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The 27-year hunt for a mystery New Wave song: Solved!
For those of us devoted to music from this period, this is an exceptional find. Like a time capsule full of New Wave goodness. Great post, gemmy.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 3:06 PM on March 1, 2015

Lived Long And Prospered
I am way to human for this.

Because I am at work and sobbing.

Go boldly, Mr Nimoy. You too, Commander Spock.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 11:19 AM on February 27, 2015

fake sun
We're this much closer to a spaceship that replicates seasons and daylight with its lights as it goes someplace awesome and far, far away!

Actually, this is spot on and the first thing I thought.

Working on space travel and space exploration and space migration—even just contemplating it, much less actually working on it—one of the very first problems/challenges is sunlight. At best right now, it is 8-months to Mars. And… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:21 PM on February 13, 2015

(Thanks, IGN.)
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:51 PM on January 21, 2015

Two NYRB essays on recent biopics and their issues with history
If you really want to watch a good Turing biography—ie not Imitation Game—try BBC's The Strange Life and Death of Alan Turing.

1992 and still it features actual people who actually knew Turing and worked alongside him. Plus: The homosex is played up better.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:40 PM on January 11, 2015

You may not have known his name, but you definitely knew who he was
He wasn't gay? I mean, TAYLOR NEGRON WASN'T GAY?? Wow now I'm impressed! He was one of the people I studied for being so openly gay when I was a confused and closeted bisexual kid in the 1980's.

Thanks, Taylor. You made a difference in my life. Great work!

And oh yeah

posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:15 AM on January 11, 2015

"Returning to Earth, that was the challenging part"
I'm a Neil Armstrong guy. My wife asked the other day, "Who's that face on your phone's homescreen and how come you never change it?" It's because Neil Armstrong is the awesome. I never met him, and that helps me hold him in the highest esteem.

People love Buzz. He's got a cool name. He does good things for space.

The astronaut I love a lot these days is Story Musgrave. He's just awesome too. Character through-and-through but I do not… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:52 AM on December 25, 2014

In Honour of the One Day A Year This Changes
This is simultaneously awesome and terrifying. I never want to see it again YET I CANNOT STOP WATCHING.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:24 PM on December 24, 2014

Alright, let's light this candle and head back into space
That was just the best. THE BEST. I'm still coming down from it all. What a day! I must have explained this to fifty people today—including plenty of complete strangers. I mean for some reason, today feels like the 21st century has finally kicked off. Thanks for the thread, Brandon Blatcher. Space sub-Mefi's (ha) are one of my favorite sub-Mefi's!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:37 PM on December 5, 2014

Mysterious giant sharks may be everywhere
A life goal of mine now is to make protective goggles for Greenland shark eyes. (And figure out some other option for the Greenland shark eye worm.) Is this a bad thing?
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:17 PM on October 26, 2014

No wonder it can't be buggered
That was the best. I can now go to sleep happy.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:09 PM on October 26, 2014

There had to be a way for humans to coexist with the right whales.
Thank you for sharing this. Inspiring stuff I can use everyday.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:04 PM on October 26, 2014

Nothing Lasts Forever
If this isn't at least 4 hours long well I am just going to have to watch it twice.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:53 PM on October 22, 2014

Skype for Jail
It seems relevant that, 2 days after the OP story, Dallas rejected the contract.

As I referenced in the post, jpe. However, what surprised me is how many other municipalities have already installed this system with no protest whatsoever AND with plenty of cheerleading from the Usual Suspects (small-town dailies, police officials, well-positioned civic leaders). Google videoconferencing jail. There is serious competition for the developing of this… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 12:50 PM on September 23, 2014

Bradbury 13
I hope they do my favorite Bradbury story, where the boy gets locked in a box while all the other kids go out and play on the only rainy day on mars.

If that's how you remember it, you're going to like it even more after you re-read it.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 12:19 AM on September 9, 2014


2006? Oh my google IT WAS A BLAST in Key West.

