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Post-Apocalyptic Sci Fi for My Hurt Guy

I am looking for post-apocalyptic sci fi books for my husband. He is currently convalescing from a back injury, and when Husband is bored, Wife suffers.
posted by evilcupcakes to Ask MetaFilter on May 17 at 10:19 PM
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Questions to ask when spending long hours with someone?

A friend and I travel together frequently. What are some interesting questions we can ask one another while we're hiking for hours on end?
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Ask MetaFilter on May 16 at 12:32 PM
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"My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you."

Michelle Obama's painful discussion of America's racial inequality and deep misogyny exists, for many, on the same spectrum as [Saida] Grundy's blunt remarks about race, power and privilege. Where the first lady used her commencement speech at one of the nation's premier HBCUs to deliver a seminar on institutional racism and our nation's anti-black culture, Grundy's social media commentary dispensed with complexity to deliver screams, sometimes angry, other times humorous, that reflect equally important truths about contemporary race relations, black women's activism and the limits of freedom of expression in the 21st century.
Peniel E. Joseph for The Root: What Happens to Black Women Who Boldly Speak Truth About Racial Inequality
posted by divined by radio to MetaFilter on May 19 at 9:53 AM
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Welcome to Pacific Tech's "Smart People on Ice".


"McDonald's proved themselves to be jerks and the jury didn't like that"

Factual comics Friday: Shannon "Too Much Coffee Man" Wheeler sets the record straight on the McDonald's coffee lawsuit.
posted by MartinWisse to MetaFilter on May 22 at 7:41 AM
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You can't outrun a bad diet

Our waistlines aren’t expanding because people aren’t exercising intelligently or vigorously enough. You don’t need a new personal trainer, another Insanity workout video or a more aggressive CrossFit regimen. What you need is the truth, and here it is: Exercise — no matter how many gym memberships you buy or how often you wear your Fitbit — won’t make you lose weight.
posted by Bella Donna to MetaFilter on May 18 at 10:49 AM
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Sex and gender doubleshot


Novels that are re-tellings of other stories

I'm looking for novels that are re-tellings of other stories, such as Wicked for the Wizard of Oz or A Thousand Acres for King Lear. Can you name some?
posted by 3491again to Ask MetaFilter on May 17 at 5:20 PM
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Netflix-o-Matic

Netflix-O-Matic lets you browse a randomly generated list of real Netflix microgenres, like Gritty Drug Movies based on Contemporary Literature or Foreign Slice of Life Documentaries or Goofy Werewolf Comedies. On the main page, click on the arrow to view actual Netflix titles, or click any individual term in a subgenre title to browse a random list of other subgenres containing it (like "understated" or "visually striking"). And if you click on a given movie, it will show you what other categories that movie might come up in.
posted by showbiz_liz to MetaFilter on May 19 at 4:30 PM
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darn it.


Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted by nightrecordings to Ask MetaFilter on May 20 at 4:58 PM
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Comedy Troupe Performs A New, Original Episode Of 'Seinfeld'

Seinfeld: The Leaning Susan
A full-length, original episode of Seinfeld. The show features uncanny portrayals of the central characters, 90s commercial parodies, and original Seinfeld standup. Even Susan is back. Yes, that Susan.
Performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NY | March 23, 2015
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"You don't want a criminal lawyer. You want a *criminal* lawyer."

The New Mexico Law Review just published an issue dedicated entirely to Breaking Bad. It features eight articles that analyze the illegal acts committed on the show, their real-world parallels, and the consequences attached:
Given the array of legal issues raised, our editorial board was excited to take the opportunity to present analysis of Breaking Bad by scholars and legal practitioners. In April 2014 we issued a call for papers requesting abstracts on topics including the application of the Fourth Amendment to drug crimes under the New Mexico and/or U.S. Constitutions; the War on Drugs; ethical duties of lawyers; drug-offense sentencing; drug enforcement in rural, urban, and/or Tribal areas; and substance abuse and the law.
Some of the greatest legal minds in New Mexico (and the country) came together to examine how Walter White would look to a jury, how the war on drugs affects peripheral citizens like Skyler, and whether Heisenberg could have stayed legit by fighting for his stake in Grey Matter in the courts. [via]
posted by Room 641-A to MetaFilter on May 19 at 8:17 PM
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the most emotionally affecting music is what was popular when I was 13


