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November 14, 2012 10:23 AM   Subscribe

Support for 99% Invisible is provided by Ask Metafilter.

That's a spoiler for the credits of the most recent episode of 99% Invisible, "a tiny radio show about design" by Roman Mars.

The episode is about "dazzle" camouflage and is worth a listen even without the shoutout.
posted by madcaptenor to MetaFilter-Related at 10:23 AM (25 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

OMG I listened to that one and somehow did not notice that. Weird.
posted by Sara C. at 10:27 AM on November 14, 2012


I listened to it this morning, and was pleasantly surprised! A site I care about supporting a podcast I adore -- everybody wins!

And more generally speaking, it's been wonderful to see Roman Mars getting more recognition and financial backing for 99% Invisible this past year. It's an excellent podcast and I'd love to see a world in which he can make a real living off of it.
posted by Narrative Priorities at 10:35 AM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


OMG I listened to that one and somehow did not notice that.

Well, it's 99% invisible.
posted by grouse at 10:36 AM on November 14, 2012 [5 favorites]


Also for Put This On and Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. I wonder where else the advertising dollars flow?
posted by OmieWise at 10:40 AM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Speaking of, Ask also supports Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and did anyone notice Laurie Kilmartin mentioning on this week's episode that she reads Metafilter to gin up writing ideas for Conan? I thought that was a pretty cool endorsement.
posted by saladin at 10:40 AM on November 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


99% Invisible is superlative. There's a lot of story tucked into the architectural details of our world, a hidden history.

For those who haven't listened, I particularly recommend Episode 49, on the secret science of queues, episode 48, on the secret bathtubs hidden under the U.S. senate, and I'm especially keen on episode 60, about a Baltimore fellow who leads tours of quotidian environmental spaces, like the patches of grass under a highway, which he has renamed with imposing architectural names and insist are potential shared public spaces.

This is a superb project, and kudos to Matt for supporting.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 10:42 AM on November 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


Yes, hooray for Matt!!!!
posted by romanmars at 10:46 AM on November 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ask Metafilter is channeling funds to shadowy organizations again I see.
posted by The Whelk at 10:48 AM on November 14, 2012


Yay! I was unaware of the show and am totally excited to start listening. Great match for sponsorship.
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:57 AM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hooray for arts sponsorship! And double-hooray for a new interesting podcast to listen to.

Also dazzle camo is really fucking cool.
posted by griphus at 11:01 AM on November 14, 2012


It was part of the kickstarter for the new season, so sadly that's the only plug you'll hear for ask metafilter on the show.

I should probably also mention that after five years of supporting maximum fun I'm going to be pulling the plug unfortunately at the end of this year. The google ad market is constantly changing so I don't have leftover mad podcasting ad money any longer. :(
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:06 AM on November 14, 2012


Yeah I remember painting a model ship in Dazzle camo with my grandpa way back when. It was a smallish naval vessel, WWII era - maybe a minesweeper or something? Anyway, I never really got what it was for, but didn't think much about it other than it looked cool.
posted by Mister_A at 11:08 AM on November 14, 2012


Ah, that's too bad, but I guess that's how it goes.
posted by OmieWise at 11:11 AM on November 14, 2012


During a summer episode of "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" they were discussing AskMetaFilter and Jesse casually mentioned "Maybe that's a question that ColdChef could answer." Which was pretty awesome, you guys.
posted by ColdChef at 11:15 AM on November 14, 2012 [13 favorites]


IIRC, they also said you were a cool guy.
posted by griphus at 11:20 AM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I was unaware of the show and am totally excited to start listening.

Yeah, this is like reverse-advertizing. I just subscribed.

Revertizing.
Adverversing.
Revtizing.
Reversitizing.

That's the one. Reversitizing.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 11:21 AM on November 14, 2012


I love 99% invisible. Even when the subject is something I don't think I care about, it's presented in such an engaging way that I still enjoy listening. So I learn about cool stuff I wouldnt otherwise
posted by shelleycat at 12:17 PM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I should probably also mention that after five years of supporting maximum fun I'm going to be pulling the plug unfortunately at the end of this year. The google ad market is constantly changing so I don't have leftover mad podcasting ad money any longer. :(

This is very sad to hear matt. Maybe someone more enterprising than me could put together a metafilter team of some kind to donate what you'd spend to support maxfun? I'd put in some bucks in askme's name for sure. I've always loved that two things I enjoy are related, somewhat randomly.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:23 PM on November 14, 2012


The list of favorite podcasts on their FAQ is a useful resource!
posted by ocherdraco at 2:58 PM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I should probably also mention that after five years of supporting maximum fun I'm going to be pulling the plug unfortunately at the end of this year. The google ad market is constantly changing so I don't have leftover mad podcasting ad money any longer.

Weird. I've recently noticed that I'm being charged more for ads by Google. I wonder if there's any correlation.
posted by Toekneesan at 4:17 PM on November 14, 2012


I've been spending more and more time (especially during the last 5-6 weeks of the election cycle, which I Just Couldn't Take It Anymore) listening to KPBZ, the local public radio station which plays a non-stop stream of Public Radio Remix (previously) which is totally awesome and is also run by Roman Mars. (It also plays episodes of 99% Invisible regularly, because.. well, duh.) Honestly, the more I listen, the more I want to listen. It's like the crystal meth of radio programming. (Only a bit less harsh on your teeth.)

I guess what I'm saying is, I'm a pretty big fan of what Roman Mars offers and he's a definite influence in my world. So thanks for supporting him even a bit, Matt.
posted by hippybear at 6:46 PM on November 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Potomac Avenue, your best bet is to just go to Jesse's main donate page and pledge some monthly amount you can afford. My support was pretty substantial, in the thousands of dollars per month, so I am guessing his future pledge drives will be tailored to getting monthly patrons by the thousands to pony up some dough.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:04 PM on November 14, 2012


I should probably also mention that after five years of supporting maximum fun I'm going to be pulling the plug unfortunately at the end of this year. The google ad market is constantly changing so I don't have leftover mad podcasting ad money any longer.


...does that mean we're broke, daddy?
posted by two lights above the sea at 7:00 PM on November 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


99% Invisible + Ask Metafilter = crazy delicious. Was so happy to see Roman's Kickstarter do so well - it's nice to see that true talent and grit is still handsomely rewarded these days.

Also, you know we gots your back, mathowie. Give the word and the money spigots shall open!
posted by adrianhon at 1:42 AM on November 16, 2012


I was just listening to this episode this morning on the way to work thinking I bet cortex would like this podcast. Because listening to the Metafilter podcast four times qualifies me as an expert on cortex's likes and dislikes. But seriously, for some reason that's what I was thinking at the moment that I heard the AskMe plug.

Weird.
posted by etc. at 6:47 AM on November 29, 2012


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