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Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck
Seven or eight years ago I was driving on the viaduct when my Ma called me on the phone, (slightly panicked voice) "Whatever you do DON'T drive on the viaduct! You're not driving on it are you?" ", of course not." She was a muckity muck at WSDOT and had become a bit alarmed at the content of the emails that engineering types had been sending around.

I'll miss it when it's gone, riding my motorcycle along the top deck at sunset on a warm summer… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 8:44 PM on December 16, 2014

Let's eat a Milky Way®
Thanks for not spoiling it rorgy, I laughed so hard I scared the cat off the couch. That's some good shit right there.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:27 AM on November 14, 2014

48 minues of 1978 radio
What, no KBilly?
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 3:48 PM on October 25, 2014

"My real-life shagging has not been self-conscious."
ropeladder: " When I go to a concert I object to people who spend the whole time filming for the same reason I go to a concert instead of watching a video of the event: because other people and their actions and reactions actively contribute to (or degrade) my experience."

That still feels like worrying about "other people doing it wrong" to me. Excluding folks that are actually blocking the view, my subjective experience is that I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:46 AM on September 14, 2014

All of Minecraft: Pre 0.0.9a to 1.8
I finally picked it up a couple months back to play with my teen-aged nephews, and have been completely blown away by the limitless depths. Mod packs, adventure maps, complete the monument maps, world border maps, to say nothing of the brilliant vanilla game. For kids? Bah! I'm in my 40's and I'll be playing this for the rest of my life.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 4:19 PM on September 8, 2014
Oh, and I forgot to mention. Youtuber Zisteau is a few episodes into a lets play where he's starting with the initial alpha release and will be working his way through all the updates over the course of the series. Well worth following imo.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 4:22 PM on September 8, 2014

Where did you all meet? Juilliard?
I'm as big a fanboy as the next person when it comes to the Beasties, but that was painful to watch. Both the interview and the performance felt forced and awkward. (and ugh, the misogyny) What it really highlights for me is the distance traveled, as artists and as humans, over their careers.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 3:03 PM on September 6, 2014

Spiderdog, Spiderdog, does whatever Spiderdog does!
Sys Rq: "Well this is just flatly untrue.

It's non-consensual sadism committed by sociopathic narcissists.

So I'm a sociopathic narcissist for taking a picture of my junk with my buddies cell phone and setting it as his wallpaper when he, foolishly, leaves it unattended at the bar? Thanks for the diagnosis, I'll get right on setting up some counselling sessions, sure hope I don't need to be committed.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 4:37 PM on September 5, 2014

When suddenly and without warning, there was this
Good excuse to visit my uncle in Corvallis.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:39 AM on August 31, 2014

Grab some sushi when you visit Mars
Favorited for planning of motorcycle tour of Sweden/the solar system.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:09 PM on August 28, 2014

1135 Feet, Two Bananas: World's Scariest Selfie
The loops below them look like FM antenna elements. Climbing up through the full power RF field is not good for ones cancer risk outlook. While climbing and working on a tower 100' away from an active antenna we were required to wear RF detectors and protective suits. While on a tower with a reduced power antenna, we couldn't get closer than 20' without setting off the detectors. If that is an FM, these three are essentially sitting in a big RF oven.

I was told of a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:44 PM on August 26, 2014

The incremental to surpass all incrementals
Oh man! Stockpiled a bunch of catnip, and assigned kittens appropriate gathering jobs, went for a nap, and came back to find I'd gotten the Winter is coming achievement. So sad.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:07 PM on August 26, 2014

Dave's definitely not here.
Unicorn on the cob: "Seriously, anyone know the pay/union dues/benefits for gigs like these?

And of course one guy is smoking.

Not sure for a unionized iron worker, which I would expect these guys are given that they're working on a building. Broadcast and cellular telecom tower hands can make as little as $10/hr for the same kind of work.

I was pretty fortunate with the outfits I worked… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 2:08 AM on August 13, 2014

Like Ouroboros
Interesting results.

N'thing FB Purity and AdBlock to get it to do what you want. I also avoid the default news feed like the plague and have the folks I'm interested in keeping up with in a custom list, which is pretty much the only page I check on other than a few group pages I'm a member of.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:27 AM on August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:57 PM on August 11, 2014

Catalogs of the Old Republic
Their Israeli Paratrooper briefcase served me well through college and beyond. Like zombiedance, their military surplus of the world vibe fit in well with my punk aesthetic. The sense of betrayal when they got bought out and watered down was strong.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:04 AM on August 8, 2014

Bad day? This may help.
"I saw this a few days ago, and ever since then I've been trying to figure out what the opening notes to the music are reminding me of. I think it might be the theme song to some Japanese or American cartoon show, where those opening notes accompany the name of the show or something. Argh!"

