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Congratulations to metafilter's own gompa!
posted by Old Man Wilson to MetaFilter-Related at 9:47 AM (25 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I sat in the row behind another 40-under-40 awardee at the theatre once.
posted by Rumple at 9:59 AM on October 30, 2009


(oh and congrats gompa! Nice book)
posted by Rumple at 10:02 AM on October 30, 2009


Yahoo, gompa! Congratulations!
I live in the same city as gompa and might have even bought something in the very same store.
posted by angiep at 10:08 AM on October 30, 2009


Well that's certainly cool. Congratulations.
posted by heyho at 10:19 AM on October 30, 2009


I like to think that my lifetime of excess and waste makes me an important inspiration for the rising sustainability movement. You're welcome.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:41 AM on October 30, 2009


Neato, congrats! Your next assignment: combine sustainability and the Simpsons. Like a car that runs on donuts. Or summin.
posted by pyrex at 10:42 AM on October 30, 2009


You call that excess and waste? My car gets 10 miles per gallon ... of WHALE OIL.
posted by electroboy at 10:51 AM on October 30, 2009


Also, thanks for pointing this out. Just ordered a copy. I was looking for something new to read this fall, and this is right up my alley. I can see myself feeling the need to find something cool to make from the physical materials of the book when I'm finished reading it, though, so if any of you crafters or life-hackers have a cool project I can line up that incorporates 1.8 pounds of 480 pages with a hardcover (other than the obvious hollow book), that would be great.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:01 AM on October 30, 2009


Hmm. Just found a link on how to turn an old hardcover book into a purse, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't match my shoes, so I guess I'll keep looking.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:05 AM on October 30, 2009


So buy three copies, and make shoes out of the other two. It's not that hard, really.

Congrats, Gompa!
posted by arto at 11:12 AM on October 30, 2009


so I guess I'll keep looking.

Hollow it out for concealing guns, of course. Also, congrats. 40 is supposedly just getting started so here's wishing you many more successes and book ideas.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:12 AM on October 30, 2009


Ooh, another name-dropping thread? This is where I'm a Viking!
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 11:19 AM on October 30, 2009


Okay - I've got it. There's a book I just found called Make Your Own Working Paper Clock. Apparently, one can make fairly accurate working clocks out of nothing but books and glue. Of course this necessitated buying yet another book, but I can't really turn the book on making paper clocks into a paper clock, or I wouldn't be able to read the instructions for making paper clocks. So I hereby promise that when I am finished with gompa's opus on sustainability that I will recycle his book into an elaborate paper clock.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:22 AM on October 30, 2009


I have had a beer or two with this guy. And my wife has a signed copy of his book.

Now that I've namedropped, congrats gompa! Well deserved!
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:23 AM on October 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


That's awesome. Congrats!
posted by Miko at 11:26 AM on October 30, 2009


Wooo!
posted by The Whelk at 1:09 PM on October 30, 2009


Given the way things work, I'm fairly certain that I have at some point breathed in a molecule of air which was also breathed in by gompa at some point in his life.

Congrats, gompa! Very cool!
posted by hippybear at 2:14 PM on October 30, 2009


Looks interesting, so I ordered a copy. The second Mefite book I've bought this year (that I know of).
posted by A dead Quaker at 3:24 PM on October 30, 2009


You call that excess and waste? My car gets 10 miles per gallon ... of WHALE OIL.

Whale oil beef hucked.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 4:51 PM on October 30, 2009


Mefites are smart people, overall. I already know this, yet am constantly amazed at the smartitude sometimes displayed. Even in such a tough crowd, some stand out, though - awesome effort, gompa.
posted by dg at 5:11 PM on October 30, 2009


Tasty!
posted by Jofus at 12:28 AM on October 31, 2009


Associating with people of substance on an excellent website gives me something to brag about with my friends in the outside world. Their response is usually o_0 but I feel good about it anyway. Congrats, gompa.
posted by h00py at 5:25 AM on October 31, 2009


To, not with. I keep saying I don't care but no, I really do want a quick five minute edit window, I do!
posted by h00py at 5:32 AM on October 31, 2009


True story: one Saturday morning when I was just sitting at my desk, minding my own business and staring out the window watching the rain mingle with the falling leaves from the large sycamore tree, I wrote a comment that was posted on the same page as a guy who was planning on turning gompa's best selling book into a working paper clock. Fanny, the bulldog, dozing contentedly in front of the electric heater, emitted farts of approval. It was a moment I would remember for many minutes.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:03 AM on October 31, 2009


This is great!
Congratulations, gompa!
posted by stagewhisper at 12:36 PM on October 31, 2009


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