Bad CNN thread. July 22, 2003 3:51 PM   Subscribe

Pike! What do we do about this?
posted by ed to MetaFilter-Related at 3:51 PM (64 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Wait for mathowie to delete it. Hope he comes up with a funny deletion reason.
posted by timeistight at 3:54 PM on July 22, 2003


Well I will take the hit for this. .. as I said in one of my followup posts, I violated several policies, both written and in the culture. . .

If people want to go the extra mile and call me a jerk, well it reflects on them, and not me. . .

(and it was truly amazing to see how fast the replies came. . .)
posted by Danf at 3:57 PM on July 22, 2003


He'll probably call everyone in the thread a bunch of pikers.
posted by WolfDaddy at 3:57 PM on July 22, 2003


Pike? Why, curry it dear boy. Mmm....
posted by klaatu at 3:57 PM on July 22, 2003


I think we have the new "pancakes." :)
posted by ed at 3:58 PM on July 22, 2003


Celebrate in the streets?

...and call me a jerk, well it reflects on them, and not me.

It does?
posted by Witty at 3:58 PM on July 22, 2003


What do we do about this?

Legalize pot.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 3:58 PM on July 22, 2003


(and it was truly amazing to see how fast the replies came. . .)

I'll never forgive you for attracting attention from the crow conspiracy thread.
posted by timeistight at 4:01 PM on July 22, 2003


and it was truly amazing to see how fast the replies came. .

True. But lest anyone ranks that as sufficient reason to deliberately flout established rules of the house... who wants to be known as the 'Pike' guy?
posted by dash_slot- at 4:18 PM on July 22, 2003


I'm hoping Matt doesn't get sued for a bunch of MeFites stealing four-fifth's of Spike Lee's name, just to create an inside joke.
posted by scody at 4:28 PM on July 22, 2003


I suggest we change the link to a jpg of the front page and leave it - the thread was one of the most interesting I've read in a while. On the understanding that the next to do it definitely gets piked.
posted by ascullion at 4:28 PM on July 22, 2003


anyone else more annoyed by cell divide's self righteous snottiness than by the thread itself?
posted by GeekAnimator at 4:31 PM on July 22, 2003


If people want to go the extra mile and call me a jerk, well it reflects on them, and not me

so, it's ok to do pretty much anything as long as you point out that yer a jerk before anyone else does?
because, as jerk-in-residence, these are things i need to know!
posted by quonsar at 4:31 PM on July 22, 2003


the thread was one of the most interesting I've read in a while.

Good God!
posted by timeistight at 4:33 PM on July 22, 2003


It was worth it just to see the insane suggestion that the "lefties" were upset about the deaths, simply because people were complaining about an unprofessional headline. That was great.
posted by bargle at 4:41 PM on July 22, 2003


anyone else more annoyed by cell divide's self righteous snottiness than by the thread itself?

well, not really. i must say if i had seen the damn post a bit earlier, i'd probably have followed up with another FPP something like this:

Matt, delete this if you want. . . I am so pissed off by this. Let's get the heads poured on brews in the Biergarden, while we are at it. (I apologize. . I needed to cream and this is the only place I know to. wappa wappa wappa)
posted by quonsar at 4:44 PM on July 22, 2003


It was worth it just to see the insane suggestion that the "lefties" were upset about the deaths, simply because people were complaining about an unprofessional headline.

