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GYØ Ben
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Player Photograph by GYØ Ben

September 21st, 2008 12:00 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: The first task reads: "Take a picture of yourself. " This is the only time a sous rature gesture will be made, so let us remind you: you may be your character, but your character need not be you.

Singin' and dancin' in the rain since 1991.

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posted by Tøm on October 25th, 2007 3:20 PM

Vote for crossdressing.

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posted by GYØ Daryl on October 25th, 2007 3:22 PM

yes me too, nice look

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posted by lucky penny on January 7th, 2008 9:21 AM

i like the gazing pic, very james dean.

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posted by GYØ Ben on January 7th, 2008 1:06 PM

I thought I look more like the lead singer of A-Ha crossed with David Bowie in that picture.

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posted by susy derkins on January 12th, 2008 11:04 AM

How on Earth you did the upside down text? It is hypnotic.

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posted by Tøm on January 12th, 2008 11:29 AM

But surely you mean to put the upside down picture first?

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posted by GYØ Ben on January 12th, 2008 2:37 PM

Suzy: Basically, because I'm awesome.

Vote for upside-down.
posted by Spidere on January 12th, 2008 8:26 PM

All right--that's nice work. :)

podcast comment vote
posted by anna one on March 8th, 2008 7:47 PM

for "it's an enigma wrapped in a pastry coating..."

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posted by GYØ Vicki on March 9th, 2008 11:11 AM

Vote for non-gingerness and terrorist-chic =P

Vote for podcast
posted by The Animus on March 23rd, 2008 1:23 AM


Question: If a player photograph task gets the big red X, does the player have an avatar?

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posted by GYØ Daryl on March 23rd, 2008 3:12 PM

The only way this task can be completed and not meet the requirements is if no photo is submitted, in which case there would be no avatar anyway.

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posted by Tøm on March 23rd, 2008 3:14 PM

Nope, same if you unsubmit it. It'll still be the first photo on the task.

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posted by Lincøln on March 23rd, 2008 3:20 PM

You do look a bit like Shaggy, now that I think about it.

Rut-ro!

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posted by Bryce on March 23rd, 2008 4:06 PM

No, dear Lincoln, tis "ru-roh!"

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posted by Adam on March 23rd, 2008 4:11 PM

Surely it's ruroh.

Alloneword.

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posted by GYØ Ben on March 23rd, 2008 4:22 PM

Lincoln: I only noticed when my friend's mum pointed it out.

"Yeah, that colour hair... little beard... always eating. Lanky.

WHAT THE HELL!?!" were my thoughts.

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posted by Adam on March 23rd, 2008 4:25 PM

"always eating. Lanky"

Oh how I envy you.

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posted by Lincøln on March 23rd, 2008 4:44 PM

You just described Lank.

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posted by anna one on March 24th, 2008 1:02 AM

The man knows of what he speaks:

There's part of us that's Shaggy and Scooby at every stage.

So if you travel round the world - your American foreign policy does give you a difficult time - two tricks.
One, say you're Canadian. That helps.
It works in Europe, it's very good.
The second is say,
"Shaggy and Scooby."
They go, "Shaggy and Scooby?"

lnternational credit card.
So, yeah.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on March 29th, 2008 9:39 PM

Ben Forbes: "Far too suave to be considered an idiot."

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posted by susy derkins on March 29th, 2008 10:29 PM

I have voted for your player picture before (and I don´t particularly like Scooby Doo, and Shaggy doesn´t make you any justice).
So, where do I vote for you as a player who IMHO did make quite an impression and who will be missed while in, um, sabbatical?

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posted by salad fingers on May 4th, 2008 3:22 AM

Oh Ben are you back? I've missed you so. You taste like soot and poo! I shalln't play with you till you've had a wash!

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posted by Lincøln on May 4th, 2008 8:57 AM

Where's Ben? That's right, he's back!

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 4th, 2008 9:52 AM

Did I really ever leave? ;)

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posted by Lincøln on May 4th, 2008 10:00 AM

no

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posted by Bryce on May 5th, 2008 6:49 AM

You Iz "Back"!!!!

