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Still MORE funny, charming, intelligent movies?

Please recommend well-written, funny, charming, gentle movies. [more inside]
posted by kristi to Media & Arts at 8:16 AM on May 6, 2015 - 87 answers [120 favorites]

Lazyweb: Greatest *consistent* scifi/fantasy series novels?

What are the best scifi and/or fantasy book series that are consistently great from novel to novel? For my purposes this would be a series of at least three books, and probably no more than... six? ish? (I might be cutting it short; this is a general estimate of about how long my interest tends to remain keen. Not a dealbreaker if a bit more). I'm looking for the sorts of books that really draw you into the fictional world and have a lot of character building, with few or no "weak links" from book to book. [more inside]
posted by taz to Media & Arts at 10:29 AM on May 9, 2015 - 44 answers [115 favorites]

What are the best activity books and coloring books for grown-ups?

Looking for anything fun, funny, beautiful, or creative. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:36 PM on Apr 27, 2015 - 15 answers [103 favorites]

Crime novels like The City and the City

I think China Mieville's The City and the City does a great job of taking a familiar detective/murder mystery premise and twisting in a very unfamiliar conceptual or sci-fi way. What are other books or short stories that do the same -- tell a familiar crime story but with a big genre/conceptual twist?
posted by lewedswiver to Media & Arts at 1:51 PM on May 11, 2015 - 32 answers [89 favorites]

Because COCKTAILS!!

My new favorite way to entertain is what we're affectionately calling cocktail club—a casual drop-in thing with a cocktail of the night and snacks. The cover charge is limes and lemons. Usually 4-6 people are present at any given time. We do it every week, sometimes a couple times a week, and it is the best. I need more ideas for cocktails, foods, and making it THE BEST EVER! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to Food & Drink at 9:22 AM on May 4, 2015 - 42 answers [87 favorites]

Calling all remote adventurers

Where do you travel to feel like you're the only travelers in a peaceful oasis? What I'd really love is an amazing sense of remoteness and quiet. [more inside]
posted by hotchocolate to Travel & Transportation at 3:33 PM on May 12, 2015 - 33 answers [84 favorites]

Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi for My Hurt Guy

I am looking for post-apocalyptic sci fi books for my husband. He is currently convalescing from a back injury, and when Husband is bored, Wife suffers. [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes to Media & Arts at 10:19 PM on May 17, 2015 - 54 answers [83 favorites]

Questions to ask when spending long hours with someone?

A friend and I travel together frequently. What are some interesting questions we can ask one another while we're hiking for hours on end? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Human Relations at 12:32 PM on May 16, 2015 - 20 answers [81 favorites]

How to fall asleep in a short period of time?

I've started a new job that requires me being awake CRAZY early. So it's more important than ever that I go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Challenge: My brain likes to keep me awake all night by never shutting off. Looking for tips on how to ease yourself into a restful sleep. [more inside]
posted by jbickers to Health at 3:58 PM on Apr 26, 2015 - 58 answers [77 favorites]

Occult Mystery

I've recently picked up The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammet. It blends a fairly standard hard boiled mystery novel plot with elements of the occult. I think this is something I'd like to read more of, although the occult aspect is most important, and the mystery can be of any sort (hardboiled or no). What are some other works that have an investigator taking on mysteries with occult elements (either real or imagined)? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla to Writing & Language at 1:42 PM on May 8, 2015 - 46 answers [75 favorites]

Novels that are re-tellings of other stories

I'm looking for novels that are re-tellings of other stories, such as Wicked for the Wizard of Oz or A Thousand Acres for King Lear. Can you name some? [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Society & Culture at 5:20 PM on May 17, 2015 - 52 answers [66 favorites]

Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted by nightrecordings to Grab Bag at 4:58 PM on May 20, 2015 - 38 answers [58 favorites]

Aging gracefully as a developer

I'm a web developer. I'm almost 40, and I'm starting to wonder how much longer I can expect to sling code in the trenches with the youngsters. I mean, I still have a number of years of relevance left in me—but it's hard to imagine that I'll remain competitive as a developer as I enter my 50s and 60s. I need to start thinking about the long game. So...what does the long game look like? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Work & Money at 5:56 PM on May 6, 2015 - 13 answers [56 favorites]

What else do I need to know my at home manicure?

So the current nail tech FPP on the blue, and my comment inside have me wondering what other tips and tricks there are for at home hand care. [more inside]
posted by bilabial to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:36 PM on May 7, 2015 - 24 answers [56 favorites]

Might As Well Face It, I'm Addicted To Gifs

My latest guilty pleasure is Tumblrs that use a crapton of silly, pop-culture-y gifs to give a humorous take on someone's job, like When You Work At A Museum or What Should We Call Stage Management. The problem is that those are the only two I know. Got any more recommendations?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Computers & Internet at 2:15 PM on Apr 24, 2015 - 31 answers [55 favorites]

Grill me: Weeknight Edition

What delicious things do you grill on a weeknight? We're getting bored (already!) with our rotation of chicken thighs, burgers and pork chops. We are willing to set up a morning marinade before leaving for work.
posted by sarajane to Food & Drink at 10:22 AM on May 6, 2015 - 42 answers [54 favorites]

When is a person missing?

It's 1:30 AM, well after my roommate typically comes home, and she's not here. I wouldn't typically worry, except she also hasn't come by to feed/walk her dog, which I've never known her to do. At what point do I do something and is there anything other than calling the police that I could do? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l to Grab Bag at 10:28 PM on May 19, 2015 - 36 answers [51 favorites]

Hack me twice, shame on me. Hack me once, ... crap.

I know that password managers (LastPass, etc) are Good Things™. I know that using the same password for multiple things is terrible. And yet I can't bring myself to let go of my current habits. Help me see reason here. [more inside]
posted by Dilligas to Technology at 1:45 PM on Apr 30, 2015 - 26 answers [50 favorites]

When you actually have time to cook, what do you cook?

I'm about to have a week off while in-between jobs and one thing I'd like to do with that time is make some amazing dinners for myself and my husband. I like cooking, but as my husband and I are both full time we usually stick to recipes that take 30 mins or less. But if you had, let's say, 4 hours to dedicate to dinner what would you make? Details within... [more inside]
posted by like_neon to Food & Drink at 9:29 AM on Apr 23, 2015 - 33 answers [49 favorites]

The Mathematics Of Time

So I have a few years to kill and I'd like to spend them fully understanding what physicists and mathematicians know about time. I'm not looking for any sort of summary, I want to understand the math from the bottom up. I once caught my father going through the Annus Mirabilis papers with a red pen; that's the sort of proficiency I have in mind. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies to Science & Nature at 5:57 PM on Apr 25, 2015 - 12 answers [48 favorites]

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