October 2020 Archives (all archives)

October 31

What are you doing for the U.S. election?

Have you voted yet? Are you making calls, texting or donating? Got any interesting stories to share? [more inside]
posted by NotLost to MetaFilter-Related at 7:17 PM PST - 114 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Halloween time

Halloween tidings to you, Mefites! Lovely Mefite too bad you're not me asks for everyone to share their "Halloween-y things (costumes, jack-o-lanterns, etc)"; what have you got for us, let's hear it!
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaFilter-Related at 11:43 AM PST - 46 comments

October 30

Election Day video destress party!

MST Club is planning a marathon of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes, shorts and other fun things on November 3 that I'm calling... ELECTRON DAY! It will be in our usual video share room for MeFi members and anyone else to watch! AND Halloween we're doing an impromptu selection of spoo[k|p]y things in that same room! Click through for the deets-- [more inside]
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter-Related at 6:54 PM PST - 15 comments

October 29

Metafilter New Year's Gala

Hey, MetaFilter, we're having a party, and you're all invited! On Saturday, January 2, we're going to have a live gala via Zoom, celebrating Metafilter and our users, showcasing some of the amazing people and talents on the site, and debuting some NEW MERCH. Come inside to find out what we have planned and what we'd like from you! [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:38 PM PST - 73 comments

October 26

MeFi Holiday Card Exchange Planning

Let's talk holiday card exchange planning! I'd love to do the card exchange again this year. A couple of questions on timing and specifics - [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl to MetaFilter-Related at 3:50 AM PST - 46 comments

October 25

RIP HuronBob

HuronBob, one of the original 17Kers, has died. He was a kind man who often worked to do things that were helpful to other people. He worked for and later ran the Center for Occupational and Personalized Education for most of his adult career, helping younger people who needed a little more help from the public school system. Here is a great comment from Bob about "the good life" and what he felt he needed/wanted in order to be happy. Bob's life was challenging and sometimes difficult, I felt he helped people in AskMe often by being willing to share his struggles. A "Professional Old Guy" and friend of MeFi, he'll be missed.
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 11:17 AM PST - 301 comments

October 23

Metatalktail Hour: Wish List!

Happy weekend, MetaFilter! This week, I have a SUPER-SELFISH metatalktail hour, which is that I want to know what's on your wishlist, because my mother demands we provide her with extensive ones for the holidays and mine is crappy. What is on your realistic wishlist? What books? Movies? Random small appliances? What is on your wild imaginary wishlist, specific private islands? Modernist mansions? TELL ME. What would be the perfect gift for YOU? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 10:05 PM PST - 99 comments

Site Update #7, 2020

Hello, everyone! Teeth gritted, we continue on towards November. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad to MetaFilter-Related at 1:32 PM PST - 0 comments [closed]

October 22

Writers of MeFi Represent!

I often see AskMeFi requests for book recommendations, especially now that so many people are in Lockdown. I'm often in a bind because I think my own books would be a good fit, but it seems spammy to recommend them :) How about we create a thread here where the writers of MetaFilter can showcase our books?

Mention what kind of books we write, and put a few links in to where they can be bought or downloaded. Sound like a plan?
posted by Zumbador to MetaFilter-Related at 11:29 PM PST - 34 comments

Fucking Fucks Thread: Election Edition

I have no fucking mouth but I must scream. FUUUUUCK [more inside]
posted by rue72 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:24 AM PST - 137 comments

Looking for a comment about relocating during covid.

Sometime quite recently I read a comment that somebody made about moving away from your city and employers due to covid. The point that they were making was that while employers were ok for us to do this while there was not much choice to work from home or not, once the pandemic was over, employers would require most of their staff to be back in the office. Therefore making a decision to move permanently thousands of miles away would not be in your best long term interest for your career. They went into more detail but that was the crux of it. Ring any bells?
posted by Jubey to MetaFilter-Related at 1:49 AM PST - 6 comments

October 20

Hey It's My 20th MeFiVersary!

Damn, I have been here a long time. I am not a terribly prolific poster or one of those people you see holding court in every single post, but I like to think of myself as one of those "Oh yeah, THAT guy" MeFites who shows up every day. It's been a shit year in a lot of ways, but I still look forward to seeing what's going on here, learn about something, have my perspective on an issue enlightened, and maybe have a laugh, just like I have done for the last two decades. Thanks to you all for being a big part of my life.
posted by briank to MetaFilter-Related at 3:31 PM PST - 22 comments

If you're in the US, vote Biden/Harris and get Trump out of office.

Hey. It's cortex. We don't usually do this sort of thing, but: this US election is a couple weeks away and is really important for the future of the US and for the world. We're four years into creeping authoritarianism and outright regressive bigotry from the President and the GOP. If you're in the US, it's really important that you vote Biden/Harris and get Trump the hell out of office. Vote early if you can. There's state-by-state voting information available from vote411 and Ballotpedia.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 2:23 PM PST - 310 comments

October 19

Tiny AskMe

In the spirit of the Bad at Life thread, how about a "tiny fixes" thread? Things that are too embarrassing or not worth burning an Ask question on. [more inside]
posted by notsnot to MetaFilter-Related at 5:40 AM PST - 116 comments

October 17

MetaChantey?

