DECEMBER BEST POST CONTEST! FINAL AWARDS! January 1, 2018 8:50 PM   Subscribe

It was a great month for posts to finish out 2017! Read inside for the month-long winners, final-week winners, category winners, and more!

The post that received the most votes via "fantastic" flags, and therefore the best post of the month, was:
Korerotia to reo kia rangona ai tona ataahua, about the resurgence of Maori in NZ broadcasting, and backlash thereto, by Start with Dessert

Rounding out the top five:
Jingle Rock Bell, featuring MeFi's favorite carol and an unimaginably weird extended riff on jingles, rocks, bells, and JBR itself, by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace.

The fabled San Buenaventura river: it must exist because it had to, about a river that (spoiler alert!) didn't, by filthy light thief.

PRESS ANY KEY WHEN READY, about PC Christmas art, by castlebravo.

Boisebration, about mad genius and 17776 author Jon Bois, by brainwane.


Our best post for the final week was:
COMFORT YE, MY PEOPLE, about Handel's Messiah, by the man of twists and turns.

Runner up:
No more library police? about the death of late fees, by metaquarry


Prior week best posts: December 1-10, Korerotia to reo kia rangona ai tona ataahua and a tie between FPPs Full of Women and Boisebration; December 11-17, Abortion Clinic Procedure Room as Sacred Space and Let's Be Wizards!; December 18-24, Jingle Rock Bell and The fabled San Buenaventura river.


First and Second Time Posters

Final Week First Posts:
The Mind of a Fool, by kariebookish, featuring David Bowie and Thomas Vinterburg.

I thought that I had to decide between [how I] identify and [my] career., by lab.beetle, about the life and career of transgender scientist Ben Barres.

To live with thee and be thy love, by desert outpost, talking about the perils of one love marriage in India.

Named after a famous Finnish programmer, by Soi-hah, introducing us to a programming language that I definitely do not understand!

Larkin Poe, by cult-url-bias, sharing the music of the Atlanta roots band.

This is not happening, by mumblelard, about comics doing longform storytelling.

Second Posts for the final week:
The Scene is on Soundcloud Now, by Catastrophe Waitress, pondering indie rock's midlife crisis.

This world crucifies you again and again, by suetanvil, introducing us to a Christian industrial rock band, Massivivid.

nobody ever came from nowhere more completely than you, by mumblelard, knocking off their second post the same week as their first post!, about the time Orson Welles interviewed Andy Kaufman.

You can use the FirstPost tag to find all the fantastic first posts this month, which in addition to those mentioned above included posts by Liesl, mrmurbles, Cheerwell Maker, peppercorn, 8603, esoterrica, springo, Homo neanderthalensis, Xyanthilous P. Harrierstick, faceplantingcheetah, D. Billy, halation, and honor the agreement.

In addition to those above, our stupendous SecondPost posters included knownassociate, hexaflexagon, night_train, faethverity, coolxcool=rad, elsietheeel, Hermeowne Grangepurr, bkpiano, and moink.


Our most-fantastic'd First Time Poster was Liesl with FPPs Full of Women. Second was peppercorn with Be calmly aware that this may periodically expand, contract or combust.

The Best Second Time Post goes to knownassociate with The Perfect Crime Was When They Took My Money.

Great work by all our first- and second-time posting newbies jumping in with great content!


Finally, here are links to all the tagged categories this month, so you can flip through and enjoy what individuals were asking for this month! I tried to read and tag every post every day, and I tended a bit towards overtagging to award-providers could have a larger selection to choose from and not miss anything that might possibly be in their category, so overtagging is likely to be mine!

GeometricArt -- Books, Libraries, Reading -- Religion, Theology -- FoodCulture -- PatternRecognition -- HistoricTech

AwesomeWomen -- FizzLit -- Procrastination -- WeirdMusic
Museums -- Americana -- Paper
DeadArt -- Nobit -- DecMakers -- Suomi100
RestOfWorld -- KeepMefiWeird -- Animation -- BestofthePast

Category post winners will be straggling in over the next couple day as people pick their winners -- announce them in thread and I can add them up here!


Category Post Winners
(Links here will link to the comment below where the category decider names their best post, links it, and talks a little about it, rather than directly to the post.)

