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September 30

Seeking news and resources about homelessness
I'm looking for relevant and frequently updated sources of news (preferably online) about homelessness and related issues: poverty, supportive housing, etc. [more inside]
posted by torridly at 7:25 AM - 9 answers

September 29

Help me read about men in porn
I would like to read non-lulzy articles, profiles, etc. of male porn stars. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:45 AM - 16 answers

September 27

What are your favorite videos of folks doing folksy things?
I've discovered that the missus and I really come together in our enjoyment of watching documentaries about interesting people doing interesting things in interesting ways. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:35 PM - 22 answers

Language for the purpose of study, travel and maybe work in Europe.
What European language should I learn for the purpose of higher studies, work, and extensive travelling in Europe? I am a bibliophile, cinephile, and love songs with good and meaningful lyrics. Till now I've been enjoying all these, I mean the ones from Europe, in the form of translations and with the help of subtitles. (I write too; not to publish but it's very important to me). [more inside]
posted by amar at 12:04 AM - 20 answers

September 26

What's a good birthday experience gift in NYC?
A very good friend of mine has a birthday right before both of us will be in New York with a group of mutual friends. I thought it would be fun to gift him some sort of experience or activity in the city, but I'm trying to stay away from stuff that's "too tourist". I'm looking for something more unique- I've been to the city many times, but have yet to live there. Bonus if you are a a current or past resident!
posted by robadobdob at 6:50 PM - 8 answers

I'm looking for real life food mysteries. Where would I find them?
I heard a story on This American Life HERE and it's a story about a sausage maker who inadvertently ruins their product by getting a new building. IN the end, it turned out the problem was they had shortened the route of the final delivery of the sausages and removed what was thought to be the unimportant work of a clerk named Irving. I thought it was fascinating and I want to find other stories like that. Where would I look for them?
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:47 PM - 28 answers

September 25

Help! My favorite news website no longer delights me.
Is there a news/culture website that's like Slate used to be? [more inside]
posted by town of cats at 9:27 PM - 8 answers

What is the etiquette of tipping at a casino?
Please bring me up to speed on the etiquette of tipping various folks during a casino stay. Everything from the valet to the dealers to the servers. How do you know how much to tip, and how do you know how often? For instance, in poker, do you tip every time you win a hand? How do you know how much to tip a valet? Other folks in a casino experience that you should tip that I might not realize? (Personal anecdotes from people who have actually worked in a casino or work in one now are very welcome.)
posted by jbickers at 11:29 AM - 14 answers

September 23

Should I attend this scientific conference?
I'm considering attending the Geological Society of America conference this October in Vancouver, BC. I'm an undergrad geology student, and a student member of GSA. I'm not making a presentation, receiving an award, or bringing a poster. Do people ever attend conferences like this for fun? Or would I end up feeling like it was a waste of time and money, attending a conference that really wasn't intended for people like me? [more inside]
posted by Secretariat at 10:23 AM - 29 answers

September 22

Which service clubs and volunteer organizations are LGBTQ-friendly?
I'm researching local chapters of various community service clubs and organizations and I would prefer to only join / volunteer for an organization that is officially LGBTQ-friendly, at least on the national or international level. While I can search each organization's national homepage for their written policies, I'd really appreciate the "inside scoop" from any MeFites who are current or former members of any of these types of organizations on how inclusive they actually are in practice. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 2:25 PM - 8 answers

Help me understand the history of the Middle East
The recent conflict in Gaza has reminded me that one of the things that I have wanted to read up on is the recent history of the Middle East, particularly Israel. Can anyone recommend comprehensive and (somewhat) objective books on the subject? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 12:45 PM - 10 answers

Telephone Call A Scam?
[UK-filter?] For the past three weeks I have been receiving phone calls on my land line for a JG. It has been one call every two days. Every call has been automated: "We are looking to get in touch with JG. Please call us back at this number" - today the message changed to: "It is very urgent that we get in touch with JG. Please call us back asap at this number". Is this a scam? Should I continue to ignore this? Should I call back to say that JG doesn't live here? What's the worst that could happen either way?
posted by kariebookish at 3:24 AM - 5 answers

September 20

What's the best way for a designer/artist to raise money for charity?
To be honest, I don't want to do any family/friends crowd-funding. I'm more interested in offering a design/art service--like "your name written in calligraphy" or "an ink drawing of your face"-- for a price that will be donated to charity. But how does one go about such a campaign and what are the best venues for such an endeavor? [more inside]
posted by omar.a at 8:34 PM - 3 answers

Why were people so scared of "juvenile delinquents" in the 1950s?
I've been fascinated with 1950s-1960s stuff for a long time, and for just as long I've accepted that people back then were fascinated with evil, misbehaving youth, and indeed thought that "JDs" were a Huge Problem in Society (i.e. West Side Story, Blackboard Jungle, or Rebel Without A Cause). [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 12:23 AM - 27 answers

September 19

tat's the question
I have an idea for a tattoo (my first) that I would kind of like to put somewhere on my leggal region. However, I haven't seen a ton of leg tattoos that looked good to me, so I have some questions about placement. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:04 PM - 10 answers

September 18

Being more confident and less nervous when speaking
How can I be more confident when speaking in nervous situations? When I'm speaking to a friend, I'm fine and speak really well, deep voice, etc. But when I talk to a superior, like to a professor or mentor or an intense discussion group, my voice gets high-pitched and cracks and I don't speak well. How can I speak more confidently in these nervous situations?
posted by suburbs at 11:47 AM - 6 answers

September 17

Need some clever car names
What are some fictional car names that sound funny or would get someone to raise a smile? I know there are some out there; I get asked about car names sometimes and want to put some fun responses together.
posted by circular at 10:03 PM - 47 answers

September 16

Sharing relationship problems for advice with best friend
Is it okay to ever talk about relationship problems with your closest trusted friend(s) for advice or to vent? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 11:05 AM - 22 answers

September 15

Lesser-known women in technology
Who are some important women in technology that are lesser-known in the world? Especially women of color, LGBTQ women, and non-American women? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 1:09 PM - 44 answers

Examples of cities filling in big empty downtown spaces
Ottawa needs to finally develop a massive field sitting empty in the middle of the city. They want it to be a landmark. I'm terrified they'll screw it up like they always do. [more inside]
posted by fso at 12:27 PM - 21 answers

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