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I'd first encountered Bill online years ago when he made a blog posting app, and then re-meeting him at a Princeton event last year, he'd begun by saying, "You probably don't remember..." but we immediately reconnected about the cool… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 days ago

Prince's "Sign O' The Times" is every bit as strong as the Talking Heads film, and the two back-to-back make for a great evening. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 days ago

I guess this is the right time and place to tell this story... Sometime when MetaFilter was much younger, before it was even Matt's full-time gig, maybe a dozen years ago, Matt crashed on my couch for one of his first visits to NYC. We stayed out… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 11 days ago

Randi made my life immeasurably better after weeks of nonstop harassment by GG. I can't say enough good things and am so appreciative. The Gator apologists here are very welcome to fuss at me about this on Twitter, where I won't see them & their… [more]
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MeFi comment - 4 months ago

I'm glad folks seem okay with the changes. I appreciate the folks who had constructive feedback, even when pointed. I hope everyone finds the newly-updated site not just acceptable, but worth promoting to friends or more casual users of MeFi!… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

Hey all: Just wanted to jump in and say that we're listening and updating the descriptions -- Matt has been strongly pushing to clarify. Honestly, this is something we put together rather quickly and we've been so focused on making it work that I'm… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago


What Matt said. For what it's worth, I love MeFi and I love Matt and no there isn't some secret Old Web People cabal trying to ruin what makes this site great. I do agree some of the language is far from how folks here see MeFi, and so we'll correct… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

Wasn't my best thread. But yeah, the site really should be white. :) Happy New Year, everybody! May your worst conversations not haunt you into 2012. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

The Green Should Be White
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MetaTalk post - 4 months ago

ThinkUp took a convertible note from a number of investors, yes, and we publicly disclosed the terms under which we did so. We have not, and will not, be doing a round of venture capital funding. If you have further questions about our finances, I'm… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 4 months ago

I found out "Try Again" was written by "Garrett, Stephen Ellis" and "Mosley, Timothy Z." So now the class assignment: If these two died in a crash, would any of you give a damn? Or do you only love the corporate-approved package? Uhhh, yeah… [more]
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MeFi comment - 5 months ago

This is called "being in your twenties". It's typically solved by dating assholes for a few years and then not doing that ever again. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 6 months ago

Kudos to the entire team on a huge project that seems to have yielded amazing results. I may not have articulated it very well, but all I was ever trying to advocate for was a look that was approachable and familiar to people who had never been to… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 6 months ago

One of my uncles is very wealthy, and has offered help. I don't feel good about asking for money directly, but I'm happy to ask for work. So that's my first line of defense. Don't ask him for money or for help finding work at first -- have the… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

George Clooney's work in "Up In The Air" perfectly captured the airport-lounges-and-hotel-conference-room drabness of being any kind of Road warrior, whether it's sales, public speaking, consulting or whatever. Uncanny how well that film… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Oh, man... I am so sick. This is the day everything changed. I was just there the day before yesterday, the World Trade Center. There are so many people there.... [more]
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MeFi comment - 7 months ago

If I were starting today, I'd learn Ruby on Rails. It's got the benefit of having been largely created *after* people knew how common web apps could be built with an eye to usability, and the culture around the platform encourages good aesthetics and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

nadawi articulates ally points better than I could. Consider those comments normative. Thanks to all who took the time to read the piece, and for those who think the solution is more complicated technological controls or somehow educating a billion… [more]
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MeFi comment - 8 months ago

What's amazing is this news is breaking on MeFi, when it hasn't been reported yet on CNN or Yahoo. MSNBC's got the only mention, and that's just "NBC NEWS BULLETIN: Earthquake jolts Seattle area. No reports of damage, injury" Good to see we turn… [more]
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MeFi comment - 9 months ago

I'm American, born to Indian parents, and definitely had to spend a lot of time learning what matters to the people of various races & religions that I dated. It's certainly not obvious what's important to a family, but the way you find out is by… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 months ago

I was on Prozac (for depression, not anxiety) a decade ago, a fact which means no more or less to me than that I was on Prilosec to treat acid reflux. As a result, others who have taken antidepressants have confided to me about their experiences, and… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 9 months ago

A wonderful bookend to the tenure of the greatest community moderator the Internet has yet known. [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 months ago

A few points to clarify misconceptions or inaccurate information: There is a free version of Movable Type, available on our site, which like all versions of Movable Type consists of the exact same code. There's no crippleware, no nagware. We… [more]
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MeFi comment - 10 months ago

