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on a plate or in a hill?

Often for lunch I rinse a can of beans and throw them in a container with some other ingredients to make a salad, like chickpeas + lemon juice + Parmesan. It is quick and easy. What other simple can of bean "recipes" should I try? No dietary restrictions.
posted by chaiminda to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 25 at 9:08 AM
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Children's books that encourage questioning everything

There's a new baby in our family, and I'm building a library so he'll have interesting things to read when he's 5, 10, 15... What children's books pack a powerful intellectual punch for their size? I'm looking for ones that make the reader question everything (e.g. social norms, traditions, their identity, even consensual reality). Kind of like a Philip K Dick book but for children. Also good: anything which encourages precociousness (like Matilda). A few that came to mind: 1) Eat Now, Pay Later. Short story I asked about here years ago: 2) The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss 3) Matilda, Roald Dahl
posted by daniel.poynter to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 8:13 AM
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What are the Muppets?

By which I mean, in the Jim Henson Universe, are there any hints/explanations about how Muppets occur?
posted by threetwentytwo to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 7:30 AM
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"You Got This" songs

I'm going through a really tough time at work. I stood up to my boss about something and got threatened with disciplinary action for being "disrespectful". All that to say, I need some music to make me feel better about standing up for myself and taking care of myself. What songs inspire you to feel that?
posted by aclevername to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 6:23 PM
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Yr favorite niche podcast

Give me your diamond-in-the-rough podcasts that you've never been able to recommend to anyone because the subject is too specific.
posted by book 'em dano to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 22 at 12:47 PM
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Budget-friendly snacks for 10-24 people

I'm looking for snack ideas for casual gatherings I host in my home 1-3 times a month. I'd like to keep it under $30/event and simple is best!
posted by deadcrow to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 6:20 PM
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Midwest MUST-DO's

I’m currently living in Chicago but plan on moving away in a year or two. Do you have somewhere you consider an ESSENTIAL road trip destinations from Chicago that I MUST do while I’m here?
posted by carlypennylane to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 6:37 PM
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What's a short ritual that will banish work from my mind?

I have a job that's engaging and challenging. Unfortunately, being engaged and challenged eight hours a day means that sometimes it occupies brain space outside of those eight hours. Given that I'm short on time, what are good ways to limit thinking about the job to just when I'm at the job?
posted by ignignokt to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 8:59 AM
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What made you feel confident again?

I am trying to rebuild my self-confidence and am seeking inspiration and stories from others who made a comeback after a long period of low self-confidence/self-esteem.
posted by nightrecordings to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 6:01 PM
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Help me think/be more like a Businessy Person

Businessy People communicate in bullet points and actionables. Their focus is always on the bottom line. They're calm and reassuring (because they GTD, and talk clearly and simply about how they're going to do that). I am a million embedded clauses, diversions - complications. I tend to notice nuance instead of the bottom line. Or problems to solve that people may or may not agree exist, Big Picture issues that I may be the only one seeing or caring about. How can I discipline my mind and communication for work?
posted by cotton dress sock to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 26 at 6:49 AM
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How to embed exercise into one's lifestyle?

I try to latch exercise into my day so that it seamlessly fits in. I'm looking for more ways to do this. Examples include: working close enough to home so walking is easier.
posted by Coffeetyme to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 25 at 8:21 AM
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Help! I'm in a rut.

Help! I'm in a rut. I've got several big decisions ahead of me, but I'm procrastinating deciding despite time ticking away. If you've learned any coping skills for this, I'd love to hear them.
posted by Anonymous to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 11:54 PM
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Sorry, another podcast question

Looking for more podcasts like Pod Save America, Two Dope Queens, Pop Culture Happy Hour, and Call Your Girlfriend. ie, topical but sort of general-interest, with smart, funny people riffing on general topics.
posted by lunasol to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 25 at 3:06 PM
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Unusual relaxation products?

Fidget toys are a recent example of odd/fun products that have an relaxing effect. Can you name similar products?
posted by Foci for Analysis to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 11:10 AM
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"Have you tried GTD?"

I have ADHD and my task managing is a mess right now. While I don't lack motivation or ability to prioritize, I have a terrible memory and poor sense of time. Help me figure out a process that lets me tackle my to-dos the most efficiently, and helps me remember to do them.
posted by brook horse to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 1:19 PM
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Things that are better with kids

Come September my husband and I will be transitioning from our little two-person family to three (fingers crossed, of course)! We've spent some time thinking about things we want to do before the kid arrives, and will be going on a last holiday for just the two of us. But we also want to think about the reverse - what are experiences or things that are better with a kid, or that can only be had if you have a kid?
posted by peacheater to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 25 at 3:01 PM
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Good savory dishes that include walnut?

Whenever I buy walnuts for something, I end up with some amount that sort of sits around for a while until I just use them up snacking. What are some good non-dessert recipes you love that include walnut in some form? Veg, meat, fish, pasta, rice, etc. all fine; no dietary restrictions – but exotic specialty ingredients will probably pose a problem.
posted by taz to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 11:02 AM
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Regional Indian and traditional British in London

Visiting London -- where should I eat? Particularly, though not exclusively, interested in places good for parties of 1 or 2, and in regional Indian and traditional British food.
posted by andrewesque to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 9:44 AM
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but WHICH island?

