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Homestar Runner is back. The Brothers Chaps have added new content to homestarrunner.com for the first time since 2010.
posted by Rock Steady (85 comments total) 52 users marked this as a favorite

 
You better not......
posted by lumpenprole at 11:47 AM on April 1 [2 favorites]


Shit. I stopped following H*R around 2002. So I had 4 years to catch up on 8 years of missed content, and I blew it. Now I'm further behind the 8ball than ever!
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:48 AM on April 1 [3 favorites]


It's a Aprilween mackerel!
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:50 AM on April 1 [11 favorites]


Related: Strongbad vs. Daftpunk.
posted by hot_monster at 11:51 AM on April 1 [5 favorites]


Cripes! Just two days ago I went to the website in the idle hope that new content had been added, and left in sadness. What a nice surprise this is.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:58 AM on April 1 [2 favorites]


What new content? I've been reloading the main page and it still says last update 2010 ;_;
posted by Taft at 12:01 PM on April 1


"com on in?" i did not.
posted by Colonel Panic at 12:01 PM on April 1


You've got to hang out in the intro splash screen a bit.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:02 PM on April 1


OH <3
posted by Taft at 12:04 PM on April 1


User on the Homestarrunner subreddit jokes about there being a long-awaited update without realizing it actually happened.
posted by Rhaomi at 12:06 PM on April 1 [4 favorites]


First Achewood started getting updates again, now this? What next, will suck.com be resurrected?
posted by Doktor Zed at 12:07 PM on April 1 [21 favorites]


Gotta go to a discount store and find a computer that will run Windows 98 now.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 12:08 PM on April 1 [4 favorites]


Aw, man. I loved suck.com.
posted by jquinby at 12:09 PM on April 1 [5 favorites]


First Achewood started getting updates again, now this?

Nice! With Achewood I've pretty much just resorted to never checking for updates so I don't get a sad, and now whenever I hear randomly that there was an update it's like a little surprise gift.
posted by jason_steakums at 12:10 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


In 2020 I'm resurrecting reality-roomate-drama "TheSpot.com".
posted by GuyZero at 12:10 PM on April 1 [5 favorites]


Re: Achewood, just check on Fridays. It's not every week, but mist of the time there's a new strip.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:15 PM on April 1


Maybe I should check and see if there's been a funny Sinfest.

Naaaah.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:17 PM on April 1 [12 favorites]


Jokes serve the patriarchy.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:18 PM on April 1 [9 favorites]


*sob*
posted by Wolfdog at 12:18 PM on April 1



First Achewood started getting updates again, now this? What next, will suck.com be resurrected?


If it does, we can Digg it.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 12:20 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


you gotta check it out twice a day, because a reason that I forgot
posted by rebent at 12:21 PM on April 1


pogo fuzzybutt: digg.com is the reddit killer
posted by rebent at 12:22 PM on April 1


Without digg.com, I procrastinate but once.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:24 PM on April 1


I love how the little list across the bottom has "rando" as a category. How 2012 of them!
posted by droplet at 12:24 PM on April 1


This is like when The Pixies got back together
posted by hellojed at 12:32 PM on April 1 [5 favorites]


First Achewood started getting updates again, now this? What next, will suck.com be resurrected?

Memepool's still down. . . . So there's that.
posted by The Bellman at 12:35 PM on April 1 [8 favorites]


Nice! With Achewood I've pretty much just resorted to never checking for updates so I don't get a sad, and now whenever I hear randomly that there was an update it's like a little surprise gift.

This is what RSS is for.
posted by aubilenon at 12:36 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


Just yesterday I was wondering whatever happened to the Bros. Chap, and now this!
posted by gallois at 12:39 PM on April 1


Wow, and Dresden Codak updated recently too.
posted by Foosnark at 12:40 PM on April 1


4 Gregs!
posted by echocollate at 12:48 PM on April 1


This is what RSS is for.

