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Which moderately expensive thing has most radically improved your life?

Assuming a cap of about $1000, what object/device/service/experience has made the most profound positive difference in your life? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Shopping at 6:43 AM on Jan 11, 2017 - 106 answers [125 favorites]

Help me love the Instant Pot

I have a "7-in-1" Instant Pot that I pretty much only use as a bean cooker. Everyone else on the Internet loves this thing so I'm sure I'm missing something. Help me come around to it? Note: vegetarian [more inside]
posted by mama casserole to Food & Drink at 7:01 AM on Jan 12, 2017 - 45 answers [79 favorites]

Pimp my (sweet) potato, please

We are new to the joys of baked sweet potatoes for dinner. I'd like to bake them and stuff them, but am at a loss for what to stuff them with. So far, all I've got is leftover pulled pork. What else should I stuff my sweet potatoes with?
posted by sarajane to Food & Drink at 7:52 AM on Jan 10, 2017 - 35 answers [70 favorites]

Help me be the boss of breakfast

Pretty simple: are you the boss of breakfast? Teach me your ways. [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt to Food & Drink at 1:07 AM on Jan 10, 2017 - 31 answers [68 favorites]

Wanted: Broken Jokes!

In rereading our dearly departed jbickers' obituary from WFPL, I realized we had something in common: a love of broken jokes. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by bologna on wry to Grab Bag at 3:40 PM on Jan 13, 2017 - 46 answers [63 favorites]

Tofu for dummies.

I'm looking for resources on cooking tofu out there for people who are pretty new to cooking in general, and who want to keep it very simple. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible to Home & Garden at 10:15 AM on Jan 10, 2017 - 33 answers [50 favorites]

What's the deal with remote jobs?

My life change and impending move has meant I have to figure out all over again where to work and what to do. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent to Work & Money at 7:01 AM on Jan 10, 2017 - 10 answers [42 favorites]

It's passive aggressive only if you're in the West

How do you reconcile the fact that core aspects of East Asian interpersonal styles can arguably be interpreted as "abusive" through the Western lens? This is particularly challenging for me in the therapy setting. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit to Society & Culture at 8:17 AM on Jan 12, 2017 - 21 answers [36 favorites]

What can I make with leftover pork shoulder?

I make a pork shoulder in the crock pot about 1-2 times a month. My husband loves it and begs me to make it more often, but he dislikes leftovers and won't eat them unless they are made into something else. Frying the leftover pork and mixing it with veggies won't cut it. I can only eat so much pork by myself -- so what entree can I make with leftover pork shoulder? I can leave it in chunks or shred it. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk to Food & Drink at 6:28 AM on Jan 13, 2017 - 39 answers [35 favorites]

Emotional Conflict Resolution

I need to learn Conflict Resolution with respect to romantic relationships. The book Getting to Yes by William Ury is cited as the classic text on Conflict Resolution. It may be outdated and not focused on emotional aspects however. What can you recommend, books or otherwise, as a direction for me? .
posted by falsedmitri to Human Relations at 1:43 PM on Jan 11, 2017 - 16 answers [29 favorites]

So what's the best thing to do with Yahoo Mail, Flickr, etc.?

Given the recent news, does anyone have best practice links and tips to transfer accounts? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar to Computers & Internet at 2:19 AM on Jan 10, 2017 - 13 answers [27 favorites]

We Are All Going To Die: 2017 Inauguration Playlist

I'm putting together a playlist to get me through this weekend. The theme is: we are all going to die/everything is terrible/this is a disaster/the end of civilization as we know it. Connections can be tenuous, lyrical/topical fit less important than the one moment of "HA! This song! Perfect!" Songs so far include REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It," The Homeless Gospel Choir's "Armageddon," Def Leppard's "Armageddon It." Not interested in generic depressing/downbeat songs or overly sincere songs or even hopeful ones. Bitter laughs preferred.
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts at 10:21 AM on Jan 16, 2017 - 83 answers [24 favorites]

Windows 10 best practices for home user?

I'm getting my first Windows machine after 5 years of using MacOS. What are current best practices for software hygiene? How do I neuter Windows 10's spyware? Do I need third party anti-virus software? Is there good maintenance software I should use from the start? [more inside]
posted by Nelson to Computers & Internet at 10:21 AM on Jan 12, 2017 - 6 answers [23 favorites]

How to job search for a job when most jobs bore me?

I don't know how to find a job that doesn't drive me insane with boredom. I also don't have a "passion" that can actually translate into a job... [more inside]
posted by galaxypeachtea to Work & Money at 11:08 AM on Jan 12, 2017 - 21 answers [23 favorites]

Here's my plan: buy land, build cheap. How do I make it happen?

What's the best resource for learning about buying land and building a tiny prefab house? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt to Home & Garden at 1:38 PM on Jan 12, 2017 - 20 answers [23 favorites]

When and how to call elected officials who are not MY elected officials?

I call my own elected officials about issues, but all of them (federal and state) are Democrats, and Republicans have the majority in the federal Senate and House, so I want to reach them too. When, if ever, is it useful to call an official who doesn't serve my district or state, and what can I say to be effective? [more inside]
posted by kristi to Law & Government at 9:34 AM on Jan 10, 2017 - 16 answers [22 favorites]

where to travel in Japan

If you had 12is days in Japan this spring, as a first-time traveler there, where would you go? What would be the must sees on the first time? Other than seeing some of Tokyo, of course, I do want to see Hiroshima. Other than that, what should I see and do? Just me and a guidebook.
posted by jtexman1 to Travel & Transportation at 2:17 PM on Jan 14, 2017 - 32 answers [22 favorites]

Quiet Books from Diverse Authors

I like quiet books that are inward-facing, but I need to diversify my reading list beyond white male authors. I like introspection (think Knausgard or Proust), interpersonal relationships (Austen), or beautiful descriptions of natural environments. I don't like high melodrama, violence, or sexual violence. Do you know of any non-white and/ or female authors that fit into these categories?
posted by Think_Long to Media & Arts at 7:44 AM on Jan 9, 2017 - 40 answers [49 favorites (20 in the past 7 days)]

I messed up big time in my relationship. Now what?

Long story short, I didn't fulfill a promise to help my fiance while he was under a lot of stress preparing for an extremely important presentation this morning. He is understandably very upset and disappointed in me. I feel terrible and have apologized repeatedly, but that doesn't change the fact that it happened in the first place and that this isn't the first time I've acted thoughtlessly and selfishly around him. How can we move past this? And how can I stop being so self-centered time and again? More inside. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire to Human Relations at 7:03 PM on Jan 11, 2017 - 135 answers [20 favorites]

Which sci-fi authors best predicted the present?

As we now seem to be living in a dystopian science-fiction movie, I am wondering if there are books or movies that were particularly close in their predictions of what life would be live coming up to 2020. A lot of cyberpunk seems to have been short of the mark, but my vague memories of their precursors (like John Brunner) lead me to think that there were creators in the 1960s and 1970s who were better at looking forward.
posted by Grinder to Media & Arts at 9:43 AM on Jan 16, 2017 - 11 answers [20 favorites]

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