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What are the Muppets?

By which I mean, in the Jim Henson Universe, are there any hints/explanations about how Muppets occur? [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo to Media & Arts at 7:30 AM on Apr 20, 2017 - 55 answers [81 favorites]

Things to do alone on your birthday

Just that - if you've had a particularly pleasurable solitary birthday, what made it so? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils to Grab Bag at 11:50 AM on Apr 18, 2017 - 57 answers [63 favorites]

Dear Susan - Under Neat That - We will Miss you

I just got bought a book based on the "cake-wrecks" blog - it has brought me so much joy. If I like smbc/xkcd/cakewrecks - what other books would fulfill that niche (that I can just pop them open and laugh) - and that are possibly also based on an internet-project with some backstory (but that's not a necessary boundary condition).
posted by mathiu to Writing & Language at 8:17 AM on Apr 19, 2017 - 29 answers [55 favorites]

What 1 product would you recommend to a pale dude with undereye circles?

I'm not a dude, but I am an incredibly lazy and picky woman who will never spend more than the time it takes to quickly shower and air dry my short hair on a morning routine, so work with me here. If a stereotypical 30something cis white guy with otherwise ok skin asked you for just one lightweight makeup product that he could buy and then apply in 30 seconds (or less, 10 seconds would be ideal) to reduce the impact of dark undereye circles in photos and in person, what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:09 PM on Apr 17, 2017 - 32 answers [52 favorites]

Books that shaped your viewpoint on relationships?

What books have you read that changed how you think about your relationships? [more inside]
posted by graphtheory to Human Relations at 11:11 AM on Apr 16, 2017 - 29 answers [78 favorites (51 in the past 7 days)]

Best advice from an old fogy

What's the best advice you ever received from someone who you thought was really being a "stick in the mud" or an "old fogy" when they gave the advice, but later you realized - they were totally right! [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Grab Bag at 10:21 PM on Apr 15, 2017 - 53 answers [108 favorites (48 in the past 7 days)]

Please recommend your soothing and friendly TV / games / films

All of a sudden, the on-screen emotional human drama and violence and general human nastiness is really affecting me, I think real life is giving me my quota of horrid things at the moment - please can you recommend some certified non-pointy things that don't take me to the mental Bad Place? [more inside]
posted by eastboundanddown to Media & Arts at 12:00 PM on Apr 16, 2017 - 88 answers [96 favorites (48 in the past 7 days)]

Help me order my capsule wardrobe online

I hate shopping and fashion but I desperately need new work clothes. I'm a very not-feminine, Gen-x cis-woman looking for a business casual capsule wardrobe. I'd like to buy it all online. Help? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:50 AM on Apr 17, 2017 - 20 answers [35 favorites]

Yr favorite niche podcast

Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano to Media & Arts at 12:47 PM on Apr 22, 2017 - 20 answers [30 favorites]

Fictional gardens

I recently finished Elizabeth Buchan's Consider the Lily and it reminded me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. I'm looking for books in which the protagonist takes an interest in gardening and in the process grows into herself or himself. It does not have to be fiction.
posted by Constance Mirabella to Home & Garden at 6:59 PM on Apr 17, 2017 - 14 answers [26 favorites]

College & Money

What are some lessons you learned the hard way about money, college and paying back your student loans? [more inside]
posted by missjenny to Work & Money at 7:50 AM on Apr 18, 2017 - 53 answers [24 favorites]

Unusual relaxation products?

Fidget toys are a recent example of odd/fun products that have an relaxing effect. Can you name similar products?
posted by Foci for Analysis to Health at 11:10 AM on Apr 21, 2017 - 25 answers [24 favorites]

What's a short ritual that will banish work from my mind?

I have a job that's engaging and challenging. Unfortunately, being engaged and challenged eight hours a day means that sometimes it occupies brain space outside of those eight hours. Given that I'm short on time, what are good ways to limit thinking about the job to just when I'm at the job? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt to Work & Money at 8:59 AM on Apr 23, 2017 - 20 answers [24 favorites]

In need of a book to be obsessed with

It's another book recommendation question! MeFi, I need a book that is completely engrossing; something to fall in love with, something I can't put down, something that makes my heart feel like it's expanding not un-painfully. Notable reads that scratched this itch for me in the past include The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Black Jewels Trilogy (Anne Bishop), Freedom (Franzen) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Help! [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes to Media & Arts at 1:47 PM on Apr 14, 2017 - 64 answers [129 favorites (23 in the past 7 days)]

How are you implementing OneNote & Outlook?

I'm interested in knowing how other people use Outlook & OneNote to capture and manage information. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston to Work & Money at 12:19 PM on Apr 17, 2017 - 5 answers [23 favorites]

"Have you tried GTD?"

I have ADHD and my task managing is a mess right now. While I don't lack motivation or ability to prioritize, I have a terrible memory and poor sense of time. Help me figure out a process that lets me tackle my to-dos the most efficiently, and helps me remember to do them. [more inside]
posted by brook horse to Technology at 1:19 PM on Apr 21, 2017 - 9 answers [23 favorites]

Tracking complex relationships and exporting a fancy chart

I'm struck by the cool charts made by the late Mark Lombardi. According to his biographer, he would use his skills as a reference librarian to collect boxes of index cards, then manually convert them to these conceptual charts that showed relationships. Although lots of chart/mindmap software exists, is there anything that allows you to input relationships into a database, and then spit the chart out when you're done? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 to Media & Arts at 3:35 PM on Apr 17, 2017 - 3 answers [20 favorites]

My own response to spouse's yelling/anger

I'm having a lot of trouble dealing with yelling at home. My wife's daily yelling matches with our young son are exhausting and stressing me (and I must reduce stress for medical reasons). [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 9:37 AM on Apr 20, 2017 - 62 answers [20 favorites]

Tears of Joy or Regret after Purchasing a Teardrop Trailer?

My husband and I are thinking about purchasing a teardrop trailer to tow behind our Subaru Outback, primarily to allow more weekend outdoor adventuring with our baby. We've never done the trailer thing before. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:53 AM on Apr 20, 2017 - 13 answers [20 favorites]

How do leftist anarchists engage with current politics?

Leftist anarchists of MetaFilter, your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. I've been a fairly conventional liberal for a long time, but the recent U.S. election has me rethinking that a little bit. I'm curious about socialist anarchism as an alternative. I know there are some MeFites who identify this way politically, so my question for you is: how do you engage with politics as it currently exists? [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard to Law & Government at 8:45 AM on Apr 18, 2017 - 7 answers [19 favorites]

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