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recommend me more books like this....

one of my favorite non-fiction books of the past few years is "salt: a world history." recommend to me books in that vein that i will love just as much!
posted by megan_magnolia to Media & Arts at 5:54 PM on Jan 21, 2021 - 42 answers [99 favorites (9 in the past 24 hours)]

Please help improve my vocubulary for how I feel

There are a lot of feelings, sensations, and observations that I don't have much vocabulary for! Can you please suggest vocabulary to describe how you feel, when you feel things that are kind of unique? [more inside]
posted by rebent to Writing & Language at 2:20 PM on Jan 23, 2021 - 12 answers [9 favorites]

Tell me how you disengage your anxiety spiral

A close friend I will be talking to tomorrow had things go slightly sideways at work at the end of last week. There's nothing to be done until Monday, but they can't stop thinking about it. Level of difficulty: They have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. [more inside]
posted by JawnBigboote to Health at 6:34 PM on Jan 23, 2021 - 8 answers [9 favorites]

Comfortable cotton-ish boot cut yoga pants?

I’ve basically been living in yoga pants since the shelter-in-place started and I’m now in need of new yoga pants. Where do you get your fav basic ones? [more inside]
posted by machine to Shopping at 10:22 AM on Jan 23, 2021 - 4 answers [7 favorites]

Bring your online purchase of progressive lenses into focus for me

Are you happy with your online purchases of durable thin frames with *progressive* lenses? From which seller? Searching MF asks and posts doesn't speak to my questions; the most recent ask for online retailer suggestions was for progressives was 2015. [more inside]
posted by conscious matter to Shopping at 9:34 AM on Jan 22, 2021 - 12 answers [10 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Looking for trivia app for bright 8 year old

Like everyone approaching the one year anniversary of staying home, our 8 year old is BORED. He likes trivia. Is there a cool trivia app that he would enjoy playing either alone or with others? Doesn’t have to be kid focused. He thinks he’s ready for all things grown up.
posted by Xalf to Computers & Internet at 1:33 PM on Jan 23, 2021 - 4 answers [4 favorites]

driving cultures

Does where you live have a driving style, dominant driving culture, or set of unspoken rules for drivers? Are all big city drivers more likely to be aggressive? Of course, not all freeway drivers in LA are hellaciously aggressive, but on balance, there's more 90mph swerving in and out of lanes. I noticed that "Drive Friendly the Texas Way" did seem to mean that drivers were more likely to make room for others to merge in traffic. In Arizona, though, it seemed like the majority of drivers passed on the right even when there was ample room to pass on the left. [more inside]
posted by spamandkimchi to Society & Culture at 10:28 AM on Jan 22, 2021 - 82 answers [11 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Troubleshoot Streaming TV Problems

My mom is having problems with streaming Amazon and Netflix in her apartment. She has AT&T internet in her apartment building (not sure if fiber), and watches on a ~6yo Samsung smart TV. The symptom she’s seeing is that both Amazon and Netflix will freeze partway through a show and the show can’t be restarted. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur to Home & Garden at 6:39 AM on Jan 23, 2021 - 10 answers [3 favorites]

How often to deep clean my dog's teeth?

YANMV, but does my dog need to get his teeth deep cleaned every year? (deep clean = full dental cleaning, x rays, possible extractions, while under anaesthesia). He's had it this the last 2 years in a row (the second year they had to pull two teeth), and our vet brought up doing it again this year. 5 year old dog, no underlying health problems besides allergies, no mouth pain. This year the vet said he had "moderate plaque buildup." Could we skip this year, actually start brushing his teeth, and get this done every 2 - 3 years or so? [more inside]
posted by Geameade to Pets & Animals at 8:28 AM on Jan 23, 2021 - 16 answers [3 favorites]

What does Democratic control of the Senate amount to?

