December 8

Name that children's book...

In the 1980s I had a book about a little boy in Australia who sneaks out of bed in the middle of the night and goes exploring. He encounters several Australian animals, and makes it back to bed by the end of the book. The illustrations were in pencil and were of the realistic rather than cartoonish persuasion. The boy is completely naked throughout the book, and the whole thing has a quite eerie feeling. It may have been written in rhyme. What was it called?
posted by matthew.alexander to Writing & Language at 1:18 AM - 2 answers

Simple basic whole-wheat bread recipe

My family is getting tired of my bread experiments since our bread machine died. I'm looking for bullet-proof, impatient-busy-idiot-proof bread recipes that satisfy the following conditions: [more inside]
posted by gakiko to Food & Drink at 1:15 AM - 3 answers

December 7

What was the title and/or author of this young adult novel?

Ok, it could also be a children's novel. All I know is I keep thinking about it off-and-on but the actual title eludes me. I believe I read in the late 1990s or early 2000s, although the book may have been published before that time. It was dystopian, coming of age theme. The basic plot that I can remember is that a virus killed off all adults leaving the children behind. [more inside]
posted by Thirty7Degrees to Media & Arts at 11:08 PM - 5 answers

Angled faucet with narrow portable dishwasher quick connect problems

We recently got a portable dishwasher for our apartment. (We love it!) The thing that we don't love is that on our kitchen faucet the water comes out at an angle, and when combined with the quick connect aerator that came with the dishwasher it tends to spray water over our countertops instead of down into the sink. Is there anything we can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by unus sum to Home & Garden at 9:00 PM - 0 answers

What are some clubs / societies I might be interested in?

I recently plopped down some cash and joined the e-chapter of a niche psychology-related society and have really enjoyed the webinars and opportunities to network with like-minded people. What are some other clubs or societies in which I might be interested? Reasonable membership fees are OK; details inside. [more inside]
posted by circular to Society & Culture at 8:18 PM - 1 answer

Professors, do I have any right to ask for an incomplete?

I've had a tough semester, partly due to current events, partly due to personal issues, and some of those personal issues could sound like "bad choices," especially to a conservative-leaning person. There's a ton of obnoxious thinkpieces making fun of students who needed counseling or safe spaces after the election, so naturally I think my reasons are invalid. I'm debating asking for incompletes. Sob story inside. [more inside]
posted by MuppetNavy to Health & Fitness at 5:47 PM - 40 answers

Help me find an HS TARM furnace valve so I don't need a new furnace

I have a very non standard furnace (photos) that is broken and would like to repair a broken valve instead of replacing the system. Furnace repair companies alway are scared away from fixing this furnace. [more inside]
posted by ridogi to Home & Garden at 5:16 PM - 3 answers

Things to "collect" in a neighbourhood or place? Non-internet edition.

Aimless wandering is one of my preferred pastimes, and finding things locally blends well with this; I have a strong collecting impulse and it's a good way to know an area. But many recreational spins on this - geocaching, Ingress - are too internet-based for my tastes lately, and feel somewhat artificial. So what other things do you find it interesting/useful to go hunting for? All I can think of offhand is edible weeds/plant stands.
posted by solarion to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:30 PM - 25 answers

Prepping for software interviews that aren't algorithm heavy

I've been doing a lot of the "big 4" time complexity/algorithm heavy-style software dev interviews lately, but will soon start interviewing with smaller companies. What should I expect/prepare for? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar to Work & Money at 3:05 PM - 6 answers

Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me: Verbal jousting edition

What is the argument style where Person A (PA) takes Person B’s (PB) constructed argument, and, in a matter of seconds, breaks down their logic into a single statement (or question) where 1.) PB’s entire argument is invalidated and 2.) The statement/question is one which takes PB’s logic out of context. Both of PA’s tactics have the (intended or unintended) effect of making PB look as if they are acting unreasonable or making an unreasonable demand. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 2:35 PM - 16 answers

Older article with theme of "reporting on USA as if a foreign country"?

