Xeni sucks
March 27, 2006 12:32 PM   Subscribe

 
From what I heard, Xenical leaks, not sucks.

Oh, not that Xeni?
posted by qvantamon at 12:39 PM on March 27, 2006


Is that like many Xenu?
posted by billysumday at 12:41 PM on March 27, 2006


I always hated warrior princesses. Oh, wait a minute...
posted by NationalKato at 12:46 PM on March 27, 2006


Is that like many Xenu?
Yes, yes. And if you stack them up, you have Xenga.
posted by boo_radley at 12:47 PM on March 27, 2006


HAY XENI PUPPY IZ KOOL U R A H8TER CUZ U DONT LIKE OGER AND KEVUN KIE
posted by Smart Dalek at 12:47 PM on March 27, 2006


It was nice to see this. I do check out boingboing regularly but the rampant narcissism of Xeni and Cory D. does occasionally get my eye to twitching.

Funny. I guess ironically (though maybe not so much, considering above-referenced narcisissm) I actually saw this site first via boing boing.
posted by glenwood at 12:49 PM on March 27, 2006


Eh. It's easy to throw stones, but you'd think this person'd have something better to do with their time. Or I guess not. :)
posted by davejay at 12:54 PM on March 27, 2006


I installed the greasemonkey script that blocks all Xeni posts just to see if it worked, with no intention of keeping it. Then I forgot I'd done it. A while back I reinstalled firefox. It took me one visit to boingboing to go looking for that script again.
posted by markr at 12:55 PM on March 27, 2006


I don't know anything about Xeni other then what she looks like, but I don't find her very attractive based on aperance.
posted by delmoi at 12:56 PM on March 27, 2006


Captan Crunch (the hacker) is a pedophile?
posted by delmoi at 12:59 PM on March 27, 2006


So how long until the other three bOINGbOINGers earn themselves suck-sites?
posted by rottytooth at 1:03 PM on March 27, 2006


And in the rear window of this guy's 1987 Dodge Neon you'll find the world's only example of a "Calvin pissing on Xeni" sticker, painstakingly cut from white adhesive stock with an X-acto knife in his Mom's basement.
posted by George_Spiggott at 1:08 PM on March 27, 2006


I still think Boing Boing has great links -- some of the best, actually. It's the vanity posts that piss me off. "I'm on TV!" "I'm giving a speech!" "My random shit got published!" "Someone bought my fucking book!"

As we would say, bad signal to noise ratio.
posted by danb at 1:11 PM on March 27, 2006


The creator of this site secretly wants to have Xeni's babies.

He's probably hating on her right now 'cause she didn't answer his IM.
posted by nofundy at 1:12 PM on March 27, 2006


Sounds like the making of a new law: every successful blog wakes up jerks in its wake.
posted by bru at 1:13 PM on March 27, 2006


Well, I found the guy's name who runs this site, but I can't match it up with a MeFi membername. Hrmph. An hour wasted.
posted by gleuschk at 1:13 PM on March 27, 2006


Just as an example - here is what a really, really annoying post from Cory looks like:

On his natural tendency to get up early:

I love it. I get so much done while everyone else is asleep, by the time I get to work, I've already gotten my blogging done, worked on my novel, cleared out my inbox, done some physiotherapy exercises, Tai Chi and yoga, eaten a healthy breakfast and gone for a walk.

Oh SHUT UP!
posted by glenwood at 1:16 PM on March 27, 2006


Captan Crunch (the hacker) is a pedophile?

Yeah, and not much of a hacker, either.

I was never so surprised as to find his scraggly mug 250 miles out in the middle of the nowhere desert at one of my friend's techno-music-worship orgies, clad in reeking, moth eaten tie-dyes trying to pick up on the youngest guy there. Who was two dozen kinds of disturbed and squicked out.

