what happened to Rory? March 30, 2011 5:05 PM   Subscribe

what happened to Rory Marinich? I don't want to open any wounds or cause any trouble but he was one of my favorite users. I can't see anything in his post history that indicates why he's not longer here. Just wondering what happened.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn to MetaFilter-Related at 5:05 PM (84 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Fuck it, Dude. Let's go bowling.
-Rory Marinich
posted by gman at 5:13 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


He broke his leg, we had to shoot him.
posted by jonmc at 5:18 PM on March 30, 2011 [15 favorites]


I don't know, but the other day he posted like 40 some-odd tweets in a continuous narrative form in under 5 minutes. It was hilariously weird.

(Also, did you try emailing him first?)
posted by iamkimiam at 5:18 PM on March 30, 2011


As I understand it, he has taken up bowling.

He's fine as far as I know and there seems like a reasonable chance he will be back at some point.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:22 PM on March 30, 2011


alright thanks.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:24 PM on March 30, 2011


Too soon.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:39 PM on March 30, 2011


good night, sweet prince
posted by philip-random at 5:49 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, he pulled out of a project we were working on because he had too much work, so I assume MeFi is similar.

Let's hope he gets fired soon.
posted by klangklangston at 6:00 PM on March 30, 2011 [16 favorites]


I'm not saying that irl he is Muammar Gaddafi and very busy right now, and I'm not saying that he's not.
posted by found missing at 6:01 PM on March 30, 2011 [23 favorites]


He's arming the rebels.
posted by fixedgear at 6:03 PM on March 30, 2011


Worst euphemism for masturbation ever.
posted by found missing at 6:06 PM on March 30, 2011 [43 favorites]


Whatever happened to that collaborative zombie-love-story book I was working on with...some people? Whoever it was.
posted by tumid dahlia at 6:07 PM on March 30, 2011


Whatever happened to that collaborative zombie-love-story book I was working on with...some people? Whoever it was.

I wrote chapter 4 and passed it on and then it died. burnmp3s was overseeing it, I think, but people kept dropping out after I wrote that one chapter.

I'm a good story killer.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:15 PM on March 30, 2011


The Cabal got... oops sorry, there never was a Rory here. You must have been thinking of Tory Mainright.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 6:15 PM on March 30, 2011


I kept thinking he was rory markinch, which is in fife somewhere.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:15 PM on March 30, 2011


Your bit was good Brandon. I think the finished product would easily have been the best collaborative zombie-love-story Metafilter has yet produced.
posted by tumid dahlia at 6:17 PM on March 30, 2011


So what we're saying is that if more workplace employee lounges had bowling alleys, MetaFilter would die for lack of users?
posted by DU at 6:18 PM on March 30, 2011


I think the finished product would easily have been the best collaborative zombie-love-story Metafilter has yet produced.

You know, there's 4 chapters written already, there's no reason why it can't be finished. The shared document is still there, I just downloaded it. Do you have the list of people who were supposed to write? We could still solicit them or others to finish out the chapters.

Yes, we can bring the project back from the dead.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:49 PM on March 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


And the people will love it! The story of the writing of the zombie love story will be a zombie love story.
posted by Meatbomb at 6:58 PM on March 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


.
posted by hal_c_on at 6:58 PM on March 30, 2011


Ok, I've asked burnmp3s if he wants to headhunt some writers to finish things out and if not, would he be ok if I did.

We could have it ready by Christmas, it could be a gift for the special someone whose brains you want eaten!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:01 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: it could be a gift for the special someone whose brains you want eaten!

That sounds about right.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:04 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Was I part of that project? I think I was. I kept waiting for someone to send me something. Never happened.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:11 PM on March 30, 2011


As I understand it, he has taken up bowling.
And covering a room, floor to ceiling, with yarn.
posted by unliteral at 7:20 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


No thas was our one PhoB, and I believe I was the book-killer in that case, it was the american indian cops etc one.
posted by smoke at 7:20 PM on March 30, 2011


And covering a room, floor to ceiling, with yarn.

