Come riff away

umbrellasumbrellas by Nasir Nasrallah (cc by)

What do you get when you mash up popular movie/book/etc titles? Instant classics like 12 Angry Monkeys, or Rashomonsters, Inc., or Das Booty Call, or Gorillas in the Mister Bean, and so many more. Come pitch your hot new media project here!

Also: (cough) alphabet thread (cough).

The Chlorination Cogitation

Water dropsWater drops by sama093 (cc by-nc)

We don't know for certain if the Gas! GAS! in Wilfred Owen's devastating poem was chlorine, but we do know that it can kill and maim in the way he described. But when his poem was written, chlorine had already begun to play a completely different, quietly heroic role, going on to save hundreds of millions of lives over the course of the 20th century.

Check out clawsoon's great, in-depth post "Chlorine probably saved your life today"

05/30/16
by taz

ISO Ohrwürmer

Welcome aboard, frimble!

As we wave goodbye to pb, we also say hello to MetaFilter's new tech person, long-time community member frimble!

05/27/16
by cortex

SciFi on the HiFi

Tuning InTuning In by Evans Archive (cc by-nc-nd)

Presented for your consideration, Iridic's M I N D W E B S post tunes in an historic archive of semi-dramatized readings of classic science fiction tales by some of the genre's best authors, preserved from weekly broadcasts aired by WHA Radio in Madison, Wisconsin

05/23/16
by taz

happy nappy day(s)

sleep.sleep. by rachelnwonderland (cc by-nc-nd)

Is Metafilter on a roll? Or a different kind of roll? Or are we in the pocket of Big Mattress? When it comes to nap time, apparently we must all hang together or ... shall we all hang separately?

Tip o' the nightcap to filthy light thief for the title!

05/21/16
by taz

Misty waterbed memories (and some sugar)

Waterbed for the backyardWaterbed for the backyard by Clintus McGintus (cc by-sa)

Hedonism time! Share your waterbed stories, and learn the secrets of making your own granulated caramel for baking.

Keep Mefi Weird

teethteeth by didbygraham (cc by)

Two more weeks left in this month's theme posting event, KeepMefiWeird!

Enjoy all the great weird posts so far, and break out your best obscure weird stuff for a post this month.

Brief encounters

Top SecretTop Secret by Skley (cc by-nd)

I fell down the rabbit hole of reading this CIA publication ...

Peeedro digs up interesting background on classified intelligence briefings to U.S. presidential candidates.

05/16/16
by taz

Better than bubble wrap

Lofty Pursuits handmade candy videoLofty Pursuits handmade candy video

Between kneaded sugar, hand-cranks, and cracking apart cooled candies... this is satisfying on so many levels. – BungaDunga

Mefites are sweet on carter's Hand cranked candy post, wherein we learn "how to make Victorian Nectar Drop candy and why are Lemon Drops called drops?"

05/14/16
by taz

New FanFare Clubs for sports and Eurovision

FanFan by ricky.montalvo (cc by-nd)

Members are testing how Fanfare can handle sports events, and the Eurovision song contest! Come check out the new clubs:

NBA basketball club! (Fanfare Talk announcement here)

Football club, for Euro 2016! (FanFare Talk announcement here)

Cycling club! (Fanfare talk announcement here)

Eurovision club! (Fanfare Talk announcement here) (Also recent: How to watch Eurovision from the USA)

Other folks are welcome to try out coordinating discussions for other sports, as well. Drop by the Metatalk thread if you want to hash out an idea.

And for a summer's worth of film series and book discussion and more, check out all the other FanFare Clubs.

Mad Ape Den Day on MF

MonkeyMonkey by Jennie Robinson Faber (cc by)

An odd FPP is fun and a hit; can you add a new bit of apt wit – but on top of all, eke it out to fit?

05/10/16
by taz

MetaFilter is hiring a tech person!

In case you missed it: MetaFilter is currently accepting applications for a part-time database and web admin!

We're looking to bring someone on as a member of our team, to help with regular backend maintenance and possible development. Work from anywhere, very flexible scheduling, and you'd be joining a team of moderators in supporting one of the longest-running web communities around. See the job listing for details, and apply or pass it on!

05/09/16
by cortex

Neat!

Rubbermaid Homefree Series Closet Kit 3P40Rubbermaid Homefree Series Closet Kit 3P40 by Rubbermaid Products (cc by)

If this sounds more like psychology than household stuff, then it should. I tell everyone that the difference between housekeeping and professional organizing is that housekeeping/cleaning is about the stuff, and professional organizing is about the person who owns the stuff.

Mefi member The Wrong Kind of Cheese offers a very interesting, in-depth answer to fermion's question "How do you find a really good professional organizer?"

05/08/16
by taz

Music to my ears

100 Cassettes100 Cassettes by Marc Arsenault - Wow Cool (cc by-nd)

Some music posts lately huh?

Did you hear the newly-found clean recording of Louis Armstrong, 1929? Also check the comments for more clean recordings of stars from that era.

Get down with Indian disco and funk star Usha Uthup

A deep dive on the crazy-ass Japanese pop maestro Keiichi Suzuki of Moonriders; too much to sum up.

Up and coming Cuban jazz singer Daymé Arocena: her "vocal repertoire encompasses scatting, Afro-Cuban chanting, scratchy-throated whispers, and a deep, gusty laugh."

Backstage with Farida Khanum, the Pakistani elder stateswoman of classical ghazal poetry singing - "I don’t think she knew how popular she was with young people until I sat her down one day and placed a computer on her lap..."

Mark the passing of Papa Wemba, Congolese music legend - BlahLaLa remembers: "I picked up his music wherever I could find it, and it brought me such joy. When I came home I eagerly pushed those cassettes into friends' hands -- "You've got to listen to this!""

History of one-man bands

What are some pop songs that were big hits across Europe, but not in the US?

Where's the best classical and opera, streaming online? And while we're at it, how about some great eclectic radio, streaming online?

Recommendations! Intro to conscious hip-hop, or some new-ish soul-ish, or something dreamy, or "it'll be alright" comfort music, or turn up the upbeat mixes for working outdoors, or maybe dance music that always makes you happy.

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