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An Ode to the Tummlers

Mefi's Own Jessamyn is quoted in the New York Times in We Forgot About the Most Important Job on the Internet, an opinion piece by Mefi's Own Annalee Newitz. Jessamyn West, a librarian who was a moderator for 10 years at MetaFilter, said the job is like what Catskill entertainers of the mid-20th century called a tummler, “the person in the room who isn’t quite the M.C. but walks around and makes sure you’re doing OK.”
posted by adrianhon on Mar 13 at 5:27 AM - 11 comments

160: That Was A Bood Posscat

Like Frodo and Sam enduring the travails of Mordor, Jessamyn and I have managed somehow to surmount the difficulties of the world to produce a podcast episode this month. Instead of getting a finger bit off we just lost some of our usual running time, so this is a lembas-thin 56 minutes. Also just to be clear there is literally no discussion of Tolkeinian mythology in this episode, I'm just punchy on a Friday night and you're getting whatever comes out of the keyboard at this point. Elevensies.
posted by cortex on Feb 7 at 5:14 PM - 24 comments

MetaFilter Fantasy Baseball - 2020!

It's that time again! Did you know that Opening Day is only 20 days away? That means it's time to start your calculatin' and make the best imaginary baseball team that Yahoo and your illustrious competitors will let you build! It's FANTASY BASEBALL TIME!!
posted by Huffy Puffy on Mar 6 at 7:40 PM - 7 comments

(Staying) home is where the heart is.

OK. It's officially a pandemic. Should MeFi IRL suspend operations for the time being?
posted by sexyrobot on Mar 11 at 3:45 PM - 20 comments

matcha with tears

Fizz and I often joke about how random or out-of-context phrases or clauses that we either say or overhear in conversation would "make a great Metafilter username." Since we almost never bother to write them down, we've forgotten many of our favorites. Now that we plan to start writing them down, we thought we'd have some fun and put the question out to the community: what random phrases or expressions have you said or overheard that you think would make a great Metafilter username? (Fun bonus question: what out-of-context Metafilter comment snippets do you think would make great Metafilter usernames?)
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 16 at 9:17 AM - 144 comments

MetaFilter Helps Solve Half Remembered Book Mystery

On April 22, 2019, "An Interview with Mefi's Own Jessamyn" was posted on MeTa by Stanczyk. During the interview Jessamyn said,"we let you read whatever the heck you want, even if you’re a kid" and that reminded me of a book I had tried to find for years, that I had checked out in the mid 60s when I was about 12.
posted by a humble nudibranch on Mar 11 at 4:18 PM - 21 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Moments of grace

Happy weekend, Mefites! This weekend, Bella Donna says: I experienced an unexpected moment of grace while visiting my father in Colorado in his nursing home. Actually, I experienced two now that I think of it. I would like to suggest [...] Saturday MetaTalk kick off topic be about moments of grace, unexpected or otherwise.
posted by LobsterMitten on Mar 7 at 1:42 PM - 49 comments

Time to change from HTML?

I'm not sure if this has been discussed before recently, but are there any plans to change or add on text coding options beyond HTML? Like Markdown or rich text?
posted by divabat on Mar 5 at 8:21 AM - 69 comments

TREAT YO SELF 2020!

End of another long week, let's carve out a space to talk about something other than politics for those that need that space. Let's talk about the nice things we do for ourselves. What's something nice you've done for yourself lately? Maybe you set some time aside to read a book. Or went for a walk and left your phone behind so you could clear your head. Or you bought that small bar of chocolate at the impulse aisle of the grocery store. Maybe you had a drink or a smoke to relax at the end of a long week of work. Whatever it is, I'm sure you deserve it. Feel free to also talk about something nice you've done for a loved one as well. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. TREAT YO SELF!
posted by Fizz on Mar 6 at 11:40 AM - 46 comments

161: Change Your Ding-Dang Clocks

Podcast? Podcast! Me and jessamyn, podcasting. It's the podcast thing, with jessamyn and with me, and it's this! Here you go. Seventy-five minutes? Podcast. Hi. Hello. Don't forget to reset your clocks if that happens this weekend. Podcast.
posted by cortex on Mar 6 at 11:40 AM - 9 comments

Finding COVID-19 data visualization comment

I could have sworn I saw a comment about a data visualization of COVID-19 that showed different strains of the virus by location and some other ways. It had a bunch of different charts, including at least one map visualization that you could zoom in, and one bar chart with thin bars and circles at the end of each bar.
posted by Gorgik on Mar 7 at 4:28 AM - 7 comments

A plea for the end of conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories: please stop. Between coronavirus and the primaries the conspiracy theories have been ranging far and wide. Before writing up that comment with the latest conspiracy you found on Twitter, please get some evidence of it besides Random Twitter Person or WhackadoodleNews.net. If said evidence does not exist, maybe sit on the comment until something manifests from a reasonable news source. If your argument for posting without evidence is that said evidence will not manifest because The Man is suppressing it . . . well, maybe your comment would work better as a rant on Medium or Twitter. It is really tempting to post things that confirm our existing biases but c'mon, a little skepticism and basic media literacy in this day and age never hurt anyone.
posted by schroedinger on Feb 24 at 3:17 PM - 378 comments

Metatalktails: "I'd tell you, but then I'd have to dill* you" edition

For today's Metatalktail Hour topic, we want to know what's the secret in your secret sauce? Do you have a special dish with a top-secret ingredient that puts it over the top? Tell, tell, tell!
posted by taz on Feb 29 at 10:11 AM - 77 comments

Platform/system requirements in video game posts

Many thanks to everyone who makes MetaFilter posts about cool new video games! And one request: When possible, could these posts please include information about which platforms the game runs on?
posted by mbrubeck on Mar 1 at 3:26 PM - 33 comments

HAPPY LEAP DAY!

That’s it. Something that happens once every four years deserves some recognition!
posted by Going To Maine on Feb 29 at 10:21 AM - 25 comments

Trans people on MeFi - discussion space?

Over the course of a couple of recent threads, the idea of a space for trans MeFites to come together and chat outside of the confines of an FPP has come up. I'm posting this to gauge interest in whether such a space might be of interest or value to others.
posted by winterhill on Feb 18 at 5:44 AM - 40 comments

Final Results of the January 2020 Best Post Contest

It's been Fun, it's been Fabulous, it's been Fascinating, and, of course it's been Fantastic, but now it's also Final: the Best Post as formally voted by the Fellows of the Metafilter Academy follows ...
posted by taz on Feb 3 at 11:16 AM - 22 comments

📆

End of another long week, let's carve out a space to talk about something other than politics for those that need that space. 2020 is a leap year, which means we all get an extra day, and this year, for the first time in almost 30 years, 29 February falls on a Saturday (tomorrow). Let's open up this space to talk about leap years, leap days, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings. Basically anything related to numbers and dates in general. Were you born on a leap year/day? If so, how do you celebrate? Or maybe you were married on a leap day? I'm sure that makes for some interesting anniversary celebrations. Whether its you or your friends or family members, let's talk about the days, weeks, months, the calendar. As always, remember to be kind to yourself and to others.
posted by Fizz on Feb 28 at 6:47 AM - 45 comments

Coronavirus check-in thread

Catch-all thread for mefites living in the virus in Asia or directly affected. No idle speculation or “it hasn’t come here yet but I think...” chat, but actual news, updates and more from people dealing with the virus affecting daily life.
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Jan 31 at 7:01 AM - 79 comments

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