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Cheap first or business class tickets to asia?

I want to go to South East Asia this fall for my honeymoon, but the thing is I don't really care which country or city we go to first, or which city I fly from in the US, or even care particularly about when we go as long as it's after August. All I really want is the cheapest flight I can get across the pacific that will be comfortable for a 10+ hour flight (I'm over 6 feet tall, and the idea of sitting in economy for 10+ hours is a nightmare). Is this something that it's worth getting a travel agent for or is there some trick to doing this using ITA or something similar?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 12:53 PM on January 29, 2015 (15 comments)

It's expensive to be poor.

What do poor people buy that no one else does? [askreddit post]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:47 AM on January 15, 2015 (118 comments)

Still not a good idea to keep money in a bitcoin exchange.

Bitstamp halts trading after a $5,000,000 bitcoin theft. Most of the bitcoin services in the US and western countries are heavily dependent on the Bitstamp market to buy, price and sell coins. This hack may put the entire, fragile, bitcoin ecosystem at risk.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:52 AM on January 6, 2015 (115 comments)

What should I buy from a korean supermarket?

I now live two minutes away from a huge korean supermarket that has an amazing and cheap produce and seafood section. I have no idea what a lot of this stuff is, but I love Asian cooking, so what are some things I should buy, now that I have an opportunity? I'm particularly interested in any recipes that are easy, inexpensive, and depend on 'ethnic' ingredients that you can't find in most grocery stores, or fresh seafood or unusual cuts of meat (pork belly, chicken feet, etc)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 11:34 AM on January 4, 2015 (20 comments)

Unfair Competition?

A flight from Baltimore to Cleveland via Atlanta is $83. A flight from Baltimore to Atlanta directly is $112. So if you want to save money, you can buy the ticket to Cleveland, and just not get on the connecting flight. This is called a 'hidden city' fare, a trick used by frequent flyers and travel agents for years. lets you search for them. They're being sued by Orbitz and American Airlines.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:25 AM on December 31, 2014 (99 comments)

Like Google Inbox but for Exchange?

Okay, after using Google Inbox for a couple of months, I am 100% sold on inbox zero. Is there anything like google inbox for that will work for a corporate exchange server that makes grouping and acting on email threads as easy as Google Inbox does it? Ideally for OSX, and I'll pay for it if I have to.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 9:38 AM on December 5, 2014 (1 comment)

Behind the music

20 years ago, Paul Oakenfold created the goa mix, which was perhaps the first dj mix that gained wide recognition for dj mixing as an artform on its own and introduced the UK to trance music. For the 20th anniversery of theEssential Mix, BBC asked him to record a dvd-style commentary track on the thought process behind its creation.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:45 AM on December 2, 2014 (56 comments)

Non-touristy Honeymoon spots in Asia.

Our honeymoon is going to be next August, we want to go someplace in Asia, but we'd like to go a bit off the beaten track -- here's our criteria:
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 2:45 PM on November 25, 2014 (10 comments)

Illiteracy in fantasy fiction/games?

Are there any medieval fantasy games or fiction where the illiteracy of the characters are a major plot point, or at least discussed in depth? Since most people couldn't read or do any sort of advanced math before the modern era, you would think it would come up more often, but it seems like it's barely mentioned or considered in most stories that I can recall.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 9:03 AM on November 13, 2014 (18 comments)

The Math Behind the Rolling Shutter Effect.

Here's a pair of blog posts explaining the math behind the "Rolling Shutter Effect": Playing Detective with Rolling Shutter Photos and Rolling Shutters.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:33 AM on October 13, 2014 (13 comments)

Dance like no one is watching, even though a lot of people are.

Boiler Room knows what you did last night.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:18 PM on October 9, 2014 (28 comments)

Should I get masters in counseling or masters in social work?

[asking for a friend]. "I want to work with with teens and families providing individual or group therapy. Eventually I want to go into program development and management with the goal of being a program director one day. Should I go for a Masters in Social Work or Counseling?"
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:11 AM on October 8, 2014 (7 comments)

Love an apartment, but the ratings are terrible online, what do I do?

I found an apartment I really like, at the price I want, in the location I want, but the reviews online say that there are many problems with AC/Heat, water system and washer dryer units. Is there any way I can approach the leasing office with those poor reviews and get some kind of real assurance that those problems are fixed or maybe have the lease modified so we can get reimbursed if those sorts of problems occur, or should I just pass on it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:12 AM on September 29, 2014 (30 comments)

Tim Cook quotes Blue Beetle

Apple CEO Tim Cook on user privacy: A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.
posted to MetaTalk by empath at 7:11 AM on September 18, 2014 (57 comments)

You had to have seen this coming, right?

A compilation of people fucking up the ice bucket challenge. (Mildly NSFW).
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:21 AM on August 20, 2014 (147 comments)

Having a wedding in a vacation rental home?

