March 31, 2006

Atrios Steals My "Cowbell" Schtick
— Ace

Raising money for some candidate, he uses the "more cowbell" to indicate money flowing in.

Hmmmm... where have I seen that before?

So, between six thousand open threads, he occasionally includes some "original content," which he found someplace else.

Millions of readers a month. Sheesh.

Thanks to Chris.

Posted by: Ace at 08:15 AM | Comments (16)
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1 But, in all fairness, you stole it from Christopher Walken and SNL. Still, I'd rather have sloppy seconds than sloppy thirds.

Posted by: adolfo velasquez at March 31, 2006 08:31 AM (qVkLh)

2 Isn't that "Thrifty Thirds"?

Posted by: Gunslinger at March 31, 2006 08:41 AM (xXekx)

3 Yeah, but Atrios got to be on The Left Wing ... I mean The West Wing...over the weekend. All you have is your little faux radio show, Ace.

Who's more important now?

Posted by: Steve L. at March 31, 2006 08:50 AM (YIFeG)

4 Actually, Atrios is *at least* sloppy fourths, since ESPN's Bill Simmons adopted "More Cowbell" as the name of his blog after (but not because of) Ace.

And I believe Simmons may have more readers than both Ace *and* Atrios.

Cheers,
Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at March 31, 2006 09:03 AM (y1hCN)

5 Want some cheese to go with those sour grapes?

Posted by: at March 31, 2006 09:06 AM (Lpswv)

6 Turnabout's fair play, Ace. You blatently ripped off my succinct open threads.

Posted by: Atrios at March 31, 2006 09:06 AM (GB/GL)

7 Well, yeah, I didn't write or perform in the bit. I'm just saying I began using the catchphrases for a different context, which Atrios has swiped.

I guess it wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that some idiot at Firedoglake accused me of "stealing Atrios' intellectual property" for copying his thousand Open Threads.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2006 09:11 AM (yQUbP)

8 Then we got a lecture from Jane Hamster on fair use. Which she kinda dicked up.

good times, good times.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at March 31, 2006 09:13 AM (pzen5)

9 I don't think atrios thinks cowbell means what most of us over here think it means. If yaknow what I mean.

Posted by: Sticky B at March 31, 2006 09:47 AM (9vsrW)

10 Hmmmm,

I don't think you should covet the numbers over at Atrios' place. Democrats need somewhere to go where they can learn what to think. And so, liberal websites are always going to have higher numbers.

Consider your numbers to be a testament to the individual, highly intellectual nature of your audience.

Posted by: rightnumberone at March 31, 2006 11:34 AM (bduOR)

11 Surely so many people would be good for financial reasons, but I like this site because it isn't inundated by millions of commenting people every day. I loved LGF, but it became inconvenient to commont. My pithy words got lost in the torrential sea of comments.

See: we love your blog, Ace, because it boosts our self-esteem and ego.

Posted by: Muslihoon at March 31, 2006 12:20 PM (Q8UK2)

12 I guess it wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that some idiot at Firedoglake accused me of "stealing Atrios' intellectual property" for copying his thousand Open Threads.

*chuckle* I'd completely forgotten about that. Humourless liberal chicks are indeed God's gift to unintentional comedy.

Posted by: alex at March 31, 2006 03:03 PM (LZ4k7)

13 Well, yeah, I didn't write or perform in the bit. I'm just saying I began using the catchphrases for a different context, which Atrios has swiped.
Exactly, that. Ace uses it to signify good news.

Ace, check your email for another great schtick idea. I kinda like this one even better.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 01, 2006 09:57 AM (lpbk9)

14 Well last month you stole his original idea of "open thread" creation. As long as it is this once, it's tit for tat. I think you have more tits for his tats, but he's a lib, he loves that rat-a-tat-tat that you hear when getting ass rammed by your own ideals.

Posted by: Wickedpinto at April 01, 2006 02:43 PM (QTv8u)

15 Atrios did not invent open threads. And Ace started doing open threads in mockery of Atrios. Although useful, they pretty much still are. I laugh every time I see one. I laugh about how little Atrios has to work for the herd to show up. Pathetic. And I laugh a little about how hard Ace and others who appeal to the thinking set have to work to gain an audience--not at them but at what it represents.

Here's the difference. Pay close attention: Cowbell as a good news siren is purely Ace's schtick.

No, I don't expect you to see the difference. I do expect you to filter your perception of inconvenient data so that reality isn't a bother.

Posted by: rdbrewer at April 01, 2006 04:43 PM (lpbk9)

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