Nazne wrote:While this decline in interest may also be responsible for the lack of activity in SoSZ, SoSZ has the benefit of being based on a much-beloved period of history which constantly gets series and games made for it. When new fans chase new materials and wander in, I'm pretty sure the forums'll be active again. But in the meanwhile, it makes little sense to suggest that a chatroom that averages 8 people at peak time, many of them not even regular posters, is responsible for the decline of a board with thousands of members.
SunXia wrote:Did you hear something bad about the Chat or were you just feeling left out because you can't get onto it often?? I don't get onto it much, mostly I forget about browser chat features until someone reminds me but I don't feel like I miss things (except one horrible creepy experience) because if I have chosen not to go there I can't really get annoyed about it!!
I see a clique, it is blatantly obvious. at the basic level there is, ultimately, an IRC clique to start things off. You're applying this aggressive add-on to it, when no-one has suggested anything like that, outside of my well remembered moments of when the clique were enjoying talking in a negative way about forum users that weren't on IRC. I stamped that shit out.
Sun Fin wrote:Is that fair?
[14:02] <cyphane> ...Anyway, my grandparents are yelling at me.
[14:02] <Guest79203> haha ok
[14:03] <cyphane> brb, hopefully.
[14:03] <cyphane> If the connection doesn't break down again in two minutes. <_<
[14:28] <cyphane> ...Does this thing still work?
[14:28] <cyphane> Seems so!
[14:29] <cyphane> This is the longest it's stayed connected.
[14:29] *** TC|Away quit (Ping timeout)
[14:34] <cyphane> I'll ramble a bit, I guess.
[14:34] <cyphane> Beijing's been mostly blue skies so far.
[14:34] <cyphane> Autumn really is the best season to be here.
[14:34] <cyphane> Although the insect life here's insane.
[14:34] <cyphane> I saw my first real praying mantis.
[14:34] <cyphane> It was metallic gold-green and easily three inches long.
[14:35] <cyphane> And there's still mosquitos.
[14:35] <cyphane> The really nasty kind, that raise bumps two inches across.
[14:35] <cyphane> The AP American History classroom is plagued with them.
[14:36] <cyphane> And there's giant hairy caterpillars on the trees.
[14:36] <cyphane> They're the pollution-resistant planetree hybrids with bark that peels off once it grows too hold.
[14:36] <cyphane> *old
[14:37] <cyphane> I've only read about them.
[14:38] <cyphane> And everything here rouses my germophobic self-preservational instincts.
[14:38] <cyphane> There's no hand soap in the bathrooms at school.
[14:39] <cyphane> Except for the one in the admin building, which I sneak into when I can. <_<
[14:39] <cyphane> You have to bring your own toilet paper, too.
[14:39] <cyphane> *None* of the bathrooms here have toilet paper.
[14:40] <cyphane> And there's exactly one working sitting toilet in the school.
[14:40] <cyphane> And its stall door is broken.
[14:41] <cyphane> I've given up on using it, sigh.
[14:41] <cyphane> And the cafeteria only provides spoons in the cutlery department.
[14:41] <cyphane> It charges ten cents for chopsticks.
[14:42] <cyphane> Oh, right, and the bathrooms smell terrible.
[14:42] <cyphane> You're supposed to throw your toilet paper into little trash bins in the stalls.
[14:42] <cyphane> Since they don't want the toilets to get clogged.
[14:43] <cyphane> But the bins don't have lids, and they're cleaned out maybe once a day.
[14:43] <cyphane> I decided not to take AP Psychology because the room was located across from a bathroom, and I could smell it even while sitting next to the window.
[14:43] <cyphane> And also because the teacher was scarily patriotic, but I digress.
[14:44] <cyphane> I've seen exactly one white kid in the entire school.
[14:44] <cyphane> There are some Koreans, but no Japanese.
[14:44] <cyphane> And there's almost no transfer students at the higher grades.
[14:45] <cyphane> The only senior transferring in besides me is this girl from Hong Kong.
[14:45] <cyphane> We bonded together over the condition of the bathrooms.
[14:46] <cyphane> She's also pretty good with languages, which helps.
[14:47] <cyphane> ...Okay, bedtime for me. <_<
[14:48] <cyphane> Bye!
[14:48] <cyphane> School wifi is unstable and crazy limited, but I'll be back for National Day break soon, at least.
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