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Are there any good critiques of Neil Postman out there?

So I was assigned Amusing Ourselves to Death as a freshman, and strongly disliked it; much of it was over my head, and my takeaway then was that he was merely a reactionary who believed "Print good. Electronic media bad." However, I'm older and hopefully smarter and I'd like to come at it fresh, and see if I can get more out of it. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Sep 9, 2014 - 6 answers

What class ticket would the Wright Brothers have purchased?

Descriptions of pre-War transatlantic ocean liners make it clear that wealthy passengers traveled first class, and poor immigrants traveled third class, but I'm fuzzy on who exactly would be traveling second class. In particular, I'm not sure what class tickets Wilbur and Orville Wright would have bought on their various crossings, particularly the earlier ones before their first public flights. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Sep 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way to withdraw from a group without creating bad feelings?

I'm a member of the Board of Directors for a chorus; I'm also the librarian for the chorus. I'd like to withdraw from both positions by the end of the year (i.e., the choral year, meaning by May 2015), but I suspect it will be tricky to do without causing a fair amount of consternation. I'm looking for advice on the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Sep 9, 2014 - 18 answers

LGA or JFK

Should I land at JFK or LGA on a Friday night? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Sep 9, 2014 - 27 answers

Social undermining, Reply-All email edition

What is the proper response when you've just sent out an email invitation to a regular social group because it's your turn to host, and immediately one of the members replies-all to your email in order to publicly "correct" you. Only they're actually wrong. [more inside]
posted by hush on Sep 9, 2014 - 55 answers

Trying to find contact details for Jon Wynne-Tyson of Centaur Press

I used a quote in a greeting card but when I delved deeper I could not find a source for the quote. It is supposedly by Abraham Lincoln and it is: "I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." [more inside]
posted by Quillcards on Sep 9, 2014 - 6 answers

How To Repair A Steel Security Door?

No idea how it happened, but there's a rip in our steel security door. Is this something that can be repaired? [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Sep 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Did I do the right thing? (witnessing others subdue attempted thief)

I came across three people pinning a man down in a parking lot for attempted theft/purse snatching. Just wanting to know if I assessed the situation correctly and if there is anything I could have done better. [more inside]
posted by orbit-3 on Sep 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Is the commute worth it?

My boss is asking me to take on a long commute for no additional compensation. Is this reasonable? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by cosmologinaut on Sep 8, 2014 - 18 answers

please hope me find a pair of shoes

I have super high arches, a wide toe box, constant pain in my foot, and a weak ankle. Do you have any recommendations for a somewhat stylish but not-quite-formal dress shoe I can wear to work with slacks or khakis and a button-down shirt? I'm pretty butch and usually wear a leather loafer in a men's size 7.5 / women's size 9. [more inside]
posted by wearyaswater on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Publish many Google Spreadsheets at once?

Is there a way to tell Google Drive to use the "publish to the web" option--but not for a single spreadsheet, but rather for an entire folder full of 450 spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Sep 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Regional dialects and vernaculars in fiction and television?

I'm curious as to how writers of fiction or television (specifically writers who are not from the depicted region or culture or economic class themselves) of shows like The Wire or Deadwood or The Sopranos, are able to write a wide range of dialects, vernaculars and idioms so successfully.* [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Buck Turgidson on Sep 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find a house inspector in Phoenix

Anyone have recommendations on a house inspector/inspection company in Phoenix? Currently the house we are buying has had a "relocation property inspection" done by a relocation company (seller is moving away and his company is relocating him along with providing this report). I think we probably need to get a full inspection done, but would like some referrals if anyone has any. Or anyone have any opinions on if another inspection should be necessary? My relator says his inspection guy is $375 and said that in this situation, it maybe worth it to just save the $375 but it was up to me. Thanks!
posted by gregjunior on Sep 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Liver Donor Recovery

My friend just donated 60% of her liver to her father - what should she expect for her recovery? What can I do to help? Any personal experiences or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also, she is a singer - how long might it be before she is ready to belt it out again? Anything she can do to ease that along?
posted by InfidelZombie on Sep 8, 2014 - 4 answers

let me ask you a question. And tell you the answer

I am the sort of person I can't stand - an uptight conversationalist. Please help me be less controlling in conversation. [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish on Sep 8, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me survive my thesis defense

Hi, AskMe. A bit more than a year after this miserable question and this happier update, I am finally defending my MA on Wednesday. While my confidence is nowhere near as shot as it was when I first asked that question, I feel like my grasp of the subject I have dedicated the last several years to is nowhere near as comprehensive as it should be. Please help me get through this without crying. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

You are not my vet, but you may have some advice on puppy's vaccinations

Vet says wait until after 16 weeks to take Otto outside, manufacturer says a single injection provides immunity, and my previous research says they're both wrong. [more inside]
posted by sektah on Sep 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Latest and greatest in hands-free calling and other car niceties?

