115: Boaty McBoatface, with barchan April 8, 2016 12:51 PM   Subscribe

Coasting in fashionably late, it's Ep #115 of Best Of The Web, wherein jessamyn and I chat with the geologirrific barchan about dunes, oil rigs, industrial accidents, her dog who also makes a couple cameos, and all kinds of MetaFiltery stuff. This show covers March 3 through April 7 and runs for just under two hours.


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Guest facts
- barchan is a friendly MeFite who does geology stuff
- but barchan also a kind of dune
- seriously it's a pretty rad kind of dune
- go look at barchan's profile page for rad dune links

Misc
- Map folding!
- Stamp folding!
- Public Library Association Con!
- Grok Enthusiasm!
- Fart Patrol!
- Cranioklepty!
- cortex and Secretariat's new cat
- They are on a boat!

Jobs
- Videographer for our Booth at PAX East (April 22-24) by musofire
- Whitewater Kayaking Instructor by Deflagro
- Station Manager -- CFRC 101.9 FM, Kingston, Ontario by Shepherd

MeFi Projects
- confirmshaming by danb (MeFi Post; Jessamyn's submission)
- Goofus and Muad'Dib by Fizz (MeFi Post)
- Rule 34 - If something exists, there is porn of it. by metameat (MeFi Post; Irregular Carrots)
- A Year In Glitch by CjEggett
- Cookbook Title Generator by veggieboy (MeFi Post; cf veggieboy's Will It Waffle)

MetaFilter
- Hydraulic Press Channel: let's get crushing! by filthy light thief
- How to use a modem by Wordshore
- An odd disturbance at the head end by beerperson
- Don't lick the paintbrush by We had a deal, Kyle
- The Harvard Library That Protects The World's Rarest Colors by Brandon Blatcher
- I've liberated my modules by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit
- “They tell their friends, ‘My mom’s a truck driver!’” by Fizz
- Why not love Queen by playing its hits on trombone? by goofyfoot
- 8,000 vintage Afropop songs, streaming online by nickyskye
- A loaf of Dad, a Jug of Vine by curious nu
- Speaking Machines: the history of synthesizing speech by filthy light thief (of which, Talking Moose)
- The best election all year by taff

Ask MeFi
- How do Canadian cooks measure? by andrewesque
- 1631 sugar by aniola
- Please help me find a (horror?) movie from the 1970's or 1980's by maldrin
- The connection by Termite
- How to pick one biography of many? by kristi
- NASA question: Who runs satellites? (And where can I find out about such by krautland
- a comment by Rob Rockets
- Women's underwear built in liner by wildeepdotorg
- How do you initiate sex? by Dynamo05
- Could I ask out a girl on ride-shares like lyft without sounding weird? by daveg02

MetaTalk
- You do it HOW?! by MsMolly (Jess made a wiki page, get to it!)
- Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote... by CMcG
- pjern is home from quad bypass! by pjern
- omg shoes by phunniemee
- Show Us Your Sunday Best by The Whelk
- greenish's MeFi Music podcast, Ep 2 by greenish
- Paradigm shifting the edit window by cortex

Music
Featuring a couple of songs off of greenish's podcast:
- Ashes by ochenk and billiebee
- Jonathan's Guitar by Corduroy
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 12:51 PM (29 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Reading the Misc links out of context before even thinking about listening to the podcast may be my favorite part of the podcast experience and this time even more than usual.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:55 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm geology adjacent so I'm extra excited to hear from barchan!
posted by Squeak Attack at 3:29 PM on April 8, 2016


Thanks again for inviting me on! Thank you both for being so gracious with someone you don't really know/have never met and making me feel at ease - speaking of skills to admire.

Obligatory pics of my dog, who heard herself barking on the podcast and barked back.

(Yes, she's in her own sleeping bag, she gets cold, okay? Okay, okay, she's totally spoiled, but what is life if not a means to spoil dogs?)
posted by barchan at 3:34 PM on April 8, 2016 [10 favorites]


I have told three different people today that feists are a thing that exist and they have all been delighted.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:54 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Stamp Folding!" link seems to be boofed.
posted by benito.strauss at 5:47 PM on April 8, 2016


I have unboofed and refeld it.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:32 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh wait, confirmshaming also includes times when you unsubscribe and they respond in an overly dramatic fashion?

I unsubscribed from a magazine when I moved from Australia to the US and later got a letter from them (my friend was checking my PO box) with this overwrought breakup-response letter that was all "What have we done wronggggg please come back to me babyyyyyy". It's not you, dude, it's quite literally me (and inane postage costs).

