30 November 2010
Rita Indiana y Los Misterios - El Juidero
(youtube). If you only have time for one hyper-merengue/electronica-ish song today, make it this one, because it's freaking great (sweet video too). (via
If you were going on a road trip in the US of A in the Spring, what would be your ideal itinerary? If you have already taken an epic road trip, what were the coolest things you have seen?
Invitation Thread. →Read more...
Needz some halpz. →Read more...
THIS IS A SHOUTING THREAD!!! →Read more...
Does anyone here use Weight Watchers Online? Am thinking of trying it for a month or two, 95% to get the point values for the different foods and 5% for recipes. But, am afraid that I'll be inundated with junk mail, electronic or otherwise, for the rest of my natural life, both from them any anyone else they may sell my credit card information to. Any tips? Thanks!
Where to buy quality bathrobes?
Shhhh... I'm mulling over various Christmas gift ideas for the girlfriend and I could use a point in the right direction.→Read more...
Bunny! OMG! (Or "Gimme dat basil!")
Happy Birthday dhartung! Have a great one!
let's talk about Being Sexy I am becoming the world's most unlikely personal care product enthusiast. tell me what products you use for your skin, hair, feetz etc... beyond, like, soap
29 November 2010
must-visit places in New Orleans? →Read more...
Save my bland stew!
I made a HUGE pot of beef stew Sunday night, and it is BLAND BLAND BLAND.→Read more...
Dysfunction Junction - TDay style →Read more...
"John Foster is a meticulous and savvy collector
—"and I do not buy in bulk," he says. Over the years that he's been collecting personal photographs from garage sales, antique shops, and eBay...→Read more...
anyone had this before? Any idea where I can get it in the Midwest?
Must I needz jacket and tie? →Read more...
28 November 2010
OMG Cool Bunny Doll!
Long time no see, MeCha, what's new? Has the emcee posted yet? ;-)
Are you evil? I was looking at some black and white prints I had made, and a curious kid came over and asked me:
"Hey mister, doesn't your camera do color?"
"Of course it does." I replied, "But I only had black and white memory cards today."
Let's hear your evil confessions...
The X-Files Mythology
: Thanks to Netflix streaming, I have been watching the alien episodes, skipping over the Monsters of the Week. This is top-notch television that I missed the first time through. Wikipedia has a list of episodes for that story arc.
Life is too complicated.
Connectivity help needed. →Read more...
What do you usually do for breakfast? →Read more...
Healthy food Sunday
I'm going to atone for my sinful eating of the last few days. I pledge this here in public. →Read more...
27 November 2010
So Who Has Read The Magicians?
I re-read it on a plane and noticed that aside from Eliot (very pale) and I think Janet (blond ponytail?) you never get any descriptions of the main character's race or coloration or what. I thought that was interesting. →Read more...
How a 15-minute writing exercise
closed the performance gap between men and women in a physics class. "A small experiment at the University of Colorado was able to close the gap in performance between men and women taking an introduction to physics class - by means of a writing test wholly unrelated to science."
Portland car bomb thwarted yesterday.
In this case, I'm grateful to the FBI.
This is kewl.
That is all.
Birds of the World
A kind of neat repository for birds throughout the world. What's your favorite bird? Mine at the moment is the Black-Throated Blue Warbler.→Read more...
A year in the life of a foster parent How does it feel, not knowing which strangers' child will come through your door next?
Recommendation: before reading, increase power to the structural integrity field of the heart.
26 November 2010
Friday Night Question!
Chosen randomly from The Book of Questions
Happy Birthday punchtothehead! Almost missed it!
Project Neighbor I've started a new blog about working to make your life happier, more secure, and more generous. Introductory post at Tea Party Jesus here →Read more...
Awesome post contest
Is anyone going to post in order to vie for the Best Post contest that MeFi is probably going to have in December? I've got a post researched, though I still have to write and tag it. It falls short of awesome though.
