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Mass application of bacon as applied to Star Wars AT-AT Walker As interesting as this is in itself, the venemous nature of some of the comments is wide ranging and toxic, making the whole exercise another rich internet moral experience.
posted by petecart (105 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
so are we in favor of the artist as pork recipient or is it just a mass corporate lie that belittles the hungry of this planet?
posted by petecart at 2:49 PM on April 14, 2010


I think we're more like "meh."
posted by Nothing... and like it at 2:50 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I am in favor of eating a BLT at this time.
posted by everichon at 2:51 PM on April 14, 2010


Too little, too late.
posted by GuyZero at 2:52 PM on April 14, 2010


This looks way less delicious and way more nauseating than I thought it would.
posted by superquail at 2:54 PM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


bacon starwars. baccon pirate. bacon ninja. ninja pirate. with a light saber. eating bacon. papercraft bacon. steam punk starwars. steampunk bacon pirate wars.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 2:54 PM on April 14, 2010 [13 favorites]


Echo station B-L-T, we have spotted Imperial walkers.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:55 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


stop it STOP IT
posted by p3on at 2:57 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is not a good use of a pig.
posted by bicyclefish at 2:57 PM on April 14, 2010 [5 favorites]


I was really hoping that this was some new Massachusetts assistance program. My disappointment is epic.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 2:58 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Imagine a bacon-covered human centipede...
posted by KokuRyu at 2:58 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think it looks like a flayed dog. It upsets me.
posted by Mavri at 3:00 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mother to starving kid in Africa: "In America they have streets paved with gold and so much food that they cover their toys with it just for fun".
posted by Liquidwolf at 3:01 PM on April 14, 2010 [4 favorites]


I am going to make a Lego Brick Toys™ Death Star and cover it in Juggalos. Then I will deep fry the whole ensemble.

I will conclude by putting it all on the internet.
posted by everichon at 3:01 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


We have this already. It is called a pig.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:01 PM on April 14, 2010 [25 favorites]


This is a Cpedia entry right?
posted by benzenedream at 3:04 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Stand by frying control.... Fire.
posted by nathancaswell at 3:07 PM on April 14, 2010


This is one case where the bacon makes it less cool.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:08 PM on April 14, 2010


The 'Mongolian Death Worm' that the site links to is a hoax animal made from a whelk egg case and some crab claws. But, kudos to you, internet fuckwads.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 3:08 PM on April 14, 2010


This is irking more than I realized. When does this kind of conspicuous waste cease to be cute to people? It's just fucked up on so many levels.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 3:08 PM on April 14, 2010 [7 favorites]


the venemous nature of some of the comments is wide ranging and toxic, making the whole exercise another rich internet moral experience.

Perhaps you might consider the sort of rich internet experience offered by the site as a whole, and adjust your expectations accordingly.
posted by Halloween Jack at 3:10 PM on April 14, 2010


Didn't your mother tell you not to play with your food. Now look at her! Are you happy? You look like you're happy. You should be ashamed of yourself, young man...
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:11 PM on April 14, 2010


The Pork is strong with this one.
posted by mattdidthat at 3:11 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


If only this was made by a hipster who bought the bacon with foodstamps, only then would the true vitriol be released.
posted by Big_B at 3:12 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm sick of bacon-related internet shenanigans.

This is a huge waste of tasty bacon, and about two years too late to ride the meme wave.
posted by graventy at 3:12 PM on April 14, 2010


I like Star Wars and I love bacon, but this just didn't amuse me. The bacon looked (and I think this may be the first time I have ever said this) gross.
posted by chatongriffes at 3:13 PM on April 14, 2010


As interesting as this is in itself


How is lazily slapping bacon all over a popular toy interesting? It's just dimwitted pseudo-extremism to the tune of well-trod memes.

