31 December 2011
Happy birthday to me!
Apparently I don't have it written on MeCha anywhere. Oops. →Read more...
As we mark time passing... a Gallery of the Fabulously Aging →Read more...
Almost the New Year in the UK.
I maded you a video.
Seattle Move : Game over. I won! #shitgoesboom Now what?!
MetaChat, I am so sorry!
I've been kind of a lame holiday MetaChatter. My cards are late and I missed my Dec 25th Giftstravaganza contribution. Inside are a few New Year's gifts to make up for it (I hope). It's been that kind of year. Sorry for all the dropped balls, just glad to have made it to tonight in good health and hopeful. →Read more...
Since I am close to 50k favorites and working on a new story And cause favorites are amusingly pointless, the username that grants the 50kth favorite will be worked into this draft somehow.
December Musical Giftstravaganza, Day 31.
Some sweet sweet 70s sentiment for you from Barry Manilow. Plus a bonus. →Read more...
December Musical Giftstravaganza, Day 30: Marian Call, Good Morning Moon→Read more...
30 December 2011
#4, but not on the floor. Remember on Dec 8
that after I mopped the kitchen floor... →Read more...
MLP: Fighting is Magic
is either a really cool idea or a really great troll site.
End of the year POINTS! →Read more...
Photo Friday: Wrapped, covered, shrouded, draped
29 December 2011
"Salesman" is a documentary released in 1968
and was the first feature film
by the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zweirin, who would go on to make the documentary Gimme Shelter
a few years later about the Rolling Stones' ill-fated concert at Altamont. I just watched Salesman
today, and was absolutely blown away by it.→Read more...
Question in video form
Answers? (Need not be in video form)
December Musical Giftstravaganza, Day 29: "Winter Love," by Robyn Hitchcock.
David Sedaris' diary entries
If you want to listen to something hysterical for 23 minutes, this is worth it just for a fascinating look into heretofore unknown aspects of poop culture, at least to me.
Things are great!
Really great! If you're in South Carolina! Oh, brother.
28 December 2011
Photo Friday Advance: Wrapped, covered, shrouded, draped - suggested by flapjax at midnite
Midweek post-Christmas 3-point update →Read more...
It's the time of year I try to make the vain attempt to catch up on everything I've missed so far: music, books, movies, comics, sites, games, food, shows, etc.
Is there a list of [blank] you highly recommend or do you have a personal list of what's not to be missed?
It doesn't even necessarily have to be from this year, as long as you enjoyed it this year. I want to hear your recommendations and bests of the year.
27 December 2011
Rabbit advocate, Amy Sedaris
Bunnywise, it seemed neglectful not to have her here. So enjoy some rabbit related Amy Sedaris
Show us yer pudding then! Did we indulge ourselves over the holidays? Cook something special?
(for Android, specifically). Do people use it rather than the default browser? Do you like it? →Read more...
Just wondering about ambulance backboards Why is there, or there used to be,a sharpish thing on the backboard paramedics use that digs into the base of your skull? If it's because you're short, that makes no sense because then it should dig in near the top of your skull or above your skull if the sharp thing, whatever it is, is in the proper place for most people, which would I guess be the neck because there's less body weight there. Really, there is no good place for a sharp thing to dig in. What's that about?
Need Guinness. Could mean the beer, but I will settle for an animal status report. What be the state of the creatures ye care for? Yes, humans count. And while you are at it, how are you?
nponzi! shneggdellac hwol. kjhjdi?
December Musical Giftstranza, December 27th: Bob Rivers Edition →Read more...
26 December 2011
DJ Earworm's United State of Pop 2011:
A mashup of the top 25 pop songs of 2011 on the U.S. charts. (Found via WolfDaddy on Twitter.)→Read more...
Methinks Sookie and I have found a new home. I meet the owner tomorrow afternoon and we should be able to move in on Friday. Stay tuned.
for Boxing Day
(a little late - hope you had a good one and the holiday spirit kept on)
December Giftstravaganza: Day 26
I don't have the most sophisticated of musical tastes, but here are 3 tracks from Trans-Siberian Orchestra off their "The Lost Christmas Eve" album.→Read more...
25 December 2011
Interrupting Mac Migration Assistant
First of all Merry (holiday or non-holiday of your choice) Bunnies!→Read more...
