NYC-Filter July 12, 2012 7:15 AM   Subscribe

Anyone interested in creating a spin-off board for NYC MeFites?

There's a lot of us from NYC here and I figure a spin-off board for news, events, shows, questions, and general shit-shooting would be appreciated. We've had some spin-offs that have worked and some that unfortunately have not and if I had half a clue as to what makes the difference between the two I'd have posted this to Projects, but I do not.
posted by griphus to MetaFilter-Related at 7:15 AM (191 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Only if you call it FuhggedaboutMe.

Sure. How can I help?
posted by zarq at 7:18 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think a requirement is having a wonderchicken do all the dirty work for you. Unfortunately, he's not a NYC area dude. I wish he was, so I could buy him a beer!
posted by Grither at 7:21 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I would enjoy this.
posted by hermitosis at 7:23 AM on July 12, 2012


In Chicago, we seem to mostly be using twitter for this purpose, with links there to other sites with event details, or articles complaining about road maintenance in the bike lanes, or pictures of our puppies. This way we don't need a wonderchicken on the back-end.
posted by garlic at 7:35 AM on July 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


Is something like NYC-Me / NYSeeMe (Me for MeFi, natch) available?

And yeah, anything that makes the NYC circle more incestuous and insular. Bring it on! =D
posted by Eideteker at 7:41 AM on July 12, 2012


Sometimes it seems like Metafilter proper has turned into a spin-off board for NYC Mefites.
posted by item at 7:42 AM on July 12, 2012 [15 favorites]


This is my idea, so it is obviously awesome! Although I was thinking something bare bones like a listserv or yahoo/google group because site maintenence is a pain.

Twitter won't work at all for various reasons.
posted by the young rope-rider at 7:52 AM on July 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


i already know where you all live though

and since it is brooklyn there is really no danger of me creepin on you
posted by elizardbits at 7:56 AM on July 12, 2012


elizardbits crouching in a Bensonhurst alleyway with an elephant gun and pith helmet.
posted by griphus at 8:04 AM on July 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


that just seems so inconvenient.
posted by elizardbits at 8:06 AM on July 12, 2012


I'd like this.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:06 AM on July 12, 2012


I saw elizardbits in Prospect Park feeding pigeons at 6am
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:13 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sure. Happy to take more abuse for living in Queens on yet another board.
posted by gaspode at 8:15 AM on July 12, 2012 [5 favorites]


elizardbits: "that just seems so inconvenient"

Kinda like living in Queens!

sorry gaspose, couldn't resist!
posted by Grither at 8:19 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


MetaFilter-NYC Google Group.

Come on in, the water's fine.
posted by griphus at 8:25 AM on July 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


As one of the few NYC-based people who was actually born here let me say two things:

1) get off my lawn, you brooklyn hipsters
2) What would be the purpose of it? (meant honestly, not snarkily). Would it be for NYC-specific FPP-style posts? Would it be specifically for organizing meetups and getting to know fellow NYC-based MeFites? Would it be purely for NYCers to continue to insist upon their own exceptionalism and crow about how awesome Brooklyn is? (ok that last thing was snarky)
3) IMHO, I would prefer fragmentations like this be in a format less likely to 'compete' with the overall metafilter experience, so that people don't need to choose which site they go to, or add yet another side to their list of interesting websites go visit. To that end i think a yahoo group would be awesome.
posted by softlord at 8:26 AM on July 12, 2012


Griphus that google group is AWESOME and I am JOINING IT RIGHT NOW, yay!
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:29 AM on July 12, 2012


Okay, and I also just used it to ask for a specific recommendation that I'm not comfortable asking for on AskMe. This is really great. Thanks so much for making this happen, griphus.
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:33 AM on July 12, 2012


Okay, the young rope-rider is in charge of the group so please address any issues/complaints/whatever to her.
posted by griphus at 8:38 AM on July 12, 2012


Wait I wanna be a cool kid too
posted by shakespeherian at 8:40 AM on July 12, 2012


YOU DON'T EVEN GO HERE
posted by elizardbits at 8:41 AM on July 12, 2012 [5 favorites]


