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November 27

Where did I come across this story?

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]
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 2:24 PM - 0 answers

November 26

What poem includes a reference to the card game Push?

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?
posted by david1230 at 3:00 PM - 2 answers

November 24

Ancient Greek translation request | ἑλλογοοδβυε

What are the best ways to say "Goodbye X, Hello Y" in Ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by Glier's Goetta at 3:14 AM - 3 answers

November 23

Phonetic translationfilter - insults edition!

An older relative (in her 90s) would love to know the spelling/exact meaning of an insult used by *her* mother. [more inside]
posted by heyforfour at 11:15 AM - 7 answers

November 22

What app or service should I use for a personal genealogy blog?

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]
posted by rachaelfaith at 7:24 PM - 2 answers

November 21

Multiple Narrator Novels for the Precocious YA Reader

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]
posted by bfranklin at 9:45 AM - 9 answers

November 18

Books like Amy Snow by Tracy Rees

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]
posted by Eyelash at 8:02 PM - 8 answers

Evernote alternatives for heavy note-takers

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]
posted by BlueTongueLizard at 5:58 AM - 9 answers

November 17

Research on referring to others by fullname or part of name

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?
posted by brainwane at 6:14 AM - 10 answers

November 16

Reading Cursive and Geography - can anyone figure out where this is?

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!
posted by cazcazcaz at 12:28 PM - 5 answers

Time Critical

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?
posted by falsedmitri at 8:04 AM - 35 answers

November 14

Most Prestigious UK & non-North American Literary Magazines ?

Looking for the most prestigious publications in the UK and non-North America publishing prose and poetry [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 1:34 PM - 3 answers

November 12

Books about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor

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.
posted by Selena777 at 3:36 PM - 5 answers

LiveJournal and Diary-X Emigrees - Recommendation for 2022?

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]
posted by MollyRealized at 2:20 PM - 12 answers

November 10

Communication resources ?

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]
posted by pintapicasso at 6:25 AM - 12 answers

A nuance of the meaning . .

I'm studying English. 'Please imagine yourself.' and 'Please imagine to yourself.' Could you explain the difference between the two?
posted by mizukko at 6:23 AM - 19 answers

November 9

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posted by jacquilynne at 11:09 AM - 17 answers

Translate a short polish letter

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]
posted by SweetLiesOfBokonon at 12:18 AM - 4 answers

November 8

Book recommendations 2022

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
posted by queen anne's remorse at 9:07 PM - 17 answers

November 5

the Chinese in the Joy Luck Club

...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]
posted by ditto75 at 7:57 PM - 5 answers

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