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December 1, 2006 10:16 AM   Subscribe

SUPER HOLIDAY POST MEGA GIVEAWAY!

So we're gonna do another "best of" post thing, this time for December, but this time, no daily winners, just a top three at the end of the month (and I'm sure plenty of honorable mentions). I'll buy a Nintendo Wii for the top spot, a iPod nano for 2nd, and a new iPod teeny clip shuffle for third. You have all month, no sockpuppet ballot box stuffing, and favorites votes will help steer me and jessamyn to the good stuff, but we'll make the final decisions based on our gut reactions to the best of the best. Good luck to all!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:16 AM (71 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

*faints*

*revives*

*thinks really hard about good FPP material*
posted by niles at 10:27 AM on December 1, 2006


Step One: Eliminate jonson, y2karl, and matteo.
Step Two: ???
Step Three: Profit!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:30 AM on December 1, 2006


Well, I guess I can put off the job hunt for another month. Because lord knows the most important thing in life will be to get that Wii. Hopefully, this will be less shitfight-inducing than the previous contest ("Two dollars. I want my two dollars!").
posted by Eideteker at 10:35 AM on December 1, 2006


Holy crap.

Yeah, someone please assassinate jonson with a sodium azide car bomb or a lethal dose of fear itself or something.
posted by loquacious at 10:36 AM on December 1, 2006


FPPs are so passe. I'm holding out for the best of MetaTalk snark contest. First prize would presumably be a USB-enabled vibrating titanium pitchfork.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:37 AM on December 1, 2006 [2 favorites]



YOU CANT TAKE AWAY Y2KARL, I LOVE HIM!!!
End of dramatic statenent
posted by wheelieman at 10:38 AM on December 1, 2006


(Wii/iPoo/etc.)

Oh, and to get this out of the way:

As an atheist, I find the "holy day" giveaway title offensive. I will be contacting the ACLU to have an injunction served against MeFi's servers to prevent them from, well, serving pages for the month of December (right after I finish this killer FPP).
posted by Eideteker at 10:38 AM on December 1, 2006


Awesome! Can't wait!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:39 AM on December 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


"First prize would presumably be a USB-enabled vibrating titanium pitchfork."

Not a jagged glass dildo?
posted by Eideteker at 10:39 AM on December 1, 2006


Heh. Already got one of those, thanks.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:42 AM on December 1, 2006


But of course you knew that.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:42 AM on December 1, 2006


"First prize would presumably be a USB-enabled vibrating titanium pitchfork."

Fifty years ago, we'd have you upside down with that prize sticking up your ass.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:55 AM on December 1, 2006


I still don't know what a Wii is. It's obviously cool, though.
posted by languagehat at 10:58 AM on December 1, 2006


Your lack of kids is showing, hat.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:00 AM on December 1, 2006


If cool means hopelessly overrated,then its COOL!!!
posted by wheelieman at 11:02 AM on December 1, 2006


This will end well.

Really! It will! Yay for great posts!
posted by educatedslacker at 11:11 AM on December 1, 2006


First prize is a new Cadillac.
Second prize is a set of steak knives.
Third prize is you're banned.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 11:12 AM on December 1, 2006 [6 favorites]


Man. I think y2Karl already won with this morning's YouTube post... I'll take the month off, maybe.
posted by jonson at 11:19 AM on December 1, 2006


*** AWESOME ZAPPING NOISES ***
posted by boo_radley at 11:20 AM on December 1, 2006


I think wheelieman is wondering that if he wins, he could please get 42% of a PS3, instead of a Wii.
posted by Plutor at 11:35 AM on December 1, 2006


I'll just watch the fistfights ensue from a distance. And come on! Less then half? You can afford more I'm sure.
posted by wheelieman at 11:52 AM on December 1, 2006


Man. I think y2Karl already won with this morning's YouTube post

Yeah, I think the Wii's gone. But we can dream about the steak knives iPod!
posted by languagehat at 12:03 PM on December 1, 2006


