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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, 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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Self-Compassion: Simply Part of Being Alive

"Loving ourselves points us to capacities of resilience, compassion, and understanding within that are simply part of being alive." A curated collection of links with inclusive materials so that many groups of folks can access a space of self-compassion. Be well, care for yourselves in troubled times.
posted by fairlynearlyready to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 3:18 PM
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Human races are not like dog breeds: refuting a racist analogy

In 1956, evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane posed a question to anthropologists: “Are the biological differences between human groups comparable with those between groups of domestic animals such as greyhounds and bulldogs…?” It reads as if it were posted on social media today. The analogy comparing human races to dog breeds is not only widespread in history and pop culture, but also sounds like scientific justification for eschewing the social construction of race, or for holding racist beliefs about human nature. Here we answer Haldane’s question in an effort to improve the public understanding of human biological variation and “race”—two phenomena that are not synonymous.
posted by sciatrix to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 9:40 AM
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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 Crane Wife

"Surely, I will cancel this trip, I thought, as I shopped for nylon hiking pants that zipped off at the knee. Surely, a person who calls off a wedding is meant to be sitting sadly at home, reflecting on the enormity of what has transpired and not doing whatever it is I am about to be doing that requires a pair of plastic clogs with drainage holes."
posted by Catseye to MetaFilter on Jul 22 at 4:23 AM
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It's okay to be good and not great

What if striving to be great is what's holding you back? “Good is the enemy of great” is one of the most popular self-improvement expressions there is... It sounds appealing and rolls off the tongue nicely, but there’s a good chance it’s downright wrong."
posted by smoke to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 4:07 AM
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An automated loom is a wonder- but who owns the loom?

Everybody I talked to at my McDonald’s — along with the many other fast-food workers I interviewed — had had food items thrown at them.“ (Vox) “My body is grudgingly adjusting to the job, but my brain isn’t. I’ve started dreading the monotony even more than the pain. There is literally nothing to do out in the mod but pick. ” (Lit hub) Excerpts from On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane by Emily Guendelsberger. “The app, in its eagerness to appear streamlined and just-in-time, had simply excised the relevant human party in this exchange. Hence the satisfied customer could fantasize that his food had materialized thanks to the digital interface, as though some all-seeing robot was supervising the human workers as they put together his organic rice bowl.” The Automation Charade: The rise of the robots has been greatly exaggerated. Whose interests does that serve?
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 9:34 AM
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"A Cruel Angel's Edit" : The Lingua Franca of Pop-culture Deconstruction

With the recent arrival of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" to Netflix, the internet was again seized by one of the most squabbled-over animes of all time. But if there is anything about NGE that the internet can agree on, it's that the opening theme song and video, "A Cruel Angel's Thesis", totally kicks ass. Its hyper-paced and heavily-layered editing is at once prototypical AMV eye-candy, while also being a solid narrative deconstruction of a show you'll never really understand. As with other anime fan edits, it quickly became popular to re-cut other anime in the same style. But it was its discursive potential, mixed with the totally over-the-top tunes, that made the "Cruel Angel's Edit" such a powerful meme outside of anime, and has inspired a series of truly high-effort good-posts over the years re-rendering all aspects of culture. Here are some of the internet's best, and below the fold some honorable mentions: Arthur | King of the Hill | Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives | Regular Show (original) | Super Mario 64 | Marianne Williamson | Drake and Josh | Hey Arnold! | Steam Summer Sale | The Legend of Zelda | Windows 98 | 2018 World Cup
posted by grillcover to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 5:31 PM
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“has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away starving“

“Before all else, we must pursue a vision of the common good (by whatever charitable means we can) that presumes that the basis of law and justice is not the inviolable right to private property, but rather the more original truth taught by men such as Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Ambrose of Milan, and John Chrysostom: that the goods of creation belong equally to all, and that immense private wealth is theft – bread stolen from the hungry, clothing stolen from the naked, money stolen from the destitute.” What Lies Beyond Capitalism? A Christian Exploration (Plough)
posted by The Whelk to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 9:04 AM
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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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Private Games

Emily Short thinks about games made for specific recipients or small groups of friends. “Many of my favorite games to write have been written for specific people … The first computer game I ever completed, I wrote for my little brother because he was bored with math. It was a dungeon where the monsters asked you arithmetic questions as a form of combat. Astonishingly he liked it, which shows you something about the power of personalization.
posted by adrianhon to MetaFilter on Jul 20 at 6:42 AM
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It's more involved than you might think

The Long Road to Pride

Perhaps a little late, maybe many of you already saw it, but this Dublin Bus Pride video sweetly bridges the gap between the queers that came before us and the younger queers coming up.
posted by nikaspark to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 10:04 PM
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But You Look Fine: A Reading List

About Disabilities, Accommodations, and School . "Because of her reaction, I assumed all professors might view my health condition as a nuisance. I became skilled at performing wellness, enough so that even people in graduate school made sly comments like, I’ve never seen you this way after reading my personal essays about my neurological symptoms, as if they, too, needed reassurance that what I had experienced was real."
posted by Little Dawn to MetaFilter on Jul 15 at 11:36 PM
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"Escape From The Haunted Mansion" Board Game

Trying to hide out from the heat wave? Here's a little project -- the "Escape From The Haunted Mansion" Board Game. It's a paper craft project which is a 3D Haunted Mansion that is also a board game. So you can build it, and then you play it! Multiple pages of PDF files get printed, cut, glued, and then admired while you try to escape!
posted by hippybear to MetaFilter on Jul 20 at 7:09 PM
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SPY INTRIGUE is one of the finest and bravest things ever produced in the [interactive fiction] medium: personal and true, technically masterful in both code and design, literary in the best sense. - Emily Short
posted by value of information to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 3:43 AM
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You wanna go for a swim?

