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Robbie Rage

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Posted on 11-22-16 10:50:03 AM, in How did you get here? Link
I was actually a regular poster on the first incarnation of Acmlm's Board many years ago under a different name. A friend from high school originally introduced me and some of our mutual friends to the board, and it became a staple of our online presence at the time. I loved the Sim-Battle Arena and Story Forum, and it was one of my first forays into the world of creative writing. It was simple, a bit crude, and so much fun.

Over time, we all began going inactive as we began graduating and other priorities began taking over. I still lurked and occasionally posted all through the second incarnation until some personal matters came to pass. In addition, the original user who introduced me to Acmlm's Board, a guy who posted under the names Trunxy and Jin Dogan, unexpectedly passed away in a swimming accident. After he died, it felt like a huge chunk of childhood innocence was gone. His memorial was the last time all of our real life "Acmlm friends" were all together.

Years later, in a fit of nostalgia, I dug up thousands of my old posts from the old board's archive. They were super awkward to the moon, but it was a wonderful time capsule to a far simpler era in my life. During my search to chronicle what happened to the board, I eventually stumbled onto Xkeeper's site and discovered this board. I was super excited to see that Xkeeper, Colin, and a number of other Acmlm "alumni" still were around in some form. I immediately made an account, and here I am.

I don't know how much I'll be posting here in the future, but at the current moment I'm just glad that the Acmlm style of forum posting, along with the people that made it great, still continues today. To Xkeeper and those from those earlier incarnations, I sincerely thank you for the part you played in some very fun years, no matter how small your part may have been. Thanks for keeping the board experience going, and I look forward to whatever comes next.
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Posted on 11-22-16 11:07:24 AM, in Overwatch Link
Anyone here play on Xbox One? I picked it up during the last free weekend and got hooked.

Looking forward to those Symmetra buffs too. I love how annoying she can be on defense.
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Posted on 11-24-16 01:15:05 PM, in I wrote a lot of words about stuff, including this place Link
I know I'm late to the party, but I want to thank you Xkeeper for writing up all of this. As an oldbie from the days of the first incarnation who has spent the past few days trying to figure out what went wrong, this seemed to answer most of my questions. So, kudos to you.

However, I find myself wondering what is really desired here. Is the end goal to build a community like the original Acmlmboard, or improve this one as much as possible?

If the goal is to improve this community, I like the proposed idea of a time / post based "lock" on users to open up certain areas of this board. I definitely see the need / original intention behind a board like Jul, so I really wouldn't worry about being all things to all people. Jul is tough enough to find as it is, so I can't see a measure like this affecting the core community here very much at all.

However, if the goal is to build a vibrant, active community open to a wider audience, perhaps a different approach would be helpful. From what I've seen thus far, the people who ask about someone "creating a new community" are often really asking about bringing back the best parts of a previously existing one. In this case, referring to the robust community that was the Acmlm's Board I1 & I2 era.

If the goal is to create a bigger, well-regulated community, I wonder if integration with the only other major semi-active AB in a Google search, Kafuka, is the way to go. Those that remain on that forum seem to carry the same spirit of "wisdom with age" and the desire for a better community that this place does. It just seems a bit odd to me that two communities with members who have similar values and goals don't team up to a common end.

There's a lot I could say on this subject, but right now I'm more curious about where people stand. What is it that people really want here?
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Posted on 11-25-16 12:18:57 PM, in How did you get here? Link
Originally posted by unsociallly minded
questions as i am curious -

1. is this the most active board?
2. where is acmlm? emuz?



First of all, welcome! I have a similar background to you, as I believe I was part of the summertime influx you mentioned, or at least not long after that. I'm also checking out what remains from those days, and this is what I've found so far:

- What remains of the singular Acmlm's Board community seems divided across three main boards: this place (Jul), Kafuka, and Board2.

- At the current moment, the most active board of the three definitely seems to be Kafuka, and has a great deal of older names you may recognize. Acmlm still has an account there, and Emuz continues on as an administrator. Xkeeper and other former regulars remain exclusively on Jul, though some (like StapleButter and myself) have accounts on both boards.

