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May 23, 2013 11:37 AM   Subscribe

It's a holiday weekend in the US and we're turning on the MetaTalk Queue.

As we often do around holidays, we're going to queue MetaTalk posts instead of posting them directly to the site. If the post can be handled by a moderator via email, we'll do that. If not, the post will be added when there are enough moderators around to help out. This helps the MetaFilter staff take some time off to be with friends and family. Thanks, and have a good weekend.
posted by pb to MetaFilter-Related at 11:37 AM (107 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm going to eat a gallon of potato salad!
posted by box at 11:37 AM on May 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


Thanks, and have a good weekend.

What a nice suggestion. You too, pb! Have some "fun in the sun!" (or inside, if that is what you prefer)
posted by Greg Nog at 11:41 AM on May 23, 2013


I gonna take photos of box throwing up!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:42 AM on May 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


Greg, the preferred phrasing in that latter case is "fun outwith the sun".
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:43 AM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Before you post to MetaTalk this weekend, consider taking a moment of silence instead to honor those brave men and women fighting flame wars overseas.
posted by Eideteker at 11:43 AM on May 23, 2013 [24 favorites]


I imagine the queue is turned on by flipping a giant Frankenstein-style knife switch. When you flip it, a red rotating beacon goes on at the top of MeFi Tower until The queue is turned off. Please do not disabuse me of this notion.

Have a nice weekend!
posted by Rock Steady at 11:43 AM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy Memorial Day (aka Modorial Day). Have a good weekend!
posted by arcticseal at 11:43 AM on May 23, 2013


Hey, it's a Bank Holiday weekend here too! Coincidence??
posted by Jehan at 11:45 AM on May 23, 2013


I plan to spend the weekend indoors drinking root beer floats and watching the 43 episodes of Criminal Minds backlogged on my TV.

I also need to do some laundry and vacuum.

LIVIN' THE LIFE.
posted by phunniemee at 11:46 AM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


We are probably going to hang out in the backyard with some friends, smoke some things in the smoker, and drink. And I will refresh MetaTalk every couple of minutes to see if anything has been released from The Queue! ok, maybe not that last part.
posted by rtha at 11:47 AM on May 23, 2013


My niece is arriving to begin her two-month visit! Time to go from zero to Parents Of A 14-Year-Old in one weekend.

I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total oblivion.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 11:51 AM on May 23, 2013 [7 favorites]


MetaTalk me? Well, MetaTalk Queue, too!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:53 AM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's time to dewinterize the camp, so of course it's going to rain all weekend. I will console myself with grilled brats. There will be brats, right?

Turning on the queue thursday btw... I see what you did there. :)
posted by selfnoise at 11:53 AM on May 23, 2013


I imagine the queue is turned on by flipping a giant Frankenstein-style knife switch.

That's not too far off. It's based on setting dates so it's more like this.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:53 AM on May 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


Oh, oh a queue for the "holiday" weekend, the same weekend that Arrested Development just happens to be dropping on Netflix. Uh huh, I'm on to you guys.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:55 AM on May 23, 2013 [8 favorites]


Woo! Have a good modholiday!
posted by rmd1023 at 12:00 PM on May 23, 2013


GRAR RAWR I AM OUTRAGE DINOSAUR FULL OF OUTRAGE!

There, I've gotten that section of the holiday queue metatalk out of the way!

Picture Outrage Dinosaur flailing her stubby arms over potato salad and barbeque before she attends some linens sales as you enjoy the weekend. She may also eat some pie.
posted by winna at 12:00 PM on May 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


For some reason I imagine Outrage Dinosaur as a Pterodactyl that swoops in from nowhere.
posted by selfnoise at 12:03 PM on May 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh, oh a queue for the "holiday" weekend, the same weekend that Arrested Development just happens to be dropping on Netflix.

Wait, what holiday did you think they were talking about?

(Someday I will get around to watching that show. Maybe.)
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 12:03 PM on May 23, 2013


This is gonna kill the alphabeth story. Booh.
posted by Namlit at 12:04 PM on May 23, 2013


My favourite time of the whenever!
posted by batmonkey at 12:12 PM on May 23, 2013


This is gonna kill the alphabeth story. Booh.

We aren't queuing comments, man.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:17 PM on May 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


Have a fantastic holiday! :)
posted by zarq at 12:20 PM on May 23, 2013


rtha: "We are probably going to hang out in the backyard with some friends, smoke some things in the smoker, and drink. And I will refresh MetaTalk every couple of minutes to see if anything has been released from The Queue! ok, maybe not that last part."

