Metafilter Podcast, Episode 124: "Happy New Year Call-In Show" (2017-01-03)

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Jingle:
(theme song)
cortex:
Well, welcome to the Metafilter monthly podcast, "Best of the Web," episode 124.
cortex:
This is the first episode of 2017, kicking off the new year. It's, what, January 2nd, I think, Monday.
jessamyn:
Yah!
cortex:
I'm Josh Millard, aka cortex
jessamyn:
And this is Jessamyn, aka Jessamyn!
cortex:
And on this episode we'll do a little bit of our normal podcasting, but we're also going to have a whole bunch of audio from You! If you are one of the people who called us. If you didn't call us there will not be any audio from you but if you're part of the general MetaFilter user group
and family and general web-o-sphere- it's still from you, there's a "you-ness" there. I've started off 2017-
jessamyn:
You did not just say that.
cortex:
(laughs) by, uh, being a guru, apparently!
jessamyn:
(laughs) You said "you-ness"!!
cortex:
I did! Yes. The quality of being you, I guess.
jessamyn:
(tiny voice) It sounds weird.
cortex:
Yeah. Uh, how are you doin'? Happy New Year!
jessamyn:
Heh. I have really enjoyed, by the way, listening to... I mean, how many audio files? 75? 80? audio files? Something like that?
cortex:
Yeah, I think 85 total, 84, 85?
jessamyn:
Yeah. Not all for public consumption, some of them are for just us, and thank you, but I *love* listening to people's voices! It's really a thing that I miss- because everybody knows what my voice sounds like, and they all know what your voice sounds like, and we know Matt's voice. And a little bit, kind of, restless_nomad's, and the other mods, maybe, Paul I think- goodnewsfortheinsane has been on music?
But I really like hearing what people sound like. I respond to voices, and so just gettin' to sit and listen to these was really a great way to spend a, you know, good half an hour here.
cortex:
Yeah, it's really kind of wonderful. And I'm super-
jessamyn:
And now we get to share that with everyone else!!
cortex:
Yeah, exactly. I knew we would get some calls if we did this, I didn't know how many, uh, we got a wealth of them, it really was, like, 85, 90 calls all together.
And yeah, just a ton of fun! Hearing people's voices, hearing people talking, being reminded that there's this whole, sort of... I don't know, person-y presence? Attached to the words?
jessamyn:
(giggles)
cortex:
Like, I mean, I've said that before-
jessamyn:
You and your words!
cortex:
I know! I don't know what it is. I've been to a lot of meetups, you have too, obviously we've had plenty of chances to interact with people as, you know, meatspace people besides just the text anyway over the years-
jessamyn:
Yeah.
cortex:
But it is kind of nice to have this. Because, I mean, there's lots of people that I haven't had a chance to, and may never have a chance to, you know, be at a meetup with, but it's still nice to have that little bit of connection, and hear that voice, and, oh yeah, there's this person, this- maybe someone I've talked to on the site, maybe someone who just kind of lurks, but either way, they're all part of this weird big stew that is MetaFilter, and, yeah! It is. It's a lot of fun. It's really nice, it's heartening- you know, the messages really ran the gamut.
Lot of quick "hey, it's me and happy new year everybody," which was great-
jessamyn:
Couple of butts, couple of babies.
cortex:
Couple of butts, several babies, several animal sounds
jessamyn:
Couple rando-
cortex:
(laughs) At least one attempt to get a baby to giggle.
jessamyn:
(laughs) A couple of multiple calls, a couple of poems.
cortex:
Yeah. Some poems, some quotes, uh... and you know, some cheerful stuff, some whistling past the graveyard stuff,
Last year was a hell of a year and a lot of people sort of touched on that. One of the big themes- not everybody had, necessarily, anything specifically positive about last year to mention, or about this year, but there was a lot of "let's hope this year is better" and aside from that, there was a lot of "you know, last year sucked, but MetaFilter was here, and that made it workable for me." And, you know, that's- that's huge! That's a really important and touching and meaningful thing to hear.
jessamyn:
I agree.
cortex:
So yeah. So basically, thanks everybody for calling in, this was a lot of fun. It is inspiration to definitely try and do this thing more often, it's inspiration to try to get mefites on the podcast in more of a guest-y or interview-y context.
