Metafilter Podcast, Episode 125: "It's Been A Weird, Weird Time" (2017-02-07)

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wenestvedt:
Hi, this is Will, online as wenestvedt, and just want to say thanks to everybody for being there since November and January 20th. It's been weird and kind of awful, but you guys have certainly made things a little easier. Thanks! Keep the faith!
Jingle:
(theme song)
cortex:
Well, shall we do this thing?
jessamyn:
Yeah, yeah! Let's do this thing!
cortex:
I've got an idea. Let's record a podcast.
jessamyn:
Let's--let's.
cortex:
Do you want to do that? Do you want to record a podcast?
jessamyn:
You and me?
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
Sure.
cortex:
Should we just do it?
jessamyn:
Sure!
cortex:
Alright. Well, hey! Welcome to the Metafilter Monthly Podcast: Best of the Web.
I feel like this intro disintegrates every time I do it. But this is episode 125. Today is February the 7th, and we're covering basically the start of the year through today, I think we recorded the last one on the 2nd of January.
jessamyn:
Yeah. Yeah.
cortex:
I am Josh Millard a.k.a. cortex.
jessamyn:
And I'm Jessamyn.
cortex:
And I'm excited to announced that I have somewhat repaired, in a very hacky fashion, the mic I use to record this, which has been previously--
jessamyn:
I didn't know there was something wrong with your mic!
cortex:
It was a subtle thing, but there was a little bit of noise coming through, a little bit of hum sometimes, because--it's a fancy mic, this is a mic that, it's a USB mic, a Rode Podcaster that Matt handed down to me years ago.
jessamyn:
I remember, yeah.
cortex:
And it's a nice mic, and it rests on a suspended shock mount. You know, there's an inner ring that the mic's attached to, and an outer ring attached to the mic stand, and then there's a bunch of elastic running between the two that holds it just floating in the air there.
And that's great, because that eliminates a whole lot of noise transfer from the desk that the mic is sitting on, and it means...
jessamyn:
Oh, I was always wondering what that was for! Okay.
cortex:
Yeah. It's like, it's shocks. It's a shock mount, and since a microphone just turns vibrations into noise, if you don't have some sort of shock protection between a desk and mic knocking on the desk will make noise in the mic, you know. A computer humming on the desk will transfer its hum into the mic. And the last few episodes, at least,
have had some issues where I was noticing there was some noise after the fact, and I finally took a look at the mic and realized, well, the elastics had just given way enough that it was just sitting on the fucking outer ring. So the shock mount was doing *nothing*.
jessamyn:
Oh no!
cortex:
Yeah. Which, again, like, there's not construction going on in my office when I'm recording, so it's not a huge deal, but like, I was like, oh, that's why that sort of [??].
jessamyn:
You're just getting a little weird sounding...
cortex:
Exactly, you know?
jessamyn:
Well, it's funny, right? Because I'm sort of the, oh my god, where is that sound coming from, person about a completely different part of my life? You know, like, the podcast, I'm like, eh, whatever, bleh.
cortex:
(chuckles)
jessamyn:
Like, I could turn off my humidifier, but other than that, whatever, you take your chances. You get what you get. But, like, you know, when I'm trying to go to sleep, I'll sit here in a hotel room and be like, "What is that noise?" Like, there's something, right? Maybe there's a refrigerator that hums, or maybe there's a... like, I stayed in an AirBnB with a fan in the bathroom that, just, you couldn't turn off?
And so I had to get on the Internet to learn how to take it apart?
cortex:
(chuckles)
jessamyn:
You know, like? (laughs) So I know what you're talking about, only not in that example.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
Like, in a completely different example, but.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
Yeah. Well, I'm glad you fixed it. Congratulations!
cortex:
Yeah. I rigged it up with a couple of elastic hairties that Secretariat suggested I try.
jessamyn:
Isn't she sharp?
cortex:
She is! She's a sharp one.
jessamyn:
She's the sharpest.
cortex:
But yeah. So anyway. Anybody who *is* a super audiophile who's been just curious about that the last few episodes, congratulations.
jessamyn:
I don't think we've gotten a bunch of negative feedback on that. Though I do have to say, you know, doing the big call-in show, I really feel like, sort of did exactly what we wanted it to do, right?
cortex:
It dragged some people in, you know?
jessamyn:
It got a lot more people in, a lot more people interactive, I think we should do that more often, because that was wicked fun.
cortex:
Yeah, I like the idea of doing that. And actually, you know, I've noticed a couple of voicemails come in since then.
I didn't think to check them before the recording, but maybe I'll slip them into the episode during [??].
jessamyn:
Nice. Well, because it didn't seem to kill you with work, either. Like, I mean, I know it was a lot *more* work.
cortex:
Yeah. Yeah, it is, like, it's definitely, I'm not going to do that every month just because it's *enough* more work.
jessamyn:
Sure. Sure.
cortex:
But it's totally doable. Like, *that* as a quarterly thing I think would be totally doable. And then maybe doing some other stuff on episodes in-between that's a little bit lower impact. So yeah.
jessamyn:
Yeah! Well, I think that's a great idea. And I enjoyed that one too, just, you know.
cortex:
Yeah. That was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that.
jessamyn:
Yeah.
Oh!
cortex:
And it was fun having everybody have a good time in the thread.
jessamyn:
Yes. Just a little grabassery. It's always good for everybody. Well, and I feel like Metafilter's been *really* trying, even from a specific kind of mod but also user perspective, to have there be stuff in MetaTalk that's positive.
cortex:
Yeah. (laughs)
jessamyn:
So that people can remember what it's like to feel joy.
cortex:
Yep. Yeah, yeah.
jessamyn:
But that's been a concerted effort that I do feel like has borne fruit. We can talk about that a little bit later,
too.
