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50 Movies Every Geek Should See

I enjoyed the list 50 Books Every Geek Should Read. If you were to compile a similar list, but for video content, what would be on that list?
posted by Otis on Apr 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Songs that make people move

I am looking for songs that have brought people together, inspired them to persevere, made them desire to act or hope for a brighter future during any point in history. I am particularly interested in popular songs, songs from the African American community (including rap), work songs or religious songs that had these effects on people. However, I am interested in anything that you can come up with.
posted by qexcp on Apr 24, 2010 - 26 answers

Home in Montreal?

Can you recommend a neighbourhood in Montreal for me to live in? I prefer vibrant, lefty, funky, bohemian areas. [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Apr 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Meraba, can you break a 5?

Why do businesses in Turkey never seem able to make change? [more inside]
posted by theDTs on Apr 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Best way to get the flavor for 1970s Korea?

What are the best nonfiction books, novels or articles if I want to get a feel for city life in Seoul, South Korea in the 1970s or 1980s? [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor on Apr 5, 2010 - 3 answers

don't embarrass me in front of my mom you guys!

What is this phenomenon? It isn't synchronicity, baader-meinhoff, or confirmation bias. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Apr 3, 2010 - 18 answers

How useful is a degree in Persian?

How vocationally useful would an degree in Persian Language studies be? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring on Apr 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Tastes Like... Outer Mongolia?

We're not in the beef jerky aisle at 7-11 anymore, Toto: tell me about foods from other cultures which are difficult for the American/Western palate to "translate". [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Mar 31, 2010 - 63 answers

Blogs about foreigners in the US?

I'm looking for blogs by and about foreigners who move to the US and talk about their experiences. I'd like to avoid mandatory student blogs if possible. Bonus points for English-language blogs by someone from the East, but anything that isn't Canada will do. Thank you, MeFi!
posted by reductiondesign on Mar 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Films Where Gay Actors Play Gay Characters

Which gay characters in mainstream films have been played by gay actors? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Mar 14, 2010 - 28 answers

What is this funky, radio theme?

What is this song/artist (10 second clip)? Bassy, slightly funky. Its the theme tune to an irish radio arts programme called Culture Shock.
posted by kenaman on Mar 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Nazar Boncuks on my stoop, a Mezuzah on my door frame, prayer flags outside... help me represent all faiths!

Help me decorate a multi-faith home! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Feb 24, 2010 - 15 answers

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Bacteria: How much is too much?

I eat lots of yogurt and drink lots of kefir and kombucha. Do all these cultures live compatibly in my digestive system, or am I creating World War III in there? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Feb 23, 2010 - 11 answers

residential Tokyo?

How to see "the real Tokyo" (in three days)? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 22, 2010 - 12 answers

What do you say we put on a record?

Looking for articles and essays concerning the early days of the phonograph and radio--especially the cultural impact. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Feb 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Instruction for proper Japanese bowing technique

A humorous visual guide to proper Japanese bowing technique. Does anyone have a link? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Feb 10, 2010 - 6 answers

In over my head

My girlfriend has etiquette and class - I don't. Help! [more inside]
posted by TheDukeofLancaster on Feb 9, 2010 - 29 answers

De-constructing 'code' (picking apart its assumptions)

De-constructing 'code': I am looking for philosophical (from W. Benjamin through to post-structuralism and beyond) examinations of 'code'. That both includes the assumptions contained in the word 'code' and any actual objects or subjects that code is connected to - including, but not limited to: computer programming, cyphers, linguistics, genetics etc. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Get me out of my comfort zone - at least a little ways...

Travelfilter: what country/region should I visit next? I have a week or so for a trip that I would like to take sometime this spring. I'll be traveling alone and I want to keep it to a relatively tight budget. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jan 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for date ideas in Toronto

Somebody please give me a great idea for a charming date in Toronto! (Bonus points for something happening this weekend) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Soy gringa... Or not.

Is it a bad thing to call oneself a "gringa" (if one is indeed a caucasian American female) when speaking with Latinos? (context inside) [more inside]
posted by amyms on Jan 20, 2010 - 27 answers

One night in the Bay Area ...

You and have just landed at Oakland International Airport. It's 6 pm on a weeknight. Your next flight leaves in the morning. You have one night in the Bay Area and no interest in touristy stuff. You want to spend the evening exploring unusual, unknown and/or beautiful places. Where do you go? [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Jan 16, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I get more out of my reading life?

I spend a lot of time reading for both work and pleasure yet I have a hard time translating this to my everyday life, for example being able to remember key quotes or even retaining main points of books I have read. Do people here have any tips for retaining and utilizing content read in books, especially novels? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jan 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Military Bratology

Military Brat Filter: Explain a military brat childhood to someone who grew up in a touchy-feely liberal household that never moved once. I’m looking for either long-form articles or personal stories. How often did you move? What were the things you learned? Did you have coping mechanisms? What were the bases like? How has it affected you as an adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Vancouver, show me what you've got!

