Where to begin?
How about at the beginning? Would that be https://soylentnews.org/~martyb/journal/60? That was the first journal article I posted to SoylentNews. I am talking still earlier than that. That would be the day I created my account on the site — it was a few days before we went live. I have been active ever since. Well, up until about a couple weeks ago.
That was when I experienced a medical condition that has precluded my continued participation here.
Since that day, janrinok (our former Editor-in-Chief) has ably filled my shoes in my absence. That is until Fnord666 (our Alternate-Editor-in-Chief) could take the reins.
I ask you to extend to them the same kindness and support you have shown me. I've grown creatively and professionally in ways I had never even imagined! Thank You!
It is hard to explain just how much of a contribution Marty has made to this site - from its very early days before it even went public Marty was there providing whatever help he could. If there was a job to be done he was there offering to help. There was nothing that he was not prepared to tackle. If he didn't know how to do something he would go and find out and then return to do whatever needed to be done.
Fnord and I have processed far more more stories than either of us had ever expected to do (6570 and 6166 respectively) but we are a long way behind Marty's contribution of 11076 stories at the time of writing. If you conservatively estimate each story at 15 minutes (and I can assure you that many stories can take much longer than that!) the man-hours he has spent keeping the front page full is a huge amount of effort. That would be, and is, worthy of recognition in its own right - but he didn't stop there.
He has also served as our QA specialist and spent many more man-hours testing software and finding ways to bring it to it's knees, and then finding solutions to each of those problems. He ran our donations and looks after the funding 'Beg-o-Meter'. And he still found time to be the Editor-in-Chief for the site since 2018. There are so many jobs that he does - many of them having gone almost unnoticed - that we now find ourselves trying to work out who will pick up which extra tasks for the future.
I am also fortunate to have Marty as a friend. My own life has had a few ups and downs over the last 5 years or so and Marty has been there to provide sound advice, wise counsel, or just a listening ear. I hope I will be able to repay him in kind in the future.
In addition, he has other ways of helping his local community which have nothing to do with this site. He would not wish me to go into details but he takes his caring and helping attitude with him throughout his life.
It is not all bad news - Marty is stepping down from the role of Editor-in-Chief but he is not leaving the community. How much he is able to contribute in the future is still very much unknown but you may still see his name appear from time-to-time alongside a comment or on IRC. He has specifically asked me to pass on his best wishes for the future to the community and the site that we all support.
Marty leaves behind a legacy he can justifiably be proud of, and a very large pair of boots to be filled. We will do our best to maintain the standards he has set. Good luck and best wishes, Marty, and I hope that your recovery is swift and complete.
Get it fixed with quickness and get yo ass back in here ASAP.
It has not gone unnoticed by me the many places I see your name on this site, and I want to sincerely thank you and hope that your medical condition is one that you can overcome and prosper. I would be happy to volunteer to pick up some of the submission editing duties. There are not a lot of places on the 'net I frequent much any more, but this place is one of my regulars.
... and good luck for the future.
Thanks for everything. Good luck and speedy recovery.
and thanks for all the fish!
Err..., well, guess not gone, gone. Hope you get well soon!
Thank you MartyB.
Since day 0, I have appreciated your willingness to consider opposing positions, your willingness to point out logical flaws or dubious unsourced claims, your willingness to engage in honest and forthright discussion, your commitment to reality over social norms.
Thank you for being a member of this community; your example of 'how to be a person' is a good one, IMO.
Thank you also for your many hours of work behind the scenes.
This community wouldn't have flourished nearly as much without you.
Sincerely,One of the day-0 ACs
I'm one of the relatively low UIDs on this forum, and have been here since the moment of "Buck Feta" on the green site, and yes, MartyB has as far as I can tell been a significant part of why it was able to get up and running and why it still exists as a place for mostly-sane discussion. He's always seemed to me to be very reasonable and willing to get to the crux of issues that might be happening.
May the doctors do their jobs well, and may MartyB either recover or be kept as comfortable as is possible.
