Boing Boing Bingo
January 6, 2008 8:27 PM   Subscribe

Boing Boing Bingo! Via Laughing Squid, via Twitter.
posted by mecran01 (65 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Taking the piss out of those twats doesn't work, they thrive on attention of any kind.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 8:37 PM on January 6, 2008 [2 favorites]

They forgot ZOMG STEAMPUNK!! and Burning Man.
posted by barnacles at 8:39 PM on January 6, 2008 [4 favorites]

Xeni post about non-Xeni subject with gratuitous Xeni photo
posted by bhance at 8:43 PM on January 6, 2008 [4 favorites]

It's about time SOMEONE noticed what a bunch of prats the Boing Boing people are. That has to be one of the most egomaniacal blogs ever made. How sad that it's also one of the most popular.
posted by metasonix at 8:51 PM on January 6, 2008 [2 favorites]

Well, if you don't like BoingBoing you can always stop reading the blog. That said, it's annoying how many times they lift something off MetaFilter and don't give credit. Also, from personal experience, I can say that Xeni Jardin is a carnivorous werewolf who should not be trusted.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:56 PM on January 6, 2008 [2 favorites]

They haven't done zombies for aaaaaaages, they should swap that out for ZOMG STEAMPUNK!!, per barnacles.
posted by Artw at 8:58 PM on January 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

They left off "tiki or other appropriated kitsch" and "photo or video of Xeni that makes plain his transsexualism."
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 9:02 PM on January 6, 2008 [3 favorites]

FWIW Kokoryu: her real name is Jennifer Hamm.....
posted by metasonix at 9:02 PM on January 6, 2008

What, no Warren Ellis square?
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:02 PM on January 6, 2008

There should be some kind of double score if the same story appears on or metafilter within 24 hours.
posted by Artw at 9:04 PM on January 6, 2008

The thing that bugs me about Boing Boing: their resident female blogger covers only the softest of subjects, generally speaking. Maybe I'm seeing something that isn't there?

Perhaps that's just how the personalities hashed out over there, but it feels a bit icky.
posted by maxwelton at 9:07 PM on January 6, 2008

You guys are Xeniphobes!! Seriously, though, is her real name really Jenny Hamm? My best snide trivia is that this top comes from Frederick's of Hollywood.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:13 PM on January 6, 2008

Go to the actual site with the Bingo card. It brings up random cards from a larger group of topics, including Steampunk. I like it. I know there's little chance it will get the Boingers to change their ways any more than ridicule can stop Drudge from writing about Hillary or Perez Hilton from writing about Britney. And although the "Boing/Bingo" anagram is uniquely appropriate, I would like to see (and play) MetaFilter Bingo.
posted by wendell at 9:19 PM on January 6, 2008 [2 favorites]

egomaniacal blog

posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:20 PM on January 6, 2008 [3 favorites]

I really hate that site but I visit it everyday. I don't know why.
posted by davebush at 9:36 PM on January 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

Metafilter Bingo. I'm quite confidant that if I check Metatalk about 12 hours from now it will have been done, so I'll check back then.
posted by Jimbob at 9:36 PM on January 6, 2008 [3 favorites]

Thanks Ambrosia, they look exactly the way I imagined they would.
posted by omarr at 9:44 PM on January 6, 2008


Hey, wait a second. This is way too easy.
posted by loquacious at 9:46 PM on January 6, 2008

No cryptozoology square?
posted by saslett at 10:05 PM on January 6, 2008

No squares for overuse of "mashup" and "hack"?
posted by sarahsynonymous at 10:15 PM on January 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

It's about time SOMEONE noticed what a bunch of prats the Boing Boing people are.

