118: We Should Have Asked a Chemist
 transcript  July 1, 2016 1:16 PM   Subscribe

Rolling up on a long weekend, Jessamyn and I make a long story very slightly less long with this comparatively restrained 90 minute discussion of the last month of MeFi, covering June 3 through July 1.

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- Systems software engineer and others (space telescopes) by spbmp
- Public library director - Poquoson, Va by timepiece
- Surf for Great Food Web Sites by Quisp Lover

- Painting math on the wall by cortex
- HamilIpsum by epersonae
- The Silmarillion Character Map by brappi
- In Training, photographs of bonsai trees by steve.wdc (MeFi Post)

- Lael Wilcox bikes alone across U.S. in 18 days by Etrigan
- Memories of Butter by Johnny Wallflower
- "I may have learned my lesson, but maybe not." by Etrigan
- seinfeld.wad by griphus
- Bed & Bees by schmod
- Why so Sirius and What's Up With The Moon? by Mr.Pointy
- It's about baby chickens. by Johnny Wallflower
- a comment by Servo5678
- Who is this guy anyway, some sort of dog hat expert?? by Artw

Ask MetaFilter
- Is cooking meals a good use of time? by ManInSuit
- Rubix cube themed bedroom for kid by PuppetMcSockerson
- A thoroughly modern magi by permiechickie
- Recursive food by duffell
- How to cut out the pretension and make new friends. by Philipschall
- What alternatives are surprisingly worth it? by amicamentis
- Uh... I don't get it by Too-Ticky
- Should I tell my friend her comments about my hair were offensive? by starpoint

- What's the word? by aniola
- Welcome Baby Brownpau! by terrapin

Featured in this episode:
- Melon Jig by usonian
- Times Tomorrow by cicadaverse
- Chimes by ageispolis
- Leviathan by chococat
posted by cortex (staff) to MeFi Podcast at 1:16 PM (30 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

The link-tracking process this time was a little more duct-tape-and-string than usual so it's far from impossible that I missed one or two of the things we talked about. Apologies in advance!
posted by cortex (staff) at 1:18 PM on July 1, 2016

Please keep us to our idea of having a call in with one of the list generating AskMe questions for next month!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 3:36 PM on July 1, 2016 [4 favorites]

How many elements are there?
posted by Etrigan at 4:24 PM on July 1, 2016

Etrigan we already mentioned you twice!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 4:49 PM on July 1, 2016 [4 favorites]

I missed a lot of these links because of the general awfulness of the news especially in recent weeks, so thanks again for the round-up and the enjoyable conversation! (And of course thanks to the mods for the continuing moderation work in the tough threads.)

While I haven't been on a road trip in a while, I fondly remember the ones from when I was younger. I also (not so fondly) recall getting one of my fingers getting slammed accidentally in the edge of the door of the family van when I was a kid. Can't remember where, but it was in the parking lot of a roadside shop geared towards tourists. Hurt a lot at the time, but luckily it turned out to be okay.

Hope you all enjoy your holidays; wishing you a fun and safe trip, jessamyn! I also would love to hear your song setting of "The Gift of the Magi" on ukulele, so I hope you get a chance to work on it and post it to MeFi Music sometime. :)
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 2:46 AM on July 2, 2016 [2 favorites]

Excellent! I finished the last one yesterday. MeFi Podcasts 365!
posted by ignignokt at 5:03 AM on July 2, 2016 [2 favorites]

Etrigan we already mentioned you twice!

I'm only here for the mentions.
posted by Fizz at 2:28 PM on July 2, 2016

I should mention that an Etrigan comment was also the long-lost comment in my "what's the word?" post.
posted by aniola at 4:37 PM on July 2, 2016 [1 favorite]

The transcript is open!
posted by Pronoiac at 9:33 AM on July 3, 2016 [4 favorites]

I'll take two FPP mentions, even if they were grudging!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:31 PM on July 4, 2016

Regarding the jury-rigged comms: the audio was way better than usual; jessamyn's voice in particular was much more natural sounding, but I suppose a headset make for easier typing.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:39 PM on July 4, 2016

This was me using my phone for audio (with the earbuds and earbud mic) and then typing on my computer so I heard less typing too which I thought was useful. I felt it was better soundwise too.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:21 PM on July 4, 2016

There's Cambridge trivia again tonight, in case any of you were inspired by jessamyn's story of driving in Boston. There will probably not be as much weird candy this week though.
posted by maryr at 9:29 AM on July 5, 2016 [3 favorites]

You guys. The bee conversation. YOU GUYS.
posted by churl at 4:55 PM on July 5, 2016 [3 favorites]

It was so good when you talked about the bees oh man
posted by churl at 4:55 PM on July 5, 2016 [2 favorites]

I missed the original bees post, so I just went and commented on it like a million years after the fact, where nobody will read it... and I've decided I'm not about to deprive you of this gem:

I think we've finally discovered what the Beyond in "Bed Bath & Beyond" refers to.
posted by duffell at 5:10 PM on July 5, 2016 [6 favorites]

Pronoiac, my favorite part of transcribing the podcast is when jessamyn or cortex make weird little vowelly interjections and I have to come up with some way to convey their essence on the page.
posted by duffell at 7:59 PM on July 5, 2016

Transcribing complete- come help review, everybody!
posted by zamboni at 7:57 AM on July 6, 2016 [4 favorites]

Still running the swear jar, are we ? 'Cause, just sayin'...
posted by y2karl at 2:33 PM on July 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

Nah, we gave up on that fucker a while ago.
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:35 PM on July 7, 2016 [3 favorites]

No fuckin' shit.
posted by y2karl at 3:29 PM on July 7, 2016 [1 favorite]


it's been a while

i put it up on the wiki everyone

thank you very much! duffell and zamboni, you kick ass!
posted by Pronoiac at 11:07 PM on July 7, 2016 [2 favorites]

MetaFilter: the bizarro-world version of the "green card doctors" you find in states with medical marijuana.
posted by y2karl at 7:58 AM on July 8, 2016

my favorite part of transcribing the podcast is when jessamyn or cortex make weird little vowelly interjections and I have to come up with some way to convey their essence on the page.

[makes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ noise]

Well done!
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:26 AM on July 10, 2016 [2 favorites]

I think Jessamyn's road trip just ended, so I wish I'd thought of this earlier, but a road trip podcast could be great! Like an hour per day recorded while you're on some stretch of empty highway. I bet listeners would pick up overall vibe changes from episode to episode.
posted by ignignokt at 7:03 PM on July 15, 2016

I love that idea! That said, I was in a car with bandit and not_on_display and a lot of our talking was discussed in this tweet. I think cortex and I need to go on a mini road trip, tbh.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:29 PM on July 15, 2016

posted by cortex (staff) at 8:28 PM on July 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

Alternatively, instead of doing a road trip podcast, you could do live commentary while playing Desert Bus.
posted by duffell at 8:37 PM on July 15, 2016

Wow, the "Is cooking meals a good use of time?" thread is a perfect distillate of everything petty, annoying, and ugly about askmefi. To be fair, there are generally far more good things than bad things here. I love askmefi. But, that thread makes it hard to remember why.

I'm going to go read some "identify these strange old-timey kitchen implements" threads and try to forget how obnoxious and inward-looking our community can be when asked for an opinion. Yikes.
posted by eotvos at 8:41 AM on July 17, 2016

YES posts are fun!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 2:57 PM on July 30, 2016

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