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Toward a unified theory of the exurbs

The Republican Party’s most Pro-Trump members have been elected by higher income white homeowners in the fast-growing exurban fringe. They feel the social status traditionally associated with their identity as white Christians is being degraded and that left wing political movements pose a threat to their livelihoods and political power.
posted by latkes to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 9:58 PM
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A small form of resistance

“...'Dilettante' is one of those words which deter people from taking up new pursuits as adults. Many of us are wary of being dismissed as dabblers, people who have a little too much leisure, who are a little too cute and privileged in our pastimes. This seems a narrative worth pushing back against. We might remember, as Vanderbilt points out, that the word 'dilettante' comes from the Italian for 'to delight.'" Margaret Talbot on learning new skills as an adult.

It pairs well with Casey Johnston (Ask a Swoll Woman) "on the extremely difficult chore of getting to know yourself, asking what it is that you want, and giving yourself permission to take yourself seriously."
posted by The corpse in the library to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 4:52 PM
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A plan to rescue America - President-Elect Biden's Coronavirus response

Following on from two weeks of violent sedition, and the historic second impeachment of the current resident, Joe Biden yesterday laid out his administration's $1.9tn American Rescue Plan in a televised address. Coverage links, and some others from prior megathread inside.
posted by MattWPBS to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 9:42 AM
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Biden / Harris Inauguration

The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris: Live camera feed from C-Span; live updates from CNN; NYT live updates; NYT live stream and analysis; The Guardian live updates; NPR coverage beginning at 11 a.m. EST; streaming beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST at bideninaugural.org.
posted by taz to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 6:41 AM
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Forever Leguin

For the 33rd stamp in the Literary Arts series, the USPS has chosen to honor science fiction author, activist, and mefi-favorite Ursula K. Leguin.
posted by FirstMateKate to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 9:00 AM
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20 ways to drag your ass outside

(Ways to motivate yourself. Source link: The Guardian) The weather is rubbish, there is nowhere to go and, bereft of the joys of spring, the daily lockdown walk can feel pointless. But, of course, it is not: the mental and physical health perks of exercise are immune to seasonal changes. We need to gallivant around outside in daylight so that our circadian rhythms can regulate sleep and alertness. (Yes, even when the sky is resolutely leaden, it is still technically daylight.) Walking warms you up, too; when you get back indoors, it will feel positively tropical. But if meeting these basic needs isn’t enough to enthuse you, there are myriad ways to add purpose to your stride and draw your attention to the underappreciated joys of winter walking.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 9:42 AM
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Animals Interrupting Wildlife Photographers


ignorance of history serves many ends

There was no single moment when I began to sense the long shadow that Cecil John Rhodes has cast over my life, or over the university where I am a professor, or over the ways of seeing the world shared by so many of us still living in the ruins of the British empire. But, looking back, it is clear that long before I arrived at Oxford as a student, long before I helped found the university’s Rhodes Must Fall movement, long before I even left Zimbabwe as a teenager, this man and everything he embodied had shaped the worlds through which I moved. Oxford professor Simukai Chigudu gives a personal account of colonialism and decolonialism.
posted by ChuraChura to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 5:14 PM
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YourKoreanDad is wholesomeness personified

Meet Nick Cho, an endearingly wholesome internet father figure. Cho is the person behind the 1.8 million-follower YourKoreanDad TikTok account, where he posts videos of himself doing various lighthearted activities with an off-camera child: learning how to longboard, making a gingerbread house, and preparing meals. He also talks openly about how it's okay to express feelings, and that it takes courage to ask for help when you need it. In an interview with Inside Edition Digital, Cho discusses his experiences growing up with racism as a Korean-American, his nurturing and inclusive approach to parenting and relationships, and the surprisingly emotional responses he has received from viewers. [h/t MeFi user DirtyOldTown]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 4:00 PM
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Are you ready for some alternatives?


Capitol Green Zone: Washington D.C. Prepares for Inauguration

It’s been over a week since the storming of the U.S. Capitol by Republican domestic terrorists. The National Guard has bivouacked around the Capitol in order to maintain security. President Donald Trump has been impeached for a record second time. And there are reports that federal officials are investigating congressional collusion with the insurrectionists.
posted by valkane to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 11:02 AM
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Money Pleeease!

Joe Biden, Welfare King "Joe Biden's presidency could be one in which the toxic ideological bias against a proper welfare state and active government dies an extremely deserved death. Free money is both good and fun!"
posted by schoolgirl report to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 8:03 AM
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Learn How to Create Your Own Comics

Looking for a creative distraction? Want to study with comics luminaries like Mira Jacobs and Ben Passmore? You're in luck--since last April, the Believer Magazine has been hosting hour-long, interactive comics workshops through the Black Mountain Institute YouTube channel, all of which have been archived here.
posted by carrienation to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 11:39 AM
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Counter-Reformation, 2021 Edition


High Frequency Trading on Shortwave Radio


What'd I miss?

Since last summer, Cesar (also known as Guitar_Knight14) has been painstakingly recreating the musical Hamilton inside of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. After six months of work, he completed all of Act 1, which you can view as a YouTube playlist or a single hour-long video.
posted by mbrubeck to MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 7:29 PM
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Canlis Community College Curriculum

Canlis Community College was an education-meets-dining pop-up Canlis, a long-time Seattle fine dining mainstay, put on to keep busy over the last year.

