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Tyberius Prime
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

IP logged posted posted 05-14-2018 10:55 Edit Quote

Dear Inmates,

our beloved lord mad scientist is celebrating quite a number of revelations
around the sun later this month.

He has affected many lives in this time, and I think we should collect a number
of stories, images, videos about how he touched ours to show him we appreciate him!

We have a tight deadline (2 weekish from now), and Malin is collaging the stories
into... well something.

I'm composing a piece right now how an off hand compliment of his has been guiding
me most of my adult life, american sap story right there.

So let's get to work,

->Tyberius Prime

Tyberius Prime
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

IP logged posted posted 05-23-2018 10:29 Edit Quote

17 years ago, I attended a wedding in Atlanta, and, with the boldness of youth, hit up DocOzone to see if I could extend my stay in the US and visit him for a couple of weeks.

At that time, he was already somewhat reclusive in posting to the online forum for web designers he had started a few years earlier, posting only a few times a year, but to my surprise, he said yes!
Might have had something to do with my (ultimately successful) attempt to rewrite the software for said forum from scratch, or it might have been his ingrained mid western hospitality,
but of I went to rent a ridiculous convertible in California - my grandma was about to go insane. I was meeting a man I met on the Internet on the other side of the world! How could I? I might get eaten by wolves! Well, not literal wolves - unlike her who had spent time in the finish tundra watching saunas burn down in drunk shenanigans - but still, strangers!

Pish posh, the biggest danger I faced on the whole trip where the dress shoes I wore on the flight trying to amputate my feet, and Malin and Kevin were most gracious hosts. Even the two adorable little evil fur balls called Jpeg and Adobe tolerated me.

I had wonderful two weeks, sipping overpriced star bucks coffee, learning about their enthusiastic view of the world and accumulated wisdom ('consider buying into the google IPO' the Doc said... should have...) and just enjoying the sun (see afore mentioned ridiculous convertible).

But the big thing that has followed me ever since
was an off hand compliment Kevin made me.
He said, 'you are a remarkable 21 year old, for you are not flaky".

And from this I learned that the trick to gaining respect is to bang the rocks together guys, if you've said you'd bang the darn rocks together.

Thank you Kevin - for my life is richer knowing you.

Arthurio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: cell 3736
Insane since: Jul 2003

IP logged posted posted 05-24-2018 07:12 Edit Quote

I never knew anyone here very well or personally but it felt as if I did.
Looking back I think ozoneasylum gave me a place to escape to when I needed it. As trivial as it may seem now it was invaluable to me at the time.
This place has also helped me develop skills that I was just discovering I have and have fun with them.
I say place but I really mean the wonderful people and Doc must be a very special kind of person to attract the people who have been here.
So what I'd really like to say is: "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!"

warjournal
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From:
Insane since: Aug 2000

IP logged posted posted 06-01-2018 17:55 Edit Quote

At first, this was a place where I could be creative and analytical in my own special way.
Eventually, as I got to know my fellow asylumites, I was blown away by the variety of talent in these halls.
So much raw talent, creativity, and brain power.

Then it became something more to me.
In my daily life, there are a lot of things that I can't talk about.
I can't talk about math that interests me, or algorithms that do wicked cool things.
But I could do that here. Here, I could be myself on a much deeper level.

Home.

Even after all this time, Doc has left the door open.
I can still come home. Be with my peeps.
And that means the world to me.

Thank you, Kevin.

