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Cities of ladies

In 1999, officials in Vienna, Austria, asked residents of the city's ninth district how often and why they used public transportation. "Most of the men filled out the questionnaire in less than five minutes," says Ursula Bauer, one of the city administrators tasked with carrying out the survey. "But the women couldn't stop writing." - How to Design a City for Women
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Alphabet of international bread recipes (around the world a few times)

More than white, wheat and rye, there's a glorious world of breads, and for your enjoyment, here's an alphabet of international bread recipes: Aish Merahrah / Bammy / Česnica / Dosa / Eggette / Flatbrød / Green onion pancake / Himbasha / Injera / Johnnycake / Khanom bueang / Lahoh / Mollete / Naan / Obwarzanek krakowski / Potbrood / Qistibi / Rugbrød / Soda bread / Taftan / Unleavened bread / Vienna bread / Watermelon toast / [nothing for X] / Yufka / Zopf. To take away some of the mystery from these links, there are more descriptions (and more recipes, and MORE BREADS) below the break.
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Legal to drink in several Canadian provinces

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.
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A Lesson in Code Switching

“I am fluent in very many different forms of English. Yes, I know African American Vernacular English. I also know the English we speak over the phone when talking to an absolute stranger. I know how to speak Customer Service English, where smiling and nodding both count as punctuation marks. As a matter of fact, in this painful conversation, I am speaking yet another kind of English. It is a coded format where every word and gesture has a hidden meaning or dilutes the substance of my thoughts to make it taste sweeter to you.
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Lede-Buried Voicemails from Your Mom

Hi, sweetie. It’s Mom. Do you remember Mr. Levert? He lived behind the high school with that garden. You’d do yard work over there sometimes? He loved you; I’m sure you remember. Anyway, he was in a car accident. Died on impact. Call me back.
posted by like_neon to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 2:10 AM
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What else can I clean?

I recently noticed that the grout between my kitchen floor tiles was not actually supposed to be dark (shudder!), but after a good scrub, it's a floor I'm proud to use the five-second rule with. I seem to be nesting and I'm wondering what other hidden yuck I'm missing in my house. Inside and outside chores are welcome--yucky/picky/finicky/forgotten ones especially--but nothing that requires permanently changing the structure of the house, as I rent. Thanks!
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And then we board a plane.

"A woman gets on a plane. She’s flying from New York to Dallas, where she lives and works as a personal trainer. A couple asks her if she’ll switch seats with one of them so that they can sit together, and she agrees, thinking it’s her good deed for the day. She chats with her new seatmate and they discover that they have a lot in common: he’s also a trainer, and a former professional soccer player. Maybe there’s a spark of attraction between them, or maybe he instigates the conversation despite her polite signs of disinterest—it’s difficult to discourage someone when you’re trapped together on a four-hour flight. We don’t really know what is going on in her head, and there’s no way that anyone could know. The woman on the plane is unaware that the woman sitting in the row behind her is watching and recording her every move." Ella Dawson: We Are All Public Figures Now
posted by everybody had matching towels to MetaFilter on Jul 10 at 5:45 AM
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"Do I look busy?" becomes more important than "Am I doing my best work?"

A pair of studies by Ethan S. Bernstein and Stephen Turban of the Harvard Business School tracked conversations between employees before and after their office was converted to to an open plan configuration. They found that -- "... conversations by email and instant messaging (IM) increased significantly [...], while productivity declined, and, for most people, face-to-face interaction decreased."
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The Debt Crisis

“In some ways, I now think that one of the primary functions of the university, for the ruling class, is precisely to train a generation in indebtedness, in a state of being in debt.” ON UNIVERSITIES: ROUNDTABLE - what is a University for? (The White Review) - Season Of The Bitch episode 42: Debt as a feminist issue and possible solutions (1:03:52) - The net worth of college graduates with student debt is truly depressing (Market watch) - Competition: Find the craziest graph that shows how bad the student debt crisis really is (Twitter) - The Debt Collective, organizing as debtors and recourses against predatory lenders and collectors - The New Economy Project , what is the Soildairty economy? (Previously, Letter to an unknown lender. )
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‘No. Not here. Not in my space,’” she said.

