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You got to vaccinate people against the hate.

Why Fascism's Returning to the World - "It was the great John Maynard Keynes who pieced it together best. Fascism, he discovered, was the result of sudden, sharp plunges into poverty, especially unexpected ones, ones where people's expectations of upward mobility collided with the grim reality of downward mobility."[1,2,3] (previously)
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 2:22 AM
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PSA: do not use services that hate the internet

As you look around for a new social media platform, I implore you, only use one that is a part of the World Wide Web. If posts in a social media app do not have URLs that can be linked to and viewed in an unauthenticated browser, or if there is no way to make a new post from a browser, then that program is not a part of the World Wide Web in any meaningful way. Consign that app to oblivion.
posted by mecran01 to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 12:18 PM
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Less is more: If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once.

It's official: The world's biggest 4-day workweek trial proves there's no reason to work five days a week [ungated] - "The pandemic has proven that our modern notions of how the office and our week should look are not as set in stone as we might think, exposing our ideas of what is needed to ensure productivity. Now that we've discovered that work can be done from home just as effectively, the next step is questioning how many working days are actually needed."[1,2]
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 1:57 AM
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Life under fascism... in space

Andor: Star Wars for Grownups "But Andor is something new and astonishing: a Star Wars series written and filmed entirely for discerning grown-ups. It’s accurate but faint praise to call this the smartest Star Wars ever made; it’s one of the smartest shows anyone has made in recent years, and can reasonably be mentioned in the same breath as, say, The Wire. It’s better than this bloated and wildly uneven franchise deserves; that it was greenlit at all suggests, against all odds, that even endlessly recycled blockbuster intellectual properties have some room for artistry." (n.b. spoilers)
posted by gwint to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 12:41 PM
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Tubi, a free-to-watch (ad-interrupted) film and TV streaming site

In the US and some other countries, Tubi is an ad-supported streaming service where you can watch some movies and TV for free, without having to log in. The catalog of course includes a lot of "that looks like dreck" stuff, but also 16 seasons of Columbo, classic films such as Stalag-17 and Fail-Safe, and other stuff you may have been meaning to watch.
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 4:13 AM
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Material Innovation

What is Structural Engineered Bamboo (SEB)? - "[Radial laminated bamboo] is more than twice the strength of any engineered or glulam timber product. In tension, it is more than 10 times stronger due to the continuous silica fiber content throughout bamboo. The higher density of SEB is ideal for connection design as timber fiber will crush within bolted connections, whereas this maintains its form under higher compression."[1]
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Dec 4 at 11:42 PM
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"All right. You've covered your ass now."

Secret 9/11 memo reveals Bush rewriting the history of the 9/11 attacks and the warnings he'd tuned out
On April 29, 2004, President George W. Bush hosted one of the most unusual meetings to ever take place inside the Oval Office. The 10 members of the 9/11 Commission got to ask him and Vice President Dick Cheney any question they wanted about the September 11, 2001, attacks. The words that were spoken in that room remained secret for nearly two decades. Now, we can finally read what Bush said.

posted by kirkaracha to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 1:20 PM
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BFI top 100 Films

Once a decade, the British Film Institute polls thousands of critics and directors to determine the best film of all time. Here is the newly-released critics list from 2022. The greatest film of all time? Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles No other film made by a woman has ever reached the top 10.
posted by vacapinta to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 5:35 AM
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Everything in Conway's Game of Life can be constructed from 15 gliders

The first pattern that most people learn in Conway's Game of Life is the diagonally-moving glider. Over the decades, Life enthusiasts have found that many other patterns can be constructed from gliders, by positioning enough of them to hit each other in the right way - sometimes thousands of them. Just a couple of weeks ago, it was finally demonstrated that you can construct all these other patterns from just 15 gliders... you just might need to start them really far apart. So far, in fact, that the distances between them are measured in millions of binary digits: enough to encode a two-stage constructor, the design itself, and a cleanup mechanism. Math blogger biggiemac42 explains how it was done: at the end of the post is a video of it in action.
posted by automatronic to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 7:41 AM
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*waves* new Masto thread

