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But We Will Realize Untold Efficiencies With Machine L-


Tag yourself, I'm "VHF receiver with aerial disconnected."

BBC Rewind has a collection of freely downloadable sound effects available, as well as a mixer mode you can use to play around with them to your heart's content. For the deep-cut retrotech enthusiasts among us, I call your attention to the Electronics section, but there's a lot here to enjoy.
posted by mhoye to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 12:34 PM
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A bra that is underwire-free. Difficulty: D (cup)

Looking for a D-cup bra that fits the following four criteria: Supportive, No uniboob, No underwire, All-day comfort. Recommendations?
posted by rednikki to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 7:05 AM
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Everything we have is going to go to Ukraine until their needs are met.

A round-up of links inside on the Russia-Ukraine war. Today is day 848 of the invasion.
posted by joannemerriam to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 11:02 AM
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I am unstoppable, and other punchy affirmations

I was trying to psych myself up for dealing with some annoying work situations a few days ago, so when my office mate asked me “how are you” in the morning I told her “I am unstoppable!” She was amused, and when she asked me again the next morning I told her “I am a force of nature!” Help me come up with more silly, over the top affirmations/how are you answers!
posted by ActionPopulated to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 9:43 AM
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Juneteenth small press roundup

For Juneteenth, a small press roundup (over 50 more below the fold), starting with Library Journal’s Juneteenth 2024 | A Reading List which includes these small press books:
posted by joannemerriam to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 5:35 AM
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The only recording of Shirley Jackson

“It is possible, thanks to the magic of the internet. In 1960, five years before her death, Shirley Jackson recorded readings of “The Lottery” and “The Daemon Lover” for an outfit called Folkways Records—the only time we know of that she ever recorded performances of her own work.”
posted by cupcakeninja to MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 4:08 AM
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Salad dressing inspiration needed

I've been eating more salads (mixed chopped vegetables and cheeses, sometimes also fruit or nuts, usually with leafy greens but not always) and as much as I love my standard homemade dressings, I'm looking to branch out. My usuals: ranch, Caesar, basic vinaigrettes. What else you got? I don't like mint or fennel, and I do lean toward creamy dressings, but I'm open to hearing about almost anything. Assume I already know I can just dress salads with acid & oil, and that I can add stuff to vary the flavor of my ranch & vinaigrette.
posted by rhiannonstone to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 24 at 6:56 PM
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Beneath your feet, a living planet

"Contrary to long-held assumptions, Earth’s interior is not barren. In fact, a majority of the planet’s microbes, perhaps more than 90 percent, may live deep underground. These intraterrestrial microbes tend to be quite different from their counterparts on the surface. They are ancient and slow, reproducing infrequently and possibly living for millions of years. [...] Subsurface microbes carve vast caverns, concentrate minerals and precious metals and regulate the global cycling of carbon and nutrients. Microbes may even have helped construct the continents, literally laying the groundwork for all other terrestrial life." The Mysterious, Deep-Dwelling Microbes That Sculpt Our Planet, an excerpt from Becoming Earth, by Ferris Jabr.
posted by mittens to MetaFilter on Jun 24 at 3:56 PM
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I Have a Terrible Memory. Am I Better Off That Way?

The existential divide between Rememberers and Forgetters. [The Cut / Archive]
posted by ellieBOA to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 2:12 PM
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Everything you need to know to make a gorgeous pound cake


[MeFi Site Update] June 19th

Hi there, MetaFilter!

This month’s Site Update includes a particularly important announcement. You can find the last site update here.

I’m looking forward to your feedback and questions!
posted by loup to MetaTalk on Jun 19 at 2:13 PM
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The Unknown Toll Of The AI Takeover


"He's living his best life"

In 2019, Diesel the donkey had gone missing after getting scared on a trail while on a hiking trip with his human family from Auburn, California. Five years later, he has been spotted living with a herd of wild elk.
posted by ShooBoo to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 11:37 PM
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Moral Progress is Annoying


The American women who created an art haven in Paris

Before World War II, a group of wealthy artists wanted to build a world largely independent of men and American racism. Their story is sumptuously illustrated by the National Portrait Gallery’s sweeping exhibition “Brilliant Exiles: American Women in Paris, 1900-1939.” Review by Mark Jenkins
posted by bq to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 1:11 PM
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Barcelona bans Airbnb (etc.) by 2028

Top tourist destination Barcelona plans to shut all holiday apartments by 2028: The city's leftist mayor, Jaume Collboni, said that by November 2028, Barcelona will scrap the licences of the 10,101 apartments currently approved as short-term rentals.
posted by pracowity to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 10:22 AM
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You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building.

From Infocom to 80 Days: An oral history of text games and interactive fiction MUDs, Usenet, and open source all play a part in 50 years of IF history.
posted by hydropsyche to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 4:35 AM
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Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear

Ted Chiang on Insight, and the Corporate Lack Thereof "The fears of superintelligent AI are probably genuine on the part of the doomsayers. That doesn’t mean they reflect a real threat; what they reflect is the inability of technologists to conceive of moderation as a virtue."
posted by tclark to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 9:05 AM
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Voice of Baceprot are a devoutly Muslim all-female thrash metal band


