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Which moderately expensive thing has most radically improved your life?

Assuming a cap of about $1000, what object/device/service/experience has made the most profound positive difference in your life?
posted by helloimjennsco to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 6:43 AM
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Help me love the Instant Pot

I have a "7-in-1" Instant Pot that I pretty much only use as a bean cooker. Everyone else on the Internet loves this thing so I'm sure I'm missing something. Help me come around to it? Note: vegetarian
posted by mama casserole to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 7:01 AM
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Semi-homemade healthy

I really don't like to cook. My ideal meal involves pulling bags out of the freezer and pantry, dumping a scoop from each into a bowl, and nuking. For example, microwaved frozen wild rice + Indian Fare eggplant sauce + precut kale + local frozen meatballs is a tasty dish that takes less than 20 seconds to prep. Can you help me brainstorm some meals that are HEALTHY and made up basically entirely of frozen/packaged meats, carbs, veg and sauces? I have access to a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and regular grocery store.
posted by pintapicasso to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 3:35 PM
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Wanted: Broken Jokes!

In rereading our dearly departed jbickers' obituary from WFPL, I realized we had something in common: a love of broken jokes. Help me find more!
posted by bologna on wry to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 3:40 PM
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Free yourself from the grind

Who are the best gurus and best resources for "freeing yourself from the 9 to 5 grind"? Everybody and his brother has a book on how to set up an online business and/or multiple streams of income that will allow you to work from anywhere on your own schedule. Who are the best?
posted by Serene Empress Dork to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 8:29 AM
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It's passive aggressive only if you're in the West

How do you reconcile the fact that core aspects of East Asian interpersonal styles can arguably be interpreted as "abusive" through the Western lens? This is particularly challenging for me in the therapy setting.
posted by gemutlichkeit to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 8:17 AM
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We Are All Going To Die: 2017 Inauguration Playlist

I'm putting together a playlist to get me through this weekend. The theme is: we are all going to die/everything is terrible/this is a disaster/the end of civilization as we know it. Connections can be tenuous, lyrical/topical fit less important than the one moment of "HA! This song! Perfect!" Songs so far include REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It," The Homeless Gospel Choir's "Armageddon," Def Leppard's "Armageddon It." Not interested in generic depressing/downbeat songs or overly sincere songs or even hopeful ones. Bitter laughs preferred.
posted by DirtyOldTown to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 10:21 AM
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What can I make with leftover pork shoulder?

I make a pork shoulder in the crock pot about 1-2 times a month. My husband loves it and begs me to make it more often, but he dislikes leftovers and won't eat them unless they are made into something else. Frying the leftover pork and mixing it with veggies won't cut it. I can only eat so much pork by myself -- so what entree can I make with leftover pork shoulder? I can leave it in chunks or shred it.
posted by OrangeDisk to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 6:28 AM
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soulful electronic music

Looking for "soulful" electronic music recommendations
posted by bearette to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 12:29 PM
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Which sci-fi authors best predicted the present?

As we now seem to be living in a dystopian science-fiction movie, I am wondering if there are books or movies that were particularly close in their predictions of what life would be live coming up to 2020. A lot of cyberpunk seems to have been short of the mark, but my vague memories of their precursors (like John Brunner) lead me to think that there were creators in the 1960s and 1970s who were better at looking forward.
posted by Grinder to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 9:43 AM
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Emotional Conflict Resolution

I need to learn Conflict Resolution with respect to romantic relationships. The book Getting to Yes by William Ury is cited as the classic text on Conflict Resolution. It may be outdated and not focused on emotional aspects however. What can you recommend, books or otherwise, as a direction for me? .
posted by falsedmitri to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 1:43 PM
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Vegetarian cooking projects

My wife and I like to take weekends to engage in more complicated (or just time intensive) cooking projects. The problem is that most of my ideas are very meat heavy. I'd like some ideas for vegetarian or just vegetable focused, cooking projects.
posted by Bulgaroktonos to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 8:20 AM
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Pimp my (sweet) potato, please

We are new to the joys of baked sweet potatoes for dinner. I'd like to bake them and stuff them, but am at a loss for what to stuff them with. So far, all I've got is leftover pulled pork. What else should I stuff my sweet potatoes with?
posted by sarajane to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 10 at 7:52 AM
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Windows 10 best practices for home user?

