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. Check out the "Thank You for the Secret Quonsar Gift" thread!

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

Introducing Anthropology

Cave Painting at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico CityCave Painting at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City by Artotem (cc by)

MeFi member ChuraChura talks about how she teaches anthropology while also carefully navigating existing student belief systems.

So with this as my student population, coming in and laughing at their silly beliefs would alienate a significant chunk of my students - which (as well as making for a semester of dread and aggression) would really impact my ability to teach anything! And it's an awesome class! I talk about primates for about 5 weeks! And they play with bones! And hear about genitals! And Alfred Russell-Wallace! Cool stuff!

10/23/14
by mathowie

A young man stands in his bedroom

Homestuck



One post.
6119 words.
41336 characters.

Confused? No? You will be! Rorgy tackles (and tackles, and tackles) the question, "What is Homestuck even about?"

10/18/14
by taz

Cafeteria Wars

Caution: School LunchCaution: School Lunch by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com (cc by)

Some interesting insights from elsietheheel and Eyebrows McGee, among others, in the Cafeteria Wars school lunch thread. Also, isn't there a better term besides "lunch ladies"? Why, Yes, yes there is.

10/12/14
by taz

New Modern Theme is live

New MeFi Modern design is liveNew MeFi Modern design is live by mathowie (cc by-nc-sa)

We've launched the new Modern template at MetaFilter for all users. If you spot any bugs, feel free to hit our contact form or post to the ongoing MetaTalk discussion about it. If you're logged out and miss the Classic theme, there is a link in the footer.

10/02/14
by mathowie

Highlighting the best bits from the MetaFilter universe

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