We feel a swoon coming on

Katamari Damacy wallpaper - 1366 x 768Katamari Damacy wallpaper - 1366 x 768 by feline_dacat (cc by-sa)

Rhaomi thought today would be a good day for rolling. The katamari. For that purpose alone, We went to the bother, the bother of making this space.

09/22/14
by taz

You wouldn't even have to look busy

Le Stryge, Tour St. Jacques, and Sacre-CoeurLe Stryge, Tour St. Jacques, and Sacre-Coeur by john weiss (cc by-nc-nd)

Fuego asks:

I have a weird workplace fantasy of having a job that would essentially pay me to do nothing. "Nothing" meaning surfing the internet, watching TV or movies, or reading books and magazines. Maybe occasionally there would be someone to help or some button to push, but 90% of the job time would be downtime. You wouldn't even have to look busy, just as long as whatever the job is gets done. Do such jobs even exist?

09/20/14
by taz

Hermit Kitten is Patient

It's dangerous to go alone! Take this.It's dangerous to go alone! Take this. by mahjqa (cc by-nc-sa)

Hermit Kitten, having arrived at her hermitage at age 43 in the year 51, is now 43 years old in the year 326. She assumes that this is a benefit of her life of quiet contemplation.

Flunkie updates us on the process of playing the Kittens Game in Hermit Mode. (With milestones and setbacks detailed throughout the thread.)

09/06/14
by taz

"This is bowling. There are rules."

All Hail <i>The Big Lebowski</i>All Hail The Big Lebowski by cote (cc by)

I was a varsity bowling player in high school. *plays Springsteen's Glory Days* Practice and science can fix this... My coach told me to pick an arrow on the lane to aim for and to never change that spot. For me, that is still the center arrow. Before you do your run/hop/skip down the lane, note where you're standing. See the boards and dots on the ground? Those board and dots are the same in every alley. Remember where your feet are...

Kimberussell and other alley-savvy members roll out to help a fellow Mefite out of the gutter: "Over the weekend, my wife and I went bowing with her parents, and they destroyed us." Please help me trouble-shoot my bowling game.

09/03/14
by taz

1) Put this thread on your "To Read" list

"Procrastination" by Amy Loves Yah (cc by)

Nidora asks, "I am procrastinating with many things that I need to do ... If anyone has a system that they have used to be more productive, please share."

08/31/14
by taz

"Music that just sits there and doopey-doops"

Big Eight TrackBig Eight Track by Wyscan (cc by-nc)

Have you ever felt the need for more enervation in your playlists? glhaynes is here to help, with their Ask Me post, "I'm a boring person and I want boring music to go with my life." Mefites rise to the challenge.

08/25/14
by taz

"Fantastic Breasts and Where To Find Them"

353:365 - You Could Use a Good Kiss!353:365 - You Could Use a Good Kiss! by Nomadic Lass (cc by-sa)

OH I FORGOT TO MENTION... that MetaFilter is actually what got me into poetry in the first place.

Mefi's own frizzle is featured in a post on her performance at the 2014 National Poetry Slam reciting her poem about Harry Potter, pornography, and non-consent.

08/20/14
by taz

Winter Was Coming

ISO Extinct Scents

SmellSmell by redteam (cc by-nc-nd)

Remember these? Ferdinandcc asks about smells from the past that are hard or impossible to come by nowadays.

08/13/14
by taz

Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams (21 de Julio de 1951 - 11 de Agosto de 2014)  -Robin Williams (21 de Julio de 1951 - 11 de Agosto de 2014) -"Prefiero morir como hombre, a vivir una eternidad como una maquina". -"Como el gran Andrew Martin solía decir, UNO se alegra de haberlo conocido". El Hombre Bicentenario #robinwilliams by BlackAdegan (cc by)

Among many stories and reminiscences, some members recall their IRL experiences with Robin Williams, "mensch, great talent... genuine soul"1:

 

PareidoliaticBoy: "I drove Robin Williams from Whistler to Vancouver in my limo days , and can testify to the man's utterly non-stop manic creativity. This happened on a day when the entire infrastructure of the ski-tourism transport-business, continent-wide, had been struck a massive blow; with a snow-storm which had closed airports from Denver to New York for most of the day, with the resulting missed connections, and badly-snarled plans of anyone unlucky enough to be attempting to travel that day. ...Where other celebrities might have pulled a fit, Robin Williams made everyone he encountered on that chaotic day happy just to be alive in that place, at the time."

kanata: "He came up to us to play the "what breed are your dogs" game that everyone plays with rescue mutts. He came across as such a down to earth guy and later went out of his way to sign autographs for people at the nearby coffee shop."

Malla: "My husband was making a little video for a coworker goodbye party ... Williams not only agreed to be in the goodbye video, he was hilarious and sincere and very charming. A true gent."

