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"I am a different person" | MetaFilter
"Hark! A Vagrant, such as it is, is an archive website now." About ten years ago, Kate Beaton started posting her history-themed comics at "Hark! A Vagrant" [previously]. She's now moving on to other comics and books projects. "I miss making humour comics, but coming back to them, I will have to figure out what that will look like." Beaton dedicates this archive to her late sister Becky.
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9 days ago by garrettc
Hip-hop heads are introduced to Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time | MetaFilter
and are freaked out by the shock of how amazing it. one, two, three, four, and probably even more out there.

I don't know why. for some reason, such videos really excite me.
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17 days ago by garrettc
I was feeling nostalgic, and visited relics of a well spent youth. | MetaFilter
Anyone who was a teen in the 1990's probably climbed out of a bedroom window with one of these in the pocket of their JUNCO's, In the mid 1990's midwest, teenage rebellion wore body glitter, platform shoes, and danced all night in abandoned warehouses to electronic music. It had piercings, and tribal tattoos, and despite the passage of time that so often makes one regret those choices, still looks badass in pictures.
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19 days ago by garrettc
We don’t use the front door ever under any circumstance | MetaFilter
Culinary innovator and podcast host Georgia Hardstark asked the Internet "What's a weird thing your family did that you thought was normal till you moved out?"
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5 weeks ago by garrettc
Rising young women rock stars: feminine in the violent sense | MetaFilter
Not Another Women in Rock Article: A new generation of rising young women rock stars—including Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, Waxahatchee and Camp Cope—has emerged. And they're redefining what it means to own the room. "Female" is not a musical genre, it's a strength. Lindsay Zoladz, writing for The Ringer, finds inspiration in a quote from Mitski: "When I say [that my album is a] feminine album, immediately the perception is that it must be soft and lovely, but I mean feminine in the violent sense."
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5 weeks ago by garrettc
Hit the road @jack send toot | MetaFilter
If Social Media is a part of your life but you're also sickened by nazis you've probably considered Mastodon as an alternative. But rather than a straight-up Twitter clone based on the open standards Mastodon has some real and significant differences that may be confusing at first. Fortunately this video should help get you up to speed: Intro to Mastodon 101
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7 weeks ago by garrettc
Men Talk a lot in Movies | MetaFilter
Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age. "...we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character's lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of words spoken by male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever." Besides presenting aggregate stats, the article allows you to drill down into individual movies.
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8 weeks ago by garrettc
At loss for words | MetaFilter
10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English)
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10 weeks ago by garrettc
Braun | MetaFilter
A history of Braun Design [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
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11 weeks ago by garrettc
"Funk Fillets From Iceland’s Groovy Side" | MetaFilter
Breaking the Ice is an 87-minute long mixtape of rare Icelandic funk- and soul-inspired music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, made by Iceland-born, Oakland-based DJ Platurn, with the crate-digging assistance of his cousin Sveimhugi, and his father's extensive record collection. Released by Needle to the Groove Records, the project started life as a three-part series on the webzine Nerdtorious (parts 1, 2, 3). For more about Breaking the Ice, you can read an article by Brandon Roos, an interview with DJ Platurn by Marke B, a short introduction by DJ Platurn to eight of the seventy records in the mix, or watch a six-minute mini-documentary before diving into the mix. [via RÚV]
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11 weeks ago by garrettc
“The packaging contains loops, hinges, levers, and ribbons...” | MetaFilter
Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller has packaging that gamers with disabilities can open without their teeth [The Verge] "Microsoft has clearly focused on accessibility for the controller, but it's also revealing this week that it has taken a unique approach to the packaging for the product. People spend hours watching gadget unboxings on YouTube, but you rarely see a box that's designed to be opened as easy as possible. That's a design consideration that Microsoft has taken to heart for its new Xbox Adaptive Controller packaging. "A lot of these limited mobility gamers are actually used to opening packages with their teeth," explains Mark Weiser, a packaging designer at Microsoft. The Xbox Adaptive Controller packaging can be opened a variety of ways, and it's now even easier with or without the use of teeth." [Previously.]
