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Just how Random is Random?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:34:21 GMT

When I click "Random" to generate a random AskMe question, I'm constantly taken to this question about DVD commentary tracks. Why would this be the case? I probably hit it once every few days? It seems statistically unlikely with a random generator?

Just curious.

Is this a silly question for MetaTalk? if it is, please delete, mods! Thanks!

A uniform quoting style for twitter links

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:27:52 GMT

Since tweets are being linked to or quoted more often than before, especially in the politics threads, I think there is a need to come up with a way to standardise these quotes/links. It could be either just a preferred in house convention or an addition to the buttons that are there below the comment box. Might also need to consider how to quote a thread of tweets or multiple tweets. What does MeFi think?

Searching for post about Objectivist web comic

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:27:14 GMT

I'm having trouble googling up a web comic I'm sure I saw on MeFi in the last several years. I believe the setting was an space colony or space station that was run according to Objectivist philosophy.

The premise was that a few outsiders (ambassadors or something like that) arrived and experienced the glory of rational self-interest.

There are a lot of Objectivist web comics out there. It doesn't seem to be any of the ones on the Ayn Rand TV tropes page.

We talk about Rand a lot on MeFi, and I've trawled through the relevant tags, but I don't see it.

Anybody know what I'm talking about?

Metatalktail Hour: I'm disorganized!

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 01:09:45 GMT

Ack, I'm so disorganized this week I didn't pick a topic! So tonight it's just TELL US YOUR NEWS, chatter about your stuff, what've you been reading, how's your summer going, how the fam, how's work, how's life, how's philosophy? (Just remember, no politics!)

Hamburger is short for...

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:12:13 GMT

Burt Reynolds reveals the strangely apropos meaning of "hamburger" from the set of Smokey And The Bandit: And Jackie drank on set, sometimes before 11 AM. He'd look over his shoulder and say "Mal! Hamburger!" And that meant glass of bourbon. Whenever he said "Mal! Hamburger!" that meant go get me a tall glass of bourbon.

Happy Moderators' Covfefe

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:25:48 GMT

Well, not much has happened over the past year, and things have been pretty easy for the mods, so I hesitate to even make a post to celebrate Moderators' Day this year. It seems a bit off to thank the mods for all their hard work, thoughtfulness, excellent communication skills, and infinite patience when they have basically been lounging by the pool at MetaFilter World Headquarters eating bonbons and /hamburgers all year.

I'm kidding, of course. It's been a trying year for many people, and MetaFilter would not be the respite and resource that it currently is were it not for the continuing efforts of our world-class moderation team.

Please join me in thanking all of our moderators and technical support - past and present - on this, the tenth anniversary of the original Moderators' Day. Thank you cortex, restless_nomad, taz, LobsterMitten, goodnewsfortheinsane, Eyebrows McGee, vacapinta, and frimble. Special thanks to our moderators emeriti, jessamyn, mathowie, and pb.

MeFi Discord channel

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 03:02:56 GMT

Howdy! So, scrolling through the video game trailers post, I noticed there's quite a few resident gamers here in MeFi. Which made me wonder: Does metafilter have it's own Discord channel? I think it might be a good idea. It would be a good place to banter about politics while queueing for some Overwatch or whatever, and avoiding the casual racism and misoginy that permeates most multiplayer games. For those not in the know, discord is a low latency voice and text app designed for gaming. It's pretty good.

July Best Post Contest!

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 03:44:15 GMT

In July, we'll be having a best post contest! This will be the first one since I came on staff and I've been hassling the other mods for months, so they finally gave in. Read on for categories and start preparing your posts now!

We'll be using "fantastic" flags to name a community-voted best post each week and for the whole month. Many of the mods will also be creating individual categories for particular sorts of posts they like (which will be announced when the post contest begins!) for the whole month -- for example, my award will probably be for the post I most enjoy sharing with my kids! frimble is thinking of going with "high weird."

We'll also be keeping an eye out for first posts, and second posts, and recognizing first- and second-time posters. (If you're a first- or second-time poster and want some help putting together a good post, feel free to use the contact form and ask the mods for help!)

Rewards are purely a warm glow and bragging rights. :D

Late Resolved Ask Me

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:39:39 GMT

In 2009 (when I had the appendage to my account name), I asked for help identifying a soda we used to buy at the co-op in Austin, Texas in the late 80's/early 90's. This weekend, my spouse found it on the internet: Corrs Natural Soda Ginseng Rush, as discussed in this Chicago Reader article from 1993. Have you resolved any lingering Ask.Mes lately?

