January 1, 2003 4:50 PM   Subscribe

Ticketstubs goes live! Every ticket has a story, and there are already some superb posts. A round of applause for mathowie's latest endeavor. (The Empire Continues!)
posted by RunsWithBandageScissors (28 comments total)
I must not be reading the same thing you are.
posted by hama7 at 4:55 PM on January 1, 2003

Er, is this spam or an unpaid text ad?
posted by Aikido at 5:03 PM on January 1, 2003

Hm. I don't really think Matt should have to pay for a text ad to himself, do you Aikido?
posted by crunchland at 5:07 PM on January 1, 2003

This is a great project with a lot of potential and has been a long time coming. I look forward to reading what I'm sure will be fascinating stories. Thanks for providing another excellent forum for sharing interesting things, Matt.
posted by ecrivain at 5:11 PM on January 1, 2003

Well it looks like I was oblivious to the fact mathowie has his underlings posting for him.

Hmm the site has a creative spin, but why have it focus on ticket stubs in particular?
posted by Aikido at 5:14 PM on January 1, 2003

I like it a lot. awesome!
posted by JohnR at 5:17 PM on January 1, 2003

Aikido, crunchland and ecrivain are haughey's number one yes-men and all-round flunky brownnosers, but it has been a closely guarded secret known only to radical trolls like myself who are routinely regarded as marginally deranged fringe elements by the mefi mainstream. your perceptive abilities astound me.
posted by quonsar at 5:23 PM on January 1, 2003

Matt, I've been looking forward to this for a long time! I can't wait to read up on all those exciting adventures and moments of realization that people have during ticketstub events. I think you have another hit on your hands...

aikido, this page explains it all. It seems like a good project to me, but maybe I'm also just a brown nosing underling as well.
posted by ashbury at 5:33 PM on January 1, 2003

this looks really cool. i'm a big fan of found-object projects, and the participatory aspect of this one adds a new dimension to it that i think could make it really exciting.
i'm looking forward to seeing how the site develops, and what people choose to interpret 'ticketstub' to mean.
(would a piece of blotter qualify?)
posted by dolface at 5:35 PM on January 1, 2003

Background: Ticketstubs is a part of the MetaFilter Network. It even had it's own metatalk category.

why have it focus on ticket stubs in particular?
Because it is called the Ticketstub project. Instead of bitching about it, why not first read what the site is about, and why it exists. Then if you still think it doesn't agree with your tastes, then go ahead make another comment letting us know why you think it's not MeFi worthy, or better yet take it MetaTalk.

As for the site, yes as ecrivain pointed out above, I am one of the few who has been eagerly awaiting the launch of this site. Now that it is here, I am very pleased to say that it meets and exceeds all the expectations I had for it. Some might think I am being a good underling and doing my job, others might see based on my comments about that site since 2000, that I have truly am interested in this particular site.

Also I would like to point out that I am very envious of Jish, because he got to see Def Leppard live recently.
posted by riffola at 5:41 PM on January 1, 2003

This is the first I've heard of this project and wow, what a great idea. I have a truckload of old ticketstubs from various sport and music events - now all I need to do is remember some stories! More great work, Matt.

I was also amused to read this metatalk thread which contains the sole "contributions" of this member...
posted by saintsguy at 6:17 PM on January 1, 2003

If this succeeds, then I am stealing the idea and setting up a site where you can upload old Condom Wrappers.
posted by Stan Chin at 6:44 PM on January 1, 2003

I've been using old ticket stubs for years as bookmarks. Time to gather them together and reminisce, I think.
posted by JanetLand at 6:47 PM on January 1, 2003

Woot! Time to dig out that ol' stub from the Freedom Train in '76!
posted by rushmc at 7:19 PM on January 1, 2003

Ah ha! I thought I was reading a big joke until I hit "refresh". Now I get it. Very nice.
posted by hama7 at 7:40 PM on January 1, 2003

I've been saving them for 15+ years with the vague idea of using them in some decoupage project. I think a coffee table covered in ticket stubs would be nifty.
posted by Vidiot at 7:59 PM on January 1, 2003

Matt : I got the christmas card you sent to all your loyal underlings, but you forgot to put in the check for December! I'm sure this is just a simple oversight. If you want to add the amount for December in with my January payment, that's fine... just remember to tack on an extra 5% to cover interest... Hugs!
posted by crunchland at 8:04 PM on January 1, 2003

It's time to send Stan Chin to funny jail.
posted by four panels at 8:10 PM on January 1, 2003

Strange timing. I too save all my ticket stubs Just a few hours ago I was going through some old files and came across a file I'd forgotten about. Immediately after getting home from an event, I'd typed the whole thing out just because it was so amazing that I never wanted to forget how special the night was for me. Then I stumble upon this post.
posted by hootch at 8:17 PM on January 1, 2003

Fun idea, such cool possibilities...just hope it doesn't turn into a "guess what celebrity/team/concert thingie i went to!" type of deal.
posted by superfem at 9:52 PM on January 1, 2003

saintsguy ahahahah, that hugh2 guy is pretty bitter.
posted by shadow45 at 10:09 PM on January 1, 2003

I have a box full of stubs from Ticketmaster in the 80s, but I was always under the impression that you couldn't scan or photocopy them.. Something about them being light sensitive? I would love to contribute stories from my hair metal days, but I don't want to have a stack of blank tickets.

Does anyone know if scanning them will do them any harm?
posted by quibx at 9:58 AM on January 2, 2003

they scan strangely. you can take a look at my collection and see that the half-toning makes for a very odd representation, like copying a check or birth certificate. but i've not noticed any actual damage.
posted by grabbingsand at 10:12 AM on January 2, 2003

Sheeesh! People are 'funny'. If you've been to North Dakota, and you didn't like it - don't go back there. Same with the ticket stub place - nobody is forcing attendance (as far as I know... but you can never be sure...).
posted by apocalypse miaow at 11:10 AM on January 2, 2003

I have kept some ticket stubs but they're rarely associated with an interesting story. I think this very banality makes them interesting in a new way even without a story. I'd love to see JanetLand, quibx and vidiot's collection of ticket stubs but my fingers are aching at the thought of them having to type a little vignette for each of them.

On a related note, our day to day activities also generate a lot of electronic "ticket stubs." Member's of the AMC MovieWatcher club can review a log of the movies they've watched at the AMC theaters web site. The site's not pretty but I still like looking back through time and wondering what I was thinking when I decided to wait in line to see Space Cowboys or Battlefield Earth.
posted by stuart_s at 12:57 PM on January 2, 2003

whoa...I didn't know you could go back and see how you've used your MovieWatcher card. Scary. (Why, oh why did I see Birthday Girl?)

And one of these days, I'll scan in all my ticket stubs. But it'd take forever. Look me up the next time you're in NYC, buy me a beer, and you can hear all the stories.
posted by Vidiot at 4:29 PM on January 2, 2003

Grumble. I've been thinking about doing a write-up of my movie stub collection for several weeks recently, but now that I know there's a weblog for it, I just feel trite and cheap.

This is exactly why I hate the Internet.
posted by Skwirl at 4:56 PM on January 2, 2003

Does anyone know if scanning them will do them any harm?

I once suggested someone laminate a signed MLB ticket stub. She almost killed me when the heat turned it entirely black. Not sure if the heat from a scanner or copier would be enough to produce the same result, but I'd proceed with care if I were you.
posted by rushmc at 6:43 PM on January 3, 2003

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