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August 24

Not all summer in a day

Help identify this old SF short story about a small group of interstellar colonists (maybe one or two dozen). The colonists (maybe explorers) identities and personal details were kept secret from the people on earth. I'm pretty sure I read it in a paperback anthology but it might have been in a magazine and it would have been at least 20 years ago, more likely 30. The story is probably even older. Gotcha spoiler under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 8:35 PM - 0 answers

Pokemon Go Potboilers

Help me find audiobooks I can listen to while playing pokemon. The best "page turners" that aren't too difficult to follow along with while also paying attention to the game. Female protagonists (hopefully). "The Girl on the Train" and "Gone Girl" are serviceable examples of what I am looking for. Not interested so much in stuff related to the military. The main criteria is that it is a page turner. And available as an audiobook. Thanks!
posted by skjønn at 6:31 PM - 3 answers

August 23

Help me refine and name my television show idea!

I am going to pitch a DIY design TV show- could you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 PM - 10 answers

What's the name of the piece playing in the first half of this video?

Question title pretty much sums it up. What's the piece? Who's the composer? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 11:11 PM - 4 answers

Help me find this 1970's (?) sci-fi trilogy

Some time, probably in the 1970's, my mother read a trilogy of science-fiction novels. They were written by a woman author, and were about a team of space explorers. One thing that stood out about them was that all of the crew received training that divided them into "specialists" or "generalists" in whatever their chosen field was. And that's all we know. She doesn't recall ever seeing anything else by the same author, and remembers that the titles were fairly standard spacey stuff.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 9:09 PM - 2 answers

Podcasts of People Monologuing?

I like the This Is Actually Happening, Rumble Strip Vermont, Me, You, We and -to a lesser extent- Home of the Brave podcasts because they feature ordinary people talking about their weird/noble/fulfilling/quotidien experiences with a bit of production gloss thrown on top. I’m NOT interested in podcasts like The Moth or RISK!, which feature stories that the speakers have honed to a fine point and deliver as public orations. Can y’all recommend some other podcasts that fit into the first category and avoid the second? Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine at 3:59 PM - 8 answers

Do tattoo artists ever accidentally tattoo themselves?

Do tattoo artists ever accidentally tattoo themselves? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:50 PM - 4 answers

Looking for junior-high school level reading anthology, early 1980s

Am steadily repurchasing most of my favorite books I had growing up. (Gotta contribute to the economy somehow, I guess.) This was a reader, with short stories that included a condensed version of "Flat Stanley." [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:29 AM - 4 answers

August 22

Animated video about conception, narrated by Laurie Anderson?

Once upon a time, probably decades ago, I saw a short animated video about conception. The sperms came barreling toward the egg and I believe Laurie Anderson narrated the gripping tale of how would you feel if you were the egg under this attack. I can't find any reference to this little gem on Ms Anderson's wiki and I'm sure I did not dream it. Have you seen it? Did someone else narrate it? Can you find it anywhere? Thanks for your consideration.
posted by sugarbx19 at 11:21 PM - 2 answers

The more stylish and thrilling the better!

I love the stylish psychological thriller/film noir movie genre as exemplified by The Gift, Gone Girl, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Birthday Girl. What other similarly stylish, thrilling, twisty, and not too gory movies can you suggest?
posted by orange swan at 5:55 PM - 34 answers

Depictions of exercise in science fiction?

In the classic Total Recall there's an amazing scene of Sharon Stone receiving virtual tennis instruction. There's an incredible jogging scene in 2001. I am probing the hive to find more depictions of science fictional takes on personal fitness, training and athletics. I am more interested in futuristic and novel forms of exercise rather than the usual dystopian violence of things like "Rollerball". What does the gym of the future look like?
posted by anthonymosc at 2:34 PM - 28 answers

Recommend a book of American traditional flash tattoos

I am looking for good books of Sailor Jerry-esque tattoo designs. It doesn't have to be specifically Sailor Jerry's stuff, just anything resembling a classic American traditional style. I am not interested in getting a tattoo, I just want to see lots of pictures of them. [more inside]
posted by hellomina at 10:21 AM - 1 answers

Not-so-problematic comedy film suggestions?

My guy and I are going through a time that features us both facing real-life hard times. The struggles are temporary and we'll be okay. Never, though, have we faced so clearly our need for comedy movies that aren't bad to some people. Can you help us with light-hearted stuff that will distract us a bit when we need that? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson at 8:49 AM - 66 answers

August 21

Protest Music Recommendations

I'm not sure how I ended up with a copy of Ear to the Ground, but I find myself listening to it quite frequently these days. Can you recommend similar political protest-y albums or histories? [more inside]
posted by books for weapons at 6:34 PM - 6 answers

I don't understand this comic strip.

Can someone explain this comic strip to me? [more inside]
posted by Pastor of Muppets at 5:21 PM - 14 answers

Critical writing about new horror?

Please recommend me some new-ish critical/theoretical/academic writing on new-ish horror. [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 2:38 PM - 1 answers

Do No Harm, but for psychiatrists

I'm looking for writing that deals with the day-to-day business of being a psychiatrist. Think Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, but by/about a psychiatrist instead of a neurosurgeon. [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 5:28 AM - 8 answers

What are the best works of art that have been made for the internet?

I am interested in looking at art made for the web. Can you provide great examples? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 4:56 AM - 12 answers

August 20

Our own Mp3 Experiment

We (a group of theatre/film types) are thinking of doing our own mp3 experiment, in the style of Improv Everywhere. We can handle the logistics: production of the mp3 files, email lists, filming. I have some legal concerns: [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 3:40 PM - 3 answers

Asian pop song ID

Dear Hive Mind, my girlfriend and I recently spent an enjoyable couple of hours at a karaoke bar in Bangkok. In between song selections the karaoke system played some fun Asian pop tunes which I'd love to find again: can you help? I managed to record some short video clips, but playing these back to Shazam hasn't helped, so I've loaded them online. [more inside]
posted by TheWaves at 9:57 AM - 0 answers

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