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A Monstration In St. Petersburg
Wow. How incredibly clever. I am blown away.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:53 PM on May 2, 2014

Your crush mileage may vary.
At my 20th high school reunion I confessed to a woman that I had a crush on her in 4th grade. You wouldn't think something like that would still horrify someone, but you'd be wrong.

And this sort of thing is why I would rather gnaw off a forearm than go around revealing crushes. (I mean probably if I literally had to choose whether or not to gnaw off a forearm, I would tell people I had crushes on them instead. At least if it was… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:59 AM on May 2, 2014

"I think I'm an okay writer, but a very good storyteller."
I try to leave out the parts people skip.

I really like that - almost but not quite a paradox.

The thing is, it takes intelligence and skill to write successful schlock - it took me a long time to realize that.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:26 AM on May 1, 2014
The last unputdownable book I read was W.G. Sebald's Rings of Saturn, which has no plot movement whatsoever other than some guy wandering around Suffolk and feeling a vague sense of loss.

Oh, I've been wanting to read that forever! Thanks for reminding me that I need to take steps to obtain a copy.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:48 PM on May 1, 2014

The madness of the suburbs: who knows it but you?
I really like this. It's like a really good fanzine from the nineties somehow.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:08 AM on May 1, 2014

The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era
What I worry about isn't so much just getting an infection (although that worries me plenty); I worry about how much more dangerous surgery is going to become, and cancer treatment, and everything that lowers your resistance.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:00 AM on April 30, 2014
this is the first miracle he needs for his eventual canonization. can i be appointed as the advocate before the sacred congregation for the causes of saints if i'm not catholic?

Obama municipality.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:01 AM on April 30, 2014
While this pretty clearly effective against a whole bunch of infections, and is pretty clearly at least mostly safe, but there are good reasons why this strategy will probably never be used in the West.

Why can't we have the phages? Just capitalist wickedness?

I know some phage researchers and I have been consoling myself by thinking that phages may help with the antibiotics situation.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:31 AM on April 30, 2014

maybe this could've gone in my last post
Let's take bacon as an example... 30 to 45 minutes or so with a coffee maker, but five to seven minutes with a stove. Sometimes people are like "Oh, you must be stupid... Don't you realize that it's much more efficient to cook with a stove!!!???" ... OF COURSE I know that. But that's not the point. This is one of my main interests! I know it's an unusual one, but some people like to dance, sing, paint or race with cars. I don't. I like to try and make different things edible… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:26 AM on April 30, 2014
Do take note that she cooks a cat with the coffee maker. No joke.

It took me a while to be confident that this was a joke (although the photo where she is holding up the "dead" cat is pretty clearly posed, with a surprisingly compliant kitty). I think this is because I unconsciously associate 1. cooking lamb hearts; 2. "extreme" cooking; 3. Swedes (my family is Swedish-American with some degree of connection to Sweden remaining)… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:34 AM on April 30, 2014

The devourer and the devoured
This was a great essay - thank you for linking it! I'm especially interested in serious amateur scholarship like this. And the writing style was, I thought, very good - fluid and distinctive without being affected or cloying.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:34 AM on April 29, 2014
Maybe (probably) it's because I'm bitter from my own slightly fucked up childhood but anything that has a whiff of "this is not your problem, dear, this is MOMMY'S problem. See how much more mommy suffers!" just creeps me out a bit.

I think it's worth reading the essay - the point of the essay isn't "look how difficult the mother had it" at all. It's an attempt to establish what kinds of evidence exist for the entwinement of the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:28 PM on April 29, 2014

No Exit
On the other hand, this makes me feel great about having a pink collar "career" in a large midwestern city. "At least I don't need to attract venture funding and I have my own house with my own room and everything, and I don't need to have Google 'hangouts' with brogrammers or provide 'paleo plates' for wealthy people," I find myself saying.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:01 PM on April 25, 2014

Higher self-perceived attractiveness increases support for inequality

"What's surprising is that we find that most people seem to endorse hierarchy when they think they're attractive and oppose it when they think they're not," Belmi said.

It all depends on whose ox is gored - that's the great truth of social movements. I try to ignore this great truth as much as possible because it's too depressing and what the hell, in a hundred years we'll all be dead.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:44 AM on April 24, 2014

3 levels of lasers. It's rescanning the udder and looking for the teats
I keep find myself thinking about the brutal and miserable life of farm laborers (so brutal and miserable, in fact, that it looks pretty bad even in light-hearted and nostalgic books like All Creatures Great and Small) and I imagine a wonderful future where regular working people are all dead of starvation, preventable disease and war, and a tiny fraction of elite humanity - the descendents of the Pinochets, the Kissingers, the Fricks, the Thatchers - enjoys a paradisical… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:02 PM on April 23, 2014

"Everybody dies someday - At least I saw Provence first"
A lot of travel looks just like the postcard and you're not missing that much if you don't see it in person.

