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Posted by James Dodsworth on 01 July 2014 - 09:07 PM
Posted by stephanie familiar on 12 January 2014 - 04:48 AM
After a very long battle with brain cancer, Henry passed away on January 8th, and was laid to rest this morning. He was 41.
Online, he was a very private and guarded person. You may have known him as Quilty, Marion Quiltowski, or as that mod with the whomping stick. He reached out to me a few years ago, and got to know him quite well. We wrote the kind of emails that took days to write (we’d end every email with “see you in two weeks!” because that’s how long it would take to compose one) and would have spanned ten pages had we written them on paper. He loved classical music (he tried to get me to love The Firebird as much as he did), Central Park, dreamed of seeing Vatican City one day, and his favourite season was Autumn.
I asked him once what his imaginary life would be. He said he’d have a little boy who’d share his love of comics, a daughter who was a dancer, and he’d teach history (high school or college, he couldn’t decide). He couldn’t picture a wife (Thora Birch maybe?) but they’d live in New York in one of those converted apartments that used to be a therapist’s office, and it would always be Fall.
Reading back through some of his emails, he was so eloquent and smart. You can tell that a lot of thought went into every sentence that he wrote. He talked about you guys, the guys who left MW for greener pastures, and that he even had Tegler ban his IP address once because coming here so often was affecting his work productivity.
I don’t believe in Heaven, but Henry did. For his sake, I hope there is one and that he’s there right now, finally without pain, without worry, and looking down on the people he loved. I’m going to miss hearing his New Yawk accent on the other end of the line, telling me everything's gonna be okay, calling me ‘kiddo.’
His obituary may be found here. Please take a minute to leave a few words in the guest book for his family. Send me a PM or Facebook me for an address if you wish to send a card. Thank you for the support you've given him and his family in the past. It meant something to them.
Rest in peace, Henry.
Posted by Arjan Dirkse on 19 July 2014 - 12:56 AM
I can't understand how you can't take even a little pride in your appearance. If you don't respect yourself how do you expect others to respect you?
Yeah, I'm sure it was meant in jest but I agree with Arjan (without condoning his choice of words). That was a bit tactless, Jim.
Arjan I don't know much about your personal situation, but if you think it's acceptable to go through life being dirty I fundamentally disagree. MW may be a safe place, but it doesn't entitle you to not hear opinions from others. Living in a bubble doesn't help anyone. I don't expect you to apologize but it's sad you can can get so angry about a fundamental expectation of decent human behavior.
I'm pretty confident these days that people don't take offense at my lovely aroma, just to get that out of the way. As I said, I shower pretty much everyday, the days I don't shower it's because I overslept or something and I'm in a hurry to go out. But at least in this climate I think most people could get by with just washing a few vital parts daily to get rid of any sweaty odours, and showering maybe 2-3 times a week.
I have pretty severe OCPD combined with a social phobia, which used to mean - in my case - that it's difficult, most of the times impossible for me to face any person I don't know, especially anyone of the female gender, for fearing rejection - there was just a continuous tape going on in my head telling me "you're worthless, you're stupid, you're ugly, you stink, nobody likes you, you'd be better off dead". It took years of therapeutic sessions and feedback of people - friends and two lovers - to assure me I didn't stink, and I was a person who was worth existing. It's something that doesn't really go away, but it's somewhat easier for me now to interact with people.
So your post just said "you stink and that's why girls don't like you." To suggest that odours are the reason someone doesn't have a life partner even without knowing - or smelling - that person, is incredibly offensive. Internet doesn't have an olfactory interface yet, so we can't have a " smell off" here to compare personal fragrances, which means that it's just fucking stupid and insensitive of you to make such claims. I am not very angry or anything, but your attitude just betrays that you can occasionally be a bit of a smug, self centered bully.
It wasn't even directed at you Arjan. I don't know anything about your social life. To be honest I didn't read any if your posts. I was mainly focused on Oguls pride that he doesn't wash his hands after wiping his ass and I love giving Jacow a hard time because he's easy to rile up.
