Just Because July 29, 2007 10:44 AM   Subscribe

I'd just like to say something nice about grumblebee.
posted by StrikeTheViol to MetaFilter-Related at 10:44 AM (88 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

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posted by jouke at 10:46 AM on July 29, 2007


I would too...
posted by ND¢ at 10:46 AM on July 29, 2007


After reading his answers to my askmefi question, I took some time to read through his posts, and seeing as the Grey has been so full of nasty callouts lately, I thought I'd recognize someone who's both helped me, and been really entertaining.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 10:48 AM on July 29, 2007


Sure, we all would.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:48 AM on July 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


flagged this shit.
posted by quonsar at 10:48 AM on July 29, 2007 [2 favorites]


Take it to MetaTalk, lady!
posted by fandango_matt at 10:50 AM on July 29, 2007




Hey, what happened to the askmefi question font? It's small for no apparent reason. Mods?
posted by StrikeTheViol at 10:56 AM on July 29, 2007


I'll say something nice about grumblebee too. We once had an oddly heated exchange over email (which stemmed from a flip comment that I'd made in a thread) that turned into a really interesting discussion about the role of narrative in people's personal lives. He's definitely a good egg, and his comments are pretty much unfailingly thoughtful and thought-provoking. (And anyone who can be so unabashedly open about how much he loves his wife just gets me right in the heart, anyway.)
posted by scody at 11:16 AM on July 29, 2007


I don't always agree with the guy, but lately whenever I read something that's Damned Fine there's been a fair chance of seeing his name below it. Count me among the nice thing-sayers.
posted by majick at 11:17 AM on July 29, 2007


I, too, would like to speak in praise of grumblebee; sometimes he reminds me of myself.
posted by Justinian at 11:19 AM on July 29, 2007


Hey, what happened to the askmefi question font? It's small for no apparent reason. Mods?

You know, that was happening to me at work on Friday. Not when logged out, though, and not a problem at home. Very weird. Anybody else?
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:25 AM on July 29, 2007


OMG!!!!

*blushes*
*cries*
*swoons*

thanks!!!

Honestly, I hope I DO provide something useful/entertaining on occasion. Metafilter and the whole MeFi community has been a source of great utility and information (and work-procrastination fodder) to me over the years. It's my first destination on the web. I try to "give back."

I also know that, as jessamyn put it, I "think differently" from many others here (which is not-the-same-as better and, I hope, not the-same-as worse). Different can sometimes be useful, but I'm sure it can also be annoying. So thanks for putting up with me!

xxxoxoxoxo
posted by grumblebee at 11:27 AM on July 29, 2007


aw
posted by jouke at 11:30 AM on July 29, 2007


All right, one comes of my "eat" list and goes on my "fuck" list.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:37 AM on July 29, 2007 [9 favorites]


How refreshing.
posted by Cranberry at 11:43 AM on July 29, 2007


AZ, one of my favourite Billy Connolly skits is the one where he goes on about how, when an animal perceives the presence of another animal, the first thing on its mind is "Can it eat me? Can I eat it? Can I shag it?". Which of course leads to the logical next step, "Can I shag it while eating it?"

I've never been able to track this routine down on YT, sadly.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:49 AM on July 29, 2007


Grumblebee totally rocks. He's like a nicer, smarter version of me, and I'm awesome.
posted by jewzilla at 11:54 AM on July 29, 2007


grumblebee, please also accept my appreciation for your well-written, interesting and often slightly left-field comments. If I come across a long answer I usually scroll down to see who wrote it before deciding to read it, and always scroll back up if it's one of yours.
posted by paduasoy at 11:55 AM on July 29, 2007


cortex: this happened before, and I and someone else saw it, but it looks okay now, just for that question.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 12:03 PM on July 29, 2007


grumblebee is a very thoughtful and interesting fellow. I raise a glass to him!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:05 PM on July 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well, at least he's not average.
posted by The Deej at 12:06 PM on July 29, 2007


Hey, what happened to the askmefi question font? It's small for no apparent reason

Yes, sometimes I go into questions on AskMeta (on either a Mac or PC), and the font is very small. I was flagging it, until I figured it was probably just a problem with my computer.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:09 PM on July 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


What's the matter with being average?
posted by jonmc at 12:13 PM on July 29, 2007


Cheers to grumblebee, I'm glad I've had the honor of meeting both him and his wife.
posted by onalark at 12:45 PM on July 29, 2007


Sometimes I'll read one of grumblebee's comments and think "Oh for heaven's sake! How can anyone have such developed thoughts on such a seemingly trivial matter?" Sometimes I even manage to keep up the exasperation for several seconds before I realize that I'm just insanely jealous of the guy's brain.

