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Podcast 139 Transcript
A transcript for Episode 139: The Joke Show (2018-04-03).
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Cortex 0:00 Hi you do a podcast?
Jessamyn 0:49 Yeah, I like podcasting.
Cortex 0:50 Alright, let's let's do a podcast. I looked at it, like 10 seconds ago
Jessamyn 0:56 139
Cortex 0:57 That's it. Hey, welcome to that sounded like I feel like I'm just like, like, like turning it up here and it feels a lot but hey, it's I mean, let's let's set expectations more easily. Hey, it's, it's it's episode 139 of the monthly metal filter best of the web Podcast. I'm cortex, aka Josh Malone.
Jessamyn 1:19 And I am Jasmine.
Cortex 1:21 And here we are, it is April the to 2018 at
Jessamyn 1:31 super normal and then
Cortex 1:36 switch flipped? Yes, here we are on the podcast and we were recording a podcast and here we are. Yeah, we had a good conversation rhythm go there. And I just like completely short circuited my brain somehow.
Jessamyn 1:47 I don't know, well, I have this to say about the number of 139 I think we're kind of getting to the end of the interesting numbers. And the one
Cortex 1:55 we've been saying that for like, like 30 numbers. Now at this point, that number is a good one comes up. But I'm not saying it's not true.
Jessamyn 2:02 Not only is the number itself not that interesting. There's like a warning on the 159 Wikipedia page. Let's saying that it may contain indiscriminate, excessive or irrelevant information. And then if I go down to the reference list like you do, I find that one of the references is the penguin dictionary of curious and interesting numbers. And so I don't really understand how a dictionary of curious and interesting numbers gets 139 in it at all. It's neither curious nor interesting.
Cortex 2:32 I have a feeling like they're sort of in the same position we have been like you've been, you've been making an effort to give give us something about these numbers every number for a while.
Jessamyn 2:42 While 139 numbers are whenever I started, I don't know when I started.
Cortex 2:46 But like your job does not depend on you selling that. And it's only just a little bit. And like then we move on. Now, if you publish the penguin dictionary of curious, interesting numbers, you probably you probably have to like, show up, you have to be like, Look, no, these numbers are fantastic and interesting. And you're gonna love them. They tell you this one every every every number in that book is going to be a sales pitch, you know, so like it we shouldn't ask, how did 139 Getting that book, we should ask you how did this book, you know, premise even like, get out the door. Like there's only seven or eight interesting numbers in the world. Everybody knows that.
Jessamyn 3:26 That's a good point, right? I mean, just looking at like the interesting stuff you can find in print materials compared to like what you can find when you just basically incessantly Google everything. Ah, I am always fascinated and like the things I find in books where I'm like, I really want to learn more about underwater underwater submarine photography. And it turns out
Unknown Speaker 3:46 it's actually kind of difficult. Yeah.
Jessamyn 3:48 Because, you know, the technology moved on. Nobody cares, because everybody can take an underwater picture with their phone in a baggie. But it used to be a big deal. And yeah, that was my topic, lately. Yeah. Underwater submarine photography.
Cortex 4:02 I've been playing an underwater submarine survival game actually. Right? Really? It's, I don't It's not like a simulation. It's like, exploration and survival video game that just happens to take place almost entirely underwater on an alien planet. And it's called Subnautica. And it's really good. It actually that is
Jessamyn 4:24 called Subnautica. Like, just underwater.
Cortex 4:27 Yeah. You know, but it's uh, it's nice. It's
Jessamyn 4:32 nice to be on an alien planet if it's underwater or this the water different.
Cortex 4:36 It's an alien sees an alien ecosphere? Yeah. Like the the premise is, you are part of a crew on a big ship building interdimensional jump gates or something like that. And then somehow your ship crashes and you wake up in a life pod that was ejected down to the surface. And you try and figure out what happened to the ship which itself crashed, you know, half a mile away. As floating and slowly burning in the water over there and
Jessamyn 5:03 enter you in a like or just in a suit,
Cortex 5:07 you're in a tiny escape pod and have like a scuba suit and make yourself some more scuba suits as you go along and some small vehicles and clicker games. Oh, no, no, no, no, it's like it's a three dimensional like, it's like a first person shooter except for there's no shooting and also you swim. Is there shooting later? There. You can build torpedoes at some point is mostly a deterrent against megafauna, but it's really it's it's mostly just you avoid things and swim away from things which I really liked. I appreciated that it was not just
Jessamyn 5:38 a completely like unusual and strange, like whales.
Cortex 5:42 I mean, it's, it's it's definitely weird. megafauna inspired by terrestrial things. So like, you know, you're gonna see some squid parts and some shark parts and some big teeth and some glowing bits and various things that are fundamentally sort of like part of like, a, you know, human experience of notions of marine life and animal life and whatnot, but it's also all designed to look like Alien like everything from the little fish to the flora to the great big shark and squid monsters all look like weird mashed up alien things rather than like, Oh, hey, it's a great white shark. You
Jessamyn 6:20 know? Right. Minecraft under the sea they call it
Cortex 6:23 Yeah. Which is it's it's not so much about the the building as Minecraft is everything that says it's like Minecraft and isn't fundamentally about spending like an entire month, building a video game level out of blocks. It's not really like Minecraft the way Minecraft exists in my heart.
Jessamyn 6:40 But that's how I get Yeah,
Cortex 6:42 you can build bases, you do craft stuff, you do need to eat and drink water and rest and heal. There is a day and night cycle there is exploring so let's it's it's really a survival game.
Jessamyn 6:56 I'm looking at the gameplay video and it's pretty oh my god,
Cortex 6:59 it's really lovely. It's like that's the thing like as a game, it's it's another survival game, you know, find things explore, get the supplies, you need to build stuff eventually you in this case, there's an actual like beating the game, like get to the end of the narrative thing. But it's just great. It's underwater. And it's you're swimming around the whole time. And there's all this interesting looking life and all these vibrant colors. And you've got swimming around in the sunlight. And then you've got swimming around in the dark, which is very claustrophobic and scary. can't even imagine. Yes, yeah, they're swimming deep down into the trenches, where suddenly it's not even an option anymore. Building bases is sort of like outposts. So you have somewhere to return to while you've explored the strange places underwater volcanoes. steam vents. It's, it's neat. It's just neat. And it was a really I spent like a week just sort of plowing through it and had a really nice time with it. And yeah, it's good. It's good. I like it. It's a good thing. So there we go. Apparently, apparently, we're talking about that. Is that that game?
Jessamyn 8:04 You would like and you don't click through and look at this guy's submarine photography, because it's its own weird thing from you know, the 1920s is
Cortex 8:11 John Ernest Williamson.
Jessamyn 8:13 Yes. Which he was in the book. I saw the picture. And the picture is like the first underwater photograph from a submarine and I was like, Who is this John F. Williamson. I'm going to start Googling him. Googled him like crazy. Couldn't find anything because the book literally has the title of the book. Josh. There's a typo in the book. Mercifully, I am a librarian, and I could figure this out and solve the problem. That's in the book.
Cortex 8:48 Some guy named John F. Williamson has been watching his like Search Metrics the last week. Finally, it's happening for me it's happening. Good old J. F. W.
Jessamyn 9:00 thing, right. John Williamson is not really a name. You can really do that much with Yeah. All right. We should you know, yeah, this
Cortex 9:07 is 139 Subnautica JF Williamson, jokes, jokes, jokes, jokes. It's the joke podcast. We got I don't know like probably 1213 minutes of jokes all together that we will
Jessamyn 9:24 be running it as many jokes as I was expecting. I told so many people like Colin with a joke.
Cortex 9:29 You know, it's I think it's a couple of things. And one of them is that I just didn't get out and push on this one as much as I had been meaning to it just ended up being a busy month is distracted by other stuff. We were working on April Fool's stuff, etc.
Jessamyn 9:39 So I didn't on the April Fool's thing. I hope you're really happy with how it turned out for me to go from ball very much. So yeah. Especially
Cortex 9:48 Brimble they definitely did, like 95% of the work. They did all identifiable work. And then, you know, we brainstorm to help with ideas. And, yeah, but yeah, it worked. It worked really well. I I'm very happy with that everybody seemed to like it. And that's always a good outcome. You know, we ended up talking about the April Fool's stuff. Like April Fool's philosophy always comes up every April Fool's. And it's kind of funny. I feel like at this point, people still do dumb April Fool's things, but it's so much less bad than it used to be that like, it feels like at this point, we're almost all boring a acquired like trauma about shitty April Fool's jokes like, right, like I saw, like 10 times as many pre emptive complaints about how bad April Fool's is every year this year than I did actual bad April Fool's Day,
Jessamyn 10:32 I put a Twitter out asking for people to tell me library April Fool's jokes because I saw like one library Twitter that was like, our bringing back the card catalog. Which whatever. And like there was nothing like feet in the book drop. That's like the only thing and I was really surprised.
Cortex 10:52 So like, mannequin feet in the book. Yeah. Okay. Yeah.
Jessamyn 10:57 So like, it looks like there's a person in there.
Cortex 10:59 Oh, I see. Oh, I thought I thought like, I'm gonna go by the library and I'm gonna throw some feet in there just to mess with it. That's a very weird, specific prank. What do I not get up? But okay, now I get it.
Jessamyn 11:08 No, it's like, it's like the witch that. Yeah. Like they hit a telephone pole.
Cortex 11:13 Stuck in the backdrop. Okay.
