I am trying to get my act together. I have an average sized apartment room wall. I want to use it to plan world domination! Well really the domination of my next few years of goals and tasks. Please give me cool or creative ideas for a way to have a huge display of multiple years of calendar, lists and reminders, and events and goals. The only catch is that I cannot repaint or damage the wall in a major way. Long-winded details inside. [more inside]posted by cashman to Home & Garden at 5:59 PM - 8 answers
I was recently hired at a big commercial bank, but I personally bank at another. Should I make the switch? Does it even matter? [more inside]posted by HiphopAnonymous to Work & Money at 5:44 PM - 11 answers
saga continues. After talking with various government employees, I finally got in touch with a person in code enforcement who stoically informed me that, since the business is zoned for agricultural, they are allowed to work 24 hours a day and do whatever they well please and there's not a thing we can do about it. [more inside]posted by massofintuition to Home & Garden at 5:33 PM - 3 answers
I spent about five years compiling a technology timeline. It started as a class project and grew into an obsession. For a while, I was making an enormous number of Wikipedia contributions. After a while, I started posting my work to my blog . Then, I started writing "This Day in History" columns for a few paying venues. It's actually grown well beyond what's currently available on my blog.
The problem is that I've grown bored of pouring time into the project. [more inside]posted by Pipedreamergrey to Computers & Internet at 5:28 PM - 2 answers
On Monday, I start my first non self- or under-employed job in five years. It is with a very large (4000+ employees) company that's a big player in their field, and I am very happy and grateful to have the job. But, as I'm sitting here filling out the employee paperwork I'm faced with a "New PC Employee Acceptance Form". It seems I will be issued a company laptop, but I will also be charged $70/month that "covers XXX Company's standard for PC hardware, software and maintenance". This was never discussed in my salary negotiations.
Questions: Is this normal? and, Is this an expense I will be able to write off at tax time? posted by Benny Andajetz to Work & Money at 5:10 PM - 15 answers
Help! My husband is in deep trouble at work for meeting with me on a recent business trip. Although he had the permission of his superiors to meet me, they are still going to hold an investigative hearing, which could result in his demotion, suspension, or even termination. He has offered to provide documentation proving that our meeting was not a flagrant attempt at violating company policy, but his superiors are not interested in seeing it. In spite of his long tenure, it isn't looking too good. What can we do? [more inside]posted by chatelaine to Work & Money at 4:52 PM - 14 answers
Please help me get staff at my PC-only workplace to *voluntarily* engage with our new desktop Mac during their breaks. [more inside]posted by Rykey to Work & Money at 4:29 PM - 11 answers
I have 600 images tagged with keywords. In addition to nice pictures of tag clouds and frequency calculations, what sort of smart, insightful analysis can I do with these data that could reveal relationships between the tags and other (more formal) data attached to the images? Any advice on software tools (Windows, preferably FOSS) would be appreciated. I have some training in statistics and I have actually done textual statistics before but only briefly so I'm not familiar with the current tools and methods. posted by elgilito to Computers & Internet at 4:15 PM - 0 answers
More people are coming than I expected. [more inside]posted by winterportage to Food & Drink at 4:11 PM - 18 answers
I started a postgraduate course 3 months ago and there was a girl who stood out a fair bit. There were various issues that stopped me from considering dating her so I went down the friend route. She seemed interested in me at first - we ended up being alone together twice on nights out with others from the class, walking around London and the river, but I, not interested in any kind of intimacy, kept these meetings platonic. It's only recently that I've gotten myself together mentally, gotten to know her better and decided I like what I see - am I too late? What should I do to move from a new friendship back to that stage of 'initial attraction'? [more inside]posted by Henners91 to Human Relations at 3:48 PM - 7 answers
I'm looking for some good book blogs in the style of Forever Young Adult
, which I adore, but which are focused on adult literature. What I like about Forever Young Adult is the informal style and frequent reviews of new books I might not otherwise hear about - the book blogs I know of are more focused on author interviews or commentary, and tend to take themselves more seriously than I would like. [more inside]posted by something something to Media & Arts at 3:38 PM - 5 answers
A feral parrot (technically, a rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri
), has started visiting the plumeria tree outside my front door this week. My housemate and I used to wish that some of the wild parrots that have been naturalized in Hawai`i would come and move into our yard. Now that one has, how do we seduce it to stay?
We live in the city, so any regular bird feed would be devoured in seconds by doves and pigeons.
