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UMSF@10, We've come a long, long way together...
tdemko
post Feb 9 2014, 07:34 PM
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Wrote this on UMSF's 5th birthday:
UMSF@5

And this sometime later:
Why I am here

Both still hold, and my attachment to this community has only grown in the meantime. We've gone through successes and failures, victories and disappointments, and have laughed and been reflective (just like in baseball, there's no crying in UMSF!). I've learned so much here, and hope that we can continue on with the high standards set, and met, to Mount Sharp, Ceres, Pluto, Charon, infinity, and beyond!

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post Feb 9 2014, 09:44 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Feb 9 2014, 05:32 AM) *
Gilles, you're in good company, it's my birthday too wink.gif (number 39, for real). Glad to be a part of this place.
ADMIN: Seriously, this day is turning into a real party. Happy birthday Emily from all of us. smile.gif

Thanks all and happy birthday Emily!
39, I guess it' Oppy's km so far...let's wheel.gif to 60...


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post Feb 9 2014, 10:00 PM
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"special cookie"...just noticed that I keep my rank after all this time. biggrin.gif


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post Feb 9 2014, 10:36 PM
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It's well-earned. smile.gif

Me, I'm going for "Master Of The Observable Universe" but the admin/mod team keeps votin' it down…they're pending for a bending!!! tongue.gif


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post Feb 9 2014, 11:15 PM
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For me personally (and a lot of people around me, too), UMSF has literally been a life-changing experience.
I'm very excited to see what the future brings.

Onward!


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post Feb 10 2014, 01:07 AM
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<bleeping bleep!!!> Yes. smile.gif

You all DO realize that I'll be looking for job references once I retire from my current position, right? (Don't worry…not looking for anything that involves microphones because I'm real tired of melting the damn things…)


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post Feb 10 2014, 10:00 AM
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The earliest snapshot in the internet archive is from the 20th Feb 2004 - 12 days in. Banner is lost, but here is a screen-grab. So many memories. smile.gif
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post Feb 10 2014, 10:38 AM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Feb 8 2014, 10:52 PM) *


Our first banner.


Our first UMSF banner, post mer.rlproject was acutally:


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post Feb 10 2014, 01:28 PM
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I was 20, a young space enthusiast who had just entered university when I discovered the UMSF forum. I was so glad to find a forum for sharing my passion for space exploration. Now I'm nearly 30 with a PhD in planetology and I continue to go everyday on the forum to follow the epic journey of Oppy and Curiosity biggrin.gif


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post Feb 10 2014, 01:51 PM
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QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Feb 10 2014, 04:00 AM) *
The earliest snapshot in the internet archive is from the 20th Feb 2004 - 12 days in. Banner is lost, but here is a screen-grab. So many memories. smile.gif

Ah, yes -- every forum "owned" by Doug and by Alex Blackwell, the guy who e-mailed me about this place starting up. I was already a member at this point, member number 15, joined on 2/9/04. So, I have been here, in and out of lurker mode, for the entire 10 years.

It has added much to my life. Thanks for taking the leap of faith and setting this up for all of us, Doug!

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post Feb 10 2014, 02:58 PM
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When did the MER Forums start up? I still think of the MER forums as the real beginning.
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post Feb 10 2014, 03:40 PM
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10 years ago. That's what we're celebrating. It's the same forum, it just got it's name changed after about a year.
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post Feb 10 2014, 04:54 PM
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It would be nice if Alex were to resurface and say hello.


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post Feb 10 2014, 05:45 PM
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Well, I joined the band quite late as you can see. I lurked for two years before posting. I got into deep trouble for that (I still remember a quite uncomfortable three-hour meeting with lawyers, and managers!). Still posting from time to time and trying to keep a low profile. Especially on the MER days you have no idea how many times UMSF, the mosaics and comments come up during our tactical shifts. Unfortunately I failed in trying to include this amazing group in the mission but I see that the enthusiasm and quality of work has not declined. Thank y'all.

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post Feb 10 2014, 05:55 PM
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Bombastic indeed ! ohmy.gif
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