I wonder if he still uses that 2600 hz toy whistle? He probably uses it to call for his Philipino houseboy to anoint his nefarious nethers with low grade patchouli.
posted by loquacious at 1:16 PM on March 27, 2006


I rather hope Xeni keeps her promise to end every post with OMG SEX!!~! from now on.
posted by Captaintripps at 1:17 PM on March 27, 2006


Xeni is more attractive than I am, and is vastly more popular. Also, she frequently makes minor spelling corrections to her posts, which causes my newsreader to display them multiple times because they don't use GUIDs for some reason. In conclusion, her name is spelled incorrectly.
posted by ook at 1:18 PM on March 27, 2006 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure if you look up "vapid (publicity) whore" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of Xeni.
posted by keswick at 1:20 PM on March 27, 2006


If I had a blog, I'd probably post what I was doing on it. You know. That blog. Of MINE.

As such, I don't really mind when people write about what they're doing. On their blogs. The blogs that belong to them.
posted by 235w103 at 1:26 PM on March 27, 2006


"And in the rear window of this guy's 1987 Dodge Neon ... "

The Neon wasn't offered until 1995.

/car nerd
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:26 PM on March 27, 2006


I wish I was joking, but it was via my mocking of Xeni (back in 2003) that I managed to get a MeFi account. The ties that bind!

I also wish that the style of her posts hadn't driven me to unsub from bb, because they *do* have good stuff on a semi-regular basis, but I could only take so much smugness in one feed.
posted by Remy at 1:28 PM on March 27, 2006


Yeah, no shit... 1987 Neon? That's day one stuff, man.
posted by tweak at 1:29 PM on March 27, 2006


* runs out and registers 235w103sucks.com *
posted by George_Spiggott at 1:30 PM on March 27, 2006


He meant Dodge Omni, a far superior vehicle to the Neon.
posted by stet at 1:30 PM on March 27, 2006


Especially in pickup form as the, IIRC, Dodge Rampage.
posted by stet at 1:31 PM on March 27, 2006


So...y'all wouldn't hit it?
posted by First Post at 1:31 PM on March 27, 2006


Metafilter: Everything you like we hate
posted by JHarris at 1:33 PM on March 27, 2006


a really, really annoying post from Cory looks like

Huh? This thread is just exuding with inexplicably venomous pettiness.

All I know is that there is a blog-like link filter called boing boing that is frequently competitive with other blog-like link filters such as MetaFilter and Memepool despite, apparently and notably, being the effort of far less people. If there is any compelling reason I should feel resentment towards these people, and their entertaining service made free to me, that reason certainly hasn't been aired in this thread or by its accompanying links.
posted by dgaicun at 1:35 PM on March 27, 2006


I was never so surprised as to find his scraggly mug 250 miles out in the middle of the nowhere desert at one of my friend's techno-music-worship orgies, clad in reeking, moth eaten tie-dyes trying to pick up on the youngest guy there. Who was two dozen kinds of disturbed and squicked out.

Yea I got to witness that when he crashed a drum n bass party my friends put on about 8 years ago. Gross.
posted by atom128 at 1:36 PM on March 27, 2006


OMG Xeni just posted something awesome about panties Japan big fucking drill on some iron man hand pervo wicked! She looks great for 60! PVC latex columbine red rocket lover mouth.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 1:37 PM on March 27, 2006


you haven't truely made it until people take the time and make a mocking web page about you.
posted by edgeways at 1:38 PM on March 27, 2006


Oh, and Cory "read my book! Read it! Look at my book! It's reading itself! My book is LOOK AT IT!" Doctboro

Just look at it. Please.
posted by The Jesse Helms at 1:39 PM on March 27, 2006


It was nice to see this. I do check out boingboing regularly but the rampant narcissism of Xeni and Cory D. does occasionally get my eye to twitching.

Isn't complaining about the narcissism in a blog rather like complaining that water is wet?
posted by KirkJobSluder at 1:47 PM on March 27, 2006


MetaFilter: Water is wet.
posted by loquacious at 1:48 PM on March 27, 2006


Not to interrupt this self-righteous extravanganza of Net-celebrity bashing with mere personal experience or anything, but in every interaction I've had with Xeni, she's come across as totally sincere, very very bright, extremely generous behind the scenes, and hip in the best way -- the way that encourages the creativity of others. Oh and by the way, being a certified fag, I'm immune to her looks. But I write for Wired too, so surely I was paid and/or forced to say this by the demoniacal capitalist stooges.
posted by digaman at 1:50 PM on March 27, 2006


Huh? This thread is just exuding with inexplicably venomous pettiness.