Does the earnest intention to post something really great count for anything?
posted by OmieWise at 12:09 PM on December 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


My brother's wife just bought a Wii, and I'm off to play it tonight. I'll let you guys know if it's any good, or if you can just lay off the quality posts for a while.
posted by klangklangston at 12:10 PM on December 1, 2006


Not that I'm likely to even make an FPP, but y2Karl's post doesn't qualify. By an hour.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:23 PM on December 1, 2006


This contest is useless without images.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:31 PM on December 1, 2006


Yeah, I'd be better off getting a part-time job at $10 an hour rather than spending the 30 hours it would take me to concoct a post worthy of winning. I feel depressed already.
posted by GuyZero at 12:35 PM on December 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


Well, if I had a little advance notice I would have waited.
posted by y2karl at 12:38 PM on December 1, 2006


But none of the prizes interest me, so it's all good. On the other hand, I could sell it on eBay. Hmmm...
posted by y2karl at 12:39 PM on December 1, 2006


could a post to Metafilter Music take one of the prizes?
posted by micayetoca at 12:39 PM on December 1, 2006


Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111111
posted by Mister_A at 12:42 PM on December 1, 2006


I will this time.
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:42 PM on December 1, 2006


Another contest?! Wow. It's like Christmas in . . . . December.
posted by veggieboy at 1:03 PM on December 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


y2Karl's post doesn't qualify. By an hour.

w00t! I'm back in!!
posted by jonson at 1:50 PM on December 1, 2006


For the untrendy old fogies amongst us, any hints as to how to pronounce Wii, or shall I continue using Wheeeeeee! in preparation for the big win? :-)
posted by ceri richard at 1:53 PM on December 1, 2006


Whenever I see something about WWII, I get excited now.

I mistake it for Wii.
posted by yeti at 2:13 PM on December 1, 2006


Lets see if this brings out the so-many-links-that-it's-obvious-I'm-trying-too-hard posts like the last contest did. I'm betting yes.
posted by bob sarabia at 2:14 PM on December 1, 2006


y2karl's post in the the December 1 column for me. If it's not for West Coast people, so much the worse for the West Coast.
posted by languagehat at 2:22 PM on December 1, 2006


Matthowie, instead of the Wii you owe me I'll take a gift-card.

Because here are pics of Britney Spears' vagina [nsfw, unless you work at a Brazillian wax place].
posted by bardic at 2:28 PM on December 1, 2006


I'm sure the daily contests were way too much work for you two, but frankly I think the prospect of three prizes in thirty days is not going to have a tremendous incentive effect. How about a weekly prize next time?
posted by anotherpanacea at 2:41 PM on December 1, 2006


Promise me an Apple phone and I will deliver an FPP so great that there will be no need for the site to even exist beyond January.

For a Wii I'll deliver mere "great."
posted by sourwookie at 2:49 PM on December 1, 2006


Does this mean that everyone will hold there best post for New Years Eve?
posted by YoBananaBoy at 2:50 PM on December 1, 2006


Heh, for a Wii I'll start posting again.
posted by Stan Chin at 2:55 PM on December 1, 2006 [1 favorite]


Many of you already appear to have a Wii. May I be the first to suggest that if you win with your wonderful post, you consider donating it to charity. Specifically the 'quin really wants a Wii but is totally broke' home for unwanted gaming hardware. It's a great cause that I've been working with for a while now. They take cash contributions as well.
posted by quin at 3:07 PM on December 1, 2006


How about a weekly prize next time?

Four/mo. instead of three? Real paradigm shift there.
posted by bardic at 3:15 PM on December 1, 2006


Chin, please say you're not joking.
posted by jonson at 3:33 PM on December 1, 2006


Four/mo. instead of three? Real paradigm shift there.

Four contests instead of one big contest. That means four different sessions of escalating competition, of dark horses and last minute postings, and four reasons for the site's best posters to go crazy. Compare that to one contest, that we're already half-convinced has been won, and it appears to be a superior model.

