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Name: Chris Vreeland
Joined: November 19, 2004


What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.

I get asked about my username. No, I'm not in league with The Deceiver. Here's a Diagram. I spent three hours one night, with pen and paper trying to devise a cool anagram of my name. Devils Rancher is all I could come up with. Sure, there's software that does this, but what's the fun in that?


I worked at a T-shirt shop from about '88 to '91, and at some point in there, my boss got himself a Prodigy account. I only got to sit down at it once or twice, though I was intrigued. He was mostly excited about sports scores, which I was kinda.. meh. It was an old 286 machine running Windows 3.1, which didn't exactly excite me. The Mac Classic across the room was more enticing as a device, but wasn't hooked up to the modem.

I went into business for myself in '92, & the next year, we bought a Centris 610 which came with a 14.4 modem. Got set up with an AOL account pretty quickly, though it only took me about 6 months of them kicking me off line every 10 minutes for me to throw up my hands and call a little local company called Realtime to come over and type their magic into my PPP control panel. I met a nice Mormon girl from Utah through a case of mistaken identity over ICQ, and we chatted nearly every day for most of the next year. I wonder how she's doing? Was also a regular contributor to the Chalkhills digest for a while at that point. Awesome crew of folks.

In about '99, I went to install Netscape 6, and it blew up in spectacular fashion -- literally scattered hundreds of files across my desktop -- it really looked like an explosion when it happened (how did they do that?) and I began casting about the web for help undoing the mess. I settled into the Mac News Network forums over the next couple years, and at some point in 2001, someone there posted a link to Metafilter in the lounge.

Now, ya'll are stuck with me, probably until I die.


SXSW '10 Meetup why, yes, that is a What the fuck, Matt T-shirt, thank you.

This is the pinnacle of my Metafilter achievement, if not the very single greatest piece of English construct I have ever created.

Also, if you were not aware of it, this is the greatest limmerick I have (yet) penned.

Here's a couple of comments I actually put some work into:
Crying on the Inside: A Clown's Journey from the Cotton Fields of Kansas to Global Imperial Icon.

Army ants: It was one of the more memorable experiences of my life, so far:


I have played the electric bass guitar semi-professionally since the late 1970's. Not as active these days, though I spent a number of years agumenting my income as a session player, & playing in cover bands. None of my original ventures have ever been even marginally successfull, except for one band that had one song on a compilation album in '86 that inexplicably went to #1 on one college radio station in upstate New York, & stayed there for 6 weeks.
My most recent band is/was/may still be (it's complicated) called Carbon 7. We just make it up as we go. If you like our music enought to pay for it but don't like paypal, we have a bandcamp page also.

I used to play in a band called The Dukes of Simpleton and we only played XTC songs. I think we've performed Your The Wish You Are I Had live the one and only time ever in the history of humanity. We played about twice a year, somewhere in Austin, and otherwise in Brian's garage.

I am a screen printer by trade, and I occasionally write something about the profession at my Screen Printing and T-shirt Blog.

I'm also augering my amazing ability to neglect websites into an amazing new domain.

A band and mailing list I like a lot:
Chalkhills: The XTC page.

When I'm not obsessing over Metafilter, you can usually find me obsessing over The Lifeboat.


I'm a cis-gendered, hetero-normative, serial monogamist, Bio-Boy. Don't hate me.

No se puede vivir sin amar.

And it may be that love sometimes occurs without pain or misery.