181: Pivot Table the Calendar February 4, 2022 12:13 PM   Subscribe

I love podcasts, woo woo woo! I love podcasts, how 'bout you? Here's episode 181, with jessamyn and I contemplating the idea of a week and a month and talking about misc. MetaFilterian stuff. Runs about 90 minutes.

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- my penance for being late getting this up is reusing last months experimental horn version of the original podcast theme even though it hurts to listen to now
- rabbit rabbit, apparently
- 181 is a palindromic prime
- I haven't gone back to figure out if I started doing the podcast at episode 34 or earlier, but god it's been a while either way
- Jessamyn, when the reference didn't land

- The year I won a year's supply of cheese by jessamyn
- The Rocinante, my hand-painted ship model from The Expanse by rachaelfaith
- The 885 films I saw and reviewed in 2021 by growabrain
- Birdsong Audio Separation by kaibutsu
- So I made a Wordle clone (with some extra features) by RustyBrooks
- Return to the Planet: a Zine Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of FFVII by subdee

- "Life’s hard enough, and I’m looking to make people feel better" by jessamyn
- WKRIP by guiseroom
- No More Waiting For The End Of Time by chavenet
- Up to 30 stitches per inch! No bobbins! Quiet! by metaquarry
- What came first? Or last, or in between? by brainwane
- A Brief History of Windfuckers by oulipian
- Ex-NM labor official shares real world experience: capitalism sucks by wenestvedt
- “There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” by oulipian
- JEOPARDAMY! by Going To Maine
- Look at the quality of this 3D animation by They sucked his brains out!
- "It’s like people who try to clone their dogs" by jessamyn
- Free thread! by cortex
- Free Thread Returns by cortex
- Free Thread Forever by cortex
- Free Thread & Robin by cortex

Ask MetaFilter
- HELP, there's an elk in my freezer! by MonkeyToes
- What was that music video with the giant blue butt sculpture? by mermaidcafe
- what's that song? by peppercorn
- What's that weird instrument: The Beatles: Get Back edition by 2N2222
- When was Van Halen’s 1984 album released? by Short End Of A Wishbone
- Help identify this mystery object? by scody
- What do they call a stupid SOB in your neck of the woods? by Gotanda
- Rock music puns? by OrangeVelour
- Do I need a bank with a real building I can go to? by DMelanogaster
- Parsing Amazon reviews by Cozybee

- Introduce yourself! by cortex
- Our favorite under-loved comments of 2021 by MonkeyToes
- a comment by kimberussell
posted by cortex (staff) to MeFi Podcast at 12:13 PM (14 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Jobs is missing.
posted by zengargoyle at 12:18 PM on February 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

I think we may have discussed all of them so we didn't add the links into the chat window we keep going while we talk.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:22 PM on February 5, 2022

Oh yeah! I think that was jess talking through them while I did podcast research and, whoops, no link pasting.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:43 PM on February 5, 2022

np, just thinking historical access sorts of thing and pointing out. Understand the reasons.
posted by zengargoyle at 12:51 PM on February 5, 2022

Episode 4: Inertia - The Mechanical Universe - YouTube.

1610 Galileo gets polished lenses from some Dutch lens grinders. Builds his own. Sells it to the higher powers as coastline defense see far away. Becomes a children's toy. He overengineer's it and makes it better. Boom telescopic astronomy.
posted by zengargoyle at 1:25 PM on February 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

FWIW, as one of your 11 listeners, I have a memory of cortex being a guest on the podcast before having had an official connection to the site. Maybe even the first actual podcast guest? There never were many guests to begin with, IIRC.
posted by obloquy at 3:56 PM on February 5, 2022 [1 favorite]

Chain Sennit - Cable Storage - Rope Storage - Decorative Lanyard - Best Way to Store Extension Cord - YouTube.

