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YANAmazon, but…

I stumbled across an older book, and I'd love to find others like it. Help? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Feb 27, 2014 - 8 answers

 

Where to start with the Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir Bach Cantata CDs

For the last few years I've been following the excellent reviews and accolades heaped upon the Monteverdi Choir's recordings of the Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner on the Soli Deo Gloria label. Daunted by the whole enterprise, I have not yet purchased any of them. Does anyone familiar with at least some of the recordings in this series have any idea where to dive in? I'm not necessarily interested in the most famous or most-recorded cantatas, but rather the most beautiful, the most artful, the most moving. I'm tempted to just buy the (near-$300) box set, but I'm afraid with my busy schedule I will never listen to them all. Currently, the only Bach cantata recordings I have are Lorraine Hunt Lieberson's and one from Nancy Argenta which starts off with Ich Bin Vergnugt Mit Meinen Glucke.
posted by matildaben on Feb 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Degree of difficulty: No shawarma.

What Avengers-themed breakfast can I cook for my daughter's birthday this weekend? It doesn't have to be a recipe featured in the films, anything inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be fine. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Feb 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Where can I find this necklace?

I really like the necklace that Lisa Kudrow's character wore on the season premiere of season 3 of Web Therapy (image inside). Where can I find something similar? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Jan 30, 2014 - 3 answers

Whom should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

I'm a liberal arts major who wants to study Nutrition Science. I know that a letter of recommendation from a community college teacher generally doesn't carry as much weight as a letter from someone teaching at a university. Unfortunately, I have only taken science classes at the community college level. Is my case an exception? [more inside]
posted by aphorist on Nov 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Writing a letter of recommendation via email: in body or as attachment?

A question about writing letters of recommendation. Specifically, when the letters are not hand-written and snail mailed, but are emailed instead. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Nov 14, 2013 - 12 answers

A Bag for All Seasons

I need a duffel bag that will, essentially, withstand the Apocalypse. Particulars within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Summer reading recommendation please!

I need a new book to read for my upcoming trip (including long flights). It must be available on kindle. Details inside, of the kind of book I am looking for. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 10, 2013 - 31 answers

Looking for suggestions for a pair of aviator-style sunglasses.

Need suggestions for a pair of "aviator-style" sunglasses that will fit my face. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 23, 2013 - 12 answers

What is your ultimate 'never let you down' object?

What is the item you own that is completely 'fit and forget'? What is the thing in your life which needs the least minuscule amount of attention, upgrades, tweaking, watering, oiling, sharpening, and so on? It performs 100% and you can utterly rely on its metronomic efficiency. Consulting the hive mind for recommended products you use which do their job and do it well all the time. Your go to thing that, y'know, just works... Every Single Time. [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on May 27, 2013 - 70 answers

Summer Reading You Want to Finish

Summer’s here. In need of amazing novel recommendations. Particulars within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on May 22, 2013 - 47 answers

What hardware recommendation site am I thinking of?

Some time in the last year (maybe two years, at most) I saw a simple, modern site that recommended a single device in multiple categories of hardware (monitors, laptops, vacuum cleaners, electric toothbrushes, etc., etc.). The home page was a grid of the categories, and then you clicked through to ~2 paragraphs explaining why the particular device was so great. I think in some categories there were "budget" and "money is no object" recommendations, but the basic idea was to do your thinking for you, and tell you exactly what model to buy. Does anyone know what site I'm thinking of?
posted by caek on Apr 27, 2013 - 3 answers

Book recommendation for a 13-year-old girl?

For her bat mitzvah, I would like to give my niece a book that is age appropriate but will also have lasting value. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Apr 8, 2013 - 30 answers

Hotel Recommendation in Orlando, Florida

Looking for a hotel recommendation in Orlando in a couple of weeks. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Please help me pick out a bike for myself

I'm looking for a three wheel bike for various reasons, but I'm getting conflicting advice, so I'd like even more advice. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Feb 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Podcasts as good as Scriptnotes, but for prose?

I've recently started listening to Scriptnotes, a great podcast by John August and Craig Mazin about screenwriting. Is there a similar podcast about novel/short story writing, or indeed writing in general? Podcasts I already subscribe to and key things I like about Scriptnotes inside. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Doctor in Minneapolis who takes Aetna?

Looking for a doctor (GP) in Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on Dec 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Please convert Chicago neighborhoods to DC equivalents for me

Where in the DC area might I find my kind of community? Would love if you can explain the vibes of DC's neighborhoods in terms of the vibes of Chicago's neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Dec 19, 2012 - 20 answers

What's a good table saw for a beginner woodworker?

Woodworkers of Metafiler: give me your table saw recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Dec 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for a desktop PC that will run two monitors

Can you recommend a desktop PC that will be durable, do basic surfing, and run two monitors? I'd like to avoid Dell. Cost is an issue, but it does not need to be cheap. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Dec 18, 2012 - 15 answers

What do I send my grad school recommenders as a thank you?

What do I send my grad school recommenders as a thank you? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Breast reduction surgery is another option, I suppose.

