Come join us in fanfare to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics!
Was the Olympic swimming pool crooked? Wade into some musing on the physics of pool design.
Speaking of world-class swimming, mce explains all about those modern ultra-high-tech swimsuits and the new rules they brought in (suits must be made of textile!).
Speaking of textiles, here's politikitty on what happened to Levi's? -- inside blue jeans manufacturing and the tradeoffs involved in making inexpensive stretchy comfy pre-faded jeans.
Speaking of discerning durability, how do I pick good quality fabric for sewing?
Come join us on FanFare to discuss the Olympics! Tonight the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. All athletic events will be in the Olympic all-sports thread, and specific sports will be listed on the Olympics page as the games go on.
There's a MetaTalk thread for giving feedback on this experiment.
There has been some good stuff around lately. Hope you didn't miss the inspiring ass-kicking Paralympic athletes...
...or the "spiritual black metal blues" of Zeal and Ardor...
...or this jewelbox of an animated video from the Israeli band Jane Bordeaux....
...or this essay about literature and magic realism in contemporary China...
...or the wide-ranging playlist of music from all over Africa from the 1930s to 1960s...
...or the influential landscapes by once-neglected but newly-renowned African-American painters from Florida.
Thank you, shiny MeFites, for all the great comments every day! Here are a few recent sparklers:
bonehead describes some of the challenges of search and rescue response to a large cruise ship going down in Arctic waters
citygirl on what it's like to work on a cargo ship
NotMyselfRightNow worked with Alvin Toffler: "He was probably the largest individual purchaser of filing cabinets in California"
What were new the hot bands in Vancouver in the 1980s? philip-random can help, because "I was doing radio there at the time. Still am."
flug bringing the amazing detective work in an AskMe about an old mystery play, David and Abigail
On the eve of the London Olympics, amid the media blast of popular sporting stories, Diablevert assembles all the interesting things about the olympics you might not have heard about.