Zug.com, the World's Only Comedy Site and first place to pay me actual real money for writing comedy, shut down today at midnight. I had kind of migrated away from the board there, mainly because I had to if I wanted to hold down a job, but for most of 2005 - 2006 it was like a home away from home for me and the first place to really make me feel like I could get somewhere writing for the internet.
Not only that, but the stuff I wrote there basically comprised my entire "portfolio" when I applied at Woot, which was then acquired by Amazon, who moved us all out to Washington so they wouldn't have to pay taxes to Missouri and bribed us with stocks for all our trouble. So it's no real stretch to say Zug helped propel me to the West Coast and helped me buy a house. We made a video to commemorate the occasion, and it's really neat to see how many people came together over a goofy website.
I was going to share it, but I don't really have their permission and it confirms every stereotype about creepy internet communities and how much we need to get out in the sun and stop playing online. So instead I just wanted to thank John Hargrave again for building Zug and letting us all play.