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January 28

Looking for information on gender bias in STEM fields

I hope this doesn't sound like a "do my homework for me" Ask, but I'd like some help with researching gender bias in STEM. As I mentioned in this thread, I've been asked to write an article regarding gender bias in STEM for an internal newsletter at my company. [more inside]
posted by blurker at 9:49 AM - 0 answers

January 25

How systematic is Thai orthography?

I am mildly interested in learning to read the Thai alphabet, but I'm having a hard time getting an understanding of the relationship between Thai writing and spoken pronunciation. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 6:55 PM - 5 answers

Searching for trilingual narratives project

Maybe ten years ago I read about a trilingual narratives project. The person who created the project had people who spoke at least three languages write a short personal narrative in each language and then go through each one and choose the “best” word for each idea, creating a custom language unique to their experience. I have searched high and low for any reference to this project and keep coming up dry, so I turn to you, MeFi. Has anyone heard of this project? In the event that I dreamed it, I call dibs. (I’m pretty sure I’m not smart enough to have made this up, so it’s got to be out there.)
posted by earlygrrl at 5:18 PM - 2 answers

Russian genitive vs feminine; or, is someone wrong on the Internet?

Did Shostakovich really get credited as a woman for a film score he did, or does someone on Wikipedia just not understand Russian grammatical case? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto at 1:39 PM - 8 answers

I want the easiest-reading, most engrossing history books.

Tell me the history books you've read that you could not put down. History of just about anything, but especially historically significant people, say, before WWI. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:08 AM - 34 answers

January 23

Help Me ID this Communication Style

Several years ago I read an online piece (may have been a blog post, may have been a feature ... kinda fuzzy now) about a particular communication style that is typified by the speaker providing the absolute bare minimum response to a question. Does this style have a name? [more inside]
posted by majorsteel at 8:30 AM - 12 answers

Most efficient way to translate audio to subtitles

I've volunteered to translate a few talks, from English to Spanish, so the translation can be included in video as subtitles. I was just given the audio to work with. I've only ever done text-to-text translation before, so I have no idea how to start on working with audio-to-subtitles. Please help. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 7:23 AM - 4 answers

January 22

help me track down this old book (barbara sher fans may remember ref?)

There's a lot of books I own but have never read from cover to cover, only skimmed, and I'd like to spend less time on the Interwebz and more time reading paper, as I retain the ideas better and find a lot of articles on the net are clickbait and not really detailed enough to be helpful. I would also like to start reading fiction for pleasure, as most of my books are self-help/ memoir and I am sure there's lot of enjoyment to be found in fiction too. So I have just joined my local Meetup book group, though it will be a while before I get to an event. I am also very keen to read the story of a man who was a voracious reader as I think this will inspire me. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 6:42 PM - 7 answers

January 21

When is a last name left lowercase?

I'm writing a piece of software to go through a very large database and format last names in their correct casing (i.e., smith or SMITH or sMith to Smith.) However, I'm obviously aware some names should be kept as lowercase—but what names? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 4:07 PM - 17 answers

Help finding a book

My father recently passed, and I'd like to locate a copy of a book he loved and sent copies to me and my brothers. [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 1:21 PM - 11 answers

What is the largest one-syllable number?

Twelve is the largest number whose English name has one syllable. I'm wondering what the largest number is whose name in some spoken language has one syllable.
posted by sen at 12:12 PM - 20 answers

RussianFilter: Help me read better.

Are there resources or just tried-and-true methods to improve my Russian reading ability? Difficulty: I know zero Russian. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:06 AM - 10 answers

January 19

I would rather listen than read

I've discovered I prefer listening to audiobooks to reading paper books. I have an subscription, but some books I want to listen to are not available on Audible. Are there other sites where I might find audiobooks Audible doesn't have? It seems that some books are simply never recorded - why is that? Is there anything I can do to encourage the publisher to produce an audiobook of a particular title?
posted by southern_sky at 8:17 PM - 7 answers

If Uranus and Neptune had their own days of the week....

...then what would the names of those days be? I started wondering about that after reading this Wikipedia article about the names of the days of the week. [more inside]
posted by sam_harms at 1:31 PM - 3 answers

How to query for a literary series

I've been working on a series of middle grade fantasy books. After finishing the first installment back in July, I sent out queries to literary agents. I have finished a second installment and have several questions about how to go about querying for multiple books. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 12:50 PM - 4 answers

January 18

We need a motto. It should be in Latin so it can look good on a crest.

My husband and I would like a good Latin translation for "Doing it Right. Right Now." You could also punctuate it this way: "Doing it right right now" [more inside]
posted by nosila at 3:35 PM - 7 answers

January 14

"No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no inclination"

My favourite pen has run out of ink! Sadness has ensued. Help me get it flowing again! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 12:01 PM - 1 answers

Can you help my husband find this sci fi story?

He's remembering a story about a couple who lives their whole relationship in a virtual world. His memories inside. [more inside]
posted by lauranesson at 9:53 AM - 6 answers

Should I let others repost my blog articles, & if so w what conditions?

I have received requests to repost my blog articles, that I write for the explicit purpose of generating commercial interest in my company. The blog is only a couple months old, so I haven't done tons of thinking about the various issues that can come up. These requests are coming from people who can easily be competitors or collaborators, as we work in the same space offering similar services. [more inside]
posted by cacao at 9:29 AM - 5 answers

Je parle, tu parles, il parle...

Help me remember how to conjugate French properly when I talk. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 1:10 AM - 9 answers

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