Gosh, that sounds a lot like my plans for the weekend.
posted by gingerbeer at 12:21 PM on May 23, 2013 [13 favorites]


Site specific questions: $.05. The Mods are: Out

Enjoy your weekend, mods!
posted by bondcliff at 12:23 PM on May 23, 2013


That's not too far off. It's based on setting dates so it's more like this.

Your Y is a Z, Paul. EXPLAIN THAT.
posted by psoas at 12:27 PM on May 23, 2013


Eoabelisaurus mefi 'Outrage Dinosaur' has a bone to pick with you.
posted by drlith at 12:27 PM on May 23, 2013


It's only Thursday. Does the Memorial Day weekend typically involve taking Friday off as well? (Not that I mind at all or that you don't deserve a quiet Friday)
posted by rocket88 at 12:32 PM on May 23, 2013


Will there be anything fun going on in New York this weekend?

Will I even be able to get there from Boston if I haven't bought a bus ticket yet?

These are my questions about Memorial Day and I would like the mods to answer them before Friday at 12 noon.
posted by Aizkolari at 12:36 PM on May 23, 2013


Sadly, Fleet Week was cancelled, so there is nothing in New York too fun.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:37 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I always wanted a qwertzuio keyboard.
posted by cjorgensen at 12:43 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


pb: " it's more like this."

qwertzuio?
posted by boo_radley at 12:43 PM on May 23, 2013


cjorgensen you are the literal worst :( :( :( :(
posted by boo_radley at 12:44 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Will there be anything fun going on in New York this weekend?

Only if you have the right pocket watch.
posted by Jahaza at 12:45 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Until I saw this post I had no idea it was Memorial Day weekend. Or that I had Monday off work.
posted by josher71 at 12:52 PM on May 23, 2013


josher71: "Until I saw this post I had no idea it was Memorial Day weekend. Or that I had Monday off work."

Invariably someone at my work will ignore all the emails about memorial/independence/labor/president's day and show up that monday and then realize around 11AM that no one else is in the office.
posted by octothorpe at 12:56 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


I just made some red velvet cupcakes and topped them with gummy frogs.
posted by julen at 1:04 PM on May 23, 2013


rtha, that sounds intensely enjoyable.
posted by chococat at 1:06 PM on May 23, 2013


o wow this will really put a damper on the friday morning meta-tantrum. OH I GET IT
posted by octobersurprise at 1:07 PM on May 23, 2013


Invariably someone at my work will ignore all the emails about memorial/independence/labor/president's day and show up that monday and then realize around 11AM that no one else is in the office.

There were no emails and I have not been invited to a single barbecue! OUTRAGEOUS!!!
posted by josher71 at 1:08 PM on May 23, 2013


um, there was supposed to be a second paragraph there about how those cupcakes could not queue, and were forced to argue pettily among themselves. Failed wit!
posted by julen at 1:09 PM on May 23, 2013


Will there be anything fun going on in New York this weekend?

You betcha! I'm gonna strain the solids out of my raspberry-wheat beer, and build a small shelving unit, and go for a nice run in the park.
posted by Greg Nog at 1:24 PM on May 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


If you're in Boston, come eat some dumplings. Dumplings are the best!

Literally. I've eaten at least one portion of all possible foods, and I proclaim them the best.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 1:46 PM on May 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


We aren't queuing comments, man

Rather commenting the queue, I see that now. ok ok.
posted by Namlit at 2:13 PM on May 23, 2013


This is gonna kill the alphabeth story. Booh.
We aren't queuing comments, man.


So if you have complaints, issues, trolling, tolololing or flameouts you are in a REAL hurry to put onto the site, add them to the Alphabethread. But make sure they start with the next letter in order or face the wrath of twoleftfeet.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:43 PM on May 23, 2013


we're anyway having a woes-of-daily-life round, so people are welcome to join in, I guess
posted by Namlit at 3:43 PM on May 23, 2013


Is anybody going to put out little flags in military cemeteries? Is anybody going to put flowers on family graves?
posted by Cranberry at 3:56 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


My birthday is on Monday! I wonder if the mods will be available for my birthday party, hmm?
posted by pxe2000 at 4:20 PM on May 23, 2013


roomthreeseventeen reminded me there's no Fleet Week :( :( :(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:25 PM on May 23, 2013


