March 2007 Archives (all archives)
01 April 2007
Thanks for the laughs.
I got chopped liver in my python while listening to Celine Dion
Ya know, for a moment there, I really was interested to know not only if a kitten could survive inside a python, but the backstory behind how a python got to eat the whole kitten whole in the first place. And then you had to dash my hopes of finding out something interesting only to make a funny. Thanks, I appreciate it. Jerk.
Just a Taste
RPM Challenge Update: Streaming audio is up on the RPM home page, featuring one song from each of the 850+ albums submitted. This is not the full player containing all the albums; that was previewed last night, but still in testing. Coming soon.
Is it kosher to sell your MeFi account to someone else?
So where is this weeks podcast?
why or why?
2-3 weeks ago I posted a song to music. It's no longer there. I assume it was deleted. Of course, there was a perfectly good reason why it was deleted. It would be nice if you notified me of this action, the reason why, and allow me to respond before the action was taken.
Easily going back to where you last were
"There have been 45 questions and 600 answers since your last visit. Click here to go to where you left off."
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (PST)
Has any more thought been given to a MetaSpace for creative writing? As in a help-me-improve-this zone? Not a Penguin-type wiki by any means--simply an impromptu writers' workshop. I'm assuming AskMe is absolutely inappropriate for that sort of thing, and that it's out of scope for MeFi Projects. MeFi is a nice demographic for this kind of thing, BTW, as it seems to consist mostly of snarky articulate bastards. Thanks.
When is the best time to ask?
Do we have any data about what the best time of day is to ask an AskMe? Maybe even sliced and diced by tag or geography of respondant? Like, say I had a question about American law, when would be the best time of day (perhaps through some proxy measure like more responses is better, but maybe it could be smarter and be based on favorites or checked answers) to post it? Posts made around 1am Central might not be ideal cause they may slide off the page by mid morning, right? And they may be less interesting to Euros or Asians who are reading. (Sorry, but I don't know how to do a more inside)
Ticked off at replies to "Irrational pregnancy fears".
From Ask: Why are so many saying that she must not know the facts of life and is it just me who finds this to be pretty rude?
I was wondering if Metafilter had a MacGuyver Rule.
In my favorite posts/favorite comments page, the links inside my favorites posts are retained, while the links inside my favorite comments are stripped out and rendered as plain text.
AskMeFi, not JudgeMeFi
I want to express frustration with some of the responses in this thread. [more inside]
Mefi Music etiquette: would it be okay to post the album versions of demos I've already posted? [more inside]
Toronto MeFites, how do you feel about bowling?
Mefi Music Playlist and Issues
Two requests for Mefi Music: 1. It would be nice to have usernames on the tag results page. (e.g. acoustic) This would help users find other songs by the same artist. 2. The frontpage tends to load my system because of all of the flash files. Would it be possible to have everything show up on one playlist like the "tagged with" pages or the user pages? [mi]
what, no Styx torrent?
Would making a torrent of jonmc's list of 300 songs be a good idea? If that's okay with jonmc, of course.
Is there any way of having an overlapping system of tags to categorize these MetaTalk posts? So for 'feature requests' that could be a sub-tag of either the 'Metafilter', 'Ask Metafilter' or 'Metatalk' tags. So when I want to see what is being discussed about improving Ask Metafilter I start by selecting that tag and then start clicking the sub tags to get more specific. Finally, the reason I am asking is because I am concerned about the flooding of questions on AskMe and the thing I would do is have a separate section for technology questions as those questions seem to be at least 50% of all questions asked. Cheers.
Firefox reopen last tab issue
In Firefox 2+, if I am on a Meta page and I click ctrl + shift + t to reopen the last tab, it jumps me down to the comment text box and places opening and closing em tags in it. If this is a Meta shortcut, could it perhaps be changed to not interfere with the Firefox shortcut, since I think a lot of MeFites use Firefox?
MeFi Music hit mute for a while, but we found the remote
MeFi Music is working again, but we lost every uploaded song from March 22 until now. I've set the threads to hidden, but you have two options: re-upload as a new post, or email me the mp3 so I can restore it.
RSS Feed Issues
RSS gone bad? Metafilter Jobs, Ask Metafilter, and Metatalk are showing front page Metafilter posts instead of their respective posts. I'm using Google Reader, if that matters. I tried adding the feeds using Sage to see what was up, and it finds feeds but won't find any actual posts.
