The Problem: John’s guitar doesn’t have B♭ minor.
Matt Haughey founded MetaFilter, a well-moderated forum for discussions about interesting things that expanded to also answer questions. At just a few months over 15 years old, it’s a veterans of many Internet lifecycles. In the last couple of years, however, MetaFilter began to face an existential challenge, which we’ll talk about in this episode, along with its history, nature, and future. (Photo by Chris Ryan.)You can download this episode directly, too, or find it at iTunes.Sponsors & patronsThis podcast is made possible through the support of sponsors and patrons.Thanks to Harry’s for sponsoring the show: A great shaving experience for a fraction of the price of its competitors. $15 gets you a set that includes a handle, three blades, and shaving cream shipped to your door. Use coupon code DISRUPT for $5 off your first order.We’re also brought to you by Cards Against Humanity: We’ve started a new kind of sponsorship: "indie ads"! If you’re a solo creator or small firm, we’re offering discounted short ads with the kind underwriting of Cards Against Humanity. (CAH just launched a site where you can buy directly from them, including their Bigger Blacker Box and their 2012 and 2013 holiday packs, the profits from which are donated to charity.)Thanks also to patrons Bryan Clark, Rönne Ogland, and Mike Mansor for supporting us directly through Patreon! You can back this podcast for as little as $1 per month. At higher levels, we’ll thank you on the air and send you mugs and T-shirts!Show notesAtex was the first digital composition system, used widely in the newspaper and magazine world into the 1990s, when PageMaker, QuarkXPress, and other software superceded it. Matt worked at Pyra Labs on Blogger for a short stint in its early days with Ev Williams, Meg Hourihan.We mention Tim O’Reilly, a publisher and thinker who invested in Blogger and a number of other interesting early-stage ventures. He founded Global Network Navigator (GNN) in 1993, which was sold to AOL in 1995. He is part of O’Reilly Alphatech Ventures.David Carr, the New York Times’ media critic, used the terrible, terrible term platisher to refer to Medium, which is a combination of a platform and a publisher in a recent article.An OC-12 line is up to 622 Mbps of throughput. MAE-West was once the major interconnection point for ISPs on the west coast. The MAE stands for Metropolitan Area Exchange. In 1995, I wrote "The Experiment Is Over," about the how the National Science Foundation was shutting down its contracts for NSFNet, because commercial organizations could now directly operate the Internet backbone.A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a virtualized instance of an operating system running on a host alongside potentially many others, each of which is allotted guaranteed amounts of CPU usage, storage, and the like. VPSes are just like running a virtual machine on one’s own computer, but designed for efficiency and reliability.Glenn uses Linode, which recently switched all its drives to SSDs and doubled many system parameters. Digital Ocean is slightly cheaper (it used to be much more so). Amazon EC2 is another alternative for rapid scaling.After years of pictures of cats in scanners, MetaFilter set up cat-scan.com to house those and its memories.BREAKING! Cat-scan is dead and its file lost forever!BREAKING! File were found and it’s fixed. As you were.The community at Ask MetaFilter produces some remarkable answers. A poster asked for help deciphering coded messages her grandmother on index cards before she died in 1996. Within 15 minutes, there was an answer. Andy Baio asked about an image he used a decade ago for the soon-to-be-revived Upcoming, and Boing Boing’s Rob Beschizza had an answer four minutes later.Einstein probably didn’t tell a story about "no cat," but it’s an interesting history of where the apocryphal quote came from; and my original Google Answers query, for which I was willing to pay $15 if someone had an accurate reply.Jessamyn West is part of the lifeblood of the interesting part of the Internet. Matt blames his PVRblog for the rise of content farms.On Medium, Matt explained MetaFilter’s Google search and AdSense predicament. But the good news is that even after we recorded this episode, donations continued to pour in. They’ve now received about $40,000 in one-time donations and a commitment of $10,000 per month in recurring ones. That monthly figure is about one-third of the site’s Google ad revenue, and thus a good cushion against future drops.
Ben shared he has been listening to Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun. Downie will be familiar to FST podcast listeners as the Canadian rock musician, writer, occasional actor who is the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. Don noted that he had backed the new Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Album kickstarter project.
