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Does it mean something when a Meetup thread isn't updated after the event?
posted by four panels to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:41 PM (91 comments total)

Please, let's just never speak of it again...
posted by hermitosis at 1:43 PM on December 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


It means that something so horrible occurred that everyone looked across the tables and knew instantly—we must never speak of this again.
posted by klangklangston at 1:44 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


No. Though I had been noticing that there have been fewer and fewer photos appearing in the sidebar lately.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:44 PM on December 18, 2008


See?
posted by klangklangston at 1:45 PM on December 18, 2008


It means somebody had the presence of mind to collect the memory cards from all the cameras, pulverize them thoroughly, and dispose of them, hopefully somewhere far away from where the body was dumped.
posted by contraption at 2:23 PM on December 18, 2008 [5 favorites]


Last meet up I attended, only one person left alive.

So I just assume people aren't eager to post the evidence.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:40 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


It means that after many beers, the folks attending were much better looking in person.
posted by lee at 2:58 PM on December 18, 2008


I think it's the time of year- everyone is too busy to both attend a party and then comment on it afterwards.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:06 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Yes.
posted by qvantamon at 3:10 PM on December 18, 2008


I blame Bush.
posted by dersins at 3:11 PM on December 18, 2008


(The band, of course.)
posted by dersins at 3:12 PM on December 18, 2008


It means there were no survivors.
posted by Eideteker at 3:13 PM on December 18, 2008


For me it means I had great intentions of posting a wonderful photo set with captions and comments, and then got distracted by life moving on at its usual rapid pace.

I do love meetup photos and hope they make a return when things settle down a bit in the New Year. It's been an election year and, speaking only for myself, a lot of my energy went in different directions than usual. Maybe that's true for others. Let's hope that in this new era of change and optimism, we can soon return to our usual level of communal narcissism!
posted by Miko at 3:17 PM on December 18, 2008


THERE. ARE. NO. MEETUPS.
posted by katillathehun at 3:35 PM on December 18, 2008


It means my plan to have my wang in every photo succeeded.
posted by klangklangston at 3:37 PM on December 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


I don't know, but when I was younger, and somebody said "It's a dog-eat-dog world", I used to think they were saying "It's a doggy-dog world" and I would smile and think to myself, Awww, doggies.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:50 PM on December 18, 2008 [30 favorites]


It means we're all invisible.
posted by jonmc at 4:04 PM on December 18, 2008


Zombies got 'em.
posted by never used baby shoes at 4:06 PM on December 18, 2008


We have always been at war with Oceania.
posted by DU at 4:06 PM on December 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


Last week I attended the Ashland meetup, where I drank beer, with myself. Next time, I will post some pics.
posted by everichon at 4:46 PM on December 18, 2008


I've been watching the meetup movies on pornhost. (Based on comments above I believe I've identified Klang.)
posted by maxwelton at 4:51 PM on December 18, 2008


Most likely it means DaShiv wasn't there so the photos are garbage.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:03 PM on December 18, 2008 [4 favorites]


Last week I attended the Ashland meetup, where I drank beer, with myself.

Oh, is that what it's called? I'll remember that next time I'm sitting at a bar looking like Billy-no-mates.
posted by ob at 5:06 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


It just means everyone is still in the bathroom because their diet is low in fiber.
posted by drezdn at 5:19 PM on December 18, 2008 [5 favorites]


I think it's because meetups are happening more and more frequently. Would someone smarter than me please graph the frequency of the meetup tag? I checked the infodump, like I would know what to do with it, but didn't find a category for tagdata for metatalk.

Also, I thought nola was going to bring the camera.

Also also, Billy-no-mates in the US is known as George-no-pals, which doesn't sound nearly as good.
posted by vapidave at 5:54 PM on December 18, 2008


I don't know, but when I was younger, and somebody said "It's a dog-eat-dog world", I used to think they were saying "It's a doggy-dog world" and I would smile and think to myself, Awww, doggies.

My wife teaches college English and sees "doggy-dog world" crop up in papers every now and then.

Also, "nip it in the butt."
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 5:57 PM on December 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


Last meet up I attended, only one person left alive.

Well, that would have to be you.

So I just assume people aren't eager to post the evidence.

Why would you post evidence of your own crime?
posted by desjardins at 6:02 PM on December 18, 2008


As far as I know the Hong Kong meetup never actually happened. Which would explain the lack of photos I think...
posted by awfurby at 6:04 PM on December 18, 2008


How come meetings of the cabal, and photos, are never posted?
posted by netbros at 6:10 PM on December 18, 2008


It's not a meetup without a fist fight.
posted by backseatpilot at 6:15 PM on December 18, 2008


My wife teaches college English and sees "doggy-dog world" crop up in papers every now and then.

Also, "nip it in the butt."


