143 posts tagged with metafilter by cortex.
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180: Is Sunset A Local Phenomenon?

I checked in with management and apparently we have to do a 2022 now even though we just finished wiht 2021. Jessamyn and I do our best to roll into the new year and talk about MetaFilter stuff and get in a philosophical discussion of the nature of the literal horizon qua solar objects. Runs about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 6, 2022 - 26 comments

179: Calendrical Is Totally A Word

In our triumphant return to posting podcasts at the turn of the month, Jess and I talk about time management and reminders, complicated conversational dynamics, the assassination of JFK (but only very briefly), and a bunch of somewhat more MetaFilter-centric things. We time-managed our way up to about 93 minutes. Also I play a euphonium. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 30, 2021 - 11 comments

178: Leisure Suit Larry's, Uh, Pixels

We got a rootin' tootin' podcast here. Darn tootin'. Can you both rootin'- and darn'- something that's tootin' in the same paragraph like this? I don't know. I really don't know. I might be going to podcast jail. Before that happens, though, here's me and jessamyn chattering about MetaFilter, the nature of daylight, representation vs. allusion in crappy old Sierra erotic comedy adventures, MetaFilter, the concept of (for some reason) No Nut November, "Meta", and who knows what else because we're both still getting used to the time change. It runs exactly, precisely, to the second 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 10, 2021 - 24 comments

177: Good Soup

I accidentally wrote "make a podcast" on a colander instead of the calendar, so on the downside this episode is pretty late but on the upside it has been thoroughly rinsed. Is that anything? Can we do anything with that? Anyway, here's a podcast, it's about 90 minutes, and it involves me and Jessamyn getting off on at least a couple different tangents on the subject *of* getting off on tangents, so it's a very MetaFilter podcast indeed. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 13, 2021 - 21 comments

Fundraising update

Fundraising updates now that August is over: we're up about $1100/mo in new recurring monthly subscription income from where we started at the start of the month. We've also received a few thousand dollars in additional one-time donations from site members and readers. And, as an extremely generous cherry on top, we also recieved a $15,000 donation from long-time nerd and friend of the site Jeff Atwood. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 3, 2021 - 35 comments

176: Low-Key Podcast

Jessamyn and I managed to stumble our way into and through a podcast despite both having the needle pegged hard to E this afternoon, and here is recorded evidence of that fact, at about 75 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 2, 2021 - 5 comments

Hey, it's a MetaFilter newsletter!

Something new we're trying out: a MetaFilter email newsletter. I want to share the first issue with y'all, to discuss and brainstorm about. For the moment, we're calling it...Untitled MetaFilter Newsletter. You can subscribe here. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 3, 2021 - 88 comments

August is MetaFilter fundraising month

It's fundraising time! MetaFilter depends primarily on user and reader support to continue to operate: that funding pays for moderation, site development, and basic administrative costs like server hosting. It is increasingly difficult to operate a site like ours in the modern web economy, and your financial contributions through one-time contributions and recurring subscriptions have made, and will make, all the difference in keeping MeFi going.

You can start or increase your subscription here. I'll answer some questions about what we need, where the money goes, and what's coming up below, so come on inside if you want more detail. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 2, 2021 - 74 comments

175: Don't Throw The Banana Peel In The Toilet

It's only the first day of August, but the weather in Portland is such that it already feeling like plural dog days have elapsed. And yet, through it all, a podcast episode drags itself through the sun-baked streets to appear, sweating and winded, on your doorstep. Come along with Jessamyn and I as we...chatter about MetaFilter? Basically what we normally do. This one's about an hour and 45. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 1, 2021 - 6 comments

MetaFilter's new Privacy Policy document

We're rolling out a new formal Privacy Policy document for MetaFilter! You can read it here right now; in the next few days we'll get a link added in the site footer and update the FAQ, etc. If you want to discuss it or have questions, come on inside. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 16, 2021 - 16 comments

