January 2009 Archives (all archives)
My Project Is Stuck in Limbo
Is there something funky going on with the projects? [more inside]
Seven seven seven seven by seven
I just got my seven thousand seven hundred seventy-seventh (7777th) favoriting. From the user named LuckySeven~.
rafaelloello. Again. And again, and again...
This isn't OK. And neither is this. Yes, it's rafaelloello redux, for those of you who remember this very special moment. Or this one.
5 years ago today in Metafilter.
6 years ago today in Metafilter. [more inside]
This site may harm your computer
After the party, there's the after party. And after the party, it's the hotel lobby
MORE LA HOT MEETUP ACTION! Inside: Scotch, punk rock, and YOU! [more inside]
Bug report (?) + Follow-up
Is archiving a thread supposed to put the kibosh on Recent Comments? Also, a follow-up. [more inside]
Get me out of there
Just want to register my opposition to the new Public Shaming Initiative that requires deleted posts to remain on the front page with a weird bit of text beneath them.
NPR Drops the MeFi Name
Linda Holmes discusses the fishy smell of "Dating a Banker Anonymous" on NPR, cites Metafilter. The thread in question.
I don't know who's best
Not seeing immediate "best answers" when page refreshes after marking them [more inside]
Bolding an entire askme question is annoying
My AskMe question is more important than all the others, so I'm going to make it bold.
How to Read is Something for Everyone.
My AskMe from this morning was answered beautifully, with depth and consideration. As it is right now, at 20:07 EST, it is a beautiful little anthology on How to Read. I would shamelessly nominate it for the sidebar.
Problems with Metatalk Backtagging
Presumed site-performance related glitch with MetaTalk Back-Tagging [more inside]
From the desk of...
Anyone else see that Neatorama linked to the oval office desk post? Though they don't really give credit where credit is due. link [more inside]
MeFite goes to Mardi Gras
Out-of-town MeFite coming to Mardi Gras...any tips? And, who's in town? [more inside]
Recently listened tracks page - sidebar error
A bit of sidebar wigginess appears to be happening on the Recently Listened Tracks by MeFites via Last.fm page.
How to find old AskMeFi answers?
How to find old AskMeFi answers? [more inside]
New answer counts missing in AskMe intermittently.
New answer counts missing in AskMe intermittently. [more inside]
Just one more mimosa before I head out to rape and pillage.
Once you've slept like/as a Viking, brunch like one.
Give me my MefiTV!
Ooooooo. What is this? [more inside]
Reading This Request Will Lower Your IQ
Foolish consistency pony. [more inside]
Question disappeared [more inside]
How ya gonna pay for that there server?
The status blog says that new hardware is on the way. Is this putting a financial strain on MetaFilter? Should we take up a collection? [more inside]
"Well it appears I accomplished exactly what I wanted when I posted (what I obviously knew to be) a contentious question. I left out some details initially..simply because I wanted to see how much people were willing the assume about my friend's relationship (and my problem with it)..." [more inside]
Can't get to mobile.metafilter.com
Post-injection issue: mobile.metafilter.com redirects to www.metafilter.com [more inside]
Cleave the Cleaved
Splitting up 'favourites' to make them easier to navigate [more inside]
The PecuLate Show
Have you noticed that David Letterman's writers are getting a bit lazy lately? [more inside]
I can has TXT?
Export Pony at the vet? Found the neato "export comments" feature on the wiki, but it tells me "We're sorry — A Server Error Occurred." Is this just due to the ongoing outage-related fixes, or am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
This made me say "whoa" out loud and count my blessings. [more inside]
Quick! Stomp it!
Bug report: I updated my profile, and it reset my status to Single. [more inside]
37: SongSmith comes before the hack
With Matt on vacation in Hawaii,
Josh cortex and jessamyn talk about SongSmith, Star Wars, whether or not anyone has actually read Wodehouse, and what the hell supermarkets are doing with bacon placement these days. This podcast was recorded Thursday, January 22nd, and runs just under an hour. [more inside]
Yo! I'm organizing a Columbus, Ohio meetup again. We had a blast at the last one (though SOMEONE never posted the pictures), and it's time for another! [more inside]
Are these new fonts? [more inside]
Superconference Rendezvous s'il vous plait!
Quick, Toronto, let's swap phone numbers before the server crashes again! Meetup this Saturday? [more inside]
I keep missing the London meetups dammit!
Pony request: notification for nearby meetups [more inside]
I'm hungry for another subsite. [more inside]
Chicago meetup? [more inside]
Are you down? Are you sure? Are you really sure?
Pony Request: Comments on the status blog.
Who attacted Metafilter, How, and can they be tracked down and made to squeal?
A happy ending!
