117: Voting For Anarchy
 transcript  June 3, 2016 11:43 AM   Subscribe

This episode is jessamyn, me, and a collective inability to stay focused, as we discuss hiring frimble, choosing usernames, beverage routines, hidden double-reverse-sexism in Wikipedia charts, how to hand change to a customer, and also some stuff about MetaFilter. This episode covers May 3 through June 2 and runs just under two hours.

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- oldest people ever (but what about the men)
- no thanks, I'm too emotionally dead to still care about confirm shaming
- Hello Kittypede
- Baggage Reclaim
- the Romanian origins of Numa Numa
- this fucking squirrel, man
- my cat is not named Bodie

- MeFi tech
- UX Designer by spicynuts
- bonus: gov't job in Portland, OR

- Metafilter MultiFavorited Multiwidth — Chrome Extension by Deathalicious
- So, I got bypassed by pjern
- 99% Invisible Site Redesign by Uncle Glendinning
- Link finding things by ignignokt
- A pun generator by candasartan (MeFi Post)
- That's Not How Things Work by escape from the potato planet

- It’s 2016 and I put nothing past anyone. by BuddhaInABucket
- pun mashup thread by Krom Tatman
- Farewell, Mr. Bunting by dabug (of which, a comment by schmod)
- Bottle Flip For the Ages by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates
- gnfti's tremendous bottle-flip emoticon by goodnewsfortheinsane
- Solo la frunza de nuc by teponaztli, following some MetaTalk chatter
- Click TANE to continue by spinda
- Hello! by not_on_display
- Caramel sugar by daisyace
- Is This Rock Safe for Your Bush? by middleclasstool

Ask MetaFilter
- Bring the best of the world to my home reno! by evadery
- Unique Victorian Bat Wedding Dress - where to start? by hillabeans
- The meaning of "sure" regionally by soylent00FF00
- a comment by cortex
- How to hire ethnically diverse employees? by Anonymous
- I can't handle my friend's kid-- and increasingly, my friend by Anonymous

Featured in this episode:
- Sapphic Melody by bfootdav
- The Lost City of Flesh Eating Robots by CarrotAdventure
- Move Right Now by comealongpole
- China Doll by greenish
- Early Riser by gorbichov
- Cuidado by ignignokt

- Keep MeFi Weird went over well: 169 posts and counting
- Wrestling Entrance Theme Music MetaTalk by Greg Nog
- Say hello to our new tech person, frimble! by cortex
- Slack Blog discovers Ask v Guess by matildaben
- The role of libraries in a democracy by Johnny Wallflower
- MeFi Callendar of (Unofficial) Events by filthy light thief
- "for some people, the trainwrecks are their favorite." by jessamyn
- Inline Flag Notes (Take 2) by pb
- "This is all we are" - Goodbye, Wolof by fraula
posted by cortex (staff) to MeFi Podcast at 11:43 AM (39 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

how to hand change to a customer

Oooh, I know! Is it dumping the change on the counter next to their outstretched hand?

(Why, movie theatre cashier, why!?)
posted by ODiV at 12:25 PM on June 3, 2016 [4 favorites]

I'm available for a bit long tronc-related segment next month. Just puttin that out there.
posted by GuyZero at 12:39 PM on June 3, 2016

One vote here for willynillyness.
posted by Etrigan at 1:10 PM on June 3, 2016

where is whippedy doo
posted by poffin boffin at 1:23 PM on June 3, 2016 [7 favorites]

whippedy doo will live or die on the strength of its own memetic bootstraps
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:44 PM on June 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

Where is the ask about coins over bills for change?
posted by quaking fajita at 2:03 PM on June 3, 2016

Stuck in Lodi.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:05 PM on June 3, 2016

posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:05 PM on June 3, 2016

Where is the ask about coins over bills for change?