Honestly, there are five-minute sights. I've been to a couple of Famous Chinese Places (ruins, mostly, and god knows, the Great Wall at Badaling) where while it's cool to see it in person, it's...quick. (So obviously, plan your day around something other than Spending Hours At The Ming Tombs.)… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:28 AM on April 22, 2014

The difference between we Gen Xrs and you Millenials is that while we both got screwed my generation never expected anything better. I don't know if that's good or bad.

Oh, things were WAY easier when we were coming up. They were pretty tough - remember Michael Moore and Downsize This and TempSlave zine? - but if you had a college degree you could get a job. Not in your field, certainly. But if you had a degree and you wanted to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:56 PM on April 18, 2014
I add that the fiftysomethings and the millenials should not fight but should join forces - they have even more in common than the rest of the working class. The millenials have nothing, the fiftysomethings basically stand to lose everything if Even One Little Thing goes wrong, and then they'll be in the same employment boat as the millenials except older and creakier.

"Kids today are so lazy and selfish, their parents should just kick them out" and "you… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:02 PM on April 18, 2014
That sounds great, Frowner. It would be nice if fiftysomethings voted like they wanted to join forces with young people instead of voting, like, the opposite of that.

Look, 47% of the fiftyish people voted for Obama and tend to vote leftishly. (I mean, for certain values of "left", but I think an awful lot of those people would be glad to vote for a lefter candidate. ) That's a huge number of people. Lots of fiftyish… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:10 PM on April 18, 2014
(Also, it just seems insane to me, the amount of ressentiment in this whole discourse - "oh, I hate working class blue collar democrat baby boomers because their union got them a pension deal, what can I do to help the Republicans and our corporate masters loot their pension system?" It also buys into a lot of right wing stuff. Why do people get pensions? Because their union negotiated for them and the workers and their employers paid into them, or because the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:15 PM on April 18, 2014
Frowner, I don't see anyone here arguing that anyone's pensions should be taken away. I would love to see a resurgence of pensions.

But everyone is always saying the equivalent of "look at those spoiled older people living in luxury - we don't get pensions". What is that except sheer resentment? I never hear people say "look at those older people - how can we get what they're having?" And I never hear people… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:23 PM on April 18, 2014
I love having the option to move far away and happily availed myself of it. But more and more I realize that for many, even most, people it's weird and can be severely disruptive. The endlessly relocatable worker-cog ideal aside, you can end up in a part of the country you've never been, feeling culture shock you didn't expect, trying to work through a job hunt with few resources and no one to give you a hand. I think that's much more of a barrier than a town's perceived dullness… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:11 AM on April 22, 2014

Mali's Ancient Manuscripts
I just want to say that thanks to the "Americans don't know enough geography" turn in a recent thread on the blue, I did a bunch of geography quizzes, I can visualize Mali on a map and I know where it is in relation to various nearby Important Things - and yes, this does help me to understand the story and the situation. Geography seems to be worth the effort.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 6:51 AM on April 22, 2014

15 famous landmarks, put into context
The Forbidden City is actually right next to Beihai Park, which is Very Large For That Type Of Thing. The Forbidden City itself, IMO, seems much bigger than it is. I've biked past and around it many times (sadly, not in recent years) and walked through it a couple of times. It feels pretty epic, especially if you go in the off season. Part of that is by design. The thing that's surprising to me is how little there is that feels human scale and private, unlike other big famous places I've… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:59 PM on April 19, 2014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Castle
What a pity that in order to "save" this remarkable building, it will have to be returned to its status as luxury hotel for the 1%. You probably have a better shot at seeing it now, in its decay, than you will in ten years when it's been fixed up - unless you get hired to wait tables or clean the rooms, of course.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:09 AM on April 18, 2014

Cringing Not Necessary
Although you've got to admit that the paraphrase of "Everyday Is Like Sunday" is pretty funny. (I mean, I like that song.)
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:52 PM on April 17, 2014

word has it, he got a deal for only $2350/month
I hope he got his stuff back - usually the cops take it and throw it away.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:16 PM on April 17, 2014
In theory, it means they will inventory his belongings, put them in secure storage, and give him a receipt that he can use to claim his stuff when he has a place to go.

