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So I'm in the market for a new mattress, and my online research is starting to make my head spin. I discovered I'm less interested in looking at pictures of different kinds of foam and more interested in informal polling of strangers. I should say that I prefer a softer bed and am about 110 pounds. I don't have an issue with sleeping "hot," and it will only be me sleeping in the bed. Would love to hear what you sleep on and how much you love it!
I'm looking for an app that gives me workouts that take into consideration the constraints of the day (time, intensity, energy), instead of a regular long-term plan? [more inside]
We will have to start packing kid-lunches for school this year, and I might as well get on the bandwagon too. Kid doesn't have a lunchbox at all, and mine is old, gross, and utterly unfashionable. Difficulty level: I detest lunchboxes that require you to put the food in sideways. [more inside]
Just to check before I resign myself to struggling through more conventional life plans: are there actually any real, obtainable socially isolating jobs with a living wage anymore? What are they, and how do you obtain them? [more inside]
I can't tell if once I clock out I'm happy or just sleepwalking. [more inside]
I need protest songs. [more inside]
Should I find a piece land to buy that I could move to decades from now, in case of severe climate change effects? If so, where? How about Fairbanks, Alaska? [more inside]
I started reading about The Yellow Kid and some of his stories and wanted to know who else fit the bill for great Confidence Men of Chicago.
Hi. I am curious to find some literary magazines to subscribe to. Whether it is North American, European, South American, etc (but in English if provided). I am trying to find some works on short stories, poetry, art, horror, thriller, victorian-ish writing, creative essays, humour, nature, creative non-fiction, political satire, etc. The scope of genre is eclectic and wide-ranging. I am very keen on learning about cultures and cultural standpoints on political and social ideas that might differ from western thought -- or the opposite. What are some must subscribed literary magazines? * I have a 12 month subscription to the New England Review from Middlebury College.
A year or so ago, I saw a movie that was a psychological mystery/thriller in the vein of Circle, Cube, or Exam, or at least that's how I think of it. Needless to say, I can't remember the title of the movie, but I can remember a few details, which are inside. (Possible spoilers, if you care about that sort of thing.) [more inside]
How should I handle frequent anxiety about my loved ones dying? [more inside]
I'd like to know why latitude and longitude are parallels and meridians and why they converge at the north pole. Maybe because degree grid cells break up into nice squares near the equator and mid-latitudes, but then fall apart at the poles (i.e., what time is it there? It seems totally arbitrary). Was this planned somehow? Did Eratosthenes or Hipparchus have a justification for the fact that meridians to go N-S and the parallels E-W, when it could just as easily have been the reverse? [more inside]
How can this hopelessly unathletic person ever become the next Ninja Warrior - the sort that conquers obstacle courses? [more inside]
As part of a training opportunity, I get 5 minutes to teach a small group of people how to "do a thing" -- something like how to walk the dog with a yo-yo, or how to crack eggs without breaking the yolk, or how to make animal shadows with your hands. [more inside]
I'm 29, 30 next year. Female, POC. I've had dreams of becoming a television writer since my teens, and, right now, I'm in LA working in the industry at an executive level (but I work on the business/marketing side of things, not the creative). Been here almost 4 years. I'm super-super adjacent to what I *want* to do (write). But I'm almost too good at the adjacent position, and I'm scared that I'll never get to pursue the real dream. [more inside]
Husband and I are planning a short trip to Europe later this year. We've always gotten travel insurance for international travel, but now it's more complicated and more important because husband had a heart attack last year. He's doing great now, but I think that puts him into pre-existing-land when it comes to travel health insurance. We're both in the US, covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield. Our plan definitely does not include health care beyond the US, so we'll need something else. [more inside]
I've seen a few articles recently about how they found Robert Gould Shaw's sword in the attic of some distant relatives and I'm wondering if it's possible to find out exactly who these relatives were since when I was in seventh grade we watched Glory and a kid in my class distantly related to Shaw (last name: Shaw) brought in what he and his family said was Robert Gould Shaw's sword. Were they mistaken? [more inside]
I'm going to a work BBQ tomorrow and I need to bring a dish but... I'll be traveling with a giant suitcase all day. So it needs to be something that packs well. [more inside]
I'm really terrible at improvising decor stuff, so I'm hoping to work off an image. But I can't seem to find any images of dining rooms that match the mood and functionality I want mine to have. Can you help? [more inside]
I'm in the process of assembling a wizard costume I'll be wearing at a con in a month. I don't particularly care for the traditional pointy cap, though. MeFi, please give me your best ideas for non-traditional, non-pointy wizard hats.