96: The Great Flip-Offening
 transcript  September 5, 2014 3:31 PM   Subscribe

Episode 96 of the podcast runs an hour and forty five minutes and was recorded yesterday, Thursday September 4th. We recap the past month of all things MetaFilter and end it with a task to make one member very happy on his birthday.

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Tonight in DC by tmcw

Predicting Game of Thrones by Eyebrows McGee (posted to MeFi)

cortex's game list: Dragondot 2 by NMcCoy, Hextris by dreyfusfinucane, 776 - 778 - 780 by hellojed

Speaker of the House by OverlappingElvis (like Derek draws Derek)

Name that Student: flashcard ID game for teachers by A.Marin

Every Curd tweeting a different cheese every day by moonmilk

This is What Anne Frank's Arrest Looked Like by mynameisluka

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They Ate What? x-ray of pets competition.

A computer learns to cheat at QWOP (Gil Thorp)

LearnedLeague, the coolest trivia league you can't join (also posted to MetaTalk)

Visual microphone: recovery of sound from reflections in a chip bag wrapper

36 seconds of the Times Square NYC Guitar Center "I don't want to defend Guitar Center wankers, yet somehow I find myself wanting to point out that, at a music store, you're not there to play a song and show that you're a real musician. You are there to test equipment."

BKS lyengar, a founder of modern yoga passed away

Two fish playing Street Fighter II on Twitch

A day in the life of a achondroplastic dwarf in NYC

Kittens Game (clicker)

(Ferguson threads that will kill the server if I link them here)

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Can anyone smell saltwater vs. sugar water? and Smells that no longer exist? (smells that are disappearing)

I'm a boring person that needs boring music to soundtrack my life (Buddha Machine)

What features would you want in your perfect dream house?

Help me identify this 30 year old obscure song?

Why am I getting so many AirBnB cancellations from hosts? (success!)

How do you make a hackerspace more female friendly?

Ancient update: Feynman's lectures are online, years later

What games can I play with another player in between our big D&D group games?

MetaTalk Posts
pjern goes on a New England roadtrip

Chicago's insane month of meetups

TODO for everyone: For ColdChef's birthday, take a photo of you flipping off the camera, then send your flip-off photos to @GJCharlet before September 12!

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The Phone Calls - Lucky Dave by dagosto
posted by mathowie (staff) to MeFi Podcast at 3:31 PM (57 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Tou-chab-le also rhymes with...

I have witnessed fist fights in a Bristol bar about the pronounciation
posted by Wordshore at 3:49 PM on September 5, 2014

Rude gestures may also be sent to coldchef at gmail dot com. I feel like the luckiest boy in the world.
posted by ColdChef at 3:59 PM on September 5, 2014 [13 favorites]

ColdChef: Be glad mathowie didn't put out a call for dickpics.
posted by pjern at 4:02 PM on September 5, 2014 [6 favorites]

It's never too late, pjern.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:10 PM on September 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

No Mom, I wasn't giving you the finger!
I was giving ColdChef the finger.
Never mind, I'll just go to my room.
posted by arcticseal at 6:10 PM on September 5, 2014 [5 favorites]

I don't get it, but if it'll make you happy, happy birthday, ColdChef.

It was moderately less crazy-eyed-looking on my phone.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:58 PM on September 5, 2014 [3 favorites]

Rude gesture is being aimed at your gmail, ColdChef.
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:15 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

I can't believe I made the podcast! Thanks for liking my app!

And yeah, Jessamyn, App Inventor is pretty awesome. I've never programmed anything before and was able to do this. I'm guessing your more code-immersed than I am, so you could definitely make an app with this.

On the topic of getting pictures of students, I have 150+ students in a class and just pass the device around while I'm teaching the first class and tell students to please take a selfie and enter their names if they're comfortable doing so. I wasn't sure how it would go over, but just about everyone does,. Students who are late even come down after class or the next class to add themselves. I think they're pretty eager to feel like their profs know their names.
posted by A.Marin at 8:34 PM on September 5, 2014 [4 favorites]

Matt, there was a story on opb the other day about an online vinyl store/merged reseller database startup thing. Discogs, I think. Based in Pdx, even.
posted by janell at 9:03 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

Music geek pedantry: they're called "record players," not "vinyl players," and it is possible to get very good at identifying specific tracks, if you want to play a specific track. And Amazon actually sells a surprising amount of vinyl. Indie labels sell vinyl albums (mind you, not 180 gram heavy vinyl) for less than $20, and singles are sometimes a few bucks, which is pretty sweet.

janell, here's the OPB story on Discogs first in-person record sale. (Discogs started as an effort to catalog electronic/dance records, then expanded to cover hip-hop, then rock and jazz, and slowly went from there to where it is today. I forget when sales were included in the site, but that wasn't the original goal of the site. [If you want to be regaled/overwhelmed by Discogs history, just ask - it was my obsession before MetaFilter.)
posted by filthy light thief at 9:08 PM on September 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

[Wow, I sound like a real grump in my prior comment - my apologies, I meant to be slightly humorous and informative, not a jerk of a know-it-all.]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:14 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]

"Super chilling. Super UEUGHHHHHHHHHHH."

