Whatever happened to the compilation CD project from this thread? (Sept. 2006) September 6, 2006 9:20 PM   Subscribe

Whatever happened to the compilation CD project from this thread? http://metatalk.metafilter.com/mefi/11734
I'm not trying to rush it or anything, just wondering...
posted by cosmicbandito to MetaFilter-Related at 9:20 PM (23 comments total)

The first rule of the Metafilter compilation CD is...
posted by blue_beetle at 9:22 PM on September 6, 2006


http://www.meficomp.com/
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:34 PM on September 6, 2006


It has been a LONG time. Most people preordered in April, so it's coming up on 6 months.
posted by smackfu at 9:35 PM on September 6, 2006


I just got contracts to sign so I think art work needs printing and then it's done.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:36 PM on September 6, 2006


Geez, smackfu, cortex collected tracks from 2 dozen contributers (after sorting through something like 3+ times that many submissions), arranged mastering, collection of rights permissions from all involved, original artwork... all on his own time (and the several others involved in mastering, legal legwork, art creation all volunteering as well...). I think a year timeframe for completing a project of this nature on these terms would be far from unreasonable.

Anyway. cortex can certainly answer for himself but, you know, he hardly ever hangs out around here so who knows when he'll see this thread (5, 4, 3, 2...)
posted by nanojath at 10:55 PM on September 6, 2006


The orphanage just got a multi-million dollar grant from the DHS to study radical brown-skinned librul mefite terrorists, so it doesn't need to be saved any longer.

Duh.
posted by bardic at 4:48 AM on September 7, 2006


I'm really, really working on it. I've been trying to get some last-mile help turning our final-art jpegs into a duplication-firm-spec Illustrator template, but that's been a bit bumpy—I'm apparently not the only busy person on the planet. I've had a couple offers, and I'm going to follow up with another this morning and see if that comes through.

So as soon as I can either get that finished (*cough* HELP FROM ILLUSTRATOR NERDS *cough*), I can get final-final art to the dupe folks for proofing and get this show on the road. Then it's another 2-3 weeks for printing and shipping.

Believe me, I'm more eager than you are. I'll make a point of updating meficomp.com, something I've been too lax about.
posted by cortex at 6:12 AM on September 7, 2006


I sent cortex a big old check and excel file of shipping info (and contracts!), so maybe we should make sure future monies go to him, website update perhaps?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:32 AM on September 7, 2006


Hum. That's a good point. Maybe time to do a redirect of that pre-order button; it was on my list of things to do before The Big Day, but sooner is better than later in case anybody decides to do a really belated pre-order.
posted by cortex at 7:35 AM on September 7, 2006


I'm one of the Illustrator nerds cortex mentions. The problem I'm having is that the dupe firm doesn't have a 10-fold template, so I tried to get a hold of them and haven't heard anything back. :/
posted by Optimus Chyme at 9:13 AM on September 7, 2006


This is going to be a 10 fold booklet? Maybe I'm glad they didn't want it done in Photoshop, I'd have needed a new hard drive to handle the file. :)
posted by InfidelZombie at 9:22 AM on September 7, 2006


OC—yeah, i'm going through the same thing. Hoping for a response, like, today.

(The other possibility, from the dupe firm's fee-for-service rundown, would be to hand them the final art files and about $100 and say, look, you do it. But I hate to spend folks' money on that if we can get it done for free.)
posted by cortex at 9:40 AM on September 7, 2006


Maybe if you bastards weren't so busy with the "cortex, sing about X to the tune of Y" shit, he'd be able to get some work done.

We'll get it when we get it. And if we don't, I'm sure some of us know where cortex lives.
posted by graventy at 12:04 PM on September 7, 2006


Uh...not that I don't enjoy the songs, mind you. I'm not calling the songs themselves shit. The songs are awesome.

But now that you've proven yourself capable of jumping through hoops, people will never stop asking.
posted by graventy at 12:06 PM on September 7, 2006


Speaking of which, I'd like to hear a song about why the meficomp CD is late. To the tune of "Blowin' in the Wind". TIA
posted by graventy at 12:06 PM on September 7, 2006


There's a reasonable chance that I'll put out a song titled, approximately, "It's About Fucking Time I Shipped These Things". And I hate to jinx things by guessing dates yet again, but I'd like to think I'd release that song by the end of September.
posted by cortex at 1:20 PM on September 7, 2006


I'd be glad to help with the Illustrator stuff, for what it's worth.
posted by odinsdream at 3:53 PM on September 7, 2006


Noted. I've got a few folks who've thrown in so far, but if they all get hit by trucks I'll drop you a line.
posted by cortex at 3:55 PM on September 7, 2006


Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is it too late to order one of these? And will people be able to order them after the initial pressing, or is it just a one-shot deal?

I apologize in advance if the answers to these questions mean more work for anyone, and thanks to everyone who's busted their humps to make this happen.
posted by Doofus Magoo at 7:37 PM on September 7, 2006


Doofus Magoo, worry not—it's not too late to pre-order (though I really ought to redirect pre-orders to my paypal so jess doesn't have to cut another, much smaller check), and more to the point you will absolutely be able to order once we press. The pre-orders were mostly to make sure we were on good ground to press in the first place, and we very much are; there'll be a formal announcement when the Go On Sale.
posted by cortex at 7:55 PM on September 7, 2006


Well, speaking for myself, I think you'd get a lot more interest and/or money if there was some sort of prominent link to this project from the Blue: maybe a permanent sidebar mention?

I know I've been looking fruitlessly for information on the compilation CD for ages: the mention in this thread was the first time I knew there was even a site for it!

So, yeah, ordered, but maybe a sidebar link?
posted by scrump at 1:17 PM on September 8, 2006


Matt has offered to pimp it already, and I will be delighted to have him do so, but I'd prefer to know that things are in the can and ready for the masses before he does that.

I feel bad enough for the folks who pre-ordered in April, and they knew they were in for a bit of a wait. I would not dream of stirring up another round of enthusiasm before I have those CDs stacked in my apartment ready for prompt mailing.
posted by cortex at 1:40 PM on September 8, 2006


No worries, cortex. Nothing but ♥ from me for thee.
posted by scrump at 2:52 PM on September 11, 2006


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