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May 11

Name that book v1000

A mate reccomend a fantasy book to me but couldn't remember the title and googlefu is failung me. It involved a magacian whose name translated to no-one who had to introduce his lover (who kept reincarnating) to magic in order for him to die.... [more inside]
posted by Lesium at 11:53 PM - 4 answers

Is it a candle or ?

From The Fallen Idol by Green. -He heard mrs Baines's voice like the voice in a nightmare when the small Price light has guttered in the saucer and the curtains move; it was sharp and shrill and full of malice, louder than people ought to speak,exposed.- What is "the small Price light" ? Can I see the picture of it ?
posted by mizukko at 6:10 AM - 4 answers

May 9

"This indenture made on the something something ..." ... what?

Can you read and transcribe this document which I understand to be a land deed from 1670? [more inside]
posted by komara at 8:48 PM - 14 answers

May 8

Theme ideas for project names!

My business unit in a large biotech company dealing with innovative DNA sequencing technology is soliciting ideas for a theme from which ongoing project names will be selected. The theme would have to generate an almost infinite number of project names as conceivably it will be in place for the next ten years or more. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 11:21 AM - 17 answers

May 6

Beyond the VOyage of the Beagle

I've been reading a copy of Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle, and wondering what else might be similar in tone and style. [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 10:52 AM - 10 answers

May 3

Visiting Public Libraries in NY & DC

Very-Big-Boss wants to visit Public Libraries as part of a learning trip in NY & DC. Help! [more inside]
posted by appleses at 8:22 AM - 27 answers

May 2

Jim Woodring: what order to read?

Are there some Jim Woodring books that should be read in a particular order? [more inside]
posted by spbmp at 11:50 AM - 5 answers

What are some blogs, twitter feeds, etc that lampoon literary fiction?

Yes, I'm aware of @GuyInYourMFA. (It's great!) Emphasis on the word lampoon–I'm looking for media that is blatantly taking the piss out of this genre, not subtly taking a tittering dig at it. Bonus points if you know of something that specifically scrutinizes the ridiculously lofty novel titles that litter the literary landscape.
posted by cathycartoon at 9:18 AM - 3 answers

April 28

Suggestions to improve broken Spanish

My Spanish sucks! How do I improve? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude at 12:34 AM - 3 answers

April 27

Can you help me remember the name and author of this sci-fi short story?

It's a short, absurdist sci-fi story I read in English (assuming an American author, but it could have been translated) that was likely from around 1960 because of the US/USSR Space Race influence. The plot involves Soviet children and/or young adults being recruited into government service. Some are trained to operate a false moon rover to make it seem impressively automated, but it turns out to be all staged on Earth! Others have their feet amputated and replaced so they can later learn a traditional dance, despite their handicap. [more inside]
posted by bangitliketmac at 8:00 PM - 3 answers

April 26

Learning Spanish: Windows 95 edition

I have vague memories of learning Spanish with a Windows program aimed towards children. It was drawn, had mini narrated stories/conversations with clickable objects, and a dog with a sombrero. I remember locations being a bus stop, a bar (?) and the inside of a house (cross-section, with each room and its objects labeled). I'm guessing it's from the Windows 95/98 era, and definitely not a JumpStart title. Does this ring any bells? I've Googled keywords to try and identify it by the CD-ROM cover, but no luck.
posted by lesser weasel at 7:21 PM - 2 answers

Can the LiveScribe pen keep my notes from dying?

I'm really looking for a solution to this problem: when I have an important idea, I write it down on whatever is nearby- sometimes a notebook, sometimes a receipt, sometimes an index card. I'm working on multiple projects, and the notes get disorganized quickly. The LiveScribe seems like a solution- makes your notes digital and searchable. But is it? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle at 8:35 AM - 14 answers

April 25

Help me find a specific article?

My boss told me about an article from the 1980's that he would like me to try to find a copy of. The publication was Manhattan,inc.. The article was titled "The Erector Set" and was a profile about some NYC real estate developers, including: Daniel Brodsky, Bruce Eichner, Jeffrey Katz, Steven Ross and David Solomon. I have done what online searching I can, but I think I need some direction here. Any guidance would be appreciated!
posted by brbmaroon at 8:58 AM - 4 answers

April 24

Comedic, Kid-Friendly(ish) informative Graphic Novels (science/history)?

My son (5 years old) and I had a great time reading through The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer. Most of it went way over his head (and, to be fair, mine as well) but he enjoyed the heck out of it nonetheless. I'm looking for more graphic novels in this vein that I can read with my son. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 1:52 PM - 10 answers

Looking for a poem

I believe it's by Robert Creeley, maybe George Oppen. [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 11:18 AM - 6 answers

April 22

From the beginning

I really enjoy Ada Palmer's blog Ex Urbe. Previously. what else in the same vein can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:26 PM - 4 answers

Erotic Books Available Through Amazon

My prison penpal has sheepishly requested some books with sex scenes, and while I've never been in prison I was a bookish teenager before internet porn existed and I get it. Help me find kinky novels or short story collections that are 1) available in paperback through Amazon and 2) don't scream THIS IS GAY PORN on the cover (though homosexual or bisexual content is a plus!!!) [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:17 AM - 17 answers

April 20

What is this (Scandinavian?) language?

Can you identify the language in this cycling commentary? I think it's Scandinavian, maybe Norwegian?
posted by EtTuHealy at 3:02 PM - 4 answers

How do you pronounce "Lost City of Z"?

Percy Fawcett was British, so did he say "Lost City of Zed" or, as the new movie trailers have it, "Lost City of Zee"? [more inside]
posted by CCBC at 3:05 AM - 7 answers

April 19

Etymological missing link

I learned today that at some point before their extinction, Great Auks were commonly known as penguins. Europeans traveling near the edges of the Southern hemisphere saw birds that reminded them of auks, so they called them penguins. Then Great Auks became extinct, and the only penguins left were the birds that had been given that name based on a misunderstanding. Is there a term for this linguistic phenomenon, where a link in an etymological chain has ceased to exist? Are there other common examples?
posted by layceepee at 12:52 PM - 5 answers

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