The anarchy portion of that podcast overtook the note-taking part and so I haven't posted it yet.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:17 PM on June 3, 2016

I have yet to actually listen to a podcast, but I have strong opinions on how change should be handed to a customer.
posted by yhbc at 2:23 PM on June 3, 2016 [2 favorites]

The bill+coin question. I will trust y'all to remember whether you're on the green or in here when you choose how to answer.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:29 PM on June 3, 2016 [2 favorites]

My mind is breaking over the coin Ask going up after the podcast it's mentioned in. Do we have to listen first in order to answer? How do I what do I how.

I remember reading about it like twenty years ago, in Ann Landers or Dear Abby (or possibly Miss Manners or the horoscopes or the bridge column?), and the general consensus was that it was more polite and convenient to hand over the coins first and then the bills, but lots of cashiers did coins on top because shrug whatever.

It's especially nice if the cashier counts out the money as they hand it to you ("and that's four, five, ten, and twenty") but it's also slow.
posted by Metroid Baby at 2:38 PM on June 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

Do not bunch, bundle, or bandy the currency.

Absolutely count it back, crinkle the stiff bills and a nice lite snap of a Franklin always let the customer know your alert and trading has commenced.
posted by clavdivs at 2:56 PM on June 3, 2016 [2 favorites]


For anarchy.

Something not right here...

Probably should listen to the podcast.
posted by Splunge at 3:44 PM on June 3, 2016

If anyone has time (from 2 minutes upwards, in fact) to join the effort to transcribe MeFi podcasts, led by Pronoiac, come join us! (Also: I'm only 14 minutes into the last one, time needs to slow down, please).

I also haven't listened the podcast yet so this might be mentioned in there but am jumping into the comments now so people who come to comment might see it...
posted by penguin pie at 4:02 PM on June 3, 2016 [4 favorites]

My vote for alternate episode title is definitely "Smiling Buddha Asshole"
posted by churl at 11:46 PM on June 3, 2016

My mind is a little bit blown that there is a person alive today that was born in the 1800s, and moreover, that she is the only such person, the sole living survivor of the 1800s. What a weird and strange honor.
posted by Rhomboid at 1:20 AM on June 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

whippedy doo will live or die on the strength of its own memetic bootstraps

My fingerprints are all over whippedy doo!!! I'm happy for it to live in the past.
posted by adept256 at 2:28 AM on June 4, 2016

I will trust y'all to remember whether you're on the green or in here when you choose how to answer.

My answer is to:

1. Realize having bills of different denominations be the same size and color is a really bad idea as it makes counting change much harder
2. Enact appropriate change on a national level
3. Use the method of your choice to solve the now drastically simplified problem

I understand this goes on the green, right?
posted by Dr Dracator at 5:20 AM on June 4, 2016

I think I’m going to make that snippet of Jessamyn going “What?!” right at the beginning my phone notification sound. It’s just perfect.
posted by pharm at 5:21 AM on June 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

Please send me a copy of the file if you do.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:58 AM on June 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

Your wish is my command Jessamyn!
posted by pharm at 9:44 AM on June 4, 2016 [10 favorites]

hahahahaha thank you pharm for this gift

i'm gonna make it my alarm
posted by barchan at 9:49 AM on June 4, 2016 [3 favorites]

Oh wow, my piece was mentioned on the podcast! Just a note, the offer to create melodies based on usernames (or any other piece of information like birthdays -- basically any collection of characters) still stands. And the melody is generated for a poem fragment from Sappho (the earliest woman composer/poet I could find information about) and was created for the July By Women MeFiMusic challenge. This poem fragment is all that exists today from whatever that particular larger work was. We only have one complete poem from her but a bunch of fragments like this one. I tried to make the music as accurate to Ancient Greek Music Theory as I could.
posted by bfootdav at 10:06 AM on June 4, 2016

Austria/Australia. Austria/Australia. I GET IT.
posted by wenestvedt at 10:25 AM on June 4, 2016

Metafilter MultiFavorited Multiwidth — Chrome Extension

I really like this. Thanks Deathalicious!
posted by SpacemanStix at 7:15 PM on June 4, 2016

I always thought the "left luggage" emoji was actually super-secure luggage, like the kind spies handcuff to themselves. Can't see that one getting much use, either, though.