Awesome.
posted by mlis at 7:28 PM on March 30, 2011


So what we're saying is that if more workplace employee lounges had bowling alleys, MetaFilter would die for lack of users?

REAL NICE WEBSITE YOU HAVE, MR. HOWIE, REAL SHAME IF SOMETHING WERE TO HAPPEN IT
posted by grobstein at 7:29 PM on March 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


grobstien, you're entering a world of pain...
posted by jonmc at 7:35 PM on March 30, 2011


do you know who i am
posted by grobstein at 7:47 PM on March 30, 2011


No thas was our one PhoB, and I believe I was the book-killer in that case, it was the american indian cops etc one.

*shakes fist at smoke. shrugs. goes back to watching Lexx*
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:48 PM on March 30, 2011


His username is his real name, so you can follow him on other websites pretty easily.
Somebody on MetaFilter tell Lovecraft in Brooklyn that he was my favorite too? And he can join my bowling team if he wants to.
posted by delmoi at 7:51 PM on March 30, 2011 [7 favorites]


you're grobstein
posted by jonmc at 7:51 PM on March 30, 2011


Also, I tried the bacon mayonaisse. It was sublime.
posted by jonmc at 7:53 PM on March 30, 2011


- And I know the Dane.
- Nobody knows anybody.
Not that well.

posted by KokuRyu at 7:53 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


"Having a bunch of speculating in MeTa "Hey I noticed that so-and-so closed their account, what's THAT about?" is going to be really problematic. ... The big deal is though that we may have to be a little harsher about "What ever happened to X?" sorts of MeTa posts because I suspect for a lot of people they'll see that someone left and want to know what's up and the story may be an ungood one, or something where we know and can't really tell people, or where no one knows." — jessamyn
posted by John Cohen at 8:01 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


IF YU WANT TO SEE RORY MARNIC ALIVE AGAIN LEVE TWO THOUSND DOLERS IN UNMARKED BILS IN A PLAIN BAG BY THE SIDE OF THE oh nevermind
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 8:14 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


yeah i was worried about something like that happening John. but now i have a new Twitter buddy so it's all good
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:26 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


what happened to Rory?

Didn't he marry Amy Pond and end up disappearing in a police box?
posted by tzikeh at 8:26 PM on March 30, 2011 [18 favorites]


I'm pretty sure the TARDIS has a bowling ally.

hmmmmm
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:28 PM on March 30, 2011 [4 favorites]


Probably the same thing that will happen to me, soon.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:45 PM on March 30, 2011


"(As for absence: 20yo; confused by life; trying to find the answers that AREN'T on a comp. screen before muscular degeneration sets in)" — Rory Marinich
posted by John Cohen at 8:54 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


I wrote chapter 4 and passed it on and then it died. burnmp3s was overseeing it, I think, but people kept dropping out after I wrote that one chapter.

Yeah a few people dropped out over the course of a few months and it just kind of lost steam. I think a lot of people who were gung-ho about it in the beginning and ended up having real life stuff going on by the middle of the year and didn't end up having time for it. Or maybe it was just bad luck. Anyway sorry about just letting the project sort of die.

Yes, we can bring the project back from the dead.

I think with a fresh group and a fresh schedule it should be doable. The people who had not dropped out and had not yet written their chapter were me, Salvor Hardin, Nattie, and allkindsoftime. There are 4 completed chapters and it was originally planned for 11, but since there is no outline or anything it's flexible. I was not all that great about keeping the project going so Brandon if you want to take over I say go for it.
posted by burnmp3s at 8:57 PM on March 30, 2011


