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The best blog there is, period! Funny, irreverent, informative, Jason links to some of the best stuff on the web, and he does it with class and style. Plus he's cute! A must read for the digerati and the newbie alike.
posted by ericost (154 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
lalala, bring back the yellow.
posted by corpse at 9:11 AM on June 12, 2001


Yeah, I check out Kottke each day, and it's good, but I miss Dack.
posted by msacheson at 9:16 AM on June 12, 2001


Y'all are weird.
posted by solistrato at 9:25 AM on June 12, 2001


It's a great site and everything, but I was struck by his most recent post about The Victorian Internet. Usually Kottke's an early adopter, but I've been seeing references to that book for what feels like years.
posted by jragon at 9:31 AM on June 12, 2001


I was secretly pleased that I had read it before him. Oh the curse of being a graduate student.
posted by mecran01 at 9:32 AM on June 12, 2001


Another subversive controlled web audience experiment - yes!
posted by hijinx at 9:32 AM on June 12, 2001


um.
posted by c at 9:34 AM on June 12, 2001


I stopped reading Kottke when he put that @#$@ X10 pop-under ad on his blog.

As for being "the best blog there is, period", that's obviously a strictly subjective opinion, Bunky.

Speaking of blogs, does anyone know what the hell happened to BoingBoing? When I checked it yesterday, it'd been completely obliterated by a Japanese martial-arts webpage? WTF!? Has it been hacked?
posted by MrBaliHai at 9:34 AM on June 12, 2001


I think I speak for everyone when I say that there should be some sort of XML feed allowing people to carry a syndicated BEST OF KOTTKE column on their own sites.

I also think Tuesday should be Ice Cream Day.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 9:34 AM on June 12, 2001


A front-page link to Kottke, just because? What's new and comment-worthy here? I mean, no offense to the guy, but . . . why?

I feel like either I'm missing a subtle joke here or I'm stuck in a Star-Trek-ish time loop.
posted by Skot at 9:35 AM on June 12, 2001


whoa, pass the kool-aid...
posted by machaus at 9:35 AM on June 12, 2001


Who the hell is this kottke kid? I've never heard of him. Must be the next AYBABTU, or something.

ericost has just posted the 100th MetaFilter link to kottke.org, as determined by the search results.
posted by Hankins at 9:36 AM on June 12, 2001


Kill this thread before it metastasizes. Please.
posted by norm at 9:37 AM on June 12, 2001


I miss Dack too.
posted by birddog at 9:37 AM on June 12, 2001


(or at least, the 100th mentioning of kottke.org)
posted by Hankins at 9:37 AM on June 12, 2001


Hmph. Blogs are like intelligent agents. The best one is the one that happens to map most closely to your own interests. Now This seems to have the highest hit rate for me in terms of linking to stuff that interests me, but I'm under no illusion that that means it's the best blog in existence (that would imply that my interests are the best possible interests).
posted by straight at 9:39 AM on June 12, 2001


Well, when the link text ericost used gets spidered by google, it's link popularity may make it the defacto "best blog" according to google. Shades of the whole "more evil than satan himself" deal. Bill Gates that is, not Jason.
posted by machaus at 9:44 AM on June 12, 2001


Re: Intelligent Agents

Is there any blog collaborative filtering tool out there? People's link lists can be useful, but not always.

On another note...mmm...ice cream sounds good.
posted by timothompson at 9:54 AM on June 12, 2001


Err, I read Jason's blog as much as the next guy, but really, is this something that MeFi worthy? There are 10,000 of us. If we all posted our favorite blog, that would make this MetaFuckingBoring.

Has anyone seen ericost and kottke in the same room together? ;)
posted by fooljay at 9:55 AM on June 12, 2001


Chain. Yank. Metafilter.
posted by rodii at 10:11 AM on June 12, 2001


MetaFilter.com: Let's Talk About Kottke

Honestly, what the hell is going on around here? The level of Kottke-worship has approached an infantile level. Just leave the guy alone for chrissakes.
posted by Succa at 10:12 AM on June 12, 2001


Don't get me wrong, I love Jason like a son, but I have less-than-zero interest in seeing yet another link to, and discussion of, a so-called "a-list" weblog. Many, many people already link to Kottke, Zeldman, Glassdog, Evhead, and Camworld. All are well-regarded sites, certainly, but not a one of them needs the promotion.

