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August 16

Help me find videos of well-known people saying college is necessary

Please point me toward video clips of people expressing the idea that attending college and getting a degree is a prerequisite to getting a decent job and joining the middle class in the United States. In particular, I'm looking for well-known people making these statements - politicians, business leaders, celebrities, athletes, musicians, etc. These can be anything from speeches, to college promotional videos, to movies and other pop-culture.
posted by theory at 7:12 AM - 4 answers

August 15

Can you help me think of ambient sounds to sample for my music?

Calling all sound designers, musicians and generally creative Mefites! I've recently been getting into sampling sounds in nature (i.e "found sound") and then using them as percussion and other elements in my music (loosely categorized as IDM, EDM, whatever). I will be vacationing next week by the ocean and trying to do some advance thinking and get some inspiration for my trip. I acknowledge upfront that this is a broad question with broad answers, so to help focus the question there is . . . [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 3:04 PM - 9 answers

Stunt memoir recommendations

I have a huge weakness for books which the author is documenting some sort of personal year-long challenge. I guess you'd call them stunt memoirs? I've already read a bunch, but I want even more recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 2:04 PM - 26 answers

From 0 to Kevin Shields in one tap.

Help me figure out the best route for using my electric guitar with a (laptop + VSTs + some kind of pedalboard) in a live context. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:15 AM - 4 answers

August 14

Is there an online community dedicated to finding movie locations?

This has always been one of my greatest interests. I get such a thrill out of visiting and searching for locations used for films (or TV, I guess). There doesn't seem to be a whole lot out there. There's the Filming Locations page for each entry on IMDB, there's and other similar things, but I'm looking for more like a community/forum where people can ask and discuss and figure things out.
posted by basehead at 5:18 PM - 3 answers

Best Kids Podcasts

During a long car ride this past weekend, I put on some episodes of Wow in the World for my four year old, and he loved them. I particularly liked that they were better than his usual request of poppy kids music. Unfortunately, episodes only come out twice a week. What are other podcasts, preferably short and educational, that are aimed at young kids?
posted by noneuclidean at 4:51 PM - 8 answers

Short podcasts for a road trip

I want to listen to podcasts that have a definite beginning and ending. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 12:31 PM - 9 answers

August 13

A question for the Liberian Cabal

I've been making it my goal to only read books by non-cishetwhitedudes this year. Yay for me! But I'm wondering, since I get most of my reading material from the library, is there any tangible impact on society? Besides adding my +1 to the amount of times these books are checked out, is there any greater significance? Do the authors get any benefits? Librarians, please let me know if checking out and reading books by women, people of colors, LGBTQ, etc is nothing more than screaming into the library void.
posted by Grandysaur at 4:28 PM - 8 answers

Need suggestions for music to play for a candlelight vigil tonight

I'm running around trying to set up a local candlelight vigil tonight for Charlottesville. No luck so far finding anyone with a guitar or anything, so I'm trying to come up with a playlist for background music, etc. [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta at 12:37 PM - 11 answers

Your incredibly absorbing summer reads: omnivore edition

I need to distract myself from thoughts of the impending apocalypse and am looking for recommendations for books that you just couldn't put down. My tastes lean towards crime (true and fiction), psychological thrillers, mystery, politics, psychology etc. but I am pretty much open to anything these days, as long as it keeps me off Facebook and CNN. [more inside]
posted by rpfields at 10:47 AM - 24 answers

How big a print can I make of a digital drawing?

I've used Procreate to make a number of drawings on my first-gen iPad Pro (using the "screen size" setting of 2,038 x 2,732), and I'd like to print tests of several of them in a large format (local commercial print shop offers 4' x 3'). [more inside]
posted by the sobsister at 7:11 AM - 7 answers

August 12

Latest in immersive theater in NYC

We’ll be in New York at the end of the month and I’m looking for recommendations for immersive theater—along the lines of “Sleep No More,” “Then She Fell,” and “The Grand Paradise.” Performances where the action is happening around you, where there isn't necessarily a linear story, where you are generally free to explore, and where your experience will likely be different from someone else attending the same performance. I’m seeing several options, but which are “immersive” in the same way those are? (“Seeing You” looked like it would have scratched that itch, too.)
posted by jroybal at 2:34 PM - 4 answers

What's up with sanitized closed captions?

R-rated movie on Amazon captioned as if it's on broadcast TV. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Orlop at 7:04 AM - 5 answers

August 11

What happened to the fatosphere?

Back in the day, I used to read fat acceptance blogs. In particular, Shapely Prose and its big community of commenters was really important to me at a difficult time in my life (and that blog is just archives now). Where did these people go? Does anyone have any recommendations for where I could find a similar experience, for good writing and especially an online community?
posted by Bluebird Wine at 3:43 PM - 8 answers

Other virtual turntabling sites?

I'm totally geeking on today's Google Doodle. Alas, I have no DJing equipment—where else can I do turntablism online?
posted by Rykey at 1:32 PM - 2 answers

August 10

How can I scan hundreds of old family photos easily and cheaply?

I have several hundred family photos I need to scan and digitize within a short time, and am looking for the most efficient and cheap way to do that while I still have access to someone who can help me add dates and times and place names to the photos. Looking for equipment recommendations, process explanations, or even commercial services who might do the work economically while also balancing the hope to scan the pictures at high resolution for the future. [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 9:55 AM - 15 answers

Listening to the Fab Four, all of them.

I want to listen to every single goddamn Beatles song, many of which I have never heard, in more-or-less release order. What's the best way to make sure I don't miss anything? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 9:05 AM - 15 answers

Article about voice teacher's opinions about metal singers?

A few years ago, no idea how many, I read an interesting article in which a voice teacher(?) listened to famous heavy metal singers and talked about their techniques. I believe she(?) talked about Rob Halford from Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, possibly King Crimson, and possibly more. Can you find it for me? Yes, I've tried to Google it. (Inspired by this post.)
posted by goatdog at 7:34 AM - 4 answers

How do you read the Washington Post?

I have a digital national subscription to the Washington Post. It seems useless because it won't keep me logged in on my phone, but the app is very hard to navigate for what I want (mostly Hax and Petri.) Am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 7:09 AM - 10 answers

August 9

YA Fantasy - book identification

Driving myself crazy trying to remember (and Google and such) a book that I read as a teenager. [more inside]
posted by stompadour at 10:59 PM - 3 answers

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