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    looking at this thread now, made me cry . Old good times and what a crowd almost 10 years since i started this. Is there any new members who like to add the story ?

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    I would add one... but I swear I had already done that...

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    N' then I might just
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    wow, seeing the names of members long absent brought back great memories. It would be really good to know what has happened in their lives.

    Like many others, I don't post much any more, but I lurk around.

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    quick tid-bits.

    when I first found FK.. I was teaching at a local tech school... (hahahaha.. I think I was here searching for an answer to 'swish' or something I used back then....then found Flash)..

    married, 2 kids now... a couple jobs later..

    and I still pop-in and surf/help out if I can.

    Learned alot here.. not just about 'flash' but whatever other hobbies/interests we all brought to the table..

    was nice to be able to 'pick' the collective brain trust in the CL about whatever.


    [good times]

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    A partner of mine pointed me to FK in early 2000 after seeing it lauded as THE place for flash. I lurked for a while as I grabbed audio clips and stupid text animations from that text animation tool that used to be here. I had zero intention of learning to code but our first client (Buddy Hacket's son Sandy) asked for one of those html splash pages that launched the flash site into a popup and I had to sign up in order to ask questions. I remember the answer came from Colin Moock. Little did I know he was a giant in the industry.

    Shortly after I realized I'd have to learn a lot and promptly put flash on the shelf for a while. I eventually got serious around '04, managed to remember the place and spend all day in the actionscript 2 room. After running out of posts to reply to I found my way to the CL. I was quickly edited for responding to a thread dealing with ex-girlfriends with a story about one of my ex's who disappeared and reappeared in porn. I was reprimanded for calling the mod's nazi's by one Mr. Gerbick. We've been close friends ever since and the rest is history.

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    N' then I might just
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    Quote Originally Posted by jAQUAN View Post
    I was reprimanded for calling the mod's nazis.
    it all seemed so important back then
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    What a strange occurrence!

    I just logged in to FK for the first time in a year, and after browsing around for awhile I found this thread. I also went back and looked at my oldest posts for nostalgic AS2 goodness.

    I enrolled here almost 8 years ago, after getting a copy of MX2004. I was instantly hooked on the animation, but never figured out the coding, so I found this site.

    In 2004 I was a high school dropout with no prospects of work. I learned enough AS2 in the coming year to start work as an assistant to a Flash developer, eventually learning enough to build my own websites. We grew the agency, eventually working on a site for Marilyn Manson. Flashkit was my go-to for every question I had.

    2008 changed everything business-wise, every company was cutting back marketing budgets, and work began to dwindle. It took two years (2010) before I was laid off.

    I took the summer to relax, and randomly found a craigslist post for another Flash job.

    It was for the biggest agency in my city, they needed a freelancer. I started doing AS2 banners and websites, and instead of fighting AS3, I eventually decided it was time to learn it. Every day for 4 months I studied everything I could about it, using this site as a great tool. I quickly became an AS3 developer, and replaced the agencies other Flash guy.

    I'm now the lead developer here, with another Flash guy working below me. I've done work for FILA, Marriott, Under Armour, The Art Institutes, and tons of other big name clients. I've also recently been spearheading an effort to dive into mobile application development, and it's great to know I can turn to Flash for this.

    It's been a great 8 years, but the future is uncertain for myself and Flash. I'm learning a lot about HTML/CSS/JS, PHP, and even some Obj-C. I'm afraid that Adobe is no longer behind Flash like they used to be. In the agency world, it's all about buzzwords, and Flash has a bad connotation these days

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    N' then I might just
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eraxer View Post
    ...I'm now the lead developer here, with another Flash guy working below me. I've done work for FILA, Marriott, Under Armour, The Art Institutes, and tons of other big name clients. I've also recently been spearheading an effort to dive into mobile application development, and it's great to know I can turn to Flash for this.

    It's been a great 8 years, but the future is uncertain for myself and Flash. I'm learning a lot about HTML/CSS/JS, PHP, and even some Obj-C. I'm afraid that Adobe is no longer behind Flash like they used to be. In the agency world, it's all about buzzwords, and Flash has a bad connotation these days
    Sounds like the last 8 has been good though. good to hear.

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    I dont remember why I joined but I remember checking the "Cool sites" section very frequently. Waiting for the next big thing, like 2Advanced and Eye4U.

    That was over 10 years ago, now I'm married, 4 kids, and still doing my flash thing. More on the mobile front but its still my bread winner.

