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Posted by James Dodsworth on 01 July 2014 - 09:07 PM
Posted by Jim Ohara on 22 April 2013 - 02:58 PM
I interrupt this nostalgia session to mention that I'm closing down the fundraiding for Henry. At the end of the day we raised $700 for him. The whomping stick was ordered last week - it came in around $140 for everything, so the remainder will be sent to Henry this week with a card (probably as a cashiers check) containing the names of everyone who posted well wishes or sent him some money.
Well done everyone and thanks to all who gave.
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 stephanie familiar on 16 April 2013 - 08:23 PM
i just talked to him and by talking to him, i mean "at" him. his sister had to hold the phone up to his ear so he could listen to me, because he had a tracheotomy and can't speak. very, very sad, but she said he had a big smile on his face when he heard it was me, and i told him about all you guys and to expect something from you all in the mail soon.
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 Steve Sensible on 18 July 2014 - 02:49 PM
I just won a pair of tickets to see Guardians next Wednesday! F***ing YES!
Posted by garjones on 05 June 2014 - 10:41 AM
I wasn't expecting that response from our premier feminist.
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 Sanjay on 20 September 2013 - 10:33 AM
Today I plan to get all my freelance work done & catch up on the last bunch of Breaking Bad eps before my road trip.
I'll be dressed as a Blues Brother and driving an old converted Merc C180 as part of a Wacky Races/Cannonball Run drive across Europe. We'll be going from England through France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and ending in Frankfurt, Germany - all for charity!
We'll be going in this:
As It's a Mission From Gods (me and one of my co-drivers are of Hindu origin and our third driver is Greek - so we've got a pantheon to choose from!) we've got an icon of Ganesh (the Hindu God of journeys & stories), on one back door and Athena (the Greek godess of poster shops in the 1990s), on the other. Also a mock boombox/megaphone - though we have external roof speakers which to blast the soundtrack from!
It's my first year so we've not gone as crazy as of the other cars - one of the other cars looks like a straw beach hut!
We'll be driving through the Stelvio Pass, which I'm totally buzzed about:
If we're lucky we may make the start of Oktoberfest for a well needed beer
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 Robert B on 05 December 2013 - 10:54 PM
Not posting at all would have been "no comment".
Posted by Steve Sensible on 03 November 2013 - 08:03 PM
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Posted by Jim Ohara on 15 August 2014 - 09:21 PM