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Merlin Mann <3 us Eideteker
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter-Related at 9:10 AM (41 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Oh god. I thought mixing matter and antimatter did something different than culminate in a MeTa shoutout.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:12 AM on August 22, 2008 [3 favorites]

mixing matter and antimatter
Well, if it doesn't matter, maybe when you mix them it's just indifference?
posted by boo_radley at 9:15 AM on August 22, 2008

can i lick the spoon?
posted by pyramid termite at 9:16 AM on August 22, 2008

It is a great quote. Unfortunately the link on Mann's page doesn't go to the actual metafilter comment though. It's here.
posted by quin at 9:20 AM on August 22, 2008

Oh god. I thought mixing matter and antimatter did something different than culminate in a MeTa shoutout.

It's the Big Bung.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:22 AM on August 22, 2008

You're the Mann now, Eidogeker.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:42 AM on August 22, 2008 [4 favorites]

Who is Mërlin Männ, dog?
posted by Mister_A at 10:10 AM on August 22, 2008

mixing matter and antimatter

FINE, I'll drink it myself and keep the olive.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:26 AM on August 22, 2008

Whoa, callouts. Have I now "arrived"? Will my comment be sidebarred? Will folks start including me when they have MeFi dreams? Will I be name-checked in eine cortexsong?

It's all too much. Maybe I should disable my account before I develop the nefarious disease known as "blogebrity."

And, for the record, I dislike the way I worded that sentence. I'm never ever satisfied, like doves crying and all. It should read: "Multitasking is the art of distracting yourself from two things you’d rather not be doing by doing both simultaneously." A bit more elegant, no?
posted by Eideteker at 10:29 AM on August 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

Have I now "arrived"?

You were only waiting
For this Mer-Mann to arrive
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:31 AM on August 22, 2008 [2 favorites]

Ahem. Now that that's out of my system, one question remains: How can I make a quick buck from this?

A: Like any fad, publish a book. So look for Multitasking is the art of distracting yourself from two things you’d rather not be doing by doing both simultaneously, and other things that other people have favorited that Eideteker said coming to better bookstores near you as quickly as I can hastily copy and paste this page into MS Word and then ship the whole mess off to Free copies to anyone who's ever favorited more than 50 of my comments.

*snif* I'll remember you all when I own the Internet!
posted by Eideteker at 10:35 AM on August 22, 2008 [2 favorites]

Page-a-day calendar, dude.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:42 AM on August 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

The hilarious thing is that I saw someone named "merlinmann" had favorited a comment of mine, and gee, doesn't that name sound familiar? I'd made a mental note to look it up later, figuring it was some late-60s prog-rock reference. "Merlin Mann? Wasn't that the follow-up group that emerged from the breakup of Focus?"

I will have to make a note to be more stalkery with my favoritees. Gotta check to see what they list for "my homepage" in their profile.
posted by Eideteker at 10:48 AM on August 22, 2008

More like 17-page-a-day calendar, assuring at least one mildly amusing quip a week. Quantity IS quality.
posted by Eideteker at 10:49 AM on August 22, 2008

* takes a deep drag, exhales out the side.

Yeah, I knew Eideteker before... before he got big. I remember "Multitasking is the art of whoa hey check out what the dog is doing", although he'd rather I not. We kinda drifted apart, although we weren't ever that close. I guess he didn't like having someone near who could be really honest, instead of, well, you know.
Like what?
Well, he wanted to sell metachat merch for some reason, we were high as kites on his roof in his Kenosha place, watching the sun rise, and he started playing around with the bottle of tequilla, pitched the screw top right off into the glittering lake. I told him I'd have to get a bottle stopper, and he said "what like a bung?" and giggles, and then just starts chanting bung over and over.

Later that day, he gave me a cork with a MeCha bunny made out of sculpey superglued on top, calling it a "bungey, you know like a ''bungey rabbit''" and hooting. I told him I'd drank the rest of the tequilla and that his idea was terrible. I guess that was the start.

