11th anniversary party! May 31, 2010 12:17 PM   Subscribe

So ... anything planned for the 11th anniversary?

That thing we did a few years back -- where we rented a bar/arcade in Portland -- that was fun! We should totally do that again.
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:17 PM (78 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

MetaFilter anniversaries should be like the Richter scale and get ten times awesomer every year.
posted by ODiV at 12:42 PM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


I've got time this summer and would love a reason to make it up to Portland.
posted by special-k at 12:44 PM on May 31, 2010


I'm holding out for the 30th.
posted by cjorgensen at 1:08 PM on May 31, 2010


Celebratory cat scanning?
posted by killdevil at 1:42 PM on May 31, 2010


Free steel genital piercings for every user with over 1100 favorites. The users with over 11000 favorites get to do the piercing.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:22 PM on May 31, 2010 [3 favorites]


Yes, please! rtha and I will travel to Portland for this. We've been needing a reason to visit now that mrzarquon is there. What can we do to help make this happen?
posted by gingerbeer at 2:47 PM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


*immediately starts deleting favourites*
posted by infini at 3:00 PM on May 31, 2010 [3 favorites]


as for a steel gift for an anniversary, how about this little beauty? ;p
posted by infini at 3:02 PM on May 31, 2010 [5 favorites]


neuroscientists identified a new random lobe of the brain and called it infini
posted by Burhanistan at 3:08 PM on May 31, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd willing to help organize this in PDX, in part because it gives me an even bigger excuse to hang out in bars 'scouting' for potential meet up locations. Also the second weekend in July is right after my birthday.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:30 PM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm waiting for next year, a suit made of linen and silk, in the finest blues, yellows, blacks and grays.
posted by The Whelk at 5:07 PM on May 31, 2010


Burhanistan: "Free steel genital piercings for every user with over 1100 favorites. The users with over 11000 favorites get to do the piercing"

But to let everyone know in advance, my hands get shaky when I'm drinking.
posted by Joe Beese at 6:06 PM on May 31, 2010


Step ASIDE Joe, *crack knuckles* I am clearly the person of the job!

Now the human genitals , near the face no?
posted by The Whelk at 6:46 PM on May 31, 2010 [4 favorites]


*immediately starts deleting favourites*

He said favorites, not favourites. I think you're safe.
posted by Mikey-San at 6:48 PM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


Now the human genitals , near the face no?

$20, SAIT.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:31 PM on May 31, 2010 [1 favorite]


random lobe of the brain

finally, a classic for the profile page, gracias gracias muy mucho muchachos
posted by infini at 8:29 PM on May 31, 2010


killdevil: "Celebratory cat scanning?"

Yes please, this shoulder's been killing me for a while....... oh.
posted by IndigoRain at 9:41 PM on May 31, 2010


You had me at free.
posted by not_on_display at 10:00 PM on May 31, 2010


That thing we did a few years back -- where we rented a bar/arcade in Portland -- that was fun! We should totally do that again.

Yes, that was awesome.A fucking epic party. On the other hand, and not to rain on the parade or anything, I think Matt paid a not insignificant amount of money for that. Like, in the thousands not-insignificant.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 11:43 PM on May 31, 2010


The 'barcade' we had the meetup at is Portland's own Ground Kontrol. It's a marvelous place and I've been there many times before and since. Details on renting the venue are here:
VIP Option: Exclusive use of 11' x 16' raised platform
Cost: $25 per hour

Private Option: Exclusive use of the entire location
Cost (5PM-2:30AM)
Mon - Wed: $750 setup + $375 per hour
Thu & Sun: $1000 setup + $500 per hour
Fri & Sat: $3000 setup + $1500 per hour
In other words, without a major backer it's unlikely we'll be able to rent out the entire arcade again, especially on a weekend. We certainly could rent out the stage area (the "raised platform") which'll have some tables and chairs for a dozen or so folks to hang out and socialize while we also mingle and play Tempest with the rabble. I think it could totally work.