Inside the Guild Wars 2 meeting that’s shaken gaming [Polygon] “Jessica Price, who was fired by ArenaNet last week for arguing with fans of the company’s Guild Wars 2 MMO, said she feels betrayed by how the company “folded like a cheap card table” when confronted by toxic fandom. In an interview with Polygon, she talked about the meeting in which she was fired, and castigated ArenaNet managers for their “highly unprofessional” reaction to a social media controversy.”
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Redefining the Hero

Tom and Lorenzo present a three-part essay series on costume design for heroic female characters.
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Investing for the extremely risk-averse

Due to a combination of laziness and anxiety about money, I have what seems to be an excessive amount of money in checking and savings accounts. What should I be doing differently (besides everything)?
posted by kat518 to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 9 at 10:36 AM
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In Ireland, Drought And A Drone Revealed The Outline Of An Ancient Henge

A lingering dry spell has exposed a previously unknown monument in Ireland's Boyne Valley ... archaeologists confirmed the footprint of an ancient henge, or enclosure, that may be some 4,500 years old. Ireland is famously green... But this summer it's been gripped by an unusual heatwave and a lengthy dry spell. Crops are fading in the drought. And the unusual weather circumstances made the remarkable photos possible. In normal weather, the difference is undetectable — that's why Murphy had flown drones overhead before without noticing it. And even in a drought, it's too subtle to see from the ground. But combine the dry spell with the aerial view, and suddenly the outline is obvious.
posted by I_Love_Bananas to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 5:10 AM
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mai nam is jane

Lik the bone I know this is very thin but I couldn't resist my urge to share. a little something to smile about in these grim times.
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The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence

The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence : MetaFilter's own moonmilk took a copy of a copy of the audio data on Voyager's Golden Record, and turned it into a 40-meter-long tapestry of human images-as-sound. Watch it all scroll by. [via mefi projects]
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Looking for a literary thriller (or sci-fi)

What are some good books I should read that fall in the thriller / suspense genre, but may be highly regarded as literature (for whatever your definition of that is).
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Because womankind is both shaggy and smooth

Billie is a US razor brand that targets its products at women. Their recently released commercial is unusual, as it shows what their competitors always omit: women shaving – or combing – actual body hair. They have also created an image library devoted to normalizing female body hair on the internet, to which you can contribute using the hashtag #projectbodyhair.
posted by Vesihiisi to MetaFilter on Jul 9 at 4:14 AM
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A Website for Five People


The season finale of "Ooh er UK!"

