November 2009 Archives (all archives)

November 30


MeFi Scoop! Two years ago, oneirodynia made this FPP about the Smothers Brothers. Tonight on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed David Bianculli whose new book about the Brothers' career, Dangerously Funny, comes out tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by jaruwaan to MetaFilter-Related at 5:54 PM PST - 35 comments

St andrews day

This is the Happy St Andrews day thread.... [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity to Etiquette/Policy at 12:44 PM PST - 127 comments

ugh. silverlight.

Best of the web... whose web? [more inside]
posted by idiopath to Etiquette/Policy at 11:32 AM PST - 209 comments

November 29

Mix CDs in Mefi Music?

Is it ok to post dj mixes to mefi music? I guess there are like copyright issues, but what about if it's a link to a third party site?
posted by empath to Etiquette/Policy at 3:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Transgender LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner dead in suspected suicide

Veteran LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner dead in suspected suicide, a sad folo-up to this 2007 post about his bombshell column announcing his transsexuality and his decision to take a leave of absence and return to the newsroom as Christine Daniels. [more inside]
posted by planetkyoto to MetaFilter-Related at 6:49 AM PST - 99 comments

November 28

Me asking AskMes

What makes an AskMe question get a lot of answers? [more inside]
posted by cmoj to MetaFilter-Related at 3:03 PM PST - 57 comments

Is it about a bike?

Matt Haughey's spectacular new custom 'cross bike. [more inside]
posted by fixedgear to MetaFilter-Related at 1:57 PM PST - 34 comments

Meet up: mid-December, in Brooklyn.

Meet up: mid-December, in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by defenestration to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:51 PM PST - 151 comments

Has favorites for cuteness

Find the mod.
posted by lukemeister to MetaFilter-Related at 1:19 PM PST - 63 comments

November 27

This is a thread for discussion of November's favorites experiment.

This is a thread for discussion of November's favorites experiment. [more inside]
posted by Anonymous to MetaFilter-Related at 8:15 PM PST - 429 comments

November 26

Is polling wrong even if helpful?

When is a survey/polling type question okay on AskMe? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy to Etiquette/Policy at 11:43 PM PST - 37 comments

Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving

Reminder to Americans: Not all MeFites live in your country, hence any references to “Thanksgiving” will be meaningless (or, for Canadians, will have arrived a month late). [more inside]
posted by joeclark to Etiquette/Policy at 9:45 AM PST - 427 comments

November 25

Are Sarah Palin posts persona non grata?

Is Metafilter just not capable of discussing Sarah Palin, or was it my fault? [more inside]
posted by double block and bleed to Etiquette/Policy at 11:07 AM PST - 139 comments

November 24

What Is This Creepy Disc Advertising?

Once again, the MeFi detective agency vanquishes viral marketers. Sadly, no ski resorts involved.
posted by punchdrunkhistory to MetaFilter-Related at 4:46 PM PST - 38 comments

Meat Up

NYC post-Thanksgiving pig-out meetup. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:49 PM PST - 66 comments

More Google Wave

More Google Wave invites here. Come and get 'em. [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 2:45 PM PST - 268 comments

Worth checking out in Music: Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley sings on a song in Music. I kid you not. And it is awesome. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie to MetaFilter-Related at 2:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Sidebar Request

Just a request for a sidebar for some really compelling personal stories on the thread (esp at the end) for this post.
posted by bearwife to Feature Requests at 8:59 AM PST - 8 comments

How did this happen to my first fpp?

I am not an idiot. So how did my first fpp (after 4 years of enjoyable lurking) end up with a link back to metafilter itself? [more inside]
posted by eleyna to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM PST - 162 comments

November 23

Let's go for two in one month! Take that, Chicago!

Hey, St. Louis Mefites, sambosambo is going to be in town on Nov. 29. Let's use him as an excuse to avoid eating more leftovers! [more inside]
posted by Kimothy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Dear Providence

Providence for dinner? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:46 PM PST - 31 comments

Secret Quonsar 2009

Secret Quonsar (/snowflake /schmoopy) signups end in one week. Here's the signup link. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain to MetaFilter-Related at 1:04 PM PST - 114 comments

Help me see this youtube video in Canada.

