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April 4, 2013 6:02 AM   Subscribe

Metafilter gets a shout-out in The Atlantic.
posted by dfriedman to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 AM (57 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

Well, we drive enough traffic their way...
posted by the man of twists and turns at 6:04 AM on April 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


One one of those daily deal sites a while back, I bought two years of The Atlantic for nine bucks on a whim. It's the first magazine subscription that I've personally had since Nickelodeon Magazine back when I was in elementary school.

Apparently it was a good choice.
posted by phunniemee at 6:14 AM on April 4, 2013


Yeah, I did the same thing and it is a great magazine. Unfortunately, I probably should turn off those daily deal notifications as our two-person household now subscribes to something like nine or ten magazines.
posted by griphus at 6:22 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's an awesome story. Great thread, too!

the man of twists and turns: "Well, we drive enough traffic their way..."

The Atlantic is one of perhaps a couple of dozen websites whose front page url makes the "previously" address checker on the "make a new post" page turn out over 150 results. It's impressive and a little daunting.
posted by zarq at 6:24 AM on April 4, 2013


Hey neat, I posted that on the BestOf blog also.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:28 AM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yeah I think I somehow managed to get three years of The Atlantic for six bucks or something recently and at that price I'd pay it even if I only got the occasional TNC article. That there's a whole entire magazine wrapped around them is gravy.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:34 AM on April 4, 2013


Yeah, I did the same thing and it is a great magazine.

Actually, now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I saw it because you posted it on facebook or something.
posted by phunniemee at 6:47 AM on April 4, 2013


I really appreciate that this article is so simple and heartfelt. There are no snarky asides, creative storytelling techniques or huge theories being proposed. It's just a short quiet story that is very touching. Basically, I was confused when I finished reading because there was no "gotcha" moment and then I was sad that this is what I've come to expect and then I was happy because it was a sweet story and his Dad sounds like a cool guy. Anyway, I'm glad we were a part of it and I'm glad that I just got my first subscription to the Atlantic about a month ago.
posted by victoriab at 6:47 AM on April 4, 2013 [19 favorites]


Oh yeah, well I flagged it as fantastic. So there!
posted by kavasa at 7:14 AM on April 4, 2013


Hey, cool. I liked this story, so it cheers me to see it printed in a big magazine.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:43 AM on April 4, 2013


Fun! But now I am really seriously considering changing my username because apparently everyone assumes I'm a he. Maybe to HotToddess. HotTodShe?
posted by HotToddy at 7:47 AM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


That was a wonderful AskMe. It got me thinking that I should plan some kind of small mystery for my kids to solve after I die.
posted by middleclasstool at 7:48 AM on April 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


The Hardy Boys and the Mysterious Odor
posted by griphus at 7:48 AM on April 4, 2013 [11 favorites]


Nancy Drew and the Cryptic Penis Tattoo Treasure Map
posted by middleclasstool at 7:50 AM on April 4, 2013 [11 favorites]


The Famous Five go to Banjo Island.
posted by arcticseal at 7:57 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Miscavige Leads AskMe to Milestone Year"
posted by mintcake! at 8:08 AM on April 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


I loved the original thread and now I appreciate Daniel's dad David even more knowing he was a fellow Dead Head who also kept notes of shows, set lists, and band instrument documentation. I am well into my goal of having a copy of every show I attended. That is a lot of shows. 90+.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:10 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


But now I am really seriously considering changing my username because apparently everyone assumes I'm a he.

Or you could add the correct information to your profile. There's a "go nuts" field for it. You can be whatever you want to be and end the wild speculation.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:11 AM on April 4, 2013


What a very nice article.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:28 AM on April 4, 2013


A very good article, and because I am bad I am contemplating leaving behind cryptic notes about the location of a hidden pot of gold.
posted by angrycat at 8:54 AM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yay!
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:54 AM on April 4, 2013


...cryptic notes about the location of a hidden pot of gold.

"...I want her to look at my portrait and go crazy trying to find all that stuff!"
posted by griphus at 8:57 AM on April 4, 2013


But now I am really seriously considering changing my username because apparently everyone assumes I'm a he.

The offending pronoun has been corrected. Yay!
posted by zamboni at 9:07 AM on April 4, 2013


Ha, awesome! Thanks Atlantic!
posted by HotToddy at 9:22 AM on April 4, 2013


The offending pronoun has been corrected.

Less than 90 minutes later...so, this Rebecca J. Rosen is a mefite, one assumes? Out yourself, Atlantic blogger!

Or, y'know, don't. Either way.
posted by dersins at 9:32 AM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Aaand profile filled out. Thanks!
posted by HotToddy at 9:35 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Aw, feeling a little choked up. How sweet!
posted by stoneweaver at 9:46 AM on April 4, 2013


"But now I am really seriously considering changing my username because apparently everyone assumes I'm a he."

If it makes you feel any better, I assumed you were a tall drink of whiskey.
posted by iamkimiam at 9:50 AM on April 4, 2013 [6 favorites]


If it makes you feel any better, I assumed you were a tall drink of whiskey.

*hug*

Was it Bushmill's?
posted by HotToddy at 9:59 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awwww. That was a good thread. I'm glad the community was able to offer dmd some answers (and maybe some comfort), and I'm grateful for the memory of a joke I shared with my own father.

