October 5

brainwane for MVP

Since August 28, brainwane has posted a short story or selections of short stories every single day to the blue [more inside]

October 3

Metatalktail Hour: How Is It Still Around?

Happy Weekend, MetaFilter! This week, riverlife chimes in with an amazing suggestion spurred by last week's things from the past that have disappeared -- things from the past that are SOMEHOW still around! Or as riverlife put it, "How Has This Thing from the Past Remained a Thing in the Present??? How Has This Managed to Hang On???" They suggest baseball and AM radio to kick things off! [more inside]

How to access Politics Slack

What it says on the tin. Am trying to access the unofficial, not actually affiliated with MetaFilter Politics slack. Have emailed the person linked in the MeFi wiki about the issue but haven't heard back. Can anyone let me know? [more inside]

Attention to 'Detail'

Honestly, I just wanted to note and give a cheer to mbrubeck for recently demonstrating that you could do this (or see directly below), the 'details' element, something I never knew about HTML and Metafilter. Kind of cool, I like learning techie new things.
I'm Henry the Eighth I am,
Henry the Eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She's been married seven (breath) times before, and
everyone yells at Hen-a-ry
"HEN-A-RY!"
Henry the Eighth I am, I am
Henry the Eighth I am
Second verse, same as the first ...
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October 2

167: The Gang Records A Podcast

Back on something resembling a schedule, jessamyn and I chat about MetaFilter and also...other things? I am very punchy! This has been successfully posted! Have a great weekend! [more inside]

September 28

Looking for post

I remember either seeing a question on AskMe or a post on the blue about an animal tooth that had grooves dug into them, and it being discovered it was because the animal was trying to break out of a trap. In a comment or answer, someone shared an article or blog post from an archaeologist, I believe, who had come across the same discovery. Any ideas?

September 26

Metatalktail Hour: The Past Is a Different Country

Good .... someday evening, MetaFilter? Time has no meaning. Anyway, this week, I want to hear about what things were totally normal when you were a child or teenager, that would be SUPER BIZARRE now. Like, if you're an American, was there still a senior smoking lounge when you were in high school? [more inside]

September 25

Site Update #5, 2020

Hey folks! It is another Arbitrary Two-Week Period and we have another update for you! Things are chugging along at Mefi Headquarters, although a few things (the FAQ updates, the public dev backlist) have been delayed because I have managed to find a way for even a pandemic-compliant misanthrope to get really outrageously sick (hint: it involves a bullseye rash and then a lot of napping.) [more inside]

September 20

Back button with iPhone 11 snaps to top of AskMeFi page

When I am under the fold and then swipe to the right to go back to the main page, it snaps back to the top of the page instead of where I left off. So I need to scroll down to find where I was. It doesn’t happen with other MeFi pages or other pages in general, just AskMeFi. I use Safari. It’s so annoying I often just give up! Please help. [more inside]

September 19

MetaTalktail Hour: Box art, take me away

Did you ever feel transported by an image? Some things (games, books, music albums, ...toys, cereals, ...) have cover art that can draw you into its world with a single image, even if the product then didn't really live up. Or short video (like tv ads, music videos, opening credits) that create an outsized atmosphere in a just a limited time. Did you have one like that, maybe something that really captured your imagination as a kid, or even now? Let's hear about it. [more inside]

September 17

🎵Fucking fucks, fucking fucks, fuck this fucking shit

Title is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells. The Molerats household discovered yesterday that "fucking fuck" has the cadence of "Jingle Bells", and a new wildfire/COVID/etc. anthem was born. Please share your verses and other miscellaneous fucks here. [more inside]

September 16

Beep-Boop Is A Slur Too

I have to say that this post on the removal of slurs from the Scrabble word list is really ticking me off. I think Jessamyn's reference to Scrabble players having a "beep-boop approach" to people is a slur against the neuroatypical, which is a group I belong to. (I'm on the autism spectrum.)

September 13

Metatalktail Hour: Whither jetpacks?

I look at Classic Era scifi as a string of broken promises. Never went back to the Moon. Hardly any jetpacks. Gigabit internet in the city, dial-up in the country. But still I dream. What's a thing you'd like to invent, something maybe near-plausible, or something entirely fanciful? Can solve a societal problem, a personal problem, or no problem at all. Technological, biological, philosophical, what do you dream about improving? [more inside]

September 11

166: The Metafilter Monthly-ish Podcast

After an August break, jessamyn and I are back to talk about Metafilter, bad weather, libraries, Metafilter, blaseball, and Metafilter. [more inside]

Site Update #4, 2020

Hey everyone! We're halfway through our Fundraising Month, and having a great time! Hope you are all enjoying yourselves with it, too. Here are some updates about that and the other things we're up to. As usual, comments are turned off. Drop us a line at the Contact Form if you have feedback, and you’re welcome to open a MetaTalk thread for any subject you want to discuss with the community. [more inside]

September 10

US West Coast fire check-in

I know that *lots* of MeFites live in areas that are currently under threat, and some of you likely have already had to evacuate. I wanted to create a space for folks to check in, share stories, grieve together, perhaps offer crash space to evacuees, and just commiserate about the latest shovelful of shit that 2020 has dumped on our heads.

September 6

Dream Week

After learning that MeFi has had some really cool themed months/weeks in the past, I've volunteered to initiate a themed week in hopes of interacting with more MeFites and contributing to the MeFi environment in a positive way. I’d love to see a week of posts about dreams. [more inside]

September 5

Happy Birthday, User 292

♪ ♬ Happy Birthday, two nine two;
Happy Birthday, two nine two!
Happy Birthday dear jessamyn,
All my favorites, to yooooouuuu! ♩ ♫

AND MANYYY MOOOOOOORE.....

September 2

What is the MeFite meeting signal?

I'm going to meet a(nother) MeFite for the first time in a few days, and there's a possibility I'll meet a few more in the near future. Is there a special signal, hand gesture, code word, performative mime, or some other mechanism used by MeFites when they meet each other, either for the first time or on subsequent occasions? (And if not, should there be one?)

Help cortex cut his hair, fundraising edition.

My hair is too long! Something's gotta be done! So, here's the deal: for every new $50 in monthly recurring contributions to MetaFilter we see in September, I'll cut an inch off. I've got about 14 inches of hair right now, so we've got a lot of ground to cover. Come inside to track my progress with the patent-pending MetaFilter Hair-O-Meter. [more inside]

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