You're old enough now, it's time we had the talk: where do Muppets come from?
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.
Food mysteries: 7 Minutes of Madness asks, Do you pour soup on pies?
Did you know that Disney ghosts dance backward?
How did that bizarre avant garde show get broadcast, anyway? Mefi's own Dean 358 worked with pioneering video artist Nam June Paik, and explains how Paik's personal charm and enthusiasm got the art made and on the air. "...getting access to video equipment in the 1980s was a really big deal. Video edit suites took up lots of space and cost millions of dollars to build and operate. Getting access to a satellite...well, absolutely unthinkable."
What should I watch, from a huge archive of Russian films? gusottertrout recommends some movies: "One of the great pleasures of watching Soviet cinema is seeing the differences in attitude towards common film tropes."
The real work of fake tears - pseudostrabismus tells us what it takes to film a movie scene with two actors crying: "Frankly it's a wonder actors can cry at all."
Where do tv chyrons come from? Jahaza explains who decides which words appear on screen during news broadcasts.
What do you get when you mash up popular movie/book/etc titles? Instant classics like 12 Angry Monkeys, or Rashomonsters, Inc., or Das Booty Call, or Gorillas in the Mister Bean, and so many more. Come pitch your hot new media project here!
Also: (cough) alphabet thread (cough).
garius on starting a print magazine that earns its keep: "We found a small local printer who'd run us up a limited run of 100 copies, which I paid for out of my own pocket, and then we started anonymously leaving copies on the magazine / leaflet table in the Rose and Crown Pub in Walthamstow, London."
yankeefog on attendance policies when producing a live tv show and working for Dennis Miller: "you would be surprised at how much of an art teleprompting is."
In case you, too, have ever felt a little bewildered regarding the roundup of events surrounding a certain group of passengers from Oceanic Flight 815: "what exactly happened in Lost? Please tell me in UNDER 400 WORDS. What happened in that show" now in Ask Me.
Movies, tv shows, YouTube, books .... looking for the BIG LAUGH. Not ironic, not sarcastic. Immediately, viscerally funny.
For kestralwing and Mr. K, the best Rx needed, stat: Laughter may be the best medicine, but where can I buy some?
"I set Anchorman on fire": Tales from Mefite film projectionists.
To make that sparkly tv logo without computers, the artists "stayed up all night doing drugs." - How they made animated graphics for tv before CGI.
Betamax nostalgia here - Plus how videotape and adhesive tape are made on the same machines.
Remember those 1-800- commercials from late-night tv? - I made those ads, and I worked in a call center, and we could tell when the ads aired.
Stock trader tech - lots of love for the bottomless Bloomberg terminal (internal Craigslist! extra emoji!), history of some alternatives to Bloomberg in the early 1980s, and extra tough phone equipment to survive frustrated smashing by floor traders.
Electronic medical records - A harder problem than it seems, how it's a pain for doctors, and why a lot of medical info systems still rely on fax or modem.
For those suffering Hannibal withdrawal, here's a reminder that the fannibals are still dissecting the last episode in FanFare, with over 1,000 comments (wherein Kitteh executes a real-life Mads and Gillian Fanfare.Metafilter photo op!), plus the brand new Cannibal Club has cooked up some ideas for those hungry for more, including a club talk post to discuss the book "Hannibal Rising" in anticipation of a movie re-watch. Dig in, my fiends.
Recent comments from Mefites that go behind the scenes or look a little deeper:
pinback on using Google Mobilizer as a proxy to render encrypted and obfuscated TV listings to create electronic program guides "back in the dark early days of digital television in Australia"
Eyebrows McGee on the complicated manipulations and confusion of special taxing districts
allkindsoftime on the hair-raising dangers and machinations of Nairobi's "matatu" minibus transit chaos
yankeefog on the concept of "convening an electoral college" as One Weird Trick for negotiating disputes or decisions in a healthy marriage
a fiendish thingy on resumes and job search etiquette, and why "creative" at this stage is more likely to read as "confusing" and "non-functional"
Frowner on the various considerations of navigating content/trigger warnings or disturbing material in an academic setting
In case anyone's missed it, here's a reminder that FanFare's newish "Watercooler" page offers a quick look at what discussions have been most active recently (and you can see recently added TV and films on the FF front page sidebar), and FanFare Clubs has some fun things going on, including:
The Bond Club has been having a good time love/hate/grudge-watching smoove ol' 007, and is about halfway through the oeuvre; not too late to join in and possibly be shaken, if not stirred.