I seem to recall an article some years ago (Possibly about a previous US election?) from a US based news organization where they wrote in the tone and style that's normally used for foreign countries. Does that ring a bell with anyone? I think it was linked on Metafilter but haven't been able to find it.
posted by ymgve to Media & Arts at 2:18 PM - 4 answers

Is there such a thing as a peer suicide-prevention counseling handbook?

I'm part of a community with a scary high suicide rate, I talk openly about my own mental health struggles, and I make a point of checking in with friends if they seem to be doing poorly. That means that fairly often, people confess to me that they're thinking about hurting or killing themselves. I've been there myself and I can empathize, but I'd like to go beyond empathy and help my friends make sure they're safe. Is there something I can read about how to do that effectively?
posted by nebulawindphone to Health & Fitness at 1:04 PM - 7 answers

Free software recommendation for photo mosaic

Can you recommend free software for creating photo mosaics (or gimp plugins)? (Windows or Linux) [more inside]
posted by czytm to Computers & Internet at 12:51 PM - 4 answers

(Who) should we ask for help with a UK tax dispute?

[UK tax filter] My boyfriend has been audited by the government on his 2014-15 tax returns, and his ex-company is withdrawing accounting support. The specific problem is with his account containing overseas income that he was getting tax relief for. Can you give us some advice on the situation and/or who to ask for help? [more inside]
posted by monocot to Work & Money at 12:37 PM - 1 answer

Need Downtown Los Angeles real estate and tenants rights lawyer

Degree of difficulty: Commercially-zoned warehouse converted to live-work lofts, now under scrutiny post-Oakland. 60+ units. Not anywhere near as dangerous as Ghost Ship, but they may try to make an example of us. There are more complex politics at work here than usual because of who our landlord is, so we really need someone who is politically dialed-in to DTLA. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro to Law & Government at 12:01 PM - 1 answer

Super experienced Qi gong/Tai Chi/Daoist teacher with cluttered website?

Within the last few years I recall seeing a website of an instructor of Qi gong, Tai Chi, and related practices. Can you help me track him down. Snowflake clues inside.→→ [more inside]
posted by falcon42 to Grab Bag at 11:57 AM - 4 answers

Holiday Nut Clusters

I would like to try to make some nut clusters this weekend out of mixed nuts and seeds plus some almond bark. I already have those ingredients. Tips? Suggestions for good additives? How about a nut free version? [more inside]
posted by soelo to Food & Drink at 11:22 AM - 8 answers

How do I report these defective contact lenses?

I want to report faulty contact lenses to someone (I'm in the UK), or to sue the manufacturer. Who do I go to? [more inside]
posted by henryaj to Law & Government at 9:40 AM - 9 answers

Can anyone ID this steel shelf support clip?

I have a bunch of industrial shelving and I'm running out of clips to put it up with. I believe these are Edsal clips--they look similar to some of the Edsal clips I've seen online, and some of the clips have a letter "E" on them. I know there are similar clips out there where the support part isn't a nice right angle like these, but those will not work for my shelves. I need clips that are basically identical to these. Pics.
posted by Slinga to Home & Garden at 9:36 AM - 7 answers

Favorite episodes of radio shows/podcasts

I like listening to This American Life while doing my PT exercises. I've been going through the favorites section, and it's pretty great. Do you have any favorite episodes of other shows to recommend? (I'm a total podcast newbie and "listen to RadioLab" is a bit overwhelming, hence specific episodes) [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight to Society & Culture at 9:17 AM - 28 answers

Don't those get in the way?

Genuinely curious: how do people adapt to life's daily demands while maintaining really long, ornate fingernails or wearing large bracelets and/or rings? [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco to Grab Bag at 8:48 AM - 20 answers

Bankruptcy Attorney in Los Angeles?

I need a recommendation for a good bankruptcy attorney in L.A.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 8:47 AM - 2 answers

Is there a way to recover texts from an LG G4 that won't turn on?

