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Interesting, yet very safe for work, websites

I'm working at a temp job where I have nothing better to do most of the time than browse the internet. Can y'all give me recommendations for interesting websites? Ideally they'd be things to read, not games so I look sorta professional. I saw the Ask from 2016, which I'll check out, but maybe there's some new sites. [more inside]
posted by starlybri to Computers & Internet at 5:52 PM on Aug 16, 2019 - 25 answers [120 favorites]

Famous women you learned to like... after recognizing societal misogyny

Hole's "Celebrity Skin" came on shuffle the other day, and my knee-jerk reaction was thinking about how horribly insane Courtney Love is. But then I thought -- wait, why do I even think that? I realized society told me to think that way. So I thought... who else? [more inside]
posted by knownassociate to Society & Culture at 7:36 PM on Sep 3, 2019 - 82 answers [116 favorites]

Does modern-day (free) Clipart exist?

Where would one find modern day clip-art? I'm looking for punchy, action-oriented, cohesive, clean, simple infographic icons that depict business process oriented action words like "send", "receive", "review", "schedule" etc. etc. This would be for use in a standard operating procedure manual. If this were the 90s I'd find something simple and halfway decent in clipart, but it looks like clippie bit the dust a while back. [more inside]
posted by seemoorglass to Computers & Internet at 11:42 AM on Sep 10, 2019 - 12 answers [115 favorites]

Help me make a world history syllabus out of novels

I recently read a couple of historical novels, one set in Ancient Greece and one in the Roman Empire, and now I have a hankering to create a “world history syllabus” that’s composed entirely of novels. Please help me flesh out the syllabus by telling me about good historical fiction you’ve enjoyed — the more detailed and historically accurate, the better. [more inside]
posted by hungrytiger to Writing & Language at 11:49 PM on Aug 18, 2019 - 58 answers [103 favorites]

Any old-school bloggers still posting?

I started blogging in the late 90s and posted regularly for many years. But then a few years ago I decided it was too much work and moved that daily activity over to Google+. Which obviously wouldn't go anywhere ever. Poop. So now it's gone and I'm restarting my blog. I looked around for some OG bloggers from the 90s and early 2000s. And found..... only Kottke??? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 to Computers & Internet at 9:37 AM on Aug 27, 2019 - 91 answers [88 favorites]

Looking for the coziest procedurals on TV

My spouse and I are looking for some low-stakes TV to watch while one of us is exercising or pinned under the cat or something. We have Netflix (streaming and DVD), Amazon Prime, and local OTA channels in the SF Bay Area. No dish or cable, not interested in more streaming subscriptions. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious to Media & Arts at 3:02 PM on Aug 31, 2019 - 54 answers [83 favorites]

What fantasy and sci fi authors do you trust for happy endings?

I’m looking for folks who write fun adventures, but also ones in which the main characters generally not only survive, but also tend to find love, fulfillment, and happiness. [more inside]
posted by bananacabana to Media & Arts at 8:03 PM on Aug 16, 2019 - 22 answers [72 favorites]

How to Be a Clean Person?

You have a home. The household goods, materials, and linens in it are clean, fresh, and not discolored or covered with a fine film of grease, despite your copious cooking and sweating and living. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna to Home & Garden at 11:40 AM on Aug 23, 2019 - 37 answers [71 favorites]

How do you fill your days?

When you're not working, what do you do? How do you fill up your time? Looking for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by ferret branca to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:00 PM on Aug 25, 2019 - 37 answers [69 favorites]

Addictive Podcasts for a Road Trip

Please recommend to me some of the finest, addictive serial podcasts for an upcoming road trip. [more inside]
posted by nanook to Media & Arts at 5:19 PM on Aug 20, 2019 - 14 answers [58 favorites]

"Not everything needs to be difficult." Whaaaat...??