An aberration that came with the advent of agriculture

A study has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their group lives and who they live with. The findings challenge the idea that sexual equality is a recent invention, suggesting that it has been the norm for humans for most of our evolutionary history. Mark Dyble, an anthropologist who led the study at University College London, said: “There is still this wider perception that hunter-gatherers are more macho or male-dominated. We’d argue it was only with the emergence of agriculture, when people could start to accumulate resources, that inequality emerged.”
posted by byanyothername to MetaFilter on May 17 at 11:18 AM
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"The 'D' stands for 'dentification'"

Norm MacDonald performed his last standup routine on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. It was astounding. (slyt)
posted by lattiboy to MetaFilter on May 16 at 9:51 AM
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Breaking Ranks with the Unexamined Silences of Their Parents

"To all these ends, the third- , fourth- , and fifth-graders at Lower were to be divided once a week for five weeks into small groups according to their race. In 45-minute sessions, children would talk about what it was like to be a member of that race; they would discuss what they had in common with each other and how they were different, how other people perceived them, rightly or wrongly, based on appearance. Disinhibited by the company of racially different peers, the children would, the school hoped, feel free to raise questions and make observations that in mixed company might be considered impolite. The bigger goal was to initiate a cultural upheaval, one that would finally give students of color a sense of equal owner­ship in the community. Once the smaller race groups had broken up, the children would gather in a mixed-race setting to share, and discuss, the insights they had gained."

The story of one private school's attempt to teach children about race and the reactions of the parents and children involved in the pilot year.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to MetaFilter on May 20 at 4:59 PM
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Helen Zaltzman milks the udders of language

The Allusionist is a language podcast with a etymological focus by podcaster and linguist Helen Zaltzman. The episodes are about fifteen minutes long and the ones so far have focused on political terms, spaces between words, crosswords, fake dictionary entries, museum display text, latin, curse words [explicit], the term viral, bras, but perhaps it's best to start with the first episode, where Zaltzman interviews her brother Andy on the subject of puns. The Extra Allusionism blog is also worth reading.
posted by Kattullus to MetaFilter on May 16 at 3:31 AM
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Can a single conversation change minds on divisive social issues? No.

A field experiment conducted by UCLA Political Science graduate student Michael LaCour made big news (including a This American Life Episode) when LaCour and Columbia professor Donald Green published their paper in Science about how a 20 minute conversation with gay canvassers change many people's minds and led them to support same-sex marriage. It turns out though, that LaCour made the whole thing up.
posted by MisantropicPainforest to MetaFilter on May 20 at 6:43 AM
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When is a person missing?

