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Happy Birthday Mr Cortex
April 26, 2013 9:17 AM   Subscribe

The sock thief of the MetaFilter Aristocracy has some warm words for the masses on this special day.

Social mod is social. He throws house party meetups for MeFi's. He goes to anniversary meetups, and early meetups, and gathering in enchanted forests, and marks the 10th anniversary of MetaFilter, again, with MeFi's.

And takes road trips to meet the masses on here, ending up in places like

- Baltimore (2009)
- Boston (2009)
- Chapel Hill (2009)
- Chicago (2009)
- Chicago again (2009)
- Denver (2009)
- Green Dragon, Portland (2008)
- Los Angeles (2009)
- Los Angeles (2009)
- Lucky Lab (2011)
- Marlborough, MA (2007)
- Montpelier, VT (2009)
- New Orleans (2009)
- New York (2009)
- PDX (2005)
- PDX (2008)
- PDX (2009)
- Philly (2009)
- Portland (2007)
- Portland (2008)
- Portland (2009)
- Portland, ME (2009)
- Raleigh (2009)
- Salt Lake City (2009)
- San Francisco (2009)
- San Francisco again (2009)
- San Jose (2006)
- Washington DC (2009)

Mr Cortex tweets, very occasionally writes on LiveJournal, and much more frequently writes on his own website. He plays guitar, kills his own bears, and is rad.
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter-Related at 9:17 AM (132 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

LARP Trek is magical. HBD cortex.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:19 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Many happy returns, Cortex!
posted by pxe2000 at 9:21 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday Cortex, and Happy Friday Afternoon restofthemods.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 9:22 AM on April 26, 2013


You are the Dude of Dudes, Cortex. Have a wonderful day, in which there is absolutely no mod headache causation.
posted by bearwife at 9:30 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday!
posted by bilabial at 9:31 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday!
posted by tickingclock at 9:31 AM on April 26, 2013


Hey, thanks! And Larp Trek will get updated at some point this morning, I promise. And speaking of meetups, I'm gonna go get some birthday doppelbock with iamabot after I clock out at noon. Plus me and griphus are gonna record episode two of our Hellraiser podcast this weekend.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:35 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


hay cortex i made you a birthday thing
posted by elizardbits at 9:37 AM on April 26, 2013 [14 favorites]


Many happy happies, Cortex!
posted by benito.strauss at 9:42 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy Birthday, cortex!
posted by zarq at 9:43 AM on April 26, 2013


Beeeeeeer.
posted by iamabot at 9:43 AM on April 26, 2013


Yaaay! You made it around the sun again! Happy Birthday!
posted by gauche at 9:44 AM on April 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Happy birthday, cortex! Hope it's awesome.
posted by batmonkey at 9:51 AM on April 26, 2013


birthday doppelbock with iamabot

That is a beautifully odd collection of consonants and vowels.

Happy birthday!
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:51 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, cortex!
posted by MoonOrb at 9:52 AM on April 26, 2013


Also, and I mean this as a compliment, Up-speaker Cortex has a very Christopher Walken sound to it. Just noticed that.
posted by gauche at 9:55 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy Birthday cortex!

Have a big donut on me.

Now, is the new LARP Trek up yet? :)

Thanks for all you do here, you are a great guy - many happy returns.
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:57 AM on April 26, 2013


34? Happy Birthday, youngster.
posted by jonmc at 9:58 AM on April 26, 2013


Why did you delete my comment Cortex?

...

HAH just kidding, happy birthday.
posted by Justinian at 9:59 AM on April 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


I liked the other thread better.

I ACTUALLY HAVE NO OPINION ONE WAY OR THE OTHER! I AM JUST BEING BIRTHDAY PRANKISH!
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 10:04 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I see where you're coming from, but I really feel like you need to consider that QWOPpy birthday to you, cortex.
posted by ambrosen at 10:05 AM on April 26, 2013


Today is the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Happy birthday.
posted by double block and bleed at 10:07 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now, is the new LARP Trek up yet? :)

IT IS NOW, JESUS CHRIST

i'm not sure Worf is going to stick with this for long
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:09 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday!
posted by needlegrrl at 10:10 AM on April 26, 2013


Many happy returns! I still fire up Mulder's Big Adventure for Markov-derived amusement.
posted by Doktor Zed at 10:10 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, why are you reading MetaTalk. I TOLD YOU NOT TO
posted by shakespeherian at 10:11 AM on April 26, 2013


I WORK THIS MORNING
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:12 AM on April 26, 2013


Yay! Happy birthday, cortex, and I hope you have a delightful year full of good things!

Also, this thread works really well with frimble's script. QWOP!
posted by beryllium at 10:12 AM on April 26, 2013


SORRY THAT WAS MEANT TO READ "I'M WORKIN' IT THIS MORNING"
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:12 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, Cortex. Tonight I shall drink a glass of Oban 14 in your honor.

