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The ... white baseball player has always been a study in negative space

He does not flip his bat after home runs. He does not insult the hard-working fans with talk about politics. He never takes more than one day at a time. As a result, he cannot exist without a foil to embody all those “flashy” or “hotheaded” or “provocative” things he is not. The foils, of course, have generally been black. But as the demographics of the sport have changed, so, too, has this dynamic.
- Jay Caspian Kang on The Unbearable Whiteness of Baseball , and the decline of the sport's cultural relevance
posted to MetaFilter by AceRock at 3:02 PM on April 8, 2016 (80 comments)

Substitute "baseball" with any sport, really

When the sport you love doesn't love you back.
If Gibbons’ “dresses” comment was just one isolated incident, it wouldn’t deserve a second thought, but that’s not the situation we face. We are not talking about one off-color remark or even a handful of off-color remarks. We are talking about a sport-wide culture which permits casual sexism and reinforces over and over and over again to its female fans that their involvement in the sport is not as valid as that of their male counterparts.

posted to MetaFilter by misskaz at 8:32 AM on April 14, 2016 (40 comments)

"No thanks, I'd like to pay full price"

confirmshaming [via mefi projects, by danb] "when a site asks you to sign up for their thing and then the 'no thank you' link is some hot garbage." Submit your own screenshots right here.
posted to MetaFilter by Greg Nog at 7:33 AM on March 26, 2016 (107 comments)

Direct your gopher client to gopher://gopher.metafilter.com

You (well, jessamyn) asked for it, and we (well, pb) delivered: after fifteen years of downtime, the MetaFilter gopher server is back.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 11:26 AM on February 24, 2016 (160 comments)

Two new profile pages options available

We’re rolling out a couple of new profile preferences options today: the ability to make the “Contributions” and “Social” segments of your profile page visible only to logged-in members, and the ability to enter your geographic coordinates but have them not be visible to anyone else. Come on in for some details!
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 1:23 PM on January 25, 2016 (97 comments)

Good comparison sites like The Sweethome/Wirecutter?

I was just wondering if anyone knew of other good comparison sites (the best, runner-up, budget choice, etc) for items in the vein of The Sweethome (house stuff), The Wirecutter (gadget & gizmos), The Nightlight (baby stuff), Ken Rockwell (camera stuff), etc? I'm specifically looking for a tool-centric site, but I'm curious what else is out there as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by JimBJ9 at 8:52 AM on January 19, 2016 (8 comments)

Remembering and having the confidence to reach out to people

It is a longstanding habit of mine to assume I am "bothering" people if I reach out to them by, say, wanting to spend time with them or talk to them (how terrible!) unless we are already interacting for a reason that was not my doing (an activity, work, them coming to me). I am also in the habit of just not reaching out even with the few people I am confident I am not bothering.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by picardythird at 12:31 PM on January 17, 2016 (11 comments)

If I didn't need food to live, I probably wouldn't eat

I do not like to cook or prepare food. It's a character flaw, I realize, but for whatever reason I don't like to spend time on food. This leads to me eating out a lot, just because it's simple. I'm looking for foods that are healthy, filling, but also have the lowest prep time possible. Non-perishables would be a plus. I'm also fairly active, so high energy foods would be good as well. Am I asking too much, or are there foods that fit the bill?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by holmesian at 7:49 AM on January 6, 2016 (44 comments)

Brother, can you spare an hour for a CEO down on her luck?

The Beggar CEO and Sucker Culture castigates employers who think their employees should do extra work for free.
posted to MetaFilter by chrchr at 12:01 PM on November 30, 2015 (212 comments)

Eavesdropping on the Hidden World

In March of 2010, programmer Eric Fry discovered a cheap digital tuner from Realtek could be modified to receive more than mere TV and FM Radio. Much more.
posted to MetaFilter by endotoxin at 1:54 PM on November 28, 2015 (39 comments)

Endless Sky

Endless Sky is a space trading and exploration game, dubbed as a spiritual successor to Escape Velocity. It's free to play, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, completely open-source (GPLv3), and available on Steam.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 8:19 AM on November 27, 2015 (37 comments)

