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What are your favorite transcendent, gives you the chills, performances?

I want to feel amazed. Please give me your best examples of transcendent performance (musical, sports, film, fictional stories, etc.) that show people performing at the peak of what's possible and even surpassing their conscious selves. Give me the chills! Raise the hair on the back of my head! Some Youtube links would be great. Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog to Media & Arts at 6:57 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 49 answers [68 favorites]

How can an introvert psych herself up to do something social?

I generally enjoy social gatherings and parties when I attend them but as an introvert, I often get cold feet at the last minute and end up not going. What kinds of affirmations and strategies can I use to get through this? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 to Human Relations at 3:02 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 18 answers [22 favorites]

Teach me to speak Masshole

I've lived my whole life in the Midwest/Rust Belt and the South. A year ago, I moved to Boston, and I am floundering, struggling really hard to adapt to the aggressive conversational style people have here. I feel like I can't get a word in, can't ever finish a sentence, never get a positive or encouraging reaction to anything I say, and spend most of my time smiling and nodding stupidly as others talk over me. I know I need to "be more assertive" and "grow a thicker skin" and whatever, but... how? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone to Society & Culture at 4:31 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 17 answers [17 favorites]

Tips for bite sized self care during and around work travel?

I'm a busy consultant (woman) who's started traveling a lot for work, and need to get better at taking care of myself despite being over-planned on these trips. I'm already doing what I can, but I'd love your tips and tricks, road warriors. [more inside]
posted by nadise to Health at 10:33 PM on Sep 23, 2016 - 24 answers [18 favorites (13 in the past 24 hours)]

Tiny little lifehacks which make a big difference?

I just hosted a party, and for reasons, invested $1.50 in a stack of paper plates for it. I cannot get over how much this tiny thing improved my experience. What other 'small thing made such a huge difference' lifehacks can I try? [more inside]
posted by ficbot to Home & Garden at 8:00 AM on Sep 22, 2016 - 69 answers [126 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

People Who Changed The World But Died Before They Turned 40

I'm making a list of folks who did something world-altering but died before turning 40. Historical/political/scientific like Alexander the Great or Srinivasa Ramanujan preferred, recent/pop cultural like the 27 Club, not so much. Thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand to Society & Culture at 9:34 AM on Sep 24, 2016 - 41 answers [7 favorites]

What exercise clothes should I wear for school drop-off/morning jog?

I walk my son to school and then get in a short run before work. My current uniform is droopy, saggy-bottomed yoga pants, a ratty Eagles tee-shirt, and shoes with one lace missing. As a West Virginian accidentally living in a swank area of New York City, I already feel sartorially self-conscious. Dress me? [more inside]
posted by pipti to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:00 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 17 answers [7 favorites]

I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait

I'm looking for songs about being patient and biding your time, waiting for better days/circumstances that will surely come. From the title, I obviously know Hamilton's Wait For It: can you think of any others along the same line?
posted by btfreek to Media & Arts at 3:25 PM on Sep 23, 2016 - 55 answers [31 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Help Us Get an Apartment in LA with No Rental History and Half a Job

My boyfriend and I have just moved to Los Angeles and need an apartment ASAP. We have both been out of the rental market and out of big-city-living for over 10 years, and also have some unusual circumstances that might make us seem less-than-ideal to a potential landlord. Please help us figure out what paperwork/etc. we need (Special snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by futura_light to Work & Money at 9:56 AM on Sep 24, 2016 - 8 answers [5 favorites]

Historical fiction about Jews living in small towns in the US ~1900?

My great-grandfather came to the US around 1900, but rather than settling in New York City with all the other Eastern European Jews, for some reason he lived in a small town in New Hampshire for a few years before moving to a place with more Jews. I'm looking for books (mostly, historical fiction) that might give me an idea of what his life (as, probably, one of only a few Jews) in New Hampshire might have been like. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell to Media & Arts at 11:15 AM on Sep 24, 2016 - 5 answers [5 favorites]

What is the difference between "loner" and "keeps himself to himself"?

I believe "loner" is used in the U.S., whereas the expression "a man who keeps himself to himself to himself" is used in the U.K. Do the two have different connotations? If so, what are the differences, and why? [more inside]
posted by A. Davey to Society & Culture at 3:24 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 7 answers [5 favorites]

Help me find good books for my 12-year-old neighbor.

So the kid next door is curious, restless, and smart as hell. He knows we have a shit ton of books, so he just asked me if he could borrow one for his weekly reading assignment. We have nothing for kids on hand, but I would really love to set him up with a few great things from the library or bookstore. Can you help me hook this kid on reading? He says he likes sports, adventure, and mystery. Bonus points for African-American content/protagonists/heroes. Thanks, everybody!
posted by kelborel to Education at 5:14 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 23 answers [5 favorites]

Did your kid take a gap year?

I'm looking for advice on gap year experiences (between HS and college) [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio to Education at 8:26 AM on Sep 24, 2016 - 25 answers [4 favorites]

Which newsreels should I watch?

I have begun a project to watch many classic films in chronological order. I have found several lists of movies to include. But there is one genre for which I haven’t been able to determine noteworthy films, and this is newsreels. Can you suggest any newsreels for me?
posted by maurreen to Media & Arts at 8:19 PM on Sep 24, 2016 - 1 answer [4 favorites]

I take measurements, you mail me clothes

On NPR's On Point show today, the topic was plus-size fashion. The main guest was Tim Gunn, and another guest was a Time reporter. The Time reporter talked about several startups, including a few where you could send in your measurements and they would send you clothes to try on that were calculated to fit based on you measurements rather than on standard sizing. [more inside]
posted by megancita to Shopping at 7:25 PM on Sep 22, 2016 - 16 answers [54 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Optimizing book reading

I'm looking for tips on how to become a better reader. [more inside]
posted by aeighty to Writing & Language at 8:03 AM on Sep 23, 2016 - 24 answers [23 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

to be or not to be...disclosing

I'm a dissertation-writing Ph.D. student. I was supposed to work on chapter X over the summer, and have a draft by the end of the summer. I've also asked two extensions, and am about to ask for another one. I'm wondering if I should disclose my extenuating circumstance. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree to Human Relations at 6:49 PM on Sep 23, 2016 - 13 answers [8 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Terminal Brain Cancer When You're Down and Out

My roommate's partner, who is a close friend of mine, has stage III terminal brain cancer. He has been symptom free for almost a year but he has recently been showing signs of the cancer advancing, including seizures. He is terrified of dealing with the system of getting treatment, and has been turned down for disability even though he is unable to work because of the cancer. How can we help? [more inside]
posted by ananci to Health at 10:28 PM on Sep 23, 2016 - 10 answers [5 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Fiat lux

How do I tastefully illuminate a large, top-hat-wearing inflatable spider? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery to Home & Garden at 6:36 AM on Sep 24, 2016 - 7 answers [3 favorites]

Should I foster a baby animal? Which?

I've never had pets. I know my household cannot absorb a forever pet. But I have some time and I want to snuggle baby animals. Tell me your good and bad animal fostering experiences and help me figure if I'm a good candidate for an animal foster mom. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Pets & Animals at 8:06 AM on Sep 24, 2016 - 11 answers [3 favorites]

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