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As most of us already know, Atomic the magazine will soon be closed down. Atomic the forums, however, will continue to live on for the forseeable future. Hawkeye has staked his reputation on that promise, and it's paid off. The closure thread has garnered a lot of reminiscing tinged with sadness. But it got me wondering, with so many people having happy memories of the mag why don't we celebarate it? Let go of the sad and the tears and the "ZOMG!!! The world is ending!" and bring on some joy. Share your happiest moments of the magazine you loved and bring a smile to your face (and other's, too).

 

Here are my personal high points:

 

1. Winning I/O of the Month.

2. Getting at least two other questions answered by Dan Rutter in the I/O column. Heck, I/O was always a good read anyway.

3. Receiving the giant poster made up of forum avatars (was it with issue #100? I forget). I couldn't spot mine, but I had enormous fun recognising about half of them.

4. In the early editions, finding all the little bits of text written sideways on the edges of some pages. Some were encrypted (binary, Morse, etc) and required research to see what they said. No other magazine did something so awesomely fun!

5. Logan's often irreverant (and somtimes obscure) stories on the back pages.

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Atomic meets, never forget the Atomic meet at the Gold Coast and seeing Jugs and Cheeky.

I carpooled a few Atomicans to the coast and took the wrong exit.... Twice.

:-)

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meeting the editor at the met unknowingly,if there a next one I really want to meet some of you guys,it would be great.

 

getting mentioned in the forums page and on the front page of the site.

 

the one thing I never did was win POTM..:(

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I met two and a half editors, Ben and Dave, and Justin...

 

I met Zebra through Atomic, he's a cool guy.

 

Dave actually got me to write a few articles at one stage, eternally grateful for that. It was something I was passionate about at the time.

 

I've never won or received any stickers, despite being promised them a few times, but I did win a computer case (which I still haven't used...)

 

Been to quite a few memorable Atomic events and a few more Atomican events in Brisbane.

 

I still idle in #atomicmpc,

 

Morris once wrote my name on his face.

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As i've only been reading for ~1 year and on the forums for 3 months i cant add much. but probably how much DASA helped me with learning how to watercool.

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meeting the editor at the met unknowingly,if there a next one I really want to meet some of you guys,it would be great.

 

getting mentioned in the forums page and on the front page of the site.

 

the one thing I never did was win POTM..:(

You've gotta post for that, haven't seen you around as much lately, you gotta be in it to win it and all that. Also, dave said "see you all next month" in the potm thread for october, so it sounds to me like it will still be going.

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Talking shit with my mates

 

Finding out that a guy on the forum lived the town over from me (we became friends)

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Going to Atomic Live in 2008 (I think) I actually remember registering for the forums around that time, might have actually been at the door! And meeting the editors for the first time (Dave and Justin), then again in 2009.

 

Atomic Unlocked in 2010 was great to catch up and meet a few peeps as well.

 

The 100 issue celebration and the personal struggle to get there on the night. Plus organising with Dave to get everyone to sign the side panel of my PC case (which I still have by the way):

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Atomic Events that I've been to at their HQ for Medal of Honor and Warfighter, Dungeon Siege 3, Bulletstorm and Call of Duty: Black Ops

 

Getting POTM back in March gave me a real boost after posting this and getting this at work a few weeks later:

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Meeting people in the community that I now have a good relationship with and keep in touch on a daily basis. It's really made me grow and develop as a person, rather than as an online persona.

 

The meets that I've been to (10, 11 and 12), and being at meet 10 not just for the custom shot glasses, (which I suggested at a group dinner a while beforehand) but also for this beautiful moment:

 

And a couple of mag collections to round this out. I need to get a photo with all my mags.

 

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Shit!

 

I don't come here for a year or so and them bam!

 

Memories are endless. From reading the first few pages of issue one and then subscribing for the next 80 or so issues, to doing my work experience there in 2001, to being the fourth person to reach immortal (when it was >1000 posts), to all of the awesome people I met here and IRL at the meets.

 

So many memories and I feel like I am such a better person for having discovered Atomic, its people and its followers.

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Memories are endless. From reading the first few pages of issue one and then subscribing for the next 80 or so issues, to doing my work experience there in 2001, to being the fourth person to reach immortal (when it was >1000 posts), to all of the awesome people I met here and IRL at the meets.

Wait a second...

 

Are you that work experience kid?

 

Rob.

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Memories are endless. From reading the first few pages of issue one and then subscribing for the next 80 or so issues, to doing my work experience there in 2001, to being the fourth person to reach immortal (when it was >1000 posts), to all of the awesome people I met here and IRL at the meets.

