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I like business... transactions

My job is boring and not easy to quickly explain, but telling new people I meet who ask me what I do that my job is boring or it's "paperwork" seems to be mildly alienating. What the hell do I tell people?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by griphus at 8:14 AM on September 4, 2015 (56 comments)

Cheating is baseball's oldest profession

A bombshell report in The Athletic (subscription required; secondary coverage here) alleges that the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros used a camera mounted in center field at their home park to steal signs, relaying the results to hitters with the sound of a banging trash can. The ensuing investigation figures to involve three current MLB managers. (The Athletic again/Sports Illustrated)
posted to MetaFilter by DirtyOldTown at 8:18 AM on November 14, 2019 (119 comments)

The Game That Broke the Baltimore Orioles

For the first 123 games of the 2007 season, the Baltimore Orioles' pitching staff was doing fine. Really! They weren't bad! Everything was OK. Then came August 22, 2007, which Alex Rubenstein and Jon Bois chronicle in Dorktown #2: The night that destroyed the 2007 Baltimore Orioles forever
posted to MetaFilter by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:53 PM on July 31, 2019 (7 comments)

All Access at the ballpark in Oakland

The Oakland A's are trying to solve baseball's attendance issues,a year in it looks like a large success, having doubled the number of plan holders. With the new season plan you get access to every home game, even if you sold your ticket to a seat, as well at 50% off concessions.
posted to MetaFilter by Carillon at 10:03 AM on July 29, 2019 (15 comments)

Smoke 'em inside.

Baseball pitcher and author Jim Bouton has passed away at 80, after a long battle with cerebral amyloid angiopathy.
posted to MetaFilter by delfin at 8:21 PM on July 10, 2019 (21 comments)

Happy 20th Anniversary, MetaFilter

MetaFilter, that weird blue site (and, yep, we've finally turned it blue again), is 20 years old today.

It's a thrilling and boggling and remarkable and ungainly and heartening number. I've had trouble figuring out what the thing is that I want to say about the site today, and I've realized the problem is there's no one thing. MetaFilter is too complex, its history too complicated, to reduce to a tidy anecdote.

But I want to talk a little about what it means to me, and what I want it to aspire to, and to reflect a little bit on this twenty year milestone on an unsteady world wide web.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 10:30 AM on July 14, 2019 (234 comments)

MeFi 20 - Toronto and area!

Let's celebrate 20 years of MetaFilter. The Jason George has a patio if the weather is good. Time can be adjusted!
posted to MeFi IRL by wellred at 9:17 AM on May 24, 2019

The Irregular Outfields of Baseball

"Baseball is a sport rooted in rules and regulations. Everything in the game is standardized, planned, and coordinated, based on a guideline or precedent. Everything, that is, but the park itself: outfield sizes and wall heights vary across the entire league. There are 30 MLB stadiums. No two of them are alike."
posted to MetaFilter by Hey Dean Yeager! at 1:31 PM on May 9, 2019 (39 comments)

"[unable to catch breath] eereeess um pizza"

Twelve years ago, after a mid-game rain delay, a couple of front-row fans grabbed a pop foul, ruining an easy out for fielder Garret Anderson. Unremarkable play, not worth remarking on. But then, 1.62 seconds later, here comes the pizza.
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 3:59 PM on April 16, 2019 (66 comments)

Baseball Attempts to go from Impulse Power to Warp One

In 2019, a young Buck Bokai made his debut in the Planetary Baseball League with the Crenshaw Monarchs. 23 years later, the last World Series was played between the New York Yankees and the London Kings. Meanwhile, also in 2019, Major League Baseball will adopt new rules with the intent of speeding up games.
posted to MetaFilter by Gray Duck at 9:45 PM on March 29, 2019 (74 comments)

Pithy and incisive

"You're not in traffic, you are traffic" and "Prohibition isn't regulation. It's the absence of regulation" are two phrases I've come across that pithily, quickly and directly sum up some situation. They help flip the usual terms of the discussion around, and provide insight. Do you know more?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 10:50 AM on July 8, 2014 (54 comments)

Western Orientalism on MetaFilter

From discussion on the Big Data AI language model, some folks innocently mentioned the Chinese Room, a thought experiment about a language we don't know.
posted to MetaTalk by kalessin at 6:45 AM on February 15, 2019 (181 comments)

Cortex's beautiful stained glass piece

There's a detailed walkthrough of the process with photos. The shape is a Menger sponge.
posted to MetaFilter by Foci for Analysis at 9:20 AM on February 14, 2019 (29 comments)

“But once you hear ‘swastika made of dicks’ it's kind of over."

