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'So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion,' said Gandalf


Dungeons & Dragons & Cats & Dogs

DM: ‘You come to large wooden door.’
Cat: ‘I knock at the door.’
DM: ‘An orc opens it and asks you to come in.’
Cat: ‘I do nothing.’
DM: ‘He asks you to come inside again.’
Cat: ‘I do nothing.’
DM: ‘Eventually the orc tires and closes the door.’
Cat: ‘I knock at the door.’

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posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 9:07 PM
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EVADE

“Public transit is one of the most powerful sites of struggle that we have in our cities, given it’s the backbone of how many people get to work, grocery stores, schools, and social activities. The physical nature of the service – requiring strangers to congregate in bus shelters and train stations, often anxious about delays and costs – represents a site of highly effective collective power if harnessed.“ The demand for free transit is just the beginning
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 8:53 AM
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Analog Africa's journey through Somali cassette and radio archives

In 2007 John Beadle, digitized a cassette and uploaded MP3s of 'Mystery Somali Funk' (previously) to his Likembe blog. He had been given the tape twenty years earlier by a Somalian student, and Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb take the reverse path, heading to travel to in Mogadishu in November of 2016 to track down the original music. This lead to his meeting Dur-Dur and hearing the stories behind their fusion of traditional Somali music with whatever rhythms would make people dance (Bandcamp): funk, reggae, soul, disco and New Wave were mixed effortlessly with Banaadiri beats, Daantho and spiritual Saar music. Samy also went through the archives of Radio Muqdisho (Somali and English news), now compiled in Mogadisco: Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972​-​1991) (Bandcamp).
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 12:04 PM
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Warning: Take in small doses

Things that everyone in your field knows and nobody in your industry talks about because it would lead to general chaos. - Twitter thread started by Myk Bilokonsky.
posted by tommasz to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 2:22 PM
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Idle moments without a smartphone?

My 14 year old daughter wants to cut down the time she spends on her smartphone. What can she do in stead, while she's waiting for the bus, waiting for the teacher, sitting on a park bench while the dog does his business, taking a break from homeworks, etc... You know, all those moments when you just grab your phone and scroll through Instagram, go through your Snapchats or take a BuzzFeed quiz?
posted by sively to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 2:32 PM
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Old Crone Medicine Show

The rise of the witchy, independent, beauty-redefining, problem-solving, post-reproductive woman has the potential to change the world. Hello patriarchal predations, we crones see you, and we will check you.
posted by drlith to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:38 AM
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No, that's not where it goes


How The Alt-Right Is Like An Abusive Relationship

Innuendo Studios, the YouTube channel run by Ian Danskin, has been focusing on a single project - The Alt-Right Playbook, in which he dissects the strategies the alt-right uses, with his most recent episode focusing on recruitment. In a recent session recorded at Solidarity Lowell, Danskin discusses his research on the topic, as well as how the alt-right emulates both abusive relationships and cults - and how it differs. (SLYT)
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 9:33 AM
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Clift’s Revenge

Joey Clift is a comedian and a gamer. He was thrilled to be invited to guest on How Did This Get Played, a podcast about bad video games. Then he found out the episode was a Thanksgiving episode about Custer's Revenge (known as one of the worst games ever made for a variety of reasons) and he was being invited because he is an enrolled member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. Rather than turn down the offer, Clift decided to confront the hosts about tokenization (episode linked in story; discussion starts around 24:00).
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 3:53 PM
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Adam's Apples

Adam's Apples is a blog by someone who is a really big fan of apples. My favorite thing is dipping into any of the over 300 reviews of apple varietals, with loads I've never heard of like Evercrisp (honeycrisp x fuji mix?!), the Canadian Strawberry, or a three-star exceptional apple worthy of a quest: the Macoun. The best part might be the comments sections, where other fans of apples post their lengthy tasting notes as well.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 3:12 PM
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A More Dangerous Workplace Than Sawmills, Coalmines

“ She started the job in April 2018, and within two months, or nearly 100,000 items, the lifting had destroyed her back. An Amazon-approved doctor said she had bulging discs and diagnosed her with a back sprain, joint inflammation and chronic pain, determining that her injuries were 100% due to her job. She could no longer work at Amazon. Today, she can barely climb stairs. Walking her dog, doing the dishes, getting out of her chair – everything is painful. According to her medical records, her condition is unlikely to improve.” Amazon’s internal injury records expose the true toll of its relentless drive for speed (Reveal) "We already knew that the facility had serious problems with injuries, but what we now know is Amazon is fully aware of these problems” New Report Shows 'Shockingly High' Number Of Injuries At Amazon's Staten Island Warehouse (Gothamist) Amazon’s On-Site Emergency Care Harms Those It’s There To Protect (Intercept)
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 9:01 AM
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help me buy less stuff

I enjoy buying things for myself... and I hate this fact about myself! For me, retail therapy really is therapy. How can I change this around and become more thoughtful about my purchases? I don't want to be a slave to capitalism, but acquiring new 'stuff' makes me feel good. How do I stop wanting things?
posted by unicorn chaser to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 3:49 AM
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Does Who You Are at 7 Determine Who You Are at 63?


