When I was a kid, there seemed to be a million of a certain type of romance novel on the market. They would be less "romantic" and more "dramatic" and "sordid", the type of books that would have, say, a pale pink cover with a picture of a tiger lily and a string of pearls, with titles like "deception" written in swooshy letters. [more inside] posted by windykites at 5:32 PM - 16 answers
Give me your true stories, your unhappy endings, your mysteries. I really enjoyed this question, but the answers I found the most compelling were the truestoriesaboutpeople. Give me links to investigative writing that I can get my teeth into. posted by superfish at 1:40 AM - 14 answers
In my efforts to turn my Nexus 7 into a great ereader, I've found myself missing features in my current ereader app. Snowflake details inside. [more inside] posted by sailoreagle at 7:28 AM - 8 answers
Have an 05 Subaru Legacy. ~70k miles. The check engine light comes on reliably with wide open throttle (and considering I'm in Pittsburgh, the land of bridges and merge points...). The diagnostic code says low voltage on bank 1 sensor 1. Should I just swap the O2 sensor? I ask because I don't really understand why I'd only be getting the low voltage code with WOT. posted by bfranklin at 11:01 AM - 3 answers
Thriller/drama from 2000-2009-ish. Creepy guy puts hidden cameras in married couples house. Befriends wife, helps with small chores, carrying groceries etc. She may or may not be pregnant. He wants her husband to use his IT skills to help him steal a lot of money. One weird detail inside. [more inside] posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM - 1 answers
Afternoon commute: Headed out of town, you drive WITH traffic -- and it sux.
But if you were driving toward town, from the burbs, you'd be driving AGAINST traffic. And that's a breeze. See the paradox? [more inside] posted by LonnieK at 5:01 PM - 20 answers
I was disappointed in Google/YouTube and their ability to regurgitate whatever garbage my subconscious dredged up out of my childhood memories, for the first time in a long time today when I tried to find the Golden Griddle pancake syrup commercial from the late 1970's that had someone writing "oh!" in syrup on a stack of pancakes. Can you help me find it? [more inside] posted by dirtdirt at 1:28 PM - 4 answers
I have been making greeting cards and would like to sell them. I have been doing rubber stamp and scrapbook paper stuff so far, but started looking for graphics I could print and incorporate.
My google is failing me. It looks like shutterstock has great images, but even with the enhanced license, I cannot use them on things I will sell (unless i'm misreading what i find there).
I'm getting really confused and getting a headache reading fine print everywhere and I must not be finding the right blogs or using the right words.
Where do I find images (illustrations and graphics, NOT photos) that I can download, print, and use on my stuff that I will sell? [more inside] posted by McSockerson The Great at 12:32 PM - 7 answers
A definite long shot, but I'm looking for the names of two of my favourite children's books from the '80's, these are picture books that were read to me about 25 years ago, and I'd love to find them for nostalgia's sake but also to read to my own children.
The first was about a little boy who follows a clown into his television, I think maybe at the boy's bedtime.
The second was about a boy and a monkey who go on adventures together, maybe to space, and I think there were trap doors or other neat ways of traveling. The illustrator of the book included these great doodles and tiny squiggles on every page (within the pictures not all over the text), and that's what I remember most, the great illustrations that were really intricate. posted by lafemma at 11:41 AM - 1 answers
This is an image that has been popping up in the dodgy ad links on lots of websites for me lately, with the text "eat this and never diet again". Of course the linked page is selling some herbal diet supplement nonsense and the weird thing isn't described, explained, or otherwise mentioned. So what is it? My best guess is part of the eye of a sea creature or maybe some kind of jellyfish type creature. Any ideas? (Note- the link is to an imgur screenshot of the thing, no dodgy links, promise). posted by cilantro at 12:39 AM - 7 answers
As an over 50 being, I am feeling daunted by the pace of change. In this weeks encounters with the future were my android which is smarter than I am, the cloning of the wooly mammoth, three parent birth families, and a friend said "that very soon the entire world will be eating gluten free, to which I replied "only when you pry the pasta out of my cold dead hands." I don't want to become a Luddite but the rapidity of change feels like too much. I need suggestions for coping and adjusting to change as I age. posted by Xurando at 6:23 AM - 28 answers
About five years ago, I remember skimming through what purported to be an internal document for how to recruit for an unnamed/generic terrorist organization. It was very fanciful/dime-novel-like in nature. Does this sound familiar? [more inside] posted by 99percentfake at 3:47 PM - 2 answers
I've been looking into certain aspects of my family history and I'd like to learn more about one particular person, who I'm told left Poland in about 1941, after members of his family were sent to Theresienstadt, and went on to serve in the British army as a cryptographer. [more inside] posted by Put the kettle on at 1:13 PM - 5 answers
New (6 month old) car battery has died twice in the past month. From the pattern it's been showing, can you help me figure out what the issue might be, and help me avoid getting swindled in my attempt to get it fixed? [more inside] posted by raztaj at 11:45 AM - 20 answers