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The Old Hack

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On 6/30/2016 at 6:25 AM, The Old Hack said:

I just got the news. He passed away late last night. At least it is over now for him.

*plays Taps*

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Not major sad, just sort of bummed out.
For reasons, I have not been reading all of my rather long list of web comics. I feel a little sad a deleting the book marks for them, but doing a archive binge of several months of 20+ comics isn't going to happen.

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Makes me sad when there's supposed to be *one* safe space for something, and people who don't like it have to come in there and ruin it, even though they already get to ban that something from the rest of the world.

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On Monday July 18, 2016 at 6:07 AM, mlooney said:

Not major sad, just sort of bummed out.
For reasons, I have not been reading all of my rather long list of web comics. I feel a little sad a deleting the book marks for them, but doing a archive binge of several months of 20+ comics isn't going to happen.

This happened to me several years ago. I went from a hundred to sixty to twenty to two. I'm now up at six, but I can't even remember some of them, I get fleeting memories about this or that story I want to drop back to, but I don't have enough to go on.
 

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I just recently did a bunch of cleaning, moving out of the way a dozen or so comics that haven't updated in months or that I decided I was bored with.

So I'm down to 99 comics and comic-like things I'm following now.

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Long ago, I frequented 3 forums; a General Video Game Forum, an Ace Combat Forum, and here. While it's been hit-or-miss most of the time, the one thing I loved about all the forums was this sense of... community. I posted a long time ago somewhere that shared interests are the glue that sticks people together - at least at first. And while at first you kind of need to adjust to the environment, once you get into the swing of things (even just by lurking the comic forums as I do), you start to feel that... sense of catharsis, and that mildly overwhelming-in-a-good-way feeling that here are dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of like-minded individuals around the world just there at the touch of a button. I post about all this here in the sad thread because I feel like with social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter now dominating the discourse, well, the world's moved on. Of the 3 places I used to frequent, this comic forum is the only place left with some of the old community still intact. While I still get that feeling in the new social media (dude, everytime I tweet out #StarCo there's at least 1 or 2 people responding) it's somehow not as fun. Maybe it's partly because people can't do the kind of wild zany things that we can roleplay do here.

Most of all I miss some of the people; of course a few of them are still here (namely Hack, Pharaoh and Zorua), then there are those people I still fondly remember (Heresy, That guy with the Dwemer robot avatar (really sorry I couldn't remember your name, I liked you, man), JJ, Celtic Minstrel, and Lyre Harper in particular, especially Lyre, I was actually really touched when she - around November 2013, checked my old account to see if I was still OK.) To change some lyrics to an old song: 

Some [have left], and some are [staying], in my life, I love them all.

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Ashley, my cat, just died.  She had been having smaller seizures for a week or so, but I thought they were just her biting at fleas.  She just had a larger one and died in my arms.

 

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10 hours ago, mlooney said:

Ashley, my cat, just died.  She had been having smaller seizures for a week or so, but I thought they were just her biting at fleas.  She just had a larger one and died in my arms.

 

I am so sorry. :( Losing a cat is so terribly hard. They grow close to you and become small members of the family.

My condolences.

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My heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Ashley.  I lost my Hobbes last month, and Sir Patrick a few months before that.  It never gets any easier, but it does get better, if that makes sense.

I had a cat with seizures, in her case she'd suddenly run, until she hit a wall or fell over.  Seizures can be weird manifestations sometimes, and you had no way of knowing that was what was happening to her.  Even if you had guessed, and had brought her to specialists, if she went that fast there was likely nothing they could have done.  Seizures can look awful, but she wasn't aware of what was happening.  It would have been very fast and painless for her.  I hope that's some comfort.  She knew how much you loved her, it's been clear in your posts here!

My remaining cat Mary sends you lots of demanding snuggles (and a bit of lingering brattiness)!

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The Tragically Hip played their last concert in their hometown of Kingston Ontario. They'd been a Canadian rock icon for 30 years and their lead Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. They'll be missed.

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I just received word that my music teacher from High School has passed away; considering how big a part music has become in my life this is really, really disheartening - He will be missed.

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Mrs. Prof's best friend at work passed away early this morning.

It wasn't unexpected. She'd suffered from lord knows how many problems with her liver and other organs for years. Back when I was in the hospital in 2009, she and her husband advocated for me when Mrs. Prof had to leave town for a few days. The lady had already undergone several operations of her own even then.

The last blow came when her liver shut down on her. It wasn't a quick process—several months have passed since Mrs. Prof found out. Despite this, the lady continued working, almost up to the end. Mrs. Prof knows the exact details and hasn't shared them with me yet.

I need to take my considerable bulk to the local Big & Tall store and obtain at least an appropriate pair of pants tomorrow. For the service (not sure if it's been scheduled yet). She deserves at least that much respect from me, for the moral and mental support she gave me when I nearly died.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Prof is taking it like a trooper. She'd been expecting this, and I think she was actually sort of relieved when she found out the lady's misery had finally come to an end. She's out of the house now, passing out cat food and medications to volunteer feral cat colony managers. I think she's using this to keep her mind off of the situation.

Mrs. Prof did say one thing about it to me that stuck. She's glad the lady didn't pass on our son's 30th birthday. (Mrs. Prof's father passed on the day in between my birthday (Nov. 19) and hers (Nov.21), turning what used to be a day of silliness and levity into a day of remembrance forever.)

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I don't know how many forum goers here are into golf to any degree, but 2016 strikes again with the death of one of golf's greats Arnold Palmer. He pretty much made it possible for anyone to pick up a set of clubs and drive for the Masters.

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If it were porn with Patrick Stewart in it, I'd *so* be on Twitter instead of here....that man was sexy in the Royal Shakespeare Company in his youth and he's still sexy to this day!

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