Now the videos are online (Youtube Playlist) and free, so everyone can learn everything from soba from Kamonegi's Mutsuko Soma, pot brownies with Goodship's Jody Hall, Seattle Black history with LaNesha DeBardelaben, baking with the WSU Bread Lab, aerobics with the PNW Ballet, and much more.
posted by CrystalDave to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 6:24 PM
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2020: The Game

A cute game about an awful year.
posted by jenkinsEar to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 9:48 AM
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Soon May the Wellerman Come

Sea Shanty TikTok is the perfect expression of masculinity for 2021. In shanties, we find something both extremely manly and subversively tender.” Wikipedia entry on the “Wellerman” shanty. Full lyrics and more available here, on The Longest Song wiki.
posted by darkstar to MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 10:11 PM
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ditherpunk

For your consideration: Two deep dives on dithering techniques, from random thresholds to blue noise to error diffusion. Here's a listicle with example animations from a wide range of historical 1-bit games, including one recent and one upcoming game.
posted by kaibutsu to MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 12:37 PM
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RIP Lana Clarkson, surely. [view]
posted by rum-soaked space hobo to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 9:09 AM
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On filing to move to Texas: "This is like when odd, off-putting, socially awkward middle aged white guys get really enthusiastic about moving to Thailand for some reason" -- popehat [view]
posted by valkane to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 2:45 PM
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As a... * Member of Metafilter I want to... * Make a good joke about this So that... * I can win the admiration of Mefi peeps And also... * Just hoping everyone is doing as ok as can reasonably be expected [view]
posted by treepour to MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 11:49 AM
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Metafilter: Almost a critique of capitalism, though it's amorphous, and certainly doesn't give you any ideological alternatives. [view]
posted by belarius to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 2:58 AM
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Unsurprisingly, AG James has a response: The NRA's claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt. While we review its bankruptcy filing, we will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight. [view]
posted by NoxAeternum to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 2:39 PM
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There’s no way Kermit should play Gatsby. See, this is the classic mistake when you make a Gatsby movie. It’s always someone charming and handsome. It’s always Robert Redford and Leonardo DiCaprio. That’s not the character in the book! The guy in the book is awkward and out-of-place and honestly quite stalkery. Like a lot of rich people, he uses... [more]
posted by chrchr to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 12:00 AM
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space opera genre Currently completely out of fashion (coughs discreetly) [view]
posted by jscalzi to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 8:41 AM
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Wild. I had lot of friends in school as well as a sibling who were regular pass holders back when it was just plain old Disneyland, and they would sometimes do stuff like go there just to do homework and/or hang out. The pass used to be a insanely good deal that didn't really have any blackout dates, but as I understand it the program (along... [more]
posted by loquacious to MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 5:57 AM
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ah, No Man's Sky. A brief review: * plus one for being a gorgeous paen to the way that sci-fi looked and sounded in the seventies. * plus one for the ambitious procedural generation * Minus several billion for the dull-as-shit twentyteens crafting game underneath all that glorious paint. I want to revel in the beauty of your world, not... [more]
posted by Sauce Trough to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 2:29 AM
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"Murderer, domestic abuser, and violent misogynist," please. [view]
posted by minervous to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 9:21 AM
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As a . . . user of your app I want to . . . be periodically asked "how do you like our app?" So that . . . I can stop using the app to do the things I thought I wanted to do and work on improving the app's ratings on the app store. [view]
posted by skewed to MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 12:44 PM
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Bare minimum, if you can afford tactical gear, handguns, ammo, and a trip to DC including hotel accommodations, you're probably not poor. [view]
posted by SansPoint to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 6:00 PM
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I feel like people are maybe missing the point here? This account isn't criticising user stories (or the Agile process, or any of that) as a thing in and of itself - almost the exact opposite, in fact: it's satirising the current trend for extremely user-hostile experiences in software via the lens of a tool that is very explicitly supposed to... [more]
posted by parm to MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 3:05 PM
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Yeah, I'm not sure about RIP for this one. He was a musical genius, and he was a loathsome human being who was a serial domestic abuser and eventually a murderer. I've seen reports that he died of COVID that he was exposed to in prison, and nobody deserves that. So I have complicated feelings. I can't say I'm exactly sorry that he's dead, but I'm... [more]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 9:18 AM
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I had one game where I had not had any time to write anything, but I did have some backstory from previous games available, so I ran a murder mystery. What I did was to create a murder scene with a load of clues on it. Or at least clue like objects. The players looked at a few of them and theorised what they might mean and decided which ones to... [more]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 6:40 AM
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"Well, I am a dilettante. It's only in England that dilettantism is considered a bad thing. In other countries it's called interdisciplinary research." Brian Eno [view]
posted by thatwhichfalls to MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 6:04 PM
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I find myself at a loss playing something that I know has no real end and no real purpose This is like a New Yorker cartoon caption below a drawing of a kid staring at a pile of Legos. [view]
posted by oulipian to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 9:12 AM
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Often these are the “New Poor,” once thriving but recently down on their luck. They feel as if the center of power has shifted away from them. The domestic terrorists appeared to be mostly comfortable and well-fed. Some might have been recently unemployed by Trump's negligent response to the pandemic and the attendant downstream effects... [more]
posted by They sucked his brains out! to MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 5:41 PM
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Imagine how much better pop music would be if such an influential producer wasn't a violent misogynist. By and large he was punished commensurately with his misdeeds. He lived for many years on money all but stolen from his ex wife Ronnie Spector in their divorce proceedings, and he sexually abused their children which he was never... [more]
posted by muddgirl to MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 10:12 AM
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Metafilter: Refuckulate the porkulator. [view]
posted by Ursula Hitler to MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 5:19 AM
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