Static Server Offline March 24, 2010 8:31 PM   Subscribe

Static server outage. The site will have some problems until we get this sorted out.

Our server that hosts static files such as stylesheets, javascript, and images is down for the count. We're working on getting things moved, but the site will have some problems while we get static files running in a new location. Sorry about the hassle.
posted by pb to Bugs at 8:31 PM (236 comments total)

I seem to have all the stuff cached and am not seeing any problems yet. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:32 PM on March 24, 2010


Wait, there's a server just for static? I thought it just appeared when the TV went off-air

What happens now if the tv goes off-air and there's no static server?

Carol Anne...
posted by qvantamon at 8:35 PM on March 24, 2010 [9 favorites]


Aha. This is the "waiting for mefi.us" issue my browser was telling me about.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:42 PM on March 24, 2010


I always try to touch a radiator or something grounded before posting.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:45 PM on March 24, 2010 [8 favorites]


Well, that should calm some of the hoppitamoppita.
posted by rtha at 8:46 PM on March 24, 2010


It's my fault. I rubbed a balloon on my hair while I was clicking refresh.
posted by amyms at 8:48 PM on March 24, 2010 [3 favorites]


We could use copies of everyones cached files if you have them still. We need the images, css, and js files.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:48 PM on March 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Where do those live and how do I find them? MBP OSX 10.6.2, FF 3.6.2.
posted by rtha at 8:51 PM on March 24, 2010


Ditto. WinXP FF 3.62
posted by zarq at 8:53 PM on March 24, 2010


And who should we send them to? pb?
posted by zarq at 8:54 PM on March 24, 2010


In the meanwhile we can all enjoy the professional white background.
posted by jedicus at 8:56 PM on March 24, 2010 [4 favorites]


it's like it snowed on metafilter!
posted by Mach5 at 8:57 PM on March 24, 2010


I'm dreaming of a professional-looking Metafilter
posted by sallybrown at 9:00 PM on March 24, 2010 [5 favorites]


I think I... kind of like it this way.
posted by tmt at 9:00 PM on March 24, 2010


Yup. I've got a cached copy of lots - I'll set up a Dropbox folder.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:02 PM on March 24, 2010


Damn you jedicus, I came in here to make that very remark!

But it's interesting when it's all white. I think I feel more optimistic in here. I feel more likely to give someone a hug than to stab them.

I don't like feeling this way!
posted by barnacles at 9:03 PM on March 24, 2010


I see an occasional static page on refresh but nothing else so far.
posted by The Whelk at 9:07 PM on March 24, 2010


When I go to "Preferences" it shows me the normal blue with all the normal graphics. Not sure if you guys can take the graphics etc from there.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:17 PM on March 24, 2010


This professional white background, I'm not liking it.
posted by rtha at 9:17 PM on March 24, 2010


Ditto "Recent Activity".
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:18 PM on March 24, 2010


Guess I picked the wrong week to do that Mefi Poll. Can't download the IPA pronunciation MP3s == can't answer half of the survey.
posted by chimaera at 9:19 PM on March 24, 2010


White background
too bright for my indoor eyes
not fun when sleepy

free verse beats syllable nonsense any day.
posted by graventy at 9:20 PM on March 24, 2010


I'm always on the white background. (The higher contrast is easier to read for my (colorblind) eyes.) If it weren't for the lack of style sheets, I wouldn't know anything was wrong. :)
posted by zarq at 9:24 PM on March 24, 2010


I've only caught glimpses of it, but I can't fuckin' believe people use the white background by choice.
posted by gman at 9:28 PM on March 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hm, I can't do a public folder in Dropbox? Weird. I've invited pb & mathowie to access a folder that has the stuff I've recovered.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:30 PM on March 24, 2010


Emailed some cache business to pb, but had no real clue what I was looking for other than stuff from mefi.us.
posted by donnagirl at 9:32 PM on March 24, 2010


We're back! Good job!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:35 PM on March 24, 2010


Thanks everyone. We had a few grace minutes with our dying server and managed to recover quite a bit so far. So you can hold off on rummaging through your cache. Thanks though, we really appreciate it, we were sweating there for a while.