Through therapy, I have come to realize that I was raised to believe that everything is incredibly hard. Each task is onerous, life is one catastrophe after another, people will expect SO much of you, and you must read into, interpret, and respond to the moods, energies & subtle behaviours of others because that is the way we care for them. Thanks to my upbringing, I now excel in the art of overcomplicating things! How did you re-learn? [more inside]
posted by nathaole to Human Relations at 9:55 AM on Aug 30, 2019 - 22 answers [57 favorites]

Cheer up, Buttercup!

Looking for pics/links that if you were going through a really rough patch, would be a welcome distraction or mood lifter. I can't be the only one who keeps a collection of things like this. I've already exhausted my usual "I hope this picture of a hamster struggling to eat a piece of spaghetti brightens your day." stock, and need to replenish. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Grab Bag at 6:14 AM on Sep 11, 2019 - 39 answers [57 favorites]

best chicken leg/thigh recipes

What are your favorite recipes for cooking a bunch of chicken legs or chicken thighs? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink at 10:28 PM on Sep 7, 2019 - 40 answers [56 favorites]

Recommend me some grungy Americana/Alt-Country

For a long time, if you asked me if I like Country music I would have just said, "well, I like Johnny Cash..." But the comments on this recent FPP sort of blew the doors off that facet of my musical taste. Can you recommend more music along these lines? I'm particularly interested in the raw-er sounding stuff. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard to Media & Arts at 11:50 AM on Sep 13, 2019 - 45 answers [54 favorites]

What are your best baby redirects?

I’d like to limit the amount of “no” my child hears. A friend told me their nanny says, “use soft hands” when touching people/animals, for example, instead of, “No, don’t pet so hard.” What other sorts of positive redirects have you found useful? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Human Relations at 12:13 PM on Aug 25, 2019 - 29 answers [53 favorites]

Help me find a game like Civilization and SimCity

I've been playing the Civilization and SimCity games since I was a teenager. They are the only games I play. Please help me find a new game I might like. Must be playable on a PC or Mac laptop. [more inside]
posted by panama joe to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:50 AM on Aug 16, 2019 - 44 answers [52 favorites]

Name that dystopian (?) novel!

I randomly read an ad/blog post/promo/something on a local bookstore’s website (I think?!) about 2 years ago (I think??!) about a novel that I remember really wanting to read, but for whatever reason I did not purchase it at that time. Now that I have room in my life for pleasure reading, I have since forgotten EVERYTHING about it, except for the scant few details and fuzzy impressions included below. Is anyone out there a miracle worker/mind reader who can tell me what book this is?! [more inside]
posted by Dorinda to Media & Arts at 5:23 AM on Sep 6, 2019 - 14 answers [51 favorites]

Vegetarian Mains

I've been eating more vegetarian dishes lately and have had fun learning a lot of new dishes, many of which are kind of all-in-one dishes like soups, "power bowls" or whatever you call them (rice, veggies, maybe beans, etc.), veggie stir fry, bean-based dishes, etc. However, I have realized that I miss simple veggie sides. What kind of vegetarian main dishes can I make to serve with some simple veggie sides? [more inside]
posted by sillysally to Food & Drink at 8:38 AM on Sep 12, 2019 - 25 answers [50 favorites]

What trivial, obnoxious habits have you quit?

Okay, so without really thinking about it I was sometimes in the habit of...not refilling the water on the shared espresso machine at work* on the theory that other people never refilled it either so I often had to do it before making espresso. Though perhaps justified, this is obnoxious behavior and I am making a point of refilling the machine now. I would like to be a better - or at least less annoying - person by dealing with minor bad habits of which I may be only partially aware. What small annoying things have you stopped doing? [more inside]
posted by Frowner to Human Relations at 1:27 PM on Sep 4, 2019 - 47 answers [46 favorites]

Fall is almost here - in search of cozy books!

Looking for a specific kind of cozy that has a domestic, connected-with-nature, everything-will-be-alright vibe. If it features homesteading, dogs, fireplaces, children or wise grandmothers - all the better! I especially like it if the cozy protagonist goes against the grain of the established system. Things that have been the right kind of cozy for me before below the cut: [more inside]
posted by luminary to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:51 AM on Aug 19, 2019 - 15 answers [44 favorites]

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