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i'm noticing that 1) more of us of us are needing work these days, and 2) matt needs help with a revenue stream. what about MetaSchmooze? (more inside)
posted by patricking to Feature Requests at 6:08 PM (44 comments total)

the text ads made me think of this, actually.

would it be worthwhile to us to have a sort of networking or classified section here? paid ads and postings, of course.

this occurred to me when i remembered i nearly hired Aladfar at my company (but didn't since budgets ran out, among other difficulties) some months ago.

i've met several people here who would be fun to work with. i'm positive i'm not the only one. and i can't think of anywhere else i'd rather look for talent.

yes? no? maybe?
posted by patricking at 6:14 PM on November 7, 2001

Those darn Mefi-ites are poisoning the wells.
posted by Catch at 6:39 PM on November 7, 2001

Would you employ someone who read metafilter all day?
Serously, I wonder how some posters can maintain jobs : ).
posted by phatboy at 6:48 PM on November 7, 2001

Could you imagine if we all got jobs in the same place? It would be the snarkiest fucking office of all time.

"Oh yeah. Like I'm gonna work today..."
posted by ColdChef at 7:16 PM on November 7, 2001

You mean you guys aren't getting paid for hanging out here all da –

I've said too much!

never mind.
posted by Kafkaesque at 7:16 PM on November 7, 2001

Thank god no at my office connects the dots between seeing #006699 on my monitor and my not writing the scope of work that was due three days ago...
posted by machaus at 7:25 PM on November 7, 2001

My imaginary MeFite Boss: Yo, weren't you supposed to sign off on that planning report three days ago? What gives?

Me: I'll tell you what gives-- I gives a fuck about that planning report. Especially since I haven't slept in three days.

Apologies to these nice folks.
posted by Optamystic at 7:32 PM on November 7, 2001

just for the record, if anyone wants to hire me, I am unemployed.

(and if I was paid to sit in front of a 'puter with a T1, why, of course I wouldn't be on MeFi so often. Of course!)

Seriously, though -- patricking -- I think a few people here would be reluctant to tie their MeFi identities so closely to their real identities. Some more than others. I think it's a great idea, personally, though.
posted by mattpfeff at 7:38 PM on November 7, 2001

We could all start a company. It'll be pure product at first, but after a while we'll add other bells and whistles, and our company would grow.

After a while we'll start grumbling about how the new company employees don't seem to be quite as sharp as they were in the good ol' days, and how the bells and whistles seem to be outshining the product.

Somebody will suggest a product that somebody else suggested a few weeks earlier, and we'll take them outside with two lengths of good timber and a few nails.

We'll expand internationally, then complain bitterly when employees at our Portuguese branch turn out to be friendlier, more widely read and better spoken than we are. "Hello," they'll say. "Shut your fucking cakehole already," we'll snap back.

Some employees will sneak off to rooms with numbers that are closely-held secrets, where they'll sacrifice goats, drink cheap Greek wine and poke fun at people on the front desk.

Senior management will start talking about charging people to come to work and contribute. Senior senior management will talk about packing it all in. Sneior management will assure senior senior management that if they just went around and shot everybody else who wasn't them, things would be just dandy.

Somebody will ask the Portuguese branch if they have a good recipe for Frango à Cafreal. They'll ask this in the middle of a meeting where people are talking about starting a schmooze club, because they're too lazy to e-mail the Portuguese branch directly and can't think of anywhere else at work that'd be a more appropriate place to raise it.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 7:46 PM on November 7, 2001

Obiwanwasabi for head of Human Resources!

Funniest damn thing I've read today. Thanks.
posted by ColdChef at 7:51 PM on November 7, 2001

I'm already "employed" by another mefi-er, and it's a damn nuisance. I get emails: "Oy! Stop trolling and get back in the kitchen." "If you have time to post about SUV's you have time to iron my shirts."

posted by Catch at 7:58 PM on November 7, 2001

how odd. i had no idea so many of us used MeFi as a retreat from work. not what i was expecting at all.

i've got a lot of real-world friends (and one boyfriend) who are meFi members, so the separation's between church and state just ain't there.

silly me.
posted by patricking at 8:00 PM on November 7, 2001

"It was a dark, cold, gritty night. The kind of night they stopped making years ago, when they ran out of grit. I was behind in the office, having a little party with my three best friends : Smith, Wesson and Jack Daniels.

Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. I knew who it was. And I knew she was trouble....."

