What should I read? Recommend a book (fiction or non-fiction), life affirming, something to be read after a heartbreak/letting go. Possibly involving fate/destiny, and the uncertainty/infinite possibilities of life.
Philly-filter. One evening, mid-June, mid-week. Need watering hole recommendations for city center. [more inside]
What are some good backpacks for petites (women's)? [more inside]
Please recommend to me a less ugly and more comfortable wrist splint for carpal tunnel alleviation. [more inside]
A rap education for an picky atheist feminist weaned on indie, punk and new wave - primarily music but books/essays would be good too. [more inside]
LOS ANGELES LOCAL BANDS, recommend me. [more inside]
Recommend to me books with romantic relationships (not necessarily romance or chick lit) that I can sigh happily, wistfully over? [more inside]
What can you tell me about buying one 1978 vintage wine? [more inside]
I love listening to the groaning music of Mark Morgan (the Fallout soundtracks) and Lustmord (dark, dark ambient) while I read. I've been trying to find some similar music, but last.fm insists that Mark Morgan is like all other game soundtrack composers and Lustmord is akin to gothic wailing*. So I turn to you. What other artists make music with this grinding, eerie, screetchingly dark post-apocalyptic quality? * Nothing wrong with gothic wailing, just not when I'm reading.
Help introduce me to new indie music and any blogs that cover them. [more inside]
What books have transported you to another place, and occupied your thoughts for days whilst you read them? [more inside]
Suggest some mood enhancing music. I find music to be therapeutic, especially after a long day, when I need to keep going. An ideal example would be Frank Sinatra's "That's Life". [more inside]
What are some good board games from my group of friends? [more inside]
Book-rec-filter time! Looking for sci-fi themed books for a young child. Can you suggest any? [more inside]
Ms Monkey and I are getting married in the fall. Current plan is to walk down the aisle together. What are some songs about monkeys we can walk to? [more inside]
Hotel recommendations needed for NYC. Ideally downtown. Not crazy expensive, but it's for my parents, so it needs to be fancier than a backpacker's hotel/hostel (eg, private bath, not too noisy, clean, etc). Many thanks!
Questions/recommendations re Portland, Oregon: (1) name of a good "out-of-the-box" photographer for a male for some personal shots (don't send me to Sears or any "traditionalist" photography company); (2) "life coach" (NOT looking for a licensed professional) who is incredibly adept at exercising perspective (my dear friends are miserable at it, lol); and (3) an absolutely great massage. Think that pretty much answers all of my desires :)
I love reading sites like kottke.org and Neatorama (and, of course, Metafilter). It's exciting - I never know what I'll come across next. What are some other sites that have lots of interesting stuff, preferably on a daily basis (but less often is fine as long as the content is high quality)? [more inside]
Bass Amp Filter: 2 x 10 or 1 x 15? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
I'd like to get a little more into dub and acquire some albums. I like what I understand to be the more typical kind of tracks: long, rumbly instrumentals and would prefer to largely avoid anything with predominant vocals. Does anyone have any particular albums or artists to recommend? Compilations are a-okay. [more inside]
I'm looking for porn a girl might like. But apparently I'm picky. [more inside]
Looking for excellent indie ambient music. [more inside]
Places to eat in Los Angeles, ArcLight edition. [more inside]
Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? Please recommend!
Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
I watched Incident at Loch Ness recently and it reminded me how much I enjoy watching actors pretending to be actors and directors, so now I'm looking for more. [more inside]
Jazz-heads - help me fill out my Xmas wish-list. Especially seeking those with rec's for (say) quartets to octets featuring Baritone Sax, Trombone, and/or strong and prominent rhythm sections. [more inside]
What features/specifications should I look for in a cat tree? [more inside]
I've been listening to Johnny Cash's American V and it is breaking my heart. I'm in a wallowing mood and looking for other such raw emotional songs that are relatively simple (not a lot of instruments). Any genre. [more inside]
Help me find books about insane asylums/state hospitals. [more inside]
With a nice high speed connection now installed at home, I'd like recommendations for finding sci-fi/fantasy TV shows that I can download legally and freely via torrent, that I would not typically have already seen on American cable. [more inside]
Bank recommendations in Austin? [more inside]
What do I put in a cult/horror/art/indie film care package for my (really non-traditional) dad that he hasn't seen? [more inside]
I just finished reading Scott Smith's "The Ruins" and loved it. I want to read more books like this (and his original "The Simple Plan"). Basically, I want all the suspense and horror, but the people have to seem real to me. I don't have to like them, I just want to know what they are thinking/feeling/fearing so that they aren't just numbers on some gorefest scoreboard. Bonus points if the author is semi-prolific, so I have choices for further reading. Help me, hive mind!
Please recommend durable non-shiny black tights. [more inside]
My friend is looking for a dentist in the 858 area code of San Diego area. Any recommendations? [more inside]
I searched the archives and came up with two threads DC-wise, one recommending doctors in general and another with recommendations for cosmetic dentistry. The dentist I'm looking for is metro accessible (preferably NW DC) and has reasonable rates (completely out of pocket) for a standard cleaning and plaque removal/scaling. Thanks!
What are the best movies in which the action revolves around protagonists under siege in an enclosed space? [more inside]
I'm looking for books with quirky storylines or quirky characters doing strange things. [more inside]
Help me find more music like Flight of the Conchords and Tenacious D. [more inside]
Greetings, my Canadian brethren! I am travelling to the Toronto area (specifically Markham) this November for some business. Do you have any hotel/motel/b&b recommendations? [more inside]
Good, preferably vegetarian-inclusive or focused, recipe blogs? Alternatively, one really good recipe magazine in the same category. [more inside]
Recommendations for books with bumbling wizards? [more inside]
Can you name some good movies (preferably comedies) that are appropriate to watch with a nun? [more inside]
I've read "The Dangerous Book for Boys" and I generally love those kind of books (information about anything with guides on doing stuff). What other books are out there that are in a similar vein? I'm a 21-year-old girl but would rather not have a "girly" book.
What are the best sites to find out what cool things are happening locally? [more inside]
Name some good online sources for recommendations and also reviews of recorded performances of classical music. [more inside]
Jazzy electronic music recommendations? I'm thinking of Squarepusher, some Tortoise, etc. [more inside]
Do recommend me music like Aïcha by Khaled. [more inside]