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Bitch in Business

Metafilter feminists help me out! I an trying to compile a list of things that only ambitious women get to hear as they fight their way into management. Things like "you sound too abrasive". But also getting ignored in a specific way. I would like these to be things someone has actually said to you or someone you know. Can you help me?
posted by Omnomnom to Human Relations at 6:27 AM on Jan 22, 2015 - 208 answers [214 favorites]

I want the easiest-reading, most engrossing history books.

Tell me the history books you've read that you could not put down. History of just about anything, but especially historically significant people, say, before WWI. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Writing & Language at 9:08 AM on Jan 25, 2015 - 33 answers [127 favorites]

Best cardigans evah?

I love cardigans, but I'm tired of my cotton cardigans pilling / wearing out. What are your favorite cardigan brands that are super durable? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:37 PM on Jan 25, 2015 - 22 answers [116 favorites]

Best Science Fiction of the last year

I've gotten out of the loop on recent Science Fiction writing. What are the best science fiction short stories and novels published within the last year?
posted by Artw to Media & Arts at 12:21 AM on Jan 25, 2015 - 14 answers [100 favorites]

How do you take care of a house?

I've realized that I have little idea how to properly care for a house. What regular maintenance and preventative maintenance tasks should I be doing? How do I do them? What things should I be checking for, on what schedule? What equipment do I need? What things will I probably need to hire someone for? I'm a-googlin too, but thought you all might know some good resources.
posted by SampleSize to Home & Garden at 7:55 AM on Jan 21, 2015 - 16 answers [79 favorites]

More minimalist/algorithmic/mesmerizing (piano) music please!

I've been playing Canto Ostinato, a piece for four piano's by Dutch minimalist composer Simeon ten Holt on repeat for the past couple months. It makes air travel and long work days utterly pleasant. With more of both coming up, I'd love to find more similar music that's equally mesmerizing.. Any suggestions?
posted by Thisandthat to Media & Arts at 4:24 PM on Jan 23, 2015 - 17 answers [41 favorites]

Lifehacker replacement - tips for improving everyday life

Now that Lifehacker requires you to watch a video every time you want to read an article (and most of the articles don't have enough content to make it worthwhile) I am looking for a new source on the web for generally cool ideas for everyday life. I'm not especially tech-y so I prefer hacks for every day life rather than news about nifty high-tech gear. [more inside]
posted by metahawk to Grab Bag at 4:18 PM on Jan 20, 2015 - 9 answers [57 favorites (40 in the past 7 days)]

Being a better man

I would like to do some reading on a subject I am having trouble wording; the best I can come up with is "positive feminist masculinity." [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns to Society & Culture at 9:09 PM on Jan 21, 2015 - 12 answers [40 favorites]

Only a loser would settle for me

I can't imagine someone choosing to date me when there are people out there who are so much more successful, competent, fit, daring, worldly, and self-assured. So if someone likes me, I assume they can't do better than me, and that's a turnoff, because I'm not so great, so THEY must not be so great either. How can I get out of this mental trap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 7:19 AM on Jan 24, 2015 - 39 answers [40 favorites]

Needz mawr electronic content

My wife is having surgery this month which comes with a likely long recovery period. To help get her through this time we are looking at stocking up on new TV series and podcasts to keep her mind occupied during this time (aka electronic content!). What gripping-crime-drama TV series or that's-a-cool-idea-I-never-heard-about-before podcasts would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by thetarium to Media & Arts at 3:40 AM on Jan 23, 2015 - 48 answers [39 favorites]

Eating when you're gone all day

I'm going to be gone from 8am-9pm three days a week. How do I feed myself? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Food & Drink at 7:11 AM on Jan 24, 2015 - 15 answers [38 favorites]

Tell met about times that you were honest but kind

I have only a vague idea of what honest-but-kind looks like in close relationships. I find it hard to imagine saying, "I like you, but I don't like that about you," without it coming across as a harsh rejection. Do you have examples of times that you were honest-but-kind? If it's something that you do well on a regular basis, what's the most important thing you're bringing to the interaction? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon to Human Relations at 7:42 AM on Jan 27, 2015 - 23 answers [36 favorites]

Hidden Scandinavian gems?

Wife and I are planning a Scandinavia trip, mostly wanting to see Sweden & Norway, but wouldn't mind working in Denmark and Finland, time permitting (12 days). We want to see some of the cities (Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen) but also really want to see some of the way-out stuff up north, the hidden gems. Any recs on companies to work with, places we simply cannot miss, any kind of cool day cruises (boats!) and maybe most importantly, some real out of the way stuff that shines?
posted by xmutex to Travel & Transportation at 2:37 PM on Jan 25, 2015 - 13 answers [33 favorites]

Nick Cave 101

I've always meant to give more of a chance to Nick Cave. The songs of his I know I enjoy, but I have somehow managed to never really give him an extended listen. Where should I start?
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts at 6:09 PM on Jan 22, 2015 - 20 answers [31 favorites]

Mama loves mambo, baby loves...Enya?

I've found that my baby goes to sleep easier when listening to Enya. I can only listen to Orinoco Flow so many times before I kill myself. Can you help me find Enya-like music to add to the cue? [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Media & Arts at 7:18 PM on Jan 25, 2015 - 28 answers [30 favorites]

Not your everyday drumbeat?

Friends, help me compile a list, would you? I'm looking for pop/rock songs that feature very distinctive beats from the drummer. Anything really ear-catching and creative that departs from more ordinary timekeeping, in some fresh way. As an example, one that falls into that category would be the Zombies' Time of the Season. And please include a YouTube (or other) link if you can, since almost any song ever recorded is now on YouTube. Thanking you in advance.
posted by flapjax at midnite to Media & Arts at 8:08 PM on Jan 20, 2015 - 55 answers [32 favorites (29 in the past 7 days)]

No, you really do need to tone it down

I read this recent question which had a lot of stories about women being told they are too "strident", "mean", "demanding", etc. at work. I have gotten feedback like this in the past too so I am wondering, is there some way to tell if it's just sexist bullshit or if you personally really do need to take it down a notch? [more inside]
posted by bleep to Work & Money at 8:32 AM on Jan 23, 2015 - 21 answers [29 favorites]

Less comfort food, more comfort cooking

When I’m dealing with a lot of emotional stress, my two main coping mechanisms are cooking and gorging myself on all the food I can get my hands on. I’d like to find a way to indulge the former and not the latter. [more inside]
posted by libraritarian to Food & Drink at 4:24 PM on Jan 22, 2015 - 15 answers [28 favorites]

Best regional foods in Europe?

What are some of the tastiest, most interesting regional foods and food products in Europe? [more inside]
posted by archagon to Food & Drink at 6:40 PM on Jan 23, 2015 - 35 answers [28 favorites]

Front End Development Lite?

A question in two parts. One, is there a market for front end developers who know just HTML, css and some javascript? And two, is there really a market for front end (html, css and javascript/jQuery) positions or is this skillset not a good long range career choice? [more inside]
posted by gregjunior to Computers & Internet at 1:01 PM on Jan 23, 2015 - 13 answers [26 favorites]

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