With the Democrats sweeping Georgia, they now the control the "legislative agenda" in the Senate. What exactly does that mean/entail? [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor to Law & Government at 12:45 PM on Jan 22, 2021 - 7 answers [7 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Mathematics Filter

Help a biologist trying to do math and in over their head. I'm trying to do some modeling and would like to find the inverse of the equation f(x) = ln(|x|)/u - (ln(|vx-p|))/kv + C when 0<x<p/v. Is this possible? Can anyone point me to a solution or a resource where people good at math answer these types of questions? Stuck and really not sure who to ask. Thanks!
posted by 12%juicepulp to Science & Nature at 10:22 PM on Jan 22, 2021 - 10 answers [2 favorites]

Factual information on recreational drugs and teenage brains?

Can anyone suggest balanced, rigorous and un-moralising sources of information on what recreational drugs do to the developing teenage brain, presented in a way that is appropriate for a teenager?
posted by Grinder to Health at 7:04 AM on Jan 23, 2021 - 4 answers [2 favorites]

Yes, the moon rock is all well and good, but...

Does anyone know what the books on the bookshelf in the Oval Office are? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Grab Bag at 7:19 AM on Jan 23, 2021 - 10 answers [2 favorites]

How do I get a "survival job?"

After several years as a stay at home parent, I've found myself in need of what this site often refers to as a "survival job." I've accepted that my next job will probably be in retail or food service working beside teenagers or college students. My question is how, as a middle-aged person who hasn't worked in years and whose last job required a college degree, do I make myself more likely to get one of those jobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 10:06 PM on Jan 23, 2021 - 6 answers [2 favorites]

Unexplained spooky feelings

Have you ever had a “creepy” feeling in a place for no reason and later found out why? Not necessarily a supernatural explanation, it could be eg that later you noticed the floorboards were sloping so no wonder you felt a bit uncertain walking about. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet to Grab Bag at 11:19 PM on Jul 13, 2018 - 35 answers [33 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

Commercial sources for N95-equivalent masks

What sources exist for getting masks that actually protect the wearer and have been government certified in some way? I prefer masks that have nose bridges and firm edges that actually leave a mark on your face. I've looked at KN95 and Korean KF94 masks. Is anyone in the US actually testing these in real-time to see how bad certain brands are? I am open to buying directly from other countries. I really do not want someone to buy a bogus mask that is worse than useless because of a scammer on eBay. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream to Health at 11:29 PM on Aug 5, 2020 - 14 answers [14 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

Career options for a UK tax specialist moving to the US?

US Americans working in finance-related jobs, what career options are available for someone who has experience working at a UK firm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 7:13 AM on Jan 22, 2021 - 4 answers [1 favorite]

Maintaining executive function in pregnancy

Do you know of any prescribers in NYC who write prescriptions for Strattera/Atomoxetine to pregnant people? Alternatively, do you know of any studies that exist for pregnant people taking atomoxetine to provide data for future people who depend on this medication to maintain and control my focus? [more inside]
posted by bilabial to Health at 6:55 PM on Jan 22, 2021 - 6 answers [1 favorite]

Can I use incandescent bulbs in this IKEA lamp?

I bought the IKEA SIMRISHAMN pendant lamp, and it's great. But I haven't been able to find LED bulbs that are warm enough for it, and the instructions don't offer an incandescent equivalent — it asks for a 7W E12 LED bulb, and doesn't list an incandescent equivalent. Is that because incandescent bulbs aren't safe in enclosed fixtures like this one, or can I just buy a sufficiently low-wattage bulb?
posted by alycoop to Technology at 8:26 AM on Jan 23, 2021 - 9 answers [1 favorite]

Are third party Apostille services legit?

I need to have my birth certificate Apostilled. The Secretary of State’s office is closed due to Covid—indefinitely according to their voicemail. They are not taking phone calls or emails. I see that third party apostille services exist for hefty fees—are they legitimate? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Law & Government at 3:21 PM on Jan 23, 2021 - 2 answers [1 favorite]

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