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December 12

Please help me identify this school play

I'm trying to remember an elementary school play, circa 1980. I’ve thought about it over the years and would love to locate any info on it. [more inside]
posted by mountainblue at 3:02 PM - 0 answers

Please help me identify this artist

I'm looking to identify the artist who made this cow. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 10:26 AM - 4 answers

What media/pop culture "easter eggs" are format-specific?

Tom Petty dropped a message to CD listeners in the middle of his Full Moon Fever record, which was not on his cassette or LP. An early-in-the-HDTV-days episode of My Name is Earl had a sign that was visible to people watching in 16:9 HD but not in 4:3 SD. Do you know other pop culture easter eggs that are format-dependent? (Note: I am not looking for "this deleted scene is only available on the special-edition DVD;" instead I am curious about little additions that exploit the format itself.)
posted by AgentRocket at 6:45 AM - 31 answers

December 11

Turn left here, kids

What are some books -- fiction or nonfiction -- that will help very privileged kiddos develop a sense of empathy for and obligation to other people? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 12:33 PM - 35 answers

Political campaign videos that do not suck?

Have you seen any short political campaign videos that moved you, educated you, went viral, or otherwise went outside the norm? I need inspiration! [more inside]
posted by *s at 8:47 AM - 13 answers

December 10

Japanese cover of "Whiskey in the Jar"

I used to have an mp3 of a female Japanese singer performing "Whiskey in the Jar," with lyrics in Japanese. I think I looked her up once and she turned out to be a folk singer, but I wouldn't swear to that. Somehow I've lost this mp3, and googling for it isn't getting me anywhere. Can you help me find any information about the song or where to buy it? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 9:15 PM - 2 answers

Bookfilter: Your favorite short(ish) reads

What are some of your favorite books that are less than 300 pages? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 8:55 PM - 27 answers

Intelligent books with less text, more images for elderly mother

My mother has moderate dementia, but doesn't realize it or understand it. One of the worst aspects is that, though she's been a life-long, voracious, high-level reader, she isn't really capable any more of reading much. She just doesn't have the cognition to follow text along from one paragraph to another. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 1:14 PM - 27 answers

December 9

Detective Game Recommendations?

Please share with me your recommendations for good detective games to get caught up in! Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian at 4:14 PM - 12 answers

Another call for best podcast EPISODES

I am not a podcast listener because I have a 10 minute bike commute and also am a terrible listener. However, I’m going to be driving for most of the next month, and would love to explore the world of podcasts. There are so many. Please recommend me the best INDIVIDUAL EPISODES of good podcasts. Anything goes, fiction, non-fiction, history, arts, tech, politics, comedy, absurdity, anything and everything else, but I have a slight preference for less chatty. [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur at 4:10 PM - 19 answers

Movies set primarily in DC, but NOT primarily about politics/government

I'm putting together a list of films set primarily in Washington, DC but that are *not* primarily focused on politics or the federal government. So, no to All the President's Men, but yes to The Exorcist and Broadcast News. [more inside]
posted by duffell at 10:55 AM - 22 answers

Favorite Informational YouTube Channels?

I'm looking for your favorite YouTube channels to follow that are informational, educational, or historical in nature. I'm not interested in channels that are primarily comedic, but it's fine if they're humorous while being informative. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 6:58 AM - 23 answers

December 8

What are the sources of these poem/song parodies?

In the John M. Ford short-story collection From the End of the Twentieth Century, there's a piece that had previously only been published in chapbooks as gifts to his friends, called "A Little Scene to Monarchize." It is a parody (really multiple parodies) of Shakespeare's Wars of the Roses plays. I don't recognize most of the parodies. If anyone can help with any of this, I would be MUCH OBLIGED. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 1:46 PM - 7 answers

Types of "Themed" magic for sorcerers

In some fantasy stories, wizards/witches can employ all sorts of different magic (telepathy, necromancy, transformation, etc) but in other stories, their magic is limited by a theme. (For example, Elsa in "Frozen" can just manipulate cold.) What are some more examples of one character's limited, "themed" magic? (Bonus points if it is an unusual, non-generic theme.) [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 11:21 AM - 31 answers

December 7

Missed my chance to own this masterpiece. How do I find it again?

Ages ago, my husband and I saw this work of art at a thrift store, but we were young and foolish and did not snap it up. When we came to our senses and returned to the same thrift store a few weeks later, we realized we were too late — some sage connoisseur had recognized the masterpiece for what it was and acquired it for their own collection. More’s the pity. Can I ever find it again — or at least learn what it was? [more inside]
posted by armeowda at 9:16 PM - 7 answers

Modern Guitar Gods

I'm shopping for an impossibly difficult man (Hi Dad) and all he cares about is music — but he buys everything he wants for himself! However, I have an Edge and a Plan. Help me think of shredders outside his musical purview so I can make this my best gifting season ever. [more inside]
posted by fritillary at 6:38 PM - 29 answers

If Monks Had Macs...in the new millennium?

Many years ago, I fell for If Monks Had Macs, "cdrom library of interactive art, multimedia, computer games, ebooks, an intensive guide to journaling, intensive journal software & a powerful ebook reader" - and accessed through a graphic point-and-click interface of a desk and bookshelf overlooking a monastery courtyard.* I adored both the content and the interface. I'm wondering if folks know of any current projects/software in this vein I could explore? [more inside]
posted by dendritejungle at 1:59 PM - 1 answers

Overloaded high pitch screams in pop and rock music

I'm looking for examples and info on a kind of high pitched scream in pop and roc kmusic. [more inside]
posted by signal at 10:29 AM - 9 answers

Recommend me some new comics to read?

I started reading and enjoyed some comics about 10 years back before wandering away, and am looking for recommendations now that I'm thinking of starting again. [more inside]
posted by Quindar Beep at 8:16 AM - 13 answers

December 6

Fantasy/paranormal shows that aren't gory/miserable?

I'm looking for a new series to watch that has fantasy or paranormal elements but isn't super gory and doesn't leave me feeling depressed. I'm not having a lot of luck. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 9:01 PM - 70 answers

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