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What are some good "sandbox" video games where there's no point but fun?

I like playing video games but as I have gotten older I have less time to spend and less patience when I get stuck somewhere. I have found that my favorite parts of games are just driving around or exploring the world or doing side tasks (like fishing or shooting a bow-and-arrow in Zelda). Are there games these days where you can do just that kind of stuff, without some broader need to solve a puzzle or shoot a guy? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:27 AM on Aug 27, 2015 - 36 answers [45 favorites]

Strong Women for a Little Woman

I am looking for images/posters of strong and powerful women to hang in my young daughter's room. So far I have considered "Votes for Women"/Suffragettes and the "We Can Do It" wartime poster. Any more suggestions?
posted by saradarlin to Society & Culture at 10:53 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 36 answers [36 favorites]

Nothing compares to Glitch

I miss Glitch. What can I play to scratch the itch? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never to Computers & Internet at 11:05 AM on Aug 27, 2015 - 19 answers [34 favorites]

Novellas, novelettes, short stories

Where do you read novellas, novelettes and short stories in science fiction? Whom do you suggest? During the golden age of sf I relied on Analog/Astounding, but after all the recent Hugo drama I have realized that I barely keep up with the new novels. Looking back at the titles that won Hugos and Nebulas, I realized how many of the shorter pieces I truly loved and I feel the need to get to know the youngish writers. Tell me whom I should read and where I'll find that author.
posted by francesca too to Writing & Language at 5:56 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 11 answers [33 favorites (23 in the past 24 hours)]

I want to watch all the spy movies. Which ones should I watch?

Any recommendations for espionage movies? I somehow let a decade and a half go by relatively movie-less. I do have Netflix, but please don't limit your recommendations if Netflix doesn't have it. Classics are fine, too. Thanks so much!
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah to Media & Arts at 7:16 PM on Aug 25, 2015 - 66 answers [67 favorites (14 in the past 24 hours)]

Looking for White Wine Recommendations ($10-20 Range)

I'm getting bored with my usual rotation and am looking for more or less everyday white wine recommendations, to go with dinner, with a few special snowflake requirements. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp to Food & Drink at 3:02 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 24 answers [17 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

This was easier when I had actual books on actual shelves.

I need help figuring out an idiotproof way to organise my growing ebook collection. Mild snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Computers & Internet at 10:13 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 12 answers [11 favorites]

Help finding interesting writing on chaos/complexity of the mind

I'm looking for interesting writing on chaos, confusion, losing control, being insecure, complexity of the mind, thriving in chaos. I would love something from writers like Alan Watts and William S. Burroughs or someone along the same vein.
posted by poorchanticleer to Writing & Language at 10:45 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 7 answers [9 favorites]

Books Like Helter Skelter and Going Clear

Pretty self-explanatory, but I'll go into a bit more detail under the cut. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate to Media & Arts at 9:33 PM on Aug 25, 2015 - 40 answers [79 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Beautiful, uncrowded places to hike near San Francisco

What are some beautiful, uncrowded places to hike within three hour's drive of San Francisco, where one can feel alone in the world? [more inside]
posted by 3491again to Travel & Transportation at 10:27 AM on Aug 26, 2015 - 19 answers [28 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

I need to trump Trump.

Tonight, I found out that my parents, both registered Democrats, support Donald Trump. I need to explain to them why this is bad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:01 PM on Aug 27, 2015 - 42 answers [7 favorites]

How to stop an onslaught of junk mail after selling annuity

When I was in a pinch a couple of years ago I sold an annuity from a settlement. It worked out just fine, however, I guess I was put on some list that I had done this because after it was final I started receiving TONS and TONS of junk mail soliciting me to sell other annuities, etc. [more inside]
posted by rabu to Grab Bag at 3:05 PM on Aug 27, 2015 - 3 answers [7 favorites]

Mefites, what does your healthy yet simple diet look like?

I'd like to get some tips for changing my diet to something that's based around a handful of core healthy ingredients, if possible. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 to Health at 6:15 PM on Aug 24, 2015 - 24 answers [84 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Putting my best virtual foot forward

Seeking online dating advice! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy to Human Relations at 7:33 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 8 answers [7 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Documenting my physical transition from female to male

I'm finally starting my physical transition from female to male and I'd like ideas on how to document changes. Selfies, obviously, but what are best practices for photo-a-day type projects? What kind of dataviz things could I do? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous to Media & Arts at 8:59 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 8 answers [6 favorites]

What do I do with this mascarpone?

It... might have so happened that I went to the store more drunk than is wise. I wanted to make pasta, and so I went to get any kind of melty-whatchacallem cheese stuff for it (sorry, I'm not a native speaker). And I bought quite a bit of it, steeply discounted and all! And now I have a lot of mascarpone. [more inside]
posted by Pyrogenesis to Food & Drink at 10:20 AM on Aug 27, 2015 - 15 answers [6 favorites]

Sketching out a Plan B (and C and D)

I've put all my career eggs into a single basket. Can you help me come up with some alternate ideas? Scared chicken inside. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock to Work & Money at 5:18 PM on Aug 27, 2015 - 5 answers [6 favorites]

Can you recommend me the best anti-perspirant deodorant ever?

I used to use Dove roll on but am currently trying out Nivea Dry Comfort. I'm not sure whether I'm particularly sold on it. While my armpits generally smell okay, sometimes the armpit area of my clothes ends up smelly anyway. Can you tell me what's up with that? And/or: Can you recommend some kind of anti-perspirant which also imparts a pleasant smell, not just a neutral one?
posted by kinddieserzeit to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:12 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 30 answers [8 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Can you recreate the taste of bottled water?

I like the taste/mouthfeel of "Fiji" bottled water, but I dislike buying bottled water. Can I recreate what "Fiji" is like, from tap water? Is there something magic in it? (The bottle says "silica", along with the bunch of other stuff?) Or is it a matter of removing stuff? (Fluoride?)
posted by Mwongozi to Food & Drink at 11:34 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 16 answers [5 favorites]

Bars/music venues with acoustic pianos in the SF Bay Area

What are the bars/live music venues in San Francisco and Oakland that have real, acoustic pianos on their stages? [more inside]
posted by DrAmerica to Grab Bag at 11:57 PM on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers [4 favorites]

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