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Guy Walks Into a Bar

And the bartender's, like, "No kidding. You think I wished for a twelve-inch pianist?" So the guy processes this. (SLNewYorker)
posted by Metroid Baby to MetaFilter on Jul 23 at 1:51 PM
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Tourette Syndrome Update

One of the first Ask questions I ever asked was about my Tourette Syndrome. A few different commented or contacted me to say that they'd never seen TS described so accurately before. I recently rewrote and expanded that comment into an article for xojane, and as a result, have been asked to present a keynote speech at the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada's yearly conference in October 2015.
posted by Juliet Banana to MetaTalk on Jul 28 at 1:31 PM
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considering & rethinking bathrooms

Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design (The Guardian):
"Piped water may be the greatest convenience ever known but our sewage systems and bathrooms are a disaster"
posted by flex to MetaFilter on Jul 22 at 11:52 AM
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A hundred years ago Europe was in the midst of the July Crisis.

The BBC will be covering World War One in great detail over the next four years. They've already started, with podcasts, interactive guides, online courses, programs new and old plus much, much more. Perhaps it's best to start at the beginning, with Professor Margaret MacMillan's Countdown to World War One (podcast link) or the account of her fellow historian Christopher Clark, Month of Madness. Of course, how the war started is still contested by historians, as recounted in The Great War of Words. The latter two are also part of the main WWI podcast. Or you can dive into the Music and Culture section, go through an A-Z guide or look at comics drawn by modern cartoonists.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter on Jul 27 at 1:23 PM
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Never Give Up! Never Surrender!


Like Octavia Butler, but even more awesome?

I'm sure this has been asked before, but searching the archives didn't help much. I'm an avid reader, but can't find any compelling new books to read. Feminist, sci-fi-ish books with a literary bent would be ideal. Detailed likes and dislikes inside!
posted by snaw to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 26 at 10:44 AM
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the purity myth


Reason magazine and racism

Last week, Pando.com's Mark Ames posted an article on the efforts of the GOP to recruit in Silicon Valley using libertarianism as a wedge and the history of libertarian links, particularly through Reason magazine, to racism. Reason responded, calling Ames a "conspiracy theorist". Ames, who has a history of digging into the seedy history of libertarianism, has responded by posting a copy of Reason's holocaust denial and revisionist history issue, along with profiles of its contributors and their involvement with Reason and late 20th century libertarianism.
posted by Pope Guilty to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 11:18 AM
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N O N C H A L A N C E

In 2008, strange flyers started showing up in the streets of San Francisco. If you followed up on them, they led you to a discreet office in the financial district. Inside was the Induction Center for the Jejune Institute. Sit in the lounge chair provided, watch the induction video (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and then…. Well…. And then things really got weird...
posted by meese to MetaFilter on Jul 28 at 2:10 PM
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I want to learn new life skills. Starting points?

I am looking to learn or become better at skills that would make life easier for me (fixing a car, cooking, DIY, things like that). To that end, I'd like to learn of some starting activities for various skills which could act as training wheels so I don't feel overwhelmed by all of the things there are to learn. Enjoyable hobbies (like chess, drawing, etc.) are more than welcome as well. An example of what I am looking for plus some extra details inside.
posted by BuddyBoo to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 24 at 1:22 PM
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"Be excellent to each other" is not a code of conduct

Why Silicon Valley Needs The Coder Grrrls Of Double Union, The Feminist Hacker Space
The lack of women in the tech world isn't just a pipeline problem--it's one of rampant sexism. Enter the haven of Double Union.

posted by Lexica to MetaFilter on Jul 23 at 4:44 PM
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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 by like_neon to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 4:43 AM
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How I learned to start worrying and hate the bomb.

Diary of an atomic bomb technician. "I will not be responsible for my actions if you keep me here in this programme."
posted by bitmage to MetaFilter on Jul 26 at 3:15 PM
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Korean fashion and design that is Having a Moment

Korean fashion and design is having a moment, but what is fueling it? It's complicated. Let's explore the K-wave.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome to MetaFilter on Jul 26 at 10:36 PM
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How do you do things?

