Cue the Queue November 26, 2013 11:33 AM   Subscribe

It's Thanksgiving time in the US. That means the MetaTalk Holiday Queue will be on so MetaFilter mods have a little more time with family and friends.

As we do, MetaTalk posts will be queued over the long holiday weekend instead of posting directly to the site. This gives the moderators a chance to approve the post if necessary when there are other people around to help. If the post can be addressed by directly talking with the poster they might do that too. Have a great weekend.
posted by pb to MetaFilter-Related at 11:33 AM (111 comments total)

i like the word queue it is good for scrabbles
posted by klangklangston at 11:40 AM on November 26, 2013 [7 favorites]


and hangman
posted by Melismata at 11:40 AM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


and braids
posted by heyho at 11:43 AM on November 26, 2013


it has too many letters though
posted by elizardbits at 11:45 AM on November 26, 2013


What, no, it is terrible for Hangman! You guess a couple of vowels and that's the ballgame.

(So excited for family Thanksgiving time! It is mostly arguing about Scrabble and Boggle. We are a family of pedants.)
posted by coppermoss at 11:45 AM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


i like the word queue it is good for scrabbles

I used to play scrabble at dinner every night with an ex. One day he played the word enqueued. Unsure if it was actually a word, I let it go unchallenged due to sheer impressiveness.

Here is a slightly related (in that people see family during holidays and might play scrabble) hilarious thing about scrabble.
posted by phunniemee at 11:45 AM on November 26, 2013


Is this the queue for Gray Friday?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:47 AM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


yay! enjoy your time!
posted by nadawi at 11:49 AM on November 26, 2013


And thanks for Metafilter, and everything the mods do to keep it such a great place!
posted by InfidelZombie at 11:55 AM on November 26, 2013


I like the word queue because it looks like ue lining up behind the Q. So it looks like what it is.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:56 AM on November 26, 2013 [20 favorites]


Q: WHY WAS PEE AFRAID OF QUEUE
A: BECAUSE QUEUE ARSE TEA

The Big Book Of Holiday Humor
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:58 AM on November 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


Knock knock
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:59 AM on November 26, 2013


MOD-HOLIDAY!
posted by rmd1023 at 12:01 PM on November 26, 2013


Queue's there?
posted by coppermoss at 12:01 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Procrastinating Cow
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:01 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Procrastinating is also a good Scrabble word
posted by Namlit at 12:02 PM on November 26, 2013


Actually, queue's here.

[doom doom doom] It's closing in. Argh.
posted by Namlit at 12:03 PM on November 26, 2013


Procrastinating cow who?
posted by coppermoss at 12:03 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Procrastinating cow was a cousin of mine; really, really lazy. His mamma called him ground beef 'cause he was always laying around.
posted by Mooski at 12:08 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


Knock knock

Look, you have keys to the place, don't knock and make me get up from important research.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:11 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Phew, just in under the wire. Somewhat relatedly, did such a change change how posts are made? When I made my most recent MF and AMF posts, I had to add BR tags to make the parapgraps paragraph right.
posted by tilde at 12:26 PM on November 26, 2013


Unrelated as far as I know, tilde. We actually treat interpolated line breaks differently above and below the fold, may be what actually got you; we don't want people throwing in extra whitespace too casually on the front page of either subsite, so if you want a br in there you've gotta really want a br there.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:28 PM on November 26, 2013


But I have IMPORTANT ISSUES to COMPLAIN ABOUT
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:34 PM on November 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


User error, of course! Next time I should try turning my brain off and then on again before lodging a ticket.
posted by tilde at 12:34 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oooh! I know this great knock-knock joke, but you have to start it...
posted by Grither at 12:38 PM on November 26, 2013


Knock-knock, Grither.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:39 PM on November 26, 2013


cortex: "Knock-knock, Grither."

Who's there??
posted by Grither at 12:39 PM on November 26, 2013


Walter White.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:39 PM on November 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


~FIN~
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:40 PM on November 26, 2013 [10 favorites]


Moo
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:43 PM on November 26, 2013 [4 favorites]


POST YOUR THANKSGIVING RECIPES ITT.

NOTE: Don't actually do this.
posted by entropicamericana at 12:45 PM on November 26, 2013


entropicamericana: "POST YOUR THANKSGIVING RECIPES ITT.

NOTE: Don't actually do this.
"

Just one? I was rather partial to the Bob's Burgers one.

