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M I N D W E B S

Mind Webs: semi-dramatized readings of classic science fiction stories by Le Guin, Ballard, Wolfe, Clarke, Dick, Bester, Bradbury, Sheckley, Lafferty, Leiber, Merril, Brunner, Russ, Davidson, Matheson, Vonnegut, deFord, Asimov, Counselman, Spinrad, Bloch, Niven, Clingerman, Harrison, Sturgeon, Aldiss, Knight, Saberhagen, Saxton, Pohl, Silverburg, Cheever, Zelazny, Farmer, Simak, Dybek, Dahl, Priest, and many others. Originally broadcast between the late 70s and early 90s by WHA (AM) of Madison, Wisconsin.
posted to MetaFilter by Iridic at 7:32 AM on May 20, 2016 (9 comments)

Have we hit peak mattress?

Need a new mattress? Come on down to Mattress Firm! Or try the one at the other end of the strip mall. And if that doesn't grab you, why not try the one at the end of the block? Maybe the one across the street from that one is more to your liking. Why are there so many mattress stores in the US?
posted to MetaFilter by DirtyOldTown at 10:59 AM on May 19, 2016 (117 comments)

The preferred term is "flotation" bed

What Ever Happened to Waterbeds?
posted to MetaFilter by Etrigan at 5:46 AM on May 19, 2016 (159 comments)

Oyasumi nasai (sleep well!, おやすみなさい!, お休みなさい!)

The history of the wafuton goes back to ancient times more than three centuries before the Common Era. Considered to be good for the health, yet convenient to roll, store, and air, the Japanese futon is rather a different beast from that more familiar convertible futon common in the West. William Brouwer is credited with the original concept and industrial design of the wooden structure, while in Japan, it is master craftsmen like Hisayoshi Nohara, Grand Champion of Futon Making, who are revered for their work. You can try one out in a ryokan.
posted to MetaFilter by infini at 12:48 PM on May 19, 2016 (36 comments)

Caramel sugar

Sugar can be caramelized without melting. It then substitutes for white sugar without otherwise changing recipes. SLSeriouseats
posted to MetaFilter by daisyace at 3:41 AM on May 17, 2016 (144 comments)

Odd and Satisfying

Oddly Satisfying Video Compilation
posted to MetaFilter by klausman at 6:18 PM on May 15, 2016 (35 comments)

Monstrous vasectomy bludgeon penis

Is there marketing potential for this game? It's difficult to say. (Sorry- a single link YouTube post.)
posted to MetaFilter by taff at 6:29 AM on May 16, 2016 (28 comments)

Hand cranked candy

A restored Victorian rolling machine for making drop candy. So that's why it's called drop candy. More machines.
posted to MetaFilter by carter at 12:47 PM on May 13, 2016 (91 comments)

"for some people, the trainwrecks are their favorite."

Dear favorites, today you are ten. Despite mathowie telling us to "Think of favorites as an internal bookmark system" we've decided you mean whatever we want you to mean. Happy birthday. [as promised]
posted to MetaTalk by jessamyn at 9:02 AM on May 10, 2016 (227 comments)

May Ten is Mad Ape Den Day!

It's May Ten, the day of Mad Ape Den: a fun way to gab on the Web (and off the Web, too, if you can). The one law of Mad Ape Den: "Say it in an abc-set of one, two, or one-and-two, or do not say it at all." You can see a vid or two of a Mad Ape Den ode (YT URL set). Mad Ape Den is not as big now as it was in the era of the Web of old, but now, on Mad Ape Den day, we can aim to not let it die. (Ere now.)
posted to MetaFilter by NMcCoy at 12:08 AM on May 10, 2016 (89 comments)

books with realistic female characters?

I am tired of novels that have an enigmatic woman at the center of the novel. Can you recommend some books to me where all of the female characters actually act like real people?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by colfax at 3:50 AM on March 30, 2014 (57 comments)

Ancient ink

Norwegian artist Esther van Hulsen draws a picture of an ancient octopus, using 95 million year old octopus ink (link to original article in Norwegian).
posted to MetaFilter by Harald74 at 11:20 PM on May 4, 2016 (13 comments)

In search of consumerism-neutral time-wasters

So, like many people, when I need a break at my desk I tend to look for something mindless on the Internet. I'm trying to get out of the habit of defaulting to fashion and beauty forums, which I like because they're low-effort, have pretty things to look at, and tend not to get me worked up about politics or whatever, but hate because I get the impulse to buy things I don't need. It's not causing a financial problem but I just don't want my time-wasters to lead to a shopping spree.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mama casserole at 7:53 AM on April 12, 2016 (27 comments)

Ostagram

Ostagram (github), uses neural networks to combine two images, styling the first (may be NSFW) as the second, with awesome and terrifying results.
posted to MetaFilter by dilaudid at 12:06 AM on April 2, 2016 (70 comments)

نَظري

Fiction v nonfiction – English literature's made-up divide
posted to MetaFilter by beerperson at 5:24 AM on March 27, 2016 (71 comments)

The Re-Readables

What book(s) can you read over and over and over again?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mymbleth at 12:53 PM on March 21, 2016 (162 comments)

Good evening, Stockholm!

