My boyfriend is a very spiritual devotee of Krishna (via ISKCON). Before we were dating he lived in an Ashram for a while, and has been involved with the temple since he was in early high school. I'm happily Jewish, and not personally disposed toward that sort of devotion, and I think sometimes my inability to understand comes off as skeptical or disapproving.
His birthday is coming up in about a week, and I'd like to get him something, or do something for him that will demonstrate a commitment to his spirituality - or at least something that shows I'm trying. I'd love your suggestions. More details beyond the fold. [more inside]
posted by howgenerica
on Sep 27, 2012 -
So this was me commenting a bit ago
about how some views toward health care actually damage the lives of real people.
And now I need advice, because the situation has grown so far out of my control and I think I’ll go out of my mind with worry. [more inside]
posted by bilabial
on Sep 26, 2012 -
I need quick, healthy dinner options for a family of three (some restrictions apply). [more inside]
posted by po822000
on Sep 24, 2012 -
Help me name my new service! I'm opening a consulting service specialised in improving listings for bed&breakfast websites like airbnb, home away from home, 9flats etc... and I'm struggling to chose a name. Tell me what you think? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench
on Aug 28, 2012 -
Two single girls driving up to Toronto from Indianapolis for a 4 day weekend.. what should we do and other questions! [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Aug 25, 2012 -
Please help me figure out cute outfits when wearing athletic running shoes all day in the summer. I have to wear these for my severe flat/ pronating feet and cannot wear sandals in the summer but still want to look cute and sporty. I am a healthy middle aged woman who travels a lot, walks a lot, lives in a small town and generally has a casual lifestyle. (I would not wear them out to dinner--don't worry) just errands, housework,yard work,family bbqs)
I don't need help figuring out my fall and winter outfits because sturdy cute boots are my lifesaver but since in summer I cannot wear sandals I need help with cute sneaker outfits.
Please don't suggest Converse or other "fashion" sneakers because they are not sufficient. (i tried!).
thanks so much for your help!
posted by seekingsimplicity
on Jul 25, 2012 -
One of my best friends is moving to Chicago at the end of September, got any gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX
on Jul 20, 2012 -
I'm having the train removed from my wedding dress-- what can I do with the leftover material as a keepsake? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs
on Jul 5, 2012 -
I thought it might be fun to race around like giddy kids with my wife for her birthday. she loves Formula one and has expressed an interest in racing go-karts. We both can drive but do not own a car as we live in brooklyn and have no need.
Any ideas on where to race go-karts near nyc?
(I found this place: gpny.com, and it seems to fit the bill..but are there other options?)
Anyone else had any similar experiences trying to find place to race?
Extravagant test-drive a real car on a track option?
f1 model kit?
(thank you as always)
posted by 5lbauthority
on Jul 2, 2012 -
Grad Night Party question. 95 high school grads, on our way to the first of two secret venues. We have an hour to kill at a nearby school. We have ice cream, cupcakes, cookies. It will be dark. What do you suggest to make it more fun? This is a no drinking, no drugs, kids on buses, with chaperones event. We have a few 100$ to spend. Oh, it's this Tuesday.
posted by jennstra
on Jun 6, 2012 -
Writers I like: Johan Huizenga, A. S. Neill, Christopher Alexander, Philippe Gaulier, James Paul Gee. Thoughts I'm interested in: the systemic formation of culture; how we interact with and are shaped by said systems; how those systems emerge as part of a "playful" procedure; how play is often used as a release from cultural standards. Who else will I like? What ideas will fascinate me further? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on May 10, 2012 -
Teacher Appreciation Lunch. What goes with submarine sandwiches, potato chips, and pasta salad? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on May 2, 2012 -
I'm struggling with heath issues that make it hard to eat. I can only seem to keep a few things down. I need ideas of food that fit these specifics and super simple directions on how to make them as I'm awful at cooking and don't have the energy to do it. [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Apr 28, 2012 -
How do makers, hackers, and artists go about creating prototypes when they don't know where to start? [more inside]
posted by jfoo
on Mar 16, 2012 -
The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion.
I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out.