Online holiday hooha
So flickr is snowing pink snowflakes and busting lights. Google
, of course, has its animated bit that's been up since yesterday. Can we list all the celebratory trinkets and toys out there?
MERRY CHRISTMAS, BUNNIES!!! Was Santa good to you? Do tell.
Santa tracking by NORAD
These folks are way cool. A few years back I posted this to Metafilter and Santa had just left Toronto →Read more...
24 December 2011
Festivus is NOT for the rest of us,
but if you're looking for an alternative holiday on December 25th, there is Newtonmas
, the documented birthday of Isaac Newton*. Or...→Read more...
The Five Deadlies Grooves of 2011
From NPR, which is weird, as I haven't thought of NPR as the curator of beats. But it's not holiday music, if you need to take a breather.
White Wine In The Sun
I posted this song
from Australian musician/comedian Tim Minchin last year as part of the Musical Giftstravaganza, but here it is again this year, both for those in the southern hemisphere who celebrate Christmas in the summertime, and for those of us who love the holiday as a chance to spend time with loved ones, even without religious belief.
Merry Trippy Christmas, everyone!
It's already Christmas in my timezone, and this seemed suitably Christmas-y to me. Enjoy!
Santa Claus is still coming to town in this time zone
And I love this 33 year old version, which arrived in my email recently.
Traditional Boys Choir
- I didn't sign up for the music extravaganza but, thanks to Mefi, I ran across a couple videos that fans of childrens' choirs may enjoy: Carol of the Bells
and O Holy Night
Christmas Music Day 24 BONUS.
Ho, Ho, NO!!→Read more...
A cozy, 8-bit fire can fill your home with low-res holiday cheer. (Type words to interact with the fire.)
Creating the Cocktail for the New Year The Challenge - Incorporate the fig vodka someone gave me as a gift. I'm thinking Pomegranate juice aaaaand?
Christmas Eve 3-point update →Read more...
Christmas Music Day 24.
We're going Mid Century Christmas today, with music from an album my parents played every year. →Read more...
Today's the day when we give whuffles and hugs to mightshould - so whuffle away!
Card Love! Where we say thank-you to TPS for organizing the card exchange and say thank-you to each other for all the cardy goodness!
23 December 2011
Travelling with cat! Help? →Read more...
I just did a Google image search on "computer cat". It was fun.
Ooh ooh ooh
Can we talk about all this stuff now? So many possible discussions and chats, if I can keep the Bees off the keyboard.
They never made it out →Read more...
December Musical Giftstravaganza! - Day 23!
Getting close! I'll going to throw a few songs into the mix, so check inside→Read more...
Hope me, bunnies!
Do you know of someone who'd like a quick one-off job designing/building a small, simple gallery website over the next two weeks?→Read more...
I know it's a bit late for an Advent Calendar but ... →Read more...
Photo Friday: Flash/No Flash
22 December 2011
10 things you (probably) didn't know about me.
Bringing back another old MeCha tradition. →Read more...
The December Musical Giftstravaganza, Day 22
brings you "Christmas Lights
," by the late lamented band from Austin by way of San Francisco, J Church
apple cider what's up mecha! I wanted to know about this spiced warm apple cider thing. what exactly is apple cider like can it be made at home? the non alcoholic type? I'm pretty confused on whether it's just squeezed apples or something else
Animals Sing "12 Days of Christmas"
Kind of long for what it is but it's amusing and Jupiter and Rory are my favorites.
21 December 2011
December Musical Giftstranza, December 21 edition
My google fu failed me in finding the origin of this gorgeous piece, Nou is Yole Comen but it is sure some nice singing by the Portland Revels.
Getting in the mood
Just found out Auntie Mame
is streaming on Netflix. Trying to get festive but it's a struggle.
What works for you?
Is the answer is drug-fueled orgy? Are there an assortment of twinkling lights?
The Politics of Breast Cancer. . .
I have recently been in touch with someone I last knew in high school (a rare thank-you to Facebook). She is working for an organization called Breast Cancer Action, →Read more...
Photo Friday Advance: Flash/no flash, suggested by rainbaby
Have you bought yourself a Christmas gift this year? →Read more...
A Wild Year at Banff National Park
an awesome video compiled from a years worth of pictures taken by a motion activated camera out in the woods. Also, let me direct your attention to this great post
on the blue where jimmythefish originally posted
this link. →Read more...
