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Mefites' Choice 2012 winners, week four
January 3, 2013 2:32 PM   Subscribe

You may already have won! Click on through to meet the winsome winners of the fourth, last, final and concluding week of the Mefites' Choice Awards.

And what a week it's been. I'm not one to bandy about hyperbole, but dare I say it, it was the ultimate week of the year. Bit of a longish one too, wasn't it? So put on your red carpet bestest before applauding your host with a sense of polite obligation, because here are our winners:
  • In Best Cats, it's The Whelk for "PUPPIES GETTING GIFTS". To quote from the judges' report: The Whelk has managed to subvert the well-trodden genre of the cat post by making one that is mostly about dogs. Also cats. The Whelk wins the book "Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat" provided by Wordshore, and may I suggest an apéritif of Żubrówka bison grass vodka with apple juice to accompany the reading? The grass is against furballs, and the apple juice is to annoy cats, who cannot taste sweetness. Their loss.
  • For Best Asian Food, Jode takes the prize on the strength of what is only their second front page effort, "Finest Food TV Ever". In the judges' words, Hairy tofu is an obvious metaphor for Metafilter at large: it takes a while to truly appreciate, but once you've learned the correct seasonings it is delectable indeed. Jode, please collect your Malaysian/Singaporean/Indonesian spice mixes from infini. Wait, all those countries but no Laos? Oh, I see. Enjoy the laos! [Disclaimer: host makes no claim as to the spice mixes containing laos or not.]
  • For Best Retro Gaming we have JHarris for "All hands, prepare for MULTIBALL.". JHarris, step right up and receive your $10 game from Steam, GOG.com or the digital distributor of your choice from griphus.
  • In Best Awesome Women Doing Awesome Things, it's "The Natives are restless. Wondering why?" by jokeefe. jokeefe wins a copy of "Don't Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England" provided by ocherdraco.
  • Best Music goes to flapjax at midnite for "Beatles harmony tutorial videos". flapjax at midnite wins a brand new Corsair 115GB 2.5" SATA SSD provided by Davey Darling. Defragment early, defragment often! Actually... actually my producer's saying now that one needn't defrag an SSD. Well you learn something every day! Fragments of knowledge indeed.
  • The winner of Best Single Link Post is Daily Alice for "Finding the "just right" book". Daily Alice, please collect your frosted glass MeFi stein that reads "FLAG IT AND MOVE ON" from Greg Nog. If you are so inclined, feel free to pose with it for a mug shot! Ha, I'll be here all week. Speaking of books:
  • Best Books goes to Rhaomi for "Cities and the Soul". You are about to begin reading the judges' report on Rhaomi's new post, Cities and the Soul. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade. Best to close the door; the TV is always on in the next room. Tell the others right away, "No, I don't want to watch TV!" Raise your voice--they won't hear you otherwise--"I'm reading! I don't want to be disturbed!" Maybe they haven't heard you, with all that racket; speak louder, yell: "I'm beginning to read the judges' report on Rhaomi's new post!" Or if you prefer, don't say anything; just hope they'll leave you alone. Rhaomi, please MeMail your humble host with the one-word topic of your sonnet, and it will be composed as soon as I've sourced a suitable ribbon for my typewriter, and a suitable banana for my monkey typist.
  • The penultimate winner is one in two categories, Best Pleats and Best Winning Runner-Up. The post with the second-most fantastic flags for the final week of 2012 was "Pleats and thank you" by Lexica. Thus spake the judges: Some contestants pleated with us to change our minds, but even when pressed we would not fold. The whole thing had us in stitches! Lexica, please be so kind as to collect your Valve entertainment product from adrianhon.
  • And lastly but certainly not leastly, winning two prizes for just one post, it's the moment you've all been scrolling for: *drum roll*, sound of stray monocles dropping into champagne For Most Fantasticked Post, it's... "Japan" by kliuless! *balloons* Apart from temporary everlasting fame, kliuless wins a Starbucks Pike Place Market mug and a $10 gift card from the same store (or if the winner is from a place with easy access to the Market, the same from Fort Worth) provided by fireoyster; and from k8lin, a batch of delicious home-made cookies or candy. kliuless, please let k8lin know if you have any allergies, dietary restrictions, or special requests.
Thanks to all prize-givers, voters and participants, and to all of you, have a wonderful year!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane to MetaFilter-Related at 2:32 PM (45 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

great, now we need a separate award for this post.
posted by elizardbits at 2:39 PM on January 3, 2013 [11 favorites]


Finally! ;p

What with the partying judges never getting home until a year later and all...

