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How can I engage in better conversation and avoid boredom?

I'm tired of dreading large social gatherings where I am bored/bore people. How do I step up my game and engage people in conversation such that it is enjoyable and interesting for all involved? I want to avoid small talk. Please give me tips, tricks, mantras to make it better! [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Dec 22, 2013 - 28 answers

History's most intriguing lost items

What are history's most intriguing lost items, including film footage, photographs, books, or inventions? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 17, 2013 - 52 answers

Mindlessly amusing myself with curiosity

I want to go about finding entertaining, engaging, intelligent things I can read about subjects I know nothing about. Ideally, I want a source of these things which will reliably send me off in directions I'm completely unfamiliar with, rather than just new sources which cover individual specific subjects. But it has to be enjoyable, even somewhat mindless reading – think Cracked or Buzzfeed. Does anything like this exist? Are there good places online for me to stimulate myself when I'm in that mindless time-killing mood?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

Cool Interesting and Unique Job Postings Blog?

Are there any blogs that scour online job boards and just post the cool interesting or unique jobs? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on May 28, 2013 - 4 answers

If you're bored then you're boring

An earlier poster mentioned this attitude in a thread on boredom and it prompted me finally to post a question that's been simmering a while. I'm super-boring, but not bored -- it doesn't bother me when I'm on my own, but I'm starting to get a complex about it, vis a vis other people. Help me to have any interest, any interest at all! (Or to feel better about not having any.) Novel inside. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on May 6, 2013 - 34 answers

Share your favourite documentary films/series here

I watched Nina Conti: A Ventriloquist's Story - Her Master's Voice yesterday and it was so amazing I forgot how long it's been since I saw a really good documentary. I've watched everything Herzog has done in the past 6-7, Being Elmo, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, the 7 Up films and Jarvis Cocker's Outsider Art series. What are your favourite documentary films/series? (except nature docs? I can never get into them). I'm happy to watch films from any english-speaking country - but will also give it a go if they're subtitled.
posted by abbagoochie on Mar 22, 2013 - 36 answers

Fitness with a twist

I am moving to Boston in the near future and I am looking to find some form of interesting/unusual athletic activity. [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master on Mar 17, 2013 - 20 answers

THAT OCTOPUS LOOKS LIKE A PLANT!

Help me make my step son's brain explode with some amazing/cool/unbelievable videos on the internet! [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find this old Flickr Photo Browsing Site?

I've done a google search and can't seem to find this specific site I'm looking for. It was a black site, which filled the screen with decent sized flickr photos that you could click on and find photos related to that one. Not sure what the algorithm was, but I seem to recall the site ending with multiple r's. http://*rrr.com ? You may have had the option to search for tags but I can't recall. [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic on Jan 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Very long question on things to see/do in the British winter

Spending a month in the UK during winter, our first time there. Need your ideas and recommendations on interesting things to see/do! [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Sep 17, 2012 - 33 answers

Help me remember this website!

Long shot question: I am trying to remember a news/interesting stuff website. The content has pictures, linked essays, sometimes both. The essays are along the lines of Longform.org. The design is yellow and black ... of this, I am sure. The "about" states that it is curated by one woman, please donate. I think the logo has a brain in it, but don't let that throw you off.
posted by Xere on Aug 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Lookin' for new tubes

Looking for blogs that are thought-provoking, light-hearted, and short-winded. Examples: Futility Closet, Colossal, Said the Gramophone. No linkblogs. Nothing cynical/polemical. Few posts per day. I prefer distinct focuses and subjects to meandering, text and thoughts to images and video (though media supported by text is fine if the media's brief enough). I like learning new things, but again, I want short, light reads – posts I can read in two minutes tops.
posted by Rory Marinich on Jul 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Make interesting conversations and making them flow

i need help to make interesting conversations and making them flow [more inside]
posted by soul24rage on May 25, 2012 - 20 answers

What are the best comments or threads you've ever seen on reddit?

What is the best comment or thread you've ever seen on reddit? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on May 5, 2012 - 19 answers

Looking for sites that post daily lists of curated links

What are some sites/blogs that post a daily or weekly list of interesting links? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 30, 2012 - 20 answers

How to make friends if you're not genuinely interested in them? :(

How to make friends if you're not genuinely interested in them? :( [more inside]
posted by soul24rage on Apr 28, 2012 - 12 answers

I am the most interesting man in the world. Or at least I want to be...

You know that extremely interesting person you've met? Or perhaps that guy from the Dos Equis commericals? What do I need to do to become that guy? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Apr 8, 2012 - 57 answers

acoustic honey

I'd like to broaden my ESL songbook, and give kids things to sing that would appeal to them. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Nov 17, 2011 - 6 answers

In love and less... interesting?

I feel I'm less interesting when I like someone... is this normal? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I become a more interesting person?

How do I become a more interesting person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2011 - 47 answers

Need your help for my blog

Help me spot interesting topics and ideas for my blog. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me pack a lunch for the whole week.

Packing lunch with two restrictions: weekly bringing, and an office fridge that freezes things regularly. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Oct 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Yeah, I know I sound funny!

