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February 13

Starting a parent-community group/list-serv?

Have you any experience with starting a new neighborhood list-serv or something like it? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 4:07 AM - 16 answers

February 12

Post-apocalyptic office instructions

I am looking for a cartoon I saw years ago. It was a long wordless comic, done in the style of in-flight safety cards, for an office environment. I can remember the beginning, where people are smashing up office equipment. Later, they hunt wild game (deer?) through the office building, and raise children there. [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 12:23 PM - 4 answers

Science-fiction books from India?

Hi guys, does anyone have recommendations for titles or authors to discover Indian "sci-fi" books or authors? [more inside]
posted by gmm at 12:13 AM - 13 answers

February 11

Moving to St Louis vs. Nashville in your mid 20s: pros and cons?

My roommate is looking at St. Louis and Nashville for a first-job-after-school move - he has job opportunities in both. Can anyone speak to the pros and cons of either or both cities? [more inside]
posted by beccasaurus at 7:56 PM - 12 answers

February 10

Great New Job Opportunity but Scared

How do I deal with fear of failure starting a new position and what if I hate it? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 5:24 PM - 4 answers

Examples of intentional communities becoming mini-autocracies?

Does anyone know any examples of intentional communities built off of ideals (e.g., kibbutzes, ashrams, communes, eco-villages, religious monasteries, etc.) where some individual(s) in charge got a little too powerful (or were too powerful to start out with) and turned the system into a self-serving, almost autocratic system? [more inside]
posted by mrmanvir at 12:00 PM - 17 answers

Great places to move to in Vermont/Maine/etc.

I currently live in the Boston area (Cambridge specifically) and I'm thinking of moving somewhere else. I'm 30, no kids, currently rent, and have a car and a flexible job. For now, I'm looking at smaller cities in the Northeast US. I do like having lots of different things to do (and have even considered living in NYC for that reason). I'm also looking for somewhere with a friendly and open culture. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 6:10 AM - 26 answers

February 8

Is this guy dead? And what is the symbolism of the odd items behind him?

A picture from 1807 in Germany shows what could be a dead guy against a brick wall underneath iron rings and some kind of wreath or animal tail. What is the explanation for this? [more inside]
posted by stst399 at 11:56 PM - 9 answers

February 7

Is there an appropriate gift to give a theater tech?

I know you can give an actor flowers after a performance, but what about backstage crew? [more inside]
posted by msali at 5:06 PM - 26 answers

February 6

Which gangster invented supermarket sex?

This cover of the Police Gazette magazine references "supermarket sex" (?) being invented by a particular "gangster". Who were they referring to? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid at 8:11 PM - 7 answers

February 4

A WASP by any other name

I want to learn more about upper class naming conventions, most obviously the British aristocracy but anything on the topic more generally would be interesting. Ideally I'm looking for a book or article that explains how some of the ridiculously prolix naming conventions came to be, and how you end up with people named, for example, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, [string of post-nominal letters] (born Prince Louis of Battenberg) aka Lord Mountbatten, aka Dickie. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 9:15 AM - 17 answers

February 3

Name my blog about race and racism

I'd like to start a blog to provide links each day to informative writing and videos about race and racism. I'd like a good name for it and ideas for theme days, like Wednesdays focused on White fragility. Straightforward and cute names both accepted (and opinions on which one is better). [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:26 AM - 8 answers

Finding an old op-ed piece about who can become president

I'm looking for a particular op-ed piece which I believe was written in the 1950s. I remember it was described as a "famous piece" and was being discussed back when Reagan was looking to become president. As I remembered it, the opinion piece did not take an overtly bigoted stand, but said Americans would not elect Catholics, Jews, blacks, women, those who have divorced, those from Southern or Eastern Europe, etc. I believe it boiled down the number of "acceptable" candidates to several hundred. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 6:06 AM - 3 answers

February 2

how do we wedding.

We just got engaged. We want a simple, simple, simple NYC wedding (but not a city hall/bar party thing). We do not want to plan it ourselves: we do not know how and do not have interest or talent at this sort of thing. We want a wedding planner. Advise. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 7:25 AM - 41 answers

January 28

How to deal with possible domestic violence situation next door.

The new couple over the back fence argue loudly and quite possibly violently at least four or five times a week. Besides the fact it's deeply disturbing, I'm worried that there's a battered partner involved who may need actual help escaping the relationship. Possibly. It's all really murky and I could use some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Jilder at 9:44 PM - 20 answers

January 27

Disavowing Trump?

I'm curious and I've looked everywhere and haven't found anything. I was wondering if any of Mr. Trump's family members have distanced themselves from him and his racial and general incendiary remarks? [more inside]
posted by lasamana at 2:31 PM - 11 answers

Good sources on black American architects and modernism?

I've been asked to help research the history of a building in Washington, D.C. designed by the African American architect and educator (and student of the Bauhaus' Walter Gropius) Louis Fry, Jr. Much of Fry's career was focused on designing modernist buildings for historically black colleges and universities. I'm looking for some useful background material. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 5:57 AM - 2 answers

January 26

Why do revolutionaries become dictators? (and examples?)

Pol Pat, Sukarno, Mugabe, Mao, Afwerki, Stalin. Why is it that ideologically-motivated revolutionaries often become dictators? Is it that people only act out of ideology and principles when they lack power?
posted by mrmanvir at 12:54 PM - 33 answers

Evangelical conversion to pickup-artist culture: Why so common?

It has been point out anecdotally - in this comment and others - that there seem to be a lot of former Evangelicals in PUA culture. Is this a real connection, or an artefact of the fact that Evangelicals were having a lot of kids in the '70s and '80s and thus there are a lot of former Evangelicals everywhere? If it is a real connection, what does (or did) Evangelicalism teach that both a) prepares the ground for PUA conversion and b) causes the converted to describe PUA culture as the opposite of everything they were taught growing up about sex, women, and relationships? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 12:13 PM - 23 answers

January 25

How to stop feeling like a tree without roots

I am struggling with adjusting as an expat and creating a decent life for myself; is there a perspective I'm lacking in turning things around and not feeling as the eternal outsider? [more inside]
posted by ariadne_88 at 4:02 PM - 19 answers

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