Indeed. In theory they do this; in actual fact, it can be difficult to get stuff back.

The cops have to say that it's a "sad story" and they'll "do anything" to help him get back on his feet because the cameras are rolling.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:26 PM on April 17, 2014

What am I worth?
A 10-mile bike ride to work or the store is absolutely doable for physically capable adults (not so much for people with physical disabilities), and not strenuous at all with a few gears. Shitty in midwest winters, but still another option that should be available.

Whoa there, Nellie! It just so happens that I have a 13-mile round trip ride to work (not the twenty that you're talking about). If I also had a 13 mile round trip to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:26 AM on April 17, 2014

Resegregation in the American South
If you read to the end of the article, it says that she has a low ACT score. She comments that when she went to an ACT-prep program with kids from the white school, the kids from the white school had simply learned a lot more prior to the test. You can be a smart, hard-working kid, but if no one teaches you at least some geometry or grammar or calculus or logic problems or whatever is on the ACT (I am an Old, so I forget), you just aren't going to score that well. I was a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:06 AM on April 17, 2014
I just don't know how we're going to get past slavery and Jim Crow in this country except by the passage of another four or five centuries, either. You just end up with all this entrenched bullshit that poisons every aspect of our collective life.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:10 AM on April 17, 2014

Une agreable surprise!
It's all fun to laugh at the prudes of the past, but for anyone who was of age in the 1970's, today's world has many elements of a new puritanism. For example, there were no cubicles in men's changerooms in swimming pools in the 70's (and a limited number in women's from what I heard), however nowadays if you dry off and change out of your swimsuit openly, the attitude seems to be that you're some sort of pervert or worse.

One of the things I've often… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:43 AM on April 16, 2014
I have actually thought a lot about GLBT women in women's restrooms/lockerrooms/etc., and talked to friends about it, because in schools it periodically becomes an issue, and I have come to the conclusion that it's not someone's sexual preference that makes it comfortable or uncomfortable to share a bathroom/lockerroom with them ... it's that they share similar lady-type concerns and understandings of the world, like stretch marks or boob-size anxiety or a tolerance of people talking… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:54 AM on April 16, 2014

Strangers Among Us
What it feels like to me is just that the Cold War was too convenient to give up. That's what has struck me again and again about US and Soviet politics since the nineties. During the nineties, all was flux, but then everyone figured out that while full-on neoliberalism was great, you needed an official enemy to justify state power. So we get the War on Terror and they get this stuff. We're richer and the state is more entrenched, so it doesn't have to be as extreme;… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 7:25 AM on April 13, 2014

The Rooster Sauce and the People Who Love It
Wow, 100 grams of sambal oelek contains about 48 fucking percent of one's recommended maximum daily sodium intake.

On the other hand, your average sambal oelek jar contains 221 grams - and while I'm sure some enthusiasts could consume half a jar in a single sitting, mostly I just use a couple of teaspoons in an entire recipe.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 3:34 PM on April 11, 2014
Because I am hipper-than-hip, I have known about sriracha since late 1993. I still remember the very day I first tried it - someone I was then dating used to make these stir fries which were basically perfectly good vegetables absolutely coated in sriracha. It is testimony to my increased ability to eat hot things that this sounds good to me now, even though it was fiery inedible misery at the time. Since then I think I've always had a bottle around just to add a little… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 4:50 PM on April 11, 2014

Font designer "supercouple" prepares to do battle in the courts
On another note: perhaps I'm just feeling my age, but it's weird to look at this article (these dudes are only about four years older than me), see the photo from 1996, think "yes, that's just how everyone looked, I think I even had that roll-neck sweater" and then look again at the photo at the top of the page and realize that I too have aged out of nineties minimalism into sub-fusc prep and that the zeitgeist has me, will I or never so.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 2:24 PM on April 11, 2014

Tamiflu, Roche and the Cochrane Collaboration
Yeah, 'cause governments have consistently proven themselves much more trustworthy than corporations throughout history. And they have guns.

The thing is, government-funded research works differently than corporate research - the incentives for researchers are really different, as are the publication standards. There's certainly some incentive to produce interesting/dramatic results, and there's certainly… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:19 AM on April 10, 2014

Should've played more Risk on the Subway.
The percentage of Americans who have a valid passport, according to the most recent statistics issued by the State Department in January of 2014, is about 46%...

