Archive for the ‘Metafilter’ tag

#  A Murmuration →

November 4th, 2011 at 17:41 // In Worth Seeing 

That’s the collective noun for a group of starlings (a type of bird). This breathtaking video reminds me of something Reggie Watts was once quoted as saying (very last paragraph):

If you pay attention to the world, it’s an amazing place. If you don’t it’s whatever you think it is.

(via MeFi; I got that exceptional quotation from @colinmarshall)

#  The Nature of Male Privilege →

March 25th, 2011 at 17:17 // In Worth Reading 

Spurred on by recommendations in this AskMeFi thread, I spent much of my afternoon grappling with one of the more known but unknown aspects of male privilege. “you’re a kittie!” captures what I mean pretty well (emphasis mine) in her answer to the question of what aspects of being a woman more men should understand:

Fear. Fear of violence (especially sexual violence) is a huge thing that I think many enlightened guys understand intellectually, but not at a visceral level. It’s something many women think about on a daily basis, and even just the need to be aware of the danger changes your life in subtle or not-so-subtle ways.

The title link here is the one response in an old MetaFilter thread that finally made me feel like I really understood how this whole fear thing works. It’s long for an internet comment, but I doubt any compassionate man can walk away from the entire thread, or simply this comment, the same.

#  Stephen Fry’s Advice →

July 4th, 2010 at 19:56 // In Worth Watching 

Responding to the question of “What do you wish you’d known at 18?”, Stephen Fry gives a damn good and rambling rundown of the proper perspective on life. (Audio is left-channel only, if that’s a big issue for you.)

(via MeFi)

#  Ruins of the Second Gilded Age →

July 7th, 2009 at 11:42 // In Worth Seeing 

There are some great pictures in this slideshow. That’s all.

(via m_f)

UPDATE (07/08/09): The Times has pulled the slideshow as some of it was manipulated. The photog has claimed there was none. (via @austinkleon)

#  The Resolute Desk →

January 28th, 2009 at 20:20 // In Worth Reading 

Andy Biao describes felix’s post as a “Metafilter’s history of” the central feature of the Oval Office. The description seems just about perfect.

#  Microsoft Songsmith →

January 17th, 2009 at 10:35 // In Worth Distraction 

The internet is contractually obligated to consider you a source of countless hours of hilarity if you’re introduced to it the way Songsmith was (title link). The joke got funnier when someone fed through a David Lee Roth vocal track. Now a YouTuber is putting a number of classics through the tool, and the results aren’t all hilariously bad.

#  An Awesome Book! →

January 4th, 2009 at 13:59 // In Worth Distraction 

Dallas Clayton — whose URL appears to have been eaten — made a fun picture book.

And from the MeFi post’s comments, one of the author’s poems, “Resolutions: Part I”:

-Attend hypnotism school
-Learn to hypnotize people
-Hypnotize teacher into giving me back the money I paid to learn to hypnotize
-Use hypnotism to trick people into thinking they are factory workers
-Buy factory (extra money left over from saving on hypnotism school + bad economy)
-Think of something to make
-Make it (Pick something easy)
-Use hypnotized factory workers to help with assembly, shipping, heavy lifting, etc.

#  Minims →

November 26th, 2008 at 17:43 // In Worth Distraction 

Via MetaFilter, Thomas Weller’s collection of fun and straightforward expressions that are definately not maxims.

#  Upsidedown Dogs →

October 21st, 2008 at 20:16 // In Worth Distraction 

Some harmless fun. (via MeFi)

#  Ecuador’s New Constitution →

September 30th, 2008 at 20:59 // In Worth Knowing 

Perhaps the fact that I discovered this on Metafilter is a commentary on the nature of news-flow or my inattentiveness, but it seems that Raphael Correa got a new constitution of the term-extending type that Hugo Chavez recently failed to secure.

Perhaps more interesting, the document gives inalienable rights to nature, like:

Art. 1. Nature or Pachamama, where life is reproduced and exists, has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution.

Every person, people, community or nationality, will be able to demand the recognitions of rights for nature before the public organisms. The application and interpretation of these rights will follow the related principles established in the Constitution.