This sounds a little heretical, but good for him for disengaging from Metafilter in order to live his life. I have been trying to do something similar - drastically limiting the amount of time I spend doodling about in online communities - with mixed success.
posted by ErikaB at 9:04 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Brandon B., I dunno, I think the whole zombie craze is dying out. We'll be like Starriors coming along trying to bust into a market filled with Transformers. What do Starriors do, exactly? Well they have drills in their chests. We'll be the drill-chested guys. I guess it's an exciting way to die, a drill in your chest, but actually having a chest-drill would be silly. And what's holding you in place when you're drilling stuff? Accidentally chest-butt a brick wall and you'll be spinning around like a whirly-gig, change flying out of your pockets, your pants would probably come off. And all for what? No, no, it's just too much, I'm not going out like that.
posted by tumid dahlia at 9:11 PM on March 30, 2011 [5 favorites]


OTOH, between that Machine for Dying thing and the new Bureau Chiefs book Internet sourced writing is hot right now. but yeah, zombies are played out. i saw a nice zombie love film at a horror fest last year, even.

but i trust MeFi to put a new twist on it.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:16 PM on March 30, 2011


I take vacations but no one asks where I go. Sheesh.

ME ME ME ME ME
posted by GuyZero at 9:38 PM on March 30, 2011


Wait. There was a collaborative zombie love story and no one told me?
posted by verb at 9:48 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Worst euphemism for masturbation ever.

What, joining a bowling league?
posted by joe lisboa at 9:49 PM on March 30, 2011


I think perhaps "arming the rebels."
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 9:56 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


He fixes the cable?
posted by knave at 10:30 PM on March 30, 2011


V.I. Lenin. Vladimir Rory Marinich Ulyanov!
posted by doublehappy at 10:37 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Completely unrelated, but I miss ludwig_van.

Who's going to tell us to lift heavy weights and cheer us up with lighthearted songs? :(
posted by ODiV at 10:51 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I miss the Straightener
posted by sweetkid at 10:52 PM on March 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


Joe Beese?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 11:05 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Rory days, well they'll pass you by
Rory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye
Rory days, Rory daaaaaaaaay-ay-ay-ays
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:17 PM on March 30, 2011 [6 favorites]


Zombie love stories are a bit of a specialty of mine if you need more writers.
posted by NoraReed at 11:58 PM on March 30, 2011


I miss my youth, which I wasted.
posted by maxwelton at 12:22 AM on March 31, 2011


This thread is just part of your long game to prove that you're not a shill for the Mountain Steady, isn't it?
posted by Infinite Jest at 1:48 AM on March 31, 2011 [3 favorites]


Ok, so who wants to write a chapter of a collaborative zombie love story? Four chapters are done, there's 7 to go.

What's the story so far? Read the first four chapters and if you want to write a chapter, MeFimail me and let me know. You'll have a month to write your chapter, with Chapter 5 being due April 30th. If there's a specific chapter you want to write, let me know.

This is a first come, first served offer.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 2:13 AM on March 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I think a lot of people who were gung-ho about it in the beginning and ended up having real life stuff going on by the middle of the year and didn't end up having time for it. [...] The people who had not dropped out and had not yet written their chapter were me, Salvor Hardin, Nattie, and allkindsoftime.

Well, apparently not.
posted by cj_ at 2:54 AM on March 31, 2011


Rory? Didn't he marry Amy Pond?

But seriously, when I was a pre-teen over 40 years ago, I had a friend/neighbor named Rory; we would commiserate with each other about our totally-uncool-in-the-1960s names and he probably did more than anybody to encourage me to go all-in with the 'wacky' pen/stage-name Wendell. In recent years, 'Craig' has actually gotten cool (thank you Craig Newmark, Craig Ferguson and Daniel Craig, and NO thank you Larry Craig), and I'm hoping the character on Doctor Who starts the same kind of thing for Rorys.
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:27 AM on March 31, 2011


So it'll be okay if I name my kid after Craig Finn?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 3:36 AM on March 31, 2011


Wait, what? Those people are gone?! NOOOOOO! Please, Joe et. al. if you are still lurking around and see this, please come back, I love you!

