whole realms out of nothing

13 - Foggy tracks13 - Foggy tracks by m_arty_c (cc by)

"... observed from a little yellow room hanging inexplicably alone in the atmosphere of Neptune." The only thing better than reading this warm, evocative (and sometimes shocking!) reminiscence by sonascope of falling in love with audio stories would be to hear the tale told in sonascope's own voice.

05/14/22
by taz

Flat or Divine?

Bette MidlerBette Midler by thedivinemisterd (cc by-sa)

I'm a trained singer. There are a few things that cause a singer to sound flat even when that singer is perfectly capable of singing perfectly in tune ... Fedward on hooded timbres, blue notes, and more in answer to a question about Bette Midler's singing.

05/14/22
by taz

More for "Analogue Wednesday"

brightly colored photo of flower with abstract backgroundPhoto by Wendy Laurel at Lomography Magazine

Film soup is an experimental analog photography technique where you soak a roll of film in different liquids to add fun, crazy colors and effects: oulipian's post Recipes for Rainbows from last month.

05/11/22
by taz

Time Piece

Landeron 48 calibreLanderon 48 calibre by wolf4max (cc by-nc-nd)

With creative use of miniature gears, levers, and springs, a mechanical watch rises from its dormant components to become truly alive. Devils Rancher posts a great link to Bartosz Ciechanowski's in-depth illustrated guide to the inner workings of the mechanical watch.

05/11/22
by taz

Calling the Glossy Posse

attractive display rack of upscale magazinesPhoto by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

Are There Any Good Magazines Left Out There? carlypennylane asks for recommendations for aesthetically pleasing analogue magazines on topics like self-care, photography, art / creativity, health / wellness, Buddhism, outdoor, nature, and science.

05/11/22
by taz

Hello, beautiful!

photo of scoop of white ice cream with fruit preserves and walnuts on top served on a pretty dessert plateDondurma Turkish mastic ice cream

What are foods that made you say, "Where have you been my whole life?!" What else have we been eating in Ask Metafilter lately? Tortillas, garlic, maple syrup jelly, stir-fry, salads, quick lunches, scones, mango pickle, risotto.

05/10/22
by taz

Organizing for abortion rights

Abortion Access Front's Operation Save Abortion training day

"As someone who has worked in the abortion access movement for over 20 years, I just want folks to know that there are already many organizations ON THE GROUND who are working to ensure that people who need abortion care can get it no matter what. Abortion funds, practical support organizations, and grassroots advocacy organizations know what needs to happen as the fight moves to the states. We don't need to re-create systems that already exist... here's just a few of the places you can direct your help, time and support ..."

Also, in Metatalk: Abortion Rights are Under Attack! What do we do? Fight Back!

05/09/22
by taz

184: Sentences are music
It's episode 184 of the MetaFilter monthly podcast, with jessamyn and cortex! Big ups to eotvos for doing the editing this month.

05/08/22
by jessamyn

Bylines & Helplines

We can call for helpWe can call for help by magnetbox (cc by)

We're from Metafilter, and we're here to help. Brainwane is organizing IRL call events to help folks slay (or at least seriously injure) the procrastination demon one task at a time. In Metatalk, Paperwork & Bodywork: short virtual anti-procrastination calls.

05/08/22
by taz

Gone with the wind

South by SouthwestSouth by Southwest by Richard Harvey UK (cc by-nc)

A few weeks later, the wind knocked over the stack of plastic bins, and the surrogate was no more. In Ask Me, danceswithlight on dealing with closure, when closure is elusive.

05/07/22
by taz

Creature Feature

marqueemarquee by Muffet (cc by)

In Ask Metafilter, The Vole Drama; a play in three acts (so far). We're on the edge of our seats!

05/04/22
by taz

Body Language

vintage medical diagram of human body parts and head

I do think a shared understanding of body dysmorphia would be helpful here. It's useful if we can distinguish subjective suffering from how objectively atypical a bodily characteristic is ... DrMew offers some clarity on terms in the limb-lengthening surgery thread.

05/03/22
by taz

Watercooler

Music for Goblins?

Music for Boffins?

What music for New Year Party?What music for New Year Party? by margycrane

I fucking love ranting about this topic because it makes me feel smart and it's taken me decades to learn a lot of this stuff and debunking audiophile woo. Loquacious with an epic "extended play" on music audio.

05/01/22
by taz

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