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Why in the fucking fuck was my post in Ask deleted, assholes?

Gotcha. Happy birthday, mathowie!
posted by middleclasstool to MetaFilter-Related at 8:56 AM (137 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Matt: "pb, did you rig up some horrible happy birthday sound loop on metatalk?"

Matt: "I couldn't find it in the source anywhere"

pb: "yep. Happy Birthday!"

[silence]

pb: "jessamyn made me do it."

[silence]

No response...
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:57 AM on October 10, 2008 [9 favorites]


Happy Birthday! Go for a bike ride or something.
posted by Mister_A at 9:00 AM on October 10, 2008


*gets out Birthday Paddle*
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:02 AM on October 10, 2008


I totally fell for that. I was like, whoaaaa shit...here we go. And bummed cause I'm leaving town and would miss all the ensuing festivities. But I much prefer this! Happy Birthday Matt!
posted by iamkimiam at 9:03 AM on October 10, 2008


If you're wondering what Matt heard when he fired up MetaTalk this morning: happy birthday. And happy birthday!
posted by pb (staff) at 9:03 AM on October 10, 2008 [11 favorites]


This Post lead-in is like a honeypot for anyone who enjoys Metatalk drama. Seeing that its about something else...is well a bit of a letdown.

oh right..Happy Birthday Matt!
posted by vacapinta at 9:05 AM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think in the process of reloading a metatalk thread this morning, the song started playing multiple times, so it turned into this multilayered hellish concoction that was way worse than simple polka.

But Thanks!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:05 AM on October 10, 2008 [6 favorites]


Wait, so no flameout?

Hey Matt! I made you some popcorn for your birthday - and I didn't even eated it!

Happy birthday!
posted by rtha at 9:06 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday!

(That sound clip made my two-year-old daughter cry.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:06 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday!
posted by jason's_planet at 9:07 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Polka Matrix Birthday, Matt!
posted by cashman at 9:08 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday, __________! What a Special Day! I can remember when you were just _____ years old! Gosh, times have changed since then. Thanks for all the wonderful memories, like the time when __________ or even when __________. Take care and Happy Birthday!
posted by steef at 9:11 AM on October 10, 2008


That song made my brain bleed. Twice.

Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:13 AM on October 10, 2008


Yay! Happy Birthday!
posted by Jofus at 9:19 AM on October 10, 2008


mct, you do realise you now need to flame out spectacularly as a birthday present, right?

Happy birthday, Matt!
posted by flashboy at 9:20 AM on October 10, 2008


haha totally fell for it. As I clicked on the link I was thinking to myself "man, MCT is flaming out and I'm gonna miss him. Bummer."

Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by ambrosia at 9:20 AM on October 10, 2008


Cheers, Matt.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 9:25 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday! (from a MeFite deep in the heart of polka country)
posted by the littlest brussels sprout at 9:28 AM on October 10, 2008


If this makes mathowie flame out, I want my five dollars back.
posted by ardgedee at 9:29 AM on October 10, 2008


Meanwhile, it's all quiet on PVRBlog... a little TOO quiet.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:30 AM on October 10, 2008


happy fucking fuck, assholes
posted by DU at 9:32 AM on October 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


I bought you a pony, but I ate it. Happy Birthday!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:34 AM on October 10, 2008


So if Matt was 14 when he started this site, that makes him...23?!

Happy birthday to the youngster that made my internet experience what it is!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:35 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy happy birthday!!
posted by typewriter at 9:37 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday, Math Owie.
posted by timeistight at 9:38 AM on October 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


What if you unbanned everyone, just for today.
posted by plexi at 9:38 AM on October 10, 2008


That's great. Happy birthday, Matt!
posted by yhbc at 9:41 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday Matt!

Those knobby tires drive my on-line world around beneath them; I wish you the endurance for many happy returns.

(How the hell did that clip manage to make my PowerBook speakers twice as loud as they have ever been before?)
posted by jamjam at 9:48 AM on October 10, 2008


Other notable Oct 10 birthdays:
New York Jets QB Brett Favre is 39.
Singer David Lee Roth of Van Halen fame is 54.
Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney is 49.
Rock musician Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet is 47.
Rock musician Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls is 41.
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr is 34.

