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Fucking Fuck v4.0

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:17:27 GMT

Come in. Sit on the couches. Bring a drink if you like. Or a blanket. And your dog. I don't know about you guys but it seems stress has ramped up in the last week or two. Let us let loose our fucks.

Mexico City earthquake check in thread

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:09:26 GMT

Mexico city Mefites, please check in to let us know if you're ok after the earthquake.

Hurricane Maria Check-In Thread

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:15:22 GMT

I hate that we have to have another one of these threads. Hurricane Maria has just strengthened to Category 5 and appears to be threatening the Caribbean again, most notably Puerto Rico. Caribbean Meifites, please sound off and I hope you're all okay.

Metatalktail Hour: Fall Follies/Spring Sillies

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:24:19 GMT

The seasons are changing, which means I want to talk about what you're up to for the next few months for fall/spring/wet season/dry season/eternal paradise of your tropical island where the seasons don't change!

The challenges facing today's libraries and librarians

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:52:10 GMT

A fifty minute interview with Jessamyn, interviewed by Lauren Sergy. Topics include why Jessamyn went to library school, diversity, employment in the library sector, pay equality, technology, and other aspects of being a contemporary librarian.

Recent Ask about jogging shorts for women--possibly asked for pockets?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:19:28 GMT

I read a recent ask that was about jogging leggings, or jogging shorts, or something, possibly requesting pockets, possibly not, but one of the answers linked to a great website with multicolored jogging leggings in three different lengths, and all of them featured pockets.

I searched Ask for "jogging" (couldn't possibly find the post), "jogging shorts," "jogging leggings," "jogging pockets," etc., and can't find the question, let alone the answer with the link to the awesome, multicolored leggings with pockets. Help?

Reacting to threads and comments

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:23:25 GMT

A modest pony request.

If I am recalling correctly, the idea behind favouriting was akin to a bookmark feature so that users could easily return to noteworthy mefi posts and comments at a later date. There were some who wanted upvote/downvote buttons akin to other sites we probably don't need to mention, but this was not considered right for the site, particularly in that downvoting is not really a very positive feature for our community.

However, it seems obvious that favourites are most commonly used as if they are a method for upvoting rather than bookmarking, and this is not wrong in my opinion as it's a very human thing to want to react to content without necessarily having anything in particular to say about it other than [this is good].

My idea is certainly not to replace the favouriting feature, because I do also think it's useful for bookmarking content. I have been using discord a lot recently though, and a feature I really enjoy is being able to react to comments in text channels with a range of emotes which are then added to the comment with a count for each instance of each emote.

I believe if the range of emotes is chosen sensibly this will not become a feature that could be used to downvote content, but rather a way to increase our range of reactions in a way that more naturally allows us to express emotion, additionally repurposing the favouriting feature as a way to bookmark content separately from emotional reaction.

Long haul resistance

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:10:26 GMT

After the election we had a few posts to talk about how we are fighting back and organizing and trying to keep the world together. Now that we're half a year in, I'm sure folks have settled down to some sustainable activities to resist and or at least care for their neighbors in this new world order. I'm probably not the only one who could use some bolstering from hearing what other people are doing now that this is a long-haul struggle. So, are you still calling your congressperson? Have you been attending demonstrations? Did you join an organizing group or donate to a nonprofit? Are you getting ready to run for office or have you started an underground cell? Let's share to keep ourselves motivated and inspired.

Obits: Not Such a Nice Guy?

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 03:07:44 GMT

When we have an obit for someone who is ... controversial, as Jerry Pournelle, what should be the mefi etiquette for either leaving the obit at all or possibly crapping it up with the bad memories and misdeeds? Feelings with regard to some people can run strong, and the reasons aren't always obvious to everyone.

Metatalktails: Family Filk

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:35:35 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week, secretariat wants to know what altered song lyrics people sing, especially to pets or kids.

Any chance of marking Twitter links like Youtube ones?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:56:32 GMT

I'm wondering if there's any interest in marking links to Twitter in the same way that we already mark links to Youtube, so that people who want to avoid them can do so more easily.

I pretty much interact with MetaFilter via my smartphone, and also do not use Twitter or have any interest in using it. What this means is that when I tap on a link in a thread which goes to Twitter, I find myself unceremoniously dragged out of my browser and dumped onto... an error message. Yay! It's annoying and I'd like to be able to avoid such links altogether.

