17 Jul 2012 02:32
Spinchat prophecies: A disection
So I picked up Ghern Malt's "Spinchat prophecies: The Forthcoming times". I decided to comment and analyse on some of the verses. Remember, this was composed in early February 1999, dot dot dot.
It was apparently written in Malt's damp cellar, in a suburb outside Munich. He had visions regarding the future of Spinchat, and more importantly, the future of it's administration scheme. This is the data; it cannot be proved, but it is within reason to regard them as authentic, considering their impressive accuracy and detailed tellings. Various critics have claimed the text is the fruits of automatic writing, thus indicating possible outside 1 influences. I will tackle three areas. The prophecies are divided into sections of interest, regarding the community:
Section 1: The people (verses 1-200)
A. "There shall come a time when the unknown, become weak, useless; for the voice they once hold, shall be lost and forgotten. Never has there been a time when oppression has struck these grey one's, leaving them wandering the halls of echoes. There whereabouts shall be revealed for all to see, but tricks they shall employ to counter such circumstances".
The oppression and thus, - impending destruction - of the unregistered user? It seems so. Unregistered users were weak: blogless, with an absent guestbook. these grey ones describes the colour of the unregistered in the userlist. From a royal client perspective, at least. The halls: I think referring to the paths to the collective chat rooms which make up the system, being inaccessible. The last part is the most interesting: It has to refer to the public IP addressing tactic, employed by a 2nd hand administrator. Now these tricks, from what I remember, allowed an unregistered person to be unidentified: "User nickname is unknown.".. Alas, this game didn't last.
Note how Malt leaves with us, no reason why the terrible oppression of the unregistered user begins, only the events themselves. Would it be due to flooder's abusing the unregistered login? Or maybe Markus Peter 2 wants an invite only system. I'll leave that up to you. But as I said, the details are fascinating, remember: 1999.
B. "The time has arrived, 'it is here' the kings acclaim. You shall not know yourselves, and we shall not know you. Quickly find a place to go, for this is no more."
Most of the time studying these prophecies, have been spent on this verse. Many predict (for obvious reasons) the end of SPiN international as it were, its doom; our .com death. Others beg to differ. For example the late Mason Feund comments:
"One might even ask, were this verse adulterated. For the signs tell us in a rather explicit tone, such an event might not happen as we think, although it is often open to new thought. Instead of the dramatic death of spinchat, it could talk of the end of an era, only. There is no good reason why spinchat would close, unless for nuclear war. For, as Markus has said, for him - this is a "hobby". Vehemently stamping his condescending signature on the people."
Section 2: The administration (verses 205-600)
This next part is the most interesting. Predicting what I would think, a major event on the server: The downfall of spins most 'merciless', former tyrant - ancientone. Let's go..
"The server shakes in fury; the kings of the system shall be uprooted. A heavy beast is seen in the distance, the "merciless one!", they shout. The lying ogre roams free. Red text shall fill the screens. His reign shall be known to all, but not lasting more than what needs. Heavy with deceit and improper anger. He will fall and sneers are heard."
What more to say? The multitude of server kicks? The 24hr bans? This says it all. Who hasn't heard of ancientone? Only those who hang out in the server's lower parts, in isolation. Bothering each other with emo tales, and lolcat imagery. 3. Upon his downfall, indeed many were sneering, and were unafraid to express their dark delight at his demise.
Section 3: Technology (verses 600-900)
Many predictions are made here, in light of technology. Some are recognizable, some are not:
A. "It is in times we move towards strange activities, I but struggle to draw the meaning from this vision. This headache dwells and thumps, all night to my groaning's. But here is a general and bleak description: Cut out, images being sent to and fro from each account, small shrieks of happiness are heard, they charge for these, 'sendings'. Endowed with colour, they quickly hit - to impress."
On the 9th of December 2005, spin unveiled SPiN gifts. The system of exchanging miniature, low quality, icons to artificially befriend other spinners. The "being sent to and fro" sums it up for me, though this is obviously a difficult one. It could also point to the feature of allowing certain image uploads in profiles.
B. "A great chasm unfolds within, the Germanic forces flee to dwell in their own lands. The outside crew are left to dwindle without, except for one. These new tribes will see many changes, but have no say."
My first guess would be the famous server split. It generally explains itself. Many scholars have pondered over the 'except for one'. Who could that be? Warp himself? Who even knows, it's always open to interpretation after all.
C. "The defended fort shall become stronger, even the most adept will struggle, beyond realms they know of. They shall never come back in peace, but always stay away. Boasting of new text homes.."
Text homes is certainly a tough one. Spin mail inbox's? E-mail? Most are dumbfounded here. The great Austrian poet, Herring Bhonaferong addressed this verse, he declares, to put it in his own words: This particular atypical phrase can only be viewed as either such persons, probably devious, with multiple accounts, thus connecting itself with the 'defended fort', affirming the re-offenders moans.". Finishing up, it is suggested to be the technological, therefore spinological changes in preventing banned users from re-registering. Long term.
If people are interested, I will post more on this topic, as I'm sure it won't go away. There are many more verses to examine.
17 Jul 2012 17:36
The insanity of this, only serves to overwhelm, and simultaneously excite the average spinner. This was merely an exercise of creative writing, and nothing more. I hope you enjoyed the fruits of my coiled thoughts. I thoroughly enjoyed expressing them.
24 Jul 2012 05:51
Now let's get a few facts straight here before I start. I only read a few lines of that, Let's face it.. I don't really care. So I aint gonna read a entire story if I don't wanna see the ending, right?
The truth is just made to be more dramatic, that's all. "creative writing", Perhaps, but it doesn't change the fact that is IS indeed the truth. From what I read was infact dead on if you read through the over dramatization.
Okay so I ended up reading the entire thing.. We are not in creative writing class. I doubt it was posted for your fool hardy critiques.
Actually, for my 2 cents, Spin is more suffercating than it ever was,So I agree with what was said. But perhaps I've just lingered around to long. *shrugs*
24 Jul 2012 17:29