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August 2

The dream of the 90s is ... what?

How would you evoke the spirit of the early, pre-Internet 90s, besides using the media, news, fashion and technology? Better description inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:47 PM - 237 answers

July 30

restaurant etiquette: used tissue on finished plate?

In a middle-of-the-road restaurant (i.e. not upscale, but not fast food), is it or is it not okay to leave a bunched-up, used tissue on a finished plate, alongside a bunched-up napkin, leftover food scraps and used cutlery?
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 11:49 PM - 41 answers

July 28

Escape from US & Canadian Internment camps during WWII?

I'm trying to find out if anyone successfully escaped from a Japanese-American or Japanese-Canadian Internment camp during World War II. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 10:09 AM - 6 answers

July 27

What's in an excellent camp care package?

My 11 year old nephew is away at camp for a month and I want to send him a care package. What should I put in it? I'm not sure what is / isn't allowed at this particular camp. I'm thinking candy to share? What else would be awesome?
posted by travertina at 8:42 AM - 25 answers

July 21

Good iphone/ipad apps for chinese (esp character) practice?

So I decided to take the plunge and begin studying the chinese characters (before now I was still studying chinese, but only focusing on pinyin and speaking). My chinese teacher is elated! And I'm deflated. What are some good tools for study? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 6:13 PM - 6 answers

How to interview and old friend

I'm preparing to video record an interview or interviews with my friend who is 95 years old. I'm making lists of questions and another friend has the video equipment, editing software and experience using them. But I'd like some sources of information about how to best and most creatively accomplish this project -- the interview, the editing, and the final format. [more inside]
posted by partner at 1:32 PM - 8 answers

Malaysia reading materials

Recommend to me books about Malaysia, its history, politics, culture and society. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 1:22 PM - 6 answers

Your one-stop cure for racial injustice denialism

Help me compile a list of links to specific, credible studies (and accessible summaries thereof) which demonstrate that anti-black racism is alive and well in America. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 11:01 AM - 8 answers

Hacks for timely responses to emails and texts

I used to be great at replying to emails and texts; now I am not. I need some ideas for methods to help me reply to people in a timely way. I could also do with some input into what is realistically considered "timely". [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:30 AM - 10 answers

July 20

From the 1940s on, what songs/artists are key to trans* issues in rock?

This coming week begins the revisiting of my intro to rock music course syllabus. I will need your help. One key topic is considering transgender issues in rock music, from~1940s to present. What songs and artists are essential to discuss here? [I'm] not quite asking for a list of trans artists, but for songs, themes, and personas that open up to questions of queerness. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 9:07 AM - 37 answers

How does a museum work?

A series of questions about what happens behind the scenes of a museum. How does an idea turn into an exhibit, and who ultimately approves its content? [more inside]
posted by fromspiderhead at 7:41 AM - 5 answers

July 15

History of Canada - recommendations?

Are there any good, entertaining, well-written single-volume histories of Canada? After years of promising myself to do it, I want to learn more about Canadian history. I remember some vague facts from junior high school but ask me about Confederation and I'm mumble city. I'm looking for a survey history, maybe even a good textbook perhaps. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 10:00 PM - 10 answers

July 14

Fragments of Old London Still Visible in Modern London

Fragments of Roman Londinium are still visible around London. Bits of old London Bridge have been worked into St. Magnus the Martyr Church. What other leftover bits of old London are still hanging around the modern-day city? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 4:15 AM - 17 answers

July 13

update on the Barier, floating soccer-ball dwelling?

I'm trying to find out what's up with this structure, designed for maximum resistance to earthquakes and flooding. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 8:32 AM - 3 answers

July 11

Can you recommend a community based goal setting website?

I miss 43 things and I would like to find a 'replacement' with similar simplicity in its layout. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 4:41 AM - 3 answers

July 10

Trying to ID a necklace I saw at the National Gallery Museum store

I saw this necklace at the National Gallery museum store. Didn't buy it when I had the opportunity, now the museum store neither has it in stock nor knows anything about it so I can track it down. To me it looks like a lightweight opera-length geometric necklace or cube chain, but google searches have not turned up anything. It was just over $100. Can you help me find this, or something like this?
posted by arnicae at 2:43 PM - 1 answers

July 9

How do I convert old French currency?

I'd like to convert 729 livres in Lyon, France in 1736 to contemporary US dollars. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 8:02 AM - 5 answers

July 7

What are some good movie versions of operas?

I'm looking for recommended movie versions of operas -- an example that comes to mind of the sort of thing I'm talking about is Ingmar Bergman's Magic Flute. I am NOT looking for filmed stage productions (like the Metropolitan Opera Live productions) or movies where only parts of operas are featured (like Amadeus) or movies based on operas where significant changes have been made from the libretto (like Carmen Jones), but whole operas filmed as movies. It's okay if they didn't get a normal cinematic release.
posted by Peregrine Pickle at 8:40 PM - 8 answers

Living in Sydney is awesome, right?

My partner and I are considering a move from Adelaide to Sydney: help me learn to love life in the big city! [more inside]
posted by langtonsant at 5:53 PM - 6 answers

Parents of teens: would you allow co-ed sleepovers?

Ok go easy on me, this is my first question ever. My super responsible 14yo daughter wants to have a couple of boy friends stay the night along with a couple of girls. [more inside]
posted by CanyonWren at 4:31 PM - 57 answers

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