Book Recommendation Filter: Please recommend books about recovering from trauma and reintegrating back into normal life and society. Experiences like cults, prison, war, abusive relationships, etc. where the person feels isolated from "normal" people. I'm looking for fiction especially but any genre is helpful.
This recent link on the blue reminded me how fascinating ethnography can be. Now I have a hankering for some well-written works of anthropology or sociology that offer insight on different people and different ways of life. Please recommend some good books for me! This is for "pleasure reading," so really dense jargon is a turn-off, but they don't need to be written for a popular audience.
Looking for a dentist in the general vicinity of St. Louis. [more inside]
Less magical, more realism. Recommend me some great South American fiction. [more inside]
Camera recommendation, please? The primary use will be for capturing pics to be used in scrap books. List of needed features inside. [more inside]
I might arrive at Newark Liberty International Airport at 2:30am. The United ticket counter doesn't open 'til 4:30 am. Good idea? Bad idea? Bueller? (more beyond the fold) [more inside]
Yet another reading recommendation request. Fellow literature nerds, help me out here. Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
Free/cheap iPhone 3G app that lets you set an audio alarm for a future date and time?
Book recommendation! Need a gift, fast! Nonfiction or fiction, but must deal in some way with humanity's relationship with the natural environment. [more inside]
Times Square dinner recommendations for a NYC noob? [more inside]
What's the best way to recommend a friend for a job that I know my institution will think she's overqualified for? [more inside]
BookRecommendationFilter: Where can I find another book like Maximum City by Suketu Mehta? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in the area of family law in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
My uncle is trying to get an interview with a company that counts my lab among its (relatively few) clients. I have a contact within the company who is not in the HR department, nor the department he wants to work in. Realistically, can I help him get an interview/a job? [more inside]
Yet another Chicago restaurant suggestion needed: 5 adults, 2 of whom's flight is coming in this evening and we want to give them a special "Chicago" experience. Preferably in the Loop? I live in Rogers Park and we don't want to have to go running all over the city. We will probably go straight from the airport to the restaurant. I'm also looking for a nice place to have brunch tomorrow near the Palace theater downtown. Have any thoughts? [more inside]
Summer Reading-Filter: intelligent true crime? Essentially, I want all the gruesome pleasure of the content, without having to cringe through a sensationalistic treatment thereof. [more inside]
I really, really like Tchaikovsky's symphonies. What other composers would I like? [more inside]
My ears, they are bored (music recommendation filter): I am looking for badass, virtuosic, intricate, musically interesting, preferably contemporary pop/rock music. [more inside]
"All extraordinary men, who have accomplished great and astonishing actions, have ever been decried by the world as drunken or insane"
Books for/about disaffected, disillusioned young men? [more inside]
I need to know more about PHP than I do. What book(s) can I buy that will help me do this? [more inside]
Winefilter: Help me find a red wine my mom will like! [more inside]
I'm looking for good, non-fiction books about epidemiology and the history of disease (or of one outbreak of a disease). I'm especially interested in the intersection of social history, epidemiology, and intellectual history (like in Steven Johnson's fabulous The Ghost Map). Think "Erik Larson, for microbes." [more inside]
Can you recommend any XBOX 360 (or PC/MAC/Linux for that matter) games that are more quiz / education oriented (not counting Trivial Pursuit). Specifically, I'm thinking of games that involve things like: naming / identifying countries / capitals / rivers / mountains etc; naming / identifying species of animals or plants; anatomy / medicine type stuff; physics simulators like Phun. [more inside]
Looking for a short & sweet hard rock / punk / metal guitar intro to use as ringtone. Bonus points for non-4/4 time. [more inside]
Looking for new music: ultra-intense, overly emotionally resounding music [more inside]
Help us plan our summer trip to France. Did I mention we're taking a 3-year-old? [more inside]
What books can you use to judge a person's fiction preferences? [more inside]
More playful and childish songs like Manitoba / Caribou's Crayon? Glockenspiel / bells / vibraphones or similar instruments preferred. Bonus points for non-4/4 time.
Just had a break-up. I need a book recommendation. [more inside]
Recommend a good fertility doctor/reproductive endocrinologist in NYC? [more inside]
Are there any blogs about open-source hardware/software products? [more inside]
What is it I like about these hip-hop musicians? [more inside]
Looking to go to grad school but graduated in 2007. Who else can I ask for letters of recommendation besides professors? [more inside]
If I enjoy the engaging (and frequently humorous) nonfiction and memoir of Stephen Fry, Mary Roach, and Bill Bryson, who else should I be reading? [more inside]
What books and movies feature fantasy or adventure in a nomadic culture? I just watched the movie Mongol, and it really reminded me of how much I enjoyed the enjoyed the Daenerys chapters in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I guess I'm attracted to the idea of warring tribes, of only owning whatever you can carry with you, etc. What other exciting works of fiction use this kind of society as a background?
I'd like to show my tenth grade class a Bollywood film, but can't devote 3 hours to the activity. Can you recommend a Bollywood film for tenth graders that is a) short, and/or b) can be easily edited down to 70-100 minutes? [more inside]
Doctor in Northern New Jersey for Gout/Arthritis sufferer. [more inside]
Can you recommend a dentist in the west end of Toronto? [more inside]
I have decided to get a netbook with my tax refund and I wanted advice on what brand/model to get. I have read reviews online for netbooks, but I would like MeFi's input. I don’t want links to reviews or google results for ‘good netbooks’, I want advice from experience with different models of netbooks. What you like and don’t like about the one you have/used. [more inside]
Teach me how to pick a new research laptop. [more inside]
Where should we stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico? [more inside]
I've got two huskies, a black lab, one long haired cat, and two short haired cats living in my house. And I'm drowning in fur. The Dirt Devil Vision I bought two years ago has never worked decently. So I need recommendations for an affordable vacuum cleaner that can handle a ton of fur and relatively new carpet that's still shedding a bit. I can borrow my grandma's Dyson once or twice a month for superawesome vacuum times, but I also need something I can use a few times a week just to get the majority of the fur off the carpet. Difficulty: Under $150.
New Yorkers on United Health Care: care to recommend (or warn against) an orthopedist, gynecologist, general practitioner, etc, etc? [more inside]
What competitive, preferably contact, indoor or night sport should I take up? More complications than you care for: [more inside]
I'm drowning in choices with no clear indicators -- help me select a good USB hub! [more inside]
Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
I hearts my Grado SR80s. But I need punchier bass. What are my options (for other cans, or whatever)? [more inside]
Premature Demise Filter: What TV shows, similar to Arrested Development, are excellent -- brilliant, even -- but were terminated seasons short of fruition? And, more importantly, why should I watch them? [more inside]
What is the best heart rate monitor for my needs? [more inside]
Grad school application crisis: one of my professors who agreed to write a recommendation is completely flaking out. I've tried my best to communicate my needs, but she seems either too busy or suddenly, inexplicably disinterested in cooperating. I don't want to alienate her but I don't want to get screwed over when one of my references went off the grid. [more inside]