First they take away Batman and now this?!
posted by shakespeherian at 8:42 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


please address any issues/complaints/whatever to her.

my complaint is that shakespeherian doesn't live in nyc, how do you plan to address this issue
posted by elizardbits at 8:44 AM on July 12, 2012


i would like to announce my new kickstarter campaign to buy me a vacation home in nyc
posted by shakespeherian at 8:45 AM on July 12, 2012 [12 favorites]


The SF Cabal, like the Chicago Cabal Which Does Not Exist, seems to use twitter for this purpose.
posted by madcaptenor at 8:47 AM on July 12, 2012


Wait, you don't live in NYC? :'( I feel that this is a personal betrayal.

And yes, all the complaints, all for me, YES
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:48 AM on July 12, 2012


I would support (and be willing to help administer) something like this for DC as well. A full website is way above my pay grade but a general network of Google groups for regional hangouts questions and whatnot, rather than sticking everything into the melting pot of IRL/Ask, seems like a pretty cool idea.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:48 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


"i already know where you all live though

and since it is brooklyn there is really no danger of me creepin on you"


I'm in Manhattan and I don't recall you ever creepin on me. =(

Or anyone, for that matter. I am thoroughly un-creeped-upon. Whatever happened to creepin it real?
posted by Eideteker at 8:55 AM on July 12, 2012


"Creepin' it Real" was the b-side to "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah."
posted by griphus at 8:56 AM on July 12, 2012 [12 favorites]


Also I made shakespeherian an honorary NYC MeFite a while ago, so he knows the secret handshake and now I've said too much
posted by griphus at 8:57 AM on July 12, 2012


THE SECRET HANDSHAKE IS JUST A HANDSHAKE AND THEN WHILE YOU'RE DOING IT YOU COUGH NERVOUSLY
posted by shakespeherian at 8:58 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Into the other person's face?
posted by maryr at 8:59 AM on July 12, 2012


you hold on for slightly too long and your hands are clammy
posted by elizardbits at 8:59 AM on July 12, 2012


No, you turn your head and cough. Also shakespeherian's conception of "just a handshake" is rather personal so heads up.
posted by griphus at 9:00 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


SEEKRITS REVEALED
posted by elizardbits at 9:00 AM on July 12, 2012


That's why they call me handshakespeherian
posted by shakespeherian at 9:02 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is there an FAQ/Walkthrough? I'm having trouble getting past the level 2 handshake.

This would probably be easier if my parents had just bought me the Power Glove like I deserved. I was GOOD, dammit!
posted by Eideteker at 9:04 AM on July 12, 2012


OK fine. Now there's a MetaFilter Atlanta Google Group too.

If this keeps up maybe there could be a page on the wiki.
posted by softlord at 9:04 AM on July 12, 2012


I love this!!

Google Groups make my head hurt, but fiine.
posted by sweetkid at 9:13 AM on July 12, 2012


Okay, it's official: we got SIDEBAR'D.

(Thanks jessamyn)
posted by griphus at 9:19 AM on July 12, 2012


I HAVE DECIDED TO JOIN IN ON THE HOOPLAH AND TO DO.
posted by The Whelk at 9:19 AM on July 12, 2012


You're late, it stopped being cool.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:20 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


It did? Dammit I knew I shouldn't have put all those Lisa Frank stickers on it.
posted by griphus at 9:21 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm in for the retro-vintage cool.
posted by The Whelk at 9:24 AM on July 12, 2012


I'm in! Sounds fun. Anybody want to go see The Dark Knight when it comes out?

prosted by $50 Hobo at 12:23pm on July 12 [+] [!]
posted by Rock Steady at 9:25 AM on July 12, 2012


Anyone want to start a Boston group? We could always be looked down upon by the NYC group and there would be no posting allowed after 1:00 AM.
posted by bondcliff at 9:26 AM on July 12, 2012 [13 favorites]


Ok the Metafilter Morlock Tunnels Google Group has been created for those who want to party in the basement.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:26 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I saw elizardbits in Prospect Park feeding pigeons at 6am

That was actually me.

Sometimes I disguise myself as pigeons.
posted by davidjmcgee at 9:27 AM on July 12, 2012 [11 favorites]


And I was being Prospect Park!