Still here, still loving it, still catching Suenalo at Green Parrot, dancing in the streets with Will Soto and all the usual suspects. Just grown-up now and leaving the Tiki Bar fun to the new set. Great post, the man of twists and turns.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:59 PM on September 2, 2014

"The problem is I'm black. That's the problem."
Jadepearl, I think this is the link you meant to post.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:47 PM on August 29, 2014

What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?
7:50 then let it roll.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 3:48 PM on July 2, 2014

A hue angle of 270 degrees, a saturation of 50% and a lightness of 40%
Metafilter brings me to tears more than any other web experience, and has done so for years. It's why I return. Not that I like to cry, it's just that I like being reminded why we're doing all this in the first place. And sometimes that moves me right to tears. Keep up the good work, Mefi, good bad and otherwise, you are in me, I am in you. Cancer stories and CSS rebeccapurples and all. For ever.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:37 PM on June 21, 2014

No, that's not a video of a bee rescuing its friend from a spider
Animal cruelty for your amusement

Waste of time before eating? Or the acidic nature of water?
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:44 AM on June 19, 2014

Wow! Surprisingly terrific hair!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:01 AM on June 19, 2014

Marvel and Marvel and Marvel again
I like how the last shot isn't actually from a Marvel movie but from Pacific Rim.

Am I the only one who was thinking, needs more Pacific Rim?

No? Good. Now can you add some Transformers and dubstep too? And maybe Dr Who? And Harry Potter? And Godzilla? And Will Smith? Thanks!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:08 PM on June 13, 2014

posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:52 PM on May 20, 2014

We Exist
in the diffuse, subtle ways any cultural artifact can do harm or good, I strongly suspect this video has made our lives slightly worse

Not my lives. This video? Yeah, that was me in British Columbia, Canada in 2004. Loggers, country bars, trans living and being a rockstar. So I moved to Montreal—as Surely Mongog (I even got a shout-out on Mefi, now leading to a broken link but here)—and caught up with Arcade Fire from my then ex-girlfriend, SPIN… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:36 PM on May 17, 2014

Rain rain go away
Detroit destruction porn seems like it's own alt genre and it's become unwatchable for me.

Are you kidding me? Detroit is the most interesting thing happening in America.

Have you even seen any reality television?? #yesdetroit
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:04 PM on May 17, 2014

Close shave
Janewman, you're looking with too forgiving a lens. Given the cross-sectional area of the earth's orbit vs the orbit of everything else in the universe, suddenly the so-called bullet within 100 feet of you takes on new significance ie holy crap, bullets!

This asteroid is not the problem. It is asteroids, per se.

Think of it like being a serious criminal and chronically committing a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:29 AM on May 4, 2014
janewman, You work in space science, I work in space education. So from this vantage, everyday I learn this: when it comes to asteroids, both science professionals and ordinary people get it.

Not to be merely contentious, media reports of asteroids being near-misses to earth do not equate to a "boy who cried wolf" response due to the simple fact that we are now frequently seeing actual asteroids actually hitting earth. I specifically state… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:03 PM on May 4, 2014
janewman, this thread was made vibrant because of your presence and contributions. I'm going to have to go back and read your other posts. Thanks for all of the above. G̶o̶o̶d̶ right stuff!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 2:49 PM on May 9, 2014

If I saw this as a kid I probably would have joined the gymnastics team
I love how much she looks like a superhero. I want to watch her fight crime and then do dance moves in celebration.

I'm soooo glad I'm not the only one who saw that.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:29 PM on April 15, 2014

Okay you got me.
A note about dogs eating cooked chicken bones. In most countries, street dogs are lucky/grateful for whatever food they find. However, in Thailand...

...chicken bones are the least of a dog's worries.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:05 PM on April 12, 2014
Is every Thai insurance ad like this? I thought I could resist the pull on the Mai Toi yt one because it started out so awkwardly, but no. It's like a tractor beam for saltwater.

