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MeFiGiftGuide2022 - The Metafilter Gift Guide

Instead of turning to influencers, (sponsored) top-ten lists, or Amazon “sales,” the Metafilter community has collaborated to create gift suggestions by and for real people, who want to have real connections, and make a real difference in the world. Read below the fold for the gift guides, or check out the tag #MeFiGiftGuide2022[more inside]
posted by rebent at 9:02 PM Nov 21 2022 - 8 comments [81 favorites]

"You need to go to school for that job?"

"Library school" is a nebulous way of describing about library and information science education. While early library schools in the US and UK were primarily vocational training for people to work in school or public libraries, iSchools cover a range of knowledge worker jobs in a variety of places. There are many places you can work with that degree. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 10:00 AM Nov 20 2022 - 67 comments [68 favorites]

Internet, offline

Kiwix is a utility that allows you to download entire websites including wikipedia, Khan Academy..... [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:59 PM Nov 20 2022 - 24 comments [56 favorites]

Six people who loved to watch television, but didn't like what they saw

The SCTV Guide To Showbiz [1h58m] is a fan-created 2021 documentary that covers the entire history of SCTV, from before it happened until after it ended. Witness a bunch of beloved comedians when they were puppies! Marvel at their chutzpah! Delight in whatever it is they do! Note: This is not a clip show of favorites. It's a history of SCTV told by SCTV with SCTV lore included. Enjoy!
posted by hippybear at 2:05 PM Nov 21 2022 - 11 comments [48 favorites]

Shaping Chinese Home Cooking in America

The family behind the wonderful recipe blog The Woks of Life is profiled in Bon Appetit by journalist and author Kat Chow. [more inside]
posted by Superilla at 6:10 PM Nov 22 2022 - 13 comments [47 favorites]

A Plethora of Unaired Pilots

A Plethora of Unaired Pilots Warning: time destroyer. One YouTube user has posted over 50 unaired TV pilots. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:33 PM Nov 25 2022 - 30 comments [43 favorites]

KCRW presents Bent by Nature: The Archives (1982-1991)

Bent by Nature, a podcast from LA's KCRW about the legendary DJ Deirdre O'Donoghue and her influential radio show SNAP, has made available live music archives from the show, with dozens of in-studio live music performances from the 80s and early 90s from the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, R.E.M., Tom Waits, and Robyn Hitchcock, as well as interviews. Don't know where to get started? Here's a guide. If you still can't decide what to listen to, you're in luck--there's a 24-hour streaming channel featuring a shuffling playlist of SNAP episodes restored from Deirdre's original board tapes.
posted by carrienation at 3:56 PM Nov 19 2022 - 11 comments [53 favorites (40 in the past 7 days)]

It's a directory of blogs. Avoid your family today like it's 2006. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
posted by COD at 5:05 AM Nov 24 2022 - 29 comments [40 favorites]

How the Slow Cooker Changed the World

The Crockpot arrived amid a slew of innovations, from the microwave oven to the breadmaker, that promised to save women from the drudgery of cooking for their families. But unlike its technological contemporaries, the slow cooker didn’t speed up a working woman’s cooking, it slowed it down. The crucial part was being absent for almost the entire cooking process: A woman could actually leave the house and enter the workplace, without neglecting her wifely duties. [more inside]
posted by warriorqueen at 7:50 AM Nov 22 2022 - 80 comments [38 favorites]

Coke, Salmon, Synfull and Snacke. They're all good hounds, Edward.

In the early 15th century, Edward, 2nd Duke of York, wrote a list of 1,126 names he considered to be suitable for dogs. Link to the paper "The Names of All Manner of Hounds: A Unique Inventory in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript" by David Scott-Macnab. Via Twitter user @WeirdMedieval.
posted by pipeski at 3:09 PM Nov 22 2022 - 36 comments [34 favorites]

National Day of Mourning

"Since 1970, Indigenous people & their allies have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native people do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims & other European settlers. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands and the erasure of Native cultures. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection, as well as a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide." [more inside]
posted by aniola at 10:31 AM Nov 23 2022 - 6 comments [33 favorites]

Meanwhile, on Tumblr: Goncharov (1973)

As Twitter is in its death throes, Tumblr is thriving (for certain definitions of thriving) and doing a deep dive into Goncharov (1973), dir. Martin Scorsese. In fact, tumblr is talking about it so much that Goncharov is today's top trending tag there. [more inside]
posted by yasaman at 7:11 PM Nov 20 2022 - 46 comments [32 favorites]

“Paper or plastic?” … “MOUTH”

Natural Habitat Shorts is an animated web series featuring anthropomorphized animals going about their daily lives. Created by Brennan Brinkley, Nicole Low, and Tyler Kula, the shorts imagine animals participating in mundane activities - shopping, working, commuting - with humorous results. The videos, each of which are less than a minute long, gained popularity on TikTok last year. New shorts are posted every few weeks.
posted by Aster at 9:46 PM Nov 21 2022 - 17 comments [32 favorites]

Cat in costume

This Library Attracts The Public By Dressing Up One Librarian’s Cat As Literary And Movie Icons Notable photos: Queen Elizabeth II, Mary Queen of Scots, Cat With A Pearl Earring, Phantom mask, Iron Throne, Teddy Roosevelt, Gritty, members of Clone Club.... [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:20 PM Nov 23 2022 - 19 comments [32 favorites]

Restaurant-ing Through History

Short little essays about little-known facets of American restaurant history. Including such gems as: The Public Natatorium, Milwaukee's only dolphin-equipped restaurant (how could it fail?) And... [more inside]
posted by Hypatia at 6:00 PM Nov 24 2022 - 9 comments [28 favorites]

Cheat Sheets for Thanksgiving Arguments

Dreading a holiday dinner with more conservative relatives? Are you unwilling to just smile and pass the gravy as your right wing relative spouts some nonsense from the culture wars? A Redditor has created some handy cheat sheets / study guides for liberal Americans who feel argumentative.
posted by interogative mood at 11:24 AM Nov 22 2022 - 40 comments [26 favorites]

"Cancer vaccines are an idea whose time has come."

"Although 5 decades of research have yielded many failures, [cancer] vaccines are now positioned for success" While there are currently only a few vaccines being used to treat cancer (as opposed to preventing it), "knowledge gained from [COVID-19] trials and versatile therapeutic potential of the mRNA can be applied for the development of vaccine for the infectious diseases and cancer." There are many cancer vaccines currently in clinical trials (find one) and receiving research grants. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:16 AM Nov 22 2022 - 11 comments [25 favorites]

Cathode Ray Thread

Marine, aka moonovermarine, is a French embroidery artist much of whose work adapts imagery from games, movies, and other cultural wells. Their current project: a series of scenes from the monochrome ZX Spectrum game "Sentinel".
posted by cortex at 7:51 AM Nov 22 2022 - 11 comments [24 favorites]

Everyone knew my full name

Being a "Foreigner" English Girl Born in Japan An interview as part of a series created by Max D. Capo [more inside]
posted by mumimor at 8:04 AM Nov 23 2022 - 11 comments [24 favorites]

"we were, in effect, rewriting our own childhoods"

"The songs and stories on "Free To Be" showed kids that they could question the world they lived in, that parents are just people and that emotions are real. And what's on TV might not be." [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:21 AM Nov 26 2022 - 35 comments [24 favorites]

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