127: I Have No Tabs And I Must Stream April 3, 2017 5:46 PM   Subscribe

Jessamyn I are back in normal podcast business, making up for lost time after last month's Ask A Moderator show by trying to recap two months of MetaFilter despite neither of us having the time to prepare. The result: a goofy biggun at an hour and forty five minutes, covering as much as we can from February 8th through April 3rd.


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- mathowie's recumbent bike selfie photoshop goofiness, flickr group
- pupper!

April Fools
- the Faves & Flags roleplaying system
- random character generator
- cortex runs an adventure

Jobs
- Reentry Coordinator by anotherpanacea
- Cleaning up a hacked Wordpress by imsoymilk
- WordPress in Indy? by Thorzdad
- 10-min market research survey about dog parks by schroedingersgirl

Interlude re: Deck ads
- Fond farewell to ads from The Deck by cortex
- Suicide Girls TextAds by mathowie

Projects
- Vermont Fall Fiber Tour by turtlegirl
- Will It Skillet?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Cast-Iron Skillet by veggieboy
- EveryName.info | An unordered list of every name by AndNeverWell (MeFi Post)
- LinkedIn Thought Leadership Generator by missjenny
- Ten years of instrument-a-day by moonmilk (MeFi Post)
- Double exposure twitter bot by smasuch

MetaFilter
- "I thought it would be a nice lark. It wasn't." by bondcliff
- “No friends. Nothing else to do. Nothing to fill the cold hour.” by the man of twists and turns
- prioritize and continue to strengthen friendship with Joe and Dennis by theartandsound
- Own a skinny piece of Boston history by overeducated_alligator
- I've got boxes full of Pepe! by komara
- 49 satin wedding gowns... one in each state's boxcar by jessamyn
- I've been thinking about you a lot lately. by cortex
- NSFW NSFW Butt Lips Vine Compilation NSFW NSFW by josher71
- “We all float down here.” by Fizz
- How to make nuts secure by standardasparagus
- I told you we were going in deep. by Evilspork
- a comment by anildash
- Celebrating April Fools' Day, Slashdot Wears Hacker News' Attire by destinyland
- a comment by zabuni
- Chondrichthyan Tree of Life by tchemgrrl

Ask MetaFilter
- Where is this Gif from? Odd man skipping in the water version. by Vaike
- Who gets to eat this? Quesadilla edition. by reshet
- Help me identify an actor! by mikel
- Oh ho ho ho!? Porquoi? by Huffy Puffy
- Help! My house and everything in it smells like a dirty hippie commune. by Mystical Listicle
- No one eats like Gaston by DoctorFedora
- Detailed Tech Tales! by capnsue

MetaTalk
- State of MetaFilter, 2017 by cortex
- Visualizing the impact of US politics megaposts on the blue by strangely stunted trees

Music
- Exit music this episode is Eunice Waltz by frecklefearie.

BONUS METAFILTER
- Mr. Toad's Wild Hat by Room 641-A
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 5:46 PM (56 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

This is the podcast I did not like, but you might! Awesome Etiquette.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:46 PM on April 3


engaged, not yet married
posted by smasuch at 8:16 PM on April 3 [3 favorites]


I have lived in Northern Virginia, and jessamyn's assessment of it is accurate.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:25 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Just to explain where I was on April 1, and why Faves & Flags couldn't kick off sooner, since cortex' explanation was kind of "frimble had a thing, I dunno": I was officiating a roller derby bout across town. I've done that before, but this was my first time as head non-skating official. That meant that I was also responsible for a bunch of organisation and making sure that a dozen other people were relaxed, comfortable and ready and able to do their jobs (and thus couldn't shift it around).

I got home on time (Wiener Linien is seriously the best public transport) and we did a last pass through, making sure that everything worked and fixing up some oversights before finally, at about 22:00 my time, opening the MetaTalk thread.

Then I could relax, which I consider a minor miracle, because the whole thing just kind of worked, and people had fun with it. By midnight, I was even comfortable in the notion that nothing was going to break horribly.
posted by frimble (staff) at 1:27 AM on April 4 [10 favorites]


And I have the day off today and I'm going to the gym and this is just what I needed to kick start a relaxing day of coffee, twitter, and MetaFilter. Huzzah.
posted by Fizz at 3:37 AM on April 4


Also, Jessamyn... You want to download Pocket Casts. It's a very nice app for both Android and iOS.
posted by Fizz at 4:54 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Faves & Flaygs was fun and cool.. In the moment there wasn't even time to appreciate all the work of the character sheets and the instruction book. I had to go across town suddenly but it was all great.
posted by fleacircus at 5:22 AM on April 4


