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November 18, 2022
I lost a book. I’d like to find the title so I can read it again. I believe it was about using social science for activism / social movements / social good, like a prosocial version of “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.” I think it cited and explained studies. I read it within the last five years or so, and I think it was relatively new. I think it wasn’t very thick. Can you help me find the title?
Help me give myself the gift of freedom. What is something you used to do, that you thought was very important, that you stopped doing, and didn’t notice a difference? Or a smaller difference than you expected? [more inside]
November 17, 2022
I’m looking for well-informed, progressive, and non-western-centric perspectives on international issues. MeFi is one of the few places online where I see people saying things re: these issues that I agree with. Where are you getting your information from? Broadly looking for recommendations on regional/local news sources, people to follow on twitter/mastodon/substack/blogs/podcasts, etc. [more inside]
November 14, 2022
My partner is going to become a citizen of Canada this month. Yay! What are some Canada-themed presents or experiences I can give to him, to commemorate the occasion? [more inside]
November 13, 2022
I've been offered the chance to move to Warsaw for a couple of years on a fellowship. I need to find a new job because my current contract ends soon, and this fellowship pays well and I like my prospective boss. But I have reservations about living in Warsaw with no Polish, about the overall scientific environment and its effects on my future career, and about my experience in the culture at large and my ethical position as a bisexual woman who has trans friends. I'd be grateful for any relevant input from people living or working in Warsaw themselves. [more inside]
November 11, 2022
I am trying to find information on the CCC 3689th company from January through July 1940, in based in/working around Mt. Pleasant, Utah, probably Camp #SCS-5 -- what they worked on, records, narratives, whatever. Or places I could find those things. (I already have the national archives records of the individual, we're now trying to figure out what he did.) We know he worked as a surveyor/part of a survey crew. [more inside]
November 9, 2022
Please delete if this is chatfilter. I've been learning a lot recently about the damage gambling addiction does to people, and it's common among my peer group to argue for an end to sports betting, casinos, and loot boxes, etc. The same people are very unlikely to extend this thought to tighter controls on alcohol. Why? [more inside]
November 3, 2022
We are 1 of 6 families in my community of stay-at-home moms who want to support each other with childcare (we need days off!). We have occasionally helped each other out but we want to set up something more regular. Help me think through how to set this up for success. [more inside]
November 1, 2022
Do local Spanish-speaking residents actually call the capital of Mexico “CDMX”? If so, do they speak the letters out loud (“ce de eme equis”)? If not, what do locals call Mexico City colloquially? What terms do Spanish speakers who live in other parts of Mexico use? I’m asking because I thought DF (“de efe”) or just México was the norm, but I keep seeing CDMX and am curious how widespread it is. I see that the official designation is no longer DF, curious what people actually say 6 years later.
October 28, 2022
I’d like to read articles written by employees or subculture members about what their world is like. Could be a big company, could be a religion, or an unusual career, etc. Any great articles come to mind? (Articles, not books please, my attention span begs you)
The latest episode of Andor depicts the protagonist slaving away in a dystopian prison labor camp. Got me wondering: other than the brutal consequences for subpar performance, is the depicted experience any worse than that faced by employees of Amazon, Walmart, etc.? I have a cushy white collar job, so I cannot directly relate.
A friend's Halloween costume is the Wheel of Morality, as featured on Animaniacs. It's an interactive costume; the wheel can be spun, and a moral selected and read aloud. The morals featured in the cartoon, as listed in that link, include such gems as "Never ask what hot dogs are made of," "Do not back up. Severe tire damage," and "Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, but socially dead," as well as less evergreen ones like, "You can teach an old dog new tricks, but you can't teach Madonna to act." What are some other good morals to include? The target audience is drunk people.
There's a chance I may be moving to NE Ohio to be closer to family. I have midwestern roots, but I've become quite accustomed to a liberal Pacific NW life. Help me understand what I might be getting myself into, and show me the good in the area... [more inside]
For example: In San Francisco, USA, a gallon of gas is $5.50 and a seared tuna entree at an upscale restaurant is $35. In Medellin, Colombia, the respective prices are $2.00 and $7. Gas and tuna not local goods, there's a global market for them. Why are they cheaper in poorer countries? [more inside]
It can be biographical or non-fiction/talking about research, as long as it's about South or East Asian children or teens immigrating to a Western, individualist culture. [more inside]
October 27, 2022
I still occasionally see people wearing masks that don't cover their nose. I see this even with (otherwise) effective masks like [K]N85 style. When governments and businesses mandated masks, I could kinda see why someone would wear a mask like that as some sort of partial compliance/partial noncompliance notion - "I am following your rule, but I'm not going to inconvenience myself because of it". However, it's no longer the case anywhere I go that masks are required anymore - or even common. So why would someone, today, wear a mask in a useless way?
October 24, 2022
I have a number of co-workers from India and I know virtually nothing about the country. (I am from Canada.) Can anyone recommend a good starting point for learning more? My co-workers are from Bengaluru, if that helps. [more inside]
October 20, 2022
I'm trying to find a definitive article / book / blog on historic trends in retail/shopping floor space (per capita seems most meaningful) from 1100* to say 1995 (internet retail muddies waters too much). Have searched a lot but all I can say so far is that retail space is rising faster than population. *1100 onward makes most sense following from Keene 2018 The property market in English towns, A.D. 1 100-1600 [link is pdf @ persee.fr - a publisher] [more inside]
I read aloud semi-regularly for a children’s story time. Most kids present are 4-6, though ages range from under 2 on the young end to probably 8 or 9 on the older end. At the last session, the book ‘Rattletrap Car’ by Phyllis Root and Jill Barton was received really well - kids were engaged and ‘with’ the story, partly due to the large page size of my copy. Now I want more BIG BOOKS to share! What are other similar books I can add to my read-aloud line-up? Especially interested in books with BIG PAGES. [more inside]
October 19, 2022
Interesting, wholesome brief content for a 17 year old boy who's looking to improve his US-centric English skills? [more inside]