Happy New Year, MetaFilter January 1, 2020 8:22 AM   Subscribe

It's 2020 pretty much everywhere now, if I've done my timezone math right, so: here's to the new year, and to all of us in this weird old online community keeping on together and seeing what we can make of this next year.

2019 was a doozy and it wasn't the first one, and I want to thank you all for being part of getting on through it. We've got a lot of challenges still ahead of us, in the world and on the site, together and individually, and I figure we'll take those as they come as we always do, but for now I just want to carve out a little space to recognize the importance of this place to me and to a great many of you. I'm glad it's here, and I'm glad you're here. Here's to another trip around the sun for our online home.

Happy New Year, y'all.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:22 AM (50 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

Thanks for still being here. I wander off, but I always come back.
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:35 AM on January 1 [12 favorites]


Thank you cortex. Happy New Year to all.
posted by AugustWest at 8:45 AM on January 1


Happy New Year! I think it's a good omen that the Gävle Goat survived into 2020.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:54 AM on January 1 [14 favorites]


Happy new year, friends. Thanks for all that you helped me do in 2019, and for all that we'll all do together in 2020.
posted by limeonaire at 9:08 AM on January 1 [1 favorite]


Happy New Year metafilter, thanks for being such a great community.
posted by ellieBOA at 9:10 AM on January 1


Happy new year everyone, I hope 2020 treats us all kinder then 2019, and that we treat ourselves and others kinder in this new year.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:11 AM on January 1 [6 favorites]


Happy New Year to all of you! I've been mostly lurking lately, but mefi still gets most of my limited online leisure time.
posted by ersatz at 9:14 AM on January 1


Happy New Year to All !
(...and to all a Good Night)

posted by Rash at 9:33 AM on January 1 [2 favorites]


Happy New Year All! May 2020 bring peace, kindness and joy.
posted by kathrynm at 9:38 AM on January 1 [1 favorite]


Happy New Year to everyone in the cabal!
posted by briank at 9:58 AM on January 1


Happy New Year! This place really helped me get through 2019 in a lot of ways. I'm glad I got to meet a bunch more of you IRL this past year as well.

It's 1:00 PM on January 1 right now and I'm still in my pajamas so 2020 is off to a pretty good start.
posted by bondcliff at 10:16 AM on January 1 [3 favorites]


Happy New Year everyone. I'd still rather give myself brain worms here than anywhere else online.
posted by ominous_paws at 10:23 AM on January 1 [5 favorites]


Happy New Year, my Mefites. You're still my favorite place on the Internet.
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:33 AM on January 1 [2 favorites]


Happy MetaFilter, New Year!
posted by some loser at 11:28 AM on January 1


Wishing everyone a better 2020, especially our Aussie and Oz-resident Mefites for whom it is off to a frankly godawful start.

May we all find it in ourselves to work for the world we want to see, in whatever way we're able. Much love to all you nerds at the dawn of what will surely be another fascinating decade.
posted by peakes at 12:34 PM on January 1 [4 favorites]


And here we are in 2020. I'm glad to be in a decade that has a damn name again, after spending the past twenty years in a chronologically nebulous void. But it does seem so surreal that soon, when people refer to the twenties, they're going to be talking about our time, rather than the Roaring Twenties [does her best Charleston, takes a swig from the flask in her garter].
posted by orange swan at 12:35 PM on January 1 [10 favorites]


Happy New Year!

Indeed, it's a very happy new year for many Illinois residents. Our governor handed out 11,000 pardons for low-level weed offenses yesterday, with more coming down the pike. It's about time our laws started making more sense. This is a good start.
posted by heyho at 12:37 PM on January 1 [9 favorites]


Shoulda been on Mars by now.
posted by clavdivs at 1:12 PM on January 1 [6 favorites]


We're still havin' fun, and you're still the one!
posted by HotToddy at 1:17 PM on January 1 [6 favorites]


Happy new decade!
posted by XMLicious at 1:34 PM on January 1


The new year doesn’t really start until Jan 2, right? ;-)
posted by sallybrown at 1:36 PM on January 1 [3 favorites]


Gleðilegt nýtt ár! Hyvää uutta vuotta! Happy new year!

May we all have fun times and interesting moments.
posted by Kattullus at 1:43 PM on January 1 [8 favorites]


Happy New Years!
posted by Fizz at 1:50 PM on January 1


Happy New Year to all and to all a Good Grief!
I'm especially happy and semi-proud to have been able to make my first FPP in a year and a half, and make it one of the longest contributions I've ever made to this site. My deteriorating health and the untimely death of my last Windows laptop, forcing me to limit all my internet and Metafilter exposure to a cheap Android semi-smart-phone made me think I was never gonna do anything like this again. And the overwhelming wave of famous obituaries in 2019 really made me despair for everything good (there's one obit not yet posted that I will cover tomorrow if nobody else does). I am recovering emotionally if not physically, and really do not expect to survive until the next numerically suggestive month of June 2066 (6/66), but I was an innocent kidling for 1966 and 1969, so I doubt I'll miss too much.

