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December 27, 2016
All my closest friends are out of town for New Year's Eve, and I'd like to find a quiet spot in the city, have a drink or two, and read a book for awhile. Any ideas of where I can do this? [more inside]
December 25, 2016
I am interested in finding a book that is a good introduction to the differences and similarities of the mythologies of the many Polynesian islands. Can you recommend something that is for adult readers, but not overly academic?
What are some big and small actions I can take to stick it to the man?? [more inside]
December 23, 2016
I want to start a project to make it easier for survivors to find important info about their loved ones by leaving a note on your kitchen cabinet door. But I need a name for it. [more inside]
Help me come up with the wittiest motto for 2017. [more inside]
Of course there are a lot of posts about where to live and lately I have a lot of conversations about it. Some of them involve what is probably just a fantasy (fueled by traffic and expense) of moving somewhere much smaller, with much less going on. [more inside]
On Chat last night, MeFite tedious and I got to talking about fanfics and fandom (later joined by freelance demiurge). I'm not very fan-ish, so the whole phenomenon is amazing to me. Partly prompted by my Chatmate's username, I started wondering about the most unremarkable work (film, tv show, book, song/album) with the most passionate fandom. [more inside]
December 22, 2016
Fear of terrorism is one of the defining forces in politics today, but as far as I can find there's no memorable term or phrase for it. [more inside]
December 20, 2016
I'm looking for examples, descriptions, anthropological terminology, etc. of non-physical contact exchange of gifts between two cultures. One example is the, bucket drop, where missionaries in Ecuador would drop and retrieve a bucket on a rope from an airplane circling above settlements of the Huaorani; the bucket would contain gifts for the Huaorani, who would put in their own gifts for the missionaries. [more inside]
I can't seem to find straight information on the internet! Our son is in a 12-kid in-home daycare five days a week--it's run by the owner, her mom, and two other women. We're in the D.C. suburbs. Should we be giving them a tip for the holidays and, if so, how much? Many thanks!
December 18, 2016
I know that that spans a long period of time, and that ambiguity is ok. I guess what I'm interested in is how the government was actually structured... what sort of intrigue went down? How were regions governed? I've heard a lot about the fairly sophisticated bureaucracy that existed for a very long time in China, and I'm very curious to know more about the nitty gritty of how society actually functioned... the time period is open to whatever time period someone found fit to write a book about!
December 17, 2016
I was thinking holiday thoughts, and a movie memory came to the surface after many years of dormancy. The only thing I remember about this movie was that it was about a black youth who was asked what he wanted for Christmas and he said "I want me this cat I found". [more inside]
December 16, 2016
Post-election, I keep struggling with the urge to respond to comments on news sites when I strongly disagree with the comments. I can't seem to stop looking at them, yet I know it's a futile, life-destroying game of whack-a-mole at best. What are other people's strategies for dealing with this? [more inside]
December 14, 2016
Following on from my concerns here, what daily/weekly/monthly print or radio news sources would you recommend for a South Australian in metropolitan Adelaide who flicks through The Advertiser six days a week and is concerned that he is getting only that newspaper's slant on things? [more inside]
December 13, 2016
According to the Washington Post today, scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump. Seems like a reasonable worry to me. The Internet Archive is also copying its data. Can a normal person contribute to these or related efforts? Difficulty level: Time but not much money. [more inside]
December 12, 2016
Looking for articles on Katrina. the damage to the city; the response in terms of rebuilding, re-zoning and re-planning.
I'm from a big coastal city in the Northeast US (Boston). I want to learn more about life in the rural/non-urban US, what the issues are, who's addressing them, and how I can help. [more inside]
December 11, 2016
Do you know of a legit charity for women in Mexico? [more inside]
I saw what to me looked like pretty egregious racial profiling, and I didn't do anything. What should I have done, and what should I do now? [more inside]
What happens when pregnant homeless women have their babies? And secondarily, what can I do to help? [more inside]