Nothing lasts forever

Discussion in 'Metropolis' started by Umaeril, Apr 6, 2016.


The Gates of Horn and Ivory

Two Gates the silent House of Sleep adorn; Of polish'd Iv'ry this, that of transparent Horn:
True Visions thro' transparent Horn arise; Thro' polish'd Iv'ry pass deluding Lies.

  1. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    I did not really used to understand that nothing lasts forever. But I do understand it now and I have for a while. I suppose once someone close dies to you that you come to understand it. Maybe once you get old you understand it too, or if one has a bad illness, etc., etc.

    This board reminds me now of a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Ozymandias:

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
    Nothing beside remains: round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.


    lol, a bit heavy handed but I like it. So should I turn this board into an archive or what...leave it open?
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Forever and One Staff Member

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    It's not so well trafficked as it once was, but it should stay open, I'd say. I check in each day and notice a user here or there also checking in briefly. Not that I'm the most active poster on the site, but I like checking in and seeing that it's still going.

    If you'd like to archive it, though, I can certainly set that up for you!
     
  3. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    I do not feel strongly one way or the other. I like that this place exists, but, well, its practical use seems to have long passed. I would be surprised if anyone other than the four of us has even visited the site this year.

    Just sitting here, looking at it... Makes me weepy. What a tremendous impact this community has had on my life. It would make me sad to think of this place not existing. But, I can let it go if it comes to it.
     
  4. Entervixen

    Entervixen Well-Known Member

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    I still check in periodically, but there isn't much to say. I'm with Dave on this one. I'd like to remain in touch though, so we should exchange numbers prior to that Uma. Dave I had your but lost it. Want to exchange again?
     
  5. Umaeril

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    Well I am just testing the waters. It may be that I would leave it open for another year, I am not sure. But eventually I think...since we really are not using it....it should become and archive. I am grateful for the presence of you three and I am glad that you are here. I wish Ethan would post something.
     
  6. 21007

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    Imagine then if something did last forever. Imagine you were immortal and imagine what you were doing was perpetual. I can think of no more cruel form of torture than an eternity of repetition. Day after day of the same thing over and over. I was fortunate in that I got the lessons about the eternal status quo and nothing lasting forever early in my life.

    I've gone through people and communities dying around me more than I care to mention, but the one thing that lives on until the day I myself die is the memory of it all. Even if the memory is seldom accurate to what really happened.
     
  7. Entervixen

    Entervixen Well-Known Member

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    An eternity of the same thing over and over would be torture indeed. Change can be painful, but it gives us the chance to grow and accept something new.

    Uma, you have been a wonderful friend for almost two decades. You were one of my first online friends, and a friend when I had none in real life that cared. Thank you.
     
  8. Umaeril

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    Hi 21007, it's good to see you and to hear your thoughts. I think immortality would have its drawbacks, but I would not mind some longevity of some sort. I do see what you mean, it would be all the same old thing over and over, yeah. Well we have been lucky here to have this place for a long time and we'll see how it goes over 2016 and make a decision then.

    Aww Entervixen, you are so wonderful, thank you so much and the feeling is mutual! :heart:
     
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  9. 21007

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    As long as you know there is a limit to your existence, it's alright. Even if the limit is absurdly high. It only becomes a torture if you know that your existence is endless. That there is no escape from it. Fortunately that's not really a human problem. Our lives are ever changing because of our relatively short lifespan which causes rapid changes in society and technology as new people arrive and old people leave. It's exciting.

    The same thing is true for online communities. When lots of new people join, it's fun to see new ideas and personalities joining the community. However, the tendency is that after a while the community decays to a small number of core members and becomes static with very little in the way of new people joining or old people leaving. I think a very apt description of this one. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but that's how it ends eventually.
    After all, people are known to seek out new experiences.
     
  10. Umaeril

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    Yes absolutely 21007, I agree with you. This community is just a core few now. No one new comes here but that is ok. I am good with that. I don't have that energy I use to have for being social.
     
