July 27

Longshot: Spoon in a haystack

I got this spoon 20 years ago in Japan. I would like to find more. The back is stamped "Afternoon Tea". [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves to Home & Garden at 12:25 PM - 5 answers

What happens during the 7th inning stretch?

At your local ballpark, what happens during the 7th inning stretch? Where do you live?
posted by avocet to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:08 PM - 11 answers

Best slap-back vocal echo on Garageband

How do I use Garageband to get the same slapback vocal effect of this Fleetwood Mac song? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice to Computers & Internet at 12:04 PM - 1 answer

Cheap travel in New Mexico?

How can I save money while travelling around Santa Fe and parts of northern New Mexico? Creative answers welcome! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis to Travel & Transportation at 12:02 PM - 2 answers

Manage my time and business

The short version: I need help figuring out time management, project management, prioritization, and customer relationship management (CRM). I missed the adulting lessons growing up, and have no clue how to do all this. I've read every time management thread in Ask. But snowflakes abound. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess to Work & Money at 11:55 AM - 0 answers

What is this item?

I met someone last night with something under her shirt with lights on it. It sat between the top of the left breast and collarbone. There was a small, steady orange light shining through her shirt and one close to it that flashed green occasionally. What is this? [more inside]
posted by something something to Grab Bag at 11:41 AM - 10 answers

Work appropriate plus-size nursing dresses and tops?

Where can I find plus-size nursing clothes (ideally dresses but tops too) that I can wear to work? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:17 AM - 3 answers

This Basil-Eating Bug Must Be Defeated!

A bunch of shameless ravenous basil eaters have invaded our plants and are eating all the leaves. Help us to identify and stop them! [more inside]
posted by Hairy Lobster to Home & Garden at 11:01 AM - 7 answers

Who has been voted for the most?

In the history of elections, who has personally received the most total votes over their lifetime? [more inside]
posted by Etrigan to Law & Government at 10:43 AM - 14 answers

What are your favorite creepy blogs?

I really like Unexplained Events, which is a Tumblr all about creepy stuff that has at least a basis in real life. I'm looking for other, similar blogs. However, I'm not really interested in creepy pasta, or just huge content dumps of creepy pictures. Tumblrs would be nice, since I have an account and it would be easy to follow them through that.
posted by codacorolla to Computers & Internet at 10:30 AM - 2 answers

teenagers are good in small doses

I would like some ideas for very quick but outside-of-the-normal-day things to do with my 16-year-old son. [more inside]
posted by metasarah to Human Relations at 10:26 AM - 19 answers

Looking for Union Square Restaurant Ideas

Coming to San Francisco next week for a conference and staying near Union Square. Looking for restaurant ideas for quick breakfasts, hour long lunches, and long lingering dinners within walking distance. I eat everything, and while cheap is good, good is more important. The only other time I've been in the city your recommendations for Bi-Rite and Tartine were spot-on, so let me know where I should go next. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead to Travel & Transportation at 10:17 AM - 4 answers

Teaching my body to wake up faster (not earlier)

Usually it takes me about 30 minutes of lying awake in bed before I'm sentient enough to do basic things like walk across the room and put on my clothes. Once in a while, like today, I spring awake and in 3-5 minutes I'm ready to go, full of energy. How can I teach my body to shorten the waking up process? (The goal isn't necessarily to wake up earlier, just faster.) [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight to Health & Fitness at 10:00 AM - 20 answers

Should my resume say Lead Engineer or Senior Software Engineer?

I'm a Software Engineer who's looking for a new job. The titles at my current job are a bit fluid. I could conceivably be called a Lead Engineer or a Senior Software Engineer. What should I put on my resume? [more inside]
posted by when it rains it snows to Work & Money at 9:57 AM - 7 answers

Good old blogging

I miss the days when I could actually find people's personal blogs online. Does anybody do that anymore? I am interested in people who document their life, experiences and thoughts -- preferably recent blogs that are still being updated, but any blogs with a decent archive would be fine, too -- and I do not mind dark stuff (quite the opposite). [more inside]
posted by denika to Computers & Internet at 9:37 AM - 1 answer

The rites and rituals of sport

One of my favorite aspects of playing a sport or engaging in an activity are the rituals participants do to prepare. I want to know what people do to prepare for their activity of choice. [more inside]
posted by thefang to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:22 AM - 8 answers

How do I completely and utterly ignore a pretty unpleasant co-worker?