I was spinning my wheels trying to figure out where I'd heard this before and finally recalled that it's the theme music from "My Name is Nobody" Not sure if… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:58 AM on August 3, 2014

“Some people call it super gun. I’m OK with that,”
I thought the tricky bit of shooting down missiles with previous systems was hitting the, relatively, small and fast moving target. Has that been overcome?
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 5:45 PM on July 10, 2014

Scene from a bygone era
Oh god, Donny and the purple socks. My grade-school self was locked to the TV every week when they came on. My jr-high school self, was less impressed when we got to tour the Osmond studio at a summer theater camp, because by then I had moved on to Devo, The Ramones, etc. Donny regained his cool in my esteem with his dancing appearance in White and Nerdy.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:53 PM on June 20, 2014

Hey Mom, my song is in 'Orange is the New Black'
Oh man, this song has been my ringtone as long as I've had phones that I could make my own ringtone for. It's always been fun to get the raised eyebrow and knowing nod of recognition from complete strangers, perhaps sparking a bit of conversation. I suppose people are going to want to talk about OitNB now. I really don't want to have to change my ringtone.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:33 AM on June 20, 2014


Here in Washington state we've got the Uncle Sam billboard along I-5 near Chehalis that regularly bears messages of right wing crankiness, which is always a high point of the long drive between Seattle and Portland. Being two sided, you get the pleasure of a different message coming and going (no cheating with the rear view mirror). Though the cleverness and clarity of intent significantly dropped off after the original sign came down and the new one went up, I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:58 AM on June 17, 2014

The real angle grinder man
I about choked when I saw the hand drill mill setup, guy really knows his tools and how to get the most out of them. I'm really humbled considering the clunky bits and bobs I came up with when I had access to a full machine shop.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:03 PM on June 15, 2014

Patent Improved Widget Self-Snaffelizer
14, woulda had a couple more if I'd stuck with my first instinct.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 12:34 PM on June 12, 2014

"Already stoked and nothing is happnSHIP LASERS"
That was a lot of fun.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:35 PM on June 9, 2014

Doooooorrrrroooooothyyyyy Gaaaaaaaallllllle!
Oh man. Seems like there was a time in my youth when The Wiz was on some high numbered cable channel every other Sunday afternoon. The creepy bouncy subway creatures, bleahgh.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 12:52 PM on June 9, 2014

Rocky Mountain High
rtha: "What boo_radley said. This is a tu quoque fallacy.

Apologies for making my shorthand too short.

How's this, then: So what? So what if marijuana [product] doesn't come with dosage labeling on it? This is flung like a criticism but people who make it never establish that it needs one, and why, and what other similar substances do or don't have that labeling, and why. So okay, your bag of legal weed or your
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posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:08 PM on June 4, 2014
zardoz: "
Disagree. Too much of the bud burns away as second hand smoke. The best investment is some sort of pipe or bong, preferably one with a glass bowl. And I've not smoked in a while, but in the past decade vaporizers seem to be all the rage; I wonder if they are more efficient than pipes.

Considerably more so in my experience. Also a much more pleasant experience, lacking the harshness of smoking.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:35 AM on June 6, 2014

Pleasurable Troublemaker: Don't worry, it's totally SFW
No big deal, I always grab the bike key first. Of course, my bike has a motor and makes vroom vroom noises, so it's really no contest.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:29 AM on June 6, 2014

Chinese Lianhuanhua: A Century of Pirated Movies
Kennedy Space Center? This is brilliant! I'd love to see a full translation.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:34 PM on May 27, 2014

The Most Beautiful Scary-Ass Beasts in the World
Whenever these come up I just can't resist the urge to look at all the pretty spiders, and then follow up reading about their fascinating behavior, and find out what it takes to care for them, and the handling, while slowly building up to a big ol' crawly skin NOPE! at the end. I wonder if this is somehow related to the impulse of the perverse?
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 6:24 PM on May 24, 2014

The Humdinger - Extraordinary Quality
Really frustrated that I don't have a pencil nearby to sharpen and sniff.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:57 AM on April 28, 2014

It's because you either found Jesus or had a baby.
Fbpurity is a nice tool for controlling what shows up on your feed. It allows you to block all sorts of content, and can filter based on keywords.

The most useful strategy I've found for limiting the noise factor has bee to create a custom "inner circle" list of folks I'm really interested in following. Whenever FB is open, that's what I look at. I only check the main news feed once every other week or so, and then only briefly.

I've… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:32 AM on April 28, 2014

Photographs of some historical & archeological artifacts
ikahime: "Galileo's telescope gave me chills (in a good way). Thanks for the post!"

We got to see it in person at the Museo Galileo in Florence. Chilling in a different way, they also have his finger.

Really a cool museum to visit. It used to be the Museum of the History of Science, and had all kinds of interesting devices and displays from science history. One room had wax sculptures all along the upper walls… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:41 PM on April 27, 2014

Alien Found Buried in New Mexico Desert
No good can come of this, the dead should stay buried.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 1:07 PM on April 26, 2014

Interior Design
backseatpilot: "My basic workflow is intense frustration, followed by the pleasing feel of seeing an elegantly completed design/analysis... followed by despair after realizing that no one but me cares how cleverly I pulled everything off."

