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Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live -- And Other Inspirations.

I'm doing research for an artistic work exploring the theme of suicide, and I seek 1) a particular recent article arguing that life is not worth living and 2) the most provocative, interesting works on suicide from artistic, philosophical, social science, journalistic, religious or medical perspectives. [more inside]
posted by reren on Jun 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Need inspiration for my next work of... well... something.

I'm not an artist by any stretch, but I recently discovered that I kind of like painting with acrylics-- and I've badly needed a hobby for a while now. But I also need inspiration and so I'm looking for images that I can use as examples, but that I can make my own. For example, I really liked this and so my very first (and so far only) painting was this (1,2). I'm liking very geometrical or line-based repeating patterns that are either brightly multi-colored or monochromatic designs, but even though I have rulers and compasses, I also have a very unsteady hand so the design has to be kind of forgiving. Can you help me find images or sites where I might be able to find an idea for my next one? [more inside]
posted by mireille on May 18, 2012 - 18 answers

New, [unsusual()?] career choices.

I am a Systems Engineer. I work with models and simulations and do a lot of work with Excel and Bespoke modelling tools and massive massive piles of data. I'm pretty good at it, most of the time. But, what else could I do (preferably in or near London) ? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on May 17, 2012 - 3 answers

*Sad Charlie Brown Song*

In need of some inspiration/motivation [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on May 14, 2012 - 18 answers

Non-religious quotes for graduating university students?

Help me find an inspirational quote that is non-religious. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Apr 17, 2012 - 22 answers

Hunger Games predecessors?

What are the books and films that The Hunger Games rips off pays homage to? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Building better worlds ... for real?

Real-world inspirations for the Peter Weyland character from Prometheus? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 19, 2012 - 14 answers

San francisco photography

I used to take pictures a ton, but I'm working all the time now. I want to try and go out and shoot photos during my lunch break & after work (near Montgomery St. Station). I'm looking for suggestions of good photogenic or interesting places in San Francisco to go that would help me jumpstart my old hobby. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Feb 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Creativity Zapped

How do I get my artistic inspiration/mojo back? I have 3 primary artistic outlets: pottery, photography/videography and writing (primarily about my travels and linked to the photography. I seem to be crap at all of them and can't get back in the zone. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Feb 19, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me think of tattoos

Help me find inspiration for my tattoos [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2012 - 31 answers

How to photograph what a hug feels like

I would like to photograph what it feels like to be hugged (be the huggee). I'm looking for inspiration. Have you ever seen a photo or film shot that captures this feeling? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Jan 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find the perfect bag for 2012

I desire a new bag. Something sturdy to carry my laptop* and books in. Something I can easily kart around on my bicycle (on my back, shoulder, or otherwise a flexible paneer). I'm based in London, UK. Budget floating around £100ish. Give me inspiration people! [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 3, 2012 - 18 answers

I totally would've been Pvt. Pyle in Full Metal Jacket

When playing sports, I don't handle the "drill sergeant" personality well, at all. How do I change myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 - 15 answers

Soliciting Quotations

My wife is starting a new blog to kick off the new year, and it's going to be based on an idea that revolves around inspirational quotes, one a week throughout 2012. My daughter and I are in charge of finding the quotes. Care to donate one? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Dec 26, 2011 - 29 answers

Inspirational quotes/essays/poems - Got any good ones, Metafilter?

Inspirational quotes/essays/poems/pictures - Got any good ones? [more inside]
posted by pseudonymph on Dec 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Your Insight to What Can Jump Start a Person Out of a Hopeless State

I have sputtered down into a rather listless scary hopeless state. I have depression which I am being treated for. My question... What has gotten you up or moving ahead when in the darkest pit? I am taking things about 1 hr at a time right now and was doing conventional things as best I could like exercise and spiritual things, but it is like a watch that has stopped. I guess I want to know what has helped you, no matter how tangential it may seem. I appreciate your time and responses. (I suspect there may have been other links on MeFi over the years on this as this is the human condition and I apologize in advance if it seems like I have been to lazy to look. It has taken me 1 hr to even compose this question.)
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 4, 2011 - 28 answers

Who/what has inspired you to have more passion and better work ethic?

I'm looking for inspirational stories of people with a vision they're passionate about, and the work ethic to accomplish what they set out to. Tales that make you come away thinking "Yes, that is how I want to be living my life" and charge you up for the work you're doing. They don't have to be people you'd generally admire or seek to emulate - whatever their goals, it's that spark/drive/dedication/grit I'm most interested in. [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Nov 5, 2011 - 10 answers

THis close to worshiping Prometheia

Are there any other folkloric/religious/mythological beings/concepts other than the Muses who preside over or rule inspiration or creativity? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Who are the inspiring leaders who aten't ded?

I'm out of the loop. The first I heard about Jack Layton and Paul Wellstone and John Smith was when they died. Help a working mama out: who are the inspiring leaders who aren't dead yet? Obviously I skew Anglophone in my language constraints and bleeding-heart liberal in my politics, but I'm interested in hearing about anyone anywhere who seems compassionate and competent... so far.
posted by rdc on Aug 26, 2011 - 24 answers

Rap songs that are positive/inspiration/hardship (no gospel or religious versions please)

What rap songs do you recommend that are about hardship and positive? I prefer recent songs. [more inside]
posted by blueshok on Aug 12, 2011 - 29 answers

Help inspire me to design great website UI's!