- Board2 seems like it used to be quite active, but is now largely abandoned save for a few sporadic posters on the rom hacking forums.

- If you're interested in learning more about the progression of things since then, Xkeeper crafted this great blog post talking about the history of Acmlm's Board and the original purpose of Jul. I highly recommend checking it out.
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Posted on 12-23-16 09:57:31 AM, in I wrote a lot of words about stuff, including this place Link
Thanks for the reply! I'll try to address the main points here as best as I can:

Originally posted by Xkeeper
There wasn't really a goal. I don't think there can be a community here any more, beyond what there is now; we don't have a focus beyond TCRF, which is generally already well-served by its wiki and IRC channel. I just wanted to talk about what things used to be for a while.


I had a feeling that was the case, but with the odd comment from others here and there about new users and such made me question that. That, and occasionally other users from the Acmlmboard "universe" will reference other boards and each other. So I was left a bit confused as to what people (and you) wanted out of a place like Jul and other Acmlmboards.

Originally posted by Xkeeper
I don't really understand what you mean by this. (But you haven't been here in a while, so I'm worried I won't get to find out.) If you mean the "hidden community" portion, that isn't a time or post-based lock as much as it is a "we think we can trust someone" privilege. I don't think it can be revoked or expanded greatly without potentially opening up worse issues, as there is a lot of private stuff that has been posted.


What I was referencing here was indeed the "hidden community" portion. From what I've seen, Jul is hidden and niche enough that, at the time, I believed that alone could work as a deterrent. I thought that those who actually find this place, stick around for a long enough period of time, and make enough posts could eventually prove themselves trustworthy enough.

However, this might only help if an attempted expansion of activity is what people actually want. A solution to something that isn't a problem is no solution at all.

Originally posted by Xkeeper
The community of the old days was largely formed around ROM Hacking, which is a dying art, and only getting moreso every day. Even back then it was starting to fade from its absolute heyday, and at this point it's better served by many other communities out there — even, ugh, RHDN.

The concept of a "general bullshit" forum has largely only succeeded when you reach "critical mass", a size so large that its size alone attracts new people. Even Something Awful has been falling behind that; someone's done some research showing that new user registrations and activity in general are down over the last few years by quite a bit. Social media, micro-updates, and other things have largely killed off the old forum.


This is one point that I do not fully agree with. While the backbone of the old forum was indeed ROM hacking, not everyone who showed up and stayed was a ROM Hacker or a programmer. I certainly was neither of these things. I was into role playing and video games, so the general Mario/RPG aesthetic got my attention, and the RP forums got me to stay beyond the "general bullshit" forum need.

While mediums like Facebook, Twitter, and Discord might scratch that online social "itch" for some people, Acmlmboards like Jul play a much different role in practice. Any community has it's own unique "tone" not just from the unique features that it provides, but also from the users it brings in and maintains. This difference in community tone and service, while not as gigantic as in it's heyday, can still have a unique appeal like it does for us.

Put another way, if Facebook is like a Big Mac in a shopping mall food court, places like this are like freshly grilled burgers in the backyard. You still get fed, but the quality and flavor is vastly different, and will have a much greater appeal for many.

Originally posted by Xkeeper
Kafuka is a board that was created from the fragment of board2 that was left when I got forcibly exiled from it. I have absolutely no desire to try to merge the communities or staff at all (and I do not plan on relinquishing my control over Jul, because... well, split control like that is a disaster. I've already dealt with this enough times and I don't want to do it again.


I feel like I didn't phrase this one quite right. When I spoke of "integration", I was speaking purely on a general user level, never from an administrative one. I know fully well that formally attempting to do something like that is a virtual logistical impossibility, and would just tear communities apart even further. Again, during the I1 and I2 days, most of the staff issues really didn't affect me as a normal user much at all until a board reset occurred. I have always been just a normal user, and cannot truly speak from any perspective other than that.