Mod Categories:
Geometric Art: With a compass, you're never lost. by DoctorFedora
Good News about reading, books and/or libraries: Apex Retail Predator by oulipian and How the Index Card Cataloged the World by EllieBOA
Religion and/or Theology: The Hidden World of Mexican Nuns by roger ackroyd
Old Technologies: Hill forts of Great Britain by Helga-woo
Food Culture: “spit” here refers to a horizontal rotisserie by the man of twists and turns
Pattern Recognition: With a compass, you're never lost by DoctorFedora

Member Categories:
Art by a Deceased Artist: Stopping By the Ruins by Paddle to the Sea
Women Doing Awesome Things: FPPs Full of Women by Liesl
Best Literary Post: A COP OUT
Nobit: Éliane Radigue, drone music pioneer by advil
Weird Music: Vanilla, Indeed by Agent Rocket
December Makers: I'm-a teach you how to make lasagna by Kitteh
Museum Stuff:
Americana: Defunctland by Pope Guilty
Paper: The Chimney Map by rory
Finland Centennial:
Rest of World, topics outside the US:
Keep MeFi Weird:
Animation: Injunuity by kliuless
Things Learned from People 50 Years Older: a haiku

And finally, the illustrious Meatbomb Award for Last-Chance Slapdash Excellence, awarded to the best post of the last 6 hours of Dec 31 that does not exhibit any evidence of advance preparation: Meatbomb, for throwing together an award category at the last second and then not being able to award it
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 8:50 PM (53 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite


I'm a sucker for nuns, especially nuns doing regular stuff, so my winner is The Hidden World of Mexican Nuns, by roger ackroyd, with photos of cloistered Catholic nuns in Mexico living their lives. It just made me happy.

Runners Up:
The first butt time capsule, by jeather, which is about religious statuary, secret messages hidden in butts, and features about a billion butt jokes in the comments, three of my favorite things!

The Mesopotamian Pantheon, by Kattullus, which links to a resources about the same and includes Ningishzida, by far my fave Mesopotamian deity. I love Mesopotamian mythology in general so it was a fun site to poke through!
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 9:03 PM on January 1, 2018 [1 favorite]

Wow! Thanks folks. Considering the competition, I'm surprised and delighted.

My original aim was to throw off my self-conscious limitedness and post as often as I dared over December. A subsidiary aim was to increase the amount of New Zealand related posts around here. Thanks to the mods and users for their competition categories, as I really enjoyed trying to find New Zealand related stuff to fulfil them.

As I said before, there's definitely been some great posting - especially by first and second posters. Don't be strangers!
posted by Start with Dessert at 1:21 AM on January 2, 2018 [9 favorites]

Congrats to the winners thus far, and thanks to everyone who made new, fantastic posts!

It'll be a day or two before I settle my thoughts to award my two prizes. This is the most fun sort of problem to have :)
posted by filthy light thief at 7:40 AM on January 2, 2018

Great job, everyone. I was really blown away by the number of truly excellent posts this month. Maybe next year I will get my shit together to arrange a Best Single Link Post category.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:51 AM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

YAY!!!!! *takes bow and blushes*
posted by knownassociate at 8:44 AM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

Do you edit these in to the main post? If so, my fave posts (that didn't already appear in another winner list - I did love that late fees post so much) were these two.

Apex Retail Predator - a thread about Customer Service Wolf that all librarians can appreciate. Brief but fun discussion, something I hadn't seen on the web before and was delighted by. Thank you oulipian

How the Index Card Cataloged the World - huge fan of notes-on-paper and people nerding out about them. More fun links in the thread. Thank you EllieBOA

Send me your addresses and I will send you some postcards.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 8:52 AM on January 2, 2018 [4 favorites]

I think about doing a single-link award every time, Rock Steady -- do it!

I'm gonna be a day or two in figuring out my award, my holidays were unexpectedly busy and there's so much good stuff to go through.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:46 AM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

The DecMakers award goes to Kitteh for I'm-a teach you how to make lasagna.

It's a perfect maker video:

It's entertaining
It's funny
It shows you that anybody can make a thing.
While it doesn't look like the all-time best lasagna recipe, it looks good enough.
You watch that video and you think "I can do that."

Yes, it was a single-link YouTube post. "Best Post" does not necessarily mean an elaborately constructed post. It did exactly what I was looking for.

