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Mon, Sep 14th 2015 @ 10:29:26pm
We're back!
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

After upgrading to Windows 10, I immediately realized that the web server would not work. After a couple of days of failed attempts to get it back up I threw in the towel. I was frustrated, but this was the perfect impetus to give Neo-Fringe a long overdue upgrade. Sambar, the same web server Neo-Fringe has used for almost 15 years, was discontinued 8 years ago. The source code was still in PHP4 and the MySQL data base dated back to 2009. After a one month hiatus, and a lot of code fixing, Neo-Fringe is back! It's sporting the latest versions of PHP5, MySQL, and running on a whole new web server called Abyss. Even more surprising, it's operating entirely on an Apple Mac Mini with OS X.

Please note that new registration and lost password retrieval are offline while some kinks are worked out. roll

Not Rated | 956 views | Updated 1y 344d 4h 12m 48s ago
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 @ 4:08:40pm
Before I die I want to...
Message posted in The Midnight Cafe by Appleseed

Thought provoking and inspiring video from TED.com I watched recently.

In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: "Before I die I want to ___." Her neighbors' answers -- surprising, poignant, funny -- became an unexpected mirror for the community. (What's your answer?)



For more, check out: http://beforeidie.cc/ or http://candychang.com/

Everyone 10+ | 1057 views | Updated 3y 317d 10h 33m 34s ago
Wed, Mar 13th 2013 @ 8:50:34pm
Network Upgrade
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

The network has been upgraded. Neo-Fringe is now at least 2x faster than before.

Not Rated | 3085 views | 2 comments | Updated 3y 137d 11h 1m 50s ago
Wed, Dec 12th 2012 @ 11:09:44pm
12.12.12
Message posted in The Midnight Cafe by Appleseed

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Today is the century's last sequential date where day, month and year will be the same number. Newspapers all over the world have been reporting about this auspicious date. It seems to carry a wide-range of significance from being considered lucky to doomsdayers marking it as the end of the world. Numerologists and astrologists weren't the only ones getting excited; apparently couples were flooding registration offices to get their marriage certificates dated 12/12/12.

Seeing as it will be another 88 years before all three numericals in the date will be the same, almost every person living today will be gone. I wonder how the people in the 22nd century will react. My guess is some people will find it lucky, others will mark it the end of the world, marriage certificates will see a significant increase while numerologists and astrologists get all excited about it's significance. I'm thinking newspapers will be about as common as scrolls and stone tablets.

Not Rated | 2930 views | 1 screenshot | Updated 4y 254d 2h 32m 30s ago
Sun, Jul 29th 2012 @ 7:58:49pm
Pale Blue Dot
Message posted in The Midnight Cafe by Appleseed

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As a young boy I loved Carl Sagan's PBS television series Cosmos. Today Carl still holds a special place in my heart.



In his 1996 speech, scientist and astronomer Carl Sagan related his thoughts on the deeper meaning of a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 from a record distance, showing it against the vastness of space.

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."

May 11, 1996
Carl Sagan , Astronomer

Everyone 10+ | 4174 views | 1 screenshot | Updated 5y 25d 6h 43m 25s ago
Sun, Jul 29th 2012 @ 7:16:58pm
We Got Scared
Message posted in The Midnight Cafe by Appleseed

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I accidentally came across this video and found it so moving that it brought a tear to my eye.



We were born through ingenuity and violence in a world where a brute struggle was encoded in every living being. But we were different. Our sole imagination gave us confidence so we stood up right and we triumphed over our enemies. But we were confused when we opened our eyes. Nature made us masters of survival but didn't give us the tools to understand the world. All we knew about life was death we inflected upon others and it reminded us of our own fate. So we got scared and we told tales about another life - the corner stone of our civilization.

We wandered out into the unknown as proud nomads and the smell of conquer followed our footsteps. We held our chests high and we feared no enemies. But our brute species stumbled into a world full of mysteries ungraspable to our young minds. We started to ask questions but there were no answers to be found. Winds, rains, volcanoes, earthquakes - the rulers of life and death. They seemed to be alive they seemed to have a will of their own. So we got scared and we surrendered the nature to a higher power; a thing to be worshiped.

