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What will you keep from a year in Shelter-in-Place?

The area I am living in is starting to reopen after more than a year of Sheltering-in-place and I'm realizing that there are many things that I thought I would not have liked about the year that I'd like to hold onto. I wanted to hear what others thought they might keep doing even after things have completely reopened. [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Human Relations at 5:34 PM on May 8, 2021 - 66 answers [45 favorites (26 in the past 24 hours)]

Scavenger hunt help needed

Looking at house listings across the US on has been pandemic entertainment for my sister and me. We want to make a game of it with a scavenger hunt and need help coming up with things to find in real estate pictures. There's a preference for items that aren't necessarily found only in high-end homes but otherwise anything goes. So far, we've got things on our list like dishes in the sink, a corded wall phone, bunk beds, a cat tree, a room painted purple, etc. Please suggest some others!
posted by DrGail to Grab Bag at 1:13 PM on May 8, 2021 - 58 answers [12 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Spotify playlists for new releases?

With live shows on the horizon, I want to hear new music from bands who might be touring soon. I know its bad and wrong, but I like Spotify playlists. In addition to Spotify's Release Radar, I follow KEXP's Song of the Day 2021 and Pitchfork's Best New Music. Any recommendations for other playlists focused on new releases only? I like indie rock, but also rap, jazz, twangy stuff, etc. Thanks for any recs!
posted by lumpy to Media & Arts at 6:20 PM on May 8, 2021 - 3 answers [10 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

How to start making my own beats?

What's the best way for a beginner to get into making hip hop beats? What tools do I need? What resources should I use? [more inside]
posted by fryman to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:16 AM on May 9, 2021 - 4 answers [7 favorites]

What's a good historical story I can tell in 5-7 minutes?

I have to deliver a speech at Toastmasters tomorrow. What's an entertaining story to tell? I'd like to do something that's historical, has some suspense and humor. Hit me with your suggestions!
posted by storybored to Media & Arts at 9:21 AM on May 9, 2021 - 13 answers [6 favorites]

Science Fiction Beach Reads

Please share all the books and series you haven't been able to put down! I am in dire need of some fun reading and would love recommendations from the Green as you all have suggested books that have become favorites over the years. I'm looking for science fiction (please feel free to interpret the genre broadly) that's engrossing and fun but not completely retrograde or badly written. More details within. [more inside]
posted by snaw to Media & Arts at 4:38 AM on May 6, 2021 - 54 answers [86 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Was Carl Rogers an okay person?

I read some essays by Carl Rogers and I loved everything about them. Experience tells me that any time I am enchanted by the work of a white man, he turns out to have been a jerk to women or to have been an awful person in other ways, and that just spoils it for me. Is there anything in that vein that I should know about?
posted by Omnomnom to Grab Bag at 12:37 PM on May 9, 2021 - 4 answers [5 favorites]

Seeking modern Russian cultural context for Cheburashka

I have recently discovered and love the original Cheburashka cartoons (thank you, vast cultural swamp that is Youtube). I am amusing myself by learning Gena's songs on ukulele. If I go a step further and, say, put a Cheburashka sticker on something public facing like a water bottle, what would a Russian person the appropriate age to have that as a childhood icon think? [more inside]
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting to Society & Culture at 4:16 PM on May 9, 2021 - 3 answers [4 favorites]

Dinner inspo

Link me to the most delicious recipe you’ve made recently! Anything goes. Think “delicious”—not necessarily “easy” or “fast” or whatever (although those qualities are welcome too).
posted by HotToddy to Food & Drink at 10:30 AM on May 5, 2021 - 54 answers [88 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

For the childfree women

What has been your experience as a woman without kids? [more inside]
posted by oywiththepoodles to Human Relations at 7:33 AM on May 3, 2021 - 64 answers [64 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

How do you prevent so much grocery waste when buying for one?

Curious how others use up all of their groceries while cooking for one. I have been trying to buy less but then I just end up eating out! Cooking was supposed to be a way for me to save money. How did you find a balance? [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon to Food & Drink at 7:55 AM on May 8, 2021 - 33 answers [19 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Gifts for 5-year-old girl keen on math, science, astronomy

Looking to buy a present for a child turning 5 years of age who can't stop talking about stars, planets, the solar system, meteors, different species of animal, different species of plants, etc. [more inside]
posted by braemar to Science & Nature at 12:06 PM on May 9, 2021 - 12 answers [3 favorites]

take me to (spoonie) flavortown

I need help. My body has reached the end of its tolerance for junky fast food, but I have fewer spoons than ever to do any real cooking. I need help thinking of core recipes to base my cupboard around. [more inside]
posted by snerson to Food & Drink at 8:44 PM on May 7, 2021 - 19 answers [22 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Trying to find a quote about happy stories

There's an excerpt from a speech/article/essay that floats around on tumblr that I'm trying to track down. I think it was by a female author, but I'm not sure. It's about how all these grimdark stories are presented as "mature" and "realistic" option, and that happy stories are seen as immature and joy is devalued, which is not a good thing. I'm trying to find it again. Does that ring any bells to anyone?
posted by platypus of the universe to Society & Culture at 9:28 AM on May 8, 2021 - 2 answers [7 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Should I get a heat pump clothes dryer?

I am about to buy a new washer and dryer (stackables). I was assuming I would get a gas dryer, because that's the type I have now, but I now see there is something called a "heat pump" dryer that's supposed to be more energy-efficient. I'm reading about them, but I just can't picture what this pump is all about. What kind of heat is it? Is it separate from the dryer itself? Does it use electricity or gas or ... what? I'm in New York City, if that makes a difference.
posted by DMelanogaster to Home & Garden at 7:01 AM on May 9, 2021 - 18 answers [2 favorites]

Removing poison ivy

Have you removed poison ivy from your property without significant damage to your garden, self, or mental health? If so, how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy to Home & Garden at 7:59 AM on May 9, 2021 - 19 answers [2 favorites]

Portable microscope that works with your phone for backpacking?

Last summer my kids had an amazing time looking at bugs swimming in ponds while we were backpacking. This summer, I'm hoping to up our game a bit and get some kind of portable, fairly robust microscope or (android) phone accessory that will give us a bit of a magnification. My google-fu is weak and while there are many products, I'm failing to find reasonable third party reviews on anything of this kind. Help? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 3:53 PM on May 9, 2021 - 7 answers [2 favorites]

Emotional Labor Vs. Helping Partner with Emotional Issues

I'm having some problems reconciling the concept of emotional labor with what I might hope for from a future theoretical relationship. I'm wondering if I misunderstand 'emotional labor' as a concept. [more inside]
posted by metabaroque to Grab Bag at 7:30 PM on May 9, 2021 - 10 answers [2 favorites]

If No COVID19 Herd Immunity, What's the Future Per Science/Epidemiology?

For a long while, we were told that achieving herd immunity would be when the future returned to normality. Now, we are being told that we likely won't achieve herd immunity; many have vaccinated, but we won't get there. Speaking from science and epidemiology (not people's opinions), what's next? (See inside.) [more inside]
posted by metabaroque to Science & Nature at 2:23 PM on May 6, 2021 - 9 answers [10 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

Getting through the tail end of the pandemic

I'm bored and lonely and I'm not sure how to change this given the current pandemic measures. [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night to Human Relations at 3:26 AM on May 7, 2021 - 11 answers [6 favorites (1 in the past 24 hours)]

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