big ups. October 12, 2007 11:05 AM   Subscribe

I would like to start a thread wherein copious "big ups" are given to other users.

I'll start: thehmsbeagle, whose username I long thought was said "thems beagle", whose AskMe answers are always level-headed yet slyly humourous yet empathetic. Bonus: always wonderful to encounter rad women in this testosteronalicious environment. Big ups, thehmsbeagle!
posted by loiseau to MetaFilter-Related at 11:05 AM (132 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

If only we had a system where one could show their appreciation of a user or comment. We should do that. Call it "favorites" or something.
posted by eyeballkid at 11:18 AM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


copious "big ups"

Big ups to loiseau for the whitest thing I've seen all week!
posted by dhammond at 11:19 AM on October 12, 2007 [5 favorites]


I'll give big ups to ebk. He hates all of us. And he has a point.
posted by dios at 11:20 AM on October 12, 2007 [3 favorites]


We have our strengths and our weaknesses and sometimes we annoy the shit out of ourselves, but all in all we are alright. So yes, big ups to up. Big ups indeed.
posted by ND¢ at 11:30 AM on October 12, 2007


us not up. We can't spell. Big downs to us.
posted by ND¢ at 11:31 AM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Big ups!
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:32 AM on October 12, 2007


I was going to give big ups but I never got a round tuit.
posted by yhbc at 11:41 AM on October 12, 2007 [4 favorites]


I'd just like to send big ups out to my legions of fans here in the MetaFilter. No, no, hold your applause. No, no, I'm serious, please--this one's for you guys!

I'm nothing without you!
posted by dead_ at 11:44 AM on October 12, 2007


I would hope there's already a big UPS in case the server's power goes down.
posted by rocket88 at 11:47 AM on October 12, 2007


BIG MOTHERFUCKEN UPS YALL

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT WHO WHO WHO WHO WHO YOU LET THE DOGS OUT YOU YOU YOU YOU YOU
posted by fishfucker at 11:47 AM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


I want to thank all the people preemptively that are going to big up me, just please, don't one up me.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:52 AM on October 12, 2007


Bi Gups?
posted by langeNU at 11:54 AM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


If only we had a system where one could show their appreciation of a user or comment. We should do that. Call it "favorites" or something.

Oooh! Or there could be a system by which you can designate certain users via some sort of...link.
posted by desuetude at 11:57 AM on October 12, 2007


...for just a brief moment, i thought loiseau was offering breast implants to other users. Copious breast implants, at that.
posted by sephira at 11:58 AM on October 12, 2007


What a mob of grumps and cynics you lot are! I, for one, would like to take this opportunity so thanklesslessly offered by loiseau to bestow copius big ups to qualifying MetApplicants. All applications should include a photo and a short-form essay on why you think you are entitled to one of my copius big ups. Offer valid for a limited time only, while supplies last. Contact my doctor if big up lasts for more than four hours.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:59 AM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Big UPs to Kattullus for consistently interesting FPPs and for helpng to make my meetup a smashing success!
posted by mds35 at 12:03 PM on October 12, 2007


Big ups to The Pink Superhero. She makes some of my favourite comments across all of the Mefi sites.
posted by davey_darling at 12:04 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


My Big Cups?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:07 PM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


Is it just me, or do you favorite every single one of her posts?
posted by dead_ at 12:07 PM on October 12, 2007


I would like to bestow "big ups" upon those MeFites who really make MeFi Music. Off the top of my head: chococat, flapjax at midnite, ludwig_van, cortex, frenetic, and LN. There are others who post less frequently or who are slipping my mind at the moment who deserve sizable ups as well.
posted by danb at 12:07 PM on October 12, 2007


I mostly dressed myself today!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:08 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hmm, a novel concept indeed. Approbations to robocop is bleeding for making me spit out my tea, herrdoktor for letting me get my frag on, and YamwotIam for grace under fire.
posted by Skorgu at 12:13 PM on October 12, 2007


Big ups to davey_darling- it is his love and devotion that keeps me going.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:13 PM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


Big UPS.
posted by emelenjr at 12:17 PM on October 12, 2007


Big Ups to Myrrh for just making things better and better with the Time-Left-In-The-Title ap.
posted by cashman at 12:20 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


I've got big ups in my pants.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:21 PM on October 12, 2007


Is this “big ups” some kind of slang I'd have to be young to know about?
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 12:21 PM on October 12, 2007


For those who don't get mentioned in this thread, here is a certificate -- suitable for framing!-- to heal your bruised ego:
________________________________________________________________
|                                                               |
|               The MetaFilter Certificate of                   |
|                      Participation                            |
|                                                               |
|                                                               |
|                                                               |
|         I, ________________________, am a MetaFilter          |
|         User and I am special.                                |
|                                                               |
|                                                               |
|                               Signed,                         |
|                                                               |
|                          mathowie, jessamyn, cortex           |
________________________________________________________________
posted by eyeballkid at 12:22 PM on October 12, 2007 [17 favorites]


Is this the same thehmsbeagle?