Good Puzzle Games for Two?

I am looking for puzzle games that fit specific criteria: Good for two people to play with a single controller where the person holding the controller won't have any more fun than the person not holding the controller.
posted by SpiffyRob to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 8:31 AM
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No more 🎶 Here Comes Santa Claus 🎶

With the Christmas season almost here, I find myself wishing I had any knowledge of, like, fiddler trios, or classical 12-string guitar players, or basically any instrumentalist of any genre who has released Christmas / winter solstice music. Can you recommend any? What's your favorite Christmas album?
posted by slidell to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 9:44 AM
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What's this? A piece of toast? A pretzel stick? Popcorn?

In the coming onslaught of Christmas music, the Vince Guaraldi Trio's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" figures large as both a popular and critical favorite. But Guaraldi doesn't get enough love for the equally excellent music of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," with its groovier early 70s sound. Here for your USian celebrating enjoyment are a few of the songs Guaraldi wrote for the 3rd animated TV special featuring Charlie Brown: Thanksgiving Theme, Little Birdie, Is It James or Charlie?, Charlie Brown Blues, and a sightly different setting of Linus and Lucy than the more familiar Christmas-special one. Or just set it and forget it with the complete soundtrack.
posted by Miko to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 9:25 AM
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The way to a nation's brain is through weaponized feel-good tweets

On August 22, 2019, @IamTyraJackson received almost 290,000 likes on Twitter for a single tweet. Put in perspective, the typical tweet President Trump sends to his 67 million followers gets about 100,000 likes. That viral tweet by @IamTyraJackson was innocent: an uplifting pair of images of former pro football player Warrick Dunn (Wikipedia) and a description of his inspiring charity work building houses for single mothers. For an anonymous account that had only existed for only a few months, “Tyra” knew her audience well. [...] For “Tyra,” however, inspiring messages like this were a tool for a very different purpose. That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It (Darren Linvill & Patrick Warren for Rolling Stone)
posted by filthy light thief to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 11:59 AM
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From My Ranch to your Home

Nothing says Christmas in Mexico like Atole and Buñuelos, (Atole is a corn meal/masa hot drink and buñuelos are fried dough, dipped in sugary syrup with cinnamon) prepared here by Doña Angela from De Mi Rancho a Tu Cocina. Doña Angela (Youtube, FB, Insta) is a star, She started her channel only a few months ago, showing viewers how to make traditional Mexican recipes from her rustic kitchen in Michoacan, Mexico. She has millions of viewers and is beloved by Mexican media for her unpretentious grandmotherly vibe.
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 8:43 AM
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Rethinking the Colonial Mentality of Our National Parks


