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Chaos.Lady

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"As official as it gets" Atomic Meet - 17 years young! Date-3 Feb 18

11 October 2017 - 11:49 AM

So....  Atomic Issue 1 was first released into the wild in February 2001 (according to the always factual wikipedia).  This means that in a few months, atomic will celebrate its 17th birthday.  Now, 17 is an important number.  It's our last year of childhood before the whole "adulting" thing falls upon our heads.  It's our last year of the freedoms accorded a teen.  It's also a great excuse for a party.
 
After some discussion (including a little batting of the eyelashes) with a number of our glorious editors (may they live long and engender many sons), I can now reveal the next "official" atomic meet (planning in progress).
 
So here, now is your "Save The Date" for Saturday, 3rd February 2018.  It will be held in (or very near to) the Sydney CBD (also as near to public transport as I can manage it).  It will be a chance for you to reunite with faces not seen for many moons.  It will be epic.
 
So, tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell those who have deserted these realms for the book of face.  Get them here and showing their interest.
 
Once I have numbers vaguely pinned down, more details will be provided including time, venue, attire and, if required, any cost.  Pants will be mandatory, however location of said pants is negotiable.
 
If you have ideas/suggestions/comments/issues/personal problems message me and I'll listen.  Post to let me know you want to attend and I'll add you to a list.
 
Lets make it happen people.
 
 UPDATE: Apparently atomicans are in the grip of wedding fever on that date, so I'm considering a change of date to Saturday 3rd February 2018. Please post thoughts...

UPDATED: FEB 3RD seems to be a go! Please note changed date!

Spammer-b-gone! Thanks Nich!

01 October 2017 - 08:25 AM

So, some of you will have noticed a decrease in the amount of spammers getting through over the last week or so.

 

Nich organised and then got us all upgradadated and licenced and despammified (spam filtering coming along with the first 2).

 

And he did it all quietly and unnoticed in the background.  

 

Until now.

 

 

 

I officially declare today "We love Nich" day.  Due to forum timezones, this day will also officially be ending in a month or two, when he does something to piss me off again. :D

 

 

<3 Nich.  Thank you.  You are worth your weight in custard.

 


Recommend me a VR headset

23 September 2017 - 10:18 AM

So... ChildofChaos REALLY wants a VR headset for his birthday.  Cost not tooo much of a problem (he's willing to kick in from his savings as well), but oviously would prefer cheaper than ridiculous.

 

Steam PC games mainly probably, with XBox the only console on offer around here.

 

Needs to be fairly simple without too much in the way of requirements for fiddling.

 

Any suggestions?  More info needed?

 

 


Hurricane Irma in real time

09 September 2017 - 10:56 AM

I remember waking up to the bedside clock radio, listeneing for a few minutes to the news, then jumping up and snapping on the TV.  It was September 11 and I watched in horror as tragedy unfolded in front of me in almost real time.

 

Druing the  hostage crisis in the Lindt cafe, I watched as a gun battle ensued.  The pictures made it real in some ways.

 

The pictures from Hurricane Irma aren't being (for the most part) taken on the ground.  It's pictures like this one that hammer it home. Every plane in and around Florida is currently desperately trying to get in or out (mostly out).

 

Air-traffic-around-the-gulf-and-caribbea

 

Then there is stuff like this one.

 

http://nationalpost....a-and-out-again

 

Watching in real time as planes turn back.  The guy noticing a single flight continuing in.  The hurried boarding.  The amazingly plotted course out of the hurricane through the outermost arm.

 

The fact that we can see, the world over, this kind of stuff in real time gives us a picture we really have never had before.  One of magnitude.  Watching a plane crash into the side of a building is horrifying.  Seeing a sea of little yellow plane shaped dots frantically, and en-masse fly out of somewhere - with a brilliant red and green swirl of death not far behind - is just as horrifying.  It doesn't sterilise or lower the horror even though the picture is not a traditional on the ground snap or video.  In some ways it is worse.  More immediate.  Both less and more.... real.

 

Anyone with loved ones in Porto Rico or Florida, you have my thoughts and wishes.  To all the pilots, crews and support staff involved in the evacuation efforts - you have my respect and awe.


Fundraising for a good cause

10 August 2017 - 03:48 PM

So, because working 60 hours a week as well as getting my PCPP disks in by this Wednesday wasn't enough of a challenge for me, I decided to do GISHWHES again this year.  Yes, I AM in fact, insane..

 

Anyway, one of our tasks is supremely amazing and well worth getting behind.  But I need your help.  As many of you who can!

 

We have created this page:

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to help us raise money for this amazing woman's last wish.  She runs a ballet school in an extremely poor part of South Africa.  The works she does for the kids who come to her school is astonishing, but she is now been diagnosed with cancer and only has a short time left.

 

GISHWHES is trying to raise enough funds to keep the school going for a long time to come after she leaves us.  For the full story, please check out the page.

 

If it moves you, please consider donating for us!

 

 

edit: GISHWHES is over again and we raised over $250,000 for this lady and her dance school creating a number of scholarships for the kids.  Thanks to all!