Still rerouting static stuff, but getting there.
posted by pb (staff) at 9:37 PM on March 24, 2010


I sent some cash to pb.
posted by special-k at 9:37 PM on March 24, 2010


My [+] just disappeared! Hope me.
posted by special-k at 9:38 PM on March 24, 2010


Can someone please get a hold of tehloki? I think he's got my favorites cache.
posted by special-k at 9:39 PM on March 24, 2010


I'd just like to be clear about the fact that pb kicks total ass. (mathowie isn't half-bad either, fwiw.)
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:47 PM on March 24, 2010 [6 favorites]


Is this why I suddenly have empty boxes everywhere?
Are they supposed to be metaphors for something?
Should I be taking a hint about my MetaFilter addiction?
posted by ohyouknow at 10:08 PM on March 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can I ask a dumb question?

No one has these files backed up anywhere? No offline dev environment for meta?

I know everyone works differently, but if one of my sites died because a server somewhere went down I wouldn't be concerned about the files (in my case it would be the database).

Maybe I am missing something? Honestly asking, not trying to be an ass.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:09 PM on March 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's kind of silly, but the mefi.us stuff (a) is pretty light-weight compared to e.g. the db server which gets a lot of backup attention and (b) has never had a problem in several years.

Which isn't obviously a great argument, but it's one of those things where low stakes plus no prompt to action can lead to just not doing stuff you'd otherwise do.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:12 PM on March 24, 2010


You're not missing anything cjorgensen, we just took our static server for granted. We should have absolutely had triple redundant backups of all the files there, but we didn't. This particular machine has always been a rock while everything else has been flaky, and it's always been out of the way. Nothing on it is as mission-critical as our server code or our database. But when it stops responding you realize how important it is.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:14 PM on March 24, 2010


Thanks.

Dropbox has totally changed the way I do my sites. I do all my admittedly crappy design with the files there, then upload those to the various sites I have. The databases I never remember to backup. So I did right after my above comment.

I used to have a backup drive that I sneaker netted between my various computers because firewire is faster than network, and not all my home computers were networked back then. I also wasn't as paranoid about backups. I knew they were good, so I did them, but that was a big drive, so I started storing things on it to make space.

Once day I brought it to work, set it on my desk, sat down, reached out to grab the cable, and knocked it the 3 feet to the floor.

Surre, I had the data that was on all my computers still, and if it had only been a backup, I would have been fine. The sinking hallow feeling that didn't go away for days was all because I had no idea what I'd even lost.

So I wasn't trying to get preachy. I was just thinking there had to be another reason why you would need those files.

I had flashbacks to a post on meta where a popular site just folded because of a loss of their database. I don't remember a lot of the details. I think it was malicious deletion and the owner had no backup.

I guess I should start thinking about what happens it dropbox folds. I guess since I have all those files on the web host I'd be mostly fine unless they went down at the same time.

I do a variation of what Gruber wrote a bit back.

Ok, I guess I did get a bit preachy, but everyone could use a reminder to backup.

I could tell so many stories.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:40 PM on March 24, 2010


No, your point is well taken. Daily life is about working with pieces of a system, and it's good to remember to step back and look everything—even those things that aren't screaming for attention this minute.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:03 PM on March 24, 2010


I have no idea if this is related, but now the text on the front pages of MeFi, AskMe and MeTa 'jumps' down below the sidebar once it's fully loaded. The other subsites don't do this. I'm using Chrome on Windows 7.

To explain further, when it's loading, the posts on the subsites are right where they usually are, but then once the page has loaded, the posts jump so that the top post aligns with the bottom of the sidebar.
posted by Kattullus at 11:27 PM on March 24, 2010


Yeah, the main problem with the static file server was that it had something like three years of uptime, so we treated it like a permanent appliance.

Looks like a secondary hard drive failed, and if all goes well they'll swap it in a couple hours and we'll be back to normal (I don't even think we were using the second drive for anything).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:28 PM on March 24, 2010


Confirmed that on the Ask and MetaTalk front pages, Kattullus with Chrome 4.1 on XP. Seemed to be related to some missing images. Once I replaced the images and did a hard refresh the problem went away. Can't confirm that for Windows 7, but you might try Ctrl+Shift+R and see if you still have the jumping text.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:41 PM on March 24, 2010


Oops, a hard reload is Ctrl + F5 in Chrome.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:44 PM on March 24, 2010


I blame the survey.
posted by item at 11:54 PM on March 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Did anyone else read this as "Static server outrage" and wonder "geez, now the HARDWARE is getting GRAR-y?"

and then my mouse pointer was covering the letter "o" in "count" and I got REALLY confused
posted by Lucinda at 5:16 AM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


So... the static server was too reliable?

