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April 22

Books or websites on how Facebook has changed social research?
For the first time ever, I've opened an account in Facebook and started using it. has to be the greatest social research tool ever! Attitudes and opinions can be gauged without the presence of a social / market researcher. Facebook must be changing the landscape of advertising / social research beyond recognition. Moreover, it must be a political electioneers / pollsters dream. No more contrived focus groups.... Can anybody recommend some books or websites the delve into this?
posted by jacobean at 10:17 AM - 2 answers

April 21

Gift for 6 months Sober for Mom and a box/display for her AA coins
Hi All, My mom is going to be 6 months sober. She loves her AA coins and I would like to find a treasury box or display for her- something like etsy- really cute. She just loves rhinestones/crystals and bling. What creative things have people done to store/display their AA coins or what is something really nice I can do to celebrate her AA anniversary? i am a grad student, so not a lot of moolah. Any nice mantras/meditations or sayings I can put in a "coping jar". She lost her house and her dad this year. it;s been real hard for her not to drink and I am always trying to help her with counter triggers- so something positive to do when she has a trigger.
posted by TRUELOTUS at 4:09 PM - 8 answers

Research for being a wealthy young lady in 1920's Venice?
So I'm joining a Call of Cthulhu game, and my character, assigned by the GM, is that of a young lady (age 20), who is from one of the wealthy families of Venice, in the 1920's. She is educated and capable but nothing was expected of her except to marry well and produce children. But the sudden death of her father has thrown her life into turmoil. Are there any good books or movies I can watch that feature this type of woman in this time and place? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 12:20 PM - 12 answers

April 19

Remembering to remember names
I have a problem with remembering names, but the biggest aspect is remembering to remember names. When I meet someone, I'll often ask their name, but it'll go in one ear and out the other. I need to specifically think that this is something that I want to remember later. I've been trying to build up this habit for a while, but I'm finding it very hard. How can I get myself into the habit of remembering to remember names? To be clear, I'm not asking for tricks and tips for remembering names per se, but on ways of building up the habit of thinking of names as things that are important.
posted by casebash at 6:36 PM - 17 answers

Do homeless individuals have codes of conduct or rules?
I recently learned that the panhandlers in my city (Cambridge, MA) often share their food when they get big items and it made me wonder - do homeless individuals often have explicit or implicit rules, like "share when you get food" or "the person who's been homeless the longest gets the best spot"? What do you think happens if people break the rule? I'm sure there's a lot of variation both within and between cities, but if anyone has any thoughts, I'd really appreciate it!
posted by mrmanvir at 3:28 PM - 12 answers

April 18

Does a bear sh- Wait... what does he do in the woods?
My camping experience jumps directly from "getting drunk overnight at a campsite with bathroom facilities nearby" to "totally cut off from all society and pooping in a hole." What is the fecal protocol at a primitive (designated but usually more remote and no facilities) campsite in a Texas state park?
posted by cmoj at 12:04 PM - 13 answers

April 17

Why Even Bring It Up?
My wife and I have been saying, "Why even bring it up?" to each other for years (the pitch of the voice starts out low and gets higher and higher throughout the question). Do you know where we could have heard the quote? [more inside]
posted by jaden at 2:12 PM - 4 answers

When the sweet science turns sour.
What does it take for a state (USA) boxing commission to pull a professional fighter's license? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:34 AM - 3 answers

Where can I find charitable organizations that need volunteer editors?
I'd like to donate some of my time to a charitable organization. The skill I have to offer is copywriting and editing. I can, obviously, do this remotely so the organization could be located anywhere in the world. What's the best way to locate organizations that might be interested in free writing and editing? Is this even a thing?
posted by ladybird at 6:51 AM - 8 answers

April 16

Looking for books to nourish my 26yr old soul (Warning: v. picky)
Specifically books about the blossoming of The Self [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 11:29 AM - 31 answers

April 13

Does "Antiques Roadshow" provide an accurate value of the items it asseses?
I know that some people are collectors, especially of art as an investment and I know that market can be particularly volatile. What is the likelihood that the "at auction"* price is the price that the seller actually gets? [more inside]
posted by vapidave at 6:18 PM - 7 answers

April 12

How to tactfully explain to people that I’m not straight?
I got married last year (!). My husband and I are both queer, and both have a history of same-sex relationships before we met one another. This hasn't caused any problems in our own relationship, but it’s causing some unexpected confusion at our LGBT-friendly church. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM - 34 answers

April 11

Been trying to find this song for a decade and a half...
Trying to ID an old drum & bass tune I heard in the 90s. It's a long shot, but AskMe works wonders... [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 10:59 AM - 18 answers

April 10

Detailed third-person description of a chaotic political protest
I'm looking for books or articles (fiction or non-fiction) about a chaotic political protest or demonstration, from a third-person perspective if possible.
posted by perhapses at 3:58 PM - 7 answers

April 9

How can I fall in love with my city?
I've been in Rochester, NY for two and a half years now for graduate study, and I have about that much longer to stay here. I haven't liked the city since I moved here (the weather is terrible, the city is small and geographically isolated, it feels like everything important is happening elsewhere, the natural beauty is underwhelming, etc. etc.). Recently I've come to believe that it isn't really the town's fault, but mine, since I never really gave Rochester a chance. How do you cultivate a love for a city that you didn't grow up in, never intended to come to, and plan to leave as soon as professionally possible? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns at 8:37 AM - 34 answers

April 7

Tell me about these "local communities"
So, frequently I will read people (eg on this very website) talking about local communities, how great they are, and the various things which are apparently destroying them. I tend to be "what are these things? Why do people like them so much? I don't get it.". So, where can I read about these things? [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow at 5:27 AM - 14 answers

April 6

Can I please get a copy of that "This Is How People Act" memo?
Currently, I'm in grad school in DC. I feel like I'm putting my foot in it at every turn, especially toward people in positions of authority, like professors and bosses. At this point, I think there are probably lots of things I'm doing wrong that I don't even know about! Please tell me what the unwritten rules are for being a nice, friendly, pleasant person in this milieu, because I can't figure them out. [more inside]
posted by rue72 at 7:08 PM - 32 answers

What did bloodletters do with the blood they let?
What did the bloodletters of olden times do with the blood they collected? Presumably it was disposed of, but how? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 3:03 PM - 2 answers

April 5

Nonfiction recommendation: Reading to a 92-year old blind lady
Please recommend interesting, well-written and easy-reading nonfiction books [more inside]
posted by eisenl at 1:19 PM - 37 answers

April 4

Like, I like Like
Does anyone remember a recent article by (I think) a linguist whose main point was defending the colloquial use of "like", as a way to explicate internal monologue in a way that wasn't really done before? For obvious reasons this is very hard to google for. I don't remember if I saw it here on Metafilter or some other source.
posted by bleep at 8:24 PM - 15 answers

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