Anyone here from out of town? May 24, 2005 2:55 PM   Subscribe

Anyone here from out of town?
posted by arse_hat to MetaFilter-Related at 2:55 PM (87 comments total)

MetaFilter pretty much equals America/white/mostly male/Filter and I am curious as to how many members there are from other lands. Excluding Canada, UK, Australia and Americans living abroad who visits here? What about believers other than Christians? Anyone out there?
posted by arse_hat at 2:56 PM on May 24, 2005


uh oh.

*hides under bed*
posted by docpops at 3:01 PM on May 24, 2005


I am definitely "other than christian".
posted by mischief at 3:06 PM on May 24, 2005


I luvs teh Jeezus...
posted by docpops at 3:09 PM on May 24, 2005


What about believers other than Christians?

Umm, have you missed all the Christian threads? It seems most active MeFites are not into the whole jeebus thing.
posted by thedevildancedlightly at 3:11 PM on May 24, 2005


Excluding Canada, UK, Australia. . .

The NZ contingent is not going to be happy about being left out of the Anglophone roll call.
posted by mlis at 3:16 PM on May 24, 2005


What about believers other than Christians?

There are lots of devout atheists here.
posted by grouse at 3:19 PM on May 24, 2005


Arse_hat said "believers" other than Christians -- that is, people who are neither Christian, agnostic, or atheist. Sorry I can't help out; I'm a white male atheist in America.

But I don't work in the tech industry and my parents are blue-collar.
posted by NickDouglas at 3:20 PM on May 24, 2005


I'm pretty sure he meant believers of a faith OTHER than the standard Christian sects. read: Atheists, agnostics, and Christians not welcome.
posted by Ryvar at 3:21 PM on May 24, 2005


Beaten by Nick Douglas :(
Ooooooh that smarts
posted by Ryvar at 3:21 PM on May 24, 2005


Anyone here from out of town?

i'm from comstock park.
posted by quonsar at 3:27 PM on May 24, 2005


"I'm pretty sure he meant believers of a faith OTHER than the standard Christian sects."

Details, details...
posted by mischief at 3:28 PM on May 24, 2005


Beaten by Nick Douglas :(

For Shame Ryvar... For Shame =/
posted by Dreamghost at 3:31 PM on May 24, 2005


My spiritual path, while not technically a religion, is based on Hinduism.

I'm white, female, a democratic socialist, and American. And I'd like to get beaten by Nick Douglas.
posted by Specklet at 3:33 PM on May 24, 2005


Holland/white/mostly male/agnostic/Filler.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 3:38 PM on May 24, 2005


I am white (mostly German and Irish extraction), male (these days more asexual than heterosexual), and a recovering Presbyterian (if Matt ever chooses to start his own religion, I'm in). My actual birthplace is Cleveland, Ohio but have been a resident of the Los Angeles metropolitan area for all but 6 years of my life (and of the state of depression for the last 5 years). My 50th birthday is on the anniversary of the death of James Dean, at which time I will become demographically irrelevent, and I can hardly wait. I have never been beaten by Nick Douglas or Doug Nicholas, nor have I ever beaten Alex Reynolds or Reynolds Alexander. I believe I can fly, but choose not to make a big show of it. I first discovered a bald spot on the back of my head 20 years ago, and am thankful to whatever deity or natural anomaly that has allowed me to still have some hair left. Since the last time my doctor adjusted my mediction, I've been sharing way too much information on MetaFilter.
posted by wendell at 3:50 PM on May 24, 2005


"Since the last time my doctor adjusted my mediction, I've been sharing way too much information on MetaFilter."

/me nods
posted by mischief at 3:59 PM on May 24, 2005


...I just flew in tonight, and boy, are my arms tired.
posted by keswick at 4:14 PM on May 24, 2005


YAWMA - yet another white male athiest/agnostic.
posted by fenriq at 4:15 PM on May 24, 2005


I am made of stars.
posted by naomi at 4:33 PM on May 24, 2005


I'm made of snips and snails and puppy dog's tails
posted by jonmc at 4:36 PM on May 24, 2005


I'm white, female, a democratic socialist, and American. And I'd like to get beaten by Nick Douglas.