I'm gonna go to work, lock myself in my workroom, and --- if all goes well and there isn't any problem with my equipment --- I'll have an entire day, fourteen solid hours, of peace and quiet. No grilled bratwurst or potato salad either, but you can't have everything.
posted by easily confused at 6:33 PM on May 23, 2013


Is there any reason to stickie this thread to the top of Metatalk, so it doesn't get buried by other posts before the weekend even starts?
posted by anotherpanacea at 6:34 PM on May 23, 2013


Not really, if there's ten goddam threads between now and tomorrow afternoon we've got bigger problems, and the queue explains itself on the posting page in any case.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:13 PM on May 23, 2013


Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish: "I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total oblivion."

I will face my fear, and that fear is known around these parts as Folly Road.

Yep, I'll be spending Monday at the no alcohol allowed because of stupid tourists who ruin it for the locals beach with people from work, my wife, and some of our other friends.
posted by theichibun at 7:44 PM on May 23, 2013


This is a huge concern, because I have been storing up significant outrage all week. I have composed a number of posts to express same, all of which demand unmediated attention.

Happy and safe weekend!
posted by Short Attention Sp at 7:47 PM on May 23, 2013


Is anybody going to put out little flags in military cemeteries?

The kids at the local tech school that I work at did that this past weekend. All our cemeteries in town have flags on the veteran's graves and the parade route has been marked as well. I'll be out of town. I've done that "Get paid to clean your house" thing for the weekend (aka AirBnB) and I'll be down in MA visiting family and the SO (and also working part of the time because restless_nomad is away). Anyone wants to chill out by but not at the beach, feel free to come down. I will probably miss the Boston meetup, alas.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:02 PM on May 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Get some good R & R, Mods. You've more than earned it!
posted by MissySedai at 8:53 PM on May 23, 2013


Your Y is a Z, Paul. EXPLAIN THAT.

It's weird, but any time a member refers to another member by their IRL name instead of their member name, it feels like they're breaking kayfabe.

It's still real to me, dammit!
posted by Ghidorah at 12:09 AM on May 24, 2013


... smoke some things in the smoker ...

Rasta chef?
posted by Bruce H. at 12:21 AM on May 24, 2013


This Whitsun, I'll be late getting away:
Not till about
One-twenty on the sunlit Saturday
Will my new Toyota MR2 pull out,
The soft top down, all cushions hot, all sense
Of being in a hurry gone. I'll drive
Down roads with speed bumps, cross a street
Of teenage drug dealers, smell the rape-seed oil; thence
The river's level drifting breadth began,
Where sky and Liverpool and water meet.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:19 AM on May 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


Sorry, mod holiday weekend has been cancelled.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 6:30 AM on May 24, 2013


I am getting a new kitten this weekend.
I thank you all in advance for your pity and secret envy.
posted by angrycat at 7:42 AM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I'm getting one next weekend. I love(d) Taffy, but I can't do the thing where the older cat I rescue is really 5+ years older than we're told and go through those health issues again for a while.
posted by theichibun at 7:48 AM on May 24, 2013


Sorry, mod holiday weekend has been cancelled.

I feel like I could be on a Trans Kid MetaFilter Thread bingo card, right next to "They are too young to make this kind of decision": "not that girl tells anecdote about son/partner."

Sometimes I feel this weird envy that all these other people are getting famous for having trans kids. But I don't think you get a hundred thousand hits on your blog or invited onto TV for "parents raising trans kid, everything going very well, medical professionals and school totally supportive." I mean, seriously: the principal of the school where he's going to kindergarten in the fall had never encountered a trans kid before, but by the time we met to talk about the issue more thoroughly, she had thought through confidentiality issues (who does and does not need to be told), record keeping (to what extent could the school records accurately reflect his choice of gender and name without legal documents), and bathroom use (the kindergarten bathrooms are unisex already, but other bathrooms throughout the school are boy/girl, and, while she supports him using whatever bathroom he is most comfortable with, she seriously though briefly considered whether the solution might not be to make all the bathrooms in the school unisex).

My dad did disown me over this, but he's always been an asshole so mostly that's been a blessing in disguise. Our interveiw would be like, "So, it's going well then?" "yes, going very well." "Good, good." "Yep." And then 40 minutes of dead air.
posted by not that girl at 7:48 AM on May 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


I think "pleasantly uneventful" is actually a pretty excellent thing to aspire to. Good job so far!
posted by rmd1023 at 8:04 AM on May 24, 2013


It's time to dewinterize the camp, so of course it's going to rain all weekend. I will console myself with grilled brats. There will be brats, right?

