I am looking for suggestions for techno/trance/electronic music to help me concentrate. I thought I'd just look for "focus" music on Spotify and Youtube, but I find mostly classical piano music, and that doesn't help me focus at all. I need music without any lyrics (also no yelling, spoken words, etc), and a somewhat fast beat. [more inside]
Inspired by the challenges that I've seen other people set for themselves, I'd like to take a break from reading only books written by white guys. [more inside]
Mefites, I trust you way more than the random lists on Goodreads. Could you suggest some recent-ish biographies of interesting, mostly not-very-well-known women? [more inside]
I have the opportunity to eat lunch in Portland, Oregon this Thursday. I want to eat an amazing lunch - delicious, delightful and dairy-free. Recommendations? [more inside]
The TV show Fargo is great. I really enjoy it. But aside from the great storytelling and filmmaking skill, I realized it ticks some boxes that I want more of: 1) crime 2) in flyover country 3) during the winter Can you suggest books, movies, or TV shows that meet these criteria?
I miss the days when I could actually find people's personal blogs online. Does anybody do that anymore? I am interested in people who document their life, experiences and thoughts -- preferably recent blogs that are still being updated, but any blogs with a decent archive would be fine, too -- and I do not mind dark stuff (quite the opposite). [more inside]
A friend is expecting a baby and the baby shower host is suggesting baby books as the present. I expect some guests will wind up buying the same books ("...and another Goodnight Moon!") and I don't want it to be me, so do you have any recommendations for less-popular baby books?
Hi, I've been trying to find a long-lasting laptop/ultrabook. I'm querying MF for suggestions. The problem is that the actual performance of the laptops, once you get them, is materially different from the manufacturer's supposed battery life. For instance, I bought a Lenovo T450 which is supposed to have a massive battery, only to find out that the life is 6 hrs tops, when new. And the laptop itself is a heavy beast. I have looked at the XPS13, and am considering the Macbook Air 13", upon which I'd run Windows (because I need Windows for work). Any advice?
I'm looking for some good, exciting drum and bass to listen to as I exercise. The problem is, I'm looking for a specific type, and I don't know what it's called or how to find it. [more inside]
My wife recently pointed out my lack of good history books about the American Revolution. I have (and loved) James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom and John Keegan's The First World War, but was struggling to come up with the best single volume history of the war in a similar style to those. There are any number of books that would be great if I wanted to find out information about single aspects of the war and the causes of it, but I want a single book that mostly focuses on the actual who was where and why. [more inside]
What kind of doctor should I seek as a new patient for a knee injury? Any recommendations for good ones. [more inside]
I'm in need of some new additions to my kitchen dancing playlists. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
So our trusty Timex T715 clock radio is succumbing to dementia. It's powering up LED segments inappropriately, spontaneously resetting itself to 12:00, failing to go off when it's supposed to. Basically, it's time for it to go to a farm run by a nice elderly couple who have lots of other clocks for it to play with. No worries, I figured. Just go online and buy another one. Heh. Right. Can you help, hive mind? [more inside]
Travelling to Bali soon for the first time (2 adults, 2 kids under 10). We're staying in Sanur. What are your top tips please? This could be for places to visit or things to see but could also be around important things to consider regarding health, safety, money exchange, general dos and don'ts etc. I'm sure there are lots of seasoned Bali visitors on the site who've got lots of experience to share, some having learned the hard way. Please pass on your wisdom!
I have (correction:had) a bank account in the US with Chase. They have closed my account for an undisclosed reason, so I am now seeking suggestions for a new bank in the US. [more inside]
Who is a dependable, open-minded family doctor near the Flatiron District in Manhattan? [more inside]
I am applying for a position within the US Government that will be evaluated via review board. I have met the director of the office that's hiring a few times (though he may not remember me) and currently work with a person who also knows the director and works on exactly the subject matter they're hiring for with me, so this person has both cred and can vouch for my skills. The person also reached out to the director to let them know I was going to apply and they could vouch for me (before I had applied and was ready for the person to reach out). How can I best use this connection? [more inside]
A high school student of mine (along with their parent) wants me to give him a letter of recommendation that I wrote about him for an internship program. I feel a little uncomfortable about that. I know it's within my rights, but is it unreasonable or extraordinary of me to refuse? [more inside]
We've used one of these Timex Indiglo Alarm Clocks for many years, but ours seems to have developed an issue (alarm is on at the same time as the snooze is, so the alarm never goes off) and needs to be replaced. [more inside]
I have been a tea-favorer for many years. I have recently discovered that coffee is pretty good. I'm interested in reading some good histories on both plants/beverages. I am not averse to dry texts, so don't feel restricted to pop-ish books! Who has written the best history/histories on coffee and tea?
