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How do I improve my storytelling?

Some people can tell the most boring story and keep an audience on the edges of their seats. On the other hand, when I try to tell people about the most interesting things I've experienced (and there are some pretty interesting ones), it tends to land with a thud. I seem to have no natural talent for storytelling, but I'm hoping it's something I can learn to improve.
posted by primethyme to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 18 at 7:59 AM
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Thank god we didn't meet before we were 30

I'd love to hear stories of people who met and fell in love after 30, especially if they're still going strong years later. And especially if they've experienced isolation and other adverse life experiences that make it hard to believe you'll find that kind of love. Did you meet your long term partner after 30, and maybe some struggles? And do you think you're better off because of that timing?
posted by bizarrenacle to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 10:05 AM
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Looking to wander around some new blogs and sites

I'm looking for some new blogs to lose myself in, to take my mind off of the train wreck that is U.S. politics these days. My current favorites these days are Unfuck Your Habitat (cleaning and tidying), Budget Bytes (cooking), Lifehacker (family of sites that cover gadgets and life tips), Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools (gadgets and new uses for existing products), Apartment Therapy (small home decor), and this Metafilter family of websites. The brain weasels thank you.
posted by SillyShepherd to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 1:57 PM
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Cheerful hostile music!

I've found my perfect work music: songs that are cheerful, melodic, and upbeat but with aggressive, hostile lyrics. Help me make a playlist so I can crush my job.
posted by medusa to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 19 at 10:28 AM
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Stunt memoir recommendations

I have a huge weakness for books which the author is documenting some sort of personal year-long challenge. I guess you'd call them stunt memoirs? I've already read a bunch, but I want even more recommendations.
posted by anderjen to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 2:04 PM
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How does an advanced MS Office user get more advanced?

I, like lots of people, use Microsoft Office almost every day. I like to think of myself as a power user, I can do some basic scripting in Excel, do some cool stuff with Styles in Word, etc. However, I realize that most of the skills I learned in Office I learned a decade ago, and, while they are still supported, there are probably lots of other cool features and shortcuts that have been added, as well as new, better approaches to using these packages. So, my question is twofold: 1) How do I, as an advanced user, learn more advanced things (as opposed to reading stuff written for beginners) and 2) Are there any amazing Office tips/approaches anyone can share?
posted by blahblahblah to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 11:19 AM
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Your incredibly absorbing summer reads: omnivore edition

I need to distract myself from thoughts of the impending apocalypse and am looking for recommendations for books that you just couldn't put down. My tastes lean towards crime (true and fiction), psychological thrillers, mystery, politics, psychology etc. but I am pretty much open to anything these days, as long as it keeps me off Facebook and CNN.
posted by rpfields to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 10:47 AM
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Relearning Math concepts again as an adult

I am looking for a good book and/or resources to revisit all major mathematical concepts. I am not looking for an all academic kind of in depth book but one that would be inspiring, cover breadth and let me dig further into a specific concept more. I have a technology background but to be honest i have forgotten mathematics.
posted by gadget_gal to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 8:15 PM
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Need suggestions for high-protein breakfasts

Dear god am I sick of Greek yogurt. TL; DR: I've been aiming to eat more protein lately; getting between 30-50g at breakfast would be ideal. I feel I'm in a bit of a rut, however --- I have been switching up between greek yogurt w fruit, smoothies w protein powder, and omelettes. I need more ideas. Any help?
posted by Diablevert to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 8:51 AM
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Making-of documentaries

The other night, I was scrolling through my Hulu looking for things to watch, and I found The Beach Boys: Making Pet Sounds from Showtime. Serendipitously, I'd just been talking to my wife about what a genius Brian Wilson is, and you know how, in writing workshops, they say to "show, don't tell"? Well, this one really showed. I'd like to find some others that are similar.
posted by kevinbelt to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 11:28 AM
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Ways to learn French without taking a class?

After having a French class at the local community college canceled twice due to low enrollment, that looks like a non-starter--what are some other ways I can work to learn French? I've already done Duolingo for a while and I'm pretty sick of it (and ready to move onto a more structured method.) Thanks!
posted by Automocar to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 18 at 7:59 AM
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How to respond to Whataboutism?