Still the primary source of /this sight should be interested in social political issues!/ submissions, which was the biggest annoyance on here. "Why did we leave /. in the first place.."
for being a bulwark against trolling, ad-hominems, and the flame-baiting this site has to and had to endure. It makes me feel sick to see the sordid bickering about political/gender/whatever issues when others put serious time, effort and personal investment into this site. With you leaving, this site becomes more vulnerable. I wish you, your loved ones, your friends the best of health, luck and harmony for whatever times are ahead.
You have left a legacy to be justifiably proud of. Many criticise, few step up to do the job. Well done.
I hope your medical condition allows you to enjoy life; and maybe even be ameliorated. Either way, best wishes for the future, and thank you again.
Get well soon.
Thank you for all your hard work and time (and time and more time).In addition to your editing and submission work, you have also helped encourage newer members of the community as they worked out how to participate within (and up to) community standards.Building the bridge from both ends is rarely given the acknowledgement it deserves.
I hope you are able to heal from whatever has beset you, and learn to deal well with any chronic junk that may result.
Just because you aren't in the center ring doesn't mean you can't still visit and enjoy the circus! I hope we still see you around.
I defeated the big C 35 years ago, and after that 35-year remission, I'm in the process of beating it a second time.So hear this: if a pointless person like me can manage to beat the odds twice and stick around like a bad fart in an elevator, so can you.
So get better and get your ass back here pronto!
I hope it's nothing like "Kneel" Harriot's exit from Yello There a couple of decades ago. Best wishes.
I've been hanging out here as an AC (mostly reading, rarely commenting) since the beginning, and I think this is a great community. Thanks martyb for everything you have put into this place and I sincerely hope your medical issues are resolved!
Thank you for all that you have done for the community, martyb. You have built this place with grit and heart. I hope you beat your illness and stay with us for many, many years.
Sorry to hear you are dealing with some stuff. Thanks for the work you've put in here. You've helped to build a great site. Thanks for everything you've done.
I hope things get better soon.
Godspeed in your recovery.
Everybody, put on your taking-off hats. [gfycat.com]
Thank you martyb.
There are no doubt many things you've done that go unseen, unheard and unnoticed to keep the site running.
So THANK YOU
Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
Marty although I don't know you very well, my interactions with you through this site have always been a pleasure, thank you. Your integrity, fairness and generosity are rarely found to such a degree and set an example that the rest of us Soylentils should all strive to live up to. Your positive philosophy in the face of challenging times has helped me in the past--I really hope such an outlook will endure to help you cope with this medical condition and I hope you're feeling better soon.
if cancer, you might look into Turkey Tail mushroom powder/capsules.
A very intelligent good friend recently told me how, quite a few years ago, his father beat incurable terminal cancer by taking in lots of apricot seed extract that he made himself. I forget what the cancer was, and I'll ask him more about it. The active compound is "amygdalin", but friend says that commercially available amygdalin doesn't work well, if at all. Maybe the commercial extraction process harms it, or maybe there's something else in the seeds. It may be quackery, I have no idea, but AFAIK it's harmless to try (esp. when conventional chemo won't work, or will kill you anyway).
Do not take that stuff or its derivatives. I have seen too many people poison themselves on that snake oil. It can cause some serious damage to your body and each dose makes the next more dangerous so by the time you notice problems the damage can be substantial.
I agree. That chemo stuff is terrible. Killed my best friend's father.
Stick with naturopathic remedies.
Apricot seeds contain cyanide compounds. Quick-and-dirty from Wiki:
"Amygdalin is classified as a cyanogenic glycoside because each amygdalin molecule includes a nitrile group, which can be released as the toxic cyanide anion by the action of a beta-glucosidase. Eating amygdalin will cause it to release cyanide in the human body, and may lead to cyanide poisoning."
This is basically a nonspecific poison. If it ever works at all, it's because like early forms of chemo, it just poisons some particular cancer faster than it poisons you.
