After ten-ish years, our beloved pb is leaving MetaFilter. Come over to MetaTalk to celebrate him!
This also means we are hiring a part-time web and DB admin.
Ever wonder what a "nor'easter" is? Check out the great answers from Seymour Zamboni, plastic_animals, and weathergal in rules of thumb for weather patterns in the USA.
Different cultures also have their own languages of flower-meanings. Plus some cool info from sukeban on how new imported flowers like roses made their way into kimono designs in the late 19th century.
Did you see the new photos from the formerly-hidden-from-visitors North Korean subway system?
JoeZydeco on how a vending machine knows what coin you've put in (and why the Mars candy company spun off an electronics company)
codacorolla on their academic research on Minecraft players
The evolution of thimble technology, as seen in artifacts found scattered across England
A nice discussion of the importance of the skills needed to maintain old systems
garius on starting a print magazine that earns its keep: "We found a small local printer who'd run us up a limited run of 100 copies, which I paid for out of my own pocket, and then we started anonymously leaving copies on the magazine / leaflet table in the Rose and Crown Pub in Walthamstow, London."
yankeefog on attendance policies when producing a live tv show and working for Dennis Miller: "you would be surprised at how much of an art teleprompting is."
Gimme some stories of goats misbehaving!
...or some eerie spooky stories that aren't gross or horrible
...or some websites with fun interesting stuff for when the news gets me down.
Prepare to be amazed and maybe disgusted! MsMolly sparks a roundup of AskMe questions about everyday behaviors that you never knew other people are doing wrong - like shoes on vs. off in the house, and sit vs. stand to wipe.
In my quest to read more I've found I'm drawn back to old favourites that I've already read multiple times. I'm ok with this because the reason they are re-readable is obviously because they are GOOD books that are lovable and rewarding to return to ...So I'd like to expand this repertoire by trying books that other people re-read often.
mymbleth asks What book(s) can you read over and over and over again?
Mefites have opinions about screws. Dive in for many fascinating screw facts, including Ikea screws don't suck, it's just most people are using the wrong kind of screwdriver.