US Election Day

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Current US election threads:
-Presidential/national-level discussion
-State- and local- level discussion

Election Chat room is open - for your liveblogging and freaking-out needs

Election Day MetaTalk - for meta-discussion and links to other threads

Give me your voting stories

Tell me about your election volunteering stories from this year... And in general what's it like to be a poll worker on election day?

Let's hear your election predictions

JHarris is running a MST3K marathon today

Give me awesome women's history documents..... and Give me awesome stories about activists getting it done.... and How did election results in the 1800s get transmitted?

and... Secret Quonsar sign-ups, only one day left!

Grab bag

Two SealsTwo Seals by Wootang01 (cc by-nd)

quiet coyote asks, My sweet old dog loves blankets, can she learn to tuck herself in? (Yes she can.)

thebrokedown says, I need some sweet nice tv shows to soothe my election-weary soul.

Join Mefi's intrepid geographic puzzlehounds in the ongoing thread working on this weekly map quiz.

Huron Bob's tale of unlikely skill, how I crushed a movie star in ping pong

mumimor wants to know all about making your own bacon, sausage, etc. at home.

Are you hungry for hollandaise? Get your recipes here for election breakfast, with bonus terrible joke.

Food mysteries: 7 Minutes of Madness asks, Do you pour soup on pies?

Did you know that Disney ghosts dance backward?

Watching Together

watching togetherwatching together by KellyReeves (cc by-nd)

Servo5678 on watching Iron Man with his grandfather.

Best Of The Web #122
Happy November! It's episode 122 of the MetaFilter monthly Best of the Web podcast with cortex and jessamyn!

11/02/16
by cortex

Tis the season

New Zealand-bound Quonsar Monkey - with ViewNew Zealand-bound Quonsar Monkey - with View by Mrs. Gemstone (cc by-sa)

Secret Quonsar sign-ups are open! Come join in Mefi's annual secret holiday gifto exchangeo -- it's easy and fun and you've got about a week to sign up.

Memento Mori

Two women pose with their skeleton friendTwo women pose with their skeleton friend by simpleinsomnia (cc by)

Have you felt it? It's been creeping up on us for some time now: Memento Mori October, a month worth of spooky posts by filthy light thief and Johnny Wallflower.

that's where I'm a-vining

Invasion - connect the dotsInvasion - connect the dots by Ales Kladnik (cc by)

The art of the tiny comedy - in recognition of the shuttering of Vine, come share your favorite vines.

RIP, Steven C. Den Beste

Longtime member Steven C. Den Beste has passed away.

Poems for shy people in love

ShyShy by akageorge (cc by-nc-nd)

In Ask Metafilter, beijingbrown asks about "poems or lines of poetry about love that is awkward, hesitant and quiet - filled with silences and mis-timings" ... while in other quests for words and sounds about feelings, thoughts and things, switcheroo seeks "songs that pick me up and make me want to live again after a long day of work," picklenickle is looking for good songs with lyrics that are hella gay, and slidell searches for children's rhymes and songs that are free of ghastly, scary, and offensive things.

10/21/16
by taz

govtdrone has passed away
Sad news: Louisiana MeFite govtdrone has passed away.

10/19/16
by cortex

Show us your pretties!

infini artworkinfini's Girl in the Wind by Midori Takaki

I'm feeling the need for some beauty and some MeFite sharing, so let's see (and/or read about) your favorite object of beauty in your living space

In Metatalk, Eyebrows McGee invites us up to share our etchings!

10/16/16
by taz

The critical tea kettle bimetallic thermocouples problem

Teapotty at Chi-TEK at the V&ATeapotty at Chi-TEK at the V&A by Rain Rabbit (cc by-nc)

I've made a few internet connected tea kettles in my day.

pmg talks about "the EastEnders Threshold," kettle controls, tea, attention span, and intellectual property restrictions in the cyberpunkworldproblems thread.

10/15/16
by taz

121: Gold Medal For Restraint
Hey, it's the next podcast episode!

10/05/16
by cortex

Towering achievement

Concurs de castells Tarragona 2008 68Concurs de castells Tarragona 2008 68 by fer55. (cc by-sa)

Amazing pictures of the traditional Catalonian human towers called castells. Mefites share more background:

samelborp reports in from Catalonia: "... I went to the plaça de la vila (town's main square) to see them perform. One thing is to watch it in TV, but when you are there you realize what it takes to build those inmense human towers, the huge amount of people and how they arrange themselves..."

fuzz follows castelling too: "[Catalan tv] covers the Castellers every week as though it were a major sporting event. [...] it's amazing how the competition has intensified ... An 8-level castell was impressive a few years back; this time I got to see two successful 10-level towers."

In a 2005 thread, shoepal told how "I actually participated in a castelling (practice) event on a hot autumn afternoon in a small town outside of Barcelona. I was part of the base of the castle and had folks walking on my shoulders towards the center."

...and benzo8 on being a regular casteller: "us guys at the bottom may well have ten people directly on our shoulders, and maybe fifty-sixty people above us in total!"

Got that good soul in my feet

dancedance by bambe1964 (cc by-nd)

Put your dancing shoes on and take a trip around the world, in gusandrews's fascinating comment on the myriad ways social dance changes and spreads.

Doroteo Arango II reflects on one night at a famous dance club in London. "In 2002 I made a literal last minute decision, standing at the check-in line at the airport after a visit to my sister, to stay in London and see how long and how far I could make it with 100 pounds and basic English..."

Did you catch the incredible historical find, re-created Afro-Caribbean dance music from the 1600s?

What are some of your favorite transcendent, gives-you-chills performances? (And how about most amazing heart-in-your-throat sports moments?)

Conspire describes how this dancer's sign-language performance modifies lyrics and mixes languages to better serve the intended viewer.

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