We settled down in every corner of the world and we declared dominion over the sea and the air and over every living thing that moved upon the earth. We grew in numbers and our natural enemies feared our presence - we demoted them to fairy tales. We ruled and blessed a land we walked upon but our common heritage was a lost memory we are turned into neighbours divided by distance and language. We approached each other through suspicion and we saw the reflection of strangers. So we got scared and we made new enemies.

We raised cities and drew borders and we united proudly under our colours and superstition. Wealth and prosperity became the foundation of our great nations and those less fortunate diminished beyond oblivion. Our survival blood nourished our grabbing hands but the grass was always greener on the other side, we were trapped under the colour of our banner and the sense of fulfilment was nowhere to be found. Our needs never gave us silence and there were no more lands to claim. So we got scared and brother turned against brother.

We mastered the power of thunder and a spark of enlightenment spread throughout the civilized world. We became masters and servants under the force of technology and those who controlled its power claimed to be gods and ruled upon others. Every breath we took smelled the spring of success but we drained the lands and materialized our societies. And we imprisoned ourselves in boxes of ancestral wisdom. We fell down on our knees and pray and we only saw shadows of ghosts. So we got scared and we found new ways to destroy each other.

Look at us now, we are so scared. We surrender our hearts and minds to dogmatic ideologies and we celebrate death and destruction as our greatest masterpiece. We express our greatest achievements through our fears and ignorance and we catalyse our power through our primitive nature. We seek knowledge through ancient wisdom and we live our lives by doomsday prophecies. We are driven by an ever growing hunger and we're always scared of not having enough. And the fact we are not going to live forever scares us so much that we seek salvation from this world and a paradise in another life.

But we haven't always been scared...

Alongside our brute and ignorant nature another force pushed us through the ruthless chain of existence. We have always been an inquiring species and the mystery of nature captured our imagination from the moment we opened our eyes. We gazed at the world and through the night sky and our in inquisitive minds pushed us beyond the boundaries of ignorance. We began to use our tools to reveal the forces of nature and we stripped down the fear that had bounded us throughout the ages. We caressed a world with our consciousness and we evolved intellectually and morally. And we reached insights far beyond what our fearful ancestors could ever have imagined.

We Homo Sapiens, we're all connected to each other by our common heritage and we share the tree of life with every living thing we have changed through time by the laws of nature and we acquired virtues that ensured our survival throughout the generations. We have fought for our existence against our natural enemies and we have endured the greatest ordeals. Our understanding of the world surpassed all of the living beings and nature rewarded our inquisitiveness with the insight of self-consciousness.

We are the only species in the world that became aware of its existence. We are the first to contemplate the nature of reality. We stand alone in understanding the concept of a better world and we have the only minds that can make dreams possible. We have proven time and again that when we put our efforts together we have the power to achieve greatness. Our unprecedented sense of love and compassion has moved us to found societies and freedom and justice and we have manifested our wisdom and ingenuity in great wonders throughout the world.

We have learned the power of sceptical inquiry and we have found new ways to recognize the poetry of reality By climbing on the shoulders of giants we got the courage to leap up from our world and we have touched the surface of our celestial neighbour with our footsteps. We have explored distant worlds with our ingenious tools and we have discovered that the stuff we're made of thrives throughout the cosmos, we have even glanced that the origin of space and time and we are finally beginning to understand our place in the universe.

We have made great progress and we've acquired great knowledge but our civilization is still far from its peak where we can live together in peace and harmony with nature. We still have many rivers to cross and we still have much to learn before we reach our full potential. If we want our civilization to survive and flourish then we need to stop being scared all the time if we need to embrace the nature of reality. And we need to stop pretending that we are a part of a divine purpose and that we're going to be reward with eternal bliss.

Only when we accept that we're not going to live forever will we be able to truly appreciate the short spark of our existence and live our lives fulfilled. Only when we come to terms with our true nature will we be able to divert from our brute heritage and create a society where we can share the world together. Only when we base our knowledge on facts and evidence will we be able to connect with the true wonder of the universe and celebrate the miracle of life. And only when we realize that we are the authors of our own future will we be ready to leap out from our planetary neighbourhood and reach distant worlds and new civilizations.