I went and overloaded my RSS subscriptions to the point that it got to be a huuuuge daily time sink keeping up. Transferred everything to feedly after Google Reader died but I still haven't waded back in to cut it down to a manageable size.
posted by jason_steakums at 12:52 PM on April 1


First Achewood started getting updates again, now this? What next, will suck.com be resurrected?

More Brunching Shuttlecocks and Old Man Murray please. Then my internet life will come full circle.
posted by Hicksu at 12:59 PM on April 1 [9 favorites]


Still holding out for new content on zombo.com
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:03 PM on April 1 [15 favorites]


Five Second Films posted a new video today.
posted by effbot at 1:16 PM on April 1


You think everyone's logging on to watch tape-leg?
posted by antonymous at 1:31 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Hey! Tape-leg is cool.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 1:32 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Two days in a row with a Homestar Runner-related FPP... Now this is a Metafilter I can get behind.
posted by azarbayejani at 1:34 PM on April 1 [15 favorites]


FULLLLLLLL BARS!
posted by like_a_friend at 1:37 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


This is amazing, since I was just on homestarrunner.com for the first time yesterday, after a hiatus of probably five years.

Was it inspired by the Random Access Memories mashup?
posted by Sara C. at 1:37 PM on April 1


God damn it. I forgot how Homestarrunner tickles my uncontrollable hysterical laughter nerve in just the right way. Nothing like waaaay dead internet entertainment to make you feel old when it updates every whenevers. Some damn teenager with their music is going to be very confused about the Homestarrunner theme I installed on this library computer.
posted by mediocre at 1:39 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Just yesterday I was wondering whatever happened to the Bros. Chap, and now this!

We were all doing that. Just last night! BROTHERS CHAPS ARE YOU READING THE BLUE?
posted by JHarris at 1:59 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Leaving it open for a few minutes after the cartoon ends provides another little easter egg.
posted by Casuistry at 2:00 PM on April 1


Oh also: THIS CARTOON IS GREAT. I will duel anyone who says otherwise. (In SNES Rampart, in which I am nigh unbeatable.)
posted by JHarris at 2:02 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


FWIW, the Brothers Chaps are still around doin' stuff. In fact, they're working on Gravity Falls, which is OUTSTANDING. DIG IT.
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 2:13 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Just seeing the Daft Punk vs Strongbad mashup for the first time now. The most common criticism of it seems to be that its just the same joke over and over for an hour. To me, that is the feature not the flaw. I literally had an embarrassing moment where a shot snot out of my nose in a sudden blurt laugh that turned into an extended fit of laughter that I am having sincere trouble stopping.
posted by mediocre at 2:15 PM on April 1 [3 favorites]


The most common criticism of it seems to be that its just the same joke over and over for an hour. To me, that is the feature not the flaw.

Every time in something like this or, say, Teen Girl Squad where the joke seems a little thin, I remember that this is Strong Bad's idea of what is awesome, and that makes it funny again.
posted by straight at 2:33 PM on April 1 [9 favorites]


Since this also includes things that have been on hiatus for a while, Order of the Stick is back as well: http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0947.html

There are... fonts, and ... not-so-stick-like hands. It's weird, but also good.
posted by aureliobuendia at 2:36 PM on April 1


Leaving it open for a few minutes after the cartoon ends provides another little easter egg.

They always did that. From SBemail1 even, I think.

Now you have to go back through the entire archives!
posted by winna at 2:44 PM on April 1


Still holding out for new content on zombo.com

It's certainly possible.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 2:44 PM on April 1 [7 favorites]


It's certainly possible.

