This is a bizarre article that probably means nothing to almost every person in existance. In the early 2000s, I started a timeline of events in the obscure internet community I was a part of. This community largely no longer exists. I put a lot of effort into this, though, so I'm preserving the information forever more in the form of this little document. You'll need to click "Read more" to see the entire timeline, it's quite lengthy. If this doesn't interest you, I'm sorry. There are other things to look at. Try those.
A brief explanation of conventions used in this timeline: When a date is unknown, it's approximated in the largest empty space nearest to it's obvious time. Unknown dates are presented as "??/??/????", where a question mark indicates an unknown digit, hence "2?/05/2001" would indicate some time in the "20ths" of May, 2001, not the second of May.
I'm hoping this will ultimately be a correlated resource, with all of the dates making some sort of sense in the end. If anything, it'll clear up issues of "who was around first", and whatnot. Anyone who says they joined Yahoo! Chat prior to the first month of 1997 is a liar. :)
1934 - 01/10/1934 - GrandmaZoid is born.
1936 - ??/??/1934 - British mathematician, Alan Turing proposes the idea of a machine which can process equations without human instyle="color: #FFFFFF;"teraction. This machine becomes the forerunner to the modern digital calculator, and subsequently, the computer.
1939 - 01/09/1939 - Random History: Hitler invades Poland. Small moustaches fall out of fashion. Goosestepping suddenly becomes oddly popular.
1945 - ??/??/1945 - The ENIAC computer is completed in Philadelphia. It's later regarded as the first successful digital computer. It weighs 27 metric tonnes and contains 18,000 vacuum tubes.
1949 - 20/09/1949 - GreyShirt is born.
1959 - ??/??/1959 - The integrated circuit (IC) is invented.
0966 - 06/09/1966 - Pegarah is born.
1968 - 28/01/1968 - Mrs. Squid is born. ??/??/1968 - The computer mouse is invented.
1969 - 06/01/1969 - Rag is born. 10/08/1969 - Miffy is born.
1970 - 12/10/1970 - Akasha is born.
1971 - 15/02/1971 - Klarissa is born. 27/06/1971 - Wrapscallion is born. ??/??/1971 - The microprocessor is invented, paving the way for personal computers.
1972 - 13/06/1972 - DeM is born. 21/11/1972 - Polgara G Mich is born.
19/09/1972 - Kendo is born.
1974 - ??/??/1974 - The first desktop-sized microcomputer is released, titled "Altair".
1975 - 07/04/1975 - Babs is born. 07/07/1975 - Elaira is born. 29/09/1975 - Firebird is born.
1976 - 16/01/1976 - Nighthawk K'sheyna is born. ??/??/1976 - Apple Computer constructs the Apple I microcomputer.
1977 - 16/08/1977 - Random History: Elvis Presley kicks the bucket under suspicious circumstances. Said circumstances are evidently so suspicious they involve him performing cameos at 7-11 stores worldwide for the following decades. ??/08/0977 - Aurora is born in Scotland. ??/??/1977 - Apple Computer releases the Apple II, complete with keyboard and colour graphics capability.
1979 - 29/03/1979 - Flatline is born. ??/??/1979 - Wrapscallion encounters his first computer, an Apple II.
1980 - 19/02/1980 - Severina is born. 04/04/1980 - Purple Fluffy Alien is born. 28/07/1980 - Whiterod is born. 18/11/1980 - Fraxyl is born.
1981 - 17/02/1981 - BC is born. ??/??/1981 - IBM releases the IBM PC. 25/04/1981 - Datazoid is born. 21/06/1981 - Max Knight / The Green Cheese Moon is born. 17/11/1981 - SilV is born. 01/12/1981 - Gremmi is born.
1982 - 07/01/1982 - ElfyRose is born. 23/02/1982 - Bug From Outer Space is born. 11/03/1982 - Ninkyou is born. 18/04/1982 - Maj. Sam is born. 12/08/1982 - Leffy is born. 19/09/1982 - The smilie face is invented. (?) Source. 03/11/1982 - Alexia is born.
1983 - 12/09/1983 - Bug Bro is born. 03/12/1983 - Ellana Fae is born.
1984 - ??/??/1984 - The Apple Macintosh personal computer is released by Apple Computer. 25/01/1984 - Joey is born. 06/12/1984 - Fae and Force McCloud is born.
1985 - 05/01/1985 - Cassildra is born. 19/08/1985 - Ana is born. 11/10/1985 - Anna is born.
1986 - 31/03/1986 - Dae is born. 15/05/1986 - Loki is born.
13/06/1986 - PD is born.
1987 - 19/05/1987 - Asrostar is born. 28/12/1987 - Aleta Winged Dragon is born.
