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Bookmarks tagged with “metafilter”

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Who needs some hot tunes? | MetaFilter

Lush, "Sunbathing," 1990 * The Sundays, "Summertime," 1997 * Camera Obscura, "Swimming Pool," 2001 * Florence + the Machine, "Swimming," 2009 * Wye Oak, "Hot as Day," 2011 * The Jezebels, "Endless Summer," 2011 * Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Mosquito," 2013 * Courtney Barnett, "Avant Gardener," 2013 * Snail Mail, "Heat Wave," 2018 * Lanterns on the Lake, "Swimming Lessons," 2020 * Wolf Alice, "The Beach," 2021

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City In A Bottle | MetaFilter

256 bytes of JavaScript code to render a shaded city-scape [Twitter]

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I’m better at this than you are at everything you do. | MetaFilter

Damon Young is a writer, critic, humorist, satirist, and professional Black person. He is also a contributing columnist at the Washington Post, and people send emails to comment on his columns. One of those comments was a complaint about his use of "ain't" and "them white boys". Young was not having it.

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic | MetaFilter

Raccoon astronaut with the cosmos reflected in his helmet dreams of the stars / Jedi sloth / Lego Mona Lisa / Cute animals on rainbow grass / Bulldog in coat and hat drives an old car / Victorian rabbit reads the paper on a bench / Macro shot of a kitten in glasses / Cool panda skateboards in Santa Monica / Propaganda poster of a Napoleon cat with cheese / Plants in a lightbulb / Proud raccoons pose with their art / Studio Ghibli train stations / Kid and dog stare at the stars / Ukiyo-e teddy bears shop for groceries / Soup bowl monster knit out of wool / Astronaut on a horse, pencil sketch / American Gothic, but it's dogs with pizzas / Badass sheep in a science lab / Mona Lisa in Twin Peaks / Kitty donut shop / Colorful gamerooms, Memphis Design / HD photo of Pikachu in a cape / Wooden art deco cat / Fruit golem / Codex Seraphinianus / Voynich Manuscript / Variations on Vermeer, Klimt, Seurat, Ohara / "Good morning" Post-It on the ISS cupola / Cats in blue hats / Writer ponders her next story, oil painting / Timepieces, De Chirico style / Cheshire Cat and Tinkerbell play poker / Pieter Bruegel's Incredible Hulk / A plum and perfume served in a hat / Earth as chocolate cake / The orange cat Otto von Garfield in a Prussian Pickelhaube eats lasagna / A robot paints while playing piano, draws itself, paints itself, shows another robot its art / Meet OpenAI's DALL·E 2, the extraordinary new AI that creates anything you can imagine in a matter of seconds.

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Try pinky, but hole | MetaFilter

Tiny Elden Ring: Elden Ring, but zoomed out and tilt-shifted and everything moving in a low-framerate Harryhausen stutter.

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“Oh no…” she says, reading the fortune. “…you got the worst one.” | MetaFilter

"The Pen's perfect, or at least it's everything I want a camera to be. Its design is genius, it's easy to use, and it's the most practical film camera I've ever used. More than even my most trusted cameras, it makes me want to keep shooting, keep having adventures, keep loving photography. I don't think I had more fun shooting a camera than I did shooting this thing in Tokyo. I had plans to take it back with me to LA to shoot shows, recording sessions, tours, everything. It was going to be my number one. But then I actually got home, and all of those plans just... vanished." — Surviving 2020 with an Olympus Pen FT, from Casual Photophile.

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name | MetaFilter

For many of us, Metafilter is our online 'third place.' Off-line, however, how easy are they to find? Do Yourself a Favor and Go Find a 'Third Place' is fundamentally describing the bar in Cheers or Central Perks — the cafe — in Friends. A pleasant place to hang out that's not home and not work — where folks know your name, or maybe could learn your name. Reminiscent of a college hang-out, they are not anyplace you're supposed to be: Instead, they're simply a place where one afternoon, or on the odd night, you choose to be. Sitting, sipping, shooting the sh*t with the bartender or the cafe keeper, chatting with your neighbor at the next table, cracking wise to the person beside you on a stool.

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Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Orb | MetaFilter

"Worldcoin promised to jump-start the global crypto revolution with an audacious plan: to give out digital money to all 7.9 billion people on Earth. [...] [Worldcoin CEO Alex] Blania strongly pushed back on the suggestion that Worldcoin's purpose was to harvest the world's eyeballs in return for a cryptocurrency that may turn out to be worthless. That notion "is just very wrong. I don't even know where to start, like this is just very wrong." [...] "We didn't want to build hardware devices — we didn't want to build a biometric device, even. It's just the only solution we found.""