What Metafilter is lacking are links to blogs that are not as popular and that we don't know about. Call me nutty, but I would much rather check out a new, interesting blog everyday, even if I didn't end up reading it regularly.

Here is my putting-my-money-where-my-mouth-is example: The Magnificent Melting Object, written by a musician who seems obsessed with critical theory.
posted by tranquileye at 10:17 AM on June 12, 2001


Honestly, what the hell is going on around here? The level of Kottke-worship has approached an infantile level. Just leave the guy alone for chrissakes

If anything, Succa, it seems more like Kottke-hate. There's an awful lot of Kottke-bashing going on lately.
posted by daveadams at 10:22 AM on June 12, 2001


Kottke, who?
posted by tonelesscereal at 10:27 AM on June 12, 2001


We should really get behind this kottke guy; the kid's got talent. One day, he might really be someone of note in the blogging world.

......and when he is, we can give ericost the kudos for discovering him.
posted by lucien at 10:35 AM on June 12, 2001


I think this has been discussed. the best
posted by christina at 10:36 AM on June 12, 2001


I think there's an awful lot of people on Metafilter who need to reclaim their lost sense of humor.
posted by crunchland at 10:42 AM on June 12, 2001


Kottke.org: Best blog there is, period! -- Eric Costello, Ridgefield Press

(I think Eric Costello and David Manning are the same person.)
posted by bradlands at 10:43 AM on June 12, 2001


AAAAAAAAAAAAH! ANOTHER MENTION OF KOTTKE!

/me kermits*.


* kermit - v. to run away screaming with arms flailing about one's head. like kermit.
posted by jcterminal at 10:55 AM on June 12, 2001


I fail to see the appeal.

And the x10 ads? Please! Like this guy is producing something worthy of supporting with ad revenue?

yawwwwnnn!
posted by preguicoso at 11:04 AM on June 12, 2001


What Metafilter is lacking are links to blogs that are not as popular and that we don't know about. Call me nutty, but I would much rather check out a new, interesting blog everyday, even if I didn't end up reading it regularly.

It's the same with so-called web design portals - most of the times, they suffer from the same disease - linking to all the same sites from the same notorious people over and over, while many great talents go over and die undiscovered, yearning for at least one drop of such popularity.

What a stupid (web) world.
posted by betobeto at 11:18 AM on June 12, 2001


a day without a kottke.org link on metafilter would be like a day without ice cream.

(and btw, jcterminal, i love the mental visual of kermitting)
posted by mmanning at 11:21 AM on June 12, 2001


If you guys don't leave the poor guy alone, he's going to go all Eddie and the Cruisers on us. Chill.
posted by jessamyn at 11:26 AM on June 12, 2001 [1 favorite]


Oh, he's not all that cute. I mean, he's ok, but, c'mon! Y'know. C'mon!
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:28 AM on June 12, 2001


What Metafilter is lacking are links to blogs that are not as popular and that we don't know about. Call me nutty, but I would much rather check out a new, interesting blog everyday, even if I didn't end up reading it regularly.

If that's what you're looking for, there's at least one site, blog of the day, seeking out such under-publicized weblogs. I'd be pretty surprised if there weren't others; I considered starting that kind of meta-blog myself way back when.
posted by harmful at 11:35 AM on June 12, 2001


"(and btw, jcterminal, i love the mental visual of kermitting)"

thanks!

/me registers www.kermittingjcterminal.com...

no wait. i hate flash. :P
posted by jcterminal at 11:49 AM on June 12, 2001


i saw jason kottke on the j train yesterday.
posted by judith at 11:54 AM on June 12, 2001


Judith (is this really you?), I'm so sorry to hear your cat died.
posted by bryanboyer at 12:05 PM on June 12, 2001


judith, was that the j or a bus?
posted by heather at 12:06 PM on June 12, 2001


I tried posting links to blogs that I don't know about, but I could never quite work out the URL.

