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[edit] You have NEW message !?!?! **please read**

Near the top of my browser I see the following:

You have New Messages

and it never goes away or changes, even when I don't have new messages. Is there a reason for that. I checked preferences and didn't see a setting for it. I'm confused. I've ignored it for awhile but now its just annoying. I R F 23:09, 16 November 2005 (UTC)

Yeah, this has been a problem since the upgrade. You have to unwatch your talk page, I think. There's more detail somewhere else, but I forget where. --DorianGray
That's right. Any time anybody (including yourself) makes a change to this page, you'll need to unwatch it to make the notice go away. Besides here on the wiki, this bug has been reported at bugzilla. — It's dot com 23:15, 16 November 2005 (UTC)
Thank you. I R F 23:23, 16 November 2005 (UTC)
This happened to me too, and I unwatched my talk page and watched again. Ever since I did that, it goes away after I click it once. --SaltyTalk! 23:58, 30 November 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Strong Bad's Rhythym and Grammar Awards

Hey, IRF. Hate to be a bother... But I'd just like to point out that your new award misspells "grammar". It's slightly ironic, if you think about it. Anyways, I just thought to tell you. Not saying you have to fix it, just pointing it out. --DorianGray

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! **hangs head in shame** That's not quite as bad as when I made a big huge banner for a celebration for a friend of mine and mispelled congratulations... and now you all know. Spelling is not my forte` and this is a prime example...but it would be funny if I did it on purpose I R F 22:01, 30 November 2005 (UTC)
I'm willing to pretend it didn't happen if you do. *wink* --DorianGray
I misspell Grammar all the time. Like, even on my Grammar binder at school. In Sharpie. And it's pretty shameful to have a Language Arts binder that says "GRAMMER" in about five or six different places.  : ) I feel for you. Powered by The Kate 22:35, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
If God wanted us to spell he would not have invented spell-check. I've been hooked on spell check since Wordstar for DOS 3.1. Anyone else remember those golden days of typing wordstar.exe to start that programs? Oh seet blue screen with white text... I R F 22:41, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
The only text-based thing I've ever experienced on a computer would be Peasant's Quest and Thy Dungeonman. But I did just realize a couple of seconds ago that I think you spelled "Rhythym" wrong too. Sorry to be nitpicky, or however you spell that, but I believe that it is "Rhythm." Powered by The Kate 22:52, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
And that adds to the irony, that when DorianGray corrected my spelling, he mis-spelled the title. I R F 23:04, 9 February 2006 (UTC)

[edit] One of the Haiku's

Hi IRF! How cool is it that you were inspired to make an entire section of Haiku's in your page!? Anyway FYI i wanted to make it clear that the Strong Bad Haiku you quoted as being "mine" is in fact the haiku that's said by Strong Bad in Email #57, japanese cartoon and I credited as such in my page. --Stux 16:53, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

Corrected, thanks I R F 17:02, 1 December 2005 (UTC)

[edit] dangeresque 3 reversion

C'mon man, a total reversion? I understand deleting the Bullitt reference, but at least re-include my remark somewhere else. Please? I worked hard on how to phrase that.

Thanks for reading this far. ---Jeff J. W.(Talk·Contribs)hr.png

Your fact was as follows
*Since "Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque too?" was (suppoosedly) made prior to 
"Dangeresque 2:This time it's not Dangeresque 1" it has appears to have a slightly smaller
budget. Examples include the non-instrumental music and poor editing throughout.

The word Since implies that the following part has something to do with the earlier. Being a sequal has nothing to do with a budget. Further, it's a cartoon...there is no budget. It's a cartoon made up by SB. It's done in a cheasy 70's style with props that SB made, much like Space program. This is like saying that "The SBASAF must have a low budget because the ship is just made out of cardboard. It's just a backyard fantasy.

