100: The Big 100
 transcript  January 7, 2015 10:45 AM   Subscribe

The big end of the year, end of the double-digits podcast episode was recorded yesterday and runs 1h51m as we chat about all our favorite posts from the previous month, highlight some winners from the mefites choice contest, and reminisce about the holidays.


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Eugene Fitzherbert

Jessamyn's mice nest from her car

MeFi Jobs

XML help needed for my blog

Check out a Tesla for me

Need a house/cat sitter

Press Me a Penny from the Museum of Boston

MeFi Projects

Endless Jingling by cortex (posted to MeFi with history's greatest monster tag)

Esoteric Codes: an obscure programing languages blog by rottytooth (good example post)

Shape Shape Shape: porcelain and cotton rope wearables by Sreiny

How to build a e-book library you can touch by klischka (Jessamyn's year-end summary of books)

Watching the Brenda Starr movie from 1989 by The Whelk (posted to MeFi)

Playing D&D over Twitter by prize bull octorok

MeFi Posts

It's all about the Neis (...and those Latkes) a Chanukah (Shake it Off) holiday parody.

Nintendo Character Guide Revealed

The Story of Nori and the Mother of the sea

An Open Letter to the Girl Scouts

MeFites Choice Awards

Mega-posts: all about trucking and The Colbert Report

How to Play your Ukeulele (uke tuners)

Memeball pinball game based on internet memes

A BBC documentary on the song Common People by Pulp

Playing the Bones: Soviet vinyl records burned onto old xrays

The Past and Future of Podcasting

Werner Herzog's Inspirational Posters (example)

Ask MetaFilter Questions

This shivering is bullshit: how to stay warm after losing weight?

What are some of your favorite Dad Jokes?

Tell me what it's like to live in a small town?

(ColdChef story about burying a star of Beverly Hillbiliies)

Show me a bunch of sites that track things in real-time?

How can I sleep inside of a log?

Give me tips for helping someone quit smoking? (RJ Reynolds' comment)

Books: What books in 2014 blew your socks off? What must-read non-fiction books can I tackle in a single sitting?

ReadMe, curated Ask MeFi threads about books along every subject/aspect imaginable

Dune Encyclopedia

No Flying No Tights reviews of graphic novels

How do you teach kids what it's like to grow up poor?

What's Good at Subway? (how to pre-order online)

MetaTalk posts

MeFi Holiday Wishes

Your favorite underloved comments of 2014

MeFi Music

Shame the Devil Turn it Up by Sportswriters (featured outro song)

It won't be the same by erikgrande

I Also Do Weddings by ageispolis

We Want A Rock by valrus

Dead by chococat

Swing Low Sweet Chariot by OverlappingElvis
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 10:45 AM (73 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Minor nitpick: chococat's fab cover is called "Dead", not "Death".

HURRAY, 100.
posted by Phire at 10:47 AM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


:D It *is* MetaTalk, isn't it?

­čÄë Whoo-hoo on the 100th podcast. Look forward to hearing this one.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:50 AM on January 7, 2015


THE BIG HUNDO
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:53 AM on January 7, 2015


what the fuck is that mouse nest oh my god
posted by poffin boffin at 10:56 AM on January 7, 2015 [4 favorites]


EL CIEN
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:09 AM on January 7, 2015


The mouse nest was in my nightmares for a couple days after I first saw it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:16 AM on January 7, 2015 [3 favorites]


Mefi Jobs is still so great. Let's crowdfund hiring a bunch more engineers and turn it into a true Peer to Peer version of taskrabbit. I pledge 20$.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:40 AM on January 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


Whoa what is that mouse thing. My lady and I were just talking about moving to Vermont now it seems like less of a good idea.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:43 AM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


THE HOUND DOG
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:44 AM on January 7, 2015


Whoa what is that mouse thing. My lady and I were just talking about moving to Vermont now it seems like less of a good idea.

In fairness, if you were a mouse you'd probably find it super cozy.
posted by Going To Maine at 11:51 AM on January 7, 2015 [5 favorites]


Of COURSE ColdChef conducted Donna Douglas' funeral services.

Such a treasure.
posted by Madamina at 12:03 PM on January 7, 2015 [5 favorites]


I remembered primechat from episode 97.
posted by boo_radley at 12:12 PM on January 7, 2015


You monsters, that wan't a mouse nest, it was an OWL! And you KILLED IT!

