12: Melissa May and a Harvey Girl July 30, 2007 5:44 PM   Subscribe

Here's show 12 of the podcast, with melissa may as our featured guest. It was recorded on July 27, 2007, and is about an hour long.

posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 5:44 PM (48 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite



melissa may is pretty much the coolest lady ever so I think she was a good interview choice.
posted by cmonkey at 6:24 PM on July 30, 2007


MetaFilter: what the fuck is this site doing to my browser?
posted by davejay at 6:33 PM on July 30, 2007


She's the coolest lady, for sure.
posted by Divine_Wino at 6:43 PM on July 30, 2007


Luke Bream thread link
posted by Rhomboid at 6:59 PM on July 30, 2007


ah.. so now when things are mysteriously deleted we know who to blame.
posted by edgeways at 7:11 PM on July 30, 2007


melissa may is pretty much the coolest lady ever so I think she was a good interview choice.

I don't think this can be said enough!
That was really fun to hear your story about all the mefi connections and how they've played out in your life - pretty neat melissa may!

jessamyn & mathowie - I really like that you highlight noteworthy posts. You always find ones I've missed.

cortex, I am right there with you on the mefi pronunciation. Just ignore all those other people - they talk funny.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:36 PM on July 30, 2007


Good podcast, I always enjoy the interviews and you guys do a good job of chosing awesome people to interview. Or maybe metafilter just does a good job of attracting members worth talking to.

I did find it a bit jarring when Cortex started talking, I don't think he was introduced and I wasn't expecting him. Which left me thinking 'wasn't that cortex, maybe it was actually matt, maybe i didn't hear properly?' instead of listening to the interview. I liked having Cortex in there too, you should definitely do that again, just maybe be a bit clearer about who is involved with each bit of conversation.

The podcast always reminds me to go listen to stuff over at music, good songs again this week.
posted by shelleycat at 8:10 PM on July 30, 2007


THREE GOLD STARS!!
posted by jonson at 8:11 PM on July 30, 2007


I did find it a bit jarring when Cortex started talking, I don't think he was introduced and I wasn't expecting him.

We did Hi Howareya stuff before the conversation you hear really started, I think, and besides that I was for for once trying to keep my mouth shut. It was a lot of fun sitting in and having a chance to hang out with my awesome bandmate conversationally, but what she had to say was a lot more interesting than what I would have had to say about what she might have to say, I think. I was just a wingman, so I we didn't really think about the introductions stuff.

And it didn't come up in the podcast, but speaking of free drinks at the 8th part, and closing out the placeā€”I was pacing myself with RC, for which Hiram and Melissa have basically mocked me relentlessly. Apparently RC is what you drink in Kansas if your parents are unemployed hicks or something.

*highfives madamjujujive*
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:29 PM on July 30, 2007


Oh yeah, I did cut the part where we all introduced ourselves, because it was followed by five minutes of microphone level checking and rambling about whatever.

I should have recorded some intros by myself today when editing.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:32 PM on July 30, 2007


I was pacing myself with RC, for which Hiram and Melissa have basically mocked me relentlessly. Apparently RC is what you drink in Kansas if your parents are unemployed hicks or something.

It's also what you drank if you were unlucky enough to be a Mets fan before they struck it rich, we called it Black Seltzer.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:19 PM on July 30, 2007


Hate to say it cortex but RC also has/had that reputation way back when I lived in TN. And if you're an unemployed hick in TN you know you've reached the pinnacle of unemployed hickdom
posted by edgeways at 9:23 PM on July 30, 2007


1. cortex calls it "mehfee" all the time. He's lying. You should hear him pronounce mefi music.
2. My parents were hicks from the sticks and the first thing they did when they had enough money was to stop drinking RC. Two words: Rotten. Crotch.
3. I refused to tell my family DeepFriedTwinkies real name, but they tried to get it out of me. I believe there were tears involved on the part of my sister.
4. Nice choice on the podcast interview.
5. Thanks, this place has been really nice to both of us.

Signed,
Mr. melissa may
posted by sleepy pete at 9:31 PM on July 30, 2007


I could listen to melissa may talk all day long - she sounds just as beautiful and warm and funny as she really is.

If I ever manage to get back to the U.S. to visit with more than two Euro cents to rub together, I'm so going to try to get to Portland - we have some amazing, lovely, talented, awesome members there.
posted by taz at 9:45 PM on July 30, 2007


What's a tony club? Tony Toni Tone? Toe/Knee?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:58 PM on July 30, 2007


Marked by an elegant or exclusive manner or quality: a tony country club. (ie: doesn't serve RC cola)
posted by taz at 10:30 PM on July 30, 2007


Yikes, Harry Potter spoiler at about 26 minutes in when you mention the name of a web site. (I should have just stopped listening when you were talking about the spoilers.) Might want to warn folks. Also the limericks post never did get sidebarred.
posted by whir at 11:34 PM on July 30, 2007


whir, you just spoiled it for me. Unless you and Jess were both referring to a bluff spoiler. Not that I'll ever open the book. It's sitting here staring at me, but I can't handle finality.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:40 PM on July 30, 2007


Oh... hmm, well actually I haven't read it either, I just assumed it was. I've come to realize that it's basically impossible for me not to pick up on spoilers for that book unless I stop reading the internet.

