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DANGER POINT!! YOU LEFT THE OVEN ON!

TIME FOR SOME STORIES (warning: contains heavy amounts of all-caps and awesome)
posted to MetaFilter by XQUZYPHYR at 9:50 AM on January 21, 2008 (96 comments)

There’s actually a pretty decent bus system

Vox, March 26, 2019: Moving from Seattle to Cedar Rapids cost nearly $6,000, and I’m so glad I did it. By Nicole Dieker
posted to MetaFilter by Monochrome at 9:37 AM on April 13, 2019 (88 comments)

TV series like literary novels

I recently inhaled The Crown. My all time favorite TV show is Mad Men. What should I watch next?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:57 PM on November 28, 2016 (58 comments)

Is Drunk Elephant a uniquely good skincare line, or...?

Last week, the sample set of Drunk Elephant products arrived at my house and I have subsequently enjoyed the best skin week in recent memory. But I'm not rich, and the full-size versions of all six products would total $364. So are there good, similar-to-identical routines out there, or can I justify funneling my cosmetics budget into DE products?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by witchen at 8:14 AM on October 4, 2017 (16 comments)

"You don't know my name, do you?"

A translator's struggle to export Seinfeld to Germany. How could she possibly translate the episode where Jerry doesn't know the name of the woman he's dating, but only knows it "rhymes with a female body part"?
posted to MetaFilter by John Cohen at 9:15 PM on July 24, 2015 (67 comments)

Where can I find cute, colorful, crazy kids' clothes FOR ADULTS?

I'm looking for Cat + Jack, but for adults: cute, colorful, comfy clothes at normal prices. (More clothes I like but are only for kids: Tea Collection and basically everything in this thread.) I get brightly colored leggings from Forever 21. T-shirts are not my favorite; I really like tunics or dresses over leggings or with tall socks. I know about Hanna Andersson (still, the adult clothes are not as good as the kids' clothes) and Gudrun Sjoden, but I'm not spending $100 on a jersey-knit dress; I want to pay ~$30. Please hope me.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by fiercecupcake at 8:20 AM on March 10, 2017 (26 comments)

What can I do with a Baofeng UV-82 ham radio?

For reasons lost to history, I put a Baofeng UV-82 handheld ham radio on my Amazon wish list list one day. I then forgot about it entirely. Many months later, my mom bought it for me as a Christmas gift (in a delightful fire engine red). However: I have no idea what to do with a radio like this, or even really how to begin learning about what the ham radio scene is like in 2017. (I live in Brooklyn, NY, if that's relevant). What do people do with cute little walkie-talkies these days?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Sokka shot first at 1:45 PM on January 8, 2017 (10 comments)

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

"That feeling when you hit a million followers, make more money than your mom, push a diet pill scheme, lose your blog, and turn 16."
posted to MetaFilter by roomthreeseventeen at 7:35 AM on February 17, 2016 (60 comments)

Tumblr Teen Bling Rings

"Inside Tumblr's Teen Shoplifting Rings." A huge online community of anonymous high schoolers is raiding malls across America and then blogging about it.
posted to MetaFilter by ourt at 11:44 AM on December 2, 2015 (247 comments)

Novels on trauma and healing

Please recommend novels where trauma and healing are major themes. Bonus points if: (a) it's well written; (b) it's genre fiction; (c) it's a comic; (d) the person who underwent trauma doesn't commit violence or suicide; (e) it will make me cry.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by thetortoise at 4:49 AM on January 27, 2016 (30 comments)

Laughing On Line

Laughapalooza is a facebook group just for laugh's!! Share it wiht your friend's and family :) :)
posted to MetaFilter by a manly man person who is male and masculine at 8:58 AM on April 3, 2015 (46 comments)

"Like a Vivian Maier of folk music"

Like many others, Connie Converse was a struggling musician in New York in the 1950s, trying to secure a record deal. She never did, and in 1961 she left New York and music behind. For 13 years, she lived a conventional life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Then she disappeared, sending letters to her family and friends saying that she was leaving to start a new life. She has never been heard from since. Years after her disappearance, her music has been rediscovered, with fans calling her a pioneer of the singer-songwriter style that came to prominence in the decades after she stopped making music. How a 90-year-old missing person became a hit on Spotify.
posted to MetaFilter by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 5:47 AM on January 15, 2016 (16 comments)

brb getting a tattoo that says "The Hammock District"

The Simpsons Tattoo is a curated Instagram collection of very specific Simpsons tattoos.
posted to MetaFilter by Room 641-A at 12:48 PM on January 15, 2016 (66 comments)

"The transubstantiation of the turnip"

Four scathing restaurant reviews (Per Se, Eleven Madison Park, Chef's Table, and Masa) for the price of one! Or for the price of $3569.63, to be more accurate. In which Harper's intrepid restaurant critic gleefully excoriates to the dreams and excesses of New York’s most fashionable eateries.
posted to MetaFilter by c'mon sea legs at 9:03 AM on August 21, 2015 (212 comments)

How do I fix my vulval eczema?