I was curious so I looked through the transcript for Podcast #69. Doesn't seem like you were doing the number thing back then and, surprisingly, the announcement that it was "podcast 69" went by unnoticed. I'm kind of disappointed in you guys, to be honest.
posted by bondcliff at 6:37 AM on April 4


Be disappointed in cortex, that went exactly how I planned it.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:29 AM on April 4 [6 favorites]


Done.
posted by bondcliff at 8:43 AM on April 4 [4 favorites]


frimble, thanks for doing all the hard work to make sure this fun goof went through. It was phenomenal.
posted by Night_owl at 9:19 AM on April 4 [2 favorites]


Playing the podcast in the background while working, and have had to stop work as am laughing so much. Thanks; best thing online so far this month.
posted by Wordshore at 9:20 AM on April 4


I'm kind of disappointed in you guys, to be honest.

I am pleased that adults managing this site did not go there.
posted by terrapin at 10:43 AM on April 4


Be disappointed in cortex, that went exactly how I planned it.

nice
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:43 AM on April 4 [3 favorites]


Wordshore: Playing the podcast in the background while working, and have had to stop work as am laughing so much. Thanks; best thing online so far1 this month2.

1, 2: Way to downplay the praise there ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:13 AM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Big thanks for including turtlegirl's Vermont Craft Tours! Would be great if we got to meet MeFites who attend this autumn!
posted by terrapin at 11:33 AM on April 4 [2 favorites]


My question made the podcast!! I had wondered for some time, but I was reminded to ask two podcasts ago, when jessamyn did the "hon hon hon" thing (which I couldn't find in the podcast when I went back to look for it).
posted by Huffy Puffy at 11:58 AM on April 4


Thank you for pointing out that quesadilla question. I laughed my fool head off.
posted by merriment at 12:23 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


That's a nice podcast; it's lovely to hear your voices, and to hear you having fun.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 2:17 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]




Oh bless you. Jim and I sat through the entire thing just hoping it would never end.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 4:50 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Being mentioned on the podcast gives me a chill! The good kind. And hearing my username said aloud is kind of weird because I'm not in love with it and it's not actually, you know, my name. But still... chill!
posted by veggieboy at 5:43 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Jessamyn, I'm curious why you stopped listening to WTF?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 8:39 PM on April 4


I'm sure there's still a lot to like about it, but for me: He started interviewing a bunch of musicians, which I was less interested in. And Maron's underdog schtick really only works if he's not one of the most popular podcasters with his own TV show. I found his neuroticism appealing at first and then eventually less so and more an indicator of his own bubble. And he's weird with women to the point that I didn't want to hear women come on his show to have him talk to them about that one time they almost slept together. Likewise people of color, he's just so ... weird with many of them. And I heard a few where he'd barely done any research and it just put me off of it (Like Andy Samberg was like "Yeah my wife is a singer" and Maron was like "Oh that's nice" and I was like "SHE'S JOANNA NEWSOM YOU GIT").

The QI podcast often has female guests who are treated appropriately and the one woman who is regularly on holds her own and they talk about "tricky" stuff (mostly sex-related stuff) without it turning into some hurf durfery.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 9:07 PM on April 4 [5 favorites]


I'll add QI to my list, then!
posted by Mister Moofoo at 11:17 PM on April 4 [1 favorite]


Way to downplay the praise there ;)

Genuine like for this podcast. Been in bed with old person's problems for most of April so far and spent far too much time there aimlessly wandering the net. This podcast is by far the funniest thing encountered during said wanderings.
posted by Wordshore at 3:07 AM on April 5


You guys are my favourite podcast!
posted by ellieBOA at 9:36 AM on April 5


WHAT HO, MODS.

Jessamyn, isn't the word "merci" in the name of the "Merci Train" used in the sense of "thank you"? (Honest question: I took German and Russian and Spanish in school, but only learned scraps of French in conversation.)

I mean, the entire trainload of gift-stuffed boxcars was an expression of gratitude by the nation of France, right? Train-spotter web site Theme Trains says:
French veteran and railroad worker named Andre Picard stated a movement to send surplus WWI era boxcars to the US filled with tokens of appreciation from the people of France to the people of America. In all, 49 boxcars would be sent -- each packed with mementos from French citizens of every age and class.
But that's just hair-splitting. I really loved the post, and was excited to get to talk about the little town of Woonsocket, RI, for a while!
posted by wenestvedt at 11:13 AM on April 5


Jessamyn, isn't the word "merci" in the name of the "Merci Train" used in the sense of "thank you"?

