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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

Metatalktail Hour: Dinner Party

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! I forgot to write down whose question this was, but someone (who should feel free to out themselves in the comments) wanted me to ask you the classic dinner party question: If you could have any three people, living or dead, at your dinner party, who would they be and why? (You can pick more than 3. Or less than 3. Or really any number, I don't know why I said 3.) For bonus points, would you have a menu in mind?
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Apr 28 at 6:32 PM - 125 comments

Post About Flower Symbolism and Gifting Flowers

I vaguely recall a post about the gifting of flowers and the symbolic meaning behind them. And I think it's also a post that talks about this being done in a specific period of history, like the 20s/30s (could be very wrong about this part) and how this relates to the type of relationship you're trying to establish with a person? You'd give a person a rose if you wanted to send this message or a yellow tulip if you wanted this type of relationship. Please and thank you.
posted by Fizz on May 9 at 12:21 PM - 5 comments

Fucking Fuck X - The Enfuckenating

Do not go gentle into that good night
posted by Sophie1 on Apr 13 at 7:05 AM - 187 comments

Unplanned Server Outage

The site had an outage today for about 6 hours. It wasn't planned and I'm sorry that it happened.
posted by frimble on May 4 at 5:22 PM - 170 comments

Is your pet on Instagram?

It's time for a roll call of the social-media inclined pets of Metafilter!
posted by zeusianfog on Apr 13 at 12:55 PM - 66 comments

Learned League and more

User 1 interviews user 292 on the Hobby Horse podcast.
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 10 at 10:10 AM - 41 comments

139: The Joke Show

Happy Basically-Nobody's-Life-Got-Ruined-This-Year-By-April-Fools, everybody! It's the latest podcast ep, with me and jessamyn talking about MeFi as usual and also telling each other some jokes, along with a nice crop of call-in/mail-in/write-in jokes from your fellow MetaFilter members! This'n was recorded Monday April 2 and all told runs about an hour and a half.
posted by cortex on Apr 3 at 11:57 AM - 38 comments

Article on creativity in rural vs urban areas - help me find?

I *swear* I read an article here on MetaFilter about a study done that measured creative output in rural areas compared to urban ones. It found that urban areas had more creative output due to the higher concentration of creative types. There was synergy in being around other creative people that made you more creative yourself. I'm Googling and have searched the site but cannot find it. It was not a formal research paper but an article (that likely cited a study/studies). I'm helping with a UU sermon on creativity and would like to reference it if only I could find it! If it rings a bell for you, I'd greatly appreciate it!
posted by Twicketface on Apr 18 at 11:41 AM - 14 comments

Many happy returns, cortex!

Happy
birthday,
cortex!

Hope you're having a wonderful day. Thanks for your all your hard work and leadership and help in making this place so special. 🎉 🎶 🥞 🍩 🎂 🍰 🍨
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Apr 26 at 6:38 PM - 65 comments

blue_beetle's fame continues

Slate traces the history of the "you're not the customer, you're the product" line back to blue_beetle's so famous it's on our frickin t-shirts comment.
posted by leotrotsky on Apr 27 at 6:56 AM - 36 comments

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