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June 27, 2012 12:07 PM   Subscribe

Dustin really wanted to jump on the latest fad and have his very own blog. However, he is a man of few words, and even fewer thoughts. In fact, thinking is not something he wastes his time on. But the one thought he did have was that if a picture is worth a thousand words, maybe a couple hundred snapshots of his ugly mug would equal a book deal. Below is a pointless photo of what Dustin is wearing today.

From the GOMI interview:

One good thing though is that I have a pretty poor memory. Using the website I can find different milestones in my life.

01-05-2004: Started my current job.
12-18-2006: Lowest adult weight
07-13-2007: Met Weird Al for the first time
02-26-2010: Bought my current house
06-08-2011: Got custody of my dog
posted by Potomac Avenue (63 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oops we may be temporarily hammering his servers. Everyone stop clicking it for a minute.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:12 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm sure I'm in the minority on this, but having a job in which I wore (almost nothing) besides khaki pants and polo shirts would be a large part of my own personal hell.
posted by oddman at 12:19 PM on June 27, 2012 [9 favorites]


As for posting on your wall, you're doing it wrong.
posted by hal9k at 12:20 PM on June 27, 2012


06-27-2012: Web server crashed.
posted by schmod at 12:21 PM on June 27, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm sure I'm in the minority on this, but having a job in which I wore (almost nothing) besides khaki pants and polo shirts would be a large part of my own personal hell.

Have you visited the United States of America?
posted by bicyclefish at 12:22 PM on June 27, 2012 [13 favorites]


Isn't the framing of this post a little um. Harsh?

There's not much in that second link to make me feel too positive about your phrasing. I mean, 'fewer thoughts'? Really? That dude could be a deep-ass well and we'd never know because he's 'of few words'.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 12:24 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


The phrasing is a direct quote from the front page of Dustin's site, which would be clear if we hadn't borked it. Read the GOMI interview while you wait for it to come back, he's charmingly self-deprecating!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:26 PM on June 27, 2012


Ah, thanks for clarifying! I figured it might be, but when I read through what I could get to load I didn't see anything about it so I was like... um.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 12:29 PM on June 27, 2012


The GOMI link is not responding at the moment, either.
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:33 PM on June 27, 2012


Remember the days when you couldn't look at nearly any site posted on Slashdot because of the Slashdot effect? So you'd wait a day or so and hope that you didn't get the dreaded "Maximum Bandwidth Exceeded" message?
posted by double block and bleed at 12:35 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Read the GOMI interview while you wait for it to come back

We broke that too. This is why we can't have nice websites.
posted by DarlingBri at 12:35 PM on June 27, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm in love with Dustin. Have been ever since I saw the GOMI interview.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:40 PM on June 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


I met Weird Al way before him.
posted by jonmc at 12:49 PM on June 27, 2012


He looks adorable, but without weekend pictures this is missing something. I get a sense of his semi-professional job and goofy demeanor, but what does he wear off the clock? Inquiring minds want to know.
posted by yellowbinder at 12:49 PM on June 27, 2012


I think guys that wear khakis and polos to work wear jeans and t-shirts when off the clock. Guys that wear dress shirts and khakis to work wear khakis and polo shirts off the clock. Guys that wear suits to work wear khakis and dress shirts when off the clock. If they are extra spiffy they wear tweed jackets.

By dress shirt I mean mostly rich guy picnic wear, like gingham shirts. Not mad men type white shirts.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:02 PM on June 27, 2012 [4 favorites]


I think we can discern much of what we need to know about his web-hosting situation from "index.cgi". Every time you click a link, it has to open a connection to 1998.
posted by bicyclefish at 1:04 PM on June 27, 2012 [12 favorites]


He started the blog in 2003, he must have never bothered to update the host. Poor Dustin just can't catch a break, maybe he was about to get that book deal :C
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:07 PM on June 27, 2012


I wear jeans and dress shirts when I'm on the clock. What should I wear off the clock?
posted by echo target at 1:09 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Jeans and t-shirts with abstract designs on them that are puns on old 80s cartoons somehow.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:12 PM on June 27, 2012


I met Weird Al way before him.

I met Tiny Tim before EITHER of you met Weird Al.
posted by HuronBob at 1:13 PM on June 27, 2012


Weird Al never met Tiny Tim but it sure seems like he must have.
posted by kingbenny at 1:19 PM on June 27, 2012


He did meet Wild Man Fischer, which counts for something.
posted by jonmc at 1:24 PM on June 27, 2012


It's like a Bro Apparel catalogue.

Dude has a future in Gay Bear Porn if he'd like.
posted by helmutdog at 1:24 PM on June 27, 2012


I'm sure I'm in the minority on this, but having a job in which I wore (almost nothing) besides khaki pants and polo shirts would be a large part of my own personal hell.

Hmm. I'm wearing khakis and a polo shirt tight now. I'm at work. I think khakis and a polo shirt not only looks OK, but is way more comfortable than jeans and a t-shirt when you're sitting or moving around. In fact, summer-weight dress pants and a light dress shirt is super-ass comfortable. It's like being a ninja. It's like wearing almost nothing. Jeans, by comparison, are hot, heavy, abrasive and usually fit much worse.
posted by jimmythefish at 1:28 PM on June 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: super-ass comfortable.
posted by herbplarfegan at 1:31 PM on June 27, 2012


This is a really American dress-style - I can tell US tourists on the tube really easily because khakis are fairly uncommon here and khakis and polos or button-down shirts even more so. Guys in their 30s to middle-age here seem to either wear slightly too tight Superdry T-shirts or tees with software/band/made up American diner logos on with jeans, and never tucked in.

I love the fact that the What I Wore person tried to buy it off him and he said he'd only sell for silly money.
posted by mippy at 1:35 PM on June 27, 2012


jimmythefish, I suppose it wasn't clear, but, for me, khakis and polos are too casual and so boring as to make me cry if I had to wear them everyday.
posted by oddman at 1:35 PM on June 27, 2012


So right. The only reason I don't lounge around wearing lightweight wool suit pants is that I would have to constantly dry clean them to get all the cheetos dust and slim jim grease off them.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:36 PM on June 27, 2012 [3 favorites]


whatiwore.com coralized for your loading pleasure.

(http://whatiwore.com.nyud.net/cgi-bin/index.cgi)
posted by Reverend John at 1:38 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


PS: Dude! Dustin is cute!
posted by DarlingBri at 1:55 PM on June 27, 2012


I looked at today's picture, then chose the first picture in the series, in 2003. Watching almost ten years melt off of someone in an instant was a strange experience.

I'd be a little frightened to see a slide show of myself in the same pose today, 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago. I don't think I could take looking through it from youngest to oldest.

It's not that I'm vain. That would be a laughable idea to anyone who knows me. It's just the idea of seeing father time slowly but surely sucking the life-force from me, day by day, year by year, decade by decade.
posted by double block and bleed at 2:47 PM on June 27, 2012


So this is more or less what I imagine hell is like, so Yure not alone oddman
posted by The Whelk at 3:03 PM on June 27, 2012


No yure.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:14 PM on June 27, 2012


I emailed Dustin to apologize for /.ing his site and he wrote me back to say "Always a pleasure to hear from someone who likes my "work". I'll definitely keep wearing those clothes! Those same, identical clothes....every damn day."

Also he says HI to us.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:17 PM on June 27, 2012 [4 favorites]


I work a retail job that gets a LOT of tourists and if I see you walk into my store in khakis and a polo shirt I will groan inside (if you are in a group of guys who are all wearing khakis and polos then I will start mentally cursing) because you are probably going to turn out to be an obnoxious misogynistic douche who knows nothing about cigars but won't listen to me for three goddamn seconds without interrupting and who will make some crude joke about how cigars look kinda like dicks that I've heard seven times already that day and who will snicker at his own wit while spilling Miller Lite all over the inside of my humidor and leering at my female coworker through the glass as if she can't fucking see you through the clear glass and who will then insist on cutting his own cigar but will make a complete hash of it and then not tip me.

I will never wear khakis or polos. Never.
posted by Scientist at 3:27 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Damn, some of us here wear khakis and polos and drink miller lite. I thought MeFi was supposed to be inclusive and a safe space. We already have it tough enough due to out lack of fashion sense and terrible taste in beverages.

Are you talking about Polos with horizontal stripes? Cuz yeah, fuck people who wear those.
posted by Ad hominem at 3:36 PM on June 27, 2012


Yeah, sorry, that was mean. That's the beast that grows inside you when you work on Bourbon St. Not all people who wear khakis and/or polos and who drink miller lite or other macrobrews are self-absorbed assholes, and Lord knows I meet self-absorbed assholes wearing all kinds of clothes and drinking all kinds of drinks. Hell, my own dear father wears khakis and a polo some days, and he's a great guy who I love very much. Still, I die a little inside every time someone in a polo and khakis walks in and proceeds to go through the same infuriating routine that I've seen fifteen times in the last two hours. Or anyone else. But it's bad enough with that particular clothing set that I've come to think of it as a kind of Douchebag Uniform.
posted by Scientist at 3:47 PM on June 27, 2012


I think it depends on if they are wearing a very shiny watch or not. Polo guys with very shiny watches are usually older. It is the young guys with baseball caps and oversized polos, especially horizontal stripe polos, that give the rest of us a bad name. I usually put on a very shiny "sports" watch, so I can pretend I just stepped off the colf course, not like I am headed to a frat bar to drink my own weight in jagermeister.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:00 PM on June 27, 2012


I hope someone helps this poor guy. Just because your company says business casual doesn't mean you need to stop trying.

There are whole sites devoted to this.
posted by psycho-alchemy at 4:00 PM on June 27, 2012


Ad Hominem: the accessories don't seem to matter, though in general younger guys are worse customers than older ones. I think it may just be guys in khakis and polos who also go on vacation in New Orleans and decide to spend the entire time getting shitfaced on Bourbon Street. That entire crowd is pretty tiresome, honestly.

(For those who aren't familiar, Bourbon St is a storied street in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans that once upon a time was quite the center of musical and cultural innovation not to mention a notorious red light district but which now is a gross tourist trap full of sugary "daquiris", third-rate club music, and disgusting strip clubs. I work there, some days. Not as often as I used to, thankfully.)
posted by Scientist at 4:09 PM on June 27, 2012


Jeez, I've never been accused of being a fashion plate, but compared to this guy I'm a freakin' clotheshorse. Way to be bland, dude.
posted by jonmc at 4:14 PM on June 27, 2012


A few years back I went to vegas for a programming convention. I was sitting in a random bar and a bunch of locals I was talking to started bitching about tourists and conventioneers. I said something like, "you know guys, I'm here for a convention" and one of them answered "Yeah, but you are wearing black"
posted by Ad hominem at 4:17 PM on June 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm wearing a soviet era Russian navy sweater and Nantucket reds with blue boat shoes so maybe I shouldn't be so judgey.
posted by The Whelk at 4:31 PM on June 27, 2012


Polo shirts and khaki pants: OK
Tucked in polo shirts: OMGWTFBBQ
posted by DU at 4:41 PM on June 27, 2012


Yeah, seriously, if you all dress so much better, start your own website and prove it. Not everyone wants to spend their whole day worrying about what to wear or how they look.
posted by Secretariat at 4:41 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Please, I didn't go to art school to say nice things about people.
posted by The Whelk at 4:52 PM on June 27, 2012 [9 favorites]




Whelp, looks like I may need to upgrade my site...dang Metafilter guys. :-D





;oP
posted by louche mustachio at 6:48 PM on June 27, 2012


I'm wearing the warm entrails of eleven slain Unit Strategy Product Managers, and brown Pumas.
posted by swift at 6:56 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


He has a good sense of humor. And I really don't get all the polo shirts and khaki pants hate in here. They are fine. It's OK to wear them. MetaFilter really confuses me sometimes.
posted by misozaki at 7:03 PM on June 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: MetaFilter really confuses me sometimes.
posted by jonmc at 7:15 PM on June 27, 2012


But at least none of us wears pants.
posted by flabdablet at 7:36 PM on June 27, 2012


Always a pleasure to hear from someone who likes my "work"

Well, to be fair for a guy who calls buying an inflatable pool and then filling it up a 'project', wearing clothes is probably sometimes a chore.
posted by jimmythefish at 8:59 PM on June 27, 2012


buying an inflatable pool and then filling it up a 'project'
Did you watch any of the videos? He's paddling in the middle of winter. I'd call it a project, a MAD project.
posted by unliteral at 9:10 PM on June 27, 2012


I'm wearing a purple t-shirt, denim capris, and white trainers (with a dried-up half a cherry on one of them that's been there about three weeks and I'm too lazy to clean off). Oh, and I think I've got some stray flour on the front of my shirt--I've been baking.

Stylin', as per usual.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 9:16 PM on June 27, 2012


My honey shares the revulsion for khakis and polo shirts. I didn't understand why he was so passionate about it until he told me it's what the Best Buy guys wear.

I get it now.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 9:24 PM on June 27, 2012


Ah, I gotta love a guy like Dustin, keeping the old school quirky web alive. Bless you, guy!
posted by madamjujujive at 9:32 PM on June 27, 2012


Tucked in polo shirts: OMGWTFBBQ

ZOMGWTFBBQ? Striped polo shirts worn over a white t-shirt tucked in khaki shorts. With boat shoes. And wrap around sun glasses.
posted by octobersurprise at 10:06 PM on June 27, 2012


I think guys that wear khakis and polos to work wear jeans and t-shirts when off the clock. Guys that wear dress shirts and khakis to work wear khakis and polo shirts off the clock. Guys that wear suits to work wear khakis and dress shirts when off the clock. If they are extra spiffy they wear tweed jackets.

By dress shirt I mean mostly rich guy picnic wear, like gingham shirts. Not mad men type white shirts.


Some guys wear dress shirts and vests and slacks to work, and wear dress shirts and vests and slacks and fine hats off the clock. And occasionally fezzes, or leather.
posted by FatherDagon at 10:13 PM on June 27, 2012


What trousers would one wear in summer, if not khakis? Jeans are seriously too hot at any temperature above 19c (66f). But I rarely wear polo shirts. I wear oxfords (LLBean) until it gets warm enough for seersucker or linen. Yea, I'm probably a boring dresser. But I'm over 50, so who cares?
posted by Goofyy at 1:19 AM on June 28, 2012


Oh, and I should add: Black as a style is out-dated to the point of cliché, except in a power suit (itself a cliché) or for a funeral. Give it a rest already. Your black clothes only prove you were fashionable some years ago.
posted by Goofyy at 1:27 AM on June 28, 2012


Y u mad tho?

Dustin is so awesome.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:19 AM on June 28, 2012


Black as a style is out-dated to the point of cliché, except in a power suit (itself a cliché) or for a funeral. Give it a rest already. Your black clothes only prove you were fashionable some years ago.

This is actually something I think about a lot. If you work in an urban area, go out at lunch or your break to a coffee shop, diner, or restaurant, and see what % of people are wearing primarily black or grey or dark blue (jeans).

Black/dark clothing is not just a style. It's the majority of clothing.

Myself, I'm a colorful fellow, but asking people to stop wearing black is like asking them to stop driving their cars.

I think guys that wear khakis and polos to work wear jeans and t-shirts when off the clock.

Of course they do. Everyone wears jeans and T-shirts because it's the most comfortable clothing. The only reason not to wear them to work is if it's mandated or expected to have a fudging collar.

Jeans are seriously too hot at any temperature above 19c (66f).

Uh, what? Not if ... you're only wearing a T-shirt! Good lord. I can wear jeans comfortably in Kentucky in the summer (90f, 90% humidity). If you get too hot, take off your shirt. You might get lucky.

What trousers would one wear in summer, if not khakis?

Why a casual cotton pant of course. :D

I don't think "jeans" are as one-dimensional as you think, but aside from jeans and khakis, there are generally chinos (usu. folded into the khaki tent) and the generic "dress pants"...

Perhaps informative: Men's Pants: Dress Pants, Khakis and Chinos (warning: becomes basically a desantis ad after 7m, but decent before that)

I don't know if it's correct, but I like his classification of "chino" as between a khaki and dress pant. I actually prefer khakis in general (though not khaki colored, I'm more green/blue or even yellow), because they are, of course, more comfortable, but I have a few pairs of chinos that I wear for nice dinners (in California, where I pretty much never have to wear my dress pants).

Also: good black wool pants, yes. I have a decent pair off the rack (outlet, actually, like $10) that fit very well, but I should really suck it up and get a good pair and have them tailored. Wearing a well-fitting high-quality pair of wool pants is sublime.

And I would never rule out the "shant" although I give it that name for a reason. They are cooler, but you run the serious risk of looking pretty ridiculous. Done well, you come off like a prepster. That's your best result. Done badly ... and you look like you're a gangster or dudebro or like you're wearing culottes.

By dress shirt I mean mostly rich guy picnic wear, like gingham shirts. Not mad men type white shirts.

The mid-level execs (VPs) at my (corporate) job wear the gingham shirts with jeans and ridiculous yet expensive looking footwear. In their off hours, I expect they wear cross-training gear.

I wear jeans + T-shirt pretty much every day to work. If I have to interview someone or have a meeting with a client, etc. I'll wear a casual dress shirt.

Off the clock, I wear all sorts of stuff. I dress up much more when I'm not working (and not just the cosplay ;). Why would I want to impress the people at work with my fashion? Nobody cares about that. (I can understand it if your appearance is a big part of your job. ... and some might say appearance is a HUGE part of EVERYONE's job, lol ... but I find that if you can get work done reliably, people will keep you around ... and you don't have to worry about hair-care product)

(I do understand that's a personal decision. There's nothing wrong with looking good or wanting to look good at work, imo.)
posted by mrgrimm at 9:11 AM on June 28, 2012


If you ever see Jessica you can punch her in the tit…if for no other reason than knowing Dave.

I know plenty of dudes with an equally bland fashion sense, so I'm not going to hate on Dustin's style, but casually misogynistic jokes? Not cool, dude.
posted by Diagonalize at 9:16 AM on June 28, 2012


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