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Monday Punday - try to figure out the pun illustrated in the cartoon. No scoring. No prizes. And no "I don't get it, tell me" button. (Hint: If you can't figure out the first three, don't torture yourself further.)
posted to MetaFilter by oneswellfoop at 12:10 AM on February 8, 2016 (41 comments)

Single-Serving Recipes

Single-Serving Recipes [via mefi projects]. Does what it says on the tin.
posted to MetaFilter by feckless fecal fear mongering at 2:02 PM on February 2, 2016 (42 comments)


"Led by The New York Academy of Medicine, the Color Our Collections event invites you to download images from library and cultural institution collections, color them, and share them on social media using the event hashtag #ColorOurCollections."
To start with, check out the natural history offerings from the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the medieval offerings from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library.
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 10:38 PM on January 30, 2016 (9 comments)

I loved Myst/Riven. What books would I love?

Way back in the day I LOVED Myst/Riven. I don't play PC games anymore. Are there any properly good books that have a similar feel/appeal that I can read to recapture that experience?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by PuppetMcSockerson at 6:55 AM on January 25, 2016 (55 comments)

YTMND is dead. Long live YADN.

You Are Dog Now is a Twitter account that matches pictures sent to it with 'doggie doppelgangers'. Since being discovered by BuzzFeed last week and forcibly made viral, YADN has matched hundreds of people with dogs, some simply by appearance (1, 2, 3), others based on expression (1, 2, 3), location (1, 2, 3) or props (1, 2, 3). And yes, some Celebrities Are Dog Now (1, 2, 3).
posted to MetaFilter by oneswellfoop at 12:30 AM on January 25, 2016 (14 comments)

Euler's Disc

Euler's Disc.
posted to MetaFilter by benito.strauss at 10:39 PM on January 24, 2016 (15 comments)

Does this mean I have to be /me/ for all eternity?

A Visit, by Bette Howland.
posted to MetaFilter by solarion at 4:32 AM on January 24, 2016 (6 comments)

I built a tree in my daughter's bedroom

Yes, he really did.
posted to MetaFilter by maudlin at 5:51 PM on January 22, 2016 (96 comments)

Book recommendations, please!

I am looking for book recommendations. Specifically, books that have gorgeous writing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by triggerfinger at 10:59 AM on January 20, 2016 (80 comments)

Her Story

Her Story is a 6-episode new-media series that looks inside the dating lives of trans & queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire & identity.
The show is co-written, co-produced, and co-starred by writer and One Billion Rising organizer Laura Zak and founder of The Trans 100 and We Happy Trans Jen Richards, and also stars Angelica Ross, founder of Trans Tech Social Enterprises. (CW: One of the side characters is hella transphobic, and there's smatterings of casual transphobia.)
posted to MetaFilter by divabat at 10:12 AM on January 19, 2016 (11 comments)

I feel like I’ve finally gotten to know Ada Lovelace

Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace - by Stephen Wolfram; a good read, even if you're generally familiar with the story of Lovelace, Babbage, and the Difference Engine.
posted to MetaFilter by Wolfdog at 5:06 AM on January 19, 2016 (13 comments)

Adults just know these things, I guess

What kinds of not-regular-but-important things for lifestyle maintenance should I, as a theoretically-responsible adult, be tracking? I'm talking about things like changing filters on air conditioners, getting dental checkups, cleaning gutters, and so forth. In theory I am an actual grown-up, but I keep getting blindsided by things I should have known about doing but utterly failed to do.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by forza at 6:04 PM on January 12, 2016 (61 comments)

“So many books, so little time.”

The Great 2016 Book Preview [The Millions]
We think it’s safe to say last year was a big year for the book world. In addition to new titles by Harper Lee, Jonathan Franzen, and Lauren Groff, we got novels by Ottessa Moshfegh, Claire Vaye Watkins, and our own Garth Risk Hallberg. At this early stage, it already seems evident this year will keep up the pace. There’s a new Elizabeth Strout book, for one, and a new Annie Proulx; new novels by Don DeLillo, Curtis Sittenfeld, Richard Russo and Yann Martel; and much-hyped debut novels by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and Callan Wink. There’s also a new book by Alexander Chee, and a new translation of Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller. The books previewed here are all fiction. A non-fiction preview will follow next week. While there’s no such thing as a list that has everything, we feel certain this preview — at 8,600 words and 93 titles — is the only 2016 book preview you’ll need.

posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 5:50 AM on January 4, 2016 (45 comments)

i want that LED dress as my wedding dress

18-year-old self-taught costume designer Angela Clayton makes incredible, highly detailed outfits based on history, fantasy, and (formerly) cosplay. Some standouts include a medieval gown with accompanying escoffin, an Elsa costume with over 100,000 hand-applied rhinestones, and a Christmas costume with LED lights. She documents her progress regularly and provides sewing tutorials for her work.
posted to MetaFilter by divabat at 4:07 AM on January 3, 2016 (33 comments)

When in doubt, I just start removing the things that annoy me.