Another consideration; a couple doors down from Ground Kontrol is Backspace, which has a lot more elbow room. Probably double the square footage at least, and lots of chairs/tables/couches for lounging and socializing. Same type of beer/wine selection as Ground Kontrol, as well as a vegetarian food menu and coffee/espresso. Pool table, photo booth, bunch of computer terminals, Ms Pacman and a couple pinball tables, even a stage if we wanted someone to play music. They've got a mixed-use permit or whatever you call it, which means they can be all-ages and still serve booze. And it's practically next door to Ground Kontrol so anyone who wanted to get their Joust or Pin-Bot on would be totally able to.

I have no idea what it costs to rent the place (can't find any info on their site), but I know it's possible and I can touch base with a couple friends tomorrow to get the scoop. It's also possible we wouldn't even have to rent it out just to have the meetup there. (Unless there would otherwise be live music that night, which we would not want to compete with.) It's got an artsy-geeky vibe that I think would work even if we weren't the only ones there. If we can't afford to rent it out for ourselves, we could maybe pick a weeknight and just converge there.

If that sounds like a possibility I'll look into it some more tomorrow. And also any other ideas would be great, there's got to be dozens of awesome places in Portland where we could pull this off.
posted by churl at 1:51 AM on June 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


and here I was just thinking that 11.0 was just going to finally be at Enchanted Forest...
posted by geckoinpdx at 2:41 AM on June 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


ODiV: "MetaFilter anniversaries should be like the Richter scale and get ten times awesomer every year."

The Richter scale (really the "Local magnitude scale", or ML) was superseded by the Moment magnitude scale (MW) in 1979. The former was measured on a specific kind of seismometer and normalized to a measurement 100 miles from the epicenter, which means that it was impossible for an earthquake to measure above ~7.0. Moment magnitude was designed to fix this plateauing problem, and is almost exactly the same for mid-range quakes. Sadly, "Richter scale" lives on in the popular imagination

Comparing MetaFilter to the Richter scale implies that it was deficient and insufficient, was replaced by something better by other developers, and the users mistakenly call the new site MetaFilter through rote. In short: fighting words.
posted by Plutor at 7:04 AM on June 1, 2010


Yeah, I mean, the best parts of the 8th anniversary meetup were (1) the people and (2) getting to visit Portland. I didn't even know about the awesome venue and free booze until I got there, although I definitely enjoyd both surprises.

Which is to say : yes, I'm definitely open to other venues. Anyone who actually lives in Portland and wants to take the lead on this is more than welcome to. I'm also willing to chip in a reasonable amount of money towards facilities, if need be.

However, I think it should definitely be on a Friday or Saturday night, since people (like myself) will be visiting from out-of-town.
posted by Afroblanco at 7:32 AM on June 1, 2010


Yes, the modified Mercalli scale would be better than Richter. (Measuring the effects in terms of damage done and what got knocked over? Sounds reasonable...)
posted by Lexica at 7:35 AM on June 1, 2010


The problem with the modified Mercalli scale is that it's completely subjective. You can have one researcher calling an earthquake intensity VI (moderate) and another insisting it's VII (strong) and there's no independent measurement that can prove one or the other correct. It's doubly subjective because it also requires the observer to determine whether something is "masonry A" ("Good workmanship, mortar, and design..") or B ("Good workmanship and mortar; reinforced, but not designed in detail to resist lateral forces..") or so forth.

Then again, maybe that is a good description of MetaFilter. It's guided by rules, but the exact enforcement (deleting dupes, banning, editing things) are sorta left to the opinions of the admins.
posted by Plutor at 8:09 AM on June 1, 2010


I figure it will go something like this; once everyone catches up with me in the park, they'll find I'm dressed like a highwayman, far too drunk to be safely wielding the sword in my hand, and shouting things like "Stand and deliver or you'll taste my steel!" at people jogging by. Someone will make a comment like "Ah, steel. You brought that in honor of the 11th anniversary, huh?"

