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2012-09-10 08:10:59 AM
I got to watch it live and saw a lot of the stuff they never showed on the news. (shiat it was better not to see) By the time I got home the only thing I could get on the radio was the Howard Stern show. I did not have a tv then and I don't think it even occurred to me to go on my computer. I only listened to Stern while I took a shower and evacuated soon after. Watched it on tv at my girl friends the rest of that week.
 
2012-09-10 08:11:00 AM
Pretty sure I was here lurking on Fark. I don't really know though, that was a long time ago.
 
2012-09-10 08:12:13 AM
 
2012-09-10 08:12:27 AM
I'm still upset at Spain..


www.remezcla.com
 
2012-09-10 08:13:23 AM

Rockstone: I was in 2nd grade. I'm now a Freshman in college.

/CSB


I feel teh old.

I was an 18 year old freshmen in college. Now I am married and fat.
 
2012-09-10 08:14:29 AM

Confabulat: I know exactly what online news looked like on 9/11 cause I spent the whole day refreshing this little site called Fark.com on my dial-up modem. I figured I maybe oughta register so I could chime in that day but they had this annoying 24-hour waiting period for new accounts, pain in the ass.

It changed a lot of lives, 9/11.


Same here, but I lurked for a few more years. I wonder how many people registered that day?

I woke up on the couch that morning just before 10:00am after a coke and alcohol fueled all nighter with the TV on BBC America. Thought I was watching Dr. Who until I put my glasses on as saw the "live" banner. That was the day I gave up heavy duty partying. So yeah, 9/11 changed my life in more ways than one.
 
2012-09-10 08:14:57 AM

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


nein, we cannot move on.
 
2012-09-10 08:16:26 AM

LuckPusher: It is also remarkable how irrelevant fark has become. It feels like a ghosttown here nowadays.


Really, dude? The original 9/11 thread a few links up had less than 400 comments. These days you get more than that from a Cracked article.
 
2012-09-10 08:16:59 AM
Meh. I spent the day in front of a tv at a college campus house with 20 friends.

I spent the night trying to track down a friend and his family in New York.

1) contacted a random person and wound up helping her calm down. I hope her family came out ok, still. (lost the random misdial number)

2) My friend and his family were in the Bahamas that day. So, my worry was needless in their case.
 
2012-09-10 08:18:12 AM
I was sitting in 11th grade English. I was mesmerized by the explosion and collapse of the building, it was a beautiful disaster.

Then again my first memories of TV were that of being glued to Operation Desert Storm at 4-5ish years old. Then came OKC Bombing, Columbine, Kosovo War, 9/11, Shock and Awe, etc etc. I'm sure there were other events that filled the empty gaps, I was raised on explosions, war, and violence from Kindergarten - to my adult life
 
2012-09-10 08:18:34 AM
Interesting that most didn't mention Flight 97 that was taken down in
Shenksville.
 
2012-09-10 08:20:58 AM

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


Never!

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-10 08:22:47 AM
meh, if you think those websites were "primitive", you should have seen the internet during the soviet coup attempt or tiananmen square.

You could that the old guard soviets were losing control because we were still getting regular updates/troop movement information out over usenet. kremvax, where have you gone?

During the tiananmen square, folks on tv couldn't even explain what the internet was.
 
2012-09-10 08:27:47 AM
No Facebook or Twitter, but there was ICQ.

Spent most of the day on ICQ, Fark, and like someone mentioned above, Straight Dope Message Board.
 
2012-09-10 08:28:57 AM
Was doing an internship at Savannah River Nuclear Plant, in my very last quarter of school. Ho Lee Schiit, what a transformation that place underwent. I had only just discovered Fark, and didn't even have any idea about the comments linkies on the right. Thought the numbers on the right were the number of times the link was viewed. Consequently, although I read all about it here, I didn't get an alias until more than a year later.
 
2012-09-10 08:30:26 AM
Ok jerks, I want a TotalFark membership, but the only way to do that is though pay pal, and uh let's just say that pay pal has banned me for life, so...can any one help me out her? I can pay for myself, just need another avenue..
 
2012-09-10 08:30:53 AM

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


I found it quieter this year. The 9/11 anniversary snuck up on me. Am I the only one who thinks so?
 
