How are you gentlemen !!
February 15, 2016 1:01 PM   Subscribe

Fifteen years ago today, Bad-CRC made a flash video from a techno song and a bunch of forum shops, and posted it to the Internet (youtube copy). [Warning: blinky lights.] The rest is history.
posted by effbot (247 comments total) 85 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'm old.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:06 PM on February 15, 2016 [15 favorites]


MOVE EVERY ZIG
posted by cortex at 1:07 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


FOR GREAT JUSTICE.
posted by Alterscape at 1:09 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


Gather 'round children...
posted by bullitt 5 at 1:10 PM on February 15, 2016


I was surprised when my dad knew about this meme shortly after it launched. Then I learned that at Caltech, where he worked, a bunch of young hoodlums had stencil-painted "ALL YOUR SPACE ARE BELONG TO US" on many of the parking spaces in the garage.
posted by gusandrews at 1:12 PM on February 15, 2016 [11 favorites]


Never not funny.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:14 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Probably this is the vanguard of a terrifying and confusing new era of meme nostalgia.
posted by thelonius at 1:14 PM on February 15, 2016 [22 favorites]


WHAT YOU SAY !!
posted by indubitable at 1:14 PM on February 15, 2016 [16 favorites]


Only fifteen years?
posted by Thorzdad at 1:16 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


By 2025 there will be a Zero Wing/All Your Base movie, fuelled by the same nostalgia that brought us Transformers and Battleship. There will be over the following half-decade a series of films based on memes, until the trend is finally killed by 2031's Doge: Much Rise, Very Origin.
posted by these are science wands at 1:19 PM on February 15, 2016 [77 favorites]


I'm old.

From the original MetaFilter post -- mkn: It's like "Wasssssuppppp", only more l33t.

Hah, there is no better timestamp.

(Which made me think of my father telling some yout' at a cell phone shop about the Rolling Stone's "Get Off of My Cloud" and pulling up this video on his phone. They were talking about backing up calendars and The Cloud and such, and that's where my dad's mind went, but the kid didn't know the song. We're all getting older, but there's so much history at our fingertips.)
posted by filthy light thief at 1:20 PM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


Agreeing with Thelonius -- this feels like it was the first salvo in the volley of memes which pummeled our lives for the subsequent decade or so.
posted by gusandrews at 1:20 PM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


this feels like it was the first salvo in the volley of memes which pummeled our lives for the subsequent decade or so.

Does this pre-date BadgerBadgerBadger?
posted by Thorzdad at 1:23 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


this feels like it was the first salvo in the volley of memes which pummeled our lives for the subsequent decade or so.

Guys, what if we were the zigs all along?
posted by cortex at 1:24 PM on February 15, 2016 [12 favorites]


Does this pre-date BadgerBadgerBadger?

Yeah, by about two years.
posted by Itaxpica at 1:24 PM on February 15, 2016


In 60 to 70 years there will be inaugurated a national holiday whose origin is some meme from somethingawful.com. If you were on the Internet in 2001 you will think it signals the End of History, but it will just be history plugging along like it always has and laughing at our short human lives.
posted by benito.strauss at 1:27 PM on February 15, 2016


AYBABTU was the meme that brought me to MeFi.
Ahh, memories...
posted by jozxyqk at 1:28 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Current memes circa early 2001:

- Leonard Nimoy's "Bilbo Baggins"
- Fenslerfilm
- YTMND
posted by rhizome at 1:29 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


About ten years ago I downloaded a bunch of data about BRAC, the commission doing the military draw-down of the 90s, so I could look for political correlates of who won and who lost. The point was so that I could write a paper called "All Your Base Are Belong To Us." But in one of life's great cruelties there wasn't anything immediately interesting in the data.

I wonder if I could write "How Is Babby Formed?" Maybe something on state-level adoption of fetal-life laws or laws treating fetuses as additional victims in violent crime?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 1:31 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]




so I could look for political correlates of who won and who lost.

FREE IDEA: analyze campaign language and call the report, "How Is Babble Formed?"
posted by rhizome at 1:36 PM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


I'm old

YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 1:45 PM on February 15, 2016 [33 favorites]




Here is an old timeline of events for the meme, for the scholarly among us.

Basically it comes down to four things: the goofy video game, JRR (the Something Awful forum member who made the song), the SA forum thread that made most of the famous images, and then Bad_CRC of Tribal War, who took the song and those images and made the famous video.