A family member has recently admitted that his parenting style is bad for the kid he's parenting, and that he isn't sure what to do instead. He liked the idea of finding a book with a set of parenting guidelines he could follow. I (a non-parent) would like to help him find one. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I was head hunted by a recruitment agent through LinkedIn about 6 months ago, which has resulted in me starting a job I LOVE this week. Today the agent called me up and asked me to give her a LinkedIn reference . I felt a little on the spot so I said yes. [more inside]
A friend is (probably temporarily) moving to England from the US and I would like to get her a book. Her two favorites are One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Dispossessed. Something that is set in or otherwise features England would be a bonus. Any recommendations? Thanks!
I've been using my headphones more lately (an old pair of AKG K-44), and the cups are not quite large enough for my ears. I'd like to buy a nice pair that's comfortable for larger ears and won't pinch/press. These are used for listening to music and playing games on my laptop, but I'm not much of an audiophile so I don't need these to be absolutely "YOU CAN HEAR THE UNIVERSE"-level quality (although I'm curious as to what that might be). Any recommendations for brands or particular models I should try?
I want watch how people in professional kitchens clean, prep, and execute a service. I've already seen lots TV-chefs and youtube-wannabe-tv-chefs making single dishes, but I want to see cooking at scale. Any youtube channel/film suggestions?
I'm looking for wiki software to help me organize information on a project I'm working on. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
I need an app to help me organize my folders on my phone and help me know which to delete (I'm an app hoarder who is certain they'll all come in handy) . I remember on PC having a program that broke down how often I used each app and how much space it took up. Stuff like that. Mass deleting the apps that aren't necessary and organizing the ones I want to keep are all things I'd like to be able to do - What's the best app for this?
My Pentax K10D has finally become all but unusable, and a friend is giving me her Nikon D90 (body only). I have several lenses for my Pentax, and I'm looking for a good adapter. [more inside]
A summer intern showed up at my company (Fortune 100) and did a lot of good things - so many that I am tripping over my own feet figuring out how to get him a seriously kick-ass letter of recommendation for grad school, so I turn to you to help me figure out how to structure it. [more inside]
Looking for earbud recommendations and strategies for care. [more inside]
Please can you recommend books similar to Bruno Schulz's, Isaac Babel's and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita? [more inside]
Looking for a digital camera recommendation. Something small and compact to take biking and hiking that is able to take action shots. [more inside]
Calling artists of MeFi: in search of suggestions for watercolors (and associated materials). Details within. [more inside]
Please recommend me movies that would be the closest fit to the lyrics of Lianne La Havas’ song “Wonderful”. [more inside]
Give me your recommendations for creeping, meandering, dream-like movies! [more inside]
Looking for showcases of great photography on the web! Specifics inside. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for a good, reasonably priced plumber and electrician in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. [more inside]
Tell me about your excellent barber in the greater Gardner/Leominster/Fitchburg area who keeps up with current trends! Criteria: Knows what the hell I'm talking about when I tell them I'm trying to achieve a "slicked back undercut". [more inside]
I've been researching by psychiatrists recommended by my doctor and ones who take my insurance. The reviews are terrifying. Anyone have positive experiences with a psychiatrist in Austin who takes Aetna? I can't afford to pay out of pocket...
Looking for periodical/magazine recommendations featuring medium- to long-form articles similar in style (if not tone) to the London Review of Books. [more inside]
Hi, I want to buy my first DSLR because apparently they take better quality pictures. But I would like one that meets the following conditions [more inside]
Looking for best intuitive introduction to macroeconomics. [more inside]
I recently remembered how much I liked At the Drive-in, especially the album Relationship of Command. Specifically I like the soft / loud dynamic in the songs, the vocal style (some screamed lyrics, but only occasionally used), the driving guitar melodies, and the choruses that lend to singing along. What would you recommend that is similar? I'm fine with recommendations from any time period.
I'm looking for a sans-serif typeface that pairs well with Monotype's Bembo Book (specimen pages). Can you recommend one?
Help me experience the reading I missed out on as a child. [more inside]
So the qualities I adored about The Cranes are Flying (just watched it yesterday!) were the striking cinematography and the hopeful, humanist melodrama-- it felt like a romantic American melodrama in ways and yet had a sense of dark reality I more so associate with foreign art-house fare... and once again, incredible cinematography! I cannot for the life of me decide on what to watch tonight so I thought I'd throw it out to the Hive Mind to choose for me!
Which other songs would you recommend for someone who loves 7/11 by Beyoncé and Yoga by Janelle Monae? [more inside]
I have a beloved pair of Koss TD-80s that I now have to admit are ready for retirement - and of course they've been long discontinued. What should I replace them with? [more inside]
I'm getting interesting in buying some silver jewelry. I like things that are geometric, sharp, clean or 'weird'. I also have tiny, wee hands (ring size 4.0 in the US system, according to a recent measurement during occupational therapy), so any rings would need to be actually resizable. Where do you go for your geometric silver jewelry?
Hello Portlanders - I'll be coming to your fair city in mid-April and although I've visited a few times previously I don't really have a go-to hotel near the city. Can you recommend some good options? [more inside]