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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 - 30 answers [166 favorites (99 in the past 30 days)]

Give me your easiest, tastiest, healthy meals!

I need to start cooking more and I want your best recipes! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy to Food & Drink at 12:00 PM on Feb 21, 2017 - 37 answers [88 favorites]

Cerebral Science Fiction movies?

I'm not sure if there is a term for the category of movie I'm looking for, but I've lately been on a kick of thinking-person's science fiction movies, and I'm looking for more that fit the bill. Movies like the Martian, Contact, 2001, Interstellar, Solaris and I was especially moved by Arrival. Thoughtful, sort of technical, lyric, and slow. Limited violence and no sexual violence. Any suggestions?
posted by Think_Long to Media & Arts at 11:40 AM on Feb 21, 2017 - 44 answers [77 favorites]

What have you learned working in retail?

Retail / service hacks: how has specific knowledge you've picked up from your job impacted how you buy those products or services? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis to Shopping at 9:25 AM on Feb 1, 2017 - 28 answers [76 favorites]

What's your go-to SHORT inspirational/motivational phrase?

There's a great AskMe about inspirational quotes, essays, etc., but I'm wondering if you have a specific short, like 12 words or less, "go forth and conquer" thing you say to yourself when you need an internal kick in the pants, shot of confidence or to ground yourself before a challenge. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd to Grab Bag at 7:48 AM on Feb 5, 2017 - 107 answers [76 favorites]

Forgotten masterpieces

Sometimes, books that are acclaimed as masterpieces, and widely loved, can fade into obscurity. An example is Richard Hughes's remarkable contributions to children's lit (A High Wind in Jamaica and his wartime stories), which are now forgotten or out of print. What are some other examples of this happening in contemporary genre fiction? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry to Writing & Language at 7:11 PM on Feb 16, 2017 - 26 answers [71 favorites]

how can I trick myself into having better habits?

For example, I read something about how people trying to eat healthier could modify their homes...fruit in more visible places, dark plates (which for some reason tend to lead to smaller portions), etc, and how the impact of this stuff is often much more than the conscious intention to make better choices. I love this idea, and not just for food things. What structures (physical or in terms of habits) have you set up in your life that help you make the decisions you want to make? Especially less obvious things like the dark plates.
posted by lgyre to Grab Bag at 9:45 AM on Jan 28, 2017 - 24 answers [68 favorites]

All Creatures Great and Call the Midwife

I'm looking for books that have a similar kind of feel to the James Herriot/Jennifer Worth books, that is, non - fiction (mostly), based around a profession (or hobby), interesting, humorously told anecdotes and recollections. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo to Media & Arts at 5:46 AM on Feb 3, 2017 - 23 answers [66 favorites]

Great quality/good design is cheaper

After having replaced my coffeemaker(s) (various styles & brands) too many times in too few years, I finally settled on a stainless steel, old-school stovetop percolator and I love it because it just works, there is little waste and the coffee is wonderful and hot. [more inside]
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah to Home & Garden at 8:05 AM on Feb 12, 2017 - 13 answers [64 favorites]

Boundary-setting for Dummies

Firm-bordered ladies and gents of Mefi (and fellow soft-around-the egdes ones, on a mission to be firmer) kindly share your tips, resources, advice, book recommendations etc. that helped you establish strong personal boundaries in your lives. [more inside]
posted by ariadne_88 to Human Relations at 8:34 AM on Feb 5, 2017 - 35 answers [62 favorites]

Podcasts to love and fall asleep to

I listen to podcasts at night until I get sleepy, turn em off, fall asleep. Current favorites: No Such Thing as a Fish, Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher, You're the Expert. Other recommendations? [more inside]
posted by sacchan to Media & Arts at 5:45 AM on Jan 30, 2017 - 29 answers [56 favorites]

Escapism, please!

It's been a stressful week (thanks, Trump!), and I would like some escapism. Movie and TV suggestions, please. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Media & Arts at 11:09 AM on Feb 17, 2017 - 51 answers [51 favorites]

I wanna get good. Where to start?

I feel like I am a decent enough programmer, but I want to really rekindle my passion for the craft and work towards becoming great - a sort of Renaissance (wo)man developer. Book, blog, and online resource recommendations would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by one of these days to Computers & Internet at 2:25 PM on Feb 21, 2017 - 6 answers [51 favorites]

Who is providing the best news coverage about the Trump administration?

If I were going to subscribe to one website (newspaper, magazine, blog etc.) to keep as up to date and informed as possible on the Trump administration, where would it be? [more inside]
posted by ficbot to Media & Arts at 5:52 AM on Jan 31, 2017 - 30 answers [50 favorites]

In search of positive online influences

I need to re-make myself, grow up, and take responsibility for my life. The fact that I zone out reading Reddit or tech blogs a lot is not helping. I want to replace this habit with better influences, communities, role models, ideally feminist-aligned. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul to Human Relations at 2:23 AM on Feb 19, 2017 - 17 answers [48 favorites]

The Softest Leggings In The World Will Soothe My Aching Liberal Heart

MeFites, I'm sad about the American political situation. One thing that would make me happy is really soft, comfortable leggings. Like, kitten-soft. Thick. Stretchy. Leggings that will make me feel warm and safe as a baby deer while I am taking political action and strengthening my community. [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:04 PM on Feb 7, 2017 - 19 answers [47 favorites]

Help me dress like a primary school art teacher! [UK filter]

I love love love Gudrun Sjödén style clothing. Arty/bohemian style (for lack of better words), good quality, lovely colours, comfortable but still with some structure to it. This is a good example of what I mean. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:25 PM on Feb 4, 2017 - 14 answers [44 favorites]

Fall apart melt and your mouth meat

What cuts of meat do I buy for slow cooking and pressure cooking? [more inside]
posted by INFJ to Food & Drink at 10:53 AM on Feb 14, 2017 - 24 answers [44 favorites]

Short American horror fiction by authors who aren't white men?

I'm teaching a unit on American horror fiction to 11th graders, and the curriculum I inherited is made up of 100% white, 100% male authors. I would like to to supplement that with other voices. I'm looking specifically for contemporary short horror fiction by American authors who are not dudes and / or not white. Again, we're talking high school kids, so nothing too graphic / inappropriate, but I am also willing to consider at least rubbing up against the boundaries of propriety. This is not an area in which I am at all well-read, so no suggestion should be considered too "obvious."
posted by dersins to Writing & Language at 11:21 AM on Jan 28, 2017 - 28 answers [42 favorites]

Our huddled messes yearn to be free

Need some positive low-pressure phrases to encourage letting go of possessions. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch to Home & Garden at 2:00 PM on Feb 1, 2017 - 37 answers [40 favorites]

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