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Readings on Form and Content

I am writing a piece about the melding of form and content within a certain musician's body of work. (I'd rather not give this artist's name.) I am looking for texts which deal with concepts of form and content in any genre. Denise Levertov's "Some Notes on Organic Form" is likely going to be my main reference, but I haven't been able to think of many other resources despite attempting to search the library databases on this. Can anyone think of other texts to check out?
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Real-world analogy for poetic structure?

This is kind of silly, and maybe I can't figure it out because there's no great answer, but if anyone can come up with a creative solution to this, it's Ask Metafilter! I need some kind of workable real-world analogy for a poem's structure--something where choosing a particular form affects your end result. Or something where you have to choose each element carefully in order to get the result you want. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Adobe Acrobat Filter: Acrobat help, hacking PDFs

I am regular user of Adobe Acrobat Pro (Version 9, currently), for document manipulation purposes. I am certainly not expert at it, but I'm not entirely stupid. I sometimes run into forms (the ones I work with are typically from various state and federal government agencies) where the helpful persons setting up those forms either accidentally or set up with programming/permissions that don't allow me be able to manipulate the forms. These are not high level sensitive documents, or anything, and all I am trying to do is to be able to add/edit/delete various form fields in order to fill out the forms properly. Here is a link to the current form that has me stymied - it is the S-Corporation election form from the IRS (form 2553): http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2553.pdf [more inside]
posted by kjl291 on Apr 4, 2014 - 12 answers

PDF form checkboxes go blank when emailed. Why?

Updated a PDF form for a client. Now, checkboxes go blank when the form is emailed or saved. Why? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Dec 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Form with Numbers and Text

I want to create a form with Open Office that lets me enter numbers in the right column of a page that corresponds to the text in the left. I want to be able to past the entire text document into the right column and have the left column remain blank for my entries. A spreadsheet won't work because the text won't word wrap. I've also tried a table and inserting a column into a text document. I've also tried to write in the margin, but I'll be moving a lot of documents, so I don't want to do a lot of specific typing, which would likely be spread across thousands of pages of documents. I'd like to automate and past as much of this as possible. Think of how books of poetry or philosophy number each line of corresponding text, making it easy to find a specific verse. That's the form I want to create. Or if it has already been created and exists somewhere, I'd gladly download it. Help.
posted by CollectiveMind on Aug 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Sticker residue on my French Dressmaker's form...

We received this dressmaker's dummy from our client with old sticker residue on her. Too many items to shoot to just Photoshop the spot out, so I'm desperate for a permanent solution- The obvious point here is I can't throw her into the washing machine as she's wooden directly under the fabric that needs cleaning. Already tried a small bit of Goo Gone, with a clean white cloth, but I think it may just be moving the gunk around and not removing the residue as I'd hoped. I read about lighter fluid (butane), WD-40 and some others, but am obviously hesitant to do anything that may permanently discolor this spot even more. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by thelensman on Jun 1, 2013 - 16 answers

How do you go about automating/simulating (I think) an HTTP request?

I want to write a script to automate doing a search, retrieving, and parsing the search results from a website (a booking site similar to the search on www.hilton.com ). [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Adobe LiveCycle fields insist on printing.

I'm attempting to create a form using Adobe LiveCycle for the first time. I've made a good dent in what I'm trying to do, and everything's finally working as it should, except that one particular field insists on printing even though the "presence" is absolutely, positively marked "Visible (screen only)". [more inside]
posted by couchtater on Jan 14, 2013 - 2 answers

What' the difference?

From a famous poem by Elizabeth Bishop.;....Even losing you,(the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident the art of losing 's not too hard to master though it may look like(Write it!) like disaster. The question is, what's the difference between " I shall never lie." and"I shan't have lied."??
posted by mizukko on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Throwing money into the hole?

Where can I go to get a squat/deadlift form tune-up in NYC? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Please hope me! Can I save this PDF form!

I filled out a PDF form last night in Google Chrome and saved the PDF. Then I emailed it to someone important. This morning they told me they had received a blank form (!). I opened the attachment and yes, it's blank. *@#$&@! [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Bedbug, bedbug, whatcha gonna do?

NYC filter: How does the bedbug disclosure law end up playing out when one is looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Jul 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find simplified/well-designed versions of useful/common forms.

Help me find simplified/well-designed versions of useful/common forms. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes

Recommend mystery fiction, especially mystery fiction by authors whose works were adapted into Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Helvetica for Everyone! PDFS 4-EVA!

Let's say I'm an in-house graphic designer working on a sale sign template for a company with several locations. I've got Helvetica. The various locations don't. I'd like to make a fancy template in InDesign, and then create a PDF form where employees can alter small portions of the text and then print the completed sale sign at their location, still using the Helvetica. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Sign up to bring cookies on Wordpress?

I'd like to create a sign-up form on my Wordpress site where when someone signs up for a task then that task disappears from the list of options. Possible? [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on May 23, 2012 - 1 answer

I hear 'em whispering when I walk by

What's the right way to walk in Vibram Five Fingers? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Can I use solder to make a wire dress form?

Making a wire dress form: Can I use solder? [more inside]
posted by penguinkeys on Jan 2, 2012 - 10 answers

OCR solutions?

Looking for hardware/software that will scan a physical form with handwritten fields and generated accurate delimited text with it. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Nov 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Automate this form!

Endless paperwork! How do I automate filling out a .doc form? Challenge: cannot involve downloading/installing any new software [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Where do I send this form?

