October 2017 Archives (all archives)
secret quonsar 2017: Signups are Open!
It's secret quonsar time again! Participants will find out who they have drawn on Saturday, November 11, and the gift send by (or on) date is Friday, December 1*. Please sign up by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, November 9. The spending guideline: $10-20. [more inside]
Anyone making a go of it this year? If you are, comment with your profile info, a bit about your project, or whatever you are comfortable sharing. You have hours left to decide.
Give a short, descriptive title like jingoistic trope
This Halloween, if you could dress as anything or anybody from a story or painting, what would that be. [more inside]
Get your MetaFilter sticker pack!
Wish you could put your favorite website on your favorite automobile? Need to apply an adhesive Ask MetaFilter label to your laptop? Just like buying stickers? Good news: We've got stickers for sale (as well as some remaining t-shirt stock) over on our TopatoCo page! [more inside]
Looking back on ten years of FPPs
I've joined many web communities in my life, but none for as long or as wholeheartedly as MetaFilter. I've learned a lot, grown as a person, and taken direction from the thousands of smart, funny, and caring people who write here. And I've been inspired to write, too, putting more time and effort into researching worthwhile posts than I have at any other creative hobby. Sadly, what with work and the news chaos and competing interests it feels like there's less and less time to focus lately, and seeing linkrot erode what I do post is a drag. So when showbiz_liz's lovely celebration of ten years on the blue made me realize my own 10th Mefiversary was approaching, I was moved to do something about it. Nothing on the web lasts forever, but armed with old notes files, the Wayback Machine, and a drive to rediscover my own personal Best of the Web, I plowed through all 149 posts (and a few comments) to recover lost links, check on what had happened since, and organize it all into a single FPP omnibus for your reading pleasure. [more inside]
Can’t find this Metafilter comment, a long description of having a “friend” that is in fact a description of creating a Golem (without ever using the word ‘Golem’ which makes it hard to search).
Metatalktail Hour: Happy Thoughts
Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, because it's been a long one, please share a happy thing that's happened to you lately, whether it's something super-fantastically awesome or just binge-watching Stranger Things this weekend. Tell us the good stuff going on in your life!
MeFi Accountability Partnerships
I saw this post from about two years ago, concerning the establishment of a MeFi accountability and/or productivity group. There was a Slack group set up. Is that still active? If not, or if someone is looking for an alternative (I'd prefer an alternative), could we get a new discussion going about how best to arrange this? [more inside]
Don't Say We Did not Warn You
MeFiChi (TINCC*) will be celebrating the (totally not arbitrarily-designated) 10th Anniversary of our First Wednesdays at the Goat and (late lamented) Frog on the first Wednesday of October 2018. Please consider this your Save the Date. There will be an IRL as we get closer, but we know (oh how we know!) calendars are hard and we thought a head's up for those who need it might be a good idea. [more inside]
Best Costume EVER
Back in 2009, np312 blew everyone's mind with a comment in an AskMe about an amazing Halloween costume. Then a couple years later it got turned into a comic (MeTas about it here). But I bet you didn't know - in 2015, that comic apparently inspired a live version.
US Politics threads are getting a little... out there
Despite my high usernumber, I've been reading metafilter for a very long time, and like all of you I've seen the site -- and the site culture -- change a lot, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. One of the reasons I've stuck with the site for so long, and eventually signed up, is the sensible politics that somehow have always come to the forefront of discussions (thanks moderators!). In particular, discussions on Metafilter have traditionally provided a fantastic contrast to the less-hinged portions of the web where hyperbole and childish insults dominated. [more inside]
Right Post at the Right Time
I had a pretty terrible yesterday and a somewhat grumpy today. Towards the end of my work shift I switched tabs over to MetaFilter and I saw Wordshore's delightful post on the new Animal Crossing game. And it's cheered me right up. Something was just right about this post and it hit me at the right time. I thought I'd share my joy and gratitude about that here. Feel free to share your own stories of posts that hit you at the right time. Maybe its the linked subject or the comments, but something just worked and it made your day like this one made mine. Thank you Wordshore. :)
Fucking Fuck v5.0
This is the new FUCKING WTF thread. The last few
weeks months years have been stressful. Please come in to share how you're surviving, to breathe, to vent, to tell us about happy things and victories small and large, whatever's on your mind. I love you all.
Guess AskMe writes for Lifehacker now!
They've lifted this entire thread: Alternatives to Love and basically cribbed it for a blog post. They've even directly quoted many of the users that posted in the thread. Thanks to the original posters for their answers!
Looking for a post that meant nothing to me
Some time in the past month or so, there was a post on the blue re games—specifically (using the term loosely), something about going through the levels and/or how quickly it takes to complete some games. Not much to go on, I know, but I have faith in you all. [more inside]
happy mefi to me
Oh hey. I guess I've been here for ten years and counting. [more inside]
Metatalktail Hour: Calling all Imaginary Architects
Let's design our dream homes -- what special room or feature would you have, in your perfect house/boat/compound? (Money is no object; if you want, we're talking awesome volcano lair with a roller rink and waterslides and the whole deal.) [more inside]
Things are getting better!