I enjoy correcting people when they say "have their cake and eat it too". It's like, well, yeah, naturally that's what you'd do, and what I think you really mean is "eat your cake and have it too".
posted by turgid dahlia at 6:45 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Since I upgraded to the $10 membership, people always post followups, with amazing pictures, only about half of which are NSFW.

I don't know what you are talking about.
posted by dirty lies at 6:58 PM on December 18, 2008 [8 favorites]


Also, "nip it in the butt."

And anything involving vikings.
posted by DU at 7:12 PM on December 18, 2008


Succesful bribery.
posted by batmonkey at 7:50 PM on December 18, 2008


It means my plan to have my wang in every photo succeeded.
posted by klangklangston at 5:37 PM on December 18

More like WangWangston amirite?
posted by Sailormom at 7:52 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


It means that I stole all the cameras.

I have cameras.
posted by Navelgazer at 7:57 PM on December 18, 2008


vapidave: Would someone smarter than me please graph the frequency of the meetup tag? I checked the infodump, like I would know what to do with it, but didn't find a category for tagdata for metatalk.

Metatalk tags (no newer than October 25) are newer than the last infodump (October 1). The categories are nowhere in sight. I've put some Infodump notes on the wiki.
posted by Pronoiac at 8:01 PM on December 18, 2008


It means my plan to have my wang in every photo succeeded.
posted by klangklangston at 5:37 PM on December 18 [+] [!]


Would you shut up about that thing already, it is just a damn calculator!
posted by nanojath at 8:06 PM on December 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


I think it's because meetups are happening more and more frequently.

Also, a lot of meetups are in the same big US cities, and a lot of the same people show up. After a while it doesn't seem particularly photo-worthy.
posted by smackfu at 8:53 PM on December 18, 2008

Does it mean something when a Meetup thread isn't updated after the event?
It means you're a bad person and you should feel bad.
posted by Godbert at 9:02 PM on December 18, 2008


In winter, everyone grows lazy and bleak. Wait until spring, when everyone looks better in photographs anyway.
posted by Deathalicious at 9:11 PM on December 18, 2008


I enjoy correcting people when they say "have their cake and eat it too".

But there's nothing to correct - that's the expression as most commonly transmitted in the culture, apparently ten times as frequently, and a far more familiar usage than "eat your cake and have it too (Googlefight: 363,000 for the standard construction vs 16,700 for the reversed version). Of course it means "you can't consume your cake and also keep it," but the meaning is understood despite the construction.

The phrase is confusing, but so are others like "pretty is as pretty does," and we don't correct those to simpler forms ("a pretty appearance comes from cultivating prettiness?").
posted by Miko at 9:30 PM on December 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


The bold was meant to be a link, now I've lost the link and can't re-find the site, going to bed.
posted by Miko at 9:32 PM on December 18, 2008


"More like WangWangston amirite?"

You've seen the pictures then.
posted by klangklangston at 9:33 PM on December 18, 2008


Also, I thought nola was going to bring the camera.

I don't really like taking cameras with me, or even using them. I enjoyed meeting fellow mefites though.
posted by nola at 9:52 PM on December 18, 2008


Now it can be told: Soylent Green is people.
posted by ikkyu2 at 10:02 PM on December 18, 2008


No, more like WangWångström.
posted by dirty lies at 10:13 PM on December 18, 2008 [3 favorites]


Would you shut up about that thing already, it is just a damn calculator!

I hear that it's not the size or speed of the calculator that matters, but how well you integrate.

Ooo, iterate my function, baby! I want to hash your tables so bad!
posted by loquacious at 10:22 PM on December 18, 2008 [2 favorites]


actually, as someone who has been to a lot of meetups, and has taken a lot of photos at them, i find the urge to document the event wanes the more frequently people are meeting up. Or if it is the same group of folks. We just want to chat and hang out, the urge to document what has just become a group of friends talking over beers gets old in that situation.

Unless of course, we are off doing something neat and interesting, and want to take photos for our own group memories. In part it goes from "hey lets get together with a group of metafilter people and talk about stuff" to "lets get together with some friends who I met through metafilter."
posted by mrzarquon at 10:25 PM on December 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh my god, my uncle the English prof has some great student horror stories. My favourite is where the student was writing an essay on Romeo and Juliet, but couldn't remember their names, so referred to them throughout as Judy and Steve.
posted by yellowbinder at 11:05 PM on December 18, 2008 [7 favorites]


Some meetups just have a more casual hangout vibe, whether that's because we're familiar with one another already or just doing something that doesn't jibe with portraits and snapshots.

