What are your FAVORITE "Documentary-style" TV shows that aren't reality shows, currently airing in the US? [more inside]
I am need of a professional-looking author photo! I haven't been professionally photographed since my wedding and I have no idea where to even start. I live in NYC and am more than happy to pay someone a reasonable rate, but I'm also not rolling in cash. Any recommendations for people I should look into? Any advice for how to best approach this process? [more inside]
I'm looking for some concert recommendations in Paris in February or March in the singer-songerwriter/folksy vein. Guitars, good melodies, good lyrics (English preferred). Josh Ritter is a good example. Are there any shows on Songkick (or other aggregators I'm not aware of) that you would recommend? Or maybe your favorite band is passing through on tour? Thanks!
I'd like to read some fantasy or science fiction that has the same flavor and feel as Steven Universe. Any recommendations? [more inside]
What do you consider the most underrated TV show to air during the past year? [more inside]
I'm applying for a fellowship, and my recommender showed me the letter he sent out on my behalf. Turns out it's rather generic and, while very positive, does not give examples of my supposed awesomeness. [more inside]
Can you recommend a reliable online business from which I can purchase a good quality/well-designed "Teach yourself to Spin with a Drop Spindle" kit preferably with instructions and all the things needed? It can be on Etsy (I have an account) or elsewhere. Sources for general spinning-related supplies and helpful websites also welcome. [more inside]
The past several years I've really found myself drawn to rare groove music. This is fairly obscure soul/funk/r&b from the late 70s and early-mid 80s, much of which has been heavily sampled in hiphop but is less known to the general public. I'm looking for more music similar to some favorites I've found. (links below) [more inside]
Buying a couple books for a friend. She seems to prefer non-fictional accounts of real life journeys/struggles, both internal and external. But please don't limit the suggestions to non-fiction only. Inside are some books she's liked recently. [more inside]
Can anybody who owns an Oru folding kayak tell me what it's like and how well it works for them? My wife and I are considering getting a pair of Bay+ folding kayaks and we'd love to learn anything we can from you - there are reviews online, but not a ton of comprehensive ones, given how expensive these are. We've looked at inflatable kayaks, but we're looking for something that's really simple to assemble and doesn't involve inflation or assembling a whole frame, yet also stows reasonably easily into a compact car and can be hiked with. So far the Oru Bay+ seems to fit the bill best. [more inside]
It is my niece's very first Christmas this year, and I want to use her image and make personalized gifts for everyone: Mugs, Shirts, Calendars, phone cases, etc. I've used Walmart to make personalized mugs, but they were expensive and really annoying to order from (I'm ordering from Ontario, Canada). Can anyone recommend a reputable personalized-gift website that can take orders online? It would be great if they had a wide variety of items to personalize. Thanks in advance!!!
Recently at a friend's house we played Betrayal at House on the Hill and my husband really liked it a lot. He enjoyed the cooperative element, the suspense about what the Haunt would be and who would be the traitor, and the flip from one style of gameplay to another halfway through. He especially liked the procedural storytelling aspect, as he is a big RPG fan. I am thinking of giving him this game for Christmas, but I'd rather find something similar that works better with two players. [more inside]
I'm looking for films (or books) like Miyazaki's work: full of emotion, where the world is literally wonderful and every new street or path could contain something magical, touching, and unusual. Ideally more Spirited Away than Princess Mononoke, but either mood works. I'm already a big fan of magical realism novels and have Earthsea & Moebius on my to-read list.
My feeds are getting boring to me. I was reading quite a few home reno blogs but really I'm interested in reading well written material on a range of subjects. I guess that is too broad though...so maybe I like blogs about films or television, pop culture, literature, or art and design? [more inside]
That is, what is a novel you read later in life that you wish you had come across as a kid or teen? Totally fine to recommend books that weren't yet published when you were young.