In the follow up segment the guys noted that a new show noter was still needed, before moving on to a listener question from Jon Kimble about the protective effect of wine in foodborne disease outbreaks. Ben also talked about his experiences at a raw milk conference he attended in Canada. Fortunately for Ben, Dave Semenko was not needed.
The Outbreak flashback segment of the show flash all the way back to the 1981 listeriosis outbreak linked to coleslaw made from cabbage fertilized with sheep manure. Ben noted that sheep were also one among many possible Listeria sources in Jensen farms outbreak, as also indicated by fashion plate and Apple guy, Dr. Lawrence Goodridge quoted in the story.
Ben wanted to talk about Hep A and Tevana, when the show finally started, because he is a mall rat. This led to a discussion about Hepatitis A vaccinations for Foodservice workers. While it might not be "cost effective", it still might be the right thing to do.
The discussion then turned to sous vide cooking, and a new product on the market, and Don’s interactions with the reviewed.com reviewers as well as the product manufacturers in the comments. Don was less successful in leaving comments on a recent sous vide NPR blog post, but thanks to Doug, Don was able to weigh in on barfblog.
Don then quizzed Ben (who is from Canada), regarding whether he now lives in the South.
The show ended with a mention of the passing of noted self experimenter Seth Roberts, including the predictable reaction from hacker news. More on his cause of death has been provided on his blog, posted after FST recorded.
The Problem: John has measured the portables.
Rich Stevens and Merlin Mann join Moisés and John to discuss the state of digital comics, content discovery, and recommend some good reads.
The Problem: It’s like the City of Rome.
On the inaugural episode of the new Crush On Radio, Richard Anderson is joined by Friend of the Internet, Merlin Mann, to discuss The Meadowlands by The Wrens, and a whole host of ratholes and related discussion on making art and being an adult.
Back to Work
Roderick on the Line
kung fu grippe
01:12 The Meadowlands
Merlin gives the back story of The Wrens, and the theme of the album.
The Wrens Official Site
The Wrens on Wikipedia
The Meadowlands on iTunes
The Meadowlands on Wikipedia
Exhausted - kung fu grippe
The Meadowlands on Pitchfork
09:47 The Back to Work Part
How hard it is to make art, lack of nets, and how hard it is to understand that. There’s no guarantees of success, even when you’re good—-and there never has, even now.
Monster of rock: Allen Klein swindled The Stones and broke up The Beatles and is still
rock ‘n’ roll’s most ruthless Svengali
The Wrens - This Boy Is Exhausted
Merlin talks about The Wrens live shows, rare as they are, and how much they put into it. Finally, some talk about the album itself: how it works as a cohesive whole, for example. Also, lyrics, and the rhythm and sound of language, and articulating the struggle of living.
43 Folders - built while listening to The Meadowlands
27:53 A Trailer for an Album
The difficulty of talking about and sharing what you love, be it music, movies, comics, or whatever, and the concept of a song as a trailer for an album. Also, the the little tricks that impress us in music, the emotional connection, the human elements, and what gets the hook in.
The Godfather Restaurant Scene
She Sends Kisses Fan Video
Everyone Choose Sides
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
44:25 The Job of Being an Evangelist
Sharing what you love, and the reason for The Show. The difficulty of finding new stuff, now more than ever, and circling back to sharing what you love. Side one and side two on records, and the difficulty of track sequencing. Discovery algorithms, vs human sharing, and how the former can’t beat the latter. Finally, our own discovery process, and growing in and out of music.
The Long Winters - Carparts
The Long Winters - Blue Diamonds
Crush On Radio - Episodes
Giant Size with Casey Liss
Satanic ritual abuse
On the tenth anniversary of the Nintendo DS keynote at E3 2004, Federico and Myke take a look back at Nintendo’s announcements on that day and the gaming industry from a decade ago.
The Problem: We need beer koozies.
Many digressions from our “Kiki’s Delivery Service” episode, including all the stuff John Siracusa told us to remove because it’s just him making references to Merlin’s podcasts so obscure even Merlin doesn’t remember them.