How can I break up the monotony of first conversations? (+strange accent situation) [more inside]
posted by schmichael on May 20, 2010 - 13 answers

What to do?

Interesting things to do? Time available - six months (Sept. Feb. inclusive). Location - anywhere. [more inside]
posted by djgh on Mar 21, 2010 - 7 answers

the summer greater than its parts? (ok, I got nothing punwise)

Cool/fun/weird/interesting/unique temporary-ish jobs I can do (location immaterial) to take advantage of a liminal, rootless period in my life. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Show me some damn good menus!

What are some of the most interesting and unusual menus/restaurants out there? I'm looking for links to websites that have menus available, and pictures that make me salivate are a bonus. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Interesting Presentation Topics

I'm trying to keep my class interesting. What a unique topic I can research and present on? [more inside]
posted by Atarah on Mar 2, 2010 - 11 answers

So that I don't keep watching Everybody Loves Raymond for two hours a night.

We want presents that will keep us entertained. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Feb 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Behind the Times

What are your favorite stories / essays / etc. from the New York Times? I recently started reading the Sunday NYTimes and love a lot of the stories I find within, especially within the magazine. I feel like I have just discovered a treasure trove of interesting reading but have no idea where to start. I am not interested in any specific topic. I just like reading interesting stuff. Here are perfect examples recently found via AskMe. Help this cave dweller discover the light of the Gray Lady.
posted by jasondigitized on Jan 19, 2010 - 8 answers

What gift(s) could I request for Christmas that would make my life more interesting, social, or creative?

What gift(s) could I request for Christmas that would make my life more interesting, social, or creative? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Dec 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Take my time and mind

Which websites can I get lost in? Which websites can I participate in? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jul 27, 2009 - 12 answers

I want to read your exciting and much loved philosophers!

I need your suggestions for interesting, exciting and thought provoking philosophy for me to read this summer! [more inside]
posted by tumples on May 27, 2009 - 38 answers

Ideas for Interesting Part-Time Job

Meta-Filter worked well for me recently, so I thought I’d try again. I realize that what I’m asking is probably a pipedream, but here goes. I live in Los Angeles, CA, have a day job, and am looking for ideas for part-time work, evening and weekends, that would bring in between $500 - $1000 a month. [more inside]
posted by no1un0 on May 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Interesting photos wanted!

Nonlamephotopraphyfilter: What are some websites, books, and/or magazines that have some neat photos? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Feb 22, 2009 - 17 answers

How do i become an interesting person to speak to?

How do i become an interesting person to speak to? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Dec 15, 2008 - 32 answers

What would be interesting to a high school class?

My wife, a high school teacher, has an extra period with her students tomorrow. She wants to show them something (documentary, TV episode) interesting and have a discussion afterward. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by FeldBum on Oct 28, 2008 - 30 answers

No new news?

Help make news and daily trivia more interesting! [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on May 6, 2008 - 4 answers

Unique Eats

Please recommend some unique dining experiences in Richmond, VA and the Hampton Roads area. [more inside]
posted by srrh on Feb 24, 2008 - 19 answers

Interesting & unusual medicine or tonics or elixirs in China

ChinaFilter: What are some interesting and unusual medicine or tonics or elixirs I can buy in China that is not readily available anywhere else? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Oct 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Big Ideas and Counter-Culture via Podcast

I love podcasts, but it very difficult to find new, quality programs. I am looking for broadcasted material on a range of topics - including philosophy, the mind, avantgarde arts and lectures by creative, original thinkers (see my list of current podcasts for detail)... Can you help? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 31, 2007 - 20 answers

He was how old when he wrote it?

Cool classical music facts for kids? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant on Apr 9, 2007 - 15 answers

Daily media?

I need new websites from which to get my daily dose of interesting links, articles, pictures etc. [more inside]
posted by djgh on Apr 2, 2007 - 28 answers

Satisfy my infolust

Where can I find some great infographics? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Feb 15, 2007 - 9 answers

Where are the interesting jobs?

What alternatives exist for someone with little experience looking for a more interesting job? [more inside]
posted by magodesky on Nov 23, 2006 - 11 answers

Where's a unique place in NY to go to and write about?

I'm accompanying a friend tomorrow on a journalism assignment; he needs to write about a place he's never been to before, go there, and write about the experience again. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Sep 3, 2006 - 29 answers

Romantic week away for a disabled traveller

Disabled travel. Direct flight from Dublin for one week in any direction. Wheelchair user. Five star hotel and interesting things to do. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by kairab on Aug 15, 2006 - 5 answers

Any fun/interesting places of interest to stop at on my way from Vancouver to Kelowna?

Hi! I will be travelling to BC for one week in early September (3rd-10th) and will be driving from Vancouver to Kelowna and back (leaving Sunday, coming back Wednesday). Can anyone recommend any places of interest to stop at along the way? A place for a bite to eat, or an interesting store/museum/attraction etc... Any advice would be great. Thanks in advance!
posted by Anizev on Aug 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Interesting songs

Looking for funny/lighthearted/danceable songs about non-love non-relationship stuff (like politics). [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Mar 15, 2006 - 30 answers

Online Portfolios

Online portfolios - what are the good, creative ones out there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 4, 2006 - 4 answers

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