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April 21

where to move next?

Is there any major US city I could feel rooted in as a single, childless 30 something? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 3:08 PM - 23 answers

Should I attend my student's quinceaƱera?

I'm a highschool teacher. One of my students will be celebrating a large quinceaƱera in a couple days. I don't know her family, but her parents sent me a formal invitation. The student is really excited to invite me and I'm fairly certain she would feel hurt or disapointed if I don't stop by. I'd like to at least stop by and meet her parents, but I'm uncertain if this is "weird" or overstepping professional boundaries. [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE at 1:59 AM - 20 answers

April 17

Day to day life in caves with the Taliban?

I'm trying to track down accounts by anyone that actually lived in cave systems with the Taliban (or ISIS, since apparently they've been using caves as well). I'm interested in how they managed their day-to-day lives/operations, not so much their tactics/ideology. [more inside]
posted by pelvicsorcery at 8:39 PM - 2 answers

Why are American and Asian Wall Calendars Styled Differently?

Why are American calendars different in their layout from the ones that I can get in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 at 10:31 AM - 10 answers

What's it like to work in a music festival?

Specifically in logistics and volunteer management [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 AM - 1 answers

April 16

Help me understand a kind of conflict resolution

I'm working with someone who insists that conflicts be worked out directly between parties, without being escalated to the next level. Please help me understand this. [more inside]
posted by shockpoppet at 3:36 PM - 20 answers

April 15

The feudal system as metaphor

Can you think of any examples of feudal systems being used as a metaphor, a motif or as a way of understanding other relationships? Especially examples from the medieval and early modern periods. A few examples I can think of are chess pieces; "an Englishman's home is his castle"; the Confucian idea of the man being the sovereign of his household. But I feel like there must be more, since the notion of king/noble/serf is deeply ingrained in our culture...?
posted by dontjumplarry at 9:34 PM - 10 answers

April 14

Is "philosemitism" really just a form of antisemitism?

And if so, can I avoid it while still engaging with Jewish culture? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 3:18 PM - 8 answers

April 13

What's the deal with pink?

I see a lot of people getting upset over pink, that pink is bad, that enlightened parents shouldn't dress their daughters in pink, etc. If pink weren't associated with feminity, it wouldn't be problematic, right? I guess pink isn't the problem, it's whatever is associated with feminity that is the problem. My feeling is that by wanting to forbid our girls to choose pink and princesse-y things we are playing by the patriarchal rules, once again, while thinking doing the good, feminist thing. [more inside]
posted by Ifite at 11:43 PM - 45 answers

Good Books about Baltimore's Labor History?

Hey folks, so I have a simple request--I'm looking for decent books/articles/resources for learning more about the labor movement in Baltimore, MD. I moved here last year from Minneapolis, and while there's a lot of good books about labor in Minnesota, I haven't really seen anything about the history of the labor movement in Baltimore or Maryland. I'm hoping some folks might be able to help me learn more.
posted by Subcommandante Cheese at 3:02 PM - 5 answers

April 12

19th century Asian-American scientists?

Were there well-known Asian American professionals - doctors, engineers, lawyers, particularly scientists - in the 19th century? I'm seeing a lot of historical sources about Asian American immigrants who were blue collar workers and the like, but how about scientists? Any specifically important/groundbreaking ones in particular?
posted by lewedswiver at 7:40 PM - 3 answers

April 11

Recently broadcast program about the Anthropocene epoch

I recently (within the past week or so) heard a program on the local NPR station that discussed the Anthropocene, mass extinctions, and other matters related to deep time. What was it? [more inside]
posted by compartment at 9:20 PM - 4 answers

April 10

Toddler Batman wants to be helpful

Our son (just turned three) loves superheros and always wants his character to help people and animals. My husband and I are usually assigned to be co-heros (Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc.), but usually also assigned to be the ones in need of help. Help me with ideas of what our "problems" might be! I feel so uncreative... [more inside]
posted by Pax at 12:17 PM - 26 answers

April 9

Help a geezer navigate ComicCon!

I have a tradition where I take my nieces and nephews on a trip for just the two of us when they are old enough to do so. The next nephew up selected the San Diego ComicCon as his destination and after a failure to get tickets last year, we're in with 4 day badges this year. Help me figure out how to make the best of it! [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 10:38 AM - 9 answers

Intersectional Science March sign ideas

I'm going to a local offshoot of the upcoming March for Science, and I'm looking for sign ideas. Specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 at 8:08 AM - 15 answers

April 6

People who think shoplifting is bad but genocide is OK

I'm looking for historical examples of people caring about small-scale ethical issues but not apparently caring about monstrous crimes against humanity happening under their noses. An example might be a letter from someone who lived and worked right next to a Nazi death camp, talking about how littering, shoplifting, lying, infidelity, etc is bad and how it's important to honour your mother and father. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 12:20 AM - 10 answers

April 5

Way down in popomo

What comes after postmodernism? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:14 AM - 11 answers

April 4

What makes your previous generations funny?

I'm curious about humorous stereotypes about older generations, outside of the US and the UK. A bit more information is inside. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 1:59 PM - 3 answers

April 2

Looking for Inuit proverbs or quoatations

I'm designing an illustrated book of Inuit folk tales for a university project, and I'm looking for an Inuit proverb or quotation to put at the beginning of the book, preferably in the original language (with translation). The stories in the book are very dark and bloody, so I'm looking for something in that vein. [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 7:58 PM - 5 answers

March 31

Are many smaller marches more effective than a few larger ones?

In terms of impact, is it better to have a lot of smaller marches attended by some number of people, or is it better to concentrate the people into fewer but larger marches? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 9:52 AM - 4 answers

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