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I think it's about time Kattullus got a pat on the back for a staggering output of consistently excellent posts.
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter-Related at 3:20 PM (83 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Cut off his head!!!!!

Oops! Wrong thread. My bad.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 3:39 PM on July 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


I agree. Excellent.
posted by tkchrist at 3:42 PM on July 29, 2008


Don't pat him too hard if he's already staggering!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:51 PM on July 29, 2008


Kattullus makes me swoon in several different ways.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 3:55 PM on July 29, 2008


I agree completely. Gold star him!
posted by Rumple at 3:55 PM on July 29, 2008


Good stuff indeed. Cut him in on some ad revenue.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:58 PM on July 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


Katullus consistently posts the best, the most stellar content. An "A" for awesome!
posted by madamjujujive at 4:00 PM on July 29, 2008


Such a consistent number of comments on his posts and then it all went achingly wrong.
posted by meech at 4:06 PM on July 29, 2008


Yay Kattullus! I always enjoy your posts.
posted by amyms at 4:06 PM on July 29, 2008


Making posts, that's where he's a viking.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:06 PM on July 29, 2008


He's no Astro Zombie or Baby_Balrog, but yeah, I guess he's okay ;)
posted by vronsky at 4:07 PM on July 29, 2008


amen!
posted by mds35 at 4:08 PM on July 29, 2008


Shouldn't that be "making posts, that's where he's a Pirate" or a Knight of Columbus or something, since he is a Viking?
posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:13 PM on July 29, 2008


This cult of personality has gone too far! I'm sorry, but this isn't a popularity contest and I really don't think we want to be rewarding people based solely on some meaningless metric like favorites a staggering output of consistently excellent posts. Or maybe we do. Huzzah, Kattullus!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:17 PM on July 29, 2008


Thank you, Kattullus.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:19 PM on July 29, 2008


Who the hell put Xanax in the water fountain in this place? Where the hell are the bitchy, back-stabbing class, rage and gender-based callouts of yore? If I want brotherly love I know where the gay fetish sites are and MetaTalk ain't one of them.
posted by GuyZero at 4:21 PM on July 29, 2008


MeTa is full of PLUR this week.
posted by empath at 4:32 PM on July 29, 2008


empath made me plur in my pants
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 4:44 PM on July 29, 2008


Ray gun.
posted by boo_radley at 4:49 PM on July 29, 2008


e pluribus hug'em
posted by patricio at 4:51 PM on July 29, 2008


There is a house upon the hill/cowboys go in but they don't come out/everything is green and everything smells nice/I think I'd like to see that house
posted by davejay at 4:58 PM on July 29, 2008


Cheers for a ton of good stuff.
posted by Wolof at 4:58 PM on July 29, 2008


Yeah, I hate this guy too.

Sorry, what are we talking about?
posted by flashboy at 5:07 PM on July 29, 2008


Plus, if you've never read it, check out Kattullus' profile, and read The Tale of the MetaFilter Triple-zero Program or The Secret History of MetaFilter or Why I am Not a Human Being. That's at least fifteen extra minutes of amusement for your day.
posted by Caduceus at 5:09 PM on July 29, 2008


Goddammit how many Mefites will I have to horribly lose staged fights to this week for y'all's entertainment? Huh?!

Just stop it, okay?! STOP IT!

Let this be a warning to Astro Zombie, Baby_Balrog, Kattullus, and anyone else (I'm looking at you, homunculus) who might be coming up the PLUR-pike, just STOP IT!

Seriously, you're making the rest of us look bad.

(also, great work)
posted by Navelgazer at 5:09 PM on July 29, 2008


I have fed beers to Kattullus and I can attest that he is indeed a fine fellow. Plus, look at all those double letters!
posted by languagehat at 5:37 PM on July 29, 2008


Holy crap! I just looked at his posts, and I was like, "Dang! That was all one guy?" My goodness.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:43 PM on July 29, 2008


That is a magnificent list of posts. Thank goodness somebody's classing up this joint!
posted by Miko at 6:12 PM on July 29, 2008


What I wan to know is HOW? Is he on vacation/sabbatical/unemployed/retired/independently wealthy? I don't have the waking hours, even if I had the skilz, which I don't have, either. Seriously impressive streak.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:17 PM on July 29, 2008


I always though Kattulus was female, despite the "go nuts!" next to gender on his profile. Um, I guess that's a compliment, albeit a backhanded clumsy one. The guy posts great FPP's and has smooth skin.
posted by Devils Slide at 6:19 PM on July 29, 2008


Smooth skin is overrated. Real men have pockmarks and craters, yo.
posted by jonmc at 6:33 PM on July 29, 2008


I always though Kattulus was female,

me too.
posted by Miko at 6:38 PM on July 29, 2008


Really? It's a kind of masculine sounding name, all Viking warrior and shit.
posted by jonmc at 6:40 PM on July 29, 2008


"Dang! That was all one guy?"

