Since mid September I've been receiving vintage postcards in the mail from an anonymous person. [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles at 1:01 PM Dec 20 2013 - 130 answers [114 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 [74 favorites]
I'm pretty recipe-bound in the kitchen. I'd like to get better at improvising. I'm looking for things to cook that are instantly identifiable and delicious despite major changes in the ingredients list, the culinary equivalent of a jazz standard that can be played a thousand different ways while still being itself. Dishes that have the weird recognisability of Benderick Cumblebatch's name. What have you got? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:08 PM Dec 18 2013 - 35 answers [65 favorites]
I'm depressed. What can I do to keep one small negative experience from spiraling into a cascade of negative thoughts about myself? I'm working on getting into therapy and getting on meds, but I need some strategies that will help me cut these cycles now
. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:56 AM Nov 10 2010 - 29 answers [97 favorites (57 in the past 7 days)]
Several years ago I found the Game of Throne books after several people suggested it on here. I have a pretty decent amount of Christmas vacation this year and I would like to read more, well-written, fantasy. This is where you come in - what would you have me read? [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice at 5:59 AM Dec 17 2013 - 23 answers [56 favorites]
I'm interested in what people have done to find and then delete their personal information (address, especially) from online directories. I've deleted my info from WhitePages and Spokeo, but I'm wondering what other sites I should look at or if there's a master directory of some sort out there. Googling doesn't turn up much, but I know my information could still be out there.
posted by madonna of the unloved at 9:21 PM Dec 17 2013 - 4 answers [48 favorites]
This holiday season, I'm thinking about giving the gift of board games. Most of my friends (adults in their 30s - 50s) have little kids (2-6 years old). Do you have any board game recommendations for a family with kids around that age, that everyone can play together? Card games, or heck any other games are good, too. Thanks!
posted by lillygog at 1:56 PM Dec 16 2013 - 32 answers [46 favorites]
Most personal development is based purely on the author's personal opinion, rather than any empirical evidence. What are some good, evidence based resources for learning about personal development?
posted by casebash at 12:50 AM Dec 18 2013 - 10 answers [45 favorites]
I'm looking for stories featuring grand, visceral, over-the-top, self-indulgent revenge. Why not suggest a few? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 1:28 PM Dec 16 2013 - 53 answers [43 favorites]
In a fit of limerance I told my new dating partner that I would make them a birthday cake of their choice since their birthday falls on Christmas Eve and they never get one. They want something chocolate and decadent. I used to bake all the time so I have the skills but life stress has zapped my energy. What are your easiest and most decadent chocolate cake recipes so I can please her in the spirit that I intended?
posted by kanata at 9:33 AM Dec 16 2013 - 26 answers [39 favorites]
We're having a vegetarian Christmas. I love a good nut roast. There's only going to be three of us, and no one to freak out over vegetarian clichés. So I'm looking for a scene stealing nut roast recipe to be the main attraction. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 3:04 PM Dec 14 2013 - 11 answers [38 favorites]
What are major and minor theories concerning depression and what causes it? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 5:31 AM Dec 19 2013 - 23 answers [37 favorites]
A long time ago in country far, far away, I was friends with a dude from Bangalore who ran an Indian restaurant. He had this tomato soup, and he'd never tell me the recipe. Google fails me. [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 4:33 PM Dec 14 2013 - 12 answers [36 favorites]
You love to take baths. What do have in and around your tub that makes it a great experience? Is there more to life than soap and shampoo? [more inside]
posted by Theophylactic at 9:08 AM Dec 16 2013 - 27 answers [36 favorites]
You are a jogger. You do not necessarily LIKE jogging. What is your headspace while jogging so that you keep going? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:30 AM Dec 18 2013 - 45 answers [35 favorites]
Long story short - diagnosed with ADHD, went on Adderall, changed my life, and I've found that I'm particularly productive if listening to non-lyrical, somewhat unpredictable/atonal music in my headphones. My go-to web streams are Soma.FM's Space Station Soma
and Deep Space One
, but both of these stations often feature music with vocal interludes or samples. These distract me a bit, as well as making me laugh, because the interludes are often quite hilariously stereotypical (reminiscent of Strong Bad's electronic classic "The System Is Down"
So basically, I'm looking for web streams of spacey music without vocals. Any ideas?
posted by downing street memo at 8:46 AM Dec 19 2013 - 15 answers [33 favorites]
Inspired by the Cones Of Dunshire link on the blue
wherein Letters To Cleo
is invoked. Trying to make a 60 minute mix of vaguely obscure alternative rock from the 90's. Preferably early to mid 90's. Preferably of the one-hit-wonder-you-totally-forgot-about-until-hearing-that-again variety. No bands that are still together allowed. Or at least, no bands that you ever heard from again but quixotically still tour.
posted by mediocre at 12:44 PM Dec 19 2013 - 86 answers [30 favorites]
I've always packed light by taking a backpack on all trips and going carry-on only. But I'm going to be extensive international travel with a 35-liter backpack and want to know how to pack even lighter. Usually I only go on 1-week trips, and thus pack a shirt for every day, etc. How can I pack lighter? I've heard that Merino wool is a good material for shirts that can be worn a couple times before needing a wash. What are your tips and tricks?
posted by signondiego at 4:30 PM Dec 17 2013 - 20 answers [29 favorites]
I foolishly committed to having my parents over for Christmas breakfast, the day after we are hosting 10 people in our tiny apartment for Christmas Eve. I'd like to make a baked French toast where I can whip it up the night before, leave it in the fridge overnight, and just pop it in the oven in the morning. I figure that plus bacon plus fruit and we're done. But I've never made baked French toast! Please point me toward your favorite recipes and share any tips you might have. Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown at 10:18 AM Dec 19 2013 - 13 answers [28 favorites]
I've recently noticed an irritating trend in English-language writing: sections that really should be written in the past perfect tense are instead in the simple past tense. I've seen this more in American English than in British English, but that might just be confirmation bias. Is there a reason for this, for example a new style of teaching in schools or universities? And is it really new, or am I just looking for things to get annoyed about? [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 2:42 AM Dec 14 2013 - 30 answers [28 favorites (27 in the past 7 days)]
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