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55 of the best free fonts for designers

55 of the best free fonts for designers. Sometimes in the world of free fonts, you get what you pay for. But Tom May (at art and design blog Creativebloq.com) has found the best free fonts by professional designers from a range of countries including Spain, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil, Sweden, Greece, Latvia, the UK, Uruguay, Finland, the US, Ireland, and Canada. The fonts are arranged into eight categories: serif, sans serif, handwriting, vintage and retro, brush, tattoo, graffiti and "unusual".
posted to MetaFilter by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:17 PM on September 2, 2017 (12 comments)

MeFites, how should we pronounce your username?

Following recent revelations that chris24's handle is pronounced chris-two-four aka christopher, we should probably all learn how everybody's usernames are pronounced, if it's not obvious (or maybe it is and we all collectively just don't see it).
posted to MetaTalk by numaner at 1:36 PM on August 24, 2017 (407 comments)

mathowie transfers ownership of MetaFilter to cortex

Big news: a few days ago Matt Haughey and I signed paperwork to transfer ownership of MetaFilter from him to me. This is sorta huge and sorta not a big deal at the same time: things are fine and basically nothing is changing on the site as a result, we’re just keeping on as before. I’ll talk about the whole thing below the fold.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 9:04 AM on July 31, 2017 (343 comments)

Me, I'm from Pretzelvania

The Foodnited States of America. Execution by Foodiggity, original concept by Mr. Foodiggity's son. Puns of arguable but mostly winsome deliciousness. Taste the absurd levity.
posted to MetaFilter by desuetude at 10:12 PM on July 5, 2017 (20 comments)

Quiz: See How Well You Can Draw All 50 States

It is addicting. To come: gifs of many attempts to draw the same state
posted to MetaFilter by readery at 8:34 PM on July 5, 2017 (53 comments)

All questions will be answered in Sovalo

In February 1975, the stars aligned in such a way that jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and eclelctic singer-guitarist Jose Feliciano appeared together -- as actors and as a musical double-act -- on the influential eastern-western television series Kung Fu.
posted to MetaFilter by Herodios at 10:45 AM on May 24, 2017 (7 comments)

A beautiful work of art, a labor of love, literally

Wait for it. Divers have been mystified by the crop circles that appeared on the ocean floor. Japanese scientists, Hiroshi Kawase, Yoji Okata & Kimiaki Ito discovered, finally, what they were. (Previously & previously)
posted to MetaFilter by nickyskye at 3:14 PM on March 29, 2017 (36 comments)

A confounded box of whistles

Robert Götzfried has taken some amazing photographs of church organs.
posted to MetaFilter by Stark at 4:21 AM on March 10, 2017 (15 comments)

One Ring to Fool Them All

“I am certainly an old man of 73 years, but close to where I live is my family doctor. I have been going there for 10 years, but that’s where the problem lies. In the waiting room there is a puzzle ring, and no matter what, I cannot solve it!"
posted to MetaFilter by Atom Eyes at 3:39 PM on January 30, 2017 (41 comments)

Hail to musical adaptation: how a lusty boat song became presidential

The upcoming transfer of power in the United States will be a time with much pomp and music, with people singing along to "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America," but "Hail to the Chief" remains instrumental, even though there are lyrics, as sung by the Mormon Tabernacle. And if we sang those lyrics, we'd be missing its origin as a song to celebrate Roderick Dhu, or Black Roderick, a fictional medieval Scottish outlaw, which was re-written a number of times before becoming the song that Julia Tyler, wife of President John Tyler, requested for presidential entrances.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 9:20 PM on January 5, 2017 (15 comments)

The enigma of pre-Columbian whistling water jars

Peruvian shamanic whistling vessels. Being made out of clay archaeologists first thought these beautiful, ceramic sculptures were water bottles or toys until an amateur anthropologist explored their ritual use. One can just blow into the vessel but when water is added in one of the chambers and the vessel is rocked back and forth the shifting air creates an interesting sound pattern.
posted to MetaFilter by nickyskye at 8:55 AM on October 23, 2016 (10 comments)

“Revolver” by way of funk and soul

To celebrate the 50th birthday of The Beatles’ Revolver, Larry at the Funky 16 Corners blog has assembled a track-for-track mix of funk, soul and jazz covers: Revolving in Soul. He also calls out Amd Whah over at the Any Major Dude With Half A Heart blog for pulling off a similar trick: Beatles Recovered: Revolver.
(Larry has actually done the funk-soul-jazz-Beatles-covers stunt six times before. Back in 2010, for John Lennon’s 70th birthday, he reposted all of the old mixes, and the links still work fine. Previously)
posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 1:34 PM on August 8, 2016 (11 comments)

