I really like holiday gift guides, which combine the illusion of thoughtful shopping with the ruthless efficiency of the internet. It's easy to find guides from popular websites and publications, but surely there are more and weirder out there on the web. What is your favorite 2013 gift guide? What are the most interesting gift guides from blogs and niche publications? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall at 6:36 PM Dec 10 2013 - 9 answers [103 favorites (100 in the past 24 hours)]
There are a handful of movies I adore and have watched over and over: Bring It On
, Legally Blonde
, Mean Girls
, and, most recently, Pitch Perfect
. Suggest more movies like this, please. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 8:05 AM Dec 11 2013 - 76 answers [91 favorites]
Most of the music I listen to is by men, and about men. The songs I have from female singers are either somewhat depressing or about love. I would love to get recommendations for uplifting songs by strong women that are not about love.
posted by blub at 4:18 AM Dec 11 2013 - 48 answers [44 favorites]
What newly released books would my nerdy, geeky, incredibly smart, completely rad uncle enjoy? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 at 9:18 PM Dec 10 2013 - 24 answers [31 favorites]
So, after decades of basically ignoring them, I'm finally getting into the spirit of enjoying classic Christmas songs. But I don't know much about them. I know many of them have been covered literally hundreds of times. As a starting point, I'd like to better understand which versions of popular Christmas songs have been MOST popular over time. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 11:14 AM Dec 11 2013 - 40 answers [26 favorites]
Many years ago I had a fabulous lentil soup in a very nice Greek restaurant (in Greece) whose owners/chefs were Cretan, and which used many ingredients from Crete (which may or may not be pertinent to my question). This soup was very, very dark, like mahogany colored, rich but not thick, and fairly "oily" (which sounds bad, but it was heavenly), and it was soooo
good. Now, all lentil soup is good, really. Mine is quite marvelous, but I've been remembering this soup for so long, and have never figured out how it acquired that color, or what ingredient(s) made it so different and special. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by taz at 7:18 AM Dec 11 2013 - 24 answers [22 favorites]
I don't want to find a good men's scarf. I want to find the best men's scarf. It should be non-wooly/scratchy, smooth to the touch, long enough and thick enough to be wrapped around the neck and draped over the front to create an insulation layer while waiting on cold train platforms and be in a "masculine" pattern/color that would suit most coats. It should also be durable and long lasting, I want a scarf you could wear without comment for 20 years and then be buried with it. Where is this scarf?
posted by The Whelk at 10:04 AM Dec 11 2013 - 24 answers [20 favorites]
I have of late been reading and watching first-person accounts of poverty in the United States. The most recent being Invisible Child
. I would like to continue reading stories told from the perspective (or about the perspective) of those living in poverty in the US. Books, documentaries, articles are all welcome.
posted by xingcat at 1:08 PM Dec 11 2013 - 19 answers [20 favorites]
If you were in your late twenties with no experience of farming or dairy, what would you start doing now to have a small goat farm and dairy of your own in 5 - 10 years? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 6:19 AM Dec 11 2013 - 21 answers [17 favorites]
Is there a flight search engine that lets you say your From location, leave the To location blank and set the date? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 9:25 AM Dec 11 2013 - 6 answers [17 favorites]
on the hunt for international art destinations -- ones that are off the beaten path, and maybe even require some adventure to find? [more inside]
posted by crawfo at 9:14 AM Dec 10 2013 - 34 answers [53 favorites (16 in the past 24 hours)]
Throughout my life, my father has had anger issues, typically directed at me. Although he isn't violent, he will become extremely (almost uncontrollably) angry whenever I do anything 'wrong'. Now that I'm an adult and no longer financially dependent on him, I want to stop this cycle. However, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:40 AM Dec 11 2013 - 55 answers [15 favorites]
So! We have a Baking Steel*
, and a great crust recipe, and have pretty much mastered the basic process of making pizza. We're throwing a pizza party for some friends on the 21st, and now I need some interesting pizza topping ideas that go beyond the usual mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, mushroom variety. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 8:21 AM Dec 10 2013 - 68 answers [58 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]
What are practical tips for keeping my mind on tasks at hand rather than other things? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 1:58 PM Dec 10 2013 - 8 answers [26 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]
Musicians, how did your parents' attitudes affect your musical development? [more inside]
posted by mermily at 4:55 PM Dec 10 2013 - 34 answers [16 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]
I would like to try camping, but I am an absolute beginner, and don't know a thing about roughing it outdoors. I guess the first thing I need to organize is shelter, so please help me: what do I need to know about buying a tent for one person?
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 6:52 PM Dec 10 2013 - 26 answers [10 favorites]
A few years back I remember reading an article that talked about female characters in media, specifically that a fifty-fifty split of men and women was seen as "mostly women", and a lower ratio (1/3? 1/4?) was seen as "even". I seem to recall "The Simpsons" was used as an example? Maybe it was just mentioned. Anyway, I would like to read that article again but my google-fu is failing me. Halp?
posted by insufficient data at 2:37 PM Dec 10 2013 - 13 answers [17 favorites (9 in the past 24 hours)]
Hoping some of the boozier denizens of MeFi might have some good suggestions for a couple holiday cocktails. [more inside]
posted by malphigian at 12:50 PM Dec 11 2013 - 15 answers [9 favorites]
At a rather advanced age, I decided to give video games a try. I bought a used version of the original Half-Life, and was immediately lost. I didn't know how to get my HEV suit on. And I would never have figured out that I had to go to my locker to charge it. Then I found some online instructions, and the problem was solved. My question: Does anyone tackle a game like this without instructions? Or do games normally come with instructions? I'm from a family of map-reading illiterates, and I have no geolocation sense at all. Is this the problem? Or is it normal to be lost without some step-by-step help?
posted by markcmyers at 1:44 PM Dec 09 2013 - 37 answers [25 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]
I love to walk to and from work, all year long, and this requires a warm coat. My current coat doesn't keep me as reliably toasty as I'd like. I want something as warm as a Canada Goose coat, but I don't want that brand - i want something that every second person (in toronto) isn't already wearing, and that is (if possible) slightly more urban/stylish/flattering, and less sporty/functional looking. In particular, i really don't want a big logo/badge on it, as all Canada Goose coats do. I absolutely want a down-filled coat, though. (I've never seen a wool coat that is anywhere near as warm as down.) Bonus points for something available at a retail store in Toronto (or possibly NYC, which i visit occasionally), and that costs $700 or less.
posted by Kololo at 11:57 AM Dec 10 2013 - 26 answers [23 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]
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