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December 18

Please translate this mug

Can any [Japanese? Chinese?] speaker please translate this mug? I realize I only have a pic of one side of it, but it would be nice to know the gist of what it says. Thanks!!
posted by Dr. Send at 12:27 PM - 4 answers

Anybody know the TURKISH word for "brotform" or banneton?

Brotform is used in english, but is actually a german word, I believe. Similarly, banneton is french, but also borrowed for use in english. Both are words for the bowl that hunk of dough is put into and allowed to rise (and take the shape) of the bowl. Would like to know what they call that in Turkish, please. Thanks in advance!
posted by spock at 11:42 AM - 3 answers

Where did the use of "delight" as a marketing buzz word originate?

In the last few years I've frequently heard business people and business journalists using the word "delight" in relation to their customers' experiences in a way that makes it sound like a very specific buzz word from a very specific source. Like a marketing book that called out "customer delight" as a key metric or something. Is there a known original vector for this bit of word virus?
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 9:44 AM - 6 answers

December 17

Stories, passages, essays, and books to read aloud to lovers

Turns out reading aloud to lovers in bed is hot, but I’m close to exhausting my library of things that work for me. I’m looking for stuff that… [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 1:43 PM - 22 answers

Help me name this collective of cinematographers

Can you help me come up with a name for a group of very talented cinematographers based in New York? Naturally the first place I went to was the dictionary (word by word), jotting down everything that had to do with the craft. The technical terms are not interesting to them because they prefer a nice name that focuses on the artistic/storytelling aspect of it. Help? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 at 9:49 AM - 18 answers

Advice needed for self-publishng an e-book.

I wrote a 45-page nonfiction book I would like to put out as an e-book. Need input on how to go forward. [more inside]
posted by sitecoach at 8:56 AM - 5 answers

December 16

Getting started selling erotic fiction.

New to selling erotic fiction, looking for guidance and suggestions. Mostly likely an nsfw thread. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 5:20 AM - 12 answers

December 15

This doesn't seem to mean much... or does it?

Asking for someone else: What does "wall-to-wall crystal" mean in the description of a watch? This is for translations purposes. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 12:20 PM - 12 answers

What are the objections against Amazon?

Some of my favorite writers have spoken out against Amazon, and Amazon does seem to be in the news more frequently over the past year or so, but I don't know enough about the publishing business to understand what the issues are. The whole situation seems rather complicated to me, and I can't tell if the complaints are about Amazon's philosophy or about it's business practices. Will someone please explain? I know MeFi has quite a few members who are in this field, so I thought this would be a good place to ask this question.
posted by sam_harms at 10:55 AM - 21 answers

December 14

Hindi Transliteration

Hello MeFi: I'm trying to transliterate a friend's name into Hindi, a language I'm quite unfamiliar with. The Google's and the Yahoo's are giving me different options for each consonant and vowel sounds. The name (her last) is Hackman - any tips on where to look or someone who knows Hindi well enough to help me out? There is also a Delhi street name that I'm trying to find in Hindi too! thanks!
posted by AutoPilot83 at 7:55 PM - 7 answers

Good resources on how to write comics?

I'm a big comics fan, and just for the hell of it, I wanted to try my hand. I am looking for resources that discuss the medium itself, as well as how to write for it... especially format-wise (i.e. what is a typical work-flow for writing comics, how do people format it, that sort of thing). I am also open to any resources, period, that you think would be useful. Thanks!
posted by wooh at 10:37 AM - 11 answers

December 13

Giftfilter: Book ideas for a hobbyist writer?

I recently learned that my (retired) mom is interested in writing, and I would like to get her a book in support of this. Bird by Bird would have been perfect, but she's already read that one. Can you suggest other books have that same feel? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 12:49 PM - 14 answers

"Or no" or... no?

Lately I've started noticing the construction "or no" in places where I would have expected "or not". [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:59 AM - 17 answers

December 11


What font is this/this/this?
posted by stinkfoot at 7:48 PM - 3 answers

Is there a language in existence that has gender-neutral Pronouns?

In English it is grammatically incorrect to be gender neutral. When speaking of an entity you must speak of them either in terms of female or male. It seems that most languages are like this. [more inside]
posted by rancher at 12:30 PM - 33 answers

December 10

Japanese translation - what does it say on this wood block art?

Could a kind Japanese speaker please translate these characters? Years ago at a street market in Nara I bought these two simple pieces of wood, which were both hand-painted with kanji and a picture of a cat. I just loved the cheeky face of the cat but I've always wondered what the characters say. [more inside]
posted by boosh at 7:26 AM - 4 answers

December 9

I want to improve my Spanish while living in Brooklyn. Any suggestions?

I will be in Brooklyn and Manhattan for about 6 months and would like to improve my conversational Spanish skills. Are there any good classes or groups for this that are informal and fun? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 10:11 AM - 4 answers

December 8

I (Heart) Rebuses

I love rebuses! Is there a webpage or book that has tons of them? I've googled, but have come up short.
posted by matkline at 3:17 PM - 7 answers

A word that is something along the lines of...

Looking for a word that means something like "a feeling of contentment while continuously striving for improvement." Any ideas?
posted by Cybria at 2:47 PM - 6 answers

December 7

Arabic note at the bottom of Facebook notifications

I received this note in Arabic at the bottom of my Facebook notifications. I didn't think anything of it because a lot of my Facebook friends post Arabic quotes that have a similar look, and I just thought it was a glitch between my newsfeed and notification page. About 8 hours later, another friend sent me a screen capture (the linked photo) of the same thing, asking me if I could translate it for her. I did, but does anybody know where it's from, or how the message got on Facebook? I haven't found any source or similar quotes in google searches. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 9:48 PM - 5 answers

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