Changed Vets. . .Old One Not Happy
We have had the same veterinarian for over 30 years. She is a "housecall" vet who comes and provides services at people's homes. →Read more...
A brief holiday film
My 7yo daughter wrote and directed a film about a Latin girl finding out about how Christmas is celebrated in America and she asked me to film it. It was too funny not to share it.
20 December 2011
An update on our cat Guinness (with pics!) →Read more...
This is not the Christmas music you were looking for.
21 minutes of silly happy hardcore holiday songs. Your welcome, or I'm sorry, you pick.
The Rise of the Singing Christmas Tree.
As someone who thinks the best part of the holidays is all the tacky, wretched excess, I'm a fan of those towering cones of singing people.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS-LAPIN!!!!!!!!!!!
19 December 2011
In which the December Musical Giftsravaganza gets hosed by the Int'l Date Line.
Here's day 19 (hey, it's still the 19th where I am). My gift for you all today is "I Want a Monkey For Christmas"
by The Barbary Coasters
December Musical Giftravaganza - Day 20
In which I act in a completely predictable manner ...→Read more...
ask MeCha - tips/ideas for small-ish solstice party? →Read more...
Youtube -> mp3 converter?
Anyone know if a free service that will allow me to convert a Youtube video to mp3 and download the file
? There are plenty that offer an on-line service, but I can't find one that will let me grab the resulting output.→Read more...
So, drama, all kinds of drama. Any drama you can name. It's the holidays and things are ramped up for :DRAMA!
Dub a dub a dum dum Dub a dub a dum Dub a dum dum dub a dub Dub a dub a dum
I don't know if this song is well known outside the UK, but it's played on the radio all the time at Christmas here.
Happy birthday, amro!! Big hugs to you, lady.
The Campaign for Real Snowflakes
would like for you to know that snowflakes can only have 6, 3 or 12 sides.
18 December 2011
I just have nights
where I need to laugh and laugh. Thank you Robin Williams.
December Musical Giftstravaganza, Day 17 on Day 18
Ooop! Holiday brain caused me to miss my appointed day. Inside we have: →Read more...
MeFi/MeCha Fantasy NBA league
We still have 3 spots left!
It's a league on Yahoo, and the draft is on Thursday at 8.30pm CST. If you can't draft in person, feel free to set pre-ranks.
The league password is green.
December Musical Giftstravaganza, Bearwife edition
Because this song cracks me up every holiday season . . . despite being a bit dated now.
I just wanted to share with you a photo my friend, Jose, took with his iPhone through the sunroof of his car as he drove past 30 Rockefeller Plaza. (see inside)
50 years I'm beginning to find it amazing when people say it's been 50 years since [the civil rights act/colonialism/whatever] get over it. Damn. I'm over half of 50 and I barely have my life together much less an ability to build a society/country/etc.
OK, I cannot resist sharing this easy recipe for chili-lime pecans→Read more...
"Don't Believe In Christmas"
cuz I didn't get nothin' last year. - The Sonics
the way they should sound.
17 December 2011
Final exams are all finished! Watching ponies now.
Happy Hearth's Warming Eve!
I missed the sign up for songs of xmas thing, but i did stumble across this blog with quite a few zip files full of holiday MP3s
A Pair of Queens
I've been watching a lot of opera on Youtube lately, and specifically Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" →Read more...
The door is ajar! The game is afoot!
16 December 2011
So our cat Guinness is going to lose one of his legs.
Not a great night here. →Read more...
Easy Food Gift →Read more...
Who would you want to look like if you were the opposite gender? →Read more...
December Musical Giftstravaganza Day 16: The horror! The horror!
Sorry so late in the game, folks (interview, which went very well!) -- here are five "classics" from my home to yours! →Read more...
I got (wait for it) →Read more...
Coping with Perfectionism. How do you do it?
Today, I am trying to summon memories of times I've failed, but that things have worked out all right or better than I could have anticipated (especially the latter). →Read more...
Christopher Hitchens dead at 62.
Damn this makes me sad in a week full of sadness.
Photo Friday: Coffee cups/mugs
15 December 2011
Why actuated signals are bad for pedestrians.
I had no idea that they were called "actuated signals" until I read this article, but I have been hating them for quite a while for all the reasons he lists. There's really no reason a pedestrian should *have* to press a button to get a Walk sign at most intersections.
