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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Mar 28 2014, 11:31 AM


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Today, March 28th 2014, marks the
14th birthday
of the BlueHarvest.net forums


It's been 14 years of geeky goodness for our members, and a source of much enjoyment for me personally, as founder and admin.

It's not without a lump in my throat that I press the buttons that will put an end to all new posts and replies in the forums, and close this chapter in our collective internet history.

If I have one last thing to say to you all, as I click my last button, it's this:
Remember shysmilz.

Remember that if you greet someone with a smile, encouraging words and random lunacy, you may find a friend for life.

I know I did. Right here. And I will cherish it forever.

Thank you for being a part of it. Thank you for the wacky wacky memories.
May the Force be with you, wherever you go from here.

All my love and then some.
Blue
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Mar 26 2014, 02:30 PM


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Well, friends, we are nearing the inevitable end...

Looks like a replacement forum is underway and a Facebook group is created. Great news for those who want to keep the party going!

I want to thank all of you for your kind words, messages and love over the last month. It's been a real treat to see so many old members come back for one last post in the old forums.

Please make sure that you update your profiles with whatever contact info you want to leave behind, as your last act in the forums.

Be vary of the spambots that killed this forum, however. Don't write your e-mailaddress plain text. (That's how they get ya.) Write, for example;
QUOTE
You can reach me at my.name at-squiggle live.com
And you'll find me on Xbox Live, Skype etc under the ID my.name


I will return for one last farewell post as I close the forums.
It's sad, yes. But in a way I find it very fitting. I always did like to get the last word. winksmall.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Mar 2 2014, 12:22 AM


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Oh wow! I didn't think that e-mail would reach all that many people (seeing how people tend to change e-mail addresses more often than underwear).
Happy to see so many familiar faces come back one last time, if only to say goodbye.

Nick: That's not an option. Thanks though.

Palin: WBS feels like a life time ago, doesn't it? Heck, it was a lifetime ago!
Who knew then that geeks would come to rule the world? The internet changed EVERYTHING.
Proud to have been a small part of that change.

Rebel Clone: Exactly. I feel the same way. Glad you understand and agree.

A96: Aw shucks. Making me tear up here. This forum and its members are very dear to me. Happy to hear the forum helped you in any way.

hmp: Well waddaya know! I'm a J-drama fan too! Sci-fi and Star Wars will always be my first and greatest love, but Asian drama (K-drama in particular) is not far off. I love it!
And yes, I completely agree with you about the fast pace of today's social media. Even back in 00's, when BH was at it's peak, the secret to its success was how small the forum was.
If BH had had thousands of active members at the same time it wouldn't have been able to foster the same atmosphere. Our small and almost semi secret existence was key.

Nuliaj: It was a difficult e-mail to send. Thank you for being a big contributor to the forum as poster and mod. It was a joy having you here.

Tro: Haha! I'll drink to that. It's not only okay to be weird, it's the very thing that makes us great. Cheers!

darthnecrum: You're welcome, and thanks.

Number1hockeyfan: Thanks for being a part of it!

bassman: I welcome anyone who wants to start up an new forum somewhere else and call it the Blue Harvest Cantina, take two. Or perhaps a Facebook group dedicated to keep in touch with old members? It's up to whomever feels motivated enough to organize such a thing. I'd be happy to post a link to it as the last act when the forum closes.

DK: You came for the Sci-Fi and stayed for the banana phone?
Juuuust kidding. I get it. Happy to have had you here.
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Feb 28 2014, 04:51 PM


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All good things...

This March the forum will celebrate its 14th birthday. 14 years! Wow.

During these years, for its members, the Blue Harvest.net forum was a place to hang out, make friends and share discussions with likeminded people. It was a part of our everyday lives and other members became our family.

For me personally the forum began as an experiment in creating a safe haven for Star Wars fans.
It ended up being so much more than that.

It's safe to say that I've spent more time and love on this place than any other internet project I've ever undertaken. And it's all thanks to you. The forum members. You kept me entertained and my mind stimulated. It was a beautiful thing.

It has now been a couple of years since I was forced to quit BH, cold turkey, in order to focus on other projects. During that time, the forum has continued to live on without me... However, it was not able to grow and thrive.
Spambots (an automated program designed to litter forums with spam) forced me to all but shut down new registrations in the forum completely. And without new members to replace those who eventually leave - a forum can't live. New members is its oxygen. And our supply was cut off.

It's a sad thing to see something you love wither and die...
Although not completely dead, I'm sure that especially the old members (who remember the forum in its hay day) will agree that the forum today is a mere shadow of what it once was.

This is why I have decided to finally pull the plug and close the forum.

Unfortunately there is no way to improve, or even keep the forums going as it is. Not without spending a whole lot of time and/or money to solve the glaring technical issues. And that is something that I'm simply not prepared to do anymore.

So on March 28th, the forum's 14th birthday, I will close down the option of adding new posts or replies. Effectively making the forum read-only.