Well I was being catty for the fun of it.
posted by glenwood at 1:51 PM on March 27, 2006


*One too many Ns in that "extravaganza."
posted by digaman at 1:52 PM on March 27, 2006


The extra 'N' is for 'Nobocracy'.
posted by dgaicun at 2:03 PM on March 27, 2006


I'm trying to figure out something about the creator of xenisucks.com... is it

a) that they recently broke up with Xeni, or were turned down by Xeni?

b) that they still can't get over that Xeni went to the prom with someone else?

c) thet they are really fucking bitter that they're 24, 32 or 58 and still no one, not even on the internet, recognizes them for their accomplishments... or even knows their name?

I'm leaning toward all three in some combination.
posted by illovich at 2:47 PM on March 27, 2006


I'm not a big Xeni fan but Cory is cool and xenisucks.com is very unfunny - the "OMG ROFL!1" thing is so 2002.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 6:11 PM on March 27, 2006



a) that they recently broke up with Xeni, or were turned down by Xeni?
...


d) is Cory Doctorow

e) is mathowie

f) is Samuel L. Jackson.
posted by eriko at 6:16 PM on March 27, 2006


Blogging is all about being an attention-whore. I can't stand most of the crap she puts on the site, but then 98% of everything is crap. But I have to give her credit for succeeding in her pursuit of net-fame, because even having people hate you at least means they know your name.
posted by nightchrome at 6:26 PM on March 27, 2006


And time becomes a loop... Warning: BoingBoing!

For the record, I think Xeni, Cory, and the BoingBoing crew are coolinteresting enough.

People get all kinds of shit for being enthusiastic and interested in stuff. And "cool" sucks. Fuck cool. Cool = lifeless, unenthusiastic, condescending and otherwise not warm.
posted by loquacious at 6:30 PM on March 27, 2006


Amen, Loquacious. Haven't you people heard? Earnest is the new Ironic! Yes! It is a truth!
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:48 PM on March 27, 2006


Why concern yourself so heavily with people you obviously despise?
posted by ed at 6:51 PM on March 27, 2006


If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, mockery must surely be the second.
posted by CynicalKnight at 6:55 PM on March 27, 2006


wasn't me.

I actually like boing boing, but there are a few topics that they have just Run. In. To. The. Ground.
posted by empath at 6:59 PM on March 27, 2006


But it's true. Her name is spelled incorrectly. I can prove it.
posted by ook at 7:12 PM on March 27, 2006


I don't really get all the Xeni-hate. She's just a blogger, if you don't like her, don't read Boing-boing. It's a big internet, read something else.
posted by octothorpe at 7:13 PM on March 27, 2006


you'd think this person'd have something better to do with their time.

Umm, from the looks of this blog it takes him about 20 seconds to link to a Xeni post and say something mocking it. Are you imagining him crafting every little barb for hours on end?
posted by Space Coyote at 7:27 PM on March 27, 2006


I love how Xeni added in the personal data on the guy behind the site, sent in by some real cool internet detective. I guess the whole privacy/anonymity on the internet ends when someone makes fun of you?
posted by QuarterlyProphet at 7:30 PM on March 27, 2006


"If there is any compelling reason I should feel resentment towards these people, and their entertaining service made free to me, that reason certainly hasn't been aired in this thread or by its accompanying links."

BoingBoing is like an old friend who, a few years back, hooked up with a really irritating narcissistic SO and for some inexplicable reason refuses to dump them. The SO monopolizes every conversation with egomaniacal posturing, yet you keep hanging out with them anyway hoping that when SO takes a breath your old friend will say something witty.

Now double that. The old friend is (Mark|David) and annoying SO is (Cory|Xeni). As far as I'm concerned, today was a great BoingBoing day - 11 posts are from Mark and David. And I applaud the author of the Xenifilter for Firefox. The only reason I ever turn it off is to see if she's changed her tune. She never has, as far as I can tell. Her posts are still 50% self-aggrandizement, 50% links to Violet Blue or Fleshbot.

