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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)

Is there a replacement for the most popiular apps on Librem 5?

I really like the new Linux phone/workstation Librem. Two little hiccups. I need streaming music with stations and skips integrated with my steering wheel controls (currently on Slacker on iPhone, but I'm not all that loyal) and more importantly, an app that will navigate to where I need to go. (Currently Google Maps on iPhone.) If I can get streaming music and turn-by-turn GPS map navigation, I will absolutely flip to Librem, as my iPhone 6 Plus is decidedly pokey these days and can't get me to a shell prompt.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Slap*Happy at 7:24 PM on June 29, 2018


I nailed Breakfast at Tiffany's at karaoke tonight and I have MetaFilter to thank for it.
posted to MetaTalk by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 12:57 AM on June 14, 2018 (49 comments)

Bippity Boppity (Not) Woo

No matter how improbable the Epley Maneuver and EMDR seem as solutions (because they seem too impossibly simple to "work"), they nonetheless do as intended. What other "Oh, c'mon!" things that seem silly or "too easy" actually work?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by The Wrong Kind of Cheese at 1:46 PM on March 12, 2018 (24 comments)

How do you set limits on client feedback?

I am the art director at a small design agency. Part of my job involves project management, and I am really struggling with keeping client feedback at a reasonable level/pace. How do you handle this at your company?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Hermione Granger at 11:56 PM on March 11, 2018 (28 comments)

Layout Land

Jen Simmons, Mozilla Designer and Developer Advocate, is publishing a great youtube channel called "Layout Land", full of valuable information and guidance in how to use the latest CSS techniques. It provides detailed information in how to use them, but also how to make sure they are accessible and useful for all browsers and users. Great stuff if you're a web designer or developer.
posted to MetaFilter by jenkinsEar at 2:34 PM on February 28, 2018 (17 comments)

Do this at least 12 times.

Making Championship Curling Ice.
posted to MetaFilter by loquacious at 2:24 PM on February 25, 2018 (31 comments)

Recommend Me Games!

Looking for a new game to play on my crappy laptop. Must be available on steam or good old games. I played stardew valley and thimbleweed park, they were ideal - not too demanding on the computer or my brain. I also enjoyed Game Dev Tycoon. I'm open to most genres of game, I just want to unwind with a little undemanding fun.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by missmagenta at 8:31 AM on January 26, 2018 (14 comments)

🎶Here I go (for the first time) on my own (sorta)🎶

I will soon be leaving my full-time job to make a go of it as a consultant. What should I know/do?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by lunasol at 11:05 AM on November 30, 2017 (9 comments)

Seeking eerie tales of the icy sea

A number of my favorite books and stories are eerie tales of the sea - China Mieville's novel The Scar, John Wyndham's Out of the Deeps, the boat parts of the Earthsea Trilogy, ghost stories that take place on ships, the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, etc. Eerie tales of the sea are extremely restful, for some reason. I especially like tales of Antarctica, such as Ursula Le Guin's "Sur" and Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica. I would like more.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Frowner at 9:56 AM on November 21, 2017 (34 comments)

I love colorful vaguely utopian political art. Help me buy more.

I am obsessed with the affordably priced lefty posters from JustSeeds. I would like to find more art like this to buy for my walls and my comrades. My tastes run more towards utopian/colorful/ecological than grim/scary/death imagery. For example, this honeybee-inspired "Labor Creates All Wealth" image is very much my thing. I also want to support lesser-known shops, artists, and collectives than say, Shepherd Fairy.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mostly vowels at 10:34 AM on November 4, 2017 (12 comments)

happy mefi to me

Oh hey. I guess I've been here for ten years and counting.
posted to MetaTalk by showbiz_liz at 4:31 PM on October 22, 2017 (52 comments)

On today's episode of Long Attention Span Theatre: Essays on Directors

Cameron Beyl, creator of The Directors Series has developed an impressive and epic (yet accessable) ongoing series of video essays examing the careers of the Coen Brothers (3.5 hrs in 7 parts), Stanley Kubrick (3 hrs in 5 parts), David Fincher (4 hrs in 5 parts), Paul Thomas Anderson (2.5 hrs in 5 parts), and Christopher Nolan (3.5 hrs in 4 parts.) In addition to the video essays there are many (too many to count) short articles covering everything from Captain Eo to Rob Zombie's CSI: Miami episode, "L.A." (h/t Open Culture)
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 5:40 PM on October 21, 2017 (13 comments)

Locked room mysteries set on a ship

I suddenly have the desire to read a locked-room mystery set on a ship. (The murder must take place on the ship, no smuggling a corpse aboard.) Suggest to me any of these you have read and enjoyed, except the Mary Russell one, as I gave up on that series.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by jeather at 11:10 AM on October 20, 2017 (18 comments)

I think I may sneeze.

