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Seeking brilliant stop-action animation

Mr. Hublot, the animated short film that won the Academy Award this year, is incredibly wonderful, and I want to find more films like it (or at least as well-made as that one). [more inside]
posted by heyho on May 29, 2014 - 22 answers

WritingFilter: What is a good pricing for self-pub short stories?

I have a couple of short stories out there on the market right now. They're between 4000-6000 words each. I've really been struggling with how to price these, and I have found no good advice on Google. How should I proceed? Writer flurries inside. [more inside]
posted by Queen of Robots on May 12, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I make my straight hair curly?

For cosplay purposes, I'd like to have my straight, chin length bob converted to messy curls, along the lines of this or this. I've used wigs before now to achieve good results for hair styles that I couldn't achieve with my actual hair, but I'd like a short, messy, curly bob this time around and I'd love to learn how to do this myself. [more inside]
posted by eloeth-starr on Jan 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for dystopian short fiction and literary theory

Please help me find as much short (8,000 words or less) dystopian fiction and literary theory (any length) as possible! Anthologies are fine. It can be on the internet or in book/magazine/any purchasable form. It can be famous; it can be obscure. Anything goes, really! [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Short people need jeans, too!

It seems like every time I find a pair of jeans I like, they stop selling them. Most recently, I found these at Target, and they were perfect! Just the right length, bootcut, dark wash, with some stretch in the material so I can move (very important), and NO obnoxious glitter or weird stitching or fake whisker marks. Of course, they are not currently available. So, short mefites, where do you go to buy your jeans? I'm not willing to buy pants that I can't try on first, so the internet is out, but I'm in Phoenix, AZ so we have most of the stores. I work, so I'm hard on jeans and don't really want to spend more than $30 or $40 a pair. Oh, and I usually wear a 14P or so (the Target ones are "fit 4" designed for people with curves and that's perfect) so places that only have tiny people sizes are out. Please give me some suggestions so I'm not driving all over the place wasting my whole day trying on pants! (I've seen previous questions, but what's available seems to change on a weekly basis...)
posted by Weeping_angel on Oct 6, 2013 - 23 answers

A short film about a horse, possibly featuring the Grim Reaper?

Anybody remember this? A boy rides his horse in the rain, it gets stuck in the mud, the boy screams his horse's name (Philip), a lot, while the figure of Death looks on? [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Aug 5, 2013 - 18 answers

I can't remember this sci-fi short story: Mass graves hidden by society

This is one I likely encountered in the 80's so my memory is foggy here. Most likely in some anthology or maybe even a magazine like Omni. I think it was by a major writer. Salient memories inside: [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jul 10, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I actually go about shorting a stock?

There's a company whose management I strongly disagree with and I want to bet against them by shorting their stock. How do I go about doing that?
posted by jtothes on Jun 15, 2013 - 24 answers

Can you help me find a scifi short story?

I remember reading a scifi short story about people finding a dead/frozen angel floating in space, where there was just enough brain activity in the being that it was able to play a board game. It sounded like something that Ted Chiang might have written, but I didn't see it in the post about him that was here a while ago. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by ymgve on Apr 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Have you heard of these two short stories?

Can MeFi help me track down these two stories? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Apr 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Short term memory has declined. Looking for ways to fix it.

In the past two years my short-term memory has gotten terrible. I forget where I put items, I forget names which I wouldn't have in the past, and I am not good at all in keeping short lists in mind. I have searched for solutions but have found no real answers. [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Dec 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me remember a short story!

Short story help, please. I remember this... [more inside]
posted by pentagoet on Dec 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Short stories sought

Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes. [more inside]
posted by !Jim on Nov 15, 2012 - 39 answers

Need help finding a book of short stories from my childhood...

I read this book of creepy short stories when I was younger and I can't find the book. One story was about a kid who is turned into a plant and another was about a guy being buried in the Hoover Dam. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on May 31, 2012 - 4 answers

What Film did I see/

What short film did I see? It was 1988 and it was in an American Literature class at the local junior college. [more inside]
posted by svenvog on May 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Want to find out the name of a story I have forgotten

I am trying to find a short sci-fi story but cannot recall either the writer or the title. The story is about a spaceship marooned on a hostile ice planet where they are constantly under siege from the indigenous race there - not described. The people undertake a genetic development programme to alter themselves and their offspring to cope with the outside environment and be more hostile, stronger and savage than the indigenous population. The denouement of the story is the leader telling the last generation of people there that the children are ready to leave .... and that is all I can remember. Can anybody give me any clues or even the name of the story? Kevin
posted by hruntlefoot on Apr 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Best Use of Short, Funny Writing Samples

What's the best venue for short humor pieces to further my writing career? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Zen Shorts

Can you help me find Zen short stories that would be easy for teens to digest? My children have really enjoyed tales like "Stone Soup", "Three Questions and Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth but these have been read over and over and over to them since they were very young. They are getting older and craving more. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Feb 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for a short PCI video card

Looking for a shorter-than-usual PCI video card that has either composite or s-video out. Anyone know of one that'll work? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Why does my range trip the circuit breaker when the oven and all burners are used?

Why does my electric range trip the circuit breaker when the oven and all burners are used? This behavior is new. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Nov 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 answers

Does coffee stunt a person's growth

Does coffee stunt your growth. [more inside]
posted by philllip on Sep 28, 2011 - 24 answers

Online short identification.

Help me find an only partially remembered short film I saw in the internet back in 2000 or 2001. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Aug 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Wigs are always an option.

