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November 23

Need info about donating plasma with a hole in the tubing/air exposure?

I was donating plasma and the machine apparently ate a hole in the tubing and my blood was exposed to the air or "contaminated." Obviously they can't use the plasma sample they got and didn't want me to get that blood back once they realized what happened, but I had already received some of it (whole blood) back before they shut it down. I could not find much info about this happening during plasma donation but I'm wondering what are the risks/what are the chances I might get sick from having received blood that was exposed to the environment.
posted by atinna to Health & Fitness at 12:13 AM - 3 answers

November 22

Help us find this for new parents, by new parents!

Mrs. Pairofshades and I are expecting a baby and would like to read up on parenthood. I came across one book in paticular, in about 2005, that I would love to find and read again. It was from a series based on personal anecdotes from parents who had just gone through the stage the book focused on: in this case it was the first year of parenthood. Some details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by pairofshades to Writing & Language at 11:52 PM - 0 answers

Is it blood?

One of my cats has either sprayed or sneezed something on my wall... Is there a product or test that might determine whether the 'something' is blood? [more inside]
posted by LOLAttorney2009 to Pets & Animals at 11:01 PM - 5 answers

How do we holiday?

Boyfriend and I are at a crossroads after 6 years. He's in Chicago and I just left to move to San Francisco. After several months apart not speaking much, we plan to spend our December holiday making some big together-or-not decisions. He'll fly to SF and after that we have 10 days and around $2000 between us for a trip. Where would you suggest we focus our resources for a holiday? Tahoe? Yoga retreat? Bicycle trip? Surf School? Bit of a wide open question but all suggestions and specific recommendations welcome! [more inside]
posted by gillianr to Travel & Transportation at 10:36 PM - 6 answers

Help me quit you, internet

How might a Luddite live without a home internet connection, but still have access to email and basic surfing for occasional practical needs? (Specific smart phone recommendations?) [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark to Computers & Internet at 10:35 PM - 9 answers

Multi-Lingual Accounts

Do you know of any works that include an account of what it was like to grow up using at least three languages, and also shows the difficulties and confusion of having that experience?
posted by slowlikemolasses to Writing & Language at 10:30 PM - 3 answers

Satisfying late evening cravings for something tasty

Of late I have a hunger for something tasty and perhaps sweet an hour or 2 after dinner and nearing the time I all go to bed. Tell me some of your favorite ways to satisfy that in a healthy way please. I can't eat chocolate.
posted by dougiedd to Food & Drink at 10:10 PM - 18 answers

The world is that which is the straight face

It was said by Wittgenstein that a perfectly good work of philosophy could be written which was entirely composed of jokes. Has anyone done it, in analytical or continental philosophy? [more inside]
posted by curuinor to Religion & Philosophy at 9:18 PM - 8 answers

Toni Morrison essay in NY Time Magazine about children

Does anyone know the date, title of the article written by or about Toni Morrison many years ago in which she speaks at length about the U.S. treatment of children? It appeared in the New York Times Magazine.
posted by Melanctha to Society & Culture at 8:57 PM - 1 answer

"Hey, this is terrible... want some?" (Book recommendations wanted.)

My wife and I were talking the other night, and we were wondering about how human beings figured out what food is edible and what isn't - what possessed folks to figure out if they ate this part of the fish, but not that part, then they wouldn't die, or if they could just get past the prickly parts of this plant, the innards were good? [more inside]
posted by joycehealy to Media & Arts at 8:49 PM - 5 answers

What does MRROW MMROOW MROOOOW *stuffed cow* mean from a cat?

Any theories as to what my cat thinks she's doing when she meows loudly and brings me her stuffed toys? [more inside]
posted by microcarpetus to Pets & Animals at 8:38 PM - 18 answers

Can anyone help me identify this television play from the 70s?

There was a play I saw on TV in the '70s. I don't remember a title, or any character's name, but it was about a faculty at a British school of some sort, and an amiable professor of some unimportant english course, who was always there to help other faculty members with whatever came up. [more inside]
posted by carping demon to Media & Arts at 7:43 PM - 1 answer

Applied too much diatomaceous earth to carpet. Now what?

