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    I have a distinct memory of being 12 years old, posting on a BBS (about Star Trek!), and thinking, “None of these adults know they’re talking to a twelve year old.”

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      There’s something extremely unique about being a kid on the internet in “adult” forums that confers a certain je ne sais quoi in the developing child. Some might call it maturity. Others, a profound arrogance. Either way, I love it, even if there’s a lot of stuff I regret writing.

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      There’s a song about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_kwHLqk5Pg

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        Pretty good ASCII art! It’s nice to have skilled friends.

        And, naturally, everyone knows that the first thing you need is a cool handle. I am proud of the 11-year-old author.

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          I wrote a very simple BBS on the Amiga in ARexx as an answer-call script for the Term terminal emulator.

          Boy does that take me back.