MeFi Cross Stitch Samplers? February 5, 2015 2:20 PM   Subscribe

So I was on my profile page, and accidentally hit the "Pin It" button on my browser. The Pinterest window that popped up suggested just one rather surprising image to pin.

Since when has MetaFilter been automatically generating cross stitch samplers?

Poking around in some other people's profiles I have found this only occurs if there is no profile picture available.

Is this something new that came about with the redesign of the site? Or is this just another one of those wonderful MetaFilter secrets that I've missed for years? Either way, it makes the blue feel that much more homey for me.
posted by Kabanos to MetaFilter-Related at 2:20 PM (23 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Whoa, that's kind of awesome. I wonder if Pinterest does any automatic favicon-to-cross-stitch thing?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:20 PM on February 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


Sadly (in this case), this is what Pinterest does now if you hit the "Pin It" button on any site without any images for Pinterest to pull.
posted by VioletU at 2:40 PM on February 5, 2015


Anyone wanting to make a Metafilter quilt has a pretty good template now.
posted by bleep at 3:25 PM on February 5, 2015 [12 favorites]


Actually what you're seeing there is the Matrix. Turns out we're all just naked, pod-bound prisoners of the machinists, our body hair being grown and harvested as a source of thread with which they cross-stitch the internet that we assume is "the real world". We wait for the #1, who can manipulate the cross-stitch matrix - even without needles! - and free us from the desert of the real.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:41 PM on February 5, 2015 [29 favorites]


How weird. This is what happened when I hit the Pin It button when on this page.
posted by insectosaurus at 4:45 PM on February 5, 2015 [4 favorites]


And mine looks way different from the rest of those. Maybe I've used the math tag too many times.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:07 PM on February 5, 2015 [14 favorites]


Huh. This is probably the coolest Pinterest thing I've ever seen. Good idea on their part.
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:27 PM on February 5, 2015


I just get the MetaFilter logo. :( No cross stitch patterns for me!
posted by Hermione Granger at 6:13 PM on February 5, 2015


Hmm. Neat. This seems like a good place to ask: Who are some pinteresting MeFites to follow? My own board of mostly inspiration for a tattoo design I'm planning and quirky home improvement ideas is here.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:46 PM on February 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


What the what? I also only get the logo. Are you guys living in a different but slightly overlapping and much more fiber-arts-oriented universe?

I use my Pinterest intermittently, but have just recently started using it as a kind of visual idea board for things I'm writing or thinking about writing. It's kind of fun.

And I have Halloween boards that I share with my students (well, okay, and because I love Halloween).
posted by wintersweet at 7:51 PM on February 5, 2015


A+ Matrix pastiche, the quidnunc kid. Best I've read in ages.
posted by brennen at 11:27 PM on February 5, 2015


(Does anyone know how to get rid of that "Pin it" button that hovers at the top left of images? I installed it during a spate of pinning things that has now died down and now I have no use for it, and it bugs me.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:33 PM on February 5, 2015


Hey, how do I get a "Vote #1 quidnunc kid" button?
posted by valetta at 12:12 AM on February 6, 2015 [5 favorites]


Joseph Conrad is Fully Awesome: If you're running the official Pinterest extension, there is an option to hide the hovering button. I'm on Chrome:

Chrome options -> More Tools -> Extensions -> Scroll to the Pin it Button -> click "Options"

And then you can check a box to hide the button. Hope this helps!
posted by kimberussell at 5:46 AM on February 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


Whoa, that's kind of awesome. I wonder if Pinterest does any automatic favicon-to-cross-stitch thing?

Y'see, this is just another reason why mathowie is a good guy. When something cool and unexpected happens with MetaFilter, he says "Hey, that's cool!" instead of "Oh, yeah, I planned it that way from the start."

That, and he doesn't afraid of anything.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:52 AM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


What's even more alarming is that Matthew McConaughey is on the other side of that quilt pushing books off your shelf.
posted by arcticseal at 12:14 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Yea - I get that now on any articles I pin without pictures to go along with them. So, I keep ending up with pretty cross stitch samplers of things like "Differential viral levels and immune gene expression in three stocks of Apis mellifera induced by different numbers of Varroa destructor." and "Evolution of the syphilis epidemic among men who have sex with men."

I should really start selling these on Etsy.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:42 PM on February 6, 2015 [15 favorites]


Ah maaann, I just get the Metafilter banner logo.
posted by Mitheral at 4:47 PM on February 6, 2015


And mine looks way different from the rest of those. Maybe I've used the math tag too many times.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:07 PM on February 6


Hold on a second, really? Or do you have some sort of Penrose tiling image generator handy? If so, I want it so bad can I have it please
posted by Quilford at 4:43 AM on February 7, 2015


I might...
posted by Wolfdog at 5:21 AM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh man oh man. In a fit of math-nerdiness a week or so ago I scoured the internet for a generator of Penrose tilings that exported to .png, but found only tragically dead links, one weird Java thingamajig and this distressingly neat Blender tutorial which leads with a tantalisingly clean-looking tiling, despite the fact that to get something usable I had to separate the congruent and identically-oriented quadrilaterals into different layers, render them with a Toon outline and take individual screenshots before combining them all in Photoshop. ANYWAY. I would love to know how you're doing that is what I'm saying.
posted by Quilford at 6:10 AM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also this follow-up post on the same blog is excellent. Gosh I love non-periodic tilings.
posted by Quilford at 6:19 AM on February 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


The best MeTa stitch art. With an octopus, even!
posted by obloquy at 12:22 PM on February 8, 2015


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