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Relaxing by watching other people work

I really dig watching, and learning about, obscure handcrafts and industries from days of yore. In fact, I think I want to spend much of this lazy Sunday watching such things on YouTube. Got any to recommend? (Inspired by today's FPP about bell tuning.)
posted by escape from the potato planet to Ask MetaFilter on Feb 17 at 6:48 AM
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The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles

“You don’t have to [start an Etsy shop],” I assured her. “You can do something you love, just because you love it.” And suddenly the sentence that both of us needed to hear came out of my mouth: “You don’t have to monetize your joy.”

posted by divabat to MetaFilter on Feb 18 at 2:00 PM
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You literally cannot mess this up

How we Lost our Ability to Mend [clothes] from Die, Workwear!, "A semi-daily blog about classic men's tailoring and semi-casual attire."
posted by soelo to MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 9:19 AM
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"Science writer & communicator"

"Hello my name is Paul, I have a PhD in physics and thanks to a random brain freeze forgot the word for photon so had to call it a “shiny crumb” in front of my colleagues 😐" Other people chimed in with their own mis-, er mal-, um…wrong-word things. (SLTwitter)
posted by Johnny Wallflower to MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 1:12 PM
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The League of Not Extraordinary and Not So Gentle Men

In 2009, a secret Facebook group called the Ligue du LOL (The League of LOL), led by young French male journalists, started harassing fellow journalists, writers, bloggers and activists - predominantly targeting women and minorities (also NYT), disrupting the lives and ruining the careers of their victims through barrages of sexist, racist and homophobic insults, pornographic montages, prank calls, and Twitter-coordinated attacks, online and IRL. The existence of the group was revealed last week, resulting in a flood of heartbreaking testimonies (megathread on r/feminisme (in French)), and in an intense bout of soul-searching in the progressive French media: not only the victims had been ignored before last week, but most of the Ligue members are now prominent journalists in major left-wing publications.
posted by elgilito to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 4:57 PM
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Enheduanna

Hidden women of history: Enheduanna, princess, priestess and the world’s first known author. "The world’s first known author is widely considered to be Enheduanna, a woman who lived in the 23rd century BCE in ancient Mesopotamia (approximately 2285 – 2250 BCE). Enheduanna is a remarkable figure: an ancient 'triple threat', she was a princess and a priestess as well as a writer and poet." [Via]
posted by homunculus to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 10:55 AM
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My Life at 47 Is Back to What It Was Like at 27


This Person Does Not Exist

This Person Does Not Exist is a single-serving website that does only one thing: algorithmically generate fake human faces. Refresh for more.
posted by penduluum to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 2:34 PM
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Cortex's beautiful stained glass piece


When modern builders meet old houses

Peter Ward is a surveyor who specialises in very old houses, watch him explain the problems that arise when modern builders try to 'fix' the external timber frame of a Grade 2 listed old house. At the other extreme discover a time capsule house from the 1600's that's barely been touched for centuries.
posted by Lanark to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 2:49 PM
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When You Bring the Songs Back, You Are Going to Bring the People Back

Jeremy Dutcher is a First Nations classically trained tenor, musician, and composer whose debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa [Youtube playlist], sung entirely in the "severely endangered" language of Wolastoqey, won the 2018 Polaris Prize, which is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian music album. You can watch him perform a stunning medley of his album at the Polaris Gala, and accept the prize. Dutcher is a Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation, and his album is based on traditional Wolastoqiyik songs, often sampling century-old wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors' singing, to devastatingly beautiful effect.
posted by yasaman to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 10:22 PM
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amazing music suggestions?

We splurged in a spectacular sound system and have been rediscovering music. What are some mind-blowing tracks?
posted by Tarumba to Ask MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 5:59 AM
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What are the major talks you should give to a kid and when?

I'm looking for a guide for when to give those key life lessons talks to a kid. Obviously the sex talk is on the onset of puberty. But what about the rest of them? Bullying. Racism. Telling the truth. Did someone ever make a list of all of these and what ages you're supposed to dole out your wisdom for them? If not, help me make the comprehensive list.
posted by rileyray3000 to Ask MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 3:32 AM
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“We’re just going to wing it really; there’s not much more we can do.”

