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A pirate's life for me...

I need an authoritative listing of the world's seaports (by country) or failing that, a list of the number of seaports by country. Exhaustive searching has only turned up inaccurate/incomplete lists and I can't seem to find one on the IMO website either. Any ideas?
posted by B-squared on Aug 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me find good international music

I'm responsible for providing music for a local soccer tournament styled after the World Cup. It is a celebration of the various cultures of the immigrant communities here, and I'd like to play as much music from the participating countries as possible. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Aug 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Use MacBook mic instead of headset in WoW? Why not?

Why can't I use my MacBook's microphone to play World of Warcraft? Why do I need a USB headset? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Jul 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Books on Hitler - Nazi Germany

I just finished reading Hunting Eichmann and am wondering if any MeFites could recommend any other popular nonfiction books on Nazi Germany, Hitler, war criminals, etc. I don't do huge tomes well (400 pages or less!). The only other books I have read are MAUS and Explaining Hitler. Thanks for your input. So much out there...don't know where to begin. Probably the more well known the better as they may be available at my library.
posted by snap_dragon on Jun 28, 2009 - 17 answers

Suggest some world music styles for me and my students to explore

I'm looking for striking, rich new fields of world music to explore with kids. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jun 21, 2009 - 9 answers

what to expect in Durban and Port Elizabeth?

What can we expect when we travel to Durban and Port Elizabeth for the World Cup? Looking for info on transport, safety, lodging, etc. [more inside]
posted by nanhey on Jun 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Kirby Kreations

Jack Kirby/Fourth World filter: I have a question about the real people that influenced Kirby characters in the Fourth World series. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jun 2, 2009 - 1 answer

Please help me find some linguistics posters!

Looking to purchase some awesome linguistics-related posters. I've searched for hours on the internet and I can't seem to find any family tree posters, IPA posters, or even anything remotely related to linguistics that is interesting and somewhat academic. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 28, 2009 - 8 answers

It's got to be sexy funky ladies

Where can I find some skates like the ones in Flight of the Conchord's Ladies of the World? [more inside]
posted by DolorousEdd on May 25, 2009 - 3 answers

San Diego-filter

We're setting sail from San Diego on May 25 for a cruise, but we have two days in San Diego beforehand. How can we work the transportation to Sea World and the wild animal park before our cruise while not being stuck going all the way back to the airport for a rental car? Is there a better area to stay or a better way to arrange transportation to support this?
posted by answergrape on May 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Lollipop Fields and Robot Makeovers?

Can anyone identify these cartoons? One about two poor kids who dream of a world made of food, then wake up to a feast in their kitchen. Another about a young couple at a future world/technology expo where they see instant houses, get groomed by robots, and ballroom dance? [more inside]
posted by thebellafonte on Apr 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Cheapest place in the world to live?

What's the cheapest place in the world to live that is relatively safe? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Apr 23, 2009 - 27 answers

Distinct written and spoken languages

Are there any human cultures, past or present, which have developed completely (or largely) distinct spoken and written languages? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Apr 20, 2009 - 22 answers

Need a reliable list of world leaders/minister in MS Excel.

I need a regularly updated, reliable list of world leaders/ministers (ideally, all the information contained here) in Excel format. Help! [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Apr 16, 2009 - 3 answers

Who are the best feature writers out there?

Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Why is World of Warcraft so addictive?

Why is World of Warcraft so addictive? [more inside]
posted by Sully on Apr 6, 2009 - 39 answers

Presentation on Shintoism..Any info. would be helpful.

Presentation on Shintoism...any info. would be helpful [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 on Apr 1, 2009 - 14 answers

What world affairs publication(s) should I read?

What world affairs publication(s) should I read? [more inside]
posted by parjanya on Mar 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Will taking advantage of the gift of a year off destroy us professionally and leave us more experienced, but worse off?

Travel free or just keep hunkering down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2009 - 48 answers

World of Warcraft: Looking for a PvP Addon that marks enemy players by class for Arena and Battlegrounds.

World of Warcraft: Looking for a PvP Addon that marks enemy players by class for Arena and Battlegrounds. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

China's Middle Class is Larger than the US', and more.

My knowledge of the world outside the US is governed by a gallimaufry of dim suppositions and half remembered facts gleamed from talk radio and the news. What are some notable facts about foreign lands that you have found to be helpful or instructive? Yes, there is the CIA World Factbook and Wikipedia, but I'm looking for info and facts that you have found to be useful or telling. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on Dec 11, 2008 - 22 answers

Browser stats of developing countries

I'm looking for statistics on web usage in developing countries...specifically I'd like to look at flash penetration and browser version usage. Does anybody know where I can find such numbers? [more inside]
posted by charmston on Dec 5, 2008 - 5 answers

My soul was filled with crystal light.

Where can I disappear in the world? I'm stuck between majors in college, and want to take a 6 month to 2 year break from school. [more inside]
posted by bradly on Nov 7, 2008 - 18 answers

Safe Places to live/stay for the coming New World Order.

Safe Places to live/stay for the coming New World Order. [more inside]
posted by Nillocsoc on Oct 18, 2008 - 27 answers

Where can a Philly kid watch his team in the World Series in Europe?

Where can a Philly kid watch his team in the World Series in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics on Oct 16, 2008 - 4 answers

SURPRISE!!!

Celebrating my mom's birthday in Disney World....help me surprise her! [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Sep 12, 2008 - 15 answers

Mac OSX: I need an app or some way that allow me to display the clock +3 hours.

