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What are your favorite transcendent, gives you the chills, performances?

I want to feel amazed. Please give me your best examples of transcendent performance (musical, sports, film, fictional stories, etc.) that show people performing at the peak of what's possible and even surpassing their conscious selves. Give me the chills! Raise the hair on the back of my head! Some Youtube links would be great. Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog to Media & Arts at 6:57 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 122 answers [215 favorites]

Tiny little lifehacks which make a big difference?

I just hosted a party, and for reasons, invested $1.50 in a stack of paper plates for it. I cannot get over how much this tiny thing improved my experience. What other 'small thing made such a huge difference' lifehacks can I try? [more inside]
posted by ficbot to Home & Garden at 8:00 AM on Sep 22, 2016 - 71 answers [140 favorites]

My best manager did this...

I am taking up a new management position this month and I have been enjoying asking these two questions of my friends to help me prepare mentally. Can the Green help too? [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Work & Money at 7:46 AM on Sep 2, 2016 - 78 answers [116 favorites]

Peace, happiness and motivation in 25* words or less

I have some useful mental scripts that help me deal with irregular brain chemistry and other maladies. Things like saying "surf the emotion", or "it's just a thought. It's not reality" and "is this behaviour / thinking pattern helpful?" or "if you feel crap, clean the bathroom. You'll still feel like crap, but at least the bathroom will be clean." Give me more. [more inside]
posted by b33j to Grab Bag at 6:18 PM on Sep 3, 2016 - 71 answers [112 favorites]

How did you spend your day?

I'm trying to break out of a rough period, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm supposed to be breaking into. Would anyone be interested in just giving me an honest, minute to minute run down of a day in their life- a work day, a free day, any day, any age, any stage? [more inside]
posted by weewooweewoo to Health at 4:02 PM on Sep 4, 2016 - 65 answers [101 favorites]

Interesting TV shows (or movies) with kind, loving characters

I'm looking for TV shows (or movies) that star, or heavily feature characters who are kind and loving to each other, who grow and develop into better people, and who are (often) genuinely trying or doing their best. If there are multiple characters you would want to hang out with in person, that's probably a show for me! I'd especially love to know who you'd want to hang out with and why in your answers. [more inside]
posted by freyley to Media & Arts at 9:27 PM on Sep 15, 2016 - 74 answers [95 favorites]

Biographies of interesting women

Mefites, I trust you way more than the random lists on Goodreads. Could you suggest some recent-ish biographies of interesting, mostly not-very-well-known women? [more inside]
posted by Janta to Media & Arts at 7:17 PM on Sep 4, 2016 - 31 answers [91 favorites]

Low effort, quick things to provide an immediate mood boost

I recently entered therapy for depression, social anxiety and other issues. Part of my first session was writing up a suicide prevention/safety plan. I am supposed to have a list of things that are easy to do and take less than an hour that will help me feel better. I am struggling to come up with anything that seems like it would help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 11:06 PM on Sep 9, 2016 - 46 answers [84 favorites]

Help Me Makeup

I'm a grown-ass woman (48 in a couple of weeks) and I have no idea how to wear make-up. I just never really learned. I don't like wearing it and only do it for rare special occasions, maybe twice a year or so, and whenever I do I realize that I don't really know what I'm doing. I have decided that this is unacceptable at my age, and so I turn to the sage wisdom of AskMe. [more inside]
posted by stennieville to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:11 PM on Sep 17, 2016 - 40 answers [74 favorites]

Closet what?!

After my weekend spent purging my closet of BAGS full of clothes to donate that are too young, too cheap, too ill fitting, and just too plain ugly, I now find myself with a few holes and thin areas in my (blessedly) more manageable wardrobe. I'd like to fill those holes (slowly, eventually) with pieces that are classic, high quality, and (unicorn!) ethically produced (or at least MORE ethically produced than many major brands). Problem: I LOATHE shopping and am a style/fashion amateur. Where should be looking? What should I be looking for? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:17 AM on Sep 12, 2016 - 24 answers [70 favorites]

Favourite frugal tips and tricks?

We are tackling Uber Frugal Month as of today. For those of you who are thrifty but still living awesomely, what are your tips and tricks for saving and heck, anything else? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh to Grab Bag at 10:35 AM on Sep 1, 2016 - 51 answers [66 favorites]

Freezer-friendly but flavorful?

I like to cook and freeze a big batch of something once a week so that my freezer stays loaded with a variety of meals. I'm bored with my usual rotation, so I'm looking for some new pescatarian recipes that freeze well. Most importantly, they have to be heavy on flavor and complex/interesting enough that I'll still be excited to eat them for the upteenth time in a given month- beans and rice ain't gonna cut it. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote to Food & Drink at 8:29 PM on Sep 14, 2016 - 15 answers [66 favorites]

I take measurements, you mail me clothes

On NPR's On Point show today, the topic was plus-size fashion. The main guest was Tim Gunn, and another guest was a Time reporter. The Time reporter talked about several startups, including a few where you could send in your measurements and they would send you clothes to try on that were calculated to fit based on you measurements rather than on standard sizing. [more inside]
posted by megancita to Shopping at 7:25 PM on Sep 22, 2016 - 16 answers [61 favorites]

Give me songs that are joyfully solemn or solemnly joyous

I'm looking for songs that lift your heart up, but in a... calming way? Examples of what I'm looking for would be Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole's cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Modest Mouse's "Float On," or maybe The Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love." Something that wouldn't be out of place at a wedding OR a memorial service. A joyful solemnity is the best descriptor I can come up with for what I'm looking for. What have you got for me?
posted by MsMolly to Media & Arts at 11:08 PM on Sep 7, 2016 - 63 answers [60 favorites]

Sublime (and unusual) city experiences

Help me find unusual and sublime experiences that others might not think of as 'things to do'. [more inside]
posted by henryaj to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:11 PM on Sep 28, 2016 - 26 answers [58 favorites]

Refresh my podcasts

I need new podcasts to listen to! I like two kinds of podcasts: 1) high-production, good sound design, on almost any topic (think 99% Invisible, RadioLab) and 2) historical and/or biographical topics (Everything is Stories, Backstory, Criminal). And a few others. But my playlist has gone stale -- refresh me? Examples of what I already like and dislike are inside. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk to Computers & Internet at 6:56 PM on Sep 19, 2016 - 24 answers [54 favorites]

Good sites for school-age kids

I'm a tech advisor at a small school district. Teachers have a bad habit of sending kids to craptastic "learning" game sites or, worse still, any site they like for "free-choice time." Help me compile great sites that are not necessarily "educational" but good for the soul. [more inside]
posted by argybarg to Education at 4:03 PM on Sep 29, 2016 - 13 answers [53 favorites]

The Room Where It Happens

How do you trust yourself? How do you draw upon a consistent sense of your goals and preferences and actual emotions about things? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish to Human Relations at 7:22 PM on Sep 14, 2016 - 13 answers [51 favorites]

Comfort me with comfort food

Starting new job on Monday with new (to me) solid 9-5 schedule. What are some vegan-friendly make-ahead meals for Friday nights to avoid spending money on takeout? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh to Food & Drink at 8:37 AM on Sep 29, 2016 - 25 answers [50 favorites]

Supportive women's shoes that are not ugly?

I was so proud of myself when I stopped wearing high heels daily. Apparently, that's not enough. Ideas for brands or styles of women's shoes that are (i) office appropriate, (ii) supportive, and (iii) not ugly? [more inside]
posted by janey47 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 3:43 PM on Sep 12, 2016 - 32 answers [48 favorites]

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