May 22

Apple troubles, please help!

I have 2 problems with my apple devices. Can you help? I am not tech savvy and its not a good time for me to replace devices. 1) I just upgraded my software on my Ipad 2 and now the safari is so slow its unusable- is there anything I can do? I have done all the standard things like delete apps and stop excess things running and done a hard reset. Can I downgrade back to IOs 7? That's the last time it ran well. 2) My safari on my Iphone 5 has started getting pop up ads that force open my app store right when I am in the middle of reading. Again, I feel like I have tried everything, I even reset all my settings. Tried to block the websites. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by catspajammies to Technology at 2:34 AM - 0 answers

Name that film

What's the film that the clip at 36/37s in this ILM show-reel is from? (Guy in front of army throws sword into the ground and it sets on fire)
posted by fearfulsymmetry to Media & Arts at 2:27 AM - 0 answers

Busywork is just too busy

Calling all workplace psychologists: is it better to grumble or pretend to be cheerful? [more inside]
posted by superfish to Human Relations at 12:39 AM - 4 answers

May 21

Word 2008 suddenly not working on Yosemite Mac

Word 2008 has stopped opening on my mid-2012 Macbook Pro, running Yosemite 10.10.3. Just bounces a couple times in the dock and then hangs; Microsoft Error Reporting hangs too. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston to Computers & Internet at 11:53 PM - 1 answer

Damn, that's pretty confused.

Help me complete this sentence in a fun way. "She's more confused than a...." [more inside]
posted by np312 to Writing & Language at 11:01 PM - 14 answers

Does anyone round here own a cat?

On the off chance that someone round here has some experience with cats and cat appliances, I have some questions.... [more inside]
posted by Thella to Pets & Animals at 10:51 PM - 12 answers

Wondering about the brand or origin of a tea infuser

I picked up this beautiful infuser-pot at a thrift store a few months ago and I can't find any information about who made it online. [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80 to Shopping at 9:37 PM - 5 answers

Custom 3D printed cookie cutters, from scratch

I want to learn to design my own custom 3D printed cookie cutters. (Yes, I know there are shops and websites that can do all or part of the job, but I want to start from scratch.) What programs do I need? Where do I start?
posted by Soliloquy to Technology at 8:56 PM - 1 answer

WANTED: NSA Bangers/CVS Bangers

SoundCloud took these tracks down, that I know for sure. But I made the mistake of not downloading them when I had the chance. Does anyone know where I might be able to find them?
posted by ourt to Media & Arts at 8:54 PM - 1 answer

Historical Flights

I need to know how you would get from Los Angeles to Cape Cod via Plane on July 9, 1975, or a couple of days before.
posted by PinkMoose to Travel & Transportation at 8:21 PM - 1 answer

How does a person get an invite to

Do I have to play the text adventure game on their home page? Is there an iRC channel at which I can ask nicely? Hidden page? Is there another site I'd be happier at instead?
posted by DirtyOldTown to Computers & Internet at 8:15 PM - 2 answers

Family abandon me when I was at my lowest point. Should I cut them off?

My mother passed away last year of April and as a result I had a mental breakdown. I wasn't myself..I had overwhelming grief and I was in a deep depression. Mind you I was in a deep depression and calling out for family abandon and basically treated me like a black sheep. [more inside]
posted by TheBronxGirl to Human Relations at 7:46 PM - 26 answers

how concerned should I be about my neighbor?

I'm a 30ish female who lives alone (well, with an little old dog) in a small studio house, in a semi-urban residential area of LA's eastside. The other day, I was out walking my dog and got into a unsettling conversation with my across-the-street-neighbor – a registered sex offender, turns out. I'm not afraid, exactly, but I really have no idea how to assess the risk of living alone across the street from this guy. (Potentially triggering.) [more inside]
posted by morninganyway to Human Relations at 7:28 PM - 38 answers

Itty Bitty Ditty Committee costumes

On the Bob's Burgers episode called "Itty Bitty Ditty Committee", what were the kids' band costumes supposed to look like? Here's a picture. In fanfare, filthy light thief linked to more pictures in this comment. The costumes look so familiar but I can't figure out who they're supposed to look like. Or are they just funny costumes and not referencing anything?
posted by artychoke to Media & Arts at 6:43 PM - 4 answers

Shine some light on my sidelight

I've recently moved into a house with a sidelight - you know, those narrow windows right next to the front door. I can't for the life of me, however, find a stylish window treatment for it. Halp! [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad to Home & Garden at 6:37 PM - 9 answers

Cardboard boxes?