In the wake of Charlottesville, the right is ramping up its use of whataboutism. I'm actually finding that it's an oddly difficult rhetorical move to effectively counter, and I'd like to hear some potential strategies.
posted by holborne to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 10:01 AM
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Just to be abundantly clear, there is no porn stash

I've inadvertently created the impression that I have contraband hidden in our house. Help me lean into that with suggestions for things I could hide around the place that appear illicit at first (and maybe second) glance but are actually entirely innocent.
posted by VoltairePerkins to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 8:53 AM
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Art workbook after "Drawing on the Right Side"

In December I completed the book and workbook “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” I would like to find a similar workbook to take me another step forward. It was really useful to have a discrete workbook with a clear end that I could accomplish in a specific time period. I also quite liked how there was a variety of methods, media, and subjects. What structured, self-guided artistic guides do you recommend?
posted by rebent to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 11:26 AM
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Forgot 106 year-old fruitcake, help me make edible fruitcake

The whole interest in the Antarctica fruitcake (Mefi link) made me realize I've never made fruitcake and don't know if I've ever had a good one. The last ask me on this is 7 years old, so what's the best fruitcake recipes today and your tips and tricks?
posted by Carillon to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 11:53 PM
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Magical, Offbeat Chicago

I will be visiting Chicago in the fall. Please tell me what gives Chicago its own unique sense of place. Bonus points for places you would take a special person, places with a strong sense of place, things that are highly typical of or unique to Chicago, restaurants with wonderful food, striking or unusual architecture, neighborhoods to explore
posted by sleepy psychonaut to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 8:13 AM
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Best Kids Podcasts

During a long car ride this past weekend, I put on some episodes of Wow in the World for my four year old, and he loved them. I particularly liked that they were better than his usual request of poppy kids music. Unfortunately, episodes only come out twice a week. What are other podcasts, preferably short and educational, that are aimed at young kids?
posted by noneuclidean to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 4:51 PM
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identity politics: why it matters

I have been communicating with a younger online friend for a few months. Lately, he's gotten the idea in his head that "identity politics" are the root of all evil in this country, that we should be judging people as individual and ignoring things like race, gender, etc. All well in good, except as far as I can tell, that's not how the world actually operates. What are some good arguments and sources that I can use to help him understand why the group matters in politics?
posted by zug to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 12:42 PM
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Fun, "medium-fiddly" recipes that take less than 2 hours, all in?

I've been having a rough couple days, need to get off the internet, and would love to immerse myself in an engaging, fun, new dinner recipe that won't leave me frustrated and hungry.
posted by functionequalsform to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 2:21 PM
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Why does my brain feel fried?