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Brouillard by Brouillard on Brouillard | MetaFilter

Horrible edge cases to consider when dealing with music

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wanna go paperless? | MetaFilter

1.0 A short conversation with, and about, a bank. In which the author, in need of a digital statement, faces our current broken reality.

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London recs: small/weird/local fave museums, tours, and entertainment - clubs tourist cocktails | Ask MetaFilter

Hi, all! I am visiting London next month for the first time in over 20 years. If I tell you some of my favorite places in other cities and experiences I'm looking for, can you recommend some things I should make time for there?

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Excessive Indentations, Bullet Points, and Font Sizes | MetaFilter

Finally the single most important fact... is hidden at the very bottom. Twelve little words which the audience would have had to wade through more than 100 to get to. If they even managed to keep reading to that point. Death by PowerPoint: the slide that killed seven people

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The Age of Houseplants | MetaFilter

Houseplants occupy a curious intersection of home and design and history: they are hobbies, and testimonies of skill (or lack thereof), and components of interior design. At the same time, they're also artifacts of colonization and the controlling impulses that accompanied it, and quiet, nostalgic attempts to regain a steadily dissipating relationship with the natural world. A house plant is never "just" a house plant, the same way a couch is never just a couch or a movie is just a movie. Houseplants said something about the people who cultivated them in the early 1600s, which was different than what it said about something in the 1860s, or the 1960s, or today. To try and understand what, exactly, our house plants mean today — why we collect and display them the way we do, what they communicate, and how that might be in flux — we have to understand, even if just briefly, what they've meant before. [sl Culture Study Substack by Anne Helen Peterson]

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all your band(camp) are belong to us | MetaFilter

It has been jointly announced that Fortnite creator Epic Games have acquired indie (as in independent from corporate control, not the genre) darling Bandcamp.

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The sublime science fiction of Ted Chiang | MetaFilter

Twelve years on, Ted Chiang remains perhaps the finest author in contemporary science fiction -- and the most rarefied. A technical writer by trade and a graduate of the distinguished Clarion Writers Workshop, Chiang has published only eighteen short stories in the last thirty years, one and a half dozen masterpieces of the genre whose insightful, precise, often poetic language confronts fundamental ideas -- intelligence, consciousness, the nature of God -- and thrusts them into a dazzling new light. His collected works, mostly available in the anthologies Stories of Your Life and Others (2010) and Exhalation: Stories (2019), have cemented his reputation as one of the greatest SF storytellers of all time (and inspired one of the best SF movies of all time). Click inside for a complete listing of Chiang's work, with links to online reprints or audio versions where available, as well as a collection of one-on-one interviews, links to his other writings, video essays, movie clips, and lots more.

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Streets are for People | MetaFilter

Paris has announced [fr][en] a through-traffic-free zone in the city center, to begin in 2024. Delivery drivers, local traffic, people with disabilities, and emergency vehicles will still be able to enter the "tranquil zone".

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In the beginningish there was USENET | MetaFilter

Back when politicians were referring to the "Information Super Highway there was USENET where a great deal of information was exchanged. Norman Yarvin curated some of that infomation on topics such as Air Conditioning, Bicycles, Cars, Chemistry, Computers, Explosives & Pyrotechnics, Food, Metalworking, Telephones, Physics, Space and many more. He published them into the Yarchive {main index link} where it has been available ever since.

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Walking through Tokyo in 4k | MetaFilter

From Shibuya to Harajuku, or Shibuya to Tokyo Tower at night, or walking in the rain, or walking in the snow. And Tokyo isn't the only city where folks have uploaded hour-long videos from (walkable cities like Amsterdam are good too). Some folks watch these high-resolution virtual walking tour videos while on a treadmill or as a pandemic-era substitute for travel. Either way, they're a nice way to get a passive, unedited feel for a place that wasn't available before the YouTube era of the internet.

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"This is R.J. Pingu, penguin, Arctic Outpost #NOOTNOOT." | MetaFilter

Thingu, remastered in HD. (storyboards) (more claymation - and notice the URL)

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The First Guy to Ever ... | MetaFilter

The first guy to ever take a vacation, wrap a gift, commit a crime, write fiction, have a name, be a toxic fan, own a cat, punch someone, clean himself, be an artist, make a commercial, wear a costume, dream, celebrate Christmas, kidnap someone, open a restaurant, hold up a lighter at a concert, make a friend, have a home, swim, play tag, get drunk, get ripped, get divorced, celebrate a birthday, rob a bank, be king, eat dessert, go camping, open a zoo, open a school, wear contact lens, break an arm, open a hotel, play Duck Duck Goose, climb a mountain, go to prison, order food delivery, sell insurance, feel an earthquake, be a sports mascot, hire an assassin, shoplift, graduate, be a motivational speaker, solve a crime, or order drive-thru.