The Lock and Key Library

In 1909, Julian Hawthorne (Nathaniel H.'s dashing, reckless son) released a wildly eclectic anthology called The Lock and Key Library: ten shotgun blast volumes of mystery, detection, horror, suspense, crime, decadence, and romance, comprised of stories, novel excerpts, folktales, and memoirs gathered from Russia, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, Tibet, Iran, the Ottoman Empire, India, Arabia, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Germany, France, England, Ireland and the United States.
posted to MetaFilter by Iridic at 1:55 PM on July 27, 2016 (7 comments)

Gracias, Señor Clemente

Roberto Clemente was a fierce critic of both baseball and American society. "He was as likely to ruminate about civil rights as about the curveballs of Sandy Koufax or Juan Marichal." (May 31st, 2016, was Roberto Clemente Day)
posted to MetaFilter by jillithd at 7:03 AM on June 1, 2016 (11 comments)

A peek into the traveling libraries of light house keepers

In 1885, there were 15 lighthouse districts in the US, and over each served an inspector, who visits every light-station quarterly, and his duties include maintenance of all those aids to navigation in it, the discipline of its personnel and pay to each keeper. When he visits a lighthouse that has a library he takes it away and replaces it (Google books preview). Those traveling lighthouse libraries were carried in heavy-duty, dual-purpose boxes that doubled as small book cases.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 8:55 AM on February 22, 2016 (25 comments)

just the sounds of buzzing flies and sobbing

The art of tour guiding
When you’re driving a bus full of tourists through the Australian outback,
a packet of chewing gum may be your only hope.

posted to MetaFilter by Joe in Australia at 10:43 PM on December 28, 2015 (27 comments)

The Adventures of Edward the Less

Back when the Mystery Science Theater guys were still on the Sci-Fi Channel, they made a series of short (very) limited animation cartoons called The Adventures of Edward the Less, a silly Lord of the Rings parody. It seems to have been narrated by the wonderfully-voiced Mike Dodge (RIP). While hard to come by for a while, the whole series is now on YouTube. (Previously)
posted to MetaFilter by JHarris at 4:36 PM on December 20, 2015 (5 comments)

I Thought I Told You To Shut Up

I Thought I Told You To Shut Up. In 1977 David Boswell created comic book anti-hero Reid Fleming, the World’s Toughest Milkman. 30 years later, the big screen Hollywood adaptation remains in contractual limbo. Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Jonathan Demme. Previously on M-F, with that comment .
posted to MetaFilter by growabrain at 1:21 PM on October 19, 2015 (30 comments)

Low cost 30 day project

Sunset Silhouette Selfies
posted to MetaFilter by Mitheral at 12:49 AM on October 13, 2015 (3 comments)

Squidward laughing spreads his wings, OH LORD YEAH!

If you watch only one completely-realized, well-lipsynched, full-length video mashing up Spongebob Squarepants clips with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" this year, make it this one.
posted to MetaFilter by not_on_display at 11:24 AM on October 7, 2015 (36 comments)

Happy 70th birthday to Leo Kottke

by Leo Kottke, the phenomenal acoustic guitarist, who turns 70 today.
posted to MetaFilter by John Cohen at 5:54 PM on September 11, 2015 (30 comments)

? Corn Wars/if they should scorn wars/please let these Corn Wars stay ?

Corn Wars: The farm-by-farm fight between China and the United States to dominate the global food supply. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI now contend, in effect, that the theft of genetically modified corn technology is as credible a threat to national security as the spread to nation-states of the technology necessary to deliver and detonate nuclear warheads. Disturbingly, they may be right. As the global population continues to climb and climate change makes arable soil and water for irrigation ever more scarce, the world’s next superpower will be determined not just by which country has the most military might but also, and more importantly, by its mastery of the technology required to produce large quantities of food.
posted to MetaFilter by Cash4Lead at 8:03 AM on August 18, 2015 (26 comments)

State of Metafilter, and funding update

It’s been a busy year on Metafilter, with some big changes over the last twelve months.? Some of the hardest changes were the result of the financial difficulties that came to a head last May with significant staffing cuts.? And the best thing to happen for the site was the tremendous outpouring of generosity from Metafilter’s members in response to that financial crisis, through voluntary funding of Metafilter. ?