Jessamyn 11:16 Yeah. But like other than that, there was really nothing. And, you know, I surfed around the internet on Sunday basically unmolested by other people's bad
Cortex 11:25 ideas. Yeah. Like, it's kind of remarkable. So that I mean, that's, that's good news. Right? Like, that seems like a good thing. Like I and I, it's not that like, literally nobody did anything, because I saw several, like funny things. But they were funny, because they did figure out that you know, tone matters, and how you're landing matters. And if you're going to do a joke that would disappoint people, if they found out that it was a joke. Only after the fact, just make it clear to joke up front. And you know, so I feel like people who
Jessamyn 11:53 are doing sort of, like, still be creative, and anything else,
Cortex 11:56 if you're gonna do branded humor, just make it really obvious that it's humor, and you're fine. You know, if you're going to do something, where you just sort of build something weird, which is like what we we did and what we usually do at this point, you know, that's fine. No one's gonna be like, Oh, you tricked me into looking at this neat thing, you jerk, you know, it's like, you're not going to upset people by saying, Hey, we made you a thing. And you can play with it if you want to.
Jessamyn 12:18 Although I do enjoy everybody who's like, I want this to be permanent, or features.
Jessamyn 13:51 Yeah. Yeah. So yes, congratulations, April Fool's Day. I thought it was good. Yeah, it
Cortex 13:57 was fun. Nice April Fool's Day,
Jessamyn 13:58 and jokes, and jokes. Yes. So your plan was because like, I have the jokes on my computer, and I've listened to the jokes. I have some personal jokes. I have a bunch of people who told me what joke I should tell because I can't be ours. to like use a phone and I can't I can't do anything with that. But the little McGee told one of my favorite jokes, so that's good, because I got to hear it. But I didn't have to use one of my jokes on it. I don't know if you have a personal joke.
Cortex 14:28 I mean, I had a couple ethical theories. I did have one joke. Someone wrote in with a joke. They wanted to read that I've got a Oh, actually, I've got to. Hey, can
Jessamyn 14:38 I read one? Sure. I'll send you. I'll put it in the chat window.
Cortex 14:44 Yes. I'll send this to the chat window. I don't get this one. And I don't know if it's because it's absurdist or if I just don't get it. So I'm just gonna throw it at you and maybe you'll be able to make something work. Is this uh Wow, no idea. All right, well, just give it give a college go. All right, Coach try. Sure. Attempt.
Jessamyn 15:10 Okay, so this is not my joke. How many bulbs does it take to change a writer? How many? Just the one may I be forgiven?
Cortex 15:20 See, I feel like there's some really good pun in here. And I'm just not getting it.
Jessamyn 15:25 Well, because it's that light bulbs, right? It's bulbs. Yeah, well, and it's bulbs
Cortex 15:29 changing the right or not right or changing a bulb? Like a key thing, but I hadn't I had in my confusion before I hadn't even parsed that specific swap of how many bulbs does it take to change a writer? Just one day if you'd be forgiven? I yeah, I I demand someone parse this joke for us. But I want to say thanks to redraw turtle or possibly red rod turtle for sending it in.
Jessamyn 15:55 Wow, that's its own joke, right? Yeah. What's that username? Because they didn't call in and we don't know.
Cortex 16:01 Exactly. And some of the columns we got didn't say who they were, which is okay. I think I said as much like you don't have to, but it's interesting. Like a couple of them. I have guesses about who it is, but, but it also means usernames that I didn't like find out what they are because I didn't hear them out loud.
Jessamyn 16:17 Jim called Jim called with his jokes. And then he texted me to tell you a different joke, which I don't know that joke, so I'm not selling it to you. Oh,
Cortex 16:24 like, like, he sent you the one about x. And you're like, I don't know which one that is? Yeah.
Jessamyn 16:29 Oh, yeah. It's got some it's some chicken. It's another chicken joke. And it's like, it's got something to do with a chicken that goes book book book in the library. But like, I don't really know how it goes. I could probably Google it. But like, it's my joke. Yeah. Have a different chicken joke. Okay.
Cortex 16:44 No, I hear my I do. Alright.
Jessamyn 16:48 And I apologies to everyone. I met a filter because every joke thread this is my joke. But how come a chicken coop has only two doors? Why? Because that had four doors. It would be a chicken sedan.
Cortex 17:05 I like that. I like that is a good joke.
Jessamyn 17:07 It's a clean joke. The only thing that is wrong with it is that children don't quite get it. Yeah, well, it's a little too. Wordplay for little kid who like like,
Cortex 17:18 what kid is going to know the word coupe. Like for a car? It's like Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Like yeah, that's right.
Jessamyn 17:26 Boys, grandma.
Cortex 17:27 Yeah, exactly. There we go. I'm gonna go buy myself a Mazda Miata? Because I really want a coupe dad.
Jessamyn 17:32 You know, the little Deuce coupe. Yeah, plus,
Cortex 17:35 in like, Europe wouldn't be like coupe. I don't know.
Jessamyn 17:41 I think I've lost. The last thing I heard was Beach Boys.
Cortex 17:45 Oh, can you hear me now?
Jessamyn 17:49 Are you done talking about that?
Cortex 17:51 Oh, I thought you there was actually a problem and you weren't just for once, you know, that was I was I was having I was having problems with audio the other day with video.
Jessamyn 18:05 Audio, right? You're terrible jokes are problems with audio.
Cortex 18:09 So here's a here's a joke. Someone wanted us to read. A nurse walks into the nurse's station. Her co coworker asked. But I'm giving this I'm gonna start over. There's walks into a nurse walks into a nurse's station. Coworker looks over and asks that thermometer up behind your ear. And she takes it out and looks at and says well shit. Some asshole has my pencil. I enjoyed that. I didn't write down who wrote that in either. Either they asked not to be identified or they are just a number of levels. Right? It is it works on multiple levels. And that's that's a good number of levels for joke to work on.
Jessamyn 18:51 Yes. That's a good joke.
Cortex 18:53 I feel like there's a delivery that would really make it sing that I just don't have on that one. But yes, we got a number of jokes. And in I think the plan is I'm just going to run it in a lumper to like, maybe it may be a couple of lumps. On the podcast.
Jessamyn 19:09 And the jokes. Yeah. And we did find Seamus in case anybody's concerned
Cortex 19:14 Yeah, Seamus, Seamus. But, ya know, I feel like I should have like bugged people like three or four times throughout the month as part of it. And I just didn't get around to doing that. But also like, it's not that we didn't get very many jokes we got like, I would say like easily a couple dozen and then some jokes. It's just a lot of jokes are short. And it turns out you don't get like, you know, like a half hour an hour worth of jokes from people sending in you know that many jokes you'd need like
Jessamyn 19:45 it. That's great, though I actually have to commend people on keeping most of their jokes reasonable legs.
Cortex 19:50 Yeah, no, no, it's i i basically. Got it. You're pretty good. So I was kind of imagining a longer running time of jokes, but I basically got it exactly what you asked for, which was a bunch of people call in and tell jokes and mostly keep them short. And there's a couple longer ones. And you know, those are good to paste out. Like if everybody called in with a two minute. You know, long thing I chewed
Jessamyn 20:14 out on that last cow joke, though I have to tell
Cortex 20:16 it was good. It was.
Jessamyn 20:18 I was actually let's do it again. When I listen to the podcast,
Cortex 20:21 I think it's good almost specifically, because the way you want to audit Yeah, like it plays to the form well, and it doesn't actually go on super long or anything. So it's not like some obnoxious five minute long, Shaggy Dog or anything. I was worried that I was going to be annoyed at the end of that joke. And then I laughed out loud. So with that, so
Jessamyn 20:43 I think I didn't realize I had kind of tuned out until the joke was over. And I'm like, I have no, that's funny. I was spaced it out.
Cortex 20:56 And I think sorting through stuff, I think I ended up like pulling a couple jokes. No one, no one called in with anything gross, which I really appreciate. Oh, my gosh, thank
Jessamyn 21:05 you so much.
Cortex 21:06 But there's Yeah, like everybody did a good job. There's a couple of maybe, maybe this would like hit a couple of people along the way. So if your joke isn't there, it's not that you did bad. It's just that I'm playing on the side of caution. But, but I enjoyed everything everybody said. And so it was a lot of fun. I would like to do this again sometime. And next time, I'll make a little bit more noise about and see just how big of a hall we can pull in but I'm really pleased. It was it was it's always fun hearing people's voices. And it's always fun. Hearing new jokes, and I barked out loud at least three or four of them. Mascot pony. It's just I scared the cat.
Jessamyn 21:41 That was actually the joke. That was the newest and the funniest to me. Like a lot of the jokes. I kind of knew part of them. Yeah, you know, but that was a joke I'd never heard before. And yes, yeah, it made me it made me laugh.
Jessamyn 23:05 Oh, I liked a little fat sprinkles because they could also be medicine. Yep. Oh, I get it. So it makes sprinkles. But that's not really what it does. Like it makes a pattern that you can use on a as a background,
Cortex 23:20 right? Yes. Yeah. So it makes it makes a tileable sprinkle pattern. So you can like have sprinkles for my using this thing. Wow.
Jessamyn 23:30 Wow. I'm a big fan of the fat sprinkles. I mean, the fact sprinkles they're not even sprinkles. They're just like, wow, wow. Wow, this is the best who made this?
Cortex 23:43 Smart such smart. SMA such I know this guy. I've it's just like last name is like, massive dramatic. But like I've never had a conversation in person about us last time. We're never like, you know, he had an Geraldo live up in Vancouver. Oh, he's
Jessamyn 24:09 robbed us. Scottish? Yeah.
Cortex 24:13 Now I think they're properly spelled.
Jessamyn 24:14 I mean, I know they were engaged. So I think yes, that's now two. Oh, that's awesome.