Expanded My Comments page
My Comments: could we get a longer list, or even better, some tabs in addition to the site-wide view that narrow the query down to just MeFi/Meta/Ask/Music? [more inside]
Beer, rabbit food, pipe cleaner bunny ears
This Saturday, March 31st at the house of nate: beer, rabbit food and pipe cleaner bunny ears. Details inside.
Iran hostage crisis post?
Am I missing something or has no one posted about the unfolding Iranian hostage crisis with the UK soldiers? I think I may just have missed it, and if someone could point me to it, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Laughing song followup
For fans of the Laughing Song thread, there's a mention of George W. Johnson as well as other early African-American recording artists over at NPR's The Story. Photos and song samples there, too. I'd include a permanent link to the actual topic, but have so far not found one.
Ooh ooh- I've got an idea. Picture this- you open a thread (AskMe or MeFi), and at the top of the thread, there is a small note that says "This thread is currently being debated in MetaTalk.", with a link to the MeTa thread. This way, people have no excuse for taking a big steamy dump in threads. People posting MeTa complaints could fill in a field with the post ID, and some database magic could occur to link the two. Just floating this out there to see what others think.
Can I Legally Post This To MeFi Music?
Sometime in the early nineties a now long lost friend of mine recorded a cd. I can't seem to locate him and it's been quite a few years since we last talked. I found a copy of his cd and want to post a few of his songs to MeFi Music. (I love the cheesy pop-techno sound of a few of these tunes and the memories they bring back.) I "played" on stage with him (keyboard flourishes...very minimal playing on my part) and spent many hours in the studio with him on more than one occasion during the recording of said cd. Given that information, would posting the songs be an OK thing to do? Are there legal issues?
The sacred users
100 / 1000 / 10000 / 20000 / 40000 - yet 30000 and 50000 are suspiciously absent. Coincidence or conspiracy? You decide.
You're not supposed to be here...
Is this happening to anyone else? I view a post, click back, and there's that little window hanging over the MeFi logo. Eh?
Reschedule a meetup?
The clear and (I believe) complete instructions for the MetaTalk sidebar meetup pointer feature don’t mention how one reschedules such a meetup. This is relevant in the recent Berlin thread, what with flying visits to this non-English-speaking city and so on.
How judgemental is it OK to be in an Ask Metafilter reply? If someone wants to know how to game the system to continue being a public menace, is it OK to point out that it's not in our best interest to help? That, in fact, it could arguably be aiding and abetting future lawbreaking? Or is that nyeah nyeah?
The city is here for you to use (and you're invited)
Not rilly a meetup proper, but I definitely wanted to invite my MeFi bredren an' sistern to a talk I'm giving in NYC on April 9th. Details inside.
Follow up to James Joyce copyright post
In June last year, Anjumu posted a link to a New Yorker article about the aggressive copyright enforcement followed by the James Joyce estate. A Joycean academic sued the estate for the right to publish certain material. They won. (see also Lessig)
portland. meetup. photos.
Portland Meetup Photos! [NOT OREGONIST]
Sorry, I had to do it.
A few days ago, I had posted something on AskMe, and had got some wonderful replies from my fellow Mefites. I wanted to acknowledge them here, along with the community as a whole (for doing the great work that it does), and say how glad I am to be a pat of it.:) Thank you MeFi!
Ugh. Ok, we should be back now, mostly working. I'm sure there are lots of little things I need to fix and I'll try and get things going over the next couple days.
I know there have been several (unsuccessful?) attempts in the past, but is there any interest in a Berlin, Germany meetup?
This anonymous question showed up on my list of "posts by divabat saved as favourites". I didn't write that post.
MeFi under siege
Exactly why did this stay up on MeFi?
A Mediaeval Self-Link.
Posted 1 hour ago by stbalbach. As interesting as I might find the contents, technically this is a self-link. The main link is to something he himself uploaded to another site.
Perhaps the problem is not MeFi, but you.
Really? You don't care? How much? To avoid being coy— Every time I seem to see jouke in a thread, he's offering a content-free epistle on his apathy. Rather than engaging in the threads, I'm taking it here. (As I only get one MeTa every, what, four days, there were also rumblings of a Southeast Michigan meetup next Wednesday in the Detroit thread. Perhaps there will be a happy derail.)
How do I find a lurker?
In the absence of a known user ID, how can I locate the profile of a particular lurker? This person has absolutely no posting/commenting history that I know of, and I've tried all of the search mechanisms for their username. Apologies in advance if I'm missing something obvious!