Aren't there any blogs out there about Ice Cream Day?
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 12:23 PM on June 12, 2001


I am Jason Kottke.
posted by bradlands at 12:41 PM on June 12, 2001


I highly recommend The Jason Project, which has so very little to do with Jason Kottke, and is, in itself, not terribly interesting.
posted by Skot at 12:58 PM on June 12, 2001


The earliest television memory I have is watching "Welcome Back, Kotter", which, if you are a trifle deaf, might sound like "Welcome Back, Kottke".
posted by Avogadro at 12:58 PM on June 12, 2001


I for one agree with Ericost. :)
posted by riffola at 1:02 PM on June 12, 2001


I've heard that Leo Kottke is a fantastic guitar player. I wonder if he's related to Jason.
posted by daveadams at 1:02 PM on June 12, 2001


He's not, at least according to the kottke.org FAQ. I'll bet he tells people he's related to Jason, though. I would.
posted by bradlands at 1:04 PM on June 12, 2001


Once I made a joke in front of Jason Kottke and he said "You know, I thought from your site you were going to be this really nice, thoughtful guy."

As opposed to, say, who I really am.
posted by anildash at 1:06 PM on June 12, 2001


I wonder if Latke from Taxi is related. How about Tony Clifton? Ever seen them together?
posted by MarkAnd at 1:09 PM on June 12, 2001


I love Jason Kottke. He is my everything. I worship the ground he almost walks on. When I see him in person, because I am lucky enough to live in the same city as he does, or perhaps at a conference where he tickles my ears with flights of microcontentâ„¢ fancy, I tremble and shake and feel giddy and happy. His insights on human existence and the depth of knowledge he holds on every subject under the sun never fails to impress, nay, shock and unnerve me. He sees into my soul with his links. Timothy McVeigh iswas absolute evil!
posted by honkzilla at 1:11 PM on June 12, 2001


In this week's issue of The New Yorker -- which once included a long story prominently featuring Jason Kottke -- there's a great piece about how soundbites are created and how they affect public discourse by Ian Frazier.
posted by bradlands at 1:11 PM on June 12, 2001


Caution! Know your A-lister, or you might find yourself chatting up a Nottke.
posted by Skot at 1:13 PM on June 12, 2001


With Kottke moved out and now with Dack outta bizness, I hereby nominate Lileks to fight Gael for monarch of Minnesota bloggers. As long as I can still be the Fool.
posted by norm at 1:15 PM on June 12, 2001


did someone say Bottke? I sure love those tiny cows he has.

And I hope someone ends this thread with "I was just having a bit of fun on a slow Tuesday"
posted by jessamyn at 1:16 PM on June 12, 2001


Except, it's a bleat, not a blog. Sorry.

kottke! kottke! kottke!
posted by norm at 1:16 PM on June 12, 2001


My house was built in 1894, long before Jason started building the magnificent kottke.org. But I like to think it's the kind of house Jason would build if he had been a carpenter instead of a web designer and if he had been born in the 1870s instead of the 1970s.
posted by daveadams at 1:16 PM on June 12, 2001


Wow! My house was built in 1900. It's not that far from where Kottke began his blogging career, but it's good enough.

The famous person has the same size waterski as me;
He has three cars, as many years as I've lived in this city.
His hair is blonde, my hair is brown they both start with a "b"...

posted by norm at 1:19 PM on June 12, 2001


My dad went to college with a guy named Karl Lewis. Although spelled differently, it sounded the same as Carl Lewis, which I found very amusing.

Carl Lewis won his 7th and 8th career gold medals in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Barcelona, of course, is the name of the group responsible for Kottke's novelty-tune fave "I Have the Password to Your Shell Account", as listed on his media list.
posted by anildash at 1:19 PM on June 12, 2001


On many phone systems (such as this one) you can use a special feature to track threatening or malicious calls. This feature, called a Customer Originated Trace (COT) can be assigned to one of the buttons on a keypad, making it -- of course -- the COT key.
posted by bradlands at 1:19 PM on June 12, 2001


What many people don't know is he changed his name to Jason after the smash debut of the Alex Kottke Band (big in Germany). He couldn't handle the fame.

Later, after a brief stint as a plumber (that's him on the left, before the reconstructive surgery to hide his true identity), he settled down in the unassuming role of web designer.

