So after attending my first lecture this semester (yay!) as I was well and confident enough to, I went to speak to my Tutor afterwards to keep him up to speed. A young Italian guy who I often have a smoke with and talk about music/local gigs as well.
After telling him all that had happened this past week explaining my absence and what the future holds, I was getting ready to leave his office but he asked me if I had any luck finding books for my dissertation as many Students have done around 3,000 words of notes whereas I'm almost done - i just have to consolidate it all. I said "well, more are always welcome" and he showed me a site that "rogue" lecturers upload books to like a torrent tracker.
What caught my eye was that it was a .onion url, and so I said "oh, you use the onion router?"
"Oh TOR? Of course" he replied
"Sweet", I was starting to admire him some more. After he sent me some ebooks to my personal email address, he asked me how Amsterdam was and enquired about what strains of Cannabis/Hash I found best for my Crohn's.
It was then soon after this, which I was in some shock about that he asked what my views on Anonymous were. I said I don't get involved with it, as I am "part of another site which I feel is just as good-a force. Not well known about, but were once at war with Fourchan (note not the number)"
"Oh really?" he replied "Well I was an avid fan of a site but it got shut down. It was a bit like anonymous I guess when they had the militia and invasion parts and as there was no real leader, rather a faceless administrator, but that was back in the 1990s. Never signed up but it was a great read full of articles and the like. Some ranging from bomb making, but others with healthy discussion" he said
"Now this is a shot in the dark" I hesitated, "But did it have the word Electron in it?"
"Holy shi-, you know?"
"Of course, ToTSE right?"
Turns out my personal Tutor is a fucking ToTSEan who enjoys a good smoke/odd bit of opium and is a genuine nice bloke. We discussed who Jeff Hunter could be, the end of the .com domain and how we used the site - as I said I met a few users off it and it has saved my life with the things I've learnt from it. Have yet to tell him about the new domain etc, but I'm still in awe and shock.
Just thought I'd put that out there. A 10 minute chat about my absenteeism turned into an hour of hacking and political discussion with that bombshell at the end, with the offer of a drink and gig this weekend.