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Write like you need it to survive

Maybe you wanna start getting ready for nanowrimo, maybe writing is for all year round. Either way, I've got around 50 links bookmarked just for you
posted by Cozybee to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 10:50 PM
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How to assess the quality of garments: A Beginner's Guide


Happy birthday, Metafilter!

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.
posted by Melismata to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 11:12 AM
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How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband

In correctional facilities across America, inmates cluster around tables in the common room to play games like Dungeons & Dragons. D&D has become so widespread, some correctional facilities even have specific rules that address it. Even in states where RPGs are allowed, restriction on the use of dice can complicate gameplay. In an effort to crack down on gambling, most correctional facilities in America don't allow offenders to use or create dice. But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention.
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 2:13 PM
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How to, home and car edition


"Actually, I like the way I look."

"What is new is that I have decided, at the age of 60, that I am a goddamn knockout. Like Dorothy at the end of the film version of The Wizard of Oz, I had the power I sought all along. I rub my thighs together — sorry, couldn’t resist — and tell myself over and over that I am beautiful and, what do you know, suddenly I am." Crime novelist Laura Lippman reflects on aging, eating, wanting, and leaping in her Longreads essay, "Whole 60."
posted by MonkeyToes to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 4:47 PM
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BACON DEVILED EGGS WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND CHEDDAR CHEESE


Dreams Under Dictatorship

After Hitler came to power in 1933, Charlotte Beradt, a Berlin-based journalist, began to awaken night after night bathed in perspiration, teeth clenched in terror. On one of these nights, after dreaming of being hunted “from pillar to post” by storm troopers, a new thought arrived: what if she wasn’t the only one? What if the things that appeared in her nightmares were also being visited upon other people? This startling thought set in motion the seeds of a research project. Beradt quietly began to query people about their dream-life, documenting the nocturnal visions the regime had induced as "new and explicit proof of the dictatorship."
posted by ragtag to MetaFilter on Jul 13 at 5:59 PM
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Toronto Tomorrow

A Big Master Plan for Google's Growing Smart City - "Google sibling company Sidewalk Labs has revealed its master plan for the controversial Quayside waterfront development—and it's a lot bigger."[1,2]
posted by kliuless to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 1:26 AM
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where'd the money go?

The Wealth Detective Who Finds the Hidden Money of the Super Rich, Bloomberg[possibly paywalled], Ben Steverman - "Thirty-two-year-old French economist Gabriel Zucman scours spreadsheets to find secret offshore accounts."
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:00 AM
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Operating Without Human Intervention

Back To The Land: How “re-wilding” can help turn the tide of climate change (The Nib) A 4.5-million-hectare national park in Chile is being brought back to life by restoring the land to nature. (Al Jazeera) Rewilding complex ecosystems (Science, Harvard summary) Ditch the lawn and rewild your garden (Guardian) Lessons from my neighbor’s rewilded lawn (medium) How can cities rewild? The Depavement movement. Rewilding, previously.
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jul 10 at 11:25 AM
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The Dreaded Cut Direct: Killing You With K̶i̶n̶d̶n̶e̶s̶s̶ Etiquette

“The person delivering the cut direct would make eye contact with the other party upon meeting them, acknowledging their bow or salutation with nothing but a hard stare and a stony silence. To be a true cut direct, there must be no doubt that cutter was fully aware of the presence of the cuttee and was deliberately cutting them.” Not brutal enough for you? How about the cut infernal as defined “BY A MEMBER OF THE WHIP CLUB ASSISTED BY Hell Fire Dick”?
posted by sallybrown to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 3:52 PM
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I Could Spend All Day Looking at the Covers of These LGBTQ Publications

A treasure trove of queer publications from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s are now available through Reveal Digital’s open access collection “Independent Voices.” Check out this JSTOR article for some starting points."Fifty years ago, when a popular New York gay bar called the Stonewall Inn was raided by police, patrons fought back. The moment came to represent the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement, but as Jules Gleeson explains, the fight for LGBTQ civil rights had actually been building for decades. Evidence of the emotional richness of this movement, from joy to righteous anger, can be found in the many LGBTQ publications, both pre- and post-Stonewall uprising, digitized by Reveal Digital in their Independent Voices collection. The LGBTQ series—which is open access and freely available to all—is a tremendous resource for scholars of LGBTQ history and the curious casual reader alike."
posted by stoneweaver to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 4:34 PM
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About My Daughter

I almost blurt out that my daughter fills her heavy bags with books and printouts filled with bizarre words, setting off across the country like an itinerant salesman. That she's a pitiful girl who eats a meal in her tiny car after class, takes a cramped nap, and comes back home to immerse herself in books and writing again until she falls asleep. These unspoken words pound me in the chest like an assault. And now here she was, paying me a rent that was more of a bribe, having barged in with some strange girl and shaming her parents. The words are about to leak out of my mouth.
posted by smcg to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 2:15 PM
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The Wood Wide Web

The secret language of trees (animation.) "Learn how trees are able to communicate with each other through a vast root system and symbiotic fungi, called mycorrhizae: Most of the forest lives in the shadow of the giants that make up the highest canopy. These are the oldest trees, with hundreds of children and grandchildren. They check in with their neighbors, share food, supplies and wisdom gained over their lives, all while rooted in place. How do they do this? Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard explore the vast root system and intricate communication of trees."
posted by homunculus to MetaFilter on Jul 13 at 9:15 AM
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MuppetFilter: DefunctTV on Jim Henson


Pictures From 22,000 Miles Away Sent To Your Backyard


Discarded

When China took action to protect its borders from foreign plastic pollution by effectively shutting its doors to plastic waste imports in the beginning of 2018, it threw the global plastic recycling industry into chaos. As waste began piling up in ASEAN nations, leaders stepped up to send containers "back where they came from" - the United States (the world's leader in plastic waste creation), Japan, the UK, and Germany, among others. As more Asian nations ban foreign plastic waste, a full fledged global crisis is ongoing for the "developed" world.
posted by Mrs Potato to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 9:25 AM
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We are replacing breakfast with a daily family stand up meeting

Workplace productivity tools such as Asana, Jira, and Slack are starting to infiltrate family life.
posted by COD to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:27 AM
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I'm really a tree and mountain type person.

