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Posts from July 2021

MetaFilter's new Privacy Policy
MetaFilter has a new formal Privacy Policy document; you can read about it here.

by cortex

22 years and counting
Happy Birthday, MetaFilter! You're 22 this year! That's rather a lot.

by cortex

Bite-size Drama Buffet

image of a bag of chips with Drama Bites and TASTY written on the front

In Ask Metafilter, sir jective says, "I love second-hand drama of reading about terrible people or amazing situations or weird things or basically just good stories ... Essentially, I'm looking for the reading equivalent of junk food in unlimited bite-size quantities, like the written version of shelves of mini packs of Doritos."

by taz

Betteridge's law of hot beverages?

Blue-throated, Broad-billed, Black-chinned, Buff-bellied, Broad-tailed

hummingbirdhummingbird by watts_photos (cc by)

spamandkimchi posts about the hummingbird's summer of gorging.

by taz


Freespin Commodore 1541 demo image via

The dude wired a 35 year old floppy drive directly to a monitor cable and made music and video. Holy shit!Nelson.

JHarris posts The world's first 1541 disk drive graphics demo.

by taz

“Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar?”

Ha HaHa Ha by renaissancechambara (cc by)

The "girl in concrete" illusion may not actually be an internet obsession, exactly, but for some of us, it did lead to the introduction of the ha-ha, or hâ-hâ, which is pretty cool ... and which, in this case, also led to learning about the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name. Aaaah, the internet. So much ha-ha, so little time.

(Hat tip to GenjiandProust for the title)

by taz

You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Screenshot of Blackbird from Veritasium's video

A month ago, Youtuber Veritasium sailed Blackbird directly downwind faster than the wind. Afterwards, a physics professor bet him $10,000 that it didn't happen... Confused? clawsoon's post on the whole affair is here to help.

by taz

Skirting Disaster

image of woman in long skirt walking up stairsScreen capture from Youtube video Victorian Dress vs Fight Scenes: The Nevers Costume Analysis by Bernadette Banner

From last month, in the "that's a darned good question" department, cilantro asked How did servants (or anyone, really) walk upstairs in long skirts with a tray or two buckets or anything that left them without a hand free to hold said skirt out of the way?. Good answers!

by taz

Ear Worms?

Anthropomorphic RootsAnthropomorphic Roots by delgaudm (cc by)

oooooh! GenjiandProust offers a collection of weird fiction anthology podcasts, complete with description (including content warning info, where known), average running times, tone, existence (or not) of significant LGBTQ characters and elements, plus the number of stories or episodes, with direct links for each anthology (where possible). Nice!

by taz

174: Knobs and Dials
Need some weekend listening? Here's Episode 174 of the MetaFilter podcast with cortex and jessamyn.

by cortex

And the riverbank talks of the waters of March

...é peroba no campo, é o nó da madeira......é peroba no campo, é o nó da madeira... by SheilaTostes (cc by)

oulipian posts Elis Regina and Tom Jobim performing "Aguas de Março" (video, 1974)

by taz

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MetaFilter started as a community weblog in 1999, later added question and answers, then music by members, jobs, projects by members, a podcast, and finally an area dedicated to meetups.

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