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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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How do you make lace?

How do you make lace? Very very slowly, according to Broiderie Stitch, a two-person lace-making business in Gartner, Massachusetts. Lace was small, portable, and very, very expensive - a favorite for smugglers and an easy way to transport a large store of wealth. The lace middlemen profited the most off of this lucrative trade, but even a lowly lacemaker with just a few patterns would make more with lace than she could working as a laborer. Still, it wasn’t the best of jobs - four girls (or sometimes sixteen) would be clustered around the light of a single candle in the winter with their pillows and bobbins. Open fires would dirty the work, so small personal heaters filled with live coals might be placed under their skirts (a fire hazard, to be sure) or the lacemakers might work over a barn so the heat of the animals kept them from freezing. Summertime was much nicer, when so much sunlight made lacemaking easier on the eyes. Many old lacemaking songs are about finishing one’s work before the candles were lit, since weak candlelight made things so much harder.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 6:40 AM
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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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Assorted Aleatory Moondog

How Moondog Captured the Sounds of New York
Synchronizing his work to traffic and footsteps, the musician and composer translated the clamor of street life into song.
The weird and true story of Moondog

Moondog -- Do Your Own Thing

The Genius of Moondog, New York’s Homeless Composer

Random Moondoggery and details within regarding the life of someone Mefi's Own nickyskye knew well and counted as a close friend...
posted by y2karl to MetaFilter on Nov 26 at 2:26 PM
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21 old films from 1895 to 1902 colorized and upscaled in 60 fps, w/sound

Lumiere films from the very early days of film, subjected to various ML refinements and coupled with foley sounds, and you've got some amazingly modern looking movies from 125 years ago! 21 old films from 1895 to 1902 colorized and upscaled in 60 fps, with sound runs 22 minutes, with the first 4m33s describing the upscaling process.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Nov 27 at 12:52 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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Cells, is there anything they can't do?

@SCOTTeHENSLEY: "We developed a new multivalent mRNA vaccine against all known influenza virus subtypes. Our study describing the vaccine was just published..."
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Nov 26 at 11:42 PM
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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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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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"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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Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra

Nazi messages infiltrating the US. Authoritarian powers on the rise. The involvement of Congress members with this fascist movement. Ripped from the headlines -- of 1940. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra (show page link) is an 8-part podcast that talks about the efforts of the Nazis to gain influence and even win power in the United States during WWII (before US involvement), and the fights to bring those involved to justice. This Apple Podcasts page lets you play each episode, while the show page has background links and more.
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 4:40 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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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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How to buy a good cashmere sweater


Meet Reiner Knizia: The man who’s designed over 700 board games


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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The entertainment-misogyny complex


I'm fond of you


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Unlike this case, the McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit was not frivolous. [view]
posted by jellywerker to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 11:44 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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It's this generation's McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit. No, it's literally NOT that. The hot coffee lawsuit originated when nearly boiling coffee (180° I think -- far to hot to even drink) gave a woman 3rd degree burns on her genitals. Nobody has been burned here, and that hot coffee lawsuit was a lot more serious than people realize. [view]
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 11:46 AM
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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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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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Meanwhile, my husband has sued me for $1 billion for saying "I'll be ready in a minute." :( [view]
posted by taz to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 12:36 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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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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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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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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And I thought I was making a dumb cutesy joke off of “Santa baby” and finally made an account after lurking for years. D’oh. [view]
posted by fantababy to MetaFilter on Nov 26 at 6:20 PM
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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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Giving new meaning to the phrase "shitting bricks". (Oh come on, it was right there.) [view]
posted by vverse23 to MetaFilter on Nov 28 at 2:58 PM
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"The truth is simple, even if it doesn't run trippingly off the tongue: Fanta was the creation of a German-born Coca-Cola man who was acting without direction from Atlanta. This man wasn't a Nazi, nor did he invent the drink at the direction of the Third Reich. Rather, in an effort to preserve Coca-Cola company assets and protect its people by... [more]
posted by clavdivs to MetaFilter on Nov 26 at 8:10 PM
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Is there a reason that every keeps looking past Mastodon for a Twitter replacement in the past few weeks? Because it’s a confusing mess run by a bunch of hall monitors. [view]
posted by rhymedirective to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 6:51 PM
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As someone said on twitter "damn it sucks that the site i like was destroyed by someone with capital exercising their arbitrary will over it to try and make a quick buck. anyway time to move to this venture capital funded app" [view]
posted by simmering octagon to MetaFilter on Nov 29 at 6:52 PM
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