A change in moderator coverage of the site

I want to update everybody about how moderator schedules have changed recently to account for budget constraints. The short version is: we’re actively monitoring the site most of the time instead of 24/7 to reduce costs, and while this shouldn’t directly affect member experiences overall it does mean occasionally waiting a little longer than previously for moderator responses on flags and emails. Come on in for some more detail if you’re interested. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 14, 2021 - 58 comments

174: Knobs and Dials

Jessamyn and I were both feeling excessively chatty today so this one clocks in at about one hour fifty five, with discussions about MeFi, Ask, etc. along with a bunch of wanderings and heat wave chatter. Also there is a spider and a bird, and Jessamyn saw a bear outside her window. Also I fixed my goddam GarageBand, so we have music tracks again. I missed those. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 2, 2021 - 22 comments

173: No That's A Different Penguin

My dog ate my podcast synopsis. It's me, it's Jessamyn, it's a podcast recorded in the deep past of before the long weekend, it's about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 1, 2021 - 9 comments

On the situation in Gaza, and MeFi discussions

The situation in Gaza is awful, and as a moderation team collectively we are horrified by the violence and destruction and loss of life the Israeli government has been causing in Palestine. As a Jew, personally, I am too; for the mod team and for many people in the MetaFilter community this isn't just a terrible situation but one with very direct and personal resonances. Jewish identity and history is complex; overt and oppressive violence isn't, and what the state of Israel is doing right now to the people in Palestine is wrong.

The desire to talk about and react to the situation on MeFi is completely understandable. But it's also a topic that has, in particular during times of open conflict, been incredibly difficult to manage as an open discussion without it escalating to a point of being more harmful than helpful, and that's something we can't knowingly support playing out in the community here.

It's hard to say when and how a broad discussion of this can go well; we are going to have to exercise a lot of care in assessing whether the framing of a post and available moderator resources will make for a workable thread. In the mean time it feels necessary to me to make this MetaTalk post acknowledging both that site dilemma and the actual situation at large since MeFi, as a place built around posts, can end up feeling conspicuously silent when there's not a thread happening organically.

I'd like to try and fill the gap left by the lack of an open thread by using the space inside this post to round up informational resources; the mod team will aim to add to this post periodically if folks will forward good links to us via the contact form. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 17, 2021 - 0 comments

172: I'll Get There At Some Point

I'll be straight with you: this is an episode, of a podcast, and it's me and Jessamyn, and we talk about MetaFilter and stuff adjacent to MetaFilter. There's no sugar-coating it: this is 90 minutes of MeFi-adjacent chatter. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 29, 2021 - 11 comments

Updating the graphical style of mod notes

We're introducing a new visual styling for moderator comments today! Instead of the older [small text and brackets style], mod comments will now feature a contrasting border, full-sized text, and for text browsers and screenreaders an explicit "Mod note:" text prefix to compensate for the lack of graphical cues. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 14, 2021 - 48 comments

171: Was I Weird

We've made it through the dark tunnel that is April 1 online and jessamyn and I are here with that good good MetaFilter chatter and a little bit of linguistics speculation. Runs about 85 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 5, 2021 - 12 comments

170: Through A Paper Towel Tube Darkly

number one victory royale / yeah podcast with Jess who's my pal / 90 minutes running time oh wow / just cleaned out my Chrome tabs now [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 3, 2021 - 22 comments

State of the Site, Feb 2021

Heya, folks, here's an update on the site over the last year and what we're looking at in 2021. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 14, 2021 - 514 comments

169: Soon May The Podcast Come

It's Febuary, Februr, uh, it's Ferbur—it's not January anymore and here's a new podcast episode. We're catching up since episode 168 a couple months ago because last month we did the live-stream gala instead! So jessamyn and I try and sum up a couple months of MetaFilter best we can. Runs about 85 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 1, 2021 - 20 comments

New merch! Shirts, stickers, and magnets!

