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Metafilter shoutout on Treme. Did anybody else catch it?
posted by ereshkigal45 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:58 PM (184 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Could you maybe give us some more information?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:00 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter was referenced next to Facebook and Myspace by a character who was bringing up 'internet things'. I can't provide a lot more detail as I tuned in seconds before the reference was made and didn't get all the context.
posted by Green With You at 8:03 PM on May 8, 2011


Sorry. It occurred in the last ten minutes or so, when Delmond Lambreaux is talking to a record company executive asking for more publicity for his newly released jazz album. The exec scoffs at the idea of providing coop money for Boise, Idaho, and Lambreaux suggests that they use "Facebook, Myspace, Metafilter, shit like that." (paraphrasing the last part).
posted by ereshkigal45 at 8:04 PM on May 8, 2011 [6 favorites]


Metafilter was mentioned in dialogue in a scene where a musician is yelling at his manager for not publicizing him (I think). He tells him to put word out on "Facebook, Myspace, the blogosphere, Metafilter..." at which point the manager retorts "Meta-what?"
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:04 PM on May 8, 2011 [11 favorites]


It's toward the end of the episode, which will air on the West Coast at 10pm tonight (I caught it on the east coast feed)
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:05 PM on May 8, 2011


Hi Delmond! Unfortunately this would be a self-link and not a good idea for MetaFilter. You can read the FAQ for more information.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 8:07 PM on May 8, 2011 [60 favorites]


Ooooh neat. Who do we know there?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:08 PM on May 8, 2011


Somewhat popular social website gets mentioned in television conversation about popular social websites. News at never (unless HBO has news?).
posted by doublehappy at 8:09 PM on May 8, 2011


a record company executive asking for more publicity for his newly released jazz album. The exec scoffs at the idea of providing coop money for Boise, Idaho, and Lambreaux suggests that they use "Facebook, Myspace, Metafilter, shit like that."

Okay, somebody let me know when cortex writes the faux-jazz song and puts it on the black, for promo.
posted by cashman at 8:09 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Delmond could just put a track on Mefi Music
posted by Green With You at 8:10 PM on May 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


Somewhat popular social website gets mentioned in television conversation about popular social websites

I was shocked when I heard it. Metafilter is not "popular" to the general public the same way Facebook and Myspace are. Not even close. Someone on the writing staff must be a member or at least a reader.
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:11 PM on May 8, 2011 [22 favorites]


Metafilter is not "popular" to the general public the same way Facebook and Myspace are.

MySpace is popular?
posted by amro at 8:15 PM on May 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


Yeah I was a bit shocked to hear them mention metafilter and not dig or reddit. There was a pretty long Treme thread before the first season though, bet they found metafilter looking for what the Internet was saying about Treme
posted by Ad hominem at 8:16 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter is not "popular" to the general public the same way Facebook is and Myspace was.

FTFY.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:16 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


MySpace is popular?

Ok maybe "popular" was the wrong word. "Known" I meant. Say "Myspace" to ten people on the street and at least nine will know what it is.
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:17 PM on May 8, 2011


I thought MetaFilter had 100,000 something members? I imagine non member Ask traffic is pretty high, too, and I've been sent three or four MetaFilter thread links from non MetaFilter people who aren't very internet savvy. Also, I qualified my comment with "somewhat".
posted by doublehappy at 8:19 PM on May 8, 2011


That is awesome.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:29 PM on May 8, 2011


Coldchef's got tremendous clout in Louisiana.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:30 PM on May 8, 2011 [47 favorites]


at which point the manager retorts "Meta-what?" --- I just registered meta-what.com because you just can't buy this level of word-of-mouth advertising. The money should start rolling in now!
posted by crunchland at 8:36 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure how I first learned about MetaFilter, but I remember knowing about it in those dark days before MySpace or Facebook as something that was 'around'.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:37 PM on May 8, 2011


I thought MetaFilter had 100,000 something members?

Sure, and an Aero bar is solid chocolate.

The user numbers are bunko. A lot of them don't have an account attached to them, and of the ones that do, many are inactive, disabled, or sockpuppets.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:37 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


What's a 'treme'. Is it like a little trireme?

