July 2023 Archives (all archives)

July 29

shoesfullofdust passed away June 16, 2023

"Be in this world as if you are a traveler, a passerby, with your clothes and shoes full of dust. Sometimes you sit under the shade of a tree, sometimes you walk in the desert. Be always a passerby, for this is not home.” I was alerted a week ago to Dylan's passing by a brief mention on his employer's website and wanted to make sure that those of you here who knew him were aware that he is gone. I can't find an official obituary notice posted anywhere and have more questions than answers myself. [more inside]
posted by Ceridwen to MetaFilter-Related at 7:37 AM PST - 91 comments

July 26

Global BIPOC Board Meeting #17 Minutes

MetaFilter's Global BIPOC Board has made the decision to publish meeting minutes in the form of a MetaTalk to improve visibility and increase the speed at which minutes are shared publicly! Minutes will continue to be uploaded to the board landing page as well in the form of a PDF. Thanks for reading. [more inside]
posted by travelingthyme to MetaFilter-Related at 1:01 PM PST - 0 comments [closed]

July 20

Heat Wave/Extreme Climate Check-In Thread

Much of the planet right now is dealing with very intense climate related heat waves. Thought it might be helpful to provide a check-in thread and a space for people to discuss the weather/climate, thoughts, concerns, how we're staying cool, what we're doing to try to conserve energy and survive this climate hell. Stay cool, drink water, check in with the vulnerable peoples, friends, family, & be safe.
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter-Related at 8:02 AM PST - 74 comments

July 19

[MeFi Site Update] July 19th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

Welcome to your monthly Site Update! The last update is here. You’ll find some updates regarding the site below. I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions.

Reminder: I will be the only mod monitoring this thread so please be patient as I reply to your feedback and questions. [more inside]
posted by loup to MetaFilter-Related at 11:30 AM PST - 19 comments

July 14

MeFi24 in 2023

Today is MetaFilter’s 24th anniversary. To put things in perspective, this invaluable source of knowledge, conversations and learning was founded the same year the Euro launched, boy bands were on the rise, the first Matrix movie was released, and "Believe" by Cher was hitting the top of the Billboard Year-End chart. We'd like to celebrate this milestone by raising a virtual toast to the countless discussions, friendships, and shared knowledge that have blossomed here. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn to MetaFilter-Related at 9:03 AM PST - 108 comments

July 13

Can we please stop using the term "wheelchair bound" on MetaFilter?

Recently I have noticed several different commenters on MetaFilter using the phrase "wheelchair bound." This is a phrase that a lot of wheelchair users (including myself) find deeply objectionable, as wheelchairs actually give us freedom of movement compared to not having a wheelchair. (Also, a lot of wheelchair users are ambulatory wheelchair users, e.g. they can sometimes walk a very short distance.) The preferred term is "wheelchair user". If using it as an adjective, you can say "wheelchair using", e.g. "My wheelchair-using girlfriend."
posted by chariot pulled by cassowaries to Etiquette/Policy at 11:27 AM PST - 43 comments

July 11

Flooding and weather check in

It is flooding in Vermont, among other places. Are fellow MeFites in weather-battered regions in the US and elsewhere okay? Please check in and let us know, jessamyn and others. Thanks!
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter-Related at 2:31 PM PST - 12 comments

July 8

Metatalktail Hour: Local Mysteries

This week, the worker owned bookstore in my city revealed that there is a mysterious old safe on the newly opened second floor of their new permanent location. (Alternate archive link if the soft paywall blocks you ). Any one who can pick the lock during their business hours can keep half the contents, or all of the contents if they turn out to be "gross or cursed." What do you think is in the safe? What do you wish is in the safe? Or what minor unsolved mysteries reside in your home/town/mind palace? [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over to MetaFilter-Related at 6:51 AM PST - 53 comments

July 1

Metatalktail Hour: Christmas (movies) in July

Die Hard has hit one of our streaming services this month, which makes me think about Christmas in July. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies? And would you watch them in July? [more inside]
posted by a non mouse, a cow herd to MetaFilter-Related at 10:39 PM PST - 44 comments