How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Mar 16, 2012 -
In transition, need some ideas of what to do with my life. As a job, as a business, whatever: what can this artsy nomadic person who can't fit a boundary do for love and profit? [longpost is looooong] [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Mar 16, 2012 -
How can I fill my downtime at work? My new job is short bursts of high-pressure activity and long stretches of downtime and I'd like some ideas for productive activity - almost anything goes (Details inside). [more inside]
posted by NoiselessPenguin
on Mar 15, 2012 -
Is there a word for this? Independently coming up with a "breakthrough idea" that turns out to have been previously discovered and explored. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Feb 23, 2012 -
My husband and I will be leaving our current town in about a year and a half, and we’re starting to think about where we might like to go next. We have several requirements (explained inside), and I’ll probably be posting questions about this more than once! We are thinking about taking a couple of weeks to explore some cities in California this spring or summer, and I’m hoping some of you can suggest some California towns that might be a good fit for us so we can start planning the exploratory trip. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough
on Feb 1, 2012 -
For those that keep a journal/diary/sketch book: When you start a new book, how do you continue to track and use the good ideas and projects in your old books that you'd like to pursue? [more inside]
posted by ooklah
on Jan 16, 2012 -
How can we help a precocious, highly curious 4-year-old who gets really anxious and frustrated if he can't channel his energy towards doing something? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jan 12, 2012 -
A friend of mine lost her blackberry phone. What can be done on our end to get it back or get copies of the irreplaceable pictures of loved ones from it? Long-winded weepy details inside. [more inside]
posted by furious
on Jan 11, 2012 -
What are some interesting things to do with a very long hallway in an otherwise not-too-large space? [more inside]
posted by taltalim
on Jan 3, 2012 -
I'm hosting a NYE party. The theme is time travel. I have a few ideas for food and drinks (and friends are bringing things, too), but can you give me some awesome ideas for making this party really fun and memorable? Any and all ideas are welcome! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea
on Dec 23, 2011 -
New Years Eve @ home Filter: Lets say you and your partner decide to stay at home for new years and you have pooled your money together to have $400 to blow on the whole evening (food, alcohol, general supplies/decorations/presents/whatever). How would YOU spend that budget? Describe your fantasy new years eve under that budget. Best suggestion wins a cookie. Additional requirements within.... [more inside]
posted by gwenlister
on Dec 1, 2011 -
How do I figure out what I want to be when I grow up? I've been very lucky in my life so far—just a little bit of work has yielded me amazing opportunities that have more or less fallen into my lap. But I'm starting to realize that I have no idea how to set, develop, and follow through on goals on my own. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet yo
on Nov 30, 2011 -
How likely is it that writer A contacts an agent with a writing idea, which the agent rejects from writer A but then encourages writer B, who agent knows, to write it? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Nov 6, 2011 -
I get a box of fruit & veggies delivered to my house every two weeks. Let me tell you something. IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. However, I rarely finish all of the apples and pears and bananas. I stuff them into the freezer when I don't eat them, but... my freezer is overflowing with frozen apples and bananas, and I think a few pears. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek
on Oct 10, 2011 -
I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic
purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Sep 16, 2011 -
Gift ideas. Want to send about 50 small gifts to a software dev team that has done an excellent job. Ideally, there's something for everyone, rather than a few things that have to be shared. I don't have much money -- maybe $50-$100 total to spend. Ideas?
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Sep 15, 2011 -
Idea(s) for a tattoo: Stories, myths, folklore, symbols/icons, quotes, lyrics, that deal with blindness or feature blind characters. In the case of a quote, it doesn't necessarily have to be by an actual blind person. [more inside]
posted by Venadium
on Sep 14, 2011 -
I have an all cedar 3 seasons porch and now that the weather is turning fallish I'm looking for interesting and creative ways to utilize the room...it's 10' x 12'. I also have a finished=eque basement that is being used for my office/sitting/extra room for guests that could use some low cost sprucing and more efficient space usage.
posted by gypseefire
on Sep 13, 2011 -
What would be a good topic for a 5-6-minute demonstration speech in a college speech class? Caveat: It must involve the use of a tangible, 3D object, but I have absolutely no
ability with crafts, cooking, or sports. [more inside]
posted by datarose
on Sep 12, 2011 -
What makes for a good elementary school newspaper? What makes a great
one? I'd like to know what parents appreciate (and what they'll actually read). I'd like to know what you liked best when you were a student, either from a contributing or reading standpoint.
I'd like to know from school employees/authorities what one needs to be mindful of. And I'd be very glad to know of what I can do to avoid any problems. I'd like to know from teachers about what school newspapers can do for students; and what one could reasonably ask for from the various grades to allow for students to make contributions and so the content is balanced for all ages. I'd love to see links to anything inspiring, and to ideas for content and design and such. So, I'd like a lot of information about stuff I have an idea about, but not much practice with yet. And that's a lot to do with three double-sided pages, I know. [more inside]
posted by peagood
on Aug 28, 2011 -