Is this something I'd need a miniature antiquated sailing vessel to understand?
posted by pompomtom at 8:38 PM on May 8, 2011 [11 favorites]


I'm not sure how I first learned about MetaFilter,

I learned about it from an episode of Treme. I just signed up. Hi everyone!
posted by shakespeherian at 8:39 PM on May 8, 2011 [13 favorites]


What's a 'treme'.

A platypus has one.

Someone please get that.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:42 PM on May 8, 2011 [56 favorites]


The user numbers are bunko.

We can dig and figure out how many people have actually gone all the way through the signup process and made a comment. I think it's something like 45K.

MONOTREME, LALALA.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:43 PM on May 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


But how many of that 45K are George Clooney?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:44 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


A platypus has one

So it's an arsehole? Why didn't they say so?
posted by pompomtom at 8:47 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


We can dig and figure out how many people have actually gone all the way through the signup process...

Just ran a quick query and at this moment we have 52,709 completed accounts.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:52 PM on May 8, 2011 [8 favorites]


Keep in mind the second season of Treme takes place in mid-late 2006, I think, back when Metafilter was a sleepy country village and not the bustling Internet metropolis it is today.
posted by Rangeboy at 8:53 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Which also explains why anyone would still care about MySpace.
posted by Rangeboy at 8:54 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


I saw it. I live in New Orleans, and always go to a bar to watch it.

And I'm pretty sure I was the only one at the bar who knew what the hell MetaFilter is.
posted by mostly vowels at 8:54 PM on May 8, 2011


This is worse than the time Six Feet Under mentioned that thing I like and then I had to stop liking that thing as now other people knew about it.
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:59 PM on May 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


This is like when Dexter referenced Roberto Bolaño and then I was like 'Oh wait this show is really bad.'
posted by shakespeherian at 9:02 PM on May 8, 2011 [4 favorites]


Kinda sad Treme is trying to ride MetaFilter's coattails this way.
posted by Ad hominem at 9:03 PM on May 8, 2011 [10 favorites]


This is like that time on Deadwood when Al Swearengen was all "Cocksuckers!" and now I can't even suck cock any more like I done useta could.
posted by tumid dahlia at 9:05 PM on May 8, 2011 [41 favorites]


Say "Myspace" to ten people on the street and at least nine will know what it is.

Not on my street.
posted by vidur at 9:05 PM on May 8, 2011


Sites with 52,000 members are a dime a dozen on the internet. Metafilter is big, but hardly household name big.
posted by empath at 9:07 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is worse than the time Six Feet Under mentioned that thing I like and then I had to stop liking that thing as now other people knew about it.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:59 PM on May 8 [+] [!]


Death?
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:14 PM on May 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


This is Metafilter's greatest moment.
posted by free hugs at 9:17 PM on May 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


But how many of that 45K are George Clooney?
posted by shakespeherian


Just one, baby!

Working on a few projects right now. I'll give a MeFi shoutout if the accident will.
posted by George Clooney at 9:18 PM on May 8, 2011 [21 favorites]


Yeah, that was freaky. Definitely wasn't expecting that.
posted by zarq at 9:20 PM on May 8, 2011


A platypus has one.

Someone please get that.


I holely understood that, but can someone explain why just these mammalian oddballs are called monotremes when there's so many other species with cloacae? This question just came up at dinner.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:22 PM on May 8, 2011


Just one, baby!

Shh, honey, not here.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:24 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Get a mention on Mad Men and I'll be impressed.
posted by Artw at 9:24 PM on May 8, 2011 [10 favorites]


Is this something I'd need a cloacascope to understand?
posted by cashman at 9:25 PM on May 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


Here's a clip:

[quicktime more like crashtime amirite —cortex]

video clip
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:40 PM on May 8, 2011 [23 favorites]


You'd have to get mentioned in Cronenberg's Crash to really make an impact.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:40 PM on May 8, 2011 [2 favorites]


Thanks mathowie! I don't have HBO and it's too late tonight to get the torr—err, the tubes all lubed up.