I hope this guy has nightmares of pig ghosts slicing off sections of his abdomen then layering it over a muddy trough.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:14 PM on April 14, 2010 [5 favorites]


Look, bacon is delicious, no question, so please quit using to decorate things and just eat it, ok?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:15 PM on April 14, 2010


He will join us or fry, my Master.
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:17 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


Goddamnit I can't believe I can't think of another stupid bacon soundalike Star Wars line I'm going to get a coffee
posted by nathancaswell at 3:18 PM on April 14, 2010


Ew.
posted by zarq at 3:18 PM on April 14, 2010


This is irking more than I realized. When does this kind of conspicuous waste cease to be cute to people? It's just fucked up on so many levels.

How do we know this wasn't spoiled bacon that was going to be thrown out anyway? I bet you feel sheepish now

(actually, an AT-AT in sheep skin would have been much more effective. Kind of put a Trojan Horse, wolf-in-sheep's-clothing spin on those Battle of Hoth implications. This, on the other hand, doesn't really put a spin on anything)
posted by squeakyfromme at 3:19 PM on April 14, 2010


Yeah, graventy, I agree. Bacon has cinched up its helmet and given the throttle a couple exploratory twists.
posted by notyou at 3:19 PM on April 14, 2010


I did think of "Artoo has been known to make a steak... from time to time" for some reason
posted by nathancaswell at 3:19 PM on April 14, 2010


This is a huge waste of tasty bacon, and about two years too late to ride the meme wave.

This is coming from a forum that still tolerates "eponysterical" and "get off my lawn" exhortations? Sometimes even FAVORITES the fucking things???
posted by squeakyfromme at 3:22 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I prefer the bacon AK-47.
posted by blaneyphoto at 3:24 PM on April 14, 2010


This really isn't kosher.
posted by Saxon Kane at 3:25 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is coming from a forum that still tolerates "eponysterical" and "get off my lawn" exhortations? Sometimes even FAVORITES the fucking things???

Don't have a cow, man.
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:26 PM on April 14, 2010 [8 favorites]


This would be way cooler if pigs were killing and skinning humans, curing their muscle tissue, cutting it into strips and gluing it to styrofoam models of their giant science fiction robot walkers.

Way cooler. I don't know how they'd carve the styrofoam, though.
posted by gurple at 3:27 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth, and applewood-smoked.
posted by Saxon Kane at 3:27 PM on April 14, 2010


He should totally have sex with it.
posted by chugg at 3:29 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Pizza the Hutt is still my favorite food based star wars character.
posted by Mr Mister at 3:34 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


GuyZero - when I saw your link, naturally I thought of this.
posted by pinky at 3:34 PM on April 14, 2010


As long as we're on the topic of pointless conspicuous food wasting don't even get me started on the punishments that must me meted upon those that squander perfectly edible pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns or string miles of wasted popcorn upon Christmas trees. Against the wall with the lot of them!

Seriously? These people are butthurt over a two-foot sculpture?
posted by sourwookie at 3:34 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is like nerd meme mad libs.
posted by brundlefly at 3:42 PM on April 14, 2010


Pizza the Hutt is still my favorite food based star wars character.

Wrong movie.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:45 PM on April 14, 2010




I'm sorry, that's just idiotic. It's just a bunch of bacon taped to a foam model. It's just stupid. Stupid idea, lazy execution.
posted by delmoi at 3:51 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


squander perfectly edible pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns

But, people actually take some effort to carve pumpkins on Halloween. This is like buying a pumpkin, setting it outside whole and then throwing it away on the first of November. They could have at least put some effort into it, instead of just tacking bacon onto a toy. It's like saying, "I'm gonna make a bacon car!", plopping a package of bacon onto the hood, standing back and shouting, "BACONCAR!".
posted by stavrogin at 3:51 PM on April 14, 2010 [4 favorites]


Agreed. And am I the only one who wants to gouge his eyes out when, in every thread, I come across the inevitable "Metafilter: blah blah blah blah" with too many fucking favorites.

I hate to say it, but we really need an anti-favorite option.
posted by subaruwrx at 3:54 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


And am I the only one who wants to gouge his eyes out when, in every thread, I come across the inevitable "Metafilter: blah blah blah blah" with too many fucking favorites.