Don't even get me started the SmartFilter fiasco. Sorry, Xeni, but articles about dildos, photos of dildos, auctions for dildos, and comics about dildos are not Michelangelo's David. (Oh, and here's a hint - nudity in art is tasteful because the nudity is part of a meaningful context; focusing a 120x90 thumbnail directly on David's wedding tackle in a deliberate effort to shock excises the tastefulness.)

Prior to finding the Xenifilter, reading BoingBoing consisted basically of slogging through pages of self-aggrandizement and the occasional NSFW entry to find the real content. That sort of thing breeds resentment.

(Cory I can tolerate. His signal to noise
ratio is a little higher.)
posted by Feral at 7:32 PM on March 27, 2006 [1 favorite]


I thought it was funny and ironic a few weeks ago when Xeni was going on and on about how boingboing got blocked for being pornographic.
posted by crunchland at 7:36 PM on March 27, 2006


Everybody knows Boing Boing got blocked because it rages against the machine and THE MAN is afraid!!!1!
posted by keswick at 7:42 PM on March 27, 2006


"I love how Xeni added in the personal data on the guy behind the site, sent in by some real cool internet detective. I guess the whole privacy/anonymity on the internet ends when someone makes fun of you?"

I noticed that myself, and it surprised the hell out of me.
posted by a. at 7:48 PM on March 27, 2006


"PVC latex columbine red rocket lover mouth" - The Jesse Helms
Subscribe, please.

And yeah, it's a little odd to see the dude's personal and vocational information listed in boingboing. Perhaps someone will complain to his employer, and then she can self-effacingly and righteously take up his banner.
posted by boo_radley at 8:09 PM on March 27, 2006


I don't want to be venomous. So Feral, I love you.
posted by drpynchon at 8:28 PM on March 27, 2006


It seems needlessly negative. I think anyone's enthusiasms and preoccupations could get irritating if they are a stranger to you; the people who post at boingboing are straightforward about things they like and their tastes. I can see how it might seem like Xeni or Cory are somewhat self-involved and narrowly interested, but the blog is just a small part of their quiddity that probably gives a distorted impression of how they are in a larger sense, especially if it's assumed to be broadly representative.

Personally, and I can't think of any reasone why anyone should care, I find it really infantile and callous when people assume that being open with oneself to an audience of any size is an invitation to be evaluated in the most heartless possible way.
posted by clockzero at 8:29 PM on March 27, 2006 [1 favorite]


I like Xeni just fine.
posted by CRM114 at 8:33 PM on March 27, 2006


Thank you, clockzero, and to the others here, who have the sensitivity to realize how sickening and inappropriate this guy's blog is. It makes me happy to know that there are a lot of good hearted people in the world like you!
posted by ottomatik at 8:34 PM on March 27, 2006


Keep up the good work, Mark.
posted by crunchland at 8:39 PM on March 27, 2006


Gratuitous spoof of Boing Boing:

"Here are some downloadable papercraft designs for Disney-themed iPod cozies, available under a Creative Commons license! w00t! (Thanks, Sparky!) LINK"

That said, I enjoy Boing Boing and have nothing in particular against Cory or Xeni. The DRM obsession/self-promotion is annoying at times, but hey... flag it and move on... or something. Why bother with a hate site? What a childish waste of energy.
posted by brundlefly at 8:44 PM on March 27, 2006


The old friend is (Mark|David) and annoying SO is (Cory|Xeni). As far as I'm concerned, today was a great BoingBoing day - 11 posts are from Mark and David. And I applaud the author of the Xenifilter for Firefox. The only reason I ever turn it off is to see if she's changed her tune. She never has, as far as I can tell. Her posts are still 50% self-aggrandizement, 50% links to Violet Blue or Fleshbot.

A-fucking-men to that. I'm a huge fan of Mark Frauenfelder's stuff and his contributions to the planet - Xeni and Cory make me gag. They're like the kids who start working at the highschool newspapers so they can write articles about how cool their friends are.
That being said, I think the two of them will improve quite a bit with age.

Like Bono.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 8:48 PM on March 27, 2006


Xeni obviously has serious phallo-centric issues. And that's cool.

MetaFilter: Water is wet.

