June 2010 Archives (all archives)
Columbus, Ohio Meetup... Take 2! [more inside]
Just to engage in a probably-futile disagreement with cortex's decision here. Yes, granted, I understand not wanting to get into the classifieds business. But this isn't trying to use Mefi instead of craigslist [more inside]
For those dying to know which is the next choice of the MetaFilter Book Club on the U.S. Novel post 1945, the votes have been counted! And to my surprise, On the Road edged ahead as the next MeFi Book Club choice. Please begin reading soon, and find time to review the two Yale Prof. Amy Hungerford lectures on the book. The MetaChat thread to discuss the book will go up on August 16. [more inside]
Could we get a copyedit on this G20 related FPP, per the numerous comments?
How do you explain Metafilter to people who may be unfamiliar with the concept of a "community weblog"? [more inside]
Would anyone be interested in creating a Metafilter University? What I mean is a series of courses (or they could be short, TED-like lectures) specially geared towards Metafilter members? By which I mean they'd be more than just videos posted to YouTube. There would be some way for members to interact with the lecturer (and other members) about the course. [more inside]
savingadvice is a new user who showed up in response to Eating Well On $1 A Day. That's five days worth of food, folks.
I've raised it before, and I'll keep raising it - "we" are not all denizens of the USA. [more inside]
This just in: Activision not as evil as previously reported...or...a silver lining for...The Silver Lining
It's way past! time to swap mix CDs again, so let the mid-year 2010 (NOT HEMISPHERIST!) MeFiSwap begin! Hooray! [more inside]
Suggestion for community adoption of a particular AskMe tag? [more inside]
Pony Request: Signal to Noise ratio on profiles? [more inside]
Not a pony, but a question about username changes, or lack thereof. [more inside]
If I were writing this AskMe, I would have stopped after the first sentence, labelled it "NFSW" and put the rest inside. The level of detail the OP provide above the break is already enough that I cringe at the thought of a coworker seeing me read it. Am I being unreasonable, or is this just one of the few that slipped by the admins?
Chicago meetup for some out-of-towners passing through? July 23rd evening... [more inside]
I'd like to post a link to some poetry on my mother's blog on the blue. Is that appropriate, or is it considered self-promotion? [more inside]
Pony request: Can we add the inline Youtube feature to all subsites? [more inside]
It's Metafilter's 11th anniversary season, and also the month marking the first anniversary of the great MeFi enspousenation! [more inside]
"All posts are © their original authors." This is unfortunate. It would be great to see MeFi supporting Creative Commons and the free culture movement. [more inside]
London meetup on the afternoon of Saturday, 2 July? [more inside]
Anyone wanna go see Serenity in PDX tomorrow night? [more inside]
I AM IN ICELAND (and you should be too): I've got a bunch of free time on the 29th and so does Great Swell, can we meet y'all before or after we go to The Pearl at 8? We're staying dead center downtown and up for anything (but we do have to leave for the US the next day so not ANYTHING anything) Also we're free after 5pm on the 27th, Sunday, if that is better.
I think its time we ban I/P threads completely. This thread gets deleted, while this thread, and this thread stand? [more inside]
Forgive me if this was asked before (I searched the FAQ), but I see a lot of people asking questions in AskMeFi who have never commented. Why are the guidelines different from MetaFilter (where you have to comment a certain number of times before you post)? I understand that some people are lurkers and we want to be accepting of that, but it seems like a lot of the questions which break the guidelines could be avoided. Maybe I'm just a whiner?
Any Mefites in Milpitas or San Jose want to get together Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week (June 28, 29 or 30th)? I know there is a San Fran meetup for the 1st of July, but we'll be flying back home that day. [more inside]
There was a question asked within the last year (I think) that was something like 'Why do people have pets if they know they are going to die before they do? How can they handle the grief?" There was a response post to the question explaining that love for a pet was unique in that you go into the relationship knowing that, most likely, you will outlive the pet and that therefore this is a noble kind of love etc. etc. [more inside]
I'm intrigued re: Gift/UserAccounts. Is there a way/was there a way, to know which accounts are 'gift accounts'? [more inside]
I'm looking for a story about a person who slept with their best friend who was having trouble finding a woman, but regretted it because the friend lost their confidence as a result. It was in askmefi.
