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July 18

Do we need an antiracist rainbow flag? What should it look like?

Britain is getting to the point that i think i need an antiracist equivalent of the rainbow flag, something that says simply 'safe space' 'i hate racism', not a proactive fighting antifascist emblem, that could be worn as a pin or on a wall. Any ideas? Anything to bear in mind? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia at 3:34 PM - 15 answers

Disposal of old pictures and similar items?

Boxes and boxes of old photos and family ephemera have defaulted to me. I've culled what can be/should be saved. What's left are duplicates, pictures of total strangers, random landscapes, and/or otherwise non-needed items. I cannot simply put it all out in the trash. I don't have any place to burn anything. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 2:22 PM - 15 answers

July 14

Smart writing about tourism

I'm writing about the burgeoning concept of "overtourism," and I'm looking for smart academic writing about the impact of tourism -- not just economically, but also culturally, socially, etc. [more inside]
posted by attentionplease at 12:00 PM - 9 answers

July 12

Summer Reading - Historical

I'm looking for a good history book to recommend to my book club. However, it's summer and we finished a few really dense books and everyone is lagging so I thought I'd see if there was a good, gripping read that would be almost good for "poolside" reading. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 5:44 PM - 28 answers

July 11

Pining for Meander Where you May (NYT books forums)

Many years ago when the New York Times still had it's book forums, there was a thread called Meander Where you May. I have two questions! [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 7:12 PM - 2 answers

July 10

How many people are shown in this video of a NYC march?

If you have any experience estimating crowd size, about how many people do you think are in this march?
posted by andoatnp at 2:48 PM - 4 answers

Before the year 2000, what was considered the "Eastside" of Los Angeles?

During the 20 years that I've known Los Angeles, it has become steadily more common to call parts of LA west of downtown "the Eastside"--Silver Lake, Echo Park, Koreatown, Pico-Union, MacArthur Park, and so forth. (There's even a website about these neighborhoods called "The Eastsider.") I have always assumed this is a linguistic discontinuity related to gentrification, and without an understanding of the actual East LA, but am I wrong? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 11:42 AM - 15 answers

Global economics, monetary policy, and other simple topics

I was reading this NY Times article from yesterday about the risk of an imminent recession and I realized that I lack the economics grounding to really comprehend what's going on. What resources would you recommend that would help me fix this? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank at 8:46 AM - 6 answers

When can I Follow up? (Swedish Vacation Edition)

Hi, AskMe. :) I have a fantastic opportunity to do something with a Swedish company, and was told two things, that I should expect email from someone soon, and that they basically shut down in July due to vacations and such, so the process might take time. This was ~2 weeks ago. When is it acceptable to follow up? [more inside]
posted by Alensin at 7:52 AM - 4 answers

July 9

So you agree? You think you're really pretty?

Why are strangers always telling me I'm pretty? Weekly (at minimum), a cashier or fellow restaurant patron or movie-goer or someone I see out in public will make it a point to tell me I'm pretty. This makes me suspicious. Help me understand why. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 1:20 PM - 41 answers

July 3

Too Old For an Improv Class?

I'm a fifty year old man with no background in comedy thinking about taking an improv class. Is this a stupid idea? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 7:40 AM - 30 answers

July 1

Why were women so much better at inspecting bullets in WWII?

I once heard a story or a study about munitions workers in WWII. Maybe they made bullets. Or bombs. I can’t remember. But the women far outperformed the men at the same task, and I'd love to use this story in a current project. Can you identify the source? (details within) [more inside]
posted by ToucanDoug at 6:50 PM - 8 answers

June 30

Looking for Indian movie suggestions for kids

My kids (4 and 8) recently saw and really enjoyed Chillar Party. They can understand a bit of Hindi/Urdu, and I am trying to get them exposed to more content and culture of my native language. Any other movie suggestions?
posted by raheel at 7:48 PM - 7 answers

June 28

Christopher Street Liberation Parade, 1973

In 1973, I finished the Gay Pride Parade at Washington Square Park, dead center of the front banner for the parade. Please, anyone know where there are photos? I was 16 at the time! I've searched, without success.
posted by Goofyy at 12:45 PM - 5 answers

June 26

A question about pronouns

Hi folks, I'm a hetero male trying to be conscientious and I recently received a business email from someone that included the pronouns. This person had a traditionally gender ambiguous name, so it was helpful for me. I have some questions [more inside]
posted by askmehow at 5:26 AM - 28 answers

June 21

Help me learn about the Syrian culture through narrative books

I would like to learn more about Syrian culture as well as the Syrian war [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 6:19 PM - 5 answers

How do people identify themselves in countries without ID cards?

I am from a country (UK) in which people don't get issued ID cards. People from countries that do have ID cards are often shocked by this and ask me how people identify themselves, and to be honest I don't really know... [more inside]
posted by iamsuper at 1:07 PM - 27 answers

June 17

How did they do washing stuff in old Japan?

Clothes and food stuff, specifically. [more inside]
posted by KChasm at 9:13 PM - 5 answers

Mask MetaFilter

In plays set in Restoration England, I sometimes read of people, particularly women, going about masked. But not at masquerade balls — just out on the town. Was this a common thing? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:17 PM - 4 answers

June 11

help me realize (the name of this video)

so i used to have this video file. i used it for test footage all the time. it was something like 45 minutes long maybe? here's what i remember: it was some kind of older documentary about indigenous/aboriginal people in a celebration of some sort. i believe it may have been a famous or important sort of file. perhaps because this special celebration they were having... maybe it have never been filmed before or something? And i recall them all wearing the same kind/color of red-orange (maybe) cloth. they start out kind of sitting in a circle outside, lots of trees around. eventually they are up and dancing and singing. i really wish i remembered more. [more inside]
posted by chasles at 6:28 PM - 2 answers

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