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Archives for: 2017

28 December 2017

What a lovely surprise in the mail ...

25 December 2017

Just in time for Christmas There was a large bellied bearded man walking naked in my city. No confirmation on whether or not it was Santa.

24 December 2017

Thinking of mightshould today

23 December 2017

20 December 2017

Lyrics Challenge: Christmas Edition Name the songs these lines come from.
1. Go it while you're young
2. Like a pumpkin's head
3. Stood a lowly cattle shed

19 December 2017

Christmas spirit!

18 December 2017

10 December 2017

I want *all* your fantastic Christmas musics. In years past, MeChazens would post .mp3s, many of which are on hard drives that are long gone. Share me your favorite, curated, best-beloved holiday tunes and your new favorite discoveries. I've linked some Vince Garaldi from Peanuts' specials.


09 December 2017

Rocking blues The Tajmo concert at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

01 December 2017

Real or fake? For those who put up a Christmas tree.Read more...

26 November 2017

Anyone have thoughts about Justice League? I thought it was better than the critics suggest, but I was disappointed that we never got to hear the proper Wonder Woman theme from her previous two film appearances. But looking it up on Youtube I found this cover of the theme by the Tina Guo, the original cellist. So great.

23 November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, Mechazens! What are you up to?

12 November 2017

Sunday choir. Japanese popular music edition.


09 November 2017

Bill Maher on 'Baby Driver' and creepy men I thought this transition between topics was pretty great comedy writing.

08 November 2017

Holiday Card exchange over at MetaTalk Hey, I started a holiday card exchange MetaTalk thread - we're doing international or just US, your preference.

I briefly talked to ThePinkSuperhero about it, and she suggested we send Mecha people over there, since it's been quiet here lately.

I'm asking that people memail me or email me (username at gmail) their name and address, and whether or not they want to do international or just U.S. by November 23rd, and then I'll have the lists out to people by November 27th. Suggested number was groups of 10, but if you want to do a multiple of that, let me know, and I can add you to more than one list.

05 November 2017

Sunday choir. Women in EDM/Electronica edition.

Electronic music shows often have a good mix of the sexes but on the creator's side it seems very much a boy's club. Here are 3 women DJs/creators. Read more...

29 October 2017

Sunday choir. Some music for you like I used to do on Sundays. North American Indigenous edition.Read more...

26 October 2017

Update on the cats. or GYOBFW! I have built two wood houses and another plastic one to go with the existing plastic one. The wood ones are a bit larger and could accommodate more than one cat on cold nights. Read more...

16 October 2017

So the feral cat appeal is up. I am running a go fund me for the cats and I have other news.

12 October 2017

Thursday 3-point update

10 October 2017

I just did a course called the 'Landmark Forum'. It was weird but not too weird so I'm pondering whether to take their further courses or even go back.Read more...

09 October 2017

02 October 2017

OMG, Travel! Not first on the list; but I am soon to be sent towards the Afgan land;Read more...

20 September 2017

Twitter-using mechazens! I wanted to share something I'm working onRead more...
Stop the Hammering Lawrence O'Donnell frustrated in the studio mashed up with... well, you'll see.
Naming a small business 101 There's a recent addition to the local small businesses. It's a dog groomimg placeRead more...

14 September 2017

Sorry about the errors! I'm going to find some time over the next couple of days to fix things.
Is MeCha dead? Who do we contact to fix this?

13 September 2017

Ouch Seeing this on every page:

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Your query:

SELECT comment_post_ID, comment_type, COUNT(*) AS type_count
FROM evo_comments
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12 September 2017

We need at least one post for the month of September. I enjoyed this piece of historical fiction.

24 August 2017

Need an opportunity to post your cat photos? Could it help other kitties too? Very possibly!Read more...

23 August 2017

Having teenage flashbacks. Roofers are here putting on the desperately needed new roof. Read more...
Hugs to essexjan Her lovebug kitty, Lucy, has cancer. Sending warm wuffles and loving hugs.