jessamyn:
Well, and more mefites more often? I mean, I think people enjoy our interviews, and I know I really do, but it is really kind of a deep dive into one user, and you know, sometimes hearing from 10 or 20 or 30 users is really more
of a way to connect the users to the users. Is my feeling.
cortex:
Yeah. I think both our- Both have some definite good stuff going for it. And I think we'll try and do both, and sort of get the mix mixed up a little bit again.
jessamyn:
Cool.
cortex:
Call it, dare we say, a resolution.
jessamyn:
I won't.
cortex:
Ok. (laughs)
jessamyn:
Do you have resolutions this year, speaking of?
cortex:
You know...
jessamyn:
Because I did not call them- because I knew I would talk to you.
cortex:
(laughs) I don't, really? I have-
cortex:
I always end up with some loose guidelines. And I try not to call them resolutions so they don't-
jessamyn:
Sure.
cortex:
-suffer under the stricture of failure to accomplish them, and then feeling bad about it?
jessamyn:
Well, I don't want to put you on the spot, then, if saying it is going to break it.
cortex:
No, no, it's not like that. I'm definitely going to try and blog more, like *on my blog*, which, I feel like that's kind of the internet version of "I'm going to try to go to the gym," but it's true.
jessamyn:
Well, I'm going to try to go to the gym, so we can check back in next month! Did you blog? Uh... Did you gym? Uh...
cortex:
Yeah! Exactly. We can keep each other accountable a bit. I don't know, I miss having a sense of cohesion to where my stuff is. I really enjoy sharing stuff on Twitter, and it's great to be able to do something, take a picture, stick it up on Twitter and have a little bit of feedback there, immediately. But I was looking over my year this year, and if I go through my Twitter, I posted a *bunch* of stuff on Twitter. And a lot of people enjoyed it and I'm glad that they did, but if you look at my blog I did, like, two things this year.
And, like, what happened to my year?
jessamyn:
Heh!
cortex:
All the stuff I did, it's not in the one place you would think that I would catalog it. So I want to get back to not pretending that life is actually self-documenting via social media, and actually do a little bit more of, you know, keeping track of what I'm doing. And writing in one place, and sort of collecting my work and stuff like that. So that's a goal.
jessamyn:
Well, you can pull your tweets in and do stuff like that, also. I mean, that's one of the things that I do.
cortex:
Oh sure, yeah.
jessamyn:
So that my kind of "worky blog" pulls in my booklist and my tweets, and then I do kind of an end of the year wrap-up, because there's nothing else ever going on this week. Well, last week I guess.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
But yeah. Figuring out ways, I think I did that a couple years ago. Like, figuring out ways to make my online person more cohesive with my real life person.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
Tricky!
cortex:
Yeah, something like that. We'll see how it goes.
jessamyn:
Cool!
cortex:
Do you have any things that are non-binding general thoughts, besides the gym, that you might try and do more of?
jessamyn:
Oh, I make RESOLUTIONS.
cortex:
Yeah?
jessamyn:
Like, I'm like, ok, I flossed every day last year, which was a big deal, because my previous flossing record was like three days, I think I've probably mentioned this in every podcast-
cortex:
(laughs)
jessamyn:
-because I'm obsessed with it. This year, I'm making it to flossing *and brushing*, very exciting.
cortex:
Oooh, steppin' it up.
jessamyn:
The meditation thing I did last year, I'm keeping it up, and so last year, the meditation thing was the big deal.
jessamyn:
And my mantra for the year was "Let this day be good." Which is kind of this mantra about... just frickin' relax, and allow things to go ok if you don't keep trying to grab the wheel and make it do something that doesn't help.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
And so this year? I'm focusing more on sort of being a good companion? I mean, like, being a good neighbor is kind of the short form.
So, like, being a good member of my real-life community? I feel like I'm doin' really good at being a good member of my online communities, you know, like friends with facebook, friends on twitter, friends on email, I'm good with email, I'm good with interacting with people. And I feel like I should bring some of that effort- which to be fair, is easier online-
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
-to my real world. Which, I'm pretty good with the real world, but I want to do better. You know?