If I don't make an *actual* joke about Jamestown here, it doesn't count, right?

posted by Celsius1414 at 9:07 AM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Bank Holiday (long) weekend here in Ye Olde England too. Am going to spend it listening to the works of Amiina, Boards of Canada and Sigur Ros in chronological order.

Speaking of the music of Amiina; here's something nice to end the week. Wherever you are, wishing you a pleasant weekend.
posted by Wordshore at 9:39 AM on May 24, 2013


Sorry, mod holiday weekend has been cancelled.

I dunno, seems to be going okay so far.
posted by rtha at 9:48 AM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh, and angrycat, can you please post many pictures of the kitten? You don't even have to scan it.
posted by rtha at 9:48 AM on May 24, 2013


I am getting a new kitten this weekend.
I thank you all in advance for your pity and secret envy.
posted by angrycat


You're pregnant?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:52 AM on May 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


Aren't there mods now who don't observe Whatever Americans Call The Monday After Victoria Day?
posted by Sys Rq at 10:26 AM on May 24, 2013


It's Raining Florence Henderson: "posted by angrycat

You're pregnant?
"

Account will soon be renamed ExhaustedCat.
posted by zarq at 10:28 AM on May 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


The day after Victoria Day is Victorinox Day. Wait - that's a Swiss holiday.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:32 AM on May 24, 2013


I am getting two new chickens and we are taking the dog on her first long motorcycle ride up to a biker hangout in the mountains.

I love three day weekends SO MUCH!!!
posted by Sophie1 at 11:48 AM on May 24, 2013


I am at WisCon this weekend being mildly overwhelmed. If any of y'all are here, come up and say hi! I look more or less like my profile pic but with flippier hair these days.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 1:14 PM on May 24, 2013


Aren't there mods now who don't observe Whatever Americans Call The Monday After Victoria Day?

Yes, they are our antipodal mods and don't work during US/Canadian "daytime" It seemed pretty lousy to say "We are on holiday, you work 24 hours a day now" so we do this instead. And we're still mostly working anyhow, just more thinly staffed so we're implementing the MeTa queue.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:00 PM on May 24, 2013


I parsed this as "antipodean" and wondered when we got an Aussie/Kiwi mod.
posted by arcticseal at 2:52 PM on May 24, 2013


I parsed it as millipedean, and thought something was afoot.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:57 PM on May 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


restless_nomad: Oh, I am envious! One of these years I'll make it out to Wiscon.
posted by rmd1023 at 4:45 PM on May 24, 2013


qwertzuio

Ours is not the letter Y. Ours is but to do and die.
posted by maryr at 10:01 AM on May 25, 2013


Ours is not the letter Y. Ours is but to do post and die whine.

There, fixed that for me.
posted by maryr at 10:02 AM on May 25, 2013


this kitten appears to be on a cocktail of cocaine and E
will try for pictures but it's like snapping a photo of a jet at full speed
posted by angrycat at 10:14 AM on May 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


I parsed this as "antipodean" and wondered when we got an Aussie/Kiwi mod.

You know, this may actually solve the mystery of why I keep thinking taz is Australian. Or maybe there is another reason...
posted by capricorn at 10:53 AM on May 25, 2013


it's like snapping a photo of a jet at full speed

Cats are beyond explanation. They simply abide. At rest and at high velocity.
posted by arcticseal at 11:00 AM on May 25, 2013


eatin' pencils 'n the lap
matching kitten/dress set
posted by angrycat at 11:35 AM on May 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


angrycat, I just squeeed!
posted by arcticseal at 11:38 AM on May 25, 2013


AAAHHH! Lookit the ears! Kitten ears!
posted by rtha at 12:16 PM on May 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


maaawelous!
posted by Namlit at 2:27 PM on May 25, 2013


Awww...yay angrycat and happykitten!
posted by malocchio at 4:28 PM on May 25, 2013


So we've got angrycat, happykitten — who should probably be called ADORABLEkitten — and (I'm assuming) disgruntledothercats?
posted by Lexica at 7:31 PM on May 25, 2013


But? No blood? No blood for the blood god?
posted by double block and bleed at 8:40 PM on May 25, 2013


I actually muttered "Blood for the Blood God! Cat food for the cat!" as I stumbled out of bed to feed said cat the other day.
posted by maryr at 9:42 PM on May 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


No blood eh? Don't make me go there.

