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Toddler brain experiments

So I have a small child who is in the process of converting from a passive milk converter into some of actual human. Do you know of any sources I could look at which would enlighten me on how their brain develops and most importantly any fun experimenty things I could do to see how their perception is changing and to better understand how they are seeing the world. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Human Relations at 4:16 PM on Jul 25, 2016 - 22 answers [68 favorites]

Podcasts by women

I am in need of a few additional podcasts and as nearly all of the podcasts I listen to are hosted by guys, I would like some recommendations of podcasts by women. See below the fold for my interests and my current podcasts. [more inside]
posted by nolnacs to Media & Arts at 12:14 PM on Jul 25, 2016 - 46 answers [66 favorites]

My Deepest Voice Says I'm Unworthy, Untalented, and Not Enough

I feel unworthy, and part of me has grown to hate and hide from the world because I feel as if everyone holds me unworthy. While I see a therapist, I have often brought in outside material to our sessions, and I would appreciate book recommendations (or online blogs – namely, readable things) that come from people with similar experiences who have overcome (or at least are in the course of successfully fighting) this viewpoint. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 9:52 AM on Jul 23, 2016 - 16 answers [53 favorites]

I'm spiraling out of control!!

I watched the film A Simple Plan (1998, dir. Sam Raimi) last night and loved it. I enjoyed it because despite the best efforts of the characters, everything just spiraled out of control for them. Can you guys recommend other films where everything just goes out of control and gets worse and worse for the characters? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise to Media & Arts at 6:31 PM on Jul 22, 2016 - 88 answers [51 favorites]

Wherever you go, there you are

I spend a lot of time alone, and I'm very good at keeping myself entertained. I need a lot of alone time in order to thrive. Yet, sometimes I feel bored/tired with myself, and I'm not sure how to snap out of that. What helps restore you when you're tired of yourself? Please don't make any suggestions that depend on social activities or travel--I love both, but I can't access those on command. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe to Grab Bag at 12:13 PM on Jul 22, 2016 - 30 answers [50 favorites]

Seeking small ways to practice gratitude and generosity

What are some little things that you do to express gratitude for / generosity toward people around you, like friends, loved ones, or colleagues, that don't require too much time or money? [more inside]
posted by Owl of Athena to Human Relations at 3:51 PM on Jul 24, 2016 - 21 answers [35 favorites]

books/films about impostors

Can you recommend books or films about impersonation, undercover spies, con artists, etc. along the lines of Catch Me If You Can, The Likeness, and The Talented Mr. Ripley? Bonus points for forgery! [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 to Media & Arts at 10:48 AM on Jul 26, 2016 - 40 answers [33 favorites]

Artsy beautiful interesting facebook pages to "like" and follow

My collective facebook friends seem to have stopped posting anything interesting and my timeline has devolved into a 24/7 shouting match on politics/privilege/the election. I need new stuff. What are some beautiful, unique, artsy, stylish, etc pages I can follow. Interested in: art, beauty, style, fashion, weird stuff, horror, psychedelic, etc. NOT interested in: cheesy motivational stuff, cult of positive thinking, politics, war, guns, sports, cars etc. Give me your best! Bonus question: is there a easy way to filter out the angry posts but still see when a friend posts cute family pictures or life updates?
posted by long haired child to Media & Arts at 7:49 PM on Jul 27, 2016 - 22 answers [31 favorites]

Calm the itch that AskMe scratches.

I spend most idle moments browsing recent Ask Metafilter questions on my phone. Whilst I have learnt some (many!) useful facts from this, I acknowledge the point raised by a loved one that this mindless scrolling is not particularly constructive or good for my thumbs. How can I "selfsoothe" without relying on a website? [more inside]
posted by limoncello to Grab Bag at 3:08 PM on Jul 25, 2016 - 12 answers [30 favorites]

Easy Lunch Ideas for Nut-Free Preschool?