So, getting over myself a little bit more. And like, stopping by to visit people more than I do, because I'm all wrapped up in weird social "I don't know if I want to stop by! What if it's a bad time!" like, that kind of stuff. And so trying to break down that wall a little bit. Be a good neighbor, be a good friend, be a good partner, be a good family member. That's my- that's this year's mantra. In addition to, just. fucking. flossing.
cortex:
(laughs) It's a good combo!
jessamyn:
And getting to the gym is just a thing I do normally, and I have kind of a goal I try to hit, which is going three days a week, and I did that half of last year?
Like, 50% of the weeks. So, just, better. (laughs) Better than that.
cortex:
Nice. I think that's a solid plan.
jessamyn:
Yeah! Yeah, I think so. And I do pretty good with this stuff. Like, I'm not one of those "Rrr, I'm gonna lose 20 pounds" and be like "Oh, I didn't lose 20 pounds. Well, I'll do- I'll lose 20 pounds. Ohh, I didn't lose 20 pounds." Like, I just- I do it like it's my job, so, it will happen.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
Though, I could use a job, too, so we'll see how that goes.
cortex:
(laughs)
cortex:
That's [??]
jessamyn:
(laughs) "As if it were my job."
cortex:
Yes. I think there may be a few people in that position, so. (laughs)
jessamyn:
Yeah, exactly.
cortex:
Uhhh... Oh, I'm trying to- I'm trying to remember- I'm looking at a post and trying to remember if I mentioned it last year. Or- (laughs) last year! Well, yeah, last year! In the last thing!
jessamyn:
We did the podcast on the 20th, right?
cortex:
Yeah, uh? 30th.
jessamyn:
Sorry, sorry. You know, a letter that starts with a- number ends with-
cortex:
One of the zeros.
jessamyn:
Yeah, ends with a zero.
cortex:
One of the zerozies.
jessamyn:
WHOOooo.
cortex:
I'm just going to peek at the old podcast post. Let's say this: tell me everything you know about the number 124 real quick.
jessamyn:
What! I told you I wasn't going to do that!
cortex:
No, no, I-
jessamyn:
I closed that tab!
cortex:
We discussed-
jessamyn:
JOSH!!
cortex:
Well, I know, but then you said there was nothing! So we were going to do it as a bit! And you were going to say there was *nothing*! And we would move on. So...
jessamyn:
Oh, SHIT.
cortex:
So let's take it from the top.
jessamyn:
Oh, you want to set that up again?
cortex:
Yeah, let's- I'll edit all of this out-
jessamyn:
HA HA HA!
cortex:
-this will TOTALLY not just stay in the podcast, that's not what's going to happen, I will edit it and this will look super smooth.
jessamyn:
(wheezing laughter)
cortex:
Hey Jessamyn, tell me everything you know about, uh, episode 1- or, number 124, what's 124?
jessamyn:
You know... Nothing!!
cortex:
Ok!
jessamyn:
Like-
cortex:
Oh, ok!
jessamyn:
(laughs)
cortex:
(laughs)
jessamyn:
All these numbers!
cortex:
There we go! And with all that editing I did, that all just sounded *amazing*. (laughs)
jessamyn:
We're hitting the end of fun number stuff.
cortex:
Yeah, maybe- I'm gonna say, from now on coming up with something interesting about the number is the job of the listeners.
jessamyn:
Ok.
cortex:
And if that happens, great.
jessamyn:
Because they just start repeating themselves, right?
cortex:
- and if that happens, great.
jessamyn:
They just start repeating themselves, right? "Oh, it's a non-totient, it's an untouchable number, it's a rep-digit in base 5," like, (gagging noise).
cortex:
Yes, it's reaching.
jessamyn:
It will be left as an exercise to the listener.
cortex:
All right.
wordshore:
Good evening! I am Wordshore, and I am from the internet. Also, England. Something I am looking forward to in 2017 is the total eclipse, which will traverse the western colonies - I mean the United States of America, on I think it's August 21st.
