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posted by theora55 to MetaFilter-Related at 11:49 AM (54 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Obligatory reference to thread from which cartoon could have been cribbed.
posted by theora55 at 11:55 AM on April 17, 2007


Shouldn't that Bandwidth Limit Exceeded error be JRun Error?
posted by iguanapolitico at 11:58 AM on April 17, 2007


Notation that this joke is getting pretty moldy.
posted by DU at 12:03 PM on April 17, 2007 [4 favorites]


Running out of ideas for the strip, eh?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 12:04 PM on April 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, a Pollak joke.
posted by boo_radley at 12:07 PM on April 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


To be fair, the linked example is the least funny one I've read in the archives so far.
posted by DU at 12:09 PM on April 17, 2007


Agreement with DU. Notification of intent to favorite.

Sarcastic nomination of his comment to the sidebar.
posted by Plutor at 12:09 PM on April 17, 2007


I'm waiting for someone to record 9622 as either a podcast or youtube video. Ideally, they would have different people to play every user, or the Helsinki Complaints Choir
posted by drezdn at 12:09 PM on April 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


Notation that this joke is getting pretty moldy.

And yet the cliche-ridden, half-brained arguments that have inspired it never get tedious, weird.

*Shoves someone, anyone* What you looking at, Hitler? I'm just sayin' what everyone's thinkin', butthole.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:12 PM on April 17, 2007


Hitler? You brought her to the party!
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:14 PM on April 17, 2007


I'd Hitler that!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:21 PM on April 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


But I barely know ler!
posted by Partial Law at 12:26 PM on April 17, 2007


To be fair, the linked example is the least funny one I've read in the archives so far.

Really? Which ones did you read? I couldn't find anything remotely amusing.
posted by timeistight at 12:30 PM on April 17, 2007


re: 962. Any mirrors of the original out there?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:31 PM on April 17, 2007


AV: this, I guess, is what 9622 originally pointed to.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:35 PM on April 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


I laughed at this, though that may be more out of recognition that I tried the exact same things myself.
posted by DU at 12:37 PM on April 17, 2007


What's all this about spoons?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 12:41 PM on April 17, 2007


20 bucks, same as in town.
posted by Rhomboid at 12:45 PM on April 17, 2007


Doesn't get joke. Lashes out at KlangKlangston.
posted by Mister_A at 12:49 PM on April 17, 2007


Every once in a while I would type in the address manually and accidentally type in metafitler.com. And for some reason I would always think oh my God, metaHitler.com. Metafitler has been online for a while as a presumed typo- adclick - harvester, but metahitler was available for, uh, development. But when I checked today, nope, someone has reserved it.
posted by nanojath at 12:52 PM on April 17, 2007


But, but, but Tom Tomorrow liked it.
posted by terrapin at 12:58 PM on April 17, 2007


but metahitler was available for, uh, development. But when I checked today, nope, someone has reserved it.

Must be adolphowie and jessamyn braun again. or moose und sqvirrel.
posted by jonmc at 1:02 PM on April 17, 2007


MechaHitler again, eh? I'll need to speed up work on Roobosevelt.
posted by Mister_A at 1:06 PM on April 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


You guys are nice and/or mean. Not sure which one "oh, a Pollak joke" meant.

For the record, to answer theora55's question, I didn't have that thread in mind when I made the strip; the biggest inspirations were the blogging styles of Instapundit, Drudge, the whole "blogroll dropping" incident from Atrios, and the people who comment on Oliver Willis' weblog. Tom Tomorrow, who is a good friend, made an election version a few years back, and Bill Griffth did a Zippy strip in the 80's called "generic comic strip" that inspired me too. Looking at how old that Mefi thread is I can understand how my cartoon would look tired to you.

It was meant to comment on the Imus arguing but not to my enjoyment I feel like it's going to apply to all the stuff about gun control that's approaching this week.

That said, and in response to monju, I am very thankful for MetaFilter as many news stories and debates have been inspirations for cartoons; for example I wouldn't have found the Conservapedia without the FPP about it. I also did my senior film at NYU about a story on a family of monkeys linked from here in 2002.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:30 PM on April 17, 2007


Hey, that's you! Neat, XQ.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:34 PM on April 17, 2007


I like this one.
posted by ODiV at 1:46 PM on April 17, 2007


That's you!?! Cool. Look, everybody, another MeFi celeb! Hey, I did say "could have been" cribbed.
posted by theora55 at 1:49 PM on April 17, 2007


I remember a short play in this style floating around on the web as video, I'm not sure if it was linked here. It was a conversation between a man and a woman (presumably in a relationship) and centered on fidelity and jealousy. It went something like:

MAN: "Subtle inquiry as to your whereabouts last night."
WOMAN: "Smooth attempt at changing the subject."
MAN: "Less opaque inquiry as to your whereabouts last night."
WOMAN: "Hint at being offended, coy inquiry as to your enduring attraction to me."
MAN: "Unconvincing statement of affection."
WOMAN: "Thinly-veiled questioning of manhood."
MAN: "Befuddlement and building impatience."
WOMAN: "Blatant questioning of manhood."
MAN: "Outright disagreement and accusation of prostitution!"

