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hack. slash. loot. lather. rinse. repeat.

Minecraft Dungeons [YouTube][Launch Trailer] “Minecraft Dungeons, out May 26 on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC (where I’ve been playing it), takes Minecraft’s characters and blocky aesthetic and maps it onto an isometric dungeon crawler where you mash cooldown abilities while running through mob-infested forests, swamps, and volcanic caves. The story sees you save a village from malevolent forces, but really the goal is to kill lots of stuff, get stronger loot, and then kill even more stuff.” [via: Kotaku]
posted to MetaFilter by Fizz at 7:12 AM on May 26, 2020 (31 comments)

Low Budget Broadway

Actress Mary Neely decided to lip sync her favourite moments from Broadway musicals. The results are glorious.
posted to MetaFilter by GhostintheMachine at 9:40 AM on April 19, 2020 (6 comments)

What Armenians should know about life in America

What Armenians should know about life in America. The US has always done an excellent job of marketing itself as the promised land, and the global reach of its mass-cultural and media exports to support that narrative is unrivaled. So, I don’t really need to tell you what is potentially good about it. Instead, I’ll speak to the more ambiguous notes.
posted to MetaFilter by simmering octagon at 6:32 PM on April 4, 2020 (43 comments)

What should an executive director of a small non-profit know?

There is a chance that I will become the executive director of the small non-profit where I work (15 employees, few funders, annual budget under $3 million). If I don't become the executive director, I will likely take on several related duties. So: specifically what are books and other resources that I can take in to help me figure out this new role?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by kensington314 at 12:23 PM on March 4, 2020 (7 comments)

Advice and Books for First Time Managers?

I recently got a promotion (yay!) and I will be managing direct reports for the first time. I'm really looking forward to this and I want to do a good job of it. I know there are tons of great leaders here on Metafilter and I'd love to hear from you. What advice would you give a first time manager, especially a woman? Are there any books you found especially interesting or helpful?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by chatongriffes at 9:11 AM on March 4, 2020 (17 comments)

I’m the Type of Person Who Posts This on Metafilter

Dan Brooks on the culture of Types, the difference between being things and doing them, and the freedom to become something other than what you are now.
posted to MetaFilter by sallybrown at 5:00 PM on February 8, 2020 (38 comments)

Values and Goals

What are your favorite exercises for working through your values? And what tools do you use to set and keep track of your goals? I'm trying to figure out what I value and use that to come up with some goals for myself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by switcheroo at 6:12 PM on February 2, 2020 (7 comments)

German language resources

Looking to revise my rusty German language skills as I will need them for work. Can you recommend me resources like books, podcasts, movies etc that I could immerse myself in? I studied German for many years before letting it slide so assume I know the grammar and can understand material intended for native speakers with a bit of effort. Bonus: anything using international/European relations vocabulary.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EatMyHat at 11:19 AM on December 12, 2019 (9 comments)

Haunt me

I used to read every horror novel I could get my hands on, but for the past several years I've been reading in other genres. I miss curling up with a good scary book, and today's dark, rainy weather reminded me that I have a lovely 10 days of stayacation ahead of me. What should I read?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by invincible summer at 3:21 PM on November 20, 2019 (41 comments)

:siren: calling all ice cream making mefites :siren:

I make a lot of ice cream, but I've never made just plain vanilla ice cream, which is what I've been charged with for an upcoming celebration. What's the best vanilla ice cream you've ever made? Please share your secrets!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by everybody had matching towels at 9:59 AM on November 18, 2019 (14 comments)

honest, narrative, and straightforward

I am almost done with Normal People and I want more.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by quadrilaterals at 6:24 AM on November 15, 2019 (21 comments)

Leadership porn, a subset of competence porn

Some books I've read have featured characters who are really good at delegating tasks to the right people, figuring out what makes people tick in such a way as to best encourage/empower them, having honor/integrity as a leader in a way that inspires people to follow them, etc. Being really competent at leading/managing. Turns out I love this and want more!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Cozybee at 9:56 AM on October 15, 2019 (22 comments)

Cozy, satisfying historical fiction for Fall

As Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere, I am hoping to curl up with some historical fiction that could be described as cozy. For example, scenes in firelit rooms while it rains outside; passing long, chilly nights; comfy interiors; hearty meals.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by delight at 4:58 PM on October 4, 2019 (30 comments)

Pregnancy books for a feminist dad-to-be

My partner is unexpectedly pregnant. We're both early 30s and contemplating keeping the pregnancy. It's the first time for both of us. I - a standard-issue cis white guy - want to read books for expectant partners, as distinct from other kinds of pregnancy books, but my god does that genre contain a lot of crap. Can anyone recommend books with good politics for partners-of-pregnant-people?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 6:18 AM on July 3, 2019 (17 comments)

Campfire songs with a baseline

I love singalong campfire songs where the groups sing different parts. Can you give examples, with links?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by nouvelle-personne at 9:06 AM on September 7, 2019 (12 comments)

Demonstrating leadership skills

How would you demonstrate leadership skills, in the context of applying for jobs, if you have never managed a team or been someone’s supervisor, and are not really the sort of person who takes charge in a group setting?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by EatMyHat at 11:10 PM on August 24, 2019 (5 comments)

Where can I find business case studies?