Yes, it totally is! You mean I was pronouncing it wrong? And I have to go to Woonsocket sometime.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 2:06 PM on April 5 [1 favorite]


You were saying it like the English word mercy (roughly: MUR-see). It's pronounced more like mer-SEE.
posted by Chrysostom at 5:27 PM on April 5 [2 favorites]


Yay shoutout!
posted by exogenous at 6:49 PM on April 5 [1 favorite]


OH MY GOODNESS I CANT BELIEVE IT me and my best bud josher71 are both on the same podcast episode this is seriously one of the most important things that has ever happened
(i guess i should listen now to make sure that they don't say that we are both mean jerks or bird-brains though)
posted by capnsue at 9:08 PM on April 5 [3 favorites]


I cast Dispense Banjo on everyone in this thread. Let's bluegrass!

Honestly, I loved the relaxed nature of this particular episode. Or is that just masked panic? I mean, the podcast I listen to daily is basically fully extemporaneous so I found all the tangents completely charming. They're what make conversations between friends so much fun! And while I barely know one of you and have never met the other, I do count you as my friends.

Thanks for keeping me company during my 400 mile drive I do for work! All schmoopy after listening! Yay!!! :D
posted by hippybear at 2:05 AM on April 6 [2 favorites]


OKAY I AM HAVING THE MOST INTENSE STRANGEST DEJA VU ABOUT THE PHRASE "CONFIRMATION THAT IT IS AN ACTUAL BURRITO" IN THE NETFLIX LIVE VIDEO AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT AND IT'S ACTUALLY KIND OF SCARY
posted by hippybear at 2:50 AM on April 6 [1 favorite]


You guys might like Overcast! It's my podcatcher of choice for Smart Speed (which shortens silences to speed up podcasts without making them sound faster)
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:34 AM on April 6 [1 favorite]


Honestly, I loved the relaxed nature of this particular episode. Or is that just masked panic?

For me just actual decompressive goofiness I think; despite the riffing about not being prepared, I wasn't really worried about it and there's always more good MeFi stuff than we can cover in a normal month so there's no concern about coming up short on content.

Getting April Fools out was a whole-team crunch (one of these years we'll get our pacing better, he says every year) and that it went over well was a huge relief and a...really nice feeling? Really nice super positive feelings on the site are something I value a lot and it's been bumpy out there for a while so it was good to have that happen. But I think honestly the crunch crunch crunch CATHARSIS flow of it tuckered me out a bit; a friend asked me yesterday how my weekend was and I just sort of stared blankly for a few seconds because I couldn't for the life of me remember what I'd done this weekend; I think my brain was still recovering a bit.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:20 AM on April 6 [1 favorite]


I just sort of stared blankly for a few seconds because I couldn't for the life of me remember what I'd done this weekend; I think my brain was still recovering a bit.

Sorry cortex, but that happens to all of us.
posted by Melismata at 7:52 AM on April 6 [1 favorite]


Here's the wikipedia epithets, I think like 75% of epithets came from here and 25% were goofy things we made up. I sat and typed it up late one night and I kept getting distracted and having to click to find out why Michael VII Dukas, Byzantine Emperor was called the "Minus-a-Quarter." (The currency devalued by a quarter during his rule!) It is a very interesting page!

The joke that kind-of initially got us riffing on D&D was about Sue the T-Rex at Chicago's Field Museum who was running a D&D game on Twitter, which was all over my very Chicago-y, very nerdy social media feeds.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 8:16 AM on April 6


The best epithets you did though are the ones like "[persons name] the staff". Like, there was some queen or king or something who was just a person with a staff! How weird is that??? Oh and that other one, "[persons name] the retired". I think that's Pope Benedict XVI's epithet? No but its really funny when you see someone on MeFi with that next to their name, ha ha! Like, you're all "huh did you used to be a POPE??" - ha ha ha! But seriously though you guys should turn off your Faves & Flags handles in this thread, this one is actually about serious stuff.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 8:26 AM on April 6


We're definitely a little goofier if we do the podcast later in the day, all other variables nonwithstanding..
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:49 AM on April 6 [1 favorite]


Josher71 and CapnSue on the podcast. BALTIMORE REPRESENT!!!
posted by josher71 at 10:10 AM on April 6 [2 favorites]


I'm only a little bit into it, but as the mother of a person whose pronouns are "they/them," I really liked hearing Josh and Jessamyn using frimble's pronouns so gracefully. I'm a witness all the time to how hard this is for a lot of people, even the most well-intentioned.
posted by Orlop at 3:20 PM on April 6 [2 favorites]


How much goofier will you both get if you ship you each a bottle of scotch?
posted by hippybear at 1:22 PM on April 7


I don't remember what Jess' take on scotch is, other than that I think I'm the most enthusiastically pro-brown-liquor person among MeFi staff past and present. We have done one or two podcasts during which a beer has been consumed; I'm not sure things would improve in terms of Successfully Doing This Particular Podcast if we dug in deeper than that, you'd probably just end up with me going on significantly more long-winded tangents that have nothing to do with MetaFilter. At which point the thing to do is just come to Portland and feed me drinks instead.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:33 PM on April 7


Speaking of misunderstandings and podcasts, I highly recommend the new TAL/Serial product Shit Town.