Also: WHAT HO, MODS.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:22 PM on January 7, 2015


The second most horrifying-to-me thing about the mouse nest (the first being its very existence) is that I was pretty sure those mice were more productive than me during that 6 week period, maybe even if we don't adjust for size but certainly if we do.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:50 PM on January 7, 2015 [9 favorites]


At least it didn't have a rat mouse king in it.

Right?
posted by backseatpilot at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2015


Just as well, MCMikeNamara; according to Wikipedia, mice only live for a year or two, and can have a hundred babies or so in that time.
posted by Melismata at 1:13 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


backseatpilot: "At least it didn't have a rat mouse king in it."

Mice are too small to be "kings". A muddied knot of mice is called a "knave".

also: Oh my god, Marfan Square?
posted by boo_radley at 1:20 PM on January 7, 2015


Oh my god 2: why is .codes a tld.
posted by boo_radley at 1:28 PM on January 7, 2015


Mice'll nest pretty much anywhere. I was taught that you're supposed to bang your car hood a couple times before starting it in cold weather (if it was on recently) because cats will curl up in there too. Cold out there, y'know.
posted by maryr at 1:38 PM on January 7, 2015


Did I put in the tag History's Greatest Monster? I don't recall doing that, though it seems like something I would do.
posted by Greg Nog at 1:58 PM on January 7, 2015


Hmmph. My suggestion that the OP get rid of his bed and drag the log into his bedroom was perfectly legit! I was thiiiiiis close to starting a metatalk post. I kid.
posted by ian1977 at 2:13 PM on January 7, 2015


My lady and I were just talking about moving to Vermont

The mouse nest is from MA! You can still move up here!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 2:29 PM on January 7, 2015 [4 favorites]


Wait, where is the cortex hair pic?
posted by jeffamaphone at 2:43 PM on January 7, 2015


CURRENT HAIR STATUS

If you need some extra scene-setting, that's a cropped blurry bathroom mirror selfie after a full day of moderating a super grumpy thread on the blue. I think it gives the hair a certain repeatedly-raked-back-in-annoyance je ne sais quoi that helps it out a little, honestly.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:07 PM on January 7, 2015 [6 favorites]


The mouse nest was in my nightmares for a couple days after I first saw it.

Well, I thought it was pretty cool, though appear to be in a minority. Am hoping its owner/landlady brings it on the next trip to the UK, as it would be pretty awesome to see during a MeFite meetup (isn't show-and-tell a thing Americans do from childhood onwards, or something, anyway?).
posted by Wordshore at 3:16 PM on January 7, 2015


(Whoever is playing around with the clicky thing during the podcast recording... arrrrrgh!)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:19 PM on January 7, 2015


Did I put in the tag History's Greatest Monster?

[cackling intensifies]
posted by poffin boffin at 3:19 PM on January 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


When it hasn't been raked back a bit it can look a little bit Edward-Furlong-in-Terminator-2 which I would have been super into when I was fifteen but not so much now.

I could definitely see the hair along with a Public Enemy T-shirt whilst working in the driveway on your motorbike and listening to GnR on a sweet boombox.

"She's not my mother, Todd!"
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:21 PM on January 7, 2015 [3 favorites]


My son has a MOS penny he is perfectly happy to part with for $5.00, though I assume the position has already been filled by now. MeMail sent.

I suspect I will soon be giving him $5.00 for his penny because I already sort of told him someone on Metafilter would buy it.

For an extra $5.00 I'll get you an autographed photo of him in his death star costume.

Hell, for $10.00 I'll send you one of his toes.

not really
posted by bondcliff at 3:30 PM on January 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


Whoever is playing around with the clicky thing during the podcast recording...

It was the sounds of mouses clicking, all three tracks were picking them up, but I think mine was the loudest. It's kind of tough to avoid, given we're loading tons of webpages as we talk.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:46 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


I hit my knee on the desk when Jessmyn said,

"Like all threads about women, it turns into two men wrestling with each other."

:D best line..

[on preview: OH! I see. It sounded like someone fidgeting with a ballpoint pen. Carry on clicking, then, I guess. :P]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:04 PM on January 7, 2015 [4 favorites]


It's 2015 and the mods don't have Minority Report-style gestural interfaces yet? Or some sort of matrix they can just… jack into, or something?
posted by mbrubeck at 4:06 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Product idea: silent mice for podcasters.

