more than a little bit creepy

SpiesSpies by ocularinvasion (cc by-nc)

Yes, it's a game, but the spy/counterspy stuff crosses so far into the real life of the players that you can't say it's just a game.

ryanrs on "what recreational espionage looks like in EVE" (and why EVE has rich espionage gameplay and other games don't) in a question about hobbyist espionage groups.

03/30/15
by taz

"take a deep breath..."

FDNY - AmbulanceFDNY - Ambulance by Mollenborg (cc by)

I've been driving ambulances and fire trucks for years now... The most important thing you can do when someone is coming up on you with lights and sirens--before anything else--is to take a deep breath and make sure you're not going to cause an accident. Don't stop dead suddenly in moving traffic. Do slow down, signal, and pull over to the right as soon as you're able.

Mefite paramedics skyl1n3 and itstheclamsname offer pro advice on the question "What do you do when you're driving and an ambulance is coming down the road?"

03/27/15
by taz

"MeFi is oddly full of cart knowledge today"

Antwerp dog-cartAntwerp dog-cart by seriykotik1970 (cc by-nc-sa)

Sangermaine speaks truly: Members sciatrix and Iridic put the cart before the hordes with great posts on the history of the dog cart and a glossary of carriages (in which we learn that a "dog-cart" is not a dog cart, except when it is).

03/24/15
by taz

"decentralized and borderline anarchic"

"Whacca doing?" "Oh, just reading some unpublished stories written by independent writers." #Fanfic #Nokia #Fanfiction #glee by beeto456 (cc by-nc)

Suelac offers search tips and breaks down some of the search and rating terms for fanfiction in the current It's a Fanmade World discussion, and several members share recommendations in response to the question "are there any recs for well-written fanfic that doesn't involve slash/hetslash at all?": 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, plus an Ask Me roundup.

03/17/15
by taz

Changes afoot

napnap by mathowie (cc by-nc-sa)

After 16 years of running the show, I announced my stepping away from the day-to-day operations at MetaFilter.

03/04/15
by mathowie

Let's get this #WomensMarch started

Today we're kicking off #WomensMarch, the twice-makes-it-a-tradition followup to last year's excellent #JulyByWomen project. It's a month long project to encourage women in the Metafilter community to feel comfortable posting more often, or even for the first time, and if you'd like to participate, it's easy: just put together a post, and tag it with "WomensMarch" and "MonthByWomen".

And if you're a little nervous or just don't know where to start, don't worry: a bunch of generous folks have spoken up in the Metatalk thread to offer mentoring, collaboration, post ideas, and just general support for whoever wants it.

Last year's #JulyByWomen was a really positive, and really successful, community-organized initiative, and led to a huge variety of interesting posts and lots of first-time and haven't-in-a-while posters (and even some brand new members!) getting involved. We're happy it went so well, and we're excited to return to the idea this month and make #MonthByWomen a part of the Metafilter community tradition.

03/01/15
by cortex

Treacherous, dangerous and seductive

BIG BOAT, small boatBIG BOAT, small boat by Kevin Dinkel (cc by-sa)

If it's staying still, and just getting bigger, you need to figure out how to not die.

Dreadnought breaks down the four perceptual tricks that can lure an unsuspecting boater to their death.

02/28/15
by taz

"I rehab and sell collectible cast iron on eBay"

Black Bean BurgersBlack Bean Burgers by C. VanHook Images (vanhookc) (cc by)

Over on Ask MetaFilter, mudpuppie's advice on what to look for when purchasing an old cast iron skillet is filled with great tips.

02/19/15
by mathowie

Can you see a t-rex from outer space? Can you see stupid t-rex from France? Nooooooo.

The White Cliffs of Dover (NT) 19-04-2012The White Cliffs of Dover (NT) 19-04-2012 by Karen Roe (cc by)

MeFi member barchan's tongue-in-cheek comparison of dinosaurs vs. smaller fossils is quite amusing.

02/19/15
by mathowie

What happens to old saris?

Sari Cloth Seller in New DelhiSari Cloth Seller in New Delhi by Peter Rivera (cc by)

If you ever wondered what the lifecycle of a sari is like, MeFi member peacheater gave an amazing answer for how her mother has maintained a collection of saris over decades.

Another thing to note it that because saris are meant to be kept in the family and handed down (there are simply no sizing problems, if you think about it, since the blouse and underskirt can always be restitched for another person and the sari itself is just one big piece of cloth), women of the middle classes and above are willing to spend way more on a sari than one would imagine - if my mother really loves a sari, she'll go ahead and fork over thousands of dollars for it. However, it will remain pristine for decades, as she gets her saris pressed, and she has amazing taste, so even her old saris still look stunning.

02/06/15
by mathowie

Tips for the snowpocalypse

STOP Snowing!STOP Snowing! by jpctalbot (cc by)

MeFi member Jane the Brown's guidance on how to survive and manage a heavy snowfall for a first-time homeowner is loaded with good advice.

Do not dig out the foundation. In fact, if it doesn't add to your effort, pile snow against the house. Your foundation should not leak from melting snow any more than it should leak from rain. In the meantime you can pile snow higher when it is against a wall and the snow has insulation properties, so that half burying your house in snow will cut your heating bills.

02/06/15
by mathowie

A Flood of MeFi Music

They Might Be Giants - John FlansburghThey Might Be Giants - John Flansburgh by CLender (cc by)

In 1990, They Might Be Giants released their classic album "Flood". Over the last few months, musicians on MeFi Music have been posting cover songs for the entire album, which was recently completed, and all tracks can be heard here just in time for the 25th anniversary.

01/22/15
by mathowie

Stroll down memory lane

analogue modemanalogue modem by secretlondon123 (cc by-sa)

It's interesting to read the very first thread about (The) Facebook from 2005, the first thread about Netflix from 2002, and the night-before-launch of Apple's first iPod. It's also interesting to look back at less successful things like 2003's launch of Microsoft's first tablet computer and read what members thought.

01/22/15
by mathowie

What would happen if you transplanted an animal's eyes into a human?

Jumping-Spider,on-fish-hook-eyes_2012-08-02-16.13.51-ZS-PMaxJumping-Spider,on-fish-hook-eyes_2012-08-02-16.13.51-ZS-PMax by Sam Droege (cc by)

The tough question of what it would be like to have animal eyes as a human got a great answer from member (and brain researcher) wyzewoman:

First, we have to consider the type of animal whose eye we're using. Mice, for instance, have remarkably poor acuity -- the world is a pretty big blur to them -- and I think a lot of that comes from the physical structure of their eyes, so the child would inherit this. However, there are predators with very good acuity, so let's assume we're using eyes from one of those. And of course there's the issue of color; most mammals can sense 2 rather than 3. Our hypothetical child wouldn't be able to get around this limitation.

01/15/15
by mathowie

Mefites' Choice 2014 Winners, Week 4 and 2014 recap

My Foot 2My Foot 2 by AMagill (cc by)

The fourth and final week of the MeFites' Choice 2014 Winners are up. We also updated the end-of-year stats pages in Labs.

01/01/15
by mathowie

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