Oh what a small world!
posted by shakespeherian at 9:30 AM on July 12, 2012


transplanting your consciousness into locations is so last year.
posted by The Whelk at 9:32 AM on July 12, 2012


Is google groups broken? If I click on the "My Groups" then click 'show' after it says "You also belong to groups in 1 other organization. show" then it comes up with one group (some google reader group). Then I click back on My Groups, and now the metafilter group has disappeared? I have to come back here and click on the direct link.

Why you broke, Google Groups?!
posted by Grither at 9:37 AM on July 12, 2012


"Anyone want to start a Boston group? We could always be looked down upon by the NYC group and there would be no posting allowed after 1:00 AM."

Boston has such an inferiority complex around NYC. Silly people, we don't look down on you; we don't even realize you exist!

There. Feel better now? *pats Boston on the head*
posted by Eideteker at 9:48 AM on July 12, 2012 [4 favorites]


OH HO PATS I GET IT

no srsly i did not do that on purpose
posted by Eideteker at 9:48 AM on July 12, 2012


Yeah, I mean, why would we make fun of Boston when the Dirty Jerz is just right across the river.
posted by elizardbits at 9:49 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


You think Boston has an inferiority complex, DC doesn't even get mentioned unless someone is saying "Wait there are people from ther????" GRRR.

Anyway, I'm in.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:54 AM on July 12, 2012


I saw elizardbits drinking a Sixpoint Sweet Action at Barcade.

Her hair was perfect.
posted by Sara C. at 9:58 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


GRAR! Lizard's in Brooklyn.
posted by griphus at 10:10 AM on July 12, 2012


You think Boston has an inferiority complex, DC doesn't even get mentioned unless someone is saying "Wait there are people from ther????" GRRR.

I mentioned it!
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:12 AM on July 12, 2012


Metacooler mostly didn't work because I was wishy-washy about moderating it and we failed to attract the large, diverse group of conversants present on, you know, metafilter. So the thread-hopping during TV shows that happens here was actually richer, deeper, and more interesting. No one wanted to go to a separate site to have shadows of a conversation we could be having on a more successful site.

(Also, semi-related: I get weekly IRL invites for the NYC group even though I'm 2 hours upstate--which I signed up for in the vain hope that I'd be informed about Hudson Valley meet-ups. On the one hand, I really want to go to an NYC meet-up someday; Whelkie keeps telling me to come out and chill; you all seem awesome [if a bit intimidating, but then, I'm shy]. On the other, it's kind of like, here's-your-weekly-meet-up-invite-you-probably-won't go to, and I wonder if this will lessen that. It's hard to figure out the right "nearby" radius for a densely populated area like NYS.)
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:13 AM on July 12, 2012


I saw elizardbits drinking a Sixpoint Sweet Action at Barcade.

Her hair was perfect.


The elizardbits myth has grown completely out of control.
posted by sweetkid at 10:14 AM on July 12, 2012


PhoB - pls notify me of any Hudson Valley meetups. You have my permission to address me personally. Esp. if it's on the West side of the river.

(IIRC, Kingston, NY has free art shuttles on the first Saturday of every month. I'll probably be out of town the week around Labor Day, but I'd be up for this in the fall. Have been meaning to go for ages, anyhow.)
posted by Eideteker at 10:17 AM on July 12, 2012


Hmm. Maybe this is a sign that I should really quit being shy and put together a meet-up.

My brain is all, "But nooo! Scary!" I really need to kick my brain in the butt.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:20 AM on July 12, 2012


The only thing scary about NYC meetups are the those dark portals that open up and swallow people occasionally.
posted by griphus at 10:22 AM on July 12, 2012


PhoB, I am a native New Yorker and as anyone who has met me at a meetup can attest, I'm not scary at all. I have not been scared by anyone else either! (Yet?)
posted by mlle valentine at 10:22 AM on July 12, 2012


It's because you're all so cool.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 10:23 AM on July 12, 2012


AVERAGE RENT PRICES IN WHAT YOU GREW UP CONSIDERING REMOTE NEIGHBORHOODS

scary, right?
posted by griphus at 10:23 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I REMEMBER WHEN THIS WAS ALL FIELDS
posted by elizardbits at 10:26 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I thought people were talking about me but then realised UWS is probably 'Upper West Side'.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 10:26 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


On the other, it's kind of like, here's-your-weekly-meet-up-invite-you-probably-won't go to, and I wonder if this will lessen that.

