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Orange you glad you got your Nickelodeon?

Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game. As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert -- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon. Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire. Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat." But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and All That. To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside)
posted to MetaFilter by Rhaomi at 1:33 PM on July 25, 2011 (113 comments)

Boredom from having thought about myself to answer all these questions

Proust is a way for you and your family to share and preserve your stories, one question at a time. The site takes its name from the Proust Questionnaire. Stories can be viewed in several different ways and be set as private or public.
posted to MetaFilter by unliteral at 10:06 PM on July 19, 2011 (17 comments)

How to make high quality podcast doing interviews?

I'm starting a podcast where I will likely be interviewing people in their offices with different acoustic environments. I have a Zoom H2. Keeping it as simple as possible, exactly what techniques and software (on OS X) do I need to get the interview at a high level of audio quality, and make a high quality podcast out of it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by shivohum at 12:40 PM on July 13, 2011 (13 comments)

Vox Roma

Over 143 episodes of audio, Mike Duncan has covered the founding of Rome through the Crisis of the Third Century in his History of Rome podcast [previously], having now reached the last pagan Emperor, Julian The Apostate. Enlivened by drawing on comparisons to popular culture, from The Empire Strikes Back (when Hannibal makes his appearance) to The Godfather (as a metaphor for Rome's social client system), Mr Duncan's work makes for fun, informative 25-minute sessions with the greatest empire of the ancient western world. If you're interested in more, the podcasts could be handily supplemented with...
posted to MetaFilter by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:32 PM on July 10, 2011 (42 comments)

Recommend me some mellow, non-electronic two-player strategy games.

My spouse and I are looking for some new board/card games - can you help?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by expialidocious at 3:04 PM on June 11, 2011 (72 comments)

More Android questions...

So I have switched to Android and have some questions...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dobbs at 11:00 AM on May 31, 2011 (20 comments)

SLRP (R=reddit). PDF Paradise!

"Have any of you ever found a great PDF online?"
posted to MetaFilter by grumblebee at 9:01 AM on March 26, 2011 (52 comments)

How can we get 3 pets, 1 with issues, across the country?

How can we get our pets across the country?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 2:17 PM on September 26, 2010 (14 comments)


Pants! I want men's pants that are not jeans, not khakis, don't need to be ironed, can be worn to a casual office with a nice shirt, and cost less than $50.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Cool Papa Bell at 10:55 AM on February 7, 2011 (33 comments)

Horror set in space

Looking for recommendations of horror stories set in space - movies, TV shows/episodes, books, comics, games etc. Bonus points for 'ghost ship'/'haunted house' story constructions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by slimepuppy at 1:13 PM on February 6, 2011 (43 comments)

Best iPad Development Tools?

I have been having a wonderful time making a vaporware iPad app using the templates on Omnigraffle, and want to make it real. Other than the Stanford iPhone class, O'Reilly Books, and Stack Overflow, what are other good resources I need for learning to build an iPad app?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rockindata at 11:04 PM on January 11, 2011 (8 comments)

Monolingual no more

I've been doing LAMP web development for about ten years. I'd like to learn a new language to diversify my skills. What language should I choose?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ixohoxi at 12:01 PM on January 7, 2011 (32 comments)

Hacking Whole Foods?

Hacking Whole Foods: Give me your best suggestions and tips for finding LOW-priced options at Whole Foods that are not available in typical, mainstream chain grocery stores.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Cool Papa Bell at 1:45 PM on January 6, 2011 (56 comments)

Help me not know what I just saw.

What are the most inexplicable internet videos you know of?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cmoj at 12:28 PM on December 28, 2010 (85 comments)

crafty movies

I really enjoy watching skilled craftspeople do their thing. Please suggest some TV shows that document an individual showing off their skills.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by SueDenim at 4:18 PM on December 26, 2010 (20 comments)

How do I get online prescription glasses?

Walk me through getting prescription glasses online, please.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mygothlaundry at 9:58 AM on November 30, 2010 (25 comments)

The Art of War

What books have helped you succeed and grow professionally? Although recommendations like Getting Things Done or How To Win Friends And Influence People would be great, I would also like to hear about fiction or non-business books that you have read that have positively impacted your career. I am familiar with this thread about particular fields. I am more interested in books that have helped you generally in your career, regarding topics as diverse as work ethic, courage, communication, organization, leadership, relationships, work-life balance, etc. If the Men's Style Manual has impacted your career, bring it on!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jasondigitized at 12:34 PM on October 22, 2010 (28 comments)

We've tried nothin' and we're all out of ideas.