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12 weeks ago by garrettc
Zim's back! You dare agree with me? Prepare to meet your horrible doom! | MetaFilter
Invader Zim, the unlikely sounding pairing from Jhonen Vasquez, the creative mind then best known for Johnny the Homicidal Maniac [previously], and the cable channel for kids, Nickelodeon, is coming back for a movie, and it looks gloriously weird (Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus Exclusive Teaser | San Diego Comic-Con 2018 - mostly cinematic score with limited sound effects). Not sure what these words even mean? Join me, friends, for more details from a fellow perfectly normal human worm-baby.
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12 weeks ago by garrettc
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july 2018 by garrettc
What's the most creepily intelligent thing your pet has ever done? | MetaFilter
Reddit, I know, right? But wait! The most upvoted story--and my favorite--so far:

"My cat, Tuffy stole a piece of bread off of the stove and put it in the floor next to the cabinet. She then stared at it intensely, and motionlessly for an hour. We thought that was creepy. Then a mouse came out from behind the cabinet to get the bread and she pounced it! She was using the bread as motherfucking bait! This is the same cat who routinely burns her tongue licking lightbulbs, hisses at them, and keeps licking."
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july 2018 by garrettc
Under Amsterdam | MetaFilter
Amsterdam drained a canal and put everything they found online, piece by piece, chronologically, and you can see it all, from guns to
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july 2018 by garrettc
It's late but let's see if we can make this interesting | MetaFilter
MeFi's own mhoye has a question: What is the least plausible story about yourself that's true? It has gone viral, with thousands of replies and quote-tweets.
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july 2018 by garrettc
Ya smell that? Somethin’ stupid’s about ta happen! | MetaFilter
"A few years back, I worked for a small, questionably honest used car dealership and repair shop. I'm a service writer, which means I'm the interface between customers (who are idiots) and the technicians (who are mostly felons). Think Tom Smykowski from Office Space. I will warn you ahead of time, I am not the hero of my stories, just the protagonist. There are no heroes in the car industry - we are all villains in our own ways." u/36055512 regales r/talesfromtechsupport with stories about Dishonest Used Car Dealership.
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june 2018 by garrettc
Believe the Hype | MetaFilter
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, KEXP presents the latest in our series of album breakdowns, dissecting the classic platinum-selling Public Enemy record It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Over the course of 12 hours for this live radio event, the station will play every discernable recording sampled on the album, along with exclusive interviews with Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, the producer of the record Hank Shocklee of the Bomb Squad, Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets, former KEXP DJ Larry Mizell, Jr., professor, writer, and historian Dr. Daudi Abe, and more. It's a celebration of Public Enemy, Thursday June 21st, only on KEXP, where Public Enemy really matters.
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june 2018 by garrettc
“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” | MetaFilter
• 73 Books to Read While the Sun Is Out and the Days Are Long [The New York Times]
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june 2018 by garrettc
We've almost certainly left off your personal favorite. | MetaFilter
Thrillist has compiled the 100 greatest YouTube videos of all time, ranked.
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june 2018 by garrettc
"Canned beans and ramen noodles night after night" | MetaFilter
Budget Bytes is a weblog/recipe collection I use every single week. It has priced-out ingredients for each recipe and often recipes stay under about $1.50/serving, which is nice for those of us on tight budgets.
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june 2018 by garrettc
State of the Site: Metafilter financial update and future directions | MetaTalk
Important site updates, folks:

1. The site is running at a significant deficit and we urgently need to make that up. Part of that is through additional direct community funding; you can help here.
2. We're looking at—and inviting community input on—several big-picture questions.

Today I want to lay out our budget and income streams, to explain where we're at and what we need to accomplish. I'll also talk a bit about how the community is doing, and what's coming up in the future.
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june 2018 by garrettc
Best thing you've read and/or heard lately | MetaTalk
Spill the beans, what's the best thing you've read and/or heard lately? A great poem, short or long story, interesting article, a new single, an old album, or a live performance you just have to share?
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june 2018 by garrettc
Anthony Bourdain has died. | MetaFilter
CNN obit. The cause was suicide. He was 61.