Two big ups from different sources within five minutes, if that's the case.
posted by dogwalker at 12:26 PM on October 12, 2007


Just when you think things can't get more cringesome. This sits somewhere between that Peter Pan guy & what goatse's mother must feel.
posted by i_cola at 12:35 PM on October 12, 2007


What is a Big Up and why would I want one?
posted by konolia at 12:41 PM on October 12, 2007


goatse's mom is deeply proud of the all the joy her little boy has spread so far and wide.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:42 PM on October 12, 2007 [3 favorites]


Lots of people other than Calvin should be getting props!
posted by LionIndex at 12:42 PM on October 12, 2007


"Giving ups" is what we used to call it in grade school when you let somebody get in front of you in line.
posted by JanetLand at 12:42 PM on October 12, 2007


The Powers That Be have gone on record against this kind of thing, and for good reason. MeFi is enough of a circle jerk as it is.
posted by mkultra at 12:44 PM on October 12, 2007


Is that what the kids these days are calling "Props"? "Shoutouts"? "Kudos"? "Thumbs Ups"? "Pats on the Back"?

*Sits in tent tallying Black Marks vs. Feathers in Cap*
posted by Miko at 12:46 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Apparently, judging by the comments in this thread, a "big up" is an erection konolia, so I suppose that "giving someone a big up" would mean engaging in intercourse with them. As to why you would want a "big up", I suppose out of sexual desire. I guess that is a normal healthy feeling, but this thread just rubs me the wrong way. "Giving" "big ups" indeed. How about a sense of propriety?
posted by ND¢ at 12:51 PM on October 12, 2007


Black Eyes, I meant Black Eyes</smallB.
posted by Miko at 12:54 PM on October 12, 2007


Big Ups to mkultra; party poopers rule!
posted by breezeway at 12:57 PM on October 12, 2007


big ups... copious big ups?

Way to harsh my fucking mellow.
posted by R. Mutt at 12:58 PM on October 12, 2007


I find this thread extremely upsetting. I want to go back to those happy times, before this thread was posted, when I still thought it was "thems beagle."
posted by Ms. Saint at 1:05 PM on October 12, 2007


i_cola: Just when you think things can't get more cringesome. This sits somewhere between that Peter Pan guy & what goatse's mother must feel.

Bah, talk about jaded. How many tens of thousands of users does MeFi have? I'm pretty sure most people aren't expecting to be mentioned and won't have their hopes dashed if they aren't. People favourite posts and people for different reasons, and the person may not even ever notice that... I hardly think there's anything cringeworthy about giving specific "props" or a "shout out" to someone who contributes in a noticeably positive way to the site. If you think there is, that says more about you than about this thread.

I think I've started three or four MeTa threads, all humourous and/or positive and all of them have been bah, humbugged into the ground. Regardless! you'll never turn me into one of you. Which is a hilarious statement considering I'm pretty negative and pessimistic and my sense of humour tends to be dark. Instead of the Grey maybe MeTa should be a nice Goth Black to match your very souls.
posted by loiseau at 1:06 PM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


Big UPS? More like big OOPS AMIRITE?

(and yes, that is the explanation behind this.)
posted by Rhomboid at 1:08 PM on October 12, 2007


Big Ups to me! I just got a pedicure and my toenails look like tiny little candy apples. Yay!
posted by Evangeline at 1:09 PM on October 12, 2007


Black Eyes, I meant Black Eyes

Oh, thank goodness you said that. I was going to drive myself mad trying to catch the reference, and it wasn't ringing right in my brain.

So, copious ups to you, Miko.
posted by Elsa at 1:12 PM on October 12, 2007


Well, let me give my mad props (ooh yeah, I'm a rebel!) to those I've met through MetaFilter, mds35, languagehat and The Great Big Mulp. They've all turned out to be swell, interesting guys (and I don't use the word "swell" lightly).
posted by Kattullus at 1:16 PM on October 12, 2007


I don't even want to know what it means when you "big up" is "copious". Diseased probably.
posted by ND¢ at 1:17 PM on October 12, 2007


Make Big Up Yours
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:21 PM on October 12, 2007


I'd like to give hiccups instead. To all the self-important seriouspants playhaterz. So they look dorky.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:26 PM on October 12, 2007


My ups only come in regulation size, so I merely offer mild congratulations to you loiseau for keeping the faith in a cold and bitter world. Merit to all beings.
posted by Abiezer at 1:28 PM on October 12, 2007


Big Ups to Elsa for catching the reference.