My husband's birthday is coming up! For work, he drives and talks on the phone A LOT. How can I make make it safer - and nicer - for him to make and take calls while driving? I would also love to hear recommendations for other car-life luxuries that make a difference. [more inside]
posted by rada on Sep 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Best Cellular Data for MBTA Providence / Stoughton Line

I'm trying to get some work done on the train from Providence to Back Bay. I have Verizon Wireless, which works well until about Mansfield inbound. After that I barely have data at all. The in-car wifi is mostly non-operational and unusable (I have heard that the new management company is prioritizing upgrading the wifi but that's an 18 month project). What cell network do you use for reliable data service for this journey?
posted by grubby on Sep 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Multi-touch Scale?

Is there such thing as a scale that can weigh multiple items at once (as in, display their individual weights)? [more inside]
posted by stinkfoot on Sep 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Title of an old kid's book about two boys in a haunted house?

When I was a kid I read a scary book that kind of stuck with me for some reason. I'm curious to read it again, but I can't recall the title. It was about two boys who worked as gravediggers, or at least one of them did and the other hung around with him in the cemetery. They liked to make up macabre rhymes about the names on the tombstones. Stuff like, "Here lies the body of Eliza McBain, somebody pushed her in front of a train." [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Sep 7, 2014 - 7 answers

What do snowmen and museums have in common?

Please recommend books & movies where things come to life at night, in secret, and/or for one person or a select group. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on Sep 7, 2014 - 35 answers

Reminiscent of the beach...

I'm looking for a coconut-scented body lotion and am willing to spend some money for something really good/luxurious. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Sep 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me find more great radio interviewers!

I will listen to any subject under the sun (radio or podcast) that has a great interviewer. Terry Gross rules this genre. Anyone else of this calibre I should know about?
posted by nanook on Sep 7, 2014 - 26 answers

Do You Have a Great Drip Coffee Maker? Tell Me About It.

I am desperately seeking a reliable coffee maker that makes a decent cup. What are your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Sep 7, 2014 - 25 answers

Please identify this blurry picture of a desert plant.

Taken in Joshua Tree National Park in October. The seed pod is about 3/4" in diameter.
posted by Specklet on Sep 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Identify this sculpture from the Orsay

I'm tagging old photos, and can't find anything about a sculpture from the Orsay of a nude draping her hair over her hands (photo link inside) [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught on Sep 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Another novel identiying question

Once again, I can't remember the name of a book I read a while back. I read it in 2006. I remember the plot pretty well but I'm unsuccessful with Google. The protagonist is a woman, age 30, and her employer has just died. She's extremely tall, which is a pretty important part of the story, I think. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Sep 7, 2014 - 5 answers

How do you tell the difference between poison ivy and kudzu?

So, I'm vacationing in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, and my plant identification skills are useless around all this kudzu, apparently. I know poison ivy has a few distinguishing characteristics, but they all seem to overlap with this annoyingly omnipresent vine. [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus on Sep 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Fun things to do in and around Ogunquit, Maine (mid-week).

I know this question has been asked before, but it was a few years ago and we've got the extra caveat of being there in the middle of the week during the off-season. More within. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Sep 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Questions I should ask my dentist about a new problem

After every meal, I end up with gum pain that's caused by food getting stuck between two molars. This is a new problem that suddenly surfaced about three weeks ago. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Sep 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Psychic surgery - is it real or fake?

So I've been a spiritual healer for a couple of years now and I wonder what direction to steer it in. Whilst talking to a senior, she mentioned 'psychic surgery', but didn't go into it at all. And as soon as I type 'psychic surgery' into Google, I have a Wikipedia page saying it has been disproved. I know you shouldn't believe every word on Wikipedia, especially with subjects that are going to be relying on information from people with heavily biased views; in the same way that when you mention spiritual healing to some people they call it black magic and do not want to talk about it ever again with you. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Job etiquette/decision help!

After months of nothing, I am now undergoing a couple interview processes simultaneously. There's been a bit of a bump in the timeline I expected and I am looking for help deciding how to do what is best for me without burning bridges, if possible. [more inside]
posted by one of these days on Sep 6, 2014 - 9 answers

This guy makes me feel uncomfortable

There's an older man I run into at social dances sometimes. I can't tell if his behavior is just overt but harmless friendliness or creepy flirtatiousness. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Sep 6, 2014 - 39 answers

Can I visit a Federal District Court Case Mangement Conference?