Slack, the office messaging app company, unveiled a new logo. Five minutes later, Twitter got at it.
posted to MetaFilter by knownassociate at 9:36 AM on February 5, 2019 (116 comments)

"Why do publishers add 'A Novel' to the titles of novels?": A Question.

Why do publishers slap on "A Novel" to the titles and/or covers of, well, novels?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by CKmtl at 1:41 PM on October 16, 2008 (22 comments)

Copa de la Diversión: Es Divertido Ser Un Fan

For the 2018 season, 33 Minor League Baseball hosted the first "Copa de la Diversión," or "Fun Cup," a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams' local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities (MiLB.com). The new initiative culminates more than two years of collaborative work and research with U.S. Hispanic/Latino civic organizations where each of the teams play, per Forbes, who also include the full list of Copa nombres and translations. Ranking The Best Team Names From MiLB's Copa de la Diversión (Sports Illustrated)
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 11:51 AM on January 24, 2019 (6 comments)

Nothing and Nthing

Whence Nthing? Isn't the word "seconding" meant to include multiple votes of support? Is this something peculiar to Ask Metafilter?
posted to MetaTalk by vacapinta at 10:16 PM on January 13, 2008 (75 comments)

Fantasy Disguised as General Fiction

Looking for fantasy books hiding out in the non-genre section of the bookstore.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by xenization at 8:39 AM on June 18, 2014 (27 comments)

Nonviolent sff: where is it?

Please recommend to me any science fiction/fantasy novels (maybe TV shows as well) that are well written, interesting, and essentially nonviolent. "Completely violence-free" isn't necessary. I'm particularly looking for novels aimed at adults that don't rely on combat scenes to advance the narrative, generate/resolve tension, or provide Crowning Moments of Awesome.*
posted to Ask MetaFilter by wintersweet at 12:22 PM on June 17, 2014 (42 comments)

Sophie, PC Music and the Post-Ringtone Era

Last year, Sophie's "Bipp" came out and blew a bunch of people's minds. It was XLR8R's best track of 2013 ("On a very basic level, it's almost impossible to define exactly (or even approximately) what 'Bipp' is.") Now the mysterious Sophie is going to be working with equally unusual J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (of "PONPONPON" fame/notoriety), pointing toward something singular and unprecedented on the horizon. On some level "Bipp" might be a pop manifesto of sorts, or a distilled blueprint for the future - global and k-/j-pop influenced, strange and disorienting, candy-coated and synthetic to an uncomfortably garish extent. A lot of people are wondering what happens next. Well, a post-Bipp (or post-ringtone) era might be underway: enter A.G. Cook, Hannah Diamond, and the rest of the shadowy collective PC Music.
posted to MetaFilter by naju at 12:13 PM on June 4, 2014 (48 comments)

Oldest entity still referred primarily to as "New [type of entity]"?

What is the oldest entity still referred primarily to as "New [type of entity]"? This question is inspired by the New Forest (named around 1079 or 1086) and New College, Oxford (named around 1386). Not interested in things that are now usually referred to by other names, such as New Rome or New Spain.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by grouse at 4:16 AM on August 28, 2018 (19 comments)

Take a Seat at the New Malt Shop

In 2014, MeFite-beloved image sharing site MLKSHK (pronounced "Milk Shake") announced it was shutting down. But have no fear! A dedicated group of volunteer users has worked hard to put together a replacement site based on the original -- and it launched today! Introducing MLTSHP (pronounced "Malt Shop")! See Popular Posts for public-facing content.
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 3:26 PM on May 16, 2017 (52 comments)

void void let there be void void

deadmau5 dared me to circuit bend a bible The wonder wonder bible. Nothing against the bible here. I showed it to a couple of christian friends before and they seemed to like it. for what thats worth! Im Just #circuitbending a cold blooded machine, for the more avantgarde inclined
posted to MetaFilter by CrystalDave at 3:23 PM on August 20, 2018 (11 comments)

Where have all the music blogs gone?