Everything Everything - Photoshop Handsome (Disclosure Edit)
- the latest tune stuck in my ear. More variations on the song inside.→Read more...
Bless me, Metachat, for I have sinned. Come inside and confess with me.... →Read more...
December Musical Giftstravaganza Day 15
We are going back to the early '50s in this one. Spike Jones
was a hard-to-classify bandleader, known for screwing around with popular song. This screwing around took some pretty impeccable musicianship, though.→Read more...
Singing Christmas Hedgehogs!
Choose which one you want to sing.
14 December 2011
December Musical Giftstravaganza day 14
Emergency stand in addition. richat is feeling really ill. Send him some warm thoughts. →Read more...
Dancing teddy bears + breakfast cereal + dubstep = this commercial
Who are today's best lyricists? The Bob Dylans and the Bernie Taupins?
Everyone has six names... →Read more...
Shit, fan, timing.
So, I knew this was coming, but where to start? Here goes→Read more...
DMG Day 13, Special Day-Late Delivery →Read more...
Photo Friday Advance: Coffee cups/mugs, suggested by buzzman
The Man Who Broke the Record on 'Let It Bleed':
An interesting article about the designer who came up with the iconic album cover. (The original artwork is going up for auction tomorrow.)
New Ideas for leftover steak?
So I made steak last night but I made too much and now I've got a zipper bag of tasty steak bits to use.→Read more...
An album of a pig from birth to food. More here
13 December 2011
The Skinny House
- A short video from the woman who owns the narrowest house in Boston. It was built as a Spite House
This is my new favorite commercial.
Led by the child who simply knew:
a story about an amazing family in Maine and their twin children, one of whom is transgender.
open source intelligence & forecasting
I don't have a lot of deep thoughts about this right now but after signing up for weekly emails from Stratfor
and IHS Global Insight
I find that I learn a lot more from 500-2000 words from them about geopolitical or economic policy issues than from days and days of "journalism". Newspapers seem to focus a lot more on the daily back and forth whereas there's a type of content that's a lot more useful in figuring out "hey what is this about?"
12 December 2011
DMG Day 12! It's a Loungey Christmas →Read more...
Soup of the evening, beautiful soup...
So every week I take part in a pub trivia game at a local bar. →Read more...
May I trouble the you for an opinion?
Tonight while talking to my brother I floated the idea of sending some of my photos in nice frames to my aunt and uncle for Christmas, and he said he'd like that too. And now I have no idea what I'd even send and what people would even like on their walls.
So if I may, I'd like to post a few pictures and get your esteemed opinions, basically a yea or nay.→Read more...
11 December 2011
Everything old is new again? After seeing Young Adult last night, has anyone ever hooked up with a high school sweetheart? Say, 10 or more years after graduation.
The 12 All Time Ugliest Christmas Sweaters
Does what it says on the box. Although, I bet there are uglier ones out there.
Musical Giftstravaganza Day 11!
A salacious holiday to you with Back Door Santa
from soul man Clarence Carter
. The horn section from this song was sampled for another Christmas tune
. →Read more...
some snark and some awesomeness for your holiday pleasure reading →Read more...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIkeSCIPARK!!!!!
10 December 2011
i could post about so many things, and probably will in this thread, but i love the mecha cards i have gotten so far!→Read more...
I am trying to describe the crowd in my local bar...
they're not regulars, but they are very uniform. It's not the Santa Con people, they're wearing outfits and playing pool...→Read more...
A brass band playing Walking on the Air
Walking through town today there seemed to be a brass band at every turn!→Read more...
In honor of my own birthday (tomorrow), I ask:
How do my fellow introverts and/or loners spend their birthdays?→Read more...
09 December 2011
(video, 2 mins).
I have to bake cookies for a cookie exchange party on Sunday, but what kind?
Chocolate chip and sugar cookies are verboten!→Read more...
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3-point plans. →Read more...
The Periodic Table of Swearing.
It's interactive! And it's a thing of beauty.
December Musical Giftstravaganza Day 9! →Read more...
John Lennon—Where were you when you heard of his death, what were you doing? →Read more...
Photo Friday: Ordinary/Mundane
So how would you indicate your movie is set in the 90s?