Thanksgiving leftovers. So, did you go for pie for breakfast this morning? I totally intended to, but I ended up making stuffing instead. The pie is still there for later. Om nom nom.
25 November 2010
Green bean casserole without green beans? I'd like to make this today, but the BF doesn't like green beans. Do you think I could substitute broccoli instead?
What are you thankful for?
MANCHESTER UTD CAN GO BUGGER ITSELF WITH A SPORK
SINCE WHEN DO RANGERS ENTIRELY FORGET HOW TO DO ANY OFFENSIVE PLAYS WHATSOEVER? I MEAN IF TWO OF YOU ARE ADVANCING TOWARDS GOAL W POSSESSION OF THE BALL→Read more...
Just got home →Read more...
short film Runaway
features most of the music from his new album and is also awesome. Insane and awesome.→Read more...
24 November 2010
I got anise in my organics box. Not the dried spice, but fresh with wispy green leaves. How do I cook it? Can I treat it like celery?
Bunnies of a certain age
may twitch upon hearing this
I know I'm a little early but I just stopped by to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
I left the house for a twenty-minute errand.
When I came back, →Read more...
Is this on your grown-up Christmas list?
Be sure to check out the "customers who bought this item also bought" items.
Photo Friday Advance & Suggestion Thread: Let's do "Thankful" this week. What would you like to see as the theme for future Fridays?
The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell
Neuroskeptic explains what happens to Bad Scientists.
Humpday 3-point update →Read more...
Give Me Something To Read's Best of 2010
The editor of GiveMeSomethingToRead.com shares a list of his favorite articles and essays from the past year.
Live crabs from a subway station vending machine.
I saw it on a rerun of The Colbert Report
tonight, so maybe you've already seen it. But what the heck, we've had a shortage of posts today.
23 November 2010
What are you doing right now? I am at McDonalds eating a McRib sandwich. It is edible, maybe even verging on good, but messy. How about you?
22 November 2010
MP3 Shuffle-a-gogo anyone?
MP3 on random, first ten songs, no cheating. →Read more...
Sure it might be early for some of us... but down under, it's already jonathanstrange's birthday! So, I think we should begin the celebrations!
Is it just me, or is Facebook being glitchy? →Read more...
Monday three-point status update: →Read more...
Hip dysplasia, anyone? →Read more...
21 November 2010
The trailer for the new flick from Duncan Jones, who wrote and directed one of my most favorite recent flicks, Moon
. This looks amazing.
Three-pronged reno post....
I have three things I'm trying to figure out how to do for my hallway renos...
A LUTE CAT OF YOUR VERY OWN
Or: I did the stupid thing.
Or: I am now a capitalist.
Calvin and Hobbes BBC Radio 4 special streaming this week!
A nice 30 minute piece from a few years ago running again for the anniversary.
What's that word? →Read more...
20 November 2010
Meet Chloe on youtube
Chloe imitates a Dominican Girl
from Her Neightborhood. And an Italian guy
asking her out. An a jewish aunt
is a music player for Android phones. I highly recommend it. →Read more...
Ricky Gervais sings Elmo a lullaby
I know a lot of people think the little furry guy is annoying, but I find him to be very amusing.
Elmo's pretty funny, too.
Hardwood v. Laminate
I want to order the flooring for my upper and lower hallways and guest room (250 feet total, plus probably another 10% margin for wastage) within the next few days, and am trying to come to a decision about what to order. →Read more...
Love & Theft
- an animation by Andreas Hykade.
Happy Birthday pinky.p! May you have a joyous one...
Hey, did anyone else notice that Twitter is re-directing to the Washington Post? What's up with that?
It's a viola!
My newest possession! WOOOOOOT!!!!
19 November 2010
I had a random thought today:
Picky eating could be a desirable trait,→Read more...
Friday Night Question,
chosen randomly from The Book of Questions
A year in the making! Dead computers and exhausted bodies littering the journey! It's here at last (um, at least two-thirds of it.*)
Behold EMCEE 9!!!
