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04 Sep 2010 06:35 #73130 by Stephen Avery
ubarose wrote:

KingPut wrote:

Viddly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well I was trying to use my Gulliver to think up a new Avatar after a night of ultra violent gaming. On this night we were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it being a night of no small expenditure. What we were after now was the old Ameritrash gaming. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old Arkham Horror ultraviolent.

There was me and my three droogs, that is Malloc, Wkover, and Big Dim Bein, and we sat in Bobbytweeks Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Bobbytweeks milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus Nattyboh or synthemesc or 90 minute IPA, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old Ti3 ultra-violence.

But than we saw an old drunkie. And one thing I could never stand was to see a filthy, dirty old Steve "drunkie" Avery, howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers games like Circus Imperium or Thunder road and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking, rotten guts. I could never stand to see anyone like that, whatever his age might be, but more especially when he was real old like this one was.

But oh my Ameritrash brother it had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van and some in-out with the wivie.


Laughing so hard I can't breath. Brilliant.


That was hilarious. It reminds me of Uba's Jack Kerowak interpretation of WBC posted on the old Blog. Clever prose must run in the family.

My appy polly loggies, me bolshy brat. I was nantering on like a malenky baboochka I was. This story is for us to pony the lewdies eemya and what pics theys have and not. It is not for me to creech on about me starry games no matter how dobby the are. Though you could be crowing with your gromky gorlo cause you don't have the yarbles to yecket here to Lanta Land. Till then I'll have to peet me buzzy beer oddy knocky.

Steve"a Tanktop Yellow"Avery

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04 Sep 2010 06:54 #73131 by stormseeker75
My avatar is as old as the internet itself. I remember my boss showing it to me and I thought it was just incredibly disturbing. I figured it would be a great way to get people to remember me.

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04 Sep 2010 08:06 #73133 by derekjinx
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My avatar has changed once before. I used to be a Olmos-era Cylon and now I'm Maximillion from the Disney movie "The Black Hole." My thoughts behind it are that I love almost anything sci-fi, and that I'd do a rotating avatar based on my mood and whenever I logged in to post something. I don't care to use my real name but if you ask me I don't mind telling you. I'm more of a lurker in these forums and seldom post anyway. Its entertaining enough that I don't usually feel inclined to participate by posting.

It would effectively be themed "Legendary Robots of Film, TV and literature."

I would then go on to commemorate it with a set of collector plates or spoons or something.

Hmmmm... what robot should I put up there next....

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04 Sep 2010 08:31 #73134 by The King in Yellow
clockwirk wrote:

The King in Yellow wrote:

The game is also responsible for bringing the term "Avatar" into popular culture

I thought that was Neal Stephenson in SNOW CRASH.


In case you were curious, Ultima IV came along in 1985, then Lucasfilm took the term and used it to define an online persona in 1986. Neal Stephenson gave it a big boost in 1992 with Snow Crash.

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04 Sep 2010 11:33 - 04 Sep 2010 11:34 #73141 by Mr MOTO
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Macho Man - Randy Savage is my avatar.

I thought it would be fitting for a very serious and yet trashy avatar.

Ooooooooohh Yeeeeeeeuh!!!!!!
Last edit: 04 Sep 2010 11:34 by Mr MOTO.

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04 Sep 2010 14:38 #73147 by moss_icon
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i kind of like the irony, i am somewhat to the left on the political spectrum, but i like the image of punk rock bush flipping the bird.

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04 Sep 2010 16:38 #73152 by Schweig!
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mikoyan wrote:

Schweig - For some reason I thought your avatar was a Nazi muppet....

No kidding?

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04 Sep 2010 16:39 #73153 by ubarose
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Stephen Avery wrote:

ubarose wrote:

KingPut wrote:

Viddly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well I was trying to use my Gulliver to think up a new Avatar after a night of ultra violent gaming. On this night we were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it being a night of no small expenditure. What we were after now was the old Ameritrash gaming. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old Arkham Horror ultraviolent.

