Ahh, Metafilter... November 22, 2007 10:10 AM   Subscribe

"Unchecked growth will kill us all" on the blue, "what's the best quality 42" plasma screen" on the green.

Couldn't help but notice the contrast...
posted by limeonaire to MetaFilter-Related at 10:10 AM (47 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Ahh, here's the turkey!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 10:16 AM on November 22, 2007


Yeah, they say "blue and green should never be seen". I've told the admins to colour co-ordinate better, but Matt's all "WAAAH WAAAH WAAAH ITS MY BLOGGY-WOG".
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:17 AM on November 22, 2007 [2 favorites]


In related news, scientists reveal that some people prefer chocolate, others vanilla... film at 11.
posted by falconred at 10:24 AM on November 22, 2007


Mother: Honey, the plasma tvs we bought are reproducing exponentially in the rumpus...they're attacking little Billy! They're KILLING US!

Father: Define "exponentially".

Anti-consumerist tirades are funny.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:31 AM on November 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Big groups of people are rarely consistent. It's a huge holiday in America centered on eating. Discuss.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:32 AM on November 22, 2007 [4 favorites]


Can't...eating...
posted by kirkaracha at 10:34 AM on November 22, 2007 [4 favorites]


MMph mmph mhmph. Mmm?
posted by psmealey at 10:40 AM on November 22, 2007


I'm confused? Were they both posted by the same user?

Was jmd82 actively posting to the first (Blue) and then posted the mass-consumption link as well?

And hey - there is at least one argument for big-screen TV's - less traffic/fuel consumption ;-)
posted by jkaczor at 11:10 AM on November 22, 2007


We had brunch at a middle eastern bakery. Now we're baking bread, turkey, and various side dishes with enough fiber for an All-Bran commercial which we will not watch on the 42" plasma TV we don't have.

Now that I have a recipe in hand for cranberry relish, I must reenter the fray.
posted by ardgedee at 11:27 AM on November 22, 2007


What limeonaire is saying is that we'll all be killed by a gigantic flatscreen television if we're not careful.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:33 AM on November 22, 2007


Is having a plasma television somehow related to population growth? Is having a plasma television worse for the environment than driving all over to do outdoor activities? Nah.

Anyway, hope everyone (American) has a happy Thanksgiving except for limeonaire who clearly would never be so hypocritical as to celebrate such a consumerist orgy and will be spending the day in silent reflection and enjoying some stale bread and oatmeal.
posted by Justinian at 11:41 AM on November 22, 2007 [3 favorites]


...if you're standing under it when the wall mounts give way...
posted by wendell at 11:42 AM on November 22, 2007 [3 favorites]


Unchecked growth will kill us all on the blue

When I first saw this, I thought referred to the growth of Metafilter users... Indeed, what happens X years down the road, when there are, say, 2 million Metafilter members? You wake up, log in, and discover there are five thousand front page posts...

Perhaps by that time Metafilter will become Balkanized, with unique color schemes for politics, drugs, sex, LOLcats, and single-link-YouTube posts.

Already, AskMeFi is becoming overwhelming. The Green is becoming The Soylent Green.
posted by Tube at 11:49 AM on November 22, 2007 [2 favorites]


Touché wendell
posted by caddis at 11:52 AM on November 22, 2007


When I first saw this, I thought referred to the growth of Metafilter users..

Me too. It has hurt and helped. We get more links. The average quality is probably less, but there are more good ones merely due to volume. That is something we give thanks for to day, thanks be to God, please bless this filter. We also have too many threads with hundreds of comments. Not good. No one can follow that nonsense, but it is the inevitable result of ten of thousands of active members. At least we aren't as fucked in that regard as /. Who we want to waste their time commenting there, when your comment is lost in the drone like a cheer at the SuperBowl?
posted by caddis at 11:57 AM on November 22, 2007


It is a crazy damn world ain't it?
posted by LarryC at 11:57 AM on November 22, 2007


except for limeonaire who clearly would never be so hypocritical as to celebrate such a consumerist orgy and will be spending the day in silent reflection and enjoying some stale bread and oatmeal.

Nah, that's my brother. I'm actually spending the day nursing a guilty, conflicted conscience about my inability to decide which parent (if any) most deserves my love and attention today.

W.r.t my post, the observant will note that the post itself merely points out an interesting synchronicity—I publicly posited no value judgment on said synchronicity. As with many MeTa posts, it was more like, "Look everyone, a contrast! Now fight!" I'm more rabble-rouser than activist, to be sure.

In any case, what I will publicly posit a value judgment on is ending sentences? With a question mark? Even though they're not questions? You know?

(More fuel for the fire, yay.)

Happy Thanksgiving!
posted by limeonaire at 12:02 PM on November 22, 2007


Heh. AskMe has been becoming overwhelming since about month three of its existence, I think.

*checks*

Yep. Netcraft confirms it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:03 PM on November 22, 2007 [2 favorites]


the post itself merely points out an interesting synchronicity

Ah, but when you don't explain why you find the synchronicity interesting, it leaves folks to speculate as to what exactly you're on about.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:05 PM on November 22, 2007


...it was more like, "Look everyone, a contrast! Now fight!"

Which usually results in everybody fighting the Original Poster. (And there's no way for me to advise you to 'sit back and take it' that doesn't sound sexual and sexist)
posted by wendell at 12:19 PM on November 22, 2007


As my small contribution to sustainable development, I don't own a television. Pretty much the only time I watch TV is during my frequent transcontinental jet flights.

We all do what we can. Saving the planet is the responsibility of each and every one of us!
posted by Meatbomb at 12:22 PM on November 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


technically, won't unchecked shrinking (of population) kill us all?
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:00 PM on November 22, 2007 [2 favorites]


As my small contribution to sustainable development ... my frequent transcontinental jet flights.