1988 - ??/??/1981 - IRC is first deployed by its inventor, Jarkko Oikarinen, in Finland. It begins the revolution in online chat, and remains to this day the preferred protocol. Source.
1990 - ??/??/1990 - Wrapscallion attends Army Computer Operations School. ??/04/1990 - Wrapscallion first encounters the internet, in the form of Milnet.
1992 - 21/08/1992 - Bug From Outer Space completes primary school.
1995 - ??/03/1995 - Yahoo! is incorporated. Source.
1996 - ??/07/1996 - Mirabilis, later to join with AOL to form ICQ, Inc. is founded. Source. ??/??/1996 - Fraxyl becomes a member of Yahoo!, under the alias "RoosteR_DucK". ??/11/1996 - The first version of ICQ is released. Source.
1997 - 07/01/1997 - Yahoo! Chat is launched. Source. ??/04/1997 - Cassildra joins the online community. ??/06/1997 - Mortjuex joins the online community. 29/08/1997 - Dae starts secondary school. ??/??/1997 - Klarissa joins the online community. ??/11/1997 - Dae joins the online community as "ataax".
1998 - ??/??/1998 - CheetaChat begins development in Houston, Texas. Source. ??/??/1998 - Fraxyl changes from "RoosteR_DucK" to various other Duck-related aliaii. ??/??/1998 - Kendo joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as "Nighthasfallenhard". ??/03/1998 - Sylph of Mystery joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/03/1998 - Fae joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as "Heatwave_101". ??/04/1998 - One Eyed Fiona joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 12/04/1998 - Dae joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as "Daemon2001". ??/??/1998 - Akasha joins the online community. ??/04/1998 - GreyShirt joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 13/05/1998 - Elaira joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 13/05/1998 - Polgara G Mich joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 20/05/1998 - Pegarah joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/06/1998 - Mystic Wizard joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/06/1998 - Babs joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as voyager_fan001. ??/06/1998 - Yahoo! Chat upgrades from the iChat Java applet to it's own Yahoo! Chat Java applet. Yahoo! flirts with a Graffiti option, allowing chatters to scrawl as they converse. ??/06/1998 - Sean joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/06/1998 - ICQ, Inc. is formed. Source. 10/07/1998 - Force McCloud joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/07/1998 - Rag joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 18/08/1998 - Yahoo! Clubs is launched. Source. 24/08/1998 - Elfy joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/09/1998 - DeM joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/09/1998 - Pegarah meets Sahrania and WillowQueen. 02/10/1998 - Home Of The Underdogs opens. Source. ??/10/1998 - Ninkyou joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/11/1998 - Purple Fluffy Alien joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/11/1998 - Mon joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/11/1998 - SilV joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/12/1998 - Whiterod joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/1998 - Nighthawk K'sheyna joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/1998 - Selina Fox joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community.
1999 - ??/??/1999 - Akasha meets SST. ??/??/1999 - Asrostar joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/1999 - Mrs. Squid joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/1999 - GreyShirt meets eexcalibur, ionic_butterfly and firebreathingdragon. ??/??/1999 - Babs meets Grifter and MysticWizard, ionic_butterfly and firebreathingdragon. ??/??/1999 - Polgara G Mich, Starstream UK, Verydeadlynightshade, Bowrie Girl, MadMicks, Queenofthedamned and Vladd the Slayer Slayer meet. ??/01/1999 - Pegarah meets Dancing Dolphin, Thelodius and Bastchy. 22/01/1999 - The Family Of Sci-fi Chat club is founded by Mystic Wizard. 15/01/1999 - Cassandra joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/02/1999 - Loki joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/02/1999 - Alexia joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/02/1999 - Aurora joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/03/1999 - Nighthawk K'sheyna joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/03/1999 - Ann the Fae joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 25/03/1999 - Pegarah and Rag meet. 01/04/1999 - unadopted.com is registered. ??/04/1999 - Cherokee Dreamscape joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 21/04/1999 - Joey is thrown out of school. 2?/04/1999 - Datazoid joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as "data_zoid". 20/04/1999 - Battleliner joins the online community. 28/05/1999 - Yahoo! acquires webprovider Geocities, forming (shock horror), Yahoo! Geocities. Source. ??/06/1999 - Emaleth/FlyBuzzingAround joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/06/1999 - Elanna Fae joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/06/1999 - Leffy and LadyWaterWind join the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community, the latter as "monkae_82". ??/06/1999 - Xenafroste joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/11/1999 - Kees Engels joins Yahoo!. ??/??/1999 - Babs becomes babylon_5_command_and_control. ??/??/1999 - Ana joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/1999 - Ana "marries" Hari. 20 minutes later, Ana "divorces" Hari.
