There's Metafilter love in Boston! April 18, 2013 7:52 AM   Subscribe

Universal Hub is a great place to get your Boston news, especially when all the mainstream media outlets keep reporting false rumors every two seconds. Today, they credited us with the story about the pissant in West Virginia.
posted by Melismata to MetaFilter-Related at 7:52 AM (23 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

That site was the first place I went, after MetaFilter, when I heard about the marathon events. They are good people.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:54 AM on April 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


They have a sense of humor that is right up our alley; read some of the headlines, and you'll get the idea. For example, when we had the two "only once in 50 years" rainstorms within a week of each other a few years ago, they changed the title to "Universal Glub".
posted by Melismata at 7:56 AM on April 18, 2013


Hah! That's awesome!
posted by Navelgazer at 8:04 AM on April 18, 2013


For folks in the provinces, one of Boston's nicknames from an earlier century was "the Hub of the Universe". Partly sarcasm I expect, but the early geography of Boston was somewhat like a spoked wheel.
posted by sammyo at 8:13 AM on April 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


Not to mention their French Toast warning system for severe storms.

I moved to Boston less than a year ago and owe Universal Hub a lot of credit for anything I ever know about what's going on in the city basically.
posted by dismas at 8:15 AM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have to admit, after Monday's events, I was kind of wondering where the French Toast warning system had been set, but I thought it had been part of the now dead Bostonist site. Good to know it's Universal Hub.
posted by maryr at 8:18 AM on April 18, 2013


For folks in the provinces, one of Boston's nicknames from an earlier century was "the Hub of the Universe". Partly sarcasm I expect, but the early geography of Boston was somewhat like a spoked wheel.

From Cartalk.com:

"The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the center we find the South End. This is not to be confused with South Boston, which lies directly east from the South End. North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End. Back Bay was filled in years ago.

"Southie is South Boston. The South End is the South End. Eastie is East Boston. The North End is east of the West End. The West End and Scollay Square are no more—a guy named Rappaport got rid of them one night."
posted by Melismata at 8:19 AM on April 18, 2013 [8 favorites]


I'm curious why this "via metafilter" especially noteworthy when there have dozens in the past 24 hours? Look everyone, the North-East has once again proven itself superior to pissant Appalachia. It's MetaFilter-related!
posted by 0 at 8:20 AM on April 18, 2013


I think it's because pointing out another good local source for Boston news that people may have overlooked or not known about is a decent community service.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:21 AM on April 18, 2013


Pissant Appalachia and a pissant in Appalachia are two very different sentiments.
posted by maryr at 8:22 AM on April 18, 2013


UHub is how I get all my local news. It's a great site. While the network news is all atwitter about Whitey Bulger's trial or whatever else and pontificating about this and that, UHub, tells us about potholes and the latest status of the ducklings' latest spring fashion.

Man, I love this city.
posted by backseatpilot at 8:26 AM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pissant Appalachia and a pissant in Appalachia are two very different sentiments.

Thank you. I like to think that W.Va is at least as represented by Katelyn Campbell as by George Aulenbacher in that story.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:36 AM on April 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


I removed that comment. Please don't bring shitty comments over from other sites just to make a point. Linking is just fine.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:49 AM on April 18, 2013


Interesting. I hadn't noticed that the auto-refresh "click for new comments" thing doesn't do anything with deleted comments - they stay there until the next full page refresh.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:54 AM on April 18, 2013




Mefi's Own adamg
posted by nonane at 9:41 AM on April 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


Saw a bumper sticker, "Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers."
posted by cjorgensen at 9:59 AM on April 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


For folks in the provinces, one of Boston's nicknames from an earlier century was "the Hub of the Universe". Partly sarcasm I expect, but the early geography of Boston was somewhat like a spoked wheel.
posted by sammyo at 8:13 AM on April 18 [3 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]


I think for some it was used seriously and perhaps defensively/nostalgically. Once upon a time, Boston was the No. 1 most powerful, most "civilized" city in the US but then NYC grew up...
posted by Bwithh at 10:53 AM on April 18, 2013


pissant Appalachia.

I've known some really nice people from Appalachia. Please don't insult them.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:44 AM on April 18, 2013


benito, I think 0 was complaining of anti-Southern bigotry that often appears in the Northeast. The sentence was ironic.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 12:30 PM on April 18, 2013


Yeah, I was trying to out-irony irony and it didn't work. But 0 and I cleared it up (I hope) over me-mail.
posted by benito.strauss at 3:24 PM on April 18, 2013


Wait, what. We had a thread on the West Virginia high school and I missed it!! That's my alma mater. Off to the thread - I have much to say.
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons at 7:13 AM on April 19, 2013


But 0 and I cleared it up (I hope) over me-mail.

Yes, benito, clearly understood my concerns and expressed them ~1000 times better in the memail than I did in thread. (Not that I set the bar high enough to make that difficult.) His compassionate response actually made me feel a lot better yesterday, so thank you, benito.

I apologize to the community for posting while cranky and to Melismata for the derail.
posted by 0 at 10:32 AM on April 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


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