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I almost entirely removed the words "no" and "don't" from my vocabulary.
This is a great and very useful piece. I also wanted to pull out the discussion of questions, as I feel it can be perceived as a trapping mechanism. I like that this is really performance-oriented and focused on building trust and skill. I've also really appreciated direct feedback and guidance - "do this," rather than "do you think you should be doing this?" There is a lot of wishy-washy stuff in management life, when really, what it's all about, is describing what a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:43 AM on March 23, 2015

It's a Dance-Off!
Saw this on Facebook and loved it. I'm a swing dancer who's been on a multi-year hiatus, but when I was into it I was big into it, and read a great deal about the history of the dance form. Short story short, it shouldn't be that surprising to team it with street dance. They share a lot of similar origins - before swing caught on in the dominant pop culture, it was the dance of outsiders, mostly black and urban. There's a lot of very basic level crossover, even if street dance is a lot more… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:28 PM on March 21, 2015
Before I clicked I was hoping it was Whitey's!
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:42 PM on March 22, 2015

The irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous
AA is free. And there's most likely a meeting not far from any American every single day and evening.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:01 AM on March 18, 2015
I'll say it again: any study attempting to compare the efficacy of AA with that of other programs will need to compare AA with other programs that are also completely free and nearly universally accessible. Perhaps such a study will discover a better completely free and nearly universally accessible program, or perhaps we will one day develop such a thing, as a society, in the form of something like universal single-payer health care. Until then, I think there will be room for, and need for, AA.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:34 PM on March 18, 2015
having functional welfare systems I think.

Exactly. If we're not going to have a safety net, we can expect to have voluntary self-help associations, and they will not be regulated.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:31 AM on March 19, 2015
So 12 steps groups should be instructed not to advise dual diagnosis members off their meds.

The problem here lies in the passive voice. I'm not sure who's supposed to do this instructing, but since the chain of authority between doctor and patient is much stronger and more accountable than any chain of authority within the AA association, why do we not ask that it be doctors who be instructed to advise their patients not to quit… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:11 AM on March 19, 2015
The religious part of it might also be a turn off to people.

...that was a big part of this thread, if you care to read it.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:29 PM on March 22, 2015

It’s like sexual release that’s allowed
Huh? There are/were plenty of men who would be overenthusiastic about doing this, I would think.

This presumes that men cared about whether women had orgasms, and I don't think we have much evidence that they did, or, in a lot of cases, knew they could. I mean, this remains an issue for a lot of women today, let alone in the past.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:21 PM on March 20, 2015
See also mass psychogenic illness.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:25 PM on March 20, 2015
a suspicious number of firstborn children in puritan America came a few months early when you compare wedding and birthdates.

This is well documented - the bride was pregnant in about a third of pre-17C Puritan marriages. They were a lot more concerned with being able to verify paternity (and thus responsibility to children) than with virginity.

With respect to Salem, I think a fair bit of historical theorizing… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 11:55 AM on March 21, 2015

You know what? I don't need this job after all.
The unusual hiring practices of giant, innovative American technology companies have become the stuff of modern myth

Not just American. I've been obsessed with the legends of Michelin corporate testing (many of them actually true) for a long time.

it occurs to me that picking your employees based upon a test made up of random unrelated trivia is a terrible idea.

I like a fun… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:01 PM on March 16, 2015
2. What city and country produce the finest china?
But come on - that is now and has ever been Jingdezhen, China.

BUT, so wrong! Eli Whitney did not exactly "invent" the cotton gin. He created a less labor-intensive, more mechanical design, and took out a patent.

143. What city on the Atlantic seaboard is the greatest pottery centre?
TRENTON MAKES THE WORLD… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:28 PM on March 16, 2015
What do you think the answer is?

Is it really that obscure? I ran across it as a teen.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:36 PM on March 18, 2015
Ha! I'm pretty sure I did. I used to subscribe to Games Magazine as a nerdy kid, and the manhole cover disucssion was one of my dad's favorite bits of trivia. But I also read Cecil obsessively for a long time, though not the message boards.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:21 AM on March 19, 2015

Imagine Frankensteining kale and Brussels sprouts together
What EC says has a lot of truth to it. I got into kale when I started gardening. It's one of the earliest things up in the spring, and produces with insane abundance. So, you start looking for ways to eat it. Before I knew it, I loved it. It's an extremely flexible ingredient - you can eat it raw shaved in salads, roast it, or blanch and stir it into sauces, bean dishes, stir-fries, etc. This week I'm going to try a recipe for using it in pesto. I wasn't "sold" on it as an idea, I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:47 AM on March 16, 2015

To Take Something Recognizably Bad
We had normcore before. It was called "The 90s."

