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Do we need a new sub-site for this? Meta-Subject perhaps? Wherein yet another subject of post clues in, joins up, community theoretically gets better. In this case, it's Matt Bird, whose blog Cockeyed Caravan (underrated movies + other stories) got FPP'ed by Iridic.
posted by philip-random to MetaFilter-Related at 12:34 PM (60 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I don't think we need another subsection, but the call outs here are always awesome!

Maybe add a wiki page? (there probably already is..)
posted by royalsong at 1:04 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Or, how about a tag, like guestappearance or cameo?

or tookthebait
posted by Pronoiac at 1:04 PM on July 19, 2011


How about if we just call the tag ScottAdams and be done with it.
posted by Stagger Lee at 1:08 PM on July 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


We don't need a new subsite.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:13 PM on July 19, 2011


The place might feel roomier if we build a sub-basement for storage. I mean, honestly, Matt, your file cabinets alone take up an entire room, and you almost never use them. Let's move them out of sight, and when you need them, you can get them. It would also be a good place for Cortex's giant doughnut collection, which he doesn't seem like he is ever going to get around to eating.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:18 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


♩...we don't need another subsite,
We don't need to make a new home...♩
posted by davejay at 1:22 PM on July 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


Meatfilter+
posted by Elmore at 1:26 PM on July 19, 2011


http://meta.metatalk.metafilter.com
posted by blue_beetle at 1:27 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


No offense to Mr. Bird, but when the subject of the FPP is just some random blogger, it's not all that impressive. When Steve Wozniak joins, sure. I'm not sure this warrants a MeTa, let alone a subsite.
posted by cribcage at 1:29 PM on July 19, 2011


Are you THE cribcage? OMG! How do I post this on metametatalk!
posted by Ayn Rand and God at 1:32 PM on July 19, 2011


i read "iridic" as short for "irridiculous" which should be a word
posted by klangklangston at 1:37 PM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I read "klangklangston" as short for "klangklangklangklangklangklangklangklangklangston."
posted by mintcake! at 1:39 PM on July 19, 2011


No offense to Mr. Bird, but when the subject of the FPP is just some random blogger, it's not all that impressive.

Any time a blogger who has produced significant and worthwhile content joins the site as a result of our linking out to him, it's worth noting.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:46 PM on July 19, 2011 [16 favorites]


Went the trolley, yes.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:47 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I imagine Ethel Mermans' reply, "went the bell" and somewere, circuits would crackle.
posted by clavdivs at 1:58 PM on July 19, 2011


It was Judy Garland, no?
posted by Melismata at 2:05 PM on July 19, 2011


Does anyone else read "klangklangston" and start singing "Meet klangklangston . . . His boy Elroy . . ." ?
posted by FelliniBlank at 2:23 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I usually think of Kraftwerk's studio.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 2:24 PM on July 19, 2011


On the internet, everyone is just some random blogger.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:30 PM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


♩...we don't need another subsite,

Actually, I was kidding about that part -- more just pointing out that Mr. Bird had seen fit to throw in with us all here as we continue the hard work of whatever it is that we're all doing here when we could be otherwise watching TV, playing some first-person shooter, re-reading Moby Dick, getting stoned, pulling the wings of flies ... whatever
posted by philip-random at 2:36 PM on July 19, 2011


Astro Zombie: "Any time a blogger who has produced significant and worthwhile content joins the site as a result of our linking out to him, it's worth noting."

Considering how much stuff gets linked around here, actually no it's not.

I understand the impulse to point and gawk at bona-fide famous people popping up here, but I wish we could resist even that. Rolling out the red carpet for some users and not others is, I think, somewhat antithetical to the point of this community. Save for the mods, the only thing that sets one user apart from another is what they contribute here.
posted by mkultra at 2:48 PM on July 19, 2011


mkultra, I take your point and find that I tend to agree with you when it's with regard to some "notably famous" name. That is, I can find the gawk-factor rather embarrassing. But in a case like Matt Bird's here where it's someone I've never heard of putting together a darned fine blog which has obviously required an enormous amount of drive and commitment (and taste), well, why not acknowledge it?

