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Metafilter makes it to cable news

23 months after Metafilter solved my grandma's coded messages, and we briefly went viral, the HLN network has produced a short video segment about the true hero of this story: Metafilter's own harperpitt, her code-breaking skills, and the power of the hive mind in tackling web mysteries. Article & YT Video.
posted to MetaTalk by JannaK at 1:06 PM on December 14, 2015 (64 comments)

Please throw an item into an active volcano for me

If you live near an active volcano, and are willing to help someone out, I'd like to mail you a small item (and some USD to cover your expenses), and have you video yourself putting that item in molten lava for me. * this is not a joke * I'm not trying to get anyone to break any laws. * it's a very small object that would not harm a volcano * thank you
posted to MetaFilter Jobs by popechunk at 8:01 PM on September 28, 2015

How can I make beautiful Powerpoint Slides like this?

How can I make beautiful Powerpoint slides like those in this example presentation, titled "Steal this Presentation"? I can't download the presentation as a powerpoint file, only as a pdf. I have no graphic design skills, so I was hoping to find a template or powerpoint file somewhere, so I can just borrow the fonts, layouts, etc. Thank you for any help or example presentations you can link me to!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by surenoproblem at 4:53 AM on August 25, 2015 (21 comments)

"Women – Love each other, support each other, defend each other."

Herself.com (NSFW)
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:27 AM on August 7, 2015 (13 comments)

(I'm Gonna Drink A) Fifth Of July

Twitter joke that turned into an actual country song an hour later. I'm in Huntsville with nothing but my ukulele, so this didn't get the full band treatment I'd otherwise do, but it works pretty well like this.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 1:06 PM on July 4, 2015 (9 comments)

Prepare for THE ARRIVAL! (of a VIP)

Have you had to prep for the arrival of a major VIP (eg a Queen? a Head of State? the head of the United Nations) to your office or factory? What did you have to do?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by almostwitty at 8:45 PM on June 22, 2015 (14 comments)


Jim Obergefell and John Arthur had been together nearly two decades when John was stricken by terminal ALS. With their union unconstitutional in Ohio, the couple turned to friends and family to fund a medical flight to Maryland, where they wed, tearfully, on the tarmac [prev.]. After John's death, however, Jim found himself embroiled in an ugly legal battle with his native state over the right to survivor status on John's death certificate -- a fight he eventually took all the way to the Supreme Court. And that's how this morning -- two years after U.S. v. Windsor, a dozen after Lawrence v. Texas, and at the crest of an unprecedented wave of social change -- the heartbreaking case of Obergefell v. Hodges has at long last rendered same-sex marriage legal nationwide in a 5-4 decision lead by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
posted to MetaFilter by Rhaomi at 7:03 AM on June 26, 2015 (1258 comments)

Give me your best podcasts!

I've recently gotten back into podcasts because my commute has changed and become more amendable to podcast-ing. Help me discover some new favorites.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rainbowbrite at 7:05 AM on June 11, 2015 (24 comments)

Did my boyfriend just get married?

This is such a silly question, but I would appreciate AskMe's perspective. My boyfriend and I are long distance, and yesterday I stumbled on "wedding" photos of him and his ex that were taken two weeks ago. He told me that it was from a video that his university is making for new students to show how glamorous graduate school life can be (he's a professor and an alum). Am I being irrational in doubting him?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sockpuppetry at 6:11 PM on June 19, 2015 (237 comments)

Worth every cent!

Name a purchase of yours that was worth every penny!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by smorgasbord at 4:37 PM on June 4, 2015 (137 comments)

Snark for dinner

I love snarky restaurant reviews. Classic example. Another. Give me your favourites.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by quaking fajita at 11:37 AM on May 29, 2015 (15 comments)

Doodles that will make me laugh and cry

I'd like to dabble more in graphic novels and comics for "grown ups". I like Julia Wertz and Allie Brosh--so basically I'm looking for stuff that is kinda gritty yet also kinda funny, preferably with a female's point of view. Who else might I enjoy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by oceanview at 2:34 PM on June 22, 2015 (31 comments)

33.881 miles per hour. For an hour. On a bike.

In the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, The Hour Record was hotly-contested. The best bike racers in the world tried to be the person to ride a bicycle the furthest on a track in one hour. It's so grueling that Eddy Merckx said it burned three years off of his life.
posted to MetaFilter by entropone at 6:59 AM on June 9, 2015 (38 comments)

Hacking “Chutes and Ladders”

"In the simulation, an average game [of Chutes and Ladders] lasts 26.5 turns, but it is a right-tailed distribution, so the longest game lasted 146 turns! If only there was a way to give each game a more consistent and shorter length. Then, it hit me. There are nine ladders and ten slides. There is a ladder missing! What if I placed a new tenth ladder on the board that consistently shortened the game? Yes, but where?!"
posted to MetaFilter by yeti at 1:44 PM on June 9, 2015 (59 comments)

State of Metafilter, and funding update

It’s been a busy year on Metafilter, with some big changes over the last twelve months.  Some of the hardest changes were the result of the financial difficulties that came to a head last May with significant staffing cuts.  And the best thing to happen for the site was the tremendous outpouring of generosity from Metafilter’s members in response to that financial crisis, through voluntary funding of Metafilter.  