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june 2018 by garrettc
SciFi London short film and flash fiction competition winners | MetaFilter
Every year, as part of their science fiction film festival, Sci-Fi London organise a challenge in which entrants are given a title, line of dialogue and description of a prop, and then have 48 hours to turn in a completed 5 minute film or piece of flash fiction. The winning films and flash fiction stories from the SciFi London 48 Hour Challenge are now available to watch and read.
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june 2018 by garrettc
Photos from the beginning of the 20th century, searchable by world map | MetaFilter
Le musée départemental Albert-Kahn conserve les Archives de la Planète, un ensemble d'images fixes et animées, réalisé au début du XXe siècle, consacré à la diversité des peuples et des cultures.
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june 2018 by garrettc
[+] - - - --->!!!<--- - - - [-] | MetaFilter
Psst, kid, you wanna see some magnets colliding at a thousand frames per second
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may 2018 by garrettc
UIs that accidentally preserve memories | MetaFilter
Marcin Wichary reminisces about UIs that accidentally amass memories, beginning with "the wi-fi 'preferred networks' pane – unexpected reminders of business trips, vacations, accidental detours, once frequented and now closed cafés." Examples in the ensuing twitter thread (Threadreader) include, Bluetooth pairings, weather app saved locations, Vimeo's profile photo gallery, old Mii avatars, email drafts folder, ~/.ssh/known_hosts file, and User 1's ichat logs. via
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may 2018 by garrettc
"I could fill an entire second life with working on my prints." | MetaFilter
The Boston Public Library has digitized their collection of prints and drawings by M.C. Escher. View the full collection here. (h/t Kottke.org)
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may 2018 by garrettc
"…there’s a lot of staring. And also some rock nuzzling. It gets weird." | MetaFilter
Science is mostly about white people staring, usually at colored liquids, but also sometimes at chickens and grass — at least, according to stock photos. So real scientists on Twitter are posting their favorite representation fails with the hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob.
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may 2018 by garrettc
No going Rouge | MetaFilter
A hundred years after the First World War, the scars it left on the French (and Belgian) landscape are still so extensive that a huge part of the battlefields is inaccessible to this day: Zone Rouge. Each year some 900 tons of unexploded bombs are still dug up from the earth there and it may take up to 700 years to fully recover, as Paul Cooper explains in a Twitter thread.
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april 2018 by garrettc
View from the surface of a comet | MetaFilter
You may recall that a little over three years ago the Rosetta mission landed its Philae lander on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Two days ago Twitter user landru79 aligned and stacked long-exposure photographs taken by the lander to create a short stunning movie of the view from the surface of the comet. They followed up yesterday with an image-stabilized version.
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april 2018 by garrettc
you absolute coat hanger | MetaFilter
Turns out you can make nearly any object into a good insult if you put 'you absolute' in front of it.
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april 2018 by garrettc
Those shrooms will creep up on you | MetaFilter
What if Mario moved like one of the Bloopers or Jellyfish? What if the entire Mushroom Kingdom was made of that same undulating flesh, quivering and pulsing unsettlingly beneath the flailing boot or diving face of a lurching, heaving plumber? What if you could play... Jelly Mario? (via RPS)
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april 2018 by garrettc
The Stourbridge sound | MetaFilter
In the late 80s and early 90s, an idiosyncratic music scene arose in the town of Stourbridge, in the West Midlands. Named grebo (after a local slang word for a scruffy layabout, taken from the dress sense of the artists), it combining punk rock guitars with electronic beats and hip-hop-influenced sampling, counted among its number bands such as The Wonder Stuff, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself, and, for a moment,
rivalled Britpop and Madchester/baggy as the next big sound of 90s UK indie. (SLGuardian)
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march 2018 by garrettc
“Taking a $2600 machine and selling it for $20.” | MetaFilter
Some Very Entertaining Plastic [Internet Archive Blog] "It's been a little over 4 years since the Internet Archive started providing emulation in the browser from our software collection; millions of plays of games, utilities, and everything else that shows up on a screen have happened since then. While we continue to refine the technology (including adding Webassembly as an option for running the emulations), we also have tried to expand out to various platforms, computers, and anything else that we can, based on the work of the emulation community, especially the MAME Development Team. For a number of years, the MAME team has been moving towards emulating a class of hardware and software that, for some, stretches the bounds of what emulation can do, and we have now put up a collection of some of their efforts here at archive.org. Introducing the Handheld History Collection." [via: Rock Paper Shotgun]
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march 2018 by garrettc
Happy 50th Birthday, Damon Albarn, collaborator extraordinare! | MetaFilter
Today is Damon Albarn's 50th birthday. You may know Damon from such bands as Blur and Gorillaz. Recently, Noel Gallagher has said that he wants Albarn to do a guest appearance on his next album, which isn't as odd as it might sound...
