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April 12, 2010 6:23 AM   Subscribe

You know that guy cortex? He has lots of ideas. (F'rexample, the WTF LOL flier has a little life of its own now.)
posted by cgc373 (63 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have seriously considered putting up some WTF LOL fliers.
posted by grouse at 6:29 AM on April 12, 2010


I am also tempted.
posted by The Whelk at 6:31 AM on April 12, 2010


maybe a mod should put this in projects instead?

i'll close this one up.
posted by the aloha at 6:32 AM on April 12, 2010


It already is!
posted by The Whelk at 6:33 AM on April 12, 2010


Never go against the Cortex Fredo. Smooch.
posted by timsteil at 6:35 AM on April 12, 2010


whelk, touche. cortex, you know i was just just joshing, right?
posted by the aloha at 6:37 AM on April 12, 2010


I thought a WTF LOL flier would have wings and a propeller. Like a real life ROFLcopter.
posted by DU at 6:38 AM on April 12, 2010


Transfer all shares to BBQ.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:39 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think today would be a good day to use office resources to print up some WTF LOL fliers. I think I'll use Comic Sans.
posted by rtha at 6:39 AM on April 12, 2010


I'm going to make one of those and hang it outside my office door.

I work at home. weeps.
posted by jquinby at 6:42 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


The WTF LOL flier could be the new "extreme ironing". Pictures of the flyer posted in difficult-to-access locations and famous or important places would be awesome.
posted by FishBike at 6:52 AM on April 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


Can someone make that into t-shirt design for cafepress or some other such outlet?
posted by zeikka at 6:59 AM on April 12, 2010


Yeah, I totally thought that a WTF LOL Flier would be a wagon, like a radio flyer.

What it turned out to be is pretty sweet, though.
posted by frecklefaerie at 7:11 AM on April 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


Ask Metafilter: Then at the end a naked red-headed man in a beret shouts “Nut…busted!”
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:17 AM on April 12, 2010


RIP Look At This Cat!
posted by Houyhnhnm at 7:17 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would totally illegally download a copy of Nutbusters.
posted by graventy at 7:31 AM on April 12, 2010


I wasn't aware that Look At This Cat was dead. Please return the pictures of my cats.
posted by desjardins at 7:34 AM on April 12, 2010 [4 favorites]


If you haven't read Mulder's Big Adventure yet, do so.
posted by selfmedicating at 7:45 AM on April 12, 2010


MetaFilter: WTF LOL (OMFG)
posted by bwg at 7:49 AM on April 12, 2010


With all these great ideas you'd think he'd be able to figure out how to put on some frickin' pants every once and a while!
posted by Pollomacho at 7:49 AM on April 12, 2010


Ask Metafilter: Then at the end a naked red-headed man in a beret shouts “Nut…busted!”

That should be the new official message whenever an old AskMe is closed.
posted by rokusan at 7:50 AM on April 12, 2010


I wasn't aware that Look At This Cat was dead. Please return the pictures of my cats.

I think you misread that, desjardins. It's Look At This Dead Cat.

PS - sorry about your cat.
posted by Pollomacho at 7:52 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Great stuff there, cortex. Funny. Enjoyable. Stinky. I'm a fan.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:58 AM on April 12, 2010


If you haven't read Mulder's Big Adventure yet, do so.

It's back, yeah! I knew I didn't delete it from my feed reader for a reason.
posted by never used baby shoes at 8:04 AM on April 12, 2010


Oh hi! I'm really enjoying doing the blog so far; it's kind of the perfect outlet for the various not-really-worth-turning-into-a-project (and worth-it-but-I-probably-won't-manage-to) stuff that hits me a couple times a day. I probably should have started it a long time ago.

If it keeps up over the long haul and gets a bit of a following, I like the idea of maybe creating a "You Did It" bragging-rights program where anybody who goes ahead and executes an idea gets a shoutout and maybe an extremely dated Web Badge type thing. I'd need to open that up to prior art claims too, though, since there's a reasonable chance that any bad idea has been had badly before a dozen times.

I love that the WTF LOL OMFG flier has gotten as much response as it has. I need to set up a proper little tumblr blog for just that and it's unreleased cousins, with handy pdfs and such.

I wasn't aware that Look At This Cat was dead. Please return the pictures of my cats.

Multiple points of failure there. I had some DNS problems back at the beginning of the year that ended up fucking up redirects on emails sent to *@joshmillard.com, and as a result I didn't actually receive notifications about the domain expiring. Didn't know there was a problem until someone gave me a nudge about it being down-down, at which point it was already into a weird half-death stage where I could resurrect it...for like some three-digit fee.

I love cats and shit but not that much, and I hadn't been updating in forever anyway (my workflow for the project was horrible and manual), so I let it lapse. If I rebuild it at some point in a less crazy-making way, I'll bring the old data back in somehow and grab a different domain.

If you haven't read Mulder's Big Adventure yet, do so.

Which we're trying to get back to publishing again, too. Wife and I have both missed working on that one.
posted by cortex at 8:09 AM on April 12, 2010


Infocom meets poetry.

Replace the traditional prose of classic interactive fiction titles like Zork and Hitchhiker’s Guide and Leather Goddesses of Phobos with structured verse in the style of e.g. William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow”:


Dude you totally did this.
posted by The Whelk at 9:04 AM on April 12, 2010


cortex,

I think wtflolcats.com is available.
posted by lukemeister at 9:07 AM on April 12, 2010


It doesn't count as DIDIT until it's running in an interpreter, is my take on it.
posted by cortex at 9:07 AM on April 12, 2010


bah.
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 AM on April 12, 2010


I work on a large campus of a very large university system and those WTF LOL posters are so going up on telephone poles around here as soon as I get a non-rainy night. We will conquer the public university, Metafilter.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:19 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is the flyer available to download? I get frustrated easily when I try to format stuff and those vertical tabs would just make me cry.