It's unfortunate that the Something Awful forum thread that started all the image macros has been deleted from their forums, but I think it's been archived out there somewhere.
posted by Palindromedary at 1:46 PM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


The dancing baby/hamster thing, as well as "I kiss you", may be older? I AM NOT A MEME HISTORIAN, I AM NOT YOUR MEME HISTORIAN.
posted by thelonius at 1:47 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I still quote All Your Smurf.
posted by Foosnark at 1:52 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


WHAT YOU SAY !!
posted by indubitable at 3:14 PM on February 15

Holy shit, for a second I thought there was a Unicode EXCLAMATION MARK TILTED LIKE IN OLD VIDEO GAMES code point.
posted by glhaynes at 1:53 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


They are older. I KISS YOU was like 1998 and dancing baby was 1996
posted by rhizome at 1:53 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Administrator, please hope me!!!
posted by JHarris at 2:00 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


Is it time?
posted by arrjay at 2:02 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


It's time!!!
posted by phooky at 2:03 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


So... fifteen years of making your time.
posted by markkraft at 2:06 PM on February 15, 2016


If a particular wanted to engage in font shenanigans, he could, say, change the font for this thread to Press Start, although I imagine the fact that it's not common to many people's systems would be a problem.
posted by JHarris at 2:06 PM on February 15, 2016 [18 favorites]


If a particular mod, I meant to say. I leave out words more and more often these days I'm probably getting old.
posted by JHarris at 2:13 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Jeez. So All Your Base hasn't quite officially been a thing for more than half my life, but we're getting close enough to that milestone that I'll pretty much definitely live to see it. Yikes.

I remember thinking the video was so awesome in high school and now all the 'shops just look embarrassingly amateurish.

Dancing baby is definitely way way older than All Your Base, as is Hampster Dance.
posted by town of cats at 2:34 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


FOR GREAT JUSTICE
posted by cortex at 2:36 PM on February 15, 2016 [37 favorites]


HA HA HA HA ....
posted by enjoymoreradio at 2:43 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I didn't think I was drunk but I guess I was wrong!
posted by rtha at 2:44 PM on February 15, 2016 [11 favorites]


SOMEONE SET US UP THE BOMB!
posted by briank at 2:47 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


(anyone who's just hanging around in this open tab: I recommend reloading the page)
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:51 PM on February 15, 2016 [10 favorites]


(anyone who's just hanging around in this open tab: I recommend reloading the page)

Hopefully THEY GET SIGNAL
posted by enjoymoreradio at 2:54 PM on February 15, 2016 [16 favorites]


I SAW THIS IN LIKE THE SUMMER OF 2002 WHEN I WAS VISITING RUSSELL IN SAN DIEGO. HE WAS LIKE "greg you gotta see this thing" AND HE WAS RIGHT
posted by Greg Nog at 2:54 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


glorious
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:55 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


ARCADE FONT IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE RICK

ALL THE TIME
posted by cortex at 2:56 PM on February 15, 2016 [85 favorites]




This is best.
posted by gingerbeer at 2:58 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I suddenly feel as though every comment should end with an ellipsis....
posted by shakespeherian at 2:58 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


Main Screen...

Turn On.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:01 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


What happen ?
posted by town of cats at 3:03 PM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


Teach me to make a silly suggestion, heh.

BTW, the phrase is actually "Someone set up us the bomb," not "Someone set us up the bomb." I discovered this a couple of years ago, that apparently I had been remembering the meme wrong all these years.
posted by JHarris at 3:04 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


This is why LobsterMitten is my favorite mod !!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:04 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I had a kind of crappy weekend wherein I learned that someone about my age from an online community I used to participate in ca. 2007 died on last week. And then during that conversation I learned that two other people I was actually a bit closer with had ALSO died in the last couple of months. So as a coping strategy I was reading silly image macros and trying not to think too hard. In conclusion: this amusing thread is timely and appropriate. Thanks cortex, effbot.
posted by Alterscape at 3:12 PM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


(all credit to cortex and pb for font silliness!)
posted by LobsterMitten at 3:13 PM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


If you insist...
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:13 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


nifty! my husband and I were recently talking about how online discourse has been steadily morphing into a form of communication by metaphor, with contextual significance being highly dependent upon the specific community; as evidenced by the rise of e.g. Snapchat.

the "all your base" meme is a great example of something my early IRC kin would launch in chatrooms as a signifier that an argument had been won/lost.

*wanders off to dig up more about early memes*
posted by lonefrontranger at 3:15 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


> BTW, the phrase is actually "Someone set up us the bomb," not "Someone set us up the bomb."

Whoa! That is some Berenstain Bears shit.
posted by danb at 3:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [20 favorites]


It is also "ALL YOUR BASE" not "ALL YUOR BASE" as some 2001-era commenters would have it.

omg, that old arstechnica thread reads a lot like this one...

o_O
posted by infinitewindow at 3:21 PM on February 15, 2016


SOMEONE SET US UP THE FONT
posted by spitefulcrow at 3:23 PM on February 15, 2016 [20 favorites]


guys you will never believe who just ate my balls
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:25 PM on February 15, 2016 [31 favorites]


BERT IS EVIL
posted by JHarris at 3:26 PM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


Before "All Your Base" was "Space Robot Bonanza!" which led to "The Terrible Secret of Space" Flash meme scored by The Laziest Men on Mars, who did the music for "All Your Base" and all this happened while some of my coworkers were in grade school but I was already years along on my current career (oh god I'm so old).
posted by ardgedee at 3:27 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


<3 <3 <3
posted by rewil at 3:27 PM on February 15, 2016


But what am I to do with all these Kibo memes?
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 3:30 PM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED BY NINJAS.

