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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 15 at 2:52 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 5:24 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 21 at 6:17 AM
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"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 to MetaTalk on Sep 6 at 6:14 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 18 at 6:15 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 19 at 9:09 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 6 at 11:03 AM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 9 at 5:35 PM
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I come not to praise Caesar but to make some salad dressing

I would like to say something nice about languagehat.
posted by y2karl to MetaTalk on Feb 15, 2007 at 12:43 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 7 at 5:50 PM
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15 years of Metafilter (Blue) in graphics


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] to MetaTalk on Jul 25 at 12:43 PM
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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 to MetaTalk on Sep 1 at 8:45 AM
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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 to MetaTalk on Oct 22, 2015 at 6:33 PM
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Septembers always feel like new beginnings to me from many years of indoctrination in the American school system. I finished unpacking the last few boxes we're unpacking (we're storing a bunch until we're in a permanent house), I got storage bins to fit the closet and I LOVE getting new organizing things!, so I feel like I've accomplished quite a... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 6:09 PM
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I've just submitted my tenure packet, so I will be: holding my breath, all fall at the least. [view]
posted by Dashy to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 6:20 PM
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I got an honest to God grown-up job in my field, with a salary and good insurance and vacation days and everything! I'll be working with a team of people who seem like lovely human beings who will value my input! I get to leave my current trash fire of an employer, which is in danger of being shut down by the state anyway! Seriously though, I'm... [more]
posted by ActionPopulated to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 7:52 PM
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My feeling is, it helps if people read the room a bit, and get a sense of whether we're discussing someone with a complicated or negative legacy, or if it's 99% of MetaFilter mourning Prince and you wanna be the one guy posting "... but his music really sucked! Good riddance," because in that second case you're probably going to get... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Sep 9 at 8:36 PM
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For the first time in a long time I have no real big plans. Our 20th anniversary is October 4th so we're going up to Vermont for a weekend in a couple weeks and then we're going to Canada for Canadian Thanksgiving (Columbus Day weekend in the US). Other than that, no big plans. I'm almost done with my current project, the bass I've been working... [more]
posted by bondcliff to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 6:13 PM
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I'm glad I asked this, I really like this thread!!! UPDATE: while reading the Harrison Ford interview someone FPP'd the other day I was like WAIT MY KIDS CAN BE STAR WARS GUYS and so I proposed it to them this morning. Middle child (who is blond and kinda whiney right now) agreed because he gets to be the protagonist (Luke) and carry a light... [more]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 4:24 PM
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Fall is my favorite season--the brisk weather always makes me feel so energized. And the cooler weather gives me an excuse to spend time in my kitchen on weekends making tons of homemade soups. I make huge batches and then freeze them so I have a big supply of comfort foods available during the week when I'm often too tired to cook but still crave... [more]
posted by bookmammal to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 6:04 PM
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In a fit of insanity I ordered more than 11,000 bulbs for work. This will be in addition to the 9,000 tulips we usually plant. They'll be arriving in late fall and the three of us will be scurrying around planting them at the same time as we install our holiday lighting display. So there will be confusion when we talk about bulbs: light or flower?... [more]
posted by sciencegeek to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 6:25 PM
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Vote #1 quidnunc kid, and I will replace the tired and old "favourite" button with new, highly-innovative MeFi interaction mechanism that will leverage tomorrow's paradigm disruptions today! Instead of "favourites", we'll have "moists", and users will be able to give 100 moists a day to individual comments and posts.... [more]
posted by the quidnunc kid to MetaTalk on Sep 12 at 2:40 PM
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6 more weeks of work in the emergency department, 8 weeks til my masters of public health thesis is due, 12 weeks til baby is due. I will be spending spring in a fugue state working, writing, and eating pizza. But at the end - bonus! Baby! And the promise of more pizza to come 🍕 [view]
posted by supercrayon to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 10:11 PM
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Hi. I've seen donpedro and clearlydemon tweeting, so they're ok. Don't know about the rest. It. Was. Bad. The worst I've ever felt. [view]
posted by Cobalt to MetaTalk on Sep 19 at 10:17 PM
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Thanks, cooker girl. The Red Cross here has an Amazon Wish List, should you care to buy them something, but I'd much prefer people donate money to the Topos, the guys that wriggle into collapsed buildings, at great risk to their own lives, to rescue people. Their Paypal account is donativos@brigada-rescate-topos.org Those guys are amazing. In fact,... [more]
posted by Cobalt to MetaTalk on Sep 20 at 8:45 AM
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Today is my wife's birthday. Last year, on the day after her birthday, her doctor confirmed what the radiologist had told her a few days previously, she had breast cancer. Yesterday, on the day before her birthday, the same doctor scheduled her for a hysterectomy, as all the non-surgical options for her will increase the chances of the cancer... [more]
posted by COD to MetaTalk on Sep 21 at 7:12 AM
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I've no specific plans beyond keeping on doing more of the same sort of thing as before, but I felt like announcing that today is my fifteenth MeFiversary! [view]
posted by misteraitch to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 12:12 AM
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My son started kindergarten a two weeks ago. Last week a cold virus paraded through the family, starting with my girlfriend, moving over into our son, and ending with me. So I missed the last few glorious days of nice weather. Now fall has hit, with gray skies and leaves turning red and yellow and brown. I caught myself today thinking that it was... [more]
posted by Kattullus to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 1:46 PM
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We're in the depths of college application season at our house. We've done it once before (eldest is currently a junior at the University of Rochester) and it's breaking my heart all over again. I really like my kids and it's great that they're moving on and out but it also really really sucks and I wish they had been typical teenagers because my... [more]
posted by cooker girl to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 6:59 PM
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This is my favorite season in the Northern hemisphere; not just because of the colors, but because there's still plenty of daylight, it's not boiling hot (mostly) and not painfully cold (mostly), and there's harvesting of all kinds going on. Over the next few weeks it'll be a collection of harvest festivals, autumn farmers markets and the... [more]
posted by Wordshore to MetaTalk on Sep 16 at 8:14 PM
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real talk tho i never expected to be secretly jewish enough to absolutely 100% consider autumn to be the beginning of a new year but here we are, menacingly waving honey cake at all who disagree [view]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 11:59 AM
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Hi, I'm MGL. You may remember me from such comments as "It's been a crazy few weeks" in which I talk about leaving Asheville and traveling for a year in a truck camper. Well. The first attempt was a failure but! I'm actually doing it starting Friday only not in a truck camper but in this small travel trailer which I will BY GODS learn to... [more]
posted by mygothlaundry to MetaTalk on Sep 17 at 7:31 PM
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Depression is a liar, and I'm glad you exist, Mizu. [view]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit to MetaTalk on Sep 21 at 8:44 PM
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