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February 17

HGTV for police stations

What makes police station buildings good? What would you like to see as a community member or police officer? [more inside]
posted by sepviva at 7:17 AM - 16 answers

February 15

What are some slang terms or buzzwords of 90s era dotcom culture?

I'm writing a piece referencing 90s era dotcom culture and I didn't mix in those circles back in the day, so I'm struggling with authentic-sounding dialogue. Any kind of buzzwords at all that evoke dotcom culture, especially first wave, would be most appreciated. I don't even need to be saying something in particular, just classic buzzwords I can throw in there. I tried clicking on Askmes/posts that were about this general subject but most of the links were long-dead and/or were post-mortems. [more inside]
posted by GospelofWesleyWillis at 4:58 PM - 118 answers

February 14

World news roundup email similar to NextDraft?

I really like the NextDraft news roundup, but it tends to be focused on America. Is there something similar that touches on the big news stories occurring around the Globe? As well written and concise (with links) as NextDraft? Hook a brotha up!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:24 PM - 4 answers

February 11

Tommy Atkins, Jack Tar, GI Joe

What are some other names that represent soldiers? Any country, any era.
posted by LonnieK at 6:32 PM - 35 answers

February 10

Black history question

A few years back, I've read a story about a black female entrepreneur who created a successful business by hiring a white man to act as the company's face. Her story is as inspiring as it is un-google-able. Please help me find it again! [more inside]
posted by rada at 12:39 PM - 1 answers

February 9

Best books about decline and fall of Ottoman Empire / Greco-Turkish war?

I am interested in learning more about the very end of the Ottoman Empire. Broadly speaking, this would cover the twentieth century period of the empire (1900-1922) with strong coverage of the Greco-Turkish war and the other conflicts with Allied powers trying to carve up the Empire after World War One. [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy at 5:19 PM - 5 answers

Bladerunner: Bangkok Edition

I'm going to Thailand for a few days to garner some creative inspiration for a cyberpunk project set in the future in Bangkok. As this is more a research trip than a tourist trip, any recommendations for places should I seek out? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 12:46 PM - 9 answers

Questionable river miles of the old Galena to Branson float?

Every old magazine article and brochure of early float fishing in the Ozarks says that the difference from Galena to Branson, which was often a four or five day trip was 125 miles. Even today, the Missouri Department of Conservation, a generally reliable source of information on Ozark rivers persists with that 125 mile figure. Of course, the float is no longer possible because Table Rock Dam backs up the White and James River almost to Galena. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 12:15 PM - 3 answers

February 8

I'd like to interview grad students in ATX. Help me get started.

I've always liked reading journalism, and specifically human interest stories. I really liked reading Gig when I was a kid, and back when Paul Campos had his law school scam blog running I loved reading the stories people would submit. I've also enjoyed reading Andrew Sullivan’s and Rod Dreher's correspondence with their readers as well as Humans of New York. I might've studied journalism or history in college but I wasn't confident enough in my ability to support myself afterwards. However, this passion in me has never died and I'd like to put it to productive use. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 at 5:40 PM - 4 answers

Know an artist that does commissions, likes MTG, and steven universe?

It's a pretty simple request... I'd like to commission some art for a magic the gathering playmat, but I'm not sure who is ideal. I read a lot of webcomics and might reach out to those creators, but I don' know any that would be a good fit for this request... basically, I want the cast of steven universe adapted as various planeswalkers from magic the gathering. I don't think the artist being a magic the gathering fan (or even steven universe fan) is strictly necessary, but I think it would help give the art some life if they could sort of happily run with it...
posted by wooh at 1:25 PM - 8 answers

February 3

Thelwell cartoon (non-horsey)

Looking for a half-recalled Thelwell (?) cartoon. One that's not about fat ponies or anything else to do with English countryside. This one was of two blokes holding some product (kitchen knick-knack? electric clock?) and one is asking the other whether they should sell it as traditionally crafted or as featuring space age technology.
posted by hawthorne at 3:12 AM - 2 answers

February 2

Find immigration/terror attack commentary video clip.

I can't find a video clip I saw re: immigration/terror attacks/syrian refugees/something similar where a man (Senator? Governor? former General?) was commenting somewhere along these lines: Nobody said holding our values would be easy. Nobody said doing the right thing would be easy, or completely safe. People might need to endanger themselves or even die to do what we consider to be the right thing. Help me find this video clip please. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 9:34 AM - 0 answers

Help me become the best environmental activist I can be.

Having read many blog posts and articles encouraging me to focus on one issue that matters most to me during this time of political horror, I've decided to put my energy into protecting the environment. What is the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 8:46 AM - 7 answers

February 1

How to find out my representative's schedule of public appearances?

I'm newly part of a political action group, and part of our activities involve showing up to town-hall or press-related meetings of our local members of Congress. Mine happen to be Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (both of whom are extremely busy and hard to find), and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, representative of my district. But many of these appearances aren't often made public on a calendar or newsletter. What resources can I use to find them? [more inside]
posted by dmalashock at 3:55 PM - 4 answers

Here they come to cheer the rooster...

My kid wants to check out the Chinese New Year Parade this year in Chicago's Chinatown this Sunday. Sounds like an awesome idea to me. I'm looking to find out more info. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 12:09 PM - 2 answers

Help me build a "Songbook of Unity and Resistance"

I'd like to try to make a compilation of song lyrics good for singing at protests. Ideally, this should be something easy to print a few dozen or hundred copies of to pass out, to help build momentum. Please help me brainstorm ideas! [more inside]
posted by biogeo at 10:20 AM - 11 answers

January 31

Feel-good non-fiction about American history.

I'm about to spend a week off and I'm distraught about current events, so I'm looking for a quality read about American history that'll help me relax and refocus. [more inside]
posted by theraflu at 7:48 PM - 22 answers

January 30

ISO texts re: history of social/political differences between Canada-US

I'm looking for texts providing historical context and impartial analysis on the differences between US and Canadian politics and social values. [more inside]
posted by methroach at 6:46 AM - 5 answers

January 28

How were German minds changed after the Nazis were driven from power?

What was done to change the minds of German supporters of the Nazis after World War II? If Hitler rose to power with democratic support, it seems inconceivable that just losing the war would turn Germany into the open, tolerant society it has been for the last 70 years. So why did so many Germans seemingly abandon Nazi ideas to embrace multiculturalism and respect for minorities (obviously I'm generalising)? What articles or books can I read to better understand the change in the German psyche after the war?
posted by matthew.alexander at 8:06 AM - 17 answers

January 26

What happened to strikes and civil disobedience?

The default paradigm for political activism in the US today, especially on the left, is centered on protests, petitions, and contacting elected officials. But thinking about left-wing activism in the past, other tactics come to mind, such as strikes and various forms of civil disobedience. These seem to have largely fallen out of favor. Is this impression true and if so, what accounts for this? [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 7:26 PM - 21 answers

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