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Matt's back, and so is Metafilter! Just in time too, because I was about to get a big promotion for all the work I've finished in the last two weeks. What did you do on your MeFi vacation?
posted by waxpancake (97 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Mainly, I looked wistfully at the screen telling me MeFi was on vacation....


Welcome back!!
posted by Oriole Adams at 4:10 PM on August 20, 2001


I got laid off. Ironic, ain't it?
posted by fooljay at 4:11 PM on August 20, 2001


I starred as a groomsman in my brother's wedding... Fun times.


Welcome back Matt...
posted by kaefer at 4:11 PM on August 20, 2001



Is it over already? Wow. I've missed Metafilter. Will it be the same after we've all learned to live without it...?

I sure haven't minded the fact that traffic on my website has tripled in the interim, though - thanks for the front page link, Matt!

-Mars
posted by Mars Saxman at 4:14 PM on August 20, 2001


actually got work done. welcome back.
posted by spunkster at 4:19 PM on August 20, 2001


Mostly I masturbated a lot and played Dreamcast. TMI? Perhaps... Fulfilling? You betcha.

What made the Internet famous made a loser out of me...
posted by dincognito at 4:20 PM on August 20, 2001


I got laid off a couple of days before MeFi went away, then started a new job a couple of days before it came back. Obviously, my employment depends on MeFi in some weird cosmic way.
posted by kindall at 4:27 PM on August 20, 2001


I spent too much time on FilePile, and finished up Rune... plus checked back here daily, just in case it magically appeared.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 4:33 PM on August 20, 2001


As the moon pulleth the tides, so doth Metafilter pulleth the rug from 'neath a hard days work...
posted by fooljay at 4:33 PM on August 20, 2001


ooh, i'm so excited.

mostly, i read celebrity gossip. for like, hours a day. see what happens when i don't have MeFi!

wb, matt :)
posted by sugarfish at 4:35 PM on August 20, 2001


I finally had time to read Cryptnomicon and go on vacation.
posted by vanderwal at 4:37 PM on August 20, 2001


I hung out over at edgecase. For what I'm interested in, I found it to be the most interesting place to get news and sometimes even comment.
posted by cell divide at 4:40 PM on August 20, 2001


In honor of Mefi's break, I continued to do no work. I did however get outside twice and scare up some wood for a bonfire.

Wow, it feels like the first day of school and everyone is hanging out, talking about what they did over the summer. Good times.
posted by inviolable at 4:41 PM on August 20, 2001


sulked
posted by NortonDC at 4:45 PM on August 20, 2001


I'd like to add that I never, ever, ever want to see this page again.
posted by waxpancake at 4:48 PM on August 20, 2001


If there were 22 links and 191 comments since my last visit, where are they?

I spent the week watching my web site logs. Discovering that people are interested in Laetitia Casta's pregnancy, Jennifer Stahl the murdered drug dealer, New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff, housing in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, Boca Chica and sex (and I *still* can't figure out what in the hell they're all really looking for), "chuck knoblauch girlfriend," the French Carte Bleu, the Fulton Fish Market, pictures of Judith Light, etc., etc.

Metafilter, incidentally, jumped up to third place in my referrers, after Google and Yahoo. Thanks, Matt, for the link.
posted by Mo Nickels at 4:49 PM on August 20, 2001


Oh yeah, for everyone who missed it: Guerrilla Metafilter.
posted by Mo Nickels at 4:52 PM on August 20, 2001


First: Welcome home, Matt! My thrice-daily dose of MeFi was sorely missed during your absence.

Second: During the down-time, I actually ventured beyond the reach of my keyboard...long enough to research many options and finally decide to purchase a new toy. Yay! No wireless-access for me, though...but it will be sorta nice to download the longer threads to peruse during the endless staff meetings that I have to sit through.

Three: Did I already say "Welcome home, Matt!"?? Worth repeating.

Four: Fellow MeFi-ers - I look forward to resuming our ongoing intellectual, mature, civilized dialogues. Um...well, you know...and the other stuff, too.
posted by davidmsc at 5:00 PM on August 20, 2001


Wow, it feels like the first day of school and everyone is hanging out, talking about what they did over the summer. Good times.

inviolable - Did you see my new Levis, and Hankins' Vans? Plus these nifty Heelys
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 5:05 PM on August 20, 2001


I went to Peru for my vacation (no pictures yet).
posted by jeffbarr at 5:16 PM on August 20, 2001


Cranked up the bluster on my blog.
Saw the 'Skins get creamed in two pre-season games.
Rejoiced in the fact that fooball is back.
Continued to look for a job in the DC/MD/VA area as every tech company seems to be laying off people.