Haven't been reading Metafilter long, have you? Abusing Cory Doctorow (who's a member, of course) and throwing pee-filled ballons at BoingBoing (where presumably they go SplashSplash) is one of those things that, like LOLXTIANS and LOLFATTIEZ, keeps the turbines of pointless snark turning over.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:17 PM on January 6, 2008 [4 favorites]

Which is to say, it's scrote-chafingly tedious.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:17 PM on January 6, 2008 [3 favorites]

I thank you to leave my chafed scrote out of this.
posted by chasing at 10:20 PM on January 6, 2008

I thank you to leave my chased scrote out of this.
posted by wendell at 10:25 PM on January 6, 2008

Colour me confused. I visit that site occasionally, and I fail to see what's so wrong with it. Sure some of the writers there seem to have a predisposition to dwell on certain subjects, but that hardly strikes me as a reason to mock them. If one's blog weren't skewed towards things in which the writer held some interest, it'd be sort of pointless wouldn't it?

As to the aspersions about their appearance, well ... that's just weak. Were I to wander into some random watering-hole for a Mefi meet-up and spotted those people at a table, I'd head right over.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 10:36 PM on January 6, 2008

Metafilter Bingo.

Let's watch a cartoon
Look at these old predictions of what the future will look like -- aren't they funny?!
Let's fantasize about climbing around in old buildings and tunnels
Random heap of youtube music videos
Let's argue about rape
Let's argue about prison rape
Some cartoonish art for your amusement
Let's argue about bicycles
Let's argue about rape
Free online classes!
Let's argue about religion
He's dead and we've heard of him
Pictures of the sky
Contrary to popular belief...
posted by pracowity at 10:49 PM on January 6, 2008 [7 favorites]

Yes. Cory is crying all the way to the bank.
posted by Dave Faris at 11:15 PM on January 6, 2008 [2 favorites]

Yeah, somehow I doubt he'll be too upset.

TBH I still check the damn site every day, even if it's various contributors tics have become a little too obvious and irritating to me it still churns up good stuff.
posted by Artw at 11:19 PM on January 6, 2008

OK, I hit refresh a couple of times on the card site, and it still hasn't come up with a square with "Paint Craft masquerading as Lowbrow Art" or some other such nonsense from yard sale dealers like Roc La Rue.

Coop doesn't quite qualify, but just barely.
posted by Extopalopaketle at 11:35 PM on January 6, 2008

Dammit, Roq La Rue
posted by Extopalopaketle at 11:37 PM on January 6, 2008

Cory may be laughing all the way to the bank, but he's still can't write for shit.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 12:44 AM on January 7, 2008


posted by aerotive at 12:53 AM on January 7, 2008

...which applies to a lot of bank-laughers out there. My advice: any time a writer's words causes headaches, nausea, cramps or involuntary twitching, find something else to read. There are a few billion other sites on the web.

Hey! Wait! Where are you all going?
posted by wendell at 12:56 AM on January 7, 2008

Oh, I don't read that shit. I just like to get the message out there, prevent further young minds being harmed.
posted by Henry C. Mabuse at 1:00 AM on January 7, 2008

Perused said site in detail and after several hours of sleuthing have uncovered what I believe to be a self-link.

Will register my displeasure forthwith if I can find a BoTalks section.
posted by hal9k at 1:08 AM on January 7, 2008

Christ. If it weren't for BoingBoing and MetaFilter, my days would just be filled with work...which is why I can state, authoritatively, that this definitely needs ZOMG STEAMPUNK! and DRM = PUPPY TORTURE squares.
posted by mosk at 1:24 AM on January 7, 2008

I'll say it again. The actual BoingBoingBingo site has a randomized game card, and Steampunk is in there (but apparently not Evil DRM... that's definately an error, since it has both Evil NSA and Evil AT&T).
posted by wendell at 2:08 AM on January 7, 2008

Where's the "ukulele" square?
posted by grabbingsand at 4:15 AM on January 7, 2008

Is it OK to kinda like steampunk if I don't read Boing Boing? Huh? Guys? Is it?
posted by DU at 4:45 AM on January 7, 2008

I haven't bothered visiting the place in years, but yeah, what stavros said.
posted by languagehat at 6:15 AM on January 7, 2008

Misses my favourite bugbear - Old Time Music-Zen, or Cat Caught in Mangle-Zen or Zen-Chicken-Coop-Zen. Zen, zen, zen, zen, fucking zen! The sound of one hand clapping is exactly the applause BoingBoing deserve...
posted by benzo8 at 6:24 AM on January 7, 2008

