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Exciting unpredictable thrillers with intelligent characters?

I just finished Gone Girl the other day and am looking for similar reads. Without spoiling anything this book features intelligent and unpredictable characters with twisty plotting, including a significant script flip halfway through. Would love similar page turners that keep you guessing without being too formulaic or lowest common denominator!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by yellowbinder at 9:23 AM on September 24, 2012 (26 comments)

Making a case for making your own laptop case

If you’re looking for a way to carry your laptop about, want to protect it from scratches, or just hope to make the fact that you’re carrying a brand-new laptop slightly less obvious to shifty-eyed individuals who seem to be overtaking you on a deserted, dark street, and you have been disheartened by the cost and ugliness of the laptop cases and sleeves on the market, take heart. You can make a laptop case or sleeve that will not only protect your computer but will proclaim your individuality and style. Like yoga? Make a case out of your yoga mat. Love to travel? Use a vintage suitcase. If you’re a Jim Henson fan, make a Furry Monster case (but just don’t keep your computer under your bed at night because your aging parents are already terribly tired of running down to your basement lair every time you have a nightmare).
posted to MetaFilter by orange swan at 8:08 PM on September 5, 2012 (17 comments)

Help me find fabulous, head-turning fall shoes or boots for $300-$500.

Can you help me find fabulous, head-turning fall shoes or boots for $300-$500?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by slenderloris at 11:49 AM on August 18, 2012 (16 comments)

Set phasers to "Hulk Smash!"

"The Creepicus Complainicus, of the genus “Saddest Panda.” His cry is 'Why won’t someone just touch my wiener?'" Captain Awkward addresses the perrenial case of the creepy dude and the development of the proto-rapist.
posted to MetaFilter by Sayuri. at 8:41 AM on August 9, 2012 (356 comments)

This isn't the advice you're looking for

Help me find AskMeFi questions where posters get advice that is nothing at all like what they would have expected.
posted to MetaTalk by peppermintfreddo at 7:00 PM on July 18, 2012 (542 comments)

We are married to our first wives

In an interview published yesterday, Dan Cathy, president of Chick-Fil-A, tells the Baptist Press that Chick-Fil-A is "very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit." Also this week, Cathy told radio host Ken Coleman "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say 'we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage." This is a change in Chick-Fil-A's corporate position; in 2011, responding to criticism that the company and its charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, support organizations that work against LGBT rights and marriage equality, Cathy stated that the company "will not champion any political agendas on marriage and family." Chick-Fil-A is a fast food chain of franchises that operates in 39 US states; in 2011, annual sales exceeded $4 billion USD. The company is privately held.
posted to MetaFilter by catlet at 6:48 PM on July 18, 2012 (212 comments)

Game of Thrones is Getting Me Down

I need a great escapist doorstop novel, and I love some magic and weird creatures, but most big fantasy novels seem to be about BAND of WARRIORS leading to EPIC BATTLE and grimness and people dying. Battles bore me and I'm just not that interested in violence (including magical violence). I'm also interested in people without so much power-- so no royalty, super-wizards, or Chosen Ones. Can you recommend fantasy books that AREN'T about warriors, magical or otherwise? That feature intrepid traders? Cunning craftspeople? What are the bourgeoisie and the working stiffs up to in magic epic land?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Erasmouse at 2:33 PM on June 27, 2012 (78 comments)

finding the right bra size and best fit

Bratabase is a crowdsourced "bra database" made to help women find the right bra (interview with the creator). According to many studies, over 80% of women aren't wearing the correct bra size: "there's a lot of misinformation about bras out there". For instance, D cups just aren't that big ("Clearly there are a whole lot more D+ cups out there than people assume") and not all D cups are the same size ("from left to right 30D, 32D, 34D, 36D, 38D. Five different band lengths, five different cup volumes. All D Cups"). Most of these links contain photos and therefore may be NSFWish for some.
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 6:44 PM on May 31, 2012 (124 comments)

I'm pregnant but I still have a brain.

