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  1. Long long time :O

    It's been an extremely long time. Remember how active this place used to be? I 'member :(
  2. ACen Survival Map

    Out of boredom and memories of being lost on the convention grounds, I had an idea of making a Google map of the con area. On this "survival" map will be food, stores and general areas of interest. I went ahead and placed the cosplay meetup locations on the map as well. Expect updates for the 2011 convention! http://bit.ly/survivalmap NOTICE PART DUEX! Since I'm no longer an active part of this convention, I will not be updating this map. I have opened it up to the general public to edit. I'm very glad people have found it useful. If someone wants to take ownership of this map, I'll gladly give it to you. Happy Updating!
  3. Hi guys.... =D Anyone remember me?

    I remember you! Hai! :P
  4. New macpro

    Oh yay! A Mac debate. Well I can give a reasons why I don't own any Apple products. 1) The MacOS sucks. The MacOS is based on a Unix like kernel called FreeBSD (which is good), but Apple is not using it well. My experience with Mac is I've never seen an OS be so memory hungry in my life. I start up Photoshop on Win7, about 1GB of memory used (which is not that great), but I start up Photoshop on Lion and there's over 2GB of used memory in buffer? Seriously? Most computers don't have more than 4GB of memory in them. This means over half of my computer's resources are tied up in Photoshop alone? I can go on why I really don't care for the MacOS, but I'm going to stop here. 2) The hardware sucks. Once upon a time a friend had a MacBook and the hard drive died on it. She asked me if I could take a look at it. Up for a challenge, I said sure, why not. Usually a hard drive replacement is a fairly simple task on any other hardware (Remove bad hard drive, buy new hard drive, install new hard drive, install OS. done!), but doing a hard drive replacement on a MacBook was a nightmare. First off, as the original article confirmed there are proprietary screws and connecting parts that must be BROKEN to access it. The dead hard drive was a standard SATA hard drive, but it had a little apple logo on it. Once I saw this, I knew I was in a world of hurt. So I purchased a new SATA hard drive from newegg and slapped it in. I tried to put the laptop together the best I could, but it wasn't perfect because I just didn't have the tools for it. I had the OSX Leopard disk and I'll just stop there. It was a total nightmare to try to get working, I did eventually get it working with some unethical hacking. 3) The Apple cult. Sorry guys, but I have to go here. I hate the Apple cult. While this doesn't apply to everyone, I've met many Apple owners that have the general consensus of "My /*Insert device here*/ is better than yours because it was made by the almighty Apple Inc." I'm mean, really? I will give Apple credit though. They have innovated some pretty cool stuff. The one product they created which is pretty nice is the iPhone. They made an amazing interface for the ultimate personal computer. Yes, my Asus laptop may have been on the clearance alise at Tiger Direct and the battery life may be really bad, but my Asus laptop does everything I want it to do for the fraction of the price of your MacBook. Not only that, but I can do what I want to it like upgrade the memory or change the hard drive. 4) Software available to MacOS. The software selection is not great for MacOS. The software that is available is usually very expensive when compared to a Windows alternative. Developing software for any Apple product is usually not a fun experience either. A great example of this is Apps from the App store for iPhone vs Apps from the Android market. In order to get your application you developed into the App store for iPhone you must pay Apple to list and review your application. Android is open and completely free. As an amateur software developer, I am very reluctant to develop for a platform that I need pay them in order to develop for them (if that makes sense.) Well, that's enough I guess. About me though? I'm a linux user. I run OpenSUSE on my personal computer an I run Windows virtually for applications that just don't work in linux. Most of the programs I use on my linux machine were 100% free. Linux isn't perfect though. It can be a royal pain in the #$@ to get it to work the way you want it to. I really don't recommend it to anyone unless you're a computer hobbyist. We do have some good things going for us though. There's a lot of free applications that work great that are available for linux distros. Thanks to the humble indie bundle we have some awesome games that work linux natively. http://www.humblebundle.com/
  5. Q101 is reborn at Q87.7 as QUnderground. No real big releases on it yet and their website is found at http://www.qunderground.com/ Even though it can be a little stale, it's great to have Q101 back on FM in Chicago!
  6. Q101 is back as Q87.7 (QUnderground)

    They have the same callsign. WKQX. As far as I'm concerned, this is the real deal.
  7. That's pretty sad if that's true. God bless America...
  8. Train to acen

    The only thing that's different is the smell of urine is stronger on the blue line. I once witnessed a bum defecate himself on the blue line.
  9. 5.26.12

  10. NATO Summit

    I got to work from home in my PJs today because of NATO. I say bring it. NATO-cation here we come!
  11. Policital topics getting canned here.

