Photos from NYC meetup May 1, 2004 10:26 PM   Subscribe

Some photos from tonight's earlier meetup in NYC.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:26 PM (93 comments total)

It was great to put faces with names I've enjoyed reading for years, and great to meet everyone. It was much larger than I thought (there were about 10-12 people there?) it would be and I barely got a chance to talk to some folks, but again, thanks all for coming out and welcoming me (and thanks everyone picking up my beer tab!).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:29 PM on May 1, 2004


Speaking of putting names to faces, could you? Of that handsome bunch I think I recognize only one smilin' face.
posted by Hildago at 10:36 PM on May 1, 2004


amberglow, vidiot, Karmakaze, anildash .

More people had cameras, so there'll be more pics. It was a thrill meeting mathowie, although he did take a pass on the gullet-destroying confections we enjoyed later on.
posted by jonmc at 10:43 PM on May 1, 2004


chicobangs is the sexy bald dude that's kinda blurry here. Half of bingo's face is here.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:01 PM on May 1, 2004


I've seen you take better ones Matt! But it's still interesting to see faces put to names even if they are a tad red and blurry.
posted by cbrody at 3:17 AM on May 2, 2004


obviously fake.
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:00 AM on May 2, 2004


I had no idea New York was so orange.
posted by crunchland at 6:07 AM on May 2, 2004


I'm kinda in here.
posted by adampsyche at 6:40 AM on May 2, 2004


It was fun--and it was good to meet you, Matt.
posted by amberglow at 7:13 AM on May 2, 2004


obviously fake.

ROFL!
posted by quonsar at 7:21 AM on May 2, 2004


More photos. Sorry, no captions/usernames just yet, since I cannot identify just a coupla folks in the images. There were lotsa people and I got confuseded maybe. Yeah. That's it.
posted by attackthetaxi at 7:33 AM on May 2, 2004


Looks like you guys had fun! I see a few new faces too, I guess it's the mathowie influence. :)
posted by riffola at 8:19 AM on May 2, 2004


I've seen you take better ones Matt!

Not after three beers in a short period of time. I forgot to bring my flash, so had to do the low-light thing, and then I only brought it out a couple times to take a few shots amind all the conversation. If I had my wits and sobriety, I would have gotten some good ones.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:28 AM on May 2, 2004


from mathowie's pics at the top of the thread:

#1: from right: Vidiot, chicobangs, "Mary" and I think amberglow

#2: in focus is Vidiot. To the right you can barely see mdn (that's funny, I thought there was someone sitting between them). To his left, chicobangs, muckster (I think), "Mary"

#3: same angle, less focus

#4: Part of me is in focus (because I'm so mysterious), and covering up the other part is a blurry rendering of mdn.

#5: from left: the edge of lurker "David," karmakaze, and (I think) adampsyche

#5: I'm not sure who that guy at the end is. Isn't that another table?

attackthetaxi's photos, numbering the photos in the order they display themselves in the slideshow (also left to right and then down by row)

#1 from left: chicobangs, Vidiot, and a glimpse of yours truly

#2 that's me trying to get something out of my eye, mdn to my left, mathowie in the distance, possibly NicWolff back there on the right, and karmakazi in focus on right

#3 from left, me, mdn, planetjr (sp?), a glimpse of mathowie, a glimpse of (I think) NicWolff next to him. That's jonmc scribbling his life story so he can read it aloud, "David" standing up, karmakaze's head, and (probably) adampsyche's head

#6 I think that's amberglow with the cigarette. He gave me one.

#7 I attract a crowd of onlookers.