I care! I love examining and taking things apart to figure out how they work. Particularly clever designs to fit awkward spaces are a special joy.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:49 AM on April 23, 2014

15 famous landmarks, put into context
I think they got it backwards with the Santorini pictures. If anything it's more impressive when you realize it's perched on the inner rim of a giant volcanic caldera, nearly 1000 ft above the sea below.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 3:29 PM on April 19, 2014

"Be brave, but not too brave."
Cools stuff. I've always been super intrigued by cave exploration, and would love to do a multi-day spelunking trip. I just dunno if I could overcome my mild claustrophobia. The thought of crawling through a space too small to take a full breath makes me involuntarily take the deepest breath I can.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 8:34 PM on April 18, 2014

Ah, memories. All of the extra dollars spent on fancy FeCr tapes for my mixes that my cheapo knockoff walkman couldn't give a f**k about.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:31 AM on April 16, 2014

Gonzo ... Judas Iscariot
Some of this works nicely, Pepe's Dream, Simon Zealotes, and Herod's Song are all fun. But yeah, would enjoy it much more with some real punch from Kermit and Gonzo.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:40 AM on April 15, 2014

Six Scientists Show Six Super Surprises
If that 30 second charger can be scaled to electric car sized use, that's a pretty big deal.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:29 AM on April 14, 2014
rough ashlar: "
If one uses a 5KWh = 1 gal of gasoline rate for a calculation base, the big deal is sourcing the energy to the place where such batteries can get charged. For a 10 gal tank, that is 50KW over an hour. Rounding down, 100 amps at 480 volts. Now fill the batteries in 1/100th of an hour - 36 seconds and you need 10,000 amps at 480 volts.

Rule of thumb - the current capacity of copper is 4X the cross sectional area. Now add
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posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:04 AM on April 14, 2014

Which Dewey Decimal Category Are You?
900s- Why yes, I do enjoy a good map.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:35 AM on April 14, 2014

A person can never be broken
yoink: "We're kinda hitting that weird boundary zone where the prosthetic starts becoming not so much a substitute for the "real thing" as an upgrade to it. Human 2.0. Luckily years of childhood study of The Six Million Dollar Man has prepared me and my age-cohort for the coming new reality."

Were I to find myself in need of leg/foot prosthetic, I would insist that it include a chip that makes this sound when I ran or jumped.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 7:54 PM on April 10, 2014

"The filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is old school."
Nthing Dead Man as a particularly worthy piece to check out. I burned through two copies on VHS, one on laser disk, one on DVD, and it now has permanent residence on my Netflix queue. The Neil Young soundtrack also gets heavy rotation on the iPod.

It's interesting that his pacing gets criticized, as it's one of the things I love about his movies. I find it allows me time to really savor the tone and mood. There's an element that is felt, without… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:24 AM on April 7, 2014
CBrachyrhynchos: "I don't find the pacing of Dead Man to be that far off of some of the Eastwood directed westerns..."

I hadn't thought of that before, but I agree. I wonder how much of that is influenced by his work with Sergio Leone.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 2:39 PM on April 7, 2014

Nostril, Lip, Penis
I've got a couple that continue the themes of motorcycles and beverages.

In the first, a big fat lazy bumblebee lodged itself in-between my helmet liner and face, right next to my left temple. I could feel it struggling to free itself, and could see it's flailing legs just out of the corner of my eye. Sure I was going to catch one in the eyeball, I navigated with surprising calm to the side of the road, but was unable to avoid a poke in the temple.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 11:06 AM on April 4, 2014

Note: pineapple is an abomination against the Pizza Gods
vibratory manner of working: "The(imo) best pizza shop in seattle

Well don't say that and then not say where it is.

If it's not Pagliacci, I will fight you.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 9:09 PM on March 31, 2014

Well it was 15 years ago this week...
So, what I hear you all saying is that I should give this another shot. I only made it through the first five episodes before I dropped it from my Netflix instant queue. I didn't mind the Muppets and such, I actually prefer practical to digital effects. It just felt inconsistent, and I didn't feel enough of a spark to push through the early bits and get to the gold you all are seeing. All right, back on the queue, and I promise to at least complete the first season.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:59 AM on March 22, 2014

What's the opposite of (.)
svenni: "Yeah, that part of his life story is perplexing. I'd be interesting what happened that turned him to the dark side."

He was a product of abuse who managed to take the cycle to a whole new level. (Read Addicted to Hate, if you haven't already) Here's to hoping his victims within his own family can find a way to break that cycle in their lives.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 10:47 AM on March 20, 2014

The Cost of Kale: How Foodie Trends Can Hurt Low-Income Families
codswallop: "All we need are some solid restrictions on what you're legally allowed to eat according to the intersection of your class and race. Easy-peasy. How 'bout it, government?"

Relevant Daily Show bit. Starts at about the 40 second mark and continues into the second clip.
posted to MetaFilter by calamari kid at 2:28 PM on March 13, 2014

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