Serendeputy - your personal news assistant.

Welcome to Serendeputy!

Serendeputy is your personal news assistant.

Your deputy:
- learns what you like and don't like,
- lovingly compiles a list of news and blogs for you.

You can help your deputy learn by searching, clicking links and pressing the little smiley faces.
How it works.

What to do:
  1. Click links to teach your deputy
  2. Click smileys and frownies
  3. Find favorite topics and sources
  4. See how much better your deputy is getting at finding you good stuff.
  5. Sign in for free to save your profile, or please tell me why you won't.
Like blasted pecs or a little rhinestone flag pin, esoteric taste in music is an indicator of values. Under the heel of the major-label system in the early '90s, indie taste meant more than liking weird bands. To care about obscure bands was to reject...
From: MetaFilter | By: josher71 | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
30 and pregnant. " Well, of course I'll do my part," he announced in what I assume he thought was a chivalrous tone. "I'll step up to the plate." He reached for his iPhone. "I can't promise that we'll be able to get into a decent pre-K this late in the...
From: MetaFilter | By: ellieBOA | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
Cousu Main (which starts here) is an adaptation of The Great British Sewing Bee, and the blog of one of the participants features significant spoilers for this season. Although it's in French, the show is not hard for an English speaker to follow, just...
From: MetaFilter | By: Monsieur Caution | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
The "Keto Diet" is deigned to keep your body in a constant state of ketosis. Originally designed to help people with sever epilepsy, it has become quite a popular way to lose a large amount of weight in a short period. Although similar to the Atkins...
From: MetaFilter | By: lattiboy | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Marcel the Shell is back. Previously. Also: Jenny Slate gives an interview on Letterman partially in character, with predictably adorable results....
From: MetaFilter | By: lunasol | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
How secure is public wi-fi? A lot less than you probably imagine....
From: MetaFilter | By: Obscure Reference | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
Political geographer Phil Steinberg reacts to marine ecologist Jon Copley's piece on the new gravity model of the ocean floor from David Sandwell and others at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. "Instead of understanding the ocean as something to...
From: MetaFilter | By: spamandkimchi | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
One week from today, The Flaming Lips will release their full album cover of The Beatles' iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. NPR is now streaming the entire record for preview. The Lips' version features contributions from My Morning Jacket,...
From: MetaFilter | By: DirtyOldTown | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
Whether you are a scholar looking for more knowledge and pleasure in life, a bluesman looking for more talent and success, or a 4th grade boy looking to make a quick buck, perhaps the time is right to leverage that one thing for which there was previously...
From: MetaFilter | By: mosk | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
This is a picture of a comet heading for Mars. Mars is the big red thing and the comet, named C/2013 A1 ('Siding Spring'), is the green-tailed beast to the lower left. The comet will pass within 80,000 mile of the surface of Mars, which is close enough...
From: MetaFilter | By: benito.strauss | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
Testicles. Pericles was a Greek leader in 461 BC. Testicles too rule men, but in a different way. They slap between our legs when we move. They become sweaty. Their Leydig cells produce testosterone, which makes our muscles grow. Many men think about...
From: MetaFilter | By: rhombus | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
"I would give my life to fly in space. It's hard for me to talk about it but I would. I would then, and I will now." The terrible injustice of Jerrie Cobb, who deserved to be the first female astronaut, yet never made it to space at all....
From: MetaFilter | By: Johnny Wallflower | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
The Obama Brief: The President considers his judicial legacy. (SL New Yorker)...
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
Tom Hanks, somewhat of an authority on going to the moon, wrote about it in The New Yorker. (You, too, can write like Tom Hanks!)...
From: MetaFilter | By: emelenjr | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
In this amazing new music video, a bevy of music legends performs a human beat box ditty a-capella. It's part fun game of "recognize that album cover", and part heart-wrenching story of a man with great taste in music but awful taste in consumer electronics....
From: MetaFilter | By: Silky Slim | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
William Huges writes movingly about the death of his partner and how it has changed how he reacts to the portrayal of death and resurrection in media....
From: MetaFilter | By: Cannon Fodder | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
On October 21, Sub-Pop will be releasing Get Up, a vinyl box set of remastered versions of Sleater-Kinney's discography. Included with the expected content was a 7" labeled 1/20/15 containing a new song. Titled "Bury Your Friends", it can be streamed...
From: MetaFilter | By: Going To Maine | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
I waited silently for her to explain that the female pelvis is shaped slightly differently from the male's, with a larger opening for childbearing. That part was the giveaway. The real purpose of the exercise was to make her prove her conjecture with...
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
Cubist Reggae. From the mind of Aaron Funk, aka Venetian Snares, comes an EP of sharply angular, yet weirdly chill, grooves, all in a variety of unusual time signatures (7/4, 5/4, 15/8, and 21/16)....
From: MetaFilter | By: rorgy | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
As a taster, it's important to know that compared with sour or salty, bitterness is slow to affect our palates. The first two are very simple chemical phenomena and require only the simplest of cellular mechanisms to fire off their signals to the brain....
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Monday, October 20, 2014
smile
frown
...the implication is clear: If a human being could be engineered to have the positive version of each causal variant, they might exhibit cognitive ability which is roughly 100 standard deviations above average. This corresponds to more than 1,000 IQ...
From: MetaFilter | By: latkes | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
In Praise of Anne Rice's Amazon Reviews...