Hmmm, I wonder if there's a market for servers with the feature "Guaranteed to fail every 18 months so you remember to make backups!"...
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:43 AM on March 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


The front pages are working just fine now. Awesome!
posted by Kattullus at 6:05 AM on March 25, 2010


posted by pb to Bugs
For a moment, I honestly thought that pb was addressing me directly. I experienced a weird mix of awe, fear and hunger (it's almost lunchtime).
posted by metaBugs at 6:33 AM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


EndsOfInvention writes "'Guaranteed to fail every 18 months so you remember to make backups!'..."

With a little count down warning: "This server will go down in ... Seven ... Minutes."
posted by Mitheral at 7:39 AM on March 25, 2010


ehich is actually like 11 minutes of screen time.
posted by The Whelk at 7:43 AM on March 25, 2010


I have submitted a patent application for "Warranty Expiration Sensor with External Digital Readout". If this is granted, I will assign the rights to MetaFilter and we'll all become rich.
posted by FishBike at 7:55 AM on March 25, 2010


I think you just patented the alarm clock FishBike.
posted by Babblesort at 8:13 AM on March 25, 2010


Good story guys, but we all know the real reason for the down time is to stave off all the bullshit that's been going on in MeTa over the last 24 hours.
posted by slogger at 8:16 AM on March 25, 2010


I've only caught glimpses of it, but I can't fuckin' believe people use the white background by choice.
posted by gman at 9:28 PM on March 24


I use the white background when I'm at work because it looks so innocent and unassuming.
posted by sweetmarie at 8:27 AM on March 25, 2010


awwwww, that's really sweet marie.
posted by gman at 8:36 AM on March 25, 2010


gee man, that's really nice of you to say that.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:51 AM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, he's good news for everyone who hangs out in MetaTalk.
posted by FishBike at 8:54 AM on March 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


FISH ON A BIKE
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:14 AM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


He's a little misogynist, though; women need gman like, well, like...hmm.
posted by Kwine at 9:16 AM on March 25, 2010


goddamnit cortex
posted by Kwine at 9:17 AM on March 25, 2010


Quit your kwhining
posted by ericost at 9:22 AM on March 25, 2010


I have been trying to buy an eri nearly everywhere but I can't get a firm grip on how much I would have to pay for such a thing.....
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:25 AM on March 25, 2010


Jess a minute, let me look it up...
posted by arto at 9:33 AM on March 25, 2010


Save your money, buys some art. O for the days of art.
posted by kingbenny at 9:37 AM on March 25, 2010


Sitting here smoking, benny & the jets playing on the jukebox. Clean, well lighted place.
posted by heyho at 9:46 AM on March 25, 2010


amyms: It's my fault. I rubbed a balloon on my hair while I was clicking refresh.

YOU SAVED KILLED SCOOTER!
posted by Doofus Magoo at 9:51 AM on March 25, 2010


You'd have to be a real doofus to not understand this game.
posted by gman at 9:55 AM on March 25, 2010


Whatever, J. Edgar.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 9:56 AM on March 25, 2010


[NULL]
posted by FishBike at 9:57 AM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


BIKE MADE OUT OF FISH
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:02 AM on March 25, 2010


This game makes a very certain part of my brain hurt.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:06 AM on March 25, 2010


Might help to limit your diet to fish that swim upstream.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:16 AM on March 25, 2010


It's hard to come up with a jest a minute when the same people keep posting, but I realize that I'm not helping the situation
posted by Kwine at 10:16 AM on March 25, 2010


ARRRRRRRRGH
posted by Kwine at 10:17 AM on March 25, 2010


Bored outta my mind. I'm leaving.
posted by special-k at 10:28 AM on March 25, 2010


k, why not just say something stoopid
posted by slogger at 10:28 AM on March 25, 2010


If this is granted, I will assign the rights to MetaFilter and we'll all become rich.