Anything is possible on Zombocom.
posted by Amplify at 2:48 PM on April 1 [11 favorites]


holy shit. and here I was just trying to explain to some damned college kid the other day what I meant with my snarky lightswitch rave reference when my husband, in a fit of demi-OCD, started flipping the paired switches to our kitchen back and forth because they were "out of phase" and bugging him.

sigh. I haz an old.
posted by lonefrontranger at 2:53 PM on April 1 [4 favorites]


I won't be happy till there's a new Radiskull and Devil Doll.
posted by emjaybee at 2:54 PM on April 1 [6 favorites]


Aw-wight!
posted by Jeff Morris at 3:12 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Also:
The words SAFE, TURN OFF and COMPUTER are clickable on the end card.
posted by JHarris at 3:17 PM on April 1


The words SAFE, TURN OFF and COMPUTER are clickable on the end card.

This I knew. (Hint: press Tab when the Flash widget is selected to cycle through all the hotspots.)

Leaving it open for a few minutes after the cartoon ends provides another little easter egg.

THIS I DID NOT KNOW. OH MY GOD.
posted by chrominance at 3:25 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


Leaving it open for a few minutes after the cartoon ends provides another little easter egg.

THIS I DID NOT KNOW. OH MY GOD.


I'm thinking I've been had -- i left it open for quite some time, and no extra egg... BOOO. (on me)
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 4:05 PM on April 1


Yep, that's how I find 'em too. Glad to see that little trick still works.
posted by JHarris at 4:21 PM on April 1


HELLO STUPID AND WELCOME TO YOUR COMPUTER
posted by ignignokt at 4:46 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Seems like a roundabout way to announce, "we've done about all we can think of with these characters, get over it"
posted by LogicalDash at 4:49 PM on April 1


there's something oddly appropriate about the fact that this is showing up on the tenth anniversary of Gmail

it's all like

the internet has colluded to tell me, "hey there, guess how long it has already been since you were in college"



because man
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:50 PM on April 1 [20 favorites]


I will only accept this if I can get a free canceltation with one of their handsome talking experts.

One o' them said they'd buy me lunch. But I don't see nobody taking me to Chick-fil-A.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 5:13 PM on April 1 [1 favorite]


Hey, real quick, can someone put all the sbemails and TGSes on YouTube so I can watch them on my phone? That'd be great, thanks.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:46 PM on April 1


Oh, nevermind. Someone already did. See you in a couple weeks.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:51 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


YA DAMN RIGHT

god i used to love sbemail more than anything else on the internet.
posted by waxbanks at 6:12 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


Hey, as long as we're throwing shout-outs for the Möbius Resurrection of Internets Gone-By, my lawn chair and I are settling in until the Daily Radar and Sideways Pony float back to the top.

I mean, come on, fhqwhgads.
posted by Appropriate Username at 6:15 PM on April 1


LogicalDash: You do realize that if they ever post anything again, you'll will be the subject of horrible rage, right? An admin might even ban you and painstakingly delete every post you ever made and erase every reference to you, including this one.

Also, they're just busy with other projects, including Gravity Falls.
posted by BiggerJ at 6:25 PM on April 1


Oh I missed this. Did the update COME IN THE NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!!!!!

(And hit your tab key a few times to see the clickable items at the end of the Flash cartoons.)
posted by hangashore at 6:39 PM on April 1


Seems like a roundabout way to announce, "we've done about all we can think of with these characters, get over it"

Hey, any ending (or ending-ish thing) is better than the uncertain hiatus of the past few years.
posted by Going To Maine at 7:19 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


C'mon, plastic.com!
posted by bpm140 at 7:56 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


Seems like a roundabout way to announce, "we've done about all we can think of with these characters, get over it"

Huh? Are you seeing something I missed or is that just a verbose way of saying "meh"?
posted by straight at 8:28 PM on April 1 [2 favorites]


So, it looks like geekculture.com is still consistently updating content for some reason...
posted by Skwirl at 9:58 PM on April 1


555-55-55855-55-5-SENOR-MORT-GAGE…TODAY!
posted by danb at 10:05 PM on April 1


FWIW, the Brothers Chaps are still around doin' stuff. In fact, they're working on Gravity Falls, which is OUTSTANDING. DIG IT.