Emcee 9, #1
Emcee 9, #2→Read more...
Anyone know of a place in Baltimore (could be yours!) where a mom and an adult son could stay over Thanksgiving? Catch: must be wheelchair accessible. →Read more...
FRIDAY MADE OF WIN 1- Not sick no more!
2- Did half-hearted cathelentics!
3-Made TWO Breakfasts/lunches - Yorkshire puddings and bacon/pepper/onion salad!
4-Tended ledge garden
5-To do this is REASONABLE!
WHAT IS YOUR WIN?!
is inspiring me, but I have tool and material questions. Can you help?→Read more...
This definitely beats the hell out of the science lessons I had a school.
18 November 2010
Flossing sucks, amirite?
So I was a the dentist a month ago, and she threatened to do terrible things to me and my teeth. She only relented when I agreed to start flossing every day and come back in December. So the appointment is fast approaching, but I'm still not flossing.→Read more...
the 25th anniversary of the debut of Calvin and Hobbes
Thursday Three Point Update →Read more...
London: the Long Goodbye
Great series of posts by an Italian ex-pat in London, about all the places he lived in and what he learned in each, as he prepares to move to Berlin. →Read more...
17 November 2010
Ain't that a kick in the head?
So my wife just heard the latest from home. It seems that a few day ago her 70+ dad was fixing something on the basement stairs. He fell and landed on his head. Stubborn old goat that he is, he didn't go to the emergency room.→Read more...
I have concluded our new cat Sunny was abused and requires rehab.
He is just shy of 1 year old and was a shelter cat, yet declawed. He has major litter box issues. Any tips? →Read more...
Photo Friday ADVANCE NOTICE: Ancestors Not necessarily your ancestors, but somebody's although hey, it can be your ancestors too, which includes your parents in their fabulous best. Old pictures. Old old old pictures. Ancient. Antique. Aged. And just old.
It is now Day Three of my annual battle with the crud, and while I am no longer the Mayer of Sicktown, or Governor of New Sickington, I think I'm still Professor Emerita of Sick Studies at Sickyville State. What to do today? →Read more...
It's time for the Mecha Holiday Card Exchange! →Read more...
Supermarket ranting thread. →Read more...
Over the past few days I've been receiving a few automated calls from Sears saying my delivery has arrived. Which I ignored, because I didn't order anything. Then yesterday I got a call saying my new snowblower has arrived. Awesome, but I didn't order one. Oh, Sears.
I see your future and it is not pretty.
16 November 2010
Am I a bad parent?
Or an awesome one?→Read more...
I'm beginning to realize
that there are some people who are literally and genuinely scared of the devil.→Read more...
Ask MeCha: addressing a grad-school rec letter
A former employee wants a grad school reference. →Read more...
In search of faster answers...
In the spirit of this comment, in this thread we answer specific AskMe questions before they're asked.→Read more...
If you click on only one link today, make it this one.
An amazingly self-assured, well-spoken and confident 14 year old gay teen defends a teacher who was suspended.→Read more...
Mother, shall I put you to sleep?
Maariyamma is likely to be killed by her children because they cannot afford her. They will give her a loving oil bath. Several glasses of coconut water. A mouthful of mud. Perhaps a poison injection. She is just one of many old parents in Tamil Nadu dying in this way. But no one blinks at these ritual murders.
Veterinary Hospital: a pussycat that went to the dogs
I took Trilby to the vet on Friday. Poor little guy, both the trip there and the actual visit terrified him. →Read more...
15 November 2010
The first time, I believe, that Miss Piggy demonstrates her love for Kermit.
Yeah, I know, these Muppet videos are all over Youtube...but I just had to share, after a long day at work. This is SO fucking teh awesome.
Snug as a Bug in a Rug
- A tiny house in Japan built on a lot the size of a parking spot.
So how many times do you wear a pair of jeans before washing it? Assuming normal wear, not excessive sweating, spills etc.
An owl and a kitten are best friends.