Xeni Jardin is a carnivorous werewolf

I thought I saw a vegetarian werewolf once, but it turned out to be a cow. A werecow, with glowing green eyes, making endless fields of weregrass. It was pretty disturbing, really.
posted by Sparx at 6:30 AM on January 7, 2008 [2 favorites]

Saying Doctorow "can't write for shit" is like putting a big VACANT sign on your forehead.
posted by srt19170 at 6:48 AM on January 7, 2008 [2 favorites]

I used to like Boing Boing but the increasing number of 'Ra! Ra! Ra! Cory!' posts drove me away a while back...
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 6:55 AM on January 7, 2008

BoingBoing covers plenty of subjects I have no interest in (like Steampunk), but they have enough interesting posts, that I would be unhappy if it disappeared tomorrow. It's so easy to scroll past posts you don't like, I don't see what the big deal is.

I had a couple issues of the BoingBoing zine in high school. Wish I knew what happened to them!
posted by rottytooth at 7:53 AM on January 7, 2008

Is it OK to kinda like steampunk if I don't read Boing Boing?

Well, that depends - is it steapunk the occasionally interesting offshoot of alt history that takes victorian era technology and pushes it as far as it can go (such as in the Digfference Engine, which takes the clockwork computers of Charles Babbage, makes them work and gives us a kind of Victorian singularity at the end), or is ZOMG I PUT BRASS AND RIVETS ON MY MP3 PLAYA?

Because one is a lot more interesting than the other.
posted by Artw at 8:30 AM on January 7, 2008 [2 favorites]

As for Doctorows writing my experience with it is wildly variable - I liked Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom a lot, but found Eastern Standard Time to be a mess.

I liked a lot of his current short story collection though, particularly After The Seige.
posted by Artw at 8:45 AM on January 7, 2008

I find BB annoying at times. And then other times there are cool links that I didn't see elsewhere. It's just a blog, ferchrissakes. Also: Jenny Hamm? Citation, pls.
posted by everichon at 9:21 AM on January 7, 2008

I think Xeni's recent post "BBtv: Jedi Xeni/Steam-Powered Robots" is a damn bingo in a single blog post.
posted by Nelson at 9:47 AM on January 7, 2008

From the (largely positive) Gaiman article:

It's not perfect. Cory's baddies are too bad, in some ways. There's a kid called Charles, who is an evil sneak, reprehensible in every way, who also holds political views that are at odds with our hero's, making us cheer Marcus when he starts quoting from the Constitution to defeat evil Charles...and Charles felt like a wet straw man. When things get ideological, I wanted Marcus to have at least one decent argument with someone who disagreed with him but at least seemed to have a point of view.

See, it's that kind of thing from Doctrow that really bugs me - a refusal to admit other points of view when denouncing the eeevil eeevil DRM, and an asumption of the worst from anyone who isn't backing the creative commons agenda. I imagine the fictional embodiment of tht would be quite tiresome.

...And I say this as some one who largely agrees with him on a lot of these things.

Sill, sounds like an interesting book. I'll probably reas it at some point.
posted by Artw at 11:02 AM on January 7, 2008

I'm not a hater, and I resent their massive success as much as the next person, but they have got in a little bit of a rut. I find myself reading JWZ a little more now, because I get the sense that he is posting about stuff he finds genuinely cool without quite so much commercial/networking emphasis. But I still find cool stuff on BB all the time, and when CD nails it, he's a really good writer, and better than I'll ever be. But mostly, I'm waiting for the Metafilter Bingo cards that will come out of this. But complaining about BB too much is like crying about your favorite punk band having sold out, instead of dying of an overdose in a gutter somewhere in obscurity, the preferred, "authentic" method of exit.
posted by mecran01 at 12:33 PM on January 7, 2008

I'll stick with my MacWorld Keynote Bingo Card, boom you very much. And another thing...
posted by furtive at 2:41 PM on January 7, 2008

Jeez. I've never really understood all the BoingBoing hate -- the blog is massively popular but it's still just a blog. It's filled with all the egotistic things you'd find in anyone else's.
posted by flatluigi at 4:47 PM on January 7, 2008

Hmm... that Gaiman review is rather interesting, as much for the lines of thought it doesn't follow up as for the ones it does.