Ha ha, no! The weekly meetup will still be weekly meetup-ing.

It's because you're all so cool.

As anyone who has met me can attest I am really not cool. I had a cool moment back in like '08 and I remember it fondly but those days are gone now.
posted by the young rope-rider at 10:31 AM on July 12, 2012


The weekly meetup in case anyone is curious! It is today!
posted by the young rope-rider at 10:32 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sometimes I disguise myself as pigeons.

I gave you an A+ for believability when you all flew away and pooped on that jogger

posted by elizardbits at 10:41 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's that Tisch training, yo.
posted by davidjmcgee at 10:45 AM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Someone refresh my memory - if I join the Google Group who can see the name attached to my Google profile?
posted by Wretch729 at 10:48 AM on July 12, 2012


There's an option to abstain from linking your profile to your group ID, but I'm not sure how airtight it is. Looking in the "members" section of the group, looks like most people aren't linking to their Google profile so all I see is a (self-selected) username and group join date.

The group owner/manager(s) can see email addresses and I'm not sure what other info.
posted by griphus at 10:52 AM on July 12, 2012


She can see into the depths of your soul and judge you but she never really bothers.
posted by elizardbits at 10:53 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm not scary at all

I'm a little bit scary, but only because my face is a smooth featureless expanse of skin, and I have a fang-ringed mouth on either side of my neck, and I whisper lists of fears in lieu of saying "Hello"
posted by Greg Nog at 10:58 AM on July 12, 2012 [5 favorites]


Is this something I would have to have Google+ to understand?
posted by maryr at 11:01 AM on July 12, 2012


GREG NOG'S LIST OF FEARS

1. Lampreys
2. Getting sucked down the pool drain
3. Somehow accidentally stapling your scrotum to your leg
4. Whale sharks nm found out what they are
5. Telemarketing as life skill
6. Finding out those little building pass things for offices downtown cause cancer
7. Krazy Glue
8. Unsuccessfully mixing plaids
9. Oatmeal worms
posted by shakespeherian at 11:02 AM on July 12, 2012 [17 favorites]


A DC one would be awesome! Also I thought PhoBWanKenobi lived near here so that meetup would be in this area which would have been awesome but nooooooo, I guess I don't get to meet her.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:02 AM on July 12, 2012


Oh yeah, I totally forgot about the fangs when I said no one in NYC was scary.
posted by mlle valentine at 11:02 AM on July 12, 2012


The fangs are good fun. Many an hour I have pleasantly passed throwing popcorn in the general direction of Greg's neck.
posted by the young rope-rider at 11:04 AM on July 12, 2012


they hiss when he gets drunk
posted by elizardbits at 11:08 AM on July 12, 2012


I'd start a Vermont group, but we mostly use smoke signals to announce meetups anyway.
posted by terrapin at 11:18 AM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


For some reason I read that as a Voldemort group, possibly because fangs and hissing were mentioned in previous comments.

You Dark Mark people can go have your own meetups. I don't want to know about it.
posted by Sara C. at 11:28 AM on July 12, 2012


Oatmeal worms

Well that's just fan-fucking-tastic.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 11:29 AM on July 12, 2012


Yes, Greg also makes a delightful cream of muggle soup.
posted by elizardbits at 11:29 AM on July 12, 2012


A DC one would be awesome! Also I thought PhoBWanKenobi lived near here so that meetup would be in this area which would have been awesome but nooooooo, I guess I don't get to meet her.

Aw, sorry, we moved last year! (Metafilter told us where to go, a method I highly recommend).
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 11:30 AM on July 12, 2012


Yes, Greg also makes a delightful cream of muggle soup.

But only once.
posted by griphus at 11:32 AM on July 12, 2012


Eh, it's still pretty good re-animatedheated.
posted by davidjmcgee at 11:34 AM on July 12, 2012


Well that's just fan-fucking-tastic.