I hate to say it, but we really need an anti-favorite option.


Oh hell yes. See my jabs at "eponysterical" and "get off my lawn" above for similar effect.
posted by squeakyfromme at 3:58 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


This makes me mad. Not because of the waste of food. Not because of the desecration of a childhood memory. No, it makes me mad in the way those Food Network Did-You-See-That-Fucking-Cake shows cheat by sculpting these elaborate creations out of styrofoam and then slathering frosting over it. That's not a goddamned cake.

And this isn't a goddamned bacon AT-AT.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 3:58 PM on April 14, 2010 [5 favorites]


How grand that a thinking, feeling creature was brutally murdered for this fleeting amuse-petit. That's me being generous and pretending all the flesh came from a single animal. I am off to buy some extremely soft canvas shoes, because then it will take me longer to kick somebody's face off.
posted by turgid dahlia at 4:00 PM on April 14, 2010


Metafilter: am I the only one who wants to gouge his eyes out...?

sorry subaruwrx
posted by Saxon Kane at 4:11 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: sorry subaruwrx
posted by stavrogin at 4:11 PM on April 14, 2010 [7 favorites]


When your in my house you shall do as I do and believe who i believe in. So butter your bacon all terrain armored transport walker.
posted by yoyoceramic at 4:15 PM on April 14, 2010


I love this movie you guys. as if we needed more proof that David Lynch is the most visionary artist of our time; i don't know what it means that the bacon AT-AT contains a miniature, phantasmagorical museum dedicated to the sunglassed man's utterly featureless childhood and tended by flaoting bacon elves but I know I like it
posted by invitapriore at 4:37 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


@invitapriore, That makes me wish David Lynch got to co-author and direct the Star Wars prequels. Dune mixed with Blue Velvet and a splash of the imagery and subtlety of Mulholland Drive would have made the first three very interesting.
posted by subaruwrx at 4:44 PM on April 14, 2010


I have to say that I've never liked the bacon meme, and I've never really gone on a rant about it because on some level it is just a silly joke and who wants to be the stick in the mud who takes a joke too seriously? But it does keep popping up, long after its past due date, and it really annoys me because I think it comes from the exact same rot in American culture that elected George Bush twice. And I know that sounds either flippant or vacuous because at this point anti-Bush sentiment is so over used it might fall under a subsection of Godwin's law, but bear with me, because I have an actual point to make.

I like to call George Bush as America's bachelor party. Now, bachelor parties can be many different things, but I think that when most of us imagine them we have a specific image in our heads: a guy who has sowed his wild oats for awhile going out to look at all the naked flesh he can one last time, with a car full of old buddies who are teasing him about his forthcoming "old-ball-and-chain" and his impending "slavery". The bachelor in this situation has probably spent years trying to fuck anything that moves without necessarily thinking about the consequences of his actions on people with emotions and needs. He might be going into the marriage with good intentions, or he might just be doing it because he's got no other way to maintain his position in respectable society without settling down, or it might just be a front because he has no plans of actually behaving, marriage or no.

Now, I think America is to a large extent like that bachelor. We've been acting recklessly for a long time, and our environmental problems have been stacking up now for decades. Whether you want to go back to Rachel Carson, or Jimmy Carter, or hell, even the Road Warrior, our culture has been infested for decades with people who are seriously concerned about how inconsiderate we are of our natural resources and how ignorant we are about how finite they are. A good number of Americans feel like we need to settle down and stop trying to gouge every last useable chunk out of every nook and cranny of this country before our civilization metaphorically gets AIDS and dies. A lot of us don't really care, however, and want to "drill, baby, drill". Most of us are basically caught somewhere in the middle, where we have our comfortable lives with material goods, but we also feel the pull towards conservation.

So when the Gore Bush election came up, I think our nation's subconscious looked at it as a choice between the sensible but unexciting guy who was telling us that we had to start shaping up and putting on a sweater instead of turning up the heat, and between an oil man who just didn't give a shit. We went with the fling. We decided that we could still get drunk and be boorish, responsibility be damned.

