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Help me (a dumb dumb) understand the Roman Empire

It’s a massive topic but there has to be some way in for me [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage to Education at 11:11 PM on Oct 20, 2019 - 16 answers [25 favorites (21 in the past 24 hours)]

What are good resources for teaching math to grade school kids at home?

I'd like to supplement my 7 year old kid's math education at home. Ideally without busting out the iPad. Workbooks are fine but the ones we've encountered seem to be better for drilling than teaching. Are there any great books/games/tools that actually help teach math to kids this age?
posted by malhouse to Education at 9:05 AM on Oct 21, 2019 - 10 answers [13 favorites]

Plants which thrive with no natural light

Have you ever successfully kept plants alive with no natural light? [more inside]
posted by fizban to Home & Garden at 10:50 PM on Oct 20, 2019 - 14 answers [15 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

🛑 Unique Road Signs From Your Neck of the Woods 🚸

Today I noticed a Turtle Crossing sign in my town. What are some other unique road signs specific to your region? These can include any animal crossing signs or other unique road signs that are less universal and more regional/unusual. [Looking for real signage, not fictitious signs or joke signs from memes or gift shops.]
posted by Fizz to Travel & Transportation at 3:42 PM on Oct 21, 2019 - 73 answers [12 favorites]

How can I go through a storage locker remotely?

Someone in my immediate family passed away in the US. I live in Europe and can’t travel now. I am the only “heir”. This individual has the storage units which are relatively expensive to keep. I have no idea what’s in them, likely furniture and junk, but you never know. Maybe there are some photo albums, jewelry or personal affects that are emotionally or financially valuable. [more inside]
posted by mateuslee to Home & Garden at 4:08 AM on Oct 21, 2019 - 10 answers [5 favorites]

Restaurants with great cocktails in DC

Hi! Please tell me about your favorite restaurants in Washington, DC that have excellent cocktail programs. Thanks!
posted by DavidNYC to Food & Drink at 8:32 AM on Oct 21, 2019 - 12 answers [5 favorites]

In search of Beautiful Instrumental Music to Live By

Have you ever heard an instrumental song and thought it would be perfect for a soundtrack over a montage clip of your life? That it just captured a mood of a period of time or helped you sink further into the moment? Either way, more info on the instrumental songs I'm seeking is inside! [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane to Media & Arts at 5:24 PM on Oct 18, 2019 - 27 answers [45 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Mental Load, for 2

We have a toddler. Already, the mental load is falling more on one parent than the other because so many incoming emails arrive in only one parent's inbox. We use Gmail. How best to manage? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne to Computers & Internet at 3:18 PM on Oct 20, 2019 - 14 answers [5 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Things to see/do in London, Ontario?

My husband and I will be in London, Ontario, for a few days. MeFites in the know: what sights/experiences should we definitely not miss while we're there?
posted by ClaireBear to Travel & Transportation at 12:57 PM on Oct 21, 2019 - 9 answers [4 favorites]

Do you have a favorite pen for writing in arabic script?

I love fine writing instruments -- especially fountain pens -- and I also happen to be casually studying the Persian language a.k.a. Farsi. The fountain pen I like to use for Latin alphabet and script doesn't work well for the Arabic script; it seems the nib's too thin. (It's a Monteverde Fine nib.) Using a fudepen actually works better, but I don't imagine that is a normal solution. [more inside]
posted by bertran to Writing & Language at 8:26 PM on Oct 21, 2019 - 5 answers [4 favorites]

Nothin' to do but read

What are your favorite looong books? 1200-1500 pages or so? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks to Media & Arts at 5:44 PM on Oct 17, 2019 - 76 answers [69 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Acquiring ebooks responsibly without adding to Bezos' coffers.

This week's New Yorker has a scathing profile of Jeff Bezos, boss of Amazon. After reading it, I'm determined to close up my account, once it's paid up. I need my money more than he does. But here's the thing..... [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier to Shopping at 9:27 AM on Oct 19, 2019 - 20 answers [24 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

✧・゚:* Nothing in life matters! :D 👍👍✧・゚:*

Tumblr introduced me to this 80s remix of Linkin Park's Numb and it is EXACTLY my aesthetic for this point in my life. Give me more peppy remixes of rock/emo/sad/angry music. [more inside]
posted by brook horse to Media & Arts at 7:06 PM on Oct 18, 2019 - 12 answers [22 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Mattress woes

Help me figure out a mattress that won't aggravate my back! Ok, we had a Tempur-Pedic that I HATED. It always felt hard to me. Then Casper. When I would get into bed and lay down my back would hurt. Ditto upon waking. We finally sprang for a Purple #4. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 to Shopping at 8:00 AM on Oct 20, 2019 - 12 answers [8 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Hiring a driver for elderly parent

Have you hired a driver for an elderly parent or other relative? See below for details. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna to Travel & Transportation at 7:49 AM on Oct 21, 2019 - 13 answers [3 favorites]

Nice looking coffee table dish for mixed snacks?

We nosh while watching TV, and the (large) coffee table is usually full of plastic containers and a few bags. (Think watermelon seeds, and their unsightly shells, dried apricots, nuts, etc.) I'd like to find an attractive sectioned snack tray, possibly with lids for each section, but not having much luck. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet to Home & Garden at 2:04 PM on Oct 21, 2019 - 7 answers [3 favorites]

What's a good short book/resource on the making of the atomic bomb?

A good friend of mine is seeing the play "Copenhagen" (Michael Frayn) next year which centres around the meeting of Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in the middle of WWII. He wanted to know more of the background. He tried reading Richard Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb, but it goes into too much detail for his needs. Is there something better that you would recommend?
posted by storybored to Media & Arts at 4:35 PM on Oct 21, 2019 - 6 answers [3 favorites]

e-book libraries with privileges for nonresidents?

Are there e-book lending libraries I can join that I don't have to show residence? I'm not talking about the public domain stuff like gutenberg. I know gutenberg, I love gutenberg, but that's not what I mean. I mean a lending library where I can check out e-books like I do from my local libraries. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Media & Arts at 8:24 PM on Oct 12, 2019 - 21 answers [57 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

I loved Derry Girls. So what's next in the Irish TV queue?

I want to keep the Irish TV thing going. Not British TV (though I loved IT Crowd and Gavin and Stacey, etc) but IRISH. What other TV series are out there for me to watch - drama, comedy, other - that's more insight into Irish culture? Or at least features some strong Irish characters and themes? Besides Father Ted I mean. Already feckin did that one.
posted by rileyray3000 to Media & Arts at 11:20 PM on Oct 16, 2019 - 24 answers [45 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Eat, Play, Go F*&( Yourself

I'm a 36 year old woman going through a divorce and need some empowering media to help me focus on my recovery. I'm not necessarily looking books about divorce specifically, but seeking novels, non-fic, poetry, memoires, TV, movies, etc. that feature women thriving, struggling, handling their shit without the plot hinging on a romantic partnership. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow to Human Relations at 8:23 AM on Oct 18, 2019 - 27 answers [39 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

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