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Fidel Castro, 1926-2016
My first trip to Cuba was arranged in 2014. That trip happened January 2015. And in doing so I became the first US American educator to teach in Havana schools in 50 years I returned in June, the course I taught of all things was astronautics. I now have been back–and taught class–another four times, for a total of six trips to Cuba in two years. (My being based in Key West where la Habana is closer than Miami makes this a more accessible trip.)

I say all that to say… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:20 AM on November 26, 2016
John Cohen has it 100% correct. (Try to find an anti-diarrheal or any simple medication most anywhere in Cuba but the black market. It genuinely cannot be done.)
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 11:26 AM on November 26, 2016

The teacher that you always wanted
This will inspire me for the rest of my life. Thank you for bringing it into it, dfm500 and metafilter.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 3:14 AM on October 20, 2016

Don Letts previously.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:16 PM on October 16, 2016

I Want Willy. W-I-L-L-Y
When did David Lynch start making home movies?
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:16 AM on October 4, 2016

About This Computer
Windows XP was supported for nearly 13 years, which is almost forever for a specific OS version. Supporting it was expensive and was actively holding back development of important features, not the least of which were badly needed security improvements. It's not economically viable to support operating systems indefinitely.

Yeh yeh yeh whatev...

Windows XP still used by large number of companies in Eastern… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:25 AM on September 18, 2016

Dolly Parton + Pentatonix
And I know it's been decades and they claim their company culture has changed (apparently only a tiny bit), but I've never once been in a Cracker Barrel after the whole "we hate the queers" firing people thing in the early 90s, and seeing their logo come up at the beginning of this video raised the hackles on my neck.

Just wanted to share this again. Because exactly and yes.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:02 PM on September 17, 2016

“This is what love looks like.”
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:55 PM on September 17, 2016

The King of Ska
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:34 PM on September 9, 2016

RIP, Leo Bloom
"Young Frankenstein" was the first movie I saw with no adults: just me and my brother.

Same but it was me and my best friend. Strange, huh?

Well, here's a funny thing. Movie was playing. I was into it. SOOO excited. And Gene Wilder is on the screen screaming into the night, "WHAT HAVE I DONE?!" and with the excitement and freedom of the moment I spontaneously erupted back at the screen in my young,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:16 PM on August 29, 2016

Rogue One Official Trailer
He's like, welp, at least I got that promotion I was gunning for, can't all be winners. I'll blow my launch bonus on a ski trip to Alderaan, I guess.

posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:43 AM on August 12, 2016

2016 Christmas shopping: underway
All I know is its 321 days until summer solstice 2017, Northern hemisphere. Winter is for suckers. Even Santa likes a tan.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 3:56 PM on August 3, 2016

Happy 20th Anniversary!
Abita Root Beer ranked 80-something. Can't argue much with that, though I wonder if he was lucky enough to get it from a keg. Mmmmmmm.


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posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:44 PM on July 21, 2016

reader, i hope he married it.
The author's latest post: *waves at MeFi*/about that Moby D


Seriously, that was awesome tumblring. Amen, wintersoldierfell, A-to-the-Mo-to-the-by-D-men.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:34 AM on July 19, 2016

When Black Lives Stop Mattering
I thought since it was the NYTimes I could read the comments. I was wrong.

Otherwise, nails it:

Tuesday night I heard about Mr. Sterling’s death, and I felt so very tired. I had no words because I don’t know what more can be said about this kind of senseless death.

More writing like this, please. More writing about what makes these deaths so damnably, excruciatingly personal.

Because all of us who feel this may need to know the rest of us are out there. That's how movements begin.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:04 PM on July 6, 2016

Ben Patterson, 29 May 1934 – 25 June 2016
In college, my art teacher was Tommy Mew, Director of Fluxus West/Southeast.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:42 PM on June 29, 2016

Legendary Keyboardist Bernie Worrell Leaves This World
When you said "the most famous keyboardist you've never heard of", I thought oh wow there are TWO Bernie Worrells.

And whereas there most certainly is, there ain't.

Bernie Worrell, of course, is the Bernie Worrell, a legendary musical keyboard-funking genius, and to many of of the world's babies Bernie is famous as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Michael Hampton, Eddie Hazel,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:33 PM on June 26, 2016

Satire in the Arab world
I am sorry for this. It made me cry before breakfast.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 3:30 AM on June 17, 2016

“What is this, the Dark Ages?”
EVEN MORE OBLIGATORY: Leonard Nimoy sings "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"

Um you didn't click the first obligatory Nimoy link.