My kid is bad. I need a book to teach me how to make her not be bad anymore.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ND¢ at 9:54 AM on September 23, 2010 (59 comments)

Rapid Ruby on Rails indoctrination

At year's end, I'm transitioning to a new web dev department that uses RoR extensively. Problem is, I've been a PHP/mySQL guy my whole working life. Help me bone up on my RoR, stat!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 6:55 AM on September 20, 2010 (9 comments)

Blalock's Clones

Blalock's Indie Playlist is a pretty good way for me to find new music. However, it's rather indie-centric and my tastes in music are more diverse than that. Are there any other playlists on the internet that do the same kind of thing except with different genres?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fizzzzzzzzzzzy at 1:22 PM on September 7, 2010 (11 comments)

Help me put my best foot forward at work

What is your personal code of conduct at work? What are the things you learned over the years about the do's and don'ts at work, irrespective of the industry you are in?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by xm at 8:53 PM on September 5, 2010 (88 comments)

Quality over quantity

The Perfect Five posts five songs per week(ish): a recent hit, a cover, a classic, a remix, and a wildcard. "A music blog for people who don't have time for music blogs."
posted to MetaFilter by theodolite at 2:05 PM on August 24, 2010 (10 comments)

News Arts Argument

frontsection.net is a tasteful, politically right-on and truly curatorial take on aggregating web content. Careful, combined with an MF habit, this is going to eat up a lot of hours. Although the site is MetaFilter-inspired, all links are the fruit of one intrepid reader whose work, it must be admitted, sometimes grinds to a halt for up to a week at a time.
posted to MetaFilter by Roachbeard at 10:59 PM on August 14, 2010 (36 comments)

Board Games with Scott!

Confused in Catan? Conflicted about Carcassonne? Puzzled in Puerto Rico? You've heard about all these awesome new board games that are out these days, but don't know where to begin? Help is here! Scott Nicholson knows all about 'em, and will explain them in great detail in his video series Board Games With Scott!
posted to MetaFilter by JHarris at 2:31 AM on August 8, 2010 (56 comments)

Unfulfilled lunchtime.

I have a bad habit of buying lunch while at work. What can I make for lunch that will fulfill my super-strong cravings for huge burritos and greasy pizza?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sucre at 9:52 AM on June 22, 2010 (33 comments)

Must Read Soccer and other soccer blogs

Must Read Soccer has one aim: To bring you the best writing in English on football, wherever we find it, fresh almost daily, and without favor.
posted to MetaFilter by Joe Beese at 8:45 AM on June 6, 2010 (15 comments)

Guido's Python

Guido's Python: Introduction is part of a series by Yaniv Aknin which seeks to look at the programming language through the eyes of Guido van Rossum, author of the language (and mentioned previously).
posted to MetaFilter by Deathalicious at 1:14 PM on May 12, 2010 (67 comments)

It has to give me a pony ride too!

I'm looking for a completely minimal blog/cms/wordpress skin.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by codacorolla at 11:58 AM on April 30, 2010 (15 comments)

What to do in Lyon?

Travelfilter: things to do in Lyon (France)?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by altolinguistic at 9:55 AM on March 9, 2006 (9 comments)

Where's the funny

Where can I find the funniest posts on mefi?
posted to MetaTalk by yawper at 12:21 PM on April 7, 2010 (120 comments)

Reasonably priced tax preparation software that doesn't require me to put my info online?

I need recommendations for consumer tax preparation software, other than TurboTax.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by elfgirl at 8:08 AM on January 10, 2009 (6 comments)

Plane crashes in to the word trade center.

Plane crashes in to the word trade center. Apologies for not linking to anything besides the main CNN page but there are no full stories on this yet. The plane crashed into the building about six minutes ago, from what the TV is saying. We are about sixty blocks north and we can see the smoke over the skyline.
posted to MetaFilter by karen at 5:58 AM on September 11, 2001 (491 comments)

Some helpful sites

Stackoverflow is great for getting questions answered, but sometimes I want to fix up someone else's code, or learn Python by doing, or solve some language-agnostic puzzles, even if they're meant for high schoolers or undergraduates. Sometimes I try to wrap my mind around some incomprehensible or deceptively comprehensible programs. Sometimes I want to write Haskell in C++ or one- liners in Python.
posted to MetaFilter by d. z. wang at 10:58 PM on March 6, 2010 (14 comments)

Best way to pay debt collectors?