I want to thank all of you again for your support, and give you an update on where site finances are now, how funding has helped, and how we’re trying to make it easier to support the site in a way that works well for you—including a new alternative to PayPal.
posted to MetaTalk by cortex at 9:40 AM on June 8, 2015 (223 comments)

Garry Winogrand- Photographer of the streets

Things Garry Winogrand Can Teach You About Street Photography An amazing post about the life and work of Garry Winogrand, a street photographer (who HATED that phrase) who took millions of photographs in his lifetime--so many, in fact, that he died without seeing half a million of them.
posted to MetaFilter by ColdChef at 2:28 PM on June 10, 2015 (15 comments)

One last chance to be moderated by Matt: feel free to be extreme.

So, mathowie, you are still with us for one last night, as a so-called moderator. Interesting. Beguiling, even. Show us then: what are the uncouthnesses, insubordinations and downright fripperies up with which you will not put, while you are still in power?
posted to MetaTalk by MiguelCardoso at 1:57 PM on March 6, 2015 (625 comments)

Sixteen Years

After 16 years of doing a bit of everything under the sun here, I’m stepping away from the day to day of running MetaFilter and moving into the background. Never fear, I’m leaving it in the best of hands and things are looking good for the future.
posted to MetaTalk by mathowie at 1:03 PM on March 4, 2015 (960 comments)

Design off the beaten path

Trail Type is a site showcasing loads of examples of type found out on the trail. You probably thought there were only a couple standard fonts used by Forest Service and National Park organizations, but it turns out there are loads of different examples of handmade, routered-into-wood, and quickly made letterforms, and they're all beautiful.
posted to MetaFilter by mathowie at 6:28 PM on January 12, 2015 (29 comments)


In 2010, the Colombian army wanted to send a message of hope to soldiers held hostage by FARC guerrillas deep in the jungle. But how to send a message the hostages would recognize, but their captors wouldn't? Morse code, hidden in a pop song.
posted to MetaFilter by Horace Rumpole at 9:16 AM on January 7, 2015 (5 comments)

Plating Thanksgiving

Hannah Rothstein imagines how different famous artists would plate Thanksgiving.
posted to MetaFilter by ourt at 4:39 PM on November 13, 2014 (10 comments)

Thanksgiving Travel? Vermont Turkeys Used To Walk To Boston

"Turkey drives" were an autumnal tradition from the 1800s to the early 1900s, and involved the overland strolling of flocks of turkeys from all corners of Vermont to their destination — and demise — in Boston.
posted to MetaFilter by terrapin at 10:30 AM on November 27, 2014 (11 comments)

Unpublished Coffee Table Books

Over the years I have taken countless photos perhaps under the deluded belief that if I don’t visually document everything then those very things won’t exist because I have a magic camera and enchanted iPhone. Or maybe because I just like to take pictures. Either way, it has resulted in me having an untold number of images that I have time and time again organized into coffee table books that remain unpublished because of The Man (or because my own publisher wishes to remain profitable).

posted to MetaFilter by Lexica at 8:43 AM on November 23, 2014 (23 comments)

Corporate Brand Identity Avoidance Consultant

Aunt Feminina Boots's Char-Broiled Book Club — Feminina Boots has been experiencing a lot of difficulty lately trying to find a book club where she can say things that aren’t just going to upset people.
posted to MetaFilter by netbros at 12:18 AM on August 27, 2009 (18 comments)

Orson Welles’ little-known TV pilot

Imagine a Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents, but with Orson Welles in the auteur/narrator’s role.

Orson Welles wrote, starred in, directed, art directed and even produced the music for “The Fountain of Youth,” an ingeniously devised and wryly funny half-hour that was made as a television pilot for The Orson Welles Show, an ill-fated anthology show that Welles developed for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Desilu production company in 1956.

From the first minutes of “The Fountain of Youth” it’s very obviously different from any and every television show of that era, with a clever use of rear projection, consecutive photo stills, illustration, on-camera set changes, innovative sound editing, experimental narrative techniques and multilayered storytelling.