...as the article notes. if you don't believe me, watch some Friends or Seinfeld and reflect on the fact that what they were wearing was in style.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 2:40 PM on March 15, 2015
I agree with you, though, The Whelk. It's just fashion receding toward the mean.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 2:41 PM on March 15, 2015
I have a bunch of weird brooches pinned to it.

That's a big look that was popular in the mid-80s, and I still haven't seen it come sweeping back, though maybe you're in the vanguard as I'm finding a few examples on fashion blogs now. Multiple brooches were a big thing. I had a bunch on my coat lapels and on my hats. I still have a few of them - the ones my brother gave me, two tiny guitars, a 1930s green enamel roadster and a rhinestoned biplane -… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:50 PM on March 15, 2015

"You blew it, and you blew it big!"
Oh, I think they were probably sent. But newspapers were pretty used to throwing away crank letters.

No, I grew up around newspapers and worked with them years ago, and during that time one of the things I sometimes had to do was deal with the mail. Before email and comments, we got crank letters, but they were super rare and by very obviously crazy people. There was no real equivalent to online comment hate before there were anonymous/pseudonymous… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:08 PM on March 6, 2015
"It's the fifteenth of March today" is, I am fairly confident, more common that "It is March fifteenth today". I think "It is March the fifteenth today" would be rarest of all.

No, not in the US. "It's March 15 today" or "let's meet on March 15th," or "my birthday is March 15th" is the standard, common way to say it ("March the fifteenth"would sound a little weird).
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:51 PM on March 14, 2015

Ladies kindly remove your hats
I don't understand the illustration choices that go with "Advertise your business on this screen and get results. See the manager" though.

It's a cow. Dairying was a common business everywhere because almost all milk was locally produced until the 1940s. It was also a way for a family to make a side income - having a cow, selling extra milk and butter to local merchants - to make your butter and egg money. So, a cow implies a small… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 11:51 AM on March 13, 2015
I assumed they were stomping their feet?

Yep, stomping, whistling, and beating the arms of the seat.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 11:52 AM on March 13, 2015

What It's Like to Work at Waffle House for 24 Hours Straight
Because I know this thread is going to bring out the Waffle House fans, I was really excited to link to this post I made in 2007 about the Waffle-House themed songs they have on the jukeboxes there. But damn if all the links aren't dead. Some of them are on YouTube but it's not the same.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:53 PM on March 8, 2015
OK, now I am done watching it. I thought this was good. What I would have liked better would be just following the actual staff of a Waffle House for 24 hours. Watching Andrew bumble around reminded me of every "training day" I ever did in a restaurant. The staff were tolerant ("I just need my chocolate chip waffle") but I think I would have learned about them best if Andrew stayed behind the camera and interviewed them.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:03 PM on March 8, 2015
I was completely underwhelmed. I was expecting so much more.

It's kind of cumulative.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:28 PM on March 8, 2015
Do other people actually go to Waffle House for the waffles?

Oh hell yeah. The pecan waffle, a childhood favorite, is something I'll go out of my way for.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:23 AM on March 9, 2015
Waitstaff clean the fuck up on brunch. It's the kitchen that gets royally screwed.

This has not been my waitstaff experience. I appreciate the kitchen's griddle struggles - egg orders are the worst and people are picky - but I never cleaned up on a brunch shift, not even on like Mother's Day. Ticket totals are too low and turnover too slow. It's marginally better if the place serves brunch cocktails, but brunch is a lot of running, like 7 beverages… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:27 AM on March 9, 2015

Leveraging the synergy of ligatures
I am bummed that it doesn't work for my field. Other than "solutions," "optimized," and "paradigm," it doesn't have our buzzwords in its vocabulary.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:10 PM on March 7, 2015

How To Be Cool So Girls Notice You
If you are not popular, then at least have real friends.

Hey, it worked for me.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 6:32 PM on March 7, 2015
I don't think it's satire or parody, I think it was written by someone for whom English was not their first language. No?

It's part of the satire. This is unequivocally satire.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:14 PM on March 7, 2015

It’s like a barn-raising for the 21st century
Yeah, this is a great story - I follow Yes Magazine on Facebook and consistently they post great stuff like this. Seems like a viable option and a way to slow/control gentrification.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:58 PM on March 5, 2015

The $3,500 Shirt
you'll see there are numerous issues with the historians calculations.

Well, many of them point to the shirt ending up even more expensive in terms of labor, so..Historians can kibitz about this stuff forever, and they will.

