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look-who's-here-filter: Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls shows up in a thread about her.
posted by UbuRoivas to MetaFilter-Related at 12:18 PM (150 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

See below, too...
posted by Grither at 12:20 PM on December 2, 2008


yeah, Dan Kaminsky! how about that for a celebrity double? never knew (or had forgotten) that he's a member. so's Steve Wozniak. well, i think he showed up for a single comment, but still...
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:26 PM on December 2, 2008


I'm betting Amanda will be more of a Woz than a Kaminsky, but it's awesome that she showed up at all. I was just talking about DD last night with some friends, so I'm wondering if this will slightly blow their minds.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:29 PM on December 2, 2008


That is pretty freaking neat. I love it when things like this happen.
posted by Phire at 12:32 PM on December 2, 2008


That is pretty freaking neat. I love it when things like this happen.

i wonder if it's something we're likely to see more of over the years? ie younger artists who have been, from the very beginning, accustomed to reaching out to their audiences via facespace & their text messaging machines, thinking little of dropping by when one site or another is discussing them.

she seems to have a chatty sort of blog, so is presumably not new to the internets & must've received an email tipoff or something, i guess.
posted by UbuRoivas at 12:44 PM on December 2, 2008


Can she fix DNS?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 1:03 PM on December 2, 2008 [9 favorites]


Amanda has been active in DD online communities for ages, so this isn't surprising. She's a pretty cool person, really.
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:03 PM on December 2, 2008


Hey cortex, you going to her show on the 12th? If so, we she hang out.
posted by Caduceus at 1:05 PM on December 2, 2008


One day, when I reveal my secret identity, it's going to blow your minds!

/runs off to become somebody
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:06 PM on December 2, 2008 [4 favorites]


I enjoy it when celebrities join our site, because I like imagine that they occasionally name-drop us when they are talking to other famous people.

Sort of how someone who is star-struck will reference a famous person they've met, in my head, Adam Savage, Woz, Amanda, and Kaminsky are at parties with hundreds of A-list movie stars, music giants, well known artists and award-winning authors, and they're casually trying to slip in that they are a Mefite.

Just so everyone there can step back in awe and bask in the warmth of how cool it is to be in the presence of an actual legend.
posted by quin at 1:09 PM on December 2, 2008 [4 favorites]


she hang out

That's what Roadrunner said.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 1:11 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


My mind is slightly blown.
posted by found missing at 1:13 PM on December 2, 2008


Yes. Sorry about that.

*should hang out
posted by Caduceus at 1:13 PM on December 2, 2008


Meep meep.
posted by jbickers at 1:14 PM on December 2, 2008


I'd commercially endorse that.

(kidding...love the DD.)
posted by cowbellemoo at 1:32 PM on December 2, 2008


Well, I'm glad I said nice things about her in the thread.

And kids, THAT is why you should always be on your best behavior; you never know when the person you are talking about might be listening.
posted by yhbc at 1:37 PM on December 2, 2008 [4 favorites]


I hate that yhbc guy. Can't stand him.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:58 PM on December 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'm glad I said nice things about her in the thread.

I'm glad she was a classy dame about all the people who talked about how they'd like to/like not to fuck/ogle her, too.

- "her eyes and her mouth are way too beautiful for me to want spend even a moment looking away from them and down at her tummy."
- "I would lavish that belly with worshipful kisses."
- "I thought Amanda was a drag queen!"
- "she's super-hot."
- "In all fairness to RoadRunner, she is kinda porky."
- "She looks hot to me. Shame her voice is a bit creaky."
- "I would enjoy inserting my penis into her vagina, and I would like to perform intercourse with her. Because I, too, find her sexually attractive."
- "The label is stupid, I'd totally do that hottie"
- "The label is stupid; I'd totally do that hottie"
- "Sure it's not her terrible music or horrifying face?"
- "She looks like the Joker, and Rachel Maddow..on steroids."
- "she's hot. More like hott."
- "I don't care how hot she is. Shut up. Don't put that someone thinks you're fat on your blog"
- "Holy God, that is one scary woman."

The best thing about her showing up in that thread is that after she did, people started talking about, you know, music and record labels.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:29 PM on December 2, 2008 [46 favorites]


I love how she turns up right after someone calls her an "oxygen thief."
posted by fire&wings at 2:37 PM on December 2, 2008


Because people are less likely to be assholes about someone when that someone is present.
posted by Justinian at 2:40 PM on December 2, 2008


I'm really glad you pruned it a bit, jess. As I mentioned in the thread I'm not a fan, but some of the comments were totally fucking embarassing.