#8 Can't remember the name of the girl with the french fry, can't tell who's next, followed by "David" and Vidiot

#9 Vidiot, Mary, and amberglow?
posted by bingo at 9:03 AM on May 2, 2004


Sorry, I now realize that the above reference to "guy at another table" is actually anildash. Sorry dude, I didn't have your name on my map of the table.
posted by bingo at 9:08 AM on May 2, 2004


It was lovely. (I counted 19 revellers over the course of the evening. Let's see. To help captioning, going around the table, from memory, with copious gaps):

mathowie
- ? (he only introduced himself to me 8 times too. Dammit.)
mdn
bingo
vidiot
chicobangs
muckster
Marcy (muckster's companion, and a non-mefite?)
anil
- ? (anil's friend) (they left early, and - ? and sarah came and took their seats)
attackthetaxi
adampsyche
karmakaze
- ? (a lurker, and a real good guy)
jonmc
nick
liam

I had a blast, and it was a pleasure to meet #1 and the rest of you. Next month, then?
posted by chicobangs at 9:13 AM on May 2, 2004


yup...me.
and that's dame with the french fries.

where's our shoutout?
posted by amberglow at 9:14 AM on May 2, 2004


A digression: Up at at the neighborhood coffee shop just now, I saw our own rcade got quoted in an article about the Google IPO in the New York Times. I just wanted to point this without making an FPP.
posted by y2karl at 9:14 AM on May 2, 2004


(Oh, and Matt, it's a known fact that I'm sexiest when I'm blurry and you're drunk.)
posted by chicobangs at 9:23 AM on May 2, 2004


Good times--too bad we had to run before the Mars bars. Here are a few more blurry non-flash shots from our end of the table.
posted by muckster at 9:29 AM on May 2, 2004


Question: since we all spend way to much time chattering away on metafilter, what exactly do you all talk about when you meet face to face? Metafilter? Does somebody shout out an interesting topic and then link to it? Does one side of the table flame the other side? Has a mefi meetup ever been crashed by Monkeyfilterites?
posted by zaelic at 9:39 AM on May 2, 2004


obviously fake.

best. comment. ever. ;)

And yeah, the last time I was in New York, I don't remember it being colored by the flames of eternal darkness...but then, I might not have been paying attention.
posted by dejah420 at 9:45 AM on May 2, 2004


Chicobangs told the lewd and hilarious story of how he got his nickname. Now I realize it was on his userpage all along, but it's funnier in person.
posted by muckster at 9:45 AM on May 2, 2004


Does one side of the table flame the other side? Has a mefi meetup ever been crashed by Monkeyfilterites?

No, but at the end of the evening we though about finding a band of Farkers and beating them up if that's any consolation.
posted by jonmc at 9:59 AM on May 2, 2004


right. dame. film noir girl. sorry, was toward the end of the evening.

I ended up getting on the wrong train, and I found myself in brooklyn or queens or some shit. didn't realize i wasn't in manhattan til i found my way to 42nd and Broadway, with times square nowhere in sight.
posted by bingo at 10:05 AM on May 2, 2004


That's our corner in Astoria, bingo. You should have stopped by.
posted by muckster at 10:22 AM on May 2, 2004


Do you often wake up to the sound of people getting thrown out of bars?
posted by bingo at 10:45 AM on May 2, 2004


Yup. That's Doyle's Corner. On the weekends, they blast karaoke, too.
posted by muckster at 11:07 AM on May 2, 2004


More pictures.

As always, it was great to meet people and hang out again with those I'd met before.
posted by Vidiot at 11:12 AM on May 2, 2004


what exactly do you all talk about when you meet face to face?

We talk about you, zaelic.
posted by Vidiot at 11:17 AM on May 2, 2004


Then we try to express emoticons with our faces.
posted by liam at 11:26 AM on May 2, 2004


: >
posted by amberglow at 11:41 AM on May 2, 2004


Oh, and I arrived home to find an e-mail from a non-MeFite named Joe, who asks:

"If I buy Matt a beer do you think he'll let me join MetaFilter?"
posted by Vidiot at 12:57 PM on May 2, 2004


I think the formula is: if ONE lurker buys Matt a beer, he'll let you in; if FIVE lurkers buy him beers, he won't remember who any of you are by the time he gets online...
posted by wendell at 1:48 PM on May 2, 2004


Oh, and I thought we decided after the L.A. and Amsterdam events that ALL meet-ups must be held in rooms with orange walls. That photo trick Matt tried isn't fooling anyone...
posted by wendell at 1:50 PM on May 2, 2004


Why is my mouth open in every picture of me? I *tried* not to talk people's ears off . . .

