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"Want Me To Kick His Ass?"

In 2000, Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart had a problem with the cast of The West Wing.
posted to MetaFilter by timsteil at 7:06 AM on May 2, 2013 (17 comments)

2nd gen Asian American writing re: parents and family

I'm looking for something written from a second generation Asian American perspective that starts with this premise: [My parents/family treat(ed) me badly] But does NOT end with this conclusion: [...but they are immigrants and don't know the culture so I can't really judge them, and they sacrificed so much for me and I feel guilty and they just wanted the best for me, so therefore, I love them to pieces].
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dede at 10:36 AM on April 26, 2013 (16 comments)

"Publishing is tremendously susceptible to the availability heuristic"

What Is the Business of Literature?
Publishing is a word that, like the book, is almost but not quite a proxy for the “business of literature.” Current accounts of publishing have the industry about as imperiled as the book, and the presumption is that if we lose publishing, we lose good books. Yet what we have right now is a system that produces great literature in spite of itself. We have come to believe that the taste-making, genius-discerning editorial activity attached to the selection, packaging, printing, and distribution of books to retailers is central to the value of literature. We believe it protects us from the shameful indulgence of too many books by insisting on a rigorous, abstemious diet. Critiques of publishing often focus on its corporate or capitalist nature, arguing that the profit motive retards decisions that would otherwise be based on pure literary merit. But capitalism per se and the market forces that both animate and pre-suppose it aren’t the problem. They are, in fact, what brought literature and the author into being.

posted to MetaFilter by the man of twists and turns at 7:54 AM on April 27, 2013 (62 comments)

Transcript of secret meeting between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt

On the 23 of June, 2011 a secret five hour meeting took place between WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who was under house arrest in rural UK at the time and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. We provide here a verbatim transcript of the majority of the meeting; a close reading, particularly of the latter half, is revealing.

posted to MetaFilter by palbo at 4:38 PM on April 25, 2013 (40 comments)

A few good men (and women)

I'm looking for stories, personal and otherwise, about men and women showing extraordinary devotion, faithfulness, honesty, and integrity in relationships.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sockomatic at 10:52 PM on April 24, 2013 (16 comments)

Putting my best food forward - subconsciously

I know there's been all kinds of research about how people can be influenced in various ways. I'm sure some of this research is of dubious scientific quality, but there's been a lot of it, right? For example, you are more likely to get a cigarette if you ask in someone's right ear. And there are things about who is perceived as having authority or trustworthiness, based on appearance, or physical stance, or whatever. I would like a master list of these kinds of studies, for nefarious reasons outlined below:
posted to Ask MetaFilter by latkes at 5:44 PM on April 21, 2013 (7 comments)

Class-Divided Cities

Beginning with New York and wending its way through to Detroit, The Atlantic Cities has just completed a series of posts exploring geographic class divisions in a dozen cities (actually metro areas) in the U.S., with help from American Community Survey data.
posted to MetaFilter by psoas at 8:03 AM on April 10, 2013 (53 comments)

"I read the fucking books!"

Season three of HBO's acclaimed Game of Thrones series is about to begin, and these nerd-bros aren't happy about it (YT).
posted to MetaFilter by bardic at 8:15 PM on March 27, 2013 (169 comments)

Psychological implications of bigotry

What happens psychologically to people who fight or confront bigotry for longer periods of time? Are there any studies about depression, PTSD or self-esteem issues? How do anti bigotry/discrimination organizations help their members with these problems?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Foci for Analysis at 11:43 AM on March 31, 2013 (8 comments)

This looks like a job for...

SUPERHERO.JS - Creating, testing and maintaining a large JavaScript code base is not easy — especially since great resources on how to do this are hard to find. This page is a collection of the best articles, videos and presentations we've found on the topic.
posted to MetaFilter by Artw at 6:28 AM on March 22, 2013 (10 comments)

What publications give you an advantage in your line of work?