"Just kidding! You gotta cook it, you drunk dummy!"
posted by Grither at 12:49 PM on November 26, 2013


I celebrated the queue by going for a long walk in the rain and wearing my brownest, tweediest outfit.
posted by The Whelk at 1:13 PM on November 26, 2013


Well, well, well. Look, queue's here.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 1:14 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Q who?
posted by The Whelk at 1:16 PM on November 26, 2013


Hey put me down for a drunken rant about the Bilderbergs, and also the Winnipeg Jets, around 5:30 EST on Thursday, would you?
posted by Mister_A at 1:16 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Whelk: "I celebrated the queue by going for a long walk in the rain and wearing my brownest, tweediest outfit."

No mean feat that, my tweedy friend.
posted by Mister_A at 1:17 PM on November 26, 2013


POST YOUR THANKSGIVING RECIPES ITT.

First, be smart from the very beginning...
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:21 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


What, no, it is terrible for Hangman! You guess a couple of vowels and that's the ballgame.

Nonsense. You show most people _ _ E _ E and they're going to assume there aren't any more useful vowels in there. For instance, it could be THERE.

My go-to is MATCHSTICK. After that, people refuse to play Hangman with me, and I win twice.
posted by Etrigan at 1:43 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Procrastinating is also a good Scrabble word"

P R O C R A S ?

no'somuch
posted by klangklangston at 1:46 PM on November 26, 2013


Also I am having to go white power for now until my desk gets moved because my boss's boss asked about that "blue site you're always on" during my performance review and they think it's freelance and were not impressed when I said I contribute for free!

but I got a raise anyway

suck it reddit
posted by klangklangston at 1:47 PM on November 26, 2013 [4 favorites]



Also I am having to go white power for now

PHRASING
posted by The Whelk at 1:49 PM on November 26, 2013 [11 favorites]


My Thanksgiving menu is all about the que: Barbeque!
posted by mightshould at 1:51 PM on November 26, 2013


Barbe-cow. Pretty fast-moving thread for all the proqueueinating.
posted by Namlit at 1:52 PM on November 26, 2013


the brownest suit
posted by The Whelk at 1:55 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


One place I haven't noticed a queue: Shaw's.

Are Bostonians better at shopping ahead for the holidays or do we simply refuse to observe any holiday that does not involve the Red Sox? Alternately, given the 24hr nature of this particular Shaw's, is every jerk in the South End/Back Bay going to be in there at 11PM tomorrow?

(Not this jerk. I ordered precooked dinner from Whole Foods. Tired pregnant lady ain't got time for no turkeys.)
posted by sonika at 1:58 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


sonika: have you read the articles about Shaw's lately? They're in trouble, and therefore jacking up their prices. And, therefore, people aren't shopping there anymore. Don't quite get the whole thing, actually.
posted by Melismata at 2:29 PM on November 26, 2013


I'm going to start a fight in this queue for the last callout of 2013. I PROMISED IT TO MY BABIES AND GHOSTRIDE DOESN'T BREAK A PROMISE.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 3:08 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


sonika: I don't know about Back Bay area, but out in the more suburban areas, things get kinda crazy. There'll be cops on detail at many of the whole foods and trader joe's to rein in the crazy traffic and queues tomorrow. (I used to drive near one of the whole foods out in Newton-ish on my drive home. I learned to avoid it right around Thanksgiving.)
posted by rmd1023 at 3:10 PM on November 26, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I made pumpkin bread and orange cranberry sauce today and it smells heavenly in here. May you all Mods and Mefi's have a peaceful and non-fighty Thanksgiving with lots of food and friends and extra gravy.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 3:11 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


whelk that is a very sassy sweatervest

are you perhaps contemplating a little light holiday cannibalism
posted by elizardbits at 3:22 PM on November 26, 2013


But family is so very filling.
posted by The Whelk at 3:36 PM on November 26, 2013


People keep talking about their barbecue and their pumpkin bread in this thread and I keep checking their profiles for locations, like I'm just going to invite myself over for leftovers if they turn out to be local.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:42 PM on November 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


I made two loaves.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 3:56 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


You know "Cull The Queue?" has the same porosity as "Eat The Rude."

