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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?
Concrete5
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.... [more]
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

Seconding Codecademy.
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 3:48 PM on March 9, 2014


About Me
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

Shocking films!
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

Show me the quick and dirty road to jquery/javascript proficiency
Free Codeacademy courses on JavaScript and jQuery.
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 8:44 PM on May 7, 2013

Hello darling!
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
Ghostbusters.
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 5:18 PM on April 11, 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 me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore

posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 8:21 AM on March 26, 2013

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.

With responsive design you're delivering the same HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and images to all devices; with RESS you're only delivering content that's optimized for the... [more]
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?
Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: The guy did a Peter Pan right off of this dam, right here.

posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 8:57 PM on February 23, 2013

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 me
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

posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 7:20 PM on February 16, 2013

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
Ghostbusters
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.... [more]
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 believe I've defined the scope sufficiently. I referred to two specific planned operations in WWII where were plans, the plans called for a specified number of people to do something, and they did it.

Hands Across America comes closest to what I'm thinking of so far. The Five Year Plans are close, but seem a bit too vague and high-level.
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 10:56 PM on December 6, 2012
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

Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?
M from James Bond

M's first name (Miles) is revealed in The Spy Who Loved Me.
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 9:35 PM on December 3, 2012

Modern doublethink?
The use of acronyms and backronyms, i.e., the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act).
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 9:43 PM on November 12, 2012
George Carlin on "shell shock" > "battle fatigue" > "operational exhaustion" > "post-traumatic stress disorder."There's a condition in combat. Most people know about it. It's when a fighting person's nervous system has been stressed to it's absolute peak and maximum. Can't take anymore input. The nervous system has either (click) snapped or is about to snap.

In the first world war, that condition was called "shell... [more]
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 2:30 PM on November 18, 2012


Why have case endings and gender endured in language?
"In German, a young lady has no sex, while a turnip has. Think what overwrought reverence that shows for the turnip, and what callous disrespect for the girl." -- Mark Twain, The Awful German Language
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 5:12 PM on October 23, 2012

Money from Nothing?
John Gruber, of Daring Fireball.
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 4:35 PM on October 14, 2012

Remixed for the better
Junkie XL's remix of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation."
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 10:18 AM on October 8, 2012

Stories where someone learns something ridiculously fast
The mermaid in Splash (Daryl Hannah) learns English in a day by watching TV.
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 3:50 PM on October 2, 2012

What movie scenes were a happy accident?
When the slum landlord comes to Vito Corleone's olive oil business in The Godfather: Part II, they nailed the door to the office shut without telling the actor playing the landlord, so his nervous struggling to open the door was unscripted. Danny Aiello also ad-libbed his line "Michael Corleone says hello."
posted to Ask Metafilter by kirkaracha at 10:26 PM on September 26, 2012

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