    I have actually been noticing the same trend. I will give the mods some credit though, their job is not easy. While everyone has their own method of "moderating", closing threads or removing provoking posts is a very common and effective way to keep the peace on the forums. Ultimately, that is the job of the moderators. I will put my two cents in though. Instead of closing threads and removing provoking posts, I find it was much more proactive to gently remind everyone that respect is required while posting on the forums. People are very passionate about politics, religion, home life, morals etc. When people disagree on topics they are passionate about, tempers tend to flare. Once upon a time when I was a mod, my approach was to remove posts and close topics as a last resort. I'd rather hop in, remind everyone to be respectful, then let the debate continue.
  12. The difference between guys and gals

    While I haven't read everything, (sorry guys, you all type a lot :> ) I do want to speak on one awful, terrible topic. ~ ~~ ~~~ ~~ ~ !!!Le Friendzone!!! D: Every person's worst fear! Being friend-zoned. It's terrible thing to go through. Why? Because people tend to think that being friendzoned is a guarantee that you will never be in a relationship with this person of interest. Well I can't say what statistics say on the friendzone, but I'll share my experience as the person delivering the friendzone in a relationship. In my unprofessional opinion, a friendzone is a cop-out. As a male who really had interest in a certain person, I wanted to get to know this person. This person also showed interest in me, but I was very gunshy about pulling the trigger on a relationship. So what did I do? I dropped this person in the friendzone to keep this person close, but not too close. She knew that I did it; I made it obvious. I attempted to keep this fluffy friendzone up as this wonderful best friend kind of complex, but then something happened. She persisted to break the friendzone over and over again (which made me very uncomfortable.) After a while and a few gentle breaches of the friendzone, I thought that maybe going beyond the friendzone wasn't a bad idea. So I became open to the idea of a relationship. I've been in a relationship with this person for over two years now and I couldn't be happier. Moral of the story: If you feel that you're being friendzoned, don't automatically take this as no hope for a relationship. If he or she is being friends with you in the first place there is a reason for it! If you really want to break the friendzone, do it! Is it risky? Yes, but what's the worst that could happen. You receive rejection? You ruin the friendship? If trying to reach out to someone in an act of love is going to ruin a friendship, then how strong was this friendship in the first place? Anyways, that's my story and my very opinionated opinion.
  13. Google Zerg Rush

