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So, we're having a baby

It's too early to share with parents, friends, and colleagues, but just the right time to open up to a bunch of internet strangers. Mrs. BJW and I are 9 weeks pregnant. (YAY!!) I would like to ask the hive for help finding 2 things: First, a website that I saw referenced here but can no longer find. Second, the current best "What to Expect" book out there.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bluejayway at 8:38 AM on May 22, 2015 (24 comments)

Ultra-beginner-level interior furnishing/decorating/design advice?

I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Metroid Baby at 10:12 AM on May 22, 2015 (20 comments)

If you could only read one parenting book.. (Or two or three)

My wife and I are talking about starting a family soon. I'm excited but extremely nervous and also fairly clueless about pregnancy, babies, and children. I've started looking for books to prepare, but there's so (so) much out there, I'm not really sure where to start. Realistically, I expect to read 2-3 books.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Gravel at 11:29 PM on April 30, 2015 (26 comments)

Everyone knows you can’t be in love with a robot

HOW TO BECOME A ROBOT IN 12 EASY STEPS by A. Merc Rustad. (short story)
posted to MetaFilter by Fence at 11:37 AM on January 30, 2015 (13 comments)

What book next?

I loved A Song of Ice and Fire, The Kingkiller Chronicle and the Stormlight Archive. I'm in book 2 of the Mistborn series and it's enjoyable but not as good as the previous. Where should I go next? Needs to be on Audible (I have a 2 hr commute every day).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by no bueno at 3:44 PM on March 28, 2015 (21 comments)

Long Form History Podcasts

The impossible has happened - I am caught up with, or have finished, all my favorite history podcasts. I'm looking for some new ones to add to the line-up.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kanewai at 2:46 PM on March 27, 2015 (19 comments)

Murder, she watched...?

I liked Luther. I liked Wire in the Blood. I like Criminal Minds. What else will i like?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ramix at 3:37 PM on March 23, 2015 (33 comments)

European sunscreen > U.S. sunscreen. Can this American buy it legally?

Experts all over say that Europe has better sunscreens than the U.S. due to the FDA's refusal to approve new sunscreen ingredients. (More info here, here, and here.) I burn within minutes in the sun. Is there any way I can legally buy European sunscreen in the U.S.?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto at 8:04 PM on March 8, 2015 (13 comments)

Mladjov's Historical Maps

Bronze Age maps. Maps of Ancient Greece and Rome, India and China. Maps of the Viking era, the Crusades, and the High Middle Ages. Maps of Asia after the Mongol conquest, of Mexico before the Spanish conquest—dozens upon dozens of intricate historical maps.
posted to MetaFilter by Iridic at 12:35 PM on February 17, 2015 (19 comments)

Readable yet extremely comprehensive history books

I just finished reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer again and it was just as incredible if not more so the second time around. I'm wondering if there are other nonfiction books of similar quality and comprehensiveness for other topics - primarily looking for a diabetes book but also interested in any other comparable books.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cybertaur1 at 10:54 AM on January 16, 2015 (30 comments)

dating while autistic

"are you angry with me?": dating as an autistic woman
posted to MetaFilter by and they trembled before her fury at 3:14 AM on January 16, 2015 (73 comments)

A researcher, a data journalist, and a designer walk into a bar.

The good people at Information Is Beautiful took the data from the "75+ classic cocktail recipes from the International Bartender’s Association’s list of drinks every bartender should know" and turned into into a beautiful reference chart. As an added bonus, they converted the ingredients to proportions for easy scaling. Cheers!
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 5:39 PM on January 10, 2015 (63 comments)

GIS: coming up with solutions for the problems no one asked!

Mitch Hedberg and GIS Disproving “La Quinta” is Spanish for “next to Denny’s.”
posted to MetaFilter by anastasiav at 11:21 AM on January 8, 2015 (34 comments)

Japanese Comfort Food

A friend of mine is having to be in the hospital for the next ten days or so. I've promised him I'll make him dinner when he's out, and his request is for Japanese comfort food. I've done some googling and ramen and/or miso soup was already going to be on the menu, but I'm really interested in vetted/actually-from-Japan recipes and I don't have enough knowledge of Japanese cuisine to evaluate them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:09 AM on December 21, 2014 (31 comments)

What is the best episode of the podcast?