Learning how others write stories has been interesting. Hats off to all who contributed!
Help me find an old post about people in the late 60s I think that had an increased risk of cancer as a result of travelling through areas affected by US nuclear tests.
Today we're showing off the first (very early, alpha if you will) version of the new events subsite for MetaFilter we call IRL. [more inside]
Is there a way to delete a thread, but leave a comment? Maybe that should be a feature for making me laugh, at least. [more inside]
Formal AskMe Followup Posts? [more inside]
Considering how many of us wear glasses, I'm pretty sure we should be fielding a pub trivia team here in Houston. Let's have a meetup and see how it goes! Maybe it will be a fun night of nerdery. Maybe it will become an institution. We'll never know until we try. [more inside]
In the midst of the awful heat wave sweeping my chunk of the East Coast, I just want to call attention to this fabulous lemonade recipe by Elsa. [more inside]
So how can I make a hyperlink from my iPad? [more inside]
"Hit Me Baby One More Time" played by a strange experimental band on pots, pans, and a stove. Dressed as houswives, pants falling down... Maybe Finnish, or Swedish? [more inside]
The recent MetaChat book club gathering to discuss Lolita was very enjoyable. So, is there interest in arranging another, to discuss the next book in Yale Professor Amy Hungerford's course on The American Novel Since 1945? That next book is On the Road. [more inside]
We're getting ready to launch that event site we talked about earlier, but could use some CSS help. [more inside]
Pony Request: Pagination for the "Recent Comments" tab. [more inside]
Lawrence Livermore National Lab mini-meetup? [more inside]
How come no one even tried to get this Lady Gaga moment up on the front page? Are we done with Gaga?
Ok, so whenever I hit Ctrl+Shift+A anywhere on Metafilter, a little thing pops up saying "Please enter the site you'd like to link!" What? For what? Is this a feature I was never informed about? By the way, I'm running Ubuntu Lucid, with Firefox.
What was Metafilter like at the turn of the century? Is it substantially different now? Do you have a favorite era or year of Metafilter?
Southern ME or Portsmouth NH meetup! [more inside]
Sweet jesus, this is some depressing thread. Happy Father's day everyone, I hope you all can find some way through it. I'm sending you all a hug.
While not disagreeing that it was esentially a stunt, I thought this post by orthogonality was rather good, with the lack of context, the reaction to the material out of context and discovery of that context being features rather than bugs.
Under the flickering torchlight, I saw my quarry: the golden contacts reflecting as they lay against a papyrus scroll from the Library at Alexandria, the dust having not yet covered it completely. "Eureka!" I cried. "All is not lost!" My perilous quest through dust monsters and over yawning chasms and fighting through moldy skeletons had not been in vain. I had reacquired the [more inside]
I have expertise in X, but I don't care about A-W, or Y and Z, so I don't check the green very often. I also just asked a question about F, and I'm sure there are F experts that steer clear of the green for the same reasons I do. AskMeFi moves fast. Faster than ponies? [more inside]
ISO Boston Mefites. Big thirst not necessary, but appreciated. [June 26] [more inside]
Hello. Thank you. This is my official post hospital, hotel and apartment update. [more inside]
Horace Rumpole and I will be in Philadelphia next week for RBMS, and we hear you guys throw a great party. Anyone up for a meetup? [more inside]
ISO Boston MeFites. Must have big thirst. [more inside]
ISO Beijing MeFites. Must have big thirst. [more inside]
Podcast 52 was recorded on June 14th and runs a tad over an hour. This episode features not just one, not just two, but (I think) three overly detailed and long explanations by cortex of something arcane that he loved. [more inside]
Pony request: MeFi notification of deleted posts - Because I always forget I can look in my history to find the missing post. Seems like it would be "easy" (for unknown values of easy) to kind of do the same thing for deletion as for addition. (Maybe I'm just oversensitive, having had two FPPs deleted in the last month.)