4: Codex Seraphinianus
Episode 4 of the MetaFilter Podcast is now up, featuring recaps from me and jessamyn.
I'd like to take the time to invite everyone informally to #mefi on slashnet (irc://irc.slashnet.org/mefi)! Ops for everyone! Please check your discontent at the door. That is all.
"Comments about comments about comments about comments about... about the post belong in MetaTalk." [MI]
The Web 2.0, it vibrates?
This has occasionally been mentioned before, but are the tabs on the front page currently serving any purpose? The functionality of 'Recent Posts' seems duplicated by the home page, 'My Favorites' by 'Favorites', 'Popular Favorites' by 'Popular', 'My Comments' by, well, 'My Comments'. 'Recent Comments' I simply don't find useful, but that may just be me.
UbuRoivas has cable!
UbuRoivas has cable! (USB, that is). This allows me to post the remainder of the pics from the recent Sydney meetup, featuring our own celebrity librarian.
New addition/change in the footer on the blue? Something's making my browser freeze up briefly when it gets to the end of the page load on MeFi threads but not on Meta or Ask [more inside]
No more pictures in profiles?
Have we lost the ability to post pictures in our user profiles now?
Make askme more of a reference page?
It's pretty difficult to find things in the archives of askme, and I think that probably contributes to the huge number of questions posted each day. [mi]
Metafilter mentioned in a book
Metafilter is mentioned in a book...The second page of Citizen Marketers includes a mention of a Mefi post about George Masters' Tiny Machines apple video
Portland/SoPo Maine meetup?
South Portland/Portland, ME meetup? I'll be in town for a few days, and I have Sunday 3/25 free.
No officer, I'm not small. I'm TALL!
Keeping in mind that the restriction on using html to make the words "posted by" small in comments may not be obvious to all site users, could the error message returned by the post comment action be more informative? The current error message reads "Your comment appears to be blank, go back and try again." Also, could relevant text be added to the How do I use HTML in my posts? FAQ if you please?
RSS feeds on Google
Can the RSS feeds be hidden from Google? They're pretty much useless in search results (like the first hit on this one).
Preferred method of quoting others' comment?
What's the proper method for quoting a commenter in a thread? For years, I had taken to just posting the thought in italics and nothing else. More and more however, I notice people pulling out the quote with the post date/time and user name. Are both methods acceptable? Neither? Better to link to the comment in question and not quote it at all? Please hope me.
Hope the Lazy
Can the anchors in the "posted by" line have a different link/visited color than anchors people put into either the post or their comments?
MetaFilter Contacts Map
I used IBM's Many Eyes data visualization site [discussed] to create a network map of my MetaFilter contacts and my contacts' contacts. It got to be pretty big, so I thought I'd post it here.
The Bat Signal is broke.
What is the protocol for contacting another member for something friendly and (admittedly) trivial if they don't have an email in their profile?
Positive feedback for AskMe from therapist
"I am in therapy, and my therapist has agreed with me that Ask MeFi has resulted in some really intelligent and meaningful answers before." Nice feedback for AskMe.
These are a few of my favorited things...
Just curious about something... when someone answers an AskMe question and it gets marked as one of the best answers, shouldn't that also count for them as being favorited by someone? Or... no?
closed closed closed closed closed closed closed What is the deal with every fifth or so MetaTalk thread being closed? Yes, some get messy, but that is where issues get worked out. The petulant pres closes off discussion because he can't handle it. Why does MetaTalk all of a sudden close all these threads? MetaTalk can handle it.
My post "Hollywood or Bust" was deleted because someone thought it was too much like a chat topic. However, you allowed a post on MetaFilter that linked to an article describing the narcissism that threatens to lead a whole generation into the illusion that fame is not only within their reach, but is an unquestionably desirable goal. As someone who lives in this world and is as exposed to the media as much as anyone else, I wished to question this prevailing assumption and thought others might wish to share their thoughts as well. I am not the only one who has had their posts censored. I see a lot of pretentious bullying going on and it will ruin this web community. Have a little more imagination and tolerance, maybe see where things go before you jump in and pull the plug. Perhaps I will not be missed if I leave this site and never return (you have my $5 right?), but I doubt I will be the last one to do so.
Registerfly takes a hit
Update: Registerfly's accreditation has been terminated by ICANN.
Tiny text is hard to read!