I am trying to determine the best way to clean up some DE that I applied too liberally to the carpet in my apartment, and I'm trying to decide how I can do so without a.) killing the vacuum and b.) killing my brother's lungs (or my own!). Anxiety inside. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen to Home & Garden at 7:34 PM - 6 answers

Mariachi inflected pop

I'm looking for indie pop with mariachi elements, specifically the soaring trumpet fills, but jangly acoustic guitar is cool too. Something in the vein of Calexico, but less folk-y more pop-y. Barring actual good music I'd gladly take recommendations for mariachi style covers. You know how there's albums of Bossa Nova style covers and reggae style? Someone must make mariachi style covers? Okay, screw it, I want cheesy pop hits of yesteryear transcribed into a mariachi idiom.
posted by Keith Talent to Society & Culture at 6:19 PM - 18 answers

Have I managed to brick my elderly new to me iMac by updating Avira?

My brother gave me his 2008 27" iMac. I tried to update Avira on it and now I can't turn it on. Help! I don't know from Macs - I have always had PCs. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry to Computers & Internet at 5:39 PM - 8 answers

Vacation in nature--without a car to get there?

I am taking a much-needed vacation in December before the holiday season. I would LOVE to get out of the city for a week and just wander around in nature, but I don't know where to start given the potential obstacles. I grew up going to Acadia National Park in Maine...so I'm basically looking for the same thing somewhere warmer. [more inside]
posted by picardythird to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:13 PM - 5 answers

If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes

I'm looking for all the places that claim to have the weather change every 5 minutes. [more inside]
posted by olya to Writing & Language at 4:46 PM - 73 answers

Help us help him

Resources for a 14 year old boy who is gay? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 to Human Relations at 4:37 PM - 8 answers

What career would be best suited for me?

Now that I have worked full-time for a year I have discovered what I really want in a career – limited to no human contact. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend to Work & Money at 3:21 PM - 26 answers

Where to get a good copy of a famous painting?

There is a 19th century portrait of a somewhat famous distant ancestor that I'd like to get my own version of. The portrait is held by a museum but not at all a famous piece of artwork, it is noteworthy because of its subject. Where (or who) can I pay an appropriate amount of money to get a very good copy of a 19th century oil painting? [more inside]
posted by arnicae to Media & Arts at 3:20 PM - 1 answer

Why did pioneers think it was a good idea to settle in Buffalo?

Not meant to be snarky on Buffalo per se-I wonder this about most cold places- but why did the people who settled Buffalo think it would be a good idea to live there permanently? [more inside]
posted by the foreground to Society & Culture at 3:10 PM - 24 answers

Why is our baby monitor like a terrible theremin, and is it common?

For the last three+ years, we've used this Graco baby monitor to hear our little guy during naps and at night, but since moving to our new home (built in 2007), it's been like a terrible theremin, with interference noise increasing as you move away from it, or towards it, or turn off a light, or plug in another device in the same room. What might be causing this, can we fix it ourselves, and is this issue present in video models? More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief to Technology at 2:57 PM - 8 answers

Show me the greatest esports matches of all time

I would like to learn how to appreciate esports as a spectator. I have a hard time getting into random Twitch matches. Please link me to your favorite YouTube videos of classic or important or especially cool matches! I'm mostly interested in MOBAs (LoL, DOTA), not so much Starcraft/CoD/etc. Thanks!
posted by prize bull octorok to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:32 PM - 4 answers

must-see bands in Austin right now... and great venues

I am interested in going out to see live music in Austin but I'm not plugged into any groups who seem up on the scene right now. Who are the good bands? what is interesting in Austin music right now? what are the best venues and why? I'm open to any kind of good music. This is free-form, go nuts. Thanks.
posted by jayder to Media & Arts at 2:28 PM - 9 answers

Need Book Suggestions Please

Our recent cold, drizzly weather has me wanting to to curl up with a good book, but not just ANY good book, really specific specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge to Media & Arts at 2:25 PM - 13 answers

Red and yellow peppers froze on the vine

I thought that we had harvested all the peppers that were going to ripen. I was wrong. [more inside]
posted by WyoWhy to Food & Drink at 1:43 PM - 4 answers

I drove away before the tow truck came! What does the law say?