After a series of national selection processes, all 43 contestants for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest are set. Two familiar faces (last year's winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, and 2013 host Petra Mede) will guide us through two semis and a Grand Final while hopefully also making sense of a new vote-counting system. Come for the camp, stay for the geopolitical intrigue.
posted to MetaFilter by zebra at 10:34 AM on March 21, 2016 (52 comments)

The next chapters in Monument Valley, or another similar game

I really, really loved playing Monument Valley. It was immersive and a delightful puzzle and visually excellent and there were no in-app purchases I didn't want. No intrusive ads or tricksy cheats or extras. I can't find a similar game to love, and I can't find current information on new chapters of MV. Help!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by witchen at 7:58 PM on March 19, 2016 (16 comments)

Many, many, manifestos.

I love manifestos of all type. Feminist manifestos. Communist manifestos. Murder manifestos. The more the merrier. Send me your most interesting manifestos.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Dressed to Kill at 10:33 AM on March 16, 2016 (59 comments)

Sim card or whatever for iPhone while travelling in US

This seems like an obvious question but the internet is being surprisingly non-informative and what information I can find seems to be several years old. I will be travelling for about 1 month. I have a totally unlocked iPhone 6s purchased in the UK. Can I walk into a store in the US when I arrive, buy a pre-paid nano sim with a data allowance, and stick it in my phone and use it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cilantro at 3:18 PM on March 16, 2016 (8 comments)

(He Talks in His Sleep)

“Oh, that doesn’t complete my collection at all! No! Oh no! Well let’s see, I have a dodo, and a rock, and a phoenix...oh dear! A pterodactyl, yes, the unicorn, the griffin, dear, oh yes, well a mermaid doesn’t count, she’s out in the pool! No... well, if she ever gets out I’m gonna mate her with the centaur! Yes! What do you think?! Certainly! Well, I don’t know. What do you think? Well, if you don’t mate them you know they’ll die off!”
The Dream World of Dion McGregor
posted to MetaFilter by KirkpatrickMac at 1:38 AM on March 16, 2016 (12 comments)

fun fantasy that's not.. bad.

Recommendations for fun fantasy with solid female leads? I've happily gone through all the wonderful recommendations in my last question (Books of friends saving the world) and finished A Discovery of Witches-- which almost destroyed my love for fun fantasy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by inevitability at 2:57 PM on March 14, 2016 (51 comments)

Tired of vinaigrettes, looking for new salad dressings

I eat lots of salads and bowls. I'm getting tired of vinaigrettes and paying for overpriced bottled dressings. I'm looking for your best salad dressing recipes. More specifics after the jump.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by slogger at 6:16 AM on March 10, 2016 (36 comments)

Ocus Puzzle

Move pieces into dark area and form rectangle.
posted to MetaFilter by Confess, Fletch at 10:18 PM on March 8, 2016 (12 comments)

8,000 vintage Afropop songs, streaming online

An amazing treasure trove of 8,000 Afropop tracks. The British Library just released this archive as part of their first online sound project within their Endangered Archives Programme (EAP). The recordings are from the state-supported Syliphone label and were released between 1958 to 1984.
posted to MetaFilter by nickyskye at 2:30 PM on March 8, 2016 (24 comments)

New Looks for Old Books

Recovering the Classics is a crowdsourced collection of original covers for 100 great works in the public domain, designed to increase interest and access to classics in e-book format.
posted to MetaFilter by Miko at 8:27 AM on March 6, 2016 (14 comments)

The Music Sounds Better With You

Back by moderately popular demand, it's the MetaFilterMusic podcast! Check out episode 2 on Soundcloud!
posted to MetaTalk by greenish at 2:29 AM on March 6, 2016 (27 comments)

Thinking Critically

What puzzles, games or new activities can I do to keep improving my critical thinking, analytical, and logical abilities? AKA "Continuing Ed" for liberal arts graduates who have a hard time with "2 + 2" (when they're intoxicated, anyway...).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by nightrecordings at 10:10 AM on February 28, 2016 (25 comments)

The invention of the shopping cart and how it changed shopping

This collection of six Saturday Evening Post from decades past depict a significant change in grocery shopping, from the time when grocers picked and weighed all items for the shopper, to the modern "self-service" stores we know today, including the now ubiquitous (to the point of invisibility) tool that lead to this change. The shopping cart (or shopping carriage, buggy or trolley, seen here in its original form) is far from glamorous, but when he invented the combination basket and carriage, Sylvan Goldman changed how people shopped: an Oklahoma Story.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 12:07 PM on March 1, 2016 (32 comments)

Kilo for kilo, it is more costly than gold.

