First published in 1691 in London, The Athenian Mercury was the original supplier of answers to readers' questions, a format much imitated since. Queries on love, science, religion, literature and anything else people thought to ask about, were answered by The Athenian Society, members being publisher John Dunton and three of his friends. Athenian Mercury Project
is a blog where Dr. Laura Miller publishes questions and answers from the The Athenian Mercury and The Awl has an occasional series where they trawl through the archive (1
). Both of these places are good places to start, but if they aren't enough, The Athenian Oracle: Being an Entire Collection of All the Valuable Questions and Answers in the Old Athenian Mercuries, is available on Google Books for free perusal, searching and download. Well, almost all, sadly enough volume one is nowhere to be found, but it does contain volumes two
and a supplement
(which includes a lengthy history of The Athenian Society). In addition to that, there is Athenian Sport
, a collection of paradoxes debated by The Athenian Society. The questions asked by 17th Century Londoners should be familiar to those of us who read Ask MetaFilter.
posted by Kattullus
on Sep 2, 2011 -
, guerilla knitting, textile street art, yarn bombing
. Whatever you choose to call it, this artform takes everyday objects of the city — such as trees, lampposts, street signs, bike racks — and wraps them up in colorful knit cozies. You'll find these wonderful oddities all over the world, from Manhattan
to Edinburgh to Philadelphia
to Oakland to Chicago
and back to Manhattan
again. People have written books
about it. It has inspired an Irish cellphone commercial
. Metafilter's own ErikaB
made a tree sweater
that was featured on Metafilter
and on the front cover of Seattle's The Stranger
. Magda Sayeg's blog Knitta Please
is a showcase for some of her delightful projects, including a Smart car
, coffee shop sign
, and crutches
. (Also, previously.
) [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jun 25, 2010 -
Ask and ye shall receive -
Another forum in which to ask questions. It appears to operate somewhat like Ask Metafilter. I think I'll stick with AskMe, but perhaps I will try some of my questions that never really got answered over at Wondir. (via Boing Boing)
posted by caddis
on Apr 18, 2005 -
My wife and I watched 'Notorious'
last night. We weren't far into it before we realized the plot had been lifted for 'Mission:Impossible 2'
! It makes us think even less of the latter movie. What's more, we couldn't find anything in their publicity about stealing the plot. It had to be left to the critics
Can you name any reworkings of original plots that actually turned out good or better? (more inside)
posted by Sean Meade
on Jan 1, 2001 -
I'm trying to buy a computer- a newer one. My 'mental health', however, won't seem to let me. Extreme paranoia and crushing guilt. How much is too much to pay for a computer (we're talking PCs here, not Macs)? Well, that depends on how much one earns, right? Let's just say that money is not an issue for me.
Plus, I'm a software engineer. So, I'll be using it for more than porn and MeFi. Why can't I 'click here to check out'?
Tell me I'm not alone...
posted by internook
on Jul 22, 2000 -
I seem to recall an online utility that presents a view of what a web site would look like in multiple browsers and on multiple platforms. My searching has turned up empty. Of course I've been known to choose unsuccessful keywords. Specifically, I'm looking for a utility to simulate the appearance of a web page on a Macintosh. Anyone here know of such a tool?
posted by netbros
on Jun 29, 2000 -