What publications give solid advantages in which lines of work when read regularly? A few examples might be McKinsey when read by HR managers, A List Apart when read by designers, Hacker News when read by programmers, and Poynter when read by journalists. What else is there in these fields and in others that puts a person ahead?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by michaelh at 1:01 PM on February 17, 2013 (16 comments)

The Personal Finance Scam

I'm absolutely shocked, just shocked I tell you. Olen got her start in the personal finance world when she ran a series for the Los Angeles Times called Money Makeover, which involved helping regular folks connect with financial gurus sort out their personal finances. “My question was, did we mislead people?” Olen said. “That was really the genesis of the book.” As she found out, the personal finance industry is a swamp of conflicts of interest, shoddy advice, and prognosticators who profit off of the economic anxiety of everyday Americans.
posted to MetaFilter by bookman117 at 12:14 AM on March 9, 2013 (42 comments)

oh hey guys here's a document that describes everything in detail, nbd

I really like it when an AskMe that could be pretty speculative is answered by someone unexpectedly coming up with an authoritative first-hand document. Anyone have other examples of this?
posted to MetaTalk by threeants at 8:16 PM on March 4, 2013 (47 comments)

Cold Feet or Reasonable Doubts?

My boyfriend treats me wonderfully, like I'm the most important thing on the planet. Now, we are taking our first steps down a very quick path towards Full Lifetime Committment: moving-in, with the understanding that marriage and kids will follow shortly. (Why the speed? I'm 37 with some history of ladytroubles that require maximum time to try and get pregnant.) I was feeling very ready for all this 2-3 months ago, but now am having doubts. Help! Are these standard cold feet, or do you spot any red flags here?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 8:30 AM on February 27, 2013 (26 comments)

Japanese Cooking?

I am in Japan. I can not read or speak Japanese. I am a beginner cook. I have a limited budget; I can experiment but my first attempts better be stupid proof & edible. I am also a goat in that I am willing to eat just about anything (squishy squid, large amounts of raw egg, & crayfish that stare back seem to be at or near my limit; however, I love raw fish of many types & I often eat mystery meat on the streets of Asia). Help me master a few Japanese recipes?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DisreputableDog at 5:28 AM on February 23, 2013 (20 comments)

I love looking around when I'm in public places...

I love looking around when I'm in public places and trying to pick out the people that I think smoke pot. Its fun because statistically there have to be a few people in every crowd that smoke, even if they don't look like they do. I've noticed quite a few drug related threads on Metafilter lately and I've been dying to ask this question: How many Metafilter users smoke marijuana or use or have used other illicit substances regularly. I do realize that I'm supposed to post a link, but I just had to know.
posted to MetaFilter by bytecode at 11:10 PM on July 8, 2001 (98 comments)

Take me home, concrete roads.

Watched Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart several days ago, and am now obsessed with introspective movies/TV series about young students living in Tokyo. Suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by stoneandstar at 8:48 PM on February 17, 2013 (14 comments)

Depression Quest

Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game about living with depression. Pay what you want, or play for free. A portion of the proceeds go to http://iFred.org. Here's a rather perfect trailer for the game.
posted to MetaFilter by naju at 10:15 AM on February 14, 2013 (60 comments)

How can I take baby steps toward writing for tech publications?

How can I take baby steps toward writing for tech publications?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by deathpanels at 10:39 AM on May 3, 2012 (7 comments)

How can I make time slow down?

How can I make time slow down?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by changeling at 9:44 AM on August 18, 2008 (40 comments)

Tell me about investing as a hobby!

I've always had an interest in the stock market and investing but have only given it a small amount of attention. I was recently trying to come up with ideas for a hobby and realized that (a) investing is something I have had a long standing interest in and (b) it's something that people can do as a hobby! What are some resources/guides/books for learning as much as possible about this?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by averageamateur at 5:02 PM on February 5, 2013 (24 comments)

How do I cook healthy food for one?

What are your favorite low-prep, simple, low-carb, healthy meals for one?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Night_owl at 5:07 PM on March 1, 2012 (37 comments)

Holy Results, Batman!