I want to thank all of you again for your support, and give you an update on where site finances are now, how funding has helped, and how we’re trying to make it easier to support the site in a way that works well for you—including a new alternative to PayPal.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 9:40 AM on June 8, 2015 (223 comments)

{Matrix reference}

You might have seen this image floating around, if you frequent the likes of Tumblr. One of many simple speculative choice pictures - here's eight pills that give you superpowers, which one would you take?

Well, Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex decided to do a write-up about how each choice might go. And how they might go wrong.
posted to MetaFilter by kafziel at 4:35 PM on June 7, 2015 (91 comments)

The Russian Troll Factory

The Agency is every online community member's worst fears come to life: a real honest-to-goodness troll/noise factory where dozens of employees using hundreds of accounts post thousands of highly targeted and coordinated attacks as awful comments on Twitter, Facebook, and forums in order to sway public opinion about geopolitics. From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities...
posted to MetaFilter by mathowie at 7:55 AM on June 2, 2015 (79 comments)

Inside Disney's radical plan to modernize its cherished theme parks.

The Messy Business of Reinventing Happiness. The story behind FastPass+ at DisneyWorld.
posted to MetaFilter by blue_beetle at 6:53 AM on June 2, 2015 (40 comments)

How to fix inequality: Squash the finance industry and redistribute more

Joe Stiglitz on Inequality, Wealth, and Growth: Why Capitalism is Failing (video; if you don't have 30m, skip to 20m for discussion of political inequality, wealth, credit and monetary policy) - "If the very rich can use their position to get higher returns, more investment information, more extraction of rents, and if the very rich have equal or higher savings rates, then wealth will become more concentrated... economic inequality inevitably gets translated into political inequality, and political inequality gets translated into more economic inequality. The basic and really important idea here is that markets don't exist in a vacuum, that market economies operate according to certain rules, certain regulations that specify how they work. And those effect the efficiency of those markets, but they also effect how the fruits of the benefits of those markets are distributed and the result of that is there are large numbers of aspects of our basic economic framework that in recent years have worked to increase the inequality of wealth and income in our society... leading to a society which can be better described, increasingly, as an inherited plutocracy."
posted to MetaFilter by kliuless at 2:02 AM on June 2, 2015 (27 comments)

Podcast: Mystery Show: Case #2 Britney

The Case:  Andrea's a writer no one reads. Then she makes a shocking discovery.
posted to FanFare by Tevin at 8:45 AM on May 30, 2015 (25 comments)

Leave me alone, crows!

Why do I keep getting attacked by crows? Can I do anything to stop it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by noxperpetua at 1:58 PM on May 30, 2015 (32 comments)

Kung Fury

If you love kung fu and hate Nazis, then today is your lucky day. Kung Fury has been released on Youtube. (Previously, Previously)
posted to MetaFilter by rebent at 5:41 PM on May 28, 2015 (56 comments)


Are you alarmed about these new snake people? No?! You should be! So, here's a bot that gathers news about their doings for you.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by ignignokt at 3:42 PM on May 19, 2015 (5 comments)

It's certainly not like Tumblr...

What would a culture that doesn't hate women look like? I'm looking for books, movies, works of fiction and non-fiction in various formats/media, and your own musings and imaginings.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gakiko at 11:39 PM on May 14, 2015 (19 comments)

Super Micro Paint

I made a web toy that simulates a doodling and animation toy from an alternate timeline 1990s. Create 2 color, 32x16 pixel, four frame animations. Then transform your creations into gifs resembling a cheap LCD, an LED matrix, a vacuum fluorescent display, and more. (Source on github)
posted to MetaFilter Projects by umrain at 6:58 AM on May 20, 2015 (7 comments)

Aging gracefully as a developer

I'm a web developer. I'm almost 40, and I'm starting to wonder how much longer I can expect to sling code in the trenches with the youngsters. I mean, I still have a number of years of relevance left in me—but it's hard to imagine that I'll remain competitive as a developer as I enter my 50s and 60s. I need to start thinking about the long game. So...what does the long game look like?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by escape from the potato planet at 5:56 PM on May 6, 2015 (15 comments)

Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by nightrecordings at 4:58 PM on May 20, 2015 (39 comments)

Calling all remote adventurers

Where do you travel to feel like you're the only travelers in a peaceful oasis? What I'd really love is an amazing sense of remoteness and quiet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hotchocolate at 3:33 PM on May 12, 2015 (33 comments)

"McDonald's proved themselves to be jerks and the jury didn't like that"

Factual comics Friday: Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler sets the record straight on the McDonald's coffee lawsuit.
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 7:41 AM on May 22, 2015 (94 comments)

12 angry men discuss whether Amy is hot enough for TV

12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer Pitch-perfect reenactment of the Sidney Lumet classic. (SLYT - 21 minutes, and worth every one)
posted to MetaFilter by likeatoaster at 8:03 PM on May 6, 2015 (99 comments)

Family-friendly hotel in Victoria BC?