Yes, I know I could long-press every link to see what domain it goes to before following it, but that's a cure that's worse than the disease. My expectation on the Web is still that any link I choose to follow is going to at least open in my browser. With links to Twitter (which break that expectation) being so common now, I feel like it might be good to give people some warning that they are about to leave the Web and head over to a proprietary platform that may or may not actually work on their device.

We already do this with Youtube for somewhat similar reasons and it seems to work well. I know we don't do it for every platform, but Youtube and Twitter seem far and away the two most common platforms that people actually link to. I'd like to propose that we mark Twitter in the same way, by automatically inserting a small, discreet icon next to any links to Twitter's domain. Then those who don't want to deal with it can simply pass them over, rather than having their browsing experience interrupted.

What do people think? Does anyone else think this would be a good idea, and do the mods have any interest in actually implementing this feature?

Duolingo Korean club

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:50:04 GMT

Duolingo's Korean course was just released for Android and iOS! There was a fair bit of enthusiasm for the Japanese course when nightrecordings made a MeTa about it; can we get a decent showing of MeFi Korean learners?

The code to join the "MeFi Korean Club" I set up is PRNPPJ.

I've been studying Korean at university level since January 2016, but I'm still pretty shocking at it! Hopefully Duolingo will help me do the daily study that I really need to be doing. And if there are MeFites to learn with, so much the better!

It would be great to hear about your experiences with the language too. Or even your experiences with learning on Duolingo in general!

"That Guy" for the Me Fi

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 01:14:57 GMT

A brief history of the Mefites who did not necessarily want to be That Guy, but dammit...Not to be That Guy, but does this really count as Irony? OK, I'll be "that guy" - whazzup with the arcade games that just look like crates? Hate to be that guy, but some all of the "body art" is very disturbing I am going to be that guy: the one who makes the first comment, which is that "I hate jump scares" Just to be "that guy"...These aren't posters I genuinely wonder if I wanted to be 'that guy at Starbucks' what it means, coffee wise I'm think a part of me must still be that guy, a little bit. I liked this almost as much as I liked Mallory Ortberg's Male Novelist Jokes I hate to always be that guy but this seems dodgy. None of the photos really shows anything I'd recognize Not to be that guy, but this is why we don't want to ignore signs of climate change Hate to be that guy, but it's 'gripping hand.' Also, just to be that guy — the common trope of pitting "Twitter versus Action" is and always will be really annoying I'll be 'that guy' and ask for context. I'll even admit that I've heard of, though never read, any David Foster Wallace I'll be that guy who says that the names of these dogs are derived from Inuit "-miut," meaning roughly "people" in the sense of a community I don't wanna be That Guy, but it does seem to me the subject of the FPP should maybe have his name spelled right in the FPP I'm a big DD appreciator, and this is a cool breakdown of Rio. : ) However, I'm gonna be that guy and sayyy... I hate to be that guy, but part of this is a problem with modernism: objective news is a modernist project don't be That Guy. "I am familiar with this work's influences, therefore I deem this mere imitation" is rarely a winning attitude I really hate to be "that guy", but... The "Oh! My car!" guy is from the Super NES version of Final Fight I hate to be that guy, but as a Hawkman I can safely say this is fake I'm going to be That Guy and say I actually like the version with Deckard's VO Fuck the higher road and fuckity fuck the other cheek, I have decided to be That Guy Also, to be That Guy, several of those images were taken from a google search. Many of them, including the Power Girl boobs one, I'm sorry, I'm afraid I'm also going to be That Guy. This violate's Dreadnought's Rule for Boat Naming: I was raised essentially from birth to be that guy. My father was a classic nerd: I used to be that guy about it, but I'm over it. Pearl Jam is fine, I hate to be that guy, but I think this might be fake I want to be that guy, and lemme tell you why. I miss Birkenstock socks Man, I hate to be That Guy, the one who always says this shit, but this one time I feel it's really, really appropriate: Please show me your $500 movie that's as good or better I don't want to be That Guy, but an old-fashioned safety razor was a good investment I don't want to be "that guy" but if if you're going to play two player Contra it's B, A, Select, Start I hate to be that guy who links to a Daily Mail story, but not only does he have a mom, Ok, I'm going to be that guy. I don't really read comic books and don't really know the Marvel Canon, and I don't watch much TV--anyway, Just to be that guy in the room, I don't think his ideas failed because these were bourgeois values, but I don't mean to be that guy, and who am I to question the mighty Mystery Writers of America, but I don't want to be that guy who is always saying, "Modern art is bullshit," but So I'm going to be that guy who jumps in and says why this is an incorrect decision after thinking about it for only 30 seconds You know, I used to be that guy who would say that "reddit has some decent groups Okay, I'll be that guy: I miss the days when you weren't allowed to[...]