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
But I've enjoyed it as a user, and, you know, thanks.
cortex:
Yeah, no, it's something we're going to keep aiming for, because it's actually been pretty important for me. I've been... you know, as I... (chuckles) I've been wondering what sort of mood I was even going to be in when we recorded because it's like, it kind of varies day to day, and hour to hour, sometimes, these days?
jessamyn:
Sure. Sure. Yeah.
cortex:
You know, more than I'm used to. I'm very accustomed to being kind of blasé, chill, like, either energetically cheerful or
laid-back cheerful person.
jessamyn:
Right. Even keel, you are.
cortex:
Yeah. And it's been slightly less.
jessamyn:
(chuckles)
cortex:
You know, I mean, I'm not unrecognizable or anything, but I spend a lot more time being angry or occasionally despairing than I am accustomed to. So I wasn't sure if I was going to be just full of positive energy here, or just like, man, this fucking everything, what do you do, man?
jessamyn:
(chuckles) Right.
cortex:
We may be riding a line in between. And I feel like that's okay, that's probably about an honest representation of the site
zeitgeist (chuckles) right now.
jessamyn:
Sure! Well, and also, I feel like, you know, depending on the time of day we record, which is completely opaque to the people listening, usually.
cortex:
Oh, yeah, true.
jessamyn:
But late in the day I'm just tired or whatever. And I just got back from a big, long trip. Which turned out to be super fun, and I had a great time, and hi-ho, Toronto meetup people, you are amazing! But, like, sometimes I just come home and I'm [??], I just want to lie in bed and read magazines for like two days.
cortex:
Yep. Yep.
jessamyn:
But I'm in a pretty cheery mood, and nobody sneezed on me and gave me the crud on some...
cortex:
(chuckles)
jessamyn:
You know, I was on every form of public transportation there is! And hugging a lot of people at the s--, you know, not at the same time, in different times. But, yeah. Stood out in the cold too much. And stayed healthy. So I'm a little excited about that.
cortex:
You shot the moon. You shot the moon [??].
jessamyn:
And I left the country. Which I recommend.
cortex:
Yeah, yeah. (chuckles) With qualifications.
jessamyn:
If you possibly can. Right, right. Well, although, that was part of it, right?
We mentioned this sort of before we started recording, but in Boston, the airports were not full of people in trouble as much as they were full of lawyers ready for people in trouble, which was nice. By the time I left the country, and when I came back, certainly. So by the time this podcast goes up we may know something more about the actual sort of ban and its quasi-legality to begin with. But I was heartened to see that, and heartened
by the positive reception I felt like I got from the nice Canadian people who were just (Canadian accent) sorry. (chuckles)
cortex:
(chuckles)
jessamyn:
I appreciated that, a lot of that.
cortex:
Way to be, Canadians.
jessamyn:
Yeah. Yeah. Thank you. Oh, and? This month? We're back to numbers that are actually kinda cool?
cortex:
125 is great! It's a fucking cube!
jessamyn:
Yes! You can build a box out of 125, and it's awesome. *And*, it's a sum of squares, and I didn't know this, in two different
ways.
cortex:
Which is it? Let's see, 100 plus 25.
jessamyn:
Yep.
cortex:
144 and 9? No, that's not good, man. Uh...
jessamyn:
I mean.
cortex:
Well, that's *really* bad.
jessamyn:
(laughs)
cortex:
(laughs) You know, just add, add... yeah. What's the other one?
jessamyn:
Apparently, 11 squared plus 2 squared? So what's 11--but is that true?
cortex:
Ohh! 11 and 121.
jessamyn:
It is! Yeah. So that's kind of awesome.
cortex:
Yeah, that's pretty great.
jessamyn:
And then there's a whole bunch of other crap, and in fact there's so much other crap there's a Wikipedia banner that's like, "This article may contain indiscriminate, excessive, or irrelevant examples"--
cortex:
(laughs)
jessamyn:
So I'm going to fix that when I get off the phone, but. (laughs) You know. Wikipedia. I just enjoy it so much lately. Like, all the crap on Wikipedia is such low-level crap compared to high-level crap that...
cortex:
Yeah.
jessamyn:
So yeah. 125, kind of interesting.
cortex:
Good job, 125, you're managing to pull some weight for your neighbors. We'll see how 126 does, but... (chuckles)
jessamyn:
Yeah, I can already almost guess. Just... just not well. But we'll see. We'll see! Why borrow trouble?
cortex:
Well, exactly, exactly. Jobs--there's a, someone needs a phone book sent to Iceland. Okay?
jessamyn:
Oh. I saw that!
cortex:
So, uh...
jessamyn:
I was kinda hoping somebody had handled that, because it went up in the very beginning of January.
cortex:
Yeah. Well, yeah, yeah. January 6th. So it's been like a month, and presumably still no phone book in Iceland. Or from Iceland, rather. No, no, in Icel--yes. Anyway, go read the job description, phone book, Iceland, somebody can make this--just make this happen for the hell of it. Just go for it.
jessamyn:
Handle this!
cortex:
Yeah. Let's get that sucker nailed down.
Also, there's a PHP job, which is also good, so, you know. Somebody do that.
jessamyn:
Right! Oh, yeah, there's the little box where we can paste stuff in.
cortex:
Yes, yes. (chuckles) We've been recording for 20 minutes now, ten of which we're just throwing away. Now we remember how we do this podcast thing. But there are Jobs.
jessamyn:
Great! Yeah, so that's the sum total of Jobs, actually.
cortex:
Yep. I think there's... yeah, yeah.
jessamyn:
We're not just bringing out our favorites. We're discussing every last one of them.