Okay, so I hate asking people for recommendations because it always, always goes like this:
“Whenever I see romantic comedies, I break out in blistered rashes and have to go to the hospital for three days. So do not recommend a romantic comedy.”
“Oh, but I love romantic comedies, and this romantic comedy is really different so you should watch…”
(And also stop the not-quite-as-funny-as-you’d think joke of recommending a romantic comedy to me in the comments. It’s also been done.)
What I’m looking for are very specific recommendations because I am a man with very specific needs. So I’m gonna ask you to share your favorite books, podcasts, and morrors with me – but only if those wonderful books, podcasts, and mirrors match the criteria I’ve asked for!
(And if I sound exhausted, it’s because I’ve literally spent fifteen years saying, “Can someone recommend a band similar to They Might Be Giants?” and having people hand me their favorite death metal band. It’s great that you love death metal, or even this band! But is it that hard to understand that This Thing You Love isn’t at all like what people are asking for?)
So! Let’s try this!
I have to find a thirty- to forty-minute podcast so I can exercise longer. Currently, all my favorite podcasts (Planet Money, 99% Invisible, Writing Excuses, Revisionist History) clock in at around 20-25 minutes, and my doctor says I have to up my exercise game to keep my heart clean.
So I need a thirty to forty-minute nonfiction podcast that is an actual focused topic – while I like the looser podcasts where two guys just ramble on for an hour, that’s not enough to keep my concentration during the agony of the elliptical. If it’s a shorter podcast, or significantly longer, it literally won’t work for me.
So I’ve been reading stressful books lately, which isn’t very fun given the stressful politics. I need a light series of books to get me through that are a) short, b) fast-paced, and c) not urban fantasy. Snappy patter and lovable characters a significant bonus.
(These do not have to be series. A one-off, enjoyable book is just fine.)
My mother has asked me to get her an “artistic” mirror for her living room. She doesn’t have anything in mind, but wants to see cool mirrors with artistic frames and/or glass that are at least large enough to see her face in. (Larger is better, up to a point.) If you’re an artist or know someone who is an artist who works in this medium, point me to it!
(Warning: If you’re posting links on the LJ version of this entry, URLs are automatically screened thanks to Russian spammers filling up my text. I’ll see ’em eventually, just not immediately.)
Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.