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November 24

Is there a tactful way to ask for more?

A service that I frequently use screwed up, and when I sent a note to customer service about it, they offered a pretty cheap coupon and not much explanation for what happened. I don't feel like justice has been served here, is there a way to push for more? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 8:10 AM - 13 answers

November 22

Have you seen a flying pony?

Trying to remember this book/story. Girl lives in an apartment. Father is away a lot. He brings or sends her a present - a flying pony that she keeps on the roof of her building. [more inside]
posted by Thella at 11:54 PM - 2 answers

November 21

Word parts and/or rules for combining them (morphemes?)

I want to write a program to generate new, realistic-sounding and -looking words. I want to programmatically create strings like 'bik', 'clible', 'aunstic', and 'cranoak', (if these words don't already exist), and avoid strings like 'bblejkm', 'aunstrbl', and other things that don't look pronounceable. Looking for a database of word parts to feed into this program, possibly with a set of accompanying rules. English or any other language (ideally with phonetic representations). [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:09 AM - 19 answers

November 19

Vocabulary Builder: App/hack for iOS

I'm a fan of the vocabulary builder feature on Kindle that stores a list, with definitions, of words looked up while reading. Is there an equivalent for iPhone for web? The vocab builder apps all seem to teach new words; I'm not averse to copying and pasting into the app, as long as it keeps history of searches. Open to any non-app suggestions too. My temporary solution of dumping words + definitions into Notes is not working so well.
posted by kreestar at 4:28 AM - 0 answers

November 18

Help me help them understand this feeling

I am looking for excerpts or entire works that describe as viscerally as possible the feeling of wanting to die (not necessarily being suicidal but not necessarily not). [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 6:16 PM - 15 answers

November 17

Sci fi short story title search, on computers and being human

I am trying to think of the title/author of a science fiction story I read and loved from a couple of decades ago... [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 7:33 PM - 1 answers

Examples of book-length arguments?

In my last question I asked how to structure long, intricate arguments. Now I'm specifically asking for book-length examples that make the argument explicit. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 9:36 AM - 25 answers

How do I co-author a book?

How do I co-author a book? How do I make a contract with the other author? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 AM - 6 answers

November 15

Fiction - working as a web designer in 2005 in the USA

For my NanoWrimo story, my FMC has been transported 20 years into the past and 4000 miles ("4234.7 miles, to be exact.") across the Atlantic to the USA. She works as a web designer and I have one or two questions about this. [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 5:25 PM - 28 answers

Original work by... Adaptation idea by... Written/adapted by?

What is the proper series of credits given to a screenplay which was liberally adapted from a short story, but which was selected for adaptation (and premise changed) by someone other than the screenwriter? [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith at 4:00 PM - 3 answers

November 13

Other languages' terms for transgender?

What are some terms for transgender in other languages, especially Spanish? What words do they use to identify themselves? [more inside]
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree at 12:33 PM - 11 answers

Antiquarian book sleuths : help me identify this damaged book

I have a very old German book that is missing its title page. I really want to know what book it is. Pictures within! [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 10:43 AM - 6 answers

November 11

German phrase

When Rilke says, "Vielleicht, daß ich durch schwere Berge gehe / in harten Adern, wie ein Erz allein," does his last phrase mean "like an ore [moves], alone" or "alone like an ore" or "like only an ore [can move]"? Translators seem to all assume the first.
posted by kalapierson at 5:38 PM - 12 answers

Best practices for transcribing a typed manuscript?

I have about 500 digital photos, each of one page from a hand-typed, 1940s-era text. How do I best transcribe it as part of an effort to share it digitally, and then include it in my own project? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 7:11 AM - 9 answers

November 9

the undertaking: life studies from the dismal trade

the author is Thomas Lynch. I read this book a long time ago and I'm having trouble finding a poem I vaguely remember. [more inside]
posted by [tk] at 10:39 PM - 6 answers

How can I find out who's teaching my poem?

A few years back, I posted a poem on my blog. This fall I saw a small but steady series of hits that seem to be coming from (two?) schools. The referrer links in WordPress, however, terminate for me as dead ends because they require logins to classroom management sites. Is there any way to figure out what classes are associated with the URLs? [more inside]
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 1:17 PM - 5 answers

November 8

Ficton - Accidentally finding out about website viewing by web designer

In my NanoWrimo story, the FMC is a website designer, and she somehow, accidentally finds out that the MMC's girlfriend is visiting dating and sex websites. Is this possible, and how could this happen? Also any hints/tips/gotchas I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 2:48 PM - 24 answers

How to structure long, intricate arguments?

I'm looking for inspiration for how to structure a long, intricate deductive argument. Can you help me find examples of arguments like this? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 11:15 AM - 17 answers

A is for Ahhhnold

This Christmas, I’m making an ABC-book for my very first, brand new (6 mo) niece. Her parents (and my family) are big Arnold Schwarzenegger fans. We especially love Terminator, T2, Predator, Kindergarten Cop and Total Recall. I need help with some ABC Arnold-related quotes. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 7:42 AM - 23 answers

Looking for a (gender-neutral) name!

I am genderqueer/nonbinary and plan to legally change my name to reflect this next summer. I have a first name and middle name which I've cast into gender-neutral forms, and I'm looking for a second, new middle name to add to them. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 4:51 AM - 31 answers

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