Cortex 24:18 Time has become meaningless. So I no longer like they exist in in perpetual coupledom. And beyond that I can say nothing. But uh, but I think that
Jessamyn 24:26 time is an enormous long river. Yep.
Cortex 24:29 Anyway, yeah. So we've, they've been in Portland a few times. We've been in Vancouver once or twice. And, you know, it's always a delight to hang out with them. And we never stop and say, Now let's pronounce last names. You know, somehow it doesn't occur to us during the the, you know, getting drunk and you know, goofing off about stuff. So I still have
Jessamyn 24:48 Josh, Josh. Yeah,
Cortex 24:51 yes. What?
Jessamyn 24:53 You change the sprinkle with to zero. Then you're talking. Yes, you A little bit like I've started watching the good place, and I'm just basically trying to be more like Jason.
Cortex 25:06 Jason Jason is pretty great. And that was a very Jason thing to say come to the video, right? You've poked it
Jessamyn 25:11 odds. Yeah. I like how much he likes Blake Bortles that's my favorite
Cortex 25:17 part. Oh, yeah, he's he loves Blake. I saw someone on Twitter being like, Oh my God, I didn't realize Blake Bortles was a real thing. I just thought they made it up for the show.
Jessamyn 25:28 So well and by the time I'd seen the show the Eagles made it into the Superbowl or whoever he likes the Jacksonville they didn't make it in the Superbowl but they were in the playoffs. Yeah. And so the whole thing was crazy. Yep. Oh, wait, and then you can make them all go away. You can basically make it two kinds of
Cortex 25:47 project we need to talk about this. This is the this is the thing like everything else is sideline, we got the fucking sprinkles here.
Jessamyn 25:52 I mean, it is really interesting. And I'm always looking for like Dippy tiles. I need these all the time. So yeah. Great. Thank you.
Unknown Speaker 26:05 Hey, Jason. Here's my joke. A Buddhist monk walks up to a hotdog vendor and says, Make me one with everything. The guy hand the monkey has hot dogs and so that will be two bucks. The monkey has over a 10 which the guy takes sticks in his apron and turn to the next customer. Hey, the monkey where's my change? Ah says the hot dog vendor. You of all people should know. Change comes from within.
Unknown Speaker 26:36 Xia Hi, this is duffel. And you know what a Freudian slip is that? When you say one thing and you mean your mother?
Unknown Speaker 26:48 Oh, sorry.
Unknown Speaker 26:54 Three logicians walk into a bar. They sit at the bar. bartender says you all three can order something. First Edition says I don't know. Second magician says I don't know. Fertilization says yes. No, this was the indepence monster speaking to you from an undisclosed location somewhere in my bedroom. I have a riddle for you. What's Brown and sticky? The answer is a stick. Happy April Fool's Day.
Unknown Speaker 27:39 What kind of cheese do you need? When you want to hide a horse?
Unknown Speaker 27:46 Mascot pony.
Unknown Speaker 27:50 All credit to DJ bus replacement service for that one. Hi, I'm Seamus. I'm bond Cliff's kid. I'm on the Metafilter about page looking adorable and wearing a Deathstar costume. One time my dad asked a metaphysical question about sending me to preschool but now I can say words like shit. Fuck in front of my dad because I'm all grown up now. I have a mustache and I'll be driving this time next year. Yeah, time keeps marching on and on. Bringing us all one step closer to death. There's your damn joke.
Unknown Speaker 28:25 Hey, it's Jason again. Hey, you know why ducks have flat feet? Well, it's the stump out forest fires. Hey, you know why elephants have flat feet. Well, that's to stamp out burning ducks.
Unknown Speaker 28:40 Hi guys is eyebrows and micro McGee. Hey, micro McGee. I can stop this Canadian bacon from curling in my pan. Yeah. Anyway, tiny little although. Hi, this is copper moss. So the chicken and the egg were basking in the afterglow of some rather Mrs. Activities and the egg looks sort of down in the mouth and the chicken says hey, egg. What's wrong? The egg goes. Because we answered that question.
Unknown Speaker 29:20 This is 922257033 C four a zero F. Three C ECDB. D bd 819. A. Four six D 626999. Do you want a F for a? That's the joke.
Unknown Speaker 29:46 Hi, this is Liezl you want to hear a long joke.
Unknown Speaker 29:49 Joke.
Unknown Speaker 29:52 What's a Hawaiian favorite holiday?
Unknown Speaker 29:54 Halloween? What do you call a petite fortune teller who's escaped from jail? A small Medium at large. Why have you never seen a hippo hiding in a tree? Because they're really good at it? By
Unknown Speaker 30:10 Hey, it's Jason again. I was wondering, you know how to catch a unique rabbit. Well, unique upon it. You're out to catch a team rabbit. Team way.
Unknown Speaker 30:24 I met a filter. This is bond cliff. This is kind of awkward. But has anyone heard from my kid? Hey, it's fizz. Just thought I'd call in and as I promised in one of the meta talk threads. I would go full dad jokes. So here we go. Why can't you hear a pterodactyl using the bathroom? Because the P is silent. I used to work for a soft drink can pressure that was so depressing. What's the advantage of living in Switzerland? Well, FLAC is a big plus. I've just written a song about a tortilla. Well, it's more of a rap really. I thought about going on an all almond diet. But that's just that's when I hear a joke about construction. That right? I'm still working on it. Safe ponds that are a rare medium. Well done. Eight o'clock yesterday, was so time consuming. Why did the Clydesdale give the pony a glass of water? Because he was a little hoarse. I said to the doctor, can you give me something for my liver? Gave me a pound of onions. To go Fisher and attain one says to the other? Do you know how to drive this thing? I have the heart of a lion and a lifetime ban from the San Diego Zoo. What do you call a fake noodle? an imposter? Well, I think that's enough terrible dad jokes. So this is wishing everyone a April Fool's. And I'll continue to post about video games, that's probably never going to change. Have a good one. Bye.
Cortex 32:24 I also liked Chinese fashions. Rules for good storytelling or fascinating storytelling. Just a nice little sort of write up of hey, here's some storytelling tips. You know, here's how to tell your story so that it's good instead of tedious. Which just go read it because like, you know, I mean, it's that's kind of what it's for. Ironically, I've never started a story
Jessamyn 32:46 with the weather unless the weather directly influences what happens in the story. That's like the classic one about the gun. Right? You don't insert a gun into the first act unless you're gonna use it by the third act.
Cortex 32:57 Yeah. Well, it's yeah, yes. Chekhov's gun.
Jessamyn 33:03 Never ever use internet language in a verbal context. Wow.
Cortex 33:07 Well, you know what I fear. I figure there's, there's exceptions to every rule. And that's one that I could see someone finding a way to make it work. But if someone was trying to convey a convincing narrative, and they just stopped to say, Hashtag blessed, and it's not about
Jessamyn 33:23 right, and you're not in a specific internet nerd context, yeah.
Cortex 33:26 That's just like, Yeah, that's awesome.
Jessamyn 33:29 Well, I've clap for it. 37 times, which is my the amount I clap for everything.
Cortex 33:34 Is that how is that how it works on medium, you can like click as many times as you want, you can
Jessamyn 33:39 clap up to 50 times, but you don't have to click all the time, you can literally just hold your finger down on the mouse. But here's the thing, I have a tendency to write for library audiences. And they don't know this. So they
Cortex 33:52 click once. Yeah, that's what I would do to
Jessamyn 33:55 Great. Well, they've changed it at some point. And theoretically, there's instructions over the top like by clapping more or less you can signal to us which stories really hand out. Yeah, but it's not at all clear.
Cortex 34:06 That's nuts.
Jessamyn 34:08 So anybody who's not like an inside baseball internet person doesn't know that you can clap 50 times for things.
Cortex 34:15 Yeah. Cheese. Cheese.
Jessamyn 34:19 Exactly. I don't know. I become the great equalizer and everybody gets 37 claps
Cortex 34:26 that's that's that's that's good. That's an you know, prime number. So
Jessamyn 34:31 yeah, well, of course.
Cortex 34:33 I also liked
Jessamyn 34:35 this you were just in these projects. There's like six projects and you're liking all of them. That's what I didn't like them. I just they weren't whatever
Cortex 34:44 it was, yeah, it's this and that. It's a very this and that sort of month. That's just little things but they're a little things that I liked in a lot of cases. So I like this thing from pirate bartenders army monkey which is a Eat song they wrote in line belta which in the TV show the expanse and presumably the books, the expenses based on Bible read them but the TV show definitely has a whole lot of actors who are members of this working class outerspace chunk of humanity called Belters because they work out on the asteroid belt.
Jessamyn 35:21 Is this a show that you watch? Yeah, it's a good.
Cortex 35:25 I liked it. It's, it's, it's not perfect, but I enjoyed it.
