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Multimillion-dollar lawsuits, a haze of booze and hash, a marriage gone very wrong and a lifestyle he can’t afford - The Trouble With Johnny Depp
posted to MetaFilter by fearfulsymmetry at 6:31 AM on June 22, 2018 (83 comments)

"the free speech wing of the free speech party"

GitHub, Medium, and Twitter take down database of ICE employee LinkedIn accounts . The database's creator, Sam Levigne (previously, previously, previously), is a Brooklyn artist whose work often deals with data and technology.
posted to MetaFilter by enn at 10:24 AM on June 21, 2018 (214 comments)

Hey kid, wanna buy some eggs?

My company has approximately 80,000 eggs that we need to get rid of as quickly as possible. The eggs are in the Seattle area. I am in Sacramento, and I have been tasked with finding a buyer. This is outside of my area of expertise, and I'm not trying to cold call every super market in the area. How do I go about finding a buyer (or buyers)? Is there a Seattle-area eggBay that I'm not aware of?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sacrifix at 8:42 AM on May 31, 2018 (25 comments)

"Famous non-object" to "technological reality" to surprising controversy

Today if you open a laptop or unlock a phone to type in Chinese, the first thing you’ll notice is how intent the software is on doing all your work for you. The letters typed on your keyboard trigger the on-screen display of several dozen likely possibilities, arranged in order of frequency. This seems so obviously computational it is a surprise to learn that it originated with the actuating keys Lin devised for his typewriter, and with the fervour of the typists in the early days of the Revolution.

posted to MetaFilter by chappell, ambrose at 11:06 AM on March 11, 2018 (23 comments)

You know it’s a racket, but you click anyway.

"The effortlessly chic French woman is one of the most persistent tropes in our lifestyle landscape. Sixty years after a young, unapologetically sexual Brigitte Bardot danced her way into the pop culture canon in the film ...And God Created Woman, publications like Vogue, Into the Gloss, and Who What Wear now publish a steady stream of articles on the supposedly superior and increasingly specific ways that French women dress, do their hair, eat, exercise, and fall in love." How to Sell A Billion Dollar Myth Like A French Girl (from Eliza Brooke at Racked).
posted to MetaFilter by everybody had matching towels at 7:53 AM on July 5, 2017 (41 comments)

Automatonism: A modular synthesiser in Pure Data

Automatonism is a modular synthesiser that runs in the open source programming language Pure Data. It features a large library of 67 modules. It is the successor to Xodular, which has been mentioned here previously
posted to MetaFilter by coleboptera at 10:04 PM on May 16, 2017 (14 comments)

The Cloud is Listening (And Permeable)

Data from connected CloudPets teddy bears leaked and ransomed, exposing kids' voice messages [Parents] don't necessarily realise that every one of those recordings – those intimate, heartfelt, extremely personal recordings – between a parent and their child is stored as an audio file on the web. They certainly wouldn't realise that in CloudPets' case, that data was stored in a MongoDB that was in a publicly facing network segment without any authentication required and had been indexed by Shodan (a popular search engine for finding connected things). Unfortunately, things only went downhill from there.
posted to MetaFilter by CrystalDave at 1:59 PM on February 27, 2017 (65 comments)

I Hate eBays

@ebaygarfield is a twitter account that posts eBay Garfields
posted to MetaFilter by cortex at 2:06 PM on February 25, 2017 (18 comments)

“Pikachu, you're a three-two!”

This Fan has Reimagined the Original 151 Pokémon as Hearthstone Cards [PC Gamer] “Thanks to a Redditor named Corpit, the original 151 Pokémon have been reimagined as Hearthstone cards. [Full Imgur Album]"I tried to capture the character of each species while trying to make them unique as cards too," Corpit said.”
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 3:36 PM on January 11, 2017 (4 comments)

The Jewish Community of Antioquia

The Faithful. "René and Juan Carlos set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism. This is what happened."
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:03 PM on April 28, 2016 (27 comments)

גם זו לטובה

Judaism's core texts grew out of millennia-long conversations and arguments across generations, with interconnected dialogues, source citing and (re)interpretation. Now, it's all going digital: Sefaria is creating a massive public domain, interactive "living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and translations." Their goal is to build a reference resource and community that "gives a better learning experience than anything that comes before it," from ancient to modern texts and "all the volumes of commentary in between." Read texts, browse submitted public source sheets on dozens of topics or visualize associations between texts.
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 6:54 PM on December 7, 2015 (22 comments)

Professors with interesting, quirky websites?

