Does anyone know the title of this book? The setting is a metal-poor prison planet where the people have segmented into vaguely feudal societies that trade with their guards in orbit for iron. The protagonist's society has developed really fast regeneration, with the side effect that some of them start growing extraneous body parts which are harvested and sold up to orbit. Another society has learned to experience time at any speed, and yet a third has no particular super-powers but is the wealthiest of them all because they've got fantastic scholars whose theorems and designs are sold for iron. I read this novel in a school library seven years ago, as a hardcover with a picture of a guy lifting himself out of a hole or well in the ground. [more inside]
Can't find my birth certificate. New social security card will take 2 weeks to arrive. Starting new job...what can I do? [more inside]
I heard a bird outside my window yesterday. I'm in Western New York State. The only way to describe its song is a slow 'yoo-hoo...' performed as a whistle. Didn't see the bird. Heard it at about 10AM local time. I've been pouring over whatbird.com, but their categories of calls don't seem to fit what I heard. I'm happy to provide more information if I can. Yesterday's weather was a completely clear sky, with high temps in the mid 50's F. [more inside]
What kind of bug could be persistently biting my girlfriend but not me? She gets anywhere between 1 and 12 new bites per day. [more inside]
Help me ID this story/author: I've been listening to a little more Warren Zevon than usual lately, and this has tickled a vague recollection of a novella or short story (possibly from an anthology) about a white-collar werewolf working as a repo man or debt collector, driving a big ol' (green?) Cadillac. [more inside]
What song does "Long Forgotten Fairytale" by the Magnetic Fields remind me of? [more inside]
Art-sleuthery, part 943: Lithograph, possibly by Nam June Paik, with some Asian (Korean, if Paik) writing on it. Any ideas? [more inside]
Where can I take a summer graduate course in field botany (or something similar)? [more inside]
What's the name of this new rock/pop album, I recently heard about (on NPR?) that used autotune creatively? [more inside]
On behalf of my brother; can you help identify this vaguely alarming rusty thing? Pictures: The whole thing / the mechanism. It's about four feet in length and comprised of two arms connected to a sort of guillotine. [more inside]
Again with the "identify this short story." [more inside]
What is the French song and band posted on the background of this page? I must download now!
There is this insect/arachnid I remember from my childhood in Las Vegas. It had a body about the size of a raisin, only it was quite flat. They were red with black spots (larger than ladybugs, but flatter), and the kids in the neighborhood called them "bloodsuckers" for some reason. (I have no idea if they bit or not.) I don't remember them flying, but I could be wrong about that. What insects were they? Scientific name or common name is fine, anything I can use to find out more info.
What is this tune? [little snip from a french movie]. Thanks in advance.
What style of armchair did I buy? Also, what are some good books/websites for answering this kind of question? [more inside]
Do you know vintage cognac? My Father-in-law was handed down a bottle of, assumably, nice cognac. It was given to his father as a gift from his company in the 1930s. It's been sitting in the basket it was packaged in for years and years and we'd really like to have more information about it. It's a bottle of "Cognac Napoleon, Grande Fine Champagne, Reserve". Pictures of the front label, the mark on the bottle's neck, and the back label. [more inside]
What is this strange larvae in the puddle outside my dorm? [more inside]
Can you help me find the origins of a poorly remembered quote? I think it's about research, and it goes something like this: "Half of X is pointless, but you can never know which half".
Half remembered short story identification filter: A story in which scientists discover grids underground which might be the cities of beings who live at a greater density, and then at the end scientists from the underground city are looking through the documents, having wiped out humanity accidentally just by coming to the surface.
Stumped! Can you help me ID a tree in my yard? (In the Northwest)? [more inside]
Spider identification. Outside my ground floor window a spider has set up shop in a corner. It's an orb weaver, but it does something I've never seen before. [more inside]
Movie Identification Filter: Can anyone identify this movie based upon my faint recollections? [more inside]
What is this tree with black berries ? [more inside]
A friend's recent blog post featured a picture of her father standing next to the ol' family car. She can identify the dad, but not the car. I'd love some help. Here's a link to the picture. Thank you!
I really love the Flickr "ID Please" group, which I originally found here. Are there other services/communities online that allow you to submit a photo (or other media item) for discussion/identification by experts? This particular group tends to focus on identifying types of flora/fauna. [more inside]
Liar: I found the following picture on my computer. Can someone tell me what film/photo/piece of art this picture comes from? It's such a strange question, I don't even know where to begin!
A flower question in three parts: 1) what are these flowers: a1; a2; b1; b2? (I included versions w/my hand to show scale, since I have a lot of trouble figuring that with most internet pix) 2) what are other potted flowering plants that will do as well as these in my climate/situation? 3) Help me help myself? Suggestions for plant/flower identification sites. [more inside]
I saw a 'new' animal from my balcony this evening and have had no luck finding anything on the net that matches. [more inside]
Please identify this houseplant. This tall and skinny houseplant intrigues me, and I would like to get my own. Who can tell me what it is, and possibly where I would go to get one? (i am a plant newb)
A friend of mine made this mobile for my soon-to-be-born baby's nursery from found objects on hiking trips in several states. One of the dangly(sp?) things is this weird pinwheel shaped fruit. Its about 5" across and as you can see the pods dehisced along the one edge--no seeds were found in the fruit. He thinks he found it either in California or Nevada (or the desert SW). [more inside]
I own two pieces of jewelry. I want more jewelry like them, and I don't know who designed either of them. [more inside]
I'm having no luck identifying this bird, seen in one of the South Florida wetlands parks. [more inside]
can anyone tell me if there's a way to tell the difference between a determinate vs an indeterminate tomato plant as a seedling? my 3 year old pulled out all of my markers before the seeds had sprouted. i don't want to prune the determinate plants by accident!
I dislike my signature and would like to completely change it. Would this lead to any problems down the road concerning credit cards/legal documents etc.? Does it even matter? [more inside]
Music ID Filter: Nan-Lo and the Knights - got any info about this group? Trying to find out more about some tracks on an acetate purchased in Southern California. The label says the songs are called "Oo Hun, It's Fun" and "Haunting Blues". [more inside]
Can anyone identify this tree? [more inside]
Help me identify this weird tool I found while metal detecting. [more inside]
How is the swine infuenza virus identified? [more inside]
I'm home alone. Except I'm not. Please help me identify my new visitors. [more inside]
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]