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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
My wife, who is Jamaican and black, has three children, all in their 20's. One of the three ran out of gas while having an poignant emotional breakdown earlier this year, on their way up to college from Key West, up in the middle of that part of Florida we call "the Sticks", in the night. Being "from here", and consequently occassionally able to call in great favors when such moment demands, I called a friend who had a friend who would alert me the moment our young child's… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 1:31 AM on July 31, 2015
^ 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

"The entire town is a brothel, and its support system"
As a person who grew up reading comic books to escape from That Which Needed Escaping From, and who grew up to become a superhero-y career STEAM educator who works around young students, I have a personal day dream that I have mused on occasionally of being a superhero who shows up wherever kids are in need. And I'd be like a Human Torch-type superhero.

First, I'd get the young person to safety. Then, I'd deal with the person who would injure children.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:30 AM on July 13, 2015

The President Was Here
Needs a dropsmic tag.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:17 AM on June 27, 2015

I didn't cry all morning. Then NASA posted this tweet and I thought of Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy and I have lost it.

I'm happy, I'm happy, but thinking of those who got us where we are today but didn't make it? I'm crying like a baby.

As Google recently reminded, Sally Ride would have been 64 this year.

And on the topic of equality, national hero and first US astronaut in space Sally Ride's surviving… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:52 AM on June 26, 2015

The king of all opiates, and a killer drug crisis
Oh wow. I just had a personal run in with this stuff. My mom called and was speaking normally. But in the conversation it seemed she was calling things "a laptop" or "the laptop". Like the mop? The laptop. A table? A laptop. At first I was confused. Then I realized she was the one confused. And I pointed this out to her. And she seemed non-plussed, like "Oh Mike of course I know the difference between a laptop and a laptop.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 11:23 AM on June 24, 2015

In order to fly, you must throw yourself at the ground and miss
Eh, I find the whole series works better if you pretend the fifth book never happened.

That's how I feel about 1978.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:33 AM on May 13, 2015

Sort of a SLYT
I found this live recording of a large-member young people's song-and-dance company (apparently) celebrating their troupe's 30-year anniversary with a grand finale cover of Lady Gaga's Applause.

And I don't know what else but what I took from seeing this was that if there is ever a Legion of Superheroes/Legionnaires movie it has got to be at least as epic as this video.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:16 PM on May 10, 2015

Atari Retrospectives: myths and legends from first-hand participants
I loved Atari. I loved the word—Atari—and I loved the aesthetics. In fact, Atari is one of the reasons I first began thinking of aesthetics which in turn has led to a really amazing life and career. And video games! We were the first video gaming generation and Atari was the flag we saluted. But little did we know that behind the scenes at Atari turned out to be some of the most dull and uninspired business practices ever.

Think of having pretty much… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:21 AM on April 30, 2015

Best days of my life
Rock journalism. Heh.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:49 AM on April 30, 2015

Why Zev Love X became MF Doom and put on that metal mask
This is the best post my 1995-self has seen on Metafilter all year. SRSLY. Thank you.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:18 PM on April 20, 2015

Archie Andrews' 75th birthday
Speaking of gay, in my own alternate reality take on Archie Comics—which I've been "reading" for years, since I was about 14 as a matter of fact—Archie and Jughead own up to being a thing and that they've been "getting together" for years. Ditto, Veronica and Betty.

And oh yeah there's a three-way alright, but it's not Archie, Betty, and Veronica: it's Archie, Jughead, and Moose. Ah but what a pickle that leads to!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 5:48 AM on April 20, 2015

Things to Come
Amazing post.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 3:57 PM on April 12, 2015

Ghetto Kids Dancing Sitya Loss New Ugandan music (SLYT)
Great video. Poorly named maybe but ok. Anyhow: Awesome stuff here. My! My! Good good dancing!
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:29 PM on April 4, 2015
Ah! Here are some of same local youth dancing in artist Eddie Kenzo's official Sitya Loss music video.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:38 PM on April 4, 2015

"rituals are there to mark important transitions"
This is the best thing I ever seen. The applause at the end did it for me.

I'm not crying, I'm just grinning, smiling and feeling terrific. Because somewhere in the past my 12-year old self just witnessed the future today AND SHE LOVES IT.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:41 PM on April 2, 2015

The Future is here
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 7:32 AM on March 22, 2015

Graphic Journalism
Thank you for posting, jillithd. Reading this comic was one of those moments which makes me give thanks for the internet. THIS IS WHY WE CREATED THE INTERNET. FOR STUFF LIKE THIS.

Also, seconding fatal lightning strike.
posted to MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 9:08 PM on March 10, 2015

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, 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

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