Really, I'm suprised this stuff got left out of the FAQ.
posted by scottandrew at 1:19 PM on June 12, 2001


Not to be confused with a Schipperke.
posted by norm at 1:20 PM on June 12, 2001


I'm sorry, did I say plumber? I meant underground technologist.

"in the final analysis, it does not really matter how the pipes became damaged. The fact is they are, and they need to be fixed."
posted by scottandrew at 1:23 PM on June 12, 2001


Gee, Officer Kottke, we're very upset!
We never had the love that every child oughta get!
We ain't no delinquents! We're misunderstood!
Deep down inside us there is good!
posted by rodii at 1:23 PM on June 12, 2001


Slot key?
posted by redfoxtail at 1:25 PM on June 12, 2001


Not to be confused to J. Ko:posted by bradlands at 1:25 PM on June 12, 2001


Dot dot dot key?
posted by jessamyn at 1:26 PM on June 12, 2001


Devoted fans of webloggers and certain ice sports may want to create a hockey Kottke hotkey.
posted by Skot at 1:27 PM on June 12, 2001


Remember that your calculator has a SIN key, a COS key, and a TAN key.   It does does not have a CSC key, a SEC key, or a COT key since the values for these trig functions can easily be found by using the reciprocal key on your calculator.
posted by rodii at 1:27 PM on June 12, 2001


There's a hotel currently under construction across the street from where I work. Coincidentally, when I first started looking at Jason's site, I would frequently mis-type kottke.com and get this site which is still under construction.
posted by Avogadro at 1:29 PM on June 12, 2001


Any hopheads know what the price of a Pot Key is these days? Ok, I'm reaching.
posted by norm at 1:29 PM on June 12, 2001


I love Brendan's Online Anagram Server. Given the popularity of the Great X10 Pop-Up Jape of 2001, it may be appropriate that of the many anagrams possible from the letters in Jason Kottke's name, one of them is "STANK TO JOKE".
posted by bradlands at 1:30 PM on June 12, 2001


So does Kottke(x) == 1/Tankey(x)?
posted by daveadams at 1:31 PM on June 12, 2001


The highest-scoring word I've ever played in Scrabble is "QUIVERS" hitting a double-word square and netting me a bonus 50 points for playing all my letters.

If proper nouns were allowed in Scrabble, "KOTTKE" would score a scant 14 points, which is hardly a tribute to this noble soul. "KOTTKES", however, would enable you to get that precious bonus if you played the "S" to make another word plural -- but how many Kottkes could there be in the world?
posted by snarkout at 1:36 PM on June 12, 2001


Jesus, a Kottke link every day? Stop the madness already. I'd hate to see this place become Kottkefilter.
posted by ed at 1:36 PM on June 12, 2001


How many cots would a Kottke cot if a Kottke could cot cot?
posted by rodii at 1:37 PM on June 12, 2001


Kottke! Kottke! Monro versus Botkey!
posted by rodii at 1:41 PM on June 12, 2001


My scrabble high score is 494. The second K on KOTTKE is a blank. Nine points.
posted by jessamyn at 1:41 PM on June 12, 2001


Mmmmm, Kottkefilter. I'd visit!
posted by daveadams at 1:42 PM on June 12, 2001


It's interesting to note that there is no definition for the one word that rhymes with Kottke.
posted by Skot at 1:42 PM on June 12, 2001


But wait. miotke does NOT rhyme with Kottke???? How can this be?
posted by jessamyn at 1:45 PM on June 12, 2001


Also not to be confused with J.Ko:posted by bradlands at 1:46 PM on June 12, 2001


However, if you literalize the blank tile in the Scrabble-kottke, you get either autography collector Kotte (who sadly has no Kottke autographs), or the great Danish boxer Sven Ottke.
posted by claxton6 at 1:46 PM on June 12, 2001


Proof positive that Kottke is a singularity that warps space and time. And, uh, rhymes.
posted by Skot at 1:47 PM on June 12, 2001


Does Kottke rhyme with kottke though?
posted by jessamyn at 1:49 PM on June 12, 2001


Who is this Kottke fellow. I've never heard of him.

I guess I must read if you say so.
posted by Mahogne at 1:50 PM on June 12, 2001


But wait. miotke does NOT rhyme with Kottke???? How can this be?

