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From the Blue to the Gray: MythBuster and MeFi's own Adam Savage answers questions from Reddit users. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Credit to pandemic for the original FPP.
posted by aheckler to MetaFilter-Related at 2:35 PM (87 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Adam who?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:37 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm hoping that reposting this isn't some breach of MeFi etiquette on my part. If so, my bad.
posted by aheckler at 2:38 PM on April 3, 2009


It's not a breach of etiquette in the sense that you shouldn't repost what was deleted from the Blue, but you're probably going to get a lot of meh.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:41 PM on April 3, 2009


Also, posting small is not effective cringing.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:41 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


some breach of MeFi etiquette on my part

aheckler, be aprepared to get asavaged.
posted by dersins at 2:42 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Who?
posted by Zambrano at 2:43 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was worried more about stealing pandemic's credit than anything else...
posted by aheckler at 2:43 PM on April 3, 2009


I was worried more about stealing pandemic's credit than anything else...

Once everybody's dead, no one is going to care which color of horse you rode in on.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:48 PM on April 3, 2009 [5 favorites]


Obviously too weak for the blue, but even for the grey.... it's not like he went on at length about how he uses the site or made any remarks about the community. All we learned is that Metafilter is on his bookmarks toolbar, along with a whole bunch of other sites including Digg, for chrissake.

Now, if we can get an offhand "This will Wendell" before a big explosion on the show, or perhaps a "WHAT. THE. FUCK. JAMIE?", I'll be quite grateful. Or perhaps he could recite the entire treaty of Westphalia in the middle of a show.
posted by Clandestine Outlawry at 2:52 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Quasi-famous MeFite poops, post appears on the Gr[a|e]y. Film at meh.
posted by GuyZero at 2:53 PM on April 3, 2009


Once everybody's dead, no one is going to care which color of horse you rode in on.

Says you.

*returns to polishing Long Now photo album*
posted by niles at 2:54 PM on April 3, 2009


Also, posting small is not effective

True, but do you think these savages will understand that?
posted by Elmore at 3:00 PM on April 3, 2009


I got mentioned by a famous TV personality. What did you do today?
posted by Meta Filter at 3:00 PM on April 3, 2009


BREAKING NEWS:
I mentioned MetaFilter several times last night. My girlfriend replied, "Be quiet. I need to finish this book."
Then I farted.
posted by Science! at 3:04 PM on April 3, 2009 [5 favorites]


I find it amusing that any chance it gets, people on Metafilter will attack old media (espcially magazines and newspapers), but whenever we're mentioned on Mythbusters it's all like "HEY GUYS WE'RE ON THE TEEEE VEEEEEE!"
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:07 PM on April 3, 2009 [5 favorites]


I farted earlier today!
posted by Burhanistan at 3:08 PM on April 3, 2009


I just found out today that the "hair of the dog that bit you" was originally a supposed cure for rabies, and not a hangover. And that Pasteur created an inoculation for rabies. More than 55,000 people die each year from rabies. People who are infected with the rabies virus have an irrational fear of water because of all the rabies they have in their rabies. It's rabies baby.
posted by Elmore at 3:09 PM on April 3, 2009 [3 favorites]


Quasi-famous MeFite poops,

I do it every day, I just never realized there was such a high demand for it. Did you want me to autograph that for you?
posted by quin at 3:09 PM on April 3, 2009


Babies with rabies?

Now there's a movie I'd pay to avoid!
posted by blue_beetle at 3:10 PM on April 3, 2009


I saved Latin.
posted by lunit at 3:11 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


You're only pseudo-famous. Para-famous, semi-famous, afamous and infamous MeFites need not apply. It's only the quasi-famous whose poops get monitored.
posted by GuyZero at 3:14 PM on April 3, 2009


Now there's a movie I'd pay to avoid!

Woohoo! Payday at last.
posted by Elmore at 3:15 PM on April 3, 2009


From the Ass to the Grey: The Science! Story. Beginning with his torrid affair with the woman whose indifference broke his heart to his debilitating gastrointestinal disorder, Science! is laid bare through systematic observation, experimentation are studies. Next on Metafilter.
posted by stavrogin at 3:15 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


are? are.
posted by stavrogin at 3:16 PM on April 3, 2009


If you want a more interesting, metafilter specific interview, here is that podcast from 2007.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:25 PM on April 3, 2009


You keyboard warriors are actually heckling a dude who can legally hook up a few hundred pounds of high explosives and then actually legally blow them all the fuck up and accidentally blow out windows for miles around? Not to mention numerous other pieces of destructive machinery like pneumatic cannons, flame throwers, rockets, Tesla coils and more than enough in the "other" category to make the A-Team openly wince with envy.