Might be nice to have a Ask a Former Employee podcast, welcoming Matt and PB back with a podcast full of questions from members for everyone but Cortex. I love you guys, but I'm also a sentimental olde fool and miss those guys. I'd love to catch up. Match that with the delightful Ask a Mod podcast and it could be golden. Of course it's just as possible that it could be one of those dream story, dream cast, dream director projects that turns into Suicide Squad.

I always thought of Fish or Cut Bait had to do with big fish fishing. Sometimes it takes a long time to bring in a big fish, and some fisherman aren't up to it, so cutting the bait isn't just cutting the line and letting the hook and worm sink, but instead a measure of stamina, and an admission that the fish you're battling with wins. But I don't really fish myself and have probably read too much Hemingway.

Claymation butt. Googly eye butt.

Yes, yous guys should start including Fanfare. I've been really enjoying it lately and I think there's fodder there.
posted by Stanczyk at 1:48 PM on April 7


I'm not sure things would improve in terms of Successfully Doing This Particular Podcast if we dug in deeper than that, you'd probably just end up with me going on significantly more long-winded tangents that have nothing to do with MetaFilter.

If you posted a 5-hour podcast of you and jessamyn just rambling on about all manner of things, meandering back and forth between MetaFilter subjects and into the wilderness, I would listen to that.
posted by hippybear at 1:48 PM on April 7


I have a pedantic complaint.

The current podcast song has a lyric about how you will “chat with somebody about the best of the web”. This has exactly the same number of syllables as “chat with each other about the best of the web”. As such, I think that it would be quite correct and polite for you to re-record the song using the latter lyric and then use whichever recording is appropriate based on whether or not there is a guest.

Thank you.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:21 PM on April 7 [2 favorites]


I don't drink much any more for medication-interaction reasons but scotch is definitely my thing and I would happily compete in that arena, yeah. (I can drink, just not too often and not in great quantity. Which, if the scotch is good enough, isn't necessary.)
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 2:33 PM on April 7


I enjoy Josh and Jessamyn talking. That said, I think it would be good to have other current or former MF folks on from time to time.
posted by Chrysostom at 2:36 PM on April 7 [1 favorite]


Going To Maine, does it help if you think that, as the listeners, we're the somebody?

(The real somebody is the friends you meet along the way.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:14 PM on April 7 [2 favorites]


That would be clever, but we’re not really in dialogue in the podcast, so that is technically incorrect.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:42 PM on April 7


That's why they need to get a way to patch phone calls in to the podcast, publicize when they'll be recording, and do a call-in show!
posted by hippybear at 3:53 PM on April 7 [2 favorites]


I am not much of a drinker (and definitely not a scotch drinker) but I would have two (2) beers for a podcast if cortex would edit out the bathroom breaks. Would LOVE to have pb on and talk about the beaming ray of pure sunshine he has become since he moved on from the Meef.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 4:25 PM on April 7 [1 favorite]


That would be clever, but we’re not really in dialogue in the podcast, so that is technically incorrect.

You may not feel like you're in a dialogue, but when I do things like make a dumb 69/"nice" joke in the podcast thread before listening to the podcast and discover that exact kind of joke was discussed, I feel very talked to.

(I also talk back to jessamyn and cortex when I'm listening to the podcast in private...like way more often than I should.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:23 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]


I just sort of stared blankly for a few seconds because I couldn't for the life of me remember what I'd done this weekend; I think my brain was still recovering a bit.
[followed by]
Sorry cortex, but that happens to all of us.


Looks like hippocampus and amygdala weren't pulling their weight for a while there.
posted by ambrosen at 10:55 AM on April 8


This podcast powered the vacuuming and steam-cleaning of the entire apartment, plus quite a bit of toy pick-up. Jessamyn's metadata disappointment was a pretty amusing through-line for the episode! Thanks, podcast crew!

Also, I am running a D&D campaign for some friends (inspired by prize bull octorok's Twitter game), and I, too, used a startup as a central plot force! In our case, it's a secretive startup that makes an orange energy drink that has developed a crazed fandom.
posted by ignignokt at 10:50 AM on April 9


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