I don't think I've seen this here yet.
How Baidu Won China:
Robin Li beat Google and made his search engine No. 1 in China. Now he wants to go global, but it will take some work to get the world to trust Baidu
14 November 2010
Rocola Bacalao - Cada vez mas
I heard these guys last night on Anthony Bourdain No Reservations from Ecuador and found a couple of their songs on Youtube. They sound pretty good
Leaf BlowersBlow What a horrible sound on what is a stunningly beautiful day.
The Gifted Child:
at the age of seven, Jeremy Sassoon was the youngest student at Britain's newly opened Royal Northern College of Music, as gifted at trumpet and piano as he was at math, football, and anything else he set his mind to. The boy prodigy was sent out, in front of the assembled press of Manchester, to hand a bouquet of flowers to the Duchess of Kent, who presided over the opening.
I have one of these posters
- does anybody want it? I'll mail it to ya.
Sunday 3-point update →Read more...
13 November 2010
As entertaining as "Fuck You" was,
it turns out not the be the best song on Cee-Lo's album The Lady Killer
. The whole thing is pretty great, but here are two of my favorite tracks:→Read more...
End of the Road.
Songs about the point of No Return. →Read more...
Bangladesh Actioner "Jekhane Tumi" Promises to be Very Filmy
"Also it has a dolphin jumping through a fluttering cloud of money."
12 November 2010
This week's Friday Night Question
from The Book of Questions
Christmas Music is Here!
One of my local radio stations has started their 24/7 holiday music schedule. You're all invited to the Christmas party currently going on in my cubicle. Click the link to listen online and join me!
What small improvements have you made lately? Little life tweaks that are working out well? →Read more...
Friday update: what's up y'all?
Photo Friday: Vivid Colors, memories, etc.
11 November 2010
Not-Conventionally-Attractive Celebrity Crush Showcase →Read more...
Hard to Kill:
Houseplants for the Inept.
My Implanted Cardiac Defibrillator expired yesterday. The routine protocol is to simply replace it sometime in the next 12 weeks (no real hurry and a fairly simple procedure), however my cardiologist wants a special meeting tomorrow. The FDA has approved several new and various technologies over the last half year, and my inner gadget geek is as giddy as my adrenaline junkie at the prospect.
This is a love thread. →Read more...
This is a hate thread.
I hate raking leaves. Hate. Hate. →Read more...
She wants to go to the Festival? The King's Festival?
So I am going to an actual Gala, the kind the Riddler might crash. What on earth do I wear?→Read more...
10 November 2010
What's been happenin'? I've been out of the loop.→Read more...
For the fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget.→Read more...
Gizmodo reviews Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Money quote: It's like a tablet drunkenly hooked up with a phone, and then took the fetus swimming in a Superfund cleanup site.
Okay bunnies, I need bunny help. Rly.
So there's this tame bunny that's been living rough in a business/industrial park for a while. It's a beautiful white bunny with floppy ears - definitely not a wild rabbit. I can get within a few feet of it before it takes off. I've no idea how it got where it is - probably an escapee or a dumped pet.→Read more...
Photo Friday Advance - Vivid: Colors, memories, etc.
Thanksgiving Day is Nigh!
- Need a stuffing recipe? Why don't you give Marilyn Monroe's
Must Love Pickles
My friends are getting inducted into the White Castle Hall of Fame. It's silly, but quite a sweet story.
The Great Cyberheist
One night in July 2003, a little before midnight, a plainclothes N.Y.P.D. detective, investigating a series of car thefts in upper Manhattan, followed a suspicious-looking young man with long, stringy hair and a nose ring into the A.T.M. lobby of a bank. Pretending to use one of the machines, the detective watched as the man pulled a debit card from his pocket and withdrew hundreds of dollars in cash. Then he pulled out another card and did the same thing. Then another, and another. The guy wasn’t stealing cars, but the detective figured he was stealing something.
The new 9/11 memorial
seems so... ominous
To The Whelk:
Consider yourself reminded.
