August 2009 Archives (all archives)

August 31
Can we please consider deleting this question, on the basis that the poster, however sympathetic her personal situation might be, is asking for advice on something illegal or very potentially illegal?
posted by misha to Etiquette/Policy at 3:13 PM PST - 184 comments

August 30
How to best construct a FPP with varying links? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole to Etiquette/Policy at 3:58 PM PST - 68 comments

Question about creepy old AskMe post [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 to MetaFilter-Related at 1:59 PM PST - 46 comments

Small-town Canadian girl heading to Dallas (Sept 30th - Oct 3) and Chicago (Oct 3-9). Anyone want to meet up in either of those cities? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:49 PM PST - 27 comments

August 29
Jonathan Coulton is coming to St. Louis Sept. 19, and so am I! Wanna meet up? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:21 AM PST - 35 comments

Who's in for an Original Portland™ meet-up with Cortex on September 12th? [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:21 AM PST - 47 comments

August 28
NYC Karaoke 10/07/2009 + cortex. 2nd on 2nd. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:10 PM PST - 204 comments

Workplace Sensitivifilter. I seem to be in disagreement with a large number of people on whether the Japanese "rising sun" flag is inappropriate for the workplace, per a tangentially related ask.meta post. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre to MetaFilter-Related at 4:41 PM PST - 368 comments

Find-that-Question: A while ago there was a question about a website/application that would throw all sorts of cool little radar screens and such up on the screen. I think it ultimately was used to make a background in a news conference? I'm not sure. But can anyone find it? I'm tried searching for all combinations (wha? "combinations" isn't in the FF 3.5 dictionary) of computer, screen, movie, radar, and website. Help :/
posted by niles to MetaFilter-Related at 4:04 PM PST - 8 comments

No-profit labor of love project - Any way to announce and seek help from the MetaFilter community? [more inside]
posted by frwagon to Etiquette/Policy at 2:42 PM PST - 24 comments

Vermont playdate with cortex! [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:28 PM PST - 1 comments [closed]

Any interest in a Burlington, VT, meetup on September 14th when cortex is here? [more inside]
posted by garnetgirl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:27 PM PST - 50 comments

This post indicates high potential for a meetup in the rurburban epicenter of Wawa/Sheetz world. Who's for family hoagies and krimpets in the NoVa/west central MD area?
posted by nj_subgenius to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Folo-up: In 2005 I posted the trailer for a documentary about the legendary SoCal band The Beat Farmers. Due to licensing issues *cough* Letterman clip *cough* the DVD has never been released, despite pleading from fans...until now. Director Jamie Dawson just put the whole thing on YouTube in 9 parts (about 8 mins. each) plus coda. YT Playlist here.
posted by planetkyoto to MetaFilter-Related at 7:06 AM PST - 11 comments

The mantrust derail has taken over the Jaycee Lee Dugard thread. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus to Etiquette/Policy at 5:30 AM PST - 481 comments

Feature idea: group posting SLYT and Flash Friday. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach to Feature Requests at 3:56 AM PST - 32 comments

August 27
Metafilter finally makes a difference. One of the books we contributed to is licensed as a set of toys in Burger King Kids Meals. Congrats Mothershock! Pretty cool but a little weird.
posted by Toekneesan to MetaFilter-Related at 4:54 PM PST - 48 comments

In the discussion on this heartwrenching FPP, paulsc stepped up with a unique perspective on the post and talked about what it's like to care for a family member with schizophrenia. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog to MetaFilter-Related at 4:28 PM PST - 29 comments

Savannah, GA meet up? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

(Non-Portland) Oregon meetup? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

This AskMeFi question has 5 identical answers from 5 different users. Huh?
posted by tiamat to Etiquette/Policy at 1:20 AM PST - 175 comments

Is there any demand for a MeFi Meetup in Eastern Washington? [more inside]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:14 AM PST - 8 comments

August 26
Episode 44 was recorded on August 21st, features recaps from all sections and runs a scant 45 minutes long. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 4:26 PM PST - 83 comments

August 25
Bank Machines owes Metafilter a nod: Just look at this ATM screen design.
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter-Related at 12:40 PM PST - 106 comments

