What did other mefiers do during the outage? April 23, 2002 3:37 PM   Subscribe

I'm curious, what did other mefiers do during the outage? I'm 1/3 through the first volume of a certain story by Proust, although to be fair I've had a lot of free time these past few days.
posted by Settle to Uptime at 3:37 PM (49 comments total)

Oh, quit bragging.
posted by dong_resin at 3:45 PM on April 23, 2002

I wondered how long Settle's self-imposed posting hiatus would last.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:59 PM on April 23, 2002

I went at sat shiva next to the server while the T1 was down. Not just for MeFi, but for Queso, for Megnut, for Matt's A Whole. For all of us, really.

Of course, being raised Hindu, "sitting shiva" has a different meaning to me than it does to Jason.
posted by anildash at 4:04 PM on April 23, 2002

Huh? There was an outage?? This is the first I've heard of it.

posted by iconomy at 4:05 PM on April 23, 2002

Stuied for midterms for the first time in my life... ;)
posted by SpecialK at 4:13 PM on April 23, 2002

I ate a twinkie and found my essence.
posted by Opus Dark at 4:14 PM on April 23, 2002

I wrote my first article for submission to kuro5hin. It even got voted up for section posting. Cool.
posted by chipr at 4:18 PM on April 23, 2002

Finished "Soul Music" by Terry Pratchett. What a hilarious book. Oh, and yeah, got some work done at work. Heh.
posted by Lynsey at 4:30 PM on April 23, 2002

I was a Pilin'. And I got some work done. But mostly Pilin'.
posted by adampsyche at 4:38 PM on April 23, 2002

i marveled at this for many hours.

posted by quonsar at 4:47 PM on April 23, 2002

We all have, dear.

What a great time to have a penis.
posted by dong_resin at 4:50 PM on April 23, 2002

I twitched. A lot.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:02 PM on April 23, 2002

That picture reminded me that a few days ago I had a customer named Glasscock*(no joke),..... coincidence, I think not!

*yes, I imagine his child must have been hell..
posted by jonmc at 5:12 PM on April 23, 2002

I went at sat shiva next to the server while the T1 was down. Not just for MeFi, but for Queso, for Megnut, for Matt's A Whole

Does Matt know his site is referred to as an A-Hole?
posted by Karl at 5:12 PM on April 23, 2002

That would mark the second time settle has gone out of his way to mention he's reading Proust.

Only 1/3 of the way after 3 weeks? Maybe if it had elves it would go by a little quicker?

Me? During the downtime? I occupyied my time by rereading Finnegans Wake, and working on my translation of Ovid from Latin. How about the rest of you?
posted by malphigian at 5:17 PM on April 23, 2002

Does Matt know his site is referred to as an A-Hole?


During my MeFi outage time, I created a page exactly the same color and layout as MeFi. Then I copied old text from my browser cache. Then I went there, didn't like what people had written, sulked, and wrote about it. Then I went back and repeated the process. It was a good time.
posted by j.edwards at 5:19 PM on April 23, 2002

I had a dream about MeFi being back. Well, it was in the middle of another dream about an abandoned amusement park inside a renovated 19th-century department store, followed by a sequence involving accidentally ending up on a container ship heading out past Nova Scotia. But there was a point where Metafilter was a really, really big part of it for a few minutes.

No, I'm not kidding, either.
posted by dhartung at 5:24 PM on April 23, 2002

I raged at the world for raining on my birthday.

At least it wasn't my parade.

And I was reading Dickens. Not Proust, I know, but much more enjoyable. I think I'll start =Bleak House= again.
posted by meep at 5:28 PM on April 23, 2002

"Awww, you're separated from your tribe, how sad".
It was so scary! I had to keep checking on other members of the MeFiTribe to see if they had any information about the outage.
posted by Tarrama at 5:35 PM on April 23, 2002

I cleaned up the world for Earth Day, solved the Middle East crisis during a phone conference with Ari and Yas, created a new infallible chess strategy called the "pardonyou? gambit," procreated (three times), ran the Boston Marathon (a few days late), performed brain surgery, and watched every episode of The Osbornes on tape. Now back to wasting time...
posted by pardonyou? at 5:57 PM on April 23, 2002

Metafilter was gone?