On cyanide toxicity:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507796/ [nih.gov]
"Patients who are removed from the exposure and treated immediately tend to have a good outcome. Following intravenous administration, cyanide can result in a fatality within seconds or minutes, compared to a few hours after oral ingestion. Even individuals who survive may have signs of anoxic encephalopathy. Anecdotal reports indicate that movement disorders and neuropsychiatric symptoms are not uncommon."
it just poisons some particular cancer faster than it poisons you
And it can be a matter of trial and error to find out which particular poisons do more harm to your cancer cells than to your non-cancer cells.Medical establishments have resources to keep you alive while they're poisoning youe cancer cells (and you).
Yup. And it never fails to amaze how folks suspicious (sometimes rightfully so) of mainstream medicine will nonetheless pursue treatment with something unproven to do good and known to do harm. Apparently being processed through a con artist renders anything into a cure!
Most con artists abuse an already existing chain of trust. Whether it is a friend, relative, deity, in group, or something else. They are really good at reading people and abusing that trust.
True, but some invert that: You can't trust A, so you can trust Not-A.
If cancer ....
And if it isn't? If Marty had wanted to tell you what the medical problem was he would have probably told you in the story.
are you senile? i didn't ask him what his medical condition was. I simply told him about one thing that might save his life if the condition meets the criteria. No, you're right. i feel so guilty for breaking your antiquated taboo.
Or, it might kill him just like Steve Jobs! What is it with the Snake Oil salesmen on SN? Whore-dewormer and Hydroxychloropolybenzoidquineology? These are the kinds of people that just might believe that aristarchus is the enemy, and has doxxed and sockpuppeted! You know what might just save SoylentNews from that? Yes, some patented Censorship! Cures shingles, thyroid conditions, cancer, planter's warts, and sockpuppetry! Permaban! Get yours today!
Thank You. All of you who have kept and continue to keep Soylent News running.
martyb, I wish you the best. I hope to see you around here again soon. May your recovery go easier and quicker than you expect.
MartyB has been the heart of SoylentNews. He will be missed. He is already missed.
While everyone is busy thanking martyb (and he certainly deserves every bit of it), everyone so far seems to forget to also thank janrinok and Fnord666 for stepping in and making sure SoylentNews stays as good as ever. Thank you both!
This site is a success because it provides what Slashdot of old did best: Unfettered discussion of geeky topics. Feel proud about; you should.
Unfettered discussion of geeky topics? LOL. It's now "managed" discussion of political topics, enforced by mod brigands, automatic posting bans, and a subset of people that see an Aristarchus behind every bush.
Fair complaint, but not the time nor place.
Guy behind the bushes
It's not hard to ignore that stuff (unless you find it distractingly entertaining) and stay with the tech discussions.
I'll add my voice to the chorus of others here, and extend my thanks to the power house that is martyb. Huge thanks to both you and the other volunteers here. And if the days seen dark ahead, remember you've got everyone at SN cheering for you.
Get well soon, you deserve an immense amount of positive karma.
A big thank you to martyb for keeping this site going. Clearly it requires a great deal of attention.The efforts of martyb have kept things running smoothly and they are much appreciated.Regarding the health issues, I'd echo the sentiments of others who've commented before, and wish you a speedy recovery.
Although I don't really know anyone on the site (frequent reader, occasional poster), I arrived as a refugee from the Green Site during the Buck Feta exodus. Since then, SN has managed to overcome a huge range of challenges to still be a place where we can all come to learn, be entertained and hopefully contribute to each other in some small way.
I'm still waiting for the internet argument that ends with "You know, I never thought of it that way. You're right!". I doubt it will be found here, but we can still have fun trying!
Best of luck martyb, and thanks to janrinok, Fnord666 and the rest of the team for continuing to keep SN's head above the water!
(That's what she said)
There are no words. Thanks for everything. If you need anything let me know, email me.
