Matt's in the news June 13, 2001 8:42 AM   Subscribe

Rock-star Matt Haughey is in the news again (with gratuitous photo). This time, in a New York Times article on the Amazon honor system (penned by Ironminds' Andy Wang).
posted by andrewraff to MetaFilter-Related at 8:42 AM (31 comments total)

That photo is fucking priceless.
posted by pnevares at 9:13 AM on June 13, 2001

Matt, were you about to chuck that notebook into the sea? Were you to hurl it at a passerby? I think the world wants to know.
posted by hijinx at 9:26 AM on June 13, 2001

Is this in today's issue? I'll have to go out and buy it. Whoo, Rock Star!
posted by anildash at 9:40 AM on June 13, 2001

matthaughey: the big boy of the new millenium. :)
posted by rebeccablood at 10:12 AM on June 13, 2001

OT: did this make anyone else mad?

"I really didn't know what to expect, but the enthusiasm from my reader e-mails suggested we'd do well," Mr. Sullivan said. "The sums we raised gave us leverage to redesign the site and upgrade it — so that we can now go to advertisers. I'm determined not to lose money on this thing."

I don't have any problem with anyone making money off their personal site, in fact, I'd like to see more and more people managing to do that, and yet somehow, when I read that quote, I hear myself thinking:

"what a horse's ass." - rcb
posted by rebeccablood at 10:20 AM on June 13, 2001

i'm rather getting a "my right hand holding a laptop, my head holding the golden gate bridge" vibe from the photo.
posted by pnevares at 10:27 AM on June 13, 2001

If you thought that picture was stupid, you should have seen the other poses the photographer asked me to do. Oy.

They wanted the picture to look "fun" so I had to run and skip and jump and lay down and do wacky poses, and while taking that photo they ran, the photographer asked me to turn my head and bite the laptop. That was one of the things I had to say no about. It was a fun experience though. It happened a while ago, and the interview was done before that. I'm glad Al got in there, I told Andy about the nosepilot situation because I'd been emailing Al, and I also told Andy about the baseball site, which I read at Rafe's site.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:46 AM on June 13, 2001

If it's any consolation, Rebecca, Andrew Sullivan appears to be wasting all of that money on atrocious, overpriced web design.

My compliments on the goofy photo, Matt. It looks like you were re-enacting the Statue of Liberty handoff with your laptop, which as we all know happens all the time in these go-go Internet times.
posted by rcade at 11:32 AM on June 13, 2001

That is one hell of a photo.
posted by tranquileye at 11:33 AM on June 13, 2001

I'd donate money to your honor system account if I could watch you "frolic" like you did for the photographer...


posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 1:39 PM on June 13, 2001

Dance CoverBoy! Dance!
You amuse me.
posted by owillis at 1:44 PM on June 13, 2001

I think Matt has a future as a spokesmodel. "It's a brand new car...."
posted by heather-old at 1:55 PM on June 13, 2001

Pizza Man!

Hey, Matt brought lunch!
posted by anildash at 1:58 PM on June 13, 2001

Mathowie make-a best pizza pie!
posted by pnevares at 3:28 PM on June 13, 2001

That's true, the waiter pose does go with the "tipping" theme ... were they really going for that?
posted by dhartung at 3:33 PM on June 13, 2001

there are tears streaming down my face from laughter.
posted by gusset at 3:52 PM on June 13, 2001

...T-shirt bought from stefan and g.a.c. at sxsw 2000: $10

...Dell Inspiron 3500 with 256Mb RAM added: $2399

...Selling your soul to the devil in exchange for total media whoredom?

posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:56 PM on June 13, 2001

Is that MasterCard I hear beating down your door, Matt? Let's face it, you're sellin' out, man!
posted by hijinx at 5:41 PM on June 13, 2001

Not MasterCard, it was a pact with Satan.

Although I could see why anyone would mix up a credit card company and the Devil himself, there's not much different between the two.

Oh that's right, Satan offers lower rates on credit.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:55 PM on June 13, 2001

Matt holds monitor on front cover of Brill's.
Matt holds laptop in fron of Golden Gate.

I think the media is really coming to terms with this In'ernet stuff.
posted by lagado at 8:03 PM on June 13, 2001

What's his next destination? I vote for the Kremlin.
posted by rodii at 8:58 PM on June 13, 2001

In a vague attempt to be serious, I do hope y'all are just giving Matt a hard time elbowing his ribs lovingly, and if media whoredom does actually occur, you'll be the first ones to find some way to make the rest of the world think he's even more popular than he is. Yeah I know. Wishful thinking. I'm a hopeless romantic idealist blah blah blah blah.

..but anything's possible.

