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September 11, 2007 7:19 AM   Subscribe

Let's not this year.

I'd like the admins to delete these posts, because they suck. Every year we have this stupid little conversation about how it's the anniversary. Let's not; it's tacky and redundant. Barring a moratorium, I'd like to see the admins hold these anniversary posts to some standard higher than obitfilter's "You were first."
posted by anotherpanacea to Etiquette/Policy at 7:19 AM (105 comments total)

In another lifetime I kinda got my ass handed to me for making a similar suggestion. That was only the second anniversary though.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:33 AM on September 11, 2007


While I personally agree with the sentiment, I also appreciate the fact that people still need to grieve (or not grieve) in their own ways. And I sincerely doubt that if someone manages to craft a really good post with relevant and new links, the mods won't delete it just because there are those who'd prefer to forget or deny.
posted by Dave Faris at 7:35 AM on September 11, 2007


It's tacky and redundant how, exactly?

And, Poolio's post wasn't just a simple, "Hah, first!" post. It's more of a youtube overkill post.
posted by jmd82 at 7:38 AM on September 11, 2007


You not caring !=! valid grounds for post deletion
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:40 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'd like the admins to delete these posts, because they suck.

They suck about as much as normal posts that have the "this is important" vibe about them. We're not going to get everyone agree not to post them, so let's just have one or two posts that people can choose to interact in [and now this one for snarking, thanks for that] and let it be.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:41 AM on September 11, 2007


*Shrugs*
Why not, so long as it's a good post?
Or full of music videos?
*Frugs*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:42 AM on September 11, 2007


This seems like sort of a tricky one; I hear where you're coming from, but it's also kind of a weird thing to try and just flip a switch on, considering it's such an organic, aggregate phenomenon. "Six years is one too many to still react to foo" seems just weirdly mechanical.

It's not exactly elephant day, is the thing I'm trying to say.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:42 AM on September 11, 2007


What happened on 9/11 was a pretty consequential, complicated and sad thing to happen in the lifetime of modern Americans (and elsewhere), like it or not. People are going to post about it.
posted by deern the headlice at 7:46 AM on September 11, 2007


What the hell? I thought you were going to link to a couple of deleted 9/11 NEVAR FORGET posts, and I would have cheered you on, but there's nothing wrong with the posts you're complaining about (well, except that Martin Amis is a tedious windbag, but that's no reason for deletion).
posted by languagehat at 7:52 AM on September 11, 2007


I agree with anotherpancea, but I don't think it's gonna happen.
posted by OmieWise at 7:53 AM on September 11, 2007


This was the metatalk thread that changed everything.
posted by empath at 7:59 AM on September 11, 2007 [3 favorites]


i'll always remember where i was the day the challenger exploded president kennedy's head through the wtc and it landed on the moon.
posted by quonsar at 8:02 AM on September 11, 2007 [23 favorites]


Every year we have this stupid little conversation about how it's the anniversary.

When I'm at a party and talking with a group of people and the conversation turns in a way I don't like, I just drift over to another group of people and see what they're talking about.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:08 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


there's nothing wrong with the posts you're complaining about (well, except that Martin Amis is a tedious windbag, but that's no reason for deletion).

Jokey Patriotism day posts are the snarky equivalent of NEVAR FORGET. If it weren't for the anniversary, Amis's windbaggery would have been completely obvious, and deletable, rather than sacrosanct. My point is that it wouldn't have lasted yesterday, but today another "Islamofascism is the cult of death" post stuck to the front page because he got to make the joke about how 9/11 preserves the Arabic numerals. Ha ha NEVAR FORGET IX/XI.

You not caring !=! valid grounds for post deletion

I do care. I have lots of sticky, uncomfortable, difficult emotions on the anniversary, and sticky uncomfortable difficult stories to match them. I don't like feel called to share them, though.

How many of Poolio's youtube links did you click on?

I sincerely doubt that if someone manages to craft a really good post with relevant and new links, the mods won't delete it just because there are those who'd prefer to forget or deny.


