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Margot met Robert on a Wednesday night…

“Cat Person” is a short story by Kristen Roupenian in the latest issue of The New Yorker. It’s about a brief modern relationship.
The magazine has also published an interview with Roupenian on the story.
posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 12:49 PM on December 9, 2017 (171 comments)

"A Muppet Family Christmas" is extremely my shit

The Muppet Christmas Carol is a beloved holiday classic, but many may not be as familiar with A Muppet Family Christmas, a television special broadcast in 1987 and 1989, but never released on home media in its original and complete version due to various rights issues. It's noteworthy as one of the few Muppet vehicles with appearances and references to characters from the four major franchises (The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock) and for featuring a cameo by Jim Henson as himself. You can watch John Lagomarsino explain why the special is extremely his shit. You can watch a version of the special via YouTube.
posted to MetaFilter by girlmightlive at 8:31 AM on December 10, 2017 (80 comments)

How did directory assistance work in the 70s and 80s?

Back in the day, I believe you could dial "0" to reach an operator and get directory assistance. (Correct me if I'm wrong, however!) What happened if you were looking for a phone number in a different town or a different state? Did the operator transfer you to a different, local operator, or was there a way for him or her to look up the number directly?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cider at 7:42 AM on November 28, 2017 (34 comments)

Is there anything better than Slideshare?

I do a lot of public speaking for work. I usually make a page like this one with downloadable slides in various formats; I'd love to be able to embed my actual talk. I use Keynote to make/present my talks, but its PDF export is suboptimal and I can't upload those talks to Slideshare. Slideshare's PDF and Powerpoint options are no good. Is there somewhere else I can upload a Keynote presentation so that someone can click through it while reading the presenter notes, Slideshare style?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 12:58 PM on November 12, 2017 (9 comments)

"Save your favourite dildo, but throw away the other 15!"

Let’s get it out of the way right now: Swedish death cleaning is a little bit morbid. The idea is that when people die they leave stuff. Lots of stuff. Reams and reams of it, piles and piles of it. And it’s friends and family that are left to dealt with this stuff surfeit, this surplus of minutae. That’s where Döstädning comes in. In Sweden, people start the process as early as their ‘50s, slowly but steadily decluttering as the years roll by.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 8:40 PM on October 9, 2017 (68 comments)

bump bump bump bump-bump-bump

In the Line of the Riding King.
posted to MetaFilter by leotrotsky at 7:07 AM on October 10, 2017 (12 comments)

A-ha - Take On Me

A-ha - Take On Me (2017 Unplugged). Time carries on and none of us are as young as we used to be. But it's not all bad. A-ha gives us a contemplative version of the old pop hit.
posted to MetaFilter by severiina at 7:57 AM on October 10, 2017 (80 comments)

Yes, I said. It’s real.

The title refers to the extra stitch sometimes given to a woman after the area between her vagina and anus is either torn or cut during childbirth. The purpose of the extra stitch is to make the vagina tighter than it was before childbirth in order to increase the husband’s pleasure during sex.
Jane Dykema: What I Don’t Tell My Students About ‘The Husband Stitch’.
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 10:05 AM on October 11, 2017 (90 comments)

How do you listen to music?

Ever since Spotify and Google Play became the way to listen to music, I have stopped listening to music because it feels like too much work (aka I don't understand the new way of picking songs and I don't want to spend my whole dinner party scrolling through my phone). Can you help me figure out how to put on some good music without a lot of fuss? I used to listen to music all the time and now it seems too hard. Because I am old? or because it is just complicated now? help!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by andreapandrea at 9:52 AM on September 14, 2017 (37 comments)

a comic book about delivering newspapers and also time travel

Paper Girls is a comic book published by Image Comics. It's written by Brian K. Vaughan, creator of the famous and excellent comics Saga, Y: The Last Man, and Marvel's Runaways. The art is by Cliff Chiang of Wonder Woman fame. Coloring is by Matt Wilson-- ordinarily a thankless job, but his work here is truly excellent.
posted to MetaFilter by 4th number at 12:03 PM on September 7, 2017 (15 comments)

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles

The Pack Horse Library initiative , which sent librarians deep into Appalachia, was one of the New Deal’s most unique plans.
posted to MetaFilter by carter at 8:42 AM on September 5, 2017 (7 comments)

Big change for the "gig economy"?