I'm looking for interesting podcasts, but a lot of previous questions about them have recommendations for the whole podcast serieses, and I would like recommendations for SPECIFIC EPISODES. Think of your one or two or three favorite podcasts, and please link specifically to your ONE FAVORITE EPISODE of the podcast. I am looking not just for a Podcast name, but an easily-clickable link to your FAVORITE EPISODE of the podcast. Anything is fine - information, comedy, narrative, improv, whatever you like. Just your FAVORITE EPISODE. Thank you!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Greg Nog at 12:33 PM on October 3, 2014 (89 comments)

ADVENTURE: I absolutely loathe adventurers

Werner Herzog Inspirational Posters [SLTumblr] (brief but perfect)
posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 9:45 AM on December 11, 2014 (30 comments)

Fantasy novels with strong female characters

I finally have enough time to read books again. My favorite books to read are fantasy with magic. I don't dislike sex in books, but I'm specifically not looking for erotica disguised as fantasy. My favorites have been The Witches of Eileanan and the Rhapsody series. I prefer to read female authors- can't stand GRRM, and am not super into Sci Fi. Can you help me find interesting and fun things to read?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Nimmie Amee at 3:45 PM on October 5, 2014 (43 comments)

But I have nothing to read no longer an excuse

Why read an average book when you could read a great book? With so little time to read, why waste time on a so-so book? But how do you find the best books to read? Most people read whatever they stumble across at the moment. Other folks read book reviews and get recommendations from friends. Even fewer join book clubs.
For those despairing of finding enough decent science fiction to read, James W. Harris sets out how to find the best science fiction books to read, including his own classics of science fiction list.
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 11:54 PM on September 3, 2014 (113 comments)

Looking for the Metafilter of parenting

A friend of mine just had a baby in a somewhat isolated area. She's feeling alone and in need of support. Does anyone have suggestions for online communities that are respectful, articulate, and not full of woo? She says the ones she's found have been too judgmental (posts mocking/disparaging other parents), or filled with anti-vax, co-sleeping, and breastfeeding dogma. Bonus points if it has a large number women who are the main breadwinner in the family.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by snickerdoodle at 7:25 PM on July 29, 2014 (11 comments)

Frozen fruity goodness

The Science of the Best Sorbet
Though it's just as easy to make as ice cream, sorbet is a little less forgiving—its lack of fat and eggs mean you have to be more careful with your recipe. Now the good news: sorbet has a science like anything else, and once you learn a few things you'll be ready to turn any fruit into fresh, full-flavored, and creamy sorbet—something so creamy you might confuse it for ice cream.

posted to MetaFilter by Lexica at 4:36 PM on July 19, 2014 (11 comments)


"Postpartum depression isn’t always postpartum. It isn’t even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought." ‘Thinking of Ways to Harm Her’ and "After Baby, an Unraveling".
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:29 AM on June 18, 2014 (60 comments)

Forty-three Werner Herzog films that can be streamed

Inside, please find a list of forty-three movies, TV episodes, and short subjects by Werner Herzog, all of which can be streamed, along with some short descriptions of their content. One or two of the films are in German without subtitles; this is noted in the description.
posted to MetaFilter by Going To Maine at 10:40 AM on May 4, 2014 (65 comments)

Tana French readalikes, or other good, character-driven mysteries?

