Ah, I wondered why I couldn't get a TBO membership (so I could continue following JN1's excellent The Last War* story) when the fiction went behind-closed-doors.I ran tech support for his community for the better part of a decade until the end of 2020Q3 (the community took a series of hard right turns in 2008-2014, followed by a hard turn stupid/trumpist in 2015-16; there was some reversion over '17-'19, but not enough, and the fact that Stuart wasn't checking his email meant that people couldn't get in contact with him to join,
Yeah. I didn't find this out until after he died. I really should have known better, but I just expected that he would check it for some reason...Ah, I wondered why I couldn't get a TBO membership (so I could continue following JN1's excellent The Last War* story) when the fiction went behind-closed-doors.
Hang on, you mean he has, actually, in RL actually just died?Yeah. I didn't find this out until after he died. I really should have known better, but I just expected that he would check it for some reason...
I may ask JN1 about posting it someplace (I even did a pair of factfiles for him), because I ejected from the remnant of Slade's place on the evening of January 6th...
Wow. Now that's a summation!'Period techno-thrillers without the thrill as told by the last son of a British aristocratic house through the lens of early 21st century atheistic conservatism.'
I started out as TimothyC, and then changed it to Commandant Ours Polaire.Wow. Now that's a summation!
TimothyC, may I ask what your user name was on HPCA?
I'd say the second is what he was better at, but looking back, he tended to over-reach on some of his knowledge, and there was a fair bit of embellishment going on.I learned a lot from Stuart Slade. He was extraordinarily knowledgeable and had an ability to express complex ideas clearly.
Personally, I think the 2005-16 turn wasn't so much hard right, as it was hard-stupid (lack of new members, and a driving away of the old ones by certain members who were allowed to be brash to the point of insulting made what was already an echo-chamber prone community an outright echo chamber). There was a lot of very pro-Trump sentiment from people who should have known better. I flat out ejected (left, and asked for my posts and account to be deleted) when support for the insurrection at the Capitol was being voiced.I also found the 'hard right turn' the HPCA board took around 2016 difficult to come to terms with. At around the same time there seemed to be many fewer posts that I found instructive which is why I only rarely lurk or post there any more.
I can see why you'd think that way, but I personally found that the immortals being there made it well, stand out more. At least it was a concept that a better author could have done a lot more with.The immortal daemons and talking aeroplanes didn't sit well with me either. I decided to give the idea time in case I reversed my initial impression but in retrospect, I think they detracted somewhat from the story.
I feel my ears burning! I do also post the story on NavWeaps if anyone is looking for it.(so I could continue following JN1's excellent The Last War* story)
I never saw explicit support for invading the Capitol, but I did see a lot of support for the idea that the election had been 'stolen'. I think there was a hell of a lot of cognitive dissonance. Even some the more 'reasonable' were victim blaming the other side for the attempted insurrection.Jeez, I never even saw support for the Capitol insurrection, but to be honest, there are plenty of members there whose posts I don't bother to read and I rarely ventured on to the current politics board.