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light reading suggestions
Please recommend your soothing and friendly TV / games / films
I recently saw and loved Jump Tomorrow. There is a brief scene with someone considering suicide (hence the title) but the whole thing is just lovely and sweet and charming.
Also, nthing Detectorists.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 6:13 PM on April 16, 2017
How do you make your brain change gears?
Try transitional tasks - something easy and fun that moves you into the activity you're about to focus on. Maybe think of it as warming up.
For music, it could be playing an easy fun song, or even doing scales if you can make them fun. For language, it could be a quick review of your previous week's vocabulary, or a read-through (out loud) of an older dialog you studied (something that's pretty easy for you now). For programming, it could be writing a super simple mock… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:51 AM on April 6, 2017
enjoyable reads that won't rot my brain
Happy medium in the low carb arena?
I agree with potrzebie that all bodies are different, but to give one piece of anecdata:
I lost weight by counting calories and shrinking portions. I started from a "fat is BAD!" perspective, quickly dropped that, and when I started really paying attention to what I was eating and how many calories things had, I discovered that both fat and sugars/carbs have a lot of calories in them. My personal approach, that has worked for me, is to not avoid either one, but… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:57 AM on March 7, 2017
Interesting Histories -- how to find more!
If you're interested in the PBS American Experience series that Liesl recommended above, note that several episodes (including, usually, the newest ones) are available at the PBS website, and your local library probably has others on DVD (as does Netflix).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:57 AM on February 15, 2017
Give me your fun, easy adult piano books!
I'm sorry I don't have specific books to recommend, but if you have a good library nearby, you might have access to a lot of options.
A search on "easy jazz piano" at my library turns up a lot of options, including "The Best Jazz Standards Ever" and "Torch Songs: A Collection of Sultry Jazz and Big Band Standards."
Checking out your library's online catalog or simply going to the library and pulling piano books off… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:23 AM on February 10, 2017
Shoot to Wound
Sorry this isn't a direct answer to your question (you've already got some great answers above), but just in case it's of interest:
There is a bill before congress right now, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, that would prohibit the president from a first strike. If you support such a thing, I encourage you to contact your members of congress, and perhaps also the members of the Committee on Foreign Relations.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:55 AM on February 7, 2017
What would it take to change the way NSC appointees are made?
You might be interested in this brand-new bill to codify who gets to be on the NSC, thanks to six senators, including both from California - Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein. (I can't find it on congress.gov yet, but the Senator Warner links to the text of the bill.)
So what's needed NOW is (a) for the Republican leadership to allow a vote on it, and (b) for enough senators to actually vote yes.
Note that Feinstein and her colleagues have… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:33 AM on February 3, 2017 marked best answer
Busywork With Benefits
If you want them to also help others with language studies, may I recommend lang-8?
You can post free-form writing entries for native speakers to correct - AND you can correct the writing entries posted by people learning English, which is a great way to hone your own English skills and try to explain why one particular wording is better than another.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 2:40 PM on January 23, 2017
TV recommendations for the hard to please
I wonder if you might like Alan Plater, if you can find his stuff? I have really loved The Beiderbecke Chronicles and Oliver's Travels.
Neither has a HUGELY long story arc, just because they're such short series (Beiderbecke has a grand total of 12 episodes over 4 seasons, and I think Oliver's Travels is 8?), and sadly, no queer characters, but I think they hit all your other points, and they are just wonderful.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 11:19 AM on January 21, 2017
Apparently we're now a Sunday Dinner family
Oh man, big family get-together feasts with my Hoosier grandma was always beef and noodles - pot roast, plus noodles. Probably something like this roast beef and noodles - the noodles in the photo sure look right.
I honestly don't remember what else we had with it - almost certainly green beans, and probably dinner rolls, and I kind of doubt we had stewed apples but that would be good I think.
I'll see if my mom can shed more light on the rest of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 11:06 PM on January 20, 2017
When and how to call elected officials who are not MY elected officials?
So can someone confirm that it is NOT useful to call Senate committee members, and let me know your reason for saying so (worked for a legislator, involved in a lobbying group, cite)?
I ask because of things like this:
which says "Please be sure to call every member prior to the January 11 hearing.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 1:07 PM on January 10, 2017
Creativity and Distraction
Lynda Barry has students in her writing and drawing workshops draw a spiral while listening to something - other students reading their work, or music; it varies. The practice is mentioned in The Paris Review and The New York Times and in this workshop handout.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 12:19 PM on December 26, 2016 marked best answer
Pimp my Mac
Just a note about text editors: I personally love TextWrangler and use it more than any other app on my Mac, and it's free, so you could try it out for free and switch to Sublime or something if you don't like it. But I'm recommending it not because it's free, but because it's awesome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 12:28 PM on December 20, 2016
Tips for divorcing my phone?
I believe studies show that the best way to break a habit is to replace it with a new one.
When I want to reduce my surfing, I come up with other things I will do instead.
