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Mr. Kramer's Opus
I'm sure Kramer's (normal) heart is in the right place but it's a terrible idea, because you either don't have solid historical evidence or it's simply beside the point -- Gay Lincoln sounds funny but then serious historians have already dumped the old hagiographies so you don't really need a revisionist take. And Lincoln scholars don't think the evidence is there (and anyway it's Bi Lincoln, if at all, since Herndon says Honest Abe caught syphills from a young woman).... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 12:27 PM on December 28, 2009

Help nip this middle aged spread in the bud.
Yeah eat less and work out more
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 7:44 AM on December 20, 2009 marked best answer

"It offers no explanations, no apologies and only a thin patina of regret."
Bigelow is a technically proficient action movie director who loves to blow shit up; she is no political mind, she is not interested in human behavior beyond very superficial macho stuff (or, like Blue Steel, in really tough women who behave like guys) -- she made The Hurt Locker as the story of an adrenaline junkie, and it works as such. It's not a war movie, it's not a movie about Iraq, it's not a movie about many things. Within its limited scope, it works. The subplot about the kid -- and the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 4:15 AM on December 2, 2009

Lets All Go to Afghanistan
Tactically, yes it’s terrain. Strategically it’s culture yeah. But politically it’s finding a solution that nearby countries can live with. That’s not going to happen any time soon, and not with just more guys. At best this is a holding action.

On the other hand, I’m hard pressed to come up with something better.


what he said.
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 7:41 PM on December 1, 2009

Where lies the GOP future?
"The future is chaos"
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 10:18 AM on November 13, 2009

There's a sure-as-shooting sucker born a minute, but Ma'am you mighta been the minute in between.
Maybe she has early-onset Alzheimer's.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 2:15 PM on November 10, 2009

Is Medicare going to hurt my Mom?
I was curious also, the AARP's page is good, check it out.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 8:58 AM on November 8, 2009

Isaac Eiland-Hall wins WIPO case, hands domain name over to ... Glenn Beck?
I find Beck immensely entertaining. I'm a fan. The usual thuggish right-wing TV and Internet personalities are deeply unimaginative -- Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, Malkin are just grim, obnoxious, predictable bullies. They bore me. I once listened to quite a bit of Limbaugh back in the early Clinton years, back when he was relevant, and he was, again, just a cheap bully, on autopilot, I just could predict what he was going to say on any given topic, more or less (I admit I was later surprised... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 5:06 PM on November 7, 2009

Got Real (?) Milk?
GOOGLE LOUIS PASTEUR
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 10:14 AM on November 2, 2009

Need help selecting a HDTV
unless you want a huge screen I'd avoid refurbished, your budget is nice enough. Samsung LCD is very very good.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 8:27 AM on October 26, 2009

Richard Pryor gets pensive in a gun shop
Chances of something like this being made and aired today? Not just the content (the white racist Southerner?) but the slow pace and the genuine creepiness of the entire piece?
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 12:03 PM on October 25, 2009

Have fun storming the White House!
If this stuff really surprises you, you're unaware that the books from the "Left Behind" series sold 65 million copies. Let me repeat: 65,000,000
And they're every bit as insane and bloodthirsty as this game. There's a huge market for extreme right wing paranoia in the US; the "Left Behind" books give you the Jesus flavor, this game gives you the militia flavor.
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 11:41 AM on October 18, 2009

Obama wins Nobel Prize Peace 2009
It's a genius choice, I didn't think they had the balls to do it, but it's genius. It gives him political capital, it gives him a lot of leeway and yes, it forces him to think twice about bombing people from now on. It's not even about sending a big fuck you to the Republicans -- they're beyond reason now, chasing birth certificates, death panels, their leader is Glenn Beck and they can not be engaged, simple as that -- it's about giving a hand to a guy who really needs it.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 5:46 AM on October 9, 2009

Herta Müller is the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Literature
I'll take the "The Nobel hates the US" whiners more seriously when the same people start complaining that too many Americans are getting the science prize. American universities and Amercian scientists do in fact produce a shitload of research, and they get awarded more. Period. It's only fair. Western countries as a whole publish a lot of books, read a lot of books, most of said are books are written -- and translated -- in the West. Which sucks, and if you have a dozen names of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 1:02 PM on October 8, 2009
and to the guy who quoted the -- admittedly awesome -- Bellow Lecture: if you're into trivia, did you know that Bellow is the only writer who ever used the word "Nigger" in his Nobel speech?
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 1:16 PM on October 8, 2009

allk hot and sweaty, and not in the good kinda way
what everybody else said -- it's about body weight, about what he wears. just for your peace of mind get his blood sugar checked, and his heart. but you know, it's just sweat, kids sweat.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 11:26 AM on September 23, 2009

Be Critical
you need the right tools -- reading Bernard Berenson on Renaissance art will give you most of the tools you need to understand and analyze modern art. Anything else, just go to exhibits and read up on artist monographies to look at their stuff.

