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Me Plug In

As promised, music from a non-existent top-down space shooter. Instead of the lack of percussion, imagine a chorus of pixellated missile explosions.
posted to MeFi Music by tehloki at 4:59 PM on September 13, 2007 (6 comments)

State of Metafilter, and funding update

It’s been a busy year on Metafilter, with some big changes over the last twelve months.  Some of the hardest changes were the result of the financial difficulties that came to a head last May with significant staffing cuts.  And the best thing to happen for the site was the tremendous outpouring of generosity from Metafilter’s members in response to that financial crisis, through voluntary funding of Metafilter.  

I want to thank all of you again for your support, and give you an update on where site finances are now, how funding has helped, and how we’re trying to make it easier to support the site in a way that works well for you—including a new alternative to PayPal.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 9:40 AM on June 8, 2015 (220 comments)

Is Metafilter compromised?

I hate to be the poster child for tinfoil, but... (dons tinfoil hat): I have recently had several comments deleted from threads relating to the Ukraine crisis.
posted to MetaTalk by NiceKitty at 5:02 AM on March 7, 2014 (272 comments)

Post-Snowden McDonalds

At the McDonalds drive-thru, the first thing they say to me when I pull up is "Welcome Back!". Is this good corporate policy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by shipbreaker at 12:17 PM on January 12, 2014 (58 comments)

Seeking English words with meanings hidden in plain sight

Help me find English words that have meanings hidden in plain sight. For example, it only recently occurred to me that a "quart" is a quarter of a gallon.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by alms at 9:22 AM on May 4, 2010 (136 comments)

Donner Party

Could I get a fuller explanation of the deletion reason for the cannibalism AskMe?
posted to MetaTalk by Chrysostom at 8:28 AM on October 10, 2013 (20 comments)

Party foul, or reason for jihad?

Party foul, or unforgivable etiquette breach?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dejah420 at 9:41 AM on June 8, 2009 (171 comments)

It's been nice knowing you all.

I just had a comment summarily deleted because it might have been an unpopular opinion. This keeps happening. Thus, I have no reason to participate here anymore as a member. The moderation has now become stifling and schoolmarmish. It was nice while it lasted.
posted to MetaTalk by DecemberBoy at 4:03 AM on July 7, 2013 (1 comment)

Possibly Screwed?

My best friend bought a motorcycle out of state (seller in OR, we're in WA). Seller claimed to have 'misplaced' the title and would send it to friend ASAP. Trusting the guy, my friend didn't even get a Bill of Sale. Two months later, tabs have expired, no title and seller AWOL. I suspect he bought a salvage title bike and since he (facepalm) didn't get a Bill of Sale, he might be out several thousand dollars. Does anyone know of any action my friend can take?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by black8 at 12:44 PM on October 2, 2012 (6 comments)

Obama Works It

Obama Works It
posted to MetaFilter by Evernix at 10:59 AM on September 29, 2012 (118 comments)

An insatiable kingpin of international meme laundering

TED Fellow Evgeny Morozov (previously, previously) calls bullshit on the "increasingly" "simplistic" "anxiety-peddling futurology" surrounding the TED conference in generally and especially the new TED book Hybrid Reality by Ayesha & Parag Khanna.
posted to MetaFilter by bbuda at 11:11 PM on August 4, 2012 (53 comments)

Introducing Nap Time!

Introducing Nap Time!, the latest, most effective tool for child tantrum prevention! (SLYT)
posted to MetaFilter by robocop is bleeding at 6:54 AM on June 7, 2012 (57 comments)

.231 isn't even a very good batting average.

Next time, can we discuss the FPP and not the via link?
posted to MetaTalk by neckro23 at 5:11 PM on April 11, 2012 (25 comments)

Strong Like Bear

The Truck They Couldn't Drown Watch agog as this Rasputin of Russian trucks conspicuously fails to give up the ghost crossing a Siberian river.
posted to MetaFilter by ironjelly at 5:43 PM on January 21, 2012 (66 comments)

" I've always been acutely aware of how much society hates me because I'm disabled"

"The other day I was having a conversation with a Tory who accused me of using "strong language" when I pointed out that welfare reform is forcing disabled people to commit suicide. He felt there's no forcing going on. I had to explain that one needs money to live in this world, if you deny people money they have no way of carrying on."
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 11:45 AM on December 6, 2011 (120 comments)

I'll take "bad ideas in advertising" for $10,000, Alex

In which our illustrious founder details an ad pitch from corporate America to MetaFilter.
posted to MetaTalk by scalefree at 12:54 PM on December 6, 2011 (121 comments)

♬I want to ride my bicycle/ I want to [text while riding] it where I like♬

Most states have enacted laws banning texting while driving. The New York Times even featured a game testing simulated drivers' attention. Chicago, one of America's more daunting traffic hubs, will now be extending the prohibitions to non-motor vehicles. The City Council today passed an ordinance prohibiting bicyclists from texting while moving.
posted to MetaFilter by obscurator at 1:24 PM on October 5, 2011 (132 comments)

Epic in its ambition, but rich in humanity...