I'm not, you know, angry with him, I guess. Doing good for himself and all.
posted by boo_radley at 10:50 AM on August 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

My prospective book titles:

People Who Don't Have Kids Are Pussies Who Are Afraid of the Big Rides

The Less I Do the Better the Result. This Is Just Like My Day Job!

BURN THE PRESCRIPTIVIST! and other tales of horror and the macabre

Zombies Don't Get Cancer
posted by Mister_A at 10:56 AM on August 22, 2008 [3 favorites]

Don't get as in don't understand? Because I imagine it would be a difficult task; explaining cancer to a zombie. Not sure it would make a compelling book, though.

If I'm chatty in this thread, it's because I'm nervous. The last time I got anything remotely resembling a positive callout in MetaTalk, I woke up to a week-long ban the next day.
posted by Eideteker at 11:01 AM on August 22, 2008

worried about a banning? that's a banning.
posted by boo_radley at 11:02 AM on August 22, 2008

Last time I got a callout, the very next MeTa post was a bug report filed by yours truly.

posted by Eideteker at 11:06 AM on August 22, 2008

Zombies just don't understand, is the idea. I thought that was pretty clear.

Anyway, congratulations, I guess! Let me know when the movie comes out. I hear they're looking at Vin Diesel for the lead role?
posted by Mister_A at 11:09 AM on August 22, 2008

and garrison keillor as merlin mann?
posted by boo_radley at 11:09 AM on August 22, 2008

That would be awesome! Judy Dench could play a saucy strong older woman from England.
posted by Mister_A at 11:10 AM on August 22, 2008

Ooh, and Paul Giamatti as a grumby but loveable schlubby supporting guy.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:13 AM on August 22, 2008

Yeah, that's brilliant. And Bart Giamatti as Zombie League Baseball Commissioner!
posted by Mister_A at 11:19 AM on August 22, 2008

Judy Dench could play a saucy strong older woman from England.

She's pretty hot, I'd, uh....
posted by fixedgear at 11:20 AM on August 22, 2008

All right. Fuck all y'all and your zombie shit talk.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:21 AM on August 22, 2008

What're you gonna do? Eat my brain? HAHAHA stupid zombo!
posted by Mister_A at 11:23 AM on August 22, 2008

Is there nothing but space where it should be?
posted by waraw at 11:28 AM on August 22, 2008

I twittered Merlin with the right link like two hours ago and he hasn't fixed it. I bet he's MONOtasking!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:34 AM on August 22, 2008

Monotasking, very nice! What do you call that thing when you're doing less than 1 thing at a time? Oh yeah, MetaFilter.
posted by Mister_A at 11:51 AM on August 22, 2008 [4 favorites]

Finally found it! Here's the PubMed entry for blogebrity:
A disease of the nervous system, blogebrity incubates in the Islets of Doctorow within the pancreas. Rather than transmission through traditional paths within the circulatory system, it works its way past the blood-brain barrier by travelling through passages resulting from inflammation of the Nodes of Krose. Symptoms at this stage are similar to the effects of "Micropée", though this connection is unremarkable as the two diseases are related. The disease enters the brain fairly quickly, at which point treatment is almost impossible. Patients autopsied at this stage of infection resemble victims of Mad Kottke diease (blogine spongiform encephaly, or Gawksfeld-Seedmob disease), in that the brain is porous and spongy; riddled with empty cavities and voids. Patients suffering from this stage of the disease were classically called "twits" or said to "have their minds a-twitter", though these terms have acquired a pejorative cast and thus fallen into disfavor. In advanced stages of the disease, these cavities in the infected cortex fill with a moist solid suspended in a viscous, aqueous solution; similar in consistency and odor to bovine excrement.