Sorry that you spent time on it but I just don't think it was a valid fact. I R F 13:07, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

Maybe I just need claryfication on something. Are we writing this information as though the world of Homestar Runner is "real" or just as a webshow? Reason being I seem to find examples of each. Second, most movies sequels DO have a larger budget than the original film (Exapmles include Star Wars, The Matrix, Jaws, etc.). Finally, perhaps my "fact" should be revised and maybe put into the trivia section. The main reason I wrote about the budget was to justify the instrumental music in Dangeresque 2, and the fact that there are no flubbed lines in it. However, since we only see action clips, maybe we just weren't shown any.
Thanks again
---Jeff J. W.(Talk·Contribs)hr.png
The style is consistant with most other H*R productions. Most of the things these characters do appear homemade. Just the same as theme_park, space_program, pizzaz, monument, stunt_double, local_news and the character videos. I don't think that poor quality is notable because that is just the way they are. As for how we view them, I'm not sure. I think that borders on a philiosphical arguement but since Bubs used to be able to fly, the paper can interact with things and the wagon fulla pancakes is going to for the champeenship, it can't be taken that seriously. I R F 18:34, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Images needing replacement

Just to let you know, three images on your user page are currently pending deletion. They are:

  • Image:Games menu level1.gif
  • Image:Games menu level2.gif
  • Image:Games menu level3.gif

However, if you want to, you can replace them with:

  • Image:Gamesmenulvl1.PNG
  • Image:Gamesmenulvl2.PNG
  • Image:Gamesmenulvl3.PNG

The Chort 20:58, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

I don't know how to read that timestamp but I did that awhile ago. I R F 23:46, 6 December 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Page in progress

I was already on that page when you put up the "in progress" notice, so the version I had didn't have it at the top. Sorry if you got an edit conflict. — It's dot com 22:45, 7 December 2005 (UTC)

P.S. The Bored buttons probably need ths same treatment as the NavBar, but I'll wait till your done. Or maybe I'll get distracted and forget. One of the two. :) — It's dot com
done now I R F 23:11, 7 December 2005 (UTC)
also, I am still wondering what the difference between {{inprogress}} and {{pageinprogress}} and when each should be used. I R F 23:16, 7 December 2005 (UTC)
{{inprogress}} is just for sections of pages, (its text specifically mentions that the current section is in progress), while {{pageinprogress}} states that the entire page is in progress. Took me a bit too. --Stux 02:19, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Picture source inquiry

Hi IRF! What's up? Anyway I wanted to ask you if you knew the source Toon or Email for this image that you uploaded? Thanks! --Stux 01:52, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

I started with a screenshot from other days, The Chalkboard originally said
This week:
a pie in the face?

So I left this week: and I already had the a,h,i,s,t, from that page. The o came from modifying the loop on the p from pie, the r came from the lower half of h and the y was just made. I though about downloading the font chalkdust to do it better, but I saw that it wasn't free so I made do. Now my secrets are revealed. I R F 12:16, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
Ohhhhh! Not bad! Not bad at all... could've fool me! Actually... you did as I thought it was just a plain old screenshot! Nice. Now to come up with something decent to write on the caption. Thanks! --Stux 15:35, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

What about the "open" and "closed" images you've got? I'm trying to add appropriate copyright tags to most (if not all) of our images. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 15:51, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

Those were thanks to a google image search, I'd have to find them again. And what's wrong with our proud heritage? I R F 17:56, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
The open image came from here and the closed image came from here (beware of pop-ups) I hope I didn't do anything wrong. *gulp...copywright infringement laws* I R F 18:02, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
Thank you. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 22:00, 9 December 2005 (UTC)
You're welcome I R F 22:21, 9 December 2005 (UTC)

Hey, IRF. How are ya? I'm pretty sure we don't have a fair use claim to the pictures of Matt and Mike Chapman, since they come from a copyrighted website outside of I'm planning on deleting them soon. Thanks for understanding. — It's dot com 01:03, 26 December 2005 (UTC)

I'm a little fuzzy on the whole fair use thing but surely you can use a picture taken by someone else if credit is given right? I mean if I had a website and wanted a picture of the president after his discription, I would not have to wade to through secret service agents to do so, I'd just use a previously published photo. I have seen notes on articles outside the wiki that say 'phots courtesy of the associated press' or something like that. Your thoughts?

I R F 16:05, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

No, it doesn't quite work like that. We don't even have any real legal standing to use the images from (at least not as many as we do), but the Chaps, being nice guys, quietly let us get away with it because we are promoting their site and because we try to keep ourselves in check (by not reproducing whole works like Original Book). In this case, however, you have uploaded images that are not from h*, but rather from a separate website, which has its own copyrights. Simply giving credit is not enough. You would need permission. I need you to go ahead and remove them from your page. Thanks. — It's dot com 16:21, 27 December 2005 (UTC)
Done I R F 16:53, 27 December 2005 (UTC)
Thanks. And you're right: They were cool pics. On an unrelated project I'm working on, I'm thinking of making my own picture of myself similar to the one of Matt with the frame behind him. They can copyright that particular image, but they can't copyright the idea. ;) — It's dot com 16:58, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Cool Tapes

