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Outstanding travel clothes, shoes, accessories

What specific items of clothing, shoes or accessories have you found to be particularly useful when traveling? [more inside]
posted by christa to Travel & Transportation at 10:39 AM on Sep 15, 2019 - 28 answers [49 favorites (37 in the past 7 days)]

Unquestioned assumptions in American society?

I’m trying to create a list of unquestioned assumptions in American society. Help me add to it! [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias to Society & Culture at 8:31 AM on Sep 19, 2019 - 95 answers [33 favorites]

How did you grow to like yourself?

By all accounts, I’m a perfectly normal human being who is offensive to others in neither habits nor appearance. But I’ve got some really strong core beliefs that I’ve been adding evidence to since childhood that I’m gross and ugly and unattractive. Have you had similar ideas and worked through them? How did you do it? FYI, I’m in therapy, and working on this there.
posted by anonymous to Health at 5:01 AM on Sep 20, 2019 - 22 answers [31 favorites]

Women artists with characteristics I like about Steely Dan?

Lately I've been binge-listening to Steely Dan, even though my usual taste in music runs more toward spare, angular post-punk. Are there any women artists with qualities similar to the ones I admire in their music -- the obsessive perfectionism, the complex arrangements, the cold, sardonic feel with an occasional hard-earned bit of warmth underneath? In any genre -- doesn't have to be jazz-influenced pop/rock at all.
posted by Ralston McTodd to Media & Arts at 3:02 PM on Sep 16, 2019 - 39 answers [29 favorites]

Bring Me A Higher Love

In a little over a week I am starting a spiritual challenge which requires me, among many other things, to only listen to music that "lifts my soul to God." Problem is I don't like listening to religious music very much. Help me find eclectic, brilliant, and interesting music from diverse secular sources that will make up my "Lift my soul to God" playlist. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact to Media & Arts at 9:25 PM on Sep 18, 2019 - 83 answers [29 favorites]

Recipes for interesting, low-calorie vegetarian salads

I'm an adventurous eater, and love food from all over the world. Please recommend some recipes for interesting, low-calorie vegetarian salads. [more inside]
posted by panama joe to Food & Drink at 10:03 AM on Sep 19, 2019 - 11 answers [29 favorites]

Skincare for Men - Instructions Included

I am a guy in his mid 40s. I would like take great care of my face and neck. I really don't want to do a bunch of research. I simply want to be told EXACTLY what to buy, where to buy it, and the exact steps I am supposed to do from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized to Health at 8:48 AM on Sep 17, 2019 - 15 answers [24 favorites]

Strength training to prevent running injuries

I'm an solidly mid-pack trail and ultra runner who's been running for about 10 years. In the last couple years, I've started to struggle with a series of overuse injuries. I'm fairly sure they all share the same root cause: insufficient strength work, especially in my core, glutes, and hips. I really hate strength work, don't love gyms, but want to do a better job staying injury-free. Please help me figure out how to more seriously engage in strength work and stay injury-free! Specific questions inside: [more inside]
posted by jacobian to Health at 4:35 PM on Sep 18, 2019 - 12 answers [23 favorites]

Recommend me some twisty mystery audiobooks please!

Looking to stock up my audible library to help break up a long commute. Specifically looking for twisty mystery novels (or a series) written within the last 20 years, available as audiobooks, to suit my somewhat specific tastes. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive to Media & Arts at 9:35 PM on Sep 15, 2019 - 13 answers [22 favorites]

Um, what is programming?

BigLifeQuestionFilter: How long does it take to learn to be a decent professional programmer/developer/software engineer/whatever? And if so, do I want to? [more inside]
posted by mosst to Work & Money at 9:59 AM on Sep 16, 2019 - 18 answers [22 favorites]

What are your best hiking/backcountry camping recipes?

I'm going camping with my kids and some friends in a couple of weeks. We usually go car camping but this time we'll be hiking in to our site. If it was just us adults we'd be fine with getting some dehydrated food packs and calling it a day but our kids will want tastier fare. What exactly is that? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:41 PM on Sep 16, 2019 - 29 answers [22 favorites]

Learn to Read Music, Online?

Mr. McGee has joined a community choir, but does not read music. He would like to learn to read music. Can you point us to an good (free) online course that he could work his way through? A book would also be okay, but I feel like there's probably a great web-based course with YouTube videos out there somewhere so he could see it AND hear it. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Media & Arts at 9:17 PM on Sep 16, 2019 - 13 answers [22 favorites]

Help me autumn the eff out of autumn

Fall is my favorite season. October is my favorite month. I’ve had a lot of personal upheaval/uncertainty in the past few years but I’m finally feeling settled again. So: I’m bound and determined not to let October pass me by without really Octobering the fuck out of it. Some ideas I already have had below the jump! [more inside]
posted by Automocar to Home & Garden at 7:49 AM on Sep 21, 2019 - 15 answers [21 favorites]

Examples of senses used in the pursuit of expertise

Polytalented professionals of MetaFilter, what is something specific that you discover, detect, discern, diagnose or deduce through a sense. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation to Science & Nature at 12:19 PM on Sep 17, 2019 - 43 answers [19 favorites]

Help me not hate LA?

Please don't take offense to this but I've received a wonderful job offer in LA and completely and utterly hate the city after 2 weeks. I lived in a lot of places and even places I didn't particularly like, I didn't seem to hate it. A lot of people live here and love it, so I'm missing something. Details within. [more inside]
posted by geoff. to Travel & Transportation at 8:02 PM on Sep 17, 2019 - 37 answers [19 favorites]

What Do You Use To Store Digital Files

Hi Folks, Quick question - what do you use to store sensitive files such as tax returns, medical records, etc. Dropbox doesn't offer encryption - I'd like a place to store the files in a safe way; also, if they can be stored online and not on my hard drive, that would safe me a lot of space.
posted by stevenpl to Computers & Internet at 6:44 AM on Sep 22, 2019 - 13 answers [18 favorites]

n hrs/wk = frugal livelihood; solve for lowest possible n

Say you're choosing a career and your *only* criterion is that you want to work the fewest possible hours that will allow you to pay the bills. What options would you consider? [more inside]
posted by zeri to Work & Money at 8:35 AM on Sep 15, 2019 - 23 answers [24 favorites (14 in the past 7 days)]

Throwing over the brassiere industrial complex

Seeking your recommendations and suggestions for bra alternatives that meet my needs/criteria. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 1:39 PM on Sep 17, 2019 - 15 answers [14 favorites]

Help with iPhone photo backups/photo archiving. Two questions...

Question A. How do I offload photos from my iPhone without deleting them from iCloud? Question B. What cloud storage solution should I use to archive my photos? [more inside]
posted by arm426 to Computers & Internet at 7:52 PM on Sep 18, 2019 - 2 answers [14 favorites]

Sweaty face/head. How to wear moisturizer, sunscreen, makeup?

I sweat a lot, mainly from my face/head. Please help me figure out a way to wear sunscreen and/or moisturizer without looking like I forgot to close my car windows during a car wash. [more inside]
posted by gursky to Health at 10:25 AM on Sep 17, 2019 - 13 answers [12 favorites]

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