What are your favorite beauty products?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DisreputableDog at 4:53 AM on May 27, 2012 (61 comments)

Futuristic gritty cityscapes

Help me find a post or comment which linked to amazing futuristic cityscapes.
posted to MetaTalk by Happy Dave at 6:37 AM on January 22, 2013 (15 comments)

I need help finding a recent Askme with a list of tech job boards

I thought there was a question recently from someone looking for a job that basically said - "Here is where I'm looking online...is this the best I can do?" Someone in the 3rd or 4th comment provided a list of other job boards to look for work. I think the search and the boards were all IT/tech related but can't remember exactly. I've tried some key word and tag searches and have scanned ask questions though mid-December but can't seem to locate the question. The searcher might have been located near Chicago or the west coast.
posted to MetaTalk by victoriab at 7:06 AM on January 24, 2013 (4 comments)

Winning At Life!

What are some simple changes you made to your day to day life that had big results?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amycup at 4:42 PM on November 1, 2012 (75 comments)

Delicious one-pot meals for busy people?

Please share your best one-pot or slow cooker recipes that make a big hearty batch of simmering deliciousness that you can eat for a couple of days after.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 7:28 AM on November 10, 2012 (22 comments)

This book made you love books, right?

I'm looking for a book that is so wonderful it will renew my joy for reading. Books that don't make you want to sit in a library and luxuriate in the ability to absorb impossibly lovely stories need not apply.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by goosechasing at 8:11 PM on May 28, 2012 (74 comments)

"I bet 'the Board' is spelled b-o-r-e-d."

What is your favorite legendary, hilarious clip?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sallybrown at 2:30 PM on September 22, 2012 (80 comments)

What are your five favourite websites of the last year?

What are the top five awesome websites you've found in the last year?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rudhraigh at 7:39 AM on March 14, 2012 (24 comments)

Hidden gems at the market

I discovered Crystal deodorant a few months ago. I had tried literally every other unscented deodorant on the market and could not find one that held up all day. It turns out that the damned rock you rub on your pits is the greatest deodorant ever, and it had been on the shelf the whole time. What other miracle products are sitting on the shelves at the market, unnoticed as I pass them by in favor of products that are more well known or have bigger advertising budgets?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Balonious Assault at 5:12 PM on January 26, 2012 (68 comments)

What one book could give me a new, useful superpower?

What one book could pretty much give me a new, useful superpower if I follow it and put the methods inside into practice? In my life, I've come across a small handful of books that have really allowed me to learn to do some things that were previously unthinkable to me, and which I'm able to use all the time in my life. I'm most interested in a book that has actually worked to change your life, rather than one that seems like it would be good if you one day got around to following it. Thanks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by surenoproblem at 7:54 AM on September 12, 2012 (78 comments)

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time?

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by skylar at 6:51 AM on December 22, 2012 (76 comments)

How young is too young to get engaged?

What are some good SECULAR reads (books or websites are both great) on getting engaged, marriage, etc.? Particularly for those who are not engaged but would like to get engaged in the (maybe not-so-distant) future. Also, some relationship-specific questions inside. Primarily, when's a good time to get engaged?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by BenS at 2:45 PM on December 18, 2012 (30 comments)

The Board Games Women Make

Ever played Monopoly? Then you've played a board game that was designed by a woman (it was, under its original title, "The Landlord's Game," the creation of Elizabeth Magie). Want to play more board games designed by women? Let's go!
posted to MetaFilter by ocherdraco at 7:32 PM on December 16, 2012 (24 comments)

Data Wankery Inside

I recently got my hands on a copy of Tableau Desktop. It's supposed to be a business intelligence app, but nevermind that. The first thing I did was hook it up to the infodump files!
posted to MetaTalk by aheckler at 6:08 AM on December 16, 2012 (68 comments)

You’re not anonymous

Sumit Suman recently visited a site, did not sign up for anything, did not connect via social media, but got a personal email from the site the next day. Here’s how they did it.
posted to MetaFilter by Foci for Analysis at 3:37 AM on December 12, 2012 (52 comments)

Dad, are you a superhero yet?

