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July 29

Shall I hang on to my CDs?
I am remodeling my attic space to be office/mancave/storage. I have about 3,000 cds boxed and sitting in a closet. I have not played a CD in over 3 years. So I feel I need some nudging or suggestions, you see. In the new attic space I will have room to display them on shelves. I am torn as to do this, keep them boxed or just unload them. My collection is reflective of my non- commercial, eclectic tastes so I am wondering if they have any value as well. BY value I mean cash value. Are CDs dead media these days or are folks collecting them as well. Torn and confused Please, hive, tell me your thoughts
posted by citybuddha at 6:26 AM - 9 answers

July 27

Race vs. sexual orientation article
Please help me find a Colin Powell article, circa mid nineties, comparing sexual orientation and race. [more inside]
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 7:37 AM - 6 answers

July 26

Books about WW2 in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific
I'd appreciate recommendations for books about African, Asian, and Pacific involvement in World War II, especially those with the most first-hand accounts. Right now, I'm sticking to Kindle-available books, since I can literally take them anywhere. [more inside]
posted by ElaineMc at 2:19 PM - 11 answers

July 25

Pairing fiction with eras in common
So two books I really love are Heaven to Betsy and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I love how they go into the details of the period they take place, particularly the fashion and food. It was also only recently I realised that they take place roughly around the same era. It really surprised me because they are so completely different to one another. Francie has an alcoholic father and the family can barely get food on the table; Betsy's biggest ordeal is falling in love with a boy that doesn't like her back and not studying for an essay contest. So my question is two-fold and is aimed at requesting book suggestions. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 4:43 AM - 23 answers

July 24

Aka, the effect of gamma rays on man in the moon marigolds
Which nation has the most science-fiction readers per capita? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 5:00 PM - 4 answers

July 23

What are houses in different countries made of?
I need to get a general sense of the primary building materials used for housing in a few different countries around the world. I'm looking for suggestions on where to find this type of information. [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi at 10:42 PM - 4 answers

Is Comic-Con worth a gawk?
I won't be attending San Diego Comic Con this weekend, but I do live within a reasonable walk of the convention center. Do enough people wear impressive costumes to this event that it's worthwhile to just hang around outside the convention center to people-watch? If so, are there any especially good times and places for this?
posted by kickingtheground at 6:49 PM - 6 answers

July 21

Boston, Austenite. Austenite, Boston.
Please introduce me to the institutions, places, publications, and other tips, tricks, and shibboleths that will help me to hit the ground running when I relocate to Boston. [more inside]
posted by Austenite at 3:47 PM - 37 answers

A call from beyond the grave?
Years ago, I read a "true story" about a man who receives a strange phone call from his brother, then later finds that the brother was surely dead at the time. Do you recognize it? Can you tell me anything about its origins? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 2:38 PM - 11 answers

Social Mapping
Does Twitter or Facebook provide any mapping like this, or is there an app that can, through access to a TW or FB account, create this kind of map? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 12:29 PM - 5 answers

What is wrong with the world?
With the recent events in Ukraine and Gaza lately, I've been feeling upset as to what our world has become, and where we as a race are headed. I'd like to understand how we got here. Can you share your favorite books, and explainers that illuminate the history of the Middle East conflicts, as well as that of Russia and Ukraine. [more inside]
posted by rippersid at 11:50 AM - 22 answers

July 19

Can I buy a mail jeep?
I'm not talking about the old mail jeeps, I'm talking about the Grumman LLV. [more inside]
posted by BenevolentActor at 7:45 PM - 7 answers

Trying to jump the accent divide
One of our new IT vendors at work makes heavy use of an Indian workforce. Conference calls have become a challenge as we try to work through their accents. I recognize that I have a responsibility to do what I can to meet them halfway on the conversation. Are there podcasts, online radio streams, etc. that I can listen to where people from India are speaking in English so I can acclimate my ears to their peculiarities of their accents? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 6:18 AM - 15 answers

July 18

Icebreakers for creative, nerdy adults
What are some fun ice-breaking games that could be used for a mixed group of 30 science-minded writers and filmmakers? Preferably something involving telling a story and/or sharing anecdotes about themselves (a la "2 Truths and a Lie") in order to foster connection. Trying to find ways to get a sense of someone's history and personality, so games that are just for fun (like Mafia) aren't really going to do the trick here. [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 5:17 PM - 10 answers

Could someone please translate a marriage record for me from Alsace 1772
I have located on-line a 1772 marriage record from Alsace, France pertaining to my family but can't make much out The image is sharp and clear enough but it looks to be in Latin. I can send a copy. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by mcbeitz at 12:42 PM - 12 answers

July 15

We want to have a wedding in the Atlanta area but in a big field. How?
One of the possibilities we've discussed for our wedding next year would be to have it in some sort of "country-ish" setting. We live in Atlanta but the idea of a more casual feeling wedding that mixes the beautiful, sprawling outdoors near to a covered building or tent is very appealing to us. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 6:57 PM - 8 answers

July 14

Tattoos as Women's Self-Defense in Colonial India
I met someone today who explained that their tattoo was based on a style adopted by Indian women during British Occupation which served as a way of turning off British men who might otherwise want to take them away for various unsavory purposes. The women would in some cases get these tattoos on their necks and faces. Although the person told me the Indian term for this particular style of tattooing I failed to write it down, and now cannot seem to google up this phenomenon. Was hoping someone knew about it, what it's called, or could provide some links to more information.
posted by cthuljew at 10:38 PM - 3 answers

Cuenca, Riobamba, & Ambato, Ecuador
Can you compare/contrast the towns of Cuenca, Riobamba, & Ambato, Ecuador for me, from personal experience? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 4:51 PM - 1 answers

Searching for Remote Trading Posts that are still Active.
Does anyone know of any remote, off the grid (USA or Canada) trading post(s) that are still operational?
posted by mm-ut at 4:35 PM - 9 answers

July 13

Thoughtful sci-fi recommendations
Looking for recommendations of sci-fi authors who are adept at some technology topics without compromising storytelling. More inside! [more inside]
posted by azazello at 11:50 PM - 24 answers

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