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  1. So this must be the first new thread I have posted in many years, but like I said in the Old Timers' Notice Board, I never stopped regarding FED2k as my true home on the internet, so I want to breathe some new life into the community spirit here... ...with an announcement of wonderful personal news that I received from my wife back in January: we're going to have twins! That's right, by the end of the year there will be two new little Edrics in the universe. Which means they should probably be reading Dune three or four years from now. By this point, I assume many of the old timers here are already parents. What is it like?
  2. This is a good website with up-to-date data for every country (and provincial-level data for some countries, including the US and Canada): https://covidly.com The basic summary is: Covid-19 is spreading exponentially worldwide, with confirmed cases increasing by a factor of 10 every two weeks or so. Countries that have enacted very strict lockdown measures have managed to get it under control (e.g. China and now Italy), and also countries with very extensive testing and isolation of carriers have managed to get it under control (e.g. South Korea). But in countries that are neither locked down nor testing everyone, it's spreading like wildfire.
  3. Good to see you too, @gryphon! (I figured out how to ping people) We're all in lockdown now, I imagine, or soon to be. Talk about living in interesting times. I think that new Dune movie might get postponed for a while, too.
  4. So... who is still here? Does this fancy new UI come with a way to ping people? Hmmm... I guess I need to poke around.
  5. *dusts off and removes cobwebs from self* How... how long was I out? Four years?? Wow. I can't believe it has really been that long. But the forum time stamps do not lie. My last post before this one was in January 2016. And to think, my first post that month said this: ...well, so much for not letting it happen again. 🙁 Half a year seemed like a long time to be away back then, and now here I am, four years and two months later, after by far the longest hiatus since I joined FED2k in April 2000. But at least I have returned in time for my 20 year anniversary! Expect one or two Alexandre Dumas references when the day comes. "Vingt ans après", indeed. One thing that has not changed, however, is the emotional connection I feel towards my dear FED2k. Yes, I've been away four years, but I kept thinking of this site and this forum, regularly wanting to come back... and regularly putting it off. As I said in 2016: So I am back home again. This time because... because it's the end of the world as we knew it, so what better time to seek out old friends.
  6. On another note, as a long-time fan of the Homeworld series, I am extremely excited about the upcoming prequel game Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak... and I must point out that it's practically begging for a Dune mod.
  7. Thank you for the warm wishes, everyone! I happen to be located in the U.S. at the moment, although that may change, and... Wait. Gob has a twitter account!?
  8. Oh, and as it happens, it's not just my birthday today. FED2k, the "First Ever Dune 2000 Website", went online for the first time on 15 January 1998. So: Happy 18th Birthday FED2k! You're now officially an adult! ...but not an "adult website". Please don't be that.
  9. So... hello again, everyone. I've been gone for over half a year (looking back, it appears my most recent post before today was in May 2015). I honestly don't know how that happened, but I don't intend to let it happen again. I came back today because it's my birthday - and also Fed2k's birthday - and on this day I always get nostalgic and think of home. And, you see, after all these years, no matter how long I may be away, I still think of Fed2k as my home on the internet. Or, to quote a line once said by a brilliant actor we lost too soon: "After all this time?" "Always."
  10. I know what you're thinking. You're looking at the post above, which was from 2011, and you are telling yourself "wow, this thread is old". Well, you're wrong. This thread isn't old... I am! :) Today, the Earth has officially completed 30 revolutions around the Sun since the day I was born. I'm still working on my first revolution, so the Earth has quite a head start. But in any case, ahem, Happy Birthday to Me!
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    Tileset » Arrakis Release » 2002-05-23 Players » Two Map Size » 128 * 96 Additional Info » The two rock plateaus in this region were once used by the Guild as testing grounds for new weapons. When they left, they didn't dismantle all their experiments. Two prototype Guild weapons can be found on small rock outcrops next to each of the two plateaus...
