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Lessons that stuck with you

What is one concept or mental model you learned in law school, grad school, business school, trade school, in a MOOC, etc., that blew your mind, stuck with you, and became a regular or essential part of your "cognitive toolkit"? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty to Education at 12:56 PM on Jan 2, 2017 - 85 answers [240 favorites]

My whole life could be different!

What do you wish you had started doing sooner? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy to Grab Bag at 11:41 AM on Jan 4, 2017 - 110 answers [217 favorites]

Fiction that changes (daily) lives?

What are some fiction books you've read that changed your outlook on daily life after you finished them? I'm thinking of books that have the potential to make daily life seem more interesting and adventurous, or to give a new perspective on the seemingly mundane. Maybe they cause you to adopt a new persona, or envision yourself as a character involved in some sort of intrigue. Non-fiction will be considered, but I'm not looking for self-help books so much as inspiration to see things in a more exciting light.
posted by iamisaid to Media & Arts at 3:54 PM on Mar 16, 2017 - 51 answers [204 favorites]

Semi-homemade healthy

I really don't like to cook. My ideal meal involves pulling bags out of the freezer and pantry, dumping a scoop from each into a bowl, and nuking. For example, microwaved frozen wild rice + Indian Fare eggplant sauce + precut kale + local frozen meatballs is a tasty dish that takes less than 20 seconds to prep. Can you help me brainstorm some meals that are HEALTHY and made up basically entirely of frozen/packaged meats, carbs, veg and sauces? I have access to a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and regular grocery store.
posted by pintapicasso to Food & Drink at 3:35 PM on Jan 17, 2017 - 38 answers [184 favorites]

What companies make good quality stuff without exploiting people?

I love my Darn Tough socks, what else is out there that is made by happy workers and is of excellent quality? (not just clothes) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba to Grab Bag at 9:09 AM on Jan 27, 2017 - 31 answers [169 favorites]

Experiences similar to total eclipse

What other experiences could I seek out that are on par with the wonder of seeing a total solar eclipse? [more inside]
posted by GoldenEel to Travel & Transportation at 1:41 PM on Aug 22, 2017 - 63 answers [158 favorites]

One thing to make a better life?

I recently gave up alcohol, and WOW do I feel better. I was not even a heavy drinker, but I just have more energy and feel more positive during the day. I'm looking for other small things that I could do that could make things even better. What one thing have you done to make a change in your life that has made the largest impact on your quality of life?
posted by Toddles to Health at 7:37 AM on Apr 8, 2017 - 57 answers [157 favorites]

Which moderately expensive thing has most radically improved your life?

Assuming a cap of about $1000, what object/device/service/experience has made the most profound positive difference in your life? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Shopping at 6:43 AM on Jan 11, 2017 - 107 answers [146 favorites]

What is your favorite dish from your country?

I’d like to try food of the world, and I’d like to make it myself. Please give me recipes for the favorite food from your country. Preferably something I can make without having to order ingredients online, or burying a fish for six months; but I’m open to that as well if the dish is worth it. Main courses preferred, but again I am open for anything, and I do not mind several suggestions from the same country. Thanks!
posted by Agent X9 to Food & Drink at 12:18 PM on Sep 29, 2017 - 56 answers [144 favorites]

In need of a book to be obsessed with

It's another book recommendation question! MeFi, I need a book that is completely engrossing; something to fall in love with, something I can't put down, something that makes my heart feel like it's expanding not un-painfully. Notable reads that scratched this itch for me in the past include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop), Freedom (Franzen) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Help! [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes to Media & Arts at 1:47 PM on Apr 14, 2017 - 65 answers [138 favorites]

Feel-good movies that are also good?

Recently there was a thread on Metafilter about A League of Their Own, and I re-watched it and realized it hits the perfect tone of being feel-good, but also good quality. I'm looking for other movies like this! [more inside]
posted by bearette to Media & Arts at 5:27 PM on Jul 10, 2017 - 79 answers [133 favorites]

Help me diversify my lunch salads...

For medical reasons, I've been told to do a slow gradual but long term weight loss plan. One of my key changes is my lunches, instead of indulging in our cafeteria's pizza of the day, I'm now packing a salad from home. Help me come up with five component parts to top my romaine, and keep me interested long term. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy to Food & Drink at 8:35 AM on Feb 28, 2017 - 45 answers [130 favorites]

What is worth paying a *little* more for?

The other day I bought a bottle of bleach at the market. Normally for this kind of item I'd look for the cheapest generic version. However, the Clorox brand has a no-splash pour spout that works well, and for that my clumsy butt is willing to pay an extra 70-80¢. We've had questions about worthwhile splurges on the higher end. What are some practical* examples of features that are a relatively cheap upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A to Grab Bag at 8:20 AM on Sep 1, 2017 - 118 answers [127 favorites]

What product(s) changed your life?

I'm interested in products that will help make my life easier. Hit me! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 to Grab Bag at 8:45 AM on Jun 28, 2017 - 61 answers [123 favorites]

One Perfectionist with an Instant Pot

What are your best Instant Pot recipes for an anxious, depressed, perfectionist, one-person household? [more inside]
posted by yueliang to Food & Drink at 11:25 AM on Dec 1, 2016 - 28 answers [121 favorites]

Hike Around the World

I'm looking for recommendations of multi-day hikes, ideally with places to sleep each night. [more inside]
posted by monologish to Travel & Transportation at 2:51 PM on Jan 18, 2017 - 37 answers [116 favorites]

What is the Snowcrash of today?

What is the Snowcrash of today? In my youth, the novel Snowcrash was quite a phenomenon: it was a fun, exciting read, with crazy ideas, and you didn't have to be into sci fi to enjoy it. People who were into literary fiction, or who didn't even normally read books, had read it. What book holds a similar sort of place nowadays? It doesn't have to be sci fi.
posted by surenoproblem to Media & Arts at 1:34 AM on Nov 7, 2017 - 45 answers [116 favorites]

Women's clothes made to last

Two years ago I pared down my wardrobe to two tees, two long sleeved tees, one blouse, two jeans, leggings, a sweater, a funeral/wedding dress and work clothes. I love it but my ten-year-old j. crew stuff is finally disintegrating. I need new clothes but I want something built to last. I am willing to pay a little more for a quality item, but the brands I once thought built-to-last (J crew, Gap, Banana Republic, even LL Bean) are kind of shitty. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:45 PM on Aug 27, 2017 - 23 answers [115 favorites]

Best advice from an old fogy

What's the best advice you ever received from someone who you thought was really being a "stick in the mud" or an "old fogy" when they gave the advice, but later you realized - they were totally right! [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Grab Bag at 10:21 PM on Apr 15, 2017 - 54 answers [114 favorites]

How can I up my hair game while still remaining extremely lazy?

I'm tired of wearing my long, straight hair down, in a messy bun, or in a ponytail. I still don't want to spend a lot of time. What should I try? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:55 AM on Dec 27, 2016 - 15 answers [112 favorites]

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