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Mastodon is having its moment in the sun

Mastodon's popularity is soaring, and it's all due to the chaotic actions of one man. As people explore what else is on offer for social media, Mastodon has emerged as a viable open-source alternative, with no ads. Reuters has an explainer, as does CNN, New York Times, and the Guardian.
posted to MetaFilter by toastyk at 6:12 AM on November 8, 2022 (413 comments)

What's the latest in cheap cell service?

What are we using for cheap cell service these days? I specifically need a service that will TELL me via text when I have exceeded my data limit and will be charged extra. I just discovered that I have been accidentally leaving my phone with wifi turned off and racking up insane bills with Spectrum and had no idea because they don't text me. So upset.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by HotToddy at 4:08 PM on November 3, 2022 (19 comments)

Less a river of news than a reservoir

Fraidycat (Mac/Windows/Linux/Chrome/Firefox) is a "feedspeeder" for following blogs, Twitter accounts, Twitch streams, and more. Unlike RSS readers or social media news feeds, heavily active follows are given equal weight with less active follows, letting you scan several follows quickly. You can also tag your follows and organize them by how frequently you want to check up on them. (h/t Robin Sloan)
posted to MetaFilter by Cash4Lead at 8:21 AM on March 23, 2021 (9 comments)

The Show with the Mouse

Die Sendung mit der Maus (German link) is the oldest kids' show on German TV - it first aired in 1971. Its main charm was its unhurried, affirming and positive approach to children's stories and children's questions. Despite multiple makeovers, the basic format remains the same: each episode has animated shorts (Lachgeschichten) and documentaries about everyday things (Sachgeschichten). But most of all, we children loved the Maus Spots that separated the individual blocks from each other: charming, wordless adventures of a very big, orange mouse and a very small, purple elephant. The best thing is: It's all available online and if your kids are like mine, they will love Mouse and Elephant, too.
posted to MetaFilter by Omnomnom at 1:31 PM on June 19, 2018 (14 comments)

What is the VERY BEST book of Christmas sheet music for piano?

Hi, I'm an intermediate piano player* who would like to learn to play Christmas music on the piano. I'm looking for fairly straightforward, but beautiful, versions of the classics, and would like to buy a single book rather than finding versions of each song individually. I'd particularly like to learn "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". What book would you recommend?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by capricorn at 5:44 AM on December 8, 2020 (3 comments)

Fess Up About Your Favorite YouTube Channels

I've found lots of good channels over the years from posts on the Blue...but that surely is only the icing on a delicious, curated cake. Share your favorite youtube channels!
posted to MetaTalk by maxwelton at 8:37 PM on December 3, 2020 (68 comments)

Let's start from the beginning

I want to learn more about the history of Europe, with a particular focus on Germany. I'm not interested in the 20th century yet, I feel like that's starting at the end of the story. Do you have book, documentary, series recommendations for me?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by LizBoBiz at 2:06 AM on July 13, 2018 (15 comments)

Easiest way to learn German?

What is the easiest and most constructive way to learn German? Would it be best to start with the prononucitations first, since they seem the most difficult to grapple with? Should one learn how to spell it first or speak it first? Is a tutor worth the financial investment and time? How long does it usually take to learn casual German? Thanks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by RearWindow at 10:35 PM on August 11, 2017 (11 comments)

Probable move to Germany and I have SO MANY QUESTIONS

It's looking like there's a very good possibility that I will be transferring to my company's home office in Munich, Germany by the end of the year. We would be there for 3-4 years. I have never been out of the US for more than 1 day. I have a bazillion questions inside!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by LizBoBiz at 8:44 AM on September 8, 2017 (41 comments)

Spanish videos like Sachgeschichten?

I'm learning Spanish and something which I found really helpful when learning German was Sachgeschichten - short educational videos about diverse topics aimed at children. Is there any equivalent in Spanish?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by neilb449 at 6:13 AM on October 31, 2017 (2 comments)

Good ways to cram German

I’m applying for a job which will require my German language skills and if I get an interview it may be in German. I haven’t practiced much German for the last 10 years so I need to start brushing up now. Any ideas how I can do this? Recommendations for books music films or TV shows that could help? Bonus points if you can tell me how to learn the kind of jargon I’ll need to sell myself in an interview!!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EatMyHat at 3:00 AM on November 21, 2018 (10 comments)

“Anyways, it winds up bein’ some aliens...”