Sounds like you've been dealt a shitty hand dude. I wish you the best of luck with it.
"Shitty hand" might be a poor choice of words.
Posted by Mike on 10 May 2014 - 08:49 PM
I've been reminded it's ten years ago this weekend that I first met people from Millarworld in real life, which ended up with me, John, Bruno and Mike dancing through the streets of Bristol in the early hours singing Hollaback Girl.
When I turned up at the hotel I was frankly terrified, the receptionist couldn't understand me, I couldn't understand her, and someone shouted across to me that I was a Nazi. And then Alice appeared with a pint, and it all got better.
Some of my best friends are now people I originally met here. This place is ace. Just wanted to say that.
Though that that weekend was ten years ago IS frankly terrifying.
Posted by Ulf on 07 March 2014 - 03:18 PM
Hooray, I have my wife back home! The downside: the cancer was further advanced than hoped and we're looking at six months of chemo. But this too will pass. She's home and she's intent on beating this thing once and for all, that's all that matters.
Really makes you appreciate the little things in life.
Posted by T Masters on 16 January 2014 - 12:51 AM
The good news, which has just been confirmed, is that the article I wrote about life post-backpacking is getting a double page spread as a feature in Saturday's paper. The feature story will also showcase some of the photos I took travelling, which is pretty cool.
The downside is it wasn't a paid gig, and the paper is The Telegraph (not the most reputable of Australian papers, although not the worst) Still, somewhat cool news and I'll link to the article when it pops up on the weekend.
Still haven't heard back from that job however I contacted their HR department who told me they haven't received the report from the panelists yet, and to try again on Friday. Also, I should find out whether I've been accepted into Sydney Law then so it potentially may be an interesting weekend.
Posted by Nicholas Taggart on 14 December 2014 - 05:55 PM
Posted by garjones on 19 July 2014 - 04:47 PM
The Queen Lantern Corps:
Posted by garjones on 16 July 2014 - 03:53 AM
Posted by Steve Sensible on 17 April 2014 - 06:22 AM
Yeah it's tricky to link to here. I posted it on Facebook though if anyone else wants to add from there.
It's Jerry, Al and Gar!
Posted by James Dodsworth on 19 January 2014 - 11:25 PM
So, after a delightful afternoon/evening out with Mike and Sanjay, and Gibsonian popping by as well, my thoughts turn to what this board has meant to people over the years. A lot of people have passed through here to one extent or the other through its various incarnations.
We all interact in some small way through this board and I know a lot of you think it has been a bit of an inner circle at times, but it is what you make of it, we're all very accommodating here. I have found some of my closest friends due to the various forms of the board.
I would like to say that my wife and I are expecting our second baby in July this year, adding to the growing number of babies born since this board existed. Nevermind the large number of us who have married or found partners along the way.
So, what do you like about Millarworld? Let's be positive, tell tales of good things that have happened because you are (or were) here. Even if it's just what you've observed happening on the board - how did it make you feel?
I have many stories that I'm sure my friends will crossover with, but I want everyone to feel as though they can say something positive about interacting or just lurking here.
I promise Al-X* will not log any of it.
*cybernet bows to no mortal!
Posted by Mikha'il Tegler on 12 January 2014 - 06:37 PM
Posted by Mike on 04 September 2014 - 09:10 PM
I bloody love it here.
And Matt, the last time you tried to share the love, I ended up with a mild concussion.
Posted by Chris Fenton on 23 July 2014 - 09:53 PM
The greying gentlemen with a hole in his hair cut is my Dad, walking out with the England team at the commonwealth games opening ceremony.
Posted by Ulf on 02 May 2014 - 04:45 PM
Posted by brucegray666 on 27 February 2014 - 09:11 PM
Via Elliot Balson on Facebook:
Posted by T Masters on 28 January 2014 - 07:07 AM
After not getting into Law at the University of Sydney, I called up their Head of Recruitment and asked them why not.
The dude explained that my marks from high-school weren't good enough. I told him that I had figured holding a Masters and First class honours might have overshadowed that.