As captain May eats jam, ignores charts and monsters, and steers the 'good ship Brexit' downriver, a few Labour MPs might jump ship, possibly copied by a few Conservatives. Airbus, via Politico: “...we will have to look at future investments” and the Bank of America and German companies also paddle away (not on FlyBMI), as does Ratcliffe but not the wannabe captain. But people coming aboard may include expats with complex healthcare needs needing the NHS. A national humbling? Back on the high and ferry-free seas, Gavin's latest has displeased China and Gibralter is tense. Choppy waters, no investigation, only storm forecasts for Northern Ireland, and for Porsche-desiring MeFites. Irish Times: “...we can also glimpse an image of ourselves no longer ruling the waves.” (title)
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter on Feb 18 at 2:00 AM
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I am not a Jew and I was at one time a “revisionist”

In 1980, Robert Faurisson, the late father figure of Holocaust revisionism, sent fellow denier Jean-Claude Pressac, a Nazism-obsessed pharmacist, to the archives of the Auschwitz Museum. Faurisson wanted him to find proof of his theories, but Pressac, immersed in the archives of the SS Construction management Office, found instead irrefutable proof of the use of the gas chambers as a tool of mass murder. Breaking with Faurisson, Pressac kept on investigating and eventually published in 1989 Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers (also), an extensive, meticulously researched monography. In the postface, Pressac chronicles the tormented path that led him from being a "travelling companion" of revisionism to being an authoritative Holocaust historian. He later worked on Russian archives until his death in 2003.
posted by elgilito to MetaFilter on Feb 20 at 7:49 AM
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The Mysteries of the Human Body

Help me gain a better understanding of how my body works!
posted by samthemander to Ask MetaFilter on Feb 13 at 12:52 PM
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Dead Simple Dinner Ideas

What are some dead-simple dinner ideas? Looking for stuff that’s even easier than the “Easy 30-minute Weeknight Dinner” listicles, due to laziness, burnout, small kitchen, and temporary weird living conditions. There are 2 of us and we eat meat but no seafood. Sadly we don't have a crock pot or Instapot.
posted by jschu to Ask MetaFilter on Feb 20 at 1:57 PM
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Ken Nordine (1920 - 2019)

"The Voice of God," Ken Nordine, passed away today at age 98 Ken Nordine was one of the greatest voice artists of all time. You may not know his name, but assuredly you know his voice.
posted by JimInLoganSquare to MetaFilter on Feb 16 at 4:14 PM
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Drowning in Debt


Sci-fi clothing for the real world?

