The MetaFilter Conspiracy June 4, 2013 4:51 AM   Subscribe

Attorneys James Daily and Ryan Davidson, better knownst to us as jedicus and valkyryn, are guest-blogging this week at the rather frighteningly prestigious law blog "The Volokh Conspiracy." Daily and Davidson, as many of us know, were propelled to fame and fortune by their joint project Law and the Multiverse, and the resulting book The Law of Superheroes, in which they apply our mundane Earth-Prime laws to comic books. And, of course, it all started at MeFi Projects.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish to MetaFilter-Related at 4:51 AM (37 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Exciting! Volokh Conspiracy is big news indeed. Congrats!
posted by corb at 5:03 AM on June 4, 2013


Wow, they got a book? That's great. This is a much more book-worthy Internet diversion than many things which have gotten contracts.
posted by thelonius at 5:07 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is so much better news than what I was expecting when I saw the post's title. Neat!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:08 AM on June 4, 2013 [14 favorites]


Well done, gentlemen!
posted by pointystick at 5:18 AM on June 4, 2013


The Metafilter Conspiracy

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i visited my mom today at the nursing home. i asked her about when i was yung in the early 10s, when i was 23 or 24 and if she remebered a web site, metafilter. she said she was suprised i could remember that and i asked why, and she said “because i used to think it was so strange that you said ‘i’m gona go read metafilter now mom’ and then you would open your laptop, which wasn't even on, and juts read the blank screen for hours and hours. you had a big imagination with your little web site.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:20 AM on June 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


Also, yeah, well done!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 5:20 AM on June 4, 2013


Bravo!
posted by zombieflanders at 5:20 AM on June 4, 2013


That's very cool! Also it looks like the two of them first joined forces, so to speak, in the comments of the Projects post.
posted by vacapinta at 5:48 AM on June 4, 2013


Hey, thanks. We had been on the Conspiracy's blog roll for a long time, and the invitation to do some guest posts came out of the blue a couple of weeks ago. We're pretty excited. The commenting crowd there is a lot nicer than most of the places we've guest posted, I've gotta say.
posted by jedicus at 5:50 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow, they got a book? That's great. This is a much more book-worthy Internet diversion than many things which have gotten contracts.

The book came out last October. The paperback comes out this October. It's been updated slightly and now also includes some concluding remarks. I believe they will update the ebook version at that same time.
posted by jedicus at 6:09 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's phenomenal! Congratulations!
posted by Lemurrhea at 6:21 AM on June 4, 2013


Two very fun guys, A++, would meetup again. Bravo!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:23 AM on June 4, 2013


This is supercool. Well done, well done.
posted by clavdivs at 6:41 AM on June 4, 2013


Oh good because I could really use a pro-boner lawyer.
posted by item at 6:44 AM on June 4, 2013


god i am sorry what is wrong with me
posted by item at 6:45 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


The commenting crowd there is a lot nicer than most of the places

I see...
posted by infini at 6:52 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Congratulations! Hope you swing by New York again!
posted by the young rope-rider at 7:33 AM on June 4, 2013


"The commenting crowd there is a lot nicer than most of the places"

I see...


"nicer than most of the places we've guest posted." Compare it to some of the comments at, say, Wired, where we've written a few pieces by invitation. I think MeFi remains the most receptive place the blog has ever been discussed, and that includes the blog itself.
posted by jedicus at 7:36 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


Congrats, so cool!
posted by windykites at 7:42 AM on June 4, 2013


Well done, you two!
posted by MoonOrb at 7:45 AM on June 4, 2013


Nice! Congrats guys!
posted by zarq at 7:55 AM on June 4, 2013


Wooooo!
posted by The Whelk at 8:05 AM on June 4, 2013


Excellent news.
posted by Mister_A at 8:24 AM on June 4, 2013


Way cool, law-talking guys.
posted by prize bull octorok at 8:40 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


24 comments in and no mention of the C A B A L?
posted by arcticseal at 8:50 AM on June 4, 2013


I think MeFi remains the most receptive place the blog has ever been discussed, and that includes the blog itself.

I can fix that for you.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:01 AM on June 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


well done
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:01 AM on June 4, 2013


well, this is all good, I guess. But I hope y'all are clear on the fact that superheroes aren't real.
posted by philip-random at 9:05 AM on June 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah but neither is The Law, so it all works out.
posted by Lemurrhea at 9:34 AM on June 4, 2013 [3 favorites]


Metafilter conspiracy, huh? Does that mean you two just got the keys to the Metafilter cabal executive restroom?

There is no cabal
posted by double block and bleed at 9:40 AM on June 4, 2013


That's very cool. Congrats!
posted by rtha at 9:42 AM on June 4, 2013


This is an accomplishment of some note. Congratulations to you both.
posted by Tanizaki at 9:57 AM on June 4, 2013


well, this is all good, I guess. But I hope y'all are clear on the fact that superheroes aren't real.

Indeed. That's one of the reasons I started the blog. Talking about fictional scenarios involving popular characters with unusual abilities is a) often more interesting than boring old real life and b) avoids some of the consequences of suggesting that a real person is a criminal or has committed a tort.
posted by jedicus at 10:23 AM on June 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


"And committed it more than once," he retorted.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:35 AM on June 4, 2013 [5 favorites]


Awesome. I am very impressed by the blog and am glad there is a book deal and you both are getting more and more attention. It is well deserved.
posted by Falconetti at 11:13 AM on June 4, 2013


Thanks all. It's been a lot of fun. It was great to meet some of you this past October, and we'll be sure to let people know as we do more events.

On that score, we did a panel at WonderCon about zombies this past March, collaborating with a group of forensic psychiatrists. It's being done at San Diego Comic Con in July. I won't be there (my wife is due the next day and I'm not that crazy), but James will, and we've found another attorney to fill in for me.
posted by valkyryn at 12:43 PM on June 4, 2013


Huzzah!
posted by Sticherbeast at 2:07 PM on June 4, 2013


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