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No more "It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times"

Public domain ebooks with modern typography, full proofing, complete metadata, and version control. Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using a carefully designed and professional-grade style guide, lightly modernizes them, fully proofreads and corrects them, and then builds them to take advantage of state-of-the-art ereader and browser technology.
posted by Cash4Lead to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 11:51 AM
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Georgia on My Mind: All Bets are Ossoff

Tonight, the much anticipated results of the GA-06 Special Election will be known. Recent polling has shown Ossoff and Handel to be in a virtual statistical tie. Pro-Ossoff dinosaurs have been seen campaigning around the district and have made campaign signs into glitter bombs (Joan Walsh, The Nation! Here are 6 key things to watch for (Caitlin MacNeal, Talking Points Memo) as the results come in. Here are some resources (courtesy of Chrysostom) for following the results.
posted by Excommunicated Cardinal to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 3:54 PM
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What deep insights into human cultures do non-specialists miss out on?

A question for anthropologists, linguists, cultural historians and other humanities scholars. What's the most thought-provoking custom, idea, metaphor or sociocultural phenomenon you've encountered in the academic literature that non-experts will probably never get to hear about? For example, the "sound-painting" of the Siwu , the absence of fiction or art among the Pirahã people [pdf], or the popularity of communism in 500 AD Persia [pdf]. Or to put it another way: in all your years of digging around in dusty old journals, what was your biggest "whoa" moment?
posted by dontjumplarry to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 1:18 AM
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Songs That Make You Go "THAT'S MY SONG!"

People of Metafilter: what are your jams? I'm talking about the songs that are so instantly recognizable and hype-worthy that the second they come up at random on your Spotify playlist/on the speakers at a store/at karaoke night/at a dance party, you are 100% delighted and cannot help but IMMEDIATELY get stoked and/or dance-y. I'm not necessarily talking about favorite songs overall (although there could be overlap), but about the songs that take you from 0 to 10 instantaneously, especially when they catch you by surprise. All genres welcomed and encouraged!
posted by helloimjennsco to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 11:01 AM
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Programming with trits and trytes!

Online Mathematics Textbooks

"The writing of textbooks and making them freely available on the web is an idea whose time has arrived. Most college mathematics textbooks attempt to be all things to all people and, as a result, are much too big and expensive. This perhaps made some sense when these books were rather expensive to produce and distribute--but this time has passed."
posted by jenkinsEar to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 10:09 AM
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Ooh, shiny

The inspiring, educational and wild illustrations of Ed Emberley

The influential, instructional illustrator Ed Emberley is in his 80s and still drawing. He has a range of styles, from the Caldecott Medal-winning Drummer Hoff (1967) to his creatively die-cut Go Away, Big Green Monster (1992), and perhaps most memorably a whole range of drawing books, which generally start with the reminder that if you can draw these things → · U D Δ □ ⇝ you can draw all kinds of things. If you can't find his books, the EMBR Group has a blog of Ed Emberley's Drawing Pages, and his website has more activities to print and use for non-commercial purposes (full terms of use).
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 9:47 AM
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Rigged: Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

Historical Markers Database: pinpointing local history around the world

National and global events all happened somewhere, and historical markers mark the place where many occurred. But the richness of history is in its local details, details that can be insignificant on the global stage: the home of an individual who made a difference; a natural feature, building, byway; or just something interesting that happened nearby. History is not just about the high and mighty.
As we travel around, we may pass right by these roadside historical markers. That's where the Historical Marker Database comes in.
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 8:24 AM
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Biting back

A Mexican Town Is Giving Americans Something Donald Trump Can’t: Affordable Dental Care Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric doesn’t worry the 600 dentists in Los Algodones or the US “dental refugees” they treat, many of whom voted for Trump. “We’re helping the United States take care of the people they are not able to.”, John Stanton/BuzzFeed News (previously: 1, 2)
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 5:56 PM
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I haint afraid of no ghost!

