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What online or NYC dad groups exist that aren't just pits of barely-restrained of toxic straight male behavior or based entirely around drinking? Where are the "mom group" equivalents for dads that just foster discussion and support rather than Replying To Memes and Complaining About The Wife and so on? Where are the forums that you can't find easily by Googling? [more inside]
I will be doing a half-hour presentation about my organisation tomorrow at our "sister" organisations office. They are receiving guests from Japan who want to know more about how we work. I want to give them a small present. Questions on both the gift and the giving inside. [more inside]
Here it is (pushpins shown for scale). I’ve had it with me for years and years, but I’m about to hang it in our new house and it occurs to me that I have no idea where it’s from or what the significance of this imagery is, and that I should probably be a little more respectful of it and its provenance. [more inside]
I was reading this twitter thread that was linked to in the comments about the mansplaining poem and the author wrote that counter-protesting abortion clinic harassers does not work. Where can I find more to read about this? [more inside]
How do I use a multiple-occupancy bathroom while wearing a jacket which I need to remove to use the toilet? [more inside]
For some 20 years I've been organizing various events, usually working with volunteers on a tiny activist-sized budget, and this brings up a very interesting interplay of motivations, traps, fallacies, euphoric successes and heartbreaking failures. I'd like to write about it. In the past it's been activism. Lately it's been interactive art, of the "weird San Francisco" variety. I have collaborators in the latest effort and I'd like to do a group blog. Looking for suggestions on how to structure that blog (and what to name it) [more inside]
We are looking for an anthropological reading about marriage as a rite of passage and/or as a contract with community. [more inside]
We're looking to move to the Five College Area in Massachusetts, where we hope to live for decades. Should we worry that declining student enrollments will make it a ghost town? Are there ex-college towns that are relevant bellwethers? How does this concern rank against other anticipated population shifts? [more inside]
I was just introduced to the story about the Japanese ghost characters that snuck into Unicode and will be embedded in it forever. The story was also posted on the blue in 2018. [more inside]
Are there any local tribes in Portland, Oregon doing a land tax like the Shuumi Land Tax?
What are some live conversations that are notable for their dramatic, political, historical, cultural, technical, or personal significance whose audio is freely available? [more inside]
I judge (rich) people all the time that I don't know, will not interact with and it's affecting my experience living in a very nice area. How do you get around being annoyed unnecessarily by random people? [more inside]
When I took a Japanese history course these many ages ago, one of the things I learned is that Japanese pronunciation is blessedly simple compared to English. So...what's up with "karaoke?" Shouldn't it be "kah-rah-oh-kay?" How did it become "carry-oh-key," which doesn't even seem like the first choice for English speakers trying to decipher the word? What's the linguistic/phonetic basis here? I can't think of any similar loan words from Japanese.
I saw this article about a poem Abraham Lincoln wrote. The article claims that it contains the first known reference to gay marriage in American history. Is there any truth to this claim? Does anyone know of any earlier references?
Please hope us pick a good song for the mother-son dance. [more inside]
I ended up watching a documentary on Joseph Campbell, and while I thought it was pretty dopey, he seemed potentially interesting. I started reading Pathways to Bliss (the most easily available book of his at my library), and I feel kind of . . . dissatisfied. It seems very meandering and I didn't feel sure I could trust what he was saying. I know it's a series of lectures rather than a book, but the lectures themselves seem meandering as well. I'd love to hear from people who are more in touch with current scholarship on myth. [more inside]
Years ago (5+) I remember reading about a group of friends that pledged a monthly amount of money. And then each month they gave that money to a person (artist, musician, activist, whatever) for them to do as they pleased. [more inside]
Where could I donate about a half-dozen legal boxes worth of zines, fanzines, self-published comics, underground newspapers and so on? These are primarily from the early 80s through mid-90s, but there are a few items dating back earlier. I know there are institutional archives compiling these, but I don't have any leads on who would be interested and I'm also feeling daunted by the task of shipping the stuff. [more inside]
My small, informal folk singing group sometimes does songs in non-English languages. As a native Russian speaker, I'd like to teach them a simple Russian song. The question is, does one exist that is simple enough? [more inside]
I'm watching Mad Men, mostly for the second time. I like listening to a podcast after I watch an episode of a thing. What's a good one-episode-per-episode podcast for Mad Men? Either contemporaneous or after-the-fact is fine. More film-crit-y and literary is better.