Makes sense that an up-and-coming artist in 2006 knows about MeFi. That one college radio DJ somewhere out west who spun the wrong single off his self-released debut in the middle of the night summer prior couldn't stop talking about it.

Anyway, cool! *makes notation, folds creaky sheet back up into eighths and slides it gently back into its slot, closes and locks safe*
posted by carsonb at 9:51 PM on May 8, 2011


Here's a clip:

How the fuck?

Oh. Special mod magic.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:51 PM on May 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


Hey, Delmond? I'll pay your $5
posted by tyllwin at 9:58 PM on May 8, 2011


Holy crap! Treme is back on. What an awesome way to find out about the new season.
posted by yaymukund at 10:16 PM on May 8, 2011


Det. Lester Freamon: Seems that Stringer Bell is worse than a drug dealer . . .
Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski: He's a Mefite.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:47 PM on May 8, 2011 [20 favorites]


Well, the other guy in the scene says "Meta-who?" so it's an accurate portrayal of members' experiences with other people.
posted by oneswellfoop at 10:47 PM on May 8, 2011 [7 favorites]


This is cool. Also, Matt's QT clip has crashed my Chrome and made it put on a sad face. This is also cool.
posted by arcticseal at 10:56 PM on May 8, 2011 [3 favorites]


I think this deserves a special temporary logo change (which I made here).
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:13 PM on May 8, 2011 [17 favorites]


Ooooh neat. Who do we know there?
Well, Blake Leyh is here for one.
posted by unliteral at 11:18 PM on May 8, 2011 [1 favorite]


Matt, could you change that embedded video to a link? It's freezing up both Chrome and Firefox for me when the page loads. (posted from my mobile)
posted by Rhaomi at 11:18 PM on May 8, 2011 [5 favorites]


Heh, I was going to say ~50k but then I checked the user numbers and went with those. Also, that video just destroyed my browser as well.
posted by doublehappy at 12:03 AM on May 9, 2011


We really should have a MetaFilter in Popular Culture section on the wiki. Has Mefi been mentioned in any other TV series?
posted by bjrn at 12:17 AM on May 9, 2011


With a little creative editing, we could get it mentioned on every other TV series. At least in YouTube clips.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:35 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wouldn't using Metafilter to promote your stuff somehow involve self-linking? Recommend we just ban these guys on principle. They can always plead it out here Meta.
posted by philip-random at 12:40 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


I want to see all the outtakes...

"Meta-who?"
"MetaFilter: Could you maybe give us some more information?"
"CUT!"

"Meta-who?"
"MetaFilter: Special mod magic."
"CUT!"

"Meta-who?"
"MetaFilter: Someone please get that"
"CUT!"

"Meta-who?"
[rolls eyes and turns head in disgust]
"Delmond, c'mon..."
"That's a wrap, folks!"
posted by iamkimiam at 12:42 AM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


For some reason this page keeps trying to make my Chrome run Quicktime...not happening anywhere else on MeTa or elsewhere...
posted by Joseph Gurl at 1:27 AM on May 9, 2011


Oh, weird, now I see the inline clip. Took a long time to even begin loading...freezey and cloggish...
posted by Joseph Gurl at 1:29 AM on May 9, 2011


That's awesome. I'm working my way through S1 of The Wire and it fills me with joy to see this shout-out!
posted by adrianhon at 1:37 AM on May 9, 2011


Neat. That inline clip is murder though.
posted by cj_ at 2:27 AM on May 9, 2011


Metafilter: As seen on TV. Order in the next 5 minutes and receive a 250 favorites starter pack.
posted by special-k at 2:40 AM on May 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


"Meta-who?"
"You know, MetaFilter, where the mods can use a damn quicktime clip to screw up a new Mac running Chrome!"


And, I bet one of you buggers have signed up for a sock-puppet named "Meta-Who", haven't you?
posted by tomswift at 3:11 AM on May 9, 2011


Meta What, Meta Who
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:16 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Just ran a quick query and at this moment we have 52,709 completed accounts.

Yessssss, a Grand Army of the Republic.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:56 AM on May 9, 2011


mathowie: "Here's a clip"

Embedded Quicktime? In 2011?!
posted by Plutor at 5:05 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Awesome! I wonder what percentage of their audience knows what Metafilter is though; most are probably in the meta-who camp.
posted by p3t3 at 5:14 AM on May 9, 2011


Embedded Quicktime? In 2011?!