An... accident happened to my hair. Help me find a short haircut! [more inside]
posted by zennish on Aug 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Amazing dystopian animation needed. Thanks !

Dystopian short scifi animation film seen in the last year, about a man who is the last living member of dirty, trashy spaceship / plane that seems to have been abandonned a long time ago, and finds out that he is infected by the virus that killed his entire team. Then.. [more inside]
posted by Jireel on May 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Leggings: I promise not to wear them as pants!

Short people of Metafilter, where do you buy leggings? [more inside]
posted by grapesaresour on May 17, 2011 - 21 answers

Big compilations, tiny songs.

Massive (50-100+ track) compilations of tiny songs? [more inside]
posted by solarion on May 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Can you actually be too short to be a high school teacher?

I want to be a high school French teacher, but at twenty years old I still have the height, weight, and voice of a twelve-year-old. I'm afraid these physical attributes will make it nearly impossible for me to be hired and taken seriously as a high school teacher. Is this a legitimate concern that should cause me to rethink my goals? [more inside]
posted by datarose on Jan 30, 2011 - 40 answers

Help me find the ending

I'm trying to find a Japanese short film about two guys in a sushi restaurant who try to out-order an older man. There's no dialogue and it was weird and quite funny, finishing with a radioactive wasabi show-down. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Nov 5, 2010 - 5 answers

I don't wanna be too short to ride a bike.

Where can I find a cheap bike for a short woman in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Eshkol on Aug 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Seeking Analog short story info

Looking for an Analog short story, circa 1960. All life on earth is destroyed by mankind. One man escapes in a rocket. He knows he can't survive in space. Crash-lands on the now barren rock that used to be the earth. His is pursued by an animal, which he kills. (I don't remember whence the animal.) He goes to an ocean to die, knowing that the bacteria in his body will act to "reseed" the earth. [more inside]
posted by no.mad on Jun 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Best new fantastic online fiction

What are your best sources for online science fiction / fantasy / horror short stories? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Mar 22, 2010 - 13 answers

Need to find this moving short film!

Attempting to find a specific short animated/hand-drawn film. One specific image I can recall is of an elderly couple sitting on a bench; the female fades away indicating her death. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 2, 2010 - 7 answers

No Reply re: short story status! What next?

How do I query literary periodicals about "disappeared" short stories? [more inside]
posted by uans on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Does a lack of height and proportionality always preclude beauty?

Can you provide examples of adult women who are extremely short yet also beautiful at the same time? [more inside]
posted by datarose on Jan 3, 2010 - 43 answers

Help me find this short film...

MeFi Internet Connoisseurs -- PLEASE help me track down this online video... [more inside]
posted by iam2bz2p on Dec 28, 2009 - 5 answers

Thin pencil anyone?

I'm looking for a 'thin' pencil... [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Dec 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Looking for movies that take place in a day (or a few days)

I'm looking for more movies that take place in a very short time-span..like a few days or even a single day. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Oct 26, 2009 - 61 answers

Doesa anyone recognize this 80s horror short scenario?

Does anyone know of a horror short film/ ad/ preview from the 80s wherein a fisherman at the edge of a lake bites into an apple he finds on the ground, realizes there is a line coming out of the apple... [more inside]
posted by joechip on Oct 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Making sweet music in fiction?

What's your favorite online fiction site, and did you find what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 6, 2009 - 2 answers

Can literary journals ask for a reading fee?

There is a literary journal currently asking for a $1 "handling fee" to fast-track submitted stories. Is this okay? What really, is the point of asking for a dollar?
posted by uans on Aug 22, 2009 - 20 answers

What's the name of short 1970's ballet film set to Pachelbel?

Hive mind, please help: I'm thinking of a short ballet film that came out in the 1970's (1975?). There is no plot -- it's basically a pas de deux, set to Pachelbel's Canon in D. [more inside]
posted by Araucaria on Feb 26, 2009 - 5 answers

How to Write Short Stuff Better?

How do I learn to write crisp, short and in-depth memos? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 answers

They get younger every year

Long-shot: I'm looking for an animated short from the 80's. It involves a very young boy who was accidentally drafted into the army, and nobody seems to recognize that he doesn't belong there. I believe it was on a collection of award winners from some film festival. Thanks!
posted by svenx on Dec 12, 2008 - 6 answers

How to stop worrying about a future child being very short like us?

Am I worrying too much about our future child being very short? How can I get over this? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Dec 1, 2008 - 36 answers

Does anyone know shorthand?

I'm working on a historical postcard exhibition and one of our postcards has some type of shorthand as the message. I was wondering if anyone could translate it? I don't know what type of shorthand it might be written in. [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie on Nov 20, 2008 - 13 answers

Too flat too soon, too bad?

How long does your iphone (3G) battery last? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Sep 9, 2008 - 24 answers

what would you do with this hair?

Help me find a cool short(er) hairstyle for my thick wavy hair! [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Aug 26, 2008 - 9 answers

A robot short haunts us.

About 9 years ago, my brother and I saw a short animated film on the Independent Film Channel (he says). It was about floating robot-things residing in a place similar to that of the one Homer went to the time he slipped into the third dimension. Our heads are exploding, because we cannot figure out what this freaking short was named, or anything else about it. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Aug 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me find a one-act.

I've been given the opportunity to direct a one-act play of my choice, and I need help finding one. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Apr 2, 2008 - 15 answers

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