Please suggest pregnancy resources for a scientific, geeky, intellectual, academic woman.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by medusa at 11:39 AM on November 3, 2011 (19 comments)

What books were the most useful to you during pregnancy?

What books were the most useful to you during pregnancy?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by donajo at 3:59 PM on November 17, 2011 (24 comments)

Too bad the stork's a myth

Babyfilter: If you could get a re-do on your labor and delivery, what would you do differently?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by litnerd at 2:15 PM on November 23, 2011 (48 comments)

Stuff. On my eyelids. How does it work?

What are your favorite eyeshadow/makeup tutorials?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Windigo at 7:44 AM on April 10, 2012 (14 comments)

Under Pressure

The Pressure Cooker Makes A Comeback. "Pressure cookers are exploding—in a good way—into home and restaurant kitchens. I discovered the joys of pressure cooking last year while reviewing Modernist Cuisine, the 2,348-page encyclopedia of avant-garde cuisine by former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. He argues that pressure cookers are the perfect vessel for making stock, and he's right. Pressure cooking extracts more flavors from the primary materials and keeps them in the pot, where they condense back into a rich, full-bodied liquid. I was blown away by the chicken stock I made the first time I used a pressure cooker. But I didn't stop there. I followed a few of Myhrvold's other suggestions and soon discovered that pressure cookers make superior, stir-free risotto—cooked through, but with a pleasant hint of resistance—after just five-and-a-half minutes at pressure. Braised short ribs are similarly sublime, fork tender without being mushy, and bathed in a broth with an intense, concentrated beef flavor. They went from being a Sunday afternoon project to a supper I could prepare after work on weeknights. Emboldened by success, I even went so far as to pressure cook a surprisingly moist lemon-mascarpone cheesecake."
posted to MetaFilter by storybored at 10:46 AM on April 8, 2012 (94 comments)

Help me pick out a waterproof digital camera

Waterproof point & shoot camera - any personal recommendations?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 5:37 AM on April 6, 2012 (16 comments)

What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?

What single book is the best introduction to your field (or specialization within your field) for laypeople?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by limon at 5:40 PM on September 8, 2007 (237 comments)

I require awesome history books plz

It is a sad thing to realize that your primary history source of late is trashy romance novels. Help me fix this.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by elizardbits at 5:35 PM on June 18, 2011 (22 comments)

I need mind-blowing books about parenting!

I'm looking for parenting books that blew. your. mind.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by zoomorphic at 11:03 AM on January 10, 2012 (27 comments)

Gripping, page-turning history books

Any suggestions for gripping historical non-fiction books?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EtTuHealy at 5:03 AM on January 9, 2012 (55 comments)

Just one more mile!

Which TV shows are exciting and absorbing enough to make the minutes fly by while doing cardio?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amarynth at 12:29 PM on January 9, 2012 (43 comments)

Is it all just smoothosomes and nonsense extracts? Or can something in a jar de-wrinkle me?

Are there any skin care products that have actually been proven to be effective in the "battle against aging skin"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Kololo at 1:09 PM on October 6, 2011 (27 comments)

best remedy for being 34?

Who's had a chemical peel, or a laser peel? What is the best way to get rid of sun damage?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pipti at 8:06 AM on July 8, 2008 (13 comments)

How can I remove or fade age / liver spots on my face?

After moving to a hotter climate I seem to have developed a few unattractive flat brown spots on my face which I'm assuming are liver or age spots (too big to be freckles). This has never happened to me before so I'm not sure what to do - can anyone please tell me an effective way to fade these spots or get rid of them altogether?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by katala at 4:50 PM on September 22, 2007 (20 comments)

Historical-fictional novel of ancient life

I am looking for a historical-fictional novel of either pre-Roman classical antiquity (Crete, Thebes, Sparta, Athens, etc.), the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest), Sumer, or Ancient Egypt. [Details inside!]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by SollosQ at 6:36 PM on December 20, 2011 (16 comments)

Best Place to Purchase Large Modern World Wall Maps?