It turns on briefly and shuts right back off, gets stuck in a bootloop, or won't turn on at all. I tried changing the battery and nothing. I was able to get it to turn on long enough to transfer over my pictures back in October, but nothing since then. It will sometimes turn on enough to tell me the battery percentage, and the battery still charges. [more inside]
posted by Autumn to Technology at 8:27 AM - 7 answers

bin me the heck up

greetings my fronds i am looking for shelf bin solutions for narrow ikea dark brown billy shelves. [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin to Home & Garden at 8:01 AM - 11 answers

Gift ideas for someone recuperating in Bremen, Germany

I want to get a treat for someone laid up at the moment in Bremen, and I don't live there or know it at all. I'd normally go for an experience gift but they can't do much at the moment. What treat can I order and have delivered, preferably locally to reduce air miles? [more inside]
posted by greenish to Grab Bag at 7:51 AM - 4 answers

US/Canada Dual Citizenship Explainer?

I was born in Canada in 1974 to a Canadian father and American mother. I have a US State Department-issued Birth of US Citizen Abroad and a Canadian birth certificate. In 1977, we all moved to the US, where we have stayed. My dad is a permanent resident alien with a green card. I have a US passport and social security number. I'm married to a US citizen and have a son. What is the process should I want to return to Canada, with my family? [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen to Law & Government at 7:48 AM - 16 answers

Baby knitting ideas for soft, but crazy hot synthetic yarn

I live in a hot, humid climate. I have bought a 60% acrylic, 40% nylon yarn to make baby presents for friends. It's not the best choice for this climate. What can I make with it? [more inside]
posted by satoshi to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:37 AM - 13 answers

Wife loves kickboxing – Christmas edition

Hey all, my wife recently discovered a passion for kickboxing and I'd love to support her in it via Christmas presents in the equipment and accessories areas. [more inside]
posted by renderthis to Health & Fitness at 7:19 AM - 7 answers

What are some small things you can do to help service people?

Service workers of Metafilter (retail workers, contractors, plumbers, baristas, etc.): What are some small, non-obvious things customers can do that are a big help? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis to Human Relations at 7:12 AM - 45 answers

Contemporary design hubs/stores in Mexico City? Eindhoven?

I'm looking for suggestions of boutiques, museum stores, experimental design studios, and the like in fertile design centers not in the U.S. (online stores or willingness to ship to the U.S. is a necessity)? [more inside]
posted by essenescence to Shopping at 6:59 AM - 6 answers

Off the shelf question database/management system for repeated surveys?

Is there an existing piece of software that would allow me to track and manage questions on several waves of a large survey? [more inside]
posted by knapah to Technology at 3:04 AM - 5 answers

December 6

Looking for a short story level up your starbucks skill

I've been looking for this short story I read online - I'm pretty sure it was part of a collection linked from a mefi front page. Where there was multiple authors collected about how the future might be. Not necessarily dystopian. [more inside]
posted by dinoworx to Society & Culture at 11:36 PM - 3 answers

Help Me Dance Better About Architecture

What are your favourite examples of music writing? I'm looking specifically for pieces and articles that introduced you to someone new, that made you want to either buy their records or go see them live. My own favourite example is the artist biographies from the Golden Plains Music Festival. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown to Writing & Language at 10:22 PM - 8 answers

Who will rid us of this troublesome beast?

Why can Alex Jones make outlandish claims that provoke gullible people into illegal acts without breaking any laws himself? Why haven't he and his cohort been sued into oblivion?
posted by Johnny Wallflower to Law & Government at 7:54 PM - 16 answers

Reliable Computer Repair Shop in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan

Does anyone have a recommendation for a computer repair shop ideally in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes to Computers & Internet at 7:44 PM - 3 answers

Books about Celtic Christianity or Spirituality

I am interested in learning about the history of Celtic Christianity or spirituality. I am having trouble finding books that are about the history of this period, rather than being "self help" type books about lessons from that period that can be applied to today. I want a good, solid history, preferably one that is available on Kindle. Can you suggest something? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk to Religion & Philosophy at 7:15 PM - 7 answers

