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Washington DC is going through a real estate boom. Except there isn't a lot of real estate to build on. The unique combination of population density, rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods and lax zoning and code regulations means developers eager to cash...
From: MetaFilter | By: Karaage | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Toshio Shibata's Mesmerizing Photographs of Water [New York Times] The Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata is fascinated by water — in particular, the way it interacts with man-made structures. For the later half of his almost-40-year career in photography,...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Obamacare turned 5 years old this week and the overall negative popular opinion on the legislation is starting to be replaced by positive experiences. GOP Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) found this out to her chagrin when she posted an image...
From: MetaFilter | By: Potomac Avenue | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Time for a Sesame Street parody: Star S'Mores (Star Wars), with Cookie Monster and Grover as guest stars. Other notable Sesame Street Parodies discussed in previous metafilter threads: Les Mousserables (Previously) The Hungry Games: Catching Fur (Previously)...
From: MetaFilter | By: Wolfster | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Seth Shostak, director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute, suggests in a NYT Op-Ed that we should "offer the aliens Big Data." Such a large corpus — with its text, pictures, videos and sounds — would allow clever extraterrestrials...
From: MetaFilter | By: Little Dawn | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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In 1980 David Bowie starred as John [Joseph] Merrick in the play The Elephant Man. Tim Rice interviews Bowie for Friday Night Saturday Morning David Bowie, Mark Hamill, Billy Crudup and Bradley Cooper: A Look at the Elephant Man Stars Throughout the...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The FedEx Problem: In which the author uses Euclidean geometry to determine, based on the US Population, the idea location for FedEx's giant hub in Memphis (spoiler: It's about 315 miles off. Then, the guy who wrote the original scheduling software for...
From: MetaFilter | By: joshwa | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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In a few short hours the final of the Cricket World Cup will be held at the 'G. With some games of the World Cup reaching a billion viewers globally, it has now come down to a dream final between co-hosts Australia, who have won the cup four times, and...
From: MetaFilter | By: inflatablekiwi | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Lavenham was a wool boomtown during the 15th and 16th centuries. It grew so fast that many of the houses were hastily built with green timber that proceeded to twist and warp....
From: MetaFilter | By: Blue Jello Elf | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Charlotte, NC is unusual in not being located on the coast of an ocean, lake, or major river. Instead, it has Little Sugar Creek: The creek the city loved to hate...
From: MetaFilter | By: hydropsyche | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Amanda Knox Acquitted of 2007 Murder by Italy's Highest Court [New York Times] "ROME — Italy's highest court overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend on Friday, throwing out all charges and ending a long-running...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Steven Smith, teamaker, passed away last Monday. He was a co-founder of Stash teas, founder of Tazo tea, and most recently, founder of the eponymous Steven Smith lines of teas. Stash Tea, founded in 1972, makes a wide variety of teas, including the infamous...
From: MetaFilter | By: Secretariat | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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This is simply a 1983 concert video of Billy Squier performing the single greatest cocaine fueled butt rock song ever made in all of its glory. Here is Everybody Wants You from the same concert. This is a full 1981 Los Angeles concert of Mr. Squier and...
From: MetaFilter | By: Slarty Bartfast | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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With all the upheaval in the skies and on the ground, here is one person's opinion on why the U.S. is fighting beside Iran in Iraq and against it in Yemen. Putin tells Iran that an immediate ceasefire is needed in Yemen. All the while...negotiators from...
From: MetaFilter | By: Emor | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Teletubbies Joy Division Edit. Chris G. Brown has made a video mashup that may ruin, or redeem, your memories of the Teletubbies. The pairing was suggested in comments after Mark Holland tweeted this image, with the comment, "The Teletubbies are fucking...
From: MetaFilter | By: tula | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Randomized Dystopia suggests a right that your fictional tyranny could deny its citizens!I was talking with a friend about trends in dystopian fiction, and we talked a little about the underappreciated rights that don't get as much airtime. So I created...