Oh, and... Metafilter: people can be nice on the internet.
posted by whir at 12:02 AM on July 31, 2007


Ive been thinking about it some more and I like how you guys just kind of jump in, both at the start and for the interview. It might not work always but how it panned out in todays show gave a nice sense of immediacy. Specially recorded intros added afterwards would probably remove that.

So instead maybe just a note in the written description saying who was participating? You already mention up there that Melissa May be the interviewee, so could have added something about Cortex in there. Knowing hes in on it would make me more likely to download if I was busy and wavering about whether to listen. He should always join in for the interviews.

These podcasts tend to have a nice flow, it feels like hanging out and chatting with you guys. I sometimes find myself wanting to join the conversation (no, youre wrong about that!), its nice to be caught up in it like that.

Ug, my apostrophe key and arrow keys arent working, I hate when firefox does this.
posted by shelleycat at 1:24 AM on July 31, 2007


Yay!
posted by Autumn Dandy at 6:38 AM on July 31, 2007


Thanks for the shout out, melissa may. That's the first time I've heard my username said out loud.
posted by iconomy at 6:59 AM on July 31, 2007


Hey, mentioned again! Woo!
posted by interrobang at 7:04 AM on July 31, 2007


melissa may is pretty much the coolest lady ever

the awesomeness of melissa may can only be measured in, I guess, some nerdy unit of measure used only for galaxies. but then, between melissa may, madamjujujive, dejah420, scody, Wilder, and the list could go on much longer, MeFi -- that remains mostly, I guess, a boyzone in its tone of voice, even after the thousands of new users who joined -- MeFi can rightfully brag of being saved from pointlessness by a splendid, long list of ultracool ladies. as one of the most assholish male users here -- and God do I have a lot of competition thanks to my fellow male MeFites -- I am constantly awed by their brains and their luminous humanity, and I am very grateful for their presence here.

it feels only right to thank them here.
posted by matteo at 8:23 AM on July 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


MeFi can rightfully brag of being saved from pointlessness by a splendid, long list of ultracool ladies.

Agreed matteo. We're going to try to feature some other ultracool females on upcoming podcasts. Sorry about the HP spoiler everyone, I was trying hard to not talk about them and it didn't even occur to me. Thanks for joining us melissa may and bringing in all your other stories about other great MeFites as well.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:53 AM on July 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


matteo yes, there really are amazing women here, too many to count (and stop calling yourself that, say "prickly mensch" instead) and I couldn't begin to talk about them all. For instance, madamjujujive helped me think about changing careers, nickyskye talked with Hiram and I about art after her extraordinary contribution to the Joseph Cornell thread. Then there are those who I've never met or corresponded with but who write so beautifully (in addition to who you mentioned, asparagirl, jokeefe, headspace, LobsterMitten leap to mind, but there are are plenty more). And all the good guys too -- so damn many. But this is starting to feel like a eulogy so I'm cutting myself off.

It's just that ways have ways of leading on here and that's why I'm of a divided mind about "it's just a web site" talk -- because it can be that, if you want it to to be, as it was when I first came here -- just to a place to stop by during lunch. That's fine, that's more than enough to get a lot out of here. But to use it as a dismissive phrase really denies the reality I've experienced, the love and the good that can come into your life if you let people here become real to you. That may not even mean off-site activity of any kind. Before that happened, I already felt strongly about so many people here because they wrote so humanly and well -- not just autobiography, either, but about the things in the world that made them passionate. Unless you are a lucky person and your family goes in for that sort of thing and your friends stay put that's a hard commodity to find. When this place is at its best, it's here in spades.

I loved talking to you guys too, jessamyn (and cortex, and matt). Thanks again, for everything.
posted by melissa may at 12:21 PM on July 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


Oh, melissa may, thank you for the kind words. Meeting and corresponding with you digitally was an unexpected treat only surpassed by the true pleasure it is to have spent time with you in real life.

And yes, cheers to Metafilter for facilitating these conversations that may sometimes become real friendships.

