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February 16

Best resources in 2017 to teach myself harmonica

I want to play the harmonica. I want to teach myself. I can read music enough to sing and slowly play piano. (In other words, guitar chord stuff still confuses me.) Looking for online or book or other resources that you may have found useful.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 9:04 PM - 2 answers

Taylor Negron "Oratorical Contest" Sketch?

Does anybody remember a Taylor Negron sketch in which he reminisces about an oratorical contest he entered as a child. It was a produced piece that I'm pretty sure aired on Michael Nesmith's TV series, "Television Parts," that aired on NBC in the summer of 1985. . [more inside]
posted by DougieGee at 5:11 PM - 0 answers

February 15

A website like GoodReads that also lets you write/edit booksummaries?

When I read a good book I like to take notes, and cut-and-paste excerpts for future reference. I've been using Word to do this, but is there a book website that provides this function built-in?GoodReads allows the posting of "reviews" using a tiny text window but I want to have a place to store and view private notes (while at the same time having access to all the nifty GoodRead-type features!)
posted by storybored at 7:40 PM - 17 answers

Diverse History Podcasts

O Hive Mind, please recommend me some diversity in my history podcasts. Likes and requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 6:59 PM - 14 answers

Medium attention span reading

Recommendations sought for medium attention span reading, please. [more inside]
posted by joycehealy at 9:13 AM - 14 answers

What should I read after Inspector Rebus?

I have read all of the Inspector Rebus novels by Ian Rankin. What should I read next in the detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by vivekspace at 3:18 AM - 19 answers

February 14

David Tennant: best actor or best actor?

I wish to watch David Tennant. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 10:46 PM - 28 answers

Where are all the set design companies hiding?

I'm trying to create as complete a list as possible of a specific type of company in the US: one that designs and builds sets and props for film and television, as well as large installations for events and festivals. Fabrication in-house is preferred but not required. [more inside]
posted by ananci at 11:56 AM - 8 answers

What are your favorite portraits?

Do your have a favorite portrait of someone (painting, photograph, sculpture, whatever)? What makes it so great?? I am trying to figure out what makes a great portrait, and looking for examples.
posted by mortaddams at 5:31 AM - 34 answers

February 13

"Verse, chorus, middle-eight, break, fade"

I write pop songs with strange voicings: lots of suspended and extended chords, added intervals, etc, as well as open tunings, heavy capo usage, and the like. How do I sensibly transcribe them for other players without driving people crazy? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 8:20 PM - 6 answers

A horse, a horse...that's rather a lot of legs, isn't it?

I'm looking for the origin of this graphic of Odin riding Sleipnir design. It is all over the internet which makes me think it's after something older but try as I might, I can't find what. And, of course, like all things Nordic, the neo-Nazis have peed all over it.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 1:54 PM - 6 answers

Who was this black, female jazz trumpeter

At 2:13 in this Timeline video posted to Facebook, there's some stock footage of a black woman playing trumpet in a jazz band. Does anyone know who she is? The credit says "Prelinger Archives" but I don't get anything back from reverse images searches. I don't have a sound ID app handy, but maybe that would turn up the recording. I'm curious, because I've never heard of any female jazz trumpeters from that era. Possibly Valaida Snow?
posted by serathen at 9:06 AM - 2 answers

Songs that feature talking?

Shepherd and I's theme for our radio show this Saturday is songs that feature talking. The best example I have for this is "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley. What other songs have this? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 7:24 AM - 93 answers

Circular Gallifreyan, tattoo edition

I want to get a tattoo with a Circular Gallifreyan translation of a word that holds special meaning for me. There are examples all over Pinterest, but I want mine to be drawn by someone who is both an expert in this made-up language and also has a talent for graphic design. How do I go about finding such a gem? [more inside]
posted by houseofleaves at 5:41 AM - 8 answers

February 12

A mysterious murder mystery

I was recommended a trilogy of murder mysteries in a passing conversation on the bus. I didn't think to write down the titles, but now I'm trying track them down with from the details I remember. [more inside]
posted by figurant at 2:59 PM - 9 answers

Help identifying this Evening Standard poster

So I'm currently in Ojai, California helping my partner's parents pack up a lot of their belongings and move them into storage. We're uncovering quite a few gems, including this poster which appears to be the product of the London Evening Standard. We're very curious to uncover the original artist and date. Has anyone ever come across something like this before?
posted by andymcmillan at 10:10 AM - 2 answers

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads!"

My partner and I recently watched 'Glasgow 1980' on Vimeo, a film made in 1971 about what Glasgow would be like in the future, and we loved being able to see which plans and predictions worked and which didn't. Now we want to watch more documentaries made in the past about a future that has already gone - what should we watch, and where can we find more films in this genre? [more inside]
posted by matthew.alexander at 8:11 AM - 8 answers

February 11

Overthinking game show audition

I've made it to the second round of a quiz show audition process on Australian TV. As a procrastinator, I have now 15 hours to make a 1-2 minute video on my phone to upload by midnight tonight. Tips? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 2:42 PM - 5 answers

After the fall

Famously, Asimov's Foundation stores was inspired by Gibbon'sDecline and Fall. Less famously, Turtledove's Darkness series had as plot point and background the destruction of an ancient empire. What other works of SF have in their history a fallen or greatly diminished imperial power?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:19 AM - 10 answers

Reading material suggestions based on Black Mirror

I was never a fan of science fiction, especially that of the "Star Wars" variety, but lately I have been really liking the show Black Mirror on Netflix and I'm looking for books / stories / novellas in a similar sci fi vein. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 11:04 AM - 21 answers

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