We have a couple trees in the yard (pomegranate, palms, mango, plumeria, some Asian citrus thing), so there's nice habitat already. posted by kanewai to Science & Nature at 3:22 PM - 3 answers
Where can I go dancing in Los Angeles? [more inside]posted by DeltaForce to Media & Arts at 3:18 PM - 5 answers
I doubt it was anything very esoteric and probably streamed from Netflix or HBOGO. Thanks! posted by travis08 to Media & Arts at 1:33 PM - 5 answers
I've just moved back to New York from Europe. My European health plan (which covers me for emergencies while I'm in the US) is going to run out in ten days. I am starting a US job with health insurance coverage within the next month or so. Where can I buy coverage for the next month or two to bridge the gap? [more inside]posted by pete_22 to Work & Money at 1:31 PM - 9 answers
I have a system that records transmitted light images of samples in three colors by sequential illumination with red, green, and blue LEDs. This works for acquiring color images, but the overall color balance is off. I want to write code for color balancing these images, using data acquired from a reference target (like this
). I want this to be part of an open source project, so existing tools in photoshop and similar programs aren't helpful to me. So far, I haven't found a good reference for how to do this; can someone recommend one to me? [more inside]posted by pombe to Technology at 1:28 PM - 5 answers
How can I upload large amounts of data, like 5 to 50 GB worth of files to a specific server, such as YouTube or my own FTP server? [more inside]posted by crapmatic to Computers & Internet at 1:17 PM - 5 answers
Is such a thing even possible? I have always rented apartments and am now looking into purchasing a loft, preferably, in either San Francisco or Los Angeles. I really have no interest in then paying for "rent" to some HOA at around $400/month. Is there a reasonable way to not do so, or does it entail looking for solo owned places which are probably really expensive?
I'm hoping to keep it around 500k total.
Thanks in advance for any advice. posted by madglee to Home & Garden at 12:41 PM - 14 answers
So I have been knitting on and off for years. I took a few classes. I am in grad school now and I want to pick up the sticks again for stress relaxation. I have made a hat and I made socks for women from this DVD http://www.amazon.com/socks-circular-needles-Learn-Socks/dp/B000EW13WS. Basically knitting on two circulars.
I never did a gauge for those socks and it just worked out. When I tried to alter and make the socks for men I got the wrong fit and my stitches were not consistent. I guess because I have been on and off with my knitting.
So how do I become a better knitter??, I know the basics, but how do I make my knitting look good, "pretty", consistent and could give as a gift?Should I just start with a scarf again- sounds boring! And, for knitting on 2 circulars how do I do the gauge? do you do the gauge in the round? any links to swatching in the round is much appreciated. I want to pick up the sticks but my perfectionism is getting in the way ;( posted by TRUELOTUS to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:25 PM - 8 answers
I think my half-sister has some sort of personality disorder, and I want to limit her involvement in my life going forward. But I still want to have a relationship with our mutual father... [more inside]posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:16 PM - 11 answers
Why do we have order of operations rules in arithmetic instead of just strictly evaluating expressions from left to right (possibly with parenthesis for grouping if we really wanted to change the order)? posted by Reverend John to Science & Nature at 11:49 AM - 6 answers
A coworker's dog was acting incredibly viciously at the dog park and bit my dog, causing puncture wounds. What should I say to this guy about what happened, and should I offer any advice about handling his dog? [more inside]posted by permiechickie to Pets & Animals at 11:46 AM - 16 answers
I have been reading up on walking around Los Angeles as an "urban thru-hike
." What urban thru-hike/scavenger hunt would you recommend for your city or a city you've visited? [more inside]posted by thewestinggame to Travel & Transportation at 11:45 AM - 7 answers
Hi there! My fiance, stepdaughter and cat are finally ready to tangibly start looking for places to live on our own! Yay! I'm looking for websites/resources I can go to besides craigslist, the newspaper, and the regular websites that pop up on the first page when you google about renting. Does anyone know of any other places to find rental listings? Thanks in advance! posted by assasinatdbeauty to Society & Culture at 11:36 AM - 5 answers
We're spending three days in Watkins Glen. Yes, I know it's kind of silly to be taking a vacation in the Finger Lakes in winter. We're looking to visit wineries, breweries, distilleries, and great restaurants. In terms of wineries, it'd be best if we could find a place that didn't serve just sweet wines but some actually decent wines. If the weather allows, we'd like to do some hiking, too (we know it will be muddy). We know nothing of the area, so any advice you have would be much appreciated. Thanks. posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates to Travel & Transportation at 11:23 AM - 15 answers
I'm in my mid-thirties - professionally successful, non-sociopath, etc.. When I look behind me, though, my past is littered with the corpses of dead friendships. Two part question: 1. Is this normal? 2. If so, how do I maintain my optimism about current and future friendships? Details inside. [more inside]posted by missrachael to Human Relations at 11:17 AM - 16 answers
