41: Yet another mention of Diplomacy May 20, 2009 11:10 PM   Subscribe

The 41st podcast was recorded on Monday, May 18th and runs about an hour. It covers the past month of activities on and off the site.

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Headbanging while making a fire

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Keyboard Cat! (make your own)

Wayfarer game (At Play column at GameSetWatch)

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Lost in Space based on this article

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What's the best post you've ever seen on Ask MeFi? (zero answers but 100 favorites)

What are the simple concepts that have most helped you understand the world?

Who is the Dr. Phil for the Dan Savage audience?

Bed sheet etiquette: tucked in or no?

Deleted thread: ever been That Guy at a concert?

Suggestions for weekend-long games? (Diplomacy gets a mention)

Guy tips on shaving your junk

Introduce me to your field of study with an experience

What crimes were committed by Ferris Bueller on his day off? (jezebel's comment quips)
posted by mathowie (staff) to MeFi Podcast at 11:10 PM (35 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm listening to this at a one-person meetup, right now.

posted by Pronoiac at 12:48 AM on May 21, 2009

"Play me off" (like the Keyboard Cat) comes from Vaudeville, when an act would go bad, and the piano player would "play them off."

Just so's y'all know.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:06 AM on May 21, 2009 [2 favorites]

That's "headbanging while making smoke".
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 3:05 AM on May 21, 2009 [2 favorites]

What is up with That Guy...the belligerent one...not the rockin' one?
posted by P.o.B. at 3:50 AM on May 21, 2009

posted by rtha at 5:58 AM on May 21, 2009

I think you did mention The Ferris Crimes last Podcast.
posted by wheelieman at 6:31 AM on May 21, 2009

posted by The Whelk at 7:14 AM on May 21, 2009 [2 favorites]

I lurked for like 4 years. Seriously, for realz. I swear.
posted by The Whelk at 7:40 AM on May 21, 2009

SEO: moving at the speed of douchebags.
posted by boo_radley at 8:01 AM on May 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

Thank you for another shout out, I fuckin' love you guys.
posted by The Straightener at 10:16 AM on May 21, 2009

The B♭ buddha machine is wonderful.
posted by bigmusic at 11:08 AM on May 21, 2009

I would be so delighted if there really were a shirt that said "Out of beta since 1999."
posted by clavicle at 12:06 PM on May 21, 2009

Astro Zombie 2 lurked for a while before he posted, and has gone back to lurking.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:21 PM on May 21, 2009

I would like to be That Guy in This Thread.
posted by the dief at 1:04 PM on May 21, 2009

Is it too late to Save Ferris?
posted by filthy light thief at 5:13 PM on May 21, 2009

My "you're great at counting" line makes no sense since there's no count-in at the beginning, but we had to do it a few times [for sound syncing purposes] to get it right and it was amusing how hard it was for three of us to count to five together.

And yes: Out of Beta Since 1999 is really a great slogan I think.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:14 PM on May 21, 2009

Thanks for mentioning my book!
posted by interrobang at 7:16 PM on May 21, 2009

> I lurked for like 4 years. Seriously, for realz. I swear.

8-9 years here, on and off. If I remember right, Adam Jury, who AFAIK still works on/with/for Shadowrun pointed me here when I was bored on the Dumpshock forums. *raises a cup of swoffee in memoriam*
posted by Decimask at 7:33 PM on May 21, 2009

In my mind the 10th Anniversary meetup is this grand but comfy event where there's a big jam/sing-songy kind of thing with tons of people from Music playing everyone's songs and switching instruments. And it's at some old awesome art-deco kind of theater, probably in Northern California.
In the more-real version of this fantasy, I'd be too nervous and probably stay at the hotel or ditch the meeup and drive through the Santa Cruz mountains trying to find Neil Young's ranch or else I'd show up and drink too much early nervous-beer and get sausage-fingers so I couldn't play guitar and I'd forget all the words.
In the real real-life version we're on vacation in northern Ontario that week and I'll probably check in on my parents' dial-up instead of being able to make it down to Toronto.

And thanks for playing my song.
posted by chococat at 9:28 PM on May 21, 2009

And I thought I was over it, but no, I cannot get enough Keyboard Cat. It just doesn't stop being funny. It's uncanny. My theory is the song is in some key that makes me giggle instantly, like ... the opposite of D minor.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:36 AM on May 22, 2009

Watching even a single Keyboard Cat video is a guarantee that the song will be stuck in your head for at least an our.

The good news: Totally worth it.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:32 AM on May 22, 2009

Wow, Keyboard Cat made my day - thank god for the podcast, I don't understand how I miss so many great FPPs.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:24 AM on May 22, 2009

I lurked for almost one week. It justabout killed me.
posted by msalt at 10:02 AM on May 22, 2009

I've been lurking for... 7 years? Something like that.

I finally got around to signing up, but the urge to just lurk is still strong, ingrained if you will.
posted by selenized at 3:05 PM on May 22, 2009

w/r/t SEO douchebags: I have been doing some web content writing and have to "do" SEO in order to get the site to respond to search right. I think it's widely abused, of course, but pretty much anybody writing a commercial website has to work with the principles of SEO.
posted by Miko at 8:15 AM on May 23, 2009

Same here Miko. I manage a retail site, and there's a lot to keep track of with regard to SEO practices. Like most things on the web, there's (at least) the wrong way of doing it, the right way of doing it, and the ARRRGHYOUDOUCHEBAG way of doing it.

It's especially frustrating when something within your company but outside of your control (hypothetical example, frequency of email marketing) starts toeing the line of that third option.

Not hypothetical. We send, way, way too many emails.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:28 AM on May 23, 2009

posted by cortex (staff) at 9:34 AM on May 23, 2009

Oooh, smallcaps. I like it.

posted by SpiffyRob at 1:18 PM on May 23, 2009 [1 favorite]

Shit, man, I was born lurking.
posted by Pronoiac at 1:18 AM on May 24, 2009


It has directions written right on it. They say clean it before each load. It's a safety thing: It might not have been done after the last load, so you'd have to check it anyway, lest you burn the house down.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:43 PM on May 26, 2009

At the laundromat, where I go with my laundry for date night, they clean the lint traps once per day. This agitates me uneccessarily.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:47 PM on May 26, 2009

"Out of Beta since 1999"++

And the lint trap? Right after the drier is done, while the lint is still warm and fuzzy.
posted by dws at 11:45 PM on May 29, 2009

I did not anticipate the lint-cuddling angle.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:19 AM on May 30, 2009

Thanks for the very kind mention of both Kickstarter and Kind of Bloop. To answer Jessamyn's question, everyone that kicks in money to the Kind of Bloop project before the deadline gets the exclusive updates (and bonus MP3s) and/or a limited-edition CD (depending on how much you put in), since I'm not selling it once the project's over. All the money goes towards CD production costs, artist royalties, and paying the musicians.
posted by waxpancake at 12:17 PM on June 1, 2009

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