Since this post about Bob Dylan lending his voice to a GPS box was deleted (for a good reason, let's face it), I'm putting this up for all the jokes we're missing about it. [more inside]
posted by crataegus to MetaFilter-Related at 12:13 PM PST - 19 comments [closed]

How is it that I can see this post but click through to a profile on which no posts are listed? (also, user seems to be "signing" his posts with "sscct")
posted by phrontist to Bugs at 1:25 AM PST - 79 comments

August 24
Oi, Chicago! Meetup Time, and I'm throwing a wrench into the Chicago Cabal's great plans. (TINCC) [more inside]
posted by eriko to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:26 PM PST - 92 comments

Maybe I'm doing it wrong with regard to sidebar nominations, but this thread is nothing but amazing and accessible tips on kicking ass at cooking and it is making me exceptionally hungry.
posted by disillusioned to MetaFilter-Related at 4:53 PM PST - 60 comments

I would like to complain about Helena Bonham Carter's flabby ass. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb to Etiquette/Policy at 12:55 PM PST - 298 comments

Projects pony: email notification when project is posted to the blue. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to Feature Requests at 12:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Time Magazine's 50 best Websites of 2009 [more inside]
posted by pearlybob to MetaFilter-Related at 4:34 AM PST - 167 comments

August 23
"I question the very basis of your question/the assumptions behind your question!!" [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim to Etiquette/Policy at 12:08 PM PST - 311 comments

Fuck Yeah Portland Mefites. Now onto the next one! [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:45 AM PST - 23 comments

Will there be more MetaFilter t-shirts available? Specifically, t-shirts in men's lard-ass sizes?
posted by BitterOldPunk to MetaFilter-Related at 8:33 AM PST - 25 comments

August 22
Suggestion:We have a tag cloud - how about a favorites cloud? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic to Feature Requests at 5:56 PM PST - 20 comments

Meet Cortex in Denver meetup 10/6/2009 [more inside]
posted by dr. fresh to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:24 PM PST - 39 comments

August 21
I went to post a reply in this AskMe thread and the 3 most recent comments I saw in Recent Activity seem to have disappeared. They've since also disappeared from Recent Activity. Bug or moderation?
posted by scalefree to Bugs at 3:24 PM PST - 42 comments

Remember the Legend of Koizumi? Well, good news - it's going to be made into an anime. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing to MetaFilter-Related at 11:38 AM PST - 21 comments

Portland: Don't you forget about me(etup) [more inside]
posted by turbodog to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:05 AM PST - 31 comments

Bay Area mefites - let's get the planning started for cortex's 9/29 visit! [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:08 AM PST - 129 comments

Since other cities are already posting meetups, I figured I'd better jump on the bandwagon. Cortex-tastic New Orleans meetup in September! [more inside]
posted by radioamy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:19 AM PST - 45 comments

Triangle NC-Cortex-Meetup GO! [more inside]
posted by leesh to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:00 AM PST - 127 comments

August 20
Does 9/20 Sound like a good time for a DC Meetup to anyone? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:48 PM PST - 150 comments

In a world where... cortex has NEVER BEEN TO LOS ANGELES... until now... anything could happen... even taters. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:02 PM PST - 148 comments

Now that Season 3 of Mad Men has begun, I'm seeking a way to watch it weekly, and it occurred to me that we Tucson MeFites have an especially stylish way to do so.... [more inside]
posted by Tufa to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:26 PM PST - 14 comments

New York Meetup on 9/9
posted by kathrineg to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:17 PM PST - 269 comments

Cortex in Boston! 9/11! [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 4:20 PM PST - 181 comments

Cortex and French Fry are gonna be in Philly! September 18th. Let's eat, drink, and be merry. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:18 PM PST - 86 comments

Meetup junket! I bought one of the last Jetblue All You Can Jet passes (previously on metafilter), and I'm gonna spend the month from September 8th through October 8th flying around, and hopefully meeting up with a crapload of mefites in the process. Help me figure it all out. (NYC, Boston, Portland ME, Vermonsters, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, Raleigh, Vegas, LA, San Francisco, Salt Lake, Chicago, Denver: I'm talking to you!) [wiki page with more information about specific meetups, etc.] [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:29 PM PST - 167 comments