At which point, I'll blearily try to focus on the speaker and say "11th what? Who are you?.. and why aren't you giving me your money?"

And everyone will have a good laugh.

Except me, because I'll be serious.

Also, I won't realize you are there for some sort of meetup, I just like to get drunk, go to the park, and rob people 17th century style.
posted by quin at 12:21 PM on June 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Steel! Yes select Members are given Magical Swords from The Jessamyn In The Lake.
posted by The Whelk at 12:31 PM on June 1, 2010


[cue the "farcical aquatic ceremony" jokes...]
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:29 PM on June 1, 2010


Nah, after last year we've decided to take a year off and not have an anniversary.
posted by Eideteker at 3:47 PM on June 1, 2010


Oh man, I've been looking for an excuse to scope out PDX.
posted by Phire at 4:00 PM on June 1, 2010


Okay. So here's what we gotta do. We need someone on the ground in PDX who is willing to do a little legwork, find out where we can do this thing.

Then maybe see if we can get some sort of official blessing, see if the mods want anything to do with it. WHICH WOULD BE AWESOME! because it's been a while since I've seen any of them.

And then we get this on the sidebar, labeled 11TH ANNIVESARY MEETUP!!! W00T!!! or somesuch.

And then we conspire.

So what do you say? We gonna do this or what?
posted by Afroblanco at 4:28 PM on June 1, 2010


conspire : to breathe together, the same air
posted by infini at 9:41 PM on June 1, 2010


P.S when do I get my magical sword?


does it shoot bolts when I'm at full health oh god it better
posted by The Whelk at 9:53 PM on June 1, 2010


you need to sacrifice a goat on a remote mountaintop with the smell of incense lingering in the air. then at the 7th hour on the 14th minute a flash of lightning shall reveal you your broadsword
posted by infini at 10:00 PM on June 1, 2010


oh god the 7th! I've been doing the 8th. Got an amulet. Does nothing ... although I haven't *seen* a McDonalds' in like months so maybe....
posted by The Whelk at 10:02 PM on June 1, 2010


the 8th might work, have you tried twisting the amulet counterclockwise over a harpy's left fingernail when the light turns yellow gold yet?
posted by infini at 10:04 PM on June 1, 2010


We may want to touch base with East Burn, see if they have enough space to host a 75-100 person get together (if that is the number we are going for).

I just checked with the Green Dragon, and they would be amendable to hosting up to 100 or so of us, they have enough space. No mention of a charge, they may just want us to give them a heads up so they know to have an extra wait staff person or two to manage our group exclusively. They may also be able to let us pre buy a keg or two as a group, so we could have a "free for mefi" tap if we wanted, and probably get a good set of appetizers setup on a table if we needed.

As for the final organization of this, I am assuming that the Events subsite, which is being created off the skeleton of the 10th anniversary, is probably what would be where we would want to put the official 11th thread. Hopefully a Matt will chime in soon with something, being as the 11th is about six or seven weeks away.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:11 PM on June 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, to point out (to make it a twofer for those interesting in traveling): the 16-18th of july is the portland international beer festival. It also gives us a little more lead time to find accommodations / venue (which may be more available than usual, or not, with the PIB drawing off regulars).
posted by mrzarquon at 10:26 PM on June 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


mrzarquon, the back room at East Burn is available by reservavation, but it is not free to do so (iirc it isn't cheap).
posted by geckoinpdx at 10:47 AM on June 2, 2010


the 16-18th of july is the portland international beer festival.

More importantly, it's my wedding! So, as is traditional , I will not be able to attend the anniversary meetup.
posted by Nothing... and like it at 11:27 AM on June 2, 2010


I will make a special effort to attend.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:43 AM on June 2, 2010


Okay, right now this post is in mad danger of falling off the page, so we need to get it on the sidebar, STAT. So far churl and mrzarquon have come forward with the most practical suggestions. I'll go ahead and email the mods today to check the status of the events subsite and see if they have any interest in our merrymaking. But let's try to pick a place and get this puppy sidebarred.