My traditional plan is to attend the tail end of the marvelous Iowa State Fair, where splendid local cuisine, usually deep-fried and on the end of a stick, will be consumed with much gusto! And no doubt some tom-foolery. Right after this, and consulting the weather forecast, I will head either West to Nebraska or South to Kansas for a few hundred miles. And then watch the splendid solar eclipse. Oh, there's a thought. Maybe everybody should check out the path of the eclipse
and have one or more mefite meetups along the route. Anyway! One hopes to meet a MetaFilter mefite or two, either during this astronomical event, or some other time during 2017. Finest wishes of the season to you all. (phone hangup noise)
issac:
(Eyebrows McGee's young son) Hi, I'm Issac. Do you cele-bre-tate Christmas? Or Hanukkah?
frenetic:
Hey, this is frenetic, aka Brad Sucks. Happy New Year, MetaFilter,
Thanks for still being around. Love you guys!
eamondaly:
Hi, this is mefite eamondaly, calling in to thank the Chicago Cabal for being a shining beacon of hope in an otherwise terrible year. I love you all and hopefully I'll continue to see you first Wednesday this month and every other until the cold, dark, end of time.
By the way, there is no Chicago Cabal. So you can erase this message.
hippybear:
Hel-LO??
johnny-wallflower:
Greetings from Johnny Wallflower. 2016 has been interesting, to say the least, but one good thing is the Wallflower clan is going to be able to spend a substantial portion of the winter in Puerto Vallarta. So happy new years everybody, and Jessamyn and Ivan Fyodorovich, look for your postcards. Bye.
infinitewindow:
Hi, this is infinitewindow, and, uh, looking forward 2017 with MetaFilter, and hoping that all of your answers are best answers.
rabbitrabbit:
Heyy. It's rabbitrabbit, and I'm sending lots of love to all you smart nice people at MetaFilter, and hoping that 2016 is not the last good year, and that 2017 is better than 2016. Ok. Bye.
wordshore:
Oh yes. One final thing, it is pronounced "al-u-mini-um"(British pronunciation of aluminum), not "ah-LOO-minumm"(American pronunciation of aluminium), but "al-u-mini-um" (British pronunciation). Toodle-pip.
phunniemee:
Hey folks, it's phunniemee. I just really want you guys to know that I pronounce it "mee fee". That's right. I'm not even sorry! Happy 2017!
jazon:
Heyyy, Happy New Year, MetaFilter! It's jazon from Colorado, and as I spin onward to certain doom, it's certainly nice to have a place for civil discussion, commentary, and the occasional plate of beans. I hope your 2017 not turn out to be as bad as we're worrying about. See y'all later!
emelenjr:
Hey MetaFilter, what's up? It's emelenjr calling from Richmond, Virginia. Just wanted to say Happy New Year. Don't go changin'!
agatha_magatha:
Hi! This is agatha_magatha. And I just wanted to say I'm tremendously grateful, almost every day, for MetaFilter. And for helping me process this last year, MetaFilter was key. So thank you, fellow mefites, yes, "my fites", that's what I say in my head,
the voices in my head say to say "my fites". Have a great 2017. It's gotta be better.
cortex:
Let's talk about projects. Let's talk- there are a few projects? You like some projects?
jessamyn:
Yeah, it's super fun! Well, at least I thought so. Especially, favorite, maybe? which was just weird and small and- let me find your, uh, window?
cortex:
My texty window? Yeah. Yeah, we didn't do that ahead of time, 'cause, yeah.
Podcasting.
jessamyn:
Here. -Yeah, I know, right?
cortex:
(laughs)
jessamyn:
Well, and it should be fair, like, usually we do this earlier in the day.
cortex:
Yeah, we're doing an evening podcast.
jessamyn:
Well, it's evening for me, and it's early evening for you. So. Projects that I liked, including the 1958 Rambler Super Station Wagon Rebuild by hilaryjade-
cortex:
Yeaaah!
jessamyn:
Who's got a brother who's putting together this car,
and hilaryjade is helping. And one of the ways helping is putting up the pictures. Basically they took the body and put it on the chassis of an '86 Oldsmobile, and worked on it from there. So if you're somebody who's really into that kind of Jalopnik type "how the heck does this stuff work" you will enjoy this because it is cool.
cortex:
Yeah. That was very cool. And it's funny, because I'm not a car person, but it's neat!
cortex:
I feel about it the way I feel about bondcliff's "I made a guitar" thing, you know, it's just cool-
jessamyn:
bondcliff has a twitter feed now, completely for the guitar stuff that he does now.
cortex:
Oh yeah? Nice!
jessamyn:
In fact, why isn't that on projects? bondcliff!!
cortex:
What're you thinkin', man? (laughs) That should be our new thing, let's just upbraid people on the podcast.