And memberships can become free again!

Joking. I've been on here long enough to know that's not where the bucks Matt's rolling in come from. I have no idea if Matt's Rollig in bucks. I don't care who rolls in what.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:28 AM on March 25, 2010


I prefer silly meta to GRARy meta.
posted by Mick at 10:38 AM on March 25, 2010


I, too, thought it was "Static Server Outrage". I'm still not convinced it wasn't. Sounds like no one had thought to hug the poor server for months.
posted by trip and a half at 11:18 AM on March 25, 2010


The brown acid that is circulating around us isn't too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that.
posted by gman at 11:24 AM on March 25, 2010


No shit, maaaannn.
posted by heyho at 11:49 AM on March 25, 2010


...how much you want for full service?
posted by gman at 12:17 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Get me another name!

Seriously, this is difficult with such a short list of participants.
posted by FishBike at 12:41 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


A woman needs a man like a ...
posted by SpookyFish at 12:43 PM on March 25, 2010


FISH FROM A SCOOBY DOO EPISODE

THE FISH IS ACTUALLY A CORRUPT LOCAL BUSINESSMAN
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:52 PM on March 25, 2010


Don't yell, it hurts my brains!
posted by SpookyFish at 1:01 PM on March 25, 2010


FISH MADE OUT OF SPOOKY
posted by Kwine at 1:05 PM on March 25, 2010


GHOST FISHSTICKS.
posted by The Whelk at 1:18 PM on March 25, 2010


TURN OFF THE BUBBLE MACHINE.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:23 PM on March 25, 2010


Anyone know a good program for running windows programs in linux? I'm running KDE,if it matters...
posted by kaibutsu at 1:25 PM on March 25, 2010


(One must preview before participating. dammit.)
posted by kaibutsu at 1:25 PM on March 25, 2010


(One must preview before participating. dammit.)

Well, it's not like you're going to encounter assassins or anything.
posted by spherical_perceptions at 1:33 PM on March 25, 2010


admin abuse!
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:36 PM on March 25, 2010 [9 favorites]


One.
posted by The Whelk at 1:36 PM on March 25, 2010


OH JUST RUB IT IN OUR FACES WHY DON'T YA.
posted by The Whelk at 1:37 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Rub it like you have to rub the algae of the shell of a Rapana venosa to tell it from a true whelk.
posted by dirty lies at 1:39 PM on March 25, 2010


YEAH WELL YOUR BRAIN
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:39 PM on March 25, 2010


Nifty!
posted by heyho at 1:40 PM on March 25, 2010


ONE TRUE WHELK.

Only 19.95.
posted by The Whelk at 1:42 PM on March 25, 2010


You're too slow, Busycon Carica.
posted by spherical_perceptions at 1:42 PM on March 25, 2010


Is it a mystery?
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:49 PM on March 25, 2010


I must say Mister Zombie, you are looking quite nice today.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:54 PM on March 25, 2010


Nice? Nice!?! I mean, Jeeeeeeesshhhh....
posted by spherical_perceptions at 1:59 PM on March 25, 2010


'round & 'round the bowl I swim, but the view never changes.
posted by SpookyFish at 2:02 PM on March 25, 2010


you're tellin' me...
posted by gman at 2:10 PM on March 25, 2010


I am very sleepy but I can;t take a nap but I don't want any more coffee. Hmmm.
posted by The Whelk at 2:26 PM on March 25, 2010


Is this something I'd need an ocean to understand?
posted by heyho at 2:28 PM on March 25, 2010


An ocean of sorrow.
posted by The Whelk at 2:30 PM on March 25, 2010


An arrow of socin'.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:44 PM on March 25, 2010


Is this where we play Alcobet? Why yes, yes it is!