My wife and I are looking to purchase a very large world map to hand on my wall (most likely a political map showing country boundaries, capital cities, etc.). We also would like to get several smaller maps of countries we've visited over the years. What are your recommendations for the best online map stores (or brick and mortar stores in NYC)?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Falconetti at 10:39 AM on October 19, 2011 (10 comments)

"I heard a noise, faint, monotonous, white."

Getting babies to sleep is a topic of great interest to all parents (see previously). One trick that has been shown to work is white noise. Although many opt for a white noise machine, other parents swear by radio static, vacuum cleaners, dryers, or a running faucet. Now, of course, you can send your cutie to slumberland without wasting nearly so much electricity or water, all thanks to youtube.
posted to MetaFilter by Deathalicious at 9:42 PM on December 6, 2011 (89 comments)

And Fear & Superstition Would Have Gotten Away With It, If It Wasn't For Those Meddling Kids . . . And Their Dog!

An innocuous question in Comics Alliance's weekly Ask Chris column about whether Chris Sims (previously) prefers the monsters in Scooby Doo to be real or people in costumes results in a stunning defense of secular humanism and the importance of the search for truth in order to expose lies perpetuated by Authority through the use of fear & superstition.
posted to MetaFilter by KingEdRa at 5:50 PM on November 28, 2011 (82 comments)

I may have infected my computer with a trojan. Help me get rid of it.

I absent mindedly opened an e-mail from the "United States Post Office" claiming that a package I had sent on the 12th had an incorrect address. Then I clicked on the attachment and that's when I realized I had done a very bad, stupid thing because the USPS doesn't have my e-mail for any reason. Yahoo's e-mail did a scan and it said the attachment was clean. Google tells me that this is a trojan. I'm running Malwarebytes as I type. What else should I do?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Constance Mirabella at 8:19 PM on November 18, 2011 (14 comments)

scarf ties video done Brady-Bunch style

A hypnotic little tutorial on 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made (filmed in her bedroom). (via Already Pretty)
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 10:31 AM on November 15, 2011 (32 comments)

I want to start listening to classical music but have no experience of this genre / form whatsoever. Where to start?

I want to start listening to classical music but have no experience of this genre / form whatsoever. Where to start?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by FuckingAwesome at 3:45 PM on November 9, 2011 (40 comments)

Help me relieve my boredom.

I'm sick and in bed and bored out of my gourd. Recommend guilty pleasure-type movies for me! Bonus points for government conspiracy / mysteries.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by custard heart at 3:05 PM on November 5, 2011 (41 comments)

South Pacific Honeymoon Islands?

Where in the South Pacific should we go for our honeymoon?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Grither at 10:27 AM on March 10, 2008 (12 comments)

Please, not another wedding music question...

Needed: "Romantic songs of the 1930s/40s/50s that are very easy to play on guitar". My brother has asked me to sing "something" at his mostly secular wedding on August 13. No piano available, *maybe* a guitar player of unknown skill level. He seems to want something romantic and 1930s-50s American pop. He's mentioned "It's Only a Paper Moon" with enthusiasm, but I'm not sure that would be easy enough to play on guitar.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by amtho at 9:34 AM on July 11, 2005 (12 comments)

I think my personality is incompatible with motherhood

I'm going to be a mother in about two months. I'm concerned about what kind of mother I'll be. How can I reconcile the fact that my personality type might be at odds with being a great mom?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by litnerd at 8:27 AM on October 20, 2011 (52 comments)

Karambolage - The Photography and Art of Arnold Odermatt

Arnold Odermatt is a Swiss policeman who worked in Niwalden between 1948 and 1990 and who took curiously fascinating photographs of police work and car crashes. His prints are now sold in art galleries.
posted to MetaFilter by carter at 7:09 AM on September 2, 2011 (27 comments)

Jugend Magazine Archives

Jugend was a German Art Nouveau magazine published from the 1890s to the 1930s. The articles are in German, but every issue features spectacular Art Nouveau art and design. The entire archives are online. Other Art Nouveau magazines included Pan and the The Studio (archives),
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 5:06 PM on August 7, 2011 (9 comments)


Me and my manfriend like scary movies but are having trouble finding ones that actually scare us and make us scream. Help!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gwenlister at 5:49 AM on August 3, 2011 (62 comments)

Where'd Snoop go?