Going to the store. [Vimeo]
posted to MetaFilter by ardgedee at 11:19 AM on September 2, 2011 (68 comments)

Cat wants lid to be closed

Lid Cat Needs All Lids To Be Closed, a cat video with a surprising twist!!
posted to MetaFilter by The Devil Tesla at 10:53 AM on August 28, 2011 (30 comments)

A Minecraft parody

"Revenge" - A Minecraft Parody of Usher's DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love (SLYT). Surprisingly catchy.
posted to MetaFilter by cp311 at 11:53 AM on August 22, 2011 (12 comments)

Genetic portraits

Split Family Faces. "How much do you and members of your family really look alike? Quebec, Canada-based graphic designer and photographer Ulric Collette has created a shockingly cool project where he's exploring the genetic similarities between different members of the same family. By splitting their faces in half and then melding them together, he creates interesting new people that are sometimes quite normal looking and other times far from it. He calls this series Genetic Portraits."
posted to MetaFilter by Bunny Ultramod at 12:05 PM on August 17, 2011 (42 comments)

If you really want the help of parents, maybe don't start by insulting them?

If you really want the help of parents, maybe don't start by insulting them? Lots of deletions, lots of parenting/breastfeeding flame-war brushfires being put out in this thread.
posted to MetaTalk by AmbroseChapel at 2:54 PM on August 10, 2011 (710 comments)

"Hi. I've got a tape I want to play."

Over three nights at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in December 1983, Jonathan Demme filmed Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense. The band performed "Psycho Killer," "Heaven," "Thank You for Sending Me an Angel," "Found a Job," "Slippery People," "Cities,", "Burning Down the House," "Life During Wartime," "Making Flippy Floppy," "Swamp," "What a Day That Was," "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," "Once in a Lifetime," "Big Business/I Zimbra," "Genius of Love" (as Tom Tom Club while David Byrne changed into the Big Suit), "Girlfriend is Better," "Take Me to the River," and "Crosseyed and Painless."
"Thank you. Does anybody have any questions?"
posted to MetaFilter by kirkaracha at 6:34 AM on August 1, 2011 (65 comments)

How to deal with being essentially ignored on Facebook?

How can I deal with my frustrations about my Facebook profile in a productive way?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dubious_dude at 3:44 AM on July 15, 2011 (60 comments)

Overtime, all the time.

The Speedup. Webster's defines speedup as "an employer's demand for accelerated output without increased pay," and it used to be a household word.
posted to MetaFilter by bitmage at 2:11 PM on June 20, 2011 (42 comments)


One night, I awoke out of a dead sleep, and jumped to my computer, and instantly began typing up an article about David Letterman. I kept going for ten minutes, until I realized I had dreamed it all. There was no article to write; I was simply typing up the same meaningless phrases that we all always used: “LADY GAGA PANTLESS ON LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN,” or some such.

AOL Hell: An AOL Content Slave Speaks Out.
posted to MetaFilter by Horace Rumpole at 7:30 PM on June 17, 2011 (124 comments)


"I performed to MADONNA's "VOGUE" in the summer of 1991 when my parents took me to Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. A business in the casino at the time gave tourists the chance to lip-synch to their favorite pop songs in front of a blue screen background, and I was lucky enough to partake that summer."
posted to MetaFilter by hermitosis at 10:12 AM on June 10, 2011 (71 comments)

Sisyphusian Snowmobile

Sisyphus and the Snowmobile
posted to MetaFilter by puny human at 11:06 PM on May 6, 2011 (31 comments)

Addictive as heck baseball game

The Baseball Club is a game by MetaFilter favorite Taro Ito, best known for Dice Wars. In The Baseball Club you take control of a high school baseball team and attemp to lead them to victory in The World Baseball Tournament. You keep each player for three seasons and train them in batting practice. Warning: Absurdly addictive.
posted to MetaFilter by Kattullus at 4:07 AM on February 10, 2011 (34 comments)

It's groundhog day... again!

A question for the ages... Just how many days does Bill Murray really spend stuck reliving Groundhog Day?
posted to MetaFilter by fearfulsymmetry at 4:01 PM on February 2, 2011 (119 comments)

Robo Rainbow

Robo-rainbow. SLV. That is all.
posted to MetaFilter by Ahab at 10:37 PM on February 2, 2011 (22 comments)

I was worried there for a second.