I was hanging out in Vegas. I didn't utter the M-word once.
posted by lnicole at 6:27 PM on April 23, 2002

I finally finished those 12 concerti grossi that I started last summer but put aside.

Seriously, though, I went over to the Beinecke library and picked up some prints I had made of a 1788 book on furniture styles called "The Cabinet Maker's and Upholsterer's Guide" by the Hepplewhite brothers. Then I mopped my living room floor, put the final touches on my one-piece rolling entertainment cabinet, took a nap, went to Starbucks and got coffeed up, sold some CDs at the music store and used the proceeds to buy a recording of Beethoven's late quartets that I didn't have. All of those activities were interspersed with sessions of swearing at the computer while I put the finishing touches on my site redesign and hitting the Metafilter button in my browser bar to see if we were back in business.

Starbucks capuccino and cigarette in hand, Beethoven string quartets on speakers, #069 glowing on the screen, contentment reigns.
posted by evanizer at 6:35 PM on April 23, 2002

I fixed a cross-browser DHTML problem that had been bothering me for weeks.

Well, okay, not really. But I worked on it.
posted by ook at 6:38 PM on April 23, 2002

My satellite death chair is finally complete.
posted by D at 7:05 PM on April 23, 2002

i got broadband!


oh, and started an art project with jcjloege.
posted by jcterminal at 7:23 PM on April 23, 2002

I rode by bicycle about 300 miles in training for the Borough Bike Tour here in NYC.

I am stoked about this ride.

posted by lampshade at 8:04 PM on April 23, 2002

Yesterday I checked a couple of traceroute sources, thinking maybe it was my upstream's upstream having trouble leaping from the table to the couch, but no go.

This afternoon I decided to check, so I changed the BGP route-map parameters on the 3640 to check if upstream number 2 had a path to MeFi that wasn't broken.

That is correct, I re-routed 2000 people just to check if MeFi existed on another path.

And, yes, I did feel just like the alchoholic tour guide on Cheers, leading his charges on a historic tour of bars of Boston.

Oh, and read The Hunter, The Hammer, and Heaven, by Robert Young Pelton, and got further along on the SQL integration with our RADIUS services.
posted by dglynn at 8:22 PM on April 23, 2002

Glow-ted. Then wrote a letter to Sen. Maria Cantwell, local dotcom millionaire--Real Networks--and suggested she better get on the ball and hip Sen. Ms Doofus Napster my Ass Feinstein on internet broadcasts and copyright law--before her stocks really went down the tube. Read Gravity's Rainbow again last night.
posted by y2karl at 8:32 PM on April 23, 2002

I beat Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast again.

I need a life.
posted by solistrato at 8:34 PM on April 23, 2002

I researched and wrote my entire research paper, in one day.

And I hung out in irc.metafilter #mefi for a while too.

It was probably for the best (at least for me)
posted by insomnyuk at 9:09 PM on April 23, 2002

I just got back on line myself, and found that we're back!

Oddly enough, after the initial shock of not knowing where to immediately go for news, wonder, and interesting conversation, I found myself first searching for any members' personal sites for any news of what had happened, and then, after it sunk in that MeFi was definitely down for a while, just enjoying myself at the various other locales. I think jonmc mentioned this in the earlier thread (just skimmed it) [bear in mind, I'm just talking about on-line time here; I do have a real life, you know! Harumph.]

I really felt, going to sites and personal blogs that I'd never visited before, and seeing little candles lit here and there, like it was we all were just waiting out a power outage in a big city, and getting together in small rooms and hallways to wait out the storm and along the way get a little bit closer.

* singing! * Kum-by-ya, my lord, Kum-by-ya!

All snarkiness aside, the same thing happens in real life, and it's comforting, in a way, to see it happen in a virtual community.

