114: I Say It's Spinach, And To Hell With It March 3, 2016 6:05 PM   Subscribe

Josh and Jessamyn pull another solo-bolo and talk about MetaFilter, caffiene sources, having a relaxed attitude toward life, and having to put on pants sometimes. This episode cover Feb 3rd through March 3rd and runs a little under two hours.

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- here is a nice bobcat
- 114 in a different base is a repdigit
- cortex has been spending some time modding from the XOXO Outpost
- bellydancish music
- I say it's spinach New Yorker cartoon
- a young Jess et al on a tireswing

- Devops Engineer at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab by jhc

- Briony Morrow-Cribbs - Copper Plate etching by jessamyn
- Vandelay Industries by bertrandom
- The Tiniest Gallery by Shepherd (MeFi Post)
- Communitymanagement.org by gone2croatan
- A Visit to Cementland by DaddyNewt
- DUNSÖNs & DRAGGANs by EndsOfInvention (MeFi Post)
- A bot in the street but a snowclone in the sheets by ignignokt
- @Play: Exploring Roguelike Games by JHarris
- Writer! for PICO-8 by Lirp

- a floating church, by jessamyn (of which, further)
- Around the World in OKGO by gwint
- Dr. Carla Hayden could be the #nextLOC by aabbbiee
- Sweeeeeeeeet emooooootioooootionnn by item
- All Your Base anniversary with bonus font hijinks, by effbot (and MetaTalk chaser by filthy light thief)
- MMO Minesweeper by slater
- Geolatin' with Wikipedia by the man of twists and turns
- Single-Serving Recipes by feckless fecal fear mongering
- Smell Dating by the man of twists and turns
- NASA's Visions of the Future Calendar Images by cashman
- #TrapCovers by filthy light thief

Ask MeFi
- Looking for emphatic warnings against really bad ideas by J.K. Seazer
- Homemaking blogs written by a childfree author? by daisies
- Is it okay to bring tools to a cemetery to dig out a grave marker? by foxinthesnow
- Yo-I don't want cable. by Alex Goldman
- Home is where my butt is by 2soxy4mypuppet
- No! Wait! COME BACK iPhone voice memos! Come back! by instamatic
- Conscious Hip-hop for Newbies? by rtha
- Shaking up my comfort zone by b33j
- Who is responsible for this property damage? by myleftsock
- What is the plot of Lost, like what happened by Greg Nog

MeFi Music
Stuff used in the episode:
- Knockin On Heaven's Door by Drew Eddy Jones
- Snow Drift by AppleSeed
- Worthless by TheNegativeInfluence
- me humming idly for a straight minute
See also: - Mefi Cover Challenge!!!

- Let's talk about doing more books stuff on FanFare!
- Dark Tower book club
- Harry Potter book and movie club

- What's new, MeFites? by duffell
- More color for Classic ponies by vibratory manner of working
- Direct your gopher client to gopher://gopher.metafilter.com by cortex
- the man of twists and turns brings the links by MoonOrb
posted by cortex (staff) to MeFi Podcast at 6:05 PM (41 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Caffeine is one of those weird words that doesn't follow the spelling in the cutesy rhyme. (Also rhythm and rhyme always trip me up.)
posted by Night_owl at 6:48 PM on March 3, 2016 [2 favorites]

You used the quote from Irving Berlin and not the New Yorker cartoon!

Mother: "It's broccoli, dear."
Daughter: "I say it's spinach and I say the hell with it."
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:52 PM on March 3, 2016 [2 favorites]

posted by cortex (staff) at 8:14 PM on March 3, 2016

You can edit it!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:24 PM on March 3, 2016

Nah, this is funnier.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:25 PM on March 3, 2016 [2 favorites]

Thanks for the kind words about DUNSÖNs & DRAGGANs, guys! Props to ignignokt, metroidbaby, and maryr for inspiration/ideas when I was creating it.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:10 AM on March 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

w/r/t the broccoli cartoon - I can't remember not knowing that cartoon either. I'm really not sure where I first encountered it. I looked it up and saw that it was widely reproduced as a poster, so maybe that's one place. Or yeah, cartoon books in doctor's offices?

