147: We Forgot What We Were Gonna Call This One November 30, 2018 3:15 PM   Subscribe

November isn't even quite over yet but Jessamyn and I are entirely done with it, and document a bunch of the good bits and some of the not so great ones in this episode of the MeFi monthly podcast. Also there is a very clever bird and some nude cats. Also I make a pretty solid joke about clouds. It's actually not very solid. The joke I mean. Also obviously not the clouds, they're made of vapor, c'mon. Yes. Okay. Hello.

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- the number 147 is a superpermutation I guess
- man we maybe need some podcast archives, anywhere here's the very first one
- flowers for Algernon, more like flippies from Jim
- y'all it's still Moshow the Cat Rapper
- like, I mean

- Clinical Research Operations Specialist- IT oriented by tangaroo
- 3D Conversion Artist by Construction Concern

- fcc-git-nomic: A game of Nomic played via Github by man down under
- The Toronto Film Map by avocet
- Playlists from The Site by bendy
- A game that teaches kids 20 years of investing in 20 minutes by missjenny (MeFi Post)
- We Sacrificed Imaginary Kitties to Help People Avoid Real-Life Financial Disaster by missjenny
- The Brexit Twitter Project by garius

- SF Writer Greg Egan & Mystery Math Whiz Advance Permutation Problem by cgc373
- Let your need guide your behaviour by Johnny Wallflower
- "Sluggo is lit" by Doktor Zed
- The Competitive Book Sorters Who Spread Knowledge Around New York by cynical pinnacle
- Attention Chess Nerds! by OHenryPacey
- 52,438 High-Definition Images of Artworks Into the Public Domain by WCityMike
- Before envelopes, there was letterlocking by zeptoweasel
- slurp gulp crunch smack by Fizz
- The "Talk" for 45-year old women by bunderful
- Take another puzzle piece of my art by Atom Eyes
- I Was At One Point Informed By A Person by BiggerJ

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- How should I begin selling my underwear in NYC? by crocodiletsunami
- What is the weirdest, most obscure national organization you know of by Ms Vegetable
- Is the fruit from Harry and David really more amazing ? by TestamentToGrace
- How to deal - when family member did the worst thing by Anonymous
- How did you deal with seeing your partner in pain during labor? by Fister Roboto
- Help me get my photos off of Flickr by melodykramer (of which also Jess hunts for Creative Commons answers<>)
Considering getting a Sphynx by hepta

- rtha in hospice by cortex
- RIP Samizdata by Johnny Wallflower
- Metatalktail Hour: Open Holiday Thread! by Eyebrows McGee
- MeFi Cookie Swap 2018 by chara
- It's the $5 noob anniversary! by octothorpe
- the holidays are upon us sooner than usual by jessamyn
- Chrisish? Greenmear? by greenish
- Everybody needs a hug by lazuli
- Direct your gopher client to gopher://gopher.metafilter.com by cortex

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Track featured in this episode:
- Scheme by srednivashtar
- Third Song, by Bulbs for Leonard by not_on_display
- Nothing but the Rain by Bluebird Wine
- Dance46 by CarrotAdventure

- The Good Place continues to be a very good show
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 3:15 PM (40 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

In for the cloud joke... Will report back... Maybe
posted by one4themoment at 4:31 PM on November 30

It has just turned December here in rural England. Just in from doing pagan ... things ... in the woods, so now I've washed the worst of the ash off (I did not check the wind direction in time), this podcast, a nice slice of coffee cake and a mug of heated chocolate milk are most welcome.

{listens to the introduction}

Stiricide, a 17th century word, means "the falling of icicles from a house". (From late Latin stīricidium, from stīria (icicle) + cid-, cadĕre to fall)
posted by Wordshore at 4:34 PM on November 30 [7 favorites]

Wait ... what ... the MetaFilter gopher server is back up?! (downloads plugin, clicks on link). By the power of moist buttered scones, it is and it works!
posted by Wordshore at 4:46 PM on November 30 [2 favorites]

My very, very good friend Justin passed way early this year. I introduced him to The Good Place, and haven't wanted to continue watching without him, but I think I'm ready.

Thanks for that word, Wordshore. Good stuff, that.
posted by mmmbacon at 4:47 PM on November 30 [5 favorites]

it is and it works!

Thanks frimble!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 7:33 PM on November 30 [2 favorites]

You heard it hear folks, Cortex liked my mouth-sounds post. No banning me from MetaFilter. Yay. <3
posted by Fizz at 7:54 PM on November 30 [3 favorites]

I got so angry that I had to pause the podcast and run in from walking the dog so I could post this: "imagine" does not rhyme with "dragons"!

Also I was already thinking "11001" before cortex suggested that some nerd should probably figure out a better superpermutation than 147. Oops!
posted by moonmilk at 8:22 PM on November 30

I'm so happy this showed up early!
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:37 PM on November 30

The Imagine Dragons rhyming/near rhyming conversation is killing me.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:59 PM on November 30

Hmm, this one seems to feature less me than last month.

posted by Chrysostom at 9:37 PM on November 30 [2 favorites]

The real question is what would be a good swaggery slant-rhyming band name that works with my, the correct, pronunciation of "dragons". Engaging Dragons? The Cajun Dragons? Some Sage 'n Dragons?
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:04 PM on November 30

Mistaken Dragons?
posted by Wobbuffet at 11:07 PM on November 30 [3 favorites]

Steak N Dragons.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 11:10 PM on November 30 [3 favorites]

I haven't listened to the podcast for a while, and the opportunity arose to listen, and thanks, people- it was nice hanging out with you. I just needed the background burble of good friends chatting to motivate me to get started on the worst thing ever (OK just at this time of year- end of year reports. (I'm a teacher.))
posted by freethefeet at 1:37 AM on December 1 [2 favorites]

Engaging Dragons? The Cajun Dragons? Some Sage 'n Dragons?