But I have this staple gun, and I have some paper.
posted by padraigin at 9:21 AM on April 12, 2010


Nutbusters?

hahahahhaahahahhaah

Oh wait. I don't get it.
posted by stormpooper at 9:52 AM on April 12, 2010


Is the flyer available to download?

The PDF for the flier is now available at the brand-spanking-new UselessFliers.tumblr.com. Looks like I should make a few more of these after all.
posted by cortex at 9:59 AM on April 12, 2010 [6 favorites]


The PDF for the flier is now available [...]>

Excellent. ::steeples fingers and looks from side to side in a suspicious manner::
posted by FishBike at 10:04 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Haha! Showerglass!
posted by lazaruslong at 10:16 AM on April 12, 2010


Thing about Showerglass is I believe people will totally buy it. I sometimes have ideas like this, like slice-of-bread-shaped little pans for frying perfectly sammich-sized eggs, not sure if that already exists.

My point is, we should start a group effort to actually make these wicked widgets, and share the revenue.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:52 AM on April 12, 2010


The PDF for the flier is now available at the brand-spanking-new UselessFliers.tumblr.com. Looks like I should make a few more of these after all.

Aw yeah. Watch out, neighborhood.
posted by padraigin at 11:02 AM on April 12, 2010


rtha: I think I'll use Comic Sans.

Please don't. Friends don't let friends use Comic Sans.
posted by Pronoiac at 11:21 AM on April 12, 2010


goodnewsfortheinsane: My parents used to have little metal english muffin sized rings with handles for frying perfectly round eggs. They were awesome.
posted by rusty at 11:23 AM on April 12, 2010


Also, Request:

I want a useless flier that reads:

           HEY
           YOU

with pull-tags that say "What?"
posted by rusty at 11:24 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I work on a large campus of a very large university system and those WTF LOL posters are so going up on telephone poles around here as soon as I get a non-rainy night. We will conquer the public university, Metafilter.

I’m in. Consider the University of California at Berkeley covered.
posted by spitefulcrow at 11:26 AM on April 12, 2010


BUTTS 

Γ  Γ  Γ  Γ  
O  O  O  O 
Γ  Γ  Γ  Γ  

posted by Pronoiac at 11:40 AM on April 12, 2010


Never mind, here's the one I wanted.
posted by rusty at 11:46 AM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Just put one useless flier up at the university I work at. More will be posted soon.
posted by thekilgore at 11:47 AM on April 12, 2010


I immediately printed and posted this flier on the bulletin board. I also work at a large post-secondary institution. There are lots of bulletin boards here.
posted by sharpener at 11:53 AM on April 12, 2010


This is an excellent use of the precious unrenewable natural resource that is paper.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:24 PM on April 12, 2010


Who invited Buzz Killington?
posted by rusty at 2:32 PM on April 12, 2010


Of the New Hampshire Killingtons?
posted by The Whelk at 2:38 PM on April 12, 2010


GIVE

(and underneath)

take
take
take
take
take
posted by jquinby at 3:09 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


TAKE NEXT TAB
TAKE NEXT TAB
TAKE NEXT TAB
TAKE FIRST TAB
posted by qvantamon at 3:12 PM on April 12, 2010


How is paper non-renewable?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:22 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Man alive, thedailywh.at ran with the original flier and my tumblr feed is exploding right now. Yow.
posted by cortex at 3:54 PM on April 12, 2010


IGNORE

THIS

FLYER


NO
NO
NO
NO

posted by oneswellfoop at 3:56 PM on April 12, 2010 [2 favorites]


WTF LOL fliers will be up in Decatur, GA this weekend. +1
posted by thehuskybride at 4:00 PM on April 12, 2010


THIS IS A

UTILITY POLE


and a damn fine one
and a damn fine one
and a damn fine one
and a damn fine one

posted by oneswellfoop at 4:01 PM on April 12, 2010


How is paper non-renewable?

:P
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:06 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


other obvious Useless Flyer content:

"This page intentionally left blank"
blank

"This space available"
or under here

"Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum."
Illegitimi non carborundum
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:08 PM on April 12, 2010


Stop paper waste!
yeah, right on!

Add little tabs below
(with lots of little tabs in different sizes and types of paper, taped individually)
posted by qvantamon at 4:36 PM on April 12, 2010


FREE NUMBERS

0 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 8 9


SAVE THE RAINFOREST

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO


BY TAKING A STUB YOU WAIVE ALL EXPECTATIONS OF THIS FLIER BEING USEFUL

OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK


I NO LONGER NEED THESE SMILEY FACES

☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺


FREE PAPER TO DISCARD YOUR GUM

place gum here
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:04 PM on April 12, 2010


RATE YOUR DAY

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:04 PM on April 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've been thinking that

AM I HOT
OR NOT

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


will need to go in the next batch, definitely.
posted by cortex at 5:14 PM on April 12, 2010


I want an entire telephone pole covered in these.

Wait.

I *can* cover an entire telephone pole in these things.
posted by The Whelk at 6:38 PM on April 12, 2010


I just came here to say I would be very disappointed if nutbusters hadn't already been done.

VERY DISAPPOINTED!
posted by wobh at 8:52 PM on April 12, 2010


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