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A Brief History
I first was introduced to Homestar Runner through my cousin during a lull in an MSN conversation, via this link, and that was in late August of 2003. Nearly a year later, a different friend of mine gave me this link to a walkthrough for Peasant's Quest that she found. When I returned a day or two later to sign up and explore this site further, I was greeted with this image, as the site had begun it's switch to MediaWiki. Several weeks later the image was removed, and it finally re-opened, allowing me to to create this account on September 14th, 2004. After over seven months of contributions, I was made a sysop on April 26th, 2005 during the 2005 Sysop Nominations.
About The Screen Name
My screenname — Thunderbird L17 — doesn't have anything to do with the car, or the fact that I'm an electrician. It's more the inspiration of the legendary creature from Native American mythology. And no, I am not Native American. I enjoy the heritage of Scotland and... Ontario. But I prefer the Scottish half. Thunderbird was simply my first internet screen name when I played Age Of Empires back in the late 90's, now I use it for all my screen names. The L17 stands for my first initial and my age when I first started coming to this site. It's a progressive screenname; on the forum I am Thunderbird L18, and usually on the IRC chat channel I use ThunderbirdL20.
What I Do
As I mentioned before, I'm a sysop around here and try and keep things standardized and running smoothly. See my list of notable contributions below for the kind of editing contributions I've done around here. Besides those pages, I also try and keep the Featured Article of the Week running smoothly, keep Personal Images and Signature sizes under control, and I'm always willing to help out fellow users whenever they ask. I'm also the unoffical wiki Public Relations guy, since I'm usually the one that sends emails to other sites asking for interview reprint permission, image reuse, etc. I even attended Flashforward Seattle 2006 with a press pass in behalf of the wiki.
FlashforwardFlashforward 2006. It all started when InterruptorJones first created the article, alerting me to the fact that The Brothers Chaps would be in Seattle the same day I would be down there on business anyways. Admission was pricy however, but I was determined to find a way. A week later I noticed an interview with The Brothers Chaps go up on the Flashforward website, and I emailed the powers that be as usual, to let them know we were transcribing it. They appreciated this, and asked if there was anything else they could help me with. I ran with this oppourtunity, and asked if there was any way I could pay to attend just The Brothers Chaps' presentation. They replied instead with a free press pass, for me to cover the event in behalf of the wiki. I went to the presentation, met the Chaps, was given the pictured autograph, and less than two weeks later had completed the summary of the event.
Top 17 Contributions
- Flashforward 2006 ⇔ As mentioned before, my proudest "exclusive" contribution. Also the fourth largest original page on the wiki, written entirely by myself.
- Floppy Disk Container, Couch Mumbling ⇔ My next proudest pages. I do nearly all of the info and formatting. The Floppy Disk Container is the largest original page on the wiki.
- H*R.com updates article series ⇔ Added nearly all of the updates for 2000-03 by sifting through LiveJournals, and I keep the entire series of articles standardized.
- Interviews and Public Appearances ⇔ Created the page, and did most of the work, including most of the pages, several transcripts, much of the research, formatting, and lots of email correspondence for the reprint permission.
- HRWiki:Questions ⇔ Started it as a subpage, and threw a bunch of questions there. With the rest of the wiki's help, it has since evolved into it's own project namespace article.
- Strong Bad Email By Name and Place ⇔ Read about the idea on the Strong Bad E-mail talk page, and created these twin pages in response. Added the first 100+ emails when I started it, and later reformatted the name one into tables.
- Store Thank You Messages ⇔ Created the page from disorganized summaries in the Store, did pretty much all the work on it, including pics.
- Random Toon ⇔ Convinced other users it was needed and spearheaded the page as soon as soon as Random toons selection began, resulting in much debugging info being saved before it was fixed and lost.
- Duck Guardian One ⇔ Summaries of last 20 or so levels, completely made level select after finding it in the forum (after a while the links broke and it became obsolite, but it was cool while it lasted), and came up with armor glitch.
- Holidays ⇔ Started the page and worked on it lots, including finding and listing all the additional Holiday Toons.
- Halloween Costumes ⇔ Created the page, and uploaded many of the pics.
- Monkey D ⇔ Created the page, and added the pics.
- Sketchbook (museum) ⇔ Expanded on a very basic summary to add pictures and captions.
- Making Out ⇔ Came up with the idea, and made the page, along with a list of most of the occurances.
- Toilets ⇔ Created the page, watch over it, and added most of the pics. I don't know why I like it so much, but I do.
Top 7 Scribings
- Wired News Radio Interview - 23 June 2003 ⇔ Wrote the transcript for the entire 19 minute interview.
- Flashforward ⇔ Transcribed most of the toon a full eight months before it was officially released, since it was shown at Flashforward 2006.
- Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 13.2 ⇔ Wrote the entire transcript, and built the whole base page.
- Sketchbook (video) ⇔ Stumbled across it only half complete, finished the other half of the transcript.
- Flashforward Interview - 10 Feb 2006 ⇔ I only scribed one minute of this transcript. The majority was done by Phlip, with additional pieces from Kookykman, E.L. Cool, and Qermaq.
- NYU Talk - 1 Mar 2005 ⇔ Scribed the last half of the Sample of Style Too section.
- death metal ⇔ Only scribed the Easter Eggs. Not much to brag about.
Top 5 Images (All done exclusively in MS Paint)
- Widescreen Basement ⇔ An early image of mine, it took quite a bit of work to splice that image together, especially in MS Paint.
- Full Computer Room ⇔ Spliced together images from flashback and pop-up. Phlip later spliced The Cheat's Lightswitch into the image.
- Carvenival Costumes ⇔ Spliced character captions in from 13 different screenshots.
- Sucky Treats Costumes ⇔ Spliced character captions in from 12 different screenshots.
- Flashforward Autograph ⇔ Scan of an autograph given to me from The Brothers Chaps.
Contributions By The Numbers
- Over 10,000 total database entries. Includes all log entries and deleted edits.
- And I've welcomed well over 150 new Users. I was "welcomed" by "BurninatorBoombox&Markie"