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October 5

Wedding photographs without the bells and whistles

We do not want a "wedding photographer." The setting is photogenic and we don't expect perfection. How can we go about finding a photographer to capture our event without the demands usually placed on wedding photographers? [more inside]
posted by nominal at 9:16 AM - 27 answers

October 4

Good nonprofit that works on environmental lead in Chicago?

I would like to donate some money to a non-profit that works on issues related to environmental lead in Chicago, especially as it affects children. Advocacy, lobbying, policy work, education, direct lead remediation work, or any other kind of work on this issue would fit the bill. Who should I donate to? [more inside]
posted by mai at 7:15 PM - 2 answers

October 2

What was the last big quote from "The Martian"?

In the film version of The Martian, Mark Watney says something at the end about what you do when you know you're going to die. Anybody have the exact quote?
posted by circular at 5:46 PM - 2 answers

¿Metafilter en español?

I am trying to learn Spanish. I took 4 years of it in high school, many years ago, and I'd like to continue learning about it. What I'd like to see is a website that's like metafilter, but it links to spanish-language websites, and has cool smart people comment on them in spanish. Is that a thing?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 8:21 AM - 13 answers

October 1

Looking for Reference Images for an Airport (WXX4)

I am trying to find photos or videos of Unnamed Star Mountains Airport (WXX4) in Papua, Indonesia. This is for a hobby-project, so they don't need to be great, but I am hoping for something better than the gray blob I see on Google Earth/Maps. [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle at 1:48 PM - 2 answers

Need help identifying an un-google-able quote

Who said this: "A friend is better than a dollar. Cuz if you have a dollar, but ain't got a friend, then the money won't spend." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:11 AM - 3 answers

September 30

When did they stop selling black and white television sets in the USA?

We had a black and white tv set when I was a child. We switched over to color at some point in the early '80s and we, along with tens of millions of other American consumers, never looked back. At some point, I suppose they must have stopped selling black and white tv sets [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 4:44 PM - 15 answers

September 28

Social Studies? 101?

I'd like names (if they exist) for the following two ideas: [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 11:36 AM - 8 answers

September 26

What's the most rewarding charity to give to, in a selfish sense?

I'd like to give money to charity regularly, but I'm still a little bit selfish so I'd like to see some kind of direct outcome from my donation, rather than feeling like it's a small drop in a giant pot of money. So, charities like Cancer Research, Oxfam, Save the Children - these are all great things which I support in various ways but I would consider those to be "giant pots of money" for the purpose of this question. [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 12:13 PM - 22 answers

September 25

Housing first

I care about affordable housing, eliminating homelessness, raising the standard living for poor people, and maintaining available housing stock for working and middle class people of all ethnic backgrounds. What specific policies should I support? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 8:14 AM - 21 answers

September 24

Is there a red state MeFi-alike?

So I have an elderly relative who is struggling with profound hearing and speech difficulties, and I'm looking for an online community for him. MetaFilter would strike him as too liberal, too young, and somewhat too outré. He's not ignorant or unsophisticated, but his views are conservative and his interest in modern culture is, well, limited. Can anyone point me toward a U.S.-based site with an active group of thoughtful, high-quality commenters and a generally conservative slant on history, politics, and current events? [more inside]
posted by timeo danaos at 7:47 PM - 13 answers

Why have big cities gotten rich and rural/industrial areas gotten poor?

Everybody knows that New York and London have both seen a big reduction in crimes and an even bigger increase in property values over the past 20 years. Moscow, too. At the same time, formerly prosperous industrial and suburban areas have gotten poorer (and, as evidenced by right-wing populism, angrier). But the one that surprised me was Copenhagen vs. the rest of Denmark, as outlined by mumimor. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 2:08 PM - 24 answers

September 23

How do I explain this?

My 7-year-old daughter's favorite books right now are Louise Erdrich's Birchbark House novels about an Ojibwe girl named Omakayas. She wants to dress up like Omakayas for Halloween. Last year, she went as Laura Ingalls Wilder. However, I feel like it isn't okay in this day and age for a white girl to dress live a Native American for Halloween, particularly in a city where so many real Ojibwe live. Am I right? If so, why? What should I tell her? For her, this is just about adoring her favorite character.
posted by Area Man at 3:47 PM - 27 answers

Is this T-Shirt actually racist or associated with racists?

I saw this T-Shirt on a 10-12 year old boy at a neighborhood parade last week. He was part of the parade, in a unit sponsored by a dive bar. Possibly relevant info: This is not a biker bar specifically but my town's one-percenter outlaw biker gang has had events there. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 12:56 PM - 23 answers

September 22

German Military Industrial Resources During WWII

If Germany didn't expend resources on perpetrating the crimes of the Holocaust would there have been a significant impact on the outcome of WWII in Europe? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 12:03 PM - 12 answers

September 21

Are atheists, in fact, responsible for more mass murder than theists?

I'm an atheist trying to take the question of secular morality in society seriously. In debates about whether a secular society is better than a religious one, theists often allude to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc -- the mass murders of the 20th century who were motivated by secular beliefs. Are theists right that atheists killed more people in the 20th century than religious leaders did? What notable examples of this exist, besides the three mentioned above? [more inside]
posted by everythingyoudoisaballoon at 12:25 PM - 27 answers

Is it normal for strangers in the USA (SF) to comment on clothes?

Just trying to understand my experience last week in SF. I received repeated, unsolicited comments while walking around town, related to my clothing. Is this normal? Is it just people being friendly? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke at 9:32 AM - 44 answers

September 20

Help me find resources to learn about my new home in Washington state.

Two years ago, we moved from Maryland to Seattle, WA, but I still feel like I don't know very much about my new home. Ideally, I'm looking for the "here's what you should have learned in 6th grade" level overview of local history and common knowledge. (I might get into deeper history later, but right now I just want to not feel like such a tourist)
posted by mboszko at 1:35 PM - 10 answers

September 19

Maybe the professor just isn't funny

Do you have any suggestions for books, websites, other to help a new arrival to the US with learn general cultural references? I'm mentoring a Chinese student who is attending a mid-size US university. This is her first time in the US, and her English is fantastic. She asked me if I knew of any resources that could help her understand more US cultural references since sometimes she feels lost. [more inside]
posted by cessair at 4:21 PM - 21 answers

Humans of... my town

How do I approach moving people on the street to interview them about racial identity and what sorts of questions should I ask to get the most out of them? [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 6:04 AM - 16 answers

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