I'm so honored!!!!!

(And holy shit, that article was hard to write. I felt like it had to be done, though. I actually pitched to The Guardian and they said no, but mental_floss has been surprisingly/awesomely open to well-researched, in-depth history stuff and I've done a few more pieces for them since. None with numbers in the title.)
posted by mynameisluka at 11:34 PM on September 5, 2014 [2 favorites]

Garlic deserves most of the praise for MoMu-- and yes, it IS now an actual thing, thank you very much! And it wasn't all boozy, for the record: shockingly, most of our events weren't even in a bar!

That said, my liver is flattered to have been mentioned in the podcast, thanks.
posted by eamondaly at 11:49 PM on September 5, 2014 [7 favorites]

If you want to be regaled/overwhelmed by Discogs history, just ask

Front page post?
posted by MartinWisse at 1:17 AM on September 6, 2014

Finished the podcast this morning, which included another games review. I love it when the podcasts do one, this months being Kitten Clicker that starts at at 1:02:18. Cue lots of frantic clicking noises, Matt complaining that his fingers hurt already, and Jessamyn's observations which form a neatly concise clicker game summary:

This is a game?!!

I got wood!

Advanced catnip technology?!

I'm going to be able to make a hut soon!

Are there any pictures in it?

So this is good because it's confusing?!!

posted by Wordshore at 2:22 AM on September 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

A. Marin, that's genius. Any chance of an iOS port?
posted by anotherpanacea at 4:17 AM on September 6, 2014

I'm guessing you're more code-immersed than I am

Not really, and I don't even have an Android-platform phone, but maybe I should get one. This is one of the first things that has made me lean in that direction....
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:01 AM on September 6, 2014

If you want to be regaled/overwhelmed by Discogs history, just ask

Front page post?

As one of the overly picky moderators who was trying to stay on top the ever-growing queue of submissions, I remember a lot of inside baseball stuff about gripes about the site, the moderators, and the guy who ran the site by himself (teo), who tended to make bold decisions in a vacuum, much to the chagrin of the volunteer moderators and international userbase. I'll see if I can put together something that isn't just weird minutae of managing a database of user submissions.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:32 AM on September 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

Can you also put that latter thing together for under the fold?
posted by griphus at 7:48 AM on September 6, 2014

anotherpanacea : Everyone who sees this is asking me about an iOS version. Unfortunately, I'm not a programmer and I have no budget to hire one. There don't seem to be any tools like App Inventor for iOS. I would have to learn an actual programming language, which I don't have time to do. So, basically, I would love to make an iOS version, but Apple forbids the tools and I lack the programming knowledge to do it tool-less.
posted by A.Marin at 9:08 AM on September 6, 2014

Yay, my second incremental FPP to make the podcast!
posted by oceanjesse at 10:03 AM on September 6, 2014

My mum will be so ashamed. Happy Birthday, ColdChef!
posted by arcticseal at 10:25 AM on September 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

Any chance of an iOS port?

Names to Faces looks similar. Tops the list when you search for "remember names."
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:25 AM on September 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Coldchef
posted by adamvasco at 1:13 PM on September 6, 2014 [3 favorites]

they're called "record players," not "vinyl players,"

We call it a vinyl-to-air wave convertor.

Yes, we're geeks. Why did you ask?
posted by hippybear at 1:38 PM on September 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

Wait, what am I supposed to send to ColdChef? I have both photos of me flipping off the camera AND dickpics.

Should I send both just to be safe?
posted by hippybear at 2:14 PM on September 6, 2014 [5 favorites]

Aaaaaa 776-777-780

I had thought I had escaped wondering what that was all about

Now I am reminded again


posted by DoctorFedora at 3:17 PM on September 6, 2014



posted by hellojed at 4:30 PM on September 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

Cue lots of frantic clicking noises

Normally I cut out keyboard noises (sometimes cortex answers a contact form email in the middle of a podcast while jessamyn or I are rambling on) but I thought the clicker clicky sounds were so hilarious and they just keep going while we talk over them and act like we're not actively playing them that I left them in since they work to good effect.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:29 PM on September 6, 2014 [3 favorites]

Next project: Clicker Clicker, a clicker game where you click on clicker games to make more clicker games that click themselves.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:19 AM on September 7, 2014 [4 favorites]