Today marks the trial of Lawson v Grubhub, whereupon the State of California will decide if food couriers and their ilk are henceforth defined as employees or contractors.
posted to MetaFilter by Philipschall at 7:37 PM on September 5, 2017 (88 comments)

'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell

The faded advertisements on old brick buildings often go unnoticed, and they’re disappearing fast. Ghost signs have a special place in any city. Hand-painted signs were a popular form of advertising between the 1880s and the 1950s, before ads could be inexpensively mass produced, installed, and replaced. Their remnants offer a lens into a neighborhood’s past, reminding viewers about elements of commerce and life at certain points in history.
posted to MetaFilter by adamcarson at 12:10 PM on August 19, 2017 (32 comments)

I, for one…

2017 has been a good year for robots, at least: three new world records for most robots dancing, fastest Rubik's Cube solving and First Robot Table Tennis Tutor. Below the fold I list alternate musical accompaniment for each story, from MeFite gmm.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 7:40 PM on August 19, 2017 (2 comments)

The Gibson Archives: a graphic and emotive depictions of shipwrecks

The Isles of Scilly (Google maps, Wikipedia) are an archipelago off the south western tip of the Cornish peninsula that include the southern-most point of the UK, and some of the most treacherous waters in the Atlantic. John Gibson, a seaman-turned-photographer, brought his camera to the rocky cliffs and photographed shipwrecks, rescue attempts, and local events, starting in 1865. The Gibsons of Scilly continued photographing wrecks and their community for five generations (website archive). In 2013, the family auctioned off four generations of their photographs, and the archive was purchased by Penlee House Musuem and Gallery.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 6:19 AM on August 20, 2017 (8 comments)

Is silent farting a skill everyone can pick up?

I'm curious. I am pretty good at farting without making any noise whatsoever, but I hear that this is not a skill that everyone possesses. Since my technique involves routing the nascent fart through labial folds, are the possession and configuration of those necessary to silence the release of air? Or are there are other ways to achieve the same objective? Enlighten me!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sciatrix at 10:38 AM on August 3, 2017 (38 comments)

You're already at the top of my piss list!

Last night on the Late Show, Matthew McConaughey revealed that he was a great fan of Steven Colbert's work on the 90s Comedy Central sketch comedy show Exit 57, which Steven said "was watched by a baker's dozen people." McConaughey did a couple of bits from sketches from memory, then the two reprised the show's Newspaper Weatherman sketch.
posted to MetaFilter by JHarris at 9:07 AM on August 1, 2017 (32 comments)

I am library, how do I do?

Dan Hon has a Twitter thread going of neural network-generated Ask Metafilter questions.
posted to MetaTalk by divabat at 6:55 AM on July 30, 2017 (41 comments)

We Know the Way: The Art of Polynesian Wayfinding

How did the Polynesians sail the Pacific 3,000 years ago, without GPS or even sextants or compasses? The Polynesian Voyaging Society and its ship, the Hōkūleʻa, have set out to answer that question through research, oral history, and practical experimentation. Learn the star compass; know your winds and currents; read the swells; look for clouds and birds; forecast the weather; and estimate your position.
posted to MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 12:16 AM on July 10, 2017 (19 comments)

What would you do to gave you? [rooster photo] DOCTOR STRUGGLE

Check out AI Generated Movie Posters, a site featuring movie posters generated by AI. Built by our own OrangeGloves, via mefi projects.
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 3:22 PM on July 10, 2017 (63 comments)

What are the best bad reviews?