Need spreadsheet with pivot tables, but can't really use Excel or Sheets

We have a very large Excel spreadsheet with a lot of raw sales data. I'm then creating pivot tables to look at the info in various ways to help our sales team. However, we're bumping into some severe limitations with regards security, sharing, and user-friendliness of the UI and trying to figure out if there are alternatives. [more inside]
posted by edjusted to Computers & Internet at 6:46 PM - 14 answers

Ideas for how to practice receiving criticism

The best way to get better at something is to practice. I'd like to get better at handling criticism and rejection. What are some good ways to practice that? [more inside]
posted by nthing to Human Relations at 6:37 PM - 25 answers

Finding files consisting of only NUL character in Windows

So I've got a folder for my music projects going back to 2000. It's a mess, and I back it up every so often. I had a HD crash a few years ago, and I have no idea what I used to restore it, but I remember at the time I felt lucky I got back everything. Except I don't think I did. Whatever I used ended up writing files with the proper byte size consisting entirely of NUL characters. [more inside]
posted by Catblack to Computers & Internet at 6:31 PM - 7 answers

Is spontaneous recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder a thing?

For 5-6 months last year, my daughter was falling apart. Symptoms included extreme hostility, depression, inability to focus on simple tasks, insomnia. She was virtually incapable of caring for herself, so I moved in with her. She was taken to the ER 6 times between July and Oct and hospitalized for 3-7 days each time (4 different university affiliated Chicago hospitals). Diagnoses included PTSD, anxiety disorder(s), Bipolar, and Borderline Personality Disorder. (I first wrote about these issues here.) Then the crisis passed and within a matter of weeks, these labels no longer seemed applicable. So, what happened? [more inside]
posted by zombies puppet to Health & Fitness at 6:24 PM - 21 answers

Physics Filter: Height of capillary rise

Where can I buy a glass capillary tube so narrow such that I can see the maximum capillary rise for water? [more inside]
posted by SunPower to Science & Nature at 6:22 PM - 3 answers

2006 Hyundai Sonata Front Wheel Issue

I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata that is making a loud clunking noise when I first put the car in gear. I start the car, put my foot on the brake, put the car in R and I hear a creeeeaakkk, clunk! noise coming from the front, passenger side wheel. I back up out of the driveway/parking spot, put the car in D and get a slight clunk! noise out of the same wheel again. Then I'm off down the road and all seems good unless I hit a pothole or some other bump in the road and it's another clunk! noise out of the same wheel. What could this be? Any thoughts?
posted by NoMich to Travel & Transportation at 6:02 PM - 6 answers

What to do in Montreal on Christmas Night?

Hello All, My husband and I will be traveling to Montreal for the Christmas Holiday. We will be arriving on Christmas night and leaving New Years Day. As a traveler I tend to want to live as a local when visiting another city/country. And one of my favorite things to do on Christmas Night is drink cheap beers in a dive bar. As such, I was hoping that someone might be able to tell me if there are any good dive bars in Montreal that will be open on Christmas Night that would be good for libations and merriment. We will be staying in the Mile End Neighborhood of Montreal. Thanks and Cheers!
posted by maryrosefromthedead to Travel & Transportation at 4:42 PM - 1 answer

Give me your biddies, your scolds, your gossips

Please recommend small-town, woman-centric, low-stakes, non-romantic entertainments for me. [more inside]
posted by potrzebie to Media & Arts at 3:13 PM - 48 answers

How do I find the old BBC documentary The Mind Traveller?

I'd like to watch the old documentary but his official website says it is currently unavailable and googling has turned up very little. Does anyone more savvy know? Mind Traveller: Oliver Sacks
posted by just.good.enough to Media & Arts at 2:55 PM - 2 answers

All in one scheduler, patient case file management system

Have you used or do you know of an all-in-one patient management system for alternative health or talk therapy or massage therapy? I'm looking for a way to schedule appointments on the internet, store patient information and print receipts, etc. for my little practice. Special snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea to Work & Money at 2:30 PM - 3 answers

Soccer in the snow belt

Anyone know of a place in the Brattleboro/Putney VT area where I could watch the MLS final on Saturday?
posted by transient to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:25 PM - 1 answer

Help me find a doctor for someone who hates doctors.