I am watching Star Trek: Discovery and: those are some fine-looking uniforms! Such a pretty blue, nice high collar, sparkly bits, unisex. I’ve been thinking how cool it would be if I could wear something kind of like a Star Fleet uniform? And yet, not look like I’m cosplaying, or in pajamas.
posted by sacchan to Ask MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 4:39 AM
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whoever asked their monkey's paw for fewer poop posts: good job [view]
posted by phooky to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 12:19 PM
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The tax payers would have been no worse off. They are not generating any revenues now from AMZN at those sites. In exchange for $3 billion in reduced taxes and other benefits, NYS and NYC would have pulled in a combined estimate of $30 billion over 10 years or a net $27 billion. If you even cut that estimate in half, that is $13 billion. That... [more]
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:33 AM
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I've seen no evidence anywhere that left wing guys (or artsy guys, or sensitive guys, or guys who love their moms, or whatever) are any less likely to be gross sexist cretins than right wing guys. Whatever makes a dude awful or not awful to women does not seem to have anything to do with their politics. [view]
posted by prize bull octorok to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 5:19 PM
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Seems like this is a lot more serious for the employees than for people who visited once. Ok, so a bunch of years ago, I went back to school at CUNY (City University of New York) to study science. On the wall one day there was a poster for "get your radiation safety licence" and I was like hot damn that sounds like 6 really fun 2-hr... [more]
posted by sexyrobot to MetaFilter on Feb 20 at 7:21 AM
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Yeah, for the teenage Geiger counter enthusiast, this must have been like hitting the jackpot. I imagine he’ll feel justified in bringing his Geiger counter wherever he goes for the rest of his life—dates, weddings, funerals, etc. [view]
posted by ejs to MetaFilter on Feb 20 at 4:43 AM
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Seattle native here. I’m having a hard time marshalling my thoughts because so much of this thread is making me furious so I’ll just say this - this city is fucking broken. This city is no longer functional or livable unless you have a very high-paying job. We’re looking at moving away, which fucking breaks my heart, which is something... [more]
posted by skycrashesdown to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 10:08 AM
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It's clear that this deal would have benefited Amazon, but it's NOT clear that the deal would have benefited NYC - as indicated by, well, the type of back and forth in this thread and in a lot of conversation about this issue. Plenty of valid points to go around, here, and not a lot of hard info vis a vis numbers, PR, and policy analysis. What... [more]
posted by entropone to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:14 AM
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The city lost a chance to add 25,000 decent paying jobs. No it didn't. [view]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:34 AM
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If AOC is fighting for the working person, she blew this. Ocasio-Cortez via Twitter: Yeah I’m laughing @ this. Amazon was not coming to my Congressional district, had no concentrated outreach to us that I’m aware of, yet w/ no effort I defeated the richest man in the world? Doesn’t add up. Story that’s not being told: the local... [more]
posted by ryanshepard to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:38 AM
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This happened to me. By what group, for what reason, I don't even know, but I live in a large Canadian city and used to have a successful part time art career that is no more. I was harassed and trolled on all of my online accounts, inluding this one, most of my online accounts were hacked into, I was approached in public multiple times and... [more]
posted by OnefortheLast to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 6:17 PM
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How do you figure? Firstly, as my esteemed colleagues above have pointed out, this figure was entirely fabricated by Amazon and there's no proof that a) there would have been 25,000 jobs in the first place, and b) that they would have hired entirely locally as opposed to importing people from their main office. Secondly, Amazon is... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:44 AM
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Please don't just shout 'jobs jobs jobs'. Any argument that the city would make up in eventual taxes what it lost on the subsidies is eliding the fact that it is losing corporate tax revenue and gaining individual tax revenue. That is, it's shifting the tax burden to workers, away from this hugely profitable company. Any... [more]
posted by dbx to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:40 AM
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This 100% a conversation to have with your pediatrician and not the internet. [view]
posted by DarlingBri to Ask MetaFilter on Feb 19 at 2:55 AM
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Counterpoint: Lagerfeld was a fatphobic, racist bigot, whose strength in the industry allowed outmoded and wrong ideas to go unchecked for decades. [view]
posted by The River Ivel to MetaFilter on Feb 20 at 12:38 AM
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I was part of a group of startup founders assembled to talk to a few of our PA state legislators about investing tax dollars in local technology businesses. This included State Rep. Sara Innamorato, who is lovely and also a member of the DSA. For the founders, all of our businesses were funded by a state-run investment fund and it was our job... [more]
posted by Alison to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:26 AM
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Related: Amazon made an $11.2bn profit in 2018 – and its federal tax bill is $0 Company is not paying a single cent in taxes for the second year in a row, due to various unspecified ‘tax credits’ and executive stock options [view]
posted by Atom Eyes to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 8:44 AM
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a neighbor called me on it. Where's the profit? he asked. like now i wanna know what steps he has taken to monetize his own lawn [view]
posted by halation to MetaFilter on Feb 18 at 2:57 PM
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It's been my observation, from well before the Berniebro was a thing, that a whole lot of men who declare themselves to be Left object to *which* white men run the world, but they agree that white men should run the world. [view]
posted by tavella to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 7:10 PM
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Speaking as someone that LITERALLY just went through a job hunt in New York City, as well: Already-existing NYC businesses have been posting about 50 new positions per day for my specific job description, which isn't even that sexy a position. I began my job search in mid-January - but found a position only three weeks later, and am... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Feb 15 at 9:46 AM
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So having RTFA it’s...worse. Sustained abuse and gaslighting for a decade from a group so large and influential it was impossible to avoid them. Hundreds of victims, some presumably driven out of their careers, many more living in fear of being targeted. These men should be in prison. [view]
posted by schadenfrau to MetaFilter on Feb 14 at 5:24 PM
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