Drop me a MeMail, Kitteh, and we'll figure out what sort of thing I'm gonna make for you.
posted by bondcliff at 9:52 AM on January 2, 2018 [3 favorites]

Yay!! Thank you Jessamyn.
posted by ellieBOA at 10:09 AM on January 2, 2018 [2 favorites]

Oh wow! I didn't expect to win a BEST POAST award! Thank you. But really, I thank the lasagna guy. That cheered me up no end when I found it.
posted by Kitteh at 10:16 AM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

For everyone who contributed to my FizzLit (literature, book, books) type of posts. You all win. I cannot choose. The prize: a hearty thank you.

I love that we do these things. Thanks to the mods Eyebrows McGee. <3 Your hard work and passion is always appreciated. Cheers.
posted by Fizz at 10:40 AM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

My favourite post about the culture of food comes thanks to my child discovering this December that it's their favourite Christmas treat. The man of twists and turns' post about Baumkuchen wins my heart.

My runners-up are, in no particular order: The Doomsday Diet, by rumple, about the survival cracker, which added in my interest in American nuclear fears to food. MoveableBookLady's post on Grape Hull Pie, which introduced me to not only a dessert that I'd never heard of, but also a new-to-me grape. Likewise, filthy light thief's post on Black Cake also taught me a bunch of new things. In a very different direction, both the story posted by pjern about gaming Tripadvisor and the resulting thread captivated me.

Finally, rewil's post about the end of Flavourtown marks another development in MetaFilter's greasy, messy romance with Guy Fieri.
posted by frimble (staff) at 11:25 AM on January 2, 2018 [7 favorites]

Yep, I'll add them, I'll probably go through once a day in the evening (when my kids are in bed and not shouting in my ear while I type so I accidentally type what they're saying hamburger purple monkey) and snag all the newly announced ones.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 11:31 AM on January 2, 2018

There were lots of great weirdmusic posts in December, but my favorite was one that not only hewed closely to The Sort of Thing I Wanted to Read About, but also included some discussion of other musical oddities and allowed me to reflect upon the Spice Girls' oeuvre: AgentRocket's post about some truly execrable pop music, Vanilla, Indeed.

Runners up, in no particular order, are CrystalDave's SLYT power-hour video, Drinking Pace Indicated, Not Recommended, which reminded me of times I'd probably rather forget; klausman's very-satisfying Boomhauer Drums; another hit from AgentRocket, this one about some really delightful jingles for Pop-peroni-Pizza; and hippybear's blast-from-the-past post about The Cat In The Hat Songbook.

Shoot me a MeMail, AgentRocket, to discuss your "prize."
posted by uncleozzy at 12:08 PM on January 2, 2018 [1 favorite]

Great work Start with Dessert, I'm hoping to work through a bunch of your posts over the summer break, especially the NZ Wars one.
posted by Pink Frost at 2:34 PM on January 2, 2018 [3 favorites]

You all delighted me with your Americana posts! Thank you all for taking part and making December such a fun month on MeFi. Among others, I particularly wanted to call out the Larkin Poe primer, the traffic circle from hell, the US War Department bluegrass, the vintage Christmas decorations, Dial-A-Carol, the two-spirit powwow dancers, the fascinating lives of bar and bat mitzvah entertainers, the BuzzFeeders who boozed their way through 50 states, and the badass lil' fox. (I also posted in my own tag because I couldn't resist.)

And my #1 favorite was an early-December submission that immediately got out ahead of the pack. Pope Guilty made this post about the YouTube series Defunctland, a series of videos about defunct amusement park attractions, which is a topic that's about as "niche Americana" as it gets. Esoteric, nerdy, and full of nostalgia, these videos are one of my favorite discoveries of the year. Pope Guilty, check your MeMail in a few minutes, because I want to send you a prize!
posted by capricorn at 3:41 PM on January 2, 2018 [4 favorites]

Wow, thank you frimble. I'm very happy you enjoyed it.
I did end up making a schichttorte, and burned the bottom layers. The rest of it was good.

And I'm thrilled the Messiah post was so well received. I have many happy memories of rehearsing and performing Messiah, and finding all those performances was very fun. I have a bit of a bias for the Romantic settings and tried to get good sound on the sections.

Two is much more than I ever anticipated, and I really am pleased.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:14 PM on January 2, 2018 [2 favorites]

Congrats, everyone!

I'll be going through the treasure trove of posts in my category and announcing the winners within the next day or so. Thanks to everyone for posting!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 12:47 AM on January 3, 2018

I'm working my way through the "museum" and "museums" tags. The choice poses a great challenge! There are some really interesting posts that are almost about the absence of a museum or monument where a history exists. Some are about collections, some about architects and curators. I want to be judicious so I'll take a little time to read everything before bestowing the prize!
posted by Miko at 7:37 AM on January 3, 2018

How the hell did I miss all but a few of these posts?!?
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:28 AM on January 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

I hope to get around to picking the best nobit post this weekend — I want to take the time to thoroughly explore the links therein, and some of them have quite a few, and to lengthy pieces, especially the Philip Glass Portrait Trilogy and Éliane Radigue posts. (Note: this is a GOOD thing which I'm very much looking forward to.)

I'm thrilled to see not one but two nobit posts about modern classical composers — which is not to say those are the only two posts in contention for the award.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:15 AM on January 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

Animation posts were outstanding and it was difficult to pick the “best”! Thank you all for such a great and varied selection. The award goes to kliuless for Injunuity. Nine shorts (by different artists) covering different aspects of the Native American world. Check them out!
posted by mrcrow at 10:37 AM on January 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

Going through all the posts in my category always feels like opening a bunch of gifts for my birthday or for Christmas. If you made a post about women doing awesome things, I give you applause and high fives! I especially liked the posts about women I didn't know about who were trailblazers in some way. As usual, it was tough to narrow down winners so I picked a bunch. :)

Top winner: FPPs Full of Women - not only was it about the History Chicks, a great resource unknown to me, it covered over 10 other podcasts/websites/books/videos about women in history! Congrats Liesl for putting it together as a great first post (yay)! I will send you a MetaFilter sticker and a postcard.

More winning posts that particularly caught my eye (I'll send the posters postcards) -- I love that they demonstrated women being awesome in all sorts of ways, from hunting Nazis, to racing in marathons, to advocating and defending people, to inventing things we use every day or not every day, to contributing to culture and art and science. In no particular order, they were about:

- Margaret Knight, aka the "Lady Edison" of mechanical design who invented and patented the machine for producing the paper bags we generally think of today. A fascinating post that covers how the paper bag has a secret feminist history (and also a really troubling part in racism and discrimination). (by Fizz)

- Elizebeth Friedman and a recent biography on her life as a poet-turned-cryptographer who decoded Nazi messages and helped win world wars. Amazing person who is finally getting credit due to her. (by clew)

MovableBookLady caught my eye with these posts about:
- Josephine Baker - dancer, French Resistance spy, philanthropist, civil rights activist.
- World War I women photographers and ambulance drivers.
- Mary Hallock-Greenewalt, a musician who also invented visual instruments such as a color organ that could play colored lights . Really made me wish I could try out one of her light pianos.

- The Next Bechtel-Wallace Test, about 12 additional tests beyond Bechtel-Wallace for films. This is the type of thing I could talk about all day and literally have talked about for hours with friends, so I was thrilled to see the post. (by not_the_water)

- Janet Benshoof, "human rights lawyer who campaigned to expand access to contraceptives and abortion. As a litigator for the American Civil Liberties Union, she argued sex education and abortion cases before the Supreme Court." - obit post. (by SecretAgentSockpuppet)

- Courtney Mattison's marine biology art, such as her painstakingly large-scale coral reef sculptures. Seriously, if you haven't seen the photos of her sculptures, they're just Wow. (by infinite intimation)

- Mary Hamilton and Sheila Michaels, for fighting to be called "Miss" and "Ms." This was like a longer sequel to bq's obit post for Ms Michaels during the July Best Post contest and it was especially cool to hear about the importance of her friend Mary Hamilton in this post. (by filthy light thief)

- Cheri Blauwet, a physician, winner of the wheelchair division of major marathons, and Paralympic medalist. Interesting to read about Dr Blauwet, who is a self-confessed member of the "A.D.A. generation" and also describes the discrimination faced by the pre-A.D.A. generation, including her own mentor. (by mandolin conspiracy) (And it turns out Dr Blauwet is the cousin of a MeFite!)

- Vanessa Thompson and Kelsey Kauffman - Kauffman created the college program at the Indiana Women's Prison, and Thompson and other women inside the prison studied public policy and presented their prisoner-reentry program to the Indiana legislature -- which approved the proposal unanimously! (by queen anne's remorse)

Winners, I'll be sending MeMails to all of you soon. If you see this first, send me a message with your mailing address.


Honorable Mentions! (For most candidates be sure to check out the AwesomeWomen tag) In chrono order:
  • Mavis Staples and "her new album, her latest collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and how it fits into the current political climate." (by DirtyOldTown)
  • Éliane Radigue, electronic + drone music pioneer. (by advil)
  • Julia Evans, who "does a great job of pulling back the curtain on how computers work at a lower level than most people (including many in tech!) are familiar with, and by doing so is introducing systems programming to a much wider audience in an enthusiastic and approachable way." (by yeahwhatever)
  • Nichole Perkins and Bim Adewunmi and "Thirst Aid Kit" -- their podcast that can "give women a space to show what we are interested in and what women want." (by ChuraChura)
  • Women Composer Database, "a great resource for discovering the music of women composers, both living and dead." (by bkpiano)
  • - index of over 1000 composers, improvisers and sonic artists. (by loquacious)
  • Mamie Johnson, the first woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues - obit post. (by tonycpsu)
  • Keely Smith, singer well known for her partnership with Louis Prima - obit post. (by AlonzoMosleyFBI)
  • The Guerrilla Girls convincing the director of the Uffizi Gallery Museum, Eike Schmidt, to get more paintings by women out from storage and display them. The museum has the "largest collection of works of arts by women before the 19th century." (by DirtyOldTown)
  • Maria Bamford's 12 gifts for the holidays. (by Space Coyote)
  • Les-Filles-de-Illighadad, a band led by Fatou Seidi Ghali, one of only two known Tuareg women guitarists in Niger. (by Buntix)
  • Rose Marie of 'Dick Van Dyke Show' fame (who also gained further recognition recently on Twitter) - obit post. (by I_Love_Bananas)
  • Sue Grafton - "prolific author of detective novels known for an alphabetically titled series that began in 1982 with "A Is for Alibi"" - obit post. (by not_the_water)
  • Stevie Nicks and her enduring power. (by the man of twists and turns)
Thanks to everyone who posted last month, and thanks to everyone who keeps posting excellent content regardless of whether there's a contest! You all rock.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 3:56 AM on January 6, 2018 [5 favorites]

klausman's very-satisfying Boomhauer Drums

HOW DID I MISS THIS? It's great!
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:28 PM on January 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

Oh, and - is there any thought of putting this thread up on the sidebar or as a banner, since the contest itself was a banner for the month of December?
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 4:33 PM on January 6, 2018

rangefinder 1.4: Thank you so much for my award! If I weren't down with a nasty allergy attack, I'd be doing a jig. I've responded to your memail. Thanks again.
posted by MovableBookLady at 7:12 PM on January 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

"Oh, and - is there any thought of putting this thread up on the sidebar or as a banner, since the contest itself was a banner for the month of December?"

We were just discussing that! Probably after people have the weekend to issue their awards, we'll then highlight it somehow!
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 10:38 PM on January 6, 2018

Thanks to everyone for the excellent nobit posts! My favorite was advil's Éliane Radigue, drone music pioneer. As promised, advil wins a copy of Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor.

Very honorable mentions go to filthy light thief for The Portrait Trilogy of operas by Philip Glass and Johnny Wallflower for There are only two styles of portrait painting—the serious and the smirk. I spent quite a long time going back and forth among those three, and at times it seemed that my favorite was whichever one of those I was looking at in the moment.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:07 AM on January 7, 2018 [1 favorite]

Oi, hey! A day late and a dollar short, sorry for the wait.

I looked at posts on January 1st, trying to pick my winner, and sadly I could not find a post that on the surface met my award parameters... and it seemed a bit gauche to award such a prize to someone that would then say "Hey, Meatbomb, I spent a couple hours thinking that through and carefully selecting the links! What's this 'last minute slapdash' BS?"

So to avoid offense, those of you posting in that time period just seemed too good.

Next year in Jerusalem!
posted by Meatbomb at 11:10 AM on January 7, 2018 [1 favorite]

For my "Pattern Recognition" category, With a compass, you're never lost from DoctorFedora is my top pick, for geometrically blowing my mind and providing a totally breathtaking breakdown of these absolutely awesome designs. My head is still spinning, and I loved this so, so much.

Other posts in my top 5 for Pattern Recognition: Norwegian Gothic Zoetrope Boogie by carter; practical and tactical (Leafy Neckdowns: Cornstarch, Water & Leaves Reshape Unsafe Intersection) from the man of twists and turns (twists! and turns!); Because a chicken does not have a penis from MonkeyToes, and No-waste boro: Mending is better than ending, also by MonkeyToes. Thank you so much for the amazing posts everyone!
posted by taz (staff) at 1:05 PM on January 7, 2018 [1 favorite]

Subject : best post contest
Message : Just a reminder to pop by the final awards thread here

and choose a best post for your category! You can see all posts tagged with your category here:

oh gosh, yes yes, right on it, right away
posted by sammyo at 8:00 PM on January 7, 2018 [3 favorites]

Okay, after much deliberation, the award for posts about old technologies goes to.....
Helga-woo for the post on hill forts of Great Britain! Thank you for posting this -- I enjoyed learning about Maiden Castle and hill forts, and it's a nice accessible scope of post. (Mefimail me and I will send you a postcard!)

There was a ton of wonderful stuff in the historictech category -- seriously, skim through that tag page, it's great. Some really fantastic posts were from post-1950 technologies, so I set those aside even though they're fascinating (milk floats! long-lost arcade games! survival crackers!).... and after dithering for a week, I decided the best way to narrow down was by whether the poster had already won an award this month... so honorable mentions go to these prolific posters (I may miss stuff here, and am mostly skipping over things posted above):

-Start with Dessert for an outstandingly great roundup of links on flax weaving in the Maori tradition, and other Maori decorative/design pattern elements

-carter with a single-link post to a really deep interesting blog on hidden water sources in cities, specifically with an entry on wooden water pipes in municipal water-supply systems from the early 1800s

-Fizz for the paper bag machine

-MovableBookLady for the candid street photos from 1890, and another on decoding Incan khipus

-Doctor Fedora for drawing precise Japanese family crests, by hand with a compass

-Eyebrows McGee for a collection of weird Victorian forks

... and there are a lot more. Thank you to everyone who posted in this category this month, I've loved reading them all. <3
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:41 PM on January 7, 2018 [5 favorites]

Thanks for the honorable mention, Lobster Mitten!
posted by MovableBookLady at 10:01 AM on January 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Thank you so much LM! That was totally unexpected. I'm glad to see hill forts getting a little love, they are wonderful.
posted by Helga-woo at 1:28 PM on January 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

My postcards/prizes are IN THE MAIL.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 2:25 PM on January 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

Aww, thanks for the top 5 mention, taz! The chicken sexing piece struck me as perfectly MeFi, but boro? Oh my God, that apron just--I don't know, I had to go cut up some old jeans and experiment. It hits the same sweet spots as do certain of the quilts of Gee's Bend, the My Way creations. Artistic and organic at once. What's not to like? I regret only that a collector of boro didn't show up in the comments, but hope springs eternal...

Thanks also to Eyebrows McGee (I think) for taggery. Somebody somewhere added relevant tags for a couple of my posts, and I appreciated it!
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:07 PM on January 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


I've changed my mind multiple times over the past week, because the options for paper were so good: innovations and discoveries, maps and letters and fantastic art and newspapers and cats wrapped up in paper, things lost, things found, things archived: all so good and delightful.

The winner for paper is Rory and his post The Chimney Map about a 17th century map (1 of now 3 known survivors) found stuffed up a chimney and restored with some fascinating video of the restoration process. Congratulations! You will be receiving some "paper-based art" as the winner of this particular topic contest
posted by julen at 3:36 PM on January 8, 2018 [2 favorites]

Straggling in a week out to say, hey, Geometric Art! There was a nice handful of posts using the tag, going in other directions than my own attention there has been lately, which was pretty much exactly what I'd want from a crop of MetaFilter posts: cool stuff I wouldn't have known to looked for.

On the textile front, I dug the look at (and archival footage of) Maori flax weaving in Start with Dessert's post, and MonkeyToes' post about Japanese boro patchwork aesthetic which was also new to me but reminds me in turn of the idea of kintsugi.

There were also a couple nice posts tied to Islamic art: Fizz's roundup of the very-much-on-my-list-to-play art-centric game Engare, and (MonkeyToes again!) a post about Altair Designs coloring books and their roots in Islamic geometric symmetry.

Also, a nice art-world find: infinite intimations post about an artists sculptural riffs on coral reefs.

Also tagged with geometricart but seeming like more of a geometeoric art: the man of twist and turns' post about the Geminid meteor shower. (Gemenidtric art?)

But the winner for me, for landing me in a deep well of rules-based design paired up with absolutely soothing and hypnotic video: DoctorFedora's post about the compass-derived Japenese "Mon" crests. I love the simplicity of the concept, and the clean, watchable, delightful video illustrations of the construction of and variation on these designs. Really hit the spot for me, and wins my personal pick for the Geometric Art category.

Congrats to DoctorFedora and thanks to everybody for the nice posts.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:46 PM on January 8, 2018 [3 favorites]

Thanks to everyone for the excellent nobit posts! My favorite was advil's Éliane Radigue, drone music pioneer. As promised, advil wins a copy of Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor.

Just saw this, thanks very much!! And thanks for the honorable mention rangefinder 1.4. Glad to get more people interested in Radigue.
posted by advil at 4:47 PM on January 8, 2018 [1 favorite]

you are all winners
thank you so very much for
sharing such treasures
posted by aniola at 7:25 PM on January 8, 2018 [3 favorites]

I am glad that other folks enjoyed drinking from my firehose of dumbass but a little embarrassed to be in the company of other Actually Good Posts. Happy new year, y'all.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 7:53 PM on January 8, 2018 [2 favorites]

I am grateful for the recognition and glad to have helped spread some cheer in December within our community. Thanks for the contest!
posted by brainwane at 9:19 AM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

Tag: Dead Art
Only 16 posts to choose from so some might think that an easy task; far from it.
I would like to congratulate and thank everybody for making these posts, all of which had interest and some which were beyond supurb.
kariebookish needs a huge shout out for first post and what a first post it was. Bowiemas came early.
Then there was smcg 's post deconstructing Barry Linden which was kind of Awesome as was the ensuing discussion,
the man of twists and turns continued to excel and hit it out of the park with the Messiah.
As for rediscovering and acknowledging Women artists, what´s not to love about this? Thank you DirtyOldTown.

But the post that really got me was by Paddle to Sea showing that sometimes Twitter isn't a pile of mierda.
Stopping By the Ruins gets my prize of an Amazon gift card.
Thank you for taking me into the sublimity and illustrated history of but a fragment of Arab poetry.
It gave me great pleasure, and that is more than enough.
posted by adamvasco at 12:26 PM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]

Goodness, I’m genuinely shocked to have won in two categories. It’s an honor! Also, thanks to all the other posters knocking it out of the park this month!
posted by DoctorFedora at 2:24 PM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]

Hi aniola,
Thumbs up on the nice haiku.
Long live poetry!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 10:28 PM on January 9, 2018

The winner for paper is Rory and his post The Chimney Map about a 17th century map (1 of now 3 known survivors) found stuffed up a chimney and restored with some fascinating video of the restoration process. Congratulations! You will be receiving some "paper-based art" as the winner of this particular topic contest

Yay! Thanks, julen, what an unexpected honour and delight. I'm glad now that I thought "hey, this could be a Mefi post" rather than my usual "that's a nice link, I'll add it to my next links-dump on my blog".
posted by rory at 4:16 AM on January 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

Aww, look at what showed up today. Thanks, cortex!
posted by metaquarry at 4:18 PM on January 16, 2018 [3 favorites]

And these two showed up today, thank you Jessamyn!
posted by ellieBOA at 1:21 PM on January 22, 2018 [5 favorites]

I made a thing for Kitteh which was dropped in the mail this morning. I hope they like it.
posted by bondcliff at 1:25 PM on January 22, 2018 [1 favorite]

I got a thing from Cortex! A neat geometric thing! Cherbs!
posted by DoctorFedora at 3:05 PM on January 23, 2018 [3 favorites]

Most of the winners in my category have claimed their prizes and it's been neat hearing back when the postcards get to their destinations. Fizz, SecretAgentSockpuppet, and queen anne's remorse: if you'd like a postcard, the offer is still open even if you see my message later. Just MeMail me back with a mailing address.
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 12:07 AM on January 24, 2018

I am so honored to see my name on this page! Thanks!!
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:20 PM on January 30, 2018

I received my lovely (similar to metaquarry's) coin when I went to my PO Box today! Thank you, cortex; I shall cherish it.
posted by brainwane at 7:36 PM on January 30, 2018 [2 favorites]

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