April 2018 Archives (all archives)

April 28

Metatalktail Hour: Dinner Party

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! I forgot to write down whose question this was, but someone (who should feel free to out themselves in the comments) wanted me to ask you the classic dinner party question: If you could have any three people, living or dead, at your dinner party, who would they be and why? (You can pick more than 3. Or less than 3. Or really any number, I don't know why I said 3.) For bonus points, would you have a menu in mind? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 6:32 PM PST - 125 comments

MeFi Card Club appreciation

Hi y'all! Comments are closed on the MeFi Card Club announcement post, and now that we're a couple months in, I thought it'd be nice to give folks a place to share their appreciation for cards they've received and/or check in about cards they've sent. Big thanks to Fig for organizing & running the exchange, and to everyone else who has helped this along!
posted by duffell to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:14 AM PST - 55 comments

April 27

blue_beetle's fame continues

Slate traces the history of the "you're not the customer, you're the product" line back to blue_beetle's so famous it's on our frickin t-shirts comment.
posted by leotrotsky to MetaFilter-Related at 6:56 AM PST - 36 comments

April 26

Many happy returns, cortex!

Happy
birthday,
cortex!

Hope you're having a wonderful day. Thanks for your all your hard work and leadership and help in making this place so special. 🎉 🎶 🥞 🍩 🎂 🍰 🍨 [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 to MetaFilter-Related at 6:38 PM PST - 65 comments

April 21

A tag-searhc Pony

Sometimes people misspell their tags on posts. An example: this old post of mine which I tagged with bobbygentry instead of bobbiegentry. (I’ve since fixed this.) Right now, when you search by tag you get back a list of matching tags and tags that contain your search as a substring. I think it would be helpful if we also returned a list of results that have similar spellings in case the post you’re trying to find has a tag typo.
posted by Going To Maine to Feature Requests at 6:13 PM PST - 48 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Media Recs

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I want to know what you've been reading, watching, listening to, or otherwise enjoying and want to recommend to everyone else who's looking for something new to enjoy! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:08 PM PST - 143 comments

April 20

Stop the Violence

I've noticed an uptick in the number of comments I see that express the desire to see violence done to someone, whether from face-punches or guillotines. I know that the general MeFite psyche is bruised and battered after an exhausting 16 months since the election, but these types of comments leave me feeling like the only place I know on the internet with sane discourse is losing its way. I'd like to remind people that though their violent fantasies may feel justified, they are still troubling for others to read.
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Etiquette/Policy at 10:23 AM PST - 280 comments

April 18

Article on creativity in rural vs urban areas - help me find?

I *swear* I read an article here on MetaFilter about a study done that measured creative output in rural areas compared to urban ones. It found that urban areas had more creative output due to the higher concentration of creative types. There was synergy in being around other creative people that made you more creative yourself. I'm Googling and have searched the site but cannot find it. It was not a formal research paper but an article (that likely cited a study/studies). I'm helping with a UU sermon on creativity and would like to reference it if only I could find it! If it rings a bell for you, I'd greatly appreciate it!
posted by Twicketface to MetaFilter-Related at 11:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Happy to be back...

A little bug came across me, out of nowhere, and reminded me: MetaFilter! It's been a handful of years since I've posted, and over a decade since I joined - with the Facebook et. al controversies of the world, I am thrilled to be back on the first "social network" community I joined aside from the myriad forums of the late '90's and early naughties. I am beyond thrilled to see that the same substance that drew me here to begin with is alive and well (HTML tags, yes!). Any other folks return after an extended hiatus? I have some profile work to do here but, feedback wise - is the magic still here? It still seems like it but we are fantastic at tricking ourselves into what we want to believe.
posted by deacon_blues to MetaFilter-Related at 10:34 AM PST - 38 comments

April 17

Thank you.

It's been a rather crappy past decade for me.. Wife passed away in '09 as y'all well know, diagnosed with T2 diabetes and stage 4 kidney cancer last June, surgery to remove a kidney and tumor last September, and ongoing chemo to reduce the metastasis in my lungs, and I'll eventually need surgery to rebuild my left shoulder due to a bone lesion. Through all this - y'all have been the most kind, caring, considering, and just gently awesome folks I could ever as for. Even when I'm having a really crappy day, I end up reading something on here, or talking to a MeFite on twitter (I'm @mrbill) that just makes me smile and cheer up a bit. So, in short, I'm all schmoopy right now.. thank you. Thank you Matt, Cortex, Jessamyn, and all y'all.
posted by mrbill to MetaFilter-Related at 4:08 AM PST - 56 comments

April 15

Winter Storm Xanto

and all their assorted related mid April weather miseries check in thread. How are you handling the snow / freezing rain / thunderstorms / tornadoes / fire weather?
posted by mygothlaundry to MetaFilter-Related at 11:18 AM PST - 70 comments

