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January 27

What are some piano songs that are more evocative than complex?

My wife likes to play piano to relax. It is satisfying for her when she gets it right, but it's not primarily a technical exercise for her; she hasn't had (piano) lessons and it's not mostly about the challenge. The main criterion is that it's pretty and relaxing. So, for example, the first movement of Moonlight Sonata = very yes! Third movement, no. She also likes the Emperor Concerto. What else should she play? [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 7:18 PM - 11 answers

Looking for a long lost short comedy on HBO maybe the late 70's?

Back when HBO was a baby service I saw a short comedy about an ATM that talked and questioned the person's use of his funds. The voice implied it was in communication with another ATM and fact checked the man as to HIS use of the funds. Ended up by stealing the man's watch and offering it to the next user instead of funds.
posted by Freedomboy at 5:54 PM - 0 answers

Looking for a '70s-era futurist documentary

I'm racking my brain trying to come up with the name of a documentary, I believe from the '70s although it could have been from the early '80s, in which futurists were asked for their predictions. I remember them saying that the most valuable assets in the future would be drugs (in the sense of performance-enhancing, I think) and information. It's not Future Shock. [more inside]
posted by penduluum at 4:40 PM - 0 answers

Maybe a modern alt-weekly?

What are the best ways to learn about local live performances nowadays? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 10:41 AM - 8 answers

January 26

What's a good music library for a good price?

So I make little videos for digital only, mainly for myself. I was using a service called Audioblocks for like 50 bucks a year. But I didn't love their music selection so I stopped. Then I started using free music sites but it's really hit or miss. Is there some library that you love that doesn't cost a ton?
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:59 PM - 2 answers

Film: Woman taking tickets at porn theatre goes into world pursuing man

Anybody recall a film where the premise is: Woman taking tickets at porn theatre goes into world pursuing man
posted by cmp4Meta at 12:08 PM - 5 answers

January 25

Specific question about Parasite

I have the chance to see Parasite on Monday ... I don’t know anybody who has seen it and I don’t want to Google my question so I don’t accidentally get spoiled. Can somebody please tell me: 1. Is there any animal cruelty in this film? and 2. Is there any gory violence, and if yes then is it more like Friday the 13th or more like Saw? Thank you!
posted by mccxxiii at 8:27 PM - 16 answers

January 24

Calming overnight listening?

I’ve found that leaving BBC World Service overnight helps me not ruminate during my frequent insomnia episodes. Is there anything else that I can drift in and out of without missing anything? Accessible on an Echo, ideally. Thanks in advance!
posted by ftm at 1:57 PM - 13 answers

Devil In A Blue Dress Comes to Harlem

Looking for suggestions for mystery/thriller/crime novels with POC protagonists and/or POC authors. (Maybe especially POC authors.) [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 at 8:44 AM - 25 answers

To learn recorder as an adult?

After the recorder thread, I kind of want to learn to play as an adult. So many choices: which instrument, and what books/videos/channels/whatever will help? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 8:21 AM - 10 answers

January 22

Editing photos: I can chop but can I expand?

I am really a newbie at photography as this question will show: [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 7:10 PM - 7 answers

What was this YA book from the 1980s/early 90s with a teen model?

In the late 80s or early 90s, I found a book in the library - a young girl enters the modeling world, she's quite poor and only has two suits to go to meet... agencies? casting people? So she has to wash and iron them every day. A photographer befriends her and takes her and her younger sister on a shopping trip. She subsequently sees herself through his eyes (somewhat pitying? I think?) and has... feelings about that image? What is this book?! This has been bugging me for YEARS.
posted by loolie at 12:05 PM - 5 answers


I would like to read some retellings of Arthurian legend. There are...a lot of those out there and I am overwhelmed. Tell me which ones are good? [more inside]
posted by darchildre at 10:29 AM - 34 answers

My turn to play "Name That Cultural Thing"

AskMe has proven good at identifying random things in the past - can you help me track down this half-remembered cartoon I saw? I believe I saw it on TV in the 90s as part of an animation festival, and I think it was....Scandinavian, and dealt with a family with a little girl who was either mentally challenged or on the spectrum. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:58 AM - 0 answers

What book is this??

Do you ever remember this one random thing from a book but it isn't enough to get good results from Google? Please help me figure out where this is from! It's a fantasy novel that I read in the last three or four years, but it might not be recent. It's probably by a woman because I rarely read books by men. Details below. [more inside]
posted by leesh at 5:09 AM - 3 answers

January 21

Is there a transcript for #MLKNow?

Is there a transcript for #MLKNow events, especially the live chat between AOC and Ta-Nehisi Coates? I just do not have the patience to watch something for an hour and all I can find are snippets and quotes of the conversations.
posted by toastyk at 4:24 PM - 2 answers

January 20

Help formatting a document for a critique

I am going to a writer's workshop. I am getting ready to submit an excerpt from my novel and I am not sure if the formatting is correct. Right now I have a space between paragraphs with no indentation. I also have 2 spaces after periods. Are these correct or should I switch to indented paragraphs and 1 space after periods? Above all, I don't want my formatting to distract from the text.
posted by Biblio at 7:36 AM - 7 answers

What is this drawing style called?

I'm interested in learning how to draw, specifically to sketch simple pictures and color them in. Like the sketch at the top of this article. If I'm looking for resources to practice/learn to draw like this, or a class to teach me this, what would I call this drawing style?
posted by arnicae at 7:23 AM - 11 answers

What is this 1980s-1990s TV theme song from?

What's the theme song in track 1 of this album (GATEWAY 2000 by MindSpring Memories) from? The track in question is called "□ flickering ◻ monitors □ in ◻ the □ twilight ◻". The theme song starts at 1:45. Track 2 is a General Hospital theme from the mid-'90s, so it may be another soap opera theme or it could be a drama/sitcom.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:15 AM - 6 answers

January 19

Is there a song where they sing the bass line to Bowie’s “Heroes”?

I have this notion that there’s some song from my youth - late 80s, early 90s - where there’s a vocal bit that sounds almost exactly like the bass line from David Bowie’s “Heroes.” This is proving pretty difficult to Google and my wife says I’m just thinking of the Bowie song - but I swear it’s a vocal, not just an instrument playing those notes. Am I totally making it up, or can anyone help figure out what song I’m remembering? [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 6:05 PM - 3 answers

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