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Is it just me, or has Cool Tools ganked the color scheme from the blue?
posted by adamrice to MetaFilter-Related at 12:53 PM (54 comments total)

Nah. It looks way more professional.
posted by dios at 12:57 PM on April 27, 2009 [17 favorites]


Matt was singing about the colors in the shower while Kevin Kelly was over visiting his roommate. Unfortunately for Matt, he forgot to copyright the colors.
posted by dersins at 12:57 PM on April 27, 2009 [8 favorites]


Actually, Cool Tools has a professional white background.
posted by eyeballkid at 12:58 PM on April 27, 2009


Whoa! Blue and yellow! They totally went all ColdChef on us!
posted by Mister_A at 1:00 PM on April 27, 2009 [12 favorites]


It's a surreptitious "closed beta" for a new Metafilter subsite, MetaTools.
posted by grobstein at 1:01 PM on April 27, 2009


So you are saying it was either Cool Tools or you, adamrice, who ganked the color schemes?

Is this some sort of roundabout confession?
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:02 PM on April 27, 2009


NOOOO!! THEY BE STEALIN OUR COLOR SCHEMES!!
posted by odinsdream at 1:03 PM on April 27, 2009


Ask Metafilter is a cool tool.
posted by box at 1:03 PM on April 27, 2009


Matt was singing about the colors in the shower while Kevin Kelly was over visiting his roommate. Unfortunately for Matt, he forgot to copyright the colors.

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posted by burnmp3s at 1:04 PM on April 27, 2009


Fetch your becs-de-corbin and your glaive-guisarmes! We got some chopping and impaling to do!
posted by Mister_A at 1:04 PM on April 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


Is it just me, or is this post completely pointless and useless?
posted by GuyZero at 1:07 PM on April 27, 2009


Is it just me, or is this post completely pointless and useless?

*stops sharpening pitchfork, actually reads post and looks at link*

Huh. You're right.

*puts pitchfork back into shed, douses torch*

*sigh*
posted by eyeballkid at 1:10 PM on April 27, 2009


We never get to use our pitchforks anymore.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:12 PM on April 27, 2009


OH HEY GUYS I BROUGHT THE EXTRA TORCHES SORRY I'M LATE THE STORE WASN'T OPEN YET AND I HAD

well fuck
posted by Stunt at 1:13 PM on April 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


isitmeorthiswhitebackgroundlookslikemetafilter.com has yet to show up
posted by ddaavviidd at 1:16 PM on April 27, 2009


We never get to use our pitchforks anymore.

That's because we don't enjoy them enough to just PAY UP!!!
posted by Dumsnill at 1:16 PM on April 27, 2009


fun as it is, mefi is no ups, owens corning, t-mobile, etc.
posted by the aloha at 1:27 PM on April 27, 2009


ups, owens corning, t-mobile, etc. are way more fun.
posted by gman at 1:35 PM on April 27, 2009


I suppose if you use the plain theme on MeFi (yay white background!) it does look a little similar, color-wise. But no need for pitchforks.

Well... I personally have a need for pitchforks for some yardwork, so any MeFites in the PacNW are welcome to bring 'em over. Those woodchips aren't going to spread themselves!
posted by epersonae at 1:37 PM on April 27, 2009


Yeah, I'm gonna have to go with "just you". We don't have lock on combining-blue-and-yellow or anything.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:42 PM on April 27, 2009


So yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and close this up.

that wasn't cortex who just called "line?"
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 1:47 PM on April 27, 2009


So, how do people feel about Bruce Sterling taking over the Cool Tools editor gig?
posted by box at 1:52 PM on April 27, 2009


Wasn't there a thread from late last year about a similar incident of seeing imitation where there really was none?
posted by Burhanistan at 1:52 PM on April 27, 2009


Doesn't Sterling have higher-margin gigs? I mean, AWESOME and all (and I expect a review of the best mirrored sunglasses shortly) but it seems sort of below him.
posted by GuyZero at 1:59 PM on April 27, 2009


The blue in Metafilter is #0079a9, while the blue in Cool Tools is #4cb6d1. The yellows are different, too; MetaFilter is #d5d300, Cool Tools is #e6d600. Just sayin'.
posted by nitsuj at 2:05 PM on April 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


Fetch your becs-de-corbin and your glaive-guisarmes!

Fuck those french-ass polearms. If you wanna come correct, you gotta come with your Bohemian Ear Spoon.
posted by dersins at 2:12 PM on April 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


I've decided to retire my pitchfork. It's nice and all, but it just doesn't speak to who I am anymore.

Now I use a trident.

Like Poseidon. And the Devil.
posted by quin at 2:26 PM on April 27, 2009


It's not just you. There are two of us.
posted by mlis at 2:30 PM on April 27, 2009


When you have to read the comments to figure out what the OP is about, it probably wasn't worth posting.
posted by desjardins at 2:35 PM on April 27, 2009


Eh, blue and yellowish-green are free for anyone to use.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:41 PM on April 27, 2009


Cool Tools has been boring since Kevin Kelly handed over the keys to an editor. Hopefully Bruce Sterling will restore it to it's former glory.
posted by euphorb at 2:42 PM on April 27, 2009


Go Blue Hens!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:42 PM on April 27, 2009


Eh, blue and yellowish-green are free for anyone to use.

