99: HOW DID IT BE THE 2ND?!
 transcript  December 2, 2014 9:04 PM   Subscribe

The 99th(!!!) podcast was recorded earlier today and runs about 1h45m as we cover November on MeFi, Thanksgiving fun, and other upcoming events.


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posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 9:04 PM (57 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

I should mention that I have actually now watched the Star Wars trailer and as much of Too Many Cooks as I could stomach, so don't worry about spoilers on my account.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 10:12 PM on December 2, 2014


I have actually now watched the Star Wars trailer and as much of Too Many Cooks as I could stomach

I just got the weirdest mashup idea.
posted by kagredon at 11:32 PM on December 2, 2014 [6 favorites]


The transcript is open. Please help with transcription!
posted by Pronoiac at 11:48 PM on December 2, 2014


WHAT HO, MODS.

My wife is from northern Rhode Island, and her mother's people are all French-Canadian. As a result, meat pie is A Thing.

On every New Year's Day, we all go to their house and several meat pies are served. Plenty of ketchup and mashed potatoes are available as the only side dishes. Jessamyn is correct to say that the texture is rather dry and crumbly: it looks like meat granola. And there is a small quantity of spices -- cinnamon, perhaps, or nutmeg. Jessamyn, if you really want to try making it (and it's pretty easy), I can send you her family recipe to prepare yourself this New Year's!

Also, for a retired mod, Jessamyn was on fire on this podcast.
posted by wenestvedt at 5:46 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


My wife is from northern Rhode Island, and her mother's people are all French-Canadian. As a result, meat pie is A Thing.

My Grandma was raised in Massachusetts but born in Acadian New Brunswick, and I second this. Grandma wasn't serving meat pie ("tourtiere") when I was a kid, but Mom remembers it from her childhood, and remembers Grandpa was an especial fan.

I've actually long suspected that Natchitoches meat pies may be related - I've tried making both, and there were similar spices in both (wenestvedt, my recipe called for allspice and cinnamon); just an extra kick with cayenne in the Natchitoches. And since the Cajuns started out as displaced Acadians, there may indeed be a common ancestor for both Natchitoches meat pies and tourtiere at that.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:17 AM on December 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


I have actually now watched the Star Wars trailer and as much of Too Many Cooks as I could stomach

I just got the weirdest mashup idea.


"Lightsaber Blades Too Many"
posted by Going To Maine at 7:34 AM on December 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


Too Many Wookiees.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:31 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


Well it takes a lot of wookiees / to make a rug
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:32 AM on December 3, 2014 [3 favorites]


Takes a lotta wookies/ to tear off your arms
posted by boo_radley at 9:37 AM on December 3, 2014


MeFi 100th podcast spectacular: 100 different MeFiMusicians each contribute a verse to the MeFi theme song, creating an exquisite-corpse/Too Many Cooks-esque unholy terror.
posted by psoas at 9:37 AM on December 3, 2014 [2 favorites]




I don't mean to be totally flip, it's a lovely idea. I just think we need to be realistic so that our reach doesn't exceed our grasp.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 9:44 AM on December 3, 2014


So okay maybe I was wrong about the origin of Natchitoches meat pies; they're more similar to a variant of empanada.

I still have that suspicion, though, dammit.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:48 AM on December 3, 2014


I think the more important question you raise is whether we can sing "ain't nobody got time for that" in tune to the podcast theme song.
posted by boo_radley at 9:49 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


psoas: "MeFi 100th podcast spectacular: 100 different MeFiMusicians each contribute a verse to the MeFi theme song, creating an exquisite-corpse/Too Many Cooks-esque unholy terror."

oh oh, podcast theme song set to kazoos!

no, jawharps! Wait! A hurdy gurdy!
posted by boo_radley at 9:50 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't mean to be totally flip, it's a lovely idea. I just think we need to be realistic so that our reach doesn't exceed our grasp.

Coincidentally, the exact same thing was said by Grand Moff Tarkin in a deleted scene from Star Wars.

I think we can agree it was out of character.
posted by Celsius1414 at 10:03 AM on December 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


I just think we need to be realistic so that our reach doesn't exceed our grasp.

No offense taken! Just thought of it as a laff.
posted by psoas at 10:15 AM on December 3, 2014


*raises hand hesitantly*

Um, I actually have a jaw harp.
posted by wenestvedt at 10:16 AM on December 3, 2014


99 bottles of beer on the wall coding site (where there is code for many many many coding languages to output the entire lyrics of 99 bottles of beer on the wall resides):
http://www.99-bottles-of-beer.net/

(Disclaimer, I contributed the MOO version.)
posted by kalessin at 11:05 AM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


Um, I actually have a jaw harp.