22 August 2017

Frans de Waal - Zomergasten - the primatologists evening of tv Dutch tvs Zomergasten lets people take over a national channel during a summer evening. This time it's the well known primatologist and etholigist Frans de Waal who gets to chose the tv fragments and explain why.Read more...

21 August 2017

It started getting dark but I beat some pots together and the sun is coming back. I am a hero.

17 August 2017

They're good cats Bront! Crowd funding? Anyone have any experience or advice to offer about crowd funding?

I find myself caring for three feral cats. (Four really, as we have our beloved Whitey Ford. He is with us 14 years and a feral but he is like a real life Winnie the Pooh now. Gentle, sweet, wise, and snuggly.)Read more...

15 August 2017

The infamous Joaquin Phoenix Letterman interview I've been thinking about it lately. Now that we know it was all an act (I guess lots of people already mostly suspected it was an act back then) it's pretty funny in retrospect.

13 August 2017

Charlottesville I'm still trying to process the awfulness that happened.Read more...

05 August 2017

What's bugging you? Hereabouts, the mosquitos, deer flies and horse flies are incessant.

At my mom's, we're fighting fleas that came inside.

I've had a couple of days off work! (Not related to bugs.) It's fabulous.

04 August 2017

Calling the IRS * It took 50 minutes, of which at least 25 were spent on hold, then I spoke to Mrs. H., and was on hold several more times, but I got 2 questions resolved, resulting in money the IRS will be sending. I used to own a business and have deep scary feelings about dealing with the IRS, so I feel relieved. How's your day?

02 August 2017

Tapered jeans, trousers, etc.

27 July 2017

FYI Wanted to make sure everyone saw this.

26 July 2017

25 July 2017

I just realized, Lee Majors was NOT actually my first celebrity crush. This guy was. Watching this now, and I'm four years old again, wanting to marry the guy. *swoon* Anyone else remember this show on PBS?

13 July 2017

How are you? I have no clever topics but just wanted to check in, dear bunnies.

09 July 2017

Be Nice or Go Home. It's tourist season in Maine and that's the bumper sticker I want. Visitors from NY and MA, please leave your aggressive driving habits at the border.

Otherwise, we are enjoying beautiful sunny, breezy weather and there's no place I would rather be.

03 July 2017

For some reason, the funniest moment in Seinfeld for me was in The Marine BiologistRead more...

01 July 2017

29 June 2017

Multi-point update? Is it time for another multi-point update?
Anyone have plans for Canada Day, or the 4th of July?

24 June 2017

Last year about this time two capybaras were on the lam in Toronto. They were eventually returned home and made babies. Welcome Alex, Geddy and Neil. Yup. Named after the members of Rush.

23 June 2017

googlebugadoo Any flash floods in your area? Tornatoes? (I said tornatoes.) You know what I meant.

16 June 2017

I think I may have poltergeists... I get home and drawers and cabinets are opened; things strewn everywhere. Stuff isn't where I put it. Read more...

15 June 2017

Anybody heeeeere?

12 June 2017

OMG! Summer! 93F, 44% humidity, only a very light breeze. It''s hot & sweaty in Maine, and it's Great! It was a cold rainy Spring and I have been craving warmth and sun and it finally arrived. If we have a lot of hot sticky weather, I will complain almost as much as everybody else, but for today it's really just what I needed. Read more...

11 June 2017

Does every McDonalds have FoxNews playing in the seating area? Read more...

08 June 2017

Any place you know of to read about books? I really enjoyed Bookslut. Even when it was about things I'm not really interested in or when I disagreed with what I was reading it could introduce me to things I would not have seen. Read more...

04 June 2017

Which song do you enjoy singing?

03 June 2017

Mecha crosspost thread post some things you've shared on social media latelyRead more...

30 May 2017

Have you had a midlife crisis? What was/is it like? What, if anything, did you do about it? What did you find on the other side?

25 May 2017

Have any other bunnies done the DNA testing thing? I did the 23 and Me testing.
Being adopted I have no family medical history and that has always bothered me. Now I have some information. Read more...