No, it fucking isn't. It makes other things wet. And cut your hair you slovenly hippy!
posted by tweak at 9:04 PM on March 27, 2006


Holy crap. I don't know if there's any testament to one's ego as big as an extension for firefox for keeping one's voice silent.
I saw her plug metafilter and dailykos on the news hour, and that was the first I'd heard of her.

I feel like I've been absorbing web matter judged on it's merits/interest level.
(that said, I'm obviously not a frequenter of her site.)
posted by Busithoth at 9:17 PM on March 27, 2006


Xeni's all right by me.

I'm not a huge Cory fan (although, as I said on a previous thread, I liked the one short story of his I read) - too much DRM for me.

However, to those who commend BoingBoing just 'cause they have a lot of links and only a few people pulling the strings: they also have a huge reader base that sends them lots of tips. I have no problem with that; it gives them new and interesting material. But between blogs and reader tips, they get a lot of help.
posted by anjamu at 9:23 PM on March 27, 2006


It's probably not accurate to portray their blog as a personal, private effort any longer, given that their content comes from readers and readers click on their advertisements and pay their bills. So it might be "free" but it still costs something in terms of time to read, and it still extracts a fee (advertising, etc.) from its readers.

Feral:Prior to finding the Xenifilter, reading BoingBoing consisted basically of slogging through pages of self-aggrandizement and the occasional NSFW entry to find the real content. That sort of thing breeds resentment.

Yeah, the minor resentments come from the fact that it really was better at some point, and then it became dominated by the sort of things you mentioned. It's like your favorite punk band playing only Merle Haggard covers, non-ironically. Fans have the right to complain--it's an expression of their damaged affections or perceived betrayal.

This might be a good spot to start listing those blogs which are markedly better than BB. Even in its diluted and dildo-esque state, it is still pretty darn good.
posted by mecran01 at 9:50 PM on March 27, 2006


I've never met any of the bOINGers, but then, I've never met any Mefites, that I'm aware of, anyway.

But I do think that boingboing is still one of the best weblogs there is, merely because it links to things I consistently find interesting and amusing, along with a few things I don't. I am aware other people do not find it as interesting. That is not an incorrect viewpoint, merely one that is different from my own. There are too many fucking ads on the site, but I only read the feed (which is spliced with ads, too, but I block them, so that's bearable). I've read in the past that their collective ad revenue is in the 10's of thousands of dollars per month, which would not surprise me, and may be bullshit, but if it's true, well, more power to them. Much as I loathe advertising in all its manifestations.

I very much like Cory Doctorow's work, both written output and activism, and what I've seen of Mark's. I have no opinion of Xeni outside of the weblog. Her stuff on the site is usually the stuff I'm not interested in -- that doesn't mean it's bad, and it's quite certain that there are people who are interested in it.

What motivates some people to build sites like the one in the post -- because they don't like someone's posts on a weblog, for christ's sakes! -- mystifies me.

But such is the internet. Obsess at will, and make some adsense coin and notoriety while you're at it.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:00 PM on March 27, 2006


mecran01 writes "So it might be 'free' but it still costs something in terms of time to read.."

Ah-hehheh. That's the funniest thing I've read (and cost me 5.2 secs) today. Thanks.
posted by peacay at 10:01 PM on March 27, 2006


It's easy to resent the shameless self-promotion over on boingboing, but seriously, if you had as many eyeballs looking at your blog, you'd do it, too. There's a fine line here between complaining and being bitter about their success.

I used to have boingboing on my startup list of tabs, but I replaced it awhile back. I still check it every now and then, though. It's sort of surprising to see some things that show up there that are really, really old news. I guess we'll never get away from that. Memes gurgle up, drop into the soup, and pop back up again and again.

It does seem a little two-faced to be complaining about yahoo outing chinese reporters one week, and then exposing the person who creates a snarky site about you the next. But again, they're only human over there. Any one of us would surely be tempted to be blind to the contradiction if we were in her shoes.
posted by crunchland at 10:06 PM on March 27, 2006


So this Xeni, she vibrates?
posted by moonbiter at 10:13 PM on March 27, 2006


stavros: Most people don't go to that kind of trouble for something they're indifferent about. I believe people build such websites out of respect for the original site. Respect for the audience if nothing else.