I previously had access to chemical supply boxes, which made for excellent moving boxes. They're 15" x 15" x 17", with 1/4" thick double wall sides. The bottoms are glued, they have hand holes (some staggered for ergonomics), and they can hold an incredible amount of heavy stuff. I can't get new ones any more, so I'm wondering about sources for similar boxes. [more inside]
posted by vibratory manner of working to Home & Garden at 6:37 PM - 3 answers

Talk to me about a future disaster world.

Ideas for what the world might look like in 50-200 years? Specifically looking for doom-and-gloom speculation, but based on some semblance of evidence or realistic projections. [more inside]
posted by Edward Liveing, M.D. to Science & Nature at 6:17 PM - 14 answers

Great hollywood films made by women?

What are some great movies from the 80's and 90's that were either directed by or written by women? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse to Media & Arts at 6:02 PM - 31 answers

How do you organize bottle feeding on the go?

What is your setup for bottle-feeding your infant on the go? We are interested in things like - How do you keep the leftover formula from spoiling, what does your on-the-go kit look like, how do you keep things clean, how do you heat up the bottle (or do you?) when you are out for the day, or at the park, or wherever. We have a 3 week-old who needs to be partially bottle fed but we are struggling with how to get outside and not starve him out, and not end up throwing away most of a bottle of formula. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea to Food & Drink at 4:38 PM - 20 answers

Brown spots from sun damage on my face; can I get rid of them?

I'm female, mid-fifties, white (English/Irish background) and in the last few years, amid other signs of aging, I've developed brown spots on my cheeks and jaw (perhaps from sun exposure while travelling in the Middle East many years ago; I've never sunbathed). I'm working on aging gracefully, but the blotchiness does bother me. Are there products or treatments that will help to reduce the spots or, happy thought, make them go away entirely? I've seen ads for various creams and serums; can I trust that they will actually be effective? Any recommendations?
posted by jokeefe to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:24 PM - 17 answers

How can I get cheap used comics for a craft program?

I want to do a découpage program with cut-up comic books at my library. Where should I look in Brooklyn or Manhattan for cheap used comics, and are there other sources I should be looking at? Is it worth it to get a random lot from eBay? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:29 PM - 8 answers

something extravagant?

I received an unexpected $700. I want to use for super frivolous spending, and buy something that I wouldn't purchase within my normal budget. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia to Grab Bag at 2:13 PM - 52 answers

You're my ex-boyfriend. How would you want to find out I'm engaged?

My (current) boyfriend (fiancé!) proposed to me very recently and we've been letting our family and friends know at our own pace. I'm very fond of my ex-boyfriend and I want him to find out in the least weird or awkward way. What is that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 2:05 PM - 33 answers

Protocol for raffles

I work at a small music school where we hold raffles at fairs for a big giveaway. We pick the winner fairly and proceed to contact others who participated by offering a free lesson. I'd like to contact non winners only after the winner has claimed their prize but it was suggested to contact everyone regardless if the winner claims prize. What's the best protocol when dealing with raffle giveaways?
posted by InterestedInKnowing to Work & Money at 1:54 PM - 3 answers

Your favorite uses for gochugaru

Thanks to an ordering snafu we’re now the proud owners of a giant one-pound bag of gochugaru Korean red chili flakes instead of the small container we thought we were getting. What can we do with it beyond kimchi? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ to Food & Drink at 1:18 PM - 17 answers

Training as a noun

When did people start saying "a training" to mean "a training session/workshop/meeting/program/etc"? What dialect of English did training-as-a-noun originate in? How did it spread?
posted by jedicus to Writing & Language at 1:06 PM - 25 answers


Have you ever had your nose "packed" due to a nosebleed? How long did they leave the packing in? While the packing was in, did you have pain that was not manageable with Tylenol? What restrictions did you have after removal? (Could you have, for example, driven yourself home? How about driven a car for three hours?)
posted by anastasiav to Health & Fitness at 12:59 PM - 6 answers

Help me get over a three-night stand

I had an unexpectedly emotionally intimate experience with someone impossible about a month ago, and I can't seem to move past it. Help me process the aftermath? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:49 PM - 17 answers

Help me choose a work laptop - MacBook Air or Lenovo X1 Carbon

At work they are giving us new laptops to replace battered ancient ones. There are two choices: MacBook Air or Lenovo X1 Carbon. Which should I choose? [more inside]
posted by Mid to Technology at 12:23 PM - 22 answers

Fiddle with the keys of the keyed fiddle

OK, I realise this is pretty niche, but I may get a surprise. Can you help me find more intense music played on the nyckelharpa? [more inside]
posted by Promethea to Media & Arts at 11:41 AM - 6 answers

Men's Jacket ID

I recently saw a men's jacket in a photo on the Ebay home page and I am wondering if anybody can help identify it. [more inside]
posted by nobodyyouknow to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:38 AM - 4 answers

How to deal with hostile, but passive-aggressive, coworker?