I'm not usually a mystery reader, but I recently read In the Woods and The Likeness, by Tana French, on a friend's recommendation. I loved them, but I'm not familiar enough with the genre to find others like them. What I like about them: strong characters, suspense that is mainly psychological in nature, clear prose. I also enjoyed the Stieg Larsson books; other Scandinavian mysteries have been hit or miss. Any recommendations, MeFites?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by missrachael at 1:19 PM on April 13, 2014 (27 comments)

Reliable information about pregnancy

I am looking for sources of reliable, science-based information about food / exercise / medication / etc during pregnancy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by insectosaurus at 12:41 PM on March 10, 2014 (13 comments)

Too cheap for the yoga life

Looking for recommendations for DIY yoga sessions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kidsleepy at 6:57 AM on March 4, 2014 (24 comments)

Recommend me stores known for quality goods

Partner & I have decided to vote with our dollar by only purchasing quality long-lasting goods, or going without. We will pay more if the quality is clearly there. Rather than waste time driving from store to store, only to find junk, I'm looking for stores known for quality items. Difficulty Level: Sisyphean...
posted to Ask MetaFilter by St. Peepsburg at 2:15 PM on February 24, 2014 (29 comments)

Newbie Needs Resources on Pregnancy, Childbirth, Parenting, etc.

I am a pregnant for the first time, and looking for resources (primarily web, but not limited to it) on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This shouldn't be so hard, right? But I really want blogs, Tumblrs, Twitters, websites, etc. that are funny or snarky or absurd, as well as smart, feminist/liberal, crunchy, scientific, and welcoming of a variety of backgrounds/lifestyles. (Maybe not all at once, but I'll take what I can get.) I'm coming up short. Help?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by aabbbiee at 2:43 PM on January 13, 2014 (34 comments)

July 30, 762 to February 13, 1258

In two weeks of blood and fire, one of the greatest intellectual and cultural legacies the world had ever seen came to an end. Crushed under the hooves of a mighty foe (in one case literally), a dynasty, an empire, a city, and a library all disappeared. It was perhaps the swiftest and most complete collapse of a civilization ever, still felt to this day. Now, how about for some context?
posted to MetaFilter by cthuljew at 2:45 PM on December 13, 2013 (39 comments)

I know nothing about babies -- except that I'm going to have one.

In just about five and a half months, I'm going to be having my first child. Super exciting -- except I have absolutely no idea how all this works and I don't know where to begin. Help me!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by missjenny at 5:02 PM on December 7, 2013 (31 comments)


For anyone interested in various fundamentals of electrical engineering without too much detail on the gritty math (and more focus on the concepts), check out the US Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS).
posted to MetaFilter by Evernix at 8:26 PM on November 24, 2013 (36 comments)

Raising kids with "grit"

What can I do as a parent to help my child build persistence, self-discipline, high standards, and work ethic?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Bardolph at 11:48 AM on November 13, 2013 (44 comments)

Sources for modern clothing patterns/fabrics?

For anyone with sewing experience, can you recommend sources for modern clothing patterns and fabrics? For style, think Anthropologie, but the less frippy pieces - simple, easy, drapey. For fabric, I'd like soft, high-quality cottons in a good range of colors. (I never see that kind of thing at fabric stores, so I'm guessing I'll have to order online.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ella wren at 8:03 PM on September 6, 2013 (12 comments)

The 25 Best Action Movies Since Die Hard

"A quarter of a century ago this week, John McTiernan’s action masterpiece Die Hard was released into theaters, and it's not an understatement to say that we're still reeling from the impact .... For the past few months, I’ve been watching and/or rewatching almost every major action movie made since then in an attempt to come up with the best ones. The good news is that a lot of awesome action movies have been made over the past 25 years. The bad news? Not all of your favorites will be on this list."
posted to MetaFilter by Mothlight at 1:49 PM on July 16, 2013 (239 comments)

Sherlock fanfic recs?

Please post your fanfic recs here for posterity.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Jacqueline at 9:38 PM on April 19, 2013 (16 comments)

Fine dining in Berkeley

Seeking nice restaurant recommendations for an anniversary dinner in Berkeley or nearby.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gnutron at 11:22 AM on March 22, 2013 (19 comments)

Help me make the most epic cookies ever for my boyfriend!

I've been dating this guy for about 2 months, and he is absolutely wonderful. I want to bake him cookies to show my appreciation for him a) in general, and b) for being especially wonderful during a current shitty time in my life due to family issues.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hasna at 6:47 PM on March 14, 2013 (35 comments)

For The Love Of Wisdom

The History of Philosophy podcast has the ambitious goal of covering the entire history of (Western) philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the modern day, without skipping any major philosophers or schools. At 110 episodes, it's just reached the end of the Roman Empire and Boethius and has very far still to go.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:48 PM on March 13, 2013 (32 comments)

How can I most efficiently "spring clean" my laptop?