Count me among the folks who would've said "all one gal"... Anyway, whatever the gender, I am now patting Kattullus on the back.

And Kattullus recently sent me a link, via MeFiMail, to some exquisite recording featuring the squishy, jiggling sound of Jell-o. It was wonderful.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:56 PM on July 29, 2008


208 posts? Stellar!
posted by sunshinesky at 7:04 PM on July 29, 2008


I haven't seen the majority of his posts, thanks for pointing them out.
posted by plexi at 7:39 PM on July 29, 2008


Viking warrior? I always associate Kattullus with the pornographic Roman poet.

(Upon checking his profile, so does he.)
posted by hattifattener at 7:49 PM on July 29, 2008


I don't know anything about ancient history. it sounded viking-ish to me.
posted by jonmc at 7:51 PM on July 29, 2008


Hear, Hear. Well deserved acknowledgement of a gentleman and a scholar. Back patting on it's own isn't bad per se.
posted by tellurian at 7:59 PM on July 29, 2008


I wouldn't say "warrior," but the dude is a Viking. As in, he's from Iceland. Where the Vikings are. Or were.

I've fed far more than beers to that fellow and I can attest that yes, he is a fellow.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:02 PM on July 29, 2008


I was going to mention Kattullus and his recent prodigous output in my Astro Zombie post as well, but thought that would just be too much hero worship at one time.

But, yeah.
posted by yhbc at 8:07 PM on July 29, 2008


Who's going to be celebrated in MetaTalk tomorrow? Do you's have a schedule planned out?
posted by smackfu at 8:13 PM on July 29, 2008


Who's going to be celebrated in MetaTalk tomorrow?

Maybe we should celebrate someone who isn't here yet. Say, user number 1327345. We can all speak glowingly of the amazing posts he/she is going to make.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:26 PM on July 29, 2008


I've fed far more than beers to that fellow and I can attest that yes, he is a fellow.

Oooh. Lovelust on the Grey!

Maybe we should celebrate someone who isn't here yet. Say, user number 1327345. We can all speak glowingly of the amazing posts he/she is going to make.

Talk about setting the kid up for failure...
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:55 PM on July 29, 2008


AAA+++ would Favorite again.
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:05 PM on July 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


His posts are always fantastic. Bravo!
posted by homunculus at 9:32 PM on July 29, 2008


I have personally seen Kattullus kick a puppy, right in the face. Srsly, don't fall for his charms.
posted by team lowkey at 12:29 AM on July 30, 2008


But his charms are so very, very lovely to look at.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:53 AM on July 30, 2008


Let's kill him and eat him. In a nice way.
posted by Meatbomb at 1:27 AM on July 30, 2008


It's always killing with you.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 1:43 AM on July 30, 2008


Keep up the good work Kattallus.
posted by allkindsoftime at 3:24 AM on July 30, 2008


Agreed. I made Katullus a contact a while ago so that I wouldn't miss any of his posts.
posted by vacapinta at 3:27 AM on July 30, 2008


team lowkey: I have personally seen Kattullus kick a puppy, right in the face. Srsly, don't fall for his charms.

The puppy had it coming, it was gonna grow up to be Hitler. Then I ate it.

Wow! Thanks a whole lot, Ubu and everyone else who's said kind words about me in this thread. This was quite wonderful to wake up to.
posted by Kattullus at 5:06 AM on July 30, 2008


Kattullus should start his own university. I'd send my kids there.
posted by mds35 at 5:31 AM on July 30, 2008


Thanks a whole lot, Ubu and everyone else who's said kind words about me in this thread.

What about those who thought you were a girl or wanted to kill you and eat you? No thanks for them?
posted by netbros at 5:47 AM on July 30, 2008


The guy is a fucking ingrate. Sure, he'll give props to the sycophants. But the people who want to kill him and eat him? These are his true colors, people.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:50 AM on July 30, 2008


Ah, but in my culture, thinking someone is of the other gender and threatening to eat and kill counts as the highest praise possible.
posted by Kattullus at 6:07 AM on July 30, 2008


yes, that largely sums up what i can make of every bjork song i listen to.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:09 AM on July 30, 2008


Viking or no, he's an amazing contributor! Well done!
posted by orrnyereg at 6:19 AM on July 30, 2008


It would save us all considerable time and energy if Kattullus were simply added as a contact to everyone's profile, and all his posts automagically favorited as soon as they are made.

