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Bloggers review the It-bag of the moment: the Michael Kors Selma handbag

Michael Kors has been causing a bit of a sensation in the fashion world recently, as the popularity of the designer's handbags, and in particular, one handbag—called "the Selma"—threatens to dethrone Coach as the luxury brand to buy (some say it already has). The Guardian notes that in the Kors line of handbags, "The details are right: the gold studs on the base, a practical touch so that you can rest the bag on the floor; a printed silk lining; a phone pocket. But the most important detail is very, very simple: the magic £300 price tag." Obsessions and the internet go hand in hand, so here are some of the best reviews of Selma handbags from bloggers who want to share their knowledge with other handbag enthusiasts.
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:17 PM on July 21, 2014 (449 comments)

The cycle continues

The Elephant's Garden
posted to MetaFilter by boo_radley at 9:15 PM on July 26, 2014 (9 comments)

Pairing fiction with eras in common

So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by like_neon at 4:43 AM on July 25, 2014 (23 comments)

DIY Sexism, Subverted

Sexist 60's embellish-your-own-suggestively-posed-women notepads, subverted. David Jablow takes vintage novelty doodle pads with the outlines of nude women and gives them awesome contexts. (Original image is arguably NSFW)
posted to MetaFilter by jzed at 6:22 PM on July 15, 2014 (11 comments)

Public Domain Use Victorian Era/Victorian-esque Art?

Hear me out before you say "Just google it" -- I do plenty of google-shopping for images and generally find low-res crappy images that are not necessarily what I'm looking for. I am looking for Victorian/19th century images. They must be high resolution and they are preferably in the public domain. I plan on using them for mixed media collages -- mostly just for myself and friends/gifts and not for profit, however, I've been offered space in an art booth and I may end up using images for commercial gain. More details behind the cut.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by camylanded at 3:30 PM on July 8, 2014 (15 comments)

Where Have You Gone, Easily Recognized References?

"The Joe DiMaggio line was written right away in the beginning. And I don't know why or where it came from. It seems so strange, like it didn't belong in that song and then, I don't know, it was so interesting to us that we just kept it. So it's one of the most well-known lines that I've ever written." An analysis of Simon and Garfunkel's 1968 hit, "Mrs. Robinson".
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 9:26 PM on July 12, 2014 (69 comments)

Hell toupee

Did you ever get the feeling people are brushing you off? It could be the way you part your hair.
posted to MetaFilter by Mchelly at 6:38 AM on July 11, 2014 (73 comments)

Heart of the Amazon, City of the Forest

For 350 years Manaus has stood sentinal at the dramatic Meeting of the Waters, where the dark Rio Negro and the sandy Rio Solimões (or the Upper Amazon) meet to form the headwaters of the Amazon River.
posted to MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 7:29 PM on July 10, 2014 (10 comments)

We Deserve Better Dressed Billionaires

"You're a rich white man. You're used to being listened to. But while you're jabbering away, all anyone can see is your garbage shirt that you bought for twenty bucks and have been wearing all year, shoved nastily into your shiny off-the-rack suit. Why would you do this to your brand?" - Shirterate, a clothing consultation service for tech moguls by opinionated homosexuals.
posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk at 4:58 PM on July 10, 2014 (75 comments)

Not All Photographs Are Real

Erik Johansson creates incredible illusions through photography.
posted to MetaFilter by Deoridhe at 12:24 AM on July 11, 2014 (14 comments)

Big, Furry Asymmetrical Balls

"Bear", she cried, "I love you. Pull my head off." In 1976, the prestigeous Governor General's Literary Award went to Canada's arguably most controversial book: "Bear", by Marian Engel, describes a woman's "journey towards inner freedom and strength", via her erotic relationship with...a bear.
posted to MetaFilter by Omnomnom at 1:09 PM on July 9, 2014 (107 comments)

Good Russian and Eastern European SF/F/Horror

I really love the sort of bleak/dark horror/fantasy/science fiction from Russia and Eastern Europe. I loved the Nightwatch series, loved Solaris, loved the Metro series. What else would I love from that part of the world?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Ghostride The Whip at 7:54 PM on July 8, 2014 (15 comments)

That’s technology for you, always making an ass out of someone.

Sarah Wendall, of the romance book blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, discovers a disturbing quirk of optical character recognition used to digitize older texts: the word "arms" is converted to "anus".
posted to MetaFilter by almostmanda at 8:47 AM on July 7, 2014 (77 comments)

All the good stuff is in the first 26 pages...

What aren't you reading? By looking at the top 5 most highlighted passages via Kindle in each book, Jordan Ellenberg has figured out which books are most unread: Take the page numbers of a book's five top highlights, average them, and divide by the number of pages in the whole book. He calls the result the Hawking Index, after the much-unread Brief History of Time, though Piketty seems to have knocked Hawking off his throne (all five top highlights come in the first 26 pages, out of 700). Also, everyone finishes The Goldfinch. Previous attempts to figure out what is least finished have been conducted by Goodreads (#1: Catch-22), and by the Guardian in 2007 (which may explain why Vernon God Little is #1), which included helpful summaries. What have you not finished recently?
posted to MetaFilter by blahblahblah at 8:13 PM on July 6, 2014 (103 comments)

Mary's Gone Wild

At her "Visionary Folk Art Garden & Doll Village" in Holden Beach, North Carolina, Mary Paulsen has built a "bottle house", multiple houses for more than 6,000 dolls, and a standalone gallery to showcase the relentlessly colorful paintings she makes on discarded window glass. No surface goes unembellished.
posted to MetaFilter by GrammarMoses at 5:43 AM on July 7, 2014 (7 comments)

What an incredible smell you've discovered.

Are you in Leipzig with €10 burning a hole in your pocket? You probably shouldn't spend it on this hilariously crappy Star Wars exhibition.
posted to MetaFilter by Faint of Butt at 4:14 AM on July 7, 2014 (35 comments)

Switched-on Classics

Digital Classicists: Scholars who study the ancient Greek and Roman empires are creating a growing array of 21st-century interactive, multidimensional presentations about people, places and events from the world of antiquity. If you dig around you'll uncover some deep and meticulous work by geographers, historians, archaeologists, and art historians working in digital space.
posted to MetaFilter by GrammarMoses at 8:52 PM on July 5, 2014 (34 comments)

Pants and Trousers, Breeches and Pantaloons, Jodhpurs and Slacks, Oh My!

With the recent discovery of the world's oldest known trousers in China, it may be time to look at the history of that two legged garment invented in response to a specific need: to make travel by horseback far more comfortable.
posted to MetaFilter by julen at 9:12 AM on July 3, 2014 (15 comments)

"Maybe I’ll start a fly and broke tumblr or something."

Fat-Booty Butch Buys A Suit On A Budget.
I’m a brown dyke living in the Bronx, working 40 hours a week at an non-profit arts center. I’m finally with it enough to pay all my bills on time, if at all. I’ve got a roof over my head and some change in my savings account. I’m not complaining. It’s been worse for me but fuck, just having a job feels like a blessing sometimes. Living in this city makes it feel like I’m scraping by with every penny just to live. My play money is tight and I don’t know how to sew. I wear clothes until they’ve given up on life and I’m not ashamed. I often wonder how regular people buy new clothes all the time. Clothes in the hood and at super-low discount shops never seem to last very long. Fancy clothes cost so much, like why isn’t everyone just running around in cloth diapers? What is someone like me supposed to do when they need to look good in real life?

posted to MetaFilter by Lexica at 3:14 PM on July 3, 2014 (26 comments)

Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins

In 2010 Mark Kermode reviewed Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and described it as so similar to Harry Potter it could have been called "Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins." On the other side of the globe, Australian music video director Jeremy Dylan was inspired.
posted to MetaFilter by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 11:58 AM on July 4, 2014 (2 comments)

Eichler, Cliff May and the invention of the California Ranch Style home

The post-war boom gave rise to new concepts of modernity in domestic architecture and, of course, massive suburban development. One such concept was the California ranch-style home, pioneered by Cliff May (1909-1989). Another contemporary architect, Joseph Eichler (1900-1974), had his own vision of modernity in America's new suburbs, but both styles used similar language. At the time, these new designs for living were seen as modern and at the cutting edge of sophistication, but sophistication within reach of the average professional, middle-class family. They were designed to have a practical as well as an aesthetic value. Welcome to mid-century modern.
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:21 PM on July 4, 2014 (29 comments)

DIY Magic Shell and more

If hot weather has you in the mood for an ice cream treat, Serious Eats has you covered* with a recipe for DIY Magic Shell and five suggestions for how to use it, including faux Klondike Bars, dipped soft-serve cones, ice cream pops, and something they call a King Cone but which looks a lot more like a Sundae Cone or Drumstick to me.

*depending on how much of a messy eater you are     
posted to MetaFilter by Lexica at 3:34 PM on July 5, 2014 (16 comments)

Important Public Service Announcement

Idaho and Iowa are two different states. Here is a song to help you tell them apart.
posted to MetaFilter by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 5:20 PM on July 5, 2014 (77 comments)

Houseplants that can withstand the Eye of Sauron?

What indoor plants will thrive with the sun blazing down on them? I have gorgeous 8' tall windows and inviting wide windowsills. I want to keep lots of plants on them, but my southeastern exposure has turned most things into shriveled up husks. I know that cacti are the obvious answer, but I haaaate cacti. Does anything else love tons of light and heat?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by TwoStride at 11:47 AM on July 5, 2014 (23 comments)

Knit me a nest

"We use these nests primarily for the song birds," said Alison Hermance, WildCare's communications manager, as she gestured toward a blue knitted nest carrying baby finches and a gray and white nest full of tiny and eager chestnut-backed chickadees, their beaks wide open in anticipation of a feeding.
posted to MetaFilter by gingerbeer at 9:25 PM on July 4, 2014 (21 comments)

Deliberately wasting your time

Diehard fans of Blackadder, Bottom, The Young Ones and/or Monty Python, do you know your lines? Resting in a quiet, dusty corner of the web is a comprehensive repository of the scripts in plain text. The first Blackadder episode is hard to read, it's a solid wall of text, the next is slightly better. After that things improve.
posted to MetaFilter by valetta at 1:48 AM on July 5, 2014 (20 comments)


Imagine a world where Fezzik was played by Aaaarnold, and Buttercup turned out to be an alter ego of Monica, because that almost happened. Bonus: imagine a world where a reunion movie happened.
posted to MetaFilter by Dashy at 6:45 AM on July 5, 2014 (35 comments)

The Pimps and Prostitutes of 1970s Times Square

From 1972 to 1982, Sheldon Nadelman worked as a bartender at the “roughest bar in town”—Terminal Bar, directly across from the Port Authority. When he wasn’t pouring drinks, Nadelman was taking photographs of his patrons. He had good material: as one regular put it, “through these doors pass some of the most miserable people on Earth.”
posted to MetaFilter by josher71 at 7:14 AM on July 5, 2014 (8 comments)

Cultural Cannibal: The journalism of Gabriel García Márquez

“Would I want to read the young García Márquez’s journalism if it didn’t happen to be written by García Márquez?” I asked myself while speedwalking toward Bocars Libros in the Barracas neighborhood of Buenos Aires, and again while shelling out 150 pesos for the three-volume Obra periodística with an introduction by Jacques Gilard. Back home, reading his work, my anxiety was quickly dispelled. Gabriel García Marquez (1927–2014) is known in the English-speaking world for his lyrical, densely descriptive novels, but as a journalist he was acerbically funny, charming, and slightly bizarre. The young García Márquez devoured what surrounded him. Everything was raw material for his newspaper columns—film adaptations of Faulkner, nudism, dancing bears, the letter X, a woman he saw in an ice cream parlor who may have been the “ugliest I’ve ever seen in my life, or, on the contrary, the most disconcertingly beautiful.”
posted to MetaFilter by whyareyouatriangle at 8:26 AM on July 5, 2014 (7 comments)

The Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow is a digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin. Presented by the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia.
posted to MetaFilter by disclaimer at 8:31 AM on July 5, 2014 (4 comments)

Muskrat Love: "Every time I sing this song, I think of Henry Kissinger"

Toni Tennille informed an audience that she and the Captain performed Muskrat Love at the dinner in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (PDF) as part of the Bicentennial celebrations at the White House, much to the intrigue and/or confusion of Henry Kissinger. Though there doesn't seem to be any video of the performance, there is some photographic evidence (description of photos (PDF)). The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum tumblr has a post on the event, with a higher quality image of Captain and Tennillee in action. For better or worse, there aren't any people in muskrat-type costumes to be seen.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 11:14 AM on July 5, 2014 (31 comments)

Mine is the beige house. No, the other one. No, the one next to that.

In his new book Ciphers, German photographer Christopher Gielen (previously) reveals haunting images of our endlessly repetitive development through aerial views of American urban sprawl.
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 11:26 AM on July 5, 2014 (50 comments)

Walter Tull, on the new UK £5 coin

Walter Tull was the first ever Black officer in the British Army, and the first black officer to lead white men into battle. He was also only the second black player to compete in the top division of football, playing for the Tottenham Hotspur and Northhampton Town. An unassuming pioneer, his life has inspired a play, a documentary and a petition. As part of a series of coins on the centenary of the Great War, The Royal Mint has begun a programme of commemoration that will continue over the next five years, telling the emotive story of the journey from outbreak to armistice through a series of United Kingdom £5 coins, arranged in six-coin sets. Passed over for the Military Cross, allegedly due to the Army's institutional racism that banned "negros and other persons of colour" advancement to officer ranks, Walter Tull has his own coin at last.
posted to MetaFilter by infini at 10:53 AM on July 5, 2014 (14 comments)

Light blooming ground flower, then back away

Every year, one of the founders of Panic, makers of fantastic Mac software, ventures forth to the dueling fireworks tents in Vancouver, WA to capture the very best/worst of fireworks packaging. The 2014 offering is now available.
posted to MetaFilter by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 12:05 AM on July 4, 2014 (40 comments)

