Happy Anniversary to Me and MeFi October 20, 2008 9:05 AM   Subscribe

Today, October 20, is my eighth MetaFilter anniversary!

The most popular post that day (comment-wise) was about human population overtaxing the planet, by a user named mr.skullhead, who long ago vanished from our ranks.

Considering that in my adult lifetime, I have never lived in any one place for as long as eight years, had a single job that lasted for eight years, or owned a car for eight years, and even my own blog is only a couple of months older than my MeFi membership, this particular affiliation is one of the longest-lasting ones in my life.

So, a brief thanks to Number One for creating something of such long-lasting personal value to me and however many other folks who have stuck it out this long (or longer).
posted by briank to MetaFilter-Related at 9:05 AM (77 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

*Crickets chirp as a tumbleweed rolls lazily past*
posted by chlorus at 9:22 AM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Not to be all Scrooge-y, but these sorts of posts are kind of a slippery slope, no? If it's deemed okay for you to do it, it's got to be okay for anyone to do it, and I don't think regular anniversary posts on MeTa are a good thing.
posted by amro at 9:23 AM on October 20, 2008


I was just thinking the other day, "Isn't briank's eighth Metafilter anniversary coming up?" So I looked up what the traditional gift for the 8th Metafilter anniversary is... turns out it's a tall, steaming mug of who the fuck cares.

My eighth anniversary is coming up in January in case you want to get your shopping out of the way now.
posted by turaho at 9:31 AM on October 20, 2008 [22 favorites]


MetaFilter: We do heart warming right.
posted by y2karl at 9:46 AM on October 20, 2008 [7 favorites]


Wow, amro may have a point about this not being a wise precedent to set but do we really need all the ugliness? Congrats briank. I hope you enjoy your anniversary.
posted by pearlybob at 9:55 AM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Stalactites and stalagmites, friends.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:59 AM on October 20, 2008


Won't be that long before we need an 'Assisted Living' subsite.

Congratulations, briank.
posted by jamjam at 10:00 AM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


I thought the 8th MetaFilter anniversary was the Zippity-bop anniversary. No? Crap. Oh, well - more for me, I guess.

*pours shot of 100 proof Zippity-bop in the dirt for homeys, takes a swig, passes out*
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:02 AM on October 20, 2008


I don't see a problem if we wait to post anniversary threads until at least 5 years have passed.

Also, I feel like all the negative comments have offended my principle of choice.
posted by DU at 10:09 AM on October 20, 2008


do we really need all the ugliness?

Yes.
posted by Stynxno at 10:17 AM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


My six year is on Friday. I would like pancakes. Thank you.
posted by lazaruslong at 10:20 AM on October 20, 2008


Sayeth stinky.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:20 AM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Eight years and only 316 comments?

I exist either as a rebuke to your time spent here or as a cautionary tale.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:21 AM on October 20, 2008


Astro Zombie: you have exactly 5000 comments on MeFi at this moment.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:24 AM on October 20, 2008


Well, then I'm just going to stop.

Oh, crap.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:40 AM on October 20, 2008


Hell, AZ, congrats on your (at this exact moment, anyway) 5000th MeFi comment.
posted by caution live frogs at 10:42 AM on October 20, 2008


So I looked up what the traditional gift for the 8th Metafilter anniversary is... turns out it's a tall, steaming mug of who the fuck cares.

I object really strongly to this assertion, and to whoever it was who made it. Everyone knows the traditional eighth MeFiversary gift is a Bucket of Cocks.
posted by Mister_A at 10:49 AM on October 20, 2008


Is it just me, or do my comments seem stuck at 5000?
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:49 AM on October 20, 2008


And listen, be really careful when you google "cocks"; you get some off-color stuff that way.
posted by Mister_A at 10:50 AM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


You have to go put a comment on the blue, man.
posted by Mister_A at 10:50 AM on October 20, 2008


congrats and wow...you've made almost 7000 comments in total in about 2.75 years. I am such a slacker.
posted by mmascolino at 10:52 AM on October 20, 2008


I downloaded all my comments a few weeks ago. It was like a book. Like Moby Dick, but instead of a great white whale, it was mostly jokes about circumcision.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:01 AM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


It was like a book. Like Moby Dick, but instead of a great white whale, it was mostly jokes about circumcision.

