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Pivotal SFF novels of the last two decades

Which science fiction or fantasy novels have been published in English since 2000 that you, an experienced SFF reader who keeps up with the genre and knows some of its roots, feel are either (a) radically new or (b) substantially transformed their respective genre? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja to Media & Arts at 5:01 PM on Feb 20, 2024 - 57 answers [72 favorites]

i just kind of wasted my precious time

I am late middle age and remember feeling like I spent a lot of time in high school and college "doing nothing," vegging out, wasting time, spacing out, etc before it was possible to vanish mentally online as I too often do now. However I have no recollection of how I used to waste time. [more inside]
posted by ojocaliente to Society & Culture at 9:10 AM on Feb 24, 2024 - 54 answers [32 favorites]

Single-topic website clearinghouse?

In reading a recent post on the Blue, the question naturally arose whether there's anywhere online to find high-quality, special-interest websites of the sort that don't fare well on Google. Is that a thing? [more inside]
posted by DebetEsse to Computers & Internet at 5:55 PM on Feb 20, 2024 - 8 answers [30 favorites]

Paid search engines: do they work and are they worth it?

I'm trying to fully extricate myself from the Googlesphere personally. I know engines like DuckDuckGo and Bing (ugh) exist, but does anyone have experience with paid search engines they could share?
posted by Shepherd to Computers & Internet at 7:30 AM on Feb 23, 2024 - 13 answers [23 favorites]

Scheduled online fitness classes that are NOT yoga or gym-culture

Looking for recs to either individual teachers, studios or directories for livestreamed classes that you have to register and preferably pay for. Not on-demand because I will never demand a fitness class when the sofa is right there, please. I've searched Mindbody, google and reddit, and while I can find this for yoga, HITT, etc, what I really want is functional fitness or something low-key and not 'yay I lost ten pounds, look at my massive muscles, no pain no gain' sort of ethos. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood to Health at 5:32 PM on Feb 22, 2024 - 12 answers [21 favorites]

Lip color that stays and doesn't dry out?

I love the look of lip color, but have always had a hard time finding something that feels good on my lips, won't smear and/or won't dry out my lips. I know there's tons of new options out there now – do you have a favorite? I like the idea of stains a lot, but again I don't want something drying. I use lip balm all days; are there stains out there that stay even after a balm is used? Colored balms haven't really fit the bill. Other options I haven't thought of? I basically want something that I can't feel on my lips, but looks amazing for long periods of time. Lip color lovers, does this exist??
posted by Molasses808 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:08 PM on Feb 24, 2024 - 17 answers [21 favorites]

How do you decide when to go to the doctor?

This feels like a ridiculous question to ask at age 37, but how do you know when something that's happening with your body is worth asking a doctor about (or even a higher bar -- making an appointment??) [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles to Health at 10:25 AM on Feb 21, 2024 - 28 answers [18 favorites]

One weird trick for activating your butt.

I cannot seem to squeeze/activate my glute muscles without recruiting a whole lot of other muscles to help. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by leftover_scrabble_rack to Health at 4:00 PM on Feb 20, 2024 - 12 answers [15 favorites]

Best practices in 2024 for booking a flight?

(Help - I haven't flown in 14 years, and I haven't booked a flight for myself in over 20.) [more inside]
posted by tiny frying pan to Travel & Transportation at 2:40 PM on Feb 25, 2024 - 27 answers [14 favorites]

Are there resources for running volunteer service organizations?

I would love to find the equivalents of the "ask a manager" column or videos or podcasts geared toward running all-volunteer community service and social organizations. I know that some of the management and organizing strategies from workplaces transfer, but in an all-volunteer space I also feel like different strategies may be useful. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
posted by mortaddams to Human Relations at 11:47 AM on Feb 25, 2024 - 2 answers [13 favorites]

Obsessive single-focus review sites

Sleep Like the Dead for mattresses. Ken Rockwell's camera and lens reviews for, well, camera and lens reviews. What are the other obsessively-focused review sites dedicated to applying a highly thorough process and methodology to reviewing everything within a particular product category? These websites just really satisfy me to pore over and I want to find more. [more inside]
posted by capricorn to Computers & Internet at 8:58 AM on Jan 11, 2024 - 28 answers [72 favorites (11 in the past 7 days)]

What do

You are: autistic/hypermobile/living with something else that limits your energy, supporting yourself financially, and not overwhelmed and exhausted most of the time. How do you make it work?
posted by wheatlets to Health at 12:09 PM on Feb 20, 2024 - 10 answers [11 favorites]

Explain Ukelele Strumming to me

My son got a Ukelele for Christmas, so now I'm learning to play the Ukelele. I've watched a bunch of tutorials for specific songs and then when I realized I didn't get the strumming, I sought out tutorials about strumming specificially but none answer my question: How does the TIMING of strumming work? Like D DU pattern seems to be D on the first beat DU on the second beat D on the third beat etc. But WTF do I do with D DU UDU? Is it 1:D 2:DU 3:UDU? But then that's three beats. These aren't waltzes. Do you change chords between the DU and the UDU if necessary? I'm so confused. Please either explain or point me to a tutorial that explains. Also, if there's no strumming pattern how do I figure out what to do? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... to Media & Arts at 10:51 AM on Feb 22, 2024 - 8 answers [9 favorites]

Santa Cruz Recommendations

I'd like recommendations for activities and food in Santa Cruz or places between San Francisco and there. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 to Travel & Transportation at 9:33 AM on Feb 21, 2024 - 21 answers [8 favorites]

Secluded cabin in CA/OR

We want to get away to a small, secluded cabin in CA or OR soon. Where is it? [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay to Travel & Transportation at 8:46 AM on Feb 22, 2024 - 9 answers [8 favorites]

In search of resources to learn Advanced Microsoft Word styles. 2024 Ed.

I've got the basics, but I want to completely and utterly understand Styles and how they interact with normal.dotm and embedded templates with paragraph numbering, fonts, in Word 365 for Windows desktop. I want to become a styles maven who can troubleshoot any problem that arises with my gajillion highly formatted documents of different vintages. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 to Technology at 12:16 PM on Feb 22, 2024 - 3 answers [8 favorites]

What's your random (but regular) act of public service?

For example, if I'm in a public restroom that has an overflowing bin (full of crumpled, used paper towels), I'll step on the top layer to squash everything down so there will be more room for future users to discard their paper towel. Or... some people are very alert on transit and yield their seat to the first person who looks like they might need to sit (elder, parents with lots of kids, etc). [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi to Human Relations at 5:27 PM on Feb 16, 2024 - 45 answers [25 favorites (7 in the past 7 days)]

How to get outpatient surgery while all alone?

Due to a series of unfortunate events, I need to get some outpatient surgery done. However, I am not in a location with any friends, or family available to help. [more inside]
posted by whisk(e)y neat to Health at 11:03 AM on Feb 21, 2024 - 12 answers [7 favorites]

Sticky notes with style?

Has anyone bought any cute decorative sticky notes that actually stick? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light to Shopping at 11:11 AM on Feb 22, 2024 - 6 answers [7 favorites]

Help identify a coin purse--chainmail body, head, legs and tail of a rat

It might be Victorian. picture of purse
posted by Nancy Lebovitz to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:14 AM on Feb 24, 2024 - 9 answers [7 favorites]

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