Irony?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:05 PM on November 22, 2007


I think what limeonaire is saying, is that what if a 42" plasma screen television just kept growing and growing (unchecked, if you will)? Wouldn't we all be fucked?
posted by ORthey at 1:06 PM on November 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Justinian: "Is having a plasma television somehow related to population growth? "
Any television is linked to population growth. Well, lack thereof, actually. Who has time to procreate when there is so much TV to be watched?
posted by dg at 1:20 PM on November 22, 2007


Wake me when there's a problem with gray goo.
posted by b1tr0t at 1:37 PM on November 22, 2007


You don't miss a trick, cool papa bell :)
posted by Meatbomb at 1:53 PM on November 22, 2007


So watching television is more earth-friendly than having unprotected sex, and a couch potato lifestyle has a smaller carbon footprint than taking frequent transcontinental trips.

So everyone should be watching TV this Thanksgiving, but not until after reading my Guide to Thanksgiving TV Marathons. (Yes, I am a link whore. But I have only a few more hours until it's totally out of date.)

Oh, and AskMetaFilter's server uses green energy... or green backgrounds or something.
posted by wendell at 1:55 PM on November 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


And in Metabomb's defense, the airline he uses for those trips uses Used French Fry Oil for fuel and has a set of bicylce pedals at each seat as an in-cabin energy source. (And most of his foreign trips are to Nyuckistan.)
posted by wendell at 2:03 PM on November 22, 2007


What limeonaire is saying is that we'll all be killed by a gigantic flatscreen television if we're not careful.

Well, the proscect is less scary than a big spiky tv with knobs and tentacles and horns and ichor-dripping probosci, at least. Those fuckers will just kill the hell out of you.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:36 PM on November 22, 2007


Note to self: check your spelling before attempting to make the funny. The stupid is the natural predator of the funny.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:37 PM on November 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


I think what limeonaire is saying, is that what if a 42" plasma screen television just kept growing and growing (unchecked, if you will)? Wouldn't we all be fucked?

I've only got one guest coming over, but I have to cook for about 8, the way my 42" Plasma TV consumes. Seriously, when I bought it, it was a 13" black and white tube. I never knew they had such appetites. Damn TV needs to get a job and feed itself.

It's a big decision to bring another TV into this world. They consume a lot, and it's a lot of responsibility. One day, my TV might grow up into a movie theater. Do we need more of those?

At least my brother, my TV, and I are going to have a fantastic Thanksgiving meal.*

* Sweet Potato Corn Chowder, Roast Duck, Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding, Buttermilk Chive Biscuits, Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli, Maple-Nutmeg Cream Pie, Pear Sorbet from Citizen Cake
posted by jewishbuddha at 3:48 PM on November 22, 2007


Un-checked growth will kill us all, everyone knows it. It won't be long now, we're all doomed. So head on down to Larry's Furniture and Appliance Warehouse today! Buy a wide-screen plasma TV and pay only 50% on your purchase of rifle-calibre ammunition. Retreat into a world of high-performance and style to watch the end of the world in high-definition from your luxurious leather furniture. The global civilization that helps us bring you these great deals won't last much longer, so visit us today before it's too late!
posted by sfenders at 5:27 PM on November 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


My plasma screen runs on my own plasma.
posted by DenOfSizer at 5:33 PM on November 22, 2007


Note: beer and beans will yield higher-intensity personal plasma discharge.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:54 PM on November 22, 2007


I dug a hole in the backyard all day today. Then I threw my tv into it. Then I jumped in after it. I'm there now.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:55 PM on November 22, 2007 [1 favorite]


Does it matter that my TV is a small CRT but I am widescreen?
posted by wendell at 9:00 PM on November 22, 2007


Jessamyn's posting hole is where deleted threads go to become rich Metafilter compost.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:00 PM on November 22, 2007


KILL YOUR TV!
posted by philomathoholic at 11:16 PM on November 22, 2007


Did everyone decide to have a few drinks after dealing with family, or just the holiday, today?

No? Just me?

*Looks around. Says "Cheers" to the lot of you and hope that you had a great day. Is glad it isn't Xmas just yet, because that's probably gonna take tequila before it's finished. Decides it's time to go to bed.
posted by lilywing13 at 12:04 AM on November 23, 2007


The irony, of course, is that Malthus loved watching the telly.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:10 AM on November 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


The irony, of course, is that Malthus loved watching the telly.

The real irony is that the telly loved watching Malthus too. And you thought he died of natural causes! His 42" plasma tv was never heard from again.
posted by jewishbuddha at 3:40 AM on November 23, 2007


limeonaire: "W.r.t my post, the observant will note that the post itself merely points out an interesting synchronicity"

Two threads posted by different people 39 hours apart on different sections of the site about almost completely different topics is synchronicity?!

Suggestion: Ask for a dictionary for your preferred winter holiday.
posted by Plutor at 4:07 AM on November 23, 2007


The population growth curve is so steep, you need a bigger screen to display it.
posted by c13 at 6:42 AM on November 23, 2007


Sad. I can't outraged over my question being linked in MeTa. Time to go back to BB and fight some more about the ZOMG power centers (since when was it called a power center?? Back in my day, we called it a bloody surge protector) and all things Monster to get my share of righteous outrage.
posted by jmd82 at 8:57 AM on November 23, 2007


Synchronicity was probably the best album by the Police, is the takeaway here I think.
posted by Kwine at 1:14 PM on November 23, 2007


Who has time to procreate when there is so much TV to be watched?
That's why they invented doggy-style, silly.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:37 AM on November 24, 2007


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