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October 20

Does advertising work anymore?

I, and likely most of you reading, consider myself jaded towards advertising. But I've been wondering, have marketers effectively come up with ways to influence people like me who routinely ignore ads? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 12:01 PM - 26 answers

Music to read by.

So Awesome Mix Vol. 1 turns out to be a perfect album to drown out the sound of rain while I'm reading before bed. What other commercial mixes or soundtracks are similar (not too bouncy and without large changes in volume) and might also serve in this capacity. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 11:09 AM - 2 answers

Where to get this Rob Ford poster?

So this poster has re-appeared in time for the upcoming Toronto Mayoral election. Anyone know who did it or if it's possible to buy a print?
posted by GuyZero at 9:50 AM - 1 answers

Help me find good working music!

I work a typical 9-5 job. Sometimes my job is routine, sometimes it is project management, sometimes it is complex thought. I am getting tired of listening to the same couple of albums at work, so I am extremely interesting in finding some new music that I could work to. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 6:09 AM - 9 answers

Addicted to Pure Heroine

I like Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, a lot. Is there an explanation beyond personal preference, from a musical perspective that explains why I find the entire album so compelling? Admittedly, the songs do sound sort of alike, but is there an actual, concrete, musical reason why I find this album so catchy? (I never got very far into theory.) Bonus: Do you know any similar songs or albums?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 3:06 AM - 5 answers

What's the name of this song?

I feel as though I've heard this song in many places, but its lack of lyrics have made it difficult to search for. I've most recently encountered it in an episode of Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends. I suspect that it might be by Esquivel like the show's opening theme, but I haven't been able to find it based on that alone. This has been driving me crazy!
posted by mazarov at 12:58 AM - 2 answers

October 19

Pop Songs about Winter

What are your favorite popular songs about winter that do NOT mention holidays? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 7:58 PM - 37 answers

Recommendations for books on the history of science?

My question is two-fold, really. First, please recommend to me all of your favorite titles on the history of science, math, technology, and medicine. Secondly, how do you go about searching for good books in these topics? My favorite booksellers don't have a "history of science" search tag, unfortunately. Some of my past favorites and extended explanation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 1:37 PM - 30 answers

Pre-internet examples of journalism based on leaked letters

In my neck of the woods, stories based on leaked emails are currently a thing. I would like to know about big news stories based on illicitly copied correspondence, whether letters, telegrams, memos, or other media, that predate the internet (other than the Pentagon papers, which I already know about). The older the better.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 12:10 AM - 10 answers

October 18

Seeking a Very Specific Version of the Song "Over the Rainbow"

Hi there. I'm looking for a very specific version of the song "Over the Rainbow." Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jack.brodey at 12:39 PM - 13 answers

October 17

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How much more footage does a director tend to shoot for a 60 minute show than for a 45-minute show (i.e., 60 minutes with commercials?)
posted by michaelh at 8:47 PM - 7 answers

Searching for a specific QI episode

What's the episode of QI where they award retroactive points for being wrong in the past? They're having a discussion about how scientific knowledge advances so rapidly that up to 30?40?% of the facts in series 1 have been disproven, then give Alan Davies something like 850 points for it.
posted by tehloki at 6:34 PM - 2 answers

How to get a print of Max Ernt's "Murdering Airplane"

The title says it all. My Google-fu has failed. How can I get a print of Max Ernt's "Murdering Airplane"?
posted by thatwhichfalls at 12:48 PM - 3 answers

text that reads to different words depending on direction

What is it called when a word (or short phrase) is written in such a way that when reading it one way it says one thing, but then when you flip it upside down it reads something else (or even maybe the same thing)? The "reads different upside" is based upon how it is written (ie. how the letters are formed, creative scripting and connecting of letters, etc), not the letters (ie. the letter "O" reads the same upside down as right side up). I would love to have a ton of examples of this type of thing. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 10:24 AM - 17 answers

This movie was more of house burner than a bodice ripper

Help me identify a vaguely remembered TV movie from the late 1980s. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:19 AM - 2 answers

Help me find this short story

It is from the point of view of a man who comes home from war after such a long time that he was believed dead. After an awkward welcome, he finds out that his wife has been sleeping with his neighbor, a young man who was like a son to him before he left to fight. He eventually kills the young man and his wife and dies from a gunshot wound after being chased by the sheriff on a mountain or mesa. What is this short story?
posted by domo at 7:09 AM - 6 answers

October 16

I could'a been a real contender, mid-80's song, Vancouver, BC

Earworm driving me nuts for years. Vancouver, BC, mid 80's, there was a song on the radio with the lyric 'I could'a been a real contender'. Might have been local Vancouver or Canadian group.
posted by lois1950 at 5:00 PM - 15 answers

Help me find more songs for this playlist!

I'm trying to build a playlist of head-nodding, chill music for 3AM drives. Help me fill this out some more! [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa at 7:27 AM - 10 answers

Have writers ever changed television series based on fan discussions?

Have writers ever changed television series based on fan discussions or feedback? I have a memory that this happened with Lost, but I can't find the specific article. I may even have read it in a book. Any other suggestions? Links to articles/interviews would be helpful.
posted by feelinglistless at 12:18 AM - 25 answers

October 15

Unofficial Star Trek Cassette-audio Album With Warp-Sound Tracks? Warp 8

I'm looking for the title of a audio-cassette album I owned sometime in the 1990s, which had the themes of various Star Trek movies and, particularly, tracks of sound effects of the ships warping that I believe were unique to the tape (as opposed to having been taken from the films). [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 6:52 PM - 3 answers

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