It was very nice to meet everyone.
posted by dame at 3:11 PM on May 2, 2004


likewise, dame.

Oh, jon, i paid for that battered milky way later, but it was delish. thanks!
posted by amberglow at 3:20 PM on May 2, 2004


Vidiot, thanks for capturing the light that often appears above my head. Few have done so, and some dare to dispute its existence.
posted by bingo at 4:11 PM on May 2, 2004


Mucho funo. Hope to see everyone at the next one. Maybe by then my voice will come back (though I suspect that it's hardly missed by many!).
posted by adampsyche at 4:29 PM on May 2, 2004


And the amazing thing is that I did it all while sitting next to you!

(David took the pic, I b'lieve.)
posted by Vidiot at 4:33 PM on May 2, 2004


No judgements, bingo, but that light's a little high for a halo. It's kind of at police-interrogation height, actually.

Where were you on Saturday night around 7:30? Are there witnesses? You sure of that story, bub?

Ahem.

... And, croaking, sugar-crashed, stuffed to the back teeth with libations and confections, they toddled off gently into the Manhattan night....

I, too, should have my voice back for next month.
posted by chicobangs at 5:31 PM on May 2, 2004


Hey, I never said it was a halo. It could be the North Star, it could be the angel of death, or it could be a reflection off of your head.
posted by bingo at 6:54 PM on May 2, 2004


Notice, though, how exalted I look. It's like I'm Jesus.
posted by bingo at 7:45 PM on May 2, 2004


So you people really exist? Amazing.
posted by cbrody at 8:47 PM on May 2, 2004


Actually, I'm just one of the voices in your head, cbrody. Now, go kill your neighbors and check your tire pressure.
posted by jonmc at 9:40 PM on May 2, 2004


See, the blank shoutout *could* be me, right? I feel so fulfilled.
posted by arto at 9:40 PM on May 2, 2004


If it's any consolation to ya, I once drank with a Irish mover named arto, who spied a cockroach crawling across the bar and trapped it with the shot glass. He then asked the barmaid what we got for that.

She said, "You get to keep the shot glass." Maybe we were hangin' out in spirit, my man.
posted by jonmc at 9:46 PM on May 2, 2004


digital enhancement techniques reveal the true nature of the mystery shoutout
posted by quonsar at 10:12 PM on May 2, 2004


So you people really exist? Amazing.

I think they just hire some out-of-work off-off-broadway actors from time to time to generate the appropriate photos, and thereby hide the spoon.

(dammit. can't find the mefi-hoax page. but you get it, or you should if you bother to read this much of a meetup page.)
posted by kaibutsu at 10:23 PM on May 2, 2004


chicobangs, that's plemeljr - that guy with buzz and scrappy facial hair. It's ok, after a couple of pints, it was smooth sailing. I had a great time, it is always good to put faces with names. and jonmc has to digitize some of the records he bought that day, so we can see how exactly Pac Man sings the oldies.
posted by plemeljr at 6:14 AM on May 3, 2004


I don't exist. I am but a fig newton of your imagination.
posted by Karmakaze at 6:31 AM on May 3, 2004


Yeah, I posted and slapped my shiny cranium. You & amberglow I knew from before, and I was just talking with dawn half the night, so I have no excuses.