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march 2018 by garrettc
Where does my Council Tax go? | MetaFilter
Freedom of Information requests are a fantastic tool for citizens and journalists alike, but they're also a favourite with people who have an axe to grind. When 'James' demanded to know why he had to pay for Adult Social Services and the Fire Brigade though, he probably didn't expect so blunt an answer from South Somerset District Council.
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march 2018 by garrettc
What's there to say about silent movies? | MetaFilter
Perhaps nothing that would be any more illustrative than seeing the images yourself. So here's A Time in Film: 1878-1899, 1900-1909, 1910-1912, 1913-1914, 1915-1916, 1917-1918, 1919, 1920, 1921. These may not contain clips from all the great movies from the era, but they provide an excellent start and the videos are worth seeing even if only as an end in themselves. An ongoing series of 3 to 5 minute videos covering the silent era and perhaps beyond.
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march 2018 by garrettc
This Design Generation Has Failed | MetaFilter
And that's when I decided that we — and by we I mean those of us currently drawing paychecks for professional design services — are design's lost generation. We are the Family Ties-era Michael J. Fox of the design lineage. Raised by hippies. Consumed by greed. Ruled by the hand of the market. And nourished by the last drops of sour milk from the withered old teat of capitalism gone rabid. Living where America ends — Silicon Valley. Mike Monteiro on the ethical state of design's lost generation.
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february 2018 by garrettc
instant pot recipes, with literally no prep - instantpot cooking simple | Ask MetaFilter
i am looking for Instant Pot recipes with some extreme requirements. They have to be "one pot" recipes, of which there are plenty on the internet. However, I would like there to be no prep required of the ingredients -- no chopping of vegetables, or anything like that. Do you know of any?
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february 2018 by garrettc
In case you need some adorable, funny, sometimes sad stories right now | MetaFilter
Over on Twitter, one Christina asks a simple question: What's a childhood anecdote that says a lot about you?
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february 2018 by garrettc
One sandwich to rule them all | MetaFilter
Hello. Building on the domestication of fire, stable agriculture, invention of cheese and the slicing of bread, the greatest innovation of humanity is without question the cheese sandwich. These can be uncooked, or open, or toasted or grilled. Offering popular versions and other variations, sandwiches can also be tiny, substantive, or earrings or Christmas tree decorations. Other ingredients could include balsamic blueberry, fried egg, apple, olives, mac and ham, spinach, bacon and avocado, pickle, haggis, cucumber, clementines or smoked reindeer. Or twenty slices of American cheese. Makers can be competitive or award winning, speak in Welsh, or serve you from a truck; just respect the dish and its history, even if you were expecting something else.
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february 2018 by garrettc
Oh boy | MetaFilter
...hoping each time, that his next leap will be the leap home. The complete Quantum Leap journey A visual representation of Dr Sam Beckett's entire Quantum Leap journey.
For the Television issue of Special Request.
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january 2018 by garrettc
Furnish a room | MetaFilter
Is it reprehensible to shelve your books fore-edges out? Or defensible?
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january 2018 by garrettc
Our brains are mosaics, quilted together from pieces with varying hues. | MetaFilter
"The unfulfilled wish is, of course, that men's brains differ from – and by the usual implications are superior to – those of women in just the same way as men's physiques differ and are superior. Stronger body, stronger mind, as though the brain were not, at a minimum, a pack of neurons with a wide and varied cast of support cells but instead a mass of contractile tissue, easily built up and broken down simply by following the rules dictated in Men's Health. And of course, the perceived binary of human anatomy offers thin scaffolding for the facile argument... Nature doesn't do binaries nearly as often as people think. But she's a whiz with mosaics."