You are. Carry on, then. I'm going to go stand over here behind this plexiglass wall with a camera, maybe load my potato gun with a grapefruit juice can fulla concrete just in case. Fuck, where did I put that can of hairspray?
posted by loquacious at 3:26 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Actually, not to say that this interview ISN'T interesting, but the podcast one is really good.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:30 PM on April 3, 2009


You keyboard warriors are actually heckling a dude who can legally hook up a few hundred pounds of high explosives

Well he really can't, but the outside contractors hired by the highly insured multinational corporation behind his show can.
posted by Science! at 3:31 PM on April 3, 2009


"and more than enough in the "other" category to make the A-Team openly wince with envy."

No only do they own the world's only chicken gun (a gun that uses chickens for ammo), but they've done full-scale tests proving that said gun can bring down a plane.

You haters have...... what........ a keyboard and a net connection?

If you ask me, it was fine on the blue. Seriously. Just because a post includes someone who is a member it's crap?
posted by Ragma at 3:35 PM on April 3, 2009


they've done full-scale tests proving that said gun can bring down a plane.

I heard that plane never actually took off. Anyway, that's what bruce said.
posted by dersins at 3:39 PM on April 3, 2009


If you ask me, it was fine on the blue. Seriously. Just because a post includes someone who is a member it's crap?

I think this is a symptom of Metafilter's increasing fame and increasingly famous members. "The Woz" stoped by for a one-line response in a single post and some people went apeshit. Adam Savage is a bonafide cable TV celebrity who semi-regularly contributes. If everything he said in or about Metafilter generated a FPP, it would be noticeable.
posted by mrmojoflying at 3:41 PM on April 3, 2009


So, when you are a teevee superstaw your action-figures are, like, full-sized.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 3:43 PM on April 3, 2009


"If everything he said in or about Metafilter generated a FPP, it would be noticeable."

Would it be noticable if anything he was connected to was banned from the Blue? Because that's what we have now.
posted by Ragma at 3:45 PM on April 3, 2009


No only do they own the world's only chicken gun (a gun that uses chickens for ammo), but they've done full-scale tests proving that said gun can bring down a plane.

1) It's not the only one and 2) It was smashing a windshield, not bringing down a plane. Also, the birds were frozen in the first test, in the redo they were thawed and I don't think they actually penetrated although the details are hazy on that. Also, I'm pretty sure they weren't chickens.
posted by dead cousin ted at 3:45 PM on April 3, 2009


Why was the post on the blue deleted? The deletion reason seems to have misunderstood the primary focus of the post, i.e. the three-part interview, not "he said MeFi yay!".
posted by knave at 3:47 PM on April 3, 2009


Maybe they were chickens, hell I don't know.
posted by dead cousin ted at 3:47 PM on April 3, 2009


Where's his Hugo nomination? Eh? All the other famous MeFites have them.
posted by Artw at 3:48 PM on April 3, 2009


Would it be noticable if anything he was connected to was banned from the Blue? Because that's what we have now.

No, it isn't.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:51 PM on April 3, 2009


Would it be noticable if anything he was connected to was banned from the Blue?

Yes.

Because that's what we have now.

No.
posted by dersins at 3:53 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Would it be noticable if anything he was connected to was banned from the Blue? Because that's what we have now.

Manifestly not true. We've removed a small handful of asavage/Mythbusters posts over the last couple years specifically because they were in one way or another weaksauce propped up by a Mefi's Own connection, but there have been plenty of posts that have stayed as well.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:56 PM on April 3, 2009


He's just some guy, you know?
posted by djgh at 3:56 PM on April 3, 2009


Well, that's what I get for typing a whole paragraph.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:56 PM on April 3, 2009


I really hope Ethan Hawke is a mefi member. that's be a good deletion.
posted by Elmore at 3:58 PM on April 3, 2009


Yes, that's be good.
posted by Elmore at 3:58 PM on April 3, 2009


Ah, here it is, chicken gun.
posted by dead cousin ted at 4:03 PM on April 3, 2009


I really hope Ethan Hawke is a mefi member. that's be a good deletion.

