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Pirate myths...they're drivin' me nuts.

Pirate myths debunked. Slate's Explainer attacks your favorite pirate stereotypes: walking the plank, saying "arrr." Not a myth: pirate republics. Pirates formed egalitarian mini-states based upon utopian values, a prime reason for their brutal suppression by European authorities.
posted to MetaFilter by nasreddin at 8:18 PM on June 5, 2007 (126 comments)

PDF warnings

PDF warnings are always appreciated by me. Lack of a PDF warning is annoying. PDF seems so outdated and unnecessary.
posted to MetaTalk by longsleeves at 8:06 PM on May 30, 2007 (87 comments)

Access to scholastic papers

Accessing JStor would greatly improve both my mental life and my historical research. However there are a few problems. I live in Spain and I am not accredited to any Institution of learning so popping down to my local library is not an option. Does anyone have any suggestions.? Email in profile.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by adamvasco at 4:25 AM on May 31, 2007 (11 comments)

he said/she said

Looking for good books with alternating narration.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 8:04 AM on April 25, 2007 (43 comments)

When the original just isn't enough

When the usual fanfiction fare just doesn't cut it ... there's shipping and then there's slash, with coined terms such as squick and mpreg. The usual suspects are Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the Phantom of the Opera - and then there's Kirk/Spock, Hermione/Ginny, Cloud/Sephiroth, and lots more. And it's not limited to recent works - there's also some Jesus/Judas Biblical action going on. (Mostly text, with the occasional NSFW jpg.)
posted to MetaFilter by Xere at 12:50 AM on April 11, 2007 (50 comments)

Please recommend me some reading material

I've recently realised that I'm into certain types of fiction books. Please recommend some other books/authors I might find interesting.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Solomon at 4:19 PM on April 6, 2007 (55 comments)

Looking for SF book recommendations featuring space empires.

Looking for recommendations of Science Fiction book/series involving well-constructed, involving, and believable universes.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Raven13 at 12:34 PM on April 6, 2007 (62 comments)

Don't let me miss the boomerang exhibition!

Help me not miss anything on my "once in a lifetime" trip through southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by antifuse at 3:02 AM on March 28, 2007 (25 comments)

I need your recipes.

Feedmyfamilyforaweekfilter: Now that we finished the lasagna, what other full meal sorts of dishes can I make in my big glass lasagna pan?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by thirteenkiller at 9:38 AM on March 2, 2007 (40 comments)

Sweet Sounds for the Stressed and Cloistered

Music-for-studying-for-the-@#%#-bar-exam-filter: Please help me balm the pain of preparing for this miserable test by recommending excellent music that's either wholely instrumental or not in English.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by palmcorder_yajna at 6:29 PM on February 18, 2007 (38 comments)

greece, travel

It's official, we're taking a trip to Greece this June. Specifically to the Greek Islands. Help me plan an itinerary!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by donguanella at 8:57 AM on February 14, 2007 (17 comments)

Spread my options

Hummus recipe filter: What’s the most interesting (and delicious) hummus you’ve made? I’m tired of all my variations and in the mood for something new. Recipes that go beyond the usual add-ons (i.e. sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, jalapeno, bonnet peppers, etc.) are particularly welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by special-k at 12:18 PM on February 6, 2007 (37 comments)

Go. Bananas. Go go bananas.

Help me use up my stash of frozen bananas.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sanitycheck at 12:08 AM on February 3, 2007 (25 comments)

Not necessarily vegetarian/vegan uses for nutritional yeast, please.

So, I bought a container of nutritional yeast. Now what do I do with it? (Other than put it on popcorn.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by desuetude at 6:50 AM on January 10, 2007 (23 comments)

Roasting a little fella that's cute, yellow, and chubby...

What is your favorite recipe for roasting duck?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ztdavis at 9:34 PM on December 27, 2006 (11 comments)

What's the best screenwriting software?

