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what is the significance of specifying "Google employee" in the FPP description? I only mentioned it as opposed to say, an actual astronomer or physicist or something. It was a great story, and I was wondering if the scientists… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

[The question of whether or not it's normal/strange/endearing to seeing an older man/younger woman couple in a relationship seems like a side-derail to the subject of the post, the Syriza movement in Greece] [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Oh cool. I was just looking at Google Shopping and it's tough to find the exact same paint for barns in red and white, but it looks like maybe white costs about 20% more ($78 for 5 gallons of red vs. $97 for white) but I also wonder if it's just… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Thanks! Huh, I hadn't heard of it anywhere yet today and was surprised to hear it was today. I used to hear this mentioned all over Twitter and Facebook in the past. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

It's funny that just in the last couple weeks there's been a bunch out of the blue. I'm fine with them personally, Firefox and Safari support it natively, Chrome gets it in the next release which is any day now. 💩🚴💯🐸 [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

do you mean that mods are going to be making more subjective calls about which MeTas are posted, going forward? Nope, it's about identifying problematic framing and language (threads that will incite a flame war, etc) and asking authors… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Oh keep in mind the email thing is only on MetaTalk, which doesn't have automatic posting. We've had a couple instances where we emailed people after requesting a rewrite only to hear a week or two later that they never heard from us and were… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Yeah, on the comment by aryma, it was discussed behind the scenes but was happening while a couple other heated threads were going with similar exchanges as well as off-site drama being brought back to the site and vice versa all while we were… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Totally random, but I can't believe I instantly recognized the lead singer of Everclear showing up as a tattoo artist in a scene for 30 seconds. I haven't thought about that band in years, and for some reason I just knew, hey that's Art from… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

That was a classic Archer writers' joke. I just knew I'd have to consult Wikipedia to get that joke, since I'd never heard the name before:Charles Fredric Andrus, a horticulturist at the USDA Vegetable Breeding Laboratory in Charleston, South… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

My point is that he had no reason to think there would be a large outpouring of protest. People have objected to the name for a decade. The shipping company should change the name already. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

This sounds like a colossal blunder, but it sounds like they've been fighting the company that built the ship for 10 years about the name. I happen to be reading a book on container ships and shipping right now, and seafarers are incredibly… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

That was really sweet and reminded me of the two cats I had from kittens for the same length of time. There's also something deep about working from home and bonding with your pets since you see each other for nearly 24hrs/day for weeks on end… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago


I've always heard about minitel machines and remembered the day they were decommissioned a few years back. I had no idea the system charged by the minute though, that seems kind of insane and costly. I like the YYN segment because it reminded me… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

McMinnville, Oregon is about an hour north of Corvallis, and recently won 2nd place in Parade Magazine's Best Main Street In America contest. It's got a great downtown, amazing food, small college, a nice little bookstore, and a real Dale… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

This bread is crazy but always reminds me of hitting the japanese grocery store and seeing Pocky sold as "womens" and "mens" pocky, which has always boggled my mind (I think it's darker chocolate for dudes?). [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Keeping in mind that no solution is going to be perfect, if deletions become impossible, is this a fixable problem? Is there a tool in the mods' armamentarium that would help? A less aggressive response perhaps? Or do you think that's futile?… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Having traveled around, I'd say it's mostly a SF Bay Area and Los Angeles Area thing to not use turn signals regularly. However, I wouldn't even say it's the majority of time people don't do it, but they skip using them enough that I notice (maybe… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Movie: Pontypool
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FanFare post - 7 months ago

[it's probably best to drop the trans* derail at this point] [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I had no idea they put so much thought into their tweets. Reading this, I was surprised at how they kept coming back to their philosophies on journalism or photo credits or other high level things that influenced small changes on their tweets. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

jayder, I think this post was worded a bit strongly, but the poster has made it clear it's ok to have an open discussion about this, that there are no calls to delete or change policy here, we're just chatting about it. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

I was surprised at how little the story of Vanport got in the big narrative (granted, there was already so much for the author to cover for 200 years of history). It's a great article covering information that goes way back to stuff I've… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Movie: The Wedding Ringer
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FanFare post - 7 months ago

The only (extremely rare) breakage I've ever encountered in almost 20 years of using condoms was lube-related. A bit more lube and nothing broke again. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

For the first time in my life, I test drove a VW GTI yesterday. I've always loved the look of them and heard raves about their performance. I was test driving a bunch of economical hondas too, but what struck me about driving an all-the-options GTI… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Just to sum some things up (sorry to derail this further), but I was working that thread for 16hrs yesterday, and there were a lot of deletions in order to keep it from being about people dumping on shanley. She showed up, it got flagged to high… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Why wasn't it deleted as threadshitting? I think the first line of the comment is jokey and I'm not a fan of ironic humor that can cloud an otherwise good point, but the rest of the comment is a legitimate frustration one can feel after… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Thanks for posting the story from her son a fiendish thingy, that's a really touching story and it's wonderful to hear MeFi was a way for her to stay connected to the world when her mobility was diminished. For Anitanola: . [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Song name haiku
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MeFi post - 7 months ago


I do want to reiterate I'm sorry about flubbing this process in the beginning. There's definitely a huge obvious difference between I/P threads and anti-semetic stories coming out of Western Europe and I was conflating the two and being lazy about a… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Last summer the first real Broadway show I ever saw on Broadway itself was Alladin, and if you're a fan of the movie, I would highly suggest seeing it on stage in New York. It was non-stop entertainment that mirrored the movie well, and the Genie… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

Movie: Paddington
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FanFare post - 7 months ago

This is fucking awesome. [more]
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Projects comment - 7 months ago

Nope, I was being accused of very specific behavior where genders were important, which wouldn't be the case if they matched up. I'm done talking about this silly derail now. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Would you have backed down if Scott Aaaronson had dropped in to shit on our community, and then threw an online hissy fit if you deleted his comment? I doubt it. It would not have been literally a man in control with power deleting a… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

Yeah, it's goofy fun, but staged. The dead giveaway for every weird jump he did was you could clearly see 1-2 landings from practice jumps he did immediately before it. [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

That seems like a moderation failure, no matter the motives behind it (or lack thereof). Yeah, and I apologized to Joe over email about this but never heard back. His posts in the original Hebdo thread were getting flagged and it looked… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

[can we drop the basic b**** derail?] [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I went into this with low expectations and was surprised by a perfectly serviceable comedy about a lonely guy trying to scare up some fake grooms men for a wedding. On Rotten Tomatoes, it only scores in the low-30s, which feels unfair, I'd suspect it… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

My brother and I swapped your positions before. When he first had kids, I was barely out of college and had no money for travel, but luckily he was a long road-trip away and I saw his kids in the first few months. Later, when I was out of state with… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

I never thought of spiral staircases as looking so much like perfect fractals, but this person seems really good at photographing them that way. I think that "impossible" photo with the piano is also highly HDR-ized so it feels fake… [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago


I have a feeling Nate Dimeo came up with the Serial theme song joke first, and worked back to tell a story around that. I found it darkly hilarious considering the story, but a good show nonetheless. [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago

I can't believe how much I loved this movie. I went in not knowing anything more than it was higher rated than the 1998 version, and that Bryan Cranston was in it. A few notes as I was watching it: It's a bummer Cranston only lasts about 45min… [more]
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FanFare comment - 7 months ago


Also, slightly related: TMBG meetup in Portland this May is coming up. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 7 months ago

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