It's 1:30 AM, well after my roommate typically comes home, and she's not here. I wouldn't typically worry, except she also hasn't come by to feed/walk her dog, which I've never known her to do. At what point do I do something and is there anything other than calling the police that I could do?
posted by R a c h e l to Ask MetaFilter on May 19 at 10:28 PM
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I for one think the leaders of the white community need to step up and denounce this senseless violence. [view]
posted by seymourScagnetti to MetaFilter on May 18 at 10:14 AM
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It's funny how when media products want to go for "gritty realism" they never show a lot of shitting. People shit all the time! Like usually at least once a day! Why do we not have more poop-driven plots? What's that? Audiences don't want to see characters squeezing out a juicy deuce? It makes people uncomfortable? But wat about the... [more]
posted by threeants to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:26 PM
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Why can men so easily imagine a world that has dragons but are unable to imagine a world without constant rape. [view]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:34 PM
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Never understood why it's so popular with my otherwise thoughtful and progressive friends. I too am at a loss for why my epic series "A Song of Well-Intentioned People Making Good Choices" has thus far failed to find an audience. [view]
posted by Parasite Unseen to MetaFilter on May 18 at 4:58 PM
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Based on what you've told me here, allow me to reconstruct one of these dates from the point of view of the woman: Oh hey, here's this guy! He is cute and smart and plays the guitar. He has ZERO female friends, which is kind of a red flag though. We hang out and I try to get a conversation going, but he doesn't respond to any of my feelers; I... [more]
posted by KathrynT to Ask MetaFilter on May 16 at 10:14 AM
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I really like TV in which the main characters' lives are dramatically more difficult than mine. Like, "oh no, your brain has been taken over by godlike aliens!" and "oh no, you are an accidental necromancer and can never touch the human you love!" That kind of thing. I like it when GoT makes me go "oh no the magical queen's... [more]
posted by a hat out of hell to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:46 PM
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I can't help but feel that there's an interesting story here which is going to get buried under people's attempts to shoehorn it into some kind of commentary on their favorite pet issue. And I can't help but feel that black people are treated substantially different from white people by the police, and this is also an interest story and... [more]
posted by maxsparber to MetaFilter on May 18 at 10:14 AM
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I'm not sure I agree with the view that rape is some special category that requires special consideration before it can be depicted. Considering the rape culture we live in, I'd argue that yes, rape is in a special category and that writers should think long and hard before deciding to write it in. A common defense for all the rape is... [more]
posted by imnotasquirrel to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:14 PM
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Gay emergency physician in San Francisco here. Normally I've stopped commenting on Ask Mefi Health posts but I feel the need to correct some misinformation from other commenters, to get you help, and to get your boyfriend help, too. If you live in a country that has a modern healthcare system, you can absolutely see a physician and get a... [more]
posted by gramcracker to Ask MetaFilter on May 17 at 7:15 PM
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Have you ever ruined a romantic relationship because you crossed your fingers for good luck? Lost a job because you made a wish on birthday candles? Wanted to kill yourself because you said "bless you" after someone sneezed? If you answered "no" to all these questions, you might reflect on the fact that practitioners of CBT... [more]
posted by escabeche to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:11 AM
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I don't like how you look in your comedy videos, either. [view]
posted by YoungAmerican to MetaFilter on May 17 at 5:39 PM
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Why are you assuming that "lack of interest from dates" = "these dates are scared of me"? Maybe they just don't dig you. I'll cut you some slack because the format of ask means you have to describe yourself, but the whole "I speak so many languages and it makes me so desirable!" thing made me roll my eyes and assume... [more]
posted by showbiz_liz to Ask MetaFilter on May 16 at 9:25 AM
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Hmmm, I guess the 25 pounds I lost exclusively from exercise was a figment of my imagination, then. I don't know what it is about the topic of weight loss that makes so many people into dogmatic, absolutist assholes who want to dictate to other people how their own bodies work. [view]
posted by mysterious_stranger to MetaFilter on May 18 at 11:01 AM
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Wait why do we hate TED? It is just because it's been popular for a long time? It has an unfortunate tendency to serve as the unofficial Ministry of Propaganda for a technocratic, neoliberal, market-based, explicitly anti-state, anti-political, only-superficially-populist worldview and the gazillionaires who profit from it. [view]
posted by The Master and Margarita Mix to MetaFilter on May 19 at 7:29 PM
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A pretty gross argument that has come up here before, and which I have unfortunately seen on the rise elsewhere, is that if someone's *ist views go against the majority attitude in a community then this accords them "minority" status, so calling them out on their *ist behavior constitutes bullying and abuse and silencing a minority. It is... [more]
posted by poffin boffin to MetaTalk on May 16 at 9:56 AM
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1.) Well, now we know why GRRM published that boring Alayne chapter where Sansa does nothing more interesting than hanging out with her friend the much nicer Myranda, learning how to flirt, and eating lemon cakes. A bit like he's sending us messages in a bottle from contractual obligation hell. 2.) The realization that D&D have been... [more]
posted by moonlight on vermont to FanFare on May 18 at 3:14 AM
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because queso sampler means several pots of melted cheese. where as a cheese sampler i would expect several non-melted cheeses. [view]
posted by sio42 to MetaFilter on May 19 at 11:22 AM
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So, did The Mary Sue write a similar article regarding Theon's character having his dick cut off? Because that's some pretty serious sexual assault as well, and arguably not necessary as you could have the character so scarred that he reacted the same and otherwise damaged so as to not have children...but we are, as of this last episode, up to... [more]
posted by buoys in the hood to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:45 PM
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People will probably ask, "Why would a bar encourage bike gangs to frequent it!?!?" Bikers tip. Like, a lot. They want a public place to meet and realize they have to grease some palms to have a place put up with the possibility of a situation like this, however unlikely. There is likely a place in your town that has made... [more]
posted by lattiboy to MetaFilter on May 18 at 10:33 AM
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I too am at a loss for why my epic series "A Song of Well-Intentioned People Making Good Choices" has thus far failed to find an audience. There is IMO a vast expanse of middle ground between your epic series and "we made this SO BRUTAL and GRIMDARK because reasons and if you decide you don't like it well... [more]
posted by Gymnopedist to MetaFilter on May 18 at 5:05 PM
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