I got hooked on reading business case studies (they're like a weird cousin of longform magazine articles -- I just like 'em), and I've run out of my supplies. The Harvard Business Review books don't appear to be case studies, but mostly articles (and I generally don't enjoy HBR articles). I'm happy to pay for them, but buying case studies from HBR one at a time is prohibitively expensive. I've found a few released by consulting firms in the wild, but I would love a stable source of them. Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by lieberschnitzel at 6:31 AM on July 3, 2019 (6 comments)

Advice for an American wanting to expatriate permanently?

I'm 44 and single, and I live a reasonably decent life in Manhattan, but the values of my country (insofar as Manhattan reflects the U.S.) don't suit me anymore. I've been considering restarting in Europe or Canada.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Anonymous at 8:56 AM on June 6, 2019 (22 comments)

Radical protest music

I read this article with Tom Morello and he says “Don’t wait around for Rage Against The Machine. Form your own band and get it done". I'm struggling to think of any bands that are doing their kind of protest rock today. Any suggestions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by adept256 at 9:55 PM on May 28, 2019 (23 comments)

Recommend a fantasy novel?

Becoming a bit bored with all the sci-fi - can someone recommend a fantasy novel? (Specific interests inside)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by UMDirector at 9:25 AM on May 22, 2019 (52 comments)

The Social Justice Toolbox: a resource for educators & facilitators

Created by Meg Bolger, the Social Justice Toolbox has lesson plans/activity guides for educators and facilitators who want to introduce issues of diversity and inclusion in their classes and workshops. Activities range from low to high trust requirements and topics cover a range of social justice issues including race and racism; what it means (and how to be) an ally; privilege; intersectionality; respectful pronoun use.
posted to MetaFilter by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:14 AM on May 13, 2019 (7 comments)

YouTubers to subscribe to

Looking for recommendations for underrated YouTubers. I currently subscribe to a few illustrators/animation artists, Ask A Mortician, some Let's Players, and generally enjoy highly skilled people demonstrating or explaining what they do best. But for the purposes of this question let's assume non genre specific. Please recommend me anyone who is producing regular high quality content that isn't already super famous. Thanks!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by dragonfruit at 11:40 PM on April 27, 2019 (29 comments)

When rivers were trails

R Oregon Trail series computer game of the 1980s and ’90s had narratives from the point of view of settlers traveling from Independence, Missouri to Oregon, it neglected the stories of the very people who lived on those lands. Enter a new game: When Rivers Were Trails, a Native-themed decision-based RPG created with the help of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation and Michigan State University’s Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab and financial support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. In the game, an Anishinaabeg player in the 1890s is displaced from Fond du Lac in Minnesota due to the impact of land allotments. They make their way to the Northwest and eventually venture into California.You can download and play it now.
posted to MetaFilter by ChuraChura at 8:52 AM on April 25, 2019 (4 comments)

UX pros, what are even doing with these prototypes

I know that this isn't a UX-focused forum and this is a very niche question but here we go. I'm a UX designer and I really like using Axure because it lets me quickly mock up realistic interactions with conditional logic and a data set that I can manipulate easily. For a bunch of reasons I've been tasked with looking into alternatives and I'm not having much luck.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bleep at 12:11 PM on April 18, 2019 (14 comments)

Post-post-collapse fiction?

I've read plenty of speculative fiction taking place in the years/decades following the collapse of society (for various definitions of "the collapse of society"). I'm looking for recommendations for post-post-collapse fiction, taking place after society has begun to rebuild itself.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by showbiz_liz at 1:28 PM on April 12, 2019 (61 comments)

Help with agricultural career ideas

I started listening to the "Farm to Taber" podcast, which is all about food production and systems, and it has me thinking about switching careers. Currently, I'm a K-12 tutor with a Master's Degree in History. I'm quick on the uptake with math, science, literature, systems of rules, etc. but a bit slow on manual tasks--it would be a sharp learning curve for me to fix tractors or similar. Basically, I want a job that helps feed people, whether that's through making sure things are manufactured and distributed correctly, or that farmers have resources to make their crops thrive. I have zero experience working on a farm or in the farming industry, except that I've taken care of horses and dogs most of my life. What are some ways to dip my toe in the agricultural waters? And what are some interesting careers (with educational / experience requirements, please) to pursue?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Alex Haist at 7:43 AM on April 10, 2019 (11 comments)

