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I say, fuckity fuck what.

Politics in the UK just officially hit the fan, and there might be a lot of unhappy and frightened UK mefites out there today. Could we have a thread for them to vent and support each other?
posted by greenish to MetaTalk on Dec 13 at 7:07 AM
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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 to MetaTalk on Dec 6 at 1:57 PM
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Jingle Rock Bell: the Bellrockoning Returns

It's the 15th anniversary of the Mefi traditional Christmas carol, PinkStainlessTail/Lentrohamsanin's holiday classic "Jingle Rock Bell" (lyrics, music video, and mefite karaoke performance). Karaoke file courtesy of eamondaly! (And for more Mefi-written Christmas tunes, load up cortex's Endless Jingling.)
posted by WCityMike to MetaTalk on Dec 5 at 6:00 PM
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Metatalktail Hour:

This week, for Metatalktails, signal suggests: name one or more things that you love and none or few other people know about or appreciate. Basically, a little thing you hold close to your heart.
posted by LobsterMitten to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 5:55 PM
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Secret Quonsar 2019 THANK YOU!

Thrilled and honored to be the first to post a THANK YOU to -- I don't know who specifically, but the kind and generous soul who honored my request to be sent "anything made of dark chocolate that comes from their corner of the universe." I am now the very, very happy recipient of 6 glorious bars of superior dark chocolate from Toronto. I shall savor every bite.
posted by pjsky to MetaTalk on Nov 15 at 8:54 AM
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How to block a specific post category

I'm grateful for the fact that I can block US politics posts. However, for mental health reasons, I really need to not see any Metafilter posts about the current environmental catastrophe - climate change, microplastics, mass extinction etc - even just the headline. This is not about keeping my head in the sand; I have taken personal and political action on these fronts in many ways. But reading about it has a profound emotional effect on me and can ruin my entire day, sometimes more than that. When I'm on tumblr, I use TumblrSavior and XKit to make sure I don't see posts about these topics - is there a greasemonkey script or similar that will take these posts completely off the front page for me?
posted by Acheman to MetaTalk on Dec 6 at 12:18 PM
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Bring together all of Mefi

I would like to discuss the benefits of having content from all subsites directly displayed on the front page. Great stuff created by fellow Mefites gets overlooked for now good reason other than the treachery of our lazy lizard brains.
posted by Foci for Analysis to MetaTalk on Dec 6 at 8:46 AM
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"Christ, what a moron." MetaFilter Meme?

I've tried google searching this phrase- I seem to remember it coming from a certain user on here, eventually gathering pace with others. I can't find anything. It was similar to "I accept our ___ overlords" reoccurring jokes. Does this sound familiar, can anyone chime in?
posted by synthedelic to MetaTalk on Dec 10 at 9:29 PM
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Just saying...

First hit was Metafilter
posted by Goofyy to MetaTalk on Dec 10 at 12:45 PM
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“Betcha can't eat just one.”

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 potato chips, crisps, crackers, etc. What is your favorite chip-like product? What are your go to flavours? Do you prefer ruffles/ridges? Are you a Pringles fan? Which is superior Lays or Doritos? Do you have another brand from another part of the world that those of us here in N. America are missing out on? Do you like your chips spicy, salty, sweet? Or a combination of all of them? Have you gone out of your way to order a specific chip or flavour from another part of the world? Let's talk chips. As always, be kind to yourself and others.
posted by Fizz to MetaTalk on Dec 13 at 9:31 AM
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Winter Wishes: MetaFilter Cares! 11th Annual Gift and Donation Drive!

It's that wonderful time of the year when MeFi gathers its resources and warm wishes to help those who need them. For those who want to go directly to the wish lists, here's the one on Amazon and here's the one on Target.
posted by houseofdanie to MetaTalk on Dec 4 at 6:46 PM
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Would MetaFilter be a better place without relentless negativity?