How do I completely and utterly ignore a pretty unpleasant co-worker? It is starting to affect my mood & ability to work. He is in my field of vision (2 meters away from me) and his negativity is… radiating? I cannot block the view, that would be pure passive aggressiveness. [more inside]
posted by BlackBirdFly to Human Relations at 8:12 AM - 23 answers

There's a rat in the kitchen, what am I going to do

I’m moving out in a couple of months, but I have to live with the possibility of rodent roommates until then. How do I do that hygienically and sanely? (Most advice I have seen focuses on getting rid of the rodents; I am asking, how do you protect yourself from the diseases they bring in the meantime. Without freaking out on the regular) [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock to Home & Garden at 7:55 AM - 30 answers

Mod my upright piano

Yesterday I rescued an abandoned Érard piano from the streets. Its innards had been removed, but it has all 85 of its original keys (it's an 85-key piano). I would like to be able to use it as a synthesizer, since I can't afford a new soundboard for it. The online DIY synthesizer world is so full of resources, however, that I am at a loss where to start. [more inside]
posted by fraula to Technology at 7:46 AM - 7 answers

USB Registration Help!

So I have a question about how USB devices work. I want to know how you register a driver so that it will automatically load when you plug in a device. Does anyone have the process for this?
posted by KingBoogly to Computers & Internet at 7:30 AM - 2 answers

How do I fake tan?

I never fake tan because I am lazy and I never do it right and I hate the smell. But I'm going out on Friday and wearing a short skirt for the first time in literally years and my legs are blindingly white. Tips on not looking like I'm entering a Trump/Oompa Loompa fancy dress contest please? [more inside]
posted by billiebee to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:27 AM - 13 answers

Running advice for a complete and total noob.

I have recently decided that I would like to start running a few times a week for exercise with the dog. I have learned a lot in the two weeks that I have been trying this thing out, but I feel like I may be doing some things wrong. Looking for advice about pre-running/post running routines that may help out with leg pain... specifically... shin splints. Or any other good advice for someone who literally knows nothing about running. [more inside]
posted by Quincy to Health & Fitness at 6:45 AM - 18 answers

Can I have all my slack teams in one window?

Difficulty level: work and personal email addresses. I have a few work slack channels, and some volunteer/social slack channels. I'd like to not have two different Chrome tabs, because, look, it just bothers me. I'm looking for a solution -- it could be a feature I haven't seen yet, an app, a Chrome plugin ... I just want my NFP board slack and my work project slacks in a single interface.
posted by chesty_a_arthur to Computers & Internet at 6:23 AM - 5 answers

North Carolina: Last-minute Housing Edition

How to go about finding a place to live? Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Zeratul to Grab Bag at 6:11 AM - 6 answers

What are the implications of being on unemployment and Patreon?

A while ago I quit my job and went on unemployment insurance. Then later, I signed up for Patreon because I figured it might help to make a little extra cash. But then I found out that apparently Patreon money is considered taxable income and you have to complete a W9 if you make more than $600/year. So... am I in some kind of "employment limbo?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Law & Government at 4:37 AM - 6 answers

Taking back control of an out-of-control life

Throughout my life, the overwhelming feeling has been one of a lack of control over the direction I'm taking and my own affairs. I feel like now, at age 30, I don't have any more control over my life than I did at fifteen. What can I do to take the steering wheel and wrest back some agency? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 4:37 AM - 19 answers

Is it reasonable to apply an NSF fee to an incomplete counter check?

I submitted a bunch of rent checks to my housing non-profit for six months ahead. One of these was a counter check—printed in-branch by the teller without name or address, just my bank account routing code. Unfortunately, it seems that the teller didn't properly review all the checks before giving them to me, and one of them did not have my account info on it. Neither I nor my housing non-profit noticed this omission before the check was deposited, and of course it was returned by their bank with "Unknown Account" on it. My housing authority chose to consider this an NSF check, and are requesting that I pay their NSF fee. Is that a reasonable request? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 4:36 AM - 9 answers

What kind of hat is Chuck D wearing?

pic 1 pic 2 What kind of hat is Chuck D wearing during the Prophets of Rage appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last night? Thanks.
posted by gummo to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:41 AM - 1 answer

July 26

Easy Lunch Ideas for Nut-Free Preschool?