Rory Marinich was a great sport about the Toy Story 3 duplicate threads. [more inside]
Pseudohyotheticalmetatroll filter...What would you do? [more inside]
This July 17th, in Portland, OR, is going to be an 11th Anniversary Meetup. Be here or be square. [more inside]
A MeFite with no previous history on the site asked us to choose between (what many of us felt were) two rather bad choices based upon a potentially faulty assumption. Chatfilter ensues. [more inside]
I have noticed your interesting quirk and it interests me! Why do folks copy and past someone else's comment in a thread and then add a "This." or a "A million times this." to it? Don't favorite counts indicate "This."? If everybody "This."'d for every comment they agreed with, threads would stall and go nowhere - it'd just be an endless recycling of the same few comments. Perhaps this is not a big deal and I have simply woken up grumpy and overly sensitive. Or perhaps you have noticed this trend, too, and wish it to stop? Commence with the copying, the pasting, and the "This."ing!
Steven Chu is not considering a bomb was one of the funniest things I've seen on this site in weeks. [more inside]
Pittsburgh, it's time for another meetup! [more inside]
Quite by accident, I noticed today that it's possible to scroll through MetaFilter pages using the vi-style "j" and "k" keys (at least with Safari). Has this always been the case?
Metafilter has no official mascot that I'm aware of, though jquinby once proposed the giant squid. Wendell seems to have taken down his design for the overthinkin' bean. I have a critter here that deserves consideration: the pancake batfish, Halieutichthys aculeatus. "They're not like a flounder; they are much more mobile, more like a pancake with feet." [more inside]
Temperature differences as a deal breaker, serious or not? [more inside]
The 2nd MetaFilter interactive fiction contest ended May 31st, but you can still join in and vote on your favorites. [more inside]
In the Post to Projects screen, it warns: "...so please try to keep it limited to launching new projects and please don't use the space to link to a blog entry or an essay you wrote." [more inside]
Toronto G20 protest meet up! (tugs collar) [more inside]
New Hampshire (and the rest of northern New England) meetup! [more inside]
Mefite Jaltcoh sent me a MeMail the other day reminding me of this old comment in a thread about palindromes, where I say, “Gotta say, I’m a big fan of palindromes. My entire career, marriage and life might all be very different if not for palindromes. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime, say January 2, 2010.” In the MeMail, he asks, “It's now past January 2, 2010. What's the story?” Forgot about that old post. With that big of a buildup, I wish it were a better story, but here goes: [more inside]
The crux of this FPP is a Supreme Court decision (concerning a male-on-male attempted homicide) that allegedly curtails the testimony of SANE nurses in rape cases. The Court's decision, as linked, uses the word "rape" twice, both times in the phrase "tried to rape [her]". However, that document does not use the words "SANE", "nurse", "medical" nor "doctor" at all. The only link that appears to connect SANE nurses to the Court's decision is behind a paywall and we only have the OP's interpretation of that document. Does this make for a good FPP?
WHEREAS, it has been far too long since I've been to a Brooklyn meetup; and
WHEREAS, my birthday is coming, and I want to celebrate with y'all;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we're going to have a meetup at 7pm on Tuesday, June 22nd at the 4th Avenue Pub in Brooklyn. [more inside]
WHEREAS, my birthday is coming, and I want to celebrate with y'all;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we're going to have a meetup at 7pm on Tuesday, June 22nd at the 4th Avenue Pub in Brooklyn. [more inside]
A year ago today, my wife passed away. I wanted to say thanks to all of Metafilter for the support I've gotten from the community. [more inside]
Is it possible to use the strike tag in the headline of a post? I have a post I'm writing & would like to use this if it's available, but it's not showing up in Preview.
Person asks specific question about finding postive reading to back up his media choices and the responders ask really pointed questions, snark, leave their google searches, ask more pointed questions... How does one request a cleanup pony? [more inside]
It's time for a peace mission to London, England. [more inside]
Font Pony! I suggest using the same special CSS from the Famous Comic Sans Thread on the current Comic Sans Thread and any other Comic Sans Thread. As well as maybe any typography thread that mentions Comic Sans more than X times?
