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Music To Grade To

Please recommend some instrumental, groovy, non-intrusive music so I can focus on grading all these damn papers.
posted by Dr. Wu to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 25 at 10:31 AM
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meals/food cooked entirely from the pantry/freezer

Looking for meals/dishes/recipes, especially vegetable-centric ones, that can be made entirely from shelf-stable or long-lasting ingredients rather than fresh.
posted by skycrashesdown to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 10:55 AM
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Procedural shows without cops and murder

We like the process of puzzling through a mystery and getting to a solution through brainwork and teamwork. Problem is most TV shows of this format focus exclusively on murder, which we don’t find good fodder for entertainment. Also the cops tend to be lionized, which we also don’t much care for.
posted by rikschell to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 8:59 PM
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Simple, calming puzzle games to play during zoom meetings?

Because of my ADHD tendencies I find it easier to focus in video meetings if I have a very simple online puzzle game to occupy my mind at the same time. The NYTimes Vertex puzzle works perfectly for this -- but they only release one per day and it takes about 5-10 minutes to complete, so I burn through that pretty fast. Can you recommend other similar puzzles?
posted by mekily to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 8:25 AM
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Music for the Haters

Songs sung by women that are aggressively confident and telling off the haters, competitors, etc? I love all kinds of music -- on my current hater list are Fist City by Loretta Lynn; Shake It Off by T. Swift; and Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill. Prefer that they're not super like...maudlin and sad about how you're losing the battle or lost the battle. We never stop winning over here on this playlist, people!
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 25 at 7:25 AM
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Recommendations for co-op online games to play during a Zoom session?

During a team meeting of about 10 people where everyone is working remotely, I have 30 minutes to get everyone to play a video game co-operatively. Could be everyone together, or in smaller breakout rooms. Most important: nothing to install, as little setup time as possible. And it has to be fun!
posted by snarfois to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 26 at 5:16 AM
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How do I go about learning geography?

I've begun doing online trivia with friends, and it has revealed that apparently I know nothing about where most things in the world are located. I tend to learn by reading and am good at retaining facts pretty casually, but when things get Atlas-y I am out of my depths. Wondering if anyone has suggestions around this? Are there...narrative geographies? Are there youtube channels that work like almanacs? Has anyone successfully righted this in adulthood. Thank you in advance!
posted by lieberschnitzel to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 9:35 AM
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Greatest Albums of All Time, Metafilter version

As an antidote to the Rolling Stone list currently featuring on the blue, I propose to ask mefites: what are your picks for the Greatest Albums of All Time?
posted by bertran to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 8:05 PM
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How is data transferred over the internet?

Is there a relatively simple but also detailed breakdown of how data is transferred over the internet? It's not just a series of tubes, right?
posted by lewedswiver to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 5:19 PM
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54 countries, 1 billion people, a lot of ignorance - ISO books on Africa

I know very little about contemporary Africa and looking for books to plug that gap. Specific detail requests below the fold.
posted by Megami to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 12:34 AM
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Best armchair travel of 2020

I miss travelling and it seems unlikely I'll get to go anywhere soon. Interested in ways to scratch my travel itch while not leaving home. What can you recommend in the way of armchair travel experiences, or recreating the feel of travel in a time of lockdown?
posted by AnnaRat to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 12:38 AM
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Other Mobile Games like "The Room" Series

I really like escape/puzzle games like The Room series for iOS and Android. I'd like to play some more, but I'd prefer to go with titles that aren't as creepy as The Room (which I enjoy but can only play during the day because I get spooked easily.) The games don't need to be nearly as elaborate as TR -- just fun and challenging. What would you recommend? I am on Android.
posted by Kitchen Witch to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 9:31 PM
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Burnout help

I'm experiencing burnout. What are some strategies which worked for you to combat it?
posted by unicorn chaser to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 10:18 AM
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Needed: crash course in management

In a quite short amount of time I'm going to be expected to hire and manage humans in an office context. This is not a thing I've ever done, expected to do, or wanted to do. What are some resources I could use to get very quickly up to speed on How To Hire and Manage?
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 25 at 7:03 PM
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Contemporary Short Speculative Fiction by Women

In the mood for some short spec fic collections by women. I’d love to hear your recommendations.
posted by xenization to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 8:23 AM
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It's fall, it's hoodie time

I want to treat myself to a really comfy full zipped hoodie. Give me your best recommends!
posted by selfnoise to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 25 at 8:00 AM
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Help me make perfect pizza sauce

I want to impress my daughter with the perfect pizza sauce. She's had pizza all over Europe and the US, and she says good pizza is all about the sauce. I need recipes and tips for amazing pizza sauce for when she's home over the holidays.
posted by SamanthaK to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 27 at 12:50 PM
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Escapist but political fiction

OK, I like reading political books, but I'm trying to feel better in life and my diet of books about apocalypse and plagues and despair are not helping. I want escapist, page-turner fiction, that is a) well written and b) political. Some examples of what I mean inside [yup, another question about page-turners - that's the age we're living through!]
posted by latkes to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 6:34 PM
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Songs about adulthood

I'm looking for songs about the experience of being an adult / adult life
posted by Cozybee to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 26 at 11:06 PM
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Looking for fiction about learning new skills