I'll be getting a new kitten on the 1st. I've already named her. Nyx.

Pictures later. And I figured y'all would appreciate the name. Even if.it does make more sense seeing her super cute black and brown self.
posted by theichibun at 12:48 AM on May 26, 2013


"GRAR RAWR I AM OUTRAGE DINOSAUR FULL OF OUTRAGE!"

This really needs to be a thing. A thing that would ease my MetaTalk pain.

In my head from now on, certain MeTa comments from certain users will be in that growlscreamed voice, spoken by a bright orange dinosaur waving its tiny little arms and hop-stomping small thread tremors.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 1:42 AM on May 26, 2013


It's been a thing for years. But it's reserved for Friday afternoons.
posted by Namlit at 1:52 AM on May 26, 2013


I don't understand how people let their cats wake them up to be fed early in the morning. My cats know that they aren't getting anything until 8 am, after I've had my morning caffeine.
posted by double block and bleed at 7:02 AM on May 26, 2013


When I still had a cat, she knew that too. That didn't help me, though.
posted by Namlit at 7:20 AM on May 26, 2013


I've got one happy kitten, one nonplussed oldkitty, and one angrycat. It's like:

kitten: OHBOYOHBOYOHBOYLAPFOODTOYWHERESTHERESTOFTHEAPARTMENTOHBOYOHBOY
old kitty: God damn. Here we go again. Well, I survived it before. Boy do I feel as old as God.
angrycat: FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOU FUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOU FUUUUUUUUUCK MEXICO
posted by angrycat at 8:44 AM on May 26, 2013


I got complaints from the cat this morning because he wasn't receiving the service that he felt entitled to. He has some TARDIS lungs because there is no way someone that small should be able to make a noise that loud.
posted by arcticseal at 8:50 AM on May 26, 2013


Ivan Fyodorovich: This really needs to be a thing. A thing that would ease my MetaTalk pain.

In my head from now on, certain MeTa comments from certain users will be in that growlscreamed voice, spoken by a bright orange dinosaur waving its tiny little arms and hop-stomping small thread tremors.



You should also totally be lovin' on Eoabelisaurus mefi.
posted by taz (staff) at 10:04 AM on May 26, 2013


I hate my life
posted by lordaych at 10:25 AM on May 26, 2013


i'm sorry:

hip hop intro
editorial opinion
unimpressed by ipad and giant ac
posted by angrycat at 12:19 PM on May 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Vienna is perfectly fine in the morning until you show signs of life. Then she acts like you're going to eat the food for her and make her watch.
posted by theichibun at 12:51 PM on May 26, 2013


Yay! Kitties!
So, uh, I needed some warm fuzzy pictures today. And I like kitties but am terribly allergic to them, so I cannot get my warm fuzzies from an actual kitty. Thanks for sharing yours, everybody!

IN other news, I could totally be a person who posts on askme saying "hey I want a pic". I don't think I've ever done it, but I get where that comes from- I like dogs and cats, but since I can't have them, I don't really have anything useful to say. So I apologize if I've ever done it, hope I can be sure to be aware of it possibly seeming hostile to newbies, and still be glad whenever somebody posts a picture of their pet.
posted by nat at 12:11 AM on May 27, 2013


My kitties don't wake me for food, but since I wake up at least every two hours to turn over they're all "hey! time to pet the kittehz".

On the random occasion when they do wake me up it's "grurwurp urrruk ggggwuurghp heruuuupkh ur hu.#*$*#...." "Get off! Off! Off the bed: not on the bed again......dammmit ewww squishy argh".
posted by mightshould at 4:01 AM on May 27, 2013


You guys should keep the MeTa queue up all the time. This weekend was so nice. In the four most recent MeTas that were posted, a mod was the first to reply with answers and that set a good tone for the threads as well. I liked it. It was nice not to see that first snarky answer that always seems to be the first reply of one. I wonder how many MeTas weren't posted because a mod answered a question directly.
posted by NoraCharles at 6:07 PM on May 27, 2013


I think two or possibly three? There was definitely one today (we emailed the OP, they were okay without the MeTa thread) and a few earlier in the weekend that I didn't deal with directly.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:19 PM on May 27, 2013


Well that is cool that you were able to avoid babysitting those 2-3 MeTas. :-) Thanks jessamyn.
posted by NoraCharles at 5:40 PM on May 29, 2013


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