One of the surreal things about playing a single game for seven years is being suddenly reminded of something from the past and how things used to be, and how much things have changed since then... while a lot is still the same.
Last night I was patrolling Heydieles when I ran into a small gang of pirates fishing by a plex gate in a couple destroyers and frigates. I immediately recognized one name from the past, the infamous Andrea Skye. After gamely losing a Vexor partially because I forgot to check I had Warrior IIs in the drone bay, (but salvaging my honour a bit with a Slasher kill later), I noticed they were joined by another EVE celebrity, the even more infamous Spectre3353 of EVE Newb blog fame.
Which leads the the surreal part: his blogging almost completely dried up in the middle of 2010 so any player that is around 3 years old into Eve would probably not recognize him. He is an EVE celebrity from a different age, one that has passed into the history books while I wasn't looking.
Times change. But at least I find some comfort in knowing there is a chance to get blown up by Spectre3353 and Andrea Skye still.