I had trouble parsing this at first, Dave Faris, but I think we're on the same page: at the very least, I'd like the mods to leave good posts, and delete bad ones. I've linked to two bad ones.
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:09 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's usually good form to put a link to your Metatalk post in the threads you call out.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:10 AM on September 11, 2007


exploded president kennedy's head

Lee Harvey Oswald was discharged from the Marines September 11, 1959; coincidence?

Also, happy birthday to both Kristy McNichol and the Pinto.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:10 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think it's funny that there are people in the world who think "You know what would be the most appropriate and touching way to commemorate the anniversary of an American tragedy on the scale of the September 11th attacks? A jingoistic youtube linkdump on the front page of metafilter."
posted by shmegegge at 8:10 AM on September 11, 2007 [6 favorites]


the Pinto.

hey! the pinto had big fireballs too!
posted by quonsar at 8:12 AM on September 11, 2007


When I'm at a party and talking with a group of people and the conversation turns in a way I don't like, I just drift over to another group of people and see what they're talking about.

Not me! I go to the people and say, "Are you seriously talking about that? Seriously? Really? And you went to college? You call yourself smart? Really?" I say this until the circle closes up and no one will listen to me anymore. Then I go to everyone else at the party and say, "Can you believe they're talking about that? Can we make them stop? Because it's a really stupid topic, and I really don't care about it, and I don't think they should talk about it, because it's totally bringing down the general intellect of this party". I continue to say such things until I am thrown out of the party, at which point I go home, put on new clothes, change my hair, and sneak back in.

I don't like feel called to share them, though.
Ignoring the sticky grammar of that sentence, an FPP is not a subpoena. Feel free to skip the stuff you don't like.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:13 AM on September 11, 2007 [13 favorites]


You've been served!
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:15 AM on September 11, 2007


Well, congratulations, anotherpanacea. By making a thread about how you didn't want to sully the memory of 9/11, you've insured that even if it happens no where else on the site, it will have a home here.
posted by Dave Faris at 8:17 AM on September 11, 2007


I can't decide whose take on this day is worse, yours or Martin Amis'...
posted by chuckdarwin at 8:32 AM on September 11, 2007


What happened on 9/11 was a pretty consequential, complicated and sad thing to happen in the lifetime of modern Americans (and elsewhere), like it or not. People are going to post about it.
posted by deern the headlice at 10:46 AM on September 11


This is all true. What does the "America" videos post have to do with this? I didn't even understand it was related to 9-11 until someone mentioned it in the thread.

I'm with anotherpanacea. These anniversary posts are becoming more celebratory with each passing year.

The way to commemorate it would have been a link to a story about some still-grieving person, to the recently concluded engineering stuides of the towers collapse, or to the respiratory sickness the people who worked down there now seem to have. But I don't see how turning the front page into the 4th of july aisle at walmart is even remotely the best of the 9-11 web.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:33 AM on September 11, 2007 [2 favorites]


Though the Martin Amis post was fine by me.
posted by Pastabagel at 8:35 AM on September 11, 2007


I certainly didn't intend my post to be celebratory. In what way does it celebrate? I linked to a rather wordy, possibly-inflammatory Amis article in the Times. Who is celebrating?
posted by chuckdarwin at 8:35 AM on September 11, 2007


*phew* disregard...
posted by chuckdarwin at 8:36 AM on September 11, 2007


Every year I make a stupid little big deal about the anniversary of my birth. I bet people are sick of that.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:39 AM on September 11, 2007


PinkSuperhero, that's kind of obnoxious. I usually just call up jessamyn, and ask her to make them stop talking. If she gives me some bullshit excuse like "It's their right" or "It's 3:00 in the morning, how did you get this number?" then I just call her maladjusted for hosting meetups at her house.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:41 AM on September 11, 2007 [8 favorites]


Also, no posts about WWII on Pearl Harbor Day, no posts about the Holocaust on Yom Hashoah, no posts about slavery on Juneteenth, and no posts about Christmas on Dec 25!!!
NEVAR REMEMBAR!!!
posted by mattbucher at 8:43 AM on September 11, 2007


LEAVE 9/11 ALONE!!!

I'm glad someone in one of those threads posted a link to the original MeFi 9/11 thread. It's a hell of a thing to read once a year, and I'm glad I did it. (I didn't click on any of the YouTube links, tho).
posted by Bookhouse at 8:46 AM on September 11, 2007


Pastabagel:
The way to commemorate it would have been a link...to the recently concluded engineering stuides of the towers collapse

Yeah, that's uncontestably Best of the Web, conducive to sober & informed discussion and a proper commemoration.
posted by deern the headlice at 8:51 AM on September 11, 2007


I go to the people and say, "Are you seriously talking about that? Seriously? Really?

Oh Britney, honey, NO.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:52 AM on September 11, 2007


Someone tried, bookhouse, but it was nipped in the bud.
posted by Dave Faris at 8:52 AM on September 11, 2007


So, anyone want to play Jenga?
posted by loquacious at 8:53 AM on September 11, 2007 [3 favorites]


Oh yeah, the rude pundit's post today seems pretty appropriate in this thread.
posted by gaspode at 8:55 AM on September 11, 2007


The best part of 9/11 is the false piety. Without that, it would just be Pearl Harbor Day.
posted by Mister_A at 9:01 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


The way to commemorate it would have been a link to a story about some still-grieving person, to the recently concluded engineering stuides of the towers collapse, or to the respiratory sickness the people who worked down there now seem to have.

That's an interesting observation. Do you know anyone with a MetaFilter account?
posted by eyeballkid at 9:06 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's hard to work up any tears for an event that happened 20, 30, 40, 50 or more years before you were even born. I mean, really. Why no love for 11/14?
posted by Dave Faris at 9:06 AM on September 11, 2007


Oooh! Jenga! Me!
posted by eyeballkid at 9:07 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


er, 10.
posted by Dave Faris at 9:08 AM on September 11, 2007


Why no love for 11/14?

because the english speaking people of the world have to let the french win once in awhile or they'll feel inferior

(that and we needed to steal all their words anyway)
posted by pyramid termite at 9:13 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hey America, down in the dumps? Cheer up old buddy, here's a random collection of tediously familiar junk I found on YouTube in 0.25 seconds using the big search box.

Yeah, I don't really get it either.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 9:17 AM on September 11, 2007


i'll always remember where i was the day the challenger exploded president kennedy's head through the wtc and it landed on the moon.

Yeah, but I can almost guarantee that when you woke up on the morning after the day Nixon resigned, you didn't know where you were or how you got there.
posted by y2karl at 9:21 AM on September 11, 2007 [2 favorites]


I am often surprised by the lack of ability of some people to just scroll past a link.

They don't give us a pop quiz later you know.
posted by gomichild at 9:25 AM on September 11, 2007


.
posted by caddis at 9:39 AM on September 11, 2007


GET OVER IT, AMERICA.
posted by davy at 9:51 AM on September 11, 2007


GET OVER IT, AMERICA.

GET OVER YOURSELF, DAVY.
posted by jmd82 at 9:53 AM on September 11, 2007 [5 favorites]


gomichild - they do, and the podcast is a revision session.
posted by patricio at 9:56 AM on September 11, 2007


'Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet,
To give these mourning duties to your father:
But, you must know, your father lost a father;
That father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound
In filial obligation for some term
To do obsequious sorrow: but to persever
In obstinate condolement is a course
Of impious stubbornness; 'tis unmanly grief;
It shows a will most incorrect to heaven,
A heart unfortified, a mind impatient,
An understanding simple and unschool'd:
For what we know must be and is as common
As any the most vulgar thing to sense,
Why should we in our peevish opposition
Take it to heart? Fie! 'tis a fault to heaven,
A fault against the dead, a fault to nature,
To reason most absurd: whose common theme
Is death of fathers, and who still hath cried,
From the first corse till he that died to-day,
'This must be so.'
posted by landis at 10:22 AM on September 11, 2007


'Tis not alone my inky cloak [badada],
Nor customary suits of solemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forc'd breath,
No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
Nor the dejected havior of the visage,
Together with

||

.


