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July 3

Examples of internet detective squads

I'm looking for examples of internet amateur detecting and/or exposing crimes, frauds, etc., ideally through fora, but also blogs or mailing lists. For example, MeFi's Kaycee Nicole work, or (as a negative example) Reddit's misplaced accusation in the Boston Bombing. The more direct links you can provide, the better.
posted by klangklangston at 2:46 PM - 5 answers

Whose idea was it to have an open bar at a lecture?

I was watching a movie where a scene included an academic lecturing on her work. The event was a black tie affair and there was an open bar at the lecture. I suddenly realized that this is common in movies and I've actually been to something like that in real life. Why? [more inside]
posted by Monochrome at 11:13 AM - 8 answers

July 2

Silencing my inner Waldorf and Statler

I really want to be one of those people who don't complain for an x amount of time just as a challenge . Id pick a month. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 11:01 PM - 6 answers

Moving to Atlanta. Advice and recos?

There is a possibility I may be getting a job that would require a relocation to Atlanta. Can you help recommend a community or neighborhood? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 10:26 PM - 11 answers

Date these sugar cubes

I found a very old box of Domino sugar cubes today and I am trying to get a better estimate on how old it is or what decade it is from. [more inside]
posted by donut_princess at 5:25 PM - 9 answers

June 30

Memorial service for mom when we are just a few people attending.

My mom is in pallative care and may pass away shortly. I'm an only child and we have no blood relatives here. The service would be attended by my husband and two teen kids plus a couple of elderly neighbors and me. What funeral service ideas are there for such a small attendance? [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme at 9:42 AM - 11 answers

June 29

Presentation Critical of the "Right Size" Concept of Urban Forestry?

A few years ago I came across a presentation on the web. It was from an urban forester who was critical of the "right size" movement in urban forestry--you know, the one that advocates planting spindly overgrown shrubs along streets rather than the magnificent towering canopy trees of yesteryear, on the grounds that big trees can crack the sidewalks and stuff. Now I can't find it. Anyone have a link to critiques of the right size movement? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 10:10 PM - 1 answers

June 28

Seeking recommendations: books about African history

Once again, I'm reminded of everything I don't know, so it's time to start organizing my next round of what-to-read. This time: African history. Any recommendations would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by ElaineMc at 8:22 PM - 7 answers

Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US?

I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 7:06 PM - 8 answers

June 26

Getting married in Georgia in two weeks. Friend is officiating. Legal?

My fiancee and I are getting married in a secular ceremony in Atlanta (ceremony in Fulton County, living in Dekalb County) two weeks from now. Our friend, who lives in California, will be officiating the wedding. We've already obtained the marriage license but want to make sure that our friend is properly credentialed to make the marriage legal when she signs it after the ceremony. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 5:15 PM - 9 answers

June 25

Help me identify this old New Yorker article?

I'm trying to find a vaguely-remembered New Yorker article from the 1990s about a young, struggling writer. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 6:27 PM - 2 answers

June 24

Why Was a Movie Sold Out, but Only Five of Us Were There?

Last week, I went to a movie theater with reserved seating. When I went to the ticket counter to buy a ticket, there were only two tickets left. Once the movie started, there were only five of us in the theater watching the movie (with about 180 seats, total). This happened two nights in a row, same theater, different movies. What was going on? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle at 11:07 AM - 17 answers

June 23

What are the most stunning music videos of the past five years?

I'm making a playlist for a friend and I'd like your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate at 6:34 AM - 50 answers

June 21

Looking for books about different world cultures

I'm looking for books that: 1. List different beliefs and practices of many different world cultures, both contemporary or historical cultures. 2. Are accessible, as in not needing an anthropology degree to understand them. 3. Preferably have pictures. 4. Are non-fiction, NOT a narrative with characters. I just want the facts. 5. Can be for kids or adults. 6. Preferably not internet resources because I want to minimize screen time. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer at 7:48 AM - 5 answers

June 20

Periodical Recommendations

Looking for periodical/magazine recommendations featuring medium- to long-form articles similar in style (if not tone) to the London Review of Books. [more inside]
posted by MetalFingerz at 4:56 PM - 5 answers

To tip or not to tip - Private class dilemma

Should I tip the teacher of a private class/party that I am hosting? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion at 7:57 AM - 6 answers

June 19

Help with b/w photo info?

Looking for help with any knowledgeable info about an interesting found photo. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 12:35 PM - 12 answers

Modern criticism of Gibbon to keep in mind during reading?

I'm embarking on Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," and won't be dissuaded (plus, I already bought a great, modern edition). I am, however, aware that some parts of it have aged better than others. What should I be keeping in mind as I read? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:25 PM - 3 answers

June 16

Carnivorous Mermaids and Vampire Child with Polio?

I can't remember this horror comic magazine, though I feel like it may have had a connection to the publishers of Mad! Magazine, William Gaines probably? Pretty sure it wasn't Tales from the Crypt. The above stories in the title are the most memorable.
posted by percor at 2:38 PM - 3 answers

How to decide whether to boycott (anything)?

How should I decide whether to boycott a company - specifically, Driscoll's berries, but also in general? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:58 AM - 9 answers

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