What happens when you accidentally legalize prostitution?

Sex Workers Rights ProtestSex Workers Rights Protest by Eliya (cc by-nc)

FYI, I'm one of the authors. I can answer specific questions.

Mefi's own scunning shows up to comment on a post about what their research revealed when prostitution was inadvertently decriminalized in Rhode Island, and invites comments, criticism, and hypotheses.

07/20/14
by taz

"They advised covering your face to avoid ropeburn on your nose"

Bounce Below: Giant Network of Trampolines Suspended in an Abandoned Welsh Slate Mine

On the bottom level there was a trampoline-walkway up to a trampoline spiral which goes up to the middle layer if you don't want to climb the laddery-ramp thing instead. However the laddery-ramp thing was pretty steep and had a rope with loops to hold on to, which let me pretend to be Adam West's Batman, so it was kind of a toss-up as to which was funner between the ramp and the spiral.

Mefite aubilenon reports back first hand on the newly opened "Bounce Below," a giant network of trampolines and slides mounted to the walls of an abandoned Welsh slate mine at heights of 20 to 180 feet off the ground.

07/09/14
by taz

RAR RAR RAR

talking againtalking again by mediamolecule (cc by-nc-nd)

From The Vaults:

How do you fake American?, 2008

... what if you're not an English speaker, and you want to fake-speak English, or more precisely, American? How does it sound?

And more: Imitation English, 2003

What are the stereotypes of the native English speaker's accent as perceived by non-English-speakers?, 2004

How does one speak "pretend English"?, 2005

Linguaesthetics, 2006

07/07/14
by taz

That one lesson drastically changed the way I look at the world

198.365 a box full of letters addressed to me, #363 in explore198.365 a box full of letters addressed to me, #363 in explore by ashley rose, (cc by-nc-nd)

On a sunny January morning at the Burggymnasium Altena, Herr Hohage instructed us to close the blinds on our floor to ceiling windows. The day before, we had asked him how people could be taken in by [Hitler]. He intended to demonstrate.

In the Hitler practice photos thread, MissySedai recalls her time as a young exchange student in Germany, a shattering classroom lesson on the persuasive power of Adolf Hitler, and the letters home that processed the pain.

07/02/14
by taz

JulyByWomen Project

kimberly-ellen-hall nottene JULY calendarkimberly-ellen-hall nottene JULY calendar by brella (cc by-nc-sa)

Viggorlijah posts a Metatalk inviting women to participate in a July experiment to increase front page posts by women: "Women post to the front page proportionally less often, and I want to see if we can shift that. By my calculations ... only about 8% (lowballed because women don't identify themselves always on profiles) of FPPs are made by women. This is much lower than the number of self-reported women on Metafilter, and lower than the percentage of women commenting."

07/02/14
by taz

Competitive Fit Bitting

w00tw00t by @boetter (cc by)

In an effort to improve everyone's fitness, MeFi member barchan relates the story of competing for the most daily steps against her parents:

Not long after we started, my parents both started catching up to me, even without the handicaps. This is great! I thought. And because you can't help but compete with your own fitbit, I started upping my daily totals. And so did they. And so did I. And so did they.

06/26/14
by mathowie

"This video is not about defending Phil Fish, or about setting him on fire"

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This video is about everyone in the world who isn’t Phil Fish.

It turns out the great video, "This is Phil Fish" posted by jklaiho was created by "Mefi's own" Peevish. (The transcript has been posted here.)

06/19/14
by taz

Where can I, mysterious woman, sit alone at a bar in my best dress and drink?

Last DropLast Drop by Renée S. Suen (cc by-nc-nd)

I love lush, dark, pretentious speakeasies where the cocktails take 15 minutes to make and cost my first born. As a kid, I dreamed on the day I could be the mysterious woman sitting alone at a fancy bar and here I am as an adult, with the means to fulfill my dreams.

Zosia Blue asks for the best modern speakeasy-type bars in each U.S. state... and compiles a spreadsheet. Santé!

06/16/14
by taz

The cows still speak fondly of him

Mr. HicksMr. Hicks by Ryan Brunsvold (cc by)

For as long as I live, whenever I pass a field of Texas wildflowers; I'll remember summer days spent lying in clover and wildflowers, listening to the trains, watching the sky kaleidoscope, and laughing my fucking ass off while Bill went off on one thing or another. I watched him explain philosophy to a cow once. I'm pretty sure the cow understood. I have never laughed so hard in my life.

dejah420 remembers Bill Hicks

05/31/14
by taz

Some important news about MetaFilter
We're having to staff down at MeFi, and saying good-bye to three moderators.

05/19/14
by mathowie

Can I get a witness?

Wedding DayWedding in the courthouse - Daniel and Kate by Russ Benfield (cc by)

Sometimes when you ask a question it turns out the perfect person to answer it works across the street from where you are getting married and can solve your problem.

05/04/14
by mathowie

avian bioacoustical research!

In songIn song by nagillum (cc by)

If you really want to get your nerd on and have some older computer gear laying around, you can even build your own bird mic and analyze your results using free software. Here are some spectrograms of migration calls recorded with this method.

User cardinality drops the science on how to nerdily start identifying birds by call, using free software.

04/26/14
by jessamyn

the real power of baseball

Baseball at the MoviesBaseball at the Movies by aliwest44 (cc by)

Look, even if you remove the unintentional racism of Field of Dreams (and there's no doubt in my mind that it was completely unintentional), it's actually not that great a baseball movie--not bad, just not great. There's many better baseball movies out there.

04/23/14
by jessamyn

Test out our new beta site: FanFare

Old broken TVOld broken TV by schmilblick (cc by)

We are testing out a new site for discussing TV shows, called FanFare. It's just covering current seasons of Mad Men and Game of Thrones during the beta test period, but will expand afterwards. More at MetaTalk.

04/16/14
by mathowie

Two deep sea experts walk into a bar...

Submarine Ring of Fire 2004Submarine Ring of Fire 2004 by USFWS Pacific (cc by)

In the MH370 recovery thread, a comment from a member well-versed in deep sea dives via submarine and a comment from a member with knowledge of the ocean floor are both not to be missed.

04/09/14
by mathowie

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