What are the pros and cons to having a wedding at a large vacation rental home? What should we be thinking about? Details inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 2:00 PM on August 17, 2014 (23 comments)

What do I do with raw cocoa balls?

I bought a few boxes of raw cocoa balls in mexico. As far as I can tell, they're just pure cocoa and just enough honey so that they stick together. They don't dissolve and they don't seem to melt that well either in boiling water. They're a little bit bitter just eating them out of the box. Any suggestions for what I can with them?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 12:23 PM on August 10, 2014 (7 comments)

Treating a coral scrape?

I got tangled up with some elkhorn coral in Belize yesterday and got a couple of scrapes. What do I do now?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 4:00 PM on July 25, 2014 (7 comments)

Economics and Magic

Has anyone ever attempted to realistically and fully work out what the economic and/or sociological implications of a world where dungeons and dragons or lord of the ring-style magic exists? For example, how it would impact the feudal system and so on. In any form, essay, fiction or otherwise.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 7:54 AM on July 12, 2014 (25 comments)

I can almost smell the pizza...

Have an android phone? And a pizza box? Then you can build your own Virtual Reality system. Cardboard, from google.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:42 PM on June 25, 2014 (35 comments)

More creative than a dead mouse, anyway.

Draped in a glittering techni-colour dreamcoat and hiding somewhere behind an animatronic dick-face, it's Anklepants - lord of mutant bass and distorted pop electro.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:46 PM on June 9, 2014 (12 comments)

Cancun on a budget?

I'm going to be spending a couple of weeks in the yucatan peninsula with my girlfriend, mostly staying in inexpensive hotels and hostels. We're flying home out of cancun, and her parents are going to meet us there for a few days. We don't have a huge budget, but would like to spend a couple of nights at a decent hotel with a nice pool. Being all inclusive isn't important to us, if there are decent restaurants nearby. In fact, being on the beach isn't that important, if we can get to it without too much hassle. Any suggestions for places to stay? I'd like it to be less than $100 a night per person.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:02 PM on June 1, 2014 (7 comments)

Chilled Out pop songs for a summer mix.

I'm looking for pop songs -- dance or hip-hop -- that have the same kind of chilled out almost-but-not-quite-90s-euro-house vibe as Ne-Yo - Closer, Jhene Aiko - The Worst. The songs should have kind of a relaxed vocal, washed out synths, subtle guitar and/or piano, and an easy groove. I'm especially looking for songs from the past 5 years. (and not Daft Punk).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 6:16 AM on May 20, 2014 (10 comments)

The Voice: The Finals

Will Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington, or Josh Kaufmann win? Videos of all the final performances inside.
posted to FanFare by empath at 6:11 AM on May 20, 2014 (4 comments)

Get Turned Up To Death.

SNL asks: "When Will the Bass Drop?"
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:30 PM on May 18, 2014 (82 comments)

The Quest for Randomness

Can you ever be reasonably sure that something is random, in the same sense you can be reasonably sure something is not random (for example, because it consists of endless nines)? Even if a sequence looked random, how could you ever rule out the possibility that it had a hidden deterministic pattern? And what exactly do we mean by “random,” anyway?
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:22 AM on April 24, 2014 (48 comments)

Using askme as therapy?

I don't want to call anyone out specifically, because I don't want to bring extra negative attention to people that are clearly having a hard time, but I think anyone that reads askme regularly will notice certain repeat askers, who always ask variations on 'I am depressed, and my life is terrible, tell me how to be okay with that." And basically never take any advice from anyone. Is there a point where the mods will tell them that it's not a great use of askme? Or should they? Is everyone okay with using askme as a therapist when they clearly need to be in actual therapy?
posted to MetaTalk by empath at 7:55 AM on April 13, 2014 (225 comments)


NPR Took A 2,428-Mile Road Trip Along The Mexico Border: Here's What They Saw
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:34 PM on April 3, 2014 (21 comments)

RIP Frankie Knuckles.

Ever wonder where the "House" in "House Music" comes from? In 1977, a young DJ named Frankie Knuckles started DJing at a club called the Warehouse in Chicago, bringing the new style of continuously mixing dance records with him, and perfecting it, just as cheap electronic drum machines enabled anyone to put together a dance record in their basement. All the people whose minds were being blown by the new music went to the local record stores to demand "Warehouse Music", and the world of music was changed forever. Frankie Knuckles died today, leaving a legacy that started in the '70s and carries on to the Grammy-winning success of acts like Daft Punk today.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:14 PM on March 31, 2014 (73 comments)

The History of Threes

The designers of the hit iOS game "Threes" reveal the complete design process behind it and their thoughts on clones.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:05 PM on March 27, 2014 (118 comments)

Not too big to fail.

Mt Gox, what had been the world's largest bitcoin exchange, seems to have shut down. According to a supposedly leaked document, they're missing 744,000 bitcoins, which even at Bitcoin's current, rapidly falling price, would be worth somewhere around $300 million dollars. A collection of bitcoin businesses and markets have issued a statement.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:32 AM on February 25, 2014 (912 comments)

【電音道-DEN ON DO-】 is A Japanese woman's bride practice

Japanese Techno Girl Love
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:03 PM on January 30, 2014 (24 comments)

You call that a moose?