jessamyn:
Mnnuueehh!
cortex:
They'll respond to that. Uh... I wanted to mention Hocus Growcus, which is a video game
recently released by brecc! b-r-e-c-c, a MetaFilter and MefightClub person. I'm always happy when I see folks putting stuff out, so there you go! Hocus Growcus.
jessamyn:
Hocus Growcus, you're in focus. I just went to look up bondcliff on twitter and it's super confusing. I feel like I mentioned this project before, but I don't actually think I have. This is a local-to-me, I mean, not me, me in Massachusetts-
pxe2000, she plays the ukulele, she got a public performance licence, her goal is to play all 63 of the MBTA, like, the subway stations that have performer areas, between now and the 28th of May.
cortex:
That is awesome.
jessamyn:
And she's donating her tips to Toys Across America, an organization that gets toys into the hands of children with autism. It's super fun, it's very cool, she has videos, and she's also working with people who are local, so if you're local in the kind of Boston area, and want to go do it,
with her one day, you should. She tried to get Jim to do it, I know, one time, and I don't think she managed it, but it's a, and she's got a put-
cortex:
(laughs)
jessamyn:
-well, you know... And she's got a great Tumblr blog about it. Really talking about what it's like to play at the subway, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It's very very cool.
cortex:
Yeah, I wonder if that- that might have come up in conversation on the site, prior to that.
jessamyn:
I feel like I've mentioned it before-
cortex:
'cause yeah, rings a bell.
jessamyn:
She may have put up a song or something?
cortex:
Ohh, you know, that could be.
jessamyn:
But this podcast definitely just came up. So. Yes.
cortex:
Yeah. So that's awesome. I want to mention this one- partly just 'cause it's complicated.
jessamyn:
YES!!!
cortex:
Uh, ph00dz-
jessamyn:
P-h-o-o-d-s. D-z.
cortex:
-made a site called "heart heart heart .ws". Now those are heart emojis,
jessamyn:
Black heart!
cortex:
and the thing is (laughing)
jessamyn:
(laughs)
cortex:
I had to email back and forth a little bit to figure out whether there was something that I could do on my end to make it work,
and I think what we determined is that in the database schema of Projects, specifically,
jessamyn:
I was going to ask about that.
cortex:
-that those particular fields maybe just aren't UTF-8? Or whatever it is, I don't really...
jessamyn:
Because when I look at it, on the website it's xn--qeiaa.ws, not heart heart heart.
cortex:
Yeah. Which I think is the safe ASCII translation?
jessamyn:
Yes.
cortex:
And it's-
jessamyn:
Because there is an ASCII underlying all of the emoji characters.
cortex:
Yeah. And the thing is, emoji works on the *site* in plenty of spots. I don't know that we necessarily planned for that so much as pb just sorta like un-fucked things when it came up. And like, you can see ph00dz has a comment right in the first comment in the post that correctly-
jessamyn:
Yeah!
cortex:
-has the actual emoji. But something about that title field in Projects. So we'll have to look at it at some point. It's *possible* that that's actually a design decision pb made at some point because in that one spot it was a BAD idea to allow arbitrary-
But I don't know. I don't know what's the deal, so I found it fascinating as a problem that's like, you know what? I can't figure out what's wrong here and we're just gonna hack around it for now. So that's on my to-do list for 2017, is figuring out... for you know, the next time somebody posts an emoji URL project! (laughs) But I thought that whole thing was interesting.
jessamyn:
Yeah! Well, and it- the whole *idea* of "well, I can't see this emoji", "well, I can"- I mean, the whole idea of what's going on when-
-you try to load an emoji is fascinating! Super fascinating. Like, you know, it will display- I mean, I can get the new emojis for instance, to display on twitter, but not in my browser.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
They show up on my phone, but not- yeah.
cortex:
Yeah, this whole, weird-
jessamyn:
I mean, let's see. Does it show up in Skype? Do you see an owl, or a box with a question mark in it?
cortex:
I see a box with a line through a circle in it!
jessamyn:
Oh, see, I see a box with a question mark.
cortex:
Yeah, it's like- not only do you have inconsistent support for emoji, you have inconsistent sigils signalling the failure to be able to display and it's, yeah. Yep.
jessamyn:
Yeah! And so, this guy did this as a hackathon project, and, yeah, he's a GoDaddy web developer apparently. And this is like his cool project.