You better watch out. My dad's a superhero! A short and sweet story from artist Jon Laing.
posted to MetaFilter by jbickers at 6:52 AM on December 11, 2012 (5 comments)

The Video Games Women Make

"The experiences of women may not be easy to portray in the aggressive world of videogames. If such a game is made - and I hope it is - it will be because its creators demanded to be heard. It will be created because women made it." (Source)
While the vast majority of video game titles are designed primarily by men, women have been a part of video game development since the earliest arcades. Here are some of their games:
posted to MetaFilter by subject_verb_remainder at 12:55 PM on December 1, 2012 (40 comments)


What does it feel like to have ADD or ADHD? I'm looking for specifics rather than generalities, so personal anecdotes are best (preferred over hearsay or lists of symptoms from the internet).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Jason and Laszlo at 6:06 PM on March 19, 2010 (123 comments)

Let's put the cards on the table.

Whether we use them as bookmarks or +1s, many/most of us have multiple things marked as favo(u)rite. But let's get real here for a second: if you really had to name one favo(u)rite post and/or one favo(u)rite comment -- right now, that's it, that's all you get -- what would it be?
posted to MetaTalk by davidjmcgee at 7:12 PM on November 16, 2012 (119 comments)

Oliver Burkeman: "In order to be truly happy... we might actually need to be willing to experience more negative emotions – or, at the very least, to stop running quite so hard from them."

Oliver Burkeman on happiness through negative thinking: "I think many of the techniques that claim to enable us to achieve happiness don’t work. They are too focused on strenuously stamping out any trace of negativity, rather than cultivating the conditions of real happiness... We are all to some extent in its grip, whenever we think that the way to achieve whatever we’re trying to achieve is to go after it vigorously, and that if we believe it will all work out fine then it will." A "five books" interview with the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking.
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 8:32 AM on November 4, 2012 (49 comments)


After having spent one too many years not interacting with the opposite sex, I began to feel like I would never find a partner, and so it is with a sense of urgency that I've decided to invite people to contact me here.
posted to MetaFilter by grobstein at 11:20 PM on October 22, 2012 (170 comments)

"I realized we have a community of people that are highly informed but not *well* informed."

Eating Only Dessert: Why your information diet is probably terrible - "[Clay] Johnson is the author of The Information Diet, a book with a unique core metaphor: heavily processed information, like heavily processed food, isn’t healthy but for some reason we can’t get enough of it. Email. Social networks. Blogs. Online video. People today consume more information than ever before, and typically only consume the things they really, really like. Johnson compares this to a bad diet. “If you only ate what you want then we’d probably put the dessert section at the top of the menu, rather than at the bottom,” he says. “I think the same thing is happening with journalism: we’re going straight to dessert every time.”" PBS Newshour interview with Johnson (~6 min. video with full transcript). Previously: Who wants to hear the truth when they can hear they're right?
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 8:38 AM on October 19, 2012 (39 comments)

Things you probably should have thought of

It is worth overcoming your hatred of lists, your dislike of the word "lifehack," and your distaste of ugly tumblr sites to scroll through the rather revelatory 99 Life Hacks. Highlights include: using a dustpan to fill containers, dental floss to cut cheese and cake, using drink tabs to hold straws, charging phones at hotels using the TV, filtering for spam the easy way, keeping your zipper up on your pants, filtering microwave popcorn, and the secret to locating highway exits. I can't believe I never knew that one...
posted to MetaFilter by blahblahblah at 8:46 PM on October 19, 2012 (174 comments)

Boaler and the math wars

"Milgram and Bishop are opposed to reforms of mathematics teaching and support the continuation of a model in which students learn mathematics without engaging in realistic problems or discussing mathematical methods. They are, of course, entitled to this opinion, and there has been an ongoing, spirited academic debate about mathematics learning for a number of years. But Milgram and Bishop have gone beyond the bounds of reasoned discourse in a campaign to systematically suppress empirical evidence that contradicts their stance. Academic disagreement is an inevitable consequence of academic freedom, and I welcome it. However, responsible disagreement and academic bullying are not the same thing. Milgram and Bishop have engaged in a range of tactics to discredit me and damage my work which I have now decided to make public." Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford, accuses two mathematicians, one her colleague of Stanford, of unethical attempts to discredit her research, which supports "active engagement" with mathematics (aka "reform math") over the more traditional "practicing procedures" approach.
posted to MetaFilter by escabeche at 9:32 PM on October 18, 2012 (119 comments)
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