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Quite often the words of a song are meaningless...

What "black history record done in the late '60s" - featuring James Earl Jones, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis - is Living Colour sampling in the track History Lesson on their 1990 album Time's Up? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on May 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Spinal Surgery - Anterior Cage Alternative?

IKYNMD - So a few years back I have a laminectomy, discectomy of S1, L2, L3, L4. I also have stenosis and scoliosis of the lower spine, with major issues in my neck due to everything being out of whack and balance. Also have degenerative disc disease all along the spine. So a few years after I had the first surgery, was told I needed to have an anterior cage to support my spine that was basically collapsing. I said no because of the fear factor. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on May 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Understanding political party accomplishments without spin

I live in Canada. Every now and again I try to understand what's happening in federal or provincial politics. Every time I look I only seem to find information on the current scandals or vote-grabbing hot-button issues. Is there somewhere I can understand more without the rhetoric and spin? [more inside]
posted by Naib on Oct 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Fired. Helped me get hired again.

How do I talk about being fired in future job interviews? Advice and encouragement needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 16 answers

What. The hell. Did I do.

Driving home this afternoon, I spun my car 360 degrees. I have no idea what happened. Please help me figure out what it was so that it never, ever, dear god ever happens again. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Dec 15, 2012 - 24 answers

Spin Class to Go

So, I've been really loving spin class lately. However, the timings at my gym are such that I can only go 2 times a week. I'd like to spin 3-4x a week. Can you recommend any audio workouts (podcasts, etc) that simulate a spin class experience? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Cycling shoes--what do I need to know before I buy?

Doing my first (sprint) triathalon in about 6 weeks and need to start looking into gear. I don't have real bike/spin shoes yet, only good sneakers, and I'm ready to bite the bullet and get some. Anything specific I should know before I go into the store and ask someone knowledgeable for advice? Are there different types or are all bike shoes pretty much equal? (For instance, I'd love if I could get one pair and it would work for spin class + both the bike and run portion of the tri.)
posted by lovingkindness on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 answers

I miss spin class, what should I do? :(

Help me decide which gym to join (if any). [more inside]
posted by RUPure on Jan 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Comic in Spin magazine about cupcakes and stabbing

Help me find a comic about cupcakes and stabbing! [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Sep 22, 2010 - 1 answer

You spin me right round baby right round

I'm looking for recent news stories that could exemplify spin to a group of middle schoolers. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Feb 21, 2010 - 16 answers

Questions about PR job interview

Oh my! I've been shortlisted for a PR job at a university. AskMe, what might they ask me at the interview, and have you any tips as to how I ought answer? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jun 14, 2009 - 6 answers

How to find the number of pages in back issues of magazines.

Please help me find out how many pages are in back issues of several popular magazines. [more inside]
posted by imjosh on Mar 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Is Scott McCLellan a patriot or a weasel?

Who spins for the White House? [more inside]
posted by minkll on Jul 29, 2008 - 16 answers

External hard drive keeps waking up

Why does my external hard drive (OS X) keep spinning up? [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Jul 7, 2008 - 15 answers

Hard drive pain.

Highly technical hard drive filter: My hard drive failed. Came home, and PC was sitting at the "where's my hard drive" BIOS screen, to my great horror. [more inside]
posted by gjc on Apr 27, 2008 - 9 answers

It's a great place for a holiday, but I wouldn't want to live there.

How do I tell my friends and family that I'm just not going to move home? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2008 - 23 answers

I have to become an athlete for one night: what do I eat?

My boss has challenged me to complete some sort of marathon workout at his gym. I'm not very athletic, but if I can finish, my boss will buy all his employees an expensive steak dinner. I need tips -- especially as to what/when to eat. The workout is at 8pm tonight. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jun 19, 2007 - 23 answers

So, why did you leave your last job?

My very first post-college job has little resemblance to the one for which I interviewed. In a couple of weeks, my trial period is up. I do not intend to take the option for employment. How do I spin this in future interviews? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2007 - 27 answers

3DsMax website plugin to zoom, spin and tag

3D-filter I need to know if there is some sort of web plugin that can show full 3dsMax creations on the web. Spin, Zoom and Tag, more info after the link... [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jan 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Wicked slice, Jim.

Theoretical physics of a ball in flight: could I put so much spin on a ball that it came back at me? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Oct 31, 2006 - 14 answers

Putting a professional spin on my Burning Man experience.

How can I spin my experience so it sounds more professional? [more inside]
posted by lannanh on Jun 26, 2006 - 13 answers

What does 'Terror' mean?

Is the definition of 'terror' as 'Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes' a recent development, or a regional variation? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Jun 11, 2006 - 21 answers

Health Insurance Application Spin?

Do I have to represent myself with a flawlessly healthful past to be approved for individual (Blue Cross) health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Misreading Books and Movies

Many people, including myself, read personal observations and see references to current events in literature that do not reflect the authors thinking on a subject. An example is the Robert Frost poem Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening as being a reflection on suicide. Frost has denied that this was his reference. Some current book and movie viewers and some reviewers also see references to current United States politics in current books and movies. Revenge of the Siths and the latest Harry Potter novel are examples. What is this called? Can it be recognized when someone is putting spin on a work that the author/director never intended?
posted by Raybun on Sep 20, 2005 - 35 answers

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