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A tradition returns.
We've have reached my 10th April Fools Day thread.
My 10th inquiry into what is happening around the internet for April Fools Day.


Congratulations to all of us on this journey.
Anyway, what is happening around the internet for April Fools Day?

Edit: Wikipedia appears to be having some fun with its featured article section.

It may be the middle of a pandemic,
The forum may go down again at any moment,
the replies to this thread dwindle every year,
but I am incredibly stubborn.

What April Fools Day stuff is happening, online or off?

Also, this would be my 10th thread, but I missed 2014.

Everything Else / Discord is down, everyone back to the forums!
« on: December 07, 2019, 01:30:44 pm »
Hello and welcome back.
When we last left off, spambots had over taken most of everything, but then they tired of their empire.

Here is what Discord has to say about itself:

Update - Google has updated their status page:

> Current data indicates that approximately 0.01% of PD-SSD volumes in us-east1-b are affected by this issue, from a peak of approximately 8.45%.
> At this time, the issue is contained, and we can confirm that this is only impacting us-east1-b.

We are currently beginning to work on service recovery on our end. Please standby!
Dec 7, 13:06 PST

Everything Else / April. The fools day. This is 2019.
« on: March 31, 2019, 09:42:06 pm »
Are the last two years worth of April Fools Day threads still sitting on the front page?

Is that relevant?

Because this is the 2019 thread.
I've been making these threads since 2011, and I will cling to this tradition with uncomfortable levels of dedication.

The only year I missed was 2014. I have no idea why.
From 2006 to 2010 we mainly just used Fink's thread here.

Now what jokes is the internet doing this year? Or the non-internet? What's happening?

Everything Else / April is now. Fools is begin. 2018.
« on: March 31, 2018, 02:14:03 pm »
In my timezone it is still March, but I'm starting the thread early so we have a repository for the internet's jokes, japeries, shtick, clowning, pranks, and general all around comedy lies as we find them.

Show me the things. What April's are fooling this year?

It's hard to look at the back of the box in my local CompUSA when there are no boxes nor CompUSAs.
Also Joystiq stopped existing years ago and that was the only games blog site I regularly followed (and this one, of course).

I keep hearing things about games I have no idea what they are.
What are the good games?
Any genre, style, online, offline, browser, download etc...

Everything Else / New Year's Resolutions 2019
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:30:54 am »
Anyone have any goals for 2018?
Things they want to do or things they want to stop doing?
Or some other third category?
Please share!

I'm hoping to make it a year where I buckle down to write, send out, and get some stories published.

Art / Group Dumb Comic Chain
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:44:36 pm »
Current chain:

High scores:
1. 98 Comics (June 5, 2018 - Sept 9th, 2018)
2. 30 Comics (Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 19, 2018)
3. 9 Comics (Feb 1, 2018 - Feb 8, 2018)

The premise of this thread is this:

Every day, at least one person posts a comic here.
Someone. Anyone. Maybe it is the same person. Maybe it is different people. Maybe the comics are connected. Maybe they aren't.
Maybe multiple people post in the same day.
They can be amazing high-effort comics or nonsense scribble comics of any genre.

We just try to go as long as we can without having a day where no one posts a comic.
And if we miss a day, we mark the high score and start again.

Not doing this is also an option, but I thought it might be fun!
Comments are also welcome!

I haven't been drawing regularly in an embarrassingly long time.
I'm still dealing with some personal stuff, and I don't think I have the energy to do a good drawing, or even an adequate one, but I at least want to get back into the mechanics of drawing regularly.
I miss doing the thing.
I miss it a lot.

Anyone who wants to join, no expectations, except to do bad.
Do a bad line.
Do a bad scribble, even.
Or a masterpiece of badness.
Either way.
Just draw a little each day and we'll share.

Day 1:

Everything Else / Has Google been getting worse as a search engine?
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:35:29 pm »
On what is probably a completely unrelated note to everything else going on right now, this is going to sound weird, but has Google been getting steadily worse as a search engine over the last few years?

The results seem less and less relevant to what I'm actually trying to find, and more and more spammy.
Also I have to really wrangle it into searching for what I actually want it to search for. (Put individual words in quotes, hit verbatim, do a whole bunch of other stuff).

When I go to Google News and click 'read more' on a story cluster, it brings me to a nicely laid out page, but it doesn't actually show me stories in the cluster I just clicked on?

It's like the bones and connective tissues of the internet are getting sleeker but less functional/useful/informative/illuminating/educational?
Like the edges of the whole experience are being sanded off and heavily processed, and harder to actually steer or navigate in an exploratory sense?
Like it's harder to use it to discover cool internet things that aren't already deeply meme-ified and mediated?
I don't know how to put it properly. I'm feeling a similar vibe with certain parts of Wikipedia now compared to Wikipedia a few years back?

Has anyone else noticed this? The question's not just limited to Google.

Pat, you care deeply about this community and the people in it and I do respect that and care about you in turn.

Krakow you are always a welcome presence and funny and good at jokes and also quite good overall.

Ink sometimes I think you are the only person here tethered to reality and I mean that in a good way.

Martyk is still the forum's bartender. That is an important job.

I have more things to say but we'll start here.

Reach for deepest corners.
Rummage the crawling void.
Catalog the cosmic horrors
And tell me what you enjoyed.

The internet is jokes today.
Which ones have you seen?
I'm too lazy to finish this rhyme.

No but for real, what are people doing today?
I know Reddit has discovered the 2005 magic of Drawball and I haven't really looked anywhere else.

PC Games / GBJAM
« on: October 16, 2016, 10:55:51 am »
I'm spinning this off into its own thread because it seems appropriate.
There's apparently been a gameboy-style game making competition recently and like 400 games came out of it, and many are free.

Article here.

Competition website here.
This is one of them:
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This is another one of them:
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Here is another, but the let's play is in German, but that's okay:
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There are many of them and I don't have time to play all of them. Someone please find the good ones and tell me what they are. This whole thing amazes me.

EDIT: There's no YouTube videos for them, but Slugcaster: and EXIT: look amazing. You can apparently play EXIT in browser.

TV / What should I watch on Netflix?
« on: July 15, 2016, 10:06:40 pm »

You know what we need.
This thread.
Right here.
Because half the time I have no idea what to watch on Netflix.

(While this may be in the TV section, movies suggestions are also acceptable.)

I recently finished Samurai Flamenco, which was good.
I'm in the middle of Freaks and Geeks, which is fantastic.

I also just watched the Mel Brooks version of To Be or Not To Be. You should please do the same.

I want laffs.
Where go to get?
As in previous years, please log various prankings and joke makings from around the internet in this thread.

For one:
Plagiarism accusations abound on /r/comics.

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