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Cheerful hostile music!

I've found my perfect work music: songs that are cheerful, melodic, and upbeat but with aggressive, hostile lyrics. Help me make a playlist so I can crush my job. [more inside]
posted by medusa to Media & Arts at 10:28 AM on Aug 19, 2017 - 51 answers [37 favorites]

How do I improve my storytelling?

Some people can tell the most boring story and keep an audience on the edges of their seats. On the other hand, when I try to tell people about the most interesting things I've experienced (and there are some pretty interesting ones), it tends to land with a thud. I seem to have no natural talent for storytelling, but I'm hoping it's something I can learn to improve. [more inside]
posted by primethyme to Writing & Language at 7:59 AM on Aug 18, 2017 - 12 answers [72 favorites (19 in the past 24 hours)]

Writing Prompts for Creative Non-Fiction

I'm trying to flex my writing muscles a little more often. Specifically, writing in the creative non-fiction / memoir / personal experience category. What are your favorite writing prompts? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Writing & Language at 12:45 PM on Aug 19, 2017 - 3 answers [11 favorites]

Thrillers or crime novels with characters that come alive

I like novels written in first-person point of view, think Raymond Chandler's Marlowe, but less chauvinist and dated. Good characterization and an eye for detail is paramount - unfortunately, that excludes lots of contemporary thrillers and crime novels. Authors I like: Jonathan Kellerman, Ben Aaronovitch, Jonathan Gash, John Burdett, Tyler Dilts. Please help: What else might I like? [more inside]
posted by mononoaware to Media & Arts at 11:54 AM on Aug 19, 2017 - 6 answers [8 favorites]

Ways to learn French without taking a class?

After having a French class at the local community college canceled twice due to low enrollment, that looks like a non-starter--what are some other ways I can work to learn French? I've already done Duolingo for a while and I'm pretty sick of it (and ready to move onto a more structured method.) Thanks!
posted by Automocar to Education at 7:59 AM on Aug 18, 2017 - 8 answers [27 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Point and click games for mac

Looking for games I can play on my macbook that are like the ios games I like that basically boil down to like putting shapes into the right place, connecting shapes together, etc kind of like the same brainspace as knitting. But I'm only finding narrative, role-playing, choose your own adventure type games. [more inside]
posted by bleep to Computers & Internet at 10:15 AM on Aug 19, 2017 - 8 answers [6 favorites]

Who is crying for help? My heart or my depression?

Relationship question #9783: I've been feeling trapped and unfulfilled with my relationship lately but I can't tell if its actually because of my relationship or my depression that has gotten worse and is telling me to withdraw completely. Sex problems and a wall inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:01 AM on Aug 19, 2017 - 21 answers [6 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Thank god we didn't meet before we were 30

I'd love to hear stories of people who met and fell in love after 30, especially if they're still going strong years later. And especially if they've experienced isolation and other adverse life experiences that make it hard to believe you'll find that kind of love. Did you meet your long term partner after 30, and maybe some struggles? And do you think you're better off because of that timing? [more inside]
posted by bizarrenacle to Human Relations at 10:05 AM on Aug 17, 2017 - 34 answers [56 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

What's your favorite boba tea flavor?

I'm in a bubble tea rut. I pretty much always get some match of mango, passion fruit, or lychee slush/jelly. Tell me what your favorite flavor matches or drinks are so I can try something new! No chocolate avocado shake though, I already know that one and while I want to like it, I just...don't. I'd particularly like reccs involving egg custard, not sure what to get with that. Thanks!!
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee to Food & Drink at 9:12 AM on Aug 18, 2017 - 39 answers [15 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Telemundo! Univision! What to watch?

I've been working on improving my high school Spanish, largely by reading YA Spanish novels (slowly and with my kindle to click on words I don't know, which is a depressing percentage of nouns) and by skimming the local daily news in Spanish online. I previously lived in a market with NO Spanish media, and now I live in a market (Chicago) with Telemundo and Univision and Spanish-language radio and Spanish periodicals, and I intend to take advantage! What ought I watch? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Media & Arts at 8:37 PM on Aug 18, 2017 - 2 answers [10 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Fantasizing about a better life

Should I chase this need for a better life or will it end in disaster? [more inside]
posted by morning_television to Human Relations at 11:19 AM on Aug 19, 2017 - 10 answers [4 favorites]

How do you know when it's time to euthanize a pet?