Jessamyn 35:29 It's in what way does it fail to be perfect in like, sadism way or just like,
Cortex 35:36 just kind of soggy writing at times, like, it's a setting I really like and the cast is pretty darn good. And then the storytelling just kind of has its strong moments. And it's not so strong moments. And it varies a lot, you know. So it's like one of the things where I kept watching it, because I was Jeff definitely enjoying it. But Angela, and I would both sort of like the sum episode to be like, that wasn't so you know, just like feels like they get trapped in sub narrative arcs for a couple episodes that are Yeah, interesting, that sort of thing. And a certain amount of a certain amount of stupid decision making for the sake of preserving the previous stupid decision making characters or doing one of the things where like,
Jessamyn 36:13 definitely watch shows like that. Yeah. But it's
Cortex 36:17 still it's fun. And it's interesting, and it looks really good. And the cast is good. And they have, among other things, this whole notion that there's like these asteroid belt working class folks who essentially have existed out here for generations, and as a result have developed their own Creel, they develop their own culture, they've got their own physiology to some extent, because they've got all this long time low grab living, so you have taller, skinnier people. Oh, and the language is something that they just use in the show in a very sort of, like throwing it in their way to the point where it's like, it's a little bit like viewer hostile in a scene setting way where like, you have the sense and like, I have no idea what I can't tell what they're saying. Yeah, and because it sort of creates taken from a mix of us feels like, you know, English, and maybe some Chinese, maybe some Jamaican in there, and you so you've got a real I don't know my English and British dialects well enough to say, but I want to say sort of like, there's some like South London, or southern England sort of patois in there. And all just in sort of a jumble. So as a viewer, you tend to get like the bits and pieces that are taken from English and those jump out and you just have to sort of glean context from there. As a result anyway, so by our bartenders, zombie monkey, wrote a song in Beltre about stuff happening in the context of the expanse universe, and I think that's super fucking rad. So I thought that was really neat. And it's just a nice little folk song, basically.
Unknown Speaker 37:59 Oh, that's cool. Yeah. I thought that was very cool.
Jessamyn 38:02 Is it on music as well?
Cortex 38:03 I don't know. Actually. That's a good question. Maybe I'll pop into projects and inquire at some point. Yeah.
Jessamyn 38:10 That's so cool, though.
Cortex 38:11 What a cool little project. Yeah. So I thought that's pretty great. Yeah, no, please.
Jessamyn 38:18 Well, I just had a bunch of jobs because Jobs was what grabbed my attention this month. Do it for whatever reason? Well, one job is if you're getting married in Massachusetts, between now and July, cocoa girl is doing a training to like design ceremonies and performances and would like to do your wedding in exchange for feedback about how she did your wedding. And as somebody who's performing a wedding in Massachusetts, next month, this is very interesting to me, because you know, it's a it's a small club, the kind of wedding performing people. Yeah. Then the mice have been eating my headphone thing. Looking back, but I thought that was an interesting job. And if you're in Massachusetts, you should look Coco girl up. Also, there's a cool digital archivist job that is at Villanova, which is in Pennsylvania, and it's Catholic University. They're big into diversity and inclusion and did a digital archiving jobs are interesting. This would be with M Foyt. Ah, Michael Hoyt, who I guess works there. He is Biblio Barian on Twitter. So I assume we are already friends. But I just thought that was cool. And lastly, if you are thinking, hey, I would like to spend some time in Queens starting next week for a week. Holborn needs someone to look after. them and their husband are leaving need someone to feed and hang out with cats that job pays
Cortex 39:59 for those That's yeah.
Jessamyn 40:03 And there's some other stuff. Some writing stuff, some calculus stuff. Illustrated dinosaur by Sunday. I think we missed the gate on that one. But some interesting some interesting other other things. But yeah, just scored for. I mean, I just have to say like, we get that extra hour now and like, it's sunny like I can still see the sun setting out I can't see the sun but like, it's still light on the horizon and it's 8pm here and it just gets in your bones and like, Saturday was the day where like the sun comes out and everybody loses their damn mind. And it was nice. And so it's just made me cheerier about everything. And I feel like I can see it on metal filter
Cortex 40:49 as someone who gets up before seven every workday I've not been as excited about the hour change because it's still, you know, whatever the sun. It'll be around all summer, but, but I pretty much adjusted to that. And there's really been some nice weather in Portland. Well, and
Jessamyn 41:06 I live in a little holler. Right? So like the sun was setting at 2:45pm. And that's not
Unknown Speaker 41:13 really. Yeah, see? I think so.
Cortex 41:17 On the other hand, getting up at 630 and it feeling like you're 530 also a bit silly. So that sounds hard. It's complicated. Yeah, complicated. But yeah, it was like what was last time you were like at 530 in the morning,
Jessamyn 41:28 I was probably on an airplane. I'm going to Hawaii in two weeks speaking of and I have a red eye back. And like, I'm going to New York. I'm flying out of New York. It's a 10 hour direct flight, which is pretty amazing and crazy. But then on the way back, it's a read I so I get into JFK at like seven o'clock in the morning, so I'm probably awake. And then I get to get on an eight hour train ride home. But then at the end of the trip, I just walk off the train into my apartment. Like, there's no driving involved. I'm just at home. Let's face it up. Yeah, I don't have to pay anybody any money. I don't have to walk through any gates. I don't have to do any crazy airport shit. I'm just at home and I can probably sleep on the train. So I'm crossing my fingers that this is going to be fun and interesting and not the worst decision I ever made. Have you probably be up at 530 in the morning, and if they have internet on the plane, I will text you.
Cortex 42:28 Nice. Yeah. Hey, Josh. Yeah.
Jessamyn 42:31 Josh. Josh. Josh. Josh. I'm on the plane. Hi, morning. Hey.
Cortex 42:42 Should we talk about Metafilter? Do you want to tell joke first? Out of jokes, okay. Sure. Okay, so. So a horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, Hey, Buddy went along face.
Jessamyn 43:01 You get your groove back. That was great delivery.
Cortex 43:04 So a horse walks into a bar. And before the bartender can say a word, it just turns around and walks right back out again. And the bartender shouts after him Hey, buddy, why the About face? Because he didn't about
Jessamyn 43:20 that's out there for a second.
Cortex 43:23 So horse walks into a bar. No. bartender says hey, what can I get you to the horses? I'll have a beer and then bartenders pouring a beer and looks down and he says I can't help but notice you're wearing a small like bikini top like elaborately embroidered. And the horses Yeah, I was just wondering like why the thong lace
Jessamyn 43:47 you know that the thong isn't you don't wear it on the top right.
Cortex 43:50 Yeah, no, no, I meant to say Bikini Bottom. Did I say top? Well, that completely destroyed is that joke. Well go back and edit that. We'll fix that in the in the mix. point is the point is that a horse walks into a bar bartender starts to say Hey, buddy, what can I get you but before we can finish the horse just pulls out and pepper spray just sprays him for like a solid minute just endlessly just like just emptying a canister and pulling on another one. And the bartender's like wait a minute, stop, stop, stop. Jeez. Jeez, buddy. Why the long mace?
No, I ripped on him the other day and I made brief notes and then I'm expanding them in real time. So of course first through red tape across the doorway of a bar, panting and followed closely by another horse and then another a dozen or so eventually pile in they're catching their breath. They're sort of cursing and stamping and laughing and hugging and winning. And they all agree that the first one through deserves the trophy which is an elaborate glass pipe for smoking weed and they hand it over to him and they all cheer and the bartender is watching this whole thing and he says Hey buddies why the bong race
Jessamyn 44:59 I'm enjoying Getting this see if I can figure out what the hell you're talking about that you get to the end of this
Cortex 45:05 that is pretty much the whole spirit of the thing, I think because a horse walks into a bar. And before the bartender can say anything, he just walks straight over to an arcade machine that he puts in a quarter, and he starts driving the little guy in red overalls round, he's climbing ladders and jumping barrels and just doing this at amazing speed, and in no time flat, he just like walks away from the machine and lets it like, lose, but the score is the highest Bart's machine has ever seen. Like no one has ever jumped over barrels or climbed ladders or defeated giant monkeys better than this horse as in the bartender, just like let me give you a beer on the house. But can I ask you why the why the con ace.
Jessamyn 45:52 These aren't funny anymore.
Cortex 45:54 So bear, a bear walks into a bar. And a bartender says we're going to get you in the Bear says I'll have a beer. And the bartender nods and pours of appearances. Okay, but can I ask you why the why the big pause and the bear just looks down and says I don't know that my dad had them too.
So it's a horse walks into a bar. And a bartender says What can I get you in? The horse says can I get a beer and party so sure buddy in person versus but let me ask you why the long space sees the same joke, but it's changed. So if it's the horse thing. Anyway, I do want to talk about Metafilter
Jessamyn 46:43 why the big paws?
Cortex 46:46 Well, yeah, but it's bear has pause and then the horse doesn't have pause so you can see the pauses along space. It's like a synonym.
Jessamyn 46:58 I think there's probably some one of those things called the song. The benders, the enters. The Belters, the Belters, the Belters, that's probably some kind of space joke you can make about the Belters?
Cortex 47:12 Probably, probably. There's probably a belter song about like a guy who would stop telling bad jokes about horses and so they stabbed him. Oh, sack kind of show, huh? Whoa, did you ever got out of hand maybe like they're not like the mob or anything? They're sort of some mob guys but like, you
Jessamyn 47:29 know, it's not not that kind of show. Like the Belters?
Cortex 47:32 Definitely. It's It's It's definitely like the seedier establishments in the galaxy. You're gonna be like Beltre.
Jessamyn 47:39 I started watching Peaky Blinders on you ever
Cortex 47:42 watched that? I, I've heard it's good. The Catholics good. But
Jessamyn 47:46 there's about two minutes of every episode. That's too much for me. And the rest of it's amazing. And so two minutes out of an hour is fine. But it is like every now and again, I'm like, Oh, God, this is when it all turns a bad corner. And it doesn't, you know, I worry, but that's what kind of keeps it interesting. I like it. Nice. So, meta filter.
Cortex 48:08 So meta filter. There's lots of stuff on meta filter this month.