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january 2018 by garrettc
Kubrick: Barry Lyndon | MetaFilter
Barry reacts to Quin's announcement by throwing a glass in his face. Again, when love is on the line, and social mobility at stake, Barry's only recourse is violence. Another way to put it is, Quin represents one level of violence (that of state against state) while Barry represents a highly personal level of violence, one that Quin doesn't seem to be prepared for. He recoils as though poleaxed. Startled and horrified by Barry's outburst, he, again, threatens Nora's family and demands that Barry be punished. "I'm an Englishman and a man of property!" he splutters, thinking his social status should protect him from this kind of violence. Later, we'll see how social status, in this narrative, is nothing but a scam, created specifically to protect the wealthy from the poor.
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december 2017 by garrettc
“Praise Jah, It’s Christmas.” | MetaFilter
If you want a change from that great Christmas jazz from the 60s, or if you need a soundtrack for your Caribbean Christmas black cake party, Dev Sherlock has put together a 28-song "Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape" over at Aquarium Drunkard. It Includes island versions of traditional numbers like White Christmas (The Wailers) and Winter Wonderland (Joe Gibbs Family), plus songs adapted to local circumstances, like Santa Ketch Up Eena Mango Tree. "Why Santa always coming down a chimney? We don't have chimneys in Jamaica!" composer/singer Faith D'Aguilar explains. "So we decided it should be a mango tree instead."
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december 2017 by garrettc
All I want for Christmas is a crapton of jazz | MetaFilter
These eight albums from the 1960s will put the jazz in your jingle, the soul in your Solstice, and the bop in your Boxing Day: The Ramsey Lewis Trio - Sound of Christmas (1961), More Sounds of Christmas (1964) *** Jimmy McGriff - Christmas With McGriff (1963) *** Jimmy Smith - Christmas '64 (1964) *** Don Patterson - Holiday Soul (1964) *** Bobby Timmons - Holiday Soul (1964) *** Kenny Burrell - Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas (1966) *** Duke Pearson - Merry Ole Soul (1969)
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december 2017 by garrettc
The lines are all the same shape | MetaFilter
A New Optical Illusion Was Just Discovered, And It's Breaking Our Brains - "Researcher Kohske Takahashi calls it the 'curvature blindness illusion' and it's very trippy."
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december 2017 by garrettc
Surveillance has never been more affordable | MetaFilter
Gizmodo: Don't buy anyone an Echo

A light switch also doesn't keep track of everything you're doing and send the data to Amazon or Google or Apple. What happens between you and the switch stays with you and the switch.
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december 2017 by garrettc
What is money, anyway? | MetaFilter
How bitcoins became worth $10,000 $11,317
Bitcoin Is a Delusion That Could Conquer the World

You Don't Understand Bitcoin Because You Think Money Is Real
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december 2017 by garrettc
Flag it and Move On | MetaFilter
Vexillology is the study of flags. There are five simple rules. There is also an incredibly entertaining TED Talk which highlights some egregious rule-breakers.
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december 2017 by garrettc
The educational technology revolution is over. | MetaFilter
Laptops are great. But not during a lecture or meeting. In a series of experiments at Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles, students were randomly assigned either laptops or pen and paper for note-taking at a lecture. Those who had used laptops had substantially worse understanding of the lecture, as measured by a standardized test, than those who did not.
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november 2017 by garrettc
Radical Origami | MetaFilter
By reimagining the kinks and folds of origami as atoms in a lattice, researchers are uncovering strange behavior hiding in simple structures. Statistical mechanics is not my area of expertise (hahaha) but, as much as I can grasp, it's fascinating in its use of origami structures with deliberate faults.The Origami Revolution is a Nova program about all the new ways origami is being used.
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november 2017 by garrettc
Math-powered pretty motion | MetaFilter
Andrei Kashcha's vector field explorer : Plentiful examples of interesting fields on reddit, compose your own with GLSL, or just click randomize.
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november 2017 by garrettc
“Can the player open every door in the game?” | MetaFilter
"The Door Problem" by Liz England [Theory & Design] "Game design is one of those nebulous terms to people outside the game industry that's about as clear as the "astrophysicist" job title is to me. It's also my job, so I find myself explaining what game design means to a lot of people from different backgrounds, some of whom don't know anything about games. [...] One of the reasons I like this example is because it's so mundane. There's an impression that game design is flashy and cool and about crazy ideas and fun all the time. But when I start off with, "Let me tell you about doors..." it cuts straight to the everyday practical considerations."
