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November 12, 2001 4:49 AM   Subscribe

Its us And don't we sound nice!
posted by kramer_101 (37 comments total)
And membership shoots up another ten thousand...
posted by ColdChef at 4:52 AM on November 12, 2001

This mention was mentioned here.
posted by pracowity at 4:59 AM on November 12, 2001

Is that really the most recent picture of matthowie that they could find?
posted by warhol at 5:26 AM on November 12, 2001

An improvement over that other picture that made him look like Bill.
posted by mmarcos at 5:33 AM on November 12, 2001

but it is a testament to MeFi that most discussions have not degenerated into flame-wars, and that its community is as strong and friendly as ever.

hmm...must be a different mefi!
posted by mcsweetie at 5:36 AM on November 12, 2001

Pracowity, you made my day!!!
posted by luser at 5:38 AM on November 12, 2001

Ha! You won't find that sort of high praise being heaped on Fark ... except maybe at Cruel Site.
posted by MAYORBOB at 6:16 AM on November 12, 2001

He must have meant MeTa, mcsweetie, where nary a mean word is ever said. In fact this very link was politely posted there first(see pracowity's link) and Matt said it was the perfect place to post it. Oh yes. So come on over to MetaTalk and learn why measured and civilized debate, conducted according to Marquis of Queensbury rules, with no recourse to profanity or levity, so impresses the (London) Sunday Times. ;-)

P.S. Call me Eurotrash but I just can't stand the way Americans call the real The Times invariably The London Times as if their relatively recent and arriviste New York Times was the original or the uppermost. Same for London Sunday Times, the London Daily Telegraph. As if they were London newspapers like the Evening Standard or the Croydon Bloody Advertiser
The Times is The Times and The New York Times(though the best newspaper in the world)is The New York Times. Leave London out of it!

posted by MiguelCardoso at 6:41 AM on November 12, 2001

Miguel: I posted the link in MeTa - and I'm a Brit! Everybody on this board should be aware of global sensibilities. If I had just said "The Sunday Times", not everybody would have been clear as to which paper I was referring to. Clarity over accuracy.
posted by salmacis at 7:17 AM on November 12, 2001

Yeah, not everyone on MeFi is European, you know! ;)
posted by rodii at 7:20 AM on November 12, 2001

(Miguel: At least we don't usually hear "The London Guardian", which would make poor CP Scott spin in his grave. Although the "London Observer" is nearly as bad.)
posted by holgate at 8:25 AM on November 12, 2001

And don't we sound nice!

Only because the article fails to mention Matts Mysterious Article/Post Deletions (tm) and the all-volunteer Vigilante MeFi Grammar and Spelling Police.

posted by BentPenguin at 8:45 AM on November 12, 2001

And if this had truly been a double post, the Times would have to print a vehement retraction for that stuff about friendliness and community.

posted by Hildago at 11:56 AM on November 12, 2001

The Grammar and Spelling Police (GSP?) have a bone to pick with your XOXOXO and with the proper number of 'a's in Hildago's "Raawr."
posted by j.edwards at 4:14 PM on November 12, 2001

the all-volunteer Vigilante MeFi Grammar and Spelling Police

They'll be the guys in the white hoods in The Birth of A Notion Flash Animation
posted by y2karl at 4:26 PM on November 12, 2001

heh! i always chuckle when some print wank sees something on the web and finds it 'brilliant'. i suppose if you're just seeing the web come over your personal radar horizon then your basic unthreaded call and response website must seem brilliant.
posted by quonsar at 4:38 PM on November 12, 2001

i'm just happy they mentioned my post. makes me feel like a ROCK STAR.
posted by swift at 5:33 PM on November 12, 2001

quonsar: the author is writing casually for a British audience. In that context "brilliant" is simply a generic positive adjective, not a reference to superlative quality, originality, or intelligence as it would be in more formal speech or in U.S. English.

-Mars, feeling picky for no apparent reason (must be tired)
posted by Mars Saxman at 6:39 PM on November 12, 2001

Am I on?
*tap tap*
Is this thing on?

Hi mom!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:39 AM on November 13, 2001

> the all-volunteer Vigilante MeFi Grammar and Spelling Police.

It is my duty as an officer of the Apostrophe Brigade to remind kramer_101 that it should have been "It's us" (as a contraction of "it is us"), and to remind BentPenguin that it should have been "Matt's Mysterious Article/Post Deletions" (Saxon genitive).

Carry on.
posted by pracowity at 2:21 AM on November 13, 2001

A couple of points:

I wrote it.

Quonsar: I'm not your average "print wank"; I've been reading MeFi daily for about eighteen months, and other blogs for longer. And "Brilliant!" is the name of the column in the Sunday Times. Other papers would be more prosaic and call it "Website of the Week" or something, but at Rupert Murdoch's hip, happenin' media empire, we're trying to keep the spirit of 1999 alive. Or something.