Tao
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Nov 2003

IP logged posted posted 06-04-2018 14:25 Edit Quote

Whilst meandering the WibblyWobblyWay, all those years ago, I happened upon the Hands-On online Photoshop tutorials. I had just discovered Photoshop and needed help navigating its labyrinthine interface to unlock the power within. The Doc's style of tuition was perfect. Not over complicated, but deceptively informative. I did not realise how much I was learning while going through the tutorials. I was taken on a wonderful and often humorous journey of learning and discovery.
It was through the Hands-On site that I was introduced to The Ozone Asylum. I joined and was accepted by all the wonderful and talented Asylumites who helped and nurtured my knowledge and love of Photoshop. I felt part of a very special community, the first and best online community I have ever experienced.
I am now a self-employed photographer and digital artist, using Photoshop almost every day.
Thank you, Kevin. You and Doc Ozone and the Ozone Asylum have been a positive and wonderful influence in my life

Tao
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Nov 2003

IP logged posted posted 06-04-2018 14:52 Edit Quote

I'm sure there are many more people who would want to contribute to this but they just don't visit this site as much as they used to. Can I suggest those of us who have read this, contact other asylumites with whom they still keep in touch to ask them if they also would like to contribute?
That's what I'll be doing.



(Edited by Tao on 06-04-2018 15:17)

JKMabry
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: raht cheah
Insane since: Aug 2000

IP logged posted posted 06-04-2018 18:17 Edit Quote

Howdy y'all - I was trying to figure out my timeline and my member profile says August 2000 joined but I was wondering if that had something to do with the forum software change? I could swear I was bouncing around here in the mid 90s but that may have just been the Doc's mad labyrinth...

- Jason

trib
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Den Haag, Netherlands
Insane since: Sep 2002

IP logged posted posted 06-04-2018 19:35 Edit Quote

It seems I joined in 2002 ... but I was trying to work out how Doc made those wonderful animated pages long before I knew about the Asylum. It was Doc who got me going on the serious Javascript road, and I'm still doing it, though nowadays I'm spending most of my time building data visualisation applications for Satellite data .. still in Javascript .. and if it hadn't been for Doc's early work opening my eyes, I doubt I would have moved beyond simple jpeg switched menu highlighting ..

Also by forming the Asylum Doc gave me a place to discover, and show off my Photoshop skills .. yes Doc .. you really have been a serious influence in my journey to the crazy old fart I am now ...


Bug-free software only exists in two places
In a programmer's mind and on a salesman's lips

DmS
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Sthlm, Sweden
Insane since: Oct 2000

IP logged posted posted 09-20-2018 20:34 Edit Quote

Shoot... This was a loooong time ago.
I think I ended up here through Topaz forum many moons ago after searching for something photoshop related.

I did meeet Doc over beers and burgers at Hard Rock Cafe when he lived in Stockholm.
Super nice, down to earth and modest. I ended up becoming one of the guys (still can't manage to call myself a guru) providing content at gurusnetwork which now is gone.

In short, this community is a big part in me converting a hobby into a career which has been going on in different shapes since 1997... From coder to UX to team lead to manager to today where I'm consulting as a senior full stack LAMP dev. This while being part of a än F2P esport focused card game, www.handsofvictory.com where I've built the whole thibg except the game engine and tables.

So yeah, this pla e matters to me# and I'm deeply grateful to Doc for creating this spot for all of us lunatics

May you have a continued wonderful life Doc!

*/ I'm a ginio.....genios......genu......smart person! /*

{cell 260} I have no site due to no free time.
-{ Sleep: A common physical disorder that manifests itself as the level of blood in the caffeine circulation exeeds 20% }-

Black Hat
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: In the Headlights
Insane since: Sep 2004

IP logged posted posted 09-24-2018 08:06 Edit Quote

One of his artworks was my first wallpaper ever on a PC

Wavmixer
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Lat: 34° 3' 8" Lon: -118° 14' 37"
Insane since: Nov 2002

IP logged posted posted 10-05-2018 07:03 Edit Quote

Doc gave me my introduction to photoshop which has paid my income for a span of nearly 2 decades. Thanks Doc!

Blaise
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: London
Insane since: Jun 2003

IP logged posted posted 02-06-2019 22:00 Edit Quote

I had landed in Australia and having a bit of digital agency experience from London decided to contract in Sydney doing similar work, I was young an inexperienced and needed to find a place to learn from and improve my skills.