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the friends you make online | MetaFilter

These online relationships are often just as meaningful and rich and strange as my "real-life" friendships, but they're more difficult to define. Maybe we're still a little embarrassed? Or maybe we just need to stop waiting for definitions and do the work ourselves. I care too much about my online friends to just coast along in relationship limbo. This is an ode to digital friendships, a taxonomy of connections and disconnections.

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SFnal Coordination Mechanism Design, Path Dependence and Roads Not Taken | MetaFilter

Glass: the most underrated medieval technology? (threadreader) - "Venice sought desperately to keep its monopoly. If a glassmaker left without permission, he would be asked to return. If he refused, his family would be imprisoned, and if he still persisted, an assassin would be hired to kill him off."[1]

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Caffenol | MetaFilter

Develop your film: with coffee, red wine, Croatian rosé, drain cleaner and acetaminophen, beetroot, ajvar (capsicum chutney), or gas station beer.

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Welp, there goes my evening ... | MetaFilter

What useful unknown website do you wish more people knew about? This Reddit Thread Of The Most Useful Websites That Most People Might Not Know About Will Make You Fall Down The Ultimate Internet Rabbit Hole. via digg

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"Using weird software to make weird and soft things" | MetaFilter

Huw Messie makes animated embroidery: Consistent Survey, Tensioned Attaching, Rhythms of Winding the Patterns are Made, Discrete Converter, The Boxer, Your Plane. More on his process here.

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It's like if Aaron Sorkin was a song | MetaFilter

I hate "We Didn't Start The Fire" so much. I hate it with my whole being, my entire soul. I hear that nattering keyboard riff and those hyperactive bongos and "Harry Truman Doris Day," and I become a different being. My blood becomes lava. My teeth become knives. In seconds, I could reduce a rhinoceros to ashen bone with the sheer acidity of my stomach bile. As a song, "We Didn't Start The Fire" is a cursed and godforsaken work of torment, a towering abomination. Its sheer musical unpleasantness is, in its own way, almost impressive. Over the course of writingThe Number Ones column for Stereogum, Tom Breihan has covered a lot of mediocre stuff. He can usually find some nugget of goodness or value in the drek. He does not hold back when it comes to Billy Joel's worst big hit.

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"... the sort of things that alter your soul." | MetaFilter

For many of us who teach, "Teaching during the pandemic has been an exercise in balancing the utterly mundane with the profoundly traumatic—the sort of things that alter your soul." Sarah E. Smith responds to her student evaluations.

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Beanbags for grown-ups? - furniture seating interiordesign | Ask MetaFilter

I want a beanbag chair-type thing for flexible seating and lounging. But I want it to be the most mature, adult, elegant, sophisticated grown-up-looking beanbag possible. Not like, executive leather, but well-made from nice materials, won't look too out-of-place among expensive furniture. Does such a thing exist?

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STILL His Guitar Fiercely Weeps | MetaFilter

In 2004, George Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - but Prince TOTALLY stole the show with an epic solo during a performance of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". 17 years later, the original RRHOF broadcast director for that night has released a directors' cut of that performance, which puts the spotlight right smack on Prince, where it belongs.

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I Can't Believe Life's so Complex | MetaFilter

This is Love (slyt) is one of just about every clip Miss PJ Harvey has made through her career, remastered (YT play). From Maria Mochnacz's Man-Size and 50 Foot Queenie to Sophie Muller's Stories from the City clips (all slyt).

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Person of the Year 2031 | MetaFilter

As the earliest viable brain scan, MMAcevedo is one of a very small number of brain scans to have been recorded before widespread understanding of the hazards of uploading and emulation. He is considered by some to be the "first immortal", and by others to be a profound warning of the horrors of immortality.

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"You bubbly f*ck!" | MetaFilter

The top 100 best TaskMaster tasks, ranked.

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Finger.Farm: Advanced Finger Hosting | MetaFilter

Once upon a time, you could finger your boss, finger a vending machine, finger the weather, finger John Carmack, etc... Users would share .project and .plan files, showing their current project and plans. The original telepresence. The original Internet of Things. The original microblogging.

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Knot fun | MetaFilter

A little puzzle game of untangling knots

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For Music Theory nerds | MetaFilter

A nice, playable way of visualising scales and chords

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How to serve leftover pizza at breakfast? - Leftovers egg | Ask MetaFilter

We have a tradition of eating the takeout leftovers from the night before as breakfast the next day (chilaquiles, cheesecake-stuffed waffles, spaghetti fritatta, etc.) However when we get pizza we always end up eating it straight as warmed up pizza for brunch. Anyone have any actually tested treatments for pizza in the morning? (Putting it on a bagel has been considered.) (Just slapping an egg on it isn't beneath of us but that's just about the only other idea I've had.)