Karmakaze, like Harvey, is real, whether you can see them or not.
posted by chicobangs at 8:20 AM on May 3, 2004


I'm not sure if I exist or not. It's plausible that I'm just being played by an out of work actor. She's pretty hard-core method, though.
posted by mdn at 8:22 AM on May 3, 2004


Did you meet in h*ll or something like that? Jesus Christ.
Anyway, it always moves me to see the pasty white faces of so many fellow MeFiers with whom I shared many a bitter discussion full of invective and resentment. Have a drink on me, boys.
posted by 111 at 8:48 AM on May 3, 2004


Yeah, well, as pasty and/or white as all of us (except those of us who weren't pasty and/or white) were, we all drank heartily and repeatedly toasted our favoritest people in the world: ourselves.

And maitre d' aside, the service in h*ll is better than you'd think. Lots of cool refreshing libations to quell the acrid sulfur and rotting flesh smell. It was rather classy, for an evening in Gomorrah.

(By the way, mdn, you're a very convincing actor.)
posted by chicobangs at 8:56 AM on May 3, 2004


Have a drink on me, boys.

You hear that? Send 111 the bill.
posted by languagehat at 8:58 AM on May 3, 2004


Did you meet in h*ll or something like that?

No, going all the way to Long Island would've made for a crappy commute. And I don't actually exist either, I'm just a figure from a collective nightmare. or indigestion.
posted by jonmc at 9:14 AM on May 3, 2004


I heard so-so reports about the actor who appeared as me so I'm sending a different one to the Apple Store shindig this evening. Apparently this one unicycles and sings lieder.
posted by liam at 9:53 AM on May 3, 2004


Is anyone else really creeped out with putting faces to names?
posted by geoff. at 9:56 AM on May 3, 2004


So Matt, any chances of a Chicago show on your WorldMefiTour 2004? I'm sure we could scrape together a few peeps and get you good and shit-hammered.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:35 AM on May 3, 2004


Geoff, we all have faces and names (well, most of us do), and you get used to the third dimension that most of us have, especially in the infernal hell-lights of the restaurants of South-Central Manhattan. Like Jello fights and goth culture, it's only creepy until it's not creepy anymore.

And liam, if your doppelganger-cum-stand-in is going to wear liederhosen, then someone better be taking pictures.

(I know that's not a word. So?)
posted by chicobangs at 10:49 AM on May 3, 2004


And liam, if your doppelganger-cum-stand-in is going to wear liederhosen, then someone better be taking pictures.

Well, there's always the chance that a gathering of bloggers will include someone with a camera.

And can someone help me out with a better collective noun than "gathering" for bloggers?
posted by liam at 12:22 PM on May 3, 2004


I suppose "a blog of bloggers" is too easy. An embarassment of bloggers? A parliament of bloggers?

Seems to me it should either be a new group noun, or one that is used for an animal that exhibits blogger-like behavior.
posted by bingo at 12:44 PM on May 3, 2004


In light of the thread so far, how about a Doppel Gang?
posted by chicobangs at 12:46 PM on May 3, 2004


"gaggle of bloggers"
posted by riffola at 1:55 PM on May 3, 2004


Hey, thanks for the shoutouts gang! We in Dallas won't forget you come tomorrow. (Also, I'll try to remember to bring a big black marker to beat the flash.) ;)
posted by dejah420 at 2:04 PM on May 3, 2004


Darn, posted too fast...

Did anyone notice that bingo looks a bit like a young Lewis Black?

And dame...you're a brave, brave girl to go out on the streets of new york alone with those loons in the quest for deep fried sugar. ;)
posted by dejah420 at 2:08 PM on May 3, 2004


People are always telling me I look like someone else. A few weeks ago, I got Stephen King.
posted by bingo at 3:48 PM on May 3, 2004


he does look a little bit like him, but bingo's taller--Lewis Black is surprisingly short (i saw him on 10th avenue the other day).
posted by amberglow at 5:00 PM on May 3, 2004


A few weeks ago, I got Stephen King.

