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What is like MetaFilter, but not brutally depressing?

MetaFilter is one of my main inputs. I get a lot of news and thinking about the world here. The problem is that it can make me feel terrible about everything, which is already kind of my baseline. Friends and family often express concern when I have been reading MeFi a lot. I am curious what sites you read that have similar properties, but are not as heavy and challenging, so that I can balance my consumption of MetaFilter and MetaFilter-like things. [more inside]
posted by brennen to Computers & Internet at 4:50 PM on Apr 27, 2016 - 22 answers [107 favorites]

Oh googley eyes, you make stuff come alive

I have purchased a package of 500 pairs of self-adhesive googley eyes in various sizes. Help me figure out what in my house to stick them on. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:22 PM on Apr 26, 2016 - 83 answers [78 favorites]

[Child-free Filter) Can cats have lasting power of attorney?

As I get a bit older and see the generation above me experience deteriorating health or even death -- and I hear my mother talk more openly about end-of-life issues -- I wonder how us child-free folks are supposed to manage old age. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse to Human Relations at 3:45 AM on Apr 27, 2016 - 21 answers [77 favorites]

Podcasts for the picky

I have a dilemma. I want to listen to podcasts to relax before I drift off to sleep, but I strongly dislike a lot of them. Most of them. I cannot tolerate the rambling, self-focused, chatty style podcasts that I keep downloading. They seem so interesting, too! Video games, murder mysteries, film and book critiques... but they're clogged with obnoxious banter or in jokes or naval gazing. [more inside]
posted by Stonkle to Media & Arts at 8:58 PM on Apr 26, 2016 - 32 answers [75 favorites]

The horror of vast/infinite things

I have discovered a specific taste for creepy stories where the creepy-factor comes not from things that are straightforwardly evil or horrible, but from things that are just... incomprehensibly vast or infinite. Help me find more of these! Examples below the cut. [more inside]
posted by Alioth to Media & Arts at 11:19 AM on Apr 25, 2016 - 38 answers [74 favorites]

Yet another "What TV series should I binge-watch next?" question

We have Netflix and Amazon Prime. What should we watch? Shows we have liked: The Wire, Gilmore Girls, Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica, Community, Arrested Development, House of Cards, Orphan Black, Twin Peaks. Shows that we didn't like under the fold. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit to Media & Arts at 8:41 AM on Apr 28, 2016 - 66 answers [48 favorites]

Bedtime Rituals

I've been having some sleep problems and recently saw a specialist. Among other things, he recommended creating a nightly bedtime ritual that takes about 30 minutes or so and helps me wind down. I would be appreciative if you would share your own most calming routines, best practices, good suggestions for getting into the right mental space for sleep? [more inside]
posted by Miko to Health at 9:10 AM on Apr 25, 2016 - 37 answers [47 favorites]

I can bitch, I can bitch, I can better than you

What are some ranty blogs done right? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California to Computers & Internet at 1:24 PM on Apr 26, 2016 - 17 answers [40 favorites]

In need of words of comfort in the face of godless loss.

I'm an atheist and need (short) words of comfort for my grief. Bulleted list, haiku, your own account in 100 words or less, real articles, books. I have Frankl. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock to Grab Bag at 7:50 PM on Apr 24, 2016 - 29 answers [36 favorites]

Good books about small scale history

Please suggest pop-history books about day to day life, objects, design and culture. [more inside]
posted by signal to Writing & Language at 7:49 AM on Apr 23, 2016 - 14 answers [46 favorites (31 in the past 7 days)]

How to cope with office life for the highly sensitive person?

I've begun working as an assistant in an office after years of telecommute work, and very familiar, frustrating feelings have come flooding back. I am a Highly Sensitive Person and this whole week, I spend a ton of mental energy being on all day at work, beginning with an anxious morning routine where I struggle to even get everything done. Then, when I leave work, I come home and basically sit on my couch all night and do nothing, then repeat the cycle. How can I learn to cope? [more inside]
posted by Fire to Work & Money at 8:58 PM on Apr 27, 2016 - 21 answers [27 favorites]

Late-twenties guy with no friends?

I'm a late-twenties guy with no friends. I feel like I need to get out of this situation somehow. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 8:15 AM on Apr 29, 2016 - 37 answers [27 favorites]

Book recommendations for serious teen reader

My soon-to-be fifteen year old kid has officially graduated from YA novels, I think. She's tired of dystopian heroines and teen romance and fantasy/SF and looking for stuff that is accessible but also really, really good. I'm looking for books for her that don't have to be classics, but that aren't pretty generic. Also not sexist in the vein of Updike, Roth, etc. [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy to Media & Arts at 8:07 AM on Apr 26, 2016 - 51 answers [26 favorites]

Self-Improvement Self-Assessment

I am interested in writing up some kind of self-assessment, to be completed annually or every six months or so (ish) to get a rough idea of whether my eternal quest for self-improvement has been going well over time. I'm not exactly looking to gather literal, usable data, but that would be interesting too. What should I ask, and how should I format it? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter to Grab Bag at 6:13 AM on Apr 28, 2016 - 11 answers [26 favorites]

What is the sandal equivalent of an ankle boot?

I pretty much live in these Madewell ankle boots all fall, winter, and as far into spring as sweaty feet allow. What is the sandal version of these? Excessive detail inside. [more inside]
posted by superquail to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:37 AM on Apr 27, 2016 - 24 answers [25 favorites]

Anonymously publishing erotica on Amazon

I'm a writer, I've written some erotica that's been well-received in small forums, and I'd like to self-publish it on Amazon. However, it doesn't fit with my "brand" of my more mainstream writing, so I'd like to do so under a pseudonym with a reasonable firewall. Can you give me advice or tips or direction on where to find more information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Writing & Language at 9:33 PM on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers [24 favorites]

Help me make foods taste more garlicky.

I made a white bean/collard green soup in my pressure cooker yesterday. The recipe called for six cloves of garlic, and I used eight. The soup was good, but I couldn't taste the garlic. I used to make a 40-garlic chicken that I loved, but now I'm eating a vegan diet for Reasons, and I haven't figured out how to make my life more garlicky. (More inside - and please, no anti-vegan comments.) [more inside]
posted by FencingGal to Food & Drink at 10:04 AM on Apr 24, 2016 - 31 answers [23 favorites]

What are the best job search sites in 2016?

It's been a long time since I looked for a job and a recruiter got me my current gig. Have you looked for a job in the past year? If so, how did you go about it? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels to Work & Money at 7:01 PM on Apr 29, 2016 - 6 answers [23 favorites]

its all right its ok

I'm looking for songs that are essentially anthems for maintaining the status quo: they are about just getting by in the world (Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees); question the efficacy of pushing for change (Revolution by the Beatles); or promote watching (For What it's Worth by Buffalo Springfield), waiting (Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer), and imagining (Imagine by Lennon) change instead of acting for it. [more inside]
posted by sockermom to Media & Arts at 8:34 PM on Apr 23, 2016 - 56 answers [22 favorites]

How do you track your potential activities so you actually do stuff?

How do you keep reminders of potential events you might want to go to, or activities you might want to participate in, so that you actually take advantage of these opportunities? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:54 PM on Apr 26, 2016 - 16 answers [22 favorites]

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