109 thoughts on “Uh, whoops.

  1. I don’t know if it says more about us or Parish that we all thought we really could have done something to invite his cyber-wrath.

  2. Oh come on Parish, don’t be so hard on yourself … wait a minute, this sucks! You suck!

  3. Well, we might all be boardless for now, but we can all huddle together in these comments for warmth, and live like filthy internet hoboes.
    Or something.

  4. We’re like termites, or voices in your teeth. Though you would destroy us, we are ephemeral and the loss of the mere shell that bound us is not enough to dissipate our essence.

  5. *sighs* Figures it’d had to happen to the one forum I post on that had a thread about Odin Sphere. ;(

  6. Aw, man. I really like reading what you guys have to say. And SUPPER SQUID!!!!!!!!!!1111111

  7. I know he’s hosted on drunk duck and all that, but I think Talking Time is the unofficially official repository for all things SUPPERery SQUIDish. Where else would I have seen a thalidomide baby knock knock joke? I ask you how!

  8. Ever since Talking Time came back from the ‘Nam, it’s never been the same.

  9. Excellent timing! I’m about to be away at a con all weekend, and *then* I’ll be able to start in on Odin Sphere.

  10. Damn and I actually had time to post tonight. That’s not fair. That’s not fair at all. There was time now. There was all the time I needed…

  11. I was going to take a picture of my endgame scorebar with lives listed as 05, since there are only 3 1ups. However, two things prevented this from happening:
    1) someone mentioned an endless 1up loop, and I didn’t want to be accused of that
    2) turns out grabbing the 1ups it what was preventing me from beating it in one life. Yoda was right–you DO only need what you bring with you.

  12. Now that is some vile opportunism. Capitalizing on my stupidity? Shameful.

    But yeah, it’s totally, totally broken. Is it worth relaunching the boards again, or should I just assume that any forum venture I launch will end in tears?

  13. Hey, what happened to the second bit of opportunism? Please don’t tell me the entire site is broken now.

  14. Joining in the blog comment riot.

    I actually don’t have much to say about Odin Sphere other than I’m enjoying it so far.

    As for Ninja Gaiden, I must one life it as well to prove that my NES wang is as big as Tomm’s. And yeah, the third 1up is a bitch to get.

  15. Well, uh, I kinda liked the people you’d attracted to the board, as well as the fact that it was convenient to see what you had to say and then click one button to get to my usual forum. So, if you’re not too exasperated, I always enjoyed your forum. Incidentally, what happened?

  16. I rather enjoyed the board as well. Much intelligent conversation on the subject of gaming was had, which is a lot better than what I’m usually exposed to.

  17. Vile opportunism? More like covering your sorry ass.

    Don’t pretend like you don’t know we all really want the forums back.
    I need Talking Time in the morning and the middle of the night. I ain’t too pround to beg y’all!

  18. I too would like to see Talking Time rise again, like a phoenix from the ashes, if only becaues I too liked the people there. I hope that you can bring it back without too much of a fuss…

  19. Well, I figure anyone with 1000+ posts wants it back, but that was like half a dozen people. I’m just wondering if anyone else thinks it’s worth the trouble.

    As for what happened, let’s just say I had a disagreement with PHPBB’s UI design. And then it had a disagreement with me. Permanently.

  20. Please, Mr. Parish sir, if it is not too much to ask, bring back Talking Time. It is all I want for Christmas.

  21. So, I had like ten posts on the board, but I’ve been reading your work Parish for a long, long time. Haunting this message board and the crazy, awesome threads and topics within has been a great source of pleasure for me, and Im sure many others who are still silen. KEEP TOAST ALIVE!!!111 and all that.

  22. I’d like it back, if only for the fact that a community about gamers who are also not assholes is a very very hard subset to find.

  23. (How jjb’s post sounded)
    I know you made a mistake mr parish but i’ve been following you a long time i know where you sleep and i really like the way you smell and please don’t take away our special time together plz plz

    Sorry… I just had to.