It seems like there's this trend for (usually senior) professors to have a website (usually completely devoid of any CSS) filled with advice to juniors, strong opinions, and notes on very specific topics. Do you know of any?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by spec at 8:59 PM on September 19, 2014 (19 comments)

"Two girls can often do what one on her own cannot."

British romance novelist Ida Cook (1904-1986) wrote over a hundred books for Mills & Boon under the name Mary Burchell, including the thirteen-book, opera-focused Warrender saga. The passion she and her sister, Louise Cook, shared for opera carried them across oceans and countries in the years prior to the outbreak of WWII, and when Ida took account of her writing career's financial success, she was by struck by a "terrible, moving and overwhelming thought--I could save life with it." So beginning in 1937, she and Louise helped save dozens of lives by entering Germany disguised as themselves: eccentric opera fanatics. Louise Carpenter's "Ida and Louise" looks into the lives of these two sisters, these "lives which swung dizzyingly between the purest fantasy and the utterly real."
posted to MetaFilter by mixedmetaphors at 10:21 PM on July 31, 2014 (6 comments)

One Hundred Songs a Day

On The Media meets Matt Farley, who earns around $23k per year thanks to the 14,000 songs he has has composed, performed and uploaded to Spotify.
posted to MetaFilter by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:33 AM on January 10, 2014 (87 comments)


posted to MetaFilter by griphus at 12:46 PM on December 1, 2013 (20 comments)

Is this a scam? What's the angle here?

Something fishy is going on in my store, but I can't wrap my head around it. Why would a customer buy/return around $25,000 worth of merchandise over the course of a few months?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 10:38 AM on May 1, 2013 (108 comments)

"It's like, the explosion blew the hair off of his head, and onto his fa

Most of the characters on FX's Archer have appearances that roughly correspond to the actors that voice them, with the notable exception of the main character H. Jon Benjamin's Sterling Archer. The unaired short L'Espion Mal Faît from the DVD extras resolves that.
posted to MetaFilter by quin at 5:45 AM on January 23, 2013 (67 comments)


One year ago, everyone's favourite extreme sports geezer Tony Hawk launched a youtube channel called RIDEChannel. They're still going strong and one of their most fun features is the Shred-It Card, where viewers submit videos of their own tricks and Tony Hawk & friends score them video game style, paying out high scores in skate shop credit.
posted to MetaFilter by 256 at 11:09 AM on January 19, 2013 (13 comments)

Vengabus Kei

Two goths do a dance to "Norwegian aggrotech band" Combichrist. Then someone realised it had the same tempo as Cotton Eye Joe and We Like To Party (The VEngabus)
posted to MetaFilter by mippy at 1:58 PM on January 6, 2013 (78 comments)

Objects you'd find in a 1999 office?

Think of an office or cubicle in the United States around 1999, particularly in tech/IT companies. What kinds of objects would you see there which are less common now?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ErikH2000 at 1:23 PM on December 1, 2012 (92 comments)


TIME FOR SOME STORIES (warning: contains heavy amounts of all-caps and awesome)
posted to MetaFilter by XQUZYPHYR at 9:50 AM on January 21, 2008 (96 comments)

The Foulest Stench Is In The Air, The Funk Of Forty Thousand Years

It has been 30 years since it was first recorded, and almost that long since it was released as a single and a extra-long music video (alt. link: YT), but Thriller has remained at the top of lists for best Halloween songs (2, 3, 4, 5) and best Halloween videos (2, 3, 4, 5). You know the dance, and you've read Vanity Fair's extensive Thriller Diaries (previously), or at least Los Angeles Times' 25 Thriller facts, but have you seen the almost hour long making of the video? Have you heard the voice-over session with Michael and Vincent Price, with the bonus unreleased "rap" vocals by Price? You remember that Vincent did Thriller just to make fun of himself, like he did when he worked with Jack Benny and Red Skelton, right? Or maybe you're in the mood for more of the comedic horror that Michael liked, such as his collaboration with Stephen King, Michale Jackson's Ghosts (HD, with Japanese subtitles and intro).
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 9:22 PM on October 30, 2012 (19 comments)

How do you spot an amateur?