Jode, your worthy worthy post seeks spices. Kindly let me know where to mail stuff or memail me to discuss what you'd really like to receive from the general region of the Spice Islands...
posted by infini at 2:40 PM on January 3, 2013


Thanks indeed to all. There were some great posts, winners and not.
posted by cribcage at 2:42 PM on January 3, 2013


goodnewsfortheinsane, why do you sound like a radio personality?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:47 PM on January 3, 2013


Oh and prize-givers, be sure to contact your winners in order to get the relevant mailing info (if applicable) etc.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 2:49 PM on January 3, 2013


You may already have won!

I didn't.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:51 PM on January 3, 2013


I have made first contact, sir!

I'm turning into such a teacher's pet
posted by infini at 2:52 PM on January 3, 2013


I guess I've just got one of those faces, the man of twists and turns.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 2:53 PM on January 3, 2013


So... Jode says I sent them the memail by mistake... did the monocle sop up too much champagne? ;p
posted by infini at 2:54 PM on January 3, 2013


flapjax at midnite wins a brand new Corsair 115GB 2.5" SATA SSD provided by Davey Darling. Defragment early, defragment often!

NOOOOO. Do not defragment SSDs! They have a limited read/write lifespan and defrag and/or benchmarking prematurely ages it a LOT.
posted by griphus at 2:56 PM on January 3, 2013 [3 favorites]


Jode says I sent them the memail by mistake

Can you please explain what you are talking about more clearly because I can not understand if this is a joke or some sort of miscommunication that requires our assistance.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:56 PM on January 3, 2013


For Best Retro Gaming we have JHarris for "All hands, prepare for MULTIBALL." JHarris, step right up and receive your $10 game from Steam, GOG.com or the digital distributor of your choice from griphus.

This is hilarious because when JHarris posted the Zelda II thing, I sent him a message congratulating him on almost definitely winning the prize.
posted by griphus at 2:58 PM on January 3, 2013


It's Raining Florence Henderson: "You may already have won!

I didn't.
"
What's your steam id?
posted by boo_radley at 2:59 PM on January 3, 2013


I guess Jode just doesn't know that they've won yet? I was just talking to jessamyn about whether we should contact the winners. I'll drop Jode a MeMail now just to be sure and point them to this thread.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 2:59 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Żubrówka bison grass vodka

I just made some of that recently! They sell bisongrass at my local Polish bodega, so I steeped it myself. Then I used it to make bloody marys for New Year's Day! The bloodys tasted like plants.
posted by Greg Nog at 3:00 PM on January 3, 2013


Congrats to the winners!

I'd like to take a moment to recognize Bunny Ultramod's awesome Road House post, which had my vote for best.
posted by mokin at 3:02 PM on January 3, 2013 [5 favorites]


We talked about that one just today in the podcast!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:03 PM on January 3, 2013


I would be willing to pitch in for obscenely tight high-waisted bluejeans for Bunny Ultramod.
posted by griphus at 3:03 PM on January 3, 2013


Yay! I definitely paid more attention to the blue this month because of this, and really enjoyed reading all the fantastic posts and comments there. Thanks for putting this together, everyone!
posted by k8lin at 3:03 PM on January 3, 2013


I would be willing to pitch in for obscenely tight high-waisted bluejeans for Bunny Ultramod.

Oh my god be still my heart
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 3:06 PM on January 3, 2013


griphus: "I would be willing to pitch in for obscenely tight high-waisted bluejeans for Bunny Ultramod."

With rhinestones on the back pockets?
posted by boo_radley at 3:06 PM on January 3, 2013


Well, I wasn't sure if I could share too much about a memail exchange with another mefite on here.