Hello, Vancouver! I will be in your city this weekend, and am looking for fun things to do and awesome places to hang out. I'm thinking of arriving New Years Day and leaving Saturday afternoon, but if there are fun things to do NYE, I would love to spend NYE there. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Sing It Slant

I am curious about karaoke musicians. What I mean by that is that I have noticed that a lot of karaoke music are re-creations of the original recordings. I am interested in the business, process, and culture of the musicians who re-create that music. We often get articles from reporters "embedded" in the entourage of a popular touring band - I was hoping that someone might recommend a feature article or book about the lives of these *ahem* unsung musicians. Thanks!
posted by Sully on Dec 29, 2009 - 3 answers

Recommend some cookbooks that are also history books.

Recommend some cookbooks that are also history books. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Dec 21, 2009 - 27 answers

I wipe my own ass!

What are children of different cultures expected to learn to do independantly at different ages? [more inside]
posted by alona on Dec 6, 2009 - 8 answers

cultures in transition, over time

Looking for writing on how cultures/nations/tribes handled, fared, cope/d with alien influences. In the past or now, ongoing. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Dec 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Pop Culture Call and Response?

Is there a word or a term for a pop-culture handshake? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Dec 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Marriage gifts for coworkers in India

Help me find excellent wedding gifts for my coworkers in India! [more inside]
posted by hackwolf on Dec 3, 2009 - 8 answers

1950s hidden camera footage?

Does anyone have "hidden camera" footage of people from the 1950s and before having candid conversations? When they're giving prepared/on-camera remarks in any footage I watch, people seem very very stilted - like unskilled actors. I'm wondering if this was just the style of the "public voice" at the time, or if people actually talked to each other in day to day conversations this way [more inside]
posted by crayz on Nov 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Developing excellent academic general knowledge.

Developing excellent academic general knowledge. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic on Nov 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Mocking School Lunch in the Movies

When was the first time "school lunch" was ridiculed in a movie (most likely a teen flick) or a TV show? We're currently producing a documentary on school lunch, and we know that there was a cultural shift in how school lunch was perceived (great social achievement to grotesque laughingstock). If you can help us identify the first instance of this shift in popular culture, we'll give you a film credit.
posted by jacknose on Nov 18, 2009 - 17 answers

Help, I feel culturally patronised

My boyfriend's mother keeps trying to rename me and I find it offensive, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by Xianny on Nov 18, 2009 - 76 answers

Proper culture for soy yoghourt

Trying to make my own vegan soy yoghourt from scratch, I ended up with an uncultured mess. Please advise on proper microbial use, or improvements upon whatever else it was that I mucked up. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Nov 18, 2009 - 8 answers

What songs stand up at cultural markers?

What songs capture a snapshot in time or define an era? Not necessarily the most popular song of the day, but one that is a true marker of a specific time. [more inside]
posted by smelvis on Nov 11, 2009 - 40 answers

Examples, real of fictional, of food being framed as elitist or snobby?

I'm working on a video project about the backlash to Obama mentioning the price of arugula at Whole Foods. Can you think of any other examples, real of fictional, of food being framed as elitist or snobby? [more inside]
posted by loping on Nov 8, 2009 - 35 answers

Where is the most bountiful font of 'hipster cribs' stories?

Where is the most bountiful font of 'hipster cribs' stories? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Nov 4, 2009 - 23 answers

What if the world was a glorious donut?

If I'm sitting on the terraformed surface of a Culture orbital, what does the horizon look like? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Oct 26, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me understand America.

Americans: if you had to represent the USA with only three things, what would they be? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong on Oct 22, 2009 - 96 answers

Por favor: help me find "cultural immersion" podcasts

I used to enjoy a podcast titled "Josh in Japan" produced by an ordinary guy living in Japan who talked about his daily experiences adjusting to Japanese culture. I am looking for other podcasts in this vein. [more inside]
posted by Piscean on Oct 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Comfort foods for the sick around the world?

What are different cultures' versions of comfort foods that are prepared for people who are sick and feeling under the weather? [more inside]
posted by illenion on Oct 15, 2009 - 67 answers

Forget about a vacation, I want to challenge my worldview!

Help me spend 5 non-traditional days in Egypt! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Oct 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Smile!

Are there any cultures in which a smile is not an expression of happiness? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Oct 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Soch. Programs studying us and me

What are some sociology phd programs where I would be supported in (where research is already being done) studying the interaction between social-psycology (micro-interaction) and culture. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Oct 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me, uh, go Dutch!

I'm half Dutch, but I've never been to The Netherlands. On my first trip there, where should I go, and what should I do, to get a better understanding of contemporary Dutch culture and language? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Dating Across a Language Barrier

Dating Across a Language Barrier: Can you share success stories and advice about relationships where you and your partner primarily spoke different languages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Post-Thatcher, pre-Britpop

London in the early 1990s. (Or, Britain in general). How did it differ from the present day? What were the little, day-to-day differences, the minutiae that was of its time? Any books or resources recommended? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 25, 2009 - 21 answers

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