I'm heading to New Orleans with my wife for the first time in a couple weeks. She'll be attending a conference for a few days, so I'll have about 2 days to explore by myself and then we'll hang out in the evenings. We/I have already got a few ideas of what to do, but I'm looking for some more suggestions. [more inside]
My husband left me out of the blue and my heart is hellishly broken and I am trying desperately to make the hours pass until it hurts less. I am looking for recommendations for tv or movies. I can't do too much violence or suspense or romance. I like sci-fi and fantasy, I like nature, quirky things and strong women. I watched a bunch of Elementary until it all seemed the same, then I watched Blindspot but I'm all caught up, then I watched The Lost Room and then rewatched Firefly for the umpteenth time, and Lucy, then some of Misfits. I read Ms. Marvel, I listened to the podcasts The Message and a bunch of The Black Tapes. I have Eat Pray Love cued up and then Howl's Moving Castle. I don't know if this is enough info to go on, but I need to get through the minutes and thought I'd ask. Maybe I'll watch the first season of Veronica Mars again. Help?
I've just read When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. What an amazing book! Thanks to my ever-growing collection of nieces and nephews, I've enjoyed lots of middle grade fiction. It's been a few years years since I've picked up a good MG novel, though. Does anyone have any recent recommendations in a similar category or style? I'm looking for sophisticated middle grade fiction with strong crossover appeal.
Please recommend music which would be noticeably worse off without a triangle. I have attended the symphony eight times per year for the past five years, and I've only been thoroughly annoyed by the triangle once*, but I'd like to develop appreciation rather than tolerance and befuddlement. [more inside]
Yes, the title is strange, I know, but I will explain: I'm looking for podcasts in which the host is either reading people's letters to them, or taking people's calls, giving advice. The host could either be just a layperson or a psychologist/sociologist/etc. Full explanation inside. [more inside]
I love 99 Percent Invisible, Radiolab, Serial & This American Life. What else do I love? [more inside]
I'm looking for Let's Players/Streamers on YouTube who aren't assholes to women. Are there any good recommendations for who I might want to follow? So many times now I've started watching someone's video and then out of nowhere there's a weird misogynistic comment, or someone will seem decent and then I learn they're actually a vocal GG supporter. At this point I want to stop gambling with my time. [more inside]
My partner and I are visiting Denver next week! Can you offer recommendations for places we should visit or advice on things we should look out for while we're in town, keeping in mind we are evaluating it as a potential place to live? (Bonus if you have queer culture recommendations!) [more inside]
I want some books about women going on the traditional hero's journey! Ideally, non-fantasy and non-young adult. [more inside]
I like music with fiddly bits. Recommend me more of same. [more inside]
I'm going to be spending a week in Tokyo Oct 23-30, and my plan is mainly to eat delicious food and wander around. I lived there for 2 years 1997-99 so I've pretty much seen all the major tourist stuff. Current locals, what are your favorite things to do or eat? [more inside]
(Sorry for posting this right on the heels of another music recommendation thread!) This is a music recommendations request with a special snowflakey focus. For whatever reason, but I think mostly due to my weeaboo nature and my social isolation, I like a lot of Japanese music but am largely ignorant of music that a typical young American might be aware of or into. And I mean really ignorant, enough that I specifically made a project of listening to all the Beatles albums last year (and in so doing discovered that one of the songs that I like by one of my favorite Japanese bands was actually a Beatles cover). In short, I'd like Metafilter's help to get me more plugged into music that a young American might know about. [more inside]
I was inspired by previous threads that asked for illustrations of healthy relationships. I am asking now for illustrations of fruitful mentor/mentee-type relationships (especially among equals, as opposed to parent/child or teacher/student). [more inside]
I was more in to sci fi as a kid, and now every time I try to get in to a book, I find it unbearable. I'd like some recommendations for books that are more like The Road and less like, say, Wool. Can you recommend books to me? [more inside]
I'll be in Burlington, VT on Tuesday/Wednesday night for work and need some restaurant recommendations! [more inside]
