Mathowie FTW! May 12, 2016 2:47 PM   Subscribe

I've seen mathowie pop up in lots of places before, but this one takes the cake.
posted by scblackman to MetaFilter-Related at 2:47 PM (81 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

The new logo is ugly and stupid. There, I said it.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 3:00 PM on May 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


“OMG I do not like that,” Mr. Manjoo wrote in an email.

The most NY Times sentence that ever NY Timesed all over itself.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:02 PM on May 12, 2016 [23 favorites]


I don't use Instagram. There, I said it.
posted by Too-Ticky at 3:02 PM on May 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


I admit I initially scrolled through the whole article to see if there were any pictures of guys pointing dildos at things.
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 3:06 PM on May 12, 2016 [6 favorites]


This is the New York Times. They can't post pictures of dildos. They can't even talk about pictures of dildos. They would have to say "an adult toy the name of which starts with d" or something.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 3:19 PM on May 12, 2016


Their old icon was a camera. Their new icon is an icon of a camera.
posted by aubilenon at 3:21 PM on May 12, 2016 [22 favorites]


I don't use instagram much, but it still had a place on my home screen. Not anymore though, the new icon is so distractingly garish that it's been banished to page 2. It's not terrible I suppose, I just don't want to look at it every time I pick up my phone.
posted by TwoWordReview at 3:25 PM on May 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


This is the New York Times. They can't post pictures of dildos. They can't even talk about pictures of dildos. They would have to say "an adult toy the name of which starts with d" or something.

sooner or later two twin brothers in Brooklyn with gorgeous beards will start crafting hand-lathed bespoke malachite dildos with year-long purchasing waitlists and they'll have to break their dildo silence to write the trendpiece
posted by prize bull octorok at 3:26 PM on May 12, 2016 [49 favorites]


Their old icon was a camera. Their new icon is an icon of a camera.

With a unicorn exploding in the background.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:43 PM on May 12, 2016 [5 favorites]


So the NYT tech writer thinks Photoshop (CS6) on a Mac (Classic) is "a Microsoft program from the 1990s"?
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:47 PM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


I know what Instagram is. There, I said it.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:56 PM on May 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


Defiling a colorful logo with that awful Edvard Munch painting. mathowie, you should be ashamed of yourself. You of all people.

/hamburger
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:03 PM on May 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


Their old icon was a camera. Their new icon is an icon of a camera.

That sort of fits. Sort of like how Instagram filters are now an idea of an idea of vintage camera filters. Soon enough we'll be far enough removed from the original concept that it'll lose all meaning, like how "posting" on forums is so far removed from its postal/mailing context that we don't think about it.
posted by naju at 4:07 PM on May 12, 2016


> sooner or later two twin brothers in Brooklyn with gorgeous beards will start crafting hand-lathed bespoke malachite dildos with year-long purchasing waitlists and they'll have to break their dildo silence to write the trendpiece

You mean, locally-crafted artisanal sexual-wellness aids? No need to be crass, man!
posted by gilrain at 4:14 PM on May 12, 2016 [5 favorites]


On the other hand, defiling a classic Edvard Munch painting with that awful logo, mathowie, you should be proud of yourself.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:37 PM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Is this where we get to gripe about the Instagram change?
Yes, the app logo design is dumb, and looks really lame on my phone but what's bothering me the most is the font color being flattened to black. Before all of the clickable text was dark blue (locations, usernames etc), how is making navigation less apparent - useful? {{shaking fist}}
Ok, thank you.
posted by sweetmarie at 4:51 PM on May 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


And it looks like one of the Mahna Mahna aliens, winking perhaps.
posted by sweetmarie at 4:52 PM on May 12, 2016


do doo do do do
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 4:53 PM on May 12, 2016 [7 favorites]


I remember when insta ounces were good enough for America.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:08 PM on May 12, 2016 [14 favorites]


The new logo is ugly and stupid. There, I said it.

