Make it stop! February 23, 2009 4:52 AM   Subscribe

A while ago I fell for that link (maybe an April fools daylink?) that makes the color of the MF screen change VERY slowly. It is driving me insane, and I can't find the link to make it stop! Help me please!
posted by tarantula to MetaFilter-Related at 4:52 AM (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Search the page for "make it stop." It's at the bottom.
posted by fantabulous timewaster at 4:55 AM on February 23, 2009


wow. how easy. muchograssyass!
posted by tarantula at 5:01 AM on February 23, 2009


Just out of curiosity, how long were you browsing the site like that for? I turned it on for like 5 minutes and yeah, insanity.
posted by baphomet at 6:14 AM on February 23, 2009


It's not the site's colors that have changed, it's you.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:27 AM on February 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yeah, it was mentioned last week or the week before in some other thread as a joke. I'd hate to think you were going around with the screen changing colours on you for that long! I was going mad only having it on for 10 minutes at a time - I kept refreshing so the colours would reset.
posted by Phire at 6:28 AM on February 23, 2009


If we had a more professional background colour - say white - we wouldn't have these issues!

Did I do that right?
posted by gomichild at 7:09 AM on February 23, 2009


Is there anyone out there that uses this for non-april fools related reasons? I use it as a way to not be on this site all of the time. When the background color starts turning to dishwasher soap yellow, I know I've been reading too long and should get back to work. Combine it with Firebug, and I've found some nice HTML colors to use as backgrounds.

I love me this stealth, uh, pony.
posted by sleslie at 8:06 AM on February 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Someone show Metafilter, I not see. Why no?
posted by rollbiz at 8:07 AM on February 23, 2009


APRIL FOOLS!
posted by Eideteker at 8:18 AM on February 23, 2009


I use it to keep things under control when my brain starts rolling the colors in the opposite direction.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:21 AM on February 23, 2009


I just want to say that was the greatest thing on Metafilter, ever. If you could couple this effect of a slow transformation of your visual world into throw-up inducing, eye-fucking dayglows with a soundtrack of gibbering whispers that steadily rise to a deafening shriek you would have basically recreated the onset of PCP.
posted by The Straightener at 9:21 AM on February 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


I turn this on sometimes. Just for fun. Because I'm colourblind. It takes me ages to notice any difference. I'm sure if there was a non-coloublind person looking over my shoulder they would be clawing at their eyes after five minutes, but I am unaffected for a very long time. It's like having some sort of shit superpower.
posted by ob at 10:06 AM on February 23, 2009 [5 favorites]


So, where is the link? Because I like to torment myself in various ways, such as forcing myself to swap which hand I use for what task for a day, or blindfold myself and see how many daily tasks I can accomplish. This would be a fun new way to play Handicapper General.
posted by adipocere at 10:22 AM on February 23, 2009


Search for "Make It Start" in the footer.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:25 AM on February 23, 2009


I'm sure if there was a non-coloublind person looking over my shoulder they would be clawing at their eyes after five minutes

And now I'm sitting here thinking of what I'd have to see for five minutes that would make me start clawing at my eyes.
posted by cashman at 10:43 AM on February 23, 2009


Ta da.
posted by archagon at 11:21 AM on February 23, 2009 [2 favorites]


Thank you jebus/archagon!
posted by Iteki at 11:51 AM on February 23, 2009


BRAND NEW DAY!
posted by blue_beetle at 12:00 PM on February 23, 2009


And now I'm sitting here thinking of what I'd have to see for five minutes that would make me start clawing at my eyes.

Back in the days of the image tag, there used to be a beautiful picture of a plucked chicken being "loved". That might do it.
posted by ob at 1:31 PM on February 23, 2009


Back in the days of the image tag, there used to be a beautiful picture of a plucked chicken being "loved". That might do it.

If I recall correctly, it was actually posted by a certain mod...?

I won't say who, but his/her name rhymes with "stressamyn".
posted by rollbiz at 1:53 PM on February 23, 2009


The person whose name rhymes with watercressamyn never posted the image in question as an img. That was done by, if I remember some research I did a couple months back correctly, two other people on two different occasions, based on an image that the mystery mod in question merely linked to in a "expect to see dick + chicken" context.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:59 PM on February 23, 2009


The link you are looking for is here.
posted by lee at 1:59 PM on February 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fun fact: if you search Google Images for that mod's name & SafeSeach off, that picture's in the first page of results.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:00 PM on February 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Something similar, but not really, happened to me last night, but I shall nevertheless relate the tale.

It was a mild, liquored-up evening. I was listlessly masturbating over the RealDoll Hospital site, when uTorrent informed me of a completed download, the quite interesting-sounding Spanish horror film Rec. Not being Spanish, I knew I would require translatory services in the form of English language subtitles, which I dutifully procured. I said to myself, my, it would be a fine thing indeed to relax on my bed and stream this film onto my Xbox, which has a very large screen attached to it. Long story short, tversity is a piece of shit and after two hours I managed to get the subtitles working, but the image was upside-down, and because I forgot to turn on my proxies when I was downloading, all this week I'm painting a community centre.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:30 PM on February 23, 2009


If we had a more professional background colour - say white - we wouldn't have these issues!

Did I do that right?
posted by gomichild at 7:09 AM on February 23


No. You did it wrong. Look at the top where it says "preferences". Click it and change your personal settings to a more "professional background colour - say white".

Cuz god knows that mefi is nothing if it isn't professional.

Which profession I'm talking about just happens to be the oldest profession in the book...and I ain't talking about farming.
posted by hal_c_on at 2:40 PM on February 23, 2009


Hunting & gathering?
posted by Pronoiac at 2:44 PM on February 23, 2009


wow. I rarely check in at MetaTalk. I had no idea that the real action is on the gray pages.
posted by tarantula at 6:02 PM on February 23, 2009


and to answer your questions of how long I lived w/ the color change: maybe 4 or 5 months. but see, I have an annoyingly short attention span these days, so I would usually be onto the next shiney thing before it became unbearable.
posted by tarantula at 6:06 PM on February 23, 2009


never posted the image in question as an img.

FUCKIN A RIGHT SHE DIDN'T!!!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:36 PM on February 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


Maybe she didn't post it that way but, for the non-greasemonkey-challenged with text-to-image installed, it looked exactly like she did. This may explain the variations in perception regarding this issue.
posted by dg at 12:30 AM on February 24, 2009


dg: I think that happened before the image lockdown, & that's when that Greasemonkey script happened, I imagine.
posted by Pronoiac at 9:08 PM on February 24, 2009


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