Also, blah blah GINGER is totally part of normal conversation! Right?!??

Or is it like the time I used a little saying that my family had made up, thinking it was a universally understood expression that meant "payday," and found a roomful of people staring at me as if I had lost my mind?
posted by Miko at 7:44 AM on March 4, 2016 [4 favorites]

When Jessamyn says hum for 90 seconds, YOU HUM FOR 90 SECONDS NO QUESTIONS
posted by wheelieman at 10:04 AM on March 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

I went back and checked, after polling twitter for ditch/keep advice on that, and it turns out it was just about 60 seconds on the dot, even if it probably feels longer. Good generous budgeting by Jess there.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:12 AM on March 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

The point is, you listen to her when she says stuff, LIKE YOU SHOULD
posted by wheelieman at 10:16 AM on March 4, 2016 [4 favorites]

I can't believe that I am sitting here, listening to this crazy, manic Muppet humming.
posted by wenestvedt at 11:12 AM on March 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

It's a trap!

30 seconds into the humming, I drifted off into this odd hypnotic sleep.... and found myself dreaming that I was napping on a bench at a sort of a Metafilter Jamboree at Ellenberger Park in Indianapolis. Mathowie was grilling brats, and Jessamyn and cortex were pitching horseshoes. After a while I got up and noticed mathowie was holding his head and grimacing. I asked him what was wrong, and he wandered off. I started to follow, but got lost in the crush of Mefites. After a while, I got lost in the sea of cars and campers that I presume had brought all the Mefites to our fair city, and I was just wandering around saying "Hi, I'm pjern, where are you from?" Then I fell into Pleasant Run creek, and woke up.

It was a dream. you want plot and subtext?
posted by pjern at 12:30 PM on March 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

pjern: "30 seconds into the humming, I drifted off into this odd hypnotic sleep.... "

posted by boo_radley at 12:38 PM on March 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

Just listen to the hum while watching this
posted by Miko at 1:33 PM on March 4, 2016

I can't believe that I am sitting here, listening to this crazy, manic Muppet humming.

I actually went to go take a quick pee but I suspected cortex wouldn't cut it (and he didn't) so I made it quick and circumspect and I am glad I did!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 1:38 PM on March 4, 2016

Observation from that experience, by the way: it's actually surprisingly difficult (though apparently not totally insurmountable) for me to actually shut off my "I am attempting to create/perform music now" instincts in order to actually idly, tunelessly hum.

You can hear me sort of lapse into something more actively musical as it goes on, as my brain starts sort of screaming about the weird static hellscape of the first thirty seconds of nothing, though I did manage to avoid actually lapsing into some sort of coherent structure or recite an actual song.

Anyway, if someone wants to do a cover of that for the Mefi-found Music Cover Challenge thing I will favorite it and then log in with at least one sock puppet and favorite again.
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:43 PM on March 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

I have had bobcats in my backyard, because I made the mistake of throwing down corn to feed wild turkeys.

But my most important question is: my husband never knew about the no pants thing. He want to know if there is a no pants internet movement. Any guys who could address this, would be welcome.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 5:33 PM on March 4, 2016

woooo I'm on the podcast!
posted by wintersweet at 10:01 PM on March 4, 2016 [3 favorites]

I will favorite it and then log in with at least one sock puppet and favorite again.

posted by beerperson at 6:24 AM on March 5, 2016

Yay! I was in the podcast! It's me!

(I did build the site myself, by the way, but by modifying a freely downloadable HTML shell).
posted by Shepherd at 6:30 PM on March 5, 2016 [2 favorites]

There actually is a completely solid rule for spelling caffeine, btw. It's just the suffix -ine (indicating an alkaloid) stuck on the end of café, French for coffee, the plant the alkaloid was first isolated from. The extra f is for fuck you, that's why.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:01 PM on March 5, 2016 [8 favorites]


"Dragon" => Draygon
"DRAGGAN" => Dragon

So, if you want Cortex to say things conventionally, you can pass it through an IKEA filter first, perhaps!
posted by ignignokt at 6:02 AM on March 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

posted by EndsOfInvention at 7:46 AM on March 7, 2016 [3 favorites]

Ugh. Sorry to everyone involved. I thought I was making a funny with my first comment, but it just sounds mean now that I look at it again. Will filter better in the future.
posted by Night_owl at 6:43 PM on March 7, 2016

I didn't read it as mean at all.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:52 AM on March 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Call me a novelty-chaser if you must, but I really enjoy the different dynamic on each podcast at the mo. I also enjoy the longer pods, because I either get three days of journey-to-work out of them or a good two hours playing games and listening when I should be doing something useful with my day off. Rings a bell!