Wait a second...

 

Are you that work experience kid?

 

Rob.

 

:)

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Why in the name of balls are all you people naming shit that happened on the forums. Or spawned from the forums. The forums are staying.

 

This is like going to someones wake, and them standing in the corner screaming "I'M NOT FUCKING DEAD YOU MORONS!".

 

 

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Why in the name of balls are all you people naming shit that happened on the forums. Or spawned from the forums. The forums are staying.

 

This is like going to someones wake, and them standing in the corner screaming "I'M NOT FUCKING DEAD YOU MORONS!".

 

 

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Well, the topic is fondest Atomic memories. It doesn't say fondest Magazine memories. It seems like a self-indulgent orgy of good vibes about anything Atomic to keep thoughts of the mag ending at bay.

 

So rub yourself in BBQ sauce, grab a memory or two, and enjoy...

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Why in the name of balls are all you people naming shit that happened on the forums. Or spawned from the forums. The forums are staying.

 

This is like going to someones wake, and them standing in the corner screaming "I'M NOT FUCKING DEAD YOU MORONS!".

 

 

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We're at someone's wake, talking about all the great memories we have from an institution that they founded.

 

I'd say that it's not entirely outside the realm of reasonableness.

 

Rob.

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We're at someone's wake, talking about all the great memories we have from an institution that they founded.

 

I'd say that it's not entirely outside the realm of reasonableness.

 

Rob.

We're at the wake of someone's Father, talking about how all their sons are dead.

 

 

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Well, the topic is fondest Atomic memories. It doesn't say fondest Magazine memories. It seems like a self-indulgent orgy of good vibes about anything Atomic to keep thoughts of the mag ending at bay.

 

So rub yourself in BBQ sauce, grab a memory or two, and enjoy...

Well put, good sir!

 

And now for another fond Atomic memory....mmmmm....BBQ sauce!

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Well, the topic is fondest Atomic memories. It doesn't say fondest Magazine memories. It seems like a self-indulgent orgy of good vibes about anything Atomic to keep thoughts of the mag ending at bay.

 

So rub yourself in BBQ sauce, grab a memory or two, and enjoy...

Well put, good sir!

 

And now for another fond Atomic memory....mmmmm....BBQ sauce!

 

 

er....you've only been here 6 months.....they aren't memories.....

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I was quite happy to have a water cooling article co-written by myself and dasa, published online.

 

So thanks to Justin and Dave for giving us that opportunity.

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Who remember's Hulkster's Epic Poem

 

 

Yep...we are Atomic

weve done and seen it all

weve seen serfs make immortal

and we seen some others fall

 

now Mael hes our hero

a super one no doubt

we all know that hes watching

and aint he got some clout

 

g_day hes our techie

seems to know it all

what would we do without him

we'd have to hand someone else the ball

 

Wormy...hes our youngin

not even yet a teen

but we dont wanna corrupt him

so lets try to keep it clean

 

Virtuoso well he finds it all

and posts what he does find

Im sure he bloody does it

to blow our bloody minds :)

 

Now boxhead hes a legend

a funny funny prick

But boxhead about your picture

oh shit im feeling sick :)

 

Khrushchev now hes Tasmanian

and listens to all our fears

which shouldnt be real hard to do

with 2 heads and 4 ears :)

 

Ben and Zed...oh yer, the gods

theyre watchin all the time

theyre watchin all our Ps and Qs

so thats why im watching mine

 

nm..another taswegian

our latest hero too

dont give he too much of your shit

or he will give it right back to you :)

 

Now gram likes going topless

on mirc i hear

shes said to let it all hang out

with little sign of fear

 

HSV Guy well what can I say

your choice of cars aint good

but im sure you'd follow falcons

if you'd only lift the hood

 

Dante_frog....your nickname

where'd you bloody get it

well be sure of one thing

we never will forget it

 

On irc you seem them

Praetorian, fart_n_piss

they always make ya lol

and theyre really hard to miss

 

Mr Brown... I really wondered

what really did made him tick

finally got it figured out

to much time and an undone zip

 

Now chaos shes a champion

and kinda cute I hear

from BBQs to heroship

youve done it all my dear

 

from metrix and his shit fights

to grams Mr wippys dead

I just carnt wait to get on line

and read every bloody thread

 

Our Cipher loves the Xbox

He's made a web site too

He hopes he'll get one sooner

Than "early 2002"

 

And then there's our young Metrix

Where would we be without him?

He posts almost as many threads

As the ones posted about him.

 

But noone posts conundrums

Like our Atomic mate Zainny

If only we could follow them

We'd all be a bit more brainy.