Are you referring to the deformed skull FPP?
posted by dersins at 4:04 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


aheckler: "From the Blue to the Gray..."

Goddamn defectors!
posted by not_on_display at 4:13 PM on April 3, 2009


Yo, dawg, I heard you liked potato guns and chicken guns so we put a potato gun in a chicken in a chicken gun so you can chicken gun chickens while you potato gun potatos.
posted by loquacious at 4:33 PM on April 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


Well he really can't, but the outside contractors hired by the highly insured multinational corporation behind his show can.

Yo, Mr. Wizard - what part of "hook up" did not jive with your dig, daddyo?
posted by loquacious at 4:36 PM on April 3, 2009


knave: " not "he said MeFi yay!""

Apropos of Wrestlemania XXV coming up on Sunday, here is The Great One on cheap applause points.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:47 PM on April 3, 2009


No only do they own the world's only chicken gun (a gun that uses chickens for ammo)

I love me some Mythbusters but, as far as televised compressed-air chicken-propelling entertainment facilitators go, Air Farce's Chicken Cannon predates Jamie and Adam's.
posted by CKmtl at 5:00 PM on April 3, 2009


only do they own the world's only chicken gun

Not really
posted by P.o.B. at 5:01 PM on April 3, 2009


I find it difficult to take anything asavage says seriously without there being some sort of massive explosion involved. I find it really hard to concentrate for half an hour, without them.
posted by mattoxic at 5:04 PM on April 3, 2009


Some people were famous before Metafilter.

Some people were made famous because of Metafilter.

Me? I just hope someone notices I'm trapped in this well.
posted by educatedslacker at 5:05 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


The deletion reason seems to have misunderstood the primary focus of the post, i.e. the three-part interview, not "he said MeFi yay!".

Because the FPP was written as "here's a three-part interview with Adam Savage OMG MEFI!"

For a post to the blue, the interview has to be interesting enough without the MeFi mention. Maybe it is; but the FPP didn't sell it that way.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 5:08 PM on April 3, 2009


Is this something I would have to be a MeFite to understand?
posted by DU at 5:24 PM on April 3, 2009


famous people are neater than regular people
posted by EatTheWeak at 5:37 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Imagine that President Obama, during his Internet town hall, when cornered into addressing marijuana legalization, had made some vaguely condescending acknowledgment of the cause's support on - his words now - "blogs like Metafilter".

If you tell me that wouldn't have thrilled the pants off you - even though he was ridiculing you as a stereotype - I will not believe you, sir.

And it won't do any good to say it's different because he's the Leader of the Free World. [I wonder how much longer the President of the United States will be called that.] What thrilled you is not that you came to the attention of such a political power. Unless public derision is a kind of attention you enjoy.

We can be honest amongst ourselves. What thrilled you, fundamentally, was his celebrity. And why not? He is, after all, the most famous man in the world.

But once you acknowledge that, the only difference between you getting excited about Obama and this one getting excited about the well-known guy from cable is that you think your celebrity is cooler than his.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:03 PM on April 3, 2009


President who?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:08 PM on April 3, 2009


Dude, Obama wouldn't mention mefi. He's had an account for years and he wouldn't want to blow his cover that easily.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:11 PM on April 3, 2009


Look - Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn’t buying that. My account is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:14 PM on April 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


It's Raining Florence Henderson: "Look - Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn’t buying that. My account is the only thing between you and the pitchforks."

I give Obama a lot of shit. That's what he gets for breaking my heart. But God bless you, Mr. President, for some badly needed straight talk.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:26 PM on April 3, 2009


Mr. Ms. Henderson, do you have any comment on the allegations that your nominee for Treasury Secretary hit Marsha on the nose with a football?
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:29 PM on April 3, 2009 [2 favorites]


Look - Well, it's time to change, then it's time to change. Move by the time, come along for the ride, don't you see? When it's time to change, you've got to rearrange. Move your heart to what you're gonna be.