I agree. It reminds me of the Florida Marlins logo which looks like the symbol for a discount motel chain, not a ballclub.
posted by jonmc at 5:58 PM on May 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


As soon as I woke up, checked my phone, and saw the logo change I thought to myself, "That's a garbage icon, I bet I'll be hearing about this on Metafilter." And sure enough here we are, albeit in a weird way.

If that's what passes for graphic design these days, then I'm in the wrong line of work.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 6:24 PM on May 12, 2016


When I saw the announcement on the internet, I noticed that my Instagram icon didn't auto-update to the new one. I took a screencap of it, in its former glory, before it passed into this next pseudo-galactic incarnation. They should have commissioned Lisa Frank...
posted by yueliang at 6:31 PM on May 12, 2016


like how "posting" on forums is so far removed from its postal/mailing context that we don't think about it.

Wait a minute! Posting on a forum surely comes from 'post' meaning to stick a paper to a wall, which probably originally came from signs on posts (like people's front yard election signs).
posted by Literaryhero at 6:36 PM on May 12, 2016 [15 favorites]


The thing I like about the new Instagram logo is how its gradient sheen kind of captures the antireflective sheen of a camera lens. It seemed a little generic at first, but I think it's pretty.
posted by limeonaire at 6:43 PM on May 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


just as a counter to the dildo bit, pourtant and i were quoted in a piece on nytimes.com about the mainstreaming of sex toys. It didn't make it to the print issue, of course. /tangent
posted by softlord at 6:46 PM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Their old icon was a camera. Their new icon is an icon of a camera.

Contemplates Microsoft Word Save button.

*hmmm.
posted by Fizz at 6:58 PM on May 12, 2016 [9 favorites]


Instagram is one of the strangest apps I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their phones, or why.
posted by jozxyqk at 7:14 PM on May 12, 2016 [4 favorites]


I'm disappointed that this post is not about mathowie literally stealing a cake.
posted by Panjandrum at 7:22 PM on May 12, 2016 [3 favorites]


The new Instagram logo basically looks like an iOS icon.
posted by My Dad at 8:27 PM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


I thought they would never change that logo. To me, it would be as if Metafilter went from the Blue or the Green and updated its design to some sort of modern white thing with blue or green accents. Oh, it did. Carry on Insta.
posted by AugustWest at 8:50 PM on May 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


I thought they would never change that logo. To me, it would be as if Metafilter went from the Blue or the Green and updated its design to some sort of modern white thing with blue or green accents. Oh, it did.

Never happened.

Classic theme, no titles, oh yes.
posted by tavegyl at 9:24 PM on May 12, 2016 [16 favorites]


Dark mode is a thing!
posted by freethefeet at 9:53 PM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm so irritated by this icon change. The old logo was a damn masterpiece.
posted by stoneandstar at 10:00 PM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


I manually update my apps, cuz I don't know why. But I know one app I'm going to wait to update for as long as humanly possible!!

As opposed to my normal just straight up laziness for updating.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 10:03 PM on May 12, 2016 [2 favorites]


Can we have Malachite cameras?
posted by clavdivs at 10:57 PM on May 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wait a minute! Posting on a forum surely comes from 'post' meaning to stick a paper to a wall, which probably originally came from signs on posts (like people's front yard election signs).

Given how Internet forums trace their lineage to electronic bulletin board systems, that strikes me as more likely too.
posted by Dysk at 2:00 AM on May 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


like how "posting" on forums is so far removed from its postal/mailing context that we don't think about it.

As someone who first had real Internet access in the 1980s, and who had BBS access before that, i will say that it never was derived from that. You post notices on a bulletin board.

I am going to post this comment now.
posted by D.C. at 3:46 AM on May 13, 2016 [4 favorites]


Jesus, what is it about America that prevents it from going to the metric system?!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:55 AM on May 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


I'm glad #1 got in the article like that, but I find it strange when news articles, or even "news" articles, even about the internet, interpolate tweets.
posted by OmieWise at 4:41 AM on May 13, 2016


(And it looks like one of the Mahna Mahna aliens.

