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]
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 of...you 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]
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]
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]
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]