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May 2

Tattoo inspiration needed please!

I'd like to get a tattoo which expresses the following concepts or mantras; just do it/don't overthink things/say yes to all opportunities and if live gives you lemons - make lemonade/be grateful for what you have. However, I'm having trouble coming up with ideas for how to represent these things graphically. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 11:48 AM - 11 answers

May 1

European-Themed Prizes for Eurovision Party

In a couple weeks, we are hosting our annual Eurovision Song Contest viewing party. There will be a realtime contest among party guests to predict the winning countries, and we plan on giving the winners European-themed prizes. In years past, we've given European-themed candies, drinks, card games and foods. (Yes, I know a couple of those are a stretch.) We'd love more suggestions, whether you have specific ideas about the former, or an alternative we haven't thought of at all. Looking for items in the $1-10 range.
posted by lieber hair at 11:41 AM - 8 answers

Books about technological change and society

I'm looking for great books about the history of how innovation and/or technological change affected society. I want to know about both the direct effects a new technology had and the indirect effects on employment, regulation etc... Interested in books that look at how a single technology changed society and more sweeping overviews. Interested in any time period.
posted by roolya_boolya at 10:19 AM - 15 answers

did you happen to read a recent article about a trend spotter?

I can't find this again so I can read the whole thing... a recent article about a man with an unusual job. He visits people in their homes and spots trends. He does this up to 300 nights per year. Did you happen to read this too or know of this person? I just wanted to read about it.
posted by egk at 5:42 AM - 5 answers

April 30

Central Asia and Whiteness

How do people in or from Central Asia and ex-Soviet countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan) experience race, especially Whiteness? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 11:57 PM - 14 answers

Need ideas on giving away door prizes at company picnic

We have been gathering some items to give away at our company picnic to about 150 employees, we will be able to make sure every employee gets a prize. [more inside]
posted by just asking at 1:12 PM - 5 answers

April 29

Is "Chinatown" an offensive term?

Is using the term "Chinatown" offensive in the urban geography context? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 12:08 PM - 43 answers

What is this object from the early 20th century?

This object has been in my repository for a very long time, and no one knows what it is. It supposedly came in with the papers of an interesting politician/lawyer who served as governor of Tennessee in the early 20th century. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars at 11:35 AM - 10 answers

April 27

Resources for progressive thought and activism in America

I'm an older millennial who is finally getting more politically and socially engaged thanks to this election cycle, and I want to learn more about the resources (digital or otherwise) other MeFites use to be informed and stay engaged politically and socially in this country, from local to national. Nothing is too mundane or esoteric or partisan; I simply want to learn. [more inside]
posted by kyp at 2:14 PM - 24 answers

April 26

What was life like for teenagers on Long Island in the late 1970s?

I'm brainstorming a YA novel that would be set in a wealthy Long Island suburb in 1979. What was life like for teenagers then? Anecdotes, stories, and book or movie suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 2:45 PM - 16 answers

April 25

What to do in Bellevue??

I'm a college graduate (female) who is moving across the country to Bellevue, Washington in July for an engineering job. I ended up getting into a lease with some friends in Bellevue instead of Seattle like I originally planned. It will definitely be nice to be close to work (job is in Bellevue and 3 miles from our place), but I'm 22 years old and I don't have kids and I don't know if there will be anything for me to do for fun in Bellevue without having to drive to Seattle. Suggestions?? [more inside]
posted by leafmealone at 3:39 PM - 11 answers

April 23

Is it rude for friend to request I buy a new outfit for wedding?

I was not expecting this additional expense and was planning to wear something I already owned. Would it be rude for me to refuse? [more inside]
posted by CheeseAndRice at 4:36 PM - 54 answers

April 22

Looking for an old definition.

What does 'trimming' refer to in terms of a "dry goods and trimming" store? [more inside]
posted by Tristram Shandy, Gentleman at 5:40 PM - 5 answers

putting classical music chops to good use in different types of music?

I find it hard to be creative with music [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 1:43 PM - 10 answers

What do one percenters say about the rest of us?

Those of us who are not in the one-percent class sometimes say snarky things about our socioeconomic betters. Apart from Mitt Romney's infamous 47-percent gaffe and capitalist generalizations about success and poverty, are there any other nonfiction sources that shed light on the American elite's attitudes and beliefs about those of us who inhabit other social strata? What are they saying?
posted by A. Davey at 8:28 AM - 18 answers

April 21

How would you identify the meaning of this symbol?

A colleague likes to put riddles and challenges on the chalk board. This particular question is about how to discover the meaning of an "ungoogleable" symbol. I jokingly suggested that Ask Metafilter is the right answer, and now I am challenged to see if that's right. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:45 AM - 18 answers

April 19

The State We're In

Anyone knows any way I can still get the audio files of the show's episodes? I'm desperate. [more inside]
posted by pos at 10:25 PM - 2 answers

Was my great-grandfather a cross-dresser?

My brother recently showed me some old family photos that show my great-grandfather wearing a dress. My question is: was this a light-hearted thing to do in the times or was my great-grandfather a cross-dresser? [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 11:01 AM - 12 answers

April 18

Why do so few people live in Wyoming?

WY do so few people live in the state north of Colorado? It is the least populous state in the nation and almost all its neighbors have twice the population. What accounts for such a large difference?
posted by Monochrome at 6:47 PM - 25 answers

An economic history of the French Revolution

I'd like to see an article or book on the economic history of the French Revolution. While the poor crops and unusually harsh winters seem relatively self-explanatory, I'm interested in the personalities and the constraints that seem to lurk along the edges. [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 5:56 PM - 10 answers

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