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International Trade issues

I need to write a very long paper in this area but am grasping at straws before I've started. [more inside]
posted by kinoeye on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Anniversary gifts for parents?

My parents' anniversary is coming up, and once again I'm stumped. I never know what makes an appropriate, welcome gift to parents from their kids. Outside of big-anniversary gifts like parties, crystal, silver, and super handcrafted scrapbooks and the like, what are some good ideas for anniversary presents in an affordable, say $25-50 range?
posted by Miko on Sep 30, 2015 - 15 answers

What's interesting in Tokyo these days?

I'm going to be spending a week in Tokyo Oct 23-30, and my plan is mainly to eat delicious food and wander around. I lived there for 2 years 1997-99 so I've pretty much seen all the major tourist stuff. Current locals, what are your favorite things to do or eat? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Best bookmark

What tricky design makes you keep a promotional bookmark (or business card)? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jun 14, 2015 - 24 answers

Father's Day Surprise - Grandparents-to-Be Edition

Anonymous as it's too early to officially announce - but I'm pregnant with a VERY wanted baby. Help me figure out a creative way to tell my parents over Father's day weekend! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Name my radio show!

OK, we have a low-power community radio station starting up, and even though doing radio was never on my bucket list, it's such an exciting project (and group of people) that I've decided to get a show while there are still open slots in the schedule. The only problem is that I can't settle on a good name, and it's really important to me that I have one that works. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Jun 7, 2015 - 27 answers

What are you best ideas for finding a good company

I've been in software for about two decades. It's been a depressing ride. How can I find a better place? [more inside]
posted by porkpop on Apr 26, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me complete my lunch!

I need suggestions for something green or vegetable-y to include in my lunch box every day. [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 10, 2015 - 21 answers

Best housewarming gift for small apt living?

A friend recently downsized from a large house to a small apartment near the beach. That makes two adults and a dog living in a (700 sf? I can't be sure) home. What is a gift that I could give that wouldn't just be clutter, or better yet could improve their household? Obviously it should be small, and it has to be something the TSA won't confiscate because I will be flying across the U.S. to visit.
posted by Monochrome on Apr 9, 2015 - 27 answers

How can we make our wedding celebration at a bar more...weddingy?

About a month after our small civil family-only wedding ceremony, we're throwing a party at a bar so we can celebrate/get drunk/dance with about 50-60 of our friends. Open bar and our playlist: done and done. We'd like to put some creative, inexpensive touches on this event to make it feel more like a wedding and less like a big birthday party. (Inexpensive is key. We love the idea of a photo booth for example, but they're rather pricey to rent.) I'm hopelessly uncreative. Any ideas?
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Apr 3, 2015 - 29 answers

Help me find a way to do this packaging item?

I am trying to design a part of a package for a bottle. Basically, once you open the box, you find the bottle resting on a dock (or a tray if you will), much like how the iPhone rests on a plastic tray once you open the box. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Mar 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Father-son vacation ideas for a six-year-old

For ten days this summer my wife will be traveling with my daughters to a family thing, leaving me at home with our six-year-old son. But we do not plan to stay home. We will Go. Do. Something. But what? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Mar 19, 2015 - 27 answers

how do you Connect and Understand Stuff you've read?

ok, this is kind of a complicated question and I'm not even sure how to ask it. But I do feel like something is Wrong about how I read. Details below. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Mar 14, 2015 - 23 answers

Fun stories that are also good business lessons

I'm looking for similar stories like Mark Twain's quote "If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." More inside. [more inside]
posted by Georgia Is All Out Of Smokes on Feb 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Fun baby-shower me

I am looking for ideas for a (fun!) baby shower game for my boss who is expecting. The shower is happening in a restaurant with a small group of co-workers so it can't be too involved or outlandish. There's also that whole I-work-with-you atmosphere that makes things that I would normally think of for friends seem strange. Would be thrilled to see if anyone has suggestions. Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Feb 4, 2015 - 14 answers

How to make a useful USB thumb drive that won't get dumped like TMFA

I have about 100 brand new very high quality USB drives (between 8gb and 256GB...most of them are the larger end). What can I do with them? I bought them thinking they were going to fail, and I was going to go through them. But I found out that high quality shit doesn't fail within 6 mos. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Dec 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Save my gf from career hell!