How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Blasdelb at 1:17 PM on September 18, 2012 (266 comments)

John Romero's "Daikatana"

Knee Deep in a Dream: The Story of Daikatana
posted to MetaFilter by Egg Shen at 3:21 PM on September 11, 2012 (27 comments)

craigslist casual encounters

"I replied to ads people had posted to the casual encounters section of craigslist. I asked if I could photograph them in visual representations of their ads. Some said yes." [NSFW: naked people.]
posted to MetaFilter by davidstandaford at 11:46 AM on August 29, 2012 (61 comments)

No child deserves to live in fear.

Bikers Against Child Abuse is an international non-profit with an annual budget of $200,000 and more than 160 chapters in 36 states and five countries. But it started with just one frightened 8-year-old boy in a therapist's office in Utah.
posted to MetaFilter by Molesome at 9:22 AM on July 19, 2012 (70 comments)

Stan's Report

Stan's Report (a short story). Stan waited for me to ask him a question, hoping to tease some curiosity out of me, I suppose, though I don’t want to make assumptions about Stan’s intentions. Whatever his intent, I chose not to ask anything about it, not wanting to start my thinking down that road. It wouldn’t have been fair to B. to talk about him and what he said or meant since he wasn’t there to defend himself or to amend the tone or the full context. I preferred to turn my attention to my e-mail, but I didn’t want to ignore Stan or imply that I disapproved of his interest in sharing his news with me. He had a right to say whatever he wanted and it was up to me to choose how I’d deal with it.
posted to MetaFilter by shivohum at 10:01 PM on May 27, 2012 (24 comments)

The shortest programming distance between one and infinity?

What is the shortest possible program (in any well-known programming language) that will count up indefinitely and display the output as it's counting?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by joshrholloway at 8:31 AM on August 23, 2011 (80 comments)

The Mouse's New Clothes, er, Groove

The Sweatbox "the documentary Disney doesn't want you to see" (95-minute SLYT), was made when Sting wrote songs for "Kingdom of the Sun" and his filmmaker wife Trudie Styler got insider access to the production. What? You say there was no Disney movie "Kingdom of the Sun"? I meant "The Emperor's New Groove". Rarely has the decline of an Institution been better documented.
This may or may not be Disney property and may or may not be taken down any minute, but it has survived on YouTube for over 48 hours after getting blogged-about a dozen times.
posted to MetaFilter by oneswellfoop at 8:11 AM on March 23, 2012 (97 comments)

Help me impress my boyfriend's dad by being cheap

Help me plan the cheapest possible meals in New York for my boyfriend's father, who's visiting us for a weekend. He's not impressed by anything unless it's under $3. It doesn't have to taste good. It just needs to be insanely cheap.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pineappleheart at 8:40 AM on March 12, 2012 (37 comments)

The spectrum of Human-Computer competition

A recent XKCD comic charted the difficulty of various games for computers, from Tic Tac Toe and Nim being solved for all positions, to computers mastering the physical game of Beirut and mental game of chess (the 2006 Deep Fritz vs Vladimir Kramnikin games, previously). There are other games that are basic on the face, but whose potentials for move combinations is so vast as to be beyond the scope of computers. Marion Tinsley was the last great human checkers player, matching off against Chinook in the last 6 games of his life, each ending in a draw (previously). Checkers was finally solved in 2007 (Google quickview; original PDF), and is largest game that has been solved to date, at 8x8. Solving Othello might be possible, if the decision tree were truncated, as the 10x10 board game tree complexity is very huge. The 19x19 Go board is is often noted as one of the primary reasons why a strong program is hard to create, though some programs are getting better at optimizing move evaluations. More: computerized gaming solutions previously, and the Wikipedia page for solved games.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 11:55 AM on January 11, 2012 (57 comments)

There is fun to be done!