Please help with your best gift recommendations for a smart, thoughtful 13-yr old boy whose interests have included superheroes, LEGOs, computer games and sports. [more inside]
I’m looking for recommendations for conventional short stories that are reasonably easy to read and have some literary merit. When I say “conventional”, I mean stories that have a distinct plot, with recognizable characters, and some kind of clear resolution at the end. [more inside]
A very good friend of mine has been committed to the hospital for some form of mental illness. We are looking for light reading for her while in the hospital. [more inside]
We're going to Budapest! Help us have an amazing two weeks. [more inside]
What hip hop artists are making music about current US racial/political issues? [more inside]
Many classic movies are famous and important without being very entertaining to contemporary viewers. But others feel surprisingly fresh, in the sense that they still hold up as entertainment: funny qua comedy (rather than funny-for-their-time), or scary qua horror (rather than scary-to-1950s-audiences). I'm looking for recommendations of old films that you think have aged particularly well. Which oldies successfully make you laugh/scream/cry/think on their own terms, without you having to put yourself in the shoes of bygone audiences? [more inside]
I have one of these vintage WW2-era bags, and I love it. But it's falling apart. Can the AskMe denizens help me extend its life, or find a longer lasting replacement? [more inside]
Here's yet another "What should I read next?" for you: My favorite kind of book could be called Women Who Get Shit Done. Female main characters who have a mission and use their brains/cunning/dumb luck to get it done. Bonus points for books with a historical or fantasy bend. [more inside]
Recently I performed a clean installation of Windows 10 (which, by the way, I very much like despite not-so-subtle bugs creeping up a tad more than I'd like) and would like app and Chrome add-on recommendations. [more inside]
I'm looking for a room in NYC, ideally Queens, which can host 20-30 people for about three hours. More details inside. [more inside]
At times I have really enjoyed the popcorny thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (e.g., The Relic or Still Life with Crows) but over time, they've gotten so dumb (and formulaic) that I can't really stomach any more. Can you give me some suggestions for similarly tense, page-turning fare, whether natural or supernatural; ideally, high-tension, low gore, and I shouldn't be groaning over plot stupidities every other page.
Recommendations for a new DVD player? [more inside]
I need suggestions for readings about the importance of research ethics, please. [more inside]
Hi! It's been awhile, but I am in need of new music and though MeFi could recommend some songs similar to The Raveonettes' "Black/White". I love the bass in it and am looking for tracks like this. Also open to other garagey/old-yet-modern bands too! Thanks!
Hi MetaFilter, I'm looking for book recommendations for my little brother who is 12 years old. Other questions seem to be about book recommendations for 8-12 year old children who read ABOVE their grade level. My brother doesn't really enjoy reading all that much, and reads, in my opinion, below his grade level. [more inside]
Asking for a friend. Is there a recommendation engine for television shows that you use and get good results from? I suggested that my friend ask Metafilter for recommendations, but he said that wouldn't work for him. He just wants recommendations powered by algorithms, he doesn't want to try asking people online. Also he is not a Netflix member and doesn't want to sign up.
Do you have a convection oven, or a convection/conventional oven? What are the pros? What are the cons? Do you use the convection part of the oven for everything, or just some things? Do you have a specific model you would recommend?
I'm looking for suggestions for non-fiction books of an ilk I can only describe as biographies of place; works that strongly evoke a sense of landscape. [more inside]
I’m spending a fortune on NYC takeout and want to start cooking. I know NOTHING. Like can't even cook an egg. So I’m wondering if you kind folks might suggest a) some basic resources on cooking fundamentals and b) some really easy vegetarian cookbooks. Thanks so much.
I am obsessed with extreme nature - tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, harsh environments (think Mt. Everest or deep oceans), extreme weather - basically anything about how big and scary and unpredictable the earth is. I want to get my hands on more articles, books, and documentaries (preferably available online) to quench my appetite for more. [more inside]