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Any good verbal games for car rides?

Besides "I spy" -- what are some good games for kids that can be played in a car ride? (Not necessarily a long car ride) Bonus for educational games....
posted by mhh5 to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 5:06 PM
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Podcasts to sleep to

I need 20-30 minutes of fairly boring content I can listen to, followed by another half hour of additional content while I’m actually sleeping.
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Help me upgrade the quality of my life for 100 bucks?

What could I buy with 100 USD that would improve my happiness and quality of life?
posted by whitelotus to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 7:19 PM
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Help me figure out my first all inclusive vacation...

My best friend and I want to spend 3-4 days at an all-inclusive resort in March. We are picturing being warm, laying on a beach, drinks with umbrellas and good conversation/reading/doing-nothing. We are not picturing loud club-like environment or cruise-style planned activities. Difficulties: She is coming from Montreal and I'm coming from Boston. We have never done anything like this before. All previous travel done together or separately has involved more...effort/adventure. We want neither. (Please see aforementioned umbrella drinks and lounging.) Advice? Planning tips? Great ideas? Details and questions below.
posted by jeszac to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 1:27 PM
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Excellent narrative/documentary nonfiction podcasts for road trip

Leaving on a road trip tomorrow and looking for narrative/documentary nonfiction podcasts (available via iTunes) to pass the time. Favorites, caveats, etc. within!
posted by the return of the thin white sock to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 12:11 PM
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I already made kaespaetzle.

I am in need of a fussy recipe that requires lots of time in the kitchen.
posted by floweredfish to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 4:51 PM
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Tell Me Your Favourite Job Perks

The (very) small company I work for is hiring in a competitive tech market, and I'm hoping to mine the hive mind for job perk ideas.
posted by dotgirl to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 3:16 PM
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What to Watch Next? Yarn Store Edition

At our yarn shop, we host a weekly nerd night where we watch a couple of TV episodes and knit or crochet. Star Trek (especially TNG and now Disco) has been a popular favorite, as has Doctor Who and Stranger Things. We did Firefly a couple years ago, and we've done some Miyazaki movies in between. The plan was to get people hooked on the Expanse, but it looks like we may need a plan B. We knew the Expanse was dark and complicated, and if we can't get people into it, we need another option.
posted by rikschell to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 6:28 PM
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YouTube fitness routines with...

Bare minimum weight-loss related chat please. I expect some, but that's not the reason why I exercise. I tend to prefer longer routines to High-Intensity stuff, and the less equipment the better. Thanks.
posted by threetwentytwo to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 4:43 AM
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Mini-corb needs lunch, badly.

The kidlet needs to eat lunches that at least have a modicum of nutrition. She is not able, because of cafeteria size & time, to sit down to eat, so needs lunches that make little mess and can be eaten standing. Halp.
posted by corb to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 3:03 PM
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Broke vegetarian, in winter, dislikes beans

Hi! I am a vegetarian on a tight budget and I do not like beans (or lentils, or other legumes). I will tolerate dal or refried beans if they are served in a restaurant or something. The only exception is chickpeas or black beans in a cold salad, which I enjoy, but how many salads can you make?!
posted by 8603 to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 7:42 AM
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Cozy mystery series sought, with requirements

Specifically, books without first-person narrators and featuring fantasy or magical elements.
posted by furtive_jackanapes to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 1:34 PM
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Sleazy instrumental music for a circus-themed RPG

I'm running a D&D 5e homebrew campaign featuring circus performers solving a mystery in a town rife with crime and corruption. I'd like some music to play in the background that evokes sleaze, slyness, and highly-unusual goings-on. There must be no vocals or very minimal vocals (and preferably not in English if they exist). Any recommendations for that bizarre constellation of requirements?
posted by lieber hair to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 9:50 PM
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Minimalist baby must-haves

My sister is throwing me a baby shower which is so nice of her. My husband and I really, REALLY don't like to accumulate stuff and we buy very few things new. So what the fuck do I register for?
posted by pintapicasso to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 9:23 PM
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But do they sell a hot dish?

