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Was secession put to a popular vote?
A popular vote in the states that seceded would have been limited to white men, and in most of the states would almost certainly have been a minority of the population.
Slaves, who couldn't vote, made up large proportions of the seceding states' populations in 1860: 45% of Alabama's population, 26% of Arkansas', 44% of Florida's, 44% of Georgia's, 47% of Louisiana's, 55% of Mississippi's, 33% of North Carolina's, 57% of South Carolina's, 25% of Tennessee's, 30% of Texas',… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 4:19 PM on June 25, 2015
Help me plan a 2-day SF itinerary
One fun thing to do right after driving down Lombard Street is to drive down Filbert Street, which is parallel to Lombard two blocks down. It goes down the same hill, but it goes straight down. It looks like you're dropping off the face of the Earth.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 11:27 AM on June 4, 2015 marked best answer
Online mapmaking for delivery logistics
MarkerClusterer. Ideal for your purposes. Custom designed for your needs.
You can also use Google Docs to store addresses, geocode them, and export GeoJSON.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 12:16 AM on December 1, 2014
Visually Creative Videos? For a Toddler.
Thanks for all the great suggestions! More more more!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 4:58 PM on November 26, 2014
I want to hear about your weird yummy pizza orders!
Feta cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 6:51 AM on August 20, 2014
Moving to the Bay Area -- where to live?
We moved to Alameda from San Francisco five years ago because it's one of the few places in the Bay Area that has affordable-for-here housing and good schools. We paid a little over your budget for a small house (2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1,004 square feet). At the time our realtor said we were lucky because with most houses in our price range you could expect to replace one major system (like the plumbing or the roof) and we didn't.
My wife commutes to Emeryville and it's… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 12:12 AM on July 13, 2014
single-hood wasted on the single?
When I was single and all my close longtime friends were married I prized my independence. One day were were going to the park five blocks away and it took an hour to wrangle all the kids and pets. I remember thinking that I could walk out the door, take a taxi to the airport, and fly anywhere in the world right then if I wanted to.
(Although I never did. Stupid fiscal responsibility.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 10:03 AM on July 11, 2014
Bondathon without the Bond
My Hitchcock best of list:
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Rear Window (1954)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
North by Northwest (1959)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 1:52 PM on June 26, 2014
What are your favorite ABOUT US pages?
20 Creative & Useful "About" Pages
25 Creative and Engaging About Us Pages
6 'About Us' Pages That Are Probably Better Than Yours
5 Must Have Elements for Inspiring About Us Pages
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 7:01 AM on June 23, 2014
Book search: Personal accounts of war
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War.
Seconding The Things They Carried.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 2:31 PM on May 14, 2014
Books that allude to books that do not exist.
The fictional The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism features prominently in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
John Irving's The World According to Garp contains several pieces of Garp's fiction, including his "first novella, The Pension Grillparzer; 'Vigilance', a short story; and the first chapter of his novel, The World According to Bensenhaver."
The lost second book of Aristotle's Poetics (on comedy) is an… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 11:50 PM on April 11, 2014 marked best answer
Bay Area location for easy mom/toddler meetup
Frog Park in Oakland is great and it's pretty close to the Rockridge BART station. The Redondo Playground part is better for smaller kids.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 4:45 PM on March 24, 2014
It's 2014. How do I decide between internet or mobile development?
It looks like a curriculum from 10 years ago, but at least they're tools for web dev.
Agreed. XHTML is very old news by now; you should be learning HTML5. Ruby on Rails and/or Python are more current than ASP.net.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 4:34 PM on March 19, 2014
Tea for the common man: good, better, best?
I get six-packs of 50-bag boxes of Twinings English Breakfast Tea from Amazon. It's $31.08 for 300 bags.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 2:34 PM on March 16, 2014
Simple but scalable CMS platforms?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 2:40 PM on March 14, 2014 marked best answer
I've built a couple of sites with Concrete5, but not with the traffic you're expecting (although that shouldn't be a problem).
The easiest way to customize it is to do a custom theme:
Making a theme from start to finish
Turn HTML into a CMS site with concrete5
For more support, there's also Concrete5 Enterprise. I haven't used that myself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 6:11 PM on March 14, 2014
What are some good resources for learning CSS?
Mozilla Developer Network, Getting started with CSS
HTML Dog, CSS Beginner Tutorial
Shay Howe, A Beginner’s Guide to HTML & CSS
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 3:48 PM on March 9, 2014
Baa Baa Black Sheep Little Star H I J K L M N O P
"Heaven is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle and "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi are the exact same song.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 9:35 PM on January 6, 2014
Don’t Make Me Think
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 11:45 AM on December 1, 2013 marked best answer
A JFK assassination book that stays away from conspiracies?
Vincent Bugliosi's Four Days in November: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It's essentially the "recap of what happened" part of Reclaiming History without the conspiracy stuff. It's very thorough and interesting. (It was also the inspiration for the movie Parkland that came out last month.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 2:17 PM on November 24, 2013
James Bond vs. thug in the pre-credits scene of Goldfinger.
"Shocking! Positively shocking!"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 6:36 PM on November 10, 2013
Hey, Soul Sister, is that Mr. Mister?
Billy Bragg, "I Dreamed I Saw Phil Ochs Last Night"
Billy Bragg, "Levi Stubbs' Tears" (also has "she puts on the Four Tops tape)
The Who, "The Seeker": "I asked Bobby Dylan, I asked The Beatles"
U2's Angel of Harlem mentions a couple artists. John Coltrane and Miles Davis
It's about Billie Holiday, and mentions her ("Lady Day").