Muscle memory finally pays off. MeTa is back! [more inside]
I've gone ahead and created a MeFi wiki page for our little Diplomacy-playing subcommunity (spawned in this MeTa thread). [more inside]
Metafilter Chili Cookoff
This post has inspired an idea: a Metafilter chili cookoff! [more inside]
I say put money in thy purse
Help me find a graph linked to on metafilter somewhat recently
Within the past few months someone posted a link to either a graph or (an article containing a graph) that showed that GDP calculated within a few months of the time period in question bears no relation (no statistical correlation) to GDP calculated with more complete non-estimated data two years down the line. I would like to find this graph. [more inside]
Why "Filters" before questions?
This is probably obvious, which is why I couldn't find it in the FAQ or the search. Why do people preface their questions with "[blank] filter:"? Does it help future searches and RSS filters?
Broken foot and all.
jonmc's last comment was this. [more inside]
I can has many twisty passages?
Proposed: a MetaFilter interactive fiction (also known as text-based adventure game) competition, to begin February. [more inside]
I've got a hostage and a list of demands. No, wait, an ageing iBook and a midi controller. Sup?
So, who else is doing the make-an-album-in-a-month rpm challenge? Anyone in London interested in some collaboration? [more inside]
Guys, I love MetaFilter.
Guys, I love MetaFilter. [more inside]
Pony update: editing after posting
Is there any update on the "edit your post/comment after posting" pony? [more inside]
You know what I love? The fact that Obama is now the president of the US. You know what I don't love? The fact that he also appears to be the president of the front page of the blue. [more inside]
Help me read all questions
I want to browse all questions asked in AskMeFi. Is there a way to do that? [more inside]
I don't know you
Cannot log in to AskMeFi under MacOS with Firefox. Can under Safari. [more inside]
The MetaTalk taggr utility is lonely and needs some attention.
The MetaTalk tagging, titling, and general archive-diving reminder. [more inside]
Los Angeles Meetup!!!
Los Angeles Meetup: I say it's time for another, don't you? [more inside]
You vetoed an open inauguration thread but you left this up?
You vetoed an open inauguration thread but you left this up? [more inside]
Open Inauguration Thread
We can has open inauguration thread? [more inside]
Raise a toast to Präsident Obama!
Wir feiern Obama in Berlin! Come join us. [more inside]
MetaPhilter: A Philly Meetup in Phebruary. [more inside]
My MetaFu is failing me. Where's the post (answer?) about the website that helps you turn your blog into a hard copy book. Did I dream it?
Who makes up the mefi audience?
Who are the people who make up metafilter? [more inside]
Pony request, "code" tag.
Pony request: Be nice if the "code" tag worked as expected. [more inside]
Any comics mefites going to the NY Comic Con? Odds are that I'm going to be able to make it this year - should we set up a meeting or at the minimum some identification procedures so we'll know if we run into each other?
Chicago-inauguration-meetup? [more inside]
Mind Performance Hack
• An entry in 1001 Computer Words You Need to Know... just a few of the fascinating tidbits unearthed by a Google Books search for the term "Metafilter".
•The Metafilter process, which is the subject of many patents, is based upon the filtration of the solution through a layer of very fine filtering material...used for, among other things, making beer
• Metafilter: adventures in zero budget usability
• The use of Ask MeFi cited as a "Mind Performance Hack"
• Actor Wil Wheaton whining about feeling rejected
• Mention of the 2003 Laurie Garrett Affair from the book The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet
• An interview with the intrepid author of librarian.net
Birmingham, Alabama Meet-Up...
Birmingham, Alabama meet-up in March? (Mini-Meetup this Week!) [more inside]
Also On: PoliticalFilter
Could PoliticalFilter be added to the list of "Also On:" services on the profile page?
How is that supposed to help?
MetaFilter in the media
MetaFilter gets a mention in M Magazine (the magazine that comes with The Age in Melbourne). Slightly odd reference, not an internet sort of article. [more inside]
Once someone asked a question that was inappropriate for some reason (chat filter?) and then everyone freaked out and started posting weird stuff. This was maybe a year ago. It never happened again, that I saw. It was sort of funny. But I don't know why/how/what happened. [more inside]
Aye's without a face
This is a brief request for the ability to answer anonymously on AskMe, as well as gauge other's interest in such a feature. [more inside]
Insert clever "Keane" pun here.
Followup to my Keane question. The money wasn't as exciting as I thought, but what a painful experience! [more inside]
DC Meetup 1/19/09 Respondez, si vous plait!
Pre-inaugural headcount: Taken Outtacontext has graciously agreed to be our 'unoffical' host and intermediary with the cafe, so if you'll be at Kogod Courtyard in the Smithsonian American Art Museum between 2 and 5 on Monday, January 19th, please say so here! [more inside]
What system decides what gets sidebarred? While most are fantastic, sometimes an entry doesn't seem so amazing.