I've seen four dermatologists, and followed their advice, but my vulval eczema hasn't gone away. Maybe you can help?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by A sock, a sock! My kingdom for a sock! at 9:52 PM on January 8, 2016 (15 comments)

Dammit, I can smell the rooms in your pictures, Roy

Yoshida-ryo: Dilapidated, decrepit and downright dirty. A photo essay about a Kyoto University dormitory first built in 1913 that still houses student squatters for the ultra low price of ¥2,500 (about USD$25) a month. No wonder it looks like this
posted to MetaFilter by KokuRyu at 10:36 AM on May 8, 2010 (34 comments)

"discard anything that doesn’t spark joy"

De-cluttering your house with love: "Marie Kondo has built a huge following in her native Japan with her “KonMari” method of organizing and de-cluttering. Clients perform a sort of tidying-up festival: time set aside specifically to go through belongings. Each object is picked up and held, and the client needs to decide if it inspires joy. If it doesn’t, it needs to go."
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 6:52 PM on January 11, 2015 (141 comments)

Worth every cent!

Name a purchase of yours that was worth every penny!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by smorgasbord at 4:37 PM on June 4, 2015 (135 comments)

Is my desire for red lipstick insane?

I'm in my late 40s and almost never wear makeup. Yet for the last month I've been obsessing over trying a bright red lipstick. (This happened when I saw another mom at my kid's school, dressed in totally casual clothes, casual hair, yet absolutely ROCKING a bright red mouth.) How to accomplish this without looking like a fool and/or spending a fortune?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by BlahLaLa at 2:59 PM on February 27, 2015 (59 comments)

Do you know any nifty places to shop in Tokyo? Bonus points for places that sell fabric!

I'm looking for interesting places to shop in Tokyo. I'm specifically interested in any 'only in Japan' shopping experiences, but I'd also really love suggestions for great fabric stores. Suggestions for Nagoya, Hiroshima and Shizuoka are also welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Alison at 9:29 AM on October 22, 2008 (11 comments)

What is this website about lesser-known cities?

I remember recently reading a website that highlighted smaller/lesser-known American cities and talked about why they were great places to live, as an alternative to trendy cities like Austin, Asheville, etc. The article I remember reading was about a town in Texas that had beautiful architecture, complete with lots of photos. I thought it was called something like "you should live here" or "you should move here", but those aren't turning up any Google hits. Does anyone know what this might have been?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by capricorn at 1:20 PM on October 14, 2014 (9 comments)

Please recommend fiction that exemplifies "a life well lived"

Which books explore the question "What does it mean to have lived well"?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 3:49 PM on November 24, 2014 (42 comments)

In Search of Fantastic TV

I'm halfway through my sophomore year of college and I feel as though I've binge-watched every good TV show in existence. Surely this can't be true, though. This is why I need your help!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ourt at 9:00 PM on November 15, 2014 (61 comments)

That Liberal Arts Progressive College Town Coffee Shop Type Feeling

I've been craving a certain feeling, which I can only describe as a liberal arts college town coffee shop intellectual artist vibe. I'm looking for media that will let me immerse myself in it. Details inside.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by 3491again at 12:19 PM on November 15, 2014 (31 comments)

Biographies of interesting lives

I'm looking to read about the interesting, fascinating, and crazy lives people have lived. Any recommendations for biographies of people that have led fascinating lives?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by markbao at 11:56 AM on November 20, 2014 (34 comments)

why we care about what we wear

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Why Can't a Smart Woman Love Fashion?
posted to MetaFilter by flex at 4:00 PM on August 15, 2014 (33 comments)