“I had this idea for a video game.”
Soft spoken YouTuber The CrafsMan describes the plot of his conceptual Aliens vs. Shovels video game No-Dig Bill.
posted to MetaFilter by Atom Eyes at 1:43 AM on October 24, 2020 (12 comments)

Nonreligious quote for a holiday card when the world is terrible

I'm hoping you can help me find a short, nice quote for our holiday card that acknowledges the horribleness of 2020 without being too hokey or depressing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pintapicasso at 5:28 PM on October 9, 2020 (23 comments)

Best gifts for a family of 3-6 month old

My brother and his wife had a baby in early September. I’m visiting in November and plan on using my skills as a chef to stock their freezer and treat them to one restaurant caliber meal at their home. that makes up for not getting them a baby shower gift. What do I get them for Christmas? They like food, skiing, have very particular aesthetic tastes, and are both normal and practical.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Grandysaur at 9:09 PM on October 5, 2020 (22 comments)

object based image editor?

i'm not even sure how to word this but does Photoshop or some other image editor have a concept of objects? on windows... right now i used a program called bluebeam to approximate what i want but what I am looking for is approximately: a photo editor that lets you work with an object after you create it. so i draw a rectangle then 10 minutes and 50 edits later i realized i want to change the color of that rectangle or resize it. i DONT want to use a stretch tool or recolor, i want to grab little grips on the side of the rectangle and then drag it to the new size or somehow edit its properties (or god forbid change text i added). paint.net and paint 3D both assume once you are done with that thing that is now PERMANENTLY part of that layer and you can never revise the element. the key challenge of why I am doing this in a photo editor is i need a pixel accurate canvas size and objects need to be pixel accurate so bluebeam (or haha using word or ppt which both get me appx there) fail at the pixel accurate canvas size with an image file output...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by chasles at 10:41 AM on July 14, 2020 (14 comments)

hack. slash. loot. lather. rinse. repeat.

Minecraft Dungeons [YouTube][Launch Trailer] “Minecraft Dungeons, out May 26 on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC (where I’ve been playing it), takes Minecraft’s characters and blocky aesthetic and maps it onto an isometric dungeon crawler where you mash cooldown abilities while running through mob-infested forests, swamps, and volcanic caves. The story sees you save a village from malevolent forces, but really the goal is to kill lots of stuff, get stronger loot, and then kill even more stuff.” [via: Kotaku]
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 7:12 AM on May 26, 2020 (33 comments)

Low Budget Broadway

Actress Mary Neely decided to lip sync her favourite moments from Broadway musicals. The results are glorious.
posted to MetaFilter by GhostintheMachine at 9:40 AM on April 19, 2020 (6 comments)

What Armenians should know about life in America

What Armenians should know about life in America. The US has always done an excellent job of marketing itself as the promised land, and the global reach of its mass-cultural and media exports to support that narrative is unrivaled. So, I don’t really need to tell you what is potentially good about it. Instead, I’ll speak to the more ambiguous notes.
posted to MetaFilter by simmering octagon at 6:32 PM on April 4, 2020 (42 comments)

What should an executive director of a small non-profit know?

There is a chance that I will become the executive director of the small non-profit where I work (15 employees, few funders, annual budget under $3 million). If I don't become the executive director, I will likely take on several related duties. So: specifically what are books and other resources that I can take in to help me figure out this new role?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kensington314 at 12:23 PM on March 4, 2020 (7 comments)

Advice and Books for First Time Managers?

I recently got a promotion (yay!) and I will be managing direct reports for the first time. I'm really looking forward to this and I want to do a good job of it. I know there are tons of great leaders here on Metafilter and I'd love to hear from you. What advice would you give a first time manager, especially a woman? Are there any books you found especially interesting or helpful?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by chatongriffes at 9:11 AM on March 4, 2020 (17 comments)

I’m the Type of Person Who Posts This on Metafilter

Dan Brooks on the culture of Types, the difference between being things and doing them, and the freedom to become something other than what you are now.
posted to MetaFilter by sallybrown at 5:00 PM on February 8, 2020 (38 comments)

Values and Goals

What are your favorite exercises for working through your values? And what tools do you use to set and keep track of your goals? I'm trying to figure out what I value and use that to come up with some goals for myself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by switcheroo at 6:12 PM on February 2, 2020 (7 comments)

German language resources

Looking to revise my rusty German language skills as I will need them for work. Can you recommend me resources like books, podcasts, movies etc that I could immerse myself in? I studied German for many years before letting it slide so assume I know the grammar and can understand material intended for native speakers with a bit of effort. Bonus: anything using international/European relations vocabulary.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EatMyHat at 11:19 AM on December 12, 2019 (9 comments)

Haunt me

I used to read every horror novel I could get my hands on, but for the past several years I've been reading in other genres. I miss curling up with a good scary book, and today's dark, rainy weather reminded me that I have a lovely 10 days of stayacation ahead of me. What should I read?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by invincible summer at 3:21 PM on November 20, 2019 (41 comments)

:siren: calling all ice cream making mefites :siren:

