Mathowie for the win April 21, 2008 2:44 PM   Subscribe

He also kicks!

Green over White.
posted by klangklangston to MetaFilter-Related at 2:44 PM (52 comments total)

I always suspected Matt was kind of a punter.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:48 PM on April 21, 2008


Anyway, I could own his ass on the wrestling mat.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:53 PM on April 21, 2008


Except that he's a kicker. Nerd.
posted by dersins at 2:54 PM on April 21, 2008


How is this different than the time I found a registered sex offender in Minnesota named "Jesus Quintana" and posted it? That got deleted, and while I love the site, we can all agree that Matt isn't as cool as The Jesus.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:57 PM on April 21, 2008


Honorary coach for the Green team, Tom Izzo is the shizzo.
posted by not_on_display at 2:59 PM on April 21, 2008


How is this different than the time I found a registered sex offender in Minnesota named "Jesus Quintana" and posted it?

- You put it on the front page
- It was a moderately fucked up thing to link to on the face of it
- A lot more people know Matt's name than know the name of an ancillary character from Lebowski
- HURF DURF PRECEDENT CITER
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:04 PM on April 21, 2008


Poor bastard. Even if he got into the NFL people googling him would think he's a dork that writes a lot about bike seats.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:10 PM on April 21, 2008 [5 favorites]


Alternate-reality Matt Haughey to self:"Lucky bastard. Even though he's a huge geek who writes tech columns for the New York Times and has his own community weblog, people googling him would think that he's a badass football player."
posted by Viomeda at 3:14 PM on April 21, 2008


"How is this different than the time I found a registered sex offender in Minnesota named "Jesus Quintana" and posted it?"

My dad asked me to post it.

Also, what Cortex said.
posted by klangklangston at 3:23 PM on April 21, 2008


we can all agree that Matt isn't as cool as The Jesus.

No we fucking well can't.

My namesake: dead since 1984. Supposedly there is another one wandering around the Pac NW.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:34 PM on April 21, 2008


A lot more people know Matt's name than know the name of an ancillary character from Lebowski

You were absolutely right for every point except that one. Fuckin' Quintana, man!
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:35 PM on April 21, 2008


Because this post does *not* fuck with the Jesus.
posted by stet at 3:37 PM on April 21, 2008


Yeah, I should have explicitly qualified that just in case: a lot more people looking at Metatalk. Where we are right now.

And while I figure a whole lot of people will remember "That Jesus guy, the antagonistic bowler in the movie, yeah, 'don't fuck weeth th' Jesus', yeah, yeah", I don't think near as many would be able to either (a) tell you point blank who "Jesus Quintana" is or (b) be able to tell you the last name of that Jesus bowler guy in Lebowski.

I am aware that I am going on at needless length.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:45 PM on April 21, 2008


You mean John Tuturro?
posted by klangklangston at 4:10 PM on April 21, 2008


Gotta love Michigan State. They know how to party.
posted by bardic at 4:15 PM on April 21, 2008


The high school basketball player?
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:15 PM on April 21, 2008


"'We want tear gas! 'We want tear gas'" Ashley Pixley , 21, recalled people chanting.

Huh.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:17 PM on April 21, 2008


Damn, I wish I had a namesake.
posted by ob at 4:29 PM on April 21, 2008


Every time I google my name, I come up. Do you know how boring that is? A bit. It's a bit boring.
posted by ob at 4:31 PM on April 21, 2008


The first time I logged onto the Internet, as many did, I typed my name into a search engine (Altavista).

The results page came up: "The Anti-Mike Harris Website", "Mike Harris SUCKS!", etc.

I turned to the lab tech and said, "Do you guys do this to everyone?"

Evidently the Ontario premier at the time was not precisely a popular guy with his constituents.
posted by WCityMike at 4:41 PM on April 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


I have thus far never been able to find myself when I google my real name, but I show up a fair amount for Phirephoenix. Not for Phire though, which is apparently too simplistic, and it takes a few pages for Phire Phoenix. Sigh.