Jessamyn 48:12 My favorite post, like, this is how I mean, I spend a lot of time on AskMe and a filter, as you probably know, but like I met a filter proper, I mostly wind up there either because somebody sends me a link to something or I hear about it, or I learn about something that delights me and then I go to metal filter to make sure everybody I met a filter knows about it, and there's usually a post about it. So my example for this is punk he's post about the goalie. Like hockey says you have to have two goalies available for playing
Cortex 48:47 Oh, I saw this in passing. But yes, tell me more well, and
Jessamyn 48:50 the story itself, it's like there's the headline story, which is like 36 year old accountant winds up playing for the Chicago Blackhawks and blocks seven out of seven. Realistically, the dude is someone who's the best goalie in like the beauty League, you know, like the non professional league who plays just like Amateur Hockey sports. And it's rare that the goalie gets called up. Because this weird, arbitrary rule, but like he always knew it could happen. But what's really rare is that he actually gets to play. And so this guy Scott Foster 36 years old, suited up and played hockey as a goalie for the Blackhawks and blocked seven attempts. And so now he's not in the NHL anymore. He was officially in the NHL for one game, and he's got a perfect record. And you know, it's adorable because like he did a little presser afterwards, you know? And like he was really good, like funny but not too funny. Like he clearly loves hockey. But also he was like a regular random accountant dude playing in the NHL and it was funny. So like, people loved it. He was up for it. The thread was cute. The whole thing was just what I liked about Metafilter. Sounds
Cortex 50:05 fantastic, was fun. Let's see things I liked. Oh. Where do I, where do I start? There's there was I continue to play plunk bat, aka pub G, aka player unknowns, battlegrounds continue to play that with friends and enjoy it. But it has spawned, and I think I've sort of like described the general outline of that whole battle royale genre on a previous podcast, but basically a bunch of people in a multiplayer game, land on an island or in some strange location. And then they're all pushed together by ever closing circles until the last man standing is alive. Right? So crazy. Yeah. And it's fun. And it's very stressful. plunk bat has Yes. Yeah. And usually in a good way, although it's one of those games. Like if I'm not in the mood for it, I really shouldn't play it, because I'm just gonna be grumpy. Yeah. But plonk bat has been hugely successful over the last year. And so over the last six months, in particular other games have, or companies have been trying to get a piece of this, what's probably going to be like the definitive genre pie of the 2018 videogame season. And one of them is that action. Yeah. And fortnight is a game from a game studio called Epic that's been in the game for a long time. And they're just always sort of they're they haven't put out a big hit in a while. But they were building this game called fortnight where you got together with a team of people, a small team, and you built a fortress, like, out of ramshackle like, you know, wood nails and whatnot, and you built some little fort and then zombies would attacking, shooting them to try and keep them off and you prepare your fort and repeat. And that was a whole game. And they worked on this for years and years. And they put it out. And it was okay. Like, you know, it's some people bought it that didn't do as well as I think they were hoping it would, but I think it did well enough to sort of be okay, and they didn't like bath on it. And then plunk bat comes along and becomes this huge phenomena. And some of the epic like apparently immediately said, Ooh, this is something and so they build this free to play out on mode for this game they'd built. They'd spent five years building this game. And then they just knocked together in a few months, this free side game that's riffing on this battle royale genre. And that
Jessamyn 52:18 says people like the genre, it would be like building a little Tetris onto the side of your community website.
Cortex 52:23 Yeah. Yeah, yeah, exactly. be exactly like that. And equally profitable. No doubt. So yeah, fortnight has just like, the battle royale has just blown up. So it's like this huge thing. It's actually like competing with plunk bat legitimately for sort of eyeballs
Jessamyn 52:40 on XPad is not the real name of the thing. No, it's not what you call it,
Cortex 52:43 just what I live in.
Jessamyn 52:45 He mentions it in the thread. And yeah, even more, there's always there's always someone
Cortex 52:49 grumpy in a metaphor thread about saying pluck bat and I'm always in there saying plunk bat and Rock Paper Shotgun, the gaming website that I particularly like a bunch of mostly British folks. Sure, who aren't regressive. dickheads, which is nice. They call it that early on and have more or less stuck with
Jessamyn 53:08 it. And so it's like this a nickname. And that's what people call it.
Cortex 53:11 It's I mean, the game has player unknowns. battlegrounds is a terrible name for a game like it's just like a giant mouthful of marbles. It's you know, so everybody calls it something other than that, and I don't see what's wrong with punk, but I think it's perfectly fine. But anyway, so fortnight is really sort of like outshining punk back in terms of like phenomenon levels at this point, they're both making money hand over fist, I'm sure. But fortnight's like a little bit more accessible looking a little bit less dire looking. Its runs on an engine that isn't constantly falling over. So it'll be interesting to see how this plays out. But there's this post from Phys. About sort of what's going on with fortnight's Battle Royale and the fortnight and plunk bet thing and it's it's kind of, I think, probably interesting reading from the outside even if you don't play either, and don't intend to ever play them, just because that's kind of the big video game rivalry slash dynamic right now. So it's a nice roundup of stuff as usual, Facebook's got a good post, and then it turned into a bunch of discussion of both fortnight and plunk bat and I thought it was interesting. I actually ended up asking a couple people like questions because I know about fortnight but I haven't played it more than just a little bit and I didn't really dig it when I did. It just feels very different. So it's not what I'm used to. But this whole building mechanic that they have in the game carried over from the original fortnight like that was like the whole thing in fortnight. And then you throw away almost all the stuff that made that make sense in battle royale instead say, Hey, everybody, just go try and kill each other in the next 20 minutes. All of a sudden building stuff feels like kind of maybe an also ran thing. You've been watching and playing. We're saying like no actually it actually does become really tackling import. If you watch the people who are good at the game. One of the things we're doing is just like lightening speed building up stuff to give themselves cover from a guy who's shooting them for a distance or get a positional Measure whatnot. So that was interesting to me to hear that there is something going on above and beyond just like, well, we built this coffee cart into the side of a Volkswagen. So we, we got to keep the Volkswagen, you know, whether it's just like completely alighted, you know, all the things that made that exist in the first place, or if it's actually become sort of part of the gameplay, which it sounds like has been so that's interesting. So I dug that I it's like, basically, here's a secret tip on hacking metal filter, culturally speaking, make a postdoc pluck bat and make sure I see it. And I'm gonna like the post. That's pretty much. That's a gimme.
Jessamyn 55:39 Like a lot of work. Oh, sure. Yeah.
Cortex 55:42 I mean, you won't get anything out of it other than me showing up and saying, Hey, as you're like, plug that, but I will. Yeah, so that's the thing. But I talked about that more than I expected to apparently, the former
Jessamyn 55:55 bandied about as long as I explained.
Cortex 56:01 What did you like on metal filter?
Jessamyn 56:03 I made a post about YouTube elevator. filmers.
Cortex 56:06 Oh, nice. I don't even know what that is, or means. And I'm excited already. Neither did I think, people who stand in elevators and film. Yeah, they just
Jessamyn 56:17 stand in the lobby and film like, it's just super. I mean, again, like, I'm only saying this, because this is not a culture I do anything about and essentially, like one of the oldest elevators in the country is in Massachusetts. And so I was Googling, trying to find some authentication of the fact that this was maybe the oldest, continually functioning elevator in the country. And what I found was this wiki. It's all about people who are nuts about elevators, and then who filmed them. And then there was an article about it on what T and W The Next Web, but yeah, it's just a whole bunch of people who are just super interested in elevators, different kinds of elevators, who makes this elevator, you know, who what kind of buttons does it have? What does it do? And then they collect videos of these elevators. And, you know, they're in little like YouTube groups of them. And it's actually super cool. Like any real nerd thing where nerds are getting nerdy about it. So I, you know, made a little post about it, which was basically a single link, YouTube elevator post, what was it a YouTube link, it was a link to an article about YouTubers. Sure. But I had no idea. They just film elevators. And then there's these kinds of elevators they only have in like, there's not that many of them in Europe, that are kind of like escalators, only their elevators, like, it's literally like a hole in the wall. And like, like, steps that come every, you know, maybe six or eight feet, and you have to like, and they just move, they don't stop at any floor. They just move they move slowly, but they just move. So you just have to like step into them when it's your turn. And then you'll go to the next floor. So it's great if you feel agile and kind of like, fucking around with stuff and it's exceptionally bad. I mean, these are these are, there's no place where these are the elevators. Like if you're somebody who gets around using a wheelchair, it's not like Well, tough shit. You have to use this like they're always just an extra elevator. But yeah, where you just step in and get on a moving platform that never stops for you.
Cortex 58:32 You know the secret to using those elevators right is timing.
Jessamyn 58:38 Okay, is it me? Or was that like set of jokes? One the beginning of it was the word timing and then there's like 28 Blank seconds or something. Oh, shit that that to me on purpose.
Cortex 58:55 Did that by accident like that was the first call that came in and I think I didn't monitor it for that's actually good to know because I should go clean that out well or
Jessamyn 59:04 not or that's the joke but like I was just like, what what?
Cortex 59:09 Yep. Now I got a couple other things I needed to go fix because of people having fun like like fizz called and left minute long message that was a bunch of jokes and then a sort of greeting at the end. And the first time all I got was the greeting at the end and it's like there's a minute long pause of static is like is this is this the joke is this is this a high concept thing is this maybe maybe
Jessamyn 59:32 on problems are nerds would be high concept about it. I wrote him
Cortex 59:36 and said hey, I think this was you but I can't tell because one of the many things that may have been lost was the name of the person who did it but this happens like oh no, there was supposed to be jokes there so he called back and left another message.