Yellowish-green? I always thought of it as more of a greenish-yellow.
AUGH! MY WORLDVIEW!
posted by blenderfish at 3:01 PM on April 27, 2009


Aside from moving hay, when are pitchforks more useful than a shovel? You never see zombies being decapitated with pitchforks.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:08 PM on April 27, 2009


when are pitchforks more useful than a shovel? You never see zombies being decapitated with pitchforks.

Yes, bludgeoning is better against Undead, but piercing gives you a better chance to crit when you aren't fighting undead. It's situational, really.
posted by blenderfish at 3:15 PM on April 27, 2009


The piercing aspect of a pitchfork gives you a greater effectiveness against an armored foe, which is why they became so popular in uprisings.

On preview: what blenderfish said.
posted by quin at 3:17 PM on April 27, 2009


Does this color scheme make me look fat?
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:20 PM on April 27, 2009


when are pitchforks more useful than a shovel?

Did someone invoke the Dead Baby Joke Brigade?

I am now legally required to ask prior to dispensing D.B.-related answers.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:25 PM on April 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Eh, blue and yellowish-green are free for anyone to use.

But with freedom comes great responsibility. Combine your colors well, web designers!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:32 PM on April 27, 2009


Aside from moving hay, when are pitchforks more useful than a shovel? You never see zombies being decapitated with pitchforks.

Easier to carry when on rampage. They also have a good balance when you're pivoting to skewer the attacker behind you and smack or spank the one in front of you.

Shovels are heavier at the spoon end, which makes it harder to wave them around. They can have a sharp edge, but the flat part makes them clumsy when you're on the attack, mainly due to wind resistance. Really, if you're going to bludgeon someone, you'd be better off with a hammer. You have to get closer, but you can move pretty fast.

Imagine running toward that zombie with the shovel. Mostly they'll get the wind knocked out of them. Then they laugh and keep coming. With the pitchfork, you have lots of pointy bits that are going to get stuck inside, and then you have the advantage. You can pin them to the tree, the barn, or stick the other end of the handle in the ground, haul out your machete, and git'r'done.
posted by lysdexic at 4:03 PM on April 27, 2009 [4 favorites]


Cool tools? You mean like Robert Fripp, Steve Jobs, and Bob Dylan?

I always love the use of the word "tool" in ostensibly innocent contexts.

For example, Windows has a control panel called Administrative Tools. Which is how I've always thought of the people who work at HMOs, DMVs, and the phone company.

And then... (and this makes me giggle just to think about it) in MS Visual Studio, some of their code-generating programs insert a comment at the top of the file : "This Code Was Generated By a Tool." God knows, I've definitely seen some human-generated code that should have carried that designation.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:13 PM on April 27, 2009 [7 favorites]


How appropriate that we'd need Mutant to explain this.
posted by lysdexic at 4:17 PM on April 27, 2009


The blue in Metafilter is #0079a9, while the blue in Cool Tools is #4cb6d1. The yellows are different, too; MetaFilter is #d5d300, Cool Tools is #e6d600.

NERD!
NERD!
DESIGN NERD!
NEERRRRRRRRRD!
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:26 PM on April 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Combining two comments - Zombie Tools.
posted by tellurian at 4:30 PM on April 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


NEERRRRRRRRRD!

Have you seen the latest Meta thread?
posted by gman at 4:35 PM on April 27, 2009


Also, mefi blue is actually #006699 and yellow is #cccc00. I don't care what's going on in the logo; that shit ain't canon.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:05 PM on April 27, 2009 [4 favorites]


kk.org/pepsiblueandyellow
posted by DU at 5:50 PM on April 27, 2009


Also, mefi blue is actually #006699 and yellow is #cccc00.

Precisely! I literally freaked out, dropped my pants and set my hair on fire when I read #0079a9 and #4cb6d1. Reality shivered like a hammered gong for a moment.

Good thing I had some beer handy. For the fire, and the reality adjustment both. Is there anything beer can't do?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:42 PM on April 27, 2009 [4 favorites]


Aside from moving hay, when are pitchforks more useful than a shovel?

When someone has been copulating with your wife or daughter and is now hiding in said hay, and you want them to show themselves?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:50 PM on April 27, 2009


Is there anything beer can't do?
I hear it's not so good at moving hay. Lucky we have all these pitchforks around.
posted by dg at 2:55 AM on April 28, 2009


Afroblanco: My father used to work at a power tool shop that called themselves "Complete Tools", until they changed their name.

They're now called "Total Tools"...

(Gotta try and get me a t-shirt sometime ;-)
posted by Pinback at 4:29 AM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's a surreptitious "closed beta" for a new Metafilter subsite, MetaTools.

I thought the grey was the place for MeTa tools.
posted by stelas at 4:38 AM on April 28, 2009


Wasn't there a thread from late last year about a similar incident of seeing imitation where there really was none?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 4:47 AM on April 28, 2009


Wasn't there a thread from late last year about a similar incident of seeing imitation where there really was none?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:19 AM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


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