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    Whats everyones favourite movie and why??

    The Matrix The OG, the first one. The sequels were not good. But this movie, in it's time, was ground breaking. Each time I watched it, I picked up something new, and got more out of it with every viewing. How many movies can you watch multiple times and feel like you saw something new each time? I am not a movie person, generally I feel like if I have seen it once, that's it I dont need to see it again. Not with The Matrix - very complex and a lot to appreciate and take in. Love this movie the most. This was actually the first movie I saw on DVD, with director commentary. I had never seen director and cast commentary before, so it was amazing to learn more about the making of the movie, behind the scenes and everything involved. It literally blew my mind at the time. Moulin Rouge I actually hated this movie the first time I saw it, but it grew on me to become the most influential musicals on me. At the time, this was the first musical I had seen, so it was different to what I had known and maybe why I didn't like it on first viewing, but the music and the songs, the medleys all resonated and opened my world to musical theatre and performance. Thank you Baz Lurman. Freedom, Beauty, Truth and Love. I think I know every line in this movie... "the greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return" Grease It's a classic! I love this movie. I do like my musicals lol.
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    Then to now

    Heya Scruffy!! I even forgot my password that's how long it has been lol...oops!
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    Then to now

    Haha thank you! I was never a gym type of person before, stepping foot into a gym was my idea of torture haha, now I love it. WHO EVEN AM I?!?!? That is hot shit, well done hehe! Keep it up! I still hate cardio at the gym, I just find it so hard to get motivated for that. I think it comes down to my terrible attention span - I need to constantly change it up to stay motivated. For example I get bored 2 mins into a 20 min treadmill run or stationary cycle and will then spend the next 18 mins hating life lol. I like circuits because it's time to change to the next station by the time I start getting bored - it breaks up the repetition for me. Everyone just needs to find what works best for them I suppose, it took me a while to work that out. Keep it up, you are hot shit, whatever you enjoy doing is the best kind of exercise one should be doing, so keep getting on that walking contraption and give it a little sass in your step hehe!! Woohoo go Ev!
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    Then to now

    Hiya Eveln! I can actually kick very high as I'm now a competitive dancer and Allstar cheerleader! It's not like the cheerleaders you see on the sidelines at footy games though, Allstar cheer is a sport in its own right and we compete against other Allstar squads from all over Aus. We do not have pom poms, there's no chants, and we don't represent any other sports teams or codes, WE are the team and this IS the sport. It's a mix of high energy dance routines, gymnastics and stunts. I bloody love it - never been fitter or stronger in my life. We hit the gym multi times a week at practice, we do conditioning and weight training, dance rehearsals, spend long hours at comps together, and travel around Aus for comps together. My team has been the NSW State Champions in our division for the last 3 years, and we held the title of National Champions in 2016 and 2017 when we ranked in 1st place at the Australian Allstar Cheer and Dance Nationals. Last year we placed 2nd at Nationals. This is basically my life right now!
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    Then to now

    Hey Ivan!! /waves ChrisG, was Facebook the actual root cause of these divorces or instances of families not speaking to each other anymore, or is it more the people involved and their specific actions that were the underlying root cause of these outcomes? The platform we use to communicate with each other is simply that - a platform. It requires our input to make it what it is. I think shit people will be shit people regardless of how they choose to communicate with others. I can tell you all about families ceasing to speak with each other, and how that is not necessarily a negative outcome for those involved. The nicest thing these particular "relatives" of mine ever did was exiting out of our lives...but I digress. That's a story for another time. These are my thoughts about my own personal use of social media vs posting here on the forums: Times and people change. Technology changed. I have changed a lot since I was a teenager and in my early 20's when I was posting here 24/7, but in other ways I am still the same old Cheeks. I still have my geeky interests like anime/manga, cosplay, gaming, photography, fandoms, writing, and a new interest of late, video editing. These things aren't my main passion anymore, and I'm no longer spending hours in front of the dual monitors. I used to spend SO much time locked in my office. Then the advent of smaller, lighter laptops had me migrate out into to the living room to spend more time with others, and not using my desktop at all anymore. Then the advent of smart phones meant I had less reliance on the laptop, and more time with people IRL I guess. I have new interests, new social circles, and I don't have the same amount of time that I used to have to devote to the forums. I'm in the gym training multi times a week, I'm at dance rehearsals and cheer practice, and i'm more active IRL now. My friends and I are making our online social media content by being actively social together IRL. My favourite thing about Atomic was the community, the friendships, and the people. The meets. Obviously getting to know people online, but getting to spend time with people IRL too was the best. Social media naturally sits well with me because it focuses on these aspects within groups of people and communities, it has never been easier to find niche groups of like minded people. The things that are important to me now would probably bore the crap out of most people here lol. I could be wrong though and making a big assumption!! I post about all my new interests on my social media accounts and chat about it with others who I know are equally interested. I remember one particular Atomican moderator here one time complained about the type of content people were posting here in the General Chat, complaining that some threads are more suited to a personal blog. If I recall, the statement was "Atomic is not your personal blog". It was not aimed at anyone in particular, just an observation this mod had made. Regardless, this comment in particular stuck with me, and for the first time I started to question and second guess the content I posted here. Some things I wanted to post about felt more appropriate posting to social media rather than here once social media was really starting to take off. I do miss the golden era when forum activity was at its peak here, and the hallways were buzzing with life and personalities. Social media can be a bit of an echo chamber at times - I do miss having all sorts of characters and opinions like Atomic used to lol. Who didn't love a lively flame war? I consider myself lucky that I still see many Atomicans IRL and on social media frequently. It feels a bit like school or uni, we all graduated and moved on to the next phases of our lives. Le sigh. I will agree that social media is not the same when it comes to flame wars and debate - the rules of engagement on social are either messy or non existent. Us Atomicans can have a lively debate with each other, even if we have polar opposite views. We know the basic rules of attacking the idea, not the person. Well, when you have these debates on Facebook, then you have their idiot friends who dont know you jump in, or old racist Uncle Joe Bloggs will jump in and ruin everything...and then it gets personal, and then its just an actual shit fight rather than an intelligent flame war. No thanks, that's a hard no from me lol.
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    Then to now

