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Scandals Of Classic Hollywood

The Gloria Swanson Saga: Part One
Gloria Swanson wasn’t here to make friends. She wasn’t “just like us.” She didn’t take out the garbage or “wear cotton” or go to the bathroom. Lady had a gold-plated bathtub. She married a Marquis. She was 4’11,” wore a 2 ½ in shoes, and had a waist approximately the size of my neck. She looked most beautiful when frowning. And for a period in the 1920s, she was the biggest star in the world. Swanson wasn’t evil, and she probably wasn’t even a bitch, but she just knew how to run that game. She was of a different set of stars — a different breed than Garbo, Dietrich, and other classic idols — that truly lived like demi-gods. And when Hollywood began to change the way it made and distributed films in the late ‘20s, she was one of dozens destined to remain a relic of an earlier time.

posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 7:38 PM on June 29, 2015 (43 comments)

What is Google Now great for? How can I use it best?

I've found that using Google Now can be waaaaay more efficient than typing things by hand: "OK Google, call restaurant." is much faster than searching for restaurantand then clicking on the linked number. However, I haven't any sense of the range of commands and integrations it supports. What are some of the best things for which to use Google Now? What should I install to get more out of it? How can I best turn my phone into the Star Trek computer?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 8:18 PM on June 28, 2015 (15 comments)

"Why did I write so much about this shit. Who cares. Enjoy!"

Giant 800-track alt/indie-focused 90's playlist in chronological order "This is a behemoth of a playlist I put together, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on the alt/indie/college side of the 90's experience. It's 800+ tracks, about 55 hours, and features plenty of songs that tend to get overlooked in the "remember these 90's hits?" pieces that pop up from time to time. Not definitive by any means, and extremely subjective, but it's a decent chunk of curated history in one convenient place. Also it's a fully chronological playlist, on a week-by-week level. So a track released on May 7, 1994 will come before a track released on May 14, 1994. Time and research went into this. Think of it as the Boyhood of 90's playlists!" (From Mefi's own naju, via MetaFilter Projects.)
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:38 PM on June 28, 2015 (94 comments)

“A very difficult time, you say. A very very difficult time.”

The Detainee’s Tale by Ali Smith Over the last few weeks, writer Ali Smith has taken part in the Refugee Tales project, a group of volunteers who befriend and support immigration detainees. This is her response:
So: the first thing you remember knowing is that there isn’t any more school. Your mother dies when you are three, you don’t remember. You never see your father, so you can’t remember him. You know, from being told, that your father’s family fought with your mother’s family; his were Hausa, hers were Christian. So you get given by your father’s family to a man in the village and for a short while there’s school under the great big tree, where you sit in the shade on the ground and the teacher sits on a seat and you get taught letters and reading. Then the school has to have money so the man you’ve been given to takes you to the farm. You are six years old. There is definitely no school on the farm.
Story contains descriptions of trauma/distress.
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 5:27 AM on June 28, 2015 (4 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 (1253 comments)

I want my house to be alive with the sound of music

How can I get music from my computer to play all over my house?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by NoraCharles at 6:33 AM on June 26, 2015 (12 comments)

Just another day at work

Svetlana Kapanina does aerobatics (Wikipedia).
posted to MetaFilter by elgilito at 5:46 AM on June 22, 2015 (35 comments)

The boy who could see England

The wetsuitman. Last winter two bodies were found in Norway and the Netherlands. They were wearing identical wetsuits. The police in three countries were involved in the case, but never managed to identify them. This is the story of who they were.
posted to MetaFilter by elgilito at 4:49 AM on June 16, 2015 (31 comments)

Dreams of Tipu Sultan

One of the most intriguing items in the British Library Persian manuscripts collection is a small unexceptional looking volume which contains a personal record, written in his own hand, of 37 dreams of Tipu Sultan, Sultan of Mysore (r. 1782-1799). [Complete translation.]
A figure of continuing interest, Tipu Sultan's depiction in a 2014 parade float was the subject of a minor controversy, revisited expansively this year in a TV news report. A video history lesson for children offers a brief portrait of the ruler, sometimes remembered for his use of rockets against the British and his anti-British mechanical pipe organ (examined carefully here, but here used to play two tunes, including "Rule, Britannia!").
posted to MetaFilter by Monsieur Caution at 12:20 AM on June 14, 2015 (15 comments)

you little farts

Deer using dog door (SLYT)
posted to MetaFilter by griphus at 7:57 AM on June 12, 2015 (43 comments)