Why do radio station eventually stop playing versions of songs that feature two singers in favor of those that feature only one?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Bulgaroktonos at 5:40 PM on February 21, 2011 (9 comments)

Looking for cold grain salad tips.

How can I improve my cold grain/bean/wild rice/etc salads? They are either too vinegary or too bland, and generally not as good as it seems they should be.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kmennie at 7:04 AM on September 17, 2008 (20 comments)

Vox Roma

Over 143 episodes of audio, Mike Duncan has covered the founding of Rome through the Crisis of the Third Century in his History of Rome podcast [previously], having now reached the last pagan Emperor, Julian The Apostate. Enlivened by drawing on comparisons to popular culture, from The Empire Strikes Back (when Hannibal makes his appearance) to The Godfather (as a metaphor for Rome's social client system), Mr Duncan's work makes for fun, informative 25-minute sessions with the greatest empire of the ancient western world. If you're interested in more, the podcasts could be handily supplemented with...
posted to MetaFilter by Bora Horza Gobuchul at 2:32 PM on July 10, 2011 (42 comments)


My Father Is an African Immigrant and My Mother Is a White Girl from Kansas and I Am Not the President of the United States Or, How to Disappoint Your Absent Father in 20 Words or Less
posted to MetaFilter by minifigs at 10:58 AM on July 6, 2011 (28 comments)

Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!

Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by valkyryn at 8:56 AM on July 5, 2011 (26 comments)

Shockingly, Aladdin is not a wonderland of historical accuracy

Shoomlah illustrates Disney Princess in historically accurate costumes, givs explanations for her choices, and shows us her process.
posted to MetaFilter by The Whelk at 8:39 AM on June 17, 2011 (55 comments)

Recipes without dairy or meat

One of my coworkers lost his spouse this week, 24 hours after she gave birth to their baby. At work we created a sign up sheet for us each to bring food to him over the coming weeks/months. Today I found out that he's both lactose intolerant and vegetarian. Please give me your best recipes (for 4-6 servings and up) that fit this criteria.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by corn_bread at 9:53 AM on May 26, 2011 (35 comments)

What shall I read next?

I just finished my last Culture novel (*sniff*). What should I read next?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hollyanderbody at 8:57 PM on May 25, 2011 (33 comments)

Pasta without Parmesan?

Is there any good replacement for Parmesan cheese in pasta recipes?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mellifluous at 8:34 PM on July 24, 2009 (28 comments)

Help with Brazilian Cheese Bread

Help improving my Brazilian cheese bread. I tried to make Brazilian cheese bread, but the inside is all gooey. How do I make the inside fluffier?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by shoyu at 12:26 AM on April 20, 2011 (17 comments)

The Shining

I was recently watching The Shining and I was struck by what an amazing movie it is. I'm not very well versed in film theory, so I was wondering if someone who knows film can tell me, from a critical perspective, what makes it such a great movie.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by codacorolla at 8:13 AM on April 10, 2011 (39 comments)

Fat legs in a short dress: FatshionFilter

I'm attending a wedding in 3 months (late June) for which I have been asked by the bride to wear a specific short dress. It's actually very cute - black, sparkly - and is flattering on me in every way except that, well, it's short. And I have fat, pale legs. I'll be wearing nude high heels, but besides that, how can I make my lump gams appear nicer? Quick-fix exercises? Spray tans? Tights/stockings are not an option.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 3:29 PM on April 3, 2011 (33 comments)

smitten my kitchen?

I adore Smitten Kitchen. What other food blogs should I follow?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by joyceanmachine at 1:38 PM on March 27, 2011 (53 comments)
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