The tiny text that some posters tend to use as asides (example here in miss lynsters comment) is truly hard to read in anything longer than a sentence, particularly for those of us born to the mole people. This seems to be the best place as any other to ask that people consider that [small] font is rather difficult to read in chunks! ( I realize that yes, the actual answer is to Ctrl-+ on FireFox read it and reverse, but then everything else goes huge. )
Gospel God-Damned Truth!
I just wanted to call myself out. As Mark Twain said there are Liars and Damned Liars. And then there is me. Some where in between. I just wanted everybody to not go after Granted for calling me out. Granted it's ok. It was only a matter of time. But I want to assure you, and he, that the "essence" of my stories are indeed true and where they are not "truth" let that not interfere with your enjoyment of them. Even IF said enjoyment is directly proportional to mocking me. Which I not only deserve but enjoy. The question is is THIS the right venue for these sotries? Perhaps we need a "Stories" section. Robocop is Bleeding would have a much deserved creative outlet. And there would be place for my Damnable Lies. Wouldn't THAT be awesome! Anyway. Those of you that wish verification from here on out I will try to create some mechanism for that where I can. Where it won't ruin the point of the story. But I warn you... if, like me, your high is derived from being cynical you may be disappointed in the dull sobriety of the exercise.
Join us next time for Karaoke Rapture...
New York meet-up photos, if you please.
Closed for archive on the same day?
Why is this thread closed for new comments? A rather interesting discussion was brewing on desirability vs. feasibility.
City of the Big Shoulders MeFites: Soon comes my first foray into Chicago. I'll be there for business reasons, but headed out a few days early to enjoy the weekend of April 27-29 as a tourista. Any chance of a meetup?
Tame the Tags Blob!
The Front Page Posting page shows a big blob listing ALL the tags I have used on previous posts. Particularly big because I have made 199 posts on at least 175 different topics, including high-tech band-aids (an early NewsFilter with 2 now-dead links), a-list blogs, MetaFilter-related stuff before MetaTalk existed (this post features jessamyn making a suggestion to create something like MetaTalk) Interpol, Steely Dan, ICANN, and Fat People (without a trainwreck in the comments!)... and that was all in my first month participating here. Anyway, that tag blob, as it now exists, does me no benefit and just blocks the way to the "Preview" button. Can we have options to show NO tags or most used tags or tags used more than once ple-e-e-eze?
Relative Tag Text Sizes
These days mefi tags all look about the same size (Opera 9.x, OS X). Is tweaking the math easy enough that the tag sizing could once again be a useful indicator of relative popularity? If not, no biggie.
Don't blink, you might miss it.
MeFi appears briefly on the video on the final page of this entry about this prank.
Best of the Web
What's the deal with this "best of the web"? [mi]
London meetup photos (Mar 2007)
Photos from last night's London meetup. Features sandwiches and corruption.
New stuff on MeFi.
I finally fixed this, I gussied up the preferences page (more readable, easier to use), and I added inline magical youtube video streaming, which mostly works (enable it then click the icons you see on posts). Full explanation of the YouTube feature.
Will it all kill me?
Cool dead seal story.
Just thought I'd point out this above average comment from yesterday's excellent post on Northern Elephant Seals, for those who may have missed it.
2 Joost invites
Joost has been mentioned here, althought I can't find the post about it. I have two invites that they are threatening to expire on me. Anybody want them? First two emails I get can have them. Email in profile.
Removing Favorites At Point Of Origin = YAY!
I've noticed it's now possible to remove favorites directly at the post/comment. Very cool! Thanks mathowie!
Are you kidding?
Is this suitable for AskMe?
A season for reason that's pleasin'
Unsubscribe from threads?
I like going back to check on new conversation in some of the threads I’ve commented on. In others, I’d really prefer not to. Using “My Comments” means there’s no way to not scroll by the recently updated threads. Like today’s “City Songs” thread. I don’t need/want to revisit that but every time I load the “My Comments” page it’s at the top. [more inside]
Contentious? Please explain...
My post early this morning was deleted because cortex says "What, was the previous thread that you linked not contentious or web-unrelated enough?"
Are we a bunch of politically correct nerds?
DiscussionFilter: Is Metafilter (as a collective) horrendously biased and therefore a crappy measuring stick for 'Real Life'? [MI]
I'm just a lonely geek...lonely in blue...
What's the percentage of MeFites who have no one nearby? I just moved away from Vancouver (in the interior, Quesnel, to operate my hosting/computer services biz where I actually WANT to live) and suddenly, after updating my long. and lat., I'm all alone!
