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MetaTalktail Hour: technology is cool

This weekend, I'm thinking about little ways that technology is cool. Yes there are lots of negatives about technology and we talk about that a lot on this site... but alongside that, there are a lot of cool things. Is there any tech thing we have that strikes you that way, where you just think, hey that's pretty amazing?
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 18 at 3:15 PM - 94 comments

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End of another long week, let's carve out a space to talk about something other than politics for those that need that space. Speaking of space, let's talk about astronomy. Open chat to talk about all things astronomical: NASA, JPL, rockets, stars, planets, planetary bodies, galaxies, black holes, life on Mars, is Pluto a planet, satellites, exploration, the moon landing, SpaceX, anything and everything related to the stars up above us. As always, be kind to yourself and to others.
posted by Fizz on Jan 17 at 10:40 AM - 58 comments

Week 3 Results of the January 2020 Best Post Contest

The penultimate week of your excellent January readers' choice contest has come to an end, so hold on to your fundament for wonderments most luculent and eloquent, because, friends, we have results...
posted by taz on Jan 19 at 6:11 AM - 5 comments


Hey all! As you might have guessed from the post below, thereโ€™s a vacancy being created for a new hire to fill, and Iโ€™m the one creating the vacancy. Iโ€™m going to be leaving Metafilter in the next month or two - not immediately, but soon. Iโ€™ve been staff here for almost nine years - by far the longest job Iโ€™ve ever held! - and itโ€™s been fantastic, and itโ€™s also time for me to do something else for a while.
posted by restless_nomad on Jan 6 at 7:59 AM - 93 comments

MeFi Holiday Card Exchange

Who is up for sending more cards for the holidays? The link for the 2019 MeFi Holiday Card Exchange is within!
posted by needlegrrl on Nov 7 at 6:34 PM - 85 comments

Chat: Harmony in my head

What are the best live music events you've seen during your lifetime, and why?
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 9 at 7:21 AM - 82 comments

A gentle reminder about the intersection of class and culture

I grew up in a working class area. I saw first hand the extent to which people from different backgrounds (including my own immediate family) can be unintentionally dismissive and hurtful about things that are fairly central to some working class folks' culture and identity. I'd like to talk about that a little bit so we can avoid replicating that dynamic quite as much on Metafilter.
posted by quacks like a duck on Jan 7 at 9:05 AM - 154 comments

159: Enter The Talkredoers

Kicking off the year with a podcast that tried very hard not to happen, but by god me and jessamyn pulled it off after all, despite reschedules and weird recording problems that cost us a little bit of audio early on. Runs about 80 minutes and features some robot noises.
posted by cortex on Jan 10 at 11:51 AM - 12 comments

Week 2 Results of the January 2020 Best Post Contest

Welcome to your week two results of Mefites' choice awards for best post as voted by members — we have such wonders to show you! Please step behind the velvet curtain to view the goods ...
posted by taz on Jan 12 at 6:02 AM - 5 comments

Flight PS752 Check in

Hello all, This is a check in post for those affected by the recent flight PS752 disaster.
posted by Ahmad Khani on Jan 11 at 12:41 PM - 3 comments

Encouraging Conciseness in Ask Mefi?

Just want to bring up an idea for discussion: gently discouraging walls of text in Ask Metafilter (without doing anything to prohibit) ... through greater emphasis in the top text on the page, and UI guidance after a certain word count (maybe via a change in the text input box color background).
posted by WCityMike on Jan 3 at 9:09 AM - 40 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. Let's talk about jewellery. Do you wear jewellery? Do you make it? Do you have a story about a piece that has been handed down through your family? Is gold your colour or maybe silver? Or do you prefer gemstones and/or diamonds? Are you allergic? Maybe you don't wear it because of your line of work or personal preference, feel free to discuss that here as well, it's an open chat. Feel free to share photos of what you're wearing. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. Cheers.
posted by Fizz on Jan 4 at 12:26 PM - 66 comments

Hiring a part-time mod

Some news I'm happy to be able to share: we're starting the process of hiring a new part-time moderator for MetaFilter. I've made a post on Jobs about the position, and interested MeFites are encouraged to apply, as are non-MeFi folks with a good feel for the needs of community management and moderation.
posted by cortex on Jan 6 at 7:59 AM - 13 comments

๐Ÿฅ‡ Week 1 Results of the January 2020 Best Post Contest

Thank you most excellent posters and voters for a lovely start to the January Best Post Contest! The first week was a tad short on days but nevertheless full of fantastic posts. Step inside to view Week 1 winners, and remember to keep voting with the Fantastic Flag all month.
posted by taz on Jan 5 at 3:13 AM - 14 comments

Thank you all for sharing, it impacted me deeply.

Thank to all who shared in posts,, asks and comments about their situation of domestic violence and domestic abuse. I recently was able to leave an abusive partner after 20 years, and, second only to therapy, reading what others experienced and went through has been the biggest help in this difficult time. Thank you! I would not have succeeded without you.
posted by 15L06 on Dec 19 at 2:12 PM - 24 comments

Australian Mefites and the bushfires

Hey fellow Aussie Mefites - how are you holding up with the bushfires (and the resulting heat/smoke)? Are you in need of assistance? Let's check in.
posted by divabat on Jan 2 at 8:24 PM - 40 comments

December open thread: disability, neurodiversity, and d/Deafness

Just as in previous MeTas, this thread is a conversational space for disabled folks and other folks affected by ableism to talk about their experiences on the site. You get to decide whether ableism affects you -- this is not a space focused on gatekeeping. That said, this thread is for everyone to read and for disabled people to (mostly) participate in.
posted by sciatrix on Dec 6 at 1:57 PM - 55 comments

Best Post Contest for January 2020! ๐ŸŽ‰

Ahoy, Mefites! As we approach the mystical year of 2020, it would be wise to remember the words of Pythagoras, who once said "There is geometry in the humming of the comments, there is music in the spacing of the posts," and encouraged his acolytes to engage in heroic feats of typing and linking every year โ€” a holiday tradition Metafilter follows to this day!
posted by taz on Dec 30 at 6:59 AM - 30 comments

What have you done this decade that you're proud of?

The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt):
If everyone is doing that whatโ€™s one thing youโ€™ve done this decade that youโ€™re proud of, I saved my life by quitting drinking.
Same here. What about y'all?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 29 at 9:15 AM - 137 comments

Happy New Year, MetaFilter

It's 2020 pretty much everywhere now, if I've done my timezone math right, so: here's to the new year, and to all of us in this weird old online community keeping on together and seeing what we can make of this next year.
posted by cortex on Jan 1 at 8:22 AM - 50 comments

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