  11. EthanDirtch

    EthanDirtch Canuckle Head

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    Change also allows us to appreciate what came before! I've been here and with you, Uma, for I don't know how long now, but I basically grew up with you and under your watch. Being on these forums, and the ones that existed before it, has allowed me to mature. I incorporated all the insight I gleaned from all the wonderful people to have come here over the years, and it's allowed me to inform my own decisions and opinions.

    With all that said, I'm not even sure that--if this is the end--it really is an ending. It feels more like a transitioning, like when two good friends who lived together moved to separate cities or states/provinces. They don't stop being friends, just that their lives are juxtaposed and slightly out of sync. But whenever these two friends reconnect and share their experiences, those moments become magnified.

    Anyhoo, ending or not, it's been a blast either way! Thanks for everything, stay in touch and take care, everybody!
     
  12. Umaeril

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    I don't think we'll end it quite yet.
     
  13. edokitty

    edokitty meow baby

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    I completely understand the desire for closure when a commnity is no longer living its prime. I miss being active in other forums but I also understand people move and lose touch with each other. I would keep it open just to give those long lost friends a chance to reconnect. It's been a long time since I posted before now. I think it was over a year. You could always archive parts of the forums or make a new one for the few that remain. I didn't want to post in topics that were quiet for years. This topic is months old but since it was still 2016, I wanted to share my thoughts. I would have been sad if I came back this week to a closed forum.
     
  14. Umaeril

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    I am really glad that you decided to read this thread and share your thoughts. Any old post is open to being revived. I was happy that people replied to this thread and so I am keeping the board open for stragglers and those who want to pop in now and again. :) I really appreciate you posting even if just once a year!
     
  15. Liv

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    Is it still a necro-bump if the thread is only halfway down the page? :p
    I just wanted to add that I came back here looking for my old 'vent' posts on Ezboard, just for fun. But it looks like that's gone for good, but since there still was some activity here I figured I'd check in. :3
     
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  16. 21007

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    Not necessarily gone. Ezboard may be gone, but the post database should still be out there through Yuku and Tapatalk. Until fairly recently I had full access to Place of Magic database, for example, but I don't know the URI to the board anymore - ever since Yuku merged with Tapatalk, global accounts went bye bye and the only way I knew how to get access was through my board administrator interface. Suffice to say, that's gone and my old accounts are board specific now, which is surprisingly unhelpful when you don't know how to access the board. Maybe I bookmarked it at home, I'm not there to check right now.

    Regardless, I'm fairly sure that all the old ezboards are still there. It's only a matter of knowing how to get to said boards. So you might have a little legwork to do if you want to laugh at your old self.

    As for this place having activity.. it actually has a similar problem to good old ezboard going on right now. If you had gates.platinumgeneration.net bookmarked, then I'm afraid you're not gonna be coming here. That's dead. I don't know if gates.gadgetverse.net is gonna end up in the same boat, but judging by the front page of gadgetverse.net you can never be too sure. I don't actually know if anyone was relying on the other URI, but if they were. Well, you know how it goes.
     
  17. Chris

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    gadgetverse.net will be staying online for as long as I'm able to afford it, so no worries there. I'll try to re-establish the redirect for the .platinumgeneration.net url, I was unaware that one had stopped working.
     
  18. 21007

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    That domain has expired apparently.
     
  19. Chris

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    Whoops, so it has! I'll get that renewed as soon as possible and re-establish the auto-forward to here as soon as I can!
     
  20. Umaeril

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    Hi Liv, it is really nice to hear from you. ^^ I hope you are doing well, maybe I should read that other thread, perhaps you gave some news of yourself?

    Wow I re-read this whole thread, not that it took very long haha and it was very touching to read what was written. Also I do not think we have heard from Ethan since, hmmm. *frowns*

    It is an interesting issue, the board address. Once we jumped from ezboard I think we were sublunary.com. Then Lunaris left and Chris helped get me on to his domain then we moved I think and became gadgetverse I guess. Seriously I thought anyone could just google "gates horn ivory" and find us. We're not on the first page though.
     

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