 

Tux is our New Zilanda

He's funny, and he's rood

He's armed with a mashine gun

And a great big attitood.

 

Our network guru's ProFX

For him a firewall's not needed

He must know something we don't

Or his hackers just go unheeded.

 

now panties comes from tassie too

and spiked hair is his thing

probably pierced eye and tongue

and a scrotom ring

 

Nich will always be there

where angels fear to tread

oft with gentle hand

on the most flammable of thread.

 

Praetorian's a wonder

how did he get so smart

but his hand is always offered

to newbies from the start.

 

Bennett is a god, 'tis true

he never comes unstuck

His articles are always leet

But his CS skillz do suck.

 

Martigen's a penguin

and a little new to all this place

but he's fitting in quite nicely

even with his unshaved face.

 

The Dude does start the topics

guaranteed to make us think

and if you dare to join his threads

you can't afford to blink.

 

Bob The Monkey is a guru

his tech knowledge blows the mind

always ready with an answer

and a battle of any kind.

 

Infojunkie's a true hero

a man kind in word and deed

stuffed full of useful info

gladly shared with those in need.

 

Madeline will shake things up

in a not so gentle way

but her presence would be sorely missed

if she tried to leave us one day.

 

Hulkster, he's a poet

with a kind and gentle heart

it shows his giant talent

this amazing thread to start.

 

Shorty is bery helpful

He gives us all the prices

So i can run into EB

And grab up all the nicies

 

Then theres Tin Reaper

The guy made from a spoon

He also tell's us so

Hey there Tin, SPOON!

 

What about Wok

An Old School Chum

He has his chopsticks

And he cooks, Yum :)

 

We can't forget DJMORGAN

Although he is away right now

He posts all good stuff

and he was all out pals

 

We have Vicdes

He's always there

With the latest news

A good read here

 

Then we have Wilkshake

Oh Weakest Link Boy

He also has a GeForce 3

He make's me jealous, oh boy

 

What about Potatocake

He is a late night IRC'er

He doesn't have any SPAM

But he does have laughter

 

Oh then there's Gramyre

A good lady you must say

She will make us Waffles....

One Day :)

 

Phr33x, a Writer

for our Holy Mag

He gets to play with hardware

Damn Lucky Man!

 

Don't forget Vlad

He Worked at atomic once

He made us jealous of it

Then he tripped over the server cord. Ouch, lets Punch

 

Modz, the lan man

He's gonna let us have fun

Playing Quake and Counterstike

While listening to our fans hum

 

Pom, The English Man

Be he alive, or be he asleep

He will always be of help

But lets, let him sleep

 

Then we have DeeMan

and Googie his girlfriend

We don't hear him much no more

But I am sure they are there

 

Then We have FrozenPea

Another Old School Guy

He has a mad website

And nice, hot looking babes

 

Hey, what about Ivan

He is quite Terrible

He showed us all his butt

And it made us quibble

 

And we also have Lukeyboy

He's making a game to show us all

It will be great we say

He can hardly wait

 

phat_dixxx, or so he reckons

A Hero no least, an old one at that

GameBoy Advance is his only love

Check out his webcam to prove that

 

Tom, Another one who likes free speech

Also fun to read his posts

He may rant on and on

But in the end, he is like most

 

Hey, There's Muinztar

A Icon maker at that

He did a good job for Sylencer

Look at it, its great

 

Then we have sniper_cs

A yound one, at least around here

He will always point out wrongs

But please, don't be scared

 

Finally TeXXaS

The one with the look

The other day his wife was on here

Showing us TeXXas's Photo Book

 

Oppps, I forget Kuchster

Another IRC Person

He can be a pain in the arse at times

thats why we have /ignore ;)

 

And I should mention Chancellor

I can't think of much for him

Altough his classic tagline was

"Up With Celery Sticks" - that was from him

 

And ChaosLady, ChaosBabe to some

I know her well, and am glad I do

She was once new around here, as I was once

But now she is a Hero, about time to :)

 

PROPHET-X a masked man his is

but a poet hes not

when it comes to rhyming

PROPHET-X aint that hot

 

PROPHET-X can embarrass you

with sweet and touching words

and gives us a shining examples

of the poetry of nerds. >)

 

Good Old ArcaneMagik

A Smile he does bring

Although he loves his steak

It has a One Inch Brim :)

 

What about Jimbo808

He always has a say

He stands up with opinions

never scared to join the fray.

 

And Doshin, who could forget

the man who's not afraid to strip

With his bad boy looks and kick ass bike

He makes all the girlies flip.