I'm increasingly concerned about the effects of insistently negative comments on MetaFilter.
posted by kristi to MetaTalk on Nov 29 at 12:57 PM
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Post tags and deadnames

I posted Daniel Mallory Ortberg’s latest instalment of his ongoing serial fic. When tagging the post, I was conflicted about tagging it with his deadname (which is “Mallory Ortberg”. Two questions: 1) on a technical level, will tagging with his full name link up with older posts tagged with his deadname, since the latter is included in the former? He’s the same author, and that continuity of work seems valuable. 2) on a trans-etiquette level, is this shitty and equivalent to deadnaming? (I’m more interested in hearing what trans folks have to say on this one.) I ended up tagging the post with his name and his deadname but I’m questioning that.
posted by sixswitch to MetaTalk on Nov 20 at 11:00 AM
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MeFites in Mexico or Central/South America?

Hi! I don't know where else to ask this: any MeFites in Mexico or further South?
posted by Sheydem-tants to MetaTalk on Dec 2 at 5:39 AM
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Open thread: Disability, d/Deafness, and neurodiversity

This thread is a place for us to explain what ableism is (explaining two models of disability and some other useful concepts), and provide a place for people affected by ableism to talk to one another in a space relatively free of pressure from people who are not impacted by that. You get to decide whether ableism affects you -- this thread is for everyone to read and for disabled people to (mostly) participate in. It is okay and highly encouraged for people to talk about themselves and their own experiences, but less so to talk about other people's imagined experiences.
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Sep 1 at 9:07 AM
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Tech hiccup tidbits: RSS and certificate issues, now resolved