18 May 2017

16 May 2017

12 May 2017

Yorkshire man Deep Digger Dan is planing to metal detect 365 British beaches in 365 days.(youtube)

It's called Digging the Coast and it is to raise money for a children's medical charity.

Don't take home any bombs and don't buy the crab shaped sand castle thing as it's junk.
Things that bring you joy? I went to stained glass last night, and my piece is finally coming together. It's so amazing to take all these different components and be able to create something from them!

What is bringing you joy, lately?
Update on the campaign to get the Ghost in the Shell score released. I wrote this article to encourage journalists to look into the situation: The biggest Hollywood mystery of 2017 is being questioned online, and ignored by mass mediaRead more...

10 May 2017

Al Pacino reacts to Trump (lots of swearing) I re-cut Ricky Roma from Glengarry Glen Ross swearing at Kevin Spacey with the Trump Dickerson interview.

07 May 2017

Big Pikachu springs a leak. Despite a valiant effort he/she/it can't get it up for the big finish.

06 May 2017

Joyas Voladoras This article is of the best things I've ever read, first when it was published in '04 and then when I rediscovered it in 2012. It evokes a psychedelic sort of interconnectedness...

05 May 2017

It's days like today when I say to myself that famous Bart Simpson quote: "Gotcha. Can't win, don't try."Read more...

04 May 2017

95 year old Erni Stollberg Instagram star. Erni is cool but those are some odd clothes. Also I do hope she is being paid for this.
Don't open any emails about Google docs. I got one this morning and deleted it unread but it seems a lot of people are opening it.

03 May 2017

Mecha crosspost thread post some items you've shared on social media latelyRead more...

01 May 2017

30 April 2017

Joke Time! The local veterinarians have a changeable message sign. I must share today's.

I went to the zoo and all they had was a dog.


28 April 2017

Update on the fan campaign to get the Ghost in the Shell film score released.Read more...
Norovirus sucks.

25 April 2017

Dimitri aka James is still around. He is now an Editor-In-Chief of something. Canada Post does not want to deliver it.
Tell me what your guilty pleasures are. It's been a while since we've done one of these. What is something that you like or love, yet is mocked by your friends?Read more...

22 April 2017

Porn links are not allowed they often led to viruses and malware. Web 1.0. still lives and links to many sites not updated for a decade or two or more. Real Player and at least Netscape Navigator 5.

21 April 2017

Anyone have news? A few random occurrences for me

19 April 2017

The only reason I am still on twitter. It is great way to end the day.

18 April 2017

I've had an interesting few days running a fan campaign to get a film score releasedRead more...

14 April 2017

OMG Bunnies! WWII vintage. For pets or food.
Anyone here listened to the Shittown podcast from This American Life? I have finished the first two and I don't know that it is worth going on.Read more...

12 April 2017

Remember that dress? Was it blue and black or white and gold? Two years later science has an explanation. How you have seen things in the past affects the way you see things now.

11 April 2017

Mecha crosspost thread post some items you've shared on social media latelyRead more...

09 April 2017

Carolyn Hax nails it today on mansplaining! She is far and away my favorite advice columnist. So wish the emotional labor crowd could see this, but it's thin for a FPP. But she is so good at breaking down the nuances in human relationships, and calling them out for what they are!

08 April 2017

Generations Throughout History Video about the US 20th and 21st century generations with some interesting stats.

07 April 2017

Bike riders. Jealous of truck drivers with truck nuts? Now you can have Bike Balls.
Tell us what you're reading now I ask because I am working my way through an oddly assorted stack of titles from the library, where all my hold requests arrived at once. I'm reading in hardback Pierce Brown's Red Rising, which is excellent so far. I'm listening to the Beverly Cleary Ramona Quimby collection read by Stockard Channing, which is fabulous. And I just finished Hillbilly Elegy, which was very interesting though strikingly lacking in insight.

06 April 2017

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder Paul O'Neill Dead at 61 Not really a fan of the music but I do know Paul was a really good person who went out of his way to let the fans know they were appreciated.
Mecha crosspost thread Post some items you've shared/posted on social media latelyRead more...