ARE YOU A BAD ENOUGH DUDE TO RESCUE THE PRESIDENT?
posted by Sangermaine at 3:32 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


I'm so old I was a meme once
posted by dmd at 3:34 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


Nostalgia for disposable Internet memes is like trying to tell someone about an SNL skit from before they were born. "At the time, we laughed and laughed!"

(Also, this font looks like sleeping through Caps Lock Day after an accidental second dose of Nyquil.)
posted by wenestvedt at 3:35 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


JUSTIN BAILEY
------ ------
posted by infinitewindow at 3:35 PM on February 15, 2016 [15 favorites]


nifty! my husband and I were recently talking about how online discourse has been steadily morphing into a form of communication by metaphor, with contextual significance being highly dependent...

Now I am imagining an allegorical language like from that episode of Star Trek but based on internet culture

posted by junco at 3:36 PM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


I am drinking from an AYB coffee mug right now.
posted by SPrintF at 3:36 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Shaka, when the walls fell"
"Babby, when formed"
"All your base, when belong to us"
posted by infinitewindow at 3:38 PM on February 15, 2016 [44 favorites]


I remember when I first saw AYBABTU I couldn't believe that so much time and effort had gone into Photoshopping all the images.

Those were innocent days.
posted by asok at 3:38 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


Kermit, his tea raised
posted by junco at 3:40 PM on February 15, 2016 [21 favorites]


Now I am imagining an allegorical language like from that episode of Star Trek but based on internet culture

I think this already exists in the form of "tfw"/reaction gifs.
posted by contraption at 3:41 PM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


A friend's AIM away message often read:

"...and we will polish your Zigs
and give the flamejobs
and everyone will say 'Dang! Who do all of your base are belong to??'"
posted by qbject at 3:50 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


IT'S DANGEROUS TO
GO ALONE! TAKE THIS.
πŸ”₯πŸ‘΄πŸΌπŸ”₯

posted by Rock Steady at 4:03 PM on February 15, 2016 [16 favorites]


pak chooie unf
posted by mhoye at 4:08 PM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


DO NOT TRUST THE SHOVER ROBOT

HE IS MALFUNCTIONING
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [14 favorites]


Metafilter: !!
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Meow meow Henrietta Pussycat meow meow meow The Presidents of the United States of America meow Kitty?
posted by pyramid termite at 4:18 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


PLEASE GO STAND BY THE STAIRS
posted by mhoye at 4:19 PM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


I like shorts. They're comfy and easy to wear!
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 4:23 PM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


C: []
posted by pyramid termite at 4:24 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


LOAD"*",8,1
posted by mhoye at 4:27 PM on February 15, 2016 [13 favorites]


foreveralone.jpg at tenagra
posted by some loser at 4:28 PM on February 15, 2016 [13 favorites]


Hey, I don't know who my base belong to?

how is babby formd?
posted by droplet at 4:33 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I just walked into my daughter's room and she's sitting and listening to nyan cat, like, just as background music.
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:38 PM on February 15, 2016 [17 favorites]


Love reading that old thread with people worrying about bandwidth and trying to save the flash file.
posted by octothorpe at 4:39 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


If your browser doesn't support the blink tag, you are missing out.
posted by aw_yiss at 4:43 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


READY PLAYER ONE
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:48 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm not even going to check the link because I feel like this is better context-free
posted by middleclasstool at 4:48 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


Jesus. I'm coding in this font from now on.
posted by middleclasstool at 4:48 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


is it time for Gonads & Strife or Hyakugojyuuichi!!! yet?

AYB was always my favourite, though.
posted by scruss at 4:53 PM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


Love reading that old thread with people worrying about bandwidth and trying to save the flash file.

Suckers! I was doing some packratting on old hard drives the other day, and I think I copied it across to my current computer. With no intent of ever watching it again, of course.
posted by ambrosen at 4:57 PM on February 15, 2016


Nooooo, they be stealing mah bukkit!!!
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 5:05 PM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

>_
posted by Rock Steady at 5:06 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


>kill self_
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 5:08 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]




WINNERS DON'T USE DRUGS
posted by Aznable at 5:10 PM on February 15, 2016 [14 favorites]


>mail self to kansas
posted by pyramid termite at 5:11 PM on February 15, 2016


Oh yeah, I remember this video! This brings back memories of hanging out in the computer lab in high school.

I feel like I need to take advantage of this font somehow, so uh..

C:\>
C:\>cd MetaFilter
C:\METAFI~1>

Neat!
posted by teponaztli at 5:15 PM on February 15, 2016 [6 favorites]


A WINNER IS YOU
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 5:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


A WINNER IS YOU
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


A JINX IS ME
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [16 favorites]


It's getting hot in here/
So take off every zig
posted by capricorn at 5:18 PM on February 15, 2016 [17 favorites]


C:\>catalog
C:\>ls
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>
C:\>basica
posted by rhizome at 5:18 PM on February 15, 2016


I FEEL ASLEEP!!
posted by teponaztli at 5:20 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


MEMES THAT'S WHERE I'M A VIKING
posted by tzikeh at 5:20 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Not really reading C:\METAFI~1>
Abort, Retry, Fail, Metatalk?
posted by pyramid termite at 5:22 PM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


JOIN THE NINTENDO FUN CLUB TODAY!
posted by ignignokt at 5:25 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


BOY,THIS IS
REALLY EXPENSIVE!

