105: Have Fun At Space Camp
 transcript  June 3, 2015 11:16 AM   Subscribe

It's episode 105 of the Metafilter Podcast, covering May 7 through June 2 and running just about two hours. We discuss at least two novelty birdhouses.


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Misc

Greg Nog and likeatoaster got married! (jessamyn’s ceremony text, wtf is a sporran)

Dubnian, the Skrillexest of all elements

Metafilter wordbot jam discussion thread (join in!)

TIS-100, an assembly language game cortex is excited about

Vermont library passport! More pix.


Jobs

Photograph a wedding in NYC this Friday

odd jobs and gardening in Hastings

MaximumFun doing a radio & podcast production fellowship


Projects

Responding to twitter harassment by honest knave (mefi thread)

@snakepeople_bot by ignignokt

Shakespeare Syndrome by Horace Rumpole

Uber, but for twitter bot by moonmilk (cf. @likeuberbut by NoraReed)

Odd Vice twitter bot by frenetic

Super Micro Paint by umrain (mefi thread, mlkshk group, pissing elephant)

LED array prototype by bobdow

Junco's Pub, a birdhouse bar by stokast (mefi thread, see also Bird Library)

106.js, a web synth by ludwig_van


Metafilter

The Russian troll factory

Type Drummer

Kung Fury

Colorful bones!

McDonalds coffee lawsuit comic

Beth vs Beth, weight loss composite photos

Maya Plisetskaya, dancer

Leslie Uggams on the June, June, June disaster

Capitalism and inequality

Fake diploma scam, complete with Metafilter C&D threat

Camera theory in 2D videogames

Berenstein? Berenstain.


Ask Metafilter

Birds: boing v waddle

Harassed by crows

Games like Cones of Dunshire?

Aging gracefully as a developer

Aging gracefully as a human

Traveling to places without people

Places with dark skies

Volunteer works for loners

Model train company code jokes

Australian animals (beware the Drop Bear!)


FanFare

FanFare Clubs are go! We're testing the initial version, see this Metatalk thread.


Music

Why Worry, Dire Straits cover by BlackPebble

I Am On Your Side, by grumpybear69

Fiddle tunes for a Friday, medley of traditionals by mandolin conspiracy

Going, by aegispolis

def dev puts @development end by cicadaverse

Sundre Says by mykescipark
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 11:16 AM (50 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Also, here's the full version of that Daft Punk podcast theme; I excerpted most of the intro out just to cut down on lead time for the podcast itself.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:26 AM on June 3, 2015


The new intro is pretty fantastic I must say!
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:28 AM on June 3, 2015


Thanks for the Music inclusion!
posted by mykescipark at 11:54 AM on June 3, 2015


Still listening to the actual podcast, but is there no mention of recent contentious MetaTalk discussion?
posted by Chrysostom at 12:06 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Are MetaTalks mentioned in podcasts? I thought generally they weren't except if they were of a big, positive vibe type... thing.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:10 PM on June 3, 2015


(Also: which one?)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:11 PM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


is there no mention of recent contentious MetaTalk discussion?

Assuming you mean the tattoo-thread metatalk, I think I made passing reference to it at one point but we didn't end up digging into it, no. "Difficult Metatalk discussions" isn't an unprecedented topic on the podcast but probabilistically speaking it's always taken a back seat to random fun stuff from the site.

Probably a little more so now that two thirds of the podcast crew don't actually have to keep up with that stuff and we're all a little more in "shit, how are you doing" catch-up mode now that we aren't wading through site/email stuff together every day.

I thought generally they weren't except if they were of a big, positive vibe type... thing.

That's by far the more likely situation, yeah.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:12 PM on June 3, 2015 [4 favorites]


Yeah, I meant the boyzone thread. Totally fine it didn't come up, I was just a little surprised given how it seemed to be kind of a big thing. nbd
posted by Chrysostom at 12:14 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


I made the podcast?