I'm assuming we want to do this on the 17th?
posted by Afroblanco at 12:02 PM on June 2, 2010


Congrats, Nothing... and like it!

That username is the best at messing up otherwise normal statements.
posted by Secretariat at 1:13 PM on June 2, 2010


I checked in with Matt last night, and says that if we want to setup and run with one, he would help sponsor it.

I don't know if the events filter will be up in time for us to get a count, so we may want to slap together some sort of attendance counter elsewhere.

I've already heard conflicts for the 10th or the 17th, at this point, I think we may have to pick a date and run with it (and hope our venue is available), since it's short notice either way, unless we just want to bump it back further.

For venue options, we are looking at:

Ground Kontrol: Arcade games, possibly renting the 11'x16' space to setup a table and maybe stock it with a bunch of pizza and food.

Backspace: but it appears we would have to coordinate getting everything involved, catering, someone who can pour us booze, etc.

Green Dragon: Probably the fastest to get setup, since they appear pretty lackadaisical about it, if we know we are getting more than 50+ people, we can see about prepaying for beer or something, rounds of appetizers.

East Burn: Successfully hosted everyone last year, there is the patio space for overflow, and I'm guessing the rates were reasonable since we did it last year.

I am also going on a distillery tour this afternoon, and so I will check with the organizer to see if she has any other leads for potential venues (also, if people are interested, I can see about getting something like that scheduled for the week before / after the meetup, to make the trip worthwhile for out of towners)
posted by mrzarquon at 2:58 PM on June 2, 2010


I stopped in at Backspace last night but I missed contact with the couple folks I know there, so it'll be another day or two before I have any hard numbers w/r/t reserving the place. I'll also investigate their schedule to see if there's a good mid-July Friday or Saturday for us all to just converge there without having to rent the whole place out. The only snag is, as I mentioned, if they've got a band booked then it's not going to be ideal for socializing.

I'll stay here in the thread with anyone else who wants to discuss the planning (doesn't matter to me if it drops off the frontpage) and we can put a new MeTa post up if/when we've got a pretty solid plan for where and when.

I've never been to the Green Dragon but have heard good things, and of course the East Burn is good too.

Is 75-100 what we're guessing? I was picturing less than that.
posted by churl at 3:07 PM on June 2, 2010


(Oh, missed mrzarquon's post there by not previewing.)
posted by churl at 3:08 PM on June 2, 2010


We got 63 last year according to ten.metafilter.com, so with the short notice and everything, we could probably plan more around 40-60?

I just checked at the Lucky Lab, since it is next to my office, and we can rent their side room, which seats 40 (with plenty of space for standing), for around $200 or so, if we want our own bartender. They only do beer, wine, cider and sandwiches, however.
posted by mrzarquon at 3:54 PM on June 2, 2010


I say we go ahead and make an executive decision to have the event on the 17th. It's a Saturday, which means that out-of-towners can arrive whenever they need to Friday evening or Saturday daytime.
posted by Afroblanco at 4:05 PM on June 2, 2010


I like your executive decision, Afroblanco. We can make that weekend, but not the 10th, despite what I said earlier.
posted by gingerbeer at 4:34 PM on June 2, 2010


17th is great.
posted by churl at 6:13 PM on June 2, 2010


I would kind of vote for not Ground Kontrol- it is a fun place to go, and would probably be a fun gaming-oriented meetup, but I didn't think it was good (at the 8th anniversary) for hanging out and conversing. Or sitting down- they had like 5 chairs total. I remember that there were lots of interesting people in from out of town at the 8th that I felt like I didn't meet because more than 3 or 4 people couldn't really congregate together.

