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January 2

Looking for more kind TV

2020 has ruined my ability to enjoy TV that is anything other than gentle and kind. I’ve watched all the great British baking show that Netflix has to offer, same with Queer Eye and Schitt’s Creek. I’m looking for more shows in the same vein - ones that leave me with a smile on my face after watching. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass at 6:45 AM - 59 answers

What does 201/3 mean in a lettering stencil?

A Standardgraph technical lettering stencil that used to belong to my dad is designated as 201/3. (Image here). I'm pretty sure the 3 is for 3mm. What does the 201 mean?
posted by bardophile at 4:35 AM - 2 answers

January 1

Bump in Mormon Curiosity?

I'm wondering if there are any statistics on whether or not the "Book of Mormon" musical resulted in any new or renewed interest in Mormonism. I've heard from several people who said they heard that Mormons were gently discouraged from seeing the show. But I can't believe many didn't go to check it out. Reading interviews with Trey Parker, he said many Mormons came up to him and essentially told him he "nailed" it. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 10:28 AM - 9 answers

What's a good dramatic scene to recreate with pipe cleaners?

My Girl Scout troop is doing a craft-along via video call for our next meeting. Each of the Girl Scouts will have as bag of random craft supplies on-hand; I'll pop the photo up on our call, and then they'll have an hour or so to recreate it. It's for fun and not a serious competition or anything; we did a similar meeting with cake decorating. What's a good image for them to recreate? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:39 AM - 18 answers

Songs that scratch the same itch as "Don't Pay The Ferryman" & others

2020最新亚洲中文字幕在线2020最新亚洲中文字幕在线,成版人快孤app短视频下载成版人快孤app短视频下载,欧美成人免费视频大屁股系列欧美成人免费视频大屁股系列Looking for songs that scratch the same itch as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" & "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" by Blue Oyster Cult, "Don't Pay The Ferryman" by Chris de Burgh, "Space Oddity" by David Bowie, and "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling. [more inside]
posted by jzb at 8:23 AM - 34 answers

Why does my svg file look different in different apps?

I am trying to cut a file with my Cricut Maker but the svg I created doesn’t look right. [more inside]
posted by Biblio at 8:04 AM - 9 answers

December 31, 2020

CIA Cockroaches

Which magazine had the CIA's remote controlled roach on the cover? [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 6:22 AM - 0 answers

December 30, 2020

Where to find a piece of music from a 1945 film

Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck has a sweet scene with dishy Dennis Morgan singing "The Wish That I Wish Tonight" and I want it! [more inside]
posted by henry scobie at 3:23 PM - 2 answers

Full featured podcast player?

What's your favorite podcast catcher/player for the iphone? I've been using Downcast, which is OK, but I'd like a player with more playlist functionality -- I'd like to be able to make a playlist from episodes of different podcasts and shuffle it, for example.
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 2:32 PM - 10 answers

December 29, 2020

Best Netflix-only, streaming now, intelligent charming movies?

I usually watch stuff on DVD, but right now I'm doing a single month of Netflix streaming so I can watch things that are ONLY available that way. What intelligent, charming - or just great - movies should I watch? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 5:00 PM - 37 answers

Book Recommendations—Romantic Suspense/Thriller Edition

I’m looking for a romance genre book that is heavily weighted towards suspense/thriller. This is for a book talk video series I participate in at my library. I really enjoy a good domestic thriller, but hardly ever read books in the romance genre. Yes, I know there are lots of lists out there, but I’m looking for personal recommendations! Bonus points if it’s not by a super well known author, and I’d prefer a contemporary setting. All levels of steaminess are fine! Any ideas? Thanks in advance, fellow readers!
posted by bookmammal at 8:42 AM - 8 answers

Seeking Book Recommendations

I'm looking for some book recommendations. I tend to enjoy fiction with rich character development and emotional depth (aka I end up reading a lot of sad books, though that's not a requirement). [more inside]
posted by wanderso at 8:15 AM - 13 answers 2020最新亚洲中文字幕在线2020最新亚洲中文字幕在线,成版人快孤app短视频下载成版人快孤app短视频下载,欧美成人免费视频大屁股系列欧美成人免费视频大屁股系列

Please help me get into video games

Hi! I would like to give (video) gaming a whirl and see if it is for me. I know nothing, except that I loathe playing games on my laptop and feel strongly that I would need a console. I think this is because you can kinda get more physically into it? (Does this not bode well?) Anyway, please help me decide how to get a broad sampler platter of good/popular games on a console without spending all my money (just some of it). [more inside]
posted by schadenfrau at 7:37 AM - 19 answers

Looking for an ideal carrying case for art supplies

Got my son a bunch of new art supplies, neglected to get him something to hold them all in. What do y'all recommend? Some specifics within --> [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 6:25 AM - 5 answers

December 27, 2020

Movies like Shakespeare Behind Bars

What are some documentaries about prisoners involved in artistic programs—like Shakespeare Behind Bars—that are available for streaming? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 3:38 PM - 4 answers

The View from Tuesday

What are your favorite books like Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, but in the sense of "Characters who are all whacky and interesting to hang out with." Like E.L. Konigsburg books but for adults. Tuesday Mooney has characters with funky interests and a lot of different ages, which is what I’m looking for. I think I’m mostly looking for realistic fiction, mystery fiction or I suppose romance fiction for adults but really I want characters who are funky and interesting.
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Examples of songs that are "dissonant" between music and subject?

Songs that are musically pretty/poignant while addressing obscure or unorthodox subjects are super interesting to me. Examples I was thinking about recently were a couple of songs by Sufjan Stevens ("Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois" and "John Wayne Gacy Jr."), and "Golden Brown" by The Stranglers (simultaneously about a love interest, and heroin). Do you have any other suggestions I could check out?
posted by jackrational at 6:44 AM - 53 answers

December 26, 2020

A Nikki Haley Take Down for Someone Too Tired to Write Her Own

I have a friend who, despite priding herself on her incisive critical thinking abilities, admires Nikki Haley (and Margaret Thatcher and Conrad Black, and... but I need to work one conservative mystique at a time). I'm thinking that there must be a well-written and solidly researched profile/article out there that comprehensively debunks Haley's image, though I haven't found it. Can anyone point me to such an article? Bonus gratitude points if the article includes a mention of the time Haley called Jared Kushner a "hidden genius that no one understands".
posted by orange swan at 3:47 PM - 4 answers

How do on-demand commercials work?

During the holiday weekend, my wife and I watched One Night Only: The Best of Broadway via On Demand on Verizon. It originally aired December 10. Every single commercial was "The More You Know," a type of PSA with NBC talent. It got annoying after a while, but I couldn't believe no company was paying to advertise to us. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 2:36 PM - 4 answers

Interrogating the archive

Lately I've come into possession of the massive personal audio archive of a deceased underground music figure from decades ago. As I've been making my way through it, it's got me thinking about how and why we archive -- and I'm thinking specifically about folks who are creating a body of work, not just the collecting of unrelated personal effects by your average person over a lifetime. It feels like something that's been discussed a lot in the literary and art worlds, but I just don't have anything to hand. (I should specify that I'm looking for philosophical essays, books, etc., on the subject - writers who have tackled the impulses behind such archives, not just catalogues raisonné or descriptions of the archives themselves. This article is one way into the subject.)
posted by mykescipark at 9:21 AM - 6 answers

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