It might just be for me, I dunno, but we can say it's in your honor.
posted by bondcliff at 10:12 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Why is Akron not on that road trip list?

Oh yeah, because nobody comes to Akron.
posted by slogger at 10:16 AM on April 26, 2013


WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING

OH IT'S FUN HOW WE KID
posted by shakespeherian at 10:17 AM on April 26, 2013


Mostly the constraint on that list was "where does JetBlue fly to". I got nothing against Akron, per se.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:17 AM on April 26, 2013


PER SE.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:17 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


@
posted by Artw at 10:18 AM on April 26, 2013


IT IS NOW, JESUS CHRIST

Next time I am in Portland, I am buying you a beer. For your birthday and for LARP Trek.

and for putting up with my shit along with everyone else's. Maybe it should be two beers.
posted by never used baby shoes at 10:23 AM on April 26, 2013


In your honor, I shall consume the largest donut I can find to commemorate this, your natal day.
posted by sonika at 10:25 AM on April 26, 2013


Auchentoshan being raised the now.

Happy b day!
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 10:26 AM on April 26, 2013


I don't even like DS9, and LARP Trek is the best thing ever.
posted by slogger at 10:32 AM on April 26, 2013


Today I eat a cheeseburger in your honour, Cortex.

You're welcome.
posted by mazola at 10:32 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, Cortex!
posted by leesh at 10:36 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy Birthday!

Thanks for the kick-ass modding & LARP Trek, because that shit is hilarious.
posted by grapesaresour at 10:36 AM on April 26, 2013


And speaking of meetups, I'm gonna go get some birthday doppelbock with iamabot after I clock out at noon.

So now this is how I think of the MetaFilter offices:

"Mornin', Sam."
"Oh, oh, uh, mornin', Ralph."


(Happy birthday!)
posted by invitapriore at 10:37 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy happy happy happy birthday, you big ol' pile of cortex!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:37 AM on April 26, 2013


I believe I proposed at one point that we have pb put together some sort of flash application that we could all virtually stick punch cards into, complete with ka-thunk noises and a clock and so on. Somehow that didn't get traction.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:38 AM on April 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


FUCK YEAH CORTEX!
posted by rmd1023 at 10:40 AM on April 26, 2013


HAPPY EXISTENCE!

It's also the anniversary of Gypsy Rose Lee's death. Coincidence...or transmigration. YOU DECIDE.
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:42 AM on April 26, 2013


happy birthday

my gift to you is refraining from singing a song
posted by desjardins at 10:43 AM on April 26, 2013


No Pittsburgh visit? The man is dead to me.

Happy birthday, cortex
posted by Chrysostom at 10:43 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, cortex! Thank you for everything you do.
posted by Lyn Never at 10:51 AM on April 26, 2013


I hope you get to... tear your cake apart!
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:53 AM on April 26, 2013


cortex: "I believe I proposed at one point that we have pb put together some sort of flash application that we could all virtually stick punch cards into, complete with ka-thunk noises and a clock and so on. Somehow that didn't get traction."

Oh man, I totally want this to happen. Maybe I can wrangle something together in time for your birthday in another two or three years.

Happy birthday! Your blog is awesome and your presidential birds rad. If you ever needed proof that people notice the things you do...well.
posted by Phire at 10:58 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, sir. In your honor, I am driving large needles into my face and ripping the flesh from body with hooks and chains. Also, I had a donut.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:59 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy Birthday. After posing for the Metafilter Aristocracy pic, did you makle good your escape in your Austin Healey?
posted by marienbad at 11:00 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, sir. In your honor, I am driving large needles into my face and ripping the flesh from body with hooks and chains. Also, I had a donut.

Clive Barker presents: Hellglazer.

did you makle good your escape in your Austin Healey?

Lotus Seven S2. Be seeing you!
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:09 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy Birthday, Uncle Josh!
posted by Meta Filter at 11:15 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


You're exactly 31 years older than my nephew. He turned one today! Happy birthday!
posted by ocherdraco at 11:52 AM on April 26, 2013


Hoppy Birthday, Cortex! (yeah, I know dopplebocks have basically no hops, but still)
posted by juv3nal at 11:55 AM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday.
posted by nangar at 11:59 AM on April 26, 2013


I'm actually 34, but the quoted bit on my blog's about page from the double post reveals that I'm terrible about updating the about page on my blog.