Are US Federal District Court Case Mangement Conferences open to the public? Does anything interesting happen in them? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Sep 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me identify this song I heard today: Jazz/blues, female singer

I heard a song this morning as I pulled into my work and didn't hear the end of it as I was running a bit late and figured I could Google it later. Well, that didn't work, so now I'm asking you guys. [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Is The Gigs Place in Dublin gone for good?

Dubliners, or anyone who's been to Dublin recently and knows what I'm talking about: has The Gigs Place closed up shop for good? I'm pretty sure they have, but can't find anything more definitive than Yelp saying they're closed (Yelp has been wrong on that front before), and a lack of Facebook postings from 2013 on. Any other info would be helpful, for instance: was their building and/or late-night license taken up by someone else under a different name? Thanks in advance!
posted by SixteenTons on Sep 6, 2014 - 1 answer

Going to Prague and Budapest; should I bone up on my German?

I have heard that German is somewhat of a lingua franca throughout Eastern Europe. Would it be a more useful backup language than English when visiting Prague and Budapest? I will also be learning basic phrases in Hungarian and Czech. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Sep 6, 2014 - 11 answers

It's Magic!

So, while waiting, impatiently, for Once Upon a Time and also MLP to start up again, what else magical series can I watch? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Sep 6, 2014 - 22 answers

Is "green board" a known idiom or phrase?

I seem to recall the phrase "green board" being used in some sort of flight test or launch sequence that I watched once, the meaning being that all of the control board system status indicator lights display green, and so the flight/launch can commence similar to the cliché "all systems go". I can't however find an example of this usage.I was wondering if anyone could corroborate that this is an indeed a Thing That Is Said, or better yet provide a source! [more inside]
posted by johnnydummkopf on Sep 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Est-ce que c'est "Au revoir mes amis"?

I am trying to ID this supposedly French song here. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Sep 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Will it ever get better?

I am in my late 30s. My boyfriend is in his early 40s. We have been together for just over a year. He is attractive, gentle, smart and sensitive. We have talked about having a kid. Unfortunately we fight every other day. [more inside]
posted by i'magirl on Sep 6, 2014 - 31 answers

Babysitter/caregiver/nanny experiences with Care.com?

I'm considering signing up with Care.com to supplement my regular freelance-writing gig -- I'm thinking babysitting and petsitting/dogwalking, both of which I have done before. Have you signed up with Care.com as a caregiver? Any tips? Is it worth it to pay for the background check, get First Aid- and CPR-certified, etc.? (Mine expired.) And parents, etc. -- what would your advice be on how to create a good profile on the site?
posted by trillian on Sep 6, 2014 - 10 answers

What is this piece of music?

I need to identify a piece of music based on this tiny portion of sheet music. I entered it into MuseScore and created a wav file (listen here), but SoundHound and Shazam don't return any results. [more inside]
posted by SugarAndSass on Sep 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Why is it so hard to find a women interested in long-term relationship?

I'm a male in my late 20's who's having trouble finding a woman to settle down with. I keep getting attracted to/and attracting women who are either not interested in serious relationships (only casual/physical relationships) or have some self-esteem issues/other problems that makes them very unstable/emotionally fluctuating. I wouldn't describe myself as overly attractive (very average looks and slim build) or promiscuous, so I'm kind of puzzled by how and why these women feel attracted to me. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Sep 6, 2014 - 32 answers

How do I sell my unlimited data plan without getting burned?

I have a Verizon unlimited data plan. I would like to get a new Verizon line, port my number to it, and sell the unlimited line. How do I ensure this goes smoothly? Where should I sell the line? [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Sep 6, 2014 - 4 answers

War Movie About Just One Battle?

Has there ever been a war movie in which the entire movie depicted just one battle, start to finish? No flashbacks to the home front, no framing devices, not even cutaways to the Generals at HQ in a different location...just the battle?
posted by Bobby Bittman on Sep 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Can Molly be a nickname for Margaret?

We are looking into baby names, and really like the nickname Molly. I thought Molly was a nickname for Margaret, but apparently it has traditionally been a nickname for Mary. Would it be weird to name our baby Margaret, but call her Molly? Should we just name her Molly?
posted by crunchysalty on Sep 6, 2014 - 39 answers

What to do 1000 Islands area

We'll be staying in Watertown, NY Sept. 25-28. I'll be doing other research but I wanted to ask the Green for recommendations. So... any must sees, recommendations for tours, food, etc... [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on Sep 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Doing so well with appliances today!

Well, I just accidentally ran our microwave for about 4-5 minutes, with nothing in it. Did I wreck it? Is it a Dangerous Microwave now? [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Sep 5, 2014 - 8 answers

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