I really like holiday gift guides, which combine the illusion of thoughtful shopping with the ruthless efficiency of the internet. It's easy to find guides from popular websites and publications, but surely there are more and weirder out there on the web. What is your favorite 2013 gift guide? What are the most interesting gift guides from blogs and niche publications? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall at 6:36 PM Dec 10 2013 - 9 answers [131 favorites]
There are a handful of movies I adore and have watched over and over: Bring It On
, Legally Blonde
, Mean Girls
, and, most recently, Pitch Perfect
. Suggest more movies like this, please. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 8:05 AM Dec 11 2013 - 91 answers [130 favorites]
What are some well reviewed books in 2013 that blow my socks off? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 11:44 AM Nov 29 2013 - 19 answers [122 favorites]
What have you been wrong about, realized it, and it changed your life?
I remember reading Albert Ellis' wonderful self-help book A Guide to Rational Living
where he gives a great list of irrational and self-defeating beliefs
that people have. Among these beliefs was the importance people placed on other's opinion of them as well the emphasis people placed on being perfectionistic in their own lives. Much of this underlies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but the effect is even more prevalent than that. We all have had beliefs that have held us back, and I'm curious as to what things you once believed that were holding you back in your personal or professional life. Anything will do. It can be anything from knowing the importance of making good first impressions to the need for keeping oneself physically fit even when one doesn't want to. I'm looking to see whether I share of any of these traits or not. So what are the beliefs that have held you back or others that you know?
posted by RapcityinBlue at 10:56 AM Nov 19 2013 - 59 answers [254 favorites (116 in the past 30 days)]
I will be doing quite a bit of driving. I would like to listen to smart, interesting, thoughtful people talk about depression, Buddhism, neuroscience, anxiety, brain science, being better humans, rocket surgery, and other stuff, including humor of the not-mean category. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 4:47 PM Nov 20 2013 - 24 answers [111 favorites]
What are your best recipes for holiday goodies to give out as gifts, to make in bulk? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 8:16 PM Nov 24 2013 - 29 answers [107 favorites]
Recently seeing a lot of disappointment from parents/ grown children regarding their parents/ grown children. Both sides disillusioned with the difference between who they want/ need the other to be/do and who they actually are/ do. What has kept you close to your parents/ children? [more inside]
posted by oink at 4:00 AM Dec 12 2013 - 44 answers [106 favorites]
It's cold and dark in the UK winter and I wish to feast on warming, comforting savoury pies. Can you share your favourite vegetarian recipes please? Fussy eating details below. [more inside]
posted by billiebee at 9:03 AM Dec 03 2013 - 30 answers [95 favorites]
What are some particularly intelligent or well-written novels in the suspense/mystery/detective fiction genre? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 8:14 AM Dec 12 2013 - 55 answers [95 favorites]
In our house, we frequently spend evenings hanging out and doing low-key group activities, like playing video games (or D&D), watching TV, or just talking and listening to music. Frequently, we find ourselves at a lull, seeking something new to do when we don't feel like putting on Netflix.
I'm looking for games that we can set up, teach people, and play quickly with a varying number of people at varying levels of sobriety. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by 4th number at 9:04 AM Dec 06 2013 - 68 answers [82 favorites]
I need some direction toward living a life with more depth and less breadth, less quantity and more quality. Any tips, recommendations or resources you know of would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 12:03 PM Dec 02 2013 - 26 answers [80 favorites]
I always have trouble finding good things to eat for breakfast, but I suddenly remembered tofu scramble! Lots of protein, not sweet, can be made ahead, and capable of many variations. Perfect.
So please tell me, what's your favorite version? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 4:28 PM Dec 02 2013 - 22 answers [78 favorites]
Our office is having a dessert bake-off on the 17th. I need to supply a baked good that will allow 20-30 people to taste it (sample sizes, not necessarily full servings). Have you won an office bake-off? What did you make? Please supply your BEST winningest recipes. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 1:31 PM Dec 02 2013 - 28 answers [74 favorites]
I am interested in gender stereotypes that used to be reversed or are the other way around in another culture. For example, pink used to be considered a vigorous masculine color and blue was a softer color associated with girls. Similarly, high heel used to be worn by men (as riding boots), but were introduced into women's fashion at a time when women were dressing to emulate men
posted by casebash at 12:34 AM Nov 24 2013 - 27 answers [72 favorites]
I'd like to start preparing my meals for the workweek in a batch on Sundays, to be refrigerated and microwaved as needed. I'm looking for a specific rice and bean-based recipe (type(s) of bean, optimal ratio of rice to beans, cooking time) that's cheap and nutritionally complete. That is to say, I'd like to be able to eat this for about half of my meals in a week and remain healthy.
posted by phrontist at 11:54 AM Dec 14 2013 - 12 answers [72 favorites]
I just signed up for netflix (streaming only) for the first time for several years (since 06-07ish). I'm looking for some great tips, tricks, and userscripts
, other websites to get the most out of netflix, particularly with tuning the ratings system so it gives very relevant recommendations. [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 6:34 AM Nov 29 2013 - 6 answers [71 favorites]
I'm about to go get an eye exam, and I would like to buy my glasses online. However, there seem to be so many sites out there that I'm having trouble choosing which one to order from. What have your experiences been like? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 4:54 AM Nov 30 2013 - 38 answers [70 favorites]
I'd like to meditate more. I have the Simply Be app and like it, but would like to try others.
MeFites, what do you recommend?
posted by elizeh at 8:09 PM Nov 25 2013 - 16 answers [69 favorites]
Cooking is probably my main hobby these days. And, as a late-thirties professional, I have a fully outfitted kitchen. I'm being asked for gift ideas for Christmas, and I think I'll probably limit myself to 1) whisky and 2) stuff for the kitchen. Fellow advanced home cooks with fully stocked kitchens, what's on your wishlist this holiday season? Not looking for gimmicky stuff; rather something I'd actually use for years to come. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:25 AM Nov 25 2013 - 53 answers [66 favorites]
After a long run of greek yogurt + topping breakfasts, the cold weather has shifted our morning meal into oatmeal mode. What are your favorite toppings for hot cereal? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 6:08 AM Dec 06 2013 - 61 answers [64 favorites]
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