March 7, 2001
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Has anyone been to Megnut recently? Be sure to read the page source.
posted by jpoulos (74 comments total)

 
I've been debating posting this for a couple of days now for a couple of reasons. I feel a little weird, since Meg's a high-profilie member of the MeFi community, and she's obviously going through some very personal stuff, and opening a thread will probably start all sorts of awkward speculation. But then, she is a high-profile member of the MeFi community. Is this news? Is it our business?
posted by jpoulos at 6:52 AM on March 7, 2001


I think the whole point of source comments is that they're meant to be hidden - posting a thread about it sort of defeats the point.
posted by jed at 7:07 AM on March 7, 2001


Didn't you guys know those comments were only meant for the A-list? If you don't respect their privacy, they will never let you join.


posted by ericost at 7:13 AM on March 7, 2001


you spoiled it... oh well.


posted by cheaily at 7:17 AM on March 7, 2001


The page has had me smiling to myself for days.
posted by vanderwal2 at 7:20 AM on March 7, 2001


The always entertaining plasticbag.org pointed this out a day or so ago. I was left thinking, "Too clever, at least by half. What's the point?"
posted by m.polo at 7:25 AM on March 7, 2001


Well I guess you could have been a little more subtle about it.... Anyway it makes a good example for the use of this nifty tool.


posted by tallman at 7:59 AM on March 7, 2001


> Is this news? Is it our business?

Neither. It's not even interesting. I like Megnut, but this is just not very noteworthy, and it's definitely not clever or innovative, people have been doing similar things for years on the web.I've seen whole journals hidden this way. I guess when people find something hidden their first impulse is always to show someone it.
posted by beefula at 8:02 AM on March 7, 2001



posted by iceberg273 at 8:12 AM on March 7, 2001


The first rule of Source Club is "Don't talk about Source Club." ;-)
posted by bradlands at 8:14 AM on March 7, 2001


To be perfectly honest, when I posted the link, I was unaware of the comments that meg had made since Friday. I must have been looking at a cached copy, because my understanding was that all she had there was "I just don't have anything good to say anymore. So I'm not going to say anything at all."

This thread wasn't supposed to be about a "source log", but about (what appeared to be at the time) Meg throwing her hands up and "quitting".
posted by jpoulos at 8:20 AM on March 7, 2001


Hey, this inspires me in a different direction. Maybe I'll make my log all-text at some point, unformatted. Hmm.

Sort of an anti-design design statement, as it were. Hmmm....
posted by beth at 8:21 AM on March 7, 2001


This thread wasn't supposed to be about a "source log", but about (what appeared to be at the time) Meg throwing her hands up and "quitting".

If someone really "quits" I doubt they want to see people discuss their demise here.
posted by mathowie at 8:34 AM on March 7, 2001


i've always thought that posting source commentary or "nudge, nudge view the source" kind of stuff is tacky and i've never understood why people do it. then again, i've never understood why the bay city rollers were such hit, what with those hairdos and all, so i guess there are some questions that can't be answered.
posted by heather at 8:57 AM on March 7, 2001


Hm... I don't have a problem with it.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 9:09 AM on March 7, 2001


When a page goes away, the source code is always the first place I look.
posted by jennyb at 9:10 AM on March 7, 2001


[Insert "view the source, Luke" gag here.]
posted by holgate at 9:15 AM on March 7, 2001


Source wants to be free!
posted by Mick at 9:16 AM on March 7, 2001


sometimes you want to keep a journal private. most personal journals are that way. many became public after quite some time, other made their reappearances after long hiatus.

sometimes you want to say things just for the heck of it even, even if you don't want them to be public.

meg does not need to redesign if she wants to make her posts publicly available (though I bet she mocks quite a lot on her public with the source log, especially the public that shoots pics at her in the park...), but to be happy about what she's saying. and i bet that if/when megnut reopens, it'll be a lot more interesting than the source log.

then again, i don't think it's anyone business but hers.

posted by pecus at 9:19 AM on March 7, 2001


Maybe not Matt, but Meg has been sharing her life with us for years. I'm not a fan of invading anyone's personal space, but I only posted what she herself had made available to the public. If Meg had simply stopped updating the site, and left a public note as to why, she would have invited less scrutiny than she has by handling it this way.