    hit post too early- hold up lol
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    The most special people

    Awww GL0Be and Lectric! I used to chat with Lectric all the time via MSN, PM and IRC, he was the one who introduced me to IRC in the first place and the old Atomic IRC channels
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    The most special people

    /emerges from the lurking shadows Firstly, congratulations to all the new heroes and supers! So many great people who I love in this list, all so deserving. I too honestly thought many of you were already promoted to these ranks and I thought I was reading a bumped up hero announcement post from 10 years ago or something lol. So well done you obviously fabulous people who are consistently high quality LOVE YOU GUYS!! And now for the memory lane part, bit of an unexpected turn in the thread remembering our dearly departed... Yep, that's basically correct - Osama Bin Athlon is my honorary Uncle. The first time we met in person was at M33t v3 in 2003. I was 16 at the time, and minors weren't allowed on premise at the Strike Bowling Bar without a responsible adult/carer looking after them. Security were doing the rounds kicking people out, and in true Atomic spirit, OBA vouched for me pretending to be my Uncle and telling security that I was under his care when they asked me for my non existent ID lol. He told me i'm part of the Atomic family and i'm not getting kicked out under his watch, I was so grateful for that Ever since, I have lovingly referred to him as Uncle OBA. His real daughter is a lovely, awesome chick and we instantly became friends, she's similar age as me and we chatted on MSN a lot back in those days. She also joined the Atomic forums as OBA_Spawn and she also came along to future m33ts with OBA. Her and I hung out together - great memories with them! OBA_Spawn contacted me a few years ago on Facebook to let me know the sad news that her father had passed away
  9. Heeeey! The green glow always pulls me back, it's always "home" here ? AD and Fenn - haha awesome! ? I've just been given prior notice that there will be a similar conference like this one for 2019 in Sydney, so once I get more info about it, I will spread the word far and wide. If the little man loves this kinda stuff, definitely check out Soul Machines on Youtube, there are many really cool demo vids with their various AI project work.
  10. I mean holy-AI-moley that was an amazing keynote I just witnessed. Mark Sagar, CEO of Soul Machines gave a demo on one of their latest projects, a legit fully automated AI baby called Baby X. It learns in real time how to interact with humans. It actually needs to sleep to process the learning it has acquired like a real baby would. It learns how to interact and is developing speech just like a baby does, it is conditioned based on interactions in real time. It breaks down behavioural and neurological and biological systems of humans to learn why we act and behave the way we do. Baby X will cried if MArk ignored her, and was happy when he spoke lovingly to her and showed her attention like a real baby. Mark put the baby to sleep then toggled the levels of dopermine and histermine that the brain releases to make up for the fact you are LOGGING OUT OF THE APP so it stays in a sleeping state - because if it woke up while logged out of the app, it would cry because no one there to give it attention and no interactions to learn from - I wonder if it would start learning from that non interaction within the app- would it start learning to not trust the humans who constantly log in and out, abandoning her? Scary but so incredible this technology. For copyright reasons we werent allowed to take pics/video of the keynote today, because some of the things in the Baby X demo are not publicly released yet and still in development, but watch this video of a the Baby X demo that is publicly available on Soul Machine's youtube channel. Wow. Seriously amazing.
  11. Oh there is hehehe ? https://emojipedia.org/older-man/ and https://emojipedia.org/older-woman/ (I just love the fact there is a 'pedia dedicated to emojis!! - but GTFO you are NOT an old fogey lol. I always pictured you as a dashing George Clooney type distinguished guy, def not an old fogey haha) Maybe next time! Yeah, the last minute notice is less than ideal - my apologies guys, only just received notice myself. I have been told there will be more events like this in the future, so I will definitely share with everyone when I know about them ? The idea of a real life Westworld was insane though! Id be so keen to hear Prof Ishiguro's keynote and see the robot version of himself. How cool.
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    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    On Netflix I just finished watching season 2 of Making a Murderer and season 2 of Big Mouth this week. Sometimes I need to break it up with a short and punchy hilarious episode. Next I want to watch season 2 of 13 Reasons Why. I haven't seen season 2 yet but I already know the main shocker as it was spoiled for me not long after release. Just not in the right frame of mind to watch it at the moment though. I'm really behind in a lot of shows, just haven't had time lately to sit down and watch stuff.