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I think just reserving judgment would be a beautiful gift in itself. [view]
posted by chesty_a_arthur to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 8:23 AM
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There's a meme someone posted somewhere - an account from someone talking about a recent interaction with her teenage nephew that illustrates her issue with AI. She proofread a lot of his papers for him as a favor, and he was getting good-naturedly frustrated by how many notes she always had and as a challenge asked to proofread one of her own... [more]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 8:00 AM
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My God. Of course they hate MetaTalk. A small but oh-so-vocal minority come into every single one of these threads and you're mean, you're demeaning, you're snide, and you're utterly cruel in the way you talk, and you just ceaselessly aim it unrelentingly in one direction, and then you have the temerity to step back and go, "Oh! So now... [more]
posted by kbanas to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 5:37 PM
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If someone damaged my table, I would STRONGLY prefer they just TELL ME! And apologize, and offer to pay for the damage that I will fix on my own time. Then let me research how to fix my own table, and then when I have time, I can get all the supplies together and fix it AND THEN RE-SEAL it when I have time. This is hitting a nerve because I am a... [more]
posted by nouvelle-personne to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 23 at 11:51 AM
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Ok listen, it seems from your profile that you’re a guy, so could you at least contemplate the possibility that you aren’t in a position to understand or judge this choice? That post-childbirth, waking up and seeing a fundamentally different body that you hate every day is not the only moral choice that a person can make? [view]
posted by showbiz_liz to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 8:26 AM
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The silent treatment, and involving your landlord in a personality clash, seems like it will escalate and prolong drama that doesn't have to be drama. You two aren't on the same wavelength and she came on strong about it. Okay. You've made your point. It's time to reset your interactions with her to basic politeness, including complying with... [more]
posted by Stacey to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 23 at 5:21 PM
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Now we know that one is a sex threat and at least two of them are at the very least Putin's catspaws if not actively working with Russia. Assange is not a “sex threat” he is a rapist. Greenwald is a fascist and a stooge of Putin if not outright agent. Snowden is an egotistical punk who successfully unveiled a multi-decade... [more]
posted by Ryvar to MetaFilter on Jun 24 at 7:12 PM
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Umm.... *raises hand cautiously So the impression I got is that AI is going to be very, very useful and effective, because any corporation can get it, and then lay off all the people whose jobs it can do. If you are a corporation the way you make profits is by taking equity out of the company, right? You downgrade the quality of the product,... [more]
posted by Jane the Brown to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 9:54 AM
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Look at us, resplendent in our pauper's robes, stitched from corpulent greed and breathless credulity, spending half of the planet's engineering efforts to add chatbot support to every application under the sun when half of the industry hasn't worked out how to test database backups regularly. Yeah, that about sums it up. It's all... [more]
posted by Ickster to MetaFilter on Jun 19 at 7:38 AM
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we have made the decision to focus resources on rebuilding the entire site from scratch As someone who has been writing software for over 25 years, this statement sent a cold shiver down by back. I absolutely understand why this decision was made, given that the site is built on a very old technology that almost no one uses... [more]
posted by gwint to MetaTalk on Jun 20 at 12:02 AM
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So, I think it's worth being aware that the author of this article is, amongst other things, a COVID denialist, writes a whole lot about how young people nowadays are obsessed with being victims, with diagnosing themselves with trendy mental illnesses, "institutional misandry", toying with alternatives to democracy, like "the upsides... [more]
posted by Joakim Ziegler to MetaFilter on Jun 24 at 10:13 PM
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I mean, someone can be both neuro divergent and a sexist asshole. They're not mutually exclusive, and one does not subsume the other. [view]
posted by june_dodecahedron to Ask MetaFilter on Jun 22 at 3:12 AM
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it kind of sucks that uncomplicated good guys mostly exist only in fiction Somehow both Chelsea Manning and Reality Winner managed to not sexually assault anyone, run into the arms of Putin, or try to throw an election in favor of a fascist. Somehow. [view]
posted by gwint to MetaFilter on Jun 24 at 7:25 PM
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The first thing they noticed upon arriving from the Pacific Northwest was the lack of trees — there is not a single shade-producing tree in the whole community, and the Bennions hoped to change that. They brought along some 70 trees with them. A year later, only five are still alive. These are not serious people who are actually going to... [more]
posted by hydropsyche to MetaFilter on Jun 23 at 3:15 AM
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I'm always amazed that when it comes to building a 4 apt complex with marble countertops, it's 'Every Unit of Housing Matters'. And when it comes to a vacancy tax, or AirBnB regulations, it's 'those 10-40k housing units are barely a drop in the bucket!'. [view]
posted by whm to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 11:02 AM
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Shelling in the Donbass was exactly what led to this bloody conflict in the first place. Russia invading its neighbor was what led to this bloody conflict. the only humane solution involves coming to the table The only humane solution is Russian forces withdrawing to Russia. All of them. All the way. [view]
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 1:02 PM
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This site is not really marketable to a 2024 audience as-is. I just want to push back against this and then I'm staying out of the thread for a while. This site is plenty marketable. Sure, it could be better, but it won't be better for at least another few years if we're being realistic, so maybe let's at least start and find out.... [more]
posted by trig to MetaTalk on Jun 21 at 11:09 AM
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I wonder what the cost of losing all those tourists will be, There were tourists before AirBnB and will be after. They are "losing" unregulated rentals and replacing them with better regulated ones. [view]
posted by tofu_crouton to MetaFilter on Jun 21 at 11:10 AM
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The counterpoint to this is Karl Popper and his paradox of tolerance - that by justifying the tolerance of intolerance on the grounds of tolerance as a moral principle, one sows the seeds of the death of tolerance. Of course, this is something that Orwell grasped - hence his vehement opposition to Oswald Moseley - but is something that... [more]
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Jun 18 at 10:25 PM
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They tried to ban VCRs and defund PBS. They tried to keep Xerox machines out of libraries. They said going to the bathroom during the commercial break was stealing. They let you pay to remove the ads and then added the ads back in. They're just lying and trying to hold back the progress of society. Use an ad blocker. You weren't going to buy... [more]
posted by AlSweigart to MetaFilter on Jun 20 at 6:10 PM
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