Cool!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:05 PM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


("Junekos..." / "Juncos - Juncos...just telling you.")
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:19 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Thanks for mentioning 106.js! This seems like an apropos place to mention that Kyle Stetz (typedrummer developer) and I are putting together a Philadelphia WebAudio meetup. Let one of us know if you're interested.
posted by ludwig_van at 1:30 PM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


Rivera!
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 1:52 PM on June 3, 2015


Also David Naughton!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 2:09 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


I started the transcript.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:48 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


I totally missed the McDonald's coffee thread, and I'm really glad the truth of that situation isn't dying. I remember when I first heard about it happened, it was immediately and almost universally ridiculed as being frivolous, and I really assumed that it probably was, because hey, people can be sue-happy. A number of years later it was either a documentary or article that laid out the details including the extent of the injuries, and I felt such sorrow for the woman. It was such a light-bulb moment for me in not coming to quick conclusions about things without having all of the information, or because everyone else in the media has come to a particular conclusion based on the same limited information. I swore to defend the lawsuit from anyone who made fun of the situation again in the future.
posted by SpacemanStix at 2:51 PM on June 3, 2015 [3 favorites]


Houghton Library: One weird old collection. Internet People hate it!
posted by ignignokt at 2:56 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


What ho to the podcasters! And high fives to the bot makers!
posted by ignignokt at 2:58 PM on June 3, 2015


I started the transcript.

Awesome, thanks. Got it added to the post.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:59 PM on June 3, 2015


ignignokt: "What ho to the podcasters! And high fives to the bot makers!"

What ho, pods!
posted by boo_radley at 3:15 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


ALSO CORTEX IS CORRECT TO BE E.//ITED ABOUT TIS-100
posted by boo_radley at 3:35 PM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


also: were you thinking of FruityLoops?
posted by boo_radley at 4:28 PM on June 3, 2015


Space Camp! I went the summer after the Challenger Disaster! It was super-weird!

(Also, Huntsville is only a seven hour drive away. And then another hour and a half and we can be in New Orleans. Just saying.)
posted by ColdChef at 4:54 PM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


Aw we made the podcast!

Which reminds me that my dad (who I believe you met, Jessamyn, and who must have been on his Best Behavior not to mention it) is actually a mefite, with a lower usernumber than I ever had!
posted by likeatoaster at 7:33 PM on June 3, 2015 [3 favorites]


I made the podcast in perhaps the most backwards way possible!
posted by shakespeherian at 7:40 PM on June 3, 2015


Let Us Now Gather To Speak Of The Absence Of Shakespeherian
posted by Greg Nog at 8:04 PM on June 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


And yes, it's a sporran. I wore one at our wedding last year.

And a kilt. Not just the sporran.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 8:08 PM on June 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


i wore the kilt but not the sporran
posted by Greg Nog at 9:10 PM on June 3, 2015


you were supposed to wear one of the cats in a sling iirc
posted by poffin boffin at 9:36 PM on June 3, 2015


did you pick it out yourself or did you have a sporran partner
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:16 PM on June 3, 2015 [5 favorites]


and cortext kilt the thread again.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:45 AM on June 4, 2015 [5 favorites]


WHAT HO, MODS.

This new podcast comes at the perfect moment: we have begun to paint the kitchen and hall and dining room, and I am the Designated Washer. Each night I spend up to an hour cleaning ceiling paint or Kilz out of brushes, trays, and the like. The podcast saved me last night!!
posted by wenestvedt at 3:34 AM on June 4, 2015 [2 favorites]


The perpetrators of such heinous puns musn't be let off Scot free.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:36 AM on June 4, 2015


metafilter: we discuss at least two novelty birdhouses.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 6:05 AM on June 4, 2015


Och, nae free: Scot married.
posted by boo_radley at 6:53 AM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


greasemonkey plugin to replace "spouse" contact with "sporran partner"
posted by NoraReed at 6:59 AM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


i wore the kilt but not the sporran

But do they call me Greg Nog the kilt-wearer? Nooo.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:27 AM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


you fuck ONE sporran
posted by Greg Nog at 8:03 AM on June 4, 2015 [3 favorites]


My True Name has been loosed upon MetaFilter.