In many ways, George Bush was the product of the SUV mindset, or perhaps more specifically the Hummer mindset. This mindset goes the extra step beyond not caring about the problems and instead wants to give the finger to people who do care. A lot of people bought those cars not in spite of their terrible gas mileage but because of it. They think that Al Gore is a pussy and want to piss him off. And I think it's that exact same mindset that thinks putting bacon on anything is a joke, because there's just as much anxiety out there about how what we eat is killing us as there is anxiety about global warming.

It's pretty hard to be unaware that what most of us eat is not produced well, between the horror shows of the mega-farms and between the inefficiencies of fast food America. And it's impossible to be unaware of how unhealthy all this shit is for us, because reports of our obesity epidemic and our health care crises etc etc are everywhere. And in the middle of this, people decided to deal with it by not just ignoring the problem, but by saying fuck you. Because bacon is the Hummer of foods: it's got a terrible fat to meat ratio, it's expensive, it's very unhealthy, and its definitely a luxury. I think the bacon jokes betray the same barely concealed contempt that a lot of the SUV-lovers showed back before gas was over $3 a gallon - I very much think that the bacon meme is a response to the rising tide of concern over local food, and organic food, and especially vegetarianism, which is becoming more and more mainstream, and which is very, very threatening to a certain type of person who is very uncomfortable asking themselves if they might be wrong about something.

My distaste for this, then, isn't that I think that theres something wrong with wanting to make a sculpture out of food, even though that is a lot of work and waste for little reward, and it isn't even really that the joke is pretty tired. It's that for most of my adult life I've been living in a country which wants to act like anyone who wants to think sensibly, or to maybe try to tone it down a little, is confronted by someone who wants to say that our trip down the aisle can wait, and why don't you have another shot right now? And I'm kind of tired of it. I eat bacon sometimes, and I like bacon alright, but I'm not going to wear it as a badge of pride, and I'm not going to set out to make something so meaty that its only real purpose has to be pissing off the vegetarians, because even though I'm not a vegetarian, I still try to wrestle with the problems around our food consumption like they are.
posted by Kiablokirk at 4:45 PM on April 14, 2010 [31 favorites]


I am the furthest thing from a vegetarian, but this just seems like a waste of a pig. Disgusting.
posted by empath at 4:47 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


One thing I think it's important to remember with stories like this one is that this kind of stupidity has always been around. It's just much, much more visible now. How would anyone but this guy's closest friends have seen this if the internet didn't exist?

There's all sorts of this stuff out there that you just wouldn't have heard about 20 years ago.
posted by Fraxas at 5:07 PM on April 14, 2010


This might be the thing that finally convinces me to start my long-planned blog: "eXtreme Internet Memes Taken to Moderation".

My first entry will be a series of pictures documenting my purchase of a bulk package of bacon (mmmm... cost-effective!), frying up just one or two slices (who needs all that sodium!?!) to enjoy on a BLT, and carefully wrapping the rest (bacon keeps well in the freezer!) so that I can have another BLT... perhaps as soon as next week!

Other planned entries: Will it Blend: bananas, strawberries and ice. People of Wal-Mart who are trying to meet a budget but otherwise aren't all that different from you or me. Things White People Like which are also embraced by many people of different races and creeds.
posted by logicpunk at 5:12 PM on April 14, 2010 [29 favorites]


please do that and i promise i will FPP it.
posted by empath at 5:15 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is fucking grotesque. I say this as someone who likes to eat bacon on occasion.
posted by dunkadunc at 5:16 PM on April 14, 2010


Haha.. BACON, are you kidding me? That's SO quirky guys! LOLOLOL
posted by thylacine at 5:18 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


So we've had several breakfast-related memes now: grits, pancakes, and now bacon.