I recently took some disability-related work accomodations and time off. This pissed off a coworker of mine, who doesn't think I should get accomodations for a disability she doesn't think is that serious. Since then, she's been treating me badly at work and taking passive-aggressive action against me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by corb to Work & Money at 11:30 AM - 28 answers

Burgled on Tuesday. Still can't leave the house.

I was burgled on Tuesday while I was away all day. There is a high likelihood one of my neighbors was involved, and it is a certainty that other neighbors saw what was happening and did nothing about it. I've filed the police report, called the credit agencies, I'm checking Craigslist. But psychologically I am a mess--mainly, I can't convince myself to leave the house and get on with my life. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger to Grab Bag at 11:09 AM - 19 answers

Not too sweet yogurt

While I enjoy Chobanis and other greek-style yogurt cups, they're little sugar bombs. And plain is a little too plain for me. Recommend me a brand of yogurt that is less sweet (lower sugar but not artificially sweetened) and comes in single-serve cups. [more inside]
posted by aimedwander to Food & Drink at 10:48 AM - 38 answers

What used to be an ok amount of alcohol now is not. Help!

I've been through a lot of changes lately and one of them has been losing 40 lbs. I love beer and socializing. And another change is being more social and putting myself out there. But the combination of eating less and weighing less has put a dent in my ability to deal with alcohol. I end up slightly more drunk and a lot more hungover How do I continue to enjoy the things I love without it affecting me so much? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth to Food & Drink at 10:18 AM - 34 answers

Can I outline my black tattoo with white to good effect?

I'm interested in recommendations for tattoo artists who are experienced in white tattoo work. I live in the Boston area, but I regularly travel to San Francisco, Austin, and Atlanta, so recommendations there are also welcome, and if there's someone especially awesome in other places, I could make a fun trip out of this project. [more inside]
posted by spindrifter to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:20 AM - 9 answers

Something like Foobar2000 for mac?

I'm looking for an audio player for my Mac. I really like Foobar2000 on windows, but sadly it's PC only. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski to Computers & Internet at 9:05 AM - 5 answers

What are the best kid-friendly couch multiplayer games for PS4?

We're having a friend and his nine-year-old son over for videogame night. We have a PS3 and PS4 and access to four controllers for both. What are some fun and (liberally speaking) age-appropriate local multiplayer games I should have available? We have Diablo III, which is fun in a grindy dungeon-crawler way, but maybe too oriented to long-term play. I just downloaded Towerfall: Ascension, which looks like a hoot. We also have Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Should I try to get anything else? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:43 AM - 11 answers

I would like to stop feeling and living like this.

How does a constant hypochondriac and anxiety sufferer just live and feel like a regular person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 8:24 AM - 17 answers

"Staging" for and hosting an all ages backyard party

My wife and I will be hosting a backyard party soon. I'm putting down fresh mulch this weekend and we're dead heading the spent spring flowers. I've cleaned up the weeds and bastard maple volunteers. What else should we go to be good backyard hosts? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden at 7:55 AM - 23 answers

Words and their lesser-known meanings

Help me find very common words with secondary, uncommon definitions. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Writing & Language at 7:00 AM - 59 answers

What is best in source control / Document control

I'm looking for a replacement source control system. We use Plastic SCM at the moment to do document control (which includes, but isn't limited to code), but the terms for plastic are changing soon, so it'll be too expensive for us. Can you recommend a (ideally like for like) replacement that can handle large binaries?
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Computers & Internet at 6:58 AM - 7 answers

Weight and Watch

I'm a fairly healthy 29 year old male. About three weeks ago, I grew tired of constant comments from friends and acquaintances about how much weight I'd put on over the past few years, and decided to do something about it. [more inside]
posted by murtagh to Health & Fitness at 6:49 AM - 32 answers

Best Salons in lower Manhattan/Brooklyn for a Woman's Undercut?