2000 - ??/??/2000 - Yahoo! changes the graphical smilies from simple faces to horrendous graphical messes. Most people object. ??/??/2000 - Fraxyl becomes xii0, following a few interim IDs, and joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/2000 - Firebird joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as ladycrystalia. 20/01/2000 - Datazoid meets ElfyRose. 24/01/2000 - Maine MomMom passes away. 25/01/2000 - Datazoid meets Cassandra. 28/01/2000 - Datazoid meets PrussianBlueDay. 14/02/2000 - CheetaChat is first made available for download. 15/02/2000 - Home Of The Underdogs gains a dedicated server and the domain name of theunderdogs.org. Source. 24/03/2000 - The second Y! Club for the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community is started by Datazoid., The Sci-fi Rafters. 28/03/2000 - Yahoo! Photos is launched. Source. ??/04/2000 - Aleta Winged Dragon joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/05/2000 - Miffy joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/05/2000 - Maj. Sam joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 20/05/2000 - Diamond J. Blade is married in Florida. GreyShirt, Klarissa, Rowena, Isalani and Mrs. Isa in attendance. ??/06/2000 - BC joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 29/06/2000 - Pegarah and Rag are engaged. 22/07/2000 - Datazoid meets Elaira, who meets ElfyRose. 25/07/2000 - Datazoid meets Nighthawk K'sheyna. 26/07/2000 - Datazoid meets CountCadence. ??/07/2000 - Datazoid meets The Immortal Chaldan. ??/07/2000 - GreyShirt meets Isalani, SilverSpirit, Two of Seven, Daemon2001. 26/07/2000 - Datazoid meets Mysterious Sympathy. 31/07/2000 - Datazoid meets Moca. ??/08/2000 - Bug From Outer Space joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as "bug_from_outer_space". ??/08/2000 - PD joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/09/2000 - Elaira moves to Port Douglas, Qld. 19/09/2000 - Pegarah and Rag are married. ??/10/2000 - Cara's Squid's ID is created to allow him to access chat when out on assignment. Or patrol. Or whatever it is that squids do. 16/11/2000 - Moca, Nighthawk K'sheyna and Datazoid attend Sting's Brand New Day tour concert at the Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, Melbourne. 22/11/2000 - Moca, Elaira, Gabe___, Datazoid and Nighthawk_Ksheyna meet. ??/11/2000 - GreyShirt meets Fprincess. ??/12/2000 - Whiterod joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community.
2001 - ??/??/2001 - Toxie joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/2001 - Kees Engels joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/??/2001 - Cara's Squid joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. ??/01/2001 - Datazoid meets TheCat007_au. 30/01/2001 - Yahoo! Clubs is incorporated to form Yahoo! Groups. Source. 0?/02/2001 - Nighthawk K'sheyna meets Klarissa. ??/04/2001 - Oenone joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 24/04/2001 - Datazoid meets Dancing_Dolphin. ??/05/2001 - Flatline joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community. 06/05/2001 - Datazoid meets Bardy. 11/05/2001 - Datazoid meets Battleliner. 14/05/2001 - GreyShirt arrives in Australia to meet various chatters. 14/05/2001 - Datazoid, Bardy and Battleliner meet GreyShirt. 19/05/2001 - GreyShirt meets GZoid, MZoid and PZoid. 21/05/2001 - GreyShirt meets PrussianBlueDay. 22/05/2001 - GreyShirt meets ElfyRose and Dancing_Dolphin. 23/05/2001 - GreyShirt meets Cassandra. 25/05/2001 - Datazoid and GreyShirt complete a Day Climb across the arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 26/05/2001 - GreyShirt meets Klarissa. 29/05/2001 - GreyShirt traverses the Nullabor Plain aboard the Indian Pacific and Ghan long-distance trains. 30/05/2001 - GreyShirt meets Nighthawk K'Sheyna. 31/05/2001 - GreyShirt meets Moca. 03/06/2001 - CrushGoddess passes away. 04/06/2001 - GreyShirt departs Australia. ??/06/2001 - Joey joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy TV community as "joeyramonesalive". ??/06/2001 - Buscuit, Akasha and LadyWaterWind meet. 19/07/2001 - Datazoid becomes a member of the HOTU community. ??/??/2001 - Elaira moves back to Brisbane. 11/09/2001 - Random History: Two planes get hoisted toward the World Trade Center, New York. It collapses, sending the world economy and basically anything involving human intervention into utter chaos. ??/09/2001 - GreyShirt meets Redwolf, Ryver, Akasha and Buscuit. ??/09/2001 - Akasha and Buscuit meet Winter. 22/09/2001 - Datazoid moves to Sydney for a bit. 29/09/2001 - Flatline and Severina meet. 24/10/2001 - Fae and Gremmi meet. 06/11/2001 - Datazoid actually joins the HOTU community. 19/11/2001 - Fae and Gremmi meet. ??/11/2001 - Polgara G Mich meets Starbug, Pretty Dragon Lady, Buscuit007 and Akasha. 04/12/2001 - Datazoid decides Sydney's about as appealing as colon surgery, and returns to LR. 07/12/2001 - Klarissa's daughter, Sammy is born. ??/12/2001 - Yahoo! puts Sci-fi & Fantasy TV on the "Featured Rooms" list for a month. During this time, many come and go. Most are idiots. However.. 04/11/2001 - Polgara G Mich and Wrapscallion meet. 05/11/2001 - Polgara G Mich and Wrapscallion are engaged. ??/11/2001 - Evil Space Llamas joins the Sci-fi & Fantasy community.