Mohel Dick?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:10 AM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I know how you feel briank. I wouldn't have posted about it, but I do empathize.

There are a few other places I've been registered longer, but I don't know when the last time I even read slashdot, for instance.
posted by smackfu at 11:14 AM on October 20, 2008


You couldn't have held out just two years more for a 10 year anniversary post?

What is it with MeFi and 8th anniversaries?

Hey. Mine's coming up in August!
posted by ODiV at 11:15 AM on October 20, 2008


Christmas Eve will be my 4 millionth minute on Metafilter. If I put my fingers in my ears and squint, I can pretend that people are celebrating my milestone.
posted by joaquim at 11:24 AM on October 20, 2008


It was my 8 year anniversary on august 23rd but you don't hear me fucking bragging about it. Where's my carriage clock, carrot cake and carton of cocks, assholes?
posted by Jofus at 11:37 AM on October 20, 2008


Also: yay!
posted by Jofus at 11:37 AM on October 20, 2008


Joined: sometime in 1999

I don't know my exact MetaFilter birthday, but I'm pretty sure I've already passed my 9th; I was reading from day one-or-two, via a link from the kottke to "Matt's new weblog", and starting my first attempt at blogging in September '99, I wanted to be where all the "cool webloggers" hung out. Based on my user number, I signed up before Jessamyn (BEFORE JESSAMYN. Maybe she can help me narrow it down more.) But my first active participation was not until February, 2000. (Feb. 6th, first comment, Feb. 10th, first FPP) Yes, even The Wendell started out lurking.

Why am I telling you all this? I don't know, just be aware that I will tell you again every time someone celebrates his/her "MetaFilter Birthday" with a MetaTalk post. EVERY. TIME. With RickRollish regularity. You have been warned.
posted by wendell at 11:46 AM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Where's my carriage clock, carrot cake and carton of cocks, assholes?

I exhausted the supply on April 22nd. Sorry.
posted by fusinski at 11:49 AM on October 20, 2008


It's sort of my 8th anniversary here too. 8 years and 4 months. It's nice to have a sense of cyber belonging, a home station to park my rocket out in cyberspace. 5259 comments.

Would like some of that Lemon Sabayon-Pine Nut Tart with Honeyed Mascarpone Cream from AceRock's last post. Oh or that Cream of Walnut soup.

Mohel Dick. That's funny.
posted by nickyskye at 11:58 AM on October 20, 2008


What did the Astro Zombie say to the Mohel Zombie?

Keep the tip.
posted by loquacious at 12:15 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


A very merry unbirthday to you. (Yes, you!)
posted by carsonb at 12:36 PM on October 20, 2008


n00b
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:43 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Welcome to the eight year club. Mine was in July.
posted by bjgeiger at 12:52 PM on October 20, 2008


Today's my brother's 25th birthday. 25 is more than 8, so I think he wins.

Good luck renting a car with your MeFi account, though.
posted by Eideteker at 12:59 PM on October 20, 2008


Big Deal. December 5th will be my 9th Mefi Anniversary. Get offa my lawn.
posted by jonmc at 1:06 PM on October 20, 2008


jonmc, I was thinking ahead and I got you the gift of TWO shitty under-achieving NY baseball teams. Don't thank me now. No really, don't.

Next year I'll just give you the Jets again.
posted by Mister_A at 1:09 PM on October 20, 2008


What is it about October? Tomorrow, this 16k-er turns 6.
posted by emelenjr at 1:12 PM on October 20, 2008


My god, this thread is like wandering around a party looking for the loo, and instead you accidentally open a door into a room full of ancient old cranks in rocking chairs, squinting and snapping at each other and poking each other with rubber-tipped canes while they squabble about whose colostomy bag is in more need of attention, and who's getting more massage from the night nurse.

Y'all should really put a sign outside.
posted by pineapple at 1:14 PM on October 20, 2008 [7 favorites]


Well, then I'm just going to stop.