Jessamyn 59:47 Oh, nice. Good. I'm glad that worked out. Oh, I also really liked man of twists and turns did a really good post. These were all like either at the very beginning of the very end of the month. I swear I was here all month. Up About the lottery hackers, these people who figured out how they could spend an awful lot of money on the lottery and also win an awful lot of money at the lottery. Like you have to do it at scale, and maybe break some rules, like I read the article, but I don't remember the specifics, because I was like, Well, that sounds complicated. But it was not only an interesting article, but it was an interesting conversation about, like, how the whole thing works. And I found the whole thing super interesting. Yeah. You basically had to play the lottery, like it was your job, like eight hours a day, all you're doing is like printing out and checking lottery tickets, and then you need to, like leave them all in the garage, kind of. But if you do, you could win a shit ton of money, maybe, or you used to have been able to.
Cortex 1:00:49 I was, it's interesting. I was reading, I was reading the article, and I got about halfway through and then got distracted by something. Because like, as well, it's further than articles. Good. But then I got to a point that started to sound familiar. Like, oh, wait, I know this part of the store, I guess when it gets to a later on and dealing with I think people from MIT or something. Right? That was my link. And that I'm looking at glasses with thread here now because I just read the essay. I hadn't even like looked at the thread. And people are mentioning escabeche his book, how not to be wrong, which is really
Jessamyn 1:01:19 good, which is so good. I have read that book. And it is great. And that I
Cortex 1:01:23 think is where I learned more of that story was he wrote about some of the later on stuff in that in the book. So yes, that ties nicely together. Now. Now I know where I read about that it's probably medical or somewhere Well, kind of
Jessamyn 1:01:39 via metal filter. Yeah,
Cortex 1:01:40 via metal filter. In a delightful indirect sense. I really liked okay, I enjoyed this music post that Jay Harris made, specifically Super Mario Brothers to music, specifically fucked with Super Mario Brothers to music. And changed a little bit of code to make the musical scale basically run upside down. But otherwise leaving everything in the same and it creates a discordant but not completely discordant sort of alien sounding, Super Mario Brothers music and it's really great. I liked it a lot. And it got me thinking about like, what's going on here. And we ended up sort of debating and speculating and thread about exactly how it was handled.
Jessamyn 1:02:24 Well, that's a link to your comment where you kind of explain what's actually going on. It looks like high nerdery for people who are really interested in what that means.
Cortex 1:02:31 Yeah, I was I was digging in on it that day. And then it was confirmed on Twitter that I my theory was correct. I was like, Yes, I did it. But just just leave. You don't have to care about any of the like theoretical stuff or speculation. Just go listen to the music. Because it's weird. Like you don't necessarily need to have ever been played Super Mario Brothers. To appreciate it. It helps, I think give it context, but it's just some weird video game, bizarro music, and I liked it a lot. I also dug this post from maybe just to a nice little puzzle game called battleship solitaire that somebody made and put on the internet. And I've actually seen it a few weeks back I think waxie posted about it at some point somewhere. But then it just showed up on Metafilter the other day is like oh hey this thing and it's really nice and it got me looking a little bit more about the puzzle and got folks talking about the puzzle and puzzles and whatnot. And yeah it's a it's a nice little chill out puzzle pastime if you're looking for some puzzle that's not too hard, but kind of keeps your brain half busy for a few minutes. This this is a really nice one.
Jessamyn 1:03:39 I like it. I like it just to look at it.
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Unknown Speaker 1:06:18 Hi, this is target face. And here's my joke. You know, I used to worry that my son was spoiled. But then I realized, oh, kids smell that way.
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Unknown Speaker 1:06:41 this is church era and I wanted to share my favorite joke. I hope it's not too late to make it into the podcast. So what is a snail riding on a turtles backstay we and to make it particularly entertaining, you have to picture that the scale is blurring like aviator goggles over his face and his eye stalks circling back in the breeze and he's also going to start floating in the wind as well. All right, thanks. Hey, Vinnie McGee. What did the right I say that the left I will train us on things now.
Unknown Speaker 1:07:22 Hi, this is Stan chick and I have a couple of jokes for you. What does this the tourists eat for breakfast? That's in a numeral. Baby Boomers like to blame Millennials for everything but who put the carpet over these hardwood floors? Brenda? What did the left ass cheek say to the right s cheek? If we stick together that we could end all this shit. Thanks.
Unknown Speaker 1:07:46 Hello, this is juice though. No, thank you. And here's my terrible joke. I'm really sorry about this. What do you call a computer floating in the ocean? Adele Rolling in the Deep. Yeah, I know. Sorry about that.
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Unknown Speaker 1:08:25 City man finds himself out in the country one morning, decides to take a little walk. And as he's going along, he comes up across a field firmer standing in the lane beside the field. And the white cow and a black cow standing around near the farmer grazing is he comes up past him he thinks well better makes some conversations. Oh, Farmer. How are you doing today? I'm fine. And how about your cows? He says oh, the black cow. So good today, she's just absolutely fine. He says, What about the white cow? The white cow is fine too. And they're both sort of standing there looking at each other and not really sure the city man just tries to make some conversation he says are your cows healthier? Your two cows there and he says oh, the black cows so good. Always a perfect vet record. Really, really good. The black cow is just in what about the white cow? White cows pretty healthy too. And do your cows give a lot of milk? Well, you should see the black cow around milking time always fill a milk bucket and a half out to her every time. And what about the white cow? Oh she gives a lot of milk to and you can see the city man and I'm sure you as well starting to see something a little odd in the situation and the city guy asks he says I don't mean to be too personal or Mr. Farmer but seems like you're always favoring the black cow. What's up with that? He says well the Black House mine and my Carol's black carries its own What about the white cow? White cows mine too.
Jessamyn 1:10:00 I think that is my meta filter. I have a little bit of AskMe Metafilter. Let's do it. Um, well, one of the things that I thought was very interesting was this question by Trinsic Trinsic W. S, who lives in Vancouver, BC, and they talk to people, and people a lot of times, kind of overshare. But they then don't ask Trinsic ws anything about them. And that's super different than what they're used to. And I kind of like it because the tags are making friends. No curiosity. And I think what they mean is making friends, no curiosity, but it just sounds making friends. No. Curiosity.
Cortex 1:10:48 I'm hearing Lionel Hutz be like, Oh, they screwed this all up. Making friends. No, no, really awesome.
Jessamyn 1:10:55 But there's a lot of, you know, decent feedback about like, people who are from the Maritimes, or people who are from New England, or people who are from different places, talking about kind of what, what's normal, and especially talking about kind of in an age of kind of selfies and social media and people being more blah, blah, blah, me and my stuff that for a lot of people, they just assume you're going to talk about yourself, if you want to talk about themselves. Yeah, I'm not going to ask you, because that would seem unmannerly. And then other people are like, alright, seems unmannerly to just not ask the person. So it was just interesting hearing different people because there's not like, you don't get to the end of it. And they're like, therefore these people are fucked. And these people are right. It's just different people being like, Oh, well, this is how I would feel about that kind of exchange. And I learned a lot.
Cortex 1:11:42 Yeah. Ya know, it's an interesting thing. Like, if you don't know, like, if you've just acquired a specific sort of social rhythm, instead of acquiring it as a strategy among others, then like, yeah, how disoriented is when people just suddenly are not doing the give part of give and take, etcetera. So
Jessamyn 1:12:01 especially because like, you know, we've all got that friend who doesn't ask about you and is rude. And then other friends who, when you're like, hey, and my day, they're like, oh, yeah, like, I totally want to hear about it. I've just kind of in my own head. But like, yeah, with strangers. Well, slightly challenging. How do you figure it out? I enjoyed it. I learned some things. Oh, oh, um, so you actually use AskMe Metafilter. This month? A little
Cortex 1:12:27 I answered a question today. I mean, I saw your answer. Yeah. They AFAB Ulis was asking on Twitter about how to set up some simple plain website hosting.
Jessamyn 1:12:41 I didn't see him. I didn't see him asking this on Twitter. He asked
Cortex 1:12:45 on Twitter. And then I think he went to ask him because like, I need more information. So it's a good way to go. It's like, hey, there's a website for that. It's perfect. And I think I had said on Twitter, like, Yeah, but I see posted ads, so you get better answers there. And then came over laters, like, oh, maybe I should write some more to basically, he's looking for simple web hosting, but with some specific details, like, you know, wants, wants to be able use a custom domain name, wants to be able to FTP stuff up, doesn't want to be locked into some like, like limited templated bullshit, or whatever. already owns the domain name. So just wanted to buy that would prefer didn't cost a ton of money. Yeah. So it's sort of like a question of like, how do you get all these specific things? And I feel like people have settled on a couple of probably pretty good answers in terms of like, well, you could use s3 to do it real cheap. My suggestion, the I gave a bunch of detail on how I did all the way up, don't know if that's going to be the best fit. But my suggestion at the end of my answer was basically, maybe hire someone to do a couple hours of work to set up the Philly parts of the DIY bullshit. So you don't have to do the bullshit. But then it's already done. And you can do the cheap thing. And that might be a good fit. At that point. Of course, you're starting over and finding someone to do that. But you know,
Jessamyn 1:14:03 well, and sometimes that's the right answer. And you know, if I can figure out if that's the thing that works for him,
Cortex 1:14:08 yeah. So that's the thing. But there, that's the sort of thing people kind of know about sometimes say, hey, go go check out this question. If you have more to add beyond what's already there. Part of part of the promise is such a like a dizzying thing. And like, there's a lot of ways you could do it. And so like, it's not as easy to Google that as it would be to like Google some highly,
Jessamyn 1:14:28 because everybody's trying to show you something and my answer, while not super helpful, I at least stand behind which is like, make sure you ask your friends if they just have a place where you could host like a single website because it may be that that turns out to be I mean, that's where I host about half my stuff and like some random friends random closet, because I've got a whole bunch of super, super low key stuff. Yeah. Well, This was maybe my favorite question actually from kind of the middle of the month, which was all right, I've got a bunch of erotica. In short, I have to find a forever home for boxes of VHS and boxes of gentlemen's magazines. And they really want to give it away, not throw it away, if at all possible. And they can't they don't feel comfortable. This is mutant lobsters from Riverhead doesn't really feel comfortable, like leaving it in the woods even though of course,
Cortex 1:15:36 I mean, someone's got to see the next generation.
