Women's Work

Nathalia Holt book coverNathalia Holt's "Rise of the Rocket Girls"

Amaaaaazing post from filthy light thief on the women behind the Jet Propulsion Lab and NASA, and the book by Nathalia Holt that celebrates them. 🚀

06/18/16
by taz

This, not That

Hand Pointing at SwitchHand Pointing at Switch by TunnelBug (cc by-nc)

What are some "alternatives" or substitutions to everyday products/tasks that you've found you liked better than the original? Relatedly, what have you stopped doing altogether that had unexpected positive benefits?

In Ask Metafilter, amicamentis looks for suggestions on switching things up.

06/16/16
by taz

Unlike any other

srs bsns

news b(e)aconnews b(e)acon by allfr3d (cc by-nc)

That time the Prophets of Rage post turned into a silly geriatric 90s band names riff

That time the Tronc post was troncly troncd. Tronc.

That time the Just Two Things post went exactly as expected

That time the Calendar of (Unofficial) Events post turned into a Ralphabet thread

Bonus: That time we thought about overthinking the post about overthinkers

06/07/16
by taz

Best Of The Web #117: Voting For Anarchy

It's a new podcast episode, wherein cortex and jessamyn discuss all manner of stuff.

06/03/16
by cortex

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

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