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From: Dan Herman (HERMAND)29 Nov 2021 18:52
To: koswix 15 of 30
I think what staggers me the most about that is all these years I was never truly convinced that Trig wasn't either a) A regular playing us up or b) Just generally trolling/winding us up

It appears that, all along, Trig really was just Trig. What a truly bizarre person!
From: koswix30 Nov 2021 00:35
To: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 16 of 30
Good find, I even vaguely remember the thread!
From: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 2 Dec 2021 15:27
To: Dan Herman (HERMAND) 17 of 30
Truly damaged person, more like.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 2 Dec 2021 21:35
To: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 18 of 30

Trig was/is a genuine member of teh forum who was, as it goes, trying (as best he knew) to wind people up as as troll - some of the time.

I don't believe Trigg ever 100% got a grip on what trolling should be like, which is why he proved so irritating to so many. I've found the newspaper reports as funny as anybody, but I also hope he finds some contentment. Doesn't seem likely, but you never know.
From: graphitone 2 Dec 2021 22:57
To: william (WILLIAMA) 19 of 30
Who was that other madcap chap from somewhere on the east coast, Hornsea was it? Posted here for a while and had a trolling like ambiance. 
From: william (WILLIAMA) 3 Dec 2021 09:28
To: graphitone 20 of 30
Was that the weather , earthquake, and volcano chap? All controlled by satellites. I know Weatherlawyer was into that stuff too, but there was definitely another one.

53NORTH? Ah yes, he was into all sorts of alternative science and conspiracy stuff, not just 2012 end-of-the-world. Posted here as recently as March.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 3 Dec 2021 09:49
To: graphitone 21 of 30
I mean, there have been a few over the years. I was going to mention Katsung, but he wasn't exactly your typical troll; more a seriously ill individual who posted on any public forum that hadn't banned him. He never interacted with anybody and I don't think he was out to wind people up. I have a feeling I read a long post about him years ago, before he showed up here. He was supposed to be quite a decent software developer when he took his pills (much in the Terry Davis Temple OS manner) but never did.

Some of the Castle peeps posted their inarticulate ramblings IIRC, but I expect they're mainly dead of heroin ODs, motorbike accidents and gang-fights by now.
From: Kenny J (WINGNUTKJ) 3 Dec 2021 12:03
To: william (WILLIAMA) 22 of 30
That was the thing: for all of the trolling, there was an undercurrent of desperately seeking acceptance, and some of the stuff that he revealed about himself and his family life in the process was quite disturbing, but very sad.
From: graphitone 3 Dec 2021 12:54
To: william (WILLIAMA) 23 of 30
53North - that's the man. 

I'd be interested to see if the date for the end of the world has shifted from 2012. We need to be made aware of these things, it sounds important. 
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 3 Dec 2021 13:36
To: graphitone 24 of 30
Maybe they got the last two digits mixed up...
From: graphitone 7 Dec 2021 23:40
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 25 of 30
I presume we're referring to the Mayan end of the world trope for 2012 (debunked, wonder of wonders)

I bet typos crept into the stone carving process, but I don't think there's a ctrl + z shortcut on a chisel, so they'd have left it in and hoped for the best.  :-/
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 8 Dec 2021 00:25
To: graphitone 26 of 30
I dunno what we're referring to - you're the one who brought it up.

If I was carving stone, I'd trace it out first, then carve it absolutely flawlessly.

From: graphitone 8 Dec 2021 08:51
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 27 of 30
Well.... yes. I'm presuming /I'm/ talking about the Mayans then. :C

But what if your tracing was incorrect though you thought it was spot on? Maybe some prankster back at head office has decided that a 9 year shift in the end of the world is just the most hilarious thing to mess with the minds of those people living c4500 years into the future.

You can still make flawless mistakes. 

From: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 8 Dec 2021 23:39
To: graphitone 28 of 30
That's why you don't let head office make such decisions - their job is to hire the experts, not to dabble with things they don't understand - and you bring the provisional design to the relevant high priests for review and approval before anything goes into production.

Also, you sure you don't mean Sons of Anarchy? They were big nine years ago...

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 9 Dec 2021 12:09
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 29 of 30
Their job is to hire the experts, ignore them, dabble in things they don't understand, and then blame the experts when their daft plans blow up.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 9 Dec 2021 12:38
Pretty much describes my experience of head offices.