05 April 2017

My cookie is too big.
Letter writing month! April is National Letter Writing Month!

I'm trying to at least write a postcard every day and mail it out (sometimes the mailing part is every other day).

If anyone would like a postcard or card, please let me know. I'm needlegrrl on metafilter and needlegrrl at gmail as well.

03 April 2017

I just came to share this photo of a gleeful woman who put on a fur coat and poured a glass of wine to watch the protests outside the house of her new neighbor, Ivanka Trump.

31 March 2017

30 March 2017

So, we may as well do a multi-point update What's up with y'all??Read more...
To me, the most intriguing part of James Comey's secret Twitter account being revealedRead more...
Neon Hitch - Yard Sale I'm not quite sure how I found this, but I thought it was entertaining. What music have you stumbled across lately that you've enjoyed?

28 March 2017

Mecha crosspost thread Post 3 mecha-shareable items you've recently posted on social mediaRead more...
while the place is still open... One of the greatest things I've seen lately is a video project called 'Whitman, Alabama' Read more...

27 March 2017

whence MetaChat? Hey there. I noticed we were down for a while What happened?

It raised the question for me again, "whence MetaChat?" Partly in light of this recent interview with Jessamyn on closing down a web community that was linked on MetaTalk, I started thinking that when/if that day comes here, it would be a lot better to know it in advance, and let people say a goodbye, come and export their comments or special threads or whatever they'd like to keep, etc. I'm glad it seems to have gotten patched up at this point, but I wonder if we want to think about a planned demise, rather than just a thing where we show up one day and it's all gone?

17 March 2017

Potty Training Baby Sloths For your Friday enjoyment.

13 March 2017

Let's buy this! We could start our own university/commune/getaway place!

10 March 2017

08 March 2017

Using US credit card to ship Canadian meds to US? I asked this over on the green, but thought I'd throw it here, too...Read more...

07 March 2017

Tv and movies lied to me.

05 March 2017

An episode of Two Fat Ladies. Just because I like picnics. And singing. And scenery.

03 March 2017

Friday question NOT from the Book of Questions Tell us the best thing you've eaten or drunk lately. Bonus points for recipes.

02 March 2017

"Is this really a thing?" Is this a possible recurring feature?Read more...
Our very own headspace is in Time Magazine! (Full disclosure: I'm her stepfather)

24 February 2017

Friday question NOT from the Book of Questions As the Academy Awards are coming up, tell us what you've seen and what you think should win.

22 February 2017

Humpday 3-point update

17 February 2017

Friday Question NOT from the Book of Questions Speaking of books, what's the best thing you've read lately?

14 February 2017

Adding pictures from Flickr.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I love you all. Yes, even you.

13 February 2017

Card exchange I'm late to say so

11 February 2017

So the recent post from johnpowell got me thinking. It has been a long time since we have talked about our animal friends. How are your non human companions?
My fish named Wanda passed away on Saturday. She was a simple fish with big fins and bigger dreams.

A few months ago I wanted a fishtank and with some help from my mother (since I don't drive) I pulled it off.

08 February 2017

What have you been watching lately? We've been watching Young Pope and sorta, kinda liking it but can't quite figure out what it's trying to do. Finally getting to see Hidden Figures on Friday as my wife's office (tech company) is going out for a field trip to see it and I'm tagging along.


05 February 2017

31 January 2017

28 January 2017

26 January 2017

Wondering... Do I win when a cashier automatically applies the senior discount without even asking?Read more...

21 January 2017

20 January 2017

From the troubles of the world I turn to ducks. I think we all need cheering up. If you find a fun duck video, please post.
Friday question NOT from the book of questions Tell us what you abhor -- in addition to DJT
Anyone else feeling grief right now?

18 January 2017

OMG Bunny Bird! You're welcome.

16 January 2017

Feeling guilty about not going on the March

09 January 2017

Monday question NOT from the Book of Questions Good news time! Please tell us the best thing that has been going on in your life lately.

08 January 2017

Anyone heard of the demonetization thing that happened in India? I wrote about it here.Read more...

06 January 2017

A brass band funeral