And Craig Zobel, who co-created Homestar and most of the other major characters and wrote several all-time great 'toons, became a film director. (And he was one of the producers of David Gordon Green's George Washington!)
posted by alexoscar at 12:08 AM on April 2


It's gone. The whole update disappeared without a trace. Even the "last update" is back in 2010 where it was on March 31. WUT. DA. HEK.
posted by 1adam12 at 1:38 AM on April 2


It'll probably be back up when it gets moved to its own page. And the "last update" was never changed.
posted by JHarris at 1:45 AM on April 2


holy shit, metafilter.com is still updating!
posted by Eideteker at 10:04 AM on April 2 [2 favorites]


straight: Huh? Are you seeing something I missed or is that just a verbose way of saying "meh"?

Yeah no, I also read the bit at the end about "five, ten, fifteen, whatever it takes" as suggesting that we shouldn't be looking for regular content. I do think it would be nice if they could give us a definitive "series finale" kind of a thing. Maybe a parody of a Six Feet Under style "Where are they now?" ending to put a nice bow on the whole thing? It's so cool to see that the brothers ended up involved in some of my favorite kids programming on TV, even if the The Homestar Runner Show that I so desperately wanted back in the day never came to pass. If you like H*R and are not into Gravity Falls you should check it out, it's definitely in the same spirit.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:04 AM on April 2


The homepage now again leads back to the new cartoon.
posted by JHarris at 2:55 PM on April 2


Oh, and those Windows 98 desktop themes offered for downloads, there are a few cool files in there. In addition to MP3s of Strong Bad's start up sound and HR+SB's shutdown duet, there's sounds for a number of system events, including Strong Bad going "Oh!" and "Aw!" for windows maximize and minimize events, and for program crashes Homestar saying "Oops... you bwoke it."
posted by JHarris at 3:07 PM on April 2


I do think it would be nice if they could give us a definitive "series finale" kind of a thing.

I had kind of figured that the five episodes of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People ended up being this. It may not give the characters an "ending" -- and I really don't think there's anything about the Homestar universe that demands one -- but those games are a huge enormous helping of Homestar / Strong Bad craziness. I think the five games end up representing a significant percentage of the total Strong Bad / Homestar content the Brothers Chaps have made, and while they're kind of so-so as adventure games, the quality of the comedy is high throughout, on par with the better SBemails.

It seems to me that making those games must have been pretty exhausting, and I wasn't at all surprised they didn't do much more afterwards. And I think they were a pretty high note for Strong Bad et. al. to go out on.
posted by straight at 8:53 PM on April 2 [2 favorites]


Myself, I think the Brothers Chaps didn't intend to end Homestar Runner, and that they still don't. I think they just have other projects -- projects that probably pay a lot better. Also, according to some stuff in their RSS feed (which I would happy dig up for you OH WAIT GOOGLE READER GOT KILLED), one of them had a new baby at about the time the Great Hiatus began, and that would be a serious drain on anyone's time. But they had been heard to say that they would update the site again, "when you least expect it," although I don't remember where I heard it.
posted by JHarris at 12:36 AM on April 3


But they had been heard to say that they would update the site again, "when you least expect it," although I don't remember where I heard it.

I heard it on hrwiki.org, though the actual information was originally tweeted.
posted by aubilenon at 12:55 AM on April 3 [1 favorite]


I would like to live in an alternate timeline where we can get the Forum 2000 take on Bioshock.

Also: Metafilter's one time cousin site Kuro5hin lumbers on to this day in zombie troll form.

The fact that no one gets my old culturally-relevant site references is making me feel old.
posted by Skwirl at 10:16 AM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Also, suck.com posts a "Remember How Terrible Slate Was?" retrospective on the 10th anniversary of Slate's demise.
posted by straight at 11:16 AM on April 3 [1 favorite]


(Actually it would be a self-loathing piece sprinkled with links to Gawker sites, wistfully marveling that we ever thought Slate was bad enough to complain about.)
posted by straight at 11:21 AM on April 3


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