(Yeah, I find the clicking and occasional FURIOUS TYPING a little distracting too, but as Matt says it's kinda part of the business.)
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 4:24 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well, this has prompted me to buy the Allen Carr book, so thank you for that.
posted by wallabear at 4:54 PM on January 7, 2015 [4 favorites]


rottytooth's esoteric languages blog is fabulous.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 4:56 PM on January 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's quite funny because there's like a crescendo of clicks at the end of the episode, like fireworks.

Somebody is clicking LIKE MAD AND LOVING IT.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 5:27 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


Probably cortex returning to Clicker Heroes, right?
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 5:37 PM on January 7, 2015


Yeah I am listening to it and the clicking is even driving me crazy. And it might even be my clicking. Click.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 5:43 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


cortex are the source audio files for your carols available
posted by boo_radley at 6:58 PM on January 7, 2015


Re: Mathowie's windshield & windshields in general.

In modern unibody vehicles, the windshield and rear windows are structural elements, and if the adhesive and surface prep is not perfect, the structural integrity of the vehicle is compromised. There are softer adhesives that are more forgiving, but then you're driving a vehicle that essentially has a bracing element made of rubber.
posted by pjern at 7:42 PM on January 7, 2015


Modern unibody vehicles kind of creep me out.

Yes, I know that they're incredibly safe and will crush my body-on-frame trucks like a bug if it comes to it. Still...
posted by stet at 8:03 PM on January 7, 2015


A 98 VW wouldn't be one of them modern unibodies, would it? because our rear window is a piece of plexiglass I jigsawed myself. I would hate to think I'm on a highway to the Danger Zone.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:11 PM on January 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


My husband called me from the car on his way to work a few days ago to tell me that he had been stopped at a light and a mouse had crawled out from under the hood of his car and then disappeared.
posted by bq at 6:34 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


cortex: CURRENT HAIR STATUS

"Face to the right." </Raising_arizona>
--

Also, I am amazed that there wasn't a whole separate, hour-long podcast about the amazingness of the number 100.
posted by wenestvedt at 6:49 AM on January 8, 2015


You and me both. That is why this podcast is so long. Because 100 is amazing.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:18 AM on January 8, 2015 [3 favorites]


I will second Cortex's recommendation of a Snark tuner. Clip-on tuners are critical in a group situation because they work through the vibrations of the neck so you can tune even when other people are playing. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to tune via a microphone tuner when the OTHER PEOPLE WON'T STOP PLAYING GODDAMMIT.
posted by bondcliff at 7:38 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Jessamyn, your car should be named Ralph Wiggum!
posted by ignignokt at 7:39 AM on January 8, 2015


My son's super-awesome guitar teacher is very OLD SKOOL, and he still thinks those cheap digital tuners are cool. :7)
posted by wenestvedt at 7:51 AM on January 8, 2015


Yes. Github Pages is awesome, and I am the public gets to benefit from all of that VC money. I host the client side of every one of my projects there. If your project is already in git, you just created a `gh-pages` branch and that's what goes up. No SCPing/FTPing, no setting up git post-receive hooks or any of the usual deployment flim flam. For free!
posted by ignignokt at 7:57 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


he had been stopped at a light and a mouse had crawled out from under the hood of his car and then disappeared

My parents told me the same story when I was a kid. They were sitting at a light going to work together and a mouse or rat came out of the hood and ran away from the car, and this was in the middle of a city in Southern California, with no nature anywhere nearby (I'm guessing it was a rat from their food business).

Anyway, for years afterwards, I would pull up to stoplights and brace myself for someday seeing an animal pop out of my hood. It never happened though.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:09 AM on January 8, 2015 [3 favorites]


That just means the animals are still under your hood.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:03 AM on January 8, 2015 [9 favorites]


I saw a mouse run across the floor of the driver side floor of my truck last autumn. That — and the teeny tiny poops — alerted me to my mouse problem. But mine was never as bad as jessamyn's. I had to fabricate a mesh screen to put over the heat register so the little fuckers couldn't get inside anymore.

Still, jessamyn's car's mouse nest was nothing compared to the one I found in the pressure tank box in our barn. We use foam board, and a 100-watt bulb on a thermostat switch to heat the space and keep the livestock's water from freezing — did I mention it was -19┬║F/~-29┬║C last night? — and it turned the space into a mouse winter holiday site. After cleaning that I stapled dryer sheets inside in an effort to keep the little fuckers out. So far, so good.
posted by terrapin at 10:19 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Science News have an article about "packrat middens" which, as well as looking like what was found in the Jessamynmobile, will be the name of my hipster garage band.
posted by Wordshore at 10:39 AM on January 8, 2015 [4 favorites]