πŸ”₯  πŸ‘±  πŸ”₯

πŸ”‘  πŸ’  πŸ–

80 250 60

posted by ignignokt at 5:28 PM on February 15, 2016 [21 favorites]


SAME AS IN TOWN
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:29 PM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


All this new-fangled memeing may never have happened if Leonard Nimoy had eaten more salsa...
posted by tss at 5:35 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


teponaztli: "I FEEL ASLEEP!!"

You spoony bard!
posted by capricorn at 5:39 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Aerith
"This guy are sick."
posted by drinkyclown at 5:49 PM on February 15, 2016


You have died of dysentery.

posted by ocherdraco at 5:50 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


> A single babel fish shoots out the slot. It sails across the room and hits the dressing gown. The fish slides down the sleeve of the gown and falls to the floor, landing on the towel. A split- second later, a tiny cleaning robot whizzes across the floor, grabs the fish, and continues its breakneck pace towards a tiny robot panel at the base of the wall. The robot ploughs into the satchel, sending the babel fish flying through the air in a graceful arc. A small upper-half-of-the-room cleaning robot catches the babel fish and exits.

>_
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:50 PM on February 15, 2016 [15 favorites]


MODS ARE ASLEEP IN ON THE JOKE
POST MEMES
posted by enjoymoreradio at 5:51 PM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


> ARE YOU A BAD ENOUGH DUDE TO RESCUE THE PRESIDENT?

THIS IS ACTUALLY A COMMON MISCONCEPTION AS WELL, IT WAS ACTUALLY "BALD"

ARE YOU A BALD ENOUGH DUDE
posted by cortex at 5:56 PM on February 15, 2016 [7 favorites]


> Do you kiss your mother with that mouth
posted by tzikeh at 5:57 PM on February 15, 2016


CTRL-F "GRUE"
0 OF 0
I AM DISAPPOINT
posted by tzikeh at 5:58 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am haunted by nightmares every night. A young girl is battling a giant demon.
posted by prize bull octorok at 6:01 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


OUCH!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
posted by infinitewindow at 6:03 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


A Slime draws near!

Command?
posted by infinitewindow at 6:05 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


10 PRINT CHR$(29);CHR$(14);CHR$(42);CHR$(42);CHR$(38);CHR$(60);CHR$(9);CHR$(38);CHR$(17);CHR$(42);CHR$(18)
posted by infinitewindow at 6:10 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


Here lies andy; peperony and chease.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 6:14 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


I AM
ERROR.
posted by curious nu at 6:15 PM on February 15, 2016 [10 favorites]


WHAT A
HORRIBLE
NIGHT TO
HAVE A
CURSE.
posted by curious nu at 6:18 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


CTRL-F "GRUE"
0 OF 0
I AM DISAPPOINT


That's because you have to use findstr in this thread.
posted by teponaztli at 6:22 PM on February 15, 2016 [8 favorites]


PR#6
posted by maxwelton at 6:28 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


how much longer until We Drink Ritalin experiences a revival now
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:31 PM on February 15, 2016


As you pick up the toothbrush a tree outside the window collapses. There is no causal relationship between these two events.
posted by Wolfdog at 6:31 PM on February 15, 2016 [5 favorites]


FOAMY THE SQUIRREL WAS GARBAGE THEN AND HE'S GARBAGE NOW
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:32 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


You'll never guess who spit in my soup.
posted by adamg at 6:44 PM on February 15, 2016


I still have the original MP3.com download from when The Laziest Men on Mars officially released "Invasion of the Gabber Robots"
posted by Leviathant at 6:44 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


GET A SILK BAG FROM THE GRAVEYARD DUCK TO LIVE LONGER
posted by NMcCoy at 7:17 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


We're all 1337 now.
posted by olya at 7:30 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


I sometimes wonder what the future of cultural artifacts like this will be. Will AYB be in used in some nostalgic movie in the mold of the Wedding Singer to establish that it is indeed 2001? Will it be featured in some undergrad class on internet history/meme studies/viral engineering?

The video itself is a perfect little time capsule. It features both Bush and Gore, plus the blue screen of death, OJ, cigarettes, Time Magazine and Ziggy, all things we see much less these days.
posted by Alison at 8:05 PM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


Blows my mind to think that the youtube link in the OP was probably uploaded before youtube extended the limit beyond 3 min.
posted by frecklefaerie at 8:20 PM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


ROFLMAO!
posted by Windopaene at 8:30 PM on February 15, 2016


You still face 5 Kobolds.

Will your stalwart band choose to F)ight or R)un?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 8:59 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


[note: 1.1M .mov file]
posted by fullerine at 10:49 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


POKE 59458,62
posted by RogerB at 10:50 PM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Just informed the 2 friends I have from high school, that I play in a band with and have had crazy ups and downs with for... I guess 16 years? I thought this was older. Seems very formative, but I guess the last year of highschool lasts much longer than the first few years of your 30s.