A decade or so ago, the web was awash with small mp3 blogs, presenting all manner of music old and new, often grouped into categories that reflected genres or personal interests. Where are they now?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by srednivashtar at 12:31 PM on August 6, 2018 (21 comments)

that strangely tender malice, at once so delicious and yet so purifying

The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination: "Soberly considered, the New York Yankees and their fans present a moral dilemma. Our consciences, naturally abhorring everything abominable, tell us that such things simply ought not exist. And yet we also know that the evil they represent is one we would not really want eradicated. " (SLNYT by David Bentley Hart)
posted to MetaFilter by crazy with stars at 9:45 PM on July 15, 2018 (44 comments)

Legal to drink in several Canadian provinces

Cat-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted to MetaFilter by Phire at 9:47 AM on July 14, 2018 (158 comments)

Podcast: Reply All: #120 INVCEL

How a shy, queer Canadian woman accidentally invented one of the internet's most toxic male communities.
posted to FanFare by Tevin at 6:50 AM on May 10, 2018 (10 comments)

"Why? Because baseball makes zero sense."

SB Nation editor and fan favorite Jon Bois and friends field up another episode of Dorktown. This time, the discussion is about Adam Dunn, being a "four true outcome" hitter, and how he created nearly $7M of pointless labor. (SLYT)
posted to MetaFilter by NoxAeternum at 6:34 PM on May 1, 2018 (17 comments)

Re-Blog

Remember personal blogs? So does Dan Cohen: "There has been a recent movement to “re-decentralize” the web, returning our activities to sites like this one... However, I’m also a pragmatist, and I feel the re-decentralizers have underestimated what they are up against, which is partially about technology but mostly about human nature." He reflects on inertia, ambient humanity, and the challenges to a resurgence in personal blogging in this post, Back to the Blog. Via kottke.org.
posted to MetaFilter by MonkeyToes at 3:05 PM on March 25, 2018 (90 comments)

Bringing back gopher was just the start.

Tired of increasingly bloated, over-designed web interfaces? Looking for a way to enjoy your content without all the dozens of JavaScript trackers and endless needless geegaws? Give the new MetaFilter Reader interface a shot! Clean, classic design; mobile friendly; it even comes with its own games!
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 10:15 PM on March 31, 2018 (140 comments)

Shohei Ohtani, The Bambino, and Bullet Joe

Shohei Ohtani has been tearing it up as both a pitcher and a hitter for the L.A. Angels this season, inviting comparisons to the most famous two-way player in baseball, Babe Ruth. But as Jay Jaffe notes, two-way players have a long history in the sport. This is especially true if you include the Negro Leagues, where some of the greatest players of all time plied their trade. Mike Duncan (previously) discusses some of the great two-way players from that era.
posted to MetaFilter by Cash4Lead at 7:22 AM on April 11, 2018 (6 comments)

He knows his death as a baseball player is getting closer.

Ichiro Suzuki is 44 years old but he is not ready to quit playing baseball for a living. There is more going on here than just baseball. We have parental abuse, parental estrangement, OCD, and very strong dedication to his craft.
posted to MetaFilter by COD at 2:35 PM on March 7, 2018 (26 comments)

You're outta here

Meg Rowley at Fangraphs reviewed all the baseball ejections of 2017, and breaks them down for us. (My favorite is the Uncle Frank Face in post I.)
posted to MetaFilter by LobsterMitten at 10:01 AM on February 28, 2018 (23 comments)

Indians abandon "Chief Wahoo"

The Cleveland Indians have agreed to remove Chief Wahoo from their uniforms, starting in the 2019 season. They'll continue to sell merchandise with the image, to help maintain their trademark.
posted to MetaFilter by hanov3r at 10:43 AM on January 29, 2018 (53 comments)

"Finnish baseball" doesn't quite cover it.

Pesäpallo (aka pesis) is a bat-and-ball sport that was invented in Finland in the 1920s. It's sort of like baseball, except the pitcher stands a couple feet from the batter and then gets the hell out of the way after tossing the ball into the air. And there are other differences. You can learn the rules and see demonstrations in this video, or watch this entertaining and informative video about the history of the sport.
posted to MetaFilter by goatdog at 9:17 AM on January 26, 2018 (12 comments)

Favrd's down

Dean Allen made Textism and Textile and Textpattern and Favrd and other things and posted daily photos of his dogs and they made the web better. RIP.
posted to MetaFilter by holgate at 8:10 PM on January 18, 2018 (44 comments)

Resetting expectations about U.S. political discussion on MetaFilter

Hey folks, big discussion time. We're going to be making some changes on how U.S. political discussion plays out on MetaFilter, to try and make sure it remains available as a useful resource in a way that isn't as unsustainable as the current approach has been. I’ll lay out some concrete steps we’re taking, and some general thoughts, below. This is detailed but important and I appreciate you taking the time to read through it.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 7:45 AM on November 28, 2017 (473 comments)

Nonfiction describing learning/daily experience in profession/skill/etc?