The youtube video in this FPP is not available in my country (Canada) due to copyright restrictions. I've watched it before and would like to watch it again. Can someone either point me to it somewhere else online where it might work (maybe on youtube at another account), or at least tell me the proper title or some info I can use to search myself? Thanks.
posted by If only I had a penguin... to MetaFilter-Related at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

... and then she kissed him

This AskMe question had all the hallmarks of a frustrating unresolved drama in-the-making ... but it's suddenly got a happy ending!
posted by bonaldi to MetaFilter-Related at 10:21 AM PST - 149 comments

Time to pop the champagne cork?

Update on this fascinating thread, which discussed a controversial new treatment and theory about Multiple Sclerosis. Mainstream (Canadian) news agencies are now picking up the story: Article and video. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue to MetaFilter-Related at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

ReadMe is up to date

ReadMe is up to date. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot to MetaFilter-Related at 9:26 AM PST - 40 comments

November 22

AAAA++++ WOULD SHOP AGAIN - the return of MeFi Mall

Show us your shops! Every year we do a pretty simple page where MeFites who offer things for sale can show off their wares in a holiday store sort of fashion. Last year's shops page is here and we'll start populating the new page over here and eventually replace the older one with the newer one. If you'd like to be part of this, send me your info. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 6:39 PM PST - 32 comments

Making-of video posted for "I Gotta Feeling" lipdub

Remember the I Gotta Feeling lipdub done by students at the Université du Québec à Montréal? They've posted a making-of video. [more inside]
posted by dhartung to MetaFilter-Related at 11:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Mexico City Meetup

Mexico City Meetup this week? [more inside]
posted by dhruva to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:22 AM PST - 27 comments

Brisbane Xmas Meetup!

Brisbane Xmas Meetup! Want to be involved in a thing? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:45 AM PST - 48 comments

November 20

100K raffle is over! Congrats to jamaro!

The 100K raffle is over! In just four days, we raised $12,745 for five good causes thanks to the generosity of several hundred mefites. Video of the drawing here...or if you can't stand the suspense, winners and miscellaneous details are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 9:21 PM PST - 267 comments

boys are like this and girls are like that

Couch in the Ladies' Room. Am I the only one who thinks a chatfilter thread devoted to stereotyping and generalizing men and women is a bad use of AskMe? I'm more troubled that it's such a popular thread. What am I missing?
posted by jabberjaw to Etiquette/Policy at 7:10 PM PST - 273 comments

Israel Meetup

Israel meetup? [more inside]
posted by alon to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:43 AM PST - 10 comments

November 19

Yay. Another favorites discussion.

Maybe we shouldn't be able to favorite our own comments?
posted by yhbc to Etiquette/Policy at 8:28 PM PST - 249 comments

Sorry Dallas, you can always make the drive.

Sorry Dallas, Austin school's out meet-up? [more inside]
posted by djduckie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:34 PM PST - 42 comments


Dallas sucks! Remember how much fun we had at the anniversary meetup in July, and we were all "We're besties now, let's do this every weekend, forever!!!" and everyone else was all "YEAH!" Then.... nothing. Austin has met-up three or four times since then. Even Houston has planned a couple. Dallas? Verily, we sucketh. Therefore, it is time. [more inside]
posted by pineapple to MetaFilter Gatherings at 11:37 AM PST - 78 comments

Five years in the making and finally complete!

Thank you backtaggers! [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 AM PST - 59 comments

November 18

MeFi Mall page for this year's holiday shopping?

MeFi Mall page for this year's holiday shopping? [more inside]
posted by Anonymous to MetaFilter-Related at 9:19 PM PST - 20 comments

URL shorteners?

