As you should recall from the last part, in 2003 my brother’s friend Josh purchased a domain name and a license for Invision Power Boards, some commercial forum software. He and I shared admin duties and ruled benevolently over a kingdom of between 20 to 40 active users.
I’ve been posting some tales about the online message board I helped run called the Phorum. This is more of a side story in the whole Phorum saga. Any community of friends that lasts for so many years will develop its own inside jokes and references.
Previously, I recounted the tale of how The Phorum began. Now I will tell how it was liberated from its shackles and set free into the world.
When I was in high school, my brother and some of his friends decided to start a website for reviewing music and movies from a Christian perspective. This website was called (for reasons I was never quite clear on) The Rebel Base.
So, that’s it for 2020. What a year.
Wow, my first Tolkien essay since…August?! And the first since creating my new site! Speaking of the new site, you can read my latest, and longest, essay over there: https://tolkienessays.com/tom.html Thanks for reading!
When I arrive in a foreign country, I always like to have a local SIM card for my phone. Despite the fact that smartphones were invented and rose to popularity within my lifetime, it’s difficult to overstate the confidence boost obtained from having a map, navigation system, translation device, and Internet access portal all inContinue reading “The Indian SIM Card”
As you may recall, my first solo trip overseas was to South Africa. I definitely learned a lot of on that trip, including some experiences that would shape my future travel and which explain why I do what I do when I travel.
As the News & Observer reports, the small North Carolina town of Youngsville has stated they will continue with plans to hold their annual Christmas parade as scheduled, in spite of Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order limiting outdoor gatherings to 50 people. A bit of a debate ensued, and I found myself writing the followingContinue reading “The Youngsville Raid”
Although cell phones were becoming ubiquitous about the time I was at university, I never had one or even wanted one. I just didn’t see the point. I hated talking on the phone, for one thing. For another, I preferred to communicate via either e-mail or instant message. The fact that in the early 2000sContinue reading “The Flip Phone”