Thanks for mentioning Link Finding Things!

The reason it went on hiatus is because it's a pretty resource-intensive bot at least for one running on a tiny VPS that has like 20 other bots on it. It replies to people's tweets, and in doing so, it ended up having to generate a lot of images, using a lot of memory, and getting its child processes killed a lot, in addition to just using up a lot of resources. (And the way it generates images is not the most efficient, a trade-off that saves development time). A queuing system's been worked out, though, and it's back!
posted by ignignokt at 9:34 PM on June 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

…which reminds me – I meant to do the image rendering efficiently, way at the beginning and totally forgot about that. I should get back to that! Also I should go to sleep
posted by ignignokt at 10:04 PM on June 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

The transcript is open!
posted by Pronoiac at 8:26 AM on June 5, 2016

We use Fanscribed; if you haven't used it before, you might want to glance over our notes on transcribing. It's only 30 seconds at a stretch.
posted by Pronoiac at 8:32 AM on June 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

If you like, you can see how IBM Watson transcribes the first 20 minutes of the podcast. It's a wall of text, a bit more coherent than Google's take of another episode.
posted by Pronoiac at 1:04 PM on June 5, 2016

Baseboard vacuum! Closest I've ever been to getting mentioned on the podcast!
posted by ellieBOA at 3:51 PM on June 6, 2016 [1 favorite]

Forget the (no-)cabal, do what I do. Travel back in time a decade or so, generate some vaguely musical noises, post them in the here-and-now. Instant namedrop, solved problem.
posted by comealongpole at 4:22 PM on June 6, 2016

I do actually have Opinions about the content of the podcast, but I'd have to re-listen in a notetaking-friendly environment to respond as I'd wish. Speaking of notes though, coins on top is totally fine IMHO. This may be skewed by the relative value/encounter-frequency of the $1 bill and the lowest UK note being worth $7.2 dollars-ish. Ubiquitous 69p-equiv notes would drive me much mad(der).
posted by comealongpole at 4:34 PM on June 6, 2016

Baseboard vacuums! We have those. I don't think you'd have them without a central vac, since they're kind a no-brainer option for that. With the central vac you have a pipe running through your house, to a couple of outlets where you plug in the hose. The canister is in the garage or basement. Since the pipe is there anyway it's trivial to put in some baseboard vacuums so you can quickly suck up crap in the kitchen or mudroom.

I grew up with a central vacuum and just kind of thought that was a normal thing. I didn't even use a regular vacuum until I had my own place. So when we were looking for a vac for our new place it just made sense to go with central.

Anyway, baseboard vacuums are as neat as you think they are.

Carry on.
posted by bondcliff at 6:31 AM on June 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

This is the game mentioned: factoryidle. Beware that "idle" can be very misleading here..
posted by cj_ at 2:53 PM on June 16, 2016

I don't have a commute anymore, so I've been listening while doing dishes. It's the 24th, and I'm 80% of the way through. Just realizing a 120-minute podcast can last a month if you listen to four minutes a day!
posted by ignignokt at 3:55 PM on June 24, 2016 [2 favorites]

Super chuffed to hear cortex liked the song! Like a lot of songs, I always figure it's just going into the void once it's done.

A Cuidado/Caution horror movie would be a prime opportunity for a monster with two heads, each of which that speaks a different language. Now that I think about it, surprised Sesame Street didn't already do that.
posted by ignignokt at 5:02 AM on July 2, 2016

Hey all, the transcript is complete! Major thanks to duffell, Secretariat, beryllium, dilaudid, and bluefly!
posted by Pronoiac at 8:34 PM on July 16, 2016 [1 favorite]

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