(Direct link to "Fountain of Youth" on YouTube)
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 4:42 PM on November 9, 2014 (12 comments)

Mobile Phones

In 1929, the Indiana Bell Telephone Company decided to build a new office building. Rather than demolishing the old building, on the advice of Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., they moved it.
posted to MetaFilter by zamboni at 9:53 AM on July 17, 2014 (18 comments)

Things not to say

A list of things I don't want you to say by Carlie Lazar
posted to MetaFilter by josher71 at 11:11 AM on July 11, 2014 (208 comments)

The man who saved the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs were lumbering, stupid, scientifically boring beasts—until John Ostrom rewrote the book on them.
posted to MetaFilter by brundlefly at 11:50 PM on July 11, 2014 (12 comments)

Wikipedia: Condensed For Your Pleasure

TL;DR Wikipedia (SLTumblr)
posted to MetaFilter by Chrysostom at 1:17 PM on April 15, 2014 (27 comments)

We're going on a bear hunt

Former teacher, poet, socialist and writer Michael Rosen talks to illustrator Helen Oxenbury about the publication 25 years ago of their classic children's story . Based on a skit Rosen did as part of his one man show, his own performance is still the best and just one of the many performance videos available at his Youtube channel.
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 5:59 AM on April 13, 2014 (19 comments)

Necessary Fictophones

Since the taxonomical work of Erich Moritz von Hornbostel and Curt Sachs* in the early twentieth century, organologists have classified musical instruments into four major categories, each distinguished by its primary sound-producing mechanism: idiophones (vibrating body), membranophones (vibrating membrane), chordophones (vibrating strings) and aerophones (vibrating air columns). Beyond these basic divisions, scholars have proposed such logically consistent additions as electrophones (for electronic instruments) and corpophones (for the human body as a source of sound). We propose a seventh category: fictophones, for imaginary musical instruments. Existing as diagrams, drawings or written descriptions, these devices never produce a sound. Yet they are no less a part of musical culture for that. Indeed, fictophones represent an essential if hitherto unrecognized domain of musical thought and activity, and it is in order to catalog these conceptual artifacts that we have established the first institution of its kind: The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments.
posted to MetaFilter by carsonb at 10:22 PM on March 5, 2014 (19 comments)

vanishing beauty

Joshua - a time-lapse tribute to the beauty of Joshua trees, native to southwestern U.S. Photographer Sungjin Ahn embarked on his project after learning that climate change could "eliminate Joshua trees from 90 percent of their current range in 60 to 90 years." via PetaPixel
posted to MetaFilter by madamjujujive at 12:25 PM on February 12, 2014 (15 comments)

Batman and the Non Stop Beautiful Ladies

French photographer Rémi Noël travelled through Texas with only his son's Batman figurine for company and took some amazing photographs. The photos are part of the This Is Not A Map series, with Noël's work representing "the least precise map of Texas in the history of Texas".
posted to MetaFilter by Athanassiel at 4:43 PM on January 19, 2014 (28 comments)

Craig Strete: transmuting anger into art; Native American sci-fi

Jorge Luis Borges called the stories of Craig Strete “shattered chains of brilliance.” Salvador Dali said, “like a new dream, his writings seizes the mind.” First published in1974 and then again in 1977, [The Bleeding Man] has its foreward written by none other than the great Virginia Hamilton who dubs him “the first American Indian to become a successful Science Fiction writer” and says that “the writing is smooth and unassuming, and yet the fabric of it is always richly textured.” The Bleeding Man and many other out-of-print titles by Strete are available in eBook format[s (PDF, PRC, ePUB)] for free.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 2:56 PM on January 15, 2014 (8 comments)


Cartoonist Mike Holmes draws himself (and his cat) in the style of other famous cartoonists/illustrators/animators. Examples: Maurice Sendak. Chris Ware. Rob Liefeld. Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
posted to MetaFilter by Greg Nog at 6:07 PM on December 14, 2013 (70 comments)

The circuitous histories of hamburgers and ketchup

The history of the hamburger could be a relatively short story, or one spanning centuries and continents, depending on how far you disassemble the modern hamburger. If you look for the origins of ground meat between two pieces of bread, . But how did we get the ground meat patty? You can thank the Mongols and Kublai Khan, who brought their ground meat to Russia. Oh, and !
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filthy light thief at 8:05 PM on August 19, 2013 (35 comments)

Writing to find a post about writing

Or it could have been a comment, about writing or planning a book. It went something like this. (I think it was askme, but I'm not sure). 1. Event 2. Climax 3. Ending And then 1a. Lead up to event. 1b. actual event. 1c. results of event. 2a. Lead up to climax 2b. Almost climax 2c. Climax! Showing a hierarchical method of laying out a story, so that the paragraphs practically write themselves. Thank you.
posted to MetaTalk by b33j at 3:01 AM on May 1, 2013 (30 comments)
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