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It's weird, looking back after a few years.

It's not really much of a secret that I haven't been an active member here for years now (I joined Oct of 2007). Honestly I'd be suprised if many of you still remembered me. Now that I'm heading off to college (Actually, I already started) it's a bit of a shock to read over some of the stuff I posted (especially the early stuff). I'm pretty thankful that all of you put up with me.

Look back over everything I posted, I'm a bit tempted to go back over my old instructables and fix up all the errors in them and such, and if I find time I might seriously consider doing that. Because ofcourse when i was ~14 I didn't really notice but some of those Instructables are a bit ugly. I'm a bit hesitent to just go and fix them up though. I think they may best be left the way they are, with all their numerious spelling and grammar mistakes, considering how long it's been now.

I also went and updated 'The Christians' group (First update in 4 years, woot!). I'm sure those other 87 members will be very glad lol, honestly I don't know if it's gained or lost members since I've been gone. I'd personally guess lost simply because it would probably be somewhat hard for anybody to find the group at this point (You'd have to search for the exact name, find it, and then join) and some of the old members might not even be on here anymore. Not really sure, but it needed an update anyway.

Most importantly though, I really wanted to thank everyone here at instructables that was here and talked to me and such back when I was still K'Nexing. I was ~14 at the time, could barely type (Infact, Instructables taught me how to type, When I joined Instructables I had almost no typing skills at all). Everyone here was kind, didn't hold grudges or get mad at me even though I was obvioiusly a little kid, younger them most of the regulars on here, and my typing skills and grammar were definitly not up to par. Reguarless, I really found a nice athmosphere here, and I'm very lucky I did. I was never a very social kid (The fact that I had, something like the 4 most comments out of every member on instructables one of the years I was here should be evidence of that.) and I'm still really not that sociable. I really don't know what I would have done with myself if it wasn't for me being on instructables.

Instructables literally shaped my life, and I'd go as far as credit Instructables as the reason why I'm now going into Computer Science and Engineering in college. It's all because one day I went through an Instructable on Windows Batch coding, and that led me to take a BASIC computer programming class at my highschool, and now here I am ~4 years later going into CSE with a full tuition scholarship. Honestly I wish there was more I could say, but really all there is to say is that Instructables really effected me at a key point in my life and really if it wasn't for Instructables chances are I wouldn't be where I am now.

On another note... Where'd all the orange go? All this white is hurting my eyes :P

DSMan195276

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DJ Radio4 years ago
Wow, time has gone by fast. I remember when you were active too, and TD's rivalry in the sidearm war. I kinda laugh remembering how oodammo sidearms just killed your little war.

Not in college yet, but I've moved on from ibles onto other hobbies. I'll be honest, knex has kind of fallen out of my list of things I like to do while bored. Mostly I'm on Youtube now making gaming montages. I still occasionally pop by KIchat, although its to talk with ooda about MTG.
sunshiine4 years ago
I enjoyed reading your comment! Thanks so much for sharing here. Instructables is a positive place to hang! Congratulations on getting a scholarship. Last year my son finished up his college education. His instructable community was a book store a few blocks from our home. He spent a lot of time there and it made a difference in his life also. Kids need a positive place to hang during those crucial years. I wish you the best! Please share here ever so often, I am sure we all would like to see the wonderful places you have experienced! Hope your day shines!
Sunshiine
This can appears as if you've done some sort of advanced work to yourself, and include a great large feel of exactly how someone would like to advance.
Congratulations, and best of luck on a college education!
Mepain4 years ago
Hay it's DSman. Didn't you live in Ohio? I think I asked if you wanted to go to a K'nex war once, but I could be thinking of somebody else.
dsman195276 (author)  Mepain4 years ago
Yes that was me you asked.

Do you still come on here regularly Mepain? And also, what's been happening with KI lately?

DSMan195276
I don't knex too much, my interests have been gravitating in different directions for a while now. I don't know what crest is doing with KI, last I talked with him he said it'd be back up in no time.
dsman195276 (author)  Mepain4 years ago
Ah, that's how it's been for me too. Sometimes I get into it every now and then, and I enjoy working with them, but for the most part I'm focused on other things and don't have as much of a draw to go use them.

Gotcha. In the past years I'd go on there every once in a while and see what was going on, it was pretty dead in the past few months. I'd be sad to see it go either way.

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lemonie4 years ago
I know you.

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TheDunkis4 years ago
Hey, man. I remember first arriving here. You were a pretty cool friend and rival sometimes. =P The somewhat discrete competition between our sidearms was the most I can remember.
It's kind of sad, most people going into college. It's weird thinking about how long we'll all been here, how Instructables has actually made an impact on our lives just from being here for a good chunk of it. As slow as I am at building, I don't think I could give up on K'nexing ever. Now if only I could get some clever ideas for other projects.
Well, take care, man. Good luck in college. It's so much more enjoyable than high school, in my opinion.
dsman195276 (author)  TheDunkis4 years ago
Same, I definitely remember us talking and possibly arguing about the finer points of making K'Nex guns haha. And do you remember when we tried to make a collaboration of combining our sidearms? I don't think we ever actually posted it.

It is a bit weird honestly, that all the little kids that were on here making K'Nex guns are now either in high school or going off to college. And I hear ya, I never gave it up, just have a bit of trouble finding time for it.

Same to you, and I agree it is a lot better in high school.

DSMan195276
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