My wonderful partner has a 7-year-old, 2nd-grade son who is having a little trouble keeping up with his peers in the reading department. We're trying to give him some extra attention in that area so that he can catch up, and we'd like to try and foster in him a genuine interest in reading. What books (or comics, or anything) could we give him that he might like, and which would be appropriate for his reading level? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The
on Sep 17, 2014 -
My 10 year old girl loves to read. When she gets started, she loves it, but it's the "getting her started" that I have a problem with. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jun 27, 2014 -
I have a few hours waiting in an airport, i know most of the art history documents, but does anyone know any examples of brilliant long reads, in theology, music criticism, general culture and the like, that could keep me entertained, in downloadable pdfs.
posted by PinkMoose
on Apr 23, 2014 -
I synced my Yahoo mail account with Gmail. Now Gmail displays thousands of unread messages. Most of them are useless notification messages but some may be emails that I want to keep. How can I mark them all as read? I would prefer not to go through the whole list 20 at a time.
posted by kittensofthenight
on Mar 5, 2014 -
I use iMail at work and set up to use that email on Outlook at home. I have preview off at both locations. When I use Outlook, it causes all of the messages that I had marked as "unread" as "read" when I get back to work (even if I didn't even look at it). Strangely, Outlook shows ALL unread in outlook. Long story short, Outlook shows all "unread" (which I can deal with) but iMail then shows everything as "read" when I next open it.
The problem is that I mark messages as unread when I still need to address them. When this happens, I have lose all of my outstanding items. I do not want to use flags. Is there a setting in Outlook that I need to know about?
posted by Snackpants
on Feb 15, 2014 -
I recently started reading all my email on my smartphone. I still want to download every message in Thunderbird on my Mac (to archive it), but I don't want to manually mark everything as read after downloading it. Is there a way to either disable the "unread" flag, or auto-mark all new messages as read when they are received? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis
on Jan 5, 2014 -
Hmm. You know how barcode scanners are sort of like a keyboard when connected via USB - if you scan a barcode it will just "type" that string of text into whatever you're doing just as if you'd used the keyboard? [more inside]
posted by dance
on Sep 4, 2013 -
I don't know how to read. Or, rather, I don't know what to do to keep track of the information in difficult, complicated texts. I'm pretty sure someone tried to teach me this when I was in, say, middle school, but I certainly never picked it up. So, now I'm asking Metafilter: how does reading work? [more inside]
posted by meese
on Jul 10, 2013 -
I like reading pen-and-paper RPG rulebooks. Can you recommend some of your favorites? Extra points for: non-Tolkein universes, a cool new spin on classes or magic, and anything that has interesting non-combat systems. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder
on Jun 8, 2013 -
I'm looking for a few short stories to read aloud to ESL students between 13 and 16 years old, each divisible into a few 15- to 20-minute chunks, and each engaging. [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Jun 5, 2013 -
What are some languages that are easy to learn to read/write without actually knowing the language?
Obviously to an English speaker French and Spanish would be easy to read and write because we mostly use the same alphabet, so I'd like to stay away from languages that use that system. [more inside]
posted by simplethings
on May 28, 2013 -
My kids (a boy and a girl) are now five years old, and my wife or I read to them every night before bed. I'd like to start reading larger books to them which we can stretch out throughout a week or more, by reading them a chapter a night. Please help me put together a great reading list of age-appropriate books that will capture their imaginations and inspire happy dreams. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Apr 2, 2013 -
I have to travel very light. It's going to be a boring trip. I have an iPhone. I'm looking to read on the cheap. What are the best free books to download to my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse
on Feb 13, 2013 -
DVD-R data archives from an old computer are showing up as blank disks on all the new computers I've tried them with. What can I do to get my data? [more inside]
posted by gauche
on Feb 13, 2013 -
I have a large number of .doc files (50+) that I want to browse through. Is there a faster and more efficient way to do this other than opening them up individually in Word? I'm on PC, running XP.
