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fydesvindico

six years later and i'm back

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So...

 

After about 50 failed attempts at logging in, 30 or so more at the email address linked to this account… Then, probably another 30 or so more tries on another old email I had linked to that account, I finally managed to crack a secret question (which to my amazement... and well, mostly frustration, was an ex girlfriends name for the “name of my first pet” secret question… Go figure!).

 

Anyway, after this montage of me trying every possible password, getting locked out, waiting 15 minutes and trying again, spread out over the course of about, what? 3 days… I finally managed to get in! (Sorry for the “fraudulent activity” Torsten - if you're still around).

 

So it appears I have not been an active member on the Corroboree for more than 6 years. There are a number of unanswered messages in my inbox (sorry for the late reply) and I notice that a number of long standing members seem to have disappeared (or maybe they’ve forgotten their secret questions too?). The forums appear a little lonely, and the activity seems a little… dull? (Or maybe I’m just not looking hard enough, you tell me. What’s that community like these days?)

 

Indeed, things have changed. As everything does. But, I’m back! And it’s been a long time coming… There have been many unambitious attempts over the years to reengage, a lot of half motivated, languid stabs at the keyboard; partially completed new accounts - numerous hours spent vexatiously agonising over display names (what was I thinking with this one!) - but it didn’t feel right. It wasn’t the right time. The planets had not aligned, the moon wasn't right.. or, my chakra’s weren’t spinning or whatever other hippy shit I believed in at the time… I wasn’t in the mood. Now, apparently, I am.

 

So, Hello.

What’s happening?

 

Anyone else in the northern rivers sick of this rain yet?

 

I pulled a fuck-ton of Trichs out this week that were at various stages of rot. (Fucking clay!)

Here’s a pic.

 

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And well.. I guess I don’t have much else to say as of yet.. I’ll have to get back into the "forum" swing of things… relearn the lingo, give tips to noobs, post blurry pics and feel embarrassed by senior psychonauts (oh wait, I’m one now!)

 

Anyhow,

I will leave you with some of my recently taken, sensual pics to set the mood. enjoy.

 

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Hi fydesvindico, nice to hear from you and congratulations on logging in.  I've only been here a relative little while but things have slowed alot, even in my time.  Many say that the popularity of the related Facebook page is a factor in things slowing to a trickle.  Still its a great vault of information and I for one am grateful for the friendly banter.  Welcome back and see you round.  Love the pics.

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LOL That's hilarious. Pretty cool you managed to remember it though. Many people spend most of their time on FB these days whivh is one big shitfight of misinformation. I really like this oldschool forum setup, much better way to teach and learn as one big collective brain. Awesome pics by the way and welcome back :)

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Sorry Humboldt, I didn't see your post and have made almost the exact same talking points. Great minds think alike bro ;)

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Pretty mushrooms :)

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Haha thanks guys! Great to see that some are still finding value in the forums!

 

But.. Facebook? Really? Wow. Do they run trades off there too?

 

This place used to be bustling! Seed and plant swaps used to run so hot they'd turn over daily. Weird and wonderful posts were so bountiful that I'm sure moderators found it difficult to keep up! Was awesome. It was like the wiki of plants.. learnt so much here.

 

Anyway. I'm sure I'll still enjoy the forums, and like you've said, lots of info here.
 

Is the store still operational? What about wandjina?

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Hi fydesvindico,

 

Noob here! Been hanging about for maybe a couple of years and trying to help out where I can, mostly with plant IDs and sending people seeds/plants. Mostly for selfish reasons though since I suffer from OCP (obsessive compulsive propagation) and need more bench space! Come to think about it, anybody want some Mentha australis - Native River Mint?

 

There's been a bunch of posts from longer members that are in a similar vein to yours. I'd be keen to see the forum return to it's hay days but don't really know what that looked like. Any chance you or any other members can describe it? It's difficult as a noob to regularly read about the decline of the forum but whilst lacking a vision of what to strive for. 

 

I must say though, in my limited time I've had very positive experiences here. People use my return address to send me mystery plants all the time despite my offerings being gifts, not trades. Everybody has been very kind and forthcoming with information. I'm not sure how it used to be but I'm quite impressed by the conservation concerns expressed here too, particularly regarding natives including Acacia spp. Unfortunately, I think a lot of information is being shared via PM rather than the forum, perhaps due to privacy concerns.

 

Lovely photos. Hope your Trichocereus recover. Please let me know if you'd like some 3 year old named Trich seedlings to help get you back in the game. 

 

Cheers, Freako

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Haha “OCP”. Love it. I'd say most members suffer the same ailment! I know that I definitely do!

 

You are absolutely right. Lamenting the apex of shaman-australis does no good. Neither does yearning for change without specifying what that change may look like. Or at least speculating - I'm clearly guilty of this and I've only been back for 1 post!
 

..so, yeah I feel ya. It would be hard to hear about the downfall of this community when you are in the midst of it; A fish in water etc. And I guess, upon reflecting... what would I know about the current state of things anyway!? From what you've said, your experience seems very similar to mine anyway! Maybe it’s only relative - my subjective experience tainted by my own expectations etc.

 

I'd say there is some truth to your theory of info being shared via pm. Privacy concerns have always been an issue in communities like this… I know that I definitely held back a lot when I was a member here in the past due to having "privacy" concerns (or perhaps it was just paranoia). Obviously there are actions we can take to avoid these issues.. and surely.. surely! everyone can agree that of all places to engage in allegedly "dodgey" conversations, Facebook is not the place to do it!

 

I'm not quite sure how to explain what it was like. Perhaps I'm just reminiscing.. but I think there was just more engagement. There were a lot of seasoned, or, "professional" members who contributed a lot to the forums; members who were doing either formal or private research, sharing info, interacting with one another. It was like reading conversations between scientists, or listening to specialists talk.. I couldn't keep up with it all. Also, i'm not sure what it's like for noobs here now days, but they were greatly encouraged and info was shared without arrogance or pretentiousness. It was kind, friendly and welcoming. I guess, not too far off what you've said.. maybe things are as they should be?

 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting back amongst it all. Hopefully I can contribute in a meaningful way. Reenact some of those positive experiences I've had.

 

Thank you for your generosity, but I seriously have too many cacti as it is - The Mrs. has been trying to get me to offload some for years (she’s probably rubbing her hands together at the thought of me loosing some!) in saying that.. I might hit you up in a PM anyway! Haha. I have some goodies you may be interested in also.

 

Anyway, I appreciate everyone’s replies so far.


Maybe we can all help to “make America shaman-australis great” again. Haha

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lol the wheelbarrow full of trichs with flood waters in the background.....

How great is it to crack a code to a long forgotten password - i betchya there's a few bitcoin enthusiasts wishing they could have a few more attempts than just 3 to get back in.

Many of them crazy conversationalists and scientists you speak of are still kicking the ball around here - albeit with less frequency but life , family, getting your shit together etc-will do that to ya.

Fb is useful for some but this joint is THE library - fb is the son of a bitch brother who constantly talks but says very little.

 

Tops that you found your key to the foyer again,  great post man.

 

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Welcome back !

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Yeah, still some of us old-timers lurking here, our shapely skulls replete with forbidden knowledge. 

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