This forum was created at a time when being a sci-fi fangirl/boy or geek was still sneered at. There were no iPhones, tablets or Netflix. There was no Facebook or Twitter... We needed a place where we were free to do our thing without the fear of being ridiculed. And in finding others with the same interests - we, together, created a wonderful and supportive community.

Today, the geeks have won the fight. We went from being the kids who lived far from the bright center of the universe to being the builders of business empires. The rest of the world has finally caught on and learned to value geeks rather than poke fun at them. Being a geek is an accepted lifestyle today, and geek-friendly pocket universes like Blue Harvest have popped up all over the place.

I'd like to thank all the members who have been a part of this experience and made it great. It's a testament to the forum's warm community spirit that we, even today, see old members who are still active or return for a nostalgic dose of Blettie goodness.

Thanks for doing this with me. We won. Go team Blue Harvest!
And yes... may the Force be with you, wherever you go from here. wink.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: May 11 2010, 10:26 AM


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You may have dreamt that Leia_. smile.gif
I never had much Prequels material to begin with and can't remember ever being approached by LucasFilm to remove anything.

The only time that's happened was sometime in the mid 90's when Energizer contacted me and wanted me to remove a commercial in the video section, featuring Darth Vader and the energizer bunny.
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: May 4 2010, 09:31 AM


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Sorry about the late reply.

LucasFilm has never approached me about the domain name. It's a .net address, so as long as they own the .com address I don't think they care.

As for snooping around.... Yes, they do. I've spotted visitors from various Star Wars related domains. If it's actual people surfing or some kind of search bot, indexing Star Wars fan sites, I can't say. Probably both.
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Apr 20 2010, 10:12 AM


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Thanks! It's my pleasure. smile.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Apr 19 2010, 08:37 PM


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Thanks for all your ideas guys! smile.gif

I couldn't think of anything cool that wasn't already taken, so in the end I went with something simple: "Gaijin", the japanese word for foreigner (or alien).

It's not a reference to anything but it works on a couple of levels. (Japan being the birthplace of so much technology and games.) Also, I already use the name gweilo, for my webshop. Gweilo is the cantoonese word for foreigner (or white ghost) as well. smile.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Apr 16 2010, 01:14 PM


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I actually considered "nerdporn"... for about half a second until I reached the inevitable conclusion that it was unsuitable. laugh.gif

On a similar subject I also considered "StarKiller", but: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0772152/

"Red5" isn't bad. Nice and short too... although there are already a bunch of them out there. Probably have to think of something even more obscure. Hmmmmm... thinking.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Apr 16 2010, 01:03 PM


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The 10th birthday (March 28th) came and went unnoticed. sad.gif

I was slammed with work and still am, so there's been no time to think about this.

Technically the 10 year anniversary lasts all year, so there's still time. I want to get some shirts made. Would be nice to have them before summer, in time for beach 2010. Very much doubt I'll have the time though. sad.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Apr 15 2010, 01:39 PM


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I need a new name for a project I'm working on, and would like the help of some additional brain power to come up with a suitable one.

The project involves the internet and various social media, electronic gadgetry and technology as a whole, video games and sci-fi movies. You know... nerd heaven basically. wink.gif

What I'd like to find is a name that connects somehow to the above mentioned subjects. The name has to be pretty obscure. Can't be too obvious.

For example "TechNoir".
That's a reference to the nightclub were Sarah Connor hides, in the first Terminator movie. Perfect name! (But pretty frequently used out there, so I'd like to come up with something else.)

"Blue Harvest", another perfectly nerdy example. Also already taken. wink.gif

Got any ideas?
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Apr 6 2010, 02:54 PM


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At long last, I watched it last night. msn_yes.gif

Overall I liked it although some bits bothered me. Like the scene at the very end when they showed you... that thing... lace and all. (As if we hadn't already guessed! whatever.gif )

I have very high hopes for the show now that Moffat has taken over. This first episode showed some evidence of his craft, seeing how it successfully introduced a bunch of new characters as well as got a decent storyline going. Remains to be seen where they go from here. Early days.
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Feb 26 2010, 01:52 PM


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Avatar Role Playing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk2vR8w2sjc
Yes, it's a joke. laugh.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Feb 16 2010, 02:55 PM


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If Mr Bean was in Avatar. laugh.gif

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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Feb 16 2010, 01:18 PM


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See what she did there? No point in living in denial... Ha haaaa! wink.gif
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Posted on: Feb 15 2010, 02:53 PM


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Nice to see that you're not bothering with covering up your horns any more LSB. evil.gif You usually Photoshop those out, don't you? Like we wouldn't notice, you devil you. toungewink.gif
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Posted on: Feb 12 2010, 08:35 PM


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Nice compilation. msn_yes.gif

It makes sense that typecasting goes on in all kinds of genres. Even costume drama. I mean, how many times have we seen Bruce Willis save the world, Robert De Niro play a mafioso or Bela Lugosi play a vampire? vampire.gif
Not quite as many times as Hollywood has decided to make yet another embaressing Robin Hood movie, but close enough.
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Posted on: Feb 8 2010, 04:29 PM


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Sunny and cold. Marvellous!! msn_yes.gif
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Feb 8 2010, 04:24 PM


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Yesterday I watched one of the worst costume dramas I've ever seen. And it sounded so promising too... sad.gif

Dorian Gray http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235124/
After the novel by Oscar Wilde.