If you are a poster on the green please share some of your victories with me. I'm looking to read sequential AskMe questions that show things getting better over time. [more inside]
FPP Etiquette: acronyms, abbreviations, and jargon
This recent FPP includes acronyms not explained in the post; and, generally, even for someone (me) who is generically science-literate at an undergrad (+, depending on the area of science) university level, it's pretty unclear what the post is about. I've had complaints about some of my comments being too technical for the general metafilter audience, so I imagine if I found myself having little idea what the post topic was about after reading, it's probably unclear to many other folks too. I'm a little sad about this both from a quality of Metafilter FPPs viewpoint and from a quality of public science communication viewpoint, as someone who cares about both of those things. In short: the links therein might be the best of the web, but the FPP isn't. Can we try to do better please? Would a reminder on the new post page that posters should keep the entire Metafilter audience in mind when crafting posts perhaps help?
Ireland Hurricane Ophelia Check In
Thought there might should be one of these. Ophelia was a cyclone, tempest, a God damned hurricane. And she's bearing down on Ireland. Should be a little weaker, but MeFis, stay safe!
Metatalktail Hour: Kiddie Toys
Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! I'm off this week and this cortex goon is in charge, so ... . Anyway, Rhaomi wants to know your favorite toy growing up -- as well as any other exciting happenings in your life this week!
The Mighty, Mighty Mastodon Thread
Over on the #WomenBoycottTwitter thread, folks are discovering, rediscovering, and, more importantly, signing up for Mastodon, the open source social network. [more inside]
October Showers bring November Flowers
What we plant, we sow. The flowers we have during the summer* can be of our choosing. How about we take from whenever this is posted until November 1 to create as many simply happy, joyous, silly, or positive posts as possible to The Blue? Animal videos that are happy! "News Of The Weird" as long as the weird is wonderful! World Events News posts that bring a smile! We can use it right now! More explanation points! I mean, really, I'm looking at the front page right now, and it's not a happy place overall. Let's pull the nose up on this negativity train. [more inside]
Came across an AskMe post that I feel like I know the perfect person for (on Metafilter, obviously). Could MeMail them, sure, but maybe it would be cool to be able to "page" other users directly from the thread? "Calling MeFite120349" sorta thing? [more inside]
Looking for a old solo musician post
I'm trying to find an old music post (not within the past year, but not more than a few years old) featuring a Youtube video of a solo female singer playing a sort of folky song on an acoustic guitar on her porch. Modern (not some old forgotten artist). For some reason I think she was in Texas. I think she had short hair. I think it was an original song. Other than I that I'm drawing blanks...
secret quonsar 2017: The Planning Thread
Oh look! It's October and it's time to plan for this year's secret quonsar swap! The secret quonsar swap is - for the uninitiated - our holiday-adjacent wintery gift exchange (Read About it on the Wiki). Let's talk details! [more inside]
trying to remember a lovely love poem comment
My favorites are usually the thing for this, but I've read every single one and can't find it. There was a poem referencing engagement, about being "yours" before even being asked and a proposal not feeling 'special' because it was a given. No idea what thread or whether the blue or the green. [more inside]
California fire check-in
Overnight in Northern California, a 200 acre fire became a 57,000 acre fire and people are desperately trying to evacuate. There are at least 10 dead and 1,500 structures have been destroyed. The L.A. Times has live coverage, Mercury News has the local story. Meanwhile in SoCal, Canyon Fire No. 2 in the Anaheim Hills area of Orange County is up to 5,000 acres. A mandatory evacuation order is in place; 1000+ people have been evacuated so far, and six structures have been destroyed. Wildfire Today has updates on fires across the state. I hope all our MeFite friends and family are okay. Please let us know if you need help.
MetaWhat? MetaWho? MetaHuh?
I wanted to know what parts of this community do you sometimes forget, neglect, or outright ignore? Maybe it's lack of interest or maybe it's just something you keep forgetting exists? FanFare? Jobs? AskMeFi? Labs? Chat? Podcast? Are you only on the blue? What part of MetaFilter is pushed to the side?
Metatalktail Hour: MeFi Made Me Do It
Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! After reading 8 billion AskMe recs over several years I finally gave in and bought a Tom Bihn bag that arrived this morning, so this week what I want to know is: What has MetaFilter convinced you to do? Dared you to try? Forced you to attempt? SHARE.
Big Dairy is on to us
I'm not entirely sure this warrants a MeTa but, what the hell, I'm making one anyway. Michael Schur (@kentremendous), the creator of The Good Place*, discovered this AskMe and played into it a little bit. The resulting Twitter thread is short but amusing. [more inside]
Mefi: the reason for Reply All
In this episode of the Longform podcast, Alex Goldman of Reply All credits AskMefi for getting him on the path to radio.
Correcting inaccurate posts
I recognize that as of three minutes ago this is irrelevant for the example post, but it's the sort of thing that could become relevant again. It was posted earlier today that Tom Petty was dead based on an erroneous news report from CBS. He in fact was not then, but is now. I understand it's not the policy to change an FPP once it's made. However, in this era of fake news and itchy-trigger-finger reporting, should there be some sort of Amendment to the Metafilter Constitution for these situations? [more inside]
Just saw Blood Stripe and noticed that a Matthew Haughey was thanked in the credits.
Buttons to jump down not working
When I click the jump to end of thread on any page it turns green and doesn't do anything. Also the jump to comments on the popular post page. [more inside]
133: Eggs On Your Pegboard
Jessamyn and I catch up on Canada trips and broken feet, and my idiolectical idiosyncrasies get dragged out of the bag again, along with a bunch of good MetaFilter stuff, in this podcast episode recorded Friday September 29th. It runs about 80 minutes total. [more inside]
"I'm really surprised more people haven't done this; it's super-easy."
MeFi’s own rowdy-librarian-cum-privacy-activist Jessamyn West is suing Equifax in small claims court. You can follow her progress on Medium.