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#2551510 Regarding Henry Blanco

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.

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#2549586 Regarding Henry Blanco

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. 

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#2621399 Henry

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. smile.png


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. 






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#2634929 The MW Health Thread...

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.  

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#2622598 Man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do.

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.

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#2594780 But everybody's doing it!

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 :)




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#2623535 Family Millarworld

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!

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#2621542 Henry

Posted by Mikha'il Tegler on 12 January 2014 - 06:37 PM

Mike was kind to write to me today about the very sad news about our man, Henry Blanco. As I recall him, he was a very jovial and kind person. A devout Catholic and librarian, who's favorite movie was Lawrence of Arabia. Of course, Henry was so much more then these few words even to me, a distant acquaintance.
I hope, in regards to his faith, he is somewhere better now, and that his family can take a lot of comfort in that. 
I have thought of him often since the news of his cancer came to us. Thank you again, Stephanie. 
This particularly touches home, because I recently lost a friend who had cancer and had been struggling with it the last two years. His loss too is keenly felt.
To respect and celebrate, Henry's life with me on this forum, chat, and e-mail, I will donate to CANCER.ORG and watch Henry's favorite movie. 
For Millarworld: remember Henry as your President. You might as well know now I rigged that election. You couldn't have gotten a better man for the job if I let democracy get in the way.


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#2612677 Nelson Mandela dies

Posted by Robert B on 05 December 2013 - 10:54 PM

Not posting at all would have been "no comment".

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#2604654 Pictorial delights!

Posted by Steve Sensible on 03 November 2013 - 08:03 PM

Christ, you lot need a swift kick sometimes.
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#2599808 Images pilfered, sans attribution

Posted by Steve Sensible on 14 October 2013 - 06:16 PM


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#2646309 Gar is coming to New York!

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!



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#2632700 Hilariously Titled Image Thread

Posted by brucegray666 on 27 February 2014 - 09:11 PM

Via Elliot Balson on Facebook:



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#2625271 Man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do.

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.

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Posted by Mark Millar on 13 January 2014 - 11:15 AM

I just wanted to start a wee thread here to say how sorry I was to hear about the death of one of our old moderators here on Millarworld, Henry Blanco AKA Quilty. We actually only met once, back when I was in New York last April and went to visit him in hospital, but like many of you I knew him well from the board and he's been here since Millarworld was nothing more than a thread on the old Authority boards, a full year or two since before we even had a website of our own.


I'd heard about his illness just before I did a Jupiter's Legacy signing last April in New York so it seemed like a good opportunity to pop in and say hello while I was nearby, his hospital just a twenty minute cab ride from my hotel. We'd heard from his family that he might not be conscious and sadly he wasn't when I was sitting with him, but I chatted for a few minutes in the hope that he picked something up and left a little gift for when he woke up, which his family told me he did every now and then.


He mainly communicated with a pen and paper by that stage, but his mother had said to Stephanie from the boards that he talked fondly about this place and all the friends he'd made when he was part of the community. I'm sure I speak for all of us here when I say that I'm really saddened to he's passed away, but hope he's found piece from the suffering he's endured for some time now.





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#2620983 Act Professional

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.

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#2617570 How many people post here regularly now?

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 smile.png


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. 

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#2615845 Delight and Mirth through Pictorial Images!

Posted by garjones on 19 December 2013 - 06:13 PM


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#2609292 Photographic Evidence of the Internet's Soul

Posted by garjones on 21 November 2013 - 02:49 PM


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#2594802 The Image Thread Has Risen From The Grave

Posted by David Meadows on 20 September 2013 - 01:11 PM


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