NickDouglas: I think this is part of the reason you get a lot of flak - the women like you. That makes the other men jealous, display behavior, et cetera.
posted by mlis at 4:54 PM on May 24, 2005


There are a bunch of us Jewish folks, and a few Muslims too, and a scattering of Hindus and Buddhists. We need more people from non-English speaking countries, but the language thing is a barrier. (How is that universal translator coming anyway?)
posted by amberglow at 4:56 PM on May 24, 2005


The universal translator is gradual well. If he will be patient is, this arrives eventually.

Personally, I'd like to get to know Specklet better. And Nick Douglass.
posted by Eamon at 5:09 PM on May 24, 2005


amberglow, it was the response from Mossy in this thread that prompted me to ask. It is rare that a thread involving religion, politics or societal trends generates much of interest to me. It is almost always the same rather narrow range of views. Mossy brought something a bit different and that’s nice to see.

"uh oh.
*hides under bed*
posted by docpops at 3:01 PM PST on May 24" Doc you can’t really believe my point is arguable can you?

Oh, and sorry NZ!
posted by arse_hat at 5:11 PM on May 24, 2005


The NZ contingent is not going to be happy about being left out of the Anglophone roll call.

All three of us are storming the castle!
posted by tracicle at 5:26 PM on May 24, 2005


I'll distract the Kiwis.

"Look, mates, a case of beer!"
posted by jonmc at 5:30 PM on May 24, 2005


White American female atheist. Not necessarily in that order.
posted by veronitron at 5:38 PM on May 24, 2005


I don't think I'm mostly white. I'm more 50/50.
posted by Eideteker at 5:47 PM on May 24, 2005


I currently inhabit a female white American's body, but my spirit is of many planes. My essence originated from a planet of advanced aliens in the Horsehead Nebula, and I have been sent here as an ambassador to Earth to commune with the collective conciousness of the human race and retrieve many fine cheeses for my return. There are no cows in the Horsehead Nebula and cheese is notoriously difficult to obtain.
posted by schroedinger at 5:49 PM on May 24, 2005


Well, I do hope you procured a brick of Velveeta.
posted by jonmc at 5:52 PM on May 24, 2005


arse: I love these sorts of vague, inquisitive, navel-gazing posts. I'm always amazed at the venom they provoke by the MeTaFundies.

But I also love watching the ensuing train wrecks that develop.

Godspeed.

Also, reform Jew.
posted by docpops at 6:05 PM on May 24, 2005


Female and a kiwi (although I live in NYC at the moment) here. And where's the beer, jonmc? (It better be Speights). Bloody hell...
posted by gaspode at 6:21 PM on May 24, 2005


I would just like to say that as a white (well,Jewish), atheist male, I do not approve of lumping Canada (or UK or Oz for that matter) in with the US in arse_hat's use of the term 'American' (and, yes I know Canada is in North America - I'm Canadian, I know some geography). We Canadians are proud (often too proud) to be different from our neighbours to the south, and we have a perspective that can differ significantly from USians on a wide range of issues. (And I realize that USians have their own cauldron of differing views).
I agree with amberglow that language is certainly a factor, as probably is the registration process which likely makes it cumbersome for a large number of non-Paypal useable country's denizens.
As for all the weasel words and provisos, sue me, I'm a lawyer.
posted by birdsquared at 6:33 PM on May 24, 2005


I,too, like these navel gazers. But as a somewhat christian, sort of republican, gun owning, southern (US), white, male I find that my delicate feelings (we have them too) are often hurt but I can also be distracted by offers of beer. I'm thinking of forming a support group.
posted by Carbolic at 6:44 PM on May 24, 2005


And I forgot lawyer.
posted by Carbolic at 6:45 PM on May 24, 2005


American/hispanic/female/heretic.