Oh, crap.


My posting behavior is entirely driven by the desire to have my comment numbers form pleasing patterns.

ahh, two lines ending in 8. It sooths me.
posted by The Whelk at 1:35 PM on October 20, 2008


Y'all should really put a sign outside.

There is a sign outside. It reads "Behind this door lies the greatest horror of all humankind: The Future. In a few short years this will be you."

But you had to go and open the door, didn't you? But while you're here you can rub my feet. My Burhanistanitus is acting up again. Don't be shy. Make sure you get in between the toes. Did I ever tell you the story about the perfect onion? I found it lying in the middle of the street. I was walking home from school in the snow barefoot thinking about how I didn't have any dinner last night and probably wouldn't have any tonight - at least until I found that Onion. So I tied it to my belt and took it home. Ma made a really nice soup zzzzzzzzzzzZZZZzzzzzzzzzz*snort* HOTTENTOTS. Err, what? Keep rubbing, sonny. Did I say stop?
posted by loquacious at 1:47 PM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


Yeah, this kind of thread is not at all a good idea.
posted by Justinian at 2:36 PM on October 20, 2008


Yeah, this kind of thread is not at all a good idea.

Just wait 'till Nov. 18th
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:42 PM on October 20, 2008


Hey! Guess what I had for lunch!
posted by GuyZero at 2:43 PM on October 20, 2008


No amount of ointment will help with that.
posted by Burhanistan at 3:00 PM on October 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hey! Guess what I had for lunch!

Pastrami? PB & J? Arby's? Tofu n' sprouts? 3 martinis? Wha'd I win? wha'd I win?
posted by longsleeves at 3:15 PM on October 20, 2008


In six days, it will be my 28th anniversary of getting hit by a car. I, unfortunately, did not survive.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 3:20 PM on October 20, 2008


I've lived my life reasonably certain that there exists nowhere on Earth a countryside more beautiful and generally agreeable to the senses than Southwest Michigan.

However, recently that long-held belief was called into question. Last month I attended a conference in the rolling, wooded hills of North Georgia. Normally, I loathe conferences, nonetheless I dutifully prepared my papers and attending power-point slides. When I arrived I discovered that it wasn't so much a conference at all, but really more of a "retreat". We presented, but we stayed in lovely cabins and had tons of free time to wander around, dip our toes in lovely waterfalls (made more accessible, sadly, by the current drought). There were cows wandering in unusually heavily wooded pastures and beautiful songbirds everywhere.

Also, I would occasionally be surprised by the unassuming presence of shiny, gem-like lizards resting peacefully on the rocks and trees. At one point, I was sitting quietly beside a fellow attendee when I looked over to discover two lizards chasing one another around a large tree trunk. "Look," I asked, "are those lizards playing on that tree?" "Yes," she replied, "like squirrels."
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:37 PM on October 20, 2008 [7 favorites]


In numerology, 8 is the number of hard work and accomplishment. And as we learned from Multiplication Rock, laid on its side, it's the symbol for infinity.

So in that spirit of saluting hard work well done, CONGRATS, MeFi! ::hugs::
posted by droplet at 4:14 PM on October 20, 2008


This post is every bit as good as Iron Man.
posted by stavrogin at 5:09 PM on October 20, 2008


You know, I've mentioned this before on this site (and drunkenly to mathowie and jessamyn at a meetup) but I have been moving back and forth between New England and Iceland for the last 6 years and in that time the only community that I've belonged to solidly has been MetaFilter. I really like it here.
posted by Kattullus at 5:24 PM on October 20, 2008


I haven't even been here a full year yet and already I'm tired of my shit.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:37 PM on October 20, 2008


This post is every bit as good as Iron Man.

Thank you for that shining example of damning with faint praise.
posted by dersins at 6:12 PM on October 20, 2008


This seems entirely unnecessary. Even moreso than the "I'm leaving" posts that were in vogue a few months ago.
posted by The Eponymous Pseudonymous Rex at 6:25 PM on October 20, 2008


Anniversary cake!
posted by nickyskye at 6:53 PM on October 20, 2008 [3 favorites]


I have been moving back and forth between New England and Iceland for the last 6 years

So on the average, you've been off the southern tip of Greenland? Sounds like a tough life, Kattullus!
posted by lukemeister at 6:54 PM on October 20, 2008


This seems entirely unnecessary.

