John! Well no wonder you pinged me a few times as to why I wasn't around. Why didn't you just say so (that you were moderator)? So, finally, here's the reasons.<br><br>Well, things did get rather nasty here for a while and when a fine gentleman like Yoyo couldn't take it any longer, neither could I. <br><br>Turns out the Café was kind of a distraction from actually getting things done too, so it was kind of kicking a bad habit. Nothing personal in that regard. I just knew I didn't want to get back into it even when I did see in one of my every-few-months lurking that folks like Yoyo had returned. <br><br>I definitely popped back in to give condolences when the news of Stan's passing was posted on daringfireball.net. <br><br>What had originally brought me to the Café ages and ages ago was mac support in here. It was a great high-signal to noise place to get good mac advice (at the time). I then got into the social aspect of it. <br><br>Since then I've rarely found people that know more about Macs than I do (I'm often teaching the Java engineers where I work all the hidden tricks of the platform). So I didn't need to come here for that anymore. As far as an online social community, the ComedySportz forums (private) had really become much more active internationally and that was a community much closer to me both in cyberspace and meatspace. On top of that, family took a lot of time and so did work. <br><br>Now I also work for a company where a lot of time is willingly given. It's a company where when they decide to hire you they ask, "desktop or laptop? windows or mac? hoppy beer or stout?" Our primary product is social collaboration software: Clearspace. It's the stuff that powers the forums at Macworld. Yup that one. Not that I spend any time there either. I did meet the guy that customized the templates for it at An Event Apart last year in San Francisco. I digress. Anyway, between the constant blogging, forums and collaboration going on in that company, and ComedySportz forums, I figured I'd stick to getting at least a few hours of sleep a night. ;)<br><br>Kind of an odd feeling, even with me not participating in the last few years to see MM and MMcafé go bye-bye. I won't even have a place to lurk anymore. <br><br>Well, Pete, you know my ICQ/.Mac id. Where I work the network is wide open now (in contrast to being locked down to nearly nothing at all for two years at a health organization) and my IM is always on during biz hours. <br><br>Others can find me. There's not too many folks worldwide with Lascurettes as a surname running around. <br><br>EDIT PS: and the company I work for also makes the piece of forum software that powers the discussions in a certain fruity company's support area. I just can't say who. But it was pretty cool to work on that as one of my first jobs at my company.
I'd say I'm sorry my taking off led to your taking off too . . . except that you've clearly done yourself proud. Me, on the other hand . . . like Richard II says just before he's murdered, "I've wasted time, and now doth time waste me."<br><br>[color:red]</font color=red> [color:orange]</font color=orange> [color:yellow]</font color=yellow> [color:green]</font color=green> [color:blue]</font color=blue> [color:purple]</font color=purple>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>"I've wasted time, and now doth time waste me."<p><hr></blockquote><p>Huh! How 'Bout Dat?<br><br>That's the opening line from another favorite writer...<br>and I never knew where HE'D gotten it from... until now.<br><br>I Wasted Time<br><br>Boy, am I ever gong to miss YOU! <br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green> <br>
wow! Thanks for that post there, Squareman! Good to see you back, but I totally understand about getting away from here.<br><br>I was wondering if my emails were getting through. Well, now that I know why you left, I won't be bothering you any more. Sounds like you are busy busy busy, which isn't always a bad thing.<br><br><br><br>[color:white]I'm also the Moderator here</font color=white><br><br>my photos
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