Becoming okay with the slow pace of change

In my quest for instant gratification, I lose patience with the fact that projects, goals, and behavioral changes often take a long time and require boring, repetitive actions. Positive change can seem imperceptible in the moment.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by delight at 7:03 PM on November 24, 2015 (11 comments)

The 6 Awkward Conversations You’re Dreading, And How To Deal With Them

This time of year, many of us will make a pilgrimage to see our families. Halls will be decked, candles will be lit, and ancient stories will be told. Hopefully everything for you will be hugs, warmth, light, and reconnection with the people you love. But if you are dreading dealing with that one jerk relative or bracing yourself for an onslaught of intrusive questions and and awkward topics, here’s a guide to keeping your cool and choosing your battles when everyone around you is making it weird.
posted to MetaFilter by sciatrix at 8:07 PM on November 23, 2015 (100 comments)

“Where’s My Cut?”: On Unpaid Emotional Labor

Housework is not work. Sex work is not work. Emotional work is not work. Why? Because they don’t take effort? No, because women are supposed to provide them uncompensated, out of the goodness of our hearts.
posted to MetaFilter by sciatrix at 2:38 PM on July 15, 2015 (2113 comments)

Yes, Vogue, Coloring Books Are a Thing. A Zen Thing

I’ve never once felt moved to pick up a coloring book and go to town. Nor did I imagine that people in my social sphere were doing so. Were those Instagram-famous coloring parties a total anomaly? Or were my other friends also secretly brandishing markers in their spare time? Vogue writer Julia Felsenthal wonders if coloring books are actually a thing after reading Julie Beck's piece in The Atlantic.
posted to MetaFilter by Bella Donna at 5:54 PM on December 12, 2015 (72 comments)

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)

What do I do with collar stays?

Ok, so I now know they're called Collar Stays but what do I do with them?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jontyjago at 2:45 AM on February 1, 2008 (14 comments)

Josh Marshall Builds a Sailboat

Josh Marshall built a sailboat. Josh Marshall, the editor and proprietor of now-venerable political blog Talking Points Memo, had a fascinating post today. After his son wanted to collect driftwood, Marshall thought of making a model boat for his son. Then he asked himself why he could not build an actual boat. So he did.
posted to MetaFilter by Ironmouth at 7:15 PM on September 6, 2015 (46 comments)

Spoiler: There’s a lot of Mo’ Wax

Writing for FACT, Laurent Fintoni and John Twells have compiled a list of the fifty best trip-hop albums. (Before you freak out, realize that particularly big artists all only get one entry, and the list is confined to the 1990s.) The list is reproduced inside, with links to entry pages, artist info, and (when available) Youtube streams.
posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 12:38 PM on August 8, 2015 (93 comments)

When Microsoft's "Family Safety" is unsafe

Microsoft accounts have a feature called family accounts. And with Windows 10, Microsoft automatically emails parents a weekly activity report that includes all websites visited by the child, time spent in apps, etc. if they have a family account set up.
posted to MetaFilter by floatboth at 6:12 AM on August 25, 2015 (120 comments)

[BONK.]

"Let me begin by saying that I believe this is the greatest and most important event ever captured on film. I saw it live, but I was alone, sadly, and had no one with whom to share it. For a while, I wasn’t even sure I had seen what I thought I had seen, and I couldn’t go back to double-check. This was in 2000 — before TiVo became a verb, kids. This document is essentially prehistoric. It might as well be printed on papyrus." Michael Schur, The Greatest Moment in the History of the Triple-A All-Star Game
posted to MetaFilter by everybody had matching towels at 7:51 AM on July 15, 2015 (40 comments)

Podcast: Radiolab from WNYC: Loops

The surprising ways that loops steer... and sometimes derail... our lives.
posted to FanFare by Gin and Broadband at 2:07 PM on June 17, 2015 (2 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)

Metafilter Podcast Theme - Daft Punk version

Somehow the idea of doing an alternate podcast theme riffing on Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger got into my head a while a go, and here it is.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 11:25 AM on June 3, 2015 (10 comments)

Podcast: FACT MIXES - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.: FACT mix 492: Frank & Tony