I think that covers it, and it has a nice cadence when spoken aloud.
posted by Space Kitty at 6:52 PM on May 24, 2005


Oh, and just for the record: American/male/Irish-Italian/semi-lapsed Catholic
posted by jonmc at 6:53 PM on May 24, 2005


arse: Mossy rocks--you didn't know? All our Muslim mefites are eager to share and explain stuff about it when the thread's not a shitfest. (Most of us are woefully ignorant about Islam, i think.)
posted by amberglow at 7:13 PM on May 24, 2005


Kiwi/male/living in Australia/agnostic christian.
posted by dg at 7:19 PM on May 24, 2005


Filipino, born in New Jersey. Ex-Catholic, ex-atheist, now Baptist.

But my spirit is that of a blue-and-golden-eyed vampirical Dragon-Lion wizard from a distant, watery M-class moon orbiting a planet near the star Regulus. I only look human to your eyes, but the truth is I'm a magical being from the future trapped in this mortal body, and only able to manifest it in notebook margin doodles which I upload to my Livejournal.
posted by brownpau at 7:19 PM on May 24, 2005


amberglow, I did not know about mossy (dude do rock!) and that is what generated this question. I work both physically on occasion, and via Internet with folks from France, Germany, Russia, India and other countries. I really would like to know who here is from Europe, Asia, S. America and Africa. It seems not many.

I am not a believer but I would like to hear from Muslim, Buddhist and others on occasion.

birdsquared, I am a Canadian ex-pat. I excluded Canadians et al. because while I am aware that their views are very different than the average American (Usasian?) I really want to know if Meta is attracting at least a few folks a little more removed from the U.S. status quo.

Maybe I ought to offer some of the folks I know overseas memberships and pick up the Paypal payments?
posted by arse_hat at 7:41 PM on May 24, 2005


American of partial French-Canadian ancestry.

I do not approve of lumping Canada (or UK or Oz for that matter) in with the US in arse_hat's use of the term 'American'

Your disapproval is noted. I believe arse_hat was referring to the Anglophone world (ring, ring! of which Canada is a member of) vs. non-English native language speaking world.
posted by mlis at 7:52 PM on May 24, 2005


insanely hot swedish atheist, socialist, ventriloquist
posted by mr.marx at 8:06 PM on May 24, 2005


chinese/english born in a tree somewhere in rural nova scotia. but I went to an acadian school! JE ME PARLEZ FRONGCAIS!
posted by stray at 8:11 PM on May 24, 2005


Maybe I ought to offer some of the folks I know overseas memberships and pick up the Paypal payments?
Good idea.

We have a bunch of EUers (and a few Central/Eastern Europeans or expats), but not that many others (altho we do have a bunch of Japanese, or are they all expats too?) Africans we definitely need more of, altho i think there's one or 2 South Africans.
posted by amberglow at 8:14 PM on May 24, 2005


I'm a bisexual black woman from Namibia. I practice Voodoo and enjoy web logging.
posted by moift at 8:39 PM on May 24, 2005


I'm a female. Does that count?

I'm also from Philadelphia. We're weird and foreign in our cheesesteak worshiping habits - or something.
posted by tozturk at 9:10 PM on May 24, 2005


White female non- Christian transplanted Californinan, old enough to be your mother, so behave yourself, dammit you kids, you.
posted by puddinghead at 9:20 PM on May 24, 2005


On the whole I'd rather be from Philadelphia.

No wait...ah, nevermind.


...waits to be beaten by Nick Doglas and wonders how to answer moift's personal ad...
posted by ?! at 9:23 PM on May 24, 2005


moift, having written a thesis on the practice of the Voodon I would just love to hear how you, a Namibian, came to be a follower of a foreign religion…

amberglow, I will make an offer to some of my friends and I am making an offer here. If any Mefite knows of someone in Europe, Asia, the sub-continent, Africa, South and Central America, and the Caribbean and who, cannot afford the fee or cannot access PayPal let me know at metafilter at kdmullen dot com. I will buy 10 memberships (more if this works well).

