Looking good, Billy Ray!

My dad took me into the pit. We wedged our way into his spot - second level up from the bottom, back to the corner. Basically right where Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd stood in the movie. I was, obviously, the only kid in the pit, and all I could see in every direction were people's legs. It was like being in a massive crowd of people, but nobody was moving - everyone standing around, shoulder-to-shoulder, hip-to-hip, waiting ... Then, about 5 seconds before 8:30, the crescendo began.

In a thread about the closing of Chicago and NY futures trading pits, Member Guernsey Halleck recounts accompanying their dad onto the trading floor of 4 World Trade Center and viewing the action close-up as a child.

07/07/15
by taz

CineFilter

Support films made by and about people of color!

Jaguar has compiled a great linked list in the Run Time: 8 Seconds thread.

07/06/15
by taz

Medieval Martha Stewart?

medieval beekeepermedieval beekeeper by hans s (cc by-nd)

Another thing to consider is how dark homes were in the Medieval period. There was not a lot of window glass. Homes were often very smokey and the various sources of light were inadequate. Clutter seems to have become prevalent during the late Georgian/early Victorian era as the lighting improved and manufacturing made extraneous possessions affordable. Until then you did a lot of groping around in the dark. Kitchens were often not part of the main house, as were workshops, weaving galleries and cloisters, places where work could be done outside where there was sufficient light to do it. This probably discouraged them from having a whole lot of stuff on display inside.

Jane the Brown offers a great overview of possibilities, conditions and practicalities surrounding xarnop's question, "Are there any surviving evidence of household decorations from medieval times in Europe?"

07/05/15
by taz

Alma Mater Blotter

Clifford Dale Rinear was a carpenter. No word on whether he incited any riots.

Mudpuppie exercises her sleuthing skills and shares some post-HS bios of the 1911 Spokane High School Yearbook students.

06/14/15
by taz

State of Metafilter, and funding update

It's been a year since Metafilter was dealing with a massive financial crisis and layoffs, and things are a lot more stable today, thanks in large part to the tremendous generosity of the Metafilter community in helping to fund the site's operation. Here's a round-up of the last year's events, and what's next for the site, as well as some new details on how folks can help the site out financially.

We want to say thank you, again, to all the folks on Metafilter and in the web community at large who care about this site and support its continued presence as a unique, vibrant place on the internet.

06/08/15
by cortex

Podcast #105: Have Fun At Space Camp

Hey, it's episode 105 of the Metafilter Podcast, with cortex, jessamyn, and mathowie chattering about a bunch of site stuff they liked from May 2015, give or take.

06/03/15
by cortex

Assault & Birdery

One Crow Left of a Murder (#9217)One Crow Left of a Murder (#9217) by mark sebastian (cc by-sa)

Why do I keep getting attacked by crows? Can I do anything to stop it?

Ask Metafilter vs a Murder of Crows

05/31/15
by taz

Talkin' 'bout Mom's g-g-generaaaation

Let's dance MommyLet's dance Mommy by W. Visser

Mefites share memories of moms and their music in the current "What is Mom Rock?" thread.

05/09/15
by taz

Podcast #104: I've Got Wheelhouse In The Head Now

It's time for episode 104 of the monthly Metafilter podcast, with cortex, jessamyn, and mathowie talking about stuff they liked from Metafilter, Ask MeFi, and the rest of the site.

We talk about automated photo descriptiosn, that Neko Atsume cat game that everyone is playing lately, actors nailing crazy stunts on the first first try, confronting anger management problems, Metafilter members analyzing Better Call Saul, and a ton of other wonderful stuff posted by mefites in the last month or so. We also feature a couple of great musical covers recorded by Metafilter musicians recently: Sufjan Stevens' Chicago, as done by threeants, and a great Floydian medley of Breathe/Pigs by Devils Rancher and his prog tribute band, The Yes Men.

New to the Metafilter podcast? You can find it on iTunes under "Best of the Web: the MetaFilter Podcast", or subscribe to the rss feed.

05/08/15
by cortex

May-June Mefi Music Challenge

Listen carefully...Listen carefully... by sadmafioso (cc by-nc)

Music-lovers of Metafilter, we would like to extend an invitation to you all to join us over at MeFiMusic for the latest challenge: record a song about a city.

Now discussing on Metatalk, City Songs: the new MetaFilter Music Challenge. The Mefi Music thread is here.

05/04/15
by taz

Got it in one!

The Amazing Extreme EquilibriumThe Amazing Extreme Equilibrium by Vitor Sá Photo (cc by-nc)

Dirtdirt asks for examples of when an actor pulled off some ridiculous unlikely thing on film, ideally on the first try.

04/18/15
by taz

Spa Me!

Sole SearchingSole Searching by ladyb (cc by-nd)

Great suggestions from barchan in response to "Help a girl on a budget have a spa day in the privacy of her own home," including links to DIY pampering concoctions.

04/14/15
by taz

Caution-ary Tales

sol ringsol ring by fuzzysaurus (cc by)

In a discussion of the current Hugo Award nominees, Monsieur Caution offers up a great, linkified alternative slate of personal favorites, plus points out a couple of posts on 2014 SFF that fans might want to peruse.

04/05/15
by taz

Dr. Witten, I presume?

Huge congratulations to longtime Metafilter member and sociolinguist iamkimiam for completing her PhD disstertation, which grew from a simple question—just how the hell do you pronounce 'mefi'?—into a 250 page study of community practice and linguistic enregisterment.

04/03/15
by cortex

stupid human tricks?

The Human CannonballThe Human Cannonball by SeeMidTN.com (aka Brent) (cc by)

Eyebrows McGee asks Mefites to Tell Us A Fascinating Thing About Yourself.

03/31/15
by taz

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