The more I think about it the unhappier I am.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:35 AM on July 12, 2012


Yeah, it sounds rough, but if you turn it to MED or LOW and pull up the little switch that keeps the head from swiveling, it's workable.
posted by griphus at 11:37 AM on July 12, 2012


I swear to god shakes, if you spill the beans on the secret hug of the Chicago Cabal*...

*TINCC
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:40 AM on July 12, 2012


Just putting the word 'beans' in that sentence is saying too much.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:43 AM on July 12, 2012


Eh, you all eventually show up at my job anyway.
posted by jonmc at 11:43 AM on July 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


You stole ColdChef's line.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 11:50 AM on July 12, 2012 [19 favorites]


MetaFilter DC
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:16 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just saying "Just putting the word 'beans' in that sentence is saying to much" is saying too much.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:19 PM on July 12, 2012


YAY! Thanks anotherpanacea! I will do my best to spread the word.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:23 PM on July 12, 2012


(By which I of course mean "e-mail my husband and roommate". That's about all the power I have.)
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:29 PM on July 12, 2012


No problem! (Literally, it took less than a minute.) Do you want to be in charge?
posted by anotherpanacea at 12:29 PM on July 12, 2012


Speaking of, jonmc, I was at the Strand on Monday selling books and tried to find you to say hi. Was that one of your days off, or did I just miss you?
posted by ocherdraco at 12:30 PM on July 12, 2012


I am glad to have started the grand MetaFilter tradition of passing the buck w/r/t spin-off community management.

All credit goes to MeTa threads over the years.
posted by griphus at 12:30 PM on July 12, 2012


Do you want to be in charge?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:31 PM on July 12, 2012


Actually I suppose I could, whatever. I'm going to take this to MeFi mail so the New Yorkers can't see all our awesome stuff.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:32 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


WE OWN THE SKYSCRAPERS

WE SEE ALL
posted by griphus at 12:33 PM on July 12, 2012


I was going to say YEAH RIGHT LIKE THERE IS ANY AWESOME STUFF IN DC but there really kind of is so uh

ANYWAY

TACOS
posted by elizardbits at 12:34 PM on July 12, 2012


i like them
posted by elizardbits at 12:34 PM on July 12, 2012


FREE MUSEUMS!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:34 PM on July 12, 2012


DC (well, Arlington) has the greatest taco truck in the world.

IN THE WORLD, I say.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:36 PM on July 12, 2012


Seriously, though, on topic, as a non-New Yorker, I think there's some value in this. I think there's a lot of in-groupy chatty joke-jokes in the MeFi comment system that apparently disproportionally comes from folk in NY (seeing a lot of the same names in this thread!), and I don't think it makes the site any better, frankly. So we'll see how this goes.
posted by blue t-shirt at 12:37 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


> Speaking of, jonmc, I was at the Strand on Monday selling books and tried to find you

And with that, the carefully maintained character known as "jonmc" fell apart.
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:39 PM on July 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


dcwithoutindictment.com
posted by davidjmcgee at 12:39 PM on July 12, 2012


I am not from NYC but contribute a solid 80% of the annoying and unfunny jokes in threads.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:42 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


And with that, the carefully maintained character known as "jonmc" fell apart.

It was actually a million tiny spiders and one confused shark zipped up in a people suit.
posted by elizardbits at 12:48 PM on July 12, 2012 [7 favorites]


DC (well, Arlington) has the greatest taco truck in the world.

I think I know the truck you mean and it's good, but fuck that noise Virginia sucks.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:52 PM on July 12, 2012


From davidjmcgee's link:


The Government of the District of Columbia has operated
2
day(s) without a high-profile local politician or official charged with crimes relating to corruption, fraud, or public integrity.
Previous count: 33 day(s)
Public integrity begins with YOU! Do your part to set a new record.


I don't know if this is encouraging me not to engage in fraudulent behavior or not to report it.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:57 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


DC (well, Arlington) has the greatest taco truck in the world.

IN THE WORLD, I say.