2002 - ??/??/2002 - Fraxyl becomes...Fraxyl. 04/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets Gremmi and TheAlmightySpoon. 07/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets Lady Templar. 10/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets Alexia and Comorteas. 15/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets Miffy. 16/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets JWS, justcallmejo_ok, Flatline, Severina, The Royal Brat and Mandellorian. 18/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets DDC, Redx and Knuckles. 22/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets Scarlett_Stunner, Queen Of The Damned, MadMicks and VeryDeadlyNightShade. 23/03/2002 - The Rafters Forum is started on the free server Ionichost, laden with popup advertising, but in functioning order regardless. It resides here for only five days. 24/03/2002 - GreyShirt meets The Pancake Girls. ??/03/2002 - Nighthawk K'sheyna, Klarissa, Oenone, Battleliner and Mrs. Squid meet. 26/03/2002 - The domain data-zoid.com is registered. 28/03/2002 - The Rafters forum is moved to data-zoid.com, upgraded to phpBB2.0RC4. 13/04/2002 - Akasha and Buscuit are married. 28/05/2002 - Polgara G Mich and Wrapscallion are married. 28/05/2002 - Polgara G Mich and Wrapscallion meet GreyShirt and One Eyed Fiona. 31/05/2002 - Datazoid meets Korgmeister (HOTU) and Huma_Whitefang. ??/06/2002 - Datazoid meets Fluffy Pony Of Death (HOTU) and BrendanD (HOTU). 2?/06/2002 - Max Knight / The Green Cheese Moon visits Sci-fi & Fantasy TV. 03/07/2002 - Flying. Webcam. 'nuff said. 05/07/2002 - Rafters is given its own subdomain, rafters.data-zoid.com. 26/07/2002 - Datazoid and Cassandra see The Whitlams live in concert at The Metro Theatre, Sydney. 04/08/2002 - Natch Comics are first seen by human eyes. ??/08/2002 - Yahoo! introduces nicknames to Yahoo! Chat. 22/08/2002 - PD passes his GSCEs. 15/08/2002 - Babs meets Dizzy. 16/08/2002 - The domain datazoid.org is registered. 17/08/2002 - Joey and Amber meet. 25/08/2002 - data-zoid.com begins hosting Natch Comics.
2003 - ??/03/2003 - Datazoid meets Blade Whitefang and MrFandiWagon (HOTU). 12/04/2003 - Roughing It adds yet another webcomic to the overstuffed cake-hole of the internet. 29/06/2003 - Roughing It mentioned in the timeline a second time just to keep up with the Joneses. 31/07/2003 - Kaitlin meets BK and Sels. 31/07/2003 - Bug from Outer Space becomes Bug from Outer Space, BSc. 08/12/2003 - Polgara G Mich and Wrapscallion's daughter, Ana, is born. ??/??/2003 - data-zoid.com kind of becomes colonpipe.com, and kind of doesn't. This continues forevermore, confusing the hell out of everyone. Which is nice.
2004 - ??/02/2004 - Gremmi and Anna meet. ??/03/2004 - Kees Engels meets SilV. 20/05/2004 - Wrapscallion begins programming the Rafters MMORPG. 03/07/2004 - Kees Engels meets Waternymph 2000. 31/08/2004 - GreyShirt arrives in Australia, meets Datazoid and ElfyRose again. 04/09/2004 - GreyShirt meets Oenone. GreyShirt also meets Klarissa again. 12/09/2004 - GreyShirt meets Elaira. 22/09/2004 - GreyShirt and Datazoid meet OceanWhore. ??/10/2004 - colonpipe.com miraculously continues to exist.
Never - ??/??/NEVER - Datazoid gets a passport. ??/??/NEVER - Datazoid meets fraxyl. ??/??/NEVER - "Leem" added to Oxford English Dictionary. ??/??/NEVER - Israel and Palestine sign peace treaty, begin exchanging cross-stitch patterns.