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What books seem to have been written to be re-read?

What books hold up so well to re-reading that it makes you suspect they were engineered that way? Are there examples of books that seem to be MUCH better on second reading? What kind of things did the author do to achieve that?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 11:47 AM on July 24, 2015 (69 comments)

Maximum Future Vintage

What is your guess about the everyday items of today that are likely to become the collectibles of the future? To maximize ROI, what are some cheap disposable items today that may be greatly valued in the future?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 1:39 AM on March 4, 2014 (26 comments)

What is the best order of blog comments

What is the preferred order of comments in a blog? Oldest on top, or newest on top?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 9:18 AM on February 18, 2009 (24 comments)

How to hire a day laborer?

Day laborers. You know, the guys hanging around Home Depot (or Chavez Street in San Francisco) waiting for work. What's the protocol for hiring them for a day? What's the going rate? There's got to be a lunch break, but they don't seem to be carring lunch. Besides being paid in cash, what else is expected? If your Spanish is muy malo like mine, what do I need to know? How do I choose? Does anyone here have any experience in hiring a day laborer?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 10:37 AM on December 12, 2005 (25 comments)

Do you lend books or tools?

Do you lend your tools? Or books? If so, what tricks do you use to get them back?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 12:31 AM on September 5, 2005 (33 comments)

Capitalization of the web?

The web or the Web; internet or Internet? Do you capitalize them? I'm trying to get a sense of common usage on the net (or Net). Do you, or don't you? And why? As a data point, we don't write the Ocean and the Sky, but some people do write the Moon, and some the moon. I don't care what the experts say; what's the emergent convention? What do YOU do?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 12:40 AM on June 8, 2005 (31 comments)

The web most miraculous

I'm looking for surprises about the web that few would have expected 10 years ago. Like Google maps, with satellite images. Or that "view your block" option on Amazon. There are indeed many marvelous benefits on the www. What is a most unexpected feature on the web today that would have seemed 'unrealistic' to expect just 10 years ago? I'm looking for the non-obvious.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 9:59 AM on May 18, 2005 (31 comments)

Bird scare decals

Little birdies keep banging into my large window. I want to make some decals to apply to the glass to scare them away. You can buy these, but I'd like to cut some of my own from a sheet. The material is pliable plastic which sticks to the glass via static charge. Anyone know what it is called (and where to buy it)?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 8:52 AM on April 27, 2005 (15 comments)

Vanity Wikipedia Edits

What is the proper netiquette for editing a Wikipedia entry about yourself? I just stumbled upon mine recently. Since it is written in the third person there is the presumption of objectivity. But then, it is my life, and I am the world's expert on it. What would you do?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 9:22 AM on February 10, 2005 (15 comments)

How are TV program listings compiled?

TV program listings: how are they gathered, like in TV guide, or Yahoo TV, or TiVo? Is there one company who compiles the database (who?) and provides any taker with them for a fee, or is the data so ubiquitous that anyone can compile it now? If there is more than one source, is there any consensus on the better?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 7:55 PM on January 27, 2005 (6 comments)

Foot mice?

My typing hands hurt. I'm doing what I can. Has anyone used a foot mouse? Or even a foot mouse? Can you really control the cursor with your feet? Does it hurt your feet after a while? I'm looking for some first foot experience, so to speak.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 5:53 PM on December 15, 2004 (5 comments)

Great Stores?

Great Stores? Sometimes a brick and mortar store is worth a visit, even though I do most of my shopping online. I'm looking for great CHAIN stores -- stores with more than one location -- that offer wonderful merchandise with a fabulous retail interface. A friend was recommending Muji, a sort of Japanese Ikea, with stores in Japan, Europe and NYC. In California, we have this over-the-top Asian import food bonanza called Ranch 99, which I have to visit every now and then. Can you recommend other global or national stores that are worth a visit?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 10:21 AM on November 30, 2004 (33 comments)

Can anyone recommend a superlative translation, or perhaps even better, a great paraphrase of The Koran?

The Koran. I read it long ago. I found it confusing, odd, hard to understand, in dire need of unpacking. I'd like to try reading it again. Can anyone recommend a superlative translation, or perhaps even better, a great paraphrase. Or at the very least one with decent annotations. I'm not averse to a version that does intelligent re-arranging of the sequence, as I recall chapters on cows following stuff on love. There are a number of current translations so pointers to informed reviews of them would be welcomed too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 9:58 AM on November 15, 2004 (11 comments)

Why are elephant and whale brains so large?

Why are elephant and whale brains so large (much bigger than yours)? Their twice as big brains don't seem twice as smart as horses or dolphins, let alone humans. What is that extra gray matter doing? Pointers to scientific papers or experts appreciated.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 8:58 AM on November 10, 2004 (12 comments)

Best of FWDs

Wacky commercials (car hood whacking pigeon). Altered commercials (trunk monkey). Weird video clips (dog on skateboard, star wars boy). Cute mashups. Is there a single site that catalogs and warehouses these short masterpieces of folk video art? Sort of a "Best of" all the stuff that is being forwarded? Surely someone is collecting these!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 12:25 PM on November 4, 2004 (8 comments)

Protecting Trees in CA

We have big trees on our property in San Mateo county, CA. Really big trees -- about 120 feet tall, some Coastal Redwood. Is there a clever way to legally protect the trees forever (from being cut down) by deeding them in some way?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 11:53 PM on October 11, 2004 (9 comments)

Great books for high school English class?

My high school daughter has been assigned some odd books for her English class. Decent books, but not heavyweights. Thinking back it was the same when I was in high school: weird selections: Silas Marner, Invisible Man, Scarlet Letter. So I was wondering: what would be some great books to read in a high school English class?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 12:36 AM on October 5, 2004 (41 comments)

Great Annotated Books

Great annotated books: I've recently enjoyed Ian Stewart's annotated FLATLAND, Philip Van Doren Stern's annotated WALDEN, Micheal Hearn's annotated WIZARD OF OZ, and the legendary Martin Gardner's annotated ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Now I want more. What are some other great annotated books?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 2:45 PM on September 18, 2004 (14 comments)

Graphic novel shopping in the Bay Area

What store in the Bay Area has the best selection of graphic novels? I've done the Borders thing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 9:03 AM on September 13, 2004 (2 comments)

How many plots are there and what book can I find this in?

I've heard tell that there's only some X number of plots in the world, and someone has outlined them in an old book. Anyone with a clue which book?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 1:34 PM on September 9, 2004 (15 comments)

Movie sleep rituals

A very bright acquaintance of mine, personable, well adjusted, loving dad, relaxes by watching the same short scenes from a favorite movie (LOTR, Matrix, etc.). He'll watch the same scene every night for months. He says that when the line is delivered, he feels complete and can go to bed. Is this common? Does this behavior have a name?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 2:54 PM on August 30, 2004 (26 comments)

How do I open a computer chip?

I'd like to open up a defunct computer chip to photograph it under a microscope and inspect the city therein. Has anyone done this? How do I pry the tiny solid state thing open without destroying its beauty?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kk at 11:39 AM on August 25, 2004 (5 comments)

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