My girlfriend hates her job and feels trapped by it - it's really depressing her at the minute! Help her come up with some ideas for a new job / career to pursue. She's good at languages, good with people and has experience of managing... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2014 - 11 answers

What comes to mind when I say "cleaning service"?

If you had to choose something that could visually represent a cleaning service for houses and businesses in an unusual, offbeat way, what would it be?
posted by omar.a on Dec 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Short vacation to Denver - first time, pointers?

My boyfriend and I are celebrating our anniversary- thinking about flying to Denver very early morning on Friday (Dec 19) and coming back late night Sunday (Dec 21). This is our first time in Denver! [more inside]
posted by BeSumr on Dec 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Gift giving: Secret Santa edition

I have been paired up with a co-worker to be a Secret Santa. Caveat, she is my boss. And she is pregnant. Everyone on my immediate team are public health nerds and/or general data geeks with a sense of humor, so any ideas for a quirky, funny, yet work and situation appropriate gifts are most welcome! Thank you in advance.
posted by mooselini on Dec 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Like hiking the Pacific Coast trail...only not

A massive, difficult undertaking. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. A commitment to something big and challenging. What is it? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Nov 10, 2014 - 31 answers

Gift idea for a colleague moving to Sri Lanka to teach

A colleague/friend has accepted a job offer to move his life to Colombo, Sri Lanka (for a couple years at least). Can you suggest a farewell gift that might be useful to him in this move? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Nov 10, 2014 - 4 answers

How to get better at organizing my ideas in writing?

How can I get better at organizing my ideas in writing? I want to be able to write essays, long-form blog posts, articles, etc. I want to be able to use in-depth writing as a tool to accomplish things, instead of just enduring it when it comes up. I'm interested in resources (classes? books?), techniques, and advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2014 - 15 answers

What to plant on/do with 17 acres NW WI newly cropped of pines?

We have friends with restaurants who would buy fingerlings, table flowers, herbs, etc. We have an artesian well. We have a giant ancient hops vines we could grow more with clippings. That's about all our ideas for now. Thank you.
posted by Kazimirovna on Jul 28, 2014 - 3 answers

What can I do with one overripe banana?

Aside from freezing to make a banana ice cream sort of thing, what can I make using a single ripe banana? I don't like eating bananas plain once they've started turning brown, I don't want to make banana bread, and I don't want to buy anything extra (probably) or do anything very elaborate or calorie intensive (Bananas Foster, for example). [more inside]
posted by taz on Jul 24, 2014 - 29 answers

Trying to turn a pet project into a fun and cool app to use...

I've been working on this little project called CheckIn, which is supposed to be a quick and easy to use Foursquare app that let's you check in quickly and adds interesting features like check in reminders (and instant checkins in iOS 8 - currently working on notification actions in my working build). [more inside]
posted by antgly on Jul 21, 2014 - 3 answers

"Where did you get the idea for your book?"

Please suggest some interesting answers for this question (for a fictional book). [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm on Jul 21, 2014 - 26 answers

[ l i m i n a l i t y ]

Which writers, artists, thinkers, etc explore the themes of liminality in their work? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 15, 2014 - 22 answers

The kid has a birthday coming up! Help me weasel out of her plan!

My step-daughter's 16th birthday is right around the corner. Like, 8 days away. We always ask her what she wants to do on her birthdays and usually she comes up with something like renting out a place to play laser tag or going to the water park or whatever and we are more than happy to give that to her and she invites friends and there is food and drink and merriment and Huzzah! This year, it could go bad. I need some help! [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 2, 2014 - 34 answers

The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

What are some subtle or lesser-known examples of current-day real-world USA being a dystopia? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 5, 2014 - 52 answers

Which EU law mandates specified ideas are given positive press coverage?

From memory the gist of the law is that a certain portion or percentage of stories in a given time period must promote specified ideas. Those ideas are specified by a European body. The official line is that the law helps to spread important information, by requiring that it is published and broadcast often. [more inside]
posted by M4R5 on May 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Need ideas for an adventurous and relaxing honeymoon in August.