  12. Thank you for the links! The pictures are really interesting. I've never seen them before. I don't know much about the CPGB specifically, but I do know that the history of the CPGB follows quite closely the general pattern of the history of most "official Communist Parties" in the West in the 20th century. The "official Communist Parties" are the parties that were created in solidarity with the Russian Revolution in the period 1917-1921, and which took on the official name "Communist Party of [country]" and were members of the Third International before WW2. There is (or was) one in almost every country. Some were huge, like the French or Italian Communist Parties, while others were rather small, like the CPGB or the CPUSA. The larger ones are mostly still in existence, while the smaller ones typically ceased to exist after 1991. The major distinguishing feature of the "official Communist Parties" is that they took their lead from the USSR - they copied the ruling ideology of the Soviet Union as long as it was around. They were Leninist in the 1920s, then became Stalinist in the 30s, 40s and 50s, then denounced Stalin after 1956, and so on. They faithfully reproduced whatever was happening in Soviet politics at the time - although some stopped doing this in the 1970s or 80s, and obviously after the fall of the USSR they all stopped doing it. In the 1990s, some disbanded themselves, like the CPGB, while others went off in all sorts of different directions. For example, today, the Communist Party of France (PCF) is basically social democratic, while the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is hardcore Leninist. But for a very long time, they were all together, doing more or less the same thing. It's amazing when you think about it, really. It was the most synchronized global political movement in the history of the world. The fact that it continued in almost perfect lockstep for over five decades (serious cracks began to appear only after 1968) is a testament to the overwhelming international prestige of the Russian Revolution. Even when the Soviet Union was doing highly questionable or even completely indefensible things, the official Communist Parties still had more support, typically, than any other communist or socialist organizations. They did not face any serious political competition on the radical left in any country until the 1970s. Such was the prestige of the heirs of the Russian Revolution.
  13. Oh, and if you're reading this thread early enough that you'd like to join me in watching the election night coverage live, here is the link to the official results page on the BBC. The map will get filled in as more results are announced: http://www.bbc.com/news/election/2015/results
  14. Well, first of all, hello again everyone. I have been absent much too long. I couldn't help but think of Fed2k - and PRP in particular - as I was following the news coverage on the British election. We have (or, at least, had) quite a few active posters from the UK here... So it's election night in the UK, and, as the votes get counted, we can look forward to one of the most unusual election results in decades, because: 1. Not only is there going to be a hung parliament, but, according to pre-election projections, there won't be any possible majority coalition either. Post-election exit polls, on the other hand, give the Tory-LibDem coalition a razor-thin majority. 2. The Scottish National Party looks set to sweep almost all the seats from Scotland. After the defeat of the Scottish independence referendum last year, I thought the SNP was going to collapse or at least decline. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The precise opposite happened: the SNP surged ahead and seems to be (paradoxically) more popular than ever. I think this is great news. 3. The much-vaunted rising popularity of UKIP seems to have been much ado about nothing. UKIP looks set to grab two or three seats at most. So, what say you, British and not-so-British loyal readers of PRP threads? :) Is David Cameron going to be able to hold on as Prime Minister, either at the head of a minority government supported by the Ulster Unionists, or maybe in a continuing coalition with the burning wreckage of the Lib Dems? Would it have made any difference if Labour won, anyway, given how much they've moved to the right? Considering the rising fortunes of the SNP, is Scotland going to get another independence referendum soon? And have the Lib Dems been sufficiently humiliated for their betrayal in 2010, or do they need to be wiped out completely?
  15. And, as expected, Scotland voted No, by 55% to 45%. Now the question is, what next? More devolution, as the No camp promised? Or are they going to go back on that promise? And what's going to happen to the SNP and the Scottish separatist movement - are they going to fade away from politics, as the Quebec separatists did after narrowly losing the 1995 referendum to break from Canada, or are they going to remain strong and try to get independence again in 10-20 years? ...and is Gordon Brown getting ready to lead a proletarian revolution? :D
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