Absinthe.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:46 PM on March 25, 2010


Bitters.
posted by The Whelk at 2:46 PM on March 25, 2010


C word.
posted by gman at 2:47 PM on March 25, 2010


Champagne.
posted by rtha at 2:48 PM on March 25, 2010


Double vodka stinger.
posted by The Whelk at 2:49 PM on March 25, 2010


Eh, a Harvey Wallbanger.
posted by special-k at 2:51 PM on March 25, 2010


Frangelico, in coffee.
posted by The Whelk at 2:52 PM on March 25, 2010


Glenfarclas.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:52 PM on March 25, 2010


Highland Park.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:52 PM on March 25, 2010


Islay whiskies.
posted by rtha at 2:54 PM on March 25, 2010


Irish Coffee.
posted by special-k at 2:54 PM on March 25, 2010


Jello shot, one for me and one for rtha.
posted by special-k at 2:55 PM on March 25, 2010


Kahlua and milk for my friend here.
posted by The Whelk at 2:55 PM on March 25, 2010


Laphroaig
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:56 PM on March 25, 2010


Macallan
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:56 PM on March 25, 2010


Nutella smoothie.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:57 PM on March 25, 2010


Oban
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:57 PM on March 25, 2010


Likker
posted by longsleeves at 2:59 PM on March 25, 2010


pegu club please
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 2:59 PM on March 25, 2010


Queen Anne.
posted by special-k at 3:03 PM on March 25, 2010


Rye. Neat.
posted by The Whelk at 3:04 PM on March 25, 2010


Suntory times.
posted by special-k at 3:04 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Talisker
posted by special-k at 3:05 PM on March 25, 2010


Hefeweizen. No, no lemon, take that damn lemon away from my glass, what the fuck is wrong with you?
posted by qvantamon at 3:06 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


unicum zwack...filthy awful vile stuff.
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 3:08 PM on March 25, 2010


Vesper
posted by trip and a half at 3:09 PM on March 25, 2010


Vodka soda.
posted by special-k at 3:09 PM on March 25, 2010


WINE!
posted by The Whelk at 3:10 PM on March 25, 2010


Woodford Reserve!
posted by special-k at 3:10 PM on March 25, 2010


Xactly!
posted by lysdexic at 3:10 PM on March 25, 2010


Yengling.
posted by The Whelk at 3:12 PM on March 25, 2010


Zacapa Rum!
posted by special-k at 3:12 PM on March 25, 2010


Ardbeg
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:13 PM on March 25, 2010


Balvenie
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:13 PM on March 25, 2010


Caol Ila
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:13 PM on March 25, 2010


Drambuie
posted by The Whelk at 3:13 PM on March 25, 2010


Everclear

French Martini

Grasshopper.
posted by The Whelk at 3:18 PM on March 25, 2010


Egg Nog
posted by trip and a half at 3:18 PM on March 25, 2010


Hot Buttered Rum
posted by trip and a half at 3:20 PM on March 25, 2010


Income Tax
posted by trip and a half at 3:22 PM on March 25, 2010


journalist cocktail
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 3:23 PM on March 25, 2010


Kir Royale
posted by trip and a half at 3:24 PM on March 25, 2010


Lagavulin. (Did Cortex get bored?)
posted by trip and a half at 3:28 PM on March 25, 2010


Moonshine
posted by donnagirl at 3:29 PM on March 25, 2010


negroni
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 3:30 PM on March 25, 2010


Old Fashioned
posted by donnagirl at 3:31 PM on March 25, 2010


Old Fashioned
posted by special-k at 3:31 PM on March 25, 2010


Old Fashioned
posted by sallybrown at 3:33 PM on March 25, 2010


Pink Lady
posted by trip and a half at 3:34 PM on March 25, 2010


Quinquina
posted by trip and a half at 3:35 PM on March 25, 2010


Rob Roy (I'm the only one still playing, huh?)
posted by trip and a half at 3:40 PM on March 25, 2010


SCOTCH
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:48 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fine then, quitters:

Sazerac
Tuaca
Usquebaugh
Vieux Carre
Widow's Kiss
XYZ
Zubrowka

So there.
posted by trip and a half at 3:50 PM on March 25, 2010


Snappletini.
posted by Mid at 3:52 PM on March 25, 2010


aww, i haven't thought about a vieux carre in a while. or a widow's kiss. now i want one of each. thanks!
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 3:53 PM on March 25, 2010


Oops: I forgot to put 'Yacht Club'
posted by trip and a half at 3:56 PM on March 25, 2010


Angostura
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:02 PM on March 25, 2010


Also misspelled 'Uisquebaugh'. The shame.
posted by trip and a half at 4:04 PM on March 25, 2010