Oh, and have a Joyous Clusterfuck.
Ba Ba Ba.
An audio/visual illusion known as the McGurk Effect
My daughter decided to get up with a bounce and a smile at →Read more...
09 November 2010
Last album you listened to from beginning to end →Read more...
Help me think of a presentation topic!
Next week I have to give a 10-15 minute presentation where I teach a process. What should I teach??
A DIFFERENT mp3 thread!
(But you should totally do this one
, too.) What are your top 10 most-played tracks?→Read more...
I've become one of those people. What people you ask? →Read more...
What are we reading these days? →Read more...
An mp3 shuffle thread, ten songs plus a
Kno - The New Day (Death Has No Meaning)
instrumental with vocal samples [youtube
Fighting bullying with babies
A group that brings infants into classrooms to teach empathy has produced sharp drops in bullying.
Inspired By The Personal Clothing Rules Thread.
What did you wear around the house growing up? Due to some strange conversations with my peers, I am led to believe my house wasn't typical.
08 November 2010
OMG BUGS BUNNY! 1939: Warner Bros. director Ben "Bugs" Hardaway makes “Hare-um Scare-um” with a rabbit designed by Cartoonist Charlie Thorson who labels his sketch “Bugs’ Bunny”. A year later, when producer Leon Schlesinger uses the label to name the character, new director Tex Avery hates it. “That’s sissy,” he complains. “Mine’s a tall, lanky, mean rabbit. He isn’t a fuzzy little bunny!”
I just got results from a blood test. I, uh, tested positive for Lyme disease. →Read more...
Coat Sizes: Help?
I need a coat before I go to New York this Friday or I'm going to die up there. →Read more...
Introducing: Eyehole Paintings
"Your greatest weapon in the war on crookery."
Howz Yur Monday?
1. Just at a coffee place. The barista is into designs (pentagrams, anarchy symbols, etc) on the drinks he makes.→Read more...
Is there anything more frustrating on earth than a new digital camera? →Read more...
Just another day in the hospital
So, I spent the day in the hospital, having had an MRI scheduled for my shoulder problems. →Read more...
07 November 2010
I walked into a diner today
and someone who looked exactly, completely, down to the build and bad bleach dye job, like me. He was leaving. As he left he picked up a very sleek, easily indefinable coat. The very same coat I had talked myself into not-buying just an hour before.
let's talk about expertise
y'all ever feel slightly Imposter Syndrome-y?→Read more...
Good news/Bad news →Read more...
"We're going to Disney, baby!"
Mom springs a delightful surprise on her kids. It doesn't go over too well.
Extra chicken stock.
My freezer is currently full with 4 million cups of homemade chicken stock. →Read more...
What will you bunnies who gained an hour do with the extra time? →Read more...
Common People comic.
A graphic illustration (from the creator of Tank Girl and Gorillaz) of possibly the angriest pop songs ever written.
The Mystery of the Tainted Cocaine, Part II:
How it's made, how it moves, and who might be cutting it with a deadly cattle-deworming drug. (Part I
06 November 2010
Hey USians, a special song for tonight...
I owe thanks to Jessamyn for this link - a heartfelt message in song, by Dads. It's cute. Even though a lot of those guys just kind of look like my age. Anyway, sleep an extra hour tonight! On me! It's okay, really!
Two Tierd Justice
A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardize his job, prosecutors said Thursday.
05 November 2010
Harry Nilsson - You're Breakin' My Heart
so 'fuck you'. [This is why we mine the golden oldies, boys 'n girls.]
Nearly all of the spices at my Jewel/Osco are buy one get one free until 1/2. What would you stock up on?→Read more...
can you hear the difference?
our mecha friend Nucleo is totally telling me it'd be hard to distinguish the difference between uncompressed AAC and mp3s on my iphone with stock earphones→Read more...
