Lore and David have left the building...
May 21, 2003 9:28 PM   Subscribe

Bye-bye Brunching. For nearly six years we've been entertained by The Brunching Shuttlecocks: Lore, David, and The Self-Made Critic. Now, the site is officially closed.

Let us take a moment to reflect upon this loss, then perhaps check out the surviving appendages. Haven't got a favorite feature? Sample the author's favorites, or try a random page if you dare...
posted by atavistech (25 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
(Couldn't pick a favorite Self-Made review... Suggestions, anyone?)
posted by atavistech at 9:32 PM on May 21, 2003

Dunno about SMC, but the Cereal Ratings were freakin' brilliant.
posted by j.edwards at 10:10 PM on May 21, 2003

Oh... Bjork, Bjork,
were you brought by the stork,
or were you created from butter and cork?
I love you so much
that I act like a dork,
Oh Bjork, Oh Bjork, Oh Bjork....

Sad to see Lore and the gang go, but it was a good time while it lasted. How will I know what's good and bad now?
posted by qDot at 10:13 PM on May 21, 2003 [1 favorite]

Geez, that's two of the funniest sites on the web (the other being Not My Desk) shutting down within a week of each other. What will become of the Lore-Chris-Spinn-Zompist cabal now?

As for favourite SMC reviews: the review for Attack of the Clones was pretty good.

On preview: Thanks for reminding me of that one, qDot. For those of you who don't know what he's talking about, click here.
posted by Johnny Assay at 10:16 PM on May 21, 2003

As mentioned by the man Lore himself the content isn't really gone, just not going to be posted on Brunching anymore.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:16 PM on May 21, 2003

as i've said many a time, 'your roomate plays indigo girls' remains my personal judgement of best use of flash ever. brunching shuttlecocks is dead, long live brunching shuttlecocks.
posted by skatz at 10:29 PM on May 21, 2003

Those ratings, especially the series of Things from the Dollar Store were true brilliance. I hope random things continue to be rated and written about in paragraph form.
posted by statisticalpurposes at 10:36 PM on May 21, 2003

yourroommate.html is an all-time favorite.
posted by scarabic at 10:47 PM on May 21, 2003

Man. First the loss of Suck in the summer of 2001, and now this. In the days before blogs, these were really sites that were all about people who said, "I've got some funny things to contribute to the web," and went into online publishing. It was really like an online extension of the 90s 'zines.

As for my favorites, I leave you with Ratings: Sesame Street Characters and Smart Ass Answers to the 80s Quiz.
posted by deanc at 11:08 PM on May 21, 2003


I'll miss the 'cocks. Here's an interview I did with Lore almost two years ago. I guess he's finally taking that nap.

[on a side note, some of my proudest web moments (okay, I am way geek) were links to my site on the brunching web site - one front page reference and two on the message boards. Naturally, the front page link was to the one thing on my site that I didn't actually do, but still...]
posted by Neale at 11:12 PM on May 21, 2003

Digital Android Manufactured for Nullification
posted by eddydamascene at 12:08 AM on May 22, 2003

The Blair Family Circus Project, Christian Metal Band or Star Trek Episode and anything from bandwidth theatre (especially More than Meets the Eye). Lore is probably the funniest person on the net, and has the technical skill to write Roshambo Run. Why haven't you Americans elected him yet?
posted by Gary at 1:37 AM on May 22, 2003

Damn shame. Loved that site. I could link to 20+ sites, but I always got a good laugh out of the Cyborg Name Generator, and my non-techie friends were always astounded and amused by it. Good for email list icebreakers, too.

We'll miss you, Brunching.
General Robotic Android Hardwired for Assassination and Mathematics
posted by gramcracker at 4:01 AM on May 22, 2003 [1 favorite]


The SMC is the only movie critic i trust, at least he'll still be around.

But the rating of the Legion of Doom was the best ever.
posted by CrazyJub at 4:47 AM on May 22, 2003

Ratings of things in my apartment lease remains a favorite. Goodbye and see you on the bookstore shelves, BS.
posted by dr_dank at 5:28 AM on May 22, 2003

I always liked Porn Star or My Little Pony?, but there are so many good ones. I hope they keep their archive up for a long, long time.

Bye, Brunching! Thanks for all of the laughs!
posted by Songdog at 6:16 AM on May 22, 2003

*pours a 40 ounce of espresso*
posted by kevspace at 6:44 AM on May 22, 2003

I thought ther perl ad code quiz was beyond brilliance. I first saw this about three years ago and I still continue to refer people to it.

Definitely a must-read for all geeks. Three years later, I haven't seen anything that even comes close.
posted by neilkod at 7:45 AM on May 22, 2003

My favorite was the random bar joke generator. Made utterly hilarious nonsense.
posted by schmedeman at 7:54 AM on May 22, 2003

One of SMC's definitive moments: the Dungeons and Dragons movie review.
posted by brownpau at 9:38 AM on May 22, 2003

sigh. well, at least I have this to remember it by.
posted by sodalinda at 10:06 AM on May 22, 2003

Great interview Neale!

Quoth Lore: "I didn't have any particular attachment to the Web. I would have taken any global medium with built-in distribution and a low cost of entry that wasn't controlled by mega-corporations and which appealed to literate, technically minded people while at the same time having the potential for massive popular attention. The Web just happened to be there."
posted by atavistech at 10:30 AM on May 22, 2003

We musn't forget the now legendary Geek Hierarchy.

God, I'll miss Brunching. I've had some of the biggest and best laughs on that site over the years, and I'm sorry that Lore and David decided to call it off.

Good luck, you guys!
posted by Down10 at 12:04 PM on May 22, 2003

Everything mentioned so far was my favorite. I'll miss the site too, and wish them both luck.

But maybe now Lore will have time to come by once in a while.
posted by yhbc at 12:26 PM on May 22, 2003

New LoreZompSpinnNotmydeskAgtoSWHCPlus Co-Production: Shrove Tuesday Observed
posted by donth at 4:26 PM on May 24, 2003

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