I'm not deleting this account, but rather keeping it as an archive and reminder of all the many years of awesomeness that LiveJournal provided in my life. Starting here in 2003, I discovered a likeminded community of nerds, weirdos, geeks, gays and bears -- many of whom I am still great friends with to this day in real life.
LiveJournal wasn't my first online community -- I'd been chatting for years before that on AOL, IRC and BBSes -- but it was the first one that felt innately collaborative and very much "real-time" with the events of my life. Other services have overtaken -- and accelerated -- the usefulness and sense of community I originally found here, but they haven't quite replaced it. I'll miss it terribly, but forge onward.
You can reach me at the following interwebs: http://about.me/davecobb/