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01 June 2005

How many MeFites, do you think, would self-identify as bloggers?
Of them, how many does it take to screw in a quonsar?
1,233 is the answer to both.
posted by mr_crash_davis 01 June | 18:31
I don't blog. I don't screw in quonsar.
posted by Doohickie 01 June | 18:39
Only one; but the light-bulb *really* has to want to change.
posted by carter 01 June | 18:43
not that many, i'd say--2k?--altho many of us have started blogs in response to belonging.
posted by amberglow 01 June | 18:46
I blogged then I deleted it all. I dunno how many mefites it would take to lift a quonsar let alone screw one in.
posted by squeak 01 June | 19:01
2, but they've got to be quite small.
posted by seanyboy 01 June | 19:16
It takes 4324 to change a light bulb, but only 3 are active members.
posted by Doohickie 01 June | 19:19
The last time I screwed quonsar it took a well-trained, well-organized, highly-dedicated and tightly-knit team of 3,345 expert technicians equipped with a wide array of the latest in the kinkiest of sex toys.

Triple-ended mimetic-jelly dongs. Piezo-activated zippered black latex gimp masks. Genetically engineered lumps of psychosexually reactive pseudo-flesh (with prehensile proboscis). Twelve horses, nine goats, sixteen lemurs, five capybara and one drunken emu. Custom-forged hardware milled to tolerances and specifications usually reserved for nuclear submarines. Enough silicon and custom gallium-arsenide chipwork to retrofit the entire air traffic control system.

It may have taken 17 months and a few million man (and woman) hours worth of work, but it was a challenging and rewarding job.
posted by loquacious 01 June | 19:22
What the hell is a blogger, anyway? Sounds kinky.
posted by loquacious 01 June | 19:26
Is it a bad thing that every time I hear that B-word used as a verb, my teeth physcially twist in their sockets? I mean, literally, physically move around? My teeth would puke if they could, because I really, really hate that "blog" has been turned in to a verb. Sort of like "impact" and "office." They aren't verbs either.

Wait, this is MetaRant, right?
posted by mudpuppie 01 June | 19:48
Verbing weirds language.
posted by hopeless romantique 01 June | 19:58
i'm with you on the blogger reaction
but i make all words action words
and abuse the gerund
posted by ethylene 01 June | 20:00
but when the word was new and fresh and rare
with all its novel possibilities so very long ago now...

so is a quonsar like a nave or an apse?
because i think i've done it in an elevator
or a bus alcove
or was it a...
posted by ethylene 01 June | 20:08
Oh dear, I didn't even know that "office" had turned into a verb. It must mean something really vile.
posted by sophieblue 01 June | 20:43
i have no idea what it means "to office" but this bit resonates with me on the word "blog"
posted by ethylene 01 June | 20:59
Blog is very useful as a verb as the activity is otherwise difficult to describe. I don't have a problem with making verbs from nouns if it's useful to do so.
posted by kmellis 01 June | 21:23
What's wrong with "write"? Seriously.

Is "writing" a difficult act to describe? Or "reporting"? Or "examining"/"investigating"?

I snark not. I go out of my way -- clumsily -- to avoid using the blog-verb in my own writing/reporting/ examining/investigating. If I had a good reason not to, I wouldn't. But so far, I'm not convinced. "Blog," the verb, seems a bit precious and in-crowdy to me.

And then there's "visioning"....
posted by mudpuppie 01 June | 21:28
The blog is a pretty unusual thing and the ways in which it's unusual are extremely relevant to any discussion in which it is discussed. Seems to me.
posted by kmellis 01 June | 21:46
i know what you mean, but for me it's more of who is using it, how they're using it and why, like any jargon/slang and the way it falls or floats in public use--
"blog" particular edged my teeth starting a few years ago now(?), but with last year's political crap and "word of the year" stuff, it was already dulled into the blunted poke of the ridiculous as far removed as it had become from its beginnings--

poor words, they haven't got a chance
just like a half decent song looped on the radio
*misses "terrorism" and "propoganda"*
posted by ethylene 01 June | 21:47
Kmellis, you have a good point. The Blog is an aptly titled (if contracted) Thing.

But when people say "I blogged today about...", the baby english language cries. No?
posted by mudpuppie 01 June | 21:52
hmm, i only use blog when i mean i put something online and don't really ever hear anyone use it--
posted by ethylene 01 June | 21:53
actually, now i recall a bit of slapping and wincing last i did hear it
wait, this is why i don't listen to radio either
posted by ethylene 01 June | 21:57
"...the baby english language cries. No?"

Not to my ears. The word doesn't just serve as a social marker (which in itself, from a descriptivist standpoint, is a useful purpose), it has a much-needed descriptive utility both as a noun and as a verb.