I ran a few luggage bags into the airport terminal for my aging grandmother and ran back out to the curb. Must have been 2 minutes. Airport security waved me away from my car and told me my car was being towed. I just stepped in my car and drove away while security insisted my car was being towed. What does the law say? Will I get a ticket if they've pulled my plates? Am I legally obligated to wait for a tow truck? Am I a fugitive of airport security?
posted by Avenger50 to Law & Government at 1:36 PM - 9 answers

Two parts woo, one part science.

Crunchy parents and their untraditional opinions make me worry for the safety of my kid and theirs. Could my kid's health be in danger? How do I let go of my judgement and make friends? [more inside]
posted by peasandcarrots to Human Relations at 1:30 PM - 31 answers

fiction books on Medicine Women and/or female Acupuncturists

I am looking for fiction books on Medicine Women and Acupuncturists. I know that I was at a library a while ago and there was a fiction book on a woman who was an acupuncturist. Do you have any ideas? I can't recall the title. Also, I would like to see if there are any books on medicine women fiction or nonfiction that you could personally recommend, not just a google search, what do you know is good? thanks
posted by TRUELOTUS to Writing & Language at 12:39 PM - 5 answers

Cold snap, paint stinks

We bought some lovely new radiator covers. But they took a little longer than expected, and there was a cold snap as soon as they were delivered, so the radiators have been on and the windows have been closed...and the air stinks of hot paint. Short of leaving the windows open (and freezing) or leaving the radiator covers outside for a while, any tips for counteracting the paint smell?
posted by chimpsonfilm to Home & Garden at 12:09 PM - 4 answers

Fixed Layout epub to amazon kindle format

I have a fixed layout book in Indesign that I want to publish as an ebook on amazon. I need to export it as a fixed layout epbub and then amazon converts it to their format. It looks fine in indesign and when I export and view on my ipad as an epub, it looks fine, but something in the conversion to kindle format is screwing everything up. [more inside]
posted by saul wright to Technology at 11:30 AM - 4 answers

Help me host a fabulous brunchluck!

I'm hosting a brunchluck (brunch potluck, for my birthday) and want it to be festive, warm, etc. I'm not sure how to decorate/theme/make it really warm and welcoming given that it's going to be rainy and grey outside. Difficulty level: grad student brokeness and I'm *really* not a decorator, plus additional logistics questions. [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns to Food & Drink at 11:07 AM - 13 answers

how do I report cheating/bribery if it hasn't happened yet?

I go to a large public university in Canada and it has come to my attention that people are bribing their way into the university and/or paying people to write their personal statements. There's also rampant cheating - people paying to have their essays written or having people sit in on tests for them. Most of these are international students and they are a valuable resource at my school so I do not know if anyone will listen to me or who I should even tell. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Education at 10:31 AM - 33 answers

Which competitive family games are fun to play noncompetively?

My favorite games are competitive games (boardgames, card games, etc.) with the scoring removed. I'm wondering what other games I might enjoy within those constraints, and other ideas for altering gameplay to make more games fun. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:04 AM - 16 answers

Jobs For Introverted But Friendly One-On-One Types? Help!

I'm looking for a career change. I am a very focused, caring introvert, part creative and part analytical. But I'm really poor in an office environment. I hate meetings with more than 3-4 people and it's very stressful for me. I like people but I just feel that I thrive more in a one-on-one or small group setting. I work in online advertising for my company right now, and while I don't hate it and it sort of fits my personality type, the money isn't that great and I don't see myself as the "climb the corporate ladder" type. I am trying to find a career outside of the corporate office world where I may not sit at a desk all day and then have large meetings. I was looking into physical therapy assistant, massage therapist, maybe an allied health profession, or something else that is more one-on-one in nature. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by selma52 to Work & Money at 9:41 AM - 11 answers

How do I handle grad school "mean girls"?