Originally posted by Xkeeper
The people from there are welcome here any time, mind. But I suspect that most of them won't want to come visit That is a little mean-spirited and doesn't convey what I meant. To put it a better way, "I don't think most of them will want to leave their (similarly) established community to migrate here". They might visit, but Kafuka is "home" to them, much like Jul is home to me.


This is more of what I was referring to, and that's the beauty of the internet. "Migration" isn't really nesscessary in a case like this. People can freely post and "intermingle" on all boards, which is really more of what I had in mind.

As for the "home board" idea, I feel like that isn't quite as universal as it may seem. I don't really see myself as being tied down to one particular place. It just so happens that Kafuka as it stands today has a lot more of the old Acmlmboard features and vibe that I missed, so the vast majority of my activity will go there rather than Jul. I'll still pop in and lurk around here every so often, I just feel less inclined to post more frequently here than I do on Kafuka.

Originally posted by Xkeeper
I used to want to see this community thrive, but I think right now I am okay with seeing it just survive. This forum — or at least, the community that exists here and on IRC — is comfortable and known. There are still some problems, but it's a familiar place I can be with friends.

I don't think that this place will ever be anything different. That's not to say that I would actively be against it somehow revitalizing, but right now, I don't really intend to try to do anything to solve it.


And that just confirms what I kinda figured. I always knew Jul was your baby, and the privacy of yourself and it's core users seemed understandably paramount. When I first made my post, I confess that I was on a bit of a nostalgia high and wanted to see what was possible to recreate the best of the I1 and I2 days while learning from the past. I don't blame you at all for wanting to retain what good you still have here.

Originally posted by Ailure
the main negative thing about the old Acmlm board culture (that did seep into both Board2 and JUL culture afterwards) was the elitism, people liked to counter ignorance by being mean even if a lot of the time it might been someone younger or less experienced, and thus probably only helped to limit the flow of fresh blood (but we covered this elsewhere already before I think ).


Now THIS I remember. For whatever reason, much of the audience of I1 and I2 did skew kinda young, and I was there too. I also remember that some of my earliest I1 posts were some of the absolute stupidest posts ever typed, and it was a valuable period of learning for me. Like it was said, if you end up pushing too hard, you end up losing someone who could eventually grow into a better member of the community.

While this may not be an issue on Jul so much anymore, I've seen it elsewhere, and I really don't care to ever see it again.
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Posted on 12-27-16 08:31:31 PM, in I wrote a lot of words about stuff, including this place Link
I believe Drag summed it all up perfectly. It's a nice tool to keep in contact with people and organize events and such, but I just don't get that much out of it anymore. Twitter is a sort of fun, global forum that I still enjoy, but is limited by it's brevity. Reddit is nice, but it lacks the sort of personal creativity and identity a place like this can provide.

As far as Acmlmboards in general, I suppose there's something to be said for the type of posting that Syndromes encourage and the appeal that it has. I happen to enjoy the odd sort of manic fun that can come from this sort of place where creativity and programming knowledge meet, knowing that general post quality can improve over time.

That said, I totally understand the desire to keep this place as it is and it's own appeal. It may not scratch everyone's proverbial "itch", but there's still a lot here.
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Posted on 01-01-17 06:34:52 PM, in 2017 Link
Happy New Year, people!

I don't have much in the way of resolutions, just some personal goals I would like to see accomplished by year's end, including finishing my masters degree.

Plus, my friends and I had a new years eve party of our own. A nice way to kick things off, for sure.
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Posted on 06-18-17 09:01:42 AM, in Acmlm board wiki Link
Originally posted by Xkeeper
Originally posted by Pokemonmaster1000
I know but IF Acmlm boarding becomes a college subject in the future


The chances of this happening are literally zero. Like, if you want to do it for yourself, that's fine, but don't even try and pretend that this will be taken seriously, ever, even in an alternate universe.


