What are some examples of people like Ken Nordine, who "you may not know...by name or face, but you'll almost certainly recognize his voice", as one critic put it? It doesn't have to be voice necessarily, but people who most will "recognize" in some way without being able to name. (Places/things, like certain landscapes or the Wilhelm Screm, most people similarly recognize as "familiar" but can't name are welcome as well.) Bonus: is there a name for this phenomenon?
I'm looking for a new of an illustrator who is reminiscent of landscape shots on this page (under "Want a quick...", particularly shots 3 and 5). I do strongly remember the artist producing a landscape that involved heavy silhouetting, rolling hills (or a bridge?), and bright, purple-blue-green colours. Who might this classic (pre-Internet) illustrator be? [more inside]
Several years ago I found some instructions for building your own (banquette style, I think) seating out of plywood, foam, etc. What sticks out in my memory was the author introducing the need for new furniture. It was something like this: 'I loaned my apartment to some filmmakers for a shoot. After the fact, I discovered they made porn, and you can guess what they used my couch for. (They had sex on it.) Obviously I need new furniture.' Can you track down this page?
This is on the tip of my tongue and I will slap myself when you name it for me: a poem from the 70s or 80s about community and activism. It counts up from 1: with 1 you can do this, with two you can do that. I remember that with six, you can share a pie. At some number, you start putting out a newsletter. I want to think Marge Piercy was the author, but I've almost certainly got that wrong.
A couple years ago I ran across an unusual map. The map was of the United States and it didn't have states. Instead the map had shapes surrounding influential cities. The map was created by surveying Americans and asking them "What city represents your area at a national level?"
Help me identify a musical film that I saw a snippet of as a child and now barely (and unreliably) remember! [more inside]
Trying to remember this scene: There's some TV show or movie where a white person says, "Hey, you, Slumdog Millionaire!" to address an Indian man whose name he should know but can't remember. Or maybe he's talking to his colleague and says, "Ugh, you know, Slumdog Millionaire in the accounting department." Does anyone remember what this is from?
Circa 2010 I saw a video of a talk on dangers of twitter and hacktivism. The man giving this presentation gave an example of a tweet that angered hacktivists. One of them doxxed the twitter user and found out his/her address. A flash mob of angry people showed up at the doorstep. But the wrong address had been used. Then someone died (the homeowner? someone in the crowd? I can't recall.) [more inside]
Help me find a song I heard at Forever 21... [more inside]
Can you think of a single word for a person or organisation who aspires to follow new trends and fashions? Not "hipster", which is in the ballpark, but closer to the business idea of a "fast follower"? Doesn't need to have negative connotations.
I'm looking for two songs I heard on the radio but, mostly due to current [read: popular] songs that share the same keywords, my google-fu is failing me. Help me find them based upon the partially remembered lyrics and topics covered. This ain't yo' grandma's google request... [more inside]
Need some help identifying the origin of this small, common riff. [more inside]
The chanted chorus of this Korean song (at about 1min) sounds very familiar to me. What song does it remind me of?
Help me remember this notable (Chicago?) activist guy. [more inside]
There's a word that means "inflexible", "hidebound", "set in their ways", "slow to change". It's a metaphorical word similar to "ossified" or "calcified", but the metaphor related to the body and means, roughly, "paralyzed". [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a band. They make slow, trippy, synth-y pop songs that are almost ambient. I'm pretty sure they have a silly multi-word name, along the lines of Neutral Milk Hotel or Natural Snow buildings, though it isn't either of those. I remember getting a distinctly hippy/granola vibe from their album art and song titles. They're recent, from the 2000s. That's all I can remember. I lost my whole music library a while ago and their name has been on the tip of my tongue for months.
I seem to recall a site run by some guy that noted pundits' and analysts' forecasts. If an analyst said Vista was going to flop, this was the type of site to record that. I think I saw this site mentioned a couple years ago on daring fireball, or perhaps waxy. It definitely had the "claim chowder" vibe.
What's the software or academic paper that isolates sounds by humming them? I remember seeing a demonstration video of this where the narrator removed a phone ringing by imitating its trill. He also removed the guitar from the AC/DC song Back In Black. I think the title was "Isolating Sounds Via Frequency Matching" but my google-fu has failed.
Where is the music in this Google Maps for Android demo video from? It seems really familiar, especially starting at about 0:18. I've already run it through Shazam with no luck. [more inside]
I read somewhere an interesting quote that was along the lines of 'the entire world is my self-storage space'. The thought went on to say something like 'Amazon.com and other retailers simply hold on to my possessions until I need them. Then I pull these items out of storage and pay a fee for the trouble of managing my inventory.' Those lines aren't verbatim, and I cannot find the quote in my browser history. Where is it from?
What is this 'live photograph' called? I'm forgetting what this experience/event is called. The basic idea is actors posing in a scene - they're not moving, and I believe the 'audience' can move around and through these posed people. It is kind of like a real life diorama; I believe it was from the late 19th century; the term itself may be French; I'm making myself crazy trying to find this. [more inside]