But goodnewsfortheinsane has figured out the problem.
posted by infini at 3:07 PM on January 3, 2013


With rhinestones on the back pockets?

And a matching denim jacket with pleather fringe on the sleeves.
posted by elizardbits at 3:09 PM on January 3, 2013


Whoa whoa whoa, before we get too ahead of ourselves: logistics first, people. We need to find someone who lives in one of those fancy rich towns with a J.C. Penney.
posted by griphus at 3:10 PM on January 3, 2013


Oh my goodness!

(rushes off to add "award-winning contributor to internationally acclaimed community weblog" to the resume)
posted by Daily Alice at 3:14 PM on January 3, 2013 [7 favorites]


What's your steam id?

Good question. I have no idea. It's been a long time since I've actually had to log in, and I haven't played in a couple of years. Which I really, really need to mitigate.

And if Bunny Ultramod memails me his address, I'll send him a Road House-worthy special gift.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:16 PM on January 3, 2013


It's Raining Florence Henderson: " I'll send him a Road House-worthy special gift."

A graduate-level philosophy textbook?
posted by boo_radley at 3:18 PM on January 3, 2013


I am dying of curiosity. But I don't mind, because pain don't hurt.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 3:25 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


A graduate-level philosophy textbook?

That would be funny. Maybe a big white mint. Haven't decided yet. Concept gifts require careful planning. And possibly special arrangements with the USPS.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:26 PM on January 3, 2013


Woo-hoo! Coming soon to a MeFite near you! It's... SOMETHING.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:27 PM on January 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Was totally ready to wave hands and hope loudly that flapjax hadn't already de-fragged his new SSD. Got me right gnifti.
posted by carsonb at 3:48 PM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


Well whadayaknow. Thank-you ladies and gentlemen and thank-you Infini. I'd also like to thank my producer and the whole crew at CCTV. Hi Mom.
posted by Jode at 4:34 PM on January 3, 2013


weird :P

thanks!
posted by kliuless at 4:44 PM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yayhooray! I love how posting about a master Italian author just happened to net a Petrarchan (Italian) sonnet. I will have to think about the subject, though. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.

Also, special thanks to my quonsee, Fig, for gifting me lovely dead-tree copies of Cosmicomics and Invisible Cities. I've always adored them, but never had the pleasure of owning them on paper till now. Having them on hand definitely helped!
posted by Rhaomi at 5:09 PM on January 3, 2013 [2 favorites]


I am so tickled about this, I just can't say. Big ol' silly grin on my face right now.
posted by Lexica at 9:10 PM on January 3, 2013


Hey, wow, thanks! I don't even know what an SSD is! Now I'm gonna go find out now!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:00 AM on January 4, 2013


Aha! Solid state drive, eh? That sounds good!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:02 AM on January 4, 2013


I thank you and all Internet pets everywhere thank you.
posted by The Whelk at 8:44 AM on January 4, 2013


*Imagines an SSD with 6 strings or a camera bag and kliuless wondering why they won*

You people...no wait...we people are very weird indeed, in a nice sort of way.
posted by infini at 9:05 AM on January 4, 2013


It has arrived.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 2:49 PM on January 7, 2013 [2 favorites]


A few months later, flapjax is asked how the SSD is working and he sends back a picture of himself wearing it around his neck like an amulet.
posted by griphus at 2:56 PM on January 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


A few months later, flapjax is asked how the SSD is working and he sends back a picture of himself wearing it around his neck like an amulet.

Amulet me use my SSD like am-a WANT to?

Actually, haven't heard anything back from SSD offerer Davey Darling yet, though...should I be worried? Where are ya, Davey?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:14 PM on January 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


The real question is, will it save him from the coal mine?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:15 PM on January 7, 2013


Yay, just heard back from SSD offerer Davey Darling, and I'm happy to announce my amulet should arrive soon!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:57 PM on January 7, 2013


Holey moley! Thank you, fellow Mefites!
posted by jokeefe at 9:31 PM on January 8, 2013


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