Give me your favorite published zero-star and otherwise negative reviews by professional reviewers of media! Mostly interested in book, music, game, and movie/TV reviews by paid reviewers, but if it's especially good then I'll accept non-professional reviews and reviews of other things. Thank you!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by capricorn at 4:25 PM on June 12, 2017 (73 comments)

Resources for adults to care for parents

My mother is 75, and is clearly a little "lost"--while active and independent, it's becoming apparent that things like Medicare, estate planning, how to pay her cell phone, are eluding her. Some of these are tough, to be sure, but when she was younger, she would have figured them out. She needs (and asks for) my help--but much of this is new to me. What resources are available for adult children as they become caregivers to older parents?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Admiral Haddock at 9:52 AM on May 5, 2017 (8 comments)

Nelson v Colorado and Civil Assets Forfeiture

'Last week, in a case called Nelson v. Colorado, the court laid a foundation for upcoming challenges to roll back law enforcement overreach. As a result of respective 2005 and 2006 convictions, Louis Alonzo Maddon and Shannon Nelson were required to pay a few thousand dollars in court costs, fees, and restitution to Colorado (on top of serving prison time).
posted to MetaFilter by bunderful at 8:53 AM on April 29, 2017 (10 comments)

“...actor is a non-gendered word that I use.”

Billions star Asia Kate Dillon doesn’t fit traditional awards categories. [The Toronto Star] “Fans of the series Billions [wiki] have spent much of the second season enamored of the relatively unknown Asia Kate Dillon, who portrays a gender non-binary character named Taylor Mason. Dillon’s breakout performance has arguably surpassed those of the show’s established stars, Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis and Maggie Siff. In fact, it so impressed Showtime that the U.S. network planned to submit Dillon’s performance to this year’s Emmy Awards. There was only one issue. Much like the Mason character, Dillon identifies as gender non-binary and uses the pronoun “they.” The Emmy Awards, meanwhile, only have two categories for best supporting performance: actor and actress. The network asked Dillon which category Dillon would rather be submitted to.”
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 4:15 PM on April 6, 2017 (14 comments)

Very belated appreciation for my secret quonsar

I got my amazing, delightful, thoughtful gift package from miratime way back at the end of November...while I was in the middle of a combination of post-election freakout and literally the biggest project of my entire career. So I didn't say thank you properly, and now it's almost April! I especially want to show off these socks that I made with the yarn she gave me. This project has been fun and emotionally soothing and the socks look amazing. :) Thanks again!
posted to MetaTalk by epersonae at 3:45 PM on March 31, 2017 (17 comments)

It's vodka—it goes bad once it's opened

I'm celebrating my 40th birthday next month, and it'll be an homage to my own Arrested Development. Fans of the show, help me come up with some AD-themed cocktail names!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:53 AM on March 29, 2017 (78 comments)

Skateboarding on Frozen Sand

"Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp."
posted to MetaFilter by not_the_water at 4:02 PM on March 27, 2017 (5 comments)

Podcast: Reply All: #91 The Russian Passenger

Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger's phone buzzes.
posted to FanFare by radioamy at 9:22 AM on March 16, 2017 (8 comments)

Glitch: Web Development For the Rest Of Us

Glitch (née Gomix, née Hyperdev) is a new service/community from Fog Creek Software "where anybody can build the app of their dreams."
posted to MetaFilter by Sokka shot first at 9:31 AM on March 27, 2017 (48 comments)

49 satin wedding gowns... one in each state's boxcar

The Merci Train was a train of 49 French railroad boxcars filled with tens of thousands of gifts of gratitude from French citizens sent to the US in 1949. They were showing their appreciation for the 700+ American boxcars of relief goods sent to them by Americans in 1948 via a project calledFriendship Train. Each of the 48 American states at that time received one of the gift-laden box cars. Many of those boxcars still exist.
posted to MetaFilter by jessamyn at 2:53 PM on March 23, 2017 (29 comments)

"Midlife Divorced Lady Cliche"

Scrubbing a Stranger
posted to MetaFilter by R.F.Simpson at 5:29 PM on February 20, 2017 (59 comments)

Happy Waitangi Day

On February 6th, 1840, New Zealand's founding document was signed. The Treaty of Waitangi was a contract between the British government and the chiefs of the iwi (tribes) of New Zealand (although many didn't sign). It has a complicated history.
posted to MetaFilter by reshet at 4:29 PM on February 5, 2017 (13 comments)

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Musician Evan Desautels remixed Barenaked Ladies' hit, One Week, replacing every instrument with its earworm opening lyrics,"It's been." He previously remixed the theme to Star Wars, replacing all the instruments with the first orchestral hit.
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 5:03 AM on January 3, 2017 (70 comments)

"Gopher seems to have won out"