URL shorteners in FPPs? [more inside]
posted by idiopath to Etiquette/Policy at 4:01 PM PST - 50 comments

Desuetude Does Dallas... er... Houston

Hey Houston: desuetude is coming to town at the beginning of December. Let's get together so she can teach you how to pronounce her username! [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:56 PM PST - 57 comments

Five years, same as in town

Five years ago today, Matt posted "New user signups are back on" letting all us rowdy unwashed masses into Metafilter for the mere price of five dollars american. Happy Fifth Anniversary to users 17578 to 18680 from 18117.
posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter-Related at 12:29 PM PST - 152 comments

MeFiChi Holiday Extravaganza

MeFiChi: It's that time yet again, where we bundle up our holiday cheer, throw it into the Chicago river, and head to the darkness of Lower Michigan Avenue.... [more inside]
posted by eriko to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:13 AM PST - 66 comments

November 17

MeFites were right - it was a hoax

Anyone remember this thread about Dan "Blitz" Krieg who suffered a freak accident and then perished from MRSA? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams to MetaFilter-Related at 11:06 AM PST - 144 comments

November 16

Raffling off the big 100K

We're raffling off usernumber 100000! For the next week Through Friday, you can buy $5 raffle tickets (to benefit your choice of five charitable orgs) for a chance to win the big account and airfare to a meetup of your choice. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MetaFilter-Related at 8:32 AM PST - 723 comments

Great read!

Hi, just wanted to say how great (I think) this story comment is. I don't get to read everything on the site, and maybe someone missed this like I miss other things.
posted by four panels to MetaFilter-Related at 8:26 AM PST - 47 comments

San Fran Post T-Day Meetup

I'll be in San Francisco for Turkey Day and the weekend following. Let's meetup! [more inside]
posted by waraw to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:38 AM PST - 46 comments

November 15

No English Help Please

This question seems like homeworkfilter to me. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi to Etiquette/Policy at 3:13 PM PST - 80 comments

Great shoe answer -and- Search the sideblog?

I'm looking for a great answer about buying quality shoes that's probably several years old. There was an answer from a shoe store manager(owner?) that was very good, and I think it was sideblogged. Which brings me to my 2nd question: Is the sideblog searchable?
posted by theora55 to MetaFilter-Related at 6:36 AM PST - 20 comments

November 14

Does she owe him sex, too?

This answer in a recent AskMe made me very uncomfortable. I know about "flag it and move on," but I don't actually think the answer breaks the guidelines. It didn't seem appropriate to turn the thread into an argument about it, so here I am. [more inside]
posted by prefpara to Etiquette/Policy at 8:18 PM PST - 295 comments

save the facebook luddites

Minor pony/bug relating to profile-page links to facebook. I'm on facebook but I don't have one of those fancy-dancy no-longer-so-new fb-specific usernames; my fb page is still index.php?profile=number. If I enter that on my user page as my facebook "name", the link doesn't work—the punctuation is encoded.
posted by kenko to Bugs at 4:47 PM PST - 31 comments

November 13

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu Providence wgah'nagl fhtagn

Providence! Ahh, Providence, Rhode Island...
Home of Lovecraft's grave, The World's Largest Bug, and Buddy Cianci...
On Friday, November 20, I am taking the T to PVD to rendezvous with jcw in YFC, and we'd love to meet up with you folk, while visiting NONE of the attractions listed above!
I arrive at 7:11, so... 7:30 PM, at a drinking-drinks store of your choice somewhere near the T station. Yeah?
posted by not_on_display to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:39 AM PST - 67 comments

November 12

Recap on Toronto mini-meetup details (Friday the 13th of November)

Recap on Toronto mini-meetup details (Friday the 13th of November) [more inside]
posted by joeclark to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:33 PM PST - 38 comments

Oh, I believe in Secret Quonsar!

Everybody needs a little schmoopy right about now. Let's talk about doing Secret Quonsar again this year. [more inside]
posted by julen to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:21 PM PST - 163 comments

Get well soon, mathowie!

In case there are any Mefites who don't follow mathowie on Twitter, he just sent one out about his health that you should read. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery, Matt!
posted by cerebus19 to MetaFilter-Related at 5:41 PM PST - 958 comments

And I was just about to download SOS

Maybe there's a memo I missed, but what happened to the mefi music download links? I just get the flash player now.
posted by jaduncan to Bugs at 11:13 AM PST - 38 comments

Could we post weak links to the "back" page?

Could there be something like a Back Page Post? [more inside]
posted by jefficator to Feature Requests at 8:48 AM PST - 73 comments


The awesome ocherdraco will be in Philly December 10-12. And it's been entirely too long and I mill all y'all's shayna punim. Let's get come drinks and food and show her a good time, shall we? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:40 AM PST - 84 comments

Anyone interested in a MeFi Film Club?