In other news, have never heard of Quintana. Win. Go Matt. *Quivering ball of enthusiasm*
posted by Phire at 4:45 PM on April 21, 2008


> Poor bastard. Even if he got into the NFL people googling him would think he's a dork that writes a lot about bike seats.

That's not the half of it. I'll bet his first picks for usernames are always taken.
posted by ardgedee at 4:47 PM on April 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Ha! I have a notorious Canadian politician namesake, too. He spells his name slightly differently than I do, but it's close enough that there's some google overlap.

This has caused some confusion in the past; people always want to know why, exactly, I murdered my wife. In 1983. When I was 12.
posted by dersins at 4:48 PM on April 21, 2008


That does seem like kind of a dick move, dersins.
posted by blacklite at 4:53 PM on April 21, 2008 [4 favorites]


My namesake: dead since 1864.
posted by languagehat at 5:10 PM on April 21, 2008


Also, yeah, murdering your wife when you're 12? Not cool.
posted by languagehat at 5:10 PM on April 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


Damn, I wish I had a namesake.

Be careful. I have a namesake. He's not just registered sex offender, he's a notorious pervert. Even years later, googling me brings up lots of him.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:14 PM on April 21, 2008


I have so many namesakes, for what I would consider a not-totally-common name, it's mind-boggling (although most of my namesakes live in UK, which might explain things). It also helps that quite a few of them have gained some notoriety--there's a professional rugby player in Wales, a comedian, a singer/songwriter, a priest/author, a geology professor, and who knows who else. My only significant google presence used to be a project I did in school that came up on the first page of the image results, but that page has been dead for a while now, so I'm effectively google-invisible.
posted by LionIndex at 5:32 PM on April 21, 2008


My namesake is apparently in an acapella band for motorcycle enthusiasts.

...I'm not sure what to think about that.
posted by flatluigi at 5:49 PM on April 21, 2008


Also, yeah, murdering your wife when you're 12? Not cool.

Technically, she was his ex-wife at the time — they divorced when he was 9. Not that this excuses anything.

And my Google namesake, for quite a while, was a Nazi war criminal.
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:52 PM on April 21, 2008


mathowie on Mefi content: “There’s more recall — we have a better feel for where we’re at in terms of knowing what to do so there’s more knowledge there.”

mathowie on the churning membership of Mefi: “We lost some great players and we’ll have to replace those. But, we’ll fill in those gaps in August and today I thought guys took some steps forward.”
posted by lukemeister at 6:23 PM on April 21, 2008


My parents gave me a last name for a first name. Not just any last name, mind, but a fairly uncommon one, so there's only one of me or earth, as far as I know. If I was a dick to you in fifth grade, you can find me in Google and call me out, sure in the knowledge that I'm the guy you're looking for. As if that weren't proof-enough against anonymity, then I had to go and pick a username no one else seems to want, too, because damned-near all of the mumkins on the internet are me. Now, of course, I'm too comfortable with it to change. You folks with doppelgangers don't know how lucky you are to have a bit of a crowd around you. Except for those of you who turn up as pedophile sex offenders. I'll bet you keep having some unpleasant conversations on first dates.
posted by mumkin at 6:29 PM on April 21, 2008


And my Google namesake, for quite a while, was a Nazi war criminal.

So did he get better? Exonerated?
posted by Meatbomb at 6:31 PM on April 21, 2008


so, here's a collage of people who are me.

That was fun to do; I wish there were many more so I could do something arty with it.
posted by flatluigi at 6:44 PM on April 21, 2008


ob: Damn, I wish I had a namesake.

Quite by synchronous circumstance, I was reading some schlock zombie horror (Briane Keene's The Rising and City of the Dead wherein the main antagonist zombie is, indeed, called ob. Be proud!