Friday night question,
chosen randomly from The Book of Questions
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus...but he's run off with the toys
At the third Howard Zinn Memorial lecture (Zinn died earlier this year), Bill Moyers turns it on. I've long been fond of his gentle outrage and avuncular gentleness, but I think this is him at his best.
My mortgage refinance application was denied.→Read more...
this is a whispering thread (because I am shy) →Read more...
THIS IS A SHOUTING THREAD →Read more...
My pet is awesome because... →Read more...
Bunnies Riding Ponies...
While we make no promises at this point, the Metachat Tech Admins (chrismear & yours truly) are interested in finding out what you would like to see changed or added to or what you think is borked at metachat.org→Read more...
Photo Friday: Fire & Flame
04 November 2010
A guy walks into the doctor's office. "Doc, these shingles suck." "They heal, well, maybe they heal. Besides your thyroid's blown and your liver degradation has accelerated." "Got any good news, doc?" "Yeah, your heart is in great shape for an invalid."
What would your 16-year-old self say to you?
What would you say to your 16-year-old self? →Read more...
Help me discuss politics with my conservative mom →Read more...
Tired of arguing with climate-change deniers
on Twitter, a programmer has written a bot that does it for him
What temperature do you keep your house during the winter?
03 November 2010
Vintage Star Wars Travel Posters
because the galaxy was so much cooler before it got so popular.
Silver Beetle of Costa Rica
- no idea what kind of beetle it is, except for "the silver kind, with purple feet."
Let's decide this once and for all.
Which is better? →Read more...
I'm curious about the emcee we started around this time last year. I understand there were some inevitable delays and I'm not trying to criticize anyone at all. Will we ever see it, or has it been scrapped? I had fun participating, but I can let go of my curiosity if it has.
Photo Friday ADVANCE NOTICE: Fire & Flame As tiny as a candle flame or as big as a forest fire, let's have some pictures of stuff that's BURNING on Friday, November 5.
An animated short about a space ranger, deadly robots, and a voice mail menu.
[NYC-Filter] Boosting the signal: Anyone up for Thanksgiving lunch?
tl;dr: Someone has said that they'll host a Thanksgiving lunch/brunch, but only if they get a headcount.
02 November 2010
come in here and do a terrible Drake-style punchline e.g. "It's going down.. basement." / "Hang it up.. flatscreen." / "come and find me.. Nemo"
Who remembers MechaRadio? Who wants it back?→Read more...
What's your fav brekkie dish?
Dating update: was I leading him on?
I just send the email→Read more...
Newspaper caption fail
adding a whole new layer to Kennedy family dynamics.
A favorite book review (of a very bad book).
I read this hilarious book review back in 1988, and I've always remembered it. A Vuitton ad (with Bono!) made me think of it, and thanks to the Internet, here it is for you.
NPR is streaming Cee-Lo's album "The Lady Killer"
from now until it's released on Nov. 9.
(It includes the censored version of "Fuck You," so it's SFW.)
Do you read the ingredients?
01 November 2010
If you had to fight monsters deep in an underground cave, what kind of weapon would you recommend?→Read more...
Today I had a stroke →Read more...
Who'd have thought...
A few days back I was trying to find something I'd written by googling "Orange Swan" and whatever, and I came upon a list of Civil War soldiers from New York that included a listing for "Swan, Orange S. 2 V.Cav." So there actually has been a person with the real, legal name of Orange Swan. Who knew.
New sidebar art! Thanks to our photographers gomichild, flapjax at midnite, plinth, and pjern.
A love that dare not speak its name ...
This takes interspecies snorgling to a whole new level.
If I saw this
while I was walking down the street I would walk into a lamp post leaving a Warner Brothers-style cartoon outline of my profile.
New Springsteen Old Springsteen
this sure has that old E Street Band sound
Why do people return calls before/instead of listening to messages? →Read more...
So I did a (lesbian burlesque) Twlight party
For our first event at the venerable Bowery Poetry Club (more pictures
) I made the t-shirts and the music. [potentially NSFW]→Read more...
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