 

Menthu Rae is also here

A Techie one he is

he helps on problems far and wide

for computers are his biz.

 

Who could forget evolutioned

he's a talented guy

And since he's not 18 yet

he NEVER drinks on the sly.

 

Don't Forget Psychosmurf

And his blue Smurf Box

He's posts are always good to read

that's why the Smurfster greatly r0X.

 

KazariL, our telly tubby

His pic did make us laugh

I'm sure he is a pleasant guy

tho he sometimes makes us barf.

 

Then there's Shelby

Girlfriend of the Russian Krem

always funny, smart and cheerful

to many a good friend.

 

Ohhh, We can't forget dear Panties

who's wording did get messed

His Bondage Box wasn't bitchin

But was absolutly of the best.

 

What About swherdman

the one with mixed up keys

But that won't stop him posting

with wit and insight, what he sees.

 

Kuchster has his moments

but is really not so bad

he can often make you laugh

when he doesn't make you mad. :)

 

Oh Stickman, Another One to add

He posts near every day

though his posts are always interesting

in an oddball kinda way. :)

 

salemite, the melbournite

with sympathy to share

always with a kind word

her nature sweet and fair.

 

Ben is of course our highest God

but he often comes down to play

modest and sweet, and from what we hear

also a damn good... person. >)

 

Zeddicus the youngster God

started out as one of us

he loves to talk on open source

but Microsoft makes him cuss.

 

We can't forget dear Tuxxy

he battles hard with some

his anger raw, and spelling odd

but never is he dumb.

 

PeterSmith, he started badly

but his posts are now first rate

he often has a freindly hand

and rarely rises to the bait.

 

Kremlyn is our other russian

his posts all have a flair

his tongue is firmly in his cheek

his humour always rare.

 

Oni is a quiet sort

but his tennis skills are leet

he has a smile that just won't quit

when Flouncy he does beat.

 

Methar's posts are always rare

but on IRC he sits

his tech knowledge is quite awesome

and he loves to battle wits.

 

Now Chancellor's a cutie

with his Harry Potter face

he makes great Atomic jelly

and has a bikini on his case.

 

Grimey's a gentle giant

with gaming skills to spare

he is the Atomic bouncer

and a big ol' teddy bear.

 

Darrkon has opinions

His posts will sometimes shock

But he's really quite a nice guy

and with a tarpaulin he does rock.

 

V0id can be a quiet one

but he always adds his bit

he is another hero

with quality and wit.

 

Sirea's still a newbie

and she tells it like it is

listen to her and learn guys

at tech stuff she is a wiz.

 

Sylencer's a girlie gamer

she'll frag your butt without delay

we all phear her awesome l33tsp34k

once we work out what she does say.

 

Phr33xy is a writer

and oft enjoys a quiet beer

a forum hero of true kind

he well deserves a cheer.

 

We have a number of silent Gods

with forum posts quite rare

to you we give a great big w00t

cause we know that you all do care.

 

We are all one happy family

an our Atomic kinda heaven

just jump in and have some fun

'cause we are open 24/7.

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Some of my fondest memories of the magazine involve the conversations and sense of kinship it inspired. Some of the earliest interactions I had in this vein were living in a sharehouse with other geeks (segger and ColdBurn, to be precise) and hanging out in our tiny rented kitchen. 2 am, in between games of C&C: Tib Sun, NFS:III or perhaps UT, getting ourselves tea or coffee and toast with Vegemite, and chatting about this or that Atomic article. And not just idly chatting, but passionately and enthusiastically pointing things out, grabbing the magazine while we waited for the kettle to boil and turning to the article in question, three of us poring over the same magazine like crows perched on a fence. We'd rant and ramble for ages, loving every minute of it. Conversations, rants, laughs and discussions that would never have come about if not for the magazine.

 

Oh sure, geeks were we and geeky discussions we would have had. But the enthusiasm for tech that Atomic had was infectious, and the feeling of kinship and the conversations it inspired was unique. It was Atomic. The forums, I discovered, was this feeling of kinship and enthusiasm, only distributed and text-based.

 

But the magazine will always represent that feeling of belonging, that kinship, that electric (pardon the pun) enthusiasm for me. Long live Atomic :-)

 

We're at someone's wake, talking about all the great memories we have from an institution that they founded.

 

I'd say that it's not entirely outside the realm of reasonableness.

 

Rob.

We're at the wake of someone's Father, talking about how all their sons are dead.

 

 

'

 

Classic Atomic :-) No group of people I've interacted with gets so distracted so easily for so long over incredibly out-of-left-field minutae of a thread :-)

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