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

December best post contest is a go!
Like previous years, we're doing a Best Post Contest for December where mods will choose favorites each week as well as one-off prizes given by users for their favorites. The prize list is being coordinated on the MeFi Wiki, and you can view past Best Post contests here. We'll make weekly announcements here of winners for the month.

12/01/14
by mathowie

From Ask MetaFilter to NPR to Replyall

On the occasion of his new podcast launching, mefi's own Alex Goldman, formerly of NPR's On the Media, got his start in public radio soon after asking about the process on Ask MetaFilter here. I asked him how he connected the dots from Ask MeFi to getting internships to landing a job and he wrote the whole thing up on Medium. Anyone interested in working in public radio should definitely check it out, and congrats to Goldman and crew for the launch of their new Replyall podcast.

11/26/14
by mathowie

Marquis rules

Us Conductors book covers

Discussed in MetaTalk: MetaFilter member Marquis (Sean Michaels) has won Canada's prestigious Giller Prize for his debut novel, "Us Conductors." (... and Ask Metafilter helped!)

11/16/14
by taz

Enable Cookies
The annual Metafilter Holiday Cookie Swap signups have begun!

11/12/14
by taz

So anyway, that’s where I learned to hate potatoes

Mr. Grumpy PotatoMr. Grumpy Potato by banger1977 (cc by-sa)

The way it worked was you would get up at 4:30 in the morning in winter to be there at the produce place by 5:30 and once you were there you would find that about a hundred kilos of potatoes had been pre-rumbled – I’ll explain in a moment – and were already sitting in their solution. The solution was some kind of mystery powder – I never asked what it was because I didn’t give a shit because I wanted to kill myself – that you dumped into these big rectangular tubs of water that were arranged in a sort of frame table, I think it was six tubs across, and then you had this sieve shelf that sat across them...

turbid dahlia tells a terrible tale of tuber torment.

11/11/14
by taz

2014 Winter Wishes Gift Drive

snowman in the snowsnowman in the snow by acidpix (cc by)

"It's that fantastic time of the year when MetaFilter comes together to provide gifts for kids!"

11/11/14
by taz

Get your gifting on
There are only 5 more days to sign up for secret quonsar, our holiday gift exchange.

11/05/14
by mathowie

The questions you need to ask is "when do I want sunlight?"

Market sign at sunset, 2000Market sign at sunset, 2000 by Seattle Municipal Archives (cc by)

eriko breaks down Daylight Savings Time in a pretty easy-to-follow way.

11/05/14
by mathowie

How does a trombone slide so much without notes changing?

trombonetrombone by evoo73 (cc by)

Lokheed explains how playing a trombone works, in layman's terms.

11/03/14
by mathowie

What are your best kitchen organization hacks?

"I work for Nike, developing new models of shoes..."

concept sketch of shoe art

Member rodeoclown shares an incredible story of designing custom Nike shoes along with a young diabetes patient, and the extra lengths they went to make it really great.

One "on the side" project I've been lucky enough to do was creating a special shoe for a 10-year-old boy as part of a long-running fundraiser (for the past 10+ years, Nike has worked with kids from the Doernbecher Children's Hospital here in Portland, letting them design custom shoes, actually bringing them into production, then selling and donating all proceeds to the hospital... ~$8 million dollars raised so far.)

10/24/14
by mathowie

Highlighting the best bits from the MetaFilter universe

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