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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]
favorited 15 times, recently by adrienneleigh
Ask MeFi comment - 2 months ago

I'm much more thankful for the many interests my wife and I didn't share when we met; learning those through her perspective has been one if the great joys of our relationship for me. [more]
favorited 3 times, recently by chicainthecity
Ask MeFi comment - 3 months ago

dial-tone, you have to update the thread to tell us how it worked out. you're right, by the way, three cats is too many for your married home, and since you only brought one to the marriage, it's hers that has to go. :) [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by potsmokinghippieoverlord
Ask MeFi comment - 5 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]
favorited 5 times, recently by wonton endangerment
MeFi comment - 6 months ago

"Ok" is a great answer, combined with waiting it out. Stop the meeting after he makes a big distinction between "metrics" and "measurement". Say, flatly and without sarcasm, "Frank wants this meeting to address the… [more]
favorited 14 times, recently by Majorita
Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago


I've written a couple of recommendation letters for friends vying for places at fairly competitive coops and they all followed a general outline like this: Dear Members of the Board: I am writing in support of [Friend]’s application to… [more]
favorited 1 time, recently by Phredward
Ask MeFi comment - 7 months ago

Thanks, all. I wrote this last year but sadly it's every bit as relevant a year later. Hope this concern gets on the radar of every exec in the technology industry. [more]
favorited 32 times, recently by cosmic owl, Errant, rufb, GrammarMoses, Halle, Jpfed, thetarium, cnanderson, nogoodverybad, jessamyn, an animate objects, dorothyisunderwood, goneill, wemayfreeze, singmespanishtechno, dialetheia, eckeric, Hactar, Itaxpica, Temerit, Juliet Banana, peppermind, GuyZero, nadawi, dr_dank, Annika Cicada, GenjiandProust, ImproviseOrDie, milov, v9y, lord_wolf, giraffe
MeFi comment - Last year

Sara C., since it's not immediately obvious in this thread -- joshu is a very well-known entrepreneur, who started Delicious.com and backs a lot of big-name startups. Probably one point that's worth noting for context is that it's not uncommon for… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by meta87
Ask MeFi comment - Last year

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]
favorited 2 times, recently by chinesefood
MetaTalk comment - Last year

Wasn't he the asshole who was demanding that people talk and text in movie theaters? I'm the asshole who said some number of people would text or talk regardless, so why not accommodate them, rather than keep making futile attempts at… [more]
favorited 33 times, recently by Umami Dearest, tippiedog, Mondegreen, artificialard, zippy, guster4lovers, mistersquid, matrixgeek, my-username, olya, joseph conrad is fully awesome, GuyZero, leotrotsky, schmod, bird internet, an animate objects, waitingtoderail, The Michael The, JHarris, willF, Monochrome, Proofs and Refutations, Foci for Analysis, rifflesby, ob1quixote, bryon, Wolof, migurski, smoke, 99_, ChuraChura, wemayfreeze, jferg
MeFi comment - Last year

One way to screw it up real good is to compare it to other people's relationships or try to compete to be The Best. Great relationships are made from lots of little quiet moments, not great visible victories. [more]
favorited 18 times, recently by thischarmingirl
Ask MeFi comment - Last year

"Blog", in this case, is insufficiently specific. There are some types of blogs (LiveJournal, Xanga) where, despite being obviously publicly available, the social convention is to treat the blog as a semi-private space. And then there's the… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by bleary
Ask MeFi comment - Last year

If you don't like it, best to ignore it. No, best that you all be asked (or forced) to leave. This site seems to be worse for the presence of those with "a meepzorp kind of attitude", and it's a damned shame you all abuse Matt's… [more]
favorited 2 times, recently by trif
MetaTalk comment - Last year


Almost every big company has an "innovation" or "skunk works" group that explores these new technologies while still offering decent benefits, at the expense of dealing with more big company stupidity than you'd face at a startup… [more]
favorited 6 times, recently by matticulate
Ask MeFi comment - Last year

Am I insane? The clinical name for this is "unpublished author". [more]
favorited 26 times, recently by ocherdraco
Ask MeFi comment - Last year

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]
favorited 18 times, recently by glass origami robot
MetaTalk comment - Last year

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]
favorited 3 times, recently by porn in the woods
Ask MeFi comment - Last year

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 - Last year

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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years ago

The Green Should Be White
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MetaTalk post - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years 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 - Two years ago

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

Can you update the email address for the account using the old phone? [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Two years ago

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 - Two years ago

"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 - Two years ago

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 - Two years ago

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 - Two years ago

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 - Two years ago

Hello, Peril.
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MeFi post - Over two years ago

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 - Over two years ago

Goddamnit, that's Ice Cube, not Ice-T. [more]
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Ask MeFi comment - Over two years ago

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