As a fellow Feta Bucker, I remember the period of uncertainty that began after the initial anger wore off. Other sites like Pipe Dot sprang up contemporaneously with Soylent to fill the gap left in our news and left in our hearts after something we cherished showed its true colour was a different shade of green than we'd wanted to believe. The infant mortality for those other sites was high, and to my knowledge all of those fledgling sites is gone - except for Soylent News. You've helped keep this site alive when others have died; you contributed to something with the power to grow.
There is a saying that an average man will cut down trees to build a house, or a boat, or wagon for his family to use, but it is the greater man who plants trees for others to harvest and reap the benefits. You have helped plant a seed and watered it, and now it grows strong. This is an accomplishment of which you, and all those who serve with you, can be rightly proud.
Thank you for your service and I wish you a speedy recovery!
User 76. 11076 stories. With numbers like that, you can't lose. America. Fuck yeah! Get free soon.
Soylent News is essential. I wish you health and good luck and a speedy return.
There have been people working on the site who have contributed above and beyond what we ordinary mortals could be capable of doing. When one of them leaves, it is felt by all of us. martyb was one of these, and even if others step up and produce their extraordinary efforts to help cover for him, they cannot entirely replace him. Thanks for the years of effort and best wishes for a full recovery, and thanks to those stepping up to try to fill your shoes.
Please accept my wishes for the best possible outcome in your new hardship, and my appreciation for all you have done here. Whatever happens in the future, know that you have made the world a better place. We are grateful.
Thanks for all you've done over the years. You're awesome.
And thanks for all you have done for this site!
You've put a lot into Soylent News; thank you for all your hard work.
Best wishes and sincere hopes this works out well,Rob
Martyb has been an exemplary example of the adage that cool heads prevail. I hope your health situation is conquered soon and you'll return better than ever. Thank you for all you've done to help SN get legs.
And good luck with your health problem.
I've been here since the beginning, had my first account wiped when things got reset after the launch.Your tireless work for this amazing site is very much appreciated and I hope recovery is swift for you.
Best to you Martyb.
Peace out man!
Another longterm AC (daily reader with a rarely used account from buck feta days) here to add my heartfelt good wishes for your health and thanks for the monumental effort you and the team put into the site.
SN is a fanastic place to offer opinions and see so many diverse viewpoints on the topics to which we are all interested. Would not be possible without volunteers like you martyb, putting in the long hours to keep the stories(spice) flowing.
I am a newcomer to this site to be sure, but I have really liked it from day 1.I am certain a big part of that was you.I hope your health problem(s) can be treated.Thank you,
plain chinese crackers, sirilanka high mountain tea, green apple, sun burn and salty air should cure it.it's slow, it's boring and good luck.
I'm sorry to hear that, you've done a lot of good work and been a positive influence on the community.
Hope whatever you're dealing with gets resolved in the best way possible.
I hope you recover soon. For everything you have done our community has been greatly enriched.
Numquam Soli. Semper, Sumus Legio (Never Alone. Always, We Are Legion)
Your username always reminds me of Back To The Future, thanks for that. And so here’s a quote which might or might not be helpful/interesting:
"Marty, the future isn't written. It can be changed...you know that. Anyone can make their future whatever they want it to be."
-Dr. Emmett Brown, 'Back To The Future, Part III'.
Thanks for everything you have done for this community, look at the replies here, that’s the impact you’ve had. All the best.
Came for the novelty of a low user ID while they last, stayed for the content. That's been made possible by you behind the scenes (but praise to the others there, too!). All the best, and get well soon.
Low user ID is overrated. You should try no user ID, it's moar entertaining.
[16:58] =blame[16:58] * systemd points at Bytram
Get well, bastard, you don't want to show again that systemd is buggy.
Stay on the oncologist's ass. You would think they wouldn't play games with people's lives, but I know from my own family as well as a dead family friend that this is not the case.
Make sure they're giving you enough anti-cancer baldness juice. Don't let them skip out on it. Endure the side effects unless they're life-threatening or limb-threatening.
Thank you for your efforts, and God bless!