I'm looking for hair stylists/salon recommendations in Brooklyn or lower Manhattan that would be a good place to get an undercut. [more inside]
posted by KernalM to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:14 AM - 3 answers

Travelling to Mainland Greece May 2015 - Grexit?

Are economic woes/strikes in Greece likely to disrupt my holiday plans next week? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron to Travel & Transportation at 3:21 AM - 5 answers

Lull me to sleep

I'm putting together a playlist to doze off to most nights. Downtempo probably goes without saying, piano is a plus, vocals are acceptable, and I don't want to lean too much on the ambient genre. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dee lee to Media & Arts at 2:32 AM - 28 answers

May 20

Crochet Emergency - Travel Edition

Crocheters, I'm on vacation and really, truly want to get this yarn as my souvenir. I can't remember my Ravelry password, and the site isn't sending me a reset email. Will you please suggest some google-able patterns so I can make sure I get enough? It seems to be light worsted, with a 4mm hook. My skill level is intermediate. Děkuji!
posted by 1066 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:55 PM - 6 answers

What kind of bird is this? (Photo within)

I need help identifying this bird. A fried took the photo while traveling in Texas a few days ago. The bird was seen in the urban area of Dallas, TX. Thanks!
posted by amf to Pets & Animals at 11:24 PM - 8 answers

How to hire a private detective / investigator?

I need to hire a private a PI to do a criminal investigation and background check. I have no experience with this and don't know how. [more inside]
posted by ksaklingon to Law & Government at 10:59 PM - 9 answers

How to use a word processor in 1987

In the mid-late 80s, Dad brought home a computer. It ran DOS and it had MS Works on it. I played with it a lot and was particularly delighted with an introduction to word processing I saw on it. Using a very basic graphic representation of a typewriter, it explained how a word processor is different, being able to backspace, insert text, and so forth. How can I see that tutorial again? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered to Computers & Internet at 10:58 PM - 5 answers

How do I install Unix stuff on my mac?!?

So I found this wonderful program unix program, that needs to be installed and used on my macbook (yosemite). OMG. How do you install stuff like this?!? [more inside]
posted by katventures to Technology at 9:26 PM - 16 answers

Where can I learn flower arranging in Brooklyn?

I'm looking to gift someone who loves flowers with a class on flower arranging and design – a 1-3 hour class like one of these. Personal experiences if you have them; I'd prefer Brooklyn, ideally not more than 20-30 minutes by train or car from Crown Heights.
posted by mhz to Home & Garden at 7:29 PM - 4 answers

How can I get texts from my iPhone-using co-workers?

I used to have an iPhone. Now I have an Amazon Fire phone. I really like it...the problem is, I'm not getting texts from my co-workers' iPhones. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp to Technology at 7:19 PM - 6 answers

Three notes and a chord. Get out of my head!

Please help me identify this musical trill/riff/thingy. I know three notes and a chord. It's been stuck in my head for days. I'll detail everything I can think of that may help. [more inside]
posted by cmyk to Media & Arts at 6:12 PM - 16 answers

is my Keane print offensive/racist?

I recently received this print and my husband (who bought it for me off a wishlist) isn't sure we should hang it in the main room because we have a service provider who visits every couple weeks who is black. [more inside]
posted by vanishing girl to Society & Culture at 6:08 PM - 34 answers

Feminine women's clothing at fair price?

ISO a women's clothing retailer (with shop-online availability) that sells clothes with really nice feminine detailing and such and isn't any more than lower-mid-range in terms of pricing. [more inside]
posted by Tess to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:56 PM - 13 answers

Weed or veggie

New gardener inherited a plot, asking for help to identify seedlings. Which weeds or vegetables are these? (album link inside) [more inside]
posted by tasty to Home & Garden at 5:49 PM - 15 answers

How long is it ok to take antibiotics and can you retake them?

I have a cavity and my dentist prescribed me a week of antibiotics to take every 6 hours to keep it from getting worse. I ran out of the antibiotics last week. [more inside]
posted by manderin to Health & Fitness at 5:20 PM - 7 answers

Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted by nightrecordings to Grab Bag at 4:58 PM - 38 answers

What to do about a nasty email sent to the wrong person?

My mentally ill mother likes to send me super mean emails every once in a while, which I don't usually reply to. I just discovered today that she has accidentally been sending emails to a random person with a similar email address to mine. I'm not sure what, if anything, I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by thelaze to Human Relations at 4:50 PM - 26 answers