I've enjoyed reading boingboing. When there was interaction I felt it was more of a community. Since the comments were removed I have had a couple of disagreements with a couple of entries. I posted such on my own blog and that was that.

I feel a lot of the interest lately in boingboing has to do with its influence. They do have a large, and occassionly "ditto" like following. With that large an audience I believe they should try a little harder to not shoot from the hip. Sometimes a little research is required, but that's just my viewpoint.

I didn't do xenisucks.com, but obviously I'm not suprised. As for the "outing" of the guy who did...he didn't really try that hard to hide it.

Wait a few days -- if he ever posted on alt.sex.hot_air_balloons, we'll see a follow-up post about how it isn't really important to bring it up, but here are the links to everyone the a-listers their friends who are talking about it.
posted by ?! at 10:17 PM on March 27, 2006


Boingboing lite is nice.

These kind of parody sites probably happen when there aren't natural release valves for the airing of grievances.

Reversed: Because there is metatalk, there is no quonsarsucks.com, for example.
posted by catachresoid at 10:18 PM on March 27, 2006


Boingboing - subway map anagrams & shit made out of legos. Any questions?
posted by squalor at 10:21 PM on March 27, 2006


If you like boingboing, you might like :
Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools ... submit a review yourself, and you can subscribe to his mailing list and get a week's entries before they get posted. Updated weekdays.
J-walk ... a good general blog, but with the comments turned on. Updated throughout the day.
Finkbuilt for your HowTo needs. The guy who writes it has written articles for MAKE. Updated very haphazardly lately.
The Morning News. Literate and Yuppy. Updated weekdays.
Robotwisdom ... Arguably the first real weblog, still going strong. Updated throughout the day.
Popurls ... aggregate of several large community link sites, like Digg and Delicious, as well as daily favorites from Flickr and Youtube.
posted by crunchland at 10:31 PM on March 27, 2006


I love internet celebrities.
I love people who consider themselves internet celebrities.
I love backlashes against internet celebrities.

Because if you polled the average internet user on who was the most famous internet celebrity, they'd probably say Bill Gates, followed by that fat kid with the t-shirt that reads "I Fuck On The First Date."
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:27 PM on March 27, 2006


I'm surprised that an unknown nerd somewhere has a problem with an attractive woman who has a very successful blog; and therefore the unknown nerd feels the urge to start an unfunny, misogynistic spoof blog, really. I'm surprised. like the pimply kid pulling the cute girls' hair to try and be noticed, or something.

Xeni is cool and the MeFi users who make fun of her would be well advised to find good stuff for this website, since BoingBoing kicks our ass every day of the week.
posted by matteo at 12:30 AM on March 28, 2006


No, it fucking isn't. It makes other things wet. And cut your hair you slovenly hippy!
posted by tweak at 9:04 PM PST on March 27 [!]


Hey, pops? Fuck you! *slather patchouli all over, eats huge bucket of vegan soya TVP to make his hair grow faster*

So this Xeni, she vibrates?
posted by moonbiter at 10:13 PM PST on March 27 [!]


That? That was good. Damn.
posted by loquacious at 12:51 AM on March 28, 2006


metafiltersucks.com
posted by slimepuppy at 1:13 AM on March 28, 2006


I love backlashes against internet celebrities.

Disclaimer: I've never read BoingBoing. I know who Cory is, but I've no idea who Xeni is.

However, I love backlashes as well. It seems to me that if your ego is strong enough to want to share your views with the world, then it should also be strong enough to deal with the fact that some proportion of your potential audience aren't going to like you.

And if the people behind BoingBoing have ever posted links to the Star Wars Kid video, then they've got no business whatsoever complaining about other people seeking to humiliate them.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:26 AM on March 28, 2006


what matteo said.
posted by johnny novak at 2:32 AM on March 28, 2006


For me, the telling part of the whole thing was Xeni's "I'm not hurt AT ALL! I'm NOT! Look, here's the guy's PERSONAL DETAILS! Look at me! Still NOT HURT AT ALL!" response.

