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DeathSucks.pdf (also known as SayingGoodbye.pdf)

A free "workbook on the kind of bullshit you need to do when someone you love dies", available as a "version with lots of swearing at the useless, shitty situation you're in" or a "version with a fair amount of black humor but no cursewords". Including "Prepare to spend a long and miserable time on the phone," "Depressing Mad Libs" (obituary templates), "So You Suddenly Have To Become Some Kind of Hacker," and "How to plan a non-religious death party". Published 2019.
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 9:37 AM
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Precision: The Measure Of All Things

2013 BBC series Precision: The Measure Of All Things has three hours, one on each of three topics of measurement, and how they were developed: Time And Distance; Mass And Moles; Heat, Light, And Electricity. I enjoyed the sort of James Burke / Connections feel of these episodes quite a bit.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Jul 2 at 8:52 AM
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Stop With the "You Need to Be Freaking Out / Be Afraid" Messaging

I am seeing a recurring message on Metafilter, and I'd like to make a general call to my fellow Mefites to stop it, because I'm concerned that it is both unkind and going to achieve the opposite effect from its intent. That is: "Be afraid. Be freaking out. You are not scared enough. You are not frightened enough.
posted by MollyRealized to MetaTalk on Jul 1 at 8:23 AM
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"What's it like to be a girl in a band?"


What do you wish you did to prepare for old age without kids?

A number of past AskMeFi questions have focused on what it's like to live without kids. I'd like to ask a different but related question: what are, in hindsight, the most important recommendations and tips from people who reached old age without kids?
posted by StrawberryPie to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 4 at 3:43 PM
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Don't Mistake the Waves for the Ocean

How To Cope With Big Feelings. Liz Fosslien on the myths of Big Feelings: Myths about uncertainty. Tools to help cope with perfectionism. Emotions as a response to stimuli we’re taking in and a result of our brain chemistry. How to stop “anxious fixing.” The helpful phrase “I’m a person learning to….” How extreme language produces extreme emotions. Naming your inner perfectionist. Finding a non-perfectionist role model. The red flag of thinking “I’ll be happy when…” How envy can reveal what you value, and then thinking about your willingness to live the life that leads to that. Why 'approach' goals are better than 'avoidance' goals. How to just make it through when you’re in the worst of it in life.
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on Jul 2 at 1:41 PM
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Ooooo​oooo​ooo​ooo​ooo​ooo​​ooh

45 years ago, some people invented the future. In the summer of 1977, Donna Summer (an American), Giorgio Moroder (an Italian) and Pete Bellotte (a Brit) were all living and working in Germany. Alongside engineer Robbie Wedel (an actual German) and a pile of Moog kit, they managed for the first time to sync up all the music tracks to a steady pulse, adding sinuous, ecstatic vocals to a robotic bassline.
posted by YoungStencil to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 11:41 AM
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Daily word games or puzzles

I play wordle, the nyt mini, and the daily set every day on my phone. I love that there's only one game available per day each and that I can easily complete each game by myself in under 5 minutes. I also like that they're browser based. What other daily word games or puzzles are available for me to play alone on my phone browser?
posted by twelve cent archie to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 27 at 9:48 PM
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A Hideous Monstrosity Made Out Of Computers And Greed

Bitcoin Is A Hideous Monstrosity Made Out Of Computers And Greed That Must Be Destroyed Before It Devours The World, Part I. On the final day of the first third of the 6th month of Our Year Of The Coin 13 (2022 C.E.) a mysterious account named Michel de Cryptadamus appeared on Twitter bearing a prophecy given to him by The Oracle of Tulips foretelling cryptocurrency's end of days that he had recently inscribed into the hard stone of r/Buttcoin. The redditors of r/Buttcoin, long used to playing the part of modern society's Cassandras, with memes in place of their forebear's mantic verse, watched in amazement as these predictions began to come true.
posted by UlfMagnet to MetaFilter on Jun 30 at 3:27 AM
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How do I maintain a happy little kitchen?

What are your proven tips and tricks in keeping, maintaining, and nurturing a little kitchen and pantry?
posted by pleasebekind to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 4 at 6:06 AM
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To fit into your tribe, you must first go through initiation.

