Any other similar sites? August 31, 2004 3:02 PM   Subscribe

Metafilter is one of those sites I visit when I've got 2 seconds to rub together, and the rubbing won't intrude too much on my train of thought. I read the posts, and I can dive in when something seems too entertaining to pass up. Other sites that hit me the same way: Boing Boing, Fark, and /.. However, on a particularly loathsome day of work related idiocies, I find that I can exhaust those sites pretty quickly (particularly since I let my TotalFark subscription lapse). Does anyone have other locations that are equal parts whimsy and serious thought?
posted by thanotopsis to MetaFilter-Related at 3:02 PM (25 comments total)

I just signed up at the forums at Something Awful. It's easily worth the ten bucks. It's very rare that I laugh out loud at something on the Internet, but I do it on a regular basis at SA. Of course, it's mainly whimsy and not so much seriousness, but if you dig Fark, you should totally dig SA.
posted by keswick at 3:11 PM on August 31, 2004


Dude!
posted by onlyconnect at 3:35 PM on August 31, 2004


Must you dig up my little freakout/tantrum? :)
posted by keswick at 3:41 PM on August 31, 2004


Dude!

Ah, see, now you've completely destroyed my attempt at weaseling in the word "whimsy" into something meaningful.

Damn you, onlyconnect.
posted by thanotopsis at 3:58 PM on August 31, 2004


j-walk
posted by crunchland at 5:31 PM on August 31, 2004


nobody likes me
posted by onlyconnect at 5:32 PM on August 31, 2004


Metafilter: when the rubbing won't intrude too much
posted by stonerose at 5:44 PM on August 31, 2004


Almost always entertaining, it sometimes is riveting.
posted by Lynsey at 6:47 PM on August 31, 2004


Keswick: was that AskMe post of yours the one that really got people all riled up? It looks like it; but then, it doesn't seem as provocative as the one I remember. Was there another? Or a MeTa post saying something like "I hate you all. Anyone have any suggestions for where I should go instead?"

Heh.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 7:29 PM on August 31, 2004


that's it. and i like you, onlyconnect--that was hysterical.
posted by amberglow at 7:40 PM on August 31, 2004


/?'s onlyconnect
posted by weston at 7:55 PM on August 31, 2004


bah. character entities transformed again. Anyway, I entity 9829 onlyconnect.
posted by weston at 7:56 PM on August 31, 2004


No that was it. I think I posted a meta post around the same time bitching about some crap or something. I really can't be bothered to check. I think it was the combination of the two that riled people. That or our monthly cycles are all in sync.
posted by keswick at 8:05 PM on August 31, 2004


monkeyfilter - the monkeys seem to be beating the blue for the fun posts.
posted by jb at 8:05 PM on August 31, 2004


I heartily second j-walk. He has numerous links of varied interests on an almost-daily basis, updates early for a west-coaster (which suits this EST time zone person just fine), plus the man has written my all-time favorite excel add-in: Yahtzee!!
posted by xena at 9:05 PM on August 31, 2004


MetaCritic to waste the nights away for me...
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 9:29 PM on August 31, 2004


Daypop Top 40.
posted by xammerboy at 10:14 PM on August 31, 2004


My pal Hanan at growabrain.
posted by taz at 11:20 PM on August 31, 2004


me hearts Weston and amberglow.
posted by onlyconnect at 7:56 AM on September 1, 2004


I second the recommendation for the SA forums.

I'll advise you, though:
LURK a long time before you post, to get the "feel" of the place.

I've been on SA for going on two years now, and its been well worth the $50 or so I've spent, total (two accounts, avatars, no-banner-ads fee, etc, etc). Sure, there's dead days, but then there's occasionally a thread that makes me laugh my ass off and its all worth it.
posted by mrbill at 9:22 AM on September 1, 2004


I find that the blogs of fellow mefites tend to be goldmines. Clicking on some profiles is an easy way to explore the blog world and waste a ton of time.
posted by skallas at 9:39 AM on September 1, 2004


The Straight Dope

The message boards cost $ to post, but they're always worth a read.
posted by papercake at 10:39 AM on September 1, 2004


ilx.p3r.net
posted by tapeguy at 6:44 PM on September 1, 2004


table talk
posted by kv at 9:45 PM on September 1, 2004


I second the StraightDope recommend. I joined more than two years ago and vascillated mightily when it went pay to post, waiting until the very very last day. Now I can't begin to imagine what I was thinking when I wasn't going to ante up.
posted by Dreama at 8:50 PM on September 2, 2004


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