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September 15

Russian song ID
This is supposedly a Russian childrens' song. The title as listed in my music book is "Little Rooster". Can anyone tell me more about the song, ie its actual title and its lyrics in English? Here is a YT clip of it.
posted by ditto75 at 11:17 AM - 3 answers
Welcome citizen to a generic science fiction utopia
You how there's always a scene in science fiction movies where a character enters some futuristic utopia and a robotic voice starts talking to them, saying something like "Welcome to Futureville, where all your needs are met" ? Is there a name for this trope? Can you think of some good examples? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 1:32 AM - 36 answers

Japanese Horror Recommendations
I love Junji Ito. He's probably my favorite horror writer that I have ever read. I especially like the stories "Glyceride" "The Town With No Streets" and " The Window Next Door" . I like the feeling of dread they exude. Not really into jump scares, or torture porn at all. They're scary I guess, yeah. But I like the sort of slow crawl into absurdity ( The walls are suddenly leaking grease... Or the window outside is slowly creeping toward you, How bizzare is that?) So give me your best! I'm into short stories, manga, comics, and movies mostly, but I'll take novels, web stories, pictures, videos, or anything at all you can think of! Creep me out. [more inside]
posted by Gargantuantoe at 12:30 AM - 8 answers

September 14

How can I light a dark kitchen for a Youtube cooking show?
After studying a lot of lighting tutorials, I've settled on some form of 3 point lighting to illuminate the subject (me!) as I cook. The problem is that my kitchen is connected to my very dark, cavernous living room, and so the space tends to swallow up any lights I use. Can you give me pointers on lighting this space, and help me to purchase more lights (if necessary) to adequately light my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 9:30 PM - 7 answers

Do the Ostrich.
What are some of the most ludicrous exhortations in pop music? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:53 PM - 53 answers

How to Become an Expert in Foreign News?
I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by amoeba at 2:53 PM - 16 answers

Looking for a dirty bear
I remember an erotic bear automaton from a movie. I cannot find it. This is bugging me. [more inside]
posted by frykitty at 2:28 PM - 8 answers

Classical piece with harp/oboe solos
I'm trying to find a piece of classical music from a few barely-remembered details. It had a number of short-ish solos (in a row?) of parallel structure. I'm sure that there were harp and oboe solos but I think that there were others as well. I think that part the name was some reference to Spain or Spanish (Espanola?). Any ideas?
posted by quiet coyote at 7:47 AM - 3 answers

September 13

Short motivational videos specifically about accomplishing hard things
I'm looking for motivational / inspirational videos on YouTube that are: [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 10:05 PM - 8 answers

Family-friendly spy movies
Just watched Hopscotch (thanks carsonb) with my 12 year old and we both really liked it. Can you point me to more spy movies that would be good for a tween and an adult? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 5:07 PM - 36 answers

Latin Motto Help
I am looking to have the following phrase translated into Latin: "Two is one, one is none" [more inside]
posted by tarpin at 1:19 PM - 4 answers

Classical music that sounds like the earth vomiting?
I am looking for suggestions as to classical composers that are similar in style and feel to the darker, slower, heavier side of metal and post-metal. [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 5:33 AM - 30 answers

September 12

Tell me about the world
Today I read this article about Iraq, and I'm so glad I did. It is a well written history of middle east conflict, that's entertaining enough that I read the whole thing to the end. I know it isn't comprehensive (and I'm sure it contains details that are debatable), but it has turned me into a more educated news reader. Now I'm hungry to learn more about other places as well. [more inside]
posted by superfish at 8:57 PM - 3 answers

Westerns for Newbies
My family and I are looking to watch some Westerns, but we are nearly complete newbies to the genre (other than what can be gleaned from culture white knowledge). We've watched High Noon and Red River, but so far that's about it. Can you give us some recommendations of films to start with?
posted by darchildre at 5:10 PM - 63 answers

Help me find an old Victorian illustration of a person doing science
I use (this) for my current victorian calling card. My job description these days is more in the realm of data science (less domain specific although I still work at a museum of paleontology), but I'd still like to retain the same idea for my new card. So can you suggest any old illustrations (1800s or earlier) of people working with counting machines or such? Prefer black and white ones. Thanks
posted by special-k at 3:46 PM - 5 answers

More of that music, please.
I am obsessed with this album by Explosions in the Sky, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place. I like it because it tells a story without words and is neither boringly adult contemporary nor super metal. It's melodic and beautiful, and somehow both relaxing and energizing. Is there anything else like this? Even their other albums aren't quite what I'm after. [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 1:59 PM - 16 answers

Cinematography basics
What are the best resources to learn the basics of cinematography? [more inside]
posted by rebooter at 12:29 PM - 7 answers

Which Kraftwerk night should I attend?
So Kraftwerk is covering their catalog in 8 separate shows at the Paradiso. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 at 9:02 AM - 7 answers

September 11

What little-known (but interesting) music am I missing out on?
Help me find quirky, unusual, interesting music to listen to! [more inside]
posted by humpy at 11:18 PM - 14 answers

The dusties
Name-that-song filter, hard mode (?)... vintage soul heartbreak. [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:04 PM - 5 answers

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