I live in Argentina, and I'm working on an app that requires to use the time of a city in the US otherwise it doesn't compiles (NDA related, I think). So I've changed my macbook hour to that city timezone, and hidden the mac clock to only show the clock in analog (so I don't see this much). I need an app or some way that allow me to display the clock +3 hours.
posted by Leech on Sep 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Switching off Traffic Lights

I'd like to ask a relatively simple question – what would happen if we switched of traffic lights when we didn't really need them? I'd like to know from an environmental aspect what effect turning off the nations traffic lights would have towards saving electricity and reducing emissions. From a social point of view could the nation's road users manage with such a change? And from a technical innovation view point – could it and should it happen and if so how?
posted by SarahM on Sep 10, 2008 - 22 answers

The sun and the clouds are a wavy sea, and Foltin sails on...

Musicfilter: Help me find similar music to the sounds of this or that album. More heartwrenching info follows... [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Aug 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Best international/world cell phone options?

I live in Canada and will be traveling to India (one month) Nepal (two weeks) and Thailand (one week). I would like to call or text home to Canada, check e-mails and google maps, and make some local calls (India only). What are my best options for a cell phone??
posted by gfroese on Aug 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Translations with High Style

I'm looking for some particularly good translations (into English) of world literature, from *any* place, period, or genre. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Aug 9, 2008 - 29 answers

Looking for a large, wall-sized map of the world

Does anyone know a place in NYC or online where I can order a wall-sized map of the world. I have an image of something similar here. I want to purchase as a wedding gift for two dear friends. The one in the picture is French, which is fine, it can be in any language. But it would be large enough for a wall, and with a beautiful antique look to it. That said, the less expensive options are preferred. All advice and suggestions welcome and thank you in advance!
posted by jazzybelle on Jul 14, 2008 - 12 answers

Great, absorbing books and films showing life in different times and places

I'd like to broaden my horizons by getting a better understanding of life in different cultures and time periods. Please recommend great books or films (fiction or non-fiction) which paint a broad, immersive, reasonably accurate picture of a place and time. [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Jul 12, 2008 - 29 answers

Where does this shirt pattern come from?

What is the origin of these shirts? I have this shirt. i want to know where it comes from. not where it's made, but where in the world does this pattern and style come from? PatternShirt01.jpg PatternShirt02.jpg thanks!
posted by karl88 on Jul 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Kid, you look like you're ready to take on the world.

I feel like I can take on the world. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 14, 2008 - 9 answers

What gets the world's head noddin', feet movin'?

What music does the world listen to? [more inside]
posted by dosterm on May 27, 2008 - 29 answers

I need music for my Mage game

Help me find appropriate music for my Mage: The Ascension game set in 1997. [more inside]
posted by mr_book on May 21, 2008 - 18 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

I want to swap stuff

I would really really love to exchange souvenirs from all over the world. [more inside]
posted by leigh1 on Apr 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Why does World of Warcraft slow down when I ALT-TAB to Windows?

Why does World of Warcraft slow down when I ALT-TAB to Windows? [more inside]
posted by katala on Apr 6, 2008 - 10 answers

Where can I find Pearl Cornioley's autobiography Pauline?

I saw the question in the blue a few days ago about Pearl Cornioley. Wikipedia mentions a book she wrote. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Apr 3, 2008 - 4 answers

I'm going to Disney World!!! (Crap, what do I do there?!?)

Turning 24 in Disney World... what should we do there? I'll be there in 2 weeks for 4 days and need some ideas to make sure the SO and I are adequately entertained. So I need your suggestions for the Can't Miss things in and around Disney World. Please, help me plan my vacation! [more inside]
posted by CAnneDC on Mar 28, 2008 - 19 answers

Help me redeem my World Points for flights.

What's the best way to get a flight for the minimum number of points using my BofA (formerly MBNA) World Points? We want to go somewhere besides the US, the Caribbean or Mexico. [more inside]
posted by uvaleg on Mar 14, 2008 - 2 answers

A Savings Bond That Pays Off In Ameros Would Be Perfect, But What Else Is There?

My friends just had their first baby. Hooray! I'd like to send a baby gift, but would like it to be thematically consistent with my shower gift. Naturally, there's a catch. I'll explain... [more inside]
posted by peacecorn on Feb 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Are you guaranteed to be disgusted by 33% of the food on this list?

I once heard something along the lines of there being three foods in the world all of which hardly anyone enjoys the taste, even though many people enjoy at least two. One of them was peanut butter. Another might have been Vegemite. Where might I have heard this possibly false factoid? Any idea what the three items were?
posted by billtron on Jan 29, 2008 - 24 answers

The world, it is mad.

Does the phrase "It's a mad, mad world" have an origin? [more inside]
posted by misozaki on Jan 19, 2008 - 4 answers

An optimistic take on the world

My parents have been reading a lot of pretty pessimistic, doomsday books about the US, world, etc. I'd like to get them a book that has a more optimistic outlook, without being naive. Any suggestions, oh hive mind? I'm not too picky about topics, but I'd prefer broader rather than narrower.
posted by devilsbrigade on Dec 21, 2007 - 25 answers

Improving basic geography and cultural knowledge

I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Dec 17, 2007 - 5 answers

Much historical value to an old Guam WW2 Navy flight logbook?

My grandfather recently showed us an old handwritten flight logbook from when he served in Guam in WW2 with the Navy. Would scanning this serve any interest to someone? Might it be considered classified info? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Nov 29, 2007 - 8 answers

The old, weird Uganda?

What is your country's equivalent of The Anthology of American Folk Music? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 26, 2007 - 12 answers

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