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Avoiding internet time-suck

I spend far too much time reading the news. Far, far, far too much time. It's embarrassing and I'm ashamed. I kind of want to totally disconnect, but I don't believe that would be effective ultimately. Does anyone have ideas for how to stay somewhat informed without getting sucked into an endless news spiral? I'd love it if there were some digital equivalent of a very thoughtful newspaper (without links!) with only the most important pieces in it, like with a paper newspaper. [more inside]
posted by tangerine_poppies to Computers & Internet at 2:18 PM on Mar 27, 2017 - 18 answers [27 favorites (18 in the past 24 hours)]

VPN Recs?

Congress just passed S.J.Res.34. So... I'm looking for VPN service recommendations/advice. I'm happy to pay (within reason) for reliability, privacy, and... any other considerations?
posted by coffee and minarets to Computers & Internet at 3:26 PM on Mar 28, 2017 - 8 answers [17 favorites]

Your go-to lacto-fermentation resources

I am about to start lacto-fermenting at home. I feel like I have always been doing this spiritually, but now I am about to do it physically. Your resources, recommendations and experiences please! [more inside]
posted by turbid dahlia to Food & Drink at 8:26 PM on Mar 27, 2017 - 25 answers [16 favorites]

How can I get the best travel deals?

Overwhelmed by this industry online and what deal sites are legit and what aren't. I've rooted around some blogs by people who do this for a living, but again -- they are being sponsored or run ads for these sites. Not sure if those are legit. Help! [more inside]
posted by MMALR to Travel & Transportation at 8:30 AM on Mar 27, 2017 - 6 answers [28 favorites (14 in the past 24 hours)]

Am I abnormally tired?

I feel tired almost all the time, and my boyfriend and I have noticed I need way, way more sleep than him. Does this sound like a health issue? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon to Health at 7:39 PM on Mar 27, 2017 - 18 answers [13 favorites]

Strategies for getting sh*t done while depressed

For the last few months, I've been situationally depressed – I've been dealing with a breakup, shake-ups at work and other life stuff. I know that "this too shall pass" and I'm talking about all of this in therapy. HOWEVER, my therapist is not very good at giving me practical advice for keeping it together day-to-day, and that's what I'm asking about here. [more inside]
posted by cookiedough to Health at 1:55 PM on Mar 28, 2017 - 14 answers [13 favorites]

They practically raise themselves with the internet and all

I have a 5 year old, going on 6 who spends a lot of time on the internet. This has been pretty great for him- I'm sure his language skills, maths and general knowledge are far greater than they would have been without them. However I'm concerned that he will inevitably encounter things that I'd rather he didn't. Tools or rules for balancing giving him the freedom to explore without being too laissez-faire? [more inside]
posted by Gratishades to Computers & Internet at 6:19 AM on Mar 28, 2017 - 15 answers [9 favorites]

Solutions for storing a wide variety of spices?

I have a ton of spices, and the tins I keep them in don't fit in traditional American spice racks. If you keep a wide variety of spice on hand, what do you use to organize and store them? If you've got a funky DIY solution for this, I'd like to know about it. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert to Home & Garden at 12:00 PM on Mar 28, 2017 - 28 answers [7 favorites]

How to get ahead at work as an introvert without strategizing?

I do not think strategically, for reasons. Mostly principles, as it feels like manipulation which is not my jam. I am noticing that a colleague is getting ahead through strategy despite low quality work (lots of missed deadlines, typos, red flags in internal audits) and questionable technical skills, because she is managing up with the supervisor. It is clearly a "sucking up" approach, with a clear agenda in all conversations where boss is present that reads as this artificial "I am your friend and you really like me." How can I also get ahead, without resorting to tactics? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato to Human Relations at 7:38 AM on Mar 27, 2017 - 22 answers [25 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Help me transform a year-long trip into something truly meaningful

I will be spending 12 months on a round-the-world trip in which my girlfriend and I will visit twelve cities in ten countries, one city per month. I will have all business days free as she works remotely on her laptop solo. Please give me ideas for how to transform experience this from a merely fun and leisurely trip to something truly meaningful, magical, and that will jump out on a resume. [more inside]
posted by fenwaydirtdog to Travel & Transportation at 10:01 PM on Mar 27, 2017 - 19 answers [6 favorites]

Craftfilter: resources for beautiful cross-stitch designs?