I'm a solo UI designer for an ad agency & I'm looking for good website or blogs that'll inspire me to make cool & effective user interfaces. Individual websites are cool & all ,but what I'm really looking for are sites like TheFWA or SmashingMagazine that curate cool designs. Bonus points for sites that look at e-commerce websites. Fellow web designers: Where do you get inspiration?
posted by cuando on Jul 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find inspiration

What are the best biographies/autobiographies/memoirs/novels for inspiration and psyching up? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Completely lost my motivation to do what I love, what happened and how do I get it back?

A few years ago I used go through a book in a day, was drawing constantly, writing for fun and was becoming halfway decent at the guitar. Now I can barely get around to reading the first chapter, haven't even written a page nor drawn anything in the last few years and my guitar has been gathering dust. What happened to me and how do I get my mojo back? [more inside]
posted by CreativeUsername on Jul 14, 2011 - 18 answers

name my art and coffee group, please

Please name my little group and suggest items that should be provided. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Jun 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Inspire me, train me

I'm looking to find examples of and ideas for some inspirational training for young execs. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Jun 24, 2011 - 4 answers

What inspires you?

Is there a blog that highlights the courageous life of someone on a daily basis in an easily readable format? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Jun 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Outfit Inspiration

What are your favorite fashion blogs for inspiration? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on May 6, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me open myself to the Muse

How do I recapture the type of inspiration and creative energy I had when I was younger? And how do I balance paid creative work with personal? [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on May 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Helpful loss mantra?

Quotations to help with the loss of loved ones? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Apr 3, 2011 - 14 answers

How should I waste a couple hours in Tampa?

What's the most interesting thing I can do in a couple hours in Tampa, Florida? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

The Senses of San Fran

What sort of sensory things - tastes, smells, sounds, you know the deal - are reminiscent or representative of San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 30, 2011 - 45 answers

Journals

I need Da Vinci-like journals for inspiration. Is there a site/community that features these types of journals? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Motivational Books, Essays, Tidbits on Going to the Gym

Looking for books that will encourage me to go to the gym. I am making it once a week, sometimes twice. I am okay with memoirs or fitness books. Your own stories or tidbits of advice are helpful, too. Bill Phillips _Transformation_ has a useful chapter as does his older book _Body for Life_. Luckily I work in a library and am the location now. Sooooo, your thoughts, and I will look on the shelves. I have great books on home on what exercises to do, just not things on getting me up and running. (The 30 pounds of fat are getting to me.). BTW, Happy Holidays.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Where can I go for DIY inspiration and detailed tutorials?

I just built my workbench, and now I want to take on some fun DIY projects. Where can I find a good collection of fun projects for inspiration? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

islands of industry

Examples of one-person incredible or heroic efforts (in any field) [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Dec 9, 2010 - 26 answers

Book or article recommendations about real people overcoming anxiety

Looking for books or articles with inspiring stories of people overcoming anxiety or finding ways to use their anxiety to accomplish great things. [more inside]
posted by Shebear on Nov 22, 2010 - 4 answers

You gotta run, run, run, run, run

Help a college student with a history of bad habits get healthy. [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on Nov 17, 2010 - 15 answers

What are must-see movies for photographers?

What are must-see movies for photographers? As a photographer I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration. Recently I saw High Art, and was deeply moved by the way the movie conveyed a way of seeing, which I feel is now available as a direction for myself. [more inside]
posted by andreinla on Nov 16, 2010 - 32 answers

Internet, I need something to draw.

I need things to draw, and I'm out of ideas. Where is a good place to find things to draw? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Nov 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Who is changing the world with Big Ideas?

Help me find examples of people who are trying to change the world by pursuing Big IdeasTM. [more inside]
posted by lewistate on Nov 1, 2010 - 15 answers

What goes in a good rehab care package?

What are some good books / music / gifts for when you get out of rehab? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Oct 18, 2010 - 4 answers

What songs should I listen to for a slow, long distance, trance-like run?

What are some good songs for a slow, long-distance run? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Sep 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Inspirational photo-essays. Show me them.

Looking for inspirational photo-essays. [more inside]
posted by gomichild on Aug 18, 2010 - 6 answers

Damn the... something besides torpedoes.

"Damn the torpedoes!"... without all the torpedoes? Help me find the right metaphor. [more inside]
posted by eleyna on Aug 11, 2010 - 37 answers

Inspirational Twitters

Who do you follow on twitter that are motivational/inspirational? I am looking at Tony Robbins already.
posted by Wong Fei-hung on Mar 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Where did all the time go?

What museums have websites you can get lost in? What sites, other than wikipedia, can you lose yourself in, jumping all around until you look up and go "huh, what time is it?" [more inside]
posted by dame on Mar 18, 2010 - 27 answers

Favorite, though-provoking, or inspirational slam poetry performance?

What's are some of your favorite slam poetry performances? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Mar 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Picture yourself in a boat on a river ...

I need to develop a program in the next 4 weeks that combines creativity with spirituality for a group of hospital execs. I'm thinking of using various surprising visual effects to challenge and inspire. Some themes might be the extraordinary in the ordinary, or looking closer at something to see what you missed the first time around. [more inside]
posted by cameradv on Mar 11, 2010 - 4 answers

They Appear When I'm Not Looking

Where online can I find masterful montages for design reference and inspiration? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Examples of fiction books based on dreams?

The story of Stuart Little is supposedly based on a dream E.B. White had while sleeping on a train. Can you give more examples of books that are directly based on an author's dreams (or nightmares)?
posted by iamisaid on Jan 24, 2010 - 14 answers

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