I'm looking for good (as in well-written and canon-compliant) and preferably complete or regularly updating fics that expand the HP series. They can be prequels or sequels or depict "missing" time in between the books. [more inside]posted by LoonyLovegood to media & arts at 4:39 AM - 0 answers
Recently seeing a lot of disappointment from parents/ grown children regarding their parents/ grown children. Both sides disillusioned with the difference between who they want/ need the other to be/do and who they actually are/ do. What has kept you close to your parents/ children? [more inside]posted by oink to human relations at 4:00 AM - 3 answers
In order to get reimburstment, I was requested by my insurance to provide medical record from my doctor. I'm wondering is there any bad impact in the future to release these confidentical (psychiatric)counselling histrory to insurance company?
They do not always request this. This is the first time. I do not know why they are requesting it this time. I guess maybe because I submitted the claim for several visits all together which is a large bill that they are not willing to pay?
Any my doctor is kind of tight on this saying that he had never done this before and unless I sign a release and come to pick up myself he would not do it.
His emphasis on "comfidencial" made me think about is there any bad impact if I release this to insurance company? Will it be in my public record? will I be quoted higher premium in the future? Will these be recorded as pre-existing conditions?
Does it worth it to give up reimburstment to keep record from insurance?
Thanks. posted by pack2themoon to health & fitness at 3:53 AM - 2 answers
We're renting a mid-50s house in south Minneapolis and have an unwanted guest (mouse). Our cat decided today was a good day to try and become a hero mouser but failed miserably so we spent this morning tearing our living room apart trying to catch the mouse she captured to show us but failed to kill. We're calling the exterminator this morning to get someone out today and need to be prepared. Help us! [more inside]posted by playertobenamedlater to home & garden at 3:43 AM - 5 answers
I think I'm about to be offered a new job. It's the type of work I'd like to do. But it's not my 'perfect' job and it wouldn't mean a payrise. Should I wait?
. [more inside]posted by Encipher to work & money at 2:24 AM - 5 answers
I am looking for the name of a famous prankster, who was active perhaps in the 70s and 80s. Here is what I remember. He would dress up in a New York Yankees uniform and try to sneak into the annual team photo. I believe he was successful twice. [more inside]posted by LarryC to society & culture at 11:33 PM - 3 answers
What is happening to our bathroom drywall? [more inside]posted by artdrectr to home & garden at 10:29 PM - 3 answers
I was pranked about 2 months ago for a Nickleodeon TV show and I want to see if my piece actually aired. I forgot the name of the show. What I do remember is that it aired on Saturday either in the late morning or afternoon and pranks were a regular part of the programming. Any help? posted by goalyeehah to media & arts at 9:40 PM - 3 answers
A previous question about affordable men's style generated a recommendation for Dappered. Dappered has helped in a couple of cases, but its glib self-importance, aspirational posturing, and adolescent dating advice (from a real, live woman!) make me feel like I'm reading a 19-year-old's advice for the varsity jacket crowd. What are some alternatives that do stick to a similar, relatively sensible budget and don't descend into tedious aspirational window-shopping, as many other fashion and consumer design blogs do? posted by Nomyte to clothing, beauty, & fashion at 9:33 PM - 1 answer
I recall with aching longing the taste of a honey that is only sourced from wild hives up in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Help me find it, or something like it, in the US. [more inside]posted by Dante Riordan to food & drink at 9:29 PM - 1 answer
I'm looking for a good TV show for my parents to watch that has at least a few seasons available for streaming on Netflix. They really like medieval, wizardy, lords and ladies types of shows, and period dramas in general. Nothing too complicated or upsetting, though. [more inside]posted by silverstatue to media & arts at 7:57 PM - 31 answers
Pros and Cons of a Private Long Lease? I'm looking at property that must be purchased via this method (rather than fee simple or gov. long lease). Anyone have any pertinent information? [more inside]posted by jne1813 to law & government at 7:22 PM - 0 answers
Because the cd driver for my SATA docking station does not fit into my iMac (Mac OS X Version 10.7.5), I am on the lookout for the correct driver download. I cannot find one for MAC.
Here are links to the unit I own:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZMzKJqWK8Q [more inside]posted by captainsohler to computers & internet at 6:48 PM - 12 answers
Ayo- My four-year-old niece thinks Superman is pretty bitchin', and I'm thinking about maybe getting her Superman-related toys for Xmas. Are there any good Superman toys for someone her age that might be educational? Failing Educational, what about Superman toys that are just rad beyond belief? posted by Greg Nog to shopping at 6:39 PM - 10 answers
Have a second gen UP, UP24/7 on order. iPhone 4s, iOS 7. [more inside]posted by tilde to grab bag at 6:12 PM - 7 answers
I'm a professor, at a pretty good school in a non-STEM type field. I like my current gig. I would like to move up to an even better gig, in a better location. The standard m/o for such things is a) produce a lot of good research, and b) wait for people to notice it. I'm already doing a). I don't really want to wait around for b). Catch: blatant shameless self-promotion both looks icky and off-putting and signals lack of commitment to current gig.
