138: Don't Leave Me Hanging February 28, 2018 3:01 PM   Subscribe

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Featured in this episode:
- Black and White Rag by OverlappingElvis
- Meet Here If We Get Separated by eustacescrubb
- A Natural Carpet by Foosnark
- Slow Orbit by CarrotAdventure
- Nowhere to be Found by Corduroy

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posted by cortex (staff) to MeFi Podcast at 3:01 PM (24 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

:D :D :D

It's MetaFilter podcast day!! So happy.
posted by Fizz at 4:46 PM on February 28, 2018

Listening! Five minutes in and I feel I want to stop the podcast and bring in a large pot of very strong tea for Cortex, before it continues.
posted by Wordshore at 5:00 PM on February 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

When two people make the same discovery independently at the same time it is called ... {drumroll} ... {wait for it} ...

Multiple discovery

How ... not that massively imaginative. The phrases simultaneous invention or independent invention are also sometimes used, apparently.
posted by Wordshore at 5:20 PM on February 28, 2018

Getting mad at kids with a drone isn't a sign of being old, it's a sign that you value things like "not hearing a high-pitched lawnmower buzzing around everywhere."
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 5:40 PM on February 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

It was just the first time I'd been wandering on a beach basically alone and then been like "What's that sound?" and was like "Awwww I hate the future" Usually I LOVE the future, or can at least tolerate it.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 6:13 PM on February 28, 2018 [6 favorites]

So, longest song. Guinness lists "In the Garden" but they measure by duration not word count. And I imagine epic poems like The Song of Roland outdo it by word count.
posted by pwnguin at 8:18 PM on February 28, 2018

Fell asleep with 10 minutes left (currently am in an extremely well-heated room due to the tundra conditions outside so its drowsy-inducing). Just finished the podcast and enjoyed that one.

Drones have annoyed me on a few occasions of late; once when I'd walked to a scenic spot to have epic views to myself, only to find someone noisily flying one just round and round in circles. And another time, when someone was chasing birds with one "for fun", though he stopped when I enquired as to how scratch-resistant the paintwork, and how puncture-resistant the tyres, were on his car. Sadly, the cost of somewhat sinister looking jammers is currently way too much, but hopefully a small and cheap one will be marketed at some point to level up the balance.

(Someone also stupidly tried to fly one across the local outdoor gun range earlier this year, though he got most of it back in a cardboard box later on that day).
posted by Wordshore at 10:23 PM on February 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

I first heard a drone when I was living next to a small production company in LA. One of their employees kept flying one outside our window, and refused to stop until we eventually talked to the management. Worst sound in the world. Nothing gets my goat like trying to go for a hike and hearing somebody fly their drone back and forth to get the right shot. It's like yeah, dude, you're not the only one who noticed that it was a pretty sunset.

Now, whenever I'm watching something and there's a beautiful drone shot, I just think of all the people who were undoubtedly super annoyed for half an hour.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 10:53 PM on February 28, 2018 [2 favorites]

Don't let drones get you distracted until after we deal with the scourge of leaf-blowers.
posted by zengargoyle at 2:26 AM on March 1, 2018

Don't let drones get you distracted until after we deal with the scourge of leaf-blowers.

Let's add Sunday morning lawnmowers to that list as well.
posted by Fizz at 6:25 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

Is "Black and White Rag" the music at the first break (around 15 minutes in)? Dang, that is awesome.
posted by wenestvedt at 6:30 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

We were taking pictures near the Cape Code Canal the summer before last, and I saw someone launch one of those fancy, expensive white drones (DJI?) over the water. There's a strong, steady wind that blows in from the Bay, and their drone just worked its way farther and farther downwind, well out over the water. Eventually we could see that it was out of sight, past some power lines and buildings and stuff.

I know it has a "fly home" feature when the battery gets low, but... I sure hope they got that thing back.
posted by wenestvedt at 6:34 AM on March 1, 2018

Is "Black and White Rag" the music at the first break (around 15 minutes in)? Dang, that is awesome.

It is! I try list the tracks in the MeFi Music section in the order they appear in the episode (though I've goofed now and then). Though my advice with that is always to just go listen to the full tracks!
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:23 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

Whoa!! You guys!! This is so nice! Thank you so much for the plug and the kind words. Now I can officially say that I’m Metafilter Endorsed™.
posted by Phire at 8:28 AM on March 1, 2018 [4 favorites]

scourge of leaf-blowers....Sunday morning lawnmowers

This song is made for you all.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 9:39 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

I thought I read here every day, but I have only seen a couple of these discussions. Weird, let us also count in as annoying the pit bull next door to the east, who barks all Saturday morning, starting early, and then when he lets up yeah, the gardeners arrive with the leaf blowers, next door to the west. But I am going to figure out how to train the wild parrots to talk, in this town. So when they fly they shout out, "You dumb sons of bitches!," instead of imitating robins. My father passed away in 2007, so he no longer collects the royalties on that phrase.
posted by Oyéah at 10:17 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

jessamyn: It was just the first time I'd been wandering on a beach basically alone and then been like "What's that sound?" and was like "Awwww I hate the future" Usually I LOVE the future, or can at least tolerate it.

I suggest you not watch the most recent episode of The X-Files (Season 11, Episode 7, linked to FanFare thread).

zengargoyle: Don't let drones get you distracted until after we deal with the scourge of leaf-blowers.

Ashleigh Brilliant, is that you?
posted by filthy light thief at 7:08 AM on March 2, 2018

jessamyn there's actually a translation reason for using LORD vs Lord (you'll see both) and it has to do with how we get from different names for God in the Hebrew text - YHWH vs any other word that can get translated as "lord" - especially since the route to translation in English included referencing the Latin Vulgate translation, so lots of different words got translated as dominus in Latin which became "lord" in English. The translators understood YHWH was special with a particular history and context. So we get LORD and Lord.
posted by eustacescrubb at 10:13 AM on March 2, 2018 [5 favorites]

the usual suspects

I'd like to think I'm Gabriel Byrne in this scenario, but I'm probably Benicio del Toro
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:15 PM on March 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

I was walking my dog and listening to the podcast, and just when cortex said (re: Subnautica) "You crash your—"

— my phone crashed! It just completely shut down. SUSPICIOUS.
posted by moonmilk at 6:36 AM on March 3, 2018

138 Divisible by three!
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 5:15 PM on March 11, 2018 [1 favorite]

Was riding home on the Metro tonight when I remembered the Sweeper vs vacuum chat. We've, that is my family, have always called it a sweeper even when it was a hose connected to a motor that created a vacuum to suck up the dirt.
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 7:13 PM on March 12, 2018

The latest e-newsletter by Jessamyn is a fun read, partially due to this sentence:

"Please enjoy the part where the librarians noticed the guy was not a Vermonter because he was too well-dressed."
posted by Wordshore at 5:33 AM on March 16, 2018

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