Most people join MeFi because they've been drawn to it somehow (word of mouth, mucking around online chasing a few links). In this case, the opposite sort of happened. Metafilter was drawn to Cockeyed Caravan. That, for me, is notable.
posted by philip-random at 2:57 PM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


I don't really get the impression that there's such a high hurdle for what warrants a MeTa that this doesn't meet the requirements. 2 entries down is a "Schmoopy Thanks" thread FFS. I think it's kind of neat when the subject of a post signs up. Except when they act all cray cray like Scott Adams. But either way I like having it pointed out.
posted by Hoopo at 3:07 PM on July 19, 2011


royalsong: " Maybe add a wiki page? (there probably already is..)"

There wasn't one that I'm aware of.

There's the Famous page, and the Published Authors page.

So I just created a "Hey, That's Me!" page on the wiki. Will add Matt Bird and Rob Rummel-Hudson now, both of whom signed up today.

Please feel free to add to the page yourselves, too.
posted by zarq at 3:11 PM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I just created a "Hey, That's Me!" page on the wiki.

Neat! I added it to the Member List category.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:18 PM on July 19, 2011


Great! Thank you!

I'll try to flesh it out a bit this week.
posted by zarq at 3:22 PM on July 19, 2011


On the internet, everyone is just some random blogger.

Not me; I'm only a pseudorandom blogger.
posted by mstokes650 at 3:58 PM on July 19, 2011


talk.metatalk.metafilter.zombo.com
posted by babbyʼ); Drop table users; -- at 4:24 PM on July 19, 2011


Oh hey there is a published author page and I'm not on it, let me get to a regular computer.....
posted by The Whelk at 4:37 PM on July 19, 2011


zarq: So I just created a "Hey, That's Me!" page on the wiki. Will add Matt Bird and Rob Rummel-Hudson now, both of whom signed up today.

Do we add PlannedChaos, or is that reserved to "Hey, That's No Sockpuppet!"

posted by filthy light thief at 4:45 PM on July 19, 2011


♩...we don't need another subsite,
We don't need to make a new home...♩


I thought we were beyond Thunderdome.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:48 PM on July 19, 2011


I imagine Ethel Mermans' reply, "went the bell" and somewere, circuits would crackle.

Zing!
posted by Sys Rq at 5:51 PM on July 19, 2011


I will add Scott Adams when I can if no one beats me to it.

The entire plannedchaos saga deserves his own page and I'll probably try to outline what happened when I have time if no one does it first.
posted by zarq at 6:29 PM on July 19, 2011


Oh, hey, I forget the guy's name, but how about the guy who worked on STARSHIP TITANIC?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:40 PM on July 19, 2011


And, who's maintaining the "published authors" page? I need to shoot them a link to my own work.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:42 PM on July 19, 2011


Everyone can add their own stuff. It's a wiki, so you can just add yourself.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:30 PM on July 19, 2011


Empress, if you don't want to do it yourself and would like me to add anything for you, memail me.
posted by zarq at 8:46 PM on July 19, 2011


EmpressCallipygos is talking about Yoz Grahame, who appeared in the Starship Titanic thread.

If anyone gets bored, you can read through the Sideblog Archive. Many of the "Hey, that's me!" appeared there.

Also, Rachel Sussman came in and commented in the Oldest Living Things thread, where I liked to a bunch of the items that she covered on her blog/journeys.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:14 PM on July 19, 2011


Does anyone else read "klangklangston" and start singing "Meet klangklangston . . . His boy Elroy . . ." ?

No. Until now, that is. Thanks a whole lot.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:42 PM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


De nada.
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:45 PM on July 19, 2011


Just added myself. There was that one thread where you guys were talking about that thing I once was peripherally involved in and I totally knew about it and I just *had* to sign up and comment.

Wait, did I do that right?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 10:00 PM on July 19, 2011


OK, the page has been updated for all of 2011. I literally read back through dozens of pages to make sure I didn't miss anyone. Oh, and I added Woz and skipped Tao Lin. Will add Yoz and R Sussman tomorrow.

Will use the sidebar blog for the rest. Many thanks for the suggestion, filthy light thief!!
posted by zarq at 10:11 PM on July 19, 2011


Does anyone else read "klangklangston" and start singing "Meet klangklangston . . . His boy Elroy . . ." ?

