinctly today. I suppose that, when I first joined, he served as a sort of role model for me (a senior for the freshman to look up to, in a sense). In my childish sixteen-soon-to-be-seventeen mind, he served as an example for intelligent discussions, mature taste in manga (BERSERK, in every recommendation thread ever), and, uh, beacon of charisma, or something like that. In any case, my memories of this time are rather vague; I can only remember engaging in many thoughtful (and not-so-thoughtful) discussions about various series, browsing through recommendation threads to find new series to read (which eventually lead to me developing a taste for mostly seinen manga), and trolling the best teenage pregnancy manga ever penned by man. My occasional forays into Chit-Chat were met either with threats of being banned by CPR (for spam, if I recall correctly), or general apathy. StopTazmo was, at the time, by and large an “Old Boys Club”, so to speak. If you were an older member, and thus known to other old members, your voice was highly unlikely to be heard and if it was, would be summarily ignored.

    I don't remember the exact time when I first began visiting Chit-Chat regularly. All I remember was that in the fall of 2007, fresh into university and in possession of my very own laptop, I logged into IRC for the very first time. In a time when the StopTazmo IRC channel was still very much active, the discussions we held in the Chit-Chat subforum carried over to real-time multiplayer notepad. Several characters from this time stick out in my mind: AuroraStar, who gave me the nickname “Emo_Wandering_Bear”; Gibwy, the buxom Canadian brunette who may or may not be a teacher; Jyuu, the techie; Dante, the most interesting man in the world; Mojo, the Chinese nationalist; Digital_Eon, the one who does not shower; Chuu, the artist; Deuce, the one who eats dog; MGS, the shota; and vphamv whom I would later find would share many of my interests in Japanese animation, particularly in the works of Makoto Shinkai. With this merry band of outlaws many laughs were shared; the logs in the IRC subforum are merely a tiny sample of the laughs we shared through the endless days and nights.

    -Part III-

    But alas, all good things must come to an end. The inexorable passage of time eroded even the most steadfast of e-friendships. People grew up, embarked upon careers, squabbled in inter-forum politics, took up schooling, and eventually simply could not find the time to visit anymore. And slowly, the discussions that once echoed through the halls of StopTazmo came to an end. With less and less people posting every day, I also began to lose interest in the forum. What had once been a website I checked every night, even resorting to refreshing the pages manually to view new replies, became a website that I checked once a week, and only if I remembered to. I made an effort to visit the IRC channel from time to time, but with the meeting of new friends from university who frequented irchighway rather than Rizon, along with most of the regulars leaving due to life/arguments with other members, I eventually stopped visiting. StopTazmo became a rosy memory of a time when I had little responsibilities, and having a good time meant a mug of warm tea and several volumes of my favourite manga. I still kept in contact with several forum regulars on MSN and Facebook, but StopTazmo was a chapter of my life that I've decided to close.

    -Epilogue-

    So what am I doing with my life now, you ask? What are my interests, who are my heroes, what are my aspirations? Sadly and regrettably, I no longer read manga. Perhaps it was due to online reading being taken down by publishers. Perhaps it was due to a lack of decent reading material. Perhaps it was due to the disappointment I felt when a series I had looked forward to for so long went out not with a bang, but with a whimper. Or perhaps I had simply grown up.

    In the years following my introduction to manga and StopTazmo, I'm changed quite a bit as a person. “No shit,” some of you may be saying, “it's been more than four years, of course you'd be different.” Of course, the fact that I'm now a university student did a lot to change my outlook on life. I am no longer terrified of being in a room full of strangers; apparently, “outgoing” is the word many people use to describe me. I read mostly sci-fi and fantasy novels, with George R. R. Martin and Guy Gavriel Kay being two of my favourite authors. I went through a phase when I played games like Counter-Strike: Source, Team Fortress 2, and Left 4 Dead religiously. Nowadays, I don't game as often. But when I do, I prefer Dos Equi-Bioware RPGs (and Left 4 Dead/2, occasionally). I've expanded my musical tastes to include everything (except Country and Rap), with the Arctic Monkeys being my current all-time most-played artist. I no longer play the violin, and have not touched it in two years, although I am still passionate about music. I've become more meticulous towards fashion and personal grooming, although my dad still buys my pants. As of this past September, I've stopped volunteering at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. on a regular basis, with the reason why being, in a way, similar to why I've stopped visiting StopTazmo. I have a group of friends whom I'm very close to (yes, these are people I'd feel comfortable revealing my crush on whatsername to). I work at a department store stocking tampons, Coke, and rice cookers, and I play ball hockey with the aforementioned friends on most weekends. And perhaps most importantly, I've still yet to kiss a girl.

    And that, my friends, is the story of the things that have changed since the beginning. If you've managed to read through all of this, I salute you. If not, well, your mother is a whore and your breath smells of cheese.
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    Good story Be0. Hope for the best in the girl department.

    PS. by "ball hockey" do you mean roller hockey?


    I'd like to die with the songs I love stuck in my head. I hope to make the most of these hollow bones we become.
    I raise a toast to the the souls that sang all along. I've been gathering friends to just to make some sounds,
    before the ship goes down, I've been making amends by making the rounds before the whole world ends


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