Yeah, but it takes place in 2006.
posted by milarepa at 5:21 AM on May 9, 2011 [10 favorites]


The user numbers are bunko. A lot of them don't have an account attached to them, and of the ones that do, many are inactive, disabled, or sockpuppets.

There's actually only about ten of us. and we're reeeealy tired.
posted by jonmc at 5:26 AM on May 9, 2011 [7 favorites]


If the "Treme" producers are looking for dramatic stories of Post-Katrina New Orleans, this one is still available.
posted by ColdChef at 5:29 AM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


One of us reading this thread right now is mighty pleased with him/herself. Mighty pleased.

ALLRIGHT WHO DID IT?! OWN UP! WHO'S ON THE TREME WRITING STAFF?
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:33 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Thanks for the clip, mathowie, but, uh, it's only playing as audio for me in Chrome under Win7 and it just crashes when I try other browsers.
posted by Kattullus at 5:49 AM on May 9, 2011


Yeah - that completely fucked up Firefox 4 on Windows 7, had to kill it.
posted by a non e mouse at 5:52 AM on May 9, 2011


Clearly, this is why we can't have nice things.

Chrome is weird. Every time I try to open boingboing.net, it locks up, and shockwave crashes on me. I have to assume that my computer is somehow morally opposed to Cory Doctorow.
posted by crunchland at 5:56 AM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


Killed FF4 for me as well.
posted by cashman at 6:04 AM on May 9, 2011


Just to cement the coolness, the reference to Metafilter is also explained (well, linked) on the awesome "Treme Explained" blog.
posted by Mngo at 6:06 AM on May 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


Another FF4/Win7 fail here.
posted by likeso at 6:07 AM on May 9, 2011


"....my computer is somehow morally opposed to Cory Doctorow."

Oh good, someone opened the door to ragging on CD, always a good thing!

nd, by th wy, yr cmptr sd tht Cry Dctrw scks.
posted by tomswift at 6:07 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Let's be clear, then, Metafilter got on Treme after Elvis Costello but before Cory Doctorow?
posted by Mngo at 6:09 AM on May 9, 2011


Flash video of the clip.
posted by ChrisHartley at 6:10 AM on May 9, 2011 [9 favorites]


Mngo, that concretes the coolness.
posted by likeso at 6:13 AM on May 9, 2011


We really should have a MetaFilter in Popular Culture section on the wiki. Has Mefi been mentioned in any other TV series?

There was (and is?) a prominent "MeFi" in the background of the Mythbusters' Blueprint Room.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:24 AM on May 9, 2011


I hereby claim MetaWho as the name for my Who tribute band.
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:26 AM on May 9, 2011


likeso: Mngo, that concretes the coolness.

Personally, I appreciate when pop culture validates my life-choices.
posted by Kattullus at 6:47 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


God damn it why is my script set in the 50s, I can't even sneak in a reference to Metafilter.
posted by The Whelk at 6:57 AM on May 9, 2011


I redacted the murderous quicktime embed.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:58 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Quicktime, when the walls fell.
posted by The Whelk at 6:59 AM on May 9, 2011 [18 favorites]


Darmok and Jalad, at the plugin.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:05 AM on May 9, 2011 [11 favorites]


The website, said on the show.
posted by The Whelk at 7:05 AM on May 9, 2011


PlannedChaos, the ruse foiled.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:07 AM on May 9, 2011


MeTa, its arms wide.
posted by likeso at 7:08 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is the George Clooney in this thread *the* George Clooney, or Scott Adams?
posted by andreaazure at 7:09 AM on May 9, 2011


Clooney, the smirk filmed.
posted by The Whelk at 7:10 AM on May 9, 2011


Has permission been requested for a jazz version of the asshat song? ;-)
posted by brujita at 7:11 AM on May 9, 2011


Now I'm going to play a little somethin' you ain't heard before, from a cool cat on Meta-what?!? It's called "Cock punch in B-flat."
posted by Mister_A at 7:23 AM on May 9, 2011 [6 favorites]


When The Mods Go Marching In.
posted by The Whelk at 7:25 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is the George Clooney in this thread *the* George Clooney, or Scott Adams?