Matt tops them all. Happy Birthday!
posted by owtytrof at 9:48 AM on October 10, 2008


Heh. Love the happy birthday polka story. Happy birthday to you, #1!
posted by onlyconnect at 9:49 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday! Eat only your favorite foods today.
posted by Stewriffic at 9:54 AM on October 10, 2008


Hey, Happy Birthd..... OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! THE STOCK MARKET! OH MY GOD! WERE FUCKED! FUCKED! FUCKED!
posted by R. Mutt at 9:55 AM on October 10, 2008 [4 favorites]


Happy birthday Agent Howie!
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:56 AM on October 10, 2008


I'm going to print up cards that say "why the fuck was my question in AskMe deleted, assholes?" on the front. You totally got me. Happy birthday old man.
posted by GuyZero at 10:02 AM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Best birthday wishes, Matt!
posted by vers at 10:04 AM on October 10, 2008


woo! birthday! happiness ensues!
posted by rmd1023 at 10:06 AM on October 10, 2008


You know, I would have clicked on a mathowie birthday thread anyway, even without the delicious taste of flameout. But somehow it made me click, um, faster. Yeah, that's it.


Happy birthday Matt!
posted by tommasz at 10:07 AM on October 10, 2008


Greetings Prelude, from Igor
posted by hortense at 10:16 AM on October 10, 2008


Oh mct, I was so disappointed in you for a second there...

Happy Birthday, mathowie!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:16 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday. Can I come to your Bar Mitzvah?
posted by grumblebee at 10:17 AM on October 10, 2008


Yeah, yeah, happy birthday and all, but while we're here, why'd you assholes delete that one AskMe comment of mine? You know the one. It didn't answer the question, but it was funny!
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 10:18 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls! God, "Black Balloon" makes me hard!
posted by Skot at 10:19 AM on October 10, 2008


I've got a hankering for some spankering!
posted by dirtdirt at 10:19 AM on October 10, 2008


A super happy birthday, Matt!
posted by matteo at 10:24 AM on October 10, 2008


Jeez. I already chopped off one of my hands in preparation for what looked to be an epic flame out thread.

Oh well, I guess you can have the hand, Matt. Happy birthday.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:31 AM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cheers Matt *clink*. Remember there's a recession on, so go out and buy yourself something cheap.
posted by Elmore at 10:31 AM on October 10, 2008


GuyZero: "I'm going to print up cards that say "why the fuck was my question in AskMe deleted, assholes?" on the front."

Make them grey, in 11-point Tahoma, with a blank inside, and I'll buy like a hundo. I can think of a ton of uses.
posted by Plutor at 10:31 AM on October 10, 2008 [4 favorites]


How does it feel to be old enough to run for president?
posted by Cranberry at 10:43 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy brithday Matt. I have enjoyed being around Mefi and will continue to read on............
posted by bjgeiger at 10:44 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday!
posted by Nattie at 10:48 AM on October 10, 2008


Somebody still could flame out in this thread.

Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by C17H19NO3 at 10:48 AM on October 10, 2008


Due to a complete and utter lack of creativity on my part, I have nothing clever to say other than: Happy Birthday.
posted by JeffK at 10:48 AM on October 10, 2008


wait, I have to post happy birthday here, and on his facebook wall? *rolls eyes and complies*

happy birthday, leader
posted by terrapin at 10:53 AM on October 10, 2008


Heh. Happy birthday, mathowie!
posted by Pronoiac at 10:54 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday, Matt, and thanks for giving us Mefi!
posted by misha at 10:56 AM on October 10, 2008


Listening to the happy birthday polka really takes the edge off of watching the Dow in real time.

Try it!
posted by potch at 10:59 AM on October 10, 2008


Somebody still could flame out in this thread.

Cunt! (UK)
posted by middleclasstool at 11:05 AM on October 10, 2008


Remember there's a recession on, so go out and buy yourself something cheap.

General Motors?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:06 AM on October 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


Ooh, I just noticed that this thread garnered me my 666th favorite. User mitzyjalapeno, Hail Satan!
posted by middleclasstool at 11:13 AM on October 10, 2008


It's impossible to find out Matt's birthday since he quit Facebook.

Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by lukemeister at 11:13 AM on October 10, 2008


Why in the fucking fuck was my post in Ask deleted, assholes?