Francis Harris and Anthony Collins air their Breakaway edits on an exquisite house session.
posted to FanFare by Going To Maine at 1:27 PM on May 10, 2015 (3 comments)

Podcast: FACT MIXES - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.: FACT mix 496: Prefuse 73, or "Themes for a 2005 SAAB (9/3 Wagon)"

A one-of-a-kind hip-hop producer steps up. Although Guillermo Scott Herren has released music under a plethora of different names in his time – including early work as Delarosa & Asora, the drone-informed group Risil, his folk-influenced Savath y Savalas project and the exceptionally titled Diamond Watch Wrists and Piano Overlord – he’s best known for his groundbreaking records as Prefuse 73.
posted to FanFare by Going To Maine at 10:17 AM on May 22, 2015 (3 comments)

Podcast: Slack Variety Pack: Episode 1 - Starter Pack

Welcome to the first episode of the Slack Variety Pack, a podcast brought to you by Slack. This is a show about work, life, and everything in-between. In this episode, we go inside a $10 million quantum computer, talk productivity with BJ Novak at an NHL game, meet up with a Mars One candidate, hear about an epic fist fight in an office, and invent Audio Emojis.
posted to FanFare by jazon at 9:17 PM on May 20, 2015

104: I've Got Wheelhouse In The Head Now

Hey hey hey, it's episode 104 of the podcast. Recorded Wednesday May 6th, Matt and Jessamyn and I yammer for nigh on two hours about a bunch of great stuff from the last month and also complain about cell phone reception.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 5:11 PM on May 6, 2015 (79 comments)

Orange Crush: NDP victory in Alberta

"I think we might have made a little bit of history tonight." Alberta, Canada's most conservative province, the home of the oil/tar sands, and most of Canada's oil and gas industry, has elected a majority NDP government. And one run by a woman, at that.
posted to MetaFilter by jrochest at 5:54 PM on May 6, 2015 (142 comments)

console.mihai(); // Thank you, Mihai

Mihai's legacy is that there are hundreds of millions of people using a product, Firefox, that Mihai contributed to, hundreds of thousands of them of them spend a significant proportion of their time in the console that was his responsibility. And there are billions of people using websites created by people directly helped by Mihai's work.
posted to MetaFilter by CrystalDave at 10:51 PM on April 27, 2015 (29 comments)

We put a chip in it!

It was just a dumb thing. Then we put a chip in it. Now it's a smart thing.
posted to MetaFilter by koeselitz at 6:41 PM on April 19, 2015 (97 comments)

All the presidents’ delightfully awkward first pitches

Photographs of America’s most powerful men throwing the ceremonial first pitch gives some indication of why they got into politics. via NPR's Tumblr
posted to MetaFilter by sacrifix at 7:38 PM on April 6, 2015 (47 comments)

How do *you* pronounce 'MeFi'?

Hi MeFites. After many years of overthinking a plate of beans, I made a thing! I'm pleased to share my PhD dissertation about MetaFilter with you all. A simple question of how we pronounce our own nickname has unfolded into many years of research. This time spent would not have been as enriching or meaningful to me and to the field of sociolinguistics without the support and enthusiasm of my fellow MeFites. I say I made a thing, but really, you made this. Thank you.
posted to MetaTalk by iamkimiam at 10:49 AM on April 3, 2015 (185 comments)

Novels with a reality hidden in ours

A friend's high-school aged daughter is looking for a book for her English class. The story has to be set in the present day but where a different reality exists and is discovered by the main character. They are thinking 'science fantastique' I think. I suppose it's something like Harry Potter or The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. Any suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Steakfrites at 6:28 AM on March 20, 2015 (61 comments)

how do you Connect and Understand Stuff you've read?

ok, this is kind of a complicated question and I'm not even sure how to ask it. But I do feel like something is Wrong about how I read. Details below.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by starcrust at 6:48 AM on March 14, 2015 (23 comments)

Adult Wednesday Addams

How Wednesday Addams Would React To Catcalling went viral a few weeks ago with its darkly-humorous, sweet-revenge take on the issue. But it's only one episode of Melissa Hunter's "Adult Wednesday Addams" webseries - and season 2 concludes today.
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 7:16 AM on March 11, 2015 (41 comments)

Hey Dad, I can't see real good- is that Bill Shakespeare over there?