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 16th, 2008 1:13 PM

I should make it clear that the Suzybots are not mine, I just friended them all, because I'm like that.

Quite.
posted by Tøm on May 16th, 2008 1:15 PM

We have our investigatin' feet on.

[21:03:32] Ben Forbes says: http://sf0.org/score/?order=newest
[21:03:41] Ben Forbes says: Notice anything out of the ordinary?
[21:06:27] Tom chuckles

[21:06:36] Ben Forbes says: Yeah
[21:06:39] Ben Forbes says: He pointed it out >
[21:06:47] Tom says: \0/
[21:07:25] Tom says: Hmm.
[21:07:33] Tom says: The first 3 voted on Public Surface.
[21:07:53] Ben Forbes says: shenanigans
[21:07:59] Tom says: Ah
[21:08:15] Tom says: They're voting on any Susy Derkins task
[21:08:18] Tom says: http://sf0.org/Suzybot1/votes/
[21:08:40] Tom says: 2 and 3 are the same
[21:08:40] Ben Forbes says: Whoever they are, they've spelt "susy" wrong
[21:08:53] Tom says: 4 only cast 8 votes
[21:08:58] Tom says: missing public surface
[21:09:07] Tom says: same with 5.
[21:09:10] Ben Forbes says: and 6
[21:09:12] Ben Forbes says: 7
[21:09:13] Ben Forbes says: 8
[21:09:15] Ben Forbes says: 9
[21:09:28] Tom says: 7 has cast 7 votes actually.
[21:09:31] Ben Forbes says: and 10
[21:09:37] Ben Forbes says: 11 has done nothing yet
[21:09:40] Tom says: Missing the laughing security guard.
[21:09:52] Ben Forbes says: wtf is going on
[21:10:10] Ben Forbes says: whatever, susy's now 14th
[21:10:26] Tom says: I hope to god someone isn't doing Secrets Secrets
[21:10:59] Ben Forbes says: No, because that would be lame
[21:11:08] Tom says: Indeed
[21:11:17] Ben Forbes says: I've friended all the bots
[21:11:21] Tom says: the flow has stopped, there's 11.
[21:11:34] Ben Forbes says: I should probably make it clear that they're not mine
[21:11:42] Tom says: Mine either.

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posted by Tøm on May 16th, 2008 1:16 PM

Except all the votes have been undone now...

Hmm...

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posted by teucer on May 16th, 2008 1:22 PM

Odd.

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posted by Tøm on May 16th, 2008 1:44 PM

And now the accounts have gone!

:S

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on May 16th, 2008 2:04 PM

What is going on?

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posted by teucer on May 16th, 2008 2:08 PM

Sock puppets getting automated, possibly.

Of course as a staunch Probot member I would regard that as acceptable, provided they play or comment non-disruptively - that is, provided they adhere to the same standards as other posters.

It sounds like this batch had an agenda that would have unfairly messed with the game, so it is good to have them gone.

EDIT: And yes, I do know how to spell "sock".

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posted by Sparrows Fall on May 16th, 2008 2:57 PM

Panopoly did the same thing on 5/11. On 5/12 another sock puppet that hadn't submitted any tasks voted 7-8 times for Derkins tasks, then 7-8 times for JTony tasks immediately afterward. The latter one's been erased, looks like.

SHHHHH!!!! They'll take the points away! +1
posted by JTony Loves Brains on May 16th, 2008 11:28 PM

Realistically I wasn't sure how I felt about the points from Panopoly, having been the brunt of some sockpuppet wrath in the comment votes lately. Then again, it was quite nice having a sockpuppet being nice to me, so I just decided not to think to hard (or talk too much) about it.

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 17th, 2008 1:40 AM

There's a Suzybot13 that's cropped up now too, having voted on four of her tasks.

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posted by Lincøln on May 17th, 2008 2:14 AM

Now there's a buncha probots voting for Tricia Tanaka's stuff.

