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Ted Talks

People always talk a lot of shit about Ted Talks, but there must be some that are fantastic. What are they? What are the Ted Talks that are outstanding?
posted by josher71 to Education at 4:18 PM on Mar 15, 2015 - 32 answers [224 favorites]

Recommend me some intellectually stimulating podcasts?

I know all the common podcasts, this american life, the stuff you should know, radiolab, planet money, freakonomics, the story, ted talks, moth podcast, invisibalia, serial, le show. Give me more! (I've looked through old posts, but some are outdated, and I already have all the top picks) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow to Computers & Internet at 12:35 AM on Mar 14, 2015 - 38 answers [132 favorites]

I'm tired of listening to angry men, I want to listen to angry women

I'm in a musical rut and I'd like to listen to more female-fronted "angry" music. Like Sleater-Kinney, but angrier. Like Hole, but still around. Is there a lesbian version of Trent Reznor? Bonus points for LGBTQ bands and bands that are still performing together. [more inside]
posted by blueskiesinside to Media & Arts at 5:45 PM on Mar 3, 2015 - 66 answers [114 favorites]

Find me some neat tactile toys for adults

I'm looking for more 'toy' items for my home- pleasingly tactile, not messy, not obviously kidlike (no fluorescent plastic). Something that can be picked up, fiddled with, and is aesthetically attractive enough to display on my coffee table. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith to Shopping at 7:12 AM on Mar 9, 2015 - 28 answers [98 favorites]

Good body weight exercises that need minimal/no equipment

I'm looking for recommendations for body weight exercises I can do at home and on my own schedule that require minimal or no equipment. [more inside]
posted by slogger to Health at 10:10 AM on Mar 25, 2015 - 27 answers [91 favorites]

decorating pro tips!

What are the little decorating tricks, tips, techniques, and secrets that take a space from looking fine and functioning decently to being all-around awesome? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz to Home & Garden at 3:15 PM on Feb 28, 2015 - 15 answers [95 favorites (86 in the past 30 days)]

Need more short, creeeeeepy books that are super scary!

So, I have recently read a few books that have seriously creeped me out. I love that. I need more books like them - quick reads, seriously scary, well-written but pretty basic in terms of plot, full of dread, and with strong characters that are easy to root for as they battle evil. [more inside]
posted by ORthey to Media & Arts at 10:47 AM on Mar 18, 2015 - 18 answers [85 favorites]

Best of Netflix and Amazon Originals

Amazon and Netflix are now producing boatloads of original content. w00t! Cord cutters rejoice! I love that they are making all this content that cord cutters don't have to get locked out of. I really want to watch and support a lot of these shows. The only thing is, I get the feeling they are producing quantity a bit more than quality. Help me unearth the gems of Netflix and Amazon originals. [more inside]
posted by fx3000 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:21 PM on Mar 23, 2015 - 42 answers [84 favorites]

Sensual Songs

Tell me about some songs that are sensual in the way that "Take Me to Church" is, but aren't overtly, explicitly sexual the way that "Do Me!" or "Let's Get It On" are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Media & Arts at 9:27 AM on Mar 25, 2015 - 59 answers [83 favorites]

Ultimate Travel Hacks!!

Trying to up my travel game! Looking for your best hacks/tips/etc... [more inside]
posted by sprezzy to Travel & Transportation at 12:28 PM on Mar 20, 2015 - 38 answers [81 favorites]

Best approach to exercise for feeling strong and limber over lifespan?

What's the best approach to exercise if the goal is not only longevity, but comfort and ease of movement over the entire lifespan? I've been moderate strength training for a year, and while I've gotten a lot stronger, the crackling in my knees and some stiffness is making me question whether this is the right kind of exercise for my goals. [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 to Health at 5:22 AM on Mar 2, 2015 - 22 answers [79 favorites]

What are fun new activities my husband and I can try together?

Mr. Pterodactyl and I have realized we enjoy trying and learning new things together. We especially like it if we can take a short lesson or a few short lessons first. What are some (not outrageously expensive) things we could try? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:15 AM on Mar 11, 2015 - 47 answers [79 favorites]

KonMari: How to "develop the instinct for what really inspires joy"?

Practitioners of Marie Kondo's tidying method, can you please help me understand the experience of an object under consideration "sparking joy"? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes to Home & Garden at 6:38 PM on Mar 26, 2015 - 15 answers [70 favorites]

Looking for semi-obscure, very funny movies

Looking for movies like Oscar, Big Trouble, Brain Donors, The Six Wives of Henry Lefay and Clue. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 to Media & Arts at 7:36 AM on Mar 11, 2015 - 76 answers [68 favorites]

Marriage models?

Looking for research on good marriages, not memoirs or personal anecdotes. My therapist asked me the qualities of a good marriage and I hadn't a clue. My immediate family are all unhappily married, and I only recently realised how fearful my own marriage is and left. I basically assume that "If they're not beating you or cheating on you, that's enough." I'm looking for what comes after reading John Gottman: research on thriving marriages, including multicultural or historical. Books, documentaries, films and novels, scholarly keywords etc. I'm not looking for personal accounts but bibliography recommendations.
posted by dorothyisunderwood to Human Relations at 9:37 PM on Mar 22, 2015 - 15 answers [66 favorites]

Long Form History Podcasts

The impossible has happened - I am caught up with, or have finished, all my favorite history podcasts. I'm looking for some new ones to add to the line-up. [more inside]
posted by kanewai to Education at 2:46 PM on Mar 27, 2015 - 17 answers [59 favorites]

Novels with a reality hidden in ours

A friend's high-school aged daughter is looking for a book for her English class. The story has to be set in the present day but where a different reality exists and is discovered by the main character. They are thinking 'science fantastique' I think. I suppose it's something like Harry Potter or The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. Any suggestions?
posted by Steakfrites to Media & Arts at 6:28 AM on Mar 20, 2015 - 61 answers [58 favorites]

Anxiety over anger

Whenever somebody is angry with me, regardless of whether they are a co-worker or a person I am dating, I tend to experience major anxiety and panic. One of my parents was emotionally/verbally abusive as a child and I am hyper-sensitive to displays of anger. What can I do about this? How can I learn to be less terrified of people being angry at me? [more inside]
posted by twill to Human Relations at 10:12 PM on Mar 10, 2015 - 21 answers [53 favorites]

Songs for sucking the marrow out of life

Wanted: music to remind me to live deliberately, live consciously, and not coast through life on autopilot. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate to Media & Arts at 1:12 PM on Mar 23, 2015 - 62 answers [53 favorites]

Lonely jobs

Do you spend at least 80 percent of your time working alone at your job? If so, what do you do? [more inside]
posted by silly me to Work & Money at 9:15 AM on Mar 10, 2015 - 39 answers [52 favorites]

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