It will obviously never be something like a college subject or the like, but I'm wondering if maybe there is some merit to making this wiki a record of the History of Acmlm boards. Similar to your blog post from a while back, would it be possible to make this a sort of community curated record of the history of the board?

Some oldbies still seem to be around in some capacity, and Acmlmboard history does seem to have some interest in it...
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Posted on 06-30-17 07:57:10 AM, in Acmlm board wiki Link
Originally posted by Xkeeper
The old "Acmlmboard Wiki" is much better forgotten.



Originally posted by dotUser
"IT WAS FULL OF THINGS ELDRITCH IN NATURE.


LET US NEVER SUMMON THE OLD ONES AGAIN."




So I'm guessing that's a no, then?
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Posted on 07-06-17 10:30:32 AM, in Happy 10th birthday Link
I know I'm late to the party (again), but Happy Birthday Jul!

Like others here, I was a part of the I1 Acmlmboard boom in the early 2000s. The Cliff's Notes version of my story is in my first post here, and it's fun seeing what's become of the Acmlmboard "culture" these days.

Like I've mentioned in the past, Acmlm's was my first internet forum ever, and there's still nothing quite like it anymore. As much as I miss the unified community that I1 and I2 brought with it, I'm just glad the communites and entities that made them worthwhile are still alive and kicking.

Here's to 10 more years.
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Posted on 07-06-17 10:38:11 AM, in 16 Link
Wow, I've been around Acmlmboards for about the same amount of time. Crazy to think that, but also kind of cool when you think about where we'll be in the future.
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Posted on 07-06-17 07:40:15 PM, in The Jul Cookbook (Recipes Thread) Link
I love to cook, and I love to find new recipes for tasty things. So why not have a thread on Jul for all recipes, both original and ones you've discovered elsewhere. Share your favorite recipes here!

I'll start with one I've made quite a bit recently: meatballs! This one is actually based off of an Ina Garten recipe, altered a bit to my own tastes. Check it out:

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ROBBIE'S FAVORITE MEATBALLS

1 lb ground beef (85% lean)
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 ground veal
1 3/4 cups Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Pecorino & Romano cheese (plus extra for serving)
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons oregano
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup dry red wine (I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon or Chianti)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 jars marinara sauce (I like Rao's best, but any will do)
Salt and pepper to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.

2) Place beef, pork, and veal in a large mixing bowl and lightly break up the meats with your fingertips and a fork.

3) Add the eggs, garlic, oregano, pecorino & romano cheese, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.

4) Add the wine and 3/4 cup water and mix gently but thoroughly.

5) Scoop out the mixture into balls (about 2 oz each) and place them on the pans. Brush the meatballs with the olive oil.

6) Bake the meatballs for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. Pour the marinara into a large pot and bring to a simmer.

7) Carefully add the meatballs and simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve with the rest of the grated pecorino romano cheese to taste or your favorite pasta.

Makes approximately 26-30 meatballs.
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Posted on 07-06-17 08:58:56 PM, in The Jul Cookbook (Recipes Thread) Link
This one is my go-to party dip, and is the stuff of legend. Make it at your next big gathering, and enjoy your new friends.

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BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

2 10oz cans Hormel chicken breast, drained
8oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup Frank's Red Hot sauce
1/2 cup chunky blue cheese dressing
1/2 blue cheese crumbles
1 loaf french bread, sliced
2 large cucumbers, sliced thick

1) Preheat the oven to 350.

2) Spread the softened cream cheese evenly along the bottom of a shallow 1-quart baking dish.

3) Drain the chicken, and spread it evenly over the cream cheese.

4) Add the hot sauce, blue cheese, and dressing to the mixture. Mix all ingredients well with a large spoon until evenly mixed. Mixture should be a light pink color.

5) Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the dip is hot and bubbly. Serve with french bread and thick sliced cucumbers.
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Posted on 07-07-17 08:09:27 AM, in 95% of my posts are like this. Link
Originally posted by Rick
Then for no reason I have this shorter second line disconnected from the rest.


