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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 9 2012, 5:08am

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" I think in some ways it's good to have at least one thing..." Can't Post

"...for which you could be really immortal, you know?"

............Christopher Lambert





And with this post, if I have calculated correct, I will be immortal. Or at least in one thing. :-)

And not only is this my 10,000th post, it's been a little over 10 years since I came to TORn. Not to the TORn message boards, but to the website. In the summer of 2002, I found TORn and it got that I would check it so often for fresh news that I made it my home page. I guess, except for a few breaks here and there, I've hung around ever since.

I wasn't sure what to do as a mathom but at some point, I realized I was kind of browsing through a mental list of high points here at TORn. So I decided to to sort of Top 10 list of Magpie's memorable moments at TORn. They're not quite top 10... more like 10 that represent a variety of top moments.

So here we go:

  1. Sept 2003 - The Cryptic Crossword Puzzle - I was co-modding the games section of another Tolkien board when TORn posted a Tolkien themed Cryptic Crossword puzzle. I suggested - at the other forum - that we tackle the crossword together for fun but only had one taker, the person I was co-modding with. Together we worked on that puzzle without stop. We each had our strengths. I was good at sluething out lots of info and working out the cryptic format (which wasn't popular in the US). She was good at putting what I'd found together so it made sense. I have to say, working on that puzzle with her was one of the highlights of my life it was so much fun! We finally got solved our last clue and each submitted our answers. There were multiple right answers so names were drawn from a hat and I won! I felt so badly she hadn't that I immediately packed up a box of Tolkien goodies: Burger King toys and goblets, posters, bookmarks, etc (I'm fairly sure I found stuff better than those but I can't remember now) and sent them to her. I had never been lucky at anything and I have to say I've been extraordinarily lucky in Tolkien. Besides the LOTR 3-volume edition illustrated by Alan Lee from this contest, I've also won (from many sources) a Legolas and Gimli standup, a Khazad-dum environment with Balrog, a TT t-shirt, a Weta Galadriel figure, Howard Shore signed copies of all three LOTR Complete Recordings, and one other prize yet to be revealed in this list.

  2. Jan 2004 - My first post - As often as I checked the Home Page and Green Books, I didn't fuss much with the message boards. I think I might have click on that link at one point, but I suspect I was confused by the set up of those old boards. :-) But, in 2004, a fellow soundtrack fan was talking up a discussion series to discuss the LOTR and coaxed us to come join in. I registered... posted a message on the ROTK OST track, Hope and Memory... and came back 3 days later to find the thread locked (old boards = only 1st page threads were active and open). I didn't understand that at all and didn't really come back until a few years later.

  3. Feb 2007 - The New Boards - It's too bad we can't go back to the old boards and browse because I remember Altaira did this fantastic job of teasing that something was going to happen. And then BANG. We had these new boards and it was a frickin party. We all had to reregister so lots of people changed or refined their old user names. I had to register on the old board as aMagpie because Magpie was taken (although it was hard to tell if that person had ever posted anything). We were encouraged to post our old names in our footers till people got used to our new ones so my footer said, "no longer just aMagpie... I'm now *the* Magpie" Here's that first Fiesta Friday on the new boards.

  4. Apr 2007 - Music Trivia Special Edition - I've conducted a few different sorts of LOTR score music discussions. One series took the form of a game where people were to listen to music clips and answer questions about them. It was all a set up to get people listening and talking - I rarely keep score. On April Fool's Day, I posted a special edition one that dealt with sounds... odd sounds. This is representative of all those discussions I led but also of times when we had great fun on these boards. There's been lots of lightheartedness and laughter and I like remember those times. The link provided at the front of this entry is a clone of the original thread here at TORn because that original thread had lots of links and images housed at my old geocities site which is now gone. All of the music discussion series held on the new boards are listed at the TORn Mathom-house. And does any remember why Bob Shaye's name might have been included in this mock disclaimer? "In accepting the prize, the winner acknowledges that Magpie, TheOneRing.net, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh, Saul Zaentz, The Tolkien Estate, and J.R.R. Tolkien may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize(s). Bob Shaye may. "

  5. Sept 2007 - "In the Shire" Song & Dance -- TORn's Show Your Hobbit Pride competition had categories for art submissions. The categories didn't suit me. I thought, what would I submit if I could submit any artistic endeavor. It hit me. A dance. I've written a few. One called Magpie's Maggot (maggot isn't what you think it is - when used as names for dances it means: A whimsical fancy). I wrote one for 2001, Awry in the Sky or Hal Says Goodbye, to the tune: Daisy Daisy. So I wrote a lyrics (to a traditional tune) and a dance to go with it. I won 'The History of the Hobbit' Boxed Set in a special category The link at the front of this entry is to a cloned page at my website. The original post is here.