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So she’s close to a breaking point and you’re criticizing her communication style? After she communicated with you that she was in crisis? My dude, you made an emotional crisis harder for her in order to make it clear that you are less to blame than she is. You added the stress of arguing with you to a “breaking point” situation. Setting aside the... [more]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 6:39 AM
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The idea that police officers get virtually unlimited license to act without regard for the actual, precise, literal, legislated, written law is one that must be pushed back upon at every possible turn. [view]
posted by Etrigan to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 3:58 PM
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I think you're going about this the wrong way. This is not a time for playing rules lawyer. You're not wrong for not knowing how she felt and she's not wrong for not spelling it out for you. Ask her how she'd like you to check in with her on her feelings going forward and then LISTEN. [view]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Ask MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 6:04 AM
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Can someone who listened through tell me what happened? I'll try to transcribe some of the high points/pertinent content: The hosts come in asking about generalization of Native Americans in games. How it's problematic, which they admit, and how it is sometimes awesome which they give some examples of like Turok, etc. Clift:... [more]
posted by RolandOfEld to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:35 PM
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he rarely will just ask me how I'm doing, what I've been up to, etc, no matter how many times I tell him that's important. ... he didn't check in after my MRI ... At the risk of sounding glib: how does it help you to know whether this is Asperger's or not? Especially since: He pretty much said it was ridiculous that... [more]
posted by MiraK to Ask MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 3:23 PM
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2016 pretty much killed my participation on this site. I've only begun commenting again this year, and pretty tentatively at that. And it's because the site's tone shifted from "generally bleak" (2009-2015) to "non-stop panic attack". I left here, and found a bunch of left-leaning sites that focused less on cathartic fear, more... [more]
posted by rorgy to MetaTalk on Nov 30 at 4:49 PM
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I've had a really bad day yesterday. It's been a rough few years and it's finally looking up for me sort of but yesterday was a very stark reminder of my father's approaching mortality. I stumbled upon something hopeful and thought it would be nice for the season. Clearly no one on metafilter believes in good faith anymore or anything but doom and... [more]
posted by Homo neanderthalensis to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 7:39 AM
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Skimming that thread it looks like it should read "tell me about an axe you have to grind that may have nothing to do with your industry or anything close to reality". [view]
posted by aspo to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 2:43 PM
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Unemployment is lower than ever! Except no one working is actually getting paid a living wage, and many of the workers are part-time or holding down multiple jobs, and no one has health benefits or any kind of a retirement plan, and most of them are saddled with crippling debt. But low unemployment! [view]
posted by caution live frogs to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:22 AM
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I haven't been able to find any theories about this behavior and I'm really curious if it resembles some natural mouse behavior. First hypothesis from watching the video: this looks like caching behavior, except I don't think of mice as big cachers--I think of hamsters and sometimes voles. Do mice cache? Glancing at it, it looks like... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 5:20 PM
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I think there are people who enter every single thread with their political hobbyhorse at the forefront, and they engage in every discussion as a chance to Spread The Good Word. Where "Spread" means "shove it in your face and berate you if you don't agree", and The Good Word is a very specific view of US politics (because these... [more]
posted by schroedinger to MetaTalk on Nov 29 at 1:57 PM
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This is the rotten lumber propping up the low unemployment numbers. [view]
posted by Thorzdad to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 4:44 AM
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When I was a kid, my dad was going through a time and I baked him a cake. It wasn't a very good cake--I was eleven, and overfond of blue food coloring in icing--but I was proud of it. And when he came home from work, I took it up to his room, like, I hope this cheers you up! And he proceeded to tell me that it was unhealthy, that he would... [more]
posted by thivaia to MetaTalk on Dec 1 at 6:25 AM
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Respectfully, I think people who take offense to negative comments believe this is what's happening counter to all the evidence contrary. Comments in response to Hn's post included: "People who say, "look on the bright side, things have gotten better" are not optimists. They're distractions" The claim that the... [more]
posted by schroedinger to MetaTalk on Nov 30 at 10:16 AM
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For a small but vocal percentage of the participants here, there's the sense that You Must Think That Our World is Fatally Flawed In All Facets and Thus Doomed and Must Be All Burnt Down or You Are A Blinkered, Naive Tool of The Status Quo, The Oligarchy, the Powers That Be, the Fill In the Blank and Thus Should Stop Talking™ This is a... [more]
posted by sallybrown to MetaTalk on Nov 29 at 4:39 PM
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Libby Watson's response on Twitter covers most of my own feelings about this. What is the thesis of this piece? What action are they calling for people to take? Should we stop talking about or caring about injustice? The act of talking about police misconduct, or racism, or sexism is not what's undermining American faith in their institutions.... [more]
posted by protocoach to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 12:52 PM
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I don't have a lot to add here besides a "hear, hear". This kind of doomsaying – about the US, about the world, about our climate, about our society, about everything – is one of the least attractive tendencies of the culture here on Metafilter. For a small but vocal percentage of the participants here, there's the sense that You... [more]
posted by workingdankoch to MetaTalk on Nov 29 at 1:24 PM
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We've reached the point Arlo Guthrie is insufficiently woke. [view]
posted by Ghostride The Whip to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 2:58 PM
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Homo neanderthalensis, I came in here specifically to thank you for this. I have had a lot of days of bleakness and despair in the past few years, and I feel like giving in to that despair is an actual sin, an actual failing on my part. I feel like I have an obligation to find glimmers of hope, because I feel like I owe it to the world (and... [more]
posted by kristi to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 10:24 AM
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Like the author, I also grew up in a small Connecticut town before moving to a city. All I can say is that she must have been one of the popular kids, because my experience of living in a small Connecticut town is nowhere near as rosy. If you're one of the weird kids, your angst about how "I've gotta get out of this place" is mirrored... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 3:41 AM
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