I just now noticed your list of people thanks to the guestbook discussion. I don't sign a lot of guestbooks, but I have read your page and liked it - the haikus are apretty-pretty good :)

A haiku about you:
Invisible fish
Is possibly robotic
Is it a mecha?
Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 19:28, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

Awww, neat. No has ever wrote me a Hai-oo-ku before. Great to see you HRcoder, I haven't seen you around lately? Hows MIT treating you? I R F 19:33, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

MIT is treating me like a kicked puppy that pays them rent every month. You know, the usual. How are you? Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 19:40, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
I remember the tooling days. Although my major required much less thinking. I'm still upset at the lack of Decemberween toon this year. But overall I'm good. I'm focussing on the important things right now like spending time with loved ones. *sigh* I will be spending the next week or so with my guestbook on its death bed. J/K I think that kicked puppy that pays them rent every month is just about the best description of college that I've ever heard. I am a 5th year senior now (not being a senior after 5 years of college but this will be the 5th year that I am a senior at ODU.) I'm thinking about going back now that the baby is getting a little older and the sleep patterns have, um... regularized. I R F 19:47, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
Wow, college and a baby? How in the world do you do it? *kudos to you-dos* What is/was your major? Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 19:50, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
college and baby haven't happened at the same time so far. I am a criminal justice major although I was a CPE major. I still webmaster and write an occational program in C++
I R F 20:06, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
Ah, spiff. Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 20:24, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
Spiff? Explain I R F 20:52, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
Same as spiffy or spifty. I say all three a lot. :) Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 21:05, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
I am almost ready to roll out my latest website which was very much inspired by the layout of Joey Day's sites. I'll let you know when its up. The one program that I wrote that I am particularly proud of is a program that takes a text file and then encodes that text and garbles it up. The opposite person has the decoder program. I always wondered that if the NSA got ahold of the encoded text, would they be able to crack it. I have been coding since I was in junior high school. I bet that I (and the person I was send the notes to) was the only junior high school student to ever write notes in a cipher based on binary code. **singing in StrongBad fassion** Let the geekness flow, let the geekness flow ** I R F 21:41, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
From what little I know about cryptology, and since I don't know what your encoding scheme looks like, I'd guess that very likely: yes, in a heartbeat. There are many methods out there to decrypt information based on statistical frequencies and the like, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. You learn fun stuff at a "Computer and Network Security" class. Which um, I shouldn't have skipped today. Oh did I just say that!? --Stux 17:54, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

I'd like to see how quickly those functions could do it, because the cipher goes through many transformations. Although since I don't know any NSA people, I'll have to hold my breathe. First it take the first 3 digits, which correspondes to the Julian date(ie: 001 is Jan 1 and 365 is December 31). Then based on what date the code was made each character is equal to a certain number (ie on Jan 1 the letter "a" might equal 45 but on December 31 "a" might equal 2541). Then it takes the number such as 45 and turns it into binary code (45 becomes 101101). This eliminates all place value then all the 1's become a random consonant, and the 0's become a random vowel (101101 might become "degmat" or "vowqij") Then using a abridge dictionary file each letter becomes a word that ends in that letter ("degmat" might become "tired here tug climb plaza toot). So in that example "tire here climb plaza toot" might equal the letter "a". This obviously makes for a long output file but the decoder didn't have any problem reversing the process. Also the date ie 001 remains at the top unchanged. I R F 18:47, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

[edit] 2

Arent you only supposed to have 2 personal images? I count 3. Homsad 05:18, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

I count 2. The VeggieTales one and the umpiring one. I R F 20:52, 28 January 2006 (UTC)

Homesad is referring to this image used here. I have no problem "adopting" it for the time being so you can keep your other two. (Why do I get the feeling of déjà vu?) --Stux 08:34, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, but I thought that it was agreed that images that are used to make a point in a discussion were ok. I've uploaded maybe 6 pic that are sleeping somewhere in an archived stuff'd page. I R F 12:42, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
Ah, yes I vaguely remember that now. Though this dicussion was um, only marginally H*R related. So I still have my reservations. --Stux 17:03, 31 January 2006 (UTC)

[edit] feedback please!

