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The glamorous life of a wildlife biologist

While following a troop of sooty mangabeys, monkeys found in the forests of Ivory Coast, Boston University primatologist [and MeFi’s own] Erin Kane walked face-first into a tree. Almost instantly, her eye became red, itchy and watery, but she went on following her monkeys. After about half an hour more of discomfort, she got nervous and asked her field assistant to take a look.

He found a tick embedded on the inside of Kane's eyelid.

"Poor Richard," Kane said of the assistant on that 2012 expedition. "He was also the person who squeezed botflies out of my armpit for me because I couldn't get the leverage quite right."

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a day in the life of a wildlife biologist.

posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:20 AM Sep 22 2017 - 44 comments [30 favorites]

The challenges facing today's libraries and librarians

A fifty minute interview with Jessamyn, interviewed by Lauren Sergy. Topics include why Jessamyn went to library school, diversity, employment in the library sector, pay equality, technology, and other aspects of being a contemporary librarian.
posted by Wordshore at 2:52 PM Sep 15 2017 - 10 comments [16 favorites (11 in the last 7 days)]

Fucking Fuck v4.0

Come in. Sit on the couches. Bring a drink if you like. Or a blanket. And your dog. I don't know about you guys but it seems stress has ramped up in the last week or two. Let us let loose our fucks.
posted by yoga at 6:17 AM Sep 21 2017 - 88 comments [5 favorites]

Metatalktail Hour: Fall Follies/Spring Sillies

The seasons are changing, which means I want to talk about what you're up to for the next few months for fall/spring/wet season/dry season/eternal paradise of your tropical island where the seasons don't change!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:24 PM Sep 16 2017 - 115 comments [4 favorites]

Hurricane Maria Check-In Thread

I hate that we have to have another one of these threads. Hurricane Maria has just strengthened to Category 5 and appears to be threatening the Caribbean again, most notably Puerto Rico. Caribbean Meifites, please sound off and I hope you're all okay.
posted by PearlRose at 6:15 PM Sep 18 2017 - 22 comments [3 favorites]

Mexico City earthquake check in thread

Mexico city Mefites, please check in to let us know if you're ok after the earthquake.
posted by dhruva at 9:09 PM Sep 19 2017 - 12 comments [3 favorites]

Metatalktails: Family Filk

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, secretariat wants to know what altered song lyrics people sing, especially to pets or kids.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:35 PM Sep 9 2017 - 149 comments [9 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

We need to have a discussion about racism.

The cultural appropriation thread here went very, very poorly, and I think it highlights a pattern in ways we interact with people of color and talk about issues of race here on Metafilter that create a hostile environment for PoC. I want to bring up some of the tropes we saw in the FPP, and highlight them as specific suggestions as to what I need our community to do and be mindful of going forward, so we don't continue to alienate PoC on this website.
posted by Conspire at 6:33 PM Oct 22 2015 - 678 comments [253 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

15 years of Metafilter (Blue) in graphics

Here is a collection of graphics about the evolution of user engagement (posting, commenting) on the Blue (data from the infodump, 15 June 2015).
posted by elgilito at 12:31 PM Jun 29 2015 - 483 comments [50 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

"That Guy" for the Me Fi

A brief history of the Mefites who did not necessarily want to be That Guy, but dammit...
posted by ominous_paws at 6:14 PM Sep 6 2017 - 75 comments [35 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

No slPressReleases please, a scientist begs you.

Can we not link to university (or corporate) press releases for scientific discoveries. If we must do so, can we especially avoid single links?
posted by lalochezia at 11:03 AM Sep 6 2017 - 28 comments [30 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Mefites' Choice 2013 winners, Final Week

Thanks for your patience as we do all the complicated calculations to determine the week's three winners as well as the month's twenty-one(ish) overall category winners.
posted by jessamyn at 9:57 AM Jan 3 2014 - 56 comments [27 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

So what happened with your Ask?

Did you eat the thing? Did you dump the MF? What did your doctor/lawyer say? Did you get fired? Where did you stay on that vacation and was it what you'd hoped? Did you find those shoes/pants and if so, how were they? Did you figure out what that song/book/movie was? How did your family member take it when you spoke your peace? Did you learn about the thing? Did you find a way to make more friends? Did you lose the weight? What did you do with that money? Which charity got your donation? Did you go into therapy? Was it infected? What did your landlord say? You stopped worrying about that ex, right? What happened with your question on AskMetafilter?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:45 AM Sep 1 2017 - 106 comments [15 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Best Metafilter posts for outsiders?

I have, over the years, tried to convince IRL friends of the awesomeness of metafilter. But getting them interested is daunting- there is so much history and culture here. Any given day the front page posts are good; but if you're not familiar with the site, can seem like just a collection of links with discussion. So what threads/posts/discussions do you use to really show off metafilter to people unfamiliar with it? Are there any standout posts you use time and again to people unfamiliar with metafilter? This isn't the best metafilter posts, exactly, as some of the best posts jusdged by mefites may be too culturally specific to hook someone on the outside looking in.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 12:43 PM Jul 25 2017 - 53 comments [13 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Duolingo Korean club

Duolingo's Korean course was just released for Android and iOS! There was a fair bit of enthusiasm for the Japanese course when nightrecordings made a MeTa about it; can we get a decent showing of MeFi Korean learners?
posted by Panthalassa at 5:50 PM Sep 7 2017 - 21 comments [5 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Recent Ask about jogging shorts for women--possibly asked for pockets?

I read a recent ask that was about jogging leggings, or jogging shorts, or something, possibly requesting pockets, possibly not, but one of the answers linked to a great website with multicolored jogging leggings in three different lengths, and all of them featured pockets.
posted by tzikeh at 4:19 PM Sep 12 2017 - 4 comments [4 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

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