It was a bit of a jolt to discover I'd been blockquoted in a classy mag, and instead of discussing any of my academic or political interests, I'm talking about punchlines, grief, and ducks. I mean, OF COURSE.
posted by Elsa at 10:09 AM on April 4, 2013 [14 favorites]


So you're saying a I should get a subscription to the Atlantic?
posted by backseatpilot at 10:47 AM on April 4, 2013


Personally I think the Atlantic is just a collection of trolls with graduate degrees, but this was very nice.
posted by Navelgazer at 10:47 AM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Metafilter's bigger than the Atlantic, no?
posted by philip-random at 10:53 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm waiting to determine which Atlantic writer is the one that unimpresses me, so I can refer to him as but one drip in the Atlantic. Nobody seems to be stepping up, though. Good for them, but at the same time, drat! Y'know?
posted by .kobayashi. at 11:19 AM on April 4, 2013


Daniel Drucker? The setup for that joke is pretty long, but the punch line is "14-year-old network wizard."
posted by Harvey Kilobit at 11:22 AM on April 4, 2013


Metafilter's bigger than the Atlantic, no?

Nobody wants to hear them 'cause their rhymes are damn frantic.
posted by mintcake! at 11:23 AM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


So you're saying a I should get a subscription to the Atlantic?

If the phrase "thought leader" doesn't make you laugh, then it makes good reading between TED Talks.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:35 AM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is OK, but vote #1 quidnunc kid and I will work tirelessly so that MetaFilter achieves the adulation of ALL the oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian - sorry, Native American - Arctic and Antarctic. Vote #1 thalassocracy, vote #1 quidnunc kid. I may have some badges printed.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 11:43 AM on April 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


That was a wonderful AskMe. It got me thinking that I should plan some kind of small mystery for my kids to solve after I die.

A file labeled jokes.txt with a bunch of things that aren't punchlines to jokes. They will spend the rest of their lives trying to figure them out.

Examples:
No, I wanted three elephants!
That only looks like a peanut
Beats me. Want some butter?
Because it's purple!
Dorothy Parker, Nelson Mandela, and a spoon
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 11:57 AM on April 4, 2013 [26 favorites]



Fun! But now I am really seriously considering changing my username because apparently everyone assumes I'm a he. Maybe to HotToddess. HotTodShe?
posted by HotToddy at 10:47 AM on April 4


HotToddy, I loved your quote in the thread, and then again in the article - but every time I see your name, I think of the (maybe nsfw) male burlesque performer (actually, Best Boylesque 2009!) I've seen with the same name (plus a space.)

Don't worry. I'm sure anyone who clicks on those links will forget the connection immediately, and it'll be just me.
posted by peagood at 12:09 PM on April 4, 2013


I have been getting a lot of bad news in the past ten days, including word of several friends losing loved ones, and seeing that fantastic thread cheers me. The combination of condolences and filthy/dumb jokes -- which the deceased would probably have loved! -- is just great. Thanks, MeteFilter, you guys are the best!
posted by wenestvedt at 1:23 PM on April 4, 2013


More examples:
"That dog's not so shaggy."

"He is not electrocuted, because he was such a 'poor conductor.'"

"A niche in time saves Stein."

"No soap, radio."
posted by ericb at 1:55 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dorothy Parker, Nelson Mandela, and a spoon walk into a bar.

"Whats is this," asks the bartender, "some kind of a joke?"

"No," says the spoon. "It's a prank."
posted by notyou at 3:20 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm worried that where The Atlantic links Thomas Freedman is sure to follow.
posted by humanfont at 6:10 PM on April 4, 2013


Oh my god, peagood. That is perfect and hilarious. And awful!
posted by HotToddy at 6:47 PM on April 4, 2013


Metafilter's bigger than the Atlantic, no?

I'm pretty sure you're thinking of the Pacific, not Metafilter, which is actually smaller than the Caspian.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:17 PM on April 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Actually, scratch the last line and change to:

"No," says the spoon. "It's a wake."
posted by notyou at 8:20 PM on April 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hey neat, I posted that on the BestOf blog also.

I can't find the post. Hope me?
posted by radwolf76 at 2:51 PM on April 5, 2013


Hot Toddy, whenever i see your handle, I think of Thelma Todd and glamour and martinis and good times.
posted by julen at 3:30 PM on April 5, 2013


I can't find the post. Hope me?

Third one down on this page.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:25 PM on April 5, 2013


Third one down on this page.

No wonder my confusion. The Atlantic article's about this thread, and your Best Of blogpost points at this one.
posted by radwolf76 at 6:26 AM on April 6, 2013


Sorry, I added another post to the blog before you saw it. Here's a direct link.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:43 AM on April 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ok. Doesn't help I was looking before I had my morning caffeine. Thanks!
posted by radwolf76 at 6:55 AM on April 6, 2013


Not sure this is the right place, but MetaFilter also made it into today's "Physics Week in Review" in Scientific America. It was for this comment by Matthew Buckley on the recent FPP about Antimatter.
posted by Wordshore at 8:14 AM on April 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


That was also on the BestOf blog. Hey!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:25 AM on April 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


While we're here, there's also a mention of MetaFilter in Metro, the free UK tabloid, this thursday just gone:

He discussed his idea on community weblog MetaFilter with fellow attorney Ryan Davidson, who works in insurance law, and Law and the Multiverse was born.

Related FPP and project.
posted by Wordshore at 9:36 AM on April 6, 2013


So, this just happened. It makes me think there's something to that karma stuff.
posted by Toekneesan at 4:48 PM on May 3, 2013


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