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Thanks, MeFi

I just wanted to thank MetaFilter for expanding my view of feminism and helping me become more of a feminist myself, inspired by this thread.
posted by hepta at 10:34 AM Jan 22 2015 - 97 comments [96 favorites]

Metafilter TMBG Flood Tribute Album

After months of joyful toil under the expert and unflagging stewardship of Faint of Butt, I am proud to announce that the Metafilter Flood Tribute Album is now complete, just in time for the mid-January 25th anniversary of the release of They Might Be Giants' now classic record.
posted by umbú at 12:36 PM Jan 17 2015 - 80 comments [82 favorites (30 in the last 7 days)]

MeFi advice on buying glasses

Several years ago, I remember there was some discussion on MeFi about some places to buy eyeglasses on the web at extremely low prices - like, $20 for a complete set with frames and lenses and everything. I'm looking for an update on these sources.
posted by jbickers at 5:54 PM Jan 24 2015 - 34 comments [19 favorites]

We Can Do Better Than Bad Science Journalism By A Weasel

There are lots of articles like this one posted to Metafilter where journalists try to aggregate scientific research and end up screwing up the conclusions. But this one is by Johann Hari, who is a deeply malicious falsifier. He's the British Jayson Blair or Stephen Glass. Normally I think we should evaluate articles without regard to their author, and indeed this article is being ably dismantled in the thread. But here we have a very smart person who has often bent his intelligence to unethical and self-serving ends. What's more, he's now doing the "overblown science reporting" thing that is harder to catch because we want it to be true. Let's stick with the actual neuroscientists on this topic, like Carl Hart.
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:10 AM Jan 22 2015 - 79 comments [11 favorites]

Please tell someone to remember to tell MetaFilter when you die

This MeTa is inspired by a conversation in the chat room in which we realized that despite our wishes to know when other members of the community died, most of us didn't yet have a plan in place to ensure that our fellow MeFites would be notified of our own deaths. I've since told my husband how to find the Contact Form, and if he forgets I have a few MeFites as FB friends (he won't forget to update my FB, at least) -- what's YOUR plan to get your dots?
posted by Jacqueline at 9:04 PM Jan 22 2015 - 119 comments [8 favorites]

Are product catalog pages now "best of the web"?

Am I missing something, or is this post -- literally a link to two product catalog pages for bread and to their parent bakery -- now considered good enough to be FPP material?
posted by shivohum at 5:09 PM Jan 23 2015 - 323 comments [6 favorites]

Can we talk about the dumb show I like?

I am interested in writing about a show on FanFare. Now what?
posted by kat518 at 10:46 AM Jan 23 2015 - 32 comments [5 favorites]

🙈 🙉 🙊💩

🐘💦
posted by leotrotsky at 11:10 AM Jan 25 2015 - 107 comments [5 favorites]

Another thing Metafilter doesn't do well

Metafilter has a problem with anti-Semitism. That is, Metafilter has a structural problem that leads the moderators to silence discussions of and references to anti-Semitism, even when they are fundamentally relevant. As a consequence of this, its users (including myself) are forced into self-censorship: we are forced to either ignore attacks on Jews, or pretend that we can meaningfully discuss those attacks without referring to the motives of the attackers. The recent events in France make me feel that I cannot remain silent while engaging honestly with this website.
posted by Joe in Australia at 9:13 AM Jan 13 2015 - 748 comments [38 favorites (4 in the last 7 days)]

A new Diplomacy game is about to begin ...

There's been too much real-life nastiness on this site in the past day or so. So I am proposing some make-believe nastiness instead: A new game of MeFi Diplomacy is now open for entrants.
posted by jbickers at 10:51 AM Jan 16 2015 - 92 comments [16 favorites (3 in the last 7 days)]

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 - 282 comments [173 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Achievements Galore!

Per Rotato Ad Astra! MefightClub's 2014 annual charity donation drive has come to an end for another year [2013][2012][2011][2010], and I'm proud to announce we've collected US$4300 for Child's Play and charity:water.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:36 PM Jan 15 2015 - 9 comments [15 favorites (2 in the last 7 days)]

Perhaps a deletion was not the best solution in this case.

The deletion of this question troubles me.
posted by prefpara at 9:57 AM Jan 25 2015 - 140 comments [2 favorites]

Bring to Our Attention 2014's Best Underloved Comments

Most-favorited comments get highlighted throughout the year. Now it's time for their wonderful but overlooked cousins to shine. Which terrific comments made by fellow MeFites in 2014 deserve a little more attention? This is the place to share your own Best Of.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:07 PM Jan 3 2015 - 135 comments [26 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

MeFi Labs updates for 2014

As we pass into 2015, we've created year-in-review summary pages in the Labs area for the MeFi Stats 2014 and Popular Amazon Links in 2014.
posted by mathowie at 11:24 AM Jan 1 2015 - 30 comments [17 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

"Would you like to go on a date with me?"

Just something I've always noticed on askme threads about pursuing a romantic interest - everyone's advocating the use of the word 'date,' and it somewhat surprises me.
posted by namesarehard at 1:15 PM Feb 13 2014 - 450 comments [14 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

What do you write your draft posts in?

Having a discussion on Twitter and I thought I could get some more answers from the community about what you use to draft your fpps in. Ideally looking for freebies I can download. Also somewhat interested in how people work, although this is just for curiosity's sake, and not really a problem to solve. (Particularly interested in 'heavy hitters' like filthy light thief, flex, the man of twists and turns, Rhaomi, etc.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:05 AM Jan 13 2015 - 47 comments [13 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Orange swan sure knows how to craft a post!

I come in praise of orange swan and her many craft-related posts. They are wittily put together and loaded with tons of great links, especially those that recycle old things into amazing new ones. Thank you, orange swan!
posted by Lynsey at 7:38 PM Oct 19 2008 - 29 comments [12 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Mefites' Choice 2014 winners, Week Three

It's week three of the December Best Post contest (reminder: please vote for the posts you like most via the fantastic flag, and if you are so inclined, sign up on the Wiki to contribute a prize!) and I've got the winners for the week. The top post for the week is Rhaomi's comprehensive salute to Stephen Colbert. For the prize, Rhaomi can pick out anything from the Mefi Mall up to $25 from me.
posted by restless_nomad at 12:35 PM Dec 22 2014 - 17 comments [4 favorites (1 in the last 7 days)]

Feature request: add "Add to Favorites" on the /favorited page.

Hello! I have clumsy fingers and clicking the plus sign to "add to favorites" often leads me to the /favorited page for that post, because I miss. It'd be neat if the option to "Add to favorites" appeared on that page, so that I wouldn't have to go back to the original post/moment and try again (often missing again). Thanks for your consideration.
posted by disclaimer at 2:52 PM Jan 19 2015 - 12 comments [1 favorite]

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