"I work for Nike, developing new models of shoes..."

concept sketch of shoe art

Member rodeoclown shares an incredible story of designing custom Nike shoes along with a young diabetes patient, and the extra lengths they went to make it really great.

One "on the side" project I've been lucky enough to do was creating a special shoe for a 10-year-old boy as part of a long-running fundraiser (for the past 10+ years, Nike has worked with kids from the Doernbecher Children's Hospital here in Portland, letting them design custom shoes, actually bringing them into production, then selling and donating all proceeds to the hospital... ~$8 million dollars raised so far.)

10/24/14
by mathowie

Introducing Anthropology

Cave Painting at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico CityCave Painting at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City by Artotem (cc by)

MeFi member ChuraChura talks about how she teaches anthropology while also carefully navigating existing student belief systems.

So with this as my student population, coming in and laughing at their silly beliefs would alienate a significant chunk of my students - which (as well as making for a semester of dread and aggression) would really impact my ability to teach anything! And it's an awesome class! I talk about primates for about 5 weeks! And they play with bones! And hear about genitals! And Alfred Russell-Wallace! Cool stuff!

10/23/14
by mathowie

A young man stands in his bedroom

Homestuck



One post.
6119 words.
41336 characters.

Confused? No? You will be! Rorgy tackles (and tackles, and tackles) the question, "What is Homestuck even about?"

10/18/14
by taz

Cafeteria Wars

Caution: School LunchCaution: School Lunch by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com (cc by)

Some interesting insights from elsietheheel and Eyebrows McGee, among others, in the Cafeteria Wars school lunch thread. Also, isn't there a better term besides "lunch ladies"? Why, Yes, yes there is.

10/12/14
by taz

New Modern Theme is live

New MeFi Modern design is liveNew MeFi Modern design is live by mathowie (cc by-nc-sa)

We've launched the new Modern template at MetaFilter for all users. If you spot any bugs, feel free to hit our contact form or post to the ongoing MetaTalk discussion about it. If you're logged out and miss the Classic theme, there is a link in the footer.

10/02/14
by mathowie

Insatiable curiosity?

Cauliflower earCauliflower ear by tutincommon (cc by-nc)

I heard a story on This American Life ... about a sausage maker who inadvertently ruins their product by getting a new building. In the end, it turned out the problem was they had shortened the route of the final delivery of the sausages and removed what was thought to be the unimportant work of a clerk named Irving. I thought it was fascinating and I want to find other stories like that. Where would I look for them?

rileyray3000, ISO real life food mysteries.

09/27/14
by taz

So you want to impregnate a pig...

small pigsmall pig (cc by)

MonkeyToes owns a farm and has learned to do lots of strange things not taught in school, like how to help impregnate a pig:

The key, at least from my end, was to keep her calm and more or less still for the five or six minutes it took my husband to remove the cap from the semen container, fit it into his end of the spirette, and gradually squeeze its contents down the long tube.

09/24/14
by mathowie

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

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