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    Happy (slightly belated) second birthday to the JMSnews.com forums and many happy returns of the day!

    As I recall, Doug gave us this great place to be on Oct. 13, 2003. Thanks, Doug!

    And thanks to all of you who make this such a nice place to hang out and talk about B5, comics, movies, other TV shows, current events...everything. In cellebration, how about telling us how you discovered either B5 or this community? Lurkers....c'mon in, the postings, fine!

    Jan
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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    2 years already? omg
    Sleeping in Light-----Darnit! Shut the Window.

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    • #3
      Wow Two years! *perfoms a happy dance*
      "It is said that the future is always born in pain. The history of war is the history of pain. If we are wise, what is born of that pain matures into the promise of a better world, because we learn that we can no longer afford the mistakes of the past." -- G'Kar in Babylon 5:"In the Beginning"

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      • #4
        Happy anniversary. (as she hugs the monitor) I am so so glad this site is here. Everyone here is so special. It's is hard to believe though that it has only been 2 years. It feels like it's been here longer than that. Thanks Doug for creating something special.
        Joan

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        • #5
          :raises glass: Hear! Hear! Thanks again to Doug O.!
          "That was the law, as set down by Valen. Three castes: worker, religious, warrior."

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          • #6
            Happy birthday everyone!

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            • #7
              Good grief, Have I really been such a pain in the arse all that time!!????!!

              I have had some really interesting debates, thought provoking conversations and out-out-out laughs from these hallowed pages and I really look forward to many more....


              Faith manages....
              http://www.lddb.com/collection.php?a...er=dgtwoodward
              Yes, I still collect Laserdiscs!!
              47" Phillips 1080p 46" Samsung 1080p Toshiba HD-30E (2 both Multi Region) PS3-80G 120G BR Multi-Region Maidstone MD-BR-2102 Sky-HD Freesat-HD Pioneer DVL-909 CLD-D925 CLD-2950 (AC3) CLD-D515 CLD S315 Yamaha ADP-1 Meridian 519 Pioneer 609 (DD/DTS) x 2 Speakers & subs Jammo M/S Pioneer Technics Sony Eltax Akai Aiwa

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              • #8
                Wow, it's been two years already, seems like just yesterday. Thanks everyone for making this a great online community!

                I've been spending so much time at work these days I hardly get time to hang out here. That reminds me that I need to put up the next contest item which is a Babylon 5: Season 1 DVD box set. I suspect that many of you have it already...

                -DougO

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                • #9
                  One set to watch and treasure, one set to lend out to potential new fans.

                  "It's a good thing..."

                  Jan
                  "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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                  • #10
                    Two Years!!!

                    Congratulations to DougO, the moderators, and all that stick around.

                    I haven't been posting much, I mostly lurk (I switched countries and jobs in February).

                    To answer the questions that Jan suggested to celebrate:

                    I found B5 because at my University (ITESM in Monterrey, MÚxico) I was involved in some extracurricular activities that involved computer animation with Amiga computers (I was a chemistry major, computer animation was an interest, a hobby then, but not after I didn't have equipment to continue doing it). Those were used in Season 1 for the CGI (as some might remember), so from that I learned about B5.
                    I rented the original pilot sometime around 1993 (or 1994?, hey, if I had know how important B5 would become for me I'd have written the date). I found the CGI amazing (for the standards of the time) and the story OK.
                    And that was it for some time, other than some occasional browsing of the genre magazines to glance at more pretty pictures of B5 (and finding that the Amiga computers were scratched off).
                    Then I went to Waco, TX (Baylor University) for a Summer Research Internship in 1995, and watched two episodes (GROPOS and Acts of Sacrifice), those managed to convince me that this show was worth something, but I watched those by coincidence of being awake late, not by design.
                    Then in August of 1996 I went to Houston, for graduate studies (still in Chemistry). With internet access I looked for info about my favorite band The Church, it turned out that the webmaster of the first website about them (Shadow Cabinet) was a B5 fan and he had a link to the Lurker's guide.

                    I went to the Lurker's Guide. I learned that B5 was "a novel for television". That fact alone is what decided me to watch. I was tired of reset buttons. I knew I had to watch B5.
                    It still took a few months to do it, because as a poor grad student a TV was not a priority and had to save some money for it.
                    But I read some of the background info on the Lurker's Guide in the meantime.
                    Then I started watching around October, right at the end of Season 3. The lurker's guide proved invaluable for my understanding of the backstory.

                    I just loved it.

                    I got cable just so I could watch B5 on TNT. I got it in time to watch the first rerun of season 5 (as well as the end of it). I also watched the whole series from the beginning and gained a better understanding and appreciation for the story and the characters. Of course I also watched Crusade, knowing full well that it was cut short.
                    Then I renounced TNT.
                    When the SciFi channel got B5 I watched it all once more, from the beginning.

                    Along that route I found about this archive, most likely from the Lurker's Guide. When the guide stopped being updated as frequently I started coming here for any news that JMS gave.
                    And then I saw that there would be forums. I signed up the day after they became online according to my profile.
                    And now it's been two years!

                    I'm sure I didn't start posting immediately (but can't find when was my first post), so a late reply to this thread seems fitting.
                    Such... is the respect paid to science that the most absurd opinions may become current, provided they are expressed in language, the sound of which recalls some well-known scientific phrase
                    James Clerk Maxwell (1831-79)

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                    • #11
                      Welcome back, Capt. Montoya. Hope the move ended up being worthwhile. I missed the pilot and really came close to missing B5, too. I'd just gotten so sick of starting to like a show and having it disappear without a trace a few episodes in. B5 ended up grabbing me in spite of that.

                      Jan
                      "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

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