May I propose that we now start covering all manner of things in biscuits and gravy? Preferably using this recipe.
posted by armage at 5:44 PM on April 14, 2010


Kiablokirk, I don't think this runs any deeper than a guy picking two of the most popular memes going right now - Star Wars and bacon - and combining them in an attempt to get his 15 minutes of blogosphere fame. Let's face it, the majority of crap that pops up on sites like Boing Boing every day are ready made pop culture artifacts that we'll have completely forgotten about in 15 minutes, but whoever is responsible for them likely spent hours if not days working on these functionless items for seemingly no purpose except to be the talk of the internet for 24 hours.

That being said, I realize you were primarily just using this bacon AT-AT as an example to illustrate a larger point, so to attempt to address that: I agree that these conspicuous displays of consumption are often a defiant gesture, but I'm not so sure it's an inner-battle/Freudian type of denial so much as it is just a flat out denial altogether. You have to keep in mind that the GOP in America has been extremely successful in making their constituency view EVERYTHING as a partisan agenda. You'll never hear them address the truth or falsity of an opponent's position when they can just just as easily characterize it as a freedom-depriving, economy-draining leftist agenda.

For fuck's sake, they're even successfully changing TEXTBOOKS under the guise of presenting an "alternate" viewpoint. If they can convince voters of the iffiness of evolutionary theory or the significance of Thomas Jefferson in shaping the early development of this country, how hard do you think it is for them to "prove" that the tree huggers are just out to ruin us all economically by lining these green energy companies' pockets while forcing us to upgrade to unnecessary technology?

With food consumption it's that much simpler, because the "meat is murder" crowd has a tendency to latch onto the animal cruelty argument, but when they show a person who see animals as merely part of the food chain their horrific pictures of slaughter house conditions, all it looks like to them is that we've gotten really, really efficient at breeding livestock. So if this bacon AT-AT is any kind of "fuck you" at all I think it's much more likely a middle finger to those who paint carnivores as immoral than it is any kind of meta-commentary on the merits of profligacy in general.

PS. Back when Hummers were still big the most common rationalization I'd hear was "I want my kids to be safe". Ah, that old chestnut. As if the average fender bender had a 100% kill rate back when we are still driving Datsuns. But what can you do? We're a family values nation as well as a "thought that counts" one, so even if it's a filthy rich celebrity defending some cynical, pandering cash grab, it's not a sell out if they were providing for their (already incredibly wealthy) family.
posted by squeakyfromme at 5:46 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


New Rule:

No one is allowed to mention Metafilter on Reddit.
posted by Huplescat at 6:14 PM on April 14, 2010


Metafilter: Don't mention it on Reddit.
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:17 PM on April 14, 2010


I am the furthest thing from a vegetarian, but this just seems like a waste of a pig. Disgusting.

YO DAWG, I HEARD YOU LIKE CUTE PIGS SO WE KILLED A PIG AND SHREDDED IT'S BODY AND STUCK THE RESULTING CONFETTI LIKE STRIPS OF FLESH ON THIS PIECE OF FOAM SO YOU CAN THINK ABOUT PIGS WHILE YOU PLAY STARWARS.

(hmm, I hadn't even thought of the bacon as the result of living pig when I saw the post.

Also -- totally random synchronicity, but after I wrote the above I went looking for that old "bacon bra" and the some of the latest photos in the photostream show same people carving up a suckling pig.)

posted by delmoi at 6:24 PM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


YO DAWG, I HEARD YOU LIKE CUTE PIGS SO WE KILLED A PIG AND SHREDDED IT'S BODY AND STUCK THE RESULTING CONFETTI LIKE STRIPS OF FLESH ON THIS PIECE OF FOAM SO YOU CAN THINK ABOUT PIGS WHILE YOU PLAY STARWARS.

I think you're looking for the Dre/Moelskin thread.
posted by squeakyfromme at 6:26 PM on April 14, 2010


If only there were a real living creature that walks on four legs and is made of bacon.
posted by benzenedream at 6:27 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: too cool for for its own in-jokes.
posted by stp123 at 6:27 PM on April 14, 2010


Thanks, internet. Look at what you've done to all the pigs.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 6:31 PM on April 14, 2010


too cool for for its own in-jokes

Too bored with the lack of creativity and obligatory, repetitive nature of (certain) in-jokes. Sometimes it's like we're all locked in a Skinner box and the only way to avoid being electrocuted is to get to that fucking Eponysterical Lever before the other test subjects beat you to it.
posted by squeakyfromme at 6:51 PM on April 14, 2010


"They tried and failed?"

