I'm going back to school to take pre-med requirements (previously
). My current boss has agreed to write a recommendation for me, and has asked me to tell him "what I want him to say." What should I give him? [more inside]
Are you a linoleum block printmaker? What are your favorite papers and inks? [more inside]
Film, fiction, philosophy, or poetry dealing with inarticulateness; being unformed, conflicted; or imperfect personalities? [more inside]
Help me find cool books of criticism/essays/interviews/etc. [more inside]
So I am staying in Yosemite for one week in a friend's cabin in Fish Camp, and as long as I'm gone by the 23rd I get it for free. I have full lightweight camping/survival gear, food and a partner but no real clue if we should stay in Yosemite (can't afford a cabin, might not be any more wilderness/overnight passes left) or just slowly drive home.
So, included is a MAP
of our path home. If anyone knows of a great place to stop, be it for an hour or for a day, feel free to offer it up!
We don't have a lot of money, but we do have camping gear/food already so as long as it's not too far off the path we won't have any problem with the gas budget : )
Looking for books with good ENDINGS. In finishing a book there are a lot of times where you are left thinking "wow, that was great... except that last 20 pages. Arrrgh." What books would you recommend with GOOD endings? I emphatically do not mean happy endings; some of the most pleasurable endings in my memory are ambiguous, or even clearly unhappy ("the bad guy wins"). [more inside]
If not a current supervisor, who do you ask for a job recommendation? [more inside]
Looking for a good therapist in the Moorhead/Fargo area. [more inside]
Prog-rammer seeks prog-rock. Help me find some new coding music. [more inside]
I want to follow more Christian tumblr blogs. Can you recommend any that have good quotes and/or write substantial blog posts? I would prefer a minimum of politics. [more inside]
Melancholy movies about loneliness and alienation? [more inside]
My brain needs some fiction reading and I'd like some recommendations based on my tastes in TV/Film: Mad Men, Quadrophenia, Good Fellas, The Krays, There Will Be Blood, Election, Spinal Tap, American Beauty, Eyes Wide Shut, Flashbacks of Fool, The Graduate, Rushmore.
Cowboy Bebop's [amazing] soundtrack was heavily inspired by American music. What should I be listening to? [more inside]
Can you help me expand my music library? [more inside]
Please suggest something beautiful, appropriate, challenging, and substantive to read in a beautiful place--California setting a plus, but not absolutely essential. [more inside]
My nephew is almost 6 years old and loves watching Star Wars: Clone Wars with his father.
What other shows should I get for them? [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for free, New York Times-quality content online. What should I be reading? [more inside]
What are some good books about Goth and Punk subcultures? Fiction and non-fiction both welcome, so long as there is some focus on the goth and/or punk subcultures. The more recent, the better.
(Graphics novels would also do, and maybe movies) [more inside]
Please recommend some ‘fruitcake’ novels! [more inside]
I've played every version of D&D and am wondering, is there an RPG that doesn't take 3 hrs to make a character, where combat can be resolved in less than an hour and doesn't require a dozen books?
I'm flexible on the genre, but fantasy or scifi is what I'm most interested in, something that can be used over the longterm, not just for a few games (RISUS and it's pals appeal but doesn't seem durable enough), with enough flexibility for me to mash things together but without me having to design my own homebrew from 2 or 3 systems. I've done that.
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My girlfriend and I are interested in getting a dog. We've talked about getting a Golden Retriever, which is the breed of dog I grew up with. We're interested in recommendations for breeds we may not have considered. [more inside]
I would like to read speculative and adventure fiction by authors with lots of life experience related to the stories they tell. Oh, they also have to write well. For bonus points: the experience shouldn't be in technology or military. [more inside]
Which movies should I watch at this year's Berlinale film festival? [more inside]
Recommendations for books about
Aleister Crowley himself or his influence. [more inside]
What are some novels in which the plot primarily revolves around a marriage? [more inside]
Sci-fi omnibus recommendations? [more inside]
Need recommendations please for an Alaskan fishing trip. [more inside]
Pacific Northwest eaters, I need your help. My sister is in Seattle visiting our dad. I am in Portland. Sis and Dad want to meet up with Mr. Numberwang and me somewhere between for lunch this weekend. Where to go? [more inside]
As a converted atheist raised in a converted neo-calvinist family. I am regularly flooded with books, newsletters, and other reading material (read emails that are 90% quotes) supporting christianity.
I'd like to return the favor (: [more inside]
Google Reader filter (literally): How do I get rid of all the LOLCATS, Cheezburger, Epic Fails, World of Warcraft GOLD blogs, Pitchfork Music , Bit Torrent Movie Downloads and MMO Champion articles from my Recommended Items? [more inside]
Give me your best Doctor Who serial recommendations. I've seen 'em all, but want to get back in touch. [more inside]
I've begun an alternative certification program to become an elementary teacher. Looking for good books about teaching. [more inside]
What are you favorite crochet blogs? They can include knitting and other crafts but crochet should definitely have a main part. [more inside]
I'm applying to graduate programs for a MA in counseling. I'm closer to 50 than 40 and haven't been a student in nearly 20 years. One program wants "at least one academic reference" among my three letters of recommendation. Does this person necessarily have to be a former professor of mine? [more inside]
I'm going to New Orleans next week for a conference. What do I need to know? [more inside]
I'd like some good recommendations for films that revolve around something being serious business
. The more obscure that something is, and the more the move generates unexpected dramatic interest in it the better.
I really like discovering new books through book reviews in newspapers (New York Review of Books, New Yorker, and NY Times, mainly) and from some book blogs I read. But what are good sources of reviews of audio books
? [more inside]
Restaurant recommendations for Christmas dinner in the Washington, DC area? [more inside]
Software recommendations for a landscape architect? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for good genderqueer and/or lesbian novels, in the vein of Sarah Waters or Malinda Lo. [more inside]
I live in upstate New York. I need to buy a new snowblower and I'm looking for recommendations. It appears that nearly every snowblower, regardless of the brand, is now made by MTD and I have some serious concerns about their quality because of the large number of plastic parts and the thin metal they use. I'd like to know if my concerns are valid and what brands are made by other manufacturers. I've heard that Honda makes a phenomenal snowblower but I'm not sure I can afford $3000 or more. [more inside]
I am looking to buy my first digital video camera and would like some recommendations. Preferably something I could use around the office to edit semi-professional looking internal company videos. Hard drive? Flash drive? Budget is $600 or less. THANKS!
Cheer me up, mefites! I need a good laugh. [more inside]
Graphic Designer looking for a recommended US based printers to print custom size banner and back-lit poster. [more inside]
I'm an Aunt who is utterly lost on what book would be good for her 10 year old nephew. He is just starting his first chapter books and I do not know what is good in tween? literature these days. Help? [more inside]
Modern learning and cognitive psychology for dummies: any suggestions for resources? [more inside]
I like songs that are very electronic sounding but also poppy and accessible. Help. [more inside]
What are some stories that are like Ted Chiang's "Understand"? [more inside]
Help me get into (and navigate) the world of Jazz. [more inside]
I'm looking for a web developer in the UK, for a new startup business. I'm finding it surprisingly difficult to find appropriate companies - the site is fairly complex, and although both of the two companies we've found quoted us 10-15k for it (which seems reasonable), neither has much work of comparable complexity in their portfolio.
Does the hive mind have any recommendations, either on where to find such a company, or of one with whom you've had a particularly good experience? It's one of the most important decisions we'll make, and it feels uncomfortable to be making it on no more than googling.