Then when I moved out of the US and had to cancel my Internet connection, I got a similar letter from my ISP! "Please tell us why you were unsatisfied and what we can do to make it better~~~" you were fine, I just can't bring you with me on the plane!
posted by divabat at 6:39 PM on April 8, 2016


Oh, hooray!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:41 PM on April 8, 2016


Cortex: I have unboofed and refeld it.

Sir, in one epideictic sentence you have passed the English Citizenship Examination! You are now permitted to acquire an English passport, the possession of which allows to you to perambulate outwith these borders. My congratulations to you, Mr Cortex esquire.
posted by Wordshore at 6:48 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


"There was a time when everyone got their head stolen."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:21 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


There was!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:24 PM on April 8, 2016


I now know! Bananas!

barchan: "We get to look for Shakespeare's head!"

Awesome.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:30 PM on April 8, 2016


That Afropop link is INCREDIBLE! I would have never seen it were it not for the podcast. YAY.
posted by mdonley at 5:00 AM on April 9, 2016


i have made the podcast, where do i collect my winnings
posted by beerperson at 6:36 AM on April 9, 2016 [3 favorites]


email me your address and I will send you some stickers.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:15 AM on April 9, 2016


IN YOUR FACE, NOBEL COMMITTEE
posted by beerperson at 7:27 AM on April 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


I also agree that video podcasts are the worst.
posted by Fizz at 7:34 AM on April 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also, thanks for my shout-out! You're my favourites too!
posted by Fizz at 7:46 AM on April 9, 2016 [2 favorites]


Jessamyn: if you delete the url, reload the tab. The url will reappear. ctrl-Z also works assuming you just did it, at least in chrome.
posted by quaking fajita at 8:30 AM on April 10, 2016


Yeah I think I need to hit what. f5? I didn't have a reload button on my browser and couldn't remember the key command. Thanks!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:34 AM on April 10, 2016


So on Saturday I went to the PLA conference (I went ahead and paid, holy crap, but worth it) and saw both Notaro (who was hilarious) and Giridhardas, who was interesting - totally not what I expected and he then pissed me the hell off but maybe I need to think about it some more. I also stopped by the Library Board Wars panel and the Weed in Denver. . . which was not what I thought it was going to be about, haha! But it was actually pretty interesting even though I was a little lost. I'd never put any thought into what a library does to its collection in terms of getting rid of things because it seemed like ragged=replace and everything else was kept forever.

I also spent way too long at a booth about book scanning, had a wonderful conversation by the GPO, and sadly did not get to the women writing the west booth in the exhibit hall.

Anyway, thanks for the wonderful recommendation!
posted by barchan at 4:08 PM on April 10, 2016 [4 favorites]


"Self-declared cookbook author"?

Hey, I resemble that remark!

Also, "warmed up and crunchified" = my new slogan!

Really, I just came in to say that being mentioned on the podcast has made my week. Glad the Cookbook Title Generator generated some amusement.
posted by veggieboy at 11:03 AM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yay barchan! I'm glad you could do the podcast. I need to clarify the comment about oil and geology- I'm not at all surprised how many oil-related jobs there are. When I tell people I'm getting a geology degree, they usually either say "digging!" or "oil!". But I've been surprised as I learn more about the nature of petroleum jobs! I've met a number of people who care about the environment and love their jobs (um, where else can you even get paid to do stratigraphy?) and yet they're in the petroleum industry, and everyone I've talked to has complicated feelings about that.

Also, an addendum about Will It Waffle- feeling inspired, we had a whole delicious waffle-based Portland meetup last year- including waffled cookies!
posted by Secretariat at 10:48 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


> - They are on a boat!

Guess who else is on a boat?

It's CRS-8!
posted by Secretariat at 11:00 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Library conferences sound like the least problematic thing possible!

To someone that only knows about them through Twitter hashtags.
posted by ignignokt at 11:01 AM on April 14, 2016


barchan is good at laughing! Seriously, that is a great professional-level laugh.
posted by ignignokt at 11:20 AM on April 14, 2016


The NPM decision to restore a removed package actually reminded me a lot of MetaFilter and not allowing people to delete certain comments in a thread!
posted by ignignokt at 11:43 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


barchan's "hee-hee" laugh is adorable for sure, but it's awfully close to Cartoon Villain if you ask me.

go ahead, ask me
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:11 PM on April 26, 2016


Coming at this way, way, late but if you develop Fart Control into an "up scroller" as per jessamyn's suggestion may I humbly suggest Tootle Jump?
Am ok with Pootle Jump if it works better in your market.
posted by Iteki at 10:31 PM on July 4, 2016


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