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July 9, 2013 11:57 AM   Subscribe

I wanted to put this here because the odds of folks seeing it in the thread are pretty long, but ... this Thursday evening, it looks like there's going to be a MeFite group viewing of "Sharknado" in Chat.

... and thinking about whether to put this here or not got me thinking about other Chat-related events, and whether there has been any thought given to recurring ones. Is that something the community can just pull together themselves? Maybe some already are. But it seems like there's all kinds of things we could be using it for - Tuesday Night Diplomacy? Friday Night Fiasco? Sunday 2:30 PM Cat Enthusiasts Enclave? If such things are happening or start happening, can we make a directory of them somewhere?
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 11:57 AM (76 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

If events start happening regularly in Chat it might be good to start a page at the MeFi Wiki that lists them.
posted by pb (staff) at 12:00 PM on July 9, 2013


The only reason anyone is tuning in is to see the big reveal on why flying sharks are any more dangerous than flying lumber. SyFy was wise to hide that in the trailer as a hook for audiences.
posted by planetesimal at 12:04 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I could also see doing a public Google Calendar of chat events. If someone leads each of the activities, they could get add/edit rights to a Google Calendar, and we could display that somewhere on the site.

But before we think out details on that, maybe see how things go on chat for this event and if it becomes a regular thing, we could add some stuff to support it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:05 PM on July 9, 2013


why flying sharks are any more dangerous than flying lumber

I bet it's the teeths.
posted by elizardbits at 12:06 PM on July 9, 2013 [9 favorites]


A relationship, I think, is like a shark in a tornado. You know? It has to constantly move in a terrifying death spiral or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:27 PM on July 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


Let me know when all the other American Ninja Warrior superfans meet up in MeChat. I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE.
posted by Think_Long at 12:32 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Let me know when all the other American Ninja Warrior superfans meet up in MeChat. I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE.

I am not as into the American version but yes hello
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 12:33 PM on July 9, 2013


Friday Night Fiasco?

I liked this idea better before I realized Fiasco is the title of a game.
posted by aubilenon at 12:36 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Is there a way to watch Sharknado streaming online? Or is it just being broadcast on Syfy on Thursday night?
posted by Greg Nog at 12:37 PM on July 9, 2013


Your love is like a Sharknado, baby. I wanna ride.

"I'm worried that Sharknado is going to turn out to be the made-for-TV version of the letdown that was Snakes on a Plane" is a sentence I said out loud earlier today.

American Ninja Warrior is my favorite show that I've never watched. Every time I see the commercials, I think "I would probably really enjoy that."
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:37 PM on July 9, 2013


The only reason anyone is tuning in is to see the big reveal on why flying sharks are any more dangerous than flying lumber.

Also why do sharks get Toto-ed while the other sea creatures are mysteriously nado-resistant?
posted by headnsouth at 12:56 PM on July 9, 2013


MCMikeNamara: American Ninja Warrior is my favorite show that I've never watched. Every time I see the commercials, I think "I would probably really enjoy that."

The problem with ANW, as with many great shows in the lower reaches of basic cable, is that every episode is about 15 minutes of great television in a 1 hour bag. Perfect for DVR though.

I like the idea of Chat Events, but I hope that if they become popular, they could be spawned off into different chat rooms, so that people who just want general Chat with MeFites still have somewhere to go.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:57 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


If this is the thing that finally gets me to venture a toe into chat, I'm going to be a little bit embarrassed. Although better that than the Cat Enthusiasts Enclave. (She said, just before recalling that she technically is a moderator of the Cats of Metafilter Flickr group and thus probably should give up on pretending not to be a crazy cat lady MeFite.)
posted by Stacey at 1:10 PM on July 9, 2013


Seconding Greg Nog: will this be viewable online? I want to hang out with the cool kids, but I don't have cable! Like elementary school all over again.
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:17 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thirding Greg Nog. I'm sure that some super-special technically inclined MeFites could come up with a variety of ways to help everyone who doesn't have cable enjoy the watch-along. Just, you know, find a way to communicate that solution to us without breaking any MetaFilter rules....
posted by tzikeh at 1:21 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm a little embarrassed by how little initiative this shows. We're MeFites, damnit! We should be meeting up in and live blogging from an actual Sharknado.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:21 PM on July 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


I'm assuming this is a movie about a magician with shark nads, yes?
posted by Sys Rq at 1:25 PM on July 9, 2013


No, Sharknado is Spanish for "Sharknaded."
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 1:26 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


All I can think of is the unholy smell that will occur after it's over. The Sharknado, I mean - not the chat, which sounds lovely.
posted by jquinby at 1:35 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Just, you know, find a way to communicate that solution to us without breaking any MetaFilter rules....