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october 2017 by garrettc
The Taika Waititi Fan Post | MetaFilter
Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film director, writer, actor, painter, and comedian. While you may soon be watching Waititi's latest film - Thor: Ragnarok - it's worth checking out what convinced Hollywood to bank on him.
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october 2017 by garrettc
This post is so sew. | MetaFilter
Sometimes I find a thing that is not in my wheelhouse but I think will be of interest to my fellow mefites. This is one of those posts. Open Culture has compiled an Online Trove of Historic Sewing Patterns & Costumes. They all appear to be free to download, including the very cool looking Custom Corset Pattern Generator. Enjoy!
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october 2017 by garrettc
“Unimpressed women who don’t give a shit about you” | MetaFilter
When you queef and he says it's not that funny but you definitely aren't going to be mature about it. (all links NSFW!)When you can't reconcile your need for independance with your fear of being alone.When you're leaving the motherfucking office.When he can't find the condoms.When your friend promises there will be food at this party so you skip dinner and when you arrive there isn't one fucking charcuterie plate in sight.
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october 2017 by garrettc
"Strong words outlast the paper they are written upon." - Joseph Bruchac | MetaFilter
dCode is a French and English site that is hundreds of en/decoding, de/cyphering, and other mathematical and puzzle making/ solving tools, from Alberti cipher (Wikipedia) and Navajo code (Wiki), to inverse of a matrix and Knuth's arrows (Wiki).
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september 2017 by garrettc
A little piece of toast | MetaFilter
...said Paul Young in 1978, shortly before mislaying his hat. But toast is a food which raises many questions. What is toast? Where did the word come from? What is a cruminal? Are British people strange or normal? What do some Brits accompany their breakfast toast with? What is French toast? And Texas toast? Is the avocado on toast (thanks, Gwyneth) thing over yet? Is marmalade only eaten on toast? Is burnt toast a health risk? Is salad cream on toast nice? Or combining chocolate spread and cheese (police)? Has every conceivable variation of Nutella on toast (and French toast) been explored (so good)? Can toast be safely made in space? Can (or should) a bagel be toasted? Seriously, a jaffa cake filling? And is toast research influenced by Big Butter?
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september 2017 by garrettc
Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for twopence | MetaFilter
As Brits eat through gin-flavoured yoghurt - 0.25% alcohol - and crisps, so the legendary drink revival gathers pace. Made in many places, from Viking islands and the Hebrides to Worcestershire and the South West, it's the return (post title) of "mother's ruin" - though, allegedly anti-ageing. There's good and bad gin festivals, and 'Breach of the Peace' (Buckfast), or add Irn Bru to make the 'Nedgroni', rhubarb crumble gin, 'magic' gin, marshmallow gin, and others. More substantive? Try ice lollies (4.5% alcohol), chocolate, popcorn, cupcakes, bigger cakes, cheese or cheesecake. Or watch gin and tonic battered fish being made (recipe), or try many recipes galore. Perhaps a tart or America's dish or add to tea? There's a gin truck! Previously, and with Christmas getting ever closer...
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september 2017 by garrettc
Let's talk about pies | MetaFilter
While some Brits dining out review (picture) what a pie is or is not (derails: cheesecake, tart, more tart, pizza, and quiche on AskMe, and pies, tarts and flans), other folk rank or make, or just eat, them. Or fight you. Pies can be famous or obscure or filled with bolognese. Elsewhere in pie nation, in Leicestershire Pukka Pies are improving while Melton Mowbray continues to be the world pie capital and the home of winners. Order in a Tipton pub ("all 4lb comes to your reinforced table") - a counterpoint - or in Wales enjoy a pastai, in Sheffield add Hendo's, or in Bristol - anyone for cricket? Further west, Chrissy was disappointed, while State Fair attendees were not surprised. And, as we near Christmas, enjoy the mighty British (and legal) mince pie.
