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Healthcare worker check in

Hey Metafilter healthcare workers, how you hanging in? You managing to look after yourself and stay safe? What’s been lifting your spirits and keeping you going? Alternatively what’s been absolute shit and can diaf?(besides the good sis covid of course.)
posted by supercrayon to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 11:00 PM
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Metafilter New Year's Gala

Hey, MetaFilter, we're having a party, and you're all invited! On Saturday, January 2, we're going to have a live gala via Zoom, celebrating Metafilter and our users, showcasing some of the amazing people and talents on the site, and debuting some NEW MERCH. Come inside to find out what we have planned and what we'd like from you!
posted by restless_nomad to MetaTalk on Oct 29 at 3:38 PM
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MetaTalktail Hour: Stories of courage and comfort

This week's prompt comes from MonkeyToes: Huron Bob's stories were so often humane and comforting. In his memory, let's have a story MetaTalk? One where we tell a story about something encouraging that's stuck with us over the years, or about someone telling us just the right and comforting thing at a difficult moment, or something to give courage and comfort? This is not meant as a minimizing everyone-must-be-happy way... but it might be a good time to share stories that sustain us.
posted by jessamyn to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 12:27 PM
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Metatalktail Hour: I could really go for...

It's the weekend, Mefites! It's cold where I am, and I could really go for a hot homemade cinnamon roll. Not that I'm going to make one or anything... Do you have a food daydream?
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 12:12 PM
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Site Update #9, 2020

Hey all. This is going to be a short update, as we’re all collectively dealing with the spike in COVID cases and attendant disruptions, but we’re planning for the New Years Gala and very much looking forward to it!
posted by restless_nomad to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 12:15 PM
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MetaFilter Gift Swap 2020 THANK YOU!

I just want to kick the thread off and thank my (seemingly anonymous) gifter for their awesome FRAMED Watership Down triptych. Your generosity, thoughtfulness, and creativity have me overwhelmed. I can't wait to hang it up in my new home. I hope that everyone is as touched by their gift and enjoy theirs as much as I do mine. This secret gift exchange always reminds me how lovely and generous we are to each other here on Metafilter. Wishing you all the happiest days ahead!
posted by KingEdRa to MetaTalk on Nov 9 at 7:34 PM
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Help me remember a post on the blue about an academic/journalism "cult"?

I remember reading a post on MetaFilter at least 4 years ago that was about a weird network of interconnected organizations that were ostensibly about journalism, history, ethics, etc. but were actually some sort of cult. Many similarities to NXIVM but possibly something else.
posted by MetaFilter World Peace to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 2:43 PM
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MeFi Holiday Card Exchange

The MeFi Holiday Card Exchange sign up is live! It will be open from today until Thursday, 11/19, and lists will go out by Monday, 11/23. (likely in batches)
posted by needlegrrl to MetaTalk on Nov 4 at 2:31 AM
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Share your letters to your representatives!

Inspired by this comment by Greg_Ace, let's amplify our activism. If you've written a letter to one of your democratically-elected representatives, share it here, and inspire the rest of us!
posted by biogeo to MetaTalk on Nov 8 at 7:35 PM
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Tiny AskMe

In the spirit of the Bad at Life thread, how about a "tiny fixes" thread? Things that are too embarrassing or not worth burning an Ask question on.
posted by notsnot to MetaTalk on Oct 19 at 5:40 AM
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Metafilter book

Is someone going to write a book about Metafilter? I would read it, maybe.
posted by airguitar to MetaTalk on May 18, 2006 at 9:13 AM
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national clean your home month

this year has been and continues to be bad! I invite you to invest a little time in your home and mental wellbeing by participating in this November challenge. From the NaClYoHoMo manifesto: But before you start feeling stressed about the idea of cleaning your home, let's be clear: the goal of NaClYoHo is not actually to end up with a clean home. The goal of NaClYoHo is to spend time each day addressing something you’d like to change about your living space.
posted by snerson to MetaTalk on Nov 2 at 11:16 PM
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Twitter harassment from Mefi Outsider & Go Mefi