Possible solution: hire a very discrete PR person. To do... what? Does such a thing exist, for individuals, who need attention from really specific groups of people? Or is this just a really ridiculous idea? posted by anonymous to work & money at 5:55 PM - 10 answers
I have been on both Abilify and Trazodone for about two years and have gained about 30 pounds. Before I started both drugs two years ago I lost 20 pounds by restricting my diet without exercise. Well, I realized in the past couple of months that things needed to change as far as my weight was concerned. For the past month and a half, I have now been on a 1 hour / day elliptical machine workout plan and 1400-1600 calorie per day diet (I'm F, 5'10, 225 pounds) and I am not losing weight. One week I may lose a pound, the next, I gain a pound. I weight in once a week, on Sundays. It is very frustrating. I have fluctuated from 228 to 224 and back since I've started. Ack! [more inside]posted by anonymous to health & fitness at 5:55 PM - 9 answers
I am a high school English teacher in the Midwest & I'm looking for a way to make some extra money, preferably from home. I'm also feeling a little burned out in my current position. I'm considering applying to Colingo as an online English teacher, and I have a few questions. [more inside]posted by SamanthaK to work & money at 5:14 PM - 0 answers
I want to get my hair cut, and I'd like to go to someone who can just look at me and say "This, this is what you should do with your hair," or something like that. A genius with scissors. Any recommendations for a really skilled haircutter in NYC? I don't want to pay too much more than $100, if I can help it. Thanks! posted by swheatie to clothing, beauty, & fashion at 5:03 PM - 5 answers
I just started a new job last week and am in a workplace with only one other person. She was crying the other day and it turns out her father was just diagnosed with brain cancer. [more inside]posted by Literaryhero to human relations at 4:47 PM - 26 answers
In a few hours I'm about to board a flight that was supposed to include my girlfriend. except she broke up with me last month and now I'm flying alone and demoralized. How do I not make this trip suck more than it already does? [more inside]posted by divabat to human relations at 4:44 PM - 8 answers
What is the commercial from the 90's where a little boy says this? The best I can come up with is that it is a commercial for some type of charity, and the "plot" of the commercial is that this middle-aged guy donated and made life better for the boy. In my memory, the boy is playing with a puppy in a field, the boy says "I've never met you but I love you" in a letter to the man, and the man says "I can't tell you how that made me feel" -- kinda through tears. Any ideas what this was? Does anyone else remember it? posted by RingerChopChop to grab bag at 4:41 PM - 3 answers
I'm strongly considering buying a Jawbone UP24 or FitBit Force specifically for the alarm/sleep tracking functions. Does anyone have any experience with either product for that purpose? Is there something else that would meet my needs better? [more inside]posted by Paper rabies to health & fitness at 4:19 PM - 11 answers
Anyone tried CIBA Vision Dailies Total 1 contact lens.
How is it?
Is it easy to remove? (Read stories that it's hard to get it out)
Is it for beginners? posted by Mountain28 to clothing, beauty, & fashion at 4:16 PM - 4 answers
What's your favorite Christmas instrumental, classical-sounding music? [more inside]posted by andrewesque to media & arts at 3:44 PM - 17 answers
I manage a specialized service Outlook inbox for a large corporation. I would like to manually add hashtags (I think?) to each incoming e-mail and then create tag clouds – similar to the Metafilter tag cloud, actually - for groups of e-mails. [more inside]posted by Munching Langolier to computers & internet at 3:24 PM - 4 answers
I've recently been asked to make a few programming tutorials for work. These would eventually be available to a consumer audience. Looking for good resources (and exemplar videos) for guidance. [more inside]posted by fishhouses to education at 3:12 PM - 2 answers
What is the slowest-growing non-repeating, non-trivial* whole number sequence? [more inside]posted by Eideteker to science & nature at 3:00 PM - 15 answers
I've been approached to do some short-term project work for an agency here in New York City who is up against a tight deadline with their client, and need some advice about rates. [more inside]posted by anonymous to work & money at 2:56 PM - 2 answers
My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, due in 2 months and are having a serious naming dilemma. We are both worried about the possibility of our chosen name leading to teasing. [more inside]posted by anonymous to human relations at 2:55 PM - 62 answers
A while ago I bought my nephew a plush toy train with a string-wound mechanism inside that shook the toy but made no noise until the string was wound down again to the rivet opening. I know for a fact the toy was discontinued. Could you please direct me to a company which sells string-winding shaking toy mechanisms? posted by parmanparman to technology at 2:53 PM - 6 answers
What are some cool toys for a three and a half year old which I could open and would be really wondrous and cool immediately? He's in an astronaut phase and has a great imagination generally, but the toy does not have to be space-related.