Which reminds me, I need to go check on the "Best beer in the world" thread on jon's blog ...

posted by yhbc at 9:34 PM on April 23, 2002

i went to some concerts: vnv nation and siouxsie. tinnitis is fun, man.
posted by patricking at 9:40 PM on April 23, 2002

I listened to riffola and jpoulos's MeFi mix CDs. Outstanding - something to aim for this weekend!
posted by obiwanwasabi at 9:42 PM on April 23, 2002

It wasnt too bad once I figured out that its not gonna come up anytime soon. I realize that we arent having as bad a time (thanks Coldchef) as some people had earlier. I

-Restarted on a database design concepts book I have been procrastinating about
-Pulled an allnighter, finishing off a ppt, checking out interesting weblogs and pinging mefi countless number of times
When I came back from the presentation, it was up and running.

posted by justlooking at 10:58 PM on April 23, 2002

If this is a general "what I did" list, I read Carson McCullers, Hank Thoreau, and Roy Blount, and otherwise lived as usual.

But that's the sort of stuff I would do anyway. I read at home and on the bus. I Metafilter at work. So the problem was finding other ways to waste time at work. I ended up working more.
posted by pracowity at 12:32 AM on April 24, 2002

To me, the web consists of two things: MeFi and Porn.

I rubbed my penis damned-near raw.
posted by ttrendel at 12:53 AM on April 24, 2002

I must be a freak or something. Without MetaFilter I can't do any work. I'm a writer and, to get away from my own musings I simply must have others' musings, on wildly different topics, till I am sated and can get back to my work, which seems suddenly fresh and attractive because there's nobody else there but me and I'm wholly in charge. Until I'm sated and thoroughly sick of myself and come back to MeFi...

When this delicious circle is broken, I do nothing but ping and pine, pine and ping. I do think I am more addicted than most, as my work has come to depend on this enticing little window on you all...
posted by MiguelCardoso at 1:39 AM on April 24, 2002

Miguel - I hate to be the one to break the bad news..... but now that we have got you hooked to the point that your writing relies on us i'm afraid (based on 'filter dealer guidelines) we have to jack up the price ....... yes, this is where the true meaning of the "more addictive than crack" tagline becomes apparant!

or as the rarely-used-but-quite-releveant alternative goes - "Metafilter - ensnaring and financially crippling writers since 1999"

(cue evil laughter)
posted by urban greeting at 4:00 AM on April 24, 2002

Miguel--so what type of writings have MeFier's inspired you to write?
posted by RunsWithBandageScissors at 7:28 AM on April 24, 2002

Not Without my Monkey: the Dong Resin Story
posted by jpoulos at 7:54 AM on April 24, 2002

I wish there was a methadone-like program for us when we go through MeFi withdrawal. Like Mefidone.
posted by adampsyche at 8:39 AM on April 24, 2002

I wish there was a methadone-like program for us [...]

There is.
posted by webmutant at 11:04 AM on April 24, 2002

I got so worked up over the Wennekers/Power case that I started writing a song about it.

BTW: If any of you can find me some audio coverage of the case, please let me know (preferably via email).
posted by sigma7 at 11:56 AM on April 24, 2002

had a make-out party.. made flyers.
posted by lotsofno at 7:39 PM on April 24, 2002

I found missingmatter. behind the curve on a few things, but a very distinct focus. and then using the google cache I found it had come up here before.
posted by Dean King at 8:20 PM on April 24, 2002

Thankfully, the rumor that Mefidone is tougher to kick than MeFi is patently untrue.
posted by anathema at 8:31 PM on April 24, 2002

What good is a make-out party flier with no address or time or date?
posted by aaron at 9:58 PM on April 24, 2002

aaron, it was something i made as a joke during my free time after an exam, in my print production class. i gave it to a couple of people for a laugh. the guys called me gay. the girls usually laughed. i ended up making out with one of them. joy.
posted by lotsofno at 10:49 AM on April 25, 2002



Can I have one? A flier I mean, not a make out.
posted by aaron at 7:26 PM on April 25, 2002

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