Mastodon isn't just a replacement for Twitter Users flocking to the platform will need to shift their expectations for social media and become engaged democratic citizens in the life of their networks.
posted by cendawanita to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 9:34 PM
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Goblin mode is the word of the year

Goblin mode won the public vote to become Oxford’s Word of the Year 2022. Goblin mode has been floating around online for a long while and came to prominence over 2022. Its recent popular origins are contested, the main contenders being a viral Reddit post and a photoshopped headline about Julia’s Fox’s breakup with Kanye West.
posted by d288478 to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 3:35 AM
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The Haçienda

The Haçienda - The Club that Shook Britain is an hour-long 2022 BBC documentary about Manchester becoming the center of the universe in the late 80s, with The Hacienda, a club founded by New Order and Factory Records that changed the the culture of the UK and far beyond.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 6:31 PM
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Explore Quasi-Periodic Tiling

Pattern Collider is an interactive tool to explore Penrose (and other "quasi-periodic") Tilings. (here's another webtoy) minutephysics on YT: Why Penrose Tiles Never Repeat.
posted by gwint to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 9:39 AM
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How to buy a good cashmere sweater


it's kind of like Suspiria but for synth nerds with perms

The year is very very definitely 1971, and these are Rare Moog Dancers.
posted by cortex to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 3:24 PM
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Colonel Mustardle in the Yardle with a Petardle

In the latest proof of new legal requirements that all internet puzzle games must now end in "rdle," distinguished readers, I give you Murdle, a daily homicide-based logic / elimination puzzle game. A bit of fun for when you still want to kill somebody some time after the crosswordle and the sudokurdle, but before watching Jeopardle.
posted by taz to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 3:43 AM
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All The Live Long Days


The entertainment-misogyny complex


Stack Overflow temporarily bans AI-generated answers

"But, as the mods explained, ChatGPT simply makes it too easy for users to generate responses and flood the site with answers that seem correct at first glance but are often wrong on close examination." The Verge has an article about the new Stack Overflow policy banning AI-generated answers. Users of the site are rewarded with points for contributing upvoted content to the site, which can be used as clout for job-finding prospects.
posted by AlSweigart to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 4:02 PM
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"you had to write out how it was smart"