Football is back! But so is Dennis Miller.
posted by owillis at 5:19 PM on August 20, 2001


I got on with my life.
posted by darukaru at 5:46 PM on August 20, 2001


I posted photos of my cat to my website, in the hopes that another MeFi Kittie Pix day will roll around soon.

And I had my own personal ice cream day.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 5:59 PM on August 20, 2001


I'm with fooljay -- laid off. In the mean time, built a computer, installed linux, apache, IPMasquerade, php, mysql, etc etc. Went hiking (Dromery Ridge, Lena Lake with the pregnant lady), toured the Olympic peninsula with the pregnant lady (hey, what can I say, she's my gal), biked vashon island, cooked a lot. All in all, way too much housework.

Blundering my way through the linux stuff was enough to keep me fairly busy...

Oh yeah, applied for 3 jobs a week...
posted by daver at 6:01 PM on August 20, 2001


I ate a bit of icing from the carton, took some photos from a cheap camera, designed a local band's website, worked quite a bit, stayed up late, kicked the cat (accidentally, I swear!), changed my underwear and socks numerous times, cleaned my room, watched people play Othello, made a dog bark at me, jaywalked, showered, talked, and started my junior year of high school.
posted by GirlFriday at 6:13 PM on August 20, 2001


I read the entire internet. Twice.
posted by Optamystic at 6:19 PM on August 20, 2001


I completely redid my website (first new layout in over a year - woooo for procrastination!) and created a faux porn site (on a total whim - woooo for Brunching Shuttlecocks!) So it's probably for the best that MeFi is back up and running, putting my reign of terror at least temporarily at bay.
posted by youhas at 6:20 PM on August 20, 2001


Optamystic: I read the entire internet. Twice.

Groovy - but please don't ruin the ending for the rest of us!
posted by davidmsc at 6:44 PM on August 20, 2001


Watched the Red Sox go on their annual August losing streak (damn the bambino!) and kept hitting "refresh"..."refresh..."refresh"...hoping the vacation sign would disappear and I could go back to avoiding mindless monkey work.
posted by BurnedEve at 6:59 PM on August 20, 2001


Mm hmm. Let's see, I...

1.) lost my job
2.) applied for more jobs
3.) found a few new weblogs that may be worth reading
4.) redesigned the front page of my site
5.) redesigned AJ's site
6.) read one thread on kuro5hin that was really lame and everyone there thought the "lost generation" was from the 1950's.
7.) packed to move back to school.
8.) drove around randomly.
9.) critiqued the web design of major religious denominations. I have not yet found one to be standards-compliant. If I do, I'll convert.
10.) Talked to people on AIM. Specifically, one of my friends who's back at school already. He's been online a lot.
posted by dagnyscott at 6:59 PM on August 20, 2001


Lots of impulsive, frivilous online spending. Dude, I'm broke!
posted by amyscoop at 7:25 PM on August 20, 2001


I finally got my weblog up. Don't worry, I'm not plugging - just making a desperate attempt to get Google to re-crawl my site.
posted by TheChump at 7:30 PM on August 20, 2001


I started reading (and got quoted on! I'm the Beatles whore!) dooce.com, the fray, and The Cluetrain Manifesto. All in all, a pretty awesome two weeks.
posted by Ptrin at 7:50 PM on August 20, 2001


I built a GIANT TOWER OF CHEESE!

And ATE IT! Bwahahahahahahahahahahah!

Thank Mitra Matt's back.
posted by UncleFes at 8:11 PM on August 20, 2001


Created a clone of Matt so Matt can go on vacation without terrorizing his constituants..much
posted by stbalbach at 8:11 PM on August 20, 2001


Wheee! Welcome back, Matt. My big event of the the last few weeks was that my sixteen year old son went off to school. Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. TALH is the program he is in. I guess I must have done something right, because he is a good kid and smart, too!
posted by bjgeiger at 8:42 PM on August 20, 2001


I published my first shareware product. Sold a few too.