Anyway, time for birthday beer. Have a good Friday, everybody.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:00 PM on April 26, 2013


A Happy and Healthy one to you.
posted by Splunge at 12:00 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy Birthday, enjoy that beer.
posted by ambrosia at 12:18 PM on April 26, 2013


You're a little late for Carrousel, cortex.
posted by ODiV at 12:23 PM on April 26, 2013


Hey, here's wishing you a very happy birthday. Let me know when a Toronto road trip is a thing that you're going to do.
posted by chococat at 12:42 PM on April 26, 2013


I'm actually 34

Hey now. You are not a number, you are a FREE MAN!
posted by grapesaresour at 12:51 PM on April 26, 2013


But, he is a number.

7418
posted by ODiV at 12:56 PM on April 26, 2013


He's not a GUID.
posted by Artw at 1:09 PM on April 26, 2013


Wooo, birthday party in the woods between the worlds!
posted by The Whelk at 1:12 PM on April 26, 2013


34. Only 34. You lucky bastard.
posted by Toekneesan at 1:13 PM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, cortex! Enjoy your birthday beer.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 1:17 PM on April 26, 2013


Maine-y happy returns! Enjoy!
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 1:20 PM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday!
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 1:21 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, Geordie. I mean, Cortex.
posted by corb at 1:23 PM on April 26, 2013


This is why MetaFilter is great, it's an authentic, organic community.

That said, HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU GET EVERYTHING YOU WANT
posted by four panels at 1:59 PM on April 26, 2013


I tried to get him drunk, but he had to drive, I offered a ride on the handlebars of the botbike, but no takers.
posted by iamabot at 2:27 PM on April 26, 2013


I got fancy dinner with the wife to get to! Getting drunk at lunch is for days when the last item on your agenda is "get drunk at lunch".
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:40 PM on April 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Happy Birthday !!!
posted by snsranch at 2:45 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy happy!
The asshat song STILL makes me crack up!
posted by brujita at 2:53 PM on April 26, 2013


Getting drunk at lunch is for days when the last item on your agenda is "get drunk at lunch".

There are other kinds of days?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:54 PM on April 26, 2013


So...friday?
posted by iamabot at 3:16 PM on April 26, 2013


May your year be filled with head-sized donuts.
posted by jamaro at 3:19 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, Josh!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 3:24 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, you goddamned hippie Communist.
posted by scrump at 3:29 PM on April 26, 2013


It's not my birthday.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:32 PM on April 26, 2013


How come my birthday wishes were deleted? The moderation around here is getting out of hand! Is it because you're suppressing my First Amedment right in favor of your Conservative agenda? Don't make me post this four more times!

Ah screw it!

Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
Happy birthday!
posted by cjorgensen at 3:38 PM on April 26, 2013


Flagged
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:39 PM on April 26, 2013


Jesus Christ, you always have to be the center of attention, don't you?
posted by pjern at 3:40 PM on April 26, 2013 [6 favorites]


Just the Last time.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:41 PM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday!
posted by homunculus at 3:48 PM on April 26, 2013


You're older than you've ever been and now you're even older.
posted by ColdChef at 3:52 PM on April 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


HOOPY BARTHDAY!
posted by brundlefly at 4:02 PM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


You know...... your Mom did all the work on your actual birth day and there you are just hogging all tha limelight on the anniversary. Go figure.

Best wishes for a great year!
posted by mightshould at 5:05 PM on April 26, 2013


I wish I could find it but I remember years ago when Cortex (premod) posted something along the lines he would never be metafilter famous. Hahahahahahahah!!!!!


Anyway, Ralph and I are sitting here eating a late supper of homemade beef stew in your honor. And now I am craving a donut.

Happy birthday Cortex!

(oh, and now I know I am twenty years older than you. Dude.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:47 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, you hellraiser, you!

I know. I'm sorry.

I'm not really that sorry.

posted by Elsa at 5:54 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, and thank you for making this a nice place to spend time on the intarwebs.
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:10 PM on April 26, 2013


Yay! Happy birthday!
posted by bitter-girl.com at 6:24 PM on April 26, 2013


Hippy bathday!
posted by h00py at 6:25 PM on April 26, 2013


Birflehappyday!
posted by WidgetAlley at 6:46 PM on April 26, 2013


BIRTHDAY UPDATE: DINNER WAS ALSO VERY GOOD, I HAD THE DUCK, IT HAD THIS RHUBARB GINGER COMPOTE ON IT THAT EVEN MY WIFE WHO THINKS RHUBARB IS GROSS ADMITTED WAS PRETTY GOOD
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:06 PM on April 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Happy Birthday, cortex! Glad you had a good day.
posted by bardophile at 7:12 PM on April 26, 2013


<kermitthefrog>Yaaaayyy!</kermitthefrog>
posted by JHarris at 7:18 PM on April 26, 2013


JHarris: "<kermitthefrog>Yaaaayyy!</kermitthefrog>"

Not to be pedantic, but shouldn't that be <kermitthefrogflaildance>Yaaaayyy!<kermitthefrogflaildance>? Oh, for the img tag!