I make a lot of ice cream, but I've never made just plain vanilla ice cream, which is what I've been charged with for an upcoming celebration. What's the best vanilla ice cream you've ever made? Please share your secrets!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by everybody had matching towels at 9:59 AM on November 18, 2019 (14 comments)

honest, narrative, and straightforward

I am almost done with Normal People and I want more.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by quadrilaterals at 6:24 AM on November 15, 2019 (21 comments)

Leadership porn, a subset of competence porn

Some books I've read have featured characters who are really good at delegating tasks to the right people, figuring out what makes people tick in such a way as to best encourage/empower them, having honor/integrity as a leader in a way that inspires people to follow them, etc. Being really competent at leading/managing. Turns out I love this and want more!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Cozybee at 9:56 AM on October 15, 2019 (22 comments)

Cozy, satisfying historical fiction for Fall

As Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere, I am hoping to curl up with some historical fiction that could be described as cozy. For example, scenes in firelit rooms while it rains outside; passing long, chilly nights; comfy interiors; hearty meals.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by delight at 4:58 PM on October 4, 2019 (30 comments)

Pregnancy books for a feminist dad-to-be

My partner is unexpectedly pregnant. We're both early 30s and contemplating keeping the pregnancy. It's the first time for both of us. I - a standard-issue cis white guy - want to read books for expectant partners, as distinct from other kinds of pregnancy books, but my god does that genre contain a lot of crap. Can anyone recommend books with good politics for partners-of-pregnant-people?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 6:18 AM on July 3, 2019 (16 comments)

Campfire songs with a baseline

I love singalong campfire songs where the groups sing different parts. Can you give examples, with links?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by nouvelle-personne at 9:06 AM on September 7, 2019 (12 comments)

Demonstrating leadership skills

How would you demonstrate leadership skills, in the context of applying for jobs, if you have never managed a team or been someone’s supervisor, and are not really the sort of person who takes charge in a group setting?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EatMyHat at 11:10 PM on August 24, 2019 (5 comments)

Where can I find business case studies?

I got hooked on reading business case studies (they're like a weird cousin of longform magazine articles -- I just like 'em), and I've run out of my supplies. The Harvard Business Review books don't appear to be case studies, but mostly articles (and I generally don't enjoy HBR articles). I'm happy to pay for them, but buying case studies from HBR one at a time is prohibitively expensive. I've found a few released by consulting firms in the wild, but I would love a stable source of them. Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by lieberschnitzel at 6:31 AM on July 3, 2019 (6 comments)

Advice for an American wanting to expatriate permanently?

I'm 44 and single, and I live a reasonably decent life in Manhattan, but the values of my country (insofar as Manhattan reflects the U.S.) don't suit me anymore. I've been considering restarting in Europe or Canada.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 8:56 AM on June 6, 2019 (22 comments)

Radical protest music

I read this article with Tom Morello and he says “Don’t wait around for Rage Against The Machine. Form your own band and get it done". I'm struggling to think of any bands that are doing their kind of protest rock today. Any suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by adept256 at 9:55 PM on May 28, 2019 (23 comments)

Recommend a fantasy novel?

Becoming a bit bored with all the sci-fi - can someone recommend a fantasy novel? (Specific interests inside)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by UMDirector at 9:25 AM on May 22, 2019 (51 comments)

The Social Justice Toolbox: a resource for educators & facilitators

Created by Meg Bolger, the Social Justice Toolbox has lesson plans/activity guides for educators and facilitators who want to introduce issues of diversity and inclusion in their classes and workshops. Activities range from low to high trust requirements and topics cover a range of social justice issues including race and racism; what it means (and how to be) an ally; privilege; intersectionality; respectful pronoun use.
posted to MetaFilter by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:14 AM on May 13, 2019 (6 comments)

YouTubers to subscribe to

Looking for recommendations for underrated YouTubers. I currently subscribe to a few illustrators/animation artists, Ask A Mortician, some Let's Players, and generally enjoy highly skilled people demonstrating or explaining what they do best. But for the purposes of this question let's assume non genre specific. Please recommend me anyone who is producing regular high quality content that isn't already super famous. Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dragonfruit at 11:40 PM on April 27, 2019 (29 comments)

When rivers were trails

R Oregon Trail series computer game of the 1980s and ’90s had narratives from the point of view of settlers traveling from Independence, Missouri to Oregon, it neglected the stories of the very people who lived on those lands. Enter a new game: When Rivers Were Trails, a Native-themed decision-based RPG created with the help of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and Michigan State University’s Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab and financial support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. In the game, an Anishinaabeg player in the 1890s is displaced from Fond du Lac in Minnesota due to the impact of land allotments. They make their way to the Northwest and eventually venture into California.You can download and play it now.
posted to MetaFilter by ChuraChura at 8:52 AM on April 25, 2019 (4 comments)

UX pros, what are even doing with these prototypes

I know that this isn't a UX-focused forum and this is a very niche question but here we go. I'm a UX designer and I really like using Axure because it lets me quickly mock up realistic interactions with conditional logic and a data set that I can manipulate easily. For a bunch of reasons I've been tasked with looking into alternatives and I'm not having much luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bleep at 12:11 PM on April 18, 2019 (14 comments)

Post-post-collapse fiction?

