MetaFilter Harmonics July 6, 2010 9:31 AM   Subscribe

So are we all on the same wavelength lately or am I just suffering from a strange case of MetaFilterian pareidolia?

I'm looking at the home page today and I keep seeing patterns. Okay, so it's just a coincidence. It was still an eerie feeling skimming over the FPPs today, which seemed to share a higher-than-usual volume of words and themes. Anyone else notice this or am I alone in my craziness?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to MetaFilter-Related at 9:31 AM (59 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I thought this was going to be about some kind of metafilter emotional synchronization. Oh well.
posted by boo_radley at 9:33 AM on July 6, 2010


Possible explanations:

1) Confirmation Bias

2) You're stoned
posted by chrisamiller at 9:34 AM on July 6, 2010 [9 favorites]


. . . or maybe we're all stoned.



woah.
posted by Think_Long at 9:36 AM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


What? What?
posted by box at 9:37 AM on July 6, 2010


In the butt.
posted by Babblesort at 9:38 AM on July 6, 2010 [8 favorites]


> am I alone in my craziness?

You are utterly, completely, and hopelessly alone. There will be no empathy for you, nor will there be any acknowledgment that you are a thinking, feeling being.

There's no punchline here: you are just alone in an infinite ocean of self-aware desolation.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:38 AM on July 6, 2010 [5 favorites]


Please go stand by the stairs.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:40 AM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


The sequence is 2,2,4,5,1.

Holy crap, that's the exact number of pieces of bacon I ate this morning. The numbers are everywhere!!!
posted by new brand day at 9:41 AM on July 6, 2010


Where's John Nash when you need him?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:42 AM on July 6, 2010


There is no cabal.
posted by zarq at 9:43 AM on July 6, 2010


HATS HERE, GET YER TINFOIL HATS, $6 A PIECE OR TWO FOR $10!
posted by deezil at 9:51 AM on July 6, 2010


I noticed the Prince/Prince thing, too. And in AskMe there's a lot of air conditioning questions today. I just thought that seeing the first post reminded readers of other things to post. So no, you're not imagining things. (Not these things, anyway.)
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 9:51 AM on July 6, 2010


Thanks, now I have a headache.
posted by amro at 9:52 AM on July 6, 2010


And in AskMe there's a lot of air conditioning questions today.

There may be a simpler explanation for that one. It's incredibly fucking hot.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:53 AM on July 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


And in AskMe there's a lot of air conditioning questions today.

Which gives you the answer to this question: People in similar conditions (hot) talk about similar things (AC).

Prince is in the news, which is probably how that LIE entry was thought of.

Justin Bieber is big right now (FSVO "big") so obvs there's going to be multiple stories about him (FSVO "him").

Etc.
posted by DU at 9:54 AM on July 6, 2010


Everyone is on the same page here on MetaFitler, we're all out to get YOU.
posted by MattMangels at 9:57 AM on July 6, 2010


I just want to point out that you guys are harshing The Winsome Parker Lewis's mellow.
posted by languagehat at 9:57 AM on July 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


duuuuuuuude.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:58 AM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I just want to point out that you guys are harshing The Winsome Parker Lewis's mellow.

I just bought an eighth of "The Winsome Parker Lewis's mellow" last week - they grow that shit on, like, an island in the Pacific or something.
posted by Think_Long at 10:02 AM on July 6, 2010 [4 favorites]


It's possible these posts all came from the same person. I'll create a GUI interface using Visual Basic, see if I can track an IP address.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:03 AM on July 6, 2010 [27 favorites]


Fortunately cortex speaks leet. errr. . . 733t
posted by Think_Long at 10:04 AM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I know it wasn't me cortex but here you can check, my IP address is 127.0.0.1.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:07 AM on July 6, 2010


Great minds think alike.

Little minds too!
posted by fourcheesemac at 10:14 AM on July 6, 2010


type "Format C:" at a command prompt and you will get access to the haxx0rz site.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:15 AM on July 6, 2010


but seriously, at least for me, I'll read a thread and it gives me an idea for a post, that might be related so maybe that's what's happening?

anyways, here's a hug for you, the buckets still in the shop
posted by infini at 10:32 AM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's possible these posts all came from the same person. I'll create a GUI interface using Visual Basic, see if I can track an IP address.

The other, previous Bieber poster is reenum, whose birthday is (I see from the profile) the day after mine.