So maybe you can post whatever you want, but if it starts a fight or is in bad faith you might up being tacos.
posted by The Whelk at 4:15 PM on November 26, 2013


Oh, I know Shaw's is awful, I just also know that they're the only supermarket (other than Whole Paycheck - no cheaper) within walking distance.
posted by sonika at 4:20 PM on November 26, 2013


SILENCED ALL MY...look, pie!
posted by arcticseal at 4:41 PM on November 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


This comment kills kittens.
posted by planetesimal at 5:21 PM on November 26, 2013


This fascist kills machines.
posted by The Whelk at 5:23 PM on November 26, 2013


Eating meat is murder. Thanksgiving is turkey genocide. Why do you keep deleting my FPP that just links to hell march with the text TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS TURKEYKILLERS.

Seriously though, tofurky is pretty good, give it a shot.
posted by Drinky Die at 5:41 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I cannot eat tofu in good conscience because of the many voles and other small animals that are killed by rodenticides, mowing, and other such means used by soybeans farmers. Where many see a plate of appetizing tofu, I can only see a rodent massacre. :-(
posted by Tanizaki at 6:02 PM on November 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


soy is primarily used as an animal feed. :)
posted by Drinky Die at 6:05 PM on November 26, 2013


And indeed there will be pie.
posted by coppermoss at 6:21 PM on November 26, 2013


Sorry, no pie.
posted by oneswellfoop at 6:25 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


tofurky is pretty good, give it a shot

There are roughly three billion better seasonal and traditional vegetarian/vegan dishes than Tofurky. Serious, no one should have Tofurky, it is a hair shirt abomination.
posted by The Whelk at 6:26 PM on November 26, 2013 [3 favorites]


My thanksgiving recipe: 1. Stand in queue. 2. Shuffle towards buffet. 3. Place food on plate in various heaping quantities, being sure to keep the cranberries and yams at opposite side of plate. 4. Sit at bench table with kindred souls, converse in convivial manner and consume contents of plate.

There is no number 5.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:32 PM on November 26, 2013


There are roughly three billion better seasonal and traditional vegetarian/vegan dishes than Tofurky. Serious, no one should have Tofurky, it is a hair shirt abomination.

There are plenty of great vegetarian thanksgiving dishes, but not as many that are good turkey substitutes. This isn't like trying to recreate steak or bacon, it's a bland generic meat to begin with. There is a reason people mostly only eat it once a year.
posted by Drinky Die at 6:40 PM on November 26, 2013


Sweet and sour brisket is being served at Chez Apollonia this year. But yes to pie!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 7:13 PM on November 26, 2013


No one should recreate turkey cause turkey is bland and terrible there I said it.
posted by The Whelk at 7:23 PM on November 26, 2013


We're having Celebration Roast again this year. No pretense of being turkey, just tasty. (Still trying to find a favorite vegan gravy recipe.)

And after last year's cranberry shortage, I am so pleased to have a package of them in the fridge. Cheek-twisting relish, here I come.
posted by Lexica at 7:31 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


No one should recreate turkey cause turkey is bland and terrible there I said it.

Yes, but TRADITION.
posted by Drinky Die at 7:32 PM on November 26, 2013


"Seriously though, tofurky is pretty good, give it a shot."

Ugh, no. Vegetarian all my life and it's like eating a caulk tube stuffed with hair. Guests brought it once and we had to eat some of it to seem polite.
posted by klangklangston at 8:13 PM on November 26, 2013


Tofurky is a hoax, but not as blatant a scam as kombucha.
posted by planetesimal at 8:15 PM on November 26, 2013


"So excited for family Thanksgiving time! It is mostly arguing about Scrabble and Boggle. We are a family of pedants."

I come from a family of pendants, so we spend the holidays just hanging around.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:50 PM on November 26, 2013 [5 favorites]


Guests brought it once and we had to eat some of it to seem polite.

Donald Dasher: We rarely eat any form of noodle. But I'll take a small portion to be polite, with cheese, please.
posted by wallabear at 9:15 PM on November 26, 2013


So does this make John DeLancie the first Star Trek Celebrity to be a guest moderator here?
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:37 PM on November 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


the brownest suit

if I was an Animorph I would steal your form, The Whelk.
posted by NoraReed at 10:17 PM on November 26, 2013


I tried to add something to make that slightly less unnerving about how there's a lot of forms I would probably steal, for variety, along with necessary wardrobes, but honestly it's not getting any better
posted by NoraReed at 10:23 PM on November 26, 2013


Enjoy your hard earned respite, my mod friends! And Happy Thanksgiving to all the mods in the USA. And happy whatever else you want to call it to all the non-USA mods.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 11:02 PM on November 26, 2013


I'm doing Cornish game hens instead of turkey because I looked at a turkey and it just looked like poultry on Hard Mode and I don't need that in my life. Cornish game hens, on the other hand, are both adorable and delicious and you can spatchcock them which is really just an excuse to use the word "spatchcock".

