An explantion of why there is a drawing of Lute Cat on the internet now

1. So one of the things I do at Metafilter is delete, for one reason another, a small portion of the posts that our users put up on the front page each day.

2. For example, this was a double post, and those are routinely removed — once something has had a shot on Metafilter, that’s pretty much it.

3. When we remove posts, we leave a deletion reason explaining to whatever degree with think is necessary what’s going on with the deletion, so that the poster and any curious readers have a little context for why the post went away.

4. (Posts that are deleted remain viewable at their original url, as in (2) above, but don’t show up to search engines or get listed in the site archives, etc.)

5. If the reason for deletion is pretty much self-explanatory and there’s nothing really at stake emotionally with the deletion (i.e. it’s not a contentious issue, no malicious intent on the poster’s part, no apparently newbie confusion, etc), I might provide a sillier or jokier reason than normal.

6. For example, again, the deletion reason in (2), where I went sort of meta-memetic, as such:

This post was deleted for the following reason: now we just need someone to combine this with that old tapestry-art meme and call it “thru thou” and the last track will be called “Play Him Hence, Lute Cat” and we’ll basically be all set. — cortex

7. Sometimes, people will read these deletion reasons and laugh to themselves and then that’s all that happens.

8. But sometimes, they will draw an awesome picture of Lute Cat.

NYT’s top fifty confusing 50 words, lazy edition

The NYT website has put out some data on what words get looked up most by readers using their horrible, UI-breaking innovative “select text to get a definition” functionality.

And while it’s great to know some folks are bothering to look up these fifty words, I think it’s safe to say that for each person who furrows their brow and looks it up, there’s at least a handful who furrow and then just take a wild guess.

The following is a list of those guesses.

Phil Collins, litigant
slapstick
douche
ironic
satire
antidote
epidemiologist
hippopotamus
penal, lol
sump pump
volkswagen
periscope
Ab Squeezer ™
Parlay, You Know, That Word From Pirates Of The Carribean
innovating
Avoid The Noid
freckles
liposuction
earwax
poultry
sangria
sarcastic
geography
porpoise
cerebellum
paradox
yeasty
friend with benefits
smerlot
disciple
goity
Hey, let’s torrent The Dark Crystal
Panama
con, uh, fligacy?
girly
taint
Catholic
Hey, let’s not torrent the Matrix Trilogy
Poopy Catholics
one speaker at a time, buddy
moldy
Zagat’s approved
U2-esque
congested
new hires
microwave ovens
splat
the state of not having freckles

Lo-fi audio of acoustic set at Ash Street

I played a not-very-thoroughly-rehearsed show with my friend Brian Rozendal last night, at the Ash Street Saloon downtown. It was a good time. And there was a drunken, harmless heckler keeping the crowd amused between songs, so, bonus.

Here’s the audio from the show, in nine convenient mp3s.

Warning: camcorder mic + lots of room noise = far from sterling recordings. But if you feel like soldiering through, you can hear me play ukulele, mandolin, banjo, and two different harmonicas in the course of the set. And that poor drunk guy makes a couple cameos as well.