Wonderchicken for Hire : No job too dangerous.

posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:09 PM on November 7, 2001

Can you imagine the crowding around the watercooler?
posted by Kafkaesque at 8:11 PM on November 7, 2001

LOLOL Obiwanwasabi! Well done!
posted by rushmc at 8:25 PM on November 7, 2001

Uhhh, unemployed here... And Mefi had nothing to do with it. Strangely enough, there were a few people who read Mefi independently. It was funny walking through the office and seeing the old #006699 on someone else's screen for the first time...
posted by fooljay at 12:15 AM on November 8, 2001

Alright, obiwanwasabi, mate. I hope you realize I'm risking my scrawny dago neck here - * amidst cries, with annoying full stops in between of "shut.that.cakehole.the.fuck.up. * - but here goes your well-deserved recipe for Frango à Cafreal with a hint of stavrosthewonderchicken.
The basic recipe is from Mozambique. Just open up a chicken - in fact, flatten the bastard. Hit the joints with a hammer or heavy object until the bird looks run over by a steam roller. To make it up to the poor fowl,lightly coat his body with olive oil, salt and pepper. Use your traditional Thai masseuse techniques.
Then - here's the rub, heh - leave the sorry apology for a farmyard animal standing for a few hours. Get on MetaFilter and see how you've been ticked off for that obsessive hitting on the "return" key of yours. ;-) Ticked of by The Man himself, no less! When you've recovered from that dastardly assault it should be time to start the sauce.
The Mozambican version is beautifully simple. Just pound a lot of fresh red hot peppers - "malagueta" is best(you can get these in Australia from Portuguese, Brazilian or Angolan shops) - in a quarter-pound of butter, adding a little lemon juice if you're a freakin' fairy or something and some whisky or brandy if you're a bit of a drunk.
Stick the chicken on the barbie and keep basting that sucker until the glistening verily blinds you. Purists - those clever Mozambican geezers again - catch the sauce that slides off the bird and then drizzle it over the finished thing. No idea whatsoever how to do this, sorry.
That's it. But, of course, it gets more complicated. Otherwise you wouldn't have asked, right? Here in Portugal and in South Africa the standard recipe is more like this, although without the poncy choice of bloody "marinades".
Forget the marinades, says my housekeeper, Rita(who's from Cabo Verde and knows a thing or two). After grilling the bashed-in chicken just paint it with a real piri-piri sauce. The best recipe, IMO, is Emeril's. He's Portuguese, from the North, where they do not mess about with anything edible and I found this recipe in English.
God, that took me almost an hour! I'll be expecting, at the very least, a recipe by return of email. ;-)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:55 AM on November 8, 2001

Er, scroll down on that first link to find "Frango à Cafreal". Sheesh, do I have to do everything for you?
posted by MiguelCardoso at 2:01 AM on November 8, 2001

Hmm, which translation do I prefer - Miguel's, or Babelfish's?

CHICKEN TO THE CAFREAL Chickens; oil; piripiri; butter; salt and pepper. The chickens for the coasts confide and espalmam themselves (being the entire chest) and beat themselves the toggles with a mallet. They are dipped in grease with a little of oil, tempering with salt and pepper and thus one hours until if grilling are left. In a pylon a good portion of piripiri with a piece of butter and this mass is jammed if they go dipping in grease the chickens while they grill in the coal.

Beat themselves the toggle with a mallet! Dipping in grease! Ooh, baby!
posted by rory at 3:14 AM on November 8, 2001

i'm still in school right now, but when i graduate later this year, i plan to be an official bum like the rest of you. anyone know of any future open positions in cincinnati? (i'm pretty sure i won't have to worry about people catching me reading the ol' #006699. i think there's only like 5 mefi'ers around these parts.)
posted by lotsofno at 4:34 AM on November 8, 2001

Maybe they can make having a blog a fast track qualification for Section 8 status--well, it oughta be!--and you can get food stamps, subsidized apartments, welfare glasses and a DSL
line. For free!
posted by y2karl at 6:30 AM on November 8, 2001

the ol' #006699

Okay, I give up, I'm stupid. What means this?
posted by rushmc at 6:49 AM on November 8, 2001

Okay, I give up, I'm stupid. What means this?

That's the MeFi team colors.

(You know, the MeFi blue?)
posted by ljromanoff at 6:53 AM on November 8, 2001

Thank god no at my office connects the dots between seeing #006699 on my monitor and my not writing the scope of work that was due three days ago...

This is the only reason i'd support user stylesheets. All my co-workers know that MeFi-blue means i'm slacking off. They haven't caught on about MeTa's #666666 brown.
posted by jpoulos at 9:57 AM on November 8, 2001

This color is brown?