ReFashionista: Jillian Owens takes out-dated, oversized or was-this-ever-fashionable? thrift store clothing and turns it into wearable clothing. She's been blogging since 2010 so her archives are lengthy, but she's also just started an update-a-day challenge for 2016. Want to skip the lengthy explanations and just see some before-and-after photos? Try this slideshow of her work on the Grist.
posted to MetaFilter by jacquilynne at 9:25 AM on January 2, 2016 (30 comments)

Beautiful complex mechanical puzzles, toys, and tools?

I'm looking for desk objets d'art of a particular kind - beautiful, highly complex mechanical objects. One great example would be a Curta mechanical calculator. Another would be
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dmd at 7:08 AM on December 27, 2015 (11 comments)

"Here is a fascinating game of wits for a party of any size."

Minute Mysteries (1932) by H. A. Ripley is a recent addition to Project Gutenberg: "In these accounts every fact, every clue necessary to the solution is given ... Each problem has only one possible solution. Written in less than two hundred and sixty words, these little stories can be read in a minute. Here is your chance to work on an absolute equality with the Professor; to match your wits with his and the criminal's. You know as much as the Professor does. Now you have an opportunity of proving just how good a detective you are and what poor detectives your friends are."
posted to MetaFilter by Wobbuffet at 9:54 PM on December 16, 2015 (30 comments)

Necrokitty Comic Sans

When the pet crematorium sends her poems purporting to be from her dead cat, Hannah Chutzpah responds in poetry. (And are you sure this is from her? / Only I think her scansion would be better)
posted to MetaFilter by Jeanne at 6:09 AM on December 13, 2015 (18 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)


"These days, when I see someone so heavy, I think, That’s a happy person." Raised in a sharecropper’s cabin, trapped inside half a ton of flesh, this literate, companionable young man had dreamed of seeing the world. Aside from some carnival tours and one disastrous trip to New York, he never lived his dream. But in his short life, he found something else. The story of Robert Earl Hughes.
posted to MetaFilter by BigHeartedGuy at 3:27 PM on December 11, 2015 (27 comments)

An illustrator in Dali, China

Jason Pym is a British illustrator who has been living in Dali, China for 11 years. His love for his adopted city in an idyllic part of Yunnan province is plain to see. He also makes illustrations for Penguin Books China, and labels for his wife's homemade jam, featuring cos-playing dragons. (Here's a link in Chinese with more dragon-goodness.)
posted to MetaFilter by of strange foe at 10:46 AM on December 10, 2015 (7 comments)

“We Patch Anything”: WPA Sewing Rooms

During the Depression, the Works Project Administration put American men to work on large-scale, highly-visible undertakings, like dam building and highway construction. Women, too, needed work, and some of them found it through WPA Sewing Rooms, where they earned wages for making clothing for low-income Americans.
posted to MetaFilter by MonkeyToes at 8:18 AM on December 11, 2015 (6 comments)

translated from the Italian

Teach Yourself Italian, Jhumpa Lahiri
posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 7:30 PM on December 12, 2015 (15 comments)

Minor infections in the days before anti-biotics or anti-fungals?

