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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 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

December 5

What is this pirate cartoon image?

My grandfather had this poster up in his office for my entire life. Now that my grandmother is downsizing, she's getting rid of things, and we're trying to ID it. There is no signature, logo, or text of any sort. She seems to think it was a mascot for an oil company, but my searching has been useless. Any ideas?
posted by jeather at 9:55 AM - 6 answers

Tips for organizing a year of self-directed projects?

I’m a consulting product developer and I’m voluntarily underemployed at the moment. I’m thinking of continuing this reduced workload in 2018 if I can afford it, and I’m interested in working on a series of small projects/experiments (mostly art and music tech related) to stretch myself a bit. Ideally, I’d like to release work on a regular basis. I’m wondering if a frameworks exist for organizing such an endeavor. Or if any of you have worked in this manner and can offer suggestions, patterns or anti-patterns? [more inside]
posted by a complicated history at 9:20 AM - 3 answers

Photoshop my room

I want to do a personalized recreation of Carnovsky's RGB murals for a wall in our bedroom (yes, it will be insane, yes it will be awesome). I have found a few companies that make custom mural wallpaper, I have a bunch of images I want to use for the design, I have basic (basic) photoshop skills. I completely lack the ability to understand how to make this work technically (what colors to use, how many layers I will need). Can anyone with RGB-CMYK knowledge and design understanding walk me through this please? The idea is when you shine different color lights on the wall, different images show through. Thank you!
posted by andreapandrea at 8:04 AM - 5 answers

December 4

Trying To Find The Title Of A Book About Home

Within the last couple of days I was reading a book review about a book of essays about the nature of home. However, I lost the page before I could record the title. I believe all the authors were women, and I think the book was published in the last few months (or maybe is about to be published). One of the comments in the review was something like home is where we can be ourselves. Does it sound familiar to anyone?
posted by purplesludge at 7:02 PM - 2 answers

December 3

Characters like Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Looking for TV shows and movies with a very specific kind of sarcasm. [more inside]
posted by frizzle at 11:05 AM - 9 answers

Name that sleazy c-list character actor from the 80s

I am trying to name a crappy movie actor that I remember from the 80s, although he probably worked earlier than that (definitely has a 70s vibe) and into the 90s. As I remember him, he always played the creepy, bit sleazy, New York-ish, guy. He would be the snitch, or the drugged out criminal, or the like. [more inside]
posted by qwip at 2:55 AM - 24 answers

December 2

Vicarious travel via music videos

Please recommend English-language music videos where the performer goes to a city abroad and parties it up local style - with a particular focus on street fashion and dance moves [more inside]
posted by sestaaak at 6:43 PM - 6 answers

Identify this song from a 1990 skateboard video

My friend has been on a quest for years to identify the song played at 1:28:53 in this skateboard video from 1990. [more inside]
posted by mr.marx at 2:02 PM - 5 answers

Non-fiction book, cool, short and sweet

Need a recommendation for a non-fiction book. [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 12:14 PM - 17 answers

Easy to follow Star Trek book chronology?

I recently purchased a Deep Space Nine Trek book and it’s several books ahead of where I thought I had left off when I finished the Typhon Pact series. I’ve tried to determine what books I’ve missed but I’m finding browsing Memory Beta isn’t really making it simple for me. Is there a better way?
posted by tcv at 11:56 AM - 1 answers

Self-Aware Art

I'm looking for examples of art that is self-aware, in any medium--painting, film, song, sculpture, performance, etc--anything that breaks the 4th wall, but in a way that isn't just a wink to the audience. [more inside]
posted by Pig Tail Orchestra at 7:23 AM - 23 answers

I want some spaceship books!

I have a yen for some spaceship books, ragtag crews especially welcome! Jump inside for some more details. [more inside]
posted by smoke at 1:04 AM - 21 answers

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