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January 19

Quality/Skilled Film Processing for old/damaged film

I'm looking for recommendations for a place to take some old disposable cameras for developing. I'd like to find someone with a focus on or experience with damaged film, that will be mindful of preserving the images within. [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl at 1:27 PM - 4 answers

Worst 90's songs

I write poems (often presented as spoken word) that are comprised of lyrics from 90's songs. Right now I'm working on one based off the worst songs. I've read a lot of listicles, but it's usually the same ones over and over. (Listed those below the fold.) What other songs are worthy of inclusion, either according to you or a site you link to? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 5:39 AM - 71 answers

Cool Cats being bad, noodlin' and tradin 8's.

What's your favorite Jazz / Blues documentary? ++ if narrated with gravelly quotes with lots of jazz slang!! [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 5:19 AM - 2 answers

What is the green creature on the Wellington Paranormal shoulder-patch?

In the TV show Wellington Paranormal, the police wear a badge with a coat of arms. I presume the animal on the right is a moa, but what's the dragonish thing on the left?
posted by pompomtom at 2:59 AM - 12 answers

Help with compression for single-mic live audio

Audio engineers, a little help? I'm doing tech support for a small folk music organization that's running some live streamed concerts, and I'm trying to figure out if there's a magic compression setting that will help with the scenario where a band has a single microphone, most likely a LDC, that they're using both for their music and for introducing songs. Is there anything I can do to make their speech louder without making the music sound awful? [more inside]
posted by hades at 1:24 AM - 6 answers

January 18

Keep my heart pumping while my heart is pumping

What action/adventure/heist/fast paced/exciting movies can I watch to keep me going while working out on my home rowing machine? Within the extreme constraints of these genres, I'm looking to maximize feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist messaging and minimize torture, misogyny and xenophobia. Basically, I want something exciting and distracting but I don't want to watch Rambo. Ideally streaming on Netflix, Hulu or (lol) Criterion. Open to non-Hollywood/international movies. (Expanding my previous ask for feminist action movies.)
posted by latkes at 2:44 PM - 17 answers

Here come the grapes!

My favorite jokes are elephant jokes. I especially like the ones where elephants talk ("Look buddy, I'm not the same elephant") and the ones with bad puns (what's grey and has a trunk and sings jazz?). This has been a lousy year and a lousy first month of 2021 and I would like to hear more funny elephant jokes. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 12:44 PM - 44 answers

What kind of guitar should I buy?

What kind of guitar should I buy? I'm a semi-beginner who just likes to play around, and occasionally make some crunchy noises. [more inside]
posted by Bucket o' Heads at 8:03 AM - 17 answers

January 17

looking back at the 90s

I'm currently going back and listening to the Slow Burn season about the Clinton impeachment, and it's scratching an itch I've had occasionally. I'd like to find some other media that scratches that itch. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 7:12 PM - 15 answers

How to write a novel the old fashioned way?

My creative writing process has been pretty derailed by screen burnout during Covidtimes. I want to shift gears and write it out longhand but am having a bit of trouble imagining a good set-up for doing so. I'd like to have some kind of system for organizing both the actual draft and things like outlines, character notes, worldbuilding notes and am looking for examples and suggestions of both physical things (like maybe some sweet Trapper Keeper kinda deal) as well as organizational systems that other novelists use (like maybe bullet journal style tools and frameworks for writing novels long hand). Open to blog posts, videos, essays, books, etc.
posted by overglow at 12:39 PM - 5 answers

Wapshot's Demon

Where can I find an ebook that contains the Frederick Pohl story "Wapshot's Demon?" It's a story I read as a child and I want to give it another read.
posted by drezdn at 8:37 AM - 5 answers

Mad Scientist stories

Recommend me Mad Scientist stories you have read. More details inside: [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 5:59 AM - 7 answers

January 16

Absorbing, family-friendly documentaries?

What are your favorite absorbing and family-friendly documentaries (movies or series) of the last few years? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 6:21 PM - 37 answers

Mediocre kids movies please

Looking for non-dramatic movies for sensitive 8-11 yr olds. [more inside]
posted by sol at 10:58 AM - 40 answers

Please help identify this song

I only have this fragment. Would love to know what it is!
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:36 AM - 3 answers

January 15

Paper conservation recommendations in NYC?

I have a 1920s lithograph poster I would like to have linen-backed and ~possibly~ restored. The most obvious NYC business doing this (posterfix) has very sketchy reviews so I would like some recommendations (or anti-recommendations) from people who have used other services.
posted by beerbajay at 5:09 PM - 4 answers

RecommendationFilter: Deep secrets slowly revealed

I love books and shows where a minor mystery leads to a major mystery - especially if the major mystery turns out to be far deeper, weirder and more sinister. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 1:49 PM - 55 answers

What is the name of this contemporary graphic design style?

Good examples include (a) The Gentlewoman magazine (b) The Cherry Bombe Cookbook (c) Reformation Clothing. At the risk of revealing my own opinion of it, I would characterize it as "Boring bold sans-serif typefaces used where they shouldn't be, mixed with a color palette that's somehow both garish and muted at the same time, plus photos that looks like they're lit by Terry Richardson." Bonus question: how and why did this style become so pervasive, dare I say popular? [more inside]
posted by rjacobs at 11:43 AM - 13 answers

Bookfilter: Recommendations for a tween, not fantasy or sci-fi

Looking for recommendations for an almost-12 year old. We'll ask the local library, but any & all recommendations are welcome. Paraphrasing her: "Fiction or non-fiction. Not fantasy or sci-fi, ok to have magical elements in it but it should be based in our world. 1st person or 3rd person are both fine, focused on people, ok if it's from one person's perspective or there are chapters or sections from different people. Things I liked: All the Answers, 11 before 12 series, Graphic Novels like Roller Girl and Raina Telgemeier's books."
posted by true at 8:52 AM - 18 answers

January 14

Scifi Books for a 13yo

My 13yo loved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet but they're sort of meh on A Closed and Common Orbit. Also loved The Last Human (by Zack Jordan) and the Not Your Sidekick series. What should they read now? [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:13 AM - 23 answers

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