It's actually a collaborative account co-owned by less-famous older brothers Scott Clooney and George Adams; the former has done some bit work on All My Children, the latter was the second person to invent, and the first person to be too late to successfully patent, the Shake Weight.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:36 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Welcome to Metafilter, Scott!
posted by shakespeherian at 7:38 AM on May 9, 2011


Hellzicious yeah. That was a brotally sweet shout out.
posted by clockzero at 7:38 AM on May 9, 2011


I only post while holding my Shake Weight.
posted by The Whelk at 7:39 AM on May 9, 2011


Yeah mefi member Blake Leyh was the music director for The Wire and I'm guessing for Treme as well. His website has been linked on the blue several times I think.
posted by puny human at 7:48 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


/begins work on a story about a spaceship doomed by a broken metafilter.
posted by Artw at 7:56 AM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


To view the video, right click and download it, then run it through VLC. Ain't nothing can keep VLC down.
posted by geoff. at 7:57 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yup, says so right here at the top of his website.

He also wrote and performed the closing theme music for The Wire: The Fall.
posted by puny human at 8:01 AM on May 9, 2011


Take that, Plastic.com!
posted by klangklangston at 8:06 AM on May 9, 2011 [7 favorites]


I made a Metafilter in Popular Culture page on the wiki. But now I'm thinking it perhaps would work better as a mefi in the media page with newspapers etc., oh well.

I've added Treme & the Mythbusters thing.
posted by bjrn at 8:15 AM on May 9, 2011


Just to cement the coolness, the reference to Metafilter is also explained (well, linked) on the awesome "Treme Explained" blog.

That's the oddest thing - it's just a link in the middle of nowhere.
posted by odinsdream at 8:16 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


To be fair, more people have heard of Quicktime than have heard of Metafilter.
posted by QIbHom at 8:29 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


BTW, that "Treme Explained" series is terrific, I highly recommend it. As a NOLA outsider, it really deepened my appreciation for the show and the NOLA culture on which it's based.
And now, since all the episodes of this season are sitting on our DVR awaiting viewing, I have to stop reading now so as to avoid spoilers.
posted by Dr. Zira at 8:36 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


God, I hate QuickTime.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:37 AM on May 9, 2011


God damn it why is my script set in the 50s, I can't even sneak in a reference to Metafilter.
posted by The Whelk at 9:57 AM on May 9 [+] [!]


If Marty Rossen can get bazoomer.com placement in a film set in 1895, I am certain The Whelk will find a way.
posted by safetyfork at 8:58 AM on May 9, 2011


This is almost as cool as that time when the dude who killed a grizzly with a pocket knife name-checked AskMe on The Colbert Report.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:04 AM on May 9, 2011


uh huh
posted by clavdivs at 9:14 AM on May 9, 2011


Portland = Rome New Orleans = Avignon.
posted by The Whelk at 9:19 AM on May 9, 2011


I only post while holding my Shake Weight.

TTTttuuurunrns oouuutttt ittttttts realllly ddddddifffffficullltttt tttooo poooossssttttt wwwwhhhiiillllee hhoohollding aaa sssshhhaaaaaakeeewewigggghhhttt.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 9:51 AM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


I remain still. The world shakes.
posted by The Whelk at 9:54 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


According to string theory, we are all made of shake-weights at the fundamental level. I saw it on NOVA.
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:56 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


I don't know whether it's exciting that Mefi got mentioned or depressing that it got mentioned along with Myspace and "shit like that".
posted by philipy at 10:46 AM on May 9, 2011


Get a mention on Mad Men and I'll be impressed.

Not quite, but I have talked to the writers!

At 7:59pm, the phone on the reference desk rang and the voice on the other line said (essentially), "I'm with the writers of Mad Men and LAPL has just closed and we need to get a reference straightened out for the scene we're writing." With that, the voice sat back in his chair and waited for me to be impressed and jump right up and offer to help.

