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I spy, with my little eye, everything that is happening everywhere

I am fascinated by live tracking types of websites such as FlightAware and Tweetping. Where can I find more real-time website goodness? [more inside]
posted by susanaudrey to Computers & Internet at 7:44 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 11 answers [54 favorites]

Help Me Understand People, Again

I don't like most popular movies and popular culture. My saying so has resulted in hurt feelings and angry people. Help me understand why they would be so emotionally invested in these things. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties to Human Relations at 3:51 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 123 answers [30 favorites]

What books from 2014 blew your socks off?

What literature from 2014 would you consider to be the best? I'm looking for page turners that tempt you to stay up late at night and exceed your expectations to a great degree. Fiction, non-fiction, short stories, space opera, graphic novel, anything goes. I'd like the best of the year to enjoy over break, and I'd like the recommendations to come from other like-minded mefites.
posted by SpacemanStix to Media & Arts at 9:07 PM on Dec 24, 2014 - 38 answers [176 favorites (18 in the past 24 hours)]

Coke Classic Rock

Help me build a playlist of coked-out, airless rock songs from the 70s and 80s, in the vein of Jackie Blue, Sentimental Lady, Hey Nineteen, and Only Over You. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry to Media & Arts at 8:07 AM on Dec 26, 2014 - 30 answers [28 favorites (16 in the past 24 hours)]

Technical fix for keeping track of the many strands of a novel?

I'm looking for some type of software that will help me track the events and worldbuilding reveals of a novel. I have just started using Scrivener for Windows, so it might be possible that there's a relevant feature that I haven't learned about yet. My ideal would be something that lets me tag particular scenes with events that happen in them and then look at a cumulative report of all the events (tags) that have happened up till that point in the novel. [more inside]
posted by overglow to Computers & Internet at 4:47 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 6 answers [15 favorites]

Unusual things to do in London first week of January?

The lovely boyfriend and I will be in London, UK from 2-9 January for a little R&R. We've both spent a considerable amount of time there over the past few years and so have seen most of the major sites. This time, we're hoping to discover a few things that are a little off the beaten track. [more inside]
posted by rpfields to Travel & Transportation at 3:10 AM on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers [15 favorites]

Displaying my goals so only I can see them.

I'd really like to see my long-term goals every day, but I want to keep them private. How can I display them for myself? Decorative and phone app suggestions all welcome. [more inside]
posted by sockless to Grab Bag at 1:50 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 21 answers [18 favorites (14 in the past 24 hours)]

It's the next turn on, uh, your side.

I have excellent spatial memory, but you'd never know it if you heard me speak. Is this as unusual as my husband thinks it is? [more inside]
posted by Ruki to Writing & Language at 8:28 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 16 answers [14 favorites]

calligraphy for the handwriting-challenged

I got an amazing calligraphy set for Christmas. I have never done anything of the sort before. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Media & Arts at 8:36 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 11 answers [12 favorites]

Am I Ungrateful for Feeling Conflicted About the Engagement Ring?

My boyfriend finally proposed! The ring is hideous. What the hell do I do? [more inside]
posted by Yoko Ono's Advice Column to Human Relations at 3:37 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 72 answers [11 favorites]

In search of tales of a turnaround from poverty

In a bid to make my 2015 different than my 2014, I'm interested in recommendations of media (podcasts, essays, short stories, etc) that tell inspiring tales of redemption, preferably from poverty. [more inside]
posted by item to Society & Culture at 2:12 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 8 answers [10 favorites]

Diet & Exercise

I apologize for somewhat of a redundant question, but I just went for my annual physical and my doctor told me that I need to shed the fifty extra pounds that I am carrying around. Bloodwork came back normal, but he said that if I don't take off the weight it is going to be a problem moving into the future. [more inside]
posted by nidora to Health at 9:06 AM on Dec 26, 2014 - 32 answers [20 favorites (9 in the past 24 hours)]

low-hanging piano fruits

I am a mediocre pianist but would like to come across as a much more capable one. Hence I am looking for suggestions for songs to learn for music that sounds impressive but isn't that hard to play. Thanks.
posted by Opengreen to Media & Arts at 12:17 AM on Dec 26, 2014 - 12 answers [24 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Good rollerball pens available?

What good rollerball pens are out there that produce a good line and are NOT the now-sucky Pilot Precise V7? See extended explanation for more on what I'm looking for in a pen and why the Precise V7 now sucks. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar to Media & Arts at 9:40 AM on Dec 26, 2014 - 22 answers [20 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Fun activities for a family of nerds in Montgomery County, MD

I frequently visit my parents and sibling in Montgomery County, Maryland and I'm looking for activities we can do together. [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise to Travel & Transportation at 12:21 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 17 answers [7 favorites]

How do I get rid of things, and where do they go?

So I am at my mom's house (my childhood home) and I am trying to clean out some of the decades of detritus. Some of it's easy - recycle paper trash, donate books and clothes - but what do I do with all the other weird stuff I've accumulated? Snowflake: garbage makes me really really nervous. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles to Home & Garden at 1:44 PM on Dec 25, 2014 - 26 answers [26 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

The best, the most beautiful, and the most metaphorical lemonade

It is said that "There are no mistakes, only opportunities". My mind is blown by kintsugi, the art of repairing ceramics using precious metals so that the repaired piece is arguably more beautiful than the original. Are there more things like this? [more inside]
posted by emilyw to Society & Culture at 6:53 AM on Dec 23, 2014 - 16 answers [69 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

I'm good at certain things. What cool stuff can I do with these skills?

These skills come intuitively to me: organizing things (email, shelves, boxes, etc.), spatial perception (navigation, fitting things into other things, rough estimations of length, etc.), and paying attention to detail. What cool things can I do with some or all of these skills? [more inside]
posted by Ragini to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:23 PM on Dec 26, 2014 - 11 answers [5 favorites]

Finding a way to make a quilt from baby clothes

I am going through several of my kids' old baby/toddler clothing, and many of them have sentimental value to me. I don't want to give them away or just put them in a box(es), and I'd love to make them into some sort of quilt or blanket. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:43 AM on Dec 27, 2014 - 5 answers [5 favorites]

The Value of Growing Up Poor

My (hypothetical) offspring will know a level of privilege and wealth early on in their lives that... frankly, blows my mind. How do I make sure that my kids grow up to understand the nuances of poverty, affluence, and everything in between? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit to Work & Money at 10:54 PM on Dec 24, 2014 - 35 answers [65 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

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