Sha na na na na na na sha na na na na na

Change.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:42 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Gah, I've got an academic paper in me on the synergy and cross-platform self-promotion of informatics celebrities such as Savage (also Hogman and Jillette) as a new-market phenomenon but confronting with the actual fan behaviors in said market make me kind of want to puke and I get turned off. So SHADDAP ya dorks.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 6:56 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Banned from the Blue: It's the interview They didn't want you to hear!
posted by dirigibleman at 6:57 PM on April 3, 2009


Now if you could get Kari Byron to mention MetaFilter, THAT, my friends, would be an FPP worth keeping.
posted by briank at 7:20 PM on April 3, 2009


Why? Because she has red hair? Adam has red hair too and that didn't save this post.
posted by Science! at 7:26 PM on April 3, 2009


JESUS CHRIST, EDUCATEDSLACKER IS TRAPPED IN THE WELL AGAIN!

TIMMY, GET GRANDPA AND THE TRACTOR!
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 8:42 PM on April 3, 2009


I can't help but wonder what MeFi's own Diamanda Galas would think of this.
posted by chococat at 9:49 PM on April 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


Who?
posted by Zambrano


A mefite who works in television. You probably wouldn't like him or have much in common, since he's interesting and contributes something of value.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:11 PM on April 3, 2009


Obama has a lot more firepower at his disposal than Adam does. Sorry Adam. He's probably never lifted a car with firehoses, so you still have that.
posted by double block and bleed at 10:16 PM on April 3, 2009


Cuckolded by Reddit.

Who's going to shut the windows and who's going to turn on the gas?
posted by bardic at 12:43 AM on April 4, 2009


Sha na na na na na na sha na na na na na

Dit dit dit dit dit dit dit did did did
Ba-oom
Get a job
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:26 AM on April 4, 2009


"Frogurt! I haven't heard that word in ages!"

You know what this means, don't you. Adam Savage does not watch LOST.
posted by lampoil at 6:57 AM on April 4, 2009


Where's his Hugo nomination?

Yo, asavage, get to writin something so we can get you nominated for a Hugo. (or does he count as a professional artist? does ballistics gel count as an artistic medium? would the dodo qualify him for a fan art nomination?)
posted by crataegus at 7:17 AM on April 4, 2009


So why the hell does Mr. Savage get posted so frequently, but no one has made a Woz post about Dancing with the Stars or Life on the D-List or whatever? Is it because his new and interesting activities aren't nerd-cool, and don't warrant attention?

I like asavage, and I like Mythbusters, but I don't really need to know every time he talks about Mythbusters, or answers questions about it. If this is the end result of famous people being members of a community, then it sucks.
posted by graventy at 10:05 AM on April 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hooookaaaaayyyyy. Up until now, I had no clue there's a Mefi Wiki. And now I'm totally freaked out. Who did that!!!???

As celebrity run-ins go, weird that they featured my former coworker Oded but missed the time I was cornered by a coke-fueled Gary Busey. Huh.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:34 PM on April 4, 2009


P.S. -- If the person who did that Wiki is reading this... I feel like I should have them change the name of "The Pianist Who Played With Marvin Gaye" to list his actual name out of respect... his name was Marvin Jenkins and he was an awesomely sweet man, may he rest in peace.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:40 PM on April 4, 2009


P.P.S. -- When I met asavage, I did not pick lint off of his shirt. Just to be clear.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:41 PM on April 4, 2009


I feel like I should have them change the name

It's a wiki. Anybody can change it. Anybody, including you. Roll up your sleeves and embrace the wonderful world of collaborative media, yo.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:44 PM on April 4, 2009


Oh. See... I'm not hip to the things these young whippersnappers do nowadays.
posted by miss lynnster at 5:54 PM on April 4, 2009


That list was more impressive before I realized you rattled off a bunch in one AskMe question.
posted by graventy at 7:41 PM on April 4, 2009


That sounds harsher than I meant. I was hoping they were all sprinkled throughout your Mefi posts, and most were, except a chunk from that question. Also, that lint advice is awesome.
posted by graventy at 7:44 PM on April 4, 2009


A little late to the game down here but I'd just like to say thanks for moving this.

For the record, my original intent was to post the interview on its own merits but by the time I put this up I realized that it was pretty "woah he said metafilter"-esque so the mods were pretty much in the right here.
posted by pandemic at 4:04 AM on April 6, 2009


I say it's worth the Gray. He did mention MetaFilter. And it was a cool interview and you all know you are excited about the new season of MythBusters!
posted by radioamy at 6:16 PM on April 7, 2009


Is there a name for telling people what they know, when they don't actually know that?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:35 AM on April 8, 2009


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