A few weeks back someone put up a completely unfunny parody/response to UK Resistance. UK:R responded in the way these things should be done: they didn't respond at all, or even acknowledge its existence. Score one for effortless superiority.
posted by Hogshead at 2:39 AM on March 28, 2006


Heh. Well as of today I've learned that my tolerance for Xeni + Cory is a lot higher than a lot of the commenters here. I think complaining because someone happens to flog topics that interest them on (gasp) their own blog is a bit out of line. But the parody site was really funny, there is no denying that.

Though somebody ought to make a random boingboing generator... "This subway papercraft mashup of creative commons teledildonics copyfighters set to ukelele resembles goatse."
posted by Rhomboid at 4:48 AM on March 28, 2006


I wanna hate too, but can't think up anything clever enough to say.
posted by mrmojoflying at 4:59 AM on March 28, 2006


"Here are some downloadable papercraft designs for Disney-themed iPod cozies, available under a Creative Commons license! w00t! (Thanks, Sparky!) LINK"

I laughed so hard at that I banged my Snapple into my front teeth. (Thanks, brundlefly!)

ow. But so true.

The Jesse Helms also gets hilarity points. This is a lovely thread to read at 5-something AM.
posted by blacklite at 5:26 AM on March 28, 2006


If you like boingboing, you might like

We Make Money Not Art is a bit like Boing Boing only with a much better ratio of clever and/or fucked up art to lego mashup novelty crap.
posted by cillit bang at 5:38 AM on March 28, 2006


I would side with those who say Mark/David's contributions are the best. I think Xeni and Cory ought to concentrate on adding new stuff to the site and not flogging whatever projects they happen to be working on. But I have met Xeni briefly in person before a couple of times, and she seems totally nice and genuinely interested in her job as a reporter. She is an asset to the site for sure but just needs to tone down the "look what I'm doing" as it is a bit off-putting.
posted by cell divide at 6:09 AM on March 28, 2006


I actually liked the Xenisucks site, but from a humor standpoint. I saw it, and immediately thought: "Oh, what a nice little joke." but it appears that Xeni is taking it as a serious hate site.

The tone and structure of the jabs at Xeni are funny, right? Am I reading this the wrong way?
posted by thanotopsis at 6:27 AM on March 28, 2006


Maybe it cuts a little too close to the bone. And for all we know, Xeni is sincere when she said she thought it was a hoot. It was Mark who said it was sickening and inappropriate.
posted by crunchland at 6:37 AM on March 28, 2006


I love how Xeni added in the personal data on the guy behind the site, sent in by some real cool internet detective. I guess the whole privacy/anonymity on the internet ends when someone makes fun of you?

I don't get this. Even a cursory look at Xeni's post shows that Sharp wrote about creating the site on his blog. How is it possible for there to be any 'privacy/anonymity' claim that Xeni is somwhow violating?
posted by mediareport at 6:49 AM on March 28, 2006


I'm no great fan of Xeni's posts, but her X for Xendetta joke was funnier than anything on xenisucks. Lame-o.


Having said that, has anybody else noticed that Xeni looks sort of like Coldplay's Chris Martin in drag?Anybody?...
posted by flashboy at 7:10 AM on March 28, 2006


What is a "xeni"? What does this stuff have to do with "the best of the Web"? I liked the doggie dildoes better.
posted by davy at 7:19 AM on March 28, 2006


I'm no great fan of Xeni's posts, but her X for Xendetta joke was funnier than anything on xenisucks. Lame-o.

Exactly. At least the CorySucks site was kind of clever. This one is just lame.
posted by rottytooth at 7:34 AM on March 28, 2006


I'm surprised that an unknown nerd somewhere has a problem with an attractive woman who has a very successful blog; and therefore the unknown nerd feels the urge to start an unfunny, misogynistic spoof blog, really.
posted by matteo at 12:30 AM PST on March 28


It's true: if any man makes fun of any woman, for any reason, you can easily conclude that he hates all women. Thanks for the heads-up, matteo.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 8:02 AM on March 28, 2006 [1 favorite]


Slangfilter: Hey, Brits: is this a proper example of posted by bhance at 9:00 AM on March 28, 2006


Reading Xeni's petty, faux-composed response, along with Xenisucks' 27 paragraph comicbook guy-esque Usenet response, reminds me just how sad and inept social interaction on the Internet can be.