The complete (so far) Gazorra TNG Edits. Returning to the internet thanks to the deniably plausible youtuber Byron Hussie. A fresh new shelf for a mefi fave (Previously. Very Previously.) Because unceasing suffering needs some laugh breaks.
posted to MetaFilter by mrjohnmuller at 8:49 AM on October 19, 2017 (22 comments)

Surgeries Optional

I've just read NEVER LET ME GO and THE UNIT and am looking for more books along those lines!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by moxiedoll at 12:30 PM on October 12, 2017 (12 comments)

Simple high-protein calorie-dense vegetarian food!

I'd like to eat a lot less meat, for various reasons. (I'm still fine with dairy and eggs.) I'm a runner and weightlifter with a "high motor" sort of metabolism; previous attempts at eating less meat failed because I didn't plan properly and wasn't getting enough calories or protein. I'm also not much of a cook. I'd love your simple, go-to recipes for high-protein, calorie-dense veggie meals (suitable for Sunday meal prep a plus!).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Stevia Agave at 1:12 PM on October 7, 2017 (24 comments)

Somebody died; these are her friends

Seattle artist Briar Bates had one final wish before her death from cancer; for her friends to perform a water ballet entitled "Ankle Deep" in the wading pool at Volunteer Park.
posted to MetaFilter by ActionPopulated at 8:40 PM on September 2, 2017 (12 comments)

Crashplan is ending. Who to use now?

Crashplan has just announced it won't service home users anymore. The options it suggests are crashplan for small business or carbonite both of which are very expensive. What cloud backup solution should I consider instead for multiple computers across three locations.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by If only I had a penguin... at 10:12 AM on August 22, 2017 (30 comments)

Math for Board Game Design?

I'm making board games as a hobby and I'd like to have a better understanding of statistics and similar math topics in order to start the design stronger outta the gate - having better balance instead of just guessing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by symbioid at 11:01 AM on October 21, 2016 (4 comments)

Was there a bo ssam pork recipe of 2016?

Years ago, thanks to AskMe, I came across the Momofuku bo ssam pork recipe and have made it repeatedly since. And now I wonder...that's a pretty old recipe now. Is there something new that has come up since that I should be trying?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by christinenewkirk at 10:01 PM on January 1, 2017 (6 comments)

Looking for god's word on veggies

Starting in January I will have a plot of land for organic gardening that measures 70-80 sq meters (750-850 sq feet). I am specifically looking for a comprehensive beginner's gardening book/bible to help me plan and grow my garden, but anecdata and advice are also very much welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by lollymccatburglar at 2:39 AM on December 5, 2016 (13 comments)

Spooky graphic novels or comics?

Help me find some spooky graphic novels or comics to get me in the Halloween spirit
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Bulgaroktonos at 7:30 AM on October 11, 2016 (17 comments)

Best Drag 'n Drop Web Site Editor?

Hey all, I used to do a lot of web dev. I don't anymore (Hooray!) and I like to keep it that way. However, my new gig requires me to keep a pretty active portfolio. I've been using Squarespace for a year or two but I find the "template" system to be super cumbersome and unwieldy. What's the state of the art in the drag 'n drop, no-admin-necessary website (Wix et. al.)?. More criteria inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by GilloD at 7:06 PM on September 7, 2016 (5 comments)

The Boozy Educational Series

I want to learn, from the beginning, with no pressure and a drink in hand. Help me come up with a boozy math/science online course curriculum.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by naju at 3:47 PM on August 25, 2016 (8 comments)

Do you have a vigor? A vigor for rigor?

A colleague mentioned a college course he took on rigorously proving commonly handwaved aspects of math. Help me find books or a syllabus relating to this!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by The Gaffer at 11:34 AM on August 8, 2016 (9 comments)

Vintage/ Classic Car Websites?

I am looking for recommendations for websites/ blogs that feature photo-heavy articles on classic and vintage automobiles. I already follow Petrolicious. I wouldn't mind something that skews a little more American muscle from the 80's and prior, but any and all recommendations from any genre are welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Think_Long at 8:12 AM on June 29, 2016 (7 comments)
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