"This is because Cory is one of the Explainers. The people who see what's going on, or what they perceive to be going on, and then turn around and tell everyone else ..."

Yeah, and for me that's one of his big problems - he explains his situations too deeply, in too much detail, with way too much "Rah! Rah! Me!; Rah! Rah! USA!; Rah! Rah! {Cyber | Cypher | Steam | *}punk!; Boo DRM!; Yay {pop-culture | Disneyland | 'Nerd-cred' facsimile}".

Nobody likes being beaten over the head with a baton made of such narrow, smug, "self-evident", "superior" ideology.

He may not actually be like that; no offence to those who know and like him. And my complaints aren't limited to him and his work; it's becoming more and more a common method in modern near-future / realist SF, particularly amongst American writers. But, by gods, it's annoying...
posted by Pinback at 5:46 PM on January 7, 2008

For what it's worth, Pinback, Cory's Canadian.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:53 PM on January 7, 2008

America lite.
posted by Dave Faris at 6:07 PM on January 7, 2008 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I know. When I said that, it was probably more shorthand for the Disneyland love, which I never did and never will get (quite honestly, it's closer to my idea of a hell on earth).

Regardless, here's a shorter version: Far too many parts of his writings seem like he's carefully dictating his own particular self-evident and obvious truth to a 5 year old, rather than explaining his POV to a thinking adult.
posted by Pinback at 6:14 PM on January 7, 2008

America lite.

*shakes fist, growls, glares, reconsiders, shrugs, walks away*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:17 PM on January 7, 2008

Cory is sort of 5 in his own way anyway, which is probably why he can be one of Gaiman's "Explainers".

Cory's Canadian.

I have sort of met him, and he grew up in Toronto in a peculiarly American sort of way, going to a weird little private school (which are pretty rare outside of Toronto, in Canada) with its own weird little curriculum and style. Basically not worrying about very much, and writing, every single day, no matter how horrible it was, and obsessing about technology and Disneyland.

Eventually you do figure out how to write things that will be published, if you do it enough, but I don't see him ever getting a medal for it or anything like that. He does seem to, at least, be living up to his potential, which is a good thing to say about someone, but the fact that he seems to willfully avoid getting over dumb little Cory-tropes like the Disney thing definitely holds him back.

I would file his writing under "pedantic utopianism." But I guess nerds like their preachers as much as any other religious group does.
posted by blacklite at 10:43 PM on January 7, 2008

I don't understand some of the above vitriol. Just don't go to boingboing. It's free, nobody forces you to read it. They seem to have a pretty good sense of humor about themselves and handle criticism well.

The site is about presenting stuff that they think is cool. If you know that you don't have the same interests then don't bitch when you browse it.

It's like going to a musical and then complaining about the improbability of characters spontaneously dancing.
posted by Telf at 6:50 AM on January 8, 2008 [1 favorite]

You aren't taking into account for the nuances of geek envy.
posted by Dave Faris at 9:12 AM on January 8, 2008 [1 favorite]

Oh please!

Laughing Squid, which used to host Boing Boing and is close enough conceptually that if the web had the Dewey Decimal they'd be on the same shelf, posts a link to ANOTHER SITE that pokes playful fun at Boing Boing. Then everyone on Metafilter piles on with LOLCORYSUXAMIRITE while only a couple even care enough about the actual link to notice that following it to LS's pre-rendered card breaks the concept. It's like an inescapable black hole of MeSnark.

Crossing my fingers that mathowie implements that last link on a whim....
posted by JHarris at 1:01 PM on January 8, 2008

I would file his writing under "pedantic utopianism."

Bravo, that's the best short description of Doctorow's writing I've ever seen. Maybe with a "juvenile" tossed in for good measure.
posted by metasonix at 1:10 PM on January 8, 2008

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