Gosh, I've never had major meetup drama. Am I missing out?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:13 PM on December 18, 2008


Oh, AV, I'm so sad now. You don't remember the time you hurt me so bad at a meetup my head fell off? It's etched somewhere above my collarbones forever now, a scarred mass after the doc sewed me back up. It's tragic to forget such a thing.
posted by cgc373 at 11:27 PM on December 18, 2008


I used to think they were saying "It's a doggy-dog world"

I've just realized that I've been calling Snoop Dogg Eat Dogg by the wrong name for years.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:50 AM on December 19, 2008 [5 favorites]


It means nobody cared enough. Again. (/turns on The Queen Is Dead, earnestly crooning along...)
posted by not_on_display at 4:41 AM on December 19, 2008


cgc373: a scarred mass after the doc sewed me back up. It's tragic to forget such a thing.

I'm not technically a doctor, and I told you that but, ha ha, who could remember after that, eh?
posted by not_on_display at 4:43 AM on December 19, 2008


Since I upgraded to the $10 membership

There Is No TotalFilter
posted by Rock Steady at 4:57 AM on December 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


You can send me money to make up for it.
posted by waraw at 5:52 AM on December 19, 2008


You guys are too much.
posted by four panels at 6:26 AM on December 19, 2008


How come meetings of the cabal, and photos, are never posted?

They are! If you can't see them, well, I guess we know what that means.
posted by languagehat at 7:36 AM on December 19, 2008


Since I upgraded to the $10 membership

There Is No TotalFilter


That's what you think! You have to be invited and have the black AmEx to pay for it.

There is not cabal.
posted by Pollomacho at 7:37 AM on December 19, 2008


Crap. At $0, I'm one of the dying breed that joined at the lowest membership level. Didn't even get a fucking tote bag.

I didn't even get a lousy copy of the home game.
posted by jonmc at 8:26 AM on December 19, 2008


I have a sudden powerful desire to create a Metafilter home game.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:34 AM on December 19, 2008 [4 favorites]


There is absolutely no way that could turn out that wouldn't be overwhelmingly sad.
posted by ND¢ at 8:43 AM on December 19, 2008


My wife teaches college English and sees "doggy-dog world" crop up in papers every now and then.

Also, "nip it in the butt."


When I was younger I always thought it was "youth in asia" and couldn't understand what they had to do with mercy killings.
posted by ericb at 8:47 AM on December 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


If you have a cake, and I have a cake, and I have a fork, my fork reaches ACROOOOOOOOSS the room, and I EAT YOUR CAKE! I EAT IT UP!

Unless the cake is a lie.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 8:55 AM on December 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


Eideteker : It means there were no survivors.

This is why I stopped throwing parties; the old rallying cry of "Last one needing hospitalization is the loser!" really forced some of us to take a hard look at the lifestyle after a couple of years.

Still, every once in a while it's still fun to see how assorted illicit substances, alcohol, firearms, gas operated power-tools, explosives, venomous reptiles, heavy machinery, a couple of clergy members, a donkey, a frozen lake, 250 pounds of Skittles, and a willingness to travel into international waters will work together.

*sigh*

Good times.
posted by quin at 8:58 AM on December 19, 2008


The more I think about this not updating meet-up posts, the more I like it. Every time anyone asks Mathowie what he thinks is neat about Metafilter he is all like "People get together in real life and then get married and that is neat." One, what are you Matt, Jane fucking Austen? Everyone has to get married in the end to be happy? How's 1950 going Matt? Two, you know what, I happen to think that the non-real life related aspects of Metafilter are by far neater than getting together with a bunch of nerds in a bar and taking each others digital photographs. You think I don't get enough face time with smelly nerds? Cause I can assure you that I do. While some people may choose to interact with one another in real life, I think that they should do that in private and not be so "in your face" about it. So, I wholly approve of not posting pictures of your sordid little "meet-ups." I find them disgusting. I even find e-mails and me-mails and cyber-chatting (I think that is what you call it) far too intimate for my tastes. One on one communication is too intrusive, too personal. People are meant to type things about things to a general audience of people that they have never met. Every other kind of interaction is base and I want nothing to do with it. Kindly continue to keep it to yourselves.
posted by ND¢ at 8:58 AM on December 19, 2008 [3 favorites]


I have a sudden powerful desire to create a Metafilter home game.

Didn't somebody already do that?
posted by dersins at 9:38 AM on December 19, 2008


(And somebody else did it, too...)
posted by dersins at 9:41 AM on December 19, 2008


You have to be invited and have the black AmEx to pay for it.

Your American Express card has a color? How déclassé. All the Hollywood celebrities and Washington elite have the new Conceptual AmEx. It's not a actual card, just a certain combination of physical stance and facial expression that combines with just the right sense of entitlement to act as a signal to waitstaff, hair colorists and shopgirls around the world. They will know immediately who you are, and how to process the appropriate charges to your Conceptual account.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:48 AM on December 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


When I was younger I always thought it was "youth in asia" and couldn't understand what they had to do with mercy killings.