Where are all the Bob Ross paintings? Why can't you buy one? What happened to them? An 11 minute video from the NY Times.
posted by moonmilk to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 7:52 PM
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would you be willing to give up on streaming video? 100 companies are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The solution to climate change is not for individuals to stop watching Netflix. [view]
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 6:19 AM
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This is just a reminder that Ronald Reagan opened his 1980 Presidential campaign by giving a speech about “state’s rights” at the Nashoba County state fair outside Philadelphia, Mississippi, which was, at the time, nationally famous for white supremacist terrorism, specifically the Mississippi Burning murders, in which members of the local KKK, the... [more]
posted by schadenfrau to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 7:42 AM
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We could start by banning cryptocurrency mining, which is both incredibly wasteful and generally pointless. [view]
posted by caution live frogs to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 6:20 AM
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Thanks dawg but I'm gonna go ahead and do both. [view]
posted by saladin to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 3:18 PM
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Of course, as anyone who has worked at an office can attest, no amount of productivity software or trendy processes will fix a toxic management culture. [view]
posted by Reyturner to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:42 AM
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If I’m running a family like a business can I fire them all and rehire them as independent contractors? [view]
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:42 AM
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Oh, and while posting: One of the links you entered was found in 22 previous threads. ... Please make sure it's not a duplicate of something posted before. [view]
posted by Melismata to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 11:23 AM
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Using project management software to manage a family's activities is a really, really clear signal that executive functions are real work. Maybe it will mean that women's contributions to their household will be valued more. [view]
posted by jacquilynne to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:45 AM
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He didn't paint with incredible technical skill I would argue that what he does in real time (25 mins) is a pretty extreme skill. It's a very weird kind of speed painting. There is a reason most speed painters paint BIG and really graphic and really wild colors it's easier to produce things that look like art on a large gross motor... [more]
posted by French Fry to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 8:56 PM
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BITCH I ONCE BAKED A SOCK. I BURN MYSELF EVERY TIME I OPEN THE OVEN. MY KITCHEN IS SMALL AND POORLY LAID OUT. THINGS FALL IN THE SINK, OFF THE COUNTER, INTO THE BATTER, ONTO THE HOTPLATES. I GOT BAMBOO CHOPPING BOARDS BECAUSE I KEPT MELTING MY MELAMINE. A DEVICE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A WOODEN SPOON DOES NOT SURVIVE MY KITCHEN FOR LONG. NO PHONE... [more]
posted by Jilder to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 4:34 PM
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Hah! I saw this on twitter earlier today with a comment that was something along the lines of "the NYTimes avoiding the word 'racist'". [view]
posted by Fish Sauce to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 12:56 PM
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Amazon employee here. It's ... not the worst job I've had but it's not anywhere near the best. I've been looking for other work that would be full time, is not public facing (I have severe PTSD so no on dealing with the general public) and give me health care at least, but no luck so far. The pay is better than equivalent low/no education... [more]
posted by thebotanyofsouls to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 2:40 AM
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the only way you can believe this to be true is if you dismiss government service as not "honest." Apologies for making this derail, but Paul Ryan worked for the Republican Party which is inherently dishonest work. Furthermore, his grift was that he was a "policy wonk," when in fact he was not a skilled legislator. His... [more]
posted by explosion to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 7:52 AM
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I'd like to take a crack at answering one of the questions in the video -- why in the last few years has there been a kind of renaissance of Bob Ross popularity? I think it's similar to what appears to be a major rise in Mr. Rogers' popularity, and Jim Henson's as well -- the wave of irony is ebbing, and sincerity is making a comeback in the... [more]
posted by tclark to MetaFilter on Jul 12 at 8:43 PM
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I'm pretty sure the knee jerk reaction will be that this sounds like a nightmare, but in homes where crappy gender norms invisiblize chores for men and where household projects languish or balloon out of control, these aren't awful tools for taking concrete steps to address those issues. They're just tools. It doesn't strike me as wildly... [more]
posted by Reyturner to MetaFilter on Jul 11 at 11:36 AM
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If nothing else, forcing the news to explain Naruto-running to the public is pretty funny. [view]
posted by GoblinHoney to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 1:27 PM
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It’s buried in the article, but the workers aren’t calling on consumers to boycott Amazon - in part because during strikes you WANT things and orders to be piling up to demonstrate the power of your work stoppage. [view]
posted by corb to MetaFilter on Jul 14 at 2:54 PM
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I'm more familiar with "the perfect is the enemy of the good", but then again I'm at the age when this sort of cultish, Pursuit of Excellence stuff just tires me out. [view]
posted by Halloween Jack to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 4:35 AM
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The year or two as a child when we were on food stamps because my dad didn’t feel like paying even the ridiculously small amount of child support that had been ordered... I will never forget the look of judgment by the cashiers when my mom handed them the food stamps. Never. Anyone who thinks it’s all wine and steaks is a goddamn idiot. Without... [more]
posted by Ghidorah to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 8:47 AM
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Can we savor for a moment Paul Ryan, who as far as I can tell has done less than one honest year's work in his entire life, lecturing anyone about "the culture of work?" [view]
posted by 1adam12 to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 7:35 AM
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