DOING DEERNG DOING DEERNG
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:38 AM on December 3, 2014 [5 favorites]


First question: are there 100 active MeFiMusicians?
Second question: if not, can we simply submit a (written) line to the exquisite corpse of too many MeFites?
(Because I love the surreal insanity of Too Many Cooks, and I like the idea of an exquisite corpse of a song, but I can't sing worth a lick, unless I'm hidden in the context of others.)

(Even worse idea: someone write up a little melody and some chorus lyrics, and then 100 people send in their vocals for that chorus, and we make our version of We Buy White Albums. If someone wanted to be terrible and creative and more terrible, they could build up the song, Too Many Cooks-style, where the layers eventually smother any sense of coherence and become a crashing wall of noise and one crazy guy running around.)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:01 PM on December 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


oh yeah poop/fart... best of the web.
posted by 256 at 2:44 PM on December 3, 2014


256, YOU BETTER BELEIVE IT IS
posted by wheelieman at 7:07 PM on December 3, 2014


Metafilter: not a professional buttologist
posted by Going To Maine at 9:52 PM on December 3, 2014 [2 favorites]


IANYB
posted by kagredon at 9:54 PM on December 3, 2014 [1 favorite]


If you do want to do a mass partcipation intro for the podcast, you might just want to let everyone record some tuneful "hello, hello, hellos", and then overdub them all on top of each other.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:54 PM on December 3, 2014


Does anybody else notice the sixteen-minute silence after the outro song? Anybody?

fnord?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:11 PM on December 3, 2014


Thanks for featuring my post of Fairytale of New York! A whole bunch of amazing people helped put that song together. I've wanted to sing it for years and was thrilled to finally have the chance.
posted by litlnemo at 10:22 PM on December 3, 2014


Hey, mathowie, this is your Quonsmas giver. I'm so happy that you liked the book that I may have made some sort of happy squee noise at my desk.
A few more deets on the book I sent - it's a representation of a big swath of the photo collection at the museum I work for. It doesn't show every photo we own, (and there was a lot of arguing discussion about what was to go in or be left out, but it gives an idea of the scope of what we have. My part of the job was pulling the works from storage and getting them photographed and making sure the photography was organized correctly for the publishers, which is a pretty minor role but when you put a publication out it feels like a giant collective birth, so it's still exciting.
Anyway, yay, you liked it, yay!
posted by PussKillian at 6:41 AM on December 4, 2014


"Is this awful people being awful? I don't like Amy Sedaris." –jessamyn

Now I know how to explain why I don't like Amy Sedaris!

Also, just an unrelated note: aparrish's preferred pronoun is she.
posted by ignignokt at 9:39 AM on December 4, 2014 [3 favorites]


I was randomly reading through a thread yesterday from some years ago, and I ran into another reference by cortex about the significance of a number palindrome. Before I listened to the podcast, it never crossed my mind to think about that as an interesting feature of numbers.

The Wikipedia page on palindromic numbers does list single digits, including the number 0. Apparently, in base 24, the first eight powers of five are palindromic:
5^0 = 1
5^1 = 5
5^2 = 11
5^3 = 55
5^4 = 121
5^5 = 5A5
5^6 = 1331
5^7 = 5FF5
5^8 = 14641
Also, it appears that all palindromic prime numbers have an odd number of digits.

I love palindromes, because I love symmetry. It makes me feel that all is well with the world.
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:44 AM on December 4, 2014


Also, just an unrelated note: aparrish's preferred pronoun is she.

Yep, my goof!
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:52 AM on December 4, 2014


99*99 = 9801

98 + 01 = 99

Jessamyn - goto the top of the class!
posted by marienbad at 9:53 AM on December 4, 2014 [1 favorite]


Wookie clicker?
posted by schmod at 1:40 PM on December 4, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I was relistening to this and I never heard the Amy Sedaris bit during the show taping, but I was dying to ask jessamyn why she doesn't like her. I'm guessing you've seen her on Letterman and she kind of does a shtick on that show where she's kind of a jerk to him?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:41 PM on December 4, 2014


Yo, jessamyn: this recipe comes from a small slip of paper that was published in memory of local worthy:
In loving memory
Claire M. Coutu
August 11, 1917 - October 25, 2012

Memere's Meat Pie
Preheat oven to 425.

1 double pie crust
1 lb. hamburg (extra lean)
1/2 lb. pork
1 onion, chopped fine
1/4 tsp. clove
Salt & pepper to taste
1 large or 2 small potatoes, mashed

Method:
In a pan or deep frying pan, put in hamburg and
pork with onion, salt and pepper.
Simmer, until meat is done.
Add potatoes and clove, other spices may be used like
cinnamon and nutmeg and poultry seasoning.
I use clove with a pinch of of nutmeg, and poultry
seasoning.
Bake @ 425 for 30 minutes or until crust is light
brown.
- - -
My wife puts a ring around the crust to make sure it doesn't burn. Aside from that, go for it!
posted by wenestvedt at 5:38 PM on December 4, 2014 [3 favorites]


"Why do they convert it?"

