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Location: The Husker Nation
Born: 17 January 1991
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Today at 02:46 am
I discovered I, Prevail this May and they have very quickly become one of my favorite bands. The group randomly popped up as a suggested artist on YouTube and I decided to give it a go. I am not typically a fan of screamo bands, but I, Prevail seems to do it just right. If you watch their videos, you will very quickly learn one of the band members has a pretty funny crush on Taylor Swift. They are a very likable group and I will now post my two favorites songs by them.

Stuck In Your Head is a very catchy song. Don't blame me if it does get stuck in your head.

Blank Space is the I, Prevail cover of the Taylor Swift song. I think it is better than the original. As I mentioned, one of the band members has a funny crush on Taylor Swift and that is why I believe they covered this song.

Are there any other fans of I, Prevail here?
Today at 02:27 am
That's right, after nearly a year of disappearing I am back. I have been around the past week or so updating some things and posting around, but thought I would make a post to announce I am officially back.

I definitely did not plan to be gone for so long, but real life had to take the forefront for a bit. I completed my graduate assistantship with an NAIA school here this past May and graduated with my Master's Degree. I worked for the athletic department on campus and constantly put in 50+ hour work weeks. I am not complaining, as it bolstered my resume even more and gave me more experience in my field. I was even the official statistician for four complete National Championship tournaments over the past two years. Life was complicated some when our Sports Information Director had twins this March and I inherited the office when we had seven home events in eight games, but I survived and each event ran smoothly.

The left side of my left arm (elbow down to pinky/ring finger) kept going numb randomly back in November, but I ignored it. Sometime around February, it went numb completely and I kind of kept it a secret. When our Sports Information Director had twins, I definitely kept it a secret because without me there wouldn't be anyone to cover the athletic department at our college. Once he returned in April, I finally shared the news as I was having trouble feeling anything in my pinky and ring finger. I finally scheduled a doctor's appointment and learned I had ulnar nerve entrapment on my left arm. This is the exact same thing I had on my right arm in 2016 and is the same nerve WWE superstar Daniel Bryan has trouble with. Bryan's problem is in his neck, thankfully mine was in my arms. Anyway, the doctor's appointment confirmed I had ulnar nerve entrapment in my elbow, I had lost most strength in my hand (which I didn't realize beforehand) and I needed immediate surgery. Surgery went well and the doctor said I have a muscle in my left elbow that less than 10% of the population has. What happened was my nerve got trapped in my elbow, the extra muscle shifted and pretty much made the nerve entrapment impossible to correct without immediate surgery. My ulnar nerve and extra muscle are now living on the inside of my elbow, as that is where they were moved to. I am essentially funnybone-less on both arms because the ulnar nerve is the one responsible for the funnybone feeling when you hit your elbow, but both of mine are now on the inside of my elbows. The good news is I now have full strength in that arm/hand again, but unfortunately the numbness remains. The doctor said it could take nine months to a year before I gain any feeling or the numbness may be permanent.

As I mentioned, I graduated in May and began the job hunt. I am still not sure how I managed to get every research paper complete and worked the office without feeling the left side of my hand, but somehow I got the job done.

My dad passed away towards the end of May, so that obviously complicated life even further. I always had a rocky relationship with him and he hasn't been in my life much the past several years and hasn't been a father figure to me since around the age of nine. Even with all of this, it was nice to be there with him in his final moments. We told each other we loved each other and it was nice to hear this before he passed.

Currently, I am living the struggle. I have a Master's Degree, but with collegiate athletics being such a hard field to get into, I am pretty much stuck. I have 30+ athletic applications out and had interviews with Duke, Jackson State and Cal State San Marcos, but nothing has stuck. At the same time, I am applying almost everywhere in town just to have something right now. Most jobs seem to be afraid to hire because they see the Master's Degree and assume I am overqualified or will only be using the job until something opens up in my field. I was told the overqualified and afraid to hire thing through the grapevine and so far it seems to be true.

At the same time, the struggle has helped me have enough free time to return to Generation Z. It seems like growing up in general and the PhotoBucket and ImageShack fiasco's have done a number to this place. Looking at the calendar, I realize today marks the eight year anniversary of moving Generation Z to JCInk from ReGeneration Z (our temporary one-day outpost after iPBFree went offline without notice). It's still hard to believe we managed to rebuild GZ in a day.