That said, he really does make a lot of us look bad. Exile to Surtsey, I say.
posted by steef at 7:21 AM on July 30, 2008


I am grateful that I can now just blindly click on Kattullian posts and know that it's overwhelmingly likely to be awesome.

It's like buying 4AD records in the 80s.
posted by everichon at 8:31 AM on July 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Discussions of killing and eating people? That's where I'm a viking.

In all seriousness though, the quality of Kattullus' posts are damn intimidating and impressive. In a good way; they make me want to ensure that my future posts are as complete, and completely interesting.

Mine won't be, of course. But at least it gives me a bar to shoot for.
posted by quin at 9:04 AM on July 30, 2008


Six or seven amazing posts of his ago, I thanked him in thread for his consistent awesomeness. He sent a MeMail thanking me for the compliment.

So, he's consistently posting great stuff, and he's a courteous fellow. Pretty much the ideal MeFi user. Thanks, Kattullus!

(And Ubu!)
posted by ibmcginty at 9:13 AM on July 30, 2008


So I went and read the Sigur Rós interview thread, which was interesting, and it led me to wonder if there's some equivalent of Godwin's Law for Asperger's Syndrome, since it seems like AS is becoming a an increasingly predictable part of internet discussions.

As for Kattullus: I've never met the man, but he seems almost as great as my favorite never-purchased internet t-shirt.
posted by kittyprecious at 10:25 AM on July 30, 2008


Exile to Surtsey, I say.

There was a post recently on this topic, and I have the inside report that the subject matter, wording, and layout of said post was in heartfelt tribute to Kattullus' unmatched style. You are a muse, sir, and I thank you!
posted by carsonb at 10:40 AM on July 30, 2008


Devils Rancher: What I wan to know is HOW? Is he on vacation/sabbatical/unemployed/retired/independently wealthy?

I am gainfully employed, though part-time. My most consistent source for links is curiosity. I start to wonder about some topic, start googling and often end up at a very interesting site which I then post. I also read a whole bunch of blogs, which churn up interesting links every now and again. I used to assume that anything cool had been posted already to MetaFilter but now I take the time to check, about half of the time it's been posted already but the other half of the time it hasn't. I make a note of checking out seemingly interesting sites that I haven't had time to go through to see if they're FPP material when I have more time. I'd say, on average, a post takes me 30 minutes to put together. Some posts require more work, especially when I gather a bunch of links on a single subject, such as the post on Science Fiction fan and superweirdo Claude Degler.

The main thing, though, is that I enjoy posting to MetaFilter. It's a very constructive and easy way to share cool stuff with other people.
posted by Kattullus at 11:06 AM on July 30, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh, and on the gender confusion. Ever since I started using the internet, a lot of people have assumed that I was female, which stems partly from my feminine-to-Anglophones first name. It's never bothered me.
posted by Kattullus at 11:20 AM on July 30, 2008


Kattullus: May I ask you a personal question? If so, how come your last name doesn't end in "-son"?
posted by soundofsuburbia at 11:31 AM on July 30, 2008


Well, I actually have two last names. My full name is Kári Torfason Tulinius. Torfason is the patronym and Tulinius the family last name. Having a family last name is actually fairly rare in Iceland (I've heard 5% of the population has family names but I don't know how accurate that is) but my great-great-great-grandfather was a Danish merchant, which is where my family name entered Iceland.

Tulinius is a name which was probably assumed by a Dane or Swede in the 17th or 18th Century in an effort to get a posh job. Back then it was fashionable to have latinate last names.
posted by Kattullus at 11:51 AM on July 30, 2008


DAMN THOSE SWEDES (or Danes, although Danes tend to rock, but Swedes are pretty cool sometimes but then again no, still the Icelanders are off the charts, but so are the Finns and what the hell am I typing?)

Thank you for you answer, much obliged!

Having a family last name is actually fairly rare in Iceland

Really? Colour me knowledged! It thought it was the opposite! Anyway, I'm off to watch "Hrafninn flýgur" and expand my brain! :)
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:48 PM on July 30, 2008


I like this Kattullus anecdote from the Cambridge meetup.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:52 PM on July 30, 2008


Oh, and on the gender confusion. Ever since I started using the internet, a lot of people have assumed that I was female, which stems partly from my feminine-to-Anglophones first name. It's never bothered me.