A friend and I are going to be in Scotland May 7-15. We are using Glasgow as a home base, but we want to go visit an island. I'm having trouble figuring out 1. which island; and 2. how to get to said island. Does anyone have any Scotland tips?!
posted by aaanastasia to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 9:16 AM
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The best time you ever asked for help

Tell me about a time when you decided to ask someone for help/input/advice instead of flying solo and how much easier/better your life was as a result. (Please.)
posted by helloimjennsco to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 2:13 PM
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Not an expert, just have owned multiple cats. Eight days is way too long for the cat to be totally alone IMO. Yes, of course the cat will hiss and hide when the cat sitter comes in, but at least she'll know that she's not completely alone in the world. And what if an unlikely thing happens, like the water spills? I think you need to have someone... [more]
posted by flourpot to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 4:22 PM
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That said, I strongly resent the implication that guests can't be trusted to abide by those requests... Not that I don't think this isn't a weird request but they absolutely cannot. Not even a little. [view]
posted by griphus to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:26 AM
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Please go! Enjoy the experience, and perhaps write a card that will inspire her - tell her what you have told us, that she is a pleasure to teach, that she is bright and mature, and how excited you are for her future. Give her some thoughts and ideas that she can treasure on her journey into adulthood, and consider this a function of your role as a... [more]
posted by matthew.alexander to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 21 at 2:41 AM
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Imagine, for a moment, that a significant portion of the population believed, based on your looks, that if they encountered you in public, you owed them a dollar. These people are total strangers to you, but they believe fervently that any time they see you in public, you are obligated to give them a dollar. They're willing to make polite... [more]
posted by decathecting to Ask MetaFilter on Mar 23, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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Dude, just leave your phone in the car. [view]
posted by papayaninja to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:23 AM
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This thread gives me some feels, as I have some felt in this game: My parents both worked for Children’s Television Workshop in the 70s & 80s, and a lot of their friends & drinking buddies were writers & crew from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. (One dude was literally just called “Monster.”) AND there were a lot of... [more]
posted by miles per flower to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 1:11 PM
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As the parent of a young adult with developmental disabilities, my heart aches when I read your question. This young man is not trying to creep you out with his hulking body, stutter, and half-smile. He is being himself, the only way he can be. It sounds like he tried awfully hard in a work situation that he didn't quite understand and... [more]
posted by MelissaSimon to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 10:51 AM
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By reacting in this way to you, the therapist is modelling their behavior as an appropriate way for your child to interact with you. That alone is reason enough to get your child seeing someone else. [view]
posted by J.K. Seazer to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 23 at 6:27 PM
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It's REALLY HARD for people to disconnect with their phones. Like, even with the best of intentions. Especially if they're of a generation where cell phone has been a part of their whole adult lives. I see this as an attempt to limit the cognitive load of people being at the wedding repeating a pattern of "I'm going to check my phone really... [more]
posted by c'mon sea legs to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:33 AM
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As the child of a mother who was not all that different from this, of a father who acted not all that different from you in addition to other issues he had, and is actually feeling a little triggered by this thread, and who is still dealing with the fallout of this at age 28: Your son WILL need therapy, and probably lots of it. Your wife needs... [more]
posted by actionpotential to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 10:47 AM
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Hah, I'm a college student who has gotten into a fair share of arguments on this... mostly on the side of free speech, but I've argued the other way too. Personally: have never found the argument that free speech should only limit governments convincing. Why do we think governments shouldn't limit free speech? Whatever reasons you think... [more]
posted by perplexion to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 2:26 PM
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And Elmo, and Cookie, and others are "monsters," whatever that means in the Henson universe. They are, to some apparent extent, different breeds, or species: Elmo says the "red monsters," like himself are ticklish. I presume Abby is an actual fairy, so we've got monsters, magical beings, anthropomorphic frogs, etc. We may... [more]
posted by Admiral Haddock to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 7:53 AM
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I'm pretty worried about the way you're approaching this situation, which seems to be from a perspective of "difference of opinion" rather than "yelling at a small child is wrong." Your wife is wrong. She's doing damage to your son. She's creating an environment just like the one she grew up in, which will likely turn him into... [more]
posted by something something to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:45 AM
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This is child abuse, and your attempt to adjust your very reasonable expectations to tolerate her abuse suggests she's gaslighting you. She abusive, not willing to admit she's at fault, and not willing to take any actions to change her behaviour. There is no compromise here. She is replicating the abuse she grew up with, which is what your... [more]
posted by Dwardles to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:54 AM
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When someone who "you know loves you" will turn on a dime and scream and call you selfish and lazy, it's WORSE than someone who doesn't love you. Echoed for emphasis, because OP, you clearly have no idea how true this is. When your MOTHER treats you this way, it teaches you that you don't deserve to be treated well by... [more]
posted by amelioration to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 6:12 PM
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I mean, I think there's a bigger issue here that you want up address, and honestly, in this context, I wouldn't address it. She lives in another state and her offer to provide childcare will not be meeting your other child's needs. So... Thanks but no thanks. I see no reason to be livid or to agonize this. You appreciate the offer to help but... [more]
posted by Amy93 to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 24 at 2:36 PM
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BONUS QUESTION: This is ridiculous and insufferable, right? A few years ago I would have said yes. Then we hosted a small wedding at our home. Two dear friends were married with a handful of family and friends in attendance (maybe 10 guests, plus the wedding party). Just as the ceremony got started, a phone rang. The phone... [more]
posted by anastasiav to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 11:00 AM
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> They're doing work for several very large corporations in the health care space I bet they're getting paid in actual currency that exists right now in the world. You should be paid like this as well. [view]
posted by rtha to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 12:28 PM
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I don't think there's any in-universe explanation for Muppetism (such as Gary's), but if you're willing to put up with my personal head-canon, I always chalked up the difference between Muppet people and creatures and the "real" versions thereof to being one of physical and mental presence; basically any person or creature can manifest... [more]
posted by Strange Interlude to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 8:10 AM
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"Am I overthinking this because I'm empathetic?" I do not think that is your problem. [view]
posted by Evilspork to Ask MetaFilter on Apr 20 at 9:58 AM
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