I said from the start that I wasn't sure I should have posted it, and I think now that I probably shouldn't have. But I think there are some valid issues here: private v. public "blogged" life, Pyra's troubles reflected in the blogs it helped produce, the "A-List" (I hate that term) as micro-media icons.

Maybe MeFi isn't the best place for the discussion, as some among us are too close to the situation, but I still think it's worthy of discussion somewhere.

If Meg is about to call it quits, I, for one, will miss her.
posted by jpoulos at 9:21 AM on March 7, 2001


crap. what i was trying to say - and said very badly - that linking or writing about someone else who has comments and saying "view their source" or "i found blah blah blah" in x's code is tacky. commented text is not in itself tacky. too early. not enought diet coke.
posted by heather at 9:23 AM on March 7, 2001


oh and joe, darling, you could never be tacky. except perhaps for that jester's cap.... :)
posted by heather at 9:25 AM on March 7, 2001


if meg (or anyone else) really didn't want people (or, more specifically, the wrong people) to read what she was writing, she'd either a) move it to a different, hidden url, or b) not put it online.
posted by mmanning at 9:42 AM on March 7, 2001


about as interesting and clever as this
posted by joshua at 9:44 AM on March 7, 2001


Maybe she just wanted to give a treat to adventurous visitors. No biggie. Or, maybe it's a part of the View Source Initiative of 2001, which encourages everyone to start viewing source. Source is your friend.
posted by hijinx at 9:52 AM on March 7, 2001


i'm an avid source reader, and used to have source comments on every page...it is sort of spooky sometimes to find some old webpage from 1996 with source comments i made while making it...listening to such and such band, going to see so-and-so whom i am madly in love with...etc...

its like opening a crypt sometimes.

Need Coffee.
posted by th3ph17 at 10:00 AM on March 7, 2001


All your Source are belong to us!

[OK, sorry. I'll ban myself for a day as penance]
posted by darren at 10:08 AM on March 7, 2001



Each to his/her own, I guess, but isn't it just a bandwagon to jump on?
posted by williamtry at 10:19 AM on March 7, 2001


OK, heather, I'll give you a pass on this time since you're apparently suffering Diet Coke withdrawal, but don't go mocking Joe's cap again. DO NOT TAUNT HAPPY FUN CAP!!
posted by bradlands at 10:25 AM on March 7, 2001


geez. that meg. so clever. all i can add is "she has legs that don't quit!"
posted by judith at 10:26 AM on March 7, 2001


All right, I'm going to respond to this, only because the speculation is too sillly to ignore.

Here's what happened (and I'm sure this will take all the fun out of this and then we can move on): I took the site down for a variety of reasons. If I wanted you to know why, I would have told you. I'm not ready to put the site back up yet, for a variety of reasons. If I want you to know why, I'll tell you.

In the meantime, I discovered I still had things I wanted to say, so I posted them in the source. For fun. Because it's silly. Not because I'm trying to be clever, original, cute, smart, or any thing else people are assuming.

I did it because I felt like it. And that's it.


posted by megnut at 10:29 AM on March 7, 2001


Aww...this is no fun any more. Let's move on. :-)
posted by jpoulos at 10:36 AM on March 7, 2001


meg, you don't have to try to be clever, original, cute, or smart.

it all comes naturally for you.
posted by christian at 10:50 AM on March 7, 2001


Can I complain about Network Solutions now? ;)
posted by hijinx at 10:51 AM on March 7, 2001


I think Meg is clever, original, cute, and smart! DON"T TELL MY WIFE!
posted by thirteen at 10:52 AM on March 7, 2001


Damn christian! Beat me to the punch!
posted by thirteen at 10:54 AM on March 7, 2001


Damn thirteen! You beat me to the "beat me to the punch" punch!