From: MetaFilter | By: The Whelk | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Mama Cass opened a live performance of Creeque Alley with the following: "Everywhere we go, people ask us how we got together. We got tired of answering that question, because everybody does ask us*.... John has written an epic tone-poem of historical...
From: MetaFilter | By: filthy light thief | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
On 27 June 2014, Puʻu ʻŌʻō Crater of the Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaii started a new lava flow, beheading a previous flow. The flow headed northeast through the Puna district towards Pāhoa, passing right by the Kahoe Homesteads subdivision. At the...
From: MetaFilter | By: metaquarry | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Walsh agreed to pay Boltanski for the right to film his studio, outside Paris, twenty-four hours a day, and to transmit the images live to Walsh, in Tasmania. But the payment was turned into a macabre bet: the agreed fee was to be divided by eight years,...
From: MetaFilter | By: Kattullus | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Endnotes: David Foster Wallace, BBC Documentary. A collection of various interviews, videos, & recordings from and about David Foster Wallace. - David Foster Wallace uncut interview (11/2003) German television station, ZDF. - Speech: 'This is Water'...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Nonsense Novels by Stephen Leacock. Hat tip to Kate Beaton's tumblr, where Nonsense Novels is also available as a pdf download from the NYRB, with an introduction by Daniel Handler. Containing such thrilling tales as Maddened by Mystery: or, The Defective...
From: MetaFilter | By: Hypatia | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Venerated Members - Europe's History of Penis Worship Many relics circulated through Europe, especially as a result of the Crusades. The True Cross, the Spear of Longinus, the Shroud of Turin. But possibly strangest among these was The Holy Prepuce,...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
"Only the pen of a Dante could do justice to the sights and sounds that occurred in the St. Clair-Norwood neighborhood that hellish afternoon." Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the East Ohio Gas Explosion, "when fire rained down and streets literally...
From: MetaFilter | By: How the runs scored | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Some interesting links on family planning in the short, long and speculative senses. Catherine Rampell examines the "information gap" surrounding birth control and family planning amongst young people with lower levels of education: Twenty-somethings...
From: MetaFilter | By: Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I ask them to shout white racial slurs at me....
From: MetaFilter | By: 724A | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal. As Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago...
From: MetaFilter | By: GrammarMoses | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Life Academy of Health and Bioscience is a small public high school in Oakland, California. In 2011 a small group of student poets evolved, calling themselves "Rapid Fire" . "At a recent "spoken word" event, senior Monica Mendoza performed her poem "Faggot"...
From: MetaFilter | By: HuronBob | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
IT IS SO YUMMY...
From: MetaFilter | By: feckless fecal fear mongering | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Cursors is a fascinating maze game where you have to cooperate with others with very limited ways of communicating....
From: MetaFilter | By: Foci for Analysis | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Things happen. "Psychic" events mainly take place in dramatic and family-based situations. Not in a lab. Here is one example. Many of us believe that unexplainable events take place outside of the "falsifiable" and "peer-reviewed" domain of scientific...
From: MetaFilter | By: kozad | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
"Dadcore?" "Momcore?" What the heck are these trendy lingoes?...
From: MetaFilter | By: ourt | Sunday, October 19, 2014
smile
frown
Introducing Carrot, set to disrupt lunchtime forever. Seamlessly deliver nutrients to your body!...
From: MetaFilter | By: sleepy psychonaut | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
What It's Like To Work With Cats...
From: MetaFilter | By: desjardins | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
Álvaro Franca's Typewritten Portraits is a time-lapse video showing the artist using the typewriter to progressively, manually build portraits of favorite authors. Other works also deal with the idea of repetition in type, including calligraphy, a multilingual...
From: MetaFilter | By: a lungful of dragon | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
Is Sampling Tom Petty Like Plagiarizing from Moby-Dick? [SLYT] Mini-documentary on 'sampling' circa 1989....
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
"As the academic year begins again, new PhD students across the country (and further) are slowly settling into their fresh surroundings. I stayed at the same university when I made the switch to postgraduate research but I still remember feeling quite...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
Getting Out of the Woods: A Primer on Not Being a Music Hater...
From: MetaFilter | By: josher71 | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
In this video from the 2014 World Domination Summit Author Scott Berkun talks about narrative bias: our tendency to tell stories about, well, everything. He said Hollywood will keep making the same cheesy blockbuster action films with predictable plots...
From: MetaFilter | By: 4midori | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
An Oral History of The Wonder Years...
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
Who wins the scene.... Tony Zhou dissects the initial Clarice/Hannibal scene in Silence Of The Lambs. More of Zhou's work can be found on his website "Every Frame a Painting"....
From: MetaFilter | By: HuronBob | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
When a bad review of her first novel appeared online, Kathleen Hale was warned not to respond. But she soon found herself wading in (The Guardian)...
From: MetaFilter | By: Quilford | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
How to plan your own tour: using the Internet and your fans. People started to demand, in tweets and comments, that we play in their city. And the most important thing we've ever done is reply to them with this: "sure. where?" That's the important question....
From: MetaFilter | By: Shmuel510 | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
Tiny little people charge enthusiastically into the breach. The tiny, shiny rectangular spinning breach. No tiny little people were harmed in the making of this video. I think....
From: MetaFilter | By: ardgedee | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown
The most epic nerf war in history. RackaRacka are wannabe film-makers on a rampage. Harry Potter vs Star Wars Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings Lo-fi special effects and suburban fandom carnage at its finest....
From: MetaFilter | By: h00py | Saturday, October 18, 2014
smile
frown