Glad to have MetaFilter back, it seemed like half the sites I'm reading regularly all went on vacation at the same time.
posted by joemaller at 8:48 PM on August 20, 2001


i lost access to my website, got my own domain, waited over half a week before the company could get the darn thing to resolve. went on interviews. was hypotized by k10k theme music. began reading high fidelity.

productive?
posted by moz at 9:29 PM on August 20, 2001


I put some Tomatoe plants in the soil.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 9:30 PM on August 20, 2001


I remember going to sleep. After that, everything is fuzzy.
posted by gleemax at 9:34 PM on August 20, 2001


I went to a Madonna concert.
posted by spilon at 9:35 PM on August 20, 2001


I went to the Warped Tour.
posted by Mark at 9:37 PM on August 20, 2001


Wasted 1/2 a day on Max Payne, another hour was spent toying with Windows XP, the rest was spent watching paint peel off the wall.
posted by riffola at 9:38 PM on August 20, 2001


MetaFilter: more fun than watching paint peel off the wall
posted by mathowie at 9:41 PM on August 20, 2001


I'm embarrassed to admit that I checked the main page three times even though I knew it'd be down til the 20th. Filepile can only go so far. I guess I actually got some work done before I leave for good; bout time, I s'pose.
posted by evixir at 9:47 PM on August 20, 2001


I took to the High Seas. August is pirate season!
posted by D at 10:03 PM on August 20, 2001


I got a new job - a webdev for amazon.com no less. Nice not to be laid off anymore. Now I get to see the beast that is Amazon from the inside.

I have to say though, that the first few unproductive days at a new job really scream for quality content to read, and with Suck, Feed, k10k, etc all offline, Salon on some limping vacation, Plastic still sucking as usual and MeFi offline, I spent waaay too much time at the obscurestore and movie websites. Hurrah for the return of metafilter. Hurrah I say.
posted by kokogiak at 10:40 PM on August 20, 2001


sat in the corner silently sobbing....
posted by bshort at 11:12 PM on August 20, 2001


I catalogued and renamed my mp3s. Learned how to do Hollywood Lindy. Started going to the gym again. Fell in love with the wonderful thing that is a spirulina smoothie. Helped two friends move in two different weekends. Learned more about how the NHL does its business than I ever wanted to know.
posted by RakDaddy at 11:14 PM on August 20, 2001


Curled up into the fetal position and sucked my thumb....
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 11:49 PM on August 20, 2001


Oh joy, its back!

I went travelling to get over a serious lack of stimulating web content and a sudden eligability for unemployment benefits.

The one thing I discovered in MeFi's absence was that I could send something called "email" on this internet thingee. Its sort of like a letter, but its eclect-ri-tronic or something! I think its made by Microsoft or some-such, you guys might want to find out about it.

I'm off deeper into the Australian Outback (I sheared a sheep yesterday, I'm going gold panning tomorrow) for a few months.

All I'll need on my return is a job to fuel my MeFi habit.

[signs off and resumes chat in bar with Steve Irwin look-a-likes]
posted by davehat at 11:55 PM on August 20, 2001


Missed MeFi more than I thought I would. And I thought I would.

Started a diet. Read The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell (Oedipus in the Ozarks in the 60s--rich and scary, and a very fast read). Watched a movie from '96 called Kissed on video--a very unsettling but well-done story about a woman (Molly Parker) who worships through necrophilia. Canadian of course.

Kind of lost some interest in the Net.
posted by aflakete at 12:00 AM on August 21, 2001


I got married.
posted by girlhacker at 12:02 AM on August 21, 2001


I got laid off. Ironic, ain't it?

Me too.

Mainly been photoshoping photos on fark.com and even got 2 of my personal projects/sites posted.
posted by skallas at 12:15 AM on August 21, 2001


I went to DC and Chicago.

I also took pictures of cats for Mefi Kitty Pic Day.
posted by keli at 12:18 AM on August 21, 2001


tried looking for porn on filepile.
posted by arrowhead at 12:21 AM on August 21, 2001


I know my mommy taught me what to say when someone gets married, but I can't remember. Congratulations! (That wasn't too bad, was it?)
posted by gleemax at 12:27 AM on August 21, 2001


I stayed laid off. Laid off, with no metafilter? Bo. Ring. What did people do in the 20th 19th century?