Oh god, it's almost a shame the Animals Ingesting Things thread didn't go up a few days later. Josie, whose barfy escapades I shared, chewed open a sewing kit, shredded a pincushion, and ate a needle. It came out on its own, and I am much poorer but have a bunch of horrifying x-rays to cherish forever.
posted by cmyk at 10:17 AM on September 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

The transcript is open.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:04 PM on September 7, 2014

Coldchef, check my mlkshk, couldn't work out tagging!
posted by ellieBOA at 12:18 PM on September 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

Is it possible to fast-forward/rewind to a specific point in the podcast?
posted by Jacqueline at 1:08 PM on September 7, 2014

Jacqueline, on iOS you can drag the timestamp when it's playing?
posted by ellieBOA at 2:28 PM on September 7, 2014

It's not letting me do that in Chrome on my laptop.
posted by Jacqueline at 5:34 PM on September 7, 2014

OK, when I zoomed in to 200% I had enough room to click ahead a few minutes at a time but I still can't drag anything.
posted by Jacqueline at 5:36 PM on September 7, 2014

Does the direct MP3 download link open in your browser? It has a draggable thumb.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:41 PM on September 7, 2014

I found the part I wanted to listen to (the frantic clicking) already, thanks.
posted by Jacqueline at 5:44 PM on September 7, 2014

To answer the podcast's question, I have NOT seen the GoT show yet. I'm holding off until I finish all the current books, but I am very curious to see how they cast certain roles and did certain scenes. I posted the first part of Feast for Crows today, it took me a few tries to get going because the beginnings of these books all drag. (So far I've been adding predictions to the prediction log page when I finish the whole book, just to consolidate the futzing around required.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:47 AM on September 8, 2014

UPDATE: I've gotten almost 100 "Middle Finger" shots. Which is frankly less than I expected. Hopefully everyone is waiting until the last minute. Two days left!
posted by ColdChef at 5:30 PM on September 9, 2014

California higher ed master plan pedantry!

CSU has 23 campuses.
UC has 9+.
posted by psoas at 6:03 PM on September 9, 2014

Which is frankly less than I expected.

We have like ten or twelve, on the way. Are you just counting one from each person. Are you counting by fingers or by people or by photo?
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:20 PM on September 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

By photo. There were a whole bunch of "googled" photos of celebrities (which are nice), but I tossed them all out. I want pictures expressly made for me. Selfish? My birthday.
posted by ColdChef at 7:37 PM on September 9, 2014 [3 favorites]

I found the FURIOUS CLICKING funny, but quite distracting 'cause I wanted to hear cortex talking about kittens game.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 8:49 PM on September 9, 2014

jessamyn - regarding remember student names - I have a great memory, just not for names. I think it's because names are too abstract and don't have any concrete meaning to me until I really find out who a person is.

Nonetheless, when I was teaching (technology), I took a head shot of every student in the class on day 1. For a 25 student class, I could get that task done in under 10 minutes, which for a class of 7th graders on day 1 is honestly not that bad - they're squirrely no matter what.

If you're hell-bent on not taking up class time, make your very first assignment be "send me a selfie via email".

I printed the results on a single sheet with the student's first name under their and had it in my lesson plan book for the class. Pro-tip - if you leave it for the sub when you're out, you eliminate the game of students masquerading as each other and trying to get each other into more trouble.
posted by plinth at 9:51 AM on September 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Regarding colorblindness: a friend of mine is a well-known illustrator, and red-green colorblind, yet he manages to produce gorgeous work (some NSFW). Through long experience he's learned which shades of muddy brown correspond to red and which to green. It amazes me.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 6:41 PM on September 12, 2014

Happy birthday, Coldchef
posted by theora55 at 8:20 PM on September 12, 2014 [2 favorites]

I wouldn't mind seeing some sort of bird collage from ColdChef once he's done with celebrating.
posted by arcticseal at 7:41 AM on September 13, 2014 [5 favorites]

Yeah, I'd love to see a 300-bird collage!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:31 AM on October 2, 2014 [3 favorites]

I specifically want to see a photomosaic of either ColdChef's face or a great big bird, composed of all the bird photos he got.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:20 PM on October 2, 2014 [2 favorites]

I for one am still curious to see what my fellow bird-flippers sent ColdChef.
posted by eamondaly at 2:08 PM on February 10, 2015

Yes! I saw a few but I don't know if there was ever a roundup proper. Here was mine.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:23 PM on February 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

Here's what I sent on behalf of Chicago's very own Windy City Rollers.
posted by eamondaly at 8:18 PM on February 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

And here's mine (MNSFW).
posted by eamondaly at 8:19 PM on February 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

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