  6. Apr 2009 - Showdown on the Dance Floor in the Arena TORn's -- 10th Anniversary / Founders Day Celebration - Aunt Dora posted a battle: Aunt Dora vs. Magpie in a folk dance competition. Many of you might know that both Aunt Dora and I are folk dancers. Auntie does primarily International Dance and I do (or have done) primarily English/Celtic folk dancing. I responded to her challenge by describing a 'battle' that involved 1,000 year old reindeer antlers, a hobby horse, Robin Hood, Maid Marion (man dressed as woman), and a fool carrying an inflated pig's bladder.

  7. Oct 2009 - Magpie's Big Adventure - The FOTR movie was going to be shown to live music at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. How exciting. That's the sort of stuff other people do. Not us. (The Mister and I) We've traveled through many of the states in the USA but always by car and mostly camping. Folks like us didn't go to NYC. Then I started to wonder... why couldn't folks like us go to NYC. Well, we did. It was both exhilarating and terrifying. I met lots of TORn friends and Howard Shore held my hand. sigh... it doesn't get better than that. Read about my adventure here.

  8. Ongoing - Graphics - I just love making and images and graphics and I've gotten to do a lot here on the boards like: Footers for World Hobbit Day, Footers for Tolkien Reading Day, Footers for FOTR 10th Anniversary, Footers for TORn's 10th Anniversary and TORn Scavenger Hunt Medallions.

  9. May 2008 / Jan 2011 - In May 2008, I was asked to become a writer for TORn's Home Page which thrilled me. What I found though was that writing concisely and keeping track of all the bells and whistles of Word Press didn't thrill me so much. I've since backed off on writing. But then in Jan 2011, I was asked to join the staff and I was humbled and honored to do so. I consider my main contribution to TORn to be The Mathom-house wiki but I try to help out with other matters when I can. Sometimes I think back to 10 years ago when I just hit click, click, click all day to see what TheOneRing.net was up to. To get to have an email address that ends in @theonering.net is just such geeky goodness! :-)

  10. Friends - I connected with people from these boards over the net and in real life and I've considered everyone of them friends in Tolkien. We've shared joys and disappointments and struggles and hard times and geeky spasms. We planned and schemed big schemes (map!) and punned and pantsed and partied.



And with that, the Mister awaits me so we can watch some TV together. Forgive my lack of proofreading. I know I'll find 14 errors tomorrow morning. :-p But it's been fun.


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(This post was edited by dernwyn on Nov 9 2012, 4:57pm)


Starling
Half-elven


Nov 9 2012, 5:32am

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Three cheers for you! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am looking at my lovely tile with the starling on it as I write this.
Congratulations, Magpie. I am so glad you are here. Smile

Enjoy basking in the glory of immortality.


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Nov 9 2012, 6:11am

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And you did it the hard way [In reply to] Can't Post

I think I can count the number of your posts that contain fewer than 250 words on two hands and a foot -- barely a drop in the bucket out of 10k posts. You've contributed a lot of original content to these boards as well as set up special off-site pages to enhance others' enjoyment of TORn. It has been our great pleasure to have you around and I am honoured to be counted among your friends in Tolkien.

Congratulations Magpie! Thank you for the wonderful Mathom.

ETA: Since I know you enjoy minutia, I noticed our Annael hit Half-Elven recently, without a mention.Laugh


(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Nov 9 2012, 6:18am)


LaerasŰa
Tol Eressea


Nov 9 2012, 6:22am

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Congratulations, M!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad to see you've officially become immortal!! :) I have been enjoying looking through all those links-- particularly the sound game-- and I love that picture. You've pretty much got everything in it that you need.

I'm glad to have met you on these boards, and it's good to hear how memorable places like this can be. (although I'll have you know that there is actually a limit on how much we can actually be friends now due to my jealousy over your going to NY and meeting Howard Shore).

Cheers, M! *raises glass*

‎"If my tongue were trained to measures, I would sing a stirring song."
--Paul Tillich


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sador
Half-elven


Nov 9 2012, 6:31am

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Well deserved! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for 10+ years of hard work and lots of fun!

"And so the healing begins. The original readers had no idea, of course, about the Halls of Mandos; with that in mind, does it make sense for these Elves to seem "glad" rather than "relieved", or is this Tokien unconsciously bringing his mythology into the story?"
- dernwyn



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DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 9 2012, 7:47am

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Yay! Congratulations Magpie :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

Now I don't feel so bad for passing you a couple of weeks ago!

It's great that you have so many happy memories of TORn. It was great reading through them all. You are a valued member of this site, and I wish you many more years of happy posting.

Smile

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Kimi
Forum Admin / Moderator


Nov 9 2012, 8:49am

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Hurrah! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congratulations, Magpie: no mere collector of treasure, but a treasure of TORn yourself.


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NottaSackville
Tol Eressea

Nov 9 2012, 12:22pm

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A wonderful and well-earned immortality [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for blessing us will your time Magpie, you are a true benefit to this community!

Notta

Happiness: money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important and so are friends, while envy is toxic -- and so is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude. - The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner as summarized by Lily Fairbairn. And a bit of the Hobbit reading thrown in never hurts. - NottaSackville


Lacrimae Rerum
Grey Havens

Nov 9 2012, 2:59pm

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Congraulations. [In reply to] Can't Post

Though now you have to behead DanielLB if I understand the rules correctly.