We talked about this in the run-up to the Gala, so: let's start off 2021 with some new merch! We've got new designs up, available as shirts on Neatoshop and as magnets and stickers on Teepublic, so if you've been looking for something MeFi-centric to drape over your mortal form or stick to your laptop or fridge or car or whatever the heck this is your lucky day. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 8, 2021 - 46 comments

168: Marquee Biz

When the sound hits your ear
Like a Jess/cortex schmear
That's apodcast [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 2, 2020 - 19 comments

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]
posted by cortex on Oct 2, 2020 - 5 comments

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]
posted by cortex on Sep 11, 2020 - 12 comments

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]
posted by cortex on Sep 2, 2020 - 32 comments

165: Take What We've Got

It's July, which is podcast season, or so the man at the podcast store told me. So jessamyn and I bought ourselves a podcast and took it out on the lake and, honestly, I don't know where I'm going with this. It's Friday, I'm pooped, we talk about MeFi stuff a bunch, it's about 90 minutes long, here you go. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 3, 2020 - 10 comments

164: It's Been A Rough Week

Podcast time, and jessamyn and are I back talking about a bunch of stuff we liked from MetaFilter as usual, and talking a bit about the hard stuff surrounding George Floyd and Minneapolis, and also absolutely plotzing about having two new mods join the team! Welcome again, travelingthyme and loup. This episode is long even for us, about an hour and forty total. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 2, 2020 - 8 comments

Two new mods: welcome to travelingthyme and loup!

Please give a hearty hello to our newly-hired members of the MetaFilter moderation team: travelingthyme and loup! I'll let them introduce themselves a bit below, but I wanted to let folks know that they'll both be working part-time as of now so you can expect to see their names around the site. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 1, 2020 - 223 comments

163: You must understand!

It was a time known as The Great Resetting, when, after a months of wandering in a week late or so with episodes, jessamyn and I finally managed to release a new episode smack dab on the 1st. It was spoken of in legend as...episode 163 of the MetaFilter podcast. [more inside]
posted by cortex on May 1, 2020 - 9 comments

What's eatin', you?

You know what's weird right now? Besides, like, everything? Food. Lots of routines are disrupted, lots of supply lines and food-sourcing habits have gotten all sideways. So: what's going on with your fooding? How's the whole eating thing? Any happy discoveries or rediscoveries? Any weird surprises? Any big shortage headaches? Any horrible cooking failures? Snacking surprises? Foodly frustrations? Can you buy literally any yeast? Get it out, let's talk all kinds of food stuff, let's do a whole roundup of where everybody's at.
posted by cortex on Apr 14, 2020 - 212 comments

162: Grip It And Rip It

Jessamyn and I do what we do best: manage to show up and record a podcast despite it all. We talk about (a) a bunch of COVID stuff and (b) a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with COVID and (c) the whole process of trying to navigate that balance. I drink most of a tall beer. Jessamyn is hopped up on decaf coffee. It's wild. Runs about 80 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 3, 2020 - 26 comments

April Fun Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Trying to run with a regular April Fools gag feels super weird this year, so...let's just have an indoor scavenger hunt! Can you find THE ROUNDEST THING in your home? Find a thing that needs finding, post a picture and/or description of it in the thread, suggest something else for folks to look for! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Apr 1, 2020 - 131 comments

Let's make some dang art

I'm finding art is a really useful thing for putting my brain somewhere other than *waves hands around floridly* for a while. And I know a lot of folks on MetaFilter make art, or have made art, or would like to make art. So, hey: let's make some art! Good art, bad art, first-timer art. Let's make stuff, and talk about stuff you'd like to make, and share what you're making, and share resources and guides and inspiration and so on. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 27, 2020 - 95 comments

161: Change Your Ding-Dang Clocks

Podcast? Podcast! Me and jessamyn, podcasting. It's the podcast thing, with jessamyn and with me, and it's this! Here you go. Seventy-five minutes? Podcast. Hi. Hello. Don't forget to reset your clocks if that happens this weekend. Podcast. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 6, 2020 - 9 comments

FUCK IT, WE'LL DO IT LIVE SCORPIONS

Apparently it's Scorpion - Scorpion - Scorpion - Crop Is On day on MetaFilter, so, y'know, post some fucken scorpions if you got 'em.
posted by cortex on Feb 24, 2020 - 103 comments