For 20th century art, reading Clement Greenberg is always fun.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 9:05 AM on September 20, 2009

How to express condolences with estranged neighbor?
A handwritten card with a thoughtful, concise message is always the right thing to do.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 2:57 PM on September 12, 2009

suit or no suit?
to wear a suit does not mean that you have to look stiff or uncool, just don't wear a tie and choose a striped shirt in a bolder color instead of the usual white/light blue: wear a dark, slimmer suit, black shoes and for the shirt choose something something like this
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 4:24 AM on September 12, 2009

Advertising in the public interest
America isn't America, it's something we're working towards.

this can't be favorited enough: it's an experiment, it's the whole point. one only needs to read the Adams-Jefferson letters -- a book that, by the way, should be mandatory reading in all American schools and for all the foreigners who like to comment, usually with no idea what they're talking about, on US affairs. the two old men -- they first met one year before the Declaration of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 2:11 PM on September 11, 2009

World Cup 2010: Little guys play too
if you cheer for the Germans avoid any Germany-Italy matches then
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 12:49 PM on September 10, 2009

How to eat fried eggs.
it seems counterintuitive, but it works great on minestrone di verdure
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 12:58 PM on September 8, 2009

Is my husband unemployable?
Wall Street trader -- seriously. worth going back to school for. this is not a jokey comment.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 10:15 AM on September 8, 2009

Raise the clothing bar, but lower the temperature
natural fibers are the only way for me (socks included): a very light wool suit -- like Loro Piana's 160s, for example, or anything "fresco di lana" -- is always cool, just wear a nice open collar 100% cotton shirt (choose a thin, light fabric), and you don't really need a tie. undershirts are lame anyway. wearing a midnight blue suit, a white shirt with an open collar (not button down, it's pretty lame), black shoes and black belt, you can even remove your jacket and still look cool
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 12:54 PM on September 7, 2009
I mean, check out Zegna's "Ultra Light Suit", the fabric weighs 220 grams per meter, you can't get any lighter than that
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 1:00 PM on September 7, 2009
(and I advise against linen even if it's very cool and light for the summer -- unless you buy the thickest, most expensive kind, generally available at a tailor's anyway for bespoke suits -- it's just too wrinkly and looks pretty assy by early afternoon)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 1:02 PM on September 7, 2009

Can you take a screenshot of Wong Kar Wai's Days of Being Wild for my book cover?
If KINO gave you permission, why don't they send you the file you need? Ask them. It's good publicity for them -- poetry is a tiny, niche market but KINO's film are pretty niche too.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 11:51 AM on September 4, 2009

Limit Your Exposure : In depth annalysis of Mad Men
I find it extremely gimmicky -- not the design, but the whole "omg they're SO not-PC but WAIT! WAIT! they're just like US!, only they're not diplomatic or sneaky about their racism/misogyny/antisemitism/etc the way WE are now!". I really dislike the -- obviously deliberate -- stilted delivery of the not-so-great-to-begin-with dialogue, and the slow pacing wouldn't bother me if the show weren't simply so utterly banal in its insights. The writing is very average -- there's better stuff... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 1:00 PM on September 2, 2009

How would you explain menstruation to little kids?
Make up some joke about vampires, kids love them (I still do actually)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 11:59 AM on September 1, 2009

Fairness of Rent Voucher?
what lester said
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 5:14 AM on August 28, 2009

Calley Apologizes for My Lai Massacre
He murdered hundreds (three to five hundred, nobody was really counting and there was too much bllod around anyway) of civlians -- women, children, elderly people killed in ways that are not acceptable in slaughterhouses for cows -- did less time than a lot of people caught with a bag of weed, it took him more than forty years, and we are fucking supposed to be impressed?
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 8:55 AM on August 22, 2009

With whom it starts
PR masking as genuine grassroots are par for the course -- these people have been raking in 400% increases in profits in the last 15 years -- since Hillary's plan was sunk by various fraudulent and/or dishonestpractices. You can't expect them to take reform with a smile -- would you be happy to see a 75% cut in your paycheck or would you try to fight it?

The real problem here is that a sizable chunk of the assholes who rant against government-run health care are on... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 2:16 AM on August 22, 2009
2020 with a lame duck republican 2 term president and a republican congress and probably senate too?