What happened when someone in the Middle Ages got pink eye, or someone in Elizabethan England got athlete's foot or crotch rot? Did the infections just hang around forever? Was everyone just infected with this type of stuff? (It's pretty well-known that basically everyone had lice and fleas, I believe.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by OmieWise at 8:06 AM on December 4, 2015 (35 comments)

Commonplace Books: Notebooks for Magpies

Before Pinterest and Evernote and Tumblr, there was the humble commonplace book, a space for gathering and reflecting on ideas, quotations, observations, lines from poems, and other information. "How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book" is a brief introduction to a venerable tradition of idea curation.
posted to MetaFilter by MonkeyToes at 5:06 PM on December 2, 2015 (25 comments)

Antique Molds

The real old mold gold at oldmolds.com, where old molds are sold, is the photo collection in the People section, which raises the question: why was it ever a thing to eat chocolate children in pooping stances?
posted to MetaFilter by knuckle tattoos at 9:57 AM on December 6, 2015 (15 comments)

Walatta Petros: Ethiopian nun, radical leader and lover of women

"She was a revered religious leader who led a nonviolent movement against European proto-colonialism and was the founding abbess of her own monastery, which still exists today. She led an amazing life: a woman who was born to an adoring father, lost three children in infancy, left her abusive husband, started a movement, defeated a wicked king, faced enraged hippos and lions, avoided lustful jailors, founded seven religious communities, routed male religious leaders, gathered many men and women around her, and guided her flock subject to no man, being the outright head of her community and even appointing abbots, who followed her orders. Her name is Walatta Petros (which means Daughter-of [Saint] Peter, a compound name that cannot be shortened) and she lived from 1592 to 1642." Now the story of her life is available in English in a new translation by Wendy Laura Belcher and Michael Kleiner, "The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman".
posted to MetaFilter by Athanassiel at 8:56 PM on December 6, 2015 (10 comments)

"Had we ten Hands . . ."

In 1739, an English washer-woman named Mary Collier published a long poem called "The Woman's Labour" about the difficulties faced by working women. Her poem was a response to The Thresher's Labour by Stephen Duck, which mocked the poetic conceit that agricultural workers spend a pleasant time in nature, and took a few pot shots at women along the way: "Ah! were their Hands so active as their Tongues/ How nimbly then would move the Rakes and Prongs?" Collier refutes Duck's criticisms and describes women's added labour:
posted to MetaFilter by yarntheory at 9:52 AM on December 2, 2015 (11 comments)

the youtube planner people are so #OBSESSED for some reason

Thinking about getting your life together in 2016 with planners? Not only do you have many types of planners to choose from, you can also dive into the sparkly, colourful, washi-tape-and-sticker covered world of planner decoration. Let's begin!
posted to MetaFilter by divabat at 6:45 AM on November 27, 2015 (87 comments)

Laughter may be the best medicine, but where can I buy some?

Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kestralwing at 10:51 PM on November 17, 2015 (110 comments)

'The only lesbian novel with a happy ending.'

Frank Rich discusses Todd Haynes's new adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, Carol.
posted to MetaFilter by shakespeherian at 10:49 PM on November 20, 2015 (29 comments)

would cuddle af

We Rate Dogs (SLTwitter)
posted to MetaFilter by triggerfinger at 6:30 PM on November 19, 2015 (13 comments)

Otherfoot: Only Pen and Paper Required

Otherfoot: Only Pen and Paper Required [via mefi projects] A concise ruleset for a DIY Roll-Your-Own kind of Apples-To-Apples type game.
posted to MetaFilter by Greg Nog at 11:23 AM on November 12, 2015 (19 comments)

Putting the Emo in Emoji

Arika Okrent (previously and previously and previously) is known here as MentalFloss.com's language maven, usually looking at linguistic history, like English language words that only survive as parts of idioms and a group trying to revive the Lakota language. But her latest short piece clearly deals with the Future of Language: Emojis. And how the depiction of emojis for certain emotions vary between different devices/systems, sppecifically Apple/iOS, Google/Android and Samsung's proprietary sub-system for the Galaxy S5.
posted to MetaFilter by oneswellfoop at 12:23 AM on November 10, 2015 (24 comments)

What is your most awkward moment?

On Sunday, Jenny Lawson (AKA The Bloggess) shared this embarrassing exchange on Twitter: Airport cashier: "Have a safe flight." Me: "You too!" I CAN NEVER COME HERE AGAIN. Very quickly, Lawson’s followers were tweeting their own embarrassing exchanges at her, and she began to retweet them en masse. The result was a stream of cringingly awkward hilarity.
posted to MetaFilter by Four-Eyed Girl at 2:17 PM on November 4, 2015 (413 comments)

The Monster Project

With decreasing emphasis on creative arts in schools, The Monster Project is a collaborative project between elementary school kids and skilled artists from around the world, where kids draw monsters from their own imagination, and the professional artists take their own spin on it. The goal, according to the projects founders, is "to help children recognize the power of their own imaginations and to encourage them to pursue their creative potential."
posted to MetaFilter by Karaage at 10:20 AM on November 6, 2015 (31 comments)

The World Through My Eyes

Native American artist George Redhawk creates eerily beautiful gifs even though he's legally blind. With help from computer software, the designer utilizes the art of gif-making to show others how he sees the world as a man who suddenly lost his sight.
posted to MetaFilter by Pyrogenesis at 1:36 AM on November 6, 2015 (11 comments)

"For 438 days, he lived on the edge of sanity."