Beer & Basketball!
posted by SpookyFish at 4:09 PM on March 25, 2010


Cuba Libre!
posted by trip and a half at 4:10 PM on March 25, 2010


Daquiri
posted by special-k at 4:13 PM on March 25, 2010


El Presidente
posted by trip and a half at 4:21 PM on March 25, 2010


Forgot to post in this thread
posted by Jofus at 4:32 PM on March 25, 2010


Glen*
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:42 PM on March 25, 2010


Highland*
posted by trip and a half at 4:46 PM on March 25, 2010


Irish Dew.
posted by The Whelk at 4:58 PM on March 25, 2010


Jack Daniels, in a glass.
posted by donnagirl at 5:05 PM on March 25, 2010


квас
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:10 PM on March 25, 2010


Limoncello
posted by donnagirl at 5:14 PM on March 25, 2010


Manhattan
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 5:15 PM on March 25, 2010


Martini.

Night cap?
posted by The Whelk at 5:16 PM on March 25, 2010


Lochnagar
posted by trip and a half at 5:16 PM on March 25, 2010


Oops.
posted by trip and a half at 5:16 PM on March 25, 2010


Pabst Blue Ribbon
posted by The Whelk at 5:18 PM on March 25, 2010


Quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we need all that for the trip, but once you get into locked a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
posted by donnagirl at 5:31 PM on March 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Rot-gut.
posted by tellurian at 5:34 PM on March 25, 2010


Sangria
posted by The Whelk at 5:40 PM on March 25, 2010


Tequila Sunrise
posted by special-k at 5:42 PM on March 25, 2010


Unicorn cocktail
posted by tellurian at 6:10 PM on March 25, 2010


Vodka cranberry.

(I'm out. Third IPA just kicked in and the bar is getting pretty loud. Very soon I won't be able to type. )

posted by special-k at 6:16 PM on March 25, 2010


Whitecap
posted by The Whelk at 6:24 PM on March 25, 2010


Bottled water.
posted by qvantamon at 6:34 PM on March 25, 2010


xalapa punch
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 6:45 PM on March 25, 2010


Yukon Jack
posted by Rumple at 8:59 PM on March 25, 2010


Zanzibar, for the final nightcap.
posted by special-k at 9:26 PM on March 25, 2010


Anisette.
posted by Lynsey at 9:30 PM on March 25, 2010


Boilermaker.
posted by rtha at 9:31 PM on March 25, 2010


Caipirinha!
posted by special-k at 9:43 PM on March 25, 2010


Double whiskey
posted by EvaDestruction at 9:46 PM on March 25, 2010


Eager Beaver
posted by unknowncommand at 9:53 PM on March 25, 2010


Fuuuuuuuuuck, I'm all out of beer.
posted by iamkimiam at 12:04 AM on March 26, 2010


Get some from rounda-corner?
posted by Jofus at 1:26 AM on March 26, 2010


hmm....I thought the same thing
posted by thankyouforyourconsideration at 1:50 AM on March 26, 2010


I get it.
posted by Hiker at 3:44 AM on March 26, 2010


Jigger of gin
posted by trip and a half at 4:48 AM on March 26, 2010


Kelloggs Corn flakes soaked with beer. (What? It's breakfast time here.)
posted by vapidave at 4:56 AM on March 26, 2010


FISH
posted by Kwine at 6:02 AM on March 26, 2010


ON A BIKE
posted by Kwine at 6:02 AM on March 26, 2010


Le Cask du Amontillado
posted by zarq at 6:04 AM on March 26, 2010


Milwaukee's Best.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:36 AM on March 26, 2010


Nightcap
posted by ocherdraco at 8:07 AM on March 26, 2010


One for the road!
posted by iamkimiam at 8:11 AM on March 26, 2010


Porcelain Altar
posted by pb (staff) at 8:32 AM on March 26, 2010


Quicksand!
posted by SpookyFish at 8:59 AM on March 26, 2010


Raspberry Cordial

Sidecar
posted by ocherdraco at 9:13 AM on March 26, 2010


This might be a good place to ask: does anybody know how to mix a Brown Dragon?
posted by FishBike at 9:28 AM on March 26, 2010


Unfortunately, not I -- Unless you meant a Black Dragon?
posted by SpookyFish at 9:41 AM on March 26, 2010