I feel like I'm being picked on and somewhat bullied from two girls in my program. It feels like middle school all over again. How can I handle this? Blubbering details inside. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup to Human Relations at 9:38 AM - 50 answers

intra EU travel as an American

I will be taking a flight from Barcelona to Lyon, and I am an American. I plan to buy the ticket on easyJet (I have a separate set of tickets for US to Barcelona and Lyon to US). I have always used trains for intra European travel up to now. What should I know ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity to Travel & Transportation at 9:00 AM - 14 answers

What's that darn river called?

I read a while ago about a stretch in a particular river that's very dangerous because it's very narrow and looks calm, while in actuality it's extremely fast and deep. People try to cross it, or they get in, and boom. That's it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I've utterly failed at googling, and for some reason it's really bothering me. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! to Science & Nature at 8:20 AM - 2 answers

Pedometer for kids?

My seven year old daughter wants a pedometer for christmas. Does anyone have any favorite pedometers that are kid-friendly? [more inside]
posted by notcreative to Health & Fitness at 8:15 AM - 5 answers

November 21

Watermelon in the NE in winter?

Where / how do I buy whole watermelons during the fall/winter (i.e. now?) Am located in a major metropolis in the NE USA. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron to Food & Drink at 10:18 PM - 7 answers

¿How to repair a friendship?

Almost 6 months ago I screwed up a newish friend by vanishing and leaving them in the lurch with a job for a client (anxiety and depression problems, etc). I know the work relationship is absolutely destroyed but, is there any chance of repairing the friendship? I have no idea how to even try to fix this or if it's possible. [more inside]
posted by Memo to Human Relations at 10:15 PM - 9 answers

Good book on school segregation and busing debate in Seattle?

Super specific question here: What's the 'definitive' book on school desegregation in Seattle? I'm googling around and finding a bunch of older books, some from university presses, etc, but it's difficult to see which of these are considered credible by people who know this topic. Any help?
posted by Tenzing_Norgay to Media & Arts at 10:00 PM - 1 answer

Why is getting support over the phone so excruciatingly painful?

In my experience, any time I have tried to have gotten help over the phone or the live chat many companies seem to have nowadays, it has been excruciatingly painful. [more inside]
posted by nathanm to Human Relations at 9:11 PM - 34 answers

Chico/Paradise/Lake Oroville: off-the-grid camping spots to recommend?

Hi folks, we have a tradition (this is year six!) that every Thanksgiving we take our boys camping (and cooking) over the holiday break. It's been an awesome tradition, and we've recently relocated to the Bay Area from SoCal and are looking forward to the first year of a new range for our Thankscamping. Your insight about the area would be very helpful! [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel to Travel & Transportation at 9:10 PM - 1 answer

Knitting? I can do that?

Can I learn to knit or crochet with fine motor deficits? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Media & Arts at 8:21 PM - 14 answers

There's marketing consultant in my career coach!

Finally able to describe what I do in a way; now I need to sell it. What person do I hire in order to create a message that makes sense to people who hire people with weird yet valuable talent? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver to Work & Money at 7:38 PM - 6 answers

How and where to get special training for a dog?

Is it possible to get a dog trained to help someone who suffers from episodes of dementia? Specifically, could a dog be trained to help someone who will go for walks without their shoes, keys etc., ending up lost and unsure of how they got there? [more inside]
posted by keeo to Pets & Animals at 6:18 PM - 2 answers

Suggestions wanted for short winter getaway in the Northeast

A close friend and I want to celebrate our birthdays together this winter and are looking for suggestions for a short getaway somewhere near New York City, Boston, or in between. Any recommendations, hivemind? [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise to Travel & Transportation at 4:52 PM - 10 answers

My kingdom for a to do list/random stuff/calendar/etc app

I've been reading about various to do/calendar apps, as well as checking older questions on AskMetafilter and have gotten myself thoroughly confusaled and frustrated. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit to Computers & Internet at 4:32 PM - 15 answers

My uncle's dying. What can I do for him and his family?

My uncle (by marriage) has terminal cancer. His doctors have just recommended hospice care. We're medium-close; I see him and his family every couple of years. I live about 300 miles away. What can I do for him? For his wife (my mom's sister) and his grown kids? What can I say? Thank you.
posted by The Minotaur to Human Relations at 4:12 PM - 9 answers

Tryptophan Filter: Traditional Christmas Eve Dinners in NYC?

