February 23

Optimise my exercise

I could use some help please in figuring out whether my workout routine is good enough. I mostly work out on the weekends and don't do much during the week. Am I in danger from being a "weekend warrior"? I want to lose fat and gain muscle and flexibility. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane to Health & Fitness at 11:30 AM - 0 answers

What have graduate students created?

What wouldn't exist now, if not for grad students? I would like to compile a massive list of high-profile or notable creations -- from inventions, to ideas, to works of art -- that were conceptualized or created by Masters/JD/MD/Ph.D seekers during their graduate education. [more inside]
posted by nicodine to Grab Bag at 10:09 AM - 14 answers

Paczki in the Bay Area

Help me find Paczki in the Bay Area; Fat Tuesday is coming up and I'd love to find a place to buy a dozen of these jelly-filled fried balls of dough. (Alternatively let me know your best recipe so I can recreate my own if I have to) [more inside]
posted by Carillon to Food & Drink at 9:54 AM - 4 answers

Recommendations of awesome blogs/websites for my RSS feed.

I've been introduced to the miracle that is an RSS reader and I could do with some suggestions on what are great sources of information/articles. More inside. [more inside]
posted by TheGarden to Computers & Internet at 9:43 AM - 6 answers

Which Kitchen Witch?

For sentimental / familial reasons, I'm looking for small kitchen witch. However, I am mostly finding cutesy puppets & Halloween knickknacks, and I'm looking for a more stylish alternative. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by miles per flower to Home & Garden at 9:12 AM - 16 answers

How to be the most well-prepared for a puppy?

We have about two to three months before we bring home a puppy. When you got a puppy what were the most helpful links, books, or resources you found? What is your best new puppy advice? [more inside]
posted by Marinara to Pets & Animals at 9:08 AM - 11 answers

I'm using Twitter Wrong

My Twitter timeline is out of control. I follow friends, etc., but there are like 7 Twitterers I want to keep 100% up with, and it would be super handy if I had a feed merging them, and....doh...I realize I'm using Twitter all wrong. So....should I create a second (lurker) account following only those 7? Or is there a Twitter client (for ipad) that let's me optionally filter all others? Or...?
posted by Quisp Lover to Computers & Internet at 9:00 AM - 10 answers

How would you go about finding a mandarin tutor... WITH an accent?

I'm an upper intermediate mandarin speaker, focusing mainly on speaking/listening. Something that I think is really important in any language, but especially mandarin, is getting exposed to a wide range of how people ACTUALLY speak... not just the "neutral" language that a language teacher will strive for. I have a number of teachers from different parts of China, but they are just that: teachers. While their mandarin accents do vary, they all speak fairly neutral mandarin. What I'm looking for is a way to find Skype partners with heavier accents. I think this will really help develop my ear. Any suggestions? I've been using italki with great success, but everyone on the platform does everything they can to convince you their mandarin is standard, and there's no good way to search for people from Xinjiang or other places where an accent is more likely.
posted by wooh to Writing & Language at 8:59 AM - 2 answers

Practical Spiritual Book on Indigenous Cultures & Spiritualism

Recommendations for good practical books and resources on spirituality from indigenous cultures such as Native Americans or Australian Aborigines? Something not academic, but also not light and fluffy - something "useful". Most likely something focusing on one specific culture rather than an overview. I am open to poetry and things if its well done.
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio to Religion & Philosophy at 8:55 AM - 0 answers

Single traveler in search of trip ideas. Got any good ones?

I need a vacation! I’m looking for some ideas for this summer as a single traveler. [more inside]
posted by swheatie to Travel & Transportation at 8:15 AM - 7 answers

Highway 427 northbound near Pearson airport?

Can anyone tell me what is happening with Hwy 427 (in Mississauga, Ontario) as it goes northbound past Pearson airport? It seems to have been under construction for a very long time. But nothing seems to have happened for a very long time and it looks like there are three or four completed, unused lanes just sitting there to the west of the over-congested lanes. What is the problem??? What are they waiting for?
posted by feelinggood to Travel & Transportation at 8:03 AM - 2 answers

What are the best space/astronomy-related activities and events?

I want to do cool, space-themed activities. Observatories, planetariums, date-specific events like the upcoming solar eclipse, incredible nighttime viewing, etc. What are the best ones in the Northeast US area, and what are the amazing, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime ones nationwide and worldwide? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith to Travel & Transportation at 7:57 AM - 9 answers

Hellp me plan a safe backyard play area for Toddler

I want to put some play equipment in our back yard for our young toddlers to enjoy this spring (2.5 and 1 year old). Please tell me how you planned a play area, purchased equipment and share any tips and tricks. [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien to Home & Garden at 7:09 AM - 11 answers

Wikileaks emails: how do we know they're authentic?

