My friend asks: "I once saw a sci-fi film where people had worked out how to record conscious experiences and then others could experience it directly themselves. There's one bit where a guy ends up driving himself into an insane catatonic state when he loops this recording of someone having sex at the point of orgasm and plays it for 12 hours straight."
Q: what is that film? posted by urbanwhaleshark at 10:11 AM - 12 answers
An advertising company contacted me about turning a comic of mine into a short animation for an awareness campaign for a non-profit client. Do I ask for compensation or an honorarium? [more inside] posted by robot-hugs at 10:06 AM - 10 answers
It's one of those well known pieces that we've probably all heard many times before, but most of us probably can't name. Well, at least I can't name it and it's been stuck in my head for days! What famous classical piece is it? Thanks in advance! [more inside] posted by obscure simpsons reference at 9:06 AM - 4 answers
Help me find an online review that someone wrote several years ago, reviewing a data-erasing gadget by writing a piece of dystopian fiction in which the user needs to use the device in a hurry. [more inside] posted by brainwane at 8:35 PM - 1 answers
What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas? posted by flod logic at 6:34 PM - 3 answers
I was listening to Handel's opera Agrippina I distinctly heard the first few bars of the theme from Rocky. Google does not seem to agree. [more inside] posted by big friendly giant at 4:23 PM - 5 answers
Shakespeare's plays are so densely rich and full of deep philosophy and wordplay (e.g. throwaway allusions which open - and, a line or two later, shut - huge worlds of insightful ideas) that I find it quite impossible to parse (much less absorb) all of what's being said and alluded to in real-time. And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language. So: is it that people back then had nimbler minds, capable of absorbing densely-packed language in real time by rapidly spieling actors? Or.......? [more inside] posted by Quisp Lover at 11:39 AM - 26 answers
my partner and i want to actually BECOME these old people who played the piano duet at the Mayo Clinic (viral video here). we have looked for the sheet music for this song but can't seem to find it. Can you please help us, hive mind? posted by andreapandrea at 8:29 AM - 3 answers
I would like to learn to play some piano duets with my almost six-year-old. Ideally they would have the same form as Chopsticks, that is, one player plays a more complicated, two-handed part while the other plays a very simple one-hand tune. Has anyone got any suggestions? Bonus if the piece is fun/silly etc. Classical/jazz/popular is fine.
Thanks! posted by low_horrible_immoral at 4:56 AM - 8 answers
Can you help me find an illustrator I used to love and have lost track of? I'm terrible with names but she used to draw a webcomic, and I remember other things, too... [more inside] posted by Mizu at 4:38 AM - 5 answers
Watching S4 Boardwalk Empire I’m struck by how much the imagery, characters and music recall childhood memories of American cartoons. Mickey Doyle’s way of speaking is really familiar to me, why is that? [more inside] posted by Ness at 11:35 AM - 8 answers
What I remember from the video: at the end, it featured a member of the band leaving a young woman's house (as if they'd just had sex), walking or driving down the block, and women from other houses on the block would come out of their houses, smile and wave at him, like he was the neighborhood gigolo. I believe it was filmed in California.
Van Halen? Aerosmith? I'm drawing a blank. posted by 4midori at 10:39 PM - 2 answers
I'm looking for some good book blogs in the style of Forever Young Adult, which I adore, but which are focused on adult literature. What I like about Forever Young Adult is the informal style and frequent reviews of new books I might not otherwise hear about - the book blogs I know of are more focused on author interviews or commentary, and tend to take themselves more seriously than I would like. [more inside] posted by something something at 3:38 PM - 6 answers