"Fountane Of" by Doranna Durgin

Short story "Fountane Of" on Curious Fictions Author-described "short, sharp, and not very sweet. Plus, time-traveling janitor!"
posted to MetaFilter by readinghippo at 12:51 PM on March 23, 2019 (9 comments)

Things we can do every year on our kids' birthdays

Last year we gave my son a canvas and some paint and he fingerpainted a picture on his first birthday. We plan to do the same activity on his second birthday. What else could we incorporate, year after year, that wouldn't be overly taxing/$$ and would be fun to watch progress over the years?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by melodykramer at 11:54 AM on March 6, 2019 (7 comments)

Please recommend books with lots of exploding spaceships

One of my favorite kinds of science fiction is “naval warfare in space”. I love strategy, huge fleets of ships, and long, slow setups to big explosions. I think “The Hand Of God” and “Resurrection Ship” were among the best episodes of Battlestar Galactica, but get bored with all the bits that aren’t talking tactics. If a book has a picture of battleships on the cover, I’m likely to at least pick it up. Please recommend your favorite “space combat” science fiction!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by a device for making your enemy change his mind at 11:35 AM on February 20, 2019 (52 comments)

Please help me do math good again

I used to know a lot of math. That was well over a decade ago. I haven't used it since, and now I'm in a position where I need it again. Is there an online course or a textbook (or a couple textbooks) that will take me on a speed-run from pre-calc to differential equations/linear algebra? With exercises, and the exercises have worked-out answers?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by schroedinger at 11:52 AM on January 20, 2019 (9 comments)

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

Through trial and error (mostly error, he says), Vermonter Peter Burke has developed a great way to enjoy fresh greens year-round without special equipment and at low cost. He describes his method in a book and a podcast. Yankee ingenuity at its finest.
posted to MetaFilter by No Robots at 12:29 PM on January 16, 2019 (14 comments)

Best guitar iPhone adapter and app combo?

I'm buying a guitar for a beginner and would like to also pick up an adapter so they can plug right into their iPhone to play with various guitar tones/pedals/etc. What's the best combo of guitar ➡️gizmo ➡️iPhone ➡️app for a non-pro?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by gwint at 7:41 AM on January 16, 2019 (11 comments)

Last names that are widely recognizable as only fictional characters?

Give me some last names that are instantly and widely recognizable as being fictional characters and only fictional characters. Good examples: Baggins, Skywalker, McFly. Bad examples: Wayne (Bruce), Bond (James), Jones (Indiana). The latter set could all conceivably be real names and the joke doesn't land.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Cool Papa Bell at 9:15 AM on January 2, 2019 (76 comments)

SF&F books about cities

I'd like to find a specific kind of fantasy and/or SF book. About a person who arrives at and explores a large, complex city, its society, neighborhoods, etc.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by signal at 2:21 PM on December 30, 2018 (38 comments)

What's the best small mp3 player out there?

What's the best small mp3 player out there?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by saladin at 12:25 PM on December 31, 2018 (13 comments)

So, 10 Years Ago...

...Kattullus gave me a membership as a Yule gift, apparently out of grave doubts that I would never get around to it on my own. This is my 10th Longest Night of the Year with all of you, and I just wanted to say thanks for all the posts, comments, retorts, favorites, flags, mod deletions, card clubs, meet ups, memails, and general hijinx. You’ve made my life richer.
posted to MetaTalk by GenjiandProust at 7:23 AM on December 21, 2018 (38 comments)

"But I'm no hero. I'm more of a last resort, a scorched-earth policy..."

The elevator pitch was “an Indigenous Mad Max: Fury Road”. It’s a story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world after cataclysmic climate chance where one of the few places still intact, and doing pretty well, is the Navajo reservation, now called by its ancestral name, Dinétah. Within Dinétah the gods and heroes of Navajo legend walk the land again, but so do the monsters, and it’s up to our protagonist, Maggie Hoskie, to take on those monsters, both physical and metaphorical. Rebecca Roanhorse on her debut novel, Trail of Lightning, a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure where "Indigenous culture and characters don’t take a backseat to white protagonists" (Andrew Liptak, The Verge).
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 8:47 AM on December 17, 2018 (38 comments)

The care and keeping of showers

How do I keep my shower functionally clean with minimal effort?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by donut_princess at 7:12 PM on December 4, 2018 (21 comments)

Books or websites for basic woodworking projects?

