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Has anyone read any good books that have actually helped them get more done on a daily basis? I am procrastinating with many things that I need to do and the procrastination doesn't occur by doing nothing but rather by doing low priority tasks, or thinking, or even reading. If anyone has a system that they have used to be more productive, please share.
posted by nidora to Education at 5:49 AM on Aug 28, 2014 - 18 answers [101 favorites (23 in the past 24 hours)]

I want to learn to draw. I'm middle aged with little (but some) time on his hands, and I want to learn to draw. I've started going to a local art circle, and this has demonstrations and live drawing, and that's great. However - I'm also looking for online drawing courses to give me a grounding in basic techniques and to force me to practice. I don't mind paying if it's worth it. Any recommendations for online courses I can take; websites I can go to and books I can read.
posted by zoo to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:39 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 6 answers [23 favorites]

I was doing some reading about plutonium and realized that I have a desire to own a thing that's surprisingly heavy when picked up. Deceivingly so. Heavy enough to make people exclaim at the weight of my small object. Bonus points if it's not (too) poisonous or (very) radioactive. I know Au and Pb are pretty heavy, but can I beat that? What's the very densest thing I can (legally) afford to acquire in sufficient volume to keep on my desk and fidget with?
posted by TheNewWazoo to Grab Bag at 8:49 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 25 answers [22 favorites]

I'm DJ'ing a dance night at a rock club coming up soon that will be attended by 21 year old hipster types. What are some newer (within the last year) awesome dance bangers I can play to impress them? Genre unimportant but I want to avoid anything USA top 40 pop or too techno-y. Bonus points for non American music.
posted by josher71 to Media & Arts at 8:03 AM on Aug 28, 2014 - 25 answers [56 favorites (16 in the past 24 hours)]

Three of my favorite songs share a similar sort of vibe, a vibe that I tend to think of as sort of tango-like, but with a sort of snarling, sinister edge. I'd like to find more stuff like this so that I could make a mix tape in this vein. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts at 4:57 PM on Aug 29, 2014 - 9 answers [11 favorites]

Along with ashy elbows and knees, I appear to have inherited my mother's ashy, hobbity feet. They are tough, dry, and often flakey or cracked at the heels. What products or routines can I try to make my feet softer and more attractive? [more inside]
posted by TwoStride to Health at 5:41 PM on Aug 29, 2014 - 20 answers [11 favorites]

I am looking to read up on the history of USA and need book recommendations [more inside]
posted by jellyjam to Law & Government at 2:15 PM on Aug 28, 2014 - 21 answers [18 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

I got a new job (cool!) but have to turn in my MacBook Air from old job (oh well). Since I also used as my primary laptop for personal stuff, like banking and Facebook, it also has a ton of personal data on it. (I plan to buy my own laptop for next job. And no, I did not look at naughty stuff on it -- I do have a tablet.) The company wants the programs already installed left on the computer, which is reasonable -- so leave Photoshop and Word installed -- but I want to clear off any personal data. Is there a good way to scrub an Apple computer while leaving programs behind? Right now you could go to Twitter on my browser and log into my personal account without a problem. (I realize I can just Clear History on browsers, but also looking for deeper scrub, such as WiFi passwords and stuff on keychains).
posted by Peemster to Computers & Internet at 8:54 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 11 answers [10 favorites]

Emotionally abusive parents are coming to visit. Difficulty level: boyfriend introduction. How do I deal with the fallout? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising to Human Relations at 9:37 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 62 answers [10 favorites]

Is there a home hair dye that won't cover my gray? [more inside]
posted by 1066 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:07 PM on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers [9 favorites]

My boyfriend and I are going to be living out of this car for six months while we drive around Australia. Is there anything we should know to keep us safe, sane and well-fed? [more inside]
posted by roshy to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:13 PM on Aug 28, 2014 - 25 answers [8 favorites]

I've always followed the same, for want of a better word, 'beauty' regimen and until now there have been no issues. But now suddenly, I am experiencing many appearance-related issues and having to rethink decades-old methods. My problems are with my hair and skin. Is this a thirties thing? I could do with some advice on how to look decent again, as well as some help dealing with the emotional repercussions of suddenly looking terrible all the time. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:49 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 19 answers [8 favorites]

What are your favorite loose-fitting jeans for fall? Bonus details about my body type inside. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:55 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 8 answers [6 favorites]

My almost-3-year-old is cute and delightful in all the typical ways. So, people smile and laugh when she says or does cute things. So what's the problem? The laughter makes her cry. [more inside]
posted by barnoley to Human Relations at 9:00 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 26 answers [6 favorites]

Dear Metafilter, I need to automate some tasks at work, and I'd like to make it happen quickly. [more inside]
posted by schooley to Technology at 1:01 PM on Aug 29, 2014 - 12 answers [6 favorites]

We are planning a trip to NYC in November and looking for some specific 'best of' food recommendations... [more inside]
posted by JoannaC to Food & Drink at 5:11 PM on Aug 29, 2014 - 19 answers [6 favorites]

I've only heard the song twice in my life. The second time I managed to slam a cassette tape into a tape recorder, capturing the 2nd half of the song. That was thirty years ago. Haven't figured it out since. [more inside]
posted by Hanzo to Media & Arts at 7:34 PM on Aug 27, 2014 - 6 answers [41 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

So, I know that MeFi bikers are strong and fearless and use their gears and believe in bike commuting. But my particular commute is very long and not all that safe for biking, so instead I have used my beautiful Trek to ride to the train or bus park and ride. Which is fine, except that the longer ride, to the train, is killing me due to two monster hills. So, I'm really getting interested in an electric bike, and I am thinking specifically about this one or this one. Can the hive mind opine on what it is like to own an electric bike and whether I am making good choices? I'm actually OK with spending a few thousand because it is still cost effective. Other pertinent info is that I am a petite woman and my commute to the train is often going to be wet/dark.
posted by bearwife to Travel & Transportation at 5:22 PM on Aug 28, 2014 - 20 answers [6 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Say he don't like 'em boney, he wants something he can grab So I pulled up in the Jag, and I hit him with a jab like Dun da da dun dun dun dun dun dun [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont to Media & Arts at 12:49 AM on Aug 29, 2014 - 7 answers [5 favorites]

My SO and I are having a good natured but heated argument about futons vs. pull-out beds. Convince one of us that one or the other is a good thing. [more inside]
posted by cmoj to Home & Garden at 8:21 AM on Aug 27, 2014 - 60 answers [11 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

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