*pounds on monitor*

Be more brown!
posted by Skot at 10:05 AM on November 8, 2001

i think there's only like 5 mefi'ers around these parts

Whatever happened to that cool map of mefiers? And that pony?
posted by mblandi at 10:46 AM on November 8, 2001

i just alt-tab back into photoshop from #006699. Though...if someone wants to write a metafilter stealth module, something that would display Very Important Headlines(tm) that would look work related...we could all get a lot less work done while doing "research".
posted by th3ph17 at 10:54 AM on November 8, 2001

LOL and WABI!*

*What A Brilliant Idea!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:59 AM on November 8, 2001


I almost spit my soda out of my nose with the "be more brown!" remark.

that said, it looks gray to me

posted by chacal at 2:36 PM on November 8, 2001

Wonderful - thanks Miguel! That's Christmas lunch well and truly sorted. A recipe in return? I'm not sure what urban Australia's 'Mediterrasian' cuisine could offer to meet the mouthwatering simplicity of frango piri piri, so here's from up TI way:


1-2 kg boneless white fish fillets
2-3 tomatoes (best if they're not quite ripe)
1 large onion
1-2 lemons
1 spring onion
1 red capsicum
1 yellow capsicum
3-6 chillies
3-4 radishes
salt and black pepper
1 small bottle of white vinegar

Slice fish thinly and put into a glass bowl and cover with white vinegar. Add some salt, white pepper and a little finely diced onion, and leave overnight in the refrigerator.

Slice onions, spring onion, capsicum, chillies, and radishes wafer thin. Cut tomatoes thinly and dice, then add all ingredients to dish the following day and mix together, then squeeze lemon over entire dish.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:10 PM on November 8, 2001

The most laughs are always on MeTa!
posted by thekorruptor at 4:08 PM on November 8, 2001

I'll be in Denver for three weeks, 17th Nov - 9th Dec, if anyone wants to catch up.

Of course, I have found 0 people online from Denver so far. I'm beginning to believe they don't have computers there.
posted by Neale at 4:34 PM on November 8, 2001

What's a capsicum?

Wait, actually, I think I had mine removed last year...
posted by pudders at 5:39 PM on November 8, 2001

Pudders: capsicum = "bell pepper"
posted by cyniczny at 5:54 PM on November 8, 2001


It's a useful site, that
posted by fooljay at 6:22 PM on November 8, 2001

that said, it looks gray to me.

I'd say "slate grey", but that risks raising the spectre of a far inferior site.
posted by holgate at 6:28 PM on November 8, 2001

#666666 is gray. It has to be gray. It's equal amounts of all three colors. That can only be gray.

Can't it?

posted by rusty at 11:34 PM on November 8, 2001

I might just do a directory of out-of-work techie MetaFilter members.

I bought a domain for it and everything.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:49 PM on November 8, 2001

red-green-blue make a sick shade of brown. Technically, if you mix all the colors on a palette you'd get black, add some white to get gray. However, in practical application, you end up with gross brown most of the time. I believe in college we called this baby sh*t brown, or bsb.
posted by dness2 at 1:05 AM on November 9, 2001

Wrong kind of colour-mixing. Screens mix light - mix all colours of light and you get white. That's why white is #ffffff and black is #000000 (absence of colour). Any screen colour with all the same hex numbers between those extremes (#111111-#eeeeee) is a combination of black and white - i.e., grey. Go into PhotoShop and play with the colour picker - you'll see the picker-circle work its way up and down the left-hand side whenever you enter all the same digits.

Black, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, grey, white.
posted by rory at 1:48 AM on November 9, 2001

I seem to remember in some color theory book they mentioned that RGB green is kind of overpowering, and so regular "green" is not 00FF00. That produces a garish neon green(incidentally, so does 7FFF00, which adds a bunch of red?). Regular green only takes the "G" about halfway up(like here and maybe adds just a bit of the other colors. Might help explain the not-greyness. But I could be on crack.
I'm trying to find something on this(which might not exist), but I need to get to work.
...wasn't this thread originally about people being jobless?
posted by Su at 5:01 AM on November 9, 2001

Jobless, well-poisoning, snarkiest, planning report, unemployed, human resources, grey, friends, water-cooler, Frango à Cafrael, Section 8, the ol' #006699, brown, Numus, capsicum, colour-mixing.
posted by rory at 6:38 AM on November 9, 2001

Might help explain the not-greyness.

So might mis-calibration of one's monitor.
posted by rory at 6:43 AM on November 9, 2001

I have help for those of you looking to read MeFi from work. Use the LoFi version. Doesn't change the comments page, but the main page is white with black text and blue links. It's purty.

I use MantaDB to change the inside pages and the MeTa pages into white with black text. It's quite handy.
posted by acridrabbit at 8:33 AM on November 9, 2001

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