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in celebration of Anitanola

I received an incredibly moving package from my secret quonsar Anitanola this past weekend, and I wanted to share its story here. When I opened the box full of beautiful presents wrapped in ribbon, organza, and silvery tissue paper, it also contained a notecard with “read this last” written on its envelope. I set that aside, and instead read the note on top, which you can see here. It reads:
This is lagniappe! I’m downsizing my stashes and this is a share of the notecards. Maybe you’ll write a note or just pass them on or pitch ‘em! Anita
The package contained an amazing variety of handcrafted and locally-made stationery samples, as well as some charming magnets and art beads. Once I had oohed and ahhed over it all, I obediently opened the sealed envelope last. You can see it here: [front] [back], and here is what it said:
Dear [a fiendish thingy], I’m sorry that this was sent late. Sadly, my mother, Anita Cage, who drew your name in the metafilter “secret santa,” passed away on Monday, Dec 1st, after a long illness. She so appreciated her community of online friends, as she was housebound with considerable mobility issues. Even as she was worsening, however, she was concerned that this reach you, and that I “round out” the package with some locally made artcraft magnets. So I send this as she wished, and on her behalf wish you a fond hello and happy holiday season. [Her son]
I was deeply touched that she had made sending these beautiful gifts such a priority under the circumstances, and I emailed her son immediately to tell him so. In our communications, I asked him if he would like for me to post about Anitanola’s passing on metafilter, and he was relieved that I had offered so that he would not have to figure it out himself. He also sent a link to her obituary (found here), for those of you who wish to read it. She lived a long and inspiring life. Given her extraordinary kindness in helping to make my holiday beautiful even as her health was diminishing, I not only wanted to post to let everyone else know about her passing and her generosity, but I wanted to act on the inspiration of her own note to me. I definitely do NOT want to pitch the lovely notecards she sent, and instead I’d like to offer to send them on to any of you who would like to remember her in a tangible way. You can memail me your address, and that way her stash can wend its way around the world to other mefites in Anitanola’s honor. (This offer is open to anyone who wants one, of course, even if you didn’t know her well— I think she would enjoy the idea of these missives going to as many mefites as possible!) I will also be sending this MeTa post to her son at his request, so if you have any stories about her to share, he will see them here. If any of you want to send a message to him directly, let me know and I will be happy to pass it on. Her passion, humor, and wisdom will be missed.
posted by a fiendish thingy at 9:04 AM Dec 9 2014 - 262 comments [151 favorites (33 in the last 7 days)]

A MeFi women's forum?

I know this might have been discussed before, but my searches didn't yield anything; I was just wondering if there is any interest in a women's or women's-interest forum discussion here on Metafilter.
posted by ladybird at 2:56 PM Dec 17 2014 - 197 comments [19 favorites]

MeFi in Randall Munroe's What If?

Ivan Fyodorovich's comment about folklore was mentioned in today's question: "What if I made a lava lamp out of real lava?".
posted by mkb at 7:00 AM Dec 19 2014 - 31 comments [18 favorites]

What are some Spotify Playlists made by Mefis?

Over the last year or so, I have absolutely loved every spotify album made by mefis. It is always a high quality compilation.
posted by bbqturtle at 3:27 PM Dec 12 2014 - 25 comments [53 favorites (11 in the last 7 days)]

A Patrick Swayze Christmas: all day Mystery Science Theater 3000 stream

Every week I put up a post about an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 over on FanFare. In conjunction with that, we've been having group watchings of the episodes online Thursday evenings through a stream syncing site. This year however, Thursday falls on Christmas Day. So instead, we're going to have an all-day marathon stream of MST-related Christmas artifacts.
posted by JHarris at 5:39 AM Dec 22 2014 - 3 comments [11 favorites]

Mefites' Choice 2014 winners, Week Two

It's week two of the December Best Post contest (reminder: please vote for the posts you like mostest via the fantastic flag*, and if you are so inclined, sign up on the Wiki to contribute a prize!) and I'd like to reveal the winners for this week. Coming in at #1 is the exhaustive history of everthing you ever wanted to know about long distance trucking post made by cwest. For his efforts, he gets a transforming flat vase from Eyebrows McGee and I'll personally buy one shirt of the poster's choice from Cotton Bureau.
posted by mathowie at 10:33 AM Dec 15 2014 - 22 comments [9 favorites (8 in the last 7 days)]

Metafilter in the AV Club

JHarris's epic licensed character Christmas specials post made the Onion A.V. Club. It would have been nice if they had mentioned JHarris and not just "Metafilter" but eh.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:42 PM Dec 16 2014 - 20 comments [6 favorites]

Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread!

