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Fuckin' duvet covers: how do they work?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:27:39 GMT

This thread on AskMefi is BLOWING MY MIND.

There seem to be two camps:

1) Duvet cover + fitted sheet. (Wash duvet cover regularly?)
2) Duvet cover + flat sheet + fitted sheet. (Wash sheet set regularly. Wash duvet cover less regularly.)

Is this an America vs. Europe thing? Is this a regional thing? Or is this more idiosyncratic, like family habits passed through generations? WHERE DO YOU STAND, MEFITES?

(I'm in camp 2.)

The MeFi Mall is open for 2016

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:32:01 GMT

It's that time of the year again: the MeFi Mall is open for 2016. If you'd like to be listed there, add your shop now.

If you had a shop in the mall last year, re-adding it should still be a one-click step. Just check if you'd like to make any changes and click add.

If this is your first year, welcome! The MeFi Mall is for things that you make and sell online. Please only add your shop if it's stuff that you created: not your friends, family or the company for which you work. We'd like it to be a place where people can buy personal gifts hand-crafted by other MeFites. Thanks and have fun.


Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:10:21 GMT

We're podcastin' through the pain: me and jessamyn chat about MeFi, vent a little about the election, and talk about stuff like dealing with art vs. concrete activism and how people can't agree on which way to face in the goddam shower. This episode covers November 2nd through November 30th and runs about 90 minutes.Helpful LinksPodcast FeedSubscribe with iTunesDirect mp3 downloadMisc - About 123 - Ch!pz: One, Two, Three! - Toni Morrison on moving forward with art - From the MeFi wiki: you WHAT Jobs - Regulatory Analyst - Conservation / Energy Efficiency by nickmark - Web video troubleshooter by kristi - Agent for the Homeless in Chicago by Evilspork Projects - by anotherthink - TogetherList by raihan_ - The Trump Mirror by CarolynG - RIP my menchies by griphus - Blisters, corrugations, creases, cusps, furrows, grooves, undulations, wrinkles... by Mapes - ABCs of Evil brand t-shirts by Jezztek - The Lipstick Ends Of Tomboy Femmes by Annika Cicada - Touch Bar Piano by grahamparks MetaFilter - How To Call Your Reps When You Have Social Anxiety by juliplease - Heee! by leotrotsky - It's the most Desert Bus-iest time of the year! by TrishaLynn - I'm Never Gonna Honk Again by But tomorrow is another day... - Are you a holly-jolly, a semi-purist, a purist, or a liturgical purist? by Cash4Lead - Ladies and Gentlemen, The Indigo Girls!! by Naberius - Do you want a pet tardigrade? They're basically tiny Pokemon. by Sleeper - "It's such a horrible game, though." by Fizz - New England: Complaining about the weather since the beginning by cubby - The uncertain history of Hollandaise: dueling stories of a tasty sauce by filthy light thief - Himmelsscheibe: The Nebra Sky Disc by Eyebrows McGee Ask MeFi - Weird, fun, wonderful, or useful automated phone numbers to call? by Gotanda - Magazine covers that accidentally reference NSFW memes? by Gamera4President - Transgender 101 by sarajane - Holiday/New Year's quotes for holiday cards by skycrashesdown - I want to put some sort of topical message on my family's holiday card! by ORthey - Thinking on creative work in times of real political trouble by ignignokt - Financial Success... for One by driedmango - I sticks m legy out real far by larthegreat - Please recommend some good punk/hardcore Christmas songs. by h00py - Sitcoms where the characters get to progress toward their goals? by capricorn MeFi Music Featured in this episode: - Jar Full Of People by grumpybear69 - Everything Is Fucked (Keep On Going) by cortex - SciFi Series Theme by mdecks - Objective Truth by Saellys - I thought you said 6 seconds! by bfootdav - L-A-U-R-A by erikgrande And don't forget to check out all the November Music Challenge: 60 Seconds and Under #2 entries, from this year and three years back. FanFare - Hey, there was a World Series! MetaTalk - You do what? Again? by French Fry - I didn't even know these were a thing. by Stewriffic - Fizz hits a thousand by the man of twists and turns - MeFites offering refuge for the holidays by filthy light thief - What are YOU doing? by bq - 2016 can't ruin COOKIES baked by the internet! by ausdemfenster - Encrypted communications by odinsdream - Metatalktail Hour! by Eyebrows McGee [...]

