Happy 20th Anniversary, MetaFilter
MetaFilter is twenty years old today! It's sort of weird and wonderful and unbelievable. Here's a MetaTalk post to talk about what this place means, and share memories, and celebrate.
People think they want authentic Thai food until they're eating unrefrigerated squirrel gristle salad made with partially rotted paddy crabs and fermented fish sauce. All of a sudden the gentrified stuff seems pretty appetizing. Eat what you enjoy!
For the bookishly inclined ...
From Mefi: Sue Halpern writes In Praise of Public Libraries for The New York Review of Books | Extraordinary 500-year-old library catalogue discovered | When Zora and Langston Took a Road Trip | Lost-children stories and Australia's uneasy mythology
Popular on Ask Me: Looking for mystery and crime fiction that feature an Asian protagonist or a predominantly Asian cast of characters | Looking for post-post-collapse fiction | What to read after The Goblin Emperor? | What's next after Middlemarch? | Where to start with Lois McMaster Bujold?
Right now I am reading about how to make Mrs. Harriet Hubbard's Recamier Moth and Freckle Lotion. — jessamyn
A vast black hole of text waiting to suck you in, never to be seen again. Bye! — njohnson23
If you haven't explored it yet, don't miss A Random Walk Through The Library of Congress: LOC Serendipity, a fun discovery project by Mefi's own metasunday.
Filthy light thief made a great post about Denise Murrell's student thesis that became "a groundbreaking show about how black people have been pictured across art history," and which is now an exhibit at Musée d'Orsay in Paris, where French masterpieces are renamed after black subjects.
... Unlike the stereotype, we were all straight-edge kids. No drugs. No alcohol, even. We just showed up at the club before 9pm for free entry, drank water all night, and then drove home. The only money out of pockets might be a slice of greasy pizza at 3am. It was a fantastic way to be young for a while. — bl1nk
Mefites reminisce in the Rave Flyer Archive thread.
Listing the greatest songs by 21st century women; acquiring Artemesia Gentileschi; remembering activist Maria L. de Hernandez; applauding Therese Okoumou, shero for liberty; celebrating Kate Bush & Emily Brontë; & Emily Brontë; & Emily Carr, Canadian art pioneer; energizing recognition for women of science; peeking at Parker Posy's memoir; enjoying Nahre Sol's Pocket Pieces compositions; feeling good with Summery Lesbian Movies for Summer Lesbianing.
Recently on Mefi, people and places around the world, enchanting, mysterious and magnetic:
40 years of Shenzhen, from market village to SEZ
Breaking the Ice, rare Icelandic funk- and soul-inspired music
Central Station, stories from cattle stations in the Australian outback
Georgia Has a Coast? Photos by drone of the Georgia coast that fills his soul
Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran: looking at the lives of women during the Qajar dynasty (1796-1925)
La Scarzuola: deep in Italy, one man’s surrealist mini-city sleeps
Arundhati Roy on the politics of language and translation in India
Beyond 'Florida Man': The problem with writing about Florida
Figures In The Stars: comparing 28 different sky cultures
This is a thread about what my friend found in her attic...
Fascinating post from MartinWisse about the discovery, sorting, and disposition of a treasure trove of pamphlets, copies of Gay Comix and other LGBT literature, as well as several dozen buttons for various political and lgbt campaigns from a crucial period for the LGBTQI+ movement.