Symptoms of the disease are almost entirely behavioral, until such time as the condition is uncurable. Behavioral symptoms include narcissism, malignant narcissism, solipsism, mania, monomania, uncontrollable masturbation, multiple personality disorder/disassociative identity disorder, and ADHD. Symptoms may also resemble schizophrenia, in that the patient may feel that voices (usually referred to by the infected as comments or talkbacks) are speaking to them from the æther. These voices may suggest the afflicted do such things as switch political parties, refrain from discourse with other humans (or "STFU"), or perform unspeakable and taboo acts with one's mother. These messages can, understandably, have a negative effect on the patient's affect.

If caught in the early stages, blogebrity is treatable by removing the infected from the proximity of electrical devices, including cell phones, and distancing them from radio waves that carry "WiFi" signals. Fresh air is recommended, but only if the patient is denied a camera or other recording devices, as the presence of either while outdoors may cause the patient to "flicker" (a form of relapse) upon return to the domicile. Similarly, exercise is recommended as long as care is taken that the patient cannot in any way track or record their "progress". Excessive concern over this matter may be indicative that the disease is already proceeding to an advanced state and that more intensive and isolating treatment is required. Caretakers are discouraged from entering into any dialogue with the infected regarding their obsession, as this is the most common vector for the spread of social networking diseases.
posted by Eideteker at 11:57 AM on August 22, 2008 [4 favorites]

I'm on a monovacation with my family, but I'll fix the link now. Many thanks, J.
posted by merlinmann at 12:26 PM on August 22, 2008 [1 favorite]

No mention of kevinrosacea?
posted by waraw at 12:33 PM on August 22, 2008

Nodes of Krose was originally Nodes of Kottke, before I decided on Mad Kottke disease. I like the k.rosacea, though, except it's not really a neurological disease.

iow, I wish I had been clever enough to think of that.
posted by Eideteker at 12:40 PM on August 22, 2008

I'd have gone with Nodes of Kos myself.

And I thought the condition was spread by link exchanging, pinging and shoutouts.

And symptoms of blogebrity also include widgets, gravatars, feedburning sensations, googled analytics, akismetation, looping and other feelings of wordpressure, as well as instapundancy, talking points. mashability, arse technica (and the related anal dash), denton decay (which often leads to gizmodalization, kotaku, valleywagging, lifehacking and deadspin), godinism, techcrunching, scobling, daily dishing, sartorialis, malkinization, attacks of coding horror, inflamed winer, pharyngula, missed cellania, hot air, mattcutts and the extremely painful and debilitating beppe grillo.

Late-stage blogebity is characterized by unpublishing and Haydenmoderating, loss of adsense and uncontrollable popurls. By then, you're pretty much dooced.
posted by wendell at 1:45 PM on August 22, 2008

And how could I possibly forget the symptoms of meepzorp and everlasting blort? (And the related presurfing)
posted by wendell at 1:48 PM on August 22, 2008

Whatever guys. Islets of Doctorow FTW.

Well done eideteker.

posted by Mister_A at 1:53 PM on August 22, 2008

I introduced somebody to Slashdot and MeFi yesterday. They'd never heard of them before. Not just the sites, the concept of multiple people writing blog entries concurrently.

It blew their mind.

I think this person will ever visit either of them again. Instead, when they're curious about whether something has been discussed on the Internet, they'll email me or phone.

I hadn't told this person about eideteker.
posted by ardgedee at 2:03 PM on August 22, 2008

Popular on the Internet (NSFA)
posted by Eideteker at 2:32 PM on August 22, 2008

Aww man. This is like a moral quandary or something, because I'm a big fan of Eideteker's stuff (even his more recent releases), but Merlin Mann is a person who is impressed by the notion that it's a real good "hack" for a professional or aspiring writer to "keep a pen and paper handy to enable them to write things down". And now I just don't know what to do.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:47 PM on August 22, 2008 [3 favorites]

Have I now "arrived"? Will my comment be sidebarred?

Only if this multitasking of which you speak includes some sort of dick punching.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:01 PM on August 22, 2008

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