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    • How to Use the WC Chat Room for Beginners

    • Posted by Andre Navarro on 31 Jan 08
    • I've grown incredibly fond of the WC chat room. I already thought the forum was full of incredibly intelligent people, and the chat room confirmed that. When possible, every night I log in and most times the conversation is either fun or intelligent or both. I've come to known some amazing people that I regret not being able to meet face to face (although not completely, since when I go meet someone, I always forget to shave).

      But Gabbly, the chat service Whitechapel uses, likes fucking with us, and we've come up with some expressions of our own. So, for those who plan to use to chat room, a small guide:

      1 - You can't see them, but they can see you

      Gabbly has the annoying habit of making your name disappear from the name list, although people can still read what you write. Logging in and out usually solves the problem, or just typing something random on the name box and then typing your name again (that usually makes someone ELSE disappear, but hey, every motherfucker for himself). So if you've got a grudge against anyone, be sure he's not hidden in the chat room before telling everyone how much of a cunt he is.

      2 - When someone leaves, it doesn't mean shit

      Do not be fooled. Gabbly is a treacherous bastard. Sometimes, it will announce that someone has left, and meanwhile the person's still in there, but has now turned invisible (see above). So, when someone leaves, don't immediately say, "what a cunt". Also, sometimes a person leaves several times without ever logging in. That's Gabbly fucking with you.

      3 - When a person suddenly leaves without saying goodbye...

      ... his/her connection probably hiccuped and he/she'll log back in in seconds. That or he/she is an impolite bastard.

      4 - Raccoon Testicles

      It is believed those words, when written in the chat, will summon Warren. It happened once. It was very creepy. So when someone (usually me) announces randomly RACCOON TESTICLES, don't be surprised. It's normal. We're trying to come up with a summon word for Ariana. So far, all of them failed.

      5 - Turtle

      Our defense against spammers. How? Well, I'm not going to tell you everything.

      6 - Tractors

      Our sworn enemies. If you see someone write "TRACTOR TURTLE CARP", don't worry. It's just our hate for tractors being manifested.

      7 - Don't refresh your browser

      It makes you log out and then in again.

      8 - Backspace is not your friend

      Sometimes you press backspace and instead of erasing your text it goes back to the previous page. So be sure to see if that little vertical line thingie is flashing in the text box before you press backspace.

      9 - AFK

      When someone has AFK written next to their name on the name list, it means they are Away From Keyboard, in case you're unfamiliar with the term.

      10 - Your words may be logged

      Once someone complained about a piece of chat being saved and posted in the WC Chat Room Thread. Warren's response to this was:


      THE CHAT HAS AN RSS FEED YOU BLOODY IDIOTS. If you don't want to be logged, don't go in there.

      You are now ready to venture in the bizarre land we call Whitechapel Market.
    • The Old Photoblag : 1

    • Posted by Ben on 31 Jan 08
    • I've never been able to keep a journal for long, yet I love to collect and perfect my life stories. This project will go on for one month. I'm going to go through my old photos and tell you a story about each and every one. These are things that happened to me, names will be changed to give some sort of privacy. I'll update Monday to Friday. So, without further ado, we begin The Old Photoblag.


      This is from when I was living in Seoul, South Korea. A number of these photos are from that time, because I began my picture-taking obsession while I was there.

      Those buildings are totally empty. They're nothing but poured concrete. It was the creepiest thing that I've ever seen. If you were to turn around, you would have seen the cheesy-ass amusement park that is Lotte World. The day this was taken, someone got trampled to death trying to get in to the park. Which meant the police tried to keep the area clear, which meant that people just crowded more and more. I never thought I'd see a riot consisting of angry tweens, but I have. Unfortunately none of the pictures of that even came close to coming out.
    • ow

    • Posted by roque on 30 Jan 08
    • sake bad! sake bring pain!

      dammit, what the hell. sake hasn't given me a hangover since I moved to this country. this is unnatural. I think it's part of the general fuckery that seems to be at work in my life right now.

      on the side of good news, I have abandoned my internal struggle over whether to buy the Japanese or the American version of Silent Hill 0 for the PSP. come to find out, it's being released on PS2 next month. so close I can almost taste it.
    • Listen

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 30 Jan 08
    • Sometimes when I speak, something happens.