Tis the Season

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:59:10 GMT

It's the season of giving, and I'd like to take this opportunity to remind you, my friends, that while you are giving gifts, please consider your favorite web community in your giving.

A modest gift (recurring, if possible) can go a long way towards keeping Metafilter the high-quality community it is by making sure that the site can continue to afford the excellent moderation and general upkeep needed to make sure you get your daily dose of the blue. (Disclaimer - I was not prompted by anyone or anything other than my love for this place and the people here in making this post. My personal contribution is less than a couple of cups of Starbucks coffee a month)

Podcast interview with mathowie on leaving Metafilter

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:22:10 GMT

User number 1 talks about leaving Metafilter on the Community Signal podcast. Includes transcript!

I didn't even know these were a thing.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:59:35 GMT

Have you had an experience reading Ask Metafilter where you learn something about yourself that you didn't realize you needed to know? Just happened to me and it's SO COOL.

Apparently, I have mild dyshidrotic eczema, which I just read about because of this question. I didn't think much of it, because I've always thought they were just little clusters of warts and they didn't really bug me. I couldn't explain why they would suddenly peel off, and when they would go away, any possible desire I had to get someone to look at them would also go away. When I read more about it, my situation is close to exactly what a doctor would look at for a diagnosis. I've got a doctor's appointment already tomorrow, so I'll follow up, but how cool is that?

For whatever reason, it made me happy that this happened. Anyone else experience this on Ask?

Sending good wishes to all MeFites

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:35:00 GMT

Thanksgiving time is upon us in the US and since we all need a hug HUGS! And a reminder that many good folks are offering their homes as a place of refuge.

The offer still stands open for anyone feeling the need for hugs in Wilmington NC. Just hit my memail.

You do what? Again?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:25:00 GMT

Another everyday "how do you do this" AskMe.

There have been many and now there is a new one! Facing away or toward the shower head for the majority of your shower.

I like these, it seems many other people like these. Seems like we could all use something we mostly all like. Enjoy.

2016 Election Prediction Contest results

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:17:26 GMT

Back in January, on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, I set up an election prediction contest for you fine folks, and got 74 ballots in response. Nearly ten months (and ten million comments) later, the results are in: congratulations to Cash4Lead, for his remarkably far-sighted prediction of the winners of Iowa, New Hampshire, Super Tuesday, the nominations, the House majority, and even Clinton's VP pick! A $50 donation to the charity of your choice is yours. Oodles more analysis of the collective wisdom inside

First, the methodology. I started by tallying the number of correct predictions (out of nine) for the Democratic and Republican winners for Iowa, New Hampshire, Super Tuesday, the nomination, and the general election. This produced a three-way tie between octothorpe, Drinky Die, and Cash4Lead, who nailed the first eight contests but all thought Clinton would win the presidency.

The Congress/VP tiebreaker produced another tie: while Drinky Die got the House and Senate right, Cash4Lead got the House and Clinton's VP pick. In my judgment, the much higher difficulty of the VP call (only two MeFites guessed Kaine) and the strength of his detailed analysis (including Clinton losing "a formerly reliable Blue state from the upper Midwest") tips the balance to Cash4Lead.

Congratulations again, and post here or Memail me the charity you'd like your prize to go to!

Some honorable mentions:

  • If you count the razor-thin Iowa result as a mulligan for Sanders, two other MeFites had a perfect slate up until the general election: Automocar and mightygodking.

  • While double block and bleed missed both winners in Iowa, he got the rest of the race right, including Trump's victory and GOP control of both houses.

  • Other pessimists jaded realists who predicted a Trump presidency: FJT (who saw a Sanders vs. Trump race) and Cookiebastard (who saw a consistent Clinton vs. Trump race).

  • Others who foresaw a Clinton vs. Trump contest: 0xFCAF, Rangi, ArbitraryandCapricious, jeather, slmorri, kimberussel, sallybrown, Etrigan, Huffy Puff, Fizz, sebmojo, Pink Moose

Final stats:
For the Democratic nomination — 84% Clinton ... 15% Sanders ... <1>a spreadsheet of the results for your perusal.

I don't know how to use FanFare or Where are all the Gilmore Girls??

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 01:55:11 GMT

Um, I have never used FanFare so i don't know if I'm just not looking right or if there really isn't a group WAITING IMPATIENTLY FOR GILMORE GIRLS YEAR IN THE LIFE!!!! or if it just doesn't work like that at all. I can only find old discussions about specific episodes.