I like the sound of any of the other locations, though! And I still have to check my calendar and make sure we're not doing anything on the 17th. Although if that's the beer festival weekend, I probably already left my calendar open for that.
posted by Secretariat at 7:51 PM on June 2, 2010


Nothing will be as cool as last summer's epic party in New Orleans. Just sayin.
posted by radioamy at 8:25 PM on June 2, 2010


Right on! Thanks to everybody for helping with this. Let's try to pick a venue soon-ish, though. I know how meetup planning goes, and I know that "choosing a place" can easily drag on for weeks. Plus, we want to give people a chance to prepare and stuff. Do you (PDX folk) think you can check on your leads this weekend?

Judging by the responses in this thread (expressed as a ratio of genuine interest to goofing around), I'm guessing some number between 30 and 50. But once we get this on the sidebar and promote it properly, maybe we'll have more? So let's plan on 50 people, maybe less.
posted by Afroblanco at 9:26 PM on June 2, 2010


I just got back from talking with Russ at the Green Dragon.

• They can host us easily, setting aside tables or a room for us if needed. No need to put in a reservation or a deposit.
• We can order a few rounds of apps ahead of time for the group, and for drinks, we can just get a bunch of drink tickets to distribute. The tickets would cost a flat rate (probably $5), and be good for any drink they have (beer, wine, cocktails). Then we could coordinate a purchase of them before the event and distribute them to mefites as they show up.
• I don't know the specifics, but they also allow minors in the building, possibly just the sideroom (which doesn't have taps), and they may have to leave early like last years meetup.
• They share the building with Integrity Spirits, who could give anyone interested a tour / tasting saturday afternoon before the meetup (I went today, and their stuff is amazing).

From a coordination standpoint, they are extremely flexible about everything, and there isn't a minimum tab commitment or anything. Once we get a confirmation of who is attending, we can start figuring out numbers for drink tickets and how many apps to order, but they can already pencil us in now to know that some group of folks will be showing up to drink beer and eat food.

I want to check out the other places as well, but the Green Dragon is feeling like a simple choice for us right now, and wont require a lot of legwork in the ensuing weeks to get stuff setup.
posted by mrzarquon at 12:48 AM on June 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


So far, it gets my vote.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:50 AM on June 3, 2010


That works for me. And will be slightly cheaper for me since no fire = no marshmallows.

(side note: type just "green" into google and "green dragon portland" is its first suggestion)
posted by geckoinpdx at 2:15 PM on June 3, 2010


That's spooky. I wonder if it holds true for those who are not in Portland?
posted by Nothing... and like it at 4:47 PM on June 3, 2010


Not for me. My first auto-complete result is "green zone". I don't even seen "green dragon portland" on the list.

I wonder if it has anything to do with browser use? I.e. Does Chrome collect contextual information about your browsing for a more enhanced search experience?
posted by Phire at 10:32 PM on June 3, 2010


I get "green day"
posted by gingerbeer at 10:48 PM on June 3, 2010


That's interesting, because my son was into Green Day for a while and I didn't get it at all!
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:34 AM on June 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


> Do you (PDX folk) think you can check on your leads this weekend?

Yes. Impending update(s) in this thread.
posted by churl at 1:35 PM on June 4, 2010


After meeting with churl at Backspace, we've decided that Green Dragon is a better meetup space than it for the 17th. In part because they have a band playing then, so we would have to get there super early and pack it in early.

I do propose Backspace as the 11.1 post nuputal meetup for Nothing...

We can create a new meta now with have the date, time, location. And hopefully we will have gig filter or something inplace to get numbers as well a week or two before the meetup.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:05 PM on June 4, 2010


In lieu of a new Meta:

Metafilters 11th Anniversary Party
Saturday, July 17th
6pmish until ??

The Green Dragon
928 Southeast 9th Avenue [map]
Portland, Oregon

Show up around 5pm if you want to try to tour Integrity Spirits, it is in the same building.

