A Tale Of Majic
Hmm. I suppose I should probably say a few
Way back around the beginning of the New Millennium, I happened upon ATS while searching for information on Area 51. SimonGray's articles on the
subject were well-written, informative and caught my attention, but I wasn't interested in joining a forum, just finding out about some specific
Over the next few years, I found myself returning to ATS now and then as more searches led me back here, notably about 9/11, Iraq and related
subjects, but it wasn't until the fateful summer of 2004 that I realized I was spending as much time on ATS as I was. I also realized at this point
that most of what I was learning wasn't in the form of articles per se, but member comments in discussion threads.
Finally, after giving the matter probably a lot more thought than was needed, I joined ATS on July 9, 2004. I chose the handle "Majic" based on its
pun potential and its tie-in with the Majestic Documents
, as some of them are stamped "TOP
SECRET/MAJIC EYES ONLY". As an aside, while there's clearly some fraud/bogosity involved with that whole business, there are some intriguing angles
as well, but that's a subject for another time.
Fig. 1: A vintage early Majic avatar.
Ironically, the choice of the "Majic" handle was the impetus behind my becoming an anime fan, which in turn led directly to a series of avatar
themes culminating in today's pony motif. Back in 2004, while googling for avatar source material, I happened upon the character of Majic Lin from
the extremely-low-budget anime Sorcerous Stabber Orphen
. Aside from Speed Racer as a
kid, I'd never really watched anime, but was intrigued by the character's goofy appearance and the funky name of the series.
On a lark, I bought the anime and, despite its extensive animation corner-cutting, liked it. That led to a long period of Majic Lin avatars, such as
this one, and a blossoming anime hobby.
Fig. 2: Say, when was the last time I actually read a book?
Within the first year of joining ATS, I had many adventures, including some rather wild bipolar riffs, and it wasn't long before I realized I had
inadvertently found my new home on the Internet. I became something of a BB&Q
was called "BQ&B" back then) because I always had much better ideas about how ATS should be run than the staff, ended up being far more of a
hindrance than a help to the ill-fated but well-intentioned ATS Member Council when it was formed and, considering my many, many shenanigans, its
amazing I wasn't banned long, long ago.
Fig. 3: Maybe a Sith isn't the best choice after all...
For reasons that still mystify me to this day (my leading theory is "ironic punishment" for all my kibitzing and drama queenery), I was asked to
join the staff in March of 2006. One thing that became painfully obvious very early on is that it's a LOT different being a mod than constantly
criticizing and "advising" them. Point taken, believe me, and karmic justice has been duly meted ever since.
One thing I learned as a mod is when I wade into a derailed, flame-scorched thread full of obscenities, members tend to calm down and be more
reasonable when I use a more soothing, feminine avatar. So began my "Haibane period", where I used characters from my favorite anime,
Fig. 4: You wouldn't be mean to Rakka, would you?
That lasted for years, until a fellow anime fan recommended I check out an American
cartoon. And not just any
cartoon, but the new
generation My Little Pony
cartoon, Friendship Is Magic
. My Little
Pony? "Ha ha," I said, "Shirley you jest." For decades, that franchise has been associated with toys and media that are so girly even most girls
can't handle it, so it certainly wasn't on my radar, and I sure as hell wasn't going to watch that.
But after a rather convincing case, I
gave the first episode a look as a joke, fully expecting to laugh myself silly at how cheesy it would be.
And the rest, as they say, is history
, and now ponies are my new avatar "totem
Fig. 5: Oh the irony.
And so there you have it. My ATS story and absolutely everything there is to know about me with not a single detail omitted.
Well, okay, maybe a few details
here and there, but as
Rainbow Dash says, what the hay.