I have this dress, and while it fits well at the waist and through my ribs and I've worn it before, it squishes my 30F chest in a way that does not look flattering at all. There is not enough extra fabric to let the dress out, and I can't buy a larger size. Whom in Seattle can I trust to do a great job at converting the zippered back (all the way to my nape, with mesh fabric upper half) to a lace corset back? Any other ideas?
posted by halogen on Nov 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Letters of Rec part Deux

I asked a professor for a letter of recommendation a year ago, but my plans changed and I didn't use it to apply for anything. I'd like to ask her for another one this year, and I would appreciate some advice on how to approach her about it. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Nov 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Recommendations for sports writers / publications?

I'm looking for recommendations for 'good' sports writing; authors and/or publications/websites. Online is preferable but print is fine. Bonus points for excellent Golf writing. [more inside]
posted by paulshannon on Sep 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Books that make you feel glad to be human?

You helped me feel depressed through novels. Can you now help me feel good about being alive and connected to humanity through books? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Sep 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Need recommendations for brands of lens filters

Photographers: Please recommend good, relatively inexpensive clear and polarized lens filters. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Need recommendation for a lightweight photo editor

Lightweight Photoshop/Picasa alternatives? Main need is photo filters/effects. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Or we could just listen to, "It's a Small World," on Repeat

Around-the-World Party Playlist! I'm having an around the world potluck/costume/birthday party soon, and I'm looking for songs that support this theme. [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Jul 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Looking for a book recommendation that combines art and philosophy

Students of art, lovers of philosophy, can you recommend a book I can buy as a gift for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 25, 2012 - 17 answers

It's Carter Burwell's fault, if you want to know the truth

Music recommendation: like Khachaturian at his most brash. [more inside]
posted by komara on Jul 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Help Feed My Reading Elephant's Kindle

Can you recommend something to read from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library? I have trawled through there for ages this month and last month and I'm having trouble finding something good that I haven't read before. [more inside]
posted by dragonplayer on Jul 5, 2012 - 18 answers

You're sheeting me.

Please recommend me some bedding (specifically, a sheet set)! [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Jun 27, 2012 - 21 answers

What are reasonable rates for Somerville moving companies?

What are reasonable rates for moving companies for a move within Somerville, MA? Any recommendations for good movers? Everything seems more expensive than last time I did this. [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Awesome Sweet Red Wines?

Do you know some awesome sweet red wines available in Sydney (Australia)? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Jun 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Nonfiction by women authors

Can you recommend me some great nonfiction books by women authors? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Apr 30, 2012 - 55 answers

Books in/about Philippines

Please recommend some non-fiction books about Philippines, and fiction set in Philippines. [more inside]
posted by vidur on Apr 17, 2012 - 14 answers

A Life of Adventure

Please recommend books about unique story lines with minimal romance featuring female protagonists. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Mar 24, 2012 - 38 answers

Which Mac for me?

Should I get the 21.5 inch iMac or the 13 inch Macbook Pro? (Or something else?) [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Feb 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Who is the new Pope, same as the old Pope?

Who is the 21st Century Robert Anton Wilson? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jan 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Large Sensor DSLR with great video

[DSLR Filter] What are the best options for a digital SLR or Mirrorless SLR style with the following features: APS-C or larger size sensor, ability to autofocus during video, and silent lens operation (for video)? [more inside]
posted by qwip on Jan 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Ooooooh! Gross! Can't Finish Reading This!

A recent question asked for recommendations for "trash" reading. I am also interested in reading some "trash", particularly horror or suspense trash, but I am squeamish. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Dec 5, 2011 - 17 answers

I need new, durable headphones. Again.

I've had enough of all of my Shure in-ear isolating earbuds dying on one side. My right bud died suddenly, and this is the third pair in a row. I've had this pair for less than 6 months. Could you recommend a durable pair of isolating/noise cancelling earbuds/headphones with a few requirements? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Nov 28, 2011 - 32 answers

Favoured TV Recommendation Sites

So, where do people in the know go to find out what TV to buy? We're in the market after years and years of not having a TV and I am seriously ignorant of what to look for, what's recommended, et al. [more inside]
posted by qwip on Nov 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Sweet Guitar Riff Bands. I know. Too general.

A very general question looking for your tastes. I like basic rock with awesome guitar licks/riffs where I can understand what the singer is singing (or at least has something melodic). I am open to any suggestions for bands post 2000, if not recent. I don't know what subcategories there are but am game for your input.
posted by snap_dragon on Jun 23, 2011 - 24 answers

Out with the old, in with the (hopefully new) treadmill!

I'm looking for a low-maintenance treadmill I won't break within a few years that I can run, jog, and walk on at home at varying inclinations and speeds. Difficultyfilter: Must offer in-home delivery and professional assembly and be able to hold hardcover books up to ~800 pages in thickness, if such a thing exists. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jun 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Need to find a good dust cloth

Looking for recommendations for a good dust cloth. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Match this movie

Recommendations for movies similar to Conviction? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 4, 2011 - 5 answers

What Big E-Readers You Have - Recommendations for Grandma

Please recommend a great simple e-reader for an extremely a-technical elderly non-computer user. [more inside]
posted by eytanb on May 25, 2011 - 16 answers

I feel you, bro. I feel you.

Recommendations of anime with identifiable/relatable characters? [more inside]
posted by Evernix on May 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Literature for the sad

What recommendations do you have for literature with tones and themes of sadness​/loneliness​/inadequacy​/anxiety​/perfectionism​/depression​/alienation​/dissatisfaction? (Not all in a single book, of course). [more inside]
posted by parjanya on Apr 28, 2011 - 50 answers

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