I've been doggedly procrastinating on my actual tasks this morning. A big part of that procrastination has involved counting the obit filters on the blue for the past year. [more inside]
Reusing Ask MeFi Q&A in a book
Tom Vanderbilt reuses Ask MetaFilter question and answers in his book Traffic [more inside]
SF Bay Area Inaugural Meetup?
Any MeFites want to get together on Tuesday the 20th in the SF bay area and celebrate the day together? Preferably near a media source? And beverages?
Two heads are better than one
I just wanted to be sure everyone gets the memo. "Web zaphods," is that clear?
Psst, Metamusicians: The RPM Challenge is re-happening. Please let others know if you're in and how to find your project name. Details posted in Music Talk.
Join my Cause!
This is more a question in general than it is an effort to poop on a particular post. [more inside]
MetaFilter Helped Me Make This.
In this thread several total strangers invested considerable time towards providing me with some very creative and useful guidance. Thanks in large part to their efforts, ideas, and encouragement I was able to complete the project. Now, as promised, I return to the community that birthed it The AskMEthod Transformation. [more inside]
Looking for a post about history-dwellers
Losin mah mind. Looking for a post about British couples living anachronistically as though they were residents of the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. [more inside]
Double, needs to go
Why is this AskMe question, which is clearly a double, still around?
Cake take two
Is there a preference setting to turn off comment Live Previews? [more inside]
Let's hang out, Denton!
Denton, TX meetup Jan. 23 or 24? This post lists great ideas for things to do, but it would be much more fun to enjoy them with a group. [more inside]
First They Came for the AskMe Questions About Rectal Porn...
People who choose to complain about a question instead of trying to answer it are bad enough as is, but it was so excessive for this question about porn that the question itself got deleted and I think that's really inappropriate. [more inside]
A quick quandry about jobs
I'm looking for someone to partner with on a project, and I would like to post it to jobs. Is it kosher to post something to jobs that is not immediately compensated, but would be paid if success was achieved?
Northern Colorado Meetup?
I just moved to Colorado! Any interest in a meetup? [more inside]
Sounds snarky to me
Mac guru John Gruber leverages MeFi Music to make fun of Microsoft Songsmith. [more inside]
MetaFilter may be just what you need
London Meet-up Round 2
Let's try this again... London meet-up, late January? [more inside]
Pony request: I seem to be eternally replying to something in Recent Activity, only to find I've actually responded to the wrong thread. I'm not sure I'm entirely alone in this... [more inside]
CD Swap Reminder - Jan. 20!
MeFi Winter CD Swap reminder!
Hey swappers, the deadline to mail your mixes is one week from today, January 20th. [more inside]
Hey swappers, the deadline to mail your mixes is one week from today, January 20th. [more inside]
Please Sir, could we have a free-for-all, ask-any-dumb-question-you-like thread? [more inside]
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Meet-up?
Anyone up for a Chapel Hill meet-up? [more inside]
Chicago NW suburbs meetup
CHICAGO Northwest Suburbs Meetup! Calling mefites from Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Palatine, etc etc! (and anyone who feels like driving) [more inside]
Mr. & Mrs. Mefiuser
Another Mr. and Mrs. shared account moment. [more inside]
In the event you missed this first response to What we talk about when we do the nasty.
An Update: Kellogg Company is acquiring the trademarks and recipes of Mother's Cake & Cookie Co., a regional brand with a loyal consumer following in the Western U.S. [more inside]
I got the urge to re-read fandango_matt's well-loved Metafilter Explained By Furries cartoon, but it is no longer available. (And its creator has disabled his MeFi account.) Did anyone save a copy?
This Could Be the Year!
Hey everybody! MetaFilter is nominated for a 2008 Weblog Award for Best Online Community! The good news is this year FARK is not nominated (2007, 2006) which means right now, we are only losing to a Flickr Group, My Opera and Jennifer Marohasy (who is apparently a one-person community of Climate Change Skeptic(s)). Less than 6000 votes total so far and there are over 80,000 of us. So let's go MetaFighters! Vote Early and Vote Often (once every 24 hours). [more inside]
"I'd Hit It" Filter.
"Cute Girl" Filter: I know we've gone over this before, but I feel like there should be another discussion about making posts about female athletes WITHOUT appealing to "AND SHE'S HOTT" (or "SHE'S NOT JUST HOTT"). [more inside]
Help me find an old post.
Help me find an old Mefi post. Hours of searching the archives has been fruitless! [more inside]
So it's pronounced Or-uh-gun?