My wife and I are planning a trip to Europe in the fall (late September-early October). The general idea is to visit half a dozen cities for three or four days each. I've never been anywhere on mainland Europe apart from Paris (twice), so I'm pretty open to suggestion in terms of which cities to visit (aside from Paris, which I think we'll skip this time). So what I want to know is, what are your favourite European cities to visit, and why? posted by The Card Cheat to Travel & Transportation at 11:02 AM - 28 answers
I've been having quite a reflective period in my life of late, with some changes coming up, and one of the things I've come to realise is that I'm not happy with my current work-heavy lifestyle. I want to optimise my life for happiness, peace, community rather than work and money. How do I do that, sustainably? I am open to all sorts of options. [more inside]posted by winterhill to Society & Culture at 11:01 AM - 10 answers
I have a list of films as a text file. Is there a website which would allow me to import the list and assign release dates probably using an IMDb api? [more inside]posted by feelinglistless to Media & Arts at 11:00 AM - 2 answers
How can I stop feeling envy about my friends' successes? [more inside]posted by ClaireBear to Human Relations at 10:59 AM - 20 answers
I'm a freelance translator who wants to transition into employment. How can I go about this, and what should/could I do next? [more inside]posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 10:51 AM - 5 answers
I've been calling my psychiatrist since last week to attempt to set up an appointment. I haven't encountered an actual human's voice, nor have I been directed to voicemail. I've tried calling both of her offices repeatedly with no success (and with no way of leaving a message). What do I do now? [more inside]posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 10:24 AM - 9 answers
Kid BlahLaLa's getting to be around bar mitzvah age and I want to know what alternative, newfangled options there are out there. Is there any kind of modern bar mitzvah movement happening? Alternative bar mitzvahs? Hipster bar mitzvahs? [more inside]posted by BlahLaLa to Religion & Philosophy at 9:52 AM - 18 answers
Say I think retroreflective tape looks great and provides awesome visibility. If I were to cover a motorcycle (e.g. the flat painted surfaces) with this tape, would I need to be concerned that it would reflect too much light and blind other drivers? posted by mcav to Travel & Transportation at 9:33 AM - 6 answers
I need a nice folding ladder that can be used in a library with nine-foot ceilings. I don't think we have the room or the budget for one with rails. Everything I see is short, metal, or ugly. Where can I find a nice ladder that can fold up, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, and looks okay in a library. posted by history is a weapon to Shopping at 9:06 AM - 8 answers
Please help me find a warm, puffy and DISCOUNTED coat for next winter! [more inside]posted by Viola to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 9:01 AM - 18 answers
Help me stay as healthy as I can as my life gets even crazier! [more inside]posted by bookgirl18 to Health & Fitness at 8:56 AM - 17 answers
My about 15-year marriage is in severe difficulty. A big part of this is me being too needy. My wife and I knew I was needy before we got married, but both thought that getting married would fix it. It hasn't. I'm taking an antidepressant, and we are in therapy and both committed to staying together. I've read some other answers on AskMi, and am following up with some book recommendations, but I feel like I need more help. [more inside]posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 7:38 AM - 25 answers
We like the modern amenities, but hate the lack of charm of nearby tear-downs. Could we get what we want in a custom build within our budget? [more inside]posted by anonymous to Home & Garden at 7:36 AM - 14 answers
How can I elongate and flatter my stumpy legs? Looking for exercise and fashion tips. [more inside]posted by dinosaurprincess to Health & Fitness at 5:53 AM - 11 answers
I've had health issues my entire life. I'm approaching my mid twenties and it's time to accept the fact that I'll likely never be 100% healthy. How do I do this? [more inside]posted by Autumn to Health & Fitness at 5:50 AM - 19 answers
I’m currently broken up with a woman I’ve been in an on and off relationship with for the last 4 years and I want to finally close the door, let go and move on. [more inside]posted by blokefromipanema to Human Relations at 5:07 AM - 11 answers
Please help me understand seaworthiness so I can write about it. [more inside]posted by wallawallasweet to Writing & Language at 4:33 AM - 20 answers
Is my birth control hindering magnesium absorption? [more inside]posted by queens86 to Health & Fitness at 4:32 AM - 8 answers
I am looking for an additional income source, and understand that combining a home stay with teaching English as a second language is a possibility, because it is relatively well paid and there is a fair amount of work available where I am (Oxford, UK).
Has anyone done this? Are the above assumptions correct? What teaching qualifications are required? There is not a lot of info that I can find on the language teaching websites. Thanks. posted by Kiwi to Education at 2:09 AM - 2 answers
I have a friend who is turning 30 at the end of this week. She's still quite a new friend, but I really like her and I think we'll probably have quite a long-lasting friendship, and so would like to get her a thoughtful gift. The thing is, I absolutely SUCK at choosing gifts, even for my closest friends/family, and the thought of it stresses me out. Ideas? [more inside]posted by pikeandshield to Human Relations at 1:54 AM - 13 answers
I want to sell my experience as a teacher in urban, diverse, low-income communities, both in terms of commitment and know-how. Is there a better of way of saying that I have taught student populations in urban, diverse, low-income communities? [more inside]posted by angrycat to Work & Money at 11:40 PM - 16 answers
i ride a trail in melbourne called westerfolds. it is a 5km switchy trail, short climbs, short descents.