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Dinosaur Butthole | MetaFilter

The first complete, preserved, fossilised dinosaur butthole has been discovered. [single link dinosaur butthole science]

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i can no longer easily tell humans apart | MetaFilter

Thousand Year Old Vampire is a solo role-playing game in which you play a vampire gaining and (mostly) losing memories over the course of a millennium, more or less. It won three Ennie awards including a Gold for 'Best Rules' and silver for 'Product of the Year', which probably makes it a contender for the first 'break-out' solo RPG in the already incredibly small world of indie rpgs. What's a solo RPG, you ask, and how do they work? Well, let me spread out some newspapers, and let me explain...

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Nerdy Christmas Lights | MetaFilter

Matt Parker: I wired my tree with 500 LED lights and calculated their 3D coordinates.

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The Beirut Port Explosion: Forensic Architecture | MetaFilter

"Mr Collett contended that from an engineering perspective, the arrangement of goods within the building was the spatial layout of a makeshift bomb on the scale of a warehouse, awaiting detonation." Forensic Architecture, a research group based at the University of London, investigates the Beirut Port explosion and publishes its findings. (Forensic Architecture previously on the blue)

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Potatoes, Potatoes, the Magical...Vegetable | MetaFilter

However it's spelled, it's a famously versatile ingredient - or even a dish on its own!

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Will you Stay? | MetaFilter

Stay? is an interactive fiction game where you always get a second chance. From the description: "Welcome to Elaia, a magical city nestled in a high valley. It's the end of your first year at university & time to choose your major." It's a choose your own fantasy adventure that's part dating sim/part avert the apocalypse(s).

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Mmm, noodles | MetaFilter

Buttery pasta, peppery vermicelli, masala sevai—noodles come in many shapes and sizes. They can provide comfort, nostalgia and a sense of belonging. This collection of personal essays, guides, recipes and deep dives serves as a little bit of a 'food hug' with everything that has gone on in 2020. KQED explores noodles.

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Death Gospel – women exploring darkness in unique ways | MetaFilter

Reluctant as I am to slapping a label on a subset of women making music with some stylistic similarity, let's talk about Death Gospel. This article in Metal Hammer talks about Chelsea Wolfe, Louise Lemón, AA Williams and Emma Ruth Rundle, saying "an influx of singer-songwriters has been infiltrating... and reinventing the idea of what constitutes heavy music... embracing darkness in a raw, visceral way, pushing boundaries of genre and style". (Don't be put off by the repeated use of the term 'metal', this is strong, powerful music, but not really metal.)

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Snakes in the freezer and a taxidermied turkey in my living room | MetaFilter

Nicole Cliffe's request: "If you normalized something (non-awful) because your family did it and then realized it was not, in fact, normal or remotely common, I would love to hear about it." "i didn't realized until i spent thanksgiving with a boyfriend's family that other families do not, in fact, head outside after the meal to throw pumpkins off the roof and watch them explode." An amusing Twitter thread on non-awful things families normalize, which are, in retrospect, uncommon.

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Need a safety sign? | MetaFilter

Need an ANSI Z535-compliant safety sign? Sure you do. Here's a convenient sign generator in case you need to let people know that something is dangerous.

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Downward spiral to the lost ark. | MetaFilter

Steven Soderbergh did a black-and-white cut of Raiders of the Lost Ark with music by Trent Reznor and no dialog.

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Community: What's Up, Seven-Up? | MetaFilter

The cast of Community reunites to do a Zoom table read-through of "Cooperative Polygraphy" (S5E04) and also chats afterward, with Pedro Pascal filling in for various parts, as a fundraiser for World Central Kitchen & Frontline Foods.

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Hey mister deejay, won't you spin that record one more time? | MetaFilter

John Peel (Wikipedia) was an English DJ and selector on BBC Radio 1, recording more than 2,000 artists and bands in more than 4,000 sessions, known as Peel Sessions. Over the years, many were released (Discogs), and are now available on streaming services, but there are still plenty of recordings not yet officially available online. With that, Dave Strickson created an alphabetized roundup of around 1,000 Peel Sessions that he found on YouTube. (John Peel, previously)

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"It’s not often that a paper attempts to take down an entire field." | MetaFilter

"Yet, this past January, that's precisely what University of New Hampshire assistant philosophy professor Subrena Smith's paper tried to do. 'Is Evolutionary Psychology Possible?' describes a major issue with evolutionary psychology, called the matching problem." [Gizmodo]

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