Lost at sea: the man who vanished for 14 months by Jonathan Franklin. Salvador Alvarenga is a fisherman who fishes off the Pacific coast of Mexico. In November 2012 his boat was carried out into the Pacific by a storm. He survived until he drifted ashore in the Marshall Islands, over ten thousand kilometers from where he'd left shore.
posted to MetaFilter by Kattullus at 2:21 PM on November 7, 2015 (14 comments)

"When cabbage and peas were often our best meal"

In late October 1716 Jacob Arend, a journeyman cabinetmaker, was 28 years old and at a crossroads. He and his fellow journeyman, Johannes Witthalm, had recently finished work on a writing cabinet.... The writing cabinet was a masterpiece but Jacob felt the need to write a letter and conceal it in the cabinet. He made sure it would not be easily found and he was very successful in this endeavor. The letter was not found until December 1967 and it wasn’t until 2014 that the letter was translated and studied.
posted to MetaFilter by bonobothegreat at 5:03 PM on November 5, 2015 (45 comments)

The owls are what they seem

If you happen to be lucky enough to find yourself in a room with four owls, here is how to blow. their. minds.
posted to MetaFilter by mudpuppie at 2:54 PM on November 4, 2015 (45 comments)

Discover something new

"It isn’t easy to discover new podcasts. There are just SO many out there. Sometimes the best approach is to simply turn to a friend and say, 'Hey, what are you listening to these days?'" So, NPR has created earbud.fm, a "friendly guide to great podcasts."
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 4:13 AM on November 3, 2015 (82 comments)

Terms & Conditions WILL Apply

Robert Sikoryak is turning the iTunes terms and conditions text into a beautiful graphic novel, a document full of mind-bending legalese that everyone agrees to without comprehension. A new page appears each day, in which our intrepid hero Steve Jobs dramatically imparts the otherwise soul-destroying passages in various scenes, rendered in the style of different cartoonists.
posted to MetaFilter by NordyneDefenceDynamics at 3:04 AM on November 3, 2015 (25 comments)

"Do you realize what the conditions are out there?"

On November 10, 1975, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank off Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior. In the intervening years, weather researchers have compiled and simulated the data of the weather that led to the sinking. In 2010, Gordon Lightfoot revised the lyrics to his famous song about the sinking, based on claims that a "rogue wave" was enough to cause the Fitzgerald to sink.
posted to MetaFilter by mandolin conspiracy at 8:56 PM on November 2, 2015 (44 comments)


Everyone knows that “Wuthering Heights”, Kate Bush’s debut single of 1978, was inspired by Emily Brontë’s gothic tale of unfulfilled passion and madness on the moors. But how many people know how one boy’s relationship with his father, a disciple of Freud who fled Nazi-occupied Austria to pursue his studies on the orgasm in America, came to inspire another, similarly cherished piece of pop-culture history? The story behind Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting video from Dazed [Article is SFW, Dazed website is NSFW]
posted to MetaFilter by chavenet at 1:57 AM on November 2, 2015 (51 comments)

Good regional cooking methods?

After years and years of not getting the pasta right, everyone in my circle of friends and beyond seems to know that you need to finish the pasta in the sauce, including some of the cooking water. It's such a vast improvement. Do you know similar simple "tricks" or methods from other regional cuisines? I remember reading this thread about Japanese and Korean cooking with great interest, but I'm curious about other cooking styles across the World as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mumimor at 7:27 AM on October 31, 2015 (21 comments)

And now it is time to read the book.

Many have heard of Brian Eno and David Byrne's album "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts," but perhaps fewer have read the Book by Amos Tutuola, or its companion book "The Palm Wine Drinkard," described as "Aside from the transmogrified strangeness of folk and fairy tales ... unlike almost anything else in print."
posted to MetaFilter by boilermonster at 11:43 PM on October 30, 2015 (13 comments)
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