I really like interviews about how people do their work, the tools they use and why. I regularly read The Setup and Lifehacker's "How I Work" series. What other sites should I be reading?
posted by rensar to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 24 at 3:46 PM
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Why taunt me? Why upbraid me? I am merely a genius, not a god.

In the pantheon of fictional detectives, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe is among the best. If you haven't met the fat, cranky, sedentary, orchid-loving gourmand of a detective, and his street-smart, wise-cracking, witty right-hand of an assistant, Archie Goodwin, this introduction to the pair may be of use. Between 1935 to 1974, Wolfe and Goodwin solved mysteries, captured criminals of all ilks, and on one notable occasion, got the upper hand on J. Edgar Hoover. The books are very much of their time.
posted by julen to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 4:55 AM
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True Detective Withdrawl

Looking for alternatives
posted by jellyjam to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 22 at 11:17 PM
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MeFites, What Purse Do You Carry?

Because we are having great fun in this thread sharing links to cool purse sites, and we have been talking about the Meaning Of Purses, and in the past we have done desks: What purse do you carry, and what story does it tell about you? LINKS OR PICS PLZ. What important things does it carry? Gentlemen, you are welcome to share your manbags or fancy wallets, but you must agree to ooh and ahh over purses. This is a place of PURSE ADMIRATION, not judgment or scorn.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaTalk on Jul 22 at 10:45 AM
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Amazing Men's Leather Bags?

This is my current bag, a military surplus canvas haversack. I love it. This is the bag I'm coveting. I would love to love it but it is Way To Much Money. Where is the bag that meets these two in the middle? Where are the Excellent Leather Men's Bags on sale? I am looking for something I can carry without comment (and will last) for the next 20 years.
posted by The Whelk to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 24 at 9:34 AM
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high-concept low-spectacle speculative realistic fiction