"how many painters are having to basically become process artists and action artists instead and setting up a camera in order to film themselves doing the painting because actually, what the algorithm cares more about is the verb..." Gabrielle de la Puente, in the conversation "Instagram Has Ruined The Art World" (27 Nov 2022) on making alternative online venues for artists to display work. (via sliceofpearpie: "this isn’t about external validation.... these form part of our working conditions.") "You were trying to explain to an artist how they could reach ten times more followers online by adhering to certain principles. You felt like the devil when you explained it." A comic by Jaakko Pallasvuo about relatability and attention. "Not everyone presents well in 280 characters, especially in a space they don’t even want to be present." charlottemadison42 and largishcat on a similar issue for writers.
posted by brainwane to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 4:33 AM
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I am convinced that the centering of climate change discourse on individual choices and making it all about the sins and failings of individual people is the ultimate psy-op by Big Oil. [view]
posted by star gentle uterus to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 5:13 PM
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Speaking as a New Yorker: WE KNEW THIS AND WE TRIED TO TELL YOU BACK THEN AND Y'ALL DIDN'T LISTEN. And we also tried to tell you what a shitgibbon Trump was because we'd been putting up with his bullshit for 20 years already. And y'all didn't listen. So maybe us New York elites kinda know what we're talking about sometimes. [view]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 1:36 PM
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I walked through falling ashes and burning paperwork to get home that day. The biggest foreign enemy of the USA is the Republican Party, and has been for 23 years. [view]
posted by rikschell to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 2:29 PM
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Some of my friends are discussing why Harrison Ford is still playing Indiana Jones but honestly, having an 80-year-old professor not retire is like the most accurate part of the franchise [view]
posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 2:54 PM
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Is there a reason that every keeps looking past Mastodon for a Twitter replacement in the past few weeks? The reason is simple, so simple that it might be hard for generally highly tech-literate MeFites to accept: If you're talking to potential users about servers or instances or whatever, you've already lost. But it's so easy... [more]
posted by star gentle uterus to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 7:07 PM
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Post is a pet project of conservative billionaire and colonialism defender Marc Andreessen, so no reason to expect it'll be any better than Elon Musk's Twitter. [view]
posted by splitpeasoup to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 6:20 PM
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I guess it’s no surprise that a few consecutive generations of people willfully misinterpreting the Imitation Game to avoid staring directly at Turing’s persecution and debasing his work so profoundly that they’d claim that a believable deception is some indicator of nascent intelligence would bring us here. The Imitation Game was a cry for help... [more]
posted by mhoye to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 5:59 PM
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Why? They make no money off of you. You’re still acting like you’re a product to be sold, and should be valued as such. If you want to enrich your social life and join a community, you need to walk a short distance and say hello. A lot of people got used to the (fake, commercial) community chasing them instead. But that was only because they... [more]
posted by Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 9:18 AM
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Anyone who was alive at the time will not be surprised by any of this. We all knew he’d been warned and informed and did nothing about it because it was an issue the previous administration cared about, so obviously it was worth ignoring. [view]
posted by rikschell to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 2:27 PM
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I suppose we figured that the brave new world would just not have those people in it somehow. But "computer in every pocket" does imply "computers in the pockets of all the assholes," so IDK how we missed that. Ever since 2017, I've been thinking of when Neil Gaiman said this: One of the things that was great... [more]
posted by Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 1:09 PM
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The socially anxious person's experience of Mastodon: 1. Write down the Mastodon servers mentioned by people you follow on Twitter. Important point: none of these people know you, you're just an internet stranger who sometimes likes their nature photos or retweets their silly jokes. 2. Install the Mastodon app. Oh god, there's more than one.... [more]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 5:32 AM
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Ah, you beat me to it, oops! (Flagged the double post for deletion; link here in case the link stuff is useful.) Friends of mine are working on a transcript of the statement video if anyone would like one. One of my good friends is a church member and is absolutely, nail-spittingly furious at the way organizers have been treated. I can't say as... [more]
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 10:55 AM
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Who you think creates demand for destructive products and services? It's you. Talk about infantile. MetaFilter is usually very good about recognizing the ways powerful and moneyed interests manipulate and control the economy and society at a structural level to induce regular people who have little to no agency to do do or consume... [more]
posted by star gentle uterus to MetaFilter on Dec 1 at 5:58 PM
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Who could have foreseen that Silicon Valley would produce a system that spews endless quantities of confident-sounding bullshit? ... One thing I always want to point out to people is that Wikipedia is an impressive website that is far better than 99% of the rest of the internet that has turned into SEO garbage content spam, and Wikipedia has... [more]
posted by AlSweigart to MetaFilter on Dec 5 at 4:03 PM
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Why can’t story-times just be costumed story times, or even plain old story times? No one should be required to hide who they are to be afforded fundamental physical safety. [view]
posted by Silvery Fish to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 10:46 AM
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The wild thing about the trial was that I had female friends who were consistently on the side of #MeToo accusations by women, except for this one. To this day I still don't really understand why. I don't think they're all secret anti-feminists. Almost all of the anti-Heard people in my life are women. And I spent a couple of weeks... [more]
posted by Tom Hanks Cannot Be Trusted to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 3:58 PM
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Raiders was set in 1936 and was made in 1981 so this film should be set in 1977 and Indy could go watch Star Wars. [view]
posted by octothorpe to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 3:04 PM
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Humans aren't wise enough or good enough to be allowed to mess around with the internet. It is amazing, in retrospect, how oblivious the old techno-optimists of the 80s were, to the risks of bullying when 10 million people can shitpile on one person. Enough of those old optimists were themselves bullied nerds that the potential threat should have... [more]
posted by Aardvark Cheeselog to MetaFilter on Nov 30 at 11:56 AM
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Ideefixe, sometimes people like to celebrate other holidays or have a different kind of storytime. There are lots of storytimes out there. But sometimes, people want to try something different, and shouldn't face a violent or coercive force when they try to change it up. The correct response to a storytime you don't like is to not show up! [view]
posted by blnkfrnk to MetaFilter on Dec 3 at 10:46 AM
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Well done on the post title. [view]
posted by dsword to MetaFilter on Dec 2 at 2:20 PM
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