No summoning me after 10 PM.
posted by griphus at 8:10 AM on June 4, 2015 [3 favorites]


Huntsville is only 20 minutes away from my hometown! Where I will be for a short while in mid-June and late July. We should meetup! I can show you some neat things!
posted by ocherdraco at 10:41 AM on June 4, 2015 [2 favorites]


Thanks for the music callout! Haven't caught the podcast before but it's great. And I love the intro theme.
posted by BlackPebble at 12:14 PM on June 4, 2015


but seriously, how the christ do these goddamn interrupts work. What the shit, Zach
posted by boo_radley at 12:16 PM on June 4, 2015


I had an experience very slightly like the June June June thing once -- I was hired to sing a Christmas morning service at a Presbyterian church where the average age of the congregation was about 74, and the organist was someone who knew me, and he said I should sing "He Shall Feed His Flock" from the Messiah, and I said "Okay." This piece has two sections; the first is sung by a mezzo-soprano or contralto, and the second is sung by a soprano. (I'm a mezzo/alto, that's what I get hired to sing, and I've sung the alto solos in the Messiah sooooo maaaaany tiiiiimes.) I have a pretty big range tho so the organist says "Just do both parts, you have those top notes, it'll be great." The piece is only scored up to an F, not a problem, right? We run the first line to check the balance on the high notes in the church, great, solid.

So during the service, I finish the alto part of the aria, the organist makes the key change, I soar into the "Come unto him all ye that labor" part, and realize to my horror that although I have listened to this part of the aria approximately one thousand times, I have never actually sung it before in my life. And to make matters worse, the soprano soloist I'd sung this piece with just the previous week (I was in the chorus for that one) was Harolyn Blackwell, who is fucking AMAZING, and who does all these gorgeous light flexible ornaments, and so that's what's in my ear, and so that's what I start fucking singing despite the fact that this is way, way, way above my pay grade. So there I am, panicked, beatific expression plastered across my face, flop sweat rolling down my back, gliding into the walk up to the high B-flat that Harolyn does like she's ringing a bell, trying to figure out if I can successfully fake my own death in the next half a measure. Lesson learned: no matter how well you think you know the piece, run the whole thing at least once.
posted by KathrynT at 12:23 PM on June 4, 2015 [5 favorites]


but seriously, how the christ do these goddamn interrupts work. What the shit, Zach

I've managed to get mine down to 231 cycles with a couple of revisions and a lot of tweaking (original version took 280 when it was finished but it was pulling teeth to get there to begin with) and man I wish there was some actual, like, web content for TIS-100 so I could make a post about it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:10 PM on June 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was amused by the image of Matt being buried in music samples. Even when he was in charge, Cortex was our music guy. Though I don't know whether Cortex would be much more delighted to have yet another slush pile dumped on him.
posted by Karmakaze at 6:02 AM on June 5, 2015


It's pretty weird, it's mostly gushing press releases and links to soundcloud. Like for some reason I got thrown on every music publicists list a couple weeks ago.
posted by mathowie (retired) at 10:35 AM on June 5, 2015


TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN!

ahem.

as you were.
posted by nadawi at 1:20 PM on June 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh yes, which reminds me. There's Too Much Coffee Man beer as well now, which seems to be relevant to MeFi interests.
posted by MartinWisse at 12:52 PM on June 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


man I wish there was some actual, like, web content for TIS-100 so I could make a post about it.

Gamasutra just posted about how TIS-100 came about.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:27 AM on June 10, 2015


Like Uber, but for libraries for birds, advertised by a thousand-troll army using four-frame animated GIFs.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:20 AM on June 12, 2015


I just saw that I got featured - thanks!
posted by grumpybear69 at 4:56 PM on June 20, 2015 [1 favorite]


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