He said I had a point.
He said that unfortunately there were no places left but if I wrote an email to him explaining my case he would show it to The Dean.
They have now made a place just for me and I have been accepted to study.
The above is proof as to why I will be a lawyer-y genius.
Posted by Kiel Bowman on 10 January 2014 - 10:38 AM
It's official: After a three month hiring process, I've been selected to teach English at Thailand's top university. I'm so unbelievably stoked.
Posted by T Masters on 27 December 2013 - 10:22 PM
I've mostly stopped posting. It was a conscious decision and I can't go into details without getting personal with other posters here,
I'm really saddened to read this. I was thinking last night that both you and Nathan were perhaps the two biggest absences felt in the boards.
I think we've got something really rare here -- and it's perhaps the most human interaction you're likely to find on the internet. I know sometimes we can get into petty arguments, and certain posters drive me up the wall, but that is just how friendship works. Ogul and I can post screams at each other until the cows come home: I've sworn at him and he's written some derogatory things about me, but at the end of the day I really like the guy and he really likes me. We post on each others Facebook wall and I value his opinion because it's sure to be very heavily considered. Without having met him, he feels like the type of person I could have a beer with and pick up a friendship after years of not actually talking to each other.
We've known each other for years now and there's not a single person on this board who is similar, or who is someone's lackey, or is a mystery, which is what happens on all other message boards or forums. We know each other's names, what we look like, we know about each other's relationships, our hopes and desires, our secret shames; we recognise each other's bullshit as just being bullshit and that's what real friendship is. We've got it here because we've been talking to each other for years. I miss you when you don't post because I like reading your posts, even if they are about the Glory of Obama
When I was living in London and I met Sanjay, Mike, Dodsworth, Stranger and Steve for the first time I was completely bowled over by how warm and welcoming they were. I took a friend of mine from outside the boards to one of the drink-ups once and he couldn't work out what it was we had in common: between the 6 or so of us, we were all of different professions, hugely different personalities, varying levels of intraversion and extraversion, and yet we get along like old army buddies. I don't think we even talked about comics. It wasn't comics that we had in common, it was this board, and because we knew each other so well we had short-cutted to the type of friendship that might otherwise take a decade to build.
When I was backpacking, and I ended up in Scotland, I sent Alan Taylor a message asking if I could stay at his place. I had never met the guy and only knew him from co-owning a team on the SFL, and when my bus arrived at Edinburgh at 3 in the morrning, he was there waiting for me, took me back to his place, introduced me to his girlfriend, shared a beer and I went to sleep. I lived in Edinburgh for about 2 weeks, and not once did I feel like I was imposing, and I discovered I had a really strong affection for the guy, despite not having ever met him. I got to meet Bruce and Craggy there too and it occurred to me that I had travelled to the other side of the world to get drunk with people I had met on the internet. I loved it. The people I've met here, whether I've never actually shaken their hand in person like, Ron or Ogul or Arjan or Robert or You, or I was lucky to meet during my travels in Europe, like Mike, Sanjay, Steve, Christian, Gar, Ben and countless others, I value dearly as friends. And that's not some lonely internet-shut-in talking because I can guarantee you, and anyone who has met me will attest to this, that I am not that person. I just like spending time on the boards with you guys.
It's not a terrible board.
Posted by Patrick A on 20 January 2013 - 09:09 PM
There is no first amendment here, so we are free to moderate on a case by case basis and the moderator are mostly chosen by their ability to understand what needs to be left alone and what needs to be handled so as not to impede the conversation.
The mods will invisible (nothing actually gets deleted) anything that is deemed to be a major offense against one of the rules (generally speaking personal attacks). They tend to moderate "look at me" posts or posts which derail a thread. They will also "censor" anything that is outright racist, homophobic or sexist, especially if it is out of context of a conversation.
For example, if someone where to post a stupid and offensive picture, a picture that anyone with a lick of sense would recognize shows a completely moronic understanding of the social interaction of functioning human beings at best and is misogynistic at worst would probably get invisibled. For example..