"Metafilter is too good for this low crap." "This really doesn't seem like a good idea." - I'll shoot. Why? [more inside]
This FPP's typical and relatively successful feminism discussion devolved into a mano a mano between DNye and myself. I admittedly took his bait and engaged; my bad. This led to DNye's epic 3,600 word comment (plus addendum and corrections). I'm trying to disengage in that topic 1 2 as I try to avoid pissing matches these days. He wants to keep on fightin' 1 2 so I'm asking him to bring it here. [more inside]
Final reminder: Meta Book Club will meet, re Lolita and the Prof. Hungerford lectures about the book, tomorrow -- June 15 -- on MetaChat. "See" you there.
I'm visiting a friend in Austin this weekend and would love to meet some MeFites while I'm there. What do you all say? The Ginger Man on Saturday, June 19 at 5 pm?
Is there enough meat to the Bros Icing Bros meme to make it a FPP? Even if it turns out to be some crypto-viral marketting campaign by Smirnoff, it's an interesting social phenomenon IMO. [more inside]
Does anyone here play Skate 3 on the XBox 360? I'd like to join/form a team, but not enough of my current friends on XBox Live play this game. [more inside]
Washington, DC meetup over the 4th of July weekend? [more inside]
mathowie, jessamyn, cortex, vacapinta, and pb, thanks for all you do. This place is incomparable. [more inside]
NYC meetup/fundraiser/raffle/barbeque picnic potluck throwdown. That's right people, I'm calling a throwdown. [more inside]
Is it time for another meetup in Singapore? [more inside]
AskMetaFilter Idea: "Re-Asking" questions? Something that anyone can do to any question to "bring it back to the front page" and have another bite at the apple [more inside]
So, jamesonandwater created a metafilter Fantasy World Cup League. There are nineteen of us signed up now and it seems as though it's still possible to create a team even though the games have begun. If you do it tonight, you can still get in on the scoring in round one! [more inside]
mathowie, cortex, jessamyn - has anyone ever tried to buy bits and pieces (or all) of MeFi? What have the pitches been like? [more inside]
New Delhi meetup anyone? Anyone? [more inside]
Update on K & S (and the effects of your support). [more inside]
Posting links to the front page without having viewed them first? [more inside]
How 'bout implementing Facebook-style notifications, whereby you're notified of subsequent activity on threads that you've participated in or marked as favourite? [more inside]
This is the unofficial unsanctioned informal all-purpose FIFA World Cup 2010 (Football|Soccer) Match-Watching Meetup thread, for those who want to root for whichever team in the company of other local mefites, wherever that may be.
What is site policy on posting to MeFi or AskMe in a foreign language? [more inside]
Omaha mefites? [more inside]
You've heard cortex's quirky song stylings, before, but now it looks like he's getting some competition from a fellow admin. (Relevant Google Maps link.) Now all we need is for mathowie and vacapinta to do a duet on "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Moderator" and we're covered!
Wasn't there an FPP not too long ago linking to an interview in which Andrew WK admits he's a constructed personality played by several different guys? I seem to remember a lot of discussion and digging about it. [more inside]
Is there anything that details the features and operators of MetaFilter's own MetaSearch? [more inside]
The actual subject of a seemingly obscure painting identification question, turns up in the thread with THE answer.
How can I find all the posts people have made that begin with "Metafilter: "? [more inside]
With Safari 5 supporting extensions that are very similar to greasemonkey scripts, I'm wondering if any existing MeFi-related scripts have been/are being ported over.
Have you started receiving your Homebrew Swap (previously, previously) beer yet? I just got my first bottle!
Homebrew Swap Thread! Thanks to maurice and box for the booze! [more inside]
If a contact's account is closed, either because they chose to disable it or they got banned, can (should?) that show up in the "Contact Activity" sidebar?
Let's talk about the collaborative book project.