Portland OR meetup in late January? [more inside]
How many Mefite's on the head of a pin?
108 MeFites claim to live exactly here: +47° 25' 56.10", -121° 48' 12.20". Which is, in fact, nowhere. [more inside]
just a little thing
Incredibly minor design detail: Could the [add to favorites] button be switched with [!], so that [add to favorites] is adjacent to 'x people marked this as a favorite'? I'm always hitting the flag button when I want to favorite something because it's right next to favorites. [more inside]
TIME FOR STILL MORE STORIES
A follow-up to this much-beloved FPP, the resultant AskMe question, and the inevitable follow-up FPP ... it's TIME FOR SOME STORIES: THE BLOG! It contains some reprints from the original thread, plus some new anecdotes. Also of note: the original TIME FOR SOME STORIES thread was restored on vivalavinyl.org, and features newer Dave Secretary stories that weren't in the original linked-to archive.
PS3 gamer group?
PS3 owning MeFites...anyone play EndWar? Wanna play? Or any other ps3 game for that matter? [more inside]
Please elaborate as to why an informative, multi-link post on a distinct topic, without editorializing or inflammatory language merited deletion, while a one-sided, inflammatory, single-link Youtube post is considered best of the web. Why does the former need to be "added to one of the open threads" but not the latter?
If Amarillo and Iceland can have a meetup, surely Houston can host one? What say you, southeast Texans?
I been done had...
There was once a post that referenced a person saying "I been done heard that ol' shit" but I can't find it anymore. [more inside]
Are there any opinions which cannot be held?
We saw two extremely emotional discussions yesterday on two extremely emotional topics. Some people in each thread held wildly unpopular views. Is there a moderator litmus test for censoring sincere opinions/arguments? [more inside]
MeFi on iPhone via RSS through Google Reader
What's the best way to browse MeFi on an iPhone, usually via RSS? [more inside]
the 'best answer' option for the green is great but how about also having a just 'helpful' option?
the 'best answer' option for the green is great but how about also having a just 'helpful' option? [more inside]
I gots those Metafilter blues...
Boston Blues Jam Meetup? [more inside]
MeFi Gardeners: The MetaFilter Seed Exchange is here! [more inside]
I love New York in January, how about you?
So, I'll be in New York next week for ten days or so ... [more inside]
Probably not worth fighting over
People from Britain are bad. Or maybe people from America are bad. I can't decide which is worse. Some recent posts about US vs UK have me worried that the moderators will be in the same position as those trying to broker peace between Arabs and Israelis. Wars have already been fought over this.
Anyone interested in an Amarillo, TX meetup?
Let's Drink Beer, Vermonters!
Let's get together in Barre/Montpelier (VT) someplace on next Saturday the 10th and celebrate the days getting longer and welcome youcancallmeal to the frozen north. Yes?
From the email I sent to nickyskye this morning:
Should've known better... I presume you didn't meant to post this to the front page, dude. -- cortex [more inside]
mefi mail alerts
Mefi Mail Alert Options? [more inside]
"Favorited x times" page title bug
When you click on a "
favorited X times" link, you are taken to a page with the title "
All users marked nnnnn as favorite" (example). Should it not say "
All users who marked nnnnnn as a favorite"? (The in-page text heading is "
X users marked this as a favorite:", FWIW)
36: Thousands of little poops
Most of this podcast covers the Best Posts of December Contest as we determine our favorites and come up with a list of winners (results are inside), then follow it up with favorite posts from other sections of the site. Recorded on January 2, it's just under an hour long. [more inside]
MetaFilter Feeds Glitch
You might see old MetaFilter posts or comments showing up as new in Google Reader thanks to a new year glitch we fixed today. [more inside]
Fair and Balanced.
Yesterday I made this post which was deleted. Apparently it was flagged numerous times as 'offensive'. After a few MeFi mails with Matt, he altered the reason, but didn't change the part I dispute. [more inside]
This dude is a troll.
After 8 years of lurking, Gamien Boffenburg crawls out of the woodwork to ... defend the use of the swastika, compare Israel to Nazi Germany, and joke about sexually assaulting a Zionist. And that's it. That's all he brings to the table. Gamien Boffenburg, I hereby invite you to crawl back under whichever rock you came from.
Vegas, baby! Meetup for CES attendees and locals?
Vegas, baby! Meetup for CES attendees and locals? [more inside]
Whistler Mefi Meetup
Would anyone be interested in a Whistler meetup? [more inside]
What are your odds of winning December's "best post" contest?
What are your odds of winning December's "best post" contest?
Long underwear and studded tires
Icycle Challenge, 2009 edition: The colder it gets, the higher your score -- this time exponentially -- so break out the long underwear and the studded tires! [more inside]