Just a heads up about a couple little bumps in the last day: we had a small misconfiguration with MetaFilter's SSL certificate configuration that might have lead to browser warnings in some situations (but no actual danger), and the site's RSS feeds were stalled out for a bit as of yesterday. Both are mostly resolved now, some details inside!
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Dec 13 at 1:07 PM
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So this happened last night. My son is in love. He's fifteen, and he had a big crush once before, with his best friend, but it wasn't reciprocated. Fortunately, the friendship survived, but he's been moping around for about six months thinking he'll forever be alone, as one does at fifteen. But then he met Teddy. At first my wife and I... [more]
posted by Stanczyk to MetaTalk on Dec 8 at 5:36 AM
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Or maybe Mitheral is a polar bear. [view]
posted by Greg_Ace to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 8:44 PM
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I'm deeply sorry, but I'll be that person: I'm the only person I know who reads MetaFilter regularly. I've tried to get some people into it, but if it has ever worked none of them has admitted it. I've never been an especially persuasive person. [view]
posted by Tehhund to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 6:45 PM
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I did some Very Light, Very Inept Carpentry the other day to make an apparatus to store my shoes that wasn't "drop them on the floor, shove them into the corner, look fixedly away". It took an hour, it is ridiculous and unstable, but I keep just looking at it like it's the most elegant solution the world will ever know. because... [more]
posted by Tess of the d'Urkelvilles to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 8:44 PM
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[I posted this here when Brexit happened and pretty much feel the same so going to repost again.] Fuck this noise about those who support Remain having to build bridges with those who voted Leave. Or that we should try to understand why because obviously they are just reacting to feeling disenfranchised with the ruling class or some such. Many,... [more]
posted by Megami to MetaTalk on Dec 13 at 9:30 AM
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Don't think a post of mine has ever inspired a MeTa. I suppose that's a milestone I've just reached. Look. I am in no way a positive person. This is a problem. Because when I get those good good Autism Ruminations (tm) not much can snap me out of them. Maybe 80% of my posts on the blue are serious fucking business. We have to discuss those things.... [more]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to MetaTalk on Dec 6 at 7:39 AM
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This isn't about the site, but I need to talk about it. I am struggling in a weird limbo in regard to having a disability in a legal sense, I guess? My health has been declining for some time, but I've been on medical leave since February, when I had the flu. By that point, I had already used all my sick and vacation time for the year, so my GP... [more]
posted by Ruki to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 4:51 AM
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Today, in the full knowledge of what's to come, has not been a very good day. You know, a lot of us do that. Tis only a flesh wound, "today wasn't a good day". What I actually mean is I've been wandering around like I've been shot in the gut today, trying not to break down in tears at the office xmas lunch. As a 40mumble... [more]
posted by Absolutely No You-Know-What to MetaTalk on Dec 13 at 8:54 AM
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(Americans: I am sure Mitheral is speaking in Celsius.) [view]
posted by ricochet biscuit to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 8:36 PM
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One of the things I've found getting me down today, is people musing "well, interesting, lets see what happens now". The privilege, of course, jumps right out - to take such a distant stance, it's likely that they aren't affected, or don't have anyone close to them who will be, by austerity and the likely fallout from the upcoming... [more]
posted by greenish to MetaTalk on Dec 13 at 7:24 AM
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Yeah, the thing with autism is that diagnosis access is so stratified! And the way people talk about diagnosis in adults is so frustrating: it's like to be diagnosed as an adult, you must be frozen in early childhood without learning any of the skills you need to survive as a human being. It's as if we insisted that you could only identify dyslexia... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaTalk on Dec 8 at 7:21 AM
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... because remember, it's a 9 pound package. I worked my way through the packing material to find part two: a desk set custom-made for an astronomer. Jaw, meet floor. You can see the the rocky planets, and Jupiter and Saturn, and Uranus and Neptune, all done up in different kinds of wood. (No Pluto - but of course.) But what... [more]
posted by RedOrGreen to MetaTalk on Dec 12 at 9:01 PM
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The moment when you start reading a book ... and you just KNOW that you’re going to love it. When your pet chooses your lap... out of all the places in the house... to curl up and take a nap. [view]
posted by bookmammal to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 7:10 PM
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when it's a rainy day, and I get out for a walk, and I time it perfectly so it fits right into a small window of non-rain, and everything smells so incredible from the soaking it's been getting, and the air is wonderful, and then as soon as I go back inside the rain starts up again, underlining how excellent my timing was. Got it right just this... [more]
posted by fingersandtoes to MetaTalk on Dec 8 at 1:19 PM
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I have always found MetaFilter to be a safe and welcoming place. I'm autistic and use a wheelchair. I have felt very accepted and rarely have had any bad interactions, except for a few times when I was the one who was too plainspoken in my autistic way. Sure, there have been lots of opinions expressed that I don't agree with, and many topics I... [more]
posted by a humble nudibranch to MetaTalk on Dec 6 at 11:28 PM
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I am an immigrant here in the UK - we chose to move here, we chose to stay here. But to be honest if we didn't now live in London, and will finally be staying in one place for awhile, we would either move to an Independent Scotland or moving somewhere else. You know that relationship advice about when someone shows you what they are, believe what... [more]
posted by Megami to MetaTalk on Dec 13 at 8:47 AM
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I fell in love with the Basque language a few years ago. I can recount how that happened, but not exactly why. I knew that Basque was a linguistic isolate in Western Europe and was curious about it. I only intended to learn something about the language. I had no intention of actually learning it. But then I stumbled into Basque pop music,... [more]
posted by nangar to MetaTalk on Dec 8 at 9:55 AM
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So I still do film photography and still process my own film in the darkroom. You load your film in the dark on a reel and put the reel blindly into a coffee-can sized canister. Then you pour a series of chemicals into the canister and and shake it to make sure the chemicals flow around all the surfaces of the film roll. After the developer and... [more]
posted by octothorpe to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 7:24 PM
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Waking up in my room at 3 am while it's raining, the petrichor scent coming through the slightly cracked window- San Francisco due to it's drought/deluge cycles is great for petrichor this time of year. It always gives me a thrill. I spose I owe you folks an update or two. I am growing a tea plant. Yes tea, Camellia sinensis. Why? Because I can.... [more]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to MetaTalk on Dec 8 at 8:58 PM
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Thinking about how to answer this question led me to mentally compiling a whole list of things that made me happy, which was really pleasant way to end my Saturday night. Reading all of the posts above was the cherry on top. Things I'm quiet about: Going to a bar solo, getting a beer or a glass of wine and reading a book. The scratchy... [more]
posted by Sparky Buttons to MetaTalk on Dec 7 at 9:19 PM
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