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We will be building a new house to live in, what features could we add to make this the best house ever? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to Home & Garden at 11:44 AM on Aug 9, 2014 - 110 answers [190 favorites]

Has anyone read any good books that have actually helped them get more done on a daily basis? I am procrastinating with many things that I need to do and the procrastination doesn't occur by doing nothing but rather by doing low priority tasks, or thinking, or even reading. If anyone has a system that they have used to be more productive, please share.
posted by nidora to Education at 5:49 AM on Aug 28, 2014 - 26 answers [182 favorites]

I spend 10+ hours per week commuting, 40+ hours wearing headphones at work (open-plan office: boo!), and ANOTHER 5+ hours wearing headphones at the gym. As such, I plow through an absolutely obscene volume of podcasts. I'd like some recommendations for more (lest I be forced to spend even a single second alone with my thoughts). To help you get an idea of my preferences, here are a few lists: [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew to Media & Arts at 10:37 AM on Aug 12, 2014 - 63 answers [145 favorites]

Can you remember any smells from your past that are hard or impossible to come by nowadays? Possibly due to advancing technology, but doesn't need to be. I.E. now that active phone booths are a rarity, the smell of heavily weather-beaten phonebooks is a thing of the past. Or, the smell of older printing presses. Or perhaps fragrant plants that have since been banned for whatever reason. Just a few examples; I'd love to hear what smells people miss that are hard to find now. Thanks!
posted by ferdinandcc to Media & Arts at 11:39 PM on Aug 7, 2014 - 174 answers [134 favorites]

What are your favorite healthy plant-inclusive dinners that you actually get excited to shop for, cook, and eat? I'm looking less for "I put onions in my sauteed spinach" or "I cook lentils into a flavorless gruel," and more for something like "I roast chicken with garbanzos and cherry tomatoes, then serve it with a smokey yogurt sauce." [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana to Food & Drink at 9:12 AM on Aug 13, 2014 - 41 answers [132 favorites]

What's your holy grail beauty product that makes you smell incredible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:47 PM on Aug 15, 2014 - 49 answers [131 favorites]

My husband and I have realized that our ideal form of travel is to get an apartment in another city for a week or two and spend the entire time walking around the city, eating, and visiting museums. What are the best cities in the world we can do this in where we can also get around speaking English, Spanish, or German? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew to Travel & Transportation at 10:31 AM on Aug 19, 2014 - 74 answers [127 favorites]

I know how to cook in general, and I know Indian food relatively well in terms know, eating it. But my attempts to cook Indian dishes myself have never turn out. Where can I find clear, dependable recipes for (primarily Northern) Indian staples? (By "staples," I mean ordinary dishes like: palak paneer, bhurtha, aloo paratha, dal. My favorite foods tend to be vegetarian, but I'm not a vegetarian myself, so either veg or non-veg is fine). [more inside]
posted by rue72 to Food & Drink at 8:32 AM on Aug 15, 2014 - 30 answers [117 favorites]

I want boring music to listen to. Not even elevator music: hallway music. Dull, faceless corridor music. Cheesy, soothing, soft. Commercial music, the kind of music that men in the 1970s thought would induce people to feel groovy and buy stuff. The music that plays in Animal Crossing while you get your haircut. Ceefax music. Music you'd hear in an old Mad Men episode. Music that just sits there and doopey-doops while I concentrate and get important stuff done.
posted by glhaynes to Grab Bag at 11:20 PM on Aug 23, 2014 - 51 answers [111 favorites]

Help me find more one-pot quinoa dinners! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty to Food & Drink at 11:18 AM on Aug 16, 2014 - 10 answers [101 favorites]

How does an adult develop "grit"? [more inside]
posted by serenity soonish to Grab Bag at 9:21 AM on Aug 31, 2014 - 11 answers [99 favorites]

What are some natural places in the US that are transcendent and mind-blowing and just made you say "wow"? [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Travel & Transportation at 6:03 PM on Aug 6, 2014 - 40 answers [91 favorites]

What strategies were used by peasants of medieval Europe to prepare for and survive the harsh winter months? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry to Society & Culture at 6:11 PM on Aug 16, 2014 - 28 answers [79 favorites]

I am looking for recommendations for documentaries about true crime cases. [more inside]
posted by bearette to Media & Arts at 7:30 PM on Aug 24, 2014 - 43 answers [78 favorites]

Because I often need inspiration and a gentle nudge or two, I like to hear what others 'simple pleasures' are in life, this list and this other list being two examples I'm keen on. What simple pleasures do you all enjoy? What makes for a great day, especially one you're spending by yourself?
posted by nightrecordings to Grab Bag at 9:28 AM on Aug 24, 2014 - 29 answers [77 favorites]

Which train ride(s) have you particularly enjoyed? Of any distance and length, anywhere in the world. [more inside]
posted by xtine to Travel & Transportation at 12:23 PM on Aug 14, 2014 - 62 answers [75 favorites]

Name a song that unambiguously and sexily says "let's get it on." (omit the obvious answer, please). Is there a song that, if sent to you, would immediately raise your pulse and get you looking forward to delights to come? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow to Human Relations at 2:31 PM on Aug 22, 2014 - 74 answers [75 favorites]

What are some good videogames for the PC that have the fewest grindy, behavioral "Skinner Box"-y qualities? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright to Media & Arts at 11:35 AM on Aug 10, 2014 - 33 answers [71 favorites]

I enjoy escaping from the real world by reading YA novels. Please help me find some good ones! [more inside]
posted by odayoday to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:27 AM on Aug 15, 2014 - 61 answers [66 favorites]

I'm DJ'ing a dance night at a rock club coming up soon that will be attended by 21 year old hipster types. What are some newer (within the last year) awesome dance bangers I can play to impress them? Genre unimportant but I want to avoid anything USA top 40 pop or too techno-y. Bonus points for non American music.
posted by josher71 to Media & Arts at 8:03 AM on Aug 28, 2014 - 31 answers [66 favorites]

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