August 19
homunculus has made 1000 high quality posts to the Blue. He has just become the first MeFite besides mathowie to cross into quadruple digits. Quantity aside, his posts are quality.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter-Related at 9:28 PM PST - 101 comments

Is there a way to receive notifications when a new meetup is posted? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga to MetaFilter-Related at 7:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Update: United Breaks Guitars....the saga continues with Song 2.
posted by stray to MetaFilter-Related at 6:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Scrabble, anyone? [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:57 PM PST - 35 comments

L.P. Hatecraft wants to have a discussion. Let's have it here: [more inside]
posted by shmegegge to Etiquette/Policy at 9:15 AM PST - 236 comments

A place to have a nice cup of tea and a chat about this thread's Asian girlfriend fetish.
posted by i_cola to Etiquette/Policy at 9:07 AM PST - 240 comments

August 18
What's up with all the double and triple posts in the comments in the past couple of weeks? [more inside]
posted by hippybear to Bugs at 10:22 PM PST - 73 comments

Pony: Search MeMail? [more inside]
posted by Miko to Feature Requests at 10:06 AM PST - 56 comments

The LA Times has followed up with khateeb88. First, it's good to have him speak publically. Second, Brandon Blatcher scooped the LA Times! Ha! [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea to MetaFilter-Related at 9:51 AM PST - 97 comments

Health Care Reform/ DC meet-up? I'm going to this on Thursday at the DNC. If you're interested maybe we can rendezvous before and/or after.
posted by hellboundforcheddar to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:12 AM PST - 5 comments

August 17
Pony request: proper escaped HTML entity handling in memail. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper to Feature Requests at 11:13 PM PST - 40 comments

So my little snowflake melted *shrugs*. Cortex had cleaned it up. As I said in one of the deleted comments: one of the joys of this site is that difficult or "problematic" themes can often be discusssed without it every time descending into a shitstorm. Signed: confused.
posted by adamvasco to Etiquette/Policy at 1:26 PM PST - 96 comments

My little pony: On the contacts page, can we have links to filter contacts based on the XFN links we've applied to them? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to Feature Requests at 11:43 AM PST - 22 comments

This question is prejudiced and anonymous is a bad person for asking it. [more inside]
posted by and hosted from Uranus to Etiquette/Policy at 10:10 AM PST - 155 comments

Perhaps some people might have missed hearing and/or be interested in hearing that MeFi member Jacquilynne has taken down her blog, The Good, the Bad, and the Etsy, on which she served up the best and worst of Etsy with a generous dollop of hot, sweet snark. The Good, the Bad, and the Etsy was posted to Projects, and subsequently to the front page, and was building a good readership when Jacquilynne decided the fun of posting wasn’t worth having to deal with the death threats(!) from some unhinged Etsy crafters. I still can’t get my head around the fact that anyone would threaten someone’s life for critiquing their crafts, especially when said crafts were ripe for everything that Jacquilynne said about them. Jacquilynne, it’s a shame your blog had to die because some Etsy sellers have a tighter grip on their shears than they do on their sanity, but thankfully, you are still with us.
posted by orange swan to MetaFilter-Related at 8:04 AM PST - 129 comments

Halloween party meetup in Durham, NC--Saturday, Oct 31st, 2009. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:54 AM PST - 27 comments

VeryTinyHorsePlease? After x amount of time of thread inactivity, a MefiMail message sent when someone posts in your AskMe thread. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts to Feature Requests at 6:24 AM PST - 16 comments

PonyFilter: Can the inline YouTube embed please support fullscreen? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned to Feature Requests at 1:22 AM PST - 11 comments

August 16
"[many comments removed - can we try it again without knee jerk mormon and burn victim jokes, please? MetaTalk is your option.]" AARGH! [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 to Etiquette/Policy at 9:17 PM PST - 24 comments [closed]

stupid "popular favorite" question of the day: why can't I "add to favorites" from the popular favorites page? OK talk to you later.
posted by disclaimer to Feature Requests at 11:17 AM PST - 20 comments