Based on a discussion on Mefi, what would be the 90s equivalent of the Mister Sandman Sequence
08 December 2011
Cold War neon
from Poland. All photos are apparently from this book
. You can click the photos (in the original link) to make them larger, then the "expand" icon in the upper-right to make them huge. So beautiful.
December Musical Giftstravaganza Day Eight
You're getting two days in a row of Stevie Wonder, because I couldn't imagine not putting up my favorite Christmas song, Stevie Wonder's "One Little Christmas Tree" →Read more...
07 December 2011
This thread is about stuff:
An AskMe crosspost
, a bit of an update, and some griping. Hi, guys!→Read more...
Photo Friday Advance: Ordinary/Mundane, suggested by Kronos_to_Earth
Musical Giftstravaganza Day 7!
Let's take a road trip to Motown ... →Read more...
06 December 2011
Is that white cheese they will put on nachos and fresh potato chips, etc. actually a purchasable, identifiable cheese, or a processed cheese food as I suspect?→Read more...
A segment of the 1980s tabloid show "Hard Copy"
about the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, the mystery recounted in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Holiday Music-A-Go-Go, Day 6:
I give you THREE, count 'em, THREE works of choral delight -- two performed by yours truly!→Read more...
05 December 2011
Every year, the Calgary Hitmen
host a Bear Toss at one of their games. Fans wait until the Hitmen score their 1st goal of the night and....well, just watch
The 75 Best Songs of 2011,
according to Popmatters.com. I was happy to see folks like Washed Out, The Antlers, Girls, and M83 find a place on the list; also, I found over a half-dozen songs I'd never heard before and really liked.
Demza 5: There must be an angel
The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir throw down some angelic harmonies for your delectation on day five of the Giftravaganza. Never fails to stop me in my tracks.→Read more...
There are a bunch
of movies that I want to see this season. Saw Hugo yesterday and loved it. Who'd have thought that Scorsese could do a kid's movie so well? →Read more...
04 December 2011
DMG, Day 4: Mashup Fun!
DJ McFly's Party Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (LMFAO vs Brenda Lee)
from the Santastic Six: 100% Holiday Mashups and Remixes
album. I listened to the album on my way down the interstate yesterday and it was impossible for me to not love this song. →Read more...
Question for a Sunday morning.
You ain't no grammar Nazi and I'm not one too. But some things just grate on me. If your memo, or worse, your presentation uses impactful
or dialoguing →Read more...
03 December 2011
Sookie is back with me again after her visit with the kids. All I need now is my box of clothes.
December Musical Giftstravaganza!
I almost missed my day, sorry!→Read more...
All I want for Christmas
is to learn how to dance like this.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONMC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's Like That!
In Soviet Russia, you gonna get served.
02 December 2011
My Friday soundtrack
is also the soundtrack to a 2010 novel
of "weird noir, set in contemporary Johannesburg, featuring an ex-junkie protagonist named Zinzi December and her magic sloth. The unconvential pair is caught in a web of intrigue involving murder, 419 email scams, and a missing kwaito/afropop teen star." I am so
DMG, Day 2!
Today's offering in the December Musical Giftstravaganza
is "Come On Christmas, Christmas Come On
" by that drum-banging Beatle, Ringo Starr. It's a really fun, glitter-rock styled stomper. (Sequined Santa hat and light-up reindeer not included.) Ho ho ho!
Happy birfday Specklet! Yay! This year you are officially 27!
Photo Friday: Running/Walking
01 December 2011
Sauce shoutouts →Read more...
December Musical Giftstravaganza!
It's December 1, and today's selection is in honor of the whole month - though it's titled The Twenty-Fifth Day of December
, it's also known as The Last Month of the Year, by the Middle Georgia Four
, a group assembled for a folk festival in the 1940s at a black teachers' college
. Here's a more recent version by the Blind Boys of Alabama
. It's a toe-tapper.
Seattle Move: Achievement unlocked. Now what? Gotta find a place to live, preferably just a nice isolated room in someone's basement or over their garage.
AskMe Cross Post Long Shot
How can you tell where water came from?
OMG *not* a bunny, even though it's eating a carrot
: "Adventurer Mark Moffett has found the world's biggest insect - which is so huge it can eat carrots."
Slayer Goes To Church
[youtube, hilarious, slightly offensive to the religious]
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