Unpaid Internship - Labourer in Meatbomb's Hippie Utopia

This is primarily farm labour and would be a suitable posting for a directionless youngster wondering how to spend the summer. A Mefite ready to give his or her life for the glory of the Worker's Revolution might also be a good fit. Compensation is room and board - there is no stipend or end of term bonus, nothing like that. Let's be clear here, you never get any money from us - just life experience, improved karma, and a growing class consciousness. And an excellent reference/lifelong friendship if things work out. If things really work out, this could lead to an ongoing and semi-permanent arrangement. You have to be ready to do real physical work, this is a farm and we are not kidding around here. If you have other / advanced skills we would be ready to put them to use to our mutual agreement, but the labour part is always primary. About 20 hours weekly from you keeps you roomed and fed. Free Internet. Your private bedroom is a pretty room with the best view in the house. Lifestyle: no tobacco allowed in any buildings, 420 friendly, alcohol in moderation only. There are children and animals here - you have to be authentically and enthusiastically OK with that! The kitchen is non halal and non kosher, and you will be at least indirectly in contact with pigs. Only the most unfussy and self-organising vegetarian would be comfortable with the menu. Location: Weymouth North, Nova Scotia. I am not set up to do any sort of visa support, but so long as you can figure out how to get to Canada any and all nationalities are welcome to apply. To apply: initial contact via email or Mefi Mail please, include a couple of paragraphs about a) who you are and b) why this position interests you. Include name, contact details, and time available to talk. Rock on brothers and sisters, see you on the barricades!
posted to MetaFilter Jobs by Meatbomb at 6:11 AM on July 16, 2014

What should I read after watching the Up series?

I am an American who has just finished watching the Up series on Netflix, and I am wondering if there are any articles or books worth reading about the series. I would be interested in anything, but I'm particularly interested in anything that fleshes out the stories of these people's lives and also anything concerning how the series changed the lives of those portrayed (are they celebrities in the UK? etc.)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by imabanana at 1:57 PM on June 30, 2014 (4 comments)

How much did I contribute to my mom staying in her abusive marriage?

My dad is verbally abusive. My mother told me many times as a child that she want to divorce him but is staying for the kids. She said that when I grew up, she would leave my dad and come live with me forever. When I became an adult, I decided I don't want my mom living with me for the rest of my life. She is still with my dad, being verbally abused. Did I cause her to stay in her abusive marriage because I changed my mind?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cheesecake at 12:36 PM on May 7, 2014 (60 comments)

Literary equivalent of Bob's Burgers?

What are some novels in the same vein as Bob's Burgers, which is to say: funny stories about quirky families that have a foundation of love and positivity?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bluecore at 10:42 AM on May 10, 2014 (13 comments)

I need some strange music

I'm looking to expand my music library with unique, unusual artists. What would you suggest?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by cosmicbeast at 1:39 AM on May 12, 2014 (86 comments)

Montreal Travel Questions

Trying to decide whether to go to Montreal for our long weekend trip. Did you have a good trip there? Do you have long walks or other things to recommend?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Mid at 12:07 PM on May 13, 2014 (9 comments)

Life Rolls On

"Pssssttt! What does the yellow light mean?"
"Slow down."
"What... does... the... yellow... light... mean?"
"Slow down!"
"Whaaaaaat... dooooeeees... theeeee... yeeeelllllllllllooowwww... liiiiight... meeeeeeaaaaan?"
"Slow down!!!"
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat…."
posted to MetaFilter by zarq at 7:22 AM on April 11, 2014 (56 comments)

Funny movies about sadness?

What are some movies that make light of sadness or hard times in a non-mean-spirited way?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ITheCosmos at 6:21 PM on March 10, 2014 (63 comments)

Best strategies for biking in Orkney and Shetland?

We'd like to spend a week each in Orkney and Shetland this (late August/early September). We love bikes, photography, historical monuments/museums. What are we not thinking of/what would you recommend?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bitter-girl.com at 4:46 PM on February 14, 2014 (7 comments)

I need more good non-fiction

I need more good non-fiction. I'm particularly interested in food and history (and, obviously, food history) but I'm getting a bit desperate so I'm open to anything except politics and sports. I prefer more in-depth and non-fluffy books if I can get them, with extra points if they're available on Kindle.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ninazer0 at 6:39 PM on February 16, 2014 (65 comments)

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman (who likes comics)

Early-20s comic artist Noelle Stevenson recently entered a comic shop for the first time. She drew a short comic showing her experience. Comics news writer Heidi MacDonald took a look at the issues some comic shops have with welcoming half the population. It sparked a Twitter spat with the stars of Comic Book Men. In the weeks after Ms Marvel seemed to establish a new era where it's okay for "the weaker sex" to enjoy comics, especially when it seems around 40% of readers may be women, why do some shops apparently not want customers?
posted to MetaFilter by Mezentian at 6:26 AM on February 13, 2014 (108 comments)