We have no chance to survive, make your time.
posted by kittensofthenight at 12:40 AM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


CRACKED BY MR Z. . .
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:12 AM on February 16, 2016


It's all about that base.
posted by Dimes at 3:21 AM on February 16, 2016 [3 favorites]


Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold.
posted by Auz at 4:03 AM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


CHARACTER/NICKNAME
SHADOW    BLINKY
SPEEDY    PINKY 
BASHFUL   INKY  
POKEY     CLYDE 

posted by JHarris at 4:32 AM on February 16, 2016 [10 favorites]


ROM BIOS (C)1989 American Megatrends, Inc.,

002048K OK

CMOS checksum error - Defaults loaded

CMOS system options not set
CMOS Display Type Mismatch

AT Keyboard not found
Press <F1> to RESUME
posted by AzraelBrown at 5:17 AM on February 16, 2016 [10 favorites]


CONGRATURATION! YOU SUCSESS!

(here's the Hudson Soft original. Don't hate on the 1983.)
posted by scruss at 5:31 AM on February 16, 2016


All my base are sing along to ZERO WING RHAPSODY!!!
posted by Pallas Athena at 6:01 AM on February 16, 2016


(Zero Wing Rhapsody on Newgrounds, if all your base are not belong to YouTube.)
posted by Pallas Athena at 6:18 AM on February 16, 2016


The video itself is a perfect little time capsule. It features both Bush and Gore, plus the blue screen of death, OJ, cigarettes, Time Magazine and Ziggy, all things we see much less these days.

I still see blue screens of death pretty often. Our corporate HP laptops seem prone to them and I see at least one a week on someone's desk here.
posted by octothorpe at 6:20 AM on February 16, 2016


Was there a version of this that included "LAUNCH EVERY 'ZIG' / MOVE 'ZIG' / FOR GREAT JUSTICE !!"? I feel like the techno remix left out one of the best lines.
posted by indubitable at 7:19 AM on February 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


I, too, am in this thread.
posted by jessamyn at 7:40 AM on February 16, 2016 [14 favorites]


omg
such font
amaze
take off evry zig
wow
posted by maryr at 7:54 AM on February 16, 2016 [3 favorites]


10 PRINT "BUTTS "
20 PRINT "LOL "
30 GOTO 10
RUN

BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL BUTTS LOL
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:57 AM on February 16, 2016 [5 favorites]


HA YOU FORGOT THE ";"S SO THAT PROGRAM WOULD RESULT IN

BUTTS
LOL
BUTTS
LOL
BUTTS
LOL

COLOR COMPUTER EXTENDED COLOR BASIC RULES!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:55 AM on February 16, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'm still waiting for the flood of theses examining Something Awful forums as the seminal point for visual internet culture. Maybe dreading is a better word.
posted by fido~depravo at 10:43 AM on February 16, 2016


I AM

ERROR.
posted by Foosnark at 11:14 AM on February 16, 2016


 YOU ARE FULL OF
BOMBS AND/OR KEYS
posted by Foosnark at 11:15 AM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Posting in this thread for great justice !!
posted by m0nm0n at 12:05 PM on February 16, 2016


I was working in The District when this came out. My buddy and I just laughed and laughed at the video, especially the "move zig" part because we were twelve. I had been putting in 18 hour days trying to run from the blast wave of an emergency Y2K financial system implementation that went live in October. There was a snowstorm one night that February, but no chance for fun. Anyway, It got to be after midnight, and on a whim we decided to go out and stomp "All your base are belong to us" into the snow outside the IT building. My business partner went up on the roof and took a photo but I'll be damned if I can find it to share with y'all.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:24 PM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


I just remembered, I bought a Gabber Robots AYB t-shirt for my brother's birthday that year.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:26 PM on February 16, 2016


cool
posted by yhbc at 1:35 PM on February 16, 2016


Gonads and strife, gonads and strife...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:49 PM on February 16, 2016 [6 favorites]


25Β’
-------
INSERT
COIN TO
PLAY
-------
PUSH TO REJECT
posted by cjelli at 2:06 PM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


This brings me back to my earliest adventures in programming which were done in QBASIC on the computers that Wal-Mart inexplicably left unlocked and with full permissions in their display areas.

DO WHILE 1=1
  PRINT "WAL-MART SUCKS"
LOOP
posted by graymouser at 2:18 PM on February 16, 2016


does anyone read the posts down here?
posted by does anyone read the posts down here? at 2:19 PM on February 16, 2016 [6 favorites]




If you ever visit our hackerspace, you may see two paintings hanging on the wall in the lounge area: one depicts Nyancat, the other is a fully abstract, unreadable and yet instantly recognisable BSOD. I don't care for the former but I love the latter.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:37 PM on February 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


RANK SCORE NAME

1ST 071330 ASS
2ND 071000 DIK
3RD 070050 PIS
4TH 069900 COK
5TH 069805 ASS
6TH 068890 AAA
7TH 068000 AAA
8TH 067900 AAA
posted by chococat at 2:39 PM on February 16, 2016 [8 favorites]


[ Make it Stop ]
posted by Wolfdog at 2:45 PM on February 16, 2016


No Hatten Γ€r Din ?
posted by Mchelly at 3:23 PM on February 16, 2016 [4 favorites]


