97: The Perfect Hermit Crabitat
 transcript  October 7, 2014 11:26 AM   Subscribe

Episode 97 was recorded yesterday and runs about 1h 45min long as we discuss all our favorite posts from MetaFilter over the last month.


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97 facts: 97 is a self number, The Wreck of the Old 97, "Blood on the Coals" by The Folksmen (of The Mighty Wind)


MeFi Jobs

Ferris State University professor jobs: English Rhetoric and Composition, Science for Health Professions

Cross stitch horse_ebooks artwork needed

MeFi Projects

Wiggling Hands by RobotHero mocking the papercraft explainer how-to video genre (Hyperlapse, my personal example)

THE GUEST by kcalder

Anthology of the Best Short Stories ebooks by dances_with_sneetches (posted to MeFi)

Underviewed: finding rarely seen YouTube videos using default video file names by avoision (posted to MeFi)

Creative Commons Thing of the Day by roll truck roll

Pay the Piper -- using todos to fight distractions by rouftop (posted to MeFi)

Crazy Trick: is it clickbait headline or spam mail subject? by c95008

Vintage Visualizations are classic printed maps by soma lkzx

MeFi Posts

Star Trek in Widescreen are beautiful composite images from the original series (tribbles)

No Saturday Morning Cartoons

TextMechanic is a suite of browser-based text manipulation tools

Introducing Ello, then two weeks later, Tilde Club

Compact Conflict game

A pretty clicker: Rebuild the Universe

The Tylenol murders of 1982 thread features a lot of nostalgia

New version of Nethack released

Vintage Disney Parks blog with a 48min documentary about People Movers, Mission to Mars photo

MeFi Music Minute
B-Reel by invitapriore (also outro music)

not_on_display's Safe and Sound cover that ended up on Hype Machine

Ask MeFi Questions

Is it acceptable to use a smart phone in a public talk?

Can I operate a fireplace on a private train car?

Give me good non-traditional examples of This Day in History sources, for OpenLibrary on Twitter

Should I attend this academic conference as an undergrad?

Help us build a killer hermit crabitat (tiny pooper scooper)

How did peasants in the Middle Ages keep warm in Winter?

What are some soup recipes for Easy, Healthy, and Cheap?

What is the best episode of your favorite podcasts?

MetaTalk

The thread on the new theme design option
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 11:26 AM (43 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

After hearing the discussion about domains and Matt saying you can register stuff "like jessamyn dot dentist", I'm like all, erm really? dot dentist?!

So I went to instra.com and typed in jessamyn.dentist to see if it was a legitimate domain you could buy. And here's a screendump of what came up (I swear that is not edited or photoshopped).
posted by Wordshore at 2:04 PM on October 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


(n.b. for clarity have no intention of buying jessamyn dot anything as that would be a bit odd. Experimenting using the example Matt gave in the podcast.)
posted by Wordshore at 2:28 PM on October 7, 2014


I was hoping--for some insane reason--that there would be more about the Old 97's, but I guess having the song they took their name from will have to do. :)
posted by Kitteh at 2:41 PM on October 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


The Tylenol murders of 1982 thread features a lot of nostalgia

"Ooooh you just don't get murders like that nowadays, no..."
posted by Wolfdog at 3:01 PM on October 7, 2014 [5 favorites]


There are two threads about the end of Saturday morning cartoons, mine on May 30th when it was announced and Tell Me No Lies' one on October 4th when it actually happened.

Also, when are you going to start featuring FanFare content in the podcast?
posted by Small Dollar at 3:04 PM on October 7, 2014 [2 favorites]


Whoo-hoo! *Kermit-flail*
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:14 PM on October 7, 2014


What ho, Mods!

That Tylenol murders thread was just the latest among several here that have awakened old memories from when I was a kid, and filled them in with real, historical details. It's a very interesting thing, contrasting my childish understandings with the cold facts. Sometimes, it turns out, I had a pretty good grasp of what was going on!

Good work, MetaFilter.
posted by wenestvedt at 3:29 PM on October 7, 2014 [2 favorites]


when are you going to start featuring FanFare content in the podcast?