Those are Snowths.)
posted by oakroom at 4:57 AM on May 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


I'm the Zodiac. There I said it.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:13 AM on May 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Ted?
posted by beerperson at 6:52 AM on May 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


Mr Ruxpin if you're nasty.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:43 AM on May 13, 2016 [15 favorites]


sooner or later two twin brothers in Brooklyn with gorgeous beards will start crafting hand-lathed bespoke malachite dildos with year-long purchasing waitlists and they'll have to break their dildo silence to write the trendpiece

Even worse is when the NYT describes how to use them, and avoids the phrase "clitoris to dildo" in favor of the euphemism "bean to bar"
posted by Greg Nog at 9:43 AM on May 13, 2016 [16 favorites]


damn it greg
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:02 AM on May 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


just as a counter to the dildo bit

I would like to hear more about your drill.
posted by chavenet at 11:47 AM on May 13, 2016 [4 favorites]


we have flat cameras.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 1:22 PM on May 13, 2016 [4 favorites]


...for photos with no depth.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:27 PM on May 13, 2016


I feel old.
posted by Gerald Bostock at 2:34 PM on May 13, 2016


Which camera does one use in 'Flatland'?
posted by clavdivs at 4:03 PM on May 13, 2016


Heh, I just noticed that you guys updated the Instagram icon in the "social apps" section of our profiles. Thanks for that!
posted by limeonaire at 5:15 PM on May 13, 2016


sooner or later two twin brothers in Brooklyn with gorgeous beards will start crafting hand-lathed bespoke malachite dildos with year-long purchasing waitlists and they'll have to break their dildo silence to write the trendpiece

Do not fuck the Instagram icon.
posted by maryr at 5:27 PM on May 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm disappointed that this post is not about mathowie literally stealing a cake.

I heard from someone that they have free cake every day in the break room at Slack.

They would have to say "an adult toy the name of which starts with d" or something.

They would refer to the sex toy as "Mr. Toy". Whereas The New Yorker would find some reason to refer to e.g. dildo-ology so they could render it with diaeresis as "dildoölogy".
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:07 PM on May 13, 2016 [8 favorites]


Brandon Blatcher: "Jesus, what is it about America that prevents it from going to the metric system?!"

Sheer bloody-mindedness.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:13 PM on May 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Plus we've done a lot of industrial analysis on fabricating and shaping all the new units of measurement we'd need, and it turns out it'd be cost prohibitive to mill a meter.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:24 PM on May 13, 2016 [4 favorites]


He always struck me as a caketaker, I'm amazed everyone else didn't notice.
posted by bongo_x at 8:18 PM on May 13, 2016


I know what Instagram is. There, I said it.
I know what it is too. Like so many things these days, I still don't really get what it's for though.
posted by dg at 8:41 PM on May 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


"This is the New York Times. They can't post pictures of dildos. They can't even talk about pictures of dildos. They would have to say "an adult toy the name of which starts with d" or something."

A dildo, as in a sex toy, was first referenced in the NYT in 1969, in a story called "Sacred and Profane."

Excerpt:
…applied to the hands and feet of the bride. The women will coax her and flatter her, and, eventually, she may improvise a dildo out of an old bottle or a shoe, hold it under her caftan, and dance before the bride, singing a…


The first usage of the word in the NYT was about a fight between two men named Dildo and Peters; prior to '69, the majority of the references were to a book of reportedly execrable quality named "Dildo Cay."

And while a grandiloquent or nuciphilic editor might have preferred the more obscure godemichet, Shakespeare attests to the use as far back as Winter's Tale:
Serv.: He hath songs for man or woman, of all sizes; no milliner can so fit his customers with gloves: he has the prettiest love-songs for maids; so without bawdry, which is strange; with such delicate burthens of dildos and fadings, ‘jump her and thump her;’ and where some stretch-mouthed rascal would, as it were, mean mischief and break a foul gap into the matter, he makes the maid to answer, ‘Whoop, do me no harm, good man;’ puts him off, slights him with ‘Whoop, do me no harm, good man.’
posted by klangklangston at 9:35 PM on May 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