Favorites 'next page' bug
Second page of favorites does not list favorites.
Comment Wrongly Purged
Admins: you deleted the wrong comment. [mi]
PonyFilter: It's annoying to click on the same link twice in a post. How about sending the New Post form back for the user to "fix" it?
Time zone issue [MI]
I broke my FPP!
So despite reading the MeFi Wiki and crunchland's profile, I managed to screw up my FPP ( this one ) and it now appears on the home page without a title. Would one of the admins be kind enough to correct the link title of the post? You may also suggest suitable means of atonement for this extremely n00b-ish screwup.
I've got my timezone set to UTC but Meta thinks it's 0.25 on the 14th when it's actually 23.25 on the 13th. Is this a 2k7 date hack that's fecked the site up for all non-Americans, or has the time gone wrong for everyone?
I'm really not trying to be glib
I know this is a private website, where the administrator has a strong interest in avoiding litigation by celebrities, but what I saw happen in the last hour or so is just creepy.
ask.met... er, I mean provoke.metafilter?
Is this in any way acceptable? By which I mean posting a question that you "know" will be flame-bait, and then taunting those who answer?
No such user.
I see that we have a User 50014 but no User 50000. What's up?
AskMe: The Quicker Meeter-Upper
Anyone want to set up a NC meetup so that I can crash it?
Spoilers: threat or menace?
Should major plot developments in serialized works of fiction be considered FPP-worthy? If so, when? (Consider: 1, 2, 3)
Or just put it on AskMe.
Can someone please change the text of this FPP on Heroes so it doesn't refer to the name of a well-known comic series with a similarly well-known plot?
Who's Linking to you, linking to me
NoBiggieCuriosityFilter: I run a t-shirt website, and I've noticed a significant bump in traffic today coming in from this askme post I made a while ago. While I normally get a few randoms in from MeFi a day, this seems significantly larger then usual, which I can only assume is because someone somewhere else is linking to that ask me question and generating traffic for me second hand. I'm really just curious about it, and am wondering if any of the admins would mind taking a quick look at where they are coming from for me. If not, no Biggie.
MeFi Fantasy BB
MeFi Fantasy Baseball '07 needs YOU!
Flag or favorite
There's a flag for "fantastic post". Is that used for anything, or have favorites replaced it?
Take the Shame out of Shameless Self-Promotion on Metatalk.
We need to come up with a solution so that people who post their gigs don't have to pretend they're "Metafilter Gatherings" or "Metafilter Related," and so that they don't get accused of shameless self-promotion or whoring themselves on Metatalk when they post messages such as this or this. They don't quite fit into Projects, but they don't quite belong in any of the categories here.
AskMe in google search results.
So, is anybody else noticing that askme is showing up more often in google searches now that the title is in the URL? It seems like any kind of obscure search I do now has ask metafilter entry somewhere in the top 5.
Why is this still up? Isn't it basically a LOLPERVERTS post? [mi]
grapefruitmoon at AS220.
I wasn't sure the ettiquette of this, but uh, if you're in Southern New England and have nothing to do... I'm currently exhibiting at AS 220 gallery in Providence, through the end of the month. [a little MI]
Timezone identifiers are wrong
Mefi Disposable Camera Swap
Mefite group art project: passing around disposable cameras.
What's the deal with posting songs on AskMeFi? I've contacted some users to ask if I can sample something of theirs, and while I have no problem doing this (and will continue to ask), I think it would be neat to be able to specific a creative commons (or other more restrictive) licenses. I know they could simply specify themselves, but it would be nice to make things unambiguous by default. Not hugely important, but I think it would be helpful.
Let me entertain you!
So hey... that singing audition I was preparing for a few weeks ago? Well, it seems I got the gig. Sooo it looks like I'm going back to being a working professional jazz singer & I'll be doing at least a few Sunday nights at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley this year (starting in June or July). And with that, I'll probably get off my rear & start playing other places in the Bay area too (I'm finally starting on a new press kit & music website. Yay!). You lovely Mefites have been very supportive of my music (& my desire to return to making it); it's been ultra appreciated. Moral of the story: if any of you are in the Bay area & interested in hearing me belt out some jazz in person someday, let me know & I can put you on my mailing list for upcoming gigs. Kinda like a mini meetup where I shall serenade you! It's the least I can do. :)
AskMeFi comment deleted?