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 3:15 PM on November 8, 2013
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 8:44 PM on May 7, 2013
Barry Mann, "Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)":
"Darling, bomp bah bah bomp, bah bomp bah bomp bomp"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 5:46 PM on May 4, 2013
The best submarine movies?
Follow up Das Boot with Beerfest.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 9:13 PM on April 28, 2013
What's the current hotness for web development frameworks?
I've heard good things about Laravel for PHP.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 3:13 PM on April 18, 2013
Stories about academics discovering the supernatural/weird
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 5:18 PM on April 11, 2013
Heavily Illustrated "Serious" Books
1776: The Illustrated Edition
The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 4:53 PM on April 10, 2013
Songs for little boys
Noting that there are two different 'Boys Are Back In Town' songs - the one by Thin Lizzy, and one by The Gap Band.
There are at least three, including the awesome Bus Boys song.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 12:06 PM on April 9, 2013
Examples of gay stereotypes in television and film over the years in.
The Lizzies in The Warriors.
Shaft is totally cool with his gay bartender buddy grabbing his ass at one point
He's a complicated man.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 9:58 AM on April 4, 2013
John Cooper on Southland.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 10:02 AM on April 4, 2013
Songs that are lists of things.
Nat "King" Cole, "L.O.V.E."L is for the way you look at meposted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 8:21 AM on March 26, 2013
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore
Why do different phones / platforms respond differently to mobile sites?
A more robust and scalable way is to use server-side detection with a library like WURFL Cloud and doing Responsive Design + Server Side Components (RESS) to deliver different templates and content to mobile devices. You can detect specific devices, but best practice is to test for different capabilities.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 11:59 AM on March 23, 2013
Are there any good movies about the Cold War from the Russian viewpoint?
The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November (Amazon; Huffington Post review) is "based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 6:27 AM on February 25, 2013
Oh crap, he escaped!
Also from The Fugitive:Cosmo Renfro: [after Kimble has just lept off the dam to escape] What happened? Where'd he go?posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 8:57 PM on February 23, 2013
Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: The guy did a Peter Pan right off of this dam, right here.
I'd like to listen to some hopeful and reassuring songs
Boo Radleys, "Wake Up Boo!"
"I know I was up all night, I can do anything, anything, anything."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 8:51 PM on February 23, 2013
Give me songs that count
Violent Femmes, "Kiss Off":I take one one one 'cause you left meposted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 7:20 PM on February 16, 2013
And two two two for my family
And three three three for my heartache
And four four four for my headaches
And five five five for my lonely
And six six six for my sorrow
And seven seven seven for no tomorrow
And eight eight eight I forget what eight was for
And nine nine nine for a lost god
And ten ten ten for everything everything everything everything
Fiction: Fatal encounters between therapist and patient
Still of the Night with Roy Scheider (therapist) and Meryl Streep (patient).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 4:00 PM on February 5, 2013
New to web hosting, what hosting services can I use?
If you just want to run this one WordPress site, a company like Laughing Squid that specializes in WordPress hosting would probably be simplest.
I've used DreamHost for over 10 years and generally been happy, but about once a year for the last couple of years or so they've have a complete meltdown and did a very poor job communicating to their customers about it, so I started switching to WebFaction.
I've used Dotster and DreamHost for domain… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 6:12 AM on February 1, 2013
Nice places to get married somewhere in or around Seattle...
We got married at the lovely Antheia Ballroom in Snohomish, about 45 minutes from Seattle. We were happy with our caterers, but I don't know if they were gluten-free. We had the reception there, too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 9:49 AM on January 20, 2013
Seconding Ray's Boathouse. We had our rehearsal dinner there and it was great.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 5:38 PM on January 20, 2013
Librarians in media
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 5:36 PM on January 20, 2013
Examples of cliched business speak in the US?
"Around" when you mean "about." As in "do some thinking around our touchpoints."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 7:44 PM on January 11, 2013
I thought 'verbiage' meaning any amount of text or as a synonym for 'content' was a thing, but maybe it's just us? Somehow that makes it even worse.
I hear "verbiage" all the time. Almost always by people who don't realize it means "a profusion of words usually of little or obscure content."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 1:03 PM on January 15, 2013
Dack.com Web Economy Bullshit Generator, from around 2002.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 1:04 PM on January 15, 2013
LinkedIn Endorsements - What is the deal?
My brother and sister are both LinkedIn contacts of mine. Of course they are excellent at whatever they do and I am happy to enthusiastically endorse them for whatever qualification they claim because they are great in all areas so they must be great at that one.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 9:34 PM on January 7, 2013
Ain't nothing like the real thing
The closest you're likely to get are A Cellarful of Motown! and Complete Motown Singles.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 1:10 PM on January 5, 2013
Recommendations for all-time best "royal court intrigue" movies, TV series and books?
Becket would be a good double feature with The Lion in Winter. Peter O'Toole plays Henry II in both movies.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 10:05 PM on December 28, 2012
We're not usually helicopter parents, but this time...
I haven't used it myself, but I recently read a good review of the Syma S107/S107G ($25.49) on Slate and the Amazon reviews are generally good. From the Slate review:Back in 2010, the S107 was my favorite tiny RC helicopter. It was well-built, cheap, and because it has an on-board gyroscopic stabilizer, it is exceptionally easy to fly. For a beginner pilot, there’s nothing better to start with.posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 11:58 AM on December 15, 2012
Was Operation Barbarossa the largest-scale human endeavor in history?
I'm more interested in events that were planned in advance and have specific detailed instructions to the participants than I am in events that had more unstructured participation.
Elections: no. There weren't specific instructions to people about where to vote and who to vote for, for example.
Live Aid: no. People could watch or not watch, and choose where they went to watch.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 8:14 AM on December 7, 2012