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Drown me in Silk!

Sewers and couturiers and designers of MeFi, where do you buy your silk charmeuse?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Dorinda at 11:59 AM on November 18, 2015 (11 comments)

Any travel suggestions for the central coast of California? With dog.

Need a quick getaway from LA after I meet several deadlines next week. I'm planning to visit a friend in Cambria Friday and Saturday but would like to hit the road and see Monterey, Carmel and/or Santa Cruz (or somewhere else you might suggest in the area) on Sunday.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by parkerposey at 6:42 PM on October 6, 2015 (9 comments)

Upping my lasagne game.

It's 8am. In 10 hours I would like to pull the "worlds best lasagne" out of my oven. Feeling overwhelmed with recipes and options. Any favorites? secret ingredients? Techniques you can recommend?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by remlapm at 8:26 AM on October 6, 2015 (37 comments)

Hit me with your best snack salad.

I am on a quest to find recipes for things that are somewhat "salads" but that can function as a refrigerated snack that lasts for a few days after preparation. I don't know if there's a better term for this than "snack salads," but that's the purpose it would serve for me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bananana at 2:00 PM on October 1, 2015 (39 comments)

World Jollof Rice Day, you say?

Today is World Jollof Rice Day. Jollof rice is a traditional West African dish, but not a humble one. Subject of #JollofGate, the outraged social media response to chef Jamie Oliver's patently inauthentic recipe, aficionados debate the merits of special ingredients. Others prefer joining the loud brangling online over Ghanaian vs Nigerian Jollof. Regardless of your beliefs, join the world today in celebrating the tasty goodness of this much loved dish.
posted to MetaFilter by infini at 12:21 PM on August 22, 2015 (53 comments)

How can I help my boys grow up to be healthier happier feminist men?

Inspired by the EL thread and the askme on it after following this moving thread about male socialization, what can I do as a parent (specifically a mother) do to help my sons grow up to be happier and healthier feminist men in a toxic patriarchy? What resources and strategies can I add to my parenting toolbox?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dorothyisunderwood at 9:45 PM on August 19, 2015 (30 comments)

Have you seen this woman?

On April 3, 1946 a young girl was photographed looking out over the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. Sixtynine years later this picture has gone viral in Poland leading to a search for this unknown woman, who if still alive, would be in her eighties and could be living anywhere in the world.
posted to MetaFilter by MartinWisse at 12:19 PM on August 16, 2015 (16 comments)

This man is not by brother.

"His Face All Red," a comic by Emily Carroll. Happy Halloween! [via]
posted to MetaFilter by brundlefly at 6:43 PM on October 31, 2010 (41 comments)

Getting the most out of your ice cream maker (from Salt & Straw)

Portland, Oregon's Salt & Straw creative director, Tyler Malek, was recently named to Forbes "30 under 30" list. In this PDF he generously shares how to get the most of your ice cream maker. To calculate how to get to his "magical 17% butterfat" for YOUR quantity of ice cream, use this handy Butterfat Calculator from Ice Cream Geek. See also their handy Ice Cream Butter Fat Converter.
posted to MetaFilter by spock at 4:24 PM on August 4, 2015 (56 comments)

...before he can tell her about his favourite bukowski quote

Feminist writer Anne Thériault of bad-date-tweeting fame posted a series of tweets about the deadly feminist animal in her natural habitat. Less than an hour later, voice actor D.C. Douglas transformed the static text into a David Attenborough-esque documentary narration.
posted to MetaFilter by drlith at 7:29 AM on July 28, 2015 (13 comments)

I need a project. Or a job. Or a hobby. Or SOMETHING ... at home

One of my children received a complex developmental diagnosis this year, which unfortunately means I won't be going back to work as planned. Now that we're out of the "total panic" phase and into the "settling into a routine" phase, I don't have a lot to do, and I am BORED OUT OF MY MIND. I'm flailing between the universe of "pick anything you want!" and "meet these constraints where you have to do it from home." I need some kind of intellectual work -- paid or unpaid -- to give me focus, a goal, and something to do. You guys know me pretty well; I thought you could help me narrow it down. Details within.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Eyebrows McGee at 5:23 AM on July 13, 2015 (70 comments)

I scream, you scream

Summer's upon us, and that means it's time to wallow in delicious ice cream over at Serious Eats. Learn how to make sorbet, sherbet, gelato, fro-yo, and soft serve. While you're at it, mix in the best ways to swirl in chocolate, nuts, and booze. Top it off with myth-dispelling advice from the pros on when to use corn syrup, age an ice cream base, add eggs to a recipe, incorporate a stabilizer, and create a smoky finish. If the ice cream sounds like too much work, make a no-churn Key Lime Pie instead. For you vegans out there, we've got something for you too.
posted to MetaFilter by sciatrix at 7:38 AM on July 9, 2015 (25 comments)

Spectacular Spectacular!

I would like to watch some BIG DUMB* MOVIES that look good and go down easily—modern epics, dramas, and adventure movies with an old-school sensibility. Cheesy sentimentality and/or problematic politics are okay. Bonus for scores that tell you exactly how to feel, old-fashioned adventure, lush scenery, sweeping romance, shameless tearjerking, improbable history, etc. Basically, spectacle-style pictures that are really good at being spectacles, if not at being great movies.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by peachfuzz at 12:28 PM on June 22, 2015 (85 comments)

Escapist audio books

I get all my best audio book recommendations from Ask Metafilter! I'm looking for books like Ready Player One, the Golden Compass (I read this one on paper), or on a slightly different note, The Likeness (Tana French). Any suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by slidell at 9:47 PM on June 17, 2015 (25 comments)

The best non-fiction I ever read. Help me find more.

I recently finished The Making of The Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes and it is probably the best non-fiction book I ever read. I picked it up based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews not because I have any particular interest in WWII or wars in general.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by laptolain at 5:12 PM on June 9, 2015 (86 comments)

Hive Mind Aggregator

After making two of my three most commonly recommended recommendations yesterday over in Ask, I was thinking it could be cool to come together and post here, in one place, all of the most useful things we've come across and the things that we find ourselves repeating thread after thread. Maybe someone will find something worthwhile here they never thought they needed!
posted to MetaTalk by phunniemee at 8:13 AM on June 4, 2015 (175 comments)

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 (20 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)
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