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A Life on the Ocean Wave

I'm impressed by the freewheeling way people used international shipping to get around in the late 19th century. The lack of modern passport requirements undoubtedly helped. Looking at ships' manifests, however, there often appear to be wide differences between names, ages, etc., that are listed by the shipping company and the actual details of the passengers. In particular, children are often listed as significantly younger than what they actually were. [more inside]
posted by alonsoquijano on Dec 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Is a 5-hour century a realistic cycling goal?

I am a second-generation cyclist. My father, long ago, rode the San Diego Century in 4'52", back when he was a talented amateur road racer in rural SoCal with very little to do besides ride his bike. I am in my thirties and have a nine-to-five in NYC. Can I break the 5-hour mark? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Dec 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Eccentric and Recluse Poets and Authors?

Greetings. I'm wondering if there are any notable or smaller scale poets and writers that were mainly hermits or eccentric? I'm not picky with the genre, country, or era. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Jun 11, 2015 - 24 answers

Largest Choral Ensemble Ever?

Back in possibly the mid-to late 80's, or early 90's at the latest, I caught a bit of a program on television about a choral piece of classical music, which at the time was being billed as sung by (faulty memory may apply here) the largest choral ensemble ever assembled. It's also possible that it was the combination of symphonic musicians + chorus equalled the largest group assembled for a piece of choral music. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Sep 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Preparing for a lumpy hundred

I have a place in a huge century cycle ride (100 fairly hilly miles) in just over 5 weeks time. It's my first time doing something like this and I want to enjoy the day. Help me to train smartly over the next few weeks and to prepare for what to expect on the day. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Turn of the century. I mean last century. God, early 1900s, okay?

When we say "turn of the century" are we now referring to the 1900/2000 changeover? So what do say when we mean 1800s/1900s? Downton Abbey years? What is the most proper way to put it? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Mar 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Summoning native Rhode Islanders

Help me locate this historic home /museum in the Fall River area of Rhode Island near or across the border in Massachusetts. (No Lovecraft jokes required.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 13, 2013 - 16 answers

Garmin-compatible bike training schedule for a 180-mile ride

I want to sign up for Bike Around the Bay. If you're familiar with the MS150, it's similar — 180 miles over two days, circumnavigating Galveston Bay. But I need a training plan. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on May 18, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I find this 20th-century orchestral track I heard 20 years ago?

Twenty years ago I came across an album of twentieth century music and I'm pretty sure it was from some music festival - the Osaka or Ojai festival? - featuring 20th-century orchestral composers. And this particular track featured musical glasses and had "Mountain" in the title. Where do I begin hunting? [more inside]
posted by jimmymcvee on Apr 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Am I woefully unprepared for my first metric century?

I've signed up for a cycling event that will be my first metric century (100km/~65mi). Last year I was regularly riding 20-40 miles at a stretch on the weekends, and then I did a 50-mile ride and felt great after. So when I signed up for this one, 65 miles didn't seem particularly daunting. However, that 50-miler was last year, and between illness, weather, and travel I pretty much took the winter off from cycling. I've been doing regular training rides since early February, but none of my rides have been longer than 25 miles (but I usually feel great after). The metric century is this coming weekend, and I'm torn between skipping it because I might be unprepared, and going for it anyway because I'm already registered and why not try? Cyclists of Metafilter, what do you think--am I woefully unprepared? Should I try anyway? Have you done anything similar and felt great/terrible about it? More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 2, 2013 - 20 answers

UI/UX for wedding RSVPs!

We’re doing online RSVPs for our wedding. Help me design the best-possible online RSVP system! [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Sep 21, 2012 - 14 answers

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours?

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous on Sep 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Steeper climbs, more intervals, or faster pace for century cycling training?

I'm signed up to do a century, a 100-mile bicycle ride, in a little over four weeks. Given the training that I've been doing, what are the best specific things I can do in the next month to get stronger and faster? [more inside]
posted by bluedaisy on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Everyday life in the past

Looking for a 19th century Do-It-Yourself guide . . . [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Who painted this?

Painting identification: Who painted this? A friend saw it at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. He said it was a 19th century American painting hanging in a visible storage area and not in a regular gallery and that it wasn't labeled. Thanks!
posted by MaryDellamorte on Sep 3, 2011 - 5 answers

I just wanna keep going

Working my way up to my first century ride (using this plan: it's a .pdf). It's three weeks away. Training's going well and I know I'll be able to finish, but what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Aug 19, 2011 - 10 answers

18th Century Gallery Grids

I've recently visited the Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome, and there I discovered gallery walls ordered in a very crowded grid, "a grid that is typical to the 18th century", according to the audio guided tour. I tried looking for further material on such wall arrangements, the history of curation, perhaps, or the concept of Grid in the practice of gallery curation. I've found none. Can you recommend any leads (books/links) for learning such a subject?
posted by lipsum on Jun 4, 2011 - 8 answers

How to Make It to Montauk

I finished my first century ride last weekend, and I want to do another one! So I'm planning a DIY century from either Queens or one of the stops on the LIRR to Montauk (I'll take the train back). I've never set foot or wheel on the south shore. Please help me plan the trip! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me make 100 miles without casualties.

Cyclists! I just committed to do a century in two weekend's time. I'm a strong cyclist but haven't gone anywhere near that distance in a long time. I'd love your strategies and tips on quickie training, prep, and how to manage the ride. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 19, 2010 - 24 answers

Books set in the south?