I know exactly the one you're talking about, but don't you think Oakland is a hell of a drive from DC?
posted by villanelles at dawn at 12:59 PM on July 12, 2012


It was actually a million tiny spiders and one confused shark zipped up in a people suit.

You wear a disguise to look like human guys, but you're not a man, you're OH MY GOD SPIDERS EVERYWHERE
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:59 PM on July 12, 2012 [3 favorites]


I am going to just shoot from the hip here and speculate that the greatest taco truck in the world is probably somewhere in Mexico.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:03 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


No, in the realm of Elemental Taco.
posted by The Whelk at 1:09 PM on July 12, 2012


They should race. Then we'd know.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 1:10 PM on July 12, 2012


Yes, but the gulf between what the Mexicans consider tacos and what Americans consider tacos is as wide as the one between what New Yorkers consider pizza and that cargo cult-y cheese/bread thing your people came up with.

BRING IT.
posted by griphus at 1:10 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dare I speak with my first thought that it would be enabling fragmentation of a community and those of us less privileged would have move to NYC, NY, USA, North America to participate and we'd feel all left out and wish we hadn't let our green card lapse and then weep silently into our Laphroig in some random dusty corner of the globe?

No?

*sniff*
posted by infini at 1:10 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


DAMNABLE CHEESE CASSEROLE EATERS
posted by The Whelk at 1:11 PM on July 12, 2012


You can get some really kickass pizza in the District but secretly I just wish I could make the trip to Lou Malnati's.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 1:13 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Isn't there a taco in a cave somewhere that's the most tacoiest taco? I think that's what Plato was nattering on about.
posted by Area Man at 1:17 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


No, that was about seafood; specifically the eternal recurrence of certain delicious crustaceans. It's the concept we now refer to as "Plato shrimp."
posted by griphus at 1:20 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Plato Shrimp is just a second generation heresy from Sophocles Squid.
posted by The Whelk at 1:21 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


I prefer Plato beans.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 1:29 PM on July 12, 2012


You people and your population density! If I tried a stunt like this for north-central Massachusetts it would be sadder than Four Square, where all that's required to become Mayor of a place is to visit it twice.
posted by usonian at 1:34 PM on July 12, 2012


Yes, but the gulf between what the Mexicans consider tacos and what Americans consider tacos

I'm from San Diego so you're gonna have to make a Venn diagram, here.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:36 PM on July 12, 2012 [6 favorites]


tricksy
posted by griphus at 1:38 PM on July 12, 2012


From now on anyone attending an NYC meetup must have a tiki name.
posted by elizardbits at 1:39 PM on July 12, 2012


You may referrer to me as the Terrible Idol Of Manhattans
posted by The Whelk at 1:40 PM on July 12, 2012


I'ma get on the ground floor with "Dr. Funk."
posted by modernserf at 1:44 PM on July 12, 2012


Empress Kali Pago.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:53 PM on July 12, 2012


It's one of my days off, Monday is, but I'm usually at Bar None around the corner spinning tunes from 4 till six, six thirty.
posted by jonmc at 2:00 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sara Sea.
posted by Sara C. at 2:22 PM on July 12, 2012


My tiki name is "Elizabeth"
posted by Greg Nog at 2:30 PM on July 12, 2012


Every few people know that Greg Nog is descended from a long line of English queens.
posted by The Whelk at 2:30 PM on July 12, 2012


......no. Too easy.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 2:34 PM on July 12, 2012


but how can we NOT
posted by elizardbits at 2:41 PM on July 12, 2012


Goddamned NYC elitists.

I'm only envious because I don't live there any more.
posted by Decani at 3:02 PM on July 12, 2012


and I am King Oogum Boogum of the Magical Land of Queens.
posted by jonmc at 3:18 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Are you talking about that blank spot on the subway map that says "Here Be Dragons"?
posted by griphus at 3:23 PM on July 12, 2012


" ...and chunky homosexuals"
posted by The Whelk at 3:24 PM on July 12, 2012


Always been a creamy man, myself.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 3:27 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


As to the Boston group - I used to be a Boston MeFite and I'll be one again this fall and I would totally join a group to pass on recommendations of the four things I know about and say that I'll attend meet ups and then have to cancel at the very last second because My Kid Has Some Bullshit That Needs Attending To.
posted by sonika at 3:30 PM on July 12, 2012