I basically don't use FanFare. I love that it exists, but I watch things sufficiently time-shifted from everyone always that all I do is read stuff after the fact, occasionally. So I don't mean to be all like this about it, but to me it doesn't lend itself to talking about in the podcast in the same way as some of the other sites.

there would be more about the Old 97's

I saw them play at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle a zillion years ago (maybe this show) and they did Timebomb which was my favorite song for a short while and was one of the ten songs I had on my Rio MP3 player back when you could only carry around 10 MP3s at a time. Their standup bass player was AMAZING and I remember very little else about that show.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 4:29 PM on October 7, 2014 [4 favorites]


The "No Saturday Cartoons" link goes directly to the article and not the post.
posted by cjorgensen at 5:03 PM on October 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


We talked about the article in the podcast and not the post, though I'm happy that Small Dollar pointed us to the post(s).
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 5:13 PM on October 7, 2014


Oh, thanks!
posted by cjorgensen at 5:19 PM on October 7, 2014


when are you going to start featuring FanFare content in the podcast?

It's kind of weird, I guess it's really hard to have a "favorite" FanFare thread (or multiple ones) each month, they're not quite the same as other parts of the site. I imagine someday something really notable will happen in a FanFare thread and we'll mention it, but what shows and movies you want is such a personal decision that each of us pointing out our favorites wouldn't be as relatable as what we liked on the main site or Ask MeFi.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:33 PM on October 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, exactly, I'm sure stuff'll come up now and then (and if there's some unusually great discussion it's fine to drop us a line to let us know), but FanFare stuff is sort of more self-defining in general for its audience so e.g. telling a bunch of people who mostly don't watch a show to go read a thread about S3E12 is less likely than telling them to go read a thread about Victorian napkin folding or whatnot.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:36 PM on October 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


Holy shit, my first music post made it to the Podcast! I am quite honored, y'all.
posted by invitapriore at 5:54 PM on October 7, 2014 [3 favorites]


Dude, that song is amazing.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:56 PM on October 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


So I went to instra.com and typed in jessamyn.dentist to see if it was a legitimate domain you could buy. And here's a screendump of what came up

So, Jessamyn.club is something that really should happen, though I've no idea exactly what it will be when it does.
posted by Grangousier at 5:45 AM on October 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm like all, erm really? dot dentist?!

This domain explosion is the first step in the process of acheiving my childhood dream of owning clownpenis.fart.
posted by phunniemee at 6:02 AM on October 8, 2014 [3 favorites]


Jessamyn.ninja? That would be so cool to own, but what would should it do? Mefites, help me out please!
posted by marienbad at 7:18 AM on October 8, 2014


Wordshore: After hearing the discussion about domains and Matt saying you can register stuff "like jessamyn dot dentist", I'm like all, erm really? dot dentist?!

Yes, this is a thing. In short: ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) realized they could make a mint by charging $185,000 per new TLD (top-level domain), and the flood-doors opened.

I'm (not really) tempted to register MetaFilter.Land to host some crudely re-skinned game, where everything is re-colored in MetaFilter color schemes.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:22 AM on October 8, 2014


The best thing is the stupid repetition in TLD options. There are THREE variations on "photo" - .photo, .photography, and .photos -- and there are both .bar and .pub, and a ton of really, really dumb ones, like .blackfriday - seriously, what the hell? A domain for a single, terrible day?
posted by filthy light thief at 7:26 AM on October 8, 2014


You don't even need to search for common default filenames to get odd stuff on Youtube. Sometimes when I'm bored I'll search for "lsdkfj" or "jjjjjjjjjjj" or whatever kind of random keyboard mashing I'm in the mood for, and the results usually don't disappoint.
posted by Rhomboid at 10:07 AM on October 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


True story: the Old 97's bass player used to live next door to my sister.
posted by item at 10:18 AM on October 8, 2014


The best thing is the stupid repetition in TLD options. There are THREE variations on "photo" - .photo, .photography, and .photos -- and there are both .bar and .pub, and a ton of really, really dumb ones, like .blackfriday - seriously, what the hell?