My 3 year old is about to start preschool at a nut-free school. What are some ideas for lunch that are PB&J-level easy and toddler-friendly? Searching for this online yields a lot of parenting blogs that think I'm going to bake scones or make homemade beef bourgignon every night.
posted by Anonymousness to Food & Drink at 8:33 PM - 34 answers

Recommendations For Home Security Camera Systems?

Finding systems with great DVRs and cameras (hardware) is easy. Finding a system that is supported by remote viewing software for smartphones/internet is not happening for me. My google-fu has failed. I need assistance, advice and recommendations from anyone with some personal experience. [more inside]
posted by snsranch to Technology at 7:16 PM - 6 answers

Can I buy a reliable, used SUV for around $10,000?

I would like to get a vehicle with high clearance and AWD. I will mainly use it for some around the town errands and weekend trips to get to out of the way trail heads. I have a sedan that I use for commuting. My friend just bought a brand new CRV for about $28,000. I am reluctant to spend so much money for a vehicle that I anticipate to use only sparingly. I am hoping to spend around $10,000 or so, but can spend a few thousands more if needed. So I am looking for advice on which make and model to look for. [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon to Travel & Transportation at 6:22 PM - 18 answers

Subtle racist comments

I feel like I have to watch what I say, especially since these days people tend to overreact and cry out racism all the time. It seems as if people try to make something racist or blow everything out of proportion. Can these comments below be perceived as racist? 1) People from India love the heat (since India is a very hot country). 2) Greek people like olives (because good olives are from Greece) I bring up these two examples because a friend of mine said that making absolute statements and referring to an entire population is racist. But these statements sound neutral to me. If they were negative statements then I think that would be racism.
posted by four_suyu to Human Relations at 6:22 PM - 102 answers

I am having a genuinely difficult time getting over a breakup...

How do I move on from this breakup, considering it was such a short time? [more inside]
posted by ladykitty5 to Human Relations at 4:53 PM - 20 answers

An adorable baby koala...costume

If I wanted to purchase an Australian animal costume (any! Kangaroo, croc, echidna) for a baby/toddler somewhere in Townsville, Cairns, or Sydney, where would I go? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles to Grab Bag at 4:18 PM - 10 answers

slam dunk corruption

What US campaign finance reform proposals are out there being discussed besides "Repeal Citizens United"? Specifically are there any that try to account for parity among multiple candidates rather than merely capping their resources? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue to Law & Government at 2:11 PM - 6 answers

how can I text my daughter from my phone to her I-pod touch?

Hi, My daughter has an I-pod Touch and I have an I-phone 6. I understand that we cannot facetime each other, because we are on "family share" and we have the same e-mail address when we sign into our phone. She is not yet 13. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh to Technology at 1:56 PM - 13 answers

Help me find the droids I'm looking for.

I am a dedicated iPhone user. But I took advantage of T-mobile's free phone offer for my two children. Now they both have a Samsung On5, and I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane to Technology at 1:36 PM - 3 answers

Which treatments or illnesses are most susceptible to placebo?

Surgery? Fungal cream & athlete's foot? Cough drops? What are the easiest ways to trick the body to heal itself? And in which domains is the placebo near-impossible? Thanks in advance!
posted by mrmanvir to Health & Fitness at 1:29 PM - 6 answers

Options for asking about perceived gender-based behavioral bias at work

At work (USA), I believe myself to be the victim of gender-based bias with regard to attitude, expression and other attributes. I want to ask HR about it. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas to Work & Money at 1:25 PM - 16 answers

OK, I Give Up

How is this street performer in downtown Asheville just sitting there, balancing his bike on the front wheel?
posted by gottabefunky to Society & Culture at 1:25 PM - 7 answers

Where to live with a family near UC Davis--Sacramento or Woodland?

I might be moving back to California after 7+ years living in Massachusetts, and am interviewing for a job at UC Davis. Where should my husband and our 1 and 3 year old boys live? [more inside]
posted by apricot to Home & Garden at 12:52 PM - 9 answers

How can you maintain original thinking when learning a new field?

When diving into a new field, how can you keep 'thinking outside the box' as you learn the traditional knowledge in a field? As you learn the patterns of thinking that a field promotes, I think it's hard to think outside of those patterns in the future. How do you maintain originality in thinking and avoid paradigm blindness? Some ideas inside. [more inside]
posted by markbao to Science & Nature at 12:40 PM - 12 answers

Income investing

I'd like to get a handle on investing for long-term, stable income. [more inside]
posted by Nonce to Work & Money at 12:06 PM - 5 answers

Disclosing a Disability?