Officer Jason Kottke, meet Officer Jason Miotke.
posted by rodii at 1:52 PM on June 12, 2001


Kottke rhymes with orange and penguin.
posted by anildash at 1:53 PM on June 12, 2001


meet Officer Jason Miotke

I particularly like Officer Miotke's professional accomplishments.
posted by redfoxtail at 1:54 PM on June 12, 2001


Less well-known Kottkes:posted by bradlands at 1:54 PM on June 12, 2001


red- You're drifting. I believe we were discussing Kottke, not this Miotke fellow.
posted by claxton6 at 1:55 PM on June 12, 2001


Incidentally, Otto Kottke's Bacon number is 3.
posted by bradlands at 1:57 PM on June 12, 2001


Jason Kottke, having not made a credit appearance in a major motion picture (yet!), has no Bacon number.
posted by bradlands at 1:57 PM on June 12, 2001


I believe we were discussing Kottke, not this Miotke fellow.

Just consider the striking contrast with the accomplishments of the prodigious Mr. Kottke.
posted by redfoxtail at 1:58 PM on June 12, 2001


Am I Kottke Or Not?
posted by msacheson at 1:59 PM on June 12, 2001


Another prodigious Kottke is Jan.
posted by Skot at 2:07 PM on June 12, 2001


Jason Kottke is an actor and all of his content is being created by some convicts in Nebraska as part of a meme creation experiment by the agents for the Bureau of Internal Security Concerns (BISC).

Must go. The Moose is calling.
posted by Dagobert at 2:15 PM on June 12, 2001


I am so sick of all this Miotke talk! I mean, I like his work with Bugs Bunny, but what has he done lately??? Other than shill for Warner Brothers, that is.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 2:31 PM on June 12, 2001


I'm sorry for publishing kottke.org. And 0sil8. And any other piece of writing or design on the Web. I'm sorry for even trying or even trying to try. I'm sorry for writing this message. I'm sorry that I'm not Jeffrey Zeldman. I'm sorry to hear that Bryan's cat died. I'm sorry for the x10.com thing. And for Silkscreen. I'm sorry what I do makes people hate and want to say mean things to each other on MeFi. I'm sorry for having such a hilarious last name. Really and truly sorry.

But I just don't understand why you guys have to be so mean to me. I feel so bad....I need a hug, I think. Does anyone want to give me a hug?

(Warm fuzzies to honkzilla for the kind words. Love ya, honk. You are my sun, moon, and cascading waterfalls.)
posted by jkottke at 3:00 PM on June 12, 2001


I thought *I* was your sun, moon, and cascading waterfalls!?!

Hand off my man, Honkzilla!
posted by megnut at 3:05 PM on June 12, 2001


I'm sorry for even trying or even trying to try. I'm sorry for writing this message. I'm sorry that I'm not Jeffrey Zeldman. I'm sorry to hear that Bryan's cat died.

Aw, c'mere and get your hug, you sorry so-and-so. :-)
posted by bradlands at 3:08 PM on June 12, 2001


Maybe we should all go out for ice cream now.
posted by jennyb at 3:11 PM on June 12, 2001


We are all Kottke.
posted by darukaru at 3:21 PM on June 12, 2001


I feel so spent. And used.

I'm just tired and exhausted. Like I've been through a battle. Or, like I witnessed a battle. In fact, had I witnessed a battle, I might be moved to write a poem. The third verse of which might say:

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


And then you could take the first verse of that poem, set it to the tune of an old drinking song, and make it the National Anthem of a large, influential nation.

That would make me a certain historical figure.

I am Francis Scott Key.
posted by anildash at 3:26 PM on June 12, 2001 [1 favorite]


Awww, Jason, it's okay, snookums. If Meg won't lop my arms off, I'll give you a hug.

I am, however, feeling rather besmirched -- Lance always told me I was his everything. Hmph.

This thread, however, has served one very fine purpose ... the introduction of a new word into my lexicon: kermitting. There simply aren't enough pink clouds and butterflies to convey my joy about that discovery.