Anyway, I am glad to be back and look forward to improving the forums even more!
Jul 11 2018, 12:09 PM
As you may recall, PhotoBucket did a number to Generation Z and several other forums that used them as an image hosting site over the years. Last year, PhotoBucket decided to put the axe on image hosting. Without notice, they pulled all of our images and wanted $400 in order to share images online.

It took them a year to realize the error of their ways, but PhotoBucket is attempting to fix some of their mistakes. The company stated they rejiggered management and want to do the right thing for customers.

The photo hosting site has fired most members of their staff and is now led by Ted Leonard, who is their new CEO. "Our focus since I took over has been customers first," said Leonard. "We've turned back on the images. It's an important day. Millions of images were restored that were lost forever. Our mission is to bring back customers and regain their trust."

After the stunt last year, PhotoBucket has a long way to go to regain my trust. Many of our images are still corrupt/gone for ever thanks to that site, but there is some good news with some of the images returning. I will be looking into our skins once again in the coming days and see if I can fix any of them.
Jul 8 2018, 04:05 PM
Believe it or not, today is Generation Z's 12th birthday. I started creating the forums on July 6, 2006 and the boards went online for the first time on July 8, 2006. Generation Z began as an anime/manga forum on InvisionFree and racked up a total of 22 members, which I thought was a huge amount at the time.

On December 27, 2006, I started creating Generation Z on iPBFree because it seemed more advanced than InvisionFree and it looked to be an upgrade. I let the members know of the decision on January 1, 2007 and we moved as a whole to iPBFree and remained an anime/manga forum. Ryu Hardt was the admin of the popular anime forum, MyFavoriteGames, at this time, but decided to come over to Generation Z because he saw the change as a move in the right direction.

Midway through July of 2007, we officially decided to become a Power Rangers message board. At that time, we had 21 members as we lost a few in the relocation and some had left. Fast forward a few more months and we started advertising ourselves as a Power Rangers forum. By the end of 2007, we had 300+ members and by the beginning of 2008 we started averaging roughly 100 new members each month and continued growing. We continued our rapid growth until July 13, 2010 when iPBFree went offline completely without any warning. We still do not have any concrete answers as to why iPBFree went down. We had almost 6,000 members around the time iPBFree went under.

On July 14, 2010 I began piecing together the puzzle of iPBFree and attempted to find any remains of our previous host. I started a temporary board, ReGeneration Z on InvisionFree to try and spread the news. Generation Z officially moved to JCInk on July 15, 2010 and we had to start over from scratch. We continued rebuilding with the Power Ranger theme until April 23, 2011 when we decided to change our theme to a nostalgia/nerd culture board. At this time we had 307 members.

On our 10th anniversary, we rebranded ourselves once again and went back to our roots as a Power Ranger forum. We have continued this theme ever since. It is sad to realize that modern technology has swallowed up most forums, but I am happy to still have Generation Z. Most of our members have grown up and moved on, so I do not believe we will ever be as active as we once were. I am guilty of suffering the responsibility/growing up bug as well, but it is nice to still have this slice of the internet.

Thank you to everyone who has made Generation Z what it is today. Whether you are someone from way back on our InvisionFree days, an old member who occasionally lurks as a guest, or someone who just joined yesterday, I want to extend my gratitude for the time you have spent helping us throughout the years. We have had some tough times, interesting times and theme changes, but we are glad you chose to stick with us through it all. Here's to celebrating 12 years as a community!
Jun 28 2018, 09:30 PM
I don't want to grow up, cause maybe if I did...
I couldn't be a Toys R Us kid!

A part of my childhood officially died today. I guess it's time to grow up, I can no longer be a Toys R Us kid. So long, Geoffrey. 😢😭

It definitely sucks to see a big staple of my childhood go away. I remember making special trips to Omaha and Lincoln when I was younger with my parents so I could show them which toys I liked. My parents would then purchase certain toys for presents with money my Grandparents gave them for my birthday's and Christmases.

Growing up, Toys R Us always felt special. There was nothing like finding that toy you had been searching for. The searches and treasure of finding that "rare" toy were always memorable. It is sad to know future kids will not get to experience that. Granted, there are other places to purchase toys, but Toys R Us will always hold a special place in my heart.

When I moved to Lincoln in 2015, Toys R Us almost became a haven to me. Being in a new city without any friends or family was intimidating at times, but Toys R Us was always there. I made almost weekly trips there the first few months in my new city. It was fun and nostalgic. Most of the times I wouldn't even purchase anything, I would just get lost in the wonder of childhood.
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