If you liked the piece, thank you. If you hated it, I didn't write that bit, it was changed by the sub-editors. Meanwhile, I feel I should mention that the full 17-minute version of the movie 'Robot Bastard' is now available for your fat-pipe downloading pleasure here and go and do some work.
posted by Hogshead at 3:28 AM on November 13, 2001

I thought your piece was fabulous, Hogshead. Can I have some freelance work?
posted by Summer at 3:40 AM on November 13, 2001

i thought the piece smacked of naive optimism.

*Fmoo ducks for cover*
posted by Frasermoo at 5:06 AM on November 13, 2001

Great first post, Hogshead! I bet this is the first first post on a post containing a link to an article by same poster, running simultaneously with a same-link post over on MetaTalk. Whew....

*collapses on floor, exhausted, just managing to lift a trembling thumb to thank author for simpático plug*
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:30 AM on November 13, 2001

I'm slightly curious, now this thread is progressing, as to how we all came to find MetaFIlter.
For me it was an article in The 'London' Guardian.
posted by Frasermoo at 5:34 AM on November 13, 2001
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:39 AM on November 13, 2001

Frasermoo: via the late Brill's Content, with Matt Haughey on the cover. A great article; criminally not online. Yeah, I did toy with a cooler point of entry, but gave up. And don't give "them" any ideas with that 'London' Guardian lark. Don't you read your holgate, tsk, tsk? Anyroads, it would have to be The Manchester Guardian, if anything, as that's what it used to be called, back when it were really impressive. ;-)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:46 AM on November 13, 2001

i do read my holgate, but i like to provoke. It alleviates some of the monotony of my day-to-day.

As for the 'Manc' Guardian. The chances of having ever read that couldn't be slimmer. Logistically, because I'm a soft southern shandy, and politically, because I'm from the conservative stronghold of Windsor & Maidenhead.
posted by Frasermoo at 5:56 AM on November 13, 2001

I found MeFi through a friend. In fact, this friend turned me on to "starter-blogs", and they were enough for a while. You know, just doing it on the weekends, or at my lunch break. Then, I started to get into the real hard stuff, like MeFi, and Slashdot. Life hasn't been the same. If only he hadn't shown me his own blog, which was a "Gateway Blog", then now maybe I wouldn't be so hopelessly addicted.

Can I get MeFi-methadone?
posted by adampsyche at 6:06 AM on November 13, 2001

What's Windsor and Maidenhead? No virgin jokes, please. I remember pint jugs used to have the Maidenhead logo etched in. Is it something to to with Chingford(?)or Norman Tebbit? If it is, I'm all for it. Otherwise, having lived in Manchester for eight years, I'm very wary of Southerners. I hate London. Ny inner anthem is The Fall's "TNWRA": The North Will Rise Again. Great song, great man, that Mark E.Smith. Lancashire is heaven. The old Guardian office in Deansgate(?)is beautiful, but sad to look at. Though my mother's from Eastbourne and this was not the way I was brought up. You wouldn't believe what Mancunians in their cups say about Londoners. ;-) To get an idea of the scale, wanker=greatest possible praise.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:48 AM on November 13, 2001

Northeners hate London because they can't afford to do anything when they are here.

"Two pound fifty a pint! that's a fookin' disgrace! 5p in my working man's club."

Exactly mate. We price it high to keep the riff-raff away. And should a northener with money slip through, no-one in the south understands them anyway.

"whyaye pet, canne geev ar keed a pint a mild, an sam creesps far me darg"

If your from the north, stick with your whippett, ferrets and racing pigeons. We'll take care of the decent women, clubs and music.

Almost finished - As for The Fall, been through that phase. Got out of it when I met a real 'Mr.Pharmacist' and realised how cak they were.
posted by Frasermoo at 9:02 AM on November 13, 2001

my dad is from Lancaster, which makes everything I say a crock

but even better my mom is from essex! bring it on!
posted by Frasermoo at 9:09 AM on November 13, 2001

Maidenhead, near Slough, the town with the Horlicks factory. Write your own innuendo.
posted by holgate at 9:54 AM on November 13, 2001

Slough. Dammit, something from deep in my barely remembered past about Slough...a woman? a pissup? jail time?

*sigh* I need a new brain.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:44 AM on November 15, 2001

That would be either Mars bars or John Betjeman's poem, published in 1937, but now applicable to just about anywhere:


Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow
Swarm over, Death!

Come, bombs, and blow to smithereens
Those air-conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town --
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week for half-a-crown
For twenty years,

And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears,

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.

It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
To Maidenhead

And talk of sports and makes of cars
In various bogus Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.

In labour-saving homes, with care
Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales."
posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:13 AM on November 15, 2001


"I'm slightly curious, now this thread is progressing, as to how we all came to find MetaFIlter.
For me it was an article in The 'London' Guardian.

Was that one of mine? Or their long-standing piece on weblogs?

And I don't give a toss about people from Manchester or London, for what it's worth.
posted by blastboy at 4:40 AM on November 15, 2001

If I remember correctly it was a brief mention in a supplement concerning all things 'computer'. Must have been around August time. I think that's how I found Memepool as well.
posted by Frasermoo at 4:55 AM on November 15, 2001

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