What's the matter with being average?

Trapped! Your questioning of the status quo (which assumes that being above average is always better than being average) marks you as an above average person. J'accuse!

Now someone get me some butter and forceps. I seem to have lodged my head in a tender spot.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 12:56 PM on July 29, 2007


All right, one comes of my "eat" list and goes on my "fuck" list.

Was that about me or the small font? (Either way, they call MY thinking different?!?)

If it's about me, I'm flattered, I guess. I'm straight, but I'd rather a guy fuck me than eat me. If it's about a font, I recommend Sabon. I find it subtle without being pretentious. It goes will with a nice Riesling and maybe some onion soup.
posted by grumblebee at 1:19 PM on July 29, 2007


I'd rather a guy fuck me than eat me.

Really? You don't know what you're missing.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:25 PM on July 29, 2007


well grumblebee, I will break this love fest by telling you I have a bone to pick with you. I had been following your great little cartoons in your g'doodles site but you just haven't been updating lately. Maybe if you spent less time being helpful and more time drawing, this wouldn't be such a problem. Those are quite cute and amusing - you should keep doing them, methinks.
posted by madamjujujive at 1:28 PM on July 29, 2007


Grumblebee, you're mad thoughtful and helpful. Glad you hang out around these parts.
posted by equipoise at 1:30 PM on July 29, 2007


Sorry about the doodle-blog, madamjujujive. I miss it, and I WILL get back to it. My problem is that I'm currently under contract to write two books, I'm directing two plays, and I have a 9-5 job. And if I add drawing to my distraction list -- in addition to AskMe -- I think I'll explode.
posted by grumblebee at 1:34 PM on July 29, 2007


Okay, my stiff-upper-lip is beginning to quiver. Lets talk about onalark or johnmc or someone.
posted by grumblebee at 1:38 PM on July 29, 2007


Judging by his MeFi persona, grumblebee is one of the kindest and most compassionate people I have ever come across. I want to be a grumblebee when I grow up.
posted by granted at 2:15 PM on July 29, 2007


ALIEN
I bring you love!

DR HIBBERT
Is that the love between a man and a woman, or the love of a man for a fine Cuban cigar? (chuckles)

ALIEN
Uh...I bring you love!

LENNY
It's bringing love, don't let it get away!

CARL
Break its legs!
posted by blue_beetle at 2:24 PM on July 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


Grumblebee is the jam in my rice-pudding, the lemon in my gin & tonic, the owner of my heart and the fire in my loins. FACT
posted by Jofus at 2:26 PM on July 29, 2007


Get a room.
posted by smackfu at 2:34 PM on July 29, 2007


When I first started reading MeFi (and especially AskMe), Grumblebee was the first poster here whose AskMe comments I could identify before his user name scrolled into view. His answers tend to be compassionate but clear, painstakingly detailed, with a rational, balanced tone.

He was one of the first users to whom I linked; I wanted to see what else he'd written that I hadn't yet seen, because intelligent and ruminative discourse is a pleasure no matter what topic it's covering.

And I second what scody says about his obvious and endearing adoration of his wife.
posted by Elsa at 2:40 PM on July 29, 2007


I hate to miss a pileon. Grumblebee is, in addition to the previously mentioned thoughtful, articulate.
posted by theora55 at 2:54 PM on July 29, 2007


Grumblebee is awesome.
posted by sugarfish at 3:06 PM on July 29, 2007


yeah me too. I would like to live next door to grumblebee and talk about life issues over the fence once in a while. I'm pretty sure I would be happier for the experience.
posted by b33j at 3:12 PM on July 29, 2007


I ♥ grumblebee! And, what scody said about how he speaks so lovingly of his wife.
posted by Lynsey at 3:22 PM on July 29, 2007


Definitely an above average guy.
posted by Catfry at 3:38 PM on July 29, 2007


Okay, my stiff-upper-lip is beginning to quiver. Lets talk about onalark or johnmc or someone.
posted by grumblebee


MAN UP, SOLDIER!!!!!! I'll GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO CRY ABOUT!!!

