Foreword: For the last 9 days, it has been very hard on both Voltaire and I knowing that the blog was down for such a long time. We have worked back and forth frantically with WordPress to make ourselves compliant, and here we are now.
I want to personally thank all of those who emailed me, sent me messages on Hamachi/IM, and even on youtube asking about the status of the blog. It goes to show that yes, there is an established viewer base here. Thank you. ~ Versatile
On May 15th, our blog was suspended for violation of TOS established on WordPress. For what reason? Let’s say it was for specific guides on how to play a certain game online for free without having to use the Steam system. More details below.>_>
Notice that those articles no longer are available here (at least on this blog). In addition to reviewing the articles, I’ve decided to remove other “questionable” content, and for those who came here for a specific Playstation 2 article, I’m sorry but those are not available at this time.
Here on this blog we walk a very fine line between black and white. Most of the stuff we can focus on is within the grey area. None of us here want to violate WordPress, and it is a surprise that the L4D articles lasted as long as they did (about 5 months).
The first time we were disabled last year, it was due to the fact that we had a rapidshare link to UltraSurf. This was deemed illegal, so we had the link removed. Earlier this year we were suspended again for the second time, but we quickly came back online as it was a categorization error from the WordPress Bot. Now here we are with the third time to be suspended, and this was partly due to my antics in regards to L4D and Steam. *shurgs*
During the last few months, our hits have skyrocketed, and now it is almost as if we are starting over as the daily views have taken a steep nosedive. No worries though, we will rebuild ourselves into a new direction.
Do you take things for granted? Do you only start to behave differently once something that you cherish is taken away from you or lost? Hopefully, in those instances, you found a way to live and in “fairy tale stories”, were given a second chance.
Personally, this third suspension hit me hard down inside. If we went back online, I vowed to do what is right and tweak the system so The Underground can stay here as long as possible within the realm of WordPress constraints. We are going to be more pro-active with backups now, since we always assumed we would be good here on the blog. Not is the case anymore. Any new questionable content that may arise here on the blog will personally start out with a saved copy on my computer as reference.
For those articles that were removed last night, those will see the light of day soon, but definitely not here. It was very painful to remove them, as so much work was devoted to making some very great guides. These will be resurrected into a new form, but its content will be moved to an undisclosed place at this time. :0
What’s next on the horizon?
In the future, it will be important for our audience to know what is happening if this blog were to ever be brought down again. Rather than create a huge email user list, how about follow us on twitter?
The overall twitter account is shared between Versatile and Voltaire. Expect this to be important announcements in regards to the blog. If you want a more personal update as to what I am working on, then you can follow my updates. I will only speak when something is significant, rather than post trivial stuff all the time. ;0
This is our story in a nutshell. Voltaire, if you want to elaborate more on this subject, please add your story below the line below. Thanks to all! We appreciate your support!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a traditional North American holiday to give thanks, traditionally to God, for the things that one has at the conclusion of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada.
They say that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Native Americans up in Plymouth, MA. That, for the most part, seems to be true. But what foods did they eat? Historians aren’t completely certain, but we know that the pilgrims weren’t piling up on pumpkin pie or grave-ing their mashed potatoes. There was certain more meat than vegies, especially since the Pilgrims had access to lobster and seal.
Most people think that Thanksgiving was a yearly celebration. The fact of the matter is that the feast was a one time, three day long thing, mainly due to the fact that it was a harvest festival. The feast celebrated the Pilgrims first good harvest and the help of the natives. They were giving thanks that they survived the year and were ready for the winter. The feast was most likely earlier than our current Thanksgiving. The early settlers of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts were particularly grateful to Squanto, the Native American and former British slave who taught them how to both catch eel and grow corn and also served as their native interpreter. Without Squanto’s assistance, the settlers might not have survived in the New World.
However, there have been other records of Thanksgiving, or Harvest Festivals, before the Pilgrims. One is the 1619 Thanksgiving by the Berkeley Hundred in VA. (More info)
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Alright, that’s the gist of the history. Now, what is Thanksgiving without Turkey? I know you want to learn about cooking the perfect Turkey, so I found a video just for you.
But come on, we need to have a good laugh now and then!
HOW TO COOK A TURKEY PRANK CALL:
Selecting a Thanksgiving Turkey Prank:
And now, we have a special message:
Hey Underground Members! Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for all the support!
We would just like to announce that The Underground now has a Donate Page!!!
We appreciate any donation and all donations amounts!!!
Here are a few donation links that go straight to the PayPal page. You can also find all these at: http://geocities.com/musicmasteria/donate
THANK YOU and enjoy sleeping off that turkey!
“Give thanks for the art of giving…We Are The Underground!”
~The Underground Staff
We’re not done yet! Tomorrow is Black Friday, the cheapest shopping day of the year. Best deals, best buys! We have posted about this before, so as a reminder: Click here to view all the Black Friday advertisements!
And that wraps up this years Thanksgiving Special!