The problem with private boarding schools in Britain: A former pupil describes on Twitter the roots of amorality and predation in Boris Johnson’s cabinet (Nitter link for those without a Twitter account)
posted by Ballad of Peckham Rye to MetaFilter on Jul 2 at 11:18 AM
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The Harm of Whole Food Absolutism

Minced, jarred garlic is a good substitute for fresh when you cannot mince it yourself. That this statement is unimaginable to many cooks is representative of a larger, ableist prejudice which keeps many out of the kitchen unnecessarily.
posted by thoroughburro to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 6:17 AM
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his nest of adopted goose, duck, and chicken eggs

"This emu has taken over the duck coop and is now diligently siting on goose eggs. I just watched a chicken run in, burrow under him, lay an egg, and leave." [Twitter thread with photos]
posted by readinghippo to MetaFilter on Jun 28 at 9:50 AM
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The Only Thing to Do Here is Walk Around the Desert

Terrible National Park Reviews (Illustrated). Designer Amber Share took one-star reviews of American National parks and “put a positive, fun spin on a negative mindset” by creating a set of travel posters.
posted by storybored to MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 8:23 AM
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Lie to me: Mission: Impossible

Suppose your story situation is this. Character A is telling a story, but it's a lie. Character B realizes it's a lie, but doesn't signal that recognition. This is really two problems in one: How do you tell the audience A is lying? And how do you convey that B knows but doesn't reveal that knowledge?
posted by smcg to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 1:55 PM
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I... HAVE... THE POWER 🎨🖌️

Back in April, I made an in-depth post to the blue about OpenAI's DALL-E 2, an unbelievable new AI system that can generate hi-res artistic or photorealistic images of anything you can describe in just a few seconds. Now, after more than two months of waiting (and a comedy of errors), I've gained rare access to this amazing technology... and I'm passing the savings along to you! Post a text prompt you'd like DALL-E to generate in this thread, and I'll share the results! (Examples, conditions, and tips inside.)
posted by Rhaomi to MetaTalk on Jul 2 at 4:47 PM
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Last minute Mexico City trip recommendations

We are doing an impulsive, last minute, no research trip to Mexico City, TONIGHT until Tuesday. We like art and music, we like everything from street food up to fine dining, we like architecture and history. We are staying in downtown. Only one of us speaks Spanish. Please blast me with any must-dos!
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 30 at 11:57 AM
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Where are all the assheads?

Colin Morris scraped 15 years of Reddit comments to perform a detailed analysis of the frequencies of compound-word insults. The results are presented in the document Compound pejoratives on Reddit – from buttface to wankpuffin.
posted by dfan to MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 9:27 AM
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Do you have an easy, light recipe involving rice?

We just got a rice cooker, and I need some inspiration because this change in diet is new to me. Please help me with rice-based or rice-additional recipes that are not heavy fall/winter food. I do love a good rice stew but, I am trying for lighter things.
posted by panhopticon to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 27 at 8:50 PM
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Not frugal, perhaps prudent?