Happy birthday, cortex!
posted by Lexica at 7:23 PM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I guess I should be breaking out some scotch or something for your birthday. Only for you, dude. Happy birthday!
posted by gingerbeer at 8:03 PM on April 26, 2013


You know who else had a birthday this past week?
posted by kengraham at 8:18 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy birthday, cortex!

You should know that this is the greatest reaction panel ever.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:28 PM on April 26, 2013


Happy Birthday, Cortex! :D
posted by introp at 9:50 PM on April 26, 2013


ALL HAIL BIRTHDAY OVERLORD
posted by zennish at 11:05 PM on April 26, 2013


BIRTHDAY UPDATE UPDATE: JEFFREY COMBS IS PRETTY GOOD IN RE-ANIMATOR BUT ON REVIEW HE'S JUST SUPER FUCKIN' GREAT IN THE FRIGHTENERS AND ALSO GOODNIGHT
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:53 PM on April 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Happy birthday, Cortex!
posted by Defying Gravity at 12:23 AM on April 27, 2013


Happy birthday! We made you a card at the Kansas meetup and Jessamyn has it.
posted by donnagirl at 1:05 AM on April 27, 2013


cortex, happy (belated) birthday -- may Year 34 be a wonderful year for you!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 2:00 AM on April 27, 2013


JEFFREY COMBS UPDATE: HE'S PRETTY AWESOME AS THE VOICE OF THE MOLD IN "MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH".
posted by rmd1023 at 4:25 AM on April 27, 2013


http://3e.org/upspeakercortex/

i don't know how i'm supposed to write cortex fan fiction without the word banjo.
posted by stavrogin at 4:26 AM on April 27, 2013


Banjo.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:41 AM on April 27, 2013


long live Cortex!
posted by angrycat at 5:51 AM on April 27, 2013


I kind of like the sound of "Mister Cortex". Dunno why. I think that's what we should call him all the time from now on. It makes him sound like a supervillain or a robotic butler. Or, hey, maybe a supervillain robotic butler!

Happy Birthday, Mister Cortex! There's a gift on the mantle, please iron my morning paper, and then you may attend to your personal business involving plutonium.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 7:28 AM on April 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


I kind of like the sound of "Mister Cortex".

I like how it sounds too, and have (cautiously) used it previously without complaint. Am aware that, in the wrong context or thread, it could come over badly e.g. be seen as sarcasm(?) even when it is not meant to be. Was brought up to call people Mr or Ma'am or some other adult identifier(?), and not informally, and it's kinda stuck.

Referred to a different mod in this manner previously and it quickly went very badly wrong, so it's just The Cortex on here whom feel comfortable referring to as Mr Cortex.

Though, in the aristocracy picture, perhaps Earl Cortex Moderator-Bagginshaw of MetaFilterShire feels like a more appropriate name...
posted by Wordshore at 8:00 AM on April 27, 2013


Hapday Birthtex, Corpy! (belatedly)
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:17 AM on April 27, 2013


Happy Belated Day of Maturity, Cortex!
posted by Grlnxtdr at 8:19 AM on April 27, 2013


Happy Birthday, cortex! Feel free to take the rest of the weekend off, we promise to behave ourselves.
posted by arcticseal at 8:36 AM on April 27, 2013


Heh.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:45 AM on April 27, 2013


(quick bring out the rubber balloons and laughing gas!)
posted by The Whelk at 8:45 AM on April 27, 2013


Please, "Mr. Cortex" is my father's name!
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:58 AM on April 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


Happy Birthday to you-oooo. Belated-leeeee!
posted by peagood at 9:09 AM on April 27, 2013


Happy Happy Joy Joy!
posted by OHenryPacey at 10:18 AM on April 27, 2013


Happy birthday.
posted by y2karl at 10:43 AM on April 27, 2013


Joyeux anniversaire !

Sending you a glass of red Roussillon and a cat video as requested. The two cats featured are, as I type, sprawled out on that same dining cat table.
posted by fraula at 11:33 AM on April 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy post-birthday!
posted by klausness at 2:29 PM on April 27, 2013


Now, is the new LARP Trek up y--... Oh, forget it.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:37 PM on April 27, 2013


Happy Birthday, Cortex! I just discovered your bad ideas blog, which is perhaps the most brilliant idea I've ever heard.
posted by bluedaisy at 2:50 PM on April 27, 2013


Josh, my mod companion and approximate cohort. I am glad you had a great birthday. I was at a meetup and I had interrobang draw you a mini-birthday-comeek which I have emailed you and will post here as soon as I arrive back in Vermontshire.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:38 PM on April 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday, belated style!
posted by ZeusHumms at 8:57 AM on April 29, 2013


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