So basically live-narrating the entire film in capslock then
posted by elizardbits at 1:40 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I am delighted by the idea of chat events occurring for non-tragic / breaking news reasons!
posted by Lorin at 1:42 PM on July 9, 2013


Well, we did do Eurovision this year.
posted by asperity at 1:49 PM on July 9, 2013


What about making "Chat Events" some sort of extension of IRL?
posted by schmod at 1:57 PM on July 9, 2013


elizardbits: "So basically live-narrating the entire film in capslock then"

Sharknado, as told by kitten gifs.
posted by boo_radley at 2:05 PM on July 9, 2013 [6 favorites]


i can has sushi?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:07 PM on July 9, 2013


Sharknado, as told by kitten gifs.

Temba, his arms wide.
posted by radwolf76 at 2:08 PM on July 9, 2013 [5 favorites]


but... but... but... I'm on the Left Coast where SyFy is time-shifted three hours, which means... SPOILERS!
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:09 PM on July 9, 2013


Sharka, when the teeths fell
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:09 PM on July 9, 2013 [5 favorites]


Giant Octopus, his arms wide
posted by 7segment at 2:12 PM on July 9, 2013


Oh god I remember doing this in the mst3k AOL chat rooms...

...I mean, no I don't I was out doing things normal teenagers do. Yea that's it...
posted by The Whelk at 2:12 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Neeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrddd!!!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:13 PM on July 9, 2013


If SyFy had any sense they'd take all these crap movies they make and show them again late at night, but with people making funny observations and running commentary about them....if only we knew who it could be....
posted by The Whelk at 2:16 PM on July 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


oneswellfoop: but... but... but... I'm on the Left Coast where SyFy is time-shifted three hours, which means... SPOILERS!

I'm pretty sure the title of this post spoiled the whole movie.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:22 PM on July 9, 2013


There is a tornado... * makes chopping motions with hands facing left
It is full of a shark. * makes chopping motions with hands facing right

There's no bait and switch here.
posted by boo_radley at 2:36 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Is it A shark, or MANY sharkS... because you know....

Tune in next week for Fire Super Piranhado
posted by edgeways at 2:40 PM on July 9, 2013


oh and .... link
posted by edgeways at 2:42 PM on July 9, 2013


edgeways: "Is it A shark, or MANY sharkS... because you know.... "

Well it's a sharknado and not a sharksnado so it's fairly clear to me.
posted by boo_radley at 2:45 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


yeah, I guess a sharksnado would be just ludicrous.
posted by edgeways at 2:52 PM on July 9, 2013


Unless you're William F. Buckley, Jr., of course.
posted by boo_radley at 2:55 PM on July 9, 2013


Go watch the video. There are clearly very many CGI sharks just waiting to pelt us with their bits. And if you watch very closely, you can clearly see that half of the sharks were shaving themselves with straight razors when they were taken up, and the other half were refilling their salt shakers. Which is kind of far fetched if you ask me. Why would sharks need salt shakers? They live in the friggin' ocean!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:58 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


I trust that Thunder Levin, the writer behind Sharknado, whose work you might remember from 2013's Atlantic Rim, 2012's American Warships (which you might remember from its original title American Battleships), and 2008's Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood!, will have put together a tight screenplay that answers all your questions from the trailer and more.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:06 PM on July 9, 2013


Why isn't this idea called Snarknado??
posted by aubilenon at 3:08 PM on July 9, 2013 [17 favorites]


I cannot favorite that enough.
posted by maryr at 3:09 PM on July 9, 2013


Also why do sharks get Toto-ed while the other sea creatures are mysteriously nado-resistant?

I believe that an octopus may have been responsible for the 'nado itself, but I have no idea how the sharks got in there.
posted by maryr at 3:15 PM on July 9, 2013


Holding out for Piranhacondacane Warning.
posted by jquinby at 3:16 PM on July 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


Or why. (shoot... "or why" was supposed to follow "how the sharks got in there")
posted by selfmedicating at 3:17 PM on July 9, 2013


Or maybe Volcanombies and Tsunampires: Spring Break
posted by jquinby at 3:20 PM on July 9, 2013


jquinby: "Or maybe Volcanombies and Tsunampires: Spring Break"

The cover will be black, with an outstretched hand holding up a pina colada.
posted by boo_radley at 3:24 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Mansquito" was the pinnacle of SciFi(SyFi?) punnish alliterative titles, it's been a sad downward disliterative spiral from there.
posted by sammyo at 3:29 PM on July 9, 2013


Mansquito sucked.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:31 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


Maybe our relationship isn't as crazy as it seems
Maybe that's what happens when a tornado meets a hundred makos
All I know is I love you too much to walk away though
posted by drlith at 4:03 PM on July 9, 2013


So basically live-narrating the entire film in capslock then

elizardbits, if you are volunteering to do this for us then I'm pretty sure that would be even more awesome than being able to see what was happening.