Anyone interested in a MeFi Film Club? [more inside]
posted by Taft to MetaFilter-Related at 6:49 AM PST - 84 comments

Organising a meetup beats donning a hairshirt every time (late November London meetup?)

Fancy a late November London Meetup? [more inside]
posted by Mutant to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:13 AM PST - 50 comments

November 11

How Not to Deal With Stress

The lying about having cancer thread. I'm responding here. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty to Etiquette/Policy at 7:59 PM PST - 214 comments

Guinness record for the Blue?

Is there a record for most consecutive days making a meaningful FPP post? [more inside]
posted by reenum to MetaFilter-Related at 1:27 PM PST - 154 comments

Further China-like Censorship

Don't Believe In Sex Before Marriage? Don't Bother Saying it in a Comment, It'll Be Deleted [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd to Etiquette/Policy at 9:27 AM PST - 126 comments [closed]

MetaFilter Book Club this weekend

Just a reminder that the MetaFilter Book Club (previously) is discussing Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake starting Friday November 13, on this LibraryThing thread (possible spoilers). [more inside]
posted by russilwvong to MetaFilter-Related at 7:52 AM PST - 18 comments

November 10

Best Flame Out Ever! (Or maybe not).

I go in for surgery in a couple of hours to have a tumor removed from my neck. I'm getting a parotidectomy (link not safe for breakfast). [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen to MetaFilter-Related at 6:29 AM PST - 174 comments

Why doesnt Deleted Posts show up?

No Deleted Posts Script? It doesnt seem to be working for me (Firefox 3.5, Windows Vista)
posted by wheelieman to Bugs at 5:53 AM PST - 19 comments

November 9

Robot goes adventuring.

Sydney Meetup ?! [more inside]
posted by iamabot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:34 PM PST - 27 comments

DC Mefites play mini golf!

After the EPIC MEETUP FAIL that was this weekend's DC meetup, there seems to be interest in trying again next month. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:38 PM PST - 60 comments

100k auction?

Behind the scenes, we've been thinking about what the 100,000th user on MeFi would mean, and how we could commemorate it, so I'm floating our idea here... [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 1:52 PM PST - 237 comments

Another day, another digit.

User registrations are quickly coming up on 100k (Highest user number is around 99300 as of this posting). Are there any plans to either commemorate the occasion, or reserve the number? [more inside]
posted by mkultra to MetaFilter-Related at 11:36 AM PST - 74 comments

AskMe to Recent Ac

Could one's AskMe questions perhaps show up in Recent Activity? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper to Feature Requests at 11:00 AM PST - 11 comments

The GifWell Thread

Can we have have the ability to upload gifs as our profile pix? [more inside]
posted by taz to Feature Requests at 1:20 AM PST - 70 comments

November 8

RSS feed or reader broken by long thread?

The November Experiment thread has broken something RSS-related. [more inside]
posted by FishBike to Bugs at 10:58 AM PST - 35 comments

November 7

Watcha reading? Well, this thread for one thing

This recent thread, from October 8, is just about to close. It's been an extraordinary one, and is still active as of this afternoon. [more inside]
posted by jokeefe to MetaFilter-Related at 5:46 PM PST - 713 comments

November 6

iPhone posting

New iPhone interface! High fives! Although I had to switch back to the regular site to post this. But don't get me wrong.. looking good San Diego. [more inside]
posted by pwally to Feature Requests at 11:04 PM PST - 9 comments [closed]


Venezia, anyone? [more inside]
posted by yegga to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Favorite counts went away again

WTF? I turned back on favorite counts and now it's back to showing me "has favorites" WHAT GIVES METAFILTER?
posted by xmutex to Bugs at 8:05 AM PST - 123 comments

sack, some rope, a couple rocks and a pond

The display of the second-to-last related question here is absolutely fantastic.
posted by Mayor Curley to MetaFilter-Related at 6:07 AM PST - 91 comments

November 5

46: Help, I'm trapped in my room

Episode 46 of the podcast was recorded last week on October 27, 2009 (sorry about the delay getting it edited and out). We cover our favorites from Projects, Jobs, MeFi, Ask MeFi, MetaTalk and even throw in a few Music favorites. Show notes follow. [more inside]
posted by mathowie to MeFi Podcast at 3:48 PM PST - 54 comments

iPhone Stylesheet for MetaFilter

MetaFilter has a new look on iPhones. [more inside]
posted by pb to Feature Requests at 3:18 PM PST - 172 comments

What did I do wrong?