What are some good novels that have a high-concept speculative element in the background, but aren't quite about that?
posted by threeants to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 28 at 3:58 PM
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The notion that Beyonce is any kind of feminist liberator is totally bizarre to me. I'd be hard pressed to name a more popularly heteronormative, cis-gendered-favoring, status-quo-towing artist in all of popular music. I understand where the critics of "Beyonce: Feminist Icon" are coming from, but I think it stems... [more]
posted by schroedinger to MetaFilter on Jul 24 at 7:42 AM
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Hawaii can be very expensive when you take into account: - Roundtrip airfare - Hotel / condo PLUS accommodations tax (13.416%, but 13.96% on Oahu) PLUS any parking or resort or cleaning fees (ouch). - Rental car (including all of the taxes and fees) and gas (also much more expensive on the islands than the Mainland) - Any entertainment &... [more]
posted by kathryn to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 23 at 3:05 PM
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Of course, this is the same universe that forced Leia to comfort a grieving Luke Skywalker over the death of an old man he'd known for two days while her entire planet and everyone she'd ever loved was vaporized. Boom. [view]
posted by dirtdirt to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 12:55 PM
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i don't have parental advice, but if you guys start monitoring them 24/7 and "punish" them for telling you the truth, they won't have any incentive to be honest with you next time. when i was younger, i didn't start lying to my parents until they started accusing me of lying when i was being honest. your daughter was suuuper... [more]
posted by monologish to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 28 at 12:10 PM
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The more I read these the more I feel like they're the equivalent of being opposed to astronomy because you don't believe the stars and planets can determine your fate. [view]
posted by griphus to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 10:00 AM
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Look, I don't want to put you under an undue amount of pressure, but how you handle this is really, really, really important, because it sets the tone for your daughter kind of for the rest of her life. Are you going to be the person she can come to for support and help as she goes through this, or is she going to start hiding it from you?... [more]
posted by WidgetAlley to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 28 at 12:15 PM
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I was shocked that preschoolers are suspended at all. Aren't they mostly miniature sociopaths? [view]
posted by desjardins to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 8:34 AM
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I was shocked that preschoolers are suspended at all. Aren't they mostly miniature sociopaths? Indeed. My four year old is, by all accounts, the best behaved of all of her peers, and yet I would be only marginally surprised to get a call from her teacher and learn that she had scooped out another kid's eyeball with a tinker toy and... [more]
posted by 256 to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 8:38 AM
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My mother actually qualified for the 96 Olympics in Atlanta in archery. She hadn't even touched a bow until her mid 40's when she dated a deer hunter. After a few years she won her local competitions, and then state ones, beating all women and all men with a cheap little $200 hunting bow. She showed up for Olympic qualifying with that same... [more]
posted by sanka to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 28 at 6:16 AM
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And we women in the west are so damn lucky. Hmm, sort of. Not sort of. Enormously. I've lived in places where young women were handed over as part of peace settlements between local tribes. Where I'd fall asleep at night listening to our neighbor screaming as her drunk husband beat her when he was drunk, and no-one interfered -... [more]
posted by tabubilgirl to MetaFilter on Jul 24 at 11:21 AM
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When government does, occasionally, work, it works in an elitist fashion. That is, government is most easily manipulated by people who have money and power already. This is why government benefits usually go to people who don't need benefits from government. Certainly, at this point in history, this framing of "government" is... [more]
posted by mondo dentro to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 1:09 PM
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"Women have the right to have their own thoughts, beliefs and opinions. As long as I don't disagree with them." That seems to me to be the gist of so many comments on the blue lately when the daily post about gender issues comes up. I know I'm in for a beating. But I'll take it. Honestly, it's more like "everyone has a... [more]
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 9:14 AM
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cmoj: "Fucking please. The notion that Beyonce is any kind of feminist liberator is totally bizarre to me. I'd be hard pressed to name a more popularly heteronormative, cis-gendered-favoring, status-quo-towing artist in all of popular music. " I could name a bunch: almost all the white women in entertainment, for a start.... [more]
posted by ArmyOfKittens to MetaFilter on Jul 24 at 2:43 AM
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Brian Doyle-Murray's Stand Up Routine From The 1970s To get the full effect, read the whole thing without stopping. From Gold Turkey: National Lampoon Radio Hour/Greatest Hits: A man walks into a nightclub with a beautiful girl on his arm The show begins and the comedian comes out for his first show of the evening The comedian says "A... [more]
posted by doctor_negative to MetaFilter on Jul 23 at 2:13 PM
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Leia Organa is one of the greatest female characters in all of science fiction—hell, one of the greatest character of either sex in all of science fiction. Part of that was the subtleties of how Carrie Fisher portrayed her. I was a young boy in 1977-1983, and I did not think of her as a bitch or as ice queen. She was in charge. She had a job to do.... [more]
posted by vibrotronica to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 12:40 PM
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Leave it leave it leave it leave it. If you contact him asking to 'meet up and talk', you will set up the dynamic for the entire rest of the relationship. Which is: him pulling away/effing around/being ambivalent, and you chasing after him/sitting round waiting/wondering how you got into this misery. Do not. Sit tight. Next move is his. If... [more]
posted by Salamander to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 24 at 9:52 PM
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You don't have to have a degree in women's studies or a nuanced understanding of gender politics to raise independent-minded daughters. My father certainly didn't - he went to trade school instead of college and that kind of theoretical book-study was really not what he was into. But what my father did do, though, was encourage thinking in... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 22, 2013 at 3:56 AM
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Maureen Dowd engineered this. She is still high from her THC candy bar and is paranoid that without federal legalization she will go to prison. [view]
posted by vorpal bunny to MetaFilter on Jul 27 at 6:06 PM
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Oh yeah, this is a totally normal way for interns to be treated, and for websites to build themselves on the backs of unpaid contributors. It's amazing what we accept as normal, isn't it? [view]
posted by Horace Rumpole to MetaFilter on Jul 26 at 5:05 AM
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Of course, this is the same universe that forced Leia to comfort a grieving Luke Skywalker over the death of an old man he'd known for two days while her entire planet and everyone she'd ever loved was vaporized. Boom. General Willard You're safe. When we heard about Alderaan, we feared the worst. Princess Leia We have no time... [more]
posted by vibrotronica to MetaFilter on Jul 25 at 4:09 PM
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