I'm looking for a doctor in the Minneapolis area who is good at listening to patients and won't just band-aid symptoms. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl to Health & Fitness at 1:45 PM - 6 answers

30 is right around the corner and I’ve never felt more lost.

I wake up and live every day like a zombie – miserable at work and then I go home, go to the gym, eat crappy takeout and go to sleep. It just all feels so pointless, like I’m slowly wasting away and not living the full life I’m supposed to live. I want friends, love, a family, and a job or hobby to live for. But I almost feel paralyzed – if I have no interests and don’t want to be around anyone, how do I get my life started? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel to Grab Bag at 12:31 PM - 25 answers

How to time management? ADHD Edition

I have ADHD and am struggling with time management at work. If you have ADHD, how do you get things done in a timely manner? [more inside]
posted by tweedle to Health & Fitness at 12:21 PM - 9 answers

Where? Data to help calculate total food and water consumed in lifetime

My birthday is on it's way. I'd like to calculate the general amount of food I've consumed in weight and the amount of water I've drunk in gallons within my current lifespan
posted by goalyeehah to Education at 11:00 AM - 5 answers

Kosher delis in New York City

Please recommend to me your favorite *kosher* delis in New York City. I'm specifically looking for restaurants that are certified as kosher and serve classics like pastrami and corned beef (like Second Ave. Deli and Pastrami Queen), not those that call themselves "kosher-style" or just "Jewish" delis (such as Katz's). Anywhere in the five boroughs is great. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell to Food & Drink at 10:30 AM - 23 answers

Can you please recommend some new podcasts for me?

Can you please recommend some new podcasts for me? Podcasts I already listen to : Hardcore History, Radiolab, Planet Money, This American Life, Fresh Air, Freakonomics, The Bowery Boys, Snap Judgment, My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, Flash Forward, Invisibilia, More Perfect
posted by panama joe to Media & Arts at 9:53 AM - 36 answers

Functional winter boots and socks for my mom with thick calves

Hey guys! I need to get my mom some new winter boots and nice, thick socks asap. Eh...snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:43 AM - 18 answers

Tips for neatening, formatting, and organizing self-study math homework?

Please give me your tips on making handwritten math homework more attractive and useful, so I can enjoy reviewing my self-study math notebook. [more inside]
posted by kristi to Education at 9:39 AM - 13 answers

Lost on the internet: Good Job interview questions list

I have to conduct job interview soon, a task I do not enjoy. I came across a list in the last year of interesting creative job interview questions that were not B.S. ping pong balls on a 747 and were a little more creative than read me your resume, but flesh it out. I recall the list being long (200+?) and a power point. Does this ring a bell? Where can I find it? My google-fu is google-fu....., you know what I mean.
posted by history is a weapon to Human Relations at 8:58 AM - 4 answers

Missed miscarriage

I was found with a missed miscarriage last week after my ultrasound showed no fetal heartbeat or blood supply. Blood tests confirmed this. I have an appointment with my doctor today about what to do next and she told me on the phone that she is worried about doing a d&c due to possible scarring. Can you help me prepare for this conversation? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Health & Fitness at 8:48 AM - 21 answers

Cotton handkerchiefs that don't curl at the edges

I am looking for plain white cotton handkerchiefs that won't curl up at the edges when I wash them. I don't want to iron my handkerchiefs. I realize they'll be wrinkled and I don't mind that. But I'd really like to find some that don't curl up terribly at the edges. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:47 AM - 4 answers

what to expect from layer3tv?

So, I did some research on this and reviews from Facebook say, that this is a decent cable. I cancelled my PS vue service in order to try it out as it has all HD and it is 4k ready. Has anyone here tried this service? If so what to expect? [more inside]
posted by samcivic to Technology at 8:44 AM - 3 answers

I wanna watch folks dance up on each other!

Looking for reference -- movies, tv show episodes, YouTube videos, whatever -- of couples dancing informally and enthusiastically. Less "ballroom" and more "at the club." Same-sex couples preferred, but I'll take anything! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities to Media & Arts at 8:17 AM - 14 answers