I've never posted a thread on MetaTalk before, so don't really know if this is the right way to go about it, but a comment of mine in the recent discussion on AskMeFi about plagiarism was deleted for reasons I can't really deduce. I did call out a few academics who were harping in the thread with their noses turned up but I wasn't calling names or slinging insults, so I'm a bit confused as to why my post was deleted. And it certainly added to the conversation as it was quoted and responded to by another poster who disagreed with me. Any admin help here?
Denver Meetup Photos!!
Denver Meetup Photos HERE
GMT is one hour off
Probably because of the US move to DST, the time stamp in GMT is one hour off (so that posts and comments are showing as having been made up to an hour in the future).
Sydney Meet-up photos
Pictures from the Sydney meet-up at the Australian Hotel. Good times had with Jessamyn and her sister, as well as the Sydney contingent.
How can I get y2karl's informative pop up title tags to fit my browser window consistently? On the current post the prospect magazine snippet is an almost square box - which fits fine - and the NYT snippet is so wide that I cannot read it all.
Where does the via go?
Dear Mefi. What is the proper etiquette for the [via]? Some go inside, others on the front.
Links not working for new comments in category view
When viewing the meetup category in metatalk (and maybe others?) the "x new" text is not a hyperlink.
When logged out, posts to Music and The Blue lack the timestamp inside.
Sidebar Nomination OTD
I'd like to nominate this fantastic, almost entirely civil thread about Mormonism for the sidebar. It's really been an exceptional example of how informative AskMe can be when discussion and knowledge-sharing are maximized with minimal interpersonal snark.
MetaFilthy hates me
Anyone else getting hit with constant error alerts when using MetaFilthy? I have an "NS_ERR_DOM_INDEX_SIZE_ERR" alert popping up on every thread in FireFox 184.108.40.206, for about the last week or so. (Yes, I reported a bug to the author. Yes, I know he doesn't spend all day every day coding MetaFilthy. I'm just wondering if this is an issue with just me, with a Metafilter re-code of some sort, or problems between MetaFilthy and FF 220.127.116.11.)
Hey, New Yorkers. I'll be in town soon and noticed you haven't had a meetup in a little while. Anyone interested in something either next weekend (of the 17th) or the early part of the week after?
dhtml titles still showing up even though I don't want them to.
Yesterday I decided to explore editing my user profile and decided to try out the "Show dhtml link titles." Upon giving it a try I decided I didn't like it and turned it off, then saved my preferences. The dhtml titles still show up though. I just double checked and my preferences are still set to "no" for that setting. Anyone else having trouble turning these off?
Deep in the heart of Texas
Houstonians in Mefi-ville... fancy a pint at The Flying Saucer or another drinking establishment that meets your lengthy criteria?
Cortex followed us home. Can we keep him?
Cortex has been a great mod so far. I motion that he be granted perma-mod status. Can I get a second?
MetaTalk comment redirect
When I'm looking at a user's page and click the timestamp of one of their MetaTalk comments, the link redirects to the original post instead of the user's specific comment. Does this happen to anyone else?
What happened to the thread of photos off the p2p networks? Did that link get removed for any particular reason? Was it to make room for the Zelda/Golden Ratio thread? Hmm. I am kind of disappointed.
More Ask Your Question sites
TechCrunch posts about Google Answers rising from the dead (as UClue) and mentions a few more question-answering services. Still none as good as AskMe.
London March meetup?
Oi, Londoners! March meetup?
Melbourne Mefi Meetup - Jessamyn in Melbourne
Jessamyn will be in Melbourne on Saturday night. So. Melbourne MeFi meetup on Saturday 10 March. Let's do stuff. More inside.
My Little Pony, I Love My Little Pony.
Ooops, I did it again. I made a comment and once again it resulted in an accidental triple comment, a product (I suspect) of some sort of clash between my work server and Metafilter's server. It's not the first time it's happened either. And although all but one of my triple-comment will (hopefully) have been deleted by the time I finish writing this post (I have e-mailed an admin, as I usually do whenever it happens), it's getting annoying. Matt, I know you're really busy providing us with an awesome site, but could you please institute some kind of delay of just a few seconds between the time that someone has posted a comment and the time that they can comment again? They have one over at Metafilter's twin, Devoter, so surely it can't be that hard to do, can it? And best of all, it'll have plent of other benefits to the site (preventing abuse etc) and better yet, you, cortex and the ever suffering jessamyn will never have to get another e-mail from me asking you to delete two of my comments. Matt, please, can this be done?
