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Sunset BoulevardSunset Boulevard by www.brevestoriadelcinema.org (cc by-nc)

Many classic movies are famous and important without being very entertaining to contemporary viewers. But others feel surprisingly fresh, in the sense that they still hold up as entertainment ... Which oldies successfully make you laugh/scream/cry/think on their own terms, without you having to put yourself in the shoes of bygone audiences?

In AskMe, Beardman asks about Oldies that don't feel like homework viewing, while in FanFare, Old Timey Film Club is announced, and Sunset Boulevard is posted as the group's debut thread (So they opened their big mouths and out came talk. Talk! TALK!).

08/21/15
by taz

The Hole Shebang

Chompsky in the holeChompsky in the hole

Great answer by barchan to popcassady's question, "Found this footprint shaped hole in a rock at the beach. Is it a dinosaur footprint?"

In other news of holes and dinosaurs, Dinosaur Comics author Ryan North turns to Twitter when he and dog Chompsky get trapped in a hole. Amusing thread ensues.

08/20/15
by taz

Cinema Serendipities

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesUncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

In Ask Me, phunniemee asks Give me your recommendations for creeping, meandering, dream-like movies! Meanwhile, back at FanFare something's brewing with naju ... and Strange Club ("strange & sublime, bizarre & beautiful, arthouse-leaning, unclassifiable") lurches to ecstatic life, with a first viewing set for Aug 12 and first post Aug 17.

08/15/15
by taz

Time Passages

Before Time ManagementBefore Time Management by ampresco (cc by-nc-nd)

'Confessions'. He referred to some of these tips as confessions, or things that academics don't want to talk about but they all do.

Some good resources (and the answer!) in the thread for whalebreath's question about an article on time management in academia.

08/08/15
by taz

I Did it My Waaaaay

Flypostering is WrongFlypostering is Wrong by gwire (cc by)

I'm looking for tasks where (1) each person consistently does it in a particular way, (2) believes that everyone else does it that same way, and (3) is wrong about (2).

On Ask Me, what do people incorrectly believe to be universal?, wherein we find out some folks are just wrong. Very, very wrong, indeed.

07/29/15
by taz

"My parents are very perplexed by all this"

Hard Hat AreaHard Hat Area by jasoneppink (cc by)

I've applied for, been accepted to, and am halfway finished with a pre-apprenticeship training program for women. And I'm doing pretty well. So the idea of my becoming a carpenter has gone from a total pipe dream to an actual possibility...

showbiz_liz asks about what to expect when moving from white collar to blue collar work as a woman.

07/28/15
by taz

Style Pile

Design Faves Logo DesignDesign Faves Logo Design by The Logo Smith (cc by-nc-nd)

In Ask Me recently:

Online resources for teaching basics of good document design?

Give me your colorful, cute, glam office supplies yearning to be free

Looking for the best dish drying rack ever

07/24/15
by taz

Hungry, Lazy, Busy, Zombies? Shelf Food FTW.

029/365+1029/365+1 by meaganmakes (cc by-nc)

Your fridge is [mostly] empty. You're too lazy to drive to the grocery store, but not too lazy to stay in and cook: Kitchen Pantry Cooking Challenge Ask Me thread is there for you.

(See also: Shopping-averse cook seeks pantry-friendly recipes, and what to eat when you are waiting out the zombie apocalypse)

07/23/15
by taz

The Enduring Paint-on-the-Face Mystery

Fwd: ROLLER GREETINGFwd: ROLLER GREETING by Wonderlane (cc by)

Back in October of 2014, sarcasticah asked a simple question about an old 80s or 90s sitcom.

During the intro/ opening credits, there's a bit where one character is painting a wall or a door, and another character opens the door, and the first character rolls the paint roller over the other person's face. I can see this in my mind, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the show it came from.

Shockingly, Ask Mefi did not save the day, and apparently fans of the question have been on the edge of their seats ever since, so we are highlighting this cold case again, just in case there's a last minute lead before the thread closes in a couple of months.

So, "paint roller on the face opening credits": Mass Hallucination or True Thing? Do you know the answer?

(Also, we hired a pug to illustrate the suspense and anxiety surrounding the non-resolution of this issue, in case it helps.)

07/22/15
by taz

"Bring me all your best popsicle recipes"

Organic Watermelon PopsiclesOrganic Watermelon Popsicles by Growing a Green Family (cc by-sa)

I have shiny new popsicle molds. I wish to spend the rest of the summer making all sorts of tasty frozen treats. ... What awesome recipes can you send my way?

Stacey, ISO some chill thrills on the Green.

07/16/15
by taz

Spa Me!

Sole SearchingSole Searching by ladyb (cc by-nd)

Great suggestions from barchan in response to "Help a girl on a budget have a spa day in the privacy of her own home," including links to DIY pampering concoctions.

04/14/15
by taz

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

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

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

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