Can someone point me to the relevant post(s) or group? Or do I just start a thread or something? My 15yo daughter and I can't wait. And I can't believe this but IRL I have no friends who are fans. I will need people to squeal with apart from my daughter.

Am posting here in case there are others who want to talk about Year in the Life and/or don't know how FanFare works.

Post about a low-velocity car crash involving dozens of vehicles

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 05:52:49 GMT

A few years back (ten maybe...) I remember seeing a post here (I think) consisting of a gallery of 100 or so images of the wreckage of an accident that happened the night before when one driver crashed into nearly every car along the side of a street in a neighborhood. Scraped up car, dinged up car, mirrors sheared off, after car, after car, after car... Anyone have a link for the post or the gallery for me? I can't find it anymore.

Metatalktail Hour!

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:08:01 GMT

Cocktails? Metatalktails? I don't know, come up with something cleverer. Belly on up to the metatalk bar and let's have some Friday chatter! Let's hear about your work, your family, your pets, let's talk about sports and TV and hilarious things you saw in the street, tell terrible jokes, and blow off some steam and be sociable!

This is a no-politics bar and the bouncers are menacing!

Can't find post about infosec/hacking challenges

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:35:17 GMT

I could have sworn that a few months ago someone posted an FPP to a webpage made by a couple of guys who designed some interesting "real world" infosec/cryptography/hacking exercises meant to expand awareness of internet security, and now I can't find it anywhere.

My brain might be addled, and maybe it was on reddit or something, but what I remember about it:

- It was a website made by (I think) two guys who had previously sent these challenges out through... email? Maybe? Or they were part of a coursework for a class? But they had decided to collect them all on a webpage for people to work through at their leisure.
- It's possible one or both of the guys was an academic, and the website might have been his academic webpage, but I'm not totally sure.
- I think they were specifically meant to be "real world" style challenges that mimicked actual security exploits (maybe specific exploits that were well known in infosec news) in software and on the web.
- The idea was that these challenges had gotten a lot of positive feedback so they wanted to share them more widely.

I know there are plenty of CTF/"hacking for good"/infosec challenges on the web, but none of my keyword searches on MeFi have brought this up, and I also can't find it through googling. Did I make this up? Was it posted here? Does anyone know what the hell I'm talking about?

MeFi in the time of Trump - managing news

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:33:59 GMT

Like many, I was simultaneously hooked and exhausted by the pre-election rolling thread. I was very much looking forward to its demise. It's going to be a long four years. Can we find a way to keep the good and ease the pressure?

Off the bat, I have read the previous Metanews/news.metafilter MetaTalk threads, of which there are a few, of which most previouslyer. Tl;dr - Cortex sez "no pony, cost/benefit fails dsimally", and I utterly get that.

But. Things have changed.

Specifically, I now rely on MetaFilter as a news filter - very sadly, not as the best of the Web but as the most important of news concerning what the hell's going on right now. But the rolling thread is very hard work; it's only usable thanks to the I-don't-know-how-they-do-it attention of team Mod. Eveyone's got a lot to say, and everyone needs the community. But, increasingly, I find myself scrolling down the thread at speed, only stopping when I see the yellow of a link.

Can we find a way to create a news-heavy, discussion-light thread/stream/whatever, a sort of MetaNews, but with a political news focus? My way of doing it would be a curated general submission system with very strong rules on comments - probably something like 'nothing not directly related to the link, and nothing not containing a link of its own that moves the story forward', but I know (as in I did this for a living know) what that would mean in terms of resources. But there are a lot of MeFites who are qualified to help, if they wish, and ways to organise volunteers for such a thing, if there are enough of us and we take this seriously enough. We have journos and editors and the rest of the tribe to create and maintain a strong editorial-policy based news feed, and enough eyeballs to keep it fed. Are there enough to make it work? Would enough want to? I don't know.

This wouldn't mean abandoning the existing threads, but would change them and tease out the news side from the more analytic/personal/comment side. It should cut down on the duped comment links, but clearly there's a lot to think about, practically and culturally.

It's a hell of a megapony ask. More an armoured battlehorse.

The reason I want this is because a clean, focused, archived, searchable political media feed is going to be one of the most important things for the foreseeable future, and I don't have a good one, and I trust the MetaFilter eyeballs more than any other group. We don't do post-truth.

This isn't a nice-to-have, this is a real need, one I think Metafilter is well equipped to meet.

