Change scares me
December 17, 2012 3:40 AM   Subscribe

All of a sudden I am seeing some odd symbols (associated with some Java tomfoolery)? Did a new pony ride into town? Are we in the Matrix?

posted by MezentianMe at 3:29 AM on December 17 [+] [!]
Need to fix a typo? Edit
Other [4/4]: «≡·

and «≡»

They seem to do stuff? Did I just find a sweet spot where new things are being tested, or rolled out?
posted by Mezentian to Bugs at 3:40 AM (56 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

The standard answer to these sorts of questions is another question:

Are you using any Greasemonkey scripts?
posted by carsonb at 3:45 AM on December 17, 2012


Are you talking about the [4/4], etc? Because that's a Greasemonkey script which you must have installed. Maybe you did that but forgot about it?
posted by taz (staff) at 3:45 AM on December 17, 2012


Opera, IE, FF Chrome (with std GM scripts) all seem fine on my end.
posted by lampshade at 3:48 AM on December 17, 2012


This is the one, I think.
posted by taz (staff) at 3:52 AM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Watch out for the vase! Put some cookies in your pocket, you'll be hungry later!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:54 AM on December 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


Aha! That's right! I installed a GreaseMonkey script last night, forgot (as is usual) and somehow it didn't represent earlier for some reason.

Thanks everyone!

I will now sit in the corner with my shame.
posted by Mezentian at 4:00 AM on December 17, 2012


and your cookies.
posted by taz (staff) at 4:03 AM on December 17, 2012 [13 favorites]


I have no cookies.
Is there a script that will deliver cookies?
Or wine. I will accept wine. And cookies. Or Wine Gums.
Or Shame Wine Gums.

[More seriously: it doesn't seem to show up on Recent Activity, which is where I got confused with the not seeing. My first MeTa is a panic. Typical.]
posted by Mezentian at 4:08 AM on December 17, 2012


Is there a script that will deliver cookies?

I just realised what a stupid statement that is on the Internet, in a thread about java and scripts.

My shame crowds me out.
posted by Mezentian at 4:13 AM on December 17, 2012


I think what my client means to say is that moderation on MetaFilter is COMPLETELY out of hand. Y'all might as well change your names to mathmao-y, p(ol)b(ot), skelecortex, and jessameinkampf, and then add civilization to the list of things MetaFilter doesn't do well.
posted by fleacircus at 4:38 AM on December 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


One more outburst like that, Advocate fleacircus, and this Court-ex will hold you in contempt.
posted by taz (staff) at 4:54 AM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


don't taz-e me!!!
posted by edgeways at 5:11 AM on December 17, 2012 [7 favorites]


I'd heard the term 'wine gum' before but didn't know what it meant. And a quick trip to Wikipedia somehow just went from wine gums (Swedish Fish are a variant) to a recipe on how to make Wine Jelly.

And then to the quote, "Lips that touch wine jelly. Shall never touch mine, Nelly!"
posted by sciencegeek at 5:15 AM on December 17, 2012


gah. This thread. First it made me want cookies, and now it's making me want wine. And I don't don't have either. I'm a sad panzer.
posted by taz (staff) at 5:26 AM on December 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Poor taz. Someone make her a luscious, homemade pie with only the freshest ingredients. Or thick, applewood smoked bacon.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:31 AM on December 17, 2012


Poor taz. Someone make her a luscious, homemade pie with only the freshest ingredients.

I totally did! And I'm eating it now! And it's delicious!
posted by DarlingBri at 5:34 AM on December 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


*aaaaarrrgh*
posted by taz (staff) at 5:40 AM on December 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Was it the same symbol, or did it just look like the symbol?
posted by Ghidorah at 5:49 AM on December 17, 2012


Someone make her a luscious, homemade pie with only the freshest ingredients. Or thick, applewood smoked bacon.

If you make a pie using only bacon, it's not a pie; it's a pile of bacon. Let's show some culinary exactitude, people!
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:56 AM on December 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


If anyone has any rejected piles of non-pie bacon, feel free to send them my way.
posted by arcticseal at 6:12 AM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


But not if you've made jam with them.....
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:17 AM on December 17, 2012


bacon jam and wine jelly.
posted by sciencegeek at 6:19 AM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


sciencegeek: "I'd heard the term 'wine gum' before but didn't know what it meant. And a quick trip to Wikipedia somehow just went from wine gums (Swedish Fish are a variant) to a recipe on how to make Wine Jelly.

And then to the quote, "Lips that touch wine jelly. Shall never touch mine, Nelly!"
"

Have some madeira, m'dear
You really have nothing to fear
I'm not trying to tempt you, that wouldn't be right
You shouldn't drink spirits at this time of night
Have some madeira, m'dear
It's really much nicer than beer
I don't care for sherry, one cannot drink stout
And port is a wine I can well do without
It's simply a case of chacun a son gout
Have some madeira, m'dear
posted by Splunge at 6:36 AM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


don't taz-e me!!!