Just had that exact conversation with my SO this past weekend. Taking it a step further, I didn't even know what it actually meant, and always assumed it was some sort of program to send teens to developing Asian countries to do community service.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:48 AM on December 19, 2008


Mad props to Lynsey and Plutor both, but I envision something functional in the spirit of e.g. Steve Jackson's Illuminati! maybe. The battle for posting supremacy, or such.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:01 AM on December 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


You think I don't get enough face time with smelly nerds?

Yes, I think you need more smelly-nerd-facetime.

yrs from 1950,

Jessamyn

[also I blame punk rock for that Youth in Asia stuff]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:04 AM on December 19, 2008


Your American Express card has a color?

By "black" I mean it is a void in the universe, a small 3 by 2 void, but a void none the less. Light (and small consumer products) goes in and never come out so it appears black. I actually never use the card itself (just the numbers) because if I take it out of my wallet it's mass will throw off the tides.
posted by Pollomacho at 10:18 AM on December 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


I envision something functional in the spirit of e.g. Steve Jackson's Illuminati! maybe.

MetaFilter: The Gathering
posted by Rock Steady at 10:25 AM on December 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thank you, dersins and cortex, but you give me too much credit. I did not create the MeFi-opoly game, I merely took a screenshot of it years ago and saved it to share with you all later, since we've had so many new folks who might enjoy that little bit of MeFi history. And a very merry and a happy happy to you all!
posted by Lynsey at 10:26 AM on December 19, 2008


How well does Illuminati! hold up, anyway? I only played it once, ages ago.
posted by Pronoiac at 10:37 AM on December 19, 2008


My Metafilter Bingo card reset the (now-discontinued) cooter counter & my first impulse was to note it on the wiki.
posted by Pronoiac at 10:41 AM on December 19, 2008


Suggest that Lynsey and Plutor hold meetup to create MeFi game to be played on a Wii.
posted by Cranberry at 10:43 AM on December 19, 2008


MetaFilter: The Home Game

The goal of MetaFilter: The Home Game is to receive an invitation to join The Cabal. Game play involves navigating threads about politics, gender, race, Macs vs. PCs, your favarite bands, books, TV shows, and movies, and steam-punk unicorn pr0n; relationshipFilter and should I eat this questions; and MetaTalk free-for-alls - all while collecting linked-by contacts, favorites, and best answers and posting FPPs. Points are lost if you are flagged, deleted, unfavorited, or removed as a contact. Lose a turn if you are temp-banned or push the big, red button. Lose the game if you are caught self-linking.

Unfortunately, the rules don't state how many points you need to accumulate to receive your invitation to join The Cabal, since there is no cabal. Therefore, one can never actually win MetaFilter: The Home Game. One can only lose.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:07 AM on December 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


jrun error in your favor - 15 favorites
posted by waraw at 11:13 AM on December 19, 2008


It's Raining Florence Henderson: flagged as fantastic. POINTS LOST, LOSER

moving on …
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 11:30 AM on December 19, 2008


Playing It's Raining Florence Henderson's game sounds so complicated that one might be tempted to just work instead.
posted by Cranberry at 11:31 AM on December 19, 2008


Therefore, one can never actually win MetaFilter: The Home Game. One can only lose.

A strange game.
The only winning move is not to play.
How about a nice game of lolcats?
_

posted by Atom Eyes at 11:40 AM on December 19, 2008 [4 favorites]


I'm tapping 14 comments (taking 1 comment burn, shit) and playing Flame Out. Flame Out deals an equal amount of damage to the player and to the target, but you can deflect the damage done to you by tapping Posting as Your Sockpuppet. At the end of turn sacrifice 1 noob.
posted by ND¢ at 12:12 PM on December 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


When I was younger I always thought it was "youth in asia" and couldn't understand what they had to do with mercy killings.

When I was younger I always thought 'lactose intolerant' was 'like toast intolerant.' It was terribly confusing - how were people who couldn't eat dairy like toast? What is toast intolerant to? Toast gets soggy in milk, and so do they...?
posted by Solon and Thanks at 12:52 PM on December 19, 2008


If you put buttered toast on a cat's back and drop the cat from the roof, what happens?
posted by netbros at 1:28 PM on December 19, 2008


The cat breaks its leg then lies there, nestled in toast fragments, mewing piteously and licking butter off its fur. Duh.
posted by dersins at 2:21 PM on December 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


Mmmmm, buttered AND tenderized cat. Best meTa thread ever. I'm going to look up a recipe now.
posted by not_on_display at 5:06 PM on December 19, 2008


I have a sudden powerful desire to create a Metafilter home game.

I demand a portion of the proceeds or I'll sue. Or just glare at you a lot.
posted by jonmc at 6:06 PM on December 20, 2008


"I have a sudden powerful desire to create a Metafilter home game."

Expect a lawsuit from the makers of Onanism™.
posted by Eideteker at 8:08 AM on December 21, 2008


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