I love spending money. This needs to stop. I am inspired by minimalism, don't have children or a car, and I rent my home, so housing expenses are relatively low. Fortunately, I have a secure-ish job, but I haven't always, and know there are no guarantees in this day and age. I want to pay off debt and start spending more responsibly. Please do not recommend Dave Ramsey.
posted by nathaole to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 11:48 AM
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Her reasoning and critical thinking skills are generally pretty average or maybe slightly below average Btw, this is a pretty unloving and hurtful characterization of a partner's abilities. I only bring it up because I hear some variation on this wording from men all. the. time as a comparison tool to paint themselves themselves as the... [more]
posted by anderjen to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 1:57 PM
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At the risk of tarnishing my Mefi reputation forever, I am an Old Etonian and did A-Level economics in the same class (Eton slang: div) as David Cameron. Boris Johnson was two years above me; I played chess against him once. Jacob Rees-Mogg was two or three years below me. My brother-in-law is a Tory member of parliament, 2019 intake. Barring a... [more]
posted by Hogshead to MetaFilter on Jul 2 at 12:26 PM
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I wouldn't be wild about this but if it is truly out of character for her I'd put it down to extraordinary circumstances. People behave out of character when they are sick, under stress and worried about wages. That's why it should be society/the state/not-individuals-who-are-sick who make public health decisions. You can be a good person and... [more]
posted by Frowner to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 12:52 PM
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I feel like I am supportive of non monogamy but not for cis het men. I’m somewhat glib about this, but: this story is far from unique. It’s actually tragically common. A cis het man doesn’t want to be involved in the work of his relationship or his life anymore. Or rather, I should say, he wants to be 10% involved, he wants everything to kind... [more]
posted by corb to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 6:53 PM
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Minced, jarred garlic is also a good substitute for fresh when you can mince it yourself, but don't feel like bothering and just want to spoon some garlic into the dish and get on with your life already. You don't have to have a disability to profit from convenience. Let people decide how they want to use and prioritize their own time,... [more]
posted by foldedfish to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 6:36 AM
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This was agonizing A seriously depressed woman with a new infant at home has so little libido, but so many crushing burdens, she gives in to her husband's demand to find and fuck weirdos. This has somehow become an alternative to confronting problems in their shared life, inexplicably. Then she tries it herself, only possible after drugs... [more]
posted by your postings may, in fact, be signed to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 10:55 AM
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So I guess my question is: How should I feel about this? Is this the kind of mistake I can move past, or that I should try to move past? Is it something that would justify breaking things off with her, in your view? It's not like I'm feeling personally injured or aggrieved in any way. I'm not looking to punish her or something, and I'm not... [more]
posted by warriorqueen to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 2:31 PM
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You pride yourself on being more reasonable and logical than her, and also, you were on your home turf and didn't have covid yourself, and weren't caring for a sick elderly person. But like, with all those advantages, what did you actually do to help? I don't think your partner made a great decision, but from what you wrote, your contributions... [more]
posted by nouvelle-personne to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 8:21 PM
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"this was a very serious lapse in judgment and a deep ethical failure, in my view, and I don't really see any legitimate excuse, explanation, or mitigating circumstances for it. Or at least she hasn't told me of anything that would justify or excuse it." I'm not sure what additional information you need? Your girlfriend contracted... [more]
posted by Iris Gambol to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 7:02 PM
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Ah, this guy. You can tell he's only got one phone game. I work in the space and have a few observations: So, first off the ads aren't aimed at children. Children don't have money. The game developers want whale tier players - so people who can drop thousands of dollars a year on a game without blinking. There is a whole industry dedicated to... [more]
posted by Jilder to MetaFilter on Jun 29 at 8:42 PM
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On the entirely other end of the spectrum, at the Kingston ag fair in 2019, I saw the category for Peanut Butter Cookies, in which there was only one entry and it was awarded second prize. This seems like a contender for the most savage takedown in ag fair history: telling an entrant that literally the concept of nothingness is a better... [more]
posted by Shepherd to MetaFilter on Jun 30 at 2:59 AM
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via r/buttcoin: Web 2.0: If you aren't paying for the product, YOU are the product Web 3.0: If you can't figure out where the yield comes from, YOU are the yield [view]
posted by gwint to MetaFilter on Jun 30 at 6:48 AM
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If you think reading pessimistic comments on the internet is bad for your nervous system, try being a person who can bear children in oh, almost half the country these days. I would prefer we not police how people are expressing their extremely valid fear right now. I guess I could be wrong, but I see the OP's request of "Stop... [more]
posted by Jarcat to MetaTalk on Jul 1 at 10:55 AM
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To my mind, the issue isn't so much fresh versus jarred garlic as "you must maximize" versus "good enough is still good". Like, I knew this guy once whose taste in bread was so refined that there was only one bakery in all of San Francisco that he felt made good bread, and that seemed like a really tough way to live - he... [more]
posted by Frowner to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 7:51 AM
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Perhaps we might not completely shit upon a fellow Mefite's post. [view]
posted by MollyRealized to MetaFilter on Jul 2 at 5:35 PM
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I am an adult who grew up without much in the way of a dad. I went through a period of my life when I hated him, but I've since gotten over that and now it's more a case of "I have no use for him." Like you, he was not abusive in any physical way, just mostly absent and useless. When he was there he was often drunk and always angry. Aside... [more]
posted by bondcliff to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 30 at 7:54 AM
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With the information you have given on this situation, I'd vote to allow the parking spot. First, because I strongly believe that assuming we are talking about the same number of cars, storing cars OFF the street is much safer for pedestrians and cyclists than storing them on the street --I'm very surprised to see that other people feel that... [more]
posted by mjcon to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 6:06 PM
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A priest, an imam, and a rabbit walk into a blood bank. The rabbit says,"I think I might be a type O." [view]
posted by dowcrag to MetaFilter on Jul 4 at 3:24 AM
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Women joke about guys with bodies like mine. These are just a few random thoughts on my own experience. I hope they provoke some helpful thoughts from other hairy dudes. I am almost certainly not as hairy as you, though even in the US I was considered hairy. And now I live in China where I am considered a hairy sasquatch. I can really... [more]
posted by wooh to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 28 at 6:51 AM
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I'm glad this is all getting out in the open and we can talk about these things. I guess it's time to admit something. Every once in a while, I'll use garlic powder instead of actual garlic. Feels good to actually say it. [view]
posted by freakazoid to MetaFilter on Jul 1 at 7:26 AM
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