    Go to http://www.google.com Search "Zerg Rush" That is all lol
  14. So after ACen 2012 I will say that overall I was happy that I went. I got to see a lot of friends that I don't get to see very often. I got to see a lot of awesome and creative cosplays, but this year sat with me quite different than all the others. I showed up Friday and found quite a few people to hang out with and... drink. Which sounds fun, right? Well it is, but how is that different than any other weekend for a 25 year old? After wandering around and checking out the panels and checking out the other events happening, I just didn't really feel like going. So I ended up hanging out with friends and then finally going to bed. Saturday I ended up walking around again and finding friends, taking pictures, checking out panels and then going to the dealers hall. Which was also a mildly fun time, but then all of the Saturday night stupidity started happening. The Saturday night crowd showed up in full force this year. I just generally felt out of place and ended up going to a friend's room to hang out. Then when it was really late, panels were packed, the hotels were just busting at the seems with people and the only thing I really could find to do was... drink? I just really didn't feel up to it, so I packed up and went home to sleep in my own bed. I never would have done this in the past. For the past 6? years I've been going to ACen, it was my favorite weekend of the year! Now I'm just finding it tolerable. Now I don't say all of this to knock ACen in any way. While there are certain aspects of the convention itself I do not like, that's not what this post is about. I just feel like I've "grown out" of the convention scene. Not sleeping for 3 days straight just doesn't appeal to me anymore. ACen also just doesn't have that "con" feeling to me anymore. How I remembered ACen was spending way too much money on items in the dealers hall that were actually hard to find in the past. It was finding someone or a group of people with a very similar interest as you and talking about it for hours on end. It was finding truly intriguing panels like how to build a cosplay in 5 minutes or Q and As with people in the industry. It was playing apples to apples 'till 5AM. I just don't get that experience from ACen anymore. Anywhos, I'm, again, not trying to direct any of this towards the con itself. I'm just wondering if people feel the same way, like they just don't find cons really all that fun anymore.
  15. Just wanted to thank IRT for being fantastic this year. Yes, there were a few rude and obviously stressed IRT staff I delt with, but majority of my interactions were polite and professional. Elevators: OMG, elevators were fantastic this year! There were a select few IRT staff who manned elevators that just seriously made the experience great and kept the elevators in working order! Please keep this system going... forever. I know it's got to be a terrible position. I would hate to be in a cramped smelly elevator for hours on end. There's a few elevator staffers I would love to recognize once I remember what their callsigns were. I think I know who a certain person was, but I'm double checking. Fire Alarm: I was in the Hyatt when the Fire alarm happened. Obviously in a situation like that there will be a sense of urgency with staff and attendees alike. The whole situation actually felt like it was under control. I was really blown away how well the situation was handled and a huge thanks to IRT for that. General Interactions: I had a few IRT members ask me to not stand in front of doors, asked me to not be a certain area, stay on the sidewalk etc. I only once experienced someone being slightly rude to me. Everyone was super courteous and professional. I hope this was similar to everyone's experience and it was far different from my experiences with IRT in the past. Great job guys!
  16. I really like this idea. There should be an "Elevator Operative" fanclub. Seriously the unsung heros of this con.
  17. The Sickness

    I never seem to get sick after ACen. Not sure why. I think it's because I ride the CTA everyday which is kind of like going to ACen every day. I think I'm just immune to everything.
  18. Maybe I'm just getting old?

    Tempting. Very tempting! The only qualm I have is that it's not local :< but I have always wanted to go to at least ONE youma.
  19. Yeah, I'm coming back. You can let go of ACen but ACen will never let go of you ;)
  20. Maybe I'm just getting old?

    Yeah, thanks guys for the pointers. There has certainly been some enlightenment on the whole situation for me. I think next year I will certainly return. I also like the suggestion of going to different conventions. I think I'd like to see what else is out there. I think next year I'm also going to be a little more proactive about meeting up with people during the con. I kind of slipped out and lost touch with a lot of people. I also realized I missed Thursday's meetup. I won't miss it again :)
  21. your favorite acen 2012 moment

    Meeting a person I've known on the internet for 6 years that I finally met in life for the first time! That was awesome :)
  22. Maybe I'm just getting old?

    rrtycoon2: What a wonderful and well written post. I think you seriously nailed just about every topic that I couldn't quite put into words. You're absolutlely right, on so many levels. I think for me personally you nailed something right on the head: You're absolutely right. ACen was always an "escape" for me. Previously when I was at con, I was never worried about school, work, student loan payments, car payments, other people's well being. It was just about having a great time and escaping life for a weekend. I've noticed as I've gotten older and as my responsibilities have progressed with my age, the tougher it is to escape from real life. The whole time at con I'm thinking "I've gotta remember to pay the bill this weekend, rent is due Tuesday, I really hope my car doesn't get towed." This wasn't how I was in the past. I never really thought about it, but I think you nailed that one on the head. I pretty much can relate and agree with everything else you wrote on some level and it really does explain why my attitude is different towards the con. Could it be age? Yes, absolutely, but that's (edit)not(/edit) the sole reason. We've changed as people becoming more "adult." I don't know if that's a great way to explain it, but that's the best way I can figure out how to put it into words. Well, I guess "growing up" has its ups and downs. To be honest though, I wouldn't trade what I have now for my past life. It's all about moving forward at this point. </DrPhil>
  23. Maybe I'm just getting old?

    I know dude! I was thinking that on Saturday night. I was pretty bummed.
  24. Pictures?

    http://www.ACen.org/forums/index.php/forum/117-picture-time/ /me flutters away...
  25. 2012 Attendance Guess

    Remember JGuy. With great power comes great responsibility. This is something I'm not so great with. *also rubs hands together with a sinister look* :3