Do any of you have any advice for buying screenwriting software? I am looking for something fairly cheap, but want to hear about your experiences with the different software products available. Are there any that just suck? Are there any quality WORD add-on programs you've had success with?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by brheavy at 11:21 AM on February 18, 2005 (23 comments)

three-letter word for a male cat and a five-letter word for a sea-faring vacation

We recently had a MetaTalk thread regarding a three-letter word for a male cat and a five-letter word for a sea-faring vacation. I won't protest the thread's deletion; the entire site exists at the administration's discretion. What concerns me, however, are the Orwellian implications of deletion with no residual record in a community-based site.
posted to MetaTalk by The Confessor at 8:57 AM on December 19, 2006 (2 comments)

Russian History in Book Form: A Quest for a Gift

Can you help me find a book which traverses Russian history from, well, as far back as possible up to the Russian Revolution of 1917?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by The Great Big Mulp at 5:15 PM on December 17, 2006 (10 comments)

Red Red Meat: Where can I purchase you?

I'd like to send some raw meat to my brother for Christmas. Web site suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by otherwordlyglow at 7:42 PM on December 13, 2006 (23 comments)

Why are some people chronically late?

Why are some people chronically late?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by grumblebee at 9:53 AM on November 24, 2004 (142 comments)

Help me cross Australia in March

Driving across Australia, totally excellent, or totally awful?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jessamyn at 9:06 PM on December 3, 2006 (38 comments)

NON-gourmet Mexican cuisine in Maryland/DC?

Please help me find some crappy, cheap Mexican food in the Maryland/DC area.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sarahsynonymous at 2:50 PM on December 1, 2006 (24 comments)

Sandwichs!

Who loves sandwiches? I do! But I'm tired of sandwichs designed in the vacuum of my mind. My question is thus: What are some great sandwichs?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by TwelveTwo at 10:28 AM on December 1, 2006 (94 comments)

*GET BENT*

Great "up yours" songs?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ZenMasterThis at 10:19 AM on November 29, 2006 (112 comments)

ISO noodles

Anyone in the D.C./northern Virginia area had luck finding stores selling the House Foods tofu shirataki noodles that blogs like Hungry Girl won't shut up about? I really don't want to resort to ordering them from Amazon.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by hazelshade at 7:12 AM on November 21, 2006 (8 comments)

Where can I buy fancy sausages online ?

Where can I buy fancy sausages online ?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by duckus at 8:18 AM on November 15, 2006 (9 comments)

Crime fighting comic books minus super heroes?

Crime fighting comic books minus super heroes? I'd love recommendations for comic book equivalents of crime fighting/investigative television dramas.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by aebaxter at 5:07 PM on October 28, 2006 (18 comments)

Help me make some delicious soups!

It's that time of year again...it's getting cold and I'm craving soup more and more. The only problem is I'm sick of canned soup and I'd rather make most of it homemade. Lay your best soup recipes on me, ingredients/prep the works! Any type of soup accepted! Hot, cold, lukewarm! Chicken, cream-based, potato leek, broth-based etc. I want to start a good collection of new recipes to try!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by PetiePal at 9:46 AM on October 25, 2006 (49 comments)

Recommend me some touchy-feely scifi!

Recommend some sappy science fiction/fantasy to me please! I've read and liked Anthony, Heinlein, Goodkind, Card, Stephenson, Martin, and Rowling, but what I'm really looking for is touchy-feely stuff.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by onalark at 7:27 PM on October 24, 2006 (47 comments)

How does a Protestant minister handle a confession of murder?

A murder was confessed to me. I am a minister. What is my legal obligation: to report the crime to the authorities, or to maintain the confidentiality of the confession? This is not hypothetical.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 4:29 PM on October 20, 2006 (142 comments)

Book that will scare the hell outta me?

I want to read a book that is gona scare the living daylights out of me. Preferably a thriller, not monsters and vampires, and it should be smart and believable. Show me the book that will make it hard for me to sleep after reading.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pwally at 5:58 PM on October 19, 2006 (85 comments)

Recent sci-fi?

I recently took a college course in Sci-fi and Fantasy (awesome course) and it really opened up a desire to read some of the recent speculative fiction that I've been missing. (more inside)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Slimemonster at 8:10 PM on August 31, 2006 (28 comments)

Tokyo Ryokan

Tokyo Ryokan - Looking for a nice family owned Ryokan for a stay in Tokyo. If you've had a good experience with one, please recommend.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jsonic at 7:35 AM on August 22, 2006 (3 comments)

Compton's In The House!

gangstaRapFilter: On a whim the other week, I picked up N.W.A's 'Straight Outta Compton' and now I can't stop listening to it. I want to hear more music like this!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by starscream at 5:21 PM on August 16, 2006 (41 comments)

I want more money.

