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stuff.metafilter.com?

On this thread, someone linked to MarkovFilter, which is great. I noticed that it's on http://stuff.metafilter.com/, which got me wondering what other stuff there is. So, I went there, but got a 403 (Forbidden) error.

Is there a list somewhere of what stuff is on stuff.metafilter.com?
posted by Flunkie to MetaFilter-Related at 11:16 AM (48 comments total)

Here's one source.
posted by TheNewWazoo at 11:20 AM on September 27, 2008


Have you tried Google. It lets you search the internet for stuff. These guys are going to make a mint if they can figure out a way to monetize this.
posted by alan at 11:21 AM on September 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Kind of, on the Wiki.
posted by carsonb at 11:24 AM on September 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Yeah, um, thanks guys. Condescend much?

TheNewWazoo, your search reveals, essentially, three things.

Alan, yours reveals those same three things, repeated many times each over forty links or so.

Is it unreasonable of me to think that there might be an actual canonical list?
posted by Flunkie at 11:27 AM on September 27, 2008 [5 favorites]


Thank you, carsonb.
posted by Flunkie at 11:27 AM on September 27, 2008


No problemo.
posted by carsonb at 11:33 AM on September 27, 2008


It's problema. Jeez.
posted by Mister_A at 11:36 AM on September 27, 2008


What the search reveals is pretty much all there is, yeah:

The Infodump, for data-crunching goodness;
Word Clouds, for user- and thread-based relative word frequency analysis;
MarkovFilter, for stochastic Burroughsian remixes of users comment histories.

I've been thinking for a while that we should throw a basic index of this stuff up in the root directory; maybe we'll do so.

And I've been futzing around with some infodump-related graphing ideas lately (user activity, site heartbeat, thread stats), so with a little luck there might be something new before the end of the year, but no promises.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:45 AM on September 27, 2008


Don't forget all those JPEGs of a shirtless Matt coquettishly covering his nipples.

Do they even still publish that magazine anymore?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:56 AM on September 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Man, MarkovFilter is great.

Fine. A damning needle.

No Mister Miracle?

Metafilter doesn't do X well. X is used not only not on the sale of this formal system of multiple adjascent pixels, which leads to so consistently suggest a frank and friendly confrontation—something as simple runs on unusual scales, for one or more on equipment than I'm likely to occur with another person, once I got to mention the Chapel Of Love bit from response.

posted by killdevil at 12:08 PM on September 27, 2008


Any guesses as to whose comment history the above is based on?
posted by killdevil at 12:08 PM on September 27, 2008


Epony...what??
posted by heyho at 12:13 PM on September 27, 2008


alan: Have you tried Google. It lets you search the internet for stuff. These guys are going to make a mint if they can figure out a way to monetize this.

Holy crap - sarcasm on the internet? alan, what a great idea.

Have you tried inserting your sarcastic comments into amusing pictures of cats yet.
posted by koeselitz at 12:14 PM on September 27, 2008


so with a little luck there might be something new before the end of the year, but no promises.

maybe.metafilter.com
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:20 PM on September 27, 2008


I'm gonna have a spiritual leader, Mung Bean. And the constant darkness is an Owl Tire?" at the time to time) for Rolling Stone. Bob Geldof wrote about music is like Boohbah Zone, but for adults! I like to cure my hangovers? They're part of this problem myself as I thoght I was.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:26 PM on September 27, 2008


Do they even still publish that magazine anymore?

*Feverishly uploads pictures of mods to blingee.com*
posted by lukemeister at 12:29 PM on September 27, 2008


stuff.metafilter.com is basically a playground with a perl install that cortex wanted for analysis. He was doing stuff on his server, but without direct database access, there was only so much he could do. This of course was in the days before the infodump.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:02 PM on September 27, 2008


I agree and disagree with many of the others. I also figured out ways to insult people in English. Let the hedgehog appear in your most flattering clothes, and take in abandoned chickens and "rescue" chickens. You can purchase a pair of testicles that may help to alleviate what ails you.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:05 PM on September 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Man, MarkovFilter is great.

No shit! I only just now figured out you can keep hitting "Submit Query" and get different comments. I crack myself up:

Guess what? I hate telemarketers, too. But right now I'm feeding the anteater.
posted by trip and a half at 1:16 PM on September 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


What can I say we send someone to quonsar qualified as personal abuse.

Just to clarify, I don't post my wank fodder on MeFi, so now I want Christmas ham.

No, but you got off easy. Hell, back in five minutes of squelching noises. Goddamn, these things are left over when I'm done.

Well, that's what a sockpuppet is for, isn't it?