cortex:
Yeah. It's pretty rad.
jessamyn:
It's awesome. Yeah. I love it. And, of course, the holiday season would not be complete without-
MORE JINGLE ROCK BELL.
cortex:
(laughs) We both had this in our tab!
jessamyn:
(laughs)
cortex:
Yes, a music video of-
jessamyn:
Pink Stainless Tail's Jingle Rock Bell. Even if you think you hate the holidays, do yourself a favor and listen to this damn thing. And, now you can listen to it and watch this goofy video.
cortex:
With an amazing... very complicated visual aid process. Visualizing this music.
jessamyn:
Yes.
cortex:
(laughs) This music song!
jessamyn:
Heh heh heh!
cortex:
It's not like a music video, it's like the audio version of a music video!
jessamyn:
I clicked on this link when I was at home over the holiday season with my sister, and, you know, I'm like sittin' at the computer, she's doin' whatever, and she's like, "Are you listening to that fucking Jingle Rock Bell thing again?!!" I'm like, "AgaIN? I haven't listened to it once in the last 363 days! Get off my butt!" But, you know. It's, it's- (laughs) it's got a lasting effect on people.
cortex:
Yep, it's potent.
fizz:
Heyy, it's Fizz. Calling way up from Canada. I guess I just wanted to say hello to everybody, I'm very happy that I've been a part of MetaFilter for so many years. Hopefully you guys are enjoying the posts and comments as much as I enjoy yours, and the one thing I'm looking forward to this year is travelling more. I just got a new job and finally have benefits for the very first time, and actually having vacation is something I'm looking forward to, so-
Happy New Year's to everyone, and all the best. You guys that do all the work behind the scenes- thank you. You make the place a very enjoyable place. Take care! Bye.
carsonb:
Hey, this is mefite carson... the b is silent, I guess you're reading it as "carsonb". Anyway... people in my office are looking at me funny. Um, I'm just leaving a message to remind everyone that there
is never, ever, going to be a mefi swap again. Physical media has permanently downswung, CD ROMs, CDRs, CD-rewrites no longer even exist, nobody has anything to play them on, who would want to do that anyway. So, it's kaput. Forever. I hope you LIKE that.
duffell:
Helloo! This is duffel-
catastrophewaitress:
And CatastropheWaitress-
duffell:
Yes! We are mefites and we are married and we had a baby this year- hello?
She's not talking yet-
baby_mabel:
Gaa!
duffell:
Oh! Hi! -Yes, she's 8 months old and she's adorable, and she is our little MetaFilter baby. And that's a great thing that happened for us this year. Hi baby! Hello!
baby_mabel:
(baby noises) Gaa, aha!
duffell:
Yeah. That's Mabel!
lobstermitten:
Ok I want you to say, really loud, can you tell me what Chewbacca says?
nephews:
WAAWRWWH!
CHEWBACCA!
lobstermitten:
And what do people say *about* Chewbacca?
nephews:
WHAT A WOOKIEE!
newphews:
CHEWBACCA!
lobstermitten:
This is LobsterMitten, and that was, um, that last one with the Chewbaccas, that's my nephews. Because they're pretty great.
valentinepig:
This is valentinepig, I'm mostly a lurker, sometimes a commenter, saying that MetaFilter really did help me deal with all of the happenings
in two thousand sixteen, comma... especially the election thread. Excuse me, I can't believe I just said "comma", I use dictation software at work, so that is an artifact of that. Either way, keep up the great work, Josh, I appreciate you, and hopefully we'll have a chance to get together this year. Bye bye.
not_on_display:
So this is not_on_display, something good that-
-nestled in this bullshit year, was that the Cubs won the World Series! Hey hey! My 2017 New Years Resolution, which is not my sort of thing, but I figure I like doing it, is I'm going to try to comment on every single piece of music that's posted to MetaFilter Music in 2017. Wish me luck. Goodbye.
jinjo:
Hi! It's jinjo, and I do have some good news to share- I was in the middle of a stretch of unemployment that was starting to get kind of long, and it was freaking me out, but just yesterday I finally landed the Best Paying Job Of My Life. And it's a huge relief, and I'm excited to start! On Tuesday. And, life is just... looking up, all of a sudden, I don't know. I guess that's it.