An interesting week in the UK, with its new-but-old national (England only) anthem [post]. After Chequers [post], DD (not this one) quits, replaced by Dominic "workhouses for the poor" Raab, with the cabinet in disarray and Boris being Boris. Trump's visit [megathread] means a police redeployment and a large inflatable baby. A civilian dies from Novichok possibly related to the recent poisonings, shops continue to shutter, the heatwave continues [post], ancient sites reveal, CrumpetGate [post], and water supplies diminish. Led by Waistcoat Gareth and Harry Kane and followed by "supporters", the mens footballers are doing well [fanfare], seeds are knocked out of Wimbledon, while electoral law integrity struggles to be heard. [Post title via devonian and twitter, and explained] Ooh I say!
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Similar, here in rural England. A few months ago I was in a village, for their fete, where I'd been to a church harvest festival back in the autumn of 2014. Two elderly women were chatting next to the early season vegetables. No idea of their names (and that's probably wise), so will call them Edith (the obviously frank one) and Mary (the quieter... [more]
posted by Wordshore to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 4:09 AM
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The Little Caesar's guy (Mike Ilitch) was actually a praiseworthy peach - he paid Rosa Parks's rent for years. [view]
posted by Iris Gambol to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 10:05 PM
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We've come not to praise Little Caesar, but bury him? [view]
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 9:56 PM
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So, long story short, for various reasons the morning of 9/11 I had shut off my phone so I could focus on a long, multi-hour task. When I turned my phone back on shortly after noon, I have like twenty messages asking if I'm okay, not one of which tells me what's actually going on. So when I call my dad to tell him I'm fine and ask what's up, and I... [more]
posted by phooky to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 4:33 AM
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I work in a setting where maintaining your professional demeanor in the face of horrible odors, sometimes enough to make the most hardened medical profession gag, is essential. On the scale of offensive odors, a fart is little different than a fresh breeze blowing through a field of spring flowers. Poo barely registers. I did an entire exam with an... [more]
posted by Slarty Bartfast to MetaFilter on Jul 10 at 10:56 PM
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My dad used to do this with fatalities. I used to get mad at him, calling me to tell me about the deaths of people I barely remembered, or just did not know. Sometimes they weren’t even friends of his, just acquaintance. Why choose to darken my perfectly fine day like this? What was I supposed to do, or say? The usual pattern was, “Hey, it’s Dad.... [more]
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“It’s essentially prototyping the AI with human beings,” he said. ..incorrectly. Riding a bicycle and saying "brmm brmm" is not "prototyping a motorcycle" no matter how often you tell your mum it is. [view]
posted by howfar to MetaFilter on Jul 9 at 10:29 AM
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I have ADHD and as far as I’m concerned, open plan offices were specifically, exquisitely designed to drive me and my brethren completely insane. I don’t refuse to work in one: I can’t work in one. Asking me to do so would be equivalent to paying me to sit in a chair and stress-vibrate, like a tiny frightened dog, for 6 solid hours a day. I... [more]
posted by faineg to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 6:03 AM
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My in-laws do this, with the added bonus that every discussion gets diverted at length into a symposium on What Was Where Back Then. A: “Did I tell you what happened to Uncle Norm last week?” Me: “No, I don’t think so.” A: “I couldn’t believe it! He was just back from the hospital when he called..” B: “No, he called from the hospital.... [more]
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Bandwagon hating a thing he used to be associated with does not help and is no better and in fact more hurtful than the man who slings racial slurs. Yeah, sorry, but most of the "bandwagon hating" I've been apart of concerning Papa John's, which was more pizza opinion sharing and "hey, did you know this guy did these... [more]
posted by Freeze Peach to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 5:59 AM
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"Going viral terrifies me" Meh. So many people go "viral" today that no one can even remember who the people involved are after a few days anymore. Women who get put into the spotlight like this have to move or increase their personal security, their families get harassed, they get swatted, they get fired from... [more]
posted by Lyn Never to MetaFilter on Jul 10 at 8:58 AM
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I think game companies and game review sites should require all their developers/reviewers to use female nom de plumes online for a year (at least), just to see first hand how toxic some of their fans are. [view]
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rather than prompting increasingly vibrant face-to-face collaboration, open architecture appeared to trigger a natural human response to socially withdraw from officemates and interact instead over email and IM. MY LIFE. I would do just about anything if I could have a quiet enclosed space in which to work. With a door that closed. I... [more]
posted by I_Love_Bananas to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 4:16 AM
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I always wondered how prevalent this was. A few years, I was working at an online travel search company, whose CTO decided that AI was going to be the Next Big Thing and we needed to be ahead of the curve. So a couple of architects and some frighteningly senior developers disappeared into a closet for a couple of months, and came back with a chat... [more]
posted by Mayor West to MetaFilter on Jul 9 at 10:24 AM
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Meh. I was a waitress for a few years, and I've had an eating disorder for fifteen years (although I have yet to be institutionalized for it). I feel at least somewhat qualified to opine on this article. I think three of these are merely good service (asking how everything was rather than commenting on amount counsumed, not engaging the table... [more]
posted by Aubergine to MetaFilter on Jul 10 at 6:33 PM
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If you kind of get the feeling they voted for Trump, I think that's already enough information to conclude you don't want them to be your therapist. [view]
posted by something something to Ask MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 6:46 PM
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Does anyone else get the thing where someone's obviously had a long chain of thought in their head, then come out with a question or statement with zero context? And then you have to figure out what they're talking about by having a kind of reverse conversation. It's like the complete opposite of this. Them: So do you think grey is OK? Me: What?... [more]
posted by EndsOfInvention to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 5:02 AM
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Why do these unknown actors think people would pay to see them in a movie rather than Scarlett Johansson? If Hollywood would cast more disenfranchised voices/people then they wouldn't be so unknown. Visibility, opportunity, and agency. These are things that are not too often given to people who are on the margins of society. [view]
posted by Fizz to MetaFilter on Jul 8 at 4:38 PM
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So... it’s a bug hunt? [view]
posted by GenjiandProust to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 2:45 PM
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Waiting for the white smoke to rise from the pizza oven, indicating the selection of a new Papa John [view]
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