Do Androids Dream Of Cooking? The following recipes are sampled from a trained neural net. Happy cooking!
posted to MetaFilter by The Card Cheat at 3:59 PM on June 12, 2015 (62 comments)


The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy is a fun video from this Finnish-French outfit that evokes angsty 80s movie mandancing around a passenger jet. Here's some more of the The Dø
posted to MetaFilter by JauntyFedora at 2:45 AM on June 7, 2015 (8 comments)


The Taman Shud case has been one of the world's great unsolved mysteries. Is an amateur enthusiast now on the verge of finally cracking the case?
posted to MetaFilter by Chrysostom at 5:31 AM on June 5, 2015 (53 comments)

What was this cool website effect?

A few months ago, I was reading some long-form news article (that I probably found here) and I really liked the mechanics of how the site was displayed as you read it. Unfortunately, I have no idea where the site was or even what the story was about. Hopefully, y'all can help. Description and specific questions inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Weeping_angel at 2:00 AM on June 4, 2015 (6 comments)

Abstract turn-based iOS games for frustrated paws?

Fill the hole in my brain left by Two Dots.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Mister Moofoo at 10:04 PM on June 3, 2015 (13 comments)

I .. did not believe there are structures .. that we are not aware of

"In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist." While the article at Sciencedaily.com may be a bit breathlessly excited about it, even the more somber source article in Nature agrees that this "may call for a reassessment of basic assumptions in neuroimmunology"
posted to MetaFilter by rmd1023 at 5:54 PM on June 2, 2015 (95 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 (31 comments)

Mysteries without Murder

I'm looking for great mystery novels and stories, but I'm more into puzzles than crime and I'm looking for something.. unconventional. Solving perplexing conundrums, untangling the illogical or bizarrifying the seemingly mundane-- people who find the hidden meanings and patterns behind ordinary or extraordinary chaos. Forays into the surreal, the meta, or even slightly supernatural are welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Erasmouse at 11:16 AM on May 30, 2015 (31 comments)


Help me be a grown up, part 342342: What are the solutions that have made a household chore significantly more convenient or less annoying for you?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by peachfuzz at 10:34 AM on May 27, 2015 (67 comments)

"The map began as just a doodle."

In the summer of 1963 Jerry Gretzinger began drawing a map of an imaginary city. You can now use Jerry's Map to zoom in on any of the over 3,200 eight by ten inch panels of the original paper map, executed in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print. This short film by Greg Whitmore takes a fascinating look at the project and the artist's process, which "is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions." [via]
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 5:09 PM on May 26, 2015 (2 comments)

What are some works of SFF that use extraordinarily beautiful language?

What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 9:08 PM on May 24, 2015 (32 comments)

I was quoting ROMANCE

I would like to bring the mods' attention to a conspiracy that appears to have been operating for a number of years. This is not about me, specifically, but I think it's time that we, as a community, address how it has been affecting me.
posted to MetaTalk by Greg Nog at 2:53 PM on May 23, 2015 (284 comments)

MeFi Cartoon List

There's been a lot of great cartoons on TV and the web lately. In the recent the Simpsons couch gag post (the one about Rick and Morty), signal made a list of favorite current cartoons that MeFites regard as great, and we've been kind of adding to it.
posted to MetaTalk by JHarris at 2:23 AM on May 18, 2015 (78 comments)

Any MeFites planning to do the Jupiter Challenge?