(seriously...every single name...I immediately think of exactly what it is that I miss - and didn't realize I was missing - the comments, the funnies, the clear advice, the MeFi music...ouch, the missing.)
posted by iamkimiam at 4:09 AM on March 31, 2011 [6 favorites]


re: resurrected zombie love story contributors

I ALREADY HAVE DIBS ON THE LAST CHAPTER AND AM PATIENTLY STANDING BY TO TIE UP ALL LOOSE ENDS.

i have email documentation of the above claims. thank you.
posted by allkindsoftime at 4:40 AM on March 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


K, allkindsoftime has dibs on last chapter.

6 slots left.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:53 AM on March 31, 2011


I still want to write one, although probably one of the later ones.
posted by burnmp3s at 4:59 AM on March 31, 2011


burnmp3s gets a later chapter.

5 slots left.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:32 AM on March 31, 2011


20yo; confused by life; trying to find the answers that AREN'T on a comp. screen

Wait 'till he discovers there aren't any answers. Dude should stick to bowling.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:45 AM on March 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'd like to throw in for chapter 6 or later. Prolly wouldn't have time for chapter 5. These are three hundred thousand word stream-of-consciousness Zombie-Love-Story chapters, right?
posted by From Bklyn at 7:07 AM on March 31, 2011


In recent years, 'Craig' has actually gotten cool (thank you Craig Newmark, Craig Ferguson and Daniel Craig, and NO thank you Larry Craig)

Also, my cat's name is Craig! He's super cool! And orange! And enormous!

(obligatory)
posted by padraigin at 7:22 AM on March 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


there was once a Rory Marinich but NOT ANYMORE.
posted by The Whelk at 7:27 AM on March 31, 2011


(also the other OTHER side Mefi writing project - I finally have a break in my PAID writing world)
posted by The Whelk at 7:27 AM on March 31, 2011


Rory? Didn't he marry Amy Pond?

I was recently chatting with a friend who's both a MeFite and a Whovian (and who isn't PhoBWanKenobi, oddly enough):

HER: This picture looks like Rory.
ME: Rory Pond or Rory Marinara?
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:53 AM on March 31, 2011 [2 favorites]


These are three hundred thousand word stream-of-consciousness Zombie-Love-Story chapters, right?

No. Pls remember Zombie dialog is primarily restricted to BRAINNNNSSSS.
posted by allkindsoftime at 8:55 AM on March 31, 2011


No. Pls remember Zombie dialog is primarily restricted to BRAINNNNSSSS.

Or if vegan, GRAINNNNSSSSS.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:59 AM on March 31, 2011 [7 favorites]


He was one of my favorites too. He also exited Facebook. Let's hope he returns soon.
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:32 AM on March 31, 2011


Rory can be found in many places on the internet. He's fairly prolific for a twelve-year-old boy.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:41 AM on March 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


He probably kidnapped himself!
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin at 12:47 PM on March 31, 2011 [1 favorite]


The _____ and ______ of Rory Marinich.
posted by clavdivs at 1:36 PM on March 31, 2011


"(As for absence: 20yo; confused by life; trying to find the answers that AREN'T on a comp. screen before muscular degeneration sets in)"

Does he have a physical malady that will cause muscular degeneration -- in which case I am sorry for him -- or is he just one of those silly 20-somethings who think they are omg-oh-so-ancient? (...mutters the 48 year old, who runs into such 20-somethings in his hi-tech workplace and university town environs fairly frequently.)

Or did he just go away trailing dramatic pronouncements trusting that we'll all talk about him (in which case I guess that I too am playing right into his self-promoting hands)?
posted by aught at 7:21 AM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Ladies and Gentlemen of Rory Marinich Walter Mondale.
posted by slogger at 9:44 AM on April 1, 2011


Walter Mondale was supposed to be a link.
posted by slogger at 9:45 AM on April 1, 2011


I was recently chatting with a friend who's both a MeFite and a Whovian (and who isn't PhoBWanKenobi, oddly enough):

Lies!

There can be only one.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:50 AM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Crime, Glory
posted by Crabby Appleton at 2:48 PM on April 1, 2011


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