I didn't before I read this...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:05 AM on July 20, 2011


Considering how much stuff gets linked around here, actually no it's not.

Considering how rarely the authors show up in the thread, sure it is.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:25 AM on July 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Interestingly enough, Yoz didn't join MeFi as the result of Rhaomi's beautiful, epic Starship Titanic post. He's been a member since Nov 22, 2005.

I could add him in and indicate that he was already a MeFite. But it adds a wrinkle: others would then qualify for inclusion including folks like Adam Savage and Charlie Stross.
posted by zarq at 8:22 AM on July 20, 2011


zarq: The entire plannedchaos saga deserves his own page...

I'd started writing one on Monday, just because it seemed like it should go on the timeline. I might keep it short, so I don't just start writing CWAA repeatedly.
posted by Pronoiac at 11:09 AM on July 20, 2011


In my last FPP, the universally loved {ll} French Kissing School for Dogs, it turned out that one of the film-makers is Mefi's Own. So there.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:15 AM on July 20, 2011


Yeah, but that's kind of like finding out a family member has done time.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:19 AM on July 20, 2011


Pronoiac: " I'd started writing one on Monday, just because it seemed like it should go on the timeline. I might keep it short, so I don't just start writing CWAA repeatedly."

Thank you! I was really dreading doing that one. ;)

At the time, it was an interesting to see how the mods handled him. And then how they spoke about him and his behavior to various websites and media outlets.
posted by zarq at 12:04 PM on July 20, 2011


Yeah, about the time of the NPR interview I was thinking I should write that whole weird thing up on my blog, but then every time I thought about it I was like "is this how I want to spend the next two hours of my life, making notes and remembering all that in detail?" so I've just been playing Realm of the Mad God compulsively instead.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:24 PM on July 20, 2011


I didn't join you guys when a blog I founded got FPP'd. I cringed and hid since I'd been around for far too long and was actually embarressed.
posted by infini at 1:31 PM on July 20, 2011


infini: "I didn't join you guys when a blog I founded got FPP'd. I cringed and hid since I'd been around for far too long and was actually embarressed."

Okay, you can't leave us hanging like that. What was the FPP?!
posted by zarq at 1:35 PM on July 20, 2011


cortex: "so I've just been playing Realm of the Mad God compulsively instead."

That sounds like a much better use of your time.
posted by zarq at 1:36 PM on July 20, 2011


Okay, you can't leave us hanging like that. What was the FPP?!

This one.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:39 PM on July 20, 2011


LOL no. Lets just say it was the one where i knew one of the contributors was launching a magazine
posted by infini at 1:43 PM on July 20, 2011


Does anyone remember the thread where a bunch of people were bashing Kur5hin and Rusty showed up?
posted by griphus at 1:51 PM on July 20, 2011


griphus, here's an old thread where the poster apologized for linking to K5, then rusty asked "is there some kind of anti-K5 movement I haven't heard of?"

zarq - thanks for making and adding to this page! I added a few famous members who joined because they were mentioned in/the topic of the post. Sadly, they didn't stick around. At least robmanuel asked a question with his $5 entry fee.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:26 PM on July 20, 2011


So, that happened.

I've posted a summary about Scott Adams, plannedchaos. It's a rabbit hole of crazy.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:43 AM on July 21, 2011


Pronoiac, nicely done. Thanks for putting that together.
posted by zarq at 6:38 AM on July 21, 2011


filthy light thief: " zarq - thanks for making and adding to this page! I added a few famous members who joined because they were mentioned in/the topic of the post. Sadly, they didn't stick around. At least robmanuel asked a question with his $5 entry fee."

You're welcome! I'm having fun with it. And thank you for adding people!

OLTW and CTORourke have both used AskMe since they joined! CTORourke even posted an "Should I Have Eaten This question?" :D

I was surprised to learn this morning that John Siracusa joined MeFi to comment the last time one of his comprehensive review articles at Ars Technica was FPP'd. And it appears he may have corrected his article because of something pointed out in that thread. Perhaps he'll show up in the current thread?
posted by zarq at 10:18 AM on July 21, 2011


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