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august 2017 by garrettc
Heffalumps and oliphants | MetaFilter
Uli Westphal is a German artist who studies how humans perceive, depict and transform the natural world. In Elephas Anthropogenus, he traces (sometimes quite literally) how European illustrators who'd never seen an elephant reconstructed oral and written histories of what elephants looked like from C.E. 900-1765. All elephants are magnificent, but some elephants are more magnificent than others.
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august 2017 by garrettc
"Myths help us act; history helps us understand." | MetaFilter
Max Gladstone: DEAR SOPHONTS—

Your Harvest issue's cover feature ("Heroes of the Galactic Revolution: A Twenty-Year Retrospective"), however well-intentioned in its commemoration of the anniversary of our galaxy's liberation from the Palpatine Regime, indulged in and perpetuated many damaging and historically inaccurate popular fantasies.
However widespread the folk narrative of the Skywalker and Solo families has become in the decades since liberation, we expect more from a journal of your self-professed dedication to intellectual rigor.
The Great Sophont Theory of History has been deservedly discredited for decades; our galaxy's very size—millions of sentient species spread across billions of worlds—should be enough to discredit any notion its history might be shaped by the decisions of a few individuals. What steersman could seize the wheel of such a vessel?
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august 2017 by garrettc
The truth has got its boots on: an evidence-based response to James Damore's Google memo | MetaFilter
The truth has got its boots on: an evidence-based response to James Damore's Google memo [via mefi projects]
Mefi's own sciatrix drops science on Damore's unlistening head. Long, dense, and (from where I'm sitting) pretty darn definitive.
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august 2017 by garrettc
Current female fronted rock | MetaFilter
Wolf Alice: Brilliant indie rock, stretching from folk to punk. Watch Yuck Fou and Don't Delete the Kisses, from their upcoming sophmore album 'Visions of a Life', and one of their first songs Fluffy.
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august 2017 by garrettc
Not a culture fit | MetaFilter
Is The Work Environment I've Created On My Team Too Exclusive? Let's Ask A Manager
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august 2017 by garrettc
Let's create a 5-6 week Salad Guide, with plans and grocery lists - lunch worklunch healthy | Ask MetaFilter
I'm starting to bring food to work! Yay! However, I have limited bandwidth and would like to automate the planning aspect. My goal is to generate a 5-6 week rotation of salad greens and toppings, with associated grocery list and prep plan, that will make efficient use of ingredients. I would like this to be self-contained and not rely on us having particular leftovers on any given week. "Throw in whatever you have in the fridge" is exactly what I want to avoid.
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august 2017 by garrettc
Mathematical Paintings of Crockett Johnson | MetaFilter
From 1965 until his death in 1975 Crockett Johnson painted over 100 works relating to mathematics and mathematical physics. Of these paintings, eighty are found in the collections of the National Museum of American History. We present them here, with related diagrams from the artist's library and papers.
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july 2017 by garrettc
There's that whole zero gravity thing... | MetaFilter
Welcome to the International Space Station! Feel free to look around.
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july 2017 by garrettc
We Know the Way: The Art of Polynesian Wayfinding | MetaFilter
How did the Polynesians sail the Pacific 3,000 years ago, without GPS or even sextants or compasses? The Polynesian Voyaging Society and its ship, the Hōkūleʻa, have set out to answer that question through research, oral history, and practical experimentation. Learn the star compass; know your winds and currents; read the swells; look for clouds and birds; forecast the weather; and estimate your position.
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july 2017 by garrettc
No more "It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times" | MetaFilter
Public domain ebooks with modern typography, full proofing, complete metadata, and version control. Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
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june 2017 by garrettc
Is that… is that from Harry Potter? | MetaFilter
What if companies interviewed translators the way they interview coders?
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june 2017 by garrettc
Liberating ideas | MetaFilter
Unbound is a crowdfunding site specifically for writers/readers. They've successfully funded (ie published) numerous books and always have live projects seeking funding. Brought to you by the wonderful people behind the always-awesome Backlisted Podcast.
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june 2017 by garrettc
What the fucking fuck | MetaTalk
In the interest of not cluttering up the massive political thread with expressions of disbelief, let's have a Metatalk thread about how unbelievable all this shit is.
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may 2017 by garrettc
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