Meanwhile, can anyone remember the name of that little smiley face that sang a Spanish folk song off-key? I can see it and I can still remember the melody, but can't recall anything I can use to find it again (if it still exists anywhere).
posted by Mchelly at 3:30 PM on February 16, 2016


I believe that was Jared the Butcher of Song.
posted by Sibrax at 4:17 PM on February 16, 2016 [4 favorites]


> GET YE FLASK
posted by Going To Maine at 5:11 PM on February 16, 2016 [6 favorites]


THIS MY FURST ASK U-WAZ SPAINEd
posted by clavdivs at 6:03 PM on February 16, 2016


How do I make Dig Dug start?
posted by ersatzkat at 6:22 PM on February 16, 2016


I believe that was Jared the Butcher of Song yt .


YES!!!
posted by Mchelly at 6:44 PM on February 16, 2016


My name is Robert and I can't stop thinking about ninjas. These guys are cool; and by cool, I mean totally sweet.


Facts:

1. Ninjas are mammals.
2. Ninjas fight ALL the time.
3. The purpose of the ninja is to flip out and kill people.
posted by the webmistress at 7:07 PM on February 16, 2016 [13 favorites]


Someone set up us Da Bomb....
posted by Lynsey at 8:28 PM on February 16, 2016


###############
#..!_.........#
#.....dD......#
#.....d@M.....#
#....d........#
###############

oh fuuuuuuuuu
posted by bonje at 8:29 PM on February 16, 2016 [5 favorites]


YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS
ARE DEAD.

GAME OVER

posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:04 PM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]



THEY ARE GOOD FRIENDS
OF PAC MAN
IN THE PAC LAND
posted by comealongpole at 9:13 PM on February 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


UPDATE THE_USERS SET ISADMIN = TRUE WHERE USERID = 206187
DELETE ALL THE_USERS FROM THE_POOR_POOR_METAFILTER_USERS WHERE USERID <> 206187
DELETE ALL THE_COMMENTS WHERE NoFAVORITES > 0
DROP SECRET_MOD_NOTES_ABOUT_EVERYONE

completed execution time 0.319 s
posted by sylvanshine at 9:25 PM on February 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh dear...
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah at 10:04 PM on February 16, 2016


                             Weapons
                               a - a +0 two-handed sword (weapon in hand)                               
                               b - a +0 axe (alternate weapon; not wielded)                               
                             Armor                              
                               c - a blessed +0 orcish ring mail (being worn)                                            
                             Comestibles
                               d - an uncursed food ration
                               e - an uncursed tin of newt meat
                               f - an uncursed lembas wafer
                               (end)




          ----.---
          |.o....|
          |.......
          |.d....|
          |.@....|
          |......|
          --------

User the N00b       St:18 Dx:17 Co:17 In:8 Wi:10 Ch:6  Chaotic
Dlvl:1  $:-5  HP:15(15) Pw:2(2) AC:8  Exp:1
CAN'T STOP THE NETHACK!
posted by eriko at 10:36 PM on February 16, 2016 [4 favorites]


LOAD "*",8,1
posted by eriko at 10:39 PM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


And to think the kids of today will never run the original .swf file...
posted by GuyZero at 11:14 PM on February 16, 2016 [2 favorites]




© 1982 Sinclair Research Ltd
posted by comealongpole at 3:52 AM on February 17, 2016 [2 favorites]


STATUS
SYMBOLS=62
SPEED=30
PROGRAM
1β–ˆ
STACK
VARIABLES
OUTPUT
posted by Foosnark at 5:37 AM on February 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


You Have Died Of Dysentery.
posted by French Fry at 5:48 AM on February 17, 2016


I present to you: THE OLDEST PICTURE ON MY HARDDRIVE! From 8/16/2002. It is located in the "Kitties" folder, which much to wife's surprise did not contain porn.

Technically, THIS IS THE OLDEST PICTURE ON MY HARD DRIVE! It is dated 2/20/2001. But it is in my "4chan" folder and 4chan did not exist yet so I do not understand what manner of sorcery was involved.
posted by charred husk at 6:03 AM on February 17, 2016


Sigh.


I miss the old Internet.
posted by eriko at 6:30 AM on February 17, 2016 [2 favorites]


I AM HERE TO HELP YOU.
SAY WHATEVER IS IN YOUR MIND FREELY.
OUR CONVERSATION WILL BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.
MEMORY CONTENTS WILL BE WIPED OFF AFTER YOU LEAVE.