In particular, if you're reaching for the interwaffle when the person you're dining with leaves the table, come up with a list (BEFORE your next dinner) of things you can do while your friend is gone. For me, that list might include:
* recite to myself,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 11:05 AM on December 16, 2016
Tips for neatening, formatting, and organizing self-study math homework?
Finding focus and mental energy for side projects
Another thing that might help is coming up with short, easy tasks and keeping a list of those tasks handy. Then, when it's time to work on your side projects, you have an easy point of entry and an easy success to feel good about.
So you might feel daunted at the prospect of coding a new feature from the ground up, but if you've got a list like:
* add comments to foo function
* make list of options for bar function and prioritize… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 9:55 AM on December 9, 2016
Help Me Dance Better About Architecture
Sorry this isn't specifically about promotion, but I did want to suggest the Da Capo Best Music Writing series, especially Da Capo best music writing 2003, which has "In the secret country : Walter Mosely, doo-wop, and '50s L.A." by Greil Marcus, which is wonderful. The whole series has lots of gems, and a wide variety of authors and writing styles.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 9:43 AM on December 9, 2016
Podcasts en français PAS facile, svp.
I am also a big fan of Autour de la question.
For history, you might enjoy La marche de l'histoire, or for much shorter episodes with a somewhat wider variety of accents, try Ils ont fait Paris et sa region.
I like France Bleu for more regional things. They used to have this GREAT show called "Les Récits de Loire-Atlantique et de Vendée," which I haven't seen online for quite a while, but there's still a great variety of topics on… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 12:56 PM on November 26, 2016
Help me crack this nut!
I'm sorry, I'm not familiar enough with it to know if it meets all your criteria (I've only seen it once, live, I haven't seen the video), but I just thought The Hard Nut was delightful. At the very least, you might want to watch the Waltz of the Snowflakes with her.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:17 AM on November 17, 2016
movies and tv shows that display radical empathy
I actually came to this thread to read it, not to post, but as I was reading I thought about Star Trek, especially the Next Generation series. This recent post about an episode where everyone on the ship trusts and respects Dr. Crusher even when she's saying something that seems unbelievable was great - as was the article it linked to, The Radical Feminism of Believing Women. Watching episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation very often leaves me feeling good about humanity and hopeful about… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:04 AM on November 11, 2016
In search of a good web host and domain registrar
I have had great experiences with MDD Hosting, including very smooth transfers from other hosts (including one non-cPanel host). I started trying MDD after doing extensive research on WebHostingTalk, where they seemed to get a lot of really positive reviews.
For domain registration, I've been pretty happy with Namecheap.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 9:58 AM on October 7, 2016
Looking for fun & forgiving art supplies
I hear you about no brushes, and I apologize these suggestions are inappropriate given your preferences, but since you mentioned brush pens, I just have to mention water brushes. I like to do a bit of art for relaxation, and I always resisted watercolors because it seemed like too much cleanup. Then I discovered water brushes - and I can paint with what feels like zero cleanup. You can try blending color right on the page, wet or dry. You can add a touch of color to your marker drawings. When… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:28 AM on September 26, 2016
Computer programmers: How do you sleep at night?
Great suggestions above. I also try to cultivate other things to think about when my mind churns at night - something calming and relaxing that also lends itself to focus: "you are in a forest/on a beach/in an inn in a tiny village - carefully imagine and describe everything in your calm, peaceful environment, in great detail." That can help.
If that doesn't work, I find that BBC podcasts (In Our Time is perfect) give my mind something else to focus on, and the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 9:38 AM on September 23, 2016
Futeneko nan desu ka?
GAH! Futeneko WA nan desu ka. Obviously.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:17 AM on September 13, 2016
Not-so-problematic comedy film suggestions?
Not all of these are comedies, but there are a lot of good funny gentle movies on a couple of questions about charming TV shows and funny, gentle movies.
Seconding the rec above for Galaxy Quest. Also, a lot of Pixar stuff would probably work.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:49 AM on August 25, 2016
Activities to help me 'get out of my head'
I am regularly amazed at how photography and birdwatching clear my head of chatter.
Grab a camera or a pair of binoculars and go out looking for something. I take pictures of buildings (and also birds, if they come into my field of vision), and once I'm looking at a building, or a bird, suddenly that's all my brain seems to care about. I can be having the most intense, irritating political debate in my head, and suddenly I see a bird, find it with my binoculars, and… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:17 AM on August 12, 2016
You were once terrible at drawing & now you aren't. How did you do it?
Nthing many of the above suggestions, especially Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I've also learned a lot from You Can Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler.
Given your note about needing this for work as well as pleasure, you might also check out stuff by Dan Roam, who's best known for The Back of the Napkin.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 9:54 AM on July 21, 2016
Most effective donation: recurring monthly, or seasonal matched?
The thing that always gives me pause about recurring donations is my assumption that the total credit card charges will be higher - rather than a one-time transaction fee plus a percentage, there will be twelve transaction fees, plus the percentage.