You know who else thought certain people things were unnecessary?
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:05 PM on October 20, 2008


Anniversary cake!

Oh shit CAKEROLLED!
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:06 PM on October 20, 2008


Oh, sure. Rub it in, Mr. 4-digit-usernumber.
posted by brain cloud at 7:24 PM on October 20, 2008


this thread is like wandering around a party looking for the loo, and instead you accidentally open a door into a room full of ancient old cranks in rocking chairs

If my body was a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer model. I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish and my paint job is getting a little dull ... but that's not the worst of it. My headlights are out of focus and it's especially hard to see things up close. My traction is not as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather. My whitewalls are stained with scars and spots. It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. My fuel rate burns inefficiently.

But here's the worst of it --

Almost every time I sneeze, cough or sputter ... either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires.
posted by netbros at 8:54 PM on October 20, 2008


Holy shit, my 8th year as a Mefite is coming up in about 3 weeks, too.

Fuck me.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:59 PM on October 20, 2008


Stavros, is that a birthday gift request?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:44 PM on October 20, 2008


Do You Remember Where You Were When Briank Registered?
posted by katillathehun at 9:52 PM on October 20, 2008


Happy anniversary briank.
I have been moving back and forth between New England and Iceland for the last 6 years
On shadowy missions for the Illuminati, pulling the strings of the collapse of the international economic order. We have not missed the trail of devastation in your wake, Kattullus.
posted by Abiezer at 10:40 PM on October 20, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'm coming up on 4 years here. Should I be having a mid-Mefite crisis?

Matt, can I have a pony convertable?
posted by brundlefly at 12:01 AM on October 21, 2008


My eighth was a month ago, but next year I'll be 29 again, mothefuckers.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 1:53 AM on October 21, 2008


Y'all should really put a sign outside.

There IS a sign. It says "MetaTalk: BYOCB." (Bring Your Own Colostomy Bag.)

next year I'll be 29 again, mothefuckers.

Somewhat funny story: I remember shopping for a birthday cake for my mother right after we had moved into our new house, which would put me at four years old. I asked my dad how old mommy was going to be, and he said 29. I got very excited that this was my mommy's 29th birthday. Turns out this was all his idea of a joke, doing the math solidly identifies this as my mother's 30th birthday. Dude sure pulled one over on ME. I don't think the rest of the world was really fooled as easily.

posted by grapefruitmoon at 4:03 AM on October 21, 2008


Did you mean convertible ?
posted by fixedgear at 6:32 AM on October 21, 2008


Congrats briank, for your special day. In the spirit of celebration, I'm going to give you the same present I give to every eight year old who's party I'm asked to attend.

So here... enjoy your hand grenade.
posted by quin at 7:45 AM on October 21, 2008


Oh shit CAKEROLLED!

It's a Swiss innovation.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:49 AM on October 21, 2008


I'll have been here six years on the 23rd and nobody knows who I am. *sob*
posted by deborah at 3:46 PM on October 21, 2008 [2 favorites]


Nonsense. You're deborah. You backtagged a bunch of stuff. You riffed on Breakfast Club.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:49 PM on October 21, 2008


Hi there! :) *waves to deborah!
posted by nickyskye at 4:24 PM on October 21, 2008


Every anniversary we trudge to our mailboxes, looking for the pancakes that never arrive.
posted by lukemeister at 7:16 PM on October 21, 2008


My desperate cry for attention worked, w00t!
posted by deborah at 1:09 PM on October 22, 2008 [2 favorites]


Today marks exactly six years and one month that I have been on MeFi. I believe the traditional gift is a multi-color 10 pack of Muji .38mm gel pens (available on eBay). Contact me for shipping instructions and thank you.
posted by MikeMc at 6:34 PM on October 22, 2008


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