I will buy for folks from the mentioned locations who have English as a second language but are articulate in written English. I want an e-mail from them explaining why they would like to be part of Meta (I don’t want to pay for a lurker).
posted by arse_hat at 9:33 PM on May 24, 2005


I don't think they confiscate religions at customs or anything arsehat, but then again I didn't write a thesis about it.
posted by moift at 9:39 PM on May 24, 2005


"I don't think they confiscate religions at customs or anything arsehat" No but I really would love to know how an African born individual would come to be a follower of the Voodon. I mean it would be very rare, right?
posted by arse_hat at 9:42 PM on May 24, 2005


Non-white female Jewish Pennsylvanian, also old enough to be your mother, but I have enough kids of my own so I don't really give a damn what you do.
posted by Dreama at 9:47 PM on May 24, 2005


*pats arse_hat on the back* Good job.
[philistine, illogician, follower of women, pacific islander (the big one), still male & getting whiter by the minute - damn you winter!]
posted by peacay at 9:49 PM on May 24, 2005


puddinghead, Dreama. Love you both!
posted by arse_hat at 9:51 PM on May 24, 2005


Sorry, Specklet, I don't make physical contact with people who don't have their own websites.
posted by NickDouglas at 10:35 PM on May 24, 2005


Sorry, Specklet, I don't make physical contact with people who don't have their own websites.

Please dont ever procreate. tia
posted by Dreamghost at 10:44 PM on May 24, 2005


Sarcasm, man, sarcasm. I thought Dr. Thompson taught you about this. Remember, Dreamghost? The lesson about how the kids who helped you onto the short bus were picking your pockets? The other lesson about how your mother wasn't really saying she loved you but that she planned to trade you to the circus for a monkey, because "if I'm going to have a shit-throwing hairy animal, it might as well be one with a better-hidden anus"? And Dr. Thompson thought you were making such progress.
posted by NickDouglas at 10:55 PM on May 24, 2005


FEAR of a Black Metafilter is Coming...
posted by Dreamghost at 10:55 PM on May 24, 2005


If one or two people reading from countries wherein paypal is difficult would like me to buy an account for them, then my email is in my profile.
posted by Rumple at 10:59 PM on May 24, 2005


I'm a black female from Ghana but currently living in Portland Oregon.
posted by ramix at 11:07 PM on May 24, 2005


Rumple, thumbs up!
posted by arse_hat at 11:08 PM on May 24, 2005


Nick im afraid your mixing up memorys of your childhood with mine. Though your mom is right the monkey least has free thought and unlike you does not crib his opinions on what so called "A-List Bloggers" are spewing out today.

Go jerk off to Blink again, like all the other wankers...

I would punch up your site for a good laugh, but im afraid i would just hear some more unorginal tripe stating that burgerking is the new flickr.

once again... please dont procreate. tia
posted by Dreamghost at 11:11 PM on May 24, 2005


I usually don't even look at the names when I read Metafilter, I just read through the content; but it seems like everytime I see something that makes me thing "jesus christ who is this fucking idiot?" I look and it's NickDouglas.
posted by moift at 11:19 PM on May 24, 2005


It's the love and kindness that makes me stick with Metafilter.
posted by NickDouglas at 11:30 PM on May 24, 2005


It’s the prostate massages that keeps me coming back!
posted by arse_hat at 11:37 PM on May 24, 2005


i'm indian, male, born Hindu but secretly Taoist, and am now in australia.
posted by dhruva at 1:19 AM on May 25, 2005


Paging Mr. Dobalina, Mr. Bob Dobalina.

/kick it
posted by loquacious at 1:47 AM on May 25, 2005


That makes the other men jealous, display behavior, et cetera.

*pisses in Nick Douglas' cornflakes*
posted by terrapin at 6:29 AM on May 25, 2005


I'm mostly pink imperforate animist.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 6:52 AM on May 25, 2005


I am the evil clown that haunts your piss-soaked nightmares.

