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« on: February 16, 2023 @291.16 »

There is something weird going on. For a forum of around 500 people it's odd I see references to my home city of Bristol in the UK popping up. Sam is a member here and emailed me and Saturday saying they're from Bristol and then there's the posts about the Small File Photo Festival. The very first set of photos I clicked on in that - https://unthinking.photography/projects/smallfile/gallery/ exhibits in my old haunts like the Tobacco Factory.

I'm not creeped out or anything, just thought it was an odd coincidence for a smallish community.



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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2023 @325.21 »

Well you can narrow it down  :tongue: English speaking, tech and arts focused community (I think Bristol is known for having an arts scene) - people in big cities are too busy for this kinda stuff so they don't tend to be on here. People in the rural areas are less interested in tech I imagine, so that means 90% of forum members are from smaller cities with an English speaking population, an arts culture that's liberal but relaxed, and have been online long enough to be into web nostalgia - when you get down to it, the real target audience of this forum probably only fits about 10-20 cities world wide!

50% of forum hits are from the US, the rest is quite diverse - South America, Middle East, Mainland Europe, Africa (although I don't trust the hits since I think ad-blocks mess with them)

That small file show is actually something I found on a New York based arts discussion group - but New York arts groups always love finding things from outside New York  :ok:

I do find it interesting to think about; what kinda of people are attracted to spaces like this and why.

Also is that the worlds first suspension bridge in your picture? Its magnificent!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2023 @578.98 »

I came here out of curiosity, but I stayed for that wonderful photograph.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2023 @615.42 »

I do find it interesting to think about; what kinda of people are attracted to spaces like this and why

If to speak about myself - I was born in a small settlement in Israel in 1995, my father who was a computer technician introduced me to PCs at a young age, which not only familiarized me with video games and the internet, but may have also contributed with my somewhat quicker grasp of the English language early on.

I grew up during what you may call the second anime boom of the early 2000s, when big and influential shows such as DBZ, Beyblade, Yugioh, Inuyasha, etc were airing on TV. I was (and still am) absolutely in love with them and was frequenting on old Israeli anime fansites and forums such as Isrataku, Anime-IL, various Tipo websites and other dedicated sites.

You can read about some of them in this following blog post. Pictures included. Hopefully it translates well into English!

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I became a very a technically oriented guy, very quickly, and was always that person to tech support with friends PCs issues and such. Studied Computer Science in high school too.

Never got into social media due to my introverted nature and simply not caring about sharing my life in depth with random people or friends. I slowly found myself opposing social media and the modern internet more and more as it grew into... whatever it is today. All the communities I used to participate in are long dead.

Then after years of searching online and typing random sentences into Google such as "I miss the old internet", I somehow stumbled upon Neocities, and then this forum! :4u:

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2023 @992.29 »

I'm actually quite jealous because it's difficult for me to find people IRL who share my interests in... well, anything. ^^'
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2023 @187.06 »

Not the first suspension bridge by a long way. The first was Menai in 1816. Clifton Suspension Bridge was opened in 1864. It was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel who had a long association with the city. SS Great Britain was built in Bristol. Brunel built the huge lock gates for the Floating Harbour and of course the GWR ( properly the Great Western Railway but commonly God's Wonderful Railway) ran between the city and London.

Under the river, just this side of the bridge, is a hot spring which gives the whole district it's name - Hotwells.

The city is great but the traffic is attocious. There's three rivers running through the city so it's difficult to do anything with the roads.

I could go on forever about Bristol and I do - https://brisray.com/bristol/
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2024 @927.03 »

There is something weird going on. For a forum of around 500 people it's odd I see references to my home city of Bristol in the UK popping up. Sam is a member here and emailed me and Saturday saying they're from Bristol and then there's the posts about the Small File Photo Festival. The very first set of photos I clicked on in that - https://unthinking.photography/projects/smallfile/gallery/ exhibits in my old haunts like the Tobacco Factory.

I'm not creeped out or anything, just thought it was an odd coincidence for a smallish community.



That is a really interesting observation! :defrag:
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