  24. So, I wasn’t one of the 1000 post people, but I really enjoyed (past tense already?) reading TT each day. I just got Etrian Odyssey and was ready to jump into the discussion!

  25. Now I’ll never be able to read that Lost thread I’d been avoiding until I watched my timeshifted recording of the finale.

  26. Keep in mind, a lot of people get their jollies by lurking on message forums. I’ve never posted to Snopes a day in my life, but I hang out there all the time with my nose pressed up against the window.

    I would like to see TT return. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to waste time with work or something.

  27. Vile opportunism? I’d actually been thinking of trying that experiment for quite some time, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity… wait a minute.

    Okay, so I guess it was pretty much the definition of opportunism. And seeing as how you find it so vile, I’ll just wait until the real forum returns to try the experiment again.

  28. By the way, the above comment from from me, but I’m dumb enough to forget to type in my own name.


  30. Please bring back forums. Rest of Internet full of both goons and astro-goons. Need a place for reasoned deliberation, as well as the word “Metroidvania”.

  31. I may have not posted much in the other topics but I always felt like I was part of the family here. The discussions were always insightful and constantly hilarious. A joy to read. Likewise, the comments on Super Squad were a constant source of inspiration. I can honestly say that you guys at Talking Time are the reason I keep making them. I consider you my main audiance. It would be a real shame to see all of that go away.

    But it looks like Parish has made up his mind anyway, so this post: superflurious?

  32. You’re the best thing about the internet, Jeremy Parish. Even better than YouTube porn.

  33. Do you know if the data is salvageable?

    I can poke around the database and see if I can get things working, if you’d like some help. I’m a big geek.

  34. This is what happens when you get your Wii bottle too close to your computer.

  35. I too would like the forums back. If you don’t, that Indian will cry a single tear forever.

    And there’s Youtube porn?

  36. Easy there, son. We’re all moderately literate here; no need for cussing.

    Also, I was already cuasi-banned from TT, though I would appreciate its return.

  37. I am pleased Talking Time will make a return. It is, right? I read it right? It was a joy to read and to post in, and if it doesn’t come back I might cry.

  38. Sorry for the double post, but I just want to point out how much of a habit Talking Time became for me:

    Right after writing that comment about whether or not to bring back Talking Time, I CLICKED ON THE BUTTON THAT USED TO TAKE ME TO TALKING TIME. I am not very clever.

  39. Please bring back Talking Time. You’d managed to collect a really cool community on that forum with some really fun and interesting people to talk to. I for one really liked belonging to a community where the median age was above 20. That alone really filtered out some of the internet crap that seems to come naturally with communities like that. Urm, getting a bit sidetracked. What I’m trying to say is it was a really nice place to post, a little oasis of calm in the great World Wide Wasteland.

    Back to Odin Sphere. So, I’ve played to the end of Chapter 5 of Gwendolyn’s story. I’m about to fight the boss (a dragon I think). Anyhow, my enjoyment of the game skyrocketed once I was able to purchase bags after Chapter 2. I’m one of those people who freaks out if I don’t have a ton of healing items on me even when I don’t even use half of them in a boss fight. And I actually did use all of my items against the Demon Odin battle too. Yeah, really liking the story now that it’s picked up. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out through the eyes of the other four characters.

  40. TT just has to come back–I’ve only made one reference to my career today! Save me!

  41. Nooo! All our haikus as arcane FFXII strategies Seriously, though, I would miss Talking Time terribly if it stayed away forever. I woul cast LIF2 if I could!

  42. Wow I know I am posting up here all late and stuff, but TT is awesome and I’m glad to hear that it is returning. Even if Parish had nothing better to do… like play video games or something.

  43. If you can, please, bring Talking Time back. It’s the only place where I can speak my mind (or read other’s) about Nomura without everybody saying I’m a complete idiot or something.

  44. Shit, I’m really late to the party. Even so, I’m going to beat you all with my comment.


  45. We can rebuild Talking Time. We have the technology.

    Not that we didn’t have the technology then, of course, but I just thought I ought to remind you.