Everyone 10+ | 1847 views | 1 screenshot | Updated 5y 25d 7h 25m 16s ago
Sun, Jul 29th 2012 @ 5:32:21pm
The Barber's Speech
Message posted in The Midnight Cafe by Appleseed

The words in this speech ring true today as they did in 1940.



Below is the text of The Final Speech of the Great Dictator, delivered by the character, the Jewish Barber, in Chaplin's 1940 film, The Great Dictator. The Jewish Barber was played by Sir Charles Chaplin.

I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible- Jew, Gentile, black men, white...

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others' happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men's souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery ,we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say "Do not despair."

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder!

Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men-machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate!

Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.

Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it's written "the kingdom of God is within man", not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.

Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!

Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!

Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness.

Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Everyone 10+ | 1247 views | Updated 5y 25d 9h 9m 53s ago
Mon, Jul 16th 2012 @ 10:10:31pm
Neo-Fringe v3.1
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

goldcup Neo-Fringe WP v3.1 has been officially released!

Upgrades include:
nview.php numerous improvements including better message text box, screenshot editing, and media player interface.
narchives.php rewritten with blog-style look.
thumbnails and avatars resized with better image quality.

Over 40,000 hits! flag

Not Rated | 1937 views | Updated 5y 38d 4h 31m 43s ago
Wed, Jan 18th 2012 @ 4:14:17pm
SOPA/PIPA Blackout
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

Neo-Fringe supports Wikipedia and other sites world-wide in their blackout to protest and bring awareness about how dangerous PIPA and SOPA really are to the internet we know and the freedom we enjoy.



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Sat, Apr 9th 2011 @ 4:24:31pm
Updates to the site
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

While membership has it's priveleges, Anonymous users are welcome. Anonymous users can now answer quizzes and vote in the polls!

Also fixed the captcha spam filter that was preventing Anonymous users from posting comments and new members from registering.

Not Rated | 48% Approval | 2121 views | Updated 6y 137d 10h 17m 43s ago
Sun, Nov 21st 2010 @ 8:09:41pm
Mail Error
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

Sorry folks! A bug in the mailer for the members weekly update resulted in people receiving 60 emails from the site. One email for every minute between 2 and 3 am was sent. The problem has been corrected. If you want to opt out of the mailer, you can uncheck the box when you go into edit your account.

Not Rated | 49% Approval | 2062 views | Updated 6y 276d 5h 32m 33s ago
Sun, Sep 12th 2010 @ 4:36:54pm
From The Control Room
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

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flag Neo-Fringe is now at 14,000 hits with over 2,300 archives. We have continued to improve the site with fixes and revisions over the last year.

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Wed, Sep 1st 2010 @ 8:33:25pm
One Week Parody
Message posted in Ground Zero by Shecky

Parody of the One Week song from the Barenaked Ladies cheers

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.


Everyone | 52% Approval | 1321 views | Updated 6y 357d 6h 8m 49s ago
Mon, Feb 8th 2010 @ 7:40:53pm
Top 50 Oxymorons
Message posted in Ground Zero by Shecky

50. Act naturally
49. Found missing
48. Resident alien
47. Advanced BASIC
46. Genuine imitation
45. Airline food
44. Good grief
43. Same difference
42. Almost exactly
41. Government organization
40. Sanitary landfill
39. Alone together
38. Legally drunk
37. Silent scream
36. British fashion
35. Living dead
34. Small crowd
33. Business ethics
32. Soft rock
31. word removed head
30. Military intelligence
29. Software documentation
28. New York culture
27. Extinct life
26. Sweet sorrow
25. Childproof
24. "Now, then..."
23. Synthetic natural gas
22. Christian scientists
21. Passive aggression
20. Taped live
19. Clearly misunderstood
18. Peace force
17. New classic
16. Temporary tax increase
15. French bravery
14. Plastic glasses
13. Terribly pleased
12. Computer security
11. Political science
10. Tight slacks
9. Definite maybe
8. Pretty ugly
7. Twelve-ounce pound cake
6. Diet ice cream
5. Rap music
4. Working vacation
3. Exact estimate
2. Religious tolerance
1. Microsoft Works

