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Writing a letter of character reference.

I'm a 48 year old guy and in high school there was a group of 5 of us who were very tight. We remained tight through college and then on into family life. Then about 15 years ago one guy drifted off with his family. We all eventually lost contact with him. Maybe a phone call one Christmas or another. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 on May 20, 2014 - 29 answers

Looking for paintings of movie characters

I'm looking for a specific series of paintings (watercolors?) depicting characters from a hodgepodge of recent popular movies - Juno, Pacific Rim, Fargo, Hot Fuzz, Monsters University, Casino Royale, among others. Low detail, no background - mainly just characters on a beige/brown background. [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Apr 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Babysitter Business

My wife and I always have trouble finding a babysitter. Our friends have the same problem. This problem came up at a party last night. Our solution to the problem was a website / app that allowed parents to search for babysitters. There are plenty of services that do this already, but we all agreed that none of the services were solving the 'trust' problem. We felt that none of the existing services were local enough, e.g. tied to our local community / social circles. As a parent, what would this service need to do to put you at ease? Do the babysitters need to be vetted, and if so, how? Referrals? Reviews? Video interviews? Personality tests? What would you need to know to trust a babysitter with your kids?
posted by jasondigitized on Feb 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Raising kids with "grit"

What can I do as a parent to help my child build persistence, self-discipline, high standards, and work ethic? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 13, 2013 - 44 answers

Movies/Television: Stories with a recurring person/object in background?

I am looking for movies (or related) that contain an unusual twist: At the end, it is revealed that unbeknownst to everyone there was a person or object repeatedly appearing in the background. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Oct 3, 2013 - 31 answers

Who is that smooth character?

Between sketchily edited track titles, Google Play music uploads, and Bluetooth stereo sync, somehow a Chinese character (link to picture, with apologies for sun glare) got encoded on the artist title of this song playing on my car stereo. Can any sinologists out there identify this character? I know it's just an artifact, but maybe it's something serendipitous.
posted by planetesimal on Aug 16, 2013 - 1 answer

What's happening with this degree symbol?

I'm looking at this web page using Windows 7 and the degree symbol (in the phrase "are referenced to 60 ..." for example) won't render correctly. [more inside]
posted by exogenous on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Feel me

Short story recommendations that are packed with emotion. Or please provide suggestions as to how to write stories that are packed with emotion. [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Jul 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Looking for examples of a literary trope translated to a visual medium

Sometimes in a novel, you will have Character A and Character B. Fast forward to the big twist that Character A and Character B ARE THE SAME PERSON! Obviously this doesn't work when the novel is adapted for the screen, and I'm looking for examples of adaptations that had to deal with this, and how they dealt with it, and any sort of critique of how it was dealt with in the movie/television show. (Spoilers of all sorts inside) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Apr 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me write a character reference for my friend awaiting sentencing in a US prison.

Help me write a character reference for my friend awaiting sentencing in a US prison. [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 10, 2012 - 6 answers

I don't know Art, but I know what he looks like.

When working with a paid character portrait artist, how much "editing" is allowed? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Turning off the hunger

How can I turn off my hunger when I'm getting good nutrition and my stomach isn't empty? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jul 5, 2012 - 44 answers

Fictional revenge

Your favorite fictional revenge scenes? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jun 7, 2012 - 32 answers

A Life of Adventure

Please recommend books about unique story lines with minimal romance featuring female protagonists. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Mar 24, 2012 - 38 answers

Suitable monologue for witty art student character?

Auditioning for an indie film! I'm a total newbie who had the silly idea of giving it a shot. There's no specific request for a monologue, but since it's my first time auditioning, I thought I better prepare something or have something to practice with, at least. Please help me find a suitable monologue for the character I'm auditioning for. [more inside]
posted by drea on Jan 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Can a font really describe someone?

Having a partial tattoo-sleeve inked this month; could use some feedback on the personality of fonts/typefaces [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Jan 15, 2012 - 8 answers

How do great authors describe the physical appearance of their characters?

How do great authors describe their characters' physical appearances? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Dec 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Real Strength

Please give me examples of admirably "strong people" who don't fall into the macho, no-feelings, aggressive, angry, callous, dominating, violent archetype, together with what it was about them that made them "strong". [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Dec 12, 2011 - 55 answers

What story and cultural references have outlived what they referred to?

Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 21, 2011 - 51 answers

Tony-Robbins-Style Motivational audio/video for Vietnamese or Chinese people?

Tony-Robbins-Style Motivational audio/video for Vietnamese or Chinese people? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Nov 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Please let me type these darn characters..

How can I reassign one of the character keys on my macbook to type a different character? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

I'll be sorry if I can't remember where this is from

"You'll be sor-ry"...where did I hear / see this? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Sep 9, 2011 - 52 answers

How to Build Better 9th-graders?

What resources/lessons/books/videos would you use to teach a class of high school freshmen to help them become better/more successful people? [more inside]
posted by audiodidactic on Aug 3, 2011 - 16 answers

The jerk store called; they haven't carried that model since 1964

What did "jerk" mean in 1964? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Jul 17, 2011 - 32 answers

What Do You Wish Sitcom Producers Knew?

In order to create an original show, I turn now to the Hive Mind. Please share with me your preferences and help me find the common threads and elements linking the best sitcoms to ever be broadcast! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jul 15, 2011 - 27 answers

Resources for studying Chinese characters

I'm looking for resources (preferably online and free) that will allow me to practice reading and writing Chinese characters at the level of a beginner. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 10, 2011 - 5 answers

I need help identifying an Asian character.

