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Write like you need it to survive

Maybe you wanna start getting ready for nanowrimo, maybe writing is for all year round. Either way, I've got around 50 links bookmarked just for you
posted by Cozybee to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 10:50 PM
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Happy 20th Anniversary, MetaFilter

MetaFilter, that weird blue site (and, yep, we've finally turned it blue again), is 20 years old today.

It's a thrilling and boggling and remarkable and ungainly and heartening number. I've had trouble figuring out what the thing is that I want to say about the site today, and I've realized the problem is there's no one thing. MetaFilter is too complex, its history too complicated, to reduce to a tidy anecdote.

But I want to talk a little about what it means to me, and what I want it to aspire to, and to reflect a little bit on this twenty year milestone on an unsteady world wide web.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jul 14 at 10:30 AM
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How to assess the quality of garments: A Beginner's Guide

Happy birthday, Metafilter!

Cat-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by Melismata to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 11:12 AM
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How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband

In correctional facilities across America, inmates cluster around tables in the common room to play games like Dungeons & Dragons. D&D has become so widespread, some correctional facilities even have specific rules that address it. Even in states where RPGs are allowed, restriction on the use of dice can complicate gameplay. In an effort to crack down on gambling, most correctional facilities in America don't allow offenders to use or create dice. But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 2:13 PM
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Looking for gateway vegetable recipes

My mom needs to eat more vegetables but is intimidated by most of them. I’m looking for the most delicious, “see, [vegetable] isn’t scary!” recipes.
posted by bananacabana to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 7:16 PM
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How to, home and car edition

"Actually, I like the way I look."

"What is new is that I have decided, at the age of 60, that I am a goddamn knockout. Like Dorothy at the end of the film version of The Wizard of Oz, I had the power I sought all along. I rub my thighs together — sorry, couldn’t resist — and tell myself over and over that I am beautiful and, what do you know, suddenly I am." Crime novelist Laura Lippman reflects on aging, eating, wanting, and leaping in her Longreads essay, "Whole 60."
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 4:47 PM
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Weirdly Specific Packing and Possession Lists?

What packing list was sent to MTV's Road Rule cast? What personal possessions did Scandinavian pioneers in the 1800s own on the farm? What does a typical billionaire have in their house? (Think Peter Menzel's "Material World", but even more.)
posted by Ms Vegetable to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 4:06 PM
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Dreams Under Dictatorship

After Hitler came to power in 1933, Charlotte Beradt, a Berlin-based journalist, began to awaken night after night bathed in perspiration, teeth clenched in terror. On one of these nights, after dreaming of being hunted “from pillar to post” by storm troopers, a new thought arrived: what if she wasn’t the only one? What if the things that appeared in her nightmares were also being visited upon other people? This startling thought set in motion the seeds of a research project. Beradt quietly began to query people about their dream-life, documenting the nocturnal visions the regime had induced as "new and explicit proof of the dictatorship."
posted by ragtag to MetaFilter on Jul 13 at 5:59 PM
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Toronto Tomorrow

A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City - "Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it's a lot bigger."[1,2]
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 1:26 AM
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where'd the money go?

The Wealth Detective Who Finds the Hidden Money of the Super Rich, Bloomberg[possibly paywalled], Ben Steverman - "Thirty-two-year-old French economist Gabriel Zucman scours spreadsheets to find secret offshore accounts."
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:00 AM
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The Dreaded Cut Direct: Killing You With K̶i̶n̶d̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ Etiquette

“The person delivering the cut direct would make eye contact with the other party upon meeting them, acknowledging their bow or salutation with nothing but a hard stare and a stony silence. To be a true cut direct, there must be no doubt that cutter was fully aware of the presence of the cuttee and was deliberately cutting them.” Not brutal enough for you? How about the cut infernal as defined “BY A MEMBER OF THE WHIP CLUB ASSISTED BY Hell Fire Dick”?
posted by sallybrown to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 3:52 PM
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I Could Spend All Day Looking at the Covers of These LGBTQ Publications

