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June 15

On a weekend rendezvous, maybe?

For reasons, I'm trying to remember a song (a) who's title was quite possibly "weekend rendezvous" or who's lyrics prominently featured the phrase, (b) was at it's most 'popular' in the late 80s or maybe early 90s, (c) would have been heard by teenagers into "alternative" music around Minneapolis (and maybe beyond?), (d) is definitely not the 70s song of the same name by Racing Cars. Because my Google-fu has let me down, I suspect either it was an obscurish band or a total figment of my imagination. Please help.
posted by TheShadowKnows at 8:47 AM - 7 answers

What is the name of this contemporary Japanese short story collection?

I read a book by a Japanese author a few years ago. IIRC it was a series of vignettes, mostly about the elderly/aging in contemporary Japan. I remember the cover quite vividly: it's blue and white and it has a graphic of an old Twin reflex camera. Please hope me!
posted by johnnybeggs at 5:58 AM - 3 answers

June 14

Where could I get something 3-D printed in San Francisco?

I have a 3-D print file for 4" earrings that I created using Tinkercad. I'd like to get them printed with colored plastic. I know nothing about 3D printing and I'm guessing I would need to print a few versions before getting the earrings right, so getting it printed in person seems ideal (feel free to convince me otherwise). Where could I do this in the Bay Area and how much would I be expecting to pay? Experience level: Total newbie.
posted by rogerroger at 3:56 PM - 14 answers

What quirky, modernish items can I paint as part of a still life?

Hi mefites! I am getting better at oil painting and would like to do a series of still lifes. I like the idea of painting modern items in a kind of old master style, a bit like this (I am still improving!!). [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 2:14 PM - 15 answers

June 13

Great picture libraries

I'm looking for recommendations of good picture libraries, preferably royalty-free, Creative Commons-type licencing such as Also particularly interested in ones that tackle issues of diversity representation such as this one previously featured in an FPP that has images of trans and non-binary people, and this one that has beautiful pictures of black and brown people. Thanks!
posted by KateViolet at 7:57 PM - 4 answers

Simple graphical representations of Los Angeles suggestions needed.

I'm trying to brainstorm my next tattoo and I need some suggestions. I would like a simple line icon of LA [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 11:26 AM - 21 answers

June 12

Best books on US racism

I’ve been asked to recommend a book on a topic that I want everyone to read about for an informal lending library. I’d like to recommend a book about racism in the United States. The audience for this library is a group of about 200 people. The group is majority white, and mostly the kind of people who think they aren’t racist because they “don’t see color,” but there are also POC in the audience. Essentially, I’m looking for a book that can help someone understand concepts like systemic racism and implicit bias, and both the current state of racism in the United States and how we got this way. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 3:32 PM - 22 answers

June 11

What's a song or poem like this one, but with English lyrics?

I randomly came across a song called Nooit Meer Een Morgen by Marco Borsato years back, and really enjoyed the tune and voice quality. Then I looked up the Dutch lyrics with Google Translate, and the feels just about shut me down! I want to share these sentiments with English-speaking friends though, so I'm looking for songs or poems with a similar message. [more inside]
posted by circular at 4:55 PM - 8 answers

Have you seen this movie?

What are some movies where the cop and the criminal s/he's investigating become allies after the cop discovers the criminal is being fooled/forced into doing the crime against his will, and in the second half of the film, the two work together to bring down the bigger bad guy? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 3:42 PM - 13 answers

Hit me up with a bunch of great Bollywood song and dance videos

I’m traveling in India and I think it would be fun to watch/listen to, though I have no idea what is good and don’t want to watch a whole movie, just watch the great song/dance numbers. New stuff, classics, absurd stuff, it’s all game.
posted by wooh at 7:32 AM - 14 answers

June 10

Karaokefilter, fast talker edition

I don’t have a huge vocal range, but I love karaoke and do have a good sense of rhythm and a natural tendency to speak/sing quickly. Nailing “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” by REM is my favorite karaoke party trick. What other fast, wordy, mostly spoken or low-range songs can I use to impress a crowd? More criteria behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated at 3:47 PM - 45 answers

You Really Got a Hold on Me

What songs remind you of your significant other and why? This is research for a fiction writing project. Some loose parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar at 1:48 PM - 49 answers

I don't love you la la la la - what's that song?

Please help me remember the name of this indie rock song from the 00s. The most specific thing I remember about it is the chorus, cathartically sung at the top of the male singer's lungs, "I don't love you! La la la la!" and repeated a few times. The music is sparse but jangly-loud guitar and drum that is jaunty and rhythmic during the verses and thrashing during the chorus. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 9:48 AM - 8 answers

Best Youtube magic videos

What are the best stage magic/sleight-of-hand videos? Looking for some jaw-dropping effects but also for funny/original presentations!
posted by storybored at 9:26 AM - 5 answers

Who is writing online about human connection?

In the throes of a paradigm-shifting personal epiphany that 'OMG SOCIAL BONDS MATTER', I am driven to seek readings or viewpoints that confirm the supreme correctness of my new worldview. Please recommend online writers who will keep me occupied with quiet reading, or else I'll annoy the living heck out of everyone near me by talking about it and (horror) drive them away. [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 7:41 AM - 16 answers

June 9

Why are movie captions sometimes inaccurate?

I'm fluent in Russian, and I've long noticed something strange about movies and TV programs that show English captions when characters speak Russian. Often, the translation isn't accurate. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 at 11:10 AM - 17 answers

June 7

Why is the guitar like it is and not otherwise?

The modern-day six-string guitar's apparent lack of internal logic has always frustrated me. What technical or historical issues have lead to it being created this way? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 9:51 PM - 15 answers

Not that kind of literary gravitas

Attention sci-fi aficionados: I'm looking for examples of gravity manipulation in science fiction. Not just mere taking advantage of gravitational fields for orbital mechanics and the like, but actual manipulation/generation of gravity. These can be the very basic Half-Life style gravity guns up to some sort of massive device that can move worlds. Ideally, the author shows a bit of work or backstory on that explains them more like practical tech than space fantasy energy weapons, and gravity manipulation is a pillar of the story somehow. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by Burhanistan at 2:32 PM - 27 answers

Looking for Movies With Characters That Make Art

I’m interested in compiling a list of movies in which one or more of the characters make art. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 8:51 AM - 50 answers

June 6

Seeking source of quote about making art as a minority

A few years ago I read a quote from a (POC I believe, at least a minority of some fashion) artist where the gist was "because we're minorities no one cares what we make, but because no one cares we can make whatever we want". (It was shared via a Facebook post so it's devoid of context.) I can't seem to find the source though and Google is failing me. Help?
posted by divabat at 9:10 PM - 0 answers

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