:(

yadda etc

'That can denote me truly. These indeed seem,
For they are actions that a man might play;
But I have that within which passeth show-
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.
posted by Don Pepino at 10:31 AM on September 11, 2007


I am often surprised by the lack of ability of some people to just scroll past a link.

They don't give us a pop quiz later you know.
posted by gomichild at 9:25 AM on September 11


I'm always confused when people say this. If you really think the solution is just scrolling past a link, why didn't you just scroll past this thread?
posted by vacapinta at 10:33 AM on September 11, 2007


The way to commemorate it would have been...

For "The" read "My"—and like the kid said, you've got an account. (Not that I'll read it if you post it.)

Someone tried, bookhouse, but it was nipped in the bud.


But I see seanyboy managed to shit in that one too.
posted by languagehat at 10:34 AM on September 11, 2007


well, hey, he's a limey bastard. what do you expect?
- keenan o'quonsar
posted by quonsar at 10:58 AM on September 11, 2007


"Hello, Carvel?"
"Yo man quonsar there?"
"Who?"
"quonsar, I want to speak to quonsar man!"
"No. Nobody here by that name."
"A o'quonsar then. quonsar-chic, anybody man, I want to speak to them!"
"They're not here."
"I said, I house ya, where's quonsar at?
posted by Divine_Wino at 11:05 AM on September 11, 2007


I guess it would be nice if people could refrain from constructing a post whose goal is just to make a "point" about 9/11. I'm talking about the specific construct of the post itself, not the content of the main link(s). To me, Poolio's post isn't really so much about 9/11 as it is about Poolio. It's his way of saying, "Look how clever I am -- in an ironic hipster sort of way!" The links themselves aren't really the point of the post -- they were obviously chosen solely because they fit the clever "idea" Poolio came up with. If I ran the show, I would suggest that the focus should be on the content of the links themselves, not on how those links service a point being made by a particular poster.

Of course, I'm also in the camp that says people can skip posts that don't interest them.
posted by pardonyou? at 11:21 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think it should be okay to post whatever. Besides we all donated to be here; therefore, we too should have a voice. No objections.
posted by nkaujnom at 11:28 AM on September 11, 2007


I think it should be okay to post whatever. Besides we all donated to be here; therefore, we too should have a voice. No objections.

Welcome to the show, nkaujnom! I have some tips to make your MetaTalk stay as pleasant as possible. Probably the best thing for you right now is to curl up on the ground and try to make yourself as small as possible--the goal here is to protect the vital organs in your chest cavity. You should cover your head with one hand, and the back of your neck with the other, but I'm afraid that there's not much to be done about the kidneys...
posted by Kwine at 11:39 AM on September 11, 2007 [5 favorites]


Besides we all donated to be here; therefore, we too should have a voice. No objections.

>8]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:41 AM on September 11, 2007


Besides we all donated to be here...

Then why are some called $5 noobs?
posted by found missing at 11:44 AM on September 11, 2007


Sandalwood, whatever the fuck you call that shit.
posted by breezeway at 11:48 AM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


Comment: I think it should be okay to post whatever.
+
Profile: I'm here because I want to voice my magazine... Starting here isn't a bad place... before you know it, I'll get the word out.
___________________________________________
Comedy Gold in the near future.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:48 AM on September 11, 2007 [4 favorites]


Hey, thanks to nkaujnom this could shape up to be a rare 24 hour sign-up to flame-out! Yet another reason to remember 9/11.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 11:57 AM on September 11, 2007


Today is my friend Phil's birthday. NEVAR FORGET

He usually has kind of a sucky birthday, what with the crying eagles and all.
posted by caution live frogs at 12:00 PM on September 11, 2007


to the recently concluded engineering stuides of the towers collapse

That would happen to be my post, I'm glad to see you remember it :-)
posted by DreamerFi at 12:02 PM on September 11, 2007


Please leave the noob alone until he actually tries to pimp his magazine on us.
posted by shmegegge at 12:05 PM on September 11, 2007


Comedy Gold in the near future.

