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September 30

Songs that make you grit your teeth and kick life in the ass
Pretty straightforward, really. What are your favorite songs that speak to grappling with real, significant struggles, keeping your head up, continuing to fight and plug along? Songs that say "things will get better" without minimizing the depth of the current pain? Songs that give you a burst of fight and grit when you're feeling helpless? Not relationship-specific. I've been listening to "Ooh Child" and of course the classic Tupac - any genre welcome.
posted by celtalitha at 7:43 PM - 42 answers
Why Did FDR Initiate His Correspondence with Churchill?
I've known about the correspondence for years, but was curious recently about how it had actually initiated. So I picked up a copy of "Churchill & Roosevelt: The Complete Correspondence", and was surprised by what I read in that very first overture from Roosevelt. Can you help me sort it out? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 6:48 PM - 4 answers

Old US Coin ID question
Hi, not sure where to go to ask for an id on an old coin I found, thanks to anyone that might know what Im looking at here. link 1 and link 2
posted by 1inabillionmistake at 4:26 PM - 3 answers

Where to take wedding photos in Philadelphia?
My fiance and I are getting married in Center City Philadelphia in March. We'll be staying at the Sheraton Downtown, about a mile from our venue (The College of Physicians) and are interested in picking a few quintessential, fun, beautiful Philadelphia spots for our first look and other pictures, assuming the weather cooperates. We've thought about Love Park, City Hall, Logan Circle, the Franklin Institute and the Art Museum, but are looking for more suggestions and information about policies and permitting. Also personal experience would be great! [more inside]
posted by moshimosh at 8:43 AM - 9 answers

looking for rent assistance in Dallas County
So after a spectacularly bad year I'm once again looking at eviction. I'm interested in any leads anyone might have for rent assistance programs in Dallas, TX. [more inside]
posted by item at 8:20 AM - 5 answers

Sliding hierarchy? Hypercube? How do I structure this data?
I have some data, it happens to be medically-oriented but that's probably not too important. How can I structure it? It appears to be intrinsically hierarchical, but the hierarchy can be organised in various ways. Is there a design pattern for this problem? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 3:04 AM - 14 answers

September 27

Vintage Watch Identification
Need help identifying a Hamilton 24-hour wristwatch, or at least help pointing me to some knowledgable current forums. [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 11:30 AM - 2 answers

Ah! Paint thinner smell! How do I get rid of it?
I was carrying paint thinner in my backpack, and it spilled (probably about 250 ml)! I've tried carpet cleaner, laundry detergent, and even shampoo (!) to get the smell out and let it soak over night but it still smells really strongly! Any advice for what might work to get rid of the smell?
posted by twill at 9:01 AM - 11 answers

September 26

Seeking DIY holiday gifts to create: shoestring budget, expensive taste
I want to get to work ASAP on holiday gifts and am looking for your favorite DIY gift ideas that have fairly broad appeal. Would prefer they not be holiday themed, so that they're gifts people can enjoy year round, or at least longer than the holiday season. They will also need to be tailored to my shoestring budget, but still reflect a sense of 'expensive taste' (I like things to look and be nice, and know this can be done without spending much money). Details on my personal DIY and crafting skills inside, as well as examples of DIY gifts I've made in the past, inside. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 6:12 PM - 16 answers

How do I get my money/ my violin back?
I worked out a private sale of a beginner's violin with a new friend met at a conference (complicated story; detail within). She didn't have enough money to pay me then, and because I had a good feeling about her I let her fly home first and worked out a plan to pay me later. It has been two months, I have not seen a cent, and she's ignoring my messages. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 4:17 PM - 22 answers

Sacramento meeting place?
Where can a non-profit group of ten meet for a once-a-month evening meeting in the general Sacramento area? [more inside]
posted by gnossos at 11:50 AM - 3 answers

September 25

Can you provide a source for this quotation about Utah bestiality?
Several times over the last 10 years a columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune has claimed that a representative in the Utah House voted down a bill outlawing bestiality, saying "Rep. Pignanelli just doesn't understand the pressures on the farm in rural Utah." Is there any truth to this claim? [more inside]
posted by crazy with stars at 10:34 AM - 9 answers

Intersecionality and bodies
I'd like to read about the intersection of bodies, disability, race, gender, and class. All writing (and other?) genres welcome. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:54 AM - 6 answers

September 24

Packing it all away?
I realize this may be a validation post, with the best responses being akin to "Just try it, already!", but has anyone ever just packed up 90% of their belongings and put them in the garage for a time? Just to see how that feels? Moderate wall of text inside. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy at 4:17 PM - 34 answers

Pimp my Potter
How can I make my Harry Potter reading experience super awesome? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 10:56 AM - 23 answers

September 22

-Fine Quality- Bacmsfots Rgo Quassrmkg (Inquire Within)
At Deetjen's Inn in Big Sur, on the backside of one of the cabins, hangs this sign. Some sort of word game cipher thing. I tried rotational substitution in 1-step increments, but it's gibberish all the way. Any ideas?
posted by anazgnos at 11:05 AM - 22 answers

September 20

Identify this tree with berries
This tree has lived for 10+ years in my backyard, and we're getting a dog. Is this tree safe? Pics and details inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:23 PM - 4 answers

Meditative, calming Android apps (or websites)
I'm looking, roughly speaking, for a game, but it needs to be as un-game-like as possible. I'd like something interactive I can play with when feeling overwhelmed which is visually appealing, responsive, fairly simple, and has few or no objectives. Levels and world-building are too addictive for this purpose. I'd like to be able to start and stop playing quite easily, and to be able to play when my mind is out for the count (so no puzzles). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lokta at 6:50 PM - 14 answers

Car ad featuring woman in car on narrow rock formation
For some time now (read: far longer than I care to admit) I have been trying to trace a car advert that I am sure was on UK TV in the 1980's. Briefly, it was of a car placed impossibly high up on a mountain/rock formation in the desert, somewere similar to Chimney Rock NC, in the car was your ISO blonde tanned glamour girl looking windswept. [more inside]
posted by RandomInconsistencies at 4:54 PM - 6 answers

How to commission a scientific illustration?
My co-authors and I recently got a paper accepted to a major scientific journal. If we can provide a striking illustration, I think we have a decent chance to make the cover. That would be really cool and might be worth paying an external illustrator for. I never commissioned any artwork before, so I have questions about how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by Herr Zebrurka at 11:35 AM - 7 answers

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