He already has a stomp rocket, so not that, but that's a good example of the kind of immediate-fun toy I'm thinking of. Thanks. posted by shivohum to shopping at 2:02 PM - 17 answers
I have a new friend that I care for very deeply. He really really likes scotch. I want to get him a Christmas gift that is scotch related. [more inside]posted by jen14221 to food & drink at 1:54 PM - 25 answers
I want to thank co-workers in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine by sending them some high quality beer. Is there a store or service that would accept an order by credit card and deliver to their door? posted by scose to grab bag at 1:49 PM - 2 answers
MeFites with experience raising or traveling with young infants as expats in developing country settings: what influenced your decision to bring your baby with you as you worked abroad? What were some challenges you faced? What were some benefits? In hindsight, do you think it was the right decision? What issues came up that you would not have expected? [more inside]posted by palindromic to travel & transportation at 1:42 PM - 9 answers
I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]posted by Nish ton to science & nature at 1:23 PM - 9 answers
I have of late been reading and watching first-person accounts of poverty in the United States. The most recent being Invisible Child
. I would like to continue reading stories told from the perspective (or about the perspective) of those living in poverty in the US. Books, documentaries, articles are all welcome. posted by xingcat to society & culture at 1:08 PM - 23 answers
Hoping some of the boozier denizens of MeFi might have some good suggestions for a couple holiday cocktails. [more inside]posted by malphigian to food & drink at 12:50 PM - 21 answers
So, after decades of basically ignoring them, I'm finally getting into the spirit of enjoying classic Christmas songs. But I don't know much about them. I know many of them have been covered literally hundreds of times. As a starting point, I'd like to better understand which versions of popular Christmas songs have been MOST popular over time. [more inside]posted by Alaska Jack to media & arts at 11:14 AM - 42 answers
I have a Diablo III license. I beat the game a couple months ago and haven't been on at all since then.
So recently I have received a few emails from Blizzard Entertainment (firstname.lastname@example.org) containing links which seem legit (going to: https://us.battle.net/account/support/password-reset.html) which I (stupidly?) have ignored up until now. [more inside]posted by Debaser626 to computers & internet at 10:22 AM - 7 answers
I don't want to find a good men's scarf. I want to find the best men's scarf. It should be non-wooly/scratchy, smooth to the touch, long enough and thick enough to be wrapped around the neck and draped over the front to create an insulation layer while waiting on cold train platforms and be in a "masculine" pattern/color that would suit most coats. It should also be durable and long lasting, I want a scarf you could wear without comment for 20 years and then be buried with it. Where is this scarf? posted by The Whelk to shopping at 10:04 AM - 26 answers
I need to make two simple one-page static websites to host on my existing webhost. [more inside]posted by entropicamericana to computers & internet at 9:41 AM - 6 answers
Hi. I'd like to shoot things and blow things up with my guy. We have a PS2 that's been gathering dust for years, largely due to the fact that the last time we tried to shoot things and blow things up it was a disaster. [more inside]posted by lizifer to sports, hobbies, & recreation at 9:33 AM - 13 answers
Is there a flight search engine that lets you say your From location, leave the To location blank and set the date? [more inside]posted by Calicatt to travel & transportation at 9:25 AM - 6 answers
I want the forward/back controls in my browser on iPad to be at the bottom of the screen, same as they are on my iPhone. I don't see any way to do this in Safari or Chrome. My thumb insists on doing it the iPhone way (and quite logically because that's where my thumb already is while holding the device). It is driving me crazy. Please tell me there's a way. posted by HotToddy to computers & internet at 8:58 AM - 4 answers
I would like to send Christmas letters, including one to a girl I like. There's only one problem: I have terrible handwriting. It's really, really bad. I've worked on improving it my whole life, but my motor skills just can't seem to pick up on the knack of writing properly; my words honestly look like the scribbles of a child, and unless I take care are sometimes illegible to other people.