And just be glad you don't have my last name, Wright, or you'd have a whole new slew of jokes on your hands (left, wrong, write, rites of passage, mr. right, miss right, blah blah blah).
posted by shauna at 3:28 PM on June 12, 2001


Jason Kottke is... KOTTKE!
posted by tranquileye at 3:45 PM on June 12, 2001


Once a trucker, always a trucker.
posted by mathowie at 3:48 PM on June 12, 2001


Of course, as Kottke's unofficial agent, 40% of the banner revenue generated by YALPAMTOGONOH*will, of course, be payable to me.

* YALPAMTOGONOH=Yet Another Link Posted At Metafilter To Garner Obscene Numbers of Hits
posted by ed at 3:51 PM on June 12, 2001


I could've sworn that this was another kottke-prank. Similar in the trends of the X10 ads, and I don't know, others.
You post a pointless link to metafilter, and watch the people argue about how stupid it is, then watch the topic change.
If it is, I wish I'd thought of it. If it isn't, well it's funny to me, hehe.
posted by starduck at 3:53 PM on June 12, 2001


Ah, jeeze, kottke, be glad you are notorious enough to have people hate you just because and love you just because and think you are cute just because. Blogging is weird; you start it for yourself, or your friends, or just because you have to say something and before you know it you're on fuckedweblog.

fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

silent wide-eyed kermitting
posted by christina at 3:59 PM on June 12, 2001


buddy, wanna buy a watch.
posted by clavdivs at 4:13 PM on June 12, 2001


This has all been a clever plot by honkzilla to woo Jason. I was his unwitting dupe, swayed by the following passage in glassdog.MEMO:

" Johnson, now conservatively cropped and sans mustache, estimates the picture was taken in 1973 or 1974. "

Damn that Glassdog! Damn it to HELL!!!
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 4:19 PM on June 12, 2001


I'm still not sure what the hell is going on. I'm going to take a nap. Do you like naps? I do. There was this one time I woke from a nap, and mind you, naps don't refresh me as much as they put me in a nice relaxed zone for the rest of the day, but THIS time was different, because I woke up and was all, "Yes, world, I can take you on, world, yes!" Sometimes I take naps and I wonder why, because I'm not really tired, and Lord knows I have a lot of stuff to do, like surf the Web and not look for a job and write screenplays or begin that 6,583-part epic poem on the mating habits of woodpeckers that I'd been meaning to get cracking on since I got my master's degree, but lordy, no, I just grab me some shuteye and it's all, like, "do my teeth hurt? what about that rash? will I die alone and unloved?", really existential type of stuff, you know what I mean, but really, the point of naps is not so much to get rest as to break up the monotony of an otherwise pointless and dull day here on this spaceship we call Earth, and did you know that Buckminster Fuller coined the term, "spaceship Earth," so really, EPCOT owes his estate a lot of royalty money, but you can't trust those Disney bastards, not for a SECOND, they'll sue your ass just as soon as shake your hand, the forked-tongue bastards, how DARE they lecture to us about morality when they're letting Michael Jackson roam around the park in that stupid surgical mask that he wears because he's had one nose job too many and it's falling apart, isn't that gross? Isn't that just absolutely disgusting? His NOSE is falling apart, how could anyone actually DO that, it's so beyond me, then again I also get freaked out by amputee porn, so maybe I have this whole "integrity of the flesh" thing going, because *BLAM*hjlkjjdsfnfffffffju;wnnnnn8y...........................................................
posted by solistrato at 4:23 PM on June 12, 2001


solistrato, how does your post tie back to Kottke?
posted by daveadams at 4:26 PM on June 12, 2001


Hey we were talking about kottke one year ago today
posted by lagado at 4:55 PM on June 12, 2001


But we talk about Kottke every day.
posted by crunchland at 4:59 PM on June 12, 2001


solistrato, how does your post tie back to Kottke?

EPCOT --> COTPE --> COTKE
posted by rodii at 5:24 PM on June 12, 2001


You people are really cool, it'd be fun to be at a party with you all.
posted by beefula at 5:27 PM on June 12, 2001


I guess I should read Kottke. How have I been in the blogworld for more than a year without being converted to Kottkeism?
posted by Dreama at 5:30 PM on June 12, 2001


I can't beleve you people are so mean. He just has a web log. If you don't like it then don't read it.

And then he apologizes and you still treat him like crap.

Sure, it's fun and mindless....... Look even I could do it:

I'm frequently known as the Diet Coke Guy.
Diet coke [transpose the t] -> Die cotke. Oh! That wasn't nice!