Did I at one point in the past find a page that had links to what MeFits had to sell? If so, where is it? [more inside]
I have posted eight questions total on AskMetafilter and two were immediatly deleted (a 25% fail rate!). I read the FAQs and the questions that were deleted didn't fit into the "what not to post" arena, they weren't rude or anything. One was is X legal and the other was adventurous ideas for a family. How do I know what questions are appropriate to ask?
What is it with (US) mefites and lack of health insurance? [more inside]
Any NYC Mefites interested in a Board gaming group? [more inside]
Have people been fighting a lot more on mefi lately ? [more inside]
Alright, let's get it out. [more inside]
Safari 5 (on Mac) breaks the post comment box formatting options? [more inside]
I searched and didn't see anything like this: a spiffy pony that would help track Mefi favorite books and how many times they are mentioned! [more inside]
racist: doubleplusgood word. idiot: ungood word. [more inside]
Would it be possible to expand the mobile menu on Ask to include posts by category and/or tags? [more inside]
My favorites are piling up. Have you ever thought of a way to classify each user's favorites on the website ?
Anyone interested in a meetup in the UAE or Lahore? [more inside]
Follow up on this thread about Marina Abramovic's three month long performance at Moma, "The Artist is Present". [more inside]
Richmond, VA meetup? [more inside]
An apology to the community. [more inside]
It Has Been Decided (beer may have been involved). MeFi PDX 10.9.1 at Enchanted Forest. Logistics and details within. [more inside]
That Great Salt Lake [more inside]
Lisboa Meet-Up? Are there any extant Portuguese MeFites? Perhaps a seance to raise Migs? [more inside]
Come Out and Play! So this big real world games festival is going on in Gowanus and around Prospect Park. Paper Airplane Derbys and Sidewalk Wars and Mystery Solving is going on. [more inside]
In yesterday's thread, A Matter of Principal, I made an assumption that proved to be incorrect. delmoi kindly contacted me privately and sent me this link explaining what really happened and suggested I apologize. [more inside]
What books are in the "MeFi Canon"? [more inside]
Yay, I'm traveling to Anaheim for a conference! Let's meetup on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. [more inside]
Yay, ____________________! Let's meetup on ____________________ in ____________________. Unless others have objections, I propose we go to ____________________. Mostly, I suspect we will ____________________ or ____________________. But if enough people make it perhaps we can ____________________! [more inside]
I'd appreciate the mods' take (and of course that of other users more experienced than myself, which is just about everybody) on the ethics of linking to another forum in answer to an AskMeFi. [more inside]
The number of anonymous questions, as a percentage of all AskMe questions, has been rising steadily over time [13 out of 100 today]. We were sitting around talking about this over email and what limits we could implement, when we figured maybe we'd just try to talk about it instead.... [more inside]
Is it bad form to "self-link" to a photo we took on Ask MeFi? In general, of course, I know not to. However, I have a couple WTF? photos that I would love help in 'deciphering.' (e.g., strange lettering on a cave wall in Turkey that doesn't match up with any alphabet I can find).
Adelaide meetup and wtf-a-podcast! [more inside]
Anyone want to form a Red Dead Redemption posse (PS3)? [more inside]
Just a quickie reminder that our Mefi book club discussion of Lolita and the Hungerford lectures on the book is coming up on June 15 on Meta Chat. Thanks to redsparkler for suggesting the Annotated Lolita, a great resource. Here again is the link to the first of the Prof. Hungerford lectures.
Come to the 92Y Tribeca this Friday the 4th for "3:10 to YMA", curated by hermitosis and featuring a presentation by kkokkodalk. Show starts at 8PM, drinks and snacks in the cafe after! [more inside]
St. Louis mefites! I will be visiting your city this Saturday. I know you recently had a meetup, but want to get drinks anyway? [more inside]
I'm back in New York City, and I'm turning thirty. Karaoke, drinks... let's do this meetup thang. [more inside]
I'm calling out flapjax at midnite for making consistently awesome music posts and being an asset to the community. [more inside]
I thought AskMe questions about illegal activities were against the guidelines? Is vandalism not an illegal activity?
Display Search Results Pony: Would it be possible to give us an option to choose how many search results are displayed on a page? [more inside]