Am I insane? The clinical name for this is "unpublished author". [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 10 months ago

I am an unapologetic fan of AskMe, and consider it to be one of the greatest sites on the web. I've written at length about what an accomplishment it is, and I'm frequently asked to speak about things like web community and use it as a positive… [more]
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MetaTalk comment - 10 months ago

(Additional disclaimer: I've been called a metrosexual and I think there are some good types of advertising.) :) [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - 11 months ago

Can you update the email address for the account using the old phone? [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

Considering you have no documentation of having Celiac's, communicate in extremely vague ways about your illness, mention triggers of illness that are exceedingly rare, are prone to irritability when discussing your needs, and aren't familiar with… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

"No one ever admits to regretting having children, but is that just because it would be socially unacceptable to say so?" I don't personally regret having my son, but I can absolutely imagine there are parents who do. One thing that's… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

This question is framed incorrectly. Your company has a need for a maintainable CMS with some serious complexity. The question to start with is: What are the requirements for your new CMS system? You've listed a formidable set of requirements… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

My son is this age, and we play with his wooden train set every day. A few choice books that I treasure because they don't annoy me no matter how often we read them: * Spoon and Chopsticks * I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat * Not a Box… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

I saw that Vanity Fair link and immediately thought of this. For what it's worth, I decided in 1993 that Chelsea was going to grow up to be a secret hottie. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

Hello, Peril.
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MeFi post - Last year

Easy one for me, since this comes up with my son: "I'm glad he's one of the skin colors you like!" I say it happily; they can choose to see it as a joke, or a criticism, or an embarrassing outing of their intent, or just a non sequitur… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

Goddamnit, that's Ice Cube, not Ice-T. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

This class is not here to teach you technology; Its purpose is to teach you interpersonal skills. Here, you're learning how to deal with someone who has positional authority, despite having less knowledge in a particular area than you do. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

If you'll indulge in a self-link, I've had a few dozen people tell me that this conversation about the negatives of diamonds helped make it easy for them to say no to diamonds. For clarity's sake, if you do really feel emotionally that you like… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

Congrats! You're ready to move out. Thank them, tell them that their generosity has made you comfortable to ask for help in the future if you need it, but that their example has made you disciplined enough that you won't need it, and then GTFO. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

This topic comes up a lot over on Serious Eats, with threads such as what are your favorites from this store?, favorite Trader Joe's items, true confessions of a Trader Joe's virgin and best find from Trader Joe's?. There's some serious foodies on… [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

Hi! I've never even had my phone turned on during a movie, let alone texted or talked during one. But hey. Here's a simple, non-inflammatory statement of my argument: * There are people who see going to movies as a reverent experience, with… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

I assume OUR cultural norms are going to be followed when I’m engaged in OUR culture. Who is "our" here? I don't presume anyone's ever heard of me or anything I've done; I just know people who do know me on MeFi are aware… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

So why would any of us want to read your more meaningful work? You might not, that's fine. Why would you want to read only my least meaningful work, if you're going to read any? [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

(But hey, he should know this after all the lusers he's permabanned from his various web projects.) I've literally never banned anybody from any website in my life, Mark. This is as inaccurate as your repeated attempts to take credit for… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

lalex, I wrote the piece in about 20 minutes. I spent months researching immigration policy and Zuckerberg's political action committee for a piece about the risks and opportunities of immigration policy, and distiller it into an easily digestible… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

kmz, I don't know where my personal line is - my behavior is always group one. But I have seen people interpreting that kind of thing as no big deal at all, and others lose their minds. Not trolling about the pre-show warnings, just saying we all… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

The messages at the beginning of the movie also say that copying a movie online is just like stealing a car. I've heard a lot of fine expressions of preference against any distraction at a movie. I've seen little acknowledgment that someone could,… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

Don't hang out with assholes who think your family deserved to be brutally murdered. And work for social justice on your own terms; if you are known as an advocate for those without privilege, you'll be safe in almost any context. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Last year

Huh, a dozen comments until "plain white background"? I woulda lost a $10 bet on that. Kinda bummed I missed the "anal" jokes. [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

To those noting these apply outside the Internet, I agree wholeheartedly; the list just reflects that I learned the lessons on the Internet. To those noting none of these ideas are particularly novel, I agree wholeheartedly, but just wanted to… [more]
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MeFi comment - Last year

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