I need to know who ended up taking care of beers at ATX 10yr so I can give them the dosh sent to my paypal address. Also... [more inside]
posted by batmonkey to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:07 AM PST - 14 comments

August 15
Cloud Atlas: most recommended book on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson to MetaFilter-Related at 9:40 PM PST - 73 comments

How can I ask better questions? This is my first MetaTalk post, so just let me know if this is the wrong place or if it's somehow out of line. [more inside]
posted by brenton to Etiquette/Policy at 4:05 PM PST - 39 comments

August 14
Is MetaFilter color shifting again? [more inside]
posted by howling fantods to MetaFilter-Related at 1:56 PM PST - 120 comments

August 13
Not really a call out of this AskMe on stocks. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk to Etiquette/Policy at 5:32 PM PST - 57 comments

The Metafilter Infodump is back, and moderately better than ever! Statistics nerds rejoice! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 1:55 PM PST - 506 comments

DragonCon, which may not have the cachet PAX but is still cool, is coming up in Atlanta over Labor Day. Last year, although a number of MeFites said they were attending, I only ran into jpburns. (He was remarkably accommodating of the number of times I stopped by his booth.) Is anyone (who presumably can't make it to PAX) going this year, and if so, would like to meet up?
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter Gatherings at 12:17 PM PST - 49 comments

Under popular favorites why is there "n favorites in the last 24 hours"? Is that of interest to any of you? I'd rather see " n answers in the last 24 hours", so I know whether or not I should revisit a thread.
posted by qsysopr to Feature Requests at 8:40 AM PST - 101 comments

August 12
Can we please stop the "Why hasn't it been deleted?" thread shitting in the penis post. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral to Etiquette/Policy at 10:12 PM PST - 220 comments

OK, at some point during the past eight years, somebody posted a little Metafilter comic strip they'd drawn. I've been trying to find it but google is not behaving. [more inside]
posted by granted to MetaFilter-Related at 9:14 PM PST - 27 comments

Hey, has anyone mentioned that MeFi's Own™ languagehat's book, Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs, and Curses from Around the World, was published in the US this July? [review | review | interview | lh's blog ]
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter-Related at 1:25 PM PST - 95 comments

Mefites going to PAX? (Seattle meetup?) [more inside]
posted by grobstein to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:24 AM PST - 68 comments

August 11
I was experimenting with Google's search suggestions feature when I noticed that it gave some interesting results for "metafilter + [letter]". Since it returns the most popular search terms starting with that phrase, what you get for each letter is an A-Z listing of the most sought-after topics related to Metafilter. So without further ado, I give you... Metafilter A to Z. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi to MetaFilter-Related at 3:33 PM PST - 179 comments

What's up, ninjas? The 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos occurred last weekend, and there are photos and video to prove it. Woop woop.
posted by billysumday to MetaFilter-Related at 8:06 AM PST - 1 comments [closed]

August 10
Request for feature - message export functionality. [more inside]
posted by loquacious to Feature Requests at 11:09 PM PST - 37 comments

How was this post not an editorial? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay to Etiquette/Policy at 4:11 PM PST - 171 comments


I need one of these. For all those meetups that I miss am planning to go to. [more inside]
posted by nax to MetaFilter-Related at 10:02 AM PST - 51 comments

A URL shortening service is closing shop, and though Twitter is seen as a terrible thing by some MeFites, plenty here use it. Echoing an overlooked comment signalnine, could the new static domain be set up as a MetaFilter-only link shortener? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief to Feature Requests at 8:36 AM PST - 113 comments

Mefi's own mike mongo, one of the creators of the 'Andre the Giant has a posse' and 'OBEY' memes , reflects on his experience and critiques the obama/joker montage in this post [more inside]
posted by fizzix to MetaFilter-Related at 7:18 AM PST - 73 comments

August 9
I'm frustrated about this post being deleted! [more inside]
posted by hippybear to Etiquette/Policy at 11:25 AM PST - 93 comments

August 8
Can we add a message field to the gift membership form? [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea to Feature Requests at 7:13 PM PST - 19 comments

It's fantasy football time again! [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:24 AM PST - 16 comments