When I had a goatee, I used to get Tom Green a lot. Now, it's John Cusack after a heroin binge.
posted by jonmc at 5:51 PM on May 3, 2004


Sexy.
posted by i_cola at 7:26 PM on May 3, 2004


BTW, have we set a date (IIRC 27th May was mooted?)/venue for the 'International' [maybe just North Atlantic] meetup?
posted by i_cola at 7:31 PM on May 3, 2004


If it's any consolation to ya, I once drank with a Irish mover named arto, who spied a cockroach crawling across the bar and trapped it with the shot glass. He then asked the barmaid what we got for that.

She said, "You get to keep the shot glass."


That's a Tom Waits moment if ever there was one. But since he's (presumably) not around to write that song, I reserve the right to. I mean, I'm not just paying my Noo Yawk Irish dive-bar doppelganger to stand around and look pretty.
posted by arto at 9:29 PM on May 3, 2004


a hit of bloggers?
a Trott of bloggers?
a navel of bloggers?
an archive of bloggers?

Hmmm...needs work.
posted by Vidiot at 10:42 PM on May 3, 2004


a blurb of bloggers?

a vanity of bloggers?

a syntax of bloggers?

a declaration of bloggers?

a ping of bloggers?
posted by taz at 11:50 PM on May 3, 2004


I like navel and blurb! The first since it goes well with the phrase "collective navel" and the second for its euphony.
posted by vacapinta at 12:29 AM on May 4, 2004


A boggle of bloggers?
posted by davehat at 2:21 AM on May 4, 2004


A lint of bloggers.
posted by romakimmy at 8:49 AM on May 4, 2004


How about -- A List of Bloggers?

A Confederacy of Bloggers?

An Entry of Bloggers?

A Lot of Bloggers?

A Slack of Bloggers?
posted by chicobangs at 9:15 AM on May 4, 2004


A gross of bloggers is good
posted by amberglow at 9:19 AM on May 4, 2004


A cache of bloggers!
posted by bingo at 9:43 AM on May 4, 2004


bingo, bingo! that's perfect.
posted by amberglow at 10:24 AM on May 4, 2004


You all hate me don't you?
posted by i_cola at 11:49 AM on May 4, 2004


Why would we hate you, i_c? You won't be in New York for another three weeks.

Hating you is not only impossible from this distance, it's simply inconvenient.
posted by chicobangs at 2:38 PM on May 4, 2004


aye nae bother ic its the 27th for sure .
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:03 PM on May 4, 2004


I might be willing to hate you, given the opportunity.
posted by bingo at 7:11 PM on May 4, 2004


I might be willing to hate you, given the opportunity.

Well, that's just ducky! I ask you to hate me and you can't be bothered, but some foreigner asks, and you serve up hot heapin' helpin's of hatred.

Hmph.
posted by jonmc at 7:22 PM on May 4, 2004


we'll all hate everyone on the 27th, ok? We'll do fuckyou shoutouts and everything.
posted by amberglow at 7:50 PM on May 4, 2004


"gaggle of bloggers"

Nah. A google of bloggers.
posted by Wet Spot at 8:01 PM on May 4, 2004


I have nothing against i_cola. But, jonmc: You asked me to hate you? I mean, hate is an awfully strong word, but still, that doesn't seem like something I would have missed.
posted by bingo at 8:27 PM on May 4, 2004


"...google of bloggers."

Sheeit.

A wank of bloggers.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:05 PM on May 4, 2004


Jonmc:

I want my green flannel shirt back.
posted by rich at 10:50 AM on May 6, 2004


Bingo looks almost exactly what I thought he would look like - it's pretty striking. Jonmc, meanwhile, looks like my onetime alcoholic next-door neighbor, who was impossibly chatty and entertaining, except when for asking me the same questions day after day, or at least every other day or two days, like your 85-year-old grandmother.
posted by raysmj at 8:48 PM on May 6, 2004


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