I just finished Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, a book about working in a crematorium, and I am craving more nonfiction books describing what it is like to work in a particular field/profession, or just what it is like to learn or do a particular skill/hobby. Does not have to be sole focus of book, just occupy big chunks of it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Cozybee at 9:37 PM on September 12, 2017 (33 comments)

Roy Halladay dies plane crash

Roy Halladay, former pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, has died in a plane crash off the Gulf coast of Florida. Halladay is one six pitchers to win a Cy Young award in both the American and National Leagues, and only the second person to throw a no-hitter in the post-season. He was 40.
posted to MetaFilter by thecjm at 2:32 PM on November 7, 2017 (42 comments)

mathowie transfers ownership of MetaFilter to cortex

Big news: a few days ago Matt Haughey and I signed paperwork to transfer ownership of MetaFilter from him to me. This is sorta huge and sorta not a big deal at the same time: things are fine and basically nothing is changing on the site as a result, we’re just keeping on as before. I’ll talk about the whole thing below the fold.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 9:04 AM on July 31, 2017 (343 comments)

"You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment."

The recent Netflix House of Cards series starring Kevin Spacey was a remake of a very popular British political thriller of the same name that aired during the 90's. The show begins by tracking the dark political machinations and skullduggery of an urbane Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, who is conspiring to become Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher's resignation.
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 12:39 PM on June 11, 2013 (91 comments)

What could go wrong?

The Atlanta Braves have a between-innings promotion called "Beat the Freeze", where one lucky fan gets to race a costumed superhero called The Freeze around the outfield. The fan gets a 200 ft head start.
posted to MetaFilter by LobsterMitten at 11:59 AM on June 10, 2017 (41 comments)

I firmly believe that picking a team is sacrosanct

A father sends a letter to all 30 MLB teams, asking them to make their pitch to be his infant son's favorite team. “I must tell you I don’t take this lightly. I firmly believe that picking a team is sacrosanct,” wrote Pete, an Ashland resident who works as a senior digital video content manager for PBS. “Friends may come and go, political affiliations and beliefs in higher powers may change, but one’s team is one’s team. Forever.
posted to MetaFilter by COD at 6:37 AM on April 23, 2017 (137 comments)

Baseball acrobatics

Did you see this outstanding baseball play last week, when Chris Coghlan of the Blue Jays found an impressive way to reach home, getting past Yadier Molina of the Cardinals? The link collects a bunch of other great sliding leaping circus plays from baseball history, too.
posted to MetaFilter by LobsterMitten at 10:43 AM on May 6, 2017 (11 comments)

Take Meow to the Ball Game

An athletic purrformance at Marlins Park Play is pawsed at Marlins Park in Miami while a cat runs through the outfield and up the scoreboard.
posted to MetaFilter by Daily Alice at 3:22 PM on April 12, 2017 (20 comments)

Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber

Susan Fowler, a former site reliability engineer at Uber, recounts her year of employment at the company , including stories of sexual harassment, retaliation by managers, and a pattern of inaction or coverups by the human resources department.
posted to MetaFilter by bluecore at 5:26 PM on February 19, 2017 (174 comments)

"We should put this on a website or whatever"—A Homestar Runner History

Having revived their signature Flash-driven cartoon, Homestar Runner, creators the Brothers Chaps recount its seventeen-year history in a winding tale of snark, underground popularity, no real business plan, creative burnout, and unlikely success. "A few weeks ago we got to spend all day 3D printing a fake action figure and filling it with beef stroganoff for the Walt Disney company. Once you hit that point, I don’t think you’re allowed to complain ever again." (previously)
posted to MetaFilter by Doktor Zed at 10:03 AM on January 24, 2017 (40 comments)

A transit planner looks at Mini Metro

Mini Metro (previously) is a transit planning game, simplified to the point of abstraction. On Waypoint, Robert Rath speaks to the developers and a real transit planner about how the game has been received in the transit planning community.
posted to MetaFilter by Harald74 at 1:44 AM on January 12, 2017 (43 comments)

🔘

On Saturday photographer Kaylyn Messer found a giant, near-perfect circle of ice [looped] spinning in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River near North Bend, Washington.
posted to MetaFilter by not_the_water at 10:58 AM on January 9, 2017 (42 comments)
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