Being said, a few of those comments look ugly, but in context I don't find anything offensive about them. The first one you listed that comes to mind is "she's hot. More like hott." Not only was it left by a female - not that that should matter, really - but it's actually on topic. The thread, more or less, is at least partially about Palmer's unattractiveness in the eyes of the record label, isn't it? While 'hott' isn't exactly the most eloquent way to approach it, the word gets the job done.

I don't know. I'm not looking to open a giant can of wormbeans and generally stay out of 'noyzone' discussions 'round here, but I am a little curious as to what's wrong with the 'hott' comment. Mmm-hmm.
posted by item at 2:44 PM on December 2, 2008


Fuck man. I didn't read the whole thing because I've been busy, I just dropped in to leave my quick thoughts on one of my favorite musical artists, and then went and read her comment when I saw this thread.

Way to stay classy, Metafilter.
posted by Caduceus at 2:44 PM on December 2, 2008


'noyzone'? ' boyzone'.
posted by item at 2:45 PM on December 2, 2008


well, i was certainly glad i didn't rant about how much i disliked her version of Jacques Brel's *Amsterdam* at the Dresden Dolls gig i saw.

oh no, fuckballs - i just said it.

(disclaimer: it was actually alright; i'd just been listening to too much of Micheline van Hautem's version, and jebus, that woman's got a powerful voice!)
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:48 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


goyzone.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:50 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


A discussion of here appearance is relavent to the thread, because it was the subject of the thread, and I don't think it is inappropriate for people who find her attractive to say that, the label be damned, she's a good looking woman and deserves better treatment, whatever the fuck the labels thinks about her belly. And some people said that. And I think others were trying to say that and just got a little, well, fannish. She probably overlooked that because she gets it all the time. I often wonder what it is like to be a female singer and get those sort of comments with great frequency. I imagine it's complicated, because they are intended to be flattering, but come off as creepy, or thoughtless, or exclusively focused on appearance.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:56 PM on December 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


her appearance, rather.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:57 PM on December 2, 2008


What does this have to do with Israeli backpackers?
posted by gman at 2:57 PM on December 2, 2008


I didn't prune that thread at all. Maybe cortex did?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:00 PM on December 2, 2008


Cortex has gone into one of his frequent rants against vegan vampires in the other celebrity thread. I'd be hard-pressed to imagine he'd be doing much pruning when he is in such a mood.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:02 PM on December 2, 2008


soyzone
posted by found missing at 3:03 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I love how she turns up right after someone calls her an "oxygen thief."

Well, I was reading some "writing for the web" web sites and they advise that people should "write how they talk".... I suspect a lot of this happened in the thread.
posted by Deep Dish at 3:07 PM on December 2, 2008


What does this have to do with Israeli backpackers?

gman: i think you're looking for the "Your Bartender Hates You" thread.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:11 PM on December 2, 2008


I don't know that I pulled anything out of that thread, no. Certainly nothing that qualifies as pruning.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:12 PM on December 2, 2008


Yeah. There is some ugly stuff there. I'll admit that that's about the closest I've ever come to getting HURF DURF AESTHETIC RESPONSE INDUCER about the subject of an FPP, but I couldn't remember why that would be an important thing to share so I skipped it.

Seems like there needs to be some leeway to talk about appearance in a post whose subtext is whether a moving image is promotable or not on the basis of the physical beauty of its subject, but that would sort of argue against being gross and solipsistic about it, since that comes up short of a full thought and we aren't usually trying to be impressively stupid around here.
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 3:18 PM on December 2, 2008


speak for yourself
posted by found missing at 3:20 PM on December 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


To be fair to myself, I am also kinda porky. Still, sorry about the drive-by jerkiness.
posted by R_Nebblesworth at 3:27 PM on December 2, 2008


Well without the extra pork-context we can't know whether or not you're making a HURF DURF SEXAY or a HURF DURF GROSSOUT comment. Now that we know you are kinda porky perhaps we can all talk about whether that means we do or do not want to have sex with you?

Kidding! Sort of!

Most of the comments I pulled out weren't, to my mind, terribly obnoxious. The fact that they were over 10% of the thread just made it a little tiresome. Culminating in Smedleyman's ironic-to-make-a-point-yet-ick statement about his penis. As I frequently say "Oh please stop talking about your dicks already."

Mostly I agree with Your Time Machine Sucks. It's a thread about appearances, nominally, so that's got to be within bounds and yet saying "Gee I don't think her belly looks bad" is across some sort of line, to me, from "I don't care how hot she is. Shut up." and "that is one scary woman"

I feel the same way when people slag dudes in threads too, it just has a tendencey in my comfirmation-bias universe to not culminate in so many "This is how I feel about having sex with him..."

