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September 21

Seeking an online forum for dating and identifying Buddhist art
I have acquired a Buddha and am curious about its origins. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 6:27 PM - 1 answers
Largest Choral Ensemble Ever?
Back in possibly the mid-to late 80's, or early 90's at the latest, I caught a bit of a program on television about a choral piece of classical music, which at the time was being billed as sung by (faulty memory may apply here) the largest choral ensemble ever assembled. It's also possible that it was the combination of symphonic musicians + chorus equalled the largest group assembled for a piece of choral music. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 12:48 PM - 5 answers

I need to make 200 hand-thrown projectiles that burst upon impact.
I need the projectiles to be heavy enough to be easily thrown 10 yards. I'm planning building broadcloth pouches, but I don't know what to fill them with. I need something cheap and heavy, but not rocks. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 11:43 AM - 20 answers

Man was not made to have infinite brush choices
Do you use a casual drawing app or program that constrains your choices in a good way? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 9:59 AM - 5 answers

What does "precious" actually mean?
I've seen the term "precious" used to describe artists' style. I'm not sure what it means. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl at 4:12 AM - 23 answers

September 20

Is this a cover of an English-language song?
Here's a German band, The Transsylvanians, and here is a Spotify link to their song "Debrecen," which sounds very familiar to me. Is this a cover of an English-language song? (Sounds Mekons-ish...) [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 5:47 PM - 0 answers

September 19

Help me find this ink blob animation
I recall vivid fragments of a short film that used to be shown as filler on Showtime or Cinemax during the mid 80s (?), around the same time they would show the evolution segment of Allegro non troppo. It was drawn in a minimalist wiggly thickly inked style. The protagonist was a very thin guy in a ridiculously broad suit of armor. He escapes the "boss battle" by slipping out the back of his armor. The princess runs to hug the empty suit of armor and plummets off a cliff. I recall it as being mostly white backgrounds and the transitions were ink splotches. Dialogue was minimal or non-existent. Can you name this short?
posted by benzenedream at 11:54 PM - 0 answers

Help me find songs similar to "Brill Bruisers."
I really love the recent New Pornographers' song "Brill Bruisers" (from the album of the same name). I'm not entirely sure what it is that appeals to me, but I find it very catchy and joyful. I think maybe I like the...wall of sound quality? I'm not even sure that's the right term. I like the repetition in the chorus and the oooo-oooooo-oooo, bo-ba-bo-ba-ba-ba nonsense. I'd like to find more music like this. What else should I try?
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:13 PM - 7 answers

September 18

Bowie spins the best of the seventies
In 1979, David Bowie did a desert island discs kind of show on New Years Eve that was broadcast on an indie radio station in DC. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 10:13 PM - 7 answers

Sci-Fi short story search
I read a creepy utopia/dystopia sci-fi short story ~5 years ago, believe it was in an anthology and haven't been able to find it since... [more inside]
posted by Schlani at 3:51 PM - 3 answers

Best public domain pulp short stories?
I'm looking for great examples of old, pulpy, short stories in the public domain that, as much as possible, match these criteria: Public domain only, Sci-fi, fantasy, or adventure themed, a small cast of characters, and, bonus if they feature child protagonists (though not a necessity). I want to make either some comic books or home movies with my kids in this vein but don't want to fret about copyright. Thank you!
posted by Mikey51 at 3:06 PM - 4 answers

Question for film buffs
Here's a plot structure that I've seen in many films. A central character in the film is faced with a binary moral choice: (s)he can choose to go through the narrow gate or (s)he can choose the wide gate. (S)he knows that it's morally better to go through the narrow gate, but even so (s)he's tempted to go through the wide gate. We in the audience *hope* that (s)he chooses the narrow gate, and tension builds throughout the film as we wait to find out what choice (s)he makes. In the final scenes of the film, (s)he chooses the narrow gate. We in the audience are relieved that (s)he made the right choice - but there's a sadness too, because we know that the character didn't get to do what (s)he most wanted. Over the fold, I've made a short list of films that have this plot structure (spoiler alert). Please give me more examples! [more inside]
posted by HoraceH at 12:55 PM - 25 answers

Obscure "12 Angry Men" question
There's a scene in the 1957 film version of 12 Angry Men where Juror No. 7 starts whistling and No. 2. tells him to knock it off. 7 replies, "Okay, okay, okay, killer...yeah." (At 56:50 here.) The way he says it, it seems like Jack Warden is impersonating someone, but I have no idea who. Any ideas? Or, if it's not an impersonation, why the clear change of voice from that character?
posted by Pater Aletheias at 7:11 AM - 6 answers

"Real life" Reality Shows?
I need help with my netflix queue! I've always been a fan of "reality shows" that highlight a profession that isn't mine. Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs are probably the grand-daddies of this genre. Lately I've been watching "The Incredible Dr. Pol", which follows a big and small animal vet around, but I'm almost finished with that. What other shows are out there that I might like? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 7:08 AM - 30 answers

That's so metal. What? What is so metal?
So what are the cool kids listening to? What groups and subgenres should I know about? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser at 1:49 AM - 31 answers

September 17

Searching for the cheesiest music video of near modern times
I'm looking for a music video from the era just before or at the dawn of youtube. It was an expensive, professional-looking vanity project that featured a man with long blonde hair singing a song in the sentimental style of Michael Bolton while being featured in a number of romantic, CGI landscapes. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 9:08 PM - 4 answers

Cartoons easy, poetry hard - New Yorker poems for the hard-of-thinking
Do you know of any sites or blogs or discussion boards about current and past New Yorker poems? [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 7:45 PM - 1 answers

3D renders with a rough "concept art-y" style?
I'm trying to find examples of 3D rendered artwork (images, games, videos, etc) that have a rough style to it/resemble concept art, but am coming up short, anyone have examples? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus at 11:22 AM - 8 answers

September 16

Is anybody under five ALIVE out there!!
Am I missing a major children's music artist? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 3:04 PM - 64 answers

Movie ID- horror anthology
It's a horror anthology set in the old west. One segment involves a "prairie witch" that kills men by having sex with them. [more inside]
posted by dilaudid at 11:45 AM - 4 answers

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