Looking for suggestions to put my savings at work and generate more money.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 8:08 AM on August 6, 2006 (15 comments)

I want to expand my in-home workout routine.

I want to expand my in-home workout routine.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by BuddhaInABucket at 12:01 PM on March 30, 2006 (14 comments)

Tips about travel to Japan?

What do you wish someone had told you before you went to Japan (or, indeed, anywhere outside the United States) for the first time?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jjg at 9:58 AM on February 14, 2005 (42 comments)

salon recommendation for waxing

does anyone have a specific salon recommendation in the washmetro area for a bikini (brazilian) wax. i know we've covered the topic generally a couple of times, but i'm looking for specific salon recommendations in DC or on the MD side. places to avoid would be useful as well. thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on December 8, 2005 (5 comments)

A book everyone should read?

Please tell me a book you think everyone should read and why.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pasici at 9:48 PM on July 20, 2006 (134 comments)

Know any cool DC Clothing Stores?

Do you know cool local female clothing stores in DC?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by blasdelf at 12:35 PM on July 20, 2006 (8 comments)

Fares to Japan

I have a year to plan for a flight to Tokyo from the U.S. west coast or central U.S. (preferably DFW) in Sept or Oct 2007. All the fares I'm pulling up as far out as I can go are $800-1050 roundtrip. Is this as good a deal as I can expect to get?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by zek at 6:24 AM on July 12, 2006 (11 comments)

What is this dessert?

Please help me identify this dessert, which is possibly from the Philippines.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Faint of Butt at 11:04 AM on July 10, 2006 (4 comments)

Should I vaccinate my two-month old?

Why shouldn't I vaccinate my two-month old?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 10:57 PM on July 12, 2005 (123 comments)

Thermopylae

Ω ΞΕΙΝ', ΑΓΓΕΛΛΕΙΝ ΛΑΚΕΔΑΙΜΟΝΙΟΙΣ ΟΤΙ ΤΗΔΕ ΚΕΙΜΕΘΑ ΤΟΙΣ ΚΕΙΝΩΝ ΡΗΜΑΣΙ ΠΕΙΘΟΜΕΝΟΙ: "Climbing on the hills, I had a surprise. On the top of the highest hill I found a small plaque with a Greek inscription dedicated to the Spartan king, and someone dropped there a bouquet of flowers, still fresh. Fresh flowers. Twenty five centuries after the battle." With a Frank Miller movie on the way, here is some background on the Battle of Thermopylae, maps of the battlefield, debate over the size of the invading Persian force, and insight into life in Sparta, a city often overshadowed by Athens.
posted to MetaFilter by Alexandros at 10:49 PM on June 20, 2006 (39 comments)

curry me green with an inebriating imbibe

what is a fantastic recipe for green curry (more specifics inside)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by sourbrew at 8:24 PM on June 19, 2006 (27 comments)

Help me make an 80's country music mix CD.

Help me make ND¢'s 80's-ish Country-ish Mix Volume II.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ND¢ at 6:09 AM on March 2, 2006 (29 comments)

Books About the English Civil War

I'm looking for a good, reasonably comprehensive history of the English Civil War and the subsequent Cromwellian regime.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by thivaia at 11:17 AM on June 7, 2006 (12 comments)

McLaughlin v. Commonwealth

Cop stops car and sees a gun and home-burned CDs in the car. The CDs made him suspicious so he searched the car for more pirated CDs. Was this a proper search? (pdf version).
posted to MetaFilter by exogenous at 2:43 PM on June 2, 2006 (42 comments)

Shoo bop sha wadda wadda yippity boop de boop

Mixtape suggestions of ridiculous 1950s pop music.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by salvia at 8:35 PM on May 28, 2006 (30 comments)

Bring me to the edge of my seat, and then push me over!

What's the most exciting novel you've ever read? I mean this in the simplest sense: an exciting plot. I'm looking for page-turners. Novels that keep you on the edge of your seat and refuse to let you sleep until you finish them. I'm looking for genre novels -- but I don't care what genres: Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, etc. (though sci-fi/fantasy has been done-to-death here, so I'm really more interested in other genres.) Oh, I care about words. So no matter how exciting, I'll quit reading if the prose is crappy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by grumblebee at 2:41 PM on May 25, 2006 (148 comments)
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