With that said, I'm ditching the Cooter Clock. It's into 2009 at this point. I think the point was made and I'm okay with where we're at vis a vis the "I'd hit it" levels on this site and I like my username.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:38 PM on December 2, 2008 [4 favorites]


No AskMe responses, no posts, only one comment and already self-linking? BAN HER!
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:41 PM on December 2, 2008 [6 favorites]


Oh wait she's famous, sorry.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:41 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


if i wanted to do a REAL publicity stunt, i'd do something much more naked. give me some credit.

Strangely, I still have zero interest in either this woman's music or her belly.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:42 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


*pours out declares willingness to hit a forty for the Cooter Counter*
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:43 PM on December 2, 2008


I'd drink it.
posted by quin at 3:46 PM on December 2, 2008


It's into 2009 at this point. I think the point was made and I'm okay with where we're at vis a vis the "I'd hit it" levels on this site and I like my username.
posted by jessamyn at 5:38 PM on December 2


Yeah, but how do you feel about a guy fucking a dead chicken?
posted by plexi at 3:47 PM on December 2, 2008


I would like to add this to the discussion: A monkey sneezing.
posted by found missing at 3:58 PM on December 2, 2008


With that said, I'm ditching the Cooter Clock.

Weak.
posted by adamdschneider at 4:00 PM on December 2, 2008


I just like that she said "Hail Slipknot".

Which I am totally accepting at face value without a hint of irony, thank you very much.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 4:15 PM on December 2, 2008


There's nothing saying we can't all just call her Cooter.
posted by Eideteker at 4:25 PM on December 2, 2008


I'm ditching the Cooter Clock. It's into 2009 at this point. I think the point was made and I'm okay with where we're at vis a vis the "I'd hit it" levels on this site and I like my username.

Yay!

I was seriously afraid I'd have to make a "hit it" comment myself if it looked like the countdown was going too far. I like your username too, and "Cooter" is just dumb.
posted by languagehat at 4:27 PM on December 2, 2008


I need to finish up my FPP on Christina Ricci. Does lightning strike thrice?
posted by bardic at 4:27 PM on December 2, 2008


As I frequently say "Oh please stop talking about your dicks already."

But it's so pretty.
posted by rodgerd at 4:33 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


plexi writes "Yeah, but how do you feel about a guy fucking a dead chicken?"

A lot less disturbing than a live chicken?
posted by Mitheral at 4:38 PM on December 2, 2008


I only talk about my dick when someone is about to trip over it, and then only to warn them. Otherwise, I find such discussions distasteful.
posted by Astro Zombie at 4:49 PM on December 2, 2008 [4 favorites]


why did the chicken cross the road?

it was still impaled on plexi's dick.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:53 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


The best thing about her showing up in that thread is that after she did, people started talking about, you know, music and record labels.

Not to go all AOL, but me too.

Though I did really enjoy all of the belly pictures.
posted by stet at 4:54 PM on December 2, 2008


why did the chicken cross the road?

it was still impaled on plexi's dick.


Also, jesus christ, that shit made my day.
posted by stet at 4:55 PM on December 2, 2008


With that said, I'm ditching the Cooter Clock.

so alone
posted by Cooter Clock Interruptus at 5:01 PM on December 2, 2008 [23 favorites]


why did the chicken cross the road?
it was still impaled on plexi's dick.
Also, jesus christ, that shit made my day.


It could've only added a bit of sparkle to the chicken's day as well.
posted by item at 5:05 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I only talk about my dick when someone is about to trip over it, and then only to warn them. Otherwise, I find such discussions distasteful.

Not half as distasteful as your habit of hiding in the sewers & shoving your member through the metal gratings in the kerb.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:05 PM on December 2, 2008


WTF is a cooter clock?

And, for once, I get to claim some vague semblance of moral high ground. It's a dumb comment to make regardless of what she looks like or your opinion of her hit-it-ability. Especially from someone in a professional context, though I understand that a record label isn't exactly PwC in terms of what's acceptable to discuss.

anyway, the high ground is nice. I should get up here more often.
posted by GuyZero at 5:13 PM on December 2, 2008


Metafilter: giant can of wormbeans.
(I hope you don't mind, Item - that made for quite the evocative image)

After reading the post and seeing all of the terrific supportive gestures floating around online, I spent a little while feeling chuffed that a musician I enjoy, one with the type of distinctively esoteric approach to life that truly grooves me, was standing up against being labeled by her label and that others were willing to stand with her.

Then it gets topped by a personal response here, bringing it all delightfully full circle. I'm not good at that whole fangirl thing, but it's not often you're so well rewarded for investing in accessing someone else's ideas and creative output.

Man, I love this place.
posted by batmonkey at 5:14 PM on December 2, 2008


"The best thing about her showing up in that thread is that after she did, people started talking about, you know, music and record labels."

Yeah, but now Art's talking about The Killers, who are barely music.
posted by klangklangston at 5:14 PM on December 2, 2008


Also, jesus christ, that shit made my day.

