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dip dip dip, my blue ship, sailing on the water like a cup and saucer, o-u-t spells out ;-)dip dip dip, my blue ship, sailing on the water like a cup and saucer, o-u-t spells out ;-) by *Psyche Delia* (cc by-nc)

Members are now offered a couple of new profile page preference choices: the ability to make their "Contributions" and "Social" fields visible only to logged-in members, and the ability to enter their geographic coordinates without this info being visible. See all the details in this Metatalk post.

01/26/16
by taz

Something for your shiny new 2016 calendar

To Do public art in DumboTo Do public art in Dumbo by @superamit (cc by-nc)

forza asks, What kinds of not-regular-but-important things for lifestyle maintenance should I, as a theoretically-responsible adult, be tracking?: Adults just know these things, I guess

01/16/16
by taz

Blackstar

David Bowie is crossing the borderDavid Bowie is crossing the border by mrpstr (cc by-sa)

If you're mourning the Starman or the Goblin King, you're not alone. Come join Mefi's David Bowie wake, a thread full of good links and stories and meditations on what he meant to us.

"Your Treen is a Loodklopper"

P1040844P1040844 by mlinksva

Too-Ticky has the answer to une_heure_pleine's mystery object Ask Me post, wherein we learn that "treen" is the "generic name for small handmade functional household objects made of wood"

01/06/16
by taz

"indeed the issue is very poorly understood even in the UK"

honour the immigranthonour the immigrant by byronv2 (cc by-nc)

I'm a trustee of the (tiny) BritCits campaign group and charity which works on behalf of divided families, includes spouses, civil partners, parents and children, elderly dependants etc.

Plep comments to add context, further info and lots of links in the UK Thomas Podgoretsky deportation case post: 1, 2, 3

12/30/15
by taz

Welcome to the MeFi mod team, Eyebrows McGee!

A couple weeks ago, we said we're hiring; now, we've hired! Long-time contributor and community member Eyebrows McGee will be joining the MetaFilter moderation team starting in the new year.

12/23/15
by cortex

NGP VAN inside scoop

BEWARE of DOGBEWARE of DOG by kennymatic (cc by)

You can mark houses visited/not-visited -- were they not visited because nobody was home? Scary dog? (literally has a spot for "scary dog, can't go to door") Do the same people still live there? Is the house on the market? Does the house have a foreclosure notice? It highlights if someone in the house has turned 18 since the last election -- do they still live there? Are they registered to vote?

Eyebrows McGee offers some first-hand insights on how the NGP VAN database works for candidates and and campaign workers.

12/21/15
by taz

Star Wars

Almost TimeAlmost Time by MikeSpeaks (cc by)

Need to talk about the new Star Wars? Fanfare's got you covered, including Mefi's own adrianhon checking in from a panel discussion with the cast.

If you've been brushing up on the original films to prepare, you might enjoy the Fanfare rewatches of all the previous Star Wars movies.

For more, check out the posts tagged 'StarWars' including fun odds and ends like Star Wars, the pencil game and real fencers doing light saber battle.

Star Wars art? Scenes made of Lego, and some paintings in classical Japanese style

Nerdy analytic overthinking? The economics of the Death Star and the legal case of Han vs. Greedo. Ask those hard questions like are the Jedi overrated? and of course is Jar Jar the big boss?

"Bathrobes are the deerstalker hats of internet sleuthing"

hlntv.com video screen capture'They made me wear my bathrobe' [screen capture from video via hlntv.com]

Now is the time when I am typing. I am typing on my computer doing internet things. Isn't this interesting? Cool internet things. I solved a puzzle and now people are taking pictures of me pretending to solve a puzzle. harperpitt

JannaK reports that the HLN network has produced a short video episode featuring the Ask Metafilter post requesting help with her late grandmother's coded messages, and "the true hero of this story: Metafilter's own harperpitt, her code-breaking skills, and the power of the hive mind in tackling web mysteries."

(Post title text grabbed from littlesq!)

12/15/15
by taz

Minor Medieval Maladies, M'dear

13th century anatomical illustration

What happened when someone in the Middle Ages got pink eye, or someone in Elizabethan England got athlete's foot or crotch rot? Did the infections just hang around forever? Was everyone just infected with this type of stuff? (It's pretty well-known that basically everyone had lice and fleas, I believe.)

In Ask Me: Minor infections in the days before anti-biotics or anti-fungals? Many good answers, and Jane the Brown brings the serious history again.

12/08/15
by taz

Hiring a part-time MetaFilter moderator

Exciting news: we're looking to hire an additional part-time moderator to join the MetaFilter team. If you're a site member with a cool head and an interest in community management, take a look at the job listing and consider submitting an application.

For more info and general discussion, drop by the MetaTalk thread about the announcement.

12/07/15
by cortex

♪ We'll order now what they ordered then ♫

17th Century commonplace book17th Century commonplace book via themillions.com

Before Jezebel, The Toast, and Twitter there were wise and witty women handily perpetrating "epic feminist takedowns of the ages," as illustrated in yarntheory's interesting post about Mary Collier and her 18th century poem, "The Woman's Labour"

... and before Pinterest and Evernote and Tumblr, "there was the humble commonplace book, a space for gathering and reflecting on ideas, quotations, observations, lines from poems, and other information." MonkeyToes gives us a loving magpie's roundup of this "venerable tradition of idea curation."

12/07/15
by taz

Holiday Commerce Reminders!

Doing some holiday shopping? You can support MetaFilter while you do it in a couple of ways:

1. Buy stuff made by members of the MetaFilter community, at the MeFi Mall. Crafty MeFites have got a bunch of neat stuff available!

2. Getting stuff from Amazon? Visit via our referrer link to let MetaFilter get a little bit of credit for the shopping you were going to do anyway.

For more details, you can check out this MetaTalk thread.

12/04/15
by cortex

Best Of The Web #111: Too Late To Play The Accordion

This month on MetaFilter's Best Of The Web podcast, cortex and jessamyn's special guest is each other as they pull a dynamic duo all by their collective lonesomes and talk about everything from MeFites' projects about inclusive sex ed and magic realism twitter bots to posts about maps and questions about navigating people's reactions to changing your appearance.

12/01/15
by cortex

In which DTMF means "Dual Tone, Multiple Frequency"

Kenwood TS-2000Kenwood TS-2000 by Jim Shank (cc by-nc-nd)

The range of modern SDR devices covers broad frequencies including Aviation and Marine tracking, decoding Trunked radio systems, downloading Weather Satellite images, reversing wireless protocols, hunting for Numbers Stations, or even watch the International Space Station broadcast Slow-scan TV

Eavesdropping on the Hidden World is endotoxin's excellent first post about the changes in tech and requirements that have led to a renaissance of scanning and ham radio, with many interesting tips from members in the comments.

11/29/15
by taz

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