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June 20

Name that book filter: 90's kid book edition

Help me find a set of four books that I loved as a kid! The main character was a young teenaged girl (14?) who did Indiana Jones style adventuring. [more inside]
posted by heybearica at 5:40 PM - 2 answers

June 19

Looking For Editing and Design Assistance In Zine Publication

I have been writing erotic haiku for the past eight years and would like to put some of my work out in 'zine form. Where would I find and editor for a reasonable cost? I do not have a background in English and am also skittish and vulnerable in showing my work to friends who have writing backgrounds. I would like to find an editor who I can feel supported by and who'll winnow out what works from what doesn't. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 4:58 PM - 2 answers

Songs That Make You Go "THAT'S MY SONG!"

People of Metafilter: what are your jams? I'm talking about the songs that are so instantly recognizable and hype-worthy that the second they come up at random on your Spotify playlist/on the speakers at a store/at karaoke night/at a dance party, you are 100% delighted and cannot help but IMMEDIATELY get stoked and/or dance-y. I'm not necessarily talking about favorite songs overall (although there could be overlap), but about the songs that take you from 0 to 10 instantaneously, especially when they catch you by surprise. All genres welcomed and encouraged!
posted by helloimjennsco at 11:01 AM - 150 answers

Stories of unhealthy coping

I'm looking for written stories about people coping with grief or trauma in unhealthy ways. Non-fiction preferred (first-person essays or memoirs especially) but a good fictional tale might be useful, too. What's out there?
posted by Pater Aletheias at 6:41 AM - 22 answers

June 18

Standardized translations for titles of artworks?

Is there a formal or informal standard for translating the titles of artworks named using languages other than the one you're writing in? E.g. an extensive and well-known multilingual catalog that everyone tends to refer to, rather than translating afresh every time? (Not because they can't, but just to make things easier for others doing work in the same field.) I'm particularly interested in English titles for French paintings from 1800-present mentioned in academic works, but any information on the general case would be appreciated too.
posted by No-sword at 4:47 PM - 5 answers

How do I sort all these electronic design files?

I have been designing for 15 years now, using Illustrator and PowerPoint, and I have a lot of reusable stuff but I don't always remember what it was, or where I saved it, or even that it exists. I need a process (rather than a software solution) to collect these useful things and create an easily browsable and accessible collection. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 3:54 PM - 2 answers

June 17

Can you identify this folk singer from the mid-90s?

Sometime in the early to mid 90s, a folk singer came to my town and performed, and I bought his album. I remember only a handful of facts about him, and a few lines from the songs. Can you identify this musician? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate at 4:57 PM - 10 answers

Movies that use a missing/dead character to drive narrative.

Movie buffs and casual fans -- what are some films that have a missing or dead character that becomes a core part of the "journey" of the main characters? A good example is Apacolypse Now, with Colonel Kurtz being a driving force who we don't meet until the end of the film. Another example is Stand by Me, which I have admittedly not seen, but looks to fit the profile: "After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy." Casting a wide net, so all suggestions are welcome! [more inside]
posted by no_context at 12:17 PM - 63 answers

British tv series about collectors

A few years ago, we watched a UK tv series about collectors who were out of control to various degrees. I can't remember the name at all and am totally failing in searching. The most memorable guy had a Star Wars collections all still in the boxes, taking over most of his children's bedrooms. Help? [more inside]
posted by carbide at 3:30 AM - 2 answers

June 16

Searching for the best in Serialized Crime Storytelling

I am studying the narrative structures and storytelling devices of crime stories that have been serialized. I am interested in both the scripted and non-fiction true crime variety. Can you help with some suggestions? [more inside]
posted by avrobie at 3:04 PM - 12 answers

June 15

Musical Instrument Detective

Can anyone identify the musical instrument being played at the 4:11 mark in this video? It's hard to get a good look and my random Googles are not cutting it. YouTube link
posted by pixlboi at 6:22 PM - 10 answers

I'm looking for examples of shots (Film, games, TV) from INSIDE a hood.

This is a weird one- Basically, I'm looking for any kind of visual reference for a POV shot from inside of a bag, hood or sack. As if the person had been kidnapped. It can be a game, movie, TV etc. The more the merrier!
posted by GilloD at 11:53 AM - 9 answers

Movie identification filter: vegetable necklace edition

When I was in grade school in the eighties, we were shown a strange movie. The main story was centered around a young man who was kind of a loser. He wanted to improve himself and his life, to become awesome and have lots of friends and stuff. He embarked on some dodgy self-improvement program. Step One: attend school wearing a large piece of veg on a string around the neck. This is the most memorable part of the story. It was like, a whole head of broccoli, or, an entire celery or something. [more inside]
posted by vortex genie 2 at 9:01 AM - 4 answers

Need funny and nice television comedies

I am in search of a new television comedy to keep me happy. I particularly want something relatively nice and light, good quality but not too demanding. My current favourites are Brooklyn 99, Bob's Burgers, and Parks and Rec. I know there are lots of similar past asks and I've looked at many of them, but I have my own snowflake requests. [more inside]
posted by pandabort at 8:57 AM - 44 answers

Font filter

Can you recommend some good fonts for data tables in PDF/print? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist at 4:23 AM - 1 answers

June 14

What "old" CBS shows would I like to binge watch?

I just reinstated my CBS All Access and need a weekend down the rabbit hole escaping my life. What CBS shows available on All Access do you think I would like (previous liked shows inside)? [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 at 6:03 PM - 14 answers

How do you save and read link-intensive articles online?

I love to read medium and longform articles I find online. I am wondering how people save, organize and read link-intensive articles like this. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 12:12 PM - 4 answers

DIY eclipse photography

I'm going to be in the totality of the upcoming total solar eclipse. I'd like to photograph it! Specifically, I'd like to make a homemade (pinhole?) camera and create a permanent image of, at least, the ring of the corona in the sky. How, specifically, could I best do that?
posted by 4th number at 7:24 AM - 2 answers

Howling little boss tunes

If everyone in the office really likes the following 3 songs, what other songs do you think we’ll like? Howling Wolf: Killing floor, Little Richard: I don’t know what you got, Bruce Springsteen: 10th Avenue freeze out. Specifically looking for songs, not artists or genres. Thanks!
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 2:48 AM - 14 answers

June 13

Finding a literary agent for very different kinds of writing.

How do I find an agent to represent both political blogging and literary fiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 PM - 4 answers

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