Is that like "goddamn that dj made my day"?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:15 PM on December 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


Last night a DJ fucked my chicken.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:19 PM on December 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


In the abstract, I think commenting on her appearance is totally fair game -- her public persona is built in part on how she presents herself physically, how she dresses in her videos, and so on. In the particular, though, a lot of the supposed-to-be-funny comments in that thread are basically not very funny at all.
posted by Forktine at 5:21 PM on December 2, 2008


Last night a DJ fucked my chicken.

So close. But I think you were looking for:

Last night a DJ spun my chicken.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:23 PM on December 2, 2008


There used to be a time where you could just whip your dick out and go looking around for something to stick it in. Not anymore. Things changed. They don't sleep anymore on the beach.
posted by plexi at 5:25 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


We don't need no water let that damn chicken bake!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:31 PM on December 2, 2008


I'm ditching the Cooter Clock.

Put it on MeFi Mall. Everybody wins!
posted by lukemeister at 5:33 PM on December 2, 2008


There used to be a time where you could just whip your dick out and go looking around for something to stick it in.

A giant can of wormbeans sounds like it would do the trick nicely, as long as you warmed it up in the oven a bit beforehand.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:36 PM on December 2, 2008


BitterOldPunk: I just like that she said "Hail Slipknot".

She didn't. She said "hail slipnot."

yhbc: Well, I'm glad I said nice things about her in the thread.

And kids, THAT is why you should always be on your best behavior; you never know when the person you are talking about might be listening.


Funny, I bet the original poster on the blue isn't feeling any regrets about saying nasty things about the work I did. In the first case, Amanda never said Roadrunner did nothing to promote her album.

In the second case, I'll be damned if I haven't worked my butt off promoting that album online. Not only is it my job, but I think it's Amanda's best work.
posted by Captaintripps at 5:37 PM on December 2, 2008


She didn't. She said "hail slipnot."

It's not my fault she doesn't spell or capitalize properly.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 5:45 PM on December 2, 2008


zing
posted by item at 6:12 PM on December 2, 2008


I'll be damned if I haven't worked my butt off promoting that album online. Not only is it my job, but I think it's Amanda's best work.

There's something that just doesn't sound exactly kosher about that, but I can't put my finger on it.
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:37 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yeah, well, try putting your finger on this!
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:54 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


We don't know eachother that well.
posted by jonmc at 7:09 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sort of how someone who is star-struck will reference a famous person they've met, in my head, Adam Savage, Woz, Amanda, and Kaminsky are at parties with hundreds of A-list movie stars, music giants, well known artists and award-winning authors, and they're casually trying to slip in that they are a Mefite.

I've told people that I've met Jessamyn.

It impresses librarians.

(not kidding)
posted by Afroblanco at 7:14 PM on December 2, 2008 [2 favorites]


We don't know each other that well.

It's ok, we have 2 mutual friends on Facebook
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:16 PM on December 2, 2008


This discussion led me to watch a couple of Slipknot videos. I like Slipknot more than I ought. Anyway, there was this comment under one of their videos on YouTube, and i think it's something that Metafilter could take to heart:

no dissin other ppls bands its not kool on retards do that dont

posted by Bookhouse at 7:22 PM on December 2, 2008 [3 favorites]


I gotta say it --

Metafilter: Oh please stop talking about your dicks already.
posted by marxchivist at 7:36 PM on December 2, 2008


I've told people that I've met Jessamyn.

It impresses librarians.

(not kidding)
posted by Afroblanco at 10:14 PM


No shit, it really does.
posted by marxchivist at 7:37 PM on December 2, 2008


I've told people that I've met Jessamyn.

It impresses librarians.

(not kidding)

No shit, it really does.


this could well be the single most beneficial thing to come out of metafilter membership.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:50 PM on December 2, 2008


Holy shit. I'm going to go giggle into my fists now.
posted by FunkyHelix at 8:11 PM on December 2, 2008


I've posted the resets I knew about, & I wonder if ... that phrase ... will just fade away now. That would be nice.
posted by Pronoiac at 8:38 PM on December 2, 2008


Is this Amanda person someone you'd have to be less than like 50 some six or more years old to know about?
posted by netbros at 9:33 PM on December 2, 2008


Probably not, fresh blood will pop it up every now and again. Like that goofy @ convention.
posted by Mitheral at 9:39 PM on December 2, 2008




Sorry, I misread the last paragraph of the linked comment. He plans to spend money on her when he gets a job.
posted by cirocco at 10:14 PM on December 2, 2008


I still think that the whole premise of the thread, and the thread itself is meh, but then I'm like that sometimes.
posted by ob at 10:24 PM on December 2, 2008


I'm glad she was a classy dame about all the people who talked about how they'd like to/like not to fuck/ogle her, too.

