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short term communications in Paris?

My wife and I are going to Paris for a few weeks. Yay! Unfortunately I'll be in and out of conferences for the first 5 days while she is out sightseeing. My schedule will probably be pretty unpredictable, so we'd like to have an easy way to keep in touch, but cell phone rentals seem pretty expensive, especially since we'll only need it for a few days. We don't even really need voice - texting would work. Any ideas for cheap, short-term communications in Paris?
posted by captainawesome on Jun 16, 2012 - 6 answers

 

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

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

Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok.

Looking for old sci-fi short story about patent system gone amok. [more inside]
posted by tk on Apr 27, 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

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies

Recommend good horror novels and short story anthologies [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 14, 2012 - 27 answers

Seeking short Fables / Parables about love, relationships, death and loss of friends.

Seeking short Fables / Parables about love, relationships, death and loss of friends. [more inside]
posted by audio on Apr 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Need short Australia-friendly tree that will earn its keep

I need recommendations for small trees, or bushes or shrubs or something, that absolutely won't grow taller than two metres high, can handle dry conditions (Australian summers) and temperatures between -5 and +40 Celsius. Ideally they should either have pretty flowers or produce something edible (but not citrus, I have enough of those already). Needs to be available in Canberra. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Apr 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Apr 5, 2012 - 26 answers

Podcasts Short Enough To Finish In One Trip

What are your favorite podcasts ≤20-25 minutes in length? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Mar 9, 2012 - 30 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

Is this a Short Sale dream, or nightmare?

Is this a Short Sale dream, or nightmare? I put an offer on a house back in September, a short sale. It was approved by the owner in September and selling bank in December. 10 days before closing, the loan officer I had been working with discovered that his bank doesn't write mortgages for anyone that has had a loan modification in the past 4 years. I modified under making home affordable in 2009. [more inside]
posted by bricksNmortar on Feb 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me identify a dream world Sci-fi story

Please help me identify a Science Fiction short story about a dream world taking over from the waking world. It was very Philip.K.Dick ish. [more inside]
posted by expatbore on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 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

What is this short SF story?

Help me name this SF short story. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Where do all the short guys shop for pants online?

Are you a guy who wears a 30-inch inseam in jeans, etc.? Share all your fashion secrets with me - specifically about clothes for the bottom half of your body. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jan 30, 2012 - 30 answers

Rear Projection advice

Rear projection gurus, advise me. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Jan 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Anyone remember short interstital cartoons from the early 80's?

I remember watching a short cartoon (which was probably an interstitial cartoon between shows). I want to say it appeared on the Showtime network. It had a red 'squiggle'.. basically an upside down 'V' as legs as the protagonist. I believe part of it was in a castle. It's been ~30 years since I've seen this (and I was a little tyke at the time) but I remember enjoying it greatly. I don't remember the plot, but I get the general impression that it was not of US origin... And if I had to guess, I'd say European/French was probably it's provenance. (Although I can't say for certain whether that's just me misremembering bits of it)
posted by dvf1976 on Jan 19, 2012 - 3 answers

The contemporary short story

Is a modern short story that isn't sci-fi or fantasy called contemporary fiction? What's the genre? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 on Jan 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Film Fundraising Fun

What grants and other financing options exist for very independent narrative films? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jan 9, 2012 - 3 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

extended metaphor

Please help me find a short story or poem that functions as an extended metaphor. Preferably one as obscure or ambiguous in its meaning as possible. [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Nov 21, 2011 - 22 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

Extra-special destination for wife's birthday

Where's a fantastic destination for an extra-special short break? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Aug 31, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I get the rights to make a play into a film?

I want to turn a short play into a short film. If completed, it'll be a low-budget affair seen at a few festivals and hopefully online; the play was first performed in 1990 and the playwright is still alive. How do I go about getting the rights to film his play, or see if I can even think about affording it?
posted by BoringPostcards on Aug 25, 2011 - 3 answers

How tall was grandma?

I would like to know how tall my dad's uncles and mom were, and ideally go up the family tree to chart the outliers to identify the tall and short adults. Where might I find height data for ancestors who lived in the US? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Aug 20, 2011 - 16 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

Why does my butt ache when I sit?

Why does my butt ache when I sit? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 29, 2011 - 27 answers

Bedtime stories

Suggest your favorite short autobiographical humorous stories. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace on Jun 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Short URL service in the same directory as WordPress?

How do I create a custom bit.ly-like short URL service in the same directory as a WordPress installation? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Jun 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Need help identifying a song from an animated short!

Does anyone know what music is playing in the background of this Louis CK animation short? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Tell Me a Story

Who are some short story authors? Difficulties: Stories must be published after 1990, and “short” means fewer than seven pages per story. [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jun 3, 2011 - 18 answers

In what situations is a short sale then buy back legitimate?

Short sale, then buy back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 - 3 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

Short term housing in Detroit / Hamtramck

Suggestions for finding affordable, short term (2 months) housing in the Detroit / Hamtramck area for 8 adults? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on May 21, 2011 - 2 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

Short story ID: refugee from alien bionanotech in Africa

Help me identify this Sci-Fi short story: bio-nano-tech, Africa, refugee camp. [more inside]
posted by signal on May 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Big compilations, tiny songs.

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

What are the ins and outs of a short code (sms) texting system with billing

TelcoFilter: What are the ins and outs of a short code (sms) texting system with billing? [more inside]
posted by schindyguy on Feb 7, 2011 - 3 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

How many gods are on the windowsill?

Penny-Arcade Filter: What's up with Episode 3 of Precipice? I seem to have missed some sort of news post or journal entry where they announced what was going on with Precipice. I really enjoyed playing the first two chapters. Are the next two just going to by Jerry writing them in word form?
posted by edbles on Jan 16, 2011 - 7 answers

____ it to me.

I'm running out of my supply of the only socks that have ever worked for me, and I do not know what brand they are. Hours wasted on google. Do you recognize these? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Dec 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Short film about dangers of online social chat and murder? Screencasted!

A while ago I saw an amusing "short creative film". It was all told on computer screens, like a screen cast where you watch people type an work on their computer. In it you see a lot of typing in a chat room or forum, and the theme is that a stranger they are talking to is actually a murderer of some kind. I just realised this a really cool new way of storytelling through social media and wanted to watch it again. Can anyone remember what it is? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Nov 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Graphic design? Sì!

Help me have a sorta academic vacation in Europe. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent on Nov 19, 2010 - 3 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

short film websites

Are there any magazines / websites / blogs that cover only short films? [more inside]
posted by senseofsurreal on Sep 28, 2010 - 1 answer

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