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It seems like there's this trend for (usually senior) professors to have a website (usually completely devoid of any CSS) filled with advice to juniors, strong opinions, and notes on very specific topics. Do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by spec to Computers & Internet at 8:59 PM on Sep 19, 2014 - 17 answers [98 favorites]

What are jobs that would allow for nearly unlimited downtime? How do you go about finding one? [more inside]
posted by Fuego to Work & Money at 11:52 AM on Sep 18, 2014 - 71 answers [81 favorites]

Am I missing a major children's music artist? [more inside]
posted by silsurf to Media & Arts at 3:04 PM on Sep 16, 2014 - 64 answers [60 favorites]

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 to Human Relations at 3:26 PM on Sep 18, 2014 - 18 answers [57 favorites]

I'm self-aware enough to know I am a perfectionist with Impostor Syndrome, but I'm clueless as to how to fix this. I need to kick this before I crash and burn at my new, fabulous job. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes to Human Relations at 7:48 PM on Sep 17, 2014 - 16 answers [46 favorites]

I feel really sad that this part of me (maybe most adults) gets so buried and don't know what steps to take to begin to rectify it? It doesn't help that I am prone to hideous depressions and typically work with wounded people (though sometimes approach this creatively). I am passionate about a very serious project. [more inside]
posted by tanktop to Media & Arts at 2:22 AM on Sep 16, 2014 - 25 answers [45 favorites]

Say someone is completely technologically inept; I mean, they can find their way around the Internet and Microsoft Office and the most very basic HTML but otherwise they are clueless. Say this person has a lot of free *ahem*unemployed*ahem* time on their hands and would like to brush up on their knowledge, and bring themselves up-to-date on the 21st century. What resources, ideally free, are out there for this? [more inside]
posted by celtalitha to Technology at 5:31 PM on Sep 20, 2014 - 9 answers [44 favorites]

Comfortable, walking but sexy shoes [more inside]
posted by jellyjam to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:30 PM on Sep 21, 2014 - 12 answers [40 favorites]

I want (bad) candy. I have been tasked with setting up a Bad Candy Day at work. The goal to have people bring in some type of candy that they dislike, and we'll all sit around and try the candy and laugh at how awful it is..... What awful candies can I buy to make people hate and love Bad Candy Day? [more inside]
posted by lstanley to Food & Drink at 5:09 PM on Sep 15, 2014 - 193 answers [39 favorites]

I'm looking for a (Tolstoy?) quote about how couples develop a private language based on shared references and experiences, and how it's tragic when a couple breaks up because this language is lost. [more inside]
posted by Paul the Octopus to Writing & Language at 5:22 PM on Sep 16, 2014 - 12 answers [38 favorites]

I need help with my netflix queue! I've always been a fan of "reality shows" that highlight a profession that isn't mine. Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs are probably the grand-daddies of this genre. Lately I've been watching "The Incredible Dr. Pol", which follows a big and small animal vet around, but I'm almost finished with that. What other shows are out there that I might like? [more inside]
posted by cgg to Media & Arts at 7:08 AM on Sep 18, 2014 - 30 answers [36 favorites]

Dear MeFites, I'm turning 29 next week. What should I do/learn/consider while I'm 29? What did you do at that age that was great, or what do you wish you had/hadn't done? Practical + silly suggestions both welcome!
posted by anotherthink to Grab Bag at 10:18 AM on Sep 18, 2014 - 23 answers [36 favorites]

I need some recommendations for engaging, inexpensive card and board games I can play with my 3 year old son. Bonus points for any involving trains, building / architecture, plants / gardening, or monsters (not too scary).
posted by ryanshepard to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:35 AM on Sep 18, 2014 - 33 answers [34 favorites]

I'm looking for an example of "cheating the system" in a positive way. Often times cheating the system results in people being cheated as well, when does cheating the system benefit people without hurting others?
posted by robadobdob to Human Relations at 9:35 AM on Sep 19, 2014 - 33 answers [34 favorites]

I'm looking, roughly speaking, for a game, but it needs to be as un-game-like as possible. I'd like something interactive I can play with when feeling overwhelmed which is visually appealing, responsive, fairly simple, and has few or no objectives. Levels and world-building are too addictive for this purpose. I'd like to be able to start and stop playing quite easily, and to be able to play when my mind is out for the count (so no puzzles). Can you help? [more inside]
posted by lokta to Grab Bag at 6:50 PM on Sep 20, 2014 - 14 answers [34 favorites]

I had a really lousy childhood, and it left me with the belief that the world is basically cruel and threatening and that people are just looking for excuses to judge you and put you down. I really envy the kind of people who feel like the world is good to them, that they are lucky, that people generally like them, and that things will turn out for the best. I'd like to shift my mindset, but how? Do you have any good techniques or reading suggestions that will help me develop a more positive worldview? [more inside]
posted by lemerle to Grab Bag at 1:18 PM on Sep 18, 2014 - 27 answers [32 favorites]

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy to Work & Money at 10:32 PM on Sep 16, 2014 - 30 answers [31 favorites]

So what are the cool kids listening to? What groups and subgenres should I know about? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser to Media & Arts at 1:49 AM on Sep 18, 2014 - 31 answers [31 favorites]

My therapist suggested that I do some activities with my inner child. What are some activities you've enjoyed and have helped you heal? (a variety of ages inside) [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:30 PM on Sep 20, 2014 - 29 answers [31 favorites]

Soon-to-be-metal-mouth needs your best soup recipes, stat. They also need to be paleo-friendly (no dairy, no grains, no processed sugars) and I would really prefer they be easy/quick! [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith to Food & Drink at 1:06 PM on Sep 15, 2014 - 16 answers [46 favorites (30 in the past 7 days)]

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