I'm getting my first Windows machine after 5 years of using MacOS. What are current best practices for software hygiene? How do I neuter Windows 10's spyware? Do I need third party anti-virus software? Is there good maintenance software I should use from the start?
posted by Nelson to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 10:21 AM
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How to job search for a job when most jobs bore me?

I don't know how to find a job that doesn't drive me insane with boredom. I also don't have a "passion" that can actually translate into a job...
posted by galaxypeachtea to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 11:08 AM
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Here's my plan: buy land, build cheap. How do I make it happen?

What's the best resource for learning about buying land and building a tiny prefab house?
posted by Calicatt to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 1:38 PM
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where to travel in Japan

If you had 12is days in Japan this spring, as a first-time traveler there, where would you go? What would be the must sees on the first time? Other than seeing some of Tokyo, of course, I do want to see Hiroshima. Other than that, what should I see and do? Just me and a guidebook.
posted by jtexman1 to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 2:17 PM
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What TV Shows Are Like Burn Notice and White Collar?

White Collar is my all-time favorite TV show. Recently I've speed-binged Burn Notice on Netflix, and I'm almost done. I'm looking for my next fix.
posted by radioamy to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 1:45 PM
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I messed up big time in my relationship. Now what?

Long story short, I didn't fulfill a promise to help my fiance while he was under a lot of stress preparing for an extremely important presentation this morning. He is understandably very upset and disappointed in me. I feel terrible and have apologized repeatedly, but that doesn't change the fact that it happened in the first place and that this isn't the first time I've acted thoughtlessly and selfishly around him. How can we move past this? And how can I stop being so self-centered time and again? More inside.
posted by st elmo's fire to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 7:03 PM
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Digital piano upgrade: what's better than a Casio Privia?