How about this: January 1, compare December to August. Spend some time looking at each day's worth of posts. If you, bardic, think December has more, better posts than August did, then I'll send you $5.
posted by anotherpanacea at 4:06 PM on December 1, 2006


Stan Chin!
posted by yhbc at 7:47 PM on December 1, 2006


You wily yellow bastard.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:19 PM on December 1, 2006


Step One: Eliminate jonson, y2karl, and matteo.

Indeed. I don't know how they all find such consistently good stuff. Probably better if we all just place bets on which one comes 1st, which 2nd, and which 3rd...

(scurries off to do some thinking about FPPs)
posted by greycap at 1:21 AM on December 2, 2006


If Stan Chin wins, can he have his star back?
posted by languagehat at 6:37 AM on December 2, 2006


Well, if I had a little advance notice I would have waited.

Y'know, with that latest post of yours, I imagine you might've finally linked to the very last of YouTube's stock of great music clips*, so, yes, you probably should've waited...

* (and that's no small feat!)
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:01 AM on December 3, 2006


matt and jessamyn write: we'll make the final decisions based on our gut reactions

Ah, hell, I ain't gonna get my hopes up, then. Well, maybe there's hope with Jessamyn.

I could use an iPod nano, though. please let me come in 2nd. Please, please, pleeeease let me come in 2nd...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:05 AM on December 3, 2006


could a post to Metafilter Music take one of the prizes?

That's a damn good question. If the answer is yes, it might pull Metafilter Music out of the (you'll pardon the expression, I'm sure) ghetto that it's in.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:08 AM on December 3, 2006


Since the Wii will be obviously purchased in the US, does this mean that those of us in other parts of the world need not apply?
posted by cholly at 4:45 PM on December 3, 2006


I'd appreciate it if there was a formal announcement that links to YouTube and GoogleVideo are disqualified for this prize.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 11:45 AM on December 4, 2006


SCDB, there will be no such announcement. The best post of the month might include links to those two, sorry.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:19 PM on December 4, 2006


Let's see, Steven makes not a request but an outright demand, he gets a concise reply at 2:19 PM, he makes this meta post at 2:23 PM...

Sir, are those giant brass balls I see in your pants or is that just where you keep your hubris and stupidity?
posted by loquacious at 4:27 PM on December 4, 2006 [1 favorite]


They're cat toys.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:28 PM on December 4, 2006


Well, I guess I can put off the job hunt for another month. Because lord knows the most important thing in life will be to get that Wii. Hopefully, this will be less shitfight-inducing than the previous contest ("Two dollars. I want my two dollars!").

You know, you could make enough money to buy your own wii in just a couple days at a real job...
posted by delmoi at 4:51 PM on December 4, 2006


Are only posts to the blue considered? How about projects/music?
posted by phrontist at 5:35 PM on December 4, 2006


"I'd appreciate it if there was a formal announcement that links to YouTube and GoogleVideo are disqualified for this prize."

I'd appreciate it if the front page consisted of nothing but images of big bouncy boobs.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:00 PM on December 4, 2006


There's a FireFox extension for that.
posted by y2karl at 6:11 PM on December 4, 2006


Err, I mean, plug in. The extension comes later.
posted by y2karl at 6:12 PM on December 4, 2006 [2 favorites]


At last, a compelling reason to drop IE.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:12 PM on December 4, 2006


Let's drop some (I)E.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:30 PM on December 4, 2006


I don't even want your wee! So neh!
posted by oxford blue at 7:00 PM on December 4, 2006


I thought this thread was dead, since it had scrolled two pages off the front MeTa page. I had not seen that Matt had answered it here before I posted a new MeTa thread.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 7:04 PM on December 4, 2006


With a whole 2 and 1/2 hours between your comment and his, and no comment in between, and no sudden breakdown of the My Comments function, that is a very believable assertion.
posted by y2karl at 8:02 PM on December 4, 2006


His is the cat's father.
posted by oxford blue at 2:50 PM on December 5, 2006


So, when will we know who won?
posted by jonson at 1:26 AM on December 31, 2006


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