The scent from heaven; a tale of one of the world’s most expensive commodities from its end users in the Middle East to its source in the forests of Southeast Asia. Agarwood
This sweet woody fragrance is used in some of these better known commercial perfumes.
posted to MetaFilter by adamvasco at 4:33 PM on March 1, 2016 (5 comments)

Romertopf troubleshooting

I got a Romertopf clay pot over the holidays. It seems like 80% of the time, whatever I was cooking ends up way too dry, which is the opposite of how I understood clay pot cooking to work. Making matters worse, the Romertopf FAQs are poorly translated from the original German. Needless to say, my dishes do not remain sapful. What's your clay pot cooking process? What are some tips to ensure moisture remains in whatever you're cooking?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by palindromic at 6:15 PM on March 2, 2016 (9 comments)

Need lists of thoughtful lists, please...

I'm writing about lists and would like some examples...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Tchad at 2:20 PM on February 27, 2016 (13 comments)

go

The best link on wikipedia. Better on mobile. (non-mobile link here)
posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 7:54 PM on February 28, 2016 (95 comments)

Matchstick Puzzles

Matchstick Puzzles - I've always been intrigued by these little sticks with their rounded heads. There are just so many fun things you can do with them... I started collecting matchstick puzzles a long time ago and have decided to display them all on this blog.
posted to MetaFilter by Wolfdog at 4:51 AM on February 28, 2016 (5 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)

A peek into the traveling libraries of light house keepers

In 1885, there were 15 lighthouse districts in the US, and over each served an inspector, who visits every light-station quarterly, and his duties include maintenance of all those aids to navigation in it, the discipline of its personnel and pay to each keeper. When he visits a lighthouse that has a library he takes it away and replaces it (Google books preview). Those traveling lighthouse libraries were carried in heavy-duty, dual-purpose boxes that doubled as small book cases.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 8:55 AM on February 22, 2016 (25 comments)

Prayer Nuts

Sixteenth century European Catholics with sufficiently heavy purses could upgrade their rosary beads with Prayer Nuts, virtuoso boxwood carvings of astonishing detail. You can get lost in these things, and probably the more so back in the day when, some believe, they were infused with scent, mixing the visual with the olfactory. They've been known to hit the market, latterly in the low six figures.
posted to MetaFilter by BWA at 1:52 PM on November 18, 2015 (26 comments)

The Third Coen Brother

Much like Steven Spielberg and his longtime collaboration with John Williams, it’s incredibly difficult to imagine a Coen Brothers film without the indispensable work of Carter Burwell:
posted to MetaFilter by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:02 AM on February 23, 2016 (14 comments)

Corporate Feminism and thankless emotional labour

I talked about how dismal the numbers were, and how the numbers were bad because the experience was bad, and how the numbers wouldn’t change unless the experience changed. And then, I offered a piece of hope that I didn’t at all believe in. One of my friends said, “I thought you were going to end with ‘and then everyone dies’ but you didn’t, how did you do that?” and I didn’t say, “I lied”. It felt a little like a lie, though. It would have felt even more like it had I known that a guy was using that event to pick up girls. A sobering article on one woman who gave up on corporate feminism.
posted to MetaFilter by Deathalicious at 9:46 AM on February 22, 2016 (26 comments)

Midnight Radio

A beautiful standalone comics story.
posted to MetaFilter by Kitteh at 7:27 AM on February 14, 2016 (17 comments)

Bummm Dam Bum. Bummm Da-Bum. Bummm Dam Bum. Bummmmmm Dam-bum.

William Carrà is a somewhat mysterious affiliate of Nicolas Jaar’s Other People record label who makes DJ mixes of eclectic sounds suited for late night. Some things they incorporate: a cappella covers of the theme from The Social Network, piano etudes, sad orchestral music, cool jazz, opera, and wandering instrumental rock. Here are three of them: Elegy, The Heart Has Its Reasons Which Reason Knows Nothing Of, Contemplative Prayer
posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 10:55 PM on February 15, 2016 (8 comments)

Looking for emphatic warnings against really bad ideas

I like reading extremely emphatic warnings that something is a really bad idea and you should never do it. Like how the very first line of the manual page for gets() is "Never use this function," or how male-male extension cords are "illegal, dangerous, a fire hazard, and possible [sic] immoral." Does anyone know any other examples to scratch this itch of mine with a plugged-in soldering iron?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by J.K. Seazer at 3:39 PM on February 19, 2016 (102 comments)

Website of the Day

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 (42 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)
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