cortex are the source audio files for your carols available

They are! You can grab the individual mp3s as you see fit from the /audio directory, or if you want 'em all there's also an allsongs.tar file in there.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:50 AM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Fourthing the clip-on tuner recommendation! You can get one for about four bucks on eBay, shipping included, if you don't mind waiting for it to arrive from China. (If you want if shipped from the U.S., that goes up to about six bucks.) Well worth it.
posted by Shmuel510 at 11:04 AM on January 8, 2015


cortex: "cortex are the source audio files for your carols available

They are! You can grab the individual mp3s as you see fit from the /audio directory, or if you want 'em all there's also an allsongs.tar file in there.
"

ha

ha ha

ha ha ha ha ha ha

ha ha ha ha

soon I will be history's greatest monster
posted by boo_radley at 11:21 AM on January 8, 2015 [3 favorites]


Want to click without noise? I'm just sayin'. And then: System Preferences -> Track Pad -> [check] Tap to click.
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:45 AM on January 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


wow /* shocked face */
posted by a lungful of dragon at 12:42 PM on January 8, 2015


boo_radley: soon I will be history's greatest monster

Pffft, get in line: if cortex makes any of the changes they discussed on the podcast (e.g., selectable songs, exports, &c.), the title will be his FOR EVER! Mwa-HA-HA!
posted by wenestvedt at 1:10 PM on January 8, 2015


"Like all threads about women, it turns into two men wrestling with each other."

We're men! We wrestled!
posted by octobersurprise at 1:27 PM on January 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thank you for your service.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:41 PM on January 8, 2015 [4 favorites]


> ...runs 1h51m...

If you had edited it to 1h40m, it would have been 100 minutes long just sayin'.
posted by ardgedee at 6:47 PM on January 8, 2015 [4 favorites]


I opened ye olde transcript.

*avoiding the mouse nest*
posted by Pronoiac at 1:15 AM on January 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Like all threads about women, it turns into two men wrestling with each other."

That was an observation with some slick explanatory power. I liked it.
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:27 AM on January 9, 2015 [3 favorites]


I had a pretty similar nest in my last car. Except, this would be Baltimore, so it was occupied by one or more rats. Or as the car people euphemistically put it on the bill, a "squirrel".

It can happen anywhere....
posted by advil at 11:15 AM on January 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Are we sure the mouse clicks aren't coming from the mouse nest?
posted by onlyconnect at 7:41 AM on January 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Top 10 Mellotron Songs
posted by luckynerd at 10:38 AM on January 12, 2015


Dune Encyclopedia

I did that post! Most of the source links are dead, but there's one copy left here. It's such a deep, subtle piece of science fiction. I've never even read Dune (gasp) and I still love the thing. The historical perspective in the History of Atomics alone (page 290 in the link above) is delightfully fractured.

also: it's raow-mee! rhymes with cow-see. Ray Omi, with his wrongheaded and downright offensive views on Pakistani reality TV, has developed into my sworn nemesis, and I shudder to be associated with him.
posted by Rhaomi at 8:48 PM on January 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


I finally finished. I had 7 minutes left on it when I picked up my preschoolers. I ought, hey, 7 minutes, how much swearing can there be? The answer: holy fuck.

It IS possible to get a healthy meal at McDonald's. Order one of the chicken salads (not the one with bacon you fool). Order grilled chicken instead of crispy chicken. Specify when ordering that you do not want GLAZE ON THE CHICKEN. THERE IS A BUTTON FOR THIS.

This prevents your salad from being a disgusting mess.
posted by bq at 9:01 PM on January 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


I've never even read Dune

LITERALLY GASPING
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:10 PM on January 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


> I did that post! Most of the source links are dead, but there's one copy left here.
Access to this web site is not allowed.
Time: 01:44:53pm PST
Site: http://www.e-reading.link/bookreader.php/137523/Herbert_-_The_Dune_Encyclopedia.pdf
Category: Illegal Downloads
OH THANKS MAN. I HEAR THE FOOTSTEPS COMING FOR ME NOW.
posted by SpacemanStix at 1:48 PM on January 14, 2015


I've never even read Dune

The first book is really worth reading, I think. It's a bit of a dense text, but I found it rewarding enough to reread a couple of times.
posted by hippybear at 12:48 PM on January 15, 2015


Came to see if anyone commented on Gem├╝tlichkeit, stayed to gape at the cortex hair situation.

A++++ WOULD COMMENT AGAIN
posted by psoas at 12:24 PM on January 16, 2015


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