And two more posts for Gramma to hit 20k. Momentous moments.

LR


Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Nov 9 2012, 3:07pm

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Well done! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you so much for being such a great asset to our community. Hooray for Magpie!




dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Nov 9 2012, 5:16pm

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*gets fresh bottle of bubbly miruvor, pops cork* [In reply to] Can't Post

Congratulations, and welcome! Although truth be told, it doesn't really "feel" any different here...still, that "Immortal" under your nick does look quite nice! Cool

And what a mathom you've presented us with for the occasion, a walk down the TORn Memory Lane! Who can forget that epic "battle" in Arena? Laugh There's wonderful things here. Thank you - for this, for all that you've done and shared with us, for Music and Mathom-house, may you never cease to collect all things bright and shiny! Heart


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JWPlatt
Grey Havens


Nov 9 2012, 5:59pm

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Beware [In reply to] Can't Post

Beware, for the Valar could lay down their guardianship and call on Il˙vatar to remake the ranks and deny immortality to any with fewer than 100,000 posts. It's all so arbitrary. Just don't send any Great Armaments to set foot on the servers.


(This post was edited by JWPlatt on Nov 9 2012, 6:00pm)


Ethel Duath
Valinor


Nov 10 2012, 1:21am

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Now the fun begins! You can go deep sea diving for Silmarils, [In reply to] Can't Post

sky diving with sir D, scrabble up "the narrows" on Longs Peak with Aunt Dora and I (if we can hitch a ride on your immortalityCrazy); and even take on Morgoth if you feel like it!

Congratulations!

I loved all your Mathoms--It's a history of TORn from the inside.

And we can use #3 to track down more folks for the Homecoming next time!Smile


Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 4:41pm

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as I was thinking of the many ways that online connections are made... [In reply to] Can't Post

your earthquake reports came to mind. And the tile is just one of many things that has gone out from the Midwest US to places like Spain, India, Australia (maybe *that* one is still in route) and NZ. It's like the grown up version of penpals, sometimes. :-)


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 4:51pm

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lol [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, there's a good number of posts that have taken me over an hour to write/format. Many of those involved music discussion threads and the movie trivia threads I held for a long time. (Do a forum search for the words, trivia answers, on LOTR movie made by Magpie to see just how obsessive I can get. If you're lucky, you'll find one of my animated gifs illustrating the trivia answer!)

I will admit, there were times I saw people's stats climbing higher and higher when their posts contained an average of 10 words or less, many as no text subject lines only. But I was determined not to let that change my own habits of posting. :-)

Thanks for pointing out Annael's status change. That's very recent. I wonder if she's noticed.


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 4:56pm

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Well, you were in NY in some small way, anyhow. :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

We have three or more years of Middle-earth music goodness. Who knows what the future possibilities are? I'll let you get in first next time we're both in Howard's presence. :-)


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 4:56pm

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Thanks, sador // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 4:58pm

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I knew I'd get there [In reply to] Can't Post

You just had more energy than I did! Sometimes I see that misplaced post and think... aw.. Daniel will get to it. I don't have to do a thing. lol.

But now I think I have to kill you. There can be only one, you know. ;-)

(which makes no sense if you don't know the Highlander universe)


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 5:00pm

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aw, thanks [In reply to] Can't Post

That sounds very much like something said to me once during a weekend retreat to discuss the book, Women's Ways of Knowing. It's a long story but the sentiment was the same and it moved me very much. Thank you.


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 5:05pm

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cheers, Notta. [In reply to] Can't Post

Notta friend I know well (see what I did there?) but one I enjoy hanging with and talking Hobbit Ravens with. ;-)


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 5:07pm

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yep. I've already put him on notice [In reply to] Can't Post

I made that Highlander comment when dernwyn made immortal after gramma. I'm not sure everyone got it. If they didn't, I'm sure it seemed like an odd thing to say to someone!

Honestly, I don't know where gramma gets the time or the energy. She wears me out just hearing about all the things she manages to cram into a day!


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 5:07pm

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ta, Lily // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 5:11pm

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The one thing that will change... [In reply to] Can't Post

I won't be looking at how many posts I have. :-P

I have great affection for that arena battle.

I hope I never cease collecting, either. Although, my collecting has definitely slowed. Which is kind of a good thing when it comes to the limitations of space. But maybe I'm just focusing on collecting shiny information. :-)


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Magpie
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 5:19pm

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uh.... probably not [In reply to] Can't Post

You know that post - most thrill seeking thing you've done? Well, all I could come up with is the Log Plume at Valley Fair. I screamed so loud (in terror... not thrill) that I swear, people on the grounds looked up at me.

I am what you call a low risk taker. And, I'm afraid of heights. (ladders take me forever to get up and down).

I would be happy as a librarian/archivist/researcher in life! lol


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DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 10 2012, 6:01pm

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That's why I was confused by Lacrimae's comment! [In reply to] Can't Post

No, I have no idea what you are on about. Wink

You'll be month-free of me though. You can catch me up then.

Smile

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