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Best Of The Web #111: Too Late To Play The Accordion

This month on MetaFilter's Best Of The Web podcast, cortex and jessamyn's special guest is each other as they pull a dynamic duo all by their collective lonesomes and talk about everything from MeFites' projects about inclusive sex ed and magic realism twitter bots to posts about maps and questions about navigating people's reactions to changing your appearance.

12/01/15
by cortex

The confection connection

Homemade cookie ornamentsHomemade cookie ornaments by Heart Windows Art (cc by)

Strangers from the internet will bake you cookies and mail them to your home!

The Great Metafilter Cookie Swap 2015

11/17/15
by taz

Out of the Blue #2: On emotional labor

Out of the Blue logoOut of the Blue: Metafilter Stories

Take thirteen minutes and listen to episode 2 of the new short-form MetaFilter podcast, Out of the Blue, with cortex talking to writer Jess Zimmerman about her essay that spawned an enormous and riveting MetaFilter discussion thread.

And in case you missed it, check out episode 1 as well, about the snail that wouldn't die.

You can also subscribe to the podcast (here's an iTunes link, too), and get show-specific updates on twitter by following MeFiOOTB.

09/15/15
by cortex

"and that means more awesomeness"

A helping hand (color version)A helping hand (color version) by Kalexanderson (cc by-nc-nd)

I propose we spend September helping new posters successfully make the leap into the wonderful world of FPPs.

In MetaTalk, julen suggests a cool member collaboration for next month: "Let’s Encourage and Help Folks Make Their First Posts," and asks for input.

08/17/15
by taz

Best of the Web #107: Breakin' the dowels, with ColdChef

Another month, another roundup of interesting site stuff on episode #107 of the monthly Best of the Web MetaFilter podcast.

This month we're delighted to have special guest host and MetaFilter's favorite undertaker GJ ColdChef Charlet on the show to talk about some of the things he liked this month on the site, and about some interesting bits of the funeral home biz.

08/03/15
by cortex

Metafilter's Sweet Sixteen

Yorvit the cat, celebrating Metafilter's birthday in the traditional fashionYorvit the cat, celebrating Metafilter's birthday in the traditional fashion

It's Metafilter's 16th birthday today! Every year we celebrate with a post about scanning cats, in homage to the very first live post on the site, back on July 14th, 1999.

In the ensuing years, the original cat-scan.com site disappeared; in 2011, mathowie bought the domain and turned it into a collection of user memories from the first 12 years of Metafilter.

Feel like digging into the site's yearly celebratory goof-off threads? Here you go: 2000, 2001 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 , 2013, 2014 .

A lot has changed on the internet in 16 years, but Metafilter's been here all along, being one of the best communities on the web. We're thankful to all the members who've been part of that, all the readers who have come along for the ride, and all the wonderful folks out there making the internet a place worth linking to and talking about. Now blow out your candles and make a wish.

07/14/15
by cortex

Podcast #106: I Cleaned Out The Bathroom Closet

In case you missed it, this month's podcast is out, with cortex, jessamyn and mathowie chattering about recent neat stuff on Metafilter, cortex's summer in Huntsville, and how hard it can be to do one little thing when you know you have to do a bunch.

07/11/15
by cortex

State of Metafilter, and funding update

It's been a year since Metafilter was dealing with a massive financial crisis and layoffs, and things are a lot more stable today, thanks in large part to the tremendous generosity of the Metafilter community in helping to fund the site's operation. Here's a round-up of the last year's events, and what's next for the site, as well as some new details on how folks can help the site out financially.

We want to say thank you, again, to all the folks on Metafilter and in the web community at large who care about this site and support its continued presence as a unique, vibrant place on the internet.

06/08/15
by cortex

Podcast #105: Have Fun At Space Camp

Hey, it's episode 105 of the Metafilter Podcast, with cortex, jessamyn, and mathowie chattering about a bunch of site stuff they liked from May 2015, give or take.

06/03/15
by cortex

Podcast #104: I've Got Wheelhouse In The Head Now

It's time for episode 104 of the monthly Metafilter podcast, with cortex, jessamyn, and mathowie talking about stuff they liked from Metafilter, Ask MeFi, and the rest of the site.

We talk about automated photo descriptiosn, that Neko Atsume cat game that everyone is playing lately, actors nailing crazy stunts on the first first try, confronting anger management problems, Metafilter members analyzing Better Call Saul, and a ton of other wonderful stuff posted by mefites in the last month or so. We also feature a couple of great musical covers recorded by Metafilter musicians recently: Sufjan Stevens' Chicago, as done by threeants, and a great Floydian medley of Breathe/Pigs by Devils Rancher and his prog tribute band, The Yes Men.

New to the Metafilter podcast? You can find it on iTunes under "Best of the Web: the MetaFilter Podcast", or subscribe to the rss feed.

05/08/15
by cortex

Dr. Witten, I presume?

Huge congratulations to longtime Metafilter member and sociolinguist iamkimiam for completing her PhD disstertation, which grew from a simple question—just how the hell do you pronounce 'mefi'?—into a 250 page study of community practice and linguistic enregisterment.

04/03/15
by cortex

JulyByWomen Project

kimberly-ellen-hall nottene JULY calendarkimberly-ellen-hall nottene JULY calendar by brella (cc by-nc-sa)

Viggorlijah posts a Metatalk inviting women to participate in a July experiment to increase front page posts by women: "Women post to the front page proportionally less often, and I want to see if we can shift that. By my calculations ... only about 8% (lowballed because women don't identify themselves always on profiles) of FPPs are made by women. This is much lower than the number of self-reported women on Metafilter, and lower than the percentage of women commenting."

07/02/14
by taz

Alice's Restaurant Megapost Flashback

From the archives: three years ago, metafilter member Miko put together an exhaustive post about Thanksgiving classic Alice's Restaurant, which is basically the perfect thing to disappear into if you need to gird yourself for family or ruminate in a postprandial stupor.

11/27/13
by cortex

Notorious MSG?

AjinomotoAjinomoto by stu_wp (cc by-nc)

It is impossible to be allergic to either sodium or glutamic acid. Allergies are an autoimmune disorder where white blood cells attack substances that are generally not supposed to be attacked; if this was the case for either sodium or glutamic acid, the effects would be immediately fatal given the omni-presence of sodium and glutamic acid, their essential roles in the human body, and given how glutamic acid is naturally produced by the human body.

MeFite Conspire helps to dispel some misinformation in an MSG thread with SCIENCE.

08/21/13
by jessamyn

"Lois stops him, telling him that if he's better than human than he needs to start acting the part."

Lois LaneLois Lane image by JD Hancock

robocop is bleeding envisions a Lois Lane centered superhero movie.

They each try to patch things up with Lois, but she tells them each off, pretty much inspiring their methodologies ("You need to think about the little people, Bruce. How many more kids in Gotham became orphans while you were palling around with Luthor?" - "Read this issue of Spider-Man, Superman, and look closely at the Power/Responsibility line."). The dudes take her message to heart and try to act the parts they should. She keeps telling them "nice start, but you need to do X, Y, and Z. And also you two should try to play nice with each other. Go have a meal together and meet me back here in the hotel bar afterwards."

08/13/13
by jessamyn

Highlighting the best bits from the MetaFilter universe

MetaFilter started as a community weblog in 1999, later added question and answers, then music by members, jobs, projects by members, a podcast, and finally an area dedicated to meetups.

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