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 17th, 2008 3:17 AM

Hmm, so there are. Didn't Tricia get targeted as one of the strange bots before?

(also, this has pushed Tricia into first place)

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posted by Lincøln on May 17th, 2008 3:30 AM

Shenanigans!

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posted by praximity on May 17th, 2008 5:12 AM

alright.

you know what must be done.

all herbies v. all probots.

go.

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 17th, 2008 5:37 AM

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF WAR.

Just straightening things out... +1
posted by Haberley Mead on May 17th, 2008 6:47 AM

Are we talking a Declaration of War, or a Declaration of War?

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posted by teucer on May 17th, 2008 8:23 AM

I should make it clear that the "probot##" usernames have, to my knowledge, nothing to do with the Probot team.

I for one am against disruptive play by anyone, robot or human, and will take the side of the Herbies in this conflict.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on May 17th, 2008 8:30 AM

@Haberly

Well, the pro- and suzy- bots certainly have NO sense of style.

Clarification: The faux probots.

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posted by Lincøln on May 17th, 2008 9:44 AM

Doktor, what if the probot hordes were actually AI robots?

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posted by teucer on May 17th, 2008 10:21 AM

Then they should not be discriminated against for their robotic nature.

However, it is entirely reasonable - mandatory, in fact - to hold them to the same standards to which we hold humans registering on the site. If they are here to maliciously affect the game, they must be stopped, be they human, robot, zombie, or none of the above.

I see one of my praxes has been hit as well. +2
posted by Burn Unit on May 17th, 2008 10:24 AM

Perhaps someone has just reached the Age of Chaos. That's the seventy two hour period in every young programmer's life between discovering that five lines of perl can trash a website and realizing that doing so is too lame to be worth writing five lines of code. We should hold a coming of age ceremony. Unless of course it really is an AI, in which case we should hold a coming into existence ceremony. Unless of course it really is an AI from the future, in which case this party will be so big there's no point in naming it.

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posted by Lincøln on May 17th, 2008 10:37 AM

Or maybe it's the opening salvo of the robot apocalypse and I should start training monkeys.

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posted by praximity on May 17th, 2008 10:59 AM

That's what I'm saying.

My friends...this is only the beginning. These incoming "probots" clearly have no regard for the rules set out upon this community. They have no regard for our precious bodily fluids, or even their own sense of individuality! These mindless creeps wish to overturn all of our accomplishments and throw our peaceful world into chaos.

Regardless of the stated position of the so called "probot team" within our ranks, the members of the this team clearly have some connection with these new invaders. I propose that said team be vigilantly monitored in the following weeks.

You can die a slave, or you can fight valiantly.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on May 17th, 2008 11:19 AM

They're hitting Zer0gee, now. And rongo rongo.

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 17th, 2008 11:54 AM

Notice a link between all the people getting blitz-voted?

susy derkins, zer0gee, rongo rongo, Tricia Tanaka...

All female.

These are some EMPOWERED probots.

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posted by teucer on May 17th, 2008 12:08 PM

...Burn Unit is a woman now?

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 17th, 2008 12:09 PM

Didn't know BU'd been hit too.

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posted by JJason Recognition on May 17th, 2008 12:40 PM

Personally, I can think of worse Robot apocalypses.

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posted by Lincøln on May 17th, 2008 12:51 PM

...just the start...

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posted by Tøm on May 17th, 2008 1:01 PM

I'm waiting on an official announcement from MKII.

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posted by Burn Unit on May 17th, 2008 1:06 PM

Ahh - but I now realize it is only a task I shared with Rongo Rongo that got hit. The pattern still fits.

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posted by teucer on May 17th, 2008 2:35 PM

Intriguing.

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posted by teucer on May 17th, 2008 11:19 PM

Well, now they've hit me.

IS THIS THE SORT OF STATEMENT THAT player: _frozenhaddock_ HAD IN MIND? +1
posted by mkII Robot on May 18th, 2008 3:07 AM

MKII ROBOT CAN OFFICIALLY STATE THAT IT HAS HAD NO INVOLVEMENT WITH THE INCIDENCES OF _probot##_ OR _suzybot##_.