160: That Was A Bood Posscat

Like Frodo and Sam enduring the travails of Mordor, Jessamyn and I have managed somehow to surmount the difficulties of the world to produce a podcast episode this month. Instead of getting a finger bit off we just lost some of our usual running time, so this is a lembas-thin 56 minutes. Also just to be clear there is literally no discussion of Tolkeinian mythology in this episode, I'm just punchy on a Friday night and you're getting whatever comes out of the keyboard at this point. Elevensies. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 7, 2020 - 23 comments

Kaycee Nicole hoax documentary research

Heya, folks! We recently heard from a documentary producer, Celia Aniskovich, who is working on a project related to the Kaycee Nicole hoax that played out during the earliest couple years of MetaFilter's existence. She's spoken with a few key folks already, including mathowie, but is interested to hear from anyone else in the MeFi community who has specific memories of or records from that whole saga. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 31, 2020 - 15 comments

Site finances update, 1/15/2020

Hey folks, time for a quarterly update on how the site's doing financially, and a reminder that the direct financial support of MetaFilter's membership and readers is fundamental to keeping this place operational. Your help supporting this community is vital, and appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 15, 2020 - 0 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. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 10, 2020 - 11 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. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 6, 2020 - 12 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. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jan 1, 2020 - 50 comments

158: Keep Them Scrollwheels Scrollin', Though The Browser's Slowin'

It's me! It's jessamyn! It's episode 158 of us podcasting about about the sort of MetaFiltery things we're wont to podcast about! It's about ninety minutes! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 3, 2019 - 8 comments

157: That's The Title, Everyone Get Back To Work And Thank You

It's our Halloween episode, which is not particularly spooOOOOooOOoooky because I accidentally left it out on the counter overnight after we recorded it yesterday. But jessamyn and I catch up on the last month of MeFi stuff and you can't prove that there wasn't also a ghost on the call. Runs about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Nov 1, 2019 - 23 comments

Site finance update, 10/16/19

Here's a first quarterly update on where we're at with site revenue and expenses. We've made some progress from where we were this summer; your help in funding the site is a fundamental part of that. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 16, 2019 - 0 comments

Rolling out some updated site documentation

We're updating some site documents today to better reflect contemporary MetaFilter.  Today's updates include the New User pages that potential new community members move through when signing up, the site's core guidelines page, and a new document discussing common microaggressions and being mindful about the impact of dominant-culture dynamics on a diverse membership.  I'll talk in more detail about all that below the fold. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 14, 2019 - 98 comments

156: Wasting All My Time Time

Jessamyn! Me! Podcast! MetaFilter! Talking! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Oct 4, 2019 - 23 comments

155: No curses, no whammies

After several technical hiccups, Jessamyn and I managed to record a podcast, and here it is! Lots of MeFi and Ask; lots of users' first posts, lots of animal posts, even several first animal posts. Runs about 90 minutes. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 1, 2019 - 22 comments

Site finance snapshot, August 2019

It's a little over a month since the State of the Site post where I talked about our current revenue shortfall, and as part of a goal of moving toward more regular financial updates I wanted to give a quick snapshot of where we are now. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 19, 2019 - 226 comments

154: I Learned It By Reading

We're back after a skipped month with an unsurprisingly longer-than-usual podcast episode, as jessamyn and I chatter about all the ususal site stuff (a month's worth is generally too much, two months definitely so) and also talk a little about MeFi history, recent site challenges, the 20th anniversary, and so on. Runs just about two hours total. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Aug 2, 2019 - 32 comments

Decommissioning the US politics megathreads

During the 2016 US election cycle, we experimented with moving US politics discussion to a catch-all megathread model: focusing almost all discussion of the topic to large omnibus threads posted every week or two. The resulting megathreads have been a valued thing for many people, and a lot of work and care has gone into them from posters and commenters to try and help them be a functional part of the MeFi posting mix. But the threads have always posed significant challenges, and the time has come when we need to make a fundamental change. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 23, 2019 - 627 comments

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