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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 Ask MetaFilter on Jan 21 at 5:54 PM
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Flavored popcorn recipe?

Do you have a flavored popcorn recipe you like? Will you share it with me? I'm especially interested in lower-calories snacks, but I'm open to any of your favorites! I make it on the stovetop, in case that makes any difference.
posted by NotLost to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 9:41 AM
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Who's good on YouTube for teaching dance exercises to a beginner?

Trying to add more movement + cardio into my life, so I'm looking into dance workouts on YouTube. I am super-uncoordinated though, so I'm looking for some good entry-level videos that help break down moves/sequences. Who are your favorites to learn from?
posted by actionpact to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 3:34 PM
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Here come the grapes!

My favorite jokes are elephant jokes. I especially like the ones where elephants talk ("Look buddy, I'm not the same elephant") and the ones with bad puns (what's grey and has a trunk and sings jazz?). This has been a lousy year and a lousy first month of 2021 and I would like to hear more funny elephant jokes.
posted by Mchelly to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 12:44 PM
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The ancient world on two dollars a day

I want to build my own tiny natural history museum. In this fantasy, my living room has a display case filled with coins and trinkets from antiquity, fossils, minerals, crystals, petrified wood, arrowheads, etc.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 11:38 PM
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Don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

Help me find more jazz/hip-hop fusion-ish songs to play in the waiting/downtime before zoom meetings?
posted by BlueBlueElectricBlue to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 9:45 AM
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Flavour my water!

I am trying to drink more water. I would like some of it to taste good. Please give me your suggestions. Snowflakes inside.
posted by hepta to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 5:49 PM
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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?
posted by Anonymous to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 10:06 PM
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Does This App Exist? Adult ADHD Productivity Edition

I am looking for an iOS app that is essentially the digital version of a "chore jar" where, upon request, it will give me a random item from lists that I have pre-defined, like pulling a card out of a jar. BUT I want to be able to tag each item with multiple tags and use those as parameters when I get my item.
posted by oblique red to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 8:25 PM
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Absorbing, family-friendly documentaries?

What are your favorite absorbing and family-friendly documentaries (movies or series) of the last few years?
posted by wenestvedt to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 16 at 6:21 PM
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Keep my heart pumping while my heart is pumping

What action/adventure/heist/fast paced/exciting movies can I watch to keep me going while working out on my home rowing machine? Within the extreme constraints of these genres, I'm looking to maximize feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist messaging and minimize torture, misogyny and xenophobia. Basically, I want something exciting and distracting but I don't want to watch Rambo. Ideally streaming on Netflix, Hulu or (lol) Criterion. Open to non-Hollywood/international movies. (Expanding my previous ask for feminist action movies.)
posted by latkes to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 2:44 PM
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In need of home decor inspiration and guidance

I'm looking for blogs, Youtube channels, Instagram, any other media that shares home decor inspiration, how-tos, DIY, where-to-buy, how-to-shop-for, and any other advice. Bonus points for affordable, massive bonus points for Canadian.
posted by keep it under cover to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 11:55 PM
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How can I build self-confidence as a leader while staying humble?

Despite being reasonably far along in age (late 50’s) and career (UX design director), I struggle with being comfortable and confident in my role as a “leader.” I want to change this so I can grow as a leader, a manager, a mentor, and man. My desire to be a leader is not motivated by a narcissistic desire for rank and status but rather a logical step in my professional, personal and spiritual development.
posted by nandaro to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 2:06 PM
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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?
posted by rebent to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 2:20 PM
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Sign language poetry?

I am mildly curious about poetry that is organic to sign language (that is, not interpreted from an oral language). I am curious about what is visually analogous to rhythm, rhyme and alliteration, and any other related info.
posted by NotLost to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 8:03 PM
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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.
posted by JawnBigboote to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 6:34 PM
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RecommendationFilter: Deep secrets slowly revealed

I love books and shows where a minor mystery leads to a major mystery - especially if the major mystery turns out to be far deeper, weirder and more sinister. Help me find more!
posted by BlackLeotardFront to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 15 at 1:49 PM
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I need an advanced therapist

Are there any tips for finding a therapist who is ready for a more "advanced" patient who doesn't want to talk about the importance of drinking tea when sad? Or do you have any direct recommendations now that geography doesn't seem to matter anymore?
posted by bleep to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 1:59 PM
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Recommend me hobbies that as a side effect expand/change your worldview

Drawing changed the way I see the world, making everything beautiful based on the lines/play of light and shadow/transitions of color etc. What else is like that? (more examples of what I mean inside)
posted by Cozybee to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 17 at 5:34 AM
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What to do after all-consuming fandom ends?