If it hadn't been for the bad experience I'd had with the History Channel people ('We want an original, unblemished copy of this photograph and the people upstairs told me you don't have one!' 'Yes, and they would know, sorry.' 'But you simply must have one!' 'No, but it's finals and I do have a line of tuition-paying students with actual reference questions so if you'll excuse me...' 'But you simply must!'), the fact that I had a paper due the next day, and a few other little details, I might have indeed jumped right up and offered.

As it was, I politely said, "I'm so sorry, we're closed. Perhaps Santa Monica is still open?"

And the voice said, "But you simply must be able to help!"

With that, I missed my chance to say, "Only if you mention Metafilter.com by name will I be able to help you."
posted by librarylis at 11:06 AM on May 9, 2011 [9 favorites]


"Why is it that...shade of blue?"

"it's some Ruskie thing Don, a new type of car, a Myeetahfyr or something."
posted by The Whelk at 11:10 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is this one of those trememes I've heard so much about?
posted by cairnish at 11:19 AM on May 9, 2011


"it's some Ruskie thing Don, a new type of car, a Myeetahfyr or something."

'What?'
posted by shakespeherian at 11:23 AM on May 9, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is this one of those trememes I've heard so much about?

Now I have Trololo... stuck in my head, only it's Trememe...
posted by desjardins at 11:41 AM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


So this isn't about treen?

That's a shame, because I'm all about treen.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 12:04 PM on May 9, 2011


JESSAMYN and JIM are sitting next to each other, looking at their own respective intarnets.

JESSAMYN: Hah, there's a MetaTalk thread here about MetaFilter being mentioned on some HBO show.

JIM: Meta-who?

JESSAMYN rolls her eyes and turns her head in frustration
posted by not_on_display at 12:22 PM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


Just ran a quick query and at this moment we have 52,709 completed accounts.

Daaaamn, that's like almost 5000 people after taking account the Astro Zombies and my sockpuppets!
posted by Justinian at 12:35 PM on May 9, 2011


So Metafilter is about the population of here
posted by The Whelk at 12:40 PM on May 9, 2011


Is this the right place to say that my spouse is absolutely convinced that Alyssa Milano has a MeFi account? He says the coincidence of FPPs here and stuff she Twitters really can't be explained otherwise.
posted by pineapple at 1:03 PM on May 9, 2011


damnit you caught me.
posted by The Whelk at 1:07 PM on May 9, 2011


In the interest of revealing all lurking celebrities on the site, I'd like everyone to post their SSN and any major credit cards as well.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:18 PM on May 9, 2011


Hey Now, Meta-who people... I am the music supervisor for Treme, and have been a sometime reader and very sporadic contributor around here for almost ten years. But I had nothing to do with the "shout out.". I read it in the script, and was on set when we shot that scene, and I remember thinking "Metafilter? Really? Sort of obscure, but, ok..." On reflection... the character who says that stuff is supposed to be pretty clued-in to cutting-edge Internet shit, so I don't think it's implausible that he would mention Metafilter. A lot of noise in reviews today saying that the Facebook mention is wrong for the time period, but I don't think so. The scene takes place in December 2006, and Facebook was open at that time. So again, when these writers are creating situations and characters, they do their research. This clued-in guy character was pointing out three examples to Delmond, and it makes sense that he gave them in order of descending popularity: Myspace, Facebook, Metafilter. I don't know for sure, but I would guess they wanted an example of something that Delmond definitely would not have heard of, some Internet-insider jargon. Hence, "Metafilter."
posted by blakeleyh at 1:21 PM on May 9, 2011 [59 favorites]


A different kind of Shake Weight.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:22 PM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ha! Neat, blakeleyh, thanks for the clarification.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:27 PM on May 9, 2011


Now begins our obsessive Dan-Brown like hunt to find secret encoded Metafilter references in all media.
posted by The Whelk at 1:30 PM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


Hey, blakeleyh: The music in Treme is absolutely kick-ass! Bravo!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:32 PM on May 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


I know Matt has been keeping it from all of us, but if you know the code there is a shoutout to Mefi in the Dead Sea Scrolls
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 1:32 PM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Can any moderators attest to any spike in new-user signups since the episode aired?