I added a nicer meetup updater thingy
After seeing people post and repost meetup reminders, I finally figured out a way to fix it. On the front page sidebar, you should see a simple list of upcoming meetups. Details about how it works are inside...
Filmgeek's thinking about a Chicago Meetup
Chicago! I'm calling you. Yeah, I know some of you had a meetup about two weeks ago, but I'm coming there for business (and working there over the weekend.) I'll be near State & Grand...and I'm thinking friday or sat night might be nice. I'm thinking round 8 or 9ish. Somewhere positive to discussions with alcohol.
March 23 or March 31 for a Baltimore area meet, at Brewer's Art?
yes, I would like to know what's in your mouth!
Hey everyone! It's Tuesday afternoon, I'm just chillin at home. Happy post-whatever-crap-you've-eaten-lately day.
Denver Meetup - Confirmed!
Denver Meetup - Confirmed! Date- this coming friday, march 9th Time - 7(ish) PM Place - Falling Rock Taphouse, 1919 Blake St., Denver CO be there or be trapezoidal
MetaFilter runs (again) on nikeplus
NikePlus is a site which allows people who own the nike running gizmo for iPods to compete on the net. After being narrowly beaten by the swift and nimble web-goddess in the first edition of MetaFilter Runs, we want to settle the score... If you want to compete in the next edition, put your nike+ login in the comments below, and I'll invite you to the challenge. (I've already sent an invitation to all the challengers who took part in the first edition.) Oh yes, the winning distance in the previous 'most miles in 30 days' was 54.9 miles. Pretty decent for a bunch of out of shape geeks... The challenge start next monday (3/12) at 12am CET.
An Immodest Proposal: One of the interesting phenomena I've noticed as other aggregating sites are on their ascendancy (can you Digg it?) is that many links that had been MetaFiltered long ago (in Web time) get a new wave of attention, which flows back around here, and BANG! Double-triple-quadruple post!. And how many times lately have we seen comments like "Didn't see it the first time; glad it was reposted"? Maybe what we need is a separate place for "Re-Current" posts or links, where we can acknowledge that WE got it months/years ago, and re-open comments on it. Obviously, such a sub-Meta would require a lot of moderation/maintenance, and maybe it should be an off-site project. How should it work? Can we/you make it work? Why bother? Any volunteers?
Problem with popular projects page.
In Projects -- The popular links for "March" include projects from March '06.
It's pretty minor, but an & in the post title turns into 'amp' in the url. example.
How to get a quick dose of Metafilter Music
What's the best way to listen to all the songs currently on the front page of music.metafilter.com as a continuous playlist? Any suggestions? Is there something I'm missing? If there really is no way to do this currently, could I suggest some dynamically generated playlist page, that operates like existing playlists, but takes you through, say, the last 50 tracks.
Maybe it will do better than the orkut group.
I went and created a Metafilter social group on Ning. I imagine it as a convenient place to put photos and videos (and maybe tools, like greasemonkey scripts etc.) all in one more or less neat little pile. If that doesn't catch on, at least it won't be used for anything evil.
3: Adam Savage Interview
Episode 3 of the MetaFilter Podcast is up, featuring an interview with Adam Savage of Mythbusters.
Just posted this http://ask.metafilter.com/58158/Rats-in-the-car And the preview looked fine, but the final posting is one paragraph and hard to read. How can I correct it and did I do something wrong?
The Green Should Be White
Ask MetaFilter should default to a white background for new users and those not logged in.
Pork stamp - NOT
Mea Culpa. Remember my sweet-and-sour pork stamp post? Well, as it turns out, it's not true. Oh, there is a stamp (cute design), and it is popular, but it's not scratch-and-sniff, or tasty (see comment #7). Sorry gang. P. S. Not a "bug", but that's the closest Category that came to mind... P. P. S. I had a friend of mine ask her relatives to send her a sheet/book of these stamps. I just have to know for myself.
Short notice Los Angeles meetup: Tuesday March 6th, 7:30
Short notice Los Angeles meetup: Tuesday March 6th, 7:30 Not that a reason is needed, but official MeFi photographer Dashiv is in town for a few days, so why not? Tuesday (March 6th), 7:30 pm Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood 8288 Santa Monica Blvd (at Sweetzer)
Fans of Dylan Hears A Who might like to know that the page now contains links to a zip file of the all MP3s, plus a CD insert and tray card.
Jessamyn in Sydney!