Thomas Jefferson Needs a Dead Moose Right Now to Defend America!
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:39 PM on January 16, 2014 (18 comments)

"An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar..."

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 ... = -1/12 -- Numberphile explains a counter-intuitive summation of an infinite series.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:55 PM on January 9, 2014 (136 comments)

Daft Punk is virtually playing at my house.

BE-AT.TV features live DJ performances from around the planet. It also has a huge archive of shows. It's currently featuring live performances from the BPM festival in Mexico.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:43 PM on January 8, 2014 (14 comments)

Simon Says: "Cthulhu fhtagn"

The Cult of Cthulhu: A Real Prayer For a Fake Tentacle
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:38 AM on November 14, 2013 (42 comments)

I can't paint, but I want to make some paintings.

I want to make some paintings that basically look like this--basically some flat fields of hopefully compatible colors on canvas. I don't care if what I make is real art, I mainly just want to add some color to the room. I went to the craft store and was kind of confused by all the different options for paint. Let's just assume I pick a set of colors I like -- what do I need to buy to make the painting, other than a canvas? What kind of paints, which colors, what kind of brush, what else do I need? How do I mix the colors? I'm not under any illusions that I'm going to make anything good, I just want to get some colors down on canvas in a hopefully appealing way. If I picked a palate from a site like colourlovers, is there a way to order the paints premixed in those colors or what that be a bad idea?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:58 PM on November 4, 2013 (18 comments)

Chess 2: The Chessening.

Chess 2 - How a street fightin' man fixed the world's most famous game. The rules are available here for free.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:17 PM on November 3, 2013 (108 comments)

When is a screw not a screw: An examination of fastener nomenclature.

The difference between a bolt and a screw is a controversial topic. Confusingly, even some screws can also be bolts. Thankfully, the department of homeland security is on the case. The DHS notes, perhaps predictably, that "international standards are not necessarily applicable" to the US. In conclusion, fasteners are a land of contrasts.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:06 PM on October 24, 2013 (90 comments)

Best way to get an iphone 5s for a pre-paid plan?

I want what I think should be simple: I want to buy an unlocked, no-contract iphone. I want a fast data plan with high or no limits. I don't care about voice calls or texting, since I rarely use either. What are my best options? (It would be best if I can use the verizon network, but I'll take any). Bonus points if you personally tried it and it worked.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 4:57 AM on October 17, 2013 (16 comments)

Faces of the American Revolution

Actual photographs of people who fought in the Revolutionary War.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 3:47 AM on October 12, 2013 (25 comments)

Nope Nope Nope

Horror on the Oculus Rift is No Joke -- Don't Let Go, Alone In The Rift, Dreadhalls, Alone.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:08 AM on October 3, 2013 (38 comments)

Georgia’s Own Doomsday Stonehenge Monument

“Planned genocide has begun,” read the Facebook entry on one of the groups I browse daily. The link: a picture of five monoliths looming like an American Stonehenge over a lush and lonely hill in remote Elberton, Georgia. I was only an hour away at the time, and decided to visit them in person.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:40 PM on September 9, 2013 (65 comments)

Fiction or Non-Fiction Books and Films about Societies Falling apart?

I am looking for fiction or non-fiction books (or movies - documentaries or fiction) about societies that are collapsing or falling apart -- anything from the late Roman Empire to 1990s Yugoslavia. I'm especially interested in books or movies that focus on the lives of regular people while the collapse is happening. I am specifically NOT looking for sci-fi dystopias or fantasy novels, so please don't recommend any.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 9:19 PM on September 9, 2013 (23 comments)

Heavenly Bodies

A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:26 AM on September 7, 2013 (64 comments)

Best College/Career path for working abroad?

Asking for a friend-- "I need advice on a career path: How do I prepare for a career working abroad and helping people?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 8:17 PM on August 28, 2013 (7 comments)

Cinematic Albums.

Are there any albums which have had every single song included on a movie soundtrack?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 10:36 PM on August 14, 2013 (24 comments)

How Hollywood Helped Hitler.

"Throughout the 1930s, the term "collaboration" was used repeatedly to describe dealings that took place in Hollywood." -- The story of how Hollywood censored movies around the world so they could earn more money in Nazi Germany.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:14 AM on August 5, 2013 (31 comments)

Best 'responsible' used car for less than $10k?

What are the best commuter cars from the past few years that I could get for less than $10,000 today? Snowflake details inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by empath at 9:34 AM on July 26, 2013 (31 comments)

Save The Cat!

Why Every Hollywood Movie Seems Exactly The Same. - A look at the book that's become Hollywood's new bible.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:45 AM on July 19, 2013 (264 comments)

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