There was me and my three droogs, that is Malloc, Wkover, and Big Dim Bein, and we sat in Bobbytweeks Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Bobbytweeks milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus Nattyboh or synthemesc or 90 minute IPA, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old Ti3 ultra-violence.

But than we saw an old drunkie. And one thing I could never stand was to see a filthy, dirty old Steve "drunkie" Avery, howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers games like Circus Imperium or Thunder road and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking, rotten guts. I could never stand to see anyone like that, whatever his age might be, but more especially when he was real old like this one was.

But oh my Ameritrash brother it had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van and some in-out with the wivie.


Laughing so hard I can't breath. Brilliant.


That was hilarious. It reminds me of Uba's Jack Kerowak interpretation of WBC posted on the old Blog. Clever prose must run in the family.

My appy polly loggies, me bolshy brat. I was nantering on like a malenky baboochka I was. This story is for us to pony the lewdies eemya and what pics theys have and not. It is not for me to creech on about me starry games no matter how dobby the are. Though you could be crowing with your gromky gorlo cause you don't have the yarbles to yecket here to Lanta Land. Till then I'll have to peet me buzzy beer oddy knocky.

Steve"a Tanktop Yellow"Avery


I think you are remembering Fear and Loathing in Lancaster. A Savage Journey into the Heart of the Ameritrash Dream , which was a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson. KingPut was an uncredited co-author of that piece.

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04 Sep 2010 22:13 #73175 by san il defanso
My avater is pretty straightforward. It was originally on TVTropes.com, under their heading for "awesome but unpractical." The picture made me laugh a lot, and I just got such a kick out of the idea of an army of bears charging on horseback.

San Il Defanso was a nickname that has a more interesting story. I attended a small missionary high school in West Africa, and there were a lot of homeschool students who would hang out with us. One of my best friends, whose name was Jesse, started calling me San Il Defanso, for reasons only he knew. I guess his homeschool education had brought him a wealth of obscure historical knowledge, because it turns out that San Ildefonso (note the spelling difference) was actually a treaty signed between France and Spain in 1800 (or was it 1801?), which, if I'm not mistaken, gave most of the Louisiana territory to France. It was such a bizarre name, and it conjured this image of some swarthy Snidely Whiplash-like villain that I found pretty irresistible.

Since I'd never heard the name before, I guessed as to its spelling, later finding out the correct spelling. It helps differentiate, I guess. You know, in case anyone confuses me with an obscure 19th Century treaty.

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05 Sep 2010 18:58 #73219 by Mr Skeletor
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No idea - Uba gave it to me.

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05 Sep 2010 20:17 #73221 by billyz
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Mine's Sam- from the GROWING HUNGER expansion to LNoE.

Am I a huge fan? No.

Do I look just like him? Yes.

No joke.

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05 Sep 2010 21:07 #73225 by Space Ghost
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Mr Skeletor wrote:

No idea - Uba gave it to me.


I think that was assigned per my recommendation.

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06 Sep 2010 15:03 #73251 by jur
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This is me without flash and with cigar testing out my camera

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06 Sep 2010 16:09 #73252 by Shellhead
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beuks33 wrote:

@shweig: Waits is the voice of the mythological America that exists in big city divebars, bordertowns, and traveling carnivals. He does not suck, not even a little.


Whenever I rip a new CD onto my computer, to add to my jukebox-type software, it tries to identify the music by comparing it with what's online. About 90% of time, it recognizes the CD and correctly labels all the track names, and assign a genre. When I uploaded Frank's Wild Years, the genre came up as "Tom Waits." That's right, the man is a genre, too.

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07 Sep 2010 11:22 #73277 by Ska_baron
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What can I say? I like ska and I like Starship Troopers.

Always been a fan of ska and played trumpet in a high school ska band - Skamikaze.

Starship Troopers was really good and I saw it with a friend in the theater. Since then, I've seen the next two installments, but they dont come close to the first in entertainment, campiness, and Doogie Houser. Read the book first and even though this was so different, I wasnt at all disappointed.

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