More to come regarding drinks, food options, and other celebratory things.
posted by mrzarquon at 10:57 PM on June 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Concurred. Tonight I finally talked to (and was bought drinks by (and was quite endrunkened when mrzarquon arrived because of)) Miranda, who books the events for Backspace. Unfortunately they're already host to a Doom Metal band on the 17th. Backspace is rad, and I know we all love Doom Metal, but I think that (among other considerations) the meetup is better served by a venue where we're actually going to be able to hear each other speak.

The good news is the damned Green Dragon, which I went by yesterday for the first time, is absolutely awesome. I have no hesitation throwing my full endorsement behind it; Mefi11 at the Green Dragon is going to kick ass.
posted by churl at 11:35 PM on June 4, 2010


Awesome!!!!! (yes, I was originally only going to 4 exclamation points, but churl and mrzarquon are so kickass they deserved an extra) Thanks guys for doing the necessary legwork on this.

I'll be arriving in town that Friday, and can help w/ any kind of setup or anything that needs doing.

And, also. HELL YEAH!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see you all there.
posted by Afroblanco at 10:26 AM on June 5, 2010


Ha, I completely forgot about the 11th anniversary until mrzarquon mentioned it last night. I will totally be there.
posted by maqsarian at 1:25 PM on June 6, 2010


The moose needs to cross the road late at night to get to that darn chicken.

(Comment for recent-activity-insertion purposes.)
posted by spherical_perceptions at 8:29 PM on June 6, 2010


Incidentally, "Moose Insertions" is the name of my new band BDSM-themed party.
posted by Greg_Ace at 9:19 PM on June 6, 2010


Oh man. I missed the thing this last weekend, and was just feeling bad about that, but - another PDX meetup? On my side of town? At a bar I've been meaning to check out anyway? And on my birthday no less?

Count me in.
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 1:12 PM on June 7, 2010


I'm in, too! I haven't attended a meetup in several months since my life has been kind of in flux, I'm living on a shoestring budget, and I've been even more crowd-phobic than normal. But I miss hanging out with MeFites! And, hey, 11th anniversary! So I'll see y'all there.
posted by velvet winter at 1:49 PM on June 7, 2010


I...think...I might just be able to go to this. I'll just have to believe in myself and write some affirmative post-its to stick on my mirror. "You can attend the Metafilter Meetup. Everything will be okay."
posted by redsparkler at 12:11 PM on June 15, 2010


Go for it! Our hazing process leaves only minimal physical/psychological bruising, and we hardly ever bite. ...Well, not until after a beer or ten, at least.

More seriously, there are a lot of introvert types at these meetups, so you're among your peers and we all have a great time.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:56 PM on June 15, 2010


redsparkler, I think the typical experience is this: nervously wandering in, sheepishly looking around for someone...ANYONE you might know, pretty quickly someone will notice you and drag you over (ohshitohshitohshit), introductions will be made and by the fifth or sixth beer you'll wonder what the hell you were so worried about and start coming up with ideas the next one.
posted by geckoinpdx at 4:45 PM on June 16, 2010


If someone has a couch to spare, I'd love to come up for the meetup. Please memail me if you do.

I'm super easy to host if that makes any difference.
posted by special-k at 7:05 PM on June 16, 2010


I can vouch for special-k. He's stayed on our couch before and didn't burn the house down or anything!
posted by gingerbeer at 9:07 PM on June 16, 2010


Let me know if you don't have any offers. I don't have much, but I won't see a fellow mefite out in the damp.
posted by geckoinpdx at 3:14 AM on June 18, 2010


Another Toronto MeFite and I were thinking of making a rash, irresponsible impromptu trip for this. Any idea on what the attendance (and mod attendance?) is going to be like yet?
posted by Phire at 5:59 AM on June 18, 2010


I created a New meta so we can start getting a headcount.
posted by mrzarquon at 9:02 AM on June 18, 2010


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