Jessamyn 1:15:40 Yeah, there's not a lot of answers, unfortunately. But
Cortex 1:15:44 can you imagine finding like, a VHS in the woods? Like, it's like, it's the dream but also complete? Like, what are you going to first of
Jessamyn 1:15:53 all? 1080 You
Cortex 1:15:56 could have been a kid. Sure, yeah, you go home and figure out when you're gonna be able to sneak it into, you know, a friend's VCR or something. But like right now, like, 2018 you go in the woods, you're a kid, you kind of know, sex is a thing. But you're also like, not like, able to like navigate and go buy porn or whatever. And also writes you never use the internet. Yeah, this this, this really falls apart real quick. But that's the point like and so undeniably like a smutty videotape in the woods? And then what can you possibly do with that? Like, take a picture and put it on Instagram, because you're not going to, like, put it in a VCR? You know, even if the thing would still function in the VCR. You know, right?
Jessamyn 1:16:36 Who has a VCR but like a 17 year old is not they don't even have parents who had VCRs
Cortex 1:16:42 I mean, a VHS is like 10 times the size of your phone. Wow, man.
Jessamyn 1:16:47 And there's like an hour's worth of stuff on it or too much. Yeah. Yeah. And so like Marinda has just a funny story that basically has adorable, but there's an adorable story, which I won't give the punchline to but it's worth reading that comment because that comment is adorable.
Cortex 1:17:06 Excellent. Yeah. There was a question from shapes that haunt the dusk, about how the universal translator works in Star Trek, and why some alien phrases go untranslated, despite it being a Europe versal translator? Oh, which is a pretty good question that several has jumped into and gave thoughts on and you know, ultimately, the answer is because they were writing for TV. But there is like bits and pieces of canon and like script writer and director and you know, series runner like commentary and stuff that you can dig into a little bit. So it's like, it's unambiguously a goofy question going in. But you could like there's five or six different takes on details of it here. And I really enjoyed that. Just a goofy little question. But hey, you know, it's fun to chatter about it. Star Trek, basically.
Jessamyn 1:18:03 And I want to mention this question by eyebrows McGee from yesterday. Oh, sorry. monkey toes. Have I explained to you how I confuse monkey toes and eyebrows McGee, even though they're completely different people. Those
Cortex 1:18:15 are distinctly different names.
Jessamyn 1:18:16 Yes. So monkey toes, likes videos, where acquires backup well known singers like that time, Lenny Kravitz was walking around New Orleans. And then there was like a band that was like singing his flyaway song and then he comes in like, plays drums for them. And they're all like, but she really likes those kind of things, sort of impromptu. Hey, we're singing with the famous person, and was looking for more examples. And like, I love those kinds of things, too. And they're kinda hard to find. So anybody who knows examples of those should get into this thread and give monkey toasts some feedback. Nice. Oh, and I just have to brag about this random comedy album, from the 1960s about how the MO bird went extinct.
Cortex 1:19:09 Oh, nice.
Jessamyn 1:19:11 That that I found in a couple hours and was just very happy about it. Every now and again, I feel like you know, librarianship is really where you should be. That was one of them. Yep. Fair cop rock. I helped user user cop rock who's been a user since 2006. Has asked one question, and given one answer. One favorite a very, and been favorited by others, three times copper rock is like a very, I mean, maybe it's a maybe it's a sock for someone. I have no idea. But yeah, so I was very happy about that. I felt that
Cortex 1:19:50 it was some slow, slow burn on a pretty solid username.
Jessamyn 1:19:56 Seriously, right. I mean, what 12 years so your first question and then one answer. Yeah, that's it. That person does not use this website.
Cortex 1:20:03 Well, they're they're busy singing and arresting people I guess I never actually watched any cop rock not that there was much to watch his thing. Oh my god you don't know about cop rock oh that's even better cop rock it was a
Jessamyn 1:20:20 stop saying it like it's been a make me understand it
Cortex 1:20:23 not just that it's just fun to say cop rock. Now it was a I want to say early 90s But I never saw any of it but I was aware of it. To me. It was it was a TV show. It was a musical cop show. What? Yes, it was a cop show where they were constantly fucking breaking into song. And not like a post modern like musical cop show.
Jessamyn 1:20:45 It's like bochco thing. All right. P bochco just died yesterday. Oh. Oh, bochco. Yes, Steven bochco. He's the one who did illustrate blues. That's how I know about this show. Because Randy Newman did the opening theme. I think this was I think people were talking about this in the trivia League, actually, because I had never heard about it. And somebody was talking about it. In the trivia for some reason, in the last couple months. Yeah, I don't know about it.
Cortex 1:21:15 This guy did a bunch of stuff, but I just didn't know the name. Or the
Jessamyn 1:21:19 good. Was it any good cop rock?
Cortex 1:21:21 I have no idea. It was cancelled in the first season. It was wildly mocked because it was a singing cop show. So it was like basically it was it was comedy fodder. And like late night monologue fodder from like, the very first, I think probably more people made fun of COP rock, because it was low hanging group that actually watched cop rock because the general Sham, I think I was too young to even have like, any sort of opinion about it at the time, but
Jessamyn 1:21:46 well, and this was 1990. So this was like, right when I had moved to Seattle, and like, yeah, yeah. Playing no attention to television whatsoever.
Cortex 1:21:56 So So yes. dorable I liked this question from Twilight last about some friends who formed a practice club for their sniffing dogs, and they need a name. Scout snout scouts is a real solid thing. That was contraptions answer to kind of best answer, and it was well deserved. But a bunch of bunch other fun stuff in there, too. Just you know, people come up with funny names. And I personally, I like, dy wi PI's, your dog smells. I think that's
Jessamyn 1:22:31 how does he smell? Terrible? That's right, we should have just had a part where we would literally just do punch lines.
Cortex 1:22:40 Oh, yeah, that would have been good. Pull out some of DMDs. Dad's file and just
Jessamyn 1:22:45 right. He's probably never heard that one before. Yep, yeah. lacasa nostril. I also speaking of you know, our nerves, enjoyed this pretty straightforward question that turned into lots of interesting stories. Did you skip a grade and enter elementary school? Did it ruin your life? Or save your life. But like, you know, there's a lot of precocious mefites, who came of age in various points in time when maybe it was considered a good idea to skip a kid ahead or a bad idea. Or maybe no one did that, where they were from, or whatever. So it was really interesting. Again, it's another one of those kind of not really a consensus, but different people talking about whether they were skipped ahead. They weren't skipped ahead, whether it was good, whether it was bad. Like, I just thought it was a really a really interesting thread of people sharing stories about school.
Cortex 1:23:43 Yeah, I the specter of potentially skipping a grade, like came up at some point in my childhood, but like it never got moved on. So I have no idea if that would have happened and done anything to my childhood. But like it always existed out there is that that thing that happened to some kids,
Jessamyn 1:24:01 I skipped ahead for like, I had a weird situation where I was like too small and weird to like, skip ahead. Like I just wasn't socially adept enough. And so as a result, they just skipped me ahead for reading and math. So like, during reading and math, I would take reading and math in the second grade, but I was on the first grade. And so it was just really weird. Like, there's still some math things that like kids learned in first grade that I never learned. No, seriously. Like, like subtraction, like carrying the number and subtraction. I just never learned it. Like I figured it out at some point, but I never learned it. And so it was just it was very odd, but it meant that I knew a lot of kids from first and second grade, which, you know, turned out to be fine. But yeah, my parents were like, oh, no, she's not skipping ahead of grade, which was probably a good idea. But then they just did these weird things. And it was weird.
Cortex 1:24:52 Yeah. I was skipped back a grade for one day, punitively in the third day. raid. It was the worst fucking thing from this awful, awful
Jessamyn 1:25:05 Elementary School, the young and so they were like, I'm gonna put you with the younger kids.
Cortex 1:25:08 I was. I was a distractible kid. And precocious, and the two combined poorly and this teacher just she sucked. And like, apparently that's
Jessamyn 1:25:18 the only way to think like that, but not till seventh grade. Yeah,
Cortex 1:25:22 I was just I was so fucking mortified and like, embarrassed and, like, confused and angry. And every possible reaction you could have to some, like, adult figure being bizarrely shitty to you in some bureaucratic way that you would never even consider was possible that like, you know, it was Yeah, it really It fucked me up that day for sure. And I think that just like was,
Jessamyn 1:25:49 didn't like go yell at my mom.
Cortex 1:25:51 And lots once. Part of the thing was about because I was I was I was, I was a fun pleasant kid. But I was also quiet. I was real quiet, I believe, you know, obviously
Jessamyn 1:26:02 very, very, super quiet, too. I believe you.
Cortex 1:26:05 But so I didn't. I didn't like tell my parents about stuff without great reluctance. Most of the time. Like if I was embarrassed about something, like I internalized it like roaches in the story. I a million people could tell you about like dumb stuff from their childhood that was, like, harder on them than they need to be because I didn't necessarily know that they could say, hey, a fucked up thing happened. And I'm gonna tell you, right. On the scale of fucked up things is like a pretty minor one. Like I had not terribly fucked up childhood. But this was one memorable bright moment at age seven or age eight when this happened. And it was like, ah, yeah, so anyway, that's all just coming back up right now. No, no, it's fine. I'm well adjusted, and she is dead. So you know, it's like it worked out. Okay.