When you ask, you might ask whether it makes any difference if you give a check once a year (or even twelve times a year, if you're up for writing that many checks) vs. paying by credit card, in terms of making sure they get… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:12 AM on June 28, 2016
In search of helpful financial information
unhappy endings you actually value?
I saw Milos Forman's Hair two or three times when it came out and again a few years later, and I would gladly watch it again now.
Not a movie but a play: Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which I have seen at least three (four?) times and would gladly see again and again.
Not a movie but a musical (which I have only heard but not seen, but would see every day for the rest of my life, given the chance and the time): Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, which I… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:34 AM on June 10, 2016
How to stop wanting things: practical advice
1. I agree with those above who say it is possible to eliminate the vast majority of advertising from your life.
Make a list of contexts and activities where you'll encounter little or no advertising. For example:
3. jigsaw puzzles
You can spend an afternoon reading a book, or walking in the park, or doing a jigsaw puzzle,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 5:51 PM on June 6, 2016 marked best answer
Is there a draft in here?
Being a Breaker instead of a Maker?
Another term that popped into my mind is "collage artist".
When you're thinking about this spectrum, it might be interesting to include things like Hamilton, which is full of original words and melodies but also quotes from lots of other things, from earlier Broadway shows to rap; and jazz, which is a form that also uses a lot of quoting of earlier performances.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 1:34 PM on May 28, 2016
Anxious Procrastination. Delaying gratification.
... and if indeed it doesn't matter so much which of the things you start on next, if you're still having trouble picking one, make an arbitrary rule for yourself. "Okay, I'm stuck, I don't know which thing to work on next ... so - ALPHABETICAL!" Whatever comes first in alphabetical order is the thing you do next.
Sometimes an arbitrary rule can make it much easier to deal with a lot of options.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 1:03 PM on May 28, 2016
Searching: Try "new music" (in quotes) plus another term like "choral" or "chamber" or "classical" to filter out all the general stuff that's about music that happens to be new. (It's my understanding that "new music", in certain contexts, means "what classical-like composers are doing these days".)
Podcasts: You might find some interesting ideas on various podcasts.
I went to iTunes… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:56 AM on May 27, 2016
Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and.. start a business
I research San Francisco history as a hobby, and I see these stories from time to time in the newspapers of the time.
From the San Francisco Call, December 20, 1901:
Bernard Katschinski, Proprietor of the Splendid Philadelphia Shoe House, Starts Career With One Assistant, and To-Day His Staff Numbers Ninety
Twenty years ago today, on December 20, 1881, Bernard Katschinski, proprietor of the… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:50 AM on May 25, 2016 marked best answer
I wish to remain vanishing
door number one? door number two??
I'd also like to point out the interesting combination of
* they don't want you to leave
* pretty high turnover
Even if you have to leave to complete the boot camp and the publisher gives you all kinds of static ... they may want you back a few months down the road anyway. They know you, they like you, and they may want you back on board in the future, possibly even at higher pay.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:24 AM on May 3, 2016
iPad apps and learning games for a four-year-old?
I just wanted to mention Apps Gone Free, which often features apps for young children. They've had lots of Toca Boca apps over the past several months, and they also often have lots of learning games from Eggroll (I don't know if they're particularly great, I just see them a lot).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 12:54 PM on April 30, 2016
What's non-alcoholic at a bar?
When I don't feel like alcohol I either get ginger ale or orange juice with cranberry juice.
For more ideas (aside from all the great ones in this thread), Wikipedia has a category of non-alcoholic mixed drinks.
And I was actually just browsing this Kiddie Cocktails book at my library last week.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 12:49 PM on April 30, 2016
Book recommendations for serious teen reader
What about Possession by A. S. Byatt? Really well written, and I found it very engaging.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:12 AM on April 29, 2016
Great storage options for pantry staples?
Thanks for all these great answers - and special thanks to the folks who seconded and nth'ed previous answers, especially all the votes for Oxo.
Sounds like the Oxo Pop Containers are the winner, but I'll definitely check out the Rubbermaid and the great glass options suggested as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 10:41 AM on April 22, 2016
Looking for biographies (and maybe fiction) depicting loyalty to royalty
I was just listening to the second episode of the History of England podcast and he mentioned subject of the king who, when the king was being attacked, threw himself in front of the sword and saved the king's life. He said something about how this kind of intense personal loyalty was a common thread throughout the history of England, and we would be hearing about it again over the course of the podcast. So you might find more examples throughout the (now very long) podcast series.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 9:42 AM on April 1, 2016
Hassle-free, petite, ethical jeans - Levi's or what?
How to pick one biography of many?
Thanks for all the great replies!
The advice to look for professional reviews of the most recent biography is terrific and should help me a lot.
While I appreciate the advice to pull the books off the shelves and compare them directly, I can't usually do that - they're often at different branches, or even in different cities (via my library's statewide lending service). However, you've reminded me that I might be able to preview those books via… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kristi at 9:22 AM on March 11, 2016