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December 12, 2001
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Today on KottkeFilter: the much-anticipated 'WHAT' project from 0sil8 Heavy Industries, code-named 'Danza,' has finally been released. And let me tell you, does it ever live up to the hype!
posted by catatonic (65 comments total)

 
Funny stuff. Good job Mathowie, Jason and Megway.
posted by catatonic at 5:30 AM on December 12, 2001


that so rocks. I wish I had friends like Meg and Jason.
posted by SentientAI at 5:55 AM on December 12, 2001


Ha! Ok, I thought it was just gonna be mock-hype, but damn, that's funny.

Where can I get one of those "Megway" t-shirts? :-)
posted by rusty at 6:02 AM on December 12, 2001


Class. I'll never ask for a pony again.
posted by davehat at 6:03 AM on December 12, 2001


that was so cool
You guys are the best. Now, let's hope Dean thinks so too...
posted by nprigoda at 6:05 AM on December 12, 2001


ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod, radical!

...
posted by corpse at 6:10 AM on December 12, 2001


Pure genius! I am with rusty, let us have our Megway™ t-shirts :-)
posted by riffola at 6:23 AM on December 12, 2001


I *totally* Meg. (Oh, yeah, and you too mathowie--just in a different, really manly sort of way.)
posted by jpoulos at 6:39 AM on December 12, 2001


One of the funniest deadpan parodies I've seen in quite a while -- this is worthy of National Lampoon back when it was good.
posted by alumshubby at 6:42 AM on December 12, 2001


So happy to hear it isn't going to replace little clown bicycles! Very amusing way to start my workday - thanks!
posted by kristin at 6:49 AM on December 12, 2001


Hmm, just when I started hoping something interesting would happen...
posted by martz at 7:02 AM on December 12, 2001


I just had to spend three minutes trying to explain to my roommate what exactly it was I was laughing at.
posted by mrbula at 7:20 AM on December 12, 2001


I haven't laughed that hard in months.

Megway won't change the world as we know. The technologies that were developed to make Megay possible could though! The dynamic stabilization (comfy shoes, inner ear) and the pretty colors (hair dye) could have quite an impact on cities of the future!

You just watch!
posted by Jeremy at 7:38 AM on December 12, 2001


Ho. Ho.

Ho.
posted by kchristidis at 7:51 AM on December 12, 2001


That's just another human! It seems rather impractical to me as well.
posted by Mark at 8:14 AM on December 12, 2001


"One of Megway's neatest safety features is that when it rains, Megway's built-in headlights automatically come on after the first few drops of rain dampen its shirt."
posted by blackholebrain at 8:14 AM on December 12, 2001


That logo is genius. Thanks for this.
posted by sudama at 8:15 AM on December 12, 2001


I think it's great, but...

Anyone want to mirror it? The MeFi server is getting hammered.
posted by dogmatic at 8:25 AM on December 12, 2001


best line: "Just think forward and you go forward; think backward and you go backwards.". We need more backward-thinking tech like this.
posted by gazingus at 8:36 AM on December 12, 2001


ROTFLMMFAO

And remember, always wear your helmet when using the Megway. Classic.

Reminds me of that My Life with the Trill Kill Kult song "Ride the Mindway"..."Ride the Megway!"
posted by adampsyche at 8:38 AM on December 12, 2001


If the Megway TH doesn't take off like a rocket, then the terrorists have already won.
posted by rocketpup at 8:39 AM on December 12, 2001


We. Are. Not. Amused.

Actually, we are. This is very funny stuff!

Less funny: Editorial cartoons about Segway.

The real Segway.
posted by docjohn at 10:36 AM on December 12, 2001


Anyone want to mirror it? The MeFi server is getting hammered.

Yeah, sorry about that. We, um, underestimated the amount of traffic that this thing would get. The movie is mirrored now and load balanced between a few servers, so it should be speedier.

We. Are. Not. Amused.

