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March 20

whither the dad group

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]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns at 10:43 AM - 3 answers

March 19

Do they have trolly-cart-tokens in Japan?

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]
posted by J.R. Hartley at 11:48 PM - 3 answers

I would like to learn about this wall hanging from South Asia.

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]
posted by witchen at 6:03 PM - 2 answers

March 15

Cons of abortion counter-protesting

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]
posted by Hactar at 6:23 PM - 4 answers

March 14

I'm terrified of the answers

How do I use a multiple-occupancy bathroom while wearing a jacket which I need to remove to use the toilet? [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns at 10:35 AM - 39 answers

March 12

group blog advice, also, "name my group blog"

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]
posted by twoplussix at 10:04 AM - 4 answers

March 11

anthropological reading for my wedding

We are looking for an anthropological reading about marriage as a rite of passage and/or as a contract with community. [more inside]
posted by unstrungharp at 7:04 AM - 5 answers

What will become of the Five College Area?

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]
posted by Other at 4:23 AM - 14 answers

Other examples of phenomena like the Unicode Ghost Characters?

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]
posted by Telf at 4:19 AM - 7 answers

March 7

This is the kind of tax I WANT to be paying.

Are there any local tribes in Portland, Oregon doing a land tax like the Shuumi Land Tax?
posted by aniola at 6:46 PM - 1 answers

notable conversations on the record

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]
posted by icosahedron at 6:04 AM - 19 answers

March 6

Strategies to not Judge Rich People

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]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:12 AM - 43 answers

March 4

"I'll carry your books, I'll carry a torch, I'll carry a tune..."

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.
posted by praemunire at 10:44 AM - 18 answers

March 3

What is the first reference to gay marriage in U.S. history?

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?
posted by matkline at 9:38 AM - 1 answers

February 26

The dreaded mother-son dance

Please hope us pick a good song for the mother-son dance. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 5:12 PM - 30 answers

What do contemporary scholars think of Joseph Campbell?

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]
posted by FencingGal at 8:13 AM - 16 answers

Help me remember the name of this donation scheme

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]
posted by edmz at 7:35 AM - 8 answers

February 25

What archive would like my zine collection?

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]
posted by ardgedee at 3:19 PM - 16 answers

Easy Russian songs for English speakers

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]
posted by danceswithlight at 12:22 PM - 9 answers

a Mad Men watchalong podcast

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.
posted by 4th number at 5:59 AM - 1 answers

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