I do think that it's realistic to imagine, in that worst-case scenario I mentioned, that health care would eventually be passed by a Republican administration as a pro-business measure, and not as a poverty program by a Democratic President

yes, I'd support public healthcare, or any move in that direction, even if I... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 4:06 AM on August 22, 2009

Fat, Depressed & 35 y.o.
My Xbox died and it made me sad.
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 7:35 PM on August 18, 2009

Where's the sci-fi with actual characters?
Ballard, Bradbury
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 2:09 PM on August 18, 2009

The Impossible Cool
I think Steve McQueen is as cool as the next guy and all, but it's a bit much at this point.

I agree, nowadays we have Ben Affleck -- can't complain!
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 10:03 AM on August 18, 2009

Top 10
You forgot Diablo Cody.

Hers is a very interesting list, she's all about the edgy, kickass films (well, except Wes Anderson's and The Blob). One then wonders why she choose to write a very commercial, very successful feelgood movie that amounted to little more than a pilot for a pro-life sitcom -- the bumbling but nice dad, the sarcastic but supportive mom... really, the only bad people in her movie could be found at the abortion clinic -- you know, the ones that want... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 7:35 AM on August 17, 2009

Swapping xbox 360 hard drives...
what pazazygeek said
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 10:53 AM on August 12, 2009

How can I be the best pee wee soccer coach?
Look, pee wee is the one with the 30x20 yards field and no goalie? if it is, don't insist on them playing defense and attack -- their tendency will be of simply chasing the ball, all of them -- most of them. it's a lot of fun.

just try to teach them how to kick the ball to try and control it a bit -- they should hit the ball in the middle, not with the toes but with the laces of their shoes

just let them have fun and run like hell, it's... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 10:47 AM on August 12, 2009

A Dose of Reality From Doctor Obama
When Bush won* in 2000, my Republican neighbor made a point of taunting everyone

well, now your neighbor's stuck with a black President for at least four years: sweet sweet revenge
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 6:40 AM on August 11, 2009

Best editions of classical literature?
it's hard to answer without knowing if you can read Greek and Latin; if you can't, I think the most enjoyable Iliad you can find is Logue's, with all its idiosyncracies. you can read up on Homer later (Patzek or BB Powell, for example. Thalmann is spot-on re: epic poetry). The Odyssey, I like Butler's, so sue me. if by "Metamorphosis" you mean "Metamorphoses" by Ovid, I had a lot of fun with Golding's.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 4:21 PM on August 8, 2009

Best online wine seller in the US?
Three destinations, actually: NY, NJ, MA
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 11:13 AM on July 29, 2009

Like taking flowers from babies
rename the school after Ilse Bing then -- she was greater than O'Keeffe as an artist and I'm sure the Germans will be thrilled
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 5:32 PM on July 28, 2009

Forgotten Bookmarks
You try and do that with a Kindle now
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 9:46 AM on July 26, 2009

Cell Phone Query
Yeah, prepaid At&T cards work everywhere
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 7:12 AM on July 22, 2009 marked best answer

You can go to the bathroom whenever you want at Microsoft
I bet the guy who invented Outlook went to the bathroom all over the code.
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 2:12 PM on July 18, 2009

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt
your face just won't feel as clean -- manual razors don't simply cut off the hair, they scrape off skin (dead cells, etc) and give you that feeling of cleanliness you're probably addicted to if you like really close shaves so much.

I'd say stick to manual razors, and if they make you bleed too much or ruin your skin too much you're doing somethign wrong (your face is not warm/moist enough before the shave, pores not open, wrong shaving cream -- foams... [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by matteo at 7:45 AM on July 16, 2009

Update on previous thread:
Clarence Thomas dissenting opinion focused on underwear aspect of case

I read that it was a 8-1 decision and I instantly just knew it had to be him, seriously. He's been voting literally out of spite for, what, almost twenty years now.
posted to MetaTalk by matteo at 10:26 AM on June 25, 2009

Desperate Lives. I'm caught in the middle. Desperate Lives. Uh huhh!
Mayor Curley regrets nothing!

Well, I am sure he does regret that Grady didn't take Pedro out, that one time. We all do regret that.

This link, instead, is the best thing ever seen on the Internet.
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 8:28 AM on June 22, 2009

It's Good To Be The King
On the other hand, Minnesota already cut in half its US Senate delegation, what's a billion dollars here and there when you compare it to that.
posted to MetaFilter by matteo at 6:30 PM on June 16, 2009

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