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Fruit Slinger: Behind the scenes at the orchard and the farmers market
For two summers I've worked for an heirloom fruit orchard, mostly at Chicago farmers markets, but also on the farm in Southwestern Michigan. Back when I was a market customer, I always asked myself what it would be like to work on the other side of the table. So last season I decided to keep a blog and tell the story. (The short answer: difficult but fun, with incredible quantities of free fruit.) In the run-up to the start of market season next week, I'm posting a selection of entries from last year. Next week, the markets start up and the blog will begin another season.
posted by veggieboy at 7:49 AM on May 28, 2008 - 1 comment

Instant Agility: Build Your Own Dog Agility Equipment
How to build cheap-and-cheerful dog agility equipment using materials found in your local hardware store, along with some training tips from Mrs. Maxwelton. There are a number of other sites that do this, but not that many have clear step-by-step instructions. So far we've only had time to add a few obstacles, but hope to add a few more over the course of the summer...
posted by maxwelton at 4:52 PM on May 27, 2008

Hermitosis: A Malady of Perspective
Interviews about horror, featuring many people of note! Victims include Michael K. Williams (The Wire's Omar Little); film directors Jennifer Lynch, Mitchell Lichtenstein, and JT Petty; Philip Glass protogé Nico Muhly; 2008 Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts; Project Runway designer Chris March; Allan Apone, whose Faces of Death special effects faked out a generation, and many more. I've also amassed interviews with many others whose occupation gives them a unique perspective on the genre, such as the head perfumier at BPAL, a magician, an oral surgeon, a zombie scholar, an *ahem* funeral director, and so forth!
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 1:49 PM on May 27, 2008 - 3 comments

Musings of a Metafilter Spammer
Anybody who visits Metafilter regularly knows the drill. Someone signs up for the singular purpose of spamming the Metafilter frontpage, makes their mandatory three or four throwaway comments before being able to do so and is then beaten with the banhammer by our ever diligent moderators. By their very nature, these throwaway comments aren't the most significant contributions ever to be posted to Metafilter... until now! My new blog, 'Musings of a Metafilter Spammer' compiles the thoughts of each spammer in one single place, so you can read such thoughtful musings as "Nice!", "Wonder where I can get one?" and "Wow" before their posting rights (and their account) were forever deleted. And in doing so you'll get to laugh at the sheer simplicity of some of these asinine comments, and maybe stumble across some of the otherwise decent threads they used to make them in. A longer term goal is to use tags to document what these spammers are linking too, giving us a picture of what motivates someone to waste their $5 in a futile attempt at spamming one of the best communities on the internet.
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:46 AM on May 27, 2008 - 12 comments

neighborbee blog
neighborbee is a NYC-based blog whose sole purpose is to provide stuff to do in your free time. With writers from Best Week Ever, Gawker Media and other awesome blogs, neighborbee is sure to keep you busy throughout the week. I write the weekly music column, which goes up every Thursday. Enjoy!
posted by Afroblanco at 12:53 PM on May 16, 2008

The Hole in the Wall on Top Shelf!
My surrealistic cat story "The Hole in the Wall" (part of my Year in Comics project) is now being serialized by Top Shelf Comics as part of their new Webcomics section. Thrill to the pen & ink & watercolors adventures of two cats exploring a mysterious and dangerous underground landscape! More comics like this will be posted there depending on the popularity of this one.
posted by interrobang at 10:14 AM on May 16, 2008

An attempt to convey visually the changeable attentions of the news media. Like Marcos Weskamp's Newsmap, it relies on the clustering of similar stories across media outlets performed by Google News. (Requires SVG.)
posted by enn at 11:55 AM on May 12, 2008

The Life Less Traveled: How Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things…And How You Can, Too!
I meet a lot of people who have done some really amazing things, the kind of things that make you say "Wow, I want to do that, too!" So, I thought it would be fun to interview people who dared to take a chance and do something cool (like leave their jobs to travel for a year, pick up an unusual hobby, start their own business, etc.) and share these interviews via a website for all to enjoy. Thus was born The Life Less Traveled. The goal of each interview is to capture how each interviewee committed to pursuing their idea (take that, naysayers!) and the benefits they reaped from doing so, perhaps inspiring readers to go after their own crazy dreams. Each interview is split into 4 sections: conception, implementation, reflection, advice.
posted by scrumtralescent at 2:59 PM on May 10, 2008

TED talks, on DVD
Recently I compiled a DVD of talks from the excellent as a thank you present for a friend. I figured that, since all the talks are released under a Creative Commons licence, I might as well make them available for download over the Internet. Thanks to some very helpful people over on Ask MeFi I got the format and such sorted, and as requested by a couple of people I've also collected the original TED mp4 files into a single torrent. So, head over to and grab yourself a copy.
posted by amcewen at 10:47 AM on April 25, 2008

Stop Being Broken - tips for living in the near future
I started a show primarily about usability. The focus is on real-world objects and interactions, though I admit a penchant for Human-Computer Interactions and the English language that may bring those topics to the surface from time to time.
posted by bryanjbusch at 3:59 PM on April 25, 2008

Video game based embroideries.
posted by piratebowling at 7:20 AM on April 21, 2008

A climate analysis of Kanye West's "Flashing Lights"
First in an ongoing series from Brighter Planet.
posted by rossmeissl at 2:31 PM on April 21, 2008

I've spent the last few days conducting a comprehensive review, and constructing an annotated index, of the use of variations of the phrase "hurf durf" on Metafilter. The index covers 357 separate comments (and 10 posts) on various parts of the site, in chronological order.
posted by cortex at 1:49 PM on April 20, 2008

The weird and wonderful folks at BlueQ asked me if I wanted to turn my 50 Sad Chairs project into a book. I said yes.
posted by bkeaggy at 7:40 PM on April 14, 2008

Excelsior 1968
A high school yearbook for the fictional Bristol County Secondary School in the fictional Staedtler, Ontario. Each student here is redrawn (and renamed) from my mother's actual 1968 high school yearbook. I've put the entire thing on Flickr, but it's also available as a physical book from the online shop of my newly-redesigned blog/website, which has all sorts of other comics, illustrations, fonts, and other goodies.
posted by Robot Johnny at 10:28 AM on April 14, 2008

Cooking Monster
A food blog I started a couple months ago, to keep track of recipes, cookbooks, and food-related links.
posted by Dave Faris at 2:40 PM on April 8, 2008

The King of America
You thought Obama's pastor was scandalous? My short documentary film explores the unlikely $3 billion love affair between conservative Republicans and Reverend Moon, the maniacal cult leader who publishes their Washington Times--and wants you to obey his sexx laws.
posted by johngoren at 10:15 AM on April 6, 2008

Liana's Paperdoll Blog
I draw a free printable paper doll outfit every day based on whatever's on my mind lately. I usually draw fantastic outfits (especially mermaids), historical reproductions, vintage and retro dresses and clothes based on movies, games and books.
posted by shirobara at 8:04 AM on April 7, 2008

The Green Apple: Ethical & eco-friendly shopping... with a bit of style!
A locally-run site I redesigned and rebuilt, aiming to be fun and not overly 'worthy'. There are some pretty cool products, but I'm not entirely sure about the Henry VIII pantlets...
posted by malevolent at 6:25 AM on April 8, 2008

The Bicycle Tutor
For the past few months I've been producing weekly video tutorials that help people fix their own bikes. There are still hundreds of topics to cover. To make it easy for visitors to track new tutorials, I've included the option to subscribe by email or RSS. I'm open to suggestions, and I'd be really happy to hear any feedback. Thank you!
posted by alxram at 4:18 PM on April 4, 2008

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