Let us move forward into the re-roaring Twenties with 2020 vision and make a u-turn on all the crappy 21st Century trendlines.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:05 PM on January 1 [13 favorites]


Gelukkig Nieuwjaar to all y'all! Have a kniepertje, they're fresh.
posted by Too-Ticky at 2:15 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]


The new year doesn’t really start until Jan 2, right? ;-)

I mean honestly I feel like we've got until at least Monday
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:28 PM on January 1 [11 favorites]


Best wishes for all of us to have a better year in 2020; Happy New Year, all!

Also, a quick PSA: The best under-loved comments of 2019 post will, I hope, be up in a few days; please have a look through your pile of favorites so we can celebrate great-but-criminally-overlooked comments together.
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:53 PM on January 1


“Here’s to another trip around the sun” sounds good
posted by growabrain at 3:00 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


Happy and Healthy New Year to all!
posted by Splunge at 3:10 PM on January 1


Happy happy New year everyone!
posted by Gray Duck at 3:38 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


I am now officially retired and every day is the weekend. Looking forward to the Snoring Twenties!
posted by a humble nudibranch at 3:53 PM on January 1 [14 favorites]


Happy New Year, y'all!
posted by Namlit at 5:39 PM on January 1


Happy New Year! I'm so glad to be part of this community. Wishing everyone the best for the coming year.
posted by ananci at 6:43 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


I'm very happy to be part of this community! I can't believe I signed up for an account 15 years ago (and was reading the site for a while before that). I've learned so much here. Happy New Year all!
posted by selfmedicating at 7:03 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


Happy New Year, you guys! I’m really glad that you’re all here.
posted by holborne at 7:12 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


Happy nude year everyone... Wait, did I misunderstand what kind of party this was going to be? Oh well, not the first time.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:12 PM on January 1 [3 favorites]


Happy New Year. I have burnt the outgoing year in effigy each year 2016. This one went up cleanly and easily, I think probably because everyone in the house lit matches at once and set them to each corner of the paper.

I'm choosing to take that as an omen. Let's celebrate this year as a year of building solidarity.
posted by sciatrix at 8:25 PM on January 1 [6 favorites]


2009 sucked ass, but MeFi was there for me to be myself even if it got an occasional comment deleted!

there's one obit not yet posted that I will cover tomorrow if nobody else does

Cool, I've been waiting for Carol Lynley to get her due, but I just haven't had the time. :)
posted by rhizome at 9:48 PM on January 1


I can't believe I survived another year!

Happy New Year, one and all!
posted by dobbs at 9:54 PM on January 1


2009 sucked ass

If you think 2009 was bad...

;)
posted by Literaryhero at 5:57 AM on January 2 [4 favorites]


In Sweden there's this nice tradition during the first week or so of January when you hear from and tell the people you meet god fortsättning (which basically means, good continuance!) instead of Happy New Year because it is no longer January 1. This is the week of the year in which I take every opportunity to use that phrase because I enjoy it so. Please allow me to wish the entire MetaFilter community a good continuance of 2020.
posted by Bella Donna at 6:02 AM on January 2 [13 favorites]


Since Metafilter was founded in 1999, just like Kottke, it has existed across four different decades!
posted by vacapinta at 7:42 AM on January 2 [9 favorites]


2020 Vision.

What is your 2020 Vision?

My 2020 Vision is more peace. More contentment in my heart. More order in my life. Less time in the ER -- 2019 was interesting.

One Day At A Time.

This is a fine, fine decade.
posted by dancestoblue at 9:13 AM on January 2 [4 favorites]


I mean honestly I feel like we've got until at least Monday

I'm growing to like the Twelvetide idea (the twelve days of Christmas), which I believe is connected to how long it took for the three wise men to show up in Bethlehem. So yeah, twelve days of good will and whatever which culminate on Jan-5 (a Sunday this year) by which point we're theoretically finally ready to take on the problems and promises of the coming year.
posted by philip-random at 2:41 PM on January 2 [3 favorites]


Gentle reminder: don't use the old year when signing your cheque.

:-)
posted by applesurf at 4:39 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]


I wrote 2020 as the date for a signature for the first time today with a feeling of relief. This year must be better, for everyone.
posted by praemunire at 5:11 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]


Hey cortex, your humanity, genius, and hard work are really appreciated. I see you, man. And we love you.
posted by Stanczyk at 5:32 PM on January 2 [8 favorites]

The new year doesn’t really start until Jan 2, right? ;-)

I mean honestly I feel like we've got until at least Monday
posted by
Pah! That's easy for you to say whoever you are, SOME of us are working all through the holi....
cortex (staff)
...ummm, nevermind!

Happy New Year everyone and that goes double for the mods!
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 6:51 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]


^this is humour
posted by I'm always feeling, Blue at 6:51 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]


Can we hold our world together, for now and the future?

*so happy to be here after 15 years*
posted by Mrs Potato at 2:54 AM on January 3 [2 favorites]


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