Why is Glenn NOT being killed in a horrible accident NOT best of the web? [more inside]
posted by philip-random to Etiquette/Policy at 1:40 PM PST - 78 comments

November 4

Don Draper Does MeTa

Do MeTa Mad Men style, Just like Don Draper. [more inside]
posted by Antidisestablishmentarianist to Etiquette/Policy at 3:02 PM PST - 258 comments

Meetup In Toronto, Fri 13th

Friday the 13th Meetup in Toronto! Got the guts? [more inside]
posted by Alnedra to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:28 AM PST - 73 comments

Kansas City Meetup, Eh?

Alright KC Mefites, I know you're out there. A Kansas City Meetup is way overdue. Let's do it. [more inside]
posted by chara to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:51 AM PST - 45 comments

AskMe answer makes it to reddit.

The best AskMe answer ever recently made it to reddit. It was, of course, upvoted as the best answer.
posted by taumeson to MetaFilter-Related at 5:49 AM PST - 58 comments

November 2

10 Luftballoons Go High

The Darpa Network Challenge: Let's talk strategy. [more inside]
posted by empath to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:21 PM PST - 303 comments

Pinning/sidebarring mod posts?

Request: could important posts about the site be pinned to the top of MeTa for a little while? Or sidebarred? Or something? They tend to get lost in the shuffle, and then you have those "Hey, whatever happened to [whatever]?" posts that get closed. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun to Feature Requests at 10:03 PM PST - 39 comments

Has Favorites

I just noticed "has favorites". When did that start and why? Just about every post has favorites, doesn't it? Personally, I liked the old system better. I just read the number of favorites and I knew whether or not I should favorite it too. The way it is now, how am I supposed to know what's good or bad without actually going in and counting them?
posted by Mike Buechel to MetaFilter-Related at 9:27 PM PST - 8 comments [closed]

November Austin meet-up

November Austin meet-up [more inside]
posted by djduckie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:06 PM PST - 57 comments

"Maybe, maybe, maybe this will be reprinted? A girl can dream."

I, too, have reason to thank MeFi today: Back in January, peep posted to Metafilter about Mel Juffe and Edward Gorey's The Recently Deflowered Girl, which had been long out of print. Through a delightful stroke of luck, I have become the editor responsible for bringing the book back into print, and the mefi thread about the book was pretty darn helpful to that end. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco to MetaFilter-Related at 8:54 PM PST - 54 comments

Update on hoder

Another update on Hoder (previously) via boingboing: [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful to MetaFilter-Related at 6:56 PM PST - 30 comments

Thanks, Metafilter

Thanks Metafilter [more inside]
posted by bonehead to MetaFilter-Related at 6:21 PM PST - 66 comments

Or, as a great bumper sticker once said, Safety Third!

Safety First Filter: Can we not advocate actual death, please? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon to Etiquette/Policy at 11:32 AM PST - 266 comments

The Official 2009 Halloween Costume Recap Thread

We've had a day to recuperate from our post-Halloween comas and now it's time to share our awesome costume success stories. And horror stories, because it wouldn't be Halloween without them too. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to MetaFilter-Related at 10:35 AM PST - 89 comments

I'm Dreaming of a Blue Christmas

Last year we gave a little girl a bicycle. Anyone interested in getting together to sponsor a whole family? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 10:10 AM PST - 127 comments

The banhammer

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you an actual Banhammer. [more inside]
posted by adamrice to MetaFilter-Related at 7:26 AM PST - 57 comments

November 1

How many times was this post faved? Who knows?

Can we vote about this new favorites policy? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe to Feature Requests at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments [closed]

From MeFi to Comic

The Greatest Halloween Costume Ever, as a comic. (original comment)
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 8:52 AM PST - 32 comments