Does anyone else feel like "Big Ups" could be one of those team-building exercises at work?
posted by Miko at 1:30 PM on October 12, 2007


Eriko. Big direct ascent trajectory with multiple SRBs ups.
posted by brownpau at 1:41 PM on October 12, 2007


I like big ups and I cannot lie.
posted by brain_drain at 1:47 PM on October 12, 2007 [3 favorites]


Wait a minute.... uhhhh... what? I'm experiencing a weird deja vu.
I guess this is just web-wide internet appreciation day for thehmsbeagle...?
posted by miss lynnster at 1:48 PM on October 12, 2007


I hardly think there's anything cringeworthy about giving specific "props" or a "shout out" to someone who contributes in a noticeably positive way to the site.

It would be one thing if you were to call out someone for something specific they said- there are plenty of MeTa threads along the line of, "I'd like to point out [User X]'s amazing contributions in [Thread Y]."

It's another to have a thread basically saying, "[User X] is awesome. Who else do you think is awesome?"
posted by mkultra at 1:49 PM on October 12, 2007


I just want to be loved. Is that so wrong?
posted by COBRA! at 1:49 PM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


Group hug, but no tongue please.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:54 PM on October 12, 2007


I just want to say, mkultra is awesome. Who else do you think is awesome?
posted by breezeway at 1:56 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Today is my last day at my stinky freelance job. And to them I say a big "UP YOURS!!!!!!!"
(Ummm, but only here in this little corner of the internet where they won't see it.)

*Goes back to work. Counts the hours.*
posted by miss lynnster at 2:04 PM on October 12, 2007


...so I suppose that "giving someone a big up" would mean engaging in intercourse with them...

*skull fucks eyeballkid*
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 2:06 PM on October 12, 2007


Sorry dude.
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 2:08 PM on October 12, 2007


Is this the same thehmsbeagle? ... Two big ups from different sources within five minutes, if that's the case.

I guess this is just web-wide internet appreciation day for thehmsbeagle...?


Hush, you two. This is part of a DNC effort (operation name: "February Surprise") wherein thehmsbeagle amasses big ups from all across the internet in a seemingly random pattern (though secretly well-executed strikes from embedded operatives; look next for name-drops at Jezebel, Martha Stewart's Bluelines, and YummyMummyBlogs.com), after which it will be "leaked" in a perfectly timed press conference that the true identity of thehmsbeagle is.... Tipper Gore... immediately after which a swell of public outcry and demand will be the real motivator for Al to enter the 2008 race, just in time for Super Tuesday. Al will be quoted as saying, "The Nobel, the Oscar, the huge trucks of cash, those meant nothing... it was the 'big ups' for MetaFilter's own thehmsbeagle that really sold me."

And, you're ruining it, so shut up.

Don't even ask me who loiseau is working for; I could totally lose my clearance.
posted by pineapple at 2:10 PM on October 12, 2007


I'd like to give copious big ups to your mother for last night.
posted by Krrrlson at 2:12 PM on October 12, 2007


I just want to say, mkultra is awesome. Who else do you think is awesome?

I think you're awesome, breezeway.
posted by box at 2:12 PM on October 12, 2007


Big UPS for whoever needs it.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:13 PM on October 12, 2007


Damn you, Armitage Shanks!
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:14 PM on October 12, 2007


Last one done has to eat the biscuit.
posted by puke & cry at 2:15 PM on October 12, 2007


I'd like to give copious big ups to your mother for last night.

Mom wants to know where your big ups were last night?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:17 PM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


The strap probably broke.
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:21 PM on October 12, 2007


DNC? Yeah, right. They couldn't plot to have breakfast without screwing it up.

This is actually a plot by the Knights Templar.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 2:38 PM on October 12, 2007


I'm uncomfortable accepting praise in public, it only leads to others feeling excluded.

(email in profile)
posted by hermitosis at 2:48 PM on October 12, 2007


Stay classy, Steven.
posted by pineapple at 2:49 PM on October 12, 2007


Oh well. I was having a perfectly lovely day until steven had to go and remind me that The Da Vinci Code took valuable hours of my life away from me that I will never get back.

Not unlike Metafilter, actually.
posted by miss lynnster at 2:53 PM on October 12, 2007


Big ups to Al Gore!
posted by Armitage Shanks at 3:00 PM on October 12, 2007


Is this “big ups” some kind of slang I'd have to be young to know about?