So any unprofessional headline would have produced the same sputtering rage?
posted by timeistight at 4:48 PM on July 22, 2003


cell divide is spot on, IMNSHO. Shitty posts crap all over the place, and the front page is no place for venting.
Does anybody really give a flying fark how Danf feels about CNN?
I loathe CNN, have done so since GWI. But I don't make crappy posts about it every time they annoy me.
posted by signal at 4:53 PM on July 22, 2003


Danf, you've lost me. Seems like you are saying, don't like me, so go a head take your best shot at me, I'm waiting. If you felt it was worth posting you don't have to explain yourself. A negative comment will usually be mirrored right back at ya.
posted by thomcatspike at 4:55 PM on July 22, 2003


Our very own (TC)Pike finally makes sense of it all ... who'd a thunk it? And maybe...redeems the nickname?
posted by dash_slot- at 5:01 PM on July 22, 2003


And it's gone ... but not forgotten ...
posted by feelinglistless at 5:15 PM on July 22, 2003


the thread was one of the most interesting I've read in a while.
Not too well-read, huh?
posted by dg at 5:17 PM on July 22, 2003


I am so pissed off by this. Let's get Tom Green's head mounted on a pike in my rose garden, while we are at it. (I apologize... I needed to scream and this is the only place I know to. I caught Tom's new show last night and was so absorbed by the yawning infinite vortex-of-humor Tom was crafting before my very eyes that I almost plunged from the second-story window to escape its grips. Yes, it's that bad.)
posted by dhoyt at 5:24 PM on July 22, 2003


And it's gone ...
And not even an amusing reason from Da Man.
posted by rhapsodie at 5:27 PM on July 22, 2003


So any unprofessional headline would have produced the same sputtering rage?

timeistight, various shifts in the wind are enough to provoke Durwood into ranting against "the leftists."
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:48 PM on July 22, 2003


the thread was one of the most interesting I've read in a while.

Hey, count me in that camp as well. Was it intellectually enlightening? No. But every once in a while, a MeFi post transforms into a freestyle jazz show, complete with its own riffs (Pike links, then Pike/Ike buttons) and virtuoso solos (cell divide's soliloquy o'indignation).

It's a beautiful thing, baby.

pike
posted by mkultra at 7:33 PM on July 22, 2003


shrike!
posted by vraxoin at 7:55 PM on July 22, 2003


The pike thing got really old really fast. Like a cloned sheep.
posted by Hildago at 8:10 PM on July 22, 2003


You have got to be kidding me. Someone actually got upset about "TRUMPED"? Talk about thin-skinned!

I suppose you all got upset about the newspaper whose 9/11 headline was "BASTARDS!"
posted by mischief at 8:16 PM on July 22, 2003


timeistight, various shifts in the wind are enough to provoke Durwood into ranting against "the leftists."

"various shifts in the wind" could pretty much describe the complaint that Danf had about CNN's headline. I think most MeFites seem to have agreed, but I'd add the corollary that incensed reactions to minor perceived slights tend to beget other incensed reactions over minor perceived slights.

The pike thing got really old really fast. Like a cloned sheep.

Metafilter: Like a cloned sheep.

Pike.
posted by weston at 9:02 PM on July 22, 2003


XQUZYPHYR: I genuinely don't want to start a pissing contest (this time), but since I've agreed to join you on this tangent, could you give some examples on why "various shifts in the wind are enough to provoke Durwood into ranting against 'the leftists.'"?

He seems like a relatively principled conservative, to me, and I never really saw him as a dogmatic ranter...
posted by trharlan at 9:39 PM on July 22, 2003


mkultra: excellent analogy. It reminded me very much of a Dead show; there was a definite theme, and various players pulled in various directions, not always adhering to the original theme. Controlled chaos. I think the counterpoint of the pike wackiness was well balanced against the seriousness of the issue at hand, which added depth. Very pythonesqe. One of the more fun mefi threads in recent memory.
posted by ehintz at 10:04 PM on July 22, 2003


Well you guys . . .at the risk of getting slammed again (which seemed disproportionate to my alleged transgressions, imo). . it was a lot of fun for me to see the different directions, and some people taking it lightly. . .either my part in it, or the issue itself, and some people going way over the top to try to make sure I was punished. The whole tapestry of Metafilter. . .

but anyway, I appreciate the even handed discussion, ehintz, weston, and mkultra.
posted by Danf at 11:32 PM on July 22, 2003


But did anybody notice the Trackback at the bottom of the page to the "American RealPolitik" site which linked to the thread as "LeftyFilter"?
(Or is the significance of Trackbacks one of those over-hyped blog-thingies?)
posted by wendell at 12:01 AM on July 23, 2003


I would like to be the very first to say that I think that the "pike" meme sucks.