See what happens when you act like a poopy head? People's feelings get hurt. And that's no fun.
posted by y6y6y6 at 5:58 PM on June 12, 2001


I have only one question.
In a pointless thread this long, where's Neale?
posted by Octaviuz at 5:59 PM on June 12, 2001


solistrato, how does your post tie back to Kottke?

I think there's a secret message in the all-caps words:

THIS EPCOT SECOND DARE NOSE BLAM

Following Rodii's lead -- that is, understanding "EPCOT" as a loose homonym of "KOTTKE", we have:

THIS KOTTKE SECOND DARE NOSE BLAM

"NOSE" is clearly "KNOWS." Now, "SECOND DARE" seems to be an erroneous transcription of "SECOND HEIR."

So we get the message: "This, Kottke's second heir knows: Blam!"

The enigma deepens. Who is Kottke's second heir? And is the "blam" a subtle threat that someone's going to, to use the vernacular, "rub out" our beloved Kottke? Perhaps to assume his throne?

Scooby gang, we must solve the mystery!
posted by snarkout at 6:47 PM on June 12, 2001


that seems pretty reasonable
posted by rodii at 6:50 PM on June 12, 2001


Blam clearly is an elongated Bam!.

Therefore Kottke's heir is Emeril
posted by Mahogne at 6:54 PM on June 12, 2001


He knows his Bam!, all right.

Who is the first heir?
posted by redfoxtail at 7:00 PM on June 12, 2001


mathowie.

I can't believe that the only post that generated more comments than this one this week is the you-know-who-got-executed thread.

metafilter: now saying less with more.

And -- of course -- I'm part of the problem.
posted by christina at 7:05 PM on June 12, 2001


"someone's going to "rub out" our beloved Kottke?"

I want to totally distance myself from the plot to kill Kottke. The "die cotke" thing was just a wild coincidence. Any communications between myself and his second heir were completely innocent.

It was just a joke people. I never imagined it would get this far. Please God forgive me. Jason, if you're reading this, please be careful.
posted by y6y6y6 at 7:38 PM on June 12, 2001


It means "the Kottke, the."
posted by norm at 8:11 PM on June 12, 2001


Thank you Norm. I needed a Simpsons reality-check. No, really...it made me feel better about this thread.
posted by davidmsc at 8:19 PM on June 12, 2001


And is the "blam" a subtle threat that someone's going to, to use the vernacular, "rub out" our beloved Kottke?

"blam" is, of course, an anagram of "lamb", as in sacrificial lamb.

I'll leave you to work out what that means.
posted by lagado at 8:42 PM on June 12, 2001


Hey, didja know that kangaroo meat is the wave of the future?
















Yeah, like the other posts were necessary.
posted by dong_resin at 9:35 PM on June 12, 2001


Wah! dong_resin ruined the thread!
posted by rodii at 10:17 PM on June 12, 2001


Has anyone seen Dack recently? Is someone killing the great bloggers of the USA? Epcot, look out behind you!
posted by flowerdale at 10:27 PM on June 12, 2001


It means "the Kottke, the."

"No one who speaks German could be an evil man."
posted by bluishorange at 10:54 PM on June 12, 2001


I have to ask...

This is the 3rd post I've read where brianboyer tells someone that he is sorry to hear their cat died.

What is that all about?

brianboyer - freak or unique?
posted by netsirk at 11:03 PM on June 12, 2001


I have to ask...

This is the 3rd post I've read where brianboyer tells someone that he is sorry to hear their cat died.

What is that all about?

brianboyer - freak or unique?
posted by netsirk at 11:04 PM on June 12, 2001


Who is Killing the Cats of the Great Webloggers of America?
posted by bradlands at 11:13 PM on June 12, 2001


Well then i have to say neither.
posted by davidgentle at 11:15 PM on June 12, 2001


Brad, where's your cat right now?
posted by flowerdale at 4:08 AM on June 13, 2001


This thread clears up my confusion. I though kottke was a latke made with beets or something. I have spent months since going to Austin and hearing every conversation bring up kottke. You know, *I saw kottke at Iron City* or *kottke was on the a-list*. Most restaurants in Austin don't have a-lists on their menu like places in Boring, Oregon and what would BBQ places do with kottkes on their menu let alone latkes. I can save my weekends from the wasted time of going to bookstores looking for the kottke recipes.