Actually, Comedy Gold around the 17th of this month, I believe. I am sharpening my pitchfork (and no, that's not a euphemism).
posted by splice at 12:06 PM on September 11, 2007


Quite right, shmegegge. Welcome, nkaujnom!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:18 PM on September 11, 2007


I'm always confused when people say this. If you really think the solution is just scrolling past a link, why didn't you just scroll past this thread?

one front page post has little to no effect on mefi as a whole. a meta post on the merits of foo does.
posted by dflemingdotorg at 12:27 PM on September 11, 2007


A friend in here in NYC said his office building is passing out chocolate hearts wrapped in American flag tin-foil today.
posted by Bookhouse at 12:35 PM on September 11, 2007


My office started a Secret Terrorist program a couple weeks ago and we open the presents today.
posted by shmegegge at 12:47 PM on September 11, 2007 [1 favorite]

When I'm at a party and talking with a group of people and the conversation turns in a way I don't like, I just drift over to another group of people and see what they're talking about.
And when I do that often enough with a particular group, I realise that I’ve lost them as real friends, something even they might even have regretted, and something that might have been avoidable had I only communicated the things that were irritating me.

RIP the thousand or more Palestinian refugees left to die in Lebanon when the UN pulled out on 1982-09-11.
posted by Aidan Kehoe at 12:50 PM on September 11, 2007


something even they might even have regretted

And here's where the analogy stops applying to MeFi.
posted by eyeballkid at 12:53 PM on September 11, 2007


Scrolling past a thread is like flying a 747 past a building. It might be wise, but it's nowhere near as memorable.

Too soon?
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:03 PM on September 11, 2007 [3 favorites]


Bookhouse: eww.

(The first thing I thought when I got up this morning was, it's a Tuesday this year. 9/11 was also a Tuesday in 2001. Kind of a stupid thing to remember about it, but there we are. So, this year the days of the week have cycled around and it's a Tuesday again.)
posted by LobsterMitten at 1:03 PM on September 11, 2007


Please leave the noob alone until he actually tries to pimp his magazine on us.

Until she actually tries to pimp her magazine on us.

Um, hi nkaujnom! Don't do that!
posted by languagehat at 1:08 PM on September 11, 2007


Is pimping your magazine similar to pimping your ride?
posted by found missing at 1:19 PM on September 11, 2007


Happy September 11th Everybody!

Happy 9/11 everybody!
posted by BeerFilter at 1:35 PM on September 11, 2007


A friend in here in NYC said his office building is passing out chocolate hearts wrapped in American flag tin-foil today.

And somewhere today some 'U.S. Americans' received from their patriotic boss yellow magnetic ribbons to plaster on their cars' tailgates.
posted by ericb at 1:36 PM on September 11, 2007


A friend in here in NYC said his office building is passing out chocolate hearts wrapped in American flag tin-foil today.

Distributing free candy...
Is that kind of unhinged depravity even legal?
posted by deern the headlice at 1:36 PM on September 11, 2007


How are you supposed to dispose of American flag tin foil?
posted by Armitage Shanks at 2:11 PM on September 11, 2007


How are you supposed to dispose of American flag tin foil?

You don't. You have to roll it out flat using a pen or a sharpie and tape it to your cube wall under your 9/11 NEVAR 4GET MORANS! sign.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:17 PM on September 11, 2007


Until she actually tries to pimp her magazine on us.


