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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 - 14 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

April 3

Ed Grimley at Mickey D's
When I was 16, I got a part-time job at McDonald's. I remember being made to watch a training video for the lace, featuring Martin Short as Ed Grimley who was a Mickey D's fry guy or something. I know I wasn't high at the time, I know it really happened! I can't find any evidence of it anywhere, except for a brief mention on Pinterest. Help me find this video!
posted by jen14221 at 9:10 AM - 3 answers

April 2

David Bowie is
Did David Bowie attend the recent exhibition about David Bowie? It was in London at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Did he play any concerts in London during the exhibit (Mar 23–Aug 11, 2013)?
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 12:41 PM - 4 answers

40th birthday ideas for IT co-worker
IT-manager friend turns 40 later this year. How can we show our appreciation? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:13 AM - 7 answers

March 31

I want to sing!
I'm desperately shy about my singing. I really want to be able to sing in front of other people. When I'm alone, I have a versatile, powerful, emotive voice. In front of humans, or even when I hit the record button, my voice breaks up, drops to a whisper and becomes atonal. I hate this. Even singing happy birthday with other people makes me crazy. I love to sing, and I'm envious of people who can do it so comfortable in front of others. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 1:35 PM - 14 answers

Could my necklace have been taken by customs
I recently made an online purchase for a necklace made with a bird skull, shipped from the UK to the U.S. Seller said it shipped on March 17, and general guidelines seem to be 5-7 days for items to arrive here from the UK (which has been my experience with other mailed items in the past). However the package hasn't arrived yet and I'm wondering if it was delayed by customs. [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 12:02 PM - 9 answers

March 30

Any female performers who share a last name with their husband?
I've noticed that female performers tend to keep the surname they were born with, if they don't come up with a whole new artist name entirely. They hardly ever take their husband's name. Please help me find a decent list of exceptions. I am looking for answers in two categories: 1. Women who started as performers, then changed their last names when they got married. 2. Women who got married and took their husbands' last names, then embarked on successful performance careers. Bonus points for women from the above cases whose husbands aren't famous themselves. Important: I am not interested in cases where the actress creates a hyphenation of her maiden name and her husband's name, like Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jada Pinkett Smith, or Pamela Anderson Lee. Unfortunately those are the only ones I can think of!
posted by oxisos at 1:04 PM - 51 answers

March 28

Help me understand this American Civil War-era reference
More than once I have come across this image: Jeff. Davis' Coat of "Alms.", typically on an envelope. I am insufficiently knowledgeable about the American Civil War to understand the reference. [more inside]
posted by komara at 9:26 AM - 5 answers

Stutter filter: what can I do to best set a stutterer at ease?
I have a phone screen later this morning. The recruiter just emailed me "I thought to make you aware he has a slight stutter however he is still perfectly understandable." My understanding is that stuttering has in part something to do with confidence and comfort. How can help the candidate here? [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 6:03 AM - 13 answers

March 26

What languages have more than one word for the English 'we'?
Are there any languages that have words that disambiguate the various possible meanings of the English 'we'? In English the 1st person plural pronoun 'we' (and its object counterpart 'us') can refer to groups 1) including only the speaker and the addressed person or persons, 2) including only the speaker and some further person(s) neither speaking nor being addressed but with whom the speaker claims a sort of representative power, and *not* including the addressee(s), or 3) including the speaker, the addresse(s) and some other people too. Are there any languages that have separate words for these distinct referential uses? [more inside]
posted by bertran at 8:13 PM - 15 answers

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