Making a life on the margins of society

After Koovagam, India's Largest Transgender Festival: "Some of the transgender women you see on the street were training to be lawyers or engineers," says Rangeela, who is one of a handful in her circle who did not drop out of school. "I hope in that in 10 years those people can go on with their careers and not be stuck into a life of prostitution."
posted to MetaFilter by Ragini at 8:01 PM on July 1, 2014 (3 comments)

The Triflet at 19 shall pay 1 Stake, and proceed to the Songster at 38

Giochi dell'Oca - A large (2,265) collection of The Game of the Goose circa 1550 to 2014. Some of them with detail e.g. Games of the Pilgrim's progress - Going to Sunday School - Tower of Babel and The New Game of Human Life.
posted to MetaFilter by unliteral at 10:12 PM on June 30, 2014 (3 comments)

Marianne North: The Flower Huntress

Where most other naturalists took samples, she used her paints to make a "unique snapshot of the world’s natural habitat more than 100 years ago." Although she didn't take up oil painting until she was nearly 40, North became a prolific painter of flora (and sometimes fauna) from around the world, often capturing not just the plant but the landscape around it.
posted to MetaFilter by pointystick at 6:39 AM on July 1, 2014 (12 comments)

and thus began my morbid fascination

The Morbid Anatomy Museum, a treasure trove of pathological and funereal curiosities, antique medical models, and anatomical art pledged to "exploring the intersections of death, beauty, and that which falls between the cracks," has opened its doors to the public in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
posted to MetaFilter by divined by radio at 5:24 AM on July 1, 2014 (18 comments)

Run Like a Girl Means I Can Also Win the Race

Previously, Hello Flo, created this hilarious video about spunky young girls at summer camp and then First Moon Party, a celebration of a young woman's first period, which she fakes with glittery red nail polish on a pad, so desperate is she to begin menstruation. And now, another feminine hygiene product gets in on the image of powerful young women who menstruate by asking what it means to say someone does something "like a girl." Yes, I kick like a girl, and that's a good thing.
posted to MetaFilter by kinetic at 3:17 AM on July 1, 2014 (36 comments)

From Shanghai to John Wayne: Fairbairn and his knives

Possibly the most loved and used fighting knife in the world, the Fairbain-Sykes Fighting Knife is a stilletto daggar designed and produced during WWII for commando troops and still used to this day. The knife was designed for a precise grip and a long thin blade that could go through a Soviet Army greatcoat to the ribs and slice, rather than tear, for faster death. The knife's history is worth a small book alone, but the two men who invented it also helped invent modern police fighting and close combat, and probably inspired Q from James Bond.
posted to MetaFilter by viggorlijah at 9:48 PM on June 30, 2014 (30 comments)

Blog of the Centre for Imperial and Global History-University of Exeter

This blog will keep you up half the night when you should be trying to sleep for an early morning meeting. The post The Secret History Behind Today’s Algeria-Germany #WorldCup Match being timely and tweeted is what brought it to my attention. But what to share? There is so much good stuff, that the rabbit hole beckons...
posted to MetaFilter by infini at 3:13 PM on June 30, 2014 (581 comments)

Still Life with Hairballs

Fat Cat Art: Artist Svetlana Petrova inserts her kitty Zarathustra into famous paintings.
posted to MetaFilter by Metroid Baby at 6:34 AM on June 25, 2014 (10 comments)

Bike helmet for the helmet averse

I want to buy a helmet for my 20 year old son who commutes to work and school via bike. He does not now own a helmet and hasn't since middle school and would not be likely to purchase one, but I'd like to give him one. What helmet would he be likely to wear?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by readery at 4:37 AM on June 25, 2014 (29 comments)

Identify Ralph McQuarrie cover art

Some Librarians are trying to identify the book this art by McQuarrie goes with.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by shortbooks at 11:52 AM on June 22, 2014 (3 comments)

Humming Along

Hummingbirds have been slow to give up their secrets, but slowly, we've learned to understand them.
Thanks to a certain resemblance to an insect, the hummingbird is known in French as “oiseau mouche” (fly bird). Its fondness for the calyxes of blossoms has inspired the Portuguese names “beija flor” (flower kisser) and “chupa flor” (flower sucker), and the related Spanish “pica flor” (flower poker). In other languages, hummingbirds are known as “Kolibri,” a word likely of Caribbean origin, or Trochilidae, their scientific name (which was provided by Carl Linnaeus and, curiously, seems to relate to a different bird — a type of kinglet called “trochilus” by the ancient Greeks). These inventive names reflect the wonder and enigma that surrounds these creatures and the peculiar abilities and proclivities that set them apart from other birds.

posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 9:35 PM on June 20, 2014 (38 comments)
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