I am bawling.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:40 AM on April 13, 2014

"All the really important things come as a big surprise."
feralscientist, granted Freeman is a celebrity (with other scientists mostly) but he is not exactly what we have come to characterize as a "celebrity scientist" [sic].

Freeman Dyson's contributions to quantum electrodynamics alone will certainly stand the test of time—until they do not, just like all other science. But in this case, it should be a while.

Freeman Dyson is not some pundit science-loving famous person… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:17 PM on March 30, 2014

I'm just glad we are talking about it.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:48 PM on March 22, 2014

It's all the same...
The video.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:24 AM on March 13, 2014

Next time won't you sing with me
Needs the nerdcore Irish tag.

Fixed that for ya.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 11:15 AM on March 8, 2014

Just when you think you have everything figured out...
Great stories. I listened to three. But what's with the depressing background music?

After three, I had to stop. It was like I was being punished. Or NPR Hell.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:08 PM on March 5, 2014

"Arguably the Coolest High School Chorus in the World!"
Can someone let that adolescent boy singing lead on "Waterloo Sunset" know that my sixteen year-old self called and his heart is broken from the crush he'll never be able to say hello to?

Because sob.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:05 PM on February 28, 2014

Hopefully he didn't cross the streams

'Nuff said.

posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 11:28 AM on February 24, 2014

Music saves me still
One day, human beings who are seniors will be recognized as treasures troves of life experience. In the meantime, after watching that interview I have to say I can recognize at least one.

We are all made of stars, indeed.

posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 2:58 PM on February 23, 2014

Delicious Delicious
This. Liquid Sky. Though a movie, Liquid Sky influenced me as much as any piece of music ever. Seeing it in 1983 was a hallucinogenic experience: something had taken place, it was unlike any other something, I was unsure what had taken place, it was difficult to piece together, and it was somehow unforgettable.

I was 18 when I experienced it, and it makes all the sense in the world to me now that I experienced it here.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:24 AM on February 20, 2014

Oh, No! Bob Casale, Devo founding member, dead at 61.
Yeah man DEVO got it right. Weird, huh?
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 11:36 AM on February 18, 2014

The Day We Fight Back
And we're sure this isn't just a way for the NSA to gather the phone numbers and email addresses of dissidents?

If you are afraid of government then that is all the reason you need to become a dissident.

Hopefully, at age 49, I am well-noted as a criticizer of government and any practice which is contrary to freedom, liberty, justice, pursuit of happiness, et al. If not, then I have not been doing my job as a… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:37 AM on February 12, 2014

She stuck inside an elevator with a song devil...
Laughed until sleeping wife in next room made exasperated nose-exhale sound.

Then put on headset and cried choked and gasped quietly to myself.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:42 PM on January 1, 2014

World Order - Last Dance
The single-most real human superpower is rhythm.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 12:42 PM on December 25, 2013

Turing pardoned
I don't know if something got in my eyes from the computer screen but I swear Alan Turing suddenly looks like he is smiling a little bit more.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:51 PM on December 23, 2013

Ugandan Parliament Passes Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Google Andrew Waiswa lgbt, please.

Andrew, who is friends of friends-and-activists Marchinho Savant and Amy Culver and is head of the very courageous underground organization GEHO Uganda, was abducted by unidentified thugs last month who disturbingly demanded biometrics of GEHO clients and allies.

Why? Because what GEHO does is hide LGBT Ugandans who are on the run for their lives. And why are Ugandans who are LGBT in hiding? Because the fact of… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:11 PM on December 20, 2013

Last of the hellraisers
Ah thelonius that is sure the look but it says here the Rhodes closed in 1985.

Ha! I just remembered it was Phipps Plaza!

How'd I remember? Well, I googled "atlanta" 70mm lawrence of arabia theater and as it turns out I had once before written about the amazing experience I had in seeing Lawrence of Arabia.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:01 PM on December 17, 2013
Again, bless you, Peter O'Toole. You were a master.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:06 PM on December 17, 2013

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