My computer is slowing down and I need to revive it!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by joyeuxamelie at 7:17 PM on January 30, 2013 (13 comments)

An image of a soundless voice

Only two works of Nonnus of Panopolis (fl. AD 400), arguably the last great poet of the Homeric tradition, survive complete. The first is his Dionysiaca, ostensibly an account of the adventures of Dionysus but embracing everything that touches chaos and fire and sound, "the longest surviving poem from classical antiquity and one of the most entertaining, outrageous and vivid epics ever conceived west of the Ganges." The second is the Metabole kata Ioannou [PDF]. It's a paraphrase of the Gospel of John into the idiom of Homer.
posted to MetaFilter by Iridic at 9:51 AM on February 15, 2013 (9 comments)

30th Adventure

I'll be turning 30 in April, and I'm planning a trip in celebration. There are a lot of places in the world I'd love to go just to hang out and look around, but I decidedly do NOT want to do that for this trip. I want to travel somewhere and do something active. To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, my front runner so far is a one week stay in Jamaica learning how to make wood fired pottery. What similar "enriching" type experiences are out there?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Calicatt at 1:43 PM on January 3, 2013 (13 comments)

Novels of Dragons

Please recommend to me books prominently featuring dragons that will meet my rather high (and specific) standards. Lots of details to calibrate your suggestions inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Caduceus at 5:54 PM on January 24, 2013 (37 comments)

Punch 'Em In The Dick (NSFW lyrics)

Crunk/Southern Club style head banging high energy hip hop track. All vocals by my normal collaberator, Juicy Karkass, and his buddy Savior of Animal Farm
posted to MeFi Music by mediocre at 5:19 AM on August 1, 2008 (204 comments)

New Audible book recomendations please!

DU's comment got me wanting to expand my Audible library. I have a few credits to burn so help me fill up my library! I love biographies and science fiction but would like broaden my listening habits. Bonus points if you can recommend any narrators that you have found enjoyable as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by zerobyproxy at 7:28 AM on January 23, 2013 (15 comments)

Help me pseudo-fast

Have you tried the 5:2 diet as discussed in this Metafilter thread? Did it work for you? Do you find it sustainable?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by silly me at 6:41 AM on January 23, 2013 (15 comments)

Make my child a math genius

My son is now 15 months old, and I would like for him to have the best possible mathematics education. What should I be doing now and what sort of long-term plan should I have in order to help him both to learn and to love mathematics? (He doesn't have to be a mathematician when he grows up, but really knowing mathematics is non-negotiable.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Jonathan Livengood at 7:45 PM on January 17, 2013 (48 comments)

Most popular AskMe posts of 2012

OK, it being year-end and all, I thought I'd go have a look at the most popular AskMe posts in the last year... only to find that I can't really filter down like that (leastways not so I can tell)... so I decided to put a list together myself, and make it my first post on the grey! 30 would be a nice, round number, but I could only find 29. Please enjoy responsibly!
posted to MetaTalk by segatakai at 7:34 AM on December 25, 2012 (60 comments)

Once again I require awesome history books plz

I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead
posted to Ask MetaFilter by elizardbits at 12:14 PM on December 5, 2012 (16 comments)

I need your best cookie recipe ever!!!! No, seriously, EVER.

best-cookie-recipe-ever-filter: I need your best, most impressive, most "wowing" when someone puts it in his/her mouth cookie recipe that you've got. Yes, I know there's a bazillion cookie recipes lurking in this AskMe/Metafilter machine. Which is part of the problem. Taste over looks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by atomicstone at 2:24 PM on November 28, 2010 (46 comments)

A controversy in bioethics

When Alberti Giubilini and Francesca Minerva published a provocative paper about the ethics of infanticide in the Journal of Medical Ethics, the hostile response they received included death threats.
posted to MetaFilter by xchmp at 4:13 AM on March 3, 2012 (131 comments)
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