In general, It's a very fraught endeavor to try to frame past economies in today's terms, but I think this piece is quite successful at offering some perspective on the preciousness of handmade products,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:20 AM on March 1, 2015
Thinking about leather, I suspect that it was just much more in demand for industrial uses - like riding tackle, hinges in mechanical systems and in vehicles, buckets, and protective clothing for metalworkers - as well as for shoes. I suspect that these uses took precedence and that leather was probably more expensive than fabric. Also, there was much less beef around (it was resource-intensive in modern Europe and only for the wealthy), so there was less leather around, too.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 9:11 AM on March 1, 2015
A lot of fiber arts societies and museums put on "sheep to shawl" workshops, where you can see the raw materials from shearing end up in the finished product. So that might be a place you quantify at least the hours in that form of production, though spinning/knitting is much more efficient than spinning/weaving.

Since the point of this blog post is showing the relative value of clothing now and then, using minimum wage to do it makes sense.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 10:43 AM on March 1, 2015
I reckon when your whole day was work, you get a lot done

The Ulrich book I mentioned above includes a lot of quotations from diary and account-book entries. Women would mark the day by noting how much they had spun or woven that day. So you can reconstruct output (and she does). It varied, mainly because of everything else they had to get done, but also because of illness, weather, special events, the Sabbath, etc.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:34 PM on March 1, 2015
I was wondering if it is possible to infer that an unmarried medieval man of average status, without a mother living, would be poorly supplied with clothes? In fact, poorly supplied with lots of things?

I'm not a medievalist, I'm much better on the 18th-19th centuries, but yes. This is why it was so incredibly rare for people to live alone and in small households prior to the industrial era. You really needed everyone's help to keep the system… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 4:40 AM on March 2, 2015
Mill work was different from sewing, though - it was machine weaving, and didn't turn out full garments (usally, if we're talking about Lowell), just bolts of cloth. So people still had to sew their own clothes, or pay someone to. Until about the turn of the 20th century the only people who wore "slops" were working-class people. Slops were clothes made and sold on spec, generically sized, not to the measurements of any individual person - and so they looked sloppy. Dungarees, work… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:05 PM on March 2, 2015

Brain breakage
I have learned from this how terrible people are at reasoning.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:05 PM on February 28, 2015
I like the NYT's graphic about this.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 12:12 PM on February 28, 2015
There is probably something very interesting about color perception to be learned from this.

There is, except I don't think it's new learning, except to people who've never encountered it. Cognitive psychologists studying perception have constructed bunches of artificial demonstrations that produce this effect using optical illusions; we've just never really had an organic, in-the-wild, viral demonstration of what the theories… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:57 PM on February 28, 2015
Fair enough, there are multiple effects.

But no, I don't have time to troll around the web looking for visual-perception studies and arguing why they are or aren't like this. Google is your friend, and maybe Google Scholar is an even better friend. Most of my awareness of it comes from my cognitive psychology classes and some recent lectures in arts & neuroscience we've had where I work, so I'm not able to put my hand on anything directly and unfortunately don't have… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:50 AM on March 1, 2015
I mean, at an obvious level, if anyone has a supported explanation for it, they have studied it.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 7:55 AM on March 1, 2015
In other words, no, you didn't actually have any parallel example in mind and nor could you think of one when you tried.

There's absolutely no need to be a jerk about this, yoink. I don't have anything readily to hand and don't have the available time to invest in digging stuff out and can't be shamed into making that time. But I do have the awareness that lots of this material exists, and have been through demonstrations of related phenomena… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:21 AM on March 1, 2015
I have the same response to the grating illusions, as well as with cube illusions: they flip back and forth.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:51 AM on March 1, 2015
There might be some food for thought in this thing on the role of probability reasoning in perception. See the "primer" section.

Bevil Conway, who wrote this piece about it, is one of the lecturers on the science of visual perception I recently heard.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:59 AM on March 1, 2015
Taz, even when I "see" it as blue and black, I would say I am really only seeing how I could see it as blue and black.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:20 AM on March 2, 2015

Brother From Another Planet
Nice post. The kind of thing that may not get a lot of comments but was super interesting to read and think about.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:27 PM on February 28, 2015

Is it an art gallery? A plantation tour? A museum?
Thanks, kinnakeet. Over the years discussions of interpreting slavery have come up a few times and one was prompted by that article you remembered: Reenacting Slavery,Ask a Slave: Go On, and a thread about the CW article.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 5:16 AM on February 28, 2015
Those of you interested in this might like this newly published book, Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites. More detail at the publisher's site.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:04 PM on February 28, 2015

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