Quick story to further demonstrate melissa may's generosity and warmth:
I've done a little touring with my band. On the best nights someone offers a dirty basement floor or a filthy old futon to crash on, and then you all have cigarettes for breakfast the next morning. When we came to Lawrence to play with the Harvey Girls, melissa may and sleepy pete treated us like the dearest old friends: home-cooked meals, clean pillows, and days spent wandering the city together. We had come on a holiday weekend and after our show and a very late night of lovely conversation, we got up Sunday morning to find that melissa may had woke early and made us all easter baskets full of treats and toys for our long drive home! She is surely as smart and kind in person as her words on this site imply. Three cheers for melissa may!
posted by verysleeping at 1:21 PM on July 31, 2007


So well said, melissamay ( and my, you have a lovely speaking voice as well as singing voice). Your story was a perfect demonstration of the value I find in MetaFilter: that it can function as a community of minds and ideas (and snark) or as a real-life network of people connected by ideas, which is even more amazing, to me.

Enjoyed the whole podcast, as usual! The interviews are my absolute favorite part, and add such dimension to the site.

Great "Snake" song at the end by flapjax.
posted by Miko at 1:23 PM on July 31, 2007


I am so glad you mentioned that fish-places question. Such a useful question, now that I live in the area. Good job asking it, melissamay, so I didn't have to.
posted by janell at 1:49 PM on July 31, 2007


I don't know whether this belongs in the haircut thread but this is a gallery of women's haircuts on a japanese website. It's updated regularly and you can see the archives by clicking the mirror at the bottom marked long, medium, or short. It's all asian hair and hair styles but there is a decent quantity so other hair types could still find something interesting. As a bonus each cut has side and back views as well.
posted by hindmost at 2:48 PM on July 31, 2007


62:36 My heart leaps for joy when melissa may mentions my name.

62:45 My heart sinks when Jessamyn points out to her that I'm yesterday's garbage.

*sigh*
posted by ColdChef at 3:45 PM on July 31, 2007


ColdChef darlin' it's what we in my business call a "little white lie" Surely you have them where you're from?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:50 PM on July 31, 2007


No ma'am. We're all decent folks herebouts. We don't cotton to big city yarn-spinning. Y'all are one of thems my old pappy calls yankee lib'ruls.
*tips John Deere cap, unironically*
posted by ColdChef at 4:42 PM on July 31, 2007


BTW, I don't think anyone ended up sidebarring that limerick thread, despite all the talk about it.
posted by team lowkey at 5:53 PM on July 31, 2007


*tips John Deere cap, unironically*

Sorry, ColdChef, but you just gave yourself away. Everybody knows the only people who actually wear John Deere caps anymore are big city yankee lib'rul hipsters.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:08 PM on July 31, 2007


Hey, thanks admins, for including my song in this latest podcast.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:19 PM on July 31, 2007


thanks for writing such a good song, flapjax!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:25 PM on July 31, 2007


big thank yous and hugs to matteo and melissa may for floating my name in such fine company ... how flattering!
posted by madamjujujive at 8:33 PM on July 31, 2007


Madeit halfway through last night and my iPod died before the interview started. DAMMIT.
posted by COBRA! at 9:13 AM on August 1, 2007


the only people who actually wear John Deere caps anymore are big city yankee lib'rul hipsters.

I actually own a lime green John Deere t-shirt
posted by matteo at 12:58 PM on August 1, 2007


Heck, the wife and I own a green-and-yellow John Deere electric bass. I'm not sure if and to what degree it's ironic, frankly.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:26 PM on August 1, 2007


the only people who actually wear John Deere caps anymore are big city yankee lib'rul hipsters.

Guh. Actually, this could be partially true since most farmers wear Carhartt and drive John Deere, but Deere makes the best summer hats. Oh, and they make a great corduroy cap as well. And you can usually get a free one when you go into debt to buy a tractor.
posted by sleepy pete at 2:38 PM on August 1, 2007


Cortex, your John Deere electric bass totally effin' rules.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:53 PM on August 1, 2007


Um, cortex, are you going to mail me a MeFi compilation CD? It's been, you know, almost two months...
posted by danb at 7:18 PM on August 8, 2007


Just for the record, MM and Sleepy still don't know my real name...but his sister does.
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 1:24 PM on August 13, 2007


Nobody's reading this thread anymore, but I finally got around to listening to the podcast, and I can only echo the words of the excellent ColdChef:

My heart leaps for joy when melissa may mentions my name.

Love that gal!

Also, I hereby confess that I used to love RC Cola. Haven't had it in years, though, so maybe I've grown out of my white-trash roots.
posted by languagehat at 4:05 PM on August 17, 2007


I love the podcasts, but Matt, do you think you could speak a bit louder?
I like to listen to them in my car with my crappy FM transmitter thingy, and if I have you loud enough then it's like Jessamyn is yelling in my ear.
posted by exceptinsects at 12:05 PM on August 25, 2007


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