Please help me find a piece of writing that was linked on Metafilter June 29, 2017 8:30 PM   Subscribe

It appeared some time ago, I remember it was written from the perspective of someone stocking shelves (at a supermarket or Amazon warehouse?). In it is a description of the organisation as if it were an organism of emergent intelligence—a blind but many-limbed monster armed with thousands of portable barcode scanners. Does this sound familiar to anybody?

I did try a number of search queries but I haven't found it.
Thanks!
posted by quosimosaur to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 PM (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Manna?
posted by Mitheral at 12:12 AM on June 30


Fulfillment by Miracle Jones? From this mefi post?

If it's not this, you should read it anyways because it's amazing.
posted by yeahwhatever at 6:24 AM on June 30 [10 favorites]


yeahwhatever, I just favorited your comment, then unfavorited it so I could favorite it again. I missed that post the first time around - holy moly, that's a great read.
posted by solotoro at 8:03 AM on June 30


Not exactly what you're looking for probably, but the last episode of the Containers podcast was kind of like this – I think started at a trade show and talked about how the robots and people worked together and learned how to optimise things. I found it from a MeFi link.
posted by sagwalla at 11:25 AM on June 30


yeahwhatever, I've been looking for that story and post on and off for months now; I was planning to make a MeTa post for it soon. Thank you!
posted by Itaxpica at 12:26 PM on June 30


Mitheral: thanks for the link but that doesn't seem to be the story.

yeahwhatever: Fulfilment is great!
However, it's not the source of the metaphor I'm looking for. Alas, the search continues, but at least I got to reread that gem.

sagwalla: thanks! I'll give it a listen.
posted by quosimosaur at 11:26 PM on July 2


I hesitate to post this, but by any chance is it this blog post?
posted by Sokka shot first at 7:56 PM on July 4


Sokka shot first, yesssss! Bingo! Thank you!
Why the hesitation?
posted by quosimosaur at 5:14 AM on July 5


Because, uh, I wrote it, but I have no idea when it was ever linked on Metafilter.
posted by Sokka shot first at 8:15 AM on July 5 [5 favorites]


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