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August 21

I want to know who made my vase. How do I do that?
I bought a vase at a thrift store today (pics of the vase and the marks on the bottom are here). I'd love to know who made it, but I don't even know what to Google. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:42 PM - 1 answers
No violence but dark TV?
I like dark and/or intriguing television shows. I like shows with interesting characters and long pay offs. What I do not like are any sudden scenes with violence against women or children. I have access to all counties of Netflix but no other streaming services. What can I watch? [more inside]
posted by kanata at 4:41 PM - 23 answers

Looking for unethical speeches?
I'm preparing an assignment for college freshmen in a public speaking class that involves analyzing speeches, particularly looking at how ethical the speaker is (i.e. Did she fairly represent the content of her cited sources? Do his arguments make sense, or does he use fallacious reasoning to lead his audience to false conclusions?) [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 3:25 PM - 17 answers

Riding an electric horse?
This week I am trying to ID a folk song from Sweden. Google, Musipedia and Baidu (the book is a Chinese music book) all are of no help. The title of the song is the title of this question. Here is a youtube link to the song. Thanks for your help!
posted by ditto75 at 3:09 PM - 2 answers

Holst, 'The Planets'
My daughter is Jones-ing to see a performance of Holst's 'The Planets.' Does anyone know the next chance I could make this happen in the general NYC area?
posted by dearleader at 6:24 AM - 2 answers

1970s science fiction short story about a young mother going crazy?
There's this science fiction story I can recall reading in at least one anthology, if not multiples. It is told from the perspective of a young mother who is going crazy dealing with her kid(s). The writing is very stark and bleak, but it's a fun story nonetheless. I am fairly certain the author was a woman. I believe it's from the late 60s or early to mid 1970s. [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 5:53 AM - 8 answers

August 20

Who took this photo?
I'd love to see more work by this photographer. I've tried what I think are likely google searches and have found nothing - maybe I'm using the wrong search terms, but if anyone knows or has suggestions, I'd be grateful! Photo here.
posted by blaneyphoto at 5:41 PM - 5 answers

August 17

Help me find a strange outsider rock band
I've searched and searched to no avail, and I'm starting to think this whole thing was a fever dream. I could swear that I read an article a few years ago about a Japanese rock band which was formed by a few schoolgirls who had never actually heard rock music. Everything they knew came from reading about it in magazines. I believe this took place during the 1960's. Of course, I may have some or all of the details wrong. Can you restore my sanity?
posted by stephennelson at 7:55 PM - 16 answers

Please recommend Spotify playlists
I really like the Rhino Records Spotify Playlists, especially the ones that get updated periodically like Alt Country. Can you recommend other playlists or users (either individuals or organizations) that I should follow. I'm open to any genres, but I gravitate to punk/new wave/post-punk/alternative if required to label my tastes.
posted by Edward L at 2:01 PM - 3 answers

Where does a reader go after Edith Pargeter's Heaven Tree Trilogy?
I'm looking to buy a book/books as a gift for my grandmother, who was recently in an accident and faces a long recovery. She is a voracious reader, but has specific tastes. Last Christmas I sent her Edith Pargeter's Heaven Tree Trilogy; she's told me multiple times since, in no uncertain terms, that these books were among the best she'd ever read and that she immediately re-read the trilogy upon finishing it. The trouble is, the rest of Pargeter's corpus - including her pseudonymous works, as far as I can tell - don't fit my grandmother's preferences nearly as well as the Heaven Tree books, so I am not sure what to send her. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 12:32 PM - 21 answers

Help me figure out how to fix record player console paint job!
We recently acquired this record player console from family. I had the genius idea to paint it to go with our decor more effectively... And now it looks like this. I am displeased as I feel it looks like children's furniture. Help me fix it please! [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 11:23 AM - 9 answers

Selkie Spoken Word?
Wifey and I remember hearing a spoken-word, like an audio-book, story of a Selkie who eventually has a child. We don't recall it being a poem, nor was it music-with-sparse-lyrics; it was telling a story, with maybe some short musical interludes, and was probably an hour or more long. We heard it on Public Radio (not sure in which state) several years ago. Anybody know what this was?
posted by AzraelBrown at 11:11 AM - 3 answers

Designing a poster for my friend's movie
So my friend just completed post for her movie and she asked me to do a simple poster for it. The movie is about how the growth of the feminist movement in Northern Ireland under British rule. I am giving her many options, some of which are specific to the time and place and some of which are more about women in general. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 at 8:47 AM - 6 answers

August 16

Sheena is a punk rocker now (and in the year 2875)
Help me make a punk rock playlist for the distant future. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 9:27 PM - 31 answers

Looking for read stories about being forced to go in one direction.
Is there a story in the Bible or elsewhere in literature or myth about a person who wants to do many things, but is thwarted, by all sorts of forces, and ends up doing only one? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde at 2:17 PM - 12 answers

Grandfather used to sing us this song. What is it?
Does anyone know this song that my grandfather used to sing to us when we were little? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 1:53 PM - 4 answers

August 15

Help me find more books like The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon!
I recently read The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon and I really liked a lot of the elements she used. I'm looking for stories in the same vein. I tried a couple book rec websites, but didn't really find what I was looking for. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble at 5:27 PM - 2 answers

What other songs have the same tempo AND meter as this one?
I recently learned a dance (contemporary ballet) to "Scare Away the Dark," by Passenger, but the song's not really up my alley. Can you suggest other songs that are the same tempo (71-72 bpm) and meter (3/4 or 6/8, not sure), especially with female singers? [more inside]
posted by nevers at 2:36 PM - 8 answers

How do I get a copy of the MP3 that was included on the W850?
I once briefly owned a Sony Ericsson W850 mobile phone. There was this really cool music MP3 pre-loaded on the phone that I found to by hypnotic. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl at 8:24 AM - 2 answers

Help me find some slow guitar songs with simple melodies
I really like playing the song "Claudia's Theme" from the Unforgiven soundtrack. I'm not a very good guitar player but it's a slow enough pace and it's so deceptively simple that I can really concentrate on performing the piece or I can just pluck away at it without having to give it a ton of thought. [more inside]
posted by VTX at 6:33 AM - 6 answers

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