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January 19

Family-friendly neighborhoods in Chicago proper

Our family may be relocating from NYC to Chicago (the city, not the suburbs). We are city folk and parents of a toddler, so we'd like to research neighborhoods that have decent public schools, parks and playgrounds, proximity to the trains, diversity, and other fun stuff to do. Are we asking for a pony or a unicorn? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 11:34 AM - 14 answers

Need manly themes and ideas for an industrial real estate broker event.

Hi All, I work in industrial real estate: we basically build and lease warehouses, distribution centers, and the like, but I am on the marketing side. I'm looking for really fun, creative ideas for a broker event we are planning to host this March. The purpose of the event will be to promote a large warehouse / distribution center we have for lease that is currently vacant. Audience-wise, the typical industrial real estate broker is - you guessed it - male, so we typically go with more manly type themes, which can be really fun! [more inside]
posted by LPTeb at 10:45 AM - 10 answers

When you say "keep a Jewish home," what does that mean?

I recently said in the context of conversion that it was important to me to "keep a Jewish home" but then when I was pressed for what that meant, I realized that there was not one universal definition even though it seemed very obvious and self-evident in my head. I'm interested in hearing yours. If you "keep a Jewish home," what does that mean to you? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 6:40 AM - 19 answers

January 18

More choral issues, this time about cultural appropriation

Back to questions about my chorus. This time we're performing a work I'm pretty uncomfortable with for reasons I'll state below. Short version: it's about the Underground Railroad and we're pretty much all white. [more inside]
posted by holborne at 2:54 PM - 24 answers

January 17

Podcasts to sleep to

I need 20-30 minutes of fairly boring content I can listen to, followed by another half hour of additional content while I’m actually sleeping. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 8:58 PM - 43 answers

January 16

Was an anchor of roses significant in Canadian Victorian funerals?

I’ve just started reading L. M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon for the first time, which is set on Prince Edward Island in about 1890 or so but published in 1923. One detail caught my attention and it seemed significant, but I can’t tell why. Emily’s uncle brought a “great anchor of white roses” to place at the head of her father’s coffin. Was there a significance to it being in the shape of an anchor or was this a lyrical touch by the author? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 7:19 AM - 17 answers

January 15

church etiquette with a baby

I am a new churchgoer with an 8 month-old baby, and I would like some advice on church etiquette when you have a baby. [more inside]
posted by colfax at 2:21 PM - 26 answers

January 14

Have a good rest of the day! (picky language filter)

I hear "Have a good rest of the day" (/week/weekend) all the time now and it makes me nuts. "Enjoy the rest of your day" (which has essentially the same meaning) doesn't bother me nearly as much. "Have a good day" also doesn't bother me - it's the combination of "have a good" and the remaining part of the day that rubs me wrong. My questions: (1) Where did "Have a good rest of the [time period]" come from and (2) Why does "Enjoy the rest of your day" seem so much more reasonable to me?
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 4:30 AM - 21 answers

January 10

Should I complain about the newspaper carrier’s obnoxiously loud car?

Every morning around 4 AM, the new newspaper carrier drives down our street delivering to the handful of people who still get the paper. The car is beyond loud. I think it’s missing a muffler maybe. Anyway, whenever he accelerates it’s loud and the sound carries. It wakes me up, it wakes my husband up. I can hear the car drive around the entire subdivision. And it’s so loud that I can go my bathroom, turn on the exhaust fan and still hear it. [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 4:13 PM - 29 answers

January 8

"Hello? Hello?" -- Weirdest Telemarketing/Scam

So there's this number that calls me three or four times a week (usually before 9am) and leaves me voicemails saying just "Hello? ... Hello? ... Hello?" My phone flags the number as "Suspected Spam Caller" so I've never picked up, but what the hell is going on? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 6:27 AM - 13 answers

January 6

French Neofeminism

Neofeminism, specifically in France? Looking to understand it mostly in the context of how well I might mesh with self-identified neofeminists (in France, with English as our working language). Googling isn't getting me far: wikipedia entry feels oversimplified & ideas elsewhere feel contradictory (it's variously labeled as progressive, third-wave, sex-positive, essentialist, "lipstick feminism," and focused on 'femininity') and most importantly I feel the U.S. understanding may be different than the French one. Directly asking the folks in question is my best bet – I'm seeking insight/context and vocabulary to inform that asking.
posted by kalapierson at 9:05 AM - 3 answers

January 4

Write my protest sign, please!

Hello, pithy writers of AskMe. Please write my protest signs for the January 20th march. (I asked this question last year, but am looking for updated ideas.) [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:34 PM - 15 answers

January 3

Finding speakers for an historical conference

I'm part of a local history group which holds a yearly conference with around 6 speakers on a particular theme. I've been asked to look for speakers for the 2019 conference, and I'm wondering whether there is a route I'm missing in finding people. Is there any kind of register of researchers' interests? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 6:31 AM - 8 answers

January 2

Who originated/popularized the phrase "hot damn, that's my jam"?

I just realized I have no idea why we say "hot damn, that's my jam". All that comes up when I Google is Flo Rida and various novelty products/memes. There's no way the phrase "hot damn, that's my jam" originated in 2008. ...Is there? There can't be. Where is it from? Who did it first?
posted by capricorn at 5:49 PM - 8 answers

Tell me why the world needs feminism--seeking speeches, articles etc.

I need to write a kick-ass speech along the lines of "why the world needs feminism," and I'm looking for inspiration on a par with Hilary Clinton's famous Women's Rights are Human Rights speech. Please link me with your best sources of hard-hitting analysis, passionate argument, and great quotes. Mainstream English-language material is welcome but I would also like to find non-Western, LGBT and POC views.
posted by rpfields at 4:07 PM - 6 answers

where to begin: Brazilian history

I have the standard American liberal arts education. I have come to realize that it is pretty lacking in certain areas. I'd like to read more history, specifically of Brazil. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Shohobohaum Za at 10:26 AM - 5 answers

December 31, 2017

What's (the) one thing I can do to become a better man?

Both personal and societal changes have made me wonder - what can I do to become the best man I can be? [more inside]
posted by Desertshore at 3:56 PM - 15 answers

What racial justice organizations should I donate to?

I'm looking for effective, nonprofit racial justice organizations to donate to, along the lines of NAACP, SPLC, or the smaller organizations on this list of black-led racial justice organizations. Are there organizations on that list or otherwise that you particularly recommend?
posted by john hadron collider at 2:07 PM - 10 answers

December 30, 2017

Readings on consumerism and moral extremism

My wife and daughter are having a girls' night with my MIL and SIL tonight, so I find myself with time for some light, enjoyable reading. I was just reading the comments on the FPP about clean eating, and I'd like more of that. [more inside]
posted by kevinbelt at 8:51 AM - 4 answers

December 27, 2017

How many civil servants live in each Canadian federal electoral riding?

I've been trying to find the number of federal civil servants who live in each federal riding in Canada. I've scoured through StatsCan and Google and just can't find anything. But it seems to me that there MUST be numbers out there on this. Help?
posted by fso at 12:15 PM - 4 answers

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