The Jupiter Challenge is "a project encouraging writers to go back to the worlds and characters they created in their childhood or early teenage years and use them to inspire new work." It's happening between June 1st and August 1st this year. Is anyone else here planning to take part?
posted to MetaTalk by daisyk at 12:29 PM on May 17, 2015 (44 comments)

We received our education / In the cities of the nation, me and Paul

Paul who? Why, Paul English, that's who. You've never heard of Paul English? You'd get to know him real fast and real well if you'd ever tried to do Willie and/or any member of that traveling Family wrong.
posted to MetaFilter by dancestoblue at 2:56 AM on May 16, 2015 (4 comments)

Helen Zaltzman milks the udders of language

The Allusionist is a language podcast with a etymological focus by podcaster and linguist Helen Zaltzman. The episodes are about fifteen minutes long and the ones so far have focused on political terms, spaces between words, crosswords, fake dictionary entries, museum display text, latin, curse words [explicit], the term viral, bras, but perhaps it's best to start with the first episode, where Zaltzman interviews her brother Andy on the subject of puns. The Extra Allusionism blog is also worth reading.
posted to MetaFilter by Kattullus at 3:31 AM on May 16, 2015 (13 comments)

The School of English: a story by Hilary Mantel

'Beneath those houses,' the butler said, 'you should see what goes on. No one suspects the half of it. The whole earth is dug out. Spaciousness beneath. The panic room is seven times the size of this one. The whole of London can fall down around them and yet their freezer is fully stocked. All showers are multi-jet steam cabinets, plus the kitchen has coffee machine built in, ice machine, temperature-controlled cabinet for wine storage, sous vide machine with vacuum sealer, and an air filtration system that is suitable for allergy sufferers.' [TW: rape]
posted to MetaFilter by smcg at 8:30 AM on May 9, 2015 (9 comments)

*Stares unblinkingly*

I just realized that I really enjoy stories -- both fiction and nonfiction, and across all media and genres (movies, books, journalism, etc) -- about or featuring extremely focused people. Whether dedicated, pared-down, driven, or even obsessive, sympathetic or sinister, they fascinate me. (Examples inside.) I'd love recommendations for stories, articles, and other materials about people like this:
posted to Ask MetaFilter by deathmarch to epistemic closure at 12:27 PM on May 12, 2015 (49 comments)

Friends! Countrypeople! Lend me your Pets.

They say that cats rule the internet - is there proof that they rule Metafilter? Mefites, show us your pets!
posted to MetaTalk by Deoridhe at 7:18 PM on May 14, 2015 (222 comments)

Henry Pants

This is a song that I sing to my cat. Because he has a lot on his plate and a short attention span besides, this song is less than a minute long. It features autoharp, glockenspiel, and the "Min-O-Matic" rhythm box.
posted to MeFi Music by Karlos the Jackal at 12:06 AM on November 12, 2008 (8 comments)

J' te 'L'Dis Quand Meme

Watch French singer Patrick Bruel realize just how big his song J' te 'L'Dis Quand Meme had become, in a concert from the 90s.
posted to MetaFilter by Harald74 at 12:49 AM on May 12, 2015 (26 comments)

(Not even a single piece was left!)

Would you like to watch two cats eat twenty fish in thirty minutes? Okay.
posted to MetaFilter by moonmilk at 8:55 PM on May 9, 2015 (36 comments)

Occult Mystery

I've recently picked up The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammet. It blends a fairly standard hard boiled mystery novel plot with elements of the occult. I think this is something I'd like to read more of, although the occult aspect is most important, and the mystery can be of any sort (hardboiled or no). What are some other works that have an investigator taking on mysteries with occult elements (either real or imagined)?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by codacorolla at 1:42 PM on May 8, 2015 (46 comments)

So austere, so sexy

Heartbreak, grief, the crushing reality of unrealized dreams, life's joyous moments, and coming to terms with it all. Just a Honeybucket, trying to get by: The Adventures of Honeybucket.
posted to MetaFilter by Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra at 7:30 PM on May 8, 2015 (5 comments)

Does this fragrance exist in anything other than the actual plant?