Very astute observers might find the drink name I used a little fishy. But I guess it would be spooky if a bunch of people caught on that it would have made this an alphabet+drink name+reference to the previous poster's name thread. A sign perhaps that they need to drink more. Something containing vermouth?
posted by FishBike at 9:50 AM on March 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


what?
posted by iamkimiam at 9:59 AM on March 26, 2010


XCIX bottles of beer on the wall, XCIX bottles of beer. Take one down, pass it around, a2 = i3km3 bottles of beer on the wall.
posted by FishBike at 10:05 AM on March 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yale Cocktail
posted by zamboni at 10:34 AM on March 26, 2010


00:15 until I get on the bus to the liquor store and get two bottles of vodka, one for today the other for later today.
posted by vapidave at 10:55 AM on March 26, 2010


Zamboni ♥
posted by SpookyFish at 10:56 AM on March 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Float some ginger ale under some Blue Coraco . Call it a Zamboni.
posted by The Whelk at 11:00 AM on March 26, 2010


an alphabet+drink name+reference to the previous poster's name thread

Anything but the tedium of the plain-jane alphabet thread. A sop to the idea of artificial restrictions as creative stimulant, the restriction is too low a hurdle for persons of mefite-standard verbal skill. So you need to start your sentence with 'y' and the next guy with 'z'-next thing you know you have a hundred boring comments. More restrictions allows the cream to rise, cf. our name game:

awwwww, that's really sweet marie.
At this point it's just a chuckle-worthy one-off...

gee man, that's really nice of you to say that.
...gnfti's solid effort signals the actual beginning of the game...

Yeah, he's good news for everyone who hangs out in MetaTalk.
...FishBike raises the bar. Unobvious, makes contextual sense wrt the ostensible thread of the conversation, not forced, funny, requires a little thought to put together but not too much...

FISH ON A BIKE
...cortex subverts the paradigm...

He's a little misogynist, though; women need gman like, well, like...hmm.
...My effort is clearly weaker-gman hasn't done anything misogynistic so this makes no sense in the context of the source conversation-it's just stuffed in. Also lacking LOL.

Quit your kwhining
...a reasonable effort with difficult source material...

I have been trying to buy an eri nearly everywhere but I can't get a firm grip on how much I would have to pay for such a thing.....
...forced, somewhat nonsensical, too long, not that funny-sorry jessamyn.

-----

Things get a little difficult and weird over the next thirty comments-there are things there that I know I don't get, but that's way better than struggling to stay awake as the alphabet thread scrolls through my recent activity.
posted by Kwine at 12:06 PM on March 26, 2010


like sands through an hourglass, so are the snark of our lives.
posted by The Whelk at 12:08 PM on March 26, 2010


1000 bottles of beer on the wall!

Or comments on the blue!
posted by iamkimiam at 12:23 PM on March 26, 2010


2001: A Space Odyssey
posted by SpookyFish at 12:25 PM on March 26, 2010


3000, Mystery Science Theater.
posted by The Whelk at 12:27 PM on March 26, 2010


NUMBERS.
NUMB3RS.
NUMBTHREEERS.

FTFM.
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:33 PM on March 26, 2010


4k.
Fork.
Spork.
Spock.
Vulcan greeting.
Something that could be read as 3 or 5, but most definitely not 4.
posted by qvantamon at 2:33 PM on March 26, 2010


00:15 until I get on the bus to the liquor store and get two bottles of vodka, one for today the other for later today.

I like where this is going.
posted by special-k at 2:53 PM on March 26, 2010


I'm going where this is liked.
posted by The Whelk at 2:59 PM on March 26, 2010


Ich mag, wenn dies geht
posted by lysdexic at 7:24 PM on March 26, 2010


Leck mich im Arsch
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:03 PM on March 26, 2010


I may be drunk but you Germans aint the boss of me.

I would like some taters. NOW. Or pomme frites. I'd settle for that.
posted by special-k at 11:20 PM on March 26, 2010


Why are tater tots so inhumanely delicious?
posted by The Whelk at 8:07 AM on March 27, 2010


Xenu makes you want tater tots, but silently now.
posted by Rumple at 8:21 AM on March 27, 2010


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