In my defense the personal thought processes and intent behind "I would lavish that belly with worshipful kisses." is a long, long hike away from "I want to ogle you like an object and/or put my penis in you."

And frankly objectification was the framed focus of the post. I suppose I could have chosen much dryer and more clinical words to disagree with the idea that Amanda was somehow not attractive or not (aesthetically) rock star material - but, damnit, we're talking about displays of sexuality, naughty underwear and live cabaret. We have passionate, descriptive words for a reason. I wasn't trying to be disrespectful - only affirming and supportive.
posted by loquacious at 10:48 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]

I'm glad she was a classy dame about all the people who talked about how they'd like to/like not to fuck/ogle her, too.
Or maybe it was just tl;dr
posted by jtron at 10:50 PM on December 2, 2008


Who would win mefight between Jenny Diski, Amanda Palmer, and that TV MacGyver dude that has a membership here?

Let us please stop this fanboy/fangirl shit.

Sit Ubu Sit.
posted by vapidave at 11:18 PM on December 2, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'll be damned if I haven't worked my butt off promoting that album online. Not only is it my job, but I think it's Amanda's best work.
Hmmmmm ...
posted by dg at 12:25 AM on December 3, 2008


vapidave - it's more or less customary here to highlight on the grey when somebody shows up inthread like that.

for myself, i saw the DD live before i really knew any of their music, have since bought one album out of, idunno, 3-4 available (including this new solo thingy), so i like their stuff enough, without being anywhere near a fanboy. others seem to have been more excited by this incident, and why should you begrudge them that?

also: wait until Mark E Smith shows up - then you'll see some serious fanboy shit go down.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:41 AM on December 3, 2008


Wait, wait. Does this mean we can start saying "MeFi's own Dresden Dolls"?
posted by bjrn at 2:44 AM on December 3, 2008


(it is funny how she seems to have been given a free pass, though: that stuff about "angry feminist lesbians don't care as much about weird music getting promoted as they do about the patriarchy keeping our bellies down, man" was a bit on the nose. i'd like to think it was tongue-in-cheek, but americans don't have the psychic nose for irony, so it was most likely an earnest sentiment. anybody else writing something like that here would have been pilloried)
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:48 AM on December 3, 2008


Wait, wait. Does this mean we can start saying "MeFi's own Dresden Dolls"?

why, yes. it would be entirely consistent with saying "MeFi's own Steve Wozniak"

[not Apple fanboy, even if i use a mac at home; it's just another song to sing & know]
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:01 AM on December 3, 2008


it is funny how she seems to have been given a free pass, though

Maybe it's because she's queer? I've certainly done my share of grousing about queer culture (frequently about the precise phenomenon that she vented about, but in more general terms), although I don't do it here because Metafilter doesn't need my help collecting strange notions about queers. Feeling differently about a dude invoking the elusive AFL in response to someone saying they think he sounds kind of jackass-y seems reasonable to me.

But even if that wasn't the case, I'd defend her because I have the fan-vapors! Make another reasoned and well-put observation using Mefi's own Amanda Palmer as an example and I'm going to have to ask you to step outside, Ubu.
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 4:18 AM on December 3, 2008


This thread is WAY too civil. I'm outta here.
posted by gman at 4:25 AM on December 3, 2008


don't let the door slam you on the butt on the way out.

(asshole)
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:31 AM on December 3, 2008


It actually did. And now I'm suing. That's what my tribe does, UbuRoivas.
posted by gman at 4:40 AM on December 3, 2008


Can you guys keep it down with the butt talk? I'm trying to read the Marquess of Queensbury rules over here.
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 4:51 AM on December 3, 2008


butt butt butt say howsabout that butt like on that whatsisname or whatsername butt butt butt

{grabs handful of gravel}
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:28 AM on December 3, 2008


Damn Ubu, I hear you on the butt thing, but for god's sake the man is a US Senator and a 78-year-old grandfather to boot; show a little respect.
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 5:48 AM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Hi, Ms. Palmer. Oddly, I can use a respectful honorific in the same sentence where I mention that I'm horny, as if the 'Ms.' thing is going to cancel out the fact that this comment is all about how you make my dick hard..."

That's a really uncharitable reading of the linked comment. If dudes are supposed to "please stop talking about your dicks already" then it would be nice if people wouldn't read them as talking about their dicks when they are not.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 6:40 AM on December 3, 2008


butt
posted by Captaintripps at 7:13 AM on December 3, 2008


and hosted from Uranus, please familiarize yourself with the etymology of the word "horny." (Hint: horn=penis.)
posted by cirocco at 7:15 AM on December 3, 2008


I'm quite definitely in the 20-to-34-year-old horny-male demographic.

