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Name: Lobster Mitten (staff)
Joined: May 1, 2006


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What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.


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I'm a moderator here.

The other mods are cortex, restless_nomad, taz, goodnewsfortheinsane, Eyebrows McGee, new coder frimble, and very occasionally vacapinta.

I've been a member since 2006, and a mod since 2012. Brief history of my employment here: In 2012, gnfti and I were hired part-time. In 2014, we were both temporarily laid-off/sharply reduced hours, due to the financial problems that also led to jessamyn (longtime lead mod and guiding spirit) leaving the site. In 2015, mathowie (site founder) stepped away from day-to-day modding and I returned to modding, now fulltime. (In May 2016, former coder pb left and new coder frimble joined the staff.)


About my profile image:
It's cropped from a wonderful 19th c print by Max Klinger, called Siesta I.

About my name here:
It's a funny mental image, which I enjoy inordinately. A lobster with specially-knit mittens from grandma. (Or, better, just one mitten. Maybe he lost the other one. Naughty lobster.)

lobster mitten knitting pattern
lobster ski mittens


"You should sass around and feel awesome for yourself."
- cortex


Q: Is it too late? Am I too old?
A: No - you're the youngest you'll ever be. Start now.


-- Here are a bunch of jokes. --

Short clean jokes for texting
riddles for 6 year olds
good jokes for 9 year olds
good jokes for elementary age kids
short jokes (short enough to send by text message)
short silly jokes
good clean jokes
Clean but clever short jokes for middle schoolers
jokes for English as a second language students
jokes for beginning readers to put in my son's lunchbox
funniest joke that doesn't involve making fun of anyone
general give me some jokes
Corny "dad" jokes
jokes in a series
Dirty jokes for my dirty-joke-loving grandmother
Riddles with punny answers
puns about books and reading
Dark, gallows-humor type jokes
Burma shave signs for runners
intellectual jokes that don't require specialized knowledge
intellectual jokes which DO require specialized knowledge
Intellectual jokes, reddit thread etc
book titles with one letter removed
"broken" jokes where the punchline is that the expected punchline is replaced by a mundane occurrence
jokes that seem like they'll be long and involved, but end up being short

Other humor requests:
What's your go-to joke?
Funny things on the web
Things on the web that make you smile
Things on the web to make me laugh
Funny mefi stories about how children are humiliating
Funny book recommendations
Funniest classic literature
Favorite light verse

My dad left a list of punchlines, what are the jokes?

humor in scientific papers
readings for a comedy class for teens
how can I learn the elements of humor
how can I develop my sense of humor
how do I develop a quicker wit?

Turbo Encabulator


Recently I re-read Tom Junod's moving Esquire profile and eulogy of Mister Rogers. It's worth reading if you haven't. Also see Pastabagel's comment about how Mister Rogers is the opposite of "cool", and Dreama's comment about how you get that way by choosing it every day.

Here's a video of Mister Rogers with his cat.


Some old things I liked or found useful -

I like this comment from nevercalm about how we have a strong part that rises to the occasion when someone we love needs it. It's a good thing to remember when worrying about what the future might hold.

Other useful things to remember:
We can do hard things.
Just do what's in front of you.
If you're thinking "I'm scared", substitute "I'm brave".
Remember the people you admire who are not complainers, and who are undaunted.

comment from OmieWise about what to look for to get effective therapy

Philip Larkin's poem Aubade, about our attitude toward our own death

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Nice quote from Bill Watterson on why he hasn't been exhibiting his post-Calvin paintings:
"...I don’t paint ambitiously. It’s all catch and release—just tiny fish that aren’t really worth the trouble to clean and cook."

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There's a lot of fun stuff in this thread (how do you differentiate an amateur from an experienced person in your field?) but I especially like

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decathecting on people presuming women are like ATMs for attention

list of the big MetaTalk sexism threads in late 2007-early 2008

what it means to women when they get unwanted attention in the street, and related personal stories and discussion
Nattie's specific useful litany about the dailiness of unwanted street attention for women
more personal stories about women being harrassed, threatened, etc

note to self: mythology books Christmas list
picture books for a smart 6 year old

things a 6 year old can get in the mail
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a fiendish thingy had a great comment in the (warning: huge) 2016 DNC night 4 thread, summarizing one of the underlying themes of the convention, about how people can work together in a too-polarized time: "In a way, this vision of intersectionality is a complete rebuttal of ad hominem attacks. You can disagree and still coordinate, you can oppose someone while also looking out for their best interests, you can clash but still view one another as human."

Bill Moyers speech on the deliberate destruction of the idea of a commonwealth and Class War, 2004.

I don't have to tell you that a profound transformation is occurring in America: the balance between wealth and the commonwealth is being upended. By design. Deliberately. We have been subjected to what the Commonwealth Foundation calls “a fanatical drive to dismantle the political institutions, the legal and statutory canons, and the intellectual and cultural frameworks that have shaped public responsibility for social harms arising from the excesses of private power.” From land, water and other natural resources, to media and the broadcast and digital spectrums, to scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs, and to politics itself, a broad range of the American commons is undergoing a powerful shift toward private and corporate control.

Snip from 2006 article interviewing Obama in :

“My argument,” he says, “is that a polarized electorate plays to the advantage of those who want to dismantle government. Karl Rove can afford to win with 51 percent of the vote. They’re not trying to reform health care. They are content with an electorate that is cynical about government. Progressives have a harder job. They need a big enough majority to initiate bold proposals.”