Oh, The Places You'll Go At Burning Man! (NSFW: Lots of dusty desert nudity, as might be expected. Indeed, "you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.")
posted to MetaFilter by kaibutsu at 3:36 PM on January 7, 2012 (107 comments)

Lego beats Man

CubeStormer II solves the Rubik's Cube puzzle faster than the human world record.
posted to MetaFilter by Burhanistan at 10:45 AM on November 30, 2011 (30 comments)

Robert C. Solomon On Love and the Passions

I'm interested in exploring Robert C. Solomon's work on our human passions, love, etc., which was one major focus of his work. Since he was such a prolific author, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the choices available. Does anyone have works they recommend in particular? Thanks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Judd Danby at 3:32 AM on November 4, 2011 (3 comments)

Are you paying attention, boy?

He does not cook like you do. But I would like an invitation for dinner: Cajun Stuffed Pork Chops with Bacon
posted to MetaFilter by Toekneesan at 6:35 PM on November 17, 2011 (40 comments)

Introducing shitmycontactformsays.tumblr.com

Curious about the weird this-is-so-not-Metafilter-related mail we get at the contact form? Then you might enjoy Thank You For Contacting Metafilter, aka Shit My Contact Form Says, a tumblr we've put together in the last few days.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 10:46 AM on November 8, 2011 (232 comments)

Computers should sound like they're doing something

Relays are simple electrical components that turn on an electromagnet with a small current to trigger a switch for a circuit usually capable of handling a larger current. For example, a relay can be used by a 5 volt DC microcontroller to turn on a 120 volt AC heating element in a rice cooker. Since relays can be used for logic, they can also be the primary components of gloriously clicky computers(see this for details on the last one).
posted to MetaFilter by mccarty.tim at 8:45 AM on November 5, 2011 (36 comments)

Chris Poole on self expression online

Google and Facebook would have you believe that you're a mirror, that there is one reflection that you have, this one idea of self. [They believe] that what you see in that mirror is what everybody else sees. But in fact we're more like diamonds, you can look at people from any angle and see something totally different. - Chris Poole, AKA Moot, founder of 4Chan and Canvas, from his speech at the Web 2.0 Summit on self-expression through social networking.
posted to MetaFilter by The Devil Tesla at 2:34 PM on October 18, 2011 (53 comments)

Help rename my public radio show!

Rename my public radio show! (Details inside.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by YoungAmerican at 4:13 PM on October 17, 2011 (174 comments)

KernType, a kerning game

KernType is a game where you put your kerning skills to the test.
posted to MetaFilter by Foci for Analysis at 10:22 PM on October 7, 2011 (72 comments)


While their song Always may be forever enshrined in the minds of a generation of Adult Swim fans as the theme to the online game Robot Unicorn Attack, 80's synth-pop duo Erasure are still around, touring and putting out albums after 26 years.

Their 14th studio album, Tomorrow’s World, was released in the UK on Monday (October 11 in the U.S.), along with an official video for its first released song, When I Start To (Break It All Down). A (better) non-autotuned version labeled "Rehearsal Video" is on YouTube. (An abbreviated history of their work, with official music videos and links to several concerts, can be found within.)
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 8:47 AM on October 5, 2011 (53 comments)

Dancing Guy

This guy is really good at dancing. SLYT. Watch in fullscreen if possible.
posted to MetaFilter by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 11:56 AM on September 24, 2011 (166 comments)

Looking for Yama.

Help me find a shrine for Yama in Tokyo.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by tracert at 10:09 PM on August 25, 2011 (9 comments)

Handheld Games Museum

Handheld Games Museum
posted to MetaFilter by Trurl at 8:41 PM on August 18, 2011 (14 comments)
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