  13. Hello strangers, long time, no chat! ? FYI, there is a tech conference in Sydney next week on gaming, robotics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. I thought there would be many Atomicans out there who would find this stuff super interesting, so i'm sharing the details. It's at the Western Sydney University Parramatta City Campus, opening day Monday 5 November. I'll be there if anyone else is going let me know. Liko-Paul Pinsonnault – Technical Director at Wargaming Sydney will be talking about the secrets behind creating Artificial Intelligence and design for games like World of Tanks, Assassin’s Creed and Rainbow Six Siege. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro – Director, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University is one of the most recognisable faces in robotics. He has created an android copy of himself, called the Geminoid. This guy is amazing - makes me think about a real life Arnold/Bernard from Westworld ? If anyone's going, let me know, might see you there :) https://iva2018.westernsydney.edu.au/ Dear colleagues, On behalf of The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University, I would like to extend a warm invitation to you to participate in the upcoming workshops on the opening day of the International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) 2018. Co-hosted with Macquarie University, IVA 2018 is an international forum focused on the latest research and industry developments in Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence including robotics, gaming, interaction, behaviour, and sensing and perceiving technologies. What: International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents 2018 Where: Western Sydney University, Parramatta City Campus, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta When: Monday 5 November to Thursday 8 November REGISTER NOW Workshop 1 - Agents and Models in Serious Games for Change and Social Good Monday 5 November, 1.30pm to 5.00pm This workshop brings together intelligent agents and serious game design. Bringing together the concepts, technologies, and methodologies of the two fields holds the potential to allow their combined strengths to further drive engagement, communication, and understanding between innumerable groups around the world. Workshop 2 - “Replicating the replication crisis”: The workshop on Methodology and/of Evaluation of IVAs Monday 5 November, 9.30am to 5.00pm The social and life sciences are in a crisis of methodology as the results of many scientific studies are difficult or impossible to replicate in subsequent investigation. Join us as we critically but constructively discuss the empirical methods that are used in Human Computer Interaction, specifically in the area of Intelligent Virtual Agents. Workshop 3 - Graphical and Robotic Embodied Agents for Therapeutic Systems (GREATS18) Monday 5 November, 9.30am to 12.30pm Social robots and intelligent graphical agents are being applied to a growing number of health applications. While looking at health applications in general, this workshop seeks to focus on those aimed at diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions, i.e therapeutic applications, and training for doctors in these fields. REGISTER NOW IVA 2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro – Director, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University One of the most recognisable faces in robotics, Professor Ishiguro has created an android copy of himself, called the Geminoid. Associate Professor Mark Sagar – The University of Auckland, and CEO of Soul Machines Professor Sagar is a double Academy Award winner who has worked on characters for Hollywood blockbuster films ‘Avatar’ and ‘King Kong’ and is currently working on building an AI child. Liko-Paul Pinsonnault – Technical Director at Wargaming Sydney Learn the secrets behind creating Artificial Intelligence and design for gaming like Wargamer’s ‘World of Tanks’, and Ubisoft’s titles ‘Assassin’s Creed’, and ‘Rainbow Six Siege’. Mike Seymour – Co-founder of FxGuide and FxPhd; Lecturer at The University of Sydney Advanced capture, rigging, and rendering techniques have resulted in an impressive new bar for the art of recreating the human likeness inside of a computer in real-time. Mike will present his work on photo-realistic avatars.
  14. ... You think there's a chance that people will be bothered to travel when they can't be bothered to log in? I logged in JUST FOR YOU CYBES :P I am expressing interest in the meet but I don't know if I can make it as yet, as Juggs and I may be overseas. It would be great to see you all again! I am literally going down memory lane right now, I have just found my backed up hard drives circa 2004-2006 and the things I am finding, and remembering, are priceless <3 ALSO!!! Elvenwhore, you are a mumma now!! That's wonderful, congrats babe :D EDIT: Re feeling old - I just saw my tagline below which has not been updated in fricking years - are you kidding me I won the nekked comp 10 years ago. TEN!!!! A DECADE!!!!! FKNWUT!!!!?!?!??! /dies
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    After many years, I'm back! :-)

    Aww thanks Cybes and Waltish /waves happily Long time no chat! :)