20 minutes of Miles Davis a day should be required for all routine Internet conversationalists until they learn to navigate their cyber-interactions with a little bit of cool and class. Just imagine a smooth bass line in the background before you hit post and think: 'is this rhythm congruent with my long angry string of sarcastic capslocked run-on sentences'?
posted by dgaicun at 9:02 AM on March 28, 2006 [1 favorite]


just how sad and inept social interaction on the Internet can be.

Heh. You had to go to site other than metafilter to be reminded of that?
posted by crunchland at 9:06 AM on March 28, 2006


I don't get this. Even a cursory look at Xeni's post shows that Sharp wrote about creating the site on his blog. How is it possible for there to be any 'privacy/anonymity' claim that Xeni is somwhow violating?

Has anybody else noticed that the credited source for xenisucks.com is the guy who set up the blog? It seems a little strange, and I'm not sure what to make of the tone.
posted by kendrak at 9:09 AM on March 28, 2006


Before I clicked through I thought "xeni sucks" was going to be some sort of Scientologist-hater site.
posted by Maisie Jay at 9:18 AM on March 28, 2006


Yep, Xeni's looking really bad with her handling of this. Mentioning the sites' existence *once* I can see, but putting the guy's picture and stuff up seems even creeper than the site itself.

As for Xeni (and BB in general), it reminds me of Q107 - Toronto's classic rock station. You can avoid it for ten years, and then go back only to find out that it's still exactly the same stuff being played.
posted by stinkycheese at 9:24 AM on March 28, 2006


From the site:
"the "OMG ROFL!1" thing is so 2002."
${x} is so ${y} is so ${y-1}. 1993 called, they want their clichés back.


Ha! I would've commented but the comments are bust.
posted by dabitch at 9:44 AM on March 28, 2006


1993 called, they want their clichés back.

I know a site where they can resupply.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 9:51 AM on March 28, 2006


I think Xeni and Cory ought to concentrate on adding new stuff to the site and not flogging whatever projects they happen to be working on.

Yeah. It's their fucking blog, but they should concentrate not so much on what they're working on.

Ok.

You better let the whole weblogosphere know this is the new style, because I don't think anyone told them.
posted by illovich at 11:13 AM on March 28, 2006


Hey Illovich, you know what's another facet of the weblogosphere that I get to say what I think a thing should be, and criticize sites regardless of what people 'can' do with them. Just because someone can flog their projects, doesn't mean they should. And just because something is owned by something, doesn't mean the people who use it can't criticize it now and then.

The simple fact is that the site would be better if they didn't let us know about every little thing they are doing. IT has nothing to do with "it's their own fucking blog", it has to do with keeping the site high-quality. If Matt made every 10th metafilter post something about what conferences he was speaking at and what side projects he was working on, it would also lose value.
posted by cell divide at 11:55 AM on March 28, 2006


Cell divide, so if they had boingboingprojects as a separate website it would be fine?
posted by slimepuppy at 12:53 PM on March 28, 2006


My point is that its the blog of four people who are doing shit all the time. And they talk about it. Because it's their blog, and thats where they talk about stuff that interests them.

It's not about quality at all... I don't think there's a qualitative difference between them posting about some guy doing something or speaking somewhere and themselves doing the same.

I assume that people blog about what interests them, and hope that their work intersects with that somehow (it makes people happier, usually). Thus, I expect them to talk about what they're doing frequently.

By contrast, metafilter is not about matt or what matt finds interesting, as far as I've seen. It's set to be a blog by swarm, and so one person posting everyday about what they are doing would violate the idea itself.

Plus, you get banned for self linking in an FPP.
posted by illovich at 3:08 PM on March 28, 2006


I don't know, slimepuppy, I don't have any serious problem with them! And I'm not saying it's not their right to post about whatever.they.want.

I'm just saying, the best posts, 90% of the time, on that site, are about things they have no involvement in. That's it. I am basically a satisfied reader!
posted by cell divide at 3:55 PM on March 28, 2006


"so one person posting everyday about what they are doing would violate the idea itself"

I dunno. The mushroom post survived.
posted by graventy at 5:17 PM on March 28, 2006


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