I am riding a scott spark dual suspension carbon fibre, which is a beautiful bike.
but my feeling is that something tailored for the ride would be quicker again.
so i want to build something that will do the trick.
extra note, i love climbing so i guess focus is on getting weight down for the final product.
this is an exercise in what is possible, as well as i just want to get quick.
please give me any technical suggestions? mostly i just want a front suspension with light wheels, but is there any other trick? [more inside]posted by edtut to Health & Fitness at 11:24 PM - 5 answers
I want to paint this
. For various reasons, stripping it first is out. How to get the best paint job? [more inside]posted by jrobin276 to Home & Garden at 11:22 PM - 14 answers
West-side LA Rental question: My first year's lease is up. I asked my property manager about renewing, and the manager told me, "oh, once your 12mo is up, you just go month-to-month, no contract." What's going on here? [more inside]posted by Alterscape to Home & Garden at 10:42 PM - 21 answers
What is the difference between "Allowed Amount" and "Co-pay" on an Explanation of Benefits? [more inside]posted by fozzie_bear to Health & Fitness at 10:03 PM - 5 answers
Aside from Miami, does Florida have any place that has a culture not predominantly catering to retirees, families, or tourists? I'm an early thirties guy looking to spend a weekend somewhere in the state with a friend that's interesting, authentic, and youthful. Being near water is a nice to have, but not a requirement. [more inside]posted by graytona to Travel & Transportation at 9:07 PM - 21 answers
I got a B+ in one of my first-year statistics PhD courses last semester (measure-theoretic probability theory) thanks to botching one question on my final. I'm a bit concerned because this is in my area of interest. Now I've heard grades don't matter in PhD programs, but at the same time, I feel like I should have an A in this class if I'm doing research in the field (and if I have to teach this type of class if I become a professor).
I'm thinking about retaking this class in my fourth or fifth year when I'm done with all my other courses. Or should I not bother? If it helps, I may get an A in the 2nd semester of the course sequence and have A or A- (I know A- isn't that great in grad school) grades in everything else.
I just want to avoid getting grilled by professors in my department about grades, lol. posted by molamola to Education at 8:59 PM - 17 answers
I'm on maternity leave and my baby is just over two months old. It's been such a cold winter that I haven't taken him out as much as I'd like, but now that we're heading into spring and I only have a few weeks left, I'd like to try to do one short fun thing a day. Please give me your suggestions for easy one-shot explorations in Manhattan. [more inside]posted by sestaaak to Travel & Transportation at 8:32 PM - 10 answers
I'm thinking about buying a used Stella scooter
. I have questions. [more inside]posted by ottereroticist to Travel & Transportation at 8:20 PM - 17 answers
I have a round-trip ticket to Jakarta for a week in early May but have no plans beyond seeing the city for a day or two. What sort of excursions to worthwhile places can I take from Jakarta as either day trips, or up to 3-4 nights? (I'd prefer not to fly anywhere as I'll only be in that region for a week, but I would be willing to take bus/boat/train rides of up to 4 or 5 hours from Jakarta.) Thanks! posted by egeanin to Travel & Transportation at 7:38 PM - 5 answers
What are some movies that make light of sadness or hard times in a non-mean-spirited way? [more inside]posted by ITheCosmos to Media & Arts at 6:21 PM - 60 answers
I have two questions about the "five love languages" paradigm (from Gary D. Chapman's books).
1. Is there any evidence backing it up (ie, academic studies)?
2. I am asking this because it doesn't "feel true" to me. That is, I can't for the life of me figure out which love language is mine; I think I have them all. I have taken quizzes, but they have been unhelpful. So, if this is a real thing, how else might I try to figure out what my love language is? posted by hishtafel to Human Relations at 5:56 PM - 17 answers
Background: I was in the middle of doing a mild restoration on my little brother's bike two years ago (2000 ZX-7R) when he died very unexpectedly. I don't know what to do with it now and just realized that it hasn't been registered since 2008. [more inside]posted by snsranch to Law & Government at 5:53 PM - 6 answers
Based on previous MeFi advice, I'm limiting my contact with my parents. Dad is reacting angrily. I'm fine with that and generally feel fantastic, but I have moments of wondering if I am too sensitive (as he claims) and whether I over-react in situations where everyone else would shrug it off. How to stop these doubts? [more inside]posted by cheesecake to Human Relations at 5:42 PM - 27 answers