Because it was a shit question about whether or not you could actually drill a hole in to your head and use it as a flower pot? I mean WTF? Of course you can do that. All you would have had to do was use google and you would have seen....

Oh, right. Sorry.

Congratulations on this, the the anniversary of the day of your birth, #1. Don't think of it as getting older, think of it as getting one step closer to that beautiful moment when you can believably stand on your front porch, shaking your fist at the children on the sidewalk, and know that they refer to you in hushed tones as that "scary old man obsessed about his lawn".

It's the dream that I believe we all should aspire to.
posted by quin at 11:14 AM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Happy Birthday Matt!

But I have to agree with the people who were supremely disappointed with the content of this thread following that promising beginning. *sigh*
posted by graventy at 11:17 AM on October 10, 2008


The ten-ten-nabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells
posted by lukemeister at 11:22 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday!
posted by shmegegge at 11:25 AM on October 10, 2008


Who's Matt?
posted by cjorgensen at 11:31 AM on October 10, 2008


He's like Waldo, but more Web 2.0.
posted by lukemeister at 11:32 AM on October 10, 2008


Bon Anniversaire!
posted by SaintCynr at 11:34 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by sueinnyc at 11:37 AM on October 10, 2008


Gefeliciteerd!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:41 AM on October 10, 2008


You look good for being 432 months old. Hell, that's only 1,878 weeks or so. That's roughly 5.14637964774951 dog years. Happy birthday.
posted by Sailormom at 11:55 AM on October 10, 2008


Hartelijk gefeliciteerd!
posted by jouke at 11:55 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy B-day Mathowie!
posted by LN at 11:57 AM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday. :)
posted by miss lynnster at 12:00 PM on October 10, 2008


Huzzah! (I'm still listening to the polka. I clearly have issues)
posted by Skorgu at 12:04 PM on October 10, 2008


Birthdays are good for you, scientific fact. The more you have the longer you live.
Make this one the happiest so far.

That's an order.
posted by Floydd at 12:07 PM on October 10, 2008


Can we incite someone into giving Matt a real proper flameout for his birthday? One of the election thread should be ripe by now.
posted by casarkos at 12:11 PM on October 10, 2008


It's Mathowie's birthday. Do you:

[ ] Make a post.
[ ] Play silly music.
[X] Genuflect.
posted by cimbrog at 12:13 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday. You have to drink one beer for every website you have.
posted by filmgeek at 12:14 PM on October 10, 2008


It's your birthday, so best wishes for a happy day and wonderful year!


But, remember - you're mother did all the work that day - you just showed up at the 'end'!
posted by mightshould at 12:41 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday!
posted by vytae at 12:47 PM on October 10, 2008


Many happy returns, O wise leader!
posted by pxe2000 at 12:50 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday! I'll buy you a beer next week if you make it to the meetup.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 12:58 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday Matt!
posted by amyms at 1:04 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy b-day, number one.
posted by penduluum at 1:07 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls!

Anonymous Ask Metafilter is actually just a subtle, long-form homage to Name.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:07 PM on October 10, 2008


While we're celebrating (happy birthday! Thanks for an awesome site!) I'd like to point out that I'm shocked that since Heroes came back on the air we haven't had a new Meta post about how Sylar looks like mathowie.
posted by inigo2 at 1:08 PM on October 10, 2008


Chopped off hands for EVERYONE!!

*slice*
posted by stet at 1:08 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday Matt! Come visit us in San Francisco again.
posted by roll truck roll at 1:09 PM on October 10, 2008


Yeah, what they said!
posted by lee at 1:12 PM on October 10, 2008


How is October babbies formed? AWESOMELY!

Happy Birthday!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 1:25 PM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Di mi jere joe frijari! (surinam for "When I heard that today is your birtday.")

DANA HIEP HIEP HIEP!!!
posted by DreamerFi at 1:30 PM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Somebody still could flame out in this thread.

Shouldn't we save that for languagehat's birthday? (I hope I didn't spoil any surprises.)