More on Dildo Cay.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:37 PM on May 13, 2016


This thread seems to have lost touch with reality at some point. I mean, ok, Cortex, was the 'mill a meter' comment a really bad joke or a reference to something I know nothing about? Both? Then the whole Dildo Cay thing, apparently that has some backing in reality according to Chrysostom's link, but Shakespearean dildos? That just got me to Google for 'Dildos in Shakespeare', which, well thanks for getting that included in my permanent internet record.
posted by Literaryhero at 10:27 PM on May 13, 2016


Well, the real reason the US can't cope with the metric system may be that they don't know how to spell 'metre'.
posted by dg at 12:01 AM on May 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Okay I cackled pretty damn loud at Matt's tweet. Well done, sir!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:22 AM on May 14, 2016


Give the US a chance. They still haven't got the pint right.
posted by pipeski at 1:44 PM on May 14, 2016


I mean, it's hard enough to mill a meter, but then there's the matter of safe transport... the last time I was sent a meter, it was ten times the trouble.
posted by Shmuel510 at 3:51 PM on May 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


That just got me to Google for 'Dildos in Shakespeare', which,

...incidentally, is the name of my new band.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:57 PM on May 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Brandon Blatcher: "Jesus, what is it about America that prevents it from going to the metric system?!"

I don't know where you live, but my state can't or won't spend the money to fix crumbling bridges or even potholes. Replacing all of the road signs and mile markers isn't going to happen.
posted by double block and bleed at 7:04 PM on May 15, 2016


Realistically, how many dildos could there *be* in Shakespeare? Can't fit more than a couple in there, tops.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:22 PM on May 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Depends on whether it's a quarto or a folio edition...
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:12 PM on May 15, 2016


Realistically, how many dildos could there *be* in Shakespeare?

That's really up to Shakespeare, whatever he's comfortable with and I'm not going to judge either way.
posted by bongo_x at 8:36 PM on May 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


prior to '69, the majority of the references were to a book of reportedly execrable quality named "Dildo Cay."

Nice
posted by Rock Steady at 8:31 AM on May 16, 2016


Replacing all of the road signs and mile markers isn't going to happen.

There used to be a single road sign in kilometers on I-89 north in Vermont, just past Montpelier, with distances to Burlington and a few other cities on it. I can't remember if it got replaced or removed in the great Interstate font conversion that cost us So Barre Barre.
posted by maryr at 12:51 PM on May 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


Realistically, how many dildos could there *be* in Shakespeare?

As many as he could fit in.
posted by maryr at 12:51 PM on May 16, 2016 [4 favorites]


I'm not sure whether to feel relieved or dismayed that my life is not at a point where a new app icon is cause to freak out.
posted by entropicamericana at 1:11 PM on May 16, 2016


Youths!
posted by maryr at 1:54 PM on May 16, 2016


"Realistically, how many dildos could there *be* in Shakespeare?"

None, but there's 10 in Francis Bacon!
posted by klangklangston at 2:47 PM on May 16, 2016 [2 favorites]


Uh, I *think* you mean Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.
posted by Chrysostom at 5:12 PM on May 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


double block and bleed: "my state can't or won't spend the money to fix crumbling bridges or even potholes. Replacing all of the road signs and mile markers isn't going to happen."

This is the kind of thing that can be rolled out naturally at essentially no extra cost. All the DOT needs to do is include both units on signage as it naturally gets replaced.
posted by Mitheral at 8:51 PM on May 16, 2016 [1 favorite]


I have never had an opinion, positive or negative, about an icon or logo. There, I said it.
posted by rocket88 at 11:40 AM on May 20, 2016


I was going to ditto but then I remember that I mocked the hell out of the AT&T Death Star.
posted by Mitheral at 5:30 PM on May 20, 2016


That's no logo - it's a space station! As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in consumer rage and were suddenly hung up on.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:13 AM on May 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


What, no one linked this?
posted by Chrysostom at 12:12 PM on May 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


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