Now that I am able, I would like to pay the debts I have accrued over the past few years. When confronted with debt collectors, what is the best way to deal with them so that this positively impacts my credit report?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Loto at 5:41 PM on October 15, 2009 (12 comments)

Like KoL set in Victorian London and everything's being stolen?

Web-based RPGs similar to Kingdom of Loathing?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Dysk at 9:36 AM on February 20, 2010 (6 comments)

Better Recipe Websites

Trying to improve my cooking skills, but every recipe website I've looked at is terrible. Anything better out there? How about OS X recipe apps?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by nostrich at 6:01 PM on February 18, 2010 (31 comments)

The R Project for Statistical Computing

R is quickly becoming the programming language for data analysis and statistics. R (an implementation of S) is free, open-source, and has hundreds of packages available. You can use it on the command-line, through a GUI, or in your favorite text editor. Use it with Python, Perl, or Java. Sweave R code into LaTeX documents for reproducible research.
posted to MetaFilter by parudox at 4:07 PM on February 15, 2010 (114 comments)

Looking for a new book similar to Pillars of the Earth

What are some books that are similar in storyline and writing style to Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fogonlittlecatfeet at 5:21 PM on February 3, 2010 (21 comments)

I cast Magic Missile at the darkness!

"I guess it's the stereotype of playing it - [the players] are usually fat, sweaty, hairy dorky men who are socially inept who happen to live in their mom's basement."

Dungeons & Dragons, the 1974 published fantasy role-playing game that once delivered your child to Satan, is still associated with self-deprecating nerds, played in secret (along with embarrassed "comings out") and scorned by jocks/Salon writers and their cheerleader girlfriends everywhere.

But what better way to break, or affirm, the stereotypes, than by listening to a 4th Edition D&D game being played, featuring not just by some scrubs off the street, oh no, but the creators of Penny Arcade, Tycho and Gabe? Still not tempted? How about if we throw loved/hated Star Trek actor, prodigious blogger and all round nice guy Wil Wheaton into the mix?

All files available as Podcasts and/or embedded in page. Warning: audio links feature some strong language.
posted to MetaFilter by Rei Toei at 6:12 AM on January 22, 2010 (240 comments)

Network administrator advice

I landed my first Network/System Administrator job! Looking for pointers and suggestions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bsexton at 6:27 AM on December 28, 2009 (25 comments)

Donald Barthelme’s Syllabus

Donald Barthelme’s Syllabus: I was given secondhand a list of eighty-one books, the recommendations of Donald Barthelme to his students. Barthelme’s only guidance ... was to attack the books “in no particular order, just read them.” Two of the books, Knut Hamsun’s Hunger and Flaubert’s Letters (numbers 15, 40), were written in the twentieth century, most in the past thirty years. And all have that dizzying sense of otherness and surprise common to great books, an affluence of vitality. There’s not a dull read in the group.
posted to MetaFilter by geoff. at 7:14 AM on December 22, 2009 (50 comments)

Open-ended games?

I would like to find a computer game with a mechanic that rewards constant play (eg, levelling up). What do you recommend?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by nostrich at 1:54 PM on December 8, 2009 (27 comments)

Help me get into the spirit!!

Help a "non present" person adjust their attitude during this holiday season, or any time of year for that matter.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Melismata at 8:35 AM on December 2, 2009 (22 comments)

Best video game blogs?

What are the best video game blogs out there today?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kmz at 11:59 AM on December 1, 2009 (23 comments)

Cheap Talk - Econ and game theory from Jeff Ely and Sandeep Baliga

On pinball's downfall; draft Scrabble; strategies for choosing a seat; visiting our old friend, swoopo.com; and meatball theory: various and sundry economical, game theoretical, and miscellaneous morsels from the folks at Cheap Talk.
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 4:33 PM on November 18, 2009 (53 comments)

"Got any ideas?" "Actually not."

An incredibly detailed reconstruction of US Airways flight 1549, from takeoff to ditching in the Hudson. The first video is an animation of the flight, with audio from the LGA tower and a transcription of the discussion between Capt. Sullenberger and F/O Skiles. The work also includes reconstructed radar target displays, radar returns of the birds, and various audio transcripts. Based on the NTSB docket, released in June 2009.
posted to MetaFilter by Ella Fynoe at 6:57 AM on November 12, 2009 (51 comments)
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