Maybe because it's useful for rounding out a thought, and the layout is appealing to the eye?
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Posted on 07-07-17 08:33:06 PM, in Jul Pub Link
I used to hate public speaking for all the reasons people mentioned already. However, my mind began to change after taking my first public speaking course in college.

Instead of memorizing a full speech, I learned to put down some bullet points on notecards or a powerpoint instead, and fill in the rest freeform. In this way, all of my focus goes to imparting knowledge and sounding the best I possibly can, instead of putting so much pressure on myself to repeat back a bunch of words in a specific order.

Also, while memorization may not be the most practical way to prepare for a speech, I find that rehearsing what I might say off of bullet points is be much more helpful. Not only do I feel myself getting more and more comfortable with what I might say and soak in what I already know, but it also helps me get comfortable with any time limits I may have (in case, say, I only have 5 or 10 minutes to speak). More often than not, I usually have far less time than I think, making it even easier on me.

TL;DR: Practice and Rehearsal is better than memorization. Notecards always.
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Posted on 07-10-17 10:55:45 AM, in Jul Pub Link
Originally posted by brian151
hardly merits a tl;dr
and tbh, that excuse annoys me...


Which excuse do you mean?

Originally posted by brian151
what you're saying makes sense. still won't change my opinions on taking such courses, and especially on the being mandated.


I'm not looking to change opinions or preferences, just sharing what worked for me in the past.

Originally posted by brian151
Some people aren't cut-out for public speaking, and that's the plain and simple truth.


Do you believe this about yourself? If so, how did you find out?

To be clear, some people will always have a natural talent for public speaking (or any skill, really) over others. However, that doesn't mean that people can't improve, or at least learn the basics to get by if they have to.

Worst case scenario, people can learn their limits and skills and move on elsewhere, but you're never going to know until you give it a shot.

Originally posted by brian151
The sooner schools cut this "jack of all trades" and "one size fits all" bull crap, the better everything will be.


I haven't followed this thread since the beginning, but I have to wonder which "schools" you're talking about. I've noticed this complaint more about the Junior High / High School and 1st year college levels. This doesn't last forever, and the further up in higher education you get, the more majors and specialized training kicks in. Which level are you referring to here?
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Posted on 07-14-17 04:14:02 PM, in Photobucket is bad and you should fix your images Link
I honestly haven't thought about userbars or photobucket in years.

The nostalgia is flowing like wine today.
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Posted on 07-14-17 04:32:34 PM, in What's on YOUR mind? Link
Why do they call it applesauce?

It's more like puree than a sauce.

What gives?
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Posted on 07-15-17 03:17:32 PM, in The Jul Cookbook (Recipes Thread) Link
Assuming the "lunch meat" in question is turkey breast, that combination sounds like my jam.

Speaking of sandwiches, how about a recipe for sliders?

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OVEN-BAKED CHEESEBURGER SLIDERS

2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean or above)
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
3/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 slider buns (Kings Hawaiian work great)
6 slices cheddar or American cheese
Dill pickle chips (optional)
Ketchup (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine beef, bread crumbs, onion, and salt.

2) Gently press mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan so that it makes one large patty of even thickness. Use the tines of a fork to poke holes throughout the meat. Bake for 30 minutes. As it bakes, the meat will shrink away from the sides and liquid will accumulate around the edges of pan.

3) When fully cooked, remove the pan from oven (keep oven turned on) and carefully drain off the liquid.

4) Top the meat with an even layer of sliced cheese; return pan to oven for about 2 minutes or until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes.

5) Cut into 2-inch squares (or the size of the buns used), making 12 mini- hamburgers. Serve with dill pickle slices and ketchup to taste.
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Posted on 07-16-17 06:23:43 PM, in How is your workplace? Link
My building has been really warm since the AC unit keep breaking. Most of the time it's tolerable, but sometimes it gets too warm to bear.

On the upside, the dress code is relatively relaxed, so that's a plus.
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