Happy birthday!
posted by TedW at 1:32 PM on October 10, 2008


lyrics are:

a di mi yere yu friyari
a di mi yere yu friyari
a di mi yere yu friyari, dang mi kon fristeri yu.

ano fu yu kuku, ano fu yu sopi
ano fu yu kuku, ano fu yu sopi
ano fu yu kuku, ano fu yu sopi, ma mi kom versteri yu


translated:
When I heard that today is your birtday
When I heard that today is your birtday
When I heard that today is your birtday, I came to congratulate you

not for your cake, not for your drinks
not for your cake, not for your drinks
not for your cake, not for your drinks, but to congratulate you



posted by DreamerFi at 1:33 PM on October 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


If you're wondering what Matt heard when he fired up MetaTalk this morning: happy birthday.

Man, that made my day. Despite the soul-killing fear produced by the financial meltdown, that dumb polka put a smile on my face. Thanks!

And happy birthday, Matt!
posted by languagehat at 1:35 PM on October 10, 2008


Shouldn't we save that for languagehat's birthday?

Seriously. I don't even think Matt likes flameouts.
posted by languagehat at 1:36 PM on October 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Happy birthday!
posted by bettafish at 1:40 PM on October 10, 2008


Man, that made my day.

Hooray. I listened to a lot of birthday music before settling on that one.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:54 PM on October 10, 2008


Man, this place is some kind of goddamn echo chamber.
posted by Shepherd at 1:58 PM on October 10, 2008


Oh, and happy birthday.
posted by Shepherd at 1:59 PM on October 10, 2008


Congratulations then, jessamyn, you correctly picked the worst one of them all!
posted by yhbc at 2:10 PM on October 10, 2008


Thanks for existing, Matt, and may the coming year bring you as much goodness as you can stand.
posted by batmonkey at 2:32 PM on October 10, 2008


Ja må han leva uti hundrade år!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 2:57 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday Matt!

And happy birthday to me :D!
posted by MadamM at 2:57 PM on October 10, 2008


From one libra to another... Happy birthday!
posted by lunit at 3:04 PM on October 10, 2008


...still listening to the polka birthday. what's wrong with me
posted by desuetude at 3:15 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday, #1!
posted by Quietgal at 3:20 PM on October 10, 2008


happy birthday! i'll slaughter & barbecue a wombat especially in your honour.

while i'm here, why in the fucking fuck was my post in Ask deleted, assholes?
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:54 PM on October 10, 2008


You are a 3 Life Path and this year is a 3 Year:

This is the year to express your inspiration, your imagination, your creative thought, and your deep emotional feelings. You desire to do more entertaining this year and accept more invitations. Take time off to enjoy yourself.

You can give color and warmth to all levels of living. Be artistic. Express yourself joyfully. Now is the time to follow those inspirational and imaginative ideas you are so excited about. Follow your desire for self-improvement; the year is rich with opportunities for inner growth.

It is a colorful and eventful year, with pleasure, opportunities for travel, enjoyable social activities, and entertainment coming your way.

Allow your abundance of cheer and optimism to guide you.


Sounds good to me! Happy Birthday!

They said it was scientifically calculated.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 3:56 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday, Matt! You look like a monkey AND you smell like one too! How do you do that?

(And congrats to jessamyn as well for correctly finding the "Dominic the Christmas Donkey" of Birthday music.)
posted by Navelgazer at 4:02 PM on October 10, 2008


It's the dream that I believe we all should aspire to.

I really hope no one ever thinks I'm an old man.

(Happy Birthday Matt)
posted by shelleycat at 4:08 PM on October 10, 2008


If I knew it was your birthday, I would have ... aww hell, I would have lived today like it was any other day. But I would have known it was your birthday, THAT's what I'm saying.
posted by not_on_display at 4:09 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday!
posted by The Light Fantastic at 4:11 PM on October 10, 2008


happy happy
posted by exlotuseater at 4:20 PM on October 10, 2008


HB mathowie.

Fooled me too. I thought there was another McCain supporter on MeFi.
posted by Rafaelloello at 5:26 PM on October 10, 2008


Sorry I didn't get onto this earlier. I was out buying a stock... of Mother's Cookies.

Besides, I already gave Matt a full salutation in another forum (tweetweet) where he noted that he was 6² years old and I replied that he was always something².

But that poor excuse for a Polka got my hackles up, because there is only one musical performance truly deserving of being called a "birthday polka"...