LH, maybe you've forgotten that it's the anniversary of 9/11, today. The day where we remember that it's better to believe what you want than to bother to find out what's actually going on. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
posted by shmegegge at 2:19 PM on September 11, 2007


You know what? Fuck all of you people trying to tell others the "proper way" to make a post on September 11th.

Fuck all of you snarking in Poolio's thread with gems like this:

This is Jingoistic nonsense. Really - I'm pretty ashamed for you right now. And god only knows why there are 50 links. Is that 1 link for every 13,100 Iraqis that have died in your so called War on Terror?

6 years ago, this might have been posted by someone who wasn't American. At this very moment, it just seems trite. Kind of like you need to tap yourselves on the back because no one else will do it for you. America the Great. Yeah, really.



And so on and so on and so on.

Seriously, just fuck off. We get it. You don't live here. You're not an American. You don't have to walk around all way somehow trying to keep the cognitive dissonance of your personal beliefs conflicting with the fucked up policies of the current administration from making your head explode. September 11th means something very different to you, we get it.

But you know what? Everyone deals with this shit in different ways. And we're all in it together, much as you may not like the idea of America being relevant in any way.

So seriously? Take your fucking snarks, write em all down on a little piece of paper, and shove it up your ass. Another day I'd probably deal with it. Probably engage in reasoned debate concerning our foriegn policy and it's consequences.

But today is the day that I just get to miss Kevin and be sad and angry at the world. So take your snark, and fuck off.
posted by lazaruslong at 2:31 PM on September 11, 2007 [8 favorites]


I thought it was weird and corny. Like if I waited until the anniversary of Mother Theresa dying and posted a bunch of youtube clips of the Flying Nun, or memorializing the anniversary of a tsunami with a dozen covers of "Wipeout".
posted by 23skidoo at 2:53 PM on September 11, 2007


Let's not do this and say we did.

Or let's do it and say we didn't.
posted by wendell at 3:29 PM on September 11, 2007


I thought it was weird and corny. Like if I waited until the anniversary of Mother Theresa dying and posted a bunch of youtube clips of the Flying Nun, or memorializing the anniversary of a tsunami with a dozen covers of "Wipeout".

Everyone "grades" posts in different ways, and I respect that viewpoint. Personally, I liked Poolio's post, because it was an easy way to zone out for a minute and remember the times we were allowed to just like America without qualifying it with a screed about how we hate Bush and Iraq was wrong etc etc etc.

So I'm not going to take issue with you on that.

But this isn't that situation, really. Your example is a little reductionist, because Poolio's post was certainly more than the same clip repeated a dozen times. Again, I won't argue the overall merit of the post because that's always subjective, but he certainly didn't just phone in a generic post, and in the thread betwixt the "feel ashamed for your grief, bad america!" snarking and the "LOLUSA airplane joke" bullshit there were people who enjoyed the post, and were grateful.

This would be more like a Tsunami memorial thread where people made a bunch of "l2swim" and "wear a lifejacket next time duh" posts.

It's a rough day for a lot of people. There could be many different approaches to getting through it. But just as Mother Theresa, the Tsunami, and 9/11 are all tragic situations that call for more than a junky post, they also all really just don't need the fucking snark.

We've got 364 other days to hate on American foreign policy and Bush and hock loogies as the world burns. Today isn't that day.
posted by lazaruslong at 3:41 PM on September 11, 2007


I'm going to go outside now. I'm sorry for my outbursts. More anger is really the last thing I, or any of my family and friends, needs today.
posted by lazaruslong at 3:42 PM on September 11, 2007


This would be more like a Tsunami memorial thread where people made a bunch of "l2swim" and "wear a lifejacket next time duh" posts.

I thought most of the snark was directed at the poster, and not really at anyone who had died on 9/11. I could be wrong.

Enjoy the outside.
posted by 23skidoo at 4:24 PM on September 11, 2007


What’s that Onion bit? Not knowing what else to do, local woman bakes patriotic cake.
Like that. Except you get cake.
posted by Smedleyman at 4:29 PM on September 11, 2007


Some of us snarkers live in America thank you very much. I don't appreciate the "America, Fuck Yeah!" attitude in light of what happened to our country after what happened six years ago.