Admittedly I'm a descriptivist and not a prescriptivist; but even were I presecriptivist I'd find this word marginally acceptable where I wouldn't find most that are comparable. Because, again, I think the thing and activity being referred to is unique enough to require being specified and unwieldy to do so without a neologism.
posted by kmellis 01 June | 22:13
one giraffe and a bathtub full of brightly colored machine tools.
posted by quonsar 01 June | 22:14
you got your machine tools all over my giraffe
posted by ethylene 01 June | 22:17
it's an okay word--it's no "ginormous" or "craptacular" tho : >
posted by amberglow 01 June | 22:19
now i gotta hear the giraffe cleaner's wife talk in that South Boston accent about "wat she blahhhgged about Jahns asshair" as i wait in line
posted by ethylene 01 June | 22:19
amberglow is sooo sacrelicious
posted by ethylene 01 June | 22:21
I read that post she blogged about the asshair, and I think I've been behind her in line at Stop & Shop.
posted by mudpuppie 01 June | 22:52
just thinking about it made me flinch
i nearly impacted my office

use office in a word, i still can't think of how it would go
posted by ethylene 01 June | 22:56
"He's a banker. He offices on State Street."

Was used in a tagline for some major corp several years ago. I'm thinking it was Staples, Office Depot, or Kinko's. Can't remember, and don't want to.
posted by mudpuppie 01 June | 23:01
i'm going to close my eyes and think of England

much like the response at a mentos commercial:
is it foreign?
posted by ethylene 01 June | 23:02
You got your giraffe in my machine tools.
posted by Doohickie 01 June | 23:31
I'm blogging this.

posted by loquacious 02 June | 00:05
The only person who uses office as a verb is Herbert Kornfeld, and he can do it, because he is as a god.

From the onion. I wanted to link but drat their scurvy hides, he's only available on premium at the moment.
posted by mygothlaundry 02 June | 09:58
What kmellis said. "Blog" doesn't mean "write," it means "write about in one's blog" or "upload to one's blog," and what the hell is wrong with using one word instead of those clumsy phrases? What happened to "omit unnecessary words"? (Not that I go by that overrated piece of simplistic advice, but I know a lot of you purists do.) That's the beauty of English: its versatile grammar allows for much more concision than clunkier languages. It's a great shame that people who'd had Latin forced down their throats as kids and worshipped it as the height of linguistic perfection tried to cram English into that mold and force it to replicate Cicero's sesquipedalian magnificence. When I see something that interests me, I say "I'm going to blog that," and it's just silly to say I should be saying "I'm going to write about that in my blog" instead.

As for the entry by Leslie that ethylene linked to, I simply don't understand this (and I've seen similar laments by others):

Then little pieces of my heart got shot out - the great splash page debate, portal mania, the dude who wrote me a passionate letter ending with an emoticon telling me he could ďno longer enjoy my excellent writing because your pages donít validate in the new design. :(Ē

I enjoy baseless insane hate mail and I welcome fair criticism, but there was something in that sentence that summed up a place in the ugly teen years of the web I didnít want to be part of. Style had edged out substance.

Who the hell cares what web geeks think about your fucking blog design? I've never paid the slightest attention to that stuff, and I can't see why anyone who views their blog as primarily an outlet for thoughts and writing would. I think twice in the almost three-year history of Languagehat I've gotten mail from people babbling about "validating" or "feeds" or some such, and I've blown them off in a nice way. If you want the bells and whistles, go to (I have no idea whether there is such a site -- if you go there and see anus, don't blame me). My blog is for talking about language and other stuff. Words, capisce?
posted by languagehat 02 June | 10:21
Sesquipedalian is an excellent word.
posted by Tarrama 02 June | 10:29
now, mr. hat, look at your blog. The nature of your blog. It is essentially research based as opposed to what caught my eye about Leslie's.
I'm pretty sure anyone with a blog had that first moment of knowing anyone read it or that strangers read it, and why they might.

At a certain time when people were drastically accelerating the features and mutability of the look and use of their sites, depending on who you got your input and in what amount people felt comfortable in thinking they knew you, shifts in themselves or in collision with other changes made it really easy to stop keeping up and decide which forms to their function, and what function does it serve?

When you stop, the world keeps changing, especially in technology fields, and just look at the change in blogs. It's now a catchphrase and jargon to people outside technology who use it liberally to mean something other then those who watched become an automated tool. And i have used it to off put people the way others are colluding on a fun new thing to them.

And i blame it in part for the rise in memoirs, chick lit, and writing that addresses you directly without art, but not disproportionately more than "journaling" (big shudder there)

The only "personal logs" i ever chance on any more are from old bookmarks or links through links because i longer habituate any.
And i think the death of plaine jayne/the hunt for jeff gannon, which i never did follow, exhibits a lot of why people have decided against these types of sites, which was part of what i loved about blogs.

posted by ethylene 02 June | 20:05
quonsar, you left your machine tools in my giraffe.

damn sesquipedalians.
posted by wendell 03 June | 20:32
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