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Looking for the origin of a supposedly true story I either read or saw (I think it was a book, but maybe a TED-type talk / a movie I have otherwise forgotten), although it could also be an urban myth, I guess. It goes something like this: [more inside]
I recall a poem, possibly by Stephen Dunn that references playing the card game Push with a friend. I think the friend may have been dying, and had stopped over and they played the game. What poem am I thinking of?
What are the best ways to say "Goodbye X, Hello Y" in Ancient Greek? [more inside]
An older relative (in her 90s) would love to know the spelling/exact meaning of an insult used by *her* mother. [more inside]
I've been doing genealogical research on my very complicated family for a long time. So many people have said, "wow, that's a crazy story, you should write a book/start a blog/etc". I've procrastinated mostly because I don't know what to use to write and share my stories. [more inside]
I have a precocious 5th grader who is finishing up Crichton's Jurassic Park. I'd like to find him some good reads with multiple narrators. Recommendations? [more inside]
I saw this book recommended on Metafilter several years ago, but I haven't been able to find the post. Turns out, it's my favorite book of all time and I want to read more like it! [more inside]
I'm currently a heavy Evernote user and want to look at alternatives. We've had some good threads on notetaking/note management apps in the past, especially these threads from 2018: Notetaking app and Best note-taking app for serious note-takers? Since then, a couple of new products have entered the personal knowledge management market, like Roam, Obisidian, and maybe Notion. Details after the jump. [more inside]
Sometimes in conversation, people tend to refer to other people (not in the conversation) by full name, every time. Like saying "Ted Danson" several times instead of switching to "Ted" or "Danson". But sometimes we don't, e.g., "Biden". Is there research about patterns in who does this, which names get truncated vs. not, etc.? I have intuitions but would want to double-check. Would this be a linguistics thing, maybe interdisciplinary with sociology?
I'm doing ancestry research, and I'm trying to figure out where an ancestor is from. This person was born in 1901 - in then Russia. My genealogy records where she is from what is now Poland or Lithuania. However, I can't read the handwriting or figure out where she is from. Her Mother is from Białystok, Poland and her father is from "Volnynia" - which from my research seems like a huge regon, now spread across Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. The document I have is a US Naturalization form from 1924. It says on it she is from: "Yas*****orska, Russia" (perhaps "Yassorrorska, Russia"?), but I'm not great a reading messy cursive. By the way this was written down in the US state of Georgia. I've attached the handwriting here but I'm not at all sure what it means. Anyone have any thoughts on where this might mean she is from? Thanks so much!
Writing a thing ... I'm looking for a profession in which time is critical. A watch repair person is my first idea, but that is somewhat antiquated. And I'm looking for something more than timekeeping, 9-5, sort of thing. What do you know?
Looking for the most prestigious publications in the UK and non-North America publishing prose and poetry [more inside]
A bit of an embarrassing ask. I apparently have a morbid interest in the indulgent and largely shiftless lifestyle of the "royal we" - the Duke and Duchess of Windsor post-abdication. I just read 'The Traitor King' and 'Wallis In Love' and am looking for more information, specifically regarding what they actually did all day and how.
In earlier years, you were the type of person that would have joined LiveJournal. You might have had an account on Diary-X. Nowadays, you blog on ... _______________? [more inside]
At my work I need to communicate with people who are a. new to the US b. do not speak english c. do not read or write in their native languages. I need help getting them the information they need. [more inside]
I'm studying English. 'Please imagine yourself.' and 'Please imagine to yourself.' Could you explain the difference between the two?
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I am waiting for a delievery that is currently held up at the polish-belarussian border. It is on a train and I got a note from customs, but as it is in polish I have no idea what it says. I tried to google translate it but it is not clear to me. Can you have a quick look and tell me the gist of it? Text below the fold. [more inside]
It's (going to be) that time of year again, where I find gifts for people who already have everything. Recommend me some good nonfiction books from this year or last (but not too good, or they'd already own them). *or something else I can give them; clever solutions welcome
...ie, the Chinese language words / expressions in the Joy Luck Club (the novel). Can someone help me figure out what some of these might be if written in characters? Simplified or traditional, it's all good. [more inside]