"...they tried and fried."
posted by vortex genie 2 at 7:01 PM on April 14, 2010


Bacon had a mom.
posted by mendel at 7:02 PM on April 14, 2010


Ever since we read about a guy who decided to eat nothing but bacon for a month, Mr. Lexica and I have found the phrase "jumped the shark" falling away from our vocabularies, to be replaced by "ate nothing but bacon for a month".

At this point, bacon has eaten nothing but bacon for a month.
posted by Lexica at 7:23 PM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


This makes me want to quit the Internet.
posted by slogger at 7:31 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like bacon. I liked bacon before it was a meme. I will continue to like bacon for the foreseeable future.

But this makes me a little nauseous.
posted by marxchivist at 7:33 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


I think you're looking for the Dre/Moelskin thread.

It's over 140 characters.
posted by delmoi at 7:42 PM on April 14, 2010


That's me being generous and pretending all the flesh came from a single animal.

Heh. Right, TurgidDahlia. A wonderful, magical animal!
posted by Ratio at 7:54 PM on April 14, 2010 [3 favorites]


That is revolting. Please, Third World, bury us, we're clearly over it.
posted by Gamien Boffenburg at 8:24 PM on April 14, 2010


Could we leave the hipsters alone and start ripping constantly on all the child/men who create junk like this?

The Irish part of me really hates seeing food wasted.
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:40 PM on April 14, 2010 [1 favorite]


It would be nice if people ate only when they were hungry and until sated, selected appropriate portions, and made efforts to shift their diets toward less resource intense foods. Bacon AT-AT is not indicative of the problems of first world excess.
posted by eddydamascene at 9:02 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm wondering why the use of bacon makes us so uncomfortable in the GAH, WHAT A WASTE! way (I experienced this too) as opposed to some other material that could be more expensive and, ultimately, even more useless?

It's probably the visceral reaction to FOOD GOING TO WASTE, but realistically speaking, any commodity that would be worth more money could buy even more food, and would still be "going to waste" insofar as it's been used to create a mostly-styrofoam (or whatever) AT-AT Walker.

What other kinds of actual, far more destructive "waste" and conspicuous consumption go on around us all the time, unquestioned and unchecked?
posted by Ouisch at 9:14 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


And as far as the Walker goes...I just think it was stupid. Bacon is so far beyond played-out that I don't even know if it can make a post-ironic comeback.
posted by Ouisch at 9:14 PM on April 14, 2010


HI I'M ON METAFILTER AND I COULD OVERTHINK AN AT-AT OF BACON
posted by Schmucko at 9:18 PM on April 14, 2010


I am altering the AT-AT. Pray I don't alter it further.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:22 PM on April 14, 2010


I'm curious y'all, if the entire 3' tall sculpture was solid bacon (instead of the foam core) would that help? Yeah, a ton more bacon but a whole lot more effort and commitment. Now an impressive feat?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that dude aimed low and by god he succeeded. Carry on bro and don't let the haters get ya down. I'm sure a hastily slapped together bacon covered Death Star is just around the corner and if that's your life's itch then scratch it.
posted by bfootdav at 9:30 PM on April 14, 2010


I'm wondering why the use of bacon makes us so uncomfortable in the GAH, WHAT A WASTE! way (I experienced this too) as opposed to some other material that could be more expensive and, ultimately, even more useless?

Survival instinct? You can fling gold chains or plastic bottles around all you want, but somehow food hits the sub-rational "gotta eat to live" part of our brains?
posted by harriet vane at 9:39 PM on April 14, 2010


I'm wondering why the use of bacon makes us so uncomfortable in the GAH, WHAT A WASTE! way (I experienced this too) as opposed to some other material that could be more expensive and, ultimately, even more useless?