I've been saying for years that we need several individuals to be the equivalent of celebrity status for personal website efforts. People like Matt. I like to believe there were times in the past when others had this opportunity, but when they saw it coming they ducked. I hope Matt won't duck. This is overdue, and some would argue it's too late.

I've heard reports recently about Terra Haute (sp?) Indiana. That they were disappointed that the public media came out in force when they were begrudgingly host to Tim McVeigh's execution. Public officials living in Terra Haute were espousing that their fine city never got attention any other time, and they didn't want to be remembered for this. They wanted to be remembered for the good things they provide their community, and the potential they could show to any company that wanted to invest in opening a plant or office there, and infuse the community with jobs and a better economy. Terra Haute Indiana is a fine city, but in some ways it's stuck in a timeloop. They were an industrial complex and a transport hub for materials back in the late 19th century, but it seems the rest of the world has passed them by. Then this execution crap happens. It was like putting salt into a wound. It's perhaps too late for Terra Haute.

Granted, I was hoping for online journalling to pull into the mainstream, but there were too many forces that were against it. They thought it was uncool. It was selling out. I gave up on that some years ago. I'd like to believe it's not too late for the personal content providers on the Internet, to show that they can provide enlightenment, entertainment, and perhaps someday even economic potential to advertisers and other interested parties. I'd like to think it's not too late for personal web design, community, or whatever you call it this week. I probably won't be in that number when it happens, but I'm rooting for the people who will be.

I'm not exactly sure what the catchword is this week regarding whatever it is people like Matt do for the Internet, but I for one don't think it's funny. It's serious, and time's running out. The future of the Internet's survival is not "dot com" from the perspective of stock trading companies. It's people like Matt. And if the opportunity ever comes, I hope we'll all go up to bat to help Matt, and people like him, grandslam out of the ballpark.

[holding a baseball bat and aiming to swing it at Matt's butt.] Just hold still Mr. Haughey. This won't take but a second...
posted by ZachsMind at 10:10 PM on June 13, 2001

Zachsmind, I'm so sorry your cat died.
posted by bryanboyer at 10:46 PM on June 13, 2001

*whoosh!* Right over my head, Bryan. Sorry.
posted by ZachsMind at 11:54 PM on June 13, 2001

It's all gentle ribbing, ZachsMind. No worries. I don't think that many of us (if any of us!) need to come out and explicity say how much we appreciate Matt and what he's done for MeFi. Although, I suppose, a big love-in could be arranged.
posted by hijinx at 4:44 AM on June 14, 2001

I appreciate what Matt has done quite a bit. Thanks Matt!
posted by tranquileye at 7:00 AM on June 14, 2001

Uhmn... I wasn't suggesting a love-in. I mean please! I have a reputation as an asshole to uphold here!

I didn't take the "gentle ribbing" wrong. This reminds me of a night at a party. I was sitting with some friends and there was this cute blonde there. Somehow the conversation got to blonde jokes and she wanted to make a point to let everyone know she wasn't like most blondes. She wasn't stupid, y'know. So five minutes later one of the other guys made a snide sexual innuendo. I got it. Everyone else around the table got it. Went completely over this blonde girl's head, and just minutes before she was telling us she was in Mensa and all this shit. She looked embarrassed and stupid. So anyway, I didn't take the "gentle ribbing" wrong. I still don't get it. *shrug*

We wouldn't need a love-in for Matt. We'd need what I think they used to call in Hollywood a "coming out party" but I don't think they call it that anymore cuz of the homosexual connotations. The thing is there'd be this person who's gonna be the next Cary Grant or the next Audrey Hepburn, and this person's agent or "close personal friends" would set up this party and they'd invite all their network connections. Other agents or producers for shows or reporters or columnists for fashion and media magazines or just anyone in the field who had connections and clout, y'know. And they'd get this person all decked out and psyche him/her out to be THE next BIG thing and they'd basically try to butter this person up and make him/her look really good in front of the press and the big wigs. The objective would be to get this person options for auditions or just improve this person's own network connections so s/he would be able to make it big in the scene. I don't know if they do this anymore, but...

...Then again maybe Matt should just duck. *smirk*
posted by ZachsMind at 9:04 AM on June 14, 2001

Now I'm imagining Matt in a pink frilly dress, atwitter with nervousness as he gets all gussied up for his big debutante ball. What could be finer than a June cotillion, I ask you?

Perhaps something along these lines...

posted by evixir at 1:10 PM on June 14, 2001

Someone has too much time on their hands.
posted by SpecialK at 9:06 PM on June 14, 2001

Yeah, you hear that Matt?!
posted by pnevares at 9:32 PM on June 14, 2001


This thread should definitely go into "MetaFilter's Greatest Hits"....
posted by EricBrooksDotCom at 9:52 PM on June 14, 2001

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