2012-09-10 08:31:08 AM
I got almost all of my reporting on that day from my guildmates in Everquest. 12 of us had been sitting in Nagafen's Lair for almost 24 hours at that point and damned if we were going to give up that camp just because someone was flying planes into buildings.
 
2012-09-10 08:31:17 AM
//here. I mean here.
 
2012-09-10 08:33:33 AM
www.naderlibrary.com
 
2012-09-10 08:34:10 AM

Incorrigible Astronaut: LuckPusher: It is also remarkable how irrelevant fark has become. It feels like a ghosttown here nowadays.

Really, dude? The original 9/11 thread a few links up had less than 400 comments. These days you get more than that from a Cracked article.


Didn't they have to start a new thread on any given subject any time more than a few hundred comments were made, or the server would crash? (Note how almost all the comments stop 2 hours after the thread is started, presumably that was when the next headline was added)
 
2012-09-10 08:39:08 AM
Okay, I didn't mean Jerks, people just seem to listen if you kinda insult them, maybe I'm wrong. And to comment on this thread, I had a roommate in college, when 9/11 happened. Never thought I would see him cry, but when you have everybody come by and knock on your door and say, "Don't go anywhere, you're a suspect!"....Only because he's Muslim. Didn't matter that he came over when he was 2, or that he felt the same way as everyone else that day.
 
2012-09-10 08:39:16 AM

Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.


11 years is still recent memory, especially considering that people still talk about events like Pearl Harbor when Dec. 7th rolls around. People will be talking about 9/11 for a long time.
 
2012-09-10 08:43:38 AM

Some Bass Playing Guy: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

11 years is still recent memory, especially considering that people still talk about events like Pearl Harbor when Dec. 7th rolls around. People will be talking about 9/11 for a long time.


For farkers who are in high school or college it must seem like ancient history. I still can't believe there are so many people who don't remember a time when America wasn't at war or what life was like when the average person couldn't name more than one terrorist group.
 
2012-09-10 08:43:58 AM

Tenatra: I was sitting in 11th grade English. I was mesmerized by the explosion and collapse of the building, it was a beautiful disaster.

Then again my first memories of TV were that of being glued to Operation Desert Storm at 4-5ish years old. Then came OKC Bombing, Columbine, Kosovo War, 9/11, Shock and Awe, etc etc. I'm sure there were other events that filled the empty gaps, I was raised on explosions, war, and violence from Kindergarten - to my adult life


You forgot Waco and O.J.!
 
2012-09-10 08:44:46 AM

Great_Milenko: Deep Contact: Realy sad day for all of us, well except for Cheney.

Look at the CNN page. McCain was beating the drumbeat for war even before the towers even collapsed..


To be fair, pretty much everyone was as soon as the second tower was hit and everyone realized that it wasn't some accident. I remember the general consensus was that there would be blood.
 
2012-09-10 08:44:47 AM

rattchett: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

I found it quieter this year. The 9/11 anniversary snuck up on me. Am I the only one who thinks so?


I didn't remember it was coming up until someone posted something in Facebook.

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FWIW, my 9/11 online news experience was mostly stuff like "site over capacity" for news sites. I was at my desk when my boss came in and told me that a plane (he may have said planes) crashed into the WTC. We didn't know it was an attack at that point. Once we found out it was terro attack, I called my wife to tell her and then went home to be with my son. I got the rest of my news from the TV news channels. Oh I also got gas for the car, because we didn't know what the hell was going to happen.
 
2012-09-10 08:44:50 AM
www.networkworld.com

Wow, I'd forgotten just how much Yahoo's home page was an utterly crap-filled mess back in the day...even on 9/11.
 
2012-09-10 08:45:36 AM
nothing? I promise I can lend as much snark as is needed.
 
2012-09-10 08:45:36 AM

JuddyBuddy77: Ok jerks, I want a TotalFark membership, but the only way to do that is though pay pal, and uh let's just say that pay pal has banned me for life, so...can any one help me out her? I can pay for myself, just need another avenue..


... because PayPal is Evil and has banned/closed accounts with huge portions of the polulation at some time or another, they had to change their system to allow you to make purchases without an account. When you go to pay for something with PayPal now and it asks you to log in, just glance around the page and you will see a link that allows you to pay as a guest or without an account. The page it brings you to allows you to pay with a credit card just like any other payment processing website.