Because .gif is suuuper inefficient for animation. mp4 is going to load and play significantly faster, especially on mobile. Animated gifs are basically a sequence of compressed images gifs glued together, whereas mp4 can (and does) do compression between frames, and is all HTML5 video tag compliant.

The bit where Twitter uses JavaScript to swap the mp4 in on play is annoying but once you do click it, you can download the mp4. But if your chief complaint that the thing you download is not in GIF format, well, just think how much time you'll save never arguing about how to pronounce GIF again.
posted by pwnguin at 8:24 PM on December 4, 2014


I pronounce it G IF, with a hard G, so I can pretend its actually Latin.
posted by marienbad at 10:09 AM on December 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


Around 17:00, just as On Nine Lives is being discussed, someone's cat has a little background meow cameo there. Nicely played, cat.
posted by snorkmaiden at 11:14 AM on December 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


snorkmaiden, I just got a kitten this week, and he came up to my close office door mewing. I was sitting there going "I HOPE THIS DOESN'T SHOW UP IN THE RECORDING FEED, ESPECIALLY NOW WITH THE SAD CAT STORY GOING ON" and lo and behold, my mic caught all of it. I cut out every meow I could, but I must have missed one. It was incessant meows for about two minutes.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:23 AM on December 5, 2014 [6 favorites]


You got a new kitten and you didn't mention it in the podcast or include pictures in this post? For shame, #1. For shame.
posted by kagredon at 11:28 AM on December 5, 2014 [6 favorites]


Seriously, pix plz.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 11:29 AM on December 5, 2014 [4 favorites]


In his defense, I think we talked kittens before we actually started recording.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:24 PM on December 5, 2014 [1 favorite]


So what we are learning is that two moderators are guilty of not sharing kitten information, as opposed to just one.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:38 PM on December 5, 2014 [5 favorites]


Hey guys, it's Jeff. Thanks so much for featuring "I Know It's You" the podcast! I've been lurking on mefi music since the beginning, and hearing your reactions to that song I did pretty much made my year. (I showed my parents the clip, too, and they're acting like I won a Grammy. )

So glad you liked it!
posted by jeffxl at 1:16 PM on December 5, 2014 [7 favorites]


I think we talked kittens before we actually started recording.

That was while I was still finishing lunch because I missed it entirely.

jeffxl that piece, now that I've listened to the whole thing, is true genius. Let us know if Roger wants a MeFi account.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 4:48 PM on December 5, 2014 [2 favorites]


cat pix (he never stops moving, so sorry about the blurriness)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:41 PM on December 6, 2014 [3 favorites]


eeeeee look at his gangly little legs!
posted by kagredon at 3:44 PM on December 6, 2014


I just took this photo because he was playing under the tree getting attacked by our older cat, right as I was posting that earlier comment and it's pretty good.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:51 PM on December 6, 2014 [6 favorites]


Dude looks like a total goofball. Well done, #1.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:19 PM on December 6, 2014


Does anybody else notice the sixteen-minute silence after the outro song?
I am listening to this right now. Best bonus track ever.
posted by in278s at 6:13 AM on December 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the Flagged as Fantastic nod! Good podcast, yep jessamyn on fire...
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:59 AM on December 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


Speaking of cats and trees, this photograph of Lupin appeared on the Instagram for Breaking Cat News (as seen previously on MetaFilter).
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:24 AM on December 7, 2014 [3 favorites]


Just listened to the podcast today. Did Matt say on December 2nd that Quonsmas was almost done? Dude, we've barely started!
posted by arcticseal at 9:28 PM on December 16, 2014


Just listened to the podcast today. I know which mod doesn't have a Gorillapod.
posted by ardgedee at 4:11 PM on December 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Great podcast as usual.

jessamyn, re: greasemonkey scripts:

- I recently posted a new version of the hedgehog comment pointer; it's compatible with the Modern theme. Any older versions of the script should still work with the Classic or Plain themes (if not, let me know and I'll update my documentation).

- I really wanted the narwhal and unicorn buttons again too, so I made some changes to get that script working locally; need to figure out the best way to share it. I've also sent Rhomboid (the original script author) a message with my changes.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 7:59 PM on December 25, 2014


How is it already the 31st??

As a quick follow-up to my last comment: I've posted an updated version of the unicorn and narwhal buttons script on greasyfork.org, with Rhomboid's permission (thanks, Rhomboid!). The narwhal should now work with the Modern theme, and I also made some other adjustments, e.g. to make the text inside the buttons easier to read. Happy new year!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 7:35 PM on December 31, 2014


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