What?! If there's no Caster, does that mean there's no Playstation 3?
Hum. So, was timb in on the hoax or did you actually have someone pretend to be Ray?
Welcome out of the closet old friend. I would like to take this opportunity to say that I, too, am a figment of Marcus' imagination. That boy never sleeps!
But hey, at least Shadoe is real.
Nevermind. I read FAQ. I now smart.
I guess for the sake of the FAQ and the fact that I'm one of those friends that was "lucky" enough to be included in the book, I should go ahead and post my thoughts on the matter.
Betrayal. Pain. Anger.
eh. Not so much. Maybe a little betrayal, with a side of annoyance, but other then that...
I had a bit of a struggle to figure out just how I felt. On one hand, I think it was a brilliant bit of work. On the other, I felt like a friend had died when I found out Ray wasn't real.
Many of us that have been on the web for a long time learn to form friendships with virtual people in much the same way we do in real life. Hell, some of us are better at the virtual friends. Through watching and conversing with each other about our lives, we actually seem to get to know each other better then the real life friends. Such was the case with several of us and Ray. Of course, it was all one sided and I overstate somewhat for a lack of sufficent words to convey the degree of which I felt a friendship with Ray. I'd have to say it was somewhat above "random guy on the web" and somewhere below "Call me, buddy!".
I did like the guy.
I take all the credit for Soupcan.
Despite my "calling it out", I had absolutely no idea. About once a month since his last post, I'd wonder whatever happened to Caster and wish him well... about as close to "keeping someone in your prayers" as a guy who doesn't yet believe in prayer can get. I told more than a few people at work and elsewhere his story because it was entertaining and exciting. Knowing it's all a hoax doesn't really change my take on his story, it just makes me kind of disappointed that there's no future to it. At least now I know the conclusion.
Caster really made me smile, I'll just keep on thinking of him as his own person, thankyouverymuch. I can't wait to buy the book so I can tell people I knew him before he got famous... yanno, and before he got non-existant.
And who were the pictures of "Julie" really of? Just some random girl you found on the interweb?
The poor girl who represented HR Julie was not aware of Ray Caster, his journal, or her appearance in it. That's why the photos were posted "friends only" and then deleted right after everybody got a chance to see them. I didn't want people egging her in the street later.
I already laid out my feelings about this (slightly annoyed) to Marcus, so I'll just say this: If Marcus hadn't asked me for permission to use me in the book - especially after that ending post "a journey of 100 miles" where I made a pretty big part of the post - THEN I would have been really pissed off! :p
i thought it was awesome and said right on to him. as an aspiring novelist myself, it was awesome to see someone finish their work and put it into publication action.
i wish he was real, though, because if he can get the prefect life, then there was hope for this geek chik yet.
2005-11-30 09:21 pm (UTC)
My thoughts in random order
1. Congratulations for pulling it off :)
2. So I guess you made up all of those awful HR poems?
3. Now I wish I had commented more so I could have been in the book =p
4. Who's picture is that on misinformer.com?
5. I read this the day you posted it, but was too tired to comment, and other thoughts came to mind when I first read it, but I cannot remember them.
6. I guess I was a tiny bit skeptical in the end, but I guess I like to believe that such things can be true :)
Anyway, it was a bit of a shock finding out, but I think it's pretty awesome that you managed to keep up with it for so long. And...
When did you start planning all of it? The PS3 article was in early 2001, and the first LJ entry was in early 2004...
So, for those of us that are rather dense, when is your moment that you, on reflection, figure you -should- have realised something was up?
Me, I think it was when "Ray" posted the pics of "HR Julie". Amanda notwithstanding, only Marcus could have the "taste" to describe something like that as hot. :p
Ah well...nice job. :) I love it! I've played with the idea...most people have I'm sure...it was just too cool. I miss him...awww...
The Halloween Party episode
where Dave made the "TK421! Why aren't you at your GHOST!" joke. It was the joke Caster would have made up and been dying for someone to use.
2005-12-05 03:56 pm (UTC)
I realize i'm being redundant.
I want to know who this
I'm loathe to believe that Ray doesn't actually exist. I don't want to believe it. On the other hand...
I dunno how I feel. Maybe a little betrayed, and disappointed. Holdy McGirlTouch is the only geek that I ever knew who got the girl he wanted first. Sorta like finding out that the bad guys do win sometimes.
Felt good reading it though. Sad to see it end, like turning off a good video game for the last time, having beaten it, and saying goodbye to the characters after being with them for many hours of your life. Which is, in turn, like saying goodbye to a friend.
So, thanks, Marcus, for all the entertainment. Had I known it was you, I might have tried to befriend you. So long, Ray. Have fun with your wife, on your island paradise.
2005-12-05 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I realize i'm being redundant.
With the exception of Timb, all of the photos on the misinformants page were taken somewhat randomly out of high school yearbooks. None of the pictures are really us, but Caster goes a step farther by not being real himself.
2005-12-14 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: I realize i'm being redundant.
the one with the pink hair is the only real one. you gotta love misinformer!
for you trivia nuts out there, that's actually my passport photo!
Since this is linked to from the FAQ, I thought I should state my thoughts here. First of all, I totally called this
(not actually, but I could have)! Secondly, I'm happy to have been hoaxed by such and engaging storyline. It's like I've helped make history, in a small way, by being duped into participation. Looking backwardly, I'm a little embarrassed about things I've written and my poor grammar. But, at least I'm not Mike Tyson
. I guess it's not that bad.
I really am at a loss for words...I shared some things with "Caster" that I wouldn't have shared with just anybody, so the feeling of betrayal is there to an extent. Hell, he even posted in my blog as I'm sure he did in many others. I guess it added to the allusion of it all. However, I must admire it for the piece of work that it is. I've met some very interesting people through Ray's journal that I probably would not have met otherwise and for that I say thank you. Marcus, thank you for the great times.
2005-12-17 06:07 pm (UTC)
LOL. Fack. I NEVER believed it anyways...none of it. Well, maybe a little.