Metatalktail Hour: Hilarity

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:35:47 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! Tonight's metatalktail topic comes from scratch: "What is the funniest thing you've ever seen? Or heard, or smelled, etc. No parameters--it can be something from You Own Real Life, a meme, a twelfth-hand anecdote, your cat, a joke, a movie scene, a song by Weird Al Yankovich, whatever."

As always, topics are conversation starters so feel free to wander off and talk about whatever you like (except politics), and send any topic ideas to me!

Holy Uncanny Diagonal Lines, Batman!

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:15:22 GMT

I'm getting a weird display artifact on the Modern Dark Theme. Apparently I'm not the only one, so let's compare notes and try to track this down!

I'm getting a weird display artifact on Modern Dark in Chrome (58.0.3029.110) on one specific computer (screenshot) -- any idea what might be going on? It persists even in incognito mode and with all extensions disabled (unchecked).

It's a vertically tiling diagonal light-grey single pixel line that seems to be part of the .content div. In a maximized window on my 1920x1280 screen it extends about 90% across the width of the screen; at any lower vertical size it extends fully across (so it seems to be impacted by css window size selectors).

I'm not observing this on other sites, in other browsers, or in Chrome (same version!) on other machines. I'd be convinced it was caused by extensions but since it persists in Incognito with extensions disabled, I'm very confused.

Trying out two Ask MetaFilter questions per week!

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:43:55 GMT

We had a discussion earlier this year about allowing two Ask MetaFilter questions per week, and I think it's worth a shot. Today we're rolling it out, and we'll see how it goes.

There's a lot of discussion in that previous thread, if you're curious about what folks offered as arguments for and against the idea and the alternative arrangements that got proposed. I laid out some detailed thoughts on both this specific plan and more broad Ask thoughts that fall outside the scope of this specific question-limit change. Right now we're not really revisiting those arguments at all so much as running with a specific approach to see whether there's any mechanical or social issues that come up.

How it works: you'll now be able to ask up to two questions within any given one week (that is, 168 hour) period, where before the limit was one.

So if you ask a question today, and have something come up tomorrow, you'd still be able to ask that second one, but then not another one until this time next week. There's no banking of questions, no extra counting to do: just a little more flexibility for those moments when a couple of different questions end up clustering up on short notice, which is something nobody seems to run into too often but lots and lots of people run into every once in a while.

My expectation with this new setup is that there won't be any big change; most folks don't ask anywhere near the long-standing one-a-week limit, and I am doubtful much of anyone will change their rate of asking by a significant degree. But we'll monitor things going forward and look at how folks use the feature, and if there is any surprising bumpiness or outstanding issues we'll revisit it to tweak the setup or in the most extreme case simply roll back the change.

Happy asking!

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:33:25 GMT

Did someone say Great Music? MeFiMusic Avengers assemble, in the latest MeFiMusic Podcast, available now on Soundcloud!

Forget your woes for 29 solid minutes whilst we apply the healing balm of excellent music to your soul.

Thank you to all of these fantastic musicians who agreed to lend their sounds for me to pipe to your listening organs:

First Respronger by cyphill
1381 GSS by mykescipark
Your Radiance by metagnathous
Birds by TMCW
The Leaving of Liverpool (cover) by rangefinder 1.4 and billiebee
Puzzle Box by kaibutsu
Like Math by maaik
True Love Will Find You In The End (cover) by blackpebble

The music challenge at the moment is "inspired by something you saw on the blue" so get over there if you have creative ideas - as beautifully demonstrated by my lovely assistants, there will always be people happy to collaborate!

title reference

What's your online genealogy?

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 03:46:59 GMT

I stumbled upon this tweet recently:
"what's your online genealogy. mine is: digimon forums moderator -> rpg maker - > somethingawful -> lf -> twitter" ~ @immolations
It got me thinking about the various online communities I've been a part of in my digital life, the different digital phases I've posted, shared, & tweeted my way through. Where does MetaFilter fall into your own digital history? What is your online genealogy?

let's talk about the U.S. politics megathreads

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:13:37 GMT

There's a small discussion at the end of the May 30th U.S. politics thread (starting here) about when the megathreads should be "rolled over" into a new thread. Let's talk about that, and whatever else folks want to talk about with respect to the megathreads.