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posted by JJason Recognition on May 18th, 2008 9:46 AM

Hmm.... All the Probots seem to be gone. Along with the records of their votes. But the score changes seem to still be here.

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posted by teucer on May 18th, 2008 9:51 AM

Yeah, I noticed that. This is odd.

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 16th, 2008 1:46 PM

VERY bizarre. Perhaps a little someone had a hand in removing the threat.

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posted by Sean Mahan on May 18th, 2008 3:10 PM

To keep things zippy, the site stores things like the number of bonus (i.e. vote) points a completion has in the DB. This isn't automatically updated when a vote is removed (manually, natch).
I'd be interested to hear what Scienceguru thinks of the robot thing.

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posted by teucer on May 18th, 2008 3:45 PM

Thank you. I appreciate being restored to my correct score, as it is a useful metric only if it measures something meaningful.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on May 18th, 2008 8:21 PM

I'm getting hit, now, too.

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posted by Julian Muffinbot on May 18th, 2008 8:50 PM

i seem to have 15 unaccounted-for points myself all of a sudden. there do not seem to be any votes that correspond to these 15 points. they weren't here a few hours ago.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on May 18th, 2008 8:52 PM

Tell the authorities. I think perhaps we both got voted for at the same time, or a lot of them hit Longest String, which means a bunch of FOEcakes is affected.

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posted by Julian Muffinbot on May 18th, 2008 8:57 PM

yeah, dela has them too. and meredithian. and defiler. and ms. goblinpants. everyone that did longest string has 15 extra points...

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posted by teucer on May 30th, 2008 11:09 AM

Im in ur website posting on ur player photo

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posted by Minch on May 30th, 2008 12:01 PM

might be easier to find him at the local boybar with the fencing team...

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posted by GYØ Ben on May 30th, 2008 12:06 PM

...

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posted by Minch on May 30th, 2008 12:28 PM

do i still = heart?

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posted by Minch on May 30th, 2008 1:01 PM


Ben Forbes is confused by Ben Forbes
12:59 PM

Ben Forbes understands Ben Forbes confusion
1:00 PM

Ben Forbes also understands the confusion Ben Forbes feels
1:00 PM

Ben Forbes notes that it appears entirely impossible to tell which Ben Forbes typed any given /me message.
1:00 PM

Ben Forbes is aware of that.
1:00 PM

Ben Forbes does not forgive. Ben Forbes does not forget. Ben Forbes is legion.
1:01 PM

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on June 2nd, 2008 8:26 PM

Ah ha ha ha ha!

Plectrum.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on June 2nd, 2008 8:26 PM

Giant Plectrum.

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posted by Lincøln on June 3rd, 2008 11:39 AM

Enjoy looking into the Queen's bedroom do ya?

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on June 4th, 2008 8:15 PM

Yup. Still funny.

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posted by teucer on June 4th, 2008 8:28 PM

You know what else is still funny?

The Ben Forbes skype mob.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on June 4th, 2008 9:13 PM

Like the part where Ben Forbes made out with Ben Forbes?

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posted by teucer on June 4th, 2008 9:20 PM

Yes.

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posted by ASIMO on June 13th, 2008 3:06 PM

Hello. My name is ASIMO. I have noticed you are a member of the Probot team. I am now sending a request for friendship to strengthen the bonds between humans and robots.

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posted by GYØ Ben on June 22nd, 2008 11:05 AM

OH SHIT

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posted by Evil Sugar on June 22nd, 2008 11:16 AM

Don't worry. The gummies have also been bloodmarked. They didn't know what bloodmarked meant, so they looked it up in their highly accurate human-to-gummyspeak dictionary:

Bloodmarked (n) - one who has been promised large amounts of delicious frosting.

The gummies are very excited about this. They would be happy to help you eat your frosting if you are worried that you cannot finish it all.

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posted by GYØ Ben on July 27th, 2008 11:06 AM

YAY! NEW PHOTOS!

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posted by GYØ Ben on August 3rd, 2008 4:10 AM

Ten years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team.

