What Is This Creepy Disc Advertising? November 24, 2009 4:46 PM   Subscribe

Once again, the MeFi detective agency vanquishes viral marketers. Sadly, no ski resorts involved.
posted by punchdrunkhistory to MetaFilter-Related at 4:46 PM (38 comments total)

Adjectivy Noun strikes again!
posted by Sys Rq at 4:56 PM on November 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


I just realized I know the original poster IRL. Weird.
posted by dunkadunc at 5:35 PM on November 24, 2009


Can we ban someone? I wanna ban someone. Cortex - can you swing the banhammer around a little?
posted by Salvor Hardin at 6:24 PM on November 24, 2009


We can ban Jeff Buckley. What's he gonna do about it?
posted by FelliniBlank at 6:30 PM on November 24, 2009 [6 favorites]


I just realized I know the original poster IRL. Weird.

Does he ever introduce himself as Swan? Or Swanny? Or is his surname Fungus? Or anything vaguely mushroom-sounding?

Please please please please please please please please please say yes!
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:36 PM on November 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


We can ban Jeff Buckley. What's he gonna do about it?

This is how zombie apocalypses get started.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:00 PM on November 24, 2009 [9 favorites]


No, but when I knew him fungi played a vital role in his profession.

I've said too much.
posted by dunkadunc at 7:06 PM on November 24, 2009


(no, not those fungi.)
posted by dunkadunc at 7:10 PM on November 24, 2009


the MeFi detective agency

Does this mean we all get badges?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:10 PM on November 24, 2009


Don't you have one?
posted by nola at 7:15 PM on November 24, 2009


So there is there an Airwolf movie coming out or not?
posted by Big_B at 7:27 PM on November 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Does this mean we all get badges?

Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!
posted by The World Famous at 7:33 PM on November 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


Kids these days can't even recognize Swan Fungus when they see it. Pretty sad, really.
posted by chinston at 7:35 PM on November 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


I don't know if I'd want to get close enough to a swan's groin to learn that skill.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:13 PM on November 24, 2009


No, UbuR, you probably don't
posted by jtron at 8:15 PM on November 24, 2009


Fuck Bush
posted by Damn That Television at 8:56 PM on November 24, 2009


Aww jeez - that seemed like a bonafied, genuine, interesting sort of mystery there. He probably never even went out into Joshua Tree.

Breaks my heart to see that people are using WMFU to advertise whatever weird thing they've come up with to call music these days. I really liked that site and what's more - I trusted it. Ah well.

Hey, Swan Fungus or whatever: You're an asshole.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 9:39 PM on November 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


You li can skip two thirds of that thread, the detective stuff starts about here.
posted by P.o.B. at 9:55 PM on November 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


So if you determine Swan Fungus's assholeishness to be a 5, how assholeish was the person who told us a tall tale of interdimensional travel to get us to listen to a fake Beatles album which consisted of ham-handed Paul McCartney mashups?
posted by dunkadunc at 11:24 PM on November 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


i knew i shouldn't have clicked on that link.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:45 PM on November 24, 2009


Jeff Buckley is in hell, doomed to eternally knit Nick Drake comfy sweaters.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:31 AM on November 25, 2009 [4 favorites]


Christ I am fucking tired of hearing about Jeff Buckley. Know who else killed themselves? LOADS OF PEOPLE. Talk about them for a change.
posted by turgid dahlia at 1:24 AM on November 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hitler was the man behind the best & highest selling car in history: the Volkswagen Beetle.
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:26 AM on November 25, 2009


Jeff Buckley was that guy on Friends, right? Dunno if I understand his enduring fan appeal but a suicide is always tragic, even for second-rate actors.
posted by cmonkey at 2:38 AM on November 25, 2009


Jeff Buckley was that guy on Friends, right?

You're thinking of Tom Selleck.
posted by puckupdate at 3:32 AM on November 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


You've got a bit of a moustache, but you're no Tom Selleck.
posted by setanor at 4:26 AM on November 25, 2009


So if you determine Swan Fungus's assholeishness to be a 5, how assholeish was the person who told us a tall tale of interdimensional travel to get us to listen to a fake Beatles album which consisted of ham-handed Paul McCartney mashups?

That was not a self link, asshole or no.
posted by Wolof at 5:08 AM on November 25, 2009


All I'm saying is if you believed this, you probably shop at a strip mall Borders at 4:00 on a weekday.
posted by Pollomacho at 8:56 AM on November 25, 2009


So if you determine Swan Fungus's assholeishness to be a 5, how assholeish was the person who told us a tall tale of interdimensional travel to get us to listen to a fake Beatles album which consisted of ham-handed Paul McCartney mashups?

I would say there's a large difference between being random joe schmoe who decides to make a (clever, IMO) website as a background or extended booklet for his mashup tape, and being a DJ for one of the more famous radio stations in the country who has influence over others and is trusted to curate music and creating a bullshit backstory for music you yourself wrote.

In other words, I give the mashup dude a pass. S.F. has no valid excuse for his actions.
posted by hippybear at 9:03 AM on November 25, 2009


Hitler was the man behind the best & highest selling car in history: the Volkswagen Beetle.

pity he couldn't have been in front of it
posted by pyramid termite at 10:34 AM on November 25, 2009 [9 favorites]


So, the post is still up... is anyone going to tell them? Or were they aware of it and let him do it anyway?

I always had a good impression of WFMU from their "365 days of weirdness" blog or whatever it was called. I was disappointed they would employ a guy like this, whether he was a self-promoter or not, just because he is such a bad writer.

So I kind of hope this leads to him not blogging for them anymore.
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:55 AM on November 25, 2009


I always had a good impression of WFMU....I was disappointed they would employ a guy like this

I think he is a volunteer, not an employee. But I agree they shouldn't give him bandwidth on the blog.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:06 AM on November 25, 2009


I've told them about it and pointed them at this post. We'll see if anything happens.
posted by the dief at 11:37 AM on November 25, 2009


So MeFi detective squad, can anyone prove this one was a self-link?
posted by smackfu at 3:01 PM on November 25, 2009


So MeFi detective squad, can anyone prove this one was a self-link?

It looks on review like that one was not a self-link so much as an incredibly badly-done first venture by a non-spammer. The internet equivalent of running into a bank screaming excitedly about, and waving around, your new milk-chocolate handgun.

Though certainly I'd be happy to know if we missed something.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:31 PM on November 25, 2009


Pfft. Everyone knows you're supposed to calmly slip the teller a note informing him or her about your newly acquired handgun, explaining in clear language that it is made of delicious milk chocolate, and politely offering a bite of the business end.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:47 PM on November 25, 2009


Evan LeVine (Swan Fungus) is denying that the found disc is simply another Musky Taint recording. Here's Ilya's page.
posted by morganw at 7:03 PM on November 25, 2009


Jeff Buckley was that guy on Friends, right?

I...I...
*head asplodes*
posted by jacalata at 7:50 PM on November 25, 2009


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