If the Jesus Quintana that Curley found was a sex offender...surely that's postworthy. I'd suspect someone of messing with the database. Eight years old, Dude.
posted by cosmonik at 7:13 PM on April 21, 2008


Thanks to sharing a name with a character in an 80's cult-classic horror movie, I'm almost completely un-googlable. Luckily said namesake wasn't a chainsaw-wielding freak, though that might at least spark some interesting conversations.
posted by lekvar at 8:27 PM on April 21, 2008


Technically, she was his ex-wife at the time — they divorced when he was 9.

So was it a fit of rage, after she sat next to a new guy on the school bus?
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:28 PM on April 21, 2008


Dude, it's weird. I have a namesake. Like me, he's Jewish. Like me, he's a computer programmer. Unlike me, he helped invent a rather well-known technology.

A few months ago, I found out that one of my friends used to work with him. He lives in the area. I'm supposed to meet him soon.

Apparently, he's crazy smart. He was around during the oldschool mainframe/mini days. When I meet him, I'm going to grill his ass about what it was like working on the big iron.

And then I'm going to try and convince him to remove his name from any and all websites, so that I can be TEH KING OF TEH GOOGLEZ!
posted by Afroblanco at 9:50 PM on April 21, 2008


so, here's a collage of people who are me.

DUDE! So, you're Bill Gates, Frank Zappa, Forest Whittaker, AND Alex Trebek with a boxing glove?
posted by Afroblanco at 9:56 PM on April 21, 2008


You guys know we had this exact conversation three months ago?

But I guess it's possible this conversation is the googleganger of that one.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:17 AM on April 22, 2008


"Jesus Quintana"

I feel like I should get a Japanese sword and name it this.
posted by quin at 8:21 AM on April 22, 2008


So did he get better? Exonerated?

No, he was just displaced from #1 for a while by a music producer from Ohio. He quite recently got extradited back to Italy (where his prison camp was during the war), so it looks like he's back on top of the Google results again.
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:28 AM on April 22, 2008


My ex-wife's namesake was convicted of hiring a hit man to kill her ex-husband, all in the same metro region. It's a fairly unusual name, too. I got a lot of calls about that when it was in the news. Even now, several years later, the first page if google results are about one of them or the other. I, of course, think this is hilarious; her, not so much.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:48 AM on April 22, 2008


My namesake is a screenwriter, was a friend of Bruce Lee, and was married Bruce Lee's widow for a time.

He also wrote a biography of Bruce Lee and offered to autograph a copy of it for me if I bought the book from him!
posted by jasper411 at 8:59 AM on April 22, 2008


ob - be careful of what you wish for.
posted by deborah at 11:08 AM on April 22, 2008


You guys know we had this exact conversation three months ago?

That one was about screen names. This one isn't.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:12 PM on April 22, 2008


Mostly isn't, anyway.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:13 PM on April 22, 2008


Quite by synchronous circumstance, I was reading some schlock zombie horror (Briane Keene's The Rising and City of the Dead wherein the main antagonist zombie is, indeed, called ob. Be proud!

Well, at least my username has a namesake. That's something...
posted by ob at 4:45 PM on April 22, 2008


ob - be careful of what you wish for.

Yeah I knew about that. I'm glad that I'm of some use.
posted by ob at 4:48 PM on April 22, 2008


Personally I find it odd that I don't have an actual namesake. My last name isn't particularly unusual and my first name isn't exactly odd, yet the combination of both of them is apparently unique. I suspect that's what my mother was going for...
posted by ob at 4:54 PM on April 22, 2008


I have a fairly uncommon last name, so for a long time I was the only online version of me. A few wannabes have surfaced over the years, none seriously threatening my Google rank. However one young upstart appeared about a year ago. Recalling this classic Brunching Shuttlecocks article, I recently discovered this online other is now a drummer in a band in New York City, so he's out there being cooler and better known than me with my own name. I may have to have him permanently taken care of before he usurps my rank.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 1:25 PM on April 23, 2008


Mathowie truly is a jack of all trades.
posted by Sailormom at 9:12 PM on April 24, 2008


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