*slap slap slap*
posted by The Deej at 4:09 PM on July 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


Grumblebee was the first poster here whose AskMe comments I could identify before his user name scrolled into view.

Well, that, and he's one of the only ones where you actually have to scroll.

/teases
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:35 PM on July 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


Grumblebee is awesome, I agree.

(And his wife is HAWT! Ahem. And smart and talented. But totally hawt.*)

*Plus, she went to the University of Alabama! Roll Tide!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 4:48 PM on July 29, 2007


Trapped! Your questioning of the status quo (which assumes that being above average is always better than being average) marks you as an above average person. J'accuse!

Nah. Somebody else brought it up, so I asked why, which any average asshole would do. Back to square one.
posted by jonmc at 5:14 PM on July 29, 2007


I'd just like to say something nice about myself.
posted by Dataphage at 5:42 PM on July 29, 2007


Another grumblebee fan here. Don't ever leave, no matter how many books and plays you have to do!
posted by languagehat at 5:57 PM on July 29, 2007


I love reading grumblebee's comments! At least one of them helped me purposely change for the better, and all of them make me stop and think. Thanks for sharing your wisdom, grumblebee.
posted by nelvana at 7:02 PM on July 29, 2007


And his wife is HAWT!

phwoar! check out that http 404!
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:03 PM on July 29, 2007


And another fan. His insights are consistently helpful, interesting, and usually more or less what I'd like to say but can't quite put so eloquently.
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 7:05 PM on July 29, 2007


Grumblebee (and languagehat) inspired me to sign up for metafilter. I'd been lurking for a while, mostly reading posts back through the years. I didn't know much about the blue or the grey, I was in love with ask.me, and grumblebee quickly became my favorite answerer. He always takes people seriously and doesn't ever mock their questions or their concerns. He takes the time to give thorough answers and I love long posts when they're filled with useful analysis and information. He makes many relationship-threads worth reading. He is an interesting personality. And as I am also a late-bloomer in love (25 and still never been kissed), I find his posts about his wife to be really inspirational. My goal when I signed up was that I would always try to give quality answers like grumblebee, or I wouldn't say anything at all.
posted by Danila at 7:10 PM on July 29, 2007


This is the longest I've seen a thread go without someone saying something deriding/provoking/mocking causing the whole thing to devolve into a throbbing snarkfest. Grumblebee must really inspire people. Go 'head, dude.
posted by sneakin at 7:13 PM on July 29, 2007


I too am a huge grumblebee fan. Consistently thoughtful, insightful, and helpful. His AskMe posts can wind up rolling through my head for months or years (well, max 2.5 years to this point). Thanks for your awesomeness, grumblebee!
posted by ibmcginty at 7:21 PM on July 29, 2007


Sorry, cortex, you are so last week. Today we love us the grumblebee. (Seriously.)
posted by wendell at 7:46 PM on July 29, 2007


So, does that mean he's made the a list?
posted by absalom at 8:08 PM on July 29, 2007


So, does that mean he's made the a list?

No, it just means the bar for the a-list has been raised.
posted by The Deej at 8:58 PM on July 29, 2007


This is the longest I've seen a thread go without someone saying something deriding/provoking/mocking causing the whole thing to devolve into a throbbing snarkfest.

grumblebee fed my baby to a dingo, and the dingo wasn't even hungry. That's just Pure Evil.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:54 PM on July 29, 2007


Yes, but that the dingo died says more about your baby than it does about grumblebee. It's all just very telling. Very. Telling.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:02 PM on July 29, 2007


Hang on, grumblebee = Lindy Chamberlain?!?
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:11 PM on July 29, 2007


And I would like to say something nice about StrikeTheViol.

Your username and comments entered my conciousness over the last couple (few?) weeks. Strong, educated, well-thought out comments. I wondered what your academic credentials/interests were and was bummed that you didn't state them on your user page.

Regardless, I like the allusions that your username makes and I very much respect the comments here from you (which I've noticed).

I hope you stick around and keep contributing to metafilter; it's people like you who've made metafilter one of the few sites that I visit and read very day.
posted by porpoise at 10:13 PM on July 29, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think we need a subsite where we can send compliments to other members - hugs.metafilter.com, or HugMe.