      People listen.

      Enthralled, they stare at me, eager for more, drinking every word I say like it was life.

      It terrifies me.

      Sometimes I'm awful at speaking. But on occasion this happens, and my words come clear and clean, not the scattered chaos that comes with fear. And I think:

      I could tell them anything, and they would believe.
    • Z: TBH: Afternoon, Day 3

    • Posted by Z on 30 Jan 08
    • In response to a thread called VENT! on another forum:
      VENT!, huh?

      I remember a time when I could go to a decent local coffee bar, sit down with a good book, and occasionally get interrupted by someone looking at the cover and saying, 'hey, that's a great book, how far have you gotten?'

      Now that I've moved to the concrete corporate Bay of Silicon, I've found out that a black coat and black boots aren't a sufficient uniform for the counter-culture. The coffee houses are tucked away and hidden, aggressively clique-y, and too cool for me. I've resorted to hiding away in the corners of various Starbucks locations, ranting like a lunatic via laptop, or sometimes out loud just to see who's paying attention.

      I've started tying off my wrists with my boot laces until my hands tingle and throb, just to pass the time. I haven't decided what else the boot laces are good for, now that I have to wear proper leather loafers for my desk job. I carry the boot laces in my pockets and consider tying them together into a really long boot lace.

      There's a record store I like to go to. I put the laces back in my boots for an evening, stomp through the parking lot and tear through their concrete warehouse buying genres and trading favourites for an hour.

      Then I go home and unwrap all the little presents like it's ex-muss morning and pour cold audio water over my seething noisy brain until it shuts down for the night.

      When I wake up in the morning, it's with a new favourite song, a new favourite band, and no real argument for why. I take the laces out of my boots, stuff them in my pocket, and shuffle off to work in my loafers.


      - Z

      Go on. Vent to me.
    • Moreau's Child

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 30 Jan 08
    • I've had a soft spot for The Island of Dr.Moreau for a long time. James Morrow's The Philosopher's Apprentice brings it back to the fore again. The book is solid, fun and a touch whimsical at times with a subtle undercurrent of horror. It reminds me on a great many levels of it, and I consider it to be, very much, a modern take on the topic- the repercussions of dabbling in what we don't fully understand, in playing god. The book itself is an easy read, though referencing a great many philosophical works and ideas.I fully expect this book to do decently once it comes out in March 08.
    • Random Geek: Front-runner

    • Posted by TechnocratJT on 30 Jan 08
    • Edwards is out of the race.

      And we now have these quotes (both stolen from CNN):

      "At a time when our politics is too focused on who's up and who's down, he made a nation focus again on who matters -- the New Orleans child without a home, the West Virginia miner without a job, the families who live in that other America that is not seen or heard or talked about by our leaders in Washington," Obama said Wednesday.

      "John Edwards ended his campaign today in the same way he started it -- by standing with the people who are too often left behind and nearly always left out of our national debate," Clinton said in a statement.

      Edwards, who I supported in 2004, and then I cringed at as he fell apart during the VP debates, could never have won the nomination. But his third place showings have been strong enough that he is in a ideal spot to play king maker.

      On the other side, after his loss in Florida, it looks like Rudy is expected to withdraw today and throw his support behind McCain. Unlike Edwards, Giuliani has barely registered in most races so far. Despite that he was expected to have a bit more pull in the Super Tuesday races and his endorsement will likely cement McCain's front runner status. The question will then become will he try to appease the religious right with his VP choice. The notion of a VP nod to Huckabee or Romney worries me. In the end, I still hope he picks Lieberman, the venn diagram of the two politician's appeal overlaps so much it would only matter if their supporters could vote twice.