Back in NYC for Christmas and need a good Xmas-dinner restaurant pick. Help? [more inside]
posted by rokusan to Food & Drink at 4:00 PM - 3 answers

Who might learn from my parents’ medial insurance woes?

I’m wondering if there’s any academic or research value in the papers my mom kept, documenting her struggles to get a long-term care insurance provider to honour their contract. [more inside]
posted by Banknote of the year to Health & Fitness at 3:42 PM - 7 answers

Exercising 'High'

Will I ever get an endorphin rush? I started an incremental exercise program, a couple of weeks doing a basic routine (24 mins a day) and then adding to it, and adding again (finally just under an hour a day). There were resistance bands and lots of sweating, I put a lot of effort in but got no endorphin rush. [more inside]
posted by She Kisses Wyverns to Health & Fitness at 3:16 PM - 38 answers

Help me explain to my boyfriend that I want to walk home alone at night

My bf doesn't like it when I walk home from my job alone, at night. I am a woman. It's not that he won't allow me to, he just thinks it's a bad idea and urges me not to or to carry pepper spray if I do. I had been doing this for over a year before I met him, and want to explain to him why these warnings against it (which I get from others as well) are patronizing and annoying. Or maybe I really am being irresponsible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:15 PM - 51 answers

How do I stop the pain and do what is best?

A little over two years ago I posted a question regarding a very difficult situation I was in. The result is - eventually after much trauma we got divorced. Two years have passed and whilst in some respects I have made progress, a terrible situation has now occured and I am weighed down with the weight of the world. Desperately need some hivemind perspective if possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:15 PM - 12 answers

Gmail Joe-Jobbed, spam sent to all contacts, no sign of forced entry.

This morning, a relative called saying I had sent them spam from my Gmail account. I ran to the computer, checked Gmail's login history, but found nothing suspicious. I checked the spam folder, and sure enough, two pieces of spam with a link to a phishing site which Safari immediately picked up as such (I know, bad idea to click it at all) had been sent to every one of my contacts. I know anyone can spoof anyone else's email, despite the best attempts at protection by Gmail and such. My question is: how did they get my contacts? How can I make this spoofing harder, or at least prevent access to my contacts in the future? (Further details inside.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction to Computers & Internet at 2:59 PM - 11 answers

Does anyone know a good aerospace headhunting/job placement firm?

I have a non-American friend who has an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from a highly acclaimed non-American university and a couple of years of work experience in his home country as a mechanical engineer working on helicopters, airplanes and drones. He now wants to come to the US (any city) for a couple of years (at least) to work as a mechanical engineer in aerospace, preferably on drones. Does anyone know of any specific headhunting firms that specialize in placing aerospace engineers?
posted by jack.brodey to Technology at 2:24 PM - 6 answers

How can I best administer a very large collective gift?

Each year, my office (~1500 people) pools together to give our building support staff (cafeteria workers, cleaners, mail room) a holiday gift. It's a tradition that's been going on for as long as I've worked in this office, and this year it's my turn to collect the gift. I'm looking for the best method of collecting the gift. [more inside]
posted by kdar to Work & Money at 2:19 PM - 1 answer

Weather Shall I Wander: Seattle's 100% Chance of Rain edition

What the hell do we do for all-day in the rain on Saturday. Difficulty level: 2 bum knees, not really a SAM crowd, and sadly, sushi is out (low experimental eaters) [more inside]
posted by Mysterious Trousers to Travel & Transportation at 1:59 PM - 9 answers

Looking for the highest quality folding utility knife for under $35

I would like to give a few members of my firehouse each a small, folding utility knife, engraved with their name, as a gift. Because I'm getting several of them, I'd like to keep costs under $35 or so. I've looked at Benchmade and Buck, as I have each of those brands and have found their quality to be good, but I'd like to find the absolute best knife I can for the price. Extreme durability under conditions of brutal misuse is a plus. [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname to Shopping at 1:51 PM - 15 answers

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