For the last few years I have been deep in a fandom. But, now it is all over quite suddenly, due to horrible real-life news that makes it impossible to be a fan anymore. How do I move on from this?
posted by Anonymous to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 4:53 AM
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The thing about being grumpy on your period is that for loads of us you don't get grumpy because you're on your period. You're just in pain and thus less able to tolerate people being stupid, annoying, selfish or otherwise a drain. Just like you'd be with any flare up of pain. If she seems fine in between, but seems to get super annoyed... [more]
posted by Omnomnom to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 24 at 12:28 AM
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n-thing that the shit you get snapped at about around period-time is shit that is annoying your wife every other day of the month, but she uses (valuable) emotional energy to •not snap•’at you then because who can fight every day and also who wants to be a nagging bitch. Consider these periodic truths as a secret key to improving yourself as a... [more]
posted by J.R. Hartley to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 24 at 2:42 AM
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You also seem to be buying into a “trickster girlfriend” narrative of her “trapping” him in this relationship. Please stop encouraging this misogynistic view of pregnancy - he chose to have sex, he chose to risk being a parent; he is responsible for the consequences of his actions. [view]
posted by saucysault to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 24 at 12:34 PM
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I opened this thread expecting to be frustrated because there is no easy way to navigate this. Some people who menstruate find that their emotions are affected by their cycle. This is exaggerated and weaponized against them in a lot of awful misogynistic ways. At the same time, I felt some empathy because this is complicated and... [more]
posted by Kutsuwamushi to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 10:28 PM
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I'd like to speak up for the cat right now and say I think it is too much for him and might even be really scary for him. I would hire an exterminator, let them set traps, they can advise you if there is anything they can do to prevent them from going upstairs. if you don't have to go down there I would seal the door with plastic and ductape. it... [more]
posted by cda to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 22 at 11:49 PM
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Boyfriend is working on convincing girlfriend to be open to his dog licking her feet. All hands, prepare to abandon ship. [view]
posted by mhoye to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 12:27 PM
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I think people might need to review the difference between “bad song” and “song I don’t like.” [view]
posted by holborne to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 7:13 AM
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An elephant walks into a pub and orders a pint of beer and a ham sandwich. The barman looks at him and says, "Hang on! You're an elephant." "I see your eyes are working," replies the elephant. "And you can talk!" exclaims the barman "I see your ears are working, too," Says the elephant.... [more]
posted by knapah to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 18 at 12:57 PM
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I would question whether it is actually relevant whether hormones are making her more irritable.... presumably the arguments are still about something. If she is feeling less flexible or easy going once a month it doesn't really change the substance of whatever you are arguing about. I reckon your parents arguments were also probably actually about... [more]
posted by jojobobo to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 10:41 PM
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Are you sure you shouldn’t aim higher? You say your last job required a college degree, so I assume you have one, and some work history. It’s easy to be deterred by all the news about unemployment numbers but I can tell you as a former employer, a decent cover letter explaining your situation can definitely get you an interview for an office job. I... [more]
posted by HotToddy to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 11:56 PM
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It's always better to do things for ourselves now rather than putting the things we want to do off because of some imagined stranger in our future. There are all kinds of things that happen to us that make dating harder. Home ownership may make dating slightly more complicated, but it's never going to be a deal breaker to the majority of people... [more]
posted by k8lin to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 20 at 5:11 AM
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The dog is almost certainly easier to train than the boyfriend. Consider rehoming the boyfriend. [view]
posted by Omnomnom to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 1:41 PM
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You have to gauge your own personal need here, but one way to look at it is that if you did request a Zoom interview and they granted that request, its likely they are more reasonable and aligned with your own perspective on Covid-19 safety. If they reject your request for Zoom, I'd imagine any accommodations you'd be expecting in the new job... [more]
posted by RajahKing to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 19 at 7:58 AM
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-Other than financial support what types of support and being there is most important for him to give right now? -What are healthy models of engagement if he's not ready to raise a child? Well, I think I want to reframe this a bit for you. Both you and your friend seem to be operating under the assumption that his feelings are what's... [more]
posted by warriorqueen to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 24 at 2:13 PM
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I believe he needs to get into therapy to develop maturity ASAP. He is a college graduate in a relationship with a single mom and he is only now releasing that sex can lead to children? The child did not ask to be born, he needs to get ready to be a parent and a supportive co-parent to the mother. Parenting classes would be a good start, as well... [more]
posted by saucysault to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 24 at 12:31 PM
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Training a dog not to lick is both easier and more ethical than persuading a human to not mind being licked. No question about it, because one involves training and the other involves persuasion and pressuring. [view]
posted by theory to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 12:07 PM
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Purring can actually be a sign of pain in cats - they do it to self-soothe. I don't think it's in any way responsible to try to internet-diagnose a cat incapable of walking whose history you do not know. Take the cat to the vet. [view]
posted by restless_nomad to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 21 at 12:37 PM
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I'm going to preface this with a few things and it's going to be long so bear with me. I've ... got a lot of experience here. I'm 30. My husband is 33. We've been together over a decade. (Shit, weird to say that now.) I'm chronically ill and disabled. I've also have hormonal issues, endometriosis, and now a total hysterectomy and am newly... [more]
posted by Crystalinne to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 23 at 11:08 PM
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The difference between arguments (for me), was the premenstrually, I stopped walking on eggshells to protect the ex-ratbastard's feeble ego and likely sulking afterwards, abd told him the truth. Non-premenstrually, I knew life would be less unpleasant if I didn't call him out. I was not less angry, just more pragmatic. [view]
posted by b33j to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 24 at 1:34 AM
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Based on your description, especially the fact that he can’t walk, it sounds like there’s something seriously wrong with him. Please, take him to the vet. [view]
posted by leslietron to Ask MetaFilter on Jan 21 at 12:41 PM
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