Casseroles are ubiquitous comfort foods in the Midwest, but they're almost never found at restaurants. What other foods do people cook at home but are rarely seen in a commercial context?
posted by steady-state strawberry to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 2:37 PM
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Your favorite daily stretches

I've always had very stiff hamstrings, but I've discovered that doing a couple of sets of ten toe touches every day goes a long way towards improving their flexibility. What quick stretches help YOU stay limber?
posted by telepanda to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 11 at 7:37 AM
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workout leggings for thunder thighs

Are there specific brands or styles of workout leggings designed for athletic women who are proportionally smaller in the waist, and larger in thighs?
posted by raztaj to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 2:05 PM
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Cookbook Suggestions Needed

I have a friend who is getting interested in cooking, which is wonderful. The book that has gotten him interested, however, appears to be filled with super not good recipes. Help me find him a better book? Details inside.
posted by hilaryjade to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 6:56 PM
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Hearing amplifiers vs. hearing aids - any experiences?

I have moderate hearing loss in my right ear, mostly high frequency. This was discovered when I was a little kid, and I'm 47 now. It has gotten worse over the years and has made social and professional situations difficult. I am currently trying a set of Otofonix amplifiers, both ears and want opinions on these vs. "real" hearing aids. More details inside.
posted by jeff-o-matic to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 7:39 AM
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How to follow Vacationland