SO, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 7:48 AM on February 17, 2016 [5 favorites]


The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply. Your question was:
> Does anyone read the posts down here?
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
} I do.
}
} You owe the Oracle $20, same as in town.
posted by charred husk at 8:08 AM on February 17, 2016 [7 favorites]


So around that time there was this random person that somehow got herself mistakenly convinced that my cell phone number belonged to some ex boyfriend or other nemesis of hers. She would call me every few minutes, let it ring two or three times and then hang up. Never picked up when I called her back trying to explain she had the wrong person, completely ignored all the texts I sent her telling her to leave me alone. My phone was some antediluvian clunker, or anyway I couldn't figure out how to get her blocked, so this went on for days. At some point, I'm standing in line at the bank (we still had banks back then), and the phone keeps ringing twice, then hanging up every couple of minutes, annoying everybody around me. Don't ask me why, but I start texting back lines from AYB; silence for a few minutes and then she calls, lets me pick up and asks what's wrong with me. Finally gets to hear my voice, realizes I am not who she's trying to harass and finally leaves me alone.
posted by Dr Dracator at 8:10 AM on February 17, 2016 [9 favorites]


When I read this I hear a teletype printing in my head.
posted by Splunge at 8:21 AM on February 17, 2016 [3 favorites]


ANOTHER VISITOR

STAY AWHILE

STAY FOREVER
posted by grumpybear69 at 9:40 AM on February 17, 2016 [5 favorites]


a> Well, that's a stupid question, Andi.
Do you take off your face and hands
before you go to bed? And if so, are
you some kind of robot? And if so, what
kind of powers do you have? Do you
use them for good, or for awesome?
Would you like to join forces? I just
happen to be the best criminal mind
of our time.
-Strongbad_
posted by Devils Rancher at 10:18 AM on February 17, 2016 [7 favorites]


The old internet is who I am inside.
posted by Stynxno at 10:26 AM on February 17, 2016 [5 favorites]


COMMAND 2
LONG RANGE SENSOR SCAN FOR QUADRANT 5,2
-------------------
| 008 | 008 | 004 |
-------------------
| 006 | 005 | 007 |
-------------------
| 001 | 104 | 113 |
-------------------
posted by Rob Rockets at 10:52 AM on February 17, 2016 [8 favorites]


THE OLDEST PICTURE ON MY HARDDRIVE! From 8/16/2002

You youngsters and your JPEGs.

Kind: Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
Size: 12,739 bytes (16 KB on disk)
Created: September 16, 1992 at 20:59
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:53 AM on February 17, 2016 [6 favorites]


WE HAD 256 COLOR PORN AND WE LIKED IT
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:58 AM on February 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


WE HAD 256 COLOR PORN AND WE LIKED IT

WELL, MAYBE NOT "LIKED" BUT IT DID WHAT IT NEEDED TO DO.
posted by GuyZero at 11:03 AM on February 17, 2016 [5 favorites]


Kind: Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
Created: August 29, 1995

It me!
posted by jessamyn at 11:29 AM on February 17, 2016 [8 favorites]


This is still my website: travis.servebeer.com
posted by travishardiman at 12:26 PM on February 17, 2016 [2 favorites]


LAUNCH ALL 'ZIG'!
posted by floam at 12:50 PM on February 17, 2016


Alright, ruling out the polar ice capes melting, meteors becoming crashed into us, the ozone layer leaving, and the sun exploding, we're definitely going to blow ourselves up.

Hokay.
posted by aihal at 3:19 PM on February 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wow, works in the Preview window too.
Would have expected no less.
posted by RedOrGreen at 3:27 PM on February 17, 2016


From that same era:
~> Tunak Tunak Tun by Daler Mehndi
~> Yatta! by Happatai (Green Leaves)
~> GI Joe PSA Remixes by Fenslerfilm
~> You can do anything at Zombo.com
~> Bananaphone by Raffi
~> Goatse.cx
posted by qcubed at 5:19 PM on February 17, 2016 [4 favorites]


BBC Computer

Acorn DFS

BASIC

>10 PRINT "LOOK AROUND YOU ";
>20 GOTO 10
>RUN_

LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU LOOK AROUND YOU
posted by qcubed at 5:22 PM on February 17, 2016 [13 favorites]


GUYS ILL JUST LEAVE THIS HERE

forgive me god
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:04 PM on February 17, 2016 [4 favorites]


kek
posted by ApathyGirl at 7:24 PM on February 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.

>
posted by eriko at 8:20 PM on February 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


KEN SENT ME
posted by Kabanos at 10:00 PM on February 17, 2016 [1 favorite]


**** COMMODORE 64 BASIC V2 ****

64K RAM SYSTEM 38911 BASIC BYTES FREE

READY
β–‰
posted by not_on_display at 10:37 PM on February 17, 2016 [6 favorites]


get ye lantern
posted by some loser at 11:56 PM on February 17, 2016


You take the lantern.
Inventory:
Lantern (1)
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:29 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, god. I have nothing to say. I just want this font belong to me.
posted by taff at 2:33 AM on February 18, 2016


CHESS
POKER
FIGHTER COMBAT
GUERILLA ENGAGEMENT
DESERT WARFARE
AIR-TO-GROUND ACTIONS
THEATERWIDE TACTICAL WARFARE
THEATERWIDE BIOTOXIC AND CHEMICAL WARFARE

GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR
posted by PenDevil at 3:57 AM on February 18, 2016 [8 favorites]


West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.