(And get into lengthy discussions about how to avoid the orange line as much as possible, but really, the blue line is so gross as to make the orange line look positively *welcoming.*)
posted by sonika at 3:30 PM on July 12, 2012


Ooh, where are the chunky homosexuals? My friends and I, chunky homosexuals all, are visiting this weekend!
posted by yellowbinder at 3:32 PM on July 12, 2012


Yellowbinder, not a bad start, they all live in Astoria however, you can get arrested in parts of Manhattan for thinking about carbs too hard.
posted by The Whelk at 3:38 PM on July 12, 2012


Hmmm we're staying with someone's brother, all I know is it is Manhattan. I hope we don't get bear bashed!
posted by yellowbinder at 3:47 PM on July 12, 2012


I belive Rugby Night at Gym, the gay sports bar, is ....hirsute friendly.
posted by The Whelk at 3:50 PM on July 12, 2012


Man, the mayor limits you to 16oz of cola per sitting and you people lose your effing minds.
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre at 5:42 PM on July 12, 2012


Yeah, I mean, why would we make fun of Boston when the Dirty Jerz is just right across the river.

Do not mess with the people of New Jersey. Someday there shall be a central Jersey meetup...

There will be improv performed (by me, partially) in August in Sayreville. If I knew anyone here (other than my husband) in real life I would totally make an IRL post... I need to go to a meetup. Sigh.
posted by booksherpa at 6:47 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


where all that's required to become Mayor of a place is to visit it twice.

- visit once, add location to foursquare
- visit a second time you are the mayor
- gloat to no one, receive no benefits
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:22 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Do not mess with the people of New Jersey.

We know where all the bodies are buried! And our mom will make you a nice meatball sandwich!
posted by mintcake! at 7:48 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


Don't make us open up a can of Jersey.
posted by Miko at 7:56 PM on July 12, 2012


DONT MAKE ME BRING OUT THE MID 90s GENTLE SURREALISM SITCOMS SO HELP ME I WILL
posted by The Whelk at 8:08 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


SO IN.
posted by 168 at 8:23 PM on July 12, 2012


Sorry what did someone say marathon of Victor Fresco's The Trouble With Normal?
posted by griphus at 8:42 PM on July 12, 2012


I have nothing but love for the dirty jerz, because without the pine barrens I would have nowhere to hide the bodies.
posted by elizardbits at 8:56 PM on July 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


You're just trying to hide yer whirlwind romance with the jersey devil.
posted by The Whelk at 9:13 PM on July 12, 2012


Stupid geography.
posted by deborah at 9:50 PM on July 12, 2012


Hope you make it to something, sonika, but just remember: Bowdoin is the appendix of the MBTA. Sure, it probably serves some obscure purpose, like containing/releasing commuters on weekday mornings, but it could easily be removed and the system would function perfectly normally. Even those downtown commuters wouldn't notice.

MBTA jokes: Because watching an entire musical about the T (twice) didn't get it out of my system.
posted by maryr at 10:15 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]


hay guys I moved away from NYC just six months ago, and didn't write an article about it, so I feel good. Also now I live in Portland, which I'm told is "like Brooklyn". Can I join this group?
posted by jivadravya at 10:16 PM on July 12, 2012


if I had half a clue as to what makes the difference between the two I'd have posted this to Projects, but I do not.

I dunno either, exactly, but if you want to buy me 8 or 10 beers, I'll be happy to hang out and come up with some theories!

I suspect I am now too old (and poor) for New York, which is a damned shame. I wish life had taken me there at some point in my wanderings, but so it goes.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:41 AM on July 13, 2012


I only like comments in caps by DEATH and elizardbits. Please advise.
posted by ersatz at 5:58 AM on July 13, 2012


hay guys I moved away from NYC just six months ago, and didn't write an article about it, so I feel good. Also now I live in Portland, which I'm told is "like Brooklyn". Can I join this group?


Y
posted by the young rope-rider at 7:41 AM on July 13, 2012


I don't live in NYC and have in fact never even visited, I am reading this thread like the weedy little loner kid listening in at the door of the cool kids club house.

