Guys, I love MetaFilter.
Guys, I love MetaFilter.
I'm so happy it exists.
It is literally just the most perfect thing in the whole goddamn world.
I could spend the rest of my life on this wonderful website.
I love all of you.
I am totally sober and not even high or anything.
I just love this website.
I try to watch movies on my computer but I turn them off and read MetaFilter.
Maybe some of you have been here for so long that it's not a continually incredible best thing in the whole world, but it still kind of is that for me, more than a year after it was first recommended to me.
These twin titans
dropped only about a month after I first discovered this website. I had been kind of lukewarm on the whole thing to that point; when I got into those threads though, I stayed up till like 6am I think two nights in a row, my mind being stretched and pulled in totally unexpected ways and to an extent I wasn't sure was possible for me anymore. I still consider that pair of threads to be one of the best things I've ever read. It was one of those “duh” moments where the abstract idea of like changes-in-technology-influence-media-of-human-discourse-and-therefore-how-we-think-and-relate-to-each-other, which I'd maybe been vaguely aware of since skimming through my parents' bookshelf's The Medium is the Massage
and already like basically understood because of generally being alive while YouTube was being born, suddenly pulled up in a big tank on the doorstep of my mind and said “Hi yeah it works like that, it is real, human communication works different now.” Maybe what happened is that I already knew all about and loved and incorporated the internet into my life already, in a way analogous to say being aware of and being a regular user of the printed word, but my discovery of MetaFilter was like “Oh I see there is literary fiction there are people that do things in this medium that is just bonkers.” Reading those threads (along with maybe cough uh
) gave me more of an insight into women than—well I don't want to quantify it but it was just totally this whole new thing.
I saw an ex-girlfriend about a month ago for the first time since last summer, and she was like “remember how you were all talking about MetaFilter all the time man you don't even have to proselytize no more all I do is go to parties and talk about MetaFilter with strangers.”
A few nights ago someone was telling me about an Eddie Izzard bit and I was like “Oh so it's a X's do things like this
and Y's do it like this
.” Which is of course insignificant on its own but it made me think about how much my cultural intelligence has been honed by this website. Having “fedora” as a conceptual shorthand (see uh
link); ad infinitum.
So all I'm saying is I want to grow old with this website and the people on it.
And it's not escape. I have a totally great non-internet life. I just don't have any kind of “this is just the internet” sentiment. Okay I have it a tiny bit but not really.
In conclusion, I love MetaFilter.
So, I just wanted to say that.
But if I had a vote on the subsequent topic of this thread, I am curious about and would really like to hear other people's stories of and experiences with how MF initially became a part of their lives. I think maybe there are already threads that tell those stories, but it's not something you (I) can have too much of.
Or not! You can just make jokes or whatever too. I really just wanted to say the thing I said.