When Wikileaks releases emails, how do we know they're authentic? Apart from Wikileaks saying they are, or the purported authors of the emails confirming they are?
posted by Mechitar to Computers & Internet at 6:58 AM - 5 answers

Care package for teen in hospital?

Have you been a teen living in a hospital for an extended period of time with no specific known end point due to a very serious medical issue? What would you have liked in a care package? Also would you have appreciated a semi-awkward visit from a relative you don't know all that well, or would rather just have seen the people you love and care about most? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor to Human Relations at 6:16 AM - 21 answers

My new boss is a jerk :(

My new manager (let’s call him Kafka) is someone who is outright disrespectful and shows disdain to everybody - except his boss, with whom he is very kind and friendly. Help! [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat to Human Relations at 6:15 AM - 4 answers

Money or money-like thing to send to India?

I just got back from a trip to India (it was great!) and to my horror I got the rupees conversion mixed up and accidentally way under-reimbursed my host. How can I make it up? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe to Work & Money at 5:51 AM - 5 answers

après le déluge

The hose to our magic fridge water dispenser sprang a leak sometime yesterday and then water sprayed out of it all day long while we were at work. The water did not stay long in the kitchen but was quickly drawn into the wall behind and kept following that wall all the way to the floor of the basement and garage. Drywall in the ceiling of the basement/garages and the walls are clearly soaked and discolored, and will need replacement. We are the homeowners, not renters. What do we do first? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity to Home & Garden at 5:04 AM - 13 answers

too many walls

I think I over-react when I feel that people are trying to get too close to me or need too much from me; I may be overly vigilant about my boundaries. This means I can get panicky or resentful if I feel that people are demanding too much of me emotionally. Any ideas for self-talk I can use to combat this? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 to Human Relations at 3:00 AM - 7 answers

February 22

Is it possible to turn an old iMac into an Ubuntu computer?

I have an old and problematic OSX iMac that Apple no longer support so there is no way to fix it unless spending big money somewhere. Besides I can get into safemode and do and see stuff fine there, nothing is working right (frozen startup and weird display). Back to my question, since the hardware seems working so I am thinking about turning it into a Ubuntu computer. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by lanhan to Computers & Internet at 9:58 PM - 12 answers

How do chemical reactions in the brain create feelings?

Dopamine floating around in your synapses will make you feel g<ood. But how? [more inside]
posted by marvelousmellitus to Science & Nature at 8:32 PM - 13 answers

Fraud in a bidding process for a Construction Contract

Our community centre is doing extensive renovations. We are going to hire a General Contractor via a bid process. We asked companies to submit material for a Pre-Qualifying round. Twenty companies submitted their materials and we are now winnowing the list from 20 down to six. We will then ask the six finalists to bid. We have not decided on the six yet. The problem is one of the prospective companies is being sued by a reputable client for fraud. [more inside]
posted by storybored to Work & Money at 7:49 PM - 15 answers

Cheap Los Angeles (or California-y) food to welcome guests

We have an cheap- uh, affordable, airbnb in LA. We'd like to have a cheap Los Angeles/California preserved food to welcome guests with. Given that fish tacos don't keep well, we're struggling for good options that aren't $$$. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat to Grab Bag at 7:47 PM - 28 answers

Southern Italy in a week: Naples to Catania — what should we do?

My person and I are flying into Naples a week from Sunday and flying out of Catania (Sicily) the following Sunday. The plan is to rent a car and take a meandering route, but we don't have any fixed plans on where to go. [more inside]
posted by rossmeissl to Travel & Transportation at 7:04 PM - 4 answers

Would you like franchise with that?

Please tell me everything there is to know about franchise ownership. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Grab Bag at 6:51 PM - 9 answers

Do you recognize this statue? Or who is in it?

Link inside of a man standing statue [more inside]
posted by SuzySmith to Media & Arts at 6:51 PM - 18 answers

Racist statements at work

What would you do if you saw or heard someone at work making racists comments to himself? He wasn't directing those comments at anyone specific, he was sitting by himself talking to himself.
posted by pieceofcake to Work & Money at 6:25 PM - 8 answers

Has anyone done deep data analysis on the last election results?

Specifically, has anyone done or tried to do an analysis of the latest election results data to determine if there's any correlation between polling places Trump narrowly won in swing states (especially those with Republican governors) and electronic voting systems that don't produce a verifiable paper trail? Or anything similar, looking at discrepancies between exit polls and reported results? [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman to Technology at 6:10 PM - 0 answers

I'm going to go blind? What?