Caffre (Kaffir)-lime blossoms smell like sunshine. Please help me find it in a bottle.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ohcanireally at 1:14 PM on May 5, 2015 (16 comments)

Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy Month, 2015

Every April for the past several years, Fantasy Cafe has published a series of guest posts for Women in Science Fiction & Fantasy Month. This year, the article that generated the most discussion was "'I am ... ?': Representation of Mature Women in Fantasy" by Mieneke from A Fantastical Librarian, who asked, "So where are the older women in fantasy? Mature women who are the hero of their own story?" The many other guest posts this year offered an interesting range of questions, observations, and reflections--often by well-known names in the field.
posted to MetaFilter by Monsieur Caution at 4:24 PM on May 3, 2015 (22 comments)

Best Science Fiction of the last year

I've gotten out of the loop on recent Science Fiction writing. What are the best science fiction short stories and novels published within the last year?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Artw at 12:21 AM on January 25, 2015 (14 comments)

Polymorphic sentient rocks! They're here to hollow out the Earth!

Is your love for jewels hampered by their inability to take on humanoid forms? Do you wish Adventure Time had been (a little) more grounded in the real world? Or are you simply one of those people who constantly have boring songs stuck in your head, and you'd like a little more colorful variety in your mental music videos? Perhaps you should watch STEVEN UNIVERSE!
posted to MetaFilter by jsnlxndrlv at 3:24 PM on May 4, 2015 (89 comments)

2015 Hugo Nominees Announced

The 2015 Hugo Nominees have been announced. Notably, authors from Brad R. Torgensen's "Sad Puppies" slate have successfully secured all of the nominations for both the Novella and Novellette categories, a result which is bound to cause significant discussion.
posted to MetaFilter by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 12:48 PM on April 4, 2015 (2489 comments)

"Are you going to finish that?"

Pictures of Pets Looking at Food
posted to MetaFilter by Doktor Zed at 5:55 PM on May 2, 2015 (34 comments)

Spoiler: they sleep a lot

The news is full of awful things right now, so turn it off and watch this livestream of day-old kittens and their mother. These little guys are being fostered by the people at tinykittens.com, where you will never run out of squee.
posted to MetaFilter by desjardins at 5:05 PM on April 28, 2015 (79 comments)

... statistically similar terms like “elderly people remain frisky”

The Words the Media Industry Prefers MeFi's own Paul Ford ( previously, a few times )writes another article about the internet and media and data and meaning.
posted to MetaFilter by DigDoug at 5:01 AM on April 28, 2015 (13 comments)

Don't Put Your Dry Ice In The Thermos, Mrs Worthington

While you were out, your childminders have been entertaining your offspring with dry ice experiments. You're that sort of parent, with those sorts of friends. On your return, you discover that this has gone down very well with junior, and that there's some solid CO2 left over. What could be better than to continue the science fun in the morning? All you have to do is keep the stuff cool overnight. Simple enough? Perhaps not. (Previously)
posted to MetaFilter by Devonian at 2:11 PM on April 26, 2015 (65 comments)

Do the hokey pokie

When you're sitting on the couch in your snuggie, do you ever wish you could be having sex? When you're having sex, do you ever wish you could be wearing your snuggie? Now you can with the Pokie! Comes with the exclusive Pokie Sutra.
posted to MetaFilter by jeather at 12:54 PM on April 26, 2015 (72 comments)

The eeriness of the English countryside

Robert Macfarlane, in The Guardian: In music, literature, art, film and photography, as well as in new and hybrid forms and media, the English eerie is on the rise. A loose but substantial body of work is emerging that explores the English landscape in terms of its anomalies rather than its continuities, that is sceptical of comfortable notions of “dwelling” and “belonging”, and of the packagings of the past as “heritage”, and that locates itself within a spectred rather than a sceptred isle. Such concerns are not new, but there is a distinctive intensity and variety to their contemporary address. This eerie counter-culture – this occulture – is drawing in experimental film-makers, folk singers, folklorists, academics, avant-garde antiquaries, landscape historians, utopians, collectives, mainstreamers and Arch-Droods alike, in a magnificent mash-up of hauntology, geological sentience and political activism. The hedgerows, fields, ruins, hills and saltings of England have been set seething.
posted to MetaFilter by Wordshore at 4:07 PM on April 26, 2015 (57 comments)
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