No slPressReleases please, a scientist begs you.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:03:35 GMT

Can we not link to university (or corporate) press releases for scientific discoveries. If we must do so, can we especially avoid single links?

Press releases from the discovering institution are almost invariably AWFUL. They are biased breathless accounts. They are often garbage scientifically, ignoring nuance, ignoring other advances or the history of the field, overstating their claims, and the importance of their claims.

They are often NOT written by scientists - or even scientifically literate people. They are barely better than clickbait (which is what the press office is often judged on!)

They are the beginning of the dumb science news cycle.

Their many problems have been described here, here, here and here, to name the first four places I could find.

University Press releases -especially slUniversityPress releases! - are NOT the best of the web. Without context written by someone more neutral and informed, they are actively harmful.

Hurricane Irma Help, Advice and Check In

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 01:04:42 GMT

Hurricane Irma is heading towards Florida, and I thought it would be good if we had a central place for information for and about MeFites.

So yes, please check in here and let us know that you're safe after it passes. But until we get to that point, I thought maybe Mefites who need help finding a place to stay or aren't sure what they should bring on an evacuation, or have a million other questions, could get help here.

Some of us have been through this before, but some haven't and could maybe use some reassurance, encouragement, and/or advice. So if you've been through this yourself and have any helpful tips, this is the place to leave them. Or if you can help people find a hotel, or can offer a spare bedroom, etc., let them know!

MeFi Fantasy (American) Football

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:31:30 GMT

Anyone up for a MeFi fantasy football league this year?

I set one up on yahoo, max 12 teams, will draft with 8 or more. Tentative draft time Wednesday, September 6, 10pm eastern time.

Many happy returns of the day

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:16:38 GMT

Happy birthday, jessamyn! Here's to you! May you have as much company, and as much cake or pie, as you want today.

(I wanted to thank you especially for helping out with some of my shifts in the last few weeks, even though it's been a busy time - thanks!)

Managing Music

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 16:13:45 GMT

Can we have a 'Delete' button for posts on Music? More so than other subsites, it seems that we might want, and reasonably be allowed, to manage what works we keep available there.

If the proposed solution is "just email a mod", by the way, I don't like that solution. Even if it's minimal, it puts a social barrier in the way, and I'd rather be able to handle such things myself.

Metatalktail Hour: We Are Family

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:09:11 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! AugustWest wants to know, do you have any unusual family traditions?

As always, avoid politics, talk about whatever strikes your fancy, and send me suggestions for future topics!

Burbank (L.A.) wildfire check-in

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 21:00:53 GMT

Per LAist: 5,000 Acre La Tuna Canyon Fire Burns One Home, Evacuations Continue. It's now the largest fire (by acreage) in L.A. history. It's a heavily populated area, and I know a lot of MeFites live around there, so I thought it would be good to have a post for checking in and seeing if anyone needs any help. Be safe, and try to stay cool.

Updated 12:31 p.m.: The La Tuna Canyon Fire continues to burn upwards of 5,000 acres and has engulfed one home, according to the L.A. Times. Fire officials expect the fire to grow if the heat and erratic weather conditions continue. The fire is 10% contained and Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said the last fire in the area was 30 years ago, which means "There is a lot of unburned fuel." Mandatory and voluntary evacuations have continued, with 730 homes evacuated across Burbank, Glendale, and the city of L.A., according to CBS.

A fire erupted near Burbank Friday afternoon and grew to 2,000 acres Friday evening, prompting the evacuation of residents of Brace Canyon Park. The fire has since grown to 5,000 acres and has been confirmed as the largest by acreage in Los Angeles City history, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.