This week my ophthalmologist told me that I have a cataract in my left eye, and she asked me point-blank whether I wanted to be scheduled for surgery ASAP. I've deferred on the surgery for a year. I'm fifty years old. What am I in for, short-term and long-term? [more inside]
posted by Subaru drwxrwxrwx to Health & Fitness at 5:35 PM - 22 answers

How does one tell if a hot water heater is electrically powered?

I want to know if the landlord is paying for the hot water or if I'm paying for it, however I can't find any obvious indication of how the hot water heater is powered. Is there an easy rule of thumb or specific types of connections I should be looking for around the unit? [more inside]
posted by peterpete to Home & Garden at 4:46 PM - 9 answers

Tips for archiving performance of stage play using Canon T3i?

Last time I taped a play it was using an old-fashioned tape-based camcorder with settings controls that were easily accessed for on-the-fly adjustment. I downloaded a user manual for the T3i, but I haven't done much shooting with DSLRs so I could use some tips. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule to Media & Arts at 4:29 PM - 5 answers

reading list for the revolution

I'm looking to compile texts, stories, etc. that are on the interwebs written by queer people of color. [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua to Education at 4:27 PM - 1 answer

Just don't lick the flagpoles!

My kids' school has outdoor recess guidelines that I would like to challenge. The kids are kept indoors in weather that I think is perfectly appropriate for outdoor play. A twist is that I think they and other schools may be basing their guidelines on a nonexistent medical association? [more inside]
posted by palliser to Health & Fitness at 4:04 PM - 19 answers

Short-term southern Oregon living alternatives.

I'll be living in the Medford, OR area for ~six months (roughly late June - mid December) for an internship (regular day job hours), and then moving back to Portland. Looking for specific research sources on a couple of alternative ideas to traditional rentals. [more inside]
posted by curious nu to Travel & Transportation at 3:54 PM - 2 answers

Dealing with ridiculous COmcast data usage claims

Hi All, Comcast has claimed for the past few months that we are using well over a terabyte of data at an alarming clip. We "exceed," the cap before the month is half over, and are now responsible for overage fees of $150+. I have tried all the recommended steps, changing my wi-fi password, virus scans, etc. No luck, and COmcast is stonewalling and insisting they've done all they can. Any help in dealing with them, or suggestions of whom I can contact with this complaint, would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Alensin to Computers & Internet at 3:53 PM - 15 answers

Buoyancy question

i want to put an inflatable pool in my small backyard. Then I want to fill it with water and lie on its surface on an inflatable chaise/raft thing. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster to Science & Nature at 2:33 PM - 9 answers

No-solder USB plug adapters / tools?

Is there such a thing as a crimping kit to build USB cables? I am interested in wiring USB lights to USB plugs and would prefer to skip the soldering iron. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark to Technology at 1:40 PM - 8 answers

Has anyone had experience with Addressable Advertising?

A colleague of mine was telling me that he spends $40/month with AT&T Adworks and says that it brings in a steady client stream for his resume-writing business. I'm curious if other solopreneurs/small businesses have had a similar experience with AT&T Adworks, Comcast Spotlight, DirectTV, etc.
posted by zooropa to Work & Money at 12:29 PM - 0 answers

Recommendations for ready-to-drink mixes of veggies/fruits/grains?

I'm looking for something like Soylent 2.0, only made with whole veggies/fruits/grains/etc. [more inside]
posted by rbw to Food & Drink at 12:23 PM - 9 answers

I need to learn how to make and store a podcast.

I did a radio show for a long time and I have been asked to turn it into a podcast. I have no idea how I should do this. I have a Mac book pro, maybe a smidge of online space, and a lot of time. The radio show is mostly music with me talking a small amount. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants to Technology at 12:12 PM - 7 answers

"Say what now??!" A Totally Bonkers Android Glitch.

I sent a text message to my Dad. He got a different message than I sent. What's up here? [more inside]
posted by fritillary to Technology at 12:07 PM - 7 answers

Detailed Tech Tales!

Based on this amazing comment, I've been hungry for more detailed stories of how (really any) tech stuff was designed, implemented, tested - written in an entertaining fashion. Webdev stuff, hardware stuff, software stuff, anything really, as long as it's well-written and pretty detailed (meaning probably not much from The Daily WTF but links to specific pieces there are ok, like the wonderful MUMPS story.) I especially want stories of a million things going wrong. Thanks!!
posted by capnsue to Computers & Internet at 11:44 AM - 13 answers

How can I organize books on my Kindle?

I use a Kindle Paperwhite for reading. Thanks to sites like Bookbub I own many books, all of which currently reside on the Kindle, and I want to read them in the order purchased. Sounds simple, right? But I can't figure out how to organize them that way on the Kindle. [more inside]
posted by DrGail to Computers & Internet at 11:27 AM - 9 answers

Spread(sheet) 'em

I'm absolutely, positively, completely new at using spreadsheets. I need to keep track of freelance jobs, how much time I'm spending on them, how much each one pays, how much I've been paid in total, and average hourly wage per gig, per freelance site, and overall. Please explain to me how to do these things in Google Sheets in the simplest possible language. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to Work & Money at 11:00 AM - 4 answers

Lost Basset Hound on the Run! Where do they go?