I've read plenty of speculative fiction taking place in the years/decades following the collapse of society (for various definitions of "the collapse of society"). I'm looking for recommendations for post-post-collapse fiction, taking place after society has begun to rebuild itself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by showbiz_liz at 1:28 PM on April 12, 2019 (60 comments)

Help with agricultural career ideas

I started listening to the "Farm to Taber" podcast, which is all about food production and systems, and it has me thinking about switching careers. Currently, I'm a K-12 tutor with a Master's Degree in History. I'm quick on the uptake with math, science, literature, systems of rules, etc. but a bit slow on manual tasks--it would be a sharp learning curve for me to fix tractors or similar. Basically, I want a job that helps feed people, whether that's through making sure things are manufactured and distributed correctly, or that farmers have resources to make their crops thrive. I have zero experience working on a farm or in the farming industry, except that I've taken care of horses and dogs most of my life. What are some ways to dip my toe in the agricultural waters? And what are some interesting careers (with educational / experience requirements, please) to pursue?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Alex Haist at 7:43 AM on April 10, 2019 (11 comments)

"Fountane Of" by Doranna Durgin

Short story "Fountane Of" on Curious Fictions Author-described "short, sharp, and not very sweet. Plus, time-traveling janitor!"
posted to MetaFilter by readinghippo at 12:51 PM on March 23, 2019 (9 comments)

Things we can do every year on our kids' birthdays

Last year we gave my son a canvas and some paint and he fingerpainted a picture on his first birthday. We plan to do the same activity on his second birthday. What else could we incorporate, year after year, that wouldn't be overly taxing/$$ and would be fun to watch progress over the years?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by melodykramer at 11:54 AM on March 6, 2019 (7 comments)

Please recommend books with lots of exploding spaceships

One of my favorite kinds of science fiction is “naval warfare in space”. I love strategy, huge fleets of ships, and long, slow setups to big explosions. I think “The Hand Of God” and “Resurrection Ship” were among the best episodes of Battlestar Galactica, but get bored with all the bits that aren’t talking tactics. If a book has a picture of battleships on the cover, I’m likely to at least pick it up. Please recommend your favorite “space combat” science fiction!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by a device for making your enemy change his mind at 11:35 AM on February 20, 2019 (52 comments)

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

Through trial and error (mostly error, he says), Vermonter Peter Burke has developed a great way to enjoy fresh greens year-round without special equipment and at low cost. He describes his method in a book and a podcast. Yankee ingenuity at its finest.
posted to MetaFilter by No Robots at 12:29 PM on January 16, 2019 (14 comments)

Best guitar iPhone adapter and app combo?

I'm buying a guitar for a beginner and would like to also pick up an adapter so they can plug right into their iPhone to play with various guitar tones/pedals/etc. What's the best combo of guitar ➡️gizmo ➡️iPhone ➡️app for a non-pro?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gwint at 7:41 AM on January 16, 2019 (11 comments)

Last names that are widely recognizable as only fictional characters?

Give me some last names that are instantly and widely recognizable as being fictional characters and only fictional characters. Good examples: Baggins, Skywalker, McFly. Bad examples: Wayne (Bruce), Bond (James), Jones (Indiana). The latter set could all conceivably be real names and the joke doesn't land.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Cool Papa Bell at 9:15 AM on January 2, 2019 (76 comments)

SF&F books about cities

I'd like to find a specific kind of fantasy and/or SF book. About a person who arrives at and explores a large, complex city, its society, neighborhoods, etc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by signal at 2:21 PM on December 30, 2018 (38 comments)

What's the best small mp3 player out there?

What's the best small mp3 player out there?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by saladin at 12:25 PM on December 31, 2018 (13 comments)

So, 10 Years Ago...

...Kattullus gave me a membership as a Yule gift, apparently out of grave doubts that I would never get around to it on my own. This is my 10th Longest Night of the Year with all of you, and I just wanted to say thanks for all the posts, comments, retorts, favorites, flags, mod deletions, card clubs, meet ups, memails, and general hijinx. You’ve made my life richer.
posted to MetaTalk by GenjiandProust at 7:23 AM on December 21, 2018 (38 comments)
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