MetaAlternatives

Instead of Reddit I use MetaFilter. Instead of Twitter I use Mastodon. I'm interested in what your other alternative platforms are? I'm also interested in platforms like MetaFilter that are designed/maintained by people that are trustworthy. These choices matter because I'm trying my best to be a part of a more ethical/social platform and still stay connected with a digital community. What are your recommendations?
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 10:22 AM PST - 35 comments

April 14

Metatalktail Hour: Empty Orchestra

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I'm curious to know your go-to karaoke song, if you have one! And if you don't (or even if you do!), you can tell us what you're doing this weekend.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 4:50 PM PST - 103 comments

April 13

Is your pet on Instagram?

It's time for a roll call of the social-media inclined pets of Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog to MetaFilter-Related at 12:55 PM PST - 66 comments

Fucking Fuck X - The Enfuckenating

Do not go gentle into that good night [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 to MetaFilter-Related at 7:05 AM PST - 188 comments

April 10

Learned League and more

User 1 interviews user 292 on the Hobby Horse podcast.
posted by Chrysostom to MetaFilter-Related at 10:10 AM PST - 41 comments

April 9

"Also On" Cleanup

We've tidied up a bit in the "also on" sites in your profile. First, the cleanup discussed previously has been done. Thank you to everyone who categorised websites on the wiki and made it easier on me (if no less saddening) to remove deceased sites. Second, Mastodon and Diaspora have been, after requests and discussion, added. [more inside]
posted by frimble to Feature Requests at 9:32 AM PST - 47 comments

RIP kmennie

I am sad to share that longtime member kmennie passed away on December 26th, 2017. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 6:18 AM PST - 163 comments

April 7

Metatalktail Hour: I Need a Hero!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, AugustWest wants to know, "Do you have any heroes and if so, who are they and why are they your hero?" [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter-Related at 5:43 PM PST - 42 comments

April 6

MetaPrescience

What are the best 'called it' moments from here?
posted by fluttering hellfire to MetaFilter-Related at 6:51 PM PST - 34 comments

Can't we have nice (fake) things?

This isn't a call out at all, I just wanted to let people know how I'm affected and see if others have had the same difficulty. I'm pretty sure my executive function isn't as great as it could be... but I REALLY struggle when people are telling backstories and asking for advice and use letters instead of fake names to anonymise the people they're discussing. Eg X said to Y they failed to post the letter but Y had given it to B on the way to C and D’s house because Z was in Hobart . Easier for me : Patrick said to Tim he’d failed to post the letter but Tim had given it to Trinh on the way to Rachel and Krista’s house because Bronwyn was in Hobart. May I suggest that it's a lot easier for us to follow who the actors are if you give fake names? I'd like to ask people to consider using entire names, or nouns or something other than letters. It's super hard to follow. Even on a professional white background. ;-) [more inside]
posted by taff to Etiquette/Policy at 4:31 PM PST - 51 comments

Question about lack of a post on Gaza.

Do we not have a post about what's happening in Gaza because of the whole "Metafilter doesn't handle Israel/Palestine well", or because no one has made a post yet? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp to MetaFilter-Related at 8:30 AM PST - 30 comments

SHOW US YOUR BIKES!!!

Can this be the thread where we post pictures of our bicycles? [more inside]
posted by jillithd to MetaFilter-Related at 6:40 AM PST - 55 comments

April 4

Paypal fee increase for Australians

Australian Paypal has informed us that as of April 5th, "sending money internationally to friends or family" will now incur a fixed fee of $5.99 AUD+2.6% of the portion funded +fixed fee based on the currency. [more inside]
posted by kjs4 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:18 AM PST - 11 comments

April 3

139: The Joke Show

Happy Basically-Nobody's-Life-Got-Ruined-This-Year-By-April-Fools, everybody! It's the latest podcast ep, with me and jessamyn talking about MeFi as usual and also telling each other some jokes, along with a nice crop of call-in/mail-in/write-in jokes from your fellow MetaFilter members! This'n was recorded Monday April 2 and all told runs about an hour and a half. [more inside]
posted by cortex to MeFi Podcast at 11:57 AM PST - 38 comments

yay MeFite books!

Congratulations!! to our very own, very gifted mothershock on the publication of her memoir: The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself. She has a good interview up at The Rumpus about the book, which covers her process of healing and reinvention after a neurological injury. [more inside]
posted by lalex to MetaFilter-Related at 10:34 AM PST - 20 comments

April 1

Happy Easter Fools Day!

The confluence of April Fool's Day and Easter was entertaining at my house, did you play any tricks? Get pranked? What was the most fun? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps to MetaFilter-Related at 8:41 PM PST - 30 comments