From: MetaFilter | By: Lexica | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Variations on the Right to Remain Silent is an essay by poet and classicist Anne Carson about translation, cliché, divine language and the way some words violently resist being explained. She touches on Homer, Sappho, Joan of Arc, Friedrich Hölderlin,...
From: MetaFilter | By: Kattullus | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Les Paul's 1954 Custom: The One & Only Original by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player. More on Les Paul, and his partnership with Mary Ford, at Gibson.com. YouTube: How High The Moon (1951). Previously: How High The Moon...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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By now, we've all heard about the low numbers of American women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). My own new research, co-authored with Kathrine W. Phillips and Erika V. Hall, indicates that bias, not pipeline issues or personal choices,...
From: MetaFilter | By: sciatrix | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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The worlds of anime cybersex roleplay and Bar Rescue are rarely combined. Original thread. Blog post. @JonTafferRP. Boring as Heck, previously....
From: MetaFilter | By: Rustic Etruscan | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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The biting cold of a March morning did little to dissuade fans of Amelia Edwards, founder of the Egypt Exploration Society, from turning out in force to watch the unveiling of her blue plaque at 19 Wharton Street in London this week. Edwards joins a...
From: MetaFilter | By: infini | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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"The plaintiff, Ellen Pao, had accused the firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, of discriminating against her in the course of her employment and eventual dismissal. The decision handed Kleiner a sweeping victory in a case that had mesmerized...
From: MetaFilter | By: marienbad | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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With interest rates at an all time low (and likely to increase later this year), the spring home selling season should see plenty of new real estate listings. Many of those listings will feature terrible real estate photos (which has been covered before)....
From: MetaFilter | By: jca | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Elsinore is an adventure game set in the world of Shakespeare's Hamlet - which places it, historically, in 16th century Denmark. Since we began work on the project a year or so ago, I've shown the playtest build to family, friends, and strangers alike....
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Dan Deacon "When I Was Done Dying" for Off The Air on Adult Swim - "Tapping nine unique and talented animators (whose work had all appeared previously on the show) to create a beautiful and seamless journey through the afterlife..." [previously!]...
From: MetaFilter | By: kliuless | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Editor quits journal over pay-for-expedited peer-review offer "With a tweet yesterday, an editor of Scientific Reports, one of Nature Publishing Group's open-access journals, has resigned in a very public protest of NPG's recent decision to allow authors...
From: MetaFilter | By: dhruva | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Lee Lin Chin is an Australian television presenter best known for anchoring SBS World News for over a decade. She is also utterly hilarious, most recently attracting attention for her own take on a 'mean tweets' video. Apart from her superb anchoring...
From: MetaFilter | By: Quilford | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Je ne suis pas liberal: Entering the quagmire of online leftism "Classifying leftist ideology in a framework of agency and trust, I find a buried contradiction at the heart of anti-oppressive activism, one in which practitioners pathologically self-position...
From: MetaFilter | By: lalochezia | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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How I taught my dog to text me selfies...
From: MetaFilter | By: a lungful of dragon | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Every Sunday I'm posting about something I love. The main focus is on things other people have created which bring joy to my life. My goal is to increase my own happiness and to share wonderful things with other people.[Link]...
From: MetaFilter | By: Deoridhe | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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I want to give you a brief window into my life in this little corner of journalistic endeavor. Ready? Here goes. Today, the Verge newsroom got into a heated debate about whether or not vampires can poop. I'm not kidding.This is the greatest Yahoo! Answer...
From: MetaFilter | By: jenkinsEar | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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The Race to Replace Bitcoin An epic battle between two bitcoin 2.0 contenders grips the crypto world...
From: MetaFilter | By: andoatnp | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Deep Cave in Edwards, Texas, has a regular entrance, and a ...rather more claustrophobic one....