I think we've had this argument on mefi before, but international travel is expensive and time-consuming. Many, many Americans can't afford it. Maybe some people don't travel abroad because they are just a bunch of lazy hicks who spend lavishly on dumb American junk or whatever, but… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:41 AM on April 8, 2014
(I add that if I wanted to go to Scotland with a partner - so that it wasn't just me alone - that would be, like, a $5000 minimum, otherwise known as several months' gross wages. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it's a pretty frivolous expense.)
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:42 AM on April 8, 2014
In Western Australia, Bali has been the traditional bogan holiday as long as I can remember. Considering this is a city with only 1.6 million people in it those passenger numbers are god damn astounding. Perth to Bali is in the region of US$160 return which is cheaper than any domestic destination from Perth. You can have a decent holiday for under a grand.

Well, I guess the ones I knew were rich late career professionals and I assumed that was why… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:49 AM on April 8, 2014
I could take Frowner's Scotland trip for half her quoted price. And I probably wouldn't choose Scotland as a destination, when a flight to Central America is half the price. But Frowner doesn't have to travel the way I travel.

How? I mean, I don't personally look for fancy travel - I just looked up the airfares, which seemed to range from $1800 to $2000 if I booked within the next three months, and the last time I looked at hostels it looked like I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 12:03 PM on April 8, 2014
You interest me strangely, Sara C.

Trip insurance on a five day trip to a safe anglophone country is for chumps, and booking six months out is ridiculous. If I were desperate to go to Scotland, I'd start planning this in early October for a late November trip. Go over Thanksgiving weekend and take two personal days, and then even time off isn't really a factor.

The trip insurance would be in case work was all "oh, sorry,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 1:06 PM on April 8, 2014
Leaving all conversations aside, I spent perhaps on hour playing with these world map quizzes and I feel like it really sorted out some geographical confusion for me. Am I totally sure exactly which is Lithuania, which is Latvia and which is Estonia on an unlabeled map? Maybe not, but I am no longer in danger of putting them south of Belarus. Also, I have a much better sense of the layout of Africa, even if I can't quite sort out all the countries. I don't expect to… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 8:29 AM on April 9, 2014

"...said to be the messianic leader of an apocalyptic Islamic sex cult."
I love William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, but I wish they didn't have to be so goddamn right all the time, the future is here and it's scary and weird.

I was actually just thinking that I loathe Neil Stephenson with a red-hot fiery passion, but that between the London-property-speculation-leading-to-houseboat-slums and this, we are definitely living in the improbable, fascist, tacky world of Snowcrash.
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:29 PM on April 6, 2014

Decaying London properties of the rich, and otherwise.
London sounds like a hell pit. It's the weirdest thing, since I'll be reading some novel - old Margaret Drabble, say, something set in London sometime before or at the very least during Thatcher, and it's very startling to realize that now it's all CCTV and ASBOs and slums and punishing the unemployed if they have a spare room. I remember reading V for Vendetta years ago and thinking how silly it was to set such a thing in the UK, because of course the UK… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:08 PM on April 6, 2014

Bring the house down
I'd be interested to hear from anyone in the know about where/whether people were rehoused and whether the privatization of the flats (in 2002 - well before they were knocked down) affected anything. In the US, at least, when social housing is destroyed it is pretty much never rebuilt and people are just pushed out to scratch for themselves. Everyone is always "ooh, it's just a slum in the sky, let's knock it down" and then they're astonished when all those people can't magically… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 10:12 AM on April 3, 2014

Spanish for "The NiƱo"
(People - including me - say "I don't care, I'll be dead by the time climate change is really terrible" because we're fairly sure that there is nothing on god's green earth we can do to prevent it and almost nothing we can do to protect ourselves. It's a form of whistling in the dark.

For the past 25 years, I've watched debates about climate change happen. I used to do environmentalist activism of one kind and another, and I still pitch in with local… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 5:23 PM on April 2, 2014

It is the first self-taught and the longest-course I have ever taken
I'm confident that this guy will do well - and it certainly looks like his interests and focus merit Ivy admission - but that essay doesn't strike me as particularly well-written or insightful. Mostly it says to me "here is someone who - outside this essay! - is a smart person with a lot of self-discipline and the ability to develop and pursue independent interests". That is, it's not so much the essay as the person....
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:35 AM on April 2, 2014
(I am pretty confident that my admissions essays were better - I have looked back. But I'm no musician and didn't have a teenage art/hobby which required nearly as much focus or skill.)
posted to MetaFilter by Frowner at 11:37 AM on April 2, 2014

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