I saw a picture earlier this year, probably on Reddit and/or Imgur, of two young kids on a carnival ride having the time of their lives. Right behind them were two slightly older kids or teens looking sullen and glued to their phones. The general layout was something like this.
Does anyone remember seeing it, or can you help me find it? [more inside]
I'm looking for first names
that are used to describe a kind of person or that person's actions. For example: if you are accused of being a "Pollyanna", it means you have sort of a blind optimism or more generally harbor a positivity bias (and it's not usually a compliment). What are some other names that are shorthand for character traits? [more inside]
I have a new Kindle, I have a Goodreads account with dozens of books I'd like to read. There are probably hundreds of books I'd buy for the right price. What is the best way to track ebook temporary sales and price drops? [more inside]
I'm going to Munich the second week of January! What should I do in Munich in January? [more inside]
In the past 6 months or so I read an interesting essay by a self-described collector. I believe he collected videogames and videogame toys/posters/etc, and I believe he had a picture in the post of some of his collection. I think it was on a blog or a gaming website. He was coming to the conclusion, or at least wondering if, his collection really was just "so much plastic junk" (and I think he used a phrase very similar to that). It was pretty short, maybe a printed page or two. Do you remember it or can you help me find it?
I've noticed that most of what I read about science and technology is universally optimistic about the pace
of knowledge (if not necessary its use
). From tech journalists to science fiction writers everyone seems to believe that the possibilities of technology are boundless and the pace of scientific discovery is, if anything, accelerating and always will be.
My question is: Is anyone credibly arguing the opposite? [more inside]
What am I thinking of: A word or phrase that means "a blemish or imperfection (sometimes done on purpose) that emphasizes the beauty of the whole." For example: Cindy Crawford's mole, or an error purposeful done by a craftsman. I don't think it's wabi-sabi
but I do think it's a borrowed foreign word/phrase.
I grew up watching Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of
... and later, Ancient Mysteries
. I recently watched Chariot of the Gods?
on Netflix. I also enjoyed the similarly styled promo videos for the new Bioshock game (part I
, part II
). What else would I enjoy? [more inside]
I've noticed something kind of unusual in many of the residential houses in San Francisco. Often times there's a primary residence facing the street (for example a three-story Victorian) and then a second, more modern building in the back yard (like a one- or two-story cottage). There's a second street number and usually a little gate to access the back building. It seems like a different family occupies the back unit than the front unit (and the front unit is sometimes further subdivided into what I assume are condos). A bunch of naive questions: [more inside]
Growing up my parents had a puzzle of an apartment building where every piece was basically the same shape. Four puzzle pieces made up the window to a room, in total there were probably 8 floors of 10 windows each. The challenge was putting the windows in the right order. So for example in one window someone would be throwing out a bucket of water, downstairs the person would remark that it's raining. In another a receptionist would say something like "you want #304, one floor up". [more inside]
Why does this happen: huge sized pictures with terrible image quality. [more inside]
I'm in the mood for some good political postmortems. Big races, little races, recent news, ancient history, whatever. Probably U.S. though. [more inside]
I did something stupid today and 'updated' my iPhone 4 to iOS 6.0. The new Maps app doesn't include public transportation options (as Google Maps did previously) which I use extensively here in San Francisco. What are my options? Will anything be as seamless as the Google Maps app was?
Ten or twelve years ago I saw a series of paintings I really liked at the Denver Art Museum
. The paintings featured idyllic farm-like scenery under bright blue skies with white clouds. Distinctly the sky made up 80% of the image, so the ground and barns, etc. appeared to be quite small and the sky seemed huge. There were at least 3-5 of paintings in this series, and the canvases were very large. Can anyone identify the paintings or artist?
What are the classical sources or compendiums of omens? Which books could I realistically find that list, for example, what a culture believes it means when a certain type of bird visits or what a rainbow means? [more inside]
I'm in my 20s and a man and I have a lot of trouble coming up with reasonably in style outfits
. I'm looking for pictures of outfits with links to buy each component. Ideally, these would not be tied to any one brand (so, not Gap's looks for spring or something). Basically: "Wear theses things together and here is where you can find them." [more inside]
What are the advantages of owning the same brand of smartphone as your friends? Or to ask the same question another way: if all my friends have iPhones, what will I miss out on by getting an Android? [more inside]
What do various poisons and toxins taste
like? What flavor is lead, for example, or strychnine? How about common deadly household chemicals like bleach, or organic toxins like mercury/methylmercury? [more inside]
When an author, political figure or other speaker donates their speaking or appearance fee to charity, do they garner any tax benefits? Does this donation show up as a charitable tax deduction on their tax form? Does it show up as a charitable donation on the sponsoring organization's tax form? [more inside]
Looking for the song from a recent Bing commercial (sigh). [more inside]
1. Is this real
(picture of a man making his french bulldog "wave" at the camera behind Wolf Blitzer on CNN)?
2. Can you help me find the video?
The recent news about D.B. Cooper
and the FPP on the Zodiac Killer
have me wondering: What major crimes (if any?) have been solved after the death of the perpetrator? [more inside]
ever worked for anyone? This is a serious question. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of media that combine the landscape of the American West with the horror genre. [more inside]
Here's what I want: leather sneakers that are acceptable for a young man to wear with business casual clothing. I want them to feel and wear like sneakers, but look nice enough to wear with wool pants and a button-down dress shirt in a professional environment. [more inside]
I was deeply affected by this recent MetaTalk comment
and I have some questions regarding internet addiction and productivity. [more inside]
Please help me identify a movie I saw quite some time ago: The scene I remember was a man running from a crowd of angry people at night in a bad part of town. I have no idea why he was pursued. He comes across a woman artist who conceals him in plaster/paper mache like a statute. For some reason the ruse doesn't work for very long. [more inside]
"My orange box-cutter make the world go round;" This is a lyric from the Notorious B.I.G.'s song, "Sky's the Limit
". Here's the wikipedia page
about the song. What in the world does it mean? [more inside]
I am a man and I'm getting married! I need a lot of help picking out a wedding band. I know my size and am looking for a non-traditional ring. Specifically I am looking at tungsten and titanium rings or rings with some kind of pattern. [more inside]
The iPhone Stylesheet for MetaFilter
pb created is oh so nice. What are some other websites that have awesome dedicated iPhone versions?
If you use canvas bags when you grocery shop, what do you do with your household garbage? Do you buy purpose-specific trash bags? [more inside]
My SO and I are planning on taking about 9 days for a vacation and would like to spend about 3 days in London and 4 in Istanbul (plus travel time to and from New York). [more inside]
Apple lost a prototype 4th Generation iPhone. Someone found it and sold it to Gizmodo, who then took it apart and posted pictures and video online. What laws if any are Gizmodo beaking? [more inside]
Inspired by this question
: I'm 26, let's say I wanted to become a world renown expert in a serious field of study in the next 10 years (or less). Is there a discipline I could start now, dedicate several years and concentrated study and become good enough to be the go-to expert quoted on the news? [more inside]
I'm looking for a sad story I read on the internet. A son was browsing through his father's possessions after the father's death and came across a Pokemon
game. [more inside]
What's a good "Mom & Dad are in town and want to take us to dinner" restaurant in Manhattan, preferably by Union Square? [more inside]
New York City apartment question: Is it normal for my broker to tell me I will receive hard copies of my lease a "couple of weeks" after moving in? [more inside]
I live in New York and my parents live in Sarasota, FL. There are two direct flights per day on JetBlue between JFK and SRQ. Is it possible to set up something up that would alert me whenever prices on these flights dropped below a certain amount? [more inside]