I don't know if I'll be around when this gets posted, so I'll post my own comment from the megathread here below the fold:
Just leaving this in the now-dead thread (I KILLED IT!): my own feeling is that these politics should "roll over" to a new thread at around 3000 comments instead of letting them limp along for some arbitrary date and event. (Especially when Trump has a habit of blowing up all our best-laid plans by doing something like tweeting "covfefe".)

To do otherwise seems exclusionary to folks who aren't on newish devices with fast internet - I normally am, but I'm traveling this week and FEELING the impact of less-great connections or trying to view this thread on a (new!) mobile device. tbh I'd prefer the boundary at less than 3000 comments but 3K seems to be where everyone has settled.


photographic copyright

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:55:08 GMT

This AskMe question is looking for help in order to do something of dubious legality.

Basic photographic copyright is clear-cut: copyright belongs to the author of the work. Yet comments pointing that out have been deleted. Yes there may be complications WRT employment contracts but until the OP clarifies that they are in fact entitled in some form to these photographs, advising them to just take the media from a shared folder is dodgy at best. I understand the question has other problems and has probably been a PITA for the mods (and I sympathize), but even lowly nanny photographers do have rights to the materials they create. This should be pointed out to the nanny's employer unless we are now okay with letting folks grab stuff that is not necessarily theirs.

I did contact the mods about this question re: it breaking the guidelines.

129: We're Blaming Everything On Pancakes

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 21:32:45 GMT

In this episode of the MetaFilter podcast, Jessamyn and I dig in on a May's-worth of MetaFilter, more or less, and also discuss the upsides and downsides of having pancakes for breakfast and whether me having done so ruined everything. This one runs about 85 minutes.Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadJobs - Global Health E-Learning Specialist at University of Washington Projects - Butter & Syrup: an occasional food newsletter by veggieboy - One Light Portrait Project by nevercalm - Documenting a local tradition's full menu by bowbeacon - Year-Old Candy by maxsparber - backpropagation for literal credit assignment by hleehowon - This Land, This Year by DestinationUnknown - Color Crosshatching the Ralston Way by interrobang MetaFilter - Polyorama by madamjujujive - Forget the toast, let's have a roast! A look back at Friars and roasts by filthy light thief - Red Means Recording by empath - The spaces between the notes by not_on_display - The Tiny House of Your Dream is Actually a Nightmare by mecran01 - Brutalist redesigns by Etrigan - Untitled, 2017 by CheeseDigestsAll - "like a badly behaved uncle at a wedding" by jessamyn - See that ludicrous display last night? by Stark - A new kind of game by specialagentwebb - a comment by jscalzi - Take a Seat at the New Malt Shop by zarq Ask MeFi - Who is the John Muir of New Hampshire's White Mountains? by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The - Help me start woodcarving! by GilloD - I need to lie down for a long while, in a hammock by A Terrible Llama - This kid's song is too creepy, right? by sol - Does talking about suicide really help prevent suicide? by Perodicticus potto - Leaving the house? Put the dog on. by thursdaystoo - What happens to your house when you die if no one knows you've died? by ejs (and the related MeFi post,What happens when someone dies alone by maggiemaggie) - Allergic reaction against blue jeans. by Anonymous - Hairbrush and unflushed toilet: a mix made in hell. by opalshards - When have people in sports stood up for a cause? (lesser known edition) by rileyray3000 MetaFilter Music This episode features the following tracks: - Mouth of the Coldest Seas by ignignokt - First Guess by AppleSeed - Like Math by Maaik - Evil Autoplay by umbú - True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston Cover) by BlackPebble - True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston cover) by cortex MetaTalk - Joy in June by zarq - June Gloom? No! #JuneJourneys! by filthy light thief - The Week You Joined MetaFilter by Fizz [...]

Metatalktail Hour: The Good Life

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 23:38:04 GMT

Good Saturday evening, MetaFilter! This week's metatalktails topic is deeply philosophical: What, to you, is the good life? Of course if you're not feeling philosophical feel free to give us the latest gossip, life updates, amusing people watching, great books, etc., from your recent days; they're conversation starters, not limiters!

The one exclusion is politics, this is a no-politics zone! And if you have ideas for future topics, feel free to send them to me.

Why allow blocking private messages?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:16:49 GMT

For the first time, I just had another user block my private messages after a polite but heated exchange where I guess they just really wanted the last word. I'm not like offended, but I had never noticed the option to block private messages before, and was wondering what the rationale is there. If someone is spamming or harassing another user, that seems like something that could be resolved through the mods. Is this something that has always been there, and do people use it all the time and I'm just out of the loop?