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"one of the best interviews you’ll ever hear, providing genuine insight"

Slate's "25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever" Podcasts are nothing new to the Blue, and roundup lists are a dime a dozen towards the end of the year, but it's always interesting to listen to a curated list of favorites. Most of the episodes they chose are from the last 5 years, featuring an eclectic mix of stories about love, popular culture, personal success, and public failure; there are deconstructions of the what seems mundane at first glance, and tragedy that is difficult to process.
posted by Political Funny Man to MetaFilter on Dec 15 at 8:06 PM
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Endless Jingling

Endless Jingling [via mefi projects] cortex made this. how do we stop him. why would he do this. mods please delete cortex
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 8:17 AM
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How do I mindfulness?

The stock answer to everyone who's posted an Ask about being stressed or anxious lately has been "Mindfulness! Meditation!" But, um, what does that mean, exactly? Please share anecdotes, techniques, references. What - exactly - did you do, and how did it help? Walk me through this like I'm five.
posted by telepanda to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 12 at 7:46 AM
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Play Your Ukulele

Do you play the ukulele? Do you like strum-alongs? Ukulele Play Along is there! The site offers YouTube videos of songs synced with displays of their chords and lyrics, and fretboard displays for each song that comes up, in the three most common ukulele tunings (C6, D6, G6). (Hat tip: Molly Lewis, who has also made the world's shortest ukulele tutorial.)
posted by Shmuel510 to MetaFilter on Dec 11 at 12:07 PM
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"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 by cwest to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 5:00 AM
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Jackie chan gets hurt. A lot.

1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE
2. Use the ENVIRONMENT
3. Be CLEAR in your shots
4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame
5. Do as many TAKES as necessary
6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM
7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit
8. PAIN is humanizing
9. Earn your FINISH
The 9 Principles of Action Comedy: what makes Jackie Chan's action scenes work, by Tony Zhou. (Previously.)
posted by MartinWisse to MetaFilter on Dec 17 at 1:38 AM
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It's A Licensed Character Christmas

For use spreading misery and pain during this holiday season, have a heaping shovelful of bad bad 80s Chrismas cartoon specials. Hail Grinch!
He-Man & She-Ra's Christmas Special (YouTube 44m)
Christmas Comes To Pac-Land (Dailymotion 23m)
The Wacky 12 Days of Christmas (YouTube 24m) (with Phil Hartman)
And the one that inspired this post, the amazing Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls (YouTube 23m) That is to say, the Wacky Wallwalker Christmas Special. Written by Mark Evanier!
After the break... TWENTY-ONE MORE OF THESE THINGS. You're welcome!
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 4:39 AM
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Do you know how to make the lemoniest cookies that ever lemoned?

I love citrus and sour things, and would like to make super-lemony delicious holiday cookies. Do you have a recipe that just knocked your socks off with lemon power? Either cookies or bars, as long as they are transportable, are acceptable. My friends and family thank you, as do I.
posted by lillygog to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 12 at 9:59 AM
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Songs We Love

NPR Music has put together a massive playlist of their best of 2014, Songs We Love.

That link above launches the groovy in-browser app, which lets you listen on shuffle, choose a genre, and gives you artist info, as well as other functionality. You can view the entire list here if you are more eye-curious than ear-curious.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Dec 12 at 10:44 AM
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Unedited Footage of a Bear *

"This is unedited raw footage of a bear I filmed with my cell phone. I'm not sure what kind of bear this is." (NSFW, intense flashing at 9min mark)

* Sponsored by Claridryl—"Take life in your hands"

posted by Doktor Zed to MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 5:04 PM
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Sam Cooke

50 years ago today, on December 11, 1964, Sam Cooke died at the age of 33.
posted by John Cohen to MetaFilter on Dec 11 at 9:37 AM
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Compelling true-life mysteries that end with a definite resolution

The final episode of Serial will be released this Thursday, and I fear that there will not be any sort of satisfying conclusion to the central mystery of what, exactly, happened to Hae Min Lee. So, as an antidote to the frustration that I'm likely to feel soon, I'm looking for real (non-fiction) mysteries that do get resolved in an unambiguous way.
posted by akk2014 to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 15 at 12:35 PM
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How do I make myself do things?

I've always been really bad at motivating myself to do necessary tasks. However, this has finally gotten to a point when it's actually hurting both my personal / work life. What's the best way to solve this problem? Simply telling myself: "you have to get this done before you can do X" never actually works.
posted by aleatorictelevision to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 12 at 10:25 AM
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Pilot-wave theory “seems to me so natural and simple..."

This idea that nature is inherently probabilistic — that particles have no hard properties, only likelihoods, until they are observed — is directly implied by the standard equations of quantum mechanics. But now a set of surprising experiments with fluids has revived old skepticism about that worldview. The bizarre results are fueling interest in an almost forgotten version of quantum mechanics, one that never gave up the idea of a single, concrete reality.

The experiments involve an oil droplet that bounces along the surface of a liquid. The droplet gently sloshes the liquid with every bounce. At the same time, ripples from past bounces affect its course. The droplet’s interaction with its own ripples, which form what’s known as a pilot wave, causes it to exhibit behaviors previously thought to be peculiar to elementary particles — including behaviors seen as evidence that these particles are spread through space like waves, without any specific location, until they are measured.

Particles at the quantum scale seem to do things that human-scale objects do not do. They can tunnel through barriers, spontaneously arise or annihilate, and occupy discrete energy levels. This new body of research reveals that oil droplets, when guided by pilot waves, also exhibit these quantum-like features.

posted by Elementary Penguin to MetaFilter on Dec 14 at 6:26 AM
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For you little gardener and lover of trees

It's wintertime in the northern hemisphere, and the seasonal chill is taking hold. With the year's harvests complete and the earth freezing or frozen, now is the perfect time to plan next year's garden.
posted by cellar door to MetaFilter on Dec 11 at 1:07 PM
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Highway to the danger zone.

1 in 6 Americans become sick from foodborne illness each year, and like a norovirus infection, the blame is easy to spread around. Where does foodborne illness happen, and does it matter? Doug Powell of Barfblog (previously) notes that peer reviewed studies claim in-home food safety failures account for anywhere from 15 to 90% of food poisoning cases, which is enough variance to make anyone shrug. But what do we really know when it comes to foodborne illness? Read on for a stomach-turning romp through what food safety research tells us about a question as old as Ask Metafilter.
posted by deludingmyself to MetaFilter on Dec 15 at 12:51 PM
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Everyone is poised to attack anyone. But it's all a joke.

How Chan-Style Anonymous Culture Shapes #gamergate Twitter user A Man In Black attempts to untangle the gamergater mindset using identity -- any identity as vice, and lack of identity as a chief virtue.
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 9:31 AM
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Radio Raheem Is a Broken Record

Do the Right Thing wasn’t ahead of its time. It was behind its time, and it’s ahead of ours. It came out in the summer of 1989, six months before Driving Miss Daisy, but if you can imagine it without hip-hop, it could have come out in 1939 alongside Gone with the Wind; without color, in 1929 with The Jazz Singer; without sound, 1915 and The Birth of a Nation. If you updated the soundtrack and the fashion a bit and released it next week, critics would praise its timeliness and how its depiction of police brutality and racial tension captures the angry zeitgeist surrounding the recent killings of unarmed black civilians by police officers. Some might even predict that it would ultimately end up feeling dated, as some did 25 years ago. If only. - Lessons from Do the Right Thing on Its 25th Anniversary
posted by Artw to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 2:53 PM
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"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 by joseph conrad is fully awesome to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 11:50 AM
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How do you maintain or build mental discilpline?

How do you keep yourself from growing mentally flabby, falling into lazy thinking, defaulting to mindless entertainment, devolving into a decreasing attention span and ability to focus?
posted by roaring beast to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 17 at 10:08 AM
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GamerGate in a Nutshell. (a one-act play by grubi) FEMALE CULTURE CRITIC: The portrayal of women in video games seems sexist. GAMERGATER: Shut up, bitch. FEMALE CULTURE CRITIC: That hardly seems fair. GAMERGATER: I'm going to stalk/murder/rape you. FEMALE CULTURE CRITIC: You're being a jerk. GAMERGATER: WHY ARE YOU OPPRESSING ME? aaaand... [more]
posted by grubi to MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 10:37 AM
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we ultimately end up with the government we voted for; the one we deserve. Everyone please stop saying this; it is in no way true, and has never been true. It is ALWAYS the nature of ideology to convince the animal that the bars of the cage are reasonable. [view]
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Dec 15 at 8:01 AM
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- Penetration by any object 'associated with violence' surely penises would qualify as such [view]
posted by Sticherbeast to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 12:57 PM
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It must be clear at this point that I am not a sentimental or overly attached person. Umm, no kidding. What you're doing is called hedging one's bets. Bluntly put, you're not confident you have much currency in the dating market, so you're keeping this woman in reserve. That's what it is when you're seeing someone but... [more]
posted by Salamander to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 11:51 PM
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This is going to be the THIRD movie somehow extracted from a book which takes less time to read than the three films combined will take to watch. I've said this before, but the best possible Hobbit trilogy would be six hours of Ian McKellen sitting in a chair reading the book out loud and doing all the voices. [view]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 9:49 AM
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Why would you be afraid of women taking an interest in what you like? They have vaginas, guys. Real ones. I get the point you are making and appreciate the attempt to open up spaces socially reserved for men, but I think there are a few issues with this kind of thinking, something in which I have myself engaged so I totally do get... [more]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to MetaFilter on Dec 11 at 8:15 AM
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"I do not know how many murderous atrocities against innocent Muslim children it will take for the world to understand that the taliban does not stand for Muslims, that their agenda does not protect Muslims. They are killing us. They are killing us. They are killing us and the world is trying to categorize the murdered and the mourning with... [more]
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 9:41 AM
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That was my first thought, actually - watch out, Cubans, your healthcare system will be marketized inside five years. This is a very good point and actually why the US does not have diplomatic relations with Canada -- if they were to do so, Canada would be crushed under the ideological might of our ramshackle health insurance system and... [more]
posted by indubitable to MetaFilter on Dec 17 at 8:38 AM
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Words like, "I like you, but not enough to commit to you," are poison. You poisoned her feelings for you long long ago. You should never ever have continued sleeping with her. I.... Damn. Dude. This is a cruel story. 8 years she tried AND tried to keep her self respect during the process. Please, set her free. Tell her... [more]
posted by jbenben to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 11:45 PM
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You should stop being so hard on yourself. From the headline and the description I thought you were going to have gotten wasted and slept with a married man and then accidentally set him on fire or something. You got drunk and tried to dance with a guy at a club. It's okay. Really, truly, I promise it is. From what you've written here, it... [more]
posted by pretentious illiterate to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 7:52 PM
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B is right. A is wrong. B is being super sane here -- slightly uncomfortable, some boundaries, but not telling you who you can and can't be friends with. You are also behaving very well: being honest with everyone, enforcing boundaries. Someone who you call your "best friend" refusing to meet your girlfriend is horrible enough. Demanding... [more]
posted by brainmouse to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 3:18 PM
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You let the kids open the presents that were sent to them. You smile and shake your head and say "Boy, grandpa sure doesn't know how to shop for you, does he? Oh well, it's the thought that counts" and then you move on. Do not police the things your family gives to your kids. [view]
posted by jbickers to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 6:46 AM
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Can you act as though he is not delegating but asking for help? So with the situation when he tried to give you work in front of your supervisor, say something like "Oh Chris, I have plenty of my own work at the minute, but if you make a start on it I can give you some help when you get stuck. I know it sounds daunting, but we can all help you... [more]
posted by tinkletown to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 12 at 1:13 AM
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Do I return them ASAP and buy things they would actually like? Sure, if you can return the gifts without the grandparents knowing about it. Do I address this with them? Yes... How should I handle this? ... with a gracious thank-you note. Gifts are not to be expected and should not be part of your budget. You do... [more]
posted by saeculorum to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 16 at 6:41 AM
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Remember when the Obamacare website crashed and that demonstrated the Government can't do anything IT and only business can because efficiency and CEOs and all that ? Between Sony, Target and Home Depot, I am enjoying this schadenfreude pie. [view]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt to MetaFilter on Dec 10 at 7:51 PM
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If someone thinks it does have value, I'd be interesting in hearing a positive spin on it. First off, this. Because you know, people don't talk about their salaries, which is how wage gaps survive. Secondly and somewhat more abstractly: The current, increasingly-calcified class system in the US has, as its emotional foundation, a... [more]
posted by mstokes650 to MetaFilter on Dec 10 at 10:02 PM
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The fact that he was obviously beaten, wearing strange shoes, his own shoes missing? And the investigators did not even swab under his nails and actually said the words "No evidence of foul play..." makes them accessories after the fact. I don't care if they knew who the murderers are... they may as well have drafted a press release... [more]
posted by BigLankyBastard to MetaFilter on Dec 12 at 8:57 AM
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The last question: Q. What’s the hardest part about being a 58-year-old-virgin? A. Laying alone at night, falling asleep and then getting up in the morning and remembering you’re alone. It’s like waking up to the same nightmare every single day. ....I lost my virginity over over 20 years ago and this is currently my own lot in life.... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Dec 11 at 9:02 AM
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THIRD Hobbit film. Let that just sink in for a while. This is going to be the THIRD movie somehow extracted from a book which takes less time to read than the three films combined will take to watch. That is the extent to which this horrible nerdism has ruined what should be a light little adventure story. I don't know anyone who... [more]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 9:19 AM
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My mother was progressive and carefully explained sex to me well ahead of the rest of the kids in school, which was a problem, given my in-built mania to tell everyone around me about cool things I'd learned. Mind you, I was not clear on the idea that sperm cells had to be delivered in a liquid medium, and I explained, very earnestly, that... [more]
posted by sonascope to MetaFilter on Dec 13 at 6:12 PM
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