Can anyone identify this Asian character? The pendant was bought in Thailand by a family friend who has since passed away so we can't ask him. [more inside]
posted by christhelongtimelurker on May 28, 2011 - 6 answers

I really kinda thought I'd be a better person by now :(.

I've spent decades working on the same personal flaws, and despite clear goals and clever attack strategies, nothing ever seems to stick. Is it even possible to permanently "fix" specific aspects of one's character or personality? If so, how? and how long does it take? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on May 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Poorly misinformed character

Name book and character, where character associates being ill with being interesting. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 25, 2011 - 24 answers

"God damn these electric sex pants!"

What are some shows like Flight of the Conchords and/or The IT Crowd? [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Jan 19, 2011 - 40 answers

Who is this Spongebob-like guy?

Who is this talking Spongebob-like character on TV in Spain? [more inside]
posted by tamitang on Dec 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Best program for character portraits?

What computer game, online or otherwise, or other avatar-maker type program, has the best character-portrait maker? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for charming, but ultimately stoic characters.

I'm looking for examples of charming but ultimately stoic and otherwise unflappable characters in print or film. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Nov 2, 2010 - 58 answers

☥☦☪ ☬ ☭☮ ☯ ☸✝

Science Fiction character identification: Which SF story had a sort of Friar Tuck like character who followed all faiths simultaneously and had the symbols for multiple world religions hung around his neck?
posted by Artw on Sep 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Books About Immense Character and Integrity

Suggestions for nonfiction books about people with immense character and integrity? [more inside]
posted by CZMR on Sep 22, 2010 - 16 answers

Who was this character in HBO premier "Boardwalk Empire"?

Who was the stand up vaudeville comedian supposed to be on tonights HBO episode of "Boardwalk Empire"? [more inside]
posted by JohnE on Sep 19, 2010 - 2 answers

What robot character is this?

What robot character is this? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Sep 13, 2010 - 2 answers

How to read personality in 30 seconds

How to read somebody's personality in 30 seconds? [more inside]
posted by damian_ on Aug 30, 2010 - 6 answers

I call him HURF DURF shark.

I baked a cake yesterday. I put a shark on top. The shark looks familiar, like he's a character from something, but since any resemblance was accidental I can't place him. Please look at it and tell me what he's from. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 14, 2010 - 23 answers

"No big secret, just looove yogurt!"

The Fourth Doctor snacks on jelly babies; Michael Westen just loooves yogurt; Martian Manhunter's love of Oreos borders on addiction. Tell me: what are some other fictional characters who are obsessed with one particular food?
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 15, 2010 - 86 answers

Using a character as a custom list bullet

I would like to use CSS to style my lists with a custom bullet. I would like to use ">>" but not as an image. I don't want to type it before a link because a screen reader will read it. Can I use characters as a custom bullet?
posted by Foam Pants on Jun 8, 2010 - 8 answers

Can anyone identify this character or symbol?

I need some help identifying a character, I think it's Chinese but I'm completely unsure. Can anyone help? image here
posted by reverendjim on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Firefox is screwing up text or did I do it?

I'm having a little trouble with I would guess some character encoding on some websites but I can't seem to fix it. [more inside]
posted by lilkeith07 on Feb 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Do mild depression/ anxiety mean not passing the Character and Fitness portion of a bar exam?

Do mild depression/ anxiety mean not passing the Character and Fitness portion of a bar exam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Speak the speech trippingly. Or pitched low. Or with a mumble.

Is there a resource that lists and explains the various effects one can use to accessorized speech, such as altering pitch, speeding up, slowing down, etc.? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Recommendations for wounded yet likeable men in books.

Book recommendations: Recently I have discovered that I really enjoy a certain type of flawed character in television shows. Think Gregory House on House or Dr. Cal Lightman on Lie to Me. Wounded inside with a tough smart exterior that push people away with sarcasm or slight jerkish behaviour. Help me find examples in literature so I can continue my current obsession when I shut the tv off. [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Nov 25, 2009 - 47 answers

My personality needs a review! It's getting out of control! Help please!

I'm scared of what my personality is coming to be. I recently broke up with my wife that I love but had no passion (kissing) with (2.5 yrs). I feel like I've controlled her a lot, do not want her to express a lot of her own self because I am very meticulous and strategic about my words, how I talk, how I present myself, etc. I think that's the same thing that happened with my ex girlfriend of two years. They love me for who I am, I'm a fun loving guy, good looking, good personality, morals, understanding, extremely caring, etc, but I'm wayyy too much of a presence and seemingly controlling to my loved ones. [more inside]
posted by Vandal on Oct 31, 2009 - 46 answers

Fictional M to fictional F?

Looking for fictional female characters originally written as men. [more inside]
posted by sively on Oct 23, 2009 - 42 answers

People who enjoy deception: what kinds of things do they like to do?

For a person who enjoys deception, what are some games, sports, hobbies, or pastimes that they would be especially drawn to? [more inside]
posted by charris5005 on Oct 13, 2009 - 26 answers

Stupid Performance Face :\

Performers, presenters, actors, dancers, models, all related: How do you get over awkward facial expressions and not look stupid? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 4, 2009 - 4 answers

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