It sounds like Mr. Kottke needs a hug. I will send my parents, they are *huggers*. The live out past the end of one of the BART lines. If the need for hugs is really bad they can stay in a hotel near by if that works out well.
posted by vanderwal at 4:37 AM on June 13, 2001


spread the word: i'm going to start a kottke boycott campaign. keyword "boykottke."
posted by msippey at 9:06 AM on June 13, 2001


boykottke? isn't that a previous kottke incarnation? one previous to j ko that is. i heard that kottke taught madonna all she knows.
posted by heather at 9:24 AM on June 13, 2001


brianboyer? freak, definitely.
posted by judith at 9:33 AM on June 13, 2001


Is Bryan a freak in the sense of "my freak of the week that I'm gonna turn out, a freak who loves rollin' with me because i'm bling-blingin'..."?

Or, like, he makes dead cat jokes?

Also, Kottke.
posted by anildash at 10:02 AM on June 13, 2001


Brad, where's your cat right now?

Waiting for the pusher robot at the top of the stairs. Why do you ask? (Kottke, Kottke, Kottke!!)
posted by bradlands at 10:12 AM on June 13, 2001


I heard Boykottke perform at the mall, but then 'Nsync showed up and got all Westsiiiiiide on their asses and called them Post-Woebegon Minnesota Poseurs and started a big slapfight in the middle of the food court.

I think Jason was the cute one eating ice cream in the corner.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 11:20 AM on June 13, 2001


i love jason tchotchke.
posted by mmanning at 12:01 PM on June 13, 2001


I'd like to apologize to everyone right now and come clean.

Kottke is a hoax.

I created the character of Kottke as an experiment to see how far a web based character could go and now it looks like its gone too far. I knew it might be too much with the added "Meg" subplot, too, but I was too drunk with power at that point to know right from wrong and I've just let it all careen out of control. The people you see in pictures: I found those in a discarded photo album in Tampa, Fl. The X-10 thing: a ploy to get you all disinterested in this Frankenstein gone awry, and the fake apology above: a meek attempt to quell this thread and avert more attention. But now after mulling it over, I came to the conclusion that I would feel much better about myself if I just put an end to it once and for all and asked for forgiveness.

I'm sorry about all of this, really. You can go back to your lives now.
posted by Hackworth at 5:18 PM on June 13, 2001


I thought you were going to say Kottke was a composite of three people you actually knew, and you just wanted to tell their stories.
posted by rodii at 5:39 PM on June 13, 2001


The saddest part of this entire thread (aside from how many sycophants came out to coddle Kottke) is that Kottke pulled a Powazek "Woe is me, Poor Maligned Web Designer!" and you played right into his hands.

And, in the distance, a faint slurping sound was heard...
posted by Danelope at 6:40 PM on June 13, 2001


oh no, he was a composite of what I imagined my 2 cats would be like as humans. They don't really have much of a story to tell, so I pretty much pulled the rest out of my ass.
posted by Hackworth at 6:43 PM on June 13, 2001


The saddest part of this entire thread (aside from how many sycophants came out to coddle Kottke) is that Kottke pulled a Powazek

So far the saddest part seems to be your lack of a sense of humor. Why do you have to be so mean, Dan? Why?

This is obviously a silly thread. We're all just having fun. Kottke is famous in this community whether he likes it or not, whether you like it or not. Let's just enjoy it.

kottke
posted by daveadams at 6:58 AM on June 14, 2001


"Just another rock-n-roll soldier, in the battle to be heard."
- D. G. Flewellyn, Time
A Different Point of Blue album
posted by ZachsMind at 7:01 AM on June 14, 2001


kottke

Kottkah-kottkah-KOTTKAY!

(Timmay.)
posted by kindall at 7:35 AM on June 14, 2001


kottke kottke kottkeeee!

(to be recited in a jan brady voice, like "marsha marsha marsha")
posted by christina at 3:19 PM on June 15, 2001


I was just having a bit of fun on a slow Tuesday.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 2:31 PM on November 7, 2001


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