Durhey: "my first job in the gaming industry was as phone tech support for EA ... After the executives told us about the plans for the coming year, they brought out a surprise special guest, none other than Robin Williams. He came out and just went off on a long improvised comedy routine about playing Medal of Honor, cocaine, and maybe hundreds of other topics. It was a real treat after talking to irate customers on the phone all day..."

Oneswellfoop: "Pointing straight at me, he said, in his most formal announcer's voice: "Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Tilden!" It wasn't the biggest laugh of the evening, not a familiar enough cultural reference, but I made sure to laugh, then I whispered to my date, who'd laughed like she got the joke, "Who's Bill Tilden?""

goofyfoot: "The club was right next to my bus stop and had plate glass windows. I could watch, but not hear. One night he faced me and made an aside to the audience, then gave me an exaggerated wave while the audience busted up. I curtsied, and have always wondered what he said."

essexjan: "Weirdly, today at around noon I was driving through Pennsylvania on my way back from Boston to Ohio when I thought of him. We were driving near the town where a friend of mine used to live before he moved to Virginia. A few years ago a movie had been made about my friend's life and Robin Williams played my friend in that movie."

too bad you're not me: "Someone at the hospital where my brother was being treated got us in touch with the Make A Wish foundation. My brother's wish? To meet Robin Williams. ... During lunch, I remember how nice Robin was to my brother, and to my parents. He didn't treat my brother like a sick kid--that's what sticks out to me the most. That, and how unimpressive the on-set catering was. But hey, I was ten, and I think I expected caviar and frog legs or something."

macrael: "The house we ended up moving to was in the Castro, it's previous tenant: one Robin Williams. ... In the yard, there was a little play house that I went over to and he immediately came up to the window and started pretending like he was a city health inspector and that I was selling bad burgers. Or something. I don't know any of the details but my parents remember him being just hilarious, doing a little bit at the drop of a hat, joking with a 2 year old about health code violations."

psoas: "... on the day I decided I first wanted to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge I either didn't bother asking anyone to join me or couldn't find any takers. I was about halfway across when a large sky-blue blur whizzed past me and I felt myself almost lose my balance..."

kinetic: "she said, 'Robin Williams is here and he's hanging out and I don't know, maybe he's gonna go on.' So I tore down to The Improv and sat with my sister and her friends as a few hacks got up there and did their bits. ... And then Robin Williams ran onto the stage and I HAVE NO WORDS..."

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08/12/14
by taz

The Fun gnaws away at itself and shows The Fear within

The ClownThe Clown by astio (cc by-nc-sa)

there's something elementally unnerving about the sort of unrestrained jouissance that clowns represent. I'm not quite willing to say it's universal, but we go way out of our way to set limits to enjoyment, pleasure, happiness, joy—and you don't have to agree with me, but this doesn't strike me as absurd. Every primal force is terrible. At some point silliness and happiness and fun and joy start to transgress itself and display its horror...

mr-o waxes philosophic on the primal paradox of the creepy clown problem.

08/04/14
by taz

We want a pure LHC-kill-beam thought experiment here

Your head will now EXPLODE shirtYour head will now EXPLODE shirt by Ced (cc by-nc-sa)

I really don't know what would happen if you put your head (or hand) into the LHC beam, and contra the article, the Anatoli Bugorski incident only gives us a vague sense of what would happen in the much more powerful LHC. So let's do a Fermi-style thought experiment. Also known as writing down a bunch of numbers and then guessing from that.

Once again, physicsmatt tackles the big questions on our behalf, this time regarding a mind-blowing hypothetical about the Large Hadron Collider.

08/01/14
by taz

They'd ask me cutting and incisive questions about stupid American politics

Chocolat de Bonnat. Côte d'IvoireChocolat de Bonnat. Côte d'Ivoire by EverJean (cc by)

I work in southwestern Cote d'Ivoire, just on the border of Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia. The men I employ are largely cocoa farmers, when they're not in the forest taking complex observational data on primate behavior and ecology.

ChuraChura responds to, and takes some issue with, a video of Ivorian cacao farmers tasting chocolate for the first time, plus gives a larger picture of the day-to-day reality of the tough economics of farming in the region.

07/30/14
by taz

I'm thinking about creating an interactive fiction game...

The Old Room of Macabre DetritusThe Old Room of Macabre Detritus by Stuck in Customs (cc by-nc-sa)

I want to know more about the material culture of a large English country house or great house in the Victorian era. ...if a house like this somehow got frozen in time, and you came along a century later and could wander around inside, what would you find?

Among the answers, Jane the Brown offers a very nice overview of the state of the estate.

07/28/14
by taz

How does Hawaii work?

HawaiiHawaii by tico_manudo (cc by-nc-nd)

My family and I are planning a trip to Hawaii, but we don't know where to even start.

Kathryn gives great, detailed advice for visitors to the Aloha State.

07/27/14
by taz

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