STOP FOLLOWING ME! No, wait....
posted by zarq at 10:34 AM on July 6, 2010


anyways, here's a hug for you, the buckets still in the shop

That's because Schmoopy shat in it. He'll keep shitting in that goddamn hugbucket until it has been buried in an avalance of manure and you'll be too ashamed to ever mention it again.
posted by Schmoopy at 10:34 AM on July 6, 2010


well fuck you too

*rassssssssssssssp*
posted by infini at 10:35 AM on July 6, 2010


When's elephant day this year?
posted by carsonb at 10:36 AM on July 6, 2010


anyways, here's a hug for you, the buckets still in the shop

"U" or "G" only, please. He is winsome, after all. ;)
posted by zarq at 10:37 AM on July 6, 2010



No command 'format' found, did you mean:
Command 'mformat' from package 'mtools' (main)
Command 'hformat' from package 'hfsutils' (main)
format: command not found

posted by DU at 10:37 AM on July 6, 2010


There's deep, unsettling irony in a grouchy, profane maladroit Schmoopy.
posted by zarq at 10:39 AM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


schmoopy prolly found out his guys isn't showing up with the stuff till next weekend
posted by infini at 10:46 AM on July 6, 2010


I'd been on my way to make the Prince New Album post when I saw the one about the Lieblog. Which isn't actually about Prince at all, but does feature his name as the first word. Which did lead me to wonder if this was going to end up on MeTa if I went ahead and posted about Prince's album giveaways.

So maybe we ARE all on the same wavelength after all.
posted by hippybear at 10:49 AM on July 6, 2010


> So maybe we ARE all on the same wavelength after all.

60 Hz, same as in town.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:50 AM on July 6, 2010


wait, Prince is actually Lady Gaga?
posted by infini at 10:51 AM on July 6, 2010


That's what he was formerly known as, yes.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:52 AM on July 6, 2010


While we are on this topic of coincidences, I would like to point out that I now have 1313 favourites, and I rather like the harmony of how it looks. So I am asking that no one ever favourite anything I say again; nor should anyone who has favourited something of mine ever remove it.
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:03 AM on July 6, 2010 [5 favorites]


TOO LATE SUCKER.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:04 AM on July 6, 2010


(I will of course remove that favorite later.)
posted by Burhanistan at 11:05 AM on July 6, 2010


Now you are all just toying with my emotions. Don't disrupt my harmony!
posted by never used baby shoes at 11:23 AM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


This sucker too has left the mortal coil.

Also, would this be a good time to ask if anyone else has noticed how huge my hands are? Because dude, my hands are HUGE...
posted by quin at 12:22 PM on July 6, 2010


Little known fact: all the women on Metafilter also menstruate at the same time.
posted by NoraReed at 12:33 PM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm going to use harmonics as a jumping off point, because I have to tell someone about this.

Some guy in his flat across the road (quiet, minor road - more like a small lane to access the buildings set back from the main road) just played some achingly beautiful cello for about five minutes.

I stuck my head out the window to listen, and about five people in the block of flats opposite were stood at their windows, listening too - holding a drink or having a smoke. The guys smoking pot down on the street even stopped to listen.

With the balmy evening we're having, it was a gorgeous five minute reprieve, and I felt like we were all in on a moment. Sometimes I love life so much.
posted by djgh at 12:39 PM on July 6, 2010 [16 favorites]


a timeless period
posted by infini at 12:40 PM on July 6, 2010


I see what you're talking about every few days - a theme or subject will crop up, then a few hours later some tangent of that gets reflected in another post, which inspires another, different but related post . . . that's one of the cool things about the front page, it's kind of like a lava lamp.
posted by chaff at 1:07 PM on July 6, 2010


posted by djgh Some guy in his flat across the road (quiet, minor road - more like a small lane to access the buildings set back from the main road) just played some achingly beautiful cello for about five minutes.

I have no idea to this day what that man was playing on his cello. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think he was playing something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, that cello soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in MetaTalk felt free.
posted by mattdidthat at 1:09 PM on July 6, 2010


Get busy flaggin', or get busy dyin'.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:44 PM on July 6, 2010


Nobody is controlling MeFites' minds. Please carry on.
posted by qvantamon at 2:38 PM on July 6, 2010


I remember a while back MeFi had a Yiddish theme going, it was either Christmas or Easter
posted by wheelieman at 2:41 PM on July 6, 2010


60 Hz, same as in town.

Typical US-centrism.
posted by qvantamon at 2:41 PM on July 6, 2010


Prince is in the news, which is probably how that LIE entry was thought of.

No, that lie was actually swimming around my head since 2004.
-The Lieblogger.
posted by millipede at 2:56 PM on July 6, 2010


Oh, the whiteness of the whale.
posted by effluvia at 3:56 PM on July 6, 2010


When's elephant day this year?

No soap. Radio.
posted by Splunge at 4:01 PM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I keep thinking that every single post is somehow whelk-related, but then I look closer and realize he just posts multiple times in every fucking thread.

But somehow not this one! It's a metafilter miracle!
posted by interrobang at 4:38 PM on July 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


A name has been coined for this phenomenon: MetaGeist. Been a while since I noticed it. It was originally AskMe-specific but there's no reason it needs to be.
posted by Miko at 5:48 PM on July 6, 2010


Didn't someone post this yesterday?
posted by doublehappy at 5:49 PM on July 6, 2010


If we have to have a moratorium on Lady Gaga posts, then I want a moratorium on Justin Bieber posts. :P
posted by IndigoRain at 7:25 PM on July 6, 2010


we're all so damn insane
posted by infini at 9:53 PM on July 6, 2010


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