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What is like MetaFilter, but not brutally depressing?

MetaFilter is one of my main inputs. I get a lot of news and thinking about the world here. The problem is that it can make me feel terrible about everything, which is already kind of my baseline. Friends and family often express concern when I have been reading MeFi a lot. I am curious what sites you read that have similar properties, but are not as heavy and challenging, so that I can balance my consumption of MetaFilter and MetaFilter-like things. [more inside]
posted by brennen to Computers & Internet at 4:50 PM on Apr 27, 2016 - 25 answers [128 favorites]

Where I can I find cheap flights - to anywhere, anytime

I'm looking for a way to search for cheap flights (round trip), but the thing is that I don't care what date the flight is. I'll have a couple months off this summer and was thinking about flying somewhere new, just to get away, explore, and push my limits. I've heard about bargain flights for around a hundred dollars or less, but is there any place I can go to search without having to specify a date? I have a few places in mind, but I'd like to browse and see where I can go for the least amount of money. I should also mention that I'd like to stay in the US.
posted by holmesian to Travel & Transportation at 7:36 AM on May 23, 2016 - 14 answers [110 favorites]

How to age and not become mentally/socially rigid and cranky?

My husband points out that as people age (40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond), they become cranky and rigid, and previously benign idiosyncrasies become more pronounced. Everyone in my family has died young, so I have little experience with this. What's the science behind this, and how can we avoid this happening?
posted by metarkest to Health at 5:13 AM on May 2, 2016 - 31 answers [106 favorites]

Novels about small, quiet lives

Can you recommend some exceptionally well written novels about quiet folks just living their lives? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris to Media & Arts at 5:51 AM on May 18, 2016 - 64 answers [97 favorites]

Simple & Frugal

I'm looking for blogs and resources on simplicity and frugality. But wait - there's more! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex to Computers & Internet at 10:28 AM on May 18, 2016 - 23 answers [92 favorites]

Oh googley eyes, you make stuff come alive

I have purchased a package of 500 pairs of self-adhesive googley eyes in various sizes. Help me figure out what in my house to stick them on. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:22 PM on Apr 26, 2016 - 85 answers [89 favorites]

[Child-free Filter) Can cats have lasting power of attorney?

As I get a bit older and see the generation above me experience deteriorating health or even death -- and I hear my mother talk more openly about end-of-life issues -- I wonder how us child-free folks are supposed to manage old age. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse to Human Relations at 3:45 AM on Apr 27, 2016 - 24 answers [84 favorites]

C25K for everything

I'm super in to programs like Couch to 5k and FlyLady right now. What are more (free or low cost, relatively self-contained) things like that? [more inside]
posted by Baethan to Grab Bag at 12:46 PM on May 6, 2016 - 20 answers [84 favorites]

Podcasts for the picky

I have a dilemma. I want to listen to podcasts to relax before I drift off to sleep, but I strongly dislike a lot of them. Most of them. I cannot tolerate the rambling, self-focused, chatty style podcasts that I keep downloading. They seem so interesting, too! Video games, murder mysteries, film and book critiques... but they're clogged with obnoxious banter or in jokes or naval gazing. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle to Media & Arts at 8:58 PM on Apr 26, 2016 - 33 answers [81 favorites]

Keep track of my life. My WHOLE life.

How do you organize your tasks, thoughts, and notes in a way that (a) helps you prioritize and focus and (b) makes them accessible long-term? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley to Grab Bag at 1:08 PM on May 23, 2016 - 35 answers [78 favorites]

Help me destroy our forefathers with Future Noise

I like Skrillex. I'm sorry, but I do. I especially like it when it's all wub-wubs and computer noises and sirens and screaming or Jamaicans saying random things. On a higher level than that, I love the idea that this is the terrifying lurching and aggressive future-music that our grandparents didn't even have the foresight to fear when Rock and Roll was coming on the scene. [more inside]
posted by cmoj to Media & Arts at 1:08 PM on May 19, 2016 - 43 answers [76 favorites]

Brief Raptures

I enjoy spending time in temporarily deserted places that usually bustle during daylight hours. Examples include San Francisco during Burning Man weekend, Penn Station at 2pm on Christmas day, almost everywhere in the US on Easter Sunday, the Financial District in Boston on Saturdays and Sundays, many major European cities during August. Where should I go, and when?
posted by sleepy psychonaut to Travel & Transportation at 12:43 PM on May 16, 2016 - 64 answers [72 favorites]

Make my home feel like a forest feels

Forests relax and soothe me. I'd like to make my apartment feel like a forest with sounds, scents, textures, and pictures. [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Home & Garden at 11:53 AM on May 7, 2016 - 35 answers [71 favorites]

Scare my socks off!

I am looking for horror novels that will really scare me. I mean, lingering-two-days-later, don't-read-after-sunset, check-under-the-bed kind of scary. Please recommend me some. Preferences (but not requirements) under the cut. [more inside]
posted by darchildre to Media & Arts at 9:19 AM on May 20, 2016 - 27 answers [67 favorites]

Looking for truly one-of-a-kind films and TV shows

And I mean one-of-a-kind—and good!—films and TV shows. (I've included film and TV examples in the 'Extended Explanation' portion of my thread.) [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart to Media & Arts at 12:33 AM on May 15, 2016 - 74 answers [64 favorites]

Best new horror/suspense/evil movies out

My husband and I have recently enjoyed watching It Follows, The Babadook, and most recently and especially, The Invitation. What are some other new films we should check out? I really enjoyed the "dinner party that turns creepy/evil" setup the Invitation had, so triple points for anything else like that that is well made.
posted by long haired child to Media & Arts at 4:31 PM on Apr 30, 2016 - 29 answers [62 favorites]

Mindless iphone games?

I'm looking for a truly mindless game or two to pass the time. Low stress, quick play, no major commitment. Examples within! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:14 AM on May 21, 2016 - 33 answers [61 favorites]

Please help me stop reading Seveneves

No, seriously. I keep on rereading the first two-thirds of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, and I gotta get out of this place. Please make me aware of other things I should read. [more inside]
posted by BrunoLatourFanclub to Media & Arts at 1:37 PM on May 22, 2016 - 39 answers [59 favorites]

Bring the best of the world to my home reno!

I'm a Canadian doing a large scale home renovation. I know Japanese-style toilets, and German-style tilt and turn windows, and they're amazing. But what else am I missing? Can you recommend any other game-changing home innovations from around the world that aren't common in Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by evadery to Home & Garden at 7:04 AM on May 24, 2016 - 32 answers [59 favorites]

Songs for healthy relationships

Searching for examples of songs that are romantic but not about breakups, not full of co-dependent sentimentality, and nonreligious. [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising to Grab Bag at 11:12 AM on May 22, 2016 - 68 answers [58 favorites]

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