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Twisted and weird, disturbing but not gory

If I like(d) The Babadook, Confessions, Under the Skin, Gone Girl, and Welcome to Night Vale, what should I read/watch/listen to next?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Flannery Culp at 5:08 AM on December 21, 2014 (19 comments)

I'm looking for a solid science fiction novel...

I'm looking for a solid science fiction novel to enjoy and then send along to a friend whom I owe a book. Recommendations will be much appreciated; a few details are provided below the fold.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mr. digits at 9:44 AM on December 20, 2014 (32 comments)

"I made it so she wanted to sleep with me, which was totally a lie..."

She came from Greece she had a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at Saint Martin's College, that's where I caught her eye.
She told me that her Dad was loaded
I said in that case I'll have a rum and coke-cola.
She said fine, and in thirty seconds time she said,
I want to live like common people I want to do whatever common people do,
I want to sleep with common people I want to sleep with common people like you.
Well what else could I do – I said I'll see what I can do.
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 11:50 AM on December 13, 2014 (53 comments)

"East bound and down, loaded up and truckin'..."

Have you ever wanted to quit your job and head out on the open road? Perhaps long distance trucking might suit you? Yes? No? No worries. We can go on a trip right here and see what the life of a long distance trucker is really like. Being an over-the-road driver has the reputation of being tough and hazardous. Why do they do it? Schneider National 11 Western Regional. Cincinnati, OH to Toledo, OH. Jeffersonville, IN to East Chicago, IN. What truck driving is all about. A Truckers View. An Office With a View. The long haul - OTR truck driving. This trip will be North American-centric, because it's what I'm familiar with. So with that proviso in mind, let's ride. We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
posted to MetaFilter by cwest at 5:00 AM on December 13, 2014 (42 comments)

Didn't we just do this for 2013?

It's turned December, we can no longer pretend 2014 isn't almost over and of course that means it's time for NPR's best books of 2014, which you can filter according to taste. Into science fiction & fantasy or rather realistic fiction? Wanting a long or a book or perhaps just a short, seriously great book about sex? NPR has got you covered.
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 12:52 AM on December 10, 2014 (31 comments)

Still Combining Numbers On A Grid To Get Bigger Numbers, But Different

Get 10 is a new browser game from veewo, creators of 1024.
posted to MetaFilter by Rinku at 12:12 AM on December 9, 2014 (31 comments)

America's Worst College... Or Is It?

Jon Ronson (previously) visits Shimer College, recently named by the Washington Monthly's Ben Miller, to the chagrin of students, faculty, and even Miller himself, as the worst college in America (previously).
posted to MetaFilter by Cash4Lead at 6:11 AM on December 7, 2014 (74 comments)

"I cannot even remember a day when I didn't want to be Peter Pan."

"One day early in 1954, Mary Martin and her husband, Richard Halliday, were driving on the Merritt Parkway, near their home in Norwalk, Connecticut. On the car radio came Frank Sinatra’s new hit, “Young at Heart.” It was perfect! That is, the song had the exact sentiment and feel they wanted for the pet project they’d long been planning, a musical version of J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play Peter Pan (original subtitle: “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”). Right on the spot, they decided they’d hire whoever had written the song to compose the score for their production."
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:10 AM on December 7, 2014 (10 comments)

What's the fancier version of this family recipe?

My grandmother took a microwave cooking class shortly after getting her first one many years ago and this was one of the dishes she learned. It's surprisingly delicious for being so humble and easy to make... is there a fancier dish that it is based on? Recipe inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by annekate at 6:14 PM on December 5, 2014 (11 comments)

The true history of the Paisley design

How Ambi became Paisley: "It began as a teardrop in Babylon. Where the sunlight came from Astarte, shameless goddess of the fecund feminine. The boteh. Stylized rendition of the date palm shoot, tree of life, fertility symbol. It danced through Celtic art, until the heavy feet of Roman legionaries tramped over the Alps. Then it fled the wrath of Mars and Jupiter, dove underground as Empire rose ." From Shailja Patel's Migritude. Here's a short film about the Migritude project (book on Amazon).
posted to MetaFilter by dhruva at 1:02 PM on December 6, 2014 (6 comments)

The Fall of The New Republic?

Today, The New Republic's editor-in-chief Franklin Foer and literary editor (and thirty-year veteran of the magazine) Leon Wieseltier both resigned in a shake-up that also includes moving the magazine to New York from Washington and reducing its number of print issues from 20 to 10 per year. Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker reports that "the top editors are gone & mass resignations are imminent." The impetus for the resignations, according to Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine, is apparently that Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder who purchased the magazine in 2012 at age 28, and Guy Vidra, its new CEO, "are afflicted with the belief that they can copy the formula that transformed the Huffington Post and BuzzFeed into economic successes, which is probably wrong, and that this formula can be applied to The New Republic, which is certainly wrong."
posted to MetaFilter by sallybrown at 4:12 PM on December 4, 2014 (132 comments)

Rules for new accounts for existing users?

A few months ago I got into an regrettably poor discussion with another user in mefi mail. During the course of that discussion it became clear the user was an older user with a new account. I asked why they were using a new account and the answer was essentially: "because I want too". This seemed very different from the still current FAQ answer about new accounts which says that the only legitimate reason to change your username was a "Grave or life threatening reason".
posted to MetaTalk by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 1:36 PM on December 4, 2014 (180 comments)

Tjipetir mystery

Why are rubber-like blocks washing up on beaches? For the past few years, 100-year-old rubber-like blocks from Indonesia have been mysteriously washing up on beaches in the UK and northern Europe. The Titanic has been suggested as one of the possible sources - but now a beachcomber says she may have solved the puzzle of the Tjipetir blocks.
posted to MetaFilter by Long Way To Go at 9:13 PM on December 1, 2014 (30 comments)

Asian Art - Sale Record

A large, Yongle-Ming period Buddhist embroidery sold at auction this week for $45 million - the highest price ever paid for a piece of Asian art. The 11ft x 7ft (335cm x 213cm) silk & gold thread thangka from the early 15th century depicts "Raktayamari, a meditational deity in Mahayana Buddhism, in an embrace with his consort, Vajravetali." ~~~ Full screen hi-res zoom frame /// Short overview video /// NYTimes /// Note the 'Lot Notes' and 'Features' tabs in the main Christie's link (where there are overview/context essays too).
posted to MetaFilter by peacay at 6:13 PM on November 29, 2014 (21 comments)

Sleepless in Shanghai

Shanghai Tango - Whimsical illustrations.
posted to MetaFilter by unliteral at 7:25 PM on November 25, 2014 (8 comments)

AKA "American Regional Food Stereotypes Are Entirely Accurate" -NY Times

After causing some serious angst among the good people of Minnesota (cf. the cri de coeur of ex-Gopher and Mefi's own Linda Holmes) with its own unique Thanksgiving recipe suggestions for each of the 50 nifty United States (previously), the agents provocatuer of the New York Times are back at it again, this time leaning on the Google data team to find out which unusual regional recipes really are the favorites of each state: Behold, the Snickers Salad Belt.
posted to MetaFilter by Diablevert at 12:19 PM on November 25, 2014 (244 comments)

Approaching shadow

With a knife in his hand, a pig butcher said he would chop me. He wanted his spirit back.

Fan Ho's black and white street photography of 1950s Hong Kong
posted to MetaFilter by KirkpatrickMac at 5:37 AM on November 26, 2014 (19 comments)

Tiny buildings. Make me happy.

Miniature buildings, beloved by many but collected by few. (SLNYT) Whatever your view of their intrinsic value (or lack thereof), it’s hard not to have an emotional reaction when confronted with the 1,200 or so small buildings on display here: the little churches with their soaring steeples, the quaint storefronts, the homespun bowling alleys, Art Deco theaters, Ferris wheels and farmhouses, all of them handmade and many dating to the late 19th century.
posted to MetaFilter by carmicha at 8:53 AM on November 22, 2014 (10 comments)

Don’t you think you should plan such an important event?

Escape from Jonestown: Julia Scheeres describes the lives of people in the last days of the infamous compound.
They’d only told him the day before that he was leaving for South America. His head was still spinning with the quickness of it all. He was glad to get away from the never-ending church meetings and rules. But mostly he was excited about seeing his father. Jim Bogue left for Guyana two years earlier, and although he’d called home using the mission’s ham radio, the conversations were rushed and marred by static. His father sounded proud of all the pioneers had accomplished at the mission post, and Tommy was eager to see it for himself.
At Port Kaituma, Pastor Jim Jones finally emerged from the wheelhouse, wearing the dark-lensed, gold-framed sunglasses that rarely left his face. He welcomed them to the village—which seemed to consist of little more than stalls selling produce and used clothing—as if he owned it. Tommy listened attentively to Pastor Jones, who was only there for a short visit. Guyana was a fresh start for him and he wanted to make his father proud.

posted to MetaFilter by frimble at 8:00 AM on November 18, 2014 (57 comments)

We are dreamers, sisters, fighters.

"When I began thinking about my own transition in 2008, I worried what people would think of me, and how they would see me," photographer Rhys Harper recently explained of being transgender and photographing trans subjects. "As a photographer ... I wanted to photograph people in a way that challenged the assumptions people make about transgender people, and gender non-conforming people." Cosmopolitan (!) showcases 14 photos from the show. [Trans 101 from GLAAD; Trans 101 from T-VOX]
posted to MetaFilter by feckless fecal fear mongering at 8:12 AM on November 18, 2014 (13 comments)

All yellow – Corn with corn. Moreover, he has to eat with chopsticks.

Revenge obento. From IroMegane (via flex).
posted to MetaFilter by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:25 PM on November 15, 2014 (33 comments)

below the belt (with Susan Schorn)

Susan Schorn - How to Kick a Guy in the Balls: An Illustrated Guide
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 3:20 PM on November 12, 2014 (112 comments)

"how to" videos by Dave Hax

Dave Hax demonstrates how to draw a (nearly) perfect circle freehand
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 3:00 PM on November 11, 2014 (49 comments)

Initial Offering

Your wrought iron gate lacks that identifying touch, your wax seal seems a little anonymous, and your handkerchief might as well belong to anyone: you definitely need a monogram. Perhaps one of these 1200 gorgeous public domain examples drafted by A. A. Turbayne, famed Art Nouveau designer, will do the trick.
posted to MetaFilter by Iridic at 1:57 PM on November 10, 2014 (23 comments)

These carpets are magic

Lisa Nilsson's new paper quilling project is called Tapis.
posted to MetaFilter by jacquilynne at 7:27 PM on November 10, 2014 (6 comments)

Written with nightbird quills and ink-of-dedication

I try to do two things with my style. The first is to pay attention to how the words sound together ... The other thing is to juxtapose odd images.
Sometimes ornate, sometimes economical, and always striking, Yoon Ha Lee's short fiction combines motifs from fantasy and science fiction with remarkable fruitfulness: "There are soldiers and scientists, space travel and dragons, leather-bound books, locked doors, and genocidal rampages. Each tale strains at the edges of possibility. No two of Lee's stories are alike, except for a similar pulse powering each word, each juxtaposition, each startling turn of events." Much of Lee's output is available online, including dozens of flash fiction fairy tales and two works of interactive fiction.
posted to MetaFilter by Monsieur Caution at 2:39 AM on November 9, 2014 (13 comments)

Gaming without the grind?

I've got a long-running itch to play video games. They're insufficiently like work (relative to my other hobbies) that they're an appealing way to decompress, and I can do them when it's cold/wet/dark... but I am absolutely not motivated by the grind. Help me find something that will absolutely not require collecting all/some/the last/the only McGuffin(s).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by TheNewWazoo at 3:49 PM on November 8, 2014 (25 comments)

It's a little bit Glitch, a little bit Minecraft, a lot wonderful

Manyland is a massively multiplayer 2D sandbox HTML5 ungame where players collaboratively build the universe one 19*19 pixel block at a time. Draw (and script!) your own art assets, or just wander around enjoying the sprawling technicolor melange. [via mefi projects]
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 6:14 PM on November 3, 2014 (22 comments)

What are your best kitchen organization hacks?

What are your best hacks for repurposing items or using them in an unusual way to help organize your kitchen?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by reenum at 3:10 PM on November 2, 2014 (51 comments)

"What do you do when you think you have a murderer in the family?"

My Grandma the Poisoner. And now, once again, I feel like I’m supposed to care. Like there should be closure. Either I purge my past, forgive her, and arrive at a higher vibrational state, or I find proof of what she’s done over the years and expose her once and for all. I’d always planned to search her house one last time, but now the house is gone. And nobody is exhuming any bodies, and Grandma doesn’t even know what Grandma did. And there’s not going to be any grand finale. And as I sat there listening to Grandma sing with my children—not quite crying, I wasn’t quite crying—I realized that I didn’t care what had happened, that nobody cares what happened, that caring is for cops on CSI and doctors on ER and muscle-bound Marines in the movies.
posted to MetaFilter by blue suede stockings at 11:46 AM on October 27, 2014 (77 comments)

Big Fish Games ... which ones are worth the time?

Which Big Fish games are worth playing? And within that group, which are fun to play on a laptop with only the touchpad?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jbickers at 5:00 PM on October 26, 2012 (13 comments)

!!!YADKCOLSPAC

OCTOBER 22 IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!!! EVERY YEAR WE GET TOGETHER AND MAKE SALMON FOR TOAST, EVERY YEAR WE GET A CROCKETY BLOAT, EVERY YEAR WE GET DRUNK ON THE DOCKS, AND EVERY YEAR WE HAVE SEX WITH OUR CAPS LOCKS!!!!
posted to MetaFilter by eyeballkid at 2:10 AM on October 22, 2014 (112 comments)

Rich Stories, Simple Games

Crusader Kings II is a lot of fun, but I don't care about the statistics or tactics in the game as much as the random events and the way the game handles fallout from them. Is there anything with a similar story-generating vibe where the interaction is simpler?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by 23 at 12:21 AM on October 16, 2014 (15 comments)

3.5/5 BONES: "THIS DOG IS A WIFI HOTSPOT."

Let me introduce you to Barkwire.com, a social network in which residents of the small town of Shaggy Butte rate their favorite four-legged friends, and gossip about all the gang fights and animal murders. Wait, what?

Written by Josh Boruff, who's become known 'round these parts for his interest in assigning ratings to dogs, Barkwire is an unexpectedly-engaging drama which plays out across user comments on social networking pages. Its first "season" [chapters 1-16], written in 2008, revolves around the emergence of the nightmarish El Cráneo Negro, who plunges the town into fear. Its second "season" [chapters 17-now] started earlier this year, and revolves around the unsolved murder of the much-loved Hope. (My advice: start with the newer story first.)

But the town of Shaggy Butte does not stop with Barkwire. There's more. Much, much, much
posted to MetaFilter by rorgy at 8:54 PM on October 9, 2014 (17 comments)

Serial: the podcast

The folks at This American Life are behind a new podcast called Serial. The premise behind Serial is that one story will told over 10-20 episodes, which together will constitute a "season." The first two episodes of season 1 have just been released: over the course of the next few months, creator Sarah Koenig will attempt to unravel the mystery of the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee.
posted to MetaFilter by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 11:00 AM on October 4, 2014 (94 comments)

Fake Food in Japan

Making Japanese Food Samples. A look at some of the techniques used in the creation of sampuru, the multi-million yen industry of handcrafted custom plastic fake food.
posted to MetaFilter by showbiz_liz at 8:00 PM on October 8, 2014 (40 comments)

knot just a scarf

Arietta Yin lists over 120 ways to wear a silk scarf with tutorials and photographs.
posted to MetaFilter by NoraReed at 9:31 PM on October 7, 2014 (10 comments)

Which TV-show intro was this?!

Okay, so... it was a TV show in the US, in the '80s or early '90s. I'm fairly certain it was a sitcom. During the intro/ opening credits, there's a bit where one character is painting a wall or a door, and another character opens the door, and the first character rolls the paint roller over the other person's face. I can see this in my mind, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the show it came from.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sarcasticah at 8:41 AM on October 3, 2014 (208 comments)

What are THE great books on non-French cuisine?

I know what some of the must-read books on French cuisine are (Escoffier, etc) - what are some examples of the greatest, most classic cookbooks/books about cooking for other cuisines, both European and non-European?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Itaxpica at 11:25 AM on August 9, 2014 (25 comments)

I'm looking for real life food mysteries. Where would I find them?

I heard a story on This American Life HERE and it's a story about a sausage maker who inadvertently ruins their product by getting a new building. IN the end, it turned out the problem was they had shortened the route of the final delivery of the sausages and removed what was thought to be the unimportant work of a clerk named Irving. I thought it was fascinating and I want to find other stories like that. Where would I look for them?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rileyray3000 at 1:47 PM on September 26, 2014 (36 comments)

Cookies, caches and cows

Translating technological terms throws up some peculiar challenges
Ibrahima Sarr, a Senegalese coder, led the translation of Firefox into Fulah, which is spoken by 20m people from Senegal to Nigeria. “Crash” became hookii (a cow falling over but not dying); “timeout” became a honaama (your fish has got away). “Aspect ratio” became jeendondiral, a rebuke from elders when a fishing net is wrongly woven. In Malawi’s Chichewa language, which has 10m speakers, “cached pages” became mfutso wa tsamba, or bits of leftover food. The windowless houses of the 440,000 speakers of Zapotec, a family of indigenous languages in Mexico, meant that computer “windows” became “eyes”.

posted to MetaFilter by infini at 3:19 AM on September 26, 2014 (23 comments)

Snowflake Soup

I've recently been on a soup kick. However, my meager store of recipes I'm good at cooking has been exhausted. I'm looking for soups that are relatively easy to prepare, are healthy, and are cheap to make. I'm not really interested in cold soups at the moment. No particular restrictions or considerations beyond that.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by codacorolla at 9:54 AM on September 23, 2014 (52 comments)

A little Clump of Soul

Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy. Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations. It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time -- an eccentric, richly produced, and incredibly catchy blend of funk, salsa, bossa nova, experimental electronica, J-Pop, swing, lounge, bamboo flute, hair metal, buoyant parade music, soaring children's choirs, Macintalk fanfares, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros. Called a consumerist critique by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi (who after one sequel moved on to Glitch, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy, and playground design), the series has inspired much celebration and thought [2, 3] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things.
posted to MetaFilter by Rhaomi at 8:01 AM on September 21, 2014 (92 comments)

"remove line breaks? where have you been all my life!"

Welcome to TextMechanic.com! A suite of simple, single task, browser based, text manipulation tools.
posted to MetaFilter by not_on_display at 10:36 PM on September 17, 2014 (58 comments)

The clipboard lets me know it’s science.

Relax on your pristine white couch and enjoy these realistic depictions of motherhood.
posted to MetaFilter by EndsOfInvention at 11:23 AM on September 16, 2014 (73 comments)

Kutiman Returns

Hear "Give It Up" , a beautiful new track from Kutiman's followup to "Thru You". Five years after the original Thru You project, Israeli producer Kutiman is teasing the release of a new collection of original tracks, painstakingly stitched together from unrelated YouTube videos.
posted to MetaFilter by Silky Slim at 11:31 PM on September 13, 2014 (59 comments)
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