Haint blue is a shade of blue popular for keeping spirits away in the South. The shade itself is a faint robin's egg blue, and it's used to simulate the water that spirits called haints, hate. A haint can't cross water, just like the headless horseman, so you paint your porch to look like water, and you have no problems with haintings!
posted by HakaiMagazine to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 9:05 AM
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badass women in science, technology, engineering, + mathematics

From the Moonrise Kingdom library

Did you once love a kids' book that no one else remembers? Are you looking for something unique to read at bedtime? Readers of Atlas Obscura share their favorite obscure childhood treasures.
posted by Harvey Kilobit to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 9:40 PM
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Is that… is that from Harry Potter?

If you feel you are being watched, you change your behavior

Social Cooling describes the long-term negative side effects of living in a big-data-driven reputation economy. Data brokers derive thousands of scores from personal data; these form a “digital reputation”, and have the potential to affect their subjects' lives and opportunities. The long-term effects of this are a culture of conformity, self-censorship, risk aversion and social rigidity.
posted by acb to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 2:34 PM
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Fashions of the Plain People

"Amish dress practices are slow to change because they are viewed as religious precepts. But change they do, and not only for utilitarian reasons. Amish fashion – change for the sake of change – exists, but it is subtle, slow, and miniscule. [...] Individual signs of rebellion or boundary testing include, for women, wearing prayer kapps that are smaller and thus expose more of the ear, kapps with untied strings, kapps with pronounced heart-shaped designs on the back, dresses in brighter colours, decorative pins on jacket lapels, and small frills and ruffles on sleeves."
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 9:24 PM
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Small talk for awkward party?

One of my oldest friends is fond of hosting earnest, awkward parties where 10-15 people who have little in common are thrown together for the evening. I am going to one of these this weekend. Please tell me your finest lines for starting (interesting) conversations with people beyond "So, how's your work going?".
posted by Lluvia to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 9:05 AM
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Oregon is first state to issue nonbinary IDs

Ideas to sustain the self "These Times Of Trump"