/Ive gone through 4 paypal accounts in the last decade I think. Bunch of assholes.
 
2012-09-10 08:47:08 AM

Carth: I still can't believe there are so many people who don't remember a time when America wasn't at war


America not at war with someone? yeah right.
 
2012-09-10 08:48:17 AM

Carth: For farkers who are in high school or college it must seem like ancient history.


I would think. I was a college freshman in 1987 and we were a pretty annoying generation that didn't really have any major traumas to bind us, which is why we are such assholes today. But I digress. By the time I was 18, Reagan's shooting and Elvis's death were like things that I saw as a little kid.

Then I started smoking a lot of weed and discovered the Beatles and got all pissed off about John Lennon about a decade too late.

/ok, the shuttle kinda hurt still
 
2012-09-10 08:48:59 AM
If you could even get a site to load at all as they were all being bombarded with traffic. Some sites switched to a text only version and still had problems coping with all the traffic.
 
2012-09-10 08:50:07 AM

Carth: Some Bass Playing Guy: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

11 years is still recent memory, especially considering that people still talk about events like Pearl Harbor when Dec. 7th rolls around. People will be talking about 9/11 for a long time.

For farkers who are in high school or college it must seem like ancient history. I still can't believe there are so many people who don't remember a time when America wasn't at war or what life was like when the average person couldn't name more than one terrorist group.


I suspect that a few generations from now, events like Pearl Harbor will simply be historical footnotes because nobody who was there will still be alive and and many of the children of those people will be gone too. Except to people with a specific interest in WW II or history in general.

In any case, I think most would agree, that 11 years still qualifies as a recent event. Especially since things are a lot different post 9/11 than they were pre 9/11.
 
2012-09-10 08:53:20 AM
Fark. Fark never changes.
 
2012-09-10 08:53:32 AM
looked liked?
 
2012-09-10 08:53:42 AM
At 8:46am on 9/11/01 I was sitting on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach with my wife. We had rented
an apartment for the week and were enjoying a late summer vacation.

We then drive out to one of the outlet malls and went to Harry & David's to buy some moose much
for my inlaws (who would be visiting us later in the week), and saw the TV coverage. This would have
been around 9:30am.

Fortunately, we could get the NY newsradio stations and follow the sorry spectacle, and my wife was
frantically trying to contact her family on Staten Island (she has several relatives in the FDNY). It turned
out her one cousin was the only survivor from his unit because he was out on light duty due to a knee
injury.

Every year since then, at 8:46am, I listen to Jimmy Hendrix's version of THE STAR SPANGLED
BANNER, since it was the song that kept going through my head when I watched the footage on
the TV. That, and MIAMI 2017 by Billy Joel.
 
2012-09-10 08:57:09 AM
Our office was watching the Spanish version of CNN that day (all the other sites were too busy) with one Venezuelan coworker doing the translating for us.
Nothing like hearing three engineers say `The buildings will hold up' then watching in horror as the towers fell.

I hate thinking about that day and the sh*t-storm that followed.
 
2012-09-10 08:58:31 AM

Inigo: The Onion: "Holy farking shiat" Edition


Thanks for linking that. If I remember right, those came out a couple weeks afterwards. They were the first thing I read that got me laughing again.
 
2012-09-10 08:58:40 AM
I'm French, but I lived in Atlanta on 9/11. The atmosphere at work was surreal. I remember not being able to access any news site, except the French-language ones from time to times. All the American ones were effed-up. Some people thought about the possibilities of attacks on CNN and Coca-Cola. Otherwise people were quite composed, although there were a few calls for glass parking lots.
The stupidest reaction was from my stupid-as-fark Lebanese-Morrocan female boss, who argued loudly in the corridor to a Jewish colleague that America deserved it for their support of Israel.

Anyway, I actually discovered Fark one year after that, with the threads created for the first anniversary of the tragedy.
 
2012-09-10 09:00:09 AM

ourbigdumbmouth: I was in fark and listening Howard Stern. I think that's all I needed


This
 
2012-09-10 09:01:43 AM

Ball of Confusion: Rock & roll's been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.


One of the best lines in the whole film. That, and Bo Hopkins telling Richard Dreyfuss, "You're like every other fella in this town, you got the same secret dream. You wanna be a Pharoah"

Only he says it, "FAY-roe."
 