August 7
MeFiSwap Summer '09 reminder thread — Mailing deadline is Saturday, August 15! [more inside]
posted by carsonb to MetaFilter-Related at 5:45 PM PST - 113 comments

I am calling out kldickson. [more inside]
posted by rtha to Etiquette/Policy at 11:12 AM PST - 800 comments

Kind of a very silly question, but I recall seeing at least one post floating around that describes Anonymous - things such as having a poor sex life, needing a divorce, etc. Can you hope me find this post, hive mind? Mostly for the lulz.
posted by kldickson to MetaFilter-Related at 9:41 AM PST - 30 comments

August 6
Exactly what it says on the tin, memories of the 10th parties. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 11:06 PM PST - 76 comments

I am wondering if people could assist me in locating Ask Metafilter questions along the lines of this and this. I know it's a concept frequently asked about, but evidently the concept's too amorphous for tags to be of help, Related Questions just circularly refer to each other, and I can't find the right Google-fu for this one. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 9:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Minor double update on a big thread and a little thread... [more inside]
posted by unixrat to MetaFilter-Related at 1:43 PM PST - 22 comments

I will be in San Francisco from 9-12 September to take part in SF Shorts. Let's have a meetup! [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:23 AM PST - 65 comments

For sale is a problem? Someone posted a link to something I had posted to Projects. (I had nothing to do with the post, though I did work on the game posted.) That it was removed so bluntly seems weird to me. [more inside]
posted by chasing to Etiquette/Policy at 7:38 AM PST - 60 comments

August 5
This is a callout. I accuse each and every one of you of being awesome. [more inside]
posted by pjern to MetaFilter-Related at 8:01 PM PST - 102 comments

August 4
An update here on this AskMe post about my wife's death. [more inside]
posted by mrbill to MetaFilter-Related at 2:06 PM PST - 235 comments

In honor of the wave of rebrandings including "The Shack", "The Hut" (blog self-link) and "The Nick" (which is not really how it's being rebranded but OP had to make a joke), can we now just call this site "The Filter"? After all, the Internet was long ago shortened to "The Net" and the World Wide Web to "The Web". Right?
...signed, "The Dell" [more inside]
posted by wendell to MetaFilter-Related at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments [closed]

August 3
The FPP about the Webcomic "Multiplex has spawned two tangents -- it seemed time to split the discussions off so they don't derail talk about the strip itself (which I kinda like, so I wanted to save the topic from derails, if I could...). [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter-Related at 6:47 PM PST - 122 comments

Important update to this post. [more inside]
posted by dersins to MetaFilter-Related at 2:32 PM PST - 83 comments

Sadly not from the Onion, but actually from the Sunday Express, whose story appears to be an extreme misrepresentation of the truth, and various blogs who’ve taken that untruth further via internet Chinese whispers. Can we ditch this from the blue or at least add a note to the effect that it is in fact bollocks?
posted by Artw to MetaFilter-Related at 10:28 AM PST - 91 comments

Technical bobbin - when you click on any category in the right-hand bar in AskMe to browse only posts from that category, all the questions in the list have an extra 'at' in them: posted by variousdutchpeople at at 9:08 PM - 58 answers [+] [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy to Bugs at 7:25 AM PST - 45 comments

August 2
Plans for future DC area meet-ups! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:26 PM PST - 93 comments

The first sentence here is the first example of uptalk I've seen in an AskMe question? [more inside]
posted by signal to MetaFilter-Related at 7:08 PM PST - 3 comments [closed]

MeFi's Own jessamyn will be in Providence, Rhode Island tomorrow. 6 pm meetup at AS220.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:30 PM PST - 35 comments

I Married a MeFite! [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk to MetaFilter-Related at 10:48 AM PST - 183 comments

I think it was here that I came across a great webpage listing forum trolling techniques that read like an academic listing of informal logic fallacies. It had things like finding errors in small and irrelevant details, ad-hominem attacks, using provocative and loaded terms, shifting claims, concern trolling etc... I've looked for it several times recently and can't find it. Anybody remember the link?
posted by srboisvert to MetaFilter-Related at 7:12 AM PST - 26 comments