For this reason I much prefer typing things, but I feel that much of the sentimentality is lost if a letter is typed. Is there any way for me (through cool program, font, or other method) to send something that's typed that gives the same impact a written letter would? [more inside]posted by Kamelot123 to writing & language at 8:55 AM - 24 answers
Throughout my life, my father has had anger issues, typically directed at me. Although he isn't violent, he will become extremely (almost uncontrollably) angry whenever I do anything 'wrong'. Now that I'm an adult and no longer financially dependent on him, I want to stop this cycle. However, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do this. [more inside]posted by anonymous to human relations at 8:40 AM - 59 answers
I'm trying to determine if I'm eligible for Medicare in WA state, and can't get into a social services office right now. I've read the website back and front, and still can't quite figure out if I qualify due to my "household" (read: co-parent's) income. [more inside]posted by anonymous to law & government at 8:39 AM - 11 answers
The film streaming search engine Can I Stream It?
looks very useful but only covers the US. Does anyone know of a UK version? Find Any Film
is similar but doesn't cover subscription services like Netflix or Lovefilm. posted by feelinglistless to media & arts at 8:32 AM - 2 answers
I have started making smoothies in the morning, and my $30 wedding gift blender ain't cutting it anymore. I want a new one, and my budget is $100. [more inside]posted by pyjammy to shopping at 8:24 AM - 23 answers
I don't need something like the Predator's thermal/IR graphics, but a thermal imaging camera seems like something that would be interesting to have/use. Except they are $800 and up. Are there any cheaper options ? [more inside]posted by k5.user to technology at 8:08 AM - 2 answers
There are a handful of movies I adore and have watched over and over: Bring It On
, Legally Blonde
, Mean Girls
, and, most recently, Pitch Perfect
. Suggest more movies like this, please. [more inside]posted by serialcomma to media & arts at 8:05 AM - 84 answers
Many years ago I had a fabulous lentil soup in a very nice Greek restaurant (in Greece) whose owners/chefs were Cretan, and which used many ingredients from Crete (which may or may not be pertinent to my question). This soup was very, very dark, like mahogany colored, rich but not thick, and fairly "oily" (which sounds bad, but it was heavenly), and it was soooo
good. Now, all lentil soup is good, really. Mine is quite marvelous, but I've been remembering this soup for so long, and have never figured out how it acquired that color, or what ingredient(s) made it so different and special. Any ideas? [more inside]posted by taz to food & drink at 7:18 AM - 25 answers
Looking for a place to buy an ugly or garish holiday sweater somewhere in the east San Fernando Valley, to wear to an office party. Thrift stores have apparently stopped receiving them because people are saving them to wear ironically. Somewhere in the east San Fernando Valley, preferably near North Hollywood would be preferred. Also preferably not too expensive as I only plan on wearing this thing once (maybe again for our family get-together.) The uglier the better! posted by carrolldamian to shopping at 7:11 AM - 5 answers
I'm taking a numerical methods class and there are all these discretization schemes of partial differential equations named after pairs of dudes and they all are kinda the same, maybe a bit different in indexes....
I'm trying to organize it all in my head, like a frat house, with the dudes that worked on the same scheme being roommates, but it seems to be taking a long time to actually "find" a place for each scheme in their "rooms" and keeping it there in a sort of visual arrangement.
Test is no books no notes, and everything kinda of just jumbles inside my head right now. posted by spacefire to education at 7:05 AM - 10 answers
We're going to be renting a car in Baltimore around December 20th and taking it for about a week (till approximately the 27th), with the intention of driving down to Boston and back. Has anyone done the trip? Any thoughts on good local dealerships to rent a car from? What about how long it will take? Routes to avoid? General cost of tolls? Places to stop and eat lunch?
Any help is appreciated! posted by Violet Blue to travel & transportation at 6:53 AM - 30 answers
If you were in your late twenties with no experience of farming or dairy, what would you start doing now to have a small goat farm and dairy of your own in 5 - 10 years? [more inside]posted by twirlypen to pets & animals at 6:19 AM - 25 answers
In appears, due to a combination of factors, we are short the necessary funds needed to close on our home purchase, scheduled for this Friday at noon. What can I do to smooth this situation over with the sellers and myriad of volunteers slated to help us move on Saturday and ease my own massive anxiety on having to delay the closing? [more inside]posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs to law & government at 6:12 AM - 20 answers
I found this
photo on a blog a few months ago.
I have been looking for a larger higher quality version and or the name of the photographer to find out if I can purchase a print.
This is what I know.
It is from West Side Story
It appears a number of times on the internet, all small pixel sizes
The photographer is NOT Ernest Hass or Phil Stern (the two photographers who were present taking photos at some stage on the production of Westside Story)
Thanks, this one baffles me. When I have time I will go to the Motion Picture Academy Library (I live in Los Angeles) and see if I can find out anything more, but until then I thought I would let Mefi rip on it!) posted by silsurf to computers & internet at 5:46 AM - 3 answers
There are several people I've been chatting to online for various periods of time, who I'm likely to meet on my next journey around the USA. In the case of a few, they are asking to meet up. Nothing romantic and more than friendship with any, though the level of friendship differs; in some cases it's quite strong or complex. Problem is, the prospect of finally meeting IRL repeatedly terrifies me to the point of making me feel ill. Is this kind of feeling normal or common, or not? How can I subdue it and not make myself hide, literally? [more inside]posted by Wordshore to human relations at 5:10 AM - 23 answers