You'll all regret it. Someday you will. Someday, I'll make a perfectly reasonable post about cutting off my right hand, and you'll see what's what.
posted by interrobang at 12:38 AM on July 23, 2003


I would like to be the very first to say that I think that the "pike" meme sucks.

My friends and I had developed this bar meme where if someone says "power up!" you say it too and pump your fist if you heard them and shout "Power Up!"

So, if a group of us were at a bar spread out talking to people, shouts of "Power Up!" would spread throughout the bar.

Yes, I do regret this, and yes, I think Pike! is a very short term (hopefully) meme, and if not I for one welcome...
posted by drezdn at 12:48 AM on July 23, 2003


If any of you went to the University of British Columbia in the early-to-mid 1980's (and I suspect it was probably the same for every other institution of higher learning on the continent), and frequented the Pit Pub, as I did, you probably remember this : during certain portions of the dance-floor-packing nightly playings of Billy Idol's execrable cover of Tommy James & The Shondells' "Mony Mony", the assembled Biffs and Muffys out on the floor would pump their fists in the air and shout, in unison, 'Hey! Get fucked, get laid!'

Few things in my life have pushed me as close to wanting to mow down a crowd with an automatic weapon, but I didn't - although I did have a few run-ins with the bouncer they called The Terminator - in part because The Pit was the only real bar on campus, and getting barred (let alone getting arrested) would have really sucked.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:58 AM on July 23, 2003


but what about me and my needs, damnit?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 3:01 AM on July 23, 2003


I'd say you need to talk to joe, and not vent in a public forum, dammit.
posted by WolfDaddy at 4:59 AM on July 23, 2003


Hmmm, the meme seems to have been picked up by James Lileks.
posted by pardonyou? at 6:05 AM on July 23, 2003


Lileks takes his own little dig at conspiracy theorists:

Well, that’s how I felt when I heard the news. Oddly enough, I instantly went into paranoid crank mode: oh, isn’t that convenient, they have all these scandals about manufactured evidence and SUDDENLY they find the guys. Yeah, right. I do this with every story, frankly: I conjure the counterspin. It helps you stay sane when you hear the argument put forth by people who believe it.
posted by dhoyt at 6:34 AM on July 23, 2003


Speaking of conspiracies: Amazing how this little mission just happened to occur on the same day as Jessica Lynch's homecoming, thus grabbing the front pages of most major newspapers. ;-P
posted by mischief at 6:43 AM on July 23, 2003


Pikeys
posted by kirkaracha at 7:30 AM on July 23, 2003




the meme seems to have been picked up by James Lileks.

Piked up, you mean.
posted by soyjoy at 7:48 AM on July 23, 2003


Whois Server Version 1.3

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

No match for "PIKE.ORG".

>>> Last update of whois database: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 06:09:36 EDT

posted by weston at 8:27 AM on July 23, 2003


danf, I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but I suggest you stfu. Every time you open your mouth you make me regret my commitment to free speech. To be a jerk is one thing; to be a jerk who knows he's being a jerk and goes right ahead with a cheery "I know I'm being a jerk so I won't mind if you delete this!" is another; but to whine about being taken to task for it ("disproportionate" my ass!) suggests that you'd do it again in a heartbeat if you felt bad about another news site. If you "need to scream," open your window and bother the neighbors, not us.

In other words, what cell divide said.
posted by languagehat at 8:54 AM on July 23, 2003


nightly playings of Billy Idol's execrable cover of Tommy James & The Shondells' "Mony Mony"
OH MY GOD.