In honor of this, I give you this: yet another essential obligatory Nimoy link!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:35 PM on May 23, 2016

They called you exotic. Which is just people talk for awesome.
Thanks, scalefree, love of life, humanity, and everything–and cats!–recharged to 1000000000%! YAY WILDNESS KITTY FACE YAY
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:01 PM on May 20, 2016

Before Snowcrash, before Ghost in the Shell
Is it just me or is William Gibson who Harry Potter grew up to be?
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:57 PM on May 2, 2016

They're all still falling down
This made me smile hugely.

For one, is it hilarious to watch people falling gently onto mattresses while falling on other people falling gently onto mattresses or what?

For another, Aaron's donated all 1200 new mattresses to Sasha Bruce Youthwork, Wanda Alston Foundation homeless shelters for LGBTQ youth, and A Wider Circle furnishings, all organizations focused on ending poverty and providing shelter and… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:01 PM on April 13, 2016

My hovercraft is full of eels
Creole! Where is Creole!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:05 AM on April 10, 2016

A humaner Sea World
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

Just a reminder, everyone.

Also: Yay!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 2:34 PM on March 17, 2016

My Year In San Francisco's $2 Million Secret Society Startup
This is a alternative reality game (ARG). And a decent enough one at that. When people are playing it, and it is the most real thing in the world, ARGs are the best. That's how it was with Andre The Giant has a posse aka OBEY. OBEY is really just a really successful ARG.

When we did OBEY, under the auspice of a joke manifesto, we clandestinely put up meaningless propaganda in the form of stickers and wheat paste posters bearing obscure phrases in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:51 AM on March 11, 2016
Metafilter: In-jokes aside, there really is no cabal.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:25 AM on March 11, 2016

There will be Netflix on Mars
My exceptional friend Vint Cerf, who among other things invented the internet, is one of the foremost (ie only) experts on interstellar internet.

So pfft yeah Netflix on Mars? Not impressed. Trying watching Interstellar in orbit around Alpha Centauri B. Then let's talk.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:46 PM on March 6, 2016

Free at last?
This is the perfect opportunity to share with you a fun hack for singing Happy Birthday well. Well, I call it a hack. It's more like a way of singing the song.

See, the problem is people sing Happy Birthday as if it were a funeral dirge. That's the problem. The solution I have discovered is to stop the song when it starts like this–stop it! STOP!–and then excitedly and happily explain that that's not how you sing 'Happy… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:37 PM on February 9, 2016

Not a hoax!
Tell Mike it was only business.
posted by valkane

Yeah yeah I heard, you special snowflake you.

posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 12:31 PM on January 26, 2016

Flint Water Crisis Runs Deeper and Wider
When my wife and I discussed it, she said, "I've always thought it wrong before but in China when people get caught doing something like this, something that permanently injures so many people, they are put to death. For the first time, I understand."

And I had to wonder, what would I do if–by action or inaction–a government official lead poisoned my children?

posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:33 PM on January 20, 2016

Never leaving the house again
Oh hi everyone who has mentioned the "staircase" stories? What you meant to say was DO NOT GOOGLE AND READ THE STAIRCASE STORIES amirite?

Especially anything written by a any national park ranger. On reddit. For reals. Because that is the most seriously heeby jeeby thing I have heard in I don't know how long I mean how do you people sleep?
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:29 PM on January 3, 2016

"How should I know? I dropped out of school to become a doctor."

I mean those curls.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:04 PM on January 3, 2016

Shin Kubota and The Jellyfish of Immortality
Great catch. One note: the Japanese marine biologist's name is Shin Kubota.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:51 PM on December 26, 2015

The Brompton Cemetery Time Machine
See John Carter of Mars. (I did, and I loved it!)
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:36 AM on December 13, 2015

Necrokitty Comic Sans
Exactly. There's well-meaning and then there's the miming platitudes of those who perceive the person who just died was some kind of ordinary stuffed toy* which happened to have breathed, and is as easily replaced as flatware.

On the contrary, of course. I'd fight all of Hades for the soul of my cat, Reign In Peace, George. I forgive well-meaning. False sentiment is wax for candles.