A treasure trove of queer publications from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s are now available through Reveal Digital’s open access collection “Independent Voices.” Check out this JSTOR article for some starting points."Fifty years ago, when a popular New York gay bar called the Stonewall Inn was raided by police, patrons fought back. The moment came to represent the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement, but as Jules Gleeson explains, the fight for LGBTQ civil rights had actually been building for decades. Evidence of the emotional richness of this movement, from joy to righteous anger, can be found in the many LGBTQ publications, both pre- and post-Stonewall uprising, digitized by Reveal Digital in their Independent Voices collection. The LGBTQ series—which is open access and freely available to all—is a tremendous resource for scholars of LGBTQ history and the curious casual reader alike."
posted by stoneweaver to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 4:34 PM
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Books on taking life from "okay" to "good".

My daily life is at a 4/10. I want to get to a 6/10. All the self-help books seem to say "you're at a 2/10, you have major problems and if you just remove the negative you'll be happy." That's not connecting with me or working for me, so while I'm reading them and putting what I can into practice they're not quite what I'm looking for. Are there books about starting from an okay place and getting to a better place?
posted by Tehhund to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 8:09 PM
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About My Daughter

I almost blurt out that my daughter fills her heavy bags with books and printouts filled with bizarre words, setting off across the country like an itinerant salesman. That she's a pitiful girl who eats a meal in her tiny car after class, takes a cramped nap, and comes back home to immerse herself in books and writing again until she falls asleep. These unspoken words pound me in the chest like an assault. And now here she was, paying me a rent that was more of a bribe, having barged in with some strange girl and shaming her parents. The words are about to leak out of my mouth.
posted by smcg to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 2:15 PM
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State of the Site, July 2019 update

Hey, folks. It's been about a year since our last State of the Site update, and I want to let you know where things are at and where we're headed. The site turns 20 years old in a few days, which is a hell of an internet milestone. Financially, I wish I had better news: our ad revenue has dropped significantly again, and we're running at a significant monthly shortfall. This has underscored for me the need to seriously push toward the goal of making MetaFilter a fully community-funded site. Come inside and I'll talk more about our revenue picture, our short- and long-term fundraising goals, and some of where the site and community and mods are at more generally as we head on into the future.
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 12:11 PM
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The Wood Wide Web

The secret language of trees (animation.) "Learn how trees are able to communicate with each other through a vast root system and symbiotic fungi, called mycorrhizae: Most of the forest lives in the shadow of the giants that make up the highest canopy. These are the oldest trees, with hundreds of children and grandchildren. They check in with their neighbors, share food, supplies and wisdom gained over their lives, all while rooted in place. How do they do this? Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard explore the vast root system and intricate communication of trees."
posted by homunculus to MetaFilter on Jul 13 at 9:15 AM
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MuppetFilter: DefunctTV on Jim Henson