In 86' a friend and i shared a place above a pipe shop. The girls down the hall would play that song over and over and over (some UB-40 in between) and OVER. Once, I opened the door to blast some black Sabbath to counter the wretched sounds when i saw one of the girls in the hall waving her arms over her head to the sway of the beat ..."MONY, MONY"

It became a call sign for horrid music and the gumchewing popbaby bubbleheads.
for months i would only have to raise my arms and wave them side to side to receive a laugh, then the laughter faded past cliche until i was waterballoned for displaying our parody once to oft. so i came up with a new one.

NOTHING MATTERS BUT THE NEW WHITESNAKE ALBUM!

Stavs, you are a truthmaster and wiseman. I thought i would never read the 80's mony, mony nightmare described better...why?
because it's true folks....every numb, mind shattering aspect.
posted by clavdivs at 9:58 AM on July 23, 2003


Here's how one Iraqi feels about the Hussein deaths.
posted by dhoyt at 10:29 AM on July 23, 2003


My friends and I had developed this bar meme

Please, oh please, tell me you and your friends didn't actually refer to it as a "bar meme"...
posted by Tin Man at 11:58 AM on July 23, 2003


Tell us some more about the bubbleheads who didn't have the intellect to appreciate Ozzy, clavdivs.
posted by timeistight at 12:16 PM on July 23, 2003


well we tried the 'Ode To Joy' (thats Beethoven), then Tom Sawyer (Rush) then we had to resort to "Electric Funeral'.

where as the bubbleheads played that dam song over and over and over.

And may Iommi have the forgiveness for the ozzy remark
posted by clavdivs at 12:56 PM on July 23, 2003


Please, oh please, tell me you and your friends didn't actually refer to it as a "bar meme"...

So, a meme walks into a bar, and sez...
posted by weston at 1:00 PM on July 23, 2003


So a meme walks into a bar, and sez:

"Metafilter: I, for one, welcome our pike overlord pancakes. It vibrates? ???? profit!"
posted by Tin Man at 1:15 PM on July 23, 2003


Tin Man: you failed to work in AYBABTU to get the true annoying flavor. Keep trying!
posted by norm at 1:37 PM on July 23, 2003


Pike!
posted by soyjoy at 9:25 PM on July 23, 2003


Anyone see the Daily Show tonight? How's THIS for an offensive headline: "The Smothered Brothers."
Thank you.
posted by adrober at 12:35 AM on July 24, 2003


Danf, you have offended the nu-Cabal, nothing less than total capitualation is expected. Say ten 'hail Matt's.
Alternatively, call people pike-breathed pikey pikers whilst pretending to say your 'hail Matt's.
A badly phrased FPP with a non-link would be unlikely to garner much positive feedback, whatever the subject.
Question:
If Jesus is driven to felicide by witnessing a person partake in a little self pleasurement, what is his reaction to those gloating at the death of another?
Or
I wonder what the reactions of Uday and Usay would be to the announcement of the death of a perceived enemy? Quiet reflection or loud exultation?
posted by asok at 3:38 AM on July 24, 2003


For anyone deprived of access to an OED, Felicide:

The action of killing a cat, cat-slaying.

Although how I didn't guess this from just looking at the word now eludes me. Personally, I agree with asok, in that I can find no pleasure in this, although there is some consolation in the fact that these two are thereby prevented from further acts of evil. Not that Jesus has anything to do with it, either way.

And he still won't return my calls ...
posted by walrus at 5:34 AM on July 24, 2003


Pike!
posted by soyjoy at 7:20 AM on July 24, 2003


Anyone see the Daily Show tonight?

At least Jon Stewart admits it's a fake news show.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 12:07 PM on July 24, 2003


For anyone deprived of access to an OED, Felicide:

OK, I was going to say that "felicide" sounds like a cross between fellatio and suicide.
posted by Tin Man at 1:55 PM on July 24, 2003


But what a way to go!
posted by dg at 3:23 PM on July 24, 2003


Stavs, you are a truthmaster and wiseman.

Why thank you, clav, my friend. You are too kind.

*blushes*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:36 AM on July 25, 2003


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