Welcome to the great registrar cash grab - if you are a photography company, you now need to buy three more domains to keep all your bases covered.
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:53 AM on October 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks for mentioning my project on the podcast!
"Is that a zip code?"
Yes, 95008 is a zip code in Campbell, California, where I grew up.

If there's a more interesting username backstory, I haven't heard it.
"Why isn't it one.crazytrick.com?"
Just for you, now the "one" and "1" subdomains can be used to access the site :)
posted by c95008 at 11:58 AM on October 8, 2014 [3 favorites]


If rebecca.blackfriday is not registered yet, someone should get on that.
posted by Alterscape at 12:31 PM on October 8, 2014 [5 favorites]




I would do that to our cats except I can just follow the butt smears around the house.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:16 PM on October 8, 2014


the carnival
posted by bq at 8:12 PM on October 8, 2014 [1 favorite]


OMG ENOUGH about Tilde Club already: it took over what feels like 20 minutes of this episode.
RULE ONE OF TILDE CLUB: ALWAYS TALK ABOUT TILDE CLUB.

On the other hand, I can't get enough of cortex mouth-essaying about clickers.

Can we have games at Fanfare? Because wow, a never-closing Kittens Game thread would be WONDERFUL. (Yay I got Chronophysics; boo it's meaningless; yay, Iron Will run!)
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 10:35 PM on October 8, 2014


On the other hand, I can't get enough of cortex mouth-essaying about clickers.

+1. Cortex's verbal and written analysis of clicker games is better than that of more than a few games journalists on this genre, and more engaging than similar academic writing. Wondering if he's wasted as a mod and a future and golden career beckons in game description and analysis.
posted by Wordshore at 12:36 AM on October 9, 2014


The transcript's open.
posted by Pronoiac at 12:51 AM on October 9, 2014


Pimp my crab.
posted by MartinWisse at 2:26 AM on October 9, 2014


matt.cash

No, seriously.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:49 AM on October 9, 2014 [5 favorites]


So, Jessamyn.club is something that really should happen

I snagged mefight.club as soon as it became possible. It's just a 'network hub' shits and giggles kinda thing at the moment, until I figure out something snazzy to do with it.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:51 AM on October 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


the carnival
posted by bq


zomg! Thanks for tracking that down, I've wondered for years what that story was called and now I can find it again.

If there was a terrible domain I could register in your honor, I would.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:15 AM on October 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


I was going to suggest carnival.bq , but the TLD is fallow.
posted by boo_radley at 12:56 PM on October 9, 2014


Here is this thing I found back in 2006 involving a hermit crab.

Yes I just searched through about a hundred billion old emails to find it.

Enjoy.
posted by phunniemee at 1:03 PM on October 9, 2014


I'm surprised you didn't cover the the creatively created PDF court order...
posted by plinth at 4:41 PM on October 10, 2014 [1 favorite]


The enthusiasm for Tilde Club is a concrete reminder of just how far behind the times my web presence actually is.

I stared a new job into 2014, and immediately logged into our institution's shared *nix server and established my official, professional web presence in the skeleton-generated tilde extension of our TLD site.

I fear this means I've now become the equivalent of those laughable old timers who used to rant about the utility of physical transparencies and analog chart recorders.

I don't have a lawn, but you kids had better get off my sidewalk grating.
posted by eotvos at 9:57 AM on October 12, 2014


I'm surprised you didn't cover the the creatively created PDF court order...

I forgot about that, since nothing ever came of it. It is frustrating really, I've talked to a bunch of lawyer friends and they're all just kind of flabbergasted that the DA didn't care enough to prosecute or even explore the case beyond my phone call for something that is a serious felony, impersonating the court.

If we actually figured out who did it, I think it would have been fun to talk about.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:22 PM on October 12, 2014


Here is the song Land Hermit Crab, crustacean king. David Attenborough is also name checked for mentioning the hermit crab.
posted by asok at 4:13 AM on October 14, 2014


I am going to send your hermit crab to the band, phunniemee!
posted by asok at 4:27 AM on October 14, 2014


I can't find the "dark mode" button on the sites?
posted by WillRun4Fun at 10:48 AM on October 14, 2014


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