2012-09-10 09:02:28 AM
I used to worry that the 9/11 anniversary would forever influence elections due to some kind of mass Pavlovian response to the imagery and emotion reappearing between the conventions and the debates every cycle, but beyond 2004 I don't think this has been very exploitable by anyone, not for lack of trying.
 
2012-09-10 09:02:33 AM

Some Bass Playing Guy:
I suspect that a few generations from now, events like Pearl Harbor will simply be historical footnotes because nobody who was there will still be alive and and many of the children of those people will be gone too. Except to people with a specific interest in WW II or history in general.

In any case, I think most would agree, that 11 years still qualifies as a recent event. Especially since things are a lot different post 9/11 than they were pre 9/11.


As soon as you have kids in highschool not wanting to learn about it, it becomes passe' because they are the next wave of adults, consumers, talking heads, politicians.

Just turn off all media tomorrow. Take a day off from the screens, and go about your business.
In fact, think about how much has changed for better or worse since then.
But don't relive it.
Be outraged. Be outraged that you lost 2 of your constitutional rights, and the ability to enjoy your hard won liberties.
Be outraged that we are involved in wars that have nothing to do with 9/11/01 but that 09/11/01 is cited as the reason for those wars.
Be outraged that the blood of innocent people is being spilled over a knee jerk reaction to an incident that should have been brushed off as the cost of doing business as a free country.

Or keep farking that chicken, America. It's a long, swirly way down, the way you're headed now.
 
2012-09-10 09:02:47 AM
I will never forget the phone call that woke me up that morning. My de facto had left me on 2/11 and I'd been drunk and dirty in
every dive bar in San Francisco since. When the phone rang, I figured I was late for work, again. I wasn't expecting my rather reserved best friend to be yelling at me to "turn on my farkin TV". When I finally made out what he was yelling I asked what channel. Knew shiat was going down when he yelled back "it doesn't farking matter". My first image, when the screen flickered to life, was the second plane crashing into the second building.

About 10 days later I got another call that woke me up. I remember answering and joking " not another building?". Nope, one of my best friends, who I was meant to be out with that night to deal with recent separation, had been killed in a car accident.

fark, that was a great month.
 
2012-09-10 09:04:53 AM
I was stationed in Germany so we went to the highest security level and started drawing weapons and preparing the vehicles to deploy for war, that was fun.
 
2012-09-10 09:05:44 AM

schief2:

Wow, I'd forgotten just how much Yahoo's home page was an utterly crap-filled mess back in the day...even on 9/11.


i46.tinypic.com

It's still a crap-filled mess
 
2012-09-10 09:09:41 AM

Deep Contact: [www.naderlibrary.com image 440x289]


was waiting for someone to post that
 
2012-09-10 09:14:29 AM

vudukungfu: Be outraged that the blood of innocent people is being spilled over a knee jerk reaction to an incident that should have been brushed off as the cost of doing business as a free country


Yeah, um, no. We'd never had anything of that magnitude happen here before. Hell, NOBODY had had a terrorist attack of that magnitude occur on a single day. Did we end up massively screwing the pooch with our overreaction? Yep. But saying "shrug it off" is probably a bit ignorant of mass psychology. If we'd done Afghanistan correctly, and ignored Iraq, we would have continued to have the support of the world community for far longer, and would have been able to put the troops in place to do it correctly. Yeah, land war in Asia and all that, but we were going to blow SOMEONE up. I just wish we'd focused on the (nominally) correct target.

I didn't join Fark until later that year. It almost instantly became my main source for news. I'm a different me now (on Fark and in real life), and it's odd how much of a role Fark still plays in my day-to-day knowledge of events. I CAN'T QUIT YOU, FARK!
 
2012-09-10 09:14:49 AM

Zeno-25: Ed Grubermann: Can we please move on? It's been eleven years.

Never!


Man, I don't know how I feel about that picture. At first glance it seems insulting (and I'm not even one of those eagle tear nevar forget types) but sadly it rings true to me, or at least how I interpret it. Through all the fanfare and protocol that tomorrow will merit, sometimes things are lost in how things used to be.

I was 15 and in French class. It was a weird day for everyone.
 
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