posted by zardoz
on Dec 17, 2012 -
Is there a website that provides a quick way to keep track of books I have read? [more inside]
posted by mai
on Dec 12, 2012 -
Please recommend me classic children's literature to read aloud to five-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by schmoo
on Sep 15, 2012 -
I have never been a reader. I want to be. Recommend where I can start; online at lunchtimes at work. Bonus points for shorter stories (at first). [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque
on Sep 7, 2012 -
Facebook has added read receipts
that can't be disabled. This is a horrifying, non-negotiable dealbreaker. Technical ways to get around this without severing the only commonly used link to many of my contacts, and the link to the largest single pool of people? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College
on Jun 5, 2012 -
I want to be able to read Japanese. There, I said it.
I know other people in the world have accomplished this feat, so it shouldn't seem so impossible.
But as long as I've been at it, I feel that my progress is excruciatingly glacial, which makes me feel I must be doing it wrong. So I'm here to ask for help.
I have seen the many previous questions about learning to read/speak Japanese. There are so many that I won't link to them here, though I have them open in 50 tabs as we speak, and I promise to go over them carefully once again -- but in the meantime:
Is there a generally agreed upon BEST METHOD for learning to read Japanese? If time and money were not an object, what would get me where I want to be? Am I being unreasonable to expect a higher rate of forward progress? Am I just doing it wrong?? [more inside]
posted by segatakai
on Apr 27, 2012 -
Book recommendations please! I need fiction about difficult or complicated relationships. [more inside]
posted by gursky
on Apr 17, 2012 -
I love the Digested Read
from the Guardian. I am looking for similar sites/blogs/podcasts which provide summaries of newly published books. While I enjoy how John Crace satirizes the style and ideas of the author in his articles, I would sometimes like to read more straight-forward summaries of books. I have a preference for non-fiction, but fiction is also cool.
posted by therubettes
on Mar 13, 2012 -
Are there any beautiful or inspiring study spaces in downtown Toronto? We're graduate students living in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto looking for somewhere to think and write. We know the cafe scene, Robarts library, and have been to the Pratt library. Are there other interesting and exciting (but still quiet) places to get some work done when we want to get out of the house?
posted by rumbles
on Aug 9, 2011 -
What New York City Preschools teach children reading before they get to kindergarten? I'm looking for names. Thank you!
posted by SarahWriter
on Jan 10, 2011 -
Massachusetts Burbs Filter: I live in the Metro-west area of Massachusetts (Hopedale, Milford, Medway, Bellingham), where are the great coffee shops and places for chilling out and doing some writing or just relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous
on Jun 17, 2010 -
I have a 14 month old that's just about to start talking. I'd like to start teaching her how to read. Problem is i don't know how. I mean i know how to read myself, but I have no idea how to teach someone, especially a non verbal toddler how to. Any tips, tricks, books, anecdotes, etc appreciated.
posted by ramix
on Mar 10, 2010 -
I've recently begun work on a children's book. It is inspired by my granddaughter. I was wondering if anyone had any information on how to get a children's book published? Suggested Publishers? Also, any other information pertaining to this process, would be appreciated. ***I realize that children's books are a dime a dozen...but mine just might
be spectacular ;)***
posted by gypseefire
on Oct 17, 2009 -
I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin
on Sep 3, 2009 -
I just pulled an older computer out of the closet to donate, and yesterday it booted up fine. Today, I get an error stating "A disk read error occured, press CTL ALT DEL to reboot." I used UBCD for Windows and I cannot see the hard drive when I boot from there either. What other avenues should I explore to try and fix the disk, or is it toast and the files unrecoverable? I am willing to open it up. Thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by jules1651
on Jun 26, 2009 -
What is a good place to study in the evening and at night along the 1 line between Penn Station and City College? [more inside]
posted by Outis
on Jun 10, 2009 -
Computer has "disk read error press ctrl + alt + delete" problem. I would like to get the data off it, and put it on a new computer. Is this something I can get fixed and then get the data off of it? Or do I need to pay out the nose for a data recovery person? [more inside]
posted by dios
on Jun 9, 2009 -