In which we meet an adorably-described Mac SE/30 known as the Mother Gopher. The rise and fall of the Gopher protocol.
posted to MetaFilter by duien at 9:42 PM on January 1, 2017 (55 comments)

Uplifting Culture for 2017

The Guardian has a new series on uplifting culture for 2017 that includes films that are uplifting (rather than the often cliched 'inspirational' genre).
posted to MetaFilter by ellieBOA at 4:45 AM on January 2, 2017 (24 comments)

Faking fake

Still File, by Skrekkøgle, is a series of photographs staged to resemble e.g. unconvincingly photorealistic raytraced 3D graphics. Making-of photos included. Skrekkøgle hijinks previously.
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 10:10 PM on January 2, 2017 (20 comments)

The Best Medicine

2016 was a very, very bad year no matter how you slice it. In tough times, comedy is often a form of escape that people turn to when they need comforting. With that in mind, [Splitsider] asked our contributors to pick the one piece of comedy in any form that they turn to when they really need cheering up. We’ll be sharing their choices throughout the week in a package we’re calling “The Best Medicine.”

posted to MetaFilter by Etrigan at 9:44 AM on December 28, 2016 (11 comments)


The farmer who built her own broadband
posted to MetaFilter by Michele in California at 8:06 AM on December 26, 2016 (32 comments)


Jim Estill put up $1.5 million to bring 58 families to Canada. He found them homes, gave them jobs and even bought one man a dollar store. How the mild-mannered CEO of an appliance company became the Oskar Schindler of Guelph. [slTorontoLife]
posted to MetaFilter by cichlid ceilidh at 6:50 AM on December 21, 2016 (14 comments)

An Oral History of Shazaam

An Oral History of Shazaam, the semi-beloved but instantly-recognizable 90's movie starring Sinbad, compiled by Amelia Tait.
posted to MetaFilter by Greg Nog at 10:26 AM on December 21, 2016 (68 comments)

Jeopardy Champion

When Cindy Stowell was called by the Jeopardy producers about having earned a chance to audition, she told them it would have to be fast; she had Stage IV colon cancer and an estimated six months to live. Stowell passed away on December 5, eight days before the first day of her winning streak began to air. After Tuesday night's show Cindy’s six-day total is $103,803 (U.S.), which she donated to cancer research.
posted to MetaFilter by roomthreeseventeen at 1:14 PM on December 21, 2016 (43 comments)

A murder of dancers and crows

French dancer Marie-Laure Agrapart performs beautifully choreographed routines that most notably involve her dance partner, an exceptionally trained black crow.
posted to MetaFilter by _Mona_ at 2:55 PM on December 21, 2016 (6 comments)

"It's like the taste of my Grandma's sofa."

Washington Post writer Monica Hesse ruminates on an annual office party snack tradition (The giant tri-flavor holiday popcorn tin sends a message, which is, “I was thinking of you, but not until I was already in the checkout aisle of Big Lots.”) and speaks with the CEO of one of the major producers (“If you lined up all of our holiday popcorn tins that we produced in 2016, you could start at the White House and end at Fenway Park in Boston.”). Meanwhile, Post staffers compare an expensive tin to a cheap one to answer the culinary question "Is there really a difference between holiday popcorn brands?" (video, no captions).
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:29 PM on December 21, 2016 (95 comments)

Virtual reconstructions of lost Frank Lloyd Wright buildings

Spanish architect David Romero is rebuilding lost Frank Lloyd Wright masterworks in new color visualizations, created using 3D rendering software and Photoshop. So far he has posted highly realistic color pictures of Wright's Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, and the Rose and Gertrude Pauson House in Phoenix.
posted to MetaFilter by beagle at 8:33 AM on December 22, 2016 (5 comments)

Is there a "Couch to 5k" for creativity?

I'm in my early thirties and I don't think I've ever been creative. I just don't think I have much imagination for those kinds of things. But it's something I think I'd like in my life, and I'm a little bewildered where to start. Is creativity or imagination something I can learn (or be taught), or is it more innate?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by A Robot Ninja at 7:50 AM on November 30, 2016 (15 comments)

Young Blood

A short song on a new ukulele about a thing I saw from a helicopter in Hawaii.
posted to MeFi Music by cortex at 12:08 AM on September 22, 2016 (6 comments)
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