Flaggin’ Dragons.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:25 AM on December 1 [5 favorites]

The moment I clicked "play," a mama deer and two young deer walked into view in my yard. Your intro song is apparently a deer call.
posted by lazuli at 7:39 AM on December 1

Flaggin’ Dragons.

We have a winner!
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:13 AM on December 1 [1 favorite]

Flaggin’ Dragons

This is very good but suffers from the problem that the same people who could argue I say "dragons" wrong could still say it as a slantrhyme with "flaggin'" using the same vowel. I feel like the first half of the band name ideally has a word or words about which people have broad consensus agreement on the long-a pronunciation, so that it there's no room for ambiguity in the phonetic intentions. ("But Josh, people have broad consensus agreement on the pronunciation of dragon, too, so—" THAT'S IT, CHRIS, YOU'RE OUT OF THE BAND)
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:35 AM on December 1 [5 favorites]


I'm going to name my next bar band the Flagon Dragons, though.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:03 AM on December 1 [4 favorites]

This is very good but suffers from the problem that the same people who could argue I say "dragons" wrong could still say it as a slantrhyme with "flaggin'" using the same vowel.

For it to be a perfect rhyme I think we'd need to go with "Reagan Dragons," which sound like a Republican bar band.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:04 AM on December 1

Ragin' dragons.
posted by lazuli at 9:10 AM on December 1

For the record: LAH-zoo-lye
posted by lazuli at 9:22 AM on December 1 [10 favorites]

Thanks for mentioning avocet's project. I had missed it, and it's totally awesome.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:58 AM on December 1

flagon dragons, surely
posted by bq at 11:10 AM on December 1

Reagan's Dragons
posted by bondcliff at 12:59 PM on December 1 [2 favorites]

The flagon with the dragons bears the brew that is true.
posted by moonmilk at 1:13 PM on December 1 [5 favorites]


You've seen his LΛSΞR handiwork on Twitter
You've heard his 𝕎ℍ𝔼𝔼ℤ𝕀ℕ𝔾 on the podcast
Now prepare yourselves as he 𝗨𝗡𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗦 his inner Lawful Neutral

𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚎𝚡 𝚒𝚜


posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:11 PM on December 1 [7 favorites]

Snake 'n' Bacon 'n' Dragons
posted by not_on_display at 8:26 PM on December 1 [2 favorites]

flagon dragons, surely

Dragon Flagon or gtfo
posted by greermahoney at 12:12 AM on December 2

Raygun Dragon, obvs.
posted by rodlymight at 1:27 PM on December 2 [4 favorites]

That was an awesome episode.

Cortex, have you ever measured your vowels and done a vowel chart? (Weirdest question I’ve asked in a while)

I’d love to see where /æ/ and /e/ are in particular. I notice the shift to [ei] in lots of other words too and curious if it’s a more general thing or word-specific, eg, pagination dragons
posted by iamkimiam at 2:29 PM on December 2 [4 favorites]

I never have! But informally I am quite sure my dragon aberration definitely extends to a whole bunch of other words with the same vowels. You should see Greg flag the dragon's eggs, etc. I've never really interrogated similar vowel choices by my family members but I probably ought to at some point.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:08 PM on December 2 [2 favorites]

Doggone Dragons.
posted by eamondaly at 3:41 PM on December 2 [1 favorite]

We Forgot What We Were Gonna Call This One

That would be the name of my second child: Weforgotwhatweweregonnacallthisone Peacock. Yet another reason I'm not allowed children.

Not having heard it yet, I worry that that's the joke. Yet I post anyway.
posted by Grangousier at 5:02 PM on December 2 [2 favorites]

Yes please on a podcast archive! I sometimes want to look up old episodes by month/year and it would be so much easier than clicking and clicking or guessing the page number.

Back when there were open submissions for the Joke Show episode, I actually wrote a running joke for jessamyn and cortex to read aloud as themselves. It was meant to be a(n) homage to (1) cortex's pronunciation of "dragon" and (2) the rapport between him and jessamyn. Alas, I was too nervous to submit it at the time but WELL after listening to this last episode, I think it would have been okay? I ran across the file the other day and it made me laugh, but who knows if it's just funny to me. Jessamyn and cortex, if I find it again I'll send it to you.

Alternate episode titles:

- "It Sort of Helped"
- "Friend Rhymes with Bend"
- "CATpitalism"
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 10:37 PM on December 2 [1 favorite]

You should totally send it to us, yeah.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:03 PM on December 2

Actually, come to think of it, those offspring in order of appearance:


No, no natural parenting skills here, though it does kind of fit with what I learned about four child families from the books I read when I was a child (Narnia, Swallows and Amazons, possibly also The Fantastic Four).
posted by Grangousier at 4:40 AM on December 3

Swaggerin’ Dragons?
posted by Huffy Puffy at 7:25 AM on December 3

147! Divisible by 3! How do I know just by quick looks? Well 1+4+7 = 12 and 12 is divisible by 3.
And to tie it into the Permutation thing, all of it's permutations are also divisible by three.
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 3:43 PM on December 3 [1 favorite]

My favorite Political Harmonic Pop Punk band was Naked Dragons.
posted by not_on_display at 7:11 PM on December 6

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