Actually, it's "don't taz-e me, bro!!!!"



If you're going to do it, do it PROPERLY.
posted by Atreides at 6:56 AM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


oh god why didn't i choose skelecortex as a username
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:06 AM on December 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm a sad panzer.

Sad panzer?
posted by stebulus at 7:19 AM on December 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh, those symbols. Yeah, those are the first of the glyphs that signify the - actually, I'm gonna go ahead and let you be surprised.

I'll say this though: If you want to indulge in wine and/or cookies, now would be the time. If not now, then very soon.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 7:57 AM on December 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Are we in the Matrix?

bash -c 'trap reset EXIT;printf "%s\n" init sgr0 clear civis setaf\ 2 setab\ 0|tput -S;while :;do printf $((RANDOM%2));for((i=0;i<$((RANDOM%128));i++));do printf " ";done;done'
posted by cj_ at 8:02 AM on December 17, 2012


That's exactly right, stebulus. Except now Panzer Claus has come (or perhaps, I took the dog for a walk and stopped at the store), and I have wine and a chocolate bar.
posted by taz (staff) at 8:12 AM on December 17, 2012


so I'm happy.
posted by taz (staff) at 8:12 AM on December 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


Atreides, meme prescriptivism? Do we really want to open that particular can of worms?
posted by oddman at 8:17 AM on December 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


meme prescriptivism?

As laid out in The Elements of Gangnam Style by Strunk & White.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:28 AM on December 17, 2012 [27 favorites]


The epigraph of which is "Oppa needless words."
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:39 AM on December 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh! I know! I know! A pie-le of bacon!

Also! We can mow down offending commenters with a howie-itzer!

/came-late-to-this-thread
posted by softlord at 8:50 AM on December 17, 2012


You've just stumbled on one of the lesser-known mathematical symbols. It goes like this:

!= equal
= equal
≡ equal as hell (it is equals with a racing stripe)
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 10:04 AM on December 17, 2012


I think what my client means to say is that moderation on MetaFilter is COMPLETELY out of hand. Y'all might as well change your names to mathmao-y, p(ol)b(ot), skelecortex, and jessameinkampf, and then add civilization to the list of things MetaFilter doesn't do well.

omg so many amazing sockpuppet names.
posted by juv3nal at 11:04 AM on December 17, 2012


Is that like doubleplusungood?
posted by blue_beetle at 11:06 AM on December 17, 2012


≡ equal as hell (it is equals with a racing stripe)

But if you actually want your equality to go faster, you need the aerodynamic styling of ≅.
posted by stebulus at 12:50 PM on December 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Who wants ≡?
posted by drlith at 1:00 PM on December 17, 2012


This is a very silly thread.
posted by Jofus at 5:08 PM on December 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


I worship the Sungood.

Not the Doubleplu one, though.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:17 PM on December 17, 2012


≅? Aerodynamic styling? I always thought it was equals with a toupee.
posted by nat at 9:59 PM on December 17, 2012


≡ more equal than others.
posted by Pudhoho at 10:09 PM on December 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


I went to the shop and got wine gums, and some jubes.
I just wanted to share.
posted by Mezentian at 12:46 AM on December 18, 2012


Yes, we're in the Matrix. Which is a shame, because I'm having breakfast and could do with a spoon right now.
posted by Grangousier at 1:39 AM on December 18, 2012


Spoons? Where we're going there are no spoons.
posted by Mezentian at 2:19 AM on December 18, 2012


Recently rented DVDs for The Tick. Quite excellent.
Spooooooooon!
posted by sciencegeek at 6:27 AM on December 18, 2012


Toupees actually speed you up. Little-known fact.
posted by stebulus at 9:23 AM on December 18, 2012


Do you put them on your feet? Because I do have toe whiskers but I always shave them off.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 12:00 PM on December 18, 2012


You wear them at your ankles, like Hermes.
posted by stebulus at 12:47 PM on December 18, 2012


Yow, the green and the blue are really just an excuse for the real threads, this is meta!
posted by sammyo at 4:59 PM on December 18, 2012


I figure it's the steam vent from the gun control thread.
Only because guns and pot are legal everyone is tripping.
posted by Mezentian at 6:08 PM on December 18, 2012


Hey, sex elide
posted by flabdablet at 7:38 PM on December 18, 2012


Excellent. The Junior Anti-Sex League will rise again!
Red sashes for all.
posted by Mezentian at 7:46 PM on December 18, 2012


What in the wide, wide world of sports is a'goin' on here?
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 10:05 PM on December 18, 2012


Sam Hill's goin on.
He's makin' that hammer ring.
Ask not for who the bell tolls, for it tolls for us all.
posted by Mezentian at 11:22 PM on December 18, 2012


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