But yeah, we all need to be allowed to deal with it in our own way fwiw.
posted by Big_B at 4:33 PM on September 11, 2007


Some of us snarkers live in America thank you very much. I don't appreciate the "America, Fuck Yeah!" attitude

Maybe you should spend less time kneejerking and more time looking at the pages Poolio actually links to. There is no "America, Fuck Yeah" in that post (unless you count the "America, Fuck Yeah" song). At the risk of repeating myself, the post is what you read into it.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:49 PM on September 11, 2007


Please leave the noob alone until he actually tries to pimp his magazine on us.

Everyone will note that nkaujnom has already pimped her magazine to us. Properly.

nkaujnom: Welcome to MetaFilter. Sad to say, I am only as familiar with the Hmong culture as the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down allowed me to be. Happy to say that I look forward to your contributions here, and your own personal insight towards your culture. Peace.

As for the 9/11 drama today, whatever. I asked about 20 people today how many planes were hijacked on 9/11/2001. The most common answer by far was 3. I asked about 20 more people how many planes were hijacked on 9/11/2002. A higher percentage of the pool came back with 4.
posted by carsonb at 5:27 PM on September 11, 2007


Another strange reaction: my girlfriend had a Canadian (here in NYC) wish her a "happy patriot's day." She had to tell him that nobody actually says that. I didn't even know it was on the calendars until after she told me that.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:39 PM on September 11, 2007


I can honestly say that I thought about whether to post here today for several hours whilst most of you were asleep.

Martin Amis, misguided as he was, actually published this morning, and I linked to it because I wanted to highlight a foreign take (even one I disagreed with).

I know from personal experience how isolated and redundant the US media is. Some British writer's take is enough to at least distract everyone for ten minutes, or so I assumed.

Consider this: I could've easily posted a link to Al Jazeera's op ed piece. *cough*

Not that I'd do that.

(note to Yanks: it was eerily silent here today, and no one remembered what day it was)
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:43 PM on September 11, 2007


I linked to it because I wanted to highlight a foreign take (even one I disagreed with).

chuck, single-link op-eds are generally frowned upon here; Matt's said many, many times he doesn't think they're right for the front page. Did you know that?
posted by mediareport at 11:52 PM on September 11, 2007


It wasn't a single link :-)
posted by chuckdarwin at 12:40 AM on September 12, 2007


I'm glad Sept. 11 is over. Till next year, when the rubes will start bawling again. Only 606 more years till we've caught up. But then again, we've already started massacring random Muslims. YEW ESS AY! YEW ESS AY!
posted by davy at 8:17 AM on September 12, 2007


I asked for just one 9/11 post last year--didn't get it.
posted by amberglow at 10:43 AM on September 12, 2007


Well, Christmas is coming!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:57 AM on September 12, 2007


i've been a good boy, but Santa has never come to my house. : <
posted by amberglow at 11:22 AM on September 12, 2007


i've been a good boy, but Santa has never come to my house. :

Me too amberglow. Happy New Year.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:01 PM on September 12, 2007


v'shana tovah to you too! : >
posted by amberglow at 12:23 PM on September 12, 2007


and happy ramadan to all too!

*hands out apples and honey, but tells Muslims they have to not eat them til sundown* : >
posted by amberglow at 12:47 PM on September 12, 2007


Comment: I think it should be okay to post whatever.
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Profile: I'm here because I want to voice my magazine... Starting here isn't a bad place... before you know it, I'll get the word out.
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Comedy Gold in the near future.


Fruition, if you can call it that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:31 AM on September 26, 2007


Like languagehat said:
Um, hi nkaujnom! Don't do that!
I find it weird. Not only the dumbness of some self-linkers but as in this case - forewarned and still doing it without any attempt at subterfuge. What is it?
posted by tellurian at 9:48 AM on September 26, 2007


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