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Return of the Quotes

It keeps happening. The Four Island Quotes Database is back.

I'm always excited about memorializing stuff. The interactions I have with my friends are a treasure, and I want to remember them and get to enjoy them again and again. I don't really trust third-party services like Discord to stay up forever, or continue to allow me easy access to old conversations. I prefer to own my data whenever possible.

And that's why I semi-rewrote the Quotes DB again (well, I took the standalone Quotes DB I implemented in Rails for Four Island 3 and integrated it into my current website). That's why I made sure to preserve all of the old quotes, even if they involve people I no longer talk to -- my past self considered them important enough to memorialize, so I'll respect that. That's also why I spent hours going through Discord, finding conversations to archive. And when I say that, I mean that there are over a hundred new quotes in the Quotes DB.

It's actually kind of wild -- the last quote from the FI3 era was submitted in January of 2014. Then, almost ten full years pass, and 100 quotes get posted within the span of two days. The first new quote even mentions being raised from the dead. Classic.

I mostly archived conversations that I personally found funny, but I still encourage my friends to submit whatever quotes they think the rest of us would enjoy! Here's a few of my favourites from the new batch:

Halfway through archiving these quotes, I came to the realization that there was one conversation, one very significant conversation in the history of the Transcendence AU chat, that I regretfully had to preserve for eternity. If you belong to this community, you already know what this is. If you don't, well. Prepare your body for the oncoming curse:

  • #564 Nutty Tweaked

You might also notice that a few of the quotes have audio files attached (balls.com, Low Battery, and Morpho Knight from the above list all have it). I wrote a script that uses macOS voices to act out a full conversation. It's actually quite old; I think it's existed since like 2012, but I've never really mentioned it. If you have a quote that you'd like to be voiced, let me know and I can run it through the script.

Well, that's it for now! Happy quoting!

Hatkirby on October 22nd, 2023 at 8:17:50pm
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