What is the mailing address for VA burial benefits forms? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jul 19, 2011 - 5 answers

We're all the same underneath anyway...

Why, when collecting anonymous monitoring data, do institutions ask for ethnicity, and not other cultural and social indicators? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jun 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me figure out a contact/subscribe form.

How can I add a "join mailing list" form to my iweb site? I think I've tried everything. [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger on May 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Is there a PDF form element that allows you to browse and insert a picture into a predefined area?

Is there a PDF form element that allows you to browse and insert a picture into a predefined area? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Handsy

What do you do with your hands when you run? And does that change depending on how far and over what terrain you are running?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on May 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Customizing Wordpress's Media Library -- should I use a hook?

Question about Wordpress plugins and hooks. [more inside]
posted by Victorvacendak on Apr 20, 2011 - 4 answers

Fillin' out forms... fillin' out forms...

So for work I have to login to a DoD website and fill out this form, and to complete my task I'm going to have to fill out this form several thousand times. But, here's the deal - the data I am entering in all of the fields are indentical for each form except for one field. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on Apr 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Data collection

Options for electronic data collection with a few complexities? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Mar 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Best front ends for SQL databases?

What are the current best options for providing a front end for users to search and enter data to a SQL database? [more inside]
posted by tabulem on Oct 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me with Adobe/iPad issue!

Is there an adobe app available that will allow for data input on a pdf form on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by nataliecay on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Help a clueless couple compile a mega list of kitchen essentials!

What do we absolutely need? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Aug 9, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I use jQuery show and hide DIVs based on checkboxes in a submitted form?

How can I use jQuery to show and hide DIVs based on checkboxes in a submitted form from a different page? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jul 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me not to offend people

Help me not to offend everyone in the whole world! [more inside]
posted by cromagnon on Mar 31, 2010 - 14 answers

What software will help me make a client intake form?

I need free software (or something) that will help me create a printed client intake questionnaire. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Mar 10, 2010 - 2 answers

Hack my Minnesota PDF tax form?

2009 online PDF tax forms for the State of Minnesota only let you print, not save, once you have filled them in. Is there a work around so I can retain an electronic record of my taxes? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Access 2007 help needed

I need to create a form in Access 2007 that can look up a record by customer ID number for data entry. This is an often repeated task so I need the form to stay open. [more inside]
posted by jestonb on Feb 9, 2010 - 2 answers

PHP Mailer failure

Ok so I built a PHP order form that serves a dual purpose, it can be submitted electronically and then printed out and mailed it with the actual payment. Problem is the item name isnt showing up, even though everything else is. Look here for code,http://www.scribd.com/doc/25537386 Any ideas would help, I'm stuck..
posted by tropikal on Jan 21, 2010 - 7 answers

In search of...personalized free online form

Is there a free solution to using a personalized online form to collect data? [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Jan 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Linus said git was a file system!

Anybody have opinions on abstraction vs. commuting patchs (git, mercurial, darcs) for handling short form letters in latex? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Dec 11, 2009 - 6 answers

MSAccessFilter: How do I create a printable report in MS access, with a click-through interface to choose my data?

MSAccessFilter: How do I create a printable report in MS access, with a click-through interface to choose my data? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Dec 3, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I pass form data between pages and have it email me the results?

Help me learn to code a form that passes multiple fields across several pages and ultimately emails me the results. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Nov 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Innovative Book Designs

Innovative Books: I am looking to compile a list of the most innovative uses of the book format. Books that break the mould in their layout and design, perhaps books that use online systems to extend their content value or push their form into new places. I am most interested in narrative and theory, but any book that is interesting (artist books etc.) would be really appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 1, 2009 - 29 answers

Using Base & numbering

Auto-generated numbers using Open Office base. Can it pick up where I left off? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry on Oct 21, 2009 - 3 answers

You've GOT the see this movie!

Is there an web app via which people can recommend things (movies, music, books, etc.) to me? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 21, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I create a "fill in form" on Adobe?

How do I create a "fill in form" on Adobe with text boxes and check boxes? [more inside]
posted by genniangel0 on Aug 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Income Tax Question

We live in the state of Alabama. My son is 18 and a full time college student. He is starting a part time job to help with school. He will be making minimum wage and will work 20 or so hours per week. We are filling out his paperwork and came across the "Alabama Dept. of Revenue Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate" http://www.ador.state.al.us/Withholding/FA4(01_07).pdf Would this apply to my son or do we leave it blank?
posted by Kam1761 on Aug 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Please help me set up some Access forms.

I have two questions about setting up MS Access forms: 1) Currently, I have a form to enter the volunteer id, shift start time and shift stop time, but the client doesn't want to have to look up the id in a report. Is there a way to create a selection list from the volunteer's names? What other options are there? 2) On the "add/edit a volunteer" form, I'd like to be able to choose tasks from a selection list. The tasks table has id and name. The "tasks of volunteers" join table has volunteer id and task id. How do I set this up? I can't seem to get the right combination of configurations. [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic on Aug 5, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I create an online poll which users can permanently add to?

How can I create an online HTML form poll, preferably for free, wherein the list of multiple choices can grow when users decide to add to the list of choices? [more inside]
posted by kmccormi on Jun 4, 2009 - 2 answers

How to Print the Interactive Fields in an Interactive Form

How do I get this fillable form PDF to print the information in the interactive fields. If I click "highlight fields" the information is there, but when I print it's gone. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on May 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Art, design, technology

Please recommend some sites to me that are focused on art and design and are technology-friendly to boot. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Apr 25, 2009 - 9 answers

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