Damn hijinx! You beat me to the punch!
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 11:01 AM on March 7, 2001


Damn you all! And me too!
posted by hijinx at 11:08 AM on March 7, 2001


Can't we talk about something important, like where Meg works now?
posted by MarkAnd at 11:09 AM on March 7, 2001


NO---- but we can talk about why her webcam isn't up:)
posted by schlomo at 11:18 AM on March 7, 2001


Meg has a spleen that doesn't quit.


posted by ed at 11:20 AM on March 7, 2001


Now that this particular source of fun is removed, we need to go back to making fun of CUJoe's hat. Although you could just as well make fun of my hat.
posted by plinth at 11:55 AM on March 7, 2001


...Meg has been sharing her life with us for years.

Since when did "having a web site" become "sharing a life"? (And why is this idea almost invariably applied to women?) Sheesh. This isn't We Live In Public, you know.
posted by holgate at 12:02 PM on March 7, 2001


I warned y'all to lay off my man Joe. Listen up, yo, if you really need to make fun of a hat, knock yourself out.
posted by bradlands at 12:26 PM on March 7, 2001


Ha ha! All your scalp are belong to Bugs!

Shoot me.
posted by jason at 12:42 PM on March 7, 2001



posted by bryanboyer at 1:05 PM on March 7, 2001


Satan help me, I have accidently composed an entire song called Megnut, sung to the tune of Steve Martin's King Tut. I really am busy, it just came to me as I was backing up files.
Here is a sample
MEGNUT
When she was a youg girl,
She never thought she'd see,
people checking source code
sent by FTP


I hate me too.
posted by thirteen at 1:06 PM on March 7, 2001


I agree with bryanboyer. Haha.
posted by bradlands at 1:15 PM on March 7, 2001



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posted by frykitty at 1:52 PM on March 7, 2001


Next trend: putting your comments in someone else's source.

posted by hijinx at 1:52 PM on March 7, 2001


Hey, what's the deal with this funny-lookin' thread?
posted by BT at 1:53 PM on March 7, 2001


We officially have a new meme.
posted by Skot at 2:06 PM on March 7, 2001


All your           are belong to us!
posted by MarkBakalor at 2:24 PM on March 7, 2001


I'm waiting for the one that just says <!-- made you look. -->
posted by jason at 2:28 PM on March 7, 2001


Whoa. That really broke it. And it looked right in preview, too. I used ampersand-gt-semicolon, I swear. (View source if you're just tuning in.)
posted by jason at 2:29 PM on March 7, 2001



posted by holgate at 2:30 PM on March 7, 2001


Looks like a Florida Election Booth around here.

Fun for everyone
posted by vanderwal2 at 2:33 PM on March 7, 2001


I'd like to add that I know for certain that Meg's legs do, in fact, quit.
posted by jkottke at 2:46 PM on March 7, 2001


Has anyone been to Metafilter recently? Be sure to read the page source.

posted by sixfoot6 at 3:01 PM on March 7, 2001


Things clauses A-list and original sentence. Concerning no one.


posted by ed at 3:02 PM on March 7, 2001


I have the oddest feeling I've lost something...

posted by BT at 3:40 PM on March 7, 2001


-->
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 3:52 PM on March 7, 2001


okay, that only *looks* like it came from me... I had to uh... fix something so that I could post my own comment.


posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 3:53 PM on March 7, 2001


Where were you people during the Bloggies???

posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 3:53 PM on March 7, 2001


For BT.
posted by holgate at 3:56 PM on March 7, 2001


Ah, just click here from now on to view the source (at least in IE5).
posted by iceberg273 at 4:02 PM on March 7, 2001


ah. tired. this will teach me not to be so quick to laugh of all those who use too many exclamation points in their visible text...
posted by BT at 4:02 PM on March 7, 2001



posted by jpoulos at 6:32 PM on March 7, 2001


I just don't get it.
posted by plinth at 5:04 AM PST on March 8

That's because you're a small minded pea-head and a pencil-necked geek, plinth
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 5:05 AM PST on March 8
Where did that come from, CUJoe?

posted by plinth at 5:07 AM on March 8, 2001


Okay, well that was pretty scary.

posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 8:50 AM on March 8, 2001


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