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July 30

I'd like to learn keys remotely please.

Are there any good, reputable, online classes or programs to learn piano? Specifically for a human with functionally none experience. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 6:37 PM - 8 answers

Podcasts about disasters and calamities

Since the condo collapse in Florida, I’ve been on a jag of listening to audiobooks and podcasts about disasters, calamities, and survival thereafter (Chernobyl and the Kansas City hotel disaster so far). It’s soothing somehow, so I’m leaning in. Give me your suggestions for audio on similar topics (I’m covered on those two).
posted by ocherdraco at 4:08 PM - 14 answers

July 29

Parody of "Tall, Tall Trees" about Sonny Bono & Michael Kennedy?

I've googled. I vaguely remember "Tall tall trees killed another Kennedy and something something Sonny Bono." Anyone remember this? Who sang it, etc.?
posted by tzikeh at 5:52 PM - 2 answers

Looking for a song about trees

Several weeks ago I heard a country / folk-ish song about trees on KDHX. I believe the singer was a man. The gist of the song was that the singer was describing a variety and number of trees growing in a place (on a hill, maybe?). Unfortunately I can't remember any of the specific numbers or trees, and it's proving very difficult to search for. From the style and production quality I would guess the song was recorded relatively recently. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 9:47 AM - 7 answers

Can someone please explain NFTs to me?

Can someone explain NFTs to me? What they are, how they work, and how to make my own.
posted by jitterbug perfume at 5:17 AM - 10 answers

July 28

feed me art

I'm looking for blogs, newsletters, tumblrs, or similar feeds of visual art from various artists, updated regularly. Any medium, or more than one, is fine: photography, digital and traditional painting, [pictures of] sculpture, and others. Brand new art is great, but so is art from any time period at all. An ideal source is updated between 1 and 100 times a month, and posts things with attribution. Examples: BOOOOOOOM, Shorpy Historical Photos, The Art Showcase.
posted by 4th number at 2:06 PM - 15 answers

I can't draw but I want to learn...on an iPad!

Is there an iPad app for total amateurs who want to get into drawing? Is this even a reasonable thing to explore if I am a terrible artist outside of the iPad? Give me a pencil or crayons or anything and it will be a struggle to draw something that looks "good". But for the purposes of being able to do this on the train, I'm hoping to learn and improve with just my iPad and Apple Pencil. Any apps you'd recommend? Or general advice?
posted by NorthCoastRiver at 6:28 AM - 12 answers

Animation app for kids?

10 year old child is very into creating Gatcha videos through screenshots and assembling them in KineMaster on our iPad for short 30-60s clips. She’s starting to hit limits on what she can put together creatively and wants to move up into actual animation. She uses procreate for drawing and we are willing to sign her up and help her with classes. What’s the sweet spot for not so simple animation apps here?
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 6:15 AM - 6 answers

Movie or TV show about AI Box experiment (the AI escapes)

I remember a movie or TV show about an AI box experiment. The AI escaped by flashing a light at a tiny portion of a laptop screen or something that was inadvertently brought into its view. [more inside]
posted by yesno at 4:49 AM - 5 answers

July 27

Best digital animation app?

I want to be able to make art (cartoons, drawings, etc) using an iPad. What apps should I be looking for? What’s the best animation app for iPad? I would need to be able to export the art from the iPad to use elsewhere.
posted by jitterbug perfume at 6:11 PM - 3 answers

Songs with radio clips?

Just trying to compile a list of songs with radio announcer clips. Usually they make it sound very AM-ey so you get that it’s meant to be the radio. All I can think of so far is We Built This City and Rock Me Amadeus. Thanks in advance! Tangential examples like the phone operator in Young Lust also accepted.
posted by ftm at 4:40 PM - 74 answers

What are the best YA fiction books on the shelves right now?

I'm looking for the best Young Adult fiction titles which have been published in the last decade or so. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia at 11:59 AM - 21 answers

Fresh AIr!

Do you know who Terry Gross interviewed today on Fresh Air? [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 10:46 AM - 2 answers

What to watch next?

Need a new show and had luck here before! [more inside]
posted by heavenknows at 10:20 AM - 24 answers

Can you recommend more Lone Wolf and Cub-type tv shows and films?

Can you recommend more Lone Wolf and Cub-type tv shows and films? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress at 4:47 AM - 9 answers

2021 Olympics Online Footage?

I am working on a video editing project and want to use Olympic footage to make it. Preferably 4k and 60 (or more) fps. Namely of athletes competing, all kinds of shots: wide, closeup, etc. Where can I find this sort of footage to download? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:44 AM - 6 answers

July 26

More like this

I love this episode of 99 percent invisible, "wild ones live". i would love to have more things similar to this to listen to. Know anything? [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 at 11:37 AM - 2 answers

Paperback Protection (Entombment Edition)

I have some nice, collectible paperback books. I want to put them in some kind of protective case or holder that's more durable and perhaps permanent than the plastic sleeves they currently reside in, but I can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs at 4:10 AM - 9 answers

Take me to Paris

I'm reading Nancy Mitford's foreign correspondence from France in the 1950s and am adoring it. Would love to continue being transported to mid-20th century Paris by other books and media- what should I read and watch to achieve this? (I do not, sadly, read French so recs will have to be English or in translation.)
posted by Balthamos at 12:48 AM - 31 answers

July 25

Recommendations for classical guitar music books with tablature

I am interested in sheet music books with a range of short guitar songs from beginner to intermediate level, that help build technique. Should have emphasis on fingerpicking, not as much chord strumming. For an example of the kind of music I'm looking for: Etude in E Minor by Tarrega. I lean toward Aeolian and Phrygian tunes. Ok if it has standard notation but must also have tablature. My local music stores don't have much on their shelves these days, and searching the web is too vast!
posted by oxisos at 9:15 PM - 5 answers

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