Everyone | 47% Approval | 1156 views | Updated 7y 197d 6h 1m 21s ago
Thu, Dec 17th 2009 @ 5:13:54pm
bbcode testing
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

Test:

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bold
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Everyone 10+ | 41% Approval | 2440 views | 9 comments | Updated 1y 350d 10h 13m 14s ago
Tue, Aug 18th 2009 @ 8:54:34pm
Anniversary
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

It has been one year since Neo-Fringe v3.0 was launched! Thanks to a recent computer upgrade the site is running even better than ever. My internet provider is also boasting a speed increase which should allow the pages to load a little faster as well.

Not Rated | 42% Approval | 1035 views | Updated 8y 5d 5h 47m 40s ago
Sat, Jun 20th 2009 @ 1:17:15am
What's New
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

There have been numerous modifications to the website. The coolest additions are the ability to view Torrent information and Zip file content. Also integrated a media player to view flv, mp3, and mp4 files.

The site has been running for over 300 days without any problems.

Not Rated | 39% Approval | 1108 views | Updated 8y 65d 1h 24m 59s ago
Sat, Nov 22nd 2008 @ 5:33:48pm
99 days later
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

Its been over 3 months since the relaunch of the site. So far there are no signs of trouble. If you do discover any problems, let me know. This site will continue to evolve from your honest input and support.

People often ask me, what is the purpose of this web site? The answer is its the official home and testing ground of the Neo-Fringe web board system which is a social networking website. I use it to advance my understanding of PHP, Javascript, and mySQL by continually adding to and updating the source code that drives this site. I don't use it as my personal blog or myspace, but to others it can be these things. As a member, you upload files, messages, images, links, polls, and quizzes to share with others. In turn you can view and interact with other people's files, images, links, messages, polls, and quizzes. Whether you use it to share your favourite music, post a funny picture, quiz people on 1980s movies, or engage in a discussion about the origin of the universe is up to you.

This is the only web board of its kind. The more people that use it, the better it will become. You can't build a better car, if no one drives it. The same applies to this site. Thanks for your support.

Not Rated | 67% Approval | 1427 views | Updated 8y 274d 8h 8m 26s ago
Fri, Sep 5th 2008 @ 4:01:23pm
What is Free to Air SatelliteFTA
Message posted in dAS weB pOsTEn by Schleppy

I've been FTA for about 7 months now and will be sending some updates to this board for your information.

Best site to go to is www.dvsfta.com

Check out the Connexsat Trio Receiver with USB PVR capability on this site.

Everyone 10+ | 52% Approval | 4274 views | 21 comments | Updated 8y 18d 10h 19m 20s ago
Fri, Aug 29th 2008 @ 11:49:30am
sCHELP pOSTEN
Message posted in dAS weB pOsTEn by Schleppy

sCHELP pOSTEN

Everyone 10+ | 50% Approval | 2147 views | 3 comments | Updated 8y 352d 11h 34m 59s ago
Fri, Aug 22nd 2008 @ 9:36:31pm
Homepage Additions
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

Four new additions to the homepage!

* SimpleLuna to show the current phase of the moon.
* SimpleCalendar which displays this month's calendar with a holiday event countdown.
* ThisDay showing a what happened on this day in history.
* Fortune with a daily fortune cookie with a "confucius says" proverb.

Not Rated | 62% Approval | 2062 views | 1 comment | Updated 8y 361d 10h 53m 17s ago
Sun, Aug 17th 2008 @ 3:33:39pm
Third time is a charm
Message posted in Ground Zero by Appleseed

Welcome to the Neo-Fringe web board. This is now the third time I have written the code from scratch, but I believe I've finally got it right. This site is for sharing messages, images, files, links, polls, and quizzes with other people. Simply create a member account, add an area off your profile, and start posting in that area. You can restrict who can view the content by choosing a category similiar to the ESRB ratings you find on entertainment software.

Lots of exciting things to come. So start posting and enjoy!

Not Rated | 52% Approval | 1721 views | Updated 9y 6d 11h 8m 35s ago

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