Let's get this #WomensMarch started

Today we're kicking off #WomensMarch, the twice-makes-it-a-tradition followup to last year's excellent #JulyByWomen project. It's a month long project to encourage women in the Metafilter community to feel comfortable posting more often, or even for the first time, and if you'd like to participate, it's easy: just put together a post, and tag it with "WomensMarch" and "MonthByWomen".

And if you're a little nervous or just don't know where to start, don't worry: a bunch of generous folks have spoken up in the Metatalk thread to offer mentoring, collaboration, post ideas, and just general support for whoever wants it.

Last year's #JulyByWomen was a really positive, and really successful, community-organized initiative, and led to a huge variety of interesting posts and lots of first-time and haven't-in-a-while posters (and even some brand new members!) getting involved. We're happy it went so well, and we're excited to return to the idea this month and make #MonthByWomen a part of the Metafilter community tradition.

03/01/15
by cortex

Treacherous, dangerous and seductive

BIG BOAT, small boatBIG BOAT, small boat by Kevin Dinkel (cc by-sa)

If it's staying still, and just getting bigger, you need to figure out how to not die.

Dreadnought breaks down the four perceptual tricks that can lure an unsuspecting boater to their death.

02/28/15
by taz

"I rehab and sell collectible cast iron on eBay"

Black Bean BurgersBlack Bean Burgers by C. VanHook Images (vanhookc) (cc by)

Over on Ask MetaFilter, mudpuppie's advice on what to look for when purchasing an old cast iron skillet is filled with great tips.

02/19/15
by mathowie

Can you see a t-rex from outer space? Can you see stupid t-rex from France? Nooooooo.

The White Cliffs of Dover (NT) 19-04-2012The White Cliffs of Dover (NT) 19-04-2012 by Karen Roe (cc by)

MeFi member barchan's tongue-in-cheek comparison of dinosaurs vs. smaller fossils is quite amusing.

02/19/15
by mathowie

What happens to old saris?

Sari Cloth Seller in New DelhiSari Cloth Seller in New Delhi by Peter Rivera (cc by)

If you ever wondered what the lifecycle of a sari is like, MeFi member peacheater gave an amazing answer for how her mother has maintained a collection of saris over decades.

Another thing to note it that because saris are meant to be kept in the family and handed down (there are simply no sizing problems, if you think about it, since the blouse and underskirt can always be restitched for another person and the sari itself is just one big piece of cloth), women of the middle classes and above are willing to spend way more on a sari than one would imagine - if my mother really loves a sari, she'll go ahead and fork over thousands of dollars for it. However, it will remain pristine for decades, as she gets her saris pressed, and she has amazing taste, so even her old saris still look stunning.

02/06/15
by mathowie

Tips for the snowpocalypse

STOP Snowing!STOP Snowing! by jpctalbot (cc by)

MeFi member Jane the Brown's guidance on how to survive and manage a heavy snowfall for a first-time homeowner is loaded with good advice.

Do not dig out the foundation. In fact, if it doesn't add to your effort, pile snow against the house. Your foundation should not leak from melting snow any more than it should leak from rain. In the meantime you can pile snow higher when it is against a wall and the snow has insulation properties, so that half burying your house in snow will cut your heating bills.

02/06/15
by mathowie

A Flood of MeFi Music

They Might Be Giants - John FlansburghThey Might Be Giants - John Flansburgh by CLender (cc by)

In 1990, They Might Be Giants released their classic album "Flood". Over the last few months, musicians on MeFi Music have been posting cover songs for the entire album, which was recently completed, and all tracks can be heard here just in time for the 25th anniversary.

01/22/15
by mathowie

Stroll down memory lane

analogue modemanalogue modem by secretlondon123 (cc by-sa)

It's interesting to read the very first thread about (The) Facebook from 2005, the first thread about Netflix from 2002, and the night-before-launch of Apple's first iPod. It's also interesting to look back at less successful things like 2003's launch of Microsoft's first tablet computer and read what members thought.

01/22/15
by mathowie

What would happen if you transplanted an animal's eyes into a human?

Jumping-Spider,on-fish-hook-eyes_2012-08-02-16.13.51-ZS-PMaxJumping-Spider,on-fish-hook-eyes_2012-08-02-16.13.51-ZS-PMax by Sam Droege (cc by)

The tough question of what it would be like to have animal eyes as a human got a great answer from member (and brain researcher) wyzewoman:

First, we have to consider the type of animal whose eye we're using. Mice, for instance, have remarkably poor acuity -- the world is a pretty big blur to them -- and I think a lot of that comes from the physical structure of their eyes, so the child would inherit this. However, there are predators with very good acuity, so let's assume we're using eyes from one of those. And of course there's the issue of color; most mammals can sense 2 rather than 3. Our hypothetical child wouldn't be able to get around this limitation.

01/15/15
by mathowie

Mefites' Choice 2014 Winners, Week 4 and 2014 recap

My Foot 2My Foot 2 by AMagill (cc by)

The fourth and final week of the MeFites' Choice 2014 Winners are up. We also updated the end-of-year stats pages in Labs.

01/01/15
by mathowie

Mefites' Choice 2014 Winners, Week 3

A Final Gift from Anitanola

A note from Anitanola's sonA note from Anitanola's son

During this year's "Secret Quonsar" gift exchange, mefite a fiendish thingy received a lovely package full of stationary, notebooks and other trinkets, as well as two notes: one from her gift-giver, and one from her gift-giver's son, breaking the news that his mother, long-time Metafilter member Anitanola, had passed away on December 1st before she was able to send the package herself.

Her son wrote:

...She so appreciated her community of online friends, as she was housebound with considerable mobility issues. Even as she was worsening, however, she was concerned that this reach you, and that I “round out” the package with some locally made artcraft magnets. So I send this as she wished, and on her behalf wish you a fond hello and happy holiday season.

The metatalk thread is full of fond memories from Metafilter members who knew her, corresponded with her over the years, or merely recall with fondness her thoughtful, kind, and incisive comments on the site; her son wrote a thoughtful followup note to a fiendish thingy expressing thanks from himself and from two of Anita's closest friends who had also read the memorial comments.

12/18/14
by cortex

Mefites' Choice 2014 Winners, Week 2

Antill Ranger Trucking AustraliaAntill Ranger Trucking Australia by born1945 (cc by)

The results of the second week of our MeFites' Choice Awards are up!

12/15/14
by mathowie

Mefites' Choice 2014 winners, Week One

Hippybear explains HFR Movies

The Optic Nerve of it allThe Optic Nerve of it all by Atomic Mutant Flea Circus (cc by)

MeFi member hippybear explains how High Frame Rate (HFR) movies work in painstaking detail, and why some HFR movies look "weird" to us:

Because it looks TOO real. We're used to movies, even really great ones, having a veneer of "this is fake, this is a thing you are watching that was filmed". The colors, the lighting, the makeup, the flaws in the set... These are all things which, in 24fps, wash out a little, and our brain fills in the gaps, and we get a sense of reality because of what is missing.

12/04/14
by mathowie

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