I forget the exact turn of phrase Jessamyn used, but it must also be mentioned that Strange Energy Cortex is a bullet hell jshmup boss waiting to happen.

Also, it's covered pretty well above and I might just be projecting here, but I reckon the Humming Incident audibly goes from "I'm totally doing this" to "someone better take the hint and cover/sample/set this to music" to Swedish Chef. That's what I heard, just sayin'.

Finally, the discussion of the cool Pico Writer program reminded me that there was a version of Yabasic (Yet Another BASIC) on the demo disc included with the EU region PS2s as an attempt to (I think) get it classified as technically a computer and thus smooth taxes. Whatever the reason, I and other (over-)enthusiasts like me do have experience of programming Breakout or whatevs via a PlayStation controller and virtual keyboard. You could use a USB keyboard too, but at the time all I had spare was a PS/2 one. Oh the irony!
posted by comealongpole at 4:35 AM on March 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

woooo I'm on the podcast!
- wintersweet

Sorry, that was just a mispronuciation of my username.

posted by wenestvedt at 6:08 AM on March 8, 2016 [2 favorites]

I thought I was making a funny with my first comment, but it just sounds mean now that I look at it again.

Ah, you're fine! I did a double-take while typing it and then chose to not check my spelling; it's just one of those words, man, and I felt like living dangerously. Sys Rq's point on chemical suffixes might finally actually settle the matter in my mind, which is handy.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:23 AM on March 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Jessamyn yelling "There's nothing dumb about the ukulele!" is so, so good.

Like I really wanted some huge dubstep drop to happen right then for some reason
posted by churl at 4:28 PM on March 8, 2016

here like this which took 30 seconds in garageband. everyone out there let me edit your podcast I am a genius
posted by churl at 4:37 PM on March 8, 2016 [20 favorites]

That is amazing.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:32 AM on March 9, 2016

Oh, that is fantastic.
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:58 AM on March 9, 2016

Oh, that track is nice!

Wait, remind me which "C.S.I." spin-off commissioned that again?
posted by wenestvedt at 7:48 AM on March 9, 2016

I made not_on_display laugh SO hard when I sent him a random link to that clip. Wonderful.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:49 AM on March 9, 2016 [2 favorites]

Ahahaha I just noticed the file name. This should be the intro to the next podcast.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 1:30 PM on March 9, 2016 [2 favorites]

It's Seven Eves. Like as in Adam & Eve.
posted by Chrysostom at 6:07 PM on March 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

Now that I'm further along in the book it makes perfect sense!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:09 PM on March 9, 2016

I haven't been able to catch up on the MeFi podcast in aaages, but had some time to dip back into it today. Made me smile hard to know that I can always count on you two for continued pronunciation fun.
posted by iamkimiam at 5:48 AM on March 13, 2016

I've been yelling DUMPSTER FIRE at my car radio for five minutes.
posted by GuyZero at 9:24 AM on March 29, 2016

Regarding tire fires:

26 years ago, there was a big one in Hagersville, Ontario.

CBC Archives: 1990: The Hagersville tire fire. It highlighted the degree to which the provincial tire recycling was a joke - the recycling tax levied on tires just resulted in large-scale, long-term stockpiling.

Tire fire: Disaster waiting to happen:

Twenty-five years later, it’s hard to believe that large, visible piles of scrap tires were once a common feature on the landscape in rural Ontario. After its experience in 1990, the MOE [Ministry of the Environment] ordered round-the-clock security at all major tire dumps until they were fireproofed or dispersed. As well – because of the fire – MOE orders involving scrap tires were no long automatically stayed when challenged in court.

See also, fictionally: Springfield Tire Fire.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 1:53 PM on April 2, 2016 [2 favorites]

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