Lol chain stitch. It's like dial telephones in that, good lord don't you know? Nope! the number of people who fuck up opening a sack or getting their wires all tangled don't know shit. Kids these days.
posted by zengargoyle at 5:01 PM on February 5, 2022

Remembering that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kinda digitally pushpinned onto the literature discussion. "My love, she's like some raven, at my window with a broken wing."
posted by Oyéah at 7:32 PM on February 5, 2022

Scrubjay, jadepearl, ananci, zorseshoes, Seamus, and Lookingpuppy have all made my kitchen a LOT less tense with their helpful recipes and elk-cooking ideas. Thanks!
posted by MonkeyToes at 8:22 PM on February 5, 2022 [2 favorites]

Oh good lord, university days I had a photocopied version of a book that was basically "how to curse in six different languages". I only still remember a few of them. I sorta used to collect random phrases/translations and such because it was an international sort of university so there were a lot of foreign people to pester a bit.
posted by zengargoyle at 5:41 AM on February 7, 2022

Fun podcast. My obnoxious head-canon to explain the universal translator is that the computers are actually far more intelligent than they let on. The humanoids are really just pets that the computers keeps around because it's fun to watch them pretend to solve problems. It also nicely explains how you can travel to a specific planet an 1/8 of the way across the galaxy by saying 5 digits, transport the right people and their shoes but not the dirt around them with a button and three sliders, or make a hologram that discovers new physics only when you ask it too; the computer was listening in and anticipating what you asked for the whole time. The crew are just cats who feel proud that they've successfully ambushed a stuffed mouse on a string.

But, yeah, Darmok is great fun if you don't think to hard about it. My second random Trek head canon is that the Tamarians have a large technical underclass who use literal expressions to teach each other how to build and maintain starships. We never see them, because only the poet class are allowed to become bridge officers. But, they're actually pressing the buttons and manufacturing the knives and shoes.

The playing-sports-when-you-don't-know-the-rules thing is the story of my childhood. I signed up for basketball in elementary school on a whim without realizing that everyone else had spent thousands of hours practicing basketball and already knew the rules. The coach was really kind, but my only contribution to the team was standing in the way of players from the other team in order to slow them down. As a cis boy, I was threatened in junior high PE football with being sent to the girls' lessons because I didn't already know the rules the day we began. At the time I didn't have the self confidence to say, "yes, please! Sounds a lot better than pretending to give a damn about this boring game with you assholes." (Much less raise a stink about the crappy gender assumptions.) Fortunately for me, the gorilla who ran the program decided that we'd only be graded on our time running a mile, which was the one sport I actually understood. The other 9 days out of 10 standing at the edge of a field bored out of my mind with no idea what was going on were frustrating.
posted by eotvos at 8:37 AM on February 7, 2022 [1 favorite]

"Cronenbergian Horror Slurry"
posted by eclectist at 9:34 AM on February 7, 2022

Scared an old lady in the street laughing so hard at the inflation re butt size joke!
posted by ellieBOA at 6:46 AM on February 9, 2022 [2 favorites]

My "playing-sports-when-you-don't-know-the-rules" story: parents put me into rec center city league soccer like all the young kids my age. I had no idea what soccer was, other than you used your feet somehow. First practice a bunch of us were milling about waiting to see what's up, while some of the more experienced kids were kicking a ball. Coach gets the team together, welcomes us, rah rah rah, and then first drill, pass and shoot. Team gets in two lines, first two pass and dribble and shoot. Easy, right? well the unexperienced ones, myself included, tried to get to the back of the line so we can at least see how this all works. Unfortunately coach grabs me and sticks me in the front as one of the first to start the drill!

We start out, other kid dribble and pass. I get the ball, clumsily dribble, and kick it right back to him. Back and forth we go, forward towards the goal. We get close and coach starts yelling "SHOOT SHOOT" Well I have no idea what to do, so I pass back to the other kid. I guess he doesn't either because he passes it right back. Coach keeps yelling "SHOOT THE BALL! SHOOT!!!!!!!!!!"

Now - the only other sport things I had done was backyard stuff - toss a baseball, basketball hoop on the garage, that sort of thing. Soccer was new to me. But I tried to apply things from other sports, and i know you shoot the ball in basketball so ....

I picked up the soccer ball and threw it into the goal! Like - the worst possible move ever! Coach goes ballistic screaming "NEVER TOUCH THE BALL NEVER USE YOUR HANDS NEVER NEVER NEVER!!!!" and I basically died of embarrassment.

Coach made me run 5 laps for that infraction and believe me it was the slowest laps I ever took. Just dying of embarrassment and humiliation. I learned very quickly that soccer is a foot-only sport (except if you were the Goalie, but that's a story for another time)
posted by jazon at 9:31 AM on February 10, 2022

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