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The RELAY network on BITNET was the inspiration for IRC. Nodes were known by their address (RELAY@BITNIC) and a nickname, traditionally a location (New_York). One exception was the node nicknamed "TwiliteZne", based at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Rumor has it that the chief student operator (me) picked that because no one knew where the heck Potsdam was. See for a partial node list and a few tidbits of ancient network history.

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I'm in Chapter 1 of this book. That was when my hair wasn't Grey.

"Underground" by Suelette Dreyfus, with research by Julian Assange

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Everyone has a monster inside of us. Everyone has an Angel too. It is about who you are going to be. -- Lisa Joy, Director of S2E4 of

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My hobby is writing stuff in awk and bash that should not be written in either.

Good morning! After demonstrating constructive participation in and good judgement in reporting incidents, I am pleased to welcome @danielhglus as a new moderator. Please make them feel welcome 🤗

NEW: Flight reaches 801 mph as a furious jet stream packs record-breaking speeds: Published at Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:34:26 +0000

Must be a storm coming, was just asked to get bread...

@JimCantoreBot is currently in town. It has been a honor tooting with you all. Now that the harbinger of weather doom is in town, it is just a matter of time until the town goes full Ice Station Zebra. 🤣

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Apparently it is International SPAM The Local Timeline Day. We are working on it! Appreciate the reports!

It would be great if people read the dang rules before Tooting.

Proper way to exit the vi editor: Hold the power button for 5 seconds.

There was once a woman who tried to cool herself to absolute zero Show more

I’m watching “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” because it is.

maybe i should have a permanent Out Of Office Autoreply that says something like "thanks for your email, i might reply properly later, but at the moment the idea of replying to your email, and also the fact that i am supposed to, is ruining my day, and i'm not sure i have the emotional energy to work out a better way of saying this, go fuck yourself, i didn't mean that sorry, please don't ever send me anything ever again, i want a quiet life, please let me be in peace, let my soul rest, o hecky"

At a rest area on an uninteresting highway. In the middle of a field there is a sign... CONFINED SPACE.

OK, to be fair it is a warning about a manhole and the structure below, but the initial effect is hilarious.

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