Call me.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:58 PM on July 30, 2008


feminine-to-Anglophones first name

well, i'd read Kára as feminine, but Kári as masculine. do icelandic names follow that kind of pattern?
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:28 PM on July 30, 2008


I used to get him confused with katillathehun. And: yay, Kattulus!
posted by not_on_display at 2:34 PM on July 30, 2008


Heh. Before I left work last night, I thought I'd posted a comment here about how I'd enjoyed Kari's (is that cool? Can I do that?) posts for some time, and how (given my druthers) I'd like to see roughly 80% of MeFi hew to his style of posting. Then I went on to talk about how he's pretty dreamy, though he blushed angrily when I said he looked like a young Chuck Klosterman. Though he does.

But THE SYSTEM seems to have eaten my comment. Silenced all my life.

"Who the hell put Xanax in the water fountain in this place? Where the hell are the bitchy, back-stabbing class, rage and gender-based callouts of yore? If I want brotherly love I know where the gay fetish sites are and MetaTalk ain't one of them."

As someone who has been unnecessarily dickish on MeTa but feels that ebbing, I dunno, I think that part of it is that there's been some good pruning by mods (and also, having threeFOUR of them to babysit), some of it is that there's been a self-selection towards people who agree with each other more now, some of it (for me, at least) has been going to meet-ups and hanging out with people, which makes me less likely to push a point to the edge of dickishness (I hope) as well as (hopefully) allowing folks to realize that some of the things that set them off really aren't said with a serious tone… (Oh, and I'm generally a happier person, and spend less time on MeTa than I did when I was miserable with my girlfriend across the country and finishing up a bunch of stupid required classes and hating life).

So, I can't honestly say whether that's part of a trend within the membership, but that's part of MeTa feeling less contentious from my point of view.

But now that Scrabulous is gone, I no longer have to hope against MeTa drama preventing Jessamyn from playing…
posted by klangklangston at 2:51 PM on July 30, 2008


Well now I feel bad for being a dick about it.
posted by GuyZero at 2:59 PM on July 30, 2008


klangklangston: But now that Scrabulous is gone, I no longer have to hope against MeTa drama preventing Jessamyn from playing…

What, she was an easy mark anyway!

***rolling d12, dodging thrown banhammer***
posted by not_on_display at 3:05 PM on July 30, 2008


Katullus is kool.
posted by synaesthetichaze at 3:08 PM on July 30, 2008


he blushed angrily when I said he looked like a young Chuck Klosterman. Though he does.

Wow, you're actually right. (I've met Chuck. nice guy.)
posted by jonmc at 4:21 PM on July 30, 2008


I see that he's entered the Top 25 posters list now.
posted by tellurian at 7:52 PM on July 30, 2008


He sent a MeMail thanking me for the compliment.

Me too. I thought I was special...

Kattullus, you goddamn slut.
posted by homunculus at 8:48 PM on July 30, 2008


UbuRoivas: well, i'd read Kára as feminine, but Kári as masculine. do icelandic names follow that kind of pattern?

Indeed they do! Except for the man's name Sturla (and I think a couple of others, but I can't think of them at the moment). However, in the Anglophone world "Kari" is a woman's name. It used to be somewhat little known but MythBusters changed that.

not_on_display I used to get him confused with katillathehun. And: yay, Kattulus!

Every once in a while it happens to me too ("wait... I said that? When did I make this comment? Oh wait...).

homunculus: Me too. I thought I was special...

Kattullus, you goddamn slut.


Boys! Boys! You're both special. I just couldn't decide between you two...
posted by Kattullus at 5:08 AM on July 31, 2008


Speaking of name/gender confusion, Sturla obviously sounds like Starla, the nine plus minute Smashing Pumpkins song.

"i met this girl in dallas when we were on tour with the chili peppa's and that was where i got the idea for the name for the song because when she said her name i thought wow, what a great title for a song. 2 1/2 years later, i run into this same girl at a party and i say did you hear that song we recorded using your name, starla? and she said, no my name is darla [when asked her name, she'd replied 'It's Darla'] but hey starla, darla whatever it doesn't matter, so there you go." -- Billy Corgan, Pisces Iscariot liner notes.
posted by Devils Slide at 12:24 PM on July 31, 2008


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