Where should we go for a week-long honeymoon in early August? [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Apr 14, 2014 - 9 answers

40th birthday ideas for IT co-worker

IT-manager friend turns 40 later this year. How can we show our appreciation? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Positive symbols/reminders of death?

Lately I have been catching myself remembering that I am going to die one day. I think, like like Steve Jobs that remembering this fact is important. I'd like to get a tattoo on my hand, or somewhere visible as a daily reminder, "you are going to die one day". However I would like to find a symbol that represents the opportunity and responsibility of that fact, not the fear of it (like a skull). Any help?
posted by ejfox on Mar 3, 2014 - 31 answers

You are great here is an item I purchased for you.

I need to get a Most Helpful Person of the Year gift for a late 30s, artsy teacher. Please show me things that would work! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Feb 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Song lyrics re-enforce like a mantra?

I've been looking to no avail for research into the content of song lyrics re-enforcing ideas like a mantra in the mind. Does anyone know of any research into this? We learn by repetition so one would imagine the brain isn't selective. Brand re-enforcement advertising works this way so lyrical content should too?
posted by debord on Feb 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me think of a name for my potential business.

I need help coming up with a name for my potential new business. Unfortunately everything I like is already being used and I'm struggling to think of something suitable. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Feb 24, 2014 - 26 answers

Who are some current thinkers on Space and Place?

I'm trying to identify some current thinkers on the concepts of space and place, specifically in regards to the rise of social media, the internet, etc. I'm looking for writings from the last 5 years. Which authors (or works) should I be looking at?
posted by Stynxno on Feb 5, 2014 - 9 answers

In search of a thoughtful gift

[Gift Filter] I have been scratching my head for weeks in search of a thoughtful birthday gift for my husband. He is about to turn 29 on Tuesday and I still have not come up with anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2014 - 13 answers

accio worldbuilding project

I'm working on a worldbuilding project set in the Harry Potter universe that incorporates Bengali culture and history. What can I do and what resources can I consult to make this project awesome? (Mild spoiler for Pottermore inside.) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 25, 2014 - 3 answers

A purposeful life for a paper notebook

What do you use your paper notebooks for? I was recently gifted with several beautiful notebooks and also acquired various notebooks over the past year. I am having trouble figuring out great and practical uses for all of them. Hivemind, lay on me your notebook wisdom. [more inside]
posted by sums on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Tips for a new teen crafter?

What should me 14-y.o. daughter know about starting a small hobby/business of making and selling crafts? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Dec 9, 2013 - 21 answers

Smoked salmon + pasta ?

Is there a delicious way of combining sliced smoked salmon and pasta for dinner? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Nov 21, 2013 - 22 answers

Something that's lasted for a long time will continue to endure?

Is there a word to describe the idea that something that has proven its value for a long time (for example the music of Mozart) is likely to endure into the future? I remember reading something to this effect in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Antifragile, but my a search of the index and my google fu fail me. TIA
posted by quidividi on Oct 19, 2013 - 18 answers

I know, I know... another Halloween costume question

I am completely stumped this year for Halloween, and my fall back idea has been commandeered. Slightly nerdy ideas are encouraged, and while I am usually okay with being completely unsexy and going as a dude, I'm kind of burnt out on that route this year. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Oct 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Fairy Godmothers!

Which people, figures, deities, beings, etc personify the concept of the fairy godmother - a caring compassionate motherly figure who grants wishes? There's the fairytale stock character, but there's also Oprah (and to some extent Ellen). [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Gifts for a Loveable Nerd

Lastminutegiftsfilter: My boyfriend's birthday is coming up soon, and I have no idea what to get him! We're both geeky but his interests run far more deep than mine do in terms of comic books and gaming and things like that. The problem is: he owns everything already! I plan on consulting with his roommate, who shares many of his interests, but I'd love some input from the hivemind on this. For reference, he's 28, works at a video company and we both live in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Sep 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Beyond Google Glass: Good writings on Augmented Reality

I want to read about Augmented Reality. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Golden birthday on a budget

My golden birthday is coming up, and since you only get one, I'd like to do something special. But I'm pretty much broke. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Aug 20, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I be less emotionally invested in my technical ideas?

Why do I get so emotionally invested in "eureka" ideas that them having done before leads to a crash-and-burn for me? How do I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Aug 19, 2013 - 9 answers

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