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Slanguage

Styven Magnes : Speech balloonsStyven Magnes : Speech balloons by Marc Wathieu (cc by-nc)

Getting hip with the lingo, on Ask Me: When did the phrase "Garbage People/Person" become popular? | Did people actually say "shwench"? | In words like normcore, What is the meaning of the -core suffix?

... and recently on the blue, D'ya get me, bruv?; a new London accent called MLE has emerged in the last few years | A Tart My Dears, A Tart – how British gay men used to talk, featuring Polari, the cult language of UK homosexuals derived from theatre and circus slang

07/31/15
by taz

I Did it My Waaaaay

Flypostering is WrongFlypostering is Wrong by gwire (cc by)

I'm looking for tasks where (1) each person consistently does it in a particular way, (2) believes that everyone else does it that same way, and (3) is wrong about (2).

On Ask Me, what do people incorrectly believe to be universal?, wherein we find out some folks are just wrong. Very, very wrong, indeed.

07/29/15
by taz

"My parents are very perplexed by all this"

Hard Hat AreaHard Hat Area by jasoneppink (cc by)

I've applied for, been accepted to, and am halfway finished with a pre-apprenticeship training program for women. And I'm doing pretty well. So the idea of my becoming a carpenter has gone from a total pipe dream to an actual possibility...

showbiz_liz asks about what to expect when moving from white collar to blue collar work as a woman.

07/28/15
by taz

Authorial Intent?

A Storm of SwordsA Storm of Swords by flossyflotsam (cc by)

What books hold up so well to re-reading that it makes you suspect they were engineered that way? Are there examples of books that seem to be MUCH better on second reading? What kind of things did the author do to achieve that?

kk asks, What books seem to have been written to be re-read?

07/27/15
by taz

"Look at the signal box. There should be a number."

know when to stopknow when to stop by ** RCB ** (cc by)

Eriko advises on what to do if your vehicle is ever stranded on a train crossing in the recent "It'll buff out" post featuring video of an amazing Train-Limo collision. (no deaths or injury)

07/26/15
by taz

Ley Lines

Kozyndan Nakano In Spring detailKozyndan Nakano In Spring detail

Recently on Mefi, people and places around the world, enchanting, mysterious and magnetic:

The Banjo Bands of Malawi is a video clip featuring three different performances of a certain strain of folk music from the small African nation.
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From the 1920s to the 1960s, German people loved to pose with actors dressed as polar bears.
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LA-based art duo kozyndan posted an immersive "VR" experience of their 2009 Miyazaki-esque piece "Nakano In Spring".

07/25/15
by taz

Style Pile

Design Faves Logo DesignDesign Faves Logo Design by The Logo Smith (cc by-nc-nd)

In Ask Me recently:

Online resources for teaching basics of good document design?

Give me your colorful, cute, glam office supplies yearning to be free

Looking for the best dish drying rack ever

07/24/15
by taz

Hungry, Lazy, Busy, Zombies? Shelf Food FTW.

029/365+1029/365+1 by meaganmakes (cc by-nc)

Your fridge is [mostly] empty. You're too lazy to drive to the grocery store, but not too lazy to stay in and cook: Kitchen Pantry Cooking Challenge Ask Me thread is there for you.

(See also: Shopping-averse cook seeks pantry-friendly recipes, and what to eat when you are waiting out the zombie apocalypse)

07/23/15
by taz

The Invisible Effort of Emotional Labor

CaryatidsCaryatids by rknickme (cc by-nc-nd)

Epic thread on Emotional Labor offers dozens of great stories, academic studies, and personal insights into how our lives depend on constant and under-recognized emotional work, mostly performed by women. Come read along – this thread might change how you look at your marriage, or your parents, or your workplace.

Also: the author of the article responds; a personal assessment checklist on AskMe; and the emergence of an emotional labor tax haven, Crone Island, where tacos and margaritas await the weary. 🍹

07/22/15
by taz

The Enduring Paint-on-the-Face Mystery

Fwd: ROLLER GREETINGFwd: ROLLER GREETING by Wonderlane (cc by)

Back in October of 2014, sarcasticah asked a simple question about an old 80s or 90s sitcom.

During the intro/ opening credits, there's a bit where one character is painting a wall or a door, and another character opens the door, and the first character rolls the paint roller over the other person's face. I can see this in my mind, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the show it came from.

Shockingly, Ask Mefi did not save the day, and apparently fans of the question have been on the edge of their seats ever since, so we are highlighting this cold case again, just in case there's a last minute lead before the thread closes in a couple of months.

So, "paint roller on the face opening credits": Mass Hallucination or True Thing? Do you know the answer?

(Also, we hired a pug to illustrate the suspense and anxiety surrounding the non-resolution of this issue, in case it helps.)

07/22/15
by taz

Mefite edgeways has passed away

Edgewood Edgewood

Sad news: long-time Metafilter community member edgeways, Edgewood Smith, passed away last week.

His family and friends have been posting photos and memories on his facebook page.

He hosted a weekly radio show called "The Local", under the handled DJ-E, on Duluth public radio station KUMD; they'll be running a special tribute show for him tomorrow, Weds July 22nd, at 5pm Central time, if you'd like to listen in.

edgeways was a thoughtful and conversational fixture on Metafilter, steadily around and active on various parts of the site over the course of eleven years, with dozens of posts to the blue and the green and the grey and thousands of comments and answers shared with the community. He also produced and posted one of my favorite tracks ever on MetaFilter Music, a haunting reworking of You Spin Me Round as a wrenching acoustic duet.

I never got a chance to meet him personally, but I was glad he was here and I'll miss his presence on the site, and I know a lot of folks here will likewise.

07/21/15
by cortex

Show Us Your Desk, 2015 Edition

Phunniemee, Meta-recursivelyphunniemee, Meta-recursively

In Metatalk: Mefites share images of their desks, work spaces, squee places, head spaces, wee places, and spacey spaces. <3

07/19/15
by taz

Good-ish things come in Threes

Portland Acockalypse story leaked by on-the-ball members, plus mefites debate the collective noun for dildos... and an update.
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Mefites fail to fully embrace (sometimes eponysterically) the fashion forward feline fad of cat bum bling.
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Egg Master: Shoggoth incubator or perfect housewarming gift? Either way, Happy Dave gives us the phrase we didn't know we always needed for "the slightly nauseated, damp kind of lurching gut horror you get when you see something truly distasteful."

07/18/15
by taz

London Pentimento

Isleworth riverside settlement image via thamesdiscovery.orgIsleworth riverside settlement image via thamesdiscovery.org

Yankeefog's question about fragments of old London still visible in modern London is a great place to fall down a rabbithole of curiosities, from Bronze Age fish traps on the Thames to bits of HMS Temeraire recycled into ecclesiastical furniture for St Mary's Church.

07/17/15
by taz

"Bring me all your best popsicle recipes"

Organic Watermelon PopsiclesOrganic Watermelon Popsicles by Growing a Green Family (cc by-sa)

I have shiny new popsicle molds. I wish to spend the rest of the summer making all sorts of tasty frozen treats. ... What awesome recipes can you send my way?

Stacey, ISO some chill thrills on the Green.

07/16/15
by taz

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