Today a California appeals court ruled that free online porn is not unfair competition to pay sites.
posted to MetaFilter by Faint of Butt at 1:22 PM on February 2, 2011 (73 comments)

My best is 802.3

Watch your computer design a 2 dimensional car. What happens when you give a computer, instead of a predefined function to run, a set of parameters, a goal, and the ability to mutate those parameters? You get a genetic algorithm. At its core, genetic algorithms can best be described as Darwinian evolution of computer functions. Is it better to use a streamlined, wide-wheel-base motorcycle to cross terrain, or something that looks like a cross between a fish and a tank? This simplistic simulation shows just what's going to cause the rise of Skynet.
posted to MetaFilter by mark242 at 4:45 PM on January 28, 2011 (88 comments)

The Long and Winding Road - There And Back Again

The Beatles' Lord of the Rings. Yes, that CNN article dates back to 2002, but Superpunch has recently had a contest to design posters for the film-that-never-happened (including a fake Wikipedia page for the film) and someone has written a fictional account of a fan discussing the film-that-never-happened with Paul McCartney, as if it had actually been made.
posted to MetaFilter by crossoverman at 10:09 PM on January 8, 2011 (35 comments)

A streetcar is a streetcar, right?

Kelley Turgeon's painting of Toronto's iconic streetcars won a contest for the Toronto Star Emerging Artist Cover Contest. Along with $2500 in prize money for the contest winner, the winning painting was also published Friday on the front page of the newspaper. Photographer Brian Labelle noticed because he had taken an eerily similar photograph in 2007.
posted to MetaFilter by typewriter at 6:46 AM on December 25, 2010 (53 comments)

Tokyo drifts ...

Tokyo drifts ... cat2525jp has a neat YouTube channel of voyages through Tokyo transit systems, set to electronica. They include timelapse (e.g. Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line), and the lovely mirror effect "Tokyo Sky Drive" series (e.g. 1 2), and povs of high-tech automated parking systems with bowing attendants.
posted to MetaFilter by carter at 8:26 AM on October 20, 2010 (9 comments)

Cassetteboy - Festive Christmas 2010

Cassetteboy - Festive Christmas 2010 (NSFW audio) (previously 1 2 3) (bonus NSFW Harry Potter trailer)
posted to MetaFilter by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 11:56 AM on December 17, 2010 (2 comments)

Johnny Carson: Convicted Truck Thief

Back in April 1986, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson stole a truck. The owner eventually got it back, but the incident resulted in a messy televised trial that gripped the nation. Then in February 2004, the victim recounted the story to Conan O'Brien.
posted to MetaFilter by Servo5678 at 7:29 PM on December 14, 2010 (29 comments)

"There you are! Wow, did you have a little adventure?"

What does your cat do when you're not around? RePURRters: The Movie. (Camera Operators: Charlene Butterbean, Fudge, Gizmo, Jett, Milo, Moca, Mousse, Nutkins, and Penelope)
posted to MetaFilter by dersins at 6:51 PM on December 10, 2010 (47 comments)

There's ALWAYS room for Jello.

Glass Block Holiday Jello
posted to MetaFilter by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:55 PM on December 4, 2010 (69 comments)

What things are better when they're worse?

I realized recently that I prefer licorice when it's gone so stale it's almost rock-hard, and similarly I also would much rather eat dry, horribly overcooked turkey than a properly-cooked, moist bird. I think pristine new leather on bags or furniture looks ugly, and prefer it when it's battered and beaten up. I understand and appreciate the qualities that makes the "good" versions of these things good, but they just don't dovetail with my subjective experience. What are some other things that are better when they're worse?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hels at 12:46 PM on December 5, 2010 (99 comments)

Explorations of a Recreational Mathematician

Let's say you're me and you're in math class, and you're supposed to be learning about factoring. Trouble is, your teacher is too busy trying to convince you that factoring is a useful skill for the average person to know with real-world applications ranging from passing your state exams all the way to getting a higher SAT score and unfortunately does not have the time to show you why factoring is actually interesting. It's perfectly reasonable for you to get bored in this situation. So like any reasonable person, you start doodling.
posted to MetaFilter by ErWenn at 8:39 AM on December 3, 2010 (27 comments)

Ducks in the wind / All we are is ducks in the wind.

Apparently, ducklings do not do well waddling in wild winds. SLYT.
posted to MetaFilter by maryr at 8:28 PM on December 3, 2010 (40 comments)

needs more context?

When is "needs more context" an appropriate reason for deletion?
posted to MetaTalk by washburn at 8:49 AM on November 28, 2010 (63 comments)

Chicken Experts Help Please

Please identify the following chicken: picture of chicken. I'm looking for breed, gender, approximate age if possible? Basically any exciting facts about this particular chicken.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by 31d1 at 12:41 PM on November 19, 2010 (9 comments)
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