My dog just started barking at the UPS man, but I wasn't expecting anything. Or was I? Thank you, Matt Haughey, for the t-shirt (and baby gift to come, squee!!)! I spent several work hours contemplating my own quonsar's gift so I was totally thrilled to be quonsed while in the spirit of things! Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread 2014!
posted by aabbbiee at 4:00 PM Nov 14 2014 - 695 comments [51 favorites (5 in the last 7 days)]

Ask The Pony Anything

I've felt uncomfortable for some time with the "AMA (Ask Me Anything)" posts at Reddit becoming such a high-profile 'thing' that they make it too easy to ignore that place's general toxicity. Then this happened and I really wasn't surprised. But I wondered "why does Reddit have a seeming monopoly on the format? Couldn't some other site do something similar, but SMARTER and MORE CIVILIZED? Someplace like... here?" (Wait... don't reject out of hand until you hear details of my proposal)
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:04 PM Dec 19 2014 - 88 comments [5 favorites]

What is your favorite username?

Well, it's December 10th, and you know what that means: it is FAVORITE USERNAME DAY. Share yours below!
posted by Greg Nog at 7:57 AM Dec 10 2014 - 470 comments [22 favorites (3 in the last 7 days)]

MeFi and data leaks?

So after sleeping on it, as far as making this post goes, i'm still really uncomfortable with this as an FPP. Many good points were brought up in thread about how it's basically the fappening with no nudes, rotten fruit from a poison tree, and how the data leak includes a whole bunch of random non-celebrity rank and file workers at sony who are now hosed.
posted by emptythought at 2:23 PM Dec 11 2014 - 144 comments [17 favorites (3 in the last 7 days)]

Protocol and Decorum

So what, if anything is the protocol for calling out advice on AskMe that is destructive, inappropriate, incorrect, or just plain bad?
posted by SinisterPurpose at 10:50 PM Dec 20 2014 - 120 comments [3 favorites]

Talking about rape too much

The deletion reason for this post states that we've had 'a ton' of rape-related posts lately; this would have been the fourth in the last month. I understand that this is a topic which is psychically taxing and can result in threads which require disproportionate levels of mod attention; however, the suggestion that 'we'd really like the site to do other things, too' rubs me the wrong way.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:32 PM Dec 9 2014 - 418 comments [63 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Jingle Rock Bell

AskMefiFollowup: I like to sing Jingle Bell Rock, but using only the words "bell", "rock", and "jingle":

bell rock jingle rock
Bell jingle rock
Rock jingle rock
Bell jingle bell
Rock bell
Jingle
Rock rock bell
Jingle rock, jingle rock
Bell bell bell

Drives my wife nuts. I'd record an MP3 of me doing it if someone could find me a karaoke track.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 10:25 AM PST on December 22

P. S. Tail, Esq, has followed through just in time for Christmas: May I present you with Jingle Rock Bell
posted by quasistoic at 11:39 AM Dec 24 2004 - 71 comments [11 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Another "help me find this thing" post

Pretty sure I originally found this through Metafilter. It was a short documentary on Youtube about 3 girls (high school students?) in the middle east documenting the harassment and threats they received for doing things like going out in public without a head scarf or driving a car. It was mostly just footage the girls filmed themselves.
posted by Librarypt at 12:25 PM Dec 17 2014 - 15 comments [2 favorites]

Thanks Mrs. Pterodactyl!

Octopus the answer to 7-year-old's fidgeting thanks to the nimble fingers of Mrs. Pterodactyl!!
posted by lyssabee at 12:05 PM Oct 21 2014 - 52 comments [172 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

mefi2book

I've created a script that converts a Metafilter thread into a PDF designed for printing in book form, including title page and contributor index. I used lulu.com to print a few and they look pretty good.
posted by gwint at 10:30 AM Dec 8 2014 - 121 comments [102 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

FACT: Cookies baked by the internet taste better than other cookies!

The annual Metafilter Holiday Cookie Swap: signups have begun!
posted by ausdemfenster at 1:21 PM Nov 11 2014 - 132 comments [12 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Mefites' Choice 2014 winners, Week One

It's that special time of year again (reminder: please vote for the posts you like mostest via the favorites button, and if you are so inclined, sign up on the Wiki to contribute a prize!), and the first week of the Mefite's Choice 2014 best posts extravaganza has come to pass, revealing to us that, with or without salad, Metafilter members love a good chuckle, as demonstrated by storybored's #1 winning post "JokeFilter" (What's the one joke you always tell when someone says "Tell me a joke."). In thanks for the all the hilarity, storybored wins anything from the Mefi Mall from me, up to $25*.
posted by taz at 8:29 AM Dec 8 2014 - 28 comments [8 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Intention-reception for non-native speakers

What are the go-to articles or blog posts for explaining that the intentions of the speaker do not trump feelings of the person spoken to?
posted by CtrlAltD at 11:14 AM Dec 14 2014 - 35 comments [5 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

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