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October 23

Searching for Children's book about a yellow goggle sporting bird

In my twitter feed this afternoon, I happened upon a heartbreaking tweet about a new dad who has stage 4 lung cancer and only weeks to live is desperate to find a book that he remembers from his childhood to leave to his infant daughter. All he can recall is that it is about a yellow bird that wears goggles and wants to fly, but all attempts fail. [more inside]
posted by kaybdc at 5:04 PM - 2 answers

How demons regard Halloween in Buffy

I feel sure that one of you has got this. I know in the Buffyverse that demons generally avoid Halloween. But where is this concept is explained? Do you have a cite for it? I checked the Buffy wiki but there's no citation.
posted by dontjumplarry at 1:53 PM - 5 answers

"What about a golfing ghost?"

My nephews and I seek your assistance in kicking butt in a pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkin shaped snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by jaksemas at 12:46 PM - 10 answers

Raw, Gritty, Live R&B Performances

Recently I've been all about Sam Cooke's Live at the Harlem Square Club, Etta James Rocks the House, and James Brown Live at the Apollo. Can you recommend other live soul or R&B recordings that have the same kind of raw energy?
posted by Rinku at 12:09 PM - 17 answers

Help, Book-Sleuths of AskMe!

Trying to track down a Halloween-y children's (?) book of puzzles and such. Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization at 9:54 AM - 0 answers

What to Expect When You're Expecting to See Conan

I have tickets to a taping of Conan tonight. What should I expect? How early should I arrive to not be shut out? How long does a taping last? How funny is Jimmy Pardo? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk at 8:42 AM - 11 answers

Great Librivox books?

What are some great librivox audiobooks? &amp who are some great Librivox readers? (This exact question has been asked twice before, but since the last time was in 2011 I think it's not too gauche to ask for an update.) Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine at 7:51 AM - 7 answers

Spy fiction

I want your book recommendations. I have just finished watching the first season of The Americans, a TV series about two Russian spies who live as an American couple with two children during the Cold War, and was surprised that I loved it a lot. I want more of that, but I don't usually love this kind of tv series. So I thought, instead of looking for other tv shows like this, I could try to find some books that I like. [more inside]
posted by blub at 7:11 AM - 18 answers

Looking for French Podcasts (Non-radio)

Hello, I'm looking for some good French podcasts that aren't simply radio broadcasts, but are more conversational/comedy/interview in style. I'm thinking of podcasts like: Judge John Hodgeman, WTF, Filmspotting, Comedy Bang Bang, Savage Lovecast, Lexicon Valley, My Brother my brother and me. Does such a thing even exist in France? I'd appreciate some help if you know of anything!
posted by gotarist at 6:33 AM - 3 answers

October 22

Photoshop Elements incompatiblility?

Photoshop Elements 8 will not import RAW files from my (new) camera, a Nikon D7100. The error message states that they are the wrong type of file. The same file type is imported without trouble from the unit it replaces (Nikon D40). What is causing this?
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 8:29 PM - 8 answers

What old-timey music should I listen to?

I'm a fledgling clawhammer banjo player running into a bit of a problem: finding new music to play. Can you suggest "old-timey" folk musicians? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 1:16 PM - 20 answers

American-made horror movies

Asking for a friend who is looking for recommendations of any/all American-made horror movies in the last decade that:
  • are not a franchise
  • are not a remake
  • are not a sequel
  • not torture porn
  • not SAW
Cabin in the Woods, The Sacrament, House of the Devil were all good suggestions meeting the criteria. What else has the hivemind got?
posted by ish__ at 12:18 PM - 53 answers

Looking for an accessible online text of The Conference of the Birds

I'm looking for a copy of the original Persian text of Farid ud-Din Attar's The Conference of the Birds. [more inside]
posted by Yesterday's camel at 10:57 AM - 3 answers

Help me find this poem by e. e. cummings. I think.

Years ago I encountered an e. e. cummings poem, a parody of The Fall of the House of Usher. At least, I think it was by e. e. cummings; it certainly had his 'words jumping around the page' style to it. Anyhow, the poem wasn't much more than a page, and had phrases such as, "The twister turned out to be sister," and, "the house came down like a ton of brick." [more inside]
posted by garisimo at 10:33 AM - 3 answers

Who are your favorite Asian or Asian American yuppies in Film and TV?

I've been tasked with writing an essay about Asian and Asian American yuppies in film/TV for an anthology about film and class/labor. Can anyone recommend films to watch (or articles to read)? [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 9:06 AM - 34 answers

October 21

Apportioning ownership to creative ideas polished through collaboration

For very low budget, collaborative efforts, where the script is an outline and you are told to act like yourself, where there is no pay and no craft services and you are doing it because you enjoy being together, how is ownership usually apportioned? [more inside]
posted by GregorWill at 1:01 PM - 8 answers

"Commercials" on NPR

I am looking for data on how many minutes there are of programming in a typical hour of public radio. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 9:47 AM - 6 answers

How does a song go from Demo to Recording?

Are there any documentaries/podcasts, etc. that track the evolution of a song from demo to recording? I want to see what role a good producer plays, and what the engineer and mixer actually do. Rock on!
posted by smelvis at 6:23 AM - 5 answers

What Are These Adhesive Bookmarks Made Of?

What is the exact material of these bookmarks? It's a type of extremely thin transparent plastic like sheeting tape - I need to know the name. Thanks.
posted by watercarrier at 2:35 AM - 7 answers

October 20

How to line up threads on a microscope slide

How to line up threads on a microscope slide [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 6:30 PM - 9 answers

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