I recently got (back) into cross-stitch and made a small sampler in a single color. It looks great and I want to keep going! Can anyone recommend books, websites, blogs, designers, etc that I can browse to find cool patterns? [more inside]
posted by cpatterson to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:55 AM on Mar 25, 2017 - 16 answers [43 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Tips on Coming to Terms with Sexuality? And a bit of other stuff..

I'm a woman in my early twenties who is experiencing attraction to women and I'm confused. I’m feeling attraction towards my best friend who is bisexual, but I’m not sure if I should act on it, due to morality and fears that she won’t be receptive. How can I explore this identity without acting in ways I might regret? I’d like to build my confidence before I become apathetic towards myself or stifle a part of myself. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:46 AM on Mar 28, 2017 - 8 answers [5 favorites]

Seriously Hate This Task

Need a restaurant for Chicago, for dinner, this Thursday, for 7. Must have: good cocktails, at least one vegetarian option that is not pasta. Not be south of Congress, not be north of Montrose. Budget is pretty flexible, looking for nicer or something with a little wow factor, like a view. One diner really hates shared plates--so no small plate communal eating thing. [more inside]
posted by crush to Food & Drink at 8:54 AM on Mar 28, 2017 - 12 answers [5 favorites]

Stand, old ivy

What are the stereotypes of Ivy league students and graduates? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns to Education at 1:34 PM on Mar 28, 2017 - 30 answers [5 favorites]

Sending a child off into the world

What did I forget to teach my 19 year old? What will help her adult when she is far, far away? Help me compile a list. [more inside]
posted by momochan to Grab Bag at 9:07 AM on Mar 26, 2017 - 66 answers [54 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Brooklyn Apartment Hunting

I've recently accepted a job in Brooklyn. I'll have about $1,900 to spend on rent per month (less would be wonderful, obviously). I'm willing to live with a roomie, but would be open to a studio if that was at all possible in that price range (research suggests it's not). What are good options for places to look, given some criteria below the jump? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla to Work & Money at 12:13 PM on Mar 27, 2017 - 21 answers [7 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Can I do anything to prevent my MIL from being kicked onto the street?

I am in a dire situation with my mother in law who is poor and (now) homeless. She has been in the hospital for the past month+ due to a suicide attempt, which has also resulted in her being denied return to her independent living home. The hospital has decided she is no longer a threat to herself and needs to be discharged. The hospital social worker has been unable to find her low-income assisted living and is now threatening to put her in a cab and send her to a homeless shelter unless my husband and I take her in. We can't. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 12:46 AM on Mar 28, 2017 - 11 answers [4 favorites]

What exotic fruits can I plant?

What exotic fruits could I grow (in US Zone 9)? [more inside]
posted by saladin to Home & Garden at 7:35 AM on Mar 28, 2017 - 15 answers [4 favorites]

Japanese steakhouse broth soup recipe please?

Have you ever worked in a Japanese steakhouse? Ready to spill your secrets? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse to Food & Drink at 9:59 AM on Mar 27, 2017 - 16 answers [8 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Calming, educational but fun things to watch with young children

We have developed a habit of watching TV once a week with our six year old. It's something we all look forward to (and it means he's not the weirdo at school who doesn't watch ANY TV). We've worked our way through two box sets of Planet Earth and last night we watched Alone in the Wilderness which was wonderful as the narration isn't a million miles away from being like an American Attenborough. [more inside]
posted by dance to Science & Nature at 4:15 AM on Mar 27, 2017 - 24 answers [7 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

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