Anyone interested in a virtual meetup to sing sea chanteys and traditional folk music? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants to MetaFilter-Related at 8:06 AM PST - 18 comments

October 16

Metatalktail Hour: Bad at Life

Happy weekend, MetaFilter! This week, as per jessamyn's request, the topic is, "Honestly, Eyebrows, you sit in the house all day and you've been tripping over five baskets of clean laundry waiting to be sorted for the last three weeks: What is your deal?" [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 8:22 PM PST - 186 comments

October 14

MetaKnittingCircle?

A while back I jokingly said something about how we should have a Metafilter Zoom knitting group, and a couple of people MeMailed me to express interest in actually doing it. Should we? It doesn't have to be limited to knitting: it could be a general hang-out-on-Zoom (or some other platform) while-doing-your-small-craft-project group. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to MetaFilter-Related at 7:45 PM PST - 76 comments

Supreme Court hearings?

Do we not have a thread about the confirmation hearings of Amy Barrett (OfJesse to her friends)? Has nobody done one, or have they all been deleted, or is my ability to search the site significantly impaired by the painkillers?
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet to MetaFilter-Related at 2:52 PM PST - 6 comments

October 13

MetaFilter Gift Swap 2020 Sign-ups

Signups for the 2020 MetaFilter Gift Swap are now open! The Metafilter Gift Swap takes place annually from roughly November - January. It used to have another name, but times change and so have we! Each participant sends a gift to an awesome Mefite; each participant receives a gift from an awesome Mefite. Awesomeness and gifts abound. The dates this year are: Signups Oct 13 - Oct 28; Assignments Nov 1; Send-by Dec 1. [more inside]
posted by curious nu to MetaFilter-Related at 2:02 PM PST - 80 comments

October 10

Metatalktail Hour: Hobbies!

Happy weekend, MetaFilter! This week, I'm curious to know what Covid/quarantine hobbies you've stuck with! Are there things you're really enjoying? Are they things you've always done? New hobbies? Things you've always wanted to try or never expected to try? Most importantly, how can we all try them? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:48 PM PST - 116 comments

October 9

Site Update #6, 2020

Hey everyone! It's been a wild couple of weeks in the world, but fortunately not quite as wild here in Metafilter HQ. We're celebrating a successful Fundraising Month, chugging forward with a bunch of long-term projects, and beginning to plot some fun stuff for later in the year. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad to MetaFilter-Related at 1:32 PM PST - 0 comments [closed]

Proposal: MetaTalk(s)

I have learned a ton from the community here -- from pure knowledge stuff like how airplanes or viruses or financial systems work, to lived experience stuff like what some aspects of life are like for disabled folks, how to better spot my biases, how to be a better ally. These are just a very small sampling of the immense quantity of stuff I have learned from you all.

The thing is, a lot of that learning has been diffused over 18 years of being here. And a lot of the knowledge transfer has been implicit, from just participating and being exposed to social norms of which I was previously ignorant. This makes the huge gains I have enjoyed less accessible to a new user. I think it would be neat to be able to watch / listen to a talk from a MetaFilter member who is a subject matter expert on topic [X]. A Metafilter Member Seminar Series, of sorts. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong to MetaFilter-Related at 12:49 PM PST - 17 comments

October 7

*Comic Book Store Guy voice* "Ooh, I've wasted my life."

I just posted my 10,000th comment to MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat to MetaFilter-Related at 12:06 PM PST - 32 comments

October 5

The Fundraising Month Finale

You’ve donated for it. You’ve waited for it. You’ve (hopefully not, really) dreamed about it. Now you can do it. You can… [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad to MetaFilter-Related at 11:25 AM PST - 23 comments

brainwane for MVP

Since August 28, brainwane has posted a short story or selections of short stories every single day to the blue [more inside]
posted by Cozybee to MetaFilter-Related at 12:42 AM PST - 27 comments

October 3

Metatalktail Hour: How Is It Still Around?

Happy Weekend, MetaFilter! This week, riverlife chimes in with an amazing suggestion spurred by last week's things from the past that have disappeared -- things from the past that are SOMEHOW still around! Or as riverlife put it, "How Has This Thing from the Past Remained a Thing in the Present??? How Has This Managed to Hang On???" They suggest baseball and AM radio to kick things off! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 9:08 PM PST - 98 comments

How to access Politics Slack

What it says on the tin. Am trying to access the unofficial, not actually affiliated with MetaFilter Politics slack. Have emailed the person linked in the MeFi wiki about the issue but haven't heard back. Can anyone let me know? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter-Related at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Attention to 'Detail'

Honestly, I just wanted to note and give a cheer to mbrubeck for recently demonstrating that you could do this (or see directly below), the 'details' element, something I never knew about HTML and Metafilter. Kind of cool, I like learning techie new things.
I'm Henry the Eighth I am,
Henry the Eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She's been married seven (breath) times before, and
everyone yells at Hen-a-ry
"HEN-A-RY!"
Henry the Eighth I am, I am
Henry the Eighth I am
Second verse, same as the first ...
[more inside]
posted by metabaroque to MetaFilter-Related at 7:34 AM PST - 18 comments

October 2

167: The Gang Records A Podcast

Back on something resembling a schedule, jessamyn and I chat about MetaFilter and also...other things? I am very punchy! This has been successfully posted! Have a great weekend! [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments