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Do I need a desktop or laptop?
Thank you everyone for your answers - really helpful. I marked as best the answers that most helped guide my thinking. I'm going to get a lightweight laptop for myself, hold on to the keyboard etc. from the desktop and then get a cheap desktop for the kids when they need it. Thank you!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 6:52 AM on October 7, 2015

Rich people in thrift stores also disgust me.
Ugh. I had to give up on this about 2 minutes in because of the tone. Such needless namedropping - I don't know what Alanis Morissette had to do with anything in that comment, and did Fiona consider that maybe the 'rumored Danish royalty' beauty was the only one who recognized a pair of fairly obscure Danish slippers ...because he's Danish? Or maybe others recognized it but didn't feel like they needed to impress by actually commenting on her Instagram that they knew the brand? Maybe they… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:24 AM on September 25, 2015

Does Your Language Shape How You Think?
I love this kind of stuff and think about it frequently. My mother tongue is Norwegian, but I lived in Spain the first 3 years of my life so Spanish was my first language, and now English is my primary language of fluency (dream in it, count in it etc). I've also studied a bunch of different languages as well.

I absolutely feel that language shapes how we perceive the world. When I moved to the US at 14, I feel like I developed a distinctive split personality - the… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 2:46 PM on September 9, 2015

Coveted American items for a Danish host?
Seconding xingcat - the 'commonly done' thing is peanut butter / chocolate candy like Reese's PB cups or pieces (or even better, TJ mini PB cups - lethal). For some reason still not commonly available in Europe and a popular, easy and cheap choice.

And good grade maple syrup.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 1:00 PM on September 3, 2015

I want to watch all the spy movies. Which ones should I watch?
I'm going to work my way down this list myself!

Most of my favorites have been mentioned already (particularly the 4 Bourne movies, which I love), but seconding Salt, and adding The Assignment, an oldie but goodie. Also loved RED and RED II.

If you're up for more caper-style movies, I recommend the Thomas Crown Affair (both, but I really like the remake), all 3 Ocean Eleven movies and The Italian Job.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 11:11 AM on August 26, 2015

Please help me come up with a great $50-100 baby shower gift!
Honestly, it sounds like the baby stuff is covered if all the big stuff has been snapped up. I would absolutely switch to doing something for the parents:
- Gift certificate to a restaurant (with an offer to babysit would be incredibly appreciated!)
- Spa / massage appointment
- Gift card to Amazon, Target, Babies R Us or similar (like gatorae said, having a baby is EXPENSIVE and it is so nice to be able to get diapers, formula, whatever without having to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 1:02 PM on August 24, 2015

This is supposed to be fun, right? Event planning as an anxious person..
The best trick to avoid the twinge of 'what if nobody comes??' panic is to line up your primaries first. Thinking of having a party? Lock in 2-3 of your best friends via individual emails / texts / phonecalls / whatever before opening up the invite to the wider population. That way, worst case scenario, the 3-4 of you will still have a great time even if nobody else can make it. If you have a particular type of event in mind (rockclimbing / Oscar viewing / game night / whatever), call the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 12:46 PM on August 24, 2015 marked best answer

The Indigo Girls - The Making Of One Lost Day
Rites of Passage was one of my most-played albums for years. So many great songs. I think Ghost is still my favorite - I still know every word - but oh, that cover of Romeo and Juliet still wrings my heart. Talk about sheer pain coming through. And Galileo, Love Will Come to You, Three Hits... So, so good.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 12:31 PM on August 24, 2015

My (same-sex) wife and I were on vacation at a theme park with our 3 kids when this decision came out. My second thought (after YAY!!!) was crap, I can't believe I'm going to miss the real-life unfolding of a sure-to-be epic MetaFilter thread. I'm way late to the party here, but couldn't miss the opportunity to participate in this thread in my very small way.

When Obama was elected, I cried to think that my children (then 2 years and 6 months, respectively) would grow… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:31 AM on July 1, 2015

What are great books to read to my 7 year old and 5 year old?
Oooh, I can't believe Gregor the Overlander and the rest of the Underland series hasn't been mentioned yet! The books are written by Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, for a 7-10 age group. I read all 5 books out loud to my then 7-year olds and they loved them. Can't wait to read them to my current 7-year old. My kids also loved the Harry Potter series, and this was their second favorite book series. Written from the perspective of an 11-year old boy. Great action, just scary… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 2:04 PM on June 12, 2015

Attachment Parenting = Securely Attached Child?
I don't have any studies to cite, so this answer may be exactly what you're not looking for, in which case please feel free to ignore.

But I wanted to address this part of your question: I just wasn't expecting to have to sleep with my baby every night until 6 months or breastfeed after 1 year.

Parenting isn't about doing everything right, or even about doing one thing perfectly. Babies, and just as importantly, moms, have… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 1:28 PM on April 30, 2015

Looking at shipwrecks from the sky
Wow, that hits a weird spot in the intersection of cool and creepy for me. And I'm not normally squicked out by shipwrecks - maybe it's the color of the water, all tropical/vacacationy?
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:14 AM on April 28, 2015

When Is Cheryl’s Birthday?
Argh, I feel like an idiot for not getting this. I understand why it can't be the 18th or 19th, and I understand the last 2 steps and why it has to be July 16th. What I don't understand is why May was eliminated as a choice in step 1, and Albert knows that Bernard must have been told July or August? There are still 2 dates with dual options left in May? Halp
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 2:22 PM on April 14, 2015
Thanks BungaDunga, that helped! I love logic puzzles, too, so was really frustrated I couldn't get it.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 5:03 PM on April 14, 2015

How on earth do people figure out what car to buy??
Thanks so much everyone! Impossible to select just a few 'best answers', but I particularly appreciate those of you who gave personal feedback on the specific models I mentioned.

And FauxScot, I think you're absolutely right. I am usually a fairly decisive person who doesn't beanplate too much, but the combination of 'area I know nothing about' + 'large sum of money' = probably overthinking the answer...

Really appreciate everyone's input.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 8:45 AM on April 14, 2015

The Top 20 Photos from 50 Births
God, I absolutely love birth stories and pictures of any kind (well, the ones with a happy outcome, anyway). They always bring me right back to those moments, 9 and 7 years ago now, when I became a mother. A MOM.

I am an educated professional woman who has traveled, experienced life and had plenty of wild adventures, but nothing - absolutely nothing - compared to that moment when I achieved my greatest goal, my dearest dream, my wildest ambition. I'm in a same-sex… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 2:15 PM on April 10, 2015

Songs with a twist?
Can't link to it from work, but Guess Who I Saw Today by Nancy Wilson (not the one from Heart) is an old jazz song with a twist/reveal at the end. Nancy's voice / delivery makes it great.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 2:27 PM on April 7, 2015

I almost entirely removed the words "no" and "don't" from my vocabulary.
Really enjoyed this and have noted for future reference. Thank you for posting.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:48 AM on March 23, 2015

"There's something special about each and every Disney villain."
I ... kinda love these, and I'm not usually a fan of licensed character stuff. My favorite is Captain Hook - so dashing and feminine at the same time!

Didn't like Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, though - she's all angles to me; feel like she could have been captured better with a long neck and body and claw-like fingers.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:20 AM on March 5, 2015

Help my friend name her business!
Unless you're willing to deal with an awful lot of snickers from people with their minds in the gutter like myself, I'd probably steer clear of P&V Studio... (sorry, hal_c_on)

although I would love to see the logo

what is wrong with me
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 11:35 AM on February 24, 2015

Navigating Feelings For A Taken Friend
I am going to take a slightly different tack from most of the commenters here and suggest another option:

C) Tell her that you have developed some feelings for her (this will probably not be news to her anyway) so out of respect for her relationship with her girlfriend, you are going to back off the friendship. Then walk away, date others and leave her be.

If she's not interested, she'll let you know right away, and you… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 11:04 AM on October 15, 2014

Where have you gone John Williams? A nation turns its lonely ears to you
I just frantically googled John Williams to make sure he wasn't dead. Don't scare me like that again!
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:37 AM on September 12, 2014

Will You Be Seated on a Jury?
I had the exact same result as threeants (all the way to the right) and reaction (surprise). It is especially amusing to me because I worked in investment banking for over a decade and know all about how investment decisions are made, and frankly, would be (slightly) biased towards the plaintiff.

The crossword question was really interesting, though - that my love for crosswords or Sudoku or whatever would label me as someone more sympathetic to cold logic. Much as I… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 9:51 AM on August 21, 2014

The Confidence Gap
Ha - I got 'middling' confidence on the quiz and based on my experience as well as people's assessment of me, I think that's - well, wrong. I feel I'm a very confident person, and have been told throughout my life that this is how I'm seen by others as well. But in my mind, there's a big difference between feeling confident in my worth and competence and feeling confident that my opinions are correct.

To the questions about… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 11:24 AM on August 1, 2014

Similar iPad games to The Room?
You know about Big Fish games, right? They released the Drawn games. At least 20% of their games are puzzle type games with a story - some are clearly better than others, but I'm completely addicted and play most of them. If you're looking for something to play with your daughter, I highly, highly recommend the Awakening series - I've played them all with my 8-year old daughters and they love it. We're working our way through the most recent one now.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:34 AM on August 1, 2014

A raccoon of my own
This was just beautifully written. These lines in particular made me stop and reread it a few times, remembering certain parts of my own childhood:

I was nourished on danger, and rage too, a heady brew that brings the world to its brilliant boiling point for hours of every day; and you come to need it that way. You lose the casual manner of living, tasting a little of this, a little of that, the music on low, the page turning slowly, some sustaining story… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 12:59 PM on July 31, 2014

"Just A Phase"
The concept of bisexual identity expression is really interesting to me. I self-identify as bisexual and have since college. When I was married to a man, it was annoying to me, though completely understandable, that everyone (gay and straight) assumed I was straight - because it felt like it erased a large part of my experience and identity. Now I'm married to a woman and we have kids together and of course everyone who sees our family together assumes I'm gay. Equally irritating and equally… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 8:55 AM on July 31, 2014

Holy crap, I emigrated from Norway as a 13-year-old in 1984 and this and the YouTube suggestions are taking me waaaay down the weird memory rabbit hole. I have not thought of that song in 30 years and yet I could instantly recall every line. Why, oh why, when I can barely remember where I left my keys this morning? I guess because my memory RAM is filled up with '80s lyrics...
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 8:29 AM on April 15, 2014

Best way to store iPhone videos on Flickr?
Thank you both! I tried both approaches and FlickStackr was definitely easiest. Thanks so much!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 5:39 AM on March 19, 2014

Promiscuity should not be the answer.
I don't have much to add to the excellent answers you've already received, but I wanted to say 2 things: 1) this is incredibly common - please know that you're not alone! and 2) it probably took a lot of guts for you to even post this question, and I'm so proud of you for doing it.

You will make it through this. You're already on your way.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 7:44 AM on January 29, 2014

World's Best Table Tennis Match
Hilarious. I watched the full 16 minutes. Which are 2 things I never thought I'd say about ping pong table tennis.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:09 AM on January 26, 2014

If you're short on time just find William H Macy and move along
Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 7:12 AM on January 25, 2014

What happens in Vegas...
I think you've gotten some great advice upthread, so I'll just summarize the things that stuck out to me:

1) I can absolutely see why you'd want to go now, and I wouldn't put it off if I were you. If you do it right (see below), you'll never regret it. You don't need to go with your BF if he's not interested.

2) However, I would be very cautious about racking up a lot of debt in order to do so. As another poster said upthread, god forbid, but… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 5:40 AM on January 9, 2014

Wrinkle-free napkins?
Thank you everyone! I'm going to try a few different kinds - blends, waffle weave and wide edges to start. I'll report back if I find something fantastic...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 4:30 AM on January 9, 2014

Best app for finding concerts?
Thanks everyone! I will give Songkick a try. cnc, your answer was particularly helpful since I do live in CT...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 4:36 AM on December 17, 2013

Children's books that include biracial families?
I highly, highly recommend The Family Book by Todd Parr. I think it's so important for kids to see that families are all different sizes and colors and genders - and this book says it in such a sweet and fun way. My kids have largely outgrown it now (7 and 5), but we picked it up again recently and it prompted a discussion about kids who are adopted like one of their friends. I like to give it as a baby shower or birthday gift - every family should have one!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 12:05 PM on October 23, 2013 marked best answer

How do you show yourself that you love yourself?
I thought this part of cardinality's excellent answer was so good that it deserved an additional mention:

Some of the stuff can be addressed more with some planning don't necessarily need to have chef skills to buy healthier prepared food, salads, fruit, have a healthy breakfast, etc. It just takes some organization and planning, and when your brain already has to devote so many RPM cycles to work & family stress PLUS the depression… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:59 AM on October 18, 2013

Best way to manage PTO membership?
Thank you very much for the answers so far. To address some of frizz's questions:

There is no cost of membership in the PTO, and all parents are invited to be members. There are 550 students at the school. Right now we probably have around 150 'members' - parents who have attended a meeting and provided contact info to us (the school is not allowed to give contact info at the moment; we're working on this). Clearly we'd like to grow that number, but the first step to… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 9:22 AM on July 8, 2013
Thanks very much guys - think I have what I need.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 3:36 AM on July 9, 2013

What is the name of this phenomenon?
My guess is that your mom has a touch of what I call 'underdog preference'. These types of people are extraordinarily nice to others who they see as 'lower' or 'less' than themselves. This is not necessarily as mean or judgmental as it sounds - usually it means that they seek to help or improve people they think need it, such as people who are poor or sick. The problem starts when the underdog climbs up to a position of equality - then he/she becomes a threat and people like your mother will… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 8:23 PM on March 17, 2013

Cold Feet or Reasonable Doubts?
Move in together and try it.

I see no reason why you wouldn't. Moving in together is a big deal, certainly, but it doesn't have to be permanent if it doesn't work out. If your argument is that you don't have the time to waste if it doesn't last, I'll respond that you don't have the time to NOT give this an all-in fair chance. Why spend any more time with only your foot in the door?

Others have said most of what I wanted to say, but I'll add… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 11:09 AM on February 27, 2013

Privilege to pee
A few years ago I would probably also have had the same reaction as some of the naysayers in this thread - 'how can a girl at 6 possibly know she's transgendered? Can't the parents just let her play with cars?' etc.

What completely changed it for me was an Oprah show on trans people which featured, among other guests, a young boy of about 8 or 9. He had been born female but absolutely knew, always, that his gender was male. Oprah asked his parents… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 9:58 AM on February 27, 2013

"Her daughter is a six year old version of me."
That was an engrossing article - impressive for Gawker. It made me think a lot about the impact of social media today and how baffling I find the almost addiction people have for it.

My father was a B-level celebrity in the small country where I grew up, and it felt like reporters would come to our house for a photo op whenever there was a slow news day. To me, it felt like a complete invasion of privacy and I hated it. Starting at around age 7 I started to hide… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 10:28 AM on February 22, 2013
available light, I should have been more clear in my comment that it was directed at the hangers-on like Bling and trolls like Carl. I think FB and the internet in general is an incredible boon for people like the mother in her quest to find others in similar situation and to create a community. Wanting to connect with like-minded people? Totally get it. Wanting to be famous for nothing? Totally don't get it.

@maiamaia, I have noticed that trend too and think it… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 9:52 AM on February 25, 2013

You may now evacuate in your pants
Holy shit. I think this happened at the exact time I was born. Freaky...
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 12:04 PM on February 21, 2013

Tell me of the training montage equivalent in a book you've read.
I have a fondness for Wandering Warrior by Da Chen, an off-beat children's/YA book, which is basically one long training montage.

Also, to echo some of the recommendations above, this is actually one of the many reasons I love Robin McKinley: her characters have to work to become good at something, rather than magically springing forth as a master/champion/THE ONE/whatever. She does it in most of her books - I remember being particularly enamored with it in Chalice,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 11:38 AM on February 14, 2013

L on the forehead for Fox
His cover of Baby Got Back is one of my all-time favorite covers - it cracks me up every single time I hear it, particularly the quack. If you haven't heard it, go get it - will not disappoint, I promise.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 9:27 AM on January 18, 2013

What do you LOVE about being a parent?
I can't resist adding something to this wonderful thread - having kids adds such a richness to my life and it's by far the best decision I ever made. By far.

Love - I've tried, but I don't have the words to describe the depth of the love I feel for my 3 kids. It does not consume you, it transforms you. Into someone better than you ever thought you could be.

Joy - I always figured having kids would be fun - but seriously, it's a blast! All the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by widdershins at 1:49 PM on January 17, 2013

Tree Houses and Hotels
So inspiring. I actually think the UFO one is my favorite - so unexpected and so, so cool. My least favorite is the hotel in NZ where the treehouses are right next to each other. Such a big part of the allure of the treehouse is to get away from it all and just be in nature - it completely ruins it that you have neighbors 20 feet away...

I always wanted a treehouse when I was a kid - now that I have kids of my own, I am seriously considering building one with them in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 6:34 AM on January 17, 2013

“colorful etymologies...are almost always wrong".
...Cloud 7? WTF?

It's funny how ingrained cliches are - Cloud 7 sounds so wrong in my head that my brain does a little stutterstep each time I think it.
posted to MetaFilter by widdershins at 2:03 PM on January 15, 2013

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