Can I get a witness?

Wedding DayWedding in the courthouse - Daniel and Kate by Russ Benfield (cc by)

Sometimes when you ask a question it turns out the perfect person to answer it works across the street from where you are getting married and can solve your problem.

05/04/14
by mathowie

avian bioacoustical research!

In songIn song by nagillum (cc by)

If you really want to get your nerd on and have some older computer gear laying around, you can even build your own bird mic and analyze your results using free software. Here are some spectrograms of migration calls recorded with this method.

User cardinality drops the science on how to nerdily start identifying birds by call, using free software.

04/26/14
by jessamyn

the real power of baseball

Baseball at the MoviesBaseball at the Movies by aliwest44 (cc by)

Look, even if you remove the unintentional racism of Field of Dreams (and there's no doubt in my mind that it was completely unintentional), it's actually not that great a baseball movie--not bad, just not great. There's many better baseball movies out there.

04/23/14
by jessamyn

Test out our new beta site: FanFare

Old broken TVOld broken TV by schmilblick (cc by)

We are testing out a new site for discussing TV shows, called FanFare. It's just covering current seasons of Mad Men and Game of Thrones during the beta test period, but will expand afterwards. More at MetaTalk.

04/16/14
by mathowie

Two deep sea experts walk into a bar...

Submarine Ring of Fire 2004Submarine Ring of Fire 2004 by USFWS Pacific (cc by)

In the MH370 recovery thread, a comment from a member well-versed in deep sea dives via submarine and a comment from a member with knowledge of the ocean floor are both not to be missed.

04/09/14
by mathowie

I don't know what to say about "nude in bath" either

Miss Beasley by GW Bush

The subject matter is trite, but entertainingly so, and, to his credit, his portraits of the Scottish Terrier do convey a sort of essential dog-ness.

A real art critic (and MetaFilter member) reviews former President George W. Bush's art.

04/05/14
by mathowie

April Fools: explained

LibraryLibrary by thejester100 (cc by)

MetaFilter has a long history of doing something on April Fool's Day, and for this year we did something big, but subtle. If you were logged in and visited Ask MetaFilter yesterday, chances are you saw this special page of questions that might have looked familiar. They were all questions posed from the perspective of a character in a fictional book, film, or game. Members were also allowed to offer up answers to the characters.

If you missed the page yesterday, read through them and try and figure them out. If you're stumped and want to see the answer key, there's one on the MetaFilter Wiki. There's also a big MetaTalk discussion that covers lots of the hows, whos, and whys of it.

04/02/14
by mathowie

Quick hit
Insider take worth reading: former writer and editor at Television Without Pity, Linda Holmes shares her memories and the staff she worked with at TWOP on the announcement of it shuttering.

03/28/14
by mathowie

Documentary recommendations

when.we.were.VHS-izedwhen.we.were.VHS-ized by Ludovico Sinz [Cane Rosso (busy!)] (cc by)

MeFites recommend some documentaries.

03/12/14
by gnfti

Putt-putt is a serious thing

putt putt golfputt putt golf by Evil Erin (cc by)

MeFi member parliboy gives a good explanation why putt-putt golf competitions are actually pretty serious and the courses are somewhat standardized.

Things don't always go perfectly according to plan. Moisture in the carpet affects traction and skidding. And skidding plays a much larger role with a banking shot, with a decent angle, because the changed angle of the ball might not be what you want it to be if the weather is off. (And no, you're not allowed to wipe to rain off of the rail; the rules actually prohibit that.) Wind plays a role, like with "real" golf.

03/06/14
by mathowie

PSA: how to take good care of your PC
brainmouse reminds us: "Check out deezil's and samsara's profiles as really fantastic starting points." on how to take care of your PC.

02/21/14
by jessamyn

why, in 2014, people in the industry are still using green screen interfaces

United Airlines, 1976United Airlines, 1976 by Alan Light (cc by)

Two MeFites (update: three!) who have worked on airline systems explain why the computer reservation system that airlines use seems so slow and outdated.

Changing even one character on a green screen could break dozens or hundreds of third party applications. It was like cement; it would take months of negotiation to orchestrate the change in layout on a green screen if you wanted to, say, make a field one character wider.

02/20/14
by jessamyn

"if it was merely snow, we'd all be mostly fine...."

#Snowpocalypse Atlanta 2014 - traffic#Snowpocalypse Atlanta 2014 - traffic by William Brawley (cc by)

How a few inches of snow turned into an eight hour traffic jam.

02/17/14
by jessamyn

"The iceberg was one of the most popular spots at the fair "

the iceberg, at Expo 92 in Seville

Flood answers a question about long-lasting snowmen with an anecdote about the time Chile brought an iceberg to the World's Fair.

In 1992, I attended the World's Fair in Seville, Spain. I was living in Madrid at the time, and had friends in Seville, so I attended the fair at least 20 times through-out the course of that summer. It ran from April to October.

The country of Chile had one of the best exposition pavilions - partly because of the iceberg they brought to the fair. Yes, they brought an iceberg !!

02/11/14
by jessamyn

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