The uncle was able to speak fluent English, and pointed out that he couldn’t swim because of his wheelchair. “So what?” replied the muscular gentleman, causing his friend to repeat “It’s Waikiki, ain’t it?”
posted by robcorr to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 2:49 PM
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Amber Ruffin and the Go Back to Your Country Girls

Patriotic Singing Group Responds to Trump’s “Go Back to Your Country” Amber Ruffin (of "Amber Says What", more on that inside) and the Go Back to Your Country Girls perform their hit song about people telling them to go back to their country despite them all being American citizens. From Late Night with Seth Meyers.
posted by Glinn to MetaFilter on Jul 20 at 10:07 AM
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3 things changed my life this hot summer: a phone case with card holder, Popfit leggings with pockets, & a lanyard for my keys. Sadly, that leaves me no place to carry any fucks, so I have to leave them at home. [view]
posted by Mary Ellen Carter to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 8:01 PM
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Whew, looks like I was just in time! [view]
posted by Bugbread to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 11:02 PM
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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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“...Which Furry was behind this?” Nonsense. Furries are in the business of making animal characters that look cute and fun (and sexy). Did you see any of that in the trailer? I sure didn't. Nobody in this production has even heard of a furry before. As an official card-carrying furry, and speaking at least on behalf of my... [more]
posted by solarion to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 4:24 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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the organic motorcycle elephants fucking rule and the NUMBER ONE problem EVERY OTHER work of fiction has in the 21st century is that there are LITTLE TO NO organic motorcycle elephants [view]
posted by Greg Nog to MetaFilter on Jul 19 at 6:47 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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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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I will pay top dollar for any service that provides a simple alphabetical-by-title list of what's available to stream *right now*. Scrolling through 'categories' and bullshit 'suggestions' sux balls. [view]
posted by j_curiouser to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 10:51 PM
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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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I've long felt that the whole "dare to be great, give 110%, etc." mantra that has come to infest our society is sort of a "the poor are just lazy, it's their own fault" message, but aimed at the middle classes as a way to also imply that their failure to be at the top is their own damn fault and the result of them not trying... [more]
posted by Thorzdad to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 4:47 AM
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Andrew Durso tweets:my take: the cats trailer is how musicals look to non-theater people all the time and this is all the theater people realizing that and having an existential crisis [view]
posted by tzikeh to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 5:10 PM
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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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In addition to all the ways that society has passed him by already mentioned, like sexual politics, there's one more that I don't think has been mentioned. He's a comic book nerd and a geek and all the rest, but what that means has also changed so much over the years. In Mallrats, a small budget ($6M, gross $2M) movie in 1995, he gave Stan Lee a... [more]
posted by Homeboy Trouble to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 11:27 PM
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To be honest, I think that, much as we would prefer that it not be necessary, it IS necessary to treat the offensive analogy seriously. I think it is very natural, once you get a taste of genetics, to start asking questions about race, even when it doesn't come from a place of malice. I remember being in high school and, even in my backwards... [more]
posted by 256 to MetaFilter on Jul 17 at 11:06 AM
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The US punishment bureaucracy is just completely incapable of making a distinction between serious and non-serious crimes. Any process, any punishment that is legislated to deal with the most heinous crimes will be instantly put to work at the task of immiserating the poor. Drug laws are supposed to prescribe worse penalties for dealers, but these... [more]
posted by grobstein to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 4:42 PM
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I am one of those men who believes that they could score a single point against Ms. Williams. I believe that she's just nice enough a person that after several hours of watching me wheeze and stagger about the court that she'd feel just sorry enough for me to allow me a single pity point on the expressed understanding that I will finally agree to... [more]
posted by dances with hamsters to MetaFilter on Jul 21 at 10:28 AM
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I was at a roleplaying game convention and played in a game set in the modern day. Another woman and I at the table convinced the (male) game master that our characters should be able to have any item we could produce from one of our real-life purses. The next four hours was filled with "Why do you even have that?" [view]
posted by Karmakaze to MetaFilter on Jul 18 at 7:38 AM
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Also yeah, super typical colonial Britain. To be fair, I oversimplified a bit in the thread to avoid disrupting the flow / main point. In reality, the British actually agreed to give it back at first, but the Maltese themselves weren't super-sweet on the idea of the Knights coming back. It had always been a relationship built on a... [more]
posted by garius to MetaFilter on Jul 19 at 4:08 AM
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The way you do this as a tenured powerful man is tell them publicly that you won’t go on the show unless a woman is involved. (There are other important issues here but this is how you address sexism that inures to your benefit.) [view]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 to MetaFilter on Jul 16 at 8:08 AM
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