There are at least 2 prolific Twitter accounts that have been actively harassing Mefites (including myself): Mefi Outsider and Go Mefi. It's high time we actually talk about them.
posted by divabat to MetaTalk on Jul 12 at 6:33 PM
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I have a job duty of trying identifying emergency contacts when we can't find an emergency contact for whatever reason, and more often than not I'm coming up empty. It usually gets resolved eventually, but in the moment it's such an important thing and i haven't been able to find anyone and i feel really bad about that. I've spent alot of time... [more]
posted by AlexiaSky to MetaTalk on Nov 19 at 12:27 AM
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Hey so I just found out I'm a woman and I never imagined I could experience such pride and humility and contentment and ambition and happiness and power just from allowing me to be myself after years of pointless self-hatred. So, if you've ever, for even a second, thought your gender may not be right for you, maybe try believing that this time you... [more]
posted by J.K. Seazer to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 1:27 PM
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Something very hard happened to me once. My mind was shattered. Not like a broken arm that will heal, but like a television that’s been thrown out a third-story window. My mom came to visit me and when she saw the state I was in, she insisted that I come home with her. Once we got seated on the plane and they started closing the doors, I began what... [more]
posted by HotToddy to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 11:39 AM
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It's funny, but the most weirdly helpful thing for me was just someone being bluntly honest. At 30, I'd been diagnosed with a serious, progressive medical condition leading to organ failure, and for years, everyone I met would insist on giving me aggressively cheerful feedback about it. The doctors would all say, It might be years before this... [more]
posted by mochapickle to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 7:59 PM
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Cozybee's water bottle story reminded me of something that happened to my mother... My father developed some complications after a colonoscopy; he forgot to tell the doctor he was taking an immunosuppressant for arthritis, and they had to snip a polyp and it nicked something and he developed sepsis a couple days later. They rushed him to the ER,... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaTalk on Nov 17 at 12:10 PM
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I'm a dentist, which, on the face of things, would be a pretty risky occupation, what with creating aerosol from the mouth with pretty much everything we do. Had I still been in my private practice, just up the road from Boeing in Mukilteo Wa., I might not have made it through last spring. As chance and no small amount of foresight (for the... [more]
posted by OHenryPacey to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 12:42 PM
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When I was in my early 20s, someone broke my heart and I was briefly flattened by sadness. I had just planted tomatoes in my house's little garden, and the plants were stricken with an aphid infestation. One morning, I miserably dragged myself outside, planning to pull up the plants or murder the aphids - and found that a loveliness of ladybugs*... [more]
posted by centrifugal to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 10:30 PM
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My maternal grandmother made bread, had this huge ceramic bowl to make it in. Hard times in Chicago, the depression, my mother and her sisters went door to door selling loaves of bread for three cents or a nickel, not sure exactly but not very much. So that bread was in my mothers life all of her life. Could be any night or afternoon, maybe just... [more]
posted by dancestoblue to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 10:49 PM
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I'm happy that my clinical work is in-person. I think there's more depth to shared appreciation of colleagues, more cohesion among varied team members. I'm not a very social person, but it's nice to see people I don't live with sometimes. I am angry at the ridiculous mix of restrictions and permissions for various activities and gatherings... [more]
posted by sillyman to MetaTalk on Nov 19 at 5:23 AM
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Once upon a time I did something humiliating in public. Afterwards, still in public, was trying to sort of gather myself and not cry. A total stranger brought me a (new, cold from the store fridge) bottle of water. He also said like a one sentence comforting something, I don't remember what. I think about that bottle of water a lot. He had... [more]
posted by Cozybee to MetaTalk on Nov 16 at 10:53 PM
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I donated a chunk of my liver to some kid about a year ago (I like to think of them as 'some kid'. Who did you donate your liver to? Dunno, some kid). Anyways the surgery is pretty hard and the immediate recovery is rough. It is constant nausea and vomiting over a 7 inch abdominal wound and everything hurts so much and you just feel like you've... [more]
posted by robot-hugs to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 7:56 PM
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I carry a massive load of social anxiety and trauma-related insecurities. I tried really hard to be the good kid, the one that never upset anyone, and of course I failed miserably. Square pegs and round hole equations just don’t work for dodecahedrons, but I was trying Very Hard to fit in. That’s not a healthy path to be in. I only began to come to... [more]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 2:48 PM
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All summer long, and until recently (it finally got too cold) I've had this one fella and his wife in for dinner outdoors 2 or 3 days a week. I'll call him Biff C. Nice guy, sweet coupe in the parking lot, low maintenance guests. Today we get a text from Biff, asking me to call him. So I call him and he says "Hey vrak did you know I'm an... [more]
posted by vrakatar to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 8:01 PM
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I just found out maybe an hour ago that the biopsy came back following my dad's prostate surgery...and he doesn't have cancer. I don't want to jinx it, but I think 2020 might be looking up just a little bit. [view]
posted by Mr. Bad Example to MetaTalk on Nov 19 at 11:47 AM
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One of the things I love most about travel is how much people along the way want to help you. I have never been to any place where I wasn't able to find at least one person who was willing to help me find directions, give advice, or reassure me that yes, I was going the right way. The bulk of my travel stories are about things like that, even... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 2:50 PM
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Are we pronouncing it 'Gae-luh or 'Gal-uh or 'Gall-uh? Please provide your answer in the form of a gif. [view]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson to MetaTalk on Oct 29 at 4:15 PM
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It’s been a shitstorm of a year for me. Laid off at the end of Feb, then in May, right after my birthday, my left breast swelled to nearly 3 times its normal size, and a week later I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I had a very extreme reaction to some of the chemo, and ended up being trundled off to the hospital on the verge of... [more]
posted by dbmcd to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 5:29 PM
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I've been struggling a lot with my seemingly incessent loneliness and desire for a romantic relationship because I've never had one. I broke down some months ago due to pandemic life and was crying to my mother about so many things but part of it was the fact that I couldn't help but feel guilty for having never given her grandchildren (and at my... [more]
posted by NotTheRedBaron to MetaTalk on Nov 18 at 1:56 AM
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So i have a margarita pizza and an appetizer of meatballs on the way from a local brick-oven pizza place. sigh. I called them 20 min after their ETA, and was told "your food's been ready for a while, there's just no driver. I don't know what's going on with Doordash." I ordered through their site, not via Doordash.... [more]
posted by Sparky Buttons to MetaTalk on Nov 21 at 6:25 PM
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Idea: speed meetups. This is something my company has been doing during the pandemic over Zoom - people who are interested in spending 10mins talking to another random employee sign up to join the session, there's a host who assigns people into randomised breakout rooms, people talk in their breakout rooms in pairs (or bigger groups) for 10mins,... [more]
posted by terretu to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 7:27 AM
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