Can you recommend any books or websites with basic to intermediate woodworking projects?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by saladin at 8:12 AM on November 28, 2018 (11 comments)

soft but biting

Give me your bittersweet love poems.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by quadrilaterals at 6:58 AM on November 27, 2018 (25 comments)

Chrisish? Greenmear?

Anyway, we made a kid!
posted to MetaTalk by greenish at 12:54 PM on November 13, 2018 (94 comments)

Risk management Christmas

My brother has asked for "Any book on decision making in high risk, complex environments (economics, military, emergency room...)" for Christmas. He works in the outdoor/wilderness rescue/medicine/firstresponder field, so stuff geared to that would be cool. He's looking for non-fiction, non-narrative sciencey sorts of books. Assume I'm looking for like a 400-level book, not a 101 sort of book. Any suggestions? I want to get him THE BEST.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Grandysaur at 12:02 PM on November 2, 2018 (28 comments)

Product recs just because

What's a product that you swear by and you would totally recommend to anyone?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by pleasebekind at 12:12 AM on November 5, 2018 (113 comments)

Volunteer Python dev needed for progressive activism site

It's Our Call channels progressive activism to where it can do the most good. We've got a front-end designed, tested, and under development, and back-end dev ramping up and in need of help! If you've got some Python skills that you're willing to donate, and want to learn more about how you can put your name on this first-of-its-kind site, we’d love to hear from you! It’s Our Call provides real-time stance reports for: - Which legislators can be swayed on major issues - Which issues are winnable So that progressive activists can prioritize their efforts. I've talked about this tool here since it was just a half-formed idea. It's been a long road because we're all part-time volunteers, but we're getting close. We've got a great team, partnership plans with bigger players, and lots of flexibility in terms of how much you'd take on, whether you'd be remote, etc.
posted to MetaFilter Jobs by daisyace at 7:59 AM on August 21, 2018

Resources for the Pseudo-Woke

What are your favorite resources to talk about race/inequalities/power dynamics/inclusiveness? Preferably easier and shorter reads.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by astapasta24 at 7:06 AM on May 25, 2018 (12 comments)

We have the technology. We can make make ourselves better, stronger ...

You may have seen those metal fitness ... things in your local park, found around the world from Brisbane to New York City, but how do you use them? San Antonio Parks has tutorial videos on YouTube and Fit Trail provides (smallish) illustrations for 20 stations, including some that don't require installed features. And if you're not sure which to use, Shape has the best and worst of fitness playground equipment. Don't have any of that gear? Benches and tire swings can be used. Find a sturdy beam and you're on your way to doing 25 pull ups. Or skip the gear and get started towards 100 push ups, 150 dips, 200 squats, 200 lunges and 200 sit-ups. Or mix it up and check out Darebee's workout routines and challenges.
posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief at 2:06 PM on August 8, 2018 (16 comments)

Help me find songs that start slow and then rock out.

Inspired by a tweet about "Come Sail Away" by Styx, I'm trying to come up with songs that start out slow but become rocking. It's okay if they switch back and forth, and they don't needs to start super slow. Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" is a good example of both. Longer songs, like “Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” by Elon John are also okay!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 9:40 PM on August 3, 2018 (67 comments)

Real-life based math problem

On my daily commute back home, I drive past ~15 gas stations. In my country, gas prices change daily and vary a bit from one station to the next. So that got me thinking: What would be the best method to decide whether to fill your tank on the station you're currently in front of or lose the current price forever and take your chances on the remaining stations? Assume each station sets their daily price randomly (but they are all within a $1 range), and we start with the reference of the price we paid last time. Note: I can easily keep track of the lowest price on my way to work and then fill up on the way home, but I am more interested in the math problem than the practical issue.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fjom at 7:10 AM on July 27, 2018 (9 comments)

Ironsworn RPG

This indie tabletop role-playing game was released earlier this week in print. It features a bleak, lightly-sketched setting, and is touted as being ideal for people who want to play an RPG solo or co-operatively as a group, without the traditional game master. The PDF is free.
posted to MetaFilter by Alensin at 1:39 PM on July 26, 2018 (27 comments)

What makes Yes's Roundabout so f***ing great?

An in depth breakdown of the multi-track master tape of Yes's Roundabout, one of the most complex, adventurous, innovative, progressive records to ever get played (almost) to death on classic rock radio. Thank you, Rick Beato, all purpose everything music guy (previously).
posted to MetaFilter by philip-random at 10:10 AM on July 21, 2018 (41 comments)
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