  46. Where else am I gonna find a forum whose name is a reference to Clash at Demonhead?

  47. I’ll kill Vahn16 without Talking Time.

    (Also, there was a nice little obsessive-compulsive Pokemon project budding in the forums that I’d like to see happen.)

  48. Talking Time, like midgets, burned out first because it burned the brightest.

  49. Hey, Poetfox? You know any good sites for Marvel VS strategies? Or a site that has the rulebook for the card game? I’m getting the hang of the game, but there’s lots of stuff that I don’t understand.

  50. Going with the consensus here, but I love having a place where I can express my inner anime and Gust game geek without being laughed off by all the Halo and Madden tards. Tis my refuge and shelter from a crappy day.

    Well, that and being horrified by Supper Squid.

  51. So is everything gone? If it is, I want to get an early start on putting the friend code/gamertag/pokemon threads back up.

  52. As a stop-gap we could always just create “picture topics” on the Oekaki and comment there or something. Its kinda tough to wade through 100+ comments here.

  53. You know, if the boards aren’t opened again, we could just post in these comment sections, making Queen Jeremy think we’re paying more attention to his site (a lot of people read this, Jer-e-my), and possibly holding back Fei’s great cleansing of this site from the internet.

  54. Without Talking Time, where am I going to post all my horrifically obsessive Pokemon stuff? Pyoko? Please.

  55. I originally didn’t because I was too lazy to read through the crapload of comments.

  56. Have you thought of having someone take a look at the mess you’ve made to try and fix it or did you in a seething fit of rage totally obliterate it already? :)

  57. I wish I could add to the Rush “Snakes and Arrows” topic — my brother suggested using the song “Workin’ Them Angels” in a AMV for Neon Genesis Evangelion. “Workin’ Them Angels… overtime!”

  58. Talking Time is over. Now no one will ever know what username I was posting under. What a relief.

  59. Although I didn’t do too much posting, I agree with everyone else- please bring the forums back!

  60. Maybe you could call the new forums ‘No mention of Castlevania Quotes EVER!’ forum?
    Personally, I’d be happy with the “everything but Final Fantasy’ Forums. Or ‘Zippers-Free Zone?

  61. Software Development Cycle

    1. Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free.
    2. Product is tested. 20 bugs are found.
    3. Programmer fixes 10 of the bugs and explains to the testing department that the other 10 aren’t really bugs.
    4. Testing department finds that five of the fixes didn’t work and discovers 15 new bugs.
    5. Repeat three times steps 3 and 4.
    6. Due to marketing pressure and an extremely premature product announcement based on overly-optimistic programming schedule, the product is released.
    7. Users find 137 new bugs.
    8. Original programmer, having cashed his royalty check, is nowhere to be found.
    9. Newly-assembled programming team fixes almost all of the 137 bugs, but introduce 456 new ones.
    10. Original programmer sends underpaid testing department a postcard from Fiji. Entire testing department quits.
    11. Company is bought in a hostile takeover by competitor using profits from their latest release, which had 783 bugs.
    12. New CEO is brought in by board of directors. He hires a programmer to redo program from scratch.
    13. Programmer produces code he believes is bug-free…
    A grade school teacher was asking his pupils what their parents did for a living. “Tim, you be first. What does your mother do all day?”
    Tim stood up and proudly said, “She’s a doctor.”
    “That’s wonderful. How about you, Amy?”
    Amy shyly stood up, scuffed her feet and said, “My father is a mailman.”
    “Thank you, Amy” said the teacher. “What does your parent do, Billy?”
    Billy proudly stood up and announced, “My daddy plays piano in a whorehouse.”

    The teacher was aghast and went to Billy’s house and rang the bell. Billy’s father answered the door. The teacher explained what his son had said and demanded an explanation. Billy’s dad said, “I’m actually a system programmer specializing in TCP/IP communication protocol on UNIX systems. How can I explain a thing like that to a seven-year-old?”

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