There's other good things happening, but, um- short messages, short messages. Alright! Bye!
not_on_display:
not_on_display again, also, say hi to Jessamyn for me while she's on the podcast. Thanks a lot, bye.
h00py:
Hello! This is h00py, with two zeroes. Just ringing to say that 2016 has been pretty bloody awful, what with the deaths of lots of my heroes, not the least of which being my dad, at the end of October.
I still have hope. I will always have hope. And let's hope 2017 gets better. Happy New Year, everyone. Bye!
bookmammal:
Hey there, this is bookmammal. I've been a MetaFilter member since 2009, and I'm... I'm certainly not a prolific poster or commenter, but I do participate. And I read the blue, the green, and the gray every day. Although MetaFilter has been part of my everyday-
-internet wandering routine, I've come to realize that I never truly realized how much I'd learned to depend on MetaFilter as a community until after the election last month. I just really can't express how much it has meant to me to know that there's a whole group of folks out there, none of whom I've ever met in real life,
or talked to voice to voice, but, folks who truly felt the same way that I did after the election, and who together really created a sanctuary for people like me- like all of us, who are just trying to process everything, and... trying to figure out how to be ok. And I know without a doubt that this MetaFilter community and sanctuary
has helped keep me emotionally and mentally and spiritually healthy in the aftermath of the election. You all have also helped me figure out the concrete steps that I've started taking to help myself and others be ok and make it through the next four years. So, cortex, thanks for giving us all the chance to sort of speak our piece on this, and-
-thanks to everybody, the whole MetaFilter community, including the mods, of course, for being there for all of us. And I'm looking forward to spending another year with all of you. So, Happy New Year, MetaFilter! On to 2017. For better, for worse, we'll get through it. Happy New Year everybody.
wheelieman:
Greetings, cortex and jessamyn. This is wheelieman-
-also known as Aaron. Hope you all have a happy end of Dumpster Fire. So. I know I sound like a robot here. That's because I am not verbal- Jessamyn has met me before so she can vouch for THP. Anyway. Keep the great work, and a Happy New Tears to you.
samizdata:
Hey y'all, this'd be the infamous and much-mispronounced-
-Samiz-dah-ta. Or Samiz-day-ta, depending on how you roll. 'Course, I'm a mee-fye, some people pronounce it other ways. Just wanted to say howdy, Mefites, uh... it's definitely been a year, of some sort. But I was really pleased once again to hang out with all y'all, and I look forward to another year of good cheer and good humor, and-
-uh... well yeah! There you go. And just on behalf of cortex: butt butt butt butt butt butt butt. Alrighty, y'all have a better one! Bye.
h00py:
Oh hey, it's h00py again, I just remembered a song that's been rattling around in my brain. And that one is by the inimitable Smiths. And it goes:
(singing) It's so easy to laugh, it's so easy to hate
It takes strength to be gentle and kind
Over, over, over, over, over
Over, over
It's so easy to laugh, it's so easy to hate
It takes guts to be gentle and kind
Over, it's over
It's over...
(speaking) 2016 is *almost* over. Let's hope 2017 is slightly better. Let's just hope. Bye!
cortex:
Let's take a look at MetaFilter! What'd you like on MetaFilter?
jessamyn:
What about Jobs?!
cortex:
Oh, uh... there are probably jobs. We're going for a short podcast, Jobs is going to have to look out for its self this time.
jessamyn:
But- there's a library job! And a-
cortex:
OKAY, Talk about the job...
jessamyn:
-mathematics friend for my dad! No, I've already closed the tabs.
cortex:
...ok. Well, go look at Jobs! There's a library thing, and a thing!
jessamyn:
There is a library job there. And a "math pal for my dad".
cortex:
(silence)
jessamyn:
(silence)
Ok. Things I liked, in MetaFilter.
cortex:
(laughs)
jessamyn:
Many of them were various kinds of local. So that includes: the, I liked it, but a lot of people were grumpy about it, "Weather forecasts, uncensored" post by beagle, 'cause it's got this hillbilly weatherman who's basically a guy who's dressed up as a rural New Hampshire guy, talking about the weather, in his New Hampshire accent?
cortex:
Ok.
jessamyn:
And of course the thread turns into *exactly* what you would think, which is a whole bunch of people being, like, "WHAT!!! That's not a New Hampshire accent!