My grammar is actually improved in MarkovFilter. Sad.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:28 PM on September 27, 2008


You guys should read the MarkovFilter thread.
posted by PercussivePaul at 2:05 PM on September 27, 2008


I would, but right now I'm feeding the anteater.
posted by trip and a half at 2:17 PM on September 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think I might just give up on MetaFilter and sit around hitting Submit Query on my own username at MarkovFilter instead, if only to generate insults: hermitosis would beg for horizontal Baudrillard in a non-shady street dealer context, obviously. (Sorry, hermitosis!)
posted by jack_mo at 2:18 PM on September 27, 2008


Right -- well it was my parents' thing. They couldn't make new male friends -- because then, you are breastfeeding, I'm Abdul the Skinhead -- hip! hip!
posted by Methylviolet at 3:16 PM on September 27, 2008


I don't think we've ever really thoroughly considered what a great word 'infodump' is.
posted by Jofus at 3:17 PM on September 27, 2008


Maybe you're right about the disrespect angle. But that was what it is not valid in these pictures.

A whole country agrees.

This is his thing. Find your own history with alcohol, but I got curious about foster care from reading about Encyclopaedia Dramatica?
posted by Methylviolet at 3:18 PM on September 27, 2008


FlunkiePoster: "Yeah, um, thanks guys. Condescend much?
Hey, it's what we do best.
*shrug*
"
posted by dg at 4:02 PM on September 27, 2008


Yeah, it's funny, except when people keep repeatedly posting the contents in threads on the blue.

I mean, it's not that funny. It's hard enough giving some people's incoherent posts the benefit of the doubt when I keep getting textually rickrolled halfway through with what I thought was a legitimate post.
posted by anifinder at 4:07 PM on September 27, 2008


Markovfilter is such a hoot. Here's one I just got from a flapjax at midnite search:

Indeed, this is potentially unworkable for whatever minimal/glitch/IDM/flavor-of-the-month electronica subgenre that's coming out of, say, the Beatle's "Fixing a Hole". Somehow those lyrics, introspective and deeply philosophical, seemed to cry out for particularly slow and painful deaths.

OK, the Sex Pistols, yeah, and the Beatles recorded the most phenomenal vocabulary of anyone I've ever -- what? Oh. Right. Furriners. Yeah, go ahead and let it climb this hill to find us here waiting Still think this lyric idea is great: I'd be down for something else?

posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:16 PM on September 27, 2008

^ “Yeah, it's funny, except when people keep repeatedly posting the contents in threads on the blue.

I mean, it's not that funny. It's hard enough giving some people's incoherent posts the benefit of the doubt when I keep getting textually rickrolled halfway through with what I thought was a legitimate post.”
No doubt, anifinder:

This was pretty good. The non sequitur humor reminds me a lot of it is technically the only way to rationalize bonding between atoms in organic molecules. There's one problem, though: hybrid orbital theory says they do. Why, then, does hybrid orbital theory has to do two things: it must explain. Especially in chemistry, the models tend to abstract themselves away from the UK. Audience of about 300-400, general admission was $20. After the show, I bought a band T-shirt for $25. I imagine the profit margin on apparel and the like.*
posted by bonobo at 5:24 PM on September 27, 2008


Excuse me. I need to go take an infodump.
posted by pjern at 9:07 PM on September 27, 2008


Although it's a sunny, beautiful day outside, in a coup, I'd first set up for an audio adapter, so I won't be there. You understand? At least sex is still nonsense.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:50 PM on September 27, 2008


I'm embarrassed to say that this was the first line that a search on my user name threw up:

If Mr. Cunt is still a PhD candidate, so it's unlikely that you use your real name again?

I've really got to get my use of that word under control.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 7:20 AM on September 28, 2008


Anybody heard from assorted islanders. Any Africans? Eurasians? Antarcticans?

30E:C1 C8 A1 A0 53 50 45 41 4B 45 52 :A0 D0 CF D2 C5 C1 C4 C9 CE C6 C9 CE C7 A0 :D4 C8 C5 8D CB C5 D9 C2 CF D4 :C8 C5 D2 A0 D2 C5 C1 C4 C9 CE C7 A0 :D4 C8 C5 8D CB C5 D9 C2 CF C1 D2 C4 :A0 D0 CF D2 C5 D3 D5 CC D4 BF 0 300G

1e4c5;2Nc3d6;3Bb5+Bd7;4Nge2Bxb5;5Nxb5Qd7; 6Nbc3Nc6;7d3e6;8Bg5Be7;9d4Bxg5;10dxc50-0-0; 11h4Bf6;12cxd6Qxd6;13Qxd6

It's actually mispunctuated.
posted by flabdablet at 7:22 AM on September 28, 2008


Weird. I'm in Cortex's word cloud.
posted by empath at 10:34 AM on September 28, 2008


You're like a brother to me.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:47 AM on September 28, 2008


Classic MeTa verbal jousting:
Ambrosia Voyeur: "krautland, you did notice that grapefruitmoon's other MeTa was about black people? Klang: You're an idiot. AV: Why would I care about that.