Last night our 5 year old female Basset Hound took off. Breed owners or experts, where do they go? Do they wander off forever? Do they find their way back home? Straight line or circles? More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy to Pets & Animals at 9:23 AM - 15 answers

Tutorial for Making Fishing Nets

I have this marvelous vest (sadly no longer made) and saw this marvelous ancient Egyptian dress. The vest is knotted ribbon in a wide fishing net pattern and the dresses appear to be the same (with beads). It has come into my mind that I could make a whole tank dress out of the 3M ribbon like my vest. Anyone know a good source (book, online, or other) for knotting nets like this? because I totally have time to do this, too [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:36 AM - 11 answers

how to find a therapist in Chevy Chase or Bethesda, MD

Greetings, How do I go about finding a therapist in Chevy Chase or Bethesda, MD? I am looking for someone for uses CBT? Thank you!
posted by TRUELOTUS to Health & Fitness at 8:22 AM - 3 answers

What is this waistcoat called en Francaise?

Reviewing a series of mugshots of French Anarchists from the 1890's, I noticed that a very large percentage of them are wearing what appears to be the same style of knitted double-breasted waistcoat. I have questions: [more inside]
posted by Chrischris to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:57 AM - 9 answers

Pop music with a brass section?

Help me find pop music with a brass section [more inside]
posted by Mayor West to Media & Arts at 7:56 AM - 34 answers

Used car shopping, ugh

A car needs to be replaced. The target budget is ~$6000. This seems like it should be do-able, but it's been hard to find good candidates. The shopper does not have a lot of experience with car shopping. [more inside]
posted by telepanda to Travel & Transportation at 7:26 AM - 11 answers

Names of real institutions + shops ok for student portfolio pieces?

Could I use the names of real institutions (i.e local museums and libraries) and local shops in a student illustration project I'm designing for my class? [more inside]
posted by Geameade to Media & Arts at 7:21 AM - 7 answers

Canadian Warranty Law between distributor and dealers

Fair and Reasonable VS Established Rates for Shop Labor Refunds [more inside]
posted by aetg to Law & Government at 7:17 AM - 2 answers

Help us raise funds for the pups!

Im a volunteer with a dog rescue group (501c3) and I'm trying to figure out the best online donation portal. [more inside]
posted by zara to Computers & Internet at 7:10 AM - 3 answers

Pinball games with nonstandard scoring

I'm looking for traditional pinball machines that use nonstandard scoring systems. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 6:36 AM - 11 answers

Sliding glass door replacement

I want to replace a shabby patio door that is old, cold-air leaky, and has a margin around it that blocks light (like a six inch frame around the glass). It only opens on one side, via a hinge, so the door swings into the room. I want to replace it with a nicer door that slides rather than swings, has a smaller 'frame' around it so it lets in more light, is well-insulated, and comes with (?) a screen door. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama to Home & Garden at 6:16 AM - 6 answers

Help us choose a new kitchen sink

Old sink=stained and ugly. Want a nice, low maintenance new sink. Oh, and not too spendy! [more inside]
posted by LaBellaStella to Home & Garden at 5:58 AM - 4 answers

How thick is light bulb glass?

I'm modeling a standard, incandescent light bulb (the A60, here). Assume 60 watts, if that makes a difference. I'm pleased with the general result, but would like the glass thickness to mirror reality. I've visually estimated it, but oddly can't find any reference online to how thick it is by standard. I'm currently using 0.2 mm. What should it be?
posted by gilrain to Grab Bag at 5:27 AM - 7 answers

n00b question about the actual procedure for refugees, please advise

One of my former students in Malaysia, from Yemen, has asked for my help. I do not know what to do. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb to Law & Government at 5:13 AM - 3 answers

NYC shop that sells crochet yarn?

I'm looking for a brick-and-mortar shop (ideally in Manhattan, but am fine with Brooklyn or Queens) that sells a good selection of #8 cotton crochet thread, like this. Doesn't need to be DMC brand, just need that size and (hopefully) enough colors that I can find what I need. I have tried Michael's and my local yarn shops on the Upper West Side, and apparently they're too much of a niche item to carry anymore. Have you seen these balls? I am not looking for embroidery floss.
posted by Mchelly to Shopping at 5:11 AM - 14 answers

So are you running late for a dentist appointment?

I need a script/strategy for dealing with this sex situation that keeps popping up with men around age 30. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated to Human Relations at 4:20 AM - 24 answers