Hotel Recommendation for Amsterdam in September

Can anyone recommend a hotel in Amsterdam for two nights at the beginning of September. The Trip Advisor forums are usually my go-to resource for travel but in this case it's not yielding useful results. The other forums are usually helpful but on this one there seems to be a lot of snarky-ness and people singing the praises of PriceLine and I'm not down with the bidding on an unknown hotel thing.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Beti at 11:23 AM on February 9, 2014 (11 comments)

More Languidly Sultry Songs, Please!

I love Lana Del Rey ridiculously, but I can only think of about one other song that pairs perfectly with her stuff: Chris Isaak's Wicked Game. What are some other artists or songs that fit into her languidly sultry niche?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by redsparkler at 1:58 PM on February 10, 2014 (78 comments)

Didn't someone sleep through the stop for Winslow, Arizona?

Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up! Great resources on the early history of Hollywood?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Sara C. at 4:18 PM on January 27, 2014 (27 comments)

Shoes: high-quality, stylish, comfortable, repairable

I'm looking for brands of women's shoes that are high-quality, stylish, comfortable, and repairable. Is that so much to ask?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by spindrifter at 11:18 AM on January 27, 2014 (15 comments)

Books about the classifying impulse

I suspect there must be quite a number of books dealing with our need to classify things…
posted to Ask MetaFilter by MrMisterio at 6:52 PM on January 27, 2014 (11 comments)

What typeface is this 1935 movie screenshot using?

This screen appears in the first sound film in the Irish language, Oidhche Sheanchais, filmed in 1935. A colleague of mine would like to identify the typeface used for the titles, and the online typeface-identifying sites have struck out. Can any MeFite identify it?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Horace Rumpole at 5:34 PM on January 30, 2014 (3 comments)

Best New Yorker articles of the last 2 years?

I have a digital subscription to the New Yorker. I love it dearly when I make time to read it. I haven't made the time in... about two years... and I would like to read the best articles I've missed in that time. So: which articles published in the New Yorker in 2012 and 2013 are absolute must-reads?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by third word on a random page at 3:44 AM on January 22, 2014 (20 comments)

Wardrobe remix: the movie

This morning I was thinking about how in the movie Housesitter, Goldie Hawn's character wears a very limited number of pieces of clothing combined in a variety of different ways. My mom pointed this out to me at a very impressionable age, and noted how this was much more realistic than infinite wardrobes. I'm wondering what other other movies have an obviously finite wardrobe for a lead female character?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by Nimmie Amee at 4:00 PM on January 22, 2014 (27 comments)

Shortwave radio advice please

How can I get the most enjoyment out of my shortwave radio?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by mattn at 9:36 AM on July 1, 2011 (7 comments)

Vacation ideas for Montreal and Toronto

Help me give my sister ideas for a trip to Montreal and Toronto.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by ellieBOA at 11:59 AM on January 19, 2014 (15 comments)

Can you recommend some AMAZING memoirs by women?

I'm suddenly overcome by the urge to take a break from novels and read some interesting memoirs by women. I have read "Don't lets Go to the Dogs Tonight" by Alexandra Fuller and I really loved it because of how richly she described the setting, the humor and the tragedies her family went through. I felt like I was there. And that's really what I'm looking for- memoirs by female writers that are so alive that I feel like I'm there. Mefi Readers, what amazing memoirs can you recommend that have made you feel that way???
posted to Ask MetaFilter by misspony at 5:41 AM on January 17, 2014 (65 comments)

Literary crime fiction

What are some decent, non-idiotic, contemporary crime/mystery novels?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by denika at 3:59 AM on January 8, 2014 (44 comments)

Washington DC vacation

We are thinking of taking a family vacation to DC this spring. Our kids will be 12, 15, and 17. We haven't yet decided whether we'll drive or fly (from Boston). How many days would we need to see most of the main sites? Any suggestions for an itinerary? What about a good but not terribly pricey hotel (preferably where we can get 2 adjoining rooms and continental breakfast)? Other tips or resources? I've seen some previous questions about off-the-beaten-track attractions, but we would be very much ON the beaten track. :)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by wisekaren at 4:41 AM on January 6, 2014 (36 comments)
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