From: MetaFilter | By: Blue Jello Elf | Friday, March 27, 2015
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John Renbourn, the highly influential English guitar player, and one of the co-founders of Pentangle, has died. There's a nice appreciation from The Guardian here. Farewell, Mr. Renbourn....
From: MetaFilter | By: talking leaf | Friday, March 27, 2015
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This sweet set of photographs by photographer Johan Bävman depicts Swedish men caring for their children during paternity leave. Many of these men indicate that they are still considered rather unusual despite Sweden's notably progressive stance on...
From: MetaFilter | By: averysmallcat | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The Shut-In Economy The dream of on-demand, delivery everything is splitting tech-centered cities into two new classes: shut-ins and servants....
From: MetaFilter | By: The Whelk | Friday, March 27, 2015
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We initially started with 12 or 13 ingredients in the Bloody Mary. But one day, about two and a half years ago, I stuck a cheeseburger on a toothpick on a Bloody Mary and wrote on a Facebook post: "Am I going too far?" The next thing I knew, I had 100...
From: MetaFilter | By: almostmanda | Friday, March 27, 2015
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We built a way for gardeners without gardens to find neighbors with space to share. It's done well in the Boston area – BoingBoing wrote it up last year. Looking for feedback on how to expand to be a national project. We've started promoting it, but...
From: MetaFilter | By: Galen | Friday, March 27, 2015
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This is that age old Passover tale that's retold This is what we listen to While eatin' through those matzah pieces...
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I Raised Henry . A brief photo essay....
From: MetaFilter | By: gwint | Friday, March 27, 2015
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...he co-wrote four songs on the Backstreet Boys' self-titled 1996 debut album, one of which, "Quit Playing Games With My Heart," went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. And with that, his career took off. You probably know most of what comes next. For...
From: MetaFilter | By: everybody had matching towels | Friday, March 27, 2015
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"All over SXSW, kiosks were plastered with posters that posed a provocative question: "Who the hell is Stromae?" It's a question you wouldn't ask in many places outside North America. " NPR's SXSW showcase at Stubb's BBQ attempted to answer the question...
From: MetaFilter | By: yasaman | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The Husband Did It - "Gone Girl depicts the true crime obsession as a feedback loop"...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Move over Brangelina. And Bennifer. And Kimye, TomKat*, and Desilu. And sporks. And ligers. EVERYONE MOVE OVER! We're making room for the world's first genetically engineered superfont. Comic Papyrus is finally here. Comic Sans and Papyrus previously....
From: MetaFilter | By: sparklemotion | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Tacos 101: Part I: History and Etiquette. Part II: Condiments, Meat, and Tortillas. Part III: The LA Taco Scene. A Beginner's Guide to Offal Tacos. The Rise of the Compton Taco. Tacopedia: A Complete Guide to the Taco Styles of LA....
From: MetaFilter | By: Juliet Banana | Friday, March 27, 2015
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In recent years, many women will have noticed new articles insisting that most of us wear bras that don't fit and that women should measure themselves in a new way. But the sizes that are easily and cheaply available to women are nowhere near the sizes...
From: MetaFilter | By: sciatrix | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Saving birds' lives at the risk of making cats die of embarrassment Domestic cats and tweety birds the world over have had a long-standing and rather one-sided feud: cats kill as many as 3.7 billion birds, mostly songbirds, every year in the US alone....
From: MetaFilter | By: Lexica | Friday, March 27, 2015
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President interviews David Simon...
From: MetaFilter | By: savitarka | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Massive Underground City Found in Cappadocia Region of Turkey When the invaders came, Cappadocians knew where to hide: underground, in one of the 250 subterranean safe havens they had carved from pliable volcanic ash rock called tuff. Additional articles:...
From: MetaFilter | By: Michele in California | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The two sides in the Cold War, finding each other irresistible, ended up in a contrapuntal relationship where, as George Urban put it, 'they marched in negative step, but in step all the same.' They had their spies, we had ours. They had their files,...
From: MetaFilter | By: Kattullus | Friday, March 27, 2015
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