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OB's NY resolution: making moolah thru YT & keeping TPS afloat

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In 2017 I had the idea of writing books for a living - it wasn't as easy and/or lucrative as I'd thought though. That's a euphemism for saying I fucked up - I didn't make a dime, zilch, nada, nothing. And that in turn is a euphemism of saying, I didn't finish any book to date. Plenty of ideas and half-written manuscripts lying about, which is as good as nothing.

So 2018 is the time for change. Radical change. A complete overhaul of the whats and hows and whys of what I been up to.
My new thing is creating content on YouTube. Research tells me it's hard but possible to make dough off of...

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS 2018

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With 2018 fast approaching, it's a perfect time to think about our New Years Resolutions, if you're into it that is. I must admit, I've had more failed attempts than successes but just like the end of every year, I say, this year will be different. Maybe my lack of success is all in the type of resolution I make for myself. Are you the same??

For me, the hands down topic which has frequently come up is health and diet. My diet is shitty and health is OK but could be better. I've been following a heap of You Tube channels based on Raw food diets, Vegan eating and the natural way...

Another Year

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Hi everyone, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone here, a Happy Xmas followed by a very Happy New Year. Every year seems to come around faster than the last and before we know it it'll be half way into 2018. I hope we all have a safe and joyous holiday break, some shorter than others no doubt.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank TPS for welcoming me into this great community and although i am not as active as some on the site, I certainly do acknowledge and value my membership to the site. I said it when I first joined and will say it again, I am honoured to...

Microdosing

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Magic mushrooms, Shrooms, Psilocybin, Im sure we all know what they are, how they work. Most of us have either tried them, had someone we know try them and/ or heard stories of the good, the bad and the downright crazy experiences while on them. I remember when I was a teenager, so many of my friends would go mushroom picking and take handfuls of them and trip out for hours. I never tried them however now in my late 30s I found myself curious to say the least when I was listening to a podcast and the term Micro Dosing came up. At the time i had absolutely no idea what the term meant so...

So Sad That It Should Come To This.

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So Sad That It Should Come To This

What.cd surely has a special place in every pirates heart, I know it does for me, and most likely to whoever is reading. We lost a huge building block in the piracy world on this day one year ago. It seems like it’s been much longer. In the time since then many new trackers have appeared, but none are anywhere close to as influential or as amazing as that little website we all used to call home. They still haven’t really approached the torrent count. We all know that wasn’t what made What.cd special anyway, not really.

What.cd hit one million torrents...

Your torrenting past affecting your future pt3

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Normally othersna brought this issue a bit more to the attention of everyone with his previous blogs and maybe we weren't all that clear anymore since he left us, perhaps it's needed to clarify one of our rules.

Recently with the T-I.com leak people are again wondering which places they can safely use and which not, and if visiting some other forums might have consequences here on TPS. Well yes, visiting the wrong forums does affect your account here, if you are already a member here or not. We check every application with a team of staffers and especially look at your torrenting past...

A Year In Retrospect

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53 weeks ago I decided broken DDL links & public trackers weren't good enough anymore, so I took a look around to find something else. I stumbled upon this thing of ours & luckily AlphaRatio had open registration. Sweet. I started googling for better trackers, the ways to access them, & what it'd take for me to survive there. Prior to this I had no clue about maintaining a ratio or what a seedbox even was. The learning curve wasn't so steep, but I will admit I'm disappointed by one thing: the "community" aspect of it all.

Don't get me wrong, there are some great people who chill in the...

Real Friends: How Many Of Us?

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My last blog post was about TPS' role in facilitating entry, but there's a 3rd head of the hydra of What's death that's rearing its ugly head right now: real friends.

I know not a single soul in real life who uses private trackers. Now though, it's the standard in which invites must be dealt on various trackers with more joining that mind state slowly but surely. Maybe some of you have this luxury, but I'd wager that most of you don't know your inviters or invitees in real life either. What's death showed just how dangerous this thing of ours can be & now everyone's holding with their...

The Private Tracker Barrier Of Entry & TPS' Role In Gate Keeping

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The loss of What.CD was the loss of the greatest collection of music ever created, but there was another effect of its demise: accessibility to the private tracker community diminished severely afterward as well. Anyone new to the community would be advised to take What's interview, even if their interest in music wasn't that high, simply because succeeding there pretty much assured entry to almost anywhere they wanted to be. That gateway is gone now.

Looking back at how active TPS used to be circa 2008-2009 it seems TPS played a much larger role in facilitating the entry to this thing of...

Is the private tracker community facing an existential threat?

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I think we can all agree that twenty-sixteen has been a dumpster fire of a year. We've seen the rise of Trump including a resurgence of overt bigotry and racism, the Syrian humanitarian crisis, the exit of Britain from the EU, a string of beloved-celebrity deaths, and to top it all off, our little corner of the internet has come under attack from law enforcement.

The sudden closure of BCG by the UK's Intellectual Property Crime Unit saw the arrest of two UK nationals responsible for operating the site, including pjcnet, one of the most beloved staffers in the PT...

The tragedy that is the loss of What.CD

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After 8 years of membership I took for granted the enduring existence of What.CD, a tracker I viewed as a most stable pillar of the greater community.

Celebrated for countless reasons, be it as the music wing of the revered "holy trinity"; pioneering the Gazelle/Ocelot framework; or as a gateway for new members into private torrenting, What.CD comes with a near 10 year history - an entire generation of influence still felt everywhere throughout the community.

What.CD was not just the replacement to OiNK, it set a new standard to which virtually every other tracker would aspire. It seemed...