We have an 18-year-old indoor cat, and we are all very attached to her - we've had her since she was a kitten. Lately, she has been showing her age, and when I took her to the vet today, he suggested that we consider euthanasia at this point. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo to Pets & Animals at 12:04 PM on Aug 19, 2017 - 41 answers [4 favorites]

Gift for an illustration student

I am looking for a birthday gift for a friend studying illustration, worth up to about $100. Any ideas outside the ordinary (art supplies, a drawing tablet)? Or any examples of exceptionally good art supplies or digital equipment?
posted by sindark to Media & Arts at 3:25 PM on Aug 19, 2017 - 11 answers [4 favorites]

Looking to wander around some new blogs and sites

I'm looking for some new blogs to lose myself in, to take my mind off of the train wreck that is U.S. politics these days. My current favorites these days are Unfuck Your Habitat (cleaning and tidying), Budget Bytes (cooking), Lifehacker (family of sites that cover gadgets and life tips), Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools (gadgets and new uses for existing products), Apartment Therapy (small home decor), and this Metafilter family of websites. The brain weasels thank you.
posted by SillyShepherd to Computers & Internet at 1:57 PM on Aug 17, 2017 - 9 answers [54 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Help my family Switch

I'm going to get a Nintendo Switch setup for my family: two grownups, one seven-year-old and one four-year-old. Help me get everything I need! Budget isn't an issue, I just don't know what to buy. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons to Shopping at 2:17 AM on Aug 19, 2017 - 5 answers [3 favorites]

Advise for older toddler starting daycare

Our littlest gnome will be starting day care for the first time at age 3. Most guides about the day care transition seem to be for 6 months to a year. Does anyone have experience with an older toddler going to day care for the first time?
posted by GnomePrime to Education at 3:21 PM on Aug 19, 2017 - 5 answers [3 favorites]

Long Employment Gap + Debilitating Depression

I've been unemployed and unoccupied for a year and a half and can't get moving on finding a new job. Complications: I'm depressed and lonely and anxious, have crap for social skills and no local friends, don't know how to explain my time off, and don't want another office job even though that's all I'm qualified to do. I understand this vicious cycle is feeding itself but don't know how to break out of it. I will also be alone at home for a week starting on Friday and am worried about this extended solitude's impact on my mental state. Please share practical and mental health solutions to help me get my shit together and get a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 7:11 AM on Aug 18, 2017 - 14 answers [16 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

How do I home office?

I'd like to put together a sort of office nook for myself in a corner of my large bedroom. I'd like it to be pleasant (rather than a huge mass of black plastic) and functional and semi-separated from the rest of the room. I'm on a tight budget. I have no idea how to do this. Help? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The to Home & Garden at 5:44 PM on Aug 18, 2017 - 15 answers [6 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Vegan meals that are nut-free?

Hello. I have a dear friend that will be visiting and she is sensitive to nuts and identifies as a vegan solely. I am wondering if there are vegan dishes to make that are nut free and filling? She said she can eat hemp seeds and sesame seeds; if that contributes to anything. I am sensitive to certain pastas, so we will have to balance out what will work out for the two of us. Any filling recipes to make? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow to Food & Drink at 3:44 PM on Aug 18, 2017 - 22 answers [5 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

What do you do while you're in medical limbo?

About 6 weeks ago I started feeling inexplicably tired and dizzy, then gradually started having other symptoms. I've only missed a few days of work in total but it's draining my ability to do much else, and I don't know what's wrong with me. I've got another doctor's appointment in a few days but I think they're probably going to send me for more tests which could take a while. What do I do in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 3:49 AM on Aug 16, 2017 - 7 answers [4 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

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