>open mailbox_
posted by Rock Steady at 5:29 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Software Failure. Press left mouse button to continue.
            Guru Meditation #00000004.48454C50
posted by Foosnark at 5:48 AM on February 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


BUTTS WILL LOL FOR THIS.
posted by Kabanos at 5:53 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm struck by a sudden urgent desire to play Lode Runner.
posted by pseudonymph at 6:40 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Also, Tunak Tunak Tun is in my music library to this day. That thing is an auditory sunbeam, a beaming hug from the universe.
posted by pseudonymph at 6:43 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


A STRANGE POST.

THE ONLY WINNING MOVE IS TO COMMENT.

HOW ABOUT A NICE POST ABOUT CATS IN SCANNERS?
posted by Going To Maine at 7:04 AM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


++ Out Of Cheese Error ??????++
++ REDO FROM START ++
posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:25 AM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


What's supposed to happen with the font? It just looks like the regular one to me.
posted by bjrn at 10:45 AM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


bjrn:
"What's supposed to happen with the font? It just looks like the regular one to me."
You went to the wrong site. Go here: gopher://gopher.metafilter.com/
posted by charred husk at 11:26 AM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


Go here: gopher://gopher.metafilter.com/

That link doesn’t work in my browser.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:38 AM on February 18, 2016


Going To Maine:
"That link doesn’t work in my browser."
Sadly, Matt couldn't spare the 2 or 3 Mb it took to keep the Gopher server running.
posted by charred husk at 12:09 PM on February 18, 2016 [6 favorites]


Needs a . after READY.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:27 PM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


WE HAD 256 COLOR PORN AND WE LIKED IT

WELL, MAYBE NOT "LIKED" BUT IT DID WHAT IT NEEDED TO DO.



Never mind the days of CGA.
Press that Turbo button.
Hz so good.
posted by Kabanos at 2:57 PM on February 18, 2016 [3 favorites]


CGA porn was not a thing.
posted by GuyZero at 3:15 PM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


Leisure Suit Larry.
posted by maryr at 4:59 PM on February 18, 2016 [2 favorites]


HURR HURR HURR
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:34 PM on February 18, 2016


Dragon sighting reported today by a drunken old man.
posted by some loser at 7:41 PM on February 18, 2016


FLOPPY NOT FLOPPY
posted by Kabanos at 8:47 PM on February 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


I AM ERROR.
posted by fiercecupcake at 8:09 AM on February 19, 2016


YOU ARE ON THE WAY TO DESTRUCTION.

WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT FOOL!!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:50 AM on February 19, 2016


pseudonymph, I was in a cab last year when Tunak Tunak Tun started playing on the radio. I said "nice song" and the driver replied "Yes, it is from my home... Very... big." Then I say "Yeah, by that guy who's name starts with a D... Daler Mehndi, right? It was really popular here, too." And that blew his mind. I'm pretty sure he thought I was shitting him, but he was too polite to say anything.
posted by Kevin Street at 1:57 PM on February 19, 2016 [7 favorites]


is it peanut butter jelly time yet?
posted by not_on_display at 6:13 PM on February 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


I was there on the Something Awful forums when this happened. The "Legomancer" credited at 4:21 is in fact me (my contribution was the kid writing it on the chalkboard seen at 1:10 in the video.)
posted by Legomancer at 11:43 AM on February 23, 2016 [12 favorites]


ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US: AN ORAL HISTORY
with Legomancer
posted by Kabanos at 12:03 PM on February 25, 2016 [5 favorites]


"All your base are belong to us" and the Zero Wing opening cinematic were already pretty well known as examples of badly translated videogame text. On the Something Awful side, user 'Tom' started a thread called "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US" with the first message being "ON THE TABLE!" (a fortune cookie joke where you append "on the table" to your fortune, same with "in bed"). Someone then photoshopped a fortune cookie pic with the phrase as the fortune. (It's possible that a picture of ALF saying the phrase came directly after Tom's post, before the fortune cookie.) At that point everyone pulled out their image editors and got cracking.

I have a bunch of the original images still saved and many of them are not great; they're just the phrase 'shopped on to the usual "funny" pictures as crude speech balloons or just overlaid text. Some, though, are fantastic. "The Yellow Yell" was already known as a very talented photoshopper and his(?) images are really well done.

Over on the Tribal Wars forums (which had a long-standing rivalry with the SA forums) the SA thread inspired them to do the same thing. I wasn't on the TW forums, so I don't know what all happened there. Bad-CRC took some of the images from both forums, set them to The Laziest Men on Mars/SA user JRR's pre-existing (I think) song, "Invasion of the Gabber Robots", and created the Flash video. This is what really spread the fad outside those realms, including news and press reports (I have a couple images of those). No one was contacted about their images being used, but Bad-CRC credited folks.

The SA/TW rivalry then really heated up over who "started" it. The general consensus was that SA started the images, but TW's creation of the video gave it legs, which seems accurate (again, I wasn't on TW.) I remember being cross with Lowtax (the owner of Something Awful) because for some reason he wanted no attention brought to SA over it. At the time the site was in deep financial trouble and I figured this would be a great boost to it, but he wanted it distanced. I don't know why.

It was a really cool experience to be part of something like that as it was taking off. For a while I had a shirt from ThinkGeek with the phrase on it as a sort of memento of it.
posted by Legomancer at 5:24 AM on February 29, 2016 [10 favorites]


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