Oh no wait, I'm not, that's you guys. I am an American male, of Irish/Swedish extraction (so like actually pale pinkish white to fishbelly, and red, especially around the face and knuckles), I am above the age of consent everywhere, I worshiped a rat, then I got hungry and ate him, I should have killed him first as it was a strangely hasty and agitated meal. My brain is made of karate.
posted by Divine_Wino at 7:06 AM on May 25, 2005


Sorry, Specklet, I don't make physical contact with people who don't have their own websites.

Now I'll never get a beating!
*cries*



Divine_Wino, that last line made me laugh aloud.
posted by Specklet at 10:04 AM on May 25, 2005


This is an interesting question. Maybe you could map members. The Monkeyfilter Wiki has a map, but it's being put together by hand, and is opt in only. Currently shows that most of the members are in Anglophone/bilingual countries (Richer would probably kill me for calling Canada anglophone :), with an understandably large number of Americans (as there are a lot of them). Some of the people elsewhere are expats, some not. There are people missing, including a few who have mentioned being from elsewhere (I remember someone being in Mexico City), but the proportions are just about right.

It would be interesting to see something similar for metafilter, but it would be a lot of work.
posted by jb at 10:16 AM on May 25, 2005


strangely hasty and agitated meal

hey, that's from Patrick O'Brian
posted by small_ruminant at 11:02 AM on May 25, 2005


What about an American living in Canada? Does that mean I can't post twice?

Ha! I'm going to anyway:

Female, bisexual, light beige (mostly Scots), non-Christian (raised as such, overthrew (?) the yokes of organized religion in my early teens), sorta pagan/agnostic, definitely a heretic and unemployed (well, except for that whole goblin killing day-job).
posted by deborah at 11:16 AM on May 25, 2005


Female, bisexual, mostly scottish teensy bit american indian, not that you'd notice except most of my family are pink sun-burny people whereas i'm one of those peopel that tan nicely, raised episcopalian, but currently having a lack of religion, stuck in Mississippi, but soon to move north.
posted by nile_red at 11:38 AM on May 25, 2005


small_ruminant:

I was just reading HMS Surprise this morning on the train and couldn't stop laughing, I steal almost exclusively from P O'B.
posted by Divine_Wino at 11:52 AM on May 25, 2005


We can probably never have enough bisexual females, but that pretty much goes for any online community.

* registers "hot_bi_chick" as a sockpuppet account, waits for online popularity to increase geometrically *
posted by yhbc at 11:58 AM on May 25, 2005


If I commented more and lurked less I'd tell you I was Norwegian. Mostly female. Belongs to the state church since they are currently employing me.
posted by mummimamma at 12:53 PM on May 25, 2005


* registers "hot_bi_chick" as a sockpuppet account, waits for online popularity to increase geometrically *

I thought the "bc" in "yhbc" stood for "bisexual chick."

I feel so dirty.
posted by jonmc at 1:39 PM on May 25, 2005


Damn!

* updates userpage - "it stands for 'young hot bisexual chick' . . ." *
posted by yhbc at 1:42 PM on May 25, 2005


British; residing Palma de Mallorca, Spain on + off for past 24 years. I speak spanglish and have no affiliation with any organised religious group apart from this one.
posted by adamvasco at 3:54 PM on May 25, 2005


"Church of MetaFilter" - I'd join.

nile_red: Twins separated at birth? I was also raised Episcopalian and have a teensy bit of American Indian (Blackfoot).
posted by deborah at 7:30 PM on May 25, 2005


It would be interesting to see something similar for metafilter, but it would be a lot of work.
Not if we had the ability to add lat/long co-ordinates to user pages.

*continues to beat dead horse*
posted by dg at 7:45 PM on May 25, 2005


I speak English in daily life and at home. I also am very fond of Speights and welcome jonmc's kind offer.
posted by nomis at 11:54 PM on May 25, 2005


I'm just some native american male-who-sometimes-forgets-and-thinks-he's-a-female-sorta person with a deep spirituality unrelated to any major religion. Oh, and I live in my country. So all you caucasians go back to ... er ... Caucasia!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:08 PM on May 26, 2005


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