Jessamyn 1:26:51 I mean, that is the thing that me and my sister do occasionally do when like, one of us starts getting on a Jag about like, whatever, some awful teacher from elementary school. We're like, well, I'm still alive and she died. So it's not really a grown up way of dealing with the grown up thing that happened. So exactly.
Cortex 1:27:10 You know, what do you do? You got the other ask stuff you want to mention. Okay, I'll run through. I did not get ahead of the game on music. So hey, go listen to music. There's a bunch of good music. I'll post a Tetris theme from the from the April Fool's thing. I was really good. By the way. I enjoyed that. I thought about it. I put it off for like a week. And then like, one morning the other day, in five minutes while I was in the shower, I just like recorded three impromptu acapella bits. And yep, I hope someone is blasted that loudly in their office and driven some people crazy because I had, I
Jessamyn 1:27:45 was just so happy when I learned that you could play music because I was just like, playing Snake for a while was like, Oh, this is fun, whatever that was like that I decided to read the screen. I was like music. And then God, I think
Cortex 1:28:01 it works best that way. It's something you can find a little bit later or someone says something that you like, wait, what? And go back for it? Yes. Because if everybody got assaulted with it, autoplaying I think people would have been like, borderline and grumpy. Right? I don't love this. But instead, you know, it's like, Oh, I did this to myself. Alright. Some fun things from meta talk. I'll run through real quick. I mean, we've talked about the April Fool's thing I'll throw in the link for for reference, I guess. But that was fun. There was a March Madness thread, which I don't pay any attention. So I don't know. It's basketball. Yeah, I think so. NCAA basketball. Is that oh, it might be it might be over. Like I don't Well, I mean, there's no spoilers here. Either way, but I think something happened with eyebrows is Team One thing. But that's as much as I know there was cheering in the metal filter slack the other day,
Jessamyn 1:28:55 so I reached out you can and there's somebody called Muffet McGraw. Which is pretty funny, because that was like my mom's nickname. Oh my god. That's so funny. All right,
Cortex 1:29:05 so that happened. There were a couple posts about the little mobile games that mefites were playing if you want to play mobile games with mefites There's one weird chicken game Oh yeah. AIG Incorporated. Yeah. I'm not I'm not reinstalling that one but I'm glad that they added a little bit more to it since I last played it was I got to sort of like an empty place where it's like you can give us money or you can stop making progress. It's like I'll just I'll just stop playing the game. But I had a good time up until then, which is how it always goes I think is what I said in the thread. But there was also a post about another one called Love Nikki dress up queen that I am totally playing and this is eyebrows as fault. It's like paper drawl. Dress Up game where you're collecting clothes to put on to have basically fashion fights in the street with people. This is a game. It's a game I almost I almost opened the podcasting. I almost I almost wrote to you to say, Hey, you gotta play. Just put an hour into this and let's talk about the next podcast because it's,
Jessamyn 1:30:05 I'll do it for the next podcast remind me okay? Are you done with it by then?
Cortex 1:30:09 Possibly, I've kind of hit the point where they're kind of like, Hey, give us money. But we'll see. I might stick with it. There's a meta filter team now. So
Jessamyn 1:30:15 I feel literally the only thing I did was clicked on eyebrows, McGee's six arms like and looked at a picture and was like, well, that's some something
Cortex 1:30:23 if you're gonna look at one Nicky screenshot, that's a good way to go. But it's also the game is called Love Nikki dress of Queen, which is a mouthful, they need to be given something like plunk bed. So I just think it was like, what people say. Yeah, no, no. So but but love Nikki. I still like weeks into playing this thing. I want to call it darling Nikki every time which is not what this game is. Like, that would be a very different game to like, with a print soundtrack and everything. But anyway, couple games, you can go play. There's also a meta talk thread that's been interesting. And just like basically exactly the meta talk thread. I expected to be posted by Catia fumbles partner, who was working with another researcher, and they're doing research on moderation on the internet. And they've been
Jessamyn 1:31:16 reading that thread. And I think I commented a couple times. Yeah. 10 Assholes. 10,000 people happy. I think that's gonna be my quote for the month.
Cortex 1:31:27 Yeah, that seems like one of the takeaways. But anyway, it's interesting, and they're looking for comments from people about moderation. This is not like the thread is not like a formal survey or anything if they're just sort of like looking for thoughts. But they also you can make by mail cards, if you want to write something directly instead of posted in the thread. And that's been Yeah, it's been really interesting to read through. And I've been trying to stay mostly hands off but answering a couple questions. And yeah, so that's cool. I'm looking forward to the that research finishing up I'm looking to see their their final paper. Yeah. And
Jessamyn 1:32:00 it was cool to see I'm Kim. I am in the thread to Yes, she had done research, you know, way back when Yeah,
Cortex 1:32:06 I kind of like yeah, she sort of came in it was a pretty good like Marshall McLuhan moment like wandering and to say, well, actually, let me tell you how academic research works and why in fact, this is not a problematic way to do some qualitative survey. And yeah, I really like that. Great. You know, I love that Marshall McLuhan scene, but it's a Marshall McLuhan see Informatica,
Jessamyn 1:32:25 in God's name, how are we talking about Marshall McLuhan? Now?
Cortex 1:32:28 There's a scene in Annie Hall, where at one point and she says, Josh, I know this is the problem is like this. Well, but it's like at the famous scene is a famous scene from a famous movie, it happens to be a Woody Allen movie, which is more and more kind of like, good, but it's such a good scene, there's just some guy like Woody Allen's character standing around in line. Seven, this is class. It's a classic bit a couple years after, but I was. It's classic. It's a classic scene
Jessamyn 1:32:57 to cleric. So you gotta love to keep talking to understand why you're even talking. So like Woody Allen
Cortex 1:33:01 and Diane Keaton are dating and they're standing in line in a movie. And there's some guy standing behind them who is just like going on and on about something bla bla bla bla. And the whole point is that the guy is being tedious and being some sort of an academic blowhard, and Woody Allen's like, this guy, and he's like, Hey, but could use us, like, you know, everybody else doesn't need to hear this. And the guy's like, well, y'all have you know, that, like, you know, I'm an expert on this. And I teach a class on blah, blah, blah, and Marshall McLuhan and that data and what he actually wrote, oh, yeah, okay, well, conveniently, I've gotten Marshall McLuhan, right here, and he walks off frame and walks back in and there's Marshall McLuhan. And he just says, like, I heard what you were saying, and you, you understand nothing about my work. Everything you said was wrong, how you got to teach a class is beyond me, and, and Alvie the character just looks at screens, this wouldn't be great if life was actually like this. So anyway, that's that Marshall McLuhan moments. And that was a lot of time to give that but I feel like that's, I feel like that's a cultural touchstone. movie rights. And mostly, I'm just annoyed that it's in a movie Allen film, even though it's a very Woody Allen sort of scene because Woody Allen, but didn't have
Jessamyn 1:34:14 to do with anything we were talking about. I
Cortex 1:34:18 read where someone was, like sort of talking sort of not really know what they're talking about shit about Wi Fi didn't like that metadata, research and she walks in and she's like, Hey, person with
Jessamyn 1:34:28 words. It's like the Marshall McLuhan. Why are you even talking about it? Because maybe you were transitioning to some other conversation. I
Cortex 1:34:37 was going to I was going back to talk about the 50 collapse on medium because that's the message.
Jessamyn 1:34:41 I had 37 claps on my hip. I didn't know what you were doing. All right now.
Cortex 1:34:47 One more thing, and we will just get the hell out of here. I wanted to mention the MEPhI Card Club. There was a
Jessamyn 1:34:55 oh yeah, no, it turns out the MEPhI Car Club is not for me, even though I think it is awesome.
Cortex 1:35:01 I think it's a very it's not breaking work. Yeah, I have refrained from getting involved because I feel like I would fuck up my end of it and fail to produce the cards that I should. But it is a cool thing and if you aren't going to fuck up sending out some cards it's a fun thing to get involved with. There was a sort of thing doing a great job yeah, fit fig is organizing the whole thing and it's when when fig first proposed it, I was like, Oh my gosh, that sounds really complicated and ambitious. And I think maybe it has turned out to be a little bit complicated ambitious, but it's working and that's because figs making that happen. So I actually have some stats from fig about it they have 70 people signed up so far in this past month 51 opted to send a grand total of 173 cards to 15 people celebrating something dog's birthdays Arbor Day, it being April. So there's, there's a nice little crowd of people doing their it how much is going out depends on the month because of the way it's structured. But if you want to be one of the people sending cards and receiving cards, check out the Mefi Card Club. Because it's cool.
Jessamyn 1:36:08 Yeah, and it's another neat kind of community building thing. I think it's cool.
Cortex 1:36:12 So yeah, that's a that's a that's a neat thing. I'm glad it's happening and Tofig but yeah, I think I think that's it I think I've talked about everything I was gonna say oh you know what? A Mefi walks into a thread and they post a recipe and then they post another recipe like five more recipes and they post a comment starting with a and then a comment starting with B and then C and it just keeps going like that and on and on. The mod looks up and says hey buddy Why the long boat
anyway, everybody thanks for listening hello thanks everybody again for calling with the jokes. We'll do it again some time. Thanks, Jess for sitting here and putting up with us.
Jessamyn 1:37:05 I love talking to you do to
Cortex 1:37:09 genuinely enjoy talking to me. Okay. I'll talk to you next month.
Jessamyn 1:37:14 Okay, goodbye.
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