I just finished reading Vacationland by John Hodgman and loved it. Looking for humorous memoirs in a similar vein to read next.
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OK, I'm a humanities professor, and I want to add another bit of something here --not necessarily just for you, OP, since by now you have the general consensus, and you either agree with it or you don't; but maybe for another reader of this post who comes into this conversation at this moment in our society when the liberal arts are generally under... [more]
posted by flourpot to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 6:41 PM
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At risk of sounding uncharitable, it kinda sounds like you want the chance to tell the professor that you were too clever for his course, in case he thinks you were not clever enough. You've told us, be content with that and move on to study something you'll enjoy. [view]
posted by penguin pie to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 2:45 PM
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It's Russian (in pre-reform spelling -- the revolutionary reform took a while to filter down), a circumcision certificate from a Kiev rabbi. It reads (in modern spelling, with question marks where I'm guessing or can't read it): Киевский раввин 1-го уч. [This line is printed; the rest is handwritten.] Сентября 12 дня 1920 Киев... [more]
posted by languagehat to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 9:14 AM
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A: No, you shouldn’t, because he probably doesn’t care and your attitude is hostile to art theory in general, which is unlikely to yield a productive discussion. This is a huge overreaction and you sound pretty insecure due to not understanding Barthes. People who resent theory often assume it’s easy; it’s not! Go easy on yourself, and if you... [more]
posted by stoneandstar to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 13 at 1:55 PM
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We're sort of happy to take her, my brain says this is just a stage, you have to fight to keep connections with teenagers as they go through this weird friends over family stage Your brain is right. In some ways, this is no different from dealing with her when she was a toddler throwing crayons. She will no doubt look back in ten... [more]
posted by praemunire to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 9:04 AM
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Don't freak out. (Easier said than done, I know.) 1. Google "cleaning services my area" 2. Click on the top result 3. Call the number (or email and fill out the form) 4. "I need a full, one-time cleaning. My apartment has (this many) rooms and is approximately (this many) square feet. I am available at (these times). 5.... [more]
posted by pretentious illiterate to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 6:01 AM
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Hey, as a scientist familiar with your issue, I get it. It's a sad situation and a rough life up to this point. But a tenure-track position that's an 80% fit in your favorite city in the country is INCREDIBLE. TAKE IT. You will meet people there. You have no idea what the job market will be like in 5 years... that's another crop of... [more]
posted by ancient star to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 11:56 AM
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Given that she came to work visibly bruised I think it would seem sociopathic not to mention it. Don't say P was told you... just that you Say to her something like, "look I saw your injuries the other day and it has been on my mind all week. I don't want to pry into your businesses but it doesn't take a genius to see that someone is hurting... [more]
posted by pseudostrabismus to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 4:34 PM
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While we pay well and have flexible hours Pay better and have more flexible hours. The only useful benefits are those that have specific tax benefits (ie, 401(k) matching, or, food/coffee at work), and even then, the tax benefits have to be substantial. What employees are looking for is cash. Employees can exchange cash for coffee.... [more]
posted by saeculorum to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 3:58 PM
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Obituaries are for the living, even if they're of the dead, and they're not meant to serve as an official record of a life so much as a gentle memorial. In this case, you should feel no qualms about leaving your barely-known uncle out. [view]
posted by tapir-whorf to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 4:47 AM
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I am an audiologist who specializes in hearing aids and hearing aid outcomes. I'm not your audiologist. I agree with you that the hearing aid industry is a bit of a black box and I wish there was more transparency and information for people. Hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) both do similar things in theory: they... [more]
posted by Lutoslawski to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 8:42 AM
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Just be careful with the low-stakes perks. I won't take a job anymore if I get a hard sell on free snacks, ping-pong tables, and massage therapists. Those are all meant to a) sound pretty b) keep me at work c) be easily terminated when they've done their work as hiring lures. Y'all aren't Google and I'm not 24. I want to hear about: - How... [more]
posted by Lyn Never to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 4:11 PM
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Have you told her this? And stop helping her right now. “We love you but you’re being really rude. You’re still invited but you need to make your own plans.” Repeat as many times as you need to. She’s a guest but she’s also younger generation family which means that you can tell her she’s being shitty. [view]
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 9:11 AM
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While I wouldn't say you "abandoned" her--she's an adult, not a child or a pet or even your spouse--I think this is one of those cases where your feelings of guilt are telling you something. They are telling you what not to do next time: don't lead someone on; don't lie to them by saying everything is OK when it's not. Be honest next... [more]
posted by honey wheat to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 10:43 AM
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I'm going to give you anti-advice, because all I have to offer are anti-perks. In italics, the "perks" I've been offered, and in plaintext how they read to me: we pay for takeout lunches You'll be working through lunch. we supply pizza and takeout after work! And working through dinner too. free onsite... [more]
posted by the man of twists and turns to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 4:05 PM
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(I would respectfully suggest that gender nuetral is appropriate for facilities, but not people - even most of the androgynous or non-binary people I know wouldn't define themselves as gender neutral) (Okay, I'll stop thread sitting now. And thank you to oink for supporting gender neutral facilities, it is a literal blessing when I run... [more]
posted by joycehealy to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 3:31 PM
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no no no your judgment was perfect. You got out of a ride with Adam without having to confront him or reject him; you told the truth to your boss but only when pressed, so it wasn't like you were spreading rumors or complaining; you told only what you were directly asked and didn't volunteer an explanation as to why you didn't want to ride with... [more]
posted by queenofbithynia to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 8:21 PM
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Make yourself a Ulysses pact. Write out a $100 (or however much you need to make it for) check to Trump's reelection campaign, or to the KKK, or other equally awful organization. Sealed, stamped, ready to go to. Envelope goes to boyfriend or a close friend. If you eat the snacks, that shit gets mailed off. The idea is to link the eating of... [more]
posted by furnace.heart to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 14 at 6:55 PM
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As a side note, no matter what is going on right now, this person is your kid(s)' parent. Remember that at all times when you are about to send a nasty text or bad mouth them to a friend or if they really would like to keep a particular blanket or when you are thinking about your financial relations. Specifically, regarding money inequity. The... [more]
posted by k8t to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 12 at 2:13 PM
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I’m from Cameroon and could write a book about similar marriages (usually a 60-something European dude falling for a 20-something local woman) we see around here regularly. First, relax. Your nan is not in immediate danger. The young man is after an opportunity to get to America (I see you’re from Utah) and his entire family has a vested... [more]
posted by Kwadeng to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 10:45 PM
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