Ask not what Metafilter can do for you, etc. Be the media you want to see.


Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:37:36 GMT

It's mid-November and I don't think there's been a NaNoWriMo post yet this year. How goes the NaNo? What are you writing?

I always enjoy reading about everyone's writing habits and story ideas in these threads, so I thought there should be one this year. I'm not doing NaNoWriMo myself, but I've been writing 500 words a day through November, mostly working on nonfiction and poetry.

Previous NaNoWriMoMeTa posts: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

What are YOU doing?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:34:33 GMT

There have been a flurry of asks and comments addressing political actions members are taking in the wake of the election. This post is a place for members to discuss what actions they are taking and to invite other members to join them when appropriate. Please include specific instructions.

At least three scenes with Homer.

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:08:44 GMT

I am trying to find a post that I could have sworn was posted to AskMetafilter within the last month, but my Googling and frantic searching through threads is not backing me up on that.

I remember someone asking for help remembering/identifying a clip/video about someone trying to learn something and having to dumb it down quite a bit. The first few responses were different links to Homer Simpson clips, one where he is studying marketing, one where Dr. Hibbert explains open heart surgery, and the scene with Mr. Thompson (stamp stamp).

I cannot find this question and it is making me itch. I didn't favourite it like I should have/thought I might have done.

Can you please help?

2016 Secret Quonsar Thank You Thread!

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:57:03 GMT

I can't believe I'm starting this thread. I can't believe that I came home tonight to the most gloriously Metafiltery of Secret Quonsar gifts!

Late 2015 and all of 2016 was a really challenging time for me when a friendship / sort of crush on my part (realized only belatedly) ended suddenly and without any warning at all. It hurt (still hurts). It was the community here that kept me going--I think I reviewed every relationship/breakup Ask Metafilter post since the beginning (thank you, dear MeFites, for sharing your experiences, and helping me to feel less alone).

Today I received a mysterious package from one Quon S. Mas - Internet, with a San Francisco address. On the outside of the box were the instructions:
"Open Immediately (If Not Before)"
"*Inner Packages to be Opened As Recipient Prefers*"
"*Contents Unlikely to Improve With Age*"
"Open Immediately"
and best of all: "Contains Beans Worth Overthinking"

Dear Quon S. Mas: you redeemed not only this day but this entire challenging year! I opened the box to find it full of amazing packages, each one wrapped in a map from San Francisco or Northern California. It felt exotic and exciting and I enjoyed looking at all the names of towns and cities and parks and roads from your home. I was honored to receive a pair of Darn Tough socks (which I had always wanted! Never had them before!). And a book of Johanna Basford Postkarten (yes! The German edition!) lovely line drawings to color. And an Einkaufs-Tache / shopping bag, the kind you can carry with you and when you go to the store, you can say: I have my own bag, thanks! And some Camel's Breath pu-erh tea, something new that I had not heard of before, but that I look forward to drinking. And Rancho Gordo Oregano Indio and Mexican Oregano, and Mixteca Salt ("softens beans / "not a finishing salt")—because, dear MeFites, I now have not one but *four* different kinds of beans to cook! Lovely speckled Christmas Lima, classic Cassoulet, Ayocote Café, *and* (and boy do I need this one) Super Lucky 2017 Black Eyed Peas. I transitioned to a whole foods, plant based diet and I do love me my plates of beans. Thank you, dear Quon S. Mas. Thank you all, dear MeFite community. I will do my best to be there for you as you have been for me.

2016 can't ruin COOKIES baked by the internet!

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:12:02 GMT

Welcome to the 2016 Metafilter Cookie Swap! It's time for another round of cookie adjudication, recipe sharing, and sugar-fueled meetups all over the world! If you'd like to bring a small bit of joy to someone else's life this month, read on. To sign up, please take a few minutes to fill out and submit the google form below by November 25th: Cookie Swap Signup As in past years, I will arrange bakers into swap groups of ~4 and send out group assignments by November 27th. You will then be tasked with sending at least 6 cookies to each of your group's MetaBakers. While this means you are on the hook for a minimum of 18 cookies, you should likely bake extra for other creatures in your home who will make sad eyes at you until you share your cookies with them. To maximize the chances that holiday travel won't ruin everything, the mailing deadline for this year's swap is Monday, December 5th. Let the baking begin!

New Zealand earthquake

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:26:36 GMT

A major earthquake hit the South Island this morning and casualties have been confirmed. Are all the Kiwi Mefites okay?