< whine >
Can anyone get me a freaking job? NT/Exchange adminning would be nice but I'm more flexible than I realized at first. McDonald's hamburger grill adminning is looking distinctly possible.
< /whine >
posted by dhartung at 4:08 AM on August 21, 2001


I went on a 2 week vacation. Oh, wait....that was the 2 weeks prior to Matt's vacation. (What, we couldn't sync vacation time, Matt?) So I've been 4 whole weeks without Metafilter.

But the doctor says I'm doing much better, thank you.
posted by jennak at 5:04 AM on August 21, 2001


huh? metafilter was gone?
posted by quonsar at 5:31 AM on August 21, 2001


Saw The Seagull performed at Shakespeare in the Park, and two short movies: The Dutch Master and The Cloud Door, part of Regina Ziegler's Erotic Tales series, at MoMA.

Also, while strolling through the Mies van der Rohe exhibit at MoMA, I found out that there are times when I just freeze in front of some female species, when I really want to smile and say, 'hi'. The embarrassment of the sudden system loss is multiplied when the said strange female stands in front of the "frozen" person, and says staring at him, "I have no idea why you just froze. I am still a human."

I need to work on my social skills.
posted by tamim at 5:38 AM on August 21, 2001


Went here and saw them. Waited for Matt to fix the New User signup page so I could (finally) post. Read a book or two. Now that all my attention will be focused to MeFi, I will cherish these memories of productive activity....
posted by arco at 6:17 AM on August 21, 2001


Welcome Back! I am ashamed to say that I checked the site about three or four times a day. You never know, right? Right?

Plus, I slummed around fark.com. Man, those people are "boobie" obsessed.

It's good to have Mefi back. Now, never go away again, dammit.
posted by ColdChef at 6:27 AM on August 21, 2001


I had to get a kitten to occupy my time. What do I do with the darn thing now?
posted by nprigoda at 6:53 AM on August 21, 2001


I got married.

congrats lilly!

tried looking for porn on filepile

funny, how i wouldn't be joking if I had said that... i did get involved with the filepile scene though... wonderful place and i can't see how i wasn't absorbed by it before.

i blogged, and in turn became regulars at Zannah's, Succa's, Jish's, Jerry's, LGF's, and the 3bruces' sites.

in the midst of all that, summer classes have been kicking my ass, and every girl i know has been trying to kill me.
posted by lotsofno at 7:16 AM on August 21, 2001


I vowed to break with obsequious bloggeur tradition and refrain from sucking up to some guy named Matt, who isn't any more important than the rest of us.
posted by joeclark at 7:23 AM on August 21, 2001


I resolved to mock killjoy wankers. Mission accomplised.
posted by Optamystic at 7:29 AM on August 21, 2001


I vowed to break with obsequious bloggeur tradition and refrain from sucking up to some guy named Matt, who isn't any more important than the rest of us.


My dog! You're far cooler than any of us! Thanks for letting me know.
posted by norm at 7:41 AM on August 21, 2001


I got married.

Oh, well, lah-di-dah. Sounds like somebody is too good for regular old online pornography. Look, if you can't support the "new new economy," who will?

(Congratulations!)
posted by Skot at 7:44 AM on August 21, 2001


spent lots of time at the the gun range.
posted by clavdivs at 7:45 AM on August 21, 2001


I went to concerts and took photos. lots of photos.

Plus, I actually got some work done, for a change...
posted by andrewraff at 7:52 AM on August 21, 2001


i painted a total of three rooms, now i'm just about to varnish some baseboards ... bet you anything that i won't finish now that metafilter's back online ...
posted by marq at 8:01 AM on August 21, 2001


all my friends left me cause I wasn't interesting any more.
posted by mcsweetie at 8:05 AM on August 21, 2001


Went to my 20th high school reunion (sort of), played with the baby, didn't get laid off (in fact, got a promotion and a raise), and sucked up my share of bandwith hitting filepile all day long.
posted by briank at 8:05 AM on August 21, 2001


I hid under my desk, curled up in the fetal position and gibbered hysterically.

After that, I actually read some of the news stories the company I work for puts out on a daily basis. Novel, that!

But I kept looking for the post-a-comment box and being disappointed when it wasn't there.
posted by Sapphireblue at 8:12 AM on August 21, 2001


I stared at the walls of my cube a lot while waiting to get laid off. The other shoe drops this afternoon.
posted by trox at 8:19 AM on August 21, 2001


I cleaned all of the spiders out of my basement. They came back.
posted by iceberg273 at 8:43 AM on August 21, 2001


I was laid-off too. What does that make, about 5 or 6 of us in a 2 week period?