Speaking as someone who doesn't have a TV: yes please do it good.
posted by Jacqueline at 4:07 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh man, Thursday, not tonight. I was starting to get excited.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:35 PM on July 9, 2013


I highly recommend this to get you in the mood: MEGA PIRANHA

A fucking great film. Tiffany's in it!
posted by heyho at 5:47 PM on July 9, 2013


I was just describing this to my boyfriend and he misheard me as talking about Shark NATO, which just sounds adorable.
posted by troika at 6:18 PM on July 9, 2013 [4 favorites]


elizardbits, if you are volunteering to do this for us then I'm pretty sure that would be even more awesome than being able to see what was happening.


Honestly they should pay us to comment on the film Pop-Up Video style.
posted by The Whelk at 6:25 PM on July 9, 2013 [2 favorites]


I highly recommend this to get you in the mood: MEGA PIRANHA

A fucking great film. Tiffany's in it!


Jeez, Tiffany -- Can't you do anything besides copy Debbie Gibson?
posted by Sys Rq at 6:26 PM on July 9, 2013


Wait - Tiffany and Debbie Gibson are two different people?!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:28 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


Either that, or Mega Python vs. Gatoroid was done like The Parent Trap.
posted by Sys Rq at 6:29 PM on July 9, 2013


It's a Hannah Montana thing except she's/they're trapped in an endless hell where you change out of your mall music outfit and into your mall music outfit, forever.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:31 PM on July 9, 2013 [3 favorites]


Hannah Montanado?
posted by edgeways at 6:45 PM on July 9, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is going to go straight to Netflix really soon, right? Because I am DESPERATE to watch it but alas cannot do so on Thursday.

though a part of me is actually angry that they gave the worst ending to SG: Universe so that they could cancel it to fund sharks in a tornado whyyyy
posted by jetlagaddict at 6:29 AM on July 10, 2013


I don't have cable, so a link to alternatives to watch this Thursday would be awesome. Otherwise I'll have to live it through the chat (which will probably be more entertaining than the movie itself)
posted by Twain Device at 6:50 AM on July 10, 2013


I kind of feel like experiencing the film as a greek chorus real-time anecdote may be a better experience than actually watching it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:24 AM on July 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Except I've tried to follow e.g. presidential debates that way and there's a bunch of like five minute periods where everyone is going 'Holy shit that just happened!' and 'Hahahaha that's right Nebraska!' and then like twenty minutes later someone says what happened.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:45 AM on July 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


edgeways: "Hannah Montanado?"

Hanna Monsanto
posted by boo_radley at 10:07 AM on July 10, 2013


Hanna Hosannadanna

"Well, it just goes to show you, it's always something! If it's not one thing, it's another! If you don't know how to unclog the filter on your new bong, or sharks are falling on you out of the sky."
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:22 AM on July 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


SyFy: "Tonight's scheduled premiere of Sharknado has been preempted to bring you a very special episode of Ghost Hunters."
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:04 PM on July 11, 2013


I can't tell if you're joking or not.
posted by maryr at 5:12 PM on July 11, 2013


And that's how far they've fallen.

*joking
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:15 PM on July 11, 2013


Having the chat going while watching was a great thing. The witty commentary alongside the movie kept us Russells guffawing all night!
posted by kimberussell at 4:04 AM on July 12, 2013


jetlagaddict: "This is going to go straight to Netflix really soon, right? Because I am DESPERATE to watch it but alas cannot do so on Thursday.

though a part of me is actually angry that they gave the worst ending to SG: Universe so that they could cancel it to fund sharks in a tornado whyyyy
"

Having seen the movie, I think you can now watch it guilt and anger free - as it is obvious that there was no actually funding for this movie.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:27 AM on July 12, 2013


I was just describing this to my boyfriend and he misheard me as talking about Shark NATO, which just sounds adorable.

A similar thing happened at bar trivia on Tuesday. We decided their rivals would be the Walrus Pact.
posted by kagredon at 1:55 PM on July 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sharknado recap in pics and gifs
posted by Jacqueline at 2:34 PM on July 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wait, they aren't replaying it? And I forgot to dvr it?! WHYYYYYYYY
posted by Pronoiac at 3:30 PM on July 12, 2013


“Given the enormous popular demand, Syfy will present a special encore presentation of Sharknado on Thursday, July 18 at 7PM (ET/PT),” the network announced proudly this morning before the audience numbers came in.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:29 PM on July 12, 2013


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