That's funny you mention that. Cracked has gone to hell in a handbasket over the past several years. They fired 90% of the columnists two or three years ago, and let most of the rest of the staff go a few months back. David Wong (real name: Jason Pargin) resigned about two months ago. They then shut down the photoshop contests (which was my main thing) and the writer's workshop (where I had pitched my giant squid article all those years back--2010, I think it was!).
Oh, I remember those contests -- and that article!! That is indeed a long time ago, lol!They then shut down the photoshop contests (which was my main thing) and the writer's workshop (where I had pitched my giant squid article all those years back--2010, I think it was!).
Sounds like they goofed and/or gave up. I'm still holding out for the forum resurgenceI'll honestly be surprised it if still even exists by the end of the year.
Wow, I'm so glad the admins here remember that article! I actually gave a "shout out" to TONMO and Dr. Steve O'Shea in that article. Also, I recall running it by here to make sure I got all my facts straight, and you folks were truly helpful in that regard.Oh, I remember those contests -- and that article!! That is indeed a long time ago, lol!
Sounds like they goofed and/or gave up. I'm still holding out for the forum resurgence
reference for the lurkers:Also, I recall running it by here to make sure I got all my facts straight, and you folks were truly helpful in that regard.
Sad stuff, and I'm all too aware. TONMO was truly amazing in the mid-2000's. Social Media sucked all the life out of the room, although they connected everyone on a much larger scale. So some good and bad came with that... quite bad for the likes of TONMO, though, because all our traffic went to, shall we say, more shallow cephalopod interest groups which are adept at collecting "likes". Also, forums USED to be THE place to go and interact with others, engage in some small talk, whatever. FB and Twitter pretty much took all of that away, leaving some thin gruel in our own forums as far as dynamic personality and friendly interactions go...What really happened was the great online writers crash from a few years ago, when so many websites started to go under (CollegeHumor, FunnyOrDie, et al.). Cracked was one of the few that remained, but it was left a shell of its former self. Cracked bounced back and forth between one corporate owner after the next, each of which didn't know jack **** about comedy.
I'm straight-up proud of the relationships made on TONMO, around the world. People like @OB got to partake in an actual colossal squid (mesonychoteuthis) dissection, highly publicized, simply due to interactions made here. The ALCES crew (@Tintenfisch, @GPO87, @Heather Braid) all met each other, and @Steve O'Shea, here on this forum. Many folks don't stop by anymore because of the availability of other platforms for collaboration and reach, but it still blows my mind that some of these people moved their lives to the other side of the planet (NZ) to launch their careers in cephalopod study, and it all germinated right here.made some great friends
And I couldn't have done it without the support of the great folks at TONMO! (Well, my squid writings, anyway!)