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Mefites' Choice 2014 Winners, Week 2

Antill Ranger Trucking AustraliaAntill Ranger Trucking Australia by born1945 (cc by)

The results of the second week of our MeFites' Choice Awards are up!

12/15/14
by mathowie

Hippybear explains HFR Movies

The Optic Nerve of it allThe Optic Nerve of it all by Atomic Mutant Flea Circus (cc by)

MeFi member hippybear explains how High Frame Rate (HFR) movies work in painstaking detail, and why some HFR movies look "weird" to us:

Because it looks TOO real. We're used to movies, even really great ones, having a veneer of "this is fake, this is a thing you are watching that was filmed". The colors, the lighting, the makeup, the flaws in the set... These are all things which, in 24fps, wash out a little, and our brain fills in the gaps, and we get a sense of reality because of what is missing.

12/04/14
by mathowie

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

Get your gifting on
There are only 5 more days to sign up for secret quonsar, our holiday gift exchange.

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

"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

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

So you want to impregnate a pig...

small pigsmall pig (cc by)

MonkeyToes owns a farm and has learned to do lots of strange things not taught in school, like how to help impregnate a pig:

The key, at least from my end, was to keep her calm and more or less still for the five or six minutes it took my husband to remove the cap from the semen container, fit it into his end of the spirette, and gradually squeeze its contents down the long tube.

09/24/14
by mathowie

Competitive Fit Bitting

w00tw00t by @boetter (cc by)

In an effort to improve everyone's fitness, MeFi member barchan relates the story of competing for the most daily steps against her parents:

Not long after we started, my parents both started catching up to me, even without the handicaps. This is great! I thought. And because you can't help but compete with your own fitbit, I started upping my daily totals. And so did they. And so did I. And so did they.

06/26/14
by mathowie

The cows still speak fondly of him

Mr. HicksMr. Hicks by Ryan Brunsvold (cc by)

For as long as I live, whenever I pass a field of Texas wildflowers; I'll remember summer days spent lying in clover and wildflowers, listening to the trains, watching the sky kaleidoscope, and laughing my fucking ass off while Bill went off on one thing or another. I watched him explain philosophy to a cow once. I'm pretty sure the cow understood. I have never laughed so hard in my life.

dejah420 remembers Bill Hicks

05/31/14
by taz

Some important news about MetaFilter
We're having to staff down at MeFi, and saying good-bye to three moderators.

05/19/14
by mathowie

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

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

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