I am looking for books that are set in the south preferably in the early 20th century [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Jul 4, 2010 - 23 answers

Dime Museums, Disaster Spectacles, and Old Coney Island

Hi All. I am doing research on old Coney Island, Dime Museums, and the history of disaster spectacles. Do any of you know of any books or sources where I could find out more information or, better yet, images relating to these topics? Thank you!
posted by astropop on Jun 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Does anyone remember the rest of a short poem by Ernst Wichert, in German?

does anyone remember - in german - the rest of a short poem by ernst wichert that begins "wir wissen wann kommt der taifun..."? as i recall, it was about how one can tell a storm is coming because their neighbors, even before the storm comes, are losing their heads, and the expression, "losing their heads" means the same in german as "losing their roofs." thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jun 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Hebrew Translation

I found an old parchment scroll while looking through my old family papers. There is Hebrew written in black ink on it, and it is dated 1896. [more inside]
posted by elis on Jun 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Trees and churches...they used to coexist!

Romantic-era-art-filter: help me find the most beautiful painting that I've only seen once? [more inside]
posted by deep thought sunstar on May 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Greatest depictions of American boredom?

Most compelling literary depictions of twentieth-century American boredom? [more inside]
posted by southvie on Apr 29, 2010 - 41 answers

Should I attempt a long bike ride even though I'm sick?

I had plans to ride my bike from Chicago to Milwaukee tomorrow with my husband and two friends (about 100 miles). Now I've come down with a pretty bad cold. Should I cancel or try to power through? Have you ever done a lot of physical activity while recovering from a cold, and how did you fare? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Oct 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Books on 17th c. Anglo-Dutch maritime wars?

Looking for good books/resources about the 17th century Anglo-Dutch maritime wars. For a project I'm doing, I'd like to get more historical detail about what the Dutch call the English Wars and what the English call the Dutch wars. While I am interested in the specific facts, I'm more interested in getting a sense of time and place, both for those who were at sea and for those at home in the two countries. Do you know any fascinating books (non-fiction or historical fiction) that reference these events?
posted by judith on Oct 18, 2009 - 10 answers

What are these 19th century terms?

I am working on republishing a 19th century memoir but I have come across a few terms I don't understand. Please help me figure out if they are typos in the original manuscript or real terms. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Sep 2, 2009 - 22 answers

Where can I buy a poster with the image from the cover of Paris in the Twentieth Century?

I want to buy a copy of the image from the cover of Paris in the Twentieth Century as a poster. Where can I get one?
posted by GuyZero on Mar 19, 2009 - 9 answers

A 19th-century audience scene in a film?

I need to find a scene in an old film (preferably really old, like pre-1923) that shows a bunch of stuffy men sitting in an audience, listening intently, as if to a lecture. The only catch -- it has to be set in the late 19th century. Anything pop to mind, oh great collective brain? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by rough on Mar 5, 2009 - 12 answers

Tell me about tennis star Edward Fischer

I'm looking for information about early twentieth century tennis player Edward Fischer, who suffered a mental breakdown and ended up in Bellevue Hospital. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jan 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Think I've might had too much mead.

At the risk of sounding daft, please explain this old 16th Century English Proverb for me. [more inside]
posted by CoinOp on Aug 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jul 28, 2008 - 13 answers

Hot Buick in the summer - needs to simma down

Help me evaluate cooling system problems with my '86 Buick Century 2.5L 4. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Aug 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Who is this woman?

Who is this woman? A while ago, I saw this image on Shorpy and the woman on the right shaking hands looks very very familiar to me. Please help me track down where I've seen her image before... [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jun 25, 2007 - 22 answers

Are vols 1 and 2 of S.R. Gardiner's "History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate" available online?

Seventeenth-century history-Filter: where can I find a copy of the first and second volumes of S.R. Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate online? [more inside]
posted by greycap on Dec 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Gilbert Stuart, George Wasington and a horse.

I'm working on a research paper on 19th century American Art, more specifically Gilbert Stuart's portrait "George Washington on Dorchester Heights' done in 1806....and I've hit a wall. I'm trying to find any information on Stuart's motivation behind depicting George Washington next to a giant horse's rump and I can't seem to locate any official (or unofficial) sources that address that. [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Dec 4, 2006 - 8 answers

What's on Rimbaud's arm?

What's the story behind this accessory tied to young Rimbaud's arm?
posted by Aghast. on Sep 5, 2006 - 8 answers

Songs with a year in their title

I'm compiling a collection of songs that I'm calling "The History of the 20th Century". What songs have a year in their title? [more inside]
posted by meech on Jun 21, 2006 - 46 answers

Help me map out bike ride altitude profiles before I go

Is there a good, easy, or already available way to make an altitude profile from a route in Google Earth? Alternatively, is there another easy (and preferably free) way to do it? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Jun 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Looking for Century Bicycle Rides

I'd like to do a century (bicycle) ride (not race) in late July. What have you done? What did you think? I live in Pittsburgh, PA and would be willing to travel 250-300 miles. I'd be willing to consider later in the summer into early fall too.
posted by nnk on Mar 9, 2006 - 15 answers

Where can I find a sack suit?

Where can I get a sack suit (in the style that was fashionable around 1860) for fairly cheap? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on Mar 18, 2005 - 14 answers

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