BTW, anyone need a NT or Exch sysadmin with an MCSE and the experience to know what-the-hell I am doing?
posted by internal at 8:49 AM on August 21, 2001


I cleaned all of the spiders out of my basement. They came back.

Matt tried the same thing, yet here we are again.
posted by Skot at 8:50 AM on August 21, 2001


Matt tried the same thing, yet here we are again.

*scrabbles around, then begins to build a web in the corner*
posted by iceberg273 at 8:52 AM on August 21, 2001


My skin all fell off.

Just kidding! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

No, seriously, it did.
posted by sonofsamiam at 9:01 AM on August 21, 2001


Ouch, lots of self links here! Naughty naughty!

I did quite a lot actually. Wrote my own version of Blogdex, and wrote an authentic version of Pong. The past two weeks have been my most productive in months.. I'm sure there's no connection to MetaFilter being down though.. or not? Hmm..
posted by wackybrit at 9:28 AM on August 21, 2001


hmm thought about how nice it would be to get laid off, bought a GameBoy... now I'm freaking addicted to Pokemon AND Metafilter.. I'm checking in to rehab later today
posted by tj at 11:10 AM on August 21, 2001


I somehow managed not to lose my job. Apparently, that is an exceptional thing.

Otherwise, I supplied my newly heart-broken sister with her first joint in three years. That was about as fantastic as it got around here.
posted by brittney at 11:12 AM on August 21, 2001


My latest book was officially released. I found out that it won't be made available on Amazon. I cried.

I went on vacation. I went into a swimming pool for the first time in years. I found out (the hard way) that I still can't swim.

I got a new digital camera to replace one of the ones that I lost when I was mugged/robbed last month. The camera sucked, literally -- 2 sets of AA alkaline batteries to capture all of 20 images on the lowest resolution and quality setting. Ouch. So then I got a different one and it rocks my world.

I took many, many pictures, including many horribly saccarine shots of my new dog. I contemplated PHP. I contemplated (and continue to contemplate) a dogblog. I visited and linked to Hi Monkey a lot. I got three e-mails from Monkey himself, thanking me for linking to his site everywhere. Monkey is still cooler than words.

I missed MeFi. I'm so glad it's back that my hands are shaking.
posted by Dreama at 11:17 AM on August 21, 2001


Seems like we should start an Out-of-work blog. We could talk about what we're doing everyday and keep a running tally on a sidebar for how many times we write the words "coffee", "slept in", "watched Jerry Springer" and "masturbated".

Oh, I also started Tae Kwon Do, have been preparing for Burning Man, wrote my first song in a while, watched my godson be born.

That birth thing....yeah, that was the kicker...
posted by fooljay at 11:27 AM on August 21, 2001


Oh, and for those who are out of work, make sure that you see this thread...
posted by fooljay at 11:40 AM on August 21, 2001


<AIM>nayrbreyob: he is my hero. that joe, always going for the gold.</AIM>
posted by bryanboyer at 3:14 PM on August 21, 2001


Began to blog and realised it's not as easy at it looked.
posted by feelinglistless at 3:43 PM on August 21, 2001


I used up all my work-study money, and read half the books in the library. Yay for James White!
posted by stoneegg21 at 4:28 PM on August 21, 2001


I didn't get laid off this time. However, my blog was originally called Entertainment From The Unemployed (F2 for short).

However, I did play a lot of this.

Yes, I have beaten the computer.
posted by NortonDC at 6:13 PM on August 21, 2001


is that the 3d pong game? the link was trying to make me d/l it, but, if it is that damn pong game, i hate it with all my heart. i spent half an hour trying to beat the computer when i should've been writing a paper... oh, how the computer cheats
posted by lotsofno at 7:06 PM on August 21, 2001


washed the dishes, mowed the lawn, had dinner with the kids, layed the wife. now back.
posted by semmi at 8:18 PM on August 21, 2001


Bryan (if that's your real name), I'm so sorry to hear your cat died.
posted by scottandrew at 8:31 PM on August 21, 2001


Ack!
posted by fooljay at 11:04 PM on August 21, 2001


I got myself a webdev job, bucking the main trend of this thread. However, I am in the UK.
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