Oh, hang on, wrong thread.
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:31 PM on July 29, 2007


Thanks, porpoise. I'd been lurking around Mefi for a very long time, well before I joined, wondering if I'd be able to keep up. It always feels gratifying to have someone recognize your effort.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 11:24 PM on July 29, 2007


I like Grumblebee too. He's the right thing to do and a tasty way to do it.

He's an incredible man. He also makes really good turkey burgers. That's just one of the reasons I married him.
posted by Evangeline at 6:56 AM on July 30, 2007


Please, sweetie, I'm at work. I have to try to hold it together.
posted by grumblebee at 7:19 AM on July 30, 2007


stiff upper lip, lad!
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:28 AM on July 30, 2007


Who doesn't love grumblebee's wife...
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:38 AM on July 30, 2007


Who hasn't, surely.

Er. Oh. Awkward. Hi, Evangeline!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:01 AM on July 30, 2007


All my ex-boyfriends.
posted by Evangeline at 9:04 AM on July 30, 2007


That should be "who hasn't lovED." Okay. Carry on. Grammar Police, over and out.
posted by grumblebee at 9:07 AM on July 30, 2007


Cortex, are you questioning my virtue? I demand satisfaction.

Grumblebee, challenge him to a duel. Old-school.
posted by Evangeline at 9:08 AM on July 30, 2007


Swords in a pit!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:08 AM on July 30, 2007


Naw. I'll just invite him over for a threesome.
posted by grumblebee at 9:09 AM on July 30, 2007


Either way, "swords in a pit" applies.

Did I just say that?
posted by grumblebee at 9:09 AM on July 30, 2007


He can come over as long as he brings candy.
posted by Evangeline at 9:11 AM on July 30, 2007


Yeah - Candy's a stone cold fox!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:30 AM on July 30, 2007


Okay, but Candy has to bring some candy.
posted by Evangeline at 9:41 AM on July 30, 2007


Grumblebee? Oh, I'll not have any of this sloppy lovefest groveling for that bastard. You know he posted a question over a year ago that was the first thing I ever favorited upon ponying up my $5? And the son of a bitch never gave a follow up.

So, did you find her, you damn ingrate, or shall I sully your name from here to Boing Boing? I have the power, my man. I can make it so you can't can't get in an AOL chat room without heckling cries driving you out into the cold internet streets. "Grumblebee?" they'll say. "Aye, I 'eard of 'im. Don't give the payoff on his 'eart-touchin' stories. That's what I 'ear. Someone show the limey bastard the door."
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 10:06 AM on July 30, 2007


Well, I'm sorry I left you hanging, but I didn't post a follow-up because there ain't one. The story has no ending.

I've tried everything except hiring a private investigator. I'm pretty sure I found some family members of that girl, and I emailed them, but they never wrote back. Maybe this is a case of someone who, for whatever reason, doesn't want to be found.

But the whole thing still has an active module somewhere in my brain. If there are updates at any point, I will be sure to post them.

Meanwhile, my first EVER AskMe post is still unsolved.
posted by grumblebee at 10:28 AM on July 30, 2007


Mine too!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:57 AM on July 30, 2007 [1 favorite]


Mine too!
posted by Meatbomb at 11:50 AM on July 30, 2007


Ah, the Island of Unanswered Questions....
posted by grumblebee at 12:12 PM on July 30, 2007


This thread makes my teeth hurt.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:13 PM on July 30, 2007


Wow, this thread has more comments than mkultra's! Guess MetaTalk really is good for something after all.
posted by StrikeTheViol at 4:12 PM on July 30, 2007


I like grumblebee too.
posted by flabdablet at 5:17 PM on July 30, 2007


Grumblebee was the first person I ever wrote a shoutout for, he's one of the most insightful, patient and helpful AskMe commenters out there. I hope you buzz along with us for a while mate.
posted by hugsnkisses at 6:00 PM on July 30, 2007


I'm late to the party but I'd like to throw another "Grumblebee is pretty awesome" into this here thread.
posted by Alterscape at 8:50 PM on July 30, 2007


And if you bork a link to his hot wife, he's cool about it, too! ROLL TIDE ROLL
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:08 AM on July 31, 2007


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