Jessamyn in Sydney! As part of her tour of the Great Libraries & Librarians of Australia, Jessamyn will shortly arrive in Sydney for a few days. A meetup has been suggested for next sunday, 11th March. As she will be staying near Whitlam Square, the tentative plan is for a stroll through Hyde Park & the Botanical Gardens, then perhaps hop onto a ferry to Doyle's. The last ferry back from Watson's Bay on a sunday is at 7:05, arriving Circular Quay at 7:30, which coincides nicely with a 7:20 sunset.
"Let's Bring Back Slavery!"
Possible FPP for somebody? I don't feel quite up to making a good FPP out of this, nor do I want to "clutter" the Blue with a one-link "newsfilter" item. But I do think that this smacks of an underhanded attempt to restore involuntary servitude, especially given the booming prison population thanks to harsh drugs laws etc. (I also wonder why the damn "farmers" can't simply put Help Wanted ads in the paper; they are willing to pay a decent wage to get their crops tended, right?)
Not our Lane
This is not something we should do. Regardless of our belief system, asking the group how to break the law is not the intended purpose of AskMe.
music upload issue
music problem: 50% of the time I try to upload a standard MP3 (ID3 v2.2), I get the following error: The MIME type of the uploaded file "application/x-octet-stream" was not accepted by the server.
Tragic news from one of our own. May I be the first to suggest we get a best answer for this question and make donations as a group? I don't know what else to do. Ideas?
very minor issue
When I go to "my posts" and then try to select "activity threshold" one month, the page always refreshes as 24 hours instead of one month. I can choose any other increment of time no problem. I'm using Firefox 18.104.22.168 (5.0?) whatever that means on a Mac. Thanks.
No podcast this week? I'm guessing I missed the memo.
When can I post a question?
The New Question page on AskMefi is giving me conflicting information. First it says that I have 7 days 15 hours (etc) to post, then one countdown says I have 15 hours left, then there's another countdown which was constantly changing between the two, but as I type this it's settled itself to 15 hours. (One of the countdowns is from a GreaseMonkey script). Which is it?
Comments as votes?
Is it fair to consider the number of comments an FPP receives as an indication of community interest in the post? If so, then it is a pity that eustacescrubb's great find (a real best of the web IMHO) gets only a handful of comments whilst yet another FPP about Ann Coulter frothing at the mouth generates so many.
crush racism an sexism forever
I would be more comfortable speaking with someone gay. Is that kind of sexism halal on AskMe? I need a straight interior decorator (gay men make me uncomfortable). Where can I eat in a nice whites-only restaurant?
Metafilter Music Remixed: With all the talented musicians floated around here, would anyone be interested in setting up a remix thing, where metafilter musicians remix other member's work?
I know that this is an issue best addressed by the creator of MetaFilthy, but before I email him, I wanted to make sure that it's really a MetaFilthy bug, and not some problem on my end, and Metafilter is pretty much guaranteed to have the internet's largest population of MetaFilthy users. So: Is anyone getting a MetaFilthy bug when they open a MeFi page saying "Exception in Metafilthy.showIfValidURL NS_ERROR_DOM_INDEX_SIZE_ERR Index or size is negative or greater than the allowed amount line 1012 of undefined undefined"?
What's with the italics?
Why is all of MetaFilter in italics all of a sudden? The first two posts on the page are fine, but then everything afterwards is in italics for me, even the posts from yesterday that weren't in italics earlier this morning... I've had a few drinks tonight, but not that many drinks...
Everythings gone slanty
Is it just me, or did arse_hat's failure to close the [em] tag break the front page? I like italics as much as the next guy, but this....
Do we have a new administrator? admincortex mopping up with a napkin.
Tempe, AZ meetup.
Phoenix-area meetup: Saturday, March 10th in Tempe [more inside]
Jobs' spell check is buggy.
Spell check be giving me a CFM error in Jobs.
Metafilter + bacon = delicious/WTF?
Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I am logged in and see ads from fmpub.net on the front page. The ad presently displayed invites me to "chew the fat at serious eats". It's the same ad after multiple refreshes also. While I am a fan of bacon, I don't normally see ads when I'm logged in. This is all the more curious given that I'm using adblock plus and don't usually see ads on any site. Is this a temporary thing, or is bacon now an integral part of the site?
Mefite albums and attempts from RPM07?
RPM Challenge, post-game: February is dead and gone, and a bunch of us either finished an album in a month or didn't. Let's have the dirt, folks. And the links. And some Music posts.
AskMe posting limits?
Ok, so now that February is over, what happens to the AskMe posting limits?