No, there wasn't a spike? or No, we can't attest to it? or No, it was on HBO not Spike?
posted by not_on_display at 1:41 PM on May 9, 2011


Oh god, I rue the day when Metafilter gets mentioned on MANswers or 1000 Ways To Die
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 1:44 PM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Once characters can Ask Metafilter all drama as we know it will cease to be.
posted by The Whelk at 1:51 PM on May 9, 2011 [5 favorites]


It's always possible Bourdain will eventually say something mean and dismissive about the vegetarians on MeFi, as he prepares to eat the sauteed sex organs of some endangered animal found only a country whose name most of us can't pronounce.
posted by aught at 1:52 PM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


No, instead of signing up they're all gonna either torrent an account or wait till it comes out on Netflix Instant.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:52 PM on May 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


Dr. House lost a whole week answering medica questions until he flamed out.
posted by The Whelk at 1:53 PM on May 9, 2011 [3 favorites]


Once characters can Ask Metafilter all drama as we know it will cease to be.

Apparently you don't read very much AskMe.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:55 PM on May 9, 2011 [8 favorites]


Just ran a quick query and at this moment we have 52,709 completed accounts.

How many of these have logged in or posted in the last year? I've always wondered what the "active" base is.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:59 PM on May 9, 2011


I tell people the working active base is 10-12K but I'm sure someone will come along with actual numbers...
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:11 PM on May 9, 2011


Oh wait, I have those numbers... In the last 30 days...

MeFi: 13,560 Users visited
MeFi: 4,765 Users wrote comments
AskMe: 12,254 Users visited
5,550 Users wrote answers
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:16 PM on May 9, 2011 [9 favorites]


The Whelk writes "Once characters can Ask Metafilter all drama as we know it will cease to be."

Could you imagine one of the characters asking a question that is actually in the archives? It shouldn't be hard to find one appropriate, even NOLA specific, and to secure permission from the original asker.
posted by Mitheral at 3:14 PM on May 9, 2011


I'm surprised we haven't gotten an Ebert shoutout, considering the torrents of frontpage love we send his way.
posted by crunchland at 3:18 PM on May 9, 2011


Wow. I am much too pleased by the fact that there is some very slight evidence that people I admire and I have similar internet habits.
posted by angrycat at 3:40 PM on May 9, 2011


He also wrote and performed the closing theme music for The Wire: The Fall

Which, in case anyone didn't know, has lyrics starting around the 0:53 mark. They are as follows:

Wire
Wire
Scary
Wire!
posted by SpiffyRob at 3:58 PM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


Once characters can Ask Metafilter all drama as we know it will cease to be.

I Am A Lycanthrope, I Am Not Your Lycanthrope?
Dump the Mind-reading Fairy Already?
posted by ormondsacker at 4:29 PM on May 9, 2011 [4 favorites]


Jessica becomes the defacto vampire expert in Ask in like a week.
posted by The Whelk at 4:31 PM on May 9, 2011


What's a 'treme'.

Mountain Dew used to be one.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:28 PM on May 9, 2011


it was x-treme, meaning without any treme at all.
posted by The Whelk at 5:41 PM on May 9, 2011 [1 favorite]


So much teal-and-orange in that clip.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 5:45 PM on May 9, 2011


blakeleyh: Hey Now, Meta-who people... I am the music supervisor for Treme

That is some great work. Loving the music.
posted by found missing at 6:28 PM on May 9, 2011


it was x-treme, meaning without any treme at all.

Hey, yeah, you're right! Sneaky ad wizards!

*sips Cloaca Cola*
posted by Sys Rq at 8:24 PM on May 9, 2011


*sips Cloaca Cola*

Mrs arcticseal invented a drink while we were living Copenhagen consisting of Coke and orange juice (with pulp). It forms a disgusting brown curdled mess, so she dubbed it kloak (roughly translates to sewage). It tastes surprisingly good.
posted by arcticseal at 1:05 AM on May 10, 2011


Metafilter: Sort of obscure, but, ok

Metafilter: pretty clued-in to cutting-edge Internet shit
posted by Infinite Jest at 3:05 AM on May 10, 2011


It's always possible Bourdain will eventually say something mean and dismissive about the vegetarians on MeFi, as he prepares to eat the sauteed sex organs of some endangered animal found only a country whose name most of us can't pronounce.