Somehow some way I came across some articles from the Doc. I consumed as much as I could find, and I found this forum too, I was amazed by the JavaScript work (there wasn't much worth looking at in 2003), in some agencies it was verboten! I was enthralled by the community and characters here. I stayed away from the politics but somehow always took a peek!

Then eventually I moved on, I left Australia returned to London, found another job eventually, my habits changed, my browsing changed, other sites were new and interesting, and the Ozone Asylum went cold and quite for a while.

Just yesterday as I stumbled across a demo scene video on YouTube a name flashed into my brain 'P0I' one of the characters from the Ozone Asylum, incredibly talented at JavaScript and helped me out many times with my questions, then all the memories came flooding back and I had to seek the Asylum out again.

I'm here now, and even feeling a little emotional, and I want to than the Doc, because he put it all together, he and the friends that gather here, the ones that come and go, the ones that mentor, the ones that are kind, and even the eccentric ones that keep getting banned and return, they've been a small but significant part of my life, and I thank the Doc for that and you all.

Cheers,

Blaise.

Maskkkk
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Johnstown, PA
Insane since: Mar 2002

IP logged posted posted 02-21-2019 17:45 Edit Quote

Well when I came across the good Doctor I was in college (about 2002 or so), looking for computer programming tutorials, when of course I came across his, and I couldn't believe what could be done in a browser a little CSS and some JS.

Doc also was my introduction into using online Forums and that one should be humble when asking questions on the Internet, since the people answering your questions are likely greater than you.



- AIM: MASKKKK

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(Edited by Maskkkk on 02-21-2019 17:46)

Suho1004
Maniac (V) Mad Librarian

From: Seoul, Korea
Insane since: Apr 2002

IP logged posted posted 04-05-2019 03:14 Edit Quote

Well, shoot. I was one of the people who got an email from Tao last June. I don't remember what I was doing at the time, but that would have been getting toward the end of the spring semester, and I must have been busy--I rudely never replied to Tao's email, and never dropped by to see what was up. I'm now far, far too late for the original deadline (I wonder if I wouldn't have been too late even had I dropped in immediately), but nonetheless I thought I would say hi.

I was working on my MA thesis when I stumbled upon the Asylum. I don't remember how or why--no doubt a search on some coding issue led me to the wealth of knowledge already compiled here. I decided to check in, get myself a room, and stay a while, and I'm glad I did. I learned quite a bit, and was even able to put together a tutorial or two myself, but knowledge was the least of what I gained. What I remember and treasure most are the friendships with other inmates. This place kept me sane during a trying time, an oasis in the vast wilderness of the internet. I'm glad that it's still here, and that some of the old crew still drop in from time to time.

[Edit: Just spent a few minutes roaming the halls and reminiscing on threads past. Put a smile on my face, it did.]


___________________________
Suho: www.liminality.org | Cell 270 | Sig Rotator | the Fellowship of Sup

(Edited by Suho1004 on 04-05-2019 03:19)

lan
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Darwin, NT, Australia
Insane since: Dec 2003

IP logged posted posted 04-28-2019 02:42 Edit Quote

Long time no visit... life, where would we be without it but it sure gets in the way sometimes. Hi all... happy memories and "G'day"

[sense]Organisation is anathema to organisations[/sense]

Wakkos
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Azylum's Secret Lab
Insane since: Oct 2000

IP logged posted posted 05-09-2019 13:46 Edit Quote

I am late, but, I support allmy family, I work in what I like and I have a happy life. All of it because what I started learning here: Code, design, to be humble.

Thanks to Doc for creating this place, and to everyone else for being such a nice and helpful team!

______________
that naked guy

Lacuna
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: the Asylum ghetto
Insane since: Oct 2002

IP logged posted posted 05-30-2019 19:59 Edit Quote

I'm a terrible person! Tao shot me a message about this a year ago and I managed to forget (not surprising).

Like many others, coding and design was what brought me here. I learned a ton and acquired some pretty remarkable friends from here. I'm thrilled to still be a part off this place ✌❤



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