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Metatalktail Hour: Family Traditions!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! After topic bankruptcy, my list is short and full of only good topics! So this week, If only I had a penguin... wants to know about your home-made family traditions: "By which I mean traditions started either deliberately or accidentally but that serve the function of giving families and especially kids a sense of tradition/continuity etc. Could be anything from "we always eat fish and chips after going to the dentist and chicken after haircuts" (one my family started accidentally because there's a fish and chips place near the dentist and a Mary Brown's chicken besides where we cut our hair) to one I've heard mentioned where you can open one gift Christmas eve and if it's a book you can stay up and read it."
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 23 at 5:05 PM - 71 comments

MetaSkills

It's still early in the week but I'm already overwhelmed with politics and awful news. Let's lighten the mood and talk about something else. If time wasn’t an issue and you had forever to master a skill, what skill would you master? Sword-making, basket-weaving, knitting, quilting, embroidery, carpentry, coding/programming, languages, pottery, cooking, leather-work, tattooing, brewing, hunting, etc? Think like you're inside of a video-game and you have unlimited skill-points to invest in, what skill(s) are you leveling up? Also, be kind to yourself and to others. Cheers.
posted by Fizz on Feb 19 at 12:35 PM - 94 comments

Help Me Get My Smile Back?

A strange man screamed at me for no reason today, now I find I need something to help me shake that encounter off, and feel happy again. Details below.
posted by WalkerWestridge on Feb 21 at 9:32 AM - 97 comments

Nintendo Switch: The Enfriendening

I finally broke down and bought a Switch. It looks like the last round of friend code swapping was in 2014 for the WiiU and 3DS / 2DS. So, whaddya say? Let's swap friend codes!
posted by lazaruslong on Feb 21 at 7:27 AM - 34 comments

Why no meetup photos?

I used to love looking at meetup photos and putting faces with names, but it doesn't seem like anyone posts them anymore. Is this because people are more worried about privacy, or is it because Flickr is completely terrible now, or a combination? Or is it just because pictures are so easy/ubiquitous that no one really takes them anymore? I don't know what the answer is (and I won't be contributing because I am WAY too shy to ever go to a meetup) but I would love it if people got into the habit again. Would allowing photos in IRL posts be a pony too far?
posted by cilantro on Feb 18 at 6:16 AM - 30 comments

Metatalktails: Lazy Sunday

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! It's time for Eurotalktails! This week, several people have requested you share your Sunday Routines, a la the NY Times, as inspired by this question! Of course it doesn't have to be Sunday -- it can be Saturday, or whatever day is your favorite day of relaxation!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Mar 2 at 7:07 AM - 75 comments

Will Poo Month Never End???

Poop month was January! JANUARY! And yet Johnny Wallflower and his nefarious assistant Fizz are turning February into Poop month 2: The wrath of crap! When. Will. It. Stop?
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Feb 13 at 5:28 PM - 139 comments

There is no coin cabal

Over in the Hyucking Hyuck thread, MysticMCJ proposed the idea of a US politics megathread challenge coin as a physical symbol of, er, whatever this all is. People got into the idea, and a quick straw poll having shown sufficient interest to potentially make production worthwhile, here's a space for those interested in the idea to talk about it.
posted by zachlipton on Jan 29 at 3:50 PM - 134 comments

Pony: Videogame category/threads in Fanfare

Title says it all. I'd love for fanfare to have official support for videogame threads. It has at least one club for them (Narrative Games) but the discoverability is so bad that I had to look for a thread I knew existed and work backwards. An official sidebar category would really help with that problem.
posted by Memo on Feb 24 at 6:25 PM - 36 comments

50,000

I'd like to thank Fig for bestowing upon me my 50,000th Favorited. That's all. Happy weekend!
posted by Thorzdad on Feb 22 at 12:57 PM - 25 comments

Fucking Fuck XIX!

Oh fuck, the last thread for venting our anger/fear/frustration/other has closed. It's time for a new one.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk on Jan 29 at 4:38 AM - 132 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Open Thread!

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, open thread! And also, my list of suggested topics has turned into such a ridiculous mess that I'm declaring topic bankruptcy and starting over, so send me your ideas!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Feb 16 at 5:53 PM - 95 comments

How many towels do MeFites own?

Because of this and similar towel counting, I suddenly have towel-ownership issues. How many do you own, or think you should own? How does it break down e.g. beach towel, bath towel, hand towel, toilet towel, face towel? And are there mitigating (and not private) factors that affect this number e.g. large family, pets, run a hotel, your job requires lots of towels? (note that if this is a security question for any account you should of course not answer)
posted by Wordshore on Feb 18 at 10:49 AM - 168 comments

AskMe question about writing email

Can you please help me find a thread on the green that was about how to write emails that have the best chance of eliciting the desired action/response? I'm thinking someone submitted their proposed email phrasing and people responded with critiques and also little hints about how to structure emails. Thank you for the help.
posted by veggieboy on Feb 21 at 6:40 AM - 4 comments

Western Orientalism on MetaFilter

From discussion on the Big Data AI language model, some folks innocently mentioned the Chinese Room, a thought experiment about a language we don't know.
posted by kalessin on Feb 15 at 6:45 AM - 181 comments

Looking for a AskMe post about website design for an author

As far as I can remember, the Asker was an author/writer/journalist type who was wanting feedback on whether or not their site was working from a design perspective. One of the responses was an example of three different links that showed how other individual authors presented their work on their personal site and outlined the design elements that made these websites so good. There may have been mild critiques on what the OP could do to tweak their layout. The post was fairly recent, as in less than a year ago. I just can't find it!
posted by Jubey on Feb 19 at 10:17 PM - 4 comments

Rest in Peace, MovableBookLady

Hi everyone. I'm here with a heavy heart to let you know that our beloved MovableBookLady has passed away. I heard the sad news from her best friend, Amy, who took the time to send me a thoughtful reply during this difficult time. From Amy: "She very much enjoyed her relationship with all of you! You were a source of laughter and joy to her! Thank you so much for being part of her life!"
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Jan 21 at 8:26 PM - 291 comments

Best Post Contest FINALE: winner, category winners, 1st & 2nd timers

The posts were bested! This month's contest has had some really great posts, including a ton of single-linkers, obscure subjects, the weird and the wonderful. In here we announce the overall winner, the first- and second-time posters, and Mefites announce their category winners. If you have a underappreciated post you'd like to highlight, feel free to bring it in here too -- there's chips and dip and sparkling beverages for everyone!
posted by LobsterMitten on Feb 4 at 5:47 PM - 26 comments

Subreddit recommendations

On a tangent from the MeFi post about Reddit, and specifically comments to the effect that, once you avoid the obvious trashfires and big mainstream forums, there are some quality subreddits: what are some subreddits that MeFites have found particularly worth following/getting involved in, especially ones that one might not stumble across on a casual visit to the site?
posted by acb on Feb 13 at 7:36 AM - 74 comments

Strike that, reverse it?

Deleted posts can be flagged but not favorited. Shouldn't it be the other way around?
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 15 at 11:29 AM - 18 comments

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