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    When I joined, getting on for 10 years ago, knowing nothing about Flash, I thought what a friendly, helpful place it was. I really could ask a stupid question without feeling belittled by the answer. Lately a the folks at a couple of the larger sites I did in Flash have asked me to do an HTML version, readable on iPads etc. I know the basics, but really I've just used HTML to load Flash movies, so it's been a crash course learning how to do the equivalent to the existing site. I've found a pretty well used HTML forum, but I'm really disappointed with the attitude - a couple of times I've come close to telling them where to shove their code. I ask a question, post a link or the code I've used and get 'I wouldn't do it like that', or 'that's a really OTT way of doing it'. So tell me how to do it, or suggest where I can go to find out. Makes me appreciate even more what FK did for me - hell, it helped me make a passable living for the last few years.
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    It was 10 years ago. I had learned HTML and CSS, but that was not satisfying. I looked into Flash, I bought a version. I think it was Flash 5. Of course we all have questions, when we use a program and there is a problem. I searched in Google and found Flashkit. That's it. Sounds like a story thousands of others can tell.
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    Elective course in school. Flash Game Development.

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    Wow...blast from the past here. I got out of college in '96 with a major in creative writing and a minor in philosophy...ready to wait tables forever.

    I ended up landing a job via nepotism at my dad's company doing e-learning, which I never had an interest in, but it paid the bills...and then I found flash. It was so much different than the coding world of HTML and easier to use than Director or Authorware (dinosaurs now). When I needed help, inspiration or just someone to chat with, I came to FK.

    Learned SO much from FK, went through many jobs (after getting laid off by my dad...lol) and am still doing flash full-time AND doing sideline jobs as well.

    Married, 2 kids, divorced, all is well. As often as I can, I try to help out newbies to pay back all the help I've gotten here. I also spend lots of time STILL asking questions and am now making the painful transition to AS3 and turning myself more into a coder than I ever wanted.

    A bit bittersweet seeing all the buzz about html5/css3 and the "demise" of flash, but, it's all good, the electronic world will keep changing and there will always be work for those willing to change with it.

    Thanks for everything FK and ALL the people who have helped me throughout the years!
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    I occasionally make it back here, usually to see how people are reacting to major world events. It's always kind of been another community of diverse people with different reactions and points of view.

    I'm happy to say I do indeed work in the technology industry these days. I work as an interactive marketing strategist for an agency in Chicago; we design/develop law firm websites and other marketing technology products. I pretty much consult with clients on business goals, site requirements, user experience, IA, all that fun stuff.

    It's funny to think I started out here at about 22 while a junior in college (I think). I've been in Chicago 10 years now, engaged and getting married soon - we've been together for over nine years now). Bought a house back in late 2010, generally enjoying a successful career so far and have been in the legal industry for about 9 years now. Fortunate to do a decent amount of traveling and photography in the past few years, much of which you can find here - www.flickr.com/mg33. I'm pretty active with my blog as well at www.randomtransmission.com. I'm a few days away from a big update to my mg33.net site as well, finally finishing off a large photo portfolio.

    Anyhow, really cool to see a lot of old names in this thread!
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    I joined almost 10 years ago as well.

    Can't tell you how many times I logged in for tutorials, sound files, snippets, advice....

    Q: Have to learn AS2? A: Flashkit
    Q: Have to learn AS3? A: Flashkit
    Q: XML and Actionscript A: Flashkit
    etc.

    I know that I don't have as many posts as others who have been around as long as I have, but trust me I am here all the time. I have tried to give back as much as I could but looking back I would say for certain that I have gotten more out of this place than I have taken. Not only has this place help me stay innovative, it's probably helped me just plain keep my job at times. For that I can only humbly say thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mg33 View Post
    I occasionally make it back here, usually to see how people are reacting to major world events. It's always kind of been another community of diverse people with different reactions and points of view. ..
    I'm certainly not alone when I say that I share the same hunger as mg33 did, and FK's 'debates' and 'updates' have sort of nourished me in more ways than I could ever imagine -- of course, I dare imagine too that FK could have risen to be the "twitter" or "facebook" of today..

    Nevertheless, it still feels warm, fuzzy and familiar, these blue-yellow colours. ; )

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    Just got a sudden wake up call and thought I'd check FK. Signing in after a long while. Great to see most of the oldies are still around!

    Keep rocking everyone!
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    First time I saw it back in October or November 1999 I said it was the worst idea I had ever seen. Guess I was wrong

    Actually I remember being in Sydney way back on 9/11 and the servers were based in NYC. The site was slow but it was very moving to interact with people on the ground experiencing the tragedy up close and personal.
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