Hint: that sentence, the only mention of the word horny, doesn't say "you make my dick hard".
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 7:26 AM on December 3, 2008


With that said, I'm ditching the Cooter Clock. It's into 2009 at this point. I think the point was made and I'm okay with where we're at vis a vis the "I'd hit it" levels on this site and I like my username.

For a short while, I checked in once a week just to see how far it would go. I had a plan that if it hit day 29, I'd put up a fresh post to MeTa that said simply "I'd hit it." And then people would be all OH HELL TO THE NO and I'd be all THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID and then the Ewoks would rock out and Bo and Luke would jump the General Lee over Projects and cortex would do a Waylon Jennings schtick. I'm sure I am not the only member here who entertained such a notion.

But then I saw how quickly the reset button kept getting hit, sometimes ironically, more often not. I don't think it ever went more than two weeks, while I was following, if even that long.

So yeah, point clearly made.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:59 AM on December 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


You think this is a one-time thing, but wait until Ayn Rand starts appearing in Objectivism threads.
posted by shadytrees at 9:17 AM on December 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


Mamas, don't let your babies / grow up to be narrators

wait until Ayn Rand starts appearing in Objectivism threads

Or algebra discussions.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:25 AM on December 3, 2008


cortex, please to do a Waylon Jennings schtick as requested, tia
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 11:24 AM on December 3, 2008


I thought jessamyn was going to change her NAME, not her NICK. Am highly disappointed.
posted by waraw at 1:00 PM on December 3, 2008


that sentence, the only mention of the word horny, doesn't say "you make my dick hard".

No, to me, that sentence says "my dick is always hard and right now, I'm thinking of you ..."
posted by octobersurprise at 1:29 PM on December 3, 2008


Hint: that sentence, the only mention of the word horny, doesn't say "you make my dick hard".

It's vulgar and disrespectful to kick off a conversation with a woman by telling her that you're horny. He actually says that being horny puts him in Palmer's "demographic," as if all creative works by women have titillation as their primary objective. The most repugnant aspect of the comment is that it postdates Palmer's appearance in the thread, that it's actually addressed to her directly. Is it honestly okay in your social circle to speak to women that way? Would you be comfortable approaching a female artist and delivering that speech to her face?

This wasn't even a tossed-off* "I'd hit it," crack. Dude really put his back into sticking his foot in his mouth. It's borderline unbelievable that he goes on for four paragraphs, seeks out a supporting link, and never once appears to ask himself, "Wow, am I coming off as a total Drakkar Noir skeeve who can't tell a group weblog from a brothel?" A forum where that statement is not called out for being horrifyingly crude boyzone crap is not a forum I want to be a member of.

* pun intended
posted by cirocco at 1:40 PM on December 3, 2008 [3 favorites]


* pun intended

Is it not also vulgar and disrespectful to make erection and masturbation cracks about another member of this community?

He actually says that being horny puts him in Palmer's "demographic,"

No, he *actually* says he's in the label's demographic, a label which the FPP poster goes out of her way to point out is populated mostly by "chunky, hairy male metal bands".

Look, I believe in trying to read people charitably and find it annoying when people "quote" others by putting a bunch perceived words into their mouths. I'm asking that you consider doing more of the former and less of the latter. Do with that what you will, but that's my point and I'm done stating it.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 2:07 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


cirocco loosely states my issue with that comment which made me go "ewww" to the point where I figured I had to 1) not moderate it and 2) take a walk. Whether someone (male OR female) is horny or not shouldn't really have to enter into a "hey how's it going" discussion with someone who is female OR male who is not someone you have a reasonable expectation of sex with.

And no, I don't think it's disrespectful to make erection and masturbation jokes here generally speaking, or it hasn't been in the past.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:19 PM on December 3, 2008


So a guy walks to my erect penis a bar...
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:43 PM on December 3, 2008


Man, I even previewed. Into. Into my erect penis.
posted by SpiffyRob at 2:44 PM on December 3, 2008


Into my erect penis.

You know, I can't think of a single circumstance where I would be happy about using this phrase.

Not a one.
posted by quin at 2:52 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


And no, I don't think it's disrespectful to make erection and masturbation jokes here generally speaking...

Whoo, boy! That sounds to me like a free pass!
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:54 PM on December 3, 2008


quin: "That Washington Monument reminds me of..."
posted by waraw at 2:56 PM on December 3, 2008


You know, I can't think of a single circumstance where I would be happy about using this phrase.

You'd be surprised, it works very well for titles of things.

For example:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Into My Erect Penis
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:00 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Something Wicked This Way Comes Into My Erect Penis
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:07 PM on December 3, 2008


Ask The Dust Into My Erect Penis

/stopping now
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:10 PM on December 3, 2008


The Ants Go Marching One By wait, no, that's terrifying.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:11 PM on December 3, 2008 [4 favorites]


It's the "into". That's what's causing the problem.