(If Mefites in/visiting Phoenix want a hot meal and/or to escape the relatives for a time, everyone's welcome at Friendsgiving. Memail me.)
posted by WidgetAlley at 11:22 PM on November 26, 2013


I'm going to post a quick reminder/notice to everyone about our plans to watch the Turkey Day streaming Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode together on Chat. It's not a huge deal really, but as with all horrible movie watching, more people makes it more entertaining/barely standable.
posted by JHarris at 12:21 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Happy Thanksgiving, USA Mefites and especially mods!

And happy whatever else you want to call it to all the non-USA mods.
We call it Thursday, the 28th of November.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:04 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Just once, I would like Marie Mon Dieu to describe something she baked or cooked that doesn't sound delicious.
posted by Area Man at 4:46 AM on November 27, 2013


They're in trouble, and therefore jacking up their prices. And, therefore, people aren't shopping there anymore.

I live in a part of the world where the only non-farm stand supermarket for over 20 miles is Shaw's. They are okay, they hire all the local kids and were very accommodating their transgendered employee which I always gave them props for. If you go after 8 pm (they close at 9) you have the place to yourself. The local newspaper did a price comparison between it and the other "local" supermarkets (one of which is in another state) and determined that yes, their prices are actually the highest around. But now I'm in a part of New England (South Coast of MA) where the local foofy supermarket is owned by my deceased father's ex-wife's new (jerk) husband so even though it's a cornucopia of food delights and has more Vermont apples than any place near me, I always go there with a bit of a scowl.

This year is the video games and movies and very-little-cooking (and Scrabble) holiday I've been desiring for decades. Wish me luck.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:30 AM on November 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


Seriously though, tofurky is pretty good, give it a shot.

There will be tofurky tomorrow as my sister and nephew are veggies but I'm not going anywhere near it.
posted by octothorpe at 7:58 AM on November 27, 2013


it's a bland generic meat to begin with. There is a reason people mostly only eat it once a year.

1. if turkey is bland and generic, you're doing it wrong
2. turkey is a pretty popular sandwich meat, as I understand it
posted by Tanizaki at 9:12 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


and you can spatchcock them which is really just an excuse to use the word "spatchcock".

We're planning on spatchcocking the turkey this year.

And pies. 5 pies for 6 adults and 4 kids. (Two pumpkin, one pecan, one chocolate pecan, and one cranberry-rhubarb. And a berry pie tonight for our pre-thanksgiving dinner with friends. Today I go home and make 8 pie crusts.)
posted by leahwrenn at 9:46 AM on November 27, 2013


I highly recommend that you refrain from spatchcocking your pies.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:55 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's what the after party is for.
posted by planetesimal at 9:59 AM on November 27, 2013


Shit, if this gonna be that kinda party, I'm gonna stick my---

NO CARRIER
posted by entropicamericana at 10:03 AM on November 27, 2013


Man, I had no idea Tofurky was so widely loathed! It is one of my favorite foods. Total junk, yes, but I only eat it on Thanksgiving, so all is forgiven.

Eating like five slices of Tofurky that has been roasted with rosemary and dark beer, nestled in a pile of roasted garlic mashed potatoes and slathered in rich, savory gravy, accompanied by crispy brussels sprouts and shiitake mushrooms, to be followed by one or more slices of pumpkin pie (use coconut milk instead of soy for total omgz)? I wait all year for this series of events, and am thrilled that it is imminent.

May the protein-based centerpiece of your choice fill your tums with nourishing delight and your refrigerators with leftovers to be consumed in sandwich format for days to come. Mods and MeFi, have a wonderful holiday.
posted by divined by radio at 11:01 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


More like the changing of the Royal Bongwater.
posted by planetesimal at 11:41 AM on November 27, 2013


"Procrastinating is also a good Scrabble word"

P R O C R A S ?

no'somuch


P r o c R a s T I N A t i n G

Letters already on the board, spelling "roc," "as," and "tin" in lowercase, and played letters in uppercase. Do it along an edge and you hit three triple-word scores for a *27 multiplier plus a bingo, 617 points (more if you make some crossing words in the process).
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 12:09 PM on November 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


"Man, I had no idea Tofurky was so widely loathed! It is one of my favorite foods. Total junk, yes, but I only eat it on Thanksgiving, so all is forgiven."