I wondering what you guys think about this page I want to get a lot feedback before I do anything further. Also tweaking is also welcomed! I R F 18:40, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

Oh, amd I do already plan to replace the pic of Bubs, with a more monocromatic semi-transparent version. I R F 18:41, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
You know, you can put that preliminary version of the projects page on a subpage under your user domain, like User:Invisible Robot Fish/Projects or something like that. That way the sandbox is not tied up. --Stux 18:55, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
done I R F 19:08, 2 February 2006 (UTC)

I would REALLY like feedback on the following pages:
a) Possible CSS Backgrounds - Leave your comments on that page.
b) Projects Page Those comments can be left right here!

I'm really hoping that it won't take me as long as a STUFF page does to come to an agreement. I R F 22:17, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

It looks good! It looks pretty darn good! I think it's even ready for primetime! --Stux 18:32, 3 February 2006 (UTC)
Oh BTW, I forgot there was a discussion of this page here too, but I wanted to let you know I applied the changes to the real page. --Stux 17:17, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

[edit] wiki terrorism

I think we are witnessing the dawn of wiki terrorism. This is not just vandelism, these are hostage demands! I R F 23:49, 3 February 2006 (UTC)

Now that's just strange. Obviously that guy's gonna lose, I mean the discussion is long gone. Seriously (Talk)

[edit] Userpage: Production update!

I've made a new caption contest on my user page. Check it out if you want! Seriously (Talk) 00:50, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Your link a broke?

Hey IRF, what's up? I couldn't help but notice that your Strong Bad Email By Name of Sender link seemed broken? I thought it was accidental but it seems it was um done on purpose? Confused in Carolina --Stux 14:14, 9 February 2006 (UTC) (ok i'm not really from carolina but I love lively alliteration!)

Dear Confused, this seemed to be a case oversight. I don't really understand why some have HRwiki and some don't. Either way, you are hereby authorized henceforth to correct such errors in the future without asking first. I knight thee Sir Stux (more alliteration back at yah! ... and not to be confused the type of sirs that include STOP after every line.)
swarthily, Valiant in Virginia. I R F 17:07, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
HRWiki namespace pages are those that pertain to some aspect of the wiki itself, versus main namespace pages that discuss content on the official site. Hope that helps!
crap is in the mix. crap is to the max. Monkeydude in Montana. — It's dot com 17:22, 9 February 2006 (UTC)
you know IDC, I read that stanza above all day trying to pull meaning out of it, and now that I'm about to go sleep, is that a Haiku? Or am I still off base? I R F 05:23, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
Oooo I never thought of it being a haiku. I thought Dot com was going for alliteration (well he still did), but yeah it counts 5,5,7=17 total syllables. An alternate form haiku. except the lines aren't broken. As for meaning... I just attribute this to "asbtract poetry" ;). Ok, now for the author to reveal his secrets... *begin Jeopardy song*. --Stux 13:54, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Thanks!

I've never been quoted by anyone before--that's a first! Trey56 17:36, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

twas a truly great statement...dripping with sarcasm and wittyness mixed with an 80's allusion. Nice. I wanted to have a quote section for awhile, but I guess I am just picky. I R F 19:48, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

[edit] WikiTikkiTavi Joke ** editorial

I know there have been numerous discussions on the wiki's Aril Fools Prank of 'aught 06, but rather than post my comments on some archived main-page talk page I thought here would be the best place for my 2 cents.

  1. I thought this was the funniest thing ever to be done here at the wiki. I immediately laughed and went to the talk page to see what was being said (in part because I was having trouble navigating elsewhere).
  2. I knew this was a hoax and thought about posting proof, but I thought, "you know what, why spoil it for everyone." I had already said that I knew it was a hoax and was pretty sure that some sysop would say, "no, its not it's real." People, it's a dance, if there is no banter and dialogue and people insisting that it's real, then the prank dies because the only voice would be 'this is fake.' This reminds me of the movie Zoolander where the lady asks them to stop saying Earth to so-and-so the idiots didn't understand. Or for the Trekkies here, when Commander Data tries to explain why he has made a joke. If you have a explain it, its not funny. For the people that knew it was a hoax should understand that the attempt of a hoax is to be funny.
  3. I'm starting to feel like Bill O'Rielly here, but some people in here need a serious injection of TBC brand sense-o-humor I logged on between 9am and 1pm eastern time and then left for a fun weekend in NC (if I had a blog, I'd tell you all about it, but since I don't you'll never know...anywho...). So I wasn't around for crying and wailing and gnashing of teeth, but when I came back, whew I couldn't believe it. Most of what I feel has already been said by AbdiViklas but wow. I can honestly thank the wiki for teaching me more about people. I didn't know that there were so many humorless and fickle people here.
  4. changing directions: I would like to know who #1 were the brain childs behind this ingenious prank, and #2 who was in on it. (If its been said before, I appologize but I haven't seen it). As I said on April 1, they get a cupcake.
  5. I was glad to see ye'ol wiki again, if only in appearnace only.