This is where Norris has chosen to live while he tries to win a job in the Blue Jays' rotation: a broken down van parked under the blue fluorescent lights of a Wal-Mart in the Florida suburbs.
posted to MetaFilter by stinkfoot at 2:23 PM on March 5, 2015 (31 comments)

Butt Bat Girl

When Manga, public art and slapstick comedy collide
posted to MetaFilter by Megami at 7:09 AM on March 6, 2015 (7 comments)

Sixteen Years

After 16 years of doing a bit of everything under the sun here, I’m stepping away from the day to day of running MetaFilter and moving into the background. Never fear, I’m leaving it in the best of hands and things are looking good for the future.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:03 PM on March 4, 2015 (960 comments)

Random Game Map Maker

Dave's Mapper automatically generates tiled RPG/adventure game maps by recombining tiles submitted by artists, with a pile of customization map generation options. Have fun and be inspired, or submit your own tiles.
posted to MetaFilter by Jimbob at 7:17 PM on January 28, 2015 (14 comments)

Music Workshop - FEZ

Are you interested in making ambient, drifting, densely-layered electronic music? But don't know where to even start? This is the most thoughtful and gentle introduction I'm aware of, from a fine musician. It's a 45-minute video workshop from Rich Vreeland aka Disasterpeace, composer of the gorgeous, acclaimed Fez soundtrack. Rich composes a Fez-like track on the fly, explaining what he's doing in the process. While he uses Logic and the softsynth Massive in this workshop, his general approach and attention to sound design and synthesis will be applicable to whatever software or hardware you choose to use. (Hat tip to sparkletone for the link. Fez previously on Metafilter.)
posted to MetaFilter by naju at 12:28 PM on February 16, 2015 (36 comments)

To be honest, he was going to be hanging out that summer anyway.

If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t believe it all happened in the space of about five weeks in the summer of 1978. But it did happen. In those five weeks, Bill Murray played professional baseball and established himself as a bona fide movie star and the Grays Harbor Loggers – representing the twin cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, Washington – posted the best winning percentage in America and won the Harbor’s only professional sports championship in living memory.
posted to MetaFilter by Chrysostom at 1:03 PM on February 16, 2015 (11 comments)

Lilyhammer : The Olympics caught my attention

Just checking for interest. The 3rd season of this Netflix original drops on the 21st.
posted to FanFare by lawliet at 12:16 PM on November 15, 2014 (1 comment)

"Little things are big." ~ Yogi Berra

Jackie Robinson West Stripped of Its National Little League Title [New York Times]
An investigation revealed that the Chicago team, which captured the attention of the country last summer, had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players.

posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 11:25 AM on February 11, 2015 (117 comments)

In praise of the edit window

I just used the edit window to close a parenthetical statement I'd left open by accident, and I was just thinking about how much I have appreciated it since its introduction. Hooray for the edit window! Saving mefites everywhere from the shame of inadvertent typos! Thanks, mods, for having implemented this incredibly useful feature.
posted to MetaTalk by ocherdraco at 10:45 AM on February 2, 2015 (135 comments)

elevator.on("idle", function() { elevator.goToFloor(0); });

Elevator Saga is a game in which you write Javascript to control a bank of elevators.
posted to MetaFilter by alby at 11:27 AM on February 6, 2015 (23 comments)

101: More Elegant Website for a Civilized Web

Podcast 101 clocks in around 90min and covers all our favorite bits from January, and was recorded yesterday, Feb 2.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 11:54 AM on February 3, 2015 (30 comments)

New Feature: Add to Activity

Today we're rolling out a new feature that allows you to add a thread to Recent Activity even if you haven't commented in it.
posted to MetaTalk by pb at 1:58 PM on February 3, 2015 (161 comments)

10 Seconds of Static

Lot's of interesting things you can do with static. For the January Challenge.
posted to MeFi Music by TheNegativeInfluence at 2:58 PM on January 29, 2015 (5 comments)

Let's play two for Mr. Cub.

Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks has died at 83.
posted to MetaFilter by DirtyOldTown at 8:46 PM on January 23, 2015 (42 comments)
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