There's a kind of cool that exists for people who don't internetspeak in meatspace. I hope that dude doesn't break it by talking about visiting travelchannel.com or some shit.
posted by hal_c_on at 4:11 AM on May 10, 2011


House apparently referenced a "Dr. 4chan" this week.

Coy references to the internet on TV...
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:14 AM on May 10, 2011


Mitheral: "The Whelk writes "Once characters can Ask Metafilter all drama as we know it will cease to be."

Could you imagine one of the characters asking a question that is actually in the archives? It shouldn't be hard to find one appropriate, even NOLA specific, and to secure permission from the original asker


"Should I eat this shrimp po'boy?"
posted by mwhybark at 8:31 AM on May 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


desjardins: "Is this one of those trememes I've heard so much about?

Now I have Trololo... stuck in my head, only it's Trememe..
"

paging cortex, cortex to the earworm cover studio, please
posted by mwhybark at 8:34 AM on May 10, 2011


Just wait until this news hits TRL.

oh, and yes, my usernumber is smaller than yours.

way to derail a thread, rich, you knucklehead

this reminds me of the We Got Blog incident of 2002 where we had to encase the place in amber.
posted by rich at 9:47 AM on May 10, 2011


This is Metafilter's greatest moment.

This is Metafilter's greatest moment.
posted by rcade at 10:29 AM on May 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


rcade - no, it was actually back in 2000.
posted by rich at 12:29 PM on May 10, 2011


Could you imagine one of the characters asking a question that is actually in the archives?

Absolutely.
posted by Kalthare at 12:29 PM on May 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


"Winter is coming," laughed Littlefinger as he turned his steed towards the Red Keep. "You'd do well to remember my House's words, Lord Stark."

Everyone needs a hug, Ned thought.
posted by infinitewindow at 12:42 PM on May 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: Winter is coming
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:44 PM on May 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: big enough for a TV mention, small enough for most people who hear that mention not to have a clue what the hell it means.

Cool!
posted by Decani at 12:48 PM on May 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


The man was fired because his failure to understand metafilter.
Though the camera grab excedes all on-line shopping vigilance.

If Jerry Seinfeld joined, that.

who do we have in L.A.
posted by clavdivs at 1:17 PM on May 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


wow! Just saw this (from the double)...AWESOME!
posted by milestogo at 6:48 PM on May 10, 2011


As a New Orleans mefite, I really really want a "Meta-who?" t-shirt.
posted by umbú at 10:08 PM on May 10, 2011


Oh wait, I have those numbers... In the last 30 days...

MeFi: 13,560 Users visited
MeFi: 4,765 Users wrote comments
AskMe: 12,254 Users visited
5,550 Users wrote answers


4,268 comments were made by The Whelk
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:10 PM on May 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is Metafilter's greatest moment.
posted by rcade at 5:29 on May 11 [3 favorites +] [!] [quote]


I'm always torn about whether or not to favourite the comment below that. On the one hand, it makes me laugh every time I read it; on the other, it breaks the Ask guidelines.
posted by doublehappy at 10:36 PM on May 10, 2011


Metafilter is the Hamsterdam of the internets.
posted by Skygazer at 11:02 AM on May 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


MySpace is still slightly relevant in the music industry. Although SoundCloud is probably taking over very quickly (thank god!), many artists use MySpace to stream album release promos. But damn, MySpace is just so completely fucked; who built this crap? It runs like utter shit. I remember it took me 20 min to get the stream working when OMD came out with their new album.
posted by Brocktoon at 8:04 AM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


/thinks about the horrible HTML of MySpace.
/thinks about the horrible, horrible CSS hacks required to customise it.
/thinks about how the HTML can never be changed now because of all the people who have used the horrible CSS would freak out.
/shudder.
posted by Artw at 9:09 AM on May 13, 2011


Can't not say it: Meta-Who Dat!
posted by Queen of Spreadable Fats at 6:52 PM on May 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


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