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July 29

Seeking Optimism for the End of the World

Between the COVID pandemic, climate change, and general global tension, it’s gotten harder to remain optimistic for the future. Humanity has overcome other challenges before, but this feels like *a lot*. I’m in my early twenties – How do you stay optimistic in the face of so much adversity? [more inside]
posted by NewShoo at 5:36 PM - 7 answers

July 28

What platform to use for asynchronous book club?

I'd like to start a book club where I work but do it in an asynchronous way. I'm imagining a very visually appealing and easy to use page/website/forum/whatever you want to call it where there would be an option for people to add new books as desired and people to post comments/discussions as desired. We have about 700 employees so I'd like them to be able to post a variety of books (with moderation in place, of course) they are reading, with discussion bits, etc. and have people respond. Each book should have one "thread" that people can participate in. and show something about the most recent comment(s) and who posted them. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 9:00 AM - 7 answers

July 21

Amateur anthropology?

I'm interested in studying and understanding a particular community as an outsider. I understand that this is what anthropologists do. What resources would you recommend for someone who is planning to do anthropological work, but doesn't have any formal training? [more inside]
posted by wesleyac at 2:24 PM - 10 answers

July 19

What should I do with this racist artifact?

I have an old cast iron bank with some moveable parts that is, well, racist. What is the right thing to do with it? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 11:51 AM - 17 answers

July 17

Covid vaccination status of prominent covid vax conspiracy theorists?

A lot of people are loudly decrying the covid vaccine as a conspiracy or otherwise bad. Is there any info (preferably reliable) on whether or not they are vaccinated? I’ve seen many articles about these people & what they are saying, but no mention of their vaccination status.
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 8:14 AM - 6 answers

July 16

Can someone give me some last minute advice about Canada?

So, I'm almost in Canada. I'm leaving on August 8th, I'm headed to Kingston, ON. This has been a long time in the making, probably been planning this move since 2018. I got into grad school in CS last year and well, here I am. [more inside]
posted by Tarsonis10 at 7:00 AM - 24 answers

July 15

Articles about software developers having "Aha!" moments?

In 2014 I read an article about a software dev who posited that devs don't simply solve problems, rather, they have insights and breakthroughs. They recommended reading Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which they said helped them with software development (maybe graphic design?). [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 3:02 PM - 4 answers

How widespread are shortages in groceries in the UK?

I saw an English journalist tweet about nearly empty grocery store shelves in the UK, and went looking for more news about it, and found this BBC report about its causes, as well as some news reports about industry worries. But I haven't found any reporting online about how widespread the problem is. I asked my sister who lives in London, and her local shop has been stocked as normal, except for certain fruits. Is this only a problem in some parts of the country, or is this a nationwide problem?
posted by Kattullus at 10:55 AM - 13 answers

July 14

How do you vent/gush about exciting info privately?

Asking for a friend. Periodically they receive BIG and mind-blowing news. This news has to be kept secret from specific family. They have tried journaling to keep a lid on the excitement, but they still end up oversharing later and this causes them trouble. Family in this case can't be avoided for now. Are there methods that work better than journaling? Are there fairly anonymous services you can call to share about things? Thanks for any tips.
posted by circular at 4:47 PM - 15 answers

A question for the sociologists out there

How compatible are sociology and psychology? Or put another way, does sociology dismiss psychology? Or is there room for and interest in the psychological? [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 9:43 AM - 6 answers

July 12

Online communities oriented around sexy stuff but...still communities?

I'm looking for online communities (forums, discord, anything really) where people sort of engage in/share sexual energy, but are still organized as communities where people aren't just like, anonymously sharing porn all the time. Snowflake details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:07 PM - 7 answers

Public Radio Mention of Study of the Eroticism of Railroad Damsels

I'm trying to find audio of a public radio conversation in the last ten years in which a host talked about the unintentionally erotic nature of binding women to railroad tracks in classic Hollywood movies and TV shows.
posted by ABlanca at 11:21 AM - 2 answers

Would you repurpose this wedding band?

I'm getting married in the later half of the year and need a wedding band (men's) for myself. I have what appears to be a wedding band that was with my late father's possessions, but it doesn't appear to have been his. More inside. [more inside]
posted by jzb at 8:27 AM - 22 answers

July 9

Newsletters about fun things to do in the Bay Area

Hi! With summer upon us and things reopening, I'm interested in email newsletters about fun things to do in the Bay Area—restaurants, museums, outdoor film screenings, concerts, random free events, you name it. Have any favorites? I'd be grateful for any ideas. Thanks!
posted by DavidNYC at 8:41 AM - 6 answers

July 5

What are some of your favourite Historians or History Books?

I am trying to learn more about all kinds of History and to find more on Historians and books/academic papers. What are some of your favourite Historians from the past or present? Or favourite History books as well? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 4:44 PM - 16 answers

Flag burning etiquette

I think I'm probably fine, but I'd like to appease my paranoia and curiousity nonetheless: Should I be concerned immigration-wise about the situation described below? Also, on a scale of one to ten, was this normal? [more inside]
posted by ectopus at 12:11 AM - 19 answers

July 1

Where should I move to? Australian edition.

We are contemplating a move to Adelaide, SA from Melbourne, Vic, with our two kids. Are there are any mefi locals who can help us choose a spot? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 1:14 AM - 3 answers

June 26

Transform your life! Achievably!

I am feeling the urge to transform my life. However, I am still living home-bound pandemic life and feel like I’m lacking momentum/opportunity/capacity for measurable change. I would love to hear stories about small changes that snowballed into bigger, sustainable, long-term life changes. Interested in anything from health/fitness, home improvement, life-long learning, volunteering/career, to things I haven’t even considered before. Bonus points if you were parenting young children or caregiving for others at the time. [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 9:12 AM - 13 answers

June 24

What is living in NYC like, relative to other East Coast cities?

I'm interested in possibly living in New York City in the future, which is something I've always wanted to do. I've lived in very dense walkable parts of Philadelphia and Boston and loved it, and am trying to get a sense of how NYC would compare, both in terms of the experience and the cost. [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 10:50 AM - 27 answers

June 17

Seeking parenting advice from people who grew up fat

My husband and I are fairly thin. Our 7 year old daughter is currently fat. We very much do not give a shit about her weight. This is NOT a question about weight loss or health. We are aware that her weight may change but for *reasons* we think that is unlikely. She is strong and curious and awesome and seemingly without hangups about her body. But we expect this to get more complicated as she gets older and we want to have her back. I'd love to hear from people who grew up fat about what their parents did that was helpful and good and what their parents did that was...not so good as well as any advice you might have for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM - 57 answers

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