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July 15

Seek a political archivist

A dear friend died late last year, and he left behind a huge collection of political memorabilia, spanning the years from Eisenhower to Obama. It includes buttons, pamphlets, press releases, badges, ephemera—what we'd call "campaign swag" today, of all sorts. What sort of person can help us make sense of it all? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 12:15 PM - 6 answers

July 14

Weirdly Specific Packing and Possession Lists?

What packing list was sent to MTV's Road Rule cast? What personal possessions did Scandinavian pioneers in the 1800s own on the farm? What does a typical billionaire have in their house? (Think Peter Menzel's "Material World", but even more.) [more inside]
posted by Ms Vegetable at 4:06 PM - 20 answers

July 13

Dandruff leaves stains on my glasses.

I get dandruff. This is fine and I'm managing it and it's not a big issue, except in one aspect of my life: Tiny dandruff flakes get on my glasses gradually over the course of a day. They're a bit greasy and leave residue, so even if I blow them off they leave stains. Because of this, I have to clean my glasses at least once a day, and often twice, a process that is tricky to do without leaving smears. Help! [more inside]
posted by LSK at 5:08 PM - 16 answers

July 12

Seeking Silly Phrase Pairs for Sign-in Sheet Freight Field

I have to fill out another company's sign-in form for my work trips to gain building access, and have realized an opportunity to insert a dad joke or corny turn of phrase on a certain field of this form because basically no one reads it or cares except for the other people who might casually glance at what others have written; I'm seeking silly phrases to write there. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 6:41 PM - 26 answers

The Goldilocks Zone of cities

My spouse and I are searching for a new place to live and we would love your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM - 25 answers

July 11

"Rock And A Hard Place" Rolling Stones

In January I bought tickets to see the Stones here in Houston. The original date was in April. But it was rescheduled to July 27th. This is also the date of my 40th high school reunion. And now I am torn. [more inside]
posted by jtexman1 at 3:32 PM - 20 answers

July 10

Regency sexting

Vaguely remembered: topless self portrait hidden inside a locket [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 7:47 PM - 5 answers

July 9

Solving Puzzles for Dummies

As a family activity while with the grandparents, we took a family photo, made it into a puzzle, constructed the puzzle, and want to glue it and frame it! Unfortunately, we solved the puzzle right on the dining room table, and we don't want to glue the puzzle to the table. How do we transfer the puzzle onto something else, so we can glue it? [more inside]
posted by China Grover at 3:03 PM - 12 answers

July 8

where to donate 19th century newspapers?

Posting for a friend: I have bound copies of The New York World from 1871 to 1877. I wish to clear this out and I offered them to the rare book library at The University of Toronto (The Fisher Library) and to the rare book section of the Toronto Public Library. Neither of them wanted them saying that they are now available online or on microfiche. [more inside]
posted by uans at 3:38 PM - 5 answers

small hard protective case for camera

I just bought a new camera, and I'd like to carry it while riding a bike. I need a hard case to protect it in case of spills, but I'd like that case to be small enough to fit inside a backpack or courier bag. The camera is a mirrorless Canon EOS M5. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:20 AM - 6 answers

July 6

How to remove stains from Chinese tea set

I received a Chinese tea set from Singapore. It was well thought of, though had been in storage for many years. The rest of the tea set is in good condition, however the container that is meant for the storage of the tea leaves has these unusual white marks on the outside. Any idea how these marks came about, or how they could be cleaned? [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 7:31 AM - 6 answers

July 3

Vocal Coach/Singing Lessons in Toronto: Highly Specific Needs Edition

For various reasons (transition hormones, years of heavy weed and cigarette smoking, sheer lack of practice) I can no longer sing like I used to. This is really bothering me in general and **really** bothering me as I prepare to apply to rabbinical school; once upon a time I had a nice sort of voice for a rabbi to have and right now I have an uncontrolled mess of raw material that I don't know what to do with. Here's what I need from a teacher: [more inside]
posted by some_kind_of_toaster at 3:27 PM - 5 answers

I want to keep the ghost of my cell phone number around

I'm looking for the cheapest solution to a telecom need I have. I have had the same cell phone number for almost 20 years in America. I recently moved to Russia. I am looking for ... [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 8:45 AM - 9 answers

July 2

Expressing anger in a healthy way

How do you express anger in a healthy way? I don’t always have time to write in my journal, and assertiveness isn’t always appropriate eg if I’m angry at myself, so what else can I do? Please don’t suggest therapy - that is not an option I’m willing to consider- thanks.
posted by EatMyHat at 4:16 PM - 23 answers

July 1

Freeze half of every pet?

Back around, say, 2009-2011, there was a post by someone who was sort of an ex-productivity blogger that was a send-up of the various 'zen habits' pieces going around. I remember things like "Freeze half of every pet" and "#19: Do #7 twice"; beyond that, I think the website was mostly shades of gray, with black text. This would have been someone who got linked to from Lifehacker, and probably from the Blue as well - either the pre-Hacker News design/programming crowd, or someone adjacent to GTD. Anyone remember/able to find the blog post 10 years later?
posted by sagc at 11:54 AM - 4 answers

Futuristic sci-fi for youths

The flip side to this question... what are kids' visions of the future? I'm thinking specifically about what contemporary sci-fi is predicting for kids, but I would be interested to know what actual kids think the future and their adulthood will be like.
posted by pxe2000 at 9:04 AM - 3 answers

Source of quote about agnosticism

There's a line I sometimes use when I'm asked about a topic and I don't have a decisive opinion on the answer: "On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I believe that [Option A]; on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays I believe that [Option B]; and on Sundays I rest." I didn't make this one up, but I can't actually figure out who did. What was the original context for this quote? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 1:44 AM - 3 answers

June 30

Help us find a new home

Our family has jobs in Collegeville PA and Philly (uPenn area). Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! at 8:11 AM - 9 answers

June 29

We were promised jet packs.

What are some futuristic things we were supposed to have by now? What are some futuristic things we have now that weren’t predicted?
posted by pxe2000 at 11:27 AM - 45 answers

June 28

Book recommendations: Stories about leaving religion behind

I am looking for book recommendations about the experience of being religious and leaving. For example, growing up in a strictly observant family but then leaving at some point. I prefer personal experiences but I'm open to all types of books on this subject. Thanks!
posted by emmatrotsky at 5:55 PM - 18 answers

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