Hannah Chutzpah has grace. And restraint.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:01 AM on December 13, 2015

There are Other Forces at Work
I had an astonishing experience recently with the “Empty Words” . . . after twenty minutes, an uproar began in the audience, and it was so intense, and violent, that the thought entered my mind that the whole activity was not only useless, but that it was destructive. I was destroying something for them, and they were destroying something for me. The social situation was really miserable; however, it divided the audience, and at one point a group of people came to protect me. Things… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 6:36 PM on December 10, 2015

Into the uncanny valley: 80 robot faces ranked by creepiness
[shudder] "Uncanny Valley"? Pffft. Is there anything more unsettling than a New Scientist article?
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:08 PM on December 6, 2015

The Page One Editorial
This is good but not as big a deal as it would have been, say, before the New York Times fostered the Iraq War.

I'm glad for this but people remember. This is the post-Iraq War Times–though almost 13 years later not post-The Iraq War–and my feeling is the NYT still walks on bombshells.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:07 PM on December 4, 2015

The Peculiar Ascent of Bill Murray to Secular Saint
I too have done bad in my life. The good does not erase it. I love the good, and live with the bad. One the up side, I didn't do bad very often, frequently, or later, as once I did bad I never did it again. At the time I didn't know better, and when I did I was sorry.
Please forgive me as I move forward and do everything in my power to make the world a better place.
Not Bill Murray
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:13 AM on December 3, 2015

Felipe Smith
Very good (2013) article on this subject.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:39 PM on November 23, 2015

Adeles, meet your Adele.
Thank you. I just bought Adele's new album, 25, on CD. I haven't bought a new CD in what 4 or 5 years? And I haven't listened to one single track besides "Hello". I'm just stuck on hearing that song. And I know I will be getting around to the rest. In fact, just today I copied it to computer to different formats to a USB drive to play in my jeep around the island. I could bluetooth it. But I'm fifty and there is something about so rarely finding music that hits you… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 4:38 PM on November 23, 2015

Cyanide and Randomness
Possible NSFW judging from first comic, FYI.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:15 AM on November 7, 2015

Chip Punks
Keep Me Hanging On is unexpectedly classic-80's synth with soul and sludge. It's Sympathy for the Devil meets Laibach and something completely so alien alien…actual relevance? Amazing. This is the best music I have heard in maybe a decade. Maybe more. So much heart. I now feel like there's hope for grown-ups too. It's freeing.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:15 PM on November 2, 2015

"What's the next best thing to astronaut?"
When I posted this on Mefi Projects, I never thought once I'd make it to the blue but I was honored to share The AIM because well inspiring young students has turned out to be the most rewarding work of my entire life. And, as I explain to students nearly every day, career-wise I have done everything I ever wanted my entire life. I never shorted myself in that regard. So when upon reaching my early-40s and after a lifetime of having achieved quite a good many genuinely fulfilling career… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:53 AM on October 24, 2015

Miracleman Remastered
Artw, I owe you something. Praise, certainly. Something else, too, though: Miracleman #15 just changed everything.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 3:47 PM on October 11, 2015

New Horizons is back to sending photos home
And she's right.

No, actually, item is right, she's wrong. Space is 100 miles above us. That's all it is to low-earth orbit (LEO). And solving for space–getting up there, living out there–is pretty much the only serious proposition that in pursuing will result in solutions to all the challenges we face here on earth today.

Ecology, sustainability, health, inclusion, and (of course) energy. Making space… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:20 AM on September 18, 2015

Drink your single malt and put your helmet on...
What seriously no space tag? But peat made the grade? That's it. I'm having a drink. Something strong. Preferably grown-up.

I know! I'll have a booze!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:39 PM on September 9, 2015

Hick Hop
This is ordinary, homegrown, neighborhood-style, indie rap. So it's a big guy who is not apparently black and who has a mush-mouth style. Reminds me of King George. If he's making money, more power to him. It's the standard. If that works for you, then it's good enough.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:29 PM on August 25, 2015

Black American Motherhood
^ I threw in cops at the end there and I meant police. It's not a cops vs us issue. That's just an apparent manifestation. If it weren't for the good people we would all be trouble, police authorities and otherwise.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:39 AM on July 31, 2015

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