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Hope he likes cantelope. Surprise houseguests with special dietary needs that are old enough to do bong rips on the back porch are also old enough to bring their own special foods to remote locations. [view]
posted by slagheap to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 1:26 PM
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would you be willing to give up on streaming video? 100 companies are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The solution to climate change is not for individuals to stop watching Netflix. [view]
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 6:19 AM
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I think you're not obligated to go and get him groceries given that he's a surprise guest. He can eat cantaloupe and corn until they sober up enough to go to the supermarket and grab groceries themselves. [view]
posted by watermelon to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 1:24 PM
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Young people go where other young people are. Hello! That's me! I am the new user you are trying to attract. I'm 22 and joined last year. I talk about MetaFilter sometimes to my friends, but it is a hard sell. There's no quick pitch where I can say "MetaFilter is for ___" or easy way to highlight cool things from here. If you... [more]
posted by storytam to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 10:10 PM
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This is just a reminder that Ronald Reagan opened his 1980 Presidential campaign by giving a speech about “state’s rights” at the Nashoba County state fair outside Philadelphia, Mississippi, which was, at the time, nationally famous for white supremacist terrorism, specifically the Mississippi Burning murders, in which members of the local KKK, the... [more]
posted by schadenfrau to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 7:42 AM
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The continued decline in the ad market is a bummer, and shifting to community funding is a worthy idea. But any discussion of sustainability and the future of the site needs to address the situation illustrated by the stats from this recent Projects post. All measures of posts, comments, unique users, and new sign-ups are trending downward, and... [more]
posted by Rhaomi to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 2:19 PM
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I know I've said this a thousand times, but GET RID OF THE MEGATHREADS. They are bleeding the site dry in every way. I don't even think about them anymore, but they're still there, still sucking the energy from everywhere else, day after day. The message it sends is that it's more important to cater to a subset of politics wonks than to everyone... [more]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 7:09 PM
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Whew, that was a lot of reading. I feel for cortex. This must be a gut punch of a thread loaded with bewildering and internally conflicting animus, ideas, suggestions, and complaints. It's a lot to take. I'm sorry and I know from personal experience it's hard and irritating. In the life of an organization, sometimes everything that's hiding in... [more]
posted by Miko to MetaTalk on Jul 13 at 7:41 AM
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I have to agree with both Miko and Lalex - I've been around a couple of other times for short stints and, though this is home for a number of people, there's a distinct message sent to new users that you are letting a room in a house with a lot of long-existing tenants. One way this shows up when people get told some variant "we've had that... [more]
posted by vermouth to MetaTalk on Jul 11 at 4:30 AM
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I think it's time we start going for it. It was time five years ago when we had this thread, all the suggestions about fundraising structures, membership and governance many of us made then were pooh-poohed, and now the site is pretty much where those folks predicted it would be without some real management changes and restructuring.... [more]
posted by Miko to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 1:17 PM
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So, this comment turned into more thoughts than where it started. But here's where it started: Is it really true that the active userbase of the site is shrinking? Is that true in terms of pageviews and/or number of members who post/comment monthly? And if so, on what timescale has that shrinkage been happening? Both traffic and user... [more]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 2:57 PM
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We could start by banning cryptocurrency mining, which is both incredibly wasteful and generally pointless. [view]
posted by caution live frogs to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 6:20 AM
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It's a fundamental misunderstanding of how I feel about this place to discuss shutting it down. MetaFilter is (a) a business entity and (b) a community, an idea, a concept. And those two things are interrelated because [*gesturing in the direction of capitalism*], but they aren't the same thing at all. I care about the viability of the... [more]
posted by cortex to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 4:14 PM
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Thanks dawg but I'm gonna go ahead and do both. [view]
posted by saladin to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 3:18 PM
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As someone who doesn't participate in discussions here, I thought I'd throw in my two cents on why that is, as there appears to be some interest in finding out why lurkers don't participate. Essentially, it's because the culture here is completely insular, governed by a myriad of unwritten rules that must be followed but that are completely opaque... [more]
posted by LNM to MetaTalk on Jul 13 at 4:33 AM
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Oh jeez, where to start. Cortex you dog, you mighty moderator, you leader of teams: you have lost perspective and need to regain it. You are the business owner of a failing business. You need to admit that to yourself and to others, because just like any problem, admitting you have it is the first step in fixing it. I think you're most of the... [more]
posted by disclaimer to MetaTalk on Jul 10 at 7:29 PM
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Of course, as anyone who has worked at an office can attest, no amount of productivity software or trendy processes will fix a toxic management culture. [view]
posted by Reyturner to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:42 AM
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If I’m running a family like a business can I fire them all and rehire them as independent contractors? [view]
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:42 AM
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My mother has been searching for the perfect purse since the Eisenhower administration, and I have been dragged along on purse safaris since before Watergate. I never thought I'd have cause to use this knowlege, and I'm going to try to hit all your questions. (As b33j noted, location will cause variance. I'm in the US.) Here goes: In general, a... [more]
posted by The Wrong Kind of Cheese to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:34 PM
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Oh, and while posting: One of the links you entered was found in 22 previous threads. ... Please make sure it's not a duplicate of something posted before. [view]
posted by Melismata to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 11:23 AM
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