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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]
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.
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.
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.
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]
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]
Is using the term "Chinatown" offensive in the urban geography context? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What does 'trimming' refer to in terms of a "dry goods and trimming" store? [more inside]
I find it hard to be creative with music [more inside]
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?
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]
Anyone knows any way I can still get the audio files of the show's episodes? I'm desperate. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]