The texture is horrible, though I suppose I can understand it under the rubric of tradition, and also that vegan stuff is harder to come by than vegetarian. It's just so rubbery though. Every year, we do a couple huge quiches (usually broccoli onion with farm eggs and aged cheddars, though I'm more a smoked gouda fan when I make them), along with the terribly-named "veggie nut loaf," that's brilliant afterwards as sandwiches. Definitely mashed potatoes, and though I'm not much of a gravy fan I can see how it would be a vegan replacement for the fat of butter that should permeate the potatoes.

If I was doing a soy protein, I'd probably do some sort of long marinade on frozen (thawed) tofu, more make homemade seitan sausages. But that's not usually a Thanksgiving thing for us.

There will, however, be pie. Lots and lots of pie.
posted by klangklangston at 12:13 PM on November 27, 2013


Thanks devilsADVOcatE , I lacked the energy to explain (also: cat already on the board, albeit in lowercase)
posted by Namlit at 12:28 PM on November 27, 2013


I like the word queue because it looks like ue lining up behind the Q. So it looks like what it is.

Oh, wow!
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:23 PM on November 27, 2013


When is the Airing of Grievances?
posted by Justinian at 3:43 PM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is MetaTalk--so, uh, always.
posted by entropicamericana at 3:54 PM on November 27, 2013


Frankly, though, some of those grievances need to be washed before they're aired.
posted by languagehat at 5:15 PM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


i am still not done airing grievances from like 1988 so i need to do it year round in order to catch up
posted by elizardbits at 5:52 PM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: really just an excuse to use the word "spatchcock"
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:54 PM on November 27, 2013


Hey, Happy Thanksgiving everyone*!

* - who may be celebrating it or otherwise participating in the typically American holiday. Offer not valid in Canada, Mexico, Europe apparently, or the rest of the world either for that matter. Happy Hanukkah if your faith and/or your friends or members of your extended family observe the same.
posted by Curious Artificer at 7:41 AM on November 28, 2013


Offer not valid in Canada

That offer expired 45 days ago! Or, alternatively, you have only another 319 days to wait for the 2014 version.

(Seriously though I was like 20 when I realized that Canadians also celebrated a Thanksgiving holiday. Whoops.)
posted by andrewesque at 8:52 AM on November 28, 2013


Isn't Shaw's where we meet for fistfights?

NUDE is a surprisingly good word for Hangman.
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:11 PM on November 28, 2013


happy belated thanksgiving........well good thing our daughter had invited us to her place.....Monday my hubby called me at work to inform me our apartment building was on fire.....very long story short, most of our belongings tossed in bags and boxes and flung into a new place, I am still surrouned in domestic chaos but very blessed I still have stuff, period. Found out my friends are incredible to boot. Thankful!
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:58 AM on November 29, 2013


ps. IF YOU DONT HAVE RENTERS INSURANCE YOU NEED TO RECTIFY THAT IMMDIATELY.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 5:02 AM on November 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry, and glad you're all okay.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:55 PM on November 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Indeed!
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:18 PM on November 29, 2013


Glad you're all OK and hope you get everything sorted quickly.
posted by arcticseal at 9:37 PM on November 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


I feel like this must be the weirdest week to deal with Americans for non-Americans, since the Fourth of July is just one day but Thanksgiving interrupts an entire week of worldwide travel and like five days of business and commerce. It must be bemusing to be at your office in Amsterdam and for no reason at all you can't reach anyone in the New York office for five solid days, every year. Sort of like a snow day, or finals week, when things are sort-of running, but sort-of not.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:37 PM on November 30, 2013


Also Americans abroad on Independence Day are like, woo! Have a burger! But Americans abroad on Thanksgiving are like SHIT JUST GOT REAL WHERE IN THIS COUNTRY CAN I BUY BOTH A TURKEY AND AN OVEN LARGE ENOUGH TO ROAST A TURKEY AND PS LEARN TO PLAY FOOTBALL BY THURSDAY AND PPS I HAD MY MOM INTERNATIONALLY SHIP ME A 20# BOX OF CRANBERRY SAUCE CANS SO I CAN HAVE THE SAUCE WITH THE LINES.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:42 PM on November 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


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