We are a party of 4 traveling by ferry from Seattle. We will not have a car. What are your favorite hotels in Victoria?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gryphonlover at 9:22 PM on May 9, 2015 (9 comments)

Still MORE funny, charming, intelligent movies?

Please recommend well-written, funny, charming, gentle movies.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 8:16 AM on May 6, 2015 (87 comments)

Turns out, I'm an asshole

It's become abundantly clear that the way in which I lose my temper and the frequency with which I do so is (and it's hard to admit this) abusive. My wife has rightly given me an ulitmatum. I need a plan and I have no idea how or where to begin.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 12:39 AM on April 20, 2015 (71 comments)

Is it possible to change your email address?

How inconvenient is it to change your email address in the modern Internet environment? Nearly every web application in the world treats your email address as your login or account name: is updating that everywhere feasible?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Nelson at 8:48 AM on May 5, 2015 (13 comments)

Wavelist: playlists of awesome podcast episodes

Wavelist lets you create and discover playlists of interesting podcast episodes. The first few playlist topics include marriage equality, the earthquake in Nepal, Sina Weibo and social networking in China, and weird birds.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by bwerdmuller at 4:43 PM on May 4, 2015 (2 comments)

A better weather balloon, safer for sea-snacking seaturtles?

How would we release a weather balloon and get it back without its exploding?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 10:13 AM on May 4, 2015 (4 comments)

First Try

The famous "pizza on the roof" throw in Breaking Bad - Bryan Cranston got it on the first try. Same with Sigourney Weaver and the basketball in Alien Resurrection. These tickle me. I'm looking for other times when an actor pulled off some ridiculous unlikely thing on film, ideally on the first try.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dirtdirt at 6:41 AM on April 17, 2015 (44 comments)

Looking for positive TV shows that are streaming online

I've been trying to find shows to watch streaming (Netflix US or Amazon Prime) that are interesting and entertaining without being cynical, negative, and/or over-the-top violent and gory, after realizing a lot of things I had been watching were pretty dark. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by flatluigi at 12:19 AM on April 21, 2015 (55 comments)

"Confessions of a ...?"

I'm a big fan of Kitchen Confidential and other "insider", confessional-type memoirs. After just finishing the rather disappointing Heads In Beds, I need recommendations for some really juicy tell-all memoirs about working in the service industry or pretty much anything interesting.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by catatethebird at 2:01 PM on April 4, 2015 (33 comments)

What it Says on the Tin, Collect Cats

A highly addictive and adorable Japanese Smartphone Game Available for both IOS and Android and exclusively in Japanese, it's pretty easy to navigate, and a clearer explanation of how to play can be found here.
posted to MetaFilter by KernalM at 3:02 PM on April 28, 2015 (410 comments)

"I'm glad I bought it and I'm sure I'll love it in a couple of months"

A self-proclaimed insufferable asshole named Matt complains about his new luxury watch. Turns out it's the most personal device ever, only not in an insanely great way. Still, he has hopes for the future of his new wearable computer. (MeFi's own mathowie at medium.com.)
posted to MetaFilter by valkane at 4:59 AM on April 27, 2015 (181 comments)

word.camera generates paragraphs from a photograph

With Clarifai, an image concept extraction API utilizing convolutional neural networks, and ConceptNet, a lexical relationship database, I built a template system to generate paragraphs of text from photographs. word.camera is responsive — it works on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. The code behind it is open source and available on GitHub, because lexography is for everyone.
posted to MetaFilter Projects by TheMadStork at 7:20 AM on April 13, 2015 (4 comments)

Then, a sky, an urban, and an empty. Here, the sky is for fly in.

word.camera generates paragraphs from a photograph. Example: photo of Hillary Clinton. A more detailed explanation at MetaFilter Projects; from Mefi's own TheMadStork.
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:22 PM on April 27, 2015 (45 comments)

R is for Rocket, S is for Space

Top space science influencers of today's pre-teens?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Mike Mongo at 8:39 PM on April 24, 2015 (9 comments)

Out of morbid curiosity...

A friend tells me that there are few if any family-owned funeral parlors left in the US. Although nearly all funeral parlors appear to be small establishments, they are in fact operated by large corporations. The reason they maintain the family business atmosphere is because people don't want a big company dealing with their loved ones' remains. Is it true?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by stinker at 7:54 AM on April 24, 2015 (14 comments)

Toilet Paper Strategies

Toilet paper. Jumping off from my flub in the toiletlids thread, I want to know how you configure your new toilet paper rolls and and why you think that manner of installation works best. Toilet paper tongue over or under? More. Inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brownpau at 12:09 PM on May 27, 2004 (28 comments)

Better Call Saul: Marco

In the Season 1 finale, Jimmy seizes the opportunity to reconnect with an old friend. Meanwhile, Chuck adjusts to a new way of life.
posted to FanFare by Catblack at 9:16 PM on April 6, 2015 (114 comments)
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