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Metatalktail Hour: Hot-Weather Recipes

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! I'm a little slow to post this week because MY AIR CONDITIONING DIED so there was all the drama of working over a hot computer in 90 degree heat while waiting for the repair guy. ANYWAY, not that my house is cooling back off, I desperately want to know your favorite hot-weather recipes -- things that taste good in the heat, or things that you don't need to turn on the stove for, or things that just taste like summer. Go!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on May 26 at 6:40 PM - 170 comments

Sibling violence

I’m troubled by some of the responses to this post, wherein the OP describes being assaulted by his sister. I feel that some of the replies were victim-blamey and elevated the severity his actions to the level of her behavior (which involved actually punching him in the face, among other things).
posted by delight on May 24 at 7:36 PM - 88 comments

LearnedLeague: We Have The Technology

As you may have heard, LearnedLeague suffered a catastrophic server failure on May 5. Their hosting company lost the whole site, with no backup. (Exclusive documentary video footage of LL's hosting company.) Fortunately, Thorsten is a smart fellow, and had his own local backups, and he has now rebuilt almost the whole site. Private Rundle rosters didn't survive, though. You need to re-register for the MetaFilter Private Rundle if you want in for LL77.
posted by Huffy Puffy on May 14 at 4:02 PM - 25 comments

General Data Protection Regulation and Metafilter

There are some meta questions about Metafilter in the GDPR thread, and more are likely to come up soon given some US sites blocking EU users by default.
posted by clawsoon on May 25 at 8:34 AM - 17 comments

Essay/Article by a guy who wrote college students' papers for them?

I am certain we discussed this on the blue. There was a man who wrote an article about how he'd been writing papers for college students, and that he was "quitting," and it seemed a bit hostile to college profs for not noticing, or something? He made like $60k a year writing essays and research papers for college students. Can someone find that post? I've tried, but I'm always terrible with finding things on this site.
posted by tzikeh on May 31 at 6:40 PM - 2 comments

Fizz¹⁰

Happy 10 Years! This is me saying thank you for dealing with my idiosyncrasies. My video-game obsessed posts, my overly polite Canadian need to apologize. I want to say thank you to all the moderators, developers, members, lurkers, friends & acquaintances, the entire community. You make living online worthwhile. This place truly is 'Best of the Web'. Here's hoping for 10 more! Cheers.
posted by Fizz on May 20 at 5:52 AM - 57 comments

Smells like teen spirit

As of yesterday I have been a member of this site for eighteen years. In Mefi years I am old enough to vote. I joined while in grad school at the university of Louisville. I just wanted to thank everyone for their help and insights over the years.
posted by mecran01 on May 23 at 5:40 AM - 23 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Open thread

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, I'm a little tired from too much stuff this weekend, so I declare an open thread. Tell us what's up with you, especially the nice things. Or share what's on your mind that the rest of us might enjoy!
posted by Eyebrows McGee on May 19 at 6:28 PM - 112 comments

The royal privilege

Regarding the mod note in the royal wedding thread, why are we pushing an unabashed royalist view of this spectacle? Should any negativity of this really be off limits?
posted by gnuhavenpier on May 18 at 3:01 PM - 208 comments

R.I.P. quarsan

Farewell to veteran Mefite quarsan, aka Andy Carling, who joined in March 2001—writer, editor, former EU journalist based in Brussels, latterly living in England's Lake District.
posted by rory on May 7 at 7:11 AM - 52 comments

Math Enrichment Program for Kids

I remember reading a post some years ago (2-5?) about a math enrichment program for kids. The idea was to teach an intuition and sense of puzzle-solving/wonder around math rather than rote learning. I seem to recall an example being asking kids how they would find the area of a triangle rather than just teaching them how. There was a metaphor about how the way we teach math is akin to teaching music by making kids learn all about scales before letting them hear a single song. Anyone know/remember what this math program was?
posted by If only I had a penguin... on May 7 at 5:16 PM - 7 comments

I like your favourites

I unfortunately am aware of the academic research around "likes" and the equivalent. But, metafilter favourites carry more weight with me, even than family likes on facebook, because you guys (apart from H00py, and the tenth anniversary 3 monkeys people) don't know me or owe me. So when you favourite something I post here, which is much much more than .
posted by b33j on May 9 at 7:37 AM - 78 comments

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 on Apr 20 at 10:23 AM - 268 comments

AMP is not the Open Web

Does Metafilter have a policy about Google AMP urls in FPPs like this one? Might we consider stripping them out? Or do the benefits (mobile friendly speed, primarily) outweigh the possible costs (Google controls more of the web)
posted by gwint on May 1 at 10:57 AM - 29 comments

140: We Usually Come Up With A Title

It's episode 140 of the MetaFilter podcast, and you know what that means: we've been doing this a while and we're all out of clever ideas, leave us alone, sheesh. Also it means Jessamyn and I talk about MetaFilter stuff and sundry internetries. I obsess about house numbers a little, and we chatter about weddings and downtimes and some of that recent Stack Overflow stuff and so on. Runs about 90 minutes.
posted by cortex on May 7 at 10:11 AM - 23 comments

Why Do People Get Stuck?

A few months ago, I read something - I thought via MeFi or AskMe - that addressed why people get 'stuck' in times of difficulty and become unable to 'think outside of the box' with any clarity. I really regret not saving the link - please help me find this article (blog post?) or something similar.
posted by VioletU on May 8 at 1:06 PM - 11 comments

Metatalktail Hour: Quantified Self

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, aniola asks, "What data do you track about yourself? Eg., books read, places visited, eating out, etc." And why that data!

Alternate question: What did you do with yourself during the Great MetaFilter Outage of 2018?
posted by Eyebrows McGee on May 5 at 4:25 PM - 110 comments

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 on Apr 21 at 6:13 PM - 48 comments

“Status” is not the same as “Relationship Status”

When you edit your profile, you get a nice free-form field for your “Relationship Status”. On your profile, it is listed as “Status”. (All other fields are described with identical language on both pages.)This has driven my pedantic self nuts for ages. Would it be possible to update the “edit profile” page so that it just asks for “Status”? Or, if we want to be wordy, for your “Status (Personal/Relationship/Whatever)”?
posted by Going To Maine on May 7 at 9:45 AM - 10 comments

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