To make myself feel better I have spoused elizardbits. Now I feel connected. Now I'm the loner kid with a crush on one of the cool kids who sends her flowers that she assumes are from one of the other cool kids but never asks them about because she's TOO FREAKING COOL.

I need a little sit down.
posted by greenish at 7:59 AM on July 13, 2012


So far the group is going well. There are threads about live music, babysitters, massages, and electronics. Also google thinks a lot of you are spam. I moderated membership but all you have to do is prove you're a person to get in. Non-NYC mefites are completely welcome.
posted by the young rope-rider at 8:09 AM on July 13, 2012


elizardbits may seem cool now but did you know that she can recite all the lyrics to 'No Cats in America' from An American Tail
posted by shakespeherian at 8:10 AM on July 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


change that to "the score of the HMS Pinafore" for real life accuracy.
posted by elizardbits at 8:26 AM on July 13, 2012 [1 favorite]


Now change to "The Elements" for pizzazz.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 8:38 AM on July 13, 2012


I vote for the Mass Effect version. It's edgy and relevant.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 8:40 AM on July 13, 2012


I refuse to become a real person even for the cool incrowd from NYC. That's between me and goog.
posted by infini at 8:44 AM on July 13, 2012


I vote for the Mass Effect version. It's edgy and relevant.

Oh god the All Elcor version goes on for eight hours
posted by The Whelk at 8:53 AM on July 13, 2012


Sometimes it seems like Metafilter proper has turned into a spin-off board for NYC Mefites.
posted by item at 10:42 AM on July 12 [15 favorites +] [!]


Don't be silly - Metafilter is clearly a spin-off board for Toronto Mefites since we, of course, the centre of the universe.

But now I'm curious: what city/region have there been the most posts about? And if we discount posts that are also national-level news (Occupy Wall St, London Riots) and look at just truly local posts - which place come out on top then? I feel like I'm seeing Toronto local/city news here a lot more than other places, but maybe I'm just more aware, or more likely to see NYC/London/Washington news as being national/international.
posted by jb at 10:50 AM on July 13, 2012


quickie search of the site shows:

588 MeFi posts with the nyc tag
4253 AskMe posts with the nyc tag
257 MeTa posts with the nyc tag

(no idea what the percentage from the overall is though)

using another example, posts tagged with "london" are 1224 on MeFi, 1963 on AskMe, and 142 on MeTa.
posted by elizardbits at 10:59 AM on July 13, 2012


Also there are surely posts that would fall into these categories that have been untagged/poorly tagged, and included posts with those tags that really have little to do with either category.
posted by elizardbits at 11:01 AM on July 13, 2012


Also, the constant deluge of posts about London, Ontario are probably messing up those numbers.
posted by griphus at 11:02 AM on July 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


i actually couldn't think of any other cities aside from london. fucking summer fridays who handed me this daiquiri.
posted by elizardbits at 11:05 AM on July 13, 2012


San Fransisco has a sizable showing
posted by The Whelk at 11:08 AM on July 13, 2012


Not spelled like that it doesn't!
posted by gingerbeer at 3:52 PM on July 13, 2012


Or maybe it does.
posted by gingerbeer at 3:53 PM on July 13, 2012


Huh.
posted by gingerbeer at 3:56 PM on July 13, 2012


It's like posts tagged comdey....not that I would know anything about that.
posted by The Whelk at 4:00 PM on July 13, 2012


Just don't call it Frisco.
posted by moonmilk at 8:10 PM on July 13, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is there a Boston group? I wanted to tell y'all about my visit on the weekend of the 27th!
posted by the young rope-rider at 11:47 AM on July 14, 2012


another vote for brooklyn, or southern manhattan.
posted by nataliepo at 10:38 AM on July 18, 2012


Signed up to the group. I am a transplant, so you can just call me Tiki Juan. When do I get to start telling you about the antipodal zones of terror and delight which spot the Brooklyn landscape?
posted by Roger_Mexico at 8:08 AM on July 23, 2012


« Older IRL alerts still buggy?   |   Welcome to earth baby pinkstynxnohero Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments