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August 26

Awesome Webcomics, take 2
I previously asked for webcomic recommendations. Now I'm back, I've run out of things to read, and I want more. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 5:34 PM - 8 answers
Online resources for branding and logo-design?
I am looking for online resources for logo design and branding that contain the creative briefs, brainstorming notes, sketches, design process, and full style guides for well-known projects. It doesn't have to have ALL these things, but the more it has, the better. Books are welcome too.
posted by omar.a at 4:38 PM - 2 answers

Camping out on a plateau I've built for myself.
As a working artist for shy of a decade, I'm starting to feel like I'm hitting walls most of the time I make, which is making artmaking frustrating. Suggestions for how to rekindle love and patience for the process and start climbing up the next hill? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 1:12 PM - 7 answers

Is there a Chinese translation scam?
I've been approached via email by someone I don't know describing himself as a Canadian with a Chinese wife who runs this language service center, offering to translate one of my books into Chinese. The offer is unsolicited and it does not specifically mention the title of my book. Is it a scam that I haven't heard about yet? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 8:00 AM - 10 answers

August 25

Instagram Aces, international metropolitan edition
New York Magazine had a short piece the other day about some street photographers in NYC who post some jaw-dropping stuff on Instagram. I've really been enjoying following their feeds --- so now I'm wondering, what about the other great cities of the world? NYC can't have a monopoly on cool cityscapes. Can y'all hook me up with some other great Instagram accounts to follow? From Paris to Lagos to Phnom Penh, I'm interested. [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt at 1:55 PM - 4 answers

Reagan-era MTV Contest Madness
Back in the 1980s, MTV ran some pretty wild contests. I found this story about the Lost Weekend With Van Halen, but there were many more. Does anyone have a complete list of those contests, or links to any more of the winners' stories? [more inside]
posted by ktoad at 8:31 AM - 13 answers

A girl on a toy riding horse underwater.. what's that song in the video?
I saw a music video this weekend featuring a girl with longish blondish hair riding on a toy riding horse underwater, possibly in a pool. I was really chill, instrumental possibly. It was in a youtube playlist with similar types of music: sleep party people, gold panda, clams casino, youth, grimes, tycho etc. Please, oh please, help me find it!!!
posted by tenaciousmoon at 12:17 AM - 2 answers

August 24

Home renovation shows that get into the nitty gritty
My boyfriend would like some recommendations for good, detailed home renovation shows. [more inside]
posted by reshet at 8:23 PM - 13 answers

Fascinating True Crime Documentaries or Books?
I am looking for recommendations for documentaries about true crime cases. [more inside]
posted by bearette at 7:30 PM - 42 answers

Finding a great translation of a foreign book
When there are a lot of editions of a foreign book available, how do you go about finding and choosing a good translation? [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 7:28 PM - 5 answers

Font to replace Papyrus?
Looking for a typeface for a wellness/holistic medicine practice. I know that Papyrus font is a cliche, but it's an effective visual shorthand for this kind of business. Are there other fonts that are less overused, but would still convey or fit with that vibe of green, organic, holistic, natural? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:08 PM - 14 answers

August 23

German female artist, specializing in fine geometric lines?
A few years ago, I came across the website of a German artist, female, who specialized in creating geometric artwork featuring very fine lines (think sweeping, 1pt lines). The only other things I remember are: 30ish in age, and had a non-standard German name, e.g. not something simple like "Anna Schmid". Anyone know her name and site?
posted by slater at 9:13 PM - 1 answers

Name that Sample (Synth)
Hoping someone can recognize a sample that my brain is telling me was lifted from a reasonably mainstream source, but I can't place it. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus at 7:45 PM - 5 answers

Help ID an old (late 70s) cartoon with pollution & underground dwellers?
My friend has asked me to help him identify a cartoon he remembers seeing sometime in the late 70s. According to him:It was about people who lived underground and they were trying to build up their civilization. It had a School House Rock feel to it. I think it had something to do with garbage/pollution. [more inside]
posted by sciencejock at 4:02 PM - 4 answers

Imax motion sickness?
Will seeing Guardians of the Galaxy in Imax 3D make me sick? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 11:28 AM - 9 answers

August 22

In search of Black Comedy
Recently, I've been interested in multimedia featuring aspects of black comedy or cynical characters in otherwise mundane settings. Searching on my own is more or less inefficient and I'm looking for any recommendations which fall into this category. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 8:54 PM - 27 answers

Recommendations for books about Red Clydeside
I recently found out that I'm not the only red sheep in my otherwise right-wing family. Apparently my great-grandmother was good pals with James Maxton and some of the other Scottish socialists of the day. I'm looking for book recommendations about Maxton and Red Clydeside in general.
posted by atropos at 6:27 PM - 2 answers

Cinematography: What changed on Doctor Who between Davies and Moffat?
This week I watched a Doctor Who episode from the Russell T. Davies era with David Tennant as Doctor 10. I cut my teeth on the Matt Smith episodes, so I always find the older episodes so different in terms of production quality. But what am I seeing, exactly? What were the technical changes in production between the two series? [more inside]
posted by fremen at 3:03 PM - 5 answers

Influenza Pandemic of 1918 -- fiction recommendations?
What are your recommendations for fiction that considers the Influenza Pandemic of 1918, either as a main focus or as a backdrop? [more inside]
posted by janey47 at 2:11 PM - 10 answers

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 - 3 answers

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