"I dropped the knitting needle..."

"The catheter was inserted..."

"The insect crawled..."

*shivers in dread*
posted by quin at 3:13 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


"Sergio gently massaged the Wesson..."
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:18 PM on December 3, 2008 [1 favorite]


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire...
posted by middleclasstool at 3:24 PM on December 3, 2008


Onward Christian Soldiers...
posted by found missing at 3:45 PM on December 3, 2008


Shaft...

What?
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 5:16 PM on December 3, 2008


I don't think it's disrespectful to make erection and masturbation jokes here generally speaking

We're not talking "generally speaking". We're talking about one poster casting angry aspersions on another poster's opinion by belittling their genitalia and non-ironically calling them a wanker. Seriously, you don't consider that rude? Is that an official mod position? Guys should stop talking about their dicks but gals should point and laugh at them?
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 5:30 PM on December 3, 2008


Generally speaking into my erect penis
posted by found missing at 5:33 PM on December 3, 2008


We're talking about one poster casting angry aspersions on another poster's opinion by belittling their genitalia and non-ironically calling them a wanker.

Your interpretation of that line and mine differ markedly. There's no such thing as an "official mod position" on the interpretation of a single word, all of our opinions vary.

This wasn't even a tossed-off* "I'd hit it," crack.

If you are honestly stating that you think that cirocco meant to call WCityMike a masturbator and that she meant that in some sort of negative and belittling way (especially considering as near as I could tell he was the one originally calling himself "horny") then no, I don't agree. Ask the other dick-having mods what they think if you'd like to.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:48 PM on December 3, 2008


Yes I am honestly stating that, though I'm mostly referring to her original comment.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 5:56 PM on December 3, 2008


Whoo, boy! That sounds to me like a free pass!

into....?
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:08 PM on December 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


So did Amanda pay her $5? That's kinda pricey to make one post. Maybe a new revenue model. We make a thread about celebrities, they show up, pay their $5, make their comment, and we make a a thread...

And...

jessamyn: With that said, I'm ditching the Cooter Clock. It's into 2009 at this point. I think the point was made and I'm okay with where we're at vis a vis the "I'd hit it" levels on this site and I like my username.

Now I have nothing left to live for! Off to askme to find the best way to off myself. Oh, and there was a point to it? I always miss the obvious lessons.

And I think you counting my comment about NASA actually hitting Mars with a probe was stretching it a bit, but at least you gave me credit for irony and the meta aspect.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:44 PM on December 3, 2008


Wait, wait. Does this mean we can start saying "MeFi's own Dresden Dolls"?
posted by bjrn

Not unless Brian shows up. Maybe he should...
posted by Brainy at 8:14 PM on December 3, 2008


It's borderline unbelievable that he goes on for four paragraphs, seeks out a supporting link, and never once appears to ask himself, "Wow, am I coming off as a total Drakkar Noir skeeve who can't tell a group weblog from a brothel?" A forum where that statement is not called out for being horrifyingly crude boyzone crap is not a forum I want to be a member of.

Oh, I have a few ideas of what "crude" would look like, and it doesn't look like that comment. I'd give you an example, but -- boyzone? So let me not even go there. Anyway, being angry at actual crudity I would get. The comment in question just made me cringe; I think that elsewhere the sensation has been dubbed the "douchechill." The attempt at a suave come-on from Dude on the Internet to Midlist Rock Star, complete with negs and an admission that one is broke and jobless, is just...I mean, on the one hand, you can't blame a guy for trying, I guess, but on the other, I'm just kinda like...look away, for the love of God, look away. I guess it's kinda embarrassing insofar as the post's representative of the site, but it just made me really embarrassed for him. (As for Amanda Palmer, as someone said upthread, I'm sure she's heard way worse, and she probably wasn't still reading the post anyhow.)
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:17 PM on December 3, 2008 [2 favorites]


Drakkar Noir skeeve
heh.

posted by small_ruminant at 8:39 PM on December 3, 2008


oh, don't worry (or go) cirocco. He'll do that many times, come apologize for it in MetaTalk, then he'll get the Meta reach around he longs for and all will be forgiven... until he does the same thing that he always does and gives (most) everyone the Drakkar Noir skeeve.

No hugs.
posted by sleepy pete at 10:15 PM on December 3, 2008


From the home office in Northbrook, IL, here is tonight's top ten list!

Top Ten Prepositions Worse than "into" when Discussing my Erect Penis!

10. Beyond my erect penis.
9. Excluding my erect penis.
8. Unlike my erect penis.
7. Versus my erect penis.
6. Through my erect penis.
5. Amid my erect penis.
4. Between my erect penis.
3. Despite my erect penis.
2. Minus my erect penis.