Ruthlessly, lazily, copied and pasted from here.

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posted by Lincøln on August 3rd, 2008 9:24 AM

Mine was ruthlessly, lazily, copied from here:
swm62601.jpg

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on August 3rd, 2008 9:49 AM

Wow, that's exactly how I would've pictured the line up.

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posted by GYØ Ben on August 3rd, 2008 10:50 AM

Because you are 1337 hax0r, Lincoln.

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posted by Minch on August 3rd, 2008 10:22 PM

vote for the best foo' picture ever!

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posted by Peter Garnett on August 8th, 2008 2:05 PM

Have you been drinking Powerthirst again?

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posted by Lincøln on August 8th, 2008 2:11 PM

This week's pocast will explain much.

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posted by GYØ Ben on August 8th, 2008 2:12 PM

Nice reference spotting, there, Peter.

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posted by Peter Garnett on August 8th, 2008 2:33 PM

I see... I think.

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posted by Minch on August 8th, 2008 4:02 PM

how could anyone not notice the powerthirst reference? are there people left on earth who can't see youtube?

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posted by Bryce on August 9th, 2008 3:04 PM

The only people who haven't seen powerthirst lived in the middle ages, when youtube was a strange thing only used by the rich and powerful, a fable to the mere commoners who tended to only use google video.

As the crusades appeared both youtube and google video were exterminated by the Knights Templar, causing the production of random viral videos to stop being as common. The world started to collapse until the renaissance where youtube was resurrected.

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posted by Lincøln on August 9th, 2008 3:09 PM

My brother hadn't seen it until I showed it to him yesterday.
Is my brother a chrononaut?
Is he from the dark ages?

I could click but I won´t
posted by susy derkins on August 9th, 2008 4:18 PM

I am so happy to have managed to not know what the heck is powerthirst...

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posted by GYØ Ben on August 10th, 2008 5:46 AM

I hadn't seen it until Tom showed it to me.

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posted by Bryce on August 9th, 2008 3:06 PM

I just realized that you look like Neil Patrick Harris in a weird sort of way.

Such an awesome musical...
posted by GYØ Vicki on August 18th, 2008 1:40 PM

I may have to watch it tomorrow...

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posted by Minch on August 20th, 2008 11:40 AM

you two singing in the rain fools just made me smile and start singing to msyelf at my desk at work. lovely :)

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posted by Tøm on October 2nd, 2008 2:54 AM

mrowwhat68252.jpg

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posted by Minch on October 23rd, 2008 2:46 PM

funny-pictures-isoceles-triangle-nose.jpg

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posted by Lincøln on November 5th, 2008 9:25 PM

Beverly Hills?

Congratulations.
posted by CGØ Betting Pool on December 10th, 2008 5:33 PM

Your winnings from the CG0 Betting Pool.

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posted by GYØ Ben on January 5th, 2009 11:56 AM

Here, finally a picture more... SFZeresque.

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posted by susy derkins on January 6th, 2009 8:02 PM

Impressive, what´s the story there? Self-portrait with cute blue puppet?

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posted by GYØ Ben on January 8th, 2009 1:04 PM

No, I could never draw something as good as that. That "cute blue puppet", by the way, is Sackboy :D. It was drawn by an anonymous friend, and that's basically the end of the story. :)

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posted by done on January 8th, 2009 2:44 PM

Are you playing the ballalaika??

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posted by GYØ Ben on January 15th, 2009 11:22 AM

Mm, no, it's a mandolin, I believe :)

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posted by GYØ Ben on February 13th, 2009 12:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBWm_V_cq0Q

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posted by done on February 13th, 2009 1:06 PM

Is that the teaser? When will there be completions????

tiny pet dragon says 'allo +1
posted by Minch on March 8th, 2009 10:33 AM

light_cat.jpg

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posted by GYØ Ben on October 21st, 2009 7:42 AM

Happy birthday, Ben :)

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posted by teucer on October 21st, 2009 8:43 AM

Yeah, you're, like, old now.