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November 24

What are you Tik Tok-ing right now?

My daughter is into "cottagecore" tik tok. I'm learning how to repair drywall. What useful or fascinating niches or subcultures have you discovered on Tik Tok?
posted by mecran01 at 5:52 PM - 3 answers

November 23

Trope Songs

Give me you best examples of "Trope Songs" These are the classic bits of music that films or tv shows will use to over a particular scene. Most points for songs that you probably don't know the name of but definitely recognise. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:15 AM - 56 answers

November 22

Covid models for those staying home

There are plenty of Covid models that estimate what will happen after Thanksgiving in the US. My SO and I meed models that show that our sacrifices are making a difference. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM - 5 answers

November 18

Sorry, can't stop this murder, I have places to be.

I’m frequently reading about law enforcement in the US choosing not to enforce certain laws, like mask mandates, gun control restrictions, immigration checks etc.. This made me wonder if police officers are actually legally required to enforce laws. As in, can they be sued if they fail to do that, and what leeway do they have? If a police officer is witnessing a crime like genocide/ murder/ arson/ theft/ public urination and does not respond to it, are they in some way liable fort he consequences? [more inside]
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 5:58 AM - 13 answers

November 16

Where should I donate my Army Nurse grandmother's WWI photo album?

I am a single woman with no kids who has an amazing album of photos that my grandmother took in 1918 France while she was an Army nurse there. Since there's no family to leave this to, I'd like to donate the album to a library or museum (after scanning all the photos of course.) What is a reputable place to donate this that will take care of it and actually find it valuable/useful? [more inside]
posted by OolooKitty at 8:28 AM - 6 answers

November 15

What are the arguments for not enforcing COVID restrictions?

I regularly see reports of flagrant violations of COVID public health restrictions, and there seems to rarely be a strong enforcement response. For example, even when fines are possible, they seem to be rarely issued. What is the reasoning/arguments for this kind of "non-punitive" response? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 10:12 PM - 23 answers

What would a Lithuanian Jewish teenage girl in 1890 wear?

What would a Lithuanian Jewish teenage girl in 1890 wear? [more inside]
posted by saladin at 10:02 AM - 12 answers

November 13

Please hope our growing Burning Man village find a semi truck to buy!

Can The Hive Mind hope us find a military or commercial semi truck that fits our budget? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:06 AM - 6 answers

November 11

Help me ID a place in London from a TV show

I'm watching BBC's The War of The Worlds and was wondering what is this place. I'm having a hard time finding it on Google Maps. The show is set in the early 20th century, does this place still exist?
posted by Tom-B at 6:07 PM - 9 answers

Let's make a game of it: NYC history

A friend and I are working on a board game prototype for eventual publication and are looking to refine our card list of historical events. These cards reflect buildings, disasters, institutions, policy changes and social movements specific to New York City. We want to maximize the extent to which they are both recognizable and resonant. [more inside]
posted by meinvt at 5:58 AM - 21 answers

November 8

Help me find this poem I read at school

Either at G.C.S.E or at A-level (English school system) I read a poem that was told from the point of view of a monk who had been killed in the Lindisfarne raid by the Vikings - or a monastery raid by the Vikings, maybe it wasn't specifically Lindisfarne. [more inside]
posted by Nilehorse at 6:37 AM - 5 answers

November 7

How realistic is the idea of moving a bunch of liberals to Wyoming?

For a while I've had this daydream that, if I were the CEO of a tech company, I would move company headquarters to Wyoming to increase the amount of Democratic voters there and thus greatly increase the chances of adding 2 Senate seats to the Democrats. Wyoming because it's the least populated state. [more inside]
posted by overglow at 7:24 AM - 34 answers

November 3

A very deluxe flagpole?

What is the flag-topped structure depicted on the lawn in this 1843 drawing of a house on Guernsey?
posted by Weftage at 6:17 AM - 4 answers

November 2

Page turner about the modern logistics industry

Does such a book exist? If so, I want to read it. Ideally with significant content about logistics on the domestic level. How does the crap get from the shipping container to the warehouse to my house?
posted by latkes at 6:42 PM - 12 answers

November 1

Thomas Pynchon and a bumper sticker

Years ago, I saw a very shitty beater car somewhere in the northeast (around Boston/Cambridge) with a bumper sticker that said: "My other car is a Pynchon novel." WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? [more inside]
posted by namemeansgazelle at 8:27 PM - 11 answers

October 31

Forgetting a term for tech elites splitting off from society - help!

I've seen a phrase used on Twitter and in Silicon Valley adjacent discourse about the phenomenon of elites splitting off from society - not in the sense of separatism but in the sense of speciation. Please help me remember this phrase - I believe it's two words, probably three at most - as my brain has completely lost it and it will help with some research.
posted by decathexis at 9:43 PM - 5 answers

October 30

How do I ask a culture's permission to use their art?

I want to get a Pacific Northwest native art tattoo but I'm a white guy. Can I do this without misappropriation? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 4:44 PM - 29 answers

Well, At Least You Tried (examples of public failures)

I'm considering a wintertime quarantine project where I'll recount various things that just kind of didn't work out. Not big, evil schemes, like Theranos, and not disasters like the Titanic, but well-meaning, or well-intentioned, or different takes on things that were sent out with much fanfare but then fizzled away because they were the wrong things at the wrong time. (examples inside) [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 12:15 PM - 72 answers

October 29

What was the end of this story I heard on NPR?

NPR glitched halfway through a great story. Can you point me to the ending? [more inside]
posted by slateyness at 6:57 PM - 7 answers

October 24

Can you recommend a history book from this list?

Has anyone read anything in the New Approaches to America Series, or failing that are you familiar with an author? [more inside]
posted by mark k at 9:19 PM - 0 answers

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