And, the #1 preposition worse than "into" when discussing my erect penis:

1. Without my erect penis.

*band plays out.*
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:17 AM on December 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


oh, don't worry (or go) cirocco.

I ain't going nowhere. I said I wouldn't want to be part of a forum where remarks like Mike's pass by without a call-out, so I called it out. Now I get to stay. When you want a job done right, etc. BTW, I can't take full credit for "Drakkar Noir skeeve." It's a modified neologism based on the 80s Valley girl term "Aqua Velva geek."

RE: my weak "tossed-off" line: I said Mike's comment wasn't tossed off. If you must read something into the pun, and of course you must, the objective interpretation would be that he was refraining from tossing. That might explain why his eyes were bugging out and he was pounding on the table and whistling while watching a music video, I suppose.

Moreover, it wasn't I who dragged Mike's sexuality into the discussion; he broached the topic of his horniness himself, in no uncertain terms. If it's fine to crassly remark on Palmer's sex appeal because she presumably invites slobbering by performing in a bra, then shouldn't we also get to make crass remarks about said slobbering? What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. (Okay, this is starting to sound like what Philip K. Dick refers to in Valis as an "I didn't steal your horse and it was a lousy horse anyway," argument.)

The whole thread seemed to be based on the mistaken premise that Palmer's label had told her that she wasn't sexually attractive in their male eyes. In a rather transparent attempt to endear themselves to hot chix with bellies, oodles of MeMen felt the need to pipe up and tell us Palmer isn't chubby, she's chubby-worthy! What RoadRunner actually said was that her recent work wasn't marketable. Dear God, please let me not have to come back here to explain the difference.
posted by cirocco at 9:36 AM on December 4, 2008 [3 favorites]


If it's fine to crassly remark on Palmer's sex appeal

I never said it was fine (but I never said it wasn't, so fair assumption). I didn't mean my comments to be an endorsement of WCityMike's. I'm with you on the goose/gander thing.
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 9:57 AM on December 4, 2008


I think it's important for everyone here to realize that Amanda is a mime.

Now, some of my best friends are mimes, but I hope this puts the conversation into some perspective. You can't exactly objectify a mime -- after all, with their trapped in a glass box act and the climbing a ladder schtick, that's what they're inviting. And frankly a woman who dresses as a bride and stands very very still is just asking for marriage proposals. Again: dressed as a bride. Mime.
posted by felix at 10:41 AM on December 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm glad she was a classy dame about all the people who talked about how they'd like to/like not to fuck/ogle her, too.

- "her eyes and her mouth are way too beautiful for me to want spend even a moment looking away from them and down at her tummy."


I've tried to give myself some time to breathe and think beyond my first emotional response to seeing my comment lumped in with some "ogle/hit it" comments, and here I am a few hours later, still angry.

I understand that, for a variety of reasons, male sexuality and its expressions are complicated phenomena that need to be handled with extreme care -- if not avoided outright -- here on MeFi and elsewhere, but I despair if we've reached a place where any expression of appreciation for beauty by a (presumed) heterosexual man is viewed as an oppressive "Male Gaze" moment.

I would have made the same comment if the issue was that RoadRunner didn't like the shirt Amanda Palmer was wearing: "Sorry, but her eyes and her mouth are way too beautiful for me to want spend even a moment looking away from them and down at her shirt."

Outside of the movie Deliverance it's not the case that saying you think someone has a beautiful mouth is unquestionably a disrespectful (when unsolicited) sexual signal. I also think that Elvis, Jim Morrison, my father (God rest his soul), and my daughter have beautiful eyes and beautiful mouths: All of them have features that call for my eyes to linger on them. If you view this as ogling or as a desire to have sex with these individuals on my part, you're the one with issues, not me.
posted by lord_wolf at 12:11 PM on December 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


All I want to do here is say that when I pointed my sister to this thread, she immediately sent back a message saying "Annie, Get Your Gun Into My Erect Penis."

I love my sister.

I also love the Dresden Dolls. Yay!
posted by hippugeek at 9:29 PM on December 4, 2008


But spiffyrob, I don't go anywhere without my [only occasionally] erect penis.
posted by waraw at 10:09 PM on December 4, 2008


cjorgensen: And I think you counting my comment about NASA actually hitting Mars with a probe was stretching it a bit, but at least you gave me credit for irony and the meta aspect.

If you hadn't mentioned the counter, you wouldn't have reset it.

I found that far too amusing on a meta level.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:56 AM on December 5, 2008


You mean you were only ever proposing to change your username?

(tinkling sound of scales falling from eyes)
posted by flabdablet at 2:20 AM on December 12, 2008


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