With some job applications, there's a form that you fill out disclosing whether or not you have a disability. I've been wondering if I should fill that out. [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet to Work & Money at 11:43 AM - 15 answers

Seeking long, ethically-manufactured button-downs

I am seeking a shirt with specific attributes -- [more inside]
posted by delight to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:17 AM - 5 answers

Name radically multi-POV news aggregator

What would you name a news aggregator that focuses on presenting major world events from radically different points of view, even controversial ones from rogue news sources? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis to Writing & Language at 11:01 AM - 15 answers

books/films about impostors

Can you recommend books or films about impersonation, undercover spies, con artists, etc. along the lines of Catch Me If You Can, The Likeness, and The Talented Mr. Ripley? Bonus points for forgery! [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 to Media & Arts at 10:48 AM - 38 answers

Help me park in Montreal

My SO and I are driving to Montreal this weekend. It will be the first time I'm in the city with a car for an extended period of time and I'm not sure what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by Fred Wesley to Travel & Transportation at 10:09 AM - 11 answers

Possibly moving to Paris: tips and advice?

So I may be offered my dream job in Paris. Yay! Help me figure out some of the details so I can be better prepared while negotiating salary etc and also just moving in general. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Travel & Transportation at 10:08 AM - 2 answers

Timelines: The world is bigger than Europe!

What are your favorite non-eurocentric timelines of world history? Anything in the 2000 BCE - 1920s CE range is helpful, especially if the events listed are likely to be common knowledge for people in the USA (and, to a lesser extent, other English-speaking countries). [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix to Education at 9:12 AM - 4 answers

Staying-over etiquette in new relationship?

Specifically, where there's an imbalance between living situations - where one lives alone and has all the mod-cons, the other's in a studenty hovel crawling with housemates. [more inside]
posted by youhavedeadedme to Human Relations at 8:33 AM - 30 answers

Used chewing gum: which bin?

Should a used piece of chewing gum go in the recycling bin, the non-recycling bin or the compost bin?
posted by Paul Slade to Food & Drink at 8:19 AM - 13 answers

MEFITE: (posts on AskMefi) Why am I like this?

How did "PERSON: (action) Speech" become the convention for scriptwriting or dialogue writing, when that's not even how scripts are written professionally? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Media & Arts at 8:09 AM - 7 answers

How to coordinate medicare and long term care insurance

My great aunt is in a nursing home for rehab due to a broken hip. She has dementia and the nursing home says they have to discharge her because she's not making progress. I have no idea what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 7:42 AM - 13 answers

After wedding escape

Where should we escape to for a few days after our wedding? [more inside]
posted by inevitability to Travel & Transportation at 6:57 AM - 8 answers

Keeping busy during unemployment

I will likely be unemployed until my baby is born in November. I am staying as busy as I can during the day, but I run out of the things to do in the evening and have been wasting too much time online. Help me hack my routine! [more inside]
posted by ficbot to Grab Bag at 6:56 AM - 15 answers

Free online US law education without a degree?

There are a wealth of resources for online education. Can anyone point me to resources for free online US law courses, or even good plans for studying law? I would also be interested in history courses that cover law and the (primarily US) courts. I am not interested in pursuing an actual law degree.
posted by OmieWise to Education at 6:13 AM - 13 answers

Will a 3/4 double bass fit into a Bmw 4 series gran coupe?

The title says it all - I guess it's a very niche problem and maybe someone has advice on how to do this?
posted by freddymetz to Travel & Transportation at 4:33 AM - 10 answers

July 25

How to prevent attachment to a casual fling?

For my first outside-of-my-first-relationship relationship (or whatever you would call it, there's no titles for anything anymore), I am very confused how to do this successfully and without getting hurt. Please help me understand how to navigate a casual relationship without hurting myself. Slight snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms to Human Relations at 11:11 PM - 25 answers

How does one unstick a stuck garbage disposal?

Our garbage disposal has all the symptoms of being jammed, however, for the life of me, I cannot find anything jammed in it and, yet, when I plugged it back in it ran smoothly, flawlessly....once and once only. [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry to Home & Garden at 5:51 PM - 11 answers