Sheriff John's Birthday Cake Polka (mp3)

Put another candle on my birthday cake
We're gonna bake a birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

I'm gonna have a party with my birthday cake
Come on and take some birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today-ay-ay

We'll have some pie and sandwiches
And chocolate ice cream too
We'll sing and play the day away
And one more thing I'm gonna do

I'll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
And when I do, a wish I'll make
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

Happy Birthday to You
I'm another year old today
posted by wendell at 5:26 PM on October 10, 2008 [3 favorites]


Happy birthday! (And I liked the song, pb.)
posted by salvia at 5:28 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday, Matt! I'll also buy you a beer at the meet-up next week. You might end up drinking for free all evening.
posted by Caduceus at 5:28 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by crossoverman at 5:29 PM on October 10, 2008


"Libra Forecast for October 2008

By Susan Miller

This is your birthday time, dear Libra, and you feel revved up and excited. The new moon in Libra that appeared at the end of September has made you impatient to begin an important new personal plan. Alas, as you enter October, you will need to hold back because Mercury will be retrograde until October 15 and will be kicking up confusing static until October 20. Use this latter day - October 20 - as your date to begin to initiate any new endeavor, no sooner...."

(If you'd like to read the rest of the forecast, click here.)

Happy birthday, Matt!
posted by Lynsey at 5:38 PM on October 10, 2008


Hippo burr stay!
posted by klausness at 6:00 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday, Mr. Owie.
posted by Malor at 7:06 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by juv3nal at 8:41 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy birthday, Matt!!

*gets in the "disappointed that this isn't a flame-out" boat*
posted by Verdandi at 9:01 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday mathowie and Summy-Birchard says thank you, pb.
posted by tellurian at 9:25 PM on October 10, 2008


Happy Birthday!
posted by gomichild at 9:45 PM on October 10, 2008


mathowie: I think in the process of reloading a metatalk thread this morning, the song started playing multiple times, so it turned into this multilayered hellish concoction that was way worse than simple polka.

Oh, man! I tried that and it was AWESOME!

And happy birthday, Matt! Don't worry, the b-day music could have been worse, it could have been this.
posted by Kattullus at 9:50 PM on October 10, 2008


EWWWW pb just showed us MetaFilter's junk!

*ahem* Happy Birthday Matt!

now go ride yer bike!
posted by lonefrontranger at 10:21 PM on October 10, 2008


Saturday, 11th October 2008

LIBRA
"Are you sure you should be doing what you're doing?" "Ought you to be doing something different, somewhere else?" "Have you made the right choice?" "Are you in the right place?" "Are you in the best possible company?" "Have you taken a turn without properly consulting the map?" Doubts like this are dangerous to indulge. They come rushing into our minds if we give them just the smallest chance. Once there, like an infestation of ants, they take an eternity to round up and remove. And they get everywhere, into everything. If you don't want such fears to spoil your life this week, don't leave out anything to attract them. Clear all surfaces of questions!

[happy birthday in my time zone ]
posted by infini at 10:32 PM on October 10, 2008


The world is a much more wonderful place with you in it. I'm glad you were born dear Matt. May all of us who love you, admire you and value you in our lives bring you some of the joy you bring us. Happy Birthday!
posted by nickyskye at 10:52 PM on October 10, 2008


I made you an awesome ASCII birthday cake, Matt, but the PRE tag double-spaced it. :(
posted by Mikey-San at 11:05 PM on October 10, 2008 [2 favorites]


Happy Birthday!
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:54 PM on October 10, 2008




I restarted Firefox, and restored the previous session, and the Birthday Polka greeted me again. What a gift, and it keeps giving. Happy Birthday, Matt!
posted by theora55 at 8:07 AM on October 11, 2008


Happy birthday, thanks for making metafilter so great.
posted by metastability at 8:44 AM on October 11, 2008


Why the fucking fuck didn't you guys tell me it was Mathowie's birthday?

HIPPY YARD BATH, #1!
posted by trip and a half at 12:34 PM on October 11, 2008


trip and a half: HIPPY YARD BATH, #1!

NOOOOOOoooooooooo!
posted by dirty hippie at 2:27 PM on October 11, 2008 [7 favorites]


Happy Birthday! I hope the weekend weather was as lovely for you as it was for us up in here in Olympia...perfect for biking!
posted by epersonae at 5:02 PM on October 13, 2008


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