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The lovely Mrs Fnorde and I were at the Bennington Museum in Vermont the other day, and she was again reminded of how much she likes that kind of quirky museum, where the collection might have more to do with the accidents of local history and donor hobby horses than with a mainstream curatorial vision. Can you recommend other museums that might scratch a similar itch? [more inside]
I loved bands like Love and Rockets, The Smiths, and XTC in the 80s. If you did, too, what are you listening to now? I’m not specifically looking for things that sound just like those beloved 80s bands (although that’s OK, too). I’m just wondering what folks who have similar past loves are enjoying now.
What are the most compelling and succinct explanations you've heard for why coping with anxiety by avoiding the things that make you anxious is a bad idea, and why facing the things that make you anxious is a good idea? What would it take to convince you that anxiety goes away when you confront it, and the things that make you anxious will eventually no longer make you anxious if you face them repeatedly? [more inside]
Hi all, I know there are some gamers in here so I was hoping y'all could help this non-gamer out with picking a new game. I actually went most of my life not enjoying playing computer games at all but fell in love with Stardew Valley. I loved that at any time, I could choose to do something zen (fishing), productive (farming), or exciting (mining). I also loved that it was co-op but we weren't forced to be together or cooperate all the time. Are there any similar games out there?
Yesterday I had a conversation with a number of my grad school colleagues where we are all really struggling with getting enough to eat/eating healthy-ish. Many of my classmates work full-time and then have classes in the evenings. We do not have access to a refrigerator or microwave. [more inside]
I just heard The Cruel Wars by The Dreadnoughts. I love (1) that it's unaccompanied men's voices and (2) the lyrics are through-...written? Every line is novel. I don't have to sit through the chorus eight times. What songs or genres have these two properties of (1) unaccompanied men (2) not repeating themselves? Bonus points for recordings featuring men with deep voices.
[Cultural Differences / Armchair Anthropology Filter] I am moving to Canada next month. American expatriates in Canada, what do you wish you had known before moving? What small (or glaring) cultural, institutional, infrastructural or procedural differences did you start to notice after being there for a while? (Also, for the Canadians: are there things that you wish American expatriates knew before they got there, or wish they’d stop doing or start doing?) [more inside]
I'm white. My husband is multiracial. Our toddler is also multiracial, but he strongly resembles me. I'm not exactly sure how to deal with this in the short term, or what I should be thinking about and reading up on for the long term. [more inside]
What are some of the most amazing and/or trippy graphics display software of today? [more inside]
I will be road-tripping from San Diego to see my parents out on the Olympic Peninsula in the second half of May. It's been 20 years since I last went camping, and that was SCA events; I've not been in a single-family camping situation since I was a kid. So I have been looking up tips and advice online but still have a few questions. I have looked at earlier Asks, especially this one, but still want more specific info. Also my anxiety says I need to know ahead of time exactly what the process of arriving at a campsite and dealing with check in is like. [more inside]
What are some dead-simple dinner ideas? Looking for stuff that’s even easier than the “Easy 30-minute Weeknight Dinner” listicles, due to laziness, burnout, small kitchen, and temporary weird living conditions. There are 2 of us and we eat meat but no seafood. Sadly we don't have a crock pot or Instapot. [more inside]
By all appearances, I seem to be charismatic and dominant, and I love the feeling of power. I also really really want to not be a jerk. Seeking advice for how to straddle this line. [more inside]
What are some examples of famous people/events/etc that are surprisingly under-represented in photographs? For example, there are only two surviving photographs of Chopin. What are some other important subjects that we don't have many photos of? (Speaking after the advent of photography, of course.)
Back in the '90s movie OSTs where my main music acquaintance vector, with the best ones offering a curated, opinionated slice of the current musical zeitgeist, exposing my ears to music I wouldn't have come into contact otherwise, but within a recognizable framework. What great current movie soundtracks would you recommend and why? [more inside]
One of my favorite kinds of science fiction is “naval warfare in space”. I love strategy, huge fleets of ships, and long, slow setups to big explosions. I think “The Hand Of God” and “Resurrection Ship” were among the best episodes of Battlestar Galactica, but get bored with all the bits that aren’t talking tactics. If a book has a picture of battleships on the cover, I’m likely to at least pick it up. Please recommend your favorite “space combat” science fiction! [more inside]
I'm in a happy, committed relationship where marriage is on the table but not a huge priority for either of us. I'm wondering how marriage makes life different, in ways that I may not have thought of. [more inside]
I have always been taught to never take no for an answer from business books- especially from someone not authorized to tell you yes (I think that one was from church, which I no longer attend). I am not afraid of confrontation or challenging authority and can be aggressive while my partner is the opposite. Doing so has yielded me more often than not great results (upgrades in hotel rooms, discounts, access to the things i wanted). However i realize it's a problem in my relationship [more inside]
My boy asked me this and it is a surprisingly difficult question to Google: when were jalapeno chips released as a flavor? Who did it first? (Note: tiny-batch-in-a-brow-bag or guy-on-a-cart stories are welcome, but I mean a decent-sized brand.) (Also note: our guess is '87.)
Please help me find archives of public domain or CC-licensed photos of notable people of color or other underrepresented groups. [more inside]
Do fish oil capsules have heavy metals in them? How are they made? How are the heavy metals removed? [more inside]