Etc. etc.

Does anyone know what I'm trying to refer to?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:51 PM on April 17, 2007


Life In Hell?
posted by jonmc at 1:53 PM on April 17, 2007


My marriage?
posted by GuyZero at 1:53 PM on April 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


A lot of the movie Schizopolis is done in that style.
posted by Greg Nog at 1:54 PM on April 17, 2007 [2 favorites]


I just tried to visit the Ben & Jerry's site and got a JRUN error. Metafilter is spreading all over the internets.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:01 PM on April 17, 2007


A lot of the movie Schizopolis is done in that style.

Funny movie.
posted by terrapin at 2:05 PM on April 17, 2007


It's probably just a viral their new flavour, ebk, "Che Rum", from their new line including "404 Nut Found" and "403 Forbidden Fruit".

Did you know they make the stuff using ColdFusion?

</mcsweeneys>
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 2:17 PM on April 17, 2007


Two things:

a.) the dead link to spoonfed.net on the original 2001 thread has some very funny linkfarm stuff going on. If I had it all to do over again, I would change my screenname to spoon cabinet.

b.) the drudgereport flashy light thing is not a siren. It's a revolving blue light. A siren is a device that makes a sound, not light. I am saying this to set the record straight for the entire Internet, so I hope it's reading.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 2:20 PM on April 17, 2007 [1 favorite]


"Does anyone know what I'm trying to refer to?"

That's English Made Simple from the collection called All In The Timing by David Ives.

(Now, back to my term papers! No sleep, but plenty of time to google!)
posted by klangklangston at 2:24 PM on April 17, 2007


This is going to wind up on the next podcast, isn't it?
posted by languagehat at 2:38 PM on April 17, 2007


maybe they'll do it in Pter Sellers 'Nazi' voices. That'd be cool.
posted by jonmc at 2:52 PM on April 17, 2007


See also.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:52 PM on April 17, 2007


defecation in thread.
posted by quonsar at 3:41 PM on April 17, 2007


That other link in referenced in Tom Tomorrow's blog? What the fuck is wrong with American Airlines?
posted by liquorice at 4:00 PM on April 17, 2007


goodnews: There's a clip of a similar play in an episode of This American Life, 20 Acts in 60 Minutes.
posted by brett at 6:07 PM on April 17, 2007


MAN: "Subtle inquiry as to your whereabouts last night."
WOMAN: "Smooth attempt at changing the subject."
MAN: "Less opaque inquiry as to your whereabouts last night."
WOMAN: "Hint at being offended, coy inquiry as to your enduring attraction to me."
MAN: "Unconvincing statement of affection."
WOMAN: "Thinly-veiled questioning of manhood."
MAN: "Befuddlement and building impatience."
WOMAN: "Blatant questioning of manhood."
MAN: "Outright disagreement and accusation of prostitution!"

Etc. etc.

Does anyone know what I'm trying to refer to?


Not exactly, but I'm pretty sure that after a period of wild accusations and things being thrown and broken, it ends like this:

Q: You like sex? You are a person who likes the sex acts that we are currently engaged in?
A: Yes! I am! I like sex!
Q: You like sex! In fact, you are a person who likes sex as much as a prostitute likes sex!
A: YES I LIKE SEXY SEX AS IF IT WERE MY PROFESSION!! TELL ME MORE ABOUT IT
Q: YOU ENJOY THIS ACT YOU SEXY SEX PERSON etc.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:39 PM on April 17, 2007


Metafilter: Smug retort to an excerpt of something you said.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 11:27 PM on April 17, 2007


So have you stopped masturbating your dog?
posted by davy at 12:10 AM on April 18, 2007


What the fuck is wrong with American Airlines?

It's an American corporation.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:46 AM on April 18, 2007




I think my enjoyment of the strip was more predicated by my early experiences on telnet BBSes like ISCA, Shadow and Skynet and the infamous and squalid Heinous, where the users all kept well in line with the name of the place.

I enjoyed the artwork, mainly the expressions captured on the faces of the arguers. The bandwidth exceeded bit was the part that I chuckled at the most because it was followed by such an accurate method that most people use to deal with controversy: cute animal picture. LOLCATS!
posted by smallerdemon at 12:16 PM on April 18, 2007


MetaFilter: obnoxious contrary opinion for no reason other than to feel superior by attacking another person to compensate for personal faults offline
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:10 PM on April 18, 2007


Irrelevant comment posted two days after all other users have moved on.
posted by dg at 7:59 PM on April 18, 2007


Token rebuttal to notion that thread has been abandoned.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:08 PM on April 18, 2007


Hitler? You brought her to the party!

That's almost as good as being the mayor of excuses village.

But I barely know ler!

No, you and ler are mere acquintances, so you must object.




I'm lonely.
posted by fleacircus at 9:18 PM on April 18, 2007


XQUZYPHYR, I had no idea you were a cartoonist. That's so very cool.
posted by quin at 3:13 PM on April 19, 2007


Oh and one more thing, Every single one of your comics except that one about drugs sucks ass.
:)
posted by quin at 3:15 PM on April 19, 2007


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