Whatever product they're selling, be a little uncomfortable about it.
posted by team lowkey at 11:14 AM on September 28, 2008


So if you feed a Markov chain its own output, does it get better or worse over time?

There's an obvious likely answer, and a formal "dominant eigenvector" answer, and an answer based on how long a markov-generated sockpuppet could go unnoticed. I wonder whether all these answers are the same.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 11:29 AM on September 28, 2008


Man, MarkovFilter is great.

... yah ... if you want to talk Palinese.
posted by Surfurrus at 11:29 AM on September 28, 2008


Well, it's cheaper than speechwriters, I imagine.
posted by dg at 1:54 PM on September 28, 2008


It's nice that my most recent Markov seems replying to the same conversation as Team Lowkey's:

Stavros: I'm about to head off to Chomsky? Yes.

Amber: You know what, it's time we used to live on its face.
posted by klangklangston at 1:57 PM on September 28 [+] [!]


And "You know what, it's time we used to live on its face," does sound like Palin.
posted by klangklangston at 2:03 PM on September 28, 2008


There's an obvious likely answer, and a formal "dominant eigenvector" answer, and an answer based on how long a markov-generated sockpuppet could go unnoticed. I wonder whether all these answers are the same.

Is this itself meta-Markov?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:34 PM on September 28, 2008


No, Blazecock Pileon I actually write like that.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 5:28 PM on September 28, 2008


Hey, I used to contain CFCs, but other, more environmentally-safe blowing agents are now eating chicken with their parents.

(Palin's green policy?)
posted by rmless at 9:44 PM on September 28, 2008


I'm from western Canada and loved it, because I can't remember the big picture, don't worry too much about learning VB5/6, if you choose to fall in love, pick someone with a built-in speakerphone. Possibly something like that...

tl;dr

In other news: LAW ENFORCEMENT DISCOVERS CORRELATION, WONDERS IF CAUSATION IS IMPLIED.

I sometimes wonder why guys like that make eye contact and don't have those kinds of people to another in mere hours in metal flying machines to be very interesting. It's their weaknesses that make the case when beach is sometimes used when referring to areas without any additional information afterwards.

No, ??????? is the new one is much tastier.

That's what I'm talking about...

In Soviet Russia, joke makes YOU!

Oh, I'm not willing to correct you constantly, and you wouldn't shut them away like mine did. I haven't had any kind of thing now.

(brought to you by MarkovFilter)
posted by blue_beetle at 9:54 PM on September 28, 2008


There is sometimes a 60Hz hum in torchieres that (usually) is more noise oriented, and a Tory government in the jungle would not hesitate to do what flapjax said: Run. Screaming. You're staring down the barrel of a Tory victory in the political power structure for a post. And monju_bosatsu, WTF, man?

How about the most humiliating "sins" of the conditions under which a rescue operation would be a vindication of the sparkly treble that should be raiding Irish Pubs and Chinese sweatshops and rich people's homes with nannies and gardeners. The fact that african american political leaders got a tin ear considering that you dialed a number correctly but got it connected wrong? Probably the only one?


(So damn near lucid that it's scary, that MarkovFilter)
posted by chimaera at 9:38 AM on September 29, 2008


Is this killing the server? My past implementations of Markov were really CPU- and memory-intensive... Then again, I'm a pretty bad coder. ;)

I'd just proceed very carefully so this might be confused with sleepwalking... Which I suppose they could do without spending time with. Personally, I'd just encourage you (or your friend) to be rackmounted for them.

What I love about Markov chains is that the output is always full of topics I discuss, just sans the logic...

Just for the Internet, but ignore internal LAN traffic. So it really came from the parking lot. In that case, I have mismatched quotes above. ;) Most programming languages are very hyper.
posted by fogster at 10:42 AM on September 29, 2008


It shouldn't kill the server, no. I made a few compromises when I wrote it to keep things from explodiating; it lived through the everyone-is-using-it launch day back when I first released it, and we'll probably never see as much simultaneous use as we did back then.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:48 AM on September 29, 2008


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