My 3 year old is about to start preschool at a nut-free school. What are some ideas for lunch that are PB&J-level easy and toddler-friendly? Searching for this online yields a lot of parenting blogs that think I'm going to bake scones or make homemade beef bourgignon every night.
posted by Anonymousness to Food & Drink at 8:33 PM on Jul 26, 2016 - 37 answers [29 favorites]

Just Tighten It Up a Little Here and There

How have you gone about improving your slight sloppiness in almost all aspects of life? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv to Human Relations at 6:42 AM on Jul 21, 2016 - 13 answers [93 favorites (28 in the past 7 days)]

Can you recommend a book for my daughter?

My daughter loves to read, especially Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Unfortunately, she's read almost all of them and she dissolved into tears when I said there wouldn't be many books left for her to read in those series. I'm looking for books for her to try next. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp to Education at 4:44 PM on Jul 23, 2016 - 36 answers [27 favorites]

Productivity: What's the new GTD?

David Allen's "Getting Things Done" came out in 2001. It's transformed productivity, but the book is outdated in many ways (it predates smartphones). What book or methodology represents "the new GTD?"
posted by zooropa to Work & Money at 6:48 AM on Jul 23, 2016 - 9 answers [26 favorites]

Recommend intro feminism resources written specifically for men?

I have a brother who needs to learn about feminism. This is important because we have delightful conversations other than when he says things that make me want to shake him until his teeth rattle; he's got some fairly fucked up unconscious assumptions about women. Having dealt with my own unconscious assumptions on many occasions, I've found that I do best with resources that have me as their target audience, especially when the ideas are new. I'd like to give such a resource to my brother--one that is therapeutically gentle/learning oriented with where he's starting as a man, but which also helps him get some of the feminism basics down. I'm not looking for general feminism 101; I'm hoping to find more male-targeted resources. Engaging tone is preferred to academic, but I'll take what I can get.
posted by Alex Haist to Society & Culture at 10:57 AM on Jul 23, 2016 - 6 answers [26 favorites]

Taking back control of an out-of-control life

Throughout my life, the overwhelming feeling has been one of a lack of control over the direction I'm taking and my own affairs. I feel like now, at age 30, I don't have any more control over my life than I did at fifteen. What can I do to take the steering wheel and wrest back some agency? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 4:37 AM on Jul 27, 2016 - 22 answers [26 favorites]

A Natural Twenty on Your Diplomacy Roll

I would like to read some fantasy/secondary world novels that deal heavily with political machinations - the more complex and backstabby the better. [more inside]
posted by darchildre to Media & Arts at 7:13 PM on Jul 28, 2016 - 22 answers [24 favorites]

What are your favorite creepy blogs?

I really like Unexplained Events, which is a Tumblr all about creepy stuff that has at least a basis in real life. I'm looking for other, similar blogs. However, I'm not really interested in creepy pasta, or just huge content dumps of creepy pictures. Tumblrs would be nice, since I have an account and it would be easy to follow them through that.
posted by codacorolla to Computers & Internet at 10:30 AM on Jul 27, 2016 - 2 answers [21 favorites]

Recommend some state-of-the-art mystery novels.

I'm interested in catching up with the latest developments in the evolution of the mystery novel. What should I read? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight to Media & Arts at 2:33 PM on Jul 21, 2016 - 18 answers [47 favorites (20 in the past 7 days)]

Subtle self-soothing at work

I am in treatment for severe anxiety. At home, I self-soothe by wringing my hands and rocking, but that's not appropriate for the workplace. I need to be typing so worry stones and spinner rings are out. I need to elevate my legs so foot tapping is out, too. What are some subtle physical things I can do at my desk to calm myself?
posted by Ruki to Health at 1:59 PM on Jul 27, 2016 - 36 answers [18 favorites]

Hope for freelancers with scatterbrained, ungrounded thinking?

I'm a freelance writer, and the freedom I have means that walls of the maze that is my ADHD brain are always shifting...I think I need help in prioritizing, where I can balance my immediate income needs with longer term plans that will bring me more income in the future. [more inside]
posted by Cybria to Work & Money at 7:53 AM on Jul 23, 2016 - 3 answers [17 favorites]

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