Are you finding yourself exhausted by the recent politics? If so, what are you doing to sustain yourself emotionally, physically, energy-wise, health-wise, and in any other "-wise" way during these times?
posted by bananaskin to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 2:30 PM
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Re Philando Castile: I went to the protest of the verdict, although I had some household stuff and could not stay past about 7:45, so I don't know what has happened since, or if people are going to march. It was a strange and harrowing thing that is not easy to describe. The St Paul Capitol building is weirdly isolated from downtown. It... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 7:30 PM
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Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb): To whoever just subscribed my email accts (family, work, obsolete) to multiple @Nickelback promotional & fan newsletters: It's. Not. Funny. It's kinda funny! [view]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 10:54 PM
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Right, and look how well their administrations turned out. They won elections, but they couldn't actually accomplish anything approaching a productive agenda... Look, I know this is a few hours ago now but I want to put out there that the Clinton and Obama administrations were both fucking awesome on a policy level and I would even go... [more]
posted by Joey Buttafoucault to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 5:56 PM
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does anyone else feel like we're trapped in Zeno's Constitutional Crisis? every action trump takes edges us closer to a full-blown constitutional crisis but somehow we never get there. [view]
posted by murphy slaw to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 11:27 AM
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Basically calls it unamerican. And doubling down on that via Twitter: 1/ The Spicer off-camera/no audio gaggle has begun. I can't show you a pic of Sean. So here is a look at some new socks I bought over the wknd 2/ Spicer on #wherearethetapes - "It's possible we will have an answer to that at the end of the week." 3/... [more]
posted by cjelli to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 11:42 AM
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Hi there! I've been lurking in these threads (and MetaFilter in general) since the heady days of the primaries... I finally registered an account this weekend, and today I got around to posting a comment here. I won't say these threads have helped keep me sane, but "informed" is a nice second best. Good luck, Georgia. [view]
posted by one for the books to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 4:07 PM
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It's the "When they go low, we go high" crap that cost them the presidency and senate in 16. One party thinks 'Dangerous Donald' is an effective tactic, the other will gin up as much racial, sexual, violent, repugnant fear and loathing as they can to win. Guess who won. Dems need to learn style points don't matter, only results. So... [more]
posted by IAmUnaware to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 5:09 PM
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White House aides fret over Trump’s Russia probe obsession.He has sometimes, without prompting, injected “I’m not under investigation” into conversations with associates and allies."I dunno about you guys but if somebody just randomly said to me, "I absolutely don't have sex with chickens" I totally wouldn't think they have sex with... [more]
posted by Justinian to MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 5:28 PM
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Caitlyn Jenner on congressional baseball tragedy: "Liberals can't even shoot straight" Truly intersectional feminism means acknowledging that Caitlyn Jenner needs to fuck the fuck off [view]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 to MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 7:54 PM
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Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview a ratings flop I yield the balance of my time to the right-honorable gentleman Mr. Muntz of Springfield. [view]
posted by tonycpsu to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 10:09 AM
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Corbyn loses an election by a few percentage points and is strutting around as if he is Prime Minister-elect. The Dems lose in a tough district and are already sitting shiva. Dem leaders should be out crowing about this election and the electoral swing to Dems. They should be putting it out as a win and making noises that no GOP politician is... [more]
posted by PenDevil to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 5:57 AM
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President Trump chooses inexperienced woman who planned his son Eric's wedding to run N.Y. federal housing programs Many of us have already had at least one moment where a Trump appointee's blatant lack of pertinent qualifications hits especially hard because it shows utter disdain for the professions to which we've devoted our careers.... [more]
posted by carmicha to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 7:22 AM
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Johnny Wallflower: Re. the young Muslim killed in Virginia: Fairfax County police believe it was road rage. FUCK. THIS. SHIT. Here in New Mexico, a man shot a four year old girl and everyone called it "road rage". Then Darwin Martinez Torres attacked Nabra Hassanen, and they call it "road rage," even when the... [more]
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 7:38 AM
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But, the internet hate machine slouches forward, eating its own and signaling infinite virtue. *This* is "the internet hate machine"? Not gamergate. Not r/the_donald. Not /pol/. I'm so goddamn tired of the double standard for criticism where any time the people on the left speak up for their values they're a hate mob, but... [more]
posted by Proofs and Refutations to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 2:13 AM
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My spouse is actively setting the stage to pursue a divorce action in a misguided attempt to protect me financially when this thing becomes law. It could be argued that she is terminal except she was given six months to live nearly twenty years ago, so I guess we should call it chronic. But we hit our prescription deductible cap in March-April... [more]
posted by Fezboy! to MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 12:35 PM
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Strictly as a point of information, you will not ruin his happiness because she will not believe you for a millisecond. It may in fact add to his happiness to find out that you are still thinking about him in this way. [view]
posted by ftm to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 15 at 6:18 PM
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It doesn't help that Obamacare is largely derived from Heritage Foundation concepts first put into practice by Mitt Romney. This is just wrong, wildly crazy wrong, and everybody on the left who says this should stop saying this. The Heritage Foundation plan did not require insurers to provide coverage for routine care and in fact only... [more]
posted by mightygodking to MetaFilter on Jun 16 at 8:17 AM
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1. Fuck Caitlyn Jenner. 2. Crystal Griner, one of the Capitol Police who saved those folks, who is a queer Black woman, seems to have shot her weapon just fine. I don't want to assume she's a liberal, I guess. [view]
posted by roomthreeseventeen to MetaFilter on Jun 17 at 4:44 PM
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The good news is that thefts in Dawson City are in the single digits. [view]
posted by mandolin conspiracy to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 2:53 PM
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@CandyAppleAlly The "Pelosi must go" campaign reminds me that if Republicans demonize a successful woman enough, Democratic dudes will eventually join in - They will tell you that they feel bad about it. That it's just "political realities". That the GOP just hates her so much she's "toxic" - They will also... [more]
posted by chris24 to MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 6:19 AM
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