I was just in a business meeting for an hour and a half and I had trouble focusing or being able to think coherently towards the end. I am very tired and I feel like I need a nap. I did have enough sleep last night. I still feel overstimulated and somewhat overwhelmed. How can I expand my attention span and reduce my sensitivity?
posted by sheepishchiffon to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 10:20 AM
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This is normal. Hotel employees who are responsible for cleaning up after hotel guests will of course have a key to the rooms. The person knocked and got no response, and therefore thought the room was empty. I'm not sure what you want the hotel to do to compensate you for this - at best it is a minor inconvenience to you. This person was just... [more]
posted by something something to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 6:54 PM
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This is normal and the assumption is that if you don't want to be disturbed during reasonable daytime hours, you will hang the "Do Not Disturb" placard on the outside door handle. [view]
posted by lalex to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 6:57 PM
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I'll give you the Reader's Digest version: I was 48, alone, and zero prospects. I was on Match.com with decidedly poor to mixed results. It's not like I look like The Dog Faced Boy, but I was older, and that usually means invisible to women. I decided to give it one more try, and then put myself on the shelf. I got a vasectomy, because I assumed... [more]
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 10:29 AM
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Cancel the sofa, replace it with another desk and a proper chair for your partner. [view]
posted by mochapickle to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 10:15 AM
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Also one more thing: "I do not have a large support network. " You do now! MeFites assemble. If you need support during this time, even if it's just sending a stream-of-consciousness memail about your concerns, I would be glad to be there for you, as I'm sure others here would. [view]
posted by greenish to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 5:53 AM
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I don't think it' s any more complicated than this: Monuments to Washington, Jefferson, and other flawed historic figures were erected to commemorate the good things they did, despite them absolutely being guilty of having done wrong to many. Monuments to the confederacy were erected to for the express purpose of commemorating the awful... [more]
posted by tocts to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 8:47 AM
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I am opposed to "white people are obligated to change their shit relatives" because a) many families are so abusive this is dangerous/unhealthy b) some people only respond to consequences because, as white people, they're unfamiliar with them. They know the arguments against, they're not just uninformed. This is such a fun delusion... [more]
posted by Lyn Never to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 18 at 7:16 AM
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The idea of a "protected class" does all the work here. A baker can refuse to bake a cake, and a service provider can refuse to provide a service, on any ground except one that discriminates against a protected class. If I ask someone to bake me a cake celebrating libertarianism, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or the joy of having... [more]
posted by Aravis76 to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 18 at 2:31 AM
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it makes sense to be intolerant of lateness for ticketed performances that start without regard to your arrival, dinner with reservations, other people's weddings, funerals, surprise parties, doctor's appointments, plane flights, anything where you're out somewhere waiting for her to pick you up. those are all legitimate lateness fight-starters.... [more]
posted by queenofbithynia to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 11:06 PM
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Everyone together now: "Credos shouted in unison are scary!" [view]
posted by WCityMike to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 2:24 PM
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Got it! The 49th state is Alaska, the 48th state is Arizona, and the 23rd state is Maine. So the clue denotes the states represented by the Republican senators who voted against the latest (and hopefully the last) version of Trumpcare. [view]
posted by DrGail to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 1:22 PM
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Here's one way to think of it: You don't have to be 100% on board with leaving. It feels like you should do, because it's such a big decision and there's so much of your heart and your past tangled up in it. But the reality is that it's really common, to the point of being the norm, to have some part of you that is sad and regretful about leaving.... [more]
posted by Catseye to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 3:10 AM
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Yeah, a knock with no answer at 9:30AM and no Do Not Disturb sign on the door, they're gonna come in. It's what they do. Next time just say "not now, thanks" and they'll go away. [view]
posted by bondcliff to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 15 at 6:57 PM
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FFS, it's your chair. She should buy a chair of her own. If this is the way she treats your medical equipment--I mean, jeez, take a fresh look at this relationship. [view]
posted by Admiral Haddock to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 10:19 AM
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I've never met anyone who felt they euthanized their pet too soon, but many who wished in hindsight that they had done it sooner. If she's howling and throwing up and bleeding everywhere... What quality of life is that? If it were my cat, I would listen to the vet. [view]
posted by canine epigram to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 19 at 12:14 PM
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I think it would be weird if I dude I remembered from middle school didn't mention it in the first message! I'd OPEN with this. "Oh my gosh, I think we went to SuchAndSuch Middle School! I was in Mrs SoandSo's class!" And then she'll answer and this will all very naturally transition into a "what are you up to now?" convo.... [more]
posted by Countess Sandwich to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 18 at 2:51 PM
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I dated someone like this. The continual lateness drove me nuts. After years of it I spat the dummy and said "I don't understand, you can clearly be on time, I mean you're never late for work?" Before he could think, he blurted out, "Well yeah, but work is important." Reader, I dumped him. Ask yourself, if this person can make... [more]
posted by Jubey to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 14 at 12:30 AM
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This is ridiculous. Your landlord should be sleeping with earplugs. I'm a light sleeper and instead of expecting everyone else to literally tiptoe around me I wear foam earplugs by heroes. And in my case "everyone else" is my husband, not a paying tenant who should be able to make reasonable use of her own home. [view]
posted by hazyjane to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 16 at 10:19 PM
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"Be excellent to each other" [view]
posted by ukdanae to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 17 at 2:12 PM
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Texting you beforehand to tell you she's running late is pretty much the opposite of inconsiderate. Inconsiderate would be showing up a half hour late and not bothering to tell you she's going to show up late, and not apologizing for being late. (Note: I'm a compulsively on time person, and I think her behavior here is perfectly appropriate.)... [more]
posted by holborne to Ask MetaFilter on Aug 13 at 10:30 PM
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