I don't think so. Big ups are one of two things.

(1) Ups that are bigger than small ups, and even bigger than medium ups.

(2) Reasoning from the Big Wheel: Big Wheels have wheels that are big, and they are awesome because of the size of their wheel and their handbrake lever for drifting. Ergo, a Big Up must be like a big wheel, only with a big Up instead of a Wheel. Presumably it's some sort of flying or bouncing vehicle. You know, for kids.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 3:03 PM on October 12, 2007


Big ups to Al Gore!

That would be iUps.
posted by pineapple at 3:10 PM on October 12, 2007


Big ups to UKnowForKids!
posted by Skot at 3:11 PM on October 12, 2007


I would like to start a thread wherein copious hiccups are given to other users.
posted by RokkitNite at 3:13 PM on October 12, 2007


[threatens Brandon Blatcher with tongue]
posted by desuetude at 3:18 PM on October 12, 2007


MeFi is enough of a circle jerk as it is.

No, no it really is not. I'd have even more fun here if it were.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 3:28 PM on October 12, 2007


It's more of rhomboid jerk, I'd say. Like a circle jerk, only edgier.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:35 PM on October 12, 2007 [3 favorites]


Oh, Flo. You slay me!

But I came here to express my love for Mayor Peace Love and Unity. In a universe and website where there is so much discord, I find Mayor Peace Love and Unity's posts to be too few and far between. Though I am OK with that, since he should post at his leisure and not be forced to conform to my expectations.
posted by veggieboy at 3:40 PM on October 12, 2007


I prefer ellipses.
posted by Armitage Shanks at 3:40 PM on October 12, 2007


Big ups = Pull Ups?
posted by DMan at 3:41 PM on October 12, 2007


I have always wanted to thank Suedehead for this advice and the map that goes along with it regarding things to do on New Years in Seoul. Alas, Suedehead does not have an email address in profile, so I'll say it now:

Big Gulps to Suedehead!
posted by Brittanie at 3:42 PM on October 12, 2007


Pickups for cortex.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 4:00 PM on October 12, 2007


loiseau:

I think I've started three or four MeTa threads, all humourous and/or positive and all of them have been bah, humbugged into the ground.


I hear there's a new Hint-Taking 101 course being taught at your local learning annex. Maybe you should look into it.
posted by item at 4:19 PM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


Big Cups?
posted by blenderfish at 4:28 PM on October 12, 2007


I have come for my ups, but will settle for props.
posted by Eideteker at 4:29 PM on October 12, 2007


Pups and Pips will also be highly appreciated.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:31 PM on October 12, 2007


Up, Up and Away.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:35 PM on October 12, 2007


Thanks to all these ups I now have about 50 extra lives. For once I have a decent chance to defeat the end boss, and I'm thankful that MetaFilter has given me this opportunity!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:35 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


As I stand back and consider the weight of the question put before me, I am forced to think back to the amazing discussions I have witnessed here; the clever discourse and rapier wit exhibited on a nearly daily basis by so many people in this community.

But when asked to pick the best, the one worthy of my "big ups" (something that I've never given before, and thus more valuable for it's scarcity), my mind reels with all of the possible choices.

Though, in my heart of hearts, I know that there can only be one. A true genius of articulation, whom has consistently proven to bring exactly the comment needed, at exactly the right time; Astro Zombie 3.
posted by quin at 4:36 PM on October 12, 2007 [2 favorites]


That was beautiful, quin.
posted by miss lynnster at 4:39 PM on October 12, 2007

"NARF"
"NARF," indeed, you inbred undead alien genius. "NARF," indeed!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:44 PM on October 12, 2007


WHAT THE FUCK MATT
(I did not post that.)
posted by boo_radley at 4:55 PM on October 12, 2007


didn't we just have one of these back-patting posts a week or so ago?
posted by birdlady at 5:10 PM on October 12, 2007


Pips will also be highly appreciated.

Leave my wife outta this! :>
posted by jonmc at 6:11 PM on October 12, 2007


I would like to start a thread wherein copious "big ups" are given to other users.

I advise against it.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:18 PM on October 12, 2007


I would just like to say you're all okay in my book, and even though we bicker like a big dysfunctional family at the dinner table, sometimes we need to rev the engine and honk the horn and give Big Ups to each other since we only get one chance to drive this flame-spewing monster truck of life through the dirt-filled stadium of the universe!
posted by fandango_matt at 6:34 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Pips will also be highly appreciated.

I don't think they work without Gladys Knight, though...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:35 PM on October 12, 2007


* CTRL-F "null terminated" *
posted by null terminated at 6:56 PM on October 12, 2007


All big ups can be expressed as $5.00 payments to my paypal account. Thanks in advance, you stingy motherfuckers.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:00 PM on October 12, 2007


you stingy motherfuckers.

I immediately imagined that being sung, by Prince, to the tune (of course) of You Sexy Motherfucker.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:06 PM on October 12, 2007


Big pups.
posted by brundlefly at 10:49 PM on October 12, 2007


hai u guys i hav 8 big ups left if sumbodi wunts 2 trade
posted by katillathehun at 11:08 PM on October 12, 2007


I want to give Cyclopsis Raptor "Big Ups" because he is awesome and sexy and possibly a robot millionaire astronaut.
posted by Cyclopsis Raptor at 11:10 PM on October 12, 2007


Ok, I refuse to employ the phrase "big ups" because it's kinda ew for reasons that I can't quite explain.

But... I would like to thank a few people.

Matt, Jess, and Cortex, obviously.

Languagehat, Jonson, Robocop is Bleeding. Jonmc, The Pink Superhero, Dame, Amberglow, Gaspode, StickyCarpet. And anyone who's ever made a post about shoegazing music or pictures of abandoned stuff.

Afroblanco hearts you all!
posted by Afroblanco at 11:20 PM on October 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


Zig Shmups?
posted by blenderfish at 12:27 AM on October 13, 2007


I immediately imagined that being sung, by Prince
I demand you have said parody recorded and uploaded in short order, flapjax.
posted by Abiezer at 4:43 AM on October 13, 2007


I recommend keeping your copious big ups in your seminal vesicles.
posted by psmealey at 6:53 AM on October 13, 2007


Aww, I heart you too, Afroblanco, and I'll start working on a post about people gazing at abandoned shoes!
posted by languagehat at 7:47 AM on October 13, 2007


And I will try to do some more things that are obvious.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:22 AM on October 13, 2007


Like delete this thread?
posted by stinkycheese at 12:41 PM on October 13, 2007


thread just rubs me the wrong way - ND¢

Big ups to ND¢, because I finally frigging got the nickname pun.
posted by Kickstart70 at 8:12 PM on October 13, 2007


ND¢ -- put some fucking clothes on, okay? ; )
posted by ericb at 8:38 PM on October 13, 2007


favorites are far more bankable than big ups
posted by b1tr0t at 10:33 PM on October 13, 2007


Big ups to cortex, for being jesus.
posted by tehloki at 1:05 AM on October 14, 2007


I love the following mefites:

Blazecock
Pope Guilty
Prostyle
Tehloki

Will you guys be my fake cowboy-fireman-poet internet boyfriend? y/n?
posted by Avenger at 1:29 AM on October 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


I hit my favorite limit for the day.
posted by tehloki at 3:49 AM on October 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


UPS
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:03 AM on October 14, 2007


(meh, didn't think the +7 font size would work)
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:04 AM on October 14, 2007


UPS

The <big> tag worked in live preview, but I'm guessing that Matt is too smart for those kinds of hijinks. We can't have nice things, you know.
posted by pineapple at 8:47 AM on October 14, 2007


It'd be cool if we had a preference where we can rename favourites to something else. I think i'd like to give people props instead. Or Mad Props even.
posted by chunking express at 8:57 AM on October 14, 2007


Or Gun Shots. They would be accompanied by a BOP BOP BOP BOP BOP BOP noise.
posted by chunking express at 8:58 AM on October 14, 2007


EVERYBODY PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER AND SHOW YA LOVE! MAD PROPS TO THE BIG UPS! RESPECT! WORD!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:15 AM on October 14, 2007


Big Up the Children
posted by Dr-Baa at 7:08 PM on October 14, 2007


Drink pups.
Drink pups drink pups lease a sash hold, see it shine and a bobolink has pins.
posted by exlotuseater at 7:18 PM on October 14, 2007


*ctrl-F "Meatbomb"
*cries*
posted by Meatbomb at 10:30 PM on October 14, 2007 [1 favorite]


Don't worry Meatbomb, this dirty harlot loves you with a slightly-larger-than-usual fraction of the love he reserves for everyone and everything.
posted by tehloki at 4:08 AM on October 15, 2007


MeFi is enough of a circle jerk as it is.
No, no it really is not. I'd have even more fun here if it were.


[threatens dirtynumbangelboy with tongue]

clearly this is a cry for help
posted by desuetude at 8:58 AM on October 15, 2007


whose tongue, desuetude?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 5:07 PM on October 19, 2007


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