Ok, I'm done bloviating now.

I R F 01:55, 3 April 2006 (UTC)

To answer your questions, Invisible Robot Fish, It's dot com and Tom came up with the general idea, Phlip coded a significant part of it, and every active sysop was in on the joke. Pretty much everyone else who supported it strongly and/or stubbornly was either playing along, or severely fooled. — Lapper (talk) 15:01, 6 April 2006 (UTC)
I think you'll find it was originally my idea, Lapper... --phlip TC 15:10, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

After reading the link from phlip, here's what I've come up with

To be fair, although Tom was a stick in the mud at first, he did come around once it was apparent how cool it was going to be. Glad you enjoyed it! In fact, your reaction and those like it are what made the whole thing worth it. — It's dot com 20:05, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

ok, ok, so Tom gets an iron cup, filled with brunswick stew. not THE Iron cup, just another iron cup. I R F 20:16, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

Pretty much the instant I had something to show, Tom got in on it, and suggested a few improvements, and all the other sysops that frequent the chat came in and were impressed at some point. Once we had a test wiki set up and started doing it there, I think everyone made an improvement or two. I just decided not to include several days of chat logs because that would make it extremely too long, rather than the regular type of "too long". --phlip TC 05:59, 7 April 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Relient K

Awexome! I'm a-so a big Relient K fan. Saw them in concert a couple of weeks ago. Glad I'm not the only one. LePorello / T / C 13:44, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

I can't quote album names or anything, but I like them. My favorite song is mood ring, but my wife hates it. I R F 18:54, 6 April 2006 (UTC)

[edit] The Cheat Image

Can you make a The Cheat image like you did for Pom-Pom and Marzipan? --Dacheatbot · Communicate 22:37, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

I didn't make one because there is already one at The Stick. let me know what you had in mind. I R F 12:22, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
Looking at you userpage, I see that you already knew that, please let me know if you'd like something different. Be as specific as possible. I R F 12:23, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
You know how the stick one is all yellow? I want this one to have the true colors of The Cheat --Dacheatbot · Communicate 13:50, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
Sure, gimme about a week...this is a busy time of year for me. I R F 13:35, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Congrats!

Congratulations on your new child! I'm sure you're very excited. (Just in time for the new line of baby clothes, too!) —FireBird|Talk 16:40, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, we are very excited. I R F 16:46, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
Mazal tov. When will you know if it's a boy or a girl? Elcool (talk)(contribs) 16:50, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
Toda raba! When I know, I'll let you know. I don't remember when one can tell but she is only 4-6 weeks along. I R F 17:00, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
That early, huh? Well, can't wait! :) Elcool (talk)(contribs) 17:05, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
We found out that we are having a girl! Her name will be Jocelyn Marie and she is due on April 26, 2007 I R F 18:51, 9 December 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Attention sysops

I checked the tracking number for Matt's Birthday card and they tried to deliver the package 3 times and were not successful. I called UPS and they will not just leave at the door. I was wondering if any of you have a way to contact TBC in such a way that isn't bogged down like an email address that they get thousands of emails at, to let Matt know that he only has 5 days to pick up the package or else it will be returned. It was a bit expensive for me to send, so I'd prefer not to re-send it. I R F 13:40, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Aww, man. That's not so good. Although there is a way of getting their office phone number, is there a way to send a fax or something? Elcool (talk)(contribs) 14:22, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
I can send a fax from where I am...I can also call too. Last time It's dot com emailed me the info. I R F 14:45, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
I called the homestarrunner office and spoke to Karen and she will take care of it. I R F 15:20, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
Thanks so much for taking care of this, IRF — I'm sure everybody appreciates you going through all this trouble :) Trey56 15:41, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
No trouble at all (I got to talk to a Chapman ... teehee). I R F 15:44, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
Karen, as in Karen Wagner? Totally awesome, dude. :) Elcool (talk)(contribs) 17:01, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Quote

Hi! Thanks for quoting me. High fives! Elcool (talk)(contribs) 18:12, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

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