BLAAH BLAHH BLAHH BLAAH.
cortex:
(laughs)
jessamyn:
But then it also had a bunch of people- not a bunch, a couple. From Massachusetts and New Hampshire who were like "THIS is the real local," you know, weird ridiculous-
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
-weather person that *we* have. And so there was a bunch of fun links in there.
cortex:
A wacky weather person off?
jessamyn:
Yeah.
cortex:
Nice. Um, I really loved... well, I really loved this thing. This is a post by BiggerJ- it's a roundup of a series of Star Wars edits by a comedy group called the Auralnauts. And it's just aggressively short, goofy, alternate narrative takes on the Star Wars films using the original footage and aggressive editing and redubbing the dialogue, and every episode has a lightsaber dance party in it-
jessamyn:
HA HA HA!! How- how long are they?
cortex:
Uh- varying? The first one is probably all of 15 minutes,
I think the longest one is maybe like 40?
jessamyn:
Okay.
cortex:
They get a little more expansive once they get into the original trilogy, 'cause they've built up a lot of narrative to work with, I think. But it's just very funny- if you like, you know, bad lip reading and goofy dubbing, and subverting the dominant narrative themes of Star Wars-
jessamyn:
I *hate* all those things!
cortex:
Well, then you should not!
jessamyn:
(laughs)
cortex:
But other people. Other people I think would enjoy it. I thought it was very good.
jessamyn:
Maybe not for me. But it does sound like a good time for those people who it would be a good time.
cortex:
Yes. Yes. Exactly. So for those people: go enjoy it!
jessamyn:
So, my next hyperlocal thing I liked was DC Public Library, in Washington DC, has this big scanning center with a whole bunch of technology that's both open to the public and they use for digitization projects, and they did a thing which digitized issues from the first decade of the LGBT newspaper The Washington Blade,
which would be from like 1969 to the early '70s. And now they're available online! And so this was like, a gay newspaper back when gay culture was a very different thing than it is now, and so it's fun to not only just kind of look at that, but also have people who were gay in that era, or kind of shortly after that era, talking about, like, pointing out highlights of this. Like, oh, you know, there's a whole bunch of people who are like writing down the licence plate numbers of
potential cop cars that may be outside the gay bar, and, you know, that's just sort of part of what would be in a gay newspaper in the early '70s. So, just really interesting, really cool thing the DC Public Library did, it was one of those, like, 31 favorites, 7 comments, and I just wanted to point it out. Oh, by waninggibbon. Which is also a username I think is great.
cortex:
Yes. That is a solid name.
jessamyn:
Yes.
cortex:
You got your- yeah. It's complicated.
It's got layers, is what I like about it. Um... (laughs) I will mention real quick a musical toy that got posted by Foci for Analysis- it's a musical chord progression arpeggiator.
jessamyn:
Is arpeggiator a real word?
cortex:
It is!
jessamyn:
Ok...
cortex:
An arpeggio is like bah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah. When you've got sorta like moving up and down a scale.
jessamyn:
Ok.
cortex:
And an arpeggiator is something that does that. And synthesizers often would have an arpeggiator function so that you could hold down a chord
and instead of just playing the chord, it would arpeggiate over it at whatever tempo you had set up. And also, at whatever pattern- it doesn't necessarily have to be just stepping up and stepping down one note at a time, it could be like buh-dum-em-deep, you know, sort of jumping around. So this lets you set out a sequence of chords, and then pick one of any of a whole bunch of possible arpeggiation patterns, so like the order in which you play the notes.
jessamyn:
WOW!
cortex:
That's what it does! You know. Nothing else to say, it's just a fun musical toy to play with; go play with it.
jessamyn:
WWHAAAHHH!
cortex:
... Not right now, though. I mean.
jessamyn:
I just did! Can you hear that through your...?
cortex:
I can't.
jessamyn:
Too bad.
cortex:
This is *bad* radio. (laughs)
jessamyn:
Wow! That's great though, I love that! Did Jim post in this? Yeah, one of Jim's- well, I don't know if you'll play it- but one of his resolutions is to listen to and comment in all the music threads-
cortex:
Oh yeah, yeah!
jessamyn:
And this kind of stuff is like crack for him. He loves this stuff.
cortex:
Yup.