I think for me it was largely because it looks like an inside-out dog.
posted by empath at 9:46 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm wondering why the use of bacon makes us so uncomfortable in the GAH, WHAT A WASTE! way (I experienced this too) as opposed to some other material that could be more expensive and, ultimately, even more useless?

Obviously it's because the meat was once part of something that was alive. It really should be a natural inclination for anyone to avoid wasting any kind of meat as much as possible.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:51 PM on April 14, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, a ton more bacon but a whole lot more effort and commitment. Now an impressive feat?

No, still a dumb fucking waste. Some people work very hard, and yet they never get it right.
posted by Dr Dracator at 10:53 PM on April 14, 2010


Gah! What a waste of styrofoam. Will no one think of the dinosaurs?
posted by chavenet at 10:55 PM on April 14, 2010


It really should be a natural inclination for anyone to avoid wasting any kind of meat as much as possible.

So I guess this explains why some restaurants serve the 72 oz steak (or equally ridiculously large portions that one person can't really hope to consume)?

I don't think we're really being consistent here. I think it's a gut instinct, as someone else said. And I think it deserves to be questioned.
posted by Ouisch at 11:53 PM on April 14, 2010


Obviously it's because the meat was once part of something that was alive. It really should be a natural inclination for anyone to avoid wasting any kind of meat as much as possible.

'Should' is a dangerous word.
posted by seagull.apollo at 12:01 AM on April 15, 2010


He should have made it of plastic. Only people get killed in the pursuit of oil.

Or aluminum, who needs the rainforest?

For some reason, when I saw the picture I imagined the smell and greasy sensation that raw bacon leaves on one's hands and I felt a bit disgusted.
posted by dirty lies at 12:02 AM on April 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


The execution is pretty lazy, and it is a bit wasteful. But really --

If you really want to pay tribute, make a atatartooewok. It's a young Ewok carved of ham, cooked in a pastry artoo, then stuffed in a REAL bacon AT-AT. Stick that mofo in a 350° degree oven for about 2 hours and then chow down on THAT meme!
posted by Lukenlogs at 12:24 AM on April 15, 2010 [5 favorites]


Oh, my god. The shambling! The shambling!
posted by steef at 5:29 AM on April 15, 2010


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Today they took §ęťFbŠ. He was quickly replaced by a new captive, yet the cell feels empty without him, cold and lifeless.

To me, he is irreplacable.

You see, it is hard to have hope in our little world. We do not know what lies beyond the Gate, or where the captives are taken by the Keepers. Some say they remember an infinite space, filled with colour and warmth, back when they were young, back before their Captivity. I had heard many such stories, for this place does that to you. It breaks you in many different ways. Some hide within themselves, returning briefly for the Feeding and retreating soon after, never moving or speaking. Some shout and scream at the Keepers, thrashing against the walls mad with despair.

Yet some have hope and, rarely, some have the gift to make others hope.

Now, with him gone, I can feel myself slipping away. My last thoughts will be of him, my brother and my only true friend. He kept me alive when I could not, and so I save the last of my hope for him. May he have found the salvation he deserved.

This is my final entry.
posted by Rei Toei at 6:41 AM on April 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


My husband informed me last night that I am the only person in the world to pronounce them "eighty-eighties"* instead of rhyming them with "cat-cat." There's got to be someone else who calls them the same as me.

*Sorry, not well versed in IPA writing.
posted by frecklefaerie at 11:50 AM on April 15, 2010


My husband informed me last night that I am the only person in the world to pronounce them "eighty-eighties"* instead of rhyming them with "cat-cat." There's got to be someone else who calls them the same as me.

Wait it's supposed to rhyme with 'cat-cat'? I am like you and didn't even know there was an option.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:52 AM on April 15, 2010


It's read like the word "at" if it's AT-AT (all-terrain armoured transport) yet it's read letter by letter if it's an AT-ST (eighty-essty). Oh those crazy Imperial ground troops.
posted by GuyZero at 12:26 PM on April 15, 2010


I am officially the lousiest nerd.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:28 PM on April 15, 2010


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