I'm looking for recommendations for fiction that includes well-written descriptions about learning new skills.
posted by creepygirl to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 9:38 PM
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Also I once read a stat that people in general perceive a group that is 30% women as "mostly women," so you might be interpreting the groups through this unconscious filter. [view]
posted by phunniemee to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 24 at 9:01 AM
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Hello! I've been out of the industry for a while now, but I spent a bit north of a decade selling men sex toys of all types. Every conceivable type of dude buys sex toys. We had long haul truckers who'd take a Fleshlight on the road, uni boys finding their prostates, cishet men using textured sleeves with their partners one night and a bullet... [more]
posted by Jilder to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 6:22 AM
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This wouldn't even register on my radar of things to be concerned about with food. [view]
posted by sanka to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 3:58 PM
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Did you ever see the weekly comic Oh Joy Sex Toy? They do sex toy reviews (linked) and a number of them are by the straight average dude in the partnership. It's a bit cutesy and may not be to your taste, but it's very matter-of-fact (and has lots of recommendations, for that matter). The "beautification" of sex toys for women (all... [more]
posted by Frowner to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 6:12 AM
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I associate this behavior with a certain strain of poly fuckboi-ism that values self-determination and personal freedom above pretty much everything else. Sometimes it couches itself in the language of feminism, but tends to disadvantage women. I guess my follow-up questions would be: do you see him exhibiting these values elsewhere in the... [more]
posted by unstrungharp to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 4:50 PM
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This sounds pretty dire to me. Is there anyone else there in authority (maybe the president you mentioned) who you have a good relationship with? I’d try to meet with them and explain the dynamic with the new boss as soon as possible. You aren’t being paranoid, I think this boss wants you gone. But if you’ve been there 25 years and have a great... [more]
posted by cakelite to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 27 at 10:14 AM
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Not gross. What's gross is men who treat people they date or sleep with like Fleshlights, but I guess somehow the wires get crossed in the court of public opinion around this. [view]
posted by needs more cowbell to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 5:33 AM
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Superior has said they don't expect me to be working...and has set several deadlines for the end of the month, before I report back to work. Everyone saying I shouldn't be working is absolutely right, of course, but I don't know how to square this circle. Oh this is my job's favorite, too! I have started being a total jerk (known to... [more]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 26 at 1:50 PM
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I coach, for a living, in a high performance sport. Ie I plan in 4 (or in this case 5) year quads and the the most important KPI for our program will be the number of medals we win in Tokyo next summer. Y'know, should there be a games to attend and if our country actually sends us. </derail> What I can tell you about athletes at this level... [more]
posted by mce to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 26 at 8:55 AM
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You might have more information on this that wasn't shared, but I do want to point out that people who download programs and files from the internet frequently end up with a cache of porn bundled alongside. If your parent was the type who downloaded stuff from questionable sources or thoughtlessly clicked on things, files could have easily been... [more]
posted by juniperesque to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 2:40 PM
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As always I will recommend This Week in Virology--both for general in-depth understanding of this and related issues and for getting a handle on what is really happening as discussions like this one move forward. TWIV has have discussed the issue of aerosol and airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 several times, most recently in TWIV 660,... [more]
posted by flug to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 21 at 4:15 PM
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I am currently on leave and shouldn't even be working. Your reboot is being on leave. You need to be on leave. Working is not being on leave. [view]
posted by cobaltnine to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 26 at 1:30 PM
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As someone who also lost much of their adolescence and 20s to severe mental illness & disordered eating and grew up with parents who were high conflict/low nurturing/frequently hurtful & insulting, the thing that made the biggest difference for me was getting the hell away from that house. Was I a great housemate when I moved out? Nope.... [more]
posted by terretu to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 3:49 AM
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It's easier to renew a passport when you have a current one than to request a new one after you've let it lapse. [view]
posted by emd3737 to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 5:12 AM
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You've probably got a ton of institutional goodwill built up after all these years. Reach out to HR. Reach out to the company president. Reach out to trusted colleages. Your messaging can be along the lines of, "I thought I was doing my job pretty well -- just got commended for it, actually. I am open to criticism and ready to improve however... [more]
posted by BlahLaLa to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 27 at 10:46 AM
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You're not being paranoid, you're being set up. Now, him having done/said this without delivering you an actual plan that has been vetted and prepared by HR actually makes me think he's making it up to see if he can run you off, so depending on your personal feelings of risk aversion you could certainly reach out to HR about this very confusing... [more]
posted by Lyn Never to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 27 at 10:16 AM
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As a general rule of thumb, you need to show your national passport to the country you enter of which you are a citizen. I am Uk/USA and I enter Uk with the British and USA with the American. You should always do this or you activate the process that visitors would need to go through. For me, that means I would have a limit on how long I could stay... [more]
posted by pairofshades to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 5:27 AM
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You don't need to ask her to do anything. Either unfriend her yourself or let her decide for herself whether or not she can handle seeing you in a happy new relationship. [view]
posted by BlahLaLa to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 20 at 1:38 PM
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Well, you're still a Canadian citizen, and having a passport is a clear & simple way of proving that without any hassle. Renewing it once a decade is cheap & good insurance against the unexpected - you can't predict the future and you never know when it might come in handy. [view]
posted by Mary Ellen Carter to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 23 at 5:16 AM
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To do this, you need a defined timeline and defined goals. There's a very fine line between stress/burnout and depression. A month or two is not a problem, provided you're able to manage it financially. Even two or three months is not a problem. The problem is if you wait two or three months and end up in the same place you are right now. Set... [more]
posted by saeculorum to Ask MetaFilter on Sep 22 at 8:20 PM
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