I want the best digital piano money can buy, and I think it's a Kawai. Question: Am I right, and which model? I have read every review and discussion I can find but still need answers, if I can get them. Details follow.
posted by queenofbithynia to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 12:16 PM
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Hello! I am your husband. I bought the black bean flour with the idiotic idea that I could use it to make tortillas, so I could have black bean tortillas with black beans as filling, and just black bean black bean black bean. This was ill-advised and my first attempt was a disaster, so I promptly forgot all about it. This does nothing to change... [more]
posted by Shepherd to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 12:00 PM
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You didn't go with him to the grocery store to buy snacks. Your fiancé doesn't think there is any possible way for you to make up for the fact he didn't have moral support BUYING SNACKS AT THE GROCERY STORE. Yeah, the problem here isn't you "acting like an ass" other than the point you seem to think this is actually ok. Not going to... [more]
posted by CoffeeHikeNapWine to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 7:15 PM
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I'm perplexed more than anything by your reaction and how hard you're being on yourself. I'm an academic. I get that proposal defenses are emotionally stressful. It's not that I don't get that. But I think if you can hold his hand up until the very last moment, that's great, but if you can't (because, you know, you have a job, too), then you can't.... [more]
posted by If only I had a penguin... to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 7:12 PM
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You aren't going to want to hear this: I think your partner is being a terrible partner in a way that is incredibly common among male academics and that is a bad sign for your relationship. And in a way that tends to attract smart, insecure partners, often women, who do not have a strong sense of their own value or even their own intrinsic human... [more]
posted by Frowner to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 8:15 PM
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(we have been very careful to withhold my contact information due to some stalking behavior, so just getting an email is a little distressing) this is an AHA NOW I HAVE YOUR EMAIL ploy do not respond to the email, do not send a fake bounceback message, do not communicate anything that will get back to her as confirmation that you... [more]
posted by prize bull octorok to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 9:41 AM
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Hello! This is your friend on the internet talking....my imunocompromised husband died from an infection. I miss him Every. Single. Day. Death can happen and it's not just hypothetical. [view]
posted by mightshould to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 9:25 AM
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I may lose him as a friend, which is a concern for me. Doesn't appear to be a concern for him though. [view]
posted by magnetsphere to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 7:29 PM
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You don't have to choose. You should eliminate them both. Woman A hacked into your FB account. Cut her out of your life. Woman B is "obsessive and stalkery" and you don't trust her enough to believe she didn't have something to do with this even though you have no evidence she did. I'm sorry, why are you conflicted about this?... [more]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 5:23 PM
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Is wearing fake glasses as ridiculous as I think it is? As a glasses-wearing person, I hereby allow you to remain in our august tribe as an honorary member and to wear fake glasses in any and all circumstances for as long as you and you alone see fit, unto perpetuity. [view]
posted by Etrigan to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 1:09 PM
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He also doesn't think there's anything I can do to make it up to him. i saw this line and had to go back and very carefully reread your question three times to make sure i hadn't missed some vital piece of information in which you caused the death of his beloved pet or fucked his brother or punched out his grandmother or screamed a... [more]
posted by poffin boffin to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 11:31 PM
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He's taken issue before with my sometimes less-than-enthusiastic/not-so-gracious responses to unexpected (but objectively "nice") things he's done for me, where honestly I wasn't that enthusiastic because I'd just as soon have had him not do those things, as nice as they were Just wanted to point out that you are... [more]
posted by praemunire to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 10:23 AM
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Also, I already brought him flowers when I came home from lab. No one has ever gotten him flowers before and I tried to get his favorite (purple dendrobiums) but the store didn't have them so I got another purple orchid. But he just said "thanks" and kept acting distant and cold :( You are a saint who knows his favorite flower,... [more]
posted by queenofbithynia to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 7:56 PM
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OTOH, it is kind of a special thing for he and I to make this recipe together. I suspect that she got wind of this and that's actually why she wants it, so she can make it NOT a special thing. I wouldn't put too much effort into this line of thought. True or not, it's only going to make you angry. I'd print out the recipe or... [more]
posted by phunniemee to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 9:10 AM
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I'm second-gen Chinese in America, and I think just about every ABC (American-Born Chinese) that I know has to parse through a version of this. For me, it's been helpful to work through my upbringing and family dynamic, and ask myself what was: - Culturally Chinese and acceptable (significant value on the needs and opinions needs of... [more]
posted by joyceanmachine to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 9:20 AM
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People could die. You need to contact their employers. [view]
posted by cakelite to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 8:39 AM
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I'll give my view. I'm a veterinarian. I understand the need for euthanasia, and I also fight the good fight for my pets. My oldest dog was 15, had neurological issues, and was mostly blind. He had fought his way out of pneumonia twice and extremely resistant bladder infections numerous times in the past few years. I had to carry him outside but... [more]
posted by bolognius maximus to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 4:04 PM
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In other circumstances I would say give her the recipe. In these circumstances I strongly suggest you ignore her request as though you never received it. You did not give her your email address so like any other unsolicited email, it must have gone into your spam folder, or maybe she has the wrong address after all. Let her bring it up with... [more]
posted by headnsouth to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 9:10 AM
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I was almost sympathetic to him--I could see myself, if highly stressed, getting upset at your unintentional minor thoughtlessness and it takes me a while to process/articulate/move on sometimes--until your recent update. HE SULKED IN BED UNTIL YOU COOKED HIM DINNER AND HAD TO COAX HIM OUT OF BED TO EAT IT ? And now you have to do everything he... [more]
posted by kapers to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 10:53 AM
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Am I missing something everyone else is worried about? Yeah, people love telling people what to do, especially in regard to making sure they ascend the American Family Escalator and double especially in regard to anything having to do with babies or the promise of future babies. Oh my god. Millions of children all... [more]
posted by phunniemee to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 8:07 AM
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Anyway, it turns out he was sad because he felt extremely lonely, because in his moment of great need for emotional support (the morning of the presentation), no one was around. He was also worried that if I could "abandon" him in a situation like this, nothing would stop me from also abandoning him in more difficult situations down... [more]
posted by warriorqueen to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 11:12 AM
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