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How to counter the "American abundance" argument.
Now there are seven kinds of Coke
500 kinds of cigarettes
This freedom of choice in the USA drives everybody crazy
X, "See How We Are"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 1:30 PM on July 8, 2016

Who are the women on this billboard?
Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 12:02 PM on June 14, 2016

Software for documenting family tree?
Is there a service that has nice UI and charts? For example, Geni's are um, not to my tastes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 11:14 AM on May 9, 2016

Scrolling screenshot app for Mac/Chrome/Firefox?
Paparazzi works fine in El Capitan Soy Capitan for me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 7:16 AM on February 11, 2016

Does Sons of Anarchy rebound after Season 3? (No spoilers, please.)
OK, so some pretty convincing arguments. I'm pulling the plug. Thanks!

Go ahead and watch The Shield from beginning to end, if you must expose yourself to that much violence. Or Deadwood, if you have not seen that yet. Much much better!!

I started watching Sons of Anarchy because (1) I'd seen The Shield and liked it (but once was enough) and (2) I love Deadwood, had just watched it for the third time, and knew a lot of Deadwood… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 1:59 PM on January 11, 2016
I love Vikings and watched it on Amazon Prime.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 4:50 PM on January 11, 2016
So I ended up dropping Sons of Anarchy, skipping the Season 3 finale, and watched Bosch instead. I liked it quite a bit, and it was refreshing to see Titus Welliver not having to struggle with an Irish accent. Plus I went from Deadwood reunions to Wire reunions.

I liked Vikings right up until my wife said 'Hey, this is just like Sons of Anarchy!'

I like Vikings a lot, much more than Sons of Anarchy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 11:05 PM on January 23, 2016

Stable & Simple WYSIWYG HTML Editor
I've used CKEditor and TinyMCE. They're pretty comparable.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 3:03 PM on December 3, 2015

I want to read books and watch movies about Alternate Histories.
Len Deighton's SS-GB "deals with life in Nazi-occupied Great Britain, about one year after the German Army successfully overruns the British Isles."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 10:10 AM on November 20, 2015

Best age to take kids to Disneyland?
We just took our 3.5-year-old to Disneyland and she had a great time! She was totally delighted to meet Mickey Mouse at his house, and she got to walk and hold hands with Pluto. We didn't do a lot of rides (It's a Small World once). She loved Goofy's Playhouse. She was afraid of the Grand Canyon diorama on the train ride so she had to get off the train. Oh, and the parades! We saw a daytime and nighttime parade and she was completely enthralled by both.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 10:54 AM on November 16, 2015

Modern novels set in Victorian-ish era
Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day (1989)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 6:46 PM on October 26, 2015



Various 6-day-old baby questions
Also do shushing along with swaddling, Happiest Baby on the Block style. Babies apparently like a surprisingly loud white noise because it reminds them of the blood whooshing through the arteries when they're in utero.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 5:16 PM on July 5, 2015

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:

Notorious (1946)
Rope (1948)
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)
Vertigo (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 1:52 PM on June 26, 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?
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.
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 device.
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

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