The novel is such a classic and it's not been filmed recently, so I was excited to see this adaptation. It has Ben Barnes, who played Prince Caspian in Narnia in the lead role, Colin Firth and Ben Chaplin in two other key roles.

I would normally never use such a cliché about a other movie... here it fits so perfectly it can't be denied: Oscar Wilde must be rolling over in his grave.

Ben Barnes was so awful... so very very painful to watch that the already gothic tale took on a whole other layer of the macabre.

Colin Firth managed to breathe some life and dignity into the movie. And to be fair, Barnes' performance could have been coaxed into something half-way decent by a skilled director or cut into something not quite so embaressing by an editor... Sadly, none of these people seemed to know what they were doing either.

Avoid! At all costs! msn_no.gif
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Posted on: Feb 3 2010, 12:42 PM


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Yeah, sorry about that. Haven't gotten around to fixing that particular problem yet. blush.gif
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Posted on: Feb 3 2010, 10:22 AM


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_capture_the_castle

Hahaha, I can well imagine the reaction to Richards performance. laugh.gif

Right now I'm watching a fantasy series that's really grown in my esteem.
It starts out being more cliché than... well... something that's very VERY cliché. And it actually continues to steal shamelessly from other fantasy, myths and lore as the story continues. Even so, I'm enjoying the show very much. msn_yes.gif

Legend of the Seeker
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0844653/
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Posted on: Feb 2 2010, 04:50 PM


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I've actually not seen "I capture the castle" yet... but the book is such a classic that I thought it was worth mentioning. smile.gif

Alex was in a short-lived vampire series called Moonlight. If you haven't seen that you should put everything else on hold, costume drama or no, and see Moonlight instead. msn_love.gif
Even if you're not into vampire stuff. Seriously!
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Blue Harvest
Posted on: Feb 1 2010, 02:13 PM


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About Wuthering Heights... it sounds like something I would say, because I agree with that statement.

That being said I'm not much of a WH afficianado. The volatile nature of Cathrine and Heathcliffs relationship was certainly not something I appreciated when I read the book for the first time, at a young age... and I struggle to see its appeal to this day. I prefer propper heroes to anti-heroes I guess. smile.gif

Little Dorrit is the best costume drama I've seen in a good while... so I'd bump that up on the list if I were you. smile.gif
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Posted on: Feb 1 2010, 10:45 AM


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Oh yeah... I've heard of that production. The fly on the wall concept. I wonder if it'll ever make it into production. It's been a while since I first heard of it... confused.gif

I can think of quite a few things to add to Ceri's list. Just off the top of my head:

Wuthering Heights
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Daniel Deronda
Great Expectations
Cyrano De Bergerac
Lark Rise To Candleford
Brideshead Revisited
Bleak House
The Tudors
Under the Greenwood Tree
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Angels and Insects
The House Of Elliott
Moll Flanders
Sharpe
The Buccaneers
Upstairs, Downstairs
I Capture the Castle
The Painted Veil
Madame Bovary

Oh god! It never ends... crazy.gif
If I can pick just a couple of things to spotlight they would be:

Firelight (Not everyone's cup of tea but if you like romantic stuff, this is for you)
Mary Bryant (With the über hot Alex O'Loughlin)
Young Cathrine (A historic drama favorite)
The Forsythe Saga (A must!)
Rome (Best... show... ever!)

Got to stop myself there. blush.gif
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Posted on: Jan 30 2010, 07:29 PM


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Wives and Daughters is very good. It's perhaps not as fulfilling as North and South... for reasons I can't say without spoiling it... or as charming as Cranford... but I liked it a lot. msn_yes.gif

If it's a good idea to read the book before you see a movie based on it is entierly up to your tastes and priorities. If you're a true movie buff, then perhaps the book isn't so important. If however you care more about the author's vision then the book is the original source material... which may have been runied in a movie adaptation. Then again, a movie may, under the right conditions, be enjoyed even better if you haven't read the book. Tricky that.

Here's an example of a series that I've never read and only have enjoyed as a series of movies:

Hornblower

Here's the first movie in the series: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129686/

I would never have guessed how good it was by simply reading the plot description. War movies and such not being particularly interesting to me but I simply loved all the movies in the series. Spectacular! Exciting and everything you want from a costume/period drama.
(And our old friend Denis "Wedge" Lawson has a rather big role in the series.)
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