Actually, we are. This is very funny stuff!


Oh wow, thanks. We tried not to cut on the Segway too much, mostly because we all think it's so damn cool. Now if we could only get a test drive.... *cough*
posted by jkottke at 10:50 AM on December 12, 2001


I don't get it.
posted by dagny at 10:57 AM on December 12, 2001


Any chance of a stretch Megway?
posted by liam at 11:00 AM on December 12, 2001


Yeah, whatever. *shrug*
posted by sbgrove at 11:01 AM on December 12, 2001


Keep in mind this is a 1.0 release. Version 2.0 could be quite nice.

Also, I want a test drive one so bad right now I'm hopping up and down.
posted by perplexed at 11:04 AM on December 12, 2001


Incredible. I love Meg's blank expression. Where's the pricing information though? This thing would make a great stocking-stuffer...
posted by D at 11:14 AM on December 12, 2001


I agree that it's all about Meg's expression.

deadpan = irony = comedy
posted by jpoulos at 11:36 AM on December 12, 2001


But will they be redesigning cities for the Megway?
posted by tommasz at 11:37 AM on December 12, 2001


Yeah, whatever. *shrug*

Yeah, whatever. *shrug*
posted by mw at 11:47 AM on December 12, 2001


The "Opposable Digits Technology ™" will never catch on.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:50 AM on December 12, 2001


I'm confused. Earlier publicity/hype showed the Megway in different colors [and, I might add, suggested different capabilities and business plans]. Is Henry Ford black going to be the only one offered? And this was a very early spy picture taken during some sort of test drive gone horribly wrong. Have those behavioral quirks been ironed out by now?
posted by dhartung at 11:51 AM on December 12, 2001


I'm very impressed with how well it maneuvers on wet pavement.
posted by kindall at 11:57 AM on December 12, 2001


Word has it that they're already at work on something even bigger, codenamed Konga.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 12:21 PM on December 12, 2001


I thought the web would never reach the high water mark set by Cracked Magazine during its heyday, but today I was proven wrong - and happily so!
posted by jga at 12:29 PM on December 12, 2001


Yeah, whatever. *yawn*
posted by lizardboy at 12:30 PM on December 12, 2001


those segway editorial cartoons are great.

but this is better. waaay better. I think ya'll should get a test ride for this, anyone have the inventors email address?
posted by th3ph17 at 12:33 PM on December 12, 2001


Now all I need to know is which cat made the cameo in the demo movie?
posted by Jeremy at 12:33 PM on December 12, 2001


Bravo!! Hazzah!! Jkottke is master of the server-crippling technology parodies (remember "Simply Porn"?)
posted by halcyon at 12:37 PM on December 12, 2001


Another joke Jason has taken entirely too far. (see: 0sil8 archives)
posted by magnetbox at 12:58 PM on December 12, 2001


I laughed, I cried, I give it five stars.
posted by qbert72 at 1:15 PM on December 12, 2001


Presses nose against glass while shivering in the cold outside, wipes nose, and wonders alone, "how can I be cool?"
posted by Vek at 1:19 PM on December 12, 2001


How Lame!

That wasn't even remotely funny. Gee, a SEGWAY parody...How'd they ever think of THAT?

(Sure brought out the bootlickers, though)
posted by HTuttle at 1:58 PM on December 12, 2001


(Sure brought out the bootlickers, though)

Yeah, I gotta say I found that to be sort of icky and disturbing...
posted by spilon at 2:10 PM on December 12, 2001


slurp slurp slurp.
ew, this boot polish tastes yukky.
like cracked and natlamp? not even close.
as has been said:
yeah, whatever. shrug.
posted by quonsar at 2:31 PM on December 12, 2001


Matt's cat wasn't afraid of the Megway because its operation is largely noiseless. Advanced technology.
posted by anildash at 3:03 PM on December 12, 2001




"Ay Tony, I thought this was going to involve you."
posted by Mark at 3:22 PM on December 12, 2001


That's not Matt's cat, that's my cat Bodhi, making his film debut. You can't believe how much we had to pay him for that split-second walk on.
posted by megnut at 3:32 PM on December 12, 2001


Jason Kottke has done it again.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond.
posted by jaysoucy at 3:35 PM on December 12, 2001


I just had to spend three minutes trying to explain to my roommate what exactly it was I was laughing at.

Would you explain it to me as well? "Megway" is about as rote a parody as there is.

The sycophants' posts are much funnier.
posted by KLAX at 3:55 PM on December 12, 2001


Gosh, not everyone who finds this genuinely funny is necessarily a sycophant.

That aside, I the new Megway, even if it still doesn't allow me to breathe underwater!!! :(

(Although I can see how the Megway could possibly be used for that purpose. *wink, wink*)
posted by brownpau at 6:09 PM on December 12, 2001


man... i was hoping that it really would involve breathing underwater, instead of just being a segway parody. well, i would say i was dissapointed, were it not for Mark's post. Now, THAT was frickin' hilarious.
posted by lotsofno at 6:46 PM on December 12, 2001


I wasn't going to say anything, but I wne to make lunch, and couldn't get it off my mind. The parody was done by two people who are Friends of MeFi™ and by Matt himself. It's not sycophantic to say you found it amusing, if you did, and it's just plain rude and unpleasant to whine about bootlicking and post cleverclever mock-yawns.

At least make a attempt to be civil, damnit, people. If you didn't find it funny, fair enough. Move on. There's no need to piss all over both the people who made the thing (who I reiterate, are part of this community, and if nothing else deserve at least common courtesy, if nothing else) and the people who enjoyed it.

This should be in MeTa perhaps, but I don't think it merits much discussion. Boorish, childish behaviour like this is just the sort of thing that eventates in our weekly handwringing MeTasessions about 'how bad things are getting around here.'
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:25 PM on December 12, 2001


Ahem. Brilliantly and subtly done.
posted by melgx at 8:29 PM on December 12, 2001


Yeah, stravos, I already tried that.

Metafilter: Where denigration is the sport of kings!
posted by fooljay at 9:40 PM on December 12, 2001


I'm underwhelmed.
posted by Tubes at 11:04 PM on December 12, 2001


The sycophants' posts are much funnier.

If we got a laugh out of this, as I did, we have to lie now? To appear cool? To who? (runs out of question marks)

Give that a miss, I don't care how it comes across, or what it says about me. I thought it was funny.
posted by lucien at 11:37 PM on December 12, 2001


Lucien, I think you mean "To whom." You want to appear cool and intelligent, don't you?
posted by megnut at 11:41 PM on December 12, 2001


....creative spelling.....

That is the single largest number of spelling mistakes I've ever made in a Metafilter post. All steamed up, I was. Sorry. You get the gist, I hope.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:33 AM on December 13, 2001


Well, many people seem to find it funny. I smirked at the first pic at least :).
posted by Eloquence at 5:38 AM on December 13, 2001


that was damn funny. everyone should have a Megway!!
posted by presto at 5:38 AM on December 13, 2001


looks like they're in trouble.
posted by lotsofno at 6:58 AM on December 13, 2001


It's not sycophantic to say you found it amusing, if you did, and it's just plain rude and